John McCain’s selection Friday of relatively unknown Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate got all the more bizarre this morning. Palin’s 17-year-old daughter, it turns out, is unmarried. And pregnant. And the McCain campaign knew.
“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. “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.”
Obviously, these kinds of things happen; they happened to a few friends in my high school youth group. But, despite Bristol Palin’s decision to keep the child and marry the father, this is not going to help McCain with the James Dobsons of the world or even the so-called “values voters.” What was he thinking?