Gov. Palin's 17 yr old daughter is five months pregnant. McCain knew and it didn't change his decision. McCain just isn't afraid of anything politically or otherwise, is he? Any other politician would have run in the other direction. Could this election take any more drama? Between John Edwards and this, I feel like I am watching "As The World of Politicians Turn."
Bristol Palin will keep the baby and marry the father. Here is the statement:
The left will have a field day with this and let them. It just shows that the "party of tolerance" doesn't have much tolerance or compassion.
“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.”
Update: Ed at HotAir has an even better post up. He and his wife went throught the exact same thing with their son. Excellent post. Here is the money quote:
What does this mean politically? I think AP has done a good job in addressing this, but really I don't think politics will enter into it. The Palins all chose life and lived their values.
It's true. Abortion would have been the easy way out and no one would have had a clue, but that would have been the hypocrisy of a lifetime. Sometimes we have disabled children and sometimes we have unexpected pregnancies. It is how we deal with those issues that define us. The Palins chose life every time because that was what they believed.
Update II: Obama shows some real class (maybe his supporters could show some?) and reminds us of where he came from:
"I have said before and I will repeat again: People's families are off limits," Obama said. "And people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. So I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know my mother had me when she was 18 and how a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be a topic of our politics."