via the NYPost
The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.
Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin's five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
For my part I'll apologize for entertaining the conspiracy. It'll be interesting to see whether Kos apologizes.
I don't imagine the revelation will have much of a negative effect on Palin. Oh, she'll get a few bumps and bruises from the evangelical cadre of her base perhaps and the left will murmur about hypocrisy, I suppose. But an unwed, pregnant 17 year old is hardly an earth shattering revelation in today's society for most of us, I shouldn't think.
I don't believe Palin is stupid but cracks in her political savvy are showing very early on. Perhaps Half Sigma is correct, if not in his scathing (but funny, in a wincing fashion) criticism but that McCain should heave her overboard and bring on a more mainstream candidate. Could McCain survive (politically I mean) such an incredible (unprecedented) shift? I suspect not. He'd as much be admitting his lack of judgment and laying his own head on the political ax man's block.
No, I think for better or for worse (and who knows, the masses are fickle and oft unpredictable, Palin could prove a boon for her naivety) McCain's course is chosen and he's going to have to ride it out to November.