Levi hasn't changed; the Palins have

April 11, 2009 

It is amazing how quickly Palin Nation can turn on you. Remember the outrage after I questioned how Levi Johnston was accepted into the coveted ASRC apprentice program without meeting the requirements?

Instead of addressing the issue, the governor and her rabid followers took exception with my even asking the question. The governor said my raising the possibility of special treatment "threatens to destroy a young man's opportunity for work."

That was accompanied by thousands of e-mails from Palinbots saying I had destroyed young Levi's life.

Yes, it was something to see. Palin Nation and the governor herself rallying around young Levi. Back then Levi was a helpless, innocent, persecuted victim. Now, only four short months later, he has become Levi, the big mistake.

What caused Palin and her cult followers to turn on this young man? He agreed to go on the Tyra Banks show.

Enter "Truth Squad" hit woman Meghan Stapleton.

"Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship."

Imagine that. Someone in a quest for fame, attention and fortune, engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion. I wonder if Stapleton knows anyone else like that.

You would hope these strong attacks from Stapleton are not the governor's doing. It's Stapleton's way of impressing the governor. The meaner she is, the more the governor will know how loyal she is. My experience with Stapleton in the past is she aims to impress her boss. But unfortunately Palin herself has shown a propensity for personal attacks on those she deems as enemies.

Levi doesn't come across as an enemy of Palin's on the two TV interviews he's done so far. He says he's speaking out to clear his family's name. He says people think his family is white trash and he wants to prove otherwise.

The governor might not like some of the answers Levi is giving. He was asked if Palin let him spend the night in her home and share a room with the governor's teenage daughter even though they were not married. He said yes. Levi's sister backs him up, saying she didn't see her brother for weeks while he stayed at the Palins'. This is not the kind of thing Palin wants to get out to her national evangelical base, but you can't blame Levi for simply answering the question.

It's clear Palin is aware of her base and is practicing Levi damage control through her spokeswoman Stapleton.

"Bristol's focus will remain on raising Tripp, completing her education, and advocating abstinence," Stapleton's statement read.

But didn't Bristol tell Fox News abstinence wasn't realistic? How's that advocating abstinence? Facts typically don't get in the way of the "Truth Squad" or its vitriolic spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton.

Stapleton's statement went on to say, "It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well-being of the child."

Think about that for a second. Sarah Palin released a statement to the nation accusing the father of her grandbaby of not caring about the well-being of his child. How will Tripp feel the day he learns his grandmother publicly attacked his father? This is family, for goodness' sake. What won't Palin do to anyone getting in the way of her political ambition? If the 18-year old father of her grandchild isn't off-limits, nobody is.

The governor ends her attack on Levi by saying, "Bristol realizes now that she made a mistake in her relationship and is the one taking responsibility for their actions."

There you go, Tripp. Your grandmother wants the world to know your mother considers your father a big mistake. Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!

Young Levi Johnston, once an innocent target of an evil columnist, is now turned to bad father, exploiter, liar, seeker of fame, attention and fortune, engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion.

For Sarah Palin, Levi the victim has become Levi the big mistake. With family like this, who needs enemies?


Dan Fagan hosts a radio talk show on KFQD-AM 750.

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