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Bobblehead beauty queen Palin’s unmarried daughter is knocked up

The family values crowd was outraged as news spread today that Palin, the bobblehead beauty-queen, has a underage and unmarried daughter (Bristol) who was knocked up 5 months ago.  The family said she would have the baby, despite not currently being married to the father (which is actually a sin according to Christian belief).  The family did said Bristol would marry the father, even though the father never actually proposed to Bristol.  The Alaskan Times is reporting the father is a 18 year-old man Bristol met while working on her Mother’s campaign for governor.  This poor judgment by Palin’s daughter is just another example of how Palin, the bobblehead beauty-queen candidate, is not qualified for Vice-President of the United States of America.  Palin is well known in Alaska for not supporting birth control or sex education for teenagers.  Hmm, maybe if Palin had used better judgment, or the Alaska school system had taught some sex education to the unwed Bristol, maybe she wouldn’t be facing the prospect of raising a child.  It’s ironic that Bristol is not even old enough to vote for her Mom for V.P.  Palin didn’t even care enough about here daughter to give her some BC pills or a pack of condoms but the American people are expected to vote for this lady to govern the free world when McCain kicks the bucket.  I think not.  Same on you Sara Palin and John McCain.

Post Experiment Update

What bothers me most about this scandal is that the Christian right would be all over Obama and his wife if one of his kids (assuming they were the same age) was pregnant out of wedlock.  This post was written as an experiment.  I wrote what the Christian-Right would say if Obama’s black teenage daughter got pregnant out of wedlock.  Tom Delay and the Focus on the Family idiot would rant up and down about how unChristian is was and how irresponsible Obama was as a parent and how he was therefore not ready to be President…based on the simple fact that his daughter got pregnant.  But in this instance, it’s ok that Palin’s irresponsible daughter had unprotected sex and brings a child into this world when she’s not even old enough to vote.  Mama Palin is responsible due to the way she raised the kid.  Not teaching her about birth control and using religion as an excuse to be irresponsible.  This post was intended to show the double standard from the Christain-Right perspective and a good portion of the comments have shown my theory to be exactly correct.  It’s unAmerican and UnChristian when it suits them but forget about turning the tables and showing them for the hypocrites they are.  Bottom line is the child is a reflection of their parents.  Bristol Palin is an irresponsible kid, in part due to the poor upbringing which didn’t teach her to not get knocked-up at a time in your life when you haven’t even graduated high-school or have a job.

Palin says 17-year-old daughter is pregnant

Associated Press Writer

John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin said Monday that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months pregnant, an announcement campaign aides said was aimed at rebutting Internet rumors that Palin’s youngest son, born in April, was actually her daughter’s.

A statement released by the campaign said that Bristol Palin will keep her baby and marry the child’s father. Bristol Palin’s baby is due in late December.

“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,” Sarah and Todd Palin said in the brief statement.

The disclosure of the pregnancy came on the opening day of the Republican National Convention, scaled back because of Hurricane Gustav, and three days after McCain named Palin as his running mate. The other news was likely to overshadow the disclosure.

The first-term Alaska governor was in Minnesota preparing for her acceptance speech when the campaign issued the statement; her family was home in Alaska.

“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,” they added.

The father was identified in the statement as Levi, but the campaign said it was not disclosing his full name or age or how he and Bristol know each other, citing privacy.

Sarah Palin’s fifth child, a son named Trig, was born in April with Down syndrome. Internet bloggers have been suggesting that the child was actually born to Bristol Palin but that her mother, the 44-year-old Alaska governor, claimed to be the mother.

Palin spokesman Bill McAllister emphatically denied those rumors, and McCain adviser Mark Salter said the campaign announced the daughter’s pregnancy to rebut them.

“Senator McCain’s view is this is a private family matter. As parents, (the Palins) love their daughter unconditionally and are going to support their daughter,” said McCain spokesman Steve Schmidt.

“Life happens,” he said.

“An American family,” added Salter.

The advisers said Palin told them about the pregnancy during lengthy discussions about her background. At several points during the discussions, McCain’s team warned Palin that the scrutiny into her private life would be intense and that there was nothing she could do to prepare for it.

