Last night, Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell, substituting somewhat grimly for the convulsive Keith Olbermann, closed â€œCountdownâ€ by recyclingâ€”almost in its entiretyâ€”a CBS MorningÂ News interview with Levi Johnston as a way of replaying the deadbeat dudeâ€™s charge that Sarah called baby Trig a â€œretardâ€ and his threat to unload â€œsomething hugeâ€ onÂ her if Palin came back at him.
Oâ€™Donnell followed this clip with a brief conversation with an Alaska talk show host that added no value to the non story.Â The point of the segment, aside from the opportunity it offered to horn in on a few secords of Johnstonâ€™s 15 minutes, was to air out Palinâ€™s family issues again.Â For members of the leftwing media this is a fatal attraction.Â They canâ€™t get enough of it and of the opportunity it provides to bashâ€”under the pious guise of chastising hypocrisy–what their postmodernist comrades in the academy deride as â€œheteronormativity.â€Â
(Although it is also true that they love the punning sexual innuendoes Bristolâ€™s tongue-tied backwoods baby daddy–â€œsomething HUGEâ€; Â â€œLeviâ€™s salty nutsâ€–provides, either by a slip of the tongue or by slipping off his clothes for Playgirl.)
The nasty voyeurism,Â suffocating enough in the case of Olbermann and others at MSNBC, has reachedÂ Krafft-Ebbing proportions in theÂ case of faux conservativeÂ Â blogger Andrew Sullivan. The Pope of Americaâ€™s Gays spent the entire campaign season last year positioning Palin in the gynecological stirrups of his blog so as to examine with Groundhog Day monotony the circumstances of Trigâ€™s delivery.Â A contemptuous critic of the â€œbirthers,â€ Sullivan doesnâ€™t seem to realize that in his giddy fixation with Sarahâ€™s private parts he has become one himself.Â Even today he canâ€™t let the subject go any more than the 9/11 conspiracists can abandon their loony calculus of exactly how Bush set the charges that brought down the Twin Towers. Levi gives him the strength to keep the obsessionÂ going. That he finds JohnstonÂ so friggin hot makes the political part of the story weirdly personal for Sullivan.Â Until a couple of years ago, IÂ always admiredÂ his work.Â IÂ wish he knew how to quit the Palins.