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Palin Sued for Private E-Mails About State Business

By Matthew Mosk
ANCHORAGE -- In a lawsuit filed in Alaska Superior Court, a Republican activist seeks to force Gov. Sarah Palin to produce copies of official correspondence she sent and received on private e-mail accounts.

Andrée McLeod filed the suit Wednesday and publicized it in a news release today. "Rather than using her state e-mail account, throughout her two-year tenure as Governor of Alaska, defendant Sarah Palin, as a matter of routine, has used, and, on information and belief, continues to use, (at least) two private e-mail accounts... to conduct official business of the State of Alaska," the suit alleges.

The suit is the latest front in a battle McLeod is waging over Palin's e-mail. In June, she filed an open-records request and received four boxes of redacted e-mails. But more than 1,100 others were withheld, an action Palin justified by claiming executive privilege. McLeod appealed that claim last month before going to court last week.

McLeod has questioned whether Palin was using private e-mail accounts to conduct state business in a manner that would skirt open-records laws. In one notable e-mail, a Palin aide apologized for discussing state business on a public account. "Whoops!" Palin aide Frank Bailey wrote, after addressing an e-mail to the governor's official state address. "Frank, this is not the Governor's personal account," a secretary reminded him.

A spokeswoman for the McCain-Palin campaign has acknowledged the use of private accounts. "As a champion of government accountability and transparency, Governor Palin was exercising an abundance of caution to ensure that all state and personal business matters were being kept separate," Meghan Stapleton said recently. "Governor Palin is committed to serving with the highest regard toward ethics."

But McLeod said she believes the Palin administration fostered a "culture of corruption" in Alaska where neither she nor her top aides were accountable to rules of transparency in government.

"The extent of the use of these private e-mail accounts demonstrates the extent of deception that the governor is operating under," McLeod said in an interview today. "The process is corrupt. The overall question now becomes, how did it become so broken that nobody could tell her, 'Don't do that.' That's why I'm going to the courts."

Palin had routinely used a Yahoo e-mail address until abruptly abandoning it after hackers penetrated the account on Sept. 17 and posted screen-captures from its inbox on the Internet.

Last week, The Washington Post reported that Palin maintained an additional private e-mail account, which she used to communicate with a small circle of staff members outside the state government's secure official e-mail system, according to sources at the Wasilla company that established the system.

McLeod, a former state employee who once was close to Palin, has also filed an ethics complaint against the governor and others, citing e-mail traffic that appeared to show that her office improperly helped a Palin fundraiser obtain a civil service position.

By Post Editor  |  October 4, 2008; 7:00 PM ET
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Amazing!!!!!

Obama has a 20 plus year history of associations with liberal socialists, radical terrorists, convicted felons and you are concerned with emails.... impressive journalism.

Obama has a history of voting and/or supporting tax hikes.

Obama and his own wife have even used the phrase wealth redistribution om more than one occasion.

Obama has not offered an energy solution.

Obama has not offered a economic strategy that addreses anything.


Posted by: Kdog1 | October 7, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Responding to writing4u:
You quote, "Todd Palin was registered as a member. . ."
Thank you for making my point. People don't join a group when they disagree with its ideas, or oppose its purpose.
You are just another mud slinging hate monger. You want to make the issue about race because you are a racist.
The issue is about ETHICS. There is DOCUMENTED proof that Sarah Cheney, oh, I mean Palin, has behaved numerous times in an unethical manner and she has lied and continues to lie.
She wants to smear Obama with tenuous accusations of guilt by association, when her own guilt is by her own actions. The only people who are impressed with her behavior this weekend are the psychos like you, who get orgasmic over hate, war and nastiness. You are afraid of truth, afraid of non-whites, and afraid of competition.
The sane people are sick of you and we are taking this country back.

Posted by: 14truth | October 6, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

abby0802,........
.
Even if they deleted their e-mails, Yahoo still has them for 6 months to a year later. Google saves deleted mail too. All web based e-mail clients do the same.
They're just a court order away!

The point is that their actions are the actions of someone with something to hide and I would think that the current administration would have weaned us from wanting our executive branch to be doing 'business as usual'.
Once bitten, twice shy.

Posted by: realneil | October 6, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, "writing4u", right... We're all still just dying to see the Michelle Obama "whitey" video. Like the phony Akers connections, the slime you're trying to heap on Obama won't stick, and eventually Americans will realize the Republicans are simply both to blame and unable to talk about any of the major problems facing our country. Ninety-Percenter McCain better store up some acorns in his swollen-ass chipmunk cheek for the winter, because it's going to be a cold one for him.

Posted by: guyanakoolaid | October 6, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Reponse to 14truth:

Of course racism is alive and well! Why make it worse? Let me tell you how alive it is...my cousin (a whitey as Michelle Obama would say) was the top student in her senior class with a friend of hers, who happened to be Vietnamese girl sharing a slightly lower GPA...both above 4.0. My cousins friend received a full ride to college on a minority scholarship...she received less than $5000 after countless applications. (Most of which she didn't qualify for because she was white, although her parents made less money than the family of the Vietnamese girl) She is now serving her internship on an airforce base as an MD. She joined the airforce to pay for college so she could become a doctor and not spend the rest of her life paying for it.
My sister competed in a college scholarship pageant and ended up becoming runner up Miss Oklahoma...a black girl that competed with her had an additional opportunity to win the scholarship pageant in the "Miss BLACK UCO" pageant....which the white girls were not allowed to participate in. I could go on...but surely you get it. I have plenty of black friends AND a black stepfather...I worked with an all black staff in an inner city charity...so don't try to tell me I'm the racist here. Racism is wrong against ANY group of people whether they are white, black or anything in between. My black friends are tired of the double standards too...they want to get jobs because they deserve it and are the best choice for the position...NOT because of some affirmative action crap. How can you compare the "Just say No" campaign when that had NOTHING to do with promoting one race over another? So you dare to compare Todd Palin's affiliation with the AIP with Michelle Obama's radical views? Here is the statement from AIP themselves..."Todd Palin was registered as a member but never participated in any party activities aside from attending a convention in Wasilla at one time. We had several hundred people attend that convention and nothing of noteworthy status took place outside of nominating the most conservative candidate up to that date to ever run for Governor of Alaska. That candidate was the sitting Lt. Governor, Jack Coghill. This man was one of the authors and signers of the Constitution of the State of Alaska." Sorry, but you will have to work harder to convince any thinking person that this is comparable to Ms. Obama's radical obsession with elevating blacks. I didn't hear about Todd Palin swearing that his life purpose was to see to it that Alaska seceded from the union, but nice try.

Posted by: writing4u | October 6, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

“It's a violation of the Freedom of Information Act to put public records outside the reach of it's citizens.
Gov Palin was required to identify the location of those email records.”

And what “public records” has she out of reach?

Are you thinking these “public records” are in her privet e-mail?

If yes, why?

Posted by: dschoen1 | October 5, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

“of roughly 20 contacts between her staff and husband with Public Safety officials, seeking the firing of Governor Palin's former brother-in-law -- might lead a reasonable person to the conclusion that the she misused her office to fire a state employee. So when Alaska's Republican-led Legislature called for an investigation, she did the honorable thing and said she and her staff would comply. She denies any wrongdoing.”

Facts

Her brother-in-law was suspended for drinking and driving in his state patrol car,
tasering his son, threatening to kill her father on March 1 2006.
These incidents happened BEFORE March 2006.

Palin didn’t become Gov till December 2006

Palin HIRED Monegan when she took office Dec 06. If she wanted to “punish” Monegan for not firing Trooper Mike Wooten, why did she hire him?

BTW, Monegan was available after having been asked to resign by Anchorage mayor
Mark Begich.

Palin kept Monegan on the payroll till July 2008, Kinda strange if she wanted to punish him for something that happened BEFORE March 2006, ya think?

Palin claims he was fired for insubordination, not being a team player budgeting issues, kinda sorta the same things why he was asked by mayor Mark Begich to retire as Chief in 2006.

So ask your self what makes sense, she hired him, kept him on the payroll for 1 year 7 months just to fire him for something that happened in 2004 and 2005? 2 years prior?

Or he was fired for insubordination, a documented problem with Monegan?.

Posted by: dschoen1 | October 5, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I love Palin she is so beautiful!!!

Posted by: Jake_D | October 5, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

“McLeod has questioned whether Palin was using private e-mail accounts”

Based on what? What is this accusation based on? The word of 1 disgruntled former government appointee?

“Last week, The Washington Post reported that Palin maintained an additional private e-mail account, which she used to communicate with a small circle of staff members outside the state government's secure official e-mail system, according to sources at the Wasilla company that established the system.”

Great, so some unnamed sources at some unnamed company claim what exactly?

“Palin had routinely used her Yahoo address for state business”.

We heard this claim repeated endlessly, yet no one can cite ANY evidence support this claim.

When the “hacker” penetrated the account and posted pages from it on the Internet ya know what wasn’t on it?

Anything that had to do with “state business”.

So why is this apparently bogus claim being given any credence?

“McLeod, a former state employee who once was close to Palin, has also filed an ethics complaint against the governor and others, citing e-mail traffic that appeared to show that her office improperly helped a Palin fundraiser obtain a civil service position.”

How would “e-mail traffic” “appear” to show anything?

Unless your reading said email? And that would be a felony.

Posted by: dschoen1 | October 5, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Sued for using a private email account that everyone knows about???? Can we all get a life? Come up with ideas to fix the Health care system, the Financial system etc. Do something constructive instead of trying to be destructive. This type of "news" is worthless.

Posted by: intense6 | October 5, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Two scandals of corruption and she's not even in the Vice President's office yet. I guess, she really is the successor to Dick Cheney afterall.

