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Hurricane Sarah, her pregnant daughter and a fired state trooper

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- I'm trying to connect the dots here. . . . Unmarried teen five months pregnant, will marry father. . . . She's the daughter of the GOP vice presidential nominee, the little-known Alaska governor, at the center of a controversy over a fired Alaskan state trooper. . . . Republicans at their convention Monday adopt platform calling for increased funding for abstinence education.

There's another hurricane in the news, and it is not Gustav -- it's John McCain's surprise choice for vice president, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Hurricane Sarah is energizing the Republicans.

The delegates I talked to at the convention here, with only a few exceptions, are gung-ho for Palin.

Hurricane Sarah blew in as a unique political force with a life story McCain could not resist. She is a pro-life, pro-union hunter and athlete with five kids -- one a Down syndrome baby -- who sticks it to self-serving establishment Republicans in her home state.

McCain's team wants her to poke at Barack Obama's bragging about being a reformer by calling on him to cite when and where he took on the corruption that comes out of Chicago's City Hall or in Springfield, where he was a state senator.

Now there are other twists, and I can't imagine the McCain team will be able to sell them as a plus.

Palin and her husband Todd acknowledged Monday that daughter Bristol, 17, is pregnant. She will marry the father. The Palins issued a plea for privacy four days after the family was thrust into the national spotlight -- by choice -- when the McCain-Palin ticket was born Friday morning. At least this may put to rest rumors that Palin's baby born in April was really her daughter's, and the governor was faking a pregnancy in a cover-up.

A reason Joe Biden was a smart pick for Barack Obama was that after two presidential campaigns and decades in the Senate, he was vetted, not only by Obama's team, but by the investigative press. That won't preclude negative stories; it's just that the campaign can anticipate them. Campaigns hate surprises when it is on them.

Palin was seen as such a long shot by the Obama team, they did not bother much preparing for her arrival. They figured that a probe into whether she influenced the firing of her former brother-in-law, an Alaskan state trooper, would knock her out of contention.

Now, just before Palin is to speak to the nation at the GOP convention this week, two distractions are in play: her daughter's pregnancy and increased media attention on the Alaska trooper firing story. The McCain campaign seemed unprepared for how fast this would swell. The party line from the McCain team -- coming pretty late on Monday -- is that Palin is an "open book" who did "nothing wrong" and has "nothing to hide."

Margaret McSweeney, an elected McCain delegate from the Northwest Chicago suburb of Barrington Hills, told me as far as Bristol's pregnancy goes, "I truly believe that the American people can separate the child from the candidate."

Maybe, if there was time for the public to absorb all of this.

Which brings me to the Republican platform adopted Monday with a call for increased funding for abstinence education for unmarried teens.

Now let's see where the dots lead.

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I HAVE A FEELING THAT MORE CONTROVERSY WILL
HIT THE GOP, THEY DIDN'T VET THIS CANDIDATE!
THEY WERE TRYING TO APPEAL TO HILLARY CLINTON'S
SUPPORTERS, IT WON'T WORK!
THE GOP HAS DISRESPECTED THE SISTERHOOD!
THE GOP CALLED FOR INCREASED FUNDING FOR
ABSTINENCE EDUCATION FOR UNMARRIED TEENS, THIS IS
LIKE LOCKING THE BARN DOOR AND THE HORSES HAVE
ALREADY ESCAPED!

People are not attacking Palin's daughter, they are rightly pointing out the hypocrisy of a Republican establishment that has advanced the politics of character assassination and undermined the Freedom of Religion in pursuit of power. The internet should be replete with apologies from Republicans for supporting right-wing media and party wackos who bludgeon and litmus test fellow Americans with some Biblical passages when politically expedient, while not doing so with other passages like those on fidelity, fornication, shell fish, swine, and indentured servitude. Christian Fundamentalists in the Republican Party and Media that want to impose their particular religious interpretations on others can't have it both ways:

Either, a pregnancy is a personal matter SEPARATE from government (as most open minded freedom loving Americans argue), or it isn't.

