I was skimming through the Palin news today, and there seem to be a few people who "have had it up to here and just aren't gonna take it anymore!" The political equivalent of "Mooooom, Palin's pickin' on me!"
What's that line about being able to dish it out but not being able to take it?
From the ADN:
Former Gov. Sarah Palin's book, "Going Rogue," blames her first legislative director for moves early in her term that helped poison her relationship with state lawmakers. But the ex-aide, John Bitney, calls Palin's account a fabrication and said he wishes his former boss would leave him alone.The ADN article goes on to say that Palin's larger point was that Bitney blundered things with the legislature. Is that true? Don't ask me, how should I know? That's the problem with these his-word-against-hers scenarios.
"I'm just pilloried right and left and turned into the big bad wolf here for stuff I didn't do," said Bitney, who is now an aide to Valdez Republican Rep. John Harris. "It's like I'm this fictional character that she's decided to make me out to be this sort of incompetent slob."
Palin's lawyer, Tom Van Flein, responded in an e-mail that Bitney and others have been talking about "their perceptions of, and distortions about" Palin for more than a year, since after she was chosen as Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate.
" 'Going Rogue' is Sarah Palin's book to set the record straight. It is her right to speak about the events that occurred in her administration and neither Mr. Bitney nor anyone else has the right to stifle that speech," Van Flein said. "The statements in 'Going Rogue' speak for themselves, and it is Sarah Palin's turn to get the truth out there after a year of misrepresentations, half-truths and dissembling by her critics."
Bitney is now swinging back hard at Palin, agreeing to appear over the weekend on a television show hosted by one of the former governor's most vocal critics in Alaska, blogger Shannyn Moore. Bitney was on a panel of others slammed in "Going Rogue" that included Palin nemesis Andrew Halcro and Anne Kilkenney, who wrote a long e-mail critical of Palin's leadership in Wasilla that was forwarded around the country during the presidential campaign last year.
Moore asked Bitney if Palin is sane. Bitney's response: "Is a sociopath sane?"
I will say this in defense of both parties - people often see things differently. I know this from my own work environment. I've had issues with colleagues where their version of the story is completely different than mine. Every one sees things from their own perspective. And I did think that John was trying to be fair in his interviews about Sarah so far. I guess that's why the book threw me for a loop on that one. But I wasn't there, I don't know what happened, I'm not going to pretend like I do. Moving on....
And then we have Trooper Wooten. Wooten, the big, bad Trooper who got crushed in a child-proof van door. Oh, you have heard that story, right?
Geoffrey Dunn - Huffington Post blogger who specializes in half-truths, also has a Palin book coming out next year, and has been photographed palling around with the likes of Gryphen, Trig-Truther extradordinaire - has an article on the HuffPost detailing Trooper Mike Wooten's new outrage at Palin:
According to Wooten, Palin and her father, Chuck Heath Sr., have "interfered with my life--and my children's lives--for at least the last five years. And it is still going on. I'm done with it."Hmmmmmm, his outrage sounds remarkably similar to Levi's.
I would give these people more credibility if they didn't show up with the likes of Shannyn Moore and Rex Butler, or if they weren't going to sue over being caught in a childproof door.
But again, whatever. I go back to Van Flein:
" 'Going Rogue' is Sarah Palin's book to set the record straight. It is her right to speak about the events that occurred in her administration and neither Mr. Bitney nor anyone else has the right to stifle that speech," Van Flein said. "The statements in 'Going Rogue' speak for themselves, and it is Sarah Palin's turn to get the truth out there after a year of misrepresentations, half-truths and dissembling by her critics."If it ever does end up in court, no worries, the only place Dunn's half-truths hold any water is in the world of the Huffington Post. In a court of law they'd be torn to shreds.
These, ladies and gentlemen, are the heroes of the Left. The likes of Trooper Wooten, Andree McLeod, and Levi Johnston. No wonder they hate Sarah Palin.
I'm just going to throw in an interesting video. It's an interview with a former Alaskan politician about Sarah Palin: