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"Governor Palin's daughter is now officially the Jamie-Lynn Spears of politics."
NOLA's LEVEES & GUSTAV:
The video is too familiar ... water sloshing/slopping/blowing over the walls of the industrial canal levee in New Orleans. Now, Katrina flooded New Orleans only after the levees actually broke. But to see that water, even smaller amounts of the water, coming into the city ... it's quite dramatic, and depressing.
Hurricane Gustav has turned out to be a lot milder than predicted, but that doesn't mean it's not dangerous. Most residents have fled; but network and cable reporters have left the convention and flowed into the city.
GOP CONVENTION UPDATE:
Meanwhile, the Republican National Convention planners held a phone press briefing for reporters.
Among the news:
— On Wednesday and Thursday, the GOP plans to assemble emergency relief goods for distribution to those affected ... and do it in Minneapolis. I guess there's a bunch of extra hands, but does it really make sense to assemble care packages in Minneapolis, if you then have to ship them all the way to Louisiana and the Gulf?
— The convention is running something inside the Xcel Center called the Affected States Information Center so that people from the Gulf states can go inside and get real-time information on how the storm is shaping up and make any requests.
— Today (Monday), the convention will be scaled back to official business AND a brief visit from First Lady Laura Bush; and also from Cindy McCain, the Senator's wife. Vice presidential nominee Gov. Palin is also in town, while Senator McCain monitors the situation from other states including Missouri and Ohio.
— Officials say McCain will accept the nomination as planned in St. Paul. But that may be the only thing that remains as planned.
PALIN'S BABY'S BABY / WHAT IF ... SHE WERE BLACK???
Some blogs and news orgs were circulating a rumor that Governor Palin's youngest baby was actually her daughter's baby.
Today, the Palin' refuted that: Governor Palin's youngest child could not POSSIBLY be her daughter's child ... because her 17-year-old daughter is just NOW several months pregnant.
An article in the UK's Independent reads:
Bristol Palin, one of Palin's five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
Governor Palin's daughter is now officially the Jamie-Lynn Spears of politics. Her parents released a statement saying:
"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."
Also: all the way back in April, some journos were questioning why Governor Palin chose to fly for several hours while she was in labor; and some medical experts asked if it was safe. From an April piece in the Fairbanks, Alaska, paper the NewsMiner:
Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to make the eight-hour flight from Dallas to Anchorage has some people wondering about the possible safety hazards of flying while in the late stages of pregnancy.
The governor, eight months into her pregnancy, noticed amniotic fluid Thursday morning prior to giving a keynote luncheon address at the Republican Governor's Energy Conference in Texas. After wrapping up the speech, Palin and her husband consulted with her physician about possibly flying home on an earlier flight. After being granted permission from her doctor, she and her husband proceeded with the trek home......
The governor did not feel the need to inform the airline of her condition, Leighow said....
Palin's flight landed at 10:30 p.m. Thursday. She and her husband drove to the Mat-Su Valley Regional Medical Center, and she checked in with her doctor an hour later.
Trig Paxson Van Palin was born seven hours later.
The governor's long flight home to have her baby, combined with the fact that she only made her pregnancy public in the third trimester, has fueled the rumors that her fifth child was actually her grandchild. Meanwhile, the Obama campaign has said that any staffer who says ANYTHING about these rumors will immediately be fired.
So, a few questions for you: What if Senator Obama's kids were older and one of them got pregnant? How would the nation react? How would the senator react? (After all Obama has been saying about responsible fatherhood, I suspect the teen babydaddy would be locked in the White House basement with a bowl of gruel and water.)
What is your reaction to the Palin news? How do you think the story would play if it were an (older, hypothetically) pregnant Obama child?