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Is Bristol Palin a hypocrite?

Bristol Palin is taking her burgeoning career as a don't-be-a-teen-mom-like-me advocate to the next level by hitting the lecture circuit and is expected to earn between $15,000 and $30,000 per speaking gig. Read the Reliable Source blog post.

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Who, in their right mind, would pay her for anything?

Posted by: concorde01 | May 18, 2010 1:46 PM

Looks like Bristol Bay's been eatin' well too, eh! Look at that chin or was that her neck? I guess she won't have to worry about getting pregnant again. Unless Meatloaf is still single. Bat out of Hell, dude. Fer sure...

Posted by: Mitchavery7 | May 18, 2010 1:51 PM

Are they serious? I was a teen age mother (twice)and didn't graduate from high school. I studied my butt off to obtain my GED. I later went to college, received my Paralegal Certificate, obtained a BA in Organizational Management, and in a few weeks will have completed my MBA program. I know how hard it is to have children at a young age and still try to obtain a better life for my family. She hasn't been through anything, what could she possibly say to someone like me? NOTHING!!!!!!

Posted by: llyspencer | May 18, 2010 1:52 PM

Tea bagger junior is so ridiculous that peeps will come out just to see the insanity that will follow her. Maybe she'll reconcile w/ naked hockey boy. I hope she endorses some Republican candidates. We libs will need some help from her this fall. We'll be countin' on ya Bristol! Help OBAMA to FIGHT THE RIGHT!

Posted by: Mitchavery7 | May 18, 2010 1:55 PM

I know how hard it is to have children at a young age and still try to obtain a better life for my family.

Posted by: llyspencer


So you say.

If you really had experienced what you SAY you experienced, you might have a little more empathy for a teen mother who is taking advantage of a lucky opportunity to "try to obtain a better life" for herself and her fatherless child.

Why is that bad?


Posted by: ZZim | May 18, 2010 2:47 PM

The only thing the "poll" tells me is that 52% of the participants don't know what the word "hypocrite" means. Shill? Yes. Opportunist? You betcha. But hypocrite? No.

Posted by: mattintx | May 18, 2010 5:12 PM

Just another wing of the Palin money machine, that's all they're about.

Posted by: tim7 | May 18, 2010 5:13 PM

The question as written:
Predictable - It is, afterall, the WaPo

The question was insensitive as were most of the posts. Whether you like her, her mother or her motives, it is a message from experience. Good for her.

Posted by: bethg1841 | May 18, 2010 5:17 PM

Sorry, she is the biggest hypocrite around including her family and her so called was boyfriend now he is no one. This is to the one who did it twice, I bet you had help from the federal govmn't in grants or loans. Didn't you learn after the first one. Yes, it takes two to tango but you needed to keep your legs together after the first one. In the human species females pick who they want to marry especially if you are in the USA.

Posted by: bncfirme | May 18, 2010 5:17 PM

Its all part of America people. After all, would you pay an Eskimo to tell you about sand? No, you'd pay him to tell you about snow though. The FBI doesn't hire nice guys to be their consultants. They hire the actual bank robbers, bombers and other fools who commit the crimes.

Heck, the Pope can't tell me anything about sex.

Hmmm, or can he? Bad way to end my diatribe.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | May 18, 2010 5:19 PM

So an uneducated single parent will become wealthy as a mouthpiece for abstinence. How much empathy will be generated for her when she's not living in the poorest of circumstances like every other teenage mother in the country? How can you take her seriously when you know she's not deciding whether she needs to buy diapers or pay the rent? She'll never worry about affording a babysitter so she can make $5.50 an hour stuffing envelopes to feed her children. Sorry, but this is shameful and shameless.

Posted by: JenAZ | May 18, 2010 5:22 PM

If somebody wants to pay that much money to listen to a 19 year old girl speak about....anything, so be it. But I fail to see how it's hypocritical. Recovering alcoholics and drug addicts speak all the time about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. If that's not hypocritical, how is this?

Posted by: pswift00 | May 18, 2010 5:24 PM


Posted by: laurelphoto | May 18, 2010 5:25 PM

It takes an idiot to raise an idiot.

Posted by: A-Voter | May 18, 2010 5:26 PM


Posted by: laurelphoto | May 18, 2010 5:27 PM

Both she and her mother are smart as hell. I don't agree with either of them on anything, but they do know how to play the game.

Posted by: dkp01 | May 18, 2010 5:28 PM

"LLYSPENCER"~~Congratulations on being determined to get ahead in spite of all the hardships and getting THIS far already! SOMEONE said something right to you! WHO and WHAT encouragement helped you the most??

Some people have never had anything that great holding them back and STILL didn't get themselves educated!

Posted by: Maerzie | May 18, 2010 5:34 PM

Ka-ching! But here's the funny part: Now Levi, who was ordered to pay roughly $1,700 a month in child support, can start collecting from her.

Posted by: jelogan222 | May 18, 2010 5:34 PM

Why would she be considered a hypocrite? If she talked about it first and then got pregnant out of wedlock etc yeah, she'd be a hypocrite; but at the time she did it she had no expectations of speaking out about it. As other have posted, it's not unusual for many to engage in bad behavior and speak out about their experience and what they've learned.

Granted, she's been given an opportunity that most don't get to turn it to her advantage ,but hey, I can't fault her for taking it and running with it.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | May 18, 2010 5:38 PM

The Post and its followers hatefully attacking the teenaged daughter of a conservative politician...what a shock! The bitterness of liberals...that's predictable.

Posted by: MikeKohout | May 18, 2010 5:39 PM

She was home schooled by her mother.

Posted by: whocares666 | May 18, 2010 5:41 PM

Yes, Bristol is learning SOMETING from her mother anyway~~how to USE people, and that MONEY is everything!!

Too bad her mother never taught her about all the "Christian" virtues Sarah always PRETENDS she has, while vile, snide put-downs slide out of her devil-mouth, like greasy slime!

Posted by: Maerzie | May 18, 2010 5:41 PM

Hey..I have an idea. Why not allow some of those teen mothers from some of the inner cities come on TV along with Bristol. Sarah Palin and her grifters could then allow those low income girls to earn some of the thousands of dollars that will be paid to Bristol to talk about abstinance. Plus, the GOP could use this as an example of how they are helping single mothers with their babies, since they are against abortions.

PT Barnum must be laughing in his grave.

Posted by: jordor | May 18, 2010 5:42 PM

How many times does each person get to vote?? Like so many of these accurate internet "polls", you can vote again every time the page comes up??

Posted by: Maerzie | May 18, 2010 5:44 PM

Many single mothers work to support their families. Does Ms Palin consider this work? How many single mothers earn $15,000 per speech to tell someone not to do as they have done? Next I think she will write a book. Her money grabbing mother is an excellent example for her to follow when it comes to making quick bucks.

Posted by: foff227 | May 18, 2010 5:44 PM

Bristol Palin, like her erstwhile paramour and baby daddy Levy Johnston, is cashing in on two things: her color and her celebrity. Her success (or failure) as a mother has yet to be writ, and yet, she is being celebrated. What has she done differently than millions of black, Hispanic and yes white teenagers? Can anyone imagine (heaven forbid) one of the Obama girls in similar circumstances, being compensated for the same. Ms. Palin has yet to endure all of the challenges that single teen mothers face. Better the money go to the thousands of young women who endure poverty, stress, and other challenges and yet overcome this hurdle by grit, hard work and character. Until Bristol Palin can speak candidly to her peers on practical strategies to avoid pregnancy, her message of just say no will fall on ears as deaf as her own.

