More Leaks from the Palin Campaign

On October 15, Palin saw a CNN story with a subtitle "The Palins and the Fringe," that detailed her connections with the Alaskan Independence Party, a statewide political party that advocates for Alaskans to take a vote about whether they want to secede from the union. Todd Palin was a registered member of the party from 1995-2002. The Governor herself had delivered opening remarks via videotape to their convention in 2008.

Most Alaskans aren't too freaked out by the AIP. We even elected a governor, Walter Hickel, who defected from the Republican Party and ran as an AIP candidate in 1990. I don't know what percentage of Alaskans would vote for secession, but this isn't really the point. We Alaskans can take it. We're a tough breed. But how would a vice presidential candidate being married to a secessionist play in Peoria? Not well, probably. To the rest of the country… let's face it. Secession is fringy.

Palin didn't like seeing the "pallin' around with secessionists" piece on CNN, nor a comment that was shouted out by someone holding an unflattering sign in a crowd that day.

So, bearing all that in mind, here are the emails between VP Candidate Palin and Steve Schmidt, McCain's chief strategist, starting with one from Palin (and do go back and read the entire article HERE):

"Pls get in front of that ridiculous issue that's cropped up all day today – two reporters, a protestor's sign, and many shout-outs all claiming Todd's involvement in an anti-American political party," Palin wrote. "It's bull, and I don't want to have to keep reacting to it… Pls have statement given on this so it's put to bed."

Her reference to a single protestor's sign and "many shout-outs" was indicative of Palin's occasional tendency to take anecdotal evidence of a minor problem and extrapolate it into something far more menacing…. It was not a time for distractions, but the campaign was compelled to deal with the drama that seemed to follow Palin wherever she went

Schmidt hit "reply to all" less than five minutes after Palin's e-mail was sent. "Ignore it," he wrote. "He was a member of the aip? My understanding is yes. That is part of their platform. Do not engage the protestors. If a reporter asks say it is ridiculous. Todd loves america."

This clear cut response from the campaign's top dog carried an air of finality, but it did not satisfy Palin. She responded with another e-mail, adding five more names to the "cc" box, all of whom traveled on her campaign plane.

OK…Just for the record, the box on the voter registration doesn't say "Independent" or "Alaska Independent" or "Independent Alaskan". It says "Alaskan Independence Party" and no Alaskan who was born and raised here, and has lived here all their life is going to confuse the Alaskan Independence Party with Non-Partisan. There is no remotely believable "Oops! Checked off the secessionist box by mistake!" scenario.

As this email story circulates throughout the state, there will be a lot of good chuckles over that "pants on fire" statement, believe you me. She might have thought she could fool the McCain campaign, but she's not fooling Alaskans.


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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ken
    Jul 02, 2009 @ 15:26:00

    secessionists are scary?? since obama and his marxist state got started over 30 states have started to seceed from the union, including texas who was for full independence.


  2. writeidea
    Jul 02, 2009 @ 15:51:00

    Ken – OK, if secessionists are not scary, how about Domionist "end of times" Christianists aka the American Taliban aka Sarah Palin. Google "theopalinism" if you do not know what I am talking about. The Gov. is VERY dangerous and I don't ever want her and her "Seven Mountains" whackos near our nuclear codes.
    That is why I keep track of her lies, her lack of ethics and her obvious lack of intelligence/knowledge/critical thinking skills – all awful in their own right, but the religious extremism is simply horrifying.


  3. Lightfoot Letters
    Jul 02, 2009 @ 17:07:00

    "American Taliban" I have never heard of this group..explanation please. As far as secessionist, who are the evil doers in Hawaii, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas or is just Alaska you are worried about. Are they all led by some 'Super Woman' named Palin???


  4. Michelle
    Jul 02, 2009 @ 17:40:00

    You see, we've been trained by the GOP to watch out for those secessionists – i.e. the ones that don't wear a flag pin or the ones against the invasion of Iraq.


  5. ken
    Jul 02, 2009 @ 18:04:00

    c'mon. scare tactics to make you huddle in the many people see obama as the marxist fascist dictator that he is,when in american history has the goverment owned so many private companies,how often has a president spoken out about a radio personnality,or a news station.when was the last time that the states tried to move away from washington like this,this president has made so many mistakes and you still blindy follow him.that you and his followers can point at palin and say,see her, she did it 6 monthes after the election is a cheap trick most president's would not use.


  6. writeidea
    Jul 02, 2009 @ 19:39:00

    We are discusiing Governor Palin, NOT President Obama.


  7. Syrin from Wasilla
    Jul 02, 2009 @ 20:08:00

    Thank you for your comments and putting Ken in his place.


  8. Syrin from Wasilla
    Jul 02, 2009 @ 20:16:00

    Michelle, what a great point. So many contridictions, all to defend the undefendable.


  9. ken
    Jul 02, 2009 @ 20:28:00

    you are discussing the political future of this country,that you dems are so insecure,that you want to shut down any opinion not your own belongs in country's like china,cuba or n.korea.i'm hoping it's not any more darker then you just don't see what your doing.i'd hate to think that you are knowingly doing this.


  10. ken
    Jul 02, 2009 @ 20:30:00

    it will take alot more then a greasy fascist like you to put me in my place,syrup,what country are you from anyways


  11. Syrin from Wasilla
    Jul 03, 2009 @ 05:44:00

    I'm Proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free!
    To speak without fear of retribution- not in Alaska
    Free to file a complaint against a despotic and oppressive politican- not in Alaska
    Free from a high tax burden- not in Alaska for private industry
    Free to expect leaders to be honest and ethical- not in Alaska
    Freedom from a tyrannical government- not in Alaska

    ~ Maybe Alaska should succeed from the union.


  12. Lightfoot Letters
    Jul 03, 2009 @ 10:19:00

    Not to confuse you with facts. But, both Alaska and Hawaii both have a good case as to why they are not legal states of the United States. Following legal protocol is important to some and not to others. That does not support your accusations regarding Governor Palin which are without details. "American Talban' research produced nothing to support your claims.


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