Earlier this week it was revealed that the National Enquirer is investigating an alleged extra-marital affair between Sarah Palin and her husband’s former business partner.
The Enquirer issued the following statement to Huffington Post:
“The National Enquirer‘s coverage of a vicious war within Sarah Palin’s extended family includes several newsworthy revelations, including the resulting incredible charge of an affair plus details of family strife when the Governor’s daughter revealed her pregnancy. Following our John Edwards’ exclusives, our political reporting has obviously proven to be more detail-oriented than the McCain campaign’s vetting process.”
The McCain campaign is worried enough about the the story to issue a sternly worded press release in an attempt to slap it down.
Andrew Sullivan has learned that the former business partner just filed a motion to have his divorce records sealed. This is about to get very interesting. Given the Enquirer’s recent boost in credibility following their scoop on the John Edwards affair, I think it’s worth paying attention to.
I predict that the McCain campaign will attack the media for “smearing” Palin while GOP pundits screech about sexism and double standards. “The left-wing media is out to get her” defense may satisfy rank-and-file conservatives who need an excuse not to pay attention to what’s going on, but middle-of-the road voters who are less susceptbile to the politics of resentment and outrage will sit up and take notice.