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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.

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4 Comments:

If you want me to believe Sarah Palin then show me one photo of her that shows her looking pregnant this year.

This cover up will tear a hole a mile wide in the Republicraps claim to represent family values.

1 September 2008 at 06:05  

The photograph that you wanted has just gone up.

1 September 2008 at 07:35  

Two things:

(1)Playing nice is how the Dems keep losing elections. We are already having to deal with a deluge of crazy right wing misinfo re: Obama. The rules went out the window with Atwater and then Rove.

(2) I remain unconvinced by the pic of Palin. Her belly looks pregnant, but nothing else does. Not her face, not her legs, her neck, nothing. Also, I still find it hard to believe that a woman in her third trimester of a high risk pregnancy would fly with leaking amniotic fluid.

Thank you for the link. You know sometimes it's nice to get to "gloat" for a change. I'm human.

1 September 2008 at 15:16  

No, playing stupid is what costs you elections. Having wooden dummies like Mondale, Dukakis and Kerry just makes it worse.

Set the terms of debate and don't hang around debating issues. The MTV generation have the attention span of goldfish, so why even try?

The Palin baby was yesterday - what is today's story?

1 September 2008 at 21:24  

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