Here's the original post.
Here's a follow up post containing a few comments Mr. Sullivan has received, including one from Patrick and Kathleen who originally discovered the photo and sent it on to me.
Mr. Sullivan makes a point I'd like to emphasize here. It reminded me that, while I do feel this photographic evidence is, if not absolutely conclusive, then certainly compelling, the issue that brought me to this topic initially (was it only three months ago?) was that I did not believe her birth story. Period. I did not believe she leaked amniotic fluid and general birth gunk all the way from the hotel room to the podium to the airport to the airplane to the layover lounge to the next airplane to Alaska. I did not believe that she could sit still through two four hour flights and the flight attendants not notice a thing. I did not believe that the governor of Alaska risked having to lie down in the aisle in first class (or coach even), spread her legs, and push her baby out. (And if she got on the airplane leaking amniotic fluid she had to know that was a possibility.) I did not believe it for one second three months ago and I don't believe it now.
Mr. Sullivan interviewed eight obstetricians and here's what he says about it.
Actually, the Dish went out and interviewed eight of the leading obstetricians in the country and laid out all the facts of the case and asked the experts for their take. While none would say that this pregnancy could not have happened, and none would comment on a case they hadn't examined personally, all of them said it was one of the strangest and unlikeliest series of events they had ever heard of and found Palin's decision to forgo medical help for more than a day after her water broke and risk the life of her unborn child on a long airplane trip to be reckless beyond measure.
I did not have access to eight "leading" obstetricians, but I had access to one good old-fashioned country doc. His take on her story was a bit more blunt.
It's a crock of shit.This is not about an individual picture, which may or may not have a pad, or bump, or in which she might be leaning over a bit, or in which she looks just like your wife/lover/mother/friend/co-worker on her ninth pregnancy as she hiked up mountains ten miles both ways.
This is about a hundred little things that don't add up, after the birth story. Like why, even when she was aware of rumors that her oldest daughter was pregnant, did she not bother to appear in public with the girl once after mid-February 2008. Like why she didn't tell her own mother she was pregnant until just days before she announced it to the world at seven months. Like why the heck the family did not bother to take one photo at the hospital of the new baby with mom and siblings. Like why anyone on God's green earth could have thought that the best way to prove that Sarah Palin gave birth to Trig Palin on April 18, 2008 was to tell the world that Bristol was five months pregnant on September 1, 2008. Like why her doctor has never been willing to state that she was even actually physically AT the birth.
Lots of little things. And you know what these little things add up to?
I return you to my doctor friend's quote above.