The Web Of Alaskan Republican Corruption Is the Answer To An Outright Win For Obama/Biden, by Chef Sheila

By picking Palin, McCain’s new call “Change” is really Republican code for “Reform”.  McCain and Palin will try to own reform the same way the Obama campaign has owned “change”. And they are hoping the choice of Palin will reinforce that message, even if it’s more in Point of View than in terms of actual facts. At the very least, it’s designed to make it harder for Obama to tie McCain to Bush.

So how should Obama respond?  Of course, as usual in politics, both McCain and Sarah Palin’s records of “reform” are highly overrated. For instance, Palin has been embroiled in a scandal where allegedly her staff fired Plain’s, brother-in-law, the state trouper who was involved in a custody battle with her sister.

But the true gold may be because of three possible points.  Palin’s ties to a very corrupt Alaskan Republican party, Palin’s Pro secessionist views tying her to the Alaskan Independence Party , and Ted Stevens.
With the trial of Ted Stevens beginning next month and a verdict likely in the case before election day, what happens to the Republican presidential ticket if and when the case comes to a close in mid- or late-October?
By picking Sarah Palin, McCain is wholeheartedly embracing the Stevens machine in Alaska and Capital Hill. With Palin so closely aligned with Stevens and under an ethics investigation herself, what happens if and when a verdict in the Stevens trial comes down, say, on October 20th, roughly two weeks from election day?
What if it comes down on the Thursday before election day? I’m not sure we know the exact answer,  but I’ve got a feeling that such an outcome wouldn’t be a great one for the McCain campaign.

The Obama campaign needs to highlight what is happening in Alaska and weave it into a storyline that rings so familiar in the public’s memory. That of the Republican corruption in Washington.  In doing so, they will expose how absurd it is that McCain and Palin are trying to run as “reformers.”

There’s plenty of dirt on McCain too – The Keating Five might not be so relevant anymore, but Abramoff’s ties to Palin and some key people on McCain’s campaign staff sure is.
Don’t get me wrong, the Obama campaign should still try to link McCain to Bush. But the good news is that they don’t need to try to tie Palin to Bush – not directly. She already has a great tie-in in her own home state and the tie is called old fashioned Republican Corruption.
Governor is stonewalling the Troopergate investigation


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65 responses to “The Web Of Alaskan Republican Corruption Is the Answer To An Outright Win For Obama/Biden, by Chef Sheila

  1. indwiz

    the universal truth is that every politicians corrupt.

    If Palin and Mcain have smear stain, is Obama image lilly white?

  2. I posted this last night on TM, very much in keeping with today’s thread:

    Palin bills state for nights at home, kids’ travel
    Officials defend reimbursements, but trips with children raise questions

  3. chefsheila

    wow reread it a couple of times and still find mistakes today!

  4. chefsheila


    Just about….not all politicians are corrupt. Most have touched people who are corrupt. But that doesn’t mean the personally are.

    I would bet you Obama’s and Bidens real record over anything you could find.

  5. chefsheila

    Unlikely Burrito’s Video find deserves another viewing.

    Military And The Republicans

  6. chefsheila

    Boy, I’m having trouble with my connection this morning.

    Thanks Brian. I liked that. Very encouraging to see Obama still has belief in himself.

    Moses with the Israelites in the desert. Having to spoon feed and teach faith is hard work sometimes.

  7. Karolenna

    What’s the difference between Palin and Muslim fundamentalists? Lipstick

    A theocrat is a theocrat, whether Muslim or Christian. By Juan Cole

    I’ve continually made this argument that the Christian Fundamentalists are just like the Islamic extremists because they want to dictate what “everyone” else does and believes and you CANNOT legislate morality.

    “John McCain announced that he was running for president to confront the “transcendent challenge” of the 21st century, “radical Islamic extremism,” contrasting it with “stability, tolerance and democracy.” But the values of his handpicked running mate, Sarah Palin, more resemble those of Muslim fundamentalists than they do those of the Founding Fathers. On censorship, the teaching of creationism in schools, reproductive rights, attributing government policy to God’s will and climate change, Palin agrees with Hamas and Saudi Arabia rather than supporting tolerance and democratic precepts. What is the difference between Palin and a Muslim fundamentalist? Lipstick.”

