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October 15, 2008

PALIN'S DELUSIONS WORSEN.... I can understand Sarah Palin feeling humiliated by her Troopergate scandal. An independent investigation concluded that she violated state ethics, abused the powers of her office, and lied about it. This isn't exactly easy to spin away this kind of violation of the public trust.

It was odd, then, to hear Palin tell reporters on Saturday that she's "very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity there." This was, of course, the exact opposite of reality. The Anchorage Daily News called Palin's response "an embarrassment to Alaskans and the nation." The editorial added, "Her response is either astoundingly ignorant or downright Orwellian.... Palin's response is the kind of political 'big lie' that George Orwell warned against. War is peace. Black is white. Up is down."

Naturally, then, Palin repeated the lie yesterday.

"The report that came out also was very clear in that there was no unethical or unlawful behavior on my part," Palin told a local CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, adding, "No abuse of power there at all."

This is just madness. The report was unambiguous -- Palin "abused her power." She "violated" the "Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act." Even Sarah Palin can read this and understand the plain meaning of basic words.

This makes Palin's breathtaking lies all the more remarkable. She said the report was "very clear" that she hadn't done anything "unethical" and there was "no abuse of power" at all. I don't think I've ever seen a politician lie so brazenly.

So, Republicans, which is it? Is Sarah Palin shockingly dishonest or is she functionally illiterate? Inquiring minds want to know.

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The President of the United States of America has shown for 8 years that denial, even when faced with evidence, works.

Who can blame a mere Governor for following in her President's footsteps?

Posted by: Ohioan on October 15, 2008 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

"So, Republicans, which is it? Is Sarah Palin shockingly dishonest or is she functionally illiterate? Inquiring minds want to know."

Apparently she's both...

Posted by: stevio on October 15, 2008 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

The bigger question is why is she not being called out on this by Democrats and/or their surrogates and the mainstream media?

Posted by: John on October 15, 2008 at 3:29 PM | PERMALINK

I will send another $25 to Obama , just to stop that batshit crazy Wasilla Whore getting anywhere near the Whitehouse. I expect the two arms to come up any minute with the fingers in the "v" sign shouting: "I am not a crook"

Posted by: John R on October 15, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

OK, but how does that TV reporter let her say that without questioning it? That person should be stripped of their right to call themselves a reporter.

Posted by: Buffalonian on October 15, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

steve asks: "Is Sarah Palin shockingly dishonest or is she functionally illiterate?"

why the choice? the answer, natch, is BOTH.

i will shamefacedly admit that i have no idea how to react to lying so brazen....it's been going on all campaign.... Mac or Bible Spice lies, gets schooled by somebody, then repeats the lie ....

and eventually, people shrug their shoulders and walk away shaking their heads in disbelief...

wash, rinse, repeat... i'm beside myself .....

Posted by: dj spellchecka on October 15, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

steve asks: "Is Sarah Palin shockingly dishonest or is she functionally illiterate?"

why the choice? the answer, natch, is BOTH.

i will shamefacedly admit that i have no idea how to react to lying so brazen....it's been going on all campaign.... Mac or Bible Spice lies, gets schooled by somebody, then repeats the lie ....

and eventually, people shrug their shoulders and walk away shaking their heads in disbelief...

wash, rinse, repeat... i'm beside myself .....

Posted by: dj spellchecka on October 15, 2008 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

Just watched TPMs breakdown of Ayers coming up at the debate. I think people are missing the point of McCain's comment that Obama "ensured it will come up at the next debate.." To me this means that McCain will tell his buddy Scheifer to bring it up in a way that is to McCain's advantage.

Posted by: grinning cat on October 15, 2008 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

So, Republicans, which is it? Are you shockingly dishonest or functionally illiterate?

FYP

Posted by: tica on October 15, 2008 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

Buffalonian asks the right question. If she's allowed to repeat these lies without "reporters" bring up the truth, why would she stop?

Posted by: jrw on October 15, 2008 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

Actually Gov. Palin, you have the facts completely wrong again. The reporter did not say the state trooper had been fired. She said you made an effort to have him fired.

Gov. Palin, you are an embarrassment to professional women everywhere.

Posted by: John O. on October 15, 2008 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

I REALLY hope Tina Fey picks up on this in her next bit on SNL.

