of September 1 in which L-dotters responded to the announcement that Bristol Palin is pregnant. I have not read the entire thread. But the comments I’ve read so far are overwhelmingly, indeed virtually unanimously, supportive of Bristol, with not a single critical word being spoken about the situation, but rather with gushing congratulations.
Palin’s 17-Year-Old Daughter is Pregnant
Fox News, by Staff
Posted By:ProudEagle, 9/1/2008 1:13:45 PM
The 17-year-old unwed daughter of John McCain’s new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is five-months pregnant, Palin and her husband, Todd Palin, said Monday in a written statement. McCain’s campaign told FOX News that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate knew about Bristol Palin’s pregnancy before he chose Palin as his running mate last Friday, and that Bristol is planning to marry the father of her child.
Well, at least she’ll “coonect” with the liberals now!
Reply 1—Posted by: cap MarineTet68, 9/1/2008 1:18:21 PM
Yeah, remember how BeelzeBubba asked the Presstittues to leave Chelsea alone and they did?? Let’s see how respectful they are now.
Reply 2—Posted by: excalgalcg, 9/1/2008 1:20:07 PM
The mud-slinging and dirty tricks have begun and I just hope everyone remembers there is a John Edwards out there who was a presidential candidate, fooling around and produced a baby!!!!!! He’s married with a sick wife and 4 kids. Let’s not have any disgusting dirt thrown around dems.
Reply 3—Posted by: ZurichMike, 9/1/2008 1:20:07 PM
Reply 4—Posted by: kiwinews, 9/1/2008 1:20:24 PM
I can see rejecting abortion, but not using birth control at that age is just silly. “Life happens”, it’s true but sometimes mistakes make it rougher than it has to be. Good luck to her, her fiance and her child, they’ll need it.
Reply 5—Posted by: Redbone, 9/1/2008 1:22:08 PM
Liberals act like children because they are children. They want the government to be their idealized parents. This development is only meaningful to an adult. It does show extreme courage an McCain’s part, but we already knew he had that.
The Palin’s are real people, with real joys and real sorrows. They are adults. Don’t know if our TV watching country will accept them. Hope so.
Reply 6—Posted by: f64, 9/1/2008 1:22:59 PM
“If my daughter makes a mistake, I do not want her punished with a baby” ~~ 0bama
“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.” ~~Palin family statement
It’s NOT a mistake, Zero, it’s a human being and it’s NOT punishment, it’s a blessing.
Reply 7—Posted by: Beat The Press, 9/1/2008 1:23:26 PM
Congrats, Uncle Trig!!
Reply 8—Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 9/1/2008 1:23:34 PM
Imagine being a teenage kid in Podunk, Alaska one day and then suddenly learning that you’re going to marry the Vice President’s daughter.
Reply 9—Posted by: pinkpanther, 9/1/2008 1:24:17 PM
This just reinforces the families pro-life credentials that their daughter didn’t abort the baby. If anything, I admire them more and it shows just how NORMAL they are. How many families deal with teen daughter’s pregnancies? However, I have no doubt they will pull together as a family and support this young girl instead of driving her to an abortion clinic or kicking her out.
Reply 10—Posted by: pithy_opiner, 9/1/2008 1:26:55 PM
I’m waiting for a comment from John Edwards.
Reply 11—Posted by: CEP, 9/1/2008 1:27:10 PM
“”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.”
The Palins asked the media to respect their family’s privacy.
“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.”
That about sums it up. They are dealing with this as a family and with love and support. Congratulations to the Palin family.
Reply 12—Posted by: zek, 9/1/2008 1:27:33 PM
Ok, soooooo—the hateful left will now try to say it is incest and say the boyfriend is really not her boyfriend but someone brought in to cover for this terrible lie. Or I know, maybe she is carrying the baby as a surogate for her mother who can’t risk getting pregnant so soon after having a down syndrome baby. Or maybe they are losing originality and will go back to the tried and true Republicans preach morality so it is a much bigger sin if someone associated with a Republican runs into a situation like this.
The left would just abort the problem and no one would be the wiser.
Reply 13—Posted by: gkc fan, 9/1/2008 1:27:59 PM
I read Palin’s speech. Thought it was good. She didn’t make light of it. Support of the family, difficulty, having to grow up fast, etc. Pitch perfect response to an unfortunate situation.
Once again, here’s the thing: Palin seems so REAL!
Keep piling it on, lefties. If you don’t think there are a TON of people that can relate to this whole thing, and don’t RESPECT the way Palin has handled it, you. are. sorely. mistaken.
Too fast on the draw, KOS, just way, way too fast. This is going to cost you.
Reply 14—Posted by: Italiano, 9/1/2008 1:30:28 PM
This is going to backfire. A lot of Democrats are looking for reasons to dump Obama and his rancid spouse. Piling on Sarah and Bristol just might do it.
Reply 15—Posted by: pomom, 9/1/2008 1:31:04 PM
Wasn’t it NBC who had the series showing real-life teenagers having to take care of real-life babies and toddlers? They glorify it and then act all surprised when teenagers act out.
Reply 16—Posted by: greggojo, 9/1/2008 1:31:38 PM
This is not good for the Republicans. However, for those of us who are adults, we might be very impressed with how Republicans handle life’s issues. Dick and Lynn Cheney’s daughter is a lesbian. And an adored child of Dick and Lynn Cheney. Sara Palin’s eldest daughter behaved none too well and is about to give birth at a very young age. God bless and protect her and her child. As with all things, the Republicans will behave the way good people do behave. The Palins will love and support their child.
As for the Dems, they will rant and rave and put this through their ugly political mill. And ultimately, remind the rest of us how debased the supporters of what started out as heartfelt sounding ideas (the Great Society, the New Deal, the idea of the government helping others), have become, as their plans failed so miserably.
