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Todd Palin responds to Joe Miller e-mail flap

By Matt DeLong

Did an e-mail dispute between some of Alaska's biggest political names inadvertently reveal some information about Sarah Palin's 2012 plans?

First, the backstory: On Tuesday, the blog Mudflats published an angry e-mail sent by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, to GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller. In the e-mail, which you can read here (Mudflats appears to be down), Palin voices extreme displeasure with Miller for giving a less-than-emphatic answer when asked during a recent appearance on Fox News if Sarah Palin is qualified to be president. The former governor's endorsement of Miller is widely credited with giving Miller a boost and helping him upset Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in the GOP primary. From the e-mail to Miller and one of Sarah Palin's staffers:

Joe and Tim,
[...] Sarah put her ass on the line for Joe and yet he can't answer a simple question " is Sarah Palin Qualified to be President". I DON'T KNOW IF SHE IS.
Joe, please explain how this endorsement stuff works, is it to be completely one sided.
Sarah spent all morning working on a Facebook post for Joe, she won't use it, not now.
Put yourself in her shoe's Joe for one day.
Todd

Miller forwarded the e-mail along to some of his campaign staff with the message:

Just found this in my inbox. This is what we're dealing with. Note the date and the complete misconstruction of what I said.
Holy cow.

On top of this, Mudflats used a low-tech method of redacting the e-mail addresses of everyone involved, inadvertently making them easily retrievable.

Todd Palin on Wednesday gave a statement to The Weekly Standard acknowledging that he wrote the e-mail but saying it resulted from a misunderstanding because he had been given bad information about what Miller actually said on Fox.

My family has worked hard in supporting Joe Miller, so when I heard he'd said something less than supportive of my wife's efforts, I responded. But it turns out we'd gotten our wires crossed and Joe hadn't said anything like what I'd been told. So there's no story here except the fact that the press put our personal emails online again, and again couldn't even be bothered to conceal our email addresses or take any steps to protect our privacy.

So what was it that Miller actually said about Palin's 2012 prospects in that interview with Fox's Neil Cavuto? Here it is:

We have had a number of people that have introduced their names as potential candidates in 2012, certainly Palin is on the top of that ticket. You've got a number of folk that any one of which would be better than President Obama.

All of this begs raises the question: why is Todd Palin so worked up over Miller's non-committal response to a question about Sarah Palin's electability? It's no secret that Palin is believed to be mulling a run for the presidency, and some are taking this whole dust-up as a signal that Palin is in fact preparing to throw her hat in the ring. In the meantime, we'll see if Sarah Palin decides to publish that Facebook post for Miller after all. So far, nothing.


This post has been updated for clarity.

UPDATE: Miller said on Wednesday that Palin was constitutionally qualified to be president but would not go any farther.

By Matt DeLong  | October 6, 2010; 2:12 PM ET
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Comments

LMW6,
This wasn't a privacy invasion by the "media". This was an invasion by what are now called "citizen journalists", bloggers and the like who have no actual training in journalism, nor their ethics. This is one of the dangers of the Internet; anyone can call themselves a journalist, and there are people who read their output and think that it's actually facts. No mainstream media outlet would publish private contact information for anyone like this.

Posted by: RGee1 | October 7, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

And we're off and running - the media thinks they are above the law and can illegal access and then print both private emails and the private email addresses of those whose privacy was illegally invaded.

Those of you who don't like the Government being able to wiretap with warrants to prevent future terror attacks on US soil might want to think about this a little bit...i.e. why you don't seem to have an issue with this invasion of privacy, illegal search and entry.....

Posted by: LMW6 | October 7, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Sarah REALLY sounds like presidential material! She'd better make her millions right now, while she still HAS a few gullibles on her hook because there are far too many Americans who have seen the LIMITS of her brain power! None will be around to keep her in the emotional kitchen pan forever. Even a gradeschool education is enough to realize the Presidency of the United States is FAR beyond her selfish juvenile capacities! For God sakes, she couldn't even manage the tiny little confines of her own FAMILY!! long enough to teach a little self-restrain and sex education. Administering to an ENTIRE COUNTRY takes a TINY bit MORE attention and BRAIN POWER than that!

