Troopergate Spin

12 Oct

From The Guardian ::

Palin’s solicitor, Thomas Van Flein, said there was no evidence she had breached any ethical code. ‘In order to violate the ethics law, there has to be some personal gain, usually financial. [The report] has failed to identify any financial gain.’

No-one ever claimed that Palin had gained anything tangible from firing the State Trooper – indeed, uncovering such ‘profit’ was never the objective of the probe. The investigation sought to uncover if Palin had broken the rules by pursuing a private feud, something the report concluded she was guilty of.

The moronic Tod Palin, or “First Dude” as he is annoyingly referred, clearly looked to use his wife’s office to push his cause. To some extent the report concludes he succeeded.

It really asinine to claim that Palin didn’t breach the Alaskan ethics code, when the report they cite concluded that she did.

Meg Stapleton, a spokeswoman for the Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, said the legislative council was ‘making a tortured argument to find fault without basis in law or fact’. A campaign statement said: ‘This report also illustrates what we’ve known all along: this was a partisan-led inquiry run by [Barack] Obama supporters and the Palins were completely justified in their concern regarding Trooper Wooten given his violent and rogue behaviour.’

Known all along?

This is really odd. The investigation was launched a month before Palin was chosen for the VP spot. It was authorised by a majority Republican bipartisan committee. And she promised she would fully cooperate with the investigation before being selected by McCain.

I don’t think there are many political points here for the Dems, but this is complete bullshit. Simple as that.


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