September 7, 2008
Posted by Susan J. Demas | Capitol Chronicles | Analysis (not affiliated with ThePalinReport.com)
The e-mails, comments and threats kept pouring in across the for my column, Palin: McCain’s version of ‘Trust me,’ and I knew I’d struck a nerve. But then a couple readers told me how they’d heard about it: The column had been forwarded by Gov. Sarah Palin’s people (allegedly) as part of their toddler tantrum on the mean ole media.
That might explain the curious number of people who have written to tell me that I have no right to express opinions in an opinion column.
I am deeply flattered. I would advise them read Anne Kornblut’s analysis of what’s fair game in elections. Good stuff, especially when you consider that the Hillary Clinton campaign dragged her personal reputation through the mud.
I am utterly sickened by the John McCain campaign’s contempt for the American people. No one expressed it better than spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace who declared on MSNBC that the American public doesn’t need Palin to answer questions. When Time editor Jay Carney, a friend of McCain’s, politely expressed incredulity that Palin would dodge questions from the press, Wallace shrieked, “Who cares!? Who cares? But I mean, like, from who, from you? Who cares? No offense. Who cares if she can talk to Time magazine?”
Now I understand there will be folks shouting, “Good! Stick in the the media!” Yeah, we in the media can be arrogant jerks. Sometimes we don’t tell you what you need to know, just all about John Edwards’ possible love baby, if McCain looked good against a green screen and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright shouting a couple times. But few voters actually get to talk to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain or Sarah Palin in person. That’s where the media come in. We can ask the questions you’ll never be able to in your living room.
You should know what Sarah Palin thinks we should do about Iran’s nuclear program. You should hear about her plan for the foreclosure crisis. You have a right to know what she thinks the solution is to turning around the auto industry.
She didn’t talk about any of that (incredibly the latter) on Friday in Sterling Heights. Stump speeches are not enough to inform the public. That’s why candidates need to answer questions from the press. And we, in turn, owe it to them and you to ask substantive questions.
But Palin was noticeably the only member of either presidential ticket to skip the Sunday talk shows today. This makes Palin look weak, despite her proclamations about being a “pit bull with lipstick.” Pit bulls ain’t afraid of the Eastern Elites in the media; they rip them to shreds. Just ask Ann Coulter. The left is gaining some traction with painting her as a chicken, which is something no candidate, especially a woman, wants.
McCain top aid Rick Davis sloughed this off, saying, “I’d never commit to anything in the future. … Our strategy is in our hands, not the media’s. We’re going to do what’s in our best interests to try to win the election. If we think going on TV news shows are [sic] in our best interests, we’ll do it. If we don’t, we won’t.”
Just remember the next time a politician tells you he’s not talking to the press, it’s not for your benefit. It’s for his. So when McCain and Palin expect you to cheer that they’re sticking it to the media, they’re really asking you to celebrate that they’re sticking it to you.
And here’s a roundup of some intriguing stories on Palin in light of my posts this week:
The Politico’s Roger Simon writes the best column on the role of the political press I have ever read. “It is not our job to ask questions. Or it shouldn’t be. To hear from the pols at the Republican National Convention this week, our job is to endorse and support the decisions of the pols.”
Conservative Detroit News columnist Nolan Finley apologizes for not drinking the Palin Kool-Aid.
Time’s Joe Klein looks at McCain’s slime the press strategy and if it will cause the media to be gentler on the Republican.
The Freep’s Stephen Henderson ponders the new morality that teen pregnancy can be celebrated and asks how it would be viewed if Bristol Palin were black.
A McCain aide can’t answer what Palin’s foreign policy credentials are, leading Republicans to criticize CNN for biased reporting.
Gone are the days of the Straight Talk Express, when McCain is hostile to innocuous questions in a Time interview, such as asking him to define honor in political campaigns.
A Wasilla evangelical Christian mom disagrees with Palin’s choices.
Hanna Rosin explores how the Religious Rights’ views on morality have changed as their behavior hasn’t met their ideals.
