…that I don’t believe yet: Sarah Palin is not the mother of her last child, she’s the grandmother. A blogger at the dailykos believes he has discovered that she pretended to “have” the child so she didn’t have to admit her 16 year old daughter had done the dirty. I am not convinced, but I think the timing is hard to ignore. Here is his theory. At some point this’ll be investigated and debunked/confirmed. I am leaning (almost hoping) towards debunked.
Edit: So out of curiosity, I’ve begun to explore this potentially shocking situation and I found this little tidbit depicting the birth of her last kid:
The governor’s water broke during the energy conference but she stayed and gave a 30-minute speech before boarding an Alaska Airlines plane home to deliver the baby.
Now, I am not a doctor, but that schedule seems a little off. I asked my mom (who, as a mother, has birthing experience), and she said that they have 24 hours after your water breaks to deliver the baby, but that the contractions will begin soon after the water breaks. The flight from Texas to Alaska is about seven hours. So her water broke, she stayed and spoke, she got on a plane and flew seven hours to Alaska to give birth to a child that never really “showed” on the mother. Again, I don’t buy it yet- but it seems like the more we look, the weirder things get.
Edit Pt. II:
“Aboard Alaska Airlines, the flight lasted for eight hours, with an additional landing in Seattle. The majority of commercial airlines require mothers seven months pregnant to provide a doctor’s letter to fly, but Sarah did not inform the airline of her condition. Alaska Airlines is one of the few airlines that do not require such a notice, despite the possibility of an emergency landings being required in such scenarios. That said, no one on board noticed that Sarah was going into labor:
“We leave the decision to fly up to our customers and their medical advisers,” according to Alaska Airlines representative Caroline Boren.
“Governor Palin was extremely pleasant to flight attendants and her stage of pregnancy was not apparent by observation as she didn’t show any signs of distress,” Boren said.”
Edit Pt. III:
So according to this website (admittedly sort of sketchy, I am looking for a more reliable source), the baby was born at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Alaska on 4/18/2008. When one looks at the list of babies born on that date on the hospital website, his name is conspicuously absent. Two things come to mind. First, that perhaps since the baby was a Down’s baby there is a reluctance to post the birth. Second, they may not post the Governor’s baby for obivous privacy reasons. Anyway, those two explanations are plausible, but viewed in context, I can’t help but be curious.