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 An Alaska ethics report has concluded that John McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, abused her power as governor when firing a state official, a development that could hinder the Republicans as the race for the White House narrows - especially damaging in light of the fact that Palin has painted herself as a political maverick who will help McCain clean up Washington. Read more.

Question: How damaging is this for Palin? A little local difficulty or an indication that she may not be fit for high office?


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cnst wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
You mean the evidence from her recent interviews isn't enough an indication? :)
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valknott wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)
Exactly. No one will change their minds.
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(no subject) - eldestmuse - Oct. 11th, 2008 11:18 am (UTC) Expand
tyrell wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)
We need more proof that she's not fit for high office?
metafrantic wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
...where did you get that icon?
(no subject) - tyrell - Oct. 11th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC) Expand
LOLZ! - metafrantic - Oct. 11th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC) Expand
ty wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
How about aNOTHER indication she is not fit for high office.
iber wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:28 am (UTC)
Well, I'm not sure.

The GOP are going try to suppress this as much as possible. I haven't been following this as much because of its tendency to be front page one day, and not there the next day. I'm not sure if all the people they had subpoenaed actually testified, which had been major earlier on because they had all jointly refused to ignore the subpoena after Palin got her VP nod. That could potentially hurt this report's credibility. The Democrats for obvious reasons are going to be toting this to high heaven to further ask why she was chosen. The hardcores in either party are going to be either protective or offensive on this issue...

...and let's be honest, many people love Palin while others hate her... and since she's not into DC politics, what's a little political scandal as a proper introduction to being a DC politician?

Honestly, I thought she wasn't fit for high office from the beginning even though I did give her major points for originality. She was an interesting move on McCain's part, and part of the problem of being an interesting move like that is she's going to polarize the average voter into either hating her or loving her.

Only time will tell really.
the_paulr wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Excellent points.
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perky_bear wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
The report is another indication that McCain didn't do his homework. The ethics report shows naivety on Palin's part. It also raises questions about her husbands influence on the governor. With the economic mess swamping everything, the report won't have much, if any, impact.
heavenly_action wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
I still believe that those that really like her will like her no matter what. They will say that the panel was biased. As far as the election it certainly cannot help the McCain campaign.
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tinylegacies wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
I think, overall, it will have little impact on this election.

However, I do think it will have an impact on Palin's future political career. I know that a lot of conservatives are looking forward to her running for president in 2012 and I think that something like this will have the Republicans covering their asses and trying to block any attempt she may make at future national offices.
mamculuna wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
I sure hope so!
(no subject) - jeffxandra - Oct. 12th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC) Expand
del_burton wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
I don't think this will damage Palin too much. The undecideds McCain needs to win the election already have about a dozen reasons not to vote Republican.
typesbad wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
"This was a partisan-led inquiry run by [Democratic candidate Barack] Obama supporters and the Palins were completely justified in their concern," a McCain campaign spokesperson said. BBC

Hasn't this inquiry been being led since July? Why on earth would he be bothering with her back then? :P
merenwentari wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
The McCain campaign blames everyone but themselves for anything untoward that comes out about them. It doesn't matter if there are facts behind the accusation or not - if it sounds good enough to hopefully clear them of any wrongdoing, they go ahead with their fantastic proclamations and just hope that the people who are listening are so enthralled by.... I don't know... lipstick?.... that they will completely ignore the truth.

Edited at 2008-10-11 04:19 pm (UTC)
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ratphooey wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Of course it is damaging, especially in light of the McCain-Palin ticket's attempts to attack Obama's character.

It casts serious doubt on McCain's judgment.

But, really, it's the economy, stupid. Who's the real party of change?
joyitude wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
I don't think that it will be as damaging as it should be. This report is something that people should pay attention to - and people are paying attention to it, but I don't think that ENOUGH people are paying attention to it. Also, the die-hard Palin fans will find some way to spin the whole thing so that it was never actually her fault at all. It will be damaging, but not monumentally so.
tiny_josser wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
I think Palin is the easiest target in the race by a mile. It really hurts me that the first woman so close to vice presidency was shown to be a blathering idiot and I'm really mad at the republican party for pushing her on McCain. She's so so clearly not ready. I believe that she was chosen for being a woman and being good looking. And at first it worked! Then she opened her mouth.
It's embarrassing to me as an American and embarrassing to me as a woman. This new ethics report? Don't care. The damage is so complete already it really doesn't matter to me. I am voting competence over ovaries.
torasama wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
May I metaquotes those last few lines?
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thesewordselope wrote:
Oct. 11th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Since she violated an ethics statute I'm pretty sure that means she can be impeached.

I doubt that would happen prior to election day, though.
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