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September 18th, 2008
04:59 PM ET

Palin’s Cooperation: Does it matter?

Governor Sarah Palin is refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
Governor Sarah Palin is refusing to cooperate with the investigation.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin is refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

Palin's office claims Monegan was let go for insubordination. Monegan says it's because he wouldn't fire a state trooper named Mike Wooten.

Three years ago that trooper was in the middle of an ugly divorce from Sarah Palin's sister. Monegan says Palin pressured him to fire Wooten. Palin denies that. Monegan ended up losing his job.

Alaska lawmakers have been looking into this matter since July. It has been a bipartisan investigation and Palin had originally agreed to cooperate. But not anymore.

The Alaska Attorney General, who was appointed by Palin, said yesterday the governor has "declined to participate" in the investigation.

Here’s my question to you: How much do you care whether Sarah Palin cooperates in the trooper investigation?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Paul writes:
Jack, it's probably the most important thing in the current political race, so of course I care. If she is found guilty, it will almost certainly spell the end of the Republican ticket, which has recently managed to lie and deceive its way into a tight race with Obama. Thank you for not dropping this story.

Lee from West Virginia writes:
Sarah Palin cannot be a reformer if she is shown to be unethical herself. Sarah Palin cannot claim to be an agent of change if she adopts the Bush-Cheney tactic of withholding evidence, refusing to cooperate, and thumbing her nose at subpoenas - all this after she promised publicly multiple times to welcome the investigation.

JR from Norfolk, Virginia writes:
Not a whit. There never was a story here. The case is disintegrating before our eyes. Move along, rubberneckers. Keep digging in that trash, Jack. The only dirt the liberal mainstream media is getting is on itself.

Lou writes:
Jack, I care a great deal. I'm reminded of the Bush Administration's firing of U.S. Attorneys and the CIA leak scandal. Abuse of Power has been a real issue with the current regime. This isn't change. This is more of the same.

Ryan writes:
If she's such a tough cookie with taking on members of her own party, shouldn't she be confident in standing strong in accusations against her?

Irene from New Jersey writes:
No, it doesn’t matter. There are way too many more important issues to hammer out before November 4.


Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (315 Responses)
  1. Paulette Dallas PA

    Unless she cooperates,I will not trust her and think she has something to hide.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  2. Darlene Phila, PA

    She is acting like a typical republican as far as I'm concerned who believe themselves above the law. She must have something to hide and thus is avoiding the scandal until after the election. Since I believe most people are seeing her for the pathological liar that she is I'm fine with her avoidance, it will catch up to her eventually.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  3. Malka D. Oceanside CA

    they will find out the truth and it shall set her free

    September 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  4. Jayne

    An honorable person with nothing to hide would cooperate with the investigation, especially after stating she would. What's she hiding? McCain/Palin looks more and more like Bush/Cheney every day.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  5. just a voter in Kansas

    I don't care at all, one way or the other. I wouldn't be voting for her, however it comes out.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  6. Linda in Bisbee, AZ

    It's just an indication of her guilt. I hope she refuses to cooperate forever. I want to read her private email account with Yahoo, where she conducted governmental business so she could preemptively keep things secret. The next thing after a subpoena is an indictment. She probably thinks if she gets to be vp, she'll be safe. She's probably correct.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  7. Terry of Iowa

    Yes it does matter; we continue to have leaders that believe they are above the law. If she’s innocent, then she has nothing to worry about. If she’s not, then she needs to pay for her transgressions. If the system is to work, then it needs to work for everyone.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  8. Kurt , FL

    NOPE

    September 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  9. Jon Lamont

    The McCain campaign's effort to shut down this investigation only raises suspicions that there's something disqualifying out there concerning Gov. Palin. Moreover, after eight years of "unitary executive" and "executive privilege", this is simply more evidence that John McCain equals George Bush.

