Re: Anonymous | 8:22 p.m.Wow — you must really be paranoid.
Aides seeking advice from Todd Palin about potential state appointments does not
equate to making decisions on behalf of the State of Alaska. Only Sarah Palin
could make those appointments.If you honestly believe that simply
because someone is married to an elected official, that they must remain as a
"potted plant" and keep their mouth shut, then I have a bridge I want to sell
you. That is not going to happen - it is not reality. This is not unique with
the Palin's. Read about Woodrow Wilson's last couple of years in the White
House, as an example.
Re:John Adams"John Adams regularly turned to his wife for advice,
both as a private citizen and a public servant (US VP and President). So what?!
Ultimately the decision lies behind the person with the authority to make the
call."John Adam's wife wasn't involved in governing this country.
People's spouses give them advice all the time whether it is advice about their
job, personal life or in their role as public officials but they don't get
involved in the actual jobs or in their role as public officials which is what
Todd Palin did.I go home after a day's work and ask my wife about
issues that came up at work and she gives me advice but my co-workers and
employer don't email my wife and ask her for advice or involve her in decision
making or work related issues. That is where the Palin's crossed the line! They
went from her asking him for advice to him being intimately involved in
governing Alaska even though he had no official relationship to the state of
Alaska except by marriage to its Governor.So what? She violated the
Re:Oh brother"To Very Important Crazy: there is no way on earth you
would have moved if Palin became president. Liar, liar. And there hasn't been a
leader in history that hasn't asked their spouse for advise. I agree -- this is
a non-story."Learn how to READ. The issue isn't about
Palin asking her husband for advice since that's what spouses do and I wouldn't
object to this anymore than her asking her children for advice but I do object
when elected officials allow family members to have a role in governing when
they aren't elected officials or government employees. So this is
about Todd Palin actually being a part of the decision making process. Another
thing. You can't have it both ways. Either the family of the candidates and
public officials are off-limits and they aren't part of governing or they are
part of governing and family members are fair game. If you are a public official
and ask your 13 year old about government issues and the public find outs expect
your daughter to be called names. Todd Palin being a secessionist is now a real
Re:Lots of Emotion"As for the article, I agree with other posters
here about this being a non-story. If they have a good relationship between each
other, the spouse of any elected official is always going to be their closest
advisor, but all final actions are still made by the elected official. No harm
– no foul."These emails don't show that Todd Palin was Sarah
Palin's closest adviser instead they show that he was intimately involved in the
decision-making process on a level that an unelected spouse and non-government
employee should not be. The title of the article describes the problem: PALIN
E-MAILS SUGGEST HUSBANDS ROLE IN GOVERNING.He was involved in
actually governing Alaska and not just as a personal adviser to Sarah Palin.Here is one offending quote:"Aides to then-Gov. Sarah Palin
regularly sought Todd Palin's advice on such things as state board
appointments."Please note that it says "Aides to then-Gov. Sarah
Palin regularly sought Todd Palin's advice on such things as..." and not "Sarah
Palin regularly sought Todd Palin's advice on such things as..." The
latter is okay but the former isn't
"There is nothing wrong with seeking the advice of a spouse. Michelle Obama is
her husband's closest advisor."No one is suggesting that its wrong
for Sarah Palin or Barack Obama to seek advice from their spouses but it's an
entirely different issue when they are part of the decision making process and
are asked for advice by government officials other then their spouses. If Rahm
Emanuel, Robert Gates or Hillary Clinton were going to Michelle Obama for advice
without going through her husband who we elected we would have a problem. Thats
what these emails show happened on numerous occasions with the pro-secessionist
Todd Palin.What she asks him in the privacy of their home is their
business but when it starts getting into an area that an unelected citizen who
happens to be married to a public official is helping to make the decisions
without going through the person we elect we have a problem.Todd and
Sarah Palin were not elected Co-Governors of Alaska. She was and they had no
right to bring him into a position of being an unofficial adviser to the State
without being a state employee.
Re:Is this news?"So what!"We don't elect a
person's spouse to make government decisions or to have any input in state
actions. It's a very big deal that Sarah Palin violated the trust of those who
elected her and now we find out a man who was a member of an Alaska secessionist
political party had a lot of influence and say on decisions of the state
One thing about Sarah Palin — you either like her or hate her —
there is no middle ground. Lots of facts and falsehoods are being perpetuated
about her from both sides of the fence.As for the article, I agree
with other posters here about this being a non-story. If they have a good
relationship between each other, the spouse of any elected official is always
going to be their closest advisor, but all final actions are still made by the
elected official. No harm — no foul.
As Christian I am appalled when other people who claim to be Christian behave
immorally then claim persecution. Palin was found to have violated ethics
multiple times through willful disregard or plain incompetence in understanding
'If Palin were crooked, she would have been charged and convicted of crimes a
long time ago.' - 2:36 p.m. She has. To date, Sarah Palin has lost
two of the 15 ethics complaints filed against her as Gov of Alaska. Oh, and
those legal bills you claim she had to pay? All covered by the state of
Alaska. All that money from her book? Straight into her pocket. Her
'higher calling', if you will. Bottom line, if she can't hanlde one
full term as Gov of alaska, why would I vote for her as president?
REF: Cats 2:36Sarah Palin did not have to quit to make money to pay
her legal bills. They were all paid by the Alaska State Government in other
words the tax payers. By now the people of Alaska are glad to see the back of
the whole family. Nothing surprises the good people of Alaska.
To Very Important Crazy: there is no way on earth you would have moved if Palin
became president. Liar, liar. And there hasn't been a leader in history that
hasn't asked their spouse for advise. I agree -- this is a non-story.
"NON SEQUITOR" Get over it. Sarah Palin rocks! Did we have e-mail when
Clinton was President? I'll bet Hillary consulted Bill on a number of occasions
to get his opinion re important appointments, etc. Other decisions, I'm sure,
she made on her own without consulting him. (He was too busy doing "other"
things). This is such a non-story. Guess that's why so few of us took the time
To Very Important Crazy -- if you decide to move overseas please take our intern
President and his committees that now run our country with you. I do concur with
you on Palin being an inadequate VP choice.
So what? John Adams? Come on. Here is a politician who remains on the stage
with aspirations for the White House. It is a big deal. Read the article. The
First Dude not only dispensed advice, he was involved in governance - a far
different role than Abigal Adams. The hold Ms. Palin has on people, especially
in States like Utah, baffles me. What will it take to discredit her? Murder?
Comparing John Adams to sarahpalin is like comparing RONALD REAGAN to some hack
Anonymous 2:04: If Palin were crooked, she would have been charged and
convicted of crimes a long time ago. She has been acquitted of every trumped up
charge that the far-left haters have thrown at her. That's one of the reasons
she left office early. She had to make some money to pay all her legal bills
resulting from all the vicious charges that they assaulted her with.There is nothing wrong with seeking the advice of a spouse. Michelle Obama is
her husband's closest advisor. Quite honestly, I think this is
pretty much a non story.
All this article does is support the fact that Palin is crazy... oh wait... we
already knew that. If you think Obama is bad, i would have moved overseas if
Palin was elected VP.
John Adams regularly turned to his wife for advice, both as a private citizen
and a public servant (US VP and President). So what?! Ultimately the decision
lies behind the person with the authority to make the call.
Palin is a crooked politician and a crooked person with a grandson born out of
What? Did the '1st dude' quit halfway through like his wife quit being Gov with
1.5years left in her first term as Gov of alaska?