I admit I'm getting older. Sometimes, I get confused. I forget where I put my car keys. I am constantly misplacing my glasses. And the little round pack of dental floss? Fuhgetaboutit.
Still, this morning, when I began my incredibly tedious routine of catching up on the doings of the world, I was a little thrown off kilter when I read that Sarah Palin had been found to have used her authority as governor improperly by attempting to have Mike Wooten, her ex-in-law fired. (Palin's actual of firing of Monegan, it should be noted, was found to be within Palin's responsibilities.)
See, I could have sworn I read something last night that said that she'd been "cleared" of any wrongdoing. I had assumed, given that the legislative report was due out at any minutes, that this was the official word on the topic. Until this morning, when the official legislative report was released that found Palin to be at fault of improperly using her influence among government employees (Monegan among them) to get her ex-brother-in-law fired.
So, WTF? Was I dreaming? Have I descended into the insanity of this election so completely that I am now dreaming about obscure legislative reports on abuse-of-power allegations. God help me, if I am.
I didn't imagine it or dream it. I just was tired and not paying close enough attention. The report that was released last night came from the McCain/Palin campaign. Let me echo the stylings of our future Vice President Joseph Biden and repeat that -- Sarah Palin cleared herself in the Troopergate investigation.
I know. I keep going back and reading that sentence over and over, trying to wrap my brain around it. "She cleared herself." Then I change the inflection and try it again. "She CLEARED herself." "SHE cleared HERSELF." It hardly helps, does it.
The GOP got together, looked at Todd Palin's testimony and determined that there was no case of abuse of power. All by themselves. And, if that weren't whack enough, they actually released those findings in something that kind of sounded like the Branchflower report. I tell ya, these guys have chutzpah up the ying-yang.
The real report, all 263 pages of it, was released by investigator Stephen Branchflower today, and finds that Palin "abused her power by violating Alaska statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch ethics act. Alaska statute 39.52.110(a) provides 'the legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust."
So far, everyone has been saying that this is the "dirtiest" campaign and this is the most "hate-driven" campaign and this is the most "hotly contested" campaign (though I seem to remember them all being "hotly contested"). I'll leave that to a little more time and perspective to judge.
But right now, this minute, I think we can safely say this campaign is the WEIRDEST we've had, in, like EVER!!!!
I leave for the spa on Sunday. Please help me get through this with some of my sanity intact.