The beautiful storybook romance of Bristol Palin, teenage mother of one, and Levi Johnston, high school dropout and current correspondence school attendee, has ended. Just when one thought they’d be together forever…
Stay tuned for the next installment of the continuing melodrama, “As All Alaska’s Children Turns Away From A Guiding Light”…
It seems that the two decided “a while ago” to end their relationship, or at least that is what Levi Johnston has told the Associated Press. The internet has become loaded with speculative chatter, which Johnston maintains is inaccurate. Every news outlet in the world has picked up this non-news gossip-mongering story and ran with it. But, then, everything, no matter how tangentially connected, Sarah Palin and her family has done and said since late August 2008 has been in the headlines.
Back at the end of August, America watched Senator John McCain, who was losing momentum rapidly to the upstart Senator Barack Obama, pull the political rabbit out of his hat and nominate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. It was a questionable move, even though her politics were complimentary to his own, therefore making a more rounded, appealing ticket for the Republican Party. But nominating Sarah Palin was problematic from the start. She was already involved in Troopergate, making her subject to speculation on abuse of powers. And her daughter — her teenage daughter, Bristol — was pregnant, a walking contradiction of Palin’s planned parenthood and pro-abstinence stances.
But talking about Obama “palling around with terrorists” and helping Joe the Plumber, the Democrats raising taxes and lying effortlessly about rejecting federally earmarked money for the Bridge to Nowhere soon put the soap opera of Bristol Palin’s embarrassing teenage pregnancy behind them. It help allay the rumors that Sarah Palin’s fifth child, Trig, was actually Bristol’s. And Sarah Palin’s staff quickly cleaned up Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin’s rough-around-the-edges boyfriend, and brought him into the campaign fold, promising the conservative party faithful, the American public, and the rest of the world that Bristol and Levi were very much in love, very much wanted the child, and would be married once Bristol finished high school.
But that was during the campaign. And now that there has been a relatively long “grace” period, it seems that the two will go their own ways. The more cynical will speculate that the two were never together during the campaign, that the relationship was a farce, the two teenagers kept together by coercion to avoid further embarrassing an unstable and trouble-ridden political ticket. Not that tabloids and pundits were not saying as much anyway…
A statement released by SarahPAC, Governor Sarah Palin’s political action committee, will have those same cynics and gossip-mongers crowing “I told you so.” In part, the statement read: “Unfortunately, my family has seen many people say and do many things to ‘cash in’ on the Palin name. Sometimes that greed clouds good judgment and the truth.”
Almost sounds as if Levi Johnston may have been paid to play the part of the loyal boyfriend/future husband of Bristol Palin. Was that the cloud of greed she spoke of? Was the “good judgment and the truth” a further dig at an extorter perhaps, or could it be a slap at the Republican Party and her mother’s campaign? Could it be both?
And Levis Johnston’s remark of a decision made “a while ago” is vague enough to encompass as much as six or seven months, a time when one politically hot candidate had just set her party on fire, countering the momentum of the Democratic groundswell. Could the decision have been made even before Governor Sarah Palin was chosen as John McCain’s running mate? Even before the two broke the news of Bristol’s pregnancy to the potential vice president? Did Levi Johnston and his family “cash in” on Governor Sarah Palin and her family’s newly found fame and political power?
A tell-all book about political expediency, cover-up, a forced façade of a relationship, all manufactured to avoid political embarrassment and advance the careers of others, would certainly net Levi Johnston enough money to never have to work again. The advance alone on such a book would be astronomical.
Nothing sells like a political scandal.
It is difficult to say without proof or at least allegations made from one party or another. Vague utterances and veiled reproaches are not enough to actually pin down anything truly concrete.
But the entire business smacks of convenience. And forced political correctness. The strangely vague wording of statements made by Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin are just enough to set tongues to talking instead of silencing them. The break-up seems to be too perfectly wedged into the netherland of promise (they are to be married) and fulfillment (the marriage was to take place in June). And it has occurred far enough away from the election to seem plausible that they were not “forced” to remain together during the campaign.
But did it. Johnston did say “a while ago,” and that could be a few days or several months.
And it could be exactly what it looks like — a simple relationship split between two teenagers who have decided that they just do not wish to be married to each other.
Rest assured that the tabloids and pundits will have their say, with or without a tell-all book. And regardless of what the two teenagers say.
Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston’s son, Tripp, was born two months ago.