Palin’ “Scandal”

I’ve been lambasting Palin for the most part today, but I do want to make a slight defense of her here. If you’re heard references to a scandal that’s being investigated, here’s the long and short of it. Palin’s ex-brother-in-law was a state trooper in Alaska who was going through a divorce and custody battle with her sister. He allegedly (and as far as I can tell, no one is disputing the details of this) drove his state patrol car drunk, threatened Palin’s sister, threatened to kill Palin’s father, and tasered his 11 year old former step-son (Palin’s nephew) in front of Palin’s daughter. Palin and her family demanded he be fired, but he was only given a 10 day suspension and “investigated.” Palin apparently retaliated by firing the public safety commissioner who wouldn’t terminate the officer, and that is where the abuse of power investigation comes from. You can get a fuller account here.

As far as I see it, Palin’s motives may not be pure, but she’s clearly in the right here. For tasering a fucking 11 year old, the piece of trash should be in jail, to say nothing of being removed from the police force. So maybe it’s just my particular disdain for cops, at least when it comes to investigating other cops, or their flippant attitude towards it, but I’m always glad whenever someone in power stands up to police corruption and protectionism. Based on what we’ve got in terms of details thus far, I think the liberal blogosphere should do the right thing and at least not pretend like this is akin to Ted Stevens style corruption, if not praise her outright, if just this one time.