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The Palin pregnancy

Justin Webb | 20:22 UK time, Monday, 1 September 2008

The news of Sarah Palin's daughter's pregnancy is gut-wrenching for Republicans. After a gulp or two, and the evangelical equivalent of a stiff drink, it certainly will not affect their affections for this vice-presidential candidate among social conservatives (she is, after all, doing the right thing in socially conservative circles by not having an abortion).

And the fact is that her situation is not unusual in America, but it must lead to mutterings in the country club set about the direction the McCain camp is taking the party: into the unknown.

UPDATE: I have just been on the convention floor in the moments before it began and I think this piece has it about right in terms of early reaction: I talked to a handful of people, all of whom said it was a private family matter. Plenty more listened in and did not seek to diffeR.


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