Just to get back to her looniness. A classic quote from the KTUU interview:
A. Regarding information regarding my record, that is now out there, much of it that was based on misinformation was a very, very frustrating thing to have to go through when the record was never corrected. And we would try to correct the record and too many in the media chose not to make those corrections. I felt too often that we were a bit defenseless, with so many things reported wrongly that could have easily been corrected based on facts.
Q. What misinformation are you talking about?
A. Some of the goofy things like who was Trig’s mom. Well, I’m Trig’s mom (raises her hand) and do you want to see my medical records to prove that? And days would go by before the mainstream media would even correct that … well you know it’s proven that she is is Trig’s mom.
Proven? Where? And where in the MSM did anyone report that Trig was not her biological son? All I did was ask questions – and never received any proof of anything. In fact, there was virtually no attempt to correct the record with Palin’s series of increasingly unhinged lies about her own record during the campaign – of all the lies I chronicled, not one was rebutted with facts from the McCain campaign. On the Trig question, I tried for two months to get some kind of basic, evidentiary proof. I asked publicly; I asked privately; the McCain campaign simply refused to give any actual records and attacked the press merely for asking questions. The quote above is therefore another total lie.
Give us some records of the last pregnancy: maybe a record of the amniocentesis, or doctor visits clearly about a pregnancy, or an interview with the doctor who delivered Trig, Catherine Baldwin-Johnson. Palin has a press avail on Wednesday. Ask for the records, please. She just asked if we wanted them. We do!
In case you missed the latest, it’s here. A reader notes:
If a substantial number of the garments purchased for her at Saks and Neiman-Marcus have gone unworn and are still sitting in boxes on an airplane, why not return them for full value? The one thing you do get in exchange for the extraordinary markups imposed by those retailers is a virtually no-questions-asked return policy. If the clothes are in good condition either because Sarah never tried them on or because she tried them on briefly but did not then wear them, the RNC can get a nice chunk of change as a refund.
Somehow, I think the evidence that many of the clothes have stayed on the airplane will be as forthcoming as those medical records.
It might appear to you and me as if the factual basis for the $150,000 luxury Neiman Marcus clothing budget is solid. But that would be missing Sarah Palin’s ability to deny reality:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin insisted in an interview with the Tribune on Thursday that she did not accept $150,000 worth of designer clothes from the Republican Party and "that is not who we are."
"That whole thing is just, bad!" she said. "Oh, if people only knew how frugal we are.
"It’s kind of painful to be criticized for something when all the facts are not out there and are not reported," said Palin, saying the clothes are not worth $150,000 and were bought for the Republican National Convention. Still, she has been wearing pricey clothes at campaign events this fall. She said they will be given back, auctioned off or sent to charity. Most of them, she said, haven’t even left the belly of her campaign plane.
What facts exactly have not been reported? Is she saying she has not worn the clothes?
Is she saying they are not worth $150,000? Is she saying they were bought at a second-hand charity shop? Or that they were hers to begin with? Is she saying that these clothes were all bought before the convention and only worn then? Is she saying that they have actually remained on the airplane the entire time and we have been hallucinating her wearing them at every occasion? Is she saying that the RNC did not buy them, or that no campaign money was spent on them?
Or is she weirdly lying again because the truth is something she cannot handle? At this point, all I know is that a public figure who can simply deny reality should not be directly in line to be president of the United States. Whatever your politics, it is not a reasonable proposition.
Last for now, but not least. Here are some of the ways in which Todd and Sarah Palin described their alleged "fear" of former brother-in-law state trooper, Michael Wooten:
One of the paramount reasons that Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband have given for voicing their concerns to Alaska public safety officials about Trooper Michael Wooten, her former brother-in-law, is that they and their relatives live in fear of him.
They have complained that Trooper Wooten made threats of violence against the family, used a Taser on his 10-year-old stepson and has generally struggled to control his anger… Mr. Palin said in his written statement to Mr. Branchflower, “I make no apologies for wanting to protect my family and wanting to publicize the injustice of a violent trooper keeping his badge.”
All of this was the usual Palin bullshit:
An independent investigator for the State Legislature, who has concluded that Ms. Palin abused the powers of her office by pressuring subordinates to dismiss the trooper, contends that the claims of fear were a facade to mask a maneuver in a family dispute.
In a report released Friday, the investigator, Stephen E. Branchflower, said evidence, like the governor’s decision to reduce the manpower of her security detail, showed that “such claims of fear were not bona fide and were offered to provide cover for the Palins’ real motivation: to get Trooper Wooten fired for personal family related reasons.”
Mr. Branchflower described what he considered another inconsistency: If Trooper Wooten was inclined to harm any of the Palins, then having him terminated could lead to an act of retaliation. Forcing him out of his job, the report stated, “would not have de-escalated the situation or provided” Ms. Palin or her family with “greater security.”
If you genuinely fear for your family’s physical safety from a disgruntled employee, does it really make sense to get him fired in a personal vendetta?
The legislative report is very clear. Shall we review its findings in its own language? Finding Number One, released Friday afternoon:
For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.
“There was no abuse of authority at all in trying to get Officer Wooten fired.
