The same people who make fun of those who treat Obama like a rock star who can do no wrong treat Sarah Palin in exactly the same manner. She walks on water. Nothing she says or does is bad.
The reaction to her violation of Alaska’s ethics laws is a case in point. Had Bill Clinton violated and ethics law no matter how obscure or parsed words about it there would be impeachment proceedings. Ooops, he did and there were. Yet the reaction of the same people who supported impeachment of Clinton say about Palin and her husband “I would have done the same,” or “She didn’t do anything,” or some other excuse. And what does Palin do? According to MSNBC:
“After the results of the investigation were released, Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, was asked by a reporter if she abused her power as governor. She replied, "No, and if you read the report you'll see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member. You gotta read the report, sir.”
Uh, Governor, technically what you say is true, but if somebody really reads the report as you suggest they will find “Finding Number One” on page 8 which says “I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.” I think that says that you abused your power, if I read correctly.
This kind of parsing of words is disingenuous in the extreme. It is also either arrogant or stupid to suggest someone read the report knowing they will find Finding Number One. It is hard to believe that John McCain can be trusted with anything if he is suggesting that we should trust Sarah Palin.
Someone who abuses her power by using it to further her personal ends in the context of her sister’s nasty divorce, and sees nothing wrong with it, frightens me. Its like the Mafia, don’t cross a family member, your livelihood and your reputation could be in danger. But then, this is what frightened me about the Bush/Cheney Texas Mafia, so I guess I’m just a weenie.