Hey, Baby

01Sep08

The richness that Sarah Palin brings to our national political dialogue grows today with news that her daughter is pregnant.

Bristol Palin, the 17-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin, is pregnant and will keep the baby and marry the father, a senior aide to Sen. John McCain confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

Republican presidential candidate McCain was aware of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy before he chose her mother for his running mate, the aide said.

I know it doesn’t measure up to those who worship at the alter of Barack because he went to an Ivy League school and even lead the law review, but there is something inspiring about a conservative woman who can so effectively live the liberal ideal – survive in a man’s world without having to wear pants, and dealing with things like teen pregnancy and down syndrome on the home front.

“Senator McCain knew this and felt in no way did it disqualify her from being vice president,” said the aide. “Families have difficulties sometimes, and lucky for her she has a supportive family.”

The 17-year-old, a senior in high school, is about five months along, in her second trimester, according to the aide.

I wonder if she took sex ed and is in possession of the free condoms and pregnancy counseling that is what passes for social studies in public high schools today.

The aide said it was decided the campaign would reveal this information now because of rampant Internet rumors that Sarah Palin’s 4-month-old baby, who has Down syndrome, was actually Bristol’s.

“In the course of correcting that, we needed to get the truth out,” said the McCain aide.

Sarah and Todd Palin issued a statement saying they are “proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents.”

I know it’s only life experience, the kind that would be viewed as heroic if it had happened to Hillary, but what exactly can Barack Obama point to that qualifies him to be President?

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