    Preston, CT

    September 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  10. Mark - Asheville, NC

    As you know, she is not cooperating with the political inquest, which was ignited by two Dem members of the AK legislature, probably at the behest of the Obama campaign, but WILL cooperate with the proper channels of inquiry. So it's not a matter of cooperating or not cooperating. The uproar over this matter is political, and most voters will recognize it as such.

    Will it affect me? As I have said many times I really do not want either ticket, but I really, really do not want Obama to win for reasons I have spelled out here repeatedly. Palin is somewhat more qualifed than Obama, but neither should be running for the offices for which they were nominated. The whole thing is a joke – there are thousands of persons out there who are far more qualified!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  11. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    Sara Palin will never get my vote, but she may get my respect if she behaves like she cares about the laws of our country and the constitution.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  12. Mike Smith, New Orleans LA

    It doesn't matter Jack. Good Republicans never answer subpoenas or cooperate with investigations into their corruption. It's a Republican family value.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  13. Peter Whiteley

    I care that anyone no matter who is able to ignore a supena and appear to be above the law The fact that it is Sarah Palin means nothing as she is just another floozie who will be yesterdays news by the 6th of November

    September 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, Washington ST

    It does not help her credibility, but I did not think she had any from the git go.
    What is really telling is all the pressure being put on EVERYONE IN AND AROUND THE PALIN ISSUE IN ALASKA. THEY ARE BEING TOTALLY INTIMIDATED AND TOLD NOT TO TALK BY THE MC CAIN PEOPLE AND IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING THERE..... Freedom of speech seems to be a problem now in our NEW young state.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  15. fred

    Since neither Cheney nor George Bush cooperated in separate interviews by 9/11 Commission, Palin must then demonstrate a
    change in policy by her cooperating.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  16. BillD

    Heck yes it matters! So far she's been just like Bush and Cheney (without the executive privilege part) she answers to no one. When she does answer it's with a lie, a half-truth, or a lie of omission. I'm tired of politicians who consider themselves above scrutiny.

    Bill D
    Champaign, IL

    September 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  17. Steve C

    I believe everyone cares. I would ask this question. Does the country want to have a person in the White House that does not belive or have faith in the American legal system? She can run, but she can not hide!

    Steve,
    Laguna Niguel, CA

    September 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  18. Betty Jane Riverview, FL

    Of course I care... why won't she cooperate? It I were being investigated I'd have to cooperate... what makes her so special?? She won't talk to the media, won't cooperate with investigators and the list goes on and on. Something's outa line here... where is that straight talk express she jumped on???

    September 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  19. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    Does not matter to me. Just more proff she is Dickk Cheney with lipstick...oops I mean a dress.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  20. Steve, Chicago IL

    Jack,

    Her stonewalling the investigation reminds me of Bush League Justice.

    She wanted to cooperate before she was the VP pick, and now ever since she and the McCain camp have done everything they could to stop it.

    We don't need anymore crooks in the White House. Eight years was enough.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  21. Jay Tee

    This is a matter about trust. How can we trust her in the large goverment when won't even cooperate with the local governement?

    September 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  22. Lori in MI

    I am outraged that the GOP is trying to prevent Palin from cooperating in the investigation. It proves how the Republicans continue to be mistrusted when Palin originally told them that she would cooperate fully. I guess it's just too much to ask that we have an honest government for a change.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  23. scott s. hughes

    Jack,

    You might want to think about why Obama and McCain are close. I have a clue.... OBAMA IS A FAR LEFT LIB like you! It may not be about race unless you keep making it about it.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  24. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    I don't care if she cooperates or not. However, I do hope and care that her corruption/lies catch up with her and then McCain will be forced to remove her from the ticket. She's a dangerous woman in so many ways.

