News is now breaking that Bristol Palin, the 17 year old daughter of vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin is pregnant. According to Reuters:

ST. PAUL (Reuters) – The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child. Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin’s five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Barack Obama infamously stated that if one of his daughters became pregnant he wouldn’t want them “punished with a baby.”

Now that Obama’s words have slammed into the oncoming traffic of political reality what will the impact be? Will this be referenced as just another Barack fender bender or a multi-car pile up? Will Obama back off or be justified?

What about Sarah Palin? I suspect the revelation that her daughter previously had an abortion would be more harmful to Palin’s support among evangelicals than this current news. But it’s hard to see how this doesn’t hurt the ticket somewhere. I suspect we’re only moments away from Obama surrogates crying from the rooftops about the inherent hypocrisy of the McCain-Palin ticket.

Remember, you heard it here first.

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