GOP far-right conservatives in Oklahoma (see the gushing over at the McCarville Report Online) and elsewhere have been dancing in the aisles since John McCain nominated the little-know and extremely lightweight Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the GOP's vice presidential choice. Palin's one of them—a Bible-thumpin', gun-totin' True Believin' Conservative.
Now it turns out that there's a little tarnish on Palin's right-wing halo. Bristol, her 17-year-old daughter, is pregnant. And unmarried.
Last time we checked, folks liked Palin were advocates of abstinence-only sex education, a policy that critics have assailed as mostly ineffective.
We haven't studied the issue ourselves, we we do have some recent experience with raging teenage hormones and we too have been skeptical of abstinence-only policies. And based on a sample that includes one Alaska teenager, we'd say the skeptics were right.
So how will this pregnancy play in Wingnut Land? They're likely to smooth over this little wrinkle since Bristol is planning on marrying the baby's father and keeping the child.
Fair enough. But this doesn't reflect well on all those high-minded moral values that the Right-Wingers keep hitting the rest of us over the head with.