Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.
So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.
Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.
More then anything else this piece from the NYT is confirmation that she sees government as a way to reward friends and use her power to punish those that don’t tow the Palin line. The Con blogs that have picked up on this story manage to brezze right through this part,
Throughout her political career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance, according to a review of public records and interviews with 60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials
Its diificult to pick out one, but probably the most damning aspect of Palin’s political style is her arrogance and inaccessibility,
Mayors across the state, from the larger cities to tiny municipalities along the southeastern fiords, are even more frustrated. Often, their letters go unanswered and their pleas ignored, records and interviews show.
Civics 101. If a govenor is simply refusing to mmeet with mayors she isn’t performing a large part of her duties.
Jennifer Rubin writing at the right-wing Commentary, Is This It? Really?, 09.13.2008 – 10:04 PM
But what is so remarkable is how little there is in the page after page of minutiae thrown against the wall by the Times. And indeed there’s plenty of favorable material there (emphasis mine)
Jen liked the good parts, didn’t like the bad parts. Commentary honestly feels, as do most Republicans that corruption, cronyism and incompetence is OK as long as they’re the ones dishing it out. Jeniifer is thus not the least bit shocked that the way Palin conducts governance in a way that lines the pockets of her friends, incompetent ones at that and doesn’t feel that a governor should lower herself to meet with mere mayors, like she once was.
The Republican blog Riehl World View agrees with Commentary, Saturday, September 13, 2008, They Really Are Deranged: Yes, Enough Is Enough
So now the media really cares precisely which foot of Sarah Palin may or may not have been across a border on one overseas trip?
Yes. Dammit he’s mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. How dare the media fact check Palin and find out she lied. Sweet, good Queen Palin, that she should have to undergo the same scurtiny of every vice-presidential candidate since forever.
I can’t use my arms or hands for much of ANYTHING, and I practically LIVE on my computer. But there is a much deeper issue under the surface.
I type 60 words a minute with a pencil in my mouth. I use my lower lip to move the mouse cursor via my laptop’s touchpad. I am quite good with computers and have used them since second grade, when Vick and Tandy and Commodore were state of the art. There are also TONS of adaptive equipment, voice recognition software, and more to allow the disabled to type.
From a diary at DKos in reply to Jonah Goldberg’s absurd assertion that Senator Obama’s ad was making fun of McCain’s disabilities. The diarist couldn’t help but notice that the Right, constantly whining about affirmative action should try and milk McCain’s for votes. Democrats from every corner of the kown universe have saluted McCain’s service and expressed sympathy for his physical problems, the Right needs to move on. There are no cheap gotcha points to be scored in that regard.
To top it off, McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said this to the Politico about the increased media scrutiny of the campaign’s factual claims: “We’re running a campaign to win. And we’re not too concerned about what the media filter tries to say about it.”
It is Mr. Rogers and the McCain camps assertion that they smugged the truth, bludgeoned it to death and buried it in a ditch in some back woods. If the public and press don’t like it, too bad they’ll lie as much as they damn well please.