Like you, I'm finding the media's fascination/titillation with Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter to be nauseating.
The only thing more nauseating, however, are the specious comparisons to sex scandals made by junior varsity-level pundits that usually go something like this:
"The Republicans are trying to be this holier-than-thou party that is obsessed with other people's personal lives, yet here they are with this type of thing going on in their own home. This just shows how [insert unflattering adjective here] they are."
Let me see if I get this straight:
Sarah Palin has a teenage daughter. Check.
That teenage daughter has a boyfriend. Got it.
Hormones being what they are, the teenage daughter and her teenage boyfriend have intercourse. Okay.
Biology being what it is, that act leads her teenage daughter to get pregnant. Still tracking, and still not finding either of my eyebrows raised even a nanometer.
The teenage daughter makes a personal and emotional choice to follow her heart and values and bear the child. Good copy.
So far I understood everything. But here's the part I don't get:
Where's the scandal?
First of all, no one broke any laws (unlike, say, Eliot Spitzer) and second of all, no one lied about anything (unlike, say, Bill Clinton, Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Gary Hart, etc.)
On top of all this, it wasn't even the candidate herself.
No one held Bill Clinton accountable for Roger's drug involvement (and rightly so). No one made a huge deal when Al Gore's kid got busted with pot (and rightly so). And I don't think anyone should make a big deal over a 17 year-old girl doing something far more "normal," completely within the law, and then having the courage to forsake her own public image/privacy to do what she believed was the right thing.
So I just don't see the scandal here in the first place, but I especially don't see some kind of bogus moral equivalency with other, actual scandals involving leaders who hold, or seek to hold, the trust of the American public.