Sew the Scarlet A for Sarah Palin! – UPDATED

Palin in March, “wearing her pregnancy suit”

You know, my instinct is to not even address this crazy stuff, to just ignore it. But it’s “out there,” buzzing, so, I may as well jump in.

The doyens of uterine politics have decided that what matters about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is not her politics, not her policies, but her periods.

Like some old, suspicious grandmother from the middle part of the twentieth-century, Alan Colmes counted back on his fingers and decided that – not that it’s anyone’s business – but maybe, just maybe Gov. Palin was pregnant when she got married!.

Oh, I know…you’ve got the vapors, don’t you? Apparently Colmes had them too. Sales of smelling salts just went sky-high!

The party that has claimed that pre-marital sex is groovy and doesn’t matter, and – quite rightly – that one’s worth should not be judged by one’s sex life, is apparently all-of-a-doo-dah because of some scintillating rumors, good for whispering behind the hands, like a bunch of puritanical washerwomen. Puritans indeed. When they finished fainting, they apparently decided to start sewing the scarlet A, for Mrs. Palin. A-for-ADULTERER (cackle, cackle!)

No one should ever be judged, except Christians. If they have sex and don’t abort, they’re fair for ridicule, smears and sport. And a woman’s choice should always be respected; unless she’s the wrong sort of woman, the kind with an R after her name.

Apparently, since the left can’t really go after Palin on her experience (Obama has equal or less, and he’s running for the TOP job, not the bottom) or her record, which seems very appealing to a reform-minded electorate, the left has settled on the uterine comings-and-goings of not just Sarah Palin but of one of her “witchy-named” daughters, too.

Yes, the washerwomen are whispering and what they’re whispering is imaginative: According to them, Little Trig, (aka “that seriously disabled” Down Syndrome Baby that should have been aborted) whom Palin seems to have taken to the office and breastfed is not Palin’s son but her grandson. One of her daughters, you see, is the actual mother, and oh yes…some of these whisperers even suggest that the baby has an extra chromosome because of…wait for it…incest.

Nice, eh? This is why good people do not go into politics, because this is what they’re subjected to. Apparently, in pictures last winter, layered in clothing (she lives in Alaska) Palin doesn’t look pregnant enough for some people.

My best friend in the world wore a running suit to her baby shower and although she was 7 months along, she did not look pregnant at all. I hated her very much.

Anyhow, Andrew Sullivan seems to have decided to lead the charge on this one; he is calling for medical records to be released, ob-gyns to be interviewed, and he feels justified in this intrusion because “this would be a private matter if the McCain-Palin campaign hadn’t made the baby a key campaign point.”

Hmmmm…I thought the “key campaign point” was that Gov. Palin was a kick-ass reformer who knows energy and oil backward-and-forward, and that as regards little Trig, the material point – not the campaign point – is that a baby, known in advance to have an extra chromosome, was allowed to live. That is the fact that is so heartening to so many, but I’ll play along

Let’s suppose it’s true. Not the incest part, that is so icky-poo disgusting and utterly groundless – saying much more about those who suggested it, than about anything else – that we’ll just kick it to the curb. But let’s pretend it’s true, that the Palin’s daughter, succumbing to the same temptation so many teenagers succumb to, found herself pregnant.

She goes to her parents. They say “we’ll deal with this as a family.” Sometime during the pregnancy, because we know Palin discussed it before Trig’s birth, the baby was found to be a male with Down Syndrome.

(Let’s forget for a moment that teenage mothers are rarely given amniocentesis tests, but mothers over 30 almost always undergo the testing. And let’s also forget that for a mother over age 42, the chances of Downs Syndrome are 1 in 20. We’re just pretending, after all.)

So now, the Palins are facing the possibility
a teenage daughter perhaps giving birth to a baby who will require some mature parenting. Supposedly, they take the daughter out of sight and invest in a pregnancy suit for Grandma Sarah.

Then they let the baby live, and they love it. They announce the birth with joy, and claim the baby for their own, so their daughter – the public daughter of a public figure – will be allowed her privacy, and a chance to get on with her life.

This makes the Palins look bad…how, exactly?

IF it’s all true, then the Palins handled their private business their private way, kept a family matter in the family, and shielded a daughter. Sullivan’s “key campaign point” of a commonly-aborted baby with an extra chromosome being allowed to live, and being parented by Gov. Palin and her husband is still valid, is it not?

A “hating” commenter on another post says this information – if it’s true – will “shatter” us. Really? I have just supposed the whole thing true, and I don’t feel shattered. If the wild story is true, then I feel admiration.

