Not Governor Palin acording to The Nation. The magazine quotes this editorial from the Anchorage Daily News. It's most telling statement:
The governor who said, "Hold me accountable," is hiding behind the hired guns of the McCain campaign to avoid accountability.
Instead, Alaskans have to sit back and listen to John McCain's campaign operatives handling inquiries about what Alaska's governor did while governing Alaska. Residents of any state would be offended to see their governor cede such a fundamental, day-to-day governmental responsibility to a partisan politician from another state. It's especially offensive to Alaskans.
The LA Times adds more fuel. To wit:
The partisan spillover of the presidential campaign into the statehouse, political analysts here say, now threatens Palin's most powerful political capital in Alaska: her commitment to transparency, her willingness to forge bipartisan alliances with Democrats to advance her legislative agenda, and her battle to upend the good ol' boy network.
"Is this going to dilute her image as a maverick who will clean out the rascals from their perches of power, when she herself cannot tolerate questions into her behavior, investigations into the firing of a public safety commissioner?" said Gerald McBeath, political science professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
Palin, he said, is "still popular" in Alaska, "but she is not beloved. And there's a difference between the two. She's getting a lot more criticism at the state level as a result of her vice presidential candidacy."
And if that wasn't enough, Dan Fagan, a conservative radio talk show host adds his dos centavos.
Republicans scold me all the time, "You don't want Obama to win do you? Stop criticizing Palin!"
My question to my conservative friends is simple. Does the truth still matter?
Truth is at the very heart of the conservative movement. Isn't it true that smaller government, self empowerment, and personal responsibility are worth fighting for? Isn't it true that promoting a culture of life and defending marriage will keep us strong as a nation?
But some Republican leaders are abandoning truth and closing ranks to help Palin cover up her scandal by attacking the investigation.
I want McCain and Palin to win too. But with Palin's refusal to cooperate with the independent investigator and her transparent delay tactics, Americans deserve to know what Palin is trying to hide before we vote her a heartbeat away from the leader of the free world.
My fellow conservatives, remember how frustrating it was when Bill Clinton committed perjury and liberals looked the other way.
As conservatives, we are no better unless we demand full disclosure from our governor when it comes to Troopergate.
Well if nothing else, Sarah is demonstrating by the day that she has what it takes to engage in obfuscation just like the Washington elitists she harrumphs about. If McCain/Palin win, she'll fit right in. So much for reforming government.