September Surprise?


I’m just now getting into the story of Sarah Palin’s purloined electronic letters because I’d been busy keeping my Palin-focused attention on stuff like:

  • The alleged energy expert keeps making false assertions about the scale of Alaska’s energy production.
  • The alleged reformer is stonewalling an ethics investigation she said she’d cooperate with.
  • The alleged take-on-her-own-partier won’t take a stand on the re-election of corrupt Alaska incumbents Ted Stevens and Don Young.
  • The McCain campaign’s fact sheet justifying their claim that she said “thanks but no thanks” to Congress on the bridge to nowhere doesn’t remotely justify the claim.
  • Palin’s sinking popularity.

And when you think about it, that last factor really doesn’t bode well for John McCain’s campaign since he seemed to have been enjoying a brief-but-now-gone Palin bounce that gave him a brief-but-now-gone lead over Barack Obama. But this turn of events, insofar as it grabs public attention, gives the McCain campaign the opportunity to change the story and to shift back into their favorite mode — taking umbrage at Palin’s treatment by the cruel, cruel world:

“This is a shocking invasion of the governor’s privacy and a violation of law,” McCain’s campaign manager said. “The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities, and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them.”

Would it be possible that someone working for McCain actually did this in order to shift attention off Palin’s mounting problems? One assumes that the vetting process has left the campaign in the possession of various pieces of personal information that could be useful in gaining access to someone’s account.