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It's not about the pregnancy. It's about hiding it

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published September 2, 2008

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who will be nominated this week at the Republican National Convention as John McCain's vice presidential running mate, revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

Palin, whose presence on the GOP ticket is designed to appease the right wing of the party that has been unhappy with standardbearer McCain, was introduced to the nation on Friday. Yet, it took her three days to issue a statement about her daughter's five-month pregnancy. Indeed, when the national TV networks reported on the story, they used clips from Friday's announcement by McCain of Palin's selection for the vice presidential slot.

A close review of the clips shows the daughter first holding her five-month-old sibling, thus covering the front of her body, and then holding a blanket in front of her as she walks off the stage.

This isn't about the pregnancy. Palin, who is unwaveringly pro-life, said that her daughter would have the baby and intends to marry the father. It is about the campaign not disclosing an issue that relates to the GOP's much heralded family values platform until reporters started digging into Palin's background.

Because she is virtually unknown on the national political scene, reporters are digging into her political, professional and personal history. Palin, who would be a heart beat away from the presidency if Republicans win in November, must know that anything relating to her conservative beliefs will placed under a microscope.




1Tugboat(759 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

Voters Seen as Members of the Meat Cutters' Union - "People don't vote for presidential candidates in this country; they vote against them. Thus the election is usually the butchery of a villain rather than the exaltation of a hero."

HL Mencken in 1935

"The personal qualities necessary for attaining office are practically the opposite of those demanded by the office itself. The trouble with the damn system is that it selects for the skills needed to get elected, and nothing else. A test that you can only pass by cheating can't possibly select honest people." -- James P. Hogan

"Our current political system ensures not that the worst will get on top -- though they often do -- but that the best will never even apply." -- Paul Jacob

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2mvred(5 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

A DUI Offense from 20 years ago... Hmmm, You liberals actually going to run on that? Barack was a well known druggie, and he admits to it... That's just as bad Grump!

The fact of the matter is this, you liberals have NOTHING on her. She is a strong conservative, has united the base, made the GOP enthusiastic, and will take a number of Hillary Voters!


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3George412(161 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

mvred and Nacho, are you actually suggesting that OldManGrump is a liberal? Are you new here?

For the record, I am a liberal, and I can't stand this excessive focus on the personal, no matter the party, no matter the candidate.

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4Mimi2BC(147 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

George... I may actually cry.... we agree!!!

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5Mimi2BC(147 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

Pretty much... I'm in the middle.... but I, too, only want to know about their plans for the future and what they have already accomplished. Leave the "so-called" scandalous personal details to The Enquirer.

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6ysugrad1999(46 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

Who cares, I remember a former President of the United States who who had an affair in the oval office...literally, and didn't even get impeached.
The hardships that the Palin family have endured are common place in todays society. Even the best of parents can't make decisions for their children...so mistakes do happen.
It really does not appear that anyone from the McCain campaign tried to conceal this from the public...it was relatively easy for the press to find, plus McCain acknowledged already knowing about it in advance of the media reporting on it. Palin seems like a straight shooter to me!

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7George412(161 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

Mimi, don't cry. LOL. It's all good.

YSUgrad, if you're referring to Pres. Clinton, he was impeached. He remained in office, but he was, in fact, impeached.

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8bobhogue(102 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

I agree with Mr. de Souza.

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9MillCreeked(24 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

Ignore Palin. She's an amusing smokescreen for the real issues of this election and to get caught up in her ridiculous contradictions to to miss the old man shifting his own views right to appease Palin's social conservative kin. Ignore her - keep your eyes on the game.

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10TB(1167 comments)posted 7 years, 10 months ago

To those complaining of the media's treatment of Palin, please watch the video in this link.


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