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One Way to Clear the Air

John McCain owes it to the American people to clear the air of some of those ominous dark clouds hovering over the head of his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. It's within his power.

The Alaska legislature is investigating charges that Palin abused her office by working, along with her husband Todd and members of her administration, to pressure former Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan to fire her ex-brother-in-law, state trooper Mike Wooten, to settle a personal score. The Alaska legislature has even subpoenaed Todd Palin and several members of the Palin administration to testify under oath.

The lawmakers were forced down that road because Palin, after promising to cooperate with the joint legislative committee, reversed course once nominated, and is now resisting the legislature's inquiry. Her staff, upon the advice of a Palin legal appointee, has refused to meet with the legislature's investigator.

That's preposterous.

American voters need to know if Palin has abused the powers of the governor's office. And they need to know it before, not after, they go to the polls in November.

McCain, who professes to believe in open and transparent government, can show that his deeds can match his words. All he has to do is order his running mate, her family and her staff to cooperate fully with the Alaska legislature's investigation. McCain should also tell his running mate to release to the public, without further delay, all of the e-mails regarding Monegan and Wooten.

If, as Palin insists, she has nothing to hide, these requirements can be satisfied within 24 hours.

All John McCain has to do is say the word. Why won't he?

By Colbert King  | September 15, 2008; 3:03 PM ET
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Because he is a liar. As is Palin.

Posted by: Jake | September 15, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Now does anyone believe McCain would do that? Fat chance. They can't run on the issues, so they lie and distort. I hope most people see this, but I am afraid that Phil Gramm had it wrong when he said we are a nation of whiners. We are a nation of idiots if we don't see this for what it is. A shameless campaign from the GOP.

Posted by: Ray Collins | September 15, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

More lies and untruths from The McCain Campaign, what a shocker!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain forgets. I mean, he forgets. At 72, he is too shallow, too much 'old boy' and has displayed an inability to be lucid in complex situations. He tries, but we can't expect the old battleship to be nimble in thought and action. So he lies. He didn't choose his running mate.
He was thrust his VP nominee by others.
I feel sorry for the old man. But he cannot become President. We can choose our next President.
McCain is currently a bad choice for America.

Posted by: Westerner | September 15, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin: A one trick pony in a cheap trick circus

Posted by: The Big Tent Party? | September 15, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

About 2 months ago, I bought a used car: a cherry red convertible. I gotta be honest, I didn't do much research before buying. I only test drove it once before making a commitment to buy, and it was made by an obscure manufacturer that nobody really ever hear of before. But, at first blush, I was in love with this car. It looked so pretty on the outside. Professional paint job, smooth finish, great curves, and a confident, although perhaps pretentious, feel to it. My rival in the neighborhood had just decided against buying a convertible and instead bought a reliable pickup truck. Certainly, my rival made a more practical and well thought out decision, but where was the 'splash'? I wanted the headlines in the neighborhood! I didn't admit this at the time, but the fact that my rival opted against the flashy choice made me feel as though I simply HAD to pick the convertible.
The first few weeks were like a honeymoon. Heck, you could say I was 'energized' to drive it. But suddenly, almost on a daily basis, things have been falling apart. Turns out, my convertible has an oil leak. As time passes, more and more oil drip drip drips out of the car. The engine stalls out on the highway, almost as if it has no experience with being driven over 60 mph. The interior computer malfunctions when I turn on the radio and the AC at the same time... perhaps multitasking so many responsibilities at once overwhelms the motherboard. I asked the manufacturer for a copy of the owners manual, but they are stalling and acting as if the information is classified. What are they hiding? And now, the roof is stuck in the closed position. So, in reality, this isn't even a real convertible at all!! Needless to say, I made a horrible decision for me and my family. While my rival in the neighborhood enjoys using his pickup to accomplish daily chores, my convertible stays parked behind my garage. But, I think I made the right call when I decided to give my "convertible" a name: Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Bear with me on this one | September 15, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Personal? Did everybody just miss the fact that this officer used a stun gun on an 11 year old? Wooten also reportedly came to the job drunk on several occasions.

There is nothing personal about a politician cleaning up the government when she gets elected. Her ex-brother-in-law just happened to be the weak link in Alaska law enforcement.

Note that Wooten's main supporter in his case is also someone who Palin fired while "cleaning house." This just sounds like a case of bitter former employees attacking when they have the most to gain as far as revenge goes.

Posted by: Alicia | September 15, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Alicia, if all you state is true, then why delay, why obfuscate, why resist? If she is for transparancy then this is somethign that could actually win the election. Be completely cooperative and show the charges to be false.

Posted by: Louis | September 15, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Trouble is:
McCain doesn't understand what a lie is. He thinks if you twist it enough and gloss over...it isn't a lie at all...piece little bits of "facts" in whatever way you want...He doesn't understand about foul, delusional half-told-info...devil's best kind... but he doesn't get it!
Now that is scary for a future president of our United States!

Posted by: sabrina1 | September 15, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Osama Bin Laden I'm sure is laughing so hard with his military group at how ignorant and foolish we are as Americans. Before 9/11 our nation was spiralling on the bridge to no where, after 9/11 we see the nation worst than it's ever been in history, and yet we have Americans who:
1.Still want to elect McCain/Palin who STILL uphold the Bush values and views, but won't openly admit it,will dance all around it though hoping no one is paying attention
2.Won't vote for a biracial person (even though that person has The answer to our country's dilema)and yet they say we live in the land of the free home of the brave.Well if you are brave, be brave enough to do what you know in your is the Right thing to do, not just for your own selfish views, but do what's right for our soldiers,our children who want to go to college but can't afford it.If Alaskans are standing up protesting for our nation hoping we make the right Choice, shouldn't we Americans be stepping back and taking a closer look at who we really want to Lead our country and bring our men & women back home alive and not dead? Palin has too much on her plate as a woman,mother, VP running mate and now as a person being investigated for abusing her authority and power as a representative of her state. Those people in Alaska are angry at her and they want us to be aware of what is going on BEHIND THE SCENES that we Americans don't know about!

Posted by: ms j | September 15, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"Personal?" If Palin conducted herself in a professional manner within the law and legitimate scope of her office then she has all the more reason to cooperate with the investigation. People who have nothing to hide are usually eager to participate in efforts that can bring their innocence to light. Usually, people are not cooperative when they have something to hide. All we really know about the situation is he said, she said. Generally in such a case the truth is found somewhere in the middle of exaggerated claims from both sides. The purpose of an investigation is to clear that up. The author is speaking to that point, especially since McCain (and Palin) keep hyping that they're for open government and are reformers who will rid Washington of waste and corruption. If McCain is really putting country first, he'd want to clear this up BEFORE they take office. Can you imagine the distraction and gridlock that would result if McCain and Palin moved into office with a major scandal and possible criminal charges filed against a brand new VP?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh Alicia, ease back on the cool aid. Yeah, her ex-brother in law doesn't sound like the tkind of guy I'd want to be married to. But she and other family members made such a personal vendetta out of getting him fired that two things happened: 1. The trooper was thoroughly investigated and punished, and 2. A judge (remember that quaint concept rule of law) told Madam Palin to cease and desist. She used her office to continue the vendetta, againt the judge's orders. Yeah, that Rule of Law sure is quaint.

But its rarely the crime, its the coverup where the laws are broken. Knowing this guy doesn't seem to be anyone's dream hunk, you may perhaps choose to forgive her for abusing the power of her office in this matter. Of course, that leaves you not knowing what other matters that you don't approve of where she might abuse her power of office, but since she's "just like you', surely she would never do anything you disapprove of, right? When she rides her private airplane into town to buy her designer frames, she probably talks to realtors about moving to your neighborhood where she fits in so well, no?

And of course, if she deliberately used personal email accounts to carry out the abuse of power to hide what she was doing, and then 1600 of those emails "accidentally" disappeared, well, I mean, that just what happens in Washington, no? And when the abuse of power and cover up are investigated, well, of course she's claiming executive privelege. I mean, that's what all politicians from Nixon to Reagan to Clinton to Bush do, no? Why should she be judged on a different standard? Its not fair. I mean, sure, she said she was coming to reform Washington and all, but why should that mean she is supposed to be above abuse of power, cover ups, cleverly parsed words to create a false image, lost emails, ignoring Rule of Law and hiding behind executive privelege? Those nasty left-wingers need to stop picking on her. After all, they're so much tougher on her than Putin would ever be, right?

Posted by: patriot | September 15, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I read these columns and blogs for entertainment. There is no content.

Posted by: Rick | September 15, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

To Alicia,

Have you ever heard of the phrase,""You tell one lie,you have to tell another one to make up for the first one you told." I don't believe anyone have any animosity against Sarah Palin,how can we when we as Americans don't really know her? By the way did you know that McCain had no intentions of picking her as his VP, she was recommended by Gingrich, Limbaugh,& Hannity. Even McCain doesn't really know her, but he will, we all will very soon.Palin's case initially was going to be handled by the State which she agreed it was ok,only because she had no idea Sen McCain was going to ask her to be his running mate.However, when she found out she had an opportunity to govern thousands of people(US),she knew this case would smear her image so she ask if the Personnel Board of Alaska and the Atty General would handle her case, and do you know why Alicia? Because guess who appoints not elect these people to these offices? The Governor, now you figure out the rest, I'm sure you'll see what the rest of us are now beginning to see.Wake Up, believe me Bin Ladin is waiting!!!!!!

Posted by: ms j | September 15, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I am not voting for either of these two idiots. Ill be writing in Huckabee.
Huckabee 2012 sign in my yard.
http://www.skip08.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Palin Cheated On Her Husband
HotPres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

To anonymous,

We can tell what you're all about just by your sign in name "Anonymous", your opinion doesn't matter,you're not a true American anyway!

Posted by: ms j | September 15, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

msj - I don't see your name and address on your post (not that it should be given all the creeps in this world), I just don't see how much more identifying "msj" is than 'anon".

Marital infidelity no longer constitutes ineligibility for office. In fact, I personally suspect most politicians have been unfaithful. I think the kind of person who chooses politics needs something of the adulation that comes with it (and they have thick enough skin to absorb the barbs). You will notice most political men don't have meaningful affairs with women their intellectual equals where they discuss policy in bed. They have affairs with bimbos, partly because that's who comes on to them, and partly because its the adultation in their bimbo's eyes that's the turn on (not their minds or necessarily even their bodies) - not much adulation left in their wives eyes who have figured out these windbags years ago. Rumors have abounded for years about Poppy Bush having a long-standing mistress.

That said, Palin is running on an image of being a God Fearing Christian taking on the liberal Sodomites. And whether that image is real or a lie is important. I am sure if these charges are substantiated that she will change her platform to God Fearing Christian Who Stumbled Once (who can thus still take on those liberal Sodomites who are never Godly, unlike me who merely stumbled once in a moment of weakness), weep on camera right on cue, and receive "forgiveness". Because after all, she is just like us and she means to be a Christian so that makes it all OK, no?

Posted by: no id | September 15, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I am a single twice divorced fater of two teenagers. We are considered the Religious Right... at least my minister say so. My children are old enough to follow this campaign. And they are old enough to understand the lies told by John Mc Cain and Sarah Palin. After all they are in the news so much. And now my children are asking me "when is it ok to lie." I have turned to my minister for guidance and he says he will get back to me but doesn't. What is happening to the moral fiber of our great America? I am starting to even worry about my young daughter looking at Bristol Palin as a role model.
Depressed and confused.

Posted by: Robert Cannon | September 15, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Alicia, no derogatory comments, but you don't understand the sequence of events. The Palin family filed a series of complaints against the Trooper once his divorce case from Sarah's sister turned nasty. Those complaints were investigated and resolved, and the Trooper was punished. All that happened before Pain was elected.

If she applied pressure, after becoming governor, to the Public Safety Commissioner to fire the Trooper, based on the old incidents (there was nothing recent), then she was pushing him to perform an illegal act. That would, if proven, fit clearly within our abuse of powers laws.

Posted by: AlaskanViewer | September 15, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Because McCain has revealed himself to be a Two Faced, dishonest, pathological liar. He has surpassed Hilary Clinton. Quite shocking!

Posted by: str8up | September 15, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Hasn't the last eight years shown that America will support someone who uses any means to satisfy their personal agenda. Bush/Cheney abused the constitution, the truth and all sense of honor and fair play and half the country lapped it up. I am sure that constituency is hoping that she went after her nogoodnick boozin' abusin' cop brother-in-law and used her position to burn his butt. The constitution and the integrity of office have been weakened by Watergate, torn apart by partisanship and finally stamped out by the current adminstration.

Obama should use his legal background and campaign to restore the constitution. The country needs it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Assume for a moment that about mid October Sarah Palin is indicted by an Alaska Grand Jury. On hearing the news, John McCain begins babbling meaninglessly as his latent Senile Dementia kicks in. The Republicans now have no ticket at all, and Barack wins every state.

On the OTHER HAND, suppose the McCain/Palin ticket wins on 04 November. Suppose Sarah Palin is indicted about 15 November. John McCain then demonstrates his mental incapacity. Now who ends up President?

Of course, suppose that M/P get elected, get inaugurated, McCain's dementia forces Palin to assume the duties of the President, and then she is convicted.

Maybe when she is innaugurated Congress makes Al Gore VP to provide mature adult guidance for the neophyte, and when Palin has to resign, we finally get the most qualified person ever for President, but only that supposition actually stands no chance of happening.

Pray for an early October indictment, followed by an immediate resignation. That should clear the "Mavericks" from the political horizon. Anything else is a nightmare scenario.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | September 15, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

NY Post today ... can't trust this Obama:

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.

Posted by: Francisco Cardenas | September 15, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I love it. Ignore all the misstatements and questionable past of Obama, but we need "transparency when it comes to Palin? It looks quite clearly that by the time the leftwing bloggers and "journnalists for Obama" get done creating "transparency" on every moment that Palin has been alive, along with that of her husband and family, that we should every half-truth and lie that they can create.

Sorry, but to say you guys are past "crying wolf' is an understatement. You do not even have a shred of credibility left.

