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The GOP's Self-Defeating Response to Troopergate

Republican campaign strategy is being surreptiously influenced by an undercover Democratic Party operative in the high reaches of the McCain camp. How else to explain the GOP's appallingly stupid behavior in the face of the Troopergate affair up in Alaska?

Troopergate, by way of background, grows out of charges that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin abused her government position when she fired a public safety commissioner who refused to get rid of the state trooper who had split up with Palin's sister in a nasty divorce.

Palin initially said she would cooperate with the Alaska legislature's investigation of the incident. But that was before John McCain tapped her to be his running mate. Now, it seems, McCain campaign operatives are calling the shots on how the governor should behave in her own state among her own constituents. And cooperation has ceased.

The best and easiest way to put Troopergate to rest is to have all parties connected to the case testify to the truth, under oath, and as quickly as possible.

To spend time and energy trying to abort a government investigation suggests that there's something Palin doesn't want discovered. The McCain campaign's tactics echo attempts to stonewall the Watergate investigation and investigations of President Clinton -- when there was something to hide. That a touted reformer and open-government advocate like Palin could be involved in obstruction makes her an even less desirable prospect to occupy the nation's second highest office.

Who else but Democrats would be happy with these Troopergate developments? With the whole country watching, no clear-thinking Republican eager for a McCain victory in November would pursue such a reckless and self-defeating strategy.

By Colbert King  | September 22, 2008; 8:30 AM ET
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Abuse of power? Take a number, and get in line. We need someone like Sarah to crack the whip on our collective backs, otherwise we wouldn't know how to act. Presidential elections? Who actually wins them? Since when did voting actually count? No, Sarah is the one, ordained by God---theirs, not mine.
Hallelujah and amen. She doesn't have to talk to the press, indeed, why should she.
She can go talk directly to President Karzai, like the head of state she is about to become.

Abuse of power? What a novel idea.
My advice to you, Mr. King, is: Mush!

Posted by: Westchester | September 22, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, I'm not talking to you until you and your Republican friends stop using me and my name for political gain!!!!!

V/R,

God

Posted by: God | September 22, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, I'm not talking to you until you and your Republican friends stop using me and my name for political gain!!!!!

V/R,

God

Posted by: God | September 22, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

So where is Obama's "army of lawyers" in this? You know they had "tainted" the investigation - even before Ms. Palin was the VP Candidate!!!
The last I heard the RNC and "friendly" groups where shifting the "partisan democratic attack" on Ms. Palin to a "good old Republican sweep under the rug"
Give me a break!
And the media will charge on to the next "scriped Sarah sound bite"
So, how many "seniors" and other "friendly faces" were at the "Florida lovefest"?

Posted by: TWM | September 22, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

How about upholding the Constitution if you want to be our chief executive? The only reason that I can think of that would explain the Republican course of action in Troopergate is they must really feel the fall-out from the investigation if they cooperate will be worse than the drop in the polls that is happening now! Translation - Gov. Palin abused the power of her office as governor, mayor, P.T.O. rep., mother. She likes to abuse her power and prefers not to work with those that don't agree with her, whom she fires and replaces with high school chums, even if they don't have any idea what to do.

Posted by: GraceNeeded | September 22, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

The stonewalling and running out the clock by refusing to respond to subpoenas
(isn't there something illegal about that?)demonstrates that Sarah would fit perfectly into a McBush administration. How can McCain possibly assert that his wouldn't be a third Bush term when the exact same tactics are used to avoid the truth about bad behavior from being revealed?
Remember when McCain's strongest selling point was his integrity? It's gone!

Posted by: colton | September 22, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

What enforcement bodies in the State of Alaska have authority to pick up those people subpoenaed... if none, then its checkmate..

Ditton republicans that believe they are above the law in the lower 48, Congress trying to subpoena them needs to issue some
summons and haul their behinds in...

That would put an end to republicans believeing they don't have to abide by rules and laws..

Posted by: dutchess2 | September 22, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

It's impossible to understand why McCain's team would choose a strategy like this. "The coverup is worse than the crime" has been common sense since Watergate. Does the campaign believe they can stonewall until after November 4 and it WON'T be a problem?
Seriously, voters will look at this and figure Palin is hiding some major scandal. That is not a way to get voters to trust in her, when her credentials are shaky and her grasp of foreign and domestic policy is negligible.
But as a Democrat, I love it.

Posted by: DB | September 22, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

The madness of it all... Palin to meet with Karzai but she can't Meet the Press?

But if you really want to see madness... look at all the republicans that will vote for a bit of fluff sight unseen, untested.

Posted by: dutchess2 | September 22, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

As usuual supreme WaPo chauvin for Obama King makes empty barrel noises, therefore what he has to say is of no importance.

The "investigation" was phony from the beginning. Democratic state senator Hollis French, governor wannabee, (and Obama supporter, he donated)was trying to ride this issue to first become state senate president and then governor.

ALASKAN GOVERNORS HAVE THE STATE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO FIRE THEIR POLITICAL APPOINTEES AT WILL! NO REASON NEEDED. THERE HAS BEEN NO ABUSE OF POWER!

French knows his investigation is a phony political warlock hunt. To get his 15 minutes of national limelight he has lied cheated and smeared Alaska's image and Alaskans whereever they are.

Thanks to this phony "investigation" so much anti-Democrat anger has risen in Alaska that even if he is convicted US Senator Ted Stevens is likely to be reelected. Uncle Ted thanks the national media for their help in his reelection. The collective you, drunk on Obama's snake oil oratory, has lied, distorted, misrepresented, and smeared Alaska, Alaskans, and Palin in your efforts to elect your chosen one, the second coming Obama. Alaskan Democrats will pay the price at the polls.


Posted by: William | September 22, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

The game changed when Hollis French was given his marching orders "to bring to concluson this matter in as an expedient and favorable manner as possible" by the DNC. This directive has been mirrored by French, the lead Alaska senator in the invetiation, by his statements of " an October surprise" and " the results are likely to be damaging to the Governor." Hollis French has made reference to posible impeachment proceedings.

Hollis French has an agenda which is to fullfill the goal of the DNC, which is to bring Palin down by an impeachement proceeding. This tactic mirrors Obama's elimination of Alice Palmer as a candiate in the Illinois Senate race.

There has been no evidence presented that Palin ever ordered Wooten fired, and it is only the allegations and opinion of one man that Governor Palin abused her power.

Left out of this story is the facts that there is a move to have the Alaska Board of Personnel hear the complaint, and that there have been lawsuits filed to stop the Legislature from acting outside their area of authority.

King love Barrack Obama and has been pushing hard on his behalf. I disagree with him on this for Governor Palin can not get a unbiased hearing from Hollis French and the rest of the good ole boys, nor will she get an unbiased reporting from the MSM, like CBS, The Post, The Times, NewsWeek, MSNBC, and ABC.

With Palin drawing 60,000 yesterday i Florida, and her set to meet with world leaders from the hotspots in the world, the Obama team must be hoping against hope that she will be taken dowon.

What is jsutas likely is that the Annenburg Challenge will be spotlighted, or one of Obama's long term friends and mentors, who have gone missing, will re-surface. Look to YouTube to break the story!

Posted by: anotherview | September 22, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Palin + McCain = McPain!

Posted by: McBush | September 22, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The great philosopher Mohammad Ali once said, "You can run, but you can't hide."

Sarah, you might want to consider telling the truth and being forthright. Perhaps God will forgive you, even if the McCain campaign will not.

Posted by: clg | September 22, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

It is very obvious to me that the GOP supression of Troopergate shows that they are definitely hiding something that if it comes out will tarnish her so called White Bread American Girl image and cost the election for the GOP.

And yet people still continue to support McCain and Palin. How blind can you be.

I forgot that that the GOP is blind anyway voting for everything George Bush wanted. It behooves me that they continue be ignorant of the writing on the wall and supporting John Mccain.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | September 22, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"Troopergate, by way of background, grows out of charges that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin abused her government position when she fired a public safety commissioner who refused to get rid of the state trooper who had split up with Palin's sister in a nasty divorce."

Not exactly. Palin asked him to take another to take over as Director of the Liquor Board, and he refused. Palin never directed Wooten to be fired. So King is not stating the facts here. Palin's reason's for the firing are just as truthful as the opinion's and guessing of Palin's motives. Be nice if King could drop his Obama biased and do some professional journalism.

Posted by: anotherview | September 22, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign's conduct in this matter is only "stupid" and "self-defeating" if Gov. Palin and her husband do, in fact, have nothing to hide.

That's probably not the case. Even if they haven't clearly breached the criminal code, it is probably true that Palin couldn't resist the temptation to use her official position to strike out at someone involved in a nasty family dispute. That story would be embarrassing if it were told before the election, so the Bush Republican operatives running Sen. McCain's campaign are doing what Bush Republican political operatives have been doing for the last eight years -- stonewalling, and playing for time.

It isn't just "Troopergate" that is being handled this way. Palin herself has been kept carefully sequestered by McCain's Bush people, to keep her from being asked any questions to which she is unable to suggest answers.

Posted by: Zathras | September 22, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

A few months ago Palin said in regard to TrooperGate "Hold me responsible". Now she is taking a page from Cheney's book and the word "responsibility" has disappeared from her limited vocabulary.

Posted by: AZrebel | September 22, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

If anyone had a relative, especially a child, tasered by a police officer, they would want the governor to intervene and fire that officer.

Can't the Obamabots come up with something better than this? Maybe Palin got a deal on a mansion or something from a big contributor being investigated for fraud and bribery? Oops, that's Obama.

Posted by: doublestandard | September 22, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately what they are doing about the Troopergate Mess is legal.
Let's worry about the Bailout. Paul Krugman in today's NYT says it is Cash for Trash. Should we give dictatorial powers to Paulson who until a few days ago didn't think there was a problem, and now wants Congress to do his bidding NOW NOW NOW with no transparency.

Posted by: Ann Bier | September 22, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Troopergate is mentioned time and again without referencing the comment by the individual leading the charge that they are going to turn this into an October surprise. No wonder she stopped cooperating! You do not seem to be wanting to report the news, but to frame public opinion.

Posted by: Richard Moore | September 22, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Given the record of lying promulgated by the Palin/McCain campaign, this investigation needs to be conducted. The public is entitled to hearing the truth so that they can make an informed decision in November.

Posted by: J.D. | September 22, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

If anyone had a relative, especially a child, tasered by a police officer, they would want the governor to intervene and fire that officer.
*******
Tasering child bad. More waterboarding is what we need. Vote for Sarah. She will bring it on.

Posted by: Communique | September 22, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

communique: Waterboarding crimes need to be investigated. There is a better chance that McCain has an understanding and the guts to prosecute than the feckless, wishy-washy, FISA flip-flopping wimp Obama on that score.

Here's Obama on how the torture crimes of Bushco should be handled:

"I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of the Republicans as a partisan witch hunt, because I think we've got too many problems to solve."

Obama is a lawyer who has never prosecuted, fought or won a case in a court of law, never stood up for anything. McCain at least, has demonstrated the backbone to buck the system. Obama has never been anything but a schmoozer and a go-along-get-along opportunist and a mediocre Chicago pol.

Posted by: doublestandard | September 22, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

As usuual supreme WaPo chauvin for Obama King makes empty barrel noises, therefore what he has to say is of no importance.

The "investigation" was phony from the beginning. Democratic state senator Hollis French, governor wannabee, (and Obama supporter, he donated)was trying to ride this issue to first become state senate president and then governor.

ALASKAN GOVERNORS HAVE THE STATE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO FIRE THEIR POLITICAL APPOINTEES AT WILL! NO REASON NEEDED. THERE HAS BEEN NO ABUSE OF POWER!

French knows his investigation is a phony political warlock hunt. To get his 15 minutes of national limelight he has lied cheated and smeared Alaska's image and Alaskans whereever they are.

Thanks to this phony "investigation" so much anti-Democrat anger has risen in Alaska that even if he is convicted US Senator Ted Stevens is likely to be reelected. Uncle Ted thanks the national media for their help in his reelection. The collective you, drunk on Obama's snake oil oratory, has lied, distorted, misrepresented, and smeared Alaska, Alaskans, and Palin in your efforts to elect your chosen one, the second coming Obama. Alaskan Democrats will pay the price at the polls.

