Privacy for the Families of Candidates

Jack Shafer:

I believe—unlike Barack Obama—that members of a candidate’s family are fair game once a candidate thrusts them onto the public stage—as did Palin when McCain presented her as his pick for vice president in Dayton, Ohio, last Friday. The eagerness with which politicians deploy their children as campaign props stands as an open invitation to the press to write about them.

I agree. Though Obama, naturally, hit on the perfect tone politically to say that Bristol Palin is off-limits.

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