Go Somewhere And Sit Down…..Baroness deRothschild

Sometimes a rich person will say something that an illiterate, homeless person wouldn’t say. Wealth is not always an indicator for intelligence and common sense. Take the hubbub today over Lynn Forester, New Jersey born, lawyer, divorced, remarried an old dude 24 years her senior from the old line British rich, rich, rich de Rothschild banking family. She was a Hillary fundraiser (about $100,000) and a member of the Democratic Platform Committee, announced she would vote for McCain-Palin.

The first question is “Who the hell cares?” She is so full of herself that she thinks y’all care so the McCain campaign organized her press conference in Washington today so she could tell her “public” why she isn’t voting for Barack Obama.

 “This is a hard decision for me personally because, frankly, I don’t like him.  I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.” 

Yes folks, she said it, but she also did a backhand slap by accusing Obama of being an “elitist”  and he hasn’t given her a reason to trust him (translated in upper class-talk: Obama hasn’t called her to beg her to give her his support and, he is an “uppity” (educated) Negro.)  Give me a break. This came from a woman who is so very rich. Let her tell it she is not an elitist, whatever that means. She tried to explain it to Wolf Blitzer of CNN: “Elitism is a state of mind.”

Madame Lady Lynn Forest Whittaker de Rothschild, who celebrated her honeymoon in the Clinton White House (probably the Lincoln bedroom) is unknown to 99.999 percent of American voters.

Baroness resigned from her post on the Democratic Party’s Platform Committee. I’ll bet she begged the DNC to allow her to resign, after they told her that she’d been kicked off the committee.

Does she have ANY self-consciousness? Does she realize what she said? Rich people think they can get away with saying anything….just make up something….like Sarah Palin keeps making up stuff –lies– on the campaign trail.

For all of her money, the Baron and Baroness titles she and her British husband hold, and English countryside 300-room castle, she is stupid and arrogant,

You know why? Because she is too dishonest to say she dislikes Obama solely because he is BLACK, and she thinks those who bothered to take notice of her endorsement  believe her.  Oh, please. 

I will say it again. He is BLACK, folks. Obama doesn’t fit into her relatively new old line moneyed titled world. I’ll give you another reason she would never vote for a black man. She is probably one of those rich fat cats and fat chicks who had surveyed housing in Washington’s posh Georgetown neighborhood. Lady Baroness Racist had plansto spend a lot of time being a hostess in DC in a Clinton administration. Maybe she thought Hillary would appoint her Ambassador to the Court of St. James. All of those dreams gone down the drain. No White House state dinners. No high access to the private quarters of the White House. No big parties at her Georgetown mansion. Poor, pitiful Lynn. All of her dreams gone down the tube. So, she got in her private jet and went home to her English countryside manor. At least she can be Cindy Lou’s BFF. They can go shopping together.

Oh yes. I hope Barack Obama is one of those 99.999 % of voters who doesn’t know her, doesn’t want to know her, and sees her as a shameless, lying,  attention seeker.

Wish I had the courage of a friend who simply said, “Hoe, sit down.”

Active Role for Palin’s Husband in Alaska Government

By WILLIAM YARDLEY

Published: September 13, 2008

ANCHORAGE — In voting to issue a subpoena to Todd Palin in an investigation of the firing of the Alaska public safety commissioner, state lawmakers on Friday signaled that Mr. Palin, the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin, might have played a central role in one of the most contentious episodes of her governorship.

Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska and her husband, Todd, who has played a central role in many aspects of her administration.

While that suggestion goes beyond the image presented of Mr. Palin during the Republican convention as a blue-collar family man and sportsman, it echoes a widely held understanding among lawmakers, state employees and lobbyists about Mr. Palin’s heavy engagement in state government.

In the small circle of advisers close to the governor, these people say, Mr. Palin is among the closest, and he plays an unpaid but central role in many aspects of the administration of Ms. Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president.

