Political Science professor and author Paul Kengor writes at The American Spectator about Bristol Palin, Sarah Palin and the sanctity of life:
As Bristol trots to victory after victory, the pressure cooker that is liberal America rises and rises and rises, boiling over with customary ferocity.- JP
What's really going on here? Let's cut to the chase: The roots of this indecent, unhealthy rage by liberals is -- first and foremost -- a lashing out against Bristol and her mother for the political/cultural sin of standing, unwaveringly, for unborn human life. That stance also explains why liberal women in particular despise both Bristol and the mother who gave her life. The Palins' devotion to the pro-life life infuriates pro-choice women.
I'll never forget the moment Sarah Plain first walked onto that stage with John McCain. The initial salvo had already been fired, not because of anything Palin said but because of what she had done. As far as liberal women were concerned, Palin had already drawn a line in the sand when she chose to give birth to a child pre-diagnosed with Down syndrome, choosing to do what some 90% of women don't do when given that diagnosis.
Even more galling, Palin, in one fell swoop, thereby decapitated the entire pro-choice narrative.
Their response has been pure vitriol.
The most lasting manifestation of that, in my mind, was shown by the downright mean "Retarded Republican Babies for Sarah Palin" T-shirts that compassionate liberals were selling on the web during the 2008 campaign. The shirts featured a little GOP elephant blowing a balloon. They were a slap at the face of Palin's innocent little Down's child, Trig.
What had Trig done wrong? Wasn't he deserving of sympathy? Not to the enraged and deranged. To them, Trig was Sarah Plain's child -- the product of a misbegotten choice. He merited contempt.
Alas, that's where Bristol comes in. She, too, being a child of Sarah Palin, is disliked by the left by her very birthright. But then, however, she mushroomed their resentment to nuclear levels when, she, too, committed the cardinal sin of choosing life.