2008 Off Limits
posted by September 2 at 7:31 AMon
Palin’s daughter is off limits, says Barack Obama, so I guess we’ll just have to drop it. (You too, Larry King.) But I’m going to post one last detail about the latest Palin pregnancy because, well, it bodes so well for the future happiness of young Miss Palin and her unborn child. Seventeen year-old Levi Johnston is the unborn child’s father and until yesterday afternoon he had a MySpace page. The NY Post grabbed a copy before it got pulled down:
On his MySpace page, Johnston boasts, “I’m a fuckin’ redneck” who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. “But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some shit and just fuckin’ chillin’ I guess.”
“Ya fuck with me I’ll kick [your] ass,” he added. He also claims to be “in a relationship,” but states, “I don’t want kids.”
Well, that’s too bad for Johnston, who shot the wrong shit. Perhaps if he and his girlfriend had received a little comprehensive sex education and had access to birth control—over the objections of his girlfriend’s mother/the governor of the state in which he lives—Johnston wouldn’t be confronting the pressures and responsibilities of fatherhood at 18. As things stand now, of course, the dad-to-be who professed no interest in ever having kids is not going to have much time for snowboarding, hanging out with the boys, fishing, and chillin’. Best of luck to the happy young couple.
Putting the Palin pregnancy into its proper perspective, Josh Marshall at TPM writes…
A lot of attention is being given to Gov. Palin’s daughter’s situation. The much bigger deal is the expanding trooper-gate investigation, the fact that Palin lied in her Friday speech about her purported opposition to the Bridge to Nowhere, her apparent former membership in the secessionist Alaska Independence Party, and more. Individually, you can come to your own judgment about how consequential these stories are. What they show pretty clearly now—in addition to the news that the McCain campaign is only now sending in a vetting team—is that John McCain didn’t do any serious vetting of Palin before he invited her to join his ticket and, he hopes, become Vice President of the United States.
Fundamentally, of course, this is about John McCain. And the real issue here is what this slapdash decision says about his judgment.