We have a saying at work describing those who are sacrificed to the greater good when they are relatively blameless: they get thrown under the bus. It’s not unique to the office, I saw it used on Project Runway a few weeks ago. But, I think it is particularly appropriate for the situation involving Sarah Palin’s daughter who at 17 – and over the course of a few short months – got knocked up and engaged to her baby-daddy.
I can’t help but wonder if her mother hadn’t been the Governor of Alaska and the Republican VP pick, would Bristol have gotten married in addition to keeping the baby? I can’t say what went on there, although I bet that was a pretty darn intense family meeting when that bomb dropped. But, is she being pushed to marry this guy because it looks good to the conservative voters that her mom was brought in to appeal to? Would they throw this girl under the bus of her mother’s ambitions?
Only the Palins know the answer. But, if this isn’t a shotgun wedding, I don’t know what is and I can’t help but feel a wee bit of sympathy for Bristol – 17 with a child and a husband who is probably a child. Ouch. I was married at 27 – ten years older than Bristol – without being knocked up and it was still a huge deal to me.
As for the rumors that her mom is for abstinence-only education, I believe that parents should be in charge of sex education for their children, not schools and if they want to advocate abstinence-only, that’s their choice. But, I think the fact that the VP nominee’s 17-year-old, unwed (as the papers have been saying) daughter is knocked up on her proverbial abstinence watch does not bode well for the statistical efficacy of such education.
I have a terrible feeling that this is a train wreck in progress. It just can’t end well.