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Via the Political Wire:  Palin Nemesis Poses Nude

The New York Post reports that alongside a Sarah Palin profile in the September issue of Playboy will be a "four-page nude pictorial of Mercede Johnston, the sister of Bristol Palin’s estranged baby daddy, Levi."

And while, clearly, what the Johnstons do is not the Palins’ responsibility, there is also no doubt that what they do is part of the broader political reality show that is the Palin circus.  Certainly sans McCain’s choice of Palin we would not be exposed (pun intended) to the Johnstons.

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Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. DMan says:

    Political Wire and the NY Post didn’t miss that opportunity to put Palin and Nude in the headline together, why did you?

  2. Vast Variety says:

    Couldn’t this post have waited until after I had finished eating my lunch?

  3. hey norm says:

    The Beverly HIllbillies move into the White House. Awesome.

  4. Smooth Jazz says:

    “And while, clearly, what the Johnstons do is not the Palins’ responsibility, there is also no doubt that what they do is part of the broader political reality show that is the Palin circus. Certainly sans McCain’s choice of Palin we would not be exposed (pun intended) to the Johnstons.”

    Good grief, What did she do to deserve this post? I can’t imagine you guys are so desperate for hits that you needed a post like this to get Palin on the board today! I understand Doug’s obsession with Gov Palin because he does appear to be a raidcal in sheep’s clothing. But you seemed to be more measured, so I’m surprised you are now in the muck with the almost psychotic Palin Bashing. Good lord, what has happened to James’ once reputable blog???

  5. narciso says:

    The fact that both them, Mercedes and the slug, are managed by Rex and Tank, the Sharpton and Maddox of Alaska, who tried to impugn Palin, as a racist from the get go, including one particularly insane ethics complaint, doesn’t occur to them , JAzz

  6. WR says:

    @narciso: And it it did, we wouldn’t care. FYI.

  7. Simon says:

    How is the sister of Levi Johnson Sarah Palin’s “nemesis”? At the end of the day, your post says one true thing, Steve: “what the Johnstons do is not the Palins’ responsibility.” You should have left it at that, because that’s really all there is to this story: This is a story in which the actors are Playboy magazine and Mercede Johnson; as you acknowledge, what the Johnstons do is not the Palins’ responsibility, and what Playboy magazine does is not the Palins’ responsibility. To say anything more is to implicitly bash Palin with the very conduct you just admitted isn’t up to her.

  8. mantis says:

    Shouldn’t you guys be directing your ire at the New York Post, who originally reported this? Since you’re not upset with what Steven wrote, but rather that he posted on the topic at all, shouldn’t you head straight for the source? I hear Murdoch is a bit busy these days, but surely someone there will listen to you spew.

  9. An Interested Party says:

    I was going to write about what a frisky lot Palin defenders are, but I see that Dan Rather’s comments have completely disappeared…I guess he/she is about to go the same way as Southern Hoosier and jwest…

  10. MarkedMan says:

    SJ. Really? If something similar had happened to say, Obama, you would be jumping all over Steve for posting about it?

  11. An Interested Party says:

    If something similar had happened to say, Obama, you would be jumping all over Steve for posting about it?

    Of course he wouldn’t…if something similar had happened to the President, the same people who would criticize this post would be lapping that up with unrestrained glee…

  12. narciso says:

    Heh, they are going after Rubio, for one of his relatives, 25 year old tie to Operation Swordfish, something that happened when Marco was in high school.