So now the McCain/Palin campaign has issued a release indicating that Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter Bristol is five months pregnant. I have a wide range of responses to this news.
- Poor kid — that’s my biggest response. Can you imagine being 17 years old and having this splashed all over the national news?
- Just how ambitious is Sarah Palin? (It’s not exactly like her country “needs” her and she was responding to some patriotic “call.” She made a calculated choice to say yes to McCain, knowing what she knew.
- So it’s got to be either overweening ambition (plowing ahead with this in spite of what is happening in her family and in her daughter’s life); or
- Incredible naïveté — to think that this would not become a public maelstrom.
- Or something even odder that I haven’t yet imagined. (Which is kind of the way this Palin story has been shaping up since Friday, eh?).
- And then there’s John McCain.
- The biggest question/concern for me (and it’s huge) is what this says about his judgment, his executive abilities, and his impulsivity.
- Did he, too, think that it will go unnoticed?
- If he knew all about this from the get-go, why would he proceed? If she were an otherwise incredibly strong candidate I might almost begin to understand his thinking — but this just smacks of sloppiness, impulsivity, and really sketchy judgment.
- Is this a reflection of how McCain thinks and behaves under pressure? Yikes!
Personally, I think it’s sad that a 17-year-old is pregnant. I would feel that way about any 17-year-old in that situation. It is a life-changing event, any way you look at it, and I can appreciate the Palin family wanting it to be left a private matter. I would be more than happy to do so, were she not running for Vice President and part of a movement whose self-righteous mission is to foist its so-called “family values” on the rest of us.
While I take no pleasure in the pain and embarrassment of a 17-year-old young woman, I must admit that I do take some pleasure in (once again) seeing the emptiness and hypocrisy of the far right brightly illuminated on the national stage.