Advisers said Palin’s daughter should be afforded privacy like the other candidates’ children. Said Schmidt: “If people try to politicize this, the American people will be appalled.”

In Monroe, Mich., Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama condemned rumors involving the children of candidates and echoed the McCain campaign argument. Said Obama: “I think people’s families are off limits, and people’s children are especially off limits.”

Obama adamantly denied anonymous claims that his campaign helped spread the rumors.

“I am offended by that statement,” Obama said. “Our people were not involved in any way in this, and they will not be. And if I ever thought that there was somebody in my campaign that was involved in something like that, they’d be fired.”

Prominent religious conservatives, many of whom have been lukewarm toward McCain’s candidacy, predicted that Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy would not diminish conservative Christian enthusiasm for the vice presidential hopeful, a staunch abortion opponent.

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson issued a statement commending the Palins for “for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances.” He added: “Being a Christian does not mean you’re perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord.”

Roberta Combs, president of the Christian Coalition of America called the pregnancy private. “It’s a matter that should stay in the family and they have to work through it together. My prayers go out to them.”

Added Combs: “We’re excited about the governor and think she’s going to do well.”

Mathew Staver, dean of Liberty University School of Law, said: “We’re all sinners.”

“We all make mistakes. Certainly, the ideal is not to get pregnant out of wedlock. But she made the right decision after her mistake,” he said.


Associated Press Writers Eric Gorski in St. Paul, Charles Babington in Monroe, Mich., and Steve Quinn in Anchorage, Alaska, contributed to this report.


September 1, 2008 - Posted by | Current Events, John McCain, News, Newspaper, Politics, Religion, Sarah Palin, Uncategorized


  1. I guess this is what happens when you don’t teach about contraceptives to teenagers. Do you think the kids will actually get married?

    Comment by sarah | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. Keep control of a 17 year old? Wow, what century did you crawl out of?

    Comment by mc | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  3. This is a plus. As Mark Steyn points out in his recent best seller, America Alone, if our western civilization is demographically to survive in the increasingly “hostile to the west” islamic world — and not end up like the sinking European populations — these are the precise people (the Bristol Palins’) we should thank for increasing their progeny.

    Comment by Ted | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  4. 1. The Palins aren’t Catholic, so I’m not sure what the relevance of the Holy Mother Church’s doctrine is here. Nice try, though.
    2. Andrew Sullivan claims to have spotted a ring on Bristol’s finger, so, perhaps, Levi proposed, after all.
    2. How does Bristol Palin’s judgment disqualify her mother as vice-presidential candidate? The logical backflips that such an assertion requires would very much impress me.
    3. Based on her own statements, Sarah Palin’s views on contraception seem to be a bit more complex than the one now-paraded response that she offered suggests.
    4. “when McCain kicks the bucket”? Awfully presumptuous, eh?
    5. Senator Obama is sane, respectful, and upright enough to suggest that Bristol’s pregnancy is not the business of the media or the voting public, that it is irrelevant to the campaign. Perhaps you ought to heed his words.

    Kudos to you, Bob Sacamano: I rarely encounter so much garbage so compactly written in such a small post. Well done.

    Comment by nathancontramundi | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  5. I am appalled at the shocking news that Governor Palin’s daughter is FIVE months pregnant….I think her parents were 1. negligent in teaching their daughter what is appropriate behavior for a teenager and 2. letting it go this far before the couple married…is this family values. I think not!!!!!
    I believe Gov Palin better stay at home with the five children she brought into this world and raise them!!!!! That means being there and teaching them…She cannot juggle a family and a nation…. What was McCain thinking when he chose the governor of Alaska to be his running mate?? Obvioulsy, he was not thinking…It is easy to produce a pregnancy but not so easy to raise a child…..

    Comment by Roz Connors | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  6. Wow, Roz, seriously, keep the fingers away from the Shift-key-1-key combination; even in moderation, the exclamation point is a pain; used excessively, it’s just plain dangerous.

    “negligent in teaching their daughter what is appropriate behavior for a teenager”

    Really? Try this one:

    “letting it go this far before the couple married…is this family values. I think not!!!!!”

