"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


on it goes

Well, the McCain campaign finally did something to calm all the rumors about Palin's seventeen-year-old daughter. It turns out that she is pregnant and engaged, and that Sarah Palin's newborn baby really is the governor's.

I haven't written about this because I consider the quality of the so-called "citizen journalism" which relies on gossip and speculation on Daily Kos to be only slightly above that of the National Enquirer. Their shoddy reasoning on this story is enough to confirm those feelings. And I also think that families dealing with issues like these shouldn't have to have their private affairs dragged through the media. It's hard enough to be seventeen and pregnant without having to appear at campaign events and be the topic of gossip on the liberal blogs.

But it does make me wonder even more about McCain's decision to pick Palin. If the campaign did a good job of vetting Palin, then they knew (as they claim) that her daughter was pregnant before he decided. And they had to know the news would cause a scandal. Either they decided it wasn't that big of a deal, or they didn't do a very good job on the vetting. And either of those options does make me wonder about his judgment.


Blogger Michael said...

Stuff like this doesn't affect my vote at all. I could really care less about these types of personal issues UNLESS they influence the policy positions of the candidates.

Monday, September 01, 2008 1:21:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Oh, yeah, it has nothing to do with my vote, either. I don't care what Palin's kids do, but I do wonder about how McCain makes decisions. And it seems to me that he would've wanted to have the attention on his campaign this week, not on a sideshow.

Monday, September 01, 2008 2:38:00 PM

Blogger haitianministries said...

The bottom line is that McCain will bring us more of the same failed policies we've had for the last eight years and if, God forbid, Sarah Palin should have to take over before the end of his term, she'll do the same. The McCain-Palin ticket has much to be criticized without bringing her family into the matter.

Monday, September 01, 2008 4:40:00 PM

Anonymous evancparker said...

this was dinner conversation topic tonight at the parker family household ...

i wondered if this won't actually play to the repubs advantage, in the sort of "look at the challenges facing a christian household today" mode.

it reinforces the need for a strong family, the kids are "committed" to getting married, she is keeping the baby ... i know i'm an awful person that i think like this, but so long as SARAH didn't have a child out of wedlock, i think this could be a boost.

and the great news is that the baby will even have affordable child care ... she can nanny-share with her 9 month old aunt.

Monday, September 01, 2008 8:46:00 PM

Blogger CharlieMac said...

I love it. The Kooks were already saying that Trig was not really Sarah's baby but was her grandchild.
So let them have fun over the weekend smearing their garbage all over the cyber world.
Then on Monday let the truth out and in an instant show the Kooks up for what they are.
Great timing! Fiction does not equal truth. Quick someone write a screenplay about a teenage daughter and what she is doing on the night her mother in giving birth to a handicapped brother she knows she will be helping care for! I suggest Nicholas Sparks.
Charlie Mac

Tuesday, September 02, 2008 10:14:00 AM

Blogger MamasBoy said...

There is still a long way to go in this campaign. I don't think a few days of sideshow will hurt it in the long run. If anything, direct forthrightness regarding past mistakes can bring things to an end much more quickly than denials and elusiveness. I've been to busy to read the news much lately, but my impression is that Palin & Co are doing a decent job with admitting this and trying to move on.

My guess from what I read was that McCain figures Palin was independent and honest enough to be considered a bit of a reformer like himself and thought the electorate would quickly get over side issues and move on to the core challenges this country is facing. I read Palin outed a higher up in her own party over an ethics issue and am surprised/amazed/impressed. If only there were more people like her in this country, both parties would be far more honest than they currently are.

That's a long way of saying that I think Palin's daughter's pregnancy is a non-issue and doesn't reflect well or poorly on McCain's judgment. If people want to analyze McCain's judgment in picking Palin, they should be looking at real issues.

I'd be much more concerned about pressure to fire somebody. If that turns out to be true, it could kill her. If it isn't, then she had better learn to lay down the law with her staff. That is a serious issue. If vindicated, she might be able to get away with that once. However, she'd better learn to lay down the law with her family/staff or she will look like just another hypocrite.


Wednesday, September 03, 2008 12:09:00 AM


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