Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced this afternoon that she is seven months pregnant, and will deliver her and Todd's fifth child in mid-May.
She's 42, so she has had tests, and knows the baby's sex, but is withholding that information for now.
Odds are, that it if it is a boy, he will not be named Frank, Randy or Tony; if a girl, she will not be named Lyda.
Outside the immediate family, the happiest Alaskans with this news are probably Anchorage mayor and likely U.S. Senate candidate Mark Begich and U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.
Congratulations, Sarah, Todd and kids!
photo by Goodman/van Riper photography, courtesy of ADN
Update - 8:10 p.m: - I've been disgusted before at comments to entries at the ADN Alaska Politics blog, but a bunch of the growing number of comments about Gov. Palin's pregnancy are beyond the pale! I have no idea whether or not she and Todd decided to have another child, or this was an unintended pregnancy. It was most likely the latter. But for several people to suggest that the Palins, or Sarah did this to boost her ratings, to get her pipeline proposal an added kick, or some other cynical scheme, is way beyond goofy.
I'm not blaming the ADN for the idiocy and mendacity of these pathetic commenters.
Ishmael Melville of KoKon weighs in with two good posts. He links to an article already up at Wonkette that says:
People will really do just about anything to avoid being John McCain's lady vice presidential candidate who will lose with him in November.