McCain Campaign Statement On Troopergate

TPM Muckraker has the campaign’s first statement:

“Today’s report shows that the Governor acted within her proper and lawful authority in the reassignment of Walt Monegan,” said Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapelton. “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.”

I will discredit the whole thing in 3, 2…

Point one, and I told you in one of my updates to my first post on this that this is the tactic the McCain camp will use, the McCain campaign claims that Palin legally fired Walter Monegan.  This is true, and you will find few who will dispute this.  The point, and the reason why the left side of the chattersphere lit up like a christmas tree on this is because the report released also found Sarah Palin guilty of betraying the public trust.  This is actually law, and Palin was found to have acted unlawfully, something that the McCain campaign does not address in its statement.

The second major point of the statement is to, no this is not an SNL skit nor is it taken from the Onion, blame it on Obama.  Right out the gate the McCain campaign is attempting to paint this as a partisan witch hunt which is demonstrably false.  The legislature which voted to release this report did so unanimously.  It is also important to know that over twice as many Republicans voted for this than Democrats.  In other words, there is simply no solid ground from which the McCain-Palin campaign can realistically claim that this was an attempt by Obama allies to sink Palin’s vice presidential bid.

Personally, this statement doesn’t even begin at damage control, and I think the spin operation that the McCain campaign has to deploy is going to be facing a near insurmountable uphill climb.

12 Responses to “McCain Campaign Statement On Troopergate”

  1. DrGail says:

    Typical McSame strategy, just like the US Attorney scandal. . .”serve at the pleasure”, “no criminal wrongdoing”, “partisan witchhunt”, etc. Nothing to see here; move along.

    To which I say, “Bzzzz, so sorry. Thanks for playing our game with us today, and we have some lovely parting gifts for you…”

  2. …A year’s supply of hobo soup, which will really come in handy when just one can will be worth three months of indentured servitude thanks to the economy you completely fucked up.

  3. tas says:

    A “partisan led inquiry run by Obama supporters” is a funny statement since the investigation started before Sarah Palin was in the national spotlight. To quote myself from the day of her nomination to the ticket…

    Sarah Palin is currently being investigated. Emphasis on currently. It has been said this campaign that choosing a running mate is essentially a candidate’s first presidential decision, and McCain choose a candidate who is still under investigation in Alaska. The reason centers around Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten, Gov. Palin’s former brother-in-law, and questions over whether Palin’s office pushed to get him fired. One reason why there are questions is because Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan was fired. Monegan, also the former Chief of Police in Anchorage, was described to me as being a man nearly “beyond reproach” who should have never been fired. Though Palin’s office initially denied involvement in pressuring Monegan to fire Trooper Wooten, an audio recording of a call to Monegan from one of Palin’s aides was revealed a couple weeks ago.

    She was already being investigated, yet Troopergate is a creation of the Obama campaign? What a bunch of lying sacks of shit these motherfuckers are.

  4. No, dude, don’t you understand, it’s all a part of the Obama led Illuminati! They knew before McCain knew that Palin would be on the ticket, that’s what started this whole thing in the first place!!!!11!!

    ILLUMINATI BITCHEZ1111!!!!! THEY’VE BEEN ORKESTRATIN’ THIS FOR YEARS! wHY DO YOU THINK CLINTON WASN’T ON THE TICKET?! BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT IF cLINTON WASN’T ON THE TICKET, mCcAIN WOULD PICK PALIN AND THAT’S WHY THEY STARTED THE INVESTIGATION!!!!

    sHIT!!! dON’T YOU KNOW THAT WOOTEN WAS ACTUALLY PAID TO BE AN ASS SO THAT PALIN WOULD WANT TO ABUSE TH EPOWER OF HER OFFICE TO FIRE HINM IN THE FIRST PLACE1111!!!! WAKE UP PEOPLES!!!

  5. In case it isn’t clear, I’m in an incredibly good and playful mood. So this is what Schadenfreude is like?

  6. tas says:

    Actually, I think the McPalin response will be “AYERS!@ ACORN! TERRORIST! HUSSEIN! AYERS! WRIGHT! ACORN! TERRORIST! AYERS! WRIGHT! ACORN! TERRORIST! TERRORIST! HUSSEIN! TERRORIST!”

    One other thing I mentioned in my first posts about Palin, after listing all the possible scandals, “Did McCain even vet her?”

  7. I believe the answer to that would be no.

    Okay, I’m going to bed before I end up staying up all night due to schadenfreude induced insomnia.

  8. tas says:

    What? Bloggers don’t need sleep; nor do we need to get to the bathroom. We live off mass amounts of caffeine and hate, dont’cha know.

  9. DrGail says:

    And sit around in our bathrobes (which, apropos of nothing, I happen to be doing at this very moment) in a studio apartment, like Vinny!

    tas, you called that one absolutely correct: your initial post about Troopergate, back in August, was prophetic. Kudos to you, man!

    You guys do realize, don’t you, that we will need a serious liveblogging event on election night? There will be schadenfreude (Kyle, thanks for spelling it for me!) aplenty, no doubt liberal amounts of alcohol and/or other recreational substances, and extreme merriment all around. I’m hyped for it.

  10. Oh, most definitely. I’m hoping to have election day off so I can vote first thing in the morning, then help drive voters to the polls, and then spend the evening liveblogging the election!

    Also, I might get interrupted once or twice but I have every intention to liveblog the last debate, and I’m actually hoping that the liveblog adopts the tone of the end of our last liveblogging. Get your teabags ready!

  11. tas says:

    Thanks, Dr. Gaiil.. Though, and as an affront to the McCain campaign, anybody who talked with all those normal people should have seen this coming. I had the benefit of having friends in Alaska — but a monkey who had friends in Alaska should have seen this coming. So should I look smart because McCain was an idiot and couldn’t even vet his vice presidential nominee?

  12. DrGail says:

    Hey tas, don’t fight the compliment so much. Just accept it graciously!

    (Shorter: Can’t you take yes for an answer?)

    And, you’re right of course that something like this was bound to happen when you don’t vet your veep candidate enough (at all?).

    What struck me about your excerpted first post, though, was the cogent summary of what was going on; damn if reality didn’t unfold just the way you described it!

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