Jacob Weisberg points out how shotgun weddings equal sky-high divorce rates and looks at how the right’s anti-abortion absolutism has meant more acceptance of teen pregnancy.
September 6, 2008
Source: L.A. Times
Teen pregnancy and sex education were thrust into the spotlight this week when Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin revealed that her 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant.
Palin’s running mate, John McCain, and the GOP platform say children should be taught that abstinence until marriage is the only safe way to avoid pregnancy and disease. Palin’s position is less clear. In a widely quoted 2006 survey she answered during her gubernatorial campaign, Palin said she supported abstinence-until-marriage programs. But weeks later, she proclaimed herself “pro-contraception” and said condoms ought to be discussed in schools alongside abstinence.
“I’m pro-contraception, and I think kids who may not hear about it at home should hear about it in other avenues,” she said during a debate in Juneau.
Such statements could raise concerns among social conservatives who have been some of Palin’s most enthusiastic supporters since she was tapped for the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket last week.
Leslee Unruh, president of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse and campaign manager of the Vote Yes for Life effort, said children must be given a “clear and concise” message on the benefits of abstinence.
Asked about Palin’s statement, Unruh said, “I don’t think it’s clear. It seems disjointed to me.”
Two days later, Unruh dismissed the comments as “old.”
“I support her in every way,” she said.
Other conservatives who have backed Palin, including James Dobson of Focus on the Family, declined to weigh in.
Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella said the governor stands by her 2006 statement, supporting sex education that covers both abstinence and contraception.
McCain’s campaign did not respond to questions about whether Palin’s position is inconsistent with the Arizona senator’s. But in an earlier statement, a campaign spokesperson said McCain believes abstinence is “the only safe and responsible alternative.”
“To do otherwise is to send a mixed signal to children that, on the one hand they should not be sexually active, but on the other, here is the way to go about it,” according to a statement provided by the campaign. “As any parent knows, ambiguity and equivocation leads to problems when it comes to teaching children right from wrong.”
Even before Palin released a statement about her daughter Bristol, teen pregnancy had been in the spotlight frequently this year. The teen birth rate, which had been declining for 15 years, showed an increase in new data released in July. One month earlier, 17-year-old actress Jamie Lynn Spears gave birth to a daughter, distressing parents who worried about the message it would send to young fans. And early in the year, the film “Juno” won an Oscar, prompting critics to accuse Hollywood of glamorizing teen pregnancy.
Sex education varies widely across the nation’s school districts.
In California, the state Education Code does not allow abstinence-only programs in public schools, so if a school offers sex education, it must include discussion of contraception as well as abstinence. About 96% of the state’s schools offer sex education. All schools are required to educate older children about HIV/AIDS, and those discussions must cite both abstinence and condoms as methods of preventing infection.
The federal government has spent more than $1 billion on the abstinence-only message since 1996 under a program created by Congress as part of welfare reform. California is the only state to have declined to take part in the program since its inception, but in recent years more states that once accepted the funding have decided to forgo it.
Palin’s statements date to her 2006 gubernatorial run. In July of that year, she completed a candidate questionnaire that asked, would she support funding for abstinence-until-marriage programs instead of “explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?”
Palin wrote, “Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.”
But in August of that year, Palin was asked during a KTOO radio debate if “explicit” programs include those that discuss condoms.
Palin said no and called discussions of condoms “relatively benign.”
“Explicit means explicit,” she said. “No, I’m pro-contraception, and I think kids who may not hear about it at home should hear about it in other avenues. So I am not anti-contraception. But, yeah, abstinence is another alternative that should be discussed with kids. I don’t have a problem with that. That doesn’t scare me, so it’s something I would support also.”
September 3, 2008
Source: The Swamp
ST. PAUL — So much for privacy.
Sarah and Todd Palin insisted they wanted to protect the privacy of their 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, even as they announced on Labor Day that she is pregnant.
Then Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, the 18-year-old father-to-be, arrived at the Minneapolis airport today for the Palin family greeting of Sen. John McCain, the presidential nominee-to-be of the Republican Party.
