The obligatory “Palin’s legal defense fund may violate ethics laws” post; Update: Report added; Update: Palin issues statement

posted at 6:15 pm on July 21, 2009 by Allahpundit

This one seems to be distinct from the umpteen frivolous ethics complaints filed against her given that there’s actually been a finding by a Personnel Board investigator of “probable cause” to believe she did something wrong. Even so, I’ve been informed on Twitter that it constitutes “Palin Derangement Syndrome” to so much as post on this, so apologies for not ignoring/suppressing the story and sparing you the “derangement.”

An investigator for the state Personnel Board says in his July 14 report that there is probable cause to believe Palin used or attempted to use her official position for personal gain because she authorized the creation of the trust as the “official” legal defense fund.

The practical effect of the ruling on Palin will be more financial than anything else. The report recommends that Palin refuse to accept payment from the defense fund, and that the complaint be resolved without a formal hearing before the Alaska Personnel Board…

In his report, attorney Thomas Daniel said his interpretation of the ethics act is consistent with common sense.

An ordinary citizen facing legal charges is not likely to be able to generate donations to a legal defense fund, he wrote. “In contrast, Governor Palin is able to generate donations because of the fact that she is a public official and a public figure. Were it not for the fact that she is governor and a national political figure, it is unlikely that many citizens would donate money to her legal defense fund.”

I’m not sure I have this straight, but are they actually claiming that the use of the word “official” on the fund website is designed to make people think it’s state-supported? See, e.g., Sections 39.52.120 and 39.52.130 of the state’s Executive Branch Ethics Act for details. If so, that’s moronic for two reasons. One, no one’s donating to Palin because she’s the governor; they’re donating to her because she’s Sarah Palin. Two, “official” obviously isn’t a reference to her position but to the fact that there have been other defense funds organized for her by well-meaning grassroots Palin fans — funds from which Palin’s legally prohibited from accepting money. Calling her site “official” is just her way of letting supporters know that this is the real, honest-to-goodness, Palin-endorsed defense fund.

As for the argument that she wouldn’t be getting donations if not for the fact that she’s governor, that’s true — but of course she wouldn’t be getting complaints filed against her, either. Her fund website goes out of its way, in fact, to list defense funds organized by other politicians to demonstrate that she’s not doing anything out of the ordinary. If she had set up the site to raise money to build a new wing of her house or something, I’d see the objection; I might even see it if she’d been found guilty of a bunch of ethics violations and was now looking to Palinistas to pick up the tab. As it is, all she’s doing is looking for help in defending herself against frivolous harassment by political opponents. I honestly don’t get what the issue is here.

Update: Don’t believe the hype, tweets Palin:

Re inaccurate story floating re:ethics violation/Legal Defense Fund;matter is still pending;new info was just requested even;no final report

Update: Here’s the PDF of the report. It’s only nine pages long and worth reading in full because the gist of it is that legal defense funds simply aren’t permissible under the Alaska ethics act. It’s not that she’s doing anything underhanded or differently from the Clintons or John Kerry or any federal official; it’s just that Alaska doesn’t allow the governor to accept money that’s in any way connected with the performance of her duties as governor. In fact, on page 7, the investigator goes out of his way to say that Alaska’s system is FUBAR, especially with respect to not reimbursing the governor for defending herself against frivolous complaints, but since he can only apply the law as written, that’s what he has to do. His recommendation for “corrective action”: Having Palin seek reimbursement from Alaska.

Exit question: Who leaked this, ahem, “confidential” report?

Update: Palin fires back on Facebook:

“I find the notion that I have taken any action pertaining to the legal defense trust fund misguided and factually in error. I am informed that this fund was created by experienced attorneys in DC and was modeled after other similar funds established for senators and others. The fund itself was not created by me nor is it controlled by me. Neither I nor my lawyer has received a penny from this fund, and I am informed the Trustee was withholding any action or payment pending final resolution with the Personnel Board. This is the hallmark of legal compliance and prudent conduct.

In short, I have not ‘acted’ relative to the defense fund and it is misleading to say I have. I have no doubt that the Trust will welcome guidance by the Board, as do we all, but it is my understanding that this matter was not resolved and the complainant’s violation of law has served to mislead the public and prejudice a fair review of this matter.”


