More Trig Trutherism

Inspired by Brad Scharlott‘s pseudo-academic essay “Palin, the Press, and the Fake Pregnancy Rumor: Did a Spiral of Silence Shut Down the Story?”, Salon’s War Room has gone on the offense against Sarah Palin birthers. Click here for what they call their “definitive debunker.”

As someone who is constitutionally immune to Conspiracy Theory, I have to admit that I’m a bit troubled by how equanimous I’ve been in the face of Sarah and Trig Truthers. Not that I put any stock in their theories; I don’t. As I’ve written before, I believe that Sarah Palin is a compulsive tale-teller, that she drags her family before the cameras in a shameless way, and that, Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson or not, she’s basically been given a free ride by the MSM. But none of the evidence I’ve seen thus far (certainly not Scharlott’s photographic analysis or his calendrical hermeneutics) have convinced me that Palin faked her pregnancy or that her daughter Bristol gave birth to two babies in less than two years. Palin’s habitual grandiosity and untruthfulness suffice to account for the oddest parts of her entirely unbelievable story about how Trig came into the world; most of the Conspiracy Theorizing is just wishful thinking. If only her base realized how bad she is, the thinking seems to be, then surely they would abandon her.

I’ve done a little soul-searching and I think it’s a good thing that I did. Someone who presumes to expose conspiracy theories should understand why they pose such a great temptation, even to reasonably thoughtful people. A writer who argues at book length, as I do in my forthcoming THE NEW HATE, that Conspiracy Theorists are fearful and resentful and prone to magical thinking, should be aware of his or her own susceptibilities, the better to guard against them. I have a lot of resentment and fear about Sarah Palin, I do. Something in me believes that it would be poetic justice to see a politician who purveys as Manichaean and conspiratorial a view of the world as she does get hoist by her own petard. It’s infuriating how she’s able to have her cake and eat it too, purveying the most retrograde sexist trash while being celebrated as a new kind of feminist–can’t people see that she’s not even a good mother? More and more right wing voters may be coming to that conclusion, even without any fantastic revelations. As the Palin family becomes increasingly indistinguishable from the Kardashians, fewer and fewer Americans seem to want them in the White House. That’s Democracy in action and it’s a good thing.

Still, in the same way that the ACLU defends Nazis and other despicable types that no one else will touch with a ten foot pole, debunkers of all stripes should be rising to Sarah Palin’s defense. Just as 911 Truthers play into the right’s hands by distracting attention from the very real crimes of the Bush administration, Trig Truthers distract from Palin’s appallingly shallow economics, her Dominionist theology, and her self-aggrandizing vacuity. They even make her look just a tiny bit sympathetic.

As for those, like Andrew Sullivan, who aren’t Conspiracy Theorists by a long shot, but who are stubbornly holding out for either a confession that she lied or a mea culpa for her phenomenal irresponsibility–well, they’re going to be waiting for a long time. If they’ve helped dampen her presidential expectations in the meantime, then we owe them a debt of thanks.

6 thoughts on “More Trig Trutherism

  1. Arthur,

    I pulled the below off the CNN.com website:

    By Ed Honick 4-20-11, cnn.com

    4) The myth: Sarah Palin didn’t give birth to baby Trig.

    The facts: Soon after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was announced as Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential running mate, rumors abounded that her newborn son, Trig, who was born with Down syndrome, was not hers.

    The McCain campaign, along with Palin herself, shot down the rumor.

    Conspiracy theorists, now called “Trig Truthers,” point to photos taken in late March of that year in which Palin’s stomach appears, they say, to be flat — not the image of an expectant mother. But other photos show her with a round stomach.

    Then there’s the question of why Palin waited so long to seek medical attention after her water broke during a trip to Texas. Reports indicate that it took more than 15 hours for her to get to a hospital after flying back to Alaska.

    Some claimed that the baby, born in April, might have been that of teenage daughter Bristol. But Bristol gave birth to her own child, Tripp, in December. Myth busted.

    However, in your comments I wonder:

    a) How do you conclude that Sarah Palin is a bad mother? It seems to me that Todd and she have done a good job with their kids. Palin is a public figure, and that means she cannot be a typical mom. A ll things considered, I think the family is doing very well.

    b) Is Palin really into conspiracy theories? I haven’t heard her state any. (Not that I listen that closely to her, since I find her voice irritating).

  2. Good mother, bad mother, that’s an argument I don’t want to get into. I hate busy-body gossips and don’t want to be one myself. Knowing as I do how imperfect I am, I would hate it if people who didn’t even know me presumed to pass judgment on my parenting skills. So in the same self-critical, soul-searching spirit that I wrote about above, I want to thank you for putting me on the spot. I mean that sincerely–I’m not being sarcastic at all.

    As for Sarah Palin’s conspiracism, I have just one thing to say: Death Panels. OK, two things: Blood Libels. No, three: “In God we Trust” (see my Boing Boing piece “The Sarah Palin Conspiracies” for more on that one–there’s a link on the right). And the there’s her Millenialism. On THAT, I can go on and on.

  3. Hey, go to Snopes. They’ll give you the true skinny every time. LOL!

    “Still, in the same way that the ACLU defends Nazis and other despicable types that no one else will touch with a ten foot pole….”

    Such wilful blindness deserves special attention: The ACLU shows up to defend Nazi’s, etc. ONLY because it furthers the Jewish agenda. Remember “Frank Collin” the “Nazi” who led the infamous Skokie march? I do… it turns out he was/is a Jew named Cohen. The whole sorry mess was a stage managed Jew job from the very start. Look up “false flag” when you have a minute.

    1. @ Citizenfitz, OK I’ll bite. Please explain how defending Nazis furthers “the Jewish agenda?” Hint: the fact that one Nazi happened to be a Jew is not an explanation. While you’re at it, how does the ACLU defending the rights of Muslems & Christians to exercise their religions further this mythical agenda?

      (Sorry Arthur: I know I shouldn’t feed the trolls, but I can’t resist.)

  4. What’s funny about this Troll is that he tells me that I’m naive, ignorant, or even willfully blind. Doesn’t he realize that as a Jew, I’m an integral part of whatever conspiracy is on the table?

    Take Frank Collin. We Jews all knew that he didn’t just have a Jewish father, but was also a pederast. We planted him among the Nazis to bring discredit on their movement, but first we had the ACLU go to bat for them to make sure the scandal got maximum attention.

    1. You dummies would be dangerous if your scrawny hearts could pump enough blood to keep your fat heads fully awake. I’m expected to explain what a false flag – and its purpose – is to the two of you? You’re pathetic indeed.

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