Monday, September 1, 2008

Palin, Pt. 2

The first big Palin story was John McCain's announcement that the Alaska governor would be his running mate.

The second Palin headline hit today.

As previously noted, today's Big Headline is the pregnancy of of Sarah Palin's 17 year-old daughter, Bristol.

Every pol, pundit, pollster and public person seems to have weighed in already -- several times over. The responses have ranged from the garbage you'll find at some far-left blogs and Web sites, to the classy reply by Barack Obama. While there was little else a smart politician like Obama could/would do, the senator from Illinois deserves praise and respect for his quick and honest answer.

Barack Obama: the right answer, the right tone today.

Likewise, McCain and the Palin family should be admired for their respective takes on the matter. The McCain team says that Palin told the Republican presidential candidate about the pregnancy and he shrugged it off. (He knew it wouldn't disqualify Palin or make her any different from millions of other American parents.)

The Palins in announcing the pregnancy today said,

"We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We're proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support. Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates."

Bristol, Trig, Willow and Sarah Palin.

I think Dr. James Dobson of the Focus on the Family ministry put it just right, including saying, "The media are already trying to spin this as evidence Gov. Palin is a 'hypocrite,' but all it really means is that she and her family are human. They are in my prayers and those of millions of Americans."

1 comment:

Russell said...

It seems like every national presidential election tests our electorate's tolerance for diversity a little bit more. Kennedy was a Catholic and relatively young. Nixon was a Quaker. Jimmy Carter was a born-again Christian. Bill Clinton was a draft-dodging, pot-exhaling saxophone player. This year we have the oldest presidential candidate and an African-American candidate. And now a woman vice-presidential running mate facing a teen pregnancy in her own family. As America continues to get more and more diverse, our presidential candidates are starting to reflect that trend.