Posted by: B.Mick on October 15, 2008 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

Look over.............THERE!!!!!

We can't allow leftist groups like ACORN to steal this election!

Posted by: Sarah Palin on October 15, 2008 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

Simple answer: She's a modern Republican.

And, as Jon Stewart points out, we have to treat her differently so as not to be sexist.

Posted by: John McCain: Worse than Bush on October 15, 2008 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

iirc, on her first pass at this, she clung to the life raft that there was nothing wrong with her firing monegan, in that she had a legal right to do so.

while that was a monumental lie, it at least had that underlying connection with reality.

but now she appears to have dropped the little qualifier, in much the same way that she continued to repeat the bridge to nowhere lie long after she had been busted.

i would say that she's ignorant and dishonest but far more important is that she is utterly shameless: we see this in every aspect of her character that has been revealed.

but given that the american public is onto her shtick, i don't know that dems have to spend a lot of time on her: she is an inconsequential figure in this election. she has done nothing for mccain.

i'm looking forward to how things will go in alaska when she's back on the job....

Posted by: howard on October 15, 2008 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK

And the utterly delusional REPIGLICANS chant on: "Sara, Sara, USA, USA, Sara , Sarah" ........ my god

Posted by: stormskies on October 15, 2008 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

The President of the United States of America has shown for 8 years that denial, even when faced with evidence, works.

I'm sorry, but even Bush isn't this stupid. He'd have blamed a partisan witch hunt, or disgruntled enemies with axes to grind, or perhaps he'd still insist that it's too early to make any statement on an on-going investigation; but he wouldn't have dared to go into outright lying like this on something so provably false. And his people would certainly have been able to drag this out a lot longer, until people simply stopped caring about it.

I'm sure even Bush is dismayed at Palin's level of incompetent deception (assuming his staff has told him anything about it, as I can't imagine Mad Magazine has been explaining it to him in any detail).

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on October 15, 2008 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

I really wouldn't know how to respond to this type of lying. It's not subtle; it's not creative; and it is somehow repeated ad naseum with a straight face. We Democrats can call her out on it literally every day between now and November 4th, but really, the base will love her no matter what she does and independents are smart enough to see through this. Focusing on Palin is just a waste of energy at this point

Posted by: Matt W on October 15, 2008 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

the bigger question is: will mccain voters choose to be shockingly dishonest or functionally illiterate when they pull the lever? either way, they're still voting for mccain/pallin.

Posted by: comstock load on October 15, 2008 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

Since when does Palin do interviews??

Posted by: neilt on October 15, 2008 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

This is why the Right loves her and she will be pushed for the nominee in 2012.

Posted by: RollaMO on October 15, 2008 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

Rhetorical question: why is the so-called "liberal", so-called "mainstream" media not calling out Palin on her appalling lies? Indeed, why did the "mainstream" media not only fail to challenge Palin's lies, but almost entirely fail to even report the verdict of the Alaska legislature's bipartisan investigation that found Palin had abused her power, violated the public trust and broken state law?

Answer: Because John McCain has promised to give the handful of giant corporations that own and control America's mass media $1.44 BILLION in corporate tax cuts, plus millions more in individual tax cuts for their ultra-rich CEOs, plus he will continue the Bush policies of radical deregulation of media ownership, thereby enabling the giant media corporations to gobble up America's last remaining independent radio and TV stations and networks.

The big scandal of this presidential campaign -- as in the last two campaigns -- is the blatant conflict of interest on the part of the media corporations, who have a multi-billion dollar interest in putting another right wing Republican in power to cut their taxes and deregulate their industry.

Meanwhile millions of Americans -- and numerous "liberal" bloggers and pundits -- fail to recognize that the corporate media is not performing a public service of impartially and accurately informing the American people about the candidates and the issues, but is in actuality propagandizing the American people in furtherance of their for-profit interests and agenda.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on October 15, 2008 at 3:41 PM | PERMALINK

She's the equivalent of an investor who went all in a year ago. She's not getting in at the peak, but just before the crash. I doubt we will see her on the national scene again after this.

Posted by: Wayne on October 15, 2008 at 3:42 PM | PERMALINK

She's talking about HER report exonerating herself.

Posted by: on October 15, 2008 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

She's talking about HER report exonerating herself.

