The Life of Palin

One could have been excused for thinking that today’s surprising news that Sarah Palin’s 17-year old daughter Bristol is five months pregnant might have soured evangelicals and other “social conservatives” on McCain’s reckless and irresponsible pick for vice-president, after all, it makes a joke out of “abstinence only” sex-education and casts further shadows of doubt over the moral authority and questionable judgment of both McCain and his running mate, but apparently that would have been a complete mistake:

I’m sure lots of people will take their shots at the pro-life Christian woman but hold on a moment. If you think Evangelicals are going to ditch her for this, you’re totally misreading the situation. As a matter of fact, they are ready to fire back at any potential critics…

Look, this development will actually be positive for the most part with Evangelicals. First they hear that Sarah Palin chooses the life option even though she had a Downs Syndrome baby and once again the family (and Bristol) has chosen the life option in this recent case. That’s a double “ca-ching”. Let’s call this the Evangelical daily double. If anything, this whole situation will probably make more people around the country relate to her and her family. It makes them more real. Will there by some turned off by the whole pre-marital sex thing? Of course but this type of story doesn’t sink her at all with Evangelicals.

There you go; always look on the bright side of life! In the bizarre, schizophrenic world of the right blogosphere, this latest bombshell about Palin is actually regarded a “positive” development. One could easily imagine that had the shoe been on the other foot and the young daughter of a liberal politician was found to be having a child out of wedlock (amongst other Springeresque family shenanigans), it would similarly have been regarded as a “daily double” by the right-wing commentariat, but likely not in a positive way. Such are the hypocritical double-standards that unfortunately typify much of our so-called political discourse these days.

Reaction from the Obama campaign was classy if not altogether unexpected:

“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.”

I’m certain the right will find some way of mangling and twisting even that fundamentally decent, sensible statement into something vile and ugly. They always do it seems.

Update: Just to prove my assertion, here’s a statement from a senior McCain aide: “The despicable rumors that have been spread by liberal blogs, some even with Barack Obama’s name in them, is a real anchor around the Democratic ticket, pulling them down in the mud in a way that certainly juxtaposes themselves against their ‘campaign of change.” Linking Obama to the muckraking of some left-wing blogs simply because his name was mentioned in the blog, I mean, how desperately low is that? These people are utterly beneath contempt and totally without scruples.

36 Replies to “The Life of Palin”

  1. “They always do it seems.” Yup, and they have mastered the art. And thus have won more than they have lost.

  2. I see the left wing liblogs (some would say loonies)are hard at work spinning this story…or should I say non story…
    The fact of the matter is that this was a private matter…but the Loonie left blogasphere was already running with their conspiracy stories…forcing the McCain camp to respond…this was not a secret in their home town…but…this loonie left (presumably with the knowledge of the Obama camp) that we have today were running with this very private matter.
    Now they are forced to backtrack…they pretend this was a rogue loonie…common sense would suggest not…
    Apparently things have backfired…lets wait for the next one…I would suggest Red Tory (if he ever was one) wait for the next conspiracy…after all isn’t that what the left does….

  3. I see the left wing liblogs (some would say loonies)are hard at work spinning this story…or should I say non story…

    Ah, ya love it. The delicious, forbidden fornication, the nubile young white Christian teens surging with urges and longings, her fertile womb now heavy with fruit.

    This is porn for you guys. Enjoy!

  4. just doing their part to stem the demographic winter. i sincerely wish the best for bristol, she has a hell of a road in front of her. now i would like to draw your attention to the expression on the littlest person in that picture. that kid looks hilarious… or possessed. quick get jindal on the phone. 😉

  5. Well Red Tory…lets face it, these loonie left sites have long been tied to the Democratic Party…one only has to look at MoveON.org…again Facts always get in the way don’t they….
    One doesn’t have to have a lot of knowledge to put the claims of the left in doubt…
    The Facts are the Facts…aren’t they….

  6. LOL and any one who buys the Rove-ian claims of the right has a few screws loose. Obama is a scary closet Moooslem terrorist. Head for the hills.

