Sarah Palin, a la John McCain, has reinvented and rebranded herself as the new independent ethical broom, in Alaska, but as 'Newsweek' reveals; in practice, she has acted more like an old ward healer, that presages what any McCain/Palin administration might look like, as if we didn`t have a bad enough example with the Bush/Cheney administration.
In Juneau, Palin has given jobs to friends and appointed lobbyists to oversee industries they used to represent. There's nothing illegal about it--that's business as usual in politics. But part of Palin's appeal is that she markets herself as a reformer who fights against cronyism, when in fact her record shows her to be, in many ways, a typical politician who rewards her friends and punishes her enemies.
So now Alaska patronage goes exclusively through the Palins', and not just by the Washington D.C. route, via Ted Stevens. I suppose that is change, and I say the Palins, because her husband whom she charmingly calls `the first dude` is acting as the non-accountable, shadow governor or vice-governor.
Todd Palin was even copied the confidential emails of his wife when she was dealing with the Alaska /Trans- Canada gas pipeline, emails that Palin (Sarah) claims as executive privilege and thereby won`t allow the public to view. She also permits even encourages her husband, without warning, to sit in on many of her confidential 'executive' meetings to the discomfort of the other participants.
Let us be clear, Todd Palin is not a member of the executive branch, nor is he even a government employee. He is a member of the general public
Claiming executive privilege but copying the same confidential emails of the public`s business to your husband, and at the same time prohibiting the public to see them by refusing to release them, is not normally permitted in an American state, even one that seems to be run like a Restoration family fiefdom.
Don`t they have freedom of information laws in Alaska, in the twenty-first century or is the citizentry there so cowed or intimidated? Maybe one of our Alaska commenters can help me?
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