Posted by: L on October 15, 2008 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

Focusing on Palin is just a waste of energy at this point

But Matt W, having a good laugh is never a waste of energy. Particularly not when it's at the expense of someone as deserving as Palin. Besides, her supporters are already making noise about her run in 2012, so it's never too early to get this stuff into print.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on October 15, 2008 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

It's astounding--just a few minutes ago on "Talk of the Nation" the NPR host said that the same hostility that has been aroused at the McCain?Palin rallies against Obama has been raised at Obama/Biden rallies against Palin ("the same sort of foul signs and shouts").

WTF--has anone out there heard similar things shouted out against Palin?

BUT..............

What I am really, really angry about is that Obama has has to fight innuendo and gossip, while true, factual matters such as lying about "the bridge to nowhere", the non-payment of taxes, the flying of children and husband at state expense, the findings of "troopergate", the intrusive and micro-managing spouse, the failed carwash (businesswoman--remember that?), firing people for disagreeing with her personal beliefs, building a community center/hockey arena on land the city didn't even own, the secessionist Alaska party, etc., etc, have not even has a public hearing in a debate or real press conference where this difficult and unpleasnat realities are fully explored.

Posted by: Neal on October 15, 2008 at 3:44 PM | PERMALINK

To me it's the American public that's at fault. We have demonstrated, by year after year of being manipulated by right wing propaganda and voting against our own self interests, that no lie is too far fetched to tell. Republicans have been doing this for years, so she is just carrying the torch.

Difference is, after 8 years of the Cheney regime, with Bu$h serving as Pinocchio, American's are finally coming around to their senses. And as much as the corporate media hates it, they have to start acknowledging that fact. Hence, Palin is being thrown to the wolves for simply doing what republicans have always done. Lie and obfuscate.

Posted by: citizen_pain on October 15, 2008 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

Doctor Biobrain wrote: "I'm sorry, but even Bush isn't this stupid ... he wouldn't have dared to go into outright lying like this on something so provably false."

Not so. You may recall the pre-Iraq invasion press conference in which Bush, standing beside Tony Blair, asserted that the International Atomic Energy Agency had issued a report saying that Iraq could build a nuclear weapon within six months if they acquired the necessary uranium.

The same day, the IAEA stated that they had issued no such report and had no idea what Bush was talking about.

And then there was the post-invasion interview in which Bush told a European interviewer that "we found the weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq.

Indeed, in many respects Sarah Palin's constant barrage of blatant lies seems to be modeled on Bush.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on October 15, 2008 at 3:48 PM | PERMALINK

The clip demonstrates in a self-contained manner Palin's inability to comprehend and/or ability to lie. The interviewer states that the report demonstrated that Palin's husband used state resources as "part of the effort to have" Wooten dismissed.

Palin responds that the interview had her "facts wrong," because Wooten had not been dismissed but was still a trooper.

Does not compute.

Posted by: christor on October 15, 2008 at 3:48 PM | PERMALINK

The report she initiated is still ongoing. That would have been Bush's excuse to not comment.

So Palin is demonstrably dumber than Bush.

Rumor has it that the ethics board will be reaching the same conclusion, though.

Posted by: doubtful on October 15, 2008 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

When I think of Palin I think of E.D. Hill. Dumb as dog poop but still sells the Howard Stern crowd. They like 'em cute and stupid.

I've still not allowed myself to even imagine a possibility she might get there. It's too nightmarish.

Posted by: MissMudd on October 15, 2008 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

"Is Sarah Palin shockingly dishonest or is she functionally illiterate?"

Possibly neither. She really is not very intelligent, and may just be repeating what her handlers' told her the report said.

Which makes all concerned look more rock-stupid than ever, but if you consider the source it's not all that surprising.

Posted by: Curmudgeon on October 15, 2008 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

This absolutely ought to be a question for the debate tonight....

Posted by: david s on October 15, 2008 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

This absolutely ought to be a question for the debate tonight....

Posted by: david s on October 15, 2008 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

Paulin has the legal right to fire her Public Safety Commissioner and Bushit has the legal right to fire US Attorneys. Why, then, did Mukasey name a special prosecutor to investigate the ‘legal’ firing of USA’s and might there be some common contempt for both law and truth between Shrub and Sarah? Remember in the good old days when the GOP ran every cycle on the “law and order” meme? Gee, I wonder why they dropped that?

