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Palin’s daughter is five months pregnant with the child of Wallisa resident Levi Johnston. She is nursing and nurturing an infant with Down’s syndrome. Wouldn’t a responsible mother withdraw her vice presidential candidacy?
I expect some reporters and many bloggers will look into Sarah Palin’s past statements about teenage birth control and abstinence only education and batter her with them. This will cause her daughter great emotional pain. That alone is reason for her to step down.
I think most in the mainstream and the responsible left wing media will be responsible and let this remain a family matter and respect the Palin’s privacy. But despite what Barack Obama said about the media needing to back off (LINK ) and this not being about the campaign, it is relevant to the campaign because she is running on, among other things, family values.
The right wing media would be all over any Democrat running in part on family values whose 17 year old unmarried daughter got pregnant.
I don’t think this has anything to do with morality. Indeed it is largely a family matter and for Bristol and her (now) fiance’s sake I hope they are left alone. To assure this they both must be taken out of the public spotlight. It’s only a matter of time before Levi’s identity is known.
Let them have and raise the family in peace, and with the guidance of their parents if and only if they want to have it. I haven’t read anyone raise the possibility that they don’t.
Unlike some bloggers I don’t hold Sarah Palin’s views on sex education against her in this case. We don’t know whether or not Governor Palin made the case for abstinence but also presented the option sexual activity short of intercourse or of using birth control if Bristol decided to have sex. That is sensible sex education which is based on adolsecent psychology.
Even with the best sex education teenagers often ignore even the best advice from their parents and teachers. They often rebel against their parents and other authority figures attempting to control their sexual behavior.
Sex is fun teenagers say, and with a few notable exceptions most unmarried teenaged girls don’t think it will be them who gets pregnant with unprotected sex.
I do have to question Palin’s judgment and commitment to family though because on top of everything else Sarah Palin knew she’d be dealing with when she accepted the VP offer, she also knew her daughter was five months pregnant.
Of course this assumes she is telling the truth that she knew about her daughter’s pregnancy during the vetting before McCain made the offer to her. Teenagers have been known to hide their pregnancies well into the second trimester.
We also can only take McCain’s word that he knew of Bristol’s pregnancy before he approved her selection. If he didn’t, if Palin hid it, then he’d have little choice but to withdraw her name and take the political consequences.
Readers will have to ask themselves if the McCain campaign explanations are plausible:
Along a similar line, ( campaign chief Steve Schmidt) was asked if the increasing burden of a family that now will have an added grandchild of a teenage daughter could be too much for the vice president, should McCain and Palin win election.
“I can’t imagine that question being asked of a man,” Schmidt said. “It’s offensive.”
So we asked Schmidt this: Some critics are suggesting that McCain would not have tapped Palin for running mate, given her credentials and experience, if she were a man.
“It’s a really interesting question – I’m fascinated by it,” Schmidt replied. “She is, by any objective experience, more accomplished than Sen. Obama…. We’ll stack up her accomplishments against his any day of the week… Governors run things.” Read more here.
If she continues to run I hope Sarah Palin will make room in her busy schedule for family counseling, and just quiet time to be with her husband and children.
And I haven’t even mentioned “troopergate” and the possibility it could explode into a major scandal…
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