I, like many of you, have seen the rumors on the internet about Sarah Palin faking a pregnancy to cover for her 16-year-old daughter. The facts are that Bristol Palin left school for 4-5 months last winter with “mono” while her mother announced her own pregnancy at 7 months, to the shock of everyone who worked with her on a daily basis, who “had no idea she was pregnant”. Coincidence? It better be.
This sounds like a conspiracy theory, mostly because it’s unthinkable that John McCain could have missed this in the vetting process. But I looked at the photos, and Bristol gained a lot of weight last winter for a girl with “mono”. Then I watched those photos magically disappear. I watched some videos, then watched those videos get scrubbed from their host sites. I cringed as I read the account of Sarah flying from Texas to Alaska after her water broke with a premature baby who they already knew had Downs Syndrome. That would be irresponsible on its own, but in light of this? Why, if there is no story here, would Vogue take her photo shoot (featuring a trim and toned Palin, six months “pregnant”) off their website? That felt remarkably similar to the disappearance of Rielle Hunter’s campaign videos last fall.
Obviously, if true, this represents political hari kari on many levels. Sarah Palin believes that all birth control should be verboten, even among married couples. For her to give the rest of America a window on how that kind of policy actually plays out in practice…well, you do the math. But this is about more than that. This is about a woman making a conscious decision–if this is true–to risk shaming her daughter on a national level for her own political gain. The embarrassment that Bristol Palin will be forced to endure if her mother lied to her constituents and the country about being the mother of young Trig will be life shattering. Sarah Palin had a choice to accept that VP nod. If she had politely said no, her daughter’s personal struggle would not have been broadcast to the world. To knowingly walk one’s family off a cliff is a lapse of judgment that would make John Edwards throw up in his mouth.
I don’t want this story to be true. But somebody needs to find out immediately if it is. And I mean before Wednesday. If it is false, I will thank God and apologize for ever doubting the integrity and honesty of Alaska’s Governor. But if it happened, and this woman lied to John McCain about it, we need to send her back to Alaska IMMEDIATELY. McCain can still correct this mistake. He can claim he was misled (which of course he was) and America will give him a do-over. We are a forgiving people. Try us.
If we confirm Sarah Palin as our Vice Presidential Candidate on Wednesday and someone finds a forged birth certificate, or a student at poor Bristol’s high school with an iPhone, or a doctor who wants to blow the whistle on the whole thing…Armaggeddon, people. There are laws that will have been broken. Christ, the woman could go to prison just for lying to the IRS about the dependency status of the child. Fellow conservatives, ASK THE QUESTION. Get her on the record. Plaster that birth certificate all over the evening news just to end it. This election is too important to be lost for this. The fate of our country hangs in the balance.
I wasn’t thrilled with the Palin choice, but I trust John McCain. If he says this is the right way to go, I’m still with him. But if there’s something under this rock and we look the other way, we risk disaster.
So let’s be impolite. Before it’s too late.