Bristol Palin needed a shotgun wedding…Marriage called off with Levi Johnston

March 13, 2009

One of my favorite movies is the Princess Bride.  There are a lot of funny moments that turn into life lessons.

The Courtship…

The Prince

The Prince

Princess Buttercup... not bad 22 years later...

[Buttercup] “I’ll never love you.”
[Humperdinck] “I wouldn’t want it if I had it.”
“Then by all means let us marry.”

That seems like the issue in a lot of marriages… They are established for convenience, not because of love.  Even when you think that you have love, it can be either lust, or deep like….they can fool you really easy since they look alike.. Bristol and Levi may just have discovered that they liked each other, but not enough to actually get married and stuff…

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston split

Pregnancy announcement followed by promise they’d marry, but outcome is a typical one

When last we left the Palin family, teenage daughter Bristol had given birth to a child and was planning a summer wedding with the child’s father, the strapping, hockey-playing Levi Johnston.

But now the engagement that nearly knocked the Republican National Convention off its platform is kaput, and a voyeuristic nation is again tuned in to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s soap-opera-esque life.

And yet after the announcement during the presidential race that Palin had a pregnant teenage daughter, the McCain-Palin campaign was quick to assure everyone that the two would be married and the Palins released a statement saying the couple “will have the love and support of our entire family.”

  • “The Prince and I have never from the beginning lied to each other. He knows I do not love him.”
    “Are not capable of love is what you mean.”
    “I’m very capable of love,” Buttercup said.
    “Hold your tongue, I think.”
    “I have loved more deeply than a killer like you can possibly imagine.”
    He slapped her.
  • “I loved once,” Buttercup said after a moment. “It worked out badly.”
    “Another rich man? Yes, and he left you for a richer woman.”
    “No. Poor. Poor and it killed him.”
    “Were you sorry? Did you feel pain? Admit that you felt nothing -”
    “Do not mock my grief! I died that day.”
  • While he was watching the ships, Buttercup shoved him with all her strength remaining…down went the man in black…”You can die too for all I care,” she said, and then she turned away.
    Words followed her. Whispered from afar, weak and warm and familiar. “As…you…wish…”

While the news of the pregnancy brought cries of hypocrisy from the left, with liberals quick to note her mother’s support of abstinence, it drew many conservatives to Palin’s side, eager to defend her. This, after all, was a family like any other, a family with problems, and the presence of a pregnant teen seemed to humanize Palin.

Far be it from me to be hypocritical and suggest that they used him for his rugged good looks and to be the face of the convention.  Okay, I am hypocritical and I will say that they used him to quell the fires of discontent that had started creeping up.  People were questioning whether McCain fully vetted his choice and her family.  Ultimately,  it was a good move and it made her a little more likable and made it seem like a nuclear family would rise from the ashes.

They brought Johnston to the convention, dressed in suit and tie, smiling and seated next to Bristol. In an interview with The Associated Press in October, he said, “We both love each other. We both want to marry each other. And that’s what we are going to do.”But the deck was stacked against them. Many pregnant teens are optimistic about the chances of marrying the father of their child. Albert said one-third of unmarried teen mothers say they’re “certain” they’ll marry the biological father, while an additional 23 percent say their chances of marrying are “good.

see… that is why you have to keep the shotgun on him until the words have been spoken.  They will always get away if left to their own devices…

“The notion that Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston’s experience here is in any way unique couldn’t be further from the truth,” Albert said. “Marriage and birth patterns in teens have changed over time, shifting from a general trend of marrying before pregnancy to marrying as a result of pregnancy to becoming pregnant and not marrying.”

And those who do marry don’t fare well. Teen marriages are twice as likely to fail as marriages in which the woman is at least 25 years old.

Perhaps as predictable as this high-profile breakup is the reaction from gawkers on both sides of the political fence.

“Within her base, I think this will just increase sympathy and support,” said Gary Alan Fine, a Northwestern University sociology professor who studies political reputations. “It will make her seem more like a person who has to confront the challenges of life, and this is one of them. If you’re a fundamentalist or a devout Christian, you don’t believe you’re living in a world without sin, you don’t believe people don’t make mistakes.”

And for those who love to hate Palin, this is another arrow in their quiver.

“It just adds a kind of frisson of joy, a little pleasure,” Fine posited. “It confirms the kind of Beverly Hillbillies aspect, the lower-middle-class qualities that people saw in Sarah Palin.”

During the campaign, Barack Obama made clear that Palin’s family was off-limits, and the McCain campaign excoriated the media for even asking questions about Bristol’s pregnancy. So it’s unlikely that much political hay will be made of this latest chapter.

“You really can’t make too much out of it,” said Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, a faculty fellow at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research. “I think Palin’s going to take advantage of this boundary that exists to deflect any negative attention, and then she’s going to frame it as a mother having unconditional love for her baby girl.”

And leave everyone waiting to see what happens next.

They are clapping for entirely two different reasons... She is clapping because she thinks she has a husband AND baby daddy and he is clapping because of all the other box he can score... get it?  He is a hockey player and his job is to put the biscuit in the basket...

They are clapping for entirely two different reasons… She is clapping because she thinks she has a husband AND baby daddy and he is clapping because of all the other box he can score… get it? He is a hockey player and his job is to put the biscuit in the basket…

This is what marriage is all about…

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