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Change we can't believe.

Byline: The Register-Guard

John McCain regularly tells cheering crowds at his political rallies that he can't wait to introduce his vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, to the good old boy network that's used to getting its way in Washington, D.C. "Change is coming, my friends," McCain assures his supporters.

Unfortunately for everyone, the only change Palin would represent from a president who never hesitated to twist the truth in the service of his misguided policies is a change in gender. Palin has proven herself capable of exactly the kind of deliberate deceit that President Bush employed to deny that the United States used torture, to falsely link Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 attacks and to insist that the nation had no choice but to immediately invade Iraq in 2003.

In her response to questions from journalists about the investigative report that focused on the so-called "Troopergate" scandal in Alaska, Palin said, "Well, I'm very, very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that." It would have been just as truthful for her to say she was pleased to have finally removed all doubts about her qualifications to be president of the United States.

The ethics investigation examined allegations that Palin abused the power of her office by pressuring Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire a state trooper involved in a feud with her family. When Monegan refused, Palin fired him, which triggered the probe.

Remember Palin's words: "very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity there."

Here are the words of Steve Branchflower, a retired state prosecutor who wrote the report's findings, on Page 8, Finding Number One: "I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act." Once again: "Abused her power by violating a the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act."

Palin's response is, charitably, a misrepresentation. In truth, it is a lie; change we cannot believe in.
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Title Annotation:Editorials; Palin's characterization of ethics probe is false
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Oct 22, 2008
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