The Washington Post’s delicate sensibilities are such that it had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the story of (an adult) Democratic politician who cheated on his cancer-stricken wife. But Sarah Palin’s pregnant 17-year-old daughter made the front page of the newspaper today. You’d never know from the headlines and commentary over the last few days that the pregnancy bothers liberal commentators but not the religious right — at whom these stories are aimed. The left gleefully hoped that the pregnancy would depress this segment of the voter population. Of course, if they’d actually met a member of the religious right they’d have known better. (And on another page in the same newspaper, Lois Romano reaches a new low in campaign reporting" The McCain campaign said it could not confirm that Palin was still breastfeeding Trig…")
My comment here is if the Palins and/or the campaign knew ahead of time they should have released the news better i.e., don't make it appear that they tried to hide it. I cannot see how folks who believe in the culture of life would view this poorly - it's not as if her parents got her to get an abortion! And I think folks with children, particularly teenagers, would understand at a basic level.