The Note: Expecting Surprises

"For at least the time being, Gov. Sarah Palin appears to have survived the initial test after the disclosure that her unmarried teenage daughter was pregnant," Adam Nagourney writes in The New York Times. "Republican delegates rallied around her on Monday, saying the disclosure would not threaten her hopes of being Senator John McCain's running mate."

"Still, it seemed certain, along with other dribbles of disclosures about Ms. Palin, to interfere with the careful effort by the McCain campaign to portray her as a socially conservative, corruption-fighting hockey mom with five children," Nagourney continues. "Not incidentally, this is occurring at a critical moment for Ms. Palin, when a picture of her is just being drawn for the American public."

"The announcement set off a new wave of chatter -- and heightened both the doubts of doubters, and the admiration of admirers," Stephanie Simon writes in The Wall Street Journal. "It was liberals who found themselves questioning whether Gov. Palin can adequately care for her growing family while running for the vice presidency or, if it came to that, running the country. And it was conservatives who found themselves championing the feminist view that women can do it all -- and denouncing skeptics as sexist."

"Will women, often the harshest critics of other women, especially in public life, doubt McCain for choosing a running mate whose life is so complex and full?" ask Anne E. Kornblut and Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post. "Or will some of the women who believed so fervently in Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) embrace Palin's all-too-human story and back her historic candidacy, despite ideological differences?"

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder gets the official campaign talking points: "The media should respect Bristol's privacy. That's always been the tradition and practice when it comes to the children of candidates. (If pressed) The children of candidates do not choose to run for office and be thrust into the spotlight."

The Alaska convention delegation has been given media training to handle the flying questions, ABC's David Wright reported Tuesday on "Good Morning America."

On the father-to-be, Levi Johnston: "On his MySpace page, he calls himself a 'redneck' who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes . . . but mostly loves hockey," ABC's Lisa Fletcher reports. "He's in a relationship but quote, 'doesn't want kids.' Personal revelations on a Website page that has now been taken down."

They're not surprised in Wasilla: "It was, more or less, an open secret," Time's Nathan Thornburgh writes. "And everyone was saying the same thing: the governor's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, the father is her boyfriend, and it's really nobody's business beyond that."

We have though, at the very least, a full-blown media madness moment: "If anything, the still-unfolding story of Ms. Palin, 44, and her family eclipsed whatever other message anyone may have hoped to send from the Republican National Convention here on Monday," Monica Davey writes in The New York Times. "It was a narrative worthy of a Lifetime television drama (which, perhaps fittingly, is sponsoring a string of events aimed at women here this week)."

"Sarah Palin was on a roll, fresh-faced and fiery, just the boost of energy John McCain's slow-but-steady campaign needed. Now that's over," writes Newsday's Craig Gordon.

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