The blogosphere, particularly the liberal blogs, has been pulsating like crazy over revelations that seemed to begin with the National Enquirer that McGinnis had uncovered that Palin, as a 25 year old cub sports reporter for an Anchorage TV station had been sexual with Glen Rice, then a young University of Michigan basketball star playing in the Great Alaskan Shootout. People are trying to use this to demonstrate everything from the hypocrisy of Palin's support of abstinence-only sex education to her being Jezebel incarnate to her lack of journalistic integrity! If the event in fact happened, it doesn't mean a damn thing more than Sarah Palin was young once with normal sex drives and was attracted to a good-looking athletic guy. Young people like to screw. Full stop. When they grow older, they often recalibrate their attitudes on sex. To try to make anything significant out of this alleged incident is the product of Liberali loony-ness or racism.
Sean Pendergast has an amusing post on the whole silly blow-up at the Houston Press, the Houston Texas version of our own Isthmus, with the headline: "Glen Rice allegedly slept with Sarah Palin (W/ VIDEO)." He keeps the whole story in perspective.
Money quotes of Pendergast and the embedded video:
If we want confirmation that this tryst went down, all we need to do is go to some old YouTube footage of Palin's (then under her maiden name of Sarah Heath) sportscasting career in Alaska and the proof is right there. You'll see....
Okay, here are my favorite parts of this video, in chronological order, and when I get to the proof for the Palin-Rice Shootout '87, I'll point it out:
3. For those who espouse the point of view that Alaska really isn't part of the United States, this sportscast leading off with Iditarod coverage should be Exhibit A in their defense.
4. RICE-PALIN PROOF RIGHT HERE: So now that the Iditarod lead has firmly established we are watching an Alaska newscast, we move onto the next story. Keep in mind, this is ALASKA we are talking about, so story number two, after dogs dragging sleds through miles of arctic tundra, should be what? Hockey? Curling? Ice sculpting? Ice fishing? Nope...BIG TEN BASKETBALL! Specifically, Purdue versus Michigan...and star sophomore GLEN RICE! Sorry, but a Michigan basketball game getting the two-spot on a sports newscast in Alaska ahead of hockey is about as random as a story about noodling winding up on the Longhorn Network ahead of a story about Mack Brown. In short, Palin can't quit Glen Rice.
5. At the 0:53 mark..."Purdue is killin' Michigan early on." Killin'. Great word.
6. At the 1:10 mark, Todd Mitchell of Purdue got fouled halfheartedly on a layup by, of all people, GLEN RICE! This newscast would have been a much better retrospective if there had been traces of jilted bitterness from Palin for Rice not ever calling back after the one-night stand. "Todd Mitchell rebounds and just look at that lazy defense by Michigan's Glen Rice...isn't that just like a MAN to not give a shit about anyone or anything!!!"