The Divine Prescience Of Sarah Palin

Perhaps one of the most remarkable documents in the truly surreal life of Sarah Palin is her letter to Trig's family and friends written in the voice of God. Now, most politicians who decide to write or say something from the perspective of the omniscient omnipotent Godhead might be deemed a little odd. But Palin's letter, which is indeed moving, has been taken at face value. There's nothing new here, I thought, when reading it in the newly released email trove. I'd read it before in "Going Rogue." But Jesse Griffin notes two new wrinkles that really do make some small news. We now know that Palin composed this some time before she sent it on April 7. We also know that it included this remarkably prescient paragraph:

I let Trig's mom have an exceptionally comfortable pregnancy so she could enjoy every minute of it, and I even seemed to rush it along so she could wait until near the end to surprise you with the news – that way Piper wouldn't have so long to wait and count down so many days – just like Christmastime when you have to wait, impatiently, for that special day to finally open your gift? (Or the way the Palins look forward to birthday celebrations that go on for three, four day.. you all really like cake.) I know you, I knew you'd be better off with just a short time to wait!

So God "seemed to rush it along" and made Trig's birth premature so as to relieve Piper's excitement. More to the point: Palin was told by God that Trig would be born prematurely on April 7, ten days before her water allegedly broke. This is odd enough. It's even odder since the following surreal passage occurs in "Going Rogue":

My pregnancy was going fine, and with five weeks to go, I felt great. But at 4 am, a strange sensation low in my belly woke me and I sat up straight in bed.

It can't be, I thought. It's way too early.

But if God had already told her at least ten days earlier that Trig would be premature and would "rush [the pregnancy] along," why would she be surprised at all? Had she already forgotten God's message to her? And why would she further doubt God's decision and not get to a hospital immediately – if she had been forewarned about a premature pregnancy? More to the point, the passage in the email about God "rushing" the pregnancy along is edited out of the letter as published in "Going Rogue." Maybe it was edited out for length. Or maybe Palin makes so much stuff up she can't keep her stories straight and has to retroactively cover her tracks.

Your call.