    What does that even me? Do you actually believe that every parent, regardless of his/her intentions, knows everything that a teenager is doing? That’s just absurd.

    Also, just as a refresher, I’ll note that, generally, at least in English, we conclude questions with question-marks.

    “She cannot juggle a family and a nation…. ”

    Why, precisely, not? I recognize that an argument can be made here, but, please, humor me by actually making it.

    “Obvioulsy, he was not thinking…”

    Obviously, he pulled her name out of a hat. Obviously
    I suspect he thought that she would appeal more to the so-con base of the part, wherewith he’s had a shaky relationship, better than Lieberman, Ridge, or Giuliani. Also, correctly or not, he probably thought that choosing a woman, even an ardently anti-abortion woman, would help him to make inroads with dissatisfied-by-Senator Obama “Hillarycrats” and undecided woman voters.

    “It is easy to produce a pregnancy but not so easy to raise a child…..”
    Uh? Well, yeah, but nothing says that she is incapable of doing both, particularly with the help of a supportive husband. Again, please, humor me by actually making an argument.

    Oh, and excessive use of quasi-ellipses points is a bit irritating, too. K-thanks-bye.

    Comment by nathancontramundi | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  7. Bob,

    Your post and the reasoning behind it, or lack thereof, is appalling, especially considering the attached report from the Associated Press. This is beyond a political smear; the Democrats, led by Barack Obama, have in fact been very gracious despite their differences with McCain and Palin:

    Said Obama: “I think people’s families are off limits, and people’s children are especially off limits.”…“Our people were not involved in any way in this, and they will not be. And if I ever thought that there was somebody in my campaign that was involved in something like that, they’d be fired.”

    So what about Bristol Palin’s pregnancy? So what if she marries the father of her child? Regardless of the best sex education program, which Palin advocates should be abstinence-based and not providing teens with the false sense of security of artificial birth control, and the best home environment, which is arguably more important than what is taught in the schools’ sex-ed programs, children will make mistakes. Adults make mistakes, too.

    There are many better points in favor and against Palin’s fitness to be Vice-President. We all commit ‘sin’ according to Christian belief, and having the baby despite being unmarried to the father is not a sin, in contrary to what your sentence leads one to believe. Either that is an example of poor writing skills or an overall lack of understanding of the topic. Therein lies the importance of compassion and forgiveness. I am sure that Palin, as a mother faced with the news of her daughter’s pregnancy, has reacted with both. Sarah Palin says in the AP article:

    “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.”

    Palin’s stand is admirable, as is her raising of a son with Down Syndrome when 80% of Down Syndrome children are callously aborted in the US. The worst wrong would have been to abort the defenceless child, who is completely innocent in the matter. Along with Palin and McCain, the noted ‘religious conservatives’ agree on the choice Bristol Palin and family made to keep the baby and on the overall sacredness of human life, fallible as we are. In the words of Mathew Staver, dean of Liberty University School of Law , ““We all make mistakes. Certainly, the ideal is not to get pregnant out of wedlock. But she made the right decision after her mistake.”

    This and other articles exist only to slam Palin, McCain, and those opposed to unfettered access to abortion and to out-of-control emphasis on artificial birth control that has contributed to a rise in sexually-transmitted disease and pregnancy out of wedlock, not a drop. Even Obama and Biden, who promote the ‘right to choose’ abortion, hope to reduce America’s dependence on it as another mens of birth control. I disagree with the still not pro-life position offered by the democratic ticket, as well as some policies of McCain and Palin. However, this smug, self-righteous, and disgraceful lack of thought is more wrong, especially with the ease of which asinine rumours are spread by the blog. Whatever your social views, this kind of posting contributes to moral problems and is not part of any solution.


    Comment by canadiancatholicblog | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  8. I do not think that sex education will solve this problem. Are you telling me there’s a teenager in North America who doesn’t know what a condom is? Hasn’t Planned Parenthood and other organizations been diligent to make (1) education (2) condoms (3) encouragement to abort unwanted children a major message in our schools? There’s only one explanation for this … one most of us understand. But it’s not a matter of knowledge.

