Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Gov. Palin's line-crossing

Here's a link to the Register's editorial on the Alaska legislative report on "Troopergate," the concerted campaign by the Palin family and, later, after Sarah was elected governor, many members of her administration, to get state trooper Mike Wooten, who was involved in a nasty and contentious divorce with Sarah's sister, fired. And here's an Orange Punch blog post on the topic.

I guess what's most dismaying to me, though perhaps not all that surprising in the middle of a political campaign, is the extent to which most people view the thing through strictly partisan lenses (see the first two comments to the Register article. The governor had the right to fire Walt Monegan, the state public safety commissioner, for any reason or no reason, so there was nothing illegal there. And while what the family and administration did in continually filing complaints and pressing Monegan was probably not illegal, it was certainly unseemly and, I would argue, unethical. But people want to see her either as a deep dark villain or as completely pure and innocent. We know few people are either, but who wants nuance in the middle of a political campaign?

2 comments:

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According to this recent release from CNN, David Kernell, the son of a member of the House of Representatives, Mike Kernell, allegedly reset the password and accessed the personal e-mail account of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. He also allegedly read the contents, took a screenshot of her directory, and got into her address book information. Her address book contained the contact information including cell phone numbers of family members as well as birthdates and other information. He also then allegedly posted all of this including the password on a public website. After turning himself in, he pled not guilty. Kernell faces up to 5 years in prison, 3 years of probation and supervision after release, and up to $250,000 in fines. Think about this: to pay that down, he would have to take almost 200 payday loans at the maximum allowed amount of $1,500.
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