September 01, 2008

Palin and the Baby

Following a bizarre weekend of rumors in which questions were raised about whether Sarah Palin actually is the mother of her baby son Trig, the campaign acknowledged today that her daughter Bristol is in fact five months pregnant.

The second story presumably invalidates the first, which reminds of nothing so much as the "Paul is Dead" mythology- it's certainly bullshit, but does have enough circumstantial evidence to it to make you think twice when you first hear about it.

Were the story true and Palin had actually lied for months about having had a baby, concealed her daughter's pregnancy, concealed all this from the McCain campaign and everyone else, etc., it would likely have led to her being dropped from the ticket, her resignation as governor, and the probable end of McCain's chances to be president.

But still, how often is it that the revelation that the teenage daughter of a conservative Christian politician is pregnant is actually the less-controversial, less-damaging alternative to something else?

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 1, 2008 09:24 PM
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