Sarah Palin, maverick reformer and McCain’s soulmate:
It didn’t take long. We’ve already brought you news of the official investigation into Gov. Palin’s firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. Steve Branchflower, the lead investigator, began trying to arrange a deposition of the governor days before her veep selection. And despite claiming executive privilege to shield requested emails, up until that point Palin had promised full cooperation with the probe.
Now, however, she is refusing to submit to questioning by Branchflower unless he and the legislative committee that appointed him agree to relinquish control of the investigation and turn it over to a state review board made up of three Palin appointees.
A far right Christian ideologue who lies, abuses her authority, stonewalls investigators, and then refuses to testify. Why does this sound so familiar?
Putting aside the absurdity of the McCain campaign, in which we need to elect Republicans to reform the government after eight years of Republican rule, I can not believe that after eight years of Bush, this is the “reform” the Republicans think the country is craving. As Chris Orr notes:
I’m skeptical that this new, aggressive posture will serve Palin well: It ramps up the heat on the story and makes Palin look more like a typical pol under investigation and less like someone with minor issues to resolve back home. But evidently those around Palin–perhaps on the McCain campaign staff?–have now concluded that there is enough there there to make stonewalling preferable to downplaying. Either that or Palin felt that resisting legislative inquiries is an area where she needed to bone up if she was going to serve in a GOP administration.
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