Electricity & Lust

Palin Power Abuse

Posted in Politics by Sam Unsted on October 11, 2008

The general consensus among Democrats over the past few weeks has been that Obama needs to go on the offensive, the counter the Republican attack machine and prevent himself from being saturated by overblown scandal and downright lies which sway the dumb voter and give the White House to the Republicans. I’ve always felt a better idea, and perhaps the one he has been using, is to allow them to just destroy themselves, give McCain and Palin the space to make their ridiculous comments and make their unsubstantiated attacks on him and just let the water flow clean under the bridge.

Today, that plan of attack appears to have had some credibility as Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was found to have abused her power as Alaskan governor by a State Legislature panel. The case relates to her firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, pressured by Palin and her husband, Todd, to fire Mike Wooten, a state trooper who had been involved in a custody battle with Palin’s sister. Palin had maintained he has been fired due to a budgetary dispute.

The Republicans had gone on the attack with the report from the start, saying the investigation was politically motivated and brought around by supporters of Obama looking to discredit the then-very popular Palin. Whether that’s the case or not, this is an explosive story likely to have the entire weekend’s coverage to itself plus the holiday in the US on Monday as people put the market crash on Friday to the back of their minds. Having said that, the danger remains that Paulson and Co will crush the story coming out of the weekend with a new rescue plan for financial markets. The Republicans will attack hard but I can see this providing a major problems for the McCain-Palin ticket and it again gives a strong reason as to why you shouldn’t hire someone after meeting them once. Would you choose a vice presidential candidate who was in the midst of a corruption case?

Check out the story on The Huffington Post, Fox NewsBBC News and CNN with the full report here.

Here’s some early comment from Richard Lister (BBC) and I’ll try and provide some more on it tomorrow.

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