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C’mere C’mere C’mere

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.


A photo of the Firth of Forth on this fourth…

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Blogger Pajama Party

You are invited to join the Feb. 13 Blogger Pajama Party as proposed by Sister Wolf over at

“…In a tribute to Mrs. Palin, we should all set aside one day to blog in our pj’s, and to post photos…”

I’m really not one to rush into getting dressed on a normal day , but what with my recent cold/flu thing, I’ve been in my pj’s for the last 56 hours (with one laundry respite).

Just when you thought I’d never blog about Sarah Palin again, just when you were sure I’d ‘gotten over it’—I’ve been delving a bit into the Myers-Briggs personality types. My ENFP-ness grows large (“P-ness” — God, I love that joke). To wit: “ENFPs often have strong, if unconventional, convictions on various issues related to their Cosmic View.” My Cosmic View apparently includes needing large doses of the truth from politicians, as wacky as that might be.

Check out this article by James Rainey (appeared in the 14 Jan 2009 print edition of the LA Times) discussing Sarah Palin’s ongoing lack of media savvy. Actually, you don’t have to check it out, because I am about to summarize it for you. For while you may be tired of me talking about Sarah Palin, I am not tired of other people talking about Sarah Palin.

Rainey points out that Sarah can’t seem to discriminate between her legitimate gripes against the press and her illegitimate ones (ha ha).

He says Sarah is right to complain about the “…newspaper report that suggested that political considerations led state authorities to delay their investigation of Sherry Johnston.” (NB: Sherry is Levi “Baby Daddy” Johnston’s mom.)

The union of public officials who supposedly supported this claim “quickly backed down,” and the Anchorage Daily News reported this correction. Other major newspapers did not, says Rainey.

Rainey continues:

“But in her other claims, Palin overplayed her hand. She accused the mainstream media, for example, of relying on those “anonymous bloggers” to write their stories, when most actually run in the other direction…Yes, some Internet scribes and the Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan continue to raise questions about Trig’s birth. But the nation’s most influential and biggest news organizations have paid little or no attention to the story…”

Rainey continues with a couple of key points:

  • The Anchorage Daily News did try to pursue the Trig story but “the governor’s office would not cooperate” and ADN’s Pat Dougherty summed it up…”We decide what to print on the basis of the answers we get, not the questions we ask.”
  • “Palin is something worse than naive to think she can prevent the questions from even being asked.”

Rainey’s article concludes with Sarah’s rambling on about how she was mistreated in Katie Couric interview: “…they spliced it together…” “…did whatever they did…” “…never saw how it came across…” “…so many other topics that were brought up certainly weren’t, uh, portrayed as accurately perhaps as they could have, should have been after that interview.”


I’m now going to do one of those wrap-up things in which I tell you all the stuff that I’m not going to say in conclusion, but I actually do say it all and thereby do exactly what I said I wasn’t going to do.


Oh heck, I’m out of steam.

Last gasp: To me, it is worth asking the questions about Trig because the truth is important. Is Sarah telling us the truth? Why has she not released her medical records?

Once again, I refer you to a real journalist for a pretty decent wrap up of the whole deal.

I drank the Kool-Aid, and I still have a red stain around my mouth.


Sarah Palin & Trig – My open letter to the MSM (or, Where the Insanity/Inanity Began)

Fake Baby Birthin’ Church Lady

Palin: ‘I Don’t Know’ If Abortion Clinic Bombers are Terrorists

Sarah Palin Reads ‘Em All

In Other Sarah News

Sarah Palin Links

No, I’m Not Done Questioning Palin

Mudflats on Sarah Palin & The Donnie Darko Connection – includes a link to Sarah’s 2006 vetting docs

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Fake Baby Birthin’ Church Lady

Show of hands: Do you think Sarah Palin is Trig’s mother? It’s been a while since I’ve visited Sarah’s Baby Storyland, but Godammit I’m Mad mentioned that Andrew Sullivan has a photo of Sarah, 3 weeks before Trig’s birth, here. Sullivan says:

I begged the McCain campaign by private email and in a private meeting to give me something – anything – to kill the story off. I promised to run any evidence that would blow this out of the water. That offer still stands. Please make me look like an idiot for asking these questions. But they didn’t offer a thing, asserting that even asking the question was an outrageous reputation-destroying offense.

Again, my issue with this whole thing is that I think people should tell the truth. That includes politicians. If Sarah is content to lie about Trig’s birth, I imagine she would be content to lie about other sorts of things as well. In this particular case, it was Sarah’s own fantastical statements and actions reported in the Anchorage Daily News that caused me to question her. Get on a plane while leaking amniotic fluid? Drive by the hospital in Anchorage that has a NICU and instead go to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center to deliver your high-risk baby? If these things are true, then Sarah needs her head examined.

I’ve been reluctant to hang this whole thing on photographic evidence. Between “the camera always lies” (as my brother Ken says) and photoshop, who knows what is true?


Photo and (title of this post) via Cajun Boy.

Still, the photo screenshot below screams “I have a pillow in my pants so it looks like I’m pregnant.


Screenshot from Jack Bog’s Blog.

A childbirth professional agrees with me here.

