This is a story that has percolated along over the months, accompanied with pictures that show a very slim un-pregnant looking Sarah Palin just weeks before her claim that she delivered a 6 pound baby that would be named Trig. How she felt labor pains while in the lower 48, had her water break, boarded a plane for an 11-hour flight to Alaska when any hospital is equipped to handle births, is just weird. Even for Sarah Palin. Why Palin waited for more than an a day to get to a hospital (her account of the story) makes many wonder just what happened in Palin Land. Was she ever was pregnant with this child? And if not her, then where did it come from? Her daughter?
This seems like a mirror episode from ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”.
The fact that this story was been talked about endlessly, given the bizarre nature of the events that led to Trig’s birth, and the lack of media scrutiny on what very well may have been the biggest political hoax on the American public, deserves attention. Given that Palin seeks notoriety, this story is perhaps a way she can gain some more.
Andrew Sullivan, writing his column “The Daily Dish” in the The Atlantic has a sense of the outrage that more people should have over this matter.
Actually, the Dish went out and interviewed eight of the leading obstetricians in the country and laid out all the facts of the case and asked the experts for their take. While none would say that this pregnancy could not have happened, and none would comment on a case they hadn’t examined personally, all of them said it was one of the strangest and unlikeliest series of events they had ever heard of and found Palin’s decision to forgo medical help for more than a day after her water broke and risk the life of her unborn child on a long airplane trip to be reckless beyond measure.
Malkin also equates the story with the Obama birth certificate affair. But we have documentary evidence of the certificate, and Palin has produced no hard evidence at all for her pregnancy. All that’s needed is some medical records of her pregnancy which, as a Down Syndrome pregnancy, would have a large pile of medical documentation easily released. There is no formal record of Trig’s birth at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, although there is a record of two other babies born on the same day.
Maybe I am crazy to even wonder. Or maybe we have witnessed one of the biggest frauds in American political history and the biggest failures among the American media in a very, very long time.
All I know is: the media refuses to ask and doesn’t want to know and failed to demand medical records. All I know is that some journalists – like the Washington Post’s Howie Kurtz – even tried to discredit the integrity of bloggers for asking. And yet in the campaign, the pregnancy and baby were offered at every moment as a reason to vote for Palin. If the Bridge To Nowhere is worth checking out, why aren’t the pregnancy’s bizarre details? Without the Down Syndrome pregnancy, Palin would not have had the rock-star appeal to the pro-life base that contributed to her selection. She made it a political issue by holding up the baby at the convention.
I do not know the truth and have never claimed that Palin is lying. I have always stated that bringing a baby with Down Syndrome into the world is a noble and beautiful thing. I have simply asked, given the implausible, if possible, circumstances, that a person running for vice-president provide some basic evidence for a very strange and unclear story. For a photograph of Palin pregnant with one of her previous children, see below. Compare and contrast. Remember that, as a general rule, pregnant mothers show more with each successive pregnancy. Remember also, as a general rule, that successive labors come more quickly. I think it’s time Palin’s doctor, Catherine Baldwin-Johnson talked to the press, don’t you think? And that the McCain campaign tell us exactly what they knew and asked all along.