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 15, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I love it. Ignore all the misstatements and questionable past of Obama, but we need "transparency when it comes to Palin? It looks quite clearly that by the time the leftwing bloggers and "journnalists for Obama" get done creating "transparency" on every moment that Palin has been alive, along with that of her husband and family, that we should every half-truth and lie that they can create.

Sorry, but to say you guys are past "crying wolf' is an understatement. You do not even have a shred of credibility left.

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 15, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been under a white hot spotlight for 2 years, half of it digging out from the garbage the right has thrown at him.

It's Palin's turn. Too bad the right doesn't feel it is fair or necessary.

The rest of the country does feel that way.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

cant trust any agreement Bush enters into

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Were you born yesterday?

You actually expect liars to admit that they lied?

Posted by: Steve Chan | September 15, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. King. Finally someone in the big leagues is paying attention. Troopergate is more important and more revealing of Palin's character and governing style than anything else that has cropped up so far. Many of us in Alaska were paying very close attention to this investigation because it was the first overt indication that she is not who she claims to be.

Since she was named as a VP nominee, McCain's campaign has interfered with what even a Republican senator called a very orderly and calm investigation. (A bipartisan investigation at that.) Plain and simple, when she told us she would be transparent and accountable, she lied. She said she would cooperate with the investigation. She lied. She said she and her staff weren't involved in pressuring anybody. She lied.

It's perfectly clear that this controversy is not about whether Trooper Wooten is a good officer or not. (There are plenty of accurate stories out there explaining the details of the Palins' accusations and their actions. Wooten was investigated and disciplined long before Palin started using her office to get involved).

All she had to do in the very beginning was to say she got carried away because of a difficult family situation and she was sorry, and it all would have gone away. But she couldn't do that. All she could do was keep lying. If Palin were smarter, she'd know it's always about the cover-up.

And boy, is she covering up. If she and McCain don't win (and I pray they don't), then she'll have an awful lot of explaining to do to us folks back home. Today's Anchorage Daily News has a very good story about how she uses a personal email account to conduct state business--very Karl Rovian.

I guarantee you that in Alaska her approval rating is plummeting by the day, and so is respect for her. That 80 percent approval rating is ancient history.

Troopergate is one of the biggest reasons why the McCain campaign is keeping her from the press. Abuse of power isn't pretty, even if you are.


Posted by: Bixby | September 15, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I predict that this will explode into a major issue, Palin will take herself off the ticket, and McCain will pick a "normal" VP (Romney, Brownback, Huckabee). And then the press will make a big whoop-de-doo out of it and it'll be in all the papers for 2 weeks and McCain will get another bounce.

But then Obama will still win OH, PA, NM, MI, and MN and win the election.

Posted by: HFG | September 15, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin: Unstable and Unable.

Posted by: trace1 | September 15, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mr. King....when are we going to have the Obama-Larry Sinclair encounters investigated?????????

Posted by: Paul | September 15, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, 2 weeks as a candidate and the press has already given Palin a pass on 3-5 scandals that would have destroyed any other candidate. Can you imagine if Obama was found to be involved in something like this? Or the 400m in earmarks? Or the family dramas? Or the exageration of foreign travel? The media and the public would have laughed him out of town. Meanwhile the GOP tries to push the Rezko stuff ad infinitum when there's nothing there to look for, or go on and on about non-issues like David Ayers (oh no, he knows a liberal English teacher with a troubled past!).

Come on! Wake up! Palin could be one (very faint) heartbeat away from the presidency!

Posted by: Charles46 | September 15, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama's candidacy would have been finished if he had a wife who had stolen drugs from a medical charity and had cheated on his wife to marry a billionaire. It is not possible that a Black candidate could get more than a handful of votes with this kind of garbage in his personal life. But McCain? It's okay, because he (and Sarah) tells us he's a good Christian!

Sorry, there's a seriously disgusting double standard in this country for the so-called white folk who shout their "Christianity" from the mountaintops.

-- posted by a white folk

Posted by: trace1 | September 15, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

We need some transparency about how and why the "Journalists for Obama" are allowed to have a column without the Obama campaign paying for them.

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 15, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/hed-rather-win-election-than-tell-truth.html

Friday, September 12, 2008
He'd Rather Win The Election Than Portray The Truth

John McCain ran an honorable campaign in 2000.

He was beaten due to scurrilous dishonesty.

He's learned the lesson well.

He's hired those who did this to him.

And now, they're doing it again.

McCain has said that he would rather win the war than win the election.

In fact, as we have seen time after time this week, he would apparently rather win the election than convey the truth.

This approach brought us George W. Bush--and the dissembling, the half-truths, and the omissions and distortions to come. And, so, brought us the tragic consequences that have followed for individuals and families across the nation and the world.

As Americans, we often have short memories and powerful impulses. We tend to act on the latter. This is why history can repeat itself.

Remember. Remember how driven by emotion many became last time. By impulse. Without thought. Remember the statements that were made. Remember the realities that followed. Remember.

You can feel what you feel now--anger, aggression, glee, without examination of the underlying truth--for a moment.

You will live with the consequences for years, decades to come--perhaps for the rest of your life.

Remember the thoughts and feelings that preceded these last 8 years.

Remember.

According to the non-partisan FactCheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/factchecking_mccain.html), McCain has strained the truth about health care. About small business. About education. About taxes. About corporate welfare. About energy independence. About free trade.

We've seen this before.

We were distracted from the truth in just the same way before.

And we've lived the resulting damage--for the past 8 years.

This is the way we need to change the nation: By realizing what is true, rather than realizing what emotes us for the moment.

Think.

Remember.

And act accordingly for your future.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/hed-rather-win-election-than-tell-truth.html

Posted by: Susan D'Addario | September 15, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Why should Sarah Palin give credence to a meritless claim and forfeit her constitutional rights? Because Colbert King has an inquiring mind and the Obama campaign is desparate? Sarah Palin is not stupid.

Posted by: Hoimacoach | September 15, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin: " My God tells me that the moon is made of cheese."

Mainstream media: " Sarah Palin asserts that the moon is made of cheese, but the facts appears to contradict that statement."

Republican base: "Lying, smearing left-wing media! Why do you always give Obama a pass!"

Posted by: trace1 | September 15, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

It is not so simple. What your article ignores is the partisan leader of the investigation and the most inappropriate and threatening comments being made by him.

Nobody would answer questions when someone who is supposedly neutral begins talking with the media about October Surprises and impeachment.

Who would answer to that. It isn't avoiding being open and transparent. It is avoiding a star chamber...

Posted by: Chris | September 15, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program for this important announcement: American democracy is coming to an end not with a bang but with a whimper, as partisan back-biting consumes the election cycle and terrorists infiltrate our country with creeping fascism.

Posted by: Mark In Irvine | September 15, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

More nonsense from the Colbert 'Obama Election Campaign'. Amazing how people like King and Robinson attack someone with experience and contributions and support one with none of these, only because he is black. A pathetic pair as superficial as their candidate.

Posted by: nwg | September 15, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin had a $10,000 tanning bed installed in the Governor's mansion shortly after she took office. She says she paid for it but its installation required rewiring of the mansion in Juneau. I don't know too many average folks that have this luxury. It looks like vanity triumphs again and gives a whole new meaning to what sunshine in government is.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 15, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

It's so funny (or is it sad?) when people (like rljmsilver) read an opinion piece, and then berate the author for being less than journalistic.

If you want news, go to the news articles. If you don't like Colby's opinion, argue it, but don't argue that he's not doing his job.

It occurs to me that his point is so smart here, it's really getting under some skin. Maybe Obama should take it to the stump.

Posted by: Bert in RI | September 15, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

What would a DC politician do?

Colbert King has covered local politics in the District for many years. He knows local politics can get pretty sleazy, and Sarah Palin is basically a local politician. How does he think she'll respond to requests like the one he makes here?

She'll respond if she absolutely has to, that's how. So far, the Bush Republican campaign operatives running John McCain have been able to keep Palin from having to answer any questions -- about this, about anything. They, and she, reckon they only have to do that for six more weeks.

Posted by: Zathras | September 15, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Actually, she decided to use the department whose job it is to investigate such issues investigate it.

As to this being a case of transparency, how so? Your assumption obviously is that she must be guilty and has something to hide. Yet she has been very open about all of the details and has even asked for a quick review of all of it to clear her name.

Now, WP obama lap-dogger, how is this a case of transparency? Oh yeah, to you, if someone does not do things exactly to your liking they must have something to hide.

If you like transparency, hypocrite, why dont you explain that you are an Obama worshipper from the get go and regardless of what Palin did or did not do you would try to trash her to help your newly found messiah.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

If Palin isn't guilty what does she have to be afraid of? Partisan or not. To object on those grounds is a smoke screen and trying to run out the clock. The republicans are liars. Palin fits in well.

Posted by: JanD | September 15, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Alicia, if all you state is true, then why delay, why obfuscate, why resist? If she is for transparancy then this is somethign that could actually win the election. Be completely cooperative and show the charges to be false.

Posted by: Louis | September 15, 2008 4:22 PM

Louis, like many leftist dolts assumes that the Obama lap-dog WP author is strictly telling the truth in his conclusions. Talk about lack of transparency. The author loves Obama in case you missed it. Is he going to be objective in his idiotic conclusions? Of course not.

Now, as to delays, Palin has actually tried to speed up the process so that her name may be cleared.

Leftist politicians want to drag it out. Palin took steps to get everything in the open and resolved quickly. This is hardly a transparency issue or a delay issue.

It is leftists wanting to make something out of nothing because digging up dirt is easier in their shallow minds than dealing with real issues.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: PT 109 | September 15, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

"It's so funny (or is it sad?) when people (like rljmsilver) read an opinion piece, and then berate the author for being less than journalistic."

Since most WP articles sold as news are typically leftist opinion pieces then rljmsliver is much better in tuned with reality than you are.

Lable it an article or an opinion piece. Does not matter as to whether or not ethics, truth and true journalism should not be applied. In both cases it should.

Only a leftist would think that it is ok to lie and decieve and misquote as long as you call it an opinion piece.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

"Those were to present false information to his captors, and to lie, deceive, misdirect, and parse."

So you are saying that Obama was in prisoner of war camp? Or his lying self-induced?

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

"Seriously, 2 weeks as a candidate and the press has already given Palin a pass on 3-5 scandals that would have destroyed any other candidate."

Translation, the best you idiot dems could contrive are not sticking so you will have to go back to your arse to pull out more of your "facts" about Palin.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 15, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

We are told that Ms. Palin is Alaska’s maverick who stood up to her GOP party regulars to become governor. It could be she was the only candidate who wasn’t a member of the “Corrupt Old Bastard” network in Juneau when Federal corruption investigations began or just witless enough to let the Ted Stevens Party have her installed. Little of anything governmental in Alaska has ever been done without that Grand Old Patriarch’s approval.

Juneau, Alaska’s capital city has a regional, walk on the tarmac airport, complete with stuffed bear in a case. (All public buildings have a stuffed bear in a case.) In the absence of a bridge to anywhere, you can rent a car at the airport; but you can only drive it in and around Juneau. You cannot drive to Anchorage or Sitka or “Squarebanks.” Alaska’s International airport is in Anchorage, the northern most suburb of Seattle. It is named for the senior GOP senator Ted Stevens, who was indicted a month and a half ago.

We are told that the national election is close. It could be that it is not close at all. Without Ms. Palin, it certainly wouldn’t be interesting. If anything, her candidacy gives comics and pundits a lot of political hash so it seems that election might be close. But, it isn’t.
Republicans are a lot of things; but stupid is not one of them. They hear the landslide in the distance. The party has nominated a great American, Senator and patriot in John McCain to honor the man and give him his due. But, they did not nominate him to win. That is why they nominated the least qualified elected official they could in Ms. Palin to guarantee they don’t.

Posted by: teamac | September 15, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Founding Member of the Keating Five

Back in the old days, defendants in famous trials got numbers -- the Chicago Eight, the Gang of Four, the Dave Clark Five, the Daytona 500. McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.

Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)

Though he was not convicted of anything, McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."

Mafia ties:

In 1995, McCain sent birthday regards, and regrets for not attending, to Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonano, the head of the New York Bonano crime family, who had retired to Arizona. Another politician to send regrets was Governor Fife Symington, who has since been kicked out of office and convicted of 7 felonies relating to fraud and extortion.

Adulterer

For a guy campaigning on family values, John McCain has broken up a lot of marriages. When he met his first wife (a swimsuit model), she was married to another man. After breaking that marriage up, she stuck by him loyally as he went off to war and was a prisoner for 5 and a half years. When he returned to America, though, he found out that she had been in a car wreck and wasn't as pretty. So he had a series of affairs, by his own admission, and dumped his wife and adopted family for a younger, very rich blond (now Cindy McCain.) Cindy, the daughter of a wealthy Budweiser beer distributor, was addicted to prescription narcotics and even stole hard drugs from a medical charity that she ran. In February, 2008, the New York Times ran a big article about the unusually close relationship between John McCain and a young telecommunications lobbyist named Vicki Iseman (who looks uncannily like Cindy McCain did when SHE was 25). They became so close that his staff, convinced they were having an affair, confronted both McCain and Iseman, telling them to back off. Now, a lot of people have criticized the Times for hinting without actually saying that McCain had sexual relations with that woman. But really, it doesn't matter. It's a matter of record that he accepted money and favors from her, spent a lot of time for her, and did favors for her clients. Among other things, McCain wrote two letters -- from a draft provided by Vicki Iseman -- to the head of the Federal Communications Commission -- which was way out of line, since McCain headed the Senate Commmerce Committee, which controls the FCC. McCain's pressure was so outrageous that, even though McCain was in charge of funding his commission, the FCC commissioner wrote a letter back rebuking him for his interference, at the height of McCain's "ethics in government" campaign.

So, was McCain sleeping with her, hoping to sleep with her, or being subconsciously manipulated by a cute young woman? It doesn't really matter. He was being led by his groin into ethical violations. Let's face it, he was 64 at the time and is 72 now. Whether he is still cheating or not, he seems to be led by his dick; witness the videos of McCain checking out Sarah Palin's butt during the speech where he introduced her.

