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AP Crushed That Palin Emails Reveal No Dirt

From over the weekend, via a heartbroken Associated Press:

Palin emails show engaged leader who sought VP nod

By Becky Bohrer [sic], Associated Press Sat Jun 11, 2011

JUNEAU, Alaska – There are no bombshells, no "gotcha" moments.

The AP’s disappointment is palpable. All those reporters and volunteers working around the clock — and all for naught. They found no dirt, only a hard working governor. And that wasn’t our media watchdogs’ plan at all.

The emails of Sarah Palin — more than 24,000 pages of them released Friday by the state of Alaska from her first two years as governor — paint a picture of an image-conscious, driven leader, closely involved with the day-to-day duties of running the state and riding herd on the signature issues of her administration.

What an outrage.

She angled for the vice presidential nomination months before John McCain picked her — and hinted at presidential aspirations.

Burn her! (Though, you will note, there is nothing presented in this article to support even these claims.)

The messages give a behind-the-scenes look at a politician who burst onto the national stage after serving as Wasilla mayor and less than two years as Alaska governor.

The media never deign to mention it, but in 2007 Sarah Palin was the country’s most popular governor – probably even the most popular public official in the country — with an approval rating in the 90s. A fact has been carefully scrubbed from the internet, including Wikipedia and Google, as far as we can tell.

And, for the record, Mrs. Palin served as governor for a total of two years and seven months. Though she burst onto the nation stage before she ended her tenure there. (For some reason the AP has now replaced this entire article with a correction of this non-error. Which is laughable in its own right.)

They show a woman striving to balance work and home, fiercely protective of her family and highly sensitive to media coverage.

What a paranoid.

She expressed a sometimes mothering side with aides but also was quick to demand answers or accountability.

They seem to depict a more moderate Palin who worked to find a state response to global warming — she has since dismissed studies supporting climate change — and gave props to then-Sen. Barack Obama for his support of a natural gas pipeline in Alaska.

The media’s tack now is to try to figure out how she became such a stupid, partisan monster since her days as governor. The Politico has a story out this morning with the headline: ‘Long-lost Sarah Palin surfaces in emails.’

The records, comprising more than 13,400 emails, shed new light on Palin’s rise from little-known governor to national political sensation. The emails end in September 2008, shortly after her selection to be McCain’s running mate. It was then that citizens and news organizations first requested the records

But isn’t it funny how citizens and news organizations have never asked for Mr. Obama’s emails. Or Nancy Pelosi’s. Or Harry Reid’s. Or Barney Franks.

While much of the country was taken by surprise when Palin became the Republican vice presidential candidate, her emails suggest she was angling for the slot for months, and that she may have been courted even earlier.

Palin’s scheduler sent her a note June 21, 2007, saying Gov. Mitt Romney — who was running for president — wanted to schedule a call to "catch up on things." The aide said Mike Tibbles, her former chief of staff, said she probably wouldn’t be interested, and wondered how she should proceed.

"What is his number? Since it may be partisan, I should do this without state assistance. Thanks!" Palin replied.

On Jan. 30, former Arkansas Mike Huckabee called, and Palin seemed to be leaning toward endorsing him in the Republican primary.

"He called. Very cool. Unless McCain calls, Huck’s a good pick for me, just fyi."

In the ensuing months, though, as McCain had all but sewn up his party’s nomination, Palin turned her attention to him.

In June, Palin and her staff talked about plans to repeal Alaska’s fuel tax. Ivy Frye, an aide and friend, said she would send details to McCain staffers when they became available. "They’re going to love it!" she wrote. Spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton sent Palin a draft of an op-ed piece carrying the governor’s name that would be pitched to national publications "beginning with the New York Times." Palin responded the following day, writing: "Pls print."

And this shows that Mrs. Palin was angling for the Vice Presidency how?

Despite all the effort, Palin seemed genuinely surprised when she got the nod: "Can you believe it!" she wrote to a staff member

Perhaps because it is simply a lie that she was angling for the job.

The delay in releasing Palin’s emails, which had been requested by media organizations and citizens, has been attributed largely to the sheer volume…

Or perhaps the delay was because the ‘powers that be’ were hoping to release them after Mrs. Palin had announced she is running for the 2012 nomination. But they got frustrated by the delay, and decided they should try to knock her out even before she threw her hat into the ring.

The emails were sent and received by Palin’s personal and state email accounts, and the ones being released were deemed state business-related. Palin and top aides were known to communicate using private email accounts. The documents revealed at least three different private accounts for Palin.

Remember the 20 year old college ‘kid’ (who was the son of a Democrat State Representative from Tennessee), who faced criminal charges for hacking Mrs. Palin’s private emails? Of course he only got the mildest slap on the wrist.

But how is what he did any different from what the state of Alaska has done at the behest of our watchdog news media?

The state withheld 2,275 pages for reasons including attorney-client, work product or executive privilege; an additional 140 pages were deemed to be "non-records," or unrelated to state business

Of course now the media will try to pretend that these were held back because they had all the dirt.

But just like with Ms. Palin’s Memorial weekend bus tour, ‘the jackals howl, but the caravan moves on.’

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 13th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP Crushed That Palin Emails Reveal No Dirt”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “…shed new light on Palin’s rise from little-known governor to national political sensation.

    All you have to do is read her books. “Shed new light”? Come on. Get real. Perhaps what frustrates the Pravda-US crowd more than anything is that she is consistent; She’s the same in-person as she is in print or on TV. The words she used in her book are the same words you’ll hear from her directly. And it won’t change from town-to-town like it does with Hambone who gives good teleprompter and tailors it to whomever he’s glancing back and forth at while reciting whatever crap is on the flat screens. If it’s a factory town, he’ll ooze platitudes about the “what puts America to work” garbage. If it’s some tree-hugging group, he’ll condemn the people he just spoke to in the manufacturing town.

    Sarah is what she is. Not perfect, not trying to be. But consistent and a loyal American and someone who knows through good sense what works and what doesn’t.

  2. Liberals Demise says:


  3. Not so fast says:

    Guess the AP found out that Sarah Palin doesn’t have a “Weiner”.

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