Her lawyer is already spinning away, basically arguing that because the Palins didn't have any financial stake in having Wooten fired, they did nothing wrong. This, of course, is bull, because the statue, according to the AP, reads that "any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that (public) trust." The "or" there is quite crucial.
Here's the unlawful thing: she violated the Ethics Act by not stopping Todd from using the office and authority of the Governor to put "impermissible pressure" on a bunch of subordinates, in the interest of pursuing a personal matter. From what I understand, this is a real law, whose violation carries something resembling teeth.
Within the Palin Pantheon, there are two classes of weirdness: the first makes a person go "ZOMG CRAZY ITZ OVER!" and the second elicits the response of "ha-WHUH?!" This story falls clearly into the second class. Nothing removal-worthy, but patently weird enough to fall decisively into the class of noteworthy biographical details of the esteemed governor's life that merit a "ha-WHUH?!"
I don't know why I didn't think of that. If this will truly be an "American" telethon-esque thing, there's absolutely no reason not to include Obama. Republicans aren't the only Americans, after all. Why shouldn't Obama be ON HAND to congratulate McCain for getting the nomination as well as help raise money for those victimized by the storm - especially in light of McCain's ad congratulating Obama for getting the Dem nomination? This would be a grand step toward making this a civil campaign again.
Of course, the Republicans will never let that happen. But what a moment if they did.
Indeed. If anything, this poll notes improvement for Obama, with the added bonus of being taken after the expected reversal following the veep announcement. McCain shores himself up by 1 point, but Obama gains 4 points on him.
Not to mention that the general consensus is quite clear that Zogby is crap. Wait for Gallup and, to a lesser extent, Rasmussen (and Rasmussen now has a 3-point lead for Obama, down from 4 points yesterday).
Again, good catch. I checked the Newsweek site, complete with video - it doesn't have Palin saying "Hillary's just whining," per se, but it does have her saying that she doesn't like it when a woman candidate says things that could be construed as being a "whine." Take it for what you will - it doesn't look all that damning to me, but it doesn't do Palin any favors, especially in trying to overtly reach out to Hillary's supporters.