Josh Marshal on Palin’s “Troopergate” Scandal

Josh Marshall does a nice job piecing together Sarah Palin’s “Troopergate” scandal. Here’s an excerpt:

So let’s put this all together.

We rely on elected officials not to use the power of their office to pursue personal agendas or vendettas. It’s called an abuse of power. There is ample evidence that Palin used her power as governor to get her ex-brother-in-law fired. When his boss refused to fire him, she fired him. She first denied Monegan’s claims of pressure to fire Wooten and then had to amend her story when evidence proved otherwise. The available evidence now suggests that she 1) tried to have an ex-relative fired from his job for personal reasons, something that was clearly inappropriate, and perhaps illegal, though possibly understandable in human terms, 2) fired a state official for not himself acting inappropriately by firing the relative, 3) lied to the public about what happened and 4) continues to lie about what happened.

These are, to put it mildly, not the traits or temperament you want in someone who could hold the executive power of the federal government.

It remains to be seen if this will have the kind of impact it should have, but it certainly going to be a thorn in the side to the McCain campaign. The results of the investigation will be released in October, just in time to be an awkward issue right before the election.

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