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darwin on July 22, 2009 at 8:29 AM

I have no doubt Governor Palin can and will get better. Still don’t know her plans, other than to help conservatives in 2010.

Let’s have a contest between all the potential 2012 Republican candidates for who can help the largest number of conservative Republicans win in the 2010 Congressional election. The better they each do, the better for America.

Hope for Change in 2010!

Yes we can!

Loxodonta on July 22, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Let’s have a contest between all the potential 2012 Republican candidates for who can help the largest number of conservative Republicans win in the 2010 Congressional election. The better they each do, the better for America.

Hope for Change in 2010!

Yes we can!

Loxodonta on July 22, 2009 at 8:47 AM

I’m pretty sure that’s Palin’s plan. She said as much in her resignation speech and has reiterated it several times. She’s also said if she dies politically, she dies … so her intent seems to be helping to put people in office that she feels share her views without regard to future office.

Anything else is just speculation.

darwin on July 22, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Every little girl has a pony now and the oceans have been healed

The world loves America now because Baracky O is Chancellor in Chief

blatantblue on July 22, 2009 at 8:29 AM

No way! My daughter wants a pony. Where do I get one for her? Are they apartment trained?

jmarcure on July 22, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Thanks Ed for adding Palin’s statement.

Clyde5445 on July 22, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Were it not for the fact that she is governor and a national political figure, it is unlikely that many citizens would donate money to her legal defense fund

On the other hand Were it not for the fact that she is governor and a national political figure it is unlikely that she would even need a legal defense fund.

MarkTheGreat on July 22, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Didn’t H.Clinton have a legal defense fund?

Johan Klaus on July 22, 2009 at 9:27 AM

I love watching the libs try to take Sarah down:):)How different everything would be if they checked up on their buddy obama with the same diligence?!

ohiobabe on July 22, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Didn’t H.Clinton have a legal defense fund?

Johan Klaus on July 22, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Yes, but the fund setup for Palin was being reviewed, at her lawyer’s request, for compliance with Alaskan law, which is the issue here. Apparently the ethics rules for the governor are ridiculous in the extreme, which is why she has to either pay for her own defense against these phony charges or seek reimbursement from the Alaskan AG, which isn’t guaranteed.

Palin’s statement, which AP just posted, just proves once again how far out in front she is of these idiot liberals and back stabbing country club republicans.

smfoushee on July 22, 2009 at 9:35 AM

I don’t see Palin wanting to use Alaskan’s tax dollars to reimburse her for the cost of defending against these spurious complaints. There must be a way to get private dollars into this fight.
Since she didn’t create the fund and hasn’t taken any money from it yet, I don’t see whay she can’t avail herself of it once she actually leaves office. The ethics rules won’t apply to her then, will they? What obvious point am I missing?

SKYFOX on July 22, 2009 at 9:48 AM

I’m going to file an ethics complaint against Sarah, for all the free advertising she is getting from the loonies in the MSM. This kind of air time has to cost millions! And poor Peggy has to work for hers.

Metanis on July 22, 2009 at 9:54 AM

My the stupidity knows NO bounds.

blatantblue on July 22, 2009 at 7:49 AM

Hey — putz,FIFY.

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on July 22, 2009 at 10:06 AM

The more leftists hate on Sarah, the stronger she will become.

Where’s that DONATE NOW! button, Ed?

Serr8d on July 22, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Sorry. AllahPundit.

Should’ve known.

Serr8d on July 22, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Geez, Palin’s response looks like another representation of good characteristics of a leader:

1. Foresight not to involver herself directly until all legal hurdles were cleared.

2. Choosing good people to specialize in their job, having trust in their recommendations, but not signing carte-blanc authority.

This should be the story here. Instead, Rachel D’Oro of AP thinks she finally gets some mud to stick on Palin.

connertown on July 22, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Why doesn’t she just counter sue these idiots and let them spend their money in defence??????????????????????

Rick007 on July 22, 2009 at 10:20 AM

As a taxpayer, if a sitting governor said to me, look i don’t want to take your tax dollars to defend myself against these liberal nutjobs and their ethics law abuse anklebiting, instead i am going to let private citizens contribute to a voluntary fund to help me with a max cap of 150.00…i would be like HELLYEAH! Thats what i call Fiscal Conservation.

