TrooperGate Probe to Finish On Time, Polls Show Palin Peaking

The report in TrooperGate will be out Oct. 10 as scheduled.

The Alaska lawmaker directing an abuse-of-power investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin promised Friday the probe will be finished before the election, despite refusals by key witnesses to testify, including the governor's husband.

After waiting 35 minutes for Todd Palin and two state administrative employees to appear under subpoena before the state Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Hollis French condemned their refusal to testify and the attorney general's broken promise that seven other witnesses would testify who were not subpoenaed.

Prediction: It will be critical of Palin, and Palin will complain it's one-sided, making no reference to her and her husband and staff's refusal to cooperate.

Palinspeak: The only probe I'll cooperate with is one in which those making the decisions are under my direction and control (like the state personnel board.)

Palin's already peaked. It's almost crash and burn time. [More...]

(From Daily Kos / Research 2000 tracking poll)/ Sept. 11 to Sept. 19)

Newsweek's Stumper cites another poll with similar findings and says:

All in all, she'd gone from the most to least popular White House hopeful over the course of five short days.

And those events she's been canceling for next week? They aren't just in California. She's canceled one in Colorado. Sounds to me like they decided she needs to be in debate training all week.

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    Palin's voice reminds me of (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by litigatormom on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 06:06:33 PM EST
    Dana Carvey's Church Lady.

    Palin is a reformer all right.  She's not only going to clean up Warshington, she's going to clean out the Alaska legislators who have dared to investigate her.

    What is the basis of the First Dude's refusal to cooperate with the investigation?  I mean, he doesn't even have the Rovian "executive privilege" figleaf to hide behind. Is it the spousal privilege to refuse to testify against one's spouse? I think that privilege is only available in criminal proceedings, but Jeralyn correct me if I'm wrong.  

    In any event, if that's what he's claiming, he ought to be forced to invoke it.  Calling an investigation that commenced prior to Palin's nomination "too political" to respond to is simply unacceptable; both Palins ought to be called on it.

    Daily Kos? (none / 0) (#1)
    by myiq2xu on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:42:40 PM EST
    Not exactly an unbiased source.

    myiq2xu? (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Faust on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 06:00:25 PM EST
    Not exactly an unbiased source.

    No... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Thanin on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:44:01 PM EST
    but Research 2000, the one actually doing the poll, is.

    Still waiting for any mention (none / 0) (#3)
    by myiq2xu on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:44:40 PM EST
    of the memos she released that back up her story.

    Heh (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Steve M on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:55:17 PM EST
    She has so many different stories, any document is bound to back up one of them.

    Which story . . . the one where (1.00 / 1) (#12)
    by JoeA on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 06:40:12 PM EST
    she actually fired him because he wanted funds to tackle Alaska's serious sexual assault problems?  Because that interpretation is somehow much more favourable to Palin.  No, she doesn't fire people out of pique because they won't improperly dismiss people she has a grudge against,   instead she is more concerned with getting earmarks and pork than tackling sexual assaults and rapes.  Not sure which demographic that interpretation will play well with for McCain-Palin, maybe they are going after the rapist vote?

    Gallup Daily: Obama Now Leads McCain by 5 Points (none / 0) (#4)
    by Don in Seattle on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 05:46:43 PM EST
    September 19, 2008
    Presidential preferences continue to shift toward Barack Obama in the midst of an unsettling Wall Street crisis that is shining a different spotlight on the presidential candidates. Voters now prefer Obama over John McCain by 49% to 44%.

    A terrible week for Wall Street, but an even more disastrous week for McCain/Palin. Now can Obama finally get past his 50% ceiling?

    ya (none / 0) (#14)
    by connecticut yankee on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 07:06:59 PM EST
    The GOP talking points on this are pretty silly. Basically it comes down to the trooper, the top cop, the troopers union and the legislature all being either evil, misguided, confused or wrong.  WHich is quite a story to sell.

    I dont think it will be the apocolypse for her but it looks bad and will continue to look bad.

    Palin excempt ? (none / 0) (#16)
    by The Pinkster on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 08:14:31 PM EST
    If you or I were to be investigated could we just
    refufe to show up for a hearing ? Maybe if I was
    a Govenor or VP canidate or relation or employee
    of said person then I would have that privilege.
    Then I could have the case switched over to a
    Board where I had appointed all of the members.
    Frget it, if it was you or I we would more that
    likely be picked up and thrown in jail until we
    did testify.  They don't get my vote by refuseing
    to obey the law.

    How were you planning to vote before? (none / 0) (#17)
    by myiq2xu on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 08:22:18 PM EST
    Did you suddenly change from supporting McCain/Palin?

    More Palinbaloney (none / 0) (#25)
    by MTSINAIMAMA on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 10:49:56 PM EST
    ABC News just found the travel voucher approving Monegans trip to Washington to lobby for funds to prevent sexual assault--the trip which Palin claimed was unauthorized and the reason for his dismissal.

    Now her spokesperson is claiming that while the trip was authorized, the reason why he was going was not.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    This matters why? (none / 0) (#26)
    by Socraticsilence on Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 11:17:43 PM EST
    I mean the guy she replacced him with had to resign 2 weeks later because he was facing a sexual harrassment lawsuit (something Palin knew at the time), and yet that also has no relevancy to this particular allegation.

    No, and I apologize for not being clearer. :-) (none / 0) (#27)
    by prittfumes on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 01:04:51 AM EST