Is it me, or is a statewide tip line being set up for calls and information about potential abuse of power allegations, with Sarah Palin and members of her staff and her husband caught telling big, fat lies about their involvement in "abuse of power" allegations in the midst of a family custody wrangle a fairly big deal when you are looking at a running mate? Or where there are allegations of a wrongful firing to spite the man who wouldn’t fire her former brother-in-law?

Doesn’t this all sound like an episode of Dr. Phil gone wild rather than a presidential campaign?

Whatever the personal angle in all of this, the public interest question ought to be asked whether or not Palin was using the power of her office to settle a personal score, and whether said actions constituted a misuse of public funds, resources or otherwise distracted from the duties of her office and those of her employees involved in the ensuing mess.

Isn’t this about as basic a vetting question as you get in a Veep selection process?

"Are you currently or have you ever been involved in a criminal and/or civil investigation of wrongdoing? Do you have any depositions forthcoming in any legal matters? Have ethics questions arisen during your tenure in elected office which resulted in any investigative matter being opened? If so, please describe."

I mean, honestly, any vetting process at all should have uncovered something this basic, shouldn’t it? If, in fact, there was any vetting process other than "she’s my soulmate, let’s pick her."

And if John McCain and his staff are so sloppy that they missed something that has been all over the evening news and newspapers in Alaska? What other corners has McCain been cutting that the public ought to know about? What other really obvious details is McCain missing on an array of other important matters?

How can anyone in America trust McCain’s judgment when he didn’t even bother to do basic homework on something as important as selecting his VP candidate?

(YouTube of Alaska newscast raising serious questions of Sarah Palin’s veracity in public statements via TPM.)

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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