Posted by: William | September 22, 2008 9:49 AM

==========================
William>....
I do not believe you..!!

NOBODY BELIEVES YOU !!

Republicans for
Obama and Biden..

Not voting for the
NEOCON Controled Republicans..

Kick out the
Lingering British LOYALIST Neocons..

Grow a real PAIR..
Such as
Integrity and Honesy

ISA

Posted by: ISA | September 22, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Striking one more blow for the dignity of hard-working, gun-toting red-neck women.

Posted by: Anon. | September 22, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

The abuses of power and cronyism are to be expected in a small state. But what would happen if she got into a position of national power?

I think a key question is whether she actually is a young-earth creationist? Does she believe the earth was created less than ten thousand years ago? What does this say about her ability to analyze complex problems? Since the last ice age ended BEFORE YECs think the earth was created, how would that affect her ability to assess evidence about global warming? Would she be able to distinguish between concepts such as the probability that global warming is occurring and the size of the stakes involved in order to arrive at a prudent plan to insure against a worst-case outcome?

The press should be pressing her about creationism, because it speaks to the question of her qualifications insofar as someone who believes in religion rather than science at this point LACKS CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS.

Posted by: scientist1 | September 22, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The abuses of power and cronyism are to be expected in a small state. But what would happen if she got into a position of national power?

I think a key question is whether she actually is a young-earth creationist? Does she believe the earth was created less than ten thousand years ago? What does this say about her ability to analyze complex problems? Since the last ice age ended BEFORE YECs think the earth was created, how would that affect her ability to assess evidence about global warming? Would she be able to distinguish between concepts such as the probability that global warming is occurring and the size of the stakes involved in order to arrive at a prudent plan to insure against a worst-case outcome?

The press should be pressing her about creationism, because it speaks to the question of her qualifications insofar as someone who believes in religion rather than science at this point LACKS CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS.

Posted by: scientist1 | September 22, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I am from Alaska and I am a republican. I want the investigation to go forward uninhibited by the McCain camp, but alas that isn't likely to happen.

What concerns me is everything leading up to this point in the Wooten matter, or troopergate. I spent time last night going back over old statement made by Sarah and her spokes persons when this first happened and followed them up to todays events, and this is not the Sarah I voted for, for governor. The Sarah I have seen in the last few months is a stranger and is getting more and more strange everyday. She is not the honest Sarah or the open Sarah she was in the beginning and that is too bad. Worst yet, is because this has been allowed by her to go way above anything that should have happened now we have the world in our back yard. And yes she allowed this to happen. You should read the letters Shea sent to Sarah just after it happened. It was the best advise anyone could have given and would have ended it right there. They are friends and as an attorney of some renoun she should have listened to him. She chose not to. She chose to stonewall and drag this out and now we have what we have. Not only do we have the world in our back yard but Sarah isn't even the one talking to us anymore, McCain's people are. Now that is sad. No one in Alaska voted for McCain for governor. Oh where oh where can Sarah have gone oh where oh where can she be?

Posted by: AKLinda | September 22, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The abuses of power and cronyism are to be expected in a small state. But what would happen if she got into a position of national power?

I think a key question is whether she actually is a young-earth creationist? Does she believe the earth was created less than ten thousand years ago? What does this say about her ability to analyze complex problems? Since the last ice age ended BEFORE YECs think the earth was created, how would that affect her ability to assess evidence about global warming? Would she be able to distinguish between concepts such as the probability that global warming is occurring and the size of the stakes involved in order to arrive at a prudent plan to insure against a worst-case outcome?

The press should be pressing her about creationism, because it speaks to the question of her qualifications insofar as someone who doesn't believe in science LACKS CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS.

Posted by: scientist1 | September 22, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

This would be the same John McCain who caved on the waterboarding ban in legislation? Surely you jest.

Always recalling that unfortunately, those who have been abused seem the most likely to be the ones who do it to others, I must place my bet(it is that) on Obama and live in hope. It ain't much, considering all this country has been through, but, yes, Obama was a civil rights attorney and did litigate civil rights cases. I will take my chances with him.


Posted by: Communique | September 22, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin’s refusal to cooperate with the troopergate investigation only means one thing and that is that she has something to hide. Something that John McCain does not want the public to know about. There is no other reason for Sarah, her husband and her staff to refuse to testify under oath. But the good news is that McCain will not be able to stop the report due on October 10th and the lead investigator has enough evidence to proceed without Palin’s cooperation. Now let’s just hope her moose is cooked...

Posted by: Vince, Jupiter, Florida | September 22, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin’s refusal to cooperate with the troopergate investigation only means one thing and that is that she has something to hide. Something that John McCain does not want the public to know about. There is no other reason for Sarah, her husband and her staff to refuse to testify under oath. But the good news is that McCain will not be able to stop the report due on October 10th and the lead investigator has enough evidence to proceed without Palin’s cooperation. Now let’s just hope her moose is cooked...

Posted by: Vince, Jupiter, Florida | September 22, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The trooper was also drunk in a patrol car as reported by neighbors and was caught drunk driving as reported in a 911 call by a bar tender. The State police did not prosecute or reprimand. It looks a bit fishy esp. when the state troopers have officially supported the Democrats in the current election. The "independent" investigator is a longtime friend of political adversaries of Palin. I would like to see these facts noted alongside the accusations against Gov Palin in all the national media attention. In the race to define a relative unknown, the national media has failed to promote the whole truth. Please Washington Post, do not fail your noetworthy heritage of truthful investigative reporting.

Posted by: KA | September 22, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

When you see French hinting at an "October surprise" and supporting pics of him alongside Obama, how can we let the Trooper issue continue?! And here he goes picking Branchflower, another Obama supporter, to assist in this case. The truth is a subjective one, and the GOP is doing the right thing to delay it. The dems are out there to get Palin and we all are aware of it! We're going to see another Chicago-politic style manuever investigation at play here if it continues, so yes, STOP THE INVESTIGATION!

Posted by: Jamie | September 22, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

communique: The whole 'civil rights attorney' is another Obama exaggeration/fabrication. Can you name one civil rights case Obama litigated?

Thought so.

Posted by: doublestandard | September 22, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

The trooper was also drunk in a patrol car as reported by neighbors and was caught drunk driving as reported in a 911 call by a bar tender. The State police did not prosecute or reprimand. It looks a bit fishy esp. when the state troopers have officially supported the Democrats in the current election. The "independent" investigator is a longtime friend of political adversaries of Palin. I would like to see these facts noted alongside the accusations against Gov Palin in all the national media attention. In the race to define a relative unknown, the national media has failed to promote the whole truth. Please Washington Post, do not fail your noetworthy heritage of truthful investigative reporting.

Posted by: KA | September 22, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

communique: The whole 'civil rights attorney' is another Obama exaggeration/fabrication. Can you name one civil rights case Obama litigated?

Thought so.

Posted by: doublestandard | September 22, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

King ended his op-ed by saying, "With the whole country watching, no clear-thinking Republican eager for a McCain victory in November would pursue such a reckless and self-defeating strategy."

The highly bothersome Reality is that in this country, obviously there are enough number of gullible voters who, through inability to THINK, fall for the "swiftboating/Willie Horton technique" which was craftily developed by Karl Rove, Lee Atwater & Company, and is being used this time by McCain campaign operatives. Blessedly, these operatives haven't yet been able to craft a despicable fraudulent "issue" quite in the class of "swiftboating" and "Willie Horton."

But we cannot count on continuation of the above blessedness for our country until November 4, and our country could be doomed that fateful day to undergo an administration under McCain-Palin duo which might make Americans start thinking of the eight-year Bush-Cheney administration with "fond memories."

I urge all thinking Americans to try their best to bring before November 4 the above grave situation to the attention of unthinking Americans. In our democratic form of government, a vote of an unthinking American is equal in value to that of a thinking American.

Posted by: Observer | September 22, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry AKLinda, Sarah will be back on November 5.

Posted by: Craigjjs | September 22, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

double standard: Yes.

Posted by: Communique | September 22, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Aside to "doublestandard":

You might want to research your so called "facts". The Wooten boy was Tazered by his father, the State Trooper. What you don't seem to know, or won't say, is that the boy pestered the father to let him feel the impact of the device. The father agreed to do so but first set the Tazer on "Test" power which is very low voltage. Second, the boy was put on the floor and surrounded by pillows for the test. Third, at the time the incident was not an issue in the family circle until the divorce proceedings began some time after the event. The incident was fully investigated by supervision, along with the beer drinking in the car, and resolved via Wooten serving a 5 day suspension (for the beer drinking).

The real double standard here is the failure to recognize the long history of the serial vindictiveness of this person who would be our President. In the latter, she represents a carbon copy of Bush/Cheney and Senator McCain. That is what we really need, four more years of incompetance and cronyism.

Heaven help us, not her.

Posted by: J Grecco | September 22, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I came across in a blog elsewhere the following reproduction of a recent news, followed by an excellent satirical "Breaking News," which is aimed at making a point.


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News:

The Road to Nowhere project in Alaska which would slice through the federally protected Izembek National Wildlife Refuge — an extraordinary preserve where millions of migratory birds congregate each fall before resuming their global travels--and which would imperil not only the birds but rich concentrations of other animal life has the enthusiastic backing of Gov. Palin, who had supported the Bridge to Nowhere until it became insupportable.

The above road would connect the remote fishing hamlet of King Cove on the Alaskan peninsula to an airport 25 miles away in the village of Cold Bay. By all accounts, the hovercraft service on which King Cove’s 800 or so residents rely to reach Cold Bay has met every evacuation need since it began in early 2007.


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Breaking News:

Another project in Alaska which also has the enthusiastic backing of Gov. Palin came to light today. It's a donut-shaped underground Tunnel to Nowhere, with another tunnel from it sloping upward up to ground level for entry to and exit from the "TtN."

In a campaign speech in Toledo, Ohio, Gov. Palin was telling the audience how Americans would be prospering under McCain-Palin administration and would be having plenty of free time to entertain themselves. At that time, as an illustration, she mentioned the above project in her home state.

"The purpose of the project is," said Gov. Palin, "to provide an avenue for Alaskans to keep themselves entertained during the months of long nights by driving their motor scooters in circles in the donut tunnel ."

"I do intend to get legislated a maximum speed limit of 70 mph for safety reasons though motor scooters do not operate faster than 15 miles an hour," Gov. Palin had added in order to drive home to the audience her concern for public safety concurrent with concern for public entertainment.

Posted by: Blog Surfer | September 22, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

This investigation into "Troopergate' began before Palin was even a glimmer in McCain's eye.

Despite all the partisan hoopla and misdirection on both sides, the facts are that this investigation was begun after a BIPARTISAN committee in AK, consisting of 10 Repubs and 4 Democrats ( that's 2.5:1 R to D) voted UNANIMOUSLY that there was enough evidence to warrant a FULL investigation of wrongdoing according to AK laws.

This hardly speaks of a partisan hatchet job. To her credit, Palin's response (initially) was " hold me accountable" and pledged cooperation. Then the McCain campaign got a hold of her and now we have the Gov, her husband and sev key aides refusing to respond to subpeonas.

#1 what ever happened to the rule of law? How is it that Palin, et all, and before this Rove, Miers & Gonzales ( all people who swore to support and defend the Consitution) can just 'decide' when/where/if they will abide by the law, based on if they think it might be driven by partisan motive? ( Get a grip folks, we are a partisan nation, it is the way it was set up; doesn't mean you get to ignore the law. Does anyone else remember an investigation that went for 8 yrs, cost millions of dollars and really found nothing of note on a sitting President back in the 80's?)

#2 Is anyone else concerned/curious as to why the Gov's husband, who holds no formal office, was never elected, is involved enough to warrant being subpeona'd ? Why does this man attend meetings in his wife's stead, have conversations with other ELECTED officials about policy, law, and state matters? Why does he have minutes forwarded to him? To me this has no legal, logical precedent.