I think you’re right on the money. If it wasn’t for the taxpayers having to pay for her defense, she wouldn’t have had to resign in the first place. The Alaska ethics and/or fundraising laws are ridiculous and outrageous.

NathanG on July 22, 2009 at 10:21 AM

My the stupidity knows NO bounds.
blatantblue on July 22, 2009 at 7:49 AM
Hey — putz,FIFY.
“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on July 22, 2009 at 10:06 AM

oh snap
is John ziegler a faux con too?

blatantblue on July 22, 2009 at 10:22 AM

He saved the economy and jobs as well as made the world love us again. Soon he will make not only us but the earth more healthy.
So all in all yeah it worked out pretty well.

jmarcure on July 22, 2009 at 8:28 AM

dcwvu, is that you? I’ve missed you so much. :)

NathanG on July 22, 2009 at 10:33 AM

oh snap
is John ziegler a faux con too?

blatantblue on July 22, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Why do you ask?
Are you John Ziegler?
Or just trying his faux-jockstrap on for size?

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on July 22, 2009 at 10:38 AM

For those who think Palin isn’t “savvy” or intelligent, read how she set up the fund with the attorneys.

Neither I nor my lawyer has received a penny from this fund, and I am informed the Trustee was withholding any action or payment pending final resolution with the Personnel Board. This is the hallmark of legal compliance and prudent conduct.

Let’s see how Murtha fairs against his accusations.

right2bright on July 22, 2009 at 10:42 AM

oh snap
is John ziegler a faux con too?

blatantblue on July 22, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Do you have a link to a Ziegler “severely hindered” quote? The polling seems to suggest otherwise.

littleguy on July 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM

On Watch on July 22, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Just wondering

he agreed with Ed morrissey that her 2012 chances were gone because of her resignation
and since anyone who believe that is an elitist moron mitten love faux conservative, is he as well?

Or are your pathetic standards that malleable

blatantblue on July 22, 2009 at 10:50 AM

littleguy on July 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM

somewhere in one of eds old posts about it late last or early this month

blatantblue on July 22, 2009 at 10:51 AM

This woman epitomizes selflessness and professionalism that is completely alien to the Dems and GOP blue-bloods.

Getting Strong Now.

Sapwolf on July 22, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Yes, but the fund setup for Palin was being reviewed, at her lawyer’s request, for compliance with Alaskan law, which is the issue here. Apparently the ethics rules for the governor are ridiculous in the extreme, which is why she has to either pay for her own defense against these phony charges or seek reimbursement from the Alaskan AG, which isn’t guaranteed.

smfoushee on July 22, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Excellent! You hit the nail on the head!

This is not a fund set up to enrich Sarah personally but rather it is a fund set up by Sarah’s supporters to help pay for her burdensome and mounting legal fees that resulted from these bogus “ethics” charges. These legal fund monies are not under Sarah’s control nor will they pass directly to Sarah. The trust fund is simply a mechanism for Sarah’s supporters to send their donations to. Otherwise we would overwhelm Sarah’s attorneys by sending all the thousands of our donation monies directly to their legal offices resulting in mass confusion and a record keeping burden.

If anything, the State of Alaska will benefit rather than Sarah because they will avoid the costs of having to reimburse Sarah for her legal expenses. Either the State of Alaska can pay for these frivolous charges or they can allow Sarah’s supporters to chip in which we are more than happy to do. The ethics investigator has wrongly interpreted and applied the law in this situation.

Thank goodness Sarah will be free of this idiotic and time wasting lunacy in a few days! To think some still don’t get why she resigned. Can’t wait until Sarah is free at last!

sarahpalinfan99 on July 22, 2009 at 11:05 AM

UPDATE VIII: KTUU has Kristan Cole’s statement:

“I haven’t seen any report and as a matter of fact was just asked for additional information as of yesterday, July 20, 2009,” Cole wrote. “Just a reminder that this legal expense fund was thoroughly vetted by numerous attorneys from Alaska to the East Coast. The purpose of the Trust is to help the Governor with the crushing legal fees she has incurred solely because of her public service.”

Ms. Cole is the trustee

Clyde5445 on July 22, 2009 at 11:21 AM

I think you’re right on the money. If it wasn’t for the taxpayers having to pay for her defense, she wouldn’t have had to resign in the first place. The Alaska ethics and/or fundraising laws are ridiculous and outrageous.