Posted by: ddzeke | May 18, 2010 5:45 PM

No, she's not a hypocrite. But she is a very poor representative of single mothers in this country. She's affluent and has all the social/financial support that anyone could ask for, pretty much the opposite of most other single parents. If she really felt that strongly about stopping single motherhood, she'd give the speeches for free. She's an opportunist and predictable but, not a hypocrite, at least not in this instance. There's nothing noble about this and hopefully no one feels compelled to give her that much money to give a contrived speech.

Posted by: nikki1362 | May 18, 2010 5:46 PM

Bristol Palin, like her erstwhile paramour and baby daddy Levy Johnston, is cashing in on two things: her color and her celebrity. Her success (or failure) as a mother has yet to be writ, and yet, she is being celebrated. What has she done differently than millions of black, Hispanic and yes white teenagers? Can anyone imagine (heaven forbid) one of the Obama girls in similar circumstances, being compensated for the same. Ms. Palin has yet to endure all of the challenges that single teen mothers face. Better the money go to the thousands of young women who endure poverty, stress, and other challenges and yet overcome this hurdle by grit, hard work and character. Until Bristol Palin can speak candidly to her peers on practical strategies to avoid pregnancy, her message of just say no will fall on ears as deaf as her own.

Posted by: ddzeke | May 18, 2010 5:46 PM

Anybody who can persuade x people to part with 15k-30k for a lecture of this nature - wow ! . The world is full of gullible people.

Posted by: michael_ah_oleary | May 18, 2010 5:47 PM

Like Mother like Daughter. Now Bristol is a recovering alcoholic/drug user and as we saw loves to party at the clubs in New York. Well Bristol is going to go wild in the big city and most likely go running back to Levi once she gets to deep. Sarah better watch out for Todd as he might be dumping her and take half the riches she made. Dragging her young daughter as a front it sad. I must admit Sarah knows how to play the public for fools and the Media/Press male executives just keep her front page in hope of a play. Bristol told the Judge she worked from home in own business now she's traveling and leaving others to raise her son. Let's hope Bristol takes birth control or she will be a mother again.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | May 18, 2010 5:47 PM

Getting paid for a mistake, and telling other's not to do the same thing because they may not be as lucky as she is,What's wrong with that?

Posted by: onesugar | May 18, 2010 5:49 PM

One can go to any bowling alley and find someone with the isdom offered by this little high school drop out. Who is dumber? palin or the IDIOTS paying to hear what she is reading?

Posted by: John1263 | May 18, 2010 5:50 PM

I figured it out. You f'in progressives get angry when someone is more successful than yourselves. You retard liberals would rather devote your energies to putting a young woman down than trying to be successful yourselves. Go back to nanny state politics; your feel good-know nothing absurd-save-the-world-preaching.
Well a-holes; she is more successful at her young age then all of you negative commentators-that is readily apparent.

Posted by: civilrightist | May 18, 2010 5:51 PM

Bristol isn't hypocritical, but she is a hippy critter.

Heavy hippy mama wit da great big legs
When she walks she shake like a soft-boiled egg

Posted by: donspecht | May 18, 2010 5:54 PM

I would prefer public speakers advocate birth control and safe sex rather than abstention

Posted by: frayedcat | May 18, 2010 5:54 PM

She can tell kids the wrong way to do it and then hold your head high while prostituting yourself on the lecture circuit. Like Momma Grizzly, like Baby Grizzly.

Posted by: rcvinson64 | May 18, 2010 5:54 PM

I don't think she is a hypocrite just someone cashing in on her 15 minutes of fame like all the other reality TV stars. She got pregnant, had a baby, and doesn't have to worry about supporting the child. She's got it really good and I wouldn't pay a dime to hear her tell me how hard it is for single mothers.

I just don't understand who would pay that much to hear her speak.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | May 18, 2010 5:55 PM

The problem here extends far beyond the Palins. There are thousands of young women across this country equally qualified to talk about how an unwanted pregnancy negatively affected their lives. Why don't the organizations willing to pay $15 to $30k for a speech like that actually hire one of the women who needs the money? A sincere speech from an ordinary young woman would probably hit home harder than a clearly politically-motivated speech by an overprivileged, semi-celebrity anyhow. The deep, deep cynicism among the self-professed champions of family values is a sign of how off-course this country truly is.

Posted by: orftc | May 18, 2010 5:56 PM

Posted by: llyspencer | May 18, 2010
Congrads and you make all women and Mothers proud. Your children have a great example to follow as they as they grow up. Don't worry Bristol like any young girl from a small town going to the big city will learn life is hard. I really hope Levi still cares for her because she will need him. I wonder what the Judge thinks of Bristol now she knows Bristol lied under oath.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | May 18, 2010 5:57 PM

Abstinence only approach to sex education got Sarah knocked up before getting married. It then got Bristol knocked up without ever marrying. Great role models that all should heed -- but their stories scream out for sex education that they and their holy roller religion opposes.

Posted by: dolph924 | May 18, 2010 6:00 PM

I'm sure money manager Todd Palin has pushed her into doing the speaking thing. The family motto now is get all they can get. Worry about covering up the ethics issue when election time rolls around.

Posted by: Letsgetapizza | May 18, 2010 6:00 PM

Let's be real here....the daughter of a so called "Celeb"...pregnant at 17 and here she is at 20 commanding even $10,000 per speaking engagement...kind of smart thinking since her juvenile baby's daddy can't scrape up child support...

I don't blame any single mom for earning money any way she can...she has no college degree but can get this much for speaking..who wouldn't...same as KATE & 8 kids...make money any way you can to feed the family...8 kids!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: pentagon40 | May 18, 2010 6:01 PM

crack ho

Posted by: mikie44 | May 18, 2010 6:02 PM

And republicans will pay to see her! Duhhhhh!

Posted by: joecoppo | May 18, 2010 6:02 PM

What a stupid question. Was a Magic Johnson a hypocrite for talking about HIV prevention? Or how about the countless Hollywood celebs who advocate against substance abuse? WaPo needs to get over it's Palin obsession.

Posted by: loux24 | May 18, 2010 6:06 PM

Not only a hypocrite but proof that in the rest of the population there's a sucker born every minute!

Posted by: Badger21 | May 18, 2010 6:08 PM

Isn't listening to Bristol Palin talk about abstinence akin to listening to Rush Limbaugh talk about durg abuse? No, wait....

Posted by: seegeedubya | May 18, 2010 6:11 PM

Bristol Palin is "none of the above."

She is an opportunist, grabbing her 15 minutes of fame while she can and gaming the system for personal profit.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Posted by: asmith1 | May 18, 2010 6:14 PM

I don't like Palin. However I can't begrudge the daughter for taking advantage of an inopportune circumstance to make money. People are celebrities and make money for less reason. If some knuckleheads are willing to pay and listen to a a teenager lecture about abstinence for $15-30K she'd be a m.oron to turn that down as long as she's not exploiting her child.

Posted by: jabreal00 | May 18, 2010 6:19 PM

I'd say that this covers Bristol's actions pretty well and her baby is not fatherless. She and her momma grizzly are trying to deny him visitation.

Main Entry: hyp·o·crite
Pronunciation: \ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English ypocrite, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin hypocrita, from Greek hypokritēs actor, hypocrite, from hypokrinesthai
Date: 13th century

1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

— hypocrite adjective

Posted by: rcvinson64 | May 18, 2010 6:20 PM

This is like Paris Hilton going around the country trying to teach teens not to be drunken slutty party girls with no job skills. It just ain't believable.

The Palin family is milking their dysfunctions for every dime some sucker is willing to pay them. They're pathetic. PLEASE MAKE THEM GO AWAY!!!!

