Today in Troopergate


I remember watching MSNBC on what I think was the morning before Sarah Palin was announced. Someone or other floated the idea of Sarah Palin as McCain’s VP choice. Then Andrea Mitchell dismissed that idea out of hand on the grounds that there was an open investigation into some alleged misconduct and nobody would pick a VP choice who was already the target of something like that. Well, that made sense to me, and I thought no more of Palin until . . . John McCain picked her.

But it’s still a crazy idea. Now she’s into some major league stonewalling. And she doesn’t even really have the fig leaf of holding that the whole investigation is somehow root-and-branch illegitimate, either, because she initially welcomed the investigation and swore she would cooperate with it. But now AP’s reporting that “Palin won’t comply with subpoenas issued by state lawmakers investigating the firing of Alaska’s former public safety commissioner because Palin ‘has declined to participate’ in the probe, her attorney general says.”

As far as these things go, “I’m not complying because I’m declining to participate” has a remarkably tautological air about it. Meanwhile, the political merits of the “it wasn’t a personal vendetta, I just don’t like vigorous enforcement of rape laws” defense continue to escape me. I think undertaking a personal vendetta on behalf of a sibling is something most people could relate to on some level.