Posted by: Maerzie | October 7, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse


During the 2008 presidential campaign, I was curious why women and media didn't make more of this:
When former mayor and Gov. Palin, would be in her office or holding meetings, Todd,not elected by anyone, was always lurking around like a stink. I remember the huge flap Hillary CLINTON would get when this Yale Law School grad would have the nerve to sit in on policy meetings at the WH or in AR. All those 'we didn't elect her', what's she doing there... comments.
Well, what the hell was snowblower boy doing dabbling in governance? Do whatever you want at home, but NO one elected him and women don't need to be seen as needing Mr. Brauny there to send e-mails and watch over official meetings. As if the little woman can't handle it on her own.
I know there was so much 'red meat' to go after where Palin is concerned, but this male interference seemed to be overlooked. I know some Alaskans didn't care for it and that was reported.

Posted by: dcunning1 | October 7, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Spell check..meet Todd..Todd..meet spell check..

Posted by: queenb1 | October 7, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

always the victim..

Posted by: 1listener | October 7, 2010 2:26 AM | Report abuse

The Republican dumpster fire stinks. Pathetic, you downwardly mobile, you losers, go ahead, vote for these grifters. Get even madder a few years from now when you are worse off than now.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 6, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

"Mudflats used a low-tech method of redacting the e-mail addresses of everyone involved, inadvertently making them easily retrievable".
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"Inadvertently"? You said it twice. Who are you kidding? There was nothing inadvertent about it. If the rights of many of these posters had been trampled on in the same manner that Palin and her family have experienced, the ACLU would have filed law suits. But, of course, they only protect liberals and liberal causes.

Posted by: bethg1841 | October 6, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

To CHUCK - Hoping you are right!!!!

Posted by: jeanneree | October 6, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

The story has been out for over 5hrs now and the number of comments seems pretty lite compared to past stories on Palin.

Fade, fade, fading away?

Posted by: chucko2 | October 6, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

This needs as many eyeballs as possible...

Far Right Wing Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson vs Victims Of Chid Abuse

Wisconsin GOP Senate nominee Ron Johnson's outspoken opposition to state legislation empowering victims of child abuse to sue those responsible for their abuse has been a controversy for several months.

http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/95740094.html


But just yesterday video emerged of Johnson testifying against the bill in the state legislature.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU43UkT7ZbU


The most damning line from Johnson's testimony:

"I think it is extremely important to consider the economic havoc and the other victims [the Wisconsin Child Victims Act] would likely create"
-WISCONSIN REPUBLICAN RON JOHNSON

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/09/28/ron-johnson-child-abuse/


Yeah, you read that right. Ron Johnson says we should put the potential for "economic havoc" ahead of the interests of victims of abuse. And if that doesn't tell you what Johnson's priorities would be as a U.S. Senator, nothing will.

The issue here isn't that just that Ron Johnson is opposing victims of predators -- it's that he's doing so to defend the interests of a tiny elite. If he can't even stand up for children -- sexually abused children, in fact -- who in their right mind believes he would stick up for the interests of everyday Wisconsin families?

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Posted by: DrainYou | October 6, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

As seraphina, andros and fralippi note, I misused the term "beg the question." I sincerely apologize and humbly ask for your forgiveness for making such a rookie mistake, which I promise to never make again.

--Matt DeLong

Posted by: md257 | October 6, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the only thing amusing about this story is the unhidden OBSESSION of the Washington Post & its readers with all things Palin !

I can't recall any political figure in the past who brought out the worst lunatics among the terrified opposition, or whose every move (even e-mails or dances by family members) was given priority over far more important world events.

Posted by: phild1 | October 6, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the only thing amusing about this story is the unhidden OBSESSION of the Washington Post & its readers with all things Palin !

I can't recall any political figure in the past who brought out the worst lunatics among the terrified opposition, or whose every move (even e-mails or dances by family members) was given priority over far more important world events.

Posted by: phild1 | October 6, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

A Squib Pro Quo?

