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Edward O'Callaghan, left, and Megan Stapleton, spokespersons with the McCain campaign, answer questions concerning the firing of former public safety commissioner Walt Monegan during a news conference in Anchorage on Sept. 15, 2008. (AP/Al Grillo)

By Karl Vick
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is unlikely to meet with a special prosecutor looking into whether she or other state officials improperly pushed to punish a trooper, a spokesman for John McCain's presidential campaign announced Monday.

Since Palin was named as McCain's running mate Aug. 29, the campaign has dismissed the state legislature's investigation into her dismissal of the state's director of public safety, saying that Democrats are exploiting the probe for political gain.

McCain campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan said that Palin is "unlikely to cooperate" with the investigation, which he called "tainted."

Palin's husband, Todd, was subpoenaed in the probe last week. O'Callaghan said he did not know whether Todd Palin would challenge the subpoena.

Sarah Palin has said she fired Walter Monegan over disagreements about budget priorities. Monegan says he received repeated e-mails and phone calls from both Palins and her staff expressing dismay over the continued employment of state trooper Mike Wooten, whose divorce from Sarah Palin's sister was ugly.

Todd Palin and 12 other people were subpoenaed Friday by a joint committee, made up of three Republicans and two Democrats, after prosecutor Stephen Branchflower said that someone may have attempted to deny worker's compensation benefits to Wooten.

No subpoena was sought or issued for the governor. When the investigation was announced less than two months ago, Palin said she welcomed it and promised her full cooperation.

The decisive vote in the committee's 3 to 2 decision was cast by Charlie Huggins, a Republican senator from the Palins' home town of Wasilla. He explained his vote by saying, "I say let's just get the facts on the table, the sooner the better."

After McCain named Palin to the GOP national ticket, her supporters urged lawmakers to turn the Wooten matter over to the three-member State Personnel Board, which is appointed by the governor and charged with handling ethics complaints.

One lawmaker complained earlier this month that state Sen. Hollis French, the Anchorage Democrat overseeing the investigation, "appears to be steering [the investigation] ... in a manner that will have maximum partisan political impact on the national and state elections."

French said Monday night, "The McCain campaign seems to have forgotten that this began with a unanimous vote by eight Republicans and four Democrats to begin an investigation."

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First of all this investigation should have occured.

A trooper who has used tracer gun should be removed from department and the guy who protected should be jailed.

How this tropper would have used tracer gun in streets is questionable. Only guys who faced this trooper could tell.

Posted by: Henry | September 18, 2008 4:00 AM

Senator Obama has pressed the wrong buttons six times

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyfyJMOR90A

I think democrats must be having very forgiving tendancies. Good guys keep it up.

I think We have to forgive you after electing Senator Obama.

Posted by: Paul | September 18, 2008 3:52 AM

Wow Scott,

That was a long article from a very conservative website. We all know that they would not be one sided on an issue. They are open minded on all issues. I really like how you also posted the references that backed up these facts that was posted on the website. I forgot, we consrvative don't twist the truth, we just give the facts. Oh, yeah, that's why I became an independent. I can think and research the facts for myself.

Posted by: Ramon | September 17, 2008 10:26 AM

Obama's Double-Dealing Diplomacy Ibd
1 hour, 33 minutes ago (9/16/08)
Investor's Business Daily


Election '08: Barack Obama premised his campaign on calling for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. But now he's been quietly telling Iraq "not so fast." It's part of a deceptive pattern.

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Election: Barack Obama, who premised his campaign on calling for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, has now been quietly telling Iraq "not so fast." It's part of a deceptive pattern.Iraq's Foreign Minister Moshyar Zebari told the New York Post's Amir Taheri that Obama made delaying the troops' return a key theme of his talks with Iraqi leaders during his campaign stop in Baghdad last July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the U.S. elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari told Teheri, on the record.

Funny, that's not what Obama told voters. He has made an immediate pullout the cornerstone of his campaign. Taheri's report signals the Democratic standard-bearer would manipulate the war's end for political advantage and is willing to deceive voters to do it.

This in itself is reprehensible. But his secret calls also leave U.S. troops unnecessarily in harm's way. It's the kind of foreign policy meddling that serves Obama's interests over the national interest.

"Obama has given Iraqis the impression that he doesn't want Iraq to appear anything like a success, let alone a victory, for America," Taheri reported. "To be credible, his foreign-policy philosophy requires Iraq to be seen as a failure, a disaster, a quagmire, a pig with lipstick or any of the other apocalyptic adjectives used by the American defeat industry in the past five years."

Can Obama be trusted? We ask because he's shown a pattern of secretive double-dealing with voters, not just in his talking about small town voters one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco, as Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin pointed out, but particularly in foreign affairs.

It dates back to at least February, when Obama's economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, secretly told the Canadian embassy that Obama's demagoguery against NAFTA in the primaries was just a Styrofoam-pillar bid to win the Ohio vote.

Obama's pattern of deception continued. In March, Colombian troops raided a FARC terrorist camp in Ecuador and recovered a terrorist computer belonging to a top FARC warlord, Raul Reyes.

Computer e-mails revealed that someone who knew Obama's positions had secretly met with the terrorists and assured them Obama would cut U.S. military aid under Plan Colombia and veto its free trade pact. Both are major goals of the Marxist terrorists aligned with America's enemies.

Subsequent events confirmed this. Obama did come out in favor of shutting Colombia out of free trade. More disturbingly, Obama adviser Daniel Restrepo last week told Colombia's Radio Caracol that Obama planned to convert the military aid Colombia needs to crush terrorists into social aid programs that don't.

That's not the end of it. Now Obama is double-dealing with Iraqi officials to leave American troops in harm's way and prolong the appearance of war long enough to call it a failure and win votes.

The astonishing thing about Obama's deals is they're the very thing Democrats accused Republicans of without a shred of proof.

They accused Richard Nixon of making a secret deal with the North Vietnamese to prolong the Vietnam war enough to presumably win election in 1968.

Years later, in 1980, they accused Ronald Reagan of making a secret deal with Iranian terrorists holding U.S. diplomats hostage to win election over incumbent Jimmy Carter.

Neither of these claims, often repeated by leftist historians, has ever been proven. But the statement of Iraq's foreign minister, speaking to a leading writer on foreign policy, is considerably stronger as evidence. It signals that Obama places politics over the national interest to the extent that he would work against his own public positions to gull voters into electing him.

It's the absolute opposite of John McCain's courageous position supporting the surge in Iraq, even as politicos were warning him he'd lose the election for it. "I'd rather lose an election than lose a war," McCain said.

With Obama's promises to sit down with dictators in Venezuela, Cuba, Syria and Iran, voters have a right to ask if he's made any deals at odds with his public condemnations of them, too. Before he starts acting like president, he needs to come clean to voters and reveal his true positions. Whatever they are, voters have a right to know.

Posted by: Scott | September 16, 2008 8:40 PM

Racism is the only reason why Obama will not win in November. Ok, it's out in the open!the media report it but it's true. The real question is what are the rest of going to do about it! Or we going to take it lying down or throw the Republicans with their message of division, and racial hatred out of Washington! Palin makes my skin crawl! she is more dangerous than McCain. She think going to war with Russia is an option. OMG!

Posted by: Voice of Reason | September 16, 2008 7:59 PM

I want the truth also. about troopergate. Is she above the law ? Her credibility and McCain's credibility are gone. Who can believe them now ? They change anything and distort anything to make themselves look better. They would not know truth if it bit them in the posterier. I feel sorry for Cindy left out in the cold, while those two wage their own COLD WAR .

Posted by: jewel.bts | September 16, 2008 6:38 PM

I want the truth also. about troopergate. Is she above the law ? Her credibility and McCain's credibility are gone. Who can believe them now ? They change anything and distort anything to make themselves look better. They would not know truth if it bit them in the posterier. I feel sorry for Cindy left out in the cold, while those two wage their own COLD WAR .

Posted by: jewel.bts | September 16, 2008 6:38 PM

This is an interesting article written by Les Gara of Alaska who says that the McCain/Palin/Rove people are up in Alaska interfering in the Troopergate investigation. You can find it at Huffingtonpost.com today

New Breaking News Alerts
The McCain camp has brought a whole new level of it to our small state -- in what looks like an effort to show they can play the same Karl Rove-like political games that have haunted this country for the last 8 years. I like Governor Palin on a personal level. But I don't like what the McCain campaign is doing to our state. I don't like deception. And I don't like politics as usual.

Alaskans are starting to see evidence of a Karl Rove-like effort to stonewall what started as a non-controversial, bi-partisan "Troopergate" investigation. A little deception here, a few personal attacks there. And the kind of spin you see at an amusement park tilt-a-whirl station.

This investigation was started by a Republican-dominated Alaska Legislature to look into Governor Palin's conduct in seeking the termination of a State Trooper, once married to the Governor's sister, Trooper Michael Wooten. The McCain camp wants to stop it by saying it's a "democratic" investigation. Apart from facts, and the reputations the McCain folks don't mind destroying, there's not a lot standing in the way of this strategy.

Until August 29 "Troopergate" was a small state investigation Governor Palin, and every Republican and Democrat in a Republican-led Legislature, had agreed was appropriate. But things changed the day Governor Palin joined the McCain ticket. His handlers went ballistic that the Governor agreed to an investigation they now needed to stop.

I know Senator McCain is now running on a political platform of "change." Leave aside how he'll fight to change what he's voted to do to this country for the last 8 years. If you ask me, the only thing he's changed so far is Governor Palin's position -- her decision to cooperate with this once-small investigation.

This is one of those cases where there's a clear truth. It's a clear truth -- about a bi-partisan investigation -- that I hope McCain's operatives will ultimately fail at spinning into a "partisan" plot against his running mate.

To get their way, and prevent sworn testimony from leaking out on what I suspect was probably a minor breach by Governor Palin, McCain's operatives have come to Alaska to add invective in a state where people generally get along. They've chosen to vilify: 1) one of the state's most respected public officials, Senator Hollis French; 2) the state's most respected law enforcement official, Walt Monegan; and 3) a highly respected former DA and Victims Rights advocate a legislative committee voted 12 - 0 to hire to conduct the investigation, Steve Branchflower.

It's the ghost of Karl Rove. Say something untrue enough times -- like that al-Qaeda is training with Saddam Hussein's help -- and people will believe it. Not this time. I'm not sure if I mentioned a few important facts.

Did I mention that no one ever attacked the Troopergate investigation by Alaska's Legislature -- started long before Governor Palin was placed on McCain's ticket -- until August 29? That was the day Governor Palin joined the McCain bid for the White House.

Did I mention that before the McCain camp got involved, the Governor stated of the Legislative investigation: "That being the route they choose, so be it. I'm happy to comply, to cooperate." (KTUU.com, July 24, 2008). She repeatedly stated she'd comply, and that it was the right thing to do.

Did I mention the personal attacks against our local public officials only started after Sen. McCain sent his flacks up to our small state on August 29? They came with a mission to make America believe a Republican-initiated investigation, started with a unanimous committee vote of eight Republicans and four Democrats, was a "partisan" plot. That's only a tough sell if people know the facts.

Did I mention they now claim the Legislature cannot legally proceed with an investigation into government misconduct (I thought Republicans didn't like attorneys who made frivolous arguments), and that they are threatening to to go to court to stop it? The Governor's attorneys started writing those letters on -- you guessed it -- August 29. Before then they agreed the investigation was proper.

Oh, and what about this: last week the McCain camp put our Governor in a bizarre position. They told her to file an ethics complaint against herself! Yup, again after her VP nomination. Too weird? What's behind this move? You guessed it. Lawyers.

To create the legal argument that the Legislature cannot investigate government misconduct, the McCain team has had her file a complaint against herself before something called the State Personnel Board. That's a 3 member group of Republican Gubernatorial appointees -- that, if it started this week, wouldn't get an investigation done, and reported to the public, until after the November election. Convenient.

Hm. The Legislature has announced they'd have their investigation done -- if witnesses would cooperate like they were until August 29 -- by October 10. I can't imagine why the McCain camp would prefer an investigation that doesn't get finished until after November. Any ideas?

So what about the claim that this investigation is some sort of partisan plot against a Republican ticket? A legislative committee of eight Republicans and four Democrats asked former Assistant District Attorney Hollis French, a Democrat -- to hire a legislative investigator in July. He did. He's not doing the investigation. So the complaint that he's a Democrat who supports Barack Obama is, well, weak. He's a Democrat who supports Barack Obama, who was appointed before Governor Palin was a VP candidate. More importantly, he's a Senator who has the confidence of a majority Republican Senate.

He once said to the press the results of the investigation are likely to be troubling. He shouldn't have said that. But the Governor's said it too. The newspapers have said it. We all know it. The public record already contains evidence that the Department of Public Safety was contacted roughly 20 times by Palin senior staff, and her husband Todd, about firing Trooper Wooten. The Governor has conceded that based on this evidence, the public could conclude the Department could have felt pressure from above to fire Trooper Wooten.

The investigator, Steve Branchflower, is a former DA and Office of Victims Rights head (a job he was appointed to by a Republican Legislature). He's actually conducting the investigation. Attacking Senator French doesn't really work if he's not investigating the case, or making any findings. So the McCain folks have attacked Mr. Branchflower. And they've tried to stop him from issuing subpoenas to the witnesses now directed not to talk. Today the McCain folks suffered a setback. A bi-partisan committee of Republicans and Democrats authorized Mr. Branchflower to move ahead to subpoena those witnesses.

And for good measure -- the McCain folks are attacking Walt Monegan -- the Public Safety Commissioner Governor Palin fired. The Troopergate investigation involves claims that Monegan was fired for not agreeing to fire Trooper Wooten, the Governor's brother in law involved in a very ugly custody dispute with the Governor's sister.

I don't begrudge the Governor for not liking her brother-in-law. I don't really like him either, from what I've read. I do begrudge those who'd attack Commissioner Monegan, a quintessential public servant who's worked for both Republican and Democratic heads on the state and local level.

These three public servants deserve better. What they've received so far, is a little dose of ugly Washington politics in a state where we don't see that stuff too often.

I stood on the sidelines when this investigation started. When Governor Palin fired Commissioner Monegan, my advice was to end the flap and just hire him back. He does good work. He's well respected. Unfortunately, my advice sometimes isn't that good, and the Governor didn't agree.

Then McCain's staff of outsiders came to town. And they began to launch personal attacks on people I respect. They started proving that the same old politics that have caused dissatisfaction with Washington insiders these past eight years are going to be the bread and butter of the McCain campaign.

So -- here I am today. I support an Obama presidency because he shares a vision I believe in. I've publicly supported him since the race started last year. I also think Governor Palin originally did the right thing in agreeing to take some small lumps by proceeding with a legislative investigation Republicans and Democrats, and much of the public asked for.

But unfortunately Alaska is the bull's eye in a national presidential race today. When told by the McCain folks that she needed to change her position, she did, as a loyal running mate. I understand that.

As an Alaskan I'm not really angry at our Governor for this mess. I do blame John McCain for the ugliness he's brought to our state this week. His folks have come to my small state to attack my friends, and people I respect, for political gain. In my book, that's not OK. We all mess up time to time. But this crosses the line.

In small states, like small towns, people who act like the McCain folks apologize. Until that happens, I'll keep defending three public servants who deserve better.

Posted by: califpat | September 16, 2008 3:26 PM

Do we really want to see more of these scandal-ridden Republicans at the top of the U.S. government? Stonewall Sarah should take a hike and take her buddy indicted senator Ted Stevens with her. America has had enough of these crooked corrupt Republicans and their sleazy scandals.

Posted by: The Devil Bat | September 16, 2008 3:07 PM

Republicans only follow laws they like. Typlica "elitists"... what, you want to investigate? Go ahead.. they'll just lose the paperwork or call out the Feds. We've seen this movie before, idiots.

Posted by: Lola | September 16, 2008 1:19 PM

What, What, What!!! She is not cooperating?
Remember Cheney, Karl Rove and associates.
They should subpoenad her ass.

How funny things turn out. This is a joke and it is real.

Remember the episode of
The South Park "Bury head in the sand" and the other one " 911 and terrosist". This is exactly what we are seeing here.

Posted by: Omidal | September 16, 2008 12:55 PM

oops!

Note to self 2:

"How to evade criminal prosecution"

Any old dog can learn new tricks!

---> Say my opponents are using my criminal past for political gain

Posted by: McShame | September 16, 2008 12:50 PM

Note to self:

How to evade criminal prosecution:

>>>>>>

Now, how do I turn this computer off???

Posted by: McShame | September 16, 2008 12:48 PM

This is the guy you want replaced Katie? He sounds pretty reasonable and they want to avoid an October surprise.

"State Sen. Hollis French, the Anchorage Democrat who is managing the probe into Palin's firing of her former public safety commissioner, said legislators decided not to subpoena Palin as a gesture to calm what has become a tense standoff between the Legislature and the newly minted Republican vice presidential nominee.

"We're trying to de-escalate the situation. We just want the truth, clear the air," French said."

"Legislators also have decided to move up the date for completing their investigation into whether Palin abused her powers as governor by leaning on former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire a state trooper involved in a messy divorce with Palin's sister.

The Legislature's independent investigator, retired state prosecutor Steve Branchflower, will complete his investigative report on Oct. 10 rather than at the end of October, which would be right on top of the Nov. 4 election.

The idea, said state Republican Rep. Jay Ramras of Fairbanks, is to avoid the appearance of a last-minute "October surprise.""
http://www.adn.com/monegan/story/517072.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:41 PM


September 16, 2008
The Political Lying Game
By David Harsanyi

There are many brands of truth. Some are poetic truths; others are political truths; and some are staggering exaggerations -- or what politicians frequently refer to as "talking."

These days, there is an outbreak of artificial indignation over the "lies" of Republicans. Barack Obama's national press secretary, Bill Burton, claims John McCain has run "the sleaziest and least honorable campaign in modern presidential campaign history."

Ouch. We can attribute one of the following to this claim: 1) Burton has just landed on the planet Earth. 2) Burton is attempting to manipulate the media. 3) Burton is "lying."

I pick No. 2. After all, we all have heard the self-serving myth that pits helpless, meek, high-minded, issue-oriented Democrats against mendacious and mean Republicans, who not only detest America -- especially children and small vulnerable creatures -- but also lie and cheat to keep all oppressed.

The facts betray a more equitable story. And it starts with Sarah Palin's assertion that she said "thanks, but no thanks" to the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" and opposed earmarks. That is an elastic political truth.

Technically, she did stop the project after initially supporting it. She has taken earmarks -- even lobbied for them while mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. As governor of Alaska, though, Palin also vetoed more than 300 wasteful projects and made an attempt to reform the process. Her record on earmarks is mixed, but by any measure, it's far superior to either of the Democratic candidates' records.

Moreover, if this Palin claim can be classified as an untruth, Obama can be called a "liar" just as easily.

Take, if you will, the foundational assertion of Obama's entire campaign: He is the candidate of post-partisan change. Obama, meanwhile, voted with fellow Democrats 96 percent of the time in Washington. And the bipartisan achievement he most often cites, an ethics reform bill, was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate.

