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Saturday, September 13, 2008

One or the Other

posted by on September 13 at 9:11 AM

To what should we attribute this bad blow against Palin? An honorable search for the truth?

The crucial vote to subpoena Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband was cast by a moose-hunting Republican from her own hometown.

Sen. Charlie Huggins, the vice chairman of the Alaska Legislature’s Senate Judiciary Committee, wore camouflage pants to Friday’s hearing, but they didn’t help him blend in among the coats, ties and dress shirts of other lawmakers and national news correspondents.

As the other two Republicans and the two Democrats on the panel argued over the ramifications of issuing subpoenas to Todd Palin and a dozen other people, Huggins held his cards, as well as his fire. When he finally spoke, he made clear in folksy, plainspoken words that he’d had enough of the political maneuvering.

Not to mention the suggestion of his Republican colleague Sen. Gene Therriault that the investigation had been hijacked by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

“I do not support Sen. Obama,” the anti-abortion conservative thundered at the start of his remarks.

He went on to make an impassioned plea for government transparency and honesty in this “new era” of Alaska politics. A number of lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, have been indicted or convicted in a wide-ranging federal corruption probe.

“I see all this duck-foot action under the water,” he said, referring to back-room discussions about the investigation. “Let’s just get the facts on the table. The sooner the better.”

The final vote was 3-2. The House Judiciary Committee also approved the subpoenas on an advisory vote.

Or a nasty case of hometown hate?

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To quote my old friend Miriam Aarons, "Any ladle's sweet that dishes out some gravy."

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | September 13, 2008 9:34 AM

"duck-foot action" is now my new favorite word, I can not wait to use it!

Posted by mama4obama | September 13, 2008 9:43 AM

"Duck foot" is obviously a reference to Gov. Palin's pedial anatomy - Huggins is clearly a traitor to his Party, and should immediately issue an apology to the Gov. for his condescending, sexist, and demeaning remarks, followed by recusing himself from the subpoena process.

Posted by COMTE | September 13, 2008 9:59 AM

Was he calling Palin a duck!?! The nerve of that man. I demand immediate MSM coverage of this incident.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 13, 2008 10:35 AM

dude, she is F U C K E D!

Now I can't wait til First Dude testifies. And teh VP debates? This is really going to be the best. fall. ever.

Posted by Mike in MO | September 13, 2008 10:35 AM

Dan Savage -brave warrior Oct. 2002

War may be bad for children and other living things, but there are times when peace is worse for children and other living things, and this is one of those times. Saying no to war in Iraq means saying yes to the continued oppression of the Iraqi people.

In the meantime, invading and rebuilding Iraq will not only free the Iraqi people, it will also make the Saudis aware of the consequences they face if they continue to oppress their own people while exporting terrorism and terrorists. The War on Iraq will make it clear to our friends and enemies in the Middle East (and elsewhere) that we mean business: Free your people, reform your societies, liberalize, and democratize... or we're going to come over there, remove you from power, free your people, and reform your societies for ourselves.

Posted by Caesar Salad | September 13, 2008 11:09 AM

An honest Republican. Will wonders never cease?

Posted by keshmeshi | September 13, 2008 12:09 PM

"duck foot action", what a great phrase

I think Alaska is a seething pit in its internal political machinations. Lots of it is patronage, good paying year around jobs with benefits. Putting friends and political supporters on the list is hardly news.

If Rossi wins, you think he will keep thousands of Gregoire people on the state payroll? Not a chance.

Posted by Mark | September 14, 2008 10:35 AM

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