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Sarah and Todd Palin
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Todd Palin applauds as wife Sarah prepares to speak at a campaign rally in St. Louis on Oct. 2.

By Bill Boyarsky

Todd Palin seated behind a White House desk and shaping national policy could be one of the most dangerous aspects of a potential Sarah Palin presidency.

An overlooked part of the Alaska state trooper investigation is its finding on the influence of Gov. Palin’s husband, Todd—the “First Dude” or, as he is known around the Alaska statehouse, the “First Gentleman.”

This is crucial in view of the age of the Republican nominee, John McCain, 72, and the fact that he has suffered from melanoma skin cancer. His doctors have pronounced him in excellent health, but his age and the serious nature of this type of cancer should focus attention on his running mate and her operating methods.

A fascinating picture of Todd Palin’s influence in Alaska’s capital is provided in the report of a legislative investigation that concluded that Gov. Palin unlawfully abused her power in seeking the firing of a state trooper once married to her sister. The report, released Friday, also criticized Palin for allowing Todd Palin to push hard for the dismissal of Trooper Mike Wooten.

Wooten had been married to the governor’s sister. Their divorce was messy. So, apparently, was Wooten’s career as a trooper. He had been accused of illegally shooting a moose, drinking beer in a patrol car and using a Taser gun on his stepson. He was disciplined before Palin became governor and was allowed to remain a trooper. 

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When Palin took over, the Wooten case was high on the family agenda, with Todd Palin leading the effort to get rid of the trooper. As Associated Press writer Mike Apuzzo put it in his story on the report, Todd Palin had “extraordinary access to the governor’s office” and he “used that access to try to get [Wooten] fired.”

His target was Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, who said he lost his job because he refused to fire Wooten.

The report, by investigator Stephen Branchflower, a retired state prosecutor, shows how Todd Palin operates.

Monegan’s secretary, Cassandra Byrne, said that on Jan. 4, 2007, she received a phone call from the governor’s office. An aide told her “the First Gentleman would like to have a meeting with Commissioner Walt Monegan. At the time, I was not familiar with the term ‘First Gentleman.’ … So I kept asking ‘Who?’ and she eventually said ‘Todd Palin.’ I said, ‘Oh, OK,’ so we set the time and the place which was the governor’s office in Anchorage. … ”

Investigator Branchflower said that when Monegan arrived there he was directed into the governor’s office. Todd Palin, wearing a business suit, was alone, waiting for him. “Mr. Palin was seated at a large conference table and invited Mr. Monegan to sit,” the report said.

Monegan said, “What I recalled was Todd sitting there. He had three stacks of paper in an array in front of him” dealing with the Wooten case. One was from the Department of Public Safety, under which Alaska state troopers serve.

Monegan told Branchflower that he got “the impression that Todd was not happy with the investigation [that the department had made before disciplining Wooten].

“He told me that he [Wooten] just got a few days off [suspension] and didn’t think that was enough. And this guy shouldn’t be a trooper.”

Describing Todd Palin, Monegan said, “I saw someone who was somewhat animated. Not certainly out of control but he was passionate about how he was addressing the issue.

“And my impression was that he was venting. I mean there was a complaint, the troopers investigated it and that they had come up with a conclusion and that he was not happy with the conclusion.”

The telling vignette shows Todd Palin’s position in the governor’s office. Dressed in a business suit, seated behind a big conference table with state documents in front of him, he tried to tell the state’s top cop how to do his job.

This is a man who was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a radical group advocating Alaskan secession from the United States. Gail Fenumiai, director of the Alaska Division of Elections, told TPM Muckraker that Palin registered as an AIP member in October 1995 and continued in that status until 2000, when he registered as undeclared for a few months. He registered as an AIP member again and remained with the party until 2002, when he registered as undeclared. 

What other radical ideas are percolating in the mind of a man who is now portrayed in the media as sort of a lovable guys’ guy?

If Sarah Palin ever becomes president, it is safe to assume that the First Gentleman of Alaska will slip into the role of First Gentleman of the United States with as much access to the Oval Office as he has to the governor’s office in Anchorage.

That is a truly scary thought.