This should be getting a lot more attention in the media than it is so far. Wake up, guys(MSM), grow a pair and find out what's going on out there. There is a reason the Founding Fathers were adamant there be a free press; and if you don't like what they say, excercise personal censorship and close the page/turn off the TV.

I think it is imperative to find out what really happened before the elections. The fact that the McCain camp is trying to stonewall this speaks volumes, and should be a 'head's up' to the rest of us. What's happened to McCain? He is not the man I campaigned for in 2000.

Posted by: concerned citizen | September 22, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"...no clear-thinking Republican..."

Well, that there's your problem, mister.

Posted by: Mobedda | September 22, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

And Palin is promising "transparency" in government?
This attempt to bury an investigation Palin "welcomed" before she opposed appears to be transparent indeed.

This stinks like a dead moose and will continue to stink no matter how mant legal briefs you pile on it.

(factual note- I've never actually sniffed a dead moose, but if it turns my nose like this doe, I'll skip the experience).

Posted by: hungrione | September 22, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Doublestandard:"

If your candidate was that terrific, shouldn't he be ahead twenty points or more? Why can't he close the deal with the American people?

Posted by: Onion | September 22, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I happen to have Christian faith, and I wholeheartedly respect a person of whichever faith, including, may I add even agnosticism and atheism so long as the person shows high integrity of character.

It distresses me that since Sen. McCain selected on August 29 Sarah Palin as his running mate, she has vividly displayed in two distinct manners her COMPLETE LACK OF INTEGRITY --in fact, utter fraudulence-- regarding her "staunch faith" in the teachings of the Wasilla Assembly of God (WAG) church, of which she was an ardent member for about 25 years:

1) WAG exhorts its church members to engage in the most important mission in their lives of promoting at every opportunity the church's ideas for transforming the world by bringing maximum number of people to Christ.

If Sarah Palin had any integrity, we would very much expect her to prominently publicly promote those ideas of her church in each one of her public speeches from her newly found priceless platform as the vice presidential candidate. Mind you, there is NO LEGAL OBSTACLE WHATSOEVER for her doing that if she wanted to.

Out of calculated POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY, however, Palin has never uttered a word from a podium, promoting her church's religious ideas.

2) In fact, again out of political expediency of not wanting to turn off voters holding beliefs different from hers, during her 9/11/08 interview with Charles Gibson, Palin committed another fraud of a somewhat different kind, with reference to her "faith":

When Gibson quoted her as saying, "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God," she said, "I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words. But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that's a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side." When asked if she believed she was "sending her son on a task from God," she said: "I don't know if the task is from God, Charlie."

Now, this is what Palin had said last June from the stage in her church:

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God's will."

If Palin had INTEGRITY and further her religious beliefs were SINCERE, she should have proudly replied to Charles Gibson, "Yes; I do believe that President Bush's invasion of Iraq was exactly in accord with God's will, and as the commander-in-chief, he had sent U.S. soldiers to Iraq on a task that is from God."

Instead, she provided her aforesaid reply to Gibson which practically disowned "God's will" --even saying that she did not know "God's will". She in fact firmly "knew" "God's will," having pronounced it herself last June in her Wasilla church.

Sarah had fraudulently even invoked the name of "honest Abe" and thoroughly contortedly misquoted him during her above reply to Gibson.

I cannot vote for a person aspiring for the second highest office in our nation by prominently appealing to voters of the Religious Right persuasion by touting her religiosity and committing such a THOROUGH FRAUD with regard to her pronounced religious faith itself.

Posted by: A Firm Biliever in | September 22, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

An Obama advisor is leading the troopergate investigation..

Posted by: JED | September 22, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is no one mentioning the reasons given for the firing in the first place, which is circumventing the system by the former trooper in an attempt to get a budget passed already denied by the Governor's office in Alaska. If you check the true facts in this case, you'd find that the fired trooper was dismissed for insubordination to his superior, in this case, the Governor of Alaska. It doesn't help the situation that Gov Palins former brother in law tazered his 10 year old child and was not immediately released from the force, but get your facts straight and research things for yourself before taking media bias as gospel. Why is the mainstream media, including hatchet man King, not reporting this aspect of the story? Bias?

Posted by: GW | September 22, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

In my previous blog of 1:21 PM, I inadvertently said "misquoted" instead of "quoted" in the following CORRECTED sentence toward the end of that blog of mine:
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Sarah had fraudulently even invoked the name of "honest Abe" and thoroughly contortedly quoted him during her above reply to Gibson.

Posted by: A Firm Believer... | September 22, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I found the blog above by "A Firm Believer" (9/21 1:21PM) extraordinarily insightful.

Posted by: An Independent Voter | September 22, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey, you McCain Palin spinmiesters I remind you it was 8 republicans and 4 democrats who unanimously voted to pursue this abuse of power claim in the first place and allocated $100 thousand to investigate these claims all before she was picked for VP.
Further, are the rebublicans so scared to confront this issue and cooperate with the investigation that they would rather hide than confront the truth as I am sure Palin's witnesses would testify to or, are there enough evidence as French suggested, that it would be hard for the Palin team to even spin their way out of. Quit making excuses for McCain Palin and lets get to real facts not spin.

Posted by: Richw | September 22, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

In my above blog, I meant to say "9/22 1:21PM" (not "9/21 1:21PM").

Posted by: An Independent Voter | September 22, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Everyone should get their facts straight.

Palin did try to have the trooper fired. There are emails, hacked and un-hacked to back that up.

The trooper did probably deserve to be punished for some of his behavior. He was suspended.

Palin does have the authority to fire appointees.

It is illegal for Palin, any governor, and any national government figure to use personal email for work purposes. It is illegal for an elected official to use office to hours for political work.

The investigation is looking into the breaking of those two laws. Though the investigation is being lead by a Democrat, he had to acquire a vote to get it started. The investigation was supported by his one fellow Democrat and three fellow Republicans.

This investigation did not have any political bias in the beginning. Alaskans want to know if she broke the law, since there is evidence to support.

Because she was picked as a VP, there is and will continue to be political bias involved.

Simple answer: Follow the rule of law. Testify and show innocence.

Posted by: Matt | September 22, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

GW asks:" Why is no one mentioning the reasons given for the firing in the first place, which is circumventing the system by the former trooper in an attempt to get a budget passed already denied by the Governor's office in Alaska."

I guess it's because not everyone thinks the Governor is being honest about her reasons for firing the trooper. Even in her home state, where she apparently has 80 percent approval ratings, a bipartisan investigation was launched into charges she abused her power. You can try to spin this all you want as a "liberal media hatchet job" but you're going to have a tough time getting around the fact that the investigation began well before the "liberal media" even knew who Sarah Palin was.

Posted by: Todd | September 22, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse


Seriously, why bother stopping an investigation? At worst, the investigation would prove that Palin went overboard in trying to punish a guy who tasered his son and drank in his patrol car. Voters can forgive that. But, partisan or not, the law requires Palin, her husband, and her employees to comply with subpoenas. They are currently breaking the law that they are running to uphold, and have ensured that as long as they continue to spit in the face of our country's laws I will never vote for either of them.

Posted by: Jack | September 22, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The people of Alaska must be steaming right about now.The GOP has come to their state and made them a laughin stock across the nation.The state has been exposed as
electing one of the biggest liar,biggest bully, and a very incompetent Governor. Thanks to the GOP.All this could have been over if Gov. Palin had any dignity. But I tend to beleive that their is not one Rep. with any dignity.

Posted by: tygirl | September 22, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Trusting that "Clear-thinking Republican” isn’t just some sort of oxymoron, I’d say that clear thinking is exactly what Palin’s handlers are doing. Even if she has nothing to hide, judging from the right wing comments, she's getting too much mileage out of the victim posture to bring it to a close. If there truly is nothing there, Troopergate might go away after the first day of testimony, thereby losing all its current value as a major distraction from the serious issues of the day.

Posted by: mmfleming1 | September 22, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

It would be just fine with me if the First Dude and Gov. Dude stayed in Alaska and that state remain a mystery to me.

Posted by: lennie | September 22, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh, what I would have given to have seen Tim Russert interview Sarah Palin and expose her for the fraud she is.

Posted by: owiz | September 22, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign is complaining about the NYT. Meanwhile, in my town, the reddest corner of a state that has reliably gone red in recent presidential elections, the NYT is flying off the shelves.
I was shocked to walk into the only store I know that carries the Sunday Times yesterday---and find they had sold out. And they said, "Yeah, they've been selling out a lot lately." Oh, the financial crisis. Right. I noticed some left-over Wall Street Journals, though. . . .

Posted by: Jackie | September 22, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

To Doublestandard:

You are mistaken. Obama has litigated civil rights cases in state courts and in federal Appellate court, and also authored a suit regarding voter registration.

Here are some of the cases Obama litigated, as documented by The Los Angeles Times:

"Obama arrived in Chicago in 1993 with a degree from Harvard Law School and was hired as a junior lawyer at the firm then known as Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Gallard. He helped represent clients in civil and voting rights matters and wrongful firings, argued a case before a federal appellate court, and took the lead in writing a suit to expand voter registration.

The firm also handled routine legal matters and real estate. Obama spent about 70% of his time on voting rights, civil rights and employment, generally as a junior associate. The rest of his time was spent on matters related to real estate transactions, filing incorporation papers and minor lawsuits."

This is all a matter of public record, and anyone can check it with the courts. You should also check out his writings as a law professor at the University of Chicago. They reflect a keen mind, a nuanced view, and a zeal to promote and protect democracy.

It's unfortunate that you must resort to lies. But perhaps that's not really the source of your bias.


Posted by: A.Marie | September 22, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Where is the outrage?

After 400 years women are finally getting a chance at an elective office that stands a heartbeat from the presidency of the US... Finally a woman who worked longer, harder, smarter. An educated woman with a long history of ethical public service who prepared herself for the task...

And what did we get?

A beauty queen on the arm of an old sugar daddy, protected from the media, the press, the public, her every whim taken care of by her husband/personal assistant. All her little messes cleaned up and shoved under a rug by an army of republican lawyers and spokespersons who have taken over the Governor's office in Alaska.

A woman viewed only through the sugar daddy, and the complicit hubby, expressing only what they allow her to express, admitting only what they allow her to admit, saying only what they allow her to say...

Every woman who ever yearned for equality ought to be writhing in agony and furious that white male Old Boy's Network would pick a beauty queen to annoint as VP, celebrating the vacancy between her ears, keep her cosseted, trot her out on the arm of her sugar daddy to say her lines, then shove her back into the box marked 'bimbo'.

Posted by: dutchess2 | September 22, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

sarah palin, she was for the investigation before she was against it. Just like she was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it. Just like she was for millions in earmark money before she was against it. The woman lies like a rug. Who is she really, cheney's daughter?

Posted by: stryker | September 22, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

To those who argue that the trooper tazered his son, etc, etc. Based on everything I have read, he is despicable. Then again he did marry into the same family Palin is a member of. Frankly, she is a sorry excuse for a mother, among other things. That whole 'family' reeks, based on everything I have read and they have apparently said.

That aside: abuse of power is still abuse of power. If Palin acted correctly, or if she believed that she did, she would be eager for vindication. I know that I would be. Since she is delaying the investigation, I believe that she knows that she acted illegally, and wants to hide behind a federal statute or two, assuming McCain wins.

So, why does anyone want someone like that in office (including governor of Alaska)?

Posted by: AMviennaVA | September 22, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Calling herself a "raging Republican," Alaska Senator Lyda Green
says, she is "absolutely disgusted, embarrassed, and ashamed" by the McCain-Palin campaign's intervention in the Troopergate probe.

Another Buuuuuush monkey.

Americans too are "absolutely disgusted, embarrassed, and ashamed" with the idiot Bush, and now, the senile McInsane!

Posted by: one4REALchange | September 22, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King, you need to get a life, so do your activist friends. This so called " scandal " is nothing more than a tempest in a tea pot. Site for me what law Sarah has broken? On the other hand, read Psalms, the Lord, through David, has plenty to say about " lying tongues, " about slanderous speech and gossip.

