Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston Have Reunited

We now know why Levi Johnston recently apologized to Sarah Palin and her family. He apparently wanted to patch things up with his future mother-in-law before the news came out that he was marrying Bristol. Even Levi and Bristol aren’t sure how she will take the news that the two secretly got back together:

Now comes the hard part: Getting the blessing of Sarah Palin, who has made no secret of her feelings for Levi. He provoked her fury last fall when he claimed that she had called her infant son Trig (who has Down syndrome) “retarded.” She fired back, telling reporters that anyone who posed for Playgirl would “say and do anything for even more attention.” Later, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she dubbed him “Ricky Hollywood” and called his “aspiring porn” career “heartbreaking.”

Says Bristol, “It is intimidating and scary just to think about what her reaction is going to be. Hopefully she will jump on board.”

We might never know what she is saying in private, but the political part of her has to be happy, or at least desire to act happy:

The Palins released a statement on the Today show Wednesday morning: “Bristol at 19 is now a young adult. We obviously want what’s best for our children. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives.”

After all, having Bristol and Levi married ends any political difficulties which might arise from having had an unwed teenage mother as a daughter (not that this was ever the real reason for opposing Sarah Palin). By 2012 it is doubtful that Levi’s criticism of Sarah will make much of a difference.

Oh, and good luck to the young couple. Our beef has always been with what Sarah Palin stands for–not with Bristol. However, if the urge to make fun of them becomes irresistible, check out the wedding invitation at FrumForum.

Update: It didn’t last, with rumors that Levi knocked up another girl.

NAACP Condemns Racism In Tea Party Movement

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has issued a resolution critical of the racism in the Tea Party movement at their national convention:

Late this afternoon the NAACP passed a resolution calling on all people — including tea party leaders — to condemn racism within the tea party movement.

Passed on the fourth day of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s annual convention in Kansas City, the resolution also urged people to oppose what it said was the tea party’s drive “to push our country back to the pre-civil rights era.”

“We feel it’s very important that we educate our membership about the tea parties,” said Anita Russell, head of the Kansas City branch of the NAACP, as the debate on the resolution began. “We are concerned that there is a racist element within the tea parties.”

Delegates said they wanted to make it clear, however, that the resolution wasn’t indicting the entire tea party movement as racist.

The St. Louis Tea Party protests, writing that “The millions of good, decent, and loving Americans who have participated in Tea Party events deserve nothing less than our full condemnation of the NAACP’s hatred and lies.”

Other Tea Party members are going further to protest against the resolution from the NAACP.

More seriously, Think Progress has documented multiple examples of the “the Tea Party’s well-documented history of racism and wrongful co-opting of the civil rights movement.”