Levi Johnston’s appearance is as public a statement as possible that he plans to step up to the plate: The couple will marry, the Palins say. They planned to all along Johnston’s mother says, even before Bristol Palin became pregnant.
Sarah Palin’s apperance at this novel arrival ceremony is as public a statement as possible that she supports her daughter’s choice — indeed hails it as an affirmation of the “pro-life” cause which she supports, an affirmation appreciated by the conservative, religious base of her party.
John McCain’s appearance in the picture is as public a statement as possible that he accepts the whole family, a measure in and of itself of how far American politics has come: There was a time when pregnant teenagers were hidden, shipped off to schools of their own. In this time, a pregnant teenager and her boyfriend can be embraced by a candidate for president, in the most public fashion possible.
A public picture of extended family values.
So, so much for privacy, Palin family and McCain family alike. They have chosen a public path for America’s at least temporarily most famous teen mom. And ultimately the public will make the call about what, if anything, it all means.
September 3, 2008
Source: The Celebrity Cafe
Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old little sister of pop superstar Britney Spears, recently gave birth to a daughter, Maddie Briann, and is sending a show of support to teenage mom-to-be Bristol Palin, daughter of the presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, according to Fox News.
An insider at Beverly Hills baby store Petit Tresor said it was actually Spears’s mother, Lynne Spears, that placed the order over the phone, but requested that it come from her daughter, Jamie.
“It was ordered by phone, and they asked what could be done for under $100. They spent $60 on pink burp clothes,” the source said.
The former Zoey 101 star announced she was pregnant last year and gave birth in June. She is engaged to Casey Aldridge, a pipe-layer from Mississippi. Their relationship has been plagued by rumors of Aldridge’s infidelity.
Palin announced Monday through the McCain campaign that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is five-months pregnant. Rumors had been circulating that Palin’s own son, to whom she gave birth earlier this year and was diagnosed with Down syndrome, was actually that of her daughter.
Bristol Palin has been pulled out of school for a few months, citing a bad case of mono for the reason.
September 3, 2008
Source: The Australian
THE teenager expecting a baby with the unmarried 17-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin is expected to be publicly unveiled at the Republican Party convention.
But Levi Johnston, 18, has created a further stir, describing himself on his MySpace page as a “redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes”.
The description appears in a profanity-laden entry posted by Johnston that was made private over the weekend, but not before several media outlets published parts of it.
Johnston, who is to marry Palin’s pregnant daughter Bristol, is reportedly flying to the St Paul, Minnesota, convention after being outed by international media.
He played ice hockey at Bristol’s high school and the Palin camp says the teenage couple will get married.
But in Johnston’s MySpace entry, the teenager hints that fatherhood was not in his immediate plans.
Johnston says he is “in a relationship,” but on the question about how he feels about children he said: “I don’t want kids.” He also says his true love is ice hockey.
Here’s part of his entry before it was made private: ‘I’m a f–kin’ redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some s–t and just f–kin’ chillin’ I guess. Ya f–k with me I’ll kick ass.”
Republican presidential candidate John McCain says he is satisfied that Palin’s background was properly checked before the Alaska Governor became his vice-presidential running-mate.
“The vetting process was completely thorough and I’m grateful for the results,” McCain said.
Questions about the review came up after news surfaced that Bristol was pregnant and that the Alaska Governor has retained a private lawyer to represent her in an investigation into the firing of the state public safety commissioner.
The lawyer who conducted the background review said Palin voluntarily told McCain’s campaign about Bristol’s pregnancy, and about her husband’s two-decade-old drink-driving arrest during questioning as part of the vice-presidential search process.
McCain’s campaign has been trying to tamp down questions about whether the Arizona senator’s team adequately researched his surprise vice-presidential selection.
Since McCain publicly disclosed his running mate on Friday, the notion of a shoddy, rushed review has been stoked repeatedly.
In St Paul, Minnesota, campaign advisers vehemently defended the Palin review.
