Litbrit v. Dave Weigel
I have my own mixed feelings about the Sarah Palin/Trig story. I think Palin would be a horrible President regardless of whether of not Trig was her son. I do agree with Litbrit that Palin's explanations her Trig's birth do not make sense. Then again, nothing Palin says makes sense.
Litbrit takes Dave Weigal to task for his post defending Palin. Litbrit brings up the point that Palin's story of her airplane ride during a high-risk pregnancy sounds like bunk.
As you'll further recall, within a few days, various networks and newspapers reported on Sarah Palin's so-called "Wild Ride", a heroic tale of a woman in her eighth month of pregnancy (they're supposed to last nine months, Dave, or forty weeks if you want to be precise), who had ignored the customary warnings issued by obstetricians against air travel in the final trimester and was in Texas for an energy meeting with other Republican governors, and who despite waking up to leaking amniotic fluid and contractions (Palin's words, not mine, as told in interviews) did not go to the world-class hospital down the street, but rather, went to the luncheon, gave the speech (during which, she wrote, she experienced "big laughs; more contractions"), then boarded not one but two transcontinental flights, each of which took some four hours and had a layover in between, then bypassed the hospital in Anchorage--the one that had the NICU (that's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Dave) that any premature special-needs baby would require--and, she claims, delivered the baby at the Mat-Su Regional Hospital in Wasilla. The hospital that not only does not have the aforementioned facilities to care for special-needs babies, it does not even handle any high-risk births at all (high risk meaning, if the mother is over age 35. Or there are twins or triplets. You get the idea.)
The is Trig Palin's baby story makes me rather uncomfortable. I have stayed away from it. I do not believe Litbrit to be a conspiracy theorist. I would not be surprised if Palin embellished the Trig birth story to make herself seem more heroic. That doesn't mean Trig isn't her baby. That would mean Palin lied just like other candidates lie to make themselves look more favorable to voters. I won't go as far as to say Trig is not Palin's baby. If you wonder if I think Palin is a pathological liar then the answer is yes.
I do agree with Weigel that Palin's supporters would not care if Palin lied. Palin would just tell her fans that Trig is the Baby Jesus and all would be well in Alaska. Oliver North and G. Gordon Liddy can go on Fox News and be taken seriously by conservatives. Palin lying abourt Trig would be the fault of the evil liberal media.
Weigel made the mistake of defending Palin on Andrew Sullivan's blog. Weigel is entitled to his viewpoint but I can't believe he is surprised by the negative feedback from Sullivan's anti-Palin readership.
Yes, I am actually in Alaska and I am not writing about Levi/Bristol. Do. Not. Care. Leave her family alone.
Mr. Weigel, you recently got your ass chewed out for your posts on Journolist. I am not as well-known a blogger but i have been slammed by Free Republic, Auto Admit and a white supremist site. Weigel was forced to resign from the Washington Post and he is still surprised by the blowback of the blogosphere. Sigh.