Posted by: Chopin on October 15, 2008 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

Didn't someone in the Bush White House coin a phrase "the reality-based community", and say proudly that the GOP didn't belong to it but created their own reality instead? They started out with megalomaniac visions of global transformation and ended up like Palin in transparent lying. It's hard to see how the strategy can work this time around. Reality has kind of caught up with them.

Posted by: davidp on October 15, 2008 at 3:55 PM | PERMALINK

"Is Sarah Palin shockingly dishonest or is she functionally illiterate?"

Both & that is the point! She is in training to be the repugnican candidate for president in 2012.

I am hopeful that the social conservative wing of the rethug party will go to war with the remainder of the party. It would be great to have the rethug party self-destruct.

Posted by: SadOldVet on October 15, 2008 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

I must add, she's both psychotic and dumb. Chances are she's never been challenged up there. It's a realllly small town and lots of real wackos. Anti-social Unibomber types, most going North to get away from something down here.

Child services should be contacted. This woman has no business raising kids.

Posted by: MissMudd on October 15, 2008 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

Come on, this has been the RepubliCON strategy for years now, and we're still dismayed by it? The only reason that they were outraged at Clinton's "deny, deny, deny" advice was becuase that was their strategy - how dare a democrat use it.

For the record, other Rapublican't strategies include:

- projecting your weaknesses upon your opponent (example: McInsane calling Obama "erratic" and "unstable")

- attacking your opponent's perceived strength (eg - the Swift Boat attacks on John Kerry)

- and when all else fails, call your opponent an appeaser, a traitor, or a terrorist.

Posted by: MeLoseBrain? on October 15, 2008 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

Steve:

"Shockingly dishonest" and "functionally illiterate" aren't mutually exclusive.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on October 15, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

She said it herself yesterday: She's got "nothing to lose." She's right.

Posted by: Trevor J on October 15, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Palin seems to be a lot like Bush, except without his intellectual complexity and depth of policy knowledge.

Posted by: anandine on October 15, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

"It's astounding--just a few minutes ago on "Talk of the Nation" the NPR host said that the same hostility that has been aroused at the McCain?Palin rallies against Obama has been raised at Obama/Biden rallies against Palin ("the same sort of foul signs and shouts")." - posted earlier by Neal

That's why I don't give NPR any money. I believe Alex Chadwick is host of NPR's Talk of the Nation and with Juan Williams, their Presidential election coverage/commentary I feel is always pro McCain and anti Obama. Why do I think that they had no actual hard evidence of their charges.

Posted by: John on October 15, 2008 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

My theory is that Alaska elects politicians that reflect the values of the Nome and Klondike gold rushes, making a quick buck with a cheerful, shameless lie. Even though Sen Stevens and former Governors Murkowski and Hickel were bad enough Sarah Palin is so much worse it makes my jaw drop. Is there any aspect of her political or family life that is not a web of hypocrisy? Can you imagine the media reaction if the Democrats had nominated someone who makes promotional videos for a bunch of avowed secessionists? We would hear about it for the next thirty years. For CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox Gov. Palin's dalliance with AKIP isn't even newsworthy.

Posted by: multisect on October 15, 2008 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

Palin would be the perfect followup to Cheney, were she to become VP: more than willing to hide her illegal activities and lie about everything, and feel no shame in doing so... starting with her supposed "maverickness" in exposing the ethics breach by a fellow GOPer that launched her statewide campaign. Read this:

http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-10-08/news/the-book-of-sarah/5
The Book of Sarah (Palin)
Strafing the Palin record

"PALIN'S CLAIM to fame as an Alaska reformer—that she risked her career to expose the chairman of the state GOP—is revisionist. In fact, Palin supported the methane-drilling project that helped sink GOP boss Randy Ruedrich before she later decided she was against it—a mirror of her flip-flop on the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. And her reversal had more to do with seizing a political opportunity than following her conscience...

