So the news just came in (from the The New York Times Company):
“Gov. Sarah Palin Cleared of Ethics Charges: Timothy J. Petumenos, the independent counsel to the Alaska
Personnel Board, concluded that in the firing of the former Alaska public safety commissioner Walt Monegan, “There is no probable cause to believe that the governor or any other state official violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with these matters.”
Now, well; that’s very convenient, the last night before the great election day where the “free world” is about to elect its new leader (what’s so free about it, if there is a leader?), then, miraculously, Sarah Palin is suddenly cleared of all charges in Troopergate. Halleluja!
How can that be?
If one bothers looking around for, say, half an hour with the help of an Internet search engine, using the keywords “palin”, “troopergate”, “abuse”, and “power”, it shall soon become apparent what the very far from radical CNN said about three weeks ago:
“Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska’s governor and violated state ethics law by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police, a state investigator’s report concluded Friday. ”
Today, however, she is clean:
“Released Monday, the report says there is no probable cause to believe Palin or any other state official violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with the firing. The report was prepared by Timothy Petumenos, an independent counsel for the Alaska Personnel Board.”
Bizarrely, I return to to Cable News Network for reason in the matter:
CNN also wrote, less than than a month ago:
“”Gov. Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda,” the report states.
Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan’s refusal to fire State Trooper Mike Wooten from the state police force was “likely a contributing factor” to Monegan’s July dismissal, but Palin had the authority as governor to fire him, the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states.
The investigator’s report states Palin’s efforts to get Wooten fired broke a state ethics law that bars public officials from pursuing personal interest through official action.”
Yet, today, or rather tonight, the night before the big day, she is innocent?
Call me paranoid, call me pedantic; or even worse, call me analytical, but something doesn’t quite add up here!
Oh, well, so I forgot to present a balanced view. Of course, Governor Palin’s spin doctors did say that this whole thing was orchestrated, wildly claiming that, basically, those people who uphold ethics and morality according to current law in the bureaucracy are acting out a “a partisan-led inquiry”…
Some sort of a liberal conspiracy to respect the rule of law?
And the counter argument ready just now?
Of course Sarah Palin, the pranked on the phone, shooting from helicopter, polar bear killing Superwoman is innocent, -entirely innocent-, the virgin mother of a new era. Indeed.
As CNN further wrote:
“Palin originally agreed to cooperate with the Legislative Council inquiry, and disclosed in August that her advisers had contacted Department of Public Safety officials nearly two dozen times regarding her ex-brother-in-law.
But once she became Sen. John McCain’s running mate, her advisers began painting the investigation as a weapon of Democratic partisans.
Ahead of Friday’s hearing, Palin supporters wearing clown costumes and carrying balloons denounced the probe as a “kangaroo court” and a “three-ring circus” led by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. “
So, there we go: mocking what little is left of the rule of law and decent behavour.
However, don’t go to vote, it only encourages them!