BREAKING! It’s Not Palin’s Baby!…Oh, Wait, Never Mind.

This morning, our friends over at the liberal Arkansas Times blog joined in on the fun new conspiracy theory circulating around the angry left.

It seems that someone figured out along the way that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s VP pick, had never actually been pregnant with her youngest child, born in April (this is the child with Down’s Syndrome you’ve heard about).

You see, it turns out—follow me here—that it was actually Palin’s 17-year-old daughter who was pregnant, but Palin pretended to be pregnant to shield said daughter from public opprobrium.

The Arkansas Times blog, using slightly hedging language, passed along this fake pregnancy rumor, which I must admit is quite the bombshell…

Ah, but if only it had the added virtue of being true! Last evening, a sensible blogger at the liberal Daily Kos site (I know, I’m as surprised as you are!) adduced photographic evidence to fight the rumor, smartly arguing to his or her brethren that “we look stupid pushing this rumor.”

And today Palin tells reporters that her 17-year-old daughter IS in fact five months pregnant, and that the girl plans to marry the father and keep the baby. Go ahead and do the math to figure out if the daughter could have plausibly given birth in April. I’ll wait here. (To his great credit, Max Brantley at the ArkTimes blog swiftly updated to reflect this new information.)

Why does this story make me so happy? Because I’m delighted to the see the left trafficking in the same kind of deranged conspiracy theories that did so much damage to the right in the 1990s, when all kinds of conservatives cashed in their credibility to pass around insane accusations against the Clintons (Did you know that Hillary had Vince Foster murdered?). It was thoroughly self-defeating, as it meant that, when there were legitimate briefs to be made against the Clintons, those could be dismissed as just more of the crazy-ass right-wing carnival.

And with 64 days to go until Election Day, I’m thrilled to see Democrats and Barack Obama supporters squander time and energy with these conspiracy theory sideshows, all the while creating public sympathy for the GOP VP nominee. The more they push this kind of thing, the less attention they’ll be paid if they should ever come up with legitimate critiques.

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5 thoughts on “BREAKING! It’s Not Palin’s Baby!…Oh, Wait, Never Mind.

  • September 1, 2008 at 5:38 pm
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    Palin is the gift that keeps on giving without the nutcase stories. How about she was for the bridge to no where before she was against it or as a corruption fighter she was in charge of Ted” I’m going to jail” Stevens 527. Her fiscal conservatism is like W’s in that she left her little town in debt to the tune of 3000 buck per citizen. You repugs will rue the day reverse Ace Mc Cain picked her.

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  • September 2, 2008 at 2:07 am
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    Too true. We’ve especially enjoyed that video of her at an Alaska TV station doing sports. Man, the hairdo itself is worth the price of admission. The list of her problems just keeps growing. Why did McCain send a “jump team” back to Alaska to do a little more vetting? If he gets out of it now, it’ll just be a Harriet Mier minute, and he can choose Huckabee as his running mate. That’ll be pretty funny, too.

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  • September 2, 2008 at 5:55 am
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    Cris,
    I’m not saying Palin may not have legitimate problems. She’s a relatively unknown quantity who exploded on the national stage overnight.

    What I’m arguing is that, by pushing every single negative line they can find against her, regardless of how absurd it may be, her opposition runs the risk of having it backfire on them. The top of your ticket understands this—the Obama/Biden team has launched little, if any criticism of Palin. The bottomfeeders, on the other hand, are shooting wildly, like so many anti-Clinton people did in the 90s, to their detriment.

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  • September 2, 2008 at 11:11 am
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    As a guest of a delegate here at the GOP Convention, I have to tell you that is the Romney folks who have been doing more to keep the crazy rumors going about Palin. I have never seen such a group of sleazy backstabbing buttholes as the Romney crowd. They are still fighting to make Romney the VP. You can’t even eat breakfast in peace without some RomneyBot sitting at your table unwelcomed and proceeding to blast on Palin and sicken you with why they think Romney should be VP.

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  • September 2, 2008 at 1:33 pm
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    bubbagump,
    Assuming you’re really attending the GOP convention, I would like to nominate you to serve as the Official Arkansas Project Convention Correspondent. Your portfolio will consist of reporting the dirt, as you’ve done here. Now, tell us more about these “sleazy backstabbing buttholes”!

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