I Think The Word Is “Brazen”

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

Look, I understand that political campaigns stretch the truth about their opponents.  McCain says, for example, that Obama will "raise taxes".  Now, technically, that's not a lie, because Obama will raise taxes…. if you make over $125,000.

But some things are either TRUE or FALSE.

Palin, sadly, is simply outright lying here:

Sarah Palin told Alaska reporters Saturday that she had been “cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of unethical activity” in the investigative report released the day before that explored her actions in dismissing a state official who refused to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police.
"Well, I’m very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity there,” Palin said on a Saturday conference call with reporters from the Anchorage Daily News, KTVA-Channel 11 and KTUU-Channel 2. “Very pleased to be cleared of any of that."

Any "hint"?  How about the part of the report that says:

Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39/52/110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. 

That sounds like "wrongdoing" to me.
Of course, Palin goes on to explain her bizarre interpretation of her statement:

"[I]f you read the read the report you will see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member."

Well, yes, Sarah.  But there is something unethical about replacing a cabinet member for personal reasons.  The report specifically says that.  And that's what you did.  Of course, you have to read the report.

Is she being dumb?  Or just lying?  I vote the latter.

But maybe that's giving her the benefit of the doubt.