Ah, just the thing to liven up a Labor Day. The blogosphere is buzzing with the notion that Sarah Palin's recently born child isn't really hers.
This possibility took a hit when it was announced that her 17 year old daughter, Bristol, is pregnant – since some speculated that the baby was Bristol's.
Portland blogger Jack Bogdanski is on the story. His first post today was "Another web page connected to the Sarah Palin scandal disappears."
This is curious. If there's nothing to the not-Sarah's-baby speculation, why would photos of her pregnancy and the baby's birth be disappearing?
Bogdanski's follow up post was "More fun and games with Miss Congeniality."
When we left the saga of Sarah Palin and her supposed fifth child, Trig, early this morning, only one of two things could have been true: Either Palin was not the boy's mother and was faking the pregnancy, or she recklessly endangered the life of the child by waiting almost a full day between her water breaking and arriving at a hospital -- choosing to fly eight hours or more from Dallas to Anchorage after her water broke.
Either way, this story doesn't put Palin in a flattering light. If she faked the pregnancy, obviously her candidacy is over, because she's a liar. If she recklessly endangered her child, this casts even more doubt on her judgment and capacity to be a heartbeat away from serving as President of the United States.
The comments to Jack's second post are well worth reading. One at the beginning raises a question that I also thought of.
I don't consider the latest wrinkle a slamdunk refutation of the claim that Sarah Palin is Trig's mother.
A copy of her pregnancy test results or receipts for prenatal care would be more persuasive.
There are still too many holes and loose ends.
Other commenters debate the propriety of a pregnant woman who is leaking amniotic fluid and having contractions then giving a speech in Texas and flying on a plane back to Alaska – without going to a hospital to have her condition checked.
An Anchorage Daily News story said:
Still, a Sacramento, Calif., obstetrician who is active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said when a pregnant woman's water breaks, she should go right to the hospital because of the risk of infection. That's true even if the amniotic fluid simply leaks out, said Dr. Laurie Gregg.
Here's another blogger's take on the subject. There may be nothing to this story but Palin's poor judgment (the baby was known to have Down's Syndrome, so you'd think this would have made her more careful about her pregnancy).
However, I agree with the commenter who said "too many holes and loose ends." I suspect this story will hang around for a while.
And if it doesn't, bloggers can turn to Palin's hiring an attorney for her Troopergate investigation. Not exactly a great beginning to a vice-presidential candidacy.