The Sarah Palin Chronicles: Myth #1: “Ethics Reformer”

And so today we begin a new series at the House of Jello, entitled The Sarah Palin Chronicles.  Today’s episode is full of love gone wrong, bitter custody battles, and abuse of power. Fun!

From The Washington Post:

The July firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan by Gov. Sarah Palin, who was announced as John McCain‘s running mate on Friday, has unearthed a stream of soap-opera-like details about Palin, her husband, her family and top state appointees. The controversy has also cut against Palin’s reputation for holding an ethical line and standing up to colleagues in the Republican Party over matters of principle.

Monegan, 57, a respected former chief of the Anchorage Police Department, said in an interview with The Washington Post’s James V. Grimaldi on Friday that the governor repeatedly brought up the topic of her ex-brother-in-law, Michael Wooten, after Monegan became the state’s commissioner of public safety in December 2006. Palin’s husband, Todd, met with Monegan and presented a dossier of information about Wooten, who was going through a bitter custody battle with Palin’s sister, Molly. Monegan also said Sarah Palin sent him e-mails on the subject, but Monegan declined to disclose them, saying he planned to give them to a legislative investigator looking into the matter.

From what I have read, the ex-brother-in-law is an idiot and deserves to be fired. Among other things, he has apparently been accused of drinking in his patrol car, and Tasing his 11-year-old stepson for fun (“He asked me to do it — it was just for a second.”) But the fact that Gov. Palin cannot see that it is not her place to get involved in this matter is worrisome, to say the least.

But [Monegan] said Todd Palin told him Wooten “shouldn’t be a trooper. I’ve tried to explain to him, you can’t head hunt like this. What you need to do is back off, because if the trooper does make a mistake, and it is a terminable offense, it can look like political interference.

“I think he’s emotionally committed in trying to see that his former brother-in-law is punished.”

Because what’s the fun of having a Governor for a wife if you can’t punish people you don’t like!

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11 comments

  1. I’m still wondering just how many people told McCain no before he decided on this Hail Mary play. In addition to the brother-in-law problem Palin’s been vocal in expressing support for Ted Stevens.

  2. I”m sure he thought it was a brilliant maneuver when he did it. Think of all the positives: grab the headlines away from Barack Obama’s nomination, appeal to disaffected Clinton voters still hurting from the convention, distract media attention from McCain’s 72nd birthday — and from the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

    But now, it’s the morning after and he has to face that awful reality that she’s really not appropriate for the VP job at all. It looks like he got drunk last night and took home the beauty queen, and now he’s gonna wake up to a very awkward situation!

  3. I’m seeing comparisons to Bernie Kerik or Harriet Miers. How long will this dance go on?

    Great post, Sue! Clearly Gov. Palin will be better vetted in the blogosphere than she was by the McCain campaign.

  4. excellent post, sue. THIS is the way we go about taking apart her candidacy.

    piece by beauty queen piece.

  5. I think the Dems are going to have to be very careful if they plan on going after Palin. For one thing,I’m already seeing on “progressive” blogs, criticism of Palin bringing her newborn to work with her. In fact, I think it was Mother Jones that had an article with a snarky title to the effect “Will she bring her Breast Pump to the White House?” Think about it…what kind of message Mother Jones and the Progressives sending? All mothers should stay at home and not work? Women should set aside their careers for child rearing? What’s happened to our Progressives? I thought we were all about women’s rights and equal opportunity for women? The Dems need to be careful to stick to policy differences and stay away from the family stuff. And comparing her to Dan Quayle…the memo must be out, I’ve seen it all over the Progressive blogosphere, is another dumb move. Like it or not, Palin is smart and articulate, and trying to compare her to Dan Quayle who couldn’t even spell potato makes the Obama camp look petty and worried about her impact in the race.

    Like I said, if Palin is bashed by the Obama camp, they will be accused of being sexists. That,IMO, would be fair game since if anyone tried to vet Obama, they were called racists. Fair game? Maybe…

    We’ll see how this plays out, it will be interesting to say the least!

  6. But now, it’s the morning after and he has to face that awful reality that she’s really not appropriate for the VP job at all. It looks like he got drunk last night and took home the beauty queen, and now he’s gonna wake up to a very awkward situation!

    Sue J! What are you thinking? Are you saying that beautiful women who happened to have had a career in modeling can’t be smart and successful? Yikes! Let’s not go down that path, shall we? Go after her for policy, and stay away from the sexist jokes….please! 😉

  7. there is plenty of policy information out there about her now to sink our teeth into. i think she was a very poor choice and can’t imagine how anyone would think that her experience to date would qualify her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

  8. Re: “For one thing,I’m already seeing on “progressive” blogs, criticism of Palin bringing her newborn to work with her. In fact, I think it was Mother Jones that had an article with a snarky title to the effect “Will she bring her Breast Pump to the White House?” Think about it…what kind of message Mother Jones and the Progressives sending? All mothers should stay at home and not work?”

    I’m hearing criticism about Palin using the baby as a prop from a fairly wide range of people, none of whom think women shouldn’t work. It is going to be a fine line to walk, but there is a difference between having a career and using your kids to further it. Also, I don’t see the Mother Jones title in itself as being snarky — haven’t read the actual article (yet) so can’t comment on the content, but what makes the title by itself snarky? The black bag with the breast pump is a pretty common sight in workplaces these days; I could see using Sarah Palin as an example of just how common it has become and as a way of making it even more acceptable, which would be one of the few positive things we could say about her candidacy.

  9. Mary Ellen, of course beautiful women can be smart (hey — just look at all of us!) But if the Republicans are going to list one of her qualifications for the job of Vice President as “former beauty queen,” it seems like it’s fair to mention it.

    My point, which may have been lost in my snarkiness, is that I believe John McCain was momentarily charmed by Palin as a candidate, but that he will wake up to see her many shortcomings as an addition to the ticket.

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