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As I've said before, I think it's wrong to use the pregnancy of child as any sort of political tool. It doesn't belong in the conversation. But maybe that's just me being silly and naive:

Gov. Palin and her husband "have embraced the grandchild about to be born," Gary Bauer, a social conservative activist and onetime presidential candidate, told the Texas delegation. "They already are teaching America a lesson about the sanctity of life," he added, as the delegates jumped to their feet in applause.

Good to know Gary. I'm not going to get into the twisted morals of dude's statement. But these sanctimonious fucks kill me. Either it's wrong for the kid to be a political football--or it isn't. For the record, this doesn't change how I feel. It's cruel and arrogant to use a child's pregnancy to attack a political foe. It's blind and arrogant to use a child's pregnancy to bolster a political ally.

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