Hidden amongst the wall-to-wall Gustav coverage is the disappointing news that 17 year old Bristol Palin is 5mos pregnant. I've been reading the comments from liberals on various websites this morning and most are difficult to argue with. Here's a smattering...
-Great, McCain picked Lynn Spears to be VP.
-Hey neo-cons, how's that abstinence-only and no-access-to-condoms-for-teens working out for ya?
-The hypocrisy of conservatives knows no bounds.
-And you conservatives are questioning Obama's judgement? What about McCain's judgement for picking for VP, a woman with a knocked-up teen?
I hate to admit it but, those are good points all. This is the problem when you set yourself up as the party of Christian morals, family values, and unquestioned ethics. Nobody can live up to those standards and when one of you fails, all you do is invite the hypocrisy charge. Liberals don't have the same problem with hypocrisy because they are proudly immoral to start with.
The democrats, and late night talk-show hosts, will make tons of hay off of this. And it might cost the GOP some values voters. I hope it's not the factor that costs McCain the election. So far, Obama has taken the high road, but you can bet all the rest of the liberals won't.
UPDATE: So I've been watching the reaction to this news from conservative commentators on FOX and other stations all day, and the consensus seems to be that, how the family handles news like this is far more telling about the morality of the family than the mistake by the daughter itself. And I have to agree with that. Teens will always do stupid things to screw up their lives and it has nothing to do with hypocrisy or morality or rearing. Bristol Palin is doing all the right things to deal with her mistake such as not aborting the baby and getting married to the father. As parents and as a society, what more can we ask? And the democrats can't say too much since Obama's mother was 17 when she conceived him.
I'd like to hear your thoughts in the comments thread.