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What would happen if it were Barack Obama's child who was pregnant, unmarried and the center of attention?

Published September 3, 2008 6:51PM (EDT)

At the Corner, the National Review's group blog, Byron York poses a hypothetical worth considering, especially because the right's pushback on the various controversies surrounding Sarah Palin has so much to do with the reaction by liberals and the media:

Perhaps I'm focusing on an irrelevant issue, but the presence, or non-presence, of [Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin's unborn child] on the stage tonight strikes me as important. It's one thing for delegates to be understanding and compassionate about the fix these two teenagers have gotten themselves into. It's another to actually celebrate it. And, given what we've learned in the last few days, if Johnston is up on stage with his girlfriend and the Palin family, and Republicans are wildly cheering, it will certainly look like they are celebrating this situation.

I don't usually engage in these scenarios, but I'll do it here. If the Obamas had a 17 year-old daughter who was unmarried and pregnant by a tough-talking black kid, my guess is if that they all appeared onstage at a Democratic convention and the delegates were cheering wildly, a number of conservatives might be discussing the issue of dysfunctional black families.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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