Reply 17—Posted by: Remington, 9/1/2008 1:34:10 PM
This kind of blows up the story that Trig is Sarah’s grandchild.
Wonder if that tale will be taken out of circulation now?
Probably not. Smear artists of the left are totally immune to any factual input.
Second part of the story—this is not the first family that has found itself in a similar pickle. Please take note of the options NOT exercised.
Baby-daddy takes responsibility, will marry the gravid maiden.
Abortion NOT an option. Now now, not ever.
Harmony restored to Palin household.
Reply 18—Posted by: Desert Fox, 9/1/2008 1:34:11 PM
Getting this out front is the right thing to do. It does NOT affect in any shape, form or fashion my unswerving support for the McCain/Palin ticket. I commend the family for doing the RIGHT thing and put them all in my prayers. At this point it should be dropped from the public forum because it is indeed a PRIVATE matter. I have three sisters and two of them combined had 3 children out of wedlock. They chose the right path to keep the babies instead of murdering them in the womb.
Reply 19—Posted by: LadyVet, 9/1/2008 1:34:19 PM
Let’s have a wedding and get this young man into the family photograph. Why wait for the Rose Garden? Glad to see that he will grow up, man up, and step up.
P.S. May I recommend that he look to Fred Thompson as a good role model?
Reply 20—Posted by: Two Keys, 9/1/2008 1:34:57 PM
If every stupid mistake I made as a 17-year old played out in the national news, I am not sure I’d have made 18.
My best wishes to Bristol.
Reply 21—Posted by: Daisymay, 9/1/2008 1:36:43 PM
I say shame on FOX News who think it’s so important to put this story out there. I for one will be firing off an e-mail letting them know that I think it was CLASSLESS of them to be a party to this dirt throwing.
Reply 22—Posted by: killerbee, 9/1/2008 1:36:51 PM
I didn’t know Bristol Palin was running for office.
Any attack about this is going to backfire big time. There are a lot of unwed mothers who supported Herself! and they won’t like that kind of action.
Reply 23—Posted by: AirForceCane, 9/1/2008 1:38:33 PM
They should quickly get married if they were planning on it anyway, that would lessen the political damage. hopefully she will be 18 by the time she has her child. at least now it is impossible for the Governor to have been covering for her daughter based on the calendar..
Reply 24—Posted by: Jinx, 9/1/2008 1:39:15 PM
Thanks to Hollywood and their ilk making teenage sex so “natural” and appealing, the Palin’s daughter has been caught doing what “everyone” else is doing. The Press has been so supportive of Angelina Jolie and her boyfriend Pitts that they can’t very well be too critical. I am glad she is not going to abort the baby. Shows that the adult Palins walk the talk. Good for them.
Reply 25—Posted by: Crasher, 9/1/2008 1:41:02 PM
Thisd can happen in most any family…the Palin family is handeling it properly.
Reply 26—Posted by: Pageturner, 9/1/2008 1:41:18 PM
Re: Once again, here’s the thing: Palin seems so REAL!
It’s cuz she is. I’ve met her more than once. I was struck by how genuine she was.
I gotta sort of laugh, though—can anyone have imagined such a pretty, beautifully dressed, perfectly pitched lady governor—could have such a down-home-tarnation Britney Spears-style family? I guess that’s a side effect from living in Alaska—it’s not a exactly an elitist place. Everyone’s in the same boat over there.
Reply 27—Posted by: Italiano, 9/1/2008 1:42:57 PM
This is what happens when the Democrats and the MSM realize, too late, that they don’t have a credible candidate.
Reply 28—Posted by: cgp, 9/1/2008 1:44:01 PM
Plenty of families have had to cope with this kind of situation, my own included. While we might wish it hadn’t happened in the first place, I wouldn’t trade my precious grandson for anything. Every life is a precious gift, even those conceived in less-than-perfect circumstances.
Reply 29—Posted by: jillianne, 9/1/2008 1:45:16 PM
Isn’t Barack the product of a young mother out of wedlock?
We all know the dems would abort.
Reply 30—Posted by: pomom, 9/1/2008 1:45:31 PM
Some teenagers act out—that’s life. The Bush girls and Clinton’s daughter were little party animals. They grew up.
Bristol has been the daughter of a Mayor and a Governor to date and just might have a little trouble being in the spotlight. Now this occurs—probably around the time the family was being vetted. She’s lucky to have great parents.
Reply 31—Posted by: IGWTrust, 9/1/2008 1:48:05 PM
Obamie’s mommie was about 17 when the future quasi Muslim was conceived in or out of wedlock. It happens and life goes on.
Reply 32—Posted by: delsol, 9/1/2008 1:48:06 PM
Here’s hoping that releasing everything early is a good campaign move. Remember when that guy told about Bush’s DUI on the weekend before the election in 2000? The undecided vote broke toward Gore.
Let the sinless one throw the first stone.
Reply 33—Posted by: gerrysview, 9/1/2008 1:52:17 PM
Gee! I don’t seem to recall any Democrat expressions of disapproval about teenage pregnancies in the black ghettoes of every American city—Neither do payments to welfare mothers to raise children sired by multiple fathers in those ghettoes ever cease(and not the least effort ever made to compel those studs to support their own children) And a 17 year old is singled out for their public disapproval? Words fail me at such chutzpah. ( An old Yiddish word that all New Yorkers know, it means sheer, unadulterated brass. Words don’t really fail me and I really have better words to describe the people who went after this teenager but I understand that the staff is very strict in enforcing decorum)
Reply 34—Posted by: janjan, 9/1/2008 1:52:21 PM
I’m not going to celebrate the unwed pregnancy of a 17 year old girl. The liberals will have a field day with all of the usual ‘hyprocricy’ charges.
Reply 35—Posted by: Tom Kilbride, 9/1/2008 1:52:52 PM
If McCain can get the votes of all the women who were pregnant at their weddings, it’ll be a landslide!