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By mmadden, October 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment

Mike tuggle wrote The article breathlessly notes that Todd Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, which advocates, among other things, that the people of Alaska have a chance to vote on independence.

We already had that war and the South lost their choice to choose. All states now do not have a choice to make. to secede from the Union is treason ans will not be tolerated.

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By Hemi*, October 14, 2008 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment

“Todd Palin sounds like Nancy Reagan without the body hair.” - Marc Schlee, October 14 at 5:03 am

I’m very happy I never saw her body hair!

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By JNagarya, October 14, 2008 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment
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“By troublesum, October 14 at 10:40 am #

“. . . .  Anyone who associated with McCain is bad…”

Has McSenile REPEATEDLY shown bad judgment?  Yes.  And that is sufficient additional reason to view those around him with sketicism.

ADDITONAL reason?  Yes, jerk: we DON’T accept those who are APPLYING TO BE EMPLOYED by We the people on face value.  We REQUIRE resume, and we CHECK THE REFERENCES PROVIDED IN THE RESUME.

We KNOW McCain is drowing in lobbyists for special interests—and that they are also his CAMPAIGN staff.

Does that make them BAD choices for the MAJORITY interests of WE THE PEOPLE?  WITHOUT QUESTION.

“How simple minded.”

Of YOU to suggest we not LOOK at the people McLAMW HIMSELF has chosen to be around him.  If those chooices are consistently BAD, then his judgement is worse than flawed—it is at best disconnected from the real interests of We the people, but more likely simply CORRUPT: McLame claims “Washington is broken,” and the HE will “fix it”.  He has been in Washington for 26 years and hasn’t “fixed it” yet—except to the economic benefit of himself and the superwealthy MINORITY.

Moreover, the Executive can’t “fix” an allegedly “broken” CONGRESS, which is the “bvroken” entity to which McSlimer refers.

Wake up, dupe: only two kinds of people vote Republican: the wealthy, and the STUPID.

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By JNagarya, October 14, 2008 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment
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“An overlooked part of the Alaska state trooper investigation is its finding on the influence of Gov. Palin’s husband, Todd—the “First Dude” or, as he is known around the Alaska statehouse, the “First Gentleman.””

It may be insufficiently emphasized, lacking in sufficent attention, but it is not “overlooked,” as that has been noted, and also criticiqued as the weakest part of the investigation: MOST of the focus/blame in the report is on Todd Palin, and his improper—inordanate is a sbuset of that—actions under color of law, using the powers of a public office to which he was not elected.

Certainly give it the critical attention it demands; but let’s not misstate that it’s been “overlooked”.

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By troublesum, October 14, 2008 at 11:40 am Link to this comment

What nonsense people post here.  Anyone who associated with McCain is bad…“I can tell just by looking at him.”  “I know all about people, all I have to do is look at them.”  How simple minded.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 14, 2008 at 11:16 am Link to this comment

LDnearthesea, October 14 at 9:58 am #
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Hey, I’ve given the thought that the blue states, mostly on both coasts and around the Great Lakes, should secede and become part of Canada, then we’d get that free health care the red states don’t want.  California alone would be the 7th richest countryin the world if independent. The red states can continue on as the Kapitalist/Christainist States of Fascist Amerika, and become the laughing stock of the world as they descend into third world status.
Regarding the Palins: what a joke, and they’re only dangerous if she has power.

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Yeah, we already have a “First Thug”.  His name is George Bush. We even have a “Second Thug”.  His name is Dick Cheney.

BTW, the rest of us call that red state area: “Dumfukistan”

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By Leefeller, October 14, 2008 at 11:06 am Link to this comment

Living in fear a constant fear of differences, any differences, feeding the mindless a daily diet of us and them, stoking their comfort zone. Us, Tribalism was and has evolved as cronyism a means of promoting an illusion of safety for sameness.  So, using the constant us and them, has worked so well through the ages, and maybe into the future. 

Seems to be going so well for McCain though, is it possible them is us?

Palin’s use the “us and them” for petty vindictive reasons, not even for the tribe, a technique used as if they invented it. Some people never leave High School.