Posted by: wolfi101 | October 5, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked that so many people are buying into this distraction by the mcCain camp as they are desperate and have no issues on the table.

NOT THIS TIME! Focus on the issues especially Health Care. The rest of this stuff, which we have already heard ad nauseum is just a distraction.

Republicans - good luck with that!

Posted by: Julescator | October 5, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

It's a violation of the Freedom of Information Act to put public records outside the reach of it's citizens.

Gov Palin was required to identify the location of those email records.

Posted by: theodosia1 | October 5, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

She'll get into as much trouble as the Clintons got into for Whitewater. Maybe that's not the best example, but my point is that she won't get into any trouble.

That's how it seems to work. These things just tend to kind of blow over and it's not fair.

As much as we'd like our elected officials to be held accountable, they usually just end up with a slap on the wrist if anything.

I'm sick of it.

Posted by: crazyitalianchef | October 5, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Harvard education was not financed by Muslim and Saudis (who, by the way, are good buddies with the Bush-whackers). He went through school on scholarships and student loans. He finally retired the loans with proceeds from his books.

Posted by: catpurrson | October 5, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

... any President...whoever they may
be, cannot spend one dime; spending bills come from Congress.........
Wake up America !
-------------------------------------------
At the end of the Clinton administration, the country enjoyed a surplus in the treasury. Now after nearly eight years of George W. Bush (most of which time Congress was controlled by Republicans) we are at least a trillion dollars in debt. How do you explain that to the America that you want to wake up, writing4U?


Posted by: lhummer | October 5, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Calling Sarah Palin "trailer trash," is doing a disservice to all the fine, honest, hard working Americans who live in trailer parks.

Palin is beneath contempt with her lying, scheming, ignorant, fear mongering. She is about as arrogantly stupid as anyone that I've seen on the political scene in my sixty seven years. Someone needs to wash her mouth out with some strong soap and get that lying lipstick off of her scheming face.

Senator Obama served honorably in the Illinois State Senate, and the United States Senate. He is a loyal American who has the intelligence and good judgment to lead our country.

This barbie doll Bonnie, and her over the hill demented Clyde, are out to rob the American public of any hope that they have of making the changes in government that will get the McCain style lobbyists out of the White House and back to their luxury mansions where they can rot.

Her smear campaign if allowed to go unchecked will tear our electorate apart. She has no plans, no solutions, and can only rely on knee capping the opposition.

Not this time, Bonnie and Clyde.

Viet-Nam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | October 5, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

What do you bet that the emails, like the investigation into the firing a trooper, will be squashed? The emails are probably already deleted by now.

McCain really made a bad, bad mistake with Palin. There were so many better qualified women in the Republican party who would have been an infinitely superior choice. But, McCain pandered to the far right, the extreme fundamentalists, and thought he was pandering to women....

This Christian woman finds Palin appalling...

Posted by: abby0802 | October 5, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Ah, "executive privilege" once again. I love how Republicans try to skirt the law by claiming their office is above it. Wonder what she's hiding in there.

Posted by: itsjustkate | October 5, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

This is not a smear; it is the TRUTH so all your liberal radicals eat this up:
Obama's mentor was the late Frank Marshall Davis, a communist. Obama wrote about Frank in Dreams From My Father.

A radical Muslim organization from Texas helped, with the aid of the Saudis, fund Obama's Harvard education.

Your Obama lovers, do some heavy research before you vote or we'll become The Socialist States of America. Research what Obama's radical platform was about a year ago before he realized that he would lose votes with them. He's the color red, not black, and besides he's half white, then mostly Arabic and very little black. Notice all his names are Arabic. Get smart. Don't put him in control of our wonderful country.

Posted by: love234america | October 5, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

You propagandists who repeatedly copy and paste your drivel aimed at smearing Obama... just who do you think you are talking to? Do you think anyone is reading that stuff?

Maybe you didn't know that when Michelle Obama went to college, the mother of her white roommate requested that her daughter be moved to another room, one without a black roommate. How would that make YOU feel if you were a kid in Michelle's place???

I don't know if all that trash you are talking about Michelle is true or not, but more importantly, I DON'T CARE what she wrote about when she was in college. The woman has a right to be defensive. She's been the victim of racism her whole life.

As an adult, she has risen above it. The woman has more integrity than all you Obama-bashers put together. And this comment is coming from a white Montana cowgirl, resident of a Republican Moose state.

I love Michelle AND Barack Hussein Obama!

YEE HAW!

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 5, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

"In a lawsuit filed in Alaska Superior Court, a Republican activist seeks to force Gov. Sarah Palin to produce copies of official correspondence she sent and received on private e-mail accounts.

Andrée McLeod filed the suit Wednesday and publicized it in a news release today. ...

....McLeod said she believes the Palin administration fostered a "culture of corruption" in Alaska where neither she nor her top aides were accountable to rules of transparency in government."

Wow. Just wow. Palin is a gift to the Democrats that just keeps on giving.

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 5, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

AMERICA IS IN DANGER!!!!

AN OLD SENILE MAN AND AN IDIOT FLOOZIE ARE TRYING TO TAKE OVER OUR GOVERNMENT.

The Floozie had an affair with her husband's business associate. This was AFTER he was arrested for drunk driving.

The Floozie also has a pregnant unwed teenage daughter who used drugs and has been intimate with quite a few guys (which is why the boyfriend doesn't want to marry her).

The senile old man has as his campaign head, Rick Davis, who has taken $35,000 per month from Fannie and Freddie up until last month when the gov bought them. Rick went there 5 years ago to lobby for them and to get close to John McCain since he heard McCain was going to run for president.

Also, the senile old man was good buddies with Charles Keating of the S&L debacle where the senile old man took money from Keating to run interference with the reglators on Keatings behalf. That led to the financial debacle that brought down the S&L industry.

The old man is also friends with Phil Gramm who was head of the banking committee and pushed through the de-regulation bill that has us where we are now. Oh yea and Phil said we were whinning about the economy. The old man said that "the fundamentals of the economy were fine" as the stock market tumbled 577 points.

The old man admits he knows nothing about the economy. But he knows how to make it work for him and his wife.

AMERICA IS IN DANGER IF YOU LET THESE FOOLS BACK INTO WASHINGTON!

OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Posted by: Julescator | October 5, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Well, we will all be DEMANDING to know more about Sarah now. Apparently her ethics have flown the proverbial coop. Oh wait... maybe she never HAD any ethics?

Why is she being so secretive? Hiding emails, refusing to cooperate? And then she has the nerve to "call out" Obama? Umm. Sarah. YOUR shady activities are fair game too, honey. Hide and watch.

The woman literally REEKS of hypocrisy. Hubris, yes. That too. And narcissism. When I hear her voice, the hair stands up on the back of my neck.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 5, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

AMERICA IS IN DANGER!

OBAMA’S POLITICAL CAREER STARTED WITH HIS AFFILIATION WITH WILLIAM AYERS AND BERNARDINE DOHRN, THE UNREPENTANT TERRORISTS ... part of “The Weathermen” terrorist group which launched a campaign to bomb" the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. In the 90’s, both “Community Organizers” Ayers and Obama worked together for years, radicalizing the Chicago school system.

At a 1969 "War Council" in Flint, Michigan, Weatherman leaders Ayer and Bernardine Dohrn proclaimed that the time had come to launch a war against "Amerikkka". The Weather Underground went on to claim credit for some 25 bombings over the next several years, detonating explosives at the rebuilt Haymarket statue, a bathroom at the Pentagon, the Capitol barber shop, the New York City police headquarters, and a variety of other targets.

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA’S CLOSE ASSOCIATION WITH RADICAL EXTREMISTS PUTS AMERICA IN DANGER of being taken over by a group of radical terrorists that would “change” America as Obama has promised;…but the change would be to fulfill the dreams of the Weathermen of overthrowing capitalism and launching a race war against the “white” United States.

AMERICANS OF ALL PARTIES MUST COME TOGETHER AND DEFEND OUR COUNTRY against dangerous terrorists and vote for a True American Patriot, John McCain!

AMERICA FIRST!
JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN

Posted by: Manolete | October 5, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

PALIN: MS HUBRIS, USA
In its modern usage, hubris denotes overconfident pride and arrogance; it is often associated with a lack of knowledge combined with a lack of humility. An accusation of hubris often implies that suffering or punishment will follow, similar to the occasional pairing of hubris and nemesis in the Greek world. The proverb "pride goes before a fall" is thought to sum up the modern definition of hubris. In reference to someone being in hubrity: hubrity is a fulfillment of being hubristic or a continual behavior of being prideful. Victor in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein exudes hubris in order to become a great scientist, but is eventually regretting this previous desire. Faustus in Christopher Marlowe's play Dr. Faustus exudes hubris, all the way until his final minutes of life.

Posted by: nacnudbob | October 5, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin, Looking BACKWARDS again, ...because she and McBush have nothing FORWARD to offer America!

