So here's what the McCain camp is telling us: There were horrible, untrue rumors on left-wing hate blogs that Sarah Palin faked her last pregnancy to cover up the fact that it was actually her teenaged daughter, Bristol, who was pregnant. Therefore we're going to quickly put these rumors to rest by releasing the relevant medical records. No, wait, that's not it. We're going to assert that, while Bristol was in no way pregnant before, she is in fact pregnant now. Because this proves the Palins are regular folks that have regular problems that you can relate to? Or something? Yeah, that's definitely it. Now please stop paying attention to this story.
I know we should probably be shaking our heads sadly that politics has come to this. But pardon me if I take more of a cackling-with-evil-glee approach. Because, well, they started it. The Republicans are the ones who made attacks based on opponents' personal lives so completely routine that now there isn't a single drop of decorum left. And just when they could use it the most. Oh darn. And how perfect would it be if this was the thing that ended up turning the election and ensuring reproductive rights for generations of future Bristol Palins? It's even more perfect that, as Rick mentions below, Palin favors unforgivably stupid abstinence-only programs over real sex ed.
There has to be more. Just as John Edwards seems to be extending his scandal by not telling the whole truth, I think this is one that will keep on giving. It's just too goddamned weird and juicy. My favorite theory is one I made up just now: Sarah Palin wasn't pregnant before, but she is now. It's the daughter who's faking this time, to cover up her mom's two pregnancies, the previous fake one and the current real one. That makes at least as much sense as the official statements.