Mr. Palin’s involvement in the governor’s office has prompted an irreverent quip by some capital staff members when decisions are to be made that might affect the governor: “What would Todd do?”

Mr. Palin has encouraged lawmakers to support his wife’s agenda, helped her review budget items and polish speeches, surprised some lawmakers by sitting in on meetings and received copies of top administration staff e-mail messages.

Mr. Palin also has stepped into personnel issues that have personal relevance, most notably his contact with Walt Monegan, then the public safety commissioner, to express concern about the continued employment of a state trooper who had gone through a bitter divorce and custody battle with the governor’s sister. Mr. Monegan was later fired, and it is that firing that prompted the vote Friday on the subpoena.

Mr. Palin was not made available for comment, but he has denied doing anything improper in the firing of Mr. Monegan.

It is not necessarily clear whether Mr. Palin is helping shape his wife’s agenda or simply advocating for it, nor whether he ever put pressure on lawmakers, but his role has not been the customary one of a governor’s spouse in Alaska.

That has made many people in government uncomfortable and often confused over how to react.

“My colleagues told me he was lobbying for the governor’s position on oil taxes,” State Representative Jay Ramras, a Republican who is chairman of the House judiciary committee, said of one instance last year when he saw Mr. Palin outside the legislative chamber before a key vote. “I think that when the spouse of an elected governor steps away from safe issues that are nonpartisan in nature, that it is bad for the legislative and executive branches, and Todd Palin would not be an exception to that.”

A spokeswoman for the governor, Sharon Leighow, said that she did not know whether Mr. Palin advocated for his wife’s policy agenda but that he had actively promoted work force development issues, an issue he expressed interest in from the beginning of the administration.

At one point early in his wife’s administration, Mr. Palin called John Harris, the speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, to encourage him to be vocal in his support of an effort to move the State Legislature from remote Juneau closer to Anchorage. The Palins live about 45 miles from Anchorage.

“He’s very supportive of doing that,” Mr. Harris said, “and he wanted me to be supportive of it.”

Several lawmakers have said Mr. Palin was present in the governor’s office when they had what they had expected to be private meetings with her and her staff. The lawmakers say Mr. Palin rarely spoke and sometimes sat off to the side, perhaps working on a computer.

Other people close to the state budget process said Mr. Palin was in the room at times when his wife and aides discussed whether to veto specific items in the capital-spending budget, including money to improve the harbor in Mr. Palin’s hometown, Dillingham. Money for the harbor project was approved.

Ms. Leighow said Mr. Palin was not scheduled as a participant in meetings with staff or lawmakers but that it was possible, though “unusual,” that he could have been present during some meetings.

Mr. Palin, 44, has participated in at least one meeting of the state’s Workforce Investment Board and joined state labor officials on a tour of a major mine in interior Alaska as well as of training facilities at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, in Canada. He also joined state officials for a flight over a proposed route for a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope; the pipeline has been his wife’s top policy goal.

Several lawmakers made a point in interviews of saying how much they admired Mr. Palin’s diverse accomplishments and knowledge of state issues, even as they were struck by his frequent presence.

Generally viewed as genial and reserved, Mr. Palin juggles his involvement in his wife’s administration with his two-week shifts as an oil production operator on the North Slope. In the summers, he also works as a commercial salmon fisherman, using a set-net on the shore of the Nushagak River near Bristol Bay.

Troopergate: Palin Accuses Trooper of Insubordination

The Alaska Daily News is an excellent read during this period of Sarah Palinism. They do a good job with straight reporting of the news surrounding Palin. Today, her lawyers filed papers straight out of the Karl Rove University’s course called Attack One’s Opponent 101.

Palin accuses Monegan of insubordination
TROOPERGATE: Governor’s lawyer attempts to clear her of misconduct in the firing.

By WESLEY LOY
wloy@adn.com

(09/16/08 00:36:15)
Walt Monegan lost his job as public safety director because he resisted Gov. Sarah Palin’s budget policies and showed “outright insubordination,” say papers the governor’s lawyer filed Monday with the state Personnel Board.

