Jeez Louise.Â Why am I not surprised that GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin won’t cooperate in the investigation she abused her office’s authority in the Troopergate scandal?
From the story: Former Palin Press Secretary Meg Stapleton told reporters in Anchorage that the power probe has been “hijacked” by “Obama operatives” for the Democratic presidential nominee â€” namely, Alaska state Sen. Hollis French, the Democratic lawmaker managing the investigation and an Obama supporter. French has denied working on behalf of the Obama campaign.
On Sunday, the New York Times did a marvelous piece on Palin’s management style as mayor and as governor. Lo and behold, they suggest that Palin’s Wasilla High Yearbook could double as the Alaska state government directory as she appointed cronies to key positions despite qualifications.Â The story also suggests that anyone who disagreed with her was branded “a hater” and was either fired or ostracized.
Want a preview of how she ran things in Alaska? Read below excertps from the NY Times article:
When Ms. Palin had to cut her first state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors. Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of legislative projects.
Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy. The governor and her top officials sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of e-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that her staff members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records.
State legislators are investigating accusations that Ms. Palin and her husband pressured officials to fire a state trooper who had gone through a messy divorce with her sister, charges that she denies. But interviews make clear that the Palins draw few distinctions between the personal and the political.
Last summer State Representative John Harris, the Republican speaker of the House, picked up his phone and heard Mr. Palinâ€™s voice. The governorâ€™s husband sounded edgy. He said he was unhappy that Mr. Harris had hired John Bitney as his chief of staff, the speaker recalled. Mr. Bitney was a high school classmate of the Palins and had worked for Ms. Palin. But she fired Mr. Bitney after learning that he had fallen in love with another longtime friend.
Not deeply versed in policy, Ms. Palin skipped some candidate forums; at others, she flipped through hand-written, color-coded index cards strategically placed behind her nameplate. (wonder what does does up against Biden?)
While Ms. Palin took office promising a more open government, her administration has battled to keep information secret. Her inner circle discussed the benefit of using private e-mail addresses. An assistant told her it appeared that such e-mail messages sent to a private address on a â€œpersonal deviceâ€ like a BlackBerry â€œwould be confidential and not subject to subpoena.â€
The administrationâ€™s e-mail correspondence reveals a siege-like atmosphere. Top aides keep score, demean enemies and gloat over successes. Even some who helped engineer her rise have felt her wrath.
Dan Fagan, a prominent conservative radio host and longtime friend of Ms. Palin, urged his listeners to vote for her in 2006. But when he took her to task for raising taxes on oil companies, he said, he found himself branded a â€œhater.â€
After reading the NY Times piece, I have to retract my comment that Palin is Dan Quayle in a Dress.Â She’s George W. Bush in a dress.Â I have to wonde, if she won’t participate in the investigation of TrooperGate, what is she hiding?Â And why does it seem she needs her unelected husband along to make major decisions affecting residents of Alaska?Â Hillary sure didn’t need Bill’s help in making decisions as a US Senator.
These points simply reinforce the poor judgement exercised by John McCain.