    I'm sure the Republican spin machine will come to her rescue though.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  25. Bruce St Paul MN

    Its disturbing because it is part of a bigger picture. Since we've only been told that she is a maverick reformer, and everything else is supposed to be none of our business, we are left to draw conclusions from what little we know. Her stonewalling makes it seem likely that she fired a guy for not going along with her family retribution wishes. Add that to the story of firing a librarian who was not open to book banning and a pattern starts to emerge. Now add up all the little white lies about the bridge, Iraq, Ireland, earmarks, and you end up wondering if she is really a hockey mom. The even more bothersome aspect is the attitude that she does bot need to respond to legal inquiry. Is this some sort of oath they take when they run under the Republican banner? The McCain lawyers buzzing around the case reminds me of the swarm that tied the Florida recount up with "legal actions" until it was too late to matter. I hate to see that sort of tactic succeed. It seems sort of, well, unamerican.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  26. Mike from NYC

    Care about what?

    September 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  27. Marc, Canada

    Jack

    It's human nature to think the worst when someone refuses to cooperate. My dad always told me if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about.

    A bigger concern might be a Governor of a state using Yahoo to communicate official business. It showed poor judgment on Sarah Palin's part. It showed a lack of understanding of how the world communicates and the need to use discretion and consider all potential ramifications of one's actions.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  28. Isaac (Boston)

    Jack-

    Political figures are not above the law–they must follow subpoenas and not obstruct justice just like the rest of us. If she cooperates, then most of us would assume she's innocent until proven guilty. Since she is not, then what are we supposed to deduce? Not only does it appear she is probably guilty and is attempting to cover it up, she is in parallel with Cheney, et. al. in completely disregarding the legal system. Neither of them should be allowed to do that and both should be punished for their lack of cooperation.

    -Isaac

    September 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  29. Rebecca in SC

    "Troopergate" is important because it speaks to how Ms Palin would govern should she succeed to the presidency. After the Political firings of Attorneys and the illegal political screening of civil service candidates, we don't want the same sort of abuse of power in a new administration. If, as she has said, Gov. Palin has done nothing wrong, You'd think she would want to get the matter behind her rather than leave the question open. The McCain campaign's claiming that an investigation begun before she was VP candidate and moved forward in committees with Republican majorities is somehow a partisan witchhunt just makes it look worse.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  30. LaWanda from S.C.

    The entire world should care. We need to know about the people who potentally will oversee us as a nation. Palin's background is a bit suspicious. As a public figure and a professional, she should be more that willing to cooperate with authorities surrounding this case just for the sake of the American people. If not, you have to wonder what is she really trying to hide behind those windshield whippers for glasses.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  31. Deb n Texas

    She needs to cooperate or we can just associate Palin and McCain with the corrupt Bush administration even more. THis will surely be more of the SAME WITH PALIN AND MCCAIN.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  32. mike housley

    Jack; As you are one of the few straight shooters out there, surely you can't stand by and accept all this nonsense from Palin. Now she's saying that God is directing her. I am used to the b.s. that all sides dish out at election time-the same thing goes on in Canada- but her lies, distortions and simplicity is beyond anything we have seen before. Tell it like it is! She could not possibly be qualified to be President in the event McCain didn't last.
    No time for political correctness on this one.
    Mike
    Toronto

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  33. Kevin in Boston

    How much does it matter to you Jack? Just drop it and move on.
    Real America dosen't care.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  34. Phil P. in NJ

    Jack, Palin is the one talking about transperency in government. Here's her chance to either put up or shut up. If Palin has nothing to hide, then she will cooperate. If Palin does not cooperate, then she looks guilty as sin.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  35. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    Jack, I do believe the way Gov. Palin handles "Trooper-gate" this situation speaks volumes about her veracity and character. Shouldn't we as Americans, be able to say, 'we've had enough of lying and abuse of power". I for one, am ready to try something new.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  36. Mike, Syracuse NY

    The guy who was allegedly fired for not firing the state trooper admitted in a CNN interview that he was never told to fire him. So if he was never told to fire the trooper, how did he get that idea, by Vulcan mind meld? There should be no investigation.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  37. Jim

    Jack,

    It certainly matters to the trooper, and it should matter to the people of Alaska. It reeks of cover-up and the kind of non-cooperation for which the Bush/Cheney administration have become notorious.It matters because it clearly shows that she's yet another conservative republican politician who believes she is beyond the reach of the law.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  38. Doreen, Cornelia Georgia

    Jack,
    Its not so much that I care what the outcome of the investigation is as much as the McSame campaign screaming from the top of their lungs "We need transparency in goveernment". Apparently they mean only if it doesn't have anything to do with their business. Face it, Bush and his cronies didn't cooperate and they won't either. Again, it's just more of the same.

