Raw Journolist emails on ‘Palin’s Downs child’

Shannon Brownlee
Sept 1, 2008, 8:29am

No kidding, none of our business. If we don’t want conservatives telling women what do their pregnancies, how come it’s OK for the press to go digging into the very personal question of when Sarah Palin decides to announce a pregnancy and whether she was a bad mommy for eating king crab? I find it hard to see how acting like the
pregnancy police will serve the cause of keeping this woman out of the White House.

John Blevins
Sept 1, 2008, 8:35am

I don’t think anyone here is talking about running with it. We’re privately airing out curiosities.

I think Mark S wrote it earlier — it matters b/c if this is true, she’s off the ticket and the election is probably over. That’s not b/c people will be outraged, but b/c (1) it discredits McCain and his vetting; (2) it makes her look like a weirdo; (3) it will become an object of national ridicule (e.g., Letterman, Leno, SNL, etc.).

Maybe this is all unjustified normatively, but this will be an enormous story if true — it’s just the type of tabloidy story that the public will eat up, low-information voters especially.

Moira Whelan
Sept 1, 2008, 8:49am

I dont think anyone from this list is running with it, but as I see it, the task is to set the frame that the Palin pick showed bad judgment on McCain’s part. That way when/if it does pop, it gets into that meme without people having to express outrage.

Shannon Brownlee
Sept 1, 2008, 8:50am


I don’t know if I would want to win or lose such a bet. On the one hand I see her as a liability to McCain’s campaign. On the other hand, the thought of them winning in November and then him dying in office is very scary. On yet another hand (OK, I’ve run out of hands), maybe he looks even worse if she’s bumped off the ticket — he can’t even run a campaign and choose a decent VP. So I’ll take your bet, but I have no idea if I hope to win or lose.

Shannon Brownlee
Sept 1, 2008, 11:30am

You don’t ahve to be Alaska-born to recieve your permanent fund check — you just hav eto show your primary residence is AK and you live there a certain number of weeks a year.

Shannon Brownlee
Sept 1, 2008, 11:32am

I don’t know, there might be a tiny “baby bump” there . . .

Shannon Brownlee
Sept 1, 2008, 11:33am

“audacity of dope” gets my vote for best line in the thread!

Spencer Ackerman
Sept 1, 2008, 11:34am


Shannon Brownlee
Sept 1, 2008, 11:37am

can your water break and not have it be a big gush?

Shannon Brownlee
Sept 1, 2008, 11:40am

Just because it is less likely for a 16-year-old t give birth to a baby with DS doesn’t mean it’s not possible.