Thursday, September 18, 2008

Alaska Stonewall

In case you were wondering whether there really is anything to Troopergate (the allegations that Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin fired Alaska's public safety commissioner because he wouldn't fire her state trooper brother-in-law, with whom her family was feuding), here's an indicator: her Attorney General, only a week after saying that state employees would comply with legislative subpoenas relating to the probe, has now stated that they won't, in part because the probe is tainted by "partisan politics."

Now let's get this straight -- the Alaska legislature is dominated by Republicans. The legislative council, made up of 8 Republicans and 4 Democrats, voted 12-0 to investigate Troopergate, and appointed a state Democratic Senator who is a former prosector to do the investigation. Appointing someone from the other party to do the investigation is a standard move to produce a credible investigation. Now that Palin is a national VP candidate, suddenly the whole thing is put down to partisanship, and the fired public safety commissioner is being derided as "insubordinate" even though Palin offered him another job when she fired him.

Hmmm . . . what administration regularly declares itself above the law, stonewalls legislative subpoenas, derides any investigation of its wrongdoing as partisan, and trashes the reputation of anyone who gets in its way? It looks more and more and more like McCain-Palin would be more of the same.

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