    Doreen
    Cornelia, Georgia

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  39. JR in Norfolk VA

    Not a whit. There never was a story here. The case is disintegrating before our eyes. Move along, rubberneckers. Keep digging in that trash, Jack – the only dirt the liberal MSM is getting is on itself!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  40. Jim, Belgrade, Maine

    Gov Palin seems to have trouble cooperating with anyone, even her running mate. Today in Cedar Rapids she referred to the "Palin-McCain Ticket." Now she wants top billing! Troopergate is the least of the Palin ... oops, I mean the McCain campaign's problems.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  41. Jackie in Dallas

    I care a LOT. By accusing the investigation of being "tainted" even though is was called for by her own state's representatives, saying first that she would cooperate, but then, after reading her Karl Rove playbook, deciding not to, and blaming the Obama team for what a mess it is, I'd say the moose-hunting bulldog in lipstick needs to live up to what she promised and take her lumps. If this were a Democrat, she wouldn't even stand a chance, but the Republicans are keeping her in bubblewrap so the bubble doesn't burst. Looks like her high heels did that anyway!

    Give it up, Sarah! It wouldn't matter how many Democrats were on the investigation team if there was nothing there to find!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  42. Rochelle, Snellville, GA

    Are you kidding me Jack? YES! More times over than I can count!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  43. Iris, GA

    No, Jack........Palin is a none issue. Obama/Bieden '08.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  44. Victoria from Cleveland

    I care a great deal as I am so tired of the secrecy with the current VP. Don't they see how bad it looks? She brings up putting the state checkbook on line for all to see and she did agree to cooperate earlier – so what is the problem? We see the same Bush policies, politics, and now practices of deception. The excuse she(her lawyer) now gives for the firing is even worse. Read the Anchorage paper to see what people in Alaska think of all this.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  45. Gary D Rhodes

    A little less than I care who wins the world cup.

    Gary D Rhodes
    Spokane

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  46. Karyn

    I thought she was on record stating she 'welcomed the investigation'....but not so suprisingly, she has decided not to.

    .......now, certainly, 'if she has nothing to hide'...you know, that famous saying WE get when we complain about the wiretapping thing.....

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  47. Janice Illinois

    The campaigns handling of this investigation for Sarah Palin shows that they are not about change. It reminds me of the "art of Executive Privilege:" the Bush Adminstration has sucessfully used for 7 years. Enough is enough.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  48. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Yes – it's giving me insight as to how the two of them (the repubs) would run this country.

    – Secrecy (cover-ups maybe?)
    – Refuse to cooperate with any level of law enforcement/investigation
    – Lie to us over and over even after their lies are proven to be lies
    – Divisiveness

    Want more? I don't want to hog all the space.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  49. joe providence R.I.

    Hi jack, I care very much if a politician running for the second highest job in the land is trying to hide or avoid an ivestigation. what's to hide, i've always felt where's thiers smoke thiers fire.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  50. Terri from Virginia

    It speaks to her character. She and the McCain campaign are proving they are like the Bush administration. They believe laws and policy apply to everyone but them. How many times was this phrase used recently-"Those who have nothing to hide, hide nothing". Something smells funny in Denmark as the old saying goes.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  51. David W

    McCain & Palin spend everyday telling us they are mavericks and "Agents of Change." Three months ago Sarah Palin said she would cooperate in the investigation and had nothing to hide. Now she refuses to cooperate and she's having Republican attorneys try to block subpeonas issued to her staffers?? Haven't we seen this before?? Has James Baker been dispatched to Alaska and we haven't found out yet??

