The McCain-Palin campaign has announced that Bristol Palin, Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin’s oldest daughter, is pregnant. Bristol Palin, age 17, will marry the father of her baby shortly. The internet has been on fire with rumors about Sarah, Bristol and pregnancies, calling it “Babygate”.

A spokesperson for McCain says that he knew about Bristol’s pregnancy, and did not consider it to be a problem for the campaign. For the past several days, The Daily Kos and many other websites have been spreading rumors that Sarah Palin was NOT the mother of Trig Palin, the infant son with Down’s Syndrome, rather that Bristol was. There were also rumors of a boyfriend of Bristol’s, a boy named Chris Ray, who before the news hit professed his love for Bristol on his Myspace. NOW, apparently her baby-daddy is Levi Johnston. US magazine says his Myspace (since taken down) reveals “He doesn’t want kids”. The beauty of Google is the cache, however, and here’s Levi’s Myspace. (NOT his pic at the top!) Apparently, Levi is in Snarkista’s extended network! WTF! It also seems Levi has scrubbed out most of his friends, but still has the “not for me” quote about kids. Genius. This trainwreck just gets worse by the minute.

Snarkista abstained from posting any rumors, as she felt any facts that were relevant would eventually come out. McCain’s aide says:

“Senator McCain knew this and felt in no way did it disqualify her from being vice president. Families have difficulties sometimes and lucky for her she has a supportive family. Bristol Palin, a senior in high school, is about 5 months along, in her second trimester, according to the aide. The aide said they decided to reveal this information now because of rampant Internet rumors that Sarah Palin’s four month old baby, who has Down’s Syndrome, was actually Bristol’s. In the course of correcting that, we needed to get the truth out,”

The official statement from Sarah and Todd Palin says:

“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support. Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.”

Snarkista honestly feels like Bristol should not be a target for anyone, no matter which side of the aisle they sit, politically speaking. Bristol is 17 years old. Unfortunately, she has felt the heat of the speculation, and has been outed by the press.

Barack Obama released a statement that the issue is “off limits”, and if he finds anyone in his campaign helped spread the smear attempts, they will be fired. That should shut up some of the paranoid, scorched-earth asshats at the Kos.

Snarkista hopes that people can now be civil about this issue, as she has read UNTOLD crass, nasty posts about the questions this weekend. Sarah Palin is in the public office limelight, and should sink or swim on her OWN merits. John McCain looks like he didn’t do his vetting homework. Nonetheless, leave her daughter out of the fight.



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