September 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Bush led a convention chorus of praise for John McCain Tuesday night, hailing him as a “ready to lead this nation” and a courageous candidate who risked his White House ambitions to support an unpopular Iraq war. Republicans rallied forcefully behind vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin in the face of fresh controversy.
Barack Obama drew criticism from the convention podium when Sen. Joseph Lieberman said the Democratic presidential candidate voted to cut off funding “for our troops on the ground” in Iraq last year. By contrast, Lieberman, who was the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee in 2000, said McCain had the courage “to stand against the tide of public opinion.”
McCain was in Pennsylvania and Ohio during the day, campaigning his way into the convention city where the 72-year-old Arizona senator will deliver his formal acceptance speech on Thursday night.
Hundreds of miles to the west, in St. Paul, about two dozen men who were Vietnam prisoners with him a generation ago sparked chants of “USA, USA” when they were introduced to the delegates.
Bush reprised the national security themes that propelled him to a second term as he spoke — briefly — from the White House. “We need a president who understands the lessons of Sept. 11, 2001,” he said in prepared remarks. “That to protect America, we must stay on offense, stop attacks before they happen and not wait to be hit again. The man we need is John McCain.”
Inside the convention hall, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson delivered a strong defense of Palin. He said the Alaska governor, was “from a small town, with small town values, but that’s not good enough for those folks who are attacking her and her family.”
He said McCain’s decision to place her on the ticket “has the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic.”
Other Republicans — delegates and luminaries alike — defended Palin, who disclosed on Monday that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant. In addition, a lawyer has been hired to represent the governor in an ethics-related controversy back home in Alaska.
Conservatives, slow to warm to McCain even after he clinched the nomination last spring, were particularly supportive.
“I haven’t seen anything that comes out about her that in any way troubles me or shakes my confidence in her,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran unsuccessfully for the party’s presidential nomination this year.
“All it has done for me is say she is a human person with a real family.”
And Ron Nehring, chairman of the California state party, said video footage of Palin on a firing range was helping her cause.
“The reports I’m getting back is that every time they show that footage we get 1,000 precinct walkers from the NRA,” he told members of his state’s delegation, to laughter. “She cuts taxes and shoots moose. That’s Gov. Palin,” Nehring said.
Thompson jabbed at Obama on abortion, as well.
“We need a president who doesn’t think that the protection of the unborn or a newly born baby is above his pay grade,” he said in prepared remarks, referring to a recent episode in which McCain’s White House rival said it was “above my pay grade” to decide the point at which an unborn child is entitled to rights.
There were indications that Republicans thought they could turn Palin-related controversy to McCain’s gain. Officials said Levi Johnston, the 18-year-old father of the baby Bristol Palin is expecting, was en route to the convention from his home in Wasilla, Alaska.
McCain’s wife, Cindy, took in the evening program from a VIP box. So, too, former President George H.W. Bush, accompanied by his wife Barbara.
Bush, with his approval ratings in the 30-percent range, was relegated to a relatively minor role at the convention of a party that has twice nominated him to the White House. The president scrapped a planned Monday night speech because of the threat Hurricane Gustav posed to New Orleans. With polls making it clear the nation is ready for a change, the McCain campaign indicated there was no reason for him to make the trip to St. Paul.
The president referred to the years of torture McCain endured as a prisoner of war. Then Bush added, “If the Hanoi Hilton could not break John McCain’s resolve to do what is best for his country, you can be sure the angry left never will.”
“As president he will stand up to the high tax crowd in Congress … and lift the ban for drilling on America’s offshore oil,” Bush added.
As for Palin, despite Thompson’s remarks — and McCain’s declaration that he was satisfied with the scrutiny his aides had given the governor before her selection_ there were fresh disclosures.
Among them: that both as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and as governor, she had sought earmarks for local projects. Her most recent round of requests totaled $300 for every Alaskan. McCain has frequently vowed to veto any earmark legislation, and has said she will be a force in his battle to wipe them out.
