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National Enquirer: Palin Had an Affair

When John Edwards infidelity was exposed by the National Enquirer earlier this month, a lot of my conservative pals were crowing that the Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid, “is usually right about these things.”

Now, the Enquirer is out with a story that VP nominee Sarah Palin allegedly had an extramartial affair with her husband’s business partner.  I wonder if the same standard about the truthiness of the Enquirer applies to this story on Palin.  The story is not online yet but in the print edition of the Enquirer.

The McCain camp is quick to threaten the paper with legal action.

“The smearing of the Palin family must end. The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Gov. Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie,” said McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt.

“The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject it…”

“Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin look forward to discussing the issues that Americans care about, fixing broken government, creating jobs, making our country energy independent and securing the peace for the next generation by bringing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to a victorious end,” said Schmidt.

“Legal action will be considered with regard to this disgraceful smear.”



  1. jose s. jose s. September 4, 2008

    “but as regards righteous men, they are the ones that will judge her with the judgement for adultresses and with the judgement for female shedders of blood, for adultresses are what they are, and there is blood on their hands”.-EZEKIEL 23:45 i really think she needs to repent. as well as her jezebel.

  2. Sheldon Sheldon September 4, 2008

    I suspect there is a lot more about Palin coming out that is at odds with the image put out by the far-right. Barack Obama, by picking Biden, at least will be spared the drama McCain is now going through by his selection of Palin.

  3. Rob Rob September 4, 2008

    Subject: Carol McCain (Former Mrs. John Mcain) A MUST READ

    More about John McCain. I doubt you’ll hear this on CNN or any other station.

    I thought you might find this interesting. On the show we saw last week,
    McCain mentioned that his greatest failure in life was the ending of his first
    marriage. No kidding? I guess he had to admit some remorse because his ex-wife was going public with the story. How shallow can one man be?

    Carol McCain
    McCain likes to illustrate his moral fiber by referring to his five years as
    a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. And to demonstrate his commitment to family
    values, the 71-year- old former US Navy pilot pays warm tribute to his
    beautiful blonde wife, Cindy, with whom he has four children. But there is another
    Mrs. McCain who casts a ghostly shadow over the Senator’s presidential
    campaign. She is seldom seen and rarely written about, despite being mother to
    McCain’s three eldest children.

    She was the woman McCain dreamed of during his long incarceration and
    torture in Vietnam’s infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and the woman who faithfully
    stayed at home looking after the children and waiting anxiously for news. But
    when McCain returned to America in 1973 to a fanfare of publicity and a
    handshake from Richard Nixon, he discovered his wife had been disfigured in a
    terrible car crash three years earlier. Her car had skidded on icy roads into a
    teleg raph pole on Christmas Eve, 1969.

    Her pelvis and one arm were shattered by the impact and she suffered massive
    internal injuries.

    When Carol was discharged from hospital after six months of life-saving
    surgery, the prognosis was bleak. In order to save her legs, surgeons had been
    forced to cut away huge sections of shattered bone, taking with it her tall,
    willowy figure. She was confined to a wheelchair and was forced to use a
    catheter. Today, she stands at just 5′ 4′ in and still walks awkwardly, with a
    pronounced limp. Her body is held together by screws and metal plates and, at 70,
    her face is worn by wrinkles that speak of decades of silent suffering.

    For nearly 30 years, Carol has maintained a dignified silence about the
    accident, McCain and their divorce. But last week at the bungalow where she now
    lives at Virginia Beach, a faded seaside resort 200 miles south of Washington, she told The Mail on Sunday how McCain divorced her in 1980 and married Cindy, 18 years his junior and the heir to an Arizona brewing fortune, just one month later.

    My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be
    25. You know that happens…it just does.’

    In 1979 – while still married to Carol – he met Cindy at a cocktail party in
    Hawaii. Over the next six months he pursued her, flying around the country
    to see her. Then he began to push to end his marriage. Some of McCain’s
    acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a
    self-centered womanizer who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the
    field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty
    queen, for financial reasons.

    Ted Sampley, who fought with US Special Forces in Vietnam and is now a
    leading campaigner for veterans’ rights,
    said: ‘I have been following John McCain’s career for nearly 20 years. I
    know him personally. There is something wrong with this guy and let me tell you
    what it is -dece it.’

    When he came home and saw that Carol was not the beauty he left behind, he
    started running around on her almost right away. Everybody around him knew it.
    Eventually he met Cindy and she was young and beautiful and very wealthy. At
    that point McCain just dumped Carol for something he thought was better.’

    McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and
    glory,’ he said. After he came home, Carol walked with a limp. So he threw her
    over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona . And the rest is history.’

    Ross Perot, a billionaire Texas businessman, and a former presidential
    candidate, who paid her medical bills all those years ago, now believes that both
    Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man who is
    unusually slick and cruel – even by the standards of modern politics.

  4. Renard Renard September 5, 2008

    This man may become President. This news has to get to the people. He will have his hand on the button one day.

  5. nunya nunya September 5, 2008

    Ah yes, because PTSD McMoldy and the Beauty Queen were soooooooo eager to discuss the issues in their RNC speeches right?

    bwwwaaaahhhh ha hahahahahaha

  6. David David September 5, 2008

    Just the usual Republican Family Values, it seems. What a scum.