Posted by: truthforpeace | October 5, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Les Gara, Anchorage, Alaska
Since Monday the McCain camp has stepped up its personal attacks against Alaskans. They've continued their D.C.-style tactics against neighbors in this small state. The game plan is to find an excuse to stop our Legislature's Troopergate investigation, and hide evidence McCain's folks really don't want to surface before November's election. It's been a little Karl Rove, and parts Laurel and Hardy. How else can you explain the following?
Friday the Attorney General's office promised state witnesses would comply with subpoenas the Legislature issued last week. Tuesday the Governor's Attorney General flip flopped, and announced that state witnesses wouldn't comply because, well, and I'm paraphrasing here - - he's changed his mind. And in what has to be an idea hatched after a 4th Martini at Chilkoot Charlies, Governor Palin's attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss the ethics claim she filed against herself two weeks ago. Yup. She really filed a complaint against herself. Tuesday she said she's discovered, after a thorough investigation of herself, that she's done nothing wrong. Does anyone know how to get a hold of Jon Stewart and Tina Fey?
It's silly season up here in the far north, but this week's moves are aimed at one thing: John McCain's effort to find cover for being disingenuous. See, before Governor Palin's nomination for the Republican VP spot, she did the honest thing. She admitted the evidence -- of roughly 20 contacts between her staff and husband with Public Safety officials, seeking the firing of Governor Palin's former brother-in-law -- might lead a reasonable person to the conclusion that the she misused her office to fire a state employee. So when Alaska's Republican-led Legislature called for an investigation, she did the honorable thing and said she and her staff would comply. She denies any wrongdoing.
Things changed on August 29 when Governor Palin was added to the McCain ticket. Since then his handlers have told her she can't testify. They don't want the evidence in this case to come out. They don't want her to testify under oath. They don't want other witnesses to testify under oath. So they have engaged in daily maneuvers to attack, as disloyal to the McCain campaign, anyone who wants the investigation to move forward. They've now attacked two well respected prosecutors, and perhaps the state's most highly regarded law enforcement official -- the Public Safety Commissioner she hired, and then fired, Walt Monegan.
Every day this week McCain operatives have sung the same tune. Today a guy with an East Coast accent, who knows nothing about Alaska, stood in front of a McCain-Palin banner to lead the attacks against people he doesn't know. At press conferences on Monday and Tuesday campaign staffer Megan Stapleton spit vitriol to repeat her argument that this investigation is really a "Democratic" attack on Governor Palin. See, that's easier than just saying their VP has reneged on her promise to testify. It's easier than just saying they don't want anyone testifying before the November election. It's easier than admitting they are stonewalling a legislative investigation. Oh -- and I know they hate partisan stuff. Yesterday 5 Republican legislators -- all allies of Governor Palin, all supporters of the McCain campaign, filed a lawsuit against the Legislature to stop the investigation.
Here are a few things MCCain's operatives failed to say. There are a few small facts that make it hard to style this as a Democratic investigation. One is that Alaska is a Republican State. We have a Republican Governor and a Legislature of 34 Republicans and 26 Democrats. This summer the Legislature's Legislative Council voted 12-0 (8 Republicans and 4 Democrats) to hire an investigator, and appointed Democratic Senator Hollis French, a well-respected former prosecutor, to find an investigator.
Governor Palin stated she and her employees would comply with the investigation. French then hired Steve Branchflower, a former DA who most recently was hired by legislative Republicans to run the state's Office of Victims rights. And on Friday the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 (2 Democrats and 1 Republican in favor); and the House Judiciary Committee issued a 7 - 0 (5 Republicans, 2 Democrats) advisory vote, to issue subpoenas to witnesses the McCain camp had previously stopped from testifying.
Over the last two days McCain's outside operatives have vilified former prosecutor Hollis French -- as an Obama supporter who must have called this investigation to hurt the McCain ticket. But French was appointed to oversee the investigation by a 12 - 0 Legislative Council vote, and is probably the state's most respected legislator -- by Republicans and Democrats alike. He's so popular the Republican Party couldn't find anyone to run against him this year. They've called former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan -- a Native Alaskan who has served Republican and Democratic Administrations with honor, and put his life on the line in uniform- - "insubordinate." Odd, given that when Governor Palin fired him she offered him a different job. I guess being "insubordinate" was a job requirement for the new position. And they've challenged the independence of an investigator and former DA, who has no animus anyone can find.
Those Swift boat ads taught the McCain folks that if you say something untrue enough times, it can stick. My favorite moment of the week came when Governor Palin's attorneys filed a motion to dismiss Palin's ethics complaint against herself. Stay with me. Her attorneys have been buying the peyote, not me. See, on August 29 they needed to find a way to stop the Legislature's investigation. They tried asking the Republican leaders to call it off, and take one for the team. But the Senate President and others honorably said no. So they came up with an argument that the State Personnel Board -- 3 people appointed by Governor Palin and her Republican predecessor Frank Murkowski - had "exclusive jurisdiction" to investigate wrongdoing by the Governor.
The Legislature wasn't amused. So Governor Palin then filed a complaint against herself. That, they said, put "jurisdiction" in the hands of their friends at the Personnel Board. They argued that since the Personnel Board was now proceeding with an "investigation," the Legislature couldn't. To put icing on the cake, on Monday the Governor's attorneys moved to dismiss the Governor's case against herself. They said, and I loosely paraphrase again -- that they tried really hard and just couldn't find any evidence that the Governor did anything wrong. OK. I can't believe I just wrote that. And I wish it weren't true.
These are the things you have to do when your presidential candidate doesn't want his VP to honor a promise, and doesn't want evidence to come out before an election. These are the things you have to do if your folks aren't going to comply with a subpoena. That's because without spin the headline might read: "McCain Interferes With Investigation Palin Agreed To." How easy it is to re-write a headline. They learned that during the Swift boat campaign too.
All we can hope for is that members of the press will abide by what's taught in journalism school. Not to repeat the spin of political operatives without reporting the truth. Not to write "he said she said" stories, and pretend the truth is somewhere in the middle. But to report the facts. No matter how you spin it, Governor Palin promised to comply with this Legislative Investigation. McCain's folks got her to change her position. And the Legislature that voted for the investigation did so on a bi-partisan basis. End of story. End of headline.
Over the next few days McCain's folks will try to get local legislators to step in line, out of party loyalty, and reverse their vote to investigate Troopergate. But many local Republicans, like Senate President Lyda Green, have so far refused to play those politics. Stay for more from McCain's Campaign for "Change." They've tried to change the truth. They've succeeded at changing Governor Palin's promise to comply with this investigation. Let's see what they'll change next.
Rep. Les Gara, Anchorage, Alaska
Thanks! I hope those in the 'lower 48' read this. Wasilla only had about 5,000 residents when Palin was mayor, and Alaska only has about 650,000 residents now.
Posted by: JustTheFacts | September 18, 2008 3:40 AM

Posted by: truthforpeace | October 5, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Palin’s refusal to speak with the press and cooperate with the inquiries about her ‘unsecured State e-mails’ or ‘Troupergate’ or her ‘extremist, fanatic nature’ show Palin is NOT at all FIT to be VP!

America!: She is running for the ‘number two President’ position!

Yes, Americans should know all about her; and, McCain, the claimed, so-called reformer, should DEMAND HER FULL and COMPLETE COOPERATION and FULL DISCLOSURE, and NOW before we vote; ...remember were talking the USA’s next in line to be President, VP position!

See the FACTS: http://www.dailysource.org/palin

Oh and yea, she should not have been hacked; like she should have used a secure State e-mail account so she and Alaska’s State communications could not be so easily be hacked, but who was the security risk here ...Palin!; ...and you can write that in lipstick!


Posted by: truthforpeace | October 5, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

a Republican activist? this does not compute. sure you betcha she's above subpeona and so is her husband so she's prolly above civil lawsuits as well. she'll take campaign advice til she gets to be president and then it's off with their heads. let's find out what's true before we vote? Oct 10 is supposed to be troopergate findings. Let's have Armageddon Girl be responsible.

Posted by: GaiasChild | October 5, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Response to writing4u from a white:

In case you haven't noticed, racism is alive and well in America. So while I am saddened by the opinions of Mrs. Obama, I am not surprised. What's it to you if she focuses on the continuing bias toward blacks in this country while she's first lady? It is still a fact of life in America and just as good a project as "just say no" and "no kid left behind". I'm not voting for her. I'm voting for Sen. Obama. He is concerned with the country as a whole unlike McCain who is another republican rich guy concerned with the success of big business making record profits over the success of you finding a job that will support your family.
I did notice that in your extensive dissertation that you had nothing to say about the fact that Sarah Palin is married to Todd Seceder Palin. Please enlighten me on how this is not in fact worse than the views of Michelle Obama. Does his anti-American attitude not count because he's white? Or because he's "the first dude" of Alaska? Or because he's against birth control? Or because he didn't graduate from a prestigious university?
And if (God forgive) Todd ends up as the first idiot of the United States, what will his focus be? Government assistance for gas for snow mobilers? Legal aide to AAA (Alaskans Against America?) Financial aide for bullets for hunters and secessionists? A hot line for men who are embarrassed to hold their infant children?
In fact, Obama should sue Sarah Palin for LIBEL: a published false statement that is damaging to a persons reputation.

Posted by: 14truth | October 5, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

FilthyRichmond.com is the taint of America!

Posted by: sobugged | October 5, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Hi All:
Don't worry, when she gets to be the big VP she will be able to read all of her own email. That's right it a war out there in cyber lad for market shares and placement on floor shelves but when are people going to realize we need no Internet cops. Not in China, Denmark, America, anywhere but google has developed some kind of standing with the DOJ resting on a sex offender law passed in hast while auto makers get ready with the next wave of gadgets for your car or truck, but with the way that been going the work would be out sourced just like last time and with all the middle men with their hands out along the way we would quite likely end up with another phone that cant do parked in the dash with overtones of this clashes with life style but if I fall in a ditch someone that cares might come shovel me out if I have a credit card. Maybe when we take that Cop thing away from keyboard jocks and take a real look across the checkerboard of life we will see we drove into this ditch and it did not have to happen. We have guys in jobs that feel they need ice themselves to protect secrets. Secrets that protect their food source. But with 7 or 9 mansions spening like a drunken sailor bowering from china the free market could turn this into apple pie but why do we keep training these guys to attack us, complain about it, then blow them up like its a game we came up with to play with out cat? Someone need to get the menue reprinted.

