I also think people are trying to manufacture controversy by implying that he called Palin a slut or that he was talking about the 14 year old being knocked-up.
IMO, saying Sarah Palin has a slutty look is fine (for a comedy act). Talking about her daughters getting knocked (the 14 or the 18 year old) is out of line and also more importantly just not funny.
I agree if they are adults and stay out of politics they should be off-limits but as soon as they say anything or campaign for their parents it is on.
Chance, you were a McCain supporter, right? Did you have any problem with the jokes he made about Chelsea Clinton in 1998? This was while Bill was still POTUS, so she hadn't campaigned for him yet, and while McCain was (and still is, of course) an active Republican Senator.
There's no such thing as a pretty good aligator wrestler.
BTW I actually like Letterman and think this is one time he did cross the line. He can make excuses that it wasn't about her 14 year old daughter, but she was the one with her. I just think it is even funnier that people still have to talk so much on Palin. Last I heard, the election is over and her side lost. Why make jokes when she goes to a baseball game to represent and stand up for disabled kids?