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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Foolish photo op

The photo above, supplied by The Associated Press, shows Republican presidential candidate John McCain, right, warmly greeting 18-year-old Levi Johnston on Wednesday on the tarmac at the airport in Minneapolis, Minn., near the site of this week's Republican National Convention.
For those of you living under a rock since Monday, Johnston is the young man who impregnated Bristol Palin, the 17-year-old unwed daughter of GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. That's Bristol standing between McCain and Johnston.
So now, despite the GOP's insistence to the contrary, this pregnancy is inarguably the public's business. Flying Johnston from Alaska to Minnesota, parading him in front of the media's cameras and having the man who could be president welcome the irresponsible young couple with open arms makes this story fair game.
And, perhaps more importantly, it calls into question the judgment of McCain and the people managing his campaign.



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