Unanimous: "being in complete harmony or accord."

So "unity" should be referred to as a poetic truth.

And when much of the media act as if they are personally offended by a questionable McCain ad accusing Obama of voting for a bill that would have provided sex education to kindergarteners, you feel the pain. It was, indeed, a massive stretch.

It reminds me of the Obama ad that accuses McCain of having "voted to cut education funding" and having "proposed" the abolishment of the Department of Education despite neither being true. Not much anger at that one. Just a lot of talk about the media's responsibility to keep candidates honest. And absolutely, journalists have a responsibility to put every candidate through the wringer.

Every candidate.

So maybe, when ABC's Charlie Gibson has the chance to chat with Obama, he can ask him -- twice -- how, with his dearth of experience and his own 2004 "lie" that he would "serve out (his) full six-year term" in the Senate, does he really truly actually believe he is ready for the presidency. Or did he blink? Ever?

And when the Palin inspection is over and Americans know how many mooseburgers she's ingested and every federal cent she has ever requested, cable news shows can begin panel discussions regarding Joe Biden.

They can examine the Democratic VP nominee's relationship with credit card giant MBNA. Someone might even ask Biden why he backed legislation promoted by the credit card industry and opposed by watchdog groups while his son was a lobbyist for MBNA.

That question, it seems, at the very least, deserves as much attention as Palin's teenage daughter's pregnancy.

Because, of course, no one is innocent in politics. Nor does any party, despite what you may have heard, occupy the moral high ground.

Reach columnist David Harsanyi at dharsanyi@denverpost.com.

Posted by: Scott | September 16, 2008 12:33 PM

'' Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will not cooperate with a "tainted" legislative investigation into the firing of her public safety commissioner, the McCain-Palin campaign announced Monday, accusing supporters of Democratic rival Barack Obama of manipulating the probe for political motivations. - -'' !!!!!!

At this point, thank God she and McBush didnot accuse Obama's campaign of fabricating this investigation from the start - -

Another Repugnant who thinks that THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW !!

GOOD LORD JESUS, How much more CRAP can we take form these Repugnants, in one election cycle ?? PLEASE HAVE MERCY ON US !!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:14 PM

Sen. Hollis French should be removed from the investigation, replaced with a Democrat less personally invested in the outcome, and move on. Gov. Palin should cooperate fully, as she has previously promised and as is befitting a woman who is running on a reform ticket.

Posted by: Katie | September 16, 2008 12:14 PM

Just a pattern of hers...

Palin Fired Police Chief Because She Said He Did Not Support Her, He Sued Saying she Did It
Because the NRA Told Her To and Because of Gender Discrimination. “Fannon is replacing Irl
Stambaugh, whom the mayor fired in January. Palin said she did not think Stambaugh supported her
administration. Stambaugh has sued the city, alleging Palin fired him because local bar owners and the
National Rifle Association asked the mayor to do so. Stambaugh wanted the city to adopt earlier bar
closings as a way to combat alcohol-related traffic accidents, according to the complaint.” The complaint
also accused “Palin of contract violation, wrongful termination and gender discrimination. Stambaugh is
seeking more than $ 500,000 in damages.” Stambaugh had headed the police department since it was
created in 1993. Before that, he served 22 years with the Anchorage Police Department rising to the rank
of captain before retiring. [Anchorage Daily News, 1/31/97, 3/1/97, 3/28/97]

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:02 PM

Sarah just wants to build up suspense and then she will come forward and show how these charges are baseless. Empty. Maybe even prejudiced.

But we shouldn't expect this to happen soon. Takes a while to work through procedures. Maybe come December?

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | September 16, 2008 11:55 AM

Palin is not Pilate she is satan incarnate, the true anti-christ. She wants to wage a final holy war agains Islam. She is part of the third wave movement. She has ties to Senior Pastor Mike Rose, Juneau Christian Church
Lou Engle, Paster Hagee, Jeol's Army, and Christian Identity.

Sara Palin believes that following the Rapture, those remaining will suffer through the horrors of the Tribulation, reign of the Antichrist, and the wars of Apocalypse until the return of Jesus.

She tried to have books banned when she was a council woman.

Trig: n. 1. A political prop often used by the republican Christian radical right. The governor used a trig to deflect scrutiny of the Christian theocratic aspirations to raise an army and start the final crusade cleans the world of all other religions.

3. sean hannity: n. 1. The act of inserting ones fist into the rectum of a fox viewer without the benefit of Crisco. Sean hannity has wet dreams of being sean hannitied by Keith Olbermann.

Posted by: Pope Sergius V | September 16, 2008 11:41 AM

HI FOLKS FROM THE LOWER 48,PLEASE KEEP
PALIN AND 1ST DUDE DOWN THERE,WE MOOSE'S
ARE TRYING TO FEED OUR FAMILY,THIS GAL SHOT MY BUDDY WITH A AK 47,OUT OF A HELICOPTER,SHE EVEN SHOT MY PAL ROCKY!
AND BUGS BUNNY,DAM WE ARE ENDANGERED SPECIES,PLEASE OBAMA RESHAPE THE DEPT.OF THE INTERIOR! THIS IS BULLWINKLE J. MOOSE
AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE.

OBAMA/BIDEN

Posted by: BULLWINKLE | September 16, 2008 11:39 AM

"this began with a unanimous vote by eight Republicans and four Democrats to begin an investigation."

And that is where Palin's fabricated image as a reformer falls down.

McCain/Palin for more of the same.

Posted by: JJ | September 16, 2008 11:36 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 11:33 AM

Being nominated the GOP VP candidate may save her bacon. Given the party's reflexive reaction to any scrutiny of her, this will be sidetracked due to its purported political motivation and sexist slant; of course this completely ignores the fact that the investigation was commissioned before anyone had the slightest clue Palin would be the nominee, which includes McCain staffers. Republicans can still put out scandalous misleading caricatures of Obama's person, but no one is allowed to question her fitness for office, truthfulness, knowledge of issues, ability to govern (now it comes out that she had less responsibility as mayor than a community organizer; whatever duties of a mayor that weren't under the control of the state or the county were handled by a city administrator. She was just another pretty figurehead. She seems to have spent much of her time as mayor and governor abusing the power of her office on personal matters. Now she can use her nomination to another office to scuttle a valid investigation into her official conduct. The world is her oyster.

Posted by: ChuckB | September 16, 2008 11:30 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 11:27 AM

Tuesday, September 16
Race Poll Results Spread
Pennsylvania FOX News/Rasmussen Obama 47, McCain 47 Tie
Ohio FOX News/Rasmussen McCain 48, Obama 45 McCain +3
Florida FOX News/Rasmussen McCain 49, Obama 44 McCain +5
Virginia FOX News/Rasmussen McCain 48, Obama 48 Tie
Colorado FOX News/Rasmussen Obama 46, McCain 48 McCain +2
New Jersey Quinnipiac Obama 48, McCain 45 Obama +3
Monday, September 15
Race Poll Results Spread
National Gallup Tracking McCain 47, Obama 45 McCain +2
National Rasmussen Tracking McCain 49, Obama 47 McCain +2
National Hotline/FD Tracking McCain 43, Obama 44 Obama +1
Ohio SurveyUSA McCain 49, Obama 45 McCain +4

Ohio Suffolk University McCain 46, Obama 42 McCain +4
Utah Rasmussen McCain 64, Obama 32 McCain +32
New York Siena Obama 46, McCain 41 Obama +5
-------
"Swing in polls continues.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/us/general_election_mccain_vs_obama-225.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 10:34 AM "
-------
-Yeah, NY and New Jersey are Swinging RED!

Posted by: Scott | September 16, 2008 11:21 AM

Palin should tell all the DemoRats to shove it.

You Go Girl!

Posted by: Ohio Republiscum | September 16, 2008 10:25 AM
------------------------------------------
Did you get this bloggers name? Couldn't be more correct republiSCUM! IDIOTS UNITE!!!!

A party of liars, supported by liars, voted in by liars, well yep, that just about settles it, the republican party with John McCliar on the ticket is nothing but a bunch of braindead suckbutts who don't even realize that just for the sake of winning, they are selling their country out. No wonder, don't take great minds to be brainwashed, just take stupid ones.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 11:18 AM

With advisers like this who needs opponents!

"This one is choice...

"Adviser says McCain helped create the BlackBerry

Move over, Al Gore. You may lay claim to the Internet, but John McCain helped create the BlackBerry.

At least that's the contention of a top McCain policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Waving his BlackBerry personal digital assistant and citing McCain's work as a senator, he told reporters Tuesday, ''You're looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create.''"

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/washington/AP-McCain-BlackBerry.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 11:05 AM"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 11:16 AM

FEELINGSORRY... YOU STATED AS IT IS, NOW ITS UP TO FOLK TO WAKE UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING...
VOTE OBAMA BIDEN 08

Posted by: L.King, Sr. | September 16, 2008 11:10 AM

I suspect Cheney is smarter an better informed too.

To her credit Palin may be better with a gun and has not shot anyone we know of, lol.

"What's the difference between Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin?

Yep, you guessed it.

Lipstick.

Posted by: Marilyn | September 16, 2008 11:04 AM"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 11:07 AM

This one is choice...

"Adviser says McCain helped create the BlackBerry

Move over, Al Gore. You may lay claim to the Internet, but John McCain helped create the BlackBerry.

At least that's the contention of a top McCain policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Waving his BlackBerry personal digital assistant and citing McCain's work as a senator, he told reporters Tuesday, ''You're looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create.''"

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/washington/AP-McCain-BlackBerry.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 11:05 AM

What's the difference between Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin?

Yep, you guessed it.

Lipstick.

Posted by: Marilyn | September 16, 2008 11:04 AM

One would think she would want to put this behind her as quickly as possible, unless she is guilty. Do we really want another four years of an administration who think the law is for others? Also, this issue lets light through the cracks in the Palin family and shows a high level of dysfunction. We need to know more of the details of the child custody issue, but Sarah Palin should have let her sister fight her own battles.

Posted by: MN USA | September 16, 2008 11:02 AM

If you needed proof that the dumbing down of america has taken solid hold, you need look no further than the current polls. America, you get what you deserve, and you deserve what you get. Tanking economy, endless war, sky high energy costs and sons and daughters being sacraficed on the battlefields and back allies of america. Vote McCain-Palin, because america hasn't suffered enough.

Posted by: pj45 | September 16, 2008 11:01 AM

Man up Granny Palin and stop whining and playing the victim card. Your party hates whiners. Your party hates victims. Your party espouses personal responsibility so show some. If you don't have anything to hide about Troopergate come clean...and while you are at it, release your tax returns.

She's no pitbull...she's just a poodle! (but looks quite tan thanks to the tanning bed she had installed in the governor's residence in Alaska)

Posted by: RandyG | September 16, 2008 10:57 AM

Morons for McCain/Palin.

Posted by: MFMP | September 16, 2008 10:52 AM

How bushonian of her. If there ever was proof of just how similar the two regimes will be this is it.

Bush/Cheney/Rove committed all sorts of criminal violations only to sneer at the legislators and dare them to hold them accountable.

They lied, cheated, stole and now have sold this country down the river and they are still sneering and laughing all the way to the bank.

Now comes Palin, who is in this predicament BECAUSE SHE PUT HERSELF THERE, and her spinmiesters are claiming that the process is "tainted" and therefore she is above the law.

Never mind the FACT that the process started with a bipartison agreement to investigate. Nevermind that the process started BEFORE she was nominated. The defences offered by the right as justification for this and other assinine behavior by mccain/palin is mind-boggeling.

All I can say is that if you idiots vote mccain and palin in, you will get what you deserve. Your hatred toward OBAMA has blinded you to the point where you are willing to vote against your own self interests.

I and other thought-minded voters pity you.

Posted by: roxlaw | September 16, 2008 10:44 AM

Sell justice mooseburgers to Galveston, the new capital city of McEcho's thriving economy !

Posted by: ratl | September 16, 2008 10:42 AM

So now the excuse is that she won't cooperate with a tainted investigation. Before she was the nominee, she said transparency and accountability.

The investigation was the product of a bi-partisan vote. 12-0. 8 Republicans and 4 democrats.

The subpoenas were also issued by a bi-partisan manner.

The man appointed to lead the investigation, a democrat, was appointed despite the fact that the Republicans outnumber the democrats on the panel.

This is just another example of the lying scum that the GOP is today. They are no longer accountable. It's why this nation has been fuked in the ass by fascist stooges. And apparently there are enough retards, morons and pigs left in this country who just don't get it and want the race to be close.

Posted by: More Lies from the Fuking Liars | September 16, 2008 10:41 AM

Shouldn't be any more question that McCain is "more of the same?"

He and Palin haven't even been elected yet and they are already claiming elite status that puts them above the law.

McCain/Palin are looking more every day like McBush /Chelin.

Posted by: apspa1 | September 16, 2008 10:40 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 10:34 AM

So W. And when W didn't cooperate -- the allegations usually turned out to be true. (See, e.g., torture, justice dept. firing, justice dept. hiring, etc., etc., etc.)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 10:33 AM

Mccain said on a Sunday talk show she was the knowledgeable person on energy in the country. I guess a few of those guys at MIT may disagree. Mccain has become such a compulsive liar it is just astounding. He lies on the level of someone who is psychotic, someone who can't even tell what the truth is anymore.


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Palin is McCain's biggest lie; unless he has lost his mind, he cannot be serious to describe her as qualified for the highest office in the land.
As for Palin herself, she lied and lied from the time she was selected by McCain. Her Bridge to nowhere/earmark lie, for example, is alive and well without being scrutinized by most of the media. See more on Palin and McCain and earmarks at:
http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/national/2008/02/15/timeline-of-school-shootings.html and
http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2008/09/earmarks-3-big.html
She will not speak to troopergate investigators because she may have to tell the truth--but she will continue to stretch the truth during her campaign appearances.

Posted by: BrigN. | September 16, 2008 10:21 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 10:31 AM

Anyone with a brain voting for McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Also "Unlikely" | September 16, 2008 10:25 AM

Palin should tell all the DemoRats to shove it.

You Go Girl!

Posted by: Ohio Republiscum | September 16, 2008 10:25 AM

Oh please please please can we elect a buffoonish, lying coward for VP?

Posted by: Scy | September 16, 2008 10:24 AM

Palin is McCain's biggest lie; unless he has lost his mind, he cannot be serious to describe her as qualified for the highest office in the land.
As for Palin herself, she lied and lied from the time she was selected by McCain. Her Bridge to nowhere/earmark lie, for example, is alive and well without being scrutinized by most of the media. See more on Palin and McCain and earmarks at:
http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/national/2008/02/15/timeline-of-school-shootings.html and
http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2008/09/earmarks-3-big.html
She will not speak to troopergate investigators because she may have to tell the truth--but she will continue to stretch the truth during her campaign appearances.

Posted by: BrigN. | September 16, 2008 10:21 AM

This is a pattern of an attitude of the imperial presidency started by Nixon and refined by Reagan and Bush. Her record in Alaska in all of her elected positions shows a pattern of cronyism and breaking with former allies once she doesn't need them. She had said she would cooperate before she was the nominee but changed her tune, just like she did on seeking earmarks, including the Bridge to Nowhere.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 16, 2008 10:15 AM

Hmmm....

Missing emails? Refusals to testify--after agreeing you would? Nepotism? Petty vendettas? Sounds a lot like...

George W. Bush's administration.

How's that workin' out for us so far?

Posted by: tellthetruth | September 16, 2008 10:14 AM

Avoiding investigators? Not "cooperating"?.....That's a good little GOP sleazebag.

Posted by: CSD | September 16, 2008 10:09 AM

Palin's high approval rating probably has more to do with the $3200 state payout then anything else.

Posted by: Scott F. | September 16, 2008 10:06 AM

Handing people $1200 doesn't hurt your popularity either.

Couldn't this $741 million been better spent on alternative energy or something similar?

"Palin said she wants the one-time payments to go out to Alaskans by September. All Alaskans who have qualified for the 2008 Permanent Fund dividend would be eligible for the $1,200 in addition to their PFD. Anyone else who can show on an application they have lived in the state for at least 180 days would also receive the $1,200, under her proposal. The federal government would take a bite out of it through income taxes, though, just like the PFD.

The money for the payments would come from the windfall surplus the state is getting because of the high oil prices and last year's oil tax increase. The state could collect an extra $2.7 billion in oil taxes and royalties than had been forecast for the coming fiscal year -- even if prices gradually decline over the next year, according to the revenue department."

http://www.adn.com/legislature/story/442702.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 10:06 AM

She's hiding something.

Posted by: DDS | September 16, 2008 10:03 AM

hb,

The son *asked* to be tasered. Wooten set the taser on demo mode, just as would be done to demonstrate the effects on a trainee. Members of Palin's family were present at the time and laughed when the son asked for it to be done again. This was not some act of brutality however much you and other McCain partisans wish to turn it into one.

Wooten was disciplined for "misuse of government property" in regards to the taser incident, not for malicious use of force or anything similar.

Is it too much to ask that facts be the basis of an argument?

Posted by: Historian | September 16, 2008 10:02 AM


It's NOT HARD to be the most popular governor in a state whose population is the size of Fort Worth, TX.

I guess the mayor of Fort Worth, Michael J. Moncrief is just as qualified as Palin to be VP. And he's not embroiled in scandal like Palin is.

They have pipelines in Fort Worth, dont they?

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Posted by: el_barto | September 16, 2008 10:01 AM

Hey, this could all be easily resolved.

With a subpoena.

Posted by: tellthetruth | September 16, 2008 9:59 AM

"Taser incident

Wooten was also found to have violated department policy in using a Taser on his then 11-year old stepson in 2003; he told investigators that he did so "in a training capacity" after the child had asked to be tased in order to show his cousin, Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, that he "wasn't a mama's boy".[29][13] In a statement to the police, the boy said "that he wanted to be tased to show that he's not a mommy's boy in front of Bristol. Following being tased he went upstairs to tell his mother that he was fine."[17] In a statement to the police, Molly McCann said "she was up stairs giving a bath to the kids … Mike was going to show Payton what it feels like and she told Mike that he better not."[17] According to Molly's account, she remained upstairs during the incident.

In a September 2008 newspaper interview Wooten said that he "deeply regretted" the Taser incident.[30] He said that he set the Taser to "test" mode, meaning that it was on low power. Wooten added that he attached clips to the child rather than firing darts from a gun, that he turned on the power for less than one second, and that afterwards his stepson "thought it was great and wanted to do it all over again". He stated that "everyone laughed about" the incident at the time.[30] He also said that he "would like to put this behind me and get on with my life", and wished Palin and her family good luck.[30] According to a spokesman for Taser International, "if the Taser is fired for just a second, it would feel like your funny bone was hit."[29]

Although the Taser incident happened in 2003, it was not reported to police until on or after April 11, 2005, the day that Molly McCann filed for divorce. On June 6, 2005, Sgt. Ron Wall, a police investigator, asked Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol why they "waited so long and brought the incident up after two years." Bristol said "because of the divorce."[17]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Public_Safety_Commissioner_dismissal

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 9:58 AM

She initially agreed to cooperate now she's stonewalling on investigation. What change are you bringing to Washington, Sarah Palin? That's exactly what Bush and Cheney do now. That's not change. That's more of the same.