Reply 36—Posted by: provide, 9/1/2008 1:53:45 PM
Biden has two sons. One is a good citizen and the other must be a Kennedy. Let’s compare the children of the candidates.
Reply 37—Posted by: MamaD, 9/1/2008 1:53:58 PM
#4—I’m not sure any of us know whether she was using birth control (and it’s none of our business!) I do know that birth control, even if used religiously, is not 100% effective.
Reply 38—Posted by: ladydawgfan, 9/1/2008 1:54:50 PM
This also happened in my family, and my niece’s father stepped up. The dems probably don’t want to push this any further than this news cycle because it WILL look like piling on unmarried mothers and those who marry young!! NOT a good thing!!!
Reply 39—Posted by: Orion, 9/1/2008 1:54:54 PM
I can see rejecting abortion, but not using birth control at that age is just silly
The only birth control 100% effective is an aspirin held firmly between the knees. And teens are notorious about ignoring precautions because ”It could never happen to me!” That’s why abstinace really is the best policy.
…many years ago, when it first came out, I suggested all girls receive the Norplant contraceptive implant when they turned 13 or had their first period in some early online forums. I got called everything but a white man, mostly by the feminists and leftists. Most of the conservative and moderate posters saw my logic: having kids before you graduate high school is a terrible burden. Abortion-on-demand just puts the kids under the knife repeatedly, and ends multiple lives. To me abstinace coupled with an effective Plan B seemed the way to go.
Reply 40—Posted by: Coy860, 9/1/2008 1:55:07 PM
democrats have to be very careful. Although this is a sad happening for a girl so young, there are many many American familes facing the same thing.
The press certainly would shut UP if Chelsea had a few abortions by now, wouldn’t they?
Reply 41—Posted by: Daylily, 9/1/2008 1:55:12 PM
Most of the comments following the article were very supportive, but several were downright nasty—‘if a woman cannot control her 17 year old daughter how could she manage a whole country’. Obviously that writer never had a daughter, or if she did poor daughter was kept locked in her room 24/7. These sanctimonious people make me sick. The Palins appear to be much like most American families, especially those with children; there are many good times and there are rough times, but if you are part of a loving caring family you can deal with just about anything. I praise this family for dealing with this in an up front and honest way. Go McCain/Palin!
Reply 42—Posted by: Narakay, 9/1/2008 1:56:10 PM
What is this, Days of Our Lives?? Mom has daughter’s baby; no, daughter has Mom’s baby; no, daughter is having her own baby.
I’m so confused.
Anyway, the relevant point is that any true lefty family would be trucking her off to an abortion clinic so that she could “get on with her life.” I’m glad to see that she’s having the baby and marrying the father. That’s going to be one cute baby!
Reply 43—Posted by: Dragonslayer, 9/1/2008 1:57:26 PM
It would have been a lot better if Sarah and the first dude and the baby had had a DNA test and let the 17 year old labor on in peace.
Reply 44—Posted by: ufos4, 9/1/2008 1:57:33 PM
I cringe at the leftist attack on this story. A shame it is on public display.
A lot of us started out with teenage moms, it happens. It’s life. Life, indeed.
Best to Bristol. Growing up is always a struggle and with many lessons. Nice to have good parents to help and to have two parents.
Reply 45—Posted by: concho queen, 9/1/2008 1:58:16 PM
This “smear” from the same media that has elevated Jamie Lynn Spears’ teenage single mom status as being “the best thing that ever happened to me”.
Reply 46—Posted by: waynedavis, 9/1/2008 1:58:32 PM
God bless you Sarah and family!
The Bovine Scatology that emanates from the leftist/Marxist blogger orifice never ends.
I just heard some guy on Dennis Miller’s show that said he wasn’t too sure about Sarah because of her antisemitism!
It never ends… These guys are just evil.. continually.
Reply 47—Posted by: attilathehun, 9/1/2008 1:59:21 PM
Kids have been doing this for centuries. What I find refreshing is that it is being handled in a decidedly old-fashioned, proper manner. Marriage and responsibility. Far from being a huge negative for the Palin family, it actually paints them in a pretty good light (considering the unfortunate situation).
Again—they practice what they preach—responsibility for their actions.
Had this been an Obama daughter, Barack would have personally handled the late-term abortion. Probably would lock “it” in the hospital linen closet himself.
Good luck Bristol and Levi. You’ll need it to weather the slime from the leftoids in the coming months. I’m glad you have a supportive family behind you.
Reply 48—Posted by: saucy, 9/1/2008 1:59:48 PM
Think of the MILLIONS of Americans who can relate.
Mothers, daughters, families.
Kinda brings the whole demorat abortion issue front and center.
Go Sarah! We love you!
Reply 49—Posted by: gumbino, 9/1/2008 2:00:20 PM
Remember how the MSM granted Geraldine Ferraro a pass when the news came out that her son had dealt hard drugs while in college (his nick-name there was ‘The Pharmacist’)?
- and the fact that he got a mere slap on the wrist for it ?
Perhaps few will remember, because iirc the MSM didn’t trumpet that story. I was living in NYC at the time, and I believe one or two NY newspapers might’ve barely mentioned it. But the news might never have broken nation-wide.
Reply 50—Posted by: IGWTrust, 9/1/2008 2:01:44 PM
Our country is in trouble if an unwed 17 year old pregnant, unwed daughter of an eligible candidate will decide the fate of our country by unclean, scavenger hunting Democrats . NOT
Reply 51—Posted by: sagman, 9/1/2008 2:04:49 PM
Let’s see now, which person of the four top candidates seems the most authentic. Take your time.
Seriously, I really think that a lot of people on the fence are going to take a good look at this woman and her family and conclude that Sarah Palin is the only person on either ticket who is living a life they can identify with.
I believe that will translate into votes for her, big time, if she handles herself well over the next few months. Big if, yes, but she could be the most consequential VP pick in American history.