    If she has nothing to hide – cooperate. End of story. Enough is enough.

    David W from Palm Springs CA

    September 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  52. NORA, Gainesville, FLORIDA

    Of course it matters. She is ONLY running for the second highest office in America!! That is why I can't understand how many Americans still have their head in the sand regarding making Palin live up to be honest. Palin OWES the American people that much if she does nothing else.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  53. Annie Kraft Naples FL

    of course it does; not cooperating raises more questions about her and what she is hiding...she was, as far as I am concerned, never vetted and only chosen to make a big splash with conservatives and women for votes

    September 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  54. Annie, Atlanta

    This is a disgrace. John McCain sends in operatives to shut down this investigation, which tells me that he and Palin both think our country's laws don't apply to them. Remind you of anyone?

    September 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  55. Ryan -Galesburg, IL

    I care very little. The campaign has already shown itself to be petty, manipulative, and dishonest. We already have a president that lives operates at this level, and I'm completely sicked by it.

    They keep claiming that troopergate is politically motivated. If that was the case, they should bring it out into the open and prove their case.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  56. Katiec Pekin, IL

    I care alot. She campaigns on honesty and transparency in
    government but stoops to the Bush/Cheny/Rove
    sleezy politics.
    Transparency none, honesty, hmm , how do you mean that
    Charlie?
    We have had enough secrecy these last almost eight years.
    If you cannot be an open book when running for office
    than you should not run.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  57. Adam

    Obviously we do not know all of the details of this case but its always been my view that if you don't have anything to hide, why not cooperate. Trying to pin it on the Democrats as a tainted investigation just leads me to believe something is seriously wrong and they are trying to hide it. If she is not really at fault as she says, why not let the facts prove it for her?

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  58. Joe, VA

    Bad, Bad sign Jack. If Sarah Palin's not going to cooperate with the
    troopers, how's she going to cooperate with the people and the
    president. I can see it now. Palin trying to fire John McCain for not
    firing Nancy Pelosi. Then pistol whipping him in the oval office for
    not drilling for oil in ANWAR.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  59. phil, jersey

    Yes it does Matter!! She is supposed to be such a maverick with nothing to hide. Then she should boldly face the indictment ,clear her name with integrity while trying to get one of the highest jobs in the land. Or will they just try to push this under the carpet, like all of the other Bush-republican scandals and lies.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  60. Frank from Peterborough

    This will only conern people who don't think elected officials are above the law and have a license to ignore the processes laid out in your constitution. Apparently that only equates to about half of your citizens having any concerns about the integrity of their government.

    Lies and cover ups are the trademark of your present administration and your judicial system is one of the most corrupt in the free world.

    The Palin/McCain ticket has signed on to this political philosophy and seem to be doing okay with it so I guess most people feel it's in their best interest to be kept in the dark and fed lots bull.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  61. realist

    Yes. But sice the WH Counsel seems willing to stonewall every investigation, effectively hijacking democacy built on checks and balances, it angers me to no end. yet I also know Counsel Fielding is totally corrupt and beholden to inside the beltway power, so i expect it to continue. And I expect the Dems such as Pelosi and Rangel to pick up right where the Repigs left off. We should just fence in Capitol Hill and call it the Federal Pen. The US people have taken enough from out of touch politicians, who act as though we are sll stupid. It;s time to push back Jack!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  62. Maureen / CA

    I am an Obama supporter. If he were accused of these things, I would expect him to step up to the plate and do the responsible thing. I do expect Palin to answer questions asked of her in this investigation. Palin hiding and avoiding this issue only makes her look even more dishonest than she has already been proven to be during this campaign. Palin is not above the law.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  63. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    First she said she welcomed the investigation, now she is not going to cooperate, I think she has told us all we need to know. Her refusal shouts out loud and clear, she is hiding something! Typical republican move, no wonder they say she is more like Bush then McCain. This is right out of the Bush/Rove playbook, she learned really quick.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  64. D. Armstrong for Obama-Biden

