Let’s see if we can get this latest political news straight.

To disprove the nasty Web rumors that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s youngest child, who has Down Syndrome, actually belongs to her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, Palin has announced that Bristol is five months pregnant and plans to marry the baby’s father. But Levi Johnston, the baby’s dad, has written on his Myspace blog that he doesn’t want kids.

Apparently, John McCain‘s camp knew before they picked Palin as their VP choice that her daughter was pregnant out of wedlock.

Are they crazy to pick such a hot potato for a running mate? Yup, crazy like a den of right-wing foxes.

BristolpalinThe Palins, in a statement released by the McCain campaign, said Bristol "came to us with news that we as parents knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned."  They wrote that their daughter "has our unconditional love and support. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates."

Is Sarah Palin the Lynne Spears of politics? Sure looks like it.

Judging by the overwhelming number of readers who have left supportive comments on the Dish Rag about 15-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears deciding to keep her illegitimate baby, I suspect McCain’s camp has researched how many thousands — if not millions — of young women in the U.S. have gotten pregnant in their teens or have daughters in the same situation as Bristol.

The Dish Rag reader approval rating for Jamie Lynn keeping her baby far outnumbered those who thought she should have aborted or given up the baby for adoption. Yes, she made a mistake. But she was doing the right thing by having and keeping the child.

Why, this baby is a sure-fire, motivating vote-getter! This unwed pregnancy is pure election-year gold! Or is it?

What do you think? Does the fact that her daughter is pregnant at 17 influence your impression of Gov. Palin as a mother or a vice-presidential candidate?

Or do you feel, like Lindsay Lohan does, that talking about this issue only detracts from having an important discussion about Palin’s qualifications and her leadership capabilities?

Keep reading to see what LiLo wrote about this issue on her blog — and no, we’re not kidding.

]]>LindsaylohanLindsay Lohan wrote in her blog this week:

"I think the real problem comes from the fact that we are taking the focus off of getting to know Sarah Palin and her political views, and what she can do to make our country a less destructive place. Its distracting from the real issues, the real everyday problems that this country experiences."

She goes on.

"I get Sarah Palin’s views against abortion, but I would much prefer to hear more about what she can do for our country rather than how her daughter is going to have a child no matter what. Maybe focus on delivering some words and policy with stronger impact like Joe Biden."

She keeps going on about how important sex education is:

"I think that parents need to recognize how important it is to talk to their children about the things that can result from being sexually active if they aren’t protecting themselves (birth control, condoms, etc.)"

What has the world come to when LiLo starts to make sense?

Photos: Gov. Sarah Palin, top; daughter Bristol Palin holding her younger brother, Trig, middle; and Lindsay Lohan at a West Hollywood event this week. And she has time to blog about politics?


Posted by:Elizabeth Snead