So Fox News had this fancy “exclusive” interview with 18-year-old new mom Bristol Palin, in which the unwed teenaged mother (!) got a bit of the devil in ‘er and said what mommy Sarah P. just can’t: Teens have sex. It happens. In real life. Shocker.
The conflict, of course, is that Momma Bear has been a proponent of abstinence-only education, which studies show does not work. No matter, MB still seems to believe teens aren’t really having sex, or at least that adults can somehow convince them to stop. Worked well enough for her.
In any case, check out the interview and Salon’s analysis here. A snippet:
But more than just sound bites, Van Susteren’s interview with Bristol (and her “surprise-guest” mom) was a vivid reminder of how, sadly, this unremarkable high schooler got dragged into the spotlight by a Republican ticket anxious to paper over its party’s family-values inconsistencies with the addition of a just-folks clan led by an Alaskan governor determined to use her family as an illustration of her policies. It was also an embodiment of all that was frustrating and tone-deaf about those policies, and about the governor’s candidacy for the vice-presidency.