Skip to comments.Obama Partisan Tampers with Palin Subpoena List
Posted on 09/13/2008 12:15:33 PM PDT by NewMediaFan
A Friday hearing revealed that an Obama partisan has manipulated an independent investigators subpoena list of a controversial inquiry against GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
The investigation is intended to determine whether Palin abused her office by firing Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. Palin says she fired him over budget issues. Her foes believe the firing was due to Monegans unwillingness to fire Palins former brother-in-law State Trooper Mike Wooten, a man who has admitted to tasering his stepson, illegally shooting a moose and has been accused of threatening his former father-in-law with violence and drinking in his police car.
Investigator Steven Branchflower admitted he had ceded control of his subpoena list to Sen. Hollis French (D.) during Alaskas Joint Judiciary Committee September 12 hearing that was scheduled to approve subpoena requests. [Audio coming shortly.] French is a partisan who has endorsed Palins Democratic presidential ticket rival Barack Obama for president and is actively supporting his candidacy.
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Is Ronnie Earle on his way to AK?
Just the Good Old Boys doing what Good Old Boys do when a woman steps on their toes.
“Just the Good Old Boys doing what Good Old Boys do when a woman steps on their toes.”
Both Monegan and Wooten have denied they were wronged.
Why doesnt the state of Alaksa take this guy “French” in hand?
He is screwing with an investigation that the Governor REQUESTED, and it cost the Alaska taxpayers $100,000 upfront. Maybe they ought to start subtracting per diem from French’s paycheck for every day this drags out.
wouldn't it just be awful if an obama partisan deep sixed your lipstick wearing pig?
French has already predicted that the results of the investigation will be embarrassing to Palin. Obviously they’ve already reached their conclusion, and just need to go through the motions of collecting the evidence to support it.
Where’s the Republican “army of lawyers”? They should be up there contesting every step of the process. Take a page from the Dem’s playbook and give this French guy the same treatment Ken Starr got.
OMG the fix is in :(
Well, maybe someone on our side needs to start publishing stupid headlines to desensitize the public- the more garish and ridiculous the accusations and rumors, the better
Business and Professional Positions:
Co-owner, French Apartments, 1989-present; lead operator, ARCO, 1991-1992; production operator, ARCO, 1984-1990, Shell Oil Company, 1980-1984.
All smear, all the time.
Hollis French has has his fingerprints all over this so-called independent investigation since it began. How can they say this is a fair investigation when it’s obvious, a partisan Democrat is running it? Had President Bush or Vice President Cheney interfered in the slightest way into Fitzerald’s investigation of the Plame affair, they would have been hit with criminal charges.
There, that's better.
We need Alaska freepers to do due diligence on these so called reps of the people.
This is obviously just a political move by Alaskan Rats at the direction of The National Rats. It’s an excuse to dig, and to then throw whatever is dug up against the wall and see if any of it sticks.
It seems the very essence of this investigation will go to intent. She had the power and authority to hire and fire. I have no idea how they could presume to prove her intentions or reasoning in this matter. Whatever the reason, it wouldn’t matter to me or the majority of Americans. If he didn’t have enough sense and/or integrity to fire a trooper who had tasered a child; his stupid a$$ needed firing.
Let me write that again, “he tasered a child”. The obvious question to the Rats trying to make political hay of this is: “Is this a man you want carrying a firearm, sworn to serve and protect, having great vested authority over the citizenry?” I think she was right, whatever her intent and I do not see a way to prove her intent.
“Well, maybe someone on our side needs to start publishing stupid headlines to desensitize the public- the more garish and ridiculous the accusations and rumors, the better”
I am absolutely in favor of that approach, but IMO it would have to take the form of subtle, nuanced rumors, fed in small strategic doses to the Kos & DU, etc; Not an avalanche, just seeds on insanely fertile ground. As we’ve seen a dozen times, they will pick up and run with literally anything, the more questionable the source the better!
Wouldn’t it be sweet justice if the AL State’s Attorney brought these operatives up on charges of obstruction, malicious prosecution and unconstitutional abuse of power?
Agree, but I think the Republicans should be even more aggressive than that. If the Democrats really want to play the game of Manufacture-The-Scandal, the GOP should have private investigators crawling all over Alaska digging up dirt on these partisan Democrat "investigators" themselves. Let's see who has the dirtier past. I bet it's not Palin.
Meanwhile, who is looking into Obama's Ayres and Rezko dealings, hmm? And Biden's ties to the mortgage companies, hmm?
