This will go down in the annals of history as one of the slimiest, dirtiest “October surprises” in history. One that was promised over a month ago by the partisan hack, before one witness had even been deposed.
Sarah Palin, herself, it should be remembered, called for this investigation, demonstrating that she had nothing to hide. She did not abuse her power. But someone did.
Why the man wasn’t removed from the investigation when when it became obvious he was not operating in good faith, is anyone’s guess, but perhaps the Palins figured that, having done nothing wrong, nothing bad would come of it.
But they didn’t take into consideration how low the rabid, cult-like dedication of an Obama loyalist could go.
Palin was cleared of any wrong doing in the report:
I find that, although Walt Monegan’s refusal to fire Trooper Michael Wooten was not the sole reason he was fired by Gov. Sarah Palin, it was likely a contributing factor to his termination as a commissioner of public safety. In spite of that, Governor Palin’s firing of Commissioner Monegan was a proper and lawful exercie of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads.
… yet is charged with “Abuse of power”. Of course. it’s the “abuse of power” that is making the headlines. It’s the “abuse of power” that will make the Obama campaign ad.
It’s the abuse of power finding, that was led by one of his cultists in a partisan witch hunt, instead of the honest investigation that the Governor herself requested, because she knew she had done nothing wrong.
As Bill Dyer (Beldar) says: Branchflower report on Tasergate: Just one guy’s opinion that contradicts itself and ignores the relevant facts and law:
Democratic state senator and staunch Barack Obama supporter Hollis French of Alaska boasted in early September that he would provide an “October Surprise” which would upset the McCain-Palin campaign. Indeed, he originally planned to time it for October 31, four days before the election, for maximum impact, until other legislators forced him to abandon that particular strategy.
Today, however, in an episode of political theater that would make Josef Stalin blush, French gave it his very best shot: The investigator he hired and directed, Steve Branchflower, has labored mightily and given birth to a bloated and redundant 263-page report which boils down, for purposes of the ongoing presidential campaign, to two paragraphs that completely contradict one another. And the one of them that’s unfavorable ignores the most important — indeed conclusive — evidence on point, but goes on to provide Branchflower’s guess as to whether Gov. Palin has done anything improper.
Please understand this, if you take nothing else away from reading this post: The Branchflower Report is a series of guess and insupportable conclusions drawn by exactly one guy, and it hasn’t been approved or adopted or endorsed by so much as a single sub-committee of the Alaska Legislature, much less any kind of commission, court, jury, or other proper adjudicatory body. It contains no new bombshells in terms of factual revelations. Rather, it’s just Steve Branchflower’s opinion — after being hired and directed by one of Gov. Palin’s most vocal opponents and one of Alaska’s staunchest Obama supporters — that he thinks Gov. Palin had, at worst, mixed motives for an action that even Branchflower admits she unquestionably had both (a) the complete right to perform and (b) other very good reasons to perform.
Read the whole thing.
The investigation concluded that Sheriff Whooten, whom Palin tried to have fired, was guilty of:
Three incidents of Unbecoming Conduct
Three incidents of Personal Misconduct
One incident of Failure to Perform Duties Properly, Use of Government Property
Two incidents of Conformance to Laws
One incident Use of Alcohol
One incident Operation to Be Prudent and Lawful
Obama doesn’t try to have the vile characters he comes into contact with fired…he forges long, working relationships with them, and only when the light of truth is shined on them, does he fire them, throw them under the bus, or call their actions “despicable”.
I have no idea if the Republicans have an October surprise waiting in the wings. It really doesn’t matter. Any serious examination of Obama’s life would be an “October Surprise” in a sane world.