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July 7, 2009

SEEKING PROTECTION FROM THE 'DEPARTMENT OF LAW'.... Sarah Palin, after avoiding public attention for a few days, spoke to quite a few news outlets today, and stuck to the line that she felt compelled to quit because the series of ethics allegations against her -- all of which, she said, lack merit -- were too big a burden and distraction.

It prompted ABC News' Kate Snow to ask a reasonable question.

[W]hen I asked Palin if she ever decided to pursue national office again, as she did less than a year ago when she joined Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the race for the White House, wouldn't she encounter the same political blood sport? Can such ugliness ever be avoided?

Palin said there is a difference between the White House and what she has experienced in Alaska. If she were in the White House the "department of law" would protect her from baseless ethical allegations.

"I think on a national level your department of law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we've been charged with and automatically throw them out," she said.

There is no "Department of Law" at the White House.

It's tempting to think Palin may have been referring to the Justice Department, but it's not "in the White House," and it doesn't have the authority to "throw out" charges against the president. Maybe she's thinking of the White House Counsel's Office, but again, it has the ability to defend against allegations, not "look at some of the things that we've been charged with and automatically throw them out."

Indeed, the very assumption that a president is somehow shielded or protected against allegations is itself misguided.

Palin continues to be hopelessly confused about the basics of government. Maybe now that she'll have some free time on her hands, she can brush up on Civics 101.

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I hope Alaska didn't have End of Grade Tests for their high school students. Even my *weak* Civics students know there isn't a Dept. of Law. It's a pity that Sarah is so popular in their community... she's an argument that any fool with a few thousand ignorant votes can be an elected official in this nation.

Posted by: Chuck on July 7, 2009 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

I think the frightening aspect of her remarks is less her obvious ignorance than her apparent willingness to use power to silence her opponents.

Posted by: Raenelle on July 7, 2009 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe the Department of Faeries will airlift her out of trouble.

Posted by: Tom on July 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM | PERMALINK

The "department of law" quote was actually a pretty effective way of misdirecting attention away from the actual ethics charges. I'm beginning to think someone in the Alaska legislature may have whispered the word "impeachment" to her, pointing out that maybe there wasn't as much resistance as she would like to expect.

Posted by: Danp on July 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

she's talking about a specific Republican form of government...
the "department of law" is code for "Vice President Cheney's office...

(god damn his shit-filled soul to hell)

Posted by: neill on July 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

The "department of law" didn't help Nixon, or Clinton. It did help Bushit by ignoring torture, spying on citizens, and lying us into a protracted and illegal war. Maybe that's what PALINaroundwithterrorists meant by the "Department of Law". I think she was refering to the same deparment that was run by Ascroft, Gonzalas and Mukasey that did nothing except turn a blind eye or perhaps encourage Bushit to break the law.

My feeling is that she would need the same kind of "Department of Law" to be successful at her turn as president. God forbid....

Posted by: stevio on July 7, 2009 at 10:53 AM | PERMALINK

What she's saying is "When I am appointed Queen of this land, my servents will protect me from the unwashed masses; and meanies."

Posted by: AnotherStrayCat on July 7, 2009 at 10:54 AM | PERMALINK

Department of Law?

I think this is one evangelical Christian that has been reading too much Harry Potter. Next she'll be spouting off about the department of magic and mythical creatures.

Posted by: oh my on July 7, 2009 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

"Department of Law"? If I weren't at work, I would be rolling on the floor with laughter right now.

Posted by: mmy on July 7, 2009 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

She didn't "quit when she was ahead" like some people think. She went "all in" on a losing hand.

So that's what? Three 2012 Republican hopefuls down in less than 30 days - wow!

Posted by: Marko on July 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM | PERMALINK

i would be happy to send her a copy of the declaration of independence, the constitution and a current high school civics book so she can spend some of her down time finding out just how the hell the united states government is SUPPOSED to work. jeez, what an uninformed boob this woman is. but it would be in everyone's best interests to leave her in her rube condition and just let her run amok in the upcoming campaigns. she can turn out the truly mental but i doubt she will convert many new voters to the fold and in the meantime, just seeing her spout nonsense like the above statements will motivate sane people to vote against her ideas.