Reply 52—Posted by: grandforker, 9/1/2008 2:06:51 PM
People shouldn’t be too quick to assume that they know everything going on here. I know from my own experience that sometimes a teenage couple wants to get pregnant to force a marriage of which their parents disapprove. I don’t know that this is what happened, but in such scenarios, no amount of pushing birth control will matter.
Reply 53—Posted by: usa1, 9/1/2008 2:07:26 PM
Maybe we should each send a $17 donation to McCain-Palin right about now …
Reply 54—Posted by: PageTurner, 9/1/2008 2:10:07 PM
Al Gore had quite a newsworthy kid, not to mention most of the Kennedys. This Bristol matter is very minor by comparison and the family is handling it in a way that is a model for everyone.
Reply 55—Posted by: Photoonist, 9/1/2008 2:12:17 PM
Since this was known by all people involved in the vetting process and discussed before the offer was even made to Palin don’t think for and instant that she has been unprepared to answer any question or comment made to her on the campaign trail. Borrowing from Mr. T ”I pity the fool” presstitute who asks some stupid question or makes some inappropriate remark.
Reply 56—Posted by: GreatPlains, 9/1/2008 2:16:01 PM
McCain did not flinch at the news and still wanted Palin.
Kudos to McCain for being stand up guy and not running for the tall grass.
The problem here is not for the Republicans-it’s for the Democrats.
They have decided to drag a 17 yr old girl and her Down’s Syndrome infant brother through the mud.
With apparently the blessing of Obama/Biden.
Talk radio should be on fire tomorrow.
Reply 57—Posted by: Engraved-on-His-hands, 9/1/2008 2:16:11 PM
What I said on another thread:
For those who might wonder, I can speak to how this sort of situation typically plays out in the conservative Christian community. Within conservative Christian churches, unwed girls sometimes become pregnant. People who have gone to relatively large congregations have probably seen it several times. The family is distraught and somewhat ashamed.
They wonder how the congregation will accept it. They need not worry. The congregation doesn’t approve of it, but they understand it. If there is remorse (may I say repentance?) on the part of those involved, the congregation becomes their biggest source of support and encouragement.
We don’t condone this behavior, but we understand it. If those involved don’t also condone it, then they receive tremendous support and help (financially and emotionally) from fellow Christians.
My two cents.
Best wishes to Bristol, to the baby, and to the entire family.
Reply 58—Posted by: earlybird, 9/1/2008 2:16:14 PM
We are never at our best when we get into sanctimony.
And we never know when our life is going to spin out of control or how.
Leave the young lady alone. She has a good family, she will be fine. So will they.
Wish them well and vote for McCain-Palin.
Reply 59—Posted by: pineledger, 9/1/2008 2:17:00 PM
Can’t say I find this any more shocking than Mary Cheney’s orientation. Didn’t keep her father from being veep.
Reply 60—Posted by: Nicki Sobriquet, 9/1/2008 2:20:24 PM
The media establishment knows darn well that the typical candidate for public office would have whisked that teenager (even against her will) to the nearest abortion clinic for a speedy termination of the ”inconvenience” that might possibly ruin their chances for political gain.
Thank God Sarah Palin is not your typical candidate, and is choosing life over politcal expediency. The Democrats are going to be seen as the biggest hypocrites on earth if they continue to push this issue. They say they want a Washington outsider and a ”real” person to run for office; but they choose a political insider for their own candidate and then quickly try to destroy the real person. They say they support a woman’s right to choose, but when the woman chooses life, they excoriate her for her decision!
Yes, there will be those who chastise the young girl for not being pure as the driven snow, but most of those name-callers should look at themselves in mirror first!
Reply 61—Posted by: Namma, 9/1/2008 2:20:32 PM
Most of the population of the world would not be here if they were planned.
God Bless Bristol for making the right decision. She has been shown a great example of the gift from God of Life by her own parents.
Reply 62—Posted by: cgood, 9/1/2008 2:24:41 PM
I fear the left may have some success with their Palin attacks. They are already paintng her family as the immoral Clampitts—DUI, underage pregnancy… It all plays into the hypocrite/stupid theme. Predictably, Obama and Biden’s excursions from the straight and narrow path are ignored.
Reply 63—Posted by: Ida lil, 9/1/2008 2:25:22 PM
If I had a dime for every teen pregnancy
I would be a multi-millionaire.
Just how holy are all posters making coyly snide remarks here today. Shame on you.
Bristol is probably a whole lot more innocent than all the girls out there drinking doing drugs and falling back on abortion.We live in a false world where young people are expected to avoid marrige and babies until some magic decade far beyond their inherent instincts but it’s okay to sleep around.
I will wish for Bristol and her chosen a long lifetime of love and the ability to further their education .
It can be and is being done in real America with loving backup.
Reply 64—Posted by: amylu, 9/1/2008 2:29:01 PM
I’m impressed with the contrast between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama:
Ms. Palin’s teenage daughter makes a bad choice and the family surrounds her with love and support, helping her make the admirable moral decision to keep the baby.
Barack Obama’s brother lives in abject poverty in Africa and Odumbo turns his back on him and pretends he doesn’t exist.
Reply 65—Posted by: Grumbles, 9/1/2008 2:29:57 PM
A HUGE stink bomb. We’d be better off showing her the door.
Reply 66—Posted by: controlfreak, 9/1/2008 2:30:58 PM
I agree with almost all of the above posts.
However, I wonder what I would be saying if it were the dem vp candidate’s daughter? Would I be as kind and accepting?
I think this will be a problem for the republicans, as the dems will have a field day with it and it will become larger than life.
I guess now we will have to start vetting the candidate’s children—an unfortunate thing. I wonder if McCain would have picked her had he known this beforehand. I do hope this blows over quickly, however, we will be reminded of it each time we see the daughter.
