Thursday, March 12, 2009

And, in further news from Wasilla...

I, for one, am shocked, just shocked, by the Palin/Johnston break-up. Who could've seen that coming?

(I think the problem is that young Levi could see other girls from his house.)

14 comments:

Elizabeth said...

According to an article on HuffPo, the Palins have come to see Levi and his family as "white trash" and have tried to keep him away from his baby, etc.

To which one clever commenter responded with (a very appropriate, IMO): "If the Palins think you are white trash, you may be a redneck."

All very shocking, of course. :)

Steve Salerno said...

Not that we want to wade too deeply into this muck, but the explanations being tendered, even just by the Palin camp, don't add up. If the break-up was "mutual," then why is Bristol "devastated"?

Needless to say, if you look at old SHAMblog posts/comments that touch on this topic, we--admittedly not unlike the rest of America--realized that the whole Palin/Johnston "marriage" was, well, a sham. The pregnancy was a political embarrassment and had to be sanitized somehow, especially in the GOP, with all of its Christian-fundamental/family values b.s.

Steve Salerno said...

I'll also be intrigued to see what the Dumbest Man on TV has to say about all this, since at the time the pregnancy was announced he made such a big point of tap-dancing around the obvious philosophical difficulties this presented for the GOP, saying things like, "OK, so the kids made a mistake, but they're doing the right thing, and they planned to get married anyway, so we shouldn't be so hard on them...." Uh-huh.

RevRon's Rants said...

Well, Sarah has a few years in which to generate enough spin to put this behind her. I wonder, however, how she'll handle Bristol during that time. I have a feeling that, should Bristol find herself pregnant again, Sarah would encourage the girl to have a discrete abortion rather than harm her own chances in the 2012 campaign. Not a pretty picture, and I can't claim to know the people well enough to speak with any authority, but based upon Sarah's actions during the campaign, it doesn't seem like much of a stretch.

Steve Salerno said...

Ron: I actually don't see this family going the abortion route. And I have to say, amid all the sniping and sarcasm, that's one respect in which I give them kudos. Although I don't think that Palin necessarily had national political ambitions prior to that phone call from McCain, it certainly would've been easier for her, as a political animal, to tell Bristol something like, "Look, kiddo, this just can't be. The timing is all wrong, you two are in no position to raise this child, and politically, it's a public-relations nightmare waiting to happen." The fact that they rallied around the baby, for whatever reason (and I suppose it's possible to find cynical reasons there, too), is a plus in my book.

I'm sure I'm about to hear otherwise.

RevRon's Rants said...

"I actually don't see this family going the abortion route. And I have to say, amid all the sniping and sarcasm, that's one respect in which I give them kudos."

Given her performance during the campaign, I just don't believe Palin's principles take precedence over her ambitions. Cynical? Perhaps. But founded pretty firmly in my observations of her actions.

Steve Salerno said...

Ron: Is the woman ambitious? Yes, I think she is, very much so. But is she calculated in the usual sense of the term? To be honest, given her performance in 2008, I don't think she has any idea what the hell she's doing. I don't think she's bright enough to be that calculated.

Then again, when it comes to being naive, I'm surprisingly susceptible, and I could always be proved wrong.

Cal said...

I think I wrote it before when this topic was discussed, but there was no way that kid wanted to get married at 18. How would he react when his boys tell him how many girls they are getting at college? And he is stuck at home with a crying baby, with a woman he probably really doesn't love, in the midst of what would have been continuous media coverage? I mean I give Sarah and Todd Palin credit in that they were high-school sweethearts that lasted. But they seem to be an anomaly.

BTW, Steve (and other blog readers) what is your opinion of the newest can't-miss-kid of the GOP, Jindal? Especially after he pulled a Palin in his speech after Obama's don't-call-it-a-State-of-the-Union address to Congress? Everyone says this guy is highly intelligent...meaning he knows that Africa is a continent and not a country. But his performance was widely panned from all political persuasions.

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth - the day I read anything on the HuffPo and view it as something with any less of an agenda as an article that appears on Fox.com will be an auspicious day.

Steve - She's devastated because even a mutual breakup is devastating. She's young, she has a child and whatever rose-colored dreams she may have had are over. And the world is watching. And to some degree, enjoying her pain.

Ron - The day Bristol (or anyone associated with national politics in even the vaguest sense) has a discreet anything will be yet another auspicious day in American politics.

Steve - I'm with you. Actions speak louder than words. Palin herself gave birth to a child with special needs and has acepted a grandchild born without benefit of his parents having a marriage license. Can we agree that at least some people who oppose abortion just oppose abortion. End of story. That doesn't change with the political climate.

Steve Salerno said...

Cal: We covered Jindal, at least in a cursory sense, in my post of Feb. 24 (the night of Obama's speech) and immediately thereafter. But to reiterate: I don't think much of Jindal. I think he destroyed a lot of what tentative credibility he had during that speech.

RevRon's Rants said...

"Can we agree that at least some people who oppose abortion just oppose abortion. End of story."

Some people, yes. Palin, I doubt. And the story is, I think, far from being over.

As to whether it is impossible for anyone in elected office to do anything without the public knowing about it... I don't think Steve's the one who is naive. :-)

I, for one, have no desire to see Bristol suffer... she's been through quite enough already, and I fear it's far from being over yet. She will be held up in comparison to her mother's posturing until Sarah's already overextended 15 minutes are up.

And as to Bayou Bobby... Barring some fiasco in the Obama administration, Jindal, along with Sarah, dramatically increase the Democratic party's chances for a second term.

Anonymous said...

Liberals would love this girl if she only killed the baby before it was born, and maybe donated the fetus for medical research.

Now if HuffPo crowd could just tie the Palin kid to Bobby Jindal, then they can wipe out any Obama opposition.

Steve Salerno said...

Anon 12:21: Wow. Pretty cynical. But argumentatively speaking, a succinct and effective rejoinder, I must say.

RevRon's Rants said...

Beyond cynical, Steve. The strawman assertion that liberals would rejoice at a baby's death - or even at an abortion - is ludicrous. One might consider comparing the body count that has been racked up as a result of Democrat-sponsored policies for the last decade with that which has occurred as a result of Republican policies. Just a thought... and I'm not a Democrat.