  7. Margie Hartman Margie Hartman September 5, 2008

    Did any of the above comments forget to add Carol McCain’s words, “I will not say
    anything against this man; I love this man.” Tell the truth and tell it all.

  8. Vern Nelson Vern Nelson September 6, 2008

    You’re right, Margie, she does say that and has a McCain sticker on her car. She comes across as somewhat masochistic. Rob put up an excerpted version of a much longer story from a British paper (which I utilized in my Dana/McCain Whore Epic.) It’s nice that she is forgiving and still loves him, I don’t know if that makes his actions any better. He agreed from the start to use Cindy’s endless dough to make Carol’s post-marriage life as comfortable as possible. But Ronald and Nancy Reagan were good friends of both John and Carol, and they never forgave McCain for what he did.

    Interesting stuff. Not enough to disqualify him for President. No, that would be his record, his recent statements, his voting with Bush 95% this past year, and his evidently encroaching Alzheimer’s.

  9. e forest e forest September 6, 2008

    hurry up and get these stories out in the open before it is too late, mc cain can bluster al he likes about sueing, just hot air. dems are too nice repubs too evil. palin as a running mate is a joke, if by any chance they should win palin will be all over mc cain,shes another rove, she will take over the reigns ,she cant bear to be second string , mc cain will rue the day he took her on,but he only wants to be president to prove a point, so if america wants palin as president ,look out you may get what you wish for ,and pity help everyone.

  10. Vern Nelson Vern Nelson September 6, 2008

    oh and how could I forget – his hair-trigger temper and unpredictability.

  11. Ben Novick Ben Novick September 6, 2008

    I love Palin. She is like Hillary with a gun! Imagine the democrats arguement, that if some disaster happened, she would be in line for top command with no expeience. What they don’t tell you is with Obama, you’d have the man in the No. 1 position without any expereince.

  12. Eileen Eileen September 7, 2008

    I’m sure the fact that Palin had an affair (if indeed it is a fact) will not sway ardent support for her just the way Clinton’s roaming penis didn’t sway ardent support for him. It’s just all wishful thinking on the part of the left.
    No one really cares anymore about affairs, it’s news one day and forgotten the next. And if the past is any indication of the present, I find most Americans very forgiving (of their own party anyway). A very non issue.

  13. Kaliena Kaliena September 8, 2008

    Well then Ben Novick you are an uninformed idiot that like most republican puss-balls who do not do thier homework. Palin is nothing like Clinton, they could not be farther apart on the issues. Do yourself a favor read something besides the Enquirer.

  14. NewThinker NewThinker September 9, 2008

    Palin is a pit bull with lipstick who is a cunning linguist. She studied and perfected how to make lies sound like facts to gullible people.

  15. e forest e forest September 10, 2008

    why is mc cain getting away with all the lies and spin, and still be ahead in the polls,something is not right, what is wrong with people in america ,can they not see what a dangerous man he is ,and now palin who sounds as bad , there is a video on utube with a young coloured chap saying he is bristol palins babies father, he seemed sincere .is it a hoax ?has it been checked out? when is the enquirer coming out with the palin affair ,is it still on the table? palin and mc cain will be the downfall of america,thier overweening ambition will not in any way make them care about anything but power.

  16. Barb Barb September 11, 2008

    Do your job National Enquirer!

    Wouldn’t that be something if a usually pretty tawdry publication like The National Enquirer actually brought down the McCain campaign?

  17. willing111 willing111 September 14, 2008

    Affair or not this is a woman who protraits herself as a christian, does not deserve to be the VP She may have the christian women on fire but the non Christians are more clear about honesty and integrity if she came from a whorehouse she wouldnt have a look in, but now we find that she has lied about her credentials and her experiences lied about earmarking funds lied about supporting those funds and now lied about going to Iraq to see our Soliders,

    so what else is she lying about NO PALIN is a complusive liar and pple are beinging to see that ,And these might be small things to others but their important areas of concern You know the old saying if you live by the sword you die by the sword I would have vote for McCain as I am REP but not now his choice of running mate maybe news today but tomorrow when all the decks are cleared and she has to anwser to the pple of America she will not stackup because she has lied through out this campaign

  18. L.G. Merrill L.G. Merrill September 16, 2008

    Sarah Palin is a fraud. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You can put lipstick on Palin, but she’s still a liar. What kind of mother would expose her pregnant 17 year old daughter to this kind of scrutiny and public comment? Palin had to know that her grabbing the chance to be VP would put the media spotlight on the girl. For the rest of her life, Bristol Palin is going to be known as the pregnant girl in the You Tube and Face Page pictures, chugging the booze and being laughed at by the boys in town. Why couldn’t her mother, who can’t stop braying about her family values, sacrifice a little of the hubris and protect her daughter by saying “No thanks, Mr. McCain.” She didn’t say no thanks to him, she didn’t say no thanks to the bridge to nowhere. She is a disgrace to mothers AND mayors.

  19. Hesoka Hesoka September 16, 2008

    Actually, the old saying goes: if you live by the sword, you get shot by those who don’t

  20. FRANK FRANK September 16, 2008

    I’AM VOTING McCAIN / PALIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. FRANK FRANK September 16, 2008

    TRY TO KEEP IT VERY SIMPLE,,,,,,,,, STUPID !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski September 16, 2008

    Sounds pretty stupid to me Frank

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