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Palin Parses.

October 13, 2008

So the report findings show that Governor Sarah Palin definitely abused her power and acted unethically in this whole Troopergate Fiasco.

“…Governor Sarah Palin Abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act … Compliance with the code of ethics is not optional…

“The evidence supports the conclusion that Governor Palin, at the least, engaged in ‘official action’ by her inaction if not her active participation or assistance to her husband in attempting to get Trooper Wooten fired [and there is evidence of her active participation.] She knowingly, as that term is defined in the above cited statutes, permitted Todd Palin to use the Governor’s office and the resources of the Governor’s office, including access to state employees, to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired. Her conduct violated AS 39.52.110(a) of the Ethics Act…

“Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda.”

However, the report findings also say that, “Governor Palin’s firing of Commissioner Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads.”

I’m no legal expert, so I’ll just give my take on the language:

Basically, as Governor, Sarah Palin has the right to hire and fire people as she sees fit.  So she did.  But in the activities leading up to that, she used her position of power to carry out a personal agenda, which most definitely IS an ethical violation.

Natch, she parses the report findings to prove that she’s been cleared of any wrongdoing.

She’s pulling her own “Depends on what your definition of is is” moment.

Because like Bill Clinton, I think Sarah Palin has bullshit so much through her ascent to power that she actually believes her own lies.

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