While families are typically off limits in electoral politics, the irony of young Bristol’s situation hasn’t been lost, especially since her mother’s a “family values” candidate.
Still, many think the scandal should remain personal. Queer Congressman Barney Frank, however, says otherwise:
[The GOP] made an issue of her family… Apparently sheâ€™s a great favorite with the conservative social movement. They have said that itâ€™s liberalism and liberals who have undermined families â€” same-sex marriage has been a problem, they donâ€™t want gay people to adopt … This helps undercut those arguments.
Well, hers is a family in great turmoil. She fired the state police commissioner because he wouldnâ€™t fire her sisterâ€™s ex-husband. She has a daughter who became pregnant. Thatâ€™s not her fault.
No, of course not, although we appreciate when any parent schools their child on safe sex. Babies are hardly the only thing one can catch from a bit of slip and dip.