As Shannyn Moore, Celtic Diva and AK Muckraker wrote yesterday, Gov. Palin seems to be giving us more credit for impact on state affairs than we have given ourselves. Or, maybe it is blame that Palin is awarding us. As Moore wrote so effectively at Huffington Post Tuesday:
I was waiting to hear who would be faulted for the largest political defeat in Alaska history, short of an election. Who would Sarah blame? Mudflats, Diva and I speculated last Thursday at a “victory dinner.” We knew it wouldn’t be W.A.R. or herself.
When it comes to taking responsibility for her failures, Sarah Palin is George W. Bush with lipstick; nothing is ever her fault.
Troopergate was her brother-in-law’s fault. Walt Monegan was a rogue commissioner. Her pro-Pebble Mine stance during a contentious election was the fault of a “Governor’s hat” wardrobe malfunction. Her criticisms when her witch hunting, governor-anointing pastor, Pastor Muthee, was exposed, were the fault of people who hate Jesus. Her failed interviews were Katie Couric’s and Charlie Gibson’s fault. Her exorbitant wardrobe was the RNC’s fault. Her charging the state per diem to sleep in her own bed and flying her family around the country at state expense weren’t her fault. Her daughter’s problems are Levi’s fault. Her VP political loss was John McCain’s fault. Her image problems are Tina Fey’s fault. Turkeygate was the cameraman’s fault. Her policy on aerial wolf hunting was Ashley Judd’s and Outsiders’ fault. The empty Juneau Senate seat wasn’t on her, it was the Senate Democrats’ fault.
Whose fault was it that W.A.R. was rejected?
Whose fault was it that your bills failed in Juneau?
Whose fault was it that you didn’t sign SB89 supporting WWII troops?
Whose fault was it rural Alaska was damn near starving this winter?
The Alaska bloggers?
No, Governor Palin, your losses are your fault.
Alaska's progressive bloggers, along with moderate Andrew Halcro, aren't going to have as much long-term impact on Palin as somebody else, though. The newest ethics complaint against the governor, filed today, isn't going to have as much impact on Palin as somebody else, either.
No, the person who is going to sink Palin's chances of once again making it onto the national stage is a 19-year-old kid who lives a few miles from me.
It might be tonight, when he and some family members are on Larry King's CNN program. Or it might be when his new "tell-all" book comes out:
WASILA, Ak., [sic] Apr. 22 (TOTI) --
The war between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston keeps getting worse. Now a new report by National Enquirer says that Johnston is penning a tell-all book that threatens to expose the secrets of Sarah Palin and her family to the world.
Levi Johnston, 19, needs the money because he sees a lengthy and expensive custody battle coming over baby Tripp.
Johnston is said to be in a position to hurt the Alaska governor, due to his formerly close relationship with the family.
"Levi was right there in the middle," a source said. "He knows what really happened inside the Palin family."
A family friend said that Johnston is eager to write the book because it serves two purposes. First, he can get money for his custody battle, and secondly he would get to tell his side of the story.
"If Levi could get a million bucks, it would be worth telling all he really knows." the source said.
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hat tip - DZ!