    Jack, I think anyone with half a brain should care why she's not cooperating. It clearly shows just how corrupt the White House would be if Americans are stupid enough to vote on gender and race rather than the issues. America cannot see the reality behind the very words that come out of their mouths at their McCain-Palin rallies. She's an advocate for big Oil Companies, and the rich. He is just plain for the "Rich. I'm sure every Donald Trump will be voting for their tax plan!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  65. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    I am outraged! She is no different than anyone else in this country, and if a state government is calling you in for an interview, or a subpoena, you had better go. She has to account for her behavior with transparency, or she needs to go! (transparency will probably ensure that she goes). If Palin is subpoenaed by a bipartisan unanimous vote with a majority of Republicans to Alaska to be interviewed, and she does not go, In my opinion, a US Marshall should be sent out to bring her back in cuffs. That is what the US Marshalls would do to anyone else.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  66. mariel

    It matters. If she acted unethically or broke the law, she should be held accountable to the fullest because it involves taxpayer's dollars.

    Just by not cooperating, and throwing monkey wrenches into the investigation with legal wrangling, she is admitting guilt.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  67. Christine, Baltimore

    It doesn't matter how much she cooperates. The McCain-Palin ticket represent lies, double talk and say anything politics. She refuses to speak with the press or answer questions from voters. I'm suprised anyone campaigning for public office is afforded such a shield. Her lack of cooperation in this probe is just another example.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  68. Brad Mahoney

    The "adults" in this country wouldn't take this drivel from their children, but they allow Palin to set this hideous public example of avoiding the truth. Isn't this what the Republicans were so upset about with President Clinton?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  69. Hope M. Madisonville, KY

    It shows her character. If she really didn't do anything wrong, then
    why is she not cooperating? If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck,and quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck in lipstick.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  70. Precious Coker

    Yes, it is very necessary. She is on the "staight talk express", that express has long been derailed by her lies!
    This sarah is as fake as they come and another Dick Chenny in the making.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  71. NANCY

    nope...failing to cooperate is the same as saying i'm guilty. if you werent you'd just lay your cards on the table. smells of a gop cover up to me. just another reason not to trust them or vote for them.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  72. Erica from San Francisco

    This woman seems to get away with a slap on the wrist for everything, so I am not sure it matters. I am appalled that the fact that her husband used to belong to the Alaska Independence Party is not a bigger issue! I mean talk about UNPATRIOTIC when you wanted your state to be its own country. Michelle Obama got hammered over her remark and Todd Palin's affiliation is being thrown under the rug, along with this Troopergate, Rape-kit-gate, lying-gate, animal cruelty-gate, and every other gate that she has managed to bring along with her.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  73. mitchell ,arkansaw

    why should she be any different than bush/cheney and their administration? people across the nation should just stop complying with subpoenas. how the hell are these people getting away with being above the law?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  74. martha S ample

    LIES,, LIES, LIES, NEED I SAY MORE
    ,
    RICHMOND VIRGINIA

    September 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  75. Ross Grogan

    I feel like she is a female Dick Cheney, some one that abuses their power, breaking the law and then does everything to hinder an investigation. Have we not learned anything over the last 8 years or have we just gotten us to it. What abuse of power will occur when she is VP and god forbid President!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  76. Carl

    Maybe she should like every other citizen is expected to.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  77. oliver--Canyon Lake

    Lies, Lies and more Lies. After 8 years of Bush/Cheney how in the world can the American people put up with this kind none sense. If she has nothing to hide, then why parachute Bush lawyers into Alaska to get this squashed. I don't trust this woman period!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  78. Clarence (Riverside, CA)

    I really don't care one way or the other, I am not going to vote for that ticket anyway, but if she think that she can ge away without cooperating, she won't. This is an example of how open that administration will be if elected to run the country.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  79. Marty

