I do not understand Republicans. First they say that the pending motherhood of presumptive vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is a private family matter (and Barack Obama, by the way, agrees) and then they go and bring the 18-year-old daddy-to-be to their convention. What possible purpose could that serve other than to create a media circus?
Levi Johnston to join Palin family at convention
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) – The boyfriend of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s unwed, pregnant daughter will join the family of the Republican vice presidential candidate at the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.
Levi Johnston’s mother said her 18-year-old son left Alaska on Tuesday morning to join the Palin family at the convention where Sen. John McCain will officially receive the Republican nomination for president. The boy’s mother, Sherry Johnston, said there had been no pressure put on her son to marry 17-year-old Bristol Palin and the two teens had made plans to wed before it was known she was pregnant.
“This is just a bonus,” Johnston said.
The young man’s presence could set off a media frenzy around the young couple as photographers and cameramen scramble for pictures of the two teenagers. On Monday, Palin and her husband, Todd, said their 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, planned to have the baby and wed a young man identified only as Levi. The family asked the media to respect the young couple’s privacy as has been the tradition with children of candidates.
If the family truly wants the media to respect the young couple’s privacy, they should have left the young couple at home in Wasilla. You do not purposely place someone in the spotlight whose privacy you want respected.
I am honestly beginning to believe that the McCain campaign is having buyer’s remorse and looking for any excuse they can find to dump Mrs. Palin. By bringing young Levi to St. Paul and placing him and Bristol in the public spotlight, they will be able to say “The media and the Liberals made us do it.”
I take back what I said at the beginning of this post. I have the Republicans figured out. Only one word is required: unconscionable.
P.S. Difficult as it may be to believe, I am actually watching the Republican National Convention this evening. What a stark contrast to what we saw last week, huh? What I’m seeing tonight was completely scripted. Every word that is being spoken was carefully written and carefully rehearsed. Every man present is wearing a suit and tie, every woman a business dress. There is no spontaneity, no sincerity. It’s difficult to watch. It really is.
Oh… and did you know that John McCain was a prisoner of war 40 years ago? He was. Really.
(Did I just hear the President of the United States refer to “the angry left?” I guess you call that bipartisanship. This thing really was produced by Republicans and for Republicans, wasn’t it? (Even the applause was scripted.) And why didn’t George W. Bush talk about Johnny McCain like this back in 2000? Amazing how much Johnny has changed in just eight short years, isn’t it?)
We’re going to see a landslide in November, and it isn’t going to be the one the Republicans are hoping for.
P.P.S. Well, folks… I had to turn it off. Grandpa Fred is talking right now. I just could not watch any longer. The lies and distortions were getting to be too much. I’m sorry, my Republican friends, but you’re on your own with this one.