Posted by: pluckypurcel on July 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM | PERMALINK

Here's another point that hacks like Hannity fail to note when heaping praise on Palin's bizarre "decision": They pick on Barack Obama for staying on and being paid as Senator while "not doing any work" because he was running for President. Well, John McCain was a Senator too, and he didn't quit! He suspended his campaign for a few days in a confused episode, but stayed a Senator. Well? And of course it is way too early for it to make sense, to quit to prep for 2012, even with other factors included.

More important: Bill Clinton was hounded for years by the dogged, Javert-like tormentor Ken Starr, also with "nothing proven true" (of the non-Lewinski matters.) (BTW, is it really true that none of the complaints against Palin held up at all? Is it perhaps a matter of more time?) It wasn't just Starr, check out "The Hunting of the President." Bill Clinton didn't quit as a "lame duck" because he couldn't take the heat. Palin saying she did it to avoid AK having to pay legal bills is a sham.

Furthermore, Palin is being hit with yet another ethics complaint, this time from a conservative oil-rigger named Zane Henning:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geoffrey-dunn/palin-hit-with-more-ethic_b_226667.html

Posted by: Neil B. ◙ on July 7, 2009 at 11:01 AM | PERMALINK

She'll be disappointed that there is no cabinet secretary running the Federal "Department of Clothes" or "Snowmobiling Ministry."

Posted by: Former Dan on July 7, 2009 at 11:01 AM | PERMALINK

ohmygodshe'ssofuckingstupidican'tstandit

Posted by: shortstop on July 7, 2009 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe Sarah Palin meant by "Department of Law": The President's Legal Counsel? It's still clumsy to use that wrong phrase.

Posted by: Neil B ♪ on July 7, 2009 at 11:05 AM | PERMALINK

Hold on. Palin was clearly speaking analogically with Alaska's Department of Law, which is what the state calls it.

More to the point, she's complaining that her attorney general can't block ethics allegations against her, which is entirely her fault. She's the one who funnelled complaints through the Alaska Personnel Board, over which the AG has no authority.

Posted by: Grumpy on July 7, 2009 at 11:07 AM | PERMALINK

The Department of Law?

Dumber than Dubya and Bachmann; meaner than Cheney and Dumbsfeld with the political instincts of Rove and Limbaugh and the moral compass of Gingrich and Guiliani. Failin' Palin is the perfect storm of banal, petty, vindictiveness, wrapped in willfull ignorance and stupidity.

Posted by: Winkandanod on July 7, 2009 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

(Sorry, Steve covered that possible confusion - and he's right that it's even worse to be mixed up about what a legal department can do than it is to get the name wrong. Indeed: this is SP's attitude problem: someone should be able to "throw out allegations" so they don't even get investigated! If she were elected POTUS, is that what we'd have to look forward to? BTW I really have to control my skimming oversights ;-)

Posted by: (NB) on July 7, 2009 at 11:09 AM | PERMALINK

based on the one case we do know something about - "troopergate" - i'm not sure why anyone is supposed to take her word on what constitutes a "baseless" charge....

Posted by: howard on July 7, 2009 at 11:09 AM | PERMALINK

I'm starting to wonder if the GOP can field any viable candidate in 2012. The possibility of a serious challenge from some sort of right wing independent candidate doesn't seem so far-fetched at this point. At least, such a candidate could at least lose by as much as the Republican.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on July 7, 2009 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

Isn't there a "Department of Morons" that deals with people like her?

Posted by: wilson46201 on July 7, 2009 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

I think she meant to say "Gestapo". That seems to be what she has in mind.

Posted by: Bill in Chicago on July 7, 2009 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

She's both ignorant and stupid, and she's also a classic authoritarian follower. I'm praising the FSM she's leaving office voluntarily rather than forcing her legislature to impeach her (a la Blago or Sanford).