A list of subcontractors on the (sports complex) job, obtained by the Voice, includes many with Palin ties. One was Spenard Builders Supply, the state's leading supplier of wood, floor, roof, and other "pre-engineered components." In addition to being a sponsor of Todd Palin's snow-machine team that has earned tens of thousands for the Palin family, Spenard hired Sarah Palin to do a statewide television commercial in 2004. When the Palins began building a new family home off Lake Lucille in 2002—at the same time that Palin was running for lieutenant governor and in her final months as mayor—Spenard supplied the materials... Todd Palin told Fox News that he built the two-story, 3,450-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath, wood house himself, with the help of contractors he described as "buddies." As mayor, Sarah Palin blocked an effort to require the filing of building permits in the wide-open city, and there is no public record of who the "buddies" were..."


Posted by: Hannah on October 15, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

Steve - I love you tenacity but you are going to have an aneurism over this woman. Give it up. You both live in parallel universes (call it a quantum mechanical reality) and you can't get there from here. Think about it. This woman believes that the world was created in 6 24 days and on the 7th day god got a little tired and took a nap. She does not operate within the bounds of logic or reason that you or most of us do, and she's not alone. There are millions of them out there, including my parents. Their religious beliefs are not a bug they're a feature. Do you honestly think that she is going to suddently start operating under the strict dictates of logical and collective reason that govern the majority of society. Please. She's incapable of even knowing there is a difference. She's with us three more weeks, and then she won't be heard from again, even Alaska is embarrassed. No future for her, now or ever. She is the most recent version of Alan Keyes, just less articulate.

Posted by: Scott F. on October 15, 2008 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin is destined to be little more than a janitor at the first lap-dance mooseburger fast food bar and grill strip joint in Alaska.

Fortunately for myself, as with most Americans, I have absolutely no need to visit Alaska in this lifetime. I may, however, come back in the next as a carnivorous, bazooka-wielding moose, campaigning for a position as a candidate with the "Aerial Hunters---the Other White Meat" Party....

Posted by: Steve W. on October 15, 2008 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

Must review post before sending (repeat three times) - meant "24hr" and sorry about typo re suddenly

Posted by: Scott F. on October 15, 2008 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

"She said it herself yesterday: She's got "nothing to lose."

...and Sarah, along with 90% of her fans, would spell it "nothing to loose."

Posted by: bluestatedon on October 15, 2008 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

The media really is criminal in this. They absolutely have an obligation to report these lies. There's no gray area here. Though I still think it was the weak-ass way the report issued the findings that allows some of this.

Posted by: ckelly on October 15, 2008 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

Could she really be any more subversive?

Posted by: Rich Merritt on October 15, 2008 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

That's the great thing about being on a mission from God. Facts are irrelevant.

Posted by: Ike on October 15, 2008 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, she's a sociopath.

A very clever one.

And she's learning quickly, adapting at a very fast rate to the national stage.

She loves the power rush of those worked-up crowds. The thrill of getting them to buy into HER definition of reality.

She'll be the 2012 GOP nominee for President. And quite formidable.

Don't discount her. She's not crazy, she's not stupid. Ambitious ? Evil ? Yeah, I think the evidence is quite clear.

-- stan

Posted by: Stanley Krute on October 15, 2008 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

SecularAnimist hit the nail on the head. That's why Palin continues to tell barefaced lies - the corporate media will not call her on it, and the McCain campaign knows it.

Posted by: James G on October 15, 2008 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK
"The report that came out also was very clear in that there was no unethical or unlawful behavior on my part," Palin told a local CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, adding, "No abuse of power there at all."

Of course "the report" said there was no abuse of power. That would be the report she commissioned, not the independent report.

I'm thinking this simply must be a form of performance art, perhaps sponsored by the ever-clever Tina Fey. Hopefully someday she will write a book and recount the bizarre things said to her by "serious" Republicans.

Posted by: Racer X on October 15, 2008 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

As one Bush administration official famously said (courtesy of Ron Susskind): "We're an empire now; we create our own reality."

Posted by: Ted Frier on October 15, 2008 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin is an absolute insult to any female over the age of 13, and this is exactly what the Republicans set out to do.

John McCain is way too old to take office and if elected, statistically will likely pass during his term. The average male in our country lives to the age of 74 in good health. McCain�s health is already questionable, and he is 72. This means Sarah Palin will take office and command the FREE WORLD if elected.

