Palin News Roundup
With a little more than six weeks until the election, let's catch up on the latest flurry of press coverage following the GOP vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
-- The Fix's Chris Cillizza asks if Palin's luster is wearing off or if she can hold on to her teflon candidacy.
-- Interviews with Palin's associates, aides and fellow lawmakers by The Post revealed a picture of a governor who "has little interest in political give-and-take, or in sustained working relationships with legislators or other important figures around the state. Nor has she proven particularly attentive to the details of public policy."
But The Post's Amy Goldstein, Kimberly Kindy and Steven Mufson found glowing reviews of Palin's relationships with her constituents, where she has shown skill in "shaping her public messages" and "sensing the mood" of the people.
-- Palin's husband, "first dude" Todd Palin, has refused to testify as part of a state probe in Alaska, saying the investigation into the "Troopergate" scandal has become too political, The Associated Press reports. Thirteen people, including Palin's husband, have been subpoenaed by the Alaska legislature to discuss the factors behind the firing of the state's former police commissioner, Walt Monegan. A McCain-Palin campaign spokesman said the investigation is no longer "legitimate."
-- Palin's invitation to a protest organized against Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit next week to the United Nations was withdrawn after concerns the event was becoming too politicized. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) pulled out of the event after Palin had been added to the list of attendees, The Post's Colum Lynch reports.
-- Palin's personal, Yahoo e-mail account (firstname.lastname@example.org) was apparently broken into by a hacker who successfully guessed that the governor had met her husband in high school and knew Palin's birth date and home Zip code, the AP reported. Using the info, the hacker tricked Yahoo into giving him a new password for the account -- "popcorn" -- and gained access to her account.
By Derek Kravitz |
September 19, 2008; 1:24 PM ET
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