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'I got played' by Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston

I so wanted to believe in the rekindled romance between Bristol Palin and baby daddy Levi Johnston. When they announced they were (re)engaged last month, I wore my heart on my sleeve and swooned over their reunion. Now comes the news that the only thing enduring about that post is my continued belief in romance -- no matter how many times folks try to snuff it out.

As you know from Alexandra Petri, Palin and Johnston are over. Turns out that whole US Weekly “We’re getting married” thing was a made-for-magazines extravaganza that earned them another spin on the hamster wheel of D-List fame. Or is that infamy? Whatever. The make-believe world created by stylists and buttressed by the clicking of camera shutters fell apart when reality barged its way back the very day of their big announcement. Johnston told Palin that she wasn’t his only teenage baby mama grizzly. Why he’s not now considered a sexual predator is beyond me. Why Todd Palin hasn’t tried to follow through on Pat Buchanan’s advice is another curiosity.

And then came this:

Palin said that “the final straw” came when Johnston jetted off to Hollywood for a hunting show, or so he told her. It was really to be in a music video poking fun at the Palin family. “He’s just obsessed with the limelight,” she said “and I got played.”

But the nation’s most famous unwed teenage mom hasn’t given up on love. No, like others -- okay, me -- she has this undying belief that she’ll find The One.

"I have faith that I'll find it. Through this whole experience I know I need a man who's going to be completely honest with me and someone who loves me and Tripp and wants to be with him all the time. I also want someone who has religious beliefs and a good family."

Good luck with that, sister.

By Jonathan Capehart  | August 4, 2010; 8:13 AM ET
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Bristol please tell Levi CLOSE THE DOOR!

Posted by: taylynn | August 4, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart,

fwiw, most people whom i know think that BOTH of these people are:
1. too IMMATURE to HAVE a marriage/child,
(though they are obviously capable of having a child)
2. SPOILED rotten
3. SILLY & NOT "overloaded with gray matter".
(note: IF Bristol Palin was my daughter, i might go punch him in the nose if he didn't stay away from her, if for no other reason than to protect Tripp.)

thus, i don't know why you wasted either time or space in "the COMpost" on either of them.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 4, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

BAAAAAA-HAAAAAA-HAAAAAA! This is why sex education needs to include the truth. Hey Bristol if you had done what you were told (kept your legs closed) or used a rubber,... you wouldn't be in this mess. EVERYTHING this family gets,... it deserves!

Posted by: witchofwestghent | August 4, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Post gets played by nearly everyone. Why should this time be any different?

Posted by: johne37179 | August 4, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

This child doesn't know a darned thing about being a single mom. If she did, she wouldn't be so quick to proclaim she's was being used. Technically you aren't a single mom if you are still living with your mom and dad. I can understand Levi's purported opportunism - He lives in Alaska. Who dreams of growing up to work in an oil field?

Posted by: fuzzman | August 4, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Miss Bristol, so WHAT about the music video!! Money is money, no matter how its earned. At least, that seems to be what's happening with your whole family. BTW: were you paid for that recent wedding announcement?

Careful that Gloria Allred doesn't try to take your youngin'.

Posted by: MissVP | August 4, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Poor Bristol. She found out the hard way what most women sooner or later find out. That most of the good-looking ones are nothing but trouble and they don't change with time. It usually takes a divorce or child out of wedlock for young women to wrap their brain cells around this fact of life. She made the right choice in not marrying this guy.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | August 4, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Levi's a cad. ("Sexual predator"? That's a bit strong. He's a teenager, too, remember, and an at least temporarily famous one.)

But Bristol is clearly naive and none too bright, and BOTH of them are seeking the limelight. High-paying speaking engagements, tv show appearances, magazine spreads, seeking a reality show--she's every bit as bad as him.

Posted by: lizgwiz | August 4, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

This couple is too funny. They are acting like most kids their age do at times, but they have the press watching their every move. Why does Bristol feel she needs a man - she needs to take full care of her child and grow up a bit herself, get some independence before being dependent on that magical man in her dream future. John McCain sure unleashed a soap opera family on us, didnt he?

Posted by: maryd1 | August 4, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Bristol Palin is not very smart, neither is her mother.

But I guess Bristol is really in love with this guy and at 19 years old wants to settle down(?) Mostly, I think, she was upset because after Levi dropped by to propose to her, and they both collected their paychecks for doing that People Magazine Cover Story, Levi split, not to be seen again until 3 weeks later, obviously when the next story came out, that Bristol had broken off the engagement.

She should have at least given it a try in terms of money making-ability.

I think they could have both become rich, independently wealthy, with that reality show, especially since they have so many blow ups in that family.

Hopefully, Levi is right, and they'll give it shot, at least for the sake of the child.

Posted by: lindalovejones | August 4, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"Sexual predator"?!?! Let's be serious - a guy who's fooling around with an ex-girlfriend, especially when she apparently had unprotected sex with two other guys the same week, isn't exactly the classic definition of a sexual predator. I bet he had to force, her, eh?

Not too bright? Definitely.

Predator? not even close...

Posted by: DavidSeibert | August 4, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the Tobacco Road saga of the Palins continue. Once again stupid is as stupid does.

I feel sorry for the baby -- worthless father, idiot mother and as for the grandmother -- she's not playing with a full deck either --

Does anyone in this family have any morals? brains?

Posted by: abbydelabbey | August 4, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Poor little Bristol. So love (and a TV show) didn't work out and she is heart broken again.
Ain't love grand. And of course the engagement didn't work out when the TV deal fell through. Just like MOM

Posted by: racerdoc | August 4, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

grizzly moms should learn to get a degree and take care of themselves and baby without a man then, perhaps someone decent will come along.

Posted by: jjanit | August 4, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Sure wish we had an "Ailin' Palin" (Sarah) - then maybe we would have a break from the media's Palin madness--

Posted by: southernbutnotstupid | August 4, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

someone with religious beliefs? LOL. What planet do these people live on? As if religious "beliefs" had any value. Beliefs mean nothing. Only knowledge and experience and Truth truly matter.

Posted by: vintel7 | August 4, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

lindalovejones wrote:
"Bristol Palin is not very smart, neither is her mother."
And you were the governor of which state?

Posted by: ssol4569 | August 4, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

The 'trash'ing of America by the Palin clan continues.

Posted by: rkcomments | August 4, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Keep digging in your drawers for more poop to throw, rkcomments! It's all you got.

Posted by: ssol4569 | August 4, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse


Come on Johnathan, a sexual predator? And this is based on what? You wearing your heart on your sleeves again?

Talking about over the top rhetoric.


Posted by: dcis1 | August 4, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

abbydelabbey @ August 4, 2010 12:27 PM wrote "I feel sorry for the baby -- worthless father, idiot mother and as for the grandmother -- she's not playing with a full deck either --

Does anyone in this family have any morals? brains?"

But at least they believe that quitting half-way through your job is patriotic and abstinence-only sex education works!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | August 4, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

AMviennaVA wrote: But at least they believe that quitting half-way through your job is patriotic and abstinence-only sex education works!

Upon resignation announcement Sarah Palin said, “I never believed that I or anyone else needs a title to do this, to make a difference," she said. "I'm determined to take the right path for Alaska, even though it is unconventional and it's not so comfortable."
One factor she cited was the media and political attacks on her, and she suggested that her reason for quitting abruptly was to allow the state to move forward under Parnell without distraction, calling this the "right path for Alaska."
"For my state and for my family to progress ... I will not seek re-election as governor," she said, voicing confidence that her successor would "continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success."
Her successor Sean Parnell later said, "I so appreciate what you have done for our state and your sacrificial service," he said, according to a written copy of the remarks released by his office. "You have been a strong leader for our state, you've inspired a nation and you've ignited the fire of real hope around the world."

Sarah Palin didn’t want to keep hammering the good people of Alaska with legal fees that people of your ilk self-righteously laid on her, the Governor of Alaska. BTW, what did any of the lawsuits prove (ethics violations)? Not a thing. Once again, tax payer money was wasted for self-righteous purposes.

Also, a persons choice of birth control is none of your business....perhaps I just didn't realize you were paying for the health and welfare of their son.

Posted by: ssol4569 | August 4, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

C'mon people, it's as if you actually believed the engagement announcement in the tabloid magazine. It had to be concocted to get paid $100,000. They expected a reality show to follow, but it didn't. So, there is no need to be "engaged". It was all a hoax to earn money.

Posted by: WindyCity | August 4, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

As of yet, I have not discovered a single thing about this whole episode which is not completely hilarious.

Posted by: tweldy | August 4, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Mama grizzly Palin better outsource one more thing in her motherhood gig and hire a referee to screen Bristol's candidates for this little fantasy of hers.
If you can be played (twice) by the likes of Levi Johnston, you are reallllyyy stoooopid.
And, exactly, Jonathan, Good luck with that, sister.

Posted by: dcunning1 | August 4, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe the Post pays Jonathan to write this stuff. He seems like a decent guy but very little that's interesting or substantive seems to come from him. Is he capable of offering us more? I would have thought so. Are his bosses asleep or are they happy with this kind of content?

Posted by: wswest | August 5, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

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