Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bravo, Anchorage Daily News

The Anchorage Daily News has an excellent editorial on Sarah Palin's reaction to the "Troopergate" report, which found that she abused her power as governor:
She claims the report "vindicates" her. She said that the investigation found "no unlawful or unethical activity on my part." Her response is either astoundingly ignorant or downright Orwellian. Page 8, Finding Number One of the report says: "I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act." In plain English, she did something "unlawful." She broke the state ethics law.


Palin asserted that the report found "there was no abuse of authority at all in trying to get Officer Wooten fired." In fact, the report concluded that "impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: to get Trooper Michael Wooten fired." Palin's response is the kind of political "big lie" that George Orwell warned against. War is peace. Black is white. Up is down.
I'm glad that an Alaskan newspaper is the one holding her feet to the fire on this. Bravo, Anchorage.

Thanks, Sullivan.

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