I've seen a couple of commenters on various blogs defending going after Bristol Palin because if it were one of Obama's daughters, the right would be running with this 24/7.  This is not quite right--I'm sure most of the right would be honorably declaring this story off limits, as most of the left has.  But would Rush Limbaugh be making obnoxious jokes?  Would stupid televangelists be claiming that this was the result of bad family values?  Undoubtedly.

If I thought that Rush Limbaugh was the moral compass for our society, I would kill myself.

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