It was Palin’s strongest effort yet to snuff allegations she sacked Monegan because he refused to fire a state trooper involved in an ugly divorce with the governor’s sister.

Along with the papers filed Monday were a slew of e-mails from the governor’s office purporting to show Monegan’s “rogue mentality” as a member of Palin’s Cabinet.

In one message, the governor’s budget director, Karen Rehfeld, wrote that she was “stunned and amazed” that Monegan appeared to be working with a powerful state legislator, Anchorage Republican Rep. Kevin Meyer, to seek funding for a project Palin previously had vetoed.

To coincide with Monday’s filing, spokesmen for the Republican national ticket of John McCain and Palin, his vice presidential running mate, held an Anchorage press conference touting the “important new information” they said cleared Palin of misconduct in what has come to be known as Troopergate.

Monegan, reached Monday at his Chugiak home, said he was dismayed at the attack on his record as Palin’s public safety commissioner.

“In my mind, I’ve always been a team player,” he said.

He chalked up Palin’s filing to an old adage: “The best defense is a good offense.”

State legislators have hired a former state prosecutor to investigate whether Palin or her aides abused their powers in the Troopergate affair, which has attracted national media attention because of the governor’s fast political rise.

Last week, a legislative committee voted to issue more than a dozen subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify. Palin won’t get one, but her husband, Todd, will.

Ed O’Callaghan, a spokesman for the McCain-Palin campaign, said Monday the governor is “unlikely to cooperate” with the investigation.

The Palins have complained for years that state trooper Mike Wooten is still on the force, and the papers filed Monday again pound on the trooper’s “documented acts of violence and other improper conduct,” including what Palin contends was a threat to kill her father.

‘PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY’

The governor’s lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, argues in a 19-page brief that even if the governor had asked Monegan flatly to fire Wooten — which she denies doing — that wouldn’t constitute a violation of the state Ethics Act “because the public generally shares a common interest in public order and safety.”

The filing includes a July 17, 2007, e-mail Palin sent to Monegan in which she complains that a proposal to ban gun sales to people who make death threats wouldn’t stop her former brother-in-law, Wooten, from carrying a gun.

“Amazing,” the e-mail says. “And he’s still a trooper, and he still carries a gun, and he still tells anyone who will listen that he will ‘never work for that b—-‘ (me) because he has such anger and distain (sic) towards my family.”

Van Flein filed the papers in support of the governor’s request that the Personnel Board drop an ethics complaint that Palin lodged against herself on Sept. 2.

Wooten’s union also has filed an ethics complaint against Palin.

The papers filed Monday accuse Monegan, during his time as public safety commissioner, of “an escalating pattern of insubordination on budget and other key policy issues.”

THE LAST STRAW

In pursuing his own goals for the Department of Public Safety, Monegan “sought out the governor’s political opponents behind her back,” Van Flein wrote, and in December 2007 he “unilaterally orchestrated a press conference” on his budget with state Sen. Hollis French, an Anchorage Democrat who is leading the Troopergate investigation.

On May 7 of this year, Randy Ruaro, the governor’s deputy chief of staff, complained in an e-mail to Rehfeld, the budget director, that Monegan’s department “is constantly going off the reservation.”

“The last straw” leading up to Monegan’s firing, Van Flein wrote, was Monegan’s planned trip to Washington, D.C., to seek funding for a new, multimillion-dollar sexual assault initiative the governor hadn’t yet approved.

Monegan, in an interview Monday, said that the papers the governor’s lawyer filed are selective and he’s provided other documentation to the legislative investigator, Steve Branchflower, that will provide a more balanced portrayal of his time as commissioner.

As for why he was fired, Monegan said he believes it was his failure to fire trooper Wooten.

“Sadly, yes, I do,” he said, citing the July 17, 2007, e-mail as the sort of tacit pressure he said he received repeatedly from Palin and her husband.