Banging Sarah Palin’s daughters

Alaska Governor and national political figure wannabe Sarah Palin got her panties in a bunch last week after late night comedian David Letterman joked that New York Yankees man about town Alex Rodriquez knocked up Palin’s daughter.

The brouhaha erupted after Palin and 14-year-old daughter Willow attended a Yankees baseball game. Letterman later claimed his joke was directed at 18-year-old Palin daughter Bristol, whose unwed pregnancy surfaced during Palin’s 15 minutes of fame last year as John McCain’s vice presidential candidate.

The self-righteous right wing has jumped all over Letterman, claiming the comedian advocated statutory rape because they are certain he was talking about underage Willow.

Letterman’s claim that he was talking about the older daughter is lame. Palin attended the game with Willow, not Bristol, and Letterman, commenting on the photo op, said:

There was one awkward moment during the seventh inning stretch. Her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.

This put Palin into full attack mode. On the Today show, she said:

He doesn’t have to apologize to me. I would like to see him apologize to young women across the country…I’m upset with him being able to get away with a disparaging comment that does erode a young girl’s self-esteem and does contribute to some of the problems we have in society.

Aha. It seems Palin is blaming Letterman for the fact that young girls (and boys) screw around. In her mind, late night comedians might be responsible for the her older daughter’s status as an unwed mother.

I don’t know if Willow is getting it on with any of the locals up in Alaska or if she is handing it out on the road but when a young, impressionable teenage girl has role models like Sarah and Bristol Palin anything is possible.

It’s not David Letterman’s fault that Willow became the target of a joke about sex. Sarah Palin was a known party girl in college and Bristol was 17 when the Palin campaign announced she was five months pregnant. Her ex-boyfriend said in interviews that he and the governor’s daughter had been getting it on for about a year when he "knocked her up," so she was 16 when it started.

In Alaska, the age of consent is 16 — younger than it is in some states where the boyfriend could have been guilty of statutory rape.

The problem here is not Letterman. It is Palin. During the campaign she — like most politicians — used her family as props. The campaign even trotted out the randy boyfriend and extolled his willingness to "do the right thing" and marry Bristol.

But after the campaign was over, the Palin family dumped the boyfriend. He no longer served any useful purpose. Bristol had the kid and now urges teenagers to practice abstinence.

Yes, Letterman’s joke was tasteless but tasteless humor is a staple of late night TV. Sarah Palin has no moral standing on the issue and she put her children into play by trotting them out as campaign gimmicks.

So it’s all a lot of hoopla over nothing — unless A-Rod really did knock up one of the Palin girls during the Seventh Inning Stretch.


  1. Route101

    Palin would be funny if she weren’t so scary. She could take a lesson from Tina Fey’s impersonation. Palin’s entire political career has been built on attacking oponents, not offering clear goals and programs. From the media reports, she is losing support even back in Alaska. She makes W. look like a Rhodes Scholar. Sad that John McCain elevated that freakshow.

  2. old_curmudgeon

    The crux of the biscuit!

    …but when a young, impressionable teenage girl has role models like Sarah and Bristol Palin anything is possible.

    Well said.

  3. remoran

    “Never stop questioning.” Einstein

    Sarah Palin, please!!!! Words cannot begin to describe how this person has elevated the status of stupid to that of professional wrestling. Simply not to be believed.

    Good article and yes, this is a tempest in a teapot affair.

  4. Michela

    I guess the men have spoken and it’s unanimous: Letterman’s tasteless joke was Sarah Palin’s fault.
    Sarah was a party girl in college and Bristol got pregnant out of wedlock, so Letterman has every right to joke about ARod knocking up Willow. Any of you ever take a course in LOGIC?

  5. Carl Nemo

    A spot-on response Michela to what seems to be a case of group based logical dyslexia…! 😐

    Carl Nemo **==

  6. mtnmopar

    The worst part of this whole discussion is that anyone cares what Letterman says. He is no longer a entertainer of any consideration and hasn’t been in a long time. Only Leno’s retirement will extend his tenure.


  7. Route101

    There are two different issues here, IMO.

    Letterman’s jokes are his and his writers own fault and reflect on their characters. Tasteless jokes and comments pervade the media; though perhaps there is supposed to be a higher standard for the rapidly diminishing audience for over-the-air broadcast media still regulated (sic) by the FCC (e.g., Don Imus). Letterman was not elected to any office, and people can tune him out, just like they can any others. I just turn off the TV.

    That Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband publicly prolonged this matter to serve her own political purposes is their own doing. I don’t watch Letterman and would not have known about it except for Palin’s turning it into a PR circus. That’s what she has done often, even if she doesn’t “pal around with terrorists.”

    Also, how do you know “the men have spoken” unanimously? I can’t discern the gender of several posters regardless of nicknames.

  8. granitepaw

    Even the title of the disgusting article is disgusting. This is obviously a low class author of a low class publication trying to get some exposure using Governor Palin’s name. The twisting you liberals try to do to make David Letterman’s inexcuable joke must make you feel like a pretzel. He just apologized tonight in a real way, and you should do the same. You are almost worse putting a headline that up is really despicable

  9. Lillibet

    Palin is, after all, little more than a punchline.

    No matter who’s telling the joke.

    My assessment is made as a liberal leaning, non-twisted, never excusing tastelessness of late night television (that I ignore with gleeful sleep), and without apology.

    Like most who flare brightly for minutes, she has no one save herself to blame for her current familial predicaments, or her daughter’s waffling position on abstinence.

    Apple. Tree. Gravity. Close.

    One needn’t be an glowing intellectual luminary in league with an enduringly famous, brilliant British mathematician to figure it out. That luminary to whom I refer has lasted far past the momentary duration of fame we are forced to endure from present day leader-wannabes. Sir Isaac is famously still glowing centuries later, yet has seemed to survive thousands of jokes, no matter the source.

    Pity the same cannot be said of so many today, though I would miss some of the laughs. Especially about Newton.