Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Daily Palin Headliners

I don't know what else I can say about Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, except that she is vindictive, corrupt, dishonest, and especially petty. And all the time, she hides under this image of a Hockey Mom / Mrs Smith Goes to Washington. However, the news reports coming out on the Troopergate scandal shows what a fraud Palin really is.

So here is another does of the Daily Palin Headliners.

McCain campaign says Palin will not talk to Troopergate investigator: ThinkProgress is reporting that Sarah Palin will not talk to the investigator hired by the Alaskan state legislator to look into the Palin firing of her public safety commissioner. This is no big surprise, since the McCain campaign has refused to cooperate with the investigation, claiming that it was tainted by politics, despite the fact that the five-member committee is composed of three Republicans and two Democrats. So the question remains now, when is the Alaskan state legislator going to subpoena Palin?

Lawmakers sue to stop Palin Troopergate scandal: Time.com is reporting that five state Republican lawmakers are asking an Anchorage Superior Court judge to stop the investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of a public safety commissioner. I'm starting to wonder if these state Republican lawmakers have been talking to the McCain campaign in trying to stuff the Troopergate investigation.

Palin claims executive privilege to conceal emails: ABC News is reporting that Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin is citing executive privilege to withhold emails from public view. The problem here is that Sarah Palin used private Yahoo email accounts to conduct state business, raising questions of a backdoor secrecy within the Palin administration. You can bet that Vice President Palin will continue this policy of email secrecy.

Sarah Palin shows just how to respond to reporters' questions: This is from the Associated Press;

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Asked about her refusal to turn over e-mails to an Alaska investigator, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin looked up, smiled — and then stepped wordlessly into her waiting car.

Sarah Palin will never attend any press conferences, and will never answer questions to reporters before, or after, McCain-controlled campaign events. According to the AP story:

Since departing Alaska on Saturday for her first solo campaign trip, Palin has spoken before two rallies and appeared at a fundraiser.

After a speech in Carson City, Nev., on Saturday, she flew to Denver and made no public appearances on Sunday. She spoke in Colorado on Monday morning, then held her first solo fundraiser later in the day in Ohio. One scheduled interview was postponed due to storm-related damage. She has refused to answer shouted questions about issues ranging from the economy to the home-state investigation.

Aides keep reporters well away from her when she is campaigning, and also protect her privacy aboard her chartered campaign plane by pulling a curtain across the center aisle to separate the Palins and her top aides from the rest of the passengers.

The McCain campaign is completely hiding Sarah Palin, making her into a Toy Poodle to perform in John McCain's dog and pony show.

Sarah Palin can't keep her Troopergate story right: TPM Muckraker is reporting that Sarah Palin has given three contradictory stories on why she fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The first story is that Palin fired Monegan because "of a series of instances of Monegan's insubordination on budget issues, including Monegan working with an Alaska legislator to seek funding for a project Governor Palin had already vetoed." The second story of why Palin fired Monegan is because 'Monegan was the "chief proponent" for an "ambitious, multi-million dollar initiative to seriously tackle sex crimes in the state," and that Palin's office "put the plan on hold in July," just days before Monegan's firing.' And the third story of why Palin fired Monegan was because Palin "was dissatisfied with his performance on filling vacant trooper positions and on bootlegging and alcohol abuse issues." And let us not forget that Palin told The New Yorker that she didn't fire Monegan, but rather she had "wanted to reassign him to combat alcohol abuse, and that he quit instead."

Which story is it?

Of course, The Washington Post has published emails showing that Palin had written to Monegan, expressing frustration that Monegan would not fire Palin's brother-in-law, who was the Alaskan state trooper involved in a divorce with Palin's sister.

Now Palin is claiming she fired Monegan for being too aggressive in combating sex offenders: TPM Muckraker has fourth reason for why Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan--he was being too aggressive in combating child molesters;

McCain's campaign insists the investigation into the firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan has been hijacked by Democrats. The campaign says it can prove Monegan was fired in July because of insubordination on budget issues, and not because he refused to fire a state trooper who went through a nasty divorce from Palin's sister.

To that end, the campaign released a series of e-mails detailing the frustration several Palin administration officials experienced in dealing with Monegan. The "last straw," the campaign said, was a trip Monegan planned to Washington in July to seek federal money for investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases.

In a July 7 e-mail, John Katz, the governor's special counsel, noted two problems with the trip: the governor hadn't agreed the money should be sought, and the request "is out of sequence with our other appropriations requests and could put a strain on the evolving relationship between the Governor and Sen. Stevens."

Monegan was fired four days later.

That Walt Monegan is just a really bad employee for Sarah Palin.

Top McCain economic adviser claims that McCain & Palin not qualified to run major corporation: Americablog has this YouTube video showing McCain adviser, and former Hewlett Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina saying that both John McCain and Sarah Palin are not qualified to run a major corporation. From YouTube;

So if John McCain and Sarah Palin are not qualified to run a major corporation, what makes them qualified to run the U.S. government?

Fiorina actually repeated this statement of Sarah Palin not being qualified for running a major U.S. corporation twice--Once on Fox News, and again on KTRS in St. Louis. From YouTube:

So why is Sarah Palin qualified to run as Vice President of the United States?

Sarah Palin repeats a teleprompter lie: This is from The Washington Monthly, sourcing a Wall Street Journal story on how Sarah Palin repeated a story at an Ohio country club of how a broken teleprompter caused her to ad-lib much of her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention:

On Monday afternoon Gov. Palin and her entourage tooled through neighborhoods still without power in storm-stricken Stark County, Ohio, where she attended a fundraiser at the Brookside Country Club.

The governor’s first “funder” raised just under $1 million. Gov. Palin raised questions among the traveling press — confined under police guard for most of her three-hour visit inside a club boardroom — by telling her patrons the Tricky Tale of the Teleprompter Triumph.

As recorded by a reporter allowed to observe the 35-minute fundraiser appearance, this was the first time Gov. Palin herself relayed the story of how a fouled-up teleprompter forced her to ad-lib big swaths of her acclaimed acceptance speech at the Republican Convention Sept. 3.

But that story has been largely debunked. Reporters who saw the equipment that night say –and the party has not denied — that any teleprompter issue was minor at most. In the days after the event it was touted — on a hush-hush, off the record basis — by top Republicans as a way to show how swift-thinking is their newest star, despite her avoidance of any and all unscripted moments on the trail.

Gov. Palin’s telling was a Canton crowd-pleaser: “There Ohio was right out in front, right in front of me. The teleprompter got messed up, I couldn’t follow it, and I just decided I’d just talk to the people in front of me,” she said. “It was Ohio.”

Sarah Palin has lied repeatedly about the Bridge to Nowhere. Sarah Palin has lied about the federal earmarks. She has lied about firing Walt Monegan. She and John McCain have lied about selling the jet on eBay. The McCain campaign has lied about Sarah Palin being in Iraq. Lies after lies after lies. Given the McCain campaign's penchant for lying about everying--big and small--why should we believe anything that comes out of Sarah Palin's mouth?

Or even John McCain's mouth?

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