Johnston comes full circle
Here’s the latest twist in the sad soap opera that was initiated by Sarah Palin when, by irresponsibly accepting John McCain’s irresponsible choice of her as his vice presidential candidate, she propelled her daughter Bristol and her daughter’s out of wedlock pregnancy into the national spotlight. Having accepted the prominent position of vice presidential nominee, she was compelled to force her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend Levi Johnston into a commitment to marry which neither of them was ready for. This led to the phony engagement (which I looked at askance [“Therefore the announced wedding is a fiction, and my previous skeptical characterization of the wedding as the ‘supposed’ wedding was correct. Levi and Bristol do not want and do not plan to marry,” VFR, September 5, 2008], while all the mainstream conservatives were cooing over it), and all the pressures surrounding the teenaged couple, which led to the breakdown of their relationship and the termination of their engagement soon after the November election. Which in turn led Levi Johnston, as the now famous former fiancé and father of the child of the daughter of a former vice presidential candidate, into his strange and pathetic career of celebrity (a celebrity which would not have existed absent Palin’s acceptance of the vice presidential nomination), including his nude photo spread in Playgirl, his disgusting smears of Palin, and his complete alienation from Bristol and her family. Which, after a year or so, was ultimately followed by a reconciliation between Levi and Bristol, their announcement of their renewed engagement, and Levi’s apology (inadequate though it was) for his smears of Palin. Which was followed, in two weeks (as a result of the revelation that Levi had fathered another child with another young woman), by the breakdown of Bristol and Levi’s reconciliation and the termination of their renewed engagement. Which in turn led to the latest twist:
Levi Johnston takes back his apology to Palin
Paul T. writes:
Mayor of Wasilla? At the rate he’s going, “Father of His Country” is more apt. Or “Baby Daddy of His Country,” anyway.LA writes:
Now what would have happened with Levi and Bristol if McCain-Palin had won the election? Two possibilities: One, they would have married—because they simply had to marry, and they somehow would have stayed married for the same reason. The pressure of their outward situation would have forced them to maintain a facade of normality, as unhappy as they might have been, and as many problems as were boiling within. Or, Two, they would have married, but the marriage, notwithstanding all the outward pressures to the contrary, would have broken up, and Levi, the Vice President’s son-in-law, separated or divorced from the Vice President’s daughter and famous and at loose ends, would have pursued a course of pathetic celebrity very like the course he’s actually pursued, with the nude Playgirl photos, the smears of Vice President Palin, the complete alienation between him and the Palins and so on. It would have been an ongoing national embarrassment. We were spared this, because the Republicans and conservatives didn’t have their way, and McCain-Palin lost the election.LA continues:
And the thought process I’ve gone through in this entry is inconceivable to the conservatives, because it is based on the premise that Palin should not have accepted the offer to be the vice presidential nominee. The conservatives cannot even imagine such a scenario, because it would mean that we should not have had Sarah Palin as a national figure. In effect they’ve sold out their former belief in traditional family values, in order to have Sarah Palin.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 27, 2010 01:55 AM | Send