If you want to talk issues, we'll go with issues. If you want to talk sleaze, the Democrats are more vulnerable than Palin and McCain are, IMHO.
“Well, maybe someone on our side needs to start publishing stupid headlines to desensitize the public- the more garish and ridiculous the accusations and rumors, the better
I am absolutely in favor of that approach, but IMO it would have to take the form of subtle, nuanced rumors, fed in small strategic doses to the Kos & DU, etc; Not an avalanche, just seeds on insanely fertile ground. As weve seen a dozen times, they will pick up and run with literally anything, the more questionable the source the better!”
No. The media would expose anything from the right that is incorrect. Don’t fall for it. Find a way to get the truth out and don’t count on the media doing it.
“Agree, but I think the Republicans should be even more aggressive than that. If the Democrats really want to play the game of Manufacture-The-Scandal, the GOP should have private investigators crawling all over Alaska digging up dirt on these partisan Democrat “investigators” themselves. Let’s see who has the dirtier past. I bet it’s not Palin.”
Respectfully, I disagree with that approach. I understand perfectly the frustration we all feel with the barrage of 3rd grade playground insults and spurious accusations hurled by the other side, but haven’t each and every one of them fallen flat or been rapidly debunked?
IMHO, we need to act smart, not out of revenge or tit-for-tat.
There should be little doubt that somewhere, sometime, one of these parasites (The 30+ member Alaska Wrecking Crew) is going to find something that could possibly grow some legs. In what bed would we want such a story to lie? The choices are, as I see it, either 1: amongst a barrage of increasingly ridiculous rumor, 2: within a full-out two sided flame war, or 3: in a flame war against a calm, measured, accurately reported strategic attack? I like the first: Let the other side gas and bloviate and whine over nothing. These stories are self-attritting; meaning, that scurrilous story after scurrilous story comes out, hits the wall of media and blogdom, then rapidly falls flat. I see no need to counter that.
At present, my only source of discouragement is that some media players are now becoming wiser to the cumulative effect of these brain-dead attacks on Palin. They see: Obama is running against Palin, not McCain. They see: Rapid loss of credibility. They see: More and more Dem voters are being turned off by the sheer infantile nature of the attacks. I see not the slightest reason to correct this trend or to ask them to tone it down and most importantly, to join them in their sandbox full of cat poop. No. Be outraged but do nothing! React with outrage and it encourages them to proceed along this path of self-disintegration. When WE react with outrage, they think they are gaining traction, meaning they will want to do more and more of it. This is the gift that keeps on giving, and in my view, we really want to encourage it. Yeah, it stings while it’s happening, but if we were, for example, to send in a hit-squad of lawyers to Alaska to dig up counter-dirt on the dirt-hurlers in this tirival, meaningless case, the result is that “we” would commit acts that would simply feed the other side’s ammo. IMO, we keep our eyes on the bigger picture and them distract themselves into oblivion over trivia.
I hope the media has inadvertently made Sarah immune to this stuff, but I just fear it could work. If we spend the last days of the campaign explaining this stuff, its never good to be on the defense. I wish we’d have an October Surprise of our own for once.
Well, one just did in Detroit.
“No. The media would expose anything from the right that is incorrect. Dont fall for it.”
Ah. But it wouldn’t be coming from the right. It would be in the form of disinformation fed to DU, Kos, that they take & run with. Can’t be in the form of a deluge, it has to be very subtle nuanced nonsense.
“Find a way to get the truth out and dont count on the media doing it.”
I would caution against this pure and principle-driven approach. We have a deadly serious and brutally simple task here, and the principled approach might be the way we’d LIKE to win. But I’d suggest it’s what we call “necessary but not sufficicent” in (various forms of) logic.
“The truth” is not one thing to all people, and thus it (more accurately, ‘knowledge or awareness of it’) cannot, IMO, be relied as a cause that can be relied to produce a single, predictable effect. We need a single, predictable effect.
And if you are saying “the truth will win out”, it further cannot be relied upon to produce the desired effect at the time and place where it must to get what we want. It does no good to find out that the Dems told a thousand lies and smeared a thousand smears AFTER 0bama gets elected. That would be the smallest of consolations.
But there IS a thing that CAN be relied upon to produce a predictable effect, and that has been proven by multiple examples right here and right now. Forgive the analogy, but I want the left to choke on their own vomit. I want them swimming in their own deficit of credibility and infantilism. There are 2 ways to get there, and they are already on that road. They are on that road with the Reps having done almost nothing! Instead of changing our methods, IMO we’ll get better results encouraging them to continue theirs.