Interesting that one of the most vocal and often-quoted supporters of controversial “Duck Dynasty” reality show star Phil Robertson is another figment of celebrity-fantasy — failed Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the one-time sex symbol of the rabid right.
In politics, where hypocrisy abounds, Palin is a standout when it comes to being everything she rants and raves against. The self-styled defender of family values is a female Bill Clinton: Someone who sleeps around. While dating future husband Todd Palin, the then-Sarah Heath, a sports reporter for an Alaska TV station, reportedly shacked up for a night in a dorm room with a college basketball star in what those close to her say was just one of a string of casual flings by a sexually-adventurous woman.
In college, Palin was known as a wild child who attended five schools in six years. A favorite photo of her from her college days showed a young woman on a bed in a college dorm room wearing a t-shirt that said: “I may be flat broke but I’m not flat busted.”
After marriage, she also reportedly embarked on a six-month affair with Palin’s partner in a snowmobile business and news of his wife’s amorous activities led an angry husband to dissolve the partnership.
Some close to Palin claim that while the one-time vice presidential candidate who became a political joke likes to spend time in bed with a variety of men, those who now sample her favors do not include husband Todd. The Palins, they say, have slept in separate bedrooms for years now.
After her aborted run for vice president with running mate John McCain, whose advisers picked her because they wanted “a celebrity” on the ticket, Palin ended up on Fox News, where channel executives admitted selecting her because “she’s hot.”
They weren’t talking about her political appeal.
Author Joe McGinnis, whose string of best selling books about politics and politicians have led to more than one downfall of those who claimed to be what they are not, documented Palin’s fling with basketball star Glen Rice while she was dating her future husband as well as her six-month dalliance with Todd’s business partner Brad Hanson after they married.
Although Sarah and Todd talked about having a traditional wedding, they eloped and their son was born less than nine months later, suggesting the purveyor of family values was practicing acts that produce families before marriage.
McGinnis also discusses use of cocaine by the Palins. Palin denies the drug use, along with reports of her rampant sexual adventures.
On his web site, McGinniis says of his book, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin:
The Rogue, a startling and penetrating examination of the illusion and reality of Sarah Palin, also presents an illuminating portrait of the Alaska and the America that produced her. Sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, always provocative, The Rogue answers the questions: “Who is she, really?“ and “How did she happen?”
And while Sarah Palin loudly threatened to sue McGinnis and his publisher over what was reported in the book, she never did. Lawyers probably advised Palin that, in libel suits, truth is an absolute defense and, is the case so often with her, truth is not on her side.
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