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By LDnearthesea, October 14, 2008 at 10:58 am Link to this comment
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Hey, I’ve given the thought that the blue states, mostly on both coasts and around the Great Lakes, should secede and become part of Canada, then we’d get that free health care the red states don’t want.  California alone would be the 7th richest countryin the world if independent. The red states can continue on as the Kapitalist/Christainist States of Fascist Amerika, and become the laughing stock of the world as they descend into third world status.
Regarding the Palins: what a joke, and they’re only dangerous if she has power.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 14, 2008 at 9:29 am Link to this comment

By Big B, October 14 at 5:05 am #

Heck, are we all regetting not letting the south succeed now?
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I’d like to see the “Red” states secede from the “Blue” states.  All those “independent” and “no government” types will find out they’ve been subsidized by us Blue Staters!  Take Alaska (totally randomly…well, maybe not).  For every dollar Alaska sends to the Feds in taxes, the US spends $1.80+...so for every dollar they are taxed they get it back plus about $.82.

Meanwhile, here in NJ, for every dollar WE send in taxes we only get back about $.65.  In Blue state after Blue state, our tax dollars are going to subsidize the Red states.  I believe only Texas and Virginia, among the Reds, are losers, but virtually all of the Blue states are.

In short, the Blue states are on the wrong end of a massive redistribution of wealth to the Red States—pumped out of our pockets and into theirs….so, if all those “rugged individualists” secede, there’s gonna be a LOT more money in the Blue states!

(so much for Democrats being Socialists—it’s the Republicans who are doing the redistributing!)

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By Beetlejuice, October 14, 2008 at 8:03 am Link to this comment
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Wooten’s behavior you talk about was totally orchestrated by the Palins. They did so out of vengeance. Their stories are an us against him: we saw him drunk, shoot the moose, and so forth - Wooten has no defense. They even went so far as to get other people to make fictitious complaints at Todd and Sara’s bidding so as to make it seem like Wooten was a public nuisance in uniform. For all I know, Wooten may be an okay guy I’d sit at a bar and buy him a beer.

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By Purple Girl, October 14, 2008 at 6:58 am Link to this comment

To Me, Being from MI..The Alaska Indpendence party’s rhetoric is EXACTLY like McVey’s Michigan Militia.
They are a group who SHOULD be on the Terrorist Watch list..We have Historical precedence to back US up.
We also have Historical Evidence to add the palins Church on the Watch list…Charlie manson was an End of Dayer who fantasized about Death Valley being a Refuge once THEY started Helter Skelter (Armegeddon).they Too thought they would be the ‘Saved’(Raptured)
And to add to the implications of The Palins Terrorist tendencies We have Planned parenthood Clinic bombings, MD Assasinations and The Atalanta Olympic Pipe Bombing by Sociopathic ‘Pro Lifers’who apparently only Support Life In Utero, after that Your Free Game!
So TRAITOR,TERRORIST far more Evidence is stacking Up against Sarah as the Real Threat to Our security!

STRIKE THREE, YOU ARE OUT!

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By Rodger Lemonde, October 14, 2008 at 6:06 am Link to this comment
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The Palins can secede any time they want to, the sooner the better for The USA.

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By Big B, October 14, 2008 at 6:05 am Link to this comment

Heck, are we all regetting not letting the south succeed now?

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By Marc Schlee, October 14, 2008 at 6:03 am Link to this comment
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Todd Palin sounds like Nancy Reagan without the body hair.

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By Paolo, October 14, 2008 at 6:01 am Link to this comment

As a libertarian, I of course am not going to vote for McCain/Palin. The Palin’s attempts to get a state trooper fired sound like an abuse of power. Gosh, what a shock! Abuse of power by a governor and her husband? Oh, my heart!

But on the Alaskan Independence movement, I think that might be the Palin’s only redeeming feature. If you argue that a state is wrong to secede from the union, then you have to argue that America was wrong to secede from Britain, that India was wrong to secede from the British Empire, and so on.

Just as the states had the right to ACCEDE to the union, so they have the right to SECEDE from the union. One of the best tactics for controlling the imperialist warmongers in Washington is to starve them out through secession.

Break up the beast!

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By Fahrenheit 451, October 14, 2008 at 5:55 am Link to this comment

@ jackpine savage, October 14 at 4:49 am #

Addendum for Troublesum,

Well put.  I agree.  I lived in a logging community for many years and ditto you on trust.

