Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Is Sarah Keeping a Secret?!! Labor and Cheney and Shell! Oh My!

Actually, Sarah is morphing into George W. Bush
more and more every day!

Secret Sarah would feel right at home in either place.

Who ever thought that a pregnancy and a situation called "Troopergate" would become issues during a Presidential Election.
First the latest news: (AP)

JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska's investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power, a potentially damaging distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign, ran into intensified resistance Tuesday when the attorney general said state employees would refuse to honor subpoenas in the case.

In a letter to state Sen. Hollis French, the Democrat overseeing the investigation, Republican Attorney General Talis Colberg asked that the subpoenas be withdrawn. He also said the employees would refuse to appear unless either the full state Senate or the entire Legislature votes to compel their testimony.

One guess as to who appointed Colberg to the position of Attorney General. Somehow, this scenario sounds vaguely familiar. Haven't we heard it before? Maybe within the last eight years? I smell "executive privilege" brewing.

Now on to THE PREGNANCY THAT ATE ALASKA! I love Andrew Sullivan (yes, that too!). Even when he's being belligerent, he manages to come up with a statement that transcends the subject sublimely. In my humble opinion, the following - about the complications involving Sarah Palin's last pregnancy is one of the very best quotes about journalism:

I find the account of her pregnancy and labor provided by Palin to be perplexing, to put it mildly, and I have every right to ask questions about it, especially since we have discovered that this woman lies more compulsively and less intelligently than the Clintons. If a story does not makes sense or raises serious questions about the sincerity of a candidate's embrace of a core political message, it is not rumor-mongering to ask about it. It is journalism. And in the absence of any information from the Palin campaign, I have aired every possible view trying to explain it. What else am I supposed to do? Pretend these questions don't exist? Pretend her story makes sense to me? I owe my readers my honest opinion. That's not rumor-mongering, it's fulfilling my core commitment to my readers.

By now, only those people living under rocks (or single-wides) are aware that Sarah Palin's pregnancy with newborn Trig Palin was anything but normal: Palin's water broke while she was in Texas, yet she still managed to deliver a 30-minute "speech" to a particular group, then flew for approximately 9 hours to Alaska without telling the flight crew that she was pregnant and in the first stages of labor! Then instead of going immediately to a hospital, drove 45 miles to a hospital near Wasilla. The following is an investigative piece by Barbara Bellows-TerraNova:

Reported to be a "forum on energy with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and executives from four other states", it took a little digging to find that this forum was a closed-door affair hosting a select group of nine Republican governors and such notable corporate energy VIPS (and polluters) as Greg Boyce, chairman and CEO of the Peabody Energy Corp.; John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil; Robert A. Malone, chairman and president, BP America; Anthony Orlando, president and CEO, Covanta Energy Corp.; and John Somerhalder II, chairman and CEO, AGL Resources.

Perry is also the father of Dick Cheney's son-in-law, the lawyer Phillip Perry, who has bounced back and forth for the last several years between lobbying for Lockheed Martin and working for the White House. His wife, Elizabeth Cheney, though a mother of five herself, is a hawk for attacking Iran and has worked in the Bush Cheney State Department.

So, while the pregnancy story does bring up questions about Sarah Palin's character and priorities, I still think the far more relevant information for voters is WHAT WAS GOING ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN TEXAS THAT DAY?

This is what we deserve to know.

Yes, We Deserve To Know...But Will We?

As the Tabloid Turns: Obama & Palin

You know I hate tabloids, but US Magazine had it right:

  • Under attack, admits daughter, 17, is pregnant
  • Investigated for firing of sister's ex-husband
  • Mom of five: New embarrassing surprises
This woman might be fodder for tabloids way beyond the election (and whomever wins!)