What our friends in Alaska have been saying all along about Sarah Palin is finally coming out into the open. She is a vindictive, self-aggrandizing, self-serving politician who will do anything and everything to get what she wants including lying through her teeth.
The lying part is now so clear that even the otherwise reticent mainstream press is taking note of it. Jake Tapper of ABC news makes no bones about it: Palin Makes Troopergate Assertions that are flatly false is the title of a blog post he writes about her astonishing conversation with the Alaskan press (see previous blog). Among other things he writes:
"Well, I’m very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing," Palin said, "any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that."
That's just not the case.
One can make the argument, as Palin and her allies have tried to do, that this investigation -- launched by a bipartisan Republican-controlled legislative body -- was somehow a partisan Democratic witch hunt, but one cannot honestly make the argument that the report concluded that Palin was "cleared of any legal wrongdoing" or "any hint of unethical activity."
Andrew Sullivan, writing for the online Atlantic, is even more scathing about this particular trait of Palin's. He wonders if there isn't something pathological about her, the way psychologically disturbed people are unable to distinguish between truth and falsehood. Her lies, he says, are not just ordinary lies, they are odd lies.
[T]his is the clear pattern with Palin: she publicly denies reality, insists on repeating that denial and is unable to deal with real world the way psychologically healthy people do. That's why I called her lies "odd lies." They are not the lies of a devious politician. They are much more troubling than that. They reflect a psyche unable to process fact when it conflicts with a delusional self-image. She is even worse in this psychotic denialism than Bush. She is a politician who can only survive in a propaganda state.
And it just gets interestingner and interestinger . . . . .