Via Talking Points Memo, talk about exploitation. I guess the whole privacy thing was just a little fantasy, as John McCain held a photo op with Levi Johnston, the young man who knocked up Sarah Palin's minor child. Shameless, I tell you.

And now the McCain campaign has staged a ceremonial laying-on-of-hands on the tarmac in St. Paul in which Sen. McCain has given his official blessing to the young couple and embrace of Bristol's boyfriend Levi.

Why would McCain engage in this public pimping of the pregnant daughter story, even as they claim the need for privacy? As far as I know, most reporters are chasing the multitude of scandalous and embarrassing positions of greater consequence swirling around his political "soul mate." This is clearly purposeful, and quite frankly, in such bad taste that this has to be an act of desperation.

I have to wonder who is running the political strategy at this point. It's so incoherent and in conflict from moment to moment that you could hire trained monkeys to do it at cut rates and get a better ROI.

Oh, by the way, did you hear that Palin's church supports "ex-gay" ministries? You can't make this sh*t up.