The issue here is not what Mike Wooten has or has not been accused of. The issue is abuse of power and if Commissioner Monegan was fired because he would not agree to fire Wooten after Palin's full court press to get that to happen. Don't confuse the issue.

Posted by: bjalexa | September 16, 2008 9:56 AM

While tasering a 10 year old is deplorable, it should be noted it was done with a lower powered training cartridge and only briefly. It was also done with the training cartridge leads being manually attached, he did not shoot his son with the taser darts.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 9:55 AM

I think the Palin baby closely resembles Kim Jong Il. Any chance he is the father?

Posted by: Honest Observation | September 16, 2008 9:52 AM

SOS MIKE GRAVEL,SOS,WE NEED YOUR HELP
MIKE ,THE DEMOCRATICS IN ALASKA NEED YOU
WE MUST SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY, FROM THE
LIAR PALIN AND HER GUY 1ST DUDE!CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT, 1ST DUDE IN THE WHITE HOUSE!
WE HAVE REALLY LOST OUR PRIDE WHEN IT'S OK FOR 1ST DUDE,WE NEED A GENTLEMAN,AND A WARRIOR IN OUR WHITEHOUSE(USA)HELP
US MIKE.LET'S PUT ASLASKA IN PLAY?WECAN
DO THIS!! YOUR DEAL MIKE!

Posted by: TED STEVENS | September 16, 2008 9:52 AM

When Palin sister was married Sarah Palin wrote letters saying what an exemplary person in a attempt to help him with his career and to help her sister. You should read them, he is the greatest person in the world. Most honorable person she knows. After the divorce she turned on him. She just lies coming and going depending on how it will benefit her or her family. This guy was obviously always a creep, she only cared after the divorce.


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She did not seek Wooten's dismissal because of the divorce. Wooten admitted to tasering his step son. On the police use of force continuum tasering is one notch below deadly force and one above hitting someone on the head with a billy club. He should not be a trooper. He shoiuld be a security guard at Walmart.

Posted by: hb | September 16, 2008 9:15 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 9:46 AM

If you had any doubt about whether a McCain presidency would be just another four years of the Bush White House you can put those doubts to rest because this just confirms it.

Posted by: staggerlee | September 16, 2008 9:43 AM

Given the hubris of the current administration in Washington and the dishonesty that has become the unfortunate staple of the McCain/Palin campaign this cannot be considered a surprise. However, it is disappointing. I miss the 2000 version of John McCain. The 2008 version has sold himself out to a bunch of right-wing nutjobs so that he can take the office he (perhaps rightly) belives GWB stole from him in 2000.

Posted by: scott032 | September 16, 2008 9:37 AM

Actually, Palin DOES look GOOD in stripes!

Posted by: Donny | September 16, 2008 9:37 AM

Oh the GOP-ers are worried and posting in force today!

All you Obama conspiracy wingnuts keep in mind that the decisions made in this investigation were by Republican majority bodies and that French was chosen by the same bipartisan group.

Between not talking to the press, not answering the public's questions at events, and not trying to duck this investigation, it seems Sarah the pitbull is behaving more like a poodle.

"On July 28, 2008, a bipartisan committee of the Alaska Legislature voted 12-0 to hire an independent investigator to investigate Palin and her staff for possible abuse of power surrounding the dismissal.[7] A retired state prosecutor, Steve Branchflower, was named on August 1 as the investigator.[53] Branchflower was awarded a three-month contract, which began on August 1.

On August 4, former U.S. Attorney Wevley Shea, who had acted previously as an informal advisor to Palin, wrote her a letter in which he told her that she probably couldn't legally shun a legislative investigation into the firing of Monegan.[45]

On August 16, Democratic State Senator Hollis French, chosen by the legislative committee to oversee the investigation, said that the Palin administration has been cooperating and that subpoenas would not be necessary.[54] In late August, French said that Palin was likely to be deposed soon in the case.[43]"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Public_Safety_Commissioner_dismissal

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 9:36 AM

I guess this is what happens to "reformers" that make everyone mad...nothing gets done and duck the resulting fall-out. And she whats to go to Washington and do the same? What a treat this will be for America!

Posted by: Benny | September 16, 2008 9:35 AM

Dem Senators steering this steering that and that is what wrong with these senator guys.
Your guys already been paid to just sit and yak, isn't that generous enough?

Posted by: pete | September 16, 2008 9:35 AM

The question is: "Will she be able to see Russia from her prison cell?"

Posted by: Bob | September 16, 2008 8:46 AM

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POST OF THE DAY!

Posted by: OBAMA/BIDEN 08 | September 16, 2008 9:32 AM

Palin is warming up to "Executive Privilege", can't wait until she is in office and telling America she is "ABOVE THE LAW", just like Bush and Cheney!

So much for the old GOP which once respected America's Constitution and RULE OF LAW!

This is NOT your Daddy's GOP anymore Folks!

BOYCOTT THESE ANTI-AMERICAN CROOKED LIARS!

ATTENTION NEO-GOP: Your replacement has arrived!

Vote Libertarian Party! LP.ORG

Posted by: JDJ | September 16, 2008 9:32 AM

Already she is using the "Bush" tactics of not testifying. Sounds like she has been elected VP already and using executive privilege..

Posted by: Satch | September 16, 2008 9:27 AM

This is a page right out of the Bush/Cheney playbook. Palin's handlers (Karl Rove et al) are training her well.

Posted by: Spectator2 | September 16, 2008 9:26 AM

OK, this "Cheney in a dress" thing is taking the VEEP nod a bit too far. Palin's evading the special prosecutor in Alaska IS good practice for possible future federal special prosecutor evasion. Good planning, now that I think about it. Who says crime doesn't pay?

Want more of the SAME, vote for McCain!

Posted by: Donny | September 16, 2008 9:21 AM

She did not seek Wooten's dismissal because of the divorce. Wooten admitted to tasering his step son. On the police use of force continuum tasering is one notch below deadly force and one above hitting someone on the head with a billy club. He should not be a trooper. He shoiuld be a security guard at Walmart.

Posted by: hb | September 16, 2008 9:15 AM

The "pitbull" seems to be borrowing her lipstick from the Bush/Chaney cosmetic line of lies, coverups, denial & deception. Mavericks for change? I think not.

Posted by: Al Dodson | September 16, 2008 9:10 AM

That may be true but it is only coincidental with what was going on. There are like 1200 emails they will not reliese. Many were sent by Todd and this all may have nothing to do with the Troopergate deal but create new scandals. It is already appearing like Todd saw himself as a co governor, he thought it was a family business. They don't want to show their tax returns either. If held to scrutiny they no doubt have plenty to hide. Before all this VP stuff they were just up her in the middle of nowhere and could do as they pleased. That has all changed. We will have to see if there are something like $60,000 snow machines paid for in cash and no way to explain where the money came from.


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PLEASE, REPORT THE WHOLE STORY!!! What about the emails released which clearly shows Palin is innocent. This is about a Budget issue - Monegan admitted himself in his email exchange with Palin. He wanted to make an unauthorized trip to DC to request money from Congress that Palin was against. Please report news fairly like this one: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/16/politics/main4451872.shtml

Posted by: Weinberg | September 16, 2008 8:58 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 9:09 AM

Hollis French
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Hollis French

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"Member of the Alaska Senate
from the M district
In office
2003 -

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Born October 11, 1958 (1958-10-11) (age 49)
Newton, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse Peggy
Residence Anchorage, Alaska
Alma mater University of Alaska Anchorage, Cornell University
Profession attorney
Religion Episcopalian
Hollis S. French II is a Democratic member of the Alaska Senate, representing the M district since 2003. He is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

French is a graduate of the University of Alaska, Anchorage (B.A. English) and of Cornell Law School (Juris doctor). Before being elected to the state Senate, French was an assistant district attorney. He has climbed Mt. McKinley to the summit twice. [1]

In 2008, French was appointed by his fellow senators to head an investigation into charges that Gov. Sarah Palin "abused her office to get the Alaska public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, fired." [2] State Rep. John B. Coghill, Jr. asked Sen. Kim Elton to remove French for allegedly conducting the investigation in a way that would benefit Democrats and damage Palin's vice presidential candidacy. [3] French has endorsed Barack Obama for president and is actively supporting his candidacy."
(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Posted by: Scott | September 16, 2008 9:09 AM

Politifact-

The ratings being reported in Alaska for Palin are “extraordinarily high,” said Jay Leve, editor of SurveyUSA. “Those kinds of numbers are unprecedented.”

And based on the previous highs for approval ratings, he said, it’s highly likely Palin is now top dog.

Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor for The Cook Political Report, and John McIntyre, managing editor at Real Clear Politics — two groups that pay close attention to such things — also believe Palin’s numbers rank her as the most popular.

“It’s difficult to make a categorical statement like that,” McIntyre said. “But generally, they are on pretty solid ground. If I was a betting person, I bet that’s an accurate statement. Once your approval rating is over 80 percent, it’s a little silly.”

Bottom line, most experts say the McCain campaign is probably right. We rate it True.
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I suppose any reporter, say Keith Olberman for example, can have an agenda- these many pollsters seem not to....

Posted by: Scott | September 16, 2008 9:04 AM


Well, then all she has to do is cooperate and clear this up.

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PLEASE, REPORT THE WHOLE STORY!!! What about the emails released which clearly shows Palin is innocent. This is about a Budget issue - Monegan admitted himself in his email exchange with Palin. He wanted to make an unauthorized trip to DC to request money from Congress that Palin was against. Please report news fairly like this one: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/16/politics/main4451872.shtml

Posted by: Weinberg | September 16, 2008 8:58 A

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 9:01 AM

PLEASE, REPORT THE WHOLE STORY!!! What about the emails released which clearly shows Palin is innocent. This is about a Budget issue - Monegan admitted himself in his email exchange with Palin. He wanted to make an unauthorized trip to DC to request money from Congress that Palin was against. Please report news fairly like this one: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/16/politics/main4451872.shtml

Posted by: Weinberg | September 16, 2008 8:58 AM

Cindy Mccain is always at his side when she can be or an aid. In this case only Cindy could do the duty. As she appears to be walking arm in arm with John Mccain she is actually helping him walk. When they were making the walk back up the ramp she almost ran to his side and seemed to help him get up the ramp. When at the top John Mccain was visibly exhausted as he and Obama were shacking hands with people in the crowd. Cindy Mccains job is to cover for John Mccains weakness. It would have looked a little strange for an aid, or worse Obama to have had to help Mccain walk up the ramp. I would have made Mccain look like an invalid. There seems to be a bit of the old FDR act going on here if you know your history. Trying to pretend Mccain is more fit then he is.
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John and Cindy McCain attended the 9/11 ceremony last week, but Michelle was absent supposedly because it was the Obama kids' first WEEK of school - (private, tuition $15K).
But according to the Toledo Blade, Michelle spoke and campaigned for Obama at a religious conference in Ohio on Sept. 10.....

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080911/NEWS09/809110405

Country First - NO Hussein!

Dems for McCain/Palin
Posted by: zazzle | September 16, 2008 8:53 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 8:57 AM

This is the same kind of thing Bush pulled. Just simply tell your people to obstruct investigations and don't show up. This investigation was in place before she was picked as a VP, so how is it Obama's fault?

Posted by: Harold | September 16, 2008 8:56 AM

Don't look for this on Obamedia TV -

Biden has been LYING about how his wife and children were killed!
http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080904/NEWS02/809040379&template=printart

Obama LIED about the Kennedys bringing his father to America!
http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/3/30/13655/6958

This is a reflection of their CHARACTER!
Since they LIE so EASILY about their own families, no telling what they'd do in the White House!

Dems for McCain/Palin!

Posted by: JoseyJ | September 16, 2008 8:56 AM

A reporter for the Anchorage daily, Gregg Erickson, even did an online chat with the Washington Post, in which he revealed that Palin’s approval rating in the state was not the much-touted 80%, but 65% and sinking. The most recent independent survey available is a July 30 Rasmussen poll which found that 64% Alaskans rate the job Palin is doing as excellent or good. That's not shabby by any means, but it's not 80%. In fact she never was at 80%, that seems to be made up or to be more kind, a bit of an exaggeration.
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This paper HAS reported extensively that the reason Gov. Palin's approval rating is 80% is because Alaska's economy is doing really well with the rise in gas prices.

Posted by: superaura | September 16, 2008 8:29 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 8:44 AM


Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 8:54 AM

Sarah Palin's smuggish evasion of the questions of a special prosecutor shows that she is qualified for VP in the Bush Whitehouse. How much more "Cheney-ish" can one get?

Posted by: Donny | September 16, 2008 8:53 AM

John and Cindy McCain attended the 9/11 ceremony last week, but Michelle was absent supposedly because it was the Obama kids' first WEEK of school - (private, tuition $15K).
But according to the Toledo Blade, Michelle spoke and campaigned for Obama at a religious conference in Ohio on Sept. 10.....

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080911/NEWS09/809110405

Country First - NO Hussein!

Dems for McCain/Palin

Posted by: zazzle | September 16, 2008 8:53 AM

Politifact-

"Governor Palin is the most popular governor in the country."
John McCain on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 in a campaign news release.

She wins popularity contest

In a press release responding to a story in the National Enquirer, the McCain campaign declared that "Governor Palin is the most popular governor in the country."

It’s a line that has clearly become a campaign talking point — repeated by staffers and supporters alike such as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

If the limit of your interest on this issue is whether it’s true that Palin is an extremely popular governor in Alaska, we’ll save you some time: the answer is an unqualified yes.

But we wanted to find out if she is the most popular, as the McCain campaign said. That’s a more complicated — and ultimately squishy — issue.

You won’t find a poll that on one day asked a large sample of residents in every state to rate their governor.

What you have is a hodgepodge of polls taken on different days in different states, often asking people different versions of whether they like their governor. For example, you might have one poll asking simply whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the governor; and another that asks you to rate the guv’s performance as excellent, good, fair or poor. It’d be unfair to compare those head-to-head.

And not to make your head hurt, but there’s a difference between personal approval ratings and job approval ratings. Bill Clinton, for example, had high job approval ratings but low personal approval ratings.

So what do we know about Palin’s approval ratings among Alaskans? They are remarkably high.

A May 2007 poll taken by Ivan Moore Research in Alaska put Palin’s positive rating at 89 percent. That’s off the charts high. But Moore’s survey wasn’t a traditional approval rating or job performance measure. Rather, respondents were asked to rate their feelings toward public figures as very or somewhat positive or very or somewhat negative. The verys and somewhats were then combined.

A poll two weeks before that one, from Dittman Research, gave Palin a 93 percent approval rating.

The Moore poll numbers hit a low of 76 percent in mid July — in the midst of “Troopergate” coverage — but bounced back to 80 percent in mid August. That mirrored a Hays Research Group poll on July 24 and 25 in which 80 percent rated Palin’s performance as somewhat or very favorable.

Moore hasn’t polled similar questions in other states, so he wouldn’t say categorically that Palin’s are the highest in the country. “But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know 89 percent is going to be at the top of the list,” Moore said.

On Sept. 3, the McCain campaign released results of an American Viewpoint poll on Sept. 2 — after the announcement of Palin as McCain’s running mate — that found Palin had an 86 percent overall job approval rating. That was a poll commissioned by the McCain campaign, so take that for what it’s worth.

Again, these are extraordinarily high numbers by any measure. But according to Rasmussen polls, Palin gave up her crown as “most popular” in July, overtaken by North Dakota’s Gov. John Hoeven.

A Rasmussen poll on July 30 found 64% of voters rate Palin’s job performance as excellent or good versus 14% who view it as poor. On July 8, Hoeven clocked 72 percent at excellent or good against just 6 percent who rated his performance as poor.

Scott Rasmussen, founder and CEO of Rasmussen Reports, said people shouldn’t get hung up on whether someone ranked No. 1 or 2. Those numbers change with the political winds of the day.

“In a broader sense, she (Palin) is one of the very top,” Rasmussen said.

The polling firm SurveyUSA has in the past conducted governor’s approval ratings in all 50 states, but not since Palin took office.

In 2006, the highest ratings were around 80 percent.

The ratings being reported in Alaska for Palin are “extraordinarily high,” said Jay Leve, editor of SurveyUSA. “Those kinds of numbers are unprecedented.”

And based on the previous highs for approval ratings, he said, it’s highly likely Palin is now top dog.

Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor for The Cook Political Report, and John McIntyre, managing editor at Real Clear Politics — two groups that pay close attention to such things — also believe Palin’s numbers rank her as the most popular.

“It’s difficult to make a categorical statement like that,” McIntyre said. “But generally, they are on pretty solid ground. If I was a betting person, I bet that’s an accurate statement. Once your approval rating is over 80 percent, it’s a little silly.”

Bottom line, most experts say the McCain campaign is probably right. We rate it True.

Posted by: Scott | September 16, 2008 8:49 AM

The question is: "Will she be able to see Russia from her prison cell?"

Posted by: Bob | September 16, 2008 8:46 AM

CNN Politics Today-

"Palin aide says Obama backers politicizing Alaska investigationStory Highlights
Palin accused of improperly firing public safety commissioner

Aide says case has been "hijacked" by Democrats; Palin won't cooperate

Obama campaign says charge is "complete paranoia"

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will not cooperate with a legislative investigation into the firing of her public safety commissioner, the McCain-Palin presidential campaign announced Monday, accusing supporters of Democratic rival Barack Obama of manipulating the inquiry for political motivations.


Gov. Sarah Palin is fighting allegations she improperly tried to force the firing of her former brother-in-law.

Former Palin Press Secretary Meg Stapleton told reporters in Anchorage that the investigation has been "hijacked" by "Obama operatives" for the Democratic presidential nominee -- namely, Alaska state Sen. Hollis French, the Democratic lawmaker managing the investigation and an Obama supporter. French has denied working on behalf of the Obama campaign.

The Obama campaign described Stapleton's charge as "complete paranoia." It has denied sending campaign staff to Alaska to work with the legislative committee's investigation.

McCain campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan said Palin will not cooperate with "that investigation so long as it remained tainted and run by partisan individuals who have a predetermined conclusion," referring to a comment by French earlier this month that the case could produce criminal charges or an "October Surprise" for the GOP ticket.

Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, is battling allegations that she and her advisers pressured then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire a state trooper going through a bitter custody dispute with her sister -- and that Monegan was terminated when he refused. Palin says she fired Monegan over budget issues and denies wrongdoing.

Monegan has said that while no one directly demanded Trooper Mike Wooten's dismissal, he felt pressured to do so by Palin, her husband and staff. He said he believes his refusal to fire the trooper led to his own firing. Upon the dismissal, Monegan was offered a position as executive director of the Alcohol Beverage and Control Board, but turned it down.

Palin's lawyers say the investigation -- which the Legislature commissioned on a bipartisan basis in July -- belongs before the state Personnel Board, which met to consider the request Thursday. On Friday, Alaska lawmakers voted to subpoena Palin's husband, several aides and phone records in their investigation.