Posted by: momof20yo | May 18, 2010 6:27 PM

What silly, irrelevant reactions - I'm afraid it will take far more than registering to upgrade the quality of the discussion.

Posted by: Paardestaart | May 18, 2010 6:28 PM

Her crazy mother is one Palin enough!

Though it is hard to fault her for liking money. Everyone likes money. Including bimbos.

Posted by: veerle1 | May 18, 2010 6:35 PM

She's taking up the family business of making money from people dumb enough to listen to anything. Can't really fault her on that. Like mother, like daughter.

Posted by: summicron1 | May 18, 2010 6:51 PM

If someone is silly enough to pay hard-earned money to listen to a teenager wax poetic about whatever, who am I to object?

Posted by: lewfournier1 | May 18, 2010 6:55 PM

Why did she change her name from Lapdance, which seems to have suited her much better?

Posted by: PontiusPilot | May 18, 2010 6:57 PM

Do as I say, not as I do. I can have pre-marital sex and then capitalize on it, but you better not. Bad idea for you.

Posted by: mush2 | May 18, 2010 6:57 PM

Getting paid for a mistake, and telling other's not to do the same thing because they may not be as lucky as she is,What's wrong with that?

Posted by: onesugar | May 18, 2010 6:58 PM

You couldn't sell this crap in Hollywood. But you can to Tea-Pee-ers...

Posted by: jbh3 | May 18, 2010 6:59 PM

If she donated every penny to needy pregnant teens, I would commend her. But sadly I imagine she will be a money grubbing grifter like Mama Grizzly Bore.

Posted by: iabucus | May 18, 2010 7:00 PM

There is a sucker born every minute
Each time the second hand sweeps to the top
Like dandelions up they pop,
Their ears so big, their eyes so wide.
And though I feed 'em bonafide baloney
With no truth in it
Why you can bet I'll find some rube to buy my corn.
'Cause there's a sure-as-shooting sucker born a minute,
And I'm referrin' to the minute you were born.

Each blessed hour brings sixty of 'em
Each time the wooden cuckoo shows his face
Another sucker takes his place,
And plunks his quarter on the line
To buy my brand of genuine malarkey.
God bless and love 'em!
But don't feel sad or hoppin' mad or cause a scene
'Cause there's a sure-as-shooting sucker born a minute,
But Ma'am you mighta been the minute in between.

If I allow that right here in my hands
The smallest living human man
The sight of that is surely worth a dime
If I present an educated pooch
Who's trained to dance the hoochie cooch
What better way to waste a bit of time
If I imported monumental cost
A lady, fair, who's head was lost
While crossing railroad tracks to pick some zinnias
Who eats farina through a hose
And wares pink tights instead of clothes
If that ain't worth a buck my name ain't Phineas

Aw you say that's hog wash well who cares
You'll buy my hog was long as

There's a sucker born every minute
Each time the second hand sweeps to the top
Like dandelions up they pop,
Their ears so big, their eyes so wide.
And though my tale is bonafide baloney,
Just let me spin it,
And ain't no man who can resist me wait and see
'Cause there's a sure-as-shooting sucker born a minute,

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | May 18, 2010 7:05 PM

Individuals won't be paying a fee for her; she is being promoted as a speaker for teen abstinence conferences.

Now, where is the wisdom in booking Palin?

Sorry, and this is biting, but, Ms. Paylin, you gotta know; you are the girl that parents DON"T WANT TALKING TO THEIR DAUGHTER!

Yes, sometimes those who "slip" in life do well when they are given a "second chance," prosper, and then feel called to share their message.

And, America loves a comeback!

But, Ms. Bristol Paylin, you haven't had the time to go through what you must to be an authority on anything - except be the daughter of an unprepared candidate for Vice- President. Yes, your mom is likeable, watchable, and spunky, but she, like you, does not know enough!

Suggestion - Ms. Bristol Payln,
Please get your GED or go back to high school if that is possible. You can even do this online. From online sources, it looks like you are working in a physician's office. OK, I know, you gotta buy diapers! A job is good; education, (and ask your mom if you don't believe me, is better.)

Now, walk the walk instead of talking the talk. Be celibate for five years. (Did I hear a gasp?)

Be the one in the family that (ouch) finishes something!

Be a good mom. No matter what you think of your son's dad, you did choose him, and now you must let him, NO, encourage him to be an involved father.

Now, in five years, you MAY be ready for the lecture circuit... but think carefully about this first. Do you really want your son to grow up knowing that you made a living by, in effect, saying that HE was a mistake? (That you are urging others not to make!)

Whew - hopefully in five years, you will have a real education, and will apply "logos" instead of just "pathos" to your arguments.

Otherwise, your "ethos," like your mother's may be in question.

Don't know what this means? Maybe you should heed the "education" advice!

A final thought.. MATTINTX used the word "opportunist." That is the word that is, sadly, sticking in my mind. Unless you want this legacy to follow you, back down, back out, and get back to school. Come to Texas and I will tutor you!

Posted by: childrenstutor | May 18, 2010 7:06 PM

I have no problem w her speaking on any subject. I'm not sure who would lay down good money to hear her speak.

Posted by: randysbailin | May 18, 2010 7:06 PM

She is clearly a hypocritical opportunist, like her mom, and anyone who pays to listen to her tripe is a moron.

Posted by: michael4 | May 18, 2010 7:08 PM

GOLD DIGGER.... what a Palin ... the midas touch ... can't be too much..

Posted by: peterroach | May 18, 2010 7:10 PM

Most of the comments attack Palin but very few are attacking the fools willing to pay the speaker fee.

The piece says that Palin is putting herself out at that price - do we know if she has any takers?

Posted by: nidomhnail | May 18, 2010 7:12 PM

If she's saying, "don't do what I did", that's not really hypocritical, it's a cautionary message. One of the multiple choice options should have been "opportunistic", which is a trait young Bristol shares with her mom.

Posted by: neophyteamongstexperts | May 18, 2010 7:17 PM

She is only a hypocrite if you think Sarah Palin is a hypocrite. But if you think Sarah is a hypocrite then are you not saying that the Tea Baggers love a hypocrite. And if you are saying the Tea Baggers love a hypocrite are you not saying they are not real christian Americans. If they are not real christian Americans maybe there are no real Americans left and maybe the Mexicans have won before Arizonans could ask them for their papers. If the Arizonans couldn't check the papers we couldn't find if these illegals hired Bristol to find out how to try and try and try and try and try to stop reproducing and climbing our fences....and all because you thought Bristol was a hypocrite!

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 18, 2010 7:23 PM

I don't think she should get paid for speaking but I also don't think bent weenie Bubba Clinton should get paid for speaking. The libs have made him a millionaire. But the WAPO doesn't seem to care about a disgraced president collecting large sums for speaking. Double standard?

Posted by: theBozyn | May 18, 2010 7:23 PM

I find Sara Palin awful, but her daughter is little more than a kid and should be left alone. It's in very bad taste for WAPO to have this poll about her.

She is very young. Her accepting those ridiculous offers to speak and make money - made by adults who want themselves to profit from her one way or the other - doesn't change that fact. I didn't expect WAPO to act like TMZ.

Posted by: asoders22 | May 18, 2010 7:25 PM

Good for you, Bristol. You gotta get it while you can, girl!

It's not surprising -- she's just following the extremely profitable example set by her mom.

Anyone want to guess how long it will be before (former) Indiana Congressman Mark Souder hits the speech-making trail to enthrall listeners about the redemptive (and lucrative) value of publicly asking God for forgiveness for one's sins?