As my center-left L’il Bro Thom wrote:

“I think that if it turns out the baby is indeed her granddaughter, she might be perceived as doing something honorable, for the child and for her daughter.

Seedubya writes:

But wait–let’s assume for a second that this goofy idea is true. Let’s say for a second that Governor Palin decided to adopt her daughter’s unplanned special-needs child and present him to the world as her own…That would make her kind of a saint, wouldn’t it?

I hate to give this absurd nonsense any more space. This “story” still only boils down to a baby that is – in our society – often looked at as “disposable,” being loved and welcomed by a family (see these adorable pictures of Trig being held by various siblings and his mom, Sarah).

And assuming it is true, so what? Then it’s about parents helping one of their children out of a rough patch, with discretion and privacy. Something that both the press, and the Democrats, should more than understand. Remember “hands off Chelsea?”

I have a question. Andrew Sullivan writes here that all of these whisperings and wonderings are coming to him from “mainstream media sources.”

Could it be, perhaps…just perhaps…I mean…let’s pretend…that the press decided that they did not completely trust this wild rumor. Possibly these “mainstream media sources” – unsure that this story will “shatter” the GOP, and realizing that they will come off looking pretty dreadful if the story proves false (and a bit spiteful no matter what) – are carefully spooning it all out to a blog – because they don’t much respect blogs – and hoping it turns to poison?

Frankly, seeing this “internet rumor” hit the UK papers makes me think that bloggers hyping nonsense do not do the credibility of the medium, or the bloggers in general, any favor. These terrified uber-haters are just making themselves look foolish, and further energizing the right by creating more sympathy for Palin.

Todd Palin holding his son, Trig (Source)

Don Surber has another picture. Although true-believer whackjobs will never accept any evidence. How sad that it has come to this. As Betsy Newmark wrote, I hope Palin – who is, after all, hormonal and nursing – can handle everything that that will be thrown at her. If she just stays calm, she should be okay.

Ann Althouse says: stop prying into other people’s vaginas. Yeah. So much for “sisterhood.”

Maxed Out Mama: This stuff really, really convinces women that Democrats are for women I don’t get it, either. They’re not the Democrats I knew.

Ace has more preg-suit pictures and more unhinged theories

The Maternal Optimist: Spots a working mother who shops at Costco

Think they can’t get any more petty? Think again! The woman goes to an emergency area, and they’re so small, all they can do is criticize her freaking EARRINGS.

Also: some sanity from Lee Stranahan

UPDATE: Sullivan is grudgingly walking it back, apparently until further notice. He links to a Kos diarist sounding the charge to go back to the first tactic: criticize her labor situation. But I’m bored with that one; covered it here. Happy Labor Day!

Ace rakes Sullivan over the coals, anyway, for good measure.

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  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    It is the sad history of man that the good and innocent are the ones most viciously attacked. It is not enough to merely disagree with the good, it must be snuffed out. Newborn good especially must be put under the sword, else it threaten the powerful. If they allow Sarah Palin’s candidacy to survive infancy, then they are in trouble, and they know it.

    The problem they have is that all this venom is being spewed during a holiday weekend, when no one (except bloggers) is paying attention, and to extent that they are paying attention to national news, they are focused on Gustav. The positives about Palin got out early enough on Friday to gain traction and carry the excitement and momentum over into the weekend, and that is the last thought that most folks had on political matters before the black hole of the weekend began. Thus, much of this negativity is for nought.

    Besides, I suspect that, like George W., Sarah Palin already expected to be unfairly and maliciously attacked. If you seek the good, you must expect to be persecuted. And like George W., who draws strength to continue from One greater than he, Sarah Palin will use such a shield against her attackers.

    And there will also come a day when these folks seeking to destroy her and her family, including the most innocent, are suffering in the fire, and they will beg for little ones like Trig, who will then be princes in heaven, to dip their fingers in water to cool off their parched tongues.

    [Bender, I too was thinking how lucky these haters are doing this on a hurricane/holiday weekend - they won't have done too much damage to themselves, overall - admin]

  • cathyf

    I just posted a comment on the other thread, to the effect that this grandma-faking-pregnancy story is the perfect anti-motherhood slur. Or, more precisely, thinking that this is an attack is perfectly anti-motherhood. Whether it’s true or false (and, yeah, it’s false), Sarah Palin is a heroic wonderful mother.

    My other wondering question is whether the left, having invented the perfect anti-motherhood slur, is at this moment trying to think up the perfect anti-baseball slur, the perfect anti-apple-pie slur, the perfect anti-hot-dog slur and the perfect anti-chevrolet slur?

    …sometimes all you can do is shake your head and marvel that these people are freaking nuts!

