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All Dressed Up

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What are we to make of Governor Palin’s rambling, almost incoherent resignation speech?  Other than what we’ve already learned–that she’s clearly not presidential material. Maybe she was just trying to make us forget her performance in the Katie Couric interview. It was always hard for libs like me to understand her appeal. My buddy Scott thinks it’s because we’re all a bunch of elitist snobs who are out of touch with the working class folks we claim to love but with whom she actually connects. I refuse to believe that. Given the recent track record of the Republican party in opposing almost anything that might help the working man, it’s hard to accept that she might appeal broadly to the folks who are hurting so much right now. I get it that the right wing of the party adores her stands on social issues and her take-no-prisoners rhetoric, but they’re a shrinking minority in a country that’s no longer listening to their rants. Even most in the Republican party were taken aback by this move. One doesn’t just walk away from elective office (in the middle of the first term, no less) because it’s just not fun anymore..

Is this, then, the end of Sarah Palin on the national stage? The pundits are already writing her political obituaries, and this latest weirdness should by all rights doom her–but I’m making no predictions. Nothing in politics surprises me anymore.

Sorry, Ted

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Justice Department prosecutors evidently ran amok in their zeal to convict Alaska Senator Ted Stevens of wrongdoing. The prosecutorial misconduct was so great that new Attorney General Eric Holder decided to drop all charges. This doesn’t mean, of course, that Stevens was innocent. We’ll never really know how extensive his abuse of office might have been. One has to wonder if the Bush administration’s politicization of the department and lax oversight didn’t create an atmosphere in which prosecutors felt empowered to cut corners in their efforts to gain convictions. Remember, this happened in the waning days of the Bush era, after the blatant attempts replace skilled attorneys with political cronies created a scandal that destroyed the morale of the department as well as a number of careers. In this case, the disregard for professionalism may well have backfired on Republicans; one of their own fell in the process.