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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Palin Refuses to Cooperate With Investigation

Well, we had to have expect this at some point.  Governor Palin is now refusing to cooperate further with an investigation by the Alaskan legislature, into her abuse of power in firing her public safety director (aka "Troopergate").  Palin says that the investigating committee (3 Republicans and 2 Democrats) is being manipulated by the Obama campaign.  There is also in independent counsel that has been  appointed.  The investigating committee voted 3-2 to subpoena  Todd Palin, the Governor's husband.  The deciding vote on the committee was cast by a Republican representative from Wasilla, Palin's home town.  There is no word yet on whether the committee will subpoena the Governor.  It sounds like if they do, Palin will resist testifying. 

Palin's story about why she fired this guy is now gelling.  Now she says that she fired Monegan because he was lobbying Congress in Washington for more money (earmarks) without Palin's authorization.  Yeah right.  Look at Palin's history and Alaska's budget.  She probably encouraged every department head lobby Congress for free hand outs from the tax payers down in the "Lower 48."  She did so herself when she was Mayor of a town of about 5,000 people!  

This is TYPICAL of Bush era politics.  Business as usual.  More of the same.  Oh, and, McCain still doesn't understand the economy.


The Law Talking Guy said...

What are you trying to hide, Governor Palin?

Bert Q. Slushbrow, Sr. said...

Yet McCain/Palin are still showing no signs of weakening in the polls. In fact, CNN's informal electoral college map shows them GAINING in Minnesota (before yesterday it was "leaning Obama" now it is labeled a "tossup").

Is the average American's proven ability to ignore the facts and issues while clinging blindly to whomever they perceive espouses their ideology going to win the day for the Republicans? Yikes?

The Law Talking Guy said...

Bert, as I discused in a previous post, McCain/Palin is fading in the national polls. The polling averages show only a +1.5% or less for McCain. Polls with Obama leading are beginning to come out.

The state polling data you refer to is just a lagging indicator. It took a while for the state polls to *follow* the McCain bounce, it will take a while for them to retreat.

The reason is that national polls are done every day, but state polls are not, AND the electoral maps are the aggregate of state polls. Also, state polls are often released a few days later than national polls. Remember, Palin's big speech was not even 2 weeks ago!

The Law Talking Guy said...

The next big event is the First Presidential Debate scheduled for 9 days from now (9/26). Polls which are drifting to even now will move again after that.

Raised By Republicans said...

LTG is probably right Bert. The conventional wisdom on state polls is that they lag national polling trends. Remember that the state polls showed no change in McCain's favor at all until nearly a week after the RNC.

I would expect the state polls to start to shift back in Obama's favor in the next week or so. In fact, they already have shifted a little in Virginia where McCain had a four point lead in a poll from 9/7-9/9 but Obama has a four point lead in a poll from 9/12-9/14. Fox News has a one day poll (9/14) that shows a tie in Virginia. A similar pro-Obama trend is starting to appear in Colorado too (with a Fox News Poll being a pro-McCain outlier).

The Law Talking Guy said...

Reuters/Zogby has Obama up by +2. The RCP poll average is down to McCain by +0.8, which is about as close to a statistical tie as you can get. Rasmussen and Gallup tracking have McCain leading by just 1 point with a big margin of error. It may take another week to sort out, but the bounce is over... just in time for the debate a week from Friday. We will see how that goes.

The Law Talking Guy said...

Gallup has Obama up by +2. The bump is almost over.