McCain campaign steps in to stonewall Troopergate investigation. Palin is already a creature of DC’s culture of corruption.




NOTE FROM JOHN: People voted for the “former POW” McCain, but instead got the “Keating Five” McCain.

The GOP knows a thing or two about impeding scandal investigations. John McCain probably has a trick or two he learned during the Keating Five scandal. So, while Sarah Palin claims she hates all things Washington, she is engaging in the classic D.C. game of impeding a scandal. Palin has already become part of that system she decries. That didn’t take long, but she is learning from the GOP masters at McCain HQ and the RNC. From Newsweek:

Key Alaska allies of John McCain are trying to derail a politically charged investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin’s firing of her public safety commissioner in order to prevent a so-called “October surprise” that would produce embarrassing information about the vice presidential candidate on the eve of the election.

In a move endorsed by the McCain campaign Friday, John Coghill, the GOP chairman of the state House Rules Committee, wrote a letter seeking a meeting of Alaska’s bipartisan Legislative Council in order to remove the Democratic state senator in charge of the so-called “troopergate” investigation.

Didn’t take long for Sarah Palin to become a creature of Washington. And, it’s a classic D.C. move: Take something that starts as a relatively small scandal and try to cover it up, which just makes it worse. Then, aggressively engage in an effort to thwart the investigation insuring the story stays in the news. Brilliant.

What D.C. based investigative reporters like Micheal Isikoff know is that where there is smoke, there is fire. By working so hard to stonewall the troopergate investigation, the McCain/Palin crew is actually broadcasting that there is something to be found. Their hope is that nothing is found til after election day. Instead, what they are doing is putting this story front and center every day.


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