01 September 2008
Was it Sarah Palin who gave birth, or Bristol?
Following right along from my last posting, which pretty much drooled over Governor Sarah Palin, a story has emerged via the Daily Kos which alleges that Sarah didn't give birth in April at all. Rather it was Bristol, her 17 year old daughter, and Sarah is claiming that it is hers to save the daughter's reputation.
The problem is that the Daily Kos photo which was produced as evidence of Bristol's pregnancy turned out to have been taken in 2006. Quick as a flash when this was pointed out, the photo on the left emerged. Now to this writer's jaundiced eye it shows a girl with a nice pair of bristols, but not necessarily one who is carrying a bun in her oven.
Actually the story fell apart even before then because Bristol Palin would not be the first teenager to forget to take her pills these days. Thus increasing Alaska's bastardy rate by a factor of one is not the end of the world. Besides, it is hard to imagine what Sarah could hope to gain from running a ploy like this. Quite the reverse in fact since it could be presented as a loyal family rallying around their poor daughter who had managed to get herself into trouble, as the saying goes.
That said, it is amusing for an outsider to watch as the American left, such as it is, adopts the strategies first created by the Republicans, and then gloats as it pays them back in their own coin. However, your friendly old Exile would just like to remind everyone that it might be a good idea to consider the possibility of error over this one. If that is the case, then all this ghoulish activity will pretty much hand the election to McCain.
We also need to remember that on both sides of the Atlantic the only reason why these tactics are needed is that the leftist parties have adopted the right's economic policies. As we have argued before, when the two parties have interchangable economic policies, then their social policies become far more important than would otherwise be the case.
If we want to get away from this type of mud-slinging, then the only way to do it is to campaign for economic policies that appeal to the working class in both our countries. That means taking control of both the Democratic and Labour Parties, and since nobody seems even remotely close to achieving that end, smear is going to remain the name of the game.
Update @ 1.45am: Photos of a heavily pregnant Sarah Palin have just emerged.