Posted by: Keith_Richard_Radford_Jr | October 5, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

So Caribou Barbie is going to "expose" some terrible truth about Obama and his dreadful ties to an organization 30 years dead... While married to her precious " First Dude" ( oh puhleez) who advocates Alaska seceeding from the Union.
3 words Sarah, you ridiculous twit. Pot Kettle. Black.
Or maybe the old saw about people in glass houses applies more.
I'd be ashamed to admit a willingness to vote for such a pack of liars, but like most liars, neither Sarah nor John and their Republican supporters can even see the truth about themselves... Let alone anyone else.

Posted by: whtwtch | October 5, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: writing4u | October 5, 2008 11:22 AM

Commenting on the following:

"This is pure rubbish. The US has given him an opportunity to rise to this level coming from extremely modest means. A person not in uniform does not salute the flag. You are repeating untruths about Obama. You have misinterpreted Obama's wife's statement. She too has been committed to the American way of life and has raised a wonderful family.

More importantly Obama is in touch with America today. McCain is in touch with an America of the past. For the sake of our financial health and financial security going forward there is only one choice for America. Obama."

First of all, a "salute" does not only mean a hand-to-the-forehead military type of salute moron. It also refers to the placing of the hand over the heart during the National Anthem or maybe you remember from school..."Attention. SALUTE, pledge" before the Pledge of Allegiance. And yes, he does refuse to do so.
I wish I were repeating untruths...look them up. So you say I misinterpreted his wife's statement? Then look below at her senior thesis statement from Princeton, and see if you can misinterpret that:


She stated that America is "a nation founded on "crime and hatred"...
Moreover, she stated that whites in America were "Ineradicably Racist". The 1985 thesis, titled "Princeton-educated BLACKS and the BLACK COMMUNITY" was
written under her maiden name, "Michelle LaVaughn Robinson". Michelle Obama stated in her thesis that to "WHITES at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, she will always be BLACK first...." However, it was reported by a fellow
black classmate, "If those WHITES at Princeton really saw Michelle as one who always would 'be Black first', it seems that SHE gave them that first impression."
Most alarming is Michele Obama's use of the terms "separationist" and "integrationist" when describing
the views of BLACK people. Mrs. Obama clearly identifies herself with a "separationist" view of race. By actually working with the Black lower class or within their communities as a result of their ideologies,a separationist may better understand the desperation of their situation and feel more hopeless about a resolution as opposed to an integrationist who is ignorant to their plight. Michelle Obama writes that the path she chose by attending PRINCETON would likely lead to her "further integration and/or assimilation into a WHITE cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant."
Michele Obama clearly has a BIG chip on her shoulder, and THAT cannot be misinterpreted. Not only does she see separate black and white societies in AMERICA, but she always elevates blacks over whites in her world. Here is another passage that is ominous in meaning:
"There was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the black community, I am obligated to this community and will utilize all of my present and FUTURE RESOURCES to benefit the black community
FIRST and FOREMOST." (Would you like to interpret that too??)
What is Michelle Obama planning to do with her "future resources" IF she's the First Lady? Clearly, her goal is to elevate one race over another. Again...Hitler like theology.
The following passage from Michelle Obama's paper appears to be a call to arms for affirmative action policies that could be the hallmark of an Obama administration:
"Predominately WHITEY universities like Princeton are socially and academically designed to cater to the needs of the WHITE students comprising the bulk of their
enrollments." (Imagine a white first lady making such a statement about a black university!! It would be a public atrocity.)
The conclusion of her thesis is alarming.
Michelle Obama's poll of black alumni concludes that other BLACK Students at Princeton do not share her obsession
with BLACKNESS. But rather than celebrate,
she is horrified that BLACK alumni identify
"with our common American culture more
than they value the color of their skin".
She states, "I hoped that these findings would help me conclude that despite the high degree of identification with whites as a result of the educational and occupational path that BLACK Princeton alumni follow, the alumni would still maintain a certain level of identification with the BLACK community. However, these findings do not support this
possibility." Is it no wonder that most BLACK alumni ignored her racist questionnaire? Only 89 students responded out of 400 who were asked for input. She was known even among blacks as an extremist they would best avoid. Michelle Obama does not look into a crowd of Obama supporters and see AMERICANS, she sees BLACK PEOPLE and WHITEY PEOPLE eternally conflicted with one another.
The thesis provides a trove of Mrs. Obama's
thoughts and world view seen through a race-based prism. This is a very divisive view for a potential first lady that would do untold damage to race relations in this country in a Barack Obama administration.
Michelle Obama's intellectually refined
racism should give all Americans pause
for deep concern. Will the media-press let
Michelle LaVaughn Robin son Obama get
a free pass over her OBVIOUSLY RACIST
comments about AMERICAN "WHITEYS"?
I am quite sure she will because fools like you looking for a Savior through glazed-over eyes refuse to see the truth.
If she is let loose in the White House
more than dishes and furniture will
disappear for sure.
As far as McCain being "out of touch" and Obama being "in touch with America today"...I hate to break it to you, but NONE of Obama's ideas are new. They've all been tried before and failed miserably but it's too easy to believe him. McCain may be older, but he's lived through some of the failed principles of Obama while Obama was still in diapers. Financial security? Dear God you have just made the stupidest statement of the year. Did you not read the part about Obama's campaign team? LOOK AT WHO ADVISES HIM! The ones who have WRECKED our financial system and still took their cut! WAKE UP! This is why I said, "Don't respond with any ignorant talking points." You have NO substance to your statements so go grab a book and turn off your TV.

Posted by: writing4u | October 5, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

See Out Takes Of the VP Debates
http://www.watchdebates.com

See John McCain loosing his temper,
and saying the f word over and over again.
http://www.mccanes.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 5, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I respected McCain but Palin turned me off immediately - she was so partisan right off the bat, and seemed so inexperienced. The more we get to know about her, the deeper my concern grows. I do not agree in any way with the way this government official conducts her business. Even worse, it seems to go past "style" do down right unethical. She seems to lie more and more outright than any of them, she makes deeply dividing, partisan attacks, she agreed with the trooper probe now fights against it, she fires people who disagree with her, explores banning books, plays with numbers to claim she gave herself a paycut while actually hiring someone else to do her work and giving herself a raise over time, she thinks the Vice Presidents duties are "flexible" and shows Bush/Cheney tactics in hiding the truth from the American people, be it in emails or meetings. Now the latest McCain Palin campaign tactic is explicitly character smearing? This is what we want from our leadership? NO WAY! McCain has lost ALL MY RESPECT and this woman has inspired me to fight heartily against this ticket!

Posted by: pnsllf | October 4, 2008 8:51 PM

My wife shares your opinion. She is a Republican.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 5, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mike17...you want to talk about who hates America...look at Obama and his wife. He refuses to salute the American flag, and his wife has decided that for the FIRST time in her adult life, she is proud of her country.

Posted by: writing4u | October 5, 2008 11:22 AM

This is pure rubbish. The US has given him an opportunity to rise to this level coming from extremely modest means. A person not in uniform does not salute the flag. You are repeating untruths about Obama. You have misinterpreted Obama's wife's statement. She too has been committed to the American way of life and has raised a wonderful family.

More importantly Obama is in touch with America today. McCain is in touch with an America of the past. For the sake of our financial health and financial security going forward there is only one choice for America. Obama.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 5, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Sarah bring up william ayers, but when you look in her glass house
built on sand you find a lot of family issues which obama was very gentleman like in not exploiting for politics.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 5, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a thug, and soon everyone will know.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 5, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"Let's not forget that her email was illegally hacked into in a desperate attempt to find something wrong with her."

Yeah right, but just because the hackers were clueless and didn't know what to look for doesn't excuse her for using a yahoo account for government business. The accounts were not secure, and that's the bit that troubles me. God help America if this airhead is elected VP.

Posted by: mjo1 | October 5, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Say it ain’t so, Sarah … there you go again pointing backwards again. … Now doggone it, let’s look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future.

“Enough is enough with your ticket,” on constantly looking backwards, and pointing fingers.

(All quotes guaranteed)

Posted by: Vigorish | October 5, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mike17...you want to talk about who hates America...look at Obama and his wife. He refuses to salute the American flag, and his wife has decided that for the FIRST time in her adult life, she is proud of her country.

Posted by: writing4u | October 5, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Let's not forget that her email was illegally hacked into in a desperate attempt to find something wrong with her. I haven't seen any breaking news on anyone hacking into Obama's private accounts, so you don't know what you'd find there. Probably some sermon about how he's going to "fix" all the world's problems. You people need to wake up and quit waiting for the government to fix everything. Push the spoon away from your mouth, wipe your Cheerios off the screen and get out your history books...do a little thinking... a little research on your own. You want change? Be careful what you ask for. Be prepared for the USA to become more like the USSR. Be prepared for a 3 year wait for surgery and a 6 month wait for your kid to see a doctor under socialized healthcare. Be prepared for an Obama-run country to tell you just how "neighborly" you have to be while he hands your hard earned money to the hand out crowd AND supports the largest ever increase (DOUBLE) in funding to foreign nations. Be prepared for class and racial warfare. You feel safe? Be ready for a stripped military...the one government sponsored thing that HAS served its purpose. Regardless of how you feel about abortion, remember he voted to let babies who survived an abortion be allowed to die in a dirty linen closet. Look back at the Carter administration....this country went to hell in a handbasket, and Obama is MUCH more liberal than Carter ever hoped to be. While you all are blaming Bush for all that's wrong, remember the past two years we've had your boys, the liberal saviors in the lawmaking seats.

