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Loyalty and Secrecy

September 13, 2008

The New York Times has posted a fascinating and amazingly well-researched article (or hit piece, depending on where your political affiliations lie) on Gov. Sarah Palin’s management style. Turns out things are not all sunshine and glaciers up in Alaska.

It’s a long read, so I won’t bother going through all of it here, though I must say this paragraph leapt out at me:

Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy. The governor and her top officials sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of e-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that her staff members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records.

I said in my post last night that the character of a campaign often foretells the character of an administration, and I find the revelations in this article only support my severe reservations about a McCain-Palin administration. Loyalty, secrecy, personal vendettas…these are the hallmarks and wellsprings of the worst abuses of the Clinton and Bush administrations. 

The McCain campaign has insisted repeatedly that this campaign is not about the issues, but rather about the contrasting characters of the candidates. I couldn’t agree more.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kay permalink
    September 14, 2008 9:53 am

    I think “hit piece” is a more appropriate description when you consider the liberal leanings of the NY Times. If you’re going to talk about the character of the candidates, what about Joe Biden, who is credited with bringing in the age of bipartisanship with his attack on Bork? CNN had back to back shows on the two VP candidates yesterday and after watching both, if you want change in Washington, Biden is not the answer.

  2. Matt permalink*
    September 14, 2008 8:35 pm

    Liberal leanings of the NYT? I’ve always thought the reporting itself to be fairly objective. Granted, there are certainly left-leaning op-ed columnists (Krugman comes to mind), but they are balanced out by right-leaners as well (Brooks and Kristol). It and the WSJ are, in my opinion, the two best newspapers in the country, both for the depth and general objectivity of their reporting. And I say that coming from years of research experience.

    I will admit ignorance in more than a topline knowledge of the Bork nomination. That’s something I will need to look into further. But from what I understand, Biden is a loose constructionalist who believes that the Constitution provides rights to liberty and privacy beyond those explicitly enumerated. In that I agree with him. Society and technology have undergone drastic change since the Constitution’s writing, and there are undoubtedly questions of rights that Madison and the other framers could never have conceived of in the late 18th century. I am, however, a strict constructionalist in the opposite sense, that rights and freedoms provided in the original document NOT be rescinded.

    Biden also, for good or ill, has formidable experience in constitutional law (which he teaches on the side) and foreign policy.

    I agree he is not a reformer born, but he knows government, he knows how the machinery works, and that knowledge is useful in the vice presidency.

  3. Matt permalink*
    September 15, 2008 6:34 am

    Also, another note on Biden. He hasn’t come out and made it a cornerstone of his speeches and his fitness for the VP spot that he “worked with the Reagan and Bush administrations to nominate Supreme Court justices”.

    Meanwhile, in the other corner, we have the “no thanks to the bridge to nowhere”, which has been proven again to be completely false.

    It’s one thing to put your record in the best possible light – hell, everyone does so on their resumes – it’s another to misrepresent and outright lie about it, and then continue lying about it even after said lie has been exposed.

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