With McCain and Obama now heating up the campaign trail and the US Presidential elections just 2 months away, dirty laundry are now expected to be thrown out in the open. The first one was just thrown out and presented to the public with Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate, admitting that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter was five months pregnant. This latest news left the McCain campaign defending the efficiency of its background check on the little-known Alaska governor.
It was also reported Monday that a lawyer was hired to represent Palin in a state ethics probe and that her husband, Todd, had been arrested for drunken driving two decades ago. According to the McCain camp, that was all the dirty laundry that can be unearthed from their closet.
In response to the pregnancy story, McCain adviser Steve Schmidt can only say, “Life happens.” On the other hand, colleague Mark Halter remarks, “An American family.” Short sentences to minimize further damage.
Sarah and Todd Palin said that Bristol would keep her baby and marry the child’s father, identified only as a young man named Levi. The baby is due in late December and the expecting grandparents are proud and excited about the upcoming event.
During discussions about her background, Sarah Palin was warned about the scrutiny on her private life as she disclosed the pregnancy and her husbands DUI case. They told her that it would be intense and there may be nothing to prepare for it.
McCain aides claim that the announcement about the pregnancy of Bristol Palin was intended to dispute rumors that Palin’s own youngest son, born in April, was actually the daughter’s. So, the plot thickens. Sarah Palin’s fifth child, a son named Trig, was born in April with Down’s 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. Politics can be just as dramatic as any soap opera . . . and just as interesting.
Meanwhile, Democratic rival Barack Obama’s remarks ignores partisanship. Obama responded sympathetically. “I think people’s families are off limits and people’s children are especially off limits.” Interesting, don’t you think? Taking all of these under consideration, I think my first choice is still the best.