Posted by: DoreDad | May 18, 2010 7:27 PM

theBozyn: I hate to break this to you but Clinton left office with an approval rating at 66%, the highest departure rating of any president since 1945. He is considered a terrific and, dare I say, intelligent and insightful speaker hired by corporations and governments for his thoughtful perspectives. I don't think a comparison is possible.

What insights do you think good ole' Bristol is offering?

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 18, 2010 7:31 PM

Like it or not, Christianity has a very sophisticated tradition of repentance and redemption. That means that someone who sins and openly admits their wrong is forgiven and even has the opportunity to re-win their moral authority. In the Bible a hypocrite is someone who tells others to abide by a moral law that they DO NOT follow. If Palin is sincerely currently following her own moral counsel, then hypocrisy is NOT a fitting label. Past sin that has been admitted and genuinely changed does NOT undermine her current moral authority. At least is you care about the Bible's own definitions.

Posted by: jonswitzer | May 18, 2010 7:32 PM

Doesn't this alleged news organization have anything better to report and to post this stupid poll. It gets lower every day.

Posted by: 12oreo | May 18, 2010 7:33 PM

I admire the fact that as a single mom she is doing some work to support her family. If she is lecturing on abstinence, I question her judgement. Obviously, teaching abstinence only did not work for her. What makes her think saying it again would be any more effective? What was it Einstein said about the definition of insanity?

Posted by: williamhn | May 18, 2010 7:36 PM

dkp01 said:"Both she and her mother are smart as hell. I don't agree with either of them on anything, but they do know how to play the game."

Clever, yes, smart, no.
There will be those willing to pay to listen and gawk at Daisy Mae Palin from Dogpatch, Alaska.

Posted by: oldmagnolia | May 18, 2010 7:39 PM

This is truly an example of everything wrong with America.
I guess if you're famous, it pays to have a kid with loose morals, they can earn more than the average American teacher by giving one 2 hour speech every two months.
Thanks for going rogue Sarah and family!!!
When I was young Bristol would have been considered a poor role model with unChristian morals, today she's a B-list public speaker racking up $15k for a 2 hour gig.

Posted by: freund3 | May 18, 2010 7:40 PM

daughter like mother. whoring out.

Posted by: SickofFatCats | May 18, 2010 7:41 PM

I have no love for the Palins (though unlike some other posters here, I have no hate for a girl I have never even met). However, this whole discussion reminds me of some former cocaine addict that came to speak to my school in middle school. It was an experience, I suspect, I share with many--hearing how he made all the wrong choices, don't follow in my path, etc., etc. I would hope no one would regard him, or the many others like him who get paid to speak about their experiences, a hypocrite. I fail to see how baby momma Palin is fundamentally any different.
But I've never understood the personal anger of so many liberals directed at the Palin family that has done essentially nothing to harm anyone, so it may be that I am blind to the reasoning here.
[a note: as stated, I'm not a fan of SP at all. My questioning in no way stems from a partisan bias]

Posted by: JohnCunningham | May 18, 2010 7:41 PM

I used to volunteer at a home for teenage pregnant girl's, called St. Anne's.

Not only was our purpose to provide financial, medical and much needed moral support to these young women but we also wanted to help these your women understand they have great value and were precious and now had not only an obligation to their baby, whether they chose to keep or to allow their little one to be adopted, but to themselves.

Most of these your women, like Miss Palin, were not promiscuous but got caught up in a situation with their boyfriend and became pregnant as a result and most of these young women, like Miss Palin, went on to speak out against premarital sex and to speak about respect for oneself and one's body.

I give Miss Palin a great deal of credit for her willingness to use her situation to help other young girls and young women to 'just say no' as irresponsibilty hurts more than the girl who is sexually active whether she becomes pregnant or not.

Posted by: imaginemore | May 18, 2010 7:47 PM

Mom's a hypocrite -- sold the Governor's private jet on EBay because "that was over the top" but then insisted that a university provide first class seating or a private jet (medium-sized) to come and speak on top of $100,000 payout. Please.

The daughter took 75% of the playgirl earnings the father of her child got--which left him with enough to pay his taxes and no earnings; she's just trying to make up for lost income.

To correct a few comments: Bristol has her diploma. I don't know how but the daughter of the governor was pulled out of school and graduated on time.

All the kids I've known who've gotten sick or pregenant while in school had to catch up on their studies.

Have to agree with 2 comments -- someone please stop giving this family of fools airtime--keep it up and Sara will not only have Alaskans ready to leave the union but the whole south to boot! (Maybe that's her hidden agenda 'cause she's onto the "gangster government".)

Lastly, what organization has money to burn in this sort of way? Transportation costs maybe but $15,000-$35,000 are you nuts???

Posted by: FrommainstreamAmerica | May 18, 2010 7:49 PM


(Note a lot of jealous people venting!!)

Posted by: wheeljc | May 18, 2010 7:51 PM

"If Palin is sincerely currently following her own moral counsel, then hypocrisy is NOT a fitting label."

I don't believe personal moral counsel is part of what you refer to in "Christianity has a very sophisticated tradition of repentance and redemption". We don't get to make up our own version of right and wrong and then absolve ourselves as needed. We live in a community that is a crucial reason why we have honor religion and develop morality and ethics as guides to a good life. Ms. Palin continues to make up her own facts and use them for her financial advantage. That more defines an entrepreneur than a christian to me

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 18, 2010 7:51 PM

CIVILRIGHTIST claims that "you get angry when someone is more successful than yourselves."


She has succeeded in nothing more than getting knocked up, dropping out of school, lying in court, and pimping herself out to mindless fools who think she has something they need to hear.

I feel a little sorry for her, given that she's really too young to manage any of this well--ESPECIALLY with her mother at the helm. Even so, I'm sure that there are thousands of 18-year-olds who would at least have the common sense to focus on their babies (regardless of their parenting skills), the self-respect to keep their own mistakes relatively private, and the decency to say, "No, I screwed up, and my parents can take care of me--put your money to better use."

Hypocritical? No. Messed up? Yes, seriously.

Posted by: EdgewoodVA | May 18, 2010 7:54 PM

"I give Miss Palin a great deal of credit for her willingness to use her situation to help other young girls and young women to 'just say no' as irresponsibility hurts more than the girl who is sexually active whether she becomes pregnant or not."

Just say no didn't work for Bristol, if she did in fact say no at all, and has not worked for enough girls to make this the only choice they should have. Get real before more Bristols are out there hawking their tale of no gone wrong.

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 18, 2010 7:57 PM

Well her momma made $20 million off the fools in the Tea Party before they finally found out she was "using" them. Bristol has a long way to go to catch up with Sarah, but it's a start.

Posted by: wmboyd | May 18, 2010 8:00 PM

My Goodness ... another Palin money-whore ! I can accept foolish teenage mistakes ... but prostituting for the dollars ..... certainly Not ! ! !
Like mother ... like daughter !

Posted by: loretoguy | May 18, 2010 8:03 PM

My Goodness ... another Palin money-whore ! I can accept foolish teenage mistakes ... but prostituting for the dollars ..... certainly Not ! ! !
Like mother ... like daughter !

Posted by: loretoguy | May 18, 2010 8:07 PM

It's only hypocritical if she is sexually active while advising people to remain abstinent.

The money has nothing to do with it. If someone is willing to pay her for her speeches, why shouldn't she take the money? Wouldn't you?

Posted by: bhenderson | May 18, 2010 8:09 PM

She's a sl-ut...