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Many G’s Left Behind

Image via LA Progressive: Sarah Palin’s Feminine Wiles Fall Short

Palin on Darfur – the real story.

Keepin’ it simple today: McCain Palin Rally vs Obama Biden Rally in Anchorage: The Blow by Blow

“…I heard there were a few flakes today. I miss that weather. It’s been so amazeen travelin’ across this great country and meetin’ people, and even Alaskans down here also as we travel across the country also meetin’ people…

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Post Veep Debate

Sarah Palin needs to pin down which pronunciation of nuclear she is going to use. Newk-u-lar or newk-cle-er? I think she used both.

Sarah Palin CAN cram verbiage into her head after all. There was so much in there she had to say that she told moderator Gwen Ifill that she wouldn’t necessarily answer her questions.

“And I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also.”

Sarah is the new kid in town, and new to presidential politics too. Via Huff Po:

Ifill: “As Vice President, there’s nothing you’ve promised as a candidate that you would take off the table because of this financial issue?”

Palin: “There is not, and how long have I been at this? Like five weeks?”

Michael Carey of the Anchorage Daily News says Sarah Palin is losing friends in Alaska.

via Pa Kettle on Twitter: Palin’s tax returns are finally released. Made more money in 2007, but donated less to charity.

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Sarah Palin Reads ‘Em All

I’ve been wondering what Sarah Palin reads (newspapers, magazines) for weeks.

Here’s the answer. “I have a vast variety of sources,” she says. Not only does she read them all, but Alaska is a microcosm of the whole United States!  (via Cajun Boy)

Update:  The Anchorage Daily News reviews Palin’s apparent flip-flop on Troopergate.

Update 2:  Slate brings us The Poetry of Sarah Palin

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In Other Sarah News…

Dear Person Who Read This Blog Before September 2,

I know it’s been All-Sarah-All-the-Time around these parts lately.  I’ll see some of you later today at the Pasadena-area blogger meet-up.  You’ll look into my eyes.  You’ll wonder what’s gone wrong with me.

You’ll be relieved to know that my obsessive behavior is not confined to all things Sarah.  For example, I went to see the Dodgers play four times this past week. Much to my surprise, even Manny Ramirez himself seems to have arranged his locks in a sort of Sarah Palin updo (fuzzy photos, click to embiggen):


Palin Should Step Down, Conservative Commentator Says

Cafferty on Palin and the ‘pitiful’ interview with Katie Couric: 12,000 e-mails in 45 minutes

From Susan Carrier via comment on my post Sarah Palin on the TVPoor Sarah by Judith Warner

via Suebob on Twitter:  John McCain says “horsesh*t” during the debate.

Finally, a super fuzzy photo of my favorite Dodger, Andre Ethier, celebrating the Dodgers’ victory over the NL West (that link will take you to another photo of Manny’s updo).

and Dodgers’ manager Joe Torre, along with owner Frank McCourt (on the right):

A happy owner:

Bill Plaschke:  Just Making It To Next Week Won’t Be Enough for Dodgers.

After spending years standing on a Dodgers pitching mound and behind Dodger Stadium home plate, Don Newcombe understands Dodgers success.

And simply qualifying for the playoffs isn’t quite it.

“Just making the postseason is not Dodger tradition,” Newcombe said Thursday. “Getting to the World Series, winning the World Series, now that is Dodger tradition.”

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It’s Hard Out There for a Veep

A wanna-be Veep that is.  From the depths of comments on Mudflats:

tamarack (23 Sept 2008 16:22:21) : Palin sighting from a friend in New York-

“I was walking down 76th towards 5th when a bodyguard stopped me, explaining that the street was closed for just a few minutes. Sarah Palin was inside one of the consulates (don’t know which) and the bodyguards were waiting for her to step outside, into her limo, before allowing pedestrian traffic. Well, when she did come out, everyone on the street from the construction guys to the ladies who lunch gave her the biggest BOOOOOOOOO you have ever heard in your life. It was awesome.”

I suppose she considered them all eastern elitists and dismissed the whole thing.

Cajun Boy writes about and links to Matt Taibbi’s article on Sarah Palin in Rolling Stone.  Be sure you’ve imbibed the morning beverage of your choice (PG Tips for me, dearie, ta) before you take the plunge.  Here’s just a snippet:

“We’re used to seeing such blatant cultural caricaturing in our politicians. But Sarah Palin is something new. She’s all caricature. As the candidate of a party whose positions on individual issues are poll losers almost across the board, her shtick is not even designed to sell a line of policies. It’s just designed to sell her. The thing was as much as admitted in the on-air gaffe by former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan, who was inadvertently caught saying on MSNBC that Palin wasn’t the most qualified candidate, that the party “went for this, excuse me, political bullshit about narratives.”

Back to Mudflats for another insightful comment:

Regi (23 Sept 2008 17:48:26) :  Palin is a Mary Sue.

(Mary Sue) is a pejorative term used to describe a fictional character who plays a major role in the plot and is particularly characterized by overly idealized and clichéd mannerisms, lacking noteworthy flaws, and primarily functioning as wish-fulfillment fantasies for their authors.