1. The McCain campaign announces that Bristol Palin, pregnant and unmarried at 17, chose to carry the pregnancy to term. No mention of the fact that if John McCain and Sarah Palin’s preferred policies were in place, that choice would not have been hers to make.
[As to the impulse to use the pregnancy to attack “abstinence-only” or to cast aspersions on Sarah Palin’s mothering skills, what Hilzoy said and what Megan said. Let’s try to keep some of our morals, folks.]
2. Remember how Sarah Palin was a “reformer” and “took on Ted Stevens,” proving that she’s tough enough to take on Putin? Not so much; turns out that not only did Palin accept Stevens’s support when she ran for Governor in 2006 she was an official of Stevens’s 527 group. Bonus fun fact: McCain considers 527s “clearly illegal.”
3. From a 2006 Eagle Forum candidate questionnaire (Q11):
Q. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?
Sarah Palin: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.
(File this under “If God had intended us to fly, He never would have given us railroads.”)
Update MS-NBC reports that Palin is lawyering up for the Troopergate investigation. Andrea Mitchell reports that Republican lawyers are now headed to Alaska to do a more thorough vetting job; McCain apparently picked Palin only after it was made clear to him that he couldn’t have his first choice, Lieberman.
Second update Jon Stewart is rude: