There's some significant conjecture and evidence coming around, saying that Sarah Palin is not the mother of her youngest child. That honor, apparently, belongs to Gov. Palin's daughter Bristol (who is, I believe, 17). You can check out links here and here.
From a family perspective, I don't really care. If it's true, then it's a family issue, and I don't have a problem with a mother trying to protect her daughter. Bristol went and got herself pregnant, and now Gov. Palin is trying to let her daughter have a normal life. That would be a family matter, and it's no business of mine.
Of course, this is far from a family affair. Who can really separate the mother in Sarah Palin (ie caring for her daughter and grandson) from Governor Palin (who needs to show a strong family with good conservative values)? If this is true, then it's another step in an increasing list of questionable behavior on the part of the Governor, including the investigation into abuse of power as governor and the near recall of her as mayor of Wasilla. Is she really this ruthless and conniving? Isn't this kind of secretive and vindictive behavior what we're already used to in the White House? Outside of changing the gender and dropping 20 years off of the VP, how is this any different from Cheney? She allegedly fired those Wasilla city employees because they woudn't support her run for reelection; do I hear the cries of US Attorneys in my mind?