Let�s forget issues that are too big for her to comprehend. The idea that she can find logic in shoot helpless animals from the safety of a helicopter and call it sport. Or that everyone else�s children are suppose to live by abstinence, but she can parade her 17-year-old unmarried pregnant daughter onto the world stage is apathetic. And the notion that simply because Russia is at her doorstep she understands foreign policy is like saying that I live by the ocean so I know how to surf.

Palin is there because she is a puppet on a string and will do exactly what she is told by the Republicans party. We already know that she does an excellent job reading a script. And for this, every woman should be afraid�.. very afraid. She isn�t taking steps for womankind; she is an embarrassment for all the generational women who fought to make her nomination possible.

Posted by: Miss Blue State on October 15, 2008 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

One of the major Republican/McCain talking points was that this election is really a referendum on Obama.

The Democratic Party/Obama campaign response was that voters needed to decide if they wanted to vote for a third term of Bush (the implication that was what McCain represents).

If one is to believe the first talking point, then Obama has clearly passed that test with the voters. Indeed, the voter registration, early voting returns and polls are all favoring Obama.

If one is to believe the latter, then McCain made a colossal error in picking Palin as his running mate.

Listening to her repeat each lie over and over I think is reminding the country more and more about Bush. Because Palin is demonstrating how very much like Bush she really is with her lies. One has to wonder just how much contempt she has for the voters such that she doesn't even attempt to make her lies remotely credible. Just like Bush.

In other words, McCain is making Obama's point for him.

Posted by: Mathew on October 15, 2008 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sure she just figures that a certain number of people will see only her recitation of the facts and will never realize that she's lying through her teeth, and that she'll get a with it. Isn't there an entry in the DSM for this? Oh, yeah -- it's the pathological lying of a sociopath.

Posted by: ellaquince on October 15, 2008 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

"I can understand Sarah Palin feeling humiliated by her Troopergate scandal." I could understand it too. But Palin will never feel humiliated by anything. She is well beyond shameless.

Posted by: bobbo on October 15, 2008 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK

If the powers that be in Alaska refuse to issue an arrest warrant and hold Palin accountable then she DID get away with it...

Posted by: Jordan Lund on October 15, 2008 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

I really wouldn't know how to respond to this type of lying. It's not subtle; it's not creative; and it is somehow repeated ad naseum with a straight face.

That's the idea.

Posted by: Gregory on October 15, 2008 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

Yea I mean, this certainly shouldn't come as a suprise to anyone. Since technically the report concluded that the firing of Monegan was legal, they can work that into the lie and say "I have been cleared of any legal wrongdoing". The fact that she was NOT cleared on ethical grounds is immaterial.

She says one thing, people who actually know what's going on says another, the press says nothing and it becomes he said she said. After eight years of this I don't think anyone should be shocked at all. Just lie and get away with it, facts be damned. Who cares about facts, what are you some kind of liberal faggot?

Posted by: Elbows on October 15, 2008 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

Yesterday, the Alaskan blog Mudflats was reporting that Wooten is rumored to be getting ready to slap the Palins and some in her administration with a multi-million dollar lawsuit for slander and defamation of character. The post goes on to say Monegan, the fired Public Safety Commissioner, has also hired an attorney to lay the groundwork for a suit of his own on the premise that though Palin had the authority to fire him, "But the governor is not entitled to make untrue and defamatory statements about her reasons for discharging a cabinet officer."

Payback is a bitch. ;-)

Posted by: tokyo ex-pat on October 15, 2008 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

Hopefully the most this woman will amount to is at worst a Buchanan/Nader-like perennial candidate of the far right, maybe the 'Haters with Pitchforks' party. When you get disgusted with PBS and NPR, remember they've been targeted by Republicans for years, and the Republicans have been in charge of the Congressional purse strings for most of the last 20 years.

Posted by: bosn on October 15, 2008 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

Palin, like those she appeals to and most everyone who's even considering voting Republican this year, finds reality a terrifying proposition. They'll believe this and that and they'll fight like hell to hang on to those beliefs because without them, they can't function. Their worlds would shatter.

It's a shame to see conservatism sink to these lows because at one time, it had something to bring the table. Not a lot, but something.

Posted by: beep52 on October 15, 2008 at 5:57 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks for this post Steve.
We need more on Palin.

She is the most dangerous demagogue of our lifetimes.

