Just when you thought Sarah Palin, the shining star of the Republican Party, was slowly fading away, she goes and does this:
In a stunning announcement whose shockwaves will likely reverberate from Alaska’s state capitol to the Beltway politics of Washington, D.C., Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday morning that she will resign her office July 26.
“I really don’t want to disappoint anyone with this announcement,” Palin said during the press conference at her home. “Not with the decision that I have made. All I can ask is that you trust me with this decision and know that it is no more politics as usual.”
The official reason? She’s not running for re-election so she doesn’t want to be a lame duck governor. Right…
Obviously, the hastiness of the decision and the lack of substance in the resignation speech, coupled with the fact that she delivered it on a Friday during a holiday weekend (hell, I didn’t even hear about it until the day after), is leading people to believe that something else is afoot.
What could that shoe be? Some unknown ethics inquiry? Some big official scandal about to break? The free house-construction no-one quite resolved? Trooper Wooten’s revenge? Bristol can’t take the bullshit any more and has sold a tell-all? Levi just got a lot of money from the Enquirer? Sherri Johnston has implicated a Palin in her drug-bust? Did Track get in trouble again? Is there another unplanned pregnancy somewhere? Someone took a hike on the Appalachian trail? Has Lyda Green finally gone nuclear? Has Mercedes got a book contract? Or has she pushed Levi one step too far? Is Trig really Tina Fey’s child?
The number of potential enemies and victims with an ax to grind and a lucrative story to tell is endless. Who can say? But the abruptness of the withdrawal is so weird one has to wonder.
Fasten your seat belts. I have a feeling we’re headed for a grand finale in the epic train wreck that is The Sarah Palin Express.
WASILLA – A Friday night fire at Gov. Sarah Palin’s church caused an estimated $1 million in damage, and investigators say it could be the work of an arsonist.
Firefighters were called to Wasilla Bible Church about 9:40 p.m. and found flames and smoke coming out windows at the back of the three-story structure, said James Steele, chief of the Central Mat-Su Fire Department.
Five women, and possibly a couple of children, were inside the church working on crafts, but everyone got out safely after a fire alarm alerted them to trouble, Steele said.
Palin’s church is fairly ridiculous. People who set fire to buildings are really ridiculous. People who set fire to buildings with people in them are despicable.
One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.’
Remember when I said, “We just won the election,” right after McCain picked Sarah Palin? Yeah. Everyone still puts the root cause of Obama’s rise to Lehman and the finanacial crisis, but, not to say that all that didn’t help, but I still believe Sarah Palin was a fundamental reason why John McCain lost this election.
Need I point out that literally having every any government at all involves taking somebody’s money and giving it to somebody else? Even the more restrivtive definition of redistribution — using government to create a less unequal distribution of wealth — has been going on for a century. If McCain is really opposed to redistribution, then that means he thinks the rich should get back a dollar in spending for every dollar they pay in taxes.
Some cities and towns are richer than others. Those cities and towns will be able to provide much better schools for their kids. And this means that kids from poor towns will be likely to have many fewer opportunities than kids from rich towns. If you care about equality of opportunity, you’ll probably think that this is a problem. One natural solution would be for states and the federal government help to fund education: in this way, funding levels for different school districts could be made more equal. But this involves, horror of horrors, redistribution: money from taxpayers who live in richer communities is being given to school districts in poorer communities.
The thing is: that’s what Obama is talking about. He’s not talking about cutting checks for the poor; he’s talking about trying to equalize funding across school districts. And his reason for doing this is specifically to “create equal schools and equal educational opportunity”, not to equalize wealth.
A simple question. I’m a flat taxer, because I don’t believe the government has any business punishing people for getting richer. But I don’t think that people who support the kind of punitive taxation that Obama does or Cameron does in Britain or Reagan did in 1986 is a “socialist.” Is it now the McCain campaign’s assertion that anyone who isn’t for a flat tax is socialist? I should add that if Obama is a socialist, Richard Nixon must have been a commie.
This whole argument is just pure garbage. Garbage. And quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of it. The McCain campaign had a better argument when they were attacking Obama over Ayers. That’s how stupid this “closing argument” is. Obama = Socialist is quite possibly the dumbest political argument ever assembled. I mean, this type of stuff is supposed to be relegated to the Limbaughs and Hannitys of the world. When did this wingnut crap end up on center stage?
For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides
The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A legislative committee investigating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found she unlawfully abused her authority in firing the state’s public safety commissioner. The investigative report concludes that a family grudge wasn’t the sole reason for firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan but says it likely was a contributing factor.
Gov. Sarah Palin again insisted on Saturday that an investigation by Alaska lawmakers into the firing of her former brother-in-law found “no unlawful or unethical activity on my part,” and added that “there was no abuse of authority at all in trying to get Officer Wooten fired.” (The report did in fact conclude that she had abused the power of the governor’s office.)
So here’s the bottom line. Palin did something unethical, but not illegal. Watch conservatives stress the latter, while everyone else with a conscience stresses the former.
Btw, I’m watching Fox News as I type this, and they just covered the story, and it’s just unbelievable to me that anyone can think that this channel is unbiased. Question from anchor: “So is this thing over, or are we going to have people still trying to say that she abused her power?” Correspondent: “I think this is effectively over, because people want to talk about real issues like the economy at this point.”
Keep your eyes peeled. Here’s a taste from the NYT:
By now, the outlines of the matter have been widely reported. Mr. Monegan believes he was ousted because he would not bow to pressure to dismiss Trooper Wooten. The Alaska Legislature is investigating the firing and whether the governor abused the powers of her office to pursue a personal vendetta. Its report is due Friday.
Ms. Palin has denied that anyone told Mr. Monegan to dismiss Trooper Wooten, or that the commissioner’s ouster had anything to do with him. But an examination of the case, based on interviews with Mr. Monegan and several top aides, indicates that, to a far greater degree than was previously known, the governor, her husband and her administration pressed the commissioner and his staff to get Trooper Wooten off the force, though without directly ordering it.
After attacking Barack Obama’s association with William Ayers for several days running, including yesterday, Sarah Palin made no mention of Ayers in her speech at a joint appearance with McCain in Pennsylvania that ended moments ago. Neither did McCain.
The missing Ayers reference suggest that the Ayers attacks may have backfired, and that the Obama campaign’s counter-attack — that the McCain team wants to use slimy negative attacks to distract from a discussion from the economy — may have been effective.
In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric’s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”
Ouch. There is that boy word. Things like this start to boil me up. Real bad.
It’s worth being reminded now and again that conservatives really believed this stuff. That Medicare would lead to the eradication of freedom. That the Civil Rights Act was a horrible abridgment of American liberty. That withdrawal from Vietnam would lead to Soviet global domination. That Bill Clinton’s 1993 budget would destroy the economy. And that the people responsible for those — Reagan, Goldwater, Gingrich, etc. — ideas are heroes to be admired.
The only freedoms I’ve lost have been stolen by Republicans.
I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help shore up our economy and putting it back on the right reasons and serving for the other party. Trying to get caught up in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia. For Russia to have all the dealings within the party. The same it applies for the right reasons and serving for the United States, and the pragmatism that’s needed at a crisis time like this. I’m not one of those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that we’ve got to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there.