Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Palindrone

Light posting because I've been a bit ill for the last couple of days, but I'm following the news such as it is. And it's still all about Palin. Love how she calls press conferences to complain about press coverage. And the media comes running when she whistles. "National television camera crews flew out to Dillingham to take their turns interviewing her for 10 minutes that she allotted each, one at a time, on the beach." How very efficient. No sense in holding a group presser so she can get right back to slaying those salmon and progressing her values.

The biggest constant on the ever evolving list of reasons she quit is over the huge burden of defending ethics complaints. She says it's cost the state $2mil. "The state personnel board put its cost of dealing with the complaints at about $300,000 -- around two-thirds of which was in addressing the 'Troopergate' issue last fall." And Palin herself "initiated the personnel board investigation on 'Troopergate,' saying that the state Legislature's investigation of the matter was politicized and she was seeking the appropriate venue to deal with it."

She's blaming the ethics complaints on outside oppo researchers but most of them have been filed by state residents under the ethics reforms she pushed for herself. Not that it's shocking to see a GOPer unwilling to play by their own rules. And by the way, you think there's some rule that says a lame duck governor has to "milk the system?" I guess it would be crazy to let legal deal with the complaints and just do your job instead.

She decries the "double standard" of her critics saying no one criticized other pols who have left office before their terms expired. Of course, they all left for other, bigger, political positions. She left for a "different, more effective path" that apparently starts at the Bridge to Nowhere since she doesn't really know where that road is going.

Meanwhile, the snarkmeisters are out in force. TBogg nailed the Prima Donna of Wassilla with this clip and this is the best take on the Queen of the Iquitarod.

On a more serious note, Sully sums up the possibilities neatly.
Can we all be grown up for a minute and concede something very simple? There are three explanations for the latest circus act: either Sarah Palin is so crazy she actually believes that what she just did is good for her political career; she has decided that her future is as a celebreality star and she's pursuing the lucrative Coulter-style, long legs and fascist farrago strategy; or, a scandal of monumental proportions is about to hit.
I think that about covers it.

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Blogger Cosa Nostradamus said...

Feel better. Keep the TV off until they bury Jacko's brain. That'll help.

8:12:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Thanks Cosa. Luckily I don't really have a teevee anymore. Well, I do, but I only get the local public access station. Didn't watch a bit of the circus on line either. The clowns scare me.

9:25:00 PM  
Blogger Cosa Nostradamus said...

Yeah. Our media have lost all utility. They even feed us the racist Chi-Com government line on the Uighurs. Then there's the constant negative drumbeat on single-payer.

Fortunately, there's still the world-wide army of honest street reporters and bloggers. It would be nice if we had control of a few TV & radio networks. Maybe it's easier though if we just assume they're all corrupt.

Bedrest & plenty of fluids, red, white or rosé. You'll be feeling better in no time. And Jacko will still be in Alaska, working on the Palin campaign.

6:04:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Cosa.

8:19:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I'm surprised so little has been made of her recent threats to sue people who publish negative views about her.

Although it comes from her lawyers, who do know better, I have to wonder both at her pretense not to know that as a public figure, she can't sue anyone for libel because they're speculating about investigations and charges -- and because her campaign was based on trying to tie her opponents to treason, insurrection and terrorism.
Beyond the Nixonian paranoia, it shows such a disrespect for freedom of speech and a free press that this alone should disqualify her for any public office.

9:24:00 AM  
Blogger Cosa Nostradamus said...

Republicans today define themselves by being opposed to everything American, especially that Islamofascist Constitution, Capt.

It's just good "branding," from the majority's point of view. You can smell them a mile away. Impossible to vote for them by accident.

10:46:00 AM  

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