Palin's unmarried daughter is pregnant
Reaction is flooding in from around the right and left side of the blogosphere. I'm keeping tabs for you.
"I have said before and I will repeat again: People's families are off limits," Obama said. "And people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. So I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know my mother had me when she was 18 and how a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be a topic of our politics."
On charges that his campaign has stoked the story via liberal blogs:
"I am offended by that statement. There is no evidence at all that any of this involved us," he said. "Our people were not involved in any way in this, and they will not be. And if I thought there was somebody in my campaign who was involved in something like that, they would be fired."
--Ron Winter wonders "what kind of country are we?"
--Erick Erickson at RedState.com has this take..
I bet it blows up for Obama when we remind everyone he considered this a punishment
Also, I can't think of anything better than for the fever swamp to devolve into a tabloid magazine for the next week ignoring substantive policy issues and turn hypocritical on "private matters" as they keenly put it.
--Amanda Carpenter at Townhall.com suggests a huge backlash if Obama tries to take advantage of the Palin family choice.
--Ben Domenach at RedState.com has the most eloquent, moving response to date here.
--EM Zanotti says...
I'm working on a post, but I'll be honest...how are they (Biden, Obama, the feminist whackos) going to hit her on "reproductive freedom" now? Both she AND her daughter faced pregnancies that were unplanned and problematic, where they could have made a very particular "choice" and neither one went the easy route.
Right now, on the BlogHer list, I'm seeing two lines of attack -- one, that Palin and her husband forced their daughter to have the kid (unlikely) and the other that Palin supports abstience only education so "how much education about sex did Bristol have...SEE abstience only doesn't work."
They can't attack it without being hypocrites. Though that's never stopped them before...
--Leslie Graves opines...I wouldn't claim to be an expert, but I've worked in post-abortion ministry for years. The leading post-abortion researcher has paid for a number of public opinion surveys (some done as add-on questions by Rasmussen) on how the public perceives post-abortive women versus the pro-life movement. In these surveys, he found that there's a huge commonality between women, whether pro-life or pro-choice. The commonality is that they hate the practice of woman-shaming. Whatever the laws should be, women should not be shamed, regardless of what is going on with them reproductively. That is, many women viscerally reject and are offended by politicians and political messages that attempt to make hay out of shaming women for the particular choices they made, or what's going on with them in terms of a pregnancy or an abortion. All that by way of saying that I think that it would be a very bad mistake for the left to go down the shame-blame road regarding Palin's pregnant daughter. Juno, anyone? Leslie Graves
--John Hawkins weighs in...
n a sense, I think it makes for a nice contrast to Obama,
"Look, I got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old,” he said. “I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at age 16, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.”
I'm starting to see some blog comments and commentary to the effect that it is wrong of the Palins and the McCains to expose their daughter to the national media circus that would, reliably, ensue once her pregnancy was discovered. On the other hand: The whole emotional ordeal of realizing you're pregnant and then doing the right thing, and having to tell your boyfriend, and your parents, (and your high school peers--always hard) is actually harder than facing a national media circus.
The only people who think it is horrendously hard to face a national media circus are the very people who are creating the national media circus, and who are uncivilized barbarians in the first place for even presuming to comment on it in public, other than to wish everyone concerned the very best. Leslie Graves