Levi and the Palins, too good to ignoreSarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving, and one of those gifts is her ex-son-in-law-to-be, Levi Johnston.
By: Dale McFeatters, The Dickinson Press
Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving, and one of those gifts is her ex-son-in-law-to-be, Levi Johnston.
The former Alaska governor and GOP vice-presidential nominee blasted her way back into the news by saying she was afraid an Obama administration “death panel” would kill her parents and youngest child by denying them medical care. She followed this up by calling for calm and reasoned debate on health-care reform.
But Levi, 19, managed to edge her out of the spotlight by showing up at the Teen Choice Awards as the date of raunchy comedian and self-styled D-list celebrity Kathy Griffin, 48. Levi — it is unclear if he ever graduated from high school — was in town for a photo shoot with Vanity Fair.
He followed up his appearance on the red carpet with an appearance on “Larry King Live,” his second, by the way. He had appeared in April with his mother and sister.
The guest host of “Larry King Live” was — Kathy Griffin, who suggested that they had a night of steamy sex and that she would be moving to Alaska to share the “love igloo” with Levi.
She did elicit the information that Levi, who had been inseparable from the Palins during the presidential campaign, although perhaps not by choice, was now estranged from them. He wouldn’t be spending much time at the Palin house because, “I’m not really looking forward to being around that family anymore.”
Call it just a hunch, but maybe it’s because of things like telling an interviewer that Todd and Sarah Palin were having marital difficulties and “have been since day one.”
He also confided, in one of his regular washings of the Palins’ dirty laundry, that Todd had offered to buy daughter Bristol a car if she’d break up with him. Alas, as the world well knows, by then Bristol was pregnant by Levi and it was decided that the couple would have the baby and then get married.
That moment of unprotected sex launched a whole new career for Levi. His dreams of being an electrician on the North Slope oilfields were put aside.
He was a fixture at Bristol’s side during the campaign, and generally regarded as a pretty handsome one, too. As a high-school hockey player, he had been described as “sex on skates.”
A losing presidential campaign, no matter who you are, is traumatic, and Bristol and Levi’s relationship did not long survive. Even though he still has “Bristol” tattooed on the finger where his wedding ring would have gone, he doubts the two will ever get back together.
Levi is said to be hanging out in Wasilla with the occasional hunting trip thrown in. But more and more he seems to be in the Lower 48 on assorted D-list missions. He posed shirtless with son Tripp for GQ and he went on a Beverly Hills shopping spree with a writer for Tina Brown’s Daily Beast. There may be assorted modeling gigs in the works.
As the Palin contingent approached the GOP convention site in St. Paul, Minn., Republican political operatives circulated, demanding that the media “respect their privacy.” Oh, if we only could.
— McFeatters writes for Scripps Howard News Service.