The sooner the ‘Palin baby’ story goes away, the better

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There are few things John likes more in politics than a good scandal – especially one that pops up out of nowhere. That’s how it seemed when the story broke that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, was five months pregnant.

Really, though, this whole situation is bad. Palin’s daughter and her now fiancee made a mistake, screwed up. In John’s opinion, getting married just because one person impregnated another is not a good idea, but they’re doing it, so one hopes for success.

The real issue, when it comes down to it, is this: let’s please leave the kids out of the campaign. Bristol wasn’t allowed to pick her parents, the same as the rest of us. If Palin wasn’t the governor of Alaska or the GOP VP nominee (well, almost), this wouldn’t be national news. It wouldn’t even be local news. It would just be a mess that two families were trying to make the best of, the best they can.

Sen. Barack Obama had this to say about the situation, and it fits the bill:

“Let me be as clear as possible,” Obama said. “I think people’s families are off-limits, 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 governor or her potential performance as a vice president.”

Obama said reporters should “back off these kinds of stories” and noted that he was born to an 18-year-old mother.

“How a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be the topic of our politics, and I hope that anybody who is supporting me understands that’s off-limits.”

Come on, guys. The sooner we get back to the real issues of the campaign and get away from ad hominem attacks, the better.

Obama says Palin’s family off limits [CNN]
Knocked off message by Palin baby news [Newsday]
Bristol Palin’s pregnancy was an open secret back home [Daily News]


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