Levi Johnston Claims His Due Against Sarah Palin in VF

Levi Johnston rips Sarah Palin in a new article he's written for Vanity Fair.

For “Me and Mrs. Palin,” Johnston tells Vanity Fair his story about life with the Palin family—with whom he lived for two months after the election—over the course of his two-and-a-half-year relationship with Bristol. He turns a number of commonly held beliefs about the former governor—the purportedly loving mother, devoted wife, and prolific hunter—upside down.

Levi starts out mild, but then heats up, particularly as to her post-election loss conduct: [More...]

Sarah was sad for a while. She walked around the house pouting. I had assumed she was going to go back to her job as governor, but a week or two after she got back she started talking about how nice it would be to quit and write a book or do a show and make “triple the money.” It was, to her, “not as hard.” She would blatantly say, “I want to just take this money and quit being governor.” She started to say it frequently, but she didn’t know how to do it. When she came home from work, it seemed like she was more and more stressed out.

And in the deception department, he writes that before the baby was born,

Sarah told me she had a great idea: we would keep it a secret—nobody would know that Bristol was pregnant. She told me that once Bristol had the baby she and Todd would adopt him. That way, she said, Bristol and I didn’t have to worry about anything. Sarah kept mentioning this plan. She was nagging—she wouldn’t give up. She would say, “So, are you gonna let me adopt him?” We both kept telling her we were definitely not going to let her adopt the baby. I think Sarah wanted to make Bristol look good, and she didn’t want people to know that her 17-year-old daughter was going to have a kid.

More tidbits from the LA Times: Levi writes the Palins fought a lot and there was lots of talk about divorce.

Via Politico:
“After the nomination, Sarah and Todd wouldn’t go anywhere together unless the cameras were out. They’re good on television, but once the cameras would leave they didn’t talk to each other. In all the time Bristol and I were together, I’ve never seen them sleep in the same bedroom.... Even during the Republican National Convention they slept in different bedrooms at opposite ends of her suite. Todd slept in the living room, on his little black recliner, with the TV going in the background—usually with the news or an Ultimate Fighting Championship match on—wearing clothes he wore that same day. [Since I used to sleep on the couch until Bristol got pregnant, I know he doesn’t snore, so that’s not why he wasn’t in bed].... If Sarah and Todd did talk—they really don’t communicate at all—they were fighting. Todd is short-fused, and if you get him fired up, he flips out. He often got mad that Sarah wasn’t looking after the kids, and I’m sure she was mad he was riding [on his snow machine] all the time—but they really just weren’t clicking half the time.”

The issue hits the stands in NY and LA today and everywhere else next week. Is Levi filled with sour grapes or telling the truth? Who knows, but I suspect it's both. I don't blame him. She should never have forced the engagement and trotted him out at the Republican convention. That was just shameful to do to someone else's teenage son.

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    chickens coming home to roost... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by jeffinalabama on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 07:15:44 PM EST
    happens all the time.

    "A woman scorned" (5.00 / 9) (#2)
    by Cream City on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 07:39:35 PM EST
    could take lessons from this guy.

    Now the question will be . . . who next would dare to have him as a boyfriend -- and bring him home to meet mom and dad?!

    I wouldn't let (5.00 / 5) (#4)
    by itscookin on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 07:43:54 PM EST
    him in my house.

    Not to worry, (5.00 / 6) (#10)
    by prittfumes on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 10:36:53 PM EST
    He probably couldn't find the door.

    It's Vanity Fair and Levi Johnston (5.00 / 5) (#7)
    by Inspector Gadget on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 09:54:27 PM EST
    not much more needs to be said.

    Kathy Griffin? (none / 0) (#5)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 08:38:20 PM EST
    In August 2009, Griffin announced on her official Twitter that she was in a relationship with another currently unknown individual. On August 9 she attended the Teen Choice Awards with Levi Johnston[44] and subsequently interviewed him in her role as guest host on Larry King Live. [45] In the interview, Griffin and Johnston mocked the idea that they were in a serious relationship. She later Twittered on August 10 that "Oh, and I think I'm pregnant".[46]



    I watched that actually (none / 0) (#31)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 02:39:42 PM EST
    And another spoof she went on the air with later about it, and I thought it was cute and funny.

    Oh Geeze....don't even go there (none / 0) (#29)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 02:33:43 PM EST
    I haven't even shed West Point yet :)! She spends a lot of time in Walmart jammies blogging.  She makes you fold towels in this wierd specific pattern that her husband still can't do and gets in trouble for.  She's a terrible cook and says with as fat as America is she isn't going to worry about it this generation :)  She's always complaining that nobody picks up after themselves and stomps around the house collecting cola cans and dead coffee cups pouting.  

    A lot of that describes me (5.00 / 1) (#34)
    by Cream City on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 07:25:52 PM EST
    on given days, even the good days -- except that I do worry about his generation, and for a lot more reasons than their weight.  I worry about his generation because, well, of guys like him.

    And if we're talking about the days after my daughter got pregnant by this guy, I'd be stomping around the house a lot more.  If only because he uses syntactical structures such as "dead coffee cups pouting."


    I really think (5.00 / 10) (#3)
    by Steve M on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 07:43:21 PM EST
    that even by the standards of dishing dirt, whether a presidential candidate and his/her spouse sleep in the same bed is not something I really want to know.  And I have as much of a soft spot for gossip as anyone.

