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Monday, September 01, 2008

The Sarah Palin Labor Day News Dump
Posted by Jill | 1:01 PM
Nice of the McCain campaign to vet his running mate now -- AFTER selecting her and while no one is paying attention.

At least Todd Palin actually WAS young when he was "young and irresponsible":

Sources close to Sarah Palin tell The Brody File that the husband of the GOP Vice-presidential choice, Todd Palin, was arrested and charged with Driving under the Influence of alcohol back in 1986. He was 22 years old at the time. He was driving in a truck with some friends in the small southwestern Alaska town of Dillingham when he was pulled over for the DUI. As is customary, he was taken to jail briefly. Sarah and Todd Palin were high school sweethearts so they were dating at the time. The Brody File can also report that there was no accident or injuries.

Sources close to Sarah Palin also tell The Brody File that Todd Palin has been “forthcoming about the situation and has indicated that it was a lesson learned from when he was younger.”


Meanwhile, the fertility habits of the Palin family become "curouser and curiouser", and are being addressed by the Palin family thusly:
Reuters: "The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said 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."

*** UPDATE *** Here's a statement the McCain camp released from Todd and Sarah Palin, which is identical to the quote in the Reuters story: "We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. 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. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support."

"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 to respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates."


Nothing like using a troubled sixteen-year-old as a cudgel with which to beat other women for their decisions, eh? The difference, Governor, between us and you is that we want your daughter to have had options and we respect whatever option she chose. YOU think YOU know what's right for ALL women through the narrow view of your own experience.

And what ABOUT that much-touted abstinence education, anyway?

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Anonymous skywind said...
Why do I have the sinking feeling that this was planned all along? Every story I've read on this is getting lots of mileage out of the "irresponsible liberal bloggers accusing Palin of faking Trig's pregnancy" story. Great way to keep your enemies in the public eye in a negative light. "Look at the nasty liberal rumor-mongers crying wolf. You can't believe a thing they say." Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain....

Blogger Melina said...
this was as good as broken to the general public by O'Reilly screaming about it on radio...and yeah, I have the same feeling about it all being planned.
...and if Palin had to suddenly step from contention of the VP in order to care for her family, who would you think would step into the spot?

this is the piece of the story that grabs me and I have a faster sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that it just possibly could or maybe might be the jr senator from my state of CT.

Blogger Bob said...
I'm not flabbergasted. Apparently that family photo with Bristol's tummy was fairly recent. Tells us something about teenage abstainance & how much mom knew about her daughter's life. Bristol couldn't tell mom she was sexually active. Bristol & her boyfriend wouldn't use birth control. The story here isn't of girl choosing to go though with a pregnancy - in the Palin family she had no choice anyway. The story here is the failure of holier-than-thou parents to cope with a daughter's active sexuality before she became pregnant.

If Palin steps aside (this is no absolute reason for her to do so) it does make McCain's judgment look bad, no matter how the Repugs spin it.

Anonymous IludiumPhosdex said...
Now it gets even more interesting:

It's emerged that Sarah Palin has known connexions to the Alaska Independence Party, a notorious anti-government group with "citizen militia" and "patriot" associations.

And there's two videos on YouTube (here and here) which show Ms. Palin speaking before Independence Party gatherings in past--political dynamite, pure and simple, which The People Ought to See for once.