NathanG on July 22, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Hopefully the incoming AK governor and the AK legislature know what to do about this.

And that doesn’t mean a big fat “Nothing”…

newton on July 22, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Boiling the situation down, a lot of people wanted to hire lawyers to defend Palin from these ethics complaints. The legal defense fund was just an orderly and effective mechanism to do so.

Count to 10 on July 22, 2009 at 11:26 AM

He also noted that the investigator recommended the governor seek reimbursement from the state for the cost of fighting ethics complaints that have been dismissed.

So I guess the taxpayers of Alaska will be thanking the anklebiting shrews – not only are they already paying for the govt effort to handle the bogus ethics complaints but now they’re going to pay Palin’s defense costs.

katiejane on July 22, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Hopefully the incoming AK governor and the AK legislature know what to do about this.

And that doesn’t mean a big fat “Nothing”…

newton on July 22, 2009 at 11:23 AM

From what I hear Parnell will be hit with ethics complaints the second he finishes taking his oath. On what you ask? Who knows.

The RNC really should have renamed the democrat party the democrat socialist party because when we use the word “democrat” it paints a whole swath of people. The democrat party of today does not reflect the values and morals of millions of democrats out there.

darwin on July 22, 2009 at 11:37 AM

I got curious about Ohio law where I practice, so I looked it up and found a 2006 advisory ethics opinion that says a public official may not solicit contributions to a legal defense fund from anyone doing business with the official’s agency.
http://www.ethics.ohio.gov/Opinions/2006-03.pdf

I fails to see how soliciting contributions from non-Alaskans could be a violation of any Alaskan ethics law. Or immoral, improper, or otherwise wrong.

There may be a problem soliciting those doing business with the Alaskan state government, however, if Alaska’s law is similar to Ohio’s.

Conservatarian on July 22, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Did you hear that she has declared AK to be a soverign state

ConservativePartyNow on July 22, 2009 at 12:28 PM

This “report” is a mess — the Board should request a second opinion from competent counsel. Accepting these findings would set a very unfortunate precedent for the people of Alaska. Palin, herself, will probably benefit from the hubris of the AP.

littleguy on July 22, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Before any Liberal Trolls start frothing at the mouth – I’d just like to remind them that …

BILL CLINTON HAD A LEGAL DEFENSE FUND ALSO.

And it had a hell of a lot more in it than Palin’s does.

Whatever the law in AK is … I really don’t care. However, if she wants to give my contribution back – I’ll recontribute twice as much to her if she’ll raise the cap. She had placed a cap of $150 contribution per person. I think that was a self-imposed limitation by her.

Clinton’s Defense Fund was fine but Palin’s is unethical – ah … well I should have known. Of course it’s wrong for Trent Lott to say nice things about Strom Thurmond at his birthday party but perfectly fine if Ted Kennedy kills a woman and tries to cover it up.

Yeap – shoulda known.

HondaV65 on July 22, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Did you hear that she has declared AK to be a soverign state

ConservativePartyNow on July 22, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Beautiful!
Now that’s a parting shot!
Right across Obajama’s bows!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on July 22, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Did you hear that she has declared AK to be a soverign state

ConservativePartyNow on July 22, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Just read this on Drudge. Right on, another bullseye for Palin.

Btw, if AP considered the legal fund non-story as “Obligatory”; I would sure hope he gives this much bigger story the same treatment.

Norwegian on July 22, 2009 at 1:18 PM

And don’t look now, atheling, but George Washington didn’t have much “experience” besides military service, before he became President.
Ditto Dwight Eisenhower.

Jenfidel on July 22, 2009 at 12:42 AM

You win today’s Most Stupid Statement on Hot Air Award.

Lourdes on July 22, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Lourdes on July 22, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Looky who’s back, everybody.

cs89 on July 22, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Lourdes on July 22, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Looky who’s back, everybody.

cs89 on July 22, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Balls!

Norwegian on July 22, 2009 at 1:40 PM

I tip my balls to you Lourdes!

Balls!!!

darwin on July 22, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Lourdes on July 22, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Lourdes,

Please don’t bring on yourself the kind of rough treatment you received the other night. I humbly and with all sincerity and respect suggest that you make your points with facts, not direct insults. You won’t make any friends here if you continue on this course. Again, please try toning it down. Otherwise all the vitriol will return and, speaking only for myself, I would rather not see it. I am at the end of my lunch hour and will not be able to respond to any replies, but I hope that if I see this thread later tonight it will be at least somewhat more civil than the last one. Back to the grind . . .

