Like a Hollywood movie with too many plot changes

Sarah Palin’s 17 year old daughter Bristol is five months pregnant. McCain knew this when he chose Palin as his running mate. The Palins have announced that Bristol will marry the child’s father. I don’t know how this news will affect conservatives who have been uncritically celebrating Palin’s candidacy and seeing her and her family as the incarnation of conservatism.

An hour ago, before I heard the news about Bristol, I said to a friend that if I were the presumptive Republican nominee and was looking for a running mate and was considering Palin, I would have thought, “This is an excellent, gifted person, I think very highly of her, she would add a lot to my ticket. But it would not be appropriate to nominate for vice president a woman with a five month old baby.”

I think the same considerations would have applied to the Bristol situation.

Furthermore, is it not a reasonable guess that if Palin had not been consumed with her political career and had had more time for her children, 17 year old Bristol might not have gotten pregnant? And does not the fact that Palin’s high school daughter got pregnant reflect on Palin’s credentials as a Christian conservative parent and political leader?

I mean, come on, my fellow traditionalists, the Palin family has issues.

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Gintas writes:

“I mean, come on, my fellow traditionalists, the Palin family has issues.”

“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”—Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars; or Rick Davis, John McCain’s campaign manager.

LA replies:

But Rick Davis, as explained in the very informative Washington Post article yesterday about how Palin was chosen, was one of the small circle of McCain advisors who conducted the VP search and decided on Palin. So he would have known about this.

Gintas replies:

This objection occurred to me right after I sent the comment; I was just looking to plug in the name of someone on the Right who could say what Obi-Wan Kenobi said, with the same look of dismayed shock on his face. Surely someone fits? Maybe it’s the traditionalist Right as a whole.

Look for the counter-arguments saying that all this somehow solidifies Palin’s credentials.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 01, 2008 12:51 PM | Send

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