Reply 67—Posted by: Lou E. Brown, 9/1/2008 2:32:08 PM
Shocker coming! Adam and Eve did not have a church wedding, much less a reception. Okay?Now, the others, you know who they are, will milk this until China has an open border and religious freedom. So, the Ones With Power have said to leave their wives and children alone. Senator McCain said he knew the whole story when he chose Ms. Palin, and that is all that really matters. The truth was not veiled as Obama’s entire life is, and not lied over as Clinton’s nonSex was, and denied as Edwards’ was. Let’s just end the whole discussion with a meaningful thought: Life Happens. Thank God.
Reply 68—Posted by: FunnyGirl, 9/1/2008 2:32:40 PM
I just made another donation to McCain and where it asks if you are referred by anyone I wrote in Bristol Palin. Screw the left!
Reply 69—Posted by: Leshno, 9/1/2008 2:33:24 PM
Of course, along with the rest of you wish Bristol and her family well.
On the other hand, this development sure has knocked some of the wind out of my sails.
Reply 70—Posted by: antidem, 9/1/2008 2:33:37 PM
My, my, my. Palin is picked on FRIDAY and before the FIRST WEEKEND is over, the MSM starts dropping hints and is working to confirm the rumor. McCain clearly picked a winner.
On the other hand, The Enquirer places the Edwards story on the front page—visable at every grocery checkout across the nation, but the MSM ignores the story until “absolute proof” can be dropped into their laps.
No bias here, folks. Just liberal desperation. Move away.
Reply 71—Posted by: mp4747, 9/1/2008 2:34:06 PM
I’m sure the libs haven’t hit bottom yet. I remember the senate debasing itself and spending a whole lot of time examining a pubic hair on a coke can in relation to Clarence Thomas.
Prepare for more.
Reply 72—Posted by: flybynight, 9/1/2008 2:34:24 PM
Having a baby at 44, especially a Downs baby, and having a baby at 17, before even graduating from high school are both hard, hard work. I feel sorry for both Sarah Palin and her little girl who’ll soon have her own little one. Fortunately, there will be lots of help for them. I hope the Palins are well aware of the double standard, the expectations for the behavior of Democrats and celebrities, and the one for Republicans, and can deal with it.
Reply 73—Posted by: justjoe, 9/1/2008 2:36:01 PM
BO will publicly say something supportive and parental and nice. And release his vipers to hiss and spread their venom. But everyone in America today knows such things can happen, and maybe have happened in their own family or extended family. If the Dems pile on Sarah or Bristol, they will eat the backlash.
The timing is no doubt unfortunate for Sarah and Todd—and Bristol. They have so much to deal with all at once. Our vocal—and monetary—support will help. And beyond that, it is a family matter, a personal matter, and none of our business. God bless them all.
Reply 74—Posted by: NorthernDog, 9/1/2008 2:36:11 PM
Not so long ago the media complained that Romney’s family was ”too perfect”. Now they will complain that the Palin family is not perfect enough.
Reply 75—Posted by: Douglas DC, 9/1/2008 2:36:53 PM
“Let he who has no sin cast the first stone.”
-Jesus Christ of Nazareth…
Reply 76—Posted by: jimtfmb, 9/1/2008 2:37:42 PM
Palin just keeps getting better, she is excited about being a Grand Parent while the nuanced One does not want his daughters “punished with a baby”.
There is NEVER a right time to get pregnant, but only one right thing to do after conception. Women that wait for the right man and the right time die lonely old spinsters.
Reply 77—Posted by: little guy, 9/1/2008 2:38:32 PM
This young lady grew up under the Clinton scandles and the Britney/Paris world of “do-what-you-want” especially if it feels good. I’m personally surprised this type of thing doesn’t happen much more often. However, she doesn’t seem to be taking the easy way out (abortion) and is stepping up and preparing to be a mom and a wife. A young mom, true, but they become adults faster in rural areas than in cities for lots of reasons. Bless her and her child and maybe now she realizes that actions have consequences. Some things can change your life forever.
Reply 78—Posted by: AppleAnnie, 9/1/2008 2:40:25 PM
Yay! We’re going to be aunts and uncles again (as if beautiful Trig wasn’t enough).
Reply 79—Posted by: gumbino, 9/1/2008 2:42:55 PM
If it’s legit for the MSM to question Palin about this, it will be legit for them to question Obama too.
Will any journalist then have the guts to ask Obama the question:
What would you do if your daughter, when she turned 17, got pregnant? Would your advice to her be that she shouldn’t ‘be punished with a baby?’
Reply 80—Posted by: mb, 9/1/2008 2:43:12 PM
Christians know very well about casting the first stone. Not sure the lib media is full of Christians.
Reply 81—Posted by: DC Escapee, 9/1/2008 2:43:19 PM
Be prepared for the Dems to do a full court press on this. I think it’s important to let McCain know we support his choice even more than ever now. The libs are only doing this because they know Palin is a ringer!
Reply 82—Posted by: roadrunner, 9/1/2008 2:47:05 PM
Let him or her who is without sin cast the first stone!
As for the Palin’s, God bless them all. I just hope that someone told Sarah the facts of life as regards being a Republican at the hands of the MSM. They are brutal and shameless.
Reply 83—Posted by: Impalarama, 9/1/2008 2:47:31 PM
Naah, the kid ain’t pregnant, this is just a diversionary tactic to keep anyone from knowing the REAL truth, Sarah and her drunk hubby had prior knowledge about 9/11 ever since they were spotted in the grassy knoll.
Reply 84—Posted by: antidem, 9/1/2008 2:48:15 PM
Enjoy a humorous take from ScrappleFace:
Obama Begs Palin: Don’t Punish Bristol with a Baby
Reply 85—Posted by: pineledger, 9/1/2008 2:49:19 PM
On the other hand, will this cause the scores of unmarried sister-mothers to vote for Palin?
