Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Newsweek reports that Ed O'Callaghan, a former U.S. Attorney dispatched to Alaska by the McCain campaign, is actively trying to shut the investigation down.

The AP reports that Alaska's Republican state attorney general is blocking state employees from honoring legislative subpoenas, and explained yesterday that the officials are refusing to testify as part of the investigation.

TPM's Zachary Roth reports that Alaskan Republicans have enlisted out-of-state, right-wing lawyers to file suit, hoping to halt the investigation.

The AP reports John McCain and his campaign are trying to quell 'Troopergate' with e-mail releases.

However despite this coverage, this scandal is still relatively behind the scenes, and not getting the attention it deserves from the mainstream media. John McCain and his campaign are throwing out a full court press, out to destroy Walt Monegan. They have turned viscious to the point even conservative Alaskans are surprised by the new-found McCain-driven efforts to destroy Walt Monegan's reputation.

You really can't experience the full effect of Monday's news conference featuring Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton unless you hear it for yourself. Stapleton passionately attacked former Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan. Her rhetoric was plain, desperate, and obvious. Her tone, pure shrill.

With intensity, urgency, and alarm in her voice, Stapleton described Monegan's behavior as commissioner as egregious insubordination, full of obstructionist conduct and a brazen refusal to follow instructions.

Did Walt Monegan, former Marine, and lifetime crime fighter deserve this? Of course not.
But history has proven, get in the way of Sarah Barracuda's political ambition, and you won't know what hit you.

In a reasonable world these circumstances would create a genuine feeding frenzy among the media. In the middle of a campaign for the Presidency we have a VP pick in the midst of an ethics scandal. A scandal which involves a candidate for the second highest national office in the land, who appears to have lied, has been caught lying, who keeps changing her story, and has a history of this behavior. We have promises from the candidate of full cooperation, followed by complete and total obstinacy. We have powerful Republicans converging on the state of Alaska to shut down a legitimate investigation. We havea serious political scandal, which a presidential campaign is doing its best to obstruct. You can't write a better script. How is the bulk of the media missing this?


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