Posted by: Edward Reinhart | September 22, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

This is starting to look like Nixon/Agnew by the minute. The lies, the lack of experience, the wars,the troopergate, (gate became attached to anything scandalous after watergate), how about tax the middle class gate? Tax employer health insurance gate? Creationismgate? Moosegate? Pitbullgate? Howmanyhousesdo Iown?gate. Bailouttherichgate!

Posted by: 2Funny | September 22, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me what they're trying to do with
Palin is project an aura of inevitability.
Send her out there acting just like Cheney in a skirt, as they say. She doesn't have to talk to reporters, doesn't have to honor subpoenas, and so on. Expects "respect and deference" she has in no way begun to earn from the people or the press. Thumbs her nose at all of us and the truth.

Folks, having these people in office is FAR from inevitable. Stop them.

Posted by: Julia | September 22, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a closet Republican and a closet Bushie. Actually she is in a bad position to be in with the Republicans because if she doesn't want to be the puppet the Republicans will find a way to get rid of her- people like Rove and Cheney.

Posted by: Jim | September 22, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

In the dictionary under ambition, as in blind ambition, there's got to be an illustration image of McCain's mug. It is his personality that is on display in the TrooperGate matter, as well as his penchant for telling humongous lies!

Posted by: Don Moore | September 23, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

It sure is entertaining to watch the wingers bob and weave themselves into pretzels to defend this incoherent mess of a coverup.

This investigation was *welcomed by Palin* approved by the GOP-dominated Leg. Cmte. in a 12-0 vote. Neither Branchiflower nor French is writing affidavits for Palin and her staff, or manufacturing evidence in the case.

Then Sarah joins the ticket (after as a "thorough" a vetting process as the McCain campaign can muster using Teh Google and a dial-up connection), and suddenly Ms. "Hold me accountable!" lawyers up and clams up, along with all her subordinates. They'll ignore the subpoenas that even Sarah's hometown GOP rep voted to issue.

Worse yet, DEMOCRATS who actually support the other guy MAGICALLY APPEAR in the state legislature, where they suddenly control everything despite being in the minority. Where were they hiding? Clearly, the investigation must be postponed until the entire government can be replaced by Palin-loving Republicans, lest the result be BIASED!

We hear first that--despite all the phone calls and arm-twisting we've heard about--Walt Monegan wasn't REALLY fired, merely "reassigned". Then next day we learn he WAS fired after all, but it was for being a rogue insubordinate who roguishly sought funding for stepped-up enforcement of sex crimes--in AK, the #1 rape state. Can't have your top cop threatening your state's main claim to notoriety, I guess.

Oh, and by the way, that trooper guy that had nothing to do with the firing (that wasn't a firing) *was a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad guy*. We simply can't stress that enough, even though he of course had nothing whatever to do with dismissing Monegan.

At this rate, I'm gonna run out of popcorn. BTW, picking a walking three-ring circus as a running mate is killing your chances of discrediting Biden, who's free and clear to tear it up on the campaign trail. You're doing a heckuva job, guys...keep it up!

Posted by: Adam | September 23, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse

liar liar republicans on fire!

Posted by: wwwthecubsmartcom | September 23, 2008 4:44 AM | Report abuse

I which McShame and Palin win this election, maybe then America will wake and understand what a third world county is like.

Posted by: unholyungulate | September 23, 2008 4:54 AM | Report abuse

As a former independent voter, I have come to the following conclusion. Don't ever trust ANY Republican again. Lying and making false accusations is what they are all about. It is truly sad to see how they have driven this nation into the ground and have no shame at all about doing it. If we as voters buy all this BS again, then we deserve the conflagration that will surely come.

Posted by: Dennis C | September 23, 2008 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Giving the story a good lefty spin Mr.King?
How about governor Palins 80%approval ratings?Your Chicago agitator Obamas ratings will never ever come close to hers.
We know you're in love with the former
community agitator,but as a so called - - "main stream journalist" your bias is showing.I try to imagine what a Obama addministration would look like.God help us.


Posted by: vap2 | September 23, 2008 5:13 AM | Report abuse

Republicans, for better or worse, have become the party of fables. As with the fundamentalist Christian doctrines from which their philosophy arises, the demonstrable truth or fiction of any narrative is IRRELEVANT.

Even consistency may be dispensed with; there is no need to make today's positions consistent with yesterday's. There is no principle or axiom that may not be gutted in service of the cause. All that matters is absolute LOYALTY to the all-knowing leaders who speak the daily lies.

Real journalism--that is, the empirical weighing and testing of fact in public discourse--is useful to today's GOP only insofar it serves the purpose of muddying the waters and creating false moral equivalency between the parties. To that end, the media will be embraced by "conservatives" whenever there is a chance to use it against political enemies.

The rest of the time, the press can expect to be vilified, just as empiricists in all sciences are vilified whenever their conclusions are inconvenient to the Great Fable.

I am a Democrat not because I agree with Democratic policies 100%--let alone *liberal* policies--but simply because the Democratic Party HAS BECOME THE ONLY POSSIBLE REFUGE FOR AN EMPIRICIST. The GOP has shed all semblance of intellectual honesty in its transformation from conservative institution to whacko fundamentalist megachurch.

It's not surprising that independents like Dennis above are reaching the same conclusion.

Posted by: Adam | September 23, 2008 5:26 AM | Report abuse

Mr. King......a true account of Abuse of Power would be when the Speaker of the house closed congress down in August and the people of this country are faced with high gas prices. The Congress is abusing their power, and true Americans will united together and change the landscape of Congress.

Posted by: rick | September 23, 2008 5:29 AM | Report abuse

WELL WELL WELL.YOU CAN IMAGINE COMMENTS FROM CITIZENS OF A COUNTRY THAT DEVELOPING NATIONS ARE SUPPOSED TO LEARN FROM THEIR TRANSPARENCY.

IF MCPAIN IS VOTED TO POWER IN NOVEMBER,THEN AMERICA OR AMERICANS INDEED SHOULD SHUT THEIR LOUD MOUTHS FROM CRITICIZING PEOPLE LIKE MUGABE OF ZIMBABWE.

WHAT A BETTER WAY TO ELECT A LEADER THAN ONES WHO HAVE REFUSED TO ANSWER TO THEIR PEOPLE NOR THE LAW WITH WHICH THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO WORK WITH.

GOD HELP AMERICA IN NOVEMBER.

Posted by: Biodun | September 23, 2008 5:50 AM | Report abuse

My question is ... " Why is it taking so long to clear this up when we tracked down Sarah Palin's hacker within 2 weeks .. maybe they should send those FBI agents to Alaska" ...

Posted by: Mrs H. | September 23, 2008 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Wow, did you read the rantings of William (9/22 @ 9:49 am)? I hope there aren't too many like him near the polls. Where do these low-information people get their bizarre ideas?

Posted by: BARACKtheVOTE '08 | September 23, 2008 5:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm just about tired of the people who keep bringing up Obama's name in this Troopergate investigation. The investigation started long before Obama or anybody else outside of Alaska knew Palin even existed, including McCain. The McCain people should have done an extensive background check on Palin BEFORE she was asked to be McCain's running mate. If they had done their homework up front they could have squashed the investigation or wrapped it up before it became public knowledge.

McCain had a host of conservative republican women to choose as his running mate if he wanted to take advantage of Obama not picking Hillary Clinton as his running mate, but he went and picked one who is smack in the middle of an investigation. That's the GOP's fault, not Obama.

The media continues to report on the investigation because it's still open. If Palin is this strong, intelligent, independent-thinking, reformist, Washington outsider that she and the GOP is claiming she is, then she should have stuck to her moose-shooting guns and cooperated in the investigation like she said she would in the beginning and got the whole troopergate mess behind her. But what does she do? She listened to Washington INSIDERS (McCain and Bush advisors) and now it looks like she has something to hide whether she does or not.

Palin might believe in God, but she's Not God, therefore she's no more perfect than the rest of us. If she abused her power as governor, then she abused her power as governor. If she didn't abuse her power, then she didn't abuse her power. But one thing is for sure...Obama's not running nothing in Alaska and he doesn't control the media. Just get the troopergate investigation over with and start addressing the issues that affect the ENTIRE country.

Posted by: kckid | September 23, 2008 6:16 AM | Report abuse

uts funny just how easy it is to post comments and vent your dislike for a candidates policy's as well as how you feel about them personaly what id like to hear is some of you posting to list at least two significant accomplishments of your own now that should be amuseing

Posted by: bk | September 23, 2008 6:33 AM | Report abuse

You Obamaniacs aren't very original.

Troopergate is the name of the scandal in which Bill Clinton sent Arkanasas, state troopers out to round up women for the then Gov's frisky frolics.

Posted by: BattleGround | September 23, 2008 6:45 AM | Report abuse

The intriguing thing about this is that if you imagine Sen. Obama was in Gov. Palin's situation, anh he and Michelle and Jessee Jackson Jr. used this strategy - ALL HELL WOULD BREAK LOSE! I'm confident we would see a fury like no other from the right. Sen. McCain would be calling for resignations and everything. The sad part of this is that during the course of this election cycle, I have lost respect for John, who once upon a time was a stand up guy.

Posted by: amazed08 | September 23, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

You think Bush is done taking apart America? McBush and Palin are going to finish the job. There's nothing you, I, or anyone else can do about it. Just enjoy the ride. It's a done deal. Good- bye America, it was nice while it lasted.

Posted by: Steve | September 23, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

The intriguing thing about this is that if you imagine Sen. Obama was in Gov. Palin's situation, and he and Michelle and Jessee Jackson Jr. used this strategy - ALL HELL WOULD BREAK LOSE! I'm confident we would see a fury like no other from the right. Sen. McCain would be calling for resignations and everything. The sad part of this is that during the course of this election cycle, I have lost respect for John, who once upon a time was a stand up guy.

Posted by: amazed08 | September 23, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

To all the people who are saying this column is "slanted", take a look at the top of the page. See where it says "Opinion"? That's what this is: a writer's personal opinion. And the fact that it says "opinion" at top of the page should have clued you in.

So, if you want to read straightforward news stories, stay away from op/ed columns. Otherwise, quit complaining that whole world doesn't see things your way.

Posted by: Lee | September 23, 2008 6:58 AM | Report abuse

The intriguing thing about this is that if you imagine Sen. Obama was in Gov. Palin's situation, and he and Michelle and Jessee Jackson Jr. used this strategy - ALL HELL WOULD BREAK LOOSE! I'm confident we would see a fury like no other from the right. Sen. McCain would be calling for resignations and everything. The sad part of this is that during the course of this election cycle, I have lost respect for John, who once upon a time was a stand up guy.

Posted by: amazed08 | September 23, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

obama would not be in a close race if he had took hillary as vp. he chose biden. I been looking for something to justify his actions.it has to be his regilious beliefts.or male ego or just stupid.

Posted by: troy | September 23, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Yea I am sure that the inexperienced Governor is getting a good lesson from the GOP Bush Book- How to avoid and responsibility to those who elected you. That is just what we need a moose hunting cub scout mom, ready to face Vladimir Putin if the "Maverick" kicks it while in office. Also in 30 years I have yet to see him "Shake it Up"... Change is not Democrats or Republicans... More promises no delivery for another 4 years... Thanks Washington

Posted by: jeremiah | September 23, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Only someone who is guilty of something not not want to testify to clear up the alleged crime. It's basic. The funniest thing I seen yet about Mrs Lipstick Hockey Mom McCain Cheerleader is the "ROAD TO NOWHERE"...Palin is on that same road now. A truley religious person would want to tell the truth, she should testify and move on.org!!

Posted by: Toilet | September 23, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

The screeching, ranting, accusing, witch hunt that now dogs Sarah Palin from the voids of Obamania is the reason good people do not want to run for high office anymore. So what do we get??

Barack H. Obama types.

Even super leftist, Christopher Hitchens is now calling him "the dusky Dukakis".

If Sarah survives it will be like "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" in real life.

Posted by: BattleGround | September 23, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, is just a nother lieung Repub trying to hide here meanness. I am 67 yrs old and never met a Repub that didn't lie about everthing--even my my ex-wife that is why i divorced her!!!