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  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    I know that she is not currently a practicing Catholic (although I read somewhere that she was baptized Catholic, which would make her Catholic forever), but perhaps our Catholic observers out there (especially those who have read “The Dignity and Vocation of Women”) might concur that Sarah Palin, at least at this point, gives the impression of being a “JPII feminist,” even if she would not personally identify herself as such?

  • rcareaga

    This story appears to have broken, flourished and withered all while I was out of town and out of reach of radio and internets (reading the sinewy Fagles Iliad by the shining shores of Tomales Bay, since you asked) this weekend: the news cycles are certainly ramping up the RPMs. Presumably it will now expire except among the dead-enders — there are, I believe, still a few hardy souls worrying at Obama’s birth certificate with the tenacity of terriers — and soon some other evanescent bauble will briefly secure the attention of the Teeming Millions in turn.

    As a partisan wishing good fortune and a brisk tailwind for the Other Side, I remain benignly satisfied with the elevation to national prominence of Governor Palin (with just a pang of disappointment that the equally photogenic Mr. Romney was passed over for the laurels), some of whose pronouncements times past hold forth the prospect of boundless entertainment over the next two months. This sort of bilge, though, is just a distraction, and I was surprised to see Sullivan jumping on it with such alacrity.

  • kate0

    I have been up way too late reading the blogs about Governor Palin, and your posts here and just previous (Palin: Bad Mother, Bad Woman) have been the best commentaries so far; that is, comprehensive and witty to boot. In addition, your comment threads have brought up facts and links not posted on the others (Hot Air, Patterico, and those of that persuasion). The clincher for me was the web story mentioning that the Governor would be nursing Trig (see #30 in the previous post).

    I have five children and nursed them all, even after returning to work.


    Thanks, as always, for some of the best blogging on the ‘net.

  • cathyf

    Bender — you need to be really sure about saying that she was baptized Catholic before asserting it. There is this pro-abortion argument that goes something along the lines of “oh, being pro-life is just Catholics and there are no general moral arguments against abortion and you can tell that this is true because all the other kinds of Christians are pro-choice. And Catholics wouldn’t be against abortion either if they didn’t have that evil misogynist exclusively-male hierarchy ordering them to think that way.” It is a “divide-and-conquer” tactic on the part of the pro-abortion folks.

    I agree with you that Palin seems very much the “JPII feminist” — but I think it is part-and-parcel of her being a virtuous human being. Who happens to be a good Christian woman of the protestant variety. The Church has always claimed to teach many things which are generic human values and not exclusive to Catholics. We should rejoice whenever we see such virtue lived out, whether by Catholics or non-Catholics.

  • fporretto

    When struggling to cope with the repetitive evil that issues from the mouths of these people, I try to remind myself that no one is beyond salvation, that each of us, however low he might sink, could still be brought to the light. But at some point, when the viciousness drowns out all but its own screeching echoes, one must say to oneself, “Yes, it’s possible that this person might yet be reformed…but I won’t be the one to do it.”

    It’s time to “treat them as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.”

  • saveliberty

    Anchoress thank you for debunking the hate and the crazy talk hurled at the Palins.

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  • Elena

    The treatment of both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin in this election should be an eye opener for American women no matter what their political affiliation. Thanks for the wonderful coverage, Anchoress. I look forward to voting.

  • Jayne

    As a woman whose unmarried teenage daughter gave birth this past spring, I have given a lot of thought to the “grandparents claiming baby as their own” scenario before it became political. It was a temptation for me and would have been even more of one if our family lived under public scrutiny.

    The blog case against Palin rests primarily on pictures that show her not looking pregnant and comments from aquaintances that did not realize it. This seems an implausible argument to me.

    When I played with the idea of claiming my daughter’s child myself, the first thing that I thought of was that I would need to dress to appear pregnant. It is absurd to posit that Palin wouldn’t think of this. A woman who is really pregnant is more likely to dress to disguise it and not reveal it until as late as possible than a woman who is faking a pregnancy.

  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    Bender — you need to be really sure about saying that she was baptized Catholic before asserting it.

    I WAS 100 percent absolutely sure that I had read that somewhere, which is why I said that “I had read somewhere” rather than “she is . . .”

    There is this pro-abortion argument that goes something along the lines of “oh, being pro-life is just Catholics and there are no general moral arguments against abortion . . .

    You are 100 percent right here. Which is why, perhaps, it is a good thing that she is not currently a practicing Catholic (which I also said). However, this is not 1975. The argument that it is only the Catholics, or more specifically, the Catholic hierarchy — those out-of-touch old men in the Vatican — who are against abortion, that argument has long been proved to be as silly as it sounds writing it or reading it. Moreover, Palin’s life, as she has lived it, indicates that she is pro-life as a matter of reason and as a part of her very being, because she is true to her woman-ness, not because her patriarchal God tells her she has to be and she blindly and meekly obeys.

