Posted on September 1, 2008
Update II: Ed Morrissey’s excellent post, We Have Walked in Palin’s Shoes!
We would all do better just to admire the Palins for their love and support for Bristol, Bristol’s courage in pursuing motherhood when faced with a difficult but hardly unusual situation, and agree that this has little to do with whether Sarah Palin will make a good Vice President. Families have been dealing with this since … there were families. Neither side should use Bristol to score political points. Keeping them in our prayers would also be the kindest action we can take.
Update: Scrapple Face dares to throw humor in the mix! Obama Begs Palin Not to Punish Bristol With Baby!
The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.
Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin’s five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain…
Senior McCain campaign officials said McCain knew of the daughter’s pregnancy when he selected Palin last week as his vice presidential running mate, deciding that it did not disqualify the 44-year-old governor in any way…
McCain officials said the news of the daughter’s pregnancy was being released to rebut what one aide called “mud-slinging and lies” circulating on liberal blog sites.
It certainly quashes the conspiracy theories, but will it hurt McCain? I don’t think so. It certainly isn’t of the magnitude of any kind of scandal. One thing is for sure. We know this baby won’t be aborted. It’s a common thing that many American families deal with. She will be marrying the father as well.
“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.
“Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.”
I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16. You know, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.”
Hat tip: Hot Air
Wow. First Sarah herself is asked, in the early stages of her pregnancy with son Trig, whether she would like to abort him because he had Downs Syndrome, and now her 17 year old daughter who could have very easily aborted her child without her mother’s permission, and who, like thousands of girls across this country every year is faced with a pregnancy which could, undoubtedly end her future without the support of her family, chooses to bring her baby to term. I’m pretty impressed. None of the other candidates in this race, regardless of their position on abortion, sex education and the rest can claim to have such personal experience with “reproductive choice” as the woman who is currently the Republican’s Vice Presidential nominee. She and her family are dealing with the very real effects of choosing life, of rejecting abortion. She and her family are taking responsibility and showing the rest of the country how it’s done.
I’m also intrigued as to how the Obama campaign reacts given Obama’s own broken home background and that former President Bill Clinton also came from a broken home. This does nothing to disqualify Gov. Palin as VP running mate, but it definitely will add yet more salaciousness to the political process at a time when it appears that everything imaginable is fair game in politics, especially when it comes against the GOP.
I don’t think think Palin got her daughter pregnant to rebut rumors.
It is a joyous occasion. A shotgun wedding? Perhaps. But a wedding nonetheless and the grandchild is not being killed to avoid “punishing” Bristol Palin.
Children are a gift from God, not a punishment.
Michelle Malkin: Bristol Palin Chooses Life, Now Leave Her Alone!
One ticket sees this as a blessing. The other sees it as a curse. Could the core differences between the two be any starker?
I’m sure lots of people will take their shots at the pro-life Christian woman but hold on a moment. If you think Evangelicals are going to ditch her for this, you’re totally misreading the situation. As a matter of fact, they are ready to fire back at any potential critics…
Look, this development will actually be positive for the most part with Evangelicals. First they hear that Sarah Palin chooses the life option even though she had a Downs Syndrome baby and once again the family (and Bristol) has chosen the life option in this recent case. That’s a double “ca-ching”. Let’s call this the Evangelical daily double. If anything, this whole situation will probably make more people around the country relate to her and her family. It makes them more real. Will there by some turned off by the whole pre-marital sex thing? Of course but this type of story doesn’t sink her at all with Evangelicals.
The Palins are about a nanosecond from seeing what the news media calls “respect”.
Gribbit: Leave the poor girl alone!
When will Obama release the statement about distractions, leaving the family out of it, and getting back to the issues?
Ol Broad: Congrats Granny!
The Anchoress has a nice roundup.