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Bill Michtom
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JULY 4, 2009 3:52AM

Daily Beast has a take on Palin's resignation

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"Many political observers in Alaska are fixated on rumors that federal investigators have been seizing paperwork from SBS [Spenard Building Supplies] in recent months, searching for evidence that Palin and her husband Todd steered lucrative contracts to the well-connected company in exchange for gifts like the construction of their home on pristine Lake Lucille in 2002. The home was built just two months before Palin began campaigning for governor, a job which would have provided her enhanced power to grant building contracts in the wide-open state.

SBS has close ties to the Palins. The company has not only sponsored Todd Palin's snowmobile team, according to the Village Voice's Wayne Barrett, it hired Sarah Palin to do a statewide television commercial in 2004."

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Shannyn Moore at The Huffington Post says a federal indictment against Palin for embezzlement is pending, and that the investigation has been going on for some time. Hard to run for Prez under those circumstances. Palin is claiming to be done with politics.
Kelvin Lynch posted about it here: You can hit Kelvin's full story at at The Examiner:
This would be great news. I just hope it doesn't take over the news cycle 24/7 and earn her more sympathizers. Thanks for the links.
This would be the backstory of why she is resigning. Because it makes no sense at all for her to quit her job. Something is going on that we don't know about yet.
Hey, you know what Ted Stevens' defense was?

He said he paid every single bill that was presented to him.

And he eventually got away with it.
Thanks LB.

Tony Wang typed: "Ted Stevens ... eventually got away with it."

Actually, and I think this is important to remember, Stevens got off bc of prosecutorial misconduct.
Yeah Bill, I heard that in the Stevens case. I heard it was egregious, mean-spirited, and politically motivated. No matter who does it, it's not right. Now we don't know if he might actually be guilty, but I can't even fathom--at this moment in history--a powerful office-holder who doesn't take money for votes. Looks like it happens all the time.

Blago's attempted selling of the senate seat was also said by some to be not uncommon, although it was probably more blatant than usual. It came in commentary for a news story.

Makes me wonder why folks feel free to do deals that benefit them personally, and how long this has been going on. It does sound entrenched. Make a wrong move and the govt throws you out for doing what everyone else does.

Did you catch that Palin's husband was a member of some Alaskan secession party for a number of years? They tried to deny it too, and then the story was changed to "He didn't know," and then, "It's about independence, the Alaskan spirit, strong American values like that."
They may stand by her side, but I don't think she is electable. I hope not, but you never know. If Reps want Reps in office, it is very risky to support her, at least on a national level.

The story before this higher calling thing was that she was done with politics. My daughter postulates that she's going after Michael Steele's job.

It would be great if she could get everyone together to agree on a spun story ahead of time, discuss ways to approach each problem and defend each statement, because this is silly.