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  • Friday, September 05, 2008

    Problem Palin

    Last week it was all Palin. Well, here is a little more.

    First comes something from the Anchorage Daily News.

    Governor is stonewalling the Troopergate investigation

    Gov. Sarah Palin is taking the wrong approach to Troopergate. She should be practicing the open and transparent, ethical and accountable government she promised when running for governor and boasts about now that she's on the national stage.

    Instead, Gov. Palin has begun stonewalling the Legislature's attempt to get the bottom of allegations that she, her family or staff violated ethical or state personnel rules...

    The allegations are that she, her family or administration improperly pressured then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire Gov. Palin's ex-brother-in-law, state trooper Mike Wooten, who had been in the middle of a custody dispute with Palin's sister...

    Palin's lawyer has asked the Legislature to drop its investigation. He had the governor file an ethics complaint against herself, in a bid to turn the entire matter over to the state Personnel Board, which would hire an independent investigator.

    This is not an open and transparent attempt to establish Gov. Palin's accountability. It is an attempt to drag out the investigation until after voters decide the fate of her vice-presidential bid.

    This is typical of the disgusting corruption among Alaska Republicans.

    Next let me quote from Badger Blues calling Palin an outright liar:

    An incomplete list of things we know about Sarah Palin:

    In both of her big campaign speeches, she repeatedly lied about opposing the bridge to nowhere.

    As mayor, she tried to ban books from the public library, and then tried to fire the librarian who wouldn’t go along with her.

    As mayor, she fired the police chief for not supporting her election campaign.

    As governor, she tried to fire her ex-brother-in-law from his job as a state trooper. When it became public, she lied about it.

    As governor, she fired the state’s chief of police when he wouldn’t go along with her plan to fire her ex-brother-in-law. When it became public, she lied about it.

    Oh, and she opposes birth control, even for married couples, and she opposes abortion, even in the case of rape or incest. She doesn’t believe in global warming, and she wants to teach creationism in our schools.

    Again, typical corrupt, lying republican.

    You can find an extensive fact check of Palin's RNC speech over at Progressive Alaska.

    Finally I will end with a quote from Open Left, which is asking "Who Chose Palin?"

    Who chose Palin?

    Well, it certainly wasn't John McCain.

    McCain only met Palin once, six months ago. Unlike every other major party VP nominee in recent memory, Palin did not meet McCain for a final interview before her selection. A few weeks ago, she wasn't in the running at all. The scandals and unorthodoxies involving Palin -- she flip-flopped on the Bridge to Nowhere and even raised sales taxes on her small town to pay for an overpriced boondoggle -- show that the McCain campaign didn't vet her. The McCains and Palins looked visibly awkward together, not even speaking as they went their separate ways on a brief shopping trip in Ohio yesterday. McCain is on record as saying he wanted a running mate with whom he had a strong personal relationship -- and who was ready to be president.

    This was clearly not his pick. So again: Who chose Palin?

    When I first heard he chose Palin it really made me wonder just what he was thinking picking someone who was actively under investigation and who hails from the most corrupt state party in the country, the Alaska Republicans. He was just ASKING for corruption to be the big issue of the election, and remember it was Republican Corruption that won it for Democrats in 2006. Let's hope the issue wins it for us again.

    Let me remind you of just how corrupt Republicans really are by directing you to a now outdated but still relevant list of Democrat vs. Republican corruption. We can of course add Palin herself to the list for the Troopergate investigation.


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