Posted by: jerry rubin | September 15, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

out of curiosity I wonder if King is looking into Parc Grove, Rezko and Jarrett and how they enriched themselves in Obama's constitutiency with the help of Obama and at the cost of thousands of people who lost their homes. Or does Obama always get a free pass?

Posted by: Katy | September 15, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

doesn't this sound like bush and that executive privilege thing? doesn't it prove he will be much of the same?

Posted by: glen | September 15, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden owes it to the American people to clear the air of some of these ominous dark clouds hovering over the head of his running mate, the junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. His buddy Bill Ayers is it? The X-terrorist. His anti-American socialist pastor who he looked to for guidence, who he listened to for 20 years, but he did not hear what he was saying. Kind of like Bill Clinton smoking pot but not inhailing. Sure, you can be patriotic without wearing a flag pin, but I never thought that patriotism was something to be shy about.
No Mr. King, contrary to your last article, America will not elect John McCain this November because we are a racist nation. Informed and patriotic Americans will elect McCain/Palin because it is the only sane thing to do.

Posted by: Casey Keenan | September 15, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Note to King, Size matters

Mr. King, I have not spoken to you in awhile, how are you sir ? I hope that you are as good as Dick Cheney if not better.

So inquirying minds want to know: Are Karl Rove's boobs bigger than Ms. Hilton's boobs ? It seems boobs are needed this year for votes or at least we are being lead to believe it is so. Am I a sexist, shame on me.

I would choose Pamela Anderson as my running mate and sweep this deal up according to modern day political marketing. However, maybe she would not run with me, I think she must be a pretty smart gal just like Ms. Hilton.

Perhaps one day, Kid Rock and Pamela A. could run for the Whitehouse. The Kid has gotten some crossover appeal with his new video. I really dig that video like it was 1989 or 1979 all over again. I used to throw big parties on pontoon boats myself. OOPs did I say pontoons, I must be a sexist.

Well anyhow, Ms. America's breast and waist size has been monitored throughout the years to predict winners of that sexist contest so why not do the same for candidates for POTUS and Vice POTUS ? I don't know where Hillary fits in here but don't count her bra size out in 2012 I guess.

Now, I had a nightmare the other night. I dreamt I saw Cindy McCain in a stripclub wearing a push up bra and a gstring. Imagine having a vision of your grandmother in a push-up bra, Mr. King, I think I need saved, again ;0).

Posted by: Mark W. | September 15, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

ooh, the attacks against Palin's "accusers" have racheted up in the past few hours - I smell blood in the water.

Funny thing the gang deciding on the subpeonas had a Republican majority, no?

Posted by: patriot | September 15, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a SEXIST PIG in lipstick.

Come on WOMEN – don’t vote for a candidate who disrespects you and your gender by keeping company with bigots like Father Flegler and whose followers are flagrant gender bashers that stop at nothing to discredit any female leader ...and get away with it.

Just like this author….

It is time for American women to decide if they want to stand down and continue to be second class citizens or if they want to stand up for equal opportunity for ALL women.

Vote for real change for women – historic change for women – vote McCain/Palin ’08.

Posted by: Rise Up WOMEN | September 15, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, how does the GOP plan to put this behind them when now she is refusing to talk to the investigators, and also planning to fight Todd's subpoena. This is just another attempt to hide that she did something wrong and not get it over so that those of us that are UNDECIDED can make a realistic choice.

Posted by: Paula Henry | September 15, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I am addressing this to any Assembly of God, Bible Church or other fundamentalist Christians here.

We have now seen both George Bush and Sarah Palin parse words with ease to make people think something that is a lie, but never actually utter the lie. According to the theology of your faith, is it a lie to imply something if you don't actually say it?

Like, if your daughter Bristol goes to her friend Levi's party, and asssures you that Levi's parents will be home during the party, but later you learn that while the parents were home, the party was not in their h ome, it was in a hotel room - and Bristol says you have no right to punish her because she never lied to you - she only said Levi's parents would be home, she never said the party was at his house - would your pastor tell you Bristol lied? If so, what enables George Bush to put Iraq and 9-11 together such that almost 2/3 of the country believed they were connected and still be considered a spiritual leader, and what enables Sarah Palin to, say, imply she was againt earmarks when she has sought and obtained them in record per capita amounts, that she was against the bridge when she was for it until it wasn't popular, then turned against it but kept the money, and yet she's considered a God-fearing woman by fundamentalists? Do fundamentalists have a different meaning of truth?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey RISE UP WOMEN, are you such a coward that you can't even post your name. Don't forget that JOHN MCCain said the same quote 4 times in the last year. I am a woman who was not offended and personally thought it was funny. At least I sign my name!!!

Posted by: Paula Henry | September 15, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

To: "Bear with me on this one" I swear I thought you were describing Barak Obama to a tee!

Posted by: Casey | September 15, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous - you want to see something. Here is a picture from Levi Johnston's my space page with Bristol and Levi drinking. It got taken down fast after he was named, but many of us had it in cache. http://images.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/f/f4/Bristolpalinandlevijohnsondrinking.jpg

Now who watches their kids. At least I know where mine are at 11 pm

Posted by: Paula Henry | September 15, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain is not going to tell Palin to fess up about the scandals that are now nipping at her heels. She is still bragging about the Nowhere Bridge that she was for before she was against it! Sir McCain wants to be president and he's not going to let a little thing like a VP scandal deter his lifelong dream. Blame it on Obama and his camp.They're the ones spreading the lies. So what if his (McCain) camp didn't investigate her. I read in the Alaska Daily News Sunday that Palin has long since nursed a desire to become president. John McCain had better watch his back, or keep her very busy, although she admitted she does not know what a "vice president does all day." An ambitious woman who uses whomever (even her children) to get where she wants to go politically, she will not be happy attending funerals and dedication ceremonials. Whereas McCain is using her to get elected, she just may be using him, banking on the aging dude not living out his four years in office. But if the citizens they are targeting--low information voters--start doing some research about Palin, and her political history in Alaska, they might change their minds. A story in the New York Times reveals that she is vindictive, secretive and rewards her supporters employment if they don't turn against her. She doesn't hesitate to abuses her power, along with her husband, Todd, who was not elected to office, nor is he a government employee. They work hand-in-hand. Palin reads like George Bush and Dick Cheney. McCain had better come out of his eyes wired shut daze.

As for the much sought after emails, they will not be released. I wager they have already been deleted. Palin is claiming executive privilege. Now doesn't those two words sound familiar? Besides that, the good Christian lady is prolife, but she sanctions killing innocent living babies, or babies that are still in their mother's wombs. I'm talking about the Iraq "God's will" conflict. She is solidly prolife, but in Alaska where there is a high rate of abuse of children, life after birth is of no importance to Palin. Their after care is not a priority, neither is rape and abuse of the women in Alaska. She has a poor track record of looking out for women and children. That's why women voters, who so eagerly identify with Palin should research and read all they can about their new-found hero. Her tricks and schemes are transparent, but they have to have their eyes wide open to see that Wonder Woman is a wonder liar who wants to be president of the United States.

Posted by: dorothy | September 15, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

@Alicia "Personal? Did everybody just miss the fact that this officer used a stun gun on an 11 year old? Wooten also reportedly came to the job drunk on several occasions."

I know that Wooten used a stun gun on one of his sons, but Wooten claims it was on a low setting and it was done cooperatively as a demo.

As for Wooten showing up drunk, that is hearsay. Can you provide a source which states this as a fact?

"There is nothing personal about a politician cleaning up the government when she gets elected."

Except that this governor felt she could go above the system by abusing her power and get Wooten fired. Governors can not just fire whoever they please, they have to follow the rules that everyone else follows to ensure that their power is not being abused.

Posted by: Paul | September 15, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

you don't stonewall an investigation in which you have nothing to hide even if it is a partisan witchhunt (which it wasn't when she first promised to cooperate, and isn't now with a republican majority on the committee running it)

nothing's changed except the McCain camp has decided that the fallout from switching to stonewalling with this lame excuse will be less than the fallout from a prompt investigation. there's no other good reason, not even a political one, for stonewalling.

Alicia: even the judge in the divorce case cautioned the Palins that disparaging the dad was not good for the kids.

and of course there is a proper way for the Governor to clean house. the question is why she did it the improper way. surely she knows the ethical and above board way to go about removing a trooper who should be removed - after all, she's the honest ethical reformer, right? she abused her power because she wasn't satisfied with the results of the proper complaints against him. so she decided to do it the underhanded, improper, and unethical way.

Posted by: JoeT | September 15, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

http://www.adn.com/

Worth a look.

Wonder how someone who is secretive, abuses power, lies with ease, is a puppet for neocons, and uses religion like a weapon is going to reform Washington's secrecy, abuse of power, lying with ease, neocon's running the show, and use of religion as a weapon?

Posted by: patriot | September 15, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

and while we are on the subject of transparency, we now learn (not debatable, she's on record) that she suggested to the city council that they use their private e-mail accounts to do city business instead of their official ones because they could do it in secret, and couldn't be subject to subpoena (which proves she's an idiot as well as a hypocrite - private e-mails are perfectly subject to subpoena if relevant). what a joke for her to now claim that she's the candidate of open, transparent, reformed, ethical government. she's simply a fraud on all counts.

Posted by: JoeT | September 15, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Well Mr. King, I think that if Sarah did break some rule that would make her of equal rank with all the rest of the politicians in Washington, so what's the big deal. It would sort of " make her human " after all. It wouldn't bother me a bit. A better question is why are you liberals on such a witch hunt? You don't seem to be concerned about Obama's character at all, you refuse to seriously investigate his relationship with that bomb thrower Bill Ayers and his wife, both of whom remain unrepentant for their terriorist past and their hatered of America, you refuse to investigate his duties when associated with the NGO Acorn, you refuse to demand that he produce a valid U.S. birth certificate, you refuse to explore his stent as the editor of the Harvard Law Review and how he got that position in spite of the fact that he had an apparently uninspired academic history and never produced a single published paper while at Harvard. You know what, you guys are just eating sour grapes and are hoping you can gull enough voters to swing the election to Obama. I hope you don't feel nobel about what you are doing. You are the exact reason why newspapers are dying in America, you and your brothers and sisters are the exact reason why I stopped subscribing thirty years ago.

Posted by: Edward Reinhart | September 15, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Palin's spokesman has announced tonight that she will not cooperate with the bipartisan investigation of her firing of the Alaska Public Safety Commissioner while Governor. Her husband may not honor the subpoena issued to him.

You hear Palin claim she's going to reform the entire US government as well as the financial industry, and she won't even clean up the trash in her own back yard? Fat chance!

Posted by: orrg1 | September 15, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

For the same reason that Karl Rove ignores subpoenas. No one calls him on it and the wild-eyed conservative fanatics don't care -- unless of course it's a democrat. Then they'd be screaming bloody murder.

Posted by: Monk | September 15, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Paul, so its OK to use a stun gun on your kid, as long as he agrees? He was ticketed twice for an open alcoholic beverage in his cruser. He threatened the life of Palins family members, he is not the kind of fellow that you stand up as a trooper representing the finest in your state. He is a bad guy and Sarah Palin has the courage to stand up to bad guys. I would feel safer with her as President, than I would with a community organizer from the great state of Illinois.

Posted by: Casey | September 15, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Price of Gas 2000 $1.40/gal
Price of Gas 2008 $4.00/gal

Unemployment 2000 4.9%
Unemployment 2008 6.1%

Budget Surplus 2000 3.45 Billion
Budget Deficit 2008 6.1 Billion

More 2008 stats:
Record high foreclosures and bankruptcies
Bailouts of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae
Stock market drops (impacts retirements and investments)

I think we should all remember the 90s
I wouldn't mind who's sole misgiving was a hummer compared to what I've seen from Republicans. But then again, I must be a whinner.

Posted by: Jim M | September 15, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Why not refuse to honor subpoena's. Seems to work well for Republicans. Seem like same old Bush.

Posted by: Jim M | September 15, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Edward Reinhart, you do know that it is MCCAIN, rather than OBAMA, who has refused to produce his birth certificate, right? Do you want Hawaii to send you your very own copy to allay your conspiracy theories? But even that wouldn't allay them, I'm sure, because you would probably say the Hawaii Secretary of State is part of the "conspiracy." Ever notice how anyone disagrees with you, right wing extremists just start whining and scream "conspiracy!" "bias!"

When Palin or her family do anything bad, it makes her "human" in the eyes of the extremist right wingers. When other candidates do something bad, the extremist right win claims that such candidates lack values, are anti-American, or are terrorists themselves. I guess the only ones of us who are allowed to be "human" anymore have to agree with everything the right wing says. All the time.

If you like Palin because of her policies or her record, great. But please don't excuse her poor ethical behavior as making her "just like everyone else."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

If you think the lying and obfuscation is bad now, imagine if these evil people get into office.
They might make Bush and Cheney look like lightweights.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | September 15, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

You know what, I get it! Reading these opinions, its dawned on me that liberals are just simply unhappy. Let me tell you how to cheer yourself up. Travel to a third world country and help build a school or medical clinic or something. Come back to the USA, marry a good American woman, have lots of kids, start a business, work your ass off for thirty years, build yourself a nice house out in the country and HUG your wife, kids, immediate and extended family, neighbors, and good friends often. Do this and you will be happy and proud to be an American, it worked for me!

Posted by: Casey | September 15, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama would return to the tax rates of 1990s, raising taxes on the top 2% income. Although McCain argues that this is a tax increase, little is said of the fact that most wage earners would have reduced taxes under Obama.

Given the current economic woes, it seems to me that Obama's plan is to put balance back in the system, where McCain is worried about the top 2% having higher taxes. Of course the rest of us 98% are just a bunch of whiners.

The two former CEOs of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae would have severance packages of $24,000,000 because the government took controlling interest to save the company. McCain wants to make sure we don't increase the taxes on their windfall for bad management.

When trickle down is so far askew, balance is needed in tax system. Obama promises balance.

