This is a mistake:

September 18th, 2008

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband has refused to testify in the investigation of his wife’s alleged abuse of power, sildenafil seek and key lawmakers said Thursday that uncooperative witnesses are effectively sidetracking the probe until after Election Day.

Even if the investigation is a witch hunt, this makes it look like the Palins have something to hide.

Not smart.

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  • 1. Josh Schroeder  |  September 18th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Looks like I have a monopoly on comments this evening.

    I agree with Mr. and Mrs. Palin to stay away from this thing (but maybe in the future hindsight will prove me wrong). There are two reasons not to cooperate with the investigation: 1) you have something to hide OR 2) the investigation is without merit and you don’t want to lend it any appearance of legitimacy by cooperating with it.

    Granted, I’m a right-wing nut job, but I’m not pretending to be objective here. The so-called “Troopergate” doesn’t seem to be gaining traction – it’s just politics as usual.

    My guess is that the McCain/Palin people looked at the situation, ran a cost/benefit analysis and figured that not cooperating would be less detracting than agreeing with it.

    Imagine the headline: Sarah Palin Leaves Campaign Trail, Under Investigation Back Home In Alaska

    Not worth it – especially if it is a which hunt (witch hunt – we’re close to October, October surprise, Halloween, it’s only a matter of time until someone calls Sarah Palin the Wicked Witch of the West).

  • 2. Zach W.  |  September 18th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Elliot, there’s also the issue of the lawsuit filed by Republicans in Alaska to stop the investigation. That certainly adds to the aura that Palin and the GOP are trying to hide something, even if there’s nothing to hide.

  • 3. elliot  |  September 18th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I know what you’re saying, Josh.

    But just like I think the antidote to bad speech is more speech, I believe the best way to fight innuendo is with openness.

  • 4. grumps  |  September 18th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    1- The investigation was convened by Alaska Republicans

    2- Gov Palin said she would be happy to cooperate

    3- McCain campaign gets involved.

    4- Everything turns to moose hockey. Palin won’t cooperate, blaming Obama who had nothing to do with the investigation when she would cooperate but now she won’t.

    5- Where does a campaign of a Senator from Arizona get standing to interfere with anything convened by the Alaska gov’t?

    6- Smells like a cover-up whether it is or not. Did Fred Thompson teach Grampy McSame nothing?

  • 5. Dean  |  September 19th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    grumps, that phrase you use? McCain’s campaign running without spell check, or something like that?

    You can plug that in here again.

    Why do Republicans continue to do stupid things?

    And yet I will vote for them because the alternative looks worse.

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