Saturday, October 18

The odd lies of Sarah Palin I: Firing Monegan

Andrew is recapping the series this weekend, updated with new information. I'm going to link to every entry, because this is important. Sarah Palin serving at the presidential level is unthinkable, and anyone who votes for her ticket is doing their country a gross disservice.

I realize that perhaps half of these "lies" might be explainable if you try hard enough. But if so, Sarah Palin should hold a press conference and explain them. The pattern of what appears to be pathological lying and divorcement from reality is unacceptable.

I understand other politicians are no saints either. I'm not asking for sainthood, and I know that our politics makes it necessary to vote for folks who are looser with the truth than we'd like. But after eight years of the travesty of Bush and Cheney, we cannot afford another President or Vice President with this level of contempt for reality and basic transparency. It's out of bounds.

Now...the first entry: The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin I: Firing Monegan

The lie:
Palin stated on July 17 that Monegan was not pressured to fire Wooten, nor dismissed for not doing so:[114][117] "To allege that I, or any member of my family . . . directed disciplinary action be taken against any employee of the Department of Public Safety, is, quite simply, outrageous."
The truth:
On October 10, 2008, the Alaska Legislative Council unanimously voted to release, without officially endorsing,[135] the Branchflower Report in which Stephen Branchflower found that firing Monegan "was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority,"[136] and that Palin abused her power as governor by violating the state's Executive Branch Ethics Act[137] when her office pressured Monegan to fire Wooten. The report stated that "Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: to get Trooper Michael Wooten fired."[138] The report also said that Palin "permitted Todd Palin to use the Governor's office [...] to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired."[138][139]

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