Thought for the opening day of RNC

Imagining the media fallout if the pregnancy news were on the other side of the partisan ledger.

Published September 1, 2008 5:01PM (EDT)

Here's a little thought experiment: Imagine that Joe Biden was an admitted former pot smoker whose wife had a DUI on her record and that his unwed, teenage daughter were pregnant right now -- oh, and that Biden was an advocate for sex education in school.

Rushbo & company would be going ballistic right now about the corrupting influence of those coastal values, wouldn't they?

P.S.: Both the first lady and the possible first lady-to-be will be addressing the convention tonight in St. Paul. Wonder if either will take a moment to congratulate the Palin family, and Bristol specifically, on the big news.

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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