The answer is: Never.
Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of Alaska’s governor and last year’s Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, has split from her fiance Levi Johnston, celebrity magazine People reported on Wednesday.
The break-up happened “a few weeks ago,” People reported, citing an unnamed source it said was close to the couple.
Bristol, whose pregnancy briefly occupied the headlines during her mother’s vice presidential campaign last year, gave birth to a son named Tripp in December, fathered by Johnston.
Let’s face it, folks. If it wasn’t doomed from the beginning, it was doomed from November 4th on. The kids just decided to let a decent amount of time pass before quietly letting it die a natural death.
And can I ask a question here that I didn’t during the campaign? In what universe was this marriage supposed to be such a good idea in the first place? On what planet it is good parenting to force or even allow a kid to enter into such a marriage. I mean, one of the reasons I think it’s a good idea for kids to wait a bit before having sex is because at least there’s a chance they might be able to deal with all the potential consequences if they’re older.
Think about it. If you had sex as a teenager, you can probably think of a least a few people you shouldn’t have done it with, can’t believe you did it with, and/or wish you hadn’t done it with. There are at least one or two times that you’d probably take back if you could. Now, imagine yourself married to one of those pubescent partners of yours. Imagine yourself still married to them.
That’s probably because the criteria you used to choose a partner for the next 15 minutes or more is a bit different from the criteria you use at 25, 35, or 45. That’s probably because you have a better idea of what’s at stake, and of potential outcomes that could last a lifetime, and even connect you to that person for the rest of your life.
That there’s evidently a whole segment of the population to whom this was a “wonderful” thing, and that the Republicans thought it would be a bonanza for the McCain campaign, is mystifying. Especially when a lot of people would be as put off by it as they were by the Schiavo spectacle and the notion that a nine-year-old rape and incest victim should be forced to have her rapist’s baby.
Bottom line, if I had a pregnant teenage daughter, no way would I push, expect, or even want her to marry the 18-year-old boy who wasn’t smart enough to use a condom in the first place.