POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Nichols (The Nation): McCain’s Troopergate Scandal

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 27, 2008

John Nichols writes in The Nation …

  • John McCain’s hired guns were sent to Alaska to manage a mess: the prospect that the state-sanctioned investigation of an abuse-of-power scandal involving Palin would destroy the governor’s credibility as a reformer–and with it the argument that their new No. 2’s relative inexperience was mitigated by her able leadership.
  • McCain’s operatives did not let facts get in their way …
    • Former GOP legislator Andrew Halcro, who pushed for the inquiry, argued, “Walt Monegan got fired for all of the wrong reasons. Walt Monegan got fired because he said no to firing a state trooper who had divorced Governor Palin’s sister.”
    • Dan Fagan, a popular right-wing Anchorage radio host, said, “With Palin’s refusal to cooperate with the independent investigator and her transparent delay tactics, Americans deserve to know what Palin is trying to hide before we vote her a heartbeat away from the leader of the free world.”
  • The fundamental political question of the moment is whether the McCain camp will succeed in spinning Palin’s nasty home-state scandal into something just convoluted enough to get the fickle national media to give the Alaska governor a soft pass.
    • If spin wins, it will not just be the truth that takes a hit.
  • As Troopergate and its fallout reveal, Sarah Palin is more than a hockey mom.
    • She is a fiercely ambitious politician with a penchant for secrecy and a history of using positions of public trust to advance her personal and ideological agendas.

Read the entire article at … http://www.thenation.com/doc/20081013/nichols

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