Posted by: Jim M | September 15, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin can't reform Washington, she embodies everything about it that needs to be reformed, cronyism, political favoritism, stonewalling investigations with lame excuses, earmarks, abuse of power, ignoring other branches of government, petty retaliation against enemies, and just lying her cute b u t t off at every turn

Posted by: JoeT | September 15, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Casey, she didn't have the courage to stand up to bad guys. She intimidated and fired Walt Monegan, a guy she claimed was doing a great job a mere weeks before she fired him. She did not stand up to and fire Wooten.

Wooten had already been tried and punished by the system. Elected officials are supposed to obey the law of the land, not use their power behind closed doors to thwart it. Are you really advocating that politicians should decide when they will or won't obey a ruling? And then can fire any underling who doesn't do their bidding?

In addition, Palin waited years to bring this up. Why didn't she pursue it at the time that Wooten was initially punished?

And finally: you still can't explain why she won't just cooperate to clear her name? Some incorrectly posted here that the head of the investigation spoke to the press; you are thinking of Hollis French, who is a member of the bipartisan committee who appointed the investigator. Stephen Branchflower is the independent investigator. You know, like the Ken Starr of the whole thing. He has not talked to the press with any detail. There is no evidence that he is on a witchhunt. The Republican-majority Alaskan legislature supported his authority to do his job, saying that they just want to get the facts on the table. Even the Republican rep from Wasilla voted to go ahead with the subpoenas.

Palin said before she became a VP candidate that she would cooperate with this investigation. Why doesn't she just clear her name?

Posted by: ethel08 | September 15, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Edward Reinhart wrote: Well Mr. King, I think that if Sarah did break some rule that would make her of equal rank with all the rest of the politicians in Washington, so what's the big deal. It would sort of " make her human " after all.

*****
Edward, I thought she was supposed to be a different kind of politician, unlike the ones in Washington, and bringing a new transparency to government. The last 8 years it seems that everything about us, the American people, and our individual personal and private communications are now the government's business. Yet the government(which is supposed to work for us) is not any of our business. I would like to tell Sarah the same thing that has been said to the rest of us time after time
in recent years: If you have nothing to hide, what are you worried about?

Posted by: Olivia | September 15, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Casey, I am sick of being told I'm not proud to be an American just because I don't share your political views.

Thanks for your concern, but I am a happy person. But, sorry, a $10 trillion deficit and a war being staged on at least two theaters don't exactly make me feel all lovey-dovey about what's happening outside of my house.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Guilty or Inocent Sarah should practice what she preaches.

Sarah is well aware that if the investigation is moved to the personnel board you and I will never know if the aligations are true. Not only that but we won't be able to judge them for ourselves.

In 2005 She and another individual filed a complaint against an attorney general named Rankes. here is an excerpt from the article in the Anchorage Daily News

"Both the Democratic lawmaker and Republican former mayor acknowledged that by the dropping of their complaint, many questions about Renkes' involvement in the KFx deal may go unanswered. They said it's more important that the investigative file be released, something that could not happen as long as the secrecy-cloaked personnel board was involved.

"It's important to get these documents made public so Alaskans can make their own judgments," Palin said."

http://dwb.adn.com/news/government/renkes/story/6250951p-6128097c.html

I think Sarah should get what she feels others should get. I think everything should stay right where it is, and she should cooperate, so the people can judge for themselves, when the investigation is over we the people should decide based on the evidence.

Posted by: AKLinda | September 15, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

@Anonymous...It cures being sick of being told things too!

Posted by: Casey | September 15, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Casey, your story sounds like Obama's story, and mine too. But the one difference is that after a couple of years of building a hospital or school in a third world country, you seem to have reverted to selfishness and displacement of world issues. I'm glad you are happy. I am too. But I still strive to make the world a better place. And so does Obama.

I think McCain has the same selfishness that you display. It is not about making the world a better place, it is about...well...it is about McCain.

I wonder what the fanatical religious right conservatives would think if after a few months of community service, Jesus said, "Well, I've done my part. See you all, I'm going to build me a nice house in the country and submerse myself is self righteous narcissism.

As far as liberal unhappiness...I think you confuse liberal and moderate difference to your opinion as unhappiness.

Posted by: Jim M | September 15, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has been under a microscope for two years. If there were anything aboiut bill ayers, it would certainly have come out. There is nothing there, he know ayers because they worked on a neighborhood committee. sarah palin and mccain have been lying since he picked her. Still, today, she claims she was against the bridge even after the whole country knows she is lying. She's against earmarks yet her lobbyists have brought more earmark money to her dinky little town and state than any other state. She is a gold-plated phony, only on the ticket to appease the right wing. If mccain were a true maverick he would have picked ridge or lieberman and to hell with the righties. Now he just proved that he is a panderer. We don't need more years of repub lies and using gthe Constitution as a doormat. Her husband is no state official. He can't claim executive privilege. The righties always say if you have nothing to hide, then testify. How come they won't tell palin that? She is becoming a national joke and that is not putting lipstick on a pig.

Posted by: stryker | September 15, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

The people of this Country should be insulted at this point. An investigator for Troopergate will be either a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or Undecided. Big surprise there!

It is not likely that the investigator would be Independent or Undecided. Just look at the odds considering the necessary qualifications of the investigator.

Therefore, in a Democrat's eyes a Republican investigator would appear biased and of course Ms Palin would choose a lame excuse as a Democratic Investigator as biased.

Lets get for real here. The real test is if the investigator has integrity and of course the necessary credentials.

Apparently Ms Palin has something to hide as most of us have already guessed.

I would like to see the Citizens of this Country stop paying heed to the McCain Campaign. I would like women to stop salivating over Ms Palin and look at her lack of credentials, her lack of integrity, and her lack of honesty. Are these last two traits a charateristic of a God fearing woman and should that same person with the lack of credentials she has, be in the second highest office in our Government? Absolutely not!

I am so sick and tired of seeing vice and corruption in the White House. Stand against the McCain/Palin Ticket.

Posted by: Linda | September 15, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin - Unstable/Unable.

That gave me the biggest laugh of the week. Thanks so much. I'm going to get posters made up.

I was off work today and watched McCain try to recover from the "fundamentally strong" remark as Wall Street was in its worse meltdown of the century (Greenspan's words, not mine). He is so out of touch with working folks like me. When was the last time he gassed up his own car and wrote a check for $75?

McCain has sold his soul to the devil ... and she is a joke.

I hope the American public wakes up.

Posted by: THM | September 15, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

"private e-mails are perfectly subject to subpoena if relevant)."

Well, if you read the Anchorage Daily News article, Yahoo purges their server about once a week. I'm sure she knew that when she told them to do it.

You know, I'm sure the trooper is a piece of work. But he was investigated and punished. I don't know if he learned something from it or if he's still a jerk. Sarah was told by a judge to cease and desist harrassing about him. You remember judges and rule of law, don't you?

You may choose to forgive abuse of power because of the circumstances. But here's the thing - what will she abuse her power about next time? What if you don't approve of the circumstances next time? I suspect that a President with a vindictive streak, an enemies list, and unlimited access to spying without judicial review is someone you won't want to cross.

Posted by: patriot | September 15, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Thats right Jim M., I'm not out to change the world. But I've seen enough of it to know that we have it pretty good here for a reason. A pastor in Fort Liberte' Haiti told me a couple of years ago "do not feel guilty about the wealth you enjoy in America, I have been all over the world and there is not another country in the world that gets up and goes to work like America does, they are the hardest working nation on Earth." And as far as all this coming about in the last eight years, I was in Montevideo,Uruguay 40 years ago and "Yankee go home was written on the subway walls then, we were hated as Americans then, nothing has changed. And by the way I dont believe in Jesus, I put my faith in mankind.

Posted by: Casey | September 15, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I think many readers here would, like myself, identify with what Nancy Franklin had to say in the Sept.15 issue of the New Yorker magazine. She writes:

"After the Presidential campaign had been going on for nearly two years, now, all of a sudden, with two months to go until the general election, one of the four key players was someone whom most Americans (meaning about three hundred million) had never even heard of. Whatever one’s politics, this was a fascinating—riveting—development, and, as Sarah Palin’s story unfolded over the weekend before the Republican National Convention. . .it was hard not to feel more and more disoriented. The proceedings of the Democratic Convention had made sense; the average human brain could process them. The Republican Convention caused a lot of people to feel as if they’d woken up in a dark room in a strange house and couldn’t find the light switch."

Could this feeling of disorientation be part of a sinister plan to confuse us all?
Stay tuned.

Posted by: Turn on the Lights | September 15, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Casey, I'm so glad you're self-righteousness makes you so happy and warm inside. Since you claim to know so much about history, you must realize that part of what has made this country great is the people's unwillingness to let the nation--and the government especially--fail to live up to its ideals. Sitting back and being complacent about your nation's goodness is what monarchies and empires did in the nineteenth century. It didn't work out too well for them.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Probably would be a pretty good idea for Sarah to come as clean as she can as quickly as possible. But, who would care? Would that influence so many of you, if she did?

You, who know nothing of Barack Obama? What about his college years? What do you know of those? His grades?

What about his tax returns? Biden released his; what about Obama?

What about Obama’s association with Tony Rezko and the supposedly $300K Rezko saved Obama on a house purchase. That’s not chump change. Is it true? Is the media investigating? Do they care?

What about the influence of Frank Marshall Davis, the communist poet and pornographer, who was Obama’s mentor, for ten years and as he went off to college? Is that over, merely a reflection of Obama’s young rebel days?

Davis, and all of Obama’s family, were strongly influenced by, at the least, socialists, if not further left. Is Obama a socialist? Why, or why not?

What about Michelle’s senior thesis at Princeton, a survey of Princeton-educated blacks, most of whom identified with their country more than their race – and she was horrified. Has her view of the importance of race before country changed since her college years?
When?

Why did Obama spend 20 years in Jeremiah Wright’s, “unashamedly black” church? Did he never understand what Wright represented? Has something changed? When?

What legislation did Obama support in Illinois legislature and why? What is his record in the US Congress, as the senator with the most liberal, left-wing record?

What about the Obama-Biden Global Poverty Bill, proposed legislation which would increase the US foreign aid budget by $865 billion over the next 13 years – and the budget would be controlled by the UN alone, not the US. Why did he propose the legislation and how will he handle universal health care and reduce taxes at the same time?

It seems that were Obama to be “vetted” for a low level security clearance working at the post office, based on his past associations and present beliefs, it would not be granted. Yet, somehow, this man from nowhere with the thinnest record of performance on any level – professional, managerial, legislative – is widely considered appropriate as a possible president. What, beyond platitudes and wild hand-waving, exactly, are his qualifications?

Posted by: Ez | September 15, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

patriot: you sure misunderstood me. I was trying to ridicule her (mis)understanding of the law (I am a lawyer) in addition to her hypocrisy. and I am with you on the abuse of power as well. she is supposed to be the ethical, above board, reformer, and she wasn't happy with what they did to her brother in law, so she chose the unethical, underhanded, unethical way to get her way. sorry if I said anything that gave the opposite impression. and judges in divorce cases give that advise (don't disparage either parent) because doing so always damages the kids. so much for family values. so she is a fraud on the family values issue, abuse of power, reform, cronyism, ethics, being a maverick, being against earmarks, being against secrecy, for transparency, against lobbyists, cooperating with the investigation, gee, did I leave anything out? there's not one selling point they have used for her that hasn't turned out to be a fraud, as near as I can count

Posted by: JoeT | September 15, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

What is up with all of these right wing extremists talking about communism again? They really seem to want to return to the McCarthy era. It kind of reminds me of a famous quotation: "At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

You can research many of your questions online quite easily, Ez. But you clearly will not change your view. You are convinced Obama is bad and anti-American, and I suspect nothing will change your mind.

I would change my view that Palin misused her power if she came out clean in the Troopergate investigation. I still wouldn't like her policies, but I would be able to acknowledge that she didn't do anything unethical here. Just as I can acknowledge that she did good work on the state Oil Commission, when she acted as a whistle blower. See, I can disagree with someone's politics and not disparage them as a human being.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Im not self righteous Anonymous, I'm "I know this will make you cringe" Patriotic. And I'm not goimg to sit back and be complacent, I'm going to go out and vote for John McCain! Just like 55% to 60% of the rest of America.
Smell ya later......

Posted by: Casey | September 15, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm patriotic too. And a real patriot knows that even when people disagree on politics, they can still be patriotic. You right wing extremists have now decreed that only you can be patriotic, only you can love your country.

But I guess your last comment shows your level of maturity in talking with those who disagree with you.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

The only "qualification" Sarah Palin has to be Veep is she didn't have an abortion in 2007.

Vote Fred Flintstone/Lois Lane '08!

Posted by: Sanjoy Das | September 15, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

http://community.adn.com/sites/community.adn.com/files/SEB's%202008%20Resume.doc

Can anyone vet if this is real or not? Its a link to the Troopergate prosectors resume. Who the hell would move from Alaska to SC? (its too damn hot in SC)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Woah, Anonymous.......I thought we were talking about socialism vs a free market system. I'm sure you would help defend this country if needed.

Posted by: Casey | September 15, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

It's weird how there are tons of people who like this couple (Palin's), who's down to earth and MANY have claimed they're good honest people. Yet there are bunch of those who feel threaten by the Palin's, have NO idea who they are...yet are quick to jump to conclusion. Here's a thought, a commissioner (Monegan) has threatened his 1st wife (ER physician) to throw her body in the Alaska river (4 times)... is blaming Palin for firing citing his "feeling" that it's based on her ex-brother-in-law... by the way has threatened to kill her father (the 1st family)tasered her nephew, drinks in the trooper car while on the job. As a citizen, if a state trooper were to make threats on my family, I'd send my husband to make a complaint for dismissal absolutely. But somehow b/c she's the 1st family of Alaska, somehow she lost her rights as a citizen. Go figure... BTW, Palin cited 4 reasons for the dismissal of the commisioner (who's 1st wife is scared for his own threatens), e-mails/evidence have just been released today...

On another note, saw a story about Todd Palin today... I like this down-to-earth couple! Even if you don't. Also, I'd rather trust a couple who haven't shown any misbehaving s versus 2 "man of the law" (commissioner and state trooper) temperamental abusive beings.