Additionally, the lawyer hired to defend Palin in an ethics investigation said he also is representing her personally and is permitted to bill the state up to $95,000 for work in the current case. The issue involves the dismissal of public safety commissioner Walt Monegan after he refused to fire a state trooper who had divorced the governor’s sister.
Republicans handed Lieberman the prime spot in the evening lineup, and he blended praise for McCain with criticism of Obama.
“When others wanted to retreat in defeat from the field of battle, when Barack Obama was voting to cut off funding for our troops on the ground, John McCain had the courage to stand against the tide of public opinion,” the Connecticut Democratic-turned-independent senator said in excerpts released in advance of his speech.
The decision to place Lieberman out front on the convention’s second night capped an unprecedented political migration. Only eight years ago, he stood before a cheering throng at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles and accepted the nomination as Al Gore’s running mate.
In the years since, he lost badly in 2004 when he sought the Democratic presidential nomination, lost a Democratic nomination for a new term at home in Connecticut in 2006, then recovered quickly to win re-election as an independent.
Back in the Senate, his vote allows the Democrats to command a narrow majority, yet he has been one of the most outspoken supporters of the war in Iraq. He has traveled widely with McCain in recent months, and occasionally has angered Democrats with remarks critical of Obama.
One day after a frightening Gulf Coast hurricane prompted a subdued opening to the McCain convention, political combat enjoyed a resurgence.
McCain’s aides disputed a claim that vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin had once been a member of a third party — and accused Democratic rival Obama’s camp of spreading false information.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton said that as far as he’d seen, “the only person talking about her being in the Alaska Independence Party is the head of the Alaska Independence Party.”
“Their gripe is with those folks,” he said of the McCain campaign.
Protesters outside the hall vowed to resume demonstrations that turned violent on Monday and resulted in 286 arrests.
Associated Press writers Beth Fouhy in Philadelphia and Scott Bauer and Martiga Lohn in St. Paul contributed to this story.
September 3, 2008
U.S. Sen. John Ensign, a conservative Christian who has said out of wedlock births should be “somewhat stigmatized,” stood up for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her daughter in a brief interview Tuesday.
“I’m a parent of a teenager and it’s one of our worst fears,” he said. “But you can do everything you can possibly do as parents and your kids are going to do things, just like we did, that our parents don’t approve of. They’re going to make mistakes. They doesn’t mean they did anything wrong as parents.”
Ensign said Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is “doing the right thing” by having the baby and marrying the father.
“She’s not going to have an out of wedlock birth,” he said. “The young lady is taking responsibility. She made a mistake and she’s taking responsibility.”
. . .
Two Nevada fan favorites are still waiting to see if they’ll get a speaking slot at the restructured Republican National Convention.
Ensign was bumped from the schedule Monday and is still waiting to be scheduled.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney, whose first-place showing in the Nevada caucuses left him with a devoted following in the swing state, also has not been confirmed as a speaker.
Romney was given practice time Tuesday morning in the Xcel Center, but did not speak during the evening program. He is still awaiting a confirmed slot.
And for Romney’s Nevada fans, don’t expect him to play a role in a McCain administration if the senator wins.
“I have no interest in a cabinet position,” he said during a press conference with Gannett Co. reporters. “I can’t imagine the circumstances that would lead me to say yes to a cabinet position. I watched my dad serve in a cabinet. That’s not something I would aspire to.”
. . .
The protestors wreaking havoc on the streets of St. Paul are on the minds of many Nevada female delegates who were dismayed by the damage to the nearby Macy’s.
At breakfast, the Nevada delegate who gave the invocation prayed: “That those who are causing problems will remain under control.”
Alternate delegates Heidi Smith and Su Kemper said they were stopped Monday while shopping by an officer who warned them they were heading into tear gas.
September 2, 2008
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican John McCain, whose running mate disclosed that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, has opposed proposals to spend federal money on teen-pregnancy prevention programs and voted to require poor teen mothers to stay in school or lose their benefits.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s announcement Monday about her daughter Bristol was aimed at rebutting Internet rumors that Palin’s youngest son, born in April, was actually her daughter’s. Palin said her daughter intends to raise her child and marry the baby’s father, identified in news reports as Levi Johnston, 18, of Wasilla, a high school hockey player whom Bristol has dated for about one year. The baby is due in late December.