Posted by: jimBOB on July 7, 2009 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

Indeed, the very assumption that a president is somehow shielded or protected against allegations is itself misguided.


You betcha!

Posted by: Jones v. Clinton on July 7, 2009 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

Given the 8 lawless Bush years filled with no oversight by Congress and no justice by the Justice Dept. and executive legal "scholars" just making shit up for Bush/Cheney to break the law, I can see how Palin might have gotten confused.

Posted by: ckelly on July 7, 2009 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe now that she'll have some free time on her hands, she can brush up on Civics 101.

Can.
Won't.

Posted by: Screamin' Demon on July 7, 2009 at 11:24 AM | PERMALINK

Grumpy's right.

You can f'in Google it, as they say.

The rush to be the first to snark, even a popular target, shouldn't preclude a moment to paste words into Google's search box:

State of Alaska Department of Law
Alaska Department of Law Homepage, Alaska's Attorney General office providing legal counsel to the executive branch....

Posted by: Hank Roberts on July 7, 2009 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

Since the media has spent millions of man-hours covering this twit, the phrase 'hopelessly confused' is a little too light to tell the whole story...

Making stuff up, which is classic strategy for NeoNuts and most of the republican party, is one thing, but this twit has taken the public pitch to a whole new level. This looks like full-blown delusion! So has anyone asked her who the department of law is?? Has anyone challenged her on what she meant? Has anyone told her she doesn't have a clue what she's talking about? Not that I can see....

BUT, I'm sure that Pat Buchanan or Colter or Beck or Hannratty or Limberger will come to her rescue..Since Van Sustern's hubby is Palin's coach anyway what has he been doing???

It is hilarious to watch this 3-5 year old pukes run around like this for our entertainment....

Posted by: Winski on July 7, 2009 at 11:27 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah Hank, that likely confused her - but a really sharp person (like we'd need for President) wouldn't likely make such a mistake. In any case, the scary part is:
"...some of the things that we've been charged with and automatically throw them out,"
Get it? "Automatically" thrown out - see? A wish-fulfillment fantasy ...

Posted by: delver on July 7, 2009 at 11:29 AM | PERMALINK

I've enjoyed the failin' of Palin as much as anybody, but reflecting on the fact that this excuse for a public official has such a devoted following (although the numbers of such are not clear) and obvious access to tons of campaign cash scares me not a little. I would recommend re-reading "The Anatomy of Fascism" and check out the history of the early Nazi Party. Some of the witches brew that led to fascism (the right-wing flavor ---- pace Jonah Goldberg, that's the only kind) is stirring in our land, and it's too bad that the label has been so indiscriminately applied that it means almost nothing. Palin herself may disappear like a political meteor, but the forces she focused and intensified are not going away and may well get atronger, especially if our economy stalls for any length of time. Her career could well be summed up by H. L. Mencken's best line: "Nobody ever went broke under-estimating the intelligence of the American public."

Posted by: jrosen on July 7, 2009 at 11:32 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe Sarah Palin meant by "Department of Law": The President's Legal Counsel? It's still clumsy to use that wrong phrase.

Even if she was referring to the WH Counsel, anyone with a single brain cell would understand that WH Counsel has no authority to "look at some of the things that [the administration's] been charged with and automatically throw them out."

Any way you cut it, it was an absurd and completely ill-informed statement. She is right about one thing, she's doing the citizens of Alaska a huge favor by resigning. Michael Jackson's monkey could do a better job.

Posted by: Stetson Kennedy on July 7, 2009 at 11:32 AM | PERMALINK

A point that's been missed:

Even if there was a Department of Law in the White House and even if it did protect the president from any ethics complaints (a horrible idea, btw), she still totally missed the point.

The question was "...if she ever decided to pursue national office again, as she did less than a year ago when she joined Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the race for the White House, wouldn't she encounter the same political blood sport?"

If she *runs* for President, she would still encounter ugly (though possibly accurate) accusations. And no White House "Department of Law" or whatever would have anything to do with it. Because she would be *running* for President. She wouldnt *be* President.

