Monday, September 1, 2008

From a Commenter on Palin/McCain

"So now we have Gov. Palin, whom evidence suggests may have abused her power as governor of Alaska to fire the state’s public security director after he blocked her efforts to destroy the career of a low-level state trooper who happened to be her former brother-in-law, because she wanted to avenge a sister engaged in an ugly post-divorce custody dispute.

Published allegations would show that both Gov. Palin’s husband Todd Palin, and members of her staff, repeatedly called and harangued state Public Safety Director Walt Monegan, who says he was “pressured” to fire the brother-in-law, Officer Mike Wooten. The Palins have charged that Wooten drank beer in his patrol car, hunted moose illegally and that he once fired his taser at his 11-year-old step son—charges that Wooten has denied. They have also claimed that Wooten threatened Sarah Palin’s father—also denied by Wooten.

Also interesting—the charges that were made against Wooten were for things that he allegedly did years before, and for which, where appropriate, he had already been disciplined or exonerated by his employer. That taser incident, if it happened, was when the stepson was 11. The boy, now 17, reportedly lives these days with the allegedly trigger-happy step dad. The alleged beer and hunting incidents also predate the divorce, which raises questions of why, if those charges warranted Wooten’s firing from the police force, the supposedly ethics-obsessed Palin would not have raised them back at the time with his superiors.

Palin has improbably denied that she had “anything to do with” her husband’s calls to Monegan. She subsequently fired Monegan and got his successor to fire her sister’s ex from the police force. (Her pick to replace Monegan is being accused of sexual harassment!).

The Republican state legislature has voted $100,000 to fund an independent investigation into the abuse of power charges against Palin, and there is talk of a possible impeachment proceeding, too. Palin has denied that she did anything wrong. The investigation, which is expected to take three months to complete, will drag on through the entire presidential election campaign.

One thing is clear: Whatever Palin’s troglodyte social and political views, Americans don’t need another vice president who views public office as an opportunity to abuse his or her power for personal or political vendettas.

The other thing that is clear in all this is that McCain, who is running for president in part on a claim of competence, has certainly demonstrated a lack of same in his naming of Palin, whom he reportedly only decided on this past week and after only speaking with her last Sunday by phone. (His campaign says he also met her once briefly last February at a state governors’ convention in Washington.)

The Alaskan “troopergate” abuse of power scandal, which will now play out through the coming weeks, clearly was not vetted by McCain and his staff, and no doubt will turn off a lot of one natural Republican constituency: law enforcement officers, who expect to have any charges leveled against them handled by due process.

If even some of the charges against Palin are true, her actions should make her unfit for the office of vice president, particularly on the ticket with a man who is pushing the actuarial envelope in running for president."

DAVE LINDORFF is a Philadelphia-based journalist and columnist. His latest book is “The Case for Impeachment” (St. Martin’s Press, 2006). His work is available at


Anonymous said...

Well the good ole boys an gals down south goin 2 vote for a gun totin mama with membership in the NRA. Don't want no black guy runnin the country, people think we in Afrika. Damn, those talban and commi lefties goin 2 watch out fer her, like big time.

Mcain and Palin goin to showem good whos boss in da werld. An we gonna nuke Iran 2, we not want no mo muslim terrists blowin up them skyscrapers in the big apple.

Dem bible say that us cristans have a god given right to be here and to bear arms an we gonna nuke anyone who say different.


Compared to boring Canadian politics, the American election and the next for years are going to be very interesting.

For whom the gods wish to destroy, they make mad first!

A. G. Tsakumis said...

Yawn...more from the far left. More than half of this article is pure supposition. It's the swiftboating of Sarah Palin. Remember that? What the Democrats said they are too principled to be doing, ever???

David Lindorf is a long time Republican hater, in a morphos far loonier than Rich or Down at the Times.

PelaLusa said...

Guilty until proven innocent, David? We know that you want the U.S. to become Obamanation but if the same unfounded attacks were posted about your guy, I'm sure you would be equally appalled.

David Berner said...

I'm not accusing anyone of anything.

This is an American columnist and I thought his perceptione were interesting.

I am not ready to praise or condemn Sarah Palin or even McCain's choice of her as his running mate.

Please don't leap to the conclusion that jus because I publish someone's view of somthing that I fully endorse it.

Usually if that is the case, I will say so.

Anonymous said...

The fake Sarah Palin photo published yesterday by the Vancouver Sun will help ensure that we cannot believe a single thing said about either side in our local media.

Anonymous said...

And it gets better all the time

The new VP candidate was once a member of a political party that wants Alaska to secede from the American union.

Time magazine and NYTimes are now questioning whether Sarah will survive the GOP convention.

David in North Burnaby BC said...

Sometimes I wonder if the GOP backroom hasn't decided they can't win and have put up a couple of sacrificial lambs, one a token potential brownie point grabber.
After all, many are saying Mr French Fries is too old to run this time, never mind 2012, so it saves wasting someone who might have a chance next time. Johnny's a good soldier, he'll throw himself on the grenade, right?
As for the governor of Alaska, I offer three words: think "Kim Campbell" and it all makes sense.
But like I said, I'm just wonderin'.

Anonymous said...

McBumble really did it, didn't he? Scary to think that some will consider this man for President...


Anonymous said...

uh... funny thread :))