  8. dnd

    Great piece. I’m still stumped on how you can claim per diem for working from home.

    Perhaps Palin interprets “per diem” from the Latin: “per” is “from”, “diem” is “God.” Hence “per diem” means “from God.”

    (apologies for my Latin translation 😉 )

  9. chefsheila

    LOL Good one dnd.

    I know!!! That one just stumped me too. I mean how dishonest of her!

  10. chefsheila

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  11. chefsheila

    Put this last post up because, (1) its very important.
    (2) Gore’s my man and I’d do anything he said. Now how is that for hero worship!

  12. NEW YORK (AP) — Saying that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin “scares the hell out of me,” former New York Mayor Ed Koch endorsed fellow Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday.

    In 2004, Koch backed President Bush for re-election saying the Republican incumbent was better equipped to combat international Islamic terrorism than Democratic candidate John Kerry.

  13. chefsheila

    Brian!!! Hilarious!!!! Go Koch!

  14. He’s not the only one she scares the hell out of!

  15. Karolenna

    Questions Charlie Gibson SHOULD (but probably won’t) ask Palin:

    • You present yourself as a Republican maverick who took on your own party’s corrupt political establishment. In November’s election, your party is running an indicted U.S. Senator, Ted Stevens, who is awaiting trial on charges he accepted more than $250,000 of unreported gifts from the state’s most powerful lobbyist. Will you vote for his opponent? Will you urge Alaskans to help you change Washington and vote him out of office? If not, why not?

    • Why have you reneged on your earlier pledge to cooperate with the Alaska Legislature’s investigation into Troopergate?

    • McCain spokesman Rick Davis told Fox News the media didn’t show you enough “deference.” How much deference do you expect to get from Vladimir Putin or Hugo Chavez?

    • In spring of 2004, the Daily News reported that you cited family considerations in deciding not to try for the U.S. Senate: “How could I be the team mom if I was a U.S. senator?” What was different this time as you decided to run for vice president?

    • If you were a fully qualified vice-presidential candidate from the get-go, why did you wait more than 10 days to face reporters?
    More at:

  16. chefsheila

    Good one Karolenna 🙂

  17. chefsheila

    No Rep (R) Colman…what do you really think?

  18. Baby girl McCain (I don’t know her name) …listen to this she sounds like that beauty contestant…”such as”…she’s dumb like daddy

    ” No one knows war like my family, period! “

  19. Steve (AH)

    checking in super troopers. Whats with only 20 comments???

  20. Karolenna

    It will be interesting to see how many people actually do show up for McCain’s Fairfax, VA event tomorrow. When it was to have been held at a local high school, people complained to the school board saying it was not appropriate. So, the McCain campaign came out to say they “had to move the event due to an overwhelming amount of people who want to attend”. The high school, which holds about 6,500, could not accommodate his event. Let’s see how many show up.

  21. Steve (AH)


    Though I am an Obama Man I would say that the learning experience of having a Presidential campaign would be good. Or at leats could be good….

  22. Steve (AH)

    The Gallup and Rasmussen tracking polls show some stabilization today in the numbers. I hope there is no more bounce

  23. Steve (AH)

    Bridge to Nowhere Lies Story continues to gain traction

  24. Karolenna


    I join your employment rank on Monday as a fulltime employee, so I will not be able to post as much even though I know I’ve been a “slacker” lately. I was only wanting a “slacker-type” part-time position but after the interview I was offered a top spot as fulltime. Aim low and see what you get? Oh, well!

    Anyway, I’ll see how it goes. It’s for the State of Ohio so maybe I can get my feet in the door then do some checking around for fewer hours after a while. Got a real scare this afternoon when I was checking out the guy I will work for when I found that someone with his same name is Speaker of the Ohio House and head of a Republican State Committee. As far as I’ve been able to find out, he is not the one I will work for. I thought “Oh, God”. That will never work. I’ve been in too many of those situations here in Ohio. So, we’ll see.

