A Theory on Why the Left Is Attacking Sarah Palin
I suspect they think of this a payback for the anti-Clinton attacks by Republicans during the 1990s. Their attitude is “Your side started this business of talking about people's private lives!”
They should try to remember that Clinton won, and even carried some “red” states.
Addendum: How could I have forgotten! The original controversy on this topic was Dan Quayle vs. Murphy Brown. Apparently, those dastardly Republicans are prejudiced against fictional characters. I suppose they're not pro-reif. I won't more than mention the fact that the Religious Right candidate of 1988, Pat Robertson, admitted conceiving a child out of wedlock, so it's not like they haven't dealt with this before. (For one thing the child in question was born after the marriage.)