Monday, 29 September 2008

Could Palin family wedding bells save the Republican campaign?

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Seriously, I only intended to blog about Sarah Palin once today, but it seems that every time you log on to a news website something new and even more ridiculous pops up. Take this from the Sunday Times – apparently Republican campaign managers are hoping for the marriage of Palin's 17-year-old pregnant daughter Bristol and her fiancĂ© Levi Johnston to take place just before the 4 November election, thereby shutting down the campaign trail and gaining priceless publicity points as Americans prepare go to the polls.

Of course, this matrimonial revolution would be televised, as one "McCain insider" pointed out: “It would be fantastic. You would have every TV camera there. The entire country would be watching. It would shut down the race for a week.”

And in the words of another source: "What’s the downside? It would be wonderful. I don’t know that there has ever been a pre-election wedding before.”

As the Sunday Times piece says, Obama "has already declared Bristol’s private life off-limits as far as his campaign is concerned." It's a shame the same can't be said of the Republicans.

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