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I'm really sorry, but the above clip shows very clearly that pregnant Bristol and boyfriend Levi are quite happy to be in the political spotlight. McCain, who is seen shaking hands with the stout lad and giving grandfatherly hugs to beaming Bristol and hold both of her hands like he's been doing it all his life.
And this wasn't some film crew capturing a personal moment - McCain and Palin did this for media purposes, to ensure that these images went around the TV screens and the internet.
All these angry people (and I'm not pointing fingers at any regular commentators here btw) who are furious about the media coverage of Sarah Palin's private life and that of her poor teenage daughter need to realise that both Palin AND McCain have, by creating this photo op, turned Bristol's pregnancy into an attempt for political gain.
Here's Josh Marshall from TPM:
Since there is widespread agreement that the children of candidates should not become topics of campaign debate, it behooves us to note that the McCain campaign has almost singlehandedly made Sarah Palin's daughter a central figure in the Republican convention.(BTW I disagree with his assertion that the McCain campaign was the source of the "Is Bristol the mother of Trig?" rumours)
It was the McCain campaign that announced Palin's daughter's pregnancy. That alone might be understandable since it appears a supermarket tabloid was about to print the story. But it was the McCain campaign, entirely on its own, that dished up unsubstantiated claims about maternity tests and all sorts of other lurid nonsense that had never been seen in print anywhere. And now the McCain campaign has staged a ceremonial laying-on-of-hands on the tarmac in St. Paul in which Sen. McCain has given his official blessing to the young couple and embrace of Bristol's boyfriend Levi.