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By Fahrenheit 451, October 14, 2008 at 5:51 am Link to this comment

I’m with Tina Fey; if the Palins are elected into the White house, I’m leaving Earth.  And it will be the Palins; sad sack McCain hasn’t got a chance!

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By jackpine savage, October 14, 2008 at 5:49 am Link to this comment

Addendum for Troublesum,

Next time, try not taking things out of context. I noted that i walk in the same cultural milieu as Todd Palin. I know many Todd Palins, as well as many who will vote for McCain in November. Most of them i would trust with my life far more than i would trust most Truthdig posters when the chips were down.

It’s not about being a redneck, my neck is red year round. It’s about being shady. You may only be capable of seeing “redneck”, but some of us are capable of seeing the infinite and wondrous variety within the broad category of “redneck”. And we make our personal decisions based on individual characteristics. I’d steer clear of him in a bar on Saturday night and i’ll steer clear of him in the voting booth.

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By Zeya, October 14, 2008 at 5:47 am Link to this comment
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Yes, indeed. Alaska’s first dude (who’s actually more of a dud) will definitely destroy our Democracy should his partner in crime weasel her way into the White House!

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By hippy pam, October 14, 2008 at 5:40 am Link to this comment

Troublsum….BUT YOU CAN BET-IF he were in a HIGHER POWER POSITION-On his ABUSE of it.You can bet that he would use the same small minded,petty,mean and “school yard"tactics that HE AND SHE HAVE USED IN THE PAST…THEY-BOTH OF THEM-ARE NOT FIT TO LEAD….ANYTHING…It is my sincerest hope-when this is over-for ALASKANS to put her back where she belongs-LOOKING OUT HER WINDOW-ACROSS THE LAKE-AT “RUSSIA”[you dumb twit-you are seeing SIBERIA-if you are seeing any land at all]

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By Stan, October 14, 2008 at 5:08 am Link to this comment
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AIP is like a bunch of silly teenagers. They want to run away from home because they think they know everything. Then when they get to the end of the street they can’t figure out which way to turn. The fact of the matter is, if Alaska voted for a secession from the United States and the US said, fine, go get ‘em tough guys… the Russians would gladly deliver their new text books the next day.

I doubt the newly liberated AIP would be getting that socialized government oil check each year after that and any other government entitlement programs they’ve weaseled out of the US government. For a red state filled with Republicans, they sure rely on government hand outs and entitlement programs much more than the rest of the country.

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By jackpine savage, October 14, 2008 at 4:46 am Link to this comment

Hey Troublesum,

It’s a personal opinion. I didn’t publish a NYT editorial saying that, did i? I didn’t tell other people to “just look at him” and make their decision. But no matter.

I understand that you’re really into the devil’s advocate game, and i can dig that…it’s a lot of fun. But you’re not very good at it.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 14, 2008 at 4:21 am Link to this comment

PatrickHenry, October 13 at 2:28 pm #

I don’t fault Todd for trying to cede from this union, I wish Maryland would do it.
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Heh, heh. I wish Crawford,Texas and Lynchburg, Virginia would seceed, along with Wasilla!

As for whole states? I dunno. Maybe Wyoming where they are so stupid they live in fear of terrorism—and their senators got the Feds to spend FIVE TIMES as much per person on anti-terrorism as they do on New Yorkers—where terrorists killed almost 3,000.

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By beingajoe, October 14, 2008 at 1:10 am Link to this comment

My sentiments exactly.  More people need to be outraged that Todd Palin was shaping policy when he was never elected to represent the people.  He has not been vetted and his beliefs examined.

Here is a website that shares all the Sarah Palin dirt to support Barack Obama!

I am going to social news this on there.

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By wildflower, October 14, 2008 at 12:16 am Link to this comment

Yea, Monegan! Palin appears to enjoy inflicting “reputational harm” to folks:

Former Alaskan “. . . Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan filed a request with the personnel board on Monday for a “Due Process Hearing To Address Reputational Harm”, inflicted by Governor Sarah Palin.

Monegan’s attorney Jeff Feldman wrote in his filing that while Monegan does not contest the goveror’s right to discharge him from his position as commissioner, the governor is not entitled to make untrue and defamatory statements about her reasons for discharging him. . .