In fact, remember, Officer Wooten is still an Alaska state trooper, which is up to the commissioner and the personnel top brass in the Department of Public Safety that decides who is worthy of a badge and carryin’ a gun in the state of Alaska. If they think that Trooper Wooten is worthy of that, that’s their decision. I don’t micromanage my commissioners and ask them to hire or fire anyone. And thankfully the truth was revealed there in that report that showed there was no unlawful or unethical activity on my part.”
At some point, the McCain campaign will realize that their veep candidate is a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic.
Again: this is the clear pattern with Palin: she publicly denies reality, insists on repeating that denial and is unable to deal with real world the way psychologically healthy people do. That’s why I called her lies "odd lies." They are not the lies of a devious politician. They are much more troubling than that. They reflect a psyche unable to process fact when it conflicts with a delusional self-image. She is even worse in this psychotic denialism than Bush. She is a politician who can only survive in a propaganda state.
Sarah Palin has repeated the fact that troop levels in Iraq are now back to pre-surge levels. This is not true. It is so untrue that even Fox News’ Carl Cameron had to concede on camera that this was "arguably mathematically not the case." The only problem with that statement is the word "arguably:"
The Alaska governor is wrong because the number of troops on the ground is still higher and the number of combat brigades is the same as at the start of the surge in January 2007, according to Pentagon figures. Iraq troop levels before the surge were at 133,500. While U.S. troop levels in Iraq have been in the 142,000 range recently, today they are at around 150,000 because of an ongoing troop rotation.
Cameron noted that Palin acknowledged "mistatements" but would not retract or apologize for any. So far, I have seventeen undeniable factual untruths from Palin that she refuses to retract.
"When I and others in the legislature found out that we had some millions of dollars [of Permanent Fund investments] in Sudan, we called for divestment through legislation of those dollars."
Yep: you guessed it:
A search of news clips and transcripts from the time do not turn up an instance in which Palin mentioned the Sudanese crisis or concerns about Alaska’s investments tied to the ruling regime. Moreover, Palin’s administration openly opposed the bill, and stated its opposition in a public hearing on the measure.
"The legislation is well-intended, and the desire to make a difference is noble, but mixing moral and political agendas at the expense of our citizens’ financial security is not a good combination," testified Brian Andrews, Palin’s deputy treasury commissioner, before a hearing on the Gara-Lynn Sudan divestment bill in February. Minutes from the meeting are posted online by the legislature.
Gara says the lack of support from Palin’s administration helped kill the measure.
"I walked out of that hearing livid," Gara recalled of the February meeting. Because of the Palin administration’s opposition to the bill, "We could not get a vote in that committee," he explained.
Here’s Palin doing her usual make-it-up routine with Shimon Peres:
"I wanted to meet you for many years," Ms. Palin told Mr. Peres, according to an aide to the president. "The only flag at my office is an Israeli flag," she was quoted as saying, "and I want you to know and I want Israelis to know that I am a friend."
Er: there are several flags in recent photographs of her office, including the American and Alaskan flags, as one would expect. She meant the only foreign flag, presumably.
This lie has already been documented by the Dish, but the invaluable Anchorage Daily News adds a new detail. Not only has Palin never gone on or received a trade mission from Russia, she actually spurned such an offer from Russia:
In an interview last week with CBS News anchor Katie Couric, Palin suggested that her contact was more than just awareness of Russia’s nearness. When Couric asked Palin if she’d "ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians," the governor replied, "We have trade missions back and forth."
But Steve Smirnoff, the Russian Federation’s honorary consul in Anchorage, said Palin never accepted his invitation to open a dialogue with Alaska’s neighbor.
When Palin took office in December 2006, Smirnoff says, he sent her a letter suggesting "she could be instrumental in reviving relationships between Alaska and Russia, and the rest of the world."
Smirnoff said he’d met Palin years before, when they both worked on then-Gov. Frank Murkowski’s campaign. Smirnoff had hoped for some rapport, but "I never received a response," he said. "I don’t know if it was taken to heart or thrown in the trash basket." Patricia Eckert, who works in the governor’s Office of International Trade, confirmed that Palin had not held meetings with Russian officials during her term. The closest interaction she cited was when the Seattle-based Russian consul general attended a reception for the diplomatic corps that Palin hosted in Fairbanks.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has denied claims that she and several of her senior staffers illegally accessed the personnel file of her ex-brother-in-law, Trooper Mike Wooten, and disseminated confidential information about the law enforcement official to his superiors.
Palin, Sen. John McCain’s running mate, her private attorney Thomas Van Flein, and McCain campaign officials, said the confidential medical and employment records became part of the public record during divorce proceedings between Wooten and Palin’s sister, Molly McCann…
But that assertion is untrue.
In fact, the judge who presided over the divorce proceedings and the custody hearings that took place over the course of three years never saw Wooten’s records because the trooper entered into a settlement agreement with his ex-wife over custody of their young children before the confidential information was discussed in court, according to Palin’s sister’s attorney, Roberta Erwin.
Read the whole thing. Palin clearly stepped over the usual ethical and legal limits to access Mike Wooten’s personal medical files and disseminated the information to smear her ex brother-in-law. Todd Palin was deeply involved as well.
Palin’s other publicly documented lies can be read here.