Part 1: Now dated comments on the hacking of Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email.
Part 2: How McCain and Palin are proving to be transparently obvious compulsive serial lying liars whose adoring acolytes don’t seem to have the gray matter to discern the truth.
Someone hacked Sarah Palin’s private email accounts and published “screen shots” of some of the correspondence. The reports say that subsequently all the accounts were deleted, and that this could lead to a charge of destroying evidence if they become part of a criminal investigation.
CNET NEWS notes that “there was some evidence that Gov. Palin conducted work business via personal e-mail — perhaps as a way to avoid divulging data in response to a subpoena or request made under Alaska’s open government laws.”
The New York Times published an article on Sunday saying:
Her inner circle discussed the benefit of using private e-mail addresses. An assistant told her it appeared that such e-mail messages sent to a private address on a “personal device” like a BlackBerry “would be confidential and not subject to subpoena.” Ms. Palin and aides use their private e-mail addresses for state business. A campaign spokesman said the governor copied e-mail messages to her state account “when there was significant state business.”
On Feb. 7, Frank Bailey, a high-level aide, wrote to Ms. Palin’s state e-mail address to discuss appointments. Another aide fired back: “Frank, this is not the governor’s personal account.” Mr. Bailey responded: “Whoops~!” (Reference)
Of course this could be a hoax (now we know it isn’t) although the McCain campaign has taken it seriously enough to involve the FBI (link) If it is a hoax, it is a damn good one, especially considering it would have come from Democrats who would have trouble pulling a rabbit out of a hat even if the entire leporid population of Australia lived there.
Here’s what the officials are saying:
“This is a shocking invasion of the Governor’s privacy and a violation of law,” Rick Davis, McCain-Palin campaign manager said in a statement. “The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them. We will have no further comment.”
FBI spokesman Brian Hale said, “The FBI is aware of the alleged hacking incident involving Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and is coordinating with the United States Secret Service on the matter.” (reference: Wired News)
If this is genuine and not a well crafted hoax, nobody already knows better than Palin herself since they are supposed to be to and from her. It is VERY noteworthy that the hackers say they haven’t YET found anything politically significant but if they do they will post it.
If they were smart enough to hack into the accounts no doubt they’d copy everything before publicizing what they did. They just may not have finished reading what they have.
Palin, in her haste to have all them deleted, may not be quite sure if anything in the email exchanges implicates her in wrong doing, or politically explosive shenanigans.
If there’s anything there, or anything she thinks might be there, the woman won’t be resting easily tonight.
Two hours after I wrote this the Washington Post put the story online (here).
Andrée McLeod, the activist who filed the FOIA request, said Wednesday evening that Palin should have known better than to conduct state business using an unsecured e-mail account.
“If this woman is so careless as to conduct state business on a private e-mail account that has been hacked into, what in the world is she going to do when she has access to information that is vital to our national security interests?” she asked.
Now let’s see if the story moves beyond the media of the elites to the pap purveyors voters smitten by the pretty president wannabe pay attention to.
My hunch is that it will end up as a minor story reinforcing that she’s just the kind of ordinary folksy person who uses Yahoo just like them, the kind lots of people want to vote for, unless of course that there’s something of substance in the emails.
The candidates, to significantly varying degrees, are trying to score votes by pandering to the voters and engaging in hypocrisy. Instead of running on who they are, they construct different personae aimed at particular voting groups.
Obama tries to hide his brainy elitist side and emphasize that intellectuals can shoot hoops, care about people, and be a loving family man because he knows how uncomfortable many voters are with professorial types. They don’t want to hear a theological discourse on when life begins when a candidate is asked when life begins (“above my pay grade”).
But Obama isn’t comfortable with the one-liners so he persists in trying to be the teacher, witness his two minute lecture in the form of his ad on the economy. This approach is risky because he can only win if he beats McCain among those who never went to college (see article).
It may turn out to be an accumulation of the little things about the candidates that will count. That is, the three that are running because I exclude Biden since he barely seems part of the ticket now.
The Yahoo email news will probably disappear, but something like the revelation that Palin seems to have caught the design cloths bug from Cindy McCain could diminish her engaging hockey mom image:
“Hockey mom Sarah Palin not only wore lipstick to the Republican National Convention, the vice-presidential candidate wore a shantung silk Valentino jacket worth $2,500. Insiders tell Page Six Palin has a secretive circle of stylists who dress her for events. For her big speech in St. Paul, where she accepted the GOP’s vice-presidential nod, this fashion-conscious team encouraged the Alaska governor to splurge on a $2,500 jacket from Saks Fifth Avenue designed by Valentino Garavani. … Presidential nominee John McCain’s wife, Cindy, recently took some heat after Vanity Fair itemized the cost of her wardrobe during her RNC speech with Laura Bush to a whopping $300,000 worth of designer wear and diamonds.” Reference
Swing voters may also get fed up with dishonest statements and ads. Instead of thinking that it doesn’t matter that both sides do this they might compare the exaggerations of the Obama side with the bald faced lies coming from McCain/Palin.
I also don’t see them actually comparing the knowledge and intelligence of the candidates. For example how many will ever hear of the new McCain gaff, which makes one wonder about his slipping brain power, that just about every European is now aware of: “Bizarre McCain Remarks Appear To Reject Spain As Ally” LINK. Like his running mate, he seems to rely on set talking points which may or may not fit the questions posed.
Palin was deft in answering a question in her town hall meeting (LINK) saying she’d play stump the candidate on foreign affairs but then wouldn’t allow a follow-up question.
No doubt she’s been studying hard but I bet I could look at BBC News and find a question that would reveal that she’s all stump and no tree.
If only blogs like this “MOO: People should stop picking on vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin because she hired a high school classmate to oversee the state agriculture division, a woman who said she was qualified for the job because she liked cows when she was a kid” could be translated into powerful sound bites that would get through the haze of Republican propaganda that has clouded the minds of those enchanted by the McCain/Palin mystique.
Unfortunately I don’t see much chance that these voters will ever grasp that the actual positions and beliefs of the two sides are as different as night from day.
* “There’s nothing wrong with small towns,” she said in Michigan. “In fact, I think all the best people in the world I know come from small towns.” ” from Washington Post article.