Posts Tagged ‘alaska’

Opinion: Palin’s Resignation

Monday, July 13th, 2009

by Christopher D. Berger
UnvarnishedOpinion.com

As most of you reading this are no doubt aware, Sarah Palin has resigned the governorship of Alaska, sparking a media firestorm in the process. The questions that remain are what her continuing political aspirations may be, and whether she has effectively taken herself out of the running for the Republican 2012 presidential nomination.

My analysis begins with why she left in the first place. Being a governor can’t be an easy position, much less when you’re targeted with a political ‘scorched earth’ campaign by a party whose political scruples and ethics went out the window with Teddy Kennedy at Chappaquiddick. Her children are the butts of horrifying jokes on syndicated television, her oldest daughter is now an unwed teenage mother herself, and her youngest son has Down’s Syndrome. As governor, the state has spent more than $2 million investigating her for a series of specious ethics violations, another of which drops literally every two weeks, and she’s accumulated $500,000 in legal bills defending herself against these charges.

She is reviled and despised by so many left-leaning groups it’s hard to count them all. (more…)

Ted Stevens deserves praise? — What?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Michael Barone in an odd article:

Attorney General Eric Holder has dropped the charges against Ted Stevens. Here are statements from Holder and from Steven’s lawyer, Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly. Clearly there has been prosecutorial misconduct of a major order. Career Justice Department lawyers, going wild in their self-righteousness; at least that’s what it looks like.

The former senator is no longer a convicted felon, so I guess Alaskans are not going to rename Ted Stevens International Airport or to rescind his award several years ago as Alaskan of the century. I have felt a certain sympathy for him all along. No, he shouldn’t have asked lobbyist William Allen to superintend the reconstruction of his house in Girdwood. He should have hired a contractor. But did he have criminal intent when he paid all the bills presented to him and did not report additional amounts as gifts on his Senate disclosure forms? I never thought so and was surprised when the jury voted to convict. He took the stand himself, and I gather was not a good witness.