So quick to throw stones w/out knowing facts.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

"Can you imagine if Obama was found to be involved in something like this?" .... LOL are you serious? Palin's is NOTHING in comparison to Obama's... the list is TOO long for me to post. So go dig for it w/your eyes wide open please. His problem is at the core of the man... not as shallow a situation as Palin's.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

I like this down-to-earth couple!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

I like this down-to-earth couple!

How many down to earth families have private airplanes and $10,000 to drop on a tanning bed? Republicans make their own reality. How much are they paying you to help?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that the questions I've posed
seem of interest to no one, except one
who explained I could "research" Obama's
political leanings on the internet....

But, what about the Washington Post? Can
they not write about his leanings, background? Why should I not expect the
mainstream media to answer the question?

And, what about the other questions, about
his wife, the "unabashedly black" church...? Have those been vetted in the
media?

His wife's Princeton thesis? Am I wrong
that she felt race always trumps country?
Have her views changed? ...when she
"mis-spoke" and said she was proud of her
country for the first time in her adult
life...? Are we seeing a coat of icing
over Michelle now, or have her views
changed? When? How? Why?

When is the media going to address these
questions? Of course, I know the answer.... ...smile. ....Ez

Posted by: Ez | September 15, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

ez, either you are a paid poster, you have been in a coma for 2 years while Obama was vetted in painstaking detail, or you are too lazy to do your homework. Don't expect us to bite.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain said he wasn't proud of being an American until he was a POW. Stop the double standards. Imagine what you repuliCONS would be saying if Obama had supported a group that advocated secession for the US (like Palin). You'd be shouting HE"S UNAMERICAN. stop your racist, lying, postering. Sarah Palin is as corrupt as they come. She's a serial liar and her kids are f*cked up.

Posted by: McCain | September 15, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

One kids is pregnant at 17, the other kid would be in jail if he didnt agree to go into the army. Why are the kids of religious rightwingers so messed up?

Posted by: Wondering | September 15, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

White girl gets pregnant at age 17 she's a treated like a goddess. Black or Brown girl gets pregnant - evidence of pathology of black or brown community. Someone 'splain it so I understand this big honking double standard.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, Mr/Ms Anon, but I have not been
a coma for two years and I am far from
stupid or ill-educated and I don't believe
I have read much, if all, of anything which
I ask about in the mainsteam press --
anywhere.

What do you know of the pending legislation
in Congress, the Global Poverty Program?
$865 billion is a lot of money to tack on
the backs of the Am. taxpayer -- and controlled by the UN!!!! Why? I'm just
asking?

What has been written about Michelle's
thesis? Where?

I know of no vetting of any of these issues
in any mainstream media (and I don't listen
to radio, Rush, or otherwise). But
can you reference anything for me?

I really do not believe Obama would ever
get a low level security clearance to work
in the post office. That is a BIG charge.
Am I wrong? Do you know what you need to
go through to get even an entry level
security clearance? I do. I have one.

It is interesting to me -- and I would
hope to some of you -- the extent to
which there is so little content here
about Obama. He is *assumed* to be the
Messiah. Palin must be vetted. All right,
I support vetting Palin, but I do contend
that none of the questions I posed about
Obama have ever been answered.

And that, boys and girls, is Not Fair.
....Ez

Posted by: Ez | September 16, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Ez, your straw man is waaay too obvious. Go back to your manual for more directions on how to obfuscate the blogs with more sophistication.

The charges on Obama have been beaten to a pulp. People have had 2 years to decide on them.

Palin said she was different. She said she was going to bring open government to Alaska, now we find she hid emails and even advocated doing so publicly. Sure Bush did it too, and maybe Clinton for all I know. But she is campaigning on being different.

She said she would expose corruption, now we find she has gone back on her word to cooperate with a pre-existing bipartisan investigation against her after subpoenas were issued by a committee in which the majority were Republicans, and is claiming executive privilege. Now I know Clinton and Bush claimed it too, but she said she was different.

She said she "said thanks but no thanks" to earmarks, then we found out she kept the money for the bridge to Nowhere, and that she got record earmarks per capita. As she said to Charlie Gibson, what mayor or governor wouldn't try to get earmarks. Except that she said she was different, and that she opposed them. John McCain has said several times that she didn't accept any earmarks as Governor. Its a lie. She made like she was a God Fearing Christian, then showed us that she only appears to believe in 9 of the 10 Commandments.

She made out like she was one of us. A hockey mom trying to raise her kids and work, oversee budgets and homework. But she has a private plane, $10,000 to drop on a tanning bed in a mansion she rarely uses. Republicans make their own reality.

She said she was different. But she filled positions based on loyalty instead of ability.

It is indeed true that other politicians, perhaps even other current candidates, have lots of money, appointed friends to postions, hid government business on private email accounts, used executive privelege to cover up misdeeds, said things on the campaign trail that FactCheck.org took issue with. But she campaingned on being different.

If she's not different, if she's just politics as usual, - I'll protect my friends, use my office to destroy my enemies and make my own reality, - then what makes her worth voting for? That she's female? That she pretends to be fiscally conservative (in the Bush fashion, meaning shifting load onto middle class and leaving new debt while dizzying people with "rebate checks". That she pretends to be ultra-religious on at least 9 of the 10 commandments? If President, how would she fix the economy? More tax cuts? We had 8 years of Bush tax cutting that only shifted more of the burden on the middle class. She had not a single answer that was different than what has failed for Bush. So, if she's just politics as usual (which is what her vetting has shown), how is a vote for her not a vote to continue the policies of the last 8 years?

Posted by: patriot | September 16, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

great post patriot. Palin has been hiding from the media since she was nominated. Guess will find out she's another low IQ bush when she gets in office.

Posted by: Patriot fan | September 16, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Ah! "The charges on Obama have been beaten to a pulp. People have had 2 years to decide on them."

I should have realized that those were the
answers to my questions. How silly of me!

(I even thought that some of them were not
even questions except for a couple of months
ago, but, thank you, Patriot.)

I will go to sleep, resting assured now.
....Ez

PS: That was sarcastic, wasn't it? And
I don't mean to be. Sorry. I really AM
asking questions which need to be
answered and I'm not hearing any answers
here, except content-less baying. If
you are unable to answer those questions --
if not to me -- for yourself you might
in the quiet of the morning (or the night)
think about why not.

PPS: I need to get some sleep, have to
get to work early. Good night, folk.

Posted by: Ez | September 16, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

I think the liberal media is better termed as 'media-gate' when it comes to reporting on Sarah Palin. They pummel her kids-- trying to get to her to 'run her off'. You all must think us average readers are brain washed by what you print. Wrong! I say, 'you go girl'! to Sarah Palin. Just goes to show you, Obama mis-read the whole picture by not going with Hillary!

Posted by: whoosy | September 16, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

I think the liberal media is better termed as 'media-gate' when it comes to reporting on Sarah Palin. They pummel her kids-- trying to get to her to 'run her off'. You all must think us average readers are brain washed by what you print. Wrong! I say, 'you go girl'! to Sarah Palin. Just goes to show you, Obama mis-read the whole picture by not going with Hillary!

Posted by: whoosy | September 16, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

sure, the guy sounds like a bit of a dweeb, but what else is there to do n Alaska besides drink, pay hockey and taser people???
Seriously though, i beleive some of the guys explanations, though a little weak. The taser incident wasnt what it sounds like, he used training leads that dont give you a full jolt, and it was at the kids request, not his.
All in all, im sure plenty of people could find just as much dirt on Palins husband if they wanted, but was the bloodletting of people through her administrative authority warranted, or ABUSE OF POWER???
She wasn't elected CZAR of Alaska, just Governor.

Posted by: MUllett | September 16, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

She has so many parallels to George Bush in governing style and reaction to scandal that I think this issue is going to come to a head within 2 weeks or so when alaska is about to announce its investigation results, and when it does, the campaigns are going to get realllly ridiculous. Im a little terrified of what the McCain camp is going to come up with to change the topic. I really doubt he'll drop her, but, they arent going to sit on defense once she gets exposed. I'm sure itll be something like "the vast obama conspiracy to hurt her and we are outraged at it" or "the full liberal media and the alaskan government cant handle the reform and truth she'll bring to the table". Its going to be something that sounds kind of ridiculous, but tucker bounds will go on CNN and defend it with his life.

Posted by: Jim | September 16, 2008 4:02 AM | Report abuse

EZ wrote: "His wife's Princeton thesis? Am I wrong
that she[Michelle Obama] felt race always trumps country?"
______

Race trumping country--what an interesting concept. Check out Ron
Walters, PhD, Univ. of Maryland, for more perspective.

But for the rest of us, we could probably cite an instance or two over the past couple of hundred years where
race trumped the "inalienable rights" set forth in the constitution. Race trumped
the law of the land in countless instances not only of intimidation but of murder, and not only murder, either, but horrid graphic murder, and murder of children. Children, Emmett Till and the Sunday School girls in Birmingham. Race trumping not only country and laws of the land, but trumping humanity.

It is easy enough to dismiss that as ancient history, if those were not your own relatives or race. But for something more current: Plenty of people say the reason they would not vote for Barack Obama is---because he's black.
Race trumping country? Otherwise, they would? Race trumping country? I will cut off my nose to spite my face and consign my children to: more pointless wars, tanking economy, jobs going overseas, and those sending them there getting huge tax breaks, corporations running the country, insurance and pharmaceutical companies writing our laws, incalculable national debt, foxes guarding the henhouse, torture being OK, human rights being written off as too idealistic for this modern age, need I go on---in short, just about anything to avoid voting for a black man. So-- any horror is not as bad as letting a black man be president. Huh?

Please! I am not saying that to vote for McCain and Palin is racist. Or, put another way, not to vote for Obama qualifies you as a racist. But I am saying that if the ONLY reason you choose not to vote for Obama is because he has some African blood, you are indeed placing race over country.

Haven't we had enough already of that?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Why would the Republicans, or anyone else, think it OK for Palin or any other politico to "Not" cooperate in an investigation of his/her crimes? You may be a Republican, Pro-women in government, pro-lifer, or whatever----- But shouldn't you be an American first? Shouldn't you support the candidate who is most honest? And, then most fair and competent. While the second two are in the eye of the beholder---honesty is easy to prove. Palin has yet to do it... and insisting a bi-partisan forum will give her a raw deal but her hand-picked local yokels is where she will cooperate--says lots and lots about who she is, and her complicity in this matter.

Further---if this is Palin's approach---only surround yourself with buddies and people who owe you so when the poop hits the fan you can get away with whatever you did---I'd say she definitely doesn't belong in my government--and that would be the one where American's are fair and want fairness and transparency

Posted by: karvictho | September 16, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

He's running on a message of reform. It looks like it's his own ticket that needs to be reformed. A Republican VP who refuses to answer questions and cooperate with an investigation of corruption? Sound familiar? Sarah Palin is the next Dick Cheney! Just what we need.

Posted by: DP | September 16, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

When is the Democratic Party going to clear the air and investigate the claims of Hoshyar Zebari that Obama tried to delay the drawdown of troops from Iraq until after the Presidential election? The American public deserves better than to sweep this one under the rug!
Are they going to send forty or more investigators to delve into this story just as they sent investigators to Alaska? I highly doubt it. Forbid we tarnish the halo, right?

Posted by: Anders | September 16, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

McCain has been fooling the public with his phony 'maverick' title which he coined himself. He is completely out of touch with reality. I haven't heard any straight talk from him since he got his republican candidacy. All he is interested in is smearing the opponent. Even Karl Rove is surprised by how much dung McCain picks up in his hands to throw at the opponent. Sarah Palin has also become a big joke for the republicans. When a veep candidate refuses to even talk to investigators it is troublesome. If she has nothing to hide then she should be willingly talking to investigators not only in closed sessions, but she can also tell the public how the investigation is progressing. But if she refuses to talk that is going to be a big shadow on McCain's bid for the white house come November 4th.

Posted by: Mike Corwin | September 16, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Mr. King is right on target. McCain claims he's the straight talking man who will clean up Washington. However, as the campaign goes on, we find nothing but lies and scandals from him and Palin. I think this is a great preview of how they would govern if elected.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has really no choice but to cooperate with the investigators. If she does not cooperate she should be given the slammer just like a normal citizen would be. When officials are so corrupt and then they run on a platform of change to change washington, we know that they will make the change all right, but the change will be for the worse. McCain and Palin have already demonstrated how corrupt they are. For McCain he is still holding onto his days in Vietnam as the deciding factor for us to elect him. Thousands and thousands of Vietnam veterans have been tortured the same way McCain was. McCain has not proved he understands the financial problems this country faces in year to come. A candidate who confesses to not understand finances will never be able to run this country efficiently. What reform is he going to make for this country? Nothing as far as I can tell.

Posted by: Mary Higgins | September 16, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Obama has no choice but to cooperate with investigators on the Zebari/Iraq drawdown-gate. Hello? The Logan Act!
The lives of our troops are just a pawn to Obama and his ambition to run the country! What happened to bring our troops home now, messiah??? The gall of this man. And the hypocrisy of the media. Trooper-gate is nothing compared to treason!

Posted by: Katie | September 16, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

There have been many atrocities committed
against blacks in America. I do not
condone that.

However, I question the efficacy of voting
for a man who is more "black" than American,
who supports putting those of his own race
ahead of all in the country.

That is "reverse racism." I don't think it's
a good idea to start lynching whites
because it once happened to blacks.

At the same time, when one identifies
most with his race and not All of Those
in his country (Wright: the unashamedly
black church, etc.) we are not moving
forward, we are moving backward in a
different direction.

I have dated blacks. I have many black
friends. None, however, that I know,
put those of their race above all.

That is a deep concern of mine, all which
to ice over. ....Ez

Posted by: Ez | September 16, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Mr. King ~ any opinions on Hoshyar Zebari's claims that Mr. Obama while on his visit to Iraq was pressuring Mr. Zebari to delay any agreement on troop drawdown until after the Presidential election? Or is that only newsworthy if it were a Republican that tried to do such a thing?
I guess this is a nothing story compared to all the horrendous things the Palin family has been up to.
I know my family (all 82 of us) are much more interested in the fact that a Presidential candidate may have played politics with the lives of our troops rather than if the Governor of Alaska tried to get a trooper fired. But we're funny that way.

