My email and voice mail are full of questions regarding the bloggosphere’s reporting that the Palins will divorce.
This is one story where I will say: leave the Palins alone.
Over half of American marriages end in divorce. Mine did. It was difficult without the national attention. I have no idea if the Palins are going through this or not, but think they should have privacy to figure out what’s best for their family. I am tempted to revel in Schadenfreude given the hypocritical nature of the “family values” pageant winner, but I wouldn’t wish divorce on my worst enemy; it’s painful.
That being said, there is a disturbing component to the report that should be investigated. When spokesmodel Meg Stapleton responded to the allegations on facebook, she only responded to the topic of divorce and slammed the bloggers. What about the manipulation of justice accusations?! Divorce is legal. Manipulation of the justice system is clearly illegal…yet, Meg was mute. Gryphen writes about Sherry Johnston. (Mother of Levi Johnston charged with drug dealing):
“As some of you may know Sherry’s court date was moved from yesterday to August 19. The reason for this is that until just now the prosecutors REFUSED to make any kind of a deal, because of pressure they were receiving from the Governor. For some reason Palin was pushing for Sherry to receive the maximum sentence….
I cannot talk about what kind of deal Sherry may get, but the prosecution has become much more reasonable now that Sean Parnell is our Governor.”
Sarah Palin has a record of vindictive behavior. The Branchflower report found her “guilty of abuse of power” in her treatment of Commisioner Walt Monegan for not firing ex-brother-in-law, Trooper Mike Wooten. Because of Palin’s track record, I think this allegation of influencing justice should be investigated. If there are other instances of aggressive prosecutions of the ex-governor’s enemies during her reign, they should be reopened.
Palin’s wake of political shrapnel across Alaska is thick and deep. It will take time to sort out the damages, and will detract from other business. The abuse of power finding is the legacy of Sarah Palin…and we need to find out who else was in her crosshairs.
So, for now, I’m turning off the “As Wasilla Turns” and tivo-ing “Law & Order: Alaska.”