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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Palin Power Abuse: All in the Family

Her non-stop savaging of Barack Obama's choice of friends may have to be put on hold as Sarah Palin explains herself and her spouse. The governor broke an Alaska state ethics law, a bipartisan investigation concluded today, but it was all in the name of family values.

"Gov. Palin," the report says, "knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda," i.e. the firing of former brother-in-law Trooper Mike Wooten from the state police force, leading to her dismissal of Wooten's boss.

In the 263 pages of the report publicly released, independent investigator Stephen E. Branchflower, a former Anchorage prosecutor, said that Ms. Palin wrongfully allowed her husband, Todd, to use state resources as part of the effort to have Trooper Wooten dismissed.

The McCain campaign will no doubt offer a flurry of excuses and accusations to explain how their VP candidate is being politically victimized for "palling around" with her own husband as he was hounding the State Commissioner of Public Safety. Is it terrorism when it's all in the family?

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