Monegan allegedly worked against Palin over his department's budget, making repeated requests to Congress "for funding that was out of line for every other commissioner and agency," she said.

"The final straw came in late June, when Commissioner Monegan arranged for another unauthorized trip to D.C. to request more money from Congress," Stapleton said.

The campaign also disputed recent comments Monegan made to ABC News, in which he accused Palin of lying during her wide-ranging interview with ABC's Charles Gibson last week.

Palin told Gibson, "I never pressured him to hire or fire anybody." She said she welcomed the investigation and did not worry about the subpoena of her husband, Todd Palin.

"There's nothing to hide," she said. "I know that Todd, too, never pressured Commissioner Monegan. He did, very appropriately, though, bring up those concerns about a trooper [Wooten] who was making threats against the first family, and that is appropriate."

Monegan rebutted Palin's comments, saying, "She's not telling the truth when she told ABC neither she nor her husband pressured me to fire Trooper Wooten," according to an interview posted on ABC News.com. "And she's not telling the truth to the media about her reasons for firing me."

Posted by: Scott | September 16, 2008 8:45 AM

When was that rating done? It does not agree with what current Alaskan papers say.

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This paper HAS reported extensively that the reason Gov. Palin's approval rating is 80% is because Alaska's economy is doing really well with the rise in gas prices.

Posted by: superaura | September 16, 2008 8:29 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 8:44 AM

If Sarah Palin does not have to answer to this, we will know that she really thinks she is above the law and so does her running mate.

She was under investigation before the Obama campaign even knew who she was so what kind of lame excuse is the McCain campaign using now.

McCain/Palin and their campaign are a bunch of liers, cheaters, and have made a disgrace of American politics.

Posted by: Sharon | September 16, 2008 8:37 AM

It should be obvious to everyone now that McCain developed a strong skill set while in captivity all those years. Those were to present false information to his captors, and to lie, deceive, misdirect, and parse. He is still using those skills, however, no longer on his Vietnamese jailors, rather on the American people.

Posted by: PT 109 | September 16, 2008 8:37 AM

What a coincidence! I'm 'unlikely' to vote for her!

Posted by: Thanks But No Thanks | September 16, 2008 8:34 AM

Dress rehearsal to be Cheney in a skirt - Palin is, of course, above the law blaming Obama to avoid cooperating with prosecutors.

If joe-six-pack falls for her charade, he deserves at least four more years of the same:

- war
- torture
- executive branch power grab and corruption
- economic destruction of the middle class
- "creationism"
- "abstinence" instead of sex education
- "faith based" give-aways of tax dollars to intolerant, exclusionary neochristians
- wedge issues of race, religion and hatred of gays
- the fall of US competitiveness by denying science and the need to learn foreign languages
- global warming and environmental destruction

Posted by: Roy | September 16, 2008 8:33 AM

palin apparently has the same executive privileges as the Bush Administration only her priveleges exist prior to being elected and assuming office.

Posted by: del3 | September 16, 2008 8:33 AM

This paper HAS reported extensively that the reason Gov. Palin's approval rating is 80% is because Alaska's economy is doing really well with the rise in gas prices.

Posted by: superaura | September 16, 2008 8:29 AM

So let me see -- law applies to everyone who is not a republicon -- just like bush, check. Breaking the law is the provenance of republicons -- just like bush, check. Cronyism and abusing power for retaliation against foes -- just like bush, check. And last but not least, lie lie,lie about everything and hope that the right wing smear machine will repeat the lies until enough people beleive it -- just like bush, check.

Conclusion --- you can put lipstick on a bushie, but it's still a bushie.

Posted by: Brandon | September 16, 2008 8:29 AM

Thats easy, because like most of her resumé, it is not true. Alaskan papers have reported it is below 60% and to quote, "Dropping like a rock".
If you remember George Bush once had an approval rating of 90%. Do you think if would be honest to say that was his rating today just because for one brief moment it was?
You can't live in the past.

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The Washington Post still needs to explain why, after all the hit pieces against Sarah Palin, she has an 80% plus approval rating in Alaska.

Until you do, you are not a "newspaper" but a cheap partisian rag.

It is simply impossible for any human to be as horrible a person as you make Palin out to be and yet have the highest approval rating of any governor alive today. Impossible except to explain it that the Washington Post is the one with the problem.

Posted by: Bob in Western NY | September 16, 2008 8:18 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 8:29 AM

Look whatever may be the actual truth here matters less than the obvious fact this story bumps other possible stories on financial collapses. And its got a while to run, still.

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | September 16, 2008 8:26 AM

Mavericks don't need no stinkin prosecutors.

Posted by: guitaristo | September 16, 2008 8:26 AM

Like Cheney, like Palin.

Posted by: Sarabeth | September 16, 2008 8:23 AM

"Palin said she welcomed it and promised her full cooperation."

I am shocked, SHOCKED, that she is already breaking promises.

Next thing you know, John McCain will break his promise to run an honorable campain!

Posted by: Really? | September 16, 2008 8:23 AM

Cindy Mccain is always at his side when she can be or an aid. In this case only Cindy could do the duty. As she appears to be walking arm in arm with John Mccain she is actually helping him walk. When they were making the walk back up the ramp she almost ran to his side and seemed to help him get up the ramp. When at the top John Mccain was visibly exhausted as he and Obama were shacking hands with people in the crowd. Cindy Mccains job is to cover for John Mccains weakness. It would have looked a little strange for an aid, or worse Obama to have had to help Mccain walk up the ramp. I would have made Mccain look like an invalid

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John and Cindy McCain attended the 9/11 memorial, but Michelle was absent because it was the Obama kids' first week of school - (private, tuition $15K).
But according to the Toledo Blade, Michelle spoke and campaigned for Obama at a religious conference in Ohio on Sept. 10.....

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080911/NEWS09/809110405

Posted by: JoseyJ | September 16, 2008 8:08 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 8:23 AM

The Washington Post still needs to explain why, after all the hit pieces against Sarah Palin, she has an 80% plus approval rating in Alaska.

Until you do, you are not a "newspaper" but a cheap partisian rag.

It is simply impossible for any human to be as horrible a person as you make Palin out to be and yet have the highest approval rating of any governor alive today. Impossible except to explain it that the Washington Post is the one with the problem.

Posted by: Bob in Western NY | September 16, 2008 8:18 AM

So much for the accountability and transparency that Mavericks Failin and McShame called for. This is right out of the George Bush and Dick Cheney playbook.

The more these two open those sewers under their nose, the more it becomes apparent that it will be another four years of George Bush's disasters if you vote for these two pigs.

Posted by: Sarah Failin and John McShame are Fuking Liars | September 16, 2008 8:16 AM

Remember when the Bush admin folks convinced the Congress that reducing a citizens rights under the 4th amendment was the best way to save civil rights...Recall that! It went something like this....if you don't have anything to hide then you have nothing to fear...

Of course, this a crock as we all know. The fourth amendment gives American citizens protection from people whose reasoning is so convenient.

So, as long as we still have that crowd in Washington you can argue that is the belief of Republicans as a party.

As the Governor from Alaska is a Republican, who supports the current administration, she is not in a position to argue against an investigation into her dealings as Governor of Alaska. If not because it is the law, then because she is now a politico hoisted on her party's petard (grenade) of convenient interpretation of the law.

The current position of the McCain people can be likened to a quote from Hamlet...."I think he dost protest too much."

Clear the air. If you have nothing to fear get it out in the open. Otherwise the intensity of interest by the press will only increase.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | September 16, 2008 8:13 AM

Don't let Todd get hold of them, he will trade them for some cocaine and a hooker. Yup, Todd Pailn, a real family man.

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And we're going to give this broad the nuclear armament codes? Heaven help us all....

Posted by: DirtyHarry | September 16, 2008 8:01 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 8:13 AM

lying, stonewalling and bashing the media are all they have. most of the palin story is known now and it does not support the "narrative" concocted by the McCain campaign and the RNC the day after she was selected. so now they will blame the media for anything negative about palin because the truth does not support their scheme.

they are banking that the social conservative base will choose to believe the lies of the RNC and the campaign. after this same social conservative base still believes the war in iraq is about 911 so they are fully prepared believe the "narrative" about Palin.

with Palin there is less than meets the eye. the more she talks to the media the quicker it becomes clear that she is not an energy expert or a reformer, just a beauty queen who uses sex appeal and her children as campaign props to be the ultimate authentic celebrity politician.

Posted by: del3 | September 16, 2008 8:11 AM

John and Cindy McCain attended the 9/11 memorial, but Michelle was absent because it was the Obama kids' first week of school - (private, tuition $15K).
But according to the Toledo Blade, Michelle spoke and campaigned for Obama at a religious conference in Ohio on Sept. 10.....

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080911/NEWS09/809110405

Posted by: JoseyJ | September 16, 2008 8:08 AM


FROM THE FOLKS WHO BROUGHT JOHN EDWARD'S, NOW BRINGS YOU:
"TRACK PALIN"
THE COKE HEAD WHO BEAT GOING TO JAIL BY GOING IN THE MILITARY AND HIS WONDERFUL PARENTS WHO RAISED SUCH A FINE FAMILY.


The NATIONAL ENQUIRER’S exclusive ongoing investigation of GOP VP Nom Sarah 'Barracuda' Palin’s goes far beyond a mere teen pregnancy crisis this week!

The Enquirer’s team of reporters has combed the Alaskan wilderness to discover the hidden truth about Gov. Palin’s family, which has become a central part of her political identity.

The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah's oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it. And as Track, 19, heads to Iraq as part of the U.S. armed forces, Sarah and her husband Todd were powerless to stop his wild antics, detailed in the new issue of The ENQUIRER, which goes on sale today.

THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity status to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”

“He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do,” the source divulged. “You join the military.”

And as Gov. Palin has billed the state of Alaska for various expenses related to her children, as reported by The Washington Post, The ENQUIRER's investigation reveals that she was so incensed by 17-year-old Bristol's pregnancy that she banished her daughter from the house.

Another family friend revealed pre-prego Bristol was as much of a hard partier as Track was.

“Bristol was a huge stoner and drinker. I’ve seen her smoke pot and get drunk and make out with so many guys. All the guys would brag that the just made out with Bristol.”

When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!

And the ENQUIRER also learned that Levi Johnston, the baby mamma’s future wedded dada, who was glad handed by John McCain at the GOP Convention, isn’t too happy about his impending shotgun nups either.

“Levi got dragged out of the house to go to Minnesota,” Levi’s friend told The ENQUIRER. “Levi realizes he’s stuck being with Bristol because her mom is running for Vice President.”

The friend also confided that both Bristol and Levi “broke up a few times and they definitely messed around with other people.”

Meanwhile, as members of the Palin family’s war viciously over “Trooper-Gate” and claims of Sarah’s extramarital affair have turned the political race into a chaotic arena of threats, denials and vicious attacks by political black ops, The ENQUIRER has discovered shocking new details about the red-hot affair scandal!

For the full story of the secrets Sarah Palin is trying to hide – pick up the new ENQUIRER!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 8:04 AM

Seems the republicans have neglected every other aspect of government, why start respecting the rule of law? They obviously do not think it covers them. The law just covers everyone else, you know, bad guys, not good 'ol' republicans.

How in God's name McCain could have picked a VP who was about to go into an ethics investigation I'll never know. The only thing that makes sense is that he had nothing to do with the nomination. I believe it was foisted on him by the RNC who wanted to get an evangelical favorite on the ticket. McCain has sold his soul, his respect, his lifetime achievement of honor, to the RNC for a win this fall. Would McCain really want Palin to become president? Really? I seriously doubt it.

Posted by: Fate | September 16, 2008 8:02 AM

Americans, if they vote Republican again - are so dumb - that's pretty much what the rest of the world would think (yes, I know you all don't care). How can McCain be even anywhere close to Obama and leading in the polls after 8 years of the Bush/Cheney presidency.

Republicans feed so much on American's general simple mindedness, the little bit of bigotry so many people seem to have and generally lower levels of education and exposure - to railroad you all into voting for them. You guys need to wake up and face real facts.

Forget you're a republican, independent or whatever, just look at the facts of what Bush/Cheney have been up to in the last 8 years and Sarah Palin is a chilling reminder of what is likely to be IF McCain is voted in AND falls sick or whatever and she has to take up the mantle. Just imagine that.

Especially because she is inexperienced, Sarah Palin will rely on the old guard as Karl Rove and others to help her make decisions based on ideology without ever trying to reach balanced, well thought-out conclusions.

This is pretty dishearting. Stop letting them take you and your vote for granted. Stop letting them use sound bites and scare tactics to control you.

The economy is in shambles, don't mention the housing market, how's the job market? Who would you blame for this, Democrats?? If this were a company, would I try to change things around or get more of the same type of people? Wake up!

Posted by: FeelingSorry | September 16, 2008 8:02 AM

And we're going to give this broad the nuclear armament codes? Heaven help us all....

Posted by: DirtyHarry | September 16, 2008 8:01 AM

McCain can't raise his arms high enough to comb his own hair because of the torture he suffered while defending our country!!!

Obama says John McCain is dishonorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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So do a lot of people for many years.

THE Admiral SON.

In Oct. 26, 1967, the admiral's son while flying his 23rd mission over North Vietnam, once again fell from the sky, this time landing in the hands of a brutal enemy. He was beaten and bayoneted. His shoulder was smashed and his right calf was nearly perpendicular to his knee.
The severely wounded McCain was finally thrown on the back of a truck and hauled to the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison camp. Immediately, his captors began to interrogate him using sadistic methods they had perfected on hundreds of captured U.S. servicemen before him.

His interrogators demanded military information. When he refused, his guards kicked and pounded him mercilessly.
McCain admits that three to four days after he was captured, he promised the Vietnamese, "I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital."
McCain also admits that the Vietnamese rushed him to a hospital, but denies he was given "special medical treatment" because of his promise.
He claims he was given medical care normally unavailable to captured Americans only because the Vietnamese learned he was the son of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific including those fighting in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese figured that because POW McCain's father was of such high military rank that he was of royalty or the governing circle in the United States. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the crown prince"and treated him as a "special prisoner."

Less than two weeks after McCain was taken to a hospital, Hanoi's press began quoting him giving specific military information, including the name of the aircraft carrier on which he was based, numbers of U.S. pilots that had been lost, the number of aircraft in his flight, information about location of rescue ships and the order of which his attack was supposed to take place.
There is also evidence that McCain received "special" medical treatment from a Soviet physician.

After he was out of the hospital, McCain continued cooperating with the North Vietnamese for a period of three years. He made radio broadcasts for the communists and met with foreign delegations, including the Cubans. He was interviewed by at least two North Vietnamese generals one of whom was Vietnam's national hero, General Vo Nguyen Giap.

On June 4, 1969, a U.S. wire service story headlined "PW Songbird Is Pilot Son of Admiral," reported one of McCain's radio broadcasts: "Hanoi has aired a broadcast in which the pilot son of the United States commander in the Pacific, Adm. John McCain, purportedly admits to having bombed civilian targets in North Vietnam and praises medical treatment he has received since being taken prisoner.
McCain says he violated the Code of Conduct only when the North Vietnamese brutally tortured him. He further claims that he was so distraught afterwards that he tried to commit suicide. He has never explained why his "aid to the enemy" continued for more than three years.

Even though there are no reports in the public record from other POWs who witnessed McCain's claims of torture and heroics or his attempted suicide, the American media has accepted his version of events word for word, no questions asked.

Yet, the same press that transformed the admiral's son into an "incredible war hero--an inspiration to all Americans," vilified the two grunts.
Comparing the incidents surrounding the fates of three POWs,' who collaborated with the enemy, makes one question why two faced possible execution for treason, while the third won acclaim as a hero fit to be President of the United States.
Once more, Lady Luck had smiled on John McCain . . . or was it the admiral?


THE Admiral SON.

In Oct. 26, 1967, the admiral's son while flying his 23rd mission over North Vietnam, once again fell from the sky, this time landing in the hands of a brutal enemy. He was beaten and bayoneted. His shoulder was smashed and his right calf was nearly perpendicular to his knee.
The severely wounded McCain was finally thrown on the back of a truck and hauled to the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison camp. Immediately, his captors began to interrogate him using sadistic methods they had perfected on hundreds of captured U.S. servicemen before him.

His interrogators demanded military information. When he refused, his guards kicked and pounded him mercilessly.
McCain admits that three to four days after he was captured, he promised the Vietnamese, "I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital."
McCain also admits that the Vietnamese rushed him to a hospital, but denies he was given "special medical treatment" because of his promise.
He claims he was given medical care normally unavailable to captured Americans only because the Vietnamese learned he was the son of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific including those fighting in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese figured that because POW McCain's father was of such high military rank that he was of royalty or the governing circle in the United States. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the crown prince"and treated him as a "special prisoner."

Less than two weeks after McCain was taken to a hospital, Hanoi's press began quoting him giving specific military information, including the name of the aircraft carrier on which he was based, numbers of U.S. pilots that had been lost, the number of aircraft in his flight, information about location of rescue ships and the order of which his attack was supposed to take place.
There is also evidence that McCain received "special" medical treatment from a Soviet physician.

After he was out of the hospital, McCain continued cooperating with the North Vietnamese for a period of three years. He made radio broadcasts for the communists and met with foreign delegations, including the Cubans. He was interviewed by at least two North Vietnamese generals one of whom was Vietnam's national hero, General Vo Nguyen Giap.

On June 4, 1969, a U.S. wire service story headlined "PW Songbird Is Pilot Son of Admiral," reported one of McCain's radio broadcasts: "Hanoi has aired a broadcast in which the pilot son of the United States commander in the Pacific, Adm. John McCain, purportedly admits to having bombed civilian targets in North Vietnam and praises medical treatment he has received since being taken prisoner.
McCain says he violated the Code of Conduct only when the North Vietnamese brutally tortured him. He further claims that he was so distraught afterwards that he tried to commit suicide. He has never explained why his "aid to the enemy" continued for more than three years.

Even though there are no reports in the public record from other POWs who witnessed McCain's claims of torture and heroics or his attempted suicide, the American media has accepted his version of events word for word, no questions asked.

Yet, the same press that transformed the admiral's son into an "incredible war hero--an inspiration to all Americans," vilified the two grunts.
Comparing the incidents surrounding the fates of three POWs,' who collaborated with the enemy, makes one question why two faced possible execution for treason, while the third won acclaim as a hero fit to be President of the United States.
Once more, Lady Luck had smiled on John McCain . . . or was it the admiral?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 7:59 AM

BruceMcDougal, writing that list of allegations doesn't make them true. Anybody who knows how to read already knows that most of those claims about Obama are false.

Come up with a new list, but do your homework first.

Posted by: Dave | September 16, 2008 7:58 AM

McCain can't raise his arms high enough to comb his own hair because of the torture he suffered while defending our country!!!

Obama says John McCain is dishonorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Keep perpetuating the myth, you're down to just yourself. McCain has devolved into a slimy liar. Obama's campaign has issued some half-truths, but McCain Inc. keeps spewing bald faced lies. He is dishonorable, not even a remnant remains of who he used to be. He's a liar, you're in the same category for spreading old debunked assertions.