Posted by: demtse | May 18, 2010 8:12 PM

This isn't any different that when ex-cons lecture about not going into a life of crime. I don't see how this is hypocritical at all, so why don't you losers cut her some slack

Posted by: bendan2000 | May 18, 2010 8:17 PM

To bhenderson
Bristol likes to test herself to see she if she can be strong at a NYC over 21 club after giving one of her speeches on abstinence.

NYDaily News Thursday, May 6th 2010

"Oh Bristol, don't you know by now that someone is always watching?

Miss Palin may have spent Wednesday morning celebrating the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy — but she spent Wednesday evening fretting that her cover would be blown at NYC hot spot 1Oak.

"Bristol was there around 1 a.m. with friends," a partygoer says. "She was trying to have fun, but she looked like she was terrified that people would recognize her and start gawking. It seems like she couldn't even relax." A second denizen of the club backed up the sighting.

We can't blame Bristol for being nervous: After spending all day at events like "The Harsh Truth: Teen Moms Tell All" — and tirelessly promoting her new good-girl image — showing up at a 21-and-over venue may not have been the best idea."

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 18, 2010 8:18 PM

She is going to be another political hoochie like her mother. Because her mother is a darling of mainstream media, she will be able to follow in her footsteps and talk a lot of garbage for five figures. Perhaps she will have a rider in her contract that will allow her to travel on a private plane, have refreshments and stuff for herself and her entourage. And if needed, she'll bring along the little tyke and show him off to the Palintards who will hang on to every word of her speech.

These are the same people who would call a black or hispanic teenager every vile name in the book for having a child out of wedlock but will squeal with delight and cheer this chick. Just another instance of Idiot America taking over.

I hope Levi Johnston sues her for palimony!

Posted by: missgrundy | May 18, 2010 8:19 PM

A. Who cares about this Palin, or any Palin for that matter. THEY ARE IRREVELANT, well unless the POST SAYS SO....

B. Hypocritical? STOP SPREADING ASSUMPTIONS. Being hypocritical is saying something, THEN doing the opposite. She did something and now saying the opposite (it's called experience and being PRAGMATIC).

Posted by: recharged95 | May 18, 2010 8:19 PM

She’s none of the above!

She’s peddling the same bimbo "Murphy Rule" blue print from her mom's playbook.

Who on earth is paying a single mother with no achievements of her own and High school education level a 30K to speak? Oh well, if someone is willing to pay that much, I say go for it. This is a Free market.

Posted by: KaneMan | May 18, 2010 8:23 PM

God is a forgives those who truly repent. If she has then she is qualified to admonish young people not fall into the same sin to which she succumbed.

Posted by: onealethia | May 18, 2010 8:24 PM

If this girl were black and her was Cynthia McKinney, there is no way this discussion would ever be taking place.

Posted by: demtse | May 18, 2010 8:24 PM

If this girl were black and her mother was Cynthia McKinney, there is no way this discussion would ever be taking place.

Posted by: demtse | May 18, 2010 8:29 PM

A hypocrit? . . . maybe.
A Palin? . . . without any doubt.

Who says teen pregnancy leads to a dead-end life? It's actually a meal ticket!

Posted by: wandering1day | May 18, 2010 8:31 PM

No, she's not a hypocrite: she never once claimed she wasn't a greedy opportunist trying to cash in on her personal failures. She learned from a master of the art, don'tcha know.

Posted by: alloleo | May 18, 2010 8:32 PM

I'd gladly give Bristol and mere what little I have if they promised to leave the country.
Perhaps, I could take up a collection....

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1 | May 18, 2010 8:35 PM

I guess Tiger Woods should go on a speaking tour about how to be faithful to your spouse. Maybe Michael Vick can command 10 thousand to talk about animal cruelty. Perhaps we want to see BP execs talk about the environment. Can we think of more ridiculous things to try to legitimize? I mean really, can you get a better person to talk about this than her.

Posted by: geo030865 | May 18, 2010 8:38 PM

Hmm. A hypocrite? Ya think? See: Souder.

Posted by: monk4hall | May 18, 2010 8:41 PM

The simple fact is is she's from a family of wealth, a family that is able to financially support her and her child in a good style. She's in a relatively enviable position that many other teenagers, in high school, are not when they learn they're pregnant.

Is there really anything that she can say, given her youth and relatively sheltered life, that justifies a conference or group paying that much money to hear her views?

And the irony of it all is that if she practiced what she's preaching - abstinence - she wouldn't be on the lecture circuit asking for $15,000 to $30,000 per speaking engagement.

Posted by: Dungarees | May 18, 2010 8:44 PM

On one hand I have to say a single mother is a good person to speak about abstanance. But that single mother would be taken seriously if she could actually reflect on her own struggles as a single mother to get the message across. In Palins case thats like Paris Hilton trying to give you financial advice on building wealth or Prince Harry giving motivational speaches on how you can make it no matter who you are. How serious to you take the message from them?

Posted by: geo030865 | May 18, 2010 8:44 PM

Bristol, Sarah and the entire Palin machine are doing everything they can to shut out Levi Johnston from having any contact with his son. This is repugnant, vicious and ultimately will be damaging to Tripp, but completely in keeping with the Palin's "family values."

Telling single mothers that it is acceptable to raise a child alone and take the father's money while refusing to let him have any contact, much less involvement, in that child's life is hardly the message we should be sending our kids. The Palins are indeed the worst kind of slimy hypocrites. I pray that Tripp doesn't get corrupted by them as Sarah's own children obviously have been.

Posted by: whatmeregister | May 18, 2010 8:46 PM


so you would rather hear from a faithful man about how to stay true to your wife or Tiger Woods? With your rational you would listen to Tiger over a man that has been faithful. Reality is you are a republican and just because this is Palins daughter you are trying to spin it to something that you can agree with. Thats what I hate about republicans, they cant think without rationally. They have to weigh their politics into everything they think and do. If that were the Obama daughters having kids at 17 would you feel the same if they were giving speaking tours about abstanance. In fact if the Obamas had a pregnant teen daughter during the 08 election he would have been dismissed in the primary. Hell we judged him on everyone he shook hands with the last 20 years. Never mind if he had a pregnant teen daughter. Palin is not the hypocrite, you republicans are.

Posted by: geo030865 | May 18, 2010 8:52 PM

This family is a joke. Only in instant 24-hour news cycle TV/lala land would anyone in their wildest dreams imagine these Elmer Gantry grifters becoming celebrities and making a TON of money from all the suckers. This is showbiz at its finest!

Posted by: sharronkm | May 18, 2010 8:52 PM

The real question is this: Who should want to hear her speak, even for free? Many 15-year olds get la ... lucky, so what does she have to say that is special?

She is a foolish young girl who didn't protect herself. The issue behind this is the following: All research shows that abstinence programs don't work. Why not? Because the hormones will rage, and the less kids are educated about sex, the more likely will they engage in risky behavior. So if she wants to say something meaningful and worth a dime, she should tell her mom: This is your fault.

Posted by: shopspamtj | May 18, 2010 8:53 PM

She's an unscrupulous con artist, like her mother.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | May 18, 2010 8:55 PM

Just wait until she writes a *BOOK*...

I can hear her mother now, "go get some of that money them goobers are willing to give you for being a Palin."

Betcha the lines will be as long as her mother's or Hannity's for her autograph.

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | May 18, 2010 8:56 PM

Bristol Palin going on the speakers circuit makes perfect sense. She can use the money. She has something to say. And her prime role model in life is a career opportunist. Why wouldn't Bristol be doing this?

The real question is, does Bristol Palin have integrity? I don't know her so I cannot answer.

