Monday, 1 September 2008

Bizarre Sarah Palin Rumour

A strange rumour regarding John McCain's running-mate, Sarah Palin, has begun doing the rounds in the US blogosphere.

According to a blogger at Daily Kos, Trig Palin - her youngest child - is not her child at all, but her then 16-year-old daughter Bristol's!

ArcXIX cites the lack of visible changes to her shape during the time she was supposed to be pregnant, and the reverse in the case of Bristol; the fact that Trig was supposedly born after Sarah went into labour during an 8-hour flight before which her "waters broke"; and Bristol's 8-month absence from school around the same time.

The story has since been picked up by mainstream media in the US (with the caveat that it is, as things stand, only a rumour).

UPDATE (01/09): A statement has been released by the Republicans revealing that Bristol is currently 5 months pregnant, a rumour initially denied by Palin's press secretary (Huffington Post).


Anonymous said...

This story has been fairly conclusively refuted today. Trig is Sarah's child, but Bristol, her daughter, is pregnant. That is why she was pulled from school for the last several months of the school year.

fake consultant said...

i'm not so sure about that refutation.

some are suggesting the picture of bristol was published in the anchorqage daily news in 2006, but i could not find the pic in that time frame in my search.

here is an interesting video pf sarah palin at the alaska republican convention from march of 2008, roughly a month before the announced date of the birth.

no matter what the validity of the story might be, it raises the question of whether mccain knew about this in advance, and did not find it troubling...or if he did not know about it in advance, which would raise questions of its own.

TBRRob said...

God I wish we got this sort of nonsense in our elections. It would make them worthwhile

But in all seriousness that picture of the 16 year old is hardly conclusive. Looks like she's eaten one too many cakes.

And even if it is true. It's terrible because they've tried to cover it up. Not because the 16 year old has had a kid.

JuliaM said...

Can anyone imaging the deafening screams of outrage from the 'sisterhood' if Sarah Palin were a Democrat nominee, and people ran these kind of stories....?

fake consultant said...

i agree with tbrrob that (if it exists) the coverup is the thing, more than the question of a teenage birth.

but i would still return to the question of what did mccain know about this?

if he knows of the rumor and is ok with it, let us know...but if he was unaware of the situation, that's a problem as serious as any questions about birth mothers...if not more so.

QT said...

I agree with @tbrrob and @fake consultant. If it is true (which I doubt, TBH), it is the coverup that will be the issue.

richard allan said...

@juliam, well, Democrats aren't the "Family values" party, are they?

Anonymous said...

QT said...

If you're going to spam you could at least make a proper hyperlink.

Mark Wadsworth said...

This is straight out of East Enders (of a few years ago, Kat/Zoe Slater).

USpace said...

This is going to be fun. History will be made, one way or another, and it looks more likely now that it will be the right history.

Even more Hillary supporters will go for McCain now. Obama is no longer a near certainty. Heaven forbid something happens to McCain, but I believe Palin would rise to the occasion. She has the right attitude. Everyone knows Obama is NOT ready for POTUS, Palin is only for the VP. Look at Dan Quayle.

YEY SARAH PALIN! YEY John McCain! Great pick! The 1st woman for the GOP VP? SCORE!

She's conservative! SCORE! She's a Governor! SCORE! She's pro-drilling! She's a hunter! SCORE! She doesn't believe the MMGW Scam! SCORE! She's a hockey Mom and played basketball in school! SCORE! She's pro-life! And she respects women! SCORE! She fights corruption! SCORE! She's high-energy! SCORE! She's tough! SCORE! She's got 5 kids! SCORE! Her son is going to Iraq in the Armed Forces! SCORE! She's married to a Blue-collar professional! SCORE! She's smart! SCORE! She's young! SCORE!

And she's a Hotty to boot! SCORE! The Left is going to go nuts! SCORE!
absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
never elect a woman

who's a conservative
she's just a gender traitor

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
just HOPE to pay more taxes

DREAM about high fuel prices
CHANGE PROGRESS to move backwards

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fake consultant said...

with all respect, uspace...

the odds that hillary voters are going en masse to palin are low indeed, mainly because of all the issues that divide them...many of which you conviently list in your response, saving me typing.

and, seriously, you used dan quayle as your good example?

you just set the bar so low an amoeba would be hard pressed to limbo under it. can't we do better?

she's smart?

based on what? i've heard her speak...and while i'll admit she's at least as competent as dan quayle, that's, as we've discussed, not much of a leap.

and she is sending her son off to war...but she admits she does not know what the mccain war plan is.

how smart is it to join the candidacy of a guy who has a war plan you don't know?

of course, that guy is now surprised by these revelations, suggesting the one not ready to be president might be the guy on his third campaign team...who didn't know basic facts about the woman he thinks shoud be his vp.

not good.

Anonymous said...

@Mark Wadsworth - well done on bringing the UK angle in