While she’s on the campaign trail, whipping up bigoted frenzies being described as “renewing” the GOP base, the Good people of the state of Alaska got busy putting their Governor in check.  Via the AP:

Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. The politically charged inquiry imperiled her reputation as a reformer on John McCain’s Republican ticket.

Investigator Stephen Branchflower, in a report by a bipartisan panel that investigated the matter, found Palin in violation of a state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain.

The inquiry looked into her dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, who said he lost his job because he resisted pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with the governor’s sister. Palin says Monegan was fired as part of a legitimate budget dispute.

The report found that Palin let the family grudge influence her decision-making even if it was not the sole reason Monegan was dismissed. “I feel vindicated,” Monegan said. “It sounds like they’ve validated my belief and opinions. And that tells me I’m not totally out in left field.”

Branchflower said Palin violated a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

But, then, she tried to issue her own report, which, of course, would clear her.  WTH?  When can an elected official under suspicion of violating the ethics regulations she’s sworn to uphold, get to investigate themselves?

Then, I guess McCain has surrogates reading blogs like JJP, calling him out for not admonishing his bigoted supporters.  Too late, that horse has left the barn and it’s not coming back:

Both times, McCain’s campaign has issued statements disavowing the use of the Democrat’s full name.
A McCain aide said they tell individuals speaking before every event not to do so. “Sometimes people just do what they want,” explained the aide.

The raw emotions worry some in the party who believe the broader swath of swing voters are far more focused on their dwindling retirement accounts than on Obama’s background and associations and will be turned off by footage of the McCain events.

John Weaver, McCain’s former top strategist, said top Republicans have a responsibility to temper this behavior.

“People need to understand, for moral reasons and the protection of our civil society, the differences with Sen. Obama are ideological, based on clear differences on policy and a lack of experience compared to Sen. McCain,” Weaver said. “And from a purely practical political vantage point, please find me a swing voter, an undecided independent, or a torn female voter that finds an angry mob mentality attractive.”

Notice the quote is coming from a former McCain strategist.  And where in the hell is the Secret Service?  Some of those quotes in the last article sounds like death threats to me, and the McCain/Palin camp has yet to receive a visit from the guys supposed to protect Obama.

It may be a moot issue, considering while Palin’s whipping up the KKK faction of the GOP base, her own state is showing they aren’t as “enanamoured” of her and are ready to hand her that “tappable” ass of hers on a silver platter for abusing the power of the office she demonstrates more and more that she’s not qualified to have.

Oh yeah, this thought also came to me: anyone sporting a McCain/Palin bumper sticker on their car, or a sign in their yard, is indicating to me they are willing to cast a vote for bigotry, as opposed to what’s best for America.  Strange times, indeed.

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