  25. Steve (AH)

    Well good luck with your new gig!

  26. Steve (AH)

    A lengthy list of articles debunking the liars “Bridge To Nowhere” claims

  27. Steve (AH)

    out again gangy

  28. afternoon peeps. I have very little faith in Gibson asking any hard hitting questions. He tipped his hand as to where his sympathies lie when he hosted the dem debate.

  29. dnd

    That Coleman clip is priceless. Hope Frankin sees it.

  30. dnd

    It has been entertaining listening to the right spin the Bridge to Nowhere-gate. I’ve got a feeling this is just getting started.

  31. dnd

    Great posts at 2:46 & 5:15. Be interesting how many of “my friends” show up in Fairfax.

    And congrats on the new job! Clearly those doing the hiring can spot a great employee.

  32. dnd

    Two things strike me on the McCain/Palin road show:

    1. they still saying, almost word for word, what they said at the RNCC.

    2. When McCain is standing there saying he’ll veto any earmark, and Palin is looking on adoringly, does the crowd know how much earmarked pork goes to Alaska? That the 200+ million congress sent to Alaska for the Bridge to Nowhere has been kept, but will not be spent on the bridge?

  33. Karolenna

    Ok, you guys. I’m actually going to need a fulltime job with the number of donations I’ve made for Obama. I’m sure all of you have received an email about the McCain/Palin lies ad.

    “Their new ad uses what news organizations are calling “naked lies” to reinvent two politicians whose records embody the same culture of corruption and far-right policies we’ve seen from the Bush administration.”

    David Plouffe just sent another email today asking for money to combat their lying ads. I’m sending more. At least I will know I have done everything I can to help.

    So donate!!! Again, if you can.

  34. NBC/WSJ Poll: ’08 race turns into a dead heat
    Barack Obama holds a narrow one-point lead over John McCain

  35. good news in that poll for Obama.

  36. Karo – congrats on your new job….!

    I am donating again tonight, I don’t know how close I am to the limit……have to check.

    And just a point….this new term they are spewing all over….”Wal-mart Mom”….is so ridiculous. First off for the record, I do not support Wal-mart in any shape or fashion, they treat their employees like shit, they kill small businesses, they sell nothing but crap made in china, and the people who shop there are the ones bitching about American jobs being shipped over seas….I am the only one who sees the problem with this picture?

    Just how dumb has middle America become?

    Not meaning to offend anyone who shops at wal-mart, Sam’s club or Walgreen’s (I know sometimes choice is limited) – they are all the same- right wing conservatives……Making sure they make a buck off the “regular guy” —-without letting that all-american-regular-guy know he’s screwing himself in the long run.

  37. dog's eye view

    you gotta check out this picture c/o Balloon Juice; originally from Matt Yglesias.

  38. yes, congrats on the new job!

  39. chefsheila

    I haven’t shopped at Walmart, Sam’s Club, or Walgreen for years. I hate mega-stores who make billions off the poor and then treat them like shit!

    I’m almost at my limit too. Don’t think I’ll make it to the finish line, but I’m doing what I can.

  40. Hell doesn’t scare me….since I do not believe it exists…but that sign is so funny, do you think it was photo shopped?

  41. chefsheila

    Na….That sign is a Church’s attempt at family planning…. you know, “Just say No”

  42. Awe Shelia, you can make it… have no viable alternative….we all in this Obama boat together, and it’s our turn – damn it. I believe we are going to win : ) and all the rest can just sulk for the remaining days of their lives. ( they are particularly talented in that area )
    Side note, well actually a Q – has anyone here read the Power of Now? Curious, I have not read it, but am interested.

  43. Steve (AH)

    Yeah, nothing says “America” like flooding our markets with cheap shit made in China.

    Keep supporting Wal-Mart. What a crock!