George Bush has been in office for 7 1/2 years.

The first six the economy was fine.

A little over one year ago:
1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) the unemployment rate was 4.5%.

4) the DOW JONES hit a record high--14,000 +


But American's wanted 'CHANGE'! So, in 2006 they voted in a Democratic
Congress & yep--we got 'CHANGE' all right!.....
1) Consumer confidence has plummeted;
2) Gasoline reached nearly $4.00 a gallon
3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);

4) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $12
TRILLION DOLLARS & prices still dropping;

5) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure. (Probably even more now)

$2.5 TRILLION DOLLARS HAS EVAPORATED FROM STOCKS, BONDS & MUTUAL
FUNDS INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS!

YEP , IN 2006 AMERICA VOTED FOR CHANGE!...AND WE SURE GOT IT!!!....

NOW the DEM'S CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT--AND THE POLLS SAY HE'S GONNA BE
'THE MAN'--CLAIMS HE'S GONNA REALLY GIVE US CHANGE!!....WOW WEEEEE!!

JUST HOW MUCH MORE 'CHANGE' DO YA THINK WE CAN STAND???.....

Yep, that darned George Bush sure must be responsible for these
wonderful 'Changes' the Democratic controlled Congress have produced for
us American citizens. In case you didn't know... any President...whoever they may
be, cannot spend one dime; spending bills come from Congress.........
Wake up America !
The last thing you should be worried about is Palin's email accounts! You should be more concerned with Obama's choice of friends, most of whom he has conveniently shunned for the sake of distracting you baffoons...now THERE's a truthful loyal guy. I'd love to see his email communications with Mr. (he is NO "reverand") Wright, Bill Ayers, and Tony Resco.
You wanna talk about Freddie and Fannie? Who's fault is that? Two of the people responsible for them and Lehman Bros. are two of the top guys for Obama's campaign! One was selected to head up his VP candidate search, and the other is Obama's CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISOR! I'd say he's learning from the best how to screw America for the worst and get away with it! When was the last time you saw little kids being indoctrinated and singing praises to a political figure?? I thought they did that in dictatorships...like the ones Obama wants to make friends with who teach their kids songs about killing Americans. Clue in folks, and don't bother replying with any of your ignorant talking points. Just see what it means to learn from history. Hitler was an eloquent speaker too, and his name was loved and respected as the bringer of change.

Posted by: writing4u | October 5, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Ever notice how the law and order republicans are always the ones willing to break the law, ignore legal subpoenas, refuse to testify, and come up with all kinds of reasons, like executive privilege, including for palin's spouse? Why won't they just admit that they hate America, hate its Constitution, hate its laws and hate its people. Just admit that the GOP is a nation unto itself, as cheney believes the VP office is a branch of government unto itself, and tell the truth for once. Liberals say, "There are things wrong with this country, so let's fix it." Conservatives say, "Shut up, everything's fine and you are a commie traitor if you think otherwise. We know everything."

Posted by: mikel7 | October 5, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Once again, Palin turns out to be Dick Cheney with lipstick. Using private email accounts for official business? And then refusing to release this evidence in your own ethics probe?

Scummy. It's so hard to believe that anyone would want Palin to be America's vice president. You really have to be crazy.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | October 5, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

LABC:

I won't race riot, that's for sure.

Anyone who thinks Palin "lied" about Obama:

There's a different NYT thread that I would be more than happy to debate that point with you.

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Palin's Greatest Quality is LYING! WHAT A SHAME!!
Palin, a Pentecostal, Christian Evangelical would rather lie
than loose.
My view of anyone who supports her is real low!
Is there any boundary that McCain and Palin wouldn't cross to win?
Is there anything they wouldn't do to win?
WOULD MCCAIN AND PALIN WOULD SELL THEIR SOUL TO WIN?
It appears like they may??? Palin = 666!

IT IS NOT OK TO lie about Obama!
IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO TRY TO DESTROY OBAMA'S reputation!

For more information on McCain and Palin visit:
http://www.ibelievethis.us

Posted by: voicewithin | October 5, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

So like the Bush administration.What is she hiding by doing state business on a private account? I hope she gets caught red handed. The chances in rising between trooper gate, email gate, her tax evasion on her per diems, etc. something is bound to catch up to her and drag her Machiavellian a$$ down. Good riddance to bad garbage.

Posted by: jswallow | October 5, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Maybe she will lucky to share a cell which Cheney deserves.

Posted by: jrubin1 | October 5, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

The Republican party is currently struggling mightily with a massive identity crisis. Not certain whether this makes them adolescents on a quest to "find themselves" or middle-agers trying to reconnect with a shred of vigor and promise. No matter. It's embarrassing to watch them flailing about so frantically. Let's see...

Are they good-ole boys and wahoos...
Regular small-town decent folks...
God-fearin', country-lovin' scrappers...
Elegant, cultured effetes...
Rich and planning to stay that way...
Up by their bootstraps and just trying to make their way...
Harvard MBAs bringing professionalism to government...
Traditionalists who abhor change...
Mavericks aiming to bring about a radical agenda...
Hunters...
Art collectors...
Xenophobes...
World travelers...
Small business people...
Titans of industry...
Sexually confused and duplicitous..
Convenant-marrying Promise-Keepers...
Philanthropists...
Tithers...
Corporate-welfare providers...
Drown-government-in-a-bathtub activists...
Strong foreign policy adherents...
Knee-jerk war-mongers...
End-of-days advocates...
Strong, brave, honorable...
Shrieking, terrified, flailing...
Bubbas...
Brahmins...
Just plain folks...
The best our country's got...
Blue bloods...
Rednecks...
The party of no-we-can't (fix anything or afford anything)...
Furtive and secretive...
Proud and transparent...
Laissez-faire and self-reliant...
Intrusive and interfering...
Successful and prosperous...
Debt-ridden failures...

Which is it guys? And gals? Think you all need a little mental help, and fast.

Posted by: Vigorish | October 5, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow! You Obamaniacs are going to freak out when McCain-Palin win.

Posted by: JakeD |
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Wow -what will you do when they lose - weep in quiet dignity?

Posted by: LABC | October 5, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

"As a champion of government accountability and transparency, Governor Palin was exercising an abundance of caution to ensure that all state and personal business matters were being kept separate," Meghan Stapleton said recently. "Governor Palin is committed to serving with the highest regard toward ethics."

HAHAHAHAHA...Dang, I just blew my Cheerios all over the screen.

Posted by: willandjansdad1
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Indeed!! The very reason we have ethics regulations and guidelines in place -so that we don't have to rely on the word of public officials as to their "integrity"

Posted by: LABC | October 5, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

...So, 40 year old history is now news....The Vietnam War as a travesty n this nation back then, so when the RNC/GOP lie machine are unable to talk about the real problems that need to be discussed, economy, health care, war, unemployment, aids, they come up with this crapola....

peeeuuu Palin should keep her idiotic and repetitive mouth shut...with her Caribou Barbie pull string in her back....

What about news from just 2 weeks ago....
Katie: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part as your foreign policy experience, what do you mean by that?

Sarah: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side... the land... uhh boundary... that we have with uhhh Canada. It it it's fff-funny that a comment like that was uh kind of made to...... uhh... character.......uhh......I don't know.....you know.......reporters...

Katie: Mocked?

Sarah: Yeah, mocked. I guess that's the word. Yeah. umm....

Katie: Well, explain to why that enhances your foreign policy credentials?

Sarah: Well, it certainly does. Because our......our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They are in the state that I am the executive of.

Katie: Have you ever been in an negotiations for example with the Russians

Sarah: We have trade missions back and forth we... we... It's very important when you even consider nation security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and and uh comes into the a a a air space of the United States of America wh wh where do they go? It's Alaska, it's just right over the border. It it is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that.... an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there they are right next to umm our state.

.....Well McCaint and his "nurse" will use lies to show that they care....more about lies and debunked history...

McCaint is no hero...but peeeuuu Palin is a hero sandwich...full of baloney

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 5, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Palin is frightening.

I got chills when I watched her stare into the camera and gush homey phrases like 'darn right' while her eyes revealed a patronizing, deceitful, open contempt for honesty and fact.

Using that hideous 'I'm just a chummy yokel' persona to try to engender support from all those who'll fall for it is simply scary -- a profoundly cynical and obvious disdain for the electorate and people in general.

Bush proved that this method often works -- he abandoned his New England roots and adopted a hokey 'I'm just a simple, plain-spoken Texan' and, with the help of a powerful, wealthy PR organization (the Republican Party), managed to hone this false image with thespian-like adroitness and cheer leader-like enthusiasm. Lots of people have fallen for it, obviously.

I think we all must hope that this Bush-Cheney-Rove school of win-at-all-cost deception will be seen for what it is and quickly die.

These rovian types that brought such disgusting, unethical behavior to become the modus operandi of modern political warfare have proven they will use this same behavior to govern our country. How I pray these despicable people will be seen for who they are by all.

But while this monster still stalks US politics, it will remain a socially devastating disease, and cast a long, darkly ominous shadow over this country and it's governance for decades to come.

This particular sheep's clothing is not all that hard to see through, unless one is mentally blind.

Posted by: saj_pratt | October 5, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

You do realize it's another republican putting her through the courts right?

Posted by: chiefwigams

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That Republican is free to sue whoever he wants. It's a free country. Maybe he'll win. It looks like a politically-motivated and frivolous law suit, but maybe not. Maybe it will mean that all politicians and everybody else will have to open their private e-mails when there is some alleged public interest involved.

