Tasergate: The Official Smear Against Sarah Palin

by Sal on October 11, 2008

in Election 2008,Media Bias,Politics

The official legpergateislative report on troopergate tasergate was released yesterday, accusing Gov. Palin of abuse of power.  The report itself is contradictory and does not hold up logically, and does not hold up under the law.  The report by investigative attorney Steve Branchflower, is 263 pages in length (PDF) that basically can be summarized in two contradictory paragraphs.  Bill Dyer at Townhall.com has an extensive analysis of the report, but to summarize, this is nothing but a smear against Sarah Palin, filled with innuendo and conjecture.  Looking at the facts:

  • Before a single witness had been called, Hollis French, the legislator in charge of the report who selected Branchflower, promised an October Surprise that would create havoc for the McCain-Palin campaign. 
  • The report boils down to a guess on what Sarah Palin was thinking in the firing of Walt Monegan, even though there are relevant facts which support Palin’s claim of legitimate reasons for the firing. 
  • Monegan was never fired by Palin.  He was reassigned to another post, and then he resigned. 
  • Logically, how can Palin have the right to fire someone and reasons to fire him, yet still be accused of an abuse of power?  If you follow Branchflower’s argument, if Monegan had murdered someone, or broken the public trust in some way, and Sarah had fired him (which she never did), then she still would have abused power beecause she had a personal stake.  This is absurd. 
  • Dyer makes a good point;  Monegan himself has stated that no one in the administration ever asked him to fire the trooper who was tasering his child and had threatened the life of the Todd Palin’s sister.  How does anyone know that the Palin’s didn’t just want him to get counseling or something?

The entire report is based on guesses, innuendos, and inferences.  There is no evidence whatsoever in this report that Sarah or Todd Palin did anything wrong, improper, unethical, or illegal.  Dyer goes on to completely deconstruct the report, showing that it is completely and utterly false, misleading, and can only therefore be political.  Additionally, he points out that the news reports are in error.  The committee did not find that Sarah Palin had abused her authority, nor did it vote to confirm the report.  Rather, it voted that it be released and put forth to the full legislative body for review. 

Unfortunately, there will likely be political fallout from this dubious report.  Most average voters will only see the headline or hear the soundbite “Palin Abused Power.”  That will have short-term political impact right before an election.  I doubt that it will affect her long-term future political chances, however, as there will likely be no other legal or political fallout. 

Isn’t it interesting, however, how troopergate tasergate gets front page news, yet Obama’s ties to ACORN and voter fraud get virtually no airtime in the Drive-By Media.  It’s up to ordinary citizens like you and me to fight and spread the word about the truth of tasergate so that Palin’s good name is not smeared.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike October 11, 2008 at 11:42 am

“Logically, how can Palin have the right to fire someone and reasons to fire him, yet still be accused of an abuse of power? If you follow Branchflower’s argument, if Monegan had murdered someone, or broken the public trust in some way, and Sarah had fired him (which she never did), then she still would have abused power beecause she had a personal stake. This is absurd.”

This is where you hit the nail on the head. If this report is to be taken seriously, any public employee can effectively hold the state hostage and commit any misconduct imaginable so long as that employee has a grudge against the sitting Governor. Palin had legitimate reasons to fire Monegan. If she had kept him, she would have done a disservice to the people of Alaska and would have been criticized for it. She would have been damned if she didn’t. Now she’s damned because she did.

This won’t hurt Palin in the long run. The findings are absurd. Moreover, Palin will have her own Presidential campaign in four years that will be able to effectively refute what will have become old news and a non-story.

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Reuel October 11, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Rename it “FrenchGate” after Hollis French – a “baby killer” like the atrotious Obama.

Facts:
1. Governor has right to hire and fire for whatever reason – that’s her prerogative.
2. Monegan resigned after Gov. wanted to transfer him to another job. He was not even fired.
3. Gov has every right to protect ALL her subjects from threats and harm – even if they are relatives or neighbours. Rights to to life, equality and pursuit of happiness are unalienable constitutional rights.
4. She did not benefit herself financially. So what is unethical?

It show that French is a “HAMAN” who will be hanged on the gallows he made to hang Palin (using smears).

Voters should react by NOT voting for lawyers – including Obama and Biden.

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Chris October 11, 2008 at 7:04 pm

There’s a reason why Tasergate broke on a Friday afternoon…there will be no traction to it. The only advantage the left had was that it broke after Rush got off the air. Let’s get something straight: this trooper Tasered an adolescent…end of story! That’s about as responsible as driving drunk.

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