I know we're supposed to leave the children alone, but...
... this kid was dying a thousand deaths up there
A kid? Well, actually, Bristol Palin's boyfriend Levi Johnston is 18. Plenty of 18-year olds are fighting in Iraq. His brother-in-law to be is 19, and he'll be going. As for going, I suspect it went something like this:
"Oh, you're going to the convention in St. Paul, Levi... You're GOING."
In her supposedly maverick Washington-outsider speech, written by a Washington-insider, Sarah Palin said...
"What's the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom? Lipstick."
Okay. If that's the way you want to play it. The words are yours. The Dem candidates played hands-off with you and your family difficulties and you repaid them with more nastiness in your speech than your limited experience entitles you to.
When those of us in the lower 48 first heard about Sarah Palin, there was a lot we had to learn about her. I, for one, was very impressed (and I remain impressed) by her decision to keep and deliver her baby with Downs Syndrome, especially when so many of them are destroyed these days as a result of the Alpha-Feta test.
I was sickened and disgusted when the Daily Kos and a slew of other guerilla-left blogs started speculating on the basis of very scant evidence whether Trig was actually Sarah's baby, or was in fact her daughter Bristol's. A multitude of fools started weighing in on tummy bulges, breast shape, amniotic fluid leaks and the hazards of air travel, and 40+ pregnancies based upon a handful of photographs, hardly knowing what the heck they were talking about.
In order to get out in front of these rumors, the McCain campaign announced the fact of Bristol's 5-month pregnancy.
Don't get me wrong. Even if the Trig story was true, I wouldn't have had a huge problem with it. Looking back at the history of my own family in generations past and my wife's family as well, there was lots of this stuff going on - people growing up thinking their mothers were their aunts, etc... As for teen pregnancies before marriage, this is the way a lot of America lives today; in fact it can be argued that it's a distinguishing characteristic of Red State America in particular. I have to note with some irony, however, that the Republican party seems to have changed quite a bit in this regard since Dan Quayle and the whole Murphy Brown controversy in 1988.
Just the same, there was something about the way Levi was frog-marched down to the convention ("welcome to the family, son"), cleaned up, and presented as something that he is not, that was disconcerting and got under my skin. If Sarah Palin wants to use Johnston and her own family members as props, and if she's been an advocate and booster of abstinence-only education, I'm not sure these situations should be entirely off the table for discussion.
As dribs and drabs come out about Sarah Palin's actual record in Alaska, and the lack of vetting that was done by the McCain campaign, I'm wondering if the bloom will soon be coming off the rose for her. There is something phony about the whole Palin packaging that seems to me like a ball of string just waiting to be unraveled.
As for the young couple, who knows? Theirs could be a true and wonderful love story... I encourage young men to step up, grow up, and face their responsibilities as much as anyone else would, but if these tidbits allegedly posted on his Myspace page are legit, I think there is some cause to believe he's being shotgunned, perhaps just a little bit...
"I'm a f - - -in' redneck" who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes.
"But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some s- - - and just f - - -in' chillin' I guess."
"Ya f - - - with me I'll kick [your] ass," he added.
Under 'Status', he puts "in a relationship" and under 'Children', he writes "I don't want kids". Whoops.
Well, that about sums the Republican Convention up. USA, USA, USA... Drill, baby drill... Jesus, guns, and babies...
The party owned and run by the Business Roundtable and hedge fund managers is relying upon their self-described "redneck" foot soldiers to get this election won for them. Once again.