I didn't actually mention the rumour in the previous post, but seeing as how even Andrew Sullivan is going at the story with gusto, here's why I think that the baby really is Palin's:
- The McCain team is not that stupid. Really.
- More importantly, Sarah Palin doesn't strike me as that stupid. Given what happened to John Edwards just a few weeks ago, she'd have to be crazy to think that she could get away with such a wild story. In addition to ruining her career, by accepting the VP nomination she'd also expose her daughter to ridicule, oh, and as an aside, completely sink the McCain campaign and the GOP's prospects for November. There's no way she's that insane.
- How many people would need to be in on this? Doctors and nurses at the hospital for sure. Too many for it to stay a secret.
- Finally, yes, it is a little odd that she flew from Texas back to Alaska after her waters broke. Or that she went to Texas at all. But it's on the side of odd that seems to strengthen the case against the rumour -- because if her daughter was the pregnant one, then they'd do everything they could to make it not seem suspicious. So Palin wouldn't have gone to Texas at all.