. . . In a 65 page addendum, Feldman breaks down every accusation about Monegan’s behavior and refutes the false claims about Monegan being a rogue commissioner. In one exhibit, emails are provided to show that Monegan’s trip to Washington to seek additional federal funds for Alaska’s high rate of sexual assault -that Governor Palin called “the last straw” - was in fact approved and a product of almost eight months of coordination within the administration.”

http://www.andrewhalcro.com/walt_monegan_fires_back

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By markbaland, October 13, 2008 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment

anyone for wanting their state to seperate from the nation. Anyone that calls that unpatriotic should remember that it was our forefathers, the classic “patriots”, who rebelled against England do to “no taxation without representation”, among other things, which I think many American citizens feel again today. But, I think, while it would be natural to want to exert / “abuse” one’s power to expel someone from their job whom you know had done poorly, AND who had harmed your family, if he fired someone else for not firing the guy, that’s just not right.

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By Alexandra, October 13, 2008 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment
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I’m assuming all those AIP members are aware that their state has the highest per capita rate of federal funding.  And, all that free money would stop if the AIP had its way and AK seceeded from the United States.  Of course, that might not matter to the Palins, with their $1.2million income (as declared on last years taxes).  But it might be a game-changer for the rest of Alaskans.  Just a thought.

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By robthomaseyes, October 13, 2008 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment
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Todd Palin belongs to a group that wants to secede from the U.S.  That is called treason.  On top of that, the group’s founder, Joe Vogler, is quoted as having said he HATED America and would gladly take up arms against the U.S. military.  Sarah Palin herself, in a video addressed to this secessionist group, said she shares their vision.  This is not someone I want in the second highest office in the land.  this group makes Wright and Ayers look tame.

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By Mike Tuggle, October 13, 2008 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment
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The article breathlessly notes that Todd Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, which advocates, among other things, that the people of Alaska have a chance to vote on independence.

What’s so scary about working for the right of self-determination?  Did someone nullify the Declaration of Independence?

Or are Wall Street bailouts, warrantless surveillance, and endless wars so unquestionably valuable that we cannot consider an alternative to a bloated, alien, and exploitive regime?

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By Opening Eyes, October 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment

I’ll choose someone who sat on a board with Bill Ayers with other appointees (even from the GOP) over what Todd Palin was up to in Troopergate.
No doubt he’s also been part of the closing of public documents on the endangerment of polar bears so he and his hunting buddies could have a nice business as guides for their hunt. 
I just read a letter to the editor in the Salem, OR newspaper that the Palin administration has been trying to push through the legal opposition to take away Native hunting and fishing grounds and allow for their commercial exploitation.  That’s honoring your ancestry, Todd.
Even if the Palins don’t get into the Whitehouse, the followers they have landed as a result of the free publicity ride from the GOP may make Alaska a safehaven for those haters.  There they can gather and push through Alaska seceding from the Union.

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By sophrosyne, October 13, 2008 at 5:10 pm Link to this comment
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Palin is an amusing person who is being used by the real power behind the Republican Party.  Same with McPain and his disgraceful Vietnam record. They are both just distractions and pawns for the public.

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By PatrickHenry, October 13, 2008 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

I don’t fault Todd for trying to cede from this union, I wish Maryland would do it.

Acting in the capacity of a Government official is another thing, especially since he wasn’t elected and wasn’t following protocol.

Wait till Palin loses this election and is replaced as governor, I bet the state troopers won’t forget.

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By troublesum, October 13, 2008 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment

“All I have to do is look at him to know…”  Who does that sound like?

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By troublesum, October 13, 2008 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment

Is this the race in which there has been so much talk about sterotyping people?  I guess it’s only one sided.

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By jackpine savage, October 13, 2008 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment

I don’t need any legal reports from Alaska to tell me about Todd Palin. I live around many shades of Todd Palin. All i have to do is look at him to know i don’t want the guy anywhere near a seat of power. And it’s not because he’s a “redneck”; like every other kind of people there are shades of redneck. He’s trouble: sleep with your wife, start barfights, swindle you, poach on your land kind of trouble.