Posted by: greeenmtns | May 18, 2010 8:59 PM

I would rather see them pay 10 thousand to see O.J. Simpson on a speaking tour on if he would have done it. Thats just how impressed I am with this. Who put her up to this? The more I see the Palins, the more I realize they live in their own bubble. And the more I think the republicans think we are all a bunch of stupid gullible idiots who will go for anything. This is an insult to family values and pregnant teens who struggle with their situation as well as parents trying to keep their kids abstanant. Wonder what James Dobson thinks of all this?

Posted by: geo030865 | May 18, 2010 9:01 PM

She and her mom would serve the country better by doing a reality show.

Posted by: geo030865 | May 18, 2010 9:04 PM

"Admirable", "Hypocritical", "Predictable", and "Smart".

Um, where's the option to choose "Opportunistic"?

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | May 18, 2010 9:05 PM

What is so amazing is that people will actually pay good money to hear her comments on how not to be like her. It appears that this is just one more example of how the Palins and their handlers can turn what for most people would be a problem into a windfall. Or, putting it another way, as P.T. Barnum once said, "there is a sucker born every minute!" The continued Palin success stories bear this out so well!

Posted by: atc333 | May 18, 2010 9:14 PM

These Artic Grifters have really mastered turning failure into dollars. Mama grifter loses a national election resoundingly and then dumps her governor position half way into to it but becomes rich lecturing and telling her story over a year and half.

Her baby grifter fails at abstinence, separates and is now attempting to turn herself at 19 into a wealthy abstinence expert. She is the abstinence poster girl who couldn't say no successfully to sex but she may become wealthy traveling around the country milking the same groups her mother worked over with bumper sticker inspired philosophy, Christianity and sarcasm.

With very limited educations and intelligence this clever family has shown that red neck screw up values and underachievement are at no disadvantage with those that work hard to study and achieve a good education and proper work experience. Financial riches are really one (or more) failure(s)away if you have the right Tea Bag crowd to love you.

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 18, 2010 9:14 PM

Her celebrity is fleeting. She is making hay while she can. I just wonder what kind of organization would pay that much money to hear an uneducated, irresponsible teen speak about anything. I certainly wouldn't want her talking to my daughter about anything.

Posted by: CarmanK | May 18, 2010 9:14 PM

I voted smart. Found a way to make money, go for it.

Posted by: cmastr | May 18, 2010 9:16 PM

What was Bristol's father's reaction when he first heard she was pregnant?

"It ain't mine, is it?"

What does a young Tea Party member say the first time she has sex?

"Stop Daddy! You're crushing my cigarettes!"

A young Tea Party member finds out his bride is a virgin. He calls his daddy to find out what do do. What does his Pap tell him?

"Get out of there, boy! If she ain't good enough for her family, she ain't good enough for ours!"

True Tea Party 'Merkun values.

Posted by: colonelpanic | May 18, 2010 9:20 PM

Getting paid for a mistake, and telling other's not to do the same thing because they may not be as lucky as she is,What's wrong with that?


So good, it bears repeating.

Posted by: arancia12 | May 18, 2010 9:21 PM

I'm sure Bristol Palin is a nice girl. Having a child out of wedlock isn't bad (ill-advised at her age, but not bad). But what does she know, or have to say, that's worth $15K+? "Look at me. I got knocked up while my mother was campaigning for vice president. If you can do that, you can make $15K, too." Is she some expert on teenage pregnancy by virtue of having been there, done that? Like someone else said, whoever pays her $15K+ is foolish. Whoever goes to see her speak (and pays?) is stupid. But hey, I confess to being jealous; I've got nothing to sell for $15K.

Posted by: epittelkau | May 18, 2010 9:22 PM

It starts with chastity rings, and ends at There are some really good reasons why the whole idea is bad and doesn't work. No amount of paying people to say otherwise will make it true either.

Posted by: Nymous | May 18, 2010 9:31 PM

Bristol's abstinence plan is comprised of anal-only intercourse until marriage. That's how her mom did it and it seems to have worked out pretty well.

Posted by: smartlad | May 18, 2010 9:32 PM

Apparently she f'd her way to the top.
Oldest trick in the book.

Posted by: tslats | May 18, 2010 9:42 PM

She's a chip off the old block. Certainly no one's going to pay her $30,000 for advocating her own lifestyle. It's all about the dollars.

Posted by: MNUSA | May 18, 2010 9:44 PM

In a twisted kind of way, it is amusing that another dumb Palin is going to make big money for speaking. Our speaker tonight is Bristol Palin, living proof that her crazy mother's abstinence-only "education" ideas are a total failure due to her out of wedlock, unplanned teen pregnancy! Get your tickets now!

Posted by: revbookburn | May 18, 2010 9:45 PM

Here in town, one night only, folks, see the freak show. See the daughter who made her mama's VP campaign even more of a national joke. See the girl whose boyfriend swore he'd pose naked for Playgirl, then chickened out. See the girl who swore she'd save herself for her wedding night, and instead just saved money on condoms. This is what's left of her 15 minutes of fame, don't you dare miss it! One night only, get your tickets here ...

Fame is fleeting. Dallas group tried to sell tickets to see Mama at $25,000 per. It ended up, would you pay a thou? $500? Even as dumb as Repubs are, they're not dumb enough to pay her $30k. One would hope they're not.

Posted by: burlough | May 18, 2010 9:46 PM

Of course she is a hypocrite - like mother like daughter. . .

Posted by: JellyJ | May 18, 2010 9:47 PM

Is truth stranger than fiction or what?????

Posted by: Dr_JES | May 18, 2010 9:52 PM

LMFAO! I can't stop LMFAO!

Posted by: atroncale1 | May 18, 2010 9:52 PM

Here's what a Bristol Palin appearance really says, "Hi, don't have children outside marriage otherwise you may end up getting international media attention, lots of beautiful clothing for free and $10,000 to $15,000 per night standing in front of crowds giving lectures. Yes, be smart and wait to have sex."

Yep, that's gotta be a really effective deterrent.

She's being a hypocrite by telling girls not to have sex (and kids) before marriage because it can have seriously bad consequences while she's raking in the money precisely because she did have a kid out of wedlock.

Posted by: lgdean | May 18, 2010 9:58 PM

This would be comical if it weren't SO SICK!!

She is speaking on behalf of the Candies Foundation!!?? Candies, you know- that company that makes wicked COME F ME shoes!!


Just like her Mama-- out to loot the money however she can. What is pathetic is that anyone would pay to see her!

America---is truly down the toilet!!

Posted by: misssymoto | May 18, 2010 10:09 PM

The Koran commands faithful Moslems to "Kill the Hypocrites".

Consequently Moslems are always checking to see if their neighbors are squared away ~ and then killing them at the slightest pretext.

So, I rather wonder if we don't have a bunch of Democrats on this thread who are interested in "hypocrisy" in the same way as the Moslems ~ ready to kill Sarah Palin's children if they, the Democrats, detect the slightest scent of hypocrisy.

Now, remember, 99.999999999% of hypocrisy is in the mind of the one who believes he sees it. For the most part it simply does not exist, or there are good reasons for whatever it is you are misperceiving, or, in fact, something else is going on you simply cannot comprehend.

Really, you people should be more careful with the charge of hypocrisy lest you someday run into someone you don't realise is actually a Moslem, and understands it the same way the Koran does. He or she might well do a "pre-emptive smack down" on your backside ~ or worse ~ in simple self-defense.

I know I would if I were a Moslem.

Heck, I'd do that whether I was a Moslem or not. You pukes are just sick and deserve what happens to you.