Christian Fundamentalists want to impose non-medical/religious-only beliefs on people outside of their church in a nation where your pledge of allegiance means you swear not to do that. By advocating the enforcement of her spirituality into law, Palin invited us to do something we shouldn't have to: to examine the consequences of the imposition of Palin's religious beliefs on those of us who don't share them. Hypocrites deserve worse than being put in front of a mirror that reflects the "family values"/"I'm more Christian than you" that were used to distract the nation from a rational and substantiated discussion on issues that are most deserving of our attention.

Christ was the first to advocate a separation of church and state when he declared "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:21, see also John 18:36). Don't you dare use him to hide your lack of integrity, self-reflection, and moral courage. Not even someone who Christian Fundamentalists believe is fit to run the country and pick Supreme Court justices; who embodies their "Christian Values"; is able to keep her adolescent daughter abstinent. If you don't want people to look at how well the politics that puts "abstinence-only education" ahead of adolescent welfare worked out for your daughter, do us all a favor, mind your own business and remember your oath to uphold the Constitution means real American patriots would sooner die than allow their or anyone else's religious-only beliefs to be forced onto others.

I find it hard to believe that someone with an unmarried, pregnant daughter in high school would accept the VP nomination. Her daughter's very personal problem has just become a world wide news story. Coupled with the information that Mrs. Palin hopped on a 11 hour plane ride to Alaska after her water broke, just so her baby could be born in Alaska, makes me wonder about where her priorities lie.

Allow me to preface, I am a lifelong Independent. This election has me intrigued & amused. It's obvious McCain can lead the country well. It's, now, obvious Obama is equally capable.

What turned me off to McCain were his "I'm John McCain and I approve" these sometimes-Moronic advertisements & asinine attacks. Sarah Palin, McCain's I-wanna-make-history-too-dammit VP running mate is currently under ethics violation. Her 17-year old daughter is knocked up. All this travail and the declaration of God every 3rd second. Funny how McCain supporters prayed & pleaded for rain during the Democratic convention.

"John McCain meet Hurricane Gustav. Hurricane Gustav meet John McCain," answered God.

This time around, this Independent is supporting Barack Obama. In fact, I just sent a large sum to support his candidacy. Please let this election end soon. I'm on the brink of killing my tv, radio, computer & telegraph.

tnguyen
Washington, DC

We had better get off this pregnancy issue. I see nothing but backlash from the millions of people that are or have been in the same situation. Some of our more rabid supporter better pull in their horns on this one.

"Republican platform adopted Monday with a call for increased funding for abstinence education for unmarried teens"

Yeah, well it worked for Bristol Palin. No, wait....Damn!

Ah yes, the old Republican mantra.... have as many babies as you can, to keep the pews and coffers at church full and to hopefully have that many more voters in 18 years time.

This "troopergate" ethics matter is nothing but a partisan witch hunt conducted by a liberal democrat, Hollis French, who is already leaking details of the "final" report to his media comrades. Palin had the right to fire this ineffectual public safety commissioner, and the trooper at the heart of the matter threatened the life of Palin's father.

Not WRIGHT for America (http://www.notwrightforamerica.com) does a good job of exposing this witch hunt for what it is.

As for the state trooper being fired, that was just WRONG! Just because the man divorced Palin's sister is no grounds for him to lose his job, his marriage had nothing to do with his job performance and he should still be gainfully employed. This witch....uh uh uh, I swear. When head of commissions would not fire the trooper, she fired the head of commissions, THEN fired the trooper. Who does she think she is? Oh, the Guvna of Alaska. Get this Palin....BFD! That does not make you lord and master. You have no experience in the field of guvna and if you think for one second I will vote you in as my VP, you best think again. My daughter would be more qualified than you.

Sarah Palin is Harriet Meyers revisited...someone who is totally unsuited for the job at hand. This shows, again, that John McCain's thinking is identical to the "logic" of George Bush. Both have shown a frightening lack of judgement when it comes to bestowing power. Shall we have four more years of important positions filled with under-achieving political appointees?

The trooper threatened his soon to be ex-Father-in-law’s life if he paid for his daughter’s lawyer.

How can anyone say this man belongs on a police force?

It's just the politics talking when you focus on the divorce & ignore the threat of death the trooper made.

