Were her grand-daddies bootleggers, as she suggested in a recent speech in Canada? Or was she actually referring to her husband's grandfathers? Or some other relatives? The Dish came to the provisional conclusion that in her speech in Hamilton, Canada, Sarah Palin was perhaps embellishing a family story about her hubby's relatives. That certainly seems the likeliest explanation. But I somewhat stupidly suggested further press inquiry into the facts behind a public person's public speech just to clear things up:

Did she have two other grandfathers who were in the Canadian bootlegging business? Could she provide their names? Is she referring perhaps to Todd's grandfathers? Or are we in Palin's alternate reality here? Maybe a reporter could ask her?

Of course, this was a stupid question as the reporter who first broke the story notes today:

I would have loved to ask her. But, as the media covering Palin's visit reported at the time, we were kept at a distance, not allowed any questions and were strictly forbidden from recording her speech.

One politician in this country is allowed to operate outside the realm of usual press scrutiny and accountability. And she's likely to be running for president next time around. Does no one else find that a problem?

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