Posted by: koreyel on October 15, 2008 at 6:06 PM | PERMALINK

The Republicans are obviously hoping their sheer brazenness will be enough to see them through the next few weeks -- after which they can declare, like in 2004, that they have had their "accountability moment" and end all questioning once and for all.

Posted by: David on October 15, 2008 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin is a secret postmodernist, actively engaged in a performance art project wherein she deconstructs language in an exploration of the limits of intelligibility and meaning.

Either that, or she has a Humpty Dumpty complex.

Posted by: bluewave on October 15, 2008 at 6:32 PM | PERMALINK

She'll be the 2012 GOP nominee for President. And quite formidable.

Yeah, like Quayle was formidable in 1996.

She will run in 2012, she'll have a small group of insane followers making a lot of noise on her behalf, the rest of the nation (including most Republicans) will laugh or ignore her, and her candidacy will wither on the vine.

Posted by: shortstop on October 15, 2008 at 6:33 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry, but even Bush isn't this stupid.

The only important measuring stick at this juncture (or November 4th's), is how stupid the voting public is.

Posted by: e henry thripshaw on October 15, 2008 at 6:35 PM | PERMALINK

And for this, every woman should be afraid�.. very afraid. She isn�t taking steps for womankind; she is an embarrassment for all the generational women who fought to make her nomination possible.

Not "every woman." I don't think too many women under, say, 40 or 50 are "afraid" so much as pissed that this comic-book figure has been offered to the nation as a candidate for VP. I do know some older women who think Palin's doing political women in general some great harm, and I unfortunately keep reading posts from men who seem to think women ought to think so, but I think this is, as you imply, mostly a generational thing.

It would never occur to most younger women--even political candidates--that Palin is representational of us or that her actions reflect on us. Even without having had a female VP or president yet, most younger women just don't think like that. When the first female president comes, she will be immensely welcome and historically significant, but she's going to be perceived differently by the generations who grew up in certainty of this happening than she is by the women who did the spadework to get us there.

Posted by: shortstop on October 15, 2008 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

She will run in 2012, she'll have a small group of insane followers making a lot of noise on her behalf, . . . Posted by: shortstop

Nah. She's gone from the national scene after Nov. 4. She may even be down and out in Alaskan politics. She was "convicted" by a Rethug majority legislature of an ethics violation and must try to work with these people. But she's poisoned the well.

Then again, I never thought rap/hip hop would last, so what the fuck do I know?

Posted by: Jeff II on October 15, 2008 at 6:53 PM | PERMALINK

This parrot is dead.

No it's not. It's pining for the fjords.

Posted by: disraeli on October 15, 2008 at 7:08 PM | PERMALINK

But, you know, lying has been very successful for Republican politicians. Perhaps because most people have a sense of morality that would make them feel bad about themselves if they outright lied, we tend to have trouble believing that others aren't the same. So if someone says black is white with enough vigor and conviction --- well, it seems quite possible.

And if you think it's all on the right, I'll add that there's a famous German philosopher whose substitution of the word "freedom" for what any reasonable person would call "chains" has led to scores of dissertations praising his discernment....

Posted by: catherineD on October 15, 2008 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

i finally got it.

part of the well oiled vast right wing conspiracy.

it goes like this: no republican in their right mind wants to govern for the next four years; it's going to cost a katrillion dollars and back-breaking hard work, diplomacy and ethical and moral re-education to set this country right again.

the republicans don't want the job, and are incapable of the job. besides, in order to redress George Hitler's eight years of catastrophic failure, it'll cost big money.

so -- gop is happy to have dems to the job. to that end, put up a weak candidate to keep the dems honest, while not really trying to win (mccain), and put up an absolute moronic sideshow as his running mate, to deflect from the apocalyptic financial meltdown and the steady drip of constitutional felonies and war crimes that are, every day, being laid at the feet of W.

perfect storm, perfect solution.

so far, it's worked perfectly.

Posted by: timeoutofmind on October 15, 2008 at 7:18 PM | PERMALINK

She's functionally dishonest AND shockingly illiterate.

Posted by: getaclue on October 15, 2008 at 7:26 PM | PERMALINK


Hey, it's been like, what, six weeks now with the non-blinking? That'd make anybody really tired and confused.

Posted by: john on October 15, 2008 at 7:28 PM | PERMALINK
Even Sarah Palin can read this and understand the plain meaning of basic words.