Posted by: muawiyah | May 18, 2010 10:11 PM

What kind of example is she being shown to be? She was shacking up with her boyfriend in high school in her mother's house, and was having sex, with the knowledge of her mother and father,,

They did not stop it,, just created a whole narrative to sell people so Palin's political career would not be compromised,,,

it was all lies, and it is still lies ,,

How can she be a arbiter of abstinence, when she was screwing in high school and got pregnant,,

Its beyond believe what people will believe,,

But the Palins know how to do one thing,,, Count The Money

They are laughing all the way to the bank,,,

Posted by: EastCoastnLA | May 18, 2010 10:20 PM

As the saying goes...there's a sucker born every minute. It will be interesting to see what "non profit" organization coughs up that kind of money. Many Bristol's exist in every city, town and small burb in the country. And they would probably give the same message for $300. Spreading the wealth is not the Palin way though.

Posted by: eaglesmomma | May 18, 2010 10:26 PM

She is following in her mother's footsteps, a future scum bagette. My name is Sarah Palin and I approved this message.

Posted by: Patfan1 | May 18, 2010 10:29 PM

She needs exposure if she wants to marry money and power. It is doubtful that she wants to marry a logger.

Posted by: Beacon2 | May 18, 2010 10:32 PM

The hypocritical arguement makes no sense. If you believe Bristol Palin is a hypocrit, then you must also believe a cancer curvivor can not teach us about living with cancer, a alcoholic can not teach us about alcoholism, or anyone that has had any kind of a problem can not teach us about the issue they have dealt with.

Posted by: ekorthals | May 18, 2010 10:34 PM

Slick Willy commands 500k for a speaking engagement. Now who is the hypocrite?

Posted by: SSTK34 | May 18, 2010 10:35 PM

"Slick Willy commands 500k for a speaking engagement. Now who is the hypocrite?"

How did white trash like SSTK34 even find a computer let alone post on the WP site?

Posted by: googleer | May 18, 2010 10:46 PM

I'm sorry, if someone offered that type of cash to speak you all would do it... speak of hypocrites...

Posted by: mestizo888 | May 18, 2010 10:51 PM

Why would anyone pay her for anything?
Barnum would have been proud to see just how stupid some people can be.

Posted by: bikesac | May 18, 2010 10:54 PM

Those aged 18-20 are also adults and not "kids" or "teens", meaning they shouldn't be called those words. This article broke that rule by calling Bristol Palin, who's a young woman a "teen". It's hypocritical that she's charging thousands of dollars in speaking of support of a nonsense belief known as abstinence until marriage or abstinence in general.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 18, 2010 11:01 PM

Bristol Palin has no business what so ever lecturing young girls on not becoming a teen age mothers.

1. She is not even close to being a role model.

2. If she were that serious about being advocate, then she would do it for free.

Getting paid to be an advocate for teenage mothers, is beyond hypocritical.

It's more like exploitation of the "dumb and dumber" sector of our society.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | May 18, 2010 11:04 PM

I'm sorry but right wing America and the religious right have demonized unwed African American teen mothers and continue to blame them for all the evils of our society. Now, when Bristol Palin becomes a statistic, they want to hold her up as being something special. Why is that? What can her message possibly be? She gets pregnant, throws her boyfriend over board then gets rich off of being an unwed teenage mother? There is something seriously wrong with that. It is a wrong message to send to teen age mothers. Their lives will never be like Bristol Palin. Even without making money, she never had to struggle. I mean after all she sued the teen aged father for what was it $1,700 a month in child support? This is a farce and does a complete disservice for all the agencies that are working to prevent teenage pregnancies and to mentor teen aged mothers.

Posted by: catmomtx | May 18, 2010 11:06 PM

LCARTER0311 ~ ah, yes, the old "we must protect the ignant lest the evil people cheat them".

That's the tried and true method used by the Nazi party in 1930s Germany to turn the people against the Jews.

And following that, of course, they killed their victims.

No, sometimes people need to protect themselves lest they be cheated.

Posted by: muawiyah | May 18, 2010 11:08 PM


Posted by: skinfreak | May 18, 2010 11:14 PM

A media whore just like mommy

Posted by: EdSantaFe | May 18, 2010 11:17 PM

Hypocrite. Opportunist.

Media whores don't fall too far from the tree.

Posted by: burtonpaul | May 18, 2010 11:18 PM

Jhtlag - you said it better than I could have. I'm no fan of the former gov. from Alaska, but this is an opportunity for her daughter and she should take it. Who knows, perhaps she'll have an impact on even one young person and that's admirable. And please people, is it necessary to call this young lady who is in no way fat, fat? That's just mean and uncalled for.

Posted by: klynch2232 | May 18, 2010 11:19 PM

What do you call someone stupid enough to pay Bristol Palin $15K to give a speech? A Republican!!!

Posted by: hithere2 | May 18, 2010 11:19 PM

Why would anyone be surprised? Like mother, like daughter. An opportunist. 15K? Please pay me to speak- at least I have some credentials!

Posted by: PatC1 | May 18, 2010 11:19 PM

The people in the tea party movement are so naive. They are just cashing in on your ignorance.

Posted by: Aerowaz | May 18, 2010 11:27 PM

If Bristol were black or Hispanic, she would not be getting so much money in speaking engagements for merely having a child out of wedlock and speaking about it. She would just be called "a shameful little whore", who wants to make a buck for just getting pregnant--few people would even bother to pay attention to her. It just shows our double standards. But I can't blame the Palins. They will take advantage of any opportunity to make money. I blame the dumb bimbos who are willing to waste their money to listen to negative platitudes and diatribes from an airhead.

Posted by: fridaolay | May 18, 2010 11:35 PM

Getting pregnant seems to have been the best thing that happened to her. Undeservedly so.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | May 18, 2010 11:37 PM

if a young unmarried mother had told her to practice abstinence do you think she would have listened? no, neither did her money grubbing mother who taught her everything she knows.
i would not let her speak to any young girl, she is NOT a role model that deserves a following nor an audience.
if the loose palins would give a portion of their grifter money to a home for unwed mothers or some other worthwhile charity maybe just maybe we would not have to suffer thru their 15 minutes.
can't wait to see the grandmother and mother where they belong, dwts.

Posted by: ninnafaye | May 19, 2010 12:16 AM

I know how hard it is to git pregnant as a teenager and then to have your mother force you to have the kid. (she had a choice but thinks you should not)
Apparently the First Dude's logic is to cash in as much as possible while there is still name recognition.

Posted by: vanwahlgren | May 19, 2010 12:33 AM

Go to hell liberal sleazebags.

Posted by: shukov | May 19, 2010 1:39 AM

When will she ever have a better opportunity? What else does she have to offer? You can't blame her that people will pay her just because of her name. That's celebritology. At least she heard the knock.

Posted by: merribanks | May 19, 2010 2:10 AM

If her boyfriend hadn't run out on her this wouldn't be happening.

Posted by: HiloBob | May 19, 2010 2:19 AM

If her boyfriend hadn't run out on her this wouldn't be happening.

Posted by: HiloBob | May 19, 2010 2:44 AM

Too bad Mom didn't have that same lecture with Bristol.

Posted by: theFieldMarshall | May 19, 2010 6:00 AM

Who is taking care of the two babies, one of whom is handicapped? The First Dude?

Posted by: elsasands1 | May 19, 2010 6:56 AM

Hypocrite? Yep.....just like the rest of us.

Posted by: RealConservative | May 19, 2010 8:08 AM

This should reduce Levi's child support obligation by a whole lot!

Posted by: mbrumble | May 19, 2010 8:14 AM

Of course people will pay to see/hear her.
My Mother always said, "Loser is as loser does."

Posted by: therev1 | May 19, 2010 8:17 AM

"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree". Bristol learned from her Mommy Dearest what sells to the public. Just follow the greenback road to $arah and see what an example has been set for Bristol.

