Dept. of Misplaced Outrage

Geoffrey Dunn, one of Huff Po’s countless bloggers, has a tantrum over an SI piece on former veepcake Todd Palin and the “Iron Dog” snowmobile race in Alaska. Dunn writes:

Palin’s portrayed as a man of the outdoors, all wrench and testoserone. One would never know that Palin played a central — and troubling — role in his wife’s Troopergate scandal and that he had his fingerprints all over a host of other government controversies.

Indeed one of the findings last fall by the state’s Legislative Council was that Sarah Palin had “wrongfully permitted Todd Palin to use the governor’s office…to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper [Mike] Wooten fired.”

Nor is there any mention of the fact that Palin was hit with a contempt citation by the Alaska Legislature only a few weeks before the start of the race and that as many as a 1,000 state emails copied to him are the focal point in a legal suit brought by government watchdog and former Palin ally, Andree McLeod, demanding their release to the public. That court decision is still pending.

I carry no water for the Palin clan, but “one would never know” these things because it’s a piece in Sports Illustrated, and it focuses, predictably and appropriately enough, on Todd Palin’s sporting endeavors. If you’re jonesing for political truth-telling of that nature, then try a political rag. Better yet, try the archives of a political rag because October of last year was about the last time anyone outside of Alaska cared about Todd Palin’s misdeeds.


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