    The “Babygate” story was a silly rumour that got out of hand, but it forced their hand and exposed the whole hypocrisy of the “family values” agenda and the silliness of abstinence based sex ed. Palin is a soap opera come to life. Pop up some popcorn and get the recliner ready.

  7. Cliff — Criticizing the “loony left” for the onslaught of muckraking on Palin (Big City Lib calls them “garbologists”) is more than fair criticism, but your implication that somehow this is connected to the Obama campaign is without foundation.

    Of course, they’re aware of the furor, I’m sure, and their statement told people to “back off.” But that’s not good enough for you… oh no, of course not. Somehow you’ve got to find a way to smear Obama with everything that supporters might say or do.

    Well, I guess we’ll just have to do the same with Stephen Harper. Let’s all presume that every hateful, vile, filthy, racist, sexist, homophobic piece of shit posting that comes out of the dank sewers and toxic cesspits of the right — is done with the complete knowledge and APPROVAL of Stephen J. Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada.

    Fair is fair, right?

  8. In this country it has been the Liberals that have used the US scare tactics come election time…the game plan of the Liberal party has replicated the left of the Democratic partyin the US…we have never used this as our model in Canada…Of course we remember the Scary Harper ads…the Tories were in bed with the seperatists and were intent on dividing the country…
    And how about the ad with the army taking over our cities (we can’t make this up can we).
    Carl Rove doesn’t attend our meetings as Howard Dean the leader of the US loonie left has done here in Canada.
    Your Bush / Rove bashing is old…it has nothing to do with Canadian politics…it is simply old loonie left scare mongering. When you stand for nothing, that is all that is left…scare mongering.
    Oh…but the way, don’t forget the Old abortion and Gay marriage arguments when things start to go bad…another old Loonie left stand by…
    Again…don’t you hate these facts…and now your left with a do nothing leader…and why is that….because you had a (9) month leadership campaign with no ideas…it was simply the old stand by smear Harper and the Conservatives…what is that term the loonie left uses…NEO Cons….
    All this from a party that left the Canadian tax payer missing $40 million dollars…and now they have no money to run an election, and why is that…because the party of the corporate elite is no longer allowed to have Canada’s elite fund them…

  9. ‘Oh…but the way, don’t forget the Old abortion and Gay marriage arguments when things start to go bad’

    Remember too, Obama is against gay marriage and for restricted abortion (and pro 2 tier healthcare).
    Remind me where the similarities are between the Dems and Libs….oh right, tax the people to pay for social programs.

  10. Wilson…Oh yes…more taxes to fund the corporate elite, or for new social programs we don’t need…but, that is the Liberal way of buying votes with our money…hence the new Green Shaft…a new hidden tax at the Liberals disposal…Now do we really want to trust the Liberals with more of our Tax money….
    And the similarities between the liberal and Democratic left…spend more…tax more…and oh yeah…bring in Howard Dean to help plan the strategy for the Canadian left…and last but not least…you both think your running against the Bush administration…
    It is the same old scare mongering on both sides of the border….

  11. Oh yes, Conservatives never use scare mongering. Haha.

    “we cannot let them tell Canadians to freeze in the dark.”
    – Prime Minister Stephen Harper (re: Dion’s Green Shift)
    – August 15th, 2008

    Wilson Cliff, control yourselves.

  12. Wilson Cliff, control yourselves.

    They can’t help it. All this talk about white Christian teens and illicit congress has gotten them over-stimulated. Especially Wilson….she’s been sliding down banisters all day.

  13. gosh. somebody hand cliff a tissue he’s about to have an… episode.

    “Your Bush / Rove bashing is old”

    but adscam lasts forever. take a look at the conservative party website cliff, it is a shrine to the art of smear and fear. don’t forget to wipe that big daddy juice off your bib.

