Sept. 4, 2008 -- Teen pregnancy: If you can't prevent it, you might as well make it a punch line.
At least, that seems to be the country's current comic mantra.
Pundits from all over the pop culture world are sounding off on the pregnancy of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's unwed daughter, and just as Jamie Lynn Spears was raked over the coals when she was with child, Bristol Palin's become the butt of a lot of jokes. (Spears sent her a message of solidarity along with a gift of $60 burp cloths: "Dear Bristol, Hang in there! XXOO, Jamie Lynn Spears.")
Below, a roundup of comedians, celebrities and talking heads opining on the younger Palin's pregnancy:
"I think it's great the potential vice president basically has Jamie Lynn Spears as a daughter. If it were up to me I'd have Jamie Lynn Spears as vice president."
"Sarah Palin talks about creationism. Well there's a lot of creationism going on in Bristol's tummy. She makes the Bush twins look like nuns. It was shocking when they were running around with beer in their hands. But she's made it trendy to be a pregnant teenager. I hope she has a really nice trailer park in Alaska."
"I might switch to the Republican Party just for the comedic material. I've got four shows coming up this weekend; I've got to send the Palins a muffin basket for everything they've given me."
"The only thing that would top this is if Bristol Palin were dating Samantha Ronson." -- ABCNews.com, 9/4/08.
"Gov. Palin announced over the weekend that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months pregnant. And you thought John Edwards was in trouble before! Now he has really done it." -- "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," 9/2/08
"I don't think that a young lady getting pregnant should even be news, unless John Edwards is the father. Then that is kinda news." -- "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson," 9/2/08
"Here's good news, ladies and gentlemen: The Palin family crisis that we were talking about on Sunday and Monday, that has been solved now and, today, the baby is being adopted by Angelina Jolie." -- "The Late Show With David Letterman," 9/2/08
"The theme for tonight's Republican convention is 'Who is John McCain' … Tomorrow night's theme is, `Who forgot to check if the vice president's daughter is pregnant?"' -- "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," 9/2/08
"Remember when the Republicans compared Barack Obama to Britney Spears? Now they've got their own Jamie Lynn Spears." -- "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," 9/2/08
"[Sarah Palin's] against premarital sex -- talk to her daughter. She's against abortion. She's against women's choice. She's against everything I stand for. … It's all right because God forgave [daughter Bristol.] God should have handed her a condom." -- Sky News, 9/3/08
"I am white trash. And a lot of people are white trash, and hold their family together the best they can. And we're looking for somebody who's real, who's like us, who also has the courage to stand up, stand true to their convictions, and take on the Beltway robots." -- CNN, 9/2/08