You would have to have been living in a cave the last few days not to know that the internet is all abuzz with the news that Levi and Bristol are "co-parenting" and that Levi's sister is "attacking" the Palin family.
While the first part may simply be considered a case of putting a PR spin on a potentially embarrassing revelation, the second is an out and out lie.
Let's take these one at a time.
Are Levi and Bristol doing the deed? To be completely honest I don't know. To be even more honest I don't really care. It is their life and they can do what they want. However I do know that Levi spends the night. And I know this NOT because Mercede told me but because it just so happens that I have to drive by Bristol's condo at least twice a day on the weekdays, often quite early in the morning, and I have seen Levi's big obnoxious red truck in the driveway.
And by the way I knew that Bristol was living in Anchorage even before Levi knew it. When I told the Johnston's they had no idea and told me that Levi did not believe them when they told him, only to have it confirmed a few weeks later by Bristol herself.
However as I said, I was never going to give the address or harass her in any way, it was only somewhat news worthy because part of the explanation for the second house on the Palin compound was that the second floor was for Bristol and Tripp. So either that was another lie, or Bristol flat out rejected that offer. And I am still sorry that pictures were taken and the address revealed, I could not stop that.
Now about Sadie's blog.
When Mercede did that guest post on the Immoral Minority she really enjoyed it and wanted to do more.
I explained to her that doing posts on MY blog opened her up to attacks that would smear her simply for her association with me as I am often labeled a "trig truther" or "Palin-hater". So I told her that if she wanted to tell her story it would be a better idea if she did so on her very own blog.
She was hesitant because she thought it would be really hard. So I explained that it was so simple even a caveman could do it, like me!
Anyhow long story short, she picked her background, received some help from Dennis Zaki, who designs websites, and started posting. What is written on her blog is ALL her. She asks for help with editing sometimes, but the words, and the truth she speaks, are pure Mercede Johnston.
As expected when Sadie's blog received national attention the attacks from the Palin camp came fast and furious. After all, the truth is to the Palins what sunlight is to vampires. It reduces them to nothing.
As I anticipated they could not figure out how to go after Mercede effectively because she is just a young woman, so they are attempting to beat her up by using me. The "spokesperson" for the Palin camp (Hi Van Flein) has attempted to make the case that I put her up to this and therefore everything she says must be suspect. They even brought up the elementary school that I worked at over a year ago. (I guess in the world of Palin working in the field of education must damage your credibility even further.)
So just to set the record straight, I have NO say in what Mercede writes about on her blog. The questions she is answering came from her visitors NOT from me. The ONLY advice that I gave her was to remember that the things she writes live forever on the Internet and to only speak the truth. And believe me, the young woman is a truth teller through and through.
The attacks against Sadie, from all corners, have been vicious, and I worry that she will be able to stand up against them. As everybody from David Letterman to President Obama, and including Joe McGinniss and myself know, Sarah Palin is a truly nasty piece of work and the people who follow her are crazed and capable of almost anything.
Mercede's purpose in starting her blog was not to attack the Palins but rather to finally let people know that the things said about her family were untrue, and to set the record straight that neither she, nor her family, were keeping secrets for the Palins.
I have spoken with Mercede and her mother Sherry on numerous occasions and have found them to be sweet, and honest, and completely without guile. Here, rather than just telling you about it, let me show you.
This is part of an interview I conducted with Sherry several months ago.
Did you see the pain and disappointment in her eyes? Now do you understand why I become so defensive when anybody says hurtful things about this family?
Update: It appears that the bit of news that has REALLY caused consternation in the Palin camp is the revelation that Bristol was TRYING to get pregnant, and that Tripp was not an accident.
Let me just say that in my opinion, as a child who WAS an accident, knowing that your parents WANTED you is one of the greatest gifts you can give your little boy. Tripp was not the result of a teenage mistake but rather the result of a decision based on love. Yes it was undoubtedly naive, but still they WANTED him, he didn't just HAPPEN. My advice to Bristol and Levi is to let him know that, let him know how much he was anticipated and that he was not an accident.