I thought the only think the Palin bunch (as in Brady) kept quiet was how much University money she's taking to give speeches.

Posted by: tmorgan2008 | October 6, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Let's get one thing straight, we don't need the inept in the White House with a hotheaded husband shooting his mouth off at any and everyone who questions his wife. He and she should go back to slaying salmon for a living, nobody questions a guy with a fish filleting knife in his hand on his own boat.
This is just one more example of why Palin is constitutionally qualified but totally incapable of being elected. She is probably why McCain lost, in spite of her flashy clothes and playback unit style of speech.

Posted by: ronjeske | October 6, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.....THAT'S ALL FOLK'S

Posted by: janetmramos | October 6, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

To be fair to Joe Miller, he was just being honest.

He knows that as radical fringe extremist he is himself not qualified to be Senator and since Palin endorsed him it raises questions about her sense of judgement.

Posted by: liquidskycaptain | October 6, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Todd Palin is.....who? And, this is about....? You need to write about real stuff, not this cartoon crap. Next thing I know you will be writing about the wife of a sheriff running for office in South Texas.

Posted by: rusty3 | October 6, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

seraphina! Yes! Finally, 'begging the question' is so misused as to be laughable. They mean, "it makes me think of a follow up question," not what the rhetorical device/logic construction really means, which you stated admirably. Another example, of using the premise to support the conclusion: Jesus is God because the Bible says so.
The question is whether the bible and jesus are what they say they are...they are, in fact, the question. So you can't 'Beg" the question to answer itself. Nutsville. And you see it over and over on television...radio...press...etc. Oh well.

Posted by: fralippi_caravaggio | October 6, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Palin's spelling and grammar errors are ghastly, but the Washington Post doesn't help matters when it allows its own writers to use the phrase "beg the question" incorrectly. The phrase does NOT mean "raises the question."

C'mon Mr. DeLong, this is a freshman mistake!

Posted by: andros4629 | October 6, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Sarah-knocked-up-before-marriage-palin is soooo funny as is Todd and all of her boyfriends.

Posted by: letemhaveit | October 6, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin's spelling and grammar errors are ghastly, but the Washington Post doesn't help matters when it allows its own writers to use the phrase "beg the question" incorrectly. The phrase does NOT mean "raises the question."

C'mon Matt DeLong, this is a freshman mistake.

Posted by: andros4629 | October 6, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

ding ding ding ding... we have a winner!

Posted by: bdubdc | October 6, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Of course she is qualified to be President. Read the Constitution stupid.
1. Natural born citizen
2. 35 years of age or older.
3. Resident of the United States for 14 years.

She is just as qualified as Obama.
This article is soooo stupid. So are the posters.

Posted by: StMartinQue | October 6, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Of course she is qualified to be President. Read the Constitution stupid.
1. Natural born citizen
2. 35 years of age or older.
3. Resident of the United States for 14 years.

She is just as qualified as Obama.
This article is soooo stupid. So are the posters.

Posted by: StMartinQue | October 6, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Of course she is qualified to be President. Read the Constution stupid.
1. Natural born citizen
2. 35 years of age or older.
3. Resident of the United States for past 14 years.

This article is soooo stupid. So are the posters.

Posted by: StMartinQue | October 6, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

she spent all morning thinking of a phrase to put on facebook...wow! "and now she wont use it"....why doesnt she cry about it then. talk about unsuitable to run a country. she couldnt even run a state with the population of a big town for longer than one term....

Posted by: rmk1122 | October 6, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah spent all morning working on a Facebook post for Joe,"

Wow....is this all she does? Its gonna be hard to run a country from facebook, especially if it takes her all morning to write a paragraph that just says all the same tired BS she usually spouts

Posted by: Chops2 | October 6, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

"All of this begs the question". #FAIL To beg the question is to assume the premise and not what was apparently intended -- raising the question.

Posted by: seraphina21 | October 6, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

this seems to be the whole tea bagger thing. don't worry about the facts. let's get something started over something i could have used the email machine to check out for myself before i made an ass [it's in the bible] of myself, but it's everyone else's fault.

