Monday, September 1, 2008

The Sarah Palin Files, Pt. 8

Whoa! The surprises just keep on coming!

The McCain / Palin campaign has announced that Palin's 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant. In a twist of irony, this announcement was made to put to rest rumors that Palin's four-month old son, Trig, was actually Bristol's.

To no one's surprise, the McCain people are chastizing the "liberal media" and Barack Obama for looking into and reporting on this (even though, of course, the Obama campaign has not touched this with a ten foot pole). Meanwhile, evangelicals - who would calling for Bristol Palin to be burned at the stake if she were the daughter of Democrat - are twisting logic to find virtue in it all. From Focus on the Family headm James Dobson's statement:

We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances.

For his part, Barack Obama has come out forcefully and unequivocally against making Bristol Palin's admitted pregnancy or the question of who is Trig's real mother a campaign issue:

"And so I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories," he said. "You know my mother had me when she was 18, and how a family deals with issues and, you know, teenage children, that shouldn't be the topic of our politics and I hope that anybody who is supporting me understands that's off limits."

I have scanned some of the comments to the various news stories reporting this - from CNN to the Cincinnati Enquirer to ABC news, as well as some liberal blogs. I note that there is an element out there that seems to believe that there really is something to the "Bristol Palin is Trig's Real Mother" rumor. It reminds me of how there is a segment of America that stubbornly refuses to let go of the belief that Barack Obama is a Muslim. Right-wingers have spent the last several months either pushing these rumors or staying quiet and letting them take on a life of their own. To me, all of the rumors and baggage Sarah Palin brings to the table is the Right's just desserts.

Unless there is some gamechanging news on this topic between now and the election that is relevant, this will be the Hot Rod's last post on this topic.

I'm just going to sit back, smile, and sniff the stench of hypocracy blowing out of Alaska.

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