Bristol's 'Secret' Engagement? Sarah's PR Ploy

There's no way Mama Palin wasn't in on this one
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2010 12:10 PM CDT
Bristol's 'Secret' Engagement? Sarah's PR Ploy
This Sept. 3, 2008 file photo shows Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, file)

(Newser) – Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston’s secret engagement is shocking—maybe a bit too shocking. The whole thing is “actually Sarah Palin’s weirdly brilliant PR move,” writes Anna North for Jezebel. Think about it: By giving those crazy kids her blessing, Palin “gets to rise above the conflict and embrace one of her most high-profile critics, which is a big coup for someone who's often accused of being vindictive, inflexible, and unable to let things go.”

“For anyone who believes that Bristol went to Us Weekly without clearing it with Sarah and her people, I've got a house with a view of Russia to sell you,” North continues. The whole thing, from Levi’s mysterious apology to Sarah to the “adorable details” in the Us article, smells of a “genius” plan allowing Sarah to “display her great generosity by accepting Levi back into the family even though he said that stuff about her ‘retarded baby.’”
(Read more Sarah Palin stories.)

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