Posted by: blinwilly | October 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

What is this, junior high?

Posted by: veritasinmedium

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No, judging by the grammar I'd say it is grade school.

Posted by: PaciolisRevenge | October 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

this seems to be the whole tea bagger thing. don't worry about the facts. let's get something started over something i could have used the email machine to check out for myself before i made an ass [it's in the bible] of myself, but it's everyone else's fault.

Posted by: blinwilly | October 6, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

quite pathetic... will there be one comment that defends the palin's today? anybody?

Posted by: bdubdc | October 6, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

quite pathetic... will there be one comment that defends the palin's today? anybody?

Posted by: bdubdc | October 6, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

And these are the people that would lead our country? The Huns & Visigoths cannot be far from the borders!

Posted by: MikeV2 | October 6, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

When will the Palin's realize that in politics just because you use others, doesn't mean they are going to let you use them.

The Palin's got played and this is not the first time, nor will it be the last time.

It's called Politics, damn it; and there are some people in this world who know how to play the game better than you, whether you like it or not.

Obviously "Alaska Miller" does not need you anymore.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 6, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

And these are the people that would lead our country? The Huns & Visigoths cannot be far from the borders!

Posted by: MikeV2 | October 6, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

And these are the people that would lead our country? The Huns & Visigoths cannot be far from the borders!

Posted by: MikeV2 | October 6, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I love it when the snakes eat their own.


Posted by: lindalovejones | October 6, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I like the apostrophe in "shoes."

Posted by: ChoppinBroccoli | October 6, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of rightwing lunatic fringe nutbags like Sarah the Half Term Quitter and Joe "carpetbagger" Miller...


Hypocrisy, Teabagger Republican-Style

Crazy Sharron Angle a few days ago:

“The Republicans have lost their standard, they’ve lost their principle," she tells Ashjian. "Really that’s why the machine in the Republican Party is fighting against me...."

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1010/Angle_fundraising_at_NRSC_HQ_Wednesday.html?showall


Meanwhile, back in the real world.

Later today, the machine known as the National Republican Senatorial Committee is holding a "Luncheon Honoring Sharron Angle," where, for up to $5,000 a pop, people can rub elbows with that unprincipled machine ... and Sharron Angle.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1010/Angle_fundraising_at_NRSC_HQ_Wednesday.html?showall

.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 6, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Was Sarah reading a newspaper, any newspaper, and that's why it took her all morning to compose a Facebook post for Miller? She can't be THAT slow a typist, can she?

Posted by: luridone | October 6, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what level of privacy a public person commenting on public events can expect.

Posted by: reddragon1 | October 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Why wouldn't he just ask before spewing his venom? So, god help us, if Palin was actually elected, and Todd heard incorrect info about something Putin said about the U.S, would he bypass the diplomatic corp and just start dropping bombs? Or would he consult Sarah first? This is all the more reason why the Palin family cannot get to the White House.

Posted by: tojo45 | October 6, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

What is this, junior high?

Posted by: veritasinmedium | October 6, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Mr Dude Todd is a real, genuine, unadulterated (maybe) Dick.

Posted by: bmschumacher | October 6, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I see that everyone else has already noticed the big news here: Sarah Palin spent all morning working on a Facebook post for Joe Miller and then, out of spite, refused to post it. Here, folks, we have the Tea Party idea of a suitable Presidential candidate. Do we need to say more? (By the way, it took me about 45 seconds to post this).

Posted by: gposner | October 6, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I spent all morning staring ou the window.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | October 6, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Put yourself in her shoe's?

Posted by: fmjk | October 6, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Todd and Sarah's boyfriends are sure lucky to have gotten some of that sarah.

Posted by: letemhaveit | October 6, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I've suffered some of her speeches. Sarah worked all morning on a Facebook post, . . . oh, no, trashed . . . no, not that.

Posted by: SarahBB | October 6, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Taking all moring to post somethng on Facebook certainly qualifies one to be the leader of America....

Posted by: grubbsbl | October 6, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah spent all morning working on a Facebook post for Joe,"

Funniest line ever.

Posted by: Observer691 | October 6, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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