Posted by: J W Stoneman | September 23, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

My biggest belief is that Gov. Palin has something to hide. Otherwise she would cooperate and get it out of the way. If there weren't anything to hide, she would. Why carry an unnecessary burden into the election if she can set the record straight. I don't care about the emails she release; I care about the ones she didn't/

And to further the damage... Her office approved the commissioners trip to Washington. The one she clams he did not have her approval to make. She also said in her letter to her constituents that she does not interfere with day-to-day operations of any department. Yet she she claims to have told the commissioner he could not seek funds to assist victims of sexual assault. Women all over America should wonder why a mayor would deter the police commissioner from seeking funds to do his department's job better. Who's being protected... victims or criminals. I applaud him for seeking the funds and as she praised him so eloquently many times before. I am sure she did too, but was looking for a minor way out when he wouldn't fire Wooten. She thought she found it... thus Troopergate.

Posted by: Here in Texas | September 23, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Not sure why anyone is up in arms about Troopergate - after all, Palin is merely solidifying the Bush/Cheney MBA approach to government, an approach that has been lauded and approved by the American Electorate for 8 years.

Posted by: Tess | September 23, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

When the best that comes out of Alaska for Obama is, "he was not told, he felt pressured," it appears too much like Obama Facist smear tactics that have been aimed at Palin since an hour after her introduction. This is same strategy and tactics he used in Chicago when he took his woman opponent off at the knees getting his cronies to throw out her petition for lack of legal signatures. Like His recent ad making fun of McCain's age, the "Cool" Obama campaign leads America in vacuous attacks on any minority in its way. They perfected their Orwellian double-speak taking the Clintons off at the knees for "racism." The biggest disappointment is Obama (like his training in the one party Chicago machine) always takes the personal road-- not the policy or experience road. It is sad to see a good author and a great paper join with BHO in his personal smear campaigns. Thank God for Youtube and the Internet.

Posted by: don | September 23, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse


So when are you going to reveal Biden's recent coverups? His Lobbyist son, Hunter, has quit his lobbying????!!!!

Oh Joe, stop your duplicity. You were given an F int the course at Syracuse law school for plagarism.....you do have a history.... to be trusted? NO!

And stop touting catholocism....you are serving with a candidate who has supported anytime, anywhere abortion.

And your other son Beau? You goot him elected AG in Delaware, and he has failed to protect the scandals surrounding the abusive and neglectful conditions they endure at the State run DE Psychiatric center....he is a bag of wind also, and now is escaping into the military.

No woder you have become a "Pennsylvanian"....keep the light off the Biden track record in Delaware...it is, after all, the corporate friendly tax State for all corporations.

Posted by: Paul | September 23, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

It's so sad that McCain/Palin cannot even come up with their own campaign slogans. They have to steal Obamas. Anyone noticed? Palin scares me more than McCain. Her and her family appear to be power crazy. From the campaign of Obama/Biden. It's time for a "Change", and "enough". I'm very certain Obama came up with those slogans first. Too bad McCain/Palin cannot do anything, but stir up trouble with lies, and insults. Anything to cause diversions. At least Obama is intelligent, articulate, and has interity. At least enough to think of his own campaign slogans. I have not heard him steal any of McCains thank God. I believe Palin, and her husband have plenty to hide. It's obvious to me. Why is it not to the ones who support these two? Please tell me Americans are really not that dumb to want another 4 years of this crap. Stange to me that many of the Alaskan people do not like Palin. I find it very hard to believe she is popular by 80%. Hogwash. The citizens of Wasilla certainly have plenty to say about Palin, and it's not good.

Posted by: Fran | September 23, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

This is TAZERGATE,not Troopergate.Troopergate was Bill Clinton using the Arkansas State Troopers to pimp for him. TAZERGATE is the Alaska State Trooper tazing his 10 year old son and threating to kill the Alaska Governor and her family. I hope Sarah Palin wanted him fired. She had just cause . That is what a Governor should do.

Posted by: Bill Richardson | September 23, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

It amazes me that the drive by media and the liberal left are trying hard to discredit a governor with an 80% approval rate. The picture that you are trying to paint just does not compute. I am for those that best represent the future for my family and all families like mine. In the end, party does not matter. The media needs to look closely and objectively at the character of both candidates. For instance, how can anybody attend a church for many years but not understand the beliefs and mind set of the preacher. As the Rev. Wright said, Obama seperated himself in the name of politics. Folk need to look at the voting record and position of the candidates to determine those that best represent. The racial card is being played to point a finger at the white populations as being too influenced by skin tone. The fact is that it is the majority of the black population that is supporting Obama solely on his skin tone. Those that I am talking to and hearing from do not really know or understand his position and/or plan. The absolute fact is that the Republican party has historically been more supportive of the best interest of the black population. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. We need to take the face off the candidates and base our decision on the heart and soul. The media such as this needs to back off and take a good look at the very one sided view and pursue one of matter of fact. You are in a position to make a real difference. Please make sure that it is a universal one.

Posted by: Amazed | September 23, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Nobama !!! The American public will not vote for this clown no matter what lying crap King and the Washington Post publish about Sarah and McCain.

Posted by: Tazergate | September 23, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

america is doomed if mccain palin wins..

here is what will happen

-mccain will die 4 months into his presidency

-palin will be president

-palin will go continue the crusades, she will nuke every country whose president doesn't believe in creationism

that's a bit exaggerated but you get the point mccain/palin = not a good idea

Posted by: nuh uh | September 23, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Why not finish this case, just get it over with. Can I ignore a subpoena like the First Dude? The longer this goes the more suspicious it looks. The truth shall set you free. If it is abuse of power, can they put a V.P. in jail for it? Maybe Bush can give her a get out of jail ticket when he leaves.

Posted by: Phyllis | September 23, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Please leave her alone.

Posted by: Hilliary Clinton D NY | September 23, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

You can jump and twist and shout all you want, but McCain made the two key plays in this election:
First: Of all the possible choices, he picked Palin. Palin is George Bush in lipstick. McCain is happy with Bush and happy with Palin. George Bush is a terrible president and I want change.
Second: Before picking Palin, McCain indicated his first choice was Lieberman. If elected, social conservatives now know Maverick McCain would likely nominate pro-choice Lieberman to an easy confirmation to the Supreme Court. McCain is sufficiently vindictive to get back at the "agents of intolerance".
A third piece is that the Palin pick was done to solidify his "base". But the "base" referred to are the religious right. What happened to the fiscal conservatives that used to be the "base" of the Republican Party??? Why not solidify the base by picking fiscal conservative Mitt Romeny? Palin is a big-time tax hiker and debt-raiser. If you have been a fiscal conservative Republican for many years, you know that one year ago John McCain was not your candidate. I am not a Republican but I do respect the role that fiscally conservative Republicans have played in balancing our national political agenda. They have been completely excluded this election and should let people know about it. John McCain is more dangerous to our economy than Obama in the same way that George Bush has been more dangerous to our economy than Bill Clinton was. You can jump and twist and shout all you want, but you know it's true. I suspect the historic story this year will be that fiscal conservatives began searching for potential candidates in the democratic. Maybe not the candidates running for national office this year, but local and regional democrats who are focused on balanced budgets.

Posted by: thoren58 | September 23, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

TROOPERGATE?

I WILL NOT VOTE FOR McCAIN + PALIN BECAUSE ALL THEY DO IS LIE AND LIE AND LIE.
MCCAIN=PALIN THINK WE AMERICANS ARE STUPID
WHY SHOULD WE ALLOW LIERS TO RULE OVER US, GOD FORBID!
IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT PRETY FACE OR SMARTGUY ITS ALL ABOUT US.

Posted by: adams | September 23, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

“Trooper Scooper”
You decide to take your lipsticked pet pit bull for a walk in the park and chance to notice your precious pet has soiled the soil; it would seem that the politically correct thing to do is get out your “trooper scooper.” Bag the offensive mess less it offend the general public. Call me sick, but I am curious as to what got scraped off the dirt.

Posted by: digit | September 23, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Troopergate or whatever- in as much as SHE HAS NO SKELETONS IN HER CLOSET, i do not think there should be anything to worry about, but if she does, she would be a better fit to run for PRESIDENCY in third world countries where she could do whatever she likes with the state machinery. Not in this great country where press freedom is a big key to democratic advocacy for the rest of the world.

Posted by: Olly | September 23, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

You can put lipstick on a Palin but it's still George W. Bush.

Posted by: John E | September 23, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Two words: George Will.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

bornalivetruth.org

Posted by: christian | September 23, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Palin agreed to testify long before she was selected as VP. I think if you have nothing to hide then it should not be a problem. If you are innocent then you would simply tell them to bring it on..and you call your self a reformer? Wow.

Posted by: Trish | September 23, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Poor Morris The Moose is afraid to visit kindergarten classes anymore, now that Mrs. Palin lurks in the hallways of democracy to prove her greatest skill, that of killing and "field-stripping" a Moose single-handed. McBain, The Mad, grins with glee at the possibility of having a gun-toting sidekick, brazen female, to mock Hillary Clinton to protect his aching back--while those who hope for some sanity finally to invade Washington D.C. shed tears of frustration.

Posted by: Hatshepsut | September 23, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALLOW THIS BEHAVIOR, BUSH HAS VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION FOR YEARS.

Posted by: BILL | September 23, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I can not understand why John McCain has not been talking about his experience as a member of the "Keating Five" . He has plenty of hands on experience in financial scandals. But, I guess he gets a pass since he was a POW. So, all of his cheating and lying does not matter .

Posted by: shrubnose | September 23, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that the article wasn't about guilt or innocence, just getting the investigation over with. IF she has not abused her power, the Dems get egg on their face (and possibly lose the race) If she has abused her power (amusingly I have to think about Clintons director of White House security and the Republican outrage) then the truth will out. But the issue is the investigation, not who is doing what to whom. (and a quickie with Karzai does not imbue some new found international competence, but it makes you wonder how much he contributed)

Posted by: Interested reader | September 23, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Well, if Pit Bull was the best, they could pick, and theyare so excited...
You can imagine how ddep is the degradation of GOP.
Entire party falls down, below any thinkable level.
I do not know, guys... if you like her so much - follow her to Alaska, make a President of Moose tribe and live together .
This Great Nation does not need Dirty parrot.
At All.
Relax, we are going forward

Posted by: Linda,Fl | September 23, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

had to believe that so many feel nothing is wrong with the palin stance on this 'little' matter. it is also nice to see that many/some see a problem with her meeting with head's of states yet, she speaks only scripted messages to the people she desires to represent. haven't figured that one out yet!? then people think it's some conspiracy on the part of the obama campagin to bring it all to light, this all transpire before the ol' geezer decided to bring a hottie along with him, so we wouldn't be put through the pain of another monica lewinsky.

Posted by: dreneetempleton | September 23, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

This is a perfect example why the media has no credibility with decent people. Where is the outrage that someone in a power position has the capability to taser a young boy? It's a no brainer. DO YOU want someone like that patrolling your streets? What kind of honest reporting leaves out those details? Not only leaves them out but often changes the details to make it sound like it was just a divorce situation and he was being persecuted for having the nerve to divorce the sister.
Let's forget that the man who was fired was offered another job first. Let's forget that he didn't like working for Palin and would go behind her back in the work place. Any woman that has had to work over men know the situation. Liberal women know the situation and yet they won't speak up. When it comes right down to it political ideology matters more than the greater good or simple right and wrong.

Posted by: mel | September 23, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

It's a right to work state. End of story. Now if you want to talk about why Obama received all that money from Fannie Mae or how McCain co-sponsored bill S.109 to prevent the Fannie Mae problem... oh sorry, that's above your paygrade.

Posted by: Michael | September 23, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

So much for her transparency in Goverment.
What lies they weave these Republicans. Like blind little lemmings they follow without question this Sarah. What happened to I will cooperate. She's acting like she's Dick Cheney. Partisian my butt.
Most members on the panel are Republican, 1 republican voted for the subpoenas and what happened to "Hold me Responsible" What a load.

