A day or so later, Salon's Glenn Greenwald posted on this incident.
Greenwald's newest post is titled "The Bush/McCain/Palin contempt for subpoenas and the rule of law" and begins with Palin's husband's refusal to obey a subpoena to testify. This is a crime in this republic, which if Palin's husband's group had had its way, would NOT include Alaska.
After a lengthy, serious discussion, the likes of which have endeared Greenwald before to lovers of America's constitution and republic, he says this:
And it's that precise anti-democratic mentality -- "the people don't need any say in what our Government does; it's best if the President rules without any political accountability" -- that has enabled Bush officials and now their would-be GOP successors simply to decide that they're above the law and that they can exempt themselves from investigation and accountability.
It ought to be striking to read an article that reports this:
(a) X is illegal under the law, punishable with fines and prison;
(b) Political official P just announced that s/he will do X;
(c) The reason is that P knows there will be no consequences for X.
That's the elimination of the rule of law and core democratic processes expressed in elementary logical terms, and that's what the AP just reported yesterday about the Palins' refusal to comply with subpoenas, and what media outlets have been reporting for years about what Bush officials have done. But it's not striking. It's now the standard way our lawless government functions.
The wingnuts have been hysterical with outrage over someone's invading Sarah Palin's privacy, and they are demanding arrest, fines, and imprisonment for the "liberals" behind it, but they totally forgive documented instances of the current administration's widespread use of illegal wiretapping and similar practices.
THIS is why we need to elect someone other than John McCain, who promises to be even Bushier than Bush.