Dispatches from the Creation Wars

The Palin (Grand)Baby?

I’ve been looking at a lot of the arguments over the rumors that Sarah Palin’s son with downs syndrome is actually her grandson, that her daughter Bristol actually gave birth to the child and they’re hiding that fact. And frankly, I think there’s good reason to believe that may be the case. Not conclusive proof, but several lines of circumstantial evidence that add up to a pretty compelling case.

A poster at DailyKos offers much of the evidence, including photos that certainly don’t look like a pregnant woman and the stories of behavior that certainly doesn’t sound like the way a pregnant woman would act. Here’s a rundown of that evidence.

She announced she was pregnant on March 6th and allegedly gave birth on April 18th. She said she was 7 months along but no one, not even her own staff, had noticed her gain an ounce. The post above includes a lot of pictures from the few months prior to the birth, none of which have her looking at all pregnant. For comparison, here is how she looked when she was pregnant with a previous child:

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And here is a picture taken three days after she announced she was pregnant:

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And then there’s this video from February, when she was 6-7 months pregnant. She certainly doesn’t look pregnant to me:

And then there’s the matter of her behavior just before the birth. I’ll post this from the page linked to above:

On Friday, April 18th, 2008, Sarah and her husband Todd were in Dallas, Texas for a Republican Governor’s Convention. They had been in town for three days already, but Sarah had yet to give her keynote speaker address on energy policy. Then early Friday morning at 4:00am, Sarah began leaking amniotic fluid. Instead of checking into a hospital, she instead made a call to her doctor, and delivered the keynote speech…

The oddities only grow from here on, as instead of rushing to a Dallas medical facility that could treat a mother who’s amniotic fluid has been draining for hours on end (made even more crucial due to the fact that this is occurring a full month prematurely), Sarah & Todd instead opted to… Fly all the way back from Texas to Alaska. A dangerous choice, as with each pregnancy (once again, in this case after four previous), a mother’s window of labor to delivery grows shorter and shorter…

Eight months pregnant. A 6.2 pound fetus. No one notices a visible trace. By the third trimester, a perfectly fit woman not wearing anything less than a space suit should be easily spotted as pregnant. Not in Sarah’s case.

The plane then made a landing in Anchorage, Alaska. Does Sarah then visit a medical facility that can accommodate a premature birth in Alaska’s most equipped city? No. She drives 45 minutes away, to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, right outside the small village she used to govern as Mayor, Wasilla. Trig Palin is then delivered one month premature, Friday night…

The inherent need to absolutely have Trig delivered in a remote and possibly ill-equipped facility for premature deliveries, where Sarah would likely have numerous contacts and pull, does not sit well. The doctor, Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, approving of all of these actions borders on malpractice. Not treating leaking amniotic fluid causes infections, and time is of the essence after water breaks.

And then there are two other facts – that her daughter Bristol was out of school during that entire time, allegedly with mono. Not to mention the pictures of her daughter where she definitely looks like she’s pregnant during that time.

Does all of this prove that the baby is really her grandson? No. But it makes a pretty compelling prima facie case. It’s certainly possible that there are reasonable answers to all of this, but I’m having a hard time imagining them. I’ll be curious to see if the McCain camp ever bothers to address them and what they can offer to counter what look like credible allegations.

Is it a violation of the family’s privacy to even inquire into this? Ordinarily I would say yes, but Palin has been using this as proof of how firmly she lives her pro-life views and that makes it a public issue.