    Comment by J D | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  9. In this compelling vignette everyone can celebrate the true meaning of the right to choose. Bristol Palin has made decisions that are her personal right and concern and that of her family’s. That’s why they call it “choice.”

    I support, just as ardently, every woman’s right to make her own decision. Not every girl has the temperament nor the circumstances to be able to bear and raise a child.

    For the moment, however, Roe v Wade stands. Sad to say, its targeted demise is one of the many reasons I can’t vote for McCain-Palin.

    Everyone needs to leave that young woman alone. Let her spend the next four months going to baby showers and picking out names, not worrying about what impact this will have on her mother’s candidacy.

    Best of luck, Kid.

    Comment by juli schroeder | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  10. The headline…..I just ruined my keyboard by blowing my drink all over it. 🙂

    I do have to give the Republicans credit though: their hypocrisy is totally and completely shameless (e. g., Palin’s family being marketed the way that it is, Craig and Vitter leading the charge on the “defense of marriage” amendment…etc.) but you know what?

    All of this fun with Palin is distracting all of us from the fact that she is utterly unimportant.

    The Bush-Cheney cronies still call the shots and Bush-Cheney form McCain’s “real” running mate(s).

    Comment by blueollie | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  11. For every one teenager who has gotten pregnant under the teaching of “abstinence only” I can give you 3 who were brought up under “safe-sex” teachings. You should be ashamed of yourself for attacking this 17 year old teenager. I personally work with students and you have no idea what you are talking about.

    Palin’s personal view of sex ed and her daughters choice to have sex outside of marriage and to do it unprotected is not reflective of Palin’s governing abilities. It is evident that teenagers are going to do what they want to do and it is up to them to take what they have been taught and practice it and to make the right choices. If you are a parent you know you cannot hold your child’s hand for their entire life and all you can do is teach them and let them go. How many public school students who are being taught safe sex and are given free condoms at their request end up with STDs and pregnant? Try 1 in 4 teenage girls have an STD in America. Where’s your safe sex teaching? But then again you support a candidate who would considers this child for his daughter “a punishment.” No personal responsibility right?

    You are so desperate to try and find dirt and to attack Sarah that you will blog about anything, even if it is grossly irresponsible and inaccurate.

    Comment by ncarnes | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  12. Oh and by the way…
    My wife was on Birth Control when she got pregnant with our first two children. You support something that is not 100% effective either.

    Comment by ncarnes | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  13. Wow.
    That’s all I can say.

    When did standing for values mean that you stood for nothing less than perfection? When did the Christian gospel become confused with a gospel of piety, arrogance and self-righteous works? Last I checked those who follow Jesus follow a Jesus who came for the very reason that none of us could be perfect.

    The Christian gospel as I know it is a gospel of grace, grace and more grace. It it is not – then it is not Christian (Ephesians 2:1-10).

    I’m not even seeking to present a political position here – this isn’t about parties. I just wouldn’t want someone to think that Christians are judgmental critics — that is actually anti-Christian.

    I agree with Obama — kids of candidates are off-limits. I’d hate for my parents to be judge for all the decisions I made as a teenager (or even as a young adult)!

    I’d love it if we could focus on issues and policies in this election. That might be a novel concept.

    Comment by simplyjesus | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  14. Why would someone decide the fate of our country based on the fact that a candidates 17 year old daughter is pregnant out of wedlock? Sounds like a high school popularity smear tactic to me.

    I am a mother of 3, one of whom is 16 years old. I encourage abstaining from sex until marriage with my teenage daughter, but I also know that I cannot be with her to make all of her decisions for her. She is informed about birth control and I would hope that if she chooses not to abstain until marriage, then she would at least use protection or ask me to help her with getting protected. Even if Sarah Palin does not believe in education beyond abstinance, you can’t tell me that in this day and age a 17 year old girl does not know about protection. Trojan and YAZ advertise all over tv and in teen magazines. What teenager hasn’t seen those ads? That said, all we as parents can do is hope and pray our children take our advice, we can’t force our kids to follow our advice.

