The Long Knives for Governor Palin
But Jim Geraghty @ National Review's Campaign Spot points out that it is not just members of the media that are going after her:
Since Alaska governor Sarah Palin was named John McCain's running mate, her foes and various Alaskan liberals have begun a new exercise, attempting to bankrupt the Palin family through legal fees, by filing endless ethics complaints against her.
In her term, ten ethics complaints and 150 FOIA requests have been filed. (One of the complaints, about improperly firing her state public-safety commissioner, predates her national prominence.)
While holding elected officials accountable is laudable, most of the matters are beyond trivial. One of the complaints against her was for talking to reporters about the presidential campaign while she was in the governor's office. Another objected to her office press secretary offering a statement to clarify a statement put out by her political action committee. The latest complaint is that Palin wore snow-machine gear advertising her husband Todd's sponsor, Arctic Cat Inc, while "in her official duties as governor" when she served as the "official starter" of the race.
Palin owes $500,000 in legal fees, almost four times her annual salary. She says she may be forced to create a legal defense fund.
We would recommend she does start one, and we will gladly contribute to it. Many may scratch their heads and ask why she is falling under a seemingly-constant stream of attacks. The answer is quite simple, as Mr. Geraghty points out above, they are trying to bankrupt her and her family. But while the money may hurt the family, they are trying to bankrupt her on a political front, as well.
Whether Republicans understand this or not, it is the truth that she is a rising star in the party. The way she was treated during the campaign by the press was absolutely appalling. And I dare anyone to offer up a contradictory opinion. Compare and contrast how she was treated by the media compared to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, or even her own running mate. She was portrayed by the press as some hick from the sticks that got by on her looks more than her intelligence. They sneered at the success of her negotiations with the oil companies; efforts that nets the citizens of Alaska a "profit-sharing" check of sorts every year, and it is by no means chump change.
But they want her destroyed. And they want to destroy Governor Bobby Jindal, as well. He, too, is a rising star in the party, and after defeating the feckless and incompetent Governor Kathleen Blanco he turned things around in Louisiana. He launched a pro-business model to attract businesses to Louisiana. He cut taxes. He is doing an effective job of cleaning up the corruption that was rampant in the state. The media panned and slammed Governor Jindal on his response to President Obama's address to Congress. To be fair, it was weak on delivery, but if you listen to what he says rather than how he says it, it was a good speech. This one was delivered last night at the NRCC's annual dinner, and did he ever rock the house.
The point is that the liberals (or as Thomas has taken to calling them, "Statists") are afraid of the up-and-comers we have in the party. You can include Mitt Romney in that vein, as well, but he has not been attacked nearly as bad as he was during the Republican primaries. But they are afraid of these people so they are doing everything they can to tear them down, and shatter their strength. This is how they work. We can get riled up when things like this happen to someone, for no reason whatsoever, that threatens their livelihood and their reputation, and we should get angry. We should also draw attention to it, as well otherwise we will give in and be cowed by the vultures that are perpetuating this behavior.
If she sets up a legal defense fund, we will contribute to it, and we hope like-minded readers will also. This is a pathetic attempt to smear and besmirch the name and record of a good governor, and still one of the most popular governors in the United States.