Poor old John McCain’s really got no chance now, does he? Even he’s realised it – watch him to try to reposition himself to salvage a career after his defeat in a few weeks’ time:
Finally some honour, but it’s far too little, far too late. Troopergate has broken:
Gov. Sarah Palin abused the powers of her office by pressuring subordinates to try to get her former brother-in-law, a state trooper, fired, an investigation by the Alaska Legislature has concluded. The inquiry found, however, that she was within her right to dismiss her public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, who was the trooper’s boss.
A 263-page report released Friday by lawmakers in Alaska found that Ms. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, had herself exerted pressure to get Trooper Michael Wooten dismissed, as well as allowed her husband and subordinates to press for his firing, largely as a result of his temperament and past disciplinary problems.
Of course the McCain/Palin campaign has its own spin:
At a news conference Friday evening, a local McCain-Palin campaign spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, said that Mr. Branchflower’s abuse of power finding was the result of an “overreach” by the investigator who went beyond “the intent of the original” inquiry.
Although eight of the 12 members of the committee are Republicans, they voted unanimously for its publication. Palin has made a number of enemies among her fellow Republicans in Alaska after she picked fights with the party’s local leadership en route to election as governor, and then formed alliances with Democrats in a bid to force through her legislative programme.
John McCain thinks this woman who champions ignorance, racism and the abuse of power is suitable for the vice presidency and possible presidency. That sort of judgment mustn’t be allowed to take control of the White House, for all our sakes, but the video really does suggest he knows he hasn’t a chance now.