  44. Steve (AH)

    Jim Bovard discusses “Freedom in Chains”

    Guys check out JB, and tell em Steve sent ya

  45. I have never kissed a girl – does that mean I can get into heaven?

  46. chefsheila

    ….If you play me that song…. ;0)

  47. chefsheila

    now time for our KO. So glad the voice of reason, however pompus, is there to help us see sound reason after a couple of hours of right wing !@#$

  48. dnd

    People don’t shop at Wal*Mart because they want to. They shop at Wal*Mart because they HAVE to.

  49. chefsheila

    Thats just horrible…..thats the lowest thing I’ve ever seen!

  50. wait honey, we’re just getting started! LOL

  51. dnd

    Palin “took on big oil” in Alaska. She tripled the taxes they pay. Increasing taxes on business did not go over well with Republicans in Alaska.

  52. Dnd,
    where i live people have a choice…..every store in the world is here, I understand in the some areas there is less choice, however, they let them in….and there is always the internet shopping.

    …Nothing is an absolute, but here in Ohio every one has a choice of where to shop.

  53. Karolenna

    “I am the only one who sees the problem with this picture?”

    No, UB. Where my “folks” live in SE Ohio there used to be Big Bear, Krogers, K-Mart, and other stores. Now, there is ONLY Walmart. They go into these podunk towns and set up shop and run everything else out.

    A new concept no frills store called Marc’s out of Cleveland has entered the Central Ohio area. I have one a half mile from me. They almost beat every grocery store price and are kind of like a Big Lots if any of you have those where you live. Big Lots is headquartered here as are many other big name retail stores. We also have Meijers, Giant Eagle, and many other stores that have grocery products in the vegetable section that I didn’t even know existed. Sheila, you would know but not me. I grew up cooking meat and potatoes for seven in my family, and when Dad was a farmer we had farm hands that I also cooked for. It took me years after I was married NOT to cook too much.

  54. We have Marcs….catch their produce when it’s fresh – beware of box cereals and other boxed items…look at the expiration dates…..some of their stuff is expensive, but their seasonal buys are usually really good – stuff they buy in bulk only there for a short time….for instance: garden trellis iron…11.00 marcs retail maybe 35.

  55. Karolenna

    UB, I ALWAYS check the expire date. That’s why they are cheap because they are buyouts, but some products are not that important when it come to expire dates. I’m the one who is always going to the far back and checking every expire date especially packaged salads. I think some of those poor guys who shop don’t have a clue. I’ve watched some of them. Then there are others who are very good at it.

  56. I heard a few years ago Marc made a buy and it actually turned out to be skulls…..I think human skulls…..I’d have to check it out….but it is late….

    Leaving for the night ….have a good one.

  57. chefsheila

    Newsweek Burning Up the Trooper-Gate Case
    The latest out of Trooper-gate.

    Remember that Palin’s Trooper-Gate scandal revolves around her apparent efforts to use her power as governor to have her ex-brother-in-law, an Alaska state trooper, fired from his job. The trooper, Michael Wooten, was in a long-lasting and bitter divorce and custody battle with Palin’s sister. (Once the state Commissioner of Public Safety, Wooten’s ultimate boss, wouldn’t do the deed, she fired him.)

    Now it comes out that before she even became governor — and was in a position to abuse her power of office — Palin had to be warned by the judge in the divorce case that her harassment of Wooten amounted to “a form of child abuse.”

    If her behavior was so abusive and over-the-line before she became governor (this was in 2005), can there really be much doubt she would have used all her power of office to get him fired?

    –Josh Marshall

  58. dog's eye view

    Hi Sheila. “A form of child abuse.” That’s extraordinary language by a judge. No doubt the judge will soon come under attack as “partisan” but we are seeing a pattern here.


    On the Andrew Sullivan front: he’s back, sort of, but has posted some very unusual material. A quote in German by Ludwig Wittgenstein, which translates out to, roughly, “of that which one cannot speak, one must remain silent.”

    plus a Desperate Housewives clip of a child being forced to apologize for the good of the parent (bonus: this particular parent — Bree — in the series later raised her grandchild as her own to protect her reputation as a parent….)

    Very odd. There will be more to this story.

  59. Steve (AH)

    Hey troops- up for the “3 Am Phone Call”

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