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In an effort to break away from my recent obsession with Words With Friends (here), I thought I would start this holiday morning by reading the New York Times Magazine.  I started with the July 3rd issue’s letters to the editor.  They were all about Sarah Palin and the June 19, 2011 article in which Bill Keller writes about Palin, trying to divine the factors that contribute to her disdain for the media.

Of course it was not possible for me to stick one toe into the Palin pond without ending up face down and about to drown in the inch of water that is the Palin saga.  I haven’t paid attention to Palin for the past couple of years, but The Sarahscapades still give me cat scratch fever.  The statement below got me reading about her again (full article here):

Palin’s disdain goes beyond the bitterness of a public figure who has been burned by the press…Perhaps one key to Palin’s dislike of the news media is a streak of intellectual insecurity, or a trace of impostor syndrome.  Her best defense against being found shallow is a strong offense.

Another factor, I think, is that the humiliations she has endured in the media have been unusually invasive—including, at the lowest point, speculation that Palin’s youngest son, Trig, was actually born to her daughter, Bristol, and borrowed as a campaign prop. 

If we’re pointing fingers, Sarah Palin’s Lies (at and  Palin’s Deceptions (at  have done a good job of trying to ferret out what happened.  (Shout out to Palingates over here as well.)  There are probably others.  Again, I quit paying attention to Palin shortly after the 2008 election and carried on not caring when she quit being Governor to pursue a career in reality television.

Until today.  I won’t drag you point by point through what I’ve read today.  Let’s just fast forward to Bristol Palin’s appearance on Good Morning America, June 27, 2011.  You can see it here.  BP is on the publicity circuit to publicize her new book, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far.

In the interview, Bristol is forthright: She is a single mother with a son to support.  This is why she appeared on Dancing With the Stars, and she says as much.  (Presumably it is also why she wrote the book.)  Bristol will star in her own reality show later this year.

Two comments:

1. Minute 2:00 — A photo is shown of Bristol holding both Tripp and Trig.  For those of us in the ‘Bristol is probably Trig’s mom’ camp, this was gasp-worthy.  Certainly someone is making intentional decisions about the photos that will be seen during the interview.  Bare minimum, if you are trying to fuel the rumor machine about Trig’s parentage, this was the photo to keep it going.  (The Scout noted that Trig bears a resemblance to Levi Johnston.  You make the call.)

2. Minute 4:45  — Robin Roberts mentions that Bristol writes in her book that she was “thrown under the campaign bus” — with little help from the McCain team.  Bristol confirms this.

Let’s have a quick look at Sarah Palin’s Lies:

Make no mistake here. What the McCain campaign did was nothing short of genius. Faced with some very reasonable questions about the circumstances surrounding Sarah Palin’s giving birth in April of 2008, they managed to diffuse the entire controversy without ever releasing a single piece of information about Sarah Palin or the birth.  Instead, the story was re-framed to be about a seventeen-year-old girl, and then, immediately became off-limits because, conveniently, families and children of candidates are off-limits. That they were able to get away with this switcheroo is astonishing.  It seems to occur to almost no one that it was the McCain campaign that threw Bristol “under the bus” to begin with. (emphasis mine)

Back to the interview, minute 4:45.  There’s the same “under the bus” language.  Language that apparently made it into  the book.

Kudos to those who prepared the GMA interview questions for doing their homework.  Duly noted.

Sarah Palin has a loose, difficult relationship with facts, whether they are the facts of her own family history or the facts of America’s history.  Bill Keller pointed out that Sarah wants our attention.  Well, count me in, because once again she got my attention.  I will have to choose another reprieve for myself after today.

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Trash-or-Truth Talkin’ Super Bonus: Todd Palin’s paramour says she gave Sarah Palin a massage in early 2008 (here! over here!).  Paramour’s surname is Tripp.  You just can’t make this stuff up.


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Sarah Palin & Trig

Dear Main Stream Media: We bloggers love the truth. So could you please figure this out (since you don’t trust us): Is Sarah Palin Trig’s mother, or is she Trig’s grandmother? Because if there’s one thing a grrl doesn’t like, it’s being told a lie.

This photo is from a MySpace page that is now set to private (courtesy of Cajun Boy and via suchandrika, author of To Strive, To Seek, To Find):

The original caption on MySpace read: “Mommy Inlaw Trig and Myself” and was on the page of Mercede (aka: Sadie), Levi Johnston’s sister (Levi is reportedly the father of Bristol Palin’s baby). You can see photos from the MySpace page, preserved as a Google doc, here.

The caption on this photo reads: “My self and my new baby brother, TriggyBear:) Most adorable little man ever.” If this is Bristol and Levi’s baby, it kind of makes sense that Sadie would refer to him as “baby brother” even though she is technically his aunt. If Trig is Sarah Palin’s baby, it makes no sense at all.

UPDATE 3 September: Yes, if Trig is Sarah Palin’s baby, then Trig is Sadie’s brother-in-law-to-be. But it seems much more likely that Sadie would post pictures of her own brother’s offspring on her MySpace page, rather than the offspring of the parents of her sister-in-law-to-be (Bristol). If Trig is Levi’s kid, the relationship between Sadie and Trig is much closer (blood relatives, in fact). Which makes more sense: My brother’s baby is like my baby brother — Or the son of my mother-in-law-to-be is like my baby brother? Try to think like a teenager as you answer this question. Continue reading “Sarah Palin & Trig”

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Sarah Palin’s Daughter is Pregnant

Thanks to the heads up from Altadena Hiker via e-mail – Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol Palin, is pregnant. This is because unplanned pregnancy is SOOOOO preferable to using birth control. But it’s all okay; she’s keeping the baby and marrying the father.

Bristol Palin is 17 years old.

MSNBC article here.


UPDATE: As Susan C points out, there’s more mystery to be had. Did Sarah Palin fake a pregnancy to cover for Bristol? See Mom-101 here. Original piece at Daily Kos here—Sarah Palin is a grandmother.

UPDATE 2: There are two separate issues here –

Issue #1 – Bristol Palin is (or may be? or (also) may have been?) pregnant. No one is in favor of unplanned pregnancy (or is it always a miracle?). The twinge here comes from (some of the) Republicans insistence on making birth control less available, from preaching abstinence to the exclusion of birth control, from de-funding clinics that provide birth control to women (at home and abroad).

Bristol Palin’s pregnancy does not automatically mean that her mother is unfit for high public office. The fact that I would make different choices were I in Sarah’s shoes also matters not a wit. But this is my blog, and if I were Sarah, I’d be hard pressed to describe how I was going to give Bristol all the love and support she needs while I’m seeking (and getting?) a public office job thousands of miles away.

Issue #2 – This is the Way. Bigger. Issue. If Sarah Palin faked a pregnancy to cover for her daughter/herself – that is lying. We all have lied (aka: tell a white lie, stretched the truth) at some time or another. But telling the truth is supremely important, especially if you are running for the second highest office in the land. Once you get comfortable with lying to other people, lying to yourself isn’t far behind.