Sunday, August 31, 2008
Baby mama drama
I have been openly critical of Sarah Palin's decision to return to work three days after giving birth to a special needs baby last April. The story gets odder the more you look into it.
Ms. Palin first let her constituents know about the pregnancy when she said she was seven months along. This picture is from the day when she announced. When she announced, no one on her staff had heard a thing. It's one thing to be seven months pregnant and not show, but not to tell anyone on your staff? Why would anyone do that?
And then there's the story of the day of delivery. Palin was in Texas giving a speech and she told people that her water broke. She gave the speech. She decided to fly from Texas to Alaska, eight hour flight with a stopover in Seattle, while allegedly in labor. She did not tell the airline about her circumstance. The flight landed in Anchorage, but she did not go to the hospital there. She drove forty five minutes to a small clinic just outside of where she used to be mayor. Why do all these counter-intuitive things after her fluid has broken? Here's her husband's answer.
"You can't have a fish picker from Texas." said Todd.
This is a photo from late 2007. The daughter who is not smiling broadly is Bristol, now age 17, who had a long absence from school, reported to be anywhere from five to eight months long. According to the family, she had mono. It usually takes a few weeks to recover from mono.
For my money, I would be happier with her if she's the grandmother rather than the mother. If she's the mother, she made dozens of crazy stupid decisions, and she's had four babies before this. This kind of lack of judgment in a mother would be inexcusable.
On the other hand, if she's the grandmother, it's a political nightmare for the McCain camp. She's a liar and they are incompetent in vetting and hypocrisy about out of wedlock babies looks very, very bad. You can get more of the story at The Daily Kos. I don't know what the mainstream media will do, but this sounds like a story The National Enquirer will knock out of the ball park, like they did with John Edwards' infidelity.
Also, a boatload of Republicans are not showing up to the convention. Bush, Cheney and Schwarzenegger are all too busy. I'm sure it's just coincidence.