John McCain - I'd rather sell out the nation, then lose this election.

Posted by: Happydad | September 23, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

What is wrong with you folks. That trooper needed fired for making death threats and abusing a young child. What if she used her influence to keep him on the payroll because he was family? Then the media would be calling foul for not acting. Look at the issue, not the Governor. Is it ok to abuse a child? My question is, why is he still on the job.

Posted by: Givemeabreak | September 23, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Apparently "first dude" Todd fail to sit in on "some" of Sarahs meeetings on trashing her brother-in-law. Sarah would like to remind you that the troopper tased, made threats and consumed alchohol while on duty....just more justification for Sarah to over-step and ABUSE HER POWER....so much for the rule of law...move over Dubya and Dick!

Posted by: tomcat | September 23, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Think about President Palin... think hard...this "lady' wanted to take books she did not like out of the library . Now- think about John McCain... remember the "Keating Five "... McCain was one of them , he is NOT a good man !

Posted by: shrubnose | September 23, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Well said Mel. King is just another one of the Community College reporters who is trying to make a name for himself by jumping on the Messiah bandwagon. It's called "propaganda" King. The Nazi's were good at it too.

Posted by: Karen | September 23, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

It's incredibly amazing to me how many people in the U.S. are either incredibly ignorant or incredibly gullible. George W Bush had 5 years experience as Governor - would you say that executive experience benefitted him the White House? No, of course not. He just has great handlers much like a pony has handlers. Christians or those who claim to be Christians have lashed themselves to a vile, mean-spirited group of Pharisees who would just as easily crucify Our Lord today if He got in their way. Palin is hiding something - most likely her lack of ability and her Un-Christian demeanor.

Posted by: ravforu | September 23, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Sara Palin is a complete joke and is a perfect example of the text-book hypocritical republican. She claims to be a conservationist but she has 5 children. She claims to a "Christian" and supports pro-life but also supports the death penalty. She claims to stand for "change" but she fills offices of the Alaskan government with her equally unqualified friends from high school. She's not even a member of the Executive Branch and has already claimed "executive privilege" in regards to her private email accounts. She may be a Governor but the population of Alaska puts here as a medium city major.

Posted by: InteligentPerson | September 23, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Christ could not stand people like Bush, McCain and Palin. They will burn in hell. Read the bible.

Posted by: shrubnose | September 23, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

If anyone who works for the press in ANY capacity is reading this, answer this: WHY aren't you digging into what Princess Palin is hiding? Actions speak louder than words, and her actions say she's DEFINITELY, DEATHLY AFRAID of the truth coming out.

Posted by: grownandsexy | September 23, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Palin has so many similarities to Bush. Look at the path our country has been on the last 8 years! We need smart leaders with integrity to turn it around, not more cowboy above-the-law politicians.

Posted by: criticalthinker77 | September 23, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

MAN! I LOVE that SMELL in the morning! LIBOCRAT F.E.A.R. Don't worry little ones when the McCain/Palin ticket rolls into Washington you will still be included. Yes, you may need to find a job, pay for your own health insurance, and most importantly give you responsibility for your lives back to you...so grow up and be accountable. It will be alright!

Posted by: SS | September 23, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

How is it that this inept McCain and Palin team are even close to Obama in the polls?? Are people still this stupid. My only conclusion is race. Why else would anyone vote for a man who has lost his integrity ( and maybe mental faculties as well) and a "sound-bite in designer glasses". Has the USA become Italy over night??

Posted by: perplexed | September 23, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

People who support Palin just simply do not care about facts, they want the fantasy. You cannot argue with people who live in a delusion 24/7. Right wing nuts live in fantasy... the thought Bush was chosen by God, and they do not care about the consequences of the future because Armageddon is coming soon and Obama is the anti-Christ. Can you say mass psychosis.

Posted by: endofdays | September 23, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

You are some pathetic people if you vote mccain/palin. america is headed for hades if this ticket wins. What planet did some of you people come from? Planet Brainless!!!!

Posted by: KOE | September 23, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Dear SS (interesting initials),
Accountability is what Troopergate is all about. And yes, I am scared of nut-cases like Palin because I've seen what similar nut-cases can do (just think last 8 years).

Posted by: criticalthinker77 | September 23, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

"ALASKAN GOVERNORS HAVE THE STATE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO FIRE THEIR POLITICAL APPOINTEES AT WILL! NO REASON NEEDED. THERE HAS BEEN NO ABUSE OF POWER!"

Spoken like a true Republican (WIlliam. My friend you missed the whole point and danced around the real issue here. Did Palin as governor abuse her power by trying to interfere into the investigation of her ex brother in law. The answer is Yes and everyone knows it. He'll when she approached the comissioner at a party and started interrogating him on the scene, he even gave her warning to stop for her own well being and refused to talk to her about it. She went to far with something that was never even proved that the brother in law ever made a threat. "humm how do you get back at an ex after a domestic dispute, tell the whole family he threatend to kill them". There was never a credible threat and she knows it. She should have shut her mouth but she felt she was in position to get even and tried to do this guy in. and it back fired. Point blank.

Posted by: CT Demo | September 23, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

If I recall correctly transparency in government is theoretically ensured by having the opposition investigate. The problem of the last eight years has been the growing tendency to treat the opposition as the terrorist enemy and keep them from participating in the increasingly opaque process. Investigations led by the opposition may have a bias, but they still need to prove their position by evidence. Those who would prefer the troopergate be investigated by Mr. & Mrs. Palin themselves reflect the very state of politics that we should be seeking to eliminate from government. If Governor Palin is not guilty, no amount of sophistry will make her guilty in any report. But without EVIDENCE the only thing that will exist is the political sophistry of both sides. If Governor Palin is not guilty she will be cleared in spite of the bias of the prosecution. But refusal to provide evidence one way or the other opens the door to doubts about credibility. That is politically ideal for Democrats seeking to challenge Governor Palin's claim to being in favor of open government and ethical reform.

Posted by: ORB | September 23, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA + BIDEN and we got OBAMA BIn LaDEN
see the picture yet? DNC?? WONDER WHY THE DNC pick a donkey for their symbol. (Jack ASS).
Wake up, he who promise too much will lead you to nowhere.

Posted by: JustMe | September 23, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I find it amazing that the committee into Palin's abuse of power, made up of 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats is considered "partisan". I find it amazing still that the committee has consistently voted _unanimously_ to the actions of the investigator is considered "partisan".

But what galls me is that Palin wants to refer the matter to the Alaska labor board, a group of 3 hand-picked appointees, to decide the matter. Apparently having the legislative committee of 60% of her party isn't partisan enough, it has to be 100% of her own cronies.

Posted by: JohnJ | September 23, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

King, tis a shame your determination for
character assasination of "Sarah" leaves you no time to REPORT on such events as "Ayers-gate", Wright-gate", Flegler-gate" "Johnson-gate" and I'm sure there are more "gates" to be found. But that would require fair, balanced, and honest reporting----Why would I expect to find that in your column, or the Washington Post.

Posted by: eddiep | September 23, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

It is quite obvious that this writer represents democratic party. Until 1 month ago, there was no question about anything. Now all democratic operatives and journalists are coming out of the woodwork and trying the hardest to pin something on Alaska Governor. I am not sure what matter of national/state urgency is involved that this cannot wait for 2 months. Thanks to our laws and lawyers even murder cases go on for year. This writer wants investigation completed immediately because it will distract the VP nominee, waste her time, and perhaps, perhaps, they will find something to stick it on her. It is quite possible that Republicans may lose this election, but that would not be due to wrong or weak candidates, the reasons for loss would come from elsewhere.

Posted by: Ashok Bhagat | September 23, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a hybrid of the best of the VP in the last thirty years, Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney. Nothing wrong with a woman studying from her male predecessors. She didn't write the book on her behavior. Besides when she is vice-president who will notice her anyway? She can do whatever she wants under the radar and who can stop her? She learned that exclusively from Dick.

Posted by: what's the problem | September 23, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Funny how this is front page news and such outrage is being displayed by the democrats. Former Governor Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary had several inquiries/investigations during their reign in Arkansas and all were dismissed without a second thought. If Troopergate is the best Obama's army of lawyers can dig up on Sara Palin it doesn't compare to rape, fraud, etc. I guess Sarah Palin could just testify and have a memory lapse. It worked for Bill and Hillary!

Posted by: TeddyK | September 23, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

The mention of Watergate and Clinton were appropriate, but they both pale in comaprison to the stonewalling being done by the Bush administration. No administration in the history of this country has committed more serious crimes and gotten away with it by the simple tactic of refusing to coorerate with the investigation. If this tactic is copied by criminals everywhere, there will never be a successful criminal prosceution ever again.

Posted by: LewA | September 23, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

This is all BS. USE YOUR BRAIN - VOTE MCCAIN

Posted by: Jack Paddock | September 23, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

What strikes me is this:
Wooten is a bad "dude" for sure
Palin's sister chose to marry the man
Palin was unhappy with Wooten
Based on judgement in that family, lies, poor selection of spouse, we should have never been subjected to this family.

Poor judgement on McCain,
Sad situation for Americans

Posted by: GrammieJ | September 23, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

It is quite obvious that this writer represents democratic party. Until 1 month ago, there was no question about anything.


Hahahaa thats because she was cooperating.

What a joke. She a liar, since the first day she stepped on the scene she's been distoring the truth and in some cases straight lying. Why would'nt she be lying about this too.

Posted by: CT Demo | September 23, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

JustMe wrote:
OBAMA + BIDEN and we got OBAMA BIn LaDEN
see the picture yet? DNC?? WONDER WHY THE DNC pick a donkey for their symbol. (Jack ASS).
Wake up, he who promise too much will lead you to nowhere.
*******************************************
I just thought I would match the absurity of this post:

mc CAIN, the same name as the first man to comit MURDER. Oh, how could the stupid Repubs make such a choice????

You don't have to be ignorant to be absurd but, as you can see by the original poster, it helps.

Posted by: LewA | September 23, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Something tells me that with all the economic problems and the desire for change after 8 years of one government, Obama should be way, way ahead in the polls. He's a class act, he can't do any worse than Bush, and let's face it, Presidents don't run countries in total isolation. The sad conclusion is that he's not way ahead simply because he's black - if he were a white man of exactly the same age and credentials it would be a foregone conclusion I'm sure.
I hope Senator McCain has a long life; but he is over seventy, approaching the end of normal life expectancy during the next few years... The prospect of Palin suddenly presiding over the western world is at once both funny and terrifying. I'm amazed that so many Americans are prepared to run with the possibility of this scenario and risk being the laughing stock of the planet by putting forth onto the world stage a President with the international credibility of a gnat.

Posted by: Brit looking in... | September 23, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I would like to encourage the investigation on Mrs Palin. I would also like to encourage the investigation of the relationship between Mr Obama, Johnson, and Gorlick. Their ties could lead to the reason we're going through this economical crisis.

criticalthinker77,
You should read the Bible yourself. It says that if anyone should hurst the least of these, it would be better to tie a rock to their feet and cast them into the ocean. This is talking about little children and OBAMA is for the killing of little children. (abortion) Christ was not for Democracy. He came to bring what's called Kingdom theology. (Of course, I'm sure you know what that means.)

And about the Earth being created less than ten thousand years ago.
We don't have the technology to properly date the age of the Earth. The engineers involved in carbon dating technology were funded and headed up by evolutionists. That technology is more political than scientific. And how can I say this...... Because I'm a geologist and the carbon testing is constantly flawed.

Posted by: ME | September 23, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

To ME:
Carbon-dating of rock is not easy, as a geologist you know that. However, it's largely thanks to astronomy, cosmology, astro-physics, call it what you will, that we can accurately not only date the creation of Earth but our galaxy and indeed the knowable universe. Let's not insult the entire scientific community, nor the general public's intelligence by not recognising that the Earth is old. The dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago! Come on!

