This is just too convenient. Palin’s family has now announced that 17-year old daughter Bristol is 5 months pregnant. This was explicitly disclosed to quell rumors about Bristol having been the actual mother of 4-month old baby Trig. The glove don’t fit, so you must acquit.
This may be the actual truth, but it still seems suspicious, maybe entirely because it’s so convenient. It’s about the only story which ends the debate on Trig. The math of the story obviously doesn’t work for Trig to be Bristol’s. And no one can, or should, start digging through Bristol’s life to determine how genuine the pregnancy is. She’s just a kid, and either she is really pregnant or she just was 4 months ago. Either way, she has way more than enough going on in her life. Leave the kid alone. Besides, sometime right after the election we’ll know the truth based on whether or not she actually has a baby. But I’m not the only one who will be less than surprised if she somehow “loses” the baby along about the second week of November give or take.
In the mean time though, Sarah is fair game. Let’s accept her statements as fact. We still have issues with a woman who’s judgment we are supposed to trust, who’s values are unassailable, and who values the sanctity of all life. This woman, already in labor, boarded a plane for a 13 hour flight. This was against airline rules and certainly against the advice of any competent doctor. Further, this champion of the family now has a home with a 4-month old special needs baby and a pregnant teen daughter planning a wedding. In the midst of this, she’s going to run an aggressive campaign schedule which allows precious little time for family. All of this to hopefully win an office which will require her to move over 5000 miles away. Will Bristol and her new hubby and grandson move as well? Whether they do or not, the new baby will be separated from at least half it’s extended family. Further, couples that young with a new baby will more than have their hands full. They will require a lot of family support. But Sarah really doesn’t have time for that even if everyone moves to DC.
There’s no way to look at this and rationalize that she has her family priorities straight. She’s supposed to appeal to Christian conservatives and women, and both those demographics are heavily about family. Something Sarah Palin has clearly relegated to the back seat.
As I said before, the real loser here is John McCain. But this unarguably is his own doing.