  14. Pretty Shaved Ape…
    Your missing the point…adscam was initiated by the Liberal party in Canada…with taxpayers money…
    The Bush / Rove team is in the US….get it…another country….but yet the Dems and the Libs are still teaming up…with the unifying help of Howard dean of course…surely, you can see the difference…

  15. Probably the same. These trolls always masquerade under several different names. It’s part of their inherent dishonesty. Like Oldstool, Cliff just reels out the same old tired talking points. Borrrrrrring.

  16. Cliff – Wilson – want a discussion, do lunch.

    Well, we’re coming up in the world. We moved up from Leftist Loonies from Leftards…things are improving.

    Personally, I think the kids of politicians should be left alone in politics.

    Remember the bashing and trashing of Michelle Obama over patriotism? Well, seems Ms Palin was a member of a group that wanted to secede from the US – yup – separate from the US and even considered joining Canada.

    Members of ‘Fringe’ Alaskan Independence Party Say Palin Was a Member in 90s
    September 01, 2008 6:52 PM

    The campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., likes to herald the independence of its new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

    Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which, since the 1970s, has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States.

    And while McCain’s motto — as seen in a new TV ad — is “Country First,” the AIP’s motto is the exact opposite — “Alaska First — Alaska Always.”

    Lynette Clark, the chairman of the AIP, tells ABC News that Palin and her husband Todd were members in 1994, even attending the 1994 statewide convention in Wasilla. Clark was AIP secretary at the time.

    “We are a state’s rights party,” says Clark

    ….there’s more about her almost being ousted as mayor.

  17. Ti-Guy — Different IP#s (for whatever that’s worth). Oldschool appears to be in Calgary. Cliff seems to be someplace in Atlantic Canada.

  18. Cliff, you simpering ninny.

    In this country it has been the Liberals that have used the US scare tactics come election time…we have never used this as our model in Canada

    Lie.

    And the similarities between the liberal and Democratic left…spend more

    Another lie.

    bring in Howard Dean to help plan the strategy for the Canadian left

    Uh huh.

    Anything else?

  19. Red Canuck……notice the “hockey mom” thing with Palin? If that isn’t a Luntz strategy, I don’t know what is.

    Next – family values
    Next – support the troops – Palin’s son is going to Iraq and they are playing if politically – not mentioning the Biden’s son is also going to Iraq in Oct.

    And, the biggy of them all – and the Conservatives all do it – play the victim card. You’re picking on my, liberal bias, no body likes me and I’m going to the garden to eat worms.

    The victim card is the one that makes me want to throw up – it’s so “weak”.
    s

  20. It is such a self serving picking and choosing of the facts.

    And if you really believe that the gay marriage/abortion card isn’t used against Obama because he supports civil unions and opposes some abortions, you haven’t paid attention to the campaign at all.

  21. Well red Canuck…you should check your facts…Howard Dean did indeed attend and address your meetings…as even Red Tory indicated this is old news…but it does point to the fact that the Liberal party does take its cue from the US…and they continue to be infactuated with the US…hence the continued Bush / Rove thrashing.
    To suggest you have never used these Democratic scare tactics is simply untrue…we all remember the scary Harper ads…the army in our cities ad (remember the phrase…we can’t make this stuff up), of course the old “in bed with the seperatists” propoganda…again all old style scare mongering….
    And finally…the two parties are both high tax…and big spenders….aka…the new greenshaft…and now the left line…is that we want an election before Obama wins in the US…what does one have to do with the other…again, just a reminder that these liblogs seem to think they are running under the wing of the US Democratic party.
    When you stand for nothing…all that is left is scare mongering…oh…the unbridled thirst for power and a renewed abuse of taxpayers money….

  22. Cliff — again, just a reminder that these liblogs seem to think they are running under the wing of the US Democratic party.

    You mean like “The Blogging Tories” that, by your logic, must think they are operating subsidiaries of the Republican Party? I mean, a whole lot of them carry McCain badges in their sidebars (which before that were anybody but McCain… Huckabee, Thompson, Giuliani, etc.), so I guess it’s a fair comparison.

    Okay then. So, we’ve got: a) Harper approves of anything racist, sexist, homophobic, or just plain crazy that’s posted on right-wing blogs.; and b) supporters of the Conservative Party are closely connected with the G.O.P.