Reply 86—Posted by: mominNoCA, 9/1/2008 2:49:57 PM
What decade is this, the 1950s?
Why is this a scandal in this day and age? It’s sad, to be sure, that so many teens are sexually active, but I’ll bet the same will happen to Obama’s daughters when they’re teens. Only difference will be that the Obama girls will probably get abortions.
It’s good that Bristol will get married, although young married couples can have tough times at first. The article doesn’t say, but she may likely be eighteen when the baby’s born.
As for the 22 year old DUI dirt, that’ll go over like a lead balloon. At least Todd didn’t do it just a couple of years ago and blame it on sleep meds.
Reply 87—Posted by: CEP, 9/1/2008 2:50:05 PM
In many ways this will be a true education for many people. How life has it’s up and downs, how you deal with things that happen in life. Many politicians talk about things but rarely do they have any experience or they conveniently hide the experiences. To bring this forward and show how it is to be handled is to be applauded. Life lessons are being learned and though it is not exactly convenient to have gotten pregnant at her young age. Her family is helping her handle it, her family is showing the love and support that is needed, her family is also showing the world how this should be handled. God Bless them All.
Reply 88—Posted by: drw, 9/1/2008 2:53:36 PM
This should be a private matter for the palins; but when one is in the spotlight, there is no such thing as ‘private matters’.
The liberals will come off badly in this. They will indirectly tell the world they support Bristol’s decision to have unwed sex at an early age, but they will seriously question her decision to not abort the baby.
Such cognitive dissonance won’t play well in Peoria.
In situations like this, many Americans who normally don’t pay much attention to the differences between liberals and conservatives will see up close and personal one of the fundamental differences. They will not like what they see on the Left, of that I am certain.
Reply 89—Posted by: ramona, 9/1/2008 2:56:34 PM
Just goes to show what we’ve known all along—Republicans reproduce.
Ramona (the Pest)
Reply 90—Posted by: kennowen, 9/1/2008 2:56:50 PM
With apologies to Maureen Dowd, it looks like they’re gonna need a bigger igloo.
Reply 91—Posted by: Phantomll, 9/1/2008 2:58:02 PM
#66—McCain did know beforehand. As another poster said, kudos to McCain.
Reply 92—Posted by: Italiano, 9/1/2008 2:59:55 PM
This is a newsworthy story in Obama-nation only because Bristol knows who the father is.
Reply 93—Posted by: MrTaz, 9/1/2008 3:02:00 PM
I’d much rather be the fetus of a Palin daughter than an Obama daughter….much better odds of reaching the finish line (if you know what I mean)…..
Reply 94—Posted by: paiso, 9/1/2008 3:03:01 PM
The daughter is not on the ticket. The holier than thou crowd can take a rest. My great granddaughter just got married at 18 and she and the groom remained celibate until they were married. I applaud their choice but I do not feel that entitles me to judge others who don’t decide the same thing. Remember the nights are very long in Alaska for over nine months of the year.
Reply 95—Posted by: redinabluestate, 9/1/2008 3:03:31 PM
Some of the ungracious and judgemental comments from a few posters makes me believe that Lucianne is inhabited with a few people from moveon, etc. The good people who make up the conservative base and who have found a home here would never judge and pronounce this family as people who should be ashamed and quietly withdraw from view. True conservatives save their ire for those who punch a hole in a baby’s brain to pull them out dead. Have liberals forgotten their view that when it’s only sex it’s a private affair, even when the sex is done in the White House and lied about under oath?
Reply 96—Posted by: Lawsy0, 9/1/2008 3:07:34 PM
Well, blame it on those cold Alaska nights and the Foggy, Foggy Dew. To be sure no lie-beral ever made a life altering ”blunder” of this magnitude. /s
Reply 97—Posted by: LadyHen, 9/1/2008 3:09:43 PM
Golly, they are a real family. What a non-shock!! They are real parents with teens. This makes them even more appealing to million of parents of teens out there who know this could happen to them or already has.
The Palin’s response to this unexpected surprise speaks volumes. They are all doing the right thing, God bless them. Like Grandma says, that first baby, you never know how long they will take but all the ones after are 9 months. ;-)
Congrats to the Parents and Grandparents to be!!
Reply 98—Posted by: drw, 9/1/2008 3:11:23 PM
Back in the early-Nineties, my nineteen-year-old girlfriend at the time became pregnant with my now-seventeen-year-old daughter.
Did that (does that) make me less of a conservative?
No, it made me more of a conservative, because the first thing the county health department did after telling her she was pregnant was give her a business card to an abortion office.
We were dirt poor, and scared to death. But abortion was never an option. It sickened us to our very souls that someone simply assumed that was the route we wanted to take.
I’ve looked abortion in the face, and it is like staring in the eyes of pure evil, nothing less.
I applaud Bristol and her family. But even better, a million times better, the angels of Heaven weep tears of joy for the decision you made in the Culture of Death.
Reply 99—Posted by: VivaVoce, 9/1/2008 3:13:49 PM
A whole lot more women in America just found a reason to relate to Sarah….
We all know what 0Bambi would do…he wouldn’t want his daughters punished with a baby.
I’m sure, while the Palins handle this in the right way, they will gain more respect from the public.
KEEP ON MAKING LEMONADE!
Reply 100—Posted by: Impalarama, 9/1/2008 3:14:09 PM
Here’s some more raw meat for the moonbat conspiracy wing of the dem party. Exactly 40 years prior to 9/11, one of the biggest hits on the top-40 charts was a song called the “Bristol Stomp”. What did young Bristol know and when did she know it?
Reply 101—Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 9/1/2008 3:15:31 PM
Republicans are rallying around. I hope for the best but I am worried by the fact that the girl is five months pregnant, not two or three, and if the boy wants to marry her he’s had plenty of time to do it. Now with the whole world watching he can hardly say no. Of course, the Democrats are in no position to throw stones, but they will anyway and this is a bad spot for a Republican to be in. If McCain knew this he’s either brave or foolhardy. Darn! It was all going so well.