Posted by: md83 | September 16, 2008 7:49 AM

Showing contempt for a legislative body, being above the law, claiming the investigation is tainted - where have we heard this before? At best we have a novice making small town mistakes. Are we ready for more lies and coverups. Can we say 4 more years?

Posted by: Larry Vann | September 16, 2008 7:47 AM

Look on the bright side....the US will crumble and fall under GOP control. It's only fitting.

Posted by: pj45 | September 16, 2008 7:47 AM

It is chilling that Palin is acting like Dick Cheney even before she is elected. God only knows what will happen if she is entrusted with the awesome power of the Vice Presidency of the United States.

Sadly, she will probably be elected. This is a consequence of the press falling down on their job for so many years and allowing themselves to be intimidated from telling the truth. Telling the truth now may be too late. The McCain campaign has already inoculated most of the country to disregard whatever the press says about Palin.

Posted by: Mary | September 16, 2008 7:44 AM

Dick Cheney, oops, I mean Sarah Cheney, oops, Sarah Palin insn't even in office yet and she's already proving to be more of a Dick than Cheney ever was. At least Cheney knew he was screwing the country, Palin isn't bright enough to know how incompetent she is. Way to go America! Four more YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: pj45 | September 16, 2008 7:37 AM

The kool-aid drinkers are trying to change the subject on this one. "Obama done called McCain dishonorable!" "I'm so mad I'm gonna wear muh confederate flag t-shirt today!". Haha.
Does Palin know how to do anything besides lie, stonewall, and hide from the press? Oh yeah, speak to republican crowds at events that are so highly controlled even homemade signs supporting her are taken away, to be replaced with FAKE homemade signs!

Posted by: d_in_laurel | September 16, 2008 7:36 AM

This is a bipartisan investigation no matter who is the chair of the investigative committee. It is clear, if I know Republicans, that the GOP members of that investigative committee would yell for all to see any malfeasance on the part of the Democrats.

If Palin has nothing to hide, like any person who claims they have done nothing wrong, she should welcome the opportunity to be exonerated.

It does not look very good when she initially agrees with the investigation, then, in the face of being tapped by the GOP for a VP seat, then reverses. It opens up the door for alot of speculation that there must be something to this that she is afraid will come to light.

I have always said it is a conflict of interest for someone that a politician appoints to conduct an investigation into that same politicians behavior. Investigate your boss? Really?

The abuse of power is a pretty big thing when it comes to presidential politics. There is alot of power to abuse and the reprocussions can be immense. We learned this in the administration of George W. Bush.

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | September 16, 2008 7:26 AM

America's not buying it!!!

Posted by: BruceMcDougall

No, what American isn't buying is that McCain is the man he once was. He has completely sold out his integrity to win at all costs.

Posted by: von gerstner | September 16, 2008 7:26 AM

The Obama/Media ticket says John McCain is dishonorable?!!!

Every veteran and every American regardless of party or race in this nation should be outraged by this disgusting and outrageous statement!!!

The Obama/Media ticket has---
1. Labelled Hillary and Bill Clinton as racists!
2. Attacked Sarah Palin as an unfit mother and told her to go home and take care of the kids.
2.Attacked Sara Palin's seventeen-year-old daughter for being pregnant!
3.Attacked Sara Palin's husband!
4.Consistently lied about McCain's positions!
5.And Obama himself called Sarah Palin a pig!!!

The Obama/Media ticket currently have dozens of lawyers in Alaska desperately seeking dirt on this working mother of five, who is a very popular governor with popularity ratings of 80%!!!

But THEY are calling JOHN MCCAIN dishonorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Every veteran in this nation should be outraged!!!

John McCain DID NOT attend a church for twenty years where the minister's sermon was "God Damn America"!!!

John McCain DID NOT appoint a racially divisive and anti-American minister to his campaign as an advisor on race!!!

John McCain DID NOT have a campaign fundraiser who is a terrorist, who blew up buildings in the USA and wished, like Bin Laden, that he could have blow up some more!!!

John McCain did not associate himself with the terrorist group "the Weathermen Underground"!!!

John McCain DID NOT seek financing for his house from a corrupt Chicago crook in exchange for favors!!!

John McCain is genuine American hero who served this nation with great distinction in time of war!!!

McCain was a navy pilot with life and death decisions to make in Vietnam!!!

McCain was a prisoner of war for five years where he was constantily tortured!!!

When offered his own freedom from his tortomentors, McCain turned it down because they wouldn't release his men!!

McCain can't raise his arms high enough to comb his own hair because of the torture he suffered while defending our country!!!

Obama says John McCain is dishonorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tell it to your anti-American minister!!
Tell it to your racially divisive advisor on race!!!
Tell it to the convicted for corruption crook who financed your house!!!
Tell it to the terrorists who have held fund raisers for your campaign which you attended!!!

America's not buying it!!!

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | September 16, 2008 7:19 AM

All of a sudden Sarah Palin won't cooperate with an investigation she says she welcomes becasue the Obama camp is pulling the strings. Come on, she was under investigation when McSame picked her to be his running mate and no one had even heard of her. She has NO experience, she LIES, she can't even give an interview without looking like a moron. This country is better than a president that was 894 out of a class of 899 and a running mate with a journalism degree. They have no knowledge of how anything works, especially McSame who can't even operate a computer.

We can't let this election be hijacked by these two bafoons!!

Posted by: rac | September 16, 2008 7:15 AM

Just wondering, any of you Hillary supporters still thinking of voting for Palin? Palin doesn't even come close to the accomplishments Hillary has achieved or the issues Hillary has fought so hard for.

If you are a Hillary supporter who has now decided to support Obama after what you've seen of McCain/Palin, please come back and help us put Obama in the white house so we can work together and pass a lot of things Hillary has fought so hard for.

Posted by: Al | September 16, 2008 7:08 AM

Caribou Barbie's sounding more like Cheney/Bush everyday -- some "maverick!"

If she has nothing to hide, why is she hiding?

And why do her handlers have to "protect" her from the big, bad, media types?

If she's so tuff, like she claims, why can't she handle questions about her behavior, her policies, and her own record?

No Third Term for Cheney/Bush !! NoMama!!! GoBama!!!

Posted by: thesuperclasssux | September 16, 2008 7:06 AM

Why is this stuff not hitting in the polls? Is this Teflon Sarah? Team Obama needs to get out on the street over this stuff. We need to get MCain's count up at http://www.boppoll.com. Get ten friends to the site and we can add 600 bops per minute.

Obama '08

Posted by: mgultch | September 16, 2008 7:00 AM

Just think, Republicans have lowered the bar on the definition of what "Victory" is in Iraq and now anyone who has been elected mayor of a city now is qualified to be president and commander in chief.

Posted by: Al | September 16, 2008 6:58 AM

Didn't she promise just months ago to cooperate fully with the investigation?

What happened to that promise?

Posted by: Hillman | September 16, 2008 6:56 AM

So, she chooses not to speak in her "defense." No matter. She's already publicly said more than enough to make the case. When this is all said and done, Palin may find herself fighting to retain her position as Governor of Alaska. Sometimes, what goes around actually does come around.

Posted by: CarolBG | September 16, 2008 6:54 AM

Having to tutor Gov. Palin the day before an interview with the press or a month before she might become the next V.P. or President if something happens to Sen. McCain; is like training a person with little or no driving experience to drive in the Indy 500 a day before the race. She will only crash and burn and take a lot of innocent people with her.

Posted by: Alton | September 16, 2008 6:51 AM

Courage, Conservatives!

Until we have installed McCain as the next dictator, we must continue to show the pleebs that

Republicans are above the law.

Laws are for losers--

Cheney proved that.

Posted by: Alexander Hamilton | September 16, 2008 6:50 AM

Awesome!!

America really is the country of change. You'll be the first country to vote prison bait into vice president!! what a nation of dumfks

How's that for equal opportunity.

Posted by: kk | September 16, 2008 6:43 AM

Wow - Governor Palin does have the experience to be VP! Subpoenas - ignore them if you can't hand pick the investigators. Just as Richard Nixon booted Archibald Cox when he tried to actually investigate Watergate, Governor Palin and her handlers want someone else to look into what appears to be a personal feud that spilled over where it didn't belong. So much for earlier offers of cooperation and the desire to get this wrapped up long before the election. This is an indication of how Vice President Palin would work. I don't want this sideshow in Washington.

Posted by: KarlfromMD | September 16, 2008 6:43 AM

So she's acting just like a Bushie, right? No surprises here.

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 16, 2008 6:41 AM

This woman is still Governor of a state with a duly elected legislature. A bipartisan committee of that legislature is investigating her official conduct. Why is the McCain campaign making decisions and announcements about whether she'll cooperate?

We know the Bushies have only given her one speech but can't she even speak for herself on official gubenatorial matters? Is the McCain campaign now running the State of Alaska?

Posted by: Brooklyn Democrat | September 16, 2008 6:35 AM

America awakes.

Posted by: ratl | September 16, 2008 6:27 AM

This whole McCain campaign has been one colossal humiliation for this nation.

We might as well put huge signs at all points of entry:

"Welcome to the United States of Stupid!"

Posted by: Becca | September 16, 2008 5:57 AM

The McCain/Palin ticket is more and more like a scandal made in heaven. You have a dunce picking with a dart. He he has nothing more to say than rave about his pick.
Trooperhate is not an issue he says to sooth her. Don't even think too much about the shotgun wedding. Fishing without a license wasn't too cool because of the cost of salmon fillet.

Posted by: jethromayham | September 16, 2008 4:54 AM

oh my!!!
really is hard to stop laughing!!!
reading such long and detailed messages of sarah palin!!!!!
anyone reading them, if not knowing, would think SHE is running for president..!!!

oh..in case ya don't know...she is NOT running for president.....just think,
it really is funny!
i never find such elaborate messages directed towards joe biden!!!

Posted by: anyka | September 16, 2008 4:43 AM

The McCain PAIN without the conservative republican L and pentecostal hypocritical fork tongue has made felonious statement that warrant the Federal Prosecutor handling all the conservative republican Alaska politicians to immediately seat a federal grand jury and present the evidence already collected and subpoena the witnesses already named plus the madam Governor her self. The Charges should be lying while in office and abusing the civil rights of Mr. Monegan. This uncouth, self interest, self righteous, control freak lying politician needs to be indicted now, before this country is over run by these hypocrite evangelical menace and their divine religious mandates.

This has nothing to do with either sexism or misogyny but rather that Ms. Palin the barracuda is nothing but another corrupt to the hilt politician that perpetuate one lie after another, just like what Bush/ Cheney/ McCain and these conservative republicans have been doing for the last 8 years.

Posted by: winemaster2 | September 16, 2008 4:39 AM

Sarah Palin is pulling the same Bush and Rove tactics of invoking executive privelege to avoid subpoenas from the Troopergate investigation. I am appalled and disgusted that she can completely dismiss such investigation, unless she is guilty of abusing her position as governor to score a personal vendetta!! Is this what we can expect if they get elected and in power.

Posted by: maripil | September 16, 2008 4:28 AM

WHY S.PALIN AND HER HUSBAND TODD ARE FIGHTING THE SUBPOENA OF THE INVESTIGATION IN ALASKA ? THE ACCOUNTABILITY STARTS AT HOME FIRST. REPUBLICAN HYPOCRITY AT IT'S BEST, ADDING THE LIES,SMEAR AND DISHONESTY OF J.McAIN AND YOU HAVE TWO STOOGES.

Posted by: Dick | September 16, 2008 4:20 AM

It shows guys the fact republicans were themseves saying we would clear your doubts.

McCain + Palin = Shake the Washington.

The negative postings were from the scared lobyists against Palin.

Posted by: Paul | September 16, 2008 4:00 AM

So very Cheney-like, proving she's equal to the task as McCain is to replicate Bushie's failed policies--- what's next a take on Marie Antoinette's "Let them eat halibut"

The Dude Abides

Posted by: The Dude | September 16, 2008 3:55 AM

McCain / Palin = Unstable and Unable

The ticket without Honor.

Posted by: James | September 16, 2008 3:46 AM

And one more thing, this is not a democratically led investigation. It was a bipartisan investigation, consisting of 2 DEMOCRATS AND 3 REPUBLICANS, who voted for 13 subpoenas. Oh, and one more thing, it was a 3-2 split with the deciding vote coming from a Wasilla native Republican.

AND as the article states it was a largely Republican call for the investigation in the first place 8 republicans 4 democrats.

This is hardly a democrat effort trying to tarnish Palin. This is just as much about her own party calling her on the carpet for what could be questionable behavior.

So far we have:
daughter pregnant at 17
bridge to nowhere that was supported and then killed...never mind she took the money anyhow
Alaska takes more earmarks than any other state
troopergate nationalized
and now she's not going to cooperate with the investigation she said just last week she would cooperate with.
Iraq is a task from god

Its only been a week. What's next? How many passes does she get?

Posted by: fortheclueless | September 16, 2008 3:27 AM

The media are the ones being played like a fool. The Mccain campaign backed them off a long time ago with sexist charges. Everybody is affraid to be called a sexist. Now that the economy is crumbling, I'm going to see how long their going to let Palin get away from answering questions and continue to lie on the stump about the bridge to no where or twink her speeches according to the audience. Palin is nothing but a fraud. Common sense will tell you its a reason why she doesn't answer questions and the media, reporters and pundits aren't doing their job and being played for fools. They cover her speeches on the stump or write about it, knows she lying about earmarks, bridge to knowhere, and 20% of American oil comes from Alaska and they can't get one question out of her. We'll they should through their college degree's in the garbage. Went to school all those years and let Sarah Palin and the Mccain Low campaign dictate who and what the Republican VP nominee does after the free coverage. What idiots the media are. If only the media was such suckers for Hillary Clinton she would be the Democratic Nominee. Who's going to vet this Sarah Palin if the media doesn't because Mccain surely didn't. Mccains Tucker Bounds vouched for her trip to Iraq and Kuwait, Ireland and her heading the National gaurd, all lies. If the Wall Street crash is scary just wait and see what Sarah Palin would do or wouldn't be able to do because she doesn't know squat because the President Mccain is 72 years old and had cancer 4 times. I think thats more scary than anything else. Atleast Obama has Joe Biden, Who does Mccain have? Sarah Who?

Posted by: Linda | September 16, 2008 3:26 AM

The media are the ones being played like a fool. The Mccain campaign backed them off a long time ago with sexist charges. Everybody is affraid to be called a sexist. Now that the economy is crumbling, I'm going to see how long their going to let Palin get away from answering questions and continue to lie on the stump about the bridge to no where or twink her speeches according to the audience. Palin is nothing but a fraud. Common sense will tell you its a reason why she doesn't answer questions and the media, reporters and pundits aren't doing their job and being played for fools. They cover her speeches on the stump or write about it, knows she lying about earmarks, bridge to knowhere, and 20% of American oil comes from Alaska and they can't get one question out of her. We'll they should through their college degree's in the garbage. Went to school all those years and let Sarah Palin and the Mccain Low campaign dictate who and what the Republican VP nominee does after the free coverage. What idiots the media are. If only the media was such suckers for Hillary Clinton she would be the Democratic Nominee. Who's going to vet this Sarah Palin if the media doesn't because Mccain surely didn't. Mccains Tucker Bounds vouched for her trip to Iraq and Kuwait, Ireland and her heading the National gaurd, all lies. If the Wall Street crash is scary just wait and see what Sarah Palin would do or wouldn't be able to do because she doesn't know squat because the President Mccain is 72 years old and had cancer 4 times. I think thats more scary than anything else. Atleast Obama has Joe Biden, Who does Mccain have? Sarah Who?

Posted by: Linda | September 16, 2008 3:26 AM

Thats not a surprise. Palin doesn't want to answer any questions at all. Palin's only job is to go out on the stump and rally up voters and decieve them into voting for the Palin/Mccain ticket. Palins job is what Mccain couldn't do. The Mccain campaign worst nightmare would be Palin answering questions. If Palin answered questions she would expose herself as being inexperience and lacks knowledge of the issues. If Americans think the economic crisis on Wall Street is scary just imagine Sarah Palin handling it. Everybody needs to remember that Palin/Mccain is lying on the stump about Obama's record and Palins record and just imagine Palin taking on the 2 wars, economic crisis, knowing that the bridge to know where is a lie, and the her line about 20% of the countries oil comes from Alaska, more so 3%, and her ear marks were more than any other candidate. So who is this unknown, inexperience, unknowledgeable about international issues besides a liar. Sarah Palin. We need real leaders not imposters. Mccain/Palin are a campaign full of lies. Everybody should go to polifact.com and see just how many lies the Mccain/Palin campaign has told. Its remarkable how they are trying to lie themselves into the White House.

Posted by: Judy | September 16, 2008 3:12 AM

Wow, you mean a republican deciding to not involve themselves in an investigation into their possible wrongdoings? That sounds just like Bush, Cheny, Rove, and how many other people?

And wasn't it recently she was saying she welcomes the investigation?

I am not naive enough to think this trooper in question is a really nice guy or anything...he probably was a jerk. But her potential pressure on the trooper's boss to fire him or be fired, in essence brings her family problems in to the police department's workplace. If there is any truth to this she had absolutely no right to do so no matter how big a jerk the trooper may have been.

This is the lady touting herself as somebody who reveres corruption. Newsflash, if this is true this is a form of corruption.


Posted by: fortheclueless | September 16, 2008 3:07 AM

Sarah must be thinking now how come she agreed to be John's Running mate with all this probes on her personal and unprofessional life. Time to quit?

Posted by: Fred | September 16, 2008 3:03 AM

We will see how the polls look today with all the turmoil in the markets and a tanning bed!

http://www.boppoll.com

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: mgultch | September 16, 2008 2:45 AM


An information was provided to the guy, about using the traser gun.

He did this to a person known to Governor (Trooper did not deny)

Why this guy was protecting him. He can say, there could be a connection ( As he said too).

Posted by: Paul | September 16, 2008 2:36 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:28 AM

So in the typical buried lead style of the WaPo, it's not until the final paragraph where yet another Palin/McCain lie is disclosed -- the Dems didn't start this investigation, it was unanimous bipartisan decision and the republicans in AK are pushing the investigation (or were before McCain sent 12 henchmen to AK to try to shut down ANY conversations about Mrs. Alaska Moose).

Posted by: Did I mention I'm a beauty queen? | September 16, 2008 2:24 AM

mcpalin: there is rule of law when one thinks an investigaton is "Tainted." it doesn't excuse one's duty under uniform laws.

biden and obama, as lawyers, understand this well.

i PRay the alaska state representatives will hold them in contempt and arrest them for summoning and depositions.

drag em down the mud of prudeho bay.

Posted by: bloggod | September 16, 2008 2:21 AM


Does this stupid *itch Palin not know how to do anything else but LIE????

Posted by: chasemonster | September 16, 2008 2:17 AM

How can they say it is tainted when a Republican-dominated legislature that voted unanimously to hold the investigation and a Republican (from her home town) cast the deciding vote to subpoena the witnesses (including her husband)? She consistently said she would cooperate and welcomed the investigation. What is she hiding and why now?