Posted by: Brit looking in... | September 23, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Do you people who keep spouting that it was 8 republicans and 4 democrats that voted to have the investigation not realize that she has went against the good old boy republican party in Alaska and they would love to see her investigated as much as the democrats. They would love to see her lose out more than they want to see their own party win the election. Mr. Obama keeps saying lets talk about the issues but he talks more about talking about the issues than he talks about the issues. This whole troopergate deal is another waffle by the democrat party to keep peoples eyes focused away from Mr. Obama and his ineptness as a leader. Just because you are a charasmatic person does not mean you are a leader. I am from Southern Illinois and Mr. Obama has not done anything to help us in southern illinois where the Unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation. He is all talk and no walk as far as I am concerned. He still works for the Chicago base and not for the whole state. Neither does his pal across the way Mr. Durbin. They both need to get back in the private sector and do a little bit of work instead of acting like they are working. As far as Gov. Palin goes. The democrats hate her for the same reasons alot of republicans hate Hillary. She has backbone. I do not like Hillary but I do have to say she has backbone which is what your presidental nominee does not have.

Posted by: scornett | September 23, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Will talk today, will not talk tomorrow. Only people who have things to hide are so undecided on what to say and do. What is Palin afraid of by refusing to talk now?Honesty is fearless and open.

Posted by: Chief Bisong Etahoben | September 23, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

To agree or not to agree is the question. I would really like to know honestly from a few readers who is actually voting for change or color. John Mccain makes a statement about lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig. why is it that John McCain and Sara Palin are rewarded for these comments and Barack Obama has to be eaten alive for just simply letting us know thata a pig is a pig lipstick or not. Men wear lipstick too so I wonder if John McPalin was actually referring to himself. If Barack Obama had chosen that same lady Sarah Palin as his running mate he would have been eaten alive simply because of who she is and the famiy issues behind her and her family. If Barack Obama had a daughter unwed and pregnant he would have been cast off the ballots before he could have even started to campaign for his selection of vp. If Barack Obama was shown on tv with a shotgun or rifle or anykind of weapons they would have field day trying to display what kind of person would he be to lead the whitehouse. Now I know for myself that for as long as I have lived teenage pregnancy has alwalys been made to seem as if only low income or poverty level youths are the ones getting pregnant and make us feel low and embarrassed by the choices we make. But, to see the people rallying behind this woman and her daughter who I'm quite sure whose mother is the Gov. of the state and you get praised by the people for doing the same things that other parents are trying to teach their children not to do.To see you all are putting up signs about what kind of mom she is makes me believe that maybe more republican kids are just like everyone ele's kids they want to have fun to "I guess". well I am not a judge but the good lord is .Just because John McCain went out of nowwhere to find running mate that not even the American people have ever heard of and to see the white mothers praise the one thing they have been so vocal about when it come to the same things in other people's lives I truly think that is a real hypocritical part on all who support her because she's a hockey mom with 5 children and a daughter who had to know about abstinence simply because her mom is the Gov. of Alaska. Do we really want lose our country to people who are only thinking about how to change the real issues and views about life itself or do we really want change. Please stop sugarcoating all the wrong things about this family that is visible in our own eyes. Running a state of about 8500 people is easier to run than a country of about 47 million. I'd like to see a clean and honest race between the candidates. A family's moral values should take top precedence especially when they are talking about running for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Posted by: anonymous | September 23, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

United States politics and/or socio-economics got inflicted with the 'down syndrome' when GB assumed leadership of the GOP. Palin nomination as VP was naturally designated to reflect this situation. Infact, she instantly became a hit, a delight to the Republicans because she even practically justified the scenario. Now the effect is rearing its head publicly, why should anybody complain, moreso, as ' better days' are yet to come.

The GOP Supporters love it.....even the US Financial System is enjoying it. What else is left, maybe, CAPITALISM, and the collapse of NATO(...By the way, if you want to punish those responsible for the turn of events in the financial world...pse, do not forget the first person, US GOP Leader).

We Africans enjoyed it much when this type of 'downs' caught up with the Soviets. Maybe, the excitement would better with US and indefectible NATO...........BUT wait a momment, comes the only option....PRESIDENT OBAMA.

Posted by: Uche Agonsi, Nigeria | September 23, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

A New Leader ? Or just another President?

Only one can restore this country’s properity by restoring the people’s faith in government

I am not writing this to voice my support for either party in this greatly debated election. I felt compelled to write do to my thorough disgust that we will be expected to cast our votes for candidates with great doubt of the truth about who they are and what they stand for do to ridiculous policies, procedures, press coverage and some very crafty attorneys.
I have performed considerable research on all 4 candidates. During that time I found one candidate in particular, and now party, surrounded by many unsettling questions I believe American citizens are owed answers to previous to the election. Yes, Governor Palin, like her or not she has a very interesting past that I believe would be cleared up one way or another far beyond just “Trooper Gate” if the Republicans would allow the investigation to be completed. Please do not base you opinion of her on press releases look up her records yourself, all the way back to her election in ’96 as Mayor of Wasilla. I assure you it is very intriguing reading.
The Republicans have used every conceivable legal lop hole to bring the “Trooper Gate” investigation to a halt. (An investigation initiated by a heavily seated Republican panel with the governor’s approval.) Why, if there is nothing to hide has the entire Republican Party worked so diligently to stall this investigation? If it is a baseless and bias investigation as claimed, then let it be completed and the facts divulged. Would this not be beneficial to the Republicans by exposing a Democratic witch hunt built on rumors and lies to discredit Palin. Or are the Republicans trying to hide what is contained in the documents, emails and memories of the locals. Does this reach beyond the governor? I can not answer these questions with any certainty, can you?
I am however quite sure that if any one of us refused to honor a subpoena regarding a high level government investigation there would further repercussions than ok we will reach the conclusion without you and maybe convene next year to look at the matter farther. We certainly would not be considered for a position of any kind
How can we go to the polls to vote in candidates who tout change, reform and removal of the good old boys network when in fact without these answers we can’t identify which party that is? Is it the red team stonewalling until it is too late or is the blue team deceiving us to gain control by creating a false image of their opponent?
I have to believe no matter what party is elected in this election our country will find itself in more peril and divide along party lines than ever before without answers to the questions surrounding the Republican Party.
Can any leader truly achieve change and unity among the people without their trust and support? What will happen if the party that is elected is eventually found to be the party who was using the lies and the good old boys network to deceive the public? How will they then lead our country from the troubled times it is now experiencing without the faith of the people they were chosen to lead.
They can’t and they won’t. One can not be a leader without faithful followers.
Our country can not afford to not have leaders. Right now it appears we do not. It is now up to the people in this country to lead ourselves together in a bipartisan demand for the truth and bring about the change we desire.
Without this change we will simply elect a new president and not a new leader.

Posted by: AVGJOE | September 23, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Well,here you see how so-called Republicans want to rule America if they continue in power-Military-like!

Posted by: Richman | September 23, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Now women are going to vote for Palin because???? She doesn't know what preemptive means or after the UN meetings she will now have INTERNATIONAL experience in dealing with international issues or all the other mothers who have pregnant teenagers know Palin is a good mother or the economy is still sound and we should fire Cox or she doesn't talk to the press or...............
What a sad state of the Union.
Later
Masterdel

Posted by: masterdel | September 23, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: doublestandard | September 22, 2008 10:55 AM
"Obama is a lawyer who has never prosecuted, fought or won a case in a court of law, never stood up for anything. McCain at least, has demonstrated the backbone to buck the system. Obama has never been anything but a schmoozer and a go-along-get-along opportunist and a mediocre Chicago pol."

Obama has more class in his little pinky than McCain can buy.

Obama's parents never had to throw cold water on him after he threw a tantrum and held his breath until he turned blue.

Obama graduated Magna Cum Laude, McCain at the BOTTOM of his class

Obama would never have crashed 5 fighter jets and then turned the other cheek after killing more than 100 of his fellow soldiers in a 'wet start' trajedy that his admiral 'daddy' had to take care of FOR HIM.

Obama never cheated on (or abandoned) his wife and small children.

Obama would never refer to his wife as a 'trollop' or "*unt" like McCain does his little 'rodeo queen'.

Obama would never associate with a woman who does drugs, steals from her own charity and denies having any other siblings when EVERYONE knows this isn't the case.

You can vote for a tantrum throwing, hitler wannebee, dictatorial bully who sucks up to Bush's BS. I'll take someone with REAL morals and character over this 'wet start' murderer any day of the week.

Posted by: No McPain | September 23, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse


Ben Stein: Stop the Wall Street Looting
September 22, 2008


Ben Stein, economist, author, former presidential speechwriter, and occasional actor is angry about the current economic earthquake that has rattled U.S. and global markets and he wants everyone to know.

He's particularly peeved with the $700 billion proposed Wall Street bailout and its architect, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

In a CNN interview, Stein said Paulson should be "fired yesterday."

Paulson is a disgrace to the Republican Party and to his country, said Stein. Another target of Stein's ire is Wall Street itself.

Stein says he'd like to see President Bush on national TV "with Mr. Obama to his left and Mr. McCain to his right and say we are going to make sure that you Americans are going to stop being looted by Wall Street."

"It's a first-class disaster. The worst Treasury regulation of the economy in my lifetime. ... The effect of this on the ordinary investor and pre-retiree ... is just catastrophic for the free enterprise system."

John Gapper, the Financial Times columnist, has a simpler solution: Get Henry Paulson to give some money back.

"Mr. Paulson now declares himself shocked, shocked that structured finance was going on Wall Street but he was there at the time, and the $18.7 million bonus he received for the first half of 2006 presumably reflected it," he wrote on his FT blog.

"I wonder if, as a public gesture, Mr. Paulson might consider handing that bonus over to the Treasury's fund and lowering the U.S. taxpayer's bill by $18.7 million?"

moneynews.newsmax.com/streettalk/ben_stein_wall_street/2008/09/22/133078.html

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Posted by: Ben Stein on Republicans | September 23, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

This scandel is a little weak when you consider her other problems, creationism, no abortions for rape or incest (now thats screwed up) and women being forced to buy their own rape kits... This seems pretty docile compared to those issues.

But really, the dems have every right to oust her on this, hell, if turn about is fair play they should be able to lie about it all they want since thats what the GOP is good at as of late. The Dems are finally starting to get the picture though, lying and sensational scandel focus is the wave of the political future.

Each candidate has scandels in their past and this is no different, personally I think Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin are bad choices, and no, I'm not a Ron Paul supporter, or Bob Barr or McKinney. I think that nearly every politicion runs for their own selfish purposes, beings that 95% of them are lawyers.

The only thing that truely bothers me about all of this is that almost all of America has decided who to vote for and no matter what comes out about the candidate in question they vehemently oppose the charges/alegations and blindly continue to support their choice. Theres no free thinkers anymore, everyone just sticks with their ticket, through thick and thin. Obama or McCain could eat a live human baby on stage and still keep half their party support, its become ludacris.

The media has done a good job as well of keeping public attention on stupid things like this and not on important current events like the HR 1955 "Homegrown Terrorism" bill that just passed the house with almost full unanimous support, even though only 6 people were there for the vote.

The Bill of Rights and the Constitution are getting demolished and all anyone can talk about is Obama saying "lipstick on a pig" or McCain can't use a computer. "Wake up already" has become the slogan of both party groups, funny how ironic for both sides that statement truely is...

Either candidate is going to continue enforcing objectionable and unconstitutional measures if they get in so really all it comes down to is which of the two you thought did a better job throwing school yard insults at each other.

Bottom line is the entire world is becoming increasingly reliant on secrecy and public obfuscation to run their governments, not just America. And soon with the new NAFTA regs and plans mixed with the increasingly large push towards the NAU we can all look forward to bringing Canada and Mexico into our debt ridden hole with us, so at least it won't feel so lonely.

Soon, ignorance will no longer equal bliss...

Posted by: MG | September 23, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Palin gave several reasons for the firing Monegan with the last one being insubordination for taking a trip to lobby Washington for money for Alaska's domestic abuse program. Problem is the authorization signed by Palin has just surfaced. The original authorization for the investigation was approved by a bipartisan committee of 8 Republicans and 4 Democrats prior to Palin being picked to run as McCain's VP. then, the committee vote of 2 Democrats & 1 Republican for with 2 Republicans against voted to issue the subpoenas that Palin and her staff are now refusing to honor. This was not a Democratic witch hunt. There were many questions that needed to be answered and there is evidence indicating that she did abuse her authority as governor to force the dismissal of Trooper Wooten. When Monegan did not falter under the pressure, she fired him. The fact that she had changes her justification three different times speaks volumes for the validity.