    Should what my daughter does in her personal life affect my job or decide if I am qualified to do the job? Um, short answer is NO! What should be a deciding factor is my job history and ability to do the job before me. Sarah Palin is not going to directly raise your children if she becomes VP. Your daughter is not going to become pregnant just because Sarah Palin takes office. Get real!

    Leave the political families children out of the smear campaign. Politicians would be better off if they left the stone throwing to the kids in the world rather than act like children and join in. Politicians need to tell us, the people, what they can and will do for the country and then for goodness sakes, stick by what they say. Most of them have proven to be incapable of this in years past, so I suggest that is where they start this year and leave the family bashing out of it.

    Comment by Krysti | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  15. I am not a McCain supporter and I think the attacks on the Palin family are disgusting. That said, I have one request:

    For every one teenager who has gotten pregnant under the teaching of “abstinence only” I can give you 3 who were brought up under “safe-sex” teachings.

    Please provide the source of those statistics. I’m very interested in seeing it.

    Comment by Lottie | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  16. Lottie, you might find the following article interesting. It speaks to the question that you asked.

    Comment by blueollie | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  17. Blueollie:

    Thanks for the link. I’m familiar with all the information it provides. Unless I misunderstood, the person I quoted seems to be saying that abstinence only is more effective than comprehensive sex education. The evidence does not support that. I was asking for evidence supporting the assertion that s/he could present tree pregnant teens who had received comprehensive sex education for every one pregnant teen who had been taught abstinence only. I won’t be holding my breath, though.

    Thanks, though. I’m always on the lookout for information which exposes abstinence only “education” for what it is.

    Comment by Lottie | September 2, 2008 | Reply

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  19. They says your character can been seen in how you run your family. This situation is relevant to Gov Palin’s leadership abilities.

    It reveals how she managed her family before her daughter got pregnant. Where were mom and dad while this kid was left unattended? While everyone should not criticise her child, Palin has been more than willing to expose her child to the harsh media spotlight during a very difficult time in the kid’s life.

    I would not want to vote for a person that opens up her pregnant child to this kind of attention. If her family were “strong enough” to handle it, they wouldn’t have found themselves in this situation to begin with.

    Comment by madmonq | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  20. I think the amount of judgment being passed around on this girl is pretty pathetic. She’s 17, she screwed up, it happens. How that applies to how her mother (who has done as much in two years as many politicians accomplish in five times that) can lead as VP, I don’t know. I wish people would focus on the issues facing the country, not one teenager’s lifestyle choices.

    Comment by BaileyShoe | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  21. madmonq,

    You don’t have kids, do you?

    Comment by Lottie | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  22. It’s slimeball posts like this one that earns the Leftists on the Internet the nicknames of bottom feeders and nutroots. I’m stunned at the idiocy of this post.

    Comment by Dave the Infide Sage | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  23. Good points in comments 8 and 11.

    Comment by canadiancatholicblog | September 2, 2008 | Reply

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  25. If Obama’s daughter was unwed and pregnant, this would not be front page news, rather status quo, if you get my drift.

    Comment by Linda | September 7, 2008 | Reply

  26. Linda I get your drift. Your a Mississippi hillbilly stuck in the past with negative perceptions about American families. The implication is that brown parents are less likely to teach their daughters to keep their legs closed than you and your boyfriend/cousin.

    Comment by Scott | September 11, 2008 | Reply

  27. What a mockery. Palin is a joke. You can see the evil in her eye.

    She needs to be downplayed. This isn’t VH1. You dont want this fool to actually represent our country. She has the brain power of a bank teller with a serious attitude problem.

    Comment by OBAMA | September 18, 2008 | Reply

  28. The reality of this true American mockery is that rupblicans can do whatever they want and the donkeys need to be nice about it.

    If Obama had a 17 year old daughter and she had a baby’s daddy Bill O’Riley and all the other goons on Fox News would be ripping her apart.

    The daughter being pregnant shows the lack of respect the Repulicans have towards religion as they prostitute it around like its their 17 year old daughter.

    Comment by OBAMA | September 18, 2008 | Reply

  29. Okay, Palin’s daughter is knocked up. Did she even control her?

    Comment by Smiley | October 13, 2008 | Reply

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