Posted by: ttj1 | October 5, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Keating Five!
Keating Five!
Keating Five!
It's not old news to all of those new voters
Posted by: osullivanc1

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Hey osullivanc1, while you're at it, why don't you remind all of those new voters
that McCain was one of two who were absolved in the case, and that the OTHER FOUR involved WERE DEMOCRATS! That's right. Want to dredge up some more "news?"

What was Obama doing with ANTOIN REZKO in Illinois? Moreover, what has Obama done in Illinois? He won't even send his children to public schools in his home district because they are so bad and he has done nothing to fix them. Maybe because his friend and now convicted fundraiser ANTOIN REZKO, was busy ripping off the school teachers' pension fund.

To those Alaska voters, we from Illinois would gladly trade Obama for Palin. Or better yet, maybe he could just go back to Hawaii, where he came from. He doesn't represent people from Illinois and he is just trying to use our state as a springboard to the presidency. Go away Obama!

Posted by: ttj1 | October 5, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Were the people of Alaska, under a rock or in snow bank to elect Sarah Palin Gov and her husband Todd as her adviser??? What a laugh. Sarah Palin is not qualified to be Gov of Alaska. Now she wants to be VP.

From the Washington Post, September 22, 08.
He has supervised renovations to the governor's mansion and hopscotched by plane back and forth to Juneau to juggle duties as father and "First Dude," as he has come to be known. And to a degree that has surprised many state government observers, Todd Palin also has become involved in policy, sitting in on his wife's meetings, traveling on state business and weighing in on some legislative issues.

John Harris, the Republican speaker of the Alaska House, said he had never been called by the spouse of a governor before the two calls he got from Todd Palin. One was to argue for moving the state capital to Anchorage. The other was to ask Harris to "keep an eye" on a key aide who had an affair with the wife of one of Todd's best friends.
Harris, the House speaker, was surprised to learn that Todd Palin was with the governor in her office when she called in key legislators to discuss her state budget vetoes. He believes that at times, the governor and her husband lose sight of boundaries.
Criticism of the Palins often brings a personal response. Longtime Sarah Palin supporter Bud Knox, a gun dealer and retired plumbing business owner, wrote a letter to the Anchorage newspaper noting that while he and the governor are "close friends," he was concerned by her husband's prominence. "I did not vote for Todd. So keep quiet; I don't need to hear from you," he said.

In short order, the phone rang. It was the governor, calling to respond. "In Alaska, that's the way it works," he said. "Politics doesn't stop at the front door of your house. It goes outside and can go any.

So thank of it this way ... more for your vote. McCain Sarah, and Todd, and five children.

Since McCain is a friend of veterans, why did he vote NO on bills, that would help veterans and their family. He also needs to made his own service records available. Why did he fight again looking for POW/MIA??

I think this is a wonderful ticket, they belong together, just not sure where. Maybe under a rock???




Posted by: Raincloud80 | October 5, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Obama has not been entirely open with his records. Neither were the Clintons. And even when Obama was open, he was deceptive anyway. Look at his 130 "present" votes and his backtracking on the FISA vote.

It's not clear that e-mails can be considered official documents. Are all messages official documents? And what is their definition of "state business"? This seems more like an attempt to invade Sarah Palin's privacy. Soon private e-mails will be fair ground for state-sponsored eavesdropping.

Posted by: ttj1 | October 5, 2008 9:14 AM


You do realize it's another republican putting her through the courts right?

Posted by: chiefwigams | October 5, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Obama has not been entirely open with his records. Neither were the Clintons. And even when Obama was open, he was deceptive anyway. Look at his 130 "present" votes and his backtracking on the FISA vote.

It's not clear that e-mails can be considered official documents. Are all messages official documents? And what is their definition of "state business"? This seems more like an attempt to invade Sarah Palin's privacy. Soon private e-mails will be fair ground for state-sponsored eavesdropping.

Posted by: ttj1 | October 5, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse


From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/10/impulsively-unreflective-duo-inmccain.html

The Impulsively Unreflective Duo In..."McCain Goes Negative!"

McCain paces the floor in the Fortress of Irritability. He is cracking walnuts.

A walnut slips to the floor.

McCain: Damn nutcracker!

Sarah Palin is sitting in a chair at a desk. She is writing on a piece of paper: "J.M + S.P." This is then crossed out and replaced by "S.P. + J.M.". These alternating versions , the one before it always crossed out, continues down the page.

McCain: Well, the first plan didn't work. We tried to put them in a trance with the folksy ray, but they had their deflectors halfway raised. If only you hadn't called the commander in Afghanistan ""McClellan"

Palin: But...didn't you say they were fighting a civil war, Sir?

McCain looks at Palin silently. He is smiling but he is holding back anger.

McCain: I think the time has come. We have to call in...Dr. Negative.

He pushes a large black button which is the only button on a red phone on his desk.

Dr. Negative immediately bursts through the door. He is carrying flyers, masking tape; telephone wires are wrapped around his arms hanging in every way; a tattered copy of the book "Accusations of Communism, Polygamy, Drug Use, Spousal Abuse, Fascism, Pedophilia, Miscegenation, Cannibalism, Terrorism and Adultery...for Dummies!" is rolled and stuffed in his left pocket, filled with bookmarks; he is dragging a Robocaller behind him, leashed to a chain.

Dr. Negative (quickly, eagerly): Did you hear? Obama was born in Bin Laden's subterranean bomb making factory, outside of U.S. lines. He was born on a pile of cocaine and dynamite--and the midwife was a Trotskyite!

McCain: Not yet, Dr. Negative. I want you to meet Sarah.

Sarah: Oh, we've already met.

Dr. Negative: That trooper went down! He poisoned the salmon milk at the Wasilla Bible school! With drugs made at a Leftist Satan worshiping collective! That you could see from Russia!

Sarah: You betcha'!

Sarah and Dr. Negative give each other a high five. Dr. Negative's telephone wires rattle on his arm as he does so, triggering the Robocaller, which starts playing "...illegitimate babies made in test tube factories in North Korea and sent to Chicago by Bill Ayers..."

Dr. Negative shuts off the Robocaller with an embarassed smile.

Dr. Negative: Just practicing.

There is a pause.

McCain: That's fine, Dr. Negative. That's fine. Because, now, I have a special job for you. An important one.

Dr. Negative leaps into the air with excited glee. As he does, detritus falls to the floor--buttons saying "Election Day: Remember, the 3rd Tuesday in November!", business cards, reading "Push Polls Anonymous--We Call, They Fall", "Mongers On Call-No Rumor Too Far fetched"; Bandaids with purple hearts; mangled and dirty chads.

Dr. Negative: A new job! A special job! Oh, Mr. McCain! I'm ready! I'm ready!

Sarah watches from her chair, filing her nails.

McCain: Now, Dr. Negative. You have to make him seem radical...

Dr. Negative quickly pulls a can out of his right pocket, emblazoned with the word "Radical" He opens the top. Red and Black snakes fly out.

Dr. Negative: (eagerly, expectantly, hungrily) Yes...Yes...

McCain: You'll have to start rumors that are so inflammatory that they will spread like wildfire and will be started too late to stop them with the actual truth...

Dr. Negative pulls a gigantic grinder out of his left pocket. It is labeled "Rumor Mill". He turns the crank a few times. Hamsters, syringes, and Peace symbols fly out.

Dr. Negative: Yes...Yes...

He is salivating.

McCain: They will have to be so incredible, over-the-top, based on such tawdry and poorly sourced evidence, yet riddled with tempting minutia--bullet gauges, Google maps of supposed meetings and the like, that the right will eat them up, and start analyzing the minutia with adolescent glee.

Dr. Negative (Very calmly, matter of fact): Oh, that's easy. They'll eat anything.

Dr. Negative reaches into his back pocket, pulls out a manila envelope labeled "Minutia: So-called "Proof" for the Right". He empties it to the floor. Bullet gauge measures, outdated copies of Photoshop, paperbacks entitled "How to Use the Insane as Competent Witness", "The Faked Moon Landings! Roswell! And Other Believable Phenomena!" and "You TOO Can Be A Warrior--From Your Own Couch!" fall to the floor.

Sarah plucks out the "Faked Moon Landings" book. She starts reading.

McCain: We know how our girl loves to read.

Sarah stops, and begins fixing her hair in a hand mirror.

Now, Dr. Negative, there is one final task.

Dr. Negative: Yes, Mr. McCain?

McCain: It is very difficult. Very...dark.

Dr. Negative: (Leaning forward expectantly, his voice quivering with excitement): Yes, Mr. McCain, Yes?

McCain: You will have to play the card that they played against me. Do you understand?

The room becomes silent. Sarah stops looking at herself, and looks towards the center of the room where McCain and Dr. Negative are staring at each others.

Dr. Negative: You mean...(eyes widened with disbelief. His telephone wires are quietly shaking as he shivers).

McCain (nodding): Yes.

Dr. Negative slowly removes from his jacket pocket what seems to be an ordinary pack of playing cards. They are labeled "Joker" brand. He takes a penknife from his pocket, and slowly slices the covering cellophane. There is a slight and distant roar. He looks at McCain.

McCain nods.

Dr. Negative then slowly removes the red ribbon encircling the cellophane at the top of the pack. He inserts the penknife--holding it from it very farthest end--and flips open the top of the pack.

Smoke begins to pour from the top of the pack, thick, acrid smoke. It quickly fills the room, covering all that is in sight.

McCain (shouting amidst the sound of smoke rushing into the room): And remember--no fingerprints!

Next episode: The smoke is cleared.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/10/impulsively-unreflective-duo-inmccain.html

Posted by: robthewsoncamb | October 5, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Palin is Cheney in drag (and with lipstick).