    So, now we can carry your logic even further and possibly even infer from it that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are aligned with the neo-conservative agenda and war-mongering of George Bush/John McSame and the Republicans.

    Gee, your logic is great!

  23. Cliff, either you are illiterate or just spectacularly dishonest. Probably both…

    Well red Canuck…you should check your facts…Howard Dean did indeed attend and address your meetings

    I never disputed this fact, asswipe. I merely pointed out that Harper is taking cues from the Republicans as well.

    To suggest you have never used these Democratic scare tactics is simply untrue

    Another bald-faced lie. Show me where I suggested that. Again, I merely pointed out that your statement “we have never used this as our model in Canada” was an utter fabrication.

    Now why don’t you run back to the Blogging Tories and peddle your horseshit over there, you gutless windbag.

  24. Knee-jerk-wise, I jumped on the Palin bandwagon.

    Only to discover the shades of grey — was her son really her son? Or her daughter’s son? Etc. Should it matter?

    It was then I realized that what you said was true, RT — “Personally, I think the kids of politicians should be left alone in politics.”

  25. The dirt-digging over the weekend was getting pretty offensive. I certainly don’t think anyone should be going after her daughter although it does I believe compromise Sarah Palin’s moral authority in a number of respects and also points out what a joke “abstinence only” sex-ed is (something she’s a strong advocate of). Great that she’s having the baby and all that, but it’s really far too young to be getting married and raising a kid before she’s even an adult herself.

    It simply astounds me that McCain made this highly questionable choice without even vetting her it seems quite evident now. I think Americans should be very afraid of having someone this impulsive, sloppy and downright reckless at the helm.

  26. As much as the far right will whine over this for days, here is the bottom line.

    The selection of a VP is the first executive of a Presidential contender. The first. And while it may not be the deciding factor in the election, it does tell voters something about how the candidate makes decisions.

    What does this selection tell us about McCain? One meeting and he thinks they are “soul mates” (his words). So be honest with yourselves.

    That’s right, kinda scary.

    My family members in Florida, who tend to lean a bit Republican and who used to like McCain, told me today they think he has lost his marbles, along with their votes.

  27. “I certainly don’t think anyone should be going after her daughter”

    I don’t either, although I will be honest – it flat out pisses me off that those on the right will use this as an example for other kids who are damaged by “abstinence only” child abuse (and yes this type of mis-education and psychological abuse IS child abuse which is defined as: “Child abuse is the physical, psychological or sexual maltreatment of children.”). Not all of these teenaged girls who get pregnant will be the daughters of a governor/VP candidate, they will have much tougher issues to face. It pisses me off royally.

  28. “I certainly don’t think anyone should be going after her daughter”

    I couldn’t agree more.

    What bothers me is how appearance triumphs over substance here. These are two kids who are not ready to be parents. The father says he doesn’t want kids and doesn’t seem to have given thought much about his future. Whether the “Ya f*ck with me and I’ll kick your ass” comment on his MySpace page is just teenage bravado or displays some kind of deeper aggressive trait is for them to determine, but it doesn’t seem to display the kind of maturity needed to raise a child.

    A reasonable, thoughtful parent should step in at this point, and tell their child NOT to consider marriage. Under the best circumstances, teenage marriages rarely succeed even when the parents are mature and wise beyond their years. In this case, all kinds of red flags should be going up.

    But here, the message is that the kids are being pushed into a shotgun marriage to appease the religious conservatives who are more concerned about people having sex outside of marriage than with forming families with the maturity and skill-set to raise healthy children. For them, as long as a father and mother are under a roof, it is a family. Appearance over substance.

    Sarah Palin’s daughter certainly deserves her privacy. She is a 17 year old child who not only faces the challenges of teenage life, but now must do so as a parent and with a parent in the international limelight. But Sarah Palin’s actions in response to her daughter’s challenges tell us something about how she will function in office. Will appearance triumph over substance in the White House?

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