For those people who claim Palin had no right to do what she did, what if it was you?

What if a police officer threatened your family & his supervisors did nothing about it?
(a five day suspension is not handling a death threat by a police officer)

Are you going to honestly tell me you wouldn't try to have him removed from the police force?

Are you going to honestly tell me you would just shrug your shoulders & go on with life & just hope the police officer doesn't follow through with his threat?

If the trooper did that, why was he not fired. I believe I hear the Democrats running scared that they are going to get beat-again. if the drive by news media had spent this much time and digging on Mr. Obama, no lingering questions would be going on, but oh no, they cannot use the same digging on their annointed one.

We talked about John Edwards and his cheating on his wife. We talked about Clinton cheating. And they even wasted time and money on trying to throw he out of office. Than let's talk about Palin's daughter and her pregnancy. I would like to know how she has the time to run on the ticket with a sick baby and a pregnant teen. I guess teen pregnancy hits all life styles. As if we didn't already know. I think she needs to take care of her household.

SARAH PALIN HIT A DOUBLE FOR THE GOP, IT WASN'T
A HOMERUN LIKE EVERYONE IS SAYING!
JOE BIDEN IS GOING TO TAKE YOU TO TASK LATER ON!
HARRY REID IS GOING TO GET YOU AS WELL!
HIRE A NANNY TO HELP WITH THE SICK CHILD!
STAY OUT OF YOUR CHURCH, CONTROVERSY COMING ABOUT
WHAT HAPPENED IN YOUR CHURCH TWO WEEKS AGO!
MCCAIN HIRED YOU TO BE ANNIE OAKLEY!
THE EXPERIENCE THING WON'T WORK WITH OBAMA, HE
IS BATTLE TESTED AND HE IS SMARTER THAN YOU AND
HE SURELY IS SMARTER THAN MCCAIN!
JOHN MCCAIN'S SPEECH WILL STINK UP THE STATE OF
MINNESOTA TOMMORROW NIGHT!
THE THIRD TERM OF GEORGE BUSH WON'T MAKE IT TO
THE WHITE HOUSE!
BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN IN A LANDSLIDE!

I would like to know what woman in her right mind would be against abortion in the case of INCEST &/or RAPE? What woman would actually push for a woman to have a baby under those circumstances?

That speaks volumes for her character as a person. Actually it makes her a sadist as far as I can tell. The psychological problems that come with INCEST &/or RAPE, every time a woman victimized by that type of crime looks at herself or the child of that incident.

Another question is why is her daughter pulling a Jamie Lynn Spears thing by waiting so long to get married? Why didn't she get married when she found out? The boyfriend didn't look too happy at the RNC the other night. As a matter of fact neither did Bristol. I really don't think the kids want to be there on the world stage along with their megla-manical mother.

And they can't say a word against big oil considering that Palin's husband works directly for BP. It doesn't matter how good of a snowmobiler he is. As far as I know a first husband's requirements doesn't include snowmobiling. We all know that John McCain won't live that long if he does win the office. The wear and tear of this race will take its toll and she would be president.

Something is wrong with this picture. I don't know what it is yet but something is very, very wrong.

It's obvious that McCain picked her soley to take attention away from the success of the DNC convention. He was losing the race and there was no hope for him.

I think that what we have witnessed here is a "Wag the Dog" moment with Karl Rove doing his best Conrad Breen impersonation and Sarah Palin is nothing more than a "Good Ole Shoe".

Politics is stupid. The people have no voice, the whole thing is manipulated and there is no real difference in the parties. It's all a game and the people keep falling for the lamest of magic tricks.

Two things hit me this morning....

I live in MN. The news was quite clear about Tim as choice. Few days later no...and his sudden cancelation of all plans and ear budded ones seen in town well...my take today is that I've been duped. Seems they may have sent this info out to test public reaction... hmmmmm

What if Palen's daughter suddenly loses baby? Then was this to divert us from our original thinking?

I see way to many movies, yes I know.

...and I thought I was amused with all the Hillary garbage. This is great, I love to see all these Dems twisting themselves in a knot over Palin. Be nice to your next VP, guys.....

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