    It matters because the case is about ethics and transparency in government, something that has been missing at the federal level for the last 8 years. By not cooperating, Obama's argument of "more of the same" seems to be right because it gives us all Rove flashbacks.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  80. Bob from Richmond VA

    While there is always some sort of political aspect to these types of investigations, I don't think Palin and McCain are doing themselves any favors by trying to make it go away. It is particularly interesting that she was willing to testify before being selected as McCain's VP. Perhaps back then she thought she could weather the storm, but now that the Republicans have put her on this very high pedestal the sordid details might just bring her back down to earth.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  81. Matt in Las Vegas, NV

    I wouldn't vote Republican if you threw me in Abu Ghraib for 100 years.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  82. Nancy K.- Jackson, GA

    Palin should cooperate to show that she has some type of integrity. However, McCain was able to slide through the Keating Five mess without doing any time so Palin obviously thinks she should slide through her mess with the same results. Some people just think they are above the law.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  83. Roy Hankinson

    The investigation was ongoing prior to her selection as VP yet the Democrats are being blamed. If she has nothing to hide, why is she refusing to cooperate? Maybe, just like the Attorney General Gonzales, if she refuses to coopporate, it will go away and the people will forget about it. You've got to love our political system.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  84. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Peronally, I don't care whether Palin cooperates in the investigation or not, John McCain picked Palin. However, it does bring into question John McCain's credibility and judgement when he speaks about "Change" and how Palin is going to "Shakeup Washington".

    September 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  85. Jerry from Jacksonville

    Tell me she is just like Bush and McBush in that they are all liers and can't seem to own up to mistakes, illegal practices and streatching the truth about their opposition as has been pointed out that McCain has done nothing but lie about what he says Obama has done or said. I'm beginning to believe that everything he has said about being a POW is a lie also, what do they call people like McCain , a compulsive lier that has to lie in order to make himself feel like a big man, when in fact is just goes to show that he is still just a little pint sized lier.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  86. Gordon, NJ

    Of course it matters. She gives the appearance of having used her position as Governor to extract revenge in a private dispute. That's unacceptable. It's also unacceptable for her to tell her staff to ignore subpoenas. If she was a Democrat, she would have probably already testified under oath on Capitol Hill.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  87. Pugas-AZ

    What happens in Alaska should stay in Alaska. Do we really care. Palin is getting valuable training for the realities of Washington. You can still learn some of the facts of life while in your fortys.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  88. Marty

    Jack, essentially no, but it does reinforce the idea that she is lying and hiding incriminating information. If Alaskans want to go after her for this, they can do so with their ballots in the next election because it is highly unlikely she'll be the vice president.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  89. David Clark-Colorado Springs

    Who cares if she cooperates! She's obnoxious and boring! She's the face of the facist Evangelicals of Colorado Springs. What does the rest of the world think of America now? We truly are the land of opportunity for anyone. The McBush-Palin ticket proves it. Of all the wonderful minds and talent in our great Nation this is all the GOP can offer? Heaven help us!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  90. steve from durham, nc

    I guess Sarah spends too much time basking on her tanning bed to be transparent abut anything.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  91. Michael - Atlanta

    Jack,
    We can only hope that the truth comes out. It was obvious from all the reports that the abuse of power charges has twists on both sides, but her wrapping herself up in a pseudo Executive privilege is a preview of the next 4 years if elected.
    She is just following in the great tradition of Karl Rove AKA Dr. Evil, Dick Cheney AKA Darth Vader.
    All the Bush people are her top advisers, so what would be expected?
    McSame says that it will be different???
    It is staring off that way and they haven't even been elected yet!!!
    The citizens of this nation really need to wake up!
    If they will not react to his vetting process, his gaffes, his lies, and distortions,
    what will there be left to react to?
    I can only have faith in my fellow Americans to put McSame, and his not funny joke of a VP Candidate out of it’s misery come Nov. 4th by a landslide.
    It is the only way to send a clear message that putting such a pick forward is beyond any common sense and will not be tolerated by the American people.
    Obama / Biden make sense. McShame and Sara “The Pit” do not!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  92. Sheron-in OH

