Upon learning that their daughter Bristol was pregnant in the spring of 2008, Sarah and Todd Palin got into a heated argument over whether she should marry "that boy," according to a new book.
The author is Sarah Palin.
She expected Bristol to marry the father. Her husband didn't. After a heated discussion, which she described over four pages in her new book, Gov. Palin apologized.
"When I finally realized I needed to take the blame on that day, Todd's face instantly softened toward me," she wrote. "There's something remarkable that happens when one person bridges the ever-widening gap by taking the blame and becoming vulnerable. The relationship suddenly has a chance. Both people can let their defenses down. That one sentence, 'Yeah, I'm to blame,' even makes the relationship stronger."
Washington should try that.
Her candor also contrasts with the air-brushed bios of all the insiders in Washington. She cannot hide. The Associated Press assigned 11 reporters to "fact check" her memoir, "Going Rogue." Palin also has to be the cleanest politician in America because that same AP and other news groups subpoenaed 24,000 emails from her when she was governor and found nothing - other than a keen sense of humor.
"Good Tidings and Great Joy" is her third book and the best of the lot as she relaxed and showed her chops as a writer.
The book centers on the secularization of Christmas. How odd it is that in preaching multicultural diversity, some people want to exclude from society Christianity and its culture, which covers most Americans.
She wrote about the many attempts to take Christ out of Christmas. But the real treat is how she describes her many Christmases in Alaska in a manner that makes one long for just one Christmas in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Included in her memories is the one in 2008, after a losing vice presidential campaign and just before entering grandmotherhood, the latter leading to her recalling that day when Bristol disclosed her pending pregnancy, which disappointed the Palins.