Posted by: Eileen | September 16, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Hahahahahahaah

Hay just compare what they have done.

If you did nothing just shutup.

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

Come on. You can come up with something better than this.

http://apalinfan.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Palin Fan | September 16, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Johnny Mac Proves He Is A LIAR!
In His Own Words...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c&feature=related

Posted by: Realista | September 16, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

For the fair and balanced Democrats ~ any chance of looking into the statement made by Hoshyar Zebari in an Iraqi interview about how Obama wanted to delay troop withdrawal? Or are we only interested in the Palin's here? Obama in Iowa during the Primaries...
"Let me be clear: There is no military solution in Iraq, and there never was. The best way to protect our security and to pressure Iraq's leaders to resolve their civil war is to immediately begin to remove our combat troops," Obama said in his speech.“Not in six months or one year -- now.”
But then when negotiations are underway for a drawdown of the troops he asks Hoshyar Zebari to DELAY the troops withdrawal until AFTER our Presidential election? Hmmm. Could it be Obama has an agenda other than an interest in safeguarding the lives of the American troops?!
I guess this isn't much of a story though, let's see what more dirt we can dig up on McCain and Palin and divert America's attention away from the messiah/traitor.

Posted by: Ray | September 16, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I used to be a Democrat, and I had every intention of voting for the Democratic candidate for President. That was until I watched Obama use his race to secure delegates in affirmative action primaries that he did NOT win, plus using the fear of black rioting to force super delegates to support him, and steal the nomination. Then I remembered that I am a Southerner who watched blacks turn a simple labor dispute into a full blown race riot to destroy a beautiful Southern city. Yes I remember Memphis in 68, I was there. Obama is nothing more than a new generation of black panther, who would turn our country into a new Zimbabwe. He must be defeated at all costs, and should he somehow convince the gullible to elect him, he must be resisted at all costs. I can not reconcile myself to being a Democrat when my party has been hijacked by this new Idi Amin, and I will fight against him is necessary. I see that all black journalists like you, Mr King, gang up on Sarah Palin, while just brushing over the fact that Obama's friends are people who put bombs in buildings, and are fellow travelers in the black panther cause. So here is a new neo for you, neo panther. The enemy of all honest non-black citizens everywhere.

Posted by: Great Pharoah | September 16, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Many thanks to "Bear with me" I LOVED the car analogy! Very clever! And a great way to show what may happen to those who accept Palin at face value. Just hope her tires fall off sooner rather than later.

Posted by: Susan Ruesch | September 16, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

It's a sad commentary of what American politics has become. Whether it's "the dark side," or the "angler," I think we as citizens expect polticians to lie or seek legal remedies to cover up the truth.
McCain and Palin are suffering from the "Emperors Clothes," condition, and someone, whether it be journalists, or better yet the American public needs to tell them so in November at the election polls.

Posted by: betty | September 16, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Sarah, Sarah. What has become of the intriguing modern-day Daphne du Maurier mystery I simply couldn't put down? Alas, in only the second chapter, it devolved into a sappy harelquin romance that I'm ready to toss out the window. Where's the love?

Note to John 'n' Sarah: Thanks, no thanks, for that bridge to nowhere.


Posted by: Anne E. | September 16, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah, Sarah. What has become of the intriguing modern-day Daphne du Maurier mystery I simply couldn't put down? Alas, in only the second chapter, it devolved into a sappy harelquin romance that I'm ready to toss out the window. Where's the love?

Note to John 'n' Sarah: Thanks, no thanks, to that bridge to nowhere.


Posted by: Anne E. | September 16, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah, Sarah. What has become of the intriguing modern-day Daphne du Maurier mystery I simply couldn't put down? Alas, in only the second chapter, it devolved into a sappy harelquin romance that I'm ready to toss out the window. Where's the love?

Note to John 'n' Sarah: Thanks, but no thanks, to that bridge to nowhere.


Posted by: Anne E. | September 16, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that Palin is asserting the same type of "executive privilege" logic that Bush himself has used for the past 8 years...anyone else terrified of ANOTHER 4 YEARS?????

Posted by: Kim | September 16, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Mr. King I beg to differ. When Obama decides that we can investigate his dealings with Rezco and the corrupt Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick maybe then she would agree.
After all fair is fair.

Posted by: mimi362 | September 16, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the multiple posts. Mimi,
Obama has been intensively vetted by the campaign process. Now it's Ms. Palin's turn.

Posted by: Anne E. | September 16, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain is no Bush. His record shows his independence. The argument that McCain represents another four years is nothing short of ridiculous. All the candidates propose change. Palin is a breath of fresh air. Obama brings the same old Washington nonsense with his selection of Biden. Biden is the quintessential Washington crony - friend of trial lawyers seeking to rip off this country. This is one Democrat who is voting McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Democrat for McCain/Palin | September 16, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States."

Final clause of the XIIth amendment to the Constitution. Often parsed, legitimately, as "The Vice President shall have the same qualifications as the President."

So, all you McCain/Palin devotees, if John drops dead tomorrow, you really mean you would vote for Palin in his place?

John McCain has become the absolute master of the totally sincere statement given to agree with strong American sentiment for whatever needed reform that John wants to avoid. Like doing something about "Greedy Bankers and Brokerage House executives." What is he going to do, RAISE THEIR TAXES?

Like doing something about the collapse of most unregulated banks. That he knows what to do about, "Let's study them." And remember, enen IF he regulated those remaining private banks that want American taxes to keep them solvent, he would be putting one of his Republican friends, probably the CEO of Lehman, or AIG, or Bear Stearns, in charge of the regulating body. It is how Corporate America has worked for the last twenty years. Sort of like Major League Base Ball. When a manager gets fired because his team can'tbeat Time to a disco record, does HE even have a future? Ask Birdie Tebbits.

When a vastly overcompensated CEO finally gets leveraged out of a company he is running into the ground, does he even have a future? OF COURSE he has a future, generally at ean even more outrageously undeserved compensation package in the NEXT company he runs into the ground.

Does a lawyer who's only salable skill is being a close friend of the President, who discovers that torture isn't torture if the President says "you didn't say mother may I", and who finally disses Congress enough by childishly saying "I don't remember" have any future in the legal profession? For that you will have to ask John what bench he intends to appoint AGAG to.

John would be more convincing as an alternative to George if he didn't do such a smashing imitation of George 95% of the time. Lies, misdirections, stonewalling, ignoring subpoenas, he has the whole routine down pat. AND his VP is the kind of hunter you might be reluctant to go quail hunting with.

But it is probably not true that John intends to be George's third term, since it is quite apparent that what he really wants to be is HOOVER'S SECOND TERM.

In good Republican form he wants to show the world how wonderful the economy would have been if only Hoover had had another four years to work his economic magic.

"Once I built a Rail Road, now its done, brother can you spare a dime?"

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | September 16, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain won't press Palin to disclose because he will do anything - including dodging from the truth and backtracking on his so-called principles of open government - to win. It's that simple. He is a charlatan, and so is Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Nigel | September 16, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

He does not want to know the truth; he is afraid. More importantly, he is afraid the truth will come out to the american people.

Posted by: Sherrybb | September 17, 2008 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Ez...i am not being a smart ass here, but honestly, where were you? Obama was covered in detail his dealings with ayers, Rev Wright, Rezco, his wife, his upbringing, his education, his wife's thesis in college. So much more. This stuff was covered during the Democratic primaries over and over again, and oh, so much more. You probably can get old newspaers, magazines that will give you all the info, or get the info from fox news and msnbc, and cnn. Obama was talked about 4 hrs a day on talk TV for the better part of 9 months...it is all available to you.

Posted by: sherrybb | September 17, 2008 3:50 AM | Report abuse

Ray and Eileen...that story has already been debunked and fact checked. check it out yourself..not true.

Posted by: sherrybb | September 17, 2008 3:53 AM | Report abuse

AND NOW! . . And now, Palin's Attorney General for the state of Alaska is refusing to allow ten state employees to testify before a panel convened to investigate Trooper-Gait. And the panel, is made up of ten Republicans and only four Democrats.

Palin stated that her main concern was that her exbrother-in-law threaten her family and threatened to kill her father. . . . . . But she never calls the police?!

If someone seriously threatened your family, would you: . .
a) get a gun,
b) call the police,
c) scream for help
d) go to a meeting

Sarah Palin chose d) go to a meeting. And then she wonders why no one took her seriously. . . . . BUT WAIT, they did. Two groups of investigators looked into the matter and decided there were no grounds for dismissal. And note, both panels were headed by people who were beholding to her for their jobs. And one got fired.

And now, the Attorney General is refusing to honor any suboenas given to these ten state employees. . . . . . Boy does this sound just like the Bush Administration.

Posted by: Coldcomfort | September 17, 2008 4:07 AM | Report abuse

When will the lib media go after Obama?
I want to know about Rezko,Ayers, and the other problems he has.
Or is it a case of the media wanting the "messiah" to be elected.

I thought the media was suppose to be an impartial source. Oh Snap ,I forgot most reports are slinging mud and not the truth on both sides.

Media has died in 2008......R.I.P.

Posted by: countryruger | September 17, 2008 5:11 AM | Report abuse

i keep on hearing this thing about morals & abortion against the rnc beliefs what about liers

Posted by: ulac mccray | September 17, 2008 5:42 AM | Report abuse

McSame is a house milker. There are no decent house milkers. House milkers are scrupulous and the most greedy people one can think of. Palin is his nurse. Not one day he could go without the help of a woman to wipe his dirty a_ss.

Posted by: jwh | September 17, 2008 6:13 AM | Report abuse

As I watch McCain and Palin campain unfold it is all most sad. Lie, Lies and more Lies.

Posted by: heath | September 17, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

All of this retoric, about McCain and Palin, is sickening. We now have Obama,running for the highest office in our great country (AMERICA). This is how I see things, that are going to happen to our free nation. If Obama, is elected to the highest office of our country, then all of the men and women that have sacrificed, their limbs and lives, for this great nation, has been done in vane. Obama, will not even put his hand over his heart during the pledge of Alliegance and wants to remove the words (IN GOD WE TRUST), from all of the currency that we use daily in all of our lives, he wants to make AMERICA an Islamic country, so that when Obama Bin Laden, comes to terrorize, the country again, then the so called leader of the country, will greet him with open arms. Haven't we seen enough of the Islamic faith, when they took out the twin towers and part of the Pentagon. HOW MANY MORE LIVES ARE WE TO GIVE UP, TO THE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO RUIN OUR GREAT COUNTRY. All of you that believe that this guy, Obama, is what our country needs, then all of you need to take and go where he should go and that is back to his roots. Which is the Islamic ideals and see how far and long you will live, by his ideals. If this has offended any of you, then get the HELL OUT OF MY COUNTRY.

Posted by: John Vietnam Veteran | September 17, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

I think Palin and McCain is a joke but then I remember that they are running for the White House and now it's SCARY!!!!!

Posted by: Sue | September 17, 2008 6:47 AM | Report abuse

The more you fools try to trash Sarah Palin, the more popular she becomes. She's a real person. Not a stuffed shirt, ward, party hack liberal.

I'm beginning to think that you just can't help yourselves. Maybe PDS is real. Come November your psychiatrists are gonna have a boom year.

Posted by: BattleGround | September 17, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Democrat CRIMINALS like Gorelick, Raines, Johnson, Rangel, & Jefferson steal millions without penalty while Democrat Media Stooges complain that a Republican Governor fireing someone that she had EVERY RIGHT TO FIRE. Democrats have destroyed the rule of law in America.

Posted by: Max Rugemer | September 17, 2008 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Sue,
You need to see all of the issues, but then that is how most Democrats are looking. Obama, is the biggest joke of this country. Yes I was a Democrat, but he definitely changed my mind, as he has others that I know. McCain and Palin, may not be as truthful as everyone would like, but neither is Obama, he has lied about three quarters of all the issues that, he has stated that he voted on during his short tenure in the senate. When the vote was called, he wasn't present to even vote, lest introduce any laws in Congress. WHAT HAS HE ACTUALLY DONE, FOR AMERICA, SINCE HE HAS BEEN A CONGRESSMAN, NOT A DANG THING. He is all talk and no show, I would relish the idea of him showing up here, so I could look into his face and ask this question, WHY WILL YOU NOT PUT YOUR HAND OVER YOUR HEART, DURING THE PLEDGE OF ALLIEGANCE. YOU SAY THAT YOU WANT THE PEOPLES VOTE, BUT YOU WANT TO REMOVE THE WORDS, IN GOD WE TRUST, ARE YOU AN ATHESIS OR WHAT? SEEMS THAT ALL YOU WANT TO DO IS DISHONOR ALL AMERICANS THAT HAVE FOUGHT FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY SINCE GEORGE WASHINGTON, FOUGHT THE BRITISH. WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT, YOU ARE SO MUCH BETTER THAN THESE GREAT PEOPLE?
So with this said, and what battleground said, is all true, that you all should stop downgrading McCain and Palin and see what the devil (Obama) is bring into your lives.

Posted by: John-Vietnam Veteran | September 17, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

This reminds me of another institution, not unlike the state of the Union as we are living it.

Well worth looking at....

http://killeenroos.com/1/Romefall.htm

Posted by: Andy Kattke | September 17, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow, it takes a special kind of stupidity to STILL believe the ridiculous lies about Obama not pledging allegiance, or being Muslim, after they've been proven false over and over again.
And speaking of Osama Bin Laden, which President has allowed him to still be running loose for the last 7 years after 9/11? I guess if they caught him they would lose their boogie man to scare people like you.

Posted by: Karin | September 17, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that a citizen who is running for the office of president would be that insensitive to the men / women of the armed forces the he would (gasp) forget to put his hand over his heart or worse yet...OMG..fail to TAKE HIS HAT OFF during the pledge of allegiance !!!! Let get real folks....PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS OF GOOD, RESPONSIBLE, MORAL GOVERNMENT...Not some detail of personal preference. Hey, I'll even bet Sara farted during her inaugural acceptance for Mayor in Alaska..How's THAT for a true sign of being unamenrican..Get Real...Get Informed..Get Involved...

