Levi, in the "Acknowledgements" section at the end of DITH said his ghost writers grilled him:
[The Cowans and I] we sat, drove, and walked; I talked, and the Cowans asked questions, mused and recorded. ...like another couple of goddamned parents --pushing, prodding, expecting me to understand and explain a confusing series of events and I time when I chose to bury my head under my quilt. (pg 287-288)
Hmmmm, pushing and prodding for the truth behind the wild ride, behind baby Tripp being hidden from public viewing, behind the lack of either baby's birth certificates or either baby's picture taken "just born and placed in mommy's arms" ?
And if the Cowans got the truth from Levi, wrote the truth into each chapter, and had a near-finished manuscript, how did they feel when Levi changed his mind and they had to back off and edit out Trig's real story?
Levi said, "I wanted them identified as my coauthers. They felt one name should be on the jacket. It was my story, they said."
Yeah, right. DITH is a story. It's not entirely factual. Not an honest memoir. It's Levi's story.
How would the Cowans spin it to explain this final product? Here's what they wrote for the "acknowledgements" (page 288):
This book was researched, organized, and written on a tight schedule. ...our time-pressed picky phenomenal editor, Matthew Benjamin...carried the play to the end. (pg 288)
Okay, so how did obvious inconsistencies (such as described in detail in "Hockey Sticks and Pregnancy Sticks") get past "picky" Mr. Benjamin? Must be due to "a tight schedule."
Remember, when they wrote this book, Levi and the Cowans knew full well that an audience of Truthers were hoping he would spill the beans and say Trig was not born April 18, 2008 to Sarah Palin. They knew that. They teased us with Levi saying he was writing the book for himself, his son, and the country.
Levi may have actually, as late as last May, intended to finally tell us the truth about Trig Van Paxson Palin. The people who write the Politicalgates blog have over three years experience tracking Babygate clues, and their regular contributor Leadfoot_LA met Levi at his 21st birthday bash in Los Vegas to see what she could learn about Deer In the Headlights. Leadfoot_LA came away with the impression Levi really, really was writing an an exposé.
Leadfoot_LA may have been mistaken, but I don't think so. I think that as late as May 7, 2011 Levi was set to tell what he knew. He's been saying for over two years that he had "big things" in his arsenal. His book was coming out. He was promising we Truthers would love it. I think it was sincere bravado. I think he had come clean to the Cowans. The introduction to the book further teases with the suggestion that Sarah's deceptions were going to be detailed (bold type is my added emphasis):
" Dictionary.com defines "craft" as a vehicle, as making things by hand, as skill in an occupation, and as "shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception." Levi and the Cowans are saying in the intro that Sarah Palin's moment in the spotlight demonstrated skilled deception. Bingo! Trig Truthers rejoice! After all, designer clothes, Levi losing the mullet he'd worn since second grade, and his being included on stage at the Republican National Convention were not shrewdness but simple necessities. So, the word crafted in the introduction set up expectations for something that everyone knew Truthers were looking for.
Why then, is there nothing in the rest of the book that supports the description of "oh-so-carefully-crafted" ? My theory is that the word "craftted" was well chosen and fit the book when first written. Then, edits removed references to the great deception. Facts were changed to Palin party line prevarication, and fixing the introduction wasn't even a thought.
Between the Introduction and Chapter One there are four pages devoted to "Las Vega, Nevada: Happy Birthday to You..." I can't let that slide. It's not the intro, it's not part of the body of work the Cowans assembled as Levi's story. It's stuck in between. It's a late addition. If it was about the birthday party, why not just put it in the end of the book in chronological order? What is the point?
I think the point is this - after the book was finished and the intro written and Levi decided against exposing Sarah's fraudulent pregnancy, his own paternity of Trig, and all the smaller hoaxes that splintered off from those two, he was feeling like sh*t . He knew very well that he was letting people down and he didn't like himself.
Like many times before, he found himself a braggert who couldn't follow through. DITH started out as a book Truthers would love, a book "for the country;" then, for reasons of his own,he betrayed his co-authors whose time and talents had been given to him for purposes of getting the real story out and he was embarrassed that he'd come face to face with a pretty young woman blogger from Politicalgates and had led her to believe he had the courage to expose Sarah Palin.
He had to insert something of an explanation to assuage his own conscience and to explain to the blonde political blogger why he had done what he'd done (which includes referring to Trig truthers as crazy). In this short excerpt, Levi first mentions Trig, indirectly introduces Babygate, and explains that context is important to understanding the book he has written. It's Levi's offering of an excuse for the book which will be published with cowardly revisionism that took place in those last weeks when truths were deleted. Maybe Levi felt foolish for backing down and needed to insert this passage about the "blonde with a great smile" whom we know as Leadfoot_LA from Politicalgates:
Page 6 - She asks, Have you seen Tripp?
I feel myself come alive. Yes, I say. I had seen my toddler son recently.
...Are we going to like your book, Levi? She smiles.
You're going to love it, I say back.
My manager says, You're going to love it.
Is it going to tell what you know about Trig? Will you describe what it was like to pose for Playgirl?
I think, but don't say, that I can't answer these questions out of context, without their history. Without my own story -- how I got to where I am today. That needs to come first.
Is the book done? I'm asked.
I'm on it, I say. It still needs a little work.
And so does the rest of my life.
James and Lois Cowan did admit that the book was finished and then after the manuscript went into publication it was revised. They explain that Levi was asked to answer Bristol's most outrageous comments that came out in her memoir in June, 2011.
My thinking is that Bristol's charges aren't the only thing addressed in that last-minute rewrite. While an addendum was added for that, there's also that birthday insertion that isn't part of an introduction nor is it in a chapter. It sure looks like it got stuck in there after the fact. Stuck in there because Levi backed off the honest parts about Trig?
If so, then the domino effect caused last-minute editing by someone not tuned in enough to catch what we caught in the inconsistencies.
Of course, if the truth about Trig was coming out, there would be no reason not to come clean about Tripp, too. No reason to lie about when he was conceived. (Personally, I can imagine Levi telling the Cowans that Bristol and he didn't take precautions after Trig was born because Bristol didn't want to prevent a pregnancy, and the result was Tripp's February 2008 conception. And there's my Tripp birthday theory laid out in "Hockey Sticks and Pregnancy Sticks" which may interest new readers who haven't seen that one yet.)
When interviewed on his book tour, Levi said he'd held some stuff back in case it gets crazy again.
How crazy does it have to get Levi? Not seeing Tripp for months on end isn't crazy enough? Wow, what dark, dark secrets are hidden in Wasilla up to four years after Trig was born? For now, we can only imagine, but we will keep digging. The coming year may be Sarah Palin's worst year ever, and after 2011, that's sayin' a lot.