And what about the kids? Are they being used only as props on the road trips?

Posted by: Utahreb | May 19, 2010 8:23 AM

Why would you not 'vote' that she is smart. Here is an ignorant, vile, easy, useless person being paid up to $30 thousand dollars for a few minutes of her time to say nothing that means anything to intelligent people. Seems she is smarter than those paying her. Who is offering to pay you 30 cents to hear your opinions?

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | May 19, 2010 8:40 AM

I voted for "predictable," but in truth any of the four choices would apply at least in part. Can't say I blame her for taking the suckers' money, and it's hard to get too worked up about it one way or the other, at least until she starts playing the Holier Than Thou bit.

In any other set of circumstances she'd just be one more welfare Mom, trying to live on food stamps, and trying to find a bargain basement lawyer to sue the Deadbeat Dad for child support. The only thing different about her is her celebrity mother.

Posted by: andym108 | May 19, 2010 9:58 AM

ZZim, how is traveling around the country giving speaches better for her child? The best thing she can do for her son is to stay out of the spotlight and spend some time with him. Instead she is using him to make a career for herself. Pathetic.

Posted by: thought4 | May 19, 2010 10:01 AM

Those are her asking fees but I am not sure yet if anyone has actually sponsored her.

I don't understand how this consitutes hypocrisy? Levi Johnson, Bristol Palin are profiteering from sensationalism. That's the American Way. You can't blame skilless people for cashing in on their so-called fame.

Posted by: double07 | May 19, 2010 10:10 AM

For years, a preferred strategy for many campaigns seeking to alter teenager behavior has been to trot out someone who did not practice the desired behavior. Want to stop drunk driving? Trot out a teenager who killed somebody in a crash while driving drunk to talk about how horrible it is. Want to reduce teen pregnancy? Trot out a teenage mother to talk about how she loves her baby but she's missing out on so much. Teenagers haven't ever bought this, and they're really not going to buy it when they realize that Bristol Palin has turned her baby into a cash machine at $10,000 to $15,000 a shot. Anybody who pays her is as out of touch with reality as Bristol's mommie.

Posted by: jlhare1 | May 19, 2010 10:28 AM

I have nothing against Bristol or her mom. Neither is a woman of intelligence or substance, but each has done well for herself with what she has. Honestly, by what right can we ask for more from either? I truly believe both women incapable of more. And I truly believe the people who follow them incapable of more. Stupid things make sense to stupid people. Simple as that.

The people who listen to the Palin women were confused long before Bristol and Sarah started fleecing them for their cash. Neither woman makes a positive difference for the conservative agenda. If anything, Bristol and Sarah are taking money that might otherwise have found its way into the coffers of conservative politicians who might actually have a chance of tilting the political balance. Over all, I would say that is good for liberals. Plus, the Palins demonstrate a clear association between conservative ideology and outright stupidity. So, from both an ideological and a fiscal point of view, the public profile of the Palins helps the liberal agenda.

Thank you ladies!

Posted by: kuato | May 19, 2010 10:34 AM

Good for her! If she can make $30,000 for a speaking engagement, why shouldn't she? You all should be having issues with the goofballs who would pay her that much to speak. She's just being smart. I'd take the money too. P.T. Barnum was right.

Posted by: martintomsal | May 19, 2010 10:37 AM

If she kept only enough of the money to cover expenses and a decent living and gave the rest to foundations that assisted young, unwed mothers, then she would not be a hypocrite at all.

But she's not doing that, is she?

Posted by: bigbrother1 | May 19, 2010 10:41 AM

Carbon copy of mommie dearest. What a family.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 19, 2010 11:01 AM

To tell me such a story as this is to tell me the sun will rise and set tomorrow. When it comes to large sums of money most of us would do exactly what she's doing. She's being opportunistic. Perhaps one day she'll even believe the things she says today. Right now she's way too young to even understand what she's doing or saying.

Posted by: kchses1 | May 19, 2010 11:12 AM

Zzim, between today's comment and yesterday's I've concluded that you are pantin' for Palin(s).

Posted by: elkofan | May 19, 2010 11:29 AM

Young, stupid and pregnant at 16 years old. Now that is someone I want giving my children advice. This is a mother and daughter that can't keep their legs together and now are being paid for it?

Just another republican who can't resist advising other to do what it was they couldn't do themselves. Yes that is refreshing and new.

Posted by: seasail | May 19, 2010 11:40 AM

MUAHWIYAH: "...hypocrisy is in the mind of the one who believes he sees pukes are just sick and you deserve what happens to you."

So, hypocrisy doesn't exist, and those posting here (even the ones who are being civil about their comments) are "pukes?"

Okay: 1. hypocrisy is all around us, on both sides of the political spectrum and in the middle as well, and 2. "Pukes??"

EKORTHALS: "If you believe Bristol Palin is a hypocrit, [sic] then you must also believe the cancer curvivor [sic] cannot teach us about living with cancer, an alcoholic cannot teach us about alcoholism, or anyone who has had any kind of problem cannot teach us about the issue they have dealt with."

First off, I personally don't think the word "hypocrite" exactly describes her, though it certainly applies to her mother, and secondly, the key words you use are "the issue they have dealt with." Bristol Palin is a baby with a baby--and comes from a wealthy, powerful family to boot. She has almost no experience with the whole mess she's living in now and a ridiculously comfortable support network, and therefore, she has hardly *dealt* with anything. She has nothing to offer the public right now, but she most certainly has a baby to care for and many of her own lessons to learn before she can teach others a d@mn thing.

MESTIZO888: "I'm sorry, if someone offered that type of cash to speak, you all would do it..."

Bull. Sarah was a beauty queen back in the day--the epitome of getting praise and admiration for doing nothing substantial--and she obviously still thrives on it--even craves it. In fact, if she had any grasp of reality, she would've turned down McCain's invitation back in 2008, but no, she couldn't resist the call of applause and photo ops. Now she's convinced her daughter that taking the money and the spotlight is worthwhile--even morally correct on some contorted level--so of course Bristol's going to follow along. Most of us posting here--conservatives too, I think--have more sense and self-respect than that. We actually *earn* our wages.

Posted by: EdgewoodVA | May 19, 2010 5:50 PM

If somebody wants to pay that much money to listen to a 19 year old girl speak about....anything, so be it. But I fail to see how it's hypocritical. Recovering alcoholics and drug addicts speak all the time about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. If that's not hypocritical, how is this?
Posted by: pswift00

Bristol Palin IS a FRAUD and HYPOCRITE. In an interview with her mother's new best friend, Greta Van Sustern in Feb 2009, she said abstinence only is NOT REALISTIC.,2933,495244,00.html

Now, she will try and get $15k to $30k per speech to spread the same message that she previously said was UNREALISTIC and FAILED HER.

Now, the silver lining is that the price is how much she is asking. Would school districts and schools, already struggling in many states and localities with budgets and having to make cuts across the board honestly pay to hear the drivel of an uneducated teenager with no real experience or insight to offer? She has not graduated from college, has barely a high school education and her only claim of warrant is that she got knocked up out of wedlock and it happened to be revealed when her mother was by dumb luck selected to be McCain's running mate.

I think this latest endeavor is likely some coy way for Sarah Palin and SarahPAC to receive large undisclosed corporate donations through the backdoor. Dollars to donuts, she will only give closed speeches that most likely will be coordinatd with Mommy Dearest's screeching screeds or to large donors funneling $$ into the PAC.

Can you spell F-R-A-U-D?

Posted by: Handsome19781 | May 23, 2010 7:51 PM

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