We need to hurry and get this election over. People like Washington Post columnist Colbert King are starting to build airy castles of paranoia and move into them. Quoth he:
It’s time to start taking Sarah Palin seriously.
Though the latest polls show the Obama-Biden ticket ahead, the Alaska governor is still uncomfortably close to becoming vice president of the United States. The thought should concentrate the mind of every American who remembers the abuse of executive power by the administration of Richard Nixon. Just look at what Palin has done, in a short time, with the authority delegated to her by Alaskans.
The “Troopergate” report tells the tale. It documents the campaign that Palin and her husband Todd waged to get her former brother-in-law fired from the Alaska state troopers.
According to the report: Palin abused her power as governor when she “knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: to get Trooper Michael Wooten fired.”
I shudder to think of the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon at her beck and call.
Question: How long has this guy been watching Washington? He’s comparing Palin’s petty bingo-parlor intrigues to the virtuoso malevolence of Richard “Richard III” Nixon?
Palin is a campaign tool. Period. She was elected to help McCain get to the White House. If he makes it, which it certainly seems he won’t, she will not be a potted plant; she will be the table the potted plants sit on. McCain–who, postmortems will show, doesn’t like Palin at all– will bring in a strong chief of staff and a couple of handlers to make sure Palin gets on the right planes to the right funerals. She will have one thing in common with Cheney: She’ll be invisible until it’s time to visit a few select congressional districts for the 2010 mid-terms. Beside her, Dan Quayle was a colossus. The IRS, FBI, etc. probably wouldn’t return her phone calls.
Let’s hurry and have the election before Mr. King shudders to think any more.