The other day I wrote an article about Sarah Palin’s apparently toying with the idea earlier this year to file suit against blogger Andrew Sullivan for libel. In a sort of follow-up to that article, today I noticed a peculiarity with Palin: she has a penchant for changing her stories.
You see, the thing about being obsessed with something is that you’re, well, obsessed. In the case of a blogger like Andrew Sullivan, the tools he employs to feed his obsession allow him to keep great records of said obsession. In this case, the records involve her changing story about the events immediately proceeding her acceptance of the Vice Presidential nomination.
We all know the story, don’t we? Palin went to her family and asked for their input. They were all for it, and history was made. Don’t take my word or Sullivan’s word for it, take hers:
“It was a time of asking the girls to vote on it, anyway. And they voted unanimously, yes. Didn’t bother asking my son because, you know, he’s going to be off doing his thing anyway, so he wouldn’t be so impacted by, at least, the campaign period here. So ask the girls what they thought and they’re like, absolutely. Let’s do this, mom.”
Sullivan questioned the story at the time, saying it just didn’t fit in the chronology:
Look: Palin can’t have taken the “two days” between McCain’s offer and the announcement to get the girls to vote on the question because a) it was one day, not two and b) because her husband and the McCain campaogn [sic] have already told us they were kept totally in the dark in the period after their mother had accepted McCain’s offer. There was no time for them to vote and no vote could have been offered.
I’ll bet Sullivan is feeling vindicated now, because the story has changed. And unlike some of the other alleged quotes out there, such as those coming from former McCain campaign officials, this one comes straight from Palin herself:
This time, there wasn’t a family vote. Other steps in my political life, I’ve polled the kids, and I have abided by some of the results of the polls that the kids have partaken in. This time, no.
Like I said in my last article, Sullivan was right to ask questions. How many other stories will change over time? I think that eventually some Palinistas are going to have to accept, just like some Obama supporters have, that at best she’s just another politician.