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09/09/2008 09:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Satire? Sincere? Brilliant!!!

In the video below, Keven claims he is the father of the child Bristol Palin is carrying in her womb. He demands that he be allowed to be a part of the child's life. According to Keven, the Palins are covering up and shutting him out for political reasons.

Keven, a self-professed aspiring "urban rapper", pronounces "Palin" wrong, so for that reason alone, this is suspect. But who cares? Authenticity aside, this is brilliant.

It touches on so many points of passion in the American gestalt.

Inter-racial sex?
The odd thing about this is that I'm not sure either campaign would be happy if the national conversation turned to issues of race and young white women fucking young black men, but it sure would get interesting. If I had to guess though, I'm betting that the McCain campaign would end up better off in the end. The "Bradley Effect" is still debated, but I'm not sure if there could be any more effective means of ensuring there is one than the subject of middle America's daughters rolling in the hay with those "urban rappers". That said, maybe Bristol's baby will represent a bridge between the parties. Barack Obama is, after all, the product of an inter-racial coupling.

Responsible fatherhood?
Doesn't it seem as if anytime Republicans (or Democrats, for that matter) talk about race, they bring up the fatherhood crisis? What an exemplary young man Kevin is! He just wants to provide a two-parent home for his baby. Unassailable, no?

Fatherhood rights?
You know, if Kevin really is the father, it would be grossly unfair to deny him access to his child... I sure hope all the Fatherhood Rights groups are beating a path to his door.

Racism amongst Republicans (and the rest of us)?
Since both parties just loathe racism, I'm quite certain this video will have almost no impact on the national discussion, even if Keven's claim is authentic. [/snark] I guess that is what I find most brilliant about this. Operating under the assumption that this is satire, I think it is absolutely sublime in its indirectness. Like it or not, many white people that don't think they are racist are forced to contemplate some uncomfortable truths about themselves. It's kind of hard to justify the "I'm not a racist, but this video is disturbing" sentiments that this video is sure to arouse in so much of white America.

Innovative use of technology?
YouTube to assert a fatherhood claim. Now that's something I never contemplated. Kudos to Keven!