OneVision on July 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Just read this on Drudge. Right on, another bullseye for Palin.

Norwegian on July 22, 2009 at 1:18 PM

She scores again.

And yet, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, she will fade since her chances are gone. /sarc

Geochelone on July 22, 2009 at 2:27 PM

This woman epitomizes selflessness and professionalism that is completely alien to the Dems and GOP blue-bloods.

Getting Strong Now.

Sapwolf on July 22, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Watch out World.
Yes She Can!

I hope my irrational enthusiasm embarrasses the GOP Blue-Bloods. They might turn red in the process.

Geochelone on July 22, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Yes She Can!

Geochelone on July 22, 2009 at 2:31 PM

And to think I compared Palin worshipers to Obama worshipers.

The nerve…

MadisonConservative on July 22, 2009 at 2:55 PM

OK, AP, this was a balanced piece. Thanks for the link on the Board investigator’s report. Looks like yet another essentially frivolous complaint.

J.E. Dyer on July 22, 2009 at 3:05 PM

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/07/will_someone_please_teach_ap_h.html

Explains who Mr Daniel is and who he represents- hint- it’s not the Alaskan taxpayer.

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 22, 2009 at 3:23 PM

From American Thinker:

DANIEL, THOMAS
ANCHORAGE, AK 99507
PERKINS COIE LLP/ATTORNEY

KERRY, JOHN F
VIA JOHN KERRY FOR
PRESIDENT INC

03/07/2004
1000.00
25971240087

DANIEL, THOMAS M
ANCHORAGE, AK 99501
PERKINS COIE/ATTORNEY

BEGICH, MARK
VIA ALASKANS FOR
BEGICH

08/14/2008
1000.00
28020560579

DANIEL, THOMAS M
ANCHORAGE, AK 99507
PERKINS COIE LLP/LAWYER

KERRY, JOHN F
VIA KERRY-EDWARDS
2004 INC. GENERAL ELECTION LEGAL AND ACCOUNTING COMPLIANCE FUND

10/29/2004
500.00
24981710204

DANIEL, THOMAS M MR.
ANCHORAGE, AK 99507
SELF/LAWYER

DNC SERVICES
CORPORATION/DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE

10/20/2006
1000.00
26930685961

Total Contributions: 3500.00

Mr. Daniel is a very active Democrat.

Moreover, he is a partner of the law firm of Perkins Coie.

From Wikipedia :

Perkins Coie

… Perkins Coie also serves as counsel of record for the Democratic Party
and its candidates; its political law group is headed by top campaign lawyer
Bob Bauer. Perkins Coie represented John Kerry’s presidential campaign and
recently represented the Presidential campaign of Barack Obama. The firm
represented Christine Gregoire in the prolonged litigation surrounding her
2004 Washington State gubernatorial election, and a team of Perkins lawyers
headed by Marc Elias is currently representing Al Franken in his legal
battle over the 2008 Senatorial election in Minnesota. The firm also
represents the Democratic Leadership Council, the Democratic Senatorial
Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

In 2006, Perkins Coie made headlines when, led by partner Harry Schneider,
it represented Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the alleged driver and bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden. The case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Bush Administration’s Military Commissions were held unconstitutional.

No wonder Mr. Daniel leaked this to the Associated Press.

No wonder he wants Mrs. Palin to settle, rather than to go before the ethics
panel.

He’s just trying to be fair.

But don’t you think the AP should give its reader a little hint as to his
motives?

Don’t you think the AP could just once google their sources? Or at least figure out bloggers will and expose their bias?

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 22, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Lourdes on July 22, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Jenfidel is many things, one of which is not stupid.

Loxodonta on July 22, 2009 at 4:18 PM

MadisonConservative on July 22, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Her resignation will only make her fade.

MadisonConservative on July 5, 2009 at 10:35 PM

This one cracks me up. All time classic.

Since July 5th you have been stewing, lashing out at everyone.

Treacher had to spank your butt good.

Geochelone on July 22, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Geochelone on July 22, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Hey! Leave the Hall Monitor alone! ;)

atheling on July 22, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Since July 5th you have been stewing, lashing out at everyone.

