Sunday, October 12, 2008

Maverick Politics Just The Same Old Song And Dance

Sarah Palin is a maverick. She's from Alaska and that's as far away from Washington politics as one is likely to get. They do things differently than those D.C. insiders. She, and John McCain, of course, will bring a new era of reform to the federal government. That's what Sarah Palin tells us. Of course it could be that Sarah Palin is just a lying sack of crap.

No wait, that's not quite right. A lying sack of crap can at least fertilize your garden.

In a story that has been virtually buried in the news cycle, the Alaskan ethics panel reported that, "Gov. Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda." The personal agenda is of course, the firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, who had the authority to fire Palin's ex-Brother In Law, Trooper, Mike Wooten, something that the Palin's were trying to make happen.

The history of how the story unfolded is in itself interesting. Before being a national candidate, the governor agreed to fully cooperate with the investigation. Then, on September 16, the McCain-Palin campaign proclaimed the investigation "tainted" and said that they would no longer cooperate. Subpoenas were issued, including to Todd Palin, alleged to be a central figure in the matter, and the campaign quickly announced that they would be ignored.

More recently there was a reversal, and Mr. Palin did indeed testify. In due time the report was issued with the conclusion that Governor and Mr. Palin did in fact commit ethical breaches. Naturally they don't agree and their lawyers said, ""Sen. French and Sen. Green may have abused their government power by using public money to pursue a personal vendetta against the Governor, and then agreeing to pursue the PSEA attack against an administration that would not cave in to outrageous union demands." Interesting then that, Republican State Representative, John Coghill, a who once criticized the handling of the investigation, concluded that was "well-done professionally." Ultimately, the bipartisan Legislative Council, which commissioned the investigation adopted the 263-page public report unanimously.

So much for maverick politics.


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