Palin Vet Watch Part Eighty Billion: The Fun Never Stops!

You would almost think that if John McCain’s running mate were truly as vetted as he claimed her to be, the unfavorable news coverage would have most certainly come to an end by now, right?  RIGHT?

Okay, sure, the first 24, no, 48, no, 72 hours were harrowing enough, but the well has to go dry at some point, doesn’t it?  Heh, no, not really.

As I believe I mentioned before, the abuse of power probe against Sarah Palin is by far the scandal that bothers me the most about her selection.  We’ve had eight years of an executive branch that made a killing in extending its breadth of power, and then abused said power in frightening ways.  To say that Palin’s firing of Walter Monegan points to more of the same would be something of an understatement.

As Brian Ross and Joseph Rhee of ABC news reports, however, this may not be the first time that Palin used her “executive privelege” in order to launch a vendetta.

After taking over as Mayor of the small town of Wasilla, Palin fired the longtime local police chief. The former police chief, Irl Stambaugh says he was fired because he stepped on the toes of Palin’s campaign contributors, including bar owners and the National Rifle Association.


Stambaugh’s lawyer, William Jermain, says the chief tried to move up the closing hours of local bars from 5 a.m. to two a.m. after a spurt of drunk driving accidents and arrests.


“His crackdown on that practice by the bars was not appreciated by her and that was one reason she terminated Irl,” said Jermain.

I don’t know about you, but for me, this really brings to mind the firing of certain US Attorneys that caused something of a stir not so long ago.

As for the first abuse of power charge, Josh Marshall reports that now Sarah Palin is halting her cooperation with the current investigators in an effort to shift jurisdiction to a set of Palin appointees.  You know, because letting the fox guard the henhouse is most definitely a Republican value.

And while I’m on the subject of Sarah Palin, there were a few things that I wanted to clear up.  For one, I think it’s important to reiterate, and any time I write a post on Palin, I’m going to continue to make the same point.  This is a direct indictment on John McCain’s decision making abilities.  He chose this woman.  He chose her to appease the socons of his party and did so without seemingly the most cursory of background checks, let alone a thorough vetting process.

Again, I have to ask, if this is how he approaches the very solemn task of selecting his possible replacement should the unthinkable occur, how will he approach other tasks?  Will he hold America hostage to his penchant for risky gambles?  Thus far all signs point to yes.

The other thing I want to mention is that there are some out there that would characterize those of us on the left as being in a state of panic, a sentiment that was echoed in Fred Thompson’s address last night.  I wanted to put in a little correction to that and state unequivocally that this is not panic, this is a feeding frenzy that, at least as far as I am concerned, I am enjoying very much.  If for no other reason, I’m getting a kick out of reading the same right wing blowhards and bloggers who accused Obama and lefties of having a thin skin now playing up the victim card with abandon.

Schadenfreude doesn’t even begin to describe it.

6 Responses to “Palin Vet Watch Part Eighty Billion: The Fun Never Stops!”

  1. gcotharn says:

    It is a feeding frenzy. You might benefit from stepping back and taking a shrewder, bigger picture look at what you are feeding on, and why.

  2. You know, I don’t really see why? I mean, I understand all the perceived pitfalls, but when it comes right down to it, McCain picked an absolutely terrible running mate, and it really just goes to show how terrible his decision making process is. They, as a ticket, are disastrous for the country, and he decided to turn this election into a circus.

    If that’s what he really wants, he can have a circus, but it most definitely won’t be fun for him.

  3. Macswain says:


    I agree with you … showing that Palin has an “abuse of power” problem only goes to show she is qualified to be a Republican Vice President or even President. She has broken through a glass ceiling wherein previously Republicans only thought such traits were limited to men. She’s a maverick and reformer!

  4. Angellight says:

    Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy speaking honestly about Palin, did not know microphones were on! Noonan says “it’s over” for McCain!

    When Press says McCain is a Maverick what they really mean is that he is a Gambler. Yes, Maverick McCain just gambled his presidency away!

  5. I just wanted you to know, Angel, I love you very much.

  6. gcotharn says:

    Bigger picture than that, guys.

    Why are you in a frenzy over a bunch of unsupportable charges?

    When Clinton was POTUS, I used to hear allegations and go “Yes! That’s exactly the kind of thing he would do!” Then, I had to dial things waaay back, as I came to realize the various charges were unsupportable, were likely to always be unsupportable, and therefore amounted to so much poop.

    I didn’t want to be repeating unsupportable charges in public. It wasn’t graceful. It wasn’t reality. Did I suspect Clinton actually did some of the stuff he was accused of? It didn’t matter, because it was never going to be proven.

    There was only one thing to do: let that stuff go. It was easier to let it go when I remembered I would never know the answer, and therefore it was not sane for me to get wound up over something which may or may not have been true, and which I would never know the truth or falsity of. I saw others get wound up and even sort of torture themselves over the “unfairness” of it all. They were not dealing in reality. They were torturing themselves over what always would be speculation – or at least would be speculation for decades, until somebody made a deathbed confession or something.

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