So her answer is completely beside the point of the question.

Posted by: TG Chicago on July 7, 2009 at 11:33 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe now that she'll have some free time on her hands, she can brush up on Civics 101.

Civics? You mean them cars that Honda makes? Why should she study any fern cars?

Posted by: Tea Bagger Jones on July 7, 2009 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

I would let the "Dept. of Law" remark go as a slightly ignorant paraphrase of DOJ, in favor of parsing the sentence and noticing the word "your". As in not mine, but the one in Washington. Makes me think that she does not accept the govmt. structure that is in place today, and would be a norquistian destroyer. Le me be the frist to call her "SHIVA - destroyer of government"

Posted by: fuzed on July 7, 2009 at 11:35 AM | PERMALINK

OK, so in Alaska, they have a Department of Law. Who cares? She put herself forward for national office, hoping to be second-in-line to run the executive branch, and she doesn't know what the basic Cabinet departments are? How, exactly, does this "explanation" help her credibility?

And though I admittedly don't know Alaskan law, I suspect their AG can't just "throw out" charges he/she feels to be baseless. I'm pretty sure there is an actual functioning legal system, even in good old frontier Alaska.

Posted by: Bernard Gilroy on July 7, 2009 at 11:36 AM | PERMALINK

Well, you certainly won't get anywhere trying to parse the literal truth of her words. Viewed literally, nohing she ever says makes any sense at all.

I am taking this to mean:

"I would use every power of the presidency and Executive Branch to obstruct and subvert any critical scrutiny of my actions, and will use same to punish anyone daring to launch such scrutiny. I will fight dirty, I will respect no law or convention, and I will take this country down with me---then resign because it's just too tough."

Posted by: Daddy Love on July 7, 2009 at 11:37 AM | PERMALINK

Wow.I'd call her stupid, but I don't want to insult stupid people.

Posted by: Liam J on July 7, 2009 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

She reminds me of that little girl in the Cheezits commercial explaining how Cheezits are made.

Posted by: Patrick on July 7, 2009 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

The question itself makes a humongous false assumption -- that "ugliness" is being rained down on Palin simply because she's in politics. Palin is responsible for the ethics violations, and also for much of the ugliness in the McCain-Obama campaign. Her every whistlestop was a barrage of slander. Memo to Kate Snow: Palin is not the victim here.

Posted by: gradysu on July 7, 2009 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

Indeed, the very assumption that a president is somehow shielded or protected against allegations is itself misguided.

That's true enough, but given that government lawyers like Yoo and Bybee essentially gave Bush a get-out-of-jail-free card on torture and illegal detention -- and, moreover, that official Washington seems eager to honor that free pass despite its lack of merit -- you really can't blame Palin for thinking otherwise.

One wonders, though, does she remember Nixon?

Posted by: Gregory on July 7, 2009 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

The Department of Rockets should blast Palin into space.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on July 7, 2009 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

Obviously, she meant the Supreme Department of Law.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on July 7, 2009 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

The rush to be the first to snark, even a popular target, shouldn't preclude a moment to paste words into Google's search box:

I am honestly not sure why you and Grumpy think this point is relevant. Steve's point was not that she used the wrong term, it was that she is referring to a set of Presidential legal powers that, thankfully, do not exist. Why is it relevant that those powers also do not exist in Alaska in her Department of Law?

She was being asked if the legal challenges she faced made her quit, why should we assume the situation will be any different on the national level. Her answer was unpersuasive because it demonstrated a basic ignorance of how the law works on a National level. What part of that is mitigated by the fact that there is something called a Department of Law in Alaska?

Posted by: brent on July 7, 2009 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

sucks because I came into a hostile forum discussion about her in a rather snarky tone with the whole "Dept of Law" but someone raised a valid point:

oddly enough there is a "Department of Law" in Alaska... www.law.state.ak.us

again, she should know the difference, etc. but on a certain level, we all screw up and call things by the name we know them which may not be the correct nomenclature.

not defending her by any stretch, just a warning to those like me who run into hostile online environments with dirty liberal hippie guns blazing... lol

Posted by: MIke on July 7, 2009 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

As the litigation surrounding Clinton extablished, the White House Counsel is not the president's personal attorney. For example, things said to the White House Counsel are not protected by the attorney-client privilege. She could not look to the white House Counsel for assistance dealing with compaitns of ethical violations, particularly those arising before her hypothetical election to the presidency.