Posted by: ASK | September 17, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Here is a video showing Obama pledging allegiance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIyBwkuqF4E

And here is the list of 136 bills sponsored by Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bills_sponsored_by_Barack_Obama_in_the_United_States_Senate

Posted by: Karin | September 17, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Someone once remarked to President Truman: "Give 'em hell, Harry !" President Truman replied: " I don't have to give "em hell, I just tell the truth and they think it's hell !" This is what the McCain/Palin campaign is running away from and against-the truth. McCain's Straight Talk Express has morphed into the B.S. Buggy. McCain is not the man he once was. He has let us and himself down .It is a sad situation -and I guess he will be remembered for this, more than for his honorable service in Vietnam .Sad.

Posted by: shrubnose | September 17, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

In one statement, they mentioned that Todd Palin met with Walt Monegan over his concerns with the trooper, in the govenors office.
Question. Why would (Todd Palin)joe citizen, be using the govenors office to meet with Walt Monegan to discuss his concerns about the trooper.
In articels it mentions how Todd would walk in the govenors office and just sit in on private meetings??

Does Todd think that he will be able to use the VP office at his disgression also?

They sure are hot to question Todd also?

Posted by: Chuck | September 17, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Max says,"complain that a Republican Governor fireing someone that she had EVERY RIGHT TO FIRE".

Max...Maaaax...Maaaaax...It is NOT the fact that she had the right to remove a somewhat shady character...it's the Way she did it and the manner in which she tried, excuse me, is trying to cover up the details...READ, SON, READ..!!

Posted by: ASK | September 17, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

If you are saying that Wooten deserved to be fired then are you acknowledging that Palin lied when she said she never pressured Monegan to fire him?

All the conspiracy theorists against Obama should stick to watching X-Files in syndication. Also if you want to be lied to by your leaders instead of taking a chance on someone new, that's your choice. Obama has earned my support in the last 18 months...What has Palin done to earn yours?

Posted by: kerri | September 17, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Battleground writes: The more you fools try to trash Sarah Palin, the more popular she becomes. She's a real person.
--

Battleground: Real, as in "just like me"?
In your dreams. I'm a middle-aged working white woman, too, and real is what I see when I look in the mirror. Not pretty!
Trash Sarah Palin? Hardly. She's what I wish I saw. She's beautiful, elegant, popular, and, for now, people--yes, even men!--are actually listening to what she has to say. What a dream for the "real" me's imagination: glamorous middle-aged woman(doesn't look a day over 35, tho') taking down moose, caribou, and, oh, special interests, all with the help of a little moxie and a powerful inner pit bull.
Whether she said "thanks but no thanks" for that bridge or
started taking construction bids is hardly the point---she gets to keep talking, and no man is able to tell her to shut up. Real me would have been laughed at, derided and finally ignored by men, the Real players. Real me would have been put in my place
long ago. Real me would have been told to make some sandwiches or another pot of coffee.

Real me says, Good enough for you, guys!
You had this coming. You've been dissing us since time began, and now, finally, you have to pay attention to this woman.
Fate of the world depending on a woman? Finally? Well, let's face it, it always has. Yes, we women are the embodiment of the ultimate life principle.
But that's something above and beyond politics. It is a whole different country,
and real women don't think twice about which one comes first. Forced to make difficult, even heartbreaking choices, real woman's love and care for family remains uncompromised. This, too, is, real, but it is common, every day, and thus viewed as unexciting. Sarah Palin makes it look glamorous. But we all know it's really not.

Real me is less gender-oriented when choosing someone to fill the highest offices of the land. The most competent, intelligent, best educated man OR woman available is the one to protect me and my family. Real me, the human being, says that's Barack Obama this election cycle. And, yes, real me, the woman, is comforted more by the story of Joe Biden
taking the train every night to be home with his motherless boys---than with a
Sarah Palin crowing, "Look at me, I'm a Mom." Yes, Sarah, but I can't vote for you.


Posted by: Battleground, Too | September 17, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Alicia.... Everyone is afraid of Palin and what she brings to the table and that is "she is a momma going to clean up the place!!!!" The report isnt going to change a thing because every mother in America will vote for someone protecting children. Also,getting rid of Monegan and bringing someone else in isnt going to change anything.What if the little boy who got tazered was black?

Posted by: Tasha | September 17, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Liberal Democrats appear to be vicious attack dogs frantic to do whatever they can to influence the silent majority of conservative voters, of which I am now one. Nasty,nasty nasty and most of it falsehoods and inflated stories. Do you guys really believe we are stupid? I don't usually comment on these articles but now am. Thanks for giving me insight. I am voting Republican.

Posted by: Debra | September 17, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

After 8 years of chilling abuse of power -- the war in Iraq, U.S. attorneys firings, Abu Garaib, Alberto Gonzales, etc., God help us if McCain/Palin gets to the White House. Have we learned anything from recent history? The investigation in Alaska pre-dated Palin's selection. The investigative committee has more republicans than democrats. The McCain attempt to derail the investigation is very telling for a self-proclaimed agent of open government. McCain clearly lacks the judgment to be president.

Posted by: ReversethinkerMN | September 17, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Hasn't taken long for McCain to learn from the guy he claims not to be the same as. Secrecy, obstructing investigative hearings, refusing to allow involved government employee's to testify, cover ups, and refusing to recognize the public's right to to know. We don't know if Palin did use her power as Governor incorrectly. If she did, its another "much of the same". Even if she hasn't or its borderline, she has and certain does continue to show a lot of Chaney traits which is still "much of the same" of the previous eight years.

Those of you that have blinders on and fail to recognize the damage done by bush and the Republicans of the last eight years and can't see that McCain/Palin are walking the same bush/chaney path, please answer a couple question's, (1) If Palin feels and knows she has done nothing wrong in this "Troopergate" situation, then why isn't she allowing it to be investigated and cleared up so everyone would know she did nothing wrong and (2) If Palin has nothing to hide in her record and that everything she has done has been open and that everything she has said been correct, why the shroud of secrecy in Alaska regarding her record as well the positioning of campaign spinners to answer for Palin rather than those who could give the truth from actual involvement?

More government coverup, and in this case really putting the lipstick on Palins record to sell the American public a package that is so much different on the inside from that which they want us to see on the outside.

Posted by: ken | September 17, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm much more interested in hearing a full disclosure of Obama's cocaine use and detailed accounts of all the drugs he takes or took. All the nasty character assassination on comments sections by bitter liberals will not change the fact that Obama is not presidential material. He has no answers other than to say "look how bad the other guy is". No experience, just talk. Talk, talk, talk. He's an empty suit with corrupt and very suspicious ties to criminals. He has divided the Democratic party, so he will not unite the country. This election is not about electing Obama, it's a test run for a future, more electable candidate. Obama and the Democratic party will say anything to get votes. Obama is a man of blind ambition out to make himself great, he is not out to serve his country. I'm a registered Democrat who is disappointed in my party and I will be voting for John McCain who is a man of integrity, service to his country and who reaches across the aisle to get things done and not just talk about them.

Posted by: Jack | September 17, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

"Dark Clouds"? "Clear the air?" Didn't you know: it's only wrong to fire someone for "personal" reasons IF the person is in a class protected by law (and it can be proved that the reason for the firing was therefore illegal) OR if the procedure for terminiation within the organization was circumvented or curtailed (as in a civil sertvant entitled to an administrative hearing). So, worst case (by your reasoning): she didn't like the jerk and fired him. So durn what?

Posted by: Eric | September 17, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

If I were her, I most certainly would not cooperate with a witch hunting and fishing expedition to smear her name. I admire her for refusing to cooperate and it sounds like the only people who really want to hear the facts are the nasty and vicious Obama campaigners who only seek to use it against her. I wouldn't vote for that phony Obama if you paid me. I love how liberals love to talk down to those who do not share their elitist opinions. The leftist liberals are a failed party doomed to always shoot themselves in the foot by sending up un-electable candidates and by alienating the electorate by pretending to intellectually superior - which they are not.

Posted by: Jack | September 17, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Today Palin's cronies have joined a conservative Christian "defense" organization to sue to end the investigation or to delay it until after the election.

All of her Alaska remarks are now being vetted by the McCain campaign staff.

And her promise to cooperate has turned into refusal to respond - several of her friends who hold appointments in the administration have been told by the state attorney not to testify out of "loyalty to to governor."

Evidently Alaska is the wild west - if that's the sort of politics and ethos Palin adds to the McCain campaign, shame on them for shaming the nation.

Posted by: Mom | September 17, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Debra, what "silent majority of conservative voters" are you talking about? Registered Democratic Party voters outnumber Republicans by over 10% (this will only increase in the future - hate and fear are poor selling points, that and changing demographics [by 2042 the majority of the US population will be non-white !], spell the imminent demise of the Republican party as a major force in US politics . "Us guys" do not think you are stupid . Just ignorant of the facts and avoiding the truth .If you think you and the USA are better off now than you were 8 years ago, you should vote for McCain and four more years of what you have now. Think about it . In any case, have a nice day !

Posted by: shrubnose | September 17, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

trace1, a self-proclaimed "white folk" asserts that Obama's candidacy would have been finished for doing certains as a black man. This is pure rubbish and more liberal distortion of truth. Lies. Obama is an admitted user of cocaine and other drugs, he has been very quiet about his relationship with the crook Rezko, a long time friend who helped Obama buy his multi-million dollar home. "It was a mistake" says Obama. Obama goes to a church for twenty years where it is a routine and customary practice to bash the U.S.A. Obama does "community organizing", aiding the ACORN group which is basically a bunch of thugs and hooligans seeking the pad the voter rolls with dead people. He has received no scrutiny for a life lived as an ambitious climber and one who seeks only to make himself great. He couldn't have gotten away with that if he were white, could he? Double standard, trace1? Yes, it's the double standard that has made Obama a man of teflon that no one will touch simply because he is black. He never would have gotten on the ticket if he were not black. No white man with that man blotches on his record and with no resume would have gotten past Iowa as a party candidate no matter how many times he bleated the word "change" and no matter how much "soaring oratory", or as I would prefer to correctly label it, shallow rhetoric. Obama is enjoying the benefits of the racial double standard. He wouldn't be anywhere without them. He certainly wouldn't be candidate for president. It is time for change, time for a change to Democratic candidate who will actually do something. Time to change Obama's pay grade back to community organizer.

Posted by: Alfred | September 17, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

King,

Could you tell me if Obama released the names of his advisors? I heard complaining from the Rep side that he would not release the names.

Also, do you know why Obama tried to block the release of the Annenberg's papers? Could you do some reporting on these topics.

Posted by: rbas1 | September 17, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

People get a clue...the recent closing of one of the world's oldest financial institutions and failing of another should hit us like ice water thrown in our faces. Don't you see that NOBODY except George Bush, et al is better off now than they were 8 years ago? Will we have to come to another depression as in the 1920s?

And I don't understand a race who has made it a business to "blacken" themselves even to the point in doing it artifically (tanning bed, lotions, creams...) to look like a candidate they won't vote for because his skin is darker than theirs. All the BS aside, THAT is the real issue. Obama is as pure as the driven snow when compared to ANYBODY in the McSame, et al camp.

It seems that the Caucasian race wants to eat its cake and have it too...Obama's Mother was Caucasian, his Dad African...so because of his Dad being of color, the Caucasian race AUTOMATICALLY labels their child African-American. Add injury to insult, had his FATHER been Caucasian & his Mother African (American or otherwise), HE WOULD STILL BE LABELLED African!!!!

There is still rampant racism in America and so many Caucasian Americans (and even some African-Americans who a mis-guided into believing that their color will be ignored if they have enough money...fat chance!) will cut off their noses to spite their faces. Obama actually is AMERICAN...America is a melting pot of who knows how many races & cultures...he is the best of both...and has bloodlines representing all people. Why can't Caucasian America see that they are hating themselves when they hate Obama because he is African-American (even though he is one-half Caucasian). Regardless of whether the Caucasians want to see it, Obama's MOTHER IS (WAS) ONE OF THEM. Shame on them denigrating her by "throwing" her out of her natural race because she married someone other than a Caucasian. And what about her parents & family, are they not STILL Caucasians??? Are they not STILL Obama's family? People please get over this color prejudice. Judge the man on (as ML King said) by the content of his character and NOT by the color of his skin. There is no one race superior to another. Believe me, if financial institutions keep failing, hunger, poverty & homelessness will know no color lines. And don't think that George Bush or John McCain will be any of those and neither will any of their crowd and I bet they WILL NOT be sharing for the greater good, either.

I personally don't care what color a man is, I care what he can do for us...and he is not a liar, thief and scoundrel, a la Bush/McSame. They have been PROVEN liars & thieves over and over again...what little the media has "found" on Obama makes him look good comparatively.

Vote on the issues and see the truth...WALL STREET FALLING DOWN AROUND OUR EARS & the STOCK MARKET PLUMMETING is reality people...and who runs these big concerns but the people now in power and I would say they have "effed" up royally.

IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE.

Posted by: lj | September 17, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

So, what's Sarah Palin afraid of? The truth.

Posted by: TeeCee | September 17, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

www.barackobamaslipstick.com is up!!!! It is Barack "Maybelline" Obama!!!!

Blacks who automatically vote for a black candidate are as racist as whites who automatically vote for a white candidate. I would vote for Alan Keyes in a heartbeat. He isn't looking to tax me for purposes of buying votes from those who haven't worked as hard as I have.

Posted by: Baroprah Obafrey | September 17, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

You know, I would have a lot more respect for Palin if she would simply be more up-front with the American people instead of telling half-truths. Take for example the "Thanks, but no thanks" comment. That is only partially true. The way she said it makes it seem like she was against it the whole time, when the reality was she was against it when it became politically suicidal. I would rather she said something like this: "I did, at first, support the Bridge to Nowhere. But when I realized that it would end being an incredible waste of taxpayers money, I had to say, 'Thanks but no thanks' to Congress and use the money elsewhere. My bad! At least I learned from my mistakes." That would earn a lot more repsect than a bunch of half-truths.