    Well, Levi, you did it! (5.00 / 11) (#6)
    by Radiowalla on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 09:11:03 PM EST
    You succeeded in making me harbor the teeniest  modicum of sympathy for Sarah Palin.

    If Sarah is a lightweight, then Levi is ten times worse.  Here's a kid whose only claim to fame is that he knocked up his teenage girlfriend and then didn't marry her.   Now he's trolling for a modeling job and some big bucks in the big time world of media.
    Show and tell has never been so lucrative.

    Give me a break.  A major break.

    But hey, (none / 0) (#26)
    by ghost2 on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:03:23 AM EST
    Jeralyn has major PDS [Palin Derangemnet Syndrome].  What would we do without it?

    I can't believe a serious blog will publish this c*&p about whether Sarah and her husband are sleeping in the same room.   BTW, all indications are to me that the Palins have a very strong marriage.  

    Yeah, we have to have our two minutes of hate.  Hence Vanity Fair interviews Levi, and SNL (during the election) peddles nasty rumors on  whose child Bristol was carrying.   Otherwise, we may actually see Todd Palin as who he seems to be.  A very rugged, good looking, tough guy who is also very comfortable with the power and attention that his wife is getting. Wasn't that what us feminists wanted men to be like?  

    Well, no one knows what goes on inside a family, except them.  However, I like how Todd comes across.  


    He almost makes me admire.... (5.00 / 5) (#8)
    by Jerrymcl89 on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 10:27:38 PM EST
    ... Kevin Fedderline.

    Shocking (5.00 / 9) (#9)
    by djork on Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 10:30:37 PM EST
    From what I gather here, Sarah Palin has a strained, uncommunicative marriage. She wanted to cover up from the public the predicament her teenage daughter was in. And she was depressed about losing an election and talked about quitting her job and pursuing money. These are the most shocking and chilling allegations I've ever read about a public figure. All I can say is thank god for the brave and selfless whistleblower Levi Johnston for exposing the evil machinations of this hideous monster to the unsuspecting public.

    I'm pretty sure that was sarcasm (5.00 / 3) (#18)
    by Birmingham Blues on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 06:00:18 AM EST
    Pretty sure? Only pretty sure?:-) (5.00 / 3) (#21)
    by Cream City on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 07:16:09 AM EST
    That's it (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by FreakyBeaky on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 12:01:00 AM EST
    Idiocracy wasn't a satire, it was a documentary.

    Thread cleaned (5.00 / 0) (#15)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 12:14:25 AM EST
    of comments with profanity and one that was off topic. You may criticize Levi Johnston, you may not engage in profane, personal attacks.

    Bummer. (none / 0) (#32)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 02:49:49 PM EST
    I wrote a great, non-profane, pithy comment last night about that class act, Levi Johnson, and J deleted it.

    Ah well, I guess 'great' is in the eye of the beholder...


    Disgusting. Why on earth would (5.00 / 4) (#19)
    by masslib on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 06:47:01 AM EST
    you give this jerk a platform?  

    I thinik we have been there (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 07:12:24 AM EST
    And Levi is an honorable man....And they are all honorable men....Yet Levi says she was ambitious...And Levi is an honorable man..

    Apologies to William S.

    The Implosion Continues (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by Tom Degan on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 07:23:43 AM EST
    "The America that I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on subjective judgment, of their "level of productivity in society", whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."

    Sarah Palin
    from her Fascism....I mean, "Facebook" page.

    It's amazing. That an imbecile like this failed ex-governor can mention something as idiotic as "Death Panels" and in the next instance it is a serious part of the national dialogue. Why are the American people so susceptible to such blatant propaganda? I have a theory if you're interested in hearing it:

    We're idiots.

    I don't know about you, but I'm loving the Sarah Palin/Levi Johnston saga/soap opera. And to think that only one year ago, the geniuses on the Republican National Committee deemed her to be the best choice to be "a seventy-two-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency".

    Are you surprised that the "party of Lincoln" is imploding? You shouldn't be. You really shouldn't.


    Tom Degan,  Goshen, NY

    Why? (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 08:19:05 AM EST
    We elected Bill Clinton who had even more questionable actions and he turned out to not destroy the union.

    I have never been able to understand the hatred by many on the Left against Palin. Given that she is so stupid and couldn't possibly win I would think any Demo worth their salt would be pulling for her to be the candidate.

    And yes, there is a bit of sarcasm in their someplace.


    On what grounds? (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 08:41:30 AM EST
    infringes upon or violates the copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property rights of any person
    is libelous or defamatory
    is obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit
    violates a person's right to privacy
    violates any local, state, national, or international law
    contains or advocates illegal or violent acts
    degrades others on the basis of gender, race, class, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual preference, disability, or other classification
    is predatory, hateful, or intended to intimidate or harass
    contains advertising or solicitation of any kind
    misrepresents your identity or affiliation
    impersonates others

    I don't see this post violating any of the above.  No advertising or soliciation is contained the post.  At the most, the poster is guilty of blogwh*ring.    

    Interesting (5.00 / 0) (#28)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 02:27:52 PM EST
    Not shocking at all.  Sort of how I thought things were for some reason.  If you are a governor and you don't have hired help around the house how do you think the kids get by?

    thanks but I'm going to let it stay (5.00 / 0) (#33)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 11:57:53 PM EST
    however if all this poster does is link to his own posts, I'll reconsider. It's okay to link to something you wrote to make a point, but not in every comment, that's just blogwh*ring.