Some quick thoughts on the unsubstantiated Sarah and Todd Palin divorce rumor.
There is a certain tone of high school gossip that is adopted when discussing Sarah Palin. The fact that this tone continues even though she now holds no public office is very telling indeed.
Whether one claims Sarah Palin is baby Trig's grandmother rather than mother; whether one claims Palin answered the door to her hotel room wearing only a towel; whether one claims Palin doesn't know Africa is a continent or whether one now claims the Palins are divorcing there is a segment of the population that believes these claims because they want to believe the worst about Sarah Palin.
As I wrote last November in my article, "Sarah Palin is the Israel of American Politics":
Those who hate Sarah Palin will go to the ends of the earth to destroy her.
If one genuinely disagrees with Palin's point of view or policies then fine. No one is under any obligation to cast a ballot for her should she seek public office again. But why bring her spouse and children into it? Because the more this is done towards Sarah Palin the more this will solidify her existing support.
Such behavior will also draw people to her who might not otherwise agree with everything she says or does. These people will be drawn to her side because they a) are not satisfied with the progress of the Obama Administration b) want something more from Obama supporters than rumor, innuendo and unfair personal attacks and c) like just enough of what Palin has to say to give her a chance.
This final reason is why Sarah Palin is a force with whom to be reckoned. It is also why the Left and a some condescending conservatives are scared to death of her and are willing to go to the ends of the earth to bring about her demise - political or otherwise.