Reply 102—Posted by: FormerDem, 9/1/2008 3:16:25 PM
Dear Bristol, You’re great. Here’s the thing. Rules are, every time you are insulted, you have a right to an answer. Demand your answerback every time, and use it to say, “You just dont’ have to have an abortion. You just don’t have to do this.” And tell people a phone number they can call. Give them the Archdiocese of New York number if you can’t think of anything else. This will save lives while it goes on (and I bet they will drop the topic pretty quick).
Reply 103—Posted by: bighambone, 9/1/2008 3:16:27 PM
Obama will not want to bring this pregnancy situation up, as his mother was about 17 when he was born. That situation was somewhat different, as it appears that Obama’s father was at the time married to another woman in Kenya, and there is no indication that this Alaska girls’s boyfriend is married to anyone else.
Reply 104—Posted by: rlwo, 9/1/2008 3:22:44 PM
Whoever implied we are celebrating the pregnancy of the Palin’s daughter has not been reading very closely. People are finding it very nice, given the situation, their daughter and her boyfriend are celebrating keeping their baby alive, and planning to follow through with the additional responsibilities. And we are celebrating the expressions of love and caring her parents are demonstrating.
Reply 105—Posted by: LadyHen, 9/1/2008 3:23:16 PM
And remember…. from his previous stated opinions Obama would probably have forced his girls to have an abortion to save his political career. So much for “choice.”
Mr. Obama, the Palin’s know babies are a blessings not a punishment!!
Reply 106—Posted by: jemMAC, 9/1/2008 3:25:30 PM
This is absolutely the family’s business, not ours—candidates’ kids should be off-limits.
If this had been Chelsea Clinton or one of the Gore daughters, the Dems would be SCREAMING for everyone to back off.
Reply 107—Posted by: starboard, 9/1/2008 3:26:09 PM
Sarah should make a statement and say that’s the last time she will discuss the subject.
Reply 108—Posted by: Daria, 9/1/2008 3:26:44 PM
I always thought an unplanned pregnancy was between a woman and her doctor. Oh, that’s right. That’s only when the woman is a Democrat who decides to abort the baby /s/.
Reply 109—Posted by: fiesta del sol, 9/1/2008 3:27:51 PM
This story is upsetting on a lot of levels. Being a teenager and facing motherhood and marriage is hard enough, but to have it plastered all over the media is something else. Don’t any of these leftist ghouls in the media have a sense of decency? What the left wing hatemongers are doing to this American family is downright cruel.
Reply 110—Posted by: acidkibitzer, 9/1/2008 3:29:28 PM
As the libs like to say….. so what?
Mind your own business, lefties.
Go Sarah Go!
Reply 111—Posted by: Jeremiah, 9/1/2008 3:33:38 PM
This means that when Sarah Palin is sworn into office as the Vice President of the United States next January, she’ll be not just a wife and mother, but a grandmother!
Reply 112—Posted by: Mizlori, 9/1/2008 3:38:20 PM
What difference does this make for the VP nomination. My mother was 16 when I was born. I was 17 when I had my first child and my grandaughter was 16 when she had her first child. All three of us have been good mothers. We all got married to the fathers of our babies. I was actually married before I got pregnant but not my mother or grandaughter. So is it now that the sins of the Child are visited on the Mother??? What crap. She will be a great VP. Thanks John for picking a REAL WOMAN.
Reply 113—Posted by: Hazymac, 9/1/2008 3:49:22 PM
My beloved godson, who will be an important part of my life until I die, was conceived before his mother was married to his father. I love him just as much as I would have if circumstances had been more socially acceptable back then. As Miles Davis said on the first song on Kind of Blue, so what? Anyone who tries to make political hay out of circumstances that touch many families, irrespective of their political sensibilities, is going to make a bad mistake.
Reply 114—Posted by: Dorsalfin, 9/1/2008 3:52:21 PM
I find it difficult to believe THIS was revealed to the McCain vetters. Time to toss this bird overboard.
Reply 115—Posted by: Arby, 9/1/2008 3:53:02 PM
The prospect of the dims in a moral snit is too funny for words. Maybe they can learn something from watching how Sarah and her family handle this.
Reply 116—Posted by: rollingcow, 9/1/2008 3:55:40 PM
So? Just where do we send the baby gifts?
Reply 117—Posted by: Clerk Lady, 9/1/2008 4:00:42 PM
What #28 said. Thank you!
Reply 118—Posted by: Jennie C., 9/1/2008 4:00:51 PM
I’m reminded of a Dear Abby response to a question about a 9-lb supposedly premature baby whose parents were married only 5 months before.
”The baby was on time. The wedding was a little late. Forget about it.”
Reply 119—Posted by: ALynnMcW, 9/1/2008 4:05:40 PM
…of the people, for the people, by the people…Sarah Palin is real people. Not a story here. The other side is gonna have to do better than this to get Nobama in the White House.
Reply 120—Posted by: Alex, 9/1/2008 4:07:10 PM
# 103: You are quite correct.Given the date of NO!bama’s Mamma’s marriage, and NO!bama’s date of birth if I were running the NO!bama campaign I’d leave the Bristol Palin story alone, too. Ann Dunham—Born: November 29, 1942 Married: February 2,1961 NO!bama date of birth: August 4, 1961. Just do the math.
The striking difference between the 2 campaigns regarding this subject is summed up in the Palin Family statement of support and the NO!bama statement made on April 1, 2008, Obama -“I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. 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.”
Reply 121—Posted by: drw, 9/1/2008 4:08:28 PM
“I have said before and I will repeat again: People’s families are off limits,” Obama said. “And people’s children are especially off-limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president.
So I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know my mother had me when she was 18 and how a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be a topic of our politics.”
