Troopergate: Don’t buy local
Posted on October 11, 2008 | By wally
Read the headline “Alaska panel finds Palin abused power in firing” and you might be led to thinking that Sarah Palin used her power as governor to just haul off and fire someone. Even continuing into the article’s lead sentence
“Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper”
might have you believing that this was solely a personal vendetta on the part of Sarah Palin.
Well don’t blame yourself, you were led there, just be thankful that the Herald only leans moderately left rather than radically left, or you’d have read something like this “progressive” sensationalism from official sounding Northwest Progressive Institute.
Without a doubt, the next time John McCain and Sarah Palin talk about reform or being “mavericks” (and I hate using their term), they will be lying. Sarah Palin is no different from former Congressman Tom DeLay, incarcerated former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, and formerly incarcerated former Congressman Bob Ney, just to name a few of the ethically-challenged Republicans who have inhabited Washington, D.C. in the past few years. nwprogressive.org
By reading the headlines and in fact much of both the cited articles, I should be appalled at the actions of Governor Sarah Palin. Well I won’t deny, nor do I think Sarah Palin has denied, that things could have been handled differently, but guess what? I’m not appalled in the slightest! Because as I found first in a McCatchy article and later cited elsewhere, the lead investigator Steve Branchflower said,
Palin’s firing of Monegan was “a proper and lawful exercise” of the governor’s authority.
Well it doesn’t sound as abusive if you call it a proper and lawful exercise of Sarah Palin’s authority as Governor. However if you read only the Herald article you wouldn’t run across the words proper and lawful. I know, I did a word search and those words from the McClatchy article are not in the Herald article, which is a bit odd, or not, since the Herald is owned by McClatchy. I guess as much as we might feel led by the headlines, we are also being fed a certain leftist diet by our local news. One case where buying local may not be the best choice.
Also missing from our local news diet was any mention of the the two Alaskan senators whose involvement in the investigation might constitute their own vendetta, with Sarah Palin as the victim.
First, there is Senator French, who as a Democrat we might expect to be a little partisan, but this describes more than a little partisanship.
Democratic Sen. Hollis French was accused of manipulating the probe for political effect on national and state elections. Republican Rep. John Coghill last week asked the Alaska Legislature’s Legislative Council, the body that appointed French to oversee the investigation, to discuss replacing French.
Coghill said he believed the investigation was lacking in fairness, neutrality and due process after French was quoted in media reports that the probe’s results were going to be an “October surprise” that is “likely to be damaging to the administration.”
And second there is Senator Green, who as a Republican we might expect to see a little balancing partisanship in favor of Gov. Palin. However, this is not the case for Sen. Green who has dropped her run for reelection after finding herself behind in the polls and placing blame for this on the shoulders of Sarah Palin who supports her competition.
Sen. Green also said she felt the election was becoming a contest between herself and Gov. Sarah Palin rather than her Republican primary opponent, Linda Menard.
I’m glad that even though things might have been handled differently, Sarah Palin was found to have handled the firing properly and lawfully, which incidentally was the point of the whole investigation in the first place.
So, think local, read more than local, but don’t act local; vote McCain/Palin.