    Nevertheless, every little bit helps. There are times when the Church needs to take the lead (i.e. to set the record straight when Pope Nancy I tries to pronounce her magisterium), but there are times when the charge must be led by non-Catholics or non-Christians or non-religious or atheists. This is one of those times when it is, as a strategic matter, it is good that Palin be a “non-Catholic.”

    (note — I hadn’t meant to make the following point when I first began to comment, but it ended up being a rather extended point — tangental a bit to Palin, but necessarily following from the non-Catholic pro-lifer issue.)

    That said, at some point in the war against abortion, there is a point where the Church, and only the Church, can lead the way. Once the inherent value of human life is recognized, then we must confront the question of what to do with those who have had all those abortions.

    If abortion is killing, then there have been 40+ million intentional killings in this country alone. Not only those who have always been pro-life must confront this question, but those who are now pro-choice/pro-abortion must confront the question. Indeed, a pro-choicer/pro-abort might be willing to accept the humanity of the unborn, but they are internally prevented from doing so because, to fully accept the pro-life view would make them horrible, murdering monsters. And no one likes to think of themselves as being a monster. The guilt they might feel at confronting the ramifications of the pro-life view, that they are modern Hitlers and Stalins, awash in the blood of countless innocents, that potential feeling of guilt is simply too great to bear. So they deny, they avoid, they refuse to adopt the logic and scientifically undeniable fact of the living humanity of the unborn.

    And this is when only the Church can step in. This is when only Christ can step in. Because the Church, on behalf of Christ, can say to those who have perpetrated this holocaust of innocents, and to those who have stood by doing little to nothing to stop it — you are forgiven.

    Yes, even so horrible a crime as the slaughter of 40 million innocent children can be forgiven. And it is that possibility and, hopefully, reality of being forgiven, if they accept it, and only such forgiveness that will lead many present-day pro-choicers and pro-aborts to finally accept the compelling evidence and logic of the pro-life view. It is the prospect of forgiveness that is the final piece of the puzzle to winning them over. And it is only the forgiveness that the Church offers, on behalf of Christ, that will then lead to reconciliation between the pro-choice/pro-abort side and the pro-life side.

    Non-religionists, atheists, agnostics, and secularists can offer compelling arguments based purely on reason and scientific fact, but they cannot offer the prospect of forgiveness and redemption.

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  • ShanaSFO

    I still cannot get over the singular sort of mental and/or spiritual illness that must be present in people to want to damage someone so badly that they will ‘take down’ an infant and a 16 year old as well.
    Gov Palin must be the most feared woman in America. No one would be doing this to her family if she were irrelevant.

    I think it a vital medical service for the people spouting this nonsense: If you find yourself collecting spit-foam around the lips while spouting stuff like this, drooling some when thinking about this and fearing having to shower so you can sit up all night writing blog entries savaging Gov Palin’s daughter and infant son, seek medical attention quickly.

    Rabies is *always* fatal.

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  • Bridey

    Oh, boy. And things just got a great deal worse, didn’t they?

    What will these hate-filled screwballs do with the just-confirmed pregnancy of Palin’s 17-year-old daughter? And the girl’s announced plan to marry the father? I can do one, right off the top of my head: “Palin Forces Teens’ Shotgun Marriage.” Watch for it.

    Palin may turn out to be a disastrous pick for McCain, for reasons having nothing to do with her own character or qualifications. The ugliness on the American left continues to astonish — though, indeed, we should all be used to it by now.

    [well, this is going to cause quite a dialogue in the nation over teen pregnancy, which is long overdue. - admin]

  • Klaire

    Are you kidding, if a teenage pregancy had to occur, God could not have been more merciful than to let it happen to the daughter of Sarah Palin. Need I remind everyone what Obama said in small town PA re: the necessity of legal abortions: “I don’t want my daughters being “punished” with a baby.”

    So here we go, the dems abort “mistakes”, the GOP “accepts responsibility, and welcomes the child with love, despite ALL “punishment and consequences.”

    The reality is, Palin could have “legally aborted” and spared all of this, showing just more of the same MORAL COURAGE. Every parent of teensagers in Amercia will now relate even MORE to Palin.

    I truly believe that in God’s mercy, he’s putting the REAL stuff of life, family, and sacrifice in our face before we make a decsion that will be the demise of this country. It’s not the SIN, it’s how we react to the sin that makes a Christian.

    God Bless the Palins

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