While intuitively it seems odd that anyone could not, is there any evidence at all to support this?

Posted by: cmdicely on October 15, 2008 at 7:32 PM | PERMALINK

OK. Who here actually read the report ?

Now who is being delusional ?

Posted by: Neo on October 15, 2008 at 7:41 PM | PERMALINK

Wretch-a-thon!

What a liar I mean god damn! Oh well, she's certainly one of her party. How can people support this ticket? Two perpetual liars, a campaign run by lobbyist insiders and morally bankrupt “morality” spooks..

Posted by: The Galloping Trollop on October 15, 2008 at 7:47 PM | PERMALINK

...from the Branchflower Report:

Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.11(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.

Is Palin BRAIN DAMAGED, DELUSIONAL or a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR? wtf!

Posted by: tina on October 15, 2008 at 8:21 PM | PERMALINK

Here's a good diagnosis of Sarah Palin.
From Wikipedia...

Compulsive Liar -
A compulsive liar will resort to telling lies, regardless of the situation. Again, everyone lies from time to time, but for a compulsive liar telling lies is routine - it becomes a habit and a way of life.

Simply put, for a compulsive liar, lying becomes second nature.

Not only do compulsive liars bend the truth about issues large and small, but they take comfort in it. Lying feels right to a compulsive liar. Telling the truth, on the other hand, is difficult and uncomfortable for a compulsive liar.

And like any other behavior which provides comfort and an escape from discomfort (i.e., alcohol, drugs, sex), lying can become very addictive and hard to stop. For the compulsive liar, lying feels safe and this fuels the desire to lie even more.

And like most addictive behaviors, compulsive lying is hard for the person involved to see, but it hurts those who are around it. Compulsive lying, if not stopped, can destroy relationships (for example, see why does he need to lie).

Fortunately, compulsive lying can be dealt with through counseling or therapy. But, like many other addictive behaviors, getting someone to admit they have a problem with lying is the difficult part. Sadly enough, getting someone to recognize that he or she has a problem usually requires hitting rock bottom first.

Posted by: tina on October 15, 2008 at 8:24 PM | PERMALINK

Looks like the trolls didn't even have the nerve to come over today ...

Posted by: Neil B on October 15, 2008 at 8:33 PM | PERMALINK

I think maybe she just needs to have her medications adjusted. I don't know how anyone can believe anything that comes out of her mouth.

Posted by: Kate on October 15, 2008 at 9:06 PM | PERMALINK

Just like the people in the express check-out line - are they math majors with an english problem, or are they english majors with a math problem?

Posted by: ao on October 15, 2008 at 10:49 PM | PERMALINK

Neither. She's a Republican.

Posted by: SteveB on October 15, 2008 at 11:28 PM | PERMALINK

She's not doing anything illegal like supporting illegal immigration like the corrupt buddy of Antoin "Tony" Rezko.

Posted by: Luther on October 15, 2008 at 11:53 PM | PERMALINK

The American people have had enough of the Republican lies. She has learned from Bush and his cronies how to be a chronic liar. I hope the Alaskan people wise up to throw out this fake reformer out of politics.

And Sarah, return back to Alaska THERE where you belong ALSO!

Posted by: John on October 16, 2008 at 2:39 AM | PERMALINK

My explanation for Palin's contention?

Hasn't pot been decriminalized in Alaska?

Posted by: The Mighty Favog on October 16, 2008 at 2:58 AM | PERMALINK

Go back to Alaska you LIAR!!!!!!!

Posted by: Former Republican on October 16, 2008 at 7:45 AM | PERMALINK

I wish Obama would have come back on McLaim when he snapped back with "I am not George Bush", with I am not Ayers or Wright either, I never voted with them in the senate, but that doesn't stop your urban terrorist Failin from questioning my ties with them, and on the other hand you did vote with Bush 90% of the time", so 10% of you is John McLaim. I agree wholeheartedly with the senitments of this blog, Go back to Alaska Caribou Barbie, Hockey slut, who wouldn't know the truth if jumped up and bit her. We know the truth, and honey, you ain't it.

Posted by: Russell Windle on October 16, 2008 at 8:27 AM | PERMALINK

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Hannity is featured and you will Love it!

Posted by: Ex Repub on October 16, 2008 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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