Geochelone on July 22, 2009 at 4:33 PM

I suppose when my wanting to know Palin’s opinion of shamnesty is referred to as an “attack”, it must seem like I’m lashing out. Goodness gracious, I’m a spitfire.

MadisonConservative on July 22, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Hey! Leave the Hall Monitor alone! ;)

atheling on July 22, 2009 at 4:36 PM

ROTFLMAO

So true. Acts like a Hall-Monitor Pinkerton.

Geochelone on July 22, 2009 at 4:52 PM

atheling, you magnificent bastard! LOL

maverick muse on July 22, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Who pawned the Allah Pundit tag @ Ace to call all his HotAir readers cultists?

maverick muse on July 22, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Lourdes on July 22, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Balls.

It’s baaaaaaaccccckkkkk.

portlandon on July 22, 2009 at 5:21 PM

atheling, you magnificent bastard! LOL

maverick muse on July 22, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Agreed. It takes magnificence to weave innuendo about oral sex, complain about the lack of substantive debate, and then refuse utterly to engage someone when they pose a good question regarding the topic.

MadisonConservative on July 22, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Pinkerton
Geochelone, nice touch.

maverick muse on July 22, 2009 at 5:28 PM

maverick muse on July 22, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Muahahahahaha!

atheling on July 22, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Bill Clinton’s legal defense fund was perfectly ok.

bayview on July 22, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Bill Clinton’s legal defense fund was perfectly ok.

bayview on July 22, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Of course it was.

He’s a liberal.

Get with the times, damn!

BPD on July 22, 2009 at 6:37 PM

If you haven’t already, read this folks.

Veeeery interesteeeng.

Brian1972 on July 22, 2009 at 6:56 PM

So this independent attorney is a major Democratic contributor and his law firm has done major work for politicians – all Dewmocrats.

What’s that on your face Allah – scrambled or sunny side up? Seriously, you’re a frinkin’ joke. Why Michelle hasn’t fired your worthless butt is beyond me.

bw222 on July 22, 2009 at 7:47 PM

It’s not really a malapropism. Unlike “hoisting” democracy on those poor Islamists. Maybe benny needs Google’s website number.
ddrintn

Thanks ddrintn, I was wondering “what the flock” was a “malapropism”, and now I know!

DSchoen on July 22, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Nathan, dude, have you paid ANY attention over say the last 7-8 months?

“With governors, if they have never held any federal job before, they’re not going to know a lot about the minute details of what is going on at the national level.

Nathan, dude, we now have a President and a Vice President that just spent at lest the last 4 years in Congress, ie: the Federal government.

Their excuses to date? “I inherited whatever

The Economy “We didn’t know how bad it was

I’m sure there are hundreds more, the point is “federal government experience” has little real value in a President. In fact it would be an asset not to have “federal government experience” it would give credence to excuses like

“I inherited whatever” or “We didn’t know how bad it was”

Apparently being 2 of 100 does not guarantee the person has a grip on the “minute details of what is going on at the national level”.

DSchoen on July 22, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Nathan, dude, we now have a President and a Vice President that just spent at lest the last 4 years in Congress, ie: the Federal government.
DSchoen on July 22, 2009 at 9:59 PM

I agree now. After re-reading my post last night, I realized that Joe Biden, after 36 years in the Senate, still seems to be a pompous dumba**. Also, some of the greatest presidents didn’t have much experience (Lincoln) and some of the most popular were not big in the executive experience department (Teddy Roosevelt).

NathanG on July 22, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Gee, I wonder, what is Allahpundit’s rationale for posting anything on HotAir concerning Palin?

I think this is it.

“Hey there, I’m Allahpundit! I need to post some stuff here on HotAir! Hmmmm…..should I post this thing about Palin or not? Hmmmm……who do I want to be the GOP niminee in 2012? MITT ROMNEY!! YEAH!!!! Who might challenge Mitt for that nomination? Oh noooooo! Sarah Palin might consider challenging!! If this news will harm Palin and in the process help get Mitt Romney the nomination then I’d better post it and talk about it! YES SIR I BETTA! ~~post~~ MWA HA HA HA!! MWA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!”

That might be a little over the top, but I am sure Allahpundit’s rationale works something like that. Kind of.

:p

JaqobJackson on July 22, 2009 at 11:31 PM

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