Posted by: sally | September 16, 2008 2:00 AM

I think she should welcome the chance to get the facts into the open. Unless of course they speak to her pattern of cronyism and improperly pressuring and firing government employees.

Posted by: scientist1 | September 16, 2008 1:52 AM

Polls are falling as we speak...Palin bounce...bounced right out of the race...she just told Gibson on Friday that she welcomes the inestigation...now she won't cooperate?

Posted by: Billy Pilgrim | September 16, 2008 1:49 AM

Palin Discontinued Liquor Task Force—Then Denied She Had Until She Was Confronted. In 1996,
the Frontiersman reported that Wasilla’s “Liquor Task Force was dissolved by Mayor Sarah Palin on Oct.
17—three days after she took office.” When asked, Palin said she was not aware the group was not still
meeting, but, according to the Frontiersman, the outreach coordinator said that “on Thursday, Oct. 17,
Mug-Shot Saloon owner Ted Anderson informed the group the task force would not be meeting
again…Wasilla Police Chief Irl Stambaugh said Wednesday he specifically recalled Palin telling him in a
conversation in her office on Oct. 17 that the task force would not be meeting anymore.” The
Frontiersman added, “Confronted with these conflicting stories Wednesday afternoon, Palin dropped the
denials she had made earlier in the day. ‘When the (Wasilla City) council, the borough and the City of
Palmer voted on the bar closure issue, the question was answered on bar closures,’ Palin stated. ‘What
came to mind then was whether there was a need for continuation of the task force.’” [Frontiersman,
12/13/96]
Palin Exaggerated Work Experience for Mayoral Campaign. In 1997, Frontiersman columnist Paul
Stuart wrote that after Palin had criticized her opponent for using City Hal resources for political gain,
“when Palin was asked back then (by me) why the lodge where she claimed, in her campaign, to have
gained her management experience, had no record of a borough business license or of paying any bed tax,
she paused and said it might have been because the place had no clients for a year or so.” In an article
describing the possibility of recalling Palin, the Frontiersman wrote the “reasons include Palin’s alleged
falsification of her credentials during the campaign last fall.” [Frontiersman, 1/22/97, 2/5/97]

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:37 AM

The drum beat continues. Another day another attack on Palin.

The good news is the more they beat up on her the better McCain does in the polls.

Posted by: jmd | September 16, 2008 1:36 AM

Sarah Palin looks more like Cheney every day.

Scary.

Posted by: julies | September 16, 2008 1:29 AM

Don't let the "I'm just a hockey mom who stumbled into politics to fight the good old boys" act fool you. Look at Gov Palin's record and management style. She is a "good old boy" in lipstick.

Posted by: Tracey | September 16, 2008 1:22 AM

Critical Group Called on Palin to Meet with Them, She Said they Could Fax the Questions. In 1997,
a Wasilla group called Concerned Citizens asked Palin to appear before them to answer questions, but the
Frontiersman wrote, “she doesn’t intend to face the hostile group to answer their questions.” Her deputy
administrator said that the group could fax the questions and she would answer them then. [Frontiersman,
3/5/97]

Council Member Pushed To Create City Manager Because He Said Palin Did Not Have Skills to
Run Wasilla. In 1997, a councilman made a push to create a city manager position in Wasilla. The
Frontiersman reported, “Wasilla voters may get the chance to transform the city to the city manager form
of government under a proposal by Wasilla councilman Nick Carney…He said he thinks Palin does not
have the management skills to run the City of Wasilla.” [Frontiersman, 2/21/97]

Palin Ordered that Department Heads Get Permission from Her Before Talking to the Press,
Which a Paper Called a “Gag Order. “She’s also been criticized by the local semiweekly newspaper
for a new policy requiring department heads to get the mayor’s approval before talking to reporters. An
editorial in The Frontiersman labeled it a ‘gag order.’ Palin said it’s a temporary rule to smooth the way
until department heads have a better sense of the administration’s policies.” [Anchorage Daily News (Alaska),
10/26/96]

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:18 AM

The silly pit bull now complains that Obama is causing problems in Alaska. So remotely? He has yet to visit the cool place, we thought!
Hey, this may be the power of "community organizer". Do not ever misunderestimate it, let alone laugh about it.

If not complaining, could it be whining? If YOUR problems can not be solved, how do you suppose the national level problem may even be dented? We the people feel no need to hire such talent. Just prove to Alaskans first that you have acceptable credibility, honesty, and nothing to hide or to hide from. This will be the first pit bull in our life time we get to see looking for cover.

Posted by: O.P. Neon | September 16, 2008 1:14 AM

So - she is not yet VP and she has pulled a Karl Rove?

Posted by: Interesting -- | September 16, 2008 1:14 AM

What she is claiming executive privledges already? When the US wakes up to what she and McBush truly represent, the voters will run to cast their votes for Obama and Biden. She's nothing but lipstick and a chest for McBush to stare into and she has already started acting like Cheney.

Posted by: JustJunk | September 16, 2008 1:12 AM

This investigation was started in a bi-partisan manner before she was even picked as a VP nominee. It has nothing to do with Obama and everything to do with the way she runs her shop.

Posted by: BB | September 16, 2008 1:08 AM

Her baddies will never reach the American public anymore than her son will be in harms way in Iraq, the illegal war I must say. Or you all know dam well Canada would have been behind you.. Am I wrong??

Posted by: justada55= | September 16, 2008 1:08 AM

Anonymous says: "If DNC wants to play this one big. Play Bill Clinton. If play small, play Obama's house."

So, this is all play to you? Just a game?

It doesn't matter if your elected officials misuse their power and then lie about it . . . unless they are Democrats?

You are a fine piece of work, you are. Keep posting.

Posted by: drossless | September 16, 2008 1:08 AM

Scott, Scott -

Calm down man, your going to hurt yourself. So what he got more than McCain from people who work on Wall Street. Heck, he got more from democrats than McCain got from republicans. An awful lot of republicans don't much care for McCain either for various reasons. Now though McCain has Palin as a draw whatever my opinion might be of her.

As for the rest of it...you got to stop reading just the right wing sites. Search for the truth, it won't be found completely on a right wing or left wing web site, blog or publication. Heck, there is plenty to disagree with either ticket if you have an idealogical bent one way or the other. There isn't any need to go after the baseless smears, innuendos or skillfully crafted half truths.

My best advice is to always be skeptical of whatever you read or hear, not that my advice is worth much, but still, don't let others make up your mind for you, consider the facts, throw out the agendas and come to your own conclusions.

Posted by: Oh brother! | September 16, 2008 1:05 AM


Palin voted against an asbestos bill that would have prevented her son's legal firm from filing asbestos-related lawsuit? A bipartisan bill supported by the likes of Pat Leahy and Evan Bayh?

My bad. That was the VP candidate from the other party.

Posted by: WylieD | September 16, 2008 1:05 AM

"One lawmaker complained earlier this month..."
Who, specifically? And does this lawmaker have an interest in the matter?

Posted by: peter_n | September 16, 2008 1:02 AM

when our children complained the most when in trouble, they were generally guilty of their indescretions (sp?).

Sarah is not passing the smell test on this one.. and releasing the news when there is a 500 pt market drop says it all....not a reformers image.

Posted by: SteveAZ | September 16, 2008 1:02 AM

Will the real Palin please stand up. With each passing day I am more convinced from the growing evidence that Palin was never even fit to be mayor let alone Governor. Don't they have qualifications.

There needs to be more interviews like with Charles Gibson and Ted Koppel to find out what Palin knows and doesn't know and what she has lied about. It seems like her whole political history has been built on lies and a quest for more power. And yet she is not an affective leader. She has become synonymous with "The Bridge To NoWhere" for America.

Posted by: Blake Southwood | September 16, 2008 1:00 AM


Palin took money from Tony Rezko? Well then she must be a crook.

Posted by: WylieD | September 16, 2008 12:59 AM

What kind of place is Alaska? They don't seem to respect law and order. I guess that is why they want to get independence from the USA. Or maybe that is just Todd and Sarah that belong to organizations like Alaska Independence Party, where the founder hates the USA.

Posted by: Ross | September 16, 2008 12:56 AM

I think Palin and McCain are living out bad episode of the Twilight Zone.

Clearly, McCain is using her, because he couldn't get the respect or attention he needed to get elected.

If anyone is being sexist, he is. He is abusing her, embarrassing himself. McCain is not able, apparently, to differentiate between truth and several outright untruths. Reality and dillusion.

This is what middle class America has endured with Bush, because of underhanded manuevers to land him in the White House.

Those who vote for McCain are not paying attention, and their own children and grandchildren will suffer the consequences.

What on earth did Palen expect?
That she is above questioning, and above her own state legislature? Dillusions of granduer, sleezy sleezy politics, and more than naive...pure, textbook narcissism.

This is not about a tainted investigation...no one can taint something not yet even revealed. Nothing has been planted, or unfair, or unjust. It comes with the territory, Sarah. A savy, intelligent, experienced politician worthy of a seat at this level, knows this.

It is not the country's fault that Palin was slipped in so close to the election. I would say it was a brilliant strategy, but I don't think McCain had a clue.

So she has to jump through many and high hoops for us. If that makes her feel threatened or uncomfortable, or scrutinized or subjected to "sexism," that's just too damn bad.

Watching her shake hands with the people? Robotic, no sense of their being a person on the other end. And I have yet to see her listen, embrace or stop waving and smiling long enough to hug her little girl, trying to get her attention. Were Palin to read this, I'm sure it would now be worked into her performance.

I'm surprized she can even see Russia from any point in Alaska;
she does not look beyond her nose.

And McCain's mental health is really troubling. His POW suffering took a toll and I am truly sorry for him, and his deep suffering.

But that does not obligate over half of America to give him this position. We will not be blindfolded and surrender to distorted thinking, and become prisoners of his internal, eternal wars. Our children will will not be taken hostage.

We are Americans too, every bit as determined and strong and patriotic as he claims to be. And we will not be disrespected, or cuckolded again.

We, the people have to fight terrorists or tyrant coming our way...especially if they are in our own government. Yes, this includes "heros" like John McCain Reform or further deform American Democracy? .

I don't think Obama needs to
get down in the mud a wrestle these two. Obama is already tough enough.

McCain and Palin are their own worst enemy. Though he roped a few fiesty stray steer..he won't be able to rangle or ride 'em to his ranch. These doggies buck.

Posted by: Reform, Inform, or further Deform? | September 16, 2008 12:56 AM

O.P. Neon: Try making sense the next time you post.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:55 AM

Poor Sarah Palin. Just another false Christian conservative caught doing the devil's work. Sarah's ego got in the way of her ability to understand her own limitations.

Posted by: No Halo | September 16, 2008 12:53 AM

Scott, take a break from economy mess. It serves as distraction on this subject. Perhaps you are on wrong blog.

Instead of "not cooperating" with the investigators, Mrs. Palin should prove to Americans what she may be like without the lipstick that she was talking about. She can give hell to those investigators. All 80% of Alaskans are with her. Stand up to the bad things in government, right? Did she skip kindergarten? They teach early on, reform starts at home. If homework is not completed, forget the US national stage; Alaska may be the better fit, even if re-election in Alaska may be a distant dream. Lesson: Pit bulls have not many friends, let alone any "heart-mates". Every body in McCain camp is up for unique surprises of their own. They will certainly lavish the praise to Obama for these surprises; some how this guy Obama gets much attention even without doing a thing!!!

Posted by: O.P. Neon | September 16, 2008 12:53 AM

McCain-Palin '08: The Bridge to Nowhere

Posted by: Thanks But No Thanks | September 16, 2008 12:53 AM

Dare Congress tell the truth, who are in the special list? Do not do the nonsense.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:52 AM

Moose lips sink ship!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:51 AM

What a republican veep candidate won't cooperate with the law? She forgets that we haven't yet cast our votes. We can just give our votes to Obama instead. At least we know that Biden does not have a legal problem right now.

Whether the investigation is a witch hunt by the democrats or not, if Sarah Palin is innocent, she should have no problem to tell the truth to the investigators. Only if she has lied about her involvement in the troopergate should she worry about it. Right now I will get my marbles that Sarah Palin is guilty of the crime. She is goint to the slammer instead of the white house.

Posted by: Jake Romero | September 16, 2008 12:49 AM

A lawmaker said it "appears to be steering [the investigation] ... in a manner that will have maximum partisan political impact on the national and state elections."

...What's that, finding out the truth?! It's a nonpartisan review board, mostly Republicans. Sometimes facts actually speak for themselves.

Posted by: Cpt. Cl0wn | September 16, 2008 12:48 AM

If DNC wants to play this one big. Play Bill Clinton. If play small, play Obama's house.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:47 AM

Refusal to cooperate with an investigation?

I live in a small town and when someone here refuses to cooperate with an investigation, we consider them to be criminals. I wonder if rural folks are that different in Alaska?


Posted by: Kevin Morgan | September 16, 2008 12:47 AM


FROM THE FOLKS WHO BROUGHT JOHN EDWARD'S, THEY NOW BRINGS YOU: "TRACK PALIN"
THE COKE HEAD WHO BEAT GOING TO JAIL BY GOING IN THE MILITARY AND HIS WONDERFUL PARENTS WHO RAISED SUCH A FINE FAMILY.


The NATIONAL ENQUIRER’S exclusive ongoing investigation of GOP VP Nom Sarah 'Barracuda' Palin’s goes far beyond a mere teen pregnancy crisis this week!

The Enquirer’s team of reporters has combed the Alaskan wilderness to discover the hidden truth about Gov. Palin’s family, which has become a central part of her political identity.

The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah's oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it. And as Track, 19, heads to Iraq as part of the U.S. armed forces, Sarah and her husband Todd were powerless to stop his wild antics, detailed in the new issue of The ENQUIRER, which goes on sale today.

THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity status to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”

“He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do,” the source divulged. “You join the military.”

And as Gov. Palin has billed the state of Alaska for various expenses related to her children, as reported by The Washington Post, The ENQUIRER's investigation reveals that she was so incensed by 17-year-old Bristol's pregnancy that she banished her daughter from the house.

Another family friend revealed pre-prego Bristol was as much of a hard partier as Track was.

“Bristol was a huge stoner and drinker. I’ve seen her smoke pot and get drunk and make out with so many guys. All the guys would brag that the just made out with Bristol.”

When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!

And the ENQUIRER also learned that Levi Johnston, the baby mamma’s future wedded dada, who was glad handed by John McCain at the GOP Convention, isn’t too happy about his impending shotgun nups either.

“Levi got dragged out of the house to go to Minnesota,” Levi’s friend told The ENQUIRER. “Levi realizes he’s stuck being with Bristol because her mom is running for Vice President.”

The friend also confided that both Bristol and Levi “broke up a few times and they definitely messed around with other people.”

Meanwhile, as members of the Palin family’s war viciously over “Trooper-Gate” and claims of Sarah’s extramarital affair have turned the political race into a chaotic arena of threats, denials and vicious attacks by political black ops, The ENQUIRER has discovered shocking new details about the red-hot affair scandal!

For the full story of the secrets Sarah Palin is trying to hide – pick up the new ENQUIRER!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:46 AM

I've never liked Palin and sensed that she is crooked from her first appearance at the RNC.

Posted by: Bill B. | September 16, 2008 12:46 AM

It is amazing to me that obamabots refuse to deal in reality. As to Freddie and Fannie, Lehman, Behr Stearns, etc. Guess who took the most in campaign contributions? Chris Dodd. Who was number 2? That's right,Obama the messiah. As to oil prices, who wants to drill and who doesn't? Gee, I think it's the Dems who don't want to allow drilling anywhere. San Fran Grand Nan thought she would just adjourn the house to avoid a floor vote or resolution on drilling. Dems again. How about the war? Hmnmm, Harry Reid said the war is lost. Nancy Pelosi too. Well, Dems again, cut and run when the surge is working. Only ones who won't acknowledge this fact are the Dems. How about medical care? Yep, the Dems want to take that over too, destroying the best system in the free world. Can you say Great Britain and Canada, Cuba? What do you know, Dems again.
Speaking of the Congress, guess what? Dems took control 2 years ago, and wow, it is the lowest approval rating in history. Darn! And then there is the annointed one, the most merciful messiah, Obamination. Where are his health records, college records, then there is Bill Ayers, reverend wrong(Wright), father Flager, Reszko, two dads, a radical muslim brother who wants to overthrow a demoncratic African government, a wife who worked against indigent and poor people to keep them out of her hospital? He lied about his work as a so-called community organizer. Guess what, he worked for Acorn, a group that has been indicted all over the country for voter fraud. Everything about this guy is a lie. Oh, and that little mistake about how many states there are in the Union? 57? It just so happens there are 57 muslim states in Islam. Keep on attacking Sarah and McCain. Keep it up. Take a look at the forward to Saul Olensky's (sic) book. It is dedicated to Satan. Obama is a product of Olensky's teaching and mentoring. Good luck Dems.

Posted by: Scott | September 16, 2008 12:46 AM

As an ordinary citizen, do I have the option not to co-operate with investigators?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:44 AM

It sounds the Demacrats and Republicans are on one side and Palin and people in Alaska on the other side.

It is so weird that both parties are working together for the smae thing.

For what? The power?

For change? Forget it.

DNC only says change to STUPID people.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:43 AM

WHAT'S GOT TO HIDE?

PALIN THE FELON!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:42 AM

you know how a half truth is the worst lie? Palin told Gibson that she never asked Monegan to fire her brother in law. She hopes that's reported as a denial of the charges. Only it's not. As Monegan puts it, they never were dumb enough to say fire him. They just kept saying, in at least two dozen contacts by a half dozen different people that he had no business being a trooper, why is he still a trooper, he's an embarassment to troopers everywhere and shouldn't be one, etc. So did she pressure Monegan to fire him. Absolutely. Did she ask him to fire him. No. Is denying that you tried to get him fired a lie? Yes it is, plain and simple. So she lied through her teeth, plain and simple

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:41 AM

we all know why mccain chose this Palin woman..his campaign needed the right wingers and the evangelicals on board.. to have a chance but he threw caution to the wind picked a puppet with no experience to be a heartbeat away from the presidency... even at 72 with 4 bouts of deadly melanoma skin cancer ..and is on video saying his pick of vp will be thoughtful cuz in this time of serious problems he needed to pick someone who had the foreign and economic expeience.. gues that refueling in Ireland qualifies palin,,, all must watch the ABC interview when she has that " deer in the headlights " look ... Ms.Mooseburger is not ready for prime time and the media is stoked to dig dig dig ... my bet is she steps aside by Oct 11 for the good of the GOP so Johnny boy can find himself a new VP nominee.... liars and cheats like Plain & mccain will not triumph.. i am an independent and we see the light .. Obama-Biden '08 we need these men to clean up 8 years of hell...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:40 AM

Moose-Lips won't cooperate!!!
I'm shocked!!!!

Posted by: Lipstick | September 16, 2008 12:40 AM

Love the comments here, especially the ones that are pro-Palin/McCain. Most of them are nonsensical, which I have come to expect. I especially love the one that they are throwing pebbles at a battleship! Have you looked around lately? That battleship is taking on water, and is listing dangerously to the right. You can bail all you want, but the poor thing is going down. Yes, they may be pebbles, but the major damage to this battleship is being done by the crew, who seem to think that the best way of getting rid of those pebbles is to blow holes in the boat to let em drain out!

