Sully on Sarah Palin’s Lies, Part One


The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan, like other intelligent observers, knows that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will say anything to get to the White House — even when what she says already is proven untruthful, and even though she is well aware of her willful deception. With about two weeks before the presidential election, Sullivan, as a public service, is recounting Palin’s oft-repeated lies so people know that this unworthy and unqualified person with sinister motives can not be trusted. Here is an excerpt from part one:

We’ll start at the beginning, and Troopergate. 

The key issue is whether she used her state office to pressure the public safety commissioner to fire her ex-brother-in-law. Here’s what she stated on the record in mid-July if this year:

Palin stated on July 17 that Monegan was not pressured to fire Wooten, nor dismissed for not doing so: “To allege that I, or any member of my family . . . directed disciplinary action be taken against any employee of the Department of Public Safety, is, quite simply, outrageous.”

Here’s Wikipedia’s account of the findings of the Branchflower Report, with links to the original sources:

On October 10, 2008, the Alaska Legislative Council unanimously voted to release, without officially endorsing,[135] the Branchflower Report in which Stephen Branchflower found that firing Monegan “was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority,”[136] and that Palin abused her power as governor by violating the states Executive Branch Ethics Act[137] when her office pressured Monegan to fire Wooten. The report stated that “Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: to get Trooper Michael Wooten fired.”[138] The report also said that Palin “permitted Todd Palin to use the Governor’s office […] to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired.” 

The eventual report found that she was within her legal rights to fire Monegan, but that her unethical persecution of her ex-brother-in-law was a contributing factor to the firing. The report found her guilty of abuse of power and violation of Alaska’s Ethics Act.

by Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin I: Firing Monegan

In part two, Sullivan reminds us about Palin’s flipflops regarding the now notorious Bridge to Nowhere.

In her speeches, Sarah Palin routinely and repeatedly uses the phrase: “I told the Congress ‘thanks, but no thanks,’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.” In the McCain-Palin ads, the claim is that she “stopped the Bridge to Nowhere.”

These are, again, demonstrable lies. Again I will cite Wikipedia, since it’s the fairest summary of the facts of the case, and includes all the links for you to see for yourself:

In 2006, Palin ran for governor on a “build-the-bridge”  platform,[101]  attacking “spinmeisters”[102] for insulting local residents by calling them “nowhere”[101] and urging speed “while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.”[103]


by Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic: The Odd Lies of Sarah Palin II: Bridge to Nowhere

In part three, the author focuses on Palin’s sacking of the police chief and librarian of Wasilla, when she was mayor, and her mendacious statements regarding her actions and motivations.

Back when she was increasing the long-term debt of the town of Wasilla by 69 percent, Mayor Palin also fired the town’s police chief and librarian, Irl Stambaugh and Mary Ellen Emmons. The accusation was that they were fired because they had supported her opponent in the previous election. Palin denied any political motivation. But whatever the merits of the firing, what is salient is Palin’s reflexive instinct when confronted with the fact. From theAnchorage Daily News:

Reached at her home … Palin said she planned to meet with Stambaugh and Emmons this afternoon. She also disputed whether they had actually been fired. ”There’s been no meeting, no actual terminations,” she said.

You know what’s coming:

Stambaugh’s response was to read part of the letter given to him. ”Although I appreciate your service as police chief, I’ve decided it’s time for a change. I do not feel I have your full support in my efforts to govern the city of Wasilla. Therefore I intend to terminate your employment. . . . ” ”If that’s not a letter of termination, I don’t know what is,” he said.

If she used the words “I intend to terminate your employment,” then yeah, however she tries to spin the story, she fired him

by Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic: The Odd Lies of Sarah Palin iii: Firing Stambaugh


More Palin lies coming… (Thanks, Andrew!)

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