Update: CNN saw the light, or felt our collective wrath. RedState reports that Governor Palin has been removed from the list. Thanks to those of you who sent e-mails!
2nd update – Methinks Greta gave them some unwanted attention as well.
Checking out Newsbuters I was directed to an article over at CNN about politicians who made headlines for the wrong reasons. The subtitle reads, “Politicians who fell from grace in 2008.”
Right off the bat you see Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois. Sure somebody who under a Federal investigation accused of trying to sell off President-Elect Obama’s Senate seat among other acts of corruption is worthy of the list. He is facing likely impeachment, and possibly even prison time if he is indicted and convicted.
John Edwards who confessed to having an affair with a former campaign staffer. Ok, worthy of the list. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick who spent four months in jail after pleading guilty to two felony obstruction-of-justice charges. Again worthy.
Larry Langford, who is Mayor of Birmingham, AL, arrested by the FBI on 12/1 on bribery, fraud, money laundering and filing false income tax charges. This seems like quite a list. Former Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL) who lost his re-election bid after multiple affairs were disclosed, as well as charges of sexual harassment.
Are we seeing how this list is shaping up? Criminals or those accused of committing a crime and sexual deviants. Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer who resigned after admitting his taste for high-priced hookers and Former Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) who was recently indicted on federal corruption charges also make their cut. I don’t disagree with any of those mentioned so far on this list.
Then, in the midst of these corrupt officials, criminals, and perverts another that CNN felt compelled to add to this list – Sarah Palin. They write:
Sarah Palin’s “average hockey mom” persona was touted as a plus when GOP presidential nominee John McCain chose her to be his running mate in August. But the Alaska governor lost some luster when news broke that the Republican National Committee spent $150,00 to outfit her and her family in designer duds for the campaign. Palin said the clothing would be returned and then auctioned off or donated to charity. Palin was accused of trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from the state police and then sacking the public safety commissioner when he refused to go along. Lawmakers decided she violated ethics rules in the first place, but was within her rights to fire the director. The state personnel board concluded she violated no ethics laws.
Are you kidding me? What Kool-Aid are they drinking? First off all of those allegations have been debunked. There is a major question as to whether or not $150,000 was spent in the first place. Even if that was the case – the RNC spent it, NOT Palin.
Her former brother-in-law, Mike Wooten, the fine upstanding citizen he is, tasered his son along with other issues. The only shame is that he is still, to my knowledge, still on the Alaska State Police force. With the firing of Walt Monegan, he was fired due to insubordination regarding budget policies he was resisting.
As far as Palin falling from grace? I like what Newsbusters had to say:
Just this past December, for instance, Palin was asked to go to Georgia to rally voters to return Senator Saxby Chambliss to office in a runoff election. This request was fully a month after she lost her bid to become vice president on the McCain ticket, yet Chambliss has repeatedly said that he won the reelection in part because she rallied the voters to his side. If Palin had a “fall from grace” as CNN claims, how was this possible?
Palin is even supposedly an odds on favorite to be nominated president in 2012! How is that evidence of her being disgraced in 2008?
I don’t see her going away any time soon.
The only thing demonstrated by CNN’s addition of Palin to this is their liberal bias. Contact them to let them know what you think of their list.