Posted by: rea on July 7, 2009 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

Palin continues to be hopelessly confused - about EVERYTHING!!!

Posted by: TCinLA on July 7, 2009 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

"Snowmobiling Ministry"

That's "Snowmachine Ministry" - or maybe "Ministry of Snow Machinery".

Thanks, Danp!

Posted by: Zandru on July 7, 2009 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

Thanks, Danp! - Zandru

That was a different Dan, but I'll pass it along. :)

Thanks, Former Dan

Posted by: Danp on July 7, 2009 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK

I'd like to comment on a different point than her babbling about a 'department of law', namely:

"Sarah Palin, after avoiding public attention for a few days, spoke to quite a few news outlets today, ..."

I'd say that strongly suggests that reports a la Andrea Mitchell that 'Sarah Palin is out of politics', i.e. is withdrawing from public life, are wrong. That, or the lady just can't let anything go.

Posted by: SRW1 on July 7, 2009 at 11:57 AM | PERMALINK

jimBOB,
You are exactly right. She is a classic authoritarian follower. People need to understand that more about the republican party and why they act the way they do. The right wing authoritarian if also a social dominator is a very, very dangerous person. Dick Cheney, Tom Delay and Newt Gingrich are good examples of that. For great incite to this, try reading John Dean's book Conservatives Without Conscience. It offers a very good understanding of how these people think and what makes them tick. It was written in 2006 before the Democrats took back congress.

Posted by: Patrick on July 7, 2009 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

brent: "I am honestly not sure why you and Grumpy think this point is relevant."

It's only relevant in that it explains why she chose the term "Department of Law" -- not because she didn't know the real name of DOJ or OLC, but because she was thinking of something else. That's the only point I was making.

Beyond that, it's true that a sharper person would've been more precise. It's true that Palin's desire to automatically throw out allegations is scarily authoritarian. Turns out her own AG has that kind of latitude, and it's her own fault it hasn't been exercised, so she has no reason to complain.

Posted by: Grumpy on July 7, 2009 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

She had a talking point in her (air)head and picked that question to launch it forth: that all the ethics violations she's been accused of were trumped up and politically motivated, and in a fair and just world, nobody would pick on her for small sleaze like the most recent ethics complaint, her illegal per diem payments, collected for "working" in Juneau while living at home. That might have been the straw that tipped her over into impeachment territory. And, like Nixon, she found she had too few friends left among Alaska Republicans to make the charges disappear.

But when she's President, her Department of (Sarah's) Law will disappear any accusations because the law will be whatever she says it is. A brain with so few working parts isn't really that difficult to figure out...

Posted by: dalloway on July 7, 2009 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK

Whats all this talk about Russian jewelry?

Posted by: ComradeAnon on July 7, 2009 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, whoa - that "Department of Law" bit wasn't even the best part of the article.

No, the best part is where Palin says she's The One. No, really: Palin hinted that whether she holds elected office again or not, she does not intend to live a quiet life made up entirely of family fishing trips. "I don't need a title to be the one to usher in what it is that needs to be done in our state or our country."

Posted by: kc on July 7, 2009 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

I knew enough of the federal government/Executive branch after taking my high school civics class to have laughed at this foolishness/ignorance.

Posted by: ET on July 7, 2009 at 12:37 PM | PERMALINK

Given how she feels about ethics and the law, perhaps she's chosen to run for President of Iran instead of the US.

Posted by: doubtful on July 7, 2009 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

I wouldn't hate her so much if only she had that abortion.

Posted by: Patrick on July 7, 2009 at 12:43 PM | PERMALINK

I take exception to that Winkandanod..Michelle Bachmann is much dummber than Palin. MB could never have put together that incoherent point guard metaphor that SP used in her resignation speech.

