Will McCain’s next Hail Mary pass be “Here Comes the Bride”?
The not-always-reliable UK Sunday Times has a bit of too-good-to-check gossip from Washington, D.C. correspondent Sarah Baxter:
In an election campaign notable for its surprises, Sarah Palin, the Republican vice- presidential candidate, may be about to spring a new one — the wedding of her pregnant teenage daughter to her ice-hockey-playing fiancé before the November 4 election.
Inside John McCain’s campaign the expectation is growing that there will be a popularity boosting pre-election wedding in Alaska between Bristol Palin, 17, and Levi Johnston, 18, her schoolmate and father of her baby. “It would be fantastic,” said a McCain insider. “You would have every TV camera there. The entire country would be watching. It would shut down the race for a week.”
There is already some urgency to the wedding as Bristol, who is six months pregnant, may not want to walk down the aisle too close to her date of delivery. She turns 18 on October 18 . . .
. . . McCain is expected to have a front-row seat at Bristol’s wedding and to benefit from the outpouring of goodwill that it could bring. “What’s the downside?” a source inside the McCain campaign said. “It would be wonderful. I don’t know that there has ever been a pre-election wedding before.”
In the past couple of months alone, the McCain camp has done their best to insert their candidate in the middle of a war between Russia and Georgia, planned relief efforts in the wake of a potentially disastrous hurricane in Louisiana, and a major Wall Street financial crisis.
If they’re willing to game these serious events (and their respective human victims) for selfish political gain, I guess it’s no surprise that they’d manipulate the lives of a couple of teenagers for the same purpose.