The Heresiarch notes that the Palin family is sounding more and more like a soap opera by the day:
Tonight’s admission that Governor Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol is, indeed, pregnant will at least scotch the bizarre rumours that the teenager is the real mother of Palin’s youngest son, Trig Paxson Van (sounds more like a utility vehicle than a child to me, but then I’m not Alaskan). It is however bound to increase the doubts many commentators have been expressing as to the wisdom of John McCain’s choice of running mate. The more one learns about Sarah Palin and her family, the more they seem to belong less in the White House than on the Jerry Springer show.
Sarah Palin was supposed to be a champion of conservative Christian values, which tends to imply a family life of irreproachable respectability; many on the religious right take a dim view of fornication. The grassroots activists who warmed to Palin’s brave decision to carry a Down’s baby to full term may be less impressed to learn that her daughter was not anxious to make “true love wait”, as the spin has it.
Then there are the kids with trailer-trash names like Bristol, Track and Trig; Palin’s past as a small-town beauty-queen; her blue-collar husband with a reputation for interfering in political hiring and firing; her moose-hunting; her support for creationism; the tales of small-town favour-swapping.
In other circumstances, the Palins might have made excellent subjects for a docu-soap, a sort of gubernatorial Osbournes. Perhaps that’s going to be the next political trend, with politicians elected on their ability to make public fools of themselves for the entertainment of the masses.
There are several British politicians who fit that description already! for example Robert Kilroy-Silk, George Galloway, or Boris Johnson.