Posted by: JO on July 7, 2009 at 12:54 PM | PERMALINK

Both Alaska and New York call their equivalents of the Department of Justice the Department of Law, so if La Palin were simply calling DOJ the DOL out of habit, I'd consider it a harmless slip. But whatever the hell she's talking about, she's not talking about DOJ. So what the hell IS she talking about? There simply isn't any agency (including the only other plausible candidate, the White House Counsel's office) that peforms the function she assigns to this "Department of Law." And if she thinks there is, her ignorance isn't the worst of it. What's really disturbing is that no little bell went off in the back of her head to tell her that in a free country no agency of government would have that function.

Posted by: CJColucci on July 7, 2009 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

Quoth Sarah: "I don't need a title to be the one to usher in what it is that needs to be done in our state or our country."

She thinks she's Distaff Jesus, annointed by God almighty do do what "needs to be done. After all, Jesus didn't run for Herod's job. Or Pilate's. And he still got things done, I'm sure with plenty of righteous interference from His allies in the Gallilean Department of Law.

Posted by: Doctor Whom on July 7, 2009 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

Grumpy uttereth:
It's true that Palin's desire to automatically throw out allegations is scarily authoritarian. Turns out her own AG has that kind of latitude, and it's her own fault it hasn't been exercised, so she has no reason to complain.
Huh, her own AG can just "automatically throw out" allegations? No proper review, no checks and balances? That's scary.
BTW, didn't Sarah "investigate herself" some times?
PS: Her referring to herself as "the one" to usher in [change!] is scary too, throw that against repetitive Obama bashers!

Posted by: N e i l B on July 7, 2009 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

I think what she meant to say was "secret police".

Posted by: JeffF on July 7, 2009 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK

God, she's dumb. It's almost like 57 states, or Cuatro de Cinco.

Posted by: Dan Collins on July 7, 2009 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

Palin is not a product of Yale or Harvard; she likes to fish and hunt; she has several children including one that most liberals would not have allowed to be born; Palin has a husband who is heterosexual and works at a real job; she is religious and is a beauty who looks like a real woman.

Except for the fishing and hunting, you can say all the same things about my wife. And I would not want my wife to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on July 7, 2009 at 1:27 PM | PERMALINK

Or President Putin, or the wrong region DVDs for Gordo, etc, etc.

Posted by: Dan Collins on July 7, 2009 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

mhr - Then let her live a normal life like you and me. I prefer to strive for exceptional in my elected leaders (not always what we get, as is obvious looking at many in Congress)

Posted by: liberal former repub on July 7, 2009 at 1:35 PM | PERMALINK

Naturally, the hating class, liberals...

There you go again, gettin' all projectiony on us.

Posted by: Marko on July 7, 2009 at 1:35 PM | PERMALINK

mhr - Then let her live a normal life like you and me.

But that's the thing. She isn't living a normal life like any of us. We're all curious and anxious to learn. We're interested in what government is actually doing instead of settling for bumper-sticker scare slogans.

By comparison, Palin prefers to proceed based on her gut instincts. She's GWB in lipstick, which she apparently wears even when she's "working" on her husband's commercial fishing boat.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on July 7, 2009 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

Neil B: "Huh, her own AG can just "automatically throw out" allegations? No proper review, no checks and balances? That's scary."

Yes, it is scary. It all depends on what channels are used for pursuing ethics charges. If they're handled as criminal matters, the AG has prosecutorial discretion. Last fall, Palin insisted the Alaska Personnel Board was the proper channel when she filed a complaint against herself. The Board can't choose which complaints it investigates, but it is more confidential.

Posted by: Grumpy on July 7, 2009 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK


"I wouldn't hate her so much if only she had that abortion."

Really? That makes quite a sad little prick then, doesn't it?


"Palin is not a product of Yale or Harvard; she likes to fish and hunt; she has several children including one that most liberals would not have allowed to be born; Palin has a husband who is heterosexual and works at a real job; she is religious and is a beauty who looks like a real woman. Naturally, the hating class, liberals, despise her. She is too normal for their taste."