McCain’s record on issues surrounding teen pregnancy and contraceptives during his more than two decades in the Senate indicates that he and Palin have similar views. Until Monday, when the subject surfaced in a deeply personal manner, teen pregnancy and sex education were not issues in the national political campaign.
Palin herself said she opposes funding sexual-education programs in Alaska.
“The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support,” she wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates.
McCain’s position on contraceptives and teen pregnancy issues has been difficult to judge on the campaign trail, as he appears uncomfortable discussing such topics. Reporters asked the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in November 2007 whether he supported grants for sex education in the United States, whether such programs should include directions for using contraceptives and whether he supports President Bush’s policy of promoting abstinence.
“Ahhh, I think I support the president’s policy,” McCain said.
When a reporter asked McCain whether he thought contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV, he replied: “You’ve stumped me.” McCain said later that he was sure he opposed government spending on contraceptives. Asked whether he would oppose condom distribution if he knew that condoms stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, McCain said he had never gotten into those issues before.
The McCain campaign on Monday did not respond to repeated requests for information.
In Senate votes, McCain has opposed some proposals to pay for teen-pregnancy prevention programs. In 2006, McCain joined fellow Republicans in voting against a Senate Democratic proposal to send $100 million to communities for teen-pregnancy prevention programs that would have included sex education about contraceptives.
In 2005, McCain opposed a Senate Democratic proposal that would have spent tens of millions of dollars to pay for pregnancy prevention programs other than abstinence-only education, including education on emergency contraception such as the morning-after pill. The bill also would have required insurance companies that cover Viagra to also pay for prescription contraception.
McCain voted for the Family Support Act in 1988, which passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and required teen mothers who receive public assistance to remain in high school and, in some cases, to live with their parents.
“Young parents who have not completed high school will be required to stay in or return to school to complete the basic education so necessary to a productive life,” said President Reagan, as he signed the law in October 1988.
McCain cited abortion, sex education and birth control as some of the issues on which he differed with Joycelyn Elders, former President Clinton’s nominee for surgeon general. He quoted Elders as telling lawmakers that abortion has had positive health effects, including reducing the number of children “afflicted with severe defects.”
“As a father of a number of young children, including an adopted daughter who was born with a birth defect, I am deeply, deeply troubled by these views,” McCain said in a 1993 speech opposing Elders’ confirmation.
Palin’s fifth child, a son named Trig, was born in April with Down syndrome, a genetic abnormality that impedes physical, intellectual and language development. Conservatives supportive of Palin as McCain’s running mate have praised her choice to deliver Trig even after the family learned about his condition during prenatal testing.
McCain said the country unarguably had a problem with teen pregnancy, but said Elders’ approach would only make it worse. He said Elders started a program to distribute condoms in schools, but the rate of teen pregnancy actually rose in those counties. When it turned out many of the condoms were defective, Elders decided to continue the program rather than halt it or inform the public of the risk, McCain added.
September 2, 2008
Source: The Huffington Post
Unwed pregnant teens, redneck baby daddys, shot gun weddings — are these the corner stones of GOP family values? In case you didn’t hear, John McCain’s baked Alaskan has a pop tart. Yes, Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter Bristol is unwed and five-months pregnant, by Levi Johnston, who describes himself at My Space as “a fuckin’ redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes.” Doesn’t he sound like every good Christian Evangelical parent’s dream?
VP hopeful Palin put out a statement after the internet buzzed with questions about whether her fifth child was actually her daughter’s child: “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.”
The baby daddy, Levi, is 17 and entering his senior year at Wassila High School. More on his My Space page: He boasts, “Ya fuck with me I’ll kick ya ass.” As an insight to how he will support his young family he shares, “I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some shit and just fuckin’ chillin’ I guess.” As mayor of Wassila, it’s evident from Levi’s writing skills and her daughter’s good judgment, that Sarah Palin spent more time perfecting her moose pie than stressing sex education or the three R’s.
