Six words would have done it, Alan: “I was wrong. I am sorry.”
First, Colmes “404ed” last night’s post that questioned whether or not Sarah Palin took “proper PRE-NATAL care” (emphasis mine):
For whatever reason, the post couldn’t be accessed via Google cache. Found — see Update within this post below.
Colmes’s original post, apparently in its entirety, and which he seemingly had to retrieve from Kim at Wizbang(!), was this (I took a separate partial shot of Wizbang’s graphic so I could fit it in the available space):
Colmes whined today that the reason he had to take the post down was “because of the vile comments made by a pletehora of conservatives who decided to invade the site and show us just how decent and value-driven some of them are.” Funny, Alan, you won’t let us see the comments, but my recall is that it was a free-for-all that was pretty bad in both directions.
Update, Sept. 1 — Here’s a Google cache of the post (saved here at BizzyBlog’s host for future reference), courtesy of NewsBusters reader coffee260, containing comments up to 4:26 a.m. after the original 9:54 p.m. post. I don’t know when Colmes 404ed it, so there may have been later comments. My “free-for-all that was pretty bad in both directions” assessment is correct. In fact, if you get past the profanity unfortunately directed at Colmes, the “substantive” counterbile from libs, while present in many fewer posts, is arguably worse than the rightie dish-outs, considering that they’re directed at a pregnant mother and her Down’s Syndrome child (e.g., “the baby isn’t hers” meme, Larry Flynt has pics of Palin, “her heavy drug use combined with her age that caused this poor childs condition”).
I underlined “pre-natal” in red, because Alan Colmes needs to visit a dictionary:
American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
A descriptive term for the period between conception and birth.
This, Alan, is the commonly understood definition. The government programs you so adore that claim to improve prenatal care don’t concentrate on the final days of pregnancy, they allegedly deal with the entire “period between conception and birth.”
So you see, Alan, what you were alleging isn’t just that Sarah Palin wasn’t a good mother because she took a flight home from Texas while her doctor knew full well what she was doing and was okay with it, you were alleging that she was a poor mother during a large portion of the eight months she carried Trig (added Sept. 1), and that taking the flight was symptomatic of her poor “prenatal” care.
How dare you?
What’s more, you chose to run with what Roger “Meathead” Cadenhead wrote instead of going to the source material at adn.com, where you will see that Palin’s female doctor was communicating with her and had no problem with what she was doing:
Palin was in Texas last week for an energy conference of the National Governors Association when she experienced signs of early labor. She wasn’t due for another month.
Early Thursday — she thinks it was around 4 a.m. Texas time — she consulted with her doctor, family physician Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, who is based in the Valley and has delivered lots of babies, including Piper, Palin’s 7-year-old.
Palin said she felt fine but had leaked amniotic fluid and also felt some contractions that seemed different from the false labor she had been having for months.
“I said I am going to stay for the day. I have a speech I was determined to give,” Palin said. She gave the luncheon keynote address for the energy conference.
Palin kept in close contact with Baldwin-Johnson. The contractions slowed to one or two an hour, “which is not active labor,” the doctor said.
“Things were already settling down when she talked to me,” Baldwin-Johnson said. Palin did not ask for a medical OK to fly, the doctor said.
“I don’t think it was unreasonable for her to continue to travel back,” Baldwin-Johnson said.
So the Palins flew on Alaska Airlines from Dallas to Anchorage, stopping in Seattle and checking with the doctor along the way.
“I am not a glutton for pain and punishment. I would have never wanted to travel had I been fully engaged in labor,” Palin said. After four kids, the governor said, she knew what labor felt like, and she wasn’t in labor.
More on Dr. Laurie Gregg, whose quote in the adn.com article has been lapped up by lefties far and wide, in a bit.
As stated earlier, Alan — Six words: “I was wrong, I am sorry.”