The McSame/Pain ticket is no battleship. Yeah, it may be dressed up to look like one, but it is a facade built in photoshop. And by the way, you shouldn't call Palin a battleship! That is sexist!

Posted by: Stan | September 16, 2008 12:39 AM

Wha? Palin not brave enough to face the lame legislature she claims to be able to CHANGE? Walk the talk, Palin. This is the big league, can you handle it?

Palin should have the where-with-all to prove, not avoid, the truth. It's a democracy not a freakin dodge ball game!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:39 AM

This investigation was started way before Palin was chosen as VP for McCain. It has nothing to do with Obama, and it has support from Republicans in the Alaskan legislature. Before McCain picked her, Palin said she welcomed the investigation. It is the McCain campaign that is trying to pin this on Obama and make it look like an attack. Come on McCain, do you think we're stupid?

Posted by: katharine | September 16, 2008 12:39 AM

Can't fool

I think the right has lost it's way. A lot of real conservatives are going to sit this election out in protest, or vote for Bob Barr.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:39 AM

If she don't have anything to hide release the emails. She is no better then what we have right now. We need a more open government, and accountability starts with an open government.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:38 AM

What? The McCaine-Palin duo is in trouble with the law even before the election? Just imagine them AFTER the election if they win.

If elected, they will continue the 'Bush doctrine' of corruption and lawlessness.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:37 AM

WHAT IS SHE HIDING?

She's just like Cheney, isn't she? Wow- Republican politicians usually wait until they are in office before they begin ignoring subpoenas, committing crimes, destroying evidence, and showing contempt for the law. Palin is way ahead of her party on this one!

You try it. You ignore YOUR subpoena, and see how long it is before they lock you up.

It's just a never-ending parade of incompetence, religious extremism, lies, abuse of power, more lies, stupidity, and more lies from Palin. Anybody who thinks Mc Cain and his trailer trash VP deserve to prolong George Bush's policies for the next four years is too nutty to vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:37 AM

Palin is Bush in skirts.

Like him, she thinks she’s above the law.

Enough! No to another four years of the same.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:36 AM

The special features of Mrs. Palin coming out each day makes one think - if ever McCain wins, he may not be safe as President. before he may know, the "Baracuda' factor could replace him (while alive) to be the next wannabe-dictator of the US. Do the right wing, no-questions-asked folks have any clue to what they are cheering for?

Posted by: O.P. Neon | September 16, 2008 12:35 AM

Criminals are the only ones who refuse to cooperate with investigations. Its really this simple. If you are innocent, you have nothing to worry about. If you are guilty, you resist.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:34 AM

Posted by: LT | September 16, 2008 12:34 AM

we all know why mccain chose this Palin woman..his campaign needed the right wingers and the evangelicals on board.. to have a chance but he threw caution to the wind picked a puppet with no experience to be a heartbeat away from the presidency... even at 72 with 4 bouts of deadly melanoma skin cancer ..and is on video saying his pick of vp will be thoughtful cuz in this time of serious problems he needed to pick someone who had the foreign and economic expeience.. gues that refueling in Ireland qualifies palin,,, all must watch the ABC interview when she has that " deer in the headlights " look ... Ms.Mooseburger is not ready for prime time and the media is stoked to dig dig dig ... my bet is she steps aside by Oct 11 for the good of the GOP so Johnny boy can find himself a new VP nominee.... liars and cheats like Plain & mccain will not triumph.. i am an independent and we see the light .. Obama-Biden '08 we need these men to clean up 8 years of hell...

Posted by: susan | September 16, 2008 12:33 AM

There you go! Palin seems to be playing out the same strategy that the Bush admin used during the past 2 terms.

Executives above the law.

Posted by: ssanford00 | September 16, 2008 12:33 AM

WHAT IS SHE HIDING?

She's just like Cheney, isn't she? Wow- Republican politicians usually wait until they are in office before they begin ignoring subpoenas, committing crimes, destroying evidence, and showing contempt for the law. Palin is way ahead of her party on this one!

You try it. You ignore YOUR subpoena, and see how long it is before they lock you up.

It's just a never-ending parade of incompetence, religious extremism, lies, abuse of power, more lies, stupidity, and more lies from Palin. Anybody who thinks Mc Cain and his trailer trash VP deserve to prolong George Bush's policies for the next four years is too nutty to vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:33 AM

Can we say McCain/Palin=Stupid is as stupid does. Repugs, how can you defend this ticket?

Posted by: Boxie | September 16, 2008 12:31 AM

If she don't have anything to hide release the emails. She is no better then what we have right now. We need a more open government, and accountability starts with an open government.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:31 AM

Does anyone else rad this and picture lots of stealthy black clad ObamaNinjas descending on Alaska?

Do you think we will see Lieberman in her place soon?

"Former Palin Press Secretary Meg Stapleton told reporters in Anchorage that the investigation has been "hijacked" by "Obama operatives" for the Democratic presidential nominee -- namely, Alaska state Sen. Hollis French, the Democratic lawmaker managing the investigation and an Obama supporter. French has denied working on behalf of the Obama campaign."
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/15/palin.investigation/index.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:31 AM

Hmm... a Republican who doesn't believe in the US system of justice. A Republican who decides what laws they will abide and which they will ignore.

Sound familiar?

Sound like more of the same?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:30 AM

Another attempt to abuse her power. She obviously has something to hide. Is this what we want in the White House.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:30 AM

Are we really ready for four more years of "I refuse to answer questions about an ongoing investigation"? How can it be possible that the McCain machine would allow her to not go forward in attempt to clear this up. I can see the ad now juxtaposing Sarah Palin and this statement with ...Gonzales... Libby... Bush... I'm simply astonished.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:29 AM

Anyone see Tina Fey on SNL - scary - looks like the bimbo from the north!

Posted by: GOPNAZI | September 16, 2008 12:28 AM

WHAT'S GOT TO HIDE?

PALIN THE FELON!


Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:27 AM

I suppose she’s above the law, despite the fact that these “investigators” are bi-partisan appointed by majority Republicans. If she does not have anything to hide, why is she changing her mind to meet the same investigation that she had agreed on earlier?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:25 AM

There is a problem in this country when people attempt to humanize criminal conduct by politicians or dismiss it, or give up on it. When we dismiss violations committed by our representative leaders, we cut off our access to self-governance.

Everyone thinks they will muddle through. Of course the politicians do - their connections will carry them further, pad their decline more. The sad truth in this country is that bad politicians do not go away, they reproduce and form dynasties. This might be a definition of dictatorship-by-quasi-electoral process.

It really does matter who you vote for. And it really matters when you lose your vote.

Posted by: Annie | September 16, 2008 12:25 AM

Palin's failin'!!

Is the the self-supported beginning of the end of glamor?

Damn that Truth thing, right!!!

Posted by: O.P. Neon | September 16, 2008 12:24 AM

WHAT IS SHE HIDING?

She's just like Cheney, isn't she? Wow- Republican politicians usually wait until they are in office before they begin ignoring subpoenas, committing crimes, destroying evidence, and showing contempt for the law. Palin is way ahead of her party on this one!

You try it. You ignore YOUR subpoena, and see how long it is before they lock you up.

It's just a never-ending parade of incompetence, religious extremism, lies, abuse of power, more lies, stupidity, and more lies from Palin. Anybody who thinks Mc Cain and his trailer trash VP deserve to prolong George Bush's policies for the next four years is too nutty to vote.

Posted by: LH | September 16, 2008 12:23 AM

I suppose she’s above the law, despite the fact that these “investigators” are bi-partisan appointed although they are majority Republicans. If she does not have anything to hide, why is she changing her mind to meet the same investigation that she had agreed on earlier.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:23 AM

Palin is NUTTY DUMB DANGEROUS. The truth about Palin is starting to ooze it's way south out of her home state. Alaskas bipartisan ethics commission is investigating her and abuse of power charges. Carl Rove needs to get his ass and gear to spin this one!

Posted by: GOPNAZI | September 16, 2008 12:20 AM

We've all had more than our fill of this type of behavior from the Bush administration. It's not even a partisan thing either. This type of behavior in a VP is not acceptable. It's way too much like Cheney's liarmouth tactics.

Posted by: Nym | September 16, 2008 12:19 AM

Although I really abhor Sarah Palin, I must say in her defense that I doubt she would meet with the prosecutor at this time even if she was innocent. Considering how close the election is and how little time there is until election day, the loss of time spent campaigning could be crucial, especially since McCain isn't very good at it.

Posted by: kalodaimon | September 16, 2008 12:16 AM

Breaking! The Huffington Post is set to report that Palin is even worse than BHO has portrayed her to be... she's a murderer!

It's true! The HuffPost says it is:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-gutfeld/sarah-palins-murderous-we_b_126539.html

But seriously, I updated the previous post with the audio. Apparently it was moved or deleted, but here it is:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/008001.html

A secret deal to smear Palin? I'm sure the WaPo will set Anne Kornblut to looking into that ASAP!

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 16, 2008 12:16 AM

Do not say 80% people in Alaska are stupid.

Since when DNC is so supportive to republicans?

For change? Unlikely!

But for what? For power!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:15 AM

This is really difficult to comment on... Here we have the Republicans, who are unquestionably, the undisputed experts on tainted investigations, calling this investigation tainted.
I suppose it's like the old conundrum: someone tells you that are a habitual liar, but what they are about to tell you now is the truth - what does one do?
--- investigate !

Posted by: Steve Osterday | September 16, 2008 12:15 AM

Google Hollis French - this guy's personal life story will be ALL over the internet before it's done - he'll get a little "October Suprise" of his own.

Digging into the tax records for his apartment building now...then onto his wife's driving record - all public info in Alaska.

BTW FU JD.

Hollis French - a corrupt Obama operative who will be exposed and destroyed, along with the Obama campaign contacts who are working with him.

The "private" meetings they held over the weekend weren't so private after all - there were more cameras there than their own...

Posted by: Can't foll middle America - FU JD | September 16, 2008 12:13 AM

This local Alaskan news report is very damning. It aired weeks before she was chosen as McCain's running mate and shows Palin in her own words and proves she's lying:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UojMnCgqVA

Posted by: carolinagirl | September 16, 2008 12:13 AM

John McCain wants to borrow more money from China to give everyone a tax break, Obama, like Clinton believes in pay as you go. Clinton eliminated the deficeit. McCain will increase. His chief economic advisor is Phil Gramm for Christ's sake!

Posted by: BIll | September 16, 2008 12:12 AM

Wha? Palin not brave enough to face the lame legislature she claims to be able to CHANGE? Walk the talk, Palin. This is the big league, can you handle it?

Palin should have the where-with-all to prove, not avoid, the truth. It's a democracy not a freakin dodge ball game!

Posted by: primarywatcher | September 16, 2008 12:12 AM

Hmmm... not co-operating with investigators. Where have I heard that many times before in the last 8 years? It would appear McCain's so-called "straight-talk express" has closed shop. Good thing McCain wants change. He'll have to change to another slogan which carries no substance.

Posted by: dotmafia | September 16, 2008 12:10 AM

I remember watching the repub debates. Ron Paul was the only person being honest.

Posted by: brock101 | September 16, 2008 12:10 AM

Sounds very Cheney-esque.

I find it amazing that McCain decided to start with the scandals BEFORE he was elected (heaven forbid).

In the end the folks who vote for McCain/Palin are either uninformed hence ignorant (and cutting their own throats), greedy (making more than $250,000 and only care about their $), right wing christian fundamentalists, anti-abortion or stupid.

McCain was an honorable man. His character and almost everything he did was out of honor and patriotism, now he is lying and cheating his way to the White House and sold his honor and his country for the Presidency. I really feel betrayed by him. He once represented the last of a breed now he is the same political ol' cr4p. I find it amazing that he made Obama the more honorable candidate. It is just sad.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 16, 2008 12:07 AM

Sarah, you are toast.
You have given so much ammo to the media, there won't be time to put a blindfold on. But the sad part is, it's not totally your fault. John McCain drug you into this mudpit knowing you'd be sacrificed, but decided you were worth the risk. Your only mistake was in saying yes. It's his fault you're being disgraced and humiliated. He was desperate and saw an oppurtunity to get the female,evangelical and nra support, and used you.
Wise up Sarah, you have a family and a state to take care of. Drop out and let that oppurtunist fend for himself.

Posted by: tom | September 16, 2008 12:07 AM

Hey, did you notice? A major bank failed today. Another investment firm was sold to avoid bankruptcy. One of the largest insurers in the U.S. may fail tomorrow. How's the economy doing under Republican leadership? How 'bout a little more deregulation?

Posted by: tellthetruth | September 16, 2008 12:05 AM

I think the wannabe neo cons know the ship just hit that big iceburg named sarah. Eye candy maybe maybe not. They saw something shinny and picked it up and realized it was a frozen turd. They could have won with romney. Just kidding he's responsible for 250,000 job lost. The could have won with Rudy Gullioni just kidding he married his cousin, and a drag queen.

Posted by: brock101 | September 16, 2008 12:04 AM

What? The McCaine-Palin duo is in trouble with the law even before the election? Just imagine them AFTER the election if they win.


If elected, they will continue the 'Bush doctrine' of corruption and lawlessness.


Stop the religious conservatives in their tracks! They're ruining our country - the world in fact - and spreading their crazed, religious fundamentalist policies everywhere!


They're undoing everything that was American about America!


I believe these people are undercover white supremacists. Bush, McCaine, Cheney, Palin, the whole lot of 'em! The only reason they include a black (Secretary Rice), and a women (Palin) in their administrations is to siphon votes from their respective groups.


They're socially backward, and threaten justice everywhere! Criminals in white collars!

Posted by: Raffi Aidiniantz | September 16, 2008 12:04 AM

What's another day without McCain-Palin campaign deceit? How arrogant and untruthful they demonstrate themselves to be, every single day.

Posted by: somerseten | September 16, 2008 12:03 AM

Interesting. The question here is clearly this: If Palin has nothing to hide, if she can take on wolves of all types, than why hide from her own citizen legislators? For her to say they are Obama operatives is to, in Pacific NW thinking, a huge insult to her own people as not having independence or strength. I do hope she has to return to them to answer for the way she has treated them.For more background, the NYT Sunday

profile of Palin is highly recommended. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html?sq=&st=nyt&adxnnl=1&scp=8&adxnnlx=1221537552-SG20XdcBQ6tuZbXkIPJdSA

Posted by: IndeVoter | September 16, 2008 12:03 AM

Are we really ready for four more years of "I refuse to answer questions about an ongoing investigation"? How can it be possible that the McCain machine would allow her to not go forward in attempt to clear this up. I can see the ad now juxtaposing Sarah Palin and this statement with ...Gonzales... Libby... Bush... I'm simply astonished.

Posted by: Caroline | September 16, 2008 12:03 AM

I think she should co-operate with the investigation and make all of her emails accessible to the authorities. Criminals don't co-operate. Simple as that.

Can you say abuse of power?

Posted by: Justice | September 16, 2008 12:00 AM

Wow, another hit piece on Sarah Palin from the MSM. What a surprise. You are throwing pebbles at a battleship.

Posted by: John | September 16, 2008 12:00 AM

How come the home page headline says she "won't" meet and the story says she's "unlikely" to meet? Selective negative headline writing by the WaPo for the headline skimmers?

Of course, the WaPo couldn't pass up its record of at least one negative article re Palin per day.

Your creative writing courses have really paid off.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | September 15, 2008 11:56 PM

simonsays1:

Experience isn't a measure of ability - it is but one of _many_ predictors. Temperament, education, honesty, and God given talent are others. History is filled with "experienced" madmen like Nixon, and young "inexperienced" visionaries like Kennedy and Clinton, who by a number of objective standards left behind a more prosperous country and a more peaceful world - whether or not you happen to agree with them on social issues (most of which barely affect the average person, e.g gay rights).

John McCain's experience has shown us that he is hot-headed and reckless, having recently demonstrated this by first picking the supremely inexperienced Palin as his running mate, and then canceling a Larry King appearance in a child-like tantrum because of ordinary "tough questions" about Palin by CNN's Campbell Brown.

And what happened to that "maverick" integrity he used to be known for? It's over. He and Palin have spoken numerous outright lies in recent interviews and ads -- that are documented and sourced all over the blogosphere.

Obama's economic policies are enlightened by a melding of ideas from both the right and left -- like those of the brilliant free market economist Milton Friend (who also was a tremendous influence to Ronald Reagan). Rather than being an ideologue, he has been a skeptical empiricist, taking great pains to understand the complexities of economics, and not buy in to naive over-simplifications. McCain has spewed the Bush economic doctrine of more tax cuts for the extremely wealthy. You think McCain can hang with Obama on economic policy? Please.

And as for security - please pay attention to the motivations behind the attacks of 9/11/01. U.S. imperialism. But McCain just wants more. He wants to bankrupt us and make us less safe by trying to democratize the mideast. It's a naive fantasy world.

McCain cannot hope to play in the big leagues like Obama.

Posted by: Clay Shentrup | September 15, 2008 11:56 PM

Considering that China holds the IOU's on each and every American I would re-examine Mr. McCains' tax and trade policies. There's a chance John McCain is the real MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE!

Posted by: Marcus Taylor | September 15, 2008 11:35 PM

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Truer words were never spoken.

Posted by: DWayne | September 15, 2008 11:53 PM

I think it's important to note that Charlie Huggins, the Republican who cast the decisive vote in favor of the subpoenas, is not just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill Alaskan. He's a Florida native and a retired Army Colonel. He's a decorated Viet Nam Vet who has a Master's degree in personnel management, AND he is a member of Sarah Palin's church who sometimes teaches Sunday school.

He's a Republican and is NOT an Obama supporter, but he certainly didn't say he was supporting Sarah, either. As a career military man, he is probably as terrified as the rest of us that Sarah might end up being in charge of the United States Armed forces. I'll bet Mr. Huggins knows something WE don't. He sounds like quite a guy: an honest Republican! Say what!!??

Posted by: mamacita | September 15, 2008 11:53 PM

Criminals are the only ones who refuse to cooperate with investigations. Its really this simple. If you are innocent, you have nothing to worry about. If you are guilty, you resist.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | September 15, 2008 11:53 PM

"Can't foll middle America",

Nor can you foll us!!!

Moran.

Posted by: JD | September 15, 2008 11:52 PM

By the time this is over Sarah Palin will be lucky to get a job as a state trooper.

Posted by: Bill | September 15, 2008 11:51 PM

Amen. Thanks "huh"

Given that Enron-linked....

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A01E0D81038F934A25752C0A9649C8B63


..former senator, McCain economic advisor, and mortgage-industry-specializing banking lobbyist Phil Gramm...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24844889/


...has been credited as mover and shaker behind the very law that allowed the current financial meltdown to happen, I'd love to hear what McCain and Gramm think should be done to solve this crisis?