Posted by: gems | September 23, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight....a state highway patrolman threatens to put a bullet in Sarah Palin's Dad's brain, and the commissioner of public saftey bends to the police union and let's that trooper stay on the job as a defender of public safety????
...and Sarah Palin is the one whose judgement is being questioned?????

...seems to me the comish got what was coming to him....and you media guys better get used to it...because John Q. Public is just going to cheer Sarah and John on when they get to Washington...

Posted by: keiker | September 23, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Reading all the comments made here by those who seem to support the Republicans, I noticed that they have warped minds or rather lack of inertia in thinking.

Whether Palin fired the man wrongly of rightly is not the issue, the issue is why stall the investigation.

Obama had nothing to do with the investigation. The GOP lawyers and McCain men had taken over Alaska (too late I must say)- how come he did not find out this before selecting her.

The intelligence, character, temperament and foresight of a future president are guaged by the first most important decison he makes - choice of a running mate. McCain scored zero on this! Not necessarily by his choice but by the lack of thoroughness in making the choice.

Why is McCain still in this campaign, the answer is quite obvious - because Obama is not white enough. Otherwise, why should fellow Democrats say they would not vote for him. A whole state (Idaho) said they would not vote for any black man, that shows the 'progress' of Americans in the 21st Century. Even Obama's book cannot be found on the shelves in that state while Corsi's books of slander are every where.
Why would a woman that supported Hillary Clinton, turn around and declare for McCain? And one of her reasons was that Obama was elitist - what an irony!

Obama surmarized the American situation during his acceptance speech in Denver when he said that the election is not about him, it is about the people of America. This election is truely not about Obama. By this election, America and Americans would pass judgement on themselves. May you judge yourselves well.

Posted by: Ossy Anyabuike | September 23, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"doublestandard" get you facts straight, Obama did not buy his house from Rezko, only a small piece of adjacent land. And as for the "civil rights att." dig, you still have the title even if you doin't litigate. Much as you have the title "myopic-partisan clown" for your uninformed commentary.

Posted by: larrychicago | September 23, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"Do you people who keep spouting that it was 8 republicans and 4 democrats that voted to have the investigation not realize that she has went against the good old boy republican party in Alaska and they would love to see her investigated as much as the democrats."

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Perhaps scornett can explain the circumstances under which the Legislature can duly authorize an investigation and subpoenas pursuant to it.

Do they need to sign loyalty oaths, wear "I heart Sarah" t-shirts? What would satisfy you?

Obviously, the mere fact that they are bipartisan, represent the Alaska electorate, and are constrained to follow evidence rather than personal sentiment doesn't cut it for you--so what does?

Posted by: Adam | September 23, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Check out his rise to glory below:

Obama 1996 - 2000
Senator Obama: promoted to Senior Lecturer in constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. Elected to the Illinois Senate. Sponsored more than 800 bills. In 2000, lost a Democratic primary run for the U.S. House of Representatives to four-term incumbent Bobby Rush by a margin of two to one.

What mattered was that, beginning on Jan. 2, 1996, his campaigners began challenging thousands of petition signatures the other candidates in the race had submitted in order to appear on the ballot. Thus Mr. Obama would win his state Senate seat, months before a single vote was cast. Note that when he finished he was the ONLY democrat on the ballot. Republican candidate had to step aside for political reasons.

The 800 bills he ALLEDGEDLY sponsored were actually submitted by other democrats and all OBAMA did was date and stamp. He voted present 130 times on bills that would require him to step out of the box. Gained a reputation that the ‘then’ governor would make him a United States Senator.

2001 - 2004
Obama: reelected in 2002 and became chairman of the Illinois Senate's Health and Human Services Committee.
Initially the committee was looking at Health Care for all residents of Illinois. After accepting funding from insurance lobbyists he insured that universal healthcare became merely a policy goal instead of state policy, Basically learned how to again use his power to benefit himself at the expense of doing what was right for the residents of Illinois.

Publicly spoke out against the invasion of Iraq BEFORE the congressional authorization in 2002, and then again before the actual invasion in 2003. This was a given speech that sounded great but was actually a speech that was critical of the war BECAUSE it was distracting from the real issue regarding the black community in the United States. (Note he was given ORDERS by one of his Wealthy Supporters in Chicago to SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE WAR. Being a good Chicago Politiocian, he naturally followed the orders and took credit for speaking out.. but not on his own.)

Wrote and delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
The Black Elite in the DNC decided along with the good ole boys… that to put a Democrat President in the White House in 2008 that they needed to attract the black vote… and that a Black Harvard Lawyer named Obama was the one that they needed. He was seen as an upcoming star because he won the Illinois US Senate Seat. (See the real facts of how he won by such a large number.) No one knew the Republican Candidate)

November 2004: elected to the US Senate, receiving over 3.5 million votes, more than 70% of total.

Now this is an interesting election even by Chicago standards. Seems that the front runner (Hull) mysteriously become involved in a domestic abuse trial and withdrew his name from the race. (Sounds like the Chicago Political Machine may have dropped a dime on Blair.) So Obama had a cake walk to get the democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate Seat. (Reminds me of how he won his State Senate seat by having his legal team disqualify his opponent’s signature petitions. At the same time Jack Ryan won the Republican Nomination, but announced his withdrawal from the race — four days after the Chicago Tribune succeeded in persuading a California court to release previously-sealed child custody records containing embarrassing allegations by Ryan's ex-wife. Now how is that for being one LUCKY politician. Obama walked into the US Senate Seat, when the Republicans brought in the little known Keyes to run as a Republican. Now it looks like the Chicago Political Machine along with Ayers, Jackson, Rezko Wright and the rich and wealthy Black community in Chicago loaded the deck in Obama’s favor.

Also note that for a 'white middle-class individual to be considered for entrance into Harvard' they would have to be number one in their High School class. Be the top student at Occidental just to get into COLUMBIA, and the odds of them getting into HARVARD LAW school ARE SO GREAT.. they probably would win the lottery first.

Yet Obama has us believe (on FAITH) that he performed so brilliantly that he (had a 'B' average in High School) performed so brilliantly at Occidental, that he got into Columbia, and that he EARNED a slot into Harvard Law School. Then he and HARVARD expect us to believe that he PERFORMED SO BRILLIANTLY ACADEMICALLY that he EARNED his right to be EDITOR of THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW. (Now I challenge the Obama Campaign and any supporter to valid that he was the BEST CANDIDATE excluding the fact that he was BLACK instead of BI-RACIAL.)

Amazing that there are no thesis papers, no legal briefs, no academic records, no scholarships received, no national test scores, no IQ scores, no legal briefs from his teaching in Chicago, or ANY LEGAL writings that was required of Editors of the Review... UNTIL Obama was selected.
I suspect that he received 'special' grants, scholarships, academic treatment not because he was brilliant... but because of the fact that these institutions... needed to promote black scholars at the expense of better qualified female, and white male candidates. ( I would hope that somewhere, someplace there would be documentation that would prove me wrong. )

And the amazing thing is... the MSM does not question any of this.

Shame on the MSM and shame on the Obama Supporters that BELIEVE in his Lies.

Remember he is spending over 600 million of YOUR dollars to BUY each and every American Vote that he recieves. Amazing to think that you are being BOUGHT and selling out OUR Country to the RICH AND POWERFUL.

Posted by: Bob Miller | September 23, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Like most left wing mainstream news media pundits, you don't allow the facts to get in the way of your opinions. Here are some relevant facts with regard to "Troopergate."

Governor Palin, her husband Todd and other members of her administration have been criticized for refusing to honor subpoenas issued by the legislative committee which launched an investigation into Troopergate

The subpoenas were issued by an interim legislative committee called the Legislative Council, which handles administrative and other legislative affairs while the legislature is not in session.

It consistes of 12 mumbers appointed by the presiding officers of the state House and Senate. Because of the current coalition make-up of the Alaska legislature, the council is made up of four Democrats and eight Republicans.

Keep in mind that not all Republicans in Alaska are political allies of Governor Palin, a Republican, because her successful reform efforts in Alaska have targeted both Democrat and Republican politicians and members of the legislature.

She also successfully ran against the incumbent Republican governor without the support or help of the Alaska Republican Party which supported the incumbent.

She blew the ethics whistle on the chairman of the Republican Party, forcing his resignation from an important state commission to which he was appointed by the former Republican governor.

Partly as a result, Governor Palin has an 80 percent-plus favorable rating in Alaska and is the most popular state governor in the nation's history. Many Alaska Republicans are among the 20 percent minority of Alaskans who don't like Governor Palin for the reasons discussed above.

Thus, while the Legislative Council appears to be a bi-partisan body, its membership is 100 percent anti-Palin.

Two of the Democrats on the council, Senators Hollis French and Kim Elton, are openly Obama supporters. They were pictured in a photo at Obama headquarters in Anchorage.

French was the prime instigator, is the manager of the Troopergate investigation, and is likely to run against Palin in the next gubernatorial election if she is still governor.

Senator French handpicked the special investigator, a personal friend whose wife was once a colleague of the former Alaska public safety commissioner whom Palin fired. Elton is the chair of the council, and contributed more than $2,000 to Obama's campaign.

Both the launching of the Troopegate investigation and the issuance of the subpoenas by the Legislative Council fly in the face of Alaska's Constitution. The council is expressly barred by the constitution from conducting investigations of the executive branch, or issuing subpoenas to its members.

Two other standing legislative committees, State Affairs and Judiciary, are authorized to investigate the executive branch and issue subpoenas, but neither has done so.

The legislature as a committee-of-the-whole may also launch investigations and issue subpoenas into the executive branch, but has not done so.

Five Republican members of the legislature, including the Republican speaker of the house, have filed an action in state court seeking an order to dismantle the legislative investigation on constitutional grounds under a separation of powers theory.

Alaska law also mandates that any personnel investigation may only be undertaken by the three-member State Personnel Board, whose members by law are appointed by the govenor.

Governor Palin has pledged to cooperate with any Personnel Board investigation. She in fact initiated an investigation by filing a complaint against herself in order to get such a probe underway, which she is confident will vindicate her.

Shortly after the Troopergate investigation was launched, Senator French issued a public statement predicting that it would produce an "October surprise," implying that it would adversely compromise Governor Palin's vice presidential candidacy.

His comments, which revealed that the investigation was pre-disposed against Palin, raised a firestorm of controversy in Alaska, forcing French to retract them.

That was when the investigation's political "taint" was exposed and bad faith demonstrated, prompting Governor Palin reasonably to withdraw her previously pledged cooperation.

It should also be kept in mind that the Alaska Constitution unequivocally empowers the governor to fire any cabinet member and certain other political appointees "without cause." So she did nothing wrong when she fired the former commissioner of public safety whom she appointed. It was a valid exercise of her constitutional powers.

Thus, the short answer to the question as to why the Palins have not "honored" the subpoenas issued by the Legislative Council is that both the Troopergate investigation and the issuance of subpoenas are unconstitutional.
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Author's note: A resident of North East (Erie County), PA, I lived and worked as an investigative journalist in Alaska for 20 years where, among other things, I covered the Alaska Legislature in the state capital of Juneu. I also designed and taught a college credit course at the University of Alaska on the legislative process. One of my students was Senator Kim Elton.

I'm the author of "Alaska Agonistes: The Age of Petroleum - How Big Oil Bought Alaska," an anecdotal political history of the modern oil industry in Alaska. " I may be contacted at 814.725.8926 or jlar555@velocity.net

Posted by: Joe LaRocca | September 24, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

I am a republican but before that I am an Alaskan and a United States Citizen. Republicans are the ones who wanted this investigation first not the Dems. I still want the investigation and not by a board she can fire at will either where everything is secretive and behind closed doors. I want it out in the open with the legislative commitee who started it.

Posted by: AKLinda | September 25, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

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