You forgot the bit about her making starbursts come out of your pee-pee.

Still, now that she's out of a job, she can sign-up with Fox and you can fap-fap-fap to your heart's delight. See? It's a win-win for all concerned.

Posted by: Tony J on July 7, 2009 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

There simply isn't any agency ... that peforms the function she assigns to this "Department of Law." - CJColucci @ 12:56

She'll create The Department of Fixing my Endless Blunders. Yes, it will grow to be very big.

Posted by: Kevin on July 7, 2009 at 1:53 PM | PERMALINK

Tony J,

It's sad, that people from your party skirted that idea years ago - yes, the "Dumb-Blonde" theory, or, "Never Employ People Smarter Than You, Because They Will Be A Threat To You."

I already mentioned over the weekend that Palin would go to Pat Roberts(on) University to get, "NOT EARN," a law degree, and wait until the GOP manages to gain control of the House & Senate, they'd get Palin to fill a position in the DOJ - or they'd try to get her a supreme court appointment.

But, as you can see, LIBERALS, are not the type of people that believe whatever someone tells them (much as the GOP does). Liberals are smart enough to know when something that seems to good to be true - or "when something seems to DAMN STUPID TO MAKE ANY SENSE."

Case in point, more than half the crap that comes out of your mouths is just INSANE!!!

Posted by: annjell on July 7, 2009 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

Tony J,

One more thing, if you want to sell, or should I say prostitute Palin based on her looks - don't do it on the steps of DC, just give her a gift that would keep on giving, "a little Black Book."

Posted by: annjell on July 7, 2009 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK

Thank goodness none of you are elected government officials. Department of Law = http://www.law.state.ak.us/. Learn to use google. And Palin was completely right. The Department of Justice is an Executive Agency and being as the President is the Chief Executive he has DOJ at his disposal as well as the White House Legal Office to defend against ethics violations while in the course of official duties.

Posted by: John on July 7, 2009 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Captain Dubya sez: "Look, you don't hafta know none of that civics shit to be President!"

Posted by: dr sardonicus on July 7, 2009 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

She reminds me of an ex-girlfriend who could be quite intelligent at times but say some of the stupidest things I've ever heard come out of a human's mouth. For a year I kept asking myself, "Can she really be that stupid?". Eventually I came to the conclusion that yes she could be that stupid...something about oxygen deprivation when she was born...otherwise she might have been quite smart. That's the thing about really willfully ignorant people...they always try so hard to convince you they are not that stupid

Posted by: bjobotts on July 7, 2009 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

I wouldn't call Palin "stupid"just yet. I have a feeling she knows exactly what she's doing and the information upon which she has based her decision to resign is not yet, if ever it will be, privy to the public.

She made a mistake lining herself up with McCain and is claiming "independence" before she is caught in a pretty sticky web.

Posted by: BunnyRene on July 7, 2009 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK
Thank goodness none of you are elected government officials.

Thank goodness Palin will no longer be an elected official in a couple of weeks.

Department of Law = http://www.law.state.ak.us/. Learn to use google.

Moron, we already know that, or hadn't you bothered to read the thread above?

And Palin was completely right.

Of course she wasn't. She was an idiot who has no understanding of the way the law, and the government, is supposed to work. It appears that you don't, either.

The Department of Justice is an Executive Agency and being as the President is the Chief Executive he has DOJ at his disposal

You're wrong on two counts. The President emphatically does not have the "DOJ at his disposal." And even if he did, the DOJ lacks the power to "automatically throw [charges] out."

as well as the White House Legal Office to defend against ethics violations while in the course of official duties.

I think you mean "defend against allegations of ethics violations," and it's the one thing in your post that you got right. And had Sarah actually said something like that, you might have had a case. Sadly for you, that isn't what she said, which means that you're a moron defending a moron.

