A reader - like me, struggling to make sense of Sarah Palin's work of magical realism - notes another discrepancy between two statements of fact by governor Palin. Again, these statements are not about things you would normally get muddled up. In fact, they contradict one another on some obviously enormously significant events in Sarah Palin's life.
In an AP story contemporaneous with the birth of Trig, on May 10, 2008, we learn the following:
[Palin] is trying to balance caring for her special needs child and running the nation's largest state. The doctor's announcement in December, when Palin was four months pregnant, presented her with a possible life- and career-changing development. "I've never had problems with my other pregnancies, so I was shocked," said Palin, a mother of four other children.
In Going Rogue, however, we are told that Palin had experienced two previous miscarriages, including one that was mistakenly first recorded as an abortion. Now ask yourself: would someone who had experienced two previous miscarriages forget that fact when talking about her health and pregnancy history with the AP? Would someone who had had two miscarriages honestly say:
"I've never had problems with my other pregnancies, so I was shocked."
Now try and make sense of this medical history with what she says happened to her in Dallas in April of last year:
"[A]t 4 am, a strange sensation low in my belly woke me and I sat straight up in bed.
It can't be, I thought. It's way too early."
Italics Palin. So we are asked to believe that a woman who has had two previous miscarriages, one in her second trimester that required surgical removal of the fetus, is pregnant at 8 months with a child with Down Syndrome, wakes up at 4 am with a "strange" sensation, and her immediate thought is that nothing can possibly be happening for real since "it's way too early." And she resists calling the doctor and refuses to go to a hospital in Dallas and waits more than 24 hours on two trans-continental plane trips to deliver her child.