Posted by: Mr. G | September 17, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: Heather | September 17, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

To my fellow conservatives on this post. Can't we disagree with others without getting nasty and descending to name calling? We are doing ourselves no favors by claiming that those who disagree with us are either liars or stupid.

Posted by: cynthia | September 17, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

You Americans have gone crazy. You people are going through one of the toughest period of your lives and you still have your head stuck in the sand.Go right ahead America and vote for a senile old man and a woman who sells her soul and that of her children's to the devil for publicity!!!!!

Posted by: angie | September 17, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the only one of the 4 who is a Christian. She'll clean up this country

Posted by: Judy | September 17, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Hollis French, the democrat AK legislator leading the "bipartisan inquiry," is a premium supporter of Barack Obama.

The same week Palin got the VP nomination, French told the press that the inquiry, "could lead to criminal charges, and an October Surprise for the McCain campaign."

This is not the statement of an impartial investigator.

Last week, French told reporters, "my efforts to deliver a timely report are being delayed by the McCain campaign."

This is not the statement of an impartial investigator.

Face it, however this investigation started, it is now being used as a weapon against the McCain campaign, and is no longer an honest inquiry. It's become political, and should be turned over to the state personnel board.

McCain's camp released e-mails from the AK administration, covering internal discussions about Moneghan's insubordination and rule-breaking on departmental funding. These are in-line with Palin's claims about Moneghan's dismissal. Since she employed him at will, these e-mails are more than enough evidence to void the entire inquiry about whether the firing was Wooten-related.

She's innocent. Get over it.

Posted by: man00ver | September 17, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Your Headline should of Said:
One Way to Clear the Air, I'm a disappointed Obama Supported so now I have to wet my bed and try to attack the other Candidate like "Supposedly" they do to US...
My God Colbert King why don't you just admit that you Support Obama and you'll cry each time that McCain gains on your "King with No Clothes On"
I would like to see a real Editorial where you compare McCain's Real Ideals to Obama's Real Ideals but that’s right you can't..

Posted by: Parker | September 17, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I am a white Christian male from Texas! Go ahead and make all of your assumptions about how I will vote. You know that I will vote against Obama because he is black and everyone knows southern white boys like me are all racists. But wait, I will vote against McCain because he cheated on his wife and everyone knows that goes my redneck, Christian values? Too bad that many of us actually hold our nose to vote on the candidate who will do the least damage. It's a shame that neither party can't produce better options.

Obama is a poor choice do to inconsistencies in what he says and what he has done. In addition, he has little to no experience. Biden is more qualified. So was Hillary.

McCain is not much better a choice. He has only recently adopted values that I hold true. And who can believe a man who cheated on his wife?

Both candidates lie, plain and simple. And in answer to an earlier question, Christians do not condone lying. Yes, we have all done it since we fall short of God's plan for us, but that doesn't excuse it.

I do not have interest in supporting Nader, Paul, etc. or any of the other independents because I don't think a third party has any chance of winning and I'd rather make a feeble attempt with my vote to affect the outcome than to make a political statement. But I have a real problem with the rabid fans of both parties who are die hard Dems or Reps regardless of the facts. I also have a problem with the "fact" that 90% of blacks will support Obama and that's okay, while whites who don't support him are racists! Dems need to take accountability for choosing an inexperienced candidate. Your VP is way more qualified than your Pres candidate, how strange. And Reps, your choice of a female VP was a very calculated choice based upon electibility. I'm not a supporter of Hillary, but I would have felt that her nomination was legitimate.

There's got to be better. I'm writing in Bill Cosby for President!

Posted by: Ken | September 17, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I know that when you mix politics and media you will hear so many false rumors, but yet a lot is true, but is this a matter of who did this and that , but the reality is everybody has backgrounds. Whenever you watch the news it’s not something you’re watching for fun, but somewhere to get inform of the corrupted world we live in. The problem with the media is they (ADD) a lot of false statements. How is it possible to find out everything about a person without actually never even lived beside that person to really know who he/she is to really determine if this person has good intentions nobody knows all we know is what the press presents to us? How can we tell that are candidates are bringing good intentions. We simply can’t to know someone has a friend, worker, or companion. Is different then reading the web about are life’s candidates, or watch the media scandal there life’s. I am an American ready to vote for are next president, honestly these elections did not impact me. I mean nobody really stood out, but there is one thing I did honor about John mc Cain; his commitment to America and no media can change what he went thru. Mc Cain did not interest me. I did admire his background, but what stunned me was the phenomenal pick of Sarah Palin; nobody expected it and yet it was Extraordinary, because it broke the sexism, which brought opportunity to women in America . I personally thought; mc Cain was smart to pick Sarah Palin

Posted by: Anna | September 17, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Last I checked, Eugene Robinson's "Funny Money" post has only 8 comments. Much more fun to blog about Sarah Palin. Mallaby casts it as "you can't blame one side any more than the other" and as such, has drawn a lot more comment.

But what about us? We'll always have
partisans.

Posted by: Sunny | September 17, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Why Obama?

Because he is intelligent and forward-thinking. Barack Obama has shown correct judgment on the major issues such as:

IRAQ:

-In 2002, Obama said that the Iraq War was "an ill-conceived venture which would require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undermined cost, with undetermined consequences."

IRAN:

-Five former U.S. secretaries of state* have urged the next presidential administration to open a dialogue with Iran.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/28/america/Secretaries-Advice.php

*Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, James Baker III, Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright.

(While McCain has "joked" - "Bomb bomb bomb Iran." And if you need more evidence Obama is right - compare the situation in N. Korea - which improved after Bush finally agreed to engage - and the situation in Iran).

MORTGAGE CRISIS:

-March 27, 2008:

"Obama laid out six different areas where he would stiffen regulations of the financial system. He proposed relief for homeowners and the long-term unemployed as part of an additional $30 billion stimulus package, much like the one Clinton offered last week.

He said outdated government regulations have fallen dangerously behind the realities of modern finance."

http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Mar27/0,4670,DemocratsEconomy,00.html

-March 28, 2008:

"McCain did not propose any specific regulatory changes, but did say "regulatory, accounting and tax impediments to raising capital" should be removed to help institutions create larger buffers against losses.

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign lashed out at McCain's solutions to the country's economic problems.

"It's deeply troubling that John McCain is suggesting that the best way to address the housing crisis is to sit back and watch it happen -- which is just further evidence that he would continue President Bush's failed economic policies," said campaign spokesman Bill Burton."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/03/25/candidates.economy/

THE NEXT PRESIDENT:

-For two years, Obama has based his campaign on the idea of bringing change to Washington. John McCain has run on the message of reform for about two weeks. (Prior to that - he ran on "decades of experience in Washington")

Obama continues to provide complex solutions to the complex problems facing our Country. Quick and easy solutions may play well on the campaign trail - but after 8 years of Bush - the White House will benefit from a thoughtful and pragmatic politician like Obama.

Posted by: warren | September 18, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Im typically a Republican and usually vote that way. I am saddened by my usual party's choices for this election. I will not vote Republican for these reasons. One is an old man who has done nothing but contradict himself at just about every turn I suspect it is because he cant remember what he said yesterday. The other is one of the pretty peeps that we all remember from our school days. They could do no wrong even though they did more than most and usually are just going for the popularity vote. She has been caught in a lie and we all know it even she knows it. I dont believe the moon is made of cheese or that god approves of war right or wrong. I believe in facts and honosty something I don't beleieve m/p have either of or if they do aren't willing to share it with the country they are hoping to lead in six weeks. I beleive if they are to win they will probably do more damage to our country's moral and pride than terrorist ever did. I believe this because we knew there was something wrong with them and elected them any way. I will vote for Obama because I believe he is really a better choice than what my party decided to offer me. The trooper had paid hes debt and had no reason to be pursued further but because it was a family matter and god probably told her to she abused her power and she should pay for the crime or at the very least withdraw herself from an election to run our country. Im just a guy who knows that all that glitters is not gold and if there wasnt something she is hiding from us all it would have already been laid to rest...Wake up America, do you really buy this junk......

Posted by: just a guy | September 18, 2008 2:56 AM | Report abuse

"That's preposterous."

Mr. King,

Did you read the motion filed by Palin's counsel?

If not, do so, and then maybe you will have some authority to
make such a demand.

Posted by: John Carpenter | September 18, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

excuse me folks didn't McCaine leave his sickly wife and children for rich young barbie druggie doll! and he loves women??!!! Wake up women!

What a kind of role model is he? Oh that's right a lying cheating one.

Posted by: pdiane | September 18, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who still don't know...Obama graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude (Please see "Weekly Standard" site). John McCain graduated 795 out of 800 from the U.S. Navel Academy.

Sarah Palin graduated (finally after attending at least 4 different colleges) from the University of Idaho with a degree in, not Economics, but in Journalism. To date Palin's college transcripts have not been released.

Most Alaskans understand that Palin is completely, without question unqualifed to be Alaska's governor, not to mention VP.

McCain has perpetuated a fraud on the American public. McCain put himself first and his country well at the bottom for personal ambition.

Posted by: From Alaska | September 18, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

IRONIC,
The Palin family IS TOO BUSY to testify? (that's one of 'First Dude's' legal arguments) for not complying.
-
Then HOW do they propose to have capability AND availability to uphold the Constitution of the USA??

Posted by: El Mugroso | September 19, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely believe McCain may be suffering from dementia.

I have been aware of him for a long time, and he's very, very different now than he was even just 4 or so years ago.

In the past, I always felt he was a bit right-leaning, but moderate. He always seemed to have a good head on his shoulders, even when I didn't agree with him. At one point, I was interested in what he had to say as a candidate.

I don't know WHO this man is, running for president now. This is not the McCain I was aware of several years ago. He is a shell. A shadow. Something is really wrong.

I don't think he picked Palin. I think she was picked FOR him, probably by Rove himself. It's sick.

As for Palin, I believe she is a dangerous sociopath. I don't think she feels anything for anyone. I don't think she cares about anything but getting her way. I also believe she is prone to emotional breakdowns/outbursts and may be on psychiatric medication. (Just a hunch.)

This is a dangerous team. Wake up, people!

Posted by: Bittercat | September 19, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"I am a single twice divorced fater of two teenagers. We are considered the Religious Right... at least my minister say so. My children are old enough to follow this campaign. And they are old enough to understand the lies told by John Mc Cain and Sarah Palin. After all they are in the news so much. And now my children are asking me "when is it ok to lie." I have turned to my minister for guidance and he says he will get back to me but doesn't. What is happening to the moral fiber of our great America? I am starting to even worry about my young daughter looking at Bristol Palin as a role model.
Depressed and confused.

Posted by: Robert Cannon | September 15, 2008 5:42 PM "
***

Robert Cannon, you tell your girls it is NEVER OK to lie. I don't care what religion someone claims. Lying is dishonrable and only weakens the spirit.

Please encourage your girls to be strong and to make their own choices in their lives, with their heads and their hearts.

(I cannot believe this would even be a question for ANY decent religious leader. Holy smokes!)

Blessings.

Posted by: Bittercat | September 19, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"Obama is a SEXIST PIG in lipstick.

Come on WOMEN – don’t vote for a candidate who disrespects you and your gender by keeping company with bigots like Father Flegler and whose followers are flagrant gender bashers that stop at nothing to discredit any female leader ...and get away with it.

Just like this author….

It is time for American women to decide if they want to stand down and continue to be second class citizens or if they want to stand up for equal opportunity for ALL women.

Vote for real change for women – historic change for women – vote McCain/Palin ’08.


Posted by: Rise Up WOMEN | September 15, 2008 9:14 PM "

***

OMG. Are you for real? Palin is as anti-woman as they come! "Feminist for Life?" Hello!!!???? That's code for "I'm a woman who hates other women and will do everything I can to see them subjugated." ROFL!

Nice try!

Wake up, women INDEED! LOL!

Posted by: Bittercat | September 19, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Ez wrote: "However, I question the efficacy of voting
for a man who is more "black" than American,
who supports putting those of his own race
ahead of all in the country.

That is "reverse racism." I don't think it's
a good idea to start lynching whites
because it once happened to blacks."

***
OMG. I think you just proved the other person's point. Well done.

Wow. I thought this was the 21st century! LOL!

I think someone who is NOT WHITE is just what we need right now as a country. We desperately need change, and someone of a different culture will bring a new perspective, and considering how we are sliding downt he c r a p p e r, I think that'd be a very good thing.

Wow.
(Racists suck.)

Posted by: Bittercat | September 19, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, hold on-McCain should clear the air about Palin, that's fine. But if that's the case, I'd like a similar call for some air clearing concerning Obama. Sure, Palin has some stuff in her closet, but it appears that Obama does too (the whole delayed withdrawal from Iraq thing, for one), and I only rarely hear any call from the media for any clarification on his part. He's the one that's actually running for president, too.

The problem? I don't follow any given political ticket, preferring to do without ideology in an attempt to make up my own mind. But I can't do that when the reporting is skewed. When only one side is asked to "clear the air," the wind only blows one way.

Posted by: ralphwaldo | September 19, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain-Palin, fight/clean-up corruption...except for their own!! They both have so much baggage, yet, they believe they are the best people ever...can't stand either of them, they SWING and SEE-SAW with everything they say and do. McCain has aged 5 years in just the past couple months of campaigning, he'll age 10 more years the first couple months in the Whitehouse...with regret to say, he'll not only leave us in a more messed up world, but, he'll being leaving us with Palin as Chief...NOT ANYTHING THAT I WANT TO LIVE WITH FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS. Obama-Biden will be the best to bring about better living for the middle class, and also, will do their best to bring about some world peace...which we need...not war!!

Posted by: Nancy | September 20, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Let us get to the bottom line quick.We are now down to one qualified individual.....Joe Biden.Having been 72 once pressure gets your attention real quick. Obama is a farce. neither he or Palin have the experience to be the President.Yet the media continues to push him as a rock star.Who are Obama and Palin? We are rapidly finding flaws in Palin Why not Obama ? Why are the elitists backing him ? Believe me, when you are in bed with the Chicago crowd you are a mere puppet.I am 80 years old,been involved in politics since 1946, and I have never witnessed anything quite like this cycle. I urge the media to start reporting, since that is their mission.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

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