September 1, 2008 in Politics

Knocked Up

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I thought we were in the middle of a presidential election, but after reading rumors surrounding Governor Palin’s fifth child (which I will not repeat here) along with story below, it appears that we are in the middle of a Jerry Springer Show. For fucks sake. What happened to McCain’s pledge to put country first?
Now I am not suggesting that having a pregnant teenage daughter should have automatically disqualified Governor Palin from getting the VP nod. However, considering the Republican viewpoint on sex before marriage and a whole host of other family value issues, thinking McCain should have looked elsewhere.

Palin Says Her Daughter, 17, Is Pregnant
Published: September 1, 2008
ST. PAUL, Sept 1 (Reuters) – 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.
Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby, McCain aides said.
“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us,” the Palins’ statement said.
“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. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support,” the Palins said.
The Palins asked the news media to respect the young couple’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. We ask the media, respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates,” the statement concluded.

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.
In the short period since she was announced last Friday, Palin has helped to energize the Republican Party’s conservative base, giving the McCain camp fresh energy going into the campaign for the Nov. 4 election against Democrat Barack Obama.
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.
According to these rumors, Sarah Palin had faked a pregnancy and pretended to have given birth in May to her fifth child, a son named Trig who has Down syndrome. The rumor was that Trig was actually Bristol Palin’s child and that Sarah Palin was the grandmother.
A senior McCain campaign official said the McCain camp was appalled that these rumors had not only been spread around liberal blog sites and partisan Democrats, but also were the subject of heightened interest from mainstream news media.
“The despicable rumors that have been spread by liberal blogs, some even with Barack Obama’s name in them, is a real anchor around the Democratic ticket, pulling them down in the mud in a way that certainly juxtaposes themselves against their ‘campaign of change,'” a senior aide said.


  1. September 3, 2008 at 12:42 pm


    Completely crazy! As such, I seriously doubt that John McCain did a thorough vet of her background. If he did and still choose her after finding out about all this mess, then it really says a lot about John McCain and his decision making process.

  2. September 2, 2008 at 8:23 pm


    This is relatively minor compared to other issues that have come up around Gov. Palin (though it does speak volumes about the abstinence only education that she supports).
    Take a look at Eugene Robinson:
    and just about everything on the Political Animal site:
    Amongst other things, she (and by extension John McCain’s judgement) are being skewered for:
    – hiring a lobbyist ass mayor of Wassila to bring home the bacon which is ironic becuase the campaign is claiming she is a fiscal reformer while in fact she is one of the few mayors in Alaska to have engaged in the standard Washington tactic of lobbying for earmarks that McCain decries.
    – she was a member of the Alaska Independence Party, a group that advocates ceding Alaska from the nation. Not excactly putting country first, which is McCain’s campaign slogan.
    -She supported the Bridge to Nowhere, but claimed that she didn’t in her first speech as the VP candidate, which means she lied in her first moment of speaking to the nation
    -She was on the board of a 527 to support Senator Stevens of Alaska who is under indictment. Meanwhile, the campaign has Sen. Lindsey Graham running around all over TV claiming that she “took on” Senator Stevens and if she can take on Senator Stevens, she must be super-duper tough. Too bad it’s a lie.
    -She used her office of governor to attempt to fire her ex-brother in law, a state trooper, who was going through a bitter divorce with her sister. When she was unsuccessful at getting him fired, she fired the guy who wouldn’t cave in to her demands.
    Simply fucking amazing!

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