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.