Was it a natural slide off of her slipping approval ratings in Alaska, and some really bad feelings from big business? – that's always hard on a Republican, but recoverable. Was it Palin's appeal to the populace to help pay for her court battles? – a real turn-off at a time of economic hardship – or was it that she asked for this legal bail-out even as she denied funds to Alaskans for food and education – OUCH – or perhaps it was the foolhardy spending on paratrooper-style animal eradication tactics and her hopes of eliminating 60% of all black bears in Alaska? Gassing wolf puppies? – or was it her flip-flopping on every issue that was brought up all week long? - Perhaps it was the revelation that she was already polling in
And yes there’s even more, another answerable ethics complaint, and a new scandal around her use of money to attend religous events. And there always will be more, much more with Sarah, formerly a beauty queen runner-up, formerly a mayor of a small town who declared “I can do whatever I want, until the courts tell me I can’t”, and formerly a politician with a future.
Enough people and canines in Palin’s state, in the lower 48 and abroad now realize that Bad Sarah Palin really is unfit for public office, is not a stable political entity, and most probably won’t pull off retaining her Governorship in a second election, much less remain politically viable over time as a candidate for high office. It's becoming increasingly clear that Palin is going to be doing well if she can just remain in elected office for the last 586 days or so she has left as Governor. Let's put it this way - if there was a Dow Jones stock in Alaskan pitchforks, I'd be buying it. As one wag put it last weekend, “When rednecks in Alaskan bars are fed up and grumbling about Palin, you know she’s in trouble.”
And has there ever in history been a dying Queen graced by a Court of such crashingly bad advisors? Empress Alexandra and Rasputin come to mind, so Sarah definitely gets runner-up position in that contest as well. There is no need for anyone who has seen the danger of a future W. Bush (or worse) in Palin to become complacent. But these days spring is in the Alaskan air, an effective protest can come together in a matter of hours, and there is a lot of comfort in the old truism, “give her enough rope and she'll hang herself.”
Here’s a roundup of the last nine days of events with links:
The Ides of March - usually the 15th
Monday - 16th
Portfolio's Damming Article On Palin's Business Sense - Pipe Dreams
Tuesday - 17th
Furor Over Palin's Wildlife Jihad Grows And Is Declared Partly Illegal, RoboCall Polling on Palin For President 2012 In New Hampshire and Iowa Raises Eyebrows and Ire In Alaska.
Wednesday - 18th
Palin Publicly Denys Special Needs Children Funds In Stimulus, as well as Weatherization, Energy Efficiency And Air Quality Grants, Emergency Food Assistance (cause nice people in the lower 48 will send food so why bother?), Nutrition Programs, School Lunch Programs, Childcare Development Grants, Immunization, Homeless Help, Senior Meals, Expanded Unemployment Benefits and Education Grants for Economically Disadvantaged. Palin finds time to be upset at Obama's late night TV gaffe, Defenders of Wildlife Go To Court to Stop Aerial Wolf Hunt
Wolf Hunt Called Off Early, Palin Admits That She Can't Pay Her Legal Costs And Appeals To The Public To Help Her fight 10 ethics complaints filed against her during her tenure One Of Which She Filed Against Herself. Bad Sarah gaffes accusing others of playing "political blood sport" as wolves lie dead on Alaskan tundra by her order. Conde Nast's McGinnis reports: Palin Only Grants Interviews Guarenteed To Be Favorable, Scolding Sarah wraps up a dismal week by Blaming The Media AGAIN for her loss as a VP candidate and Taking Another Swipe At The McCain '08 Campaign Staff at local Republican Dinner.
Saturday - 21st
300 Citizens Rally against Palin in Juneau, Anchorage Rally includes Alaskan Legislators and speeches from the public, Palin's Favored Interviewer Greta, and her Favored Advisor John, who started SaraPAC, receive publicity as Palin's Favored Scientologists
Sunday - 22nd
Mr. Redoubt gives signs of exploding after 20 years of silence. Online newspapers go wild with people who have never commented before, dissatisfaction, outrage and even some name calling. Bowing To Pressure From Public and Lawmakers Palin Backtracks on Stimulus Money, As reported on Mudflats, the frightened “Team Sarah” website hunkers down, and instigates a vigorous screening process that requires a phone number to join, in order to keep "spies" out.
