Sarah Palin is a lot like that Simpsons Halloween episode where the advertising characters terrorize Springfield: if we stop paying attention to her, she can't hurt us. But no one's able to let her go. Neither the liberals who are alternately amused by and horrified of her and the conservatives split between idolizing and reviling her can let her just go back to Alaska in peace. The Times is still looking into the clothes thing. Olbermann still replays every public statement she makes every night while demanding to know why people still pay her mind. And guess who's still obsessed with her magical pregnancy?

Andrew Sullivan! The gay Catholic conservative British blog-evangelizing Obama-supporter has posted more words investigating the weird circumstances of Sarah Palin's pregnancy than maybe anyone but our own Cajun Boy. Today he has another bombshell: a photo of Sarah Palin looking not that fat three weeks before the birth of Trig!

She does look, well, fatter than she did after the birth of Trig, but not as fat as she looked some other time she was pregnant. Sullivan is investigating!

Actually, the Dish went out and interviewed eight of the leading obstetricians in the country and laid out all the facts of the case and asked the experts for their take. While none would say that this pregnancy could not have happened, and none would comment on a case they hadn't examined personally, all of them said it was one of the strangest and unlikeliest series of events they had ever heard of and found Palin's decision to forgo medical help for more than a day after her water broke and risk the life of her unborn child on a log airplane trip to be reckless beyond measure.

We, of course, are as guilty as anyone of devoting unneeded additional attention to this dimwit, but we have one more month of getting paid by pageviews.

Andrew Sullivan also has this choice line, a classic of conspiratorial insinuation: "Maybe I am crazy to even wonder. Or maybe we have witnessed one of the biggest frauds in American political history and the biggest failures among the American media in a very, very long time."

Yes, maybe. And maybe a monkey with Downs Syndrome will fly out of our butt!!

(We're really, really sorry for that.)