Politically, he could do nothing else. But he is wrong. Yes, his own children, 10 and 6, ought to be off- limits, but only to the extent he does not allow them to be interviewed on television for his own benefit. And most teenage children of public officials should be off-limits because they are, well, teenagers.
But here is where I disagree. Bristol Palin is the daughter of a national figure who was picked out of nowhere precisely because of her supposed motherhood skills, including the illegal and life-threatening 8-hour airplane flight while in labor, and her conservative credentials –opposition to abortion, support of abstinence-only sex education and evangelical Christianity, which, last time I checked, disapproved of premarital sex.
You bet her foolish actions have everything to do with what kind of person her mother is! Simply put, Sarah Palin and her daughter put the puta back in putative.
You can’t control teenagers, but for Christ’s sake, liberals have teenagers, too, and the Palinolithic morality of people like the Alaska governor instructs them how to conduct their sex lives.
What is truly disgusting to me is the set of talking points the McCain campaign put out on "Labor Day" somehow suggesting that the girl is to be praised for not having an abortion, as if that were ever a consideration for a Republican family in the first place and as if the same choice is not made by many young women of all political considerations.
The talking points produced hypocrisy of biblical proportion from both leading evangelicals and ordinary conservative Republicans, such as:
“I’m very, very pleased that her daughter has chosen to carry the baby to full term. It shows a commitment to pro-life values. It helps people who are going through hard times to identify.”There but for the grace of God go I? You mean this Republican convention-goer got lucky once and then lucky again because she didn’t get pregnant out of wedlock?
“Mistakes are made, and when that happens, the important thing is to love that daughter."
“Fortunately, Bristol is following her mother and father’s example of choosing life in the midst of a difficult situation."
“It seems to make her kind of a regular person. We all have had it happen to us or know somebody who has.”
"I have five kids, and I say ‘There but for the grace of God go I.’”
Of course, the real story is John McCain’s judgment and temperament, of which he has zero, according to a lengthy biography of his early years. It paints a picture of a belligerent, hot-tempered brawler whose academic and service record were dismal, who became “something” only because of a lucky shot by a North Vietnamese gunner and who has been on the government payroll all but one of the past 50 years claiming to be a maverick.
There is nothing in his judgment, including his choice of a running mate, that makes him even remotely fit for command.
* This is not my own header but gleefully borrowed from a friend who probably has too much dignity to be named here.