Monday - 23rd
Another Ethics Problem regarding Palin's Use of Public Funds to Attend Religious Events surfaces.
The Arctic Cat Ethics Case Is Filed Against Palin who Accepts Sponsorship Money to Advertise A Favored Corporation In Her Role As Governor, Palin Posts An Embarrassing "Unfiltered" Response on the State Of Alaska Website, while Mt. Redoubt Lava Breaches Containment Near A Set of Chevron Oil Tanks.
UPDATE: The incredible chain of events just keeps piling on. Palin is, at this point an unloosed cannon firing at anything and everything in her line of sight. My sense that her days are numbered is only strengthened by the ongoing events, and her incredible responses.
Wednesday - 25th
Palin's Insult to the McCain camp angers former McCain staffers, is called "bizarre" on CNN in video that went viral and then got taken down, and gets legs in the media, with a sense on the national level now that Palin is not taking good advice and gets none at home.
Thursday - 26th
Was it a strange display of chaotic mismanagement, or simply another snit fit by Bad Sarah who wasn't getting her way on the Stimulus with the Alaska Legislature? Palin apparently lies in a press release, stating that Legislators cancelled a scheduled meeting on the stimulus money. Palin's stays away from Stimulus meetings to hold a press conference for her new Attorney General Wayne Anthony Ross - a staunch advocate of reducing subsistence rights for Alaska Natives in favor of white weekend game hunters - in a move considered the final straw for Native Alaskans. Palin supporters on the Team Sarah website call for the head of the citizen and blogger who filed the Arctic Cat ethics complaint. Fox News threaten to ambush the blogger with a camera crew and the stalking, internet crashing, email bashing and insults (really really ugly) become overwhelming as open season is declared on the person of Celitc Diva.
Friday - 27th
"Another day, another Palin Lawsuit" as Palingates put it - "Palin Refused To Honor Junteenth Proclomation" is now an issue for the courts of Alaska - this is not an ethics violation, but a court case that has been reviewed and found not to be frivolous. Bloomberg reports that the Gov. faces a record $1.3 billion deficit in next year’s budget, while the state just lost 1.5 billion from their "rainy day fund" through stock market speculation. Palin refuses to comment. Famed liberal political blogger "AKMuckraker" is outed against her wishes raising 1st Amendment issues in Alaska. The Legislature is outspoken in their criticism of Palin. On Friday, Trustees for Alaska, a public interest law firm, formally petitions the governor to remember her duties and powers to declare a disaster by the six million gallons of oil in the Drift River storage facility at the bottom of erupting Mt. Redoubt. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, by a vote of 32-3, the Alaska's House of Representatives approved a resolution accepting any of the $930 million that Palin does not request.
Saturday - 28th
7 protesters show up to picket Palin's Wildlife Jihad at the Governor's own Annual Prayer Breakfast, which doesn't sound like many, but isn't bad when you consider that Palin didn't bother to show up at all.
Sunday - 29th
Refusing to rest on the Lord's Day, Palin appoints Tim Grussendorf to a state Senate seat that requires a Democrat under state law. Tim was a registered Republican until just weeks before the appointment, and claims he was registered as a Republican "by mistake." Democrats in the Senate want to block the appointment, while Alaskan lawmakers are critical of Palin, her confused aides, and her actions on many, many fronts, and John McCain gives Palin's political career the proverbial kiss of death on Meet the Press.
-Hey Sarah! I Can See The End Of Your Political Career From My House!
-It’s Getting Crowded Under The Bus- (with all kinds of public interest programs listed under a bus)
-We Need A Governor, Not A Presidential Candidate
-Ignorance Is Only Bliss In Sarahland - Fund Our Schools!
-Who Will Teach Special Education To Trigg?
-Mama Grizzly, You Forgot Your Cub
-I Deserve Better - (on a cape worn by a child)
-Education Doesn't Work For The Palins - Why Would It Work For Us?
-Board Of Shame
-Palin Wolf Killer
-Don't Let The Board Of Game Run Wild - Say No To The Killers
-Abundance Management Is A Lie
-Palin Heart Palin
-Reject Palin's Narcissism Instead
-Spin Does Not Equal Truth
AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE, for sheer poignancy:
God Save Us From Our Governor!