tributegate

This just in from the “Washington Post”…. In her short time serving as Governor of Alaska, Palin accepted over $25,000 in gifts and “tributes” from corporate interests and lobbyists. Here’s a clip:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has made a crackdown on gift-giving to state officials a centerpiece of her ethics reform agenda, has accepted gifts valued at $25,367 from industry executives, municipalities and a cultural center whose board includes officials from some of the largest mining interests in the state, a review of state records shows…

I bet she wishes that she could go back in time to when all anyone cared about were her funky glasses, her daughter’s illegitimate baby, and those bikini photos she wanted us to believe were of her.

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17 Comments

  1. ytown, publius, namaroo, resident republican
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    no comment

  2. Paw
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Yeah, but this is just half the story. You don’t know what kind of “maverick” stuff she was going to do with it. Maybe she was going to take one of those expensive pieces of jewelery and use it in some kind of “maverick” way, like a “maverick” would.

  3. designated republican
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I know that it must be tiring, but reading to the end of the article can be enlightening.

  4. Posted September 26, 2008 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    I read to the end. I still think she sucks.

  5. Robert
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I know it may be a lot of work for you, designated republican, but maybe you can cut and paste the part of the article you’re so anxious for everyone to read.

  6. designated republican
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Robert,
    I followed Mark’s link (above).

  7. Robert
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Too much work huh?

  8. Robert
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    I know you hate specifics, designated republican, but maybe you could dig through that article and find the ones you like so much. I know it’s “hard work” and all, but maybe you can roll up your sleeves like Dubya does when they want him to give the visual impression that he actually does something.

    I’m suspecting that you may have just been using the popular republican tactic of implying something and relying on nobody asking you for specifics. This way, you give the impression that you have some counter point. Republicans quite often rely on the bluff.

  9. Brackache
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    An ivory puffin mask.

  10. Posted September 26, 2008 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Yes! That’s exactly what I was going to say. An ivory puffin mask.

  11. mark
    Posted September 27, 2008 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    I think I have a new fetish.

  12. Brackache
    Posted September 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    What do you even do with all that useless junk she got?

    Mrs. Palin: oh look honey, they gave us an ivory puffin mask!

    (mutual laughter)

    Mr. Palin: Gee dear, this deserves a real place of honor, like in the fucking trash!

    Mrs. Palin: Yeah, but it’s ivory. We can’t just throw it away or give it to goodwill or something. What the fuck is a poor person going to do with an ivory puffin mask?

    Mr. Palin: What the fuck are WE going to do with an ivory puffin mask?

    (mutual laughter)

    Mr. Palin again: Fuck it, let’s just put it in the box in the attic with the grass fan or whatever that stupid ass eskimo bullshit thing is.

    Mrs. Palin: I hate this shit. In the Roman Empire, Governors used to get lions, tigers, and sexy slaves as tribute, and I get a goddamn ivory puffin mask and I tacky-ass platinum dream-catcher.

  13. rick
    Posted September 27, 2008 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Did Obama list the bracelet he got from Sgt. Ryan David Jopek’s mother as a gift?

  14. Brackache
    Posted September 27, 2008 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    This is the best one I could find.

  15. Brackache
    Posted September 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Our new national bird.

    The minnows are terrorists.

  16. Posted September 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    So, uh, my suspicions were correct? Designated republican WAS bluffing?

    It reminds me of a line from that infamous Steven Colbert gig at the National Press Club dinner a few years back. Remember when he made the comment that people have more nerve endings in their gut than in their brain. Then he said, “It’s true! If you don’t believe me, look it up.” Then he said, “Ok, I know a lot of you out there are thinking, ‘I did just now look it up, and it’s not true.’ Well, that’s because you looked it up in book, and not in your gut!”

    Given your history, designated republican, you can’t exactly expect anyone to trust you on your word. You folks do a lot of bluffing (or as old fashioned/true conservative/non-PC types like myself like to call it, ‘lying’). If you ever believe yourself to be in the position of actually having a provable point, you may want to provide that supposed proof up front. Because, you see, at this point, you have about as much credibility as that idiot you call a president.

    As far as I can tell, there’s no wonderful news in the article about Palin which counters the impression its title gives. However, I do think there’s nothing very extraordinary about the amount of gifts she’s received as governor…well, except for the fact that she goes around pretending to be some kind of reformer in that sense.

    As for Rick’s comment above, the value of the bracelet Obama received from Sgt. Jopek’s mother is almost entirely sentimental. It has almost no monetary value. It should also be pointed out that the Jopek’s have no conflict of interest business relationship with Senator Obama or the US government. That’s sort of the only point of all the questions in gift giving to public officials. I can see how this might escape a Republican these days. However, Rick, despite all this, you may be excited to know that Sgt. Jopek’s mother has expressed a wish that her son’s name not be used in campaign speeches. At least that’s how I understand it (See the link above). She still supports Obama, but would just prefer her son’s memory not be cheapened through its use as political fodder. So for that I think the Senator should stop mentioning it.

  17. Posted September 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    While you will get no argument out of me that the Republicans have cornered the market on lies and bullshit, the Democrats have had their moments. Bill Clinton makes a living at it.

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