Posted by: rcc_2000 | October 5, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

This is what a one hour sit down and no vetting does to someone when they choose a running mate. OOPS Didntchanow all ready. But mostly it's funny because it's another Republican doing the right thing and taking her to court because he believes she is doing something illegal.

Posted by: chiefwigams | October 5, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Do unto Sarah as she has done onto others. Get a friendly assistant DA to approve hacking into her personal computer records, just like she did with the energy board member.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 5, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

To the person who calls Al Gore educated, Gore wrote a book that reads like a second grade book on science and is about as factual too. How he was awarded a Nobel Peace prize shows more about the idiocy of those running things in Europe than it does to forward the environmental movement. France supports nuclear power and Europe is already recognizing ethanol is not the answer. Al Bore is just one big carbon footprint anyway!
http://www.bop-o-rama.com

Posted by: acarponzo | October 5, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Everyone is so very cocky. The same people who voted in the 10-20% approval rating Congress believe they have the answer for President also. Great.

I'm sure on Nov. 4, the skies will open up. Actually, maybe they will. I'm thinking brimstone.

Posted by: gengar843 | October 5, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

There's got to be something in the water, otherwise how can you explain the choices Americans have made in their elected leaders? In most countries, especially in so-called wealthy western democracies, the leaders are generally outstanding scholars, or at least well-educated professionals of some kind or other. But not in America where ex-actors and body-builders, along with "folksy hockey moms" and folksy pea-brained oil-heirs get to make decisions that impact millions of lives. The choice of a dunderhead like Bush over a bright spark like Gore is a typical example of disregard for one's own safety, look at the state of the union now for an obvious example. There's a death wish there I'm sure...

Posted by: icurhuman2 | October 5, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Need.........


more.........


lipstick.....

Posted by: netwitone | October 5, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Good luck on getting the e-mails. Sounds a lot like the current White House with its thousands of missing e-mails. Executive privilege? Where have I jeard that before?

Posted by: EarlC | October 5, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

willandjansdad1:
I thought you might be interested to know that I had the same reaction to this article as you did.The only difference is I spewed Corn Flakes instead of Cheerios.
This is just another indication of behind-closed-door governance that causes a putrid stench around elected officials.This woman is not only an embarrassment to politics,she's an embarrassment to Alaskans and herself.In other words,this is politics as usual.
This country needs to rid itself of self-branded mavericks and reformers.They are a sham and a travesty of justice.
Don't buy anything this bull-hockey mom has to say with regard to political statements.

Posted by: klowry57 | October 5, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

Palin use personal email for public office business.
-- Chinese, Russians, Taliban all can access to her emails.

Palin use public money for personal travel expenses.
-- Americans are paying for her personal pleasure.

So Americans who are voting for Palin are actully putting their money to help Chinese, Russians and Taliban.

Posted by: loveandpeace | October 5, 2008 5:40 AM | Report abuse

"As a champion of government accountability and transparency, Governor Palin was exercising an abundance of caution to ensure that all state and personal business matters were being kept separate," Meghan Stapleton said recently. "Governor Palin is committed to serving with the highest regard toward ethics."

HAHAHAHAHA...Dang, I just blew my Cheerios all over the screen.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | October 5, 2008 5:36 AM | Report abuse

PALIN: MS HUBRIS, USA
In its modern usage, hubris denotes overconfident pride and arrogance; it is often associated with a lack of knowledge combined with a lack of humility. An accusation of hubris often implies that suffering or punishment will follow, similar to the occasional pairing of hubris and nemesis in the Greek world. The proverb "pride goes before a fall" is thought to sum up the modern definition of hubris. In reference to someone being in hubrity: hubrity is a fulfillment of being hubristic or a continual behavior of being prideful. Victor in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein exudes hubris in order to become a great scientist, but is eventually regretting this previous desire. Faustus in Christopher Marlowe's play Dr. Faustus exudes hubris, all the way until his final minutes of life.

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Posted by: konakact61 | October 5, 2008 4:16 AM | Report abuse

This is how our system is suppose to work for all Americans, Democrat, Republican and all others.

God Speed

Posted by: egalitaire | October 5, 2008 4:10 AM | Report abuse

WTG Andrée McLeod! Palin is the worst of both Bush and Cheney combined -- clueless, corrupt and unethical. I will enjoy watching her career tank in the years to come.

Posted by: DogBitez | October 5, 2008 3:59 AM | Report abuse

"Wow! You Obamaniacs are going to freak out when McCain-Palin win."

Quite true, what with the freezing of Hell and the flying pigs. That will certainly give me a start.

Posted by: afking | October 5, 2008 3:05 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin = Spiro Igloo.

Posted by: HughBriss | October 5, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Everyone keep in mind that the open-records request was filed in June 2008. Long before Sarah Palin had been tapped for McCain's VP.

I salute Andree McLeod and her effort to keep government open, honest and transparent.

It's obvious to me that Sarah Palin and others like her is not what this nation needs.

Why does it require a lawsuit to try and get emails? What is she trying so hard to hide?

Posted by: AlaskanJack | October 5, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney with lipstick... First of all, you don't conduct state business using a personal email account, and worst yet a Yahoo mail account. Gov. Palin is NOT ETHICAL, and thinks she can get away with this behavior, by being folksy, wink, wink ---> Yuk!!!

IF HER TICKET GETS ELECTED --> GOD FORBID. Is she going to use her Yahoo email account to discuss CLASSIFIED NATIONAL AFFAIRS?

Posted by: LMM48 | October 5, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Scott, the email in question is NOT the yahoo accts that were recently hacked.. She has a private email network on her old Palinforgovenor website.. This was revealed in a Wash Post article last week.

There have been rumblings since her addition to McOlds ticket that she was using secret email for state business.

All the walls are crashing around Queen Sarah..

Next up, the Enquirer's announcement that sarah had an affair with her hubby's partner..

If this turns out to be even remotely true, then the Palin/McCain ticket is cooked.

Posted by: expert47 | October 5, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote: "These are simply allegations. That being said, if she violated any law against using private e-mail for public business, there's no defense for that. No one has proven she did that though."
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From the article: 'In one notable e-mail, a Palin aide apologized for discussing state business on a public account. "Whoops!" Palin aide Frank Bailey wrote, after addressing an e-mail to the governor's official state address. "Frank, this is not the Governor's personal account," a secretary reminded him.'

So, it seems clear to me that she was using a private email to conduct public business.

Since the private email was easily hacked, this choice is clearly irresponsible.

Since there was obviously an intent to redirect public business emails from the official email to a private address, this choice was IMHO unethical.

Whether this is illegal is above my pay grade, but my layman's knowledge of public records laws suggests that there could be a problem here. This lawsuit seems to be a suitable way to make that determination; let's hope the Governor decides to be more cooperative with this investigation than she has been with others.

Posted by: ScottinNC | October 5, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

ScottinNC:

These are simply allegations. That being said, if she violated any law against using private e-mail for public business, there's no defense for that. No one has proven she did that though.

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

The President and Vice President are expected to be good stewards of the public's trust. If you feel compelled to transact the business of the public in such a way to shield it from the public's view, what does that say about you?

Posted by: ehperkins1971 | October 5, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

I notice that Gov. Palin's defenders don't actually dispute the facts -- they prefer to attack anyone who suggests the Governor's behavior is unethical or illegal.

It's easy to recognize this tactic; just read the playbook in Scott McClellan's memoir, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception” (Public Affairs).

Posted by: ScottinNC | October 5, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Wow! You Obamaniacs are going to freak out when McCain-Palin win.

Posted by: JakeD | October 5, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Manolete - Country first? Certainly you're kidding! McCain is clearly not putting country first by choosing such an ill-prepared running mate.

And think again if you expect Hillary supporter to now vote for McCain because of Sarah. When Hillary didn't get the nomination I, for one, hadn't ruled out McCain. No longer! I've had quite enough of her folksy talk and gestures. Winking in a debate?! It's patronizingly smug. She's a disgrace to intelligent and hard working women everywhere, in the home or in the workforce, that don't need to pretend that we're anything else.
She strikes me as a nothing more than a power hungry politician with reckless disregard for the gravity of the nation's situation and nothing but memorized one-liners to offer.

Posted by: noblefour | October 4, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

She is a professional striper on the side. All the GOP perverts love her sean hannibater and rush can't get any if he don't pay for it limbaugh got posters of her in the bathroom. Kay baily hutchingson don't have IT but she would have been a better pick. I think they call it experience. Wink wink a peep will cost you $5.00 me luv u long time.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 4, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

When the FBI does a security investigation on Palin they are going to look into her "unexpected wealth" ... going from a Wasilla Mayor to the Governor for only 1.5 years or so... I am really wondering how she accumulated $2.1 million in assets.

I am sure the FBI will want to know this for security clearance information.

The way she conducts business appears really unprofessional and ethically very shaky. Her use of yahoo email, for example and all these "close circles of friends"...

Seems like there are little mafias going on in Alaska.

Posted by: FranknErnest | October 4, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Whats $2 million? She clearly made it legally and ethically. Just because she took $25,000 in gifts she DECLARED is just a coincidence.

Sarah Palin is the most honest person I know..

Signed,
Oj Simpson
Prisoner #43664362

Posted by: expert47 | October 4, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

When the FBI does a security investigation on Palin they are going to look into her "unexpected wealth" ... going from a Wasilla Mayor to the Governor for only 1.5 years or so... I am really wondering how she accumulated $2.1 million in assets.

I am sure the FBI will want to know this for security clearance information.

The way she conducts business appears really unprofessional and ethically very shaky. Her use of yahoo email, for example and all these "close circles of friends"...

Seems like there are little mafias going on in Alaska.

Posted by: FranknErnest | October 4, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

This how it will go..

Fast forward to Jan 20, 2009..

McCain/Palin cheated and weaseled their way to the White House. They hop in the Limo and head off to their first official briefing. McCain says he wants to see the residence, and him and his pal Sarah head upstairs to see the residence.

After looking around, they head back down. Sarah says "Let me help you John" and as they head down, she slips a foot in front of McOld. He tumbles down the marble stairway, cracks his head open and is dead before reaching the bottom.

Sarah, looking shocked, stands at the top of the stairs and says 'Golly gosh, doggone it, the poor guy slipped and geepers creepers, I really tried to grab him, but dang, i missed. I am now President, and all of you lemmings report to me. I hereby rule that I am in charge and all rules of order are suspended. Congress is fired and I am in charge of the military, just like I was in Alaska. Bow before me, ya all.." Wink wink wink.

She smiles, knowing it worked out just as she planned it. Her first order is to have all video logs of the white house destroyed immediately without review.

Posted by: expert47 | October 4, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh yea, there were dualling rallys today in Alaska Obama had 1300 supporters, McCain only had 300-not even your home stae likes u Palin!

Posted by: beaniec52 | October 4, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

ca67klein,

It is a case of, she did it, or she did not do it. who cares about who brings the truth to surface?

Just because somebody goes up against the establishment does not make them right.

Posted by: alan15 | October 4, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a stonewalling rag, I live in Alaska & Palin we don't want you back, just like no one wants you as VP-you clueless woman!

Posted by: beaniec52 | October 4, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Another Republican cover-up. What a surprise. The same people who stonewalled over the outing of Valerie Plame Wilson (Scooter only convicted on 4 felony counts) and defy congressional subpoenas over the highly improper politically-motivated firings of competent US Attorneys (Rove, your day will come!) must love the way darling Sarah is handling this one.
Just more reasons why no sane person could vote for McC-Palin, who are corruption personified.
America deserves better.

Posted by: DoctorB | October 4, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who believes this woman is anything but a scheming, lying, MEAN witch is seriously deranged! If McSame does get elected he had better know to never turn his back on her!! Cheney will seen like a boy scout next to this one.

Posted by: oregongranny | October 4, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I think people are forgetting Sarah went up against the established Republican party when she won the governorship. This guy was obviously one of the good ole boys from the past.

Posted by: ca67klein | October 4, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

she doesn't read newspapers or remember supreme court rulings, but if she did, she'd remember the hit on Cheny recently. and he can't claim executive privilege as Vp to dodge subpoenas...

hmm, she's getting to be pickled herring

Posted by: ardeladimwit | October 4, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin are desperate now. The evidence is that they are starting to attack Obama's character once again. We can't get him on the issues so let's try to get him some other way. This is desperate and dirty politics. In the next month we probably will get to see presidential politics at it's worst. McCain and Palin have been there own worst enemies in this campaign. McCain for making rash decisions. By not really doing a thorough job on Palin's background and education. Palin for allowing McCain to push her in a corner and not talk to the press. If she would not have isolated herself for so long she would have clearly been able to use the media to her advantage.
The biggest problem is that she seems to be leading the campaign. McCain needed her to bring his campaing alive. Something aoout this is just backwards.

Posted by: keepfaith-1 | October 4, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Keating Five!
Keating Five!
Keating Five!
It's not old news to all of those new voters.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 4, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

With what voice does Manolete speak? Is it one that comforts and consoles? Is it one that informs and edifies? Or is it one that hopes that a lie repeated offten enough will come to seem like truth?

Even if we think that it should be okay to have private mails, do we want a leader that will represent that as the right thing to do when the law requires otherwise? Did she not know the law when she was granted high office by the people of Alaska?

I have to think that her actions are part of an attempt to hide what she is doing and has done from the people who elected her -- this is never good either for Sarah herself nor for the people she has been selected to lead and represent.

Posted by: john_winthrop | October 4, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I respected McCain but Palin turned me off immediately - she was so partisan right off the bat, and seemed so inexperienced. The more we get to know about her, the deeper my concern grows. I do not agree in any way with the way this government official conducts her business. Even worse, it seems to go past "style" do down right unethical. She seems to lie more and more outright than any of them, she makes deeply dividing, partisan attacks, she agreed with the trooper probe now fights against it, she fires people who disagree with her, explores banning books, plays with numbers to claim she gave herself a paycut while actually hiring someone else to do her work and giving herself a raise over time, she thinks the Vice Presidents duties are "flexible" and shows Bush/Cheney tactics in hiding the truth from the American people, be it in emails or meetings. Now the latest McCain Palin campaign tactic is explicitly character smearing? This is what we want from our leadership? NO WAY! McCain has lost ALL MY RESPECT and this woman has inspired me to fight heartily against this ticket!

Posted by: pnsllf | October 4, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney in pumps.

Posted by: kaytemmel | October 4, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney in pumps.

Posted by: kaytemmel | October 4, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

He was a civil rights attorney. Republicans using emotional caps and un-researched remarks is something less than judicious.

Posted by: janefree0513 | October 4, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Manolete....hahahahaha...I had to first stop laughing before typing. "Brilliant" I know Palin has been call many things, but brilliant???? A woman that can't name one newspaper or a Supreme Court Case. I guess she didn't have her 4x6 index cards with those answers.

Manolete, please stop drinking the water from Prince William Sound it's toxic to your brain, thanks to the Exxon Valdez.

I applaud the gut's of Ms. McLeod, too bad that the press agencies don't step up to the plate and start investigating Palin.

Posted by: SportsRook | October 4, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

For some reason this one reached the bleeding heart republicans. It's not an emotional issue. She just needs to be transparent and that's the law. We the voters do the hiring so we need to know exactly what they're up to. They work for us. We're the bosses so it's just part of the job. There's a danger in surreptitious dealings. The Wall Street disaster is a fine example of it.

Posted by: janefree0513 | October 4, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Manolete,

On the day after the election,... remember that I told you tonight that you're living in a dream world. Heh-Heh!

Posted by: realneil | October 4, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Munki,

It's the law that they have to use official/public provided E-Mail accounts to conduct official business. Think,....if they're not using public communications systems, then what are they trying to hide?
Even if they're not trying to hide anything (doubtful) what they're doing is still against the law.

Posted by: realneil | October 4, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

ALASKA LOVES SARAH for the great work she has done reforming government to work for the citizens, and AMERICA IS FALLING IN LOVE WITH SARAH for her genuine sincerity, honesty and brilliant mind.

It is time to recognize that women can do a great job, many times better than men and Sarah Palin's record shows she is exceptional.

THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN AND THE LIBERAL MEDIA IS IN DISARRAY, CONFUSED AND FOAMING AT THE MOUTH after the Maverick, John McCain chose Sarah Palin, a woman reformer for VP. Their response has been a vicious attack on Sarah ranging from insults to smearing and the sexist tactics that brought Hillary's campaign crashing down.

OBAMA FRACTURED AND DIVIDED THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WHEN HE REJECTED THE CHOICE OF 18 MILLION DEMOCRATS and instead of choosing Hillary Clinton for VP, he chose an old Washington politician Joe Biden, and by this grave mistake in choice, negated the flag of "change" Obama had been waiving and replaced it with the flag of "more of the same".

On the other side, THE MAVERICK STOLE THE MANTRA OF CHANGE FROM BARACK WHEN HE SELECTED A WOMAN REFORMER FOR VP, who has gained the respect of the State she governs as well as of the nation governors.

THE MCCAIN/PALIN TICKET HAS GIVEN HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICA TO ALL THE 18 MILLION FORMER HILLARY SUPPORTERS who now have a very compelling reason to vote for the republican ticket, as a way to put their country first by electing a president that has the qualifications, experience and love for our country and at the same time elect a woman to the White House as equal partners in governance and leadership of our country.

Country First!

DEMOCRATS FOR MCCAIN/PALIN!

Posted by: Manolete | October 4, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

A can of worm... This is not a life... What is the rules? Does it say - it is a must to use official email or? this is getting too much.

We, Americans are asked to judge her VP qualification... Majority concurred that she does not meet the qualification at this time... do we have to go this far?

Posted by: Munki | October 4, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

If this is true she'll fit right in with the Bush leftovers in Washington if their elected. Disregard for the law is a way of life in the Executive branch these days.

Posted by: realneil | October 4, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

The problem Jake D. Obama supports the trial lawyers.

http://www.bop-o-rama.com

You probably don't have a lot of friends.

Bop Nobama!

Say no to Trial Lawyers who suck our blood!

Posted by: acarponzo | October 4, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Sure enough y'all there are mavericks who are above the law and don't respond to subpeonae or acknowledge reality and sure enough don't give a ripe fig about lawsuits pointing to corruption coz these here mavericks are going to reform the corrupt everybody else. They MUST be above the law since all those other corrupt people write and interpet those pesky ole laws. Sure you betcha!!!

Posted by: GaiasChild | October 4, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

FmcGrody,

Come on nutball. There are no stories about Obama using private e-mail for public business. That's why we don't need to look at his e-mails. Jeezus. Think before you type.

Posted by: ObamaWins1 | October 4, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Lets see obamas emails i dont see anyone looking a his this is getting bad trying anything they can to get something on a great women a great person makes me sick.

Posted by: fmcgrody | October 4, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

One more reason not to elect Palin-she thinks laws are for the "other people" Reminds me of the late Leona Hemsley, "Taxes are for the little people."

Posted by: meldupree | October 4, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

You can sue anyone these days -- someone sued Obama for not being a "natural-born citizen" -- whether it's actionable and survives the pleading stage is a different matter.

Posted by: JakeD | October 4, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

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