His conception has was almost immediately a national controversy. His grandmother is an accused drug dealer. It's unclear whether daddy was even around for his birth. But Bristol Palin's baby nevertheless seems chill.

It must be the name: How appropriate that the in-utero campaign prop, who was shuttled around the country following his other grandmother's campaign as part of the Republican presidential ticket, is named Tripp. (Needless to say, the druggie grandmama is going to be totally stoked by the name, as well. Far out!)

People, which seems to have the exclusive (baby picture deal?), reports Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnson was born a healthy 7 lbs. 7 oz. Saturday in Palmer, Alaska, with his father's surname. Levi Johnston is scheduled to marry Bristol Palin next year or be shot dead by a shotgun wielding, politically-determined Sarah Palin. It's all part of the Tripp!

UPDATE: People is indeed now rumored to have paid $300,000 for the pictures. Thank heavens for grandma's drug bust! Reports Scoop:

Sarah Palin stories just didn’t sell all that well for the weeklies on newsstands.... The drug-related arrest of Johnston's mother, however, caused the price tag for the photos to go up [from $100k].