- It must be a really good reason, because the Johnstons continue to keep that secret, too! (Though Levi, bless his heart, gave some clues in Deer in the Headlights.)
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Let all of the poisons that lurk in the mud, hatch out.
While searching for comments on IM about Sarah’s “tubal” I used a word – cookies – that was in a suggestion from one of our Palin Place readers and it led to something interesting. It's not about Sarah's tubal, it’s something about Tripp’s age.
If you’ve read “Hockey Sticks and Pregnancy Sticks,” you know I think the Palins lie about Tripps age. And if you've read "The Insiders: MeAgain and Sue Williams," you know why I think old stuff is worth a closer look.
In a mundane post with unremarkable comments, March 16, 2009 on Immoral Minority we learn that Sarah set up a publicity stunt in Juneau with some of the youngest family members. They went to Fred Meyer to buy Girl Scout cookies. Sarah introduces the Girl Scouts to the children with her.
"These are my children, Willow, Piper and [11-month-old] Trig," Palin told an excited group of Girl Scouts. Then Palin, 45, motioned to a baby bundled in a hoodie, held and bottle-fed by Piper. "And this is my grandbaby Tripp," she said of the infant son of her daughter Bristol, 18. "He's only 2-months-old. It's kind of surreal!," she added."
Missing from the Palin family group was Bristol, in the news after her split with Tripp's father Levi Johnston, 19. There's no mystery, though. "Oh, Bristol is over at the state capitol building golfing in a miniature golf tournament," Palin told PEOPLE. "It's a fundraiser and she's up there taking my place while I'm here."
At that time, Immoral Minority was focused on the "Where's Tripp? Where's Bristol?" chapter in the perplexing saga of Palin family non-normal behaviors. Suspicion and supposition swirled around the comment thread, Truthers trying to track down details of the mini-golf event.
What only two commenters pointed out was Sarah misstating Tripp's age. "And this is my grandbaby Tripp,...he's only 2-months-old."
The readers who did catch that grabbed onto it as evidence that Tripp Johnston was born later than December 27, 2008 . It was a popular theory at that time, and it’s still around.
First comment about it read:
What Saturday morning was this? Last Saturday? Uh...Tripp would be almost three months old. 11 weeks old. That's almost 3 months. What Grandmother rounds DOWN her grandchild's age? Slip of the tongue? Was Tripp born later than reported? Like....mid January?
Mlaiuppa was right about the age thing. It's always been my experience that babies, when they are born, are referred to as hours old. That becomes days, and before long, we talk about weeks. At the one month stage the rules, such as they are, change. It's common to use months and weeks together, but it's just as common to continue counting weeks. For example, 7 days after the one month "birthday" (which is ALWAYS noted by those who love a child) the age description becomes "one month and one week" or "five weeks." But no one ever goes backwards.
Mlaiuppa makes a guess as to the reason and the direction that Sarah rounded Tripp's age, but we've learned more since then and I for one, now believe Tripp was been born weeks before he was outed by an out of town relative randomly called by a reporter in late December.
How does this fit with Babygate? My thoughts:
• Starting with Track, then Trig, we know Sarah fudges baby due dates.
• That makes it easy to believe she would fudge the Tripp due date and birthdate if she had a reason.
• Whatever the reason, Bristol and Levi went along.
• Sarah lies so often, she's become quite cavalier about it. (Think Paul Revere.) Misrepresenting Tripp's age, his grandmother was not particularly careful about it. Two months was close enough.
• Sarah has so many lies going, she can't remember exact details.
• On the other hand, Sarah showed an intentional effort to mention the two-month age. It wasn't for the Girl Scouts. No. It was for People magazine readers so they would have it in their heads. (Tip to Sarah: If you wanted anyone to think your comment was made to the children, you shouldn't have used the work 'surreal.' )
• The Palins misrepresented the stage of Bristol's pregnancy from the beginning for some reason we have yet to figure out.
The day is coming when we will discover why Tripp's birthday had to be fudged. "It will be bad, exceedingly bad...but they have to have the whole terrible truth about just how bad it can be before they come to their senses. Let all of the poisons that lurk in the mud, hatch out."
(BTW Sarah, Todd, Bristol and Willow, those last lines are from Claudius the God, New York: Vintage Books, 1935; reprinted 1962 page 562. How’s that homeschooling- college hopping- dropping out stuff been workin’ out for ‘ya?)