While this is unlikely to make the the pale imitations some clowns offer of intellectually superior alternatives, Levi Johnston, the man who impregnated Sarah Palin's daughter and then delighted the left-wing media with his tales of Palin's alleged dirty deeds, had admitted that many of the things he said about the Palin family were "not entirely true".
It doesn't take a PHD in etymology to realize that means that Johnston told a few fibs; sold a few lies.
So while the furthest of the far left find themselves excuses to not shuffle their feet uncomfortably, it's certainly worthwhile to take a look at some of the individuals who took great pleasure in reporting, and actually embellishing, some of Johnston's mistruths.
One need not have a great deal of regard for Palin to agree that Andrew Sullivan -- he of the Trig Palin conspiracy theory -- is due for some comeuppance.
Even setting aside the self-destructive Trig Palin conspiracy theory -- in which Sullivan managed to destroy his own reputation with a story invented out of whole cloth -- Sullivan has far too often staked his credibility on the topic of Sarah Palin to escape with it intact.
The degree of the effect Palin has on Sullivan's psyche became evident mere days after Palin's selection to be John McCain's running mate in the 2008 election, when he suggested that Palin should be "dismissed out of hand":
Sullivan remarkbly once claimed that the only thing he was interested is the truth -- while suggesting that Harper Collins should have vetted her autobiography, and continuing to peddle his self-humilating Trig Palin conspiracy theory!
By the time Sullivan made his most recent appearance on Bill Maher's HBO program, it became clear that his reputation was all but shot.
(For the record, Sarah Palin has a right to part of what Sullivan describes as "our discourse" because she is a US citizen. Andrew Sullivan is not.) (Would it be crass to suggest that Sullivan won't use the meth pipe Maher gave him because he may already have one of his own? -ed)
Sullivan shouldn't be surprised to find out that Johnston has been lying. Even in the midst of his glee he acknowledged that Johnston could be lying while describing Johnston's allegations as "the best we've got":
One should expect a mea culpa and a massive apology from Andrew Sullivan for taking the Johnston allegations in so deeply. One should, but one doesn't.
In fact, on the very day of Johnston's revelation, Sullivan was still pretending there's a debate regarding Trig Palin.
As of this writing, Sullivan hasn't come clean on the extent to which he's been bamboozled by Johnston's dishonesty. Nor should one expect one.
Meet Andrew Sullivan after the Levi Johnston admission. Same as the Andrew Sullivan before the Levi Johnston admission.