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/20080701_Dave_Davies__A_few_minutes_with_McCain.html


As of yet, of course, their only response is to deny that any of it is significant. No problem, everything's fine. Sure, people are losing their homes to foreclosure; sure, investors are being wiped out. But hey, aside from that, everything's peachy.


Nonetheless... since McCain has indeed pegged Gramm as "one of the smartest person in the world" when it comes to economics, I'm dying to find out what Phil Gramm thinks should be done to fix the problem that Phil Gramm and the other lets-deregulate-everything Republicans helped create.

Maybe drilling will fix it? HAHAHA!!!

Maybe more deregulation will allow the free market to something something something?

Maybe if we had poured all our Social Security into these institutions, this would never have happened, because the free market dictates that private retirement investments always go up. Just like how dropped toast always lands on its edge?

Maybe the Republicans have invented a machine to convert Moose burgers into gold?

Maybe Lehman Brothers should have sold more stuff on eBay?

No, seriously -- I'm all ears. What's your advice to America this time, Gramm? McCain?

Posted by: huh? | September 15, 2008 11:35 PM

Posted by: JD | September 15, 2008 11:51 PM

There is going to be an investigation of whether Obama directly jeopardized US policy in Iraq during his trip by trying to convince the Iraqis to delay any removal of US troops until after the election, to prevent the appearance of any positive progress under the Bush administration.

A direct violation of the Logan act, and punishable by 3 years in prison.

All this noise about Palin will and a state trooper will seem like child's play in comparison.

Do your own research, if you can stomach it.

Posted by: Can't foll middle America | September 15, 2008 11:50 PM

So Sarah Pig is now above the law like the rest of the Republican Pigs: Rove, Miers, Bush, Cheney, Gonzales, etc...The MSM is afraid of this moron, please she needs to provide answers to the questions in her background: do your job!

Posted by: mcastillo | September 15, 2008 11:48 PM

Palin is a criminal that belongs behind bars, not anywhere near the White House.
If she wasn't guilty she would have no problem meeting with the prosecutors.
In the end it won't matter. She WILL be arrested and prosecuted for her crimes.

Posted by: DWayne | September 15, 2008 11:47 PM

What’s the bit©h (female pit bull with lipstick) trying to hide?

Posted by: Marc | September 15, 2008 11:46 PM

Definition: tainted = unlikely to produce flattering portrait of lady Governor.

Posted by: samson151 | September 15, 2008 11:44 PM

I can't pretend to know the real truth about Troopergate but I do know this, the investigation started before anyone knew she was going to be VP (even McCain didn't know yet) and it was the unanimous decision of more Republicans than Democrats. Whatever ends up comming out of the investigation we do know that the investigation itself was not politically motivated.

Posted by: captbilly | September 15, 2008 11:44 PM

Can't fool

I think the right has lost it's way. A lot of real conservatives are going to sit this election out in protest, or vote for Bob Barr.

Posted by: brock101 | September 15, 2008 11:44 PM

Palin is corrupt. Give it time the truth will out. I am not talking about the trooper issue either. It is a state with corruption and she is no different.

Posted by: David J | September 15, 2008 11:43 PM

The people of Adk Alaska need help now! Officials to black out power and ask citizens to leave the Aleutian community. http://www.adn.com/aleutians/story/526305.html
They are almost out of fule! It gets Cold in the winter up here. We produce Fule up here and can’t get at a decent rate.
Enstar will be raising its rates in alaska 22 % drill drill drill that way in 10 years we might see a lower price that is if the feds quit approving the sale of alaska oil and gas to asia. palins plan sucks

Posted by: Help | September 15, 2008 11:41 PM

The important thing about this case is that it started way before McCain even seriously considered his VP choice.

She's toast.

She's sooo toast. Anybody who knows anything about this case knows that waaaayyy too many people in Alaska are being interviewed.

The cats out of the bag.

The beans have already been spilled.

For anyone who's tired of the Bush administration, get your popcorn ready. They (including McCain and Palin) are going to go out with a blast.

It's going to be great.

Posted by: JD | September 15, 2008 11:40 PM

Well I knew that Republicans would hold this back until vou vote again. Get on with it, check her out and let the world heal. Yes, you are that strong, but it is fading at an enormous pace. Do you , the people feel good about tis media election?? I sure don't. Scares the hell out of me.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 15, 2008 11:37 PM

Interesting how the Wash-Compost does not mention the quote from the Democrat French "There will be an Ocotber surprise coming" in regard to the investigation.

I'm sure had a Republican said such of an Obama investigation, the WaComPo would gladly point this out.

Why the bias?

Posted by: Cant fool middle America | September 15, 2008 11:36 PM

This local Alaskan news report is very damning. It aired weeks before she was chosen as McCain's running mate and shows Palin in her own words and proves she's lying:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UojMnCgqVA

Posted by: carolinagirl | September 15, 2008 11:35 PM

Given that Enron-linked....

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A01E0D81038F934A25752C0A9649C8B63


..former senator, McCain economic advisor, and mortgage-industry-specializing banking lobbyist Phil Gramm...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24844889/


...has been credited as mover and shaker behind the very law that allowed the current financial meltdown to happen, I'd love to hear what McCain and Gramm think should be done to solve this crisis?

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/20080701_Dave_Davies__A_few_minutes_with_McCain.html


As of yet, of course, their only response is to deny that any of it is significant. No problem, everything's fine. Sure, people are losing their homes to foreclosure; sure, investors are being wiped out. But hey, aside from that, everything's peachy.


Nonetheless... since McCain has indeed pegged Gramm as "one of the smartest person in the world" when it comes to economics, I'm dying to find out what Phil Gramm thinks should be done to fix the problem that Phil Gramm and the other lets-deregulate-everything Republicans helped create.

Maybe drilling will fix it? HAHAHA!!!

Maybe more deregulation will allow the free market to something something something?

Maybe if we had poured all our Social Security into these institutions, this would never have happened, because the free market dictates that private retirement investments always go up. Just like how dropped toast always lands on its edge?

Maybe the Republicans have invented a machine to convert Moose burgers into gold?

Maybe Lehman Brothers should have sold more stuff on eBay?

No, seriously -- I'm all ears. What's your advice to America this time, Gramm? McCain?

Posted by: huh? | September 15, 2008 11:35 PM

I'm going to keep saying this until it sinks in. The American population, on average, as a whole, reads, writes and comprehends at an 8th Grade Level. The Republicans know that they are dealing with a bunch of 16 year old’s, it's easy to lie to them. That is how they were able to destroy this Country in only 8 years. Our educational system, for the majority of us, is a joke. Analytical thought is uncommon, as a result we have the Patriot Act (a law that no congressman had read before voting on) a national debt of such magnitude that all China has to do is start dumping dollars and we turn into a third-world-nation overnight. As our financial institutions fail and the dollar plummets, don’t think for one minute that the holders of the “Almighty Dollar” won’t cut their losses and start dumping. Republicans hate Government, they think it is the problem (re: regulation) now why would you put people who hate Government in charge of the Government? What do you think will happen? Do you see the cause and effect? Have IQ’s dropped 20 points in the last eight years? Furthermore John McCain’s father died when he was 61 years old. John McCain has had four skirmishes with skin cancer and survived. At age 72 odds are he will die in the White House, if he doesn’t come down with Alzheimer’s first. DO YOU REALLY WANT AN UNKNOWN, UNTESTED, “HOCKEY MOM” SITTING IN THE WHITE HOUSE AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF?
Considering that China holds the IOU's on each and every American I would re-examine Mr. McCains' tax and trade policies. There's a chance John McCain is the real MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE!

Posted by: Marcus Taylor | September 15, 2008 11:35 PM

If Palin was hillary, and attended 5 schools in 6 years what kind of smear campaign would the right be running?

Hannity I demand to see hillary clintons transcript

Limbaugh she was a freak, and find a few lie hards to clam they had in affair.

Beck Hillary is unstable.


Posted by: brock101 | September 15, 2008 11:34 PM

Ha, ha, ha! This fish-eyed hick from mooselick has even outdone George Bush in the "contempt for due process of law department".

She is already stonewalling investigators and she is not even elected! Talk about a fast study; Rove found a grade "A" pupil for the Honors Course in Republican Political Sleaze.

She even has the Republican game plan memorized; claim the nasty old Democrats have tainted whatever (the media, the trial system, the police, the judges, etc.).

What a bunch of crap. How does stonewalling and evading justice fit in with that holier-than-thou cult religion nonsense?

Praise the lord and pass the kool-aid, you kook!

Posted by: Jackson | September 15, 2008 11:33 PM

here's something any Palin supporter--who remotely thinks she may make a good VP, much more, a President--should read.

http://www.andrys.com/palin-kilkenny.html

beneath her gloss,she is merely just fiercely ambitious, immoral, deceitful, manipulative--willing to do anything to be where she had dreamt ten years ago to be--within the Presidency of the United States. that prospect should be enough to scare everyone to take a second look at her and see past her glib marketing of self and image.

Posted by: paula | September 15, 2008 11:31 PM

"Todd Palin and 12 other people were subpoenaed Friday by a joint committee, made up of three Republicans and two Democrats"


See all this is just a Democrat witch hu...wait a minute, the democrats are a minority in the Alaska Legislature?

But that means...

Oh, boy!


Alaska Senate 11 Republicans
9 Democrats

Alaska House 23 Republicans
17 Democrats

Hilary Clinton said it best when she said it was a vast Right-Wing conspiracy, who knew it would be Sarah Palin's defense also.


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Posted by: el_barto | September 15, 2008 11:31 PM

Wow! For the last two weeks we have seen hundreds of posts from Republicans talking about how whiny, wrong, stupid, angry, blah, blah, blah Democrats were for calling out Palin. I have noticed over the last day or so, things have gotten exceptionally quiet on the Republican side. Bet you wish McCain had done the vetting and didn't jump so quickly on the Palin as Veep thing. Just goes to show you what happens when you take someone to the dance you don't know that well. What's that I hear? Sounds like crickets.

Posted by: Reality Check | September 15, 2008 11:31 PM

here's something any Palin supporter--who remotely thinks she may make a good VP, much more, a President--should read.

http://www.andrys.com/palin-kilkenny.html

beneath her gloss,she is merely just fiercely ambitious, immoral, deceitful, manipulative--willing to do anything to be where she had dreamt ten years ago to be--within the Presidency of the United States. that prospect should be enough to scare everyone to take a second look at her and see past her glib marketing of self and image.

Posted by: paula | September 15, 2008 11:31 PM

Did we not know this was coming. Her speech today on America Canada news, with all respect was about Mom and pop companies being the backbone of the Us of A. Problem is, her family Mom and pop starts were most likely funded by her and the lower part and poor part of our friends, You. Perhaps I am wrong. Correct me please.

Posted by: justada+ | September 15, 2008 11:30 PM

Sarah Palin wouldn't do anything wrong. She's a Republican! How could anybody think a Republican would try to avoid prosecution or do anything wrong. She's a mother and she has a child with Down syndrome. How could people be so mean to prosecute her.

Posted by: eatmebush | September 15, 2008 11:30 PM

you know how a half truth is the worst lie? Palin told Gibson that she never asked Monegan to fire her brother in law. She hopes that's reported as a denial of the charges. Only it's not. As Monegan puts it, they never were dumb enough to say fire him. They just kept saying, in at least two dozen contacts by a half dozen different people that he had no business being a trooper, why is he still a trooper, he's an embarassment to troopers everywhere and shouldn't be one, etc. So did she pressure Monegan to fire him. Absolutely. Did she ask him to fire him. No. Is denying that you tried to get him fired a lie? Yes it is, plain and simple. So she lied through her teeth, plain and simple

Posted by: JoeT | September 15, 2008 11:30 PM

This local Alaskan news report is very damning. It aired weeks before she was chosen as McCain's running mate and shows Palin in her own words and proves she's lying:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UojMnCgqVA

Posted by: carolinagirl | September 15, 2008 11:29 PM

McCain unfit to operate the internet because of service injuries. Technology exists for paraplegics to use the internet so why not McCain.

Could it be that the war hero is a whiner? The more likely explanation is that he just did not have the inclination to learn and it is not politic to admit it.

Short tempered
poorly thought out decisions
frequently changes positions
clings to an economic policy that failed

That is john McCain and his lipsticked pit bull Palin.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 15, 2008 11:29 PM

Well, Palin opts not to cooperate. No surprise here; move along, nothing to see, folks. Just listen for the NOUN-Verb- pow . . .

Posted by: Black and Bitter Like Coffee | September 15, 2008 11:28 PM

America is playing russian roulette voting for Palin McCain

Posted by: chica | September 15, 2008 11:28 PM

Palin's transparentcy is so transparent! Can she or the GOP say or do anthing that has the least ring of truth or honor to it?
Why should we trust our country to such a dishonest person?
Vote no to the lies and manipulation.

Posted by: McMary | September 15, 2008 11:28 PM

Hmm... a Republican who doesn't believe in the US system of justice. A Republican who decides what laws they will abide and which they will ignore.

Sound familiar?

Sound like more of the same?

Posted by: Martiniano | September 15, 2008 11:28 PM

This local Alaskan news report is very damning. It aired weeks before she was chosen as McCain's running mate and shows Palin in her own words and proves she's lying:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UojMnCgqVA

Posted by: carolinagirl | September 15, 2008 11:27 PM

Lou Dobbs was complaining just tonight how NEITHER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE has made himself accessible to the press for questions. Shame on both of them. We voters deserve better.

Posted by: Melinda | September 15, 2008 11:26 PM

Palin Stonewalls!

Posted by: bgjd1979 | September 15, 2008 11:24 PM

I don't care if the dems are behind the investigation. The truth is more powerful then any excuse you can make up. Bush Palin are the same.

Posted by: brock101 | September 15, 2008 11:24 PM

This is a great interview with McCain:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-q6LMsc7iic

Posted by: Kay | September 15, 2008 11:24 PM

If she don't have anything to hide release the emails. She is no better then what we have right now. We need a more open government, and accountability starts with an open government.

Posted by: brock101 | September 15, 2008 11:22 PM

And, here's what appears to be evidence that the Dems are controlling the investigation:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/008001.html

Countdown to the WaPo following that up in 13023432434233423 seconds, 13023432434233422 seconds, 13023432434233421 seconds...

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 15, 2008 11:17 PM

I'd like to see the PALIN'S CREDIT HISTORY.

Posted by: Tomhere | September 15, 2008 11:17 PM

obama, inexperienced,
on the economy.
on security.
on integrity.
a puppet candidate
who uses slurs
and mistatements
to persuade
people too stupid
to realize,
change comes from within.
you people are a cult.

Posted by: simonsays1 | September 15, 2008 11:12 PM

This is not surprising to me. Palin unlikely to meet with prosecutor? I mean, come on. Palin was announced as John McCain's running mate Aug. 29th and how much exposure have reporters and voters had to question here. Virtually NIL! Gibson of ABC got the first interview with Palin and we all saw how raw and inadequate that went, even with political pundits and fellow Republicans are gleaming on how well her first national interview went.

That was a bunch of crap. If Palin performed so well why is her next interview with Sean Hannity of FOX (aka the Republican Channel). I expect Hannity to cover all of Palin's so-called strengths and challenges like oil drilling, raising a family with down-syndrome baby, sexism in the media, and how "inexperienced" Obama is.

The only national issue in which Hannity will ask Palin about is foreign oil independence.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 15, 2008 11:12 PM

Sarah just wants to spin out the drama, she isnt planning to avoid any kind of legitimate investigation. Since she doesn't have any thing to hide she can afford to let the interest build up and then show clearly that she didn't do any thing like she is being accused of doing. Lead accusers into a trap and then blind side them.

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | September 15, 2008 11:05 PM

Pfft. Yet another lie. Yet another easy debunking. Yet another time to ask the question: why on earth would they even bother lying on this stuff?


At a fundraiser in Canton, Ohio, this evening, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had an interesting description of her speech to the Republican convention.


"There Ohio was right out in front, right in front of me," Palin said. "The teleprompter got messed up, I couldn't follow it, and I just decided I'd just talk to the people in front of me. It was Ohio."


Nope. Didn't happen.


This struck many of us -- who, as she spoke, followed along with her prepared remarks, and noted how closely she stuck to the script -- as an unusual claim. (Especially those of my colleagues on the convention floor at the time, reading along on the prompter with her, noticing her excellent and disciplined delivery, how she punched words that were underlined and paused where it said "pause," noting that "nuclear" was spelled out for her phonetically.) [...]


"The teleprompter did not break," wrote Politico's Jonathan Martin. "Sarah Palin delivered a powerful speech last night, but she did not 'wing it'..."
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http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/09/palin-and-the-t.html
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I mean, c'mon. We've already gone past Mencken's prophecied point, happily electing an outright moron, but is it truly necessary to make Orwell obsolete as well? This one is just stupid -- lying for the sake of lying. Lying, frankly, like a child.


McCain and Palin don't just lie about big things, like tax policy, Iraq and the economy. They even lie about petty trivialities -- any tiny little thing is fair game, if it lets them preen for a moment in front of their audiences.


LIARS!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH0xzsogzAk
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Posted by: McCain/Palin = LIARS! | September 15, 2008 11:00 PM

Posted by: scrivener | September 15, 2008 10:56 PM

Sickening. They've just begun campaigning and the McCain/Palin ticket already has enough scandals for an entire Administration.

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/hed-rather-win-election-than-tell-truth.html

Friday, September 12, 2008
He'd Rather Win The Election Than Portray The Truth

John McCain ran an honorable campaign in 2000.

He was beaten due to scurrilous dishonesty.

He's learned the lesson well.

He's hired those who did this to him.

And now, they're doing it again.

McCain has said that he would rather win the war than win the election.

In fact, as we have seen time after time this week, he would apparently rather win the election than convey the truth.

This approach brought us George W. Bush--and the dissembling, the half-truths, and the omissions and distortions to come. And, so, brought us the tragic consequences that have followed for individuals and families across the nation and the world.

As Americans, we often have short memories and powerful impulses. We tend to act on the latter. This is why history can repeat itself.

Remember. Remember how driven by emotion many became last time. By impulse. Without thought. Remember the statements that were made. Remember the realities that followed. Remember.

You can feel what you feel now--anger, aggression, glee, without examination of the underlying truth--for a moment.

You will live with the consequences for years, decades to come--perhaps for the rest of your life.

Remember the thoughts and feelings that preceded these last 8 years.

Remember.

According to the non-partisan FactCheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/factchecking_mccain.html), McCain has strained the truth about health care. About small business. About education. About taxes. About corporate welfare. About energy independence. About free trade.

We've seen this before.

We were distracted from the truth in just the same way before.

And we've lived the resulting damage--for the past 8 years.

This is the way we need to change the nation: By realizing what is true, rather than realizing what emotes us for the moment.

Think.

Remember.

And act accordingly for your future.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/hed-rather-win-election-than-tell-truth.html

Posted by: Susan D'Addario | September 15, 2008 10:56 PM

NY TIMES FILLETS SARAH BARRACUDA.
NOW WILL OBAMA BITE BACK?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/ny-times-fillets-sarah-barracuda-now-will-obama-bite-back

Posted by: scrivener | September 15, 2008 10:51 PM

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