The baby daddy also shares this thought at My Space: “I don’t want kids.” The news that Bristol was, of course, practicing abstinence-only birth control must have come as a shock to the soon-to-be other “dude” of the Palin clan. The little polar bear in the oven must have come as a surprise, too, but not as much as the fact that there was a wedding in the works and that he was the groom. “Ya fuck with me I’ll kick ya ass… or maybe not.” I’m baffled at the McCain camp and the GOP’s promotion of Ms. Palin as a commander in chief when there’s no doubt that if this were a revelation from a Democratic candidate — and particularly a black candidate — imagine the uproar over what a bad example they set for youth and parents of America.
What hypocrisy! What blatant duplicity! Where are all the right wing moralist who decry hip hop and rap stars for spreading base morals? Where is Jerry Falwell and the GOP pundits who bring the wrath upon inner city black youths, for exhibiting the same bad judgment and behavior that Sarah Palin’s daughter and baby daddy have? All I’ve heard today from the same people who litter the airwaves with their self-righteous moralizing was political sophistry. Gone are the fire and brimstone sermons about good Christian family values.
If Sarah Palin has accomplished anything in this election cycle, it’s to expose the right wing extremist for the bigots and hypocrites they are. We see when one of their own is forced to reveal themselves, they are reticent about how at odds their reality is to the false image they promulgate. Since her announcement the GOP have been cooing she is a “breath of fresh air.” I agree, she is, but not for the reasons they were hoping. Not because she’s a woman who will shake up the race and steal women voters from Obama, but because she finally puts a face on all those GOP baby mama-daddy shot gun weddings of political expediency.
In the words of an enthusiastic Republican female supporter, “You go girl!” Too bad the motivation behind her candidacy and the weak attempts to bolster it are as stale and old as those three words from the nineties. Now the baby mama drama was a nice touch, but we’re over that, didn’t she star in the movie this summer? Tina Fey, they looks so much alike. A scary thought just cross my mind, what if John McCain really thinks he’s nominating the broad from “SNL,” or even better he believes the chick from SNL is the governor from Alaska? I see his point, the guy from “Terminator” is governor of California. Somebody needs to find these things out. The man only met her once before putting her on the ticket.
Here’s a novel approach for the McCain camp, stop insulting the voters and tell the truth. Admit Ms. Palin was never vetted. You made your crowded bed now lie in it — baby mama, red neck daddy, moose and all.
September 2, 2008
In the wake of Sarah Palin’s surprising announcement Monday that her 17-year-old daughter Bristol is five months pregnant, the news media has been in hot pursuit of details about the unborn child’s father, 18-year-old Levi Johnston. Sarah Palin was announced as presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s running mate on Friday.
A small amount of information on Johnston could be found at his A small amount of information on Johnston could be found at his MySpace page, which has since been removed. The Wasilla, Alaska, hockey player’s page listed him as being in a relationship, but under his “children” status, Johnston opted for “I don’t want kids.”
Johnston’s page also revealed his likes and dislikes: He’s a self-professed “redneck” who likes to snowboard, ride dirt bikes, go camping and “hang out with the boys.” He also enjoys fishing, and warned that, if you mess with him, “I’ll kick [your] a–.”
In a statement issued Monday, Sarah Palin said she and her husband Todd are “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 statement noted that Bristol and Johnston will marry, and asked that the media “respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.”
In Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, where news of Bristol’s pregnancy has reportedly been known for weeks, the reaction to the news was mixed but largely positive, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Palin family friend Karen Rhoades told the paper that Bristol’s impending motherhood is a testament to the governor’s ideals and her own decision not to terminate her most recent pregnancy; Palin learned during her pregnancy that her son Trig would have Down syndrome.
“You can teach sex education all you want, but human beings are human beings,” Rhoades said. “Sarah chose life and therefore her daughter saw a great example and she is choosing life as well.”