Posted by: PaulB on July 7, 2009 at 7:58 PM | PERMALINK

Idiots. Alaska's Department of Law "is part of the executive branch of Alaska state government" and "serves as the legal advisor for the governor and other state officers, prosecutes all violations of state criminal law, and enforces the consumer protection and unfair trade practices laws." You all are so blind in your hatred for this woman that you tear down everything she says and all in lock step you call her stupid. Pathetic.

Posted by: michael on July 7, 2009 at 7:58 PM | PERMALINK

Go home, honey. Wasilla misses its village idiot. She's a cute little MILF bimbo, but a potential leader of the free world? POTUS would have to mean 'us on pot.' She's soooo funny I hope she keeps getting lots of opportunities to speak for the public record.

"I think on a national level your department of law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we've been charged with and automatically throw them out," she said. It's worth repeating. It's even funnier the second time around. More, more! Encore! She's the perfect representative for the Republican Party.

Posted by: Benjamin Franklin on July 7, 2009 at 8:26 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, and Mr. "President Putin x 3" Obama NEVER makes any errors...

Posted by: Michael on July 7, 2009 at 8:38 PM | PERMALINK

well
i just saw her on the news
fishin' up in alaska
she looked like she
was in her element
it's where she belongs
i personally will do
everything i can
to keep her there
she has made her last
decision of consequence
and it was the right one

shouldn't jump in
if you can't swim

Posted by: estebanfolsom on July 7, 2009 at 8:45 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, Ben Franklin certainly has gotten dumber since he wrote "Poor Richard." I guess that at his age he's entitled to his dementia, though.

Posted by: Dan Collins on July 7, 2009 at 8:47 PM | PERMALINK

"...Alaska's Dept. of Law 'is part of the executive branch...serves as the legal advisor for the governor...prosecutes all violations of state criminal law...". michael @ 7:58 PM.
"I think on a national level your department of law (sic) there in the White House..." Gov. Palin as quoted from ABC interview.
Now even I, in my "blind hatred" realize that there are two, not one, but two, different agencies involved here: the Alaskan Department of Law and the United States Department of Justice (ie: "your department of law").
The former is operative only in Alaska, the latter throughout the United States; even though the Governatrix refers to it as "your" (not hers too?). The name of the former is used, incorrectly, as the name of (take your pick) the Department of Justice, the White House Counsel's Office or possibly some graduate of Liberty U. writing opinions in the WH basement, I'm not certain which.
Whatever, Gov. Palin apparently knows the various executive departments of the state government of Alaska. That's good. One would imagine that, as a potential VP and possibly even a POTUS, she would be acquainted with the various executive departments of the Federal government and their duties/responsibilities as there was the possiblity that she would be working with them.
She doesn't.
THAT's pathetic!

Posted by: Doug on July 7, 2009 at 8:54 PM | PERMALINK

That was the word I have been trying to block out of my mind. I am almost sorry you wrote it.
pathetic

Now I can sleep.

Posted by: Bunny on July 9, 2009 at 2:33 AM | PERMALINK

She IS referring to the "secret police". Thanks Jeff for pointing that out. Oh, and for those of you who didn't realize this, the "secret police" are and have been operating in this country for quite some time now. They used to operate behind the guise of "private corporations" such as TAG, Inc. and Haliburton, but exposure of these "secret" frauds has sent them packing for other facades to hide behind. And YES, this is FASCISM at it's finest!!!!!

Posted by: This Guy on July 9, 2009 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

The president is immune from litigation for actions taken while in office. This is enforced by the AG in the Dept. of Justice. Palin's only mistake was mixing the names of the Alaska Dept. and the Federal Dept.

Posted by: Glen on July 9, 2009 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

But, there is a Department of Law in the State of Alaska, which is probably why she referred to it as such. A quick Google search would have told you that. And you stand around scratching your behinds wondering why the MSM is self-destruct mode.

http://www.law.state.ak.us/

Posted by: Scottie on July 11, 2009 at 3:44 PM | PERMALINK

She obviously meant RULE of law, you are the retarded ones.

Posted by: knews on July 11, 2009 at 7:36 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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