Palin Just Lost the Election

John McCain selected a "maverick" but it turns out Sarah's about as much a "maverick" as McCain himself. The AP just reported the Troopergate verdict and its not good for Palin: "Panel finds Palin abused her power in safety official's firing." Now both candidates on the Republican ticket have an ethically questionable mark on their political resume. No longer can they pretend to carry the baton for reform.

The McCain campaign's response by Meg Stapleton:

"Today's report shows that the Governor acted within her proper and lawful authority in the reassignment of Walt Monegan. The report also illustrates what we've known all along: this was a partisan led inquiry run by Obama supporters and the Palins were completely justified in their concern regarding Trooper Wooten given his violent and rogue behavior. Lacking evidence to support the original Monegan allegation, the Legislative Council seriously overreached, making a tortured argument to find fault without basis in law or fact. The Governor is looking forward to cooperating with the Personnel Board and continuing her conversation with the American people regarding the important issues facing the country."

There's just one problem with spinning this as a partisan result: "The council include[d] 10 Republicans and four Democrats." I also watched a little analysis on FOX News. They continually pointed out that the trooper Palin wanted to fire tasered a ten year old. This is a truthful statement but does not in anyway counter the findings of the report. The council ruled that Palin's dismissal of Monegan was "proper and lawful," but this was not the principal result of the conviction. Palin "knowingly...permitted Todd Palin to use the Governor's office and the resources of the Governor's office," in direct violation of state's ethical codes.

How many times has Obama or Biden been convicted of ethical violations? Zero. Case closed. Today the Republican Party lost.

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11 Response(s) to Palin Just Lost the Election

Osborne Ink
10/10/2008 9:17:19 PM CT

Of course, the findings will be denounced as a Democratic smear. Pundits will talk about it all weekend while conveniently forgetting there were 14 Republicans and only 4 Democrats on the panel.
10/11/2008 12:26:37 AM CT

Gimme a BREAK.

McCain just lost the elction. Months ago when I was wondering who Obama and McCain would pick I researched all the usual suspects. One was Palin. I wrote her off because she was not only under investigation by her REPUBLICAN controlled legislature BUT even back then, from a great distance, the smell was ripe. McCain - the MORON - spends 3 minutes vetting her and then pounces. She's a retarded creationist from RURAL Alaska with an ethics charge hanging over her - HE SHOULD HAVE KNOW BETTER.

All McCain has managed to achieve this cycle is DESTROY his own reputation. A man that gave everything but his life for his country will go down as the candidate that was as stupid as a candidate as Bush has been as a President.

The Republicans are an appalling bag of sh*t and WE STUPID FU*KING AMERICANS elected the dumbest guy in the universe to be President - AND we did it twice! Lots of blame to go around - LOTS OF BLAME!
10/11/2008 6:59:03 AM CT

he wasn't elected twice-he was appointed the first time, second time the repub and diebold shenanigans got him elected in a farce
10/11/2008 8:55:54 AM CT

I agree with the above comments. But, to quote The Who:

"We won't be fooled again"

That's my nomination for theme song for the election.
10/11/2008 9:44:12 AM CT

I am an Obama supporter but if you think this troopergate garbage is going to positively impact Obama you are wrong. Palin did nothing wrong and broke no laws. To say she abused her power is saying nothing at all. There's not a single governor, senator or congressman that has not abused power. If Obama or the media tries to make this bigger than what it really is then it will backfire in a VERY bad way. With only days away from the election, the Obama camp will downplay this ruling and hope the media does as well.
10/11/2008 9:58:55 AM CT


You're right, but it's still pretty amazing that we, as a nation, couldn't make it a rout both times. Then again, in 2000 Bush lied about his intentions and goals, so maybe we only have the Republican party leadership and SCOTUS to blame. In 2004, however, even with Lurch running it should have been a no-brainer.
10/11/2008 10:22:50 AM CT

Ok. How obvious does it have to get? Palin abused her power. We've had 8 years of obvious power abuse. Do we really want more? Look what that's done for the average American. The abusers get away with it these days, but the rest of us pay. I am tired of paying. No more. Vote Obama/Biden.
Eve-Disabled GulfWar Vet from CA
10/11/2008 3:08:49 PM CT


I some what agree, but yet disagree with you. Palin charged herself being a person who battled the unethical issues in government, thus, this is a straight shot to her credibility. Not to mention that there are a series and host of issues that will stem from this. McCain himself is under investigation too for Campaign finance issues as well....since the white house has been hi-jacked twice, it appears that we all seem to be ok with the culture of corruption.

Even if Hillary Clinton made the nomination, even Hillary Clinton was under investigation in regards to her raise to power to the NYC Senate seat, the Stan Lee/Peter Paul campaign issues. But yet not even the Clinton Cougars or the media wanted to accept this either.

Yet we have a bright and extremely intelligent and bright man that has the passion to help lift this country up...regardless of race, color or walk of life, we still to chose watching these fear mongers tear him and this country down! I've stopped watching CNN/MSNBC/WTFOX and others...I listen to the BBC and other world news sources. We have to get our 18-29 year old registered to vote...we must take back our country!!!
Eve-Disabled GulfWar Vet from CA
10/11/2008 3:29:57 PM CT

Also to add to the fact that we continue to accept the culture of Corruption, John McCain and the Keating 5 Saving and Loans scandal. Everyone seems to forget that the Congress has been Republican since Bill Clinton's last term, hence, the banking deregulation has been attacked since the G.O.P been in control of the house, senate and the white house...this financial crisis has been the mastermind of the GOP since, the 1990's....the "roosters have come home to roost".

John McCain?s financial advisor past Sen. Phil Gramm has been attributed to a lot of this mess we are seeing right now!!!! Although I was a little girl back in the '80s, Gramm smiled upon the abrupt deregulation of the savings-and-loan industry, described by his idol Ronald Reagan as America's opportunity to "hit the jackpot" of growth. He used his political clout to protect the Texas operators whose crooked machinations eventually helped to bankrupt the S&L industry. In fact, the S&L debacle cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.

And recently in this BUSH ADMINISTRATION, It was John McCain who introduced the Consumer Broadband Deregulation Act of 2002 . McCain introduced a this bill to deregulate the broadband Internet market, warning that "the potential for government interference with market forces is not limited to federal regulation." Three years earlier, McCain had joined with other Republicans to push through landmark legislation sponsored by then-Sen. Phil Gramm , who is now an economic adviser to his campaign. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act aimed to make the country's financial institutions competitive by removing the Depression-era walls between banking, investment and insurance companies. AIG and all the other fools feel for this crap and now we the tax payers are giving more welfare checks to greedy azz corporate thugs as oppose to helping the veterans, middle and working class who are the heros of this country!!! McCain should be held for treason for this ish!!! WAR HERO MY AZZ!!!!!

10/11/2008 5:10:39 PM CT

The troopergate is an issue but the Obama campaign will not discuss it which is wise. I watched him today he continues to hammer the economy which is very smart. McCain and Palin keep talking about him and not the economy which is whats on everybody's mind. Personally, most of the people in my family are concerned about whether they are going to be cut back or laid off, I am looking at having to get a third job. The bottom line is I could care less about Ayers, abortion, Rev. Wright its so insignificant compared to whether or not anything is left in my 401 K
intellect above all
11/6/2008 2:49:11 PM CT


I'm glad that McCain lost because it is dangerous to let that clueless hen anywhere near the White House.

Go back to Alaska and stay there!!!

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