Bristol's response began within the warm confines of conservative talk radio.
But Bristol's ghostwriter - the same one who does Mama Palin's posts perhaps? - took to Facebook to try and turn hypocrisy into conservative gold:
Accusing me of hypocrisy is by now, an old canard. What Mr. Olbermann lacks in originality he makes up for with insincere incredulity. Mr. Olbermann fails to understand that in order to have credibility as a spokesperson, it sometimes takes a person who has made mistakes. Parents warn their children about the mistakes they made so they are not repeated. Former gang members travel to schools to educate teenagers about the risks of gang life. Recovered addicts lecture to others about the risks of alcohol and drug abuse. And yes, a teen mother talks about the benefits of preventing teen pregnancy.
I have never claimed to be perfect. If that makes me the "worst person in the world" to Mr. Olbermann, then I must apologize for not being absolutely faultless like he undoubtedly must be.
To Mr. Olbermann let me say this: you can attack me all you want. But you will not stop me from getting my message out about teen pregnancy prevention. And one day, if you ever have a daughter, you may change your mind about me.
I seriously doubt that Bristol would use the word "canard" in her everyday conversational walk, but that's another point for another day.
While Zeigler and his co-host attempt to deflect from Bristol's very real and unblushing hypocrisy by claiming that Olbermann is the real hypocrite because of his private donations prior to the 2010 Midterm elections, they ultimately relied on the "people do this all the time" meme.
Here's where they are, and continue to be, on the wrong side of the issue.
Every time I see some half-cooked PSA about how you shouldn't do "insert problematic issue of the moment" from someone who has been partaking in that "issue" for years, it is nothing more than a "so as I say, not as I do" set of talking points. Personally, I think that last thing that Bristol should be doing is talking about how you shouldn't have sex before marriage - just as I still think that last thing that "recovering alcoholics" - like Glenn Beck for example - should do is talk about how no one should drink. This is hypocrisy in it's purest form. Period.
But Bristol and her ever drooling fans are going to lap up everything she says and does. And to think that people like her and her mother are actually shaping corners of American culture in their image is truly a frightening thing indeed.
Exit observation: I don't really agree with Olbermann's use of the "Bush kept us safe from 9/11" comparison, as it really doesn't do anything but provide ammunition for people like Zeigler, Palin and her ghostwriting staff, and conservatives that like to think they are just like her. Was Keith using it in an absurdist way? One can only assume, but that still doesn't make it any more palatable.