Let’s give credit where credit is due.
Reply 122—Posted by: Jennie C., 9/1/2008 4:08:39 PM
And something I forgot to mention. I scanned the DU thread on this (I guess I’m feeling a little maso- this aft). They’re suggesting that BOTH Trig and this baby are Bristol’s, and that Todd Palin is the father of BOTH.
Sick, sick people.
Here, if you have a strong stomach and a weak mind.
Reply 123—Posted by: convert, 9/1/2008 4:13:12 PM
Oh,the Smartset is salivating as we speak—here’s the trailer park VP, a shotgun wedding, and a retarded child, and these hypocrite Christian conservatives show their true colors, etc. etc. SAT Night Live and Jon Stewart will be relentlessly cruel—my heart goes out to the scared 17-yr-old girl caught up in this meatgrinder. But ultimately this will backfire. Big. Time. the Smartset still doesn’t have a clue how excited America is about Sarah Palin and what she has that is so rare in American politics today—authenticity.
Reply 124—Posted by: luvamerica, 9/1/2008 4:15:54 PM
Reply 125—Posted by: Zelle1485, 9/1/2008 4:17:20 PM
So marry her dude, you should have already, it would have saved a lot of pain. Sounds like someone has cold feet.
Reply 126—Posted by: athina, 9/1/2008 4:18:07 PM
I like these people.
Teenage pregnancy happens to families from all walks of life. This is a wonderful shining, ideal example of how to handle it. God bless both of these teenagers, as they are truly going to be tested.
Reply 127—Posted by: jackburton, 9/1/2008 4:18:17 PM
Gee… these Republicans….
They’re REAL PEOPLE.
Reply 128—Posted by: M2, 9/1/2008 4:22:43 PM
Well done, #16.
Now let the Palin family make lemonade and get past it.
Reply 129—Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 9/1/2008 4:24:56 PM
#121, drw, read that too, which is the proper response from Obama.
And yes, kudos to McCain for knowing this beforehand and not letting it matter… and to everyone for getting it out quickly.
Now America can watch up-close-and-personal and learn by example how a true, loving American family deals with a situation such as this… We are watching and already love what we see and hear.
If the Democrat slant is anything different (and it will be), it will backfire big time!
Reply 130—Posted by: condolady, 9/1/2008 4:31:41 PM
Reply 131—Posted by: Muncsdad, 9/1/2008 4:42:59 PM
I can’t tell you all how proud we are to be a part of the LucianneNation.
Ditto to 99.9 percent of the comments in this thread.
Pray for Sarah, Bristol, the baby and our nation.
Reply 132—Posted by: Amethyst, 9/1/2008 4:46:05 PM
I’m from a family of eight children…4 brothers originally and 3 sisters..life went on, one brother went transsexual through surgery, married now to a nice man, another brother came “out” gay, now dead from AIDS, another brother lived 25 yrs with my now deceased mom in ‘05-not married & no kids, and my closest brother 13 months younger than me with a son and daugher..who’d have thunk it…4 bros & only two neices/nephews…I loved and love them all..sisters profligate..as in 4, 6 and 3..as to Sarah Palin, husband and family and 17 yr old pregnant daughter..YES..my OWN Korean daughter ..adopted at 18 wks got engaged last wk..POINT.17 yr old Palin can give up daughter for adoption or marry the baby daddy,,I think the PALINS and 17 yr old will figure out the ethical and joyful life decision
Reply 133—Posted by: sillykay, 9/1/2008 4:59:18 PM
What on earth does this have to do with anything? It is none of this country’s business.
Reply 134—Posted by: LadyHen, 9/1/2008 5:02:08 PM
Seems both the wacko moonbat left and holier than thou right both have the same talking points. Strange bedfellows. Keep it up pharisees.. keep it up. Only makes you look small and weak.
Reply 135—Posted by: cousair, 9/1/2008 5:05:51 PM
So what????? The world along with Americans watched Bill Clinton soil the White House with his cute “blue dress” antics in the Oval Office. Many thought this was the last straw. If the DNC makes an issue of this, lets just take a long hard good look at Obama and his so called parents, of sorts. There isn’t a family anywhere that doesn’t have to scale that mountain. We love Sarah and her family, all of them.
Reply 136—Posted by: Jeremiah, 9/1/2008 5:06:12 PM
My sympathy to Bristol Palin, as this won’t be easy for her or her prospective husband. Suggestion #1: turn off the evening television after the late local news, as I predict the late-night tv ”commedians” are going to be particularly cruel…
My older brother was born seven months after my parents’ wedding day, a fact my parents successfully hid from my brother and me until we were in our late 20s. When Mom finally ”confessed” to us, we chuckled and reassured her that it made no difference to us. She was shocked by our response, as her mother had threatened her with disclosure for years. Bristol’s Mom and Dad seem a little more understanding and supportive than that…
Seems to me that the reactionary responses to this news are from the ”liberal” side of the street. Which just goes to prove my new axiom: ”Nobody is less tolerant than a liberal”…
Reply 137—Posted by: wra13, 9/1/2008 5:12:55 PM
And Bristol is running for… what? The daughters pregnancy is totally Irrelevant.
But not to THEM. Media fools will print anything for sales or ratings,or to push their agenda. relevancy means nothing. They’ll probably try to destroy the kid just to see how much damage they can do.
Reply 138—Posted by: LadyVet, 9/1/2008 5:17:22 PM
The Palins’ statement, years from now when read by their grandson, will likely bring a tear to his eye.
On a practical, real life note: I hear that there is a female shortage in Alaska. Young Levi can probably figure out those odds, and when he say a beautiful, healthy young woman, he decided to act to secure his happiness in life. Personally, I admire a man who can make up his mind and go for what he wants. He shows great promise as a man of action, which is required to become a leader. All comments provisional on his stepping up to take responsibility.