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By Hemi*, October 13, 2008 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

The man has access to state employees and that is disturbing but let’s not think this is the first time the spouse of an elected official has had such. From what I’ve read regarding the case, the former brother-in-law is not the sort anyone would be comfortable with having as a trooper in their state. Is there something I’m missing here or does this guy appear to be a loose cannon with a cannon?

Sorry folks but in my eyes “trooper gate” is not a big strike against the Palins. If there’s a pattern of abuse, let’s see it. It makes me wonder what the f*ck Monegan was thinking in not handing down stiffer penalties in the first place. If he was hamstrung by state law, that should be addressed but I don’t think he was. I’m not a McCain/Palin supporter and my question to you is when did our political leanings start over-riding our common sense? If this guy had strayed just a little further with his boozing and temper there likely would have been a very different investigation. That’s a great combo for law-enforcement, booze and guns.

I can only hope that anyone exhibiting Wooten’s behavior would not be allowed to remain a state trooper in my state.

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By Margaret Currey, October 13, 2008 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment
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The First Gentlemen will not be in the White House unless the McCain smear tactics work, and why would anyone believe McCain and company whose only way to win the White House is to go on the attack with words like “palling around with terrorists”, goes right to the rednecks in the south who will cling to any excuse to not vote for “that one”.

Sarah looks like she did not run the show when she was Gov.

Words that come tto my mind are “dumb and dumber”.

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By Eric L. Prentis, October 13, 2008 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment
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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is guilty of abusing her power. Alaskans performed a heroic service by pointing out why Americans should distrust Gov. Palin. By selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate, Sen. McCain demonstrates his reckless gambling attitude and poor judgment, both terrible character traits for a US president. Democrats must broadcast these Republican character trait flaws 24/7 on every Christian radio station in the country, right up until election day. If these radio stations say they will not accept the adds, double the money, they will take them.

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By wish i knew, October 13, 2008 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

The Palins don’t scare me. It’s the population of morons who think the Palins would be great for our country, and consequently vault them to positions of power, that keep my nails bitten down to the nub.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 13, 2008 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

troublesum, October 13 at 12:00 pm #

Palinophobia: An irrational fear of Palins.
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Correction: Palinphobia—-A RATIONAL fear of Palins!

Palinsanity: An irrational fascination and adoration of Palins.

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By Jim C, October 13, 2008 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

This palin guy is just plain creepy . He kind of lurks in the background , he reminds me of the type one would find hanging around the park in a raincoat . He also seems to have the aptitude and attitude of a rather petty teenage girl , running around trying to get even with whoever he deems to have slighted him   or his clique . It seems that the Mr macho ” first dude ” might have more than a little bitch in him .

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By troublesum, October 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

Palinophobia: An irrational fear of Palins.

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By troublesum, October 13, 2008 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

Things Todd Palin has not done:
  1)Invaded another country without provocation
  2)Voted for hundreds of billions to keep the war
  in Iraq going
  3)Voted to fleece the taxpayers of $700 billion
  4)Voted to authorize spying on American citizens

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By Strawman, October 13, 2008 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe the ‘behind the scenes’ story of why the ‘First Dude’ was so interested in trooper Wooten is the affair between Todd and Sarah’s sister. Remember the very short lived story of Sarah’s affair with Todd’s business partner? Tit for tat affairs go on all the time. And here we go.

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By Big B, October 13, 2008 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment

Alpha males with good grades and connected families, become captains of industry, and take golden parachutes from companies they run into the ground.

Alpha males that are big men on campus, but blithering meatheads, go into politics, and take golden parachutes from the government they run into the ground.

Todd Palin is just the american dream, personified.

What should worry us most about gov Sarah, is that she appears to be even dumber than the guy that tells her what to do.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 13, 2008 at 11:36 am Link to this comment

“First Thug” is more like it.
Who do you think was behind all the harassment of the ex-brother-in-law?...calls in the night, threating notes left on his car, 20+ unsupported complaints to the police.
This guy is an Alaskan red-neck.  I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the AIP is racist as well.

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By Mudbones, October 13, 2008 at 11:20 am Link to this comment

scary is the first word that comes to mind.  Then thoughts of the AIP follow that.

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