    Jack,
    If she does not cooperate then I say one potato BUSH/cheney two potato Palin/McCain ; we have already had 8 years of that type leadership.
    Palin is at the top of the ticket isnt she -at least FOX want to think so.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  93. Erica, Colorado

    To me it matters a great deal. This is the person who could possibly hold the second most powerful position in the country! What if she did use her status as Governor for her own personal vendetta. What if this man should never have been relieved from his position?! I DO NOT want someone abusing their status for personal gain. Having her and her buddies not cooperate speaks volumes to me.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  94. Linda in Florida

    McCain / Palin is just more of Bush / Cheney

    September 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  95. Ray, Florida

    No Jack!

    Sarah is just getting in a little practice to become Vice President!
    She wants to make Dick proud.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  96. Susan from Georgia

    If she does not cooperate with the investigation it will make me trust her even less. I have yet to hear one truthful statement from this woman in 3 weeks, not have I heard one answer to a question since she was "allowed" to speak on her own. this appears to be a cover up of a more sinister operation that she has let run amok in Alaska, and I have had enough of the Republicans lies and their attempts to make themselves above the law!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  97. Chris Ocean Grove MA

    It's funny when some one who has NOTHING TO HIDE won't let anyone look

    September 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  98. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    When someone has something to hide they usually try to stall the investigation and do not answer any questions about it. I think that is what the governor of Alaska and the McCain campaign is doing. If she did not have anything to fear or hide you would think she would want to get this thing over with as quickly as possible. Things like this can come back and bite you in the rear end. I think that is what is going to happen in this case.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  99. Matthew Welch in Baltimore, MD

    I want Karl Rove to testify. I want Dick Cheney to go to jail. Bush is going back to Texas and Palin will be going back to Alaska. Moral relativism is a sin except when it isn't (i.e. it's ok if you're a republican). Who cares?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  100. Lyn

    Jack ,McSame & Palin should not stop that investigation in Wasilla they are hiding something, it's all lies do they think that we the people are stupid. I am going to vote for OBAMA & BIDEN

    September 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  101. sandy in ohio

    Jack, I think her failure to co-operate just shows what strong Republican values she has. She has shown that she thinks she is above the law like Bush and Cheney and John McCain has shown her the way. The only way she will co-operate is if it is investigated by the personnel board she appointed, but now she won't talk to them either because there are no grounds. Talk about talking out of both sides of your mouth, this woman could negotiate contrats for the mob.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  102. pete in hamilton ont

    ms palin is putting herself above the law, in doing so she is blatantly admitting that she is hiding the truth.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  103. Janice Pound

    Not at all. She's the great pretender. Still repeating the same scripted speech with the same lies. Isn't there conflict when one side of her mouth is fighting big oil, and the other wants them to drill, drill,drill since I can't see her talking to other leaders of the world , and the Mac-Pal ticket basically agree with Bush's policies (by their own words, if you really listen) I'm not voting for that ticket anyway. And our little ole' home-maker ( just like us) ran away from her newborn when she went back to work 3 dys pp. She took no time to care for, bond with, and get to know the baby.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  104. Marie Canada

    Come Jack you can't be a Republican if aren't above the law. The whole world knows this by just watching your system over the past 8 years.

    The fact John McCain is a POW and Sara Palin can see Russia from her house is surely enough credentials to replace the pack of buffoons you have in power at the present time.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  105. Michelle-Florida

    Only if the McCain/Palin ticket hopes to win in November. We, the American public, have grown tired of the secrecy that goes on in Washington. If she has nothing to hide, she should come out of hiding and explain her actions. I hope she's come up with something better than what I heard in the media as for her reason for firing this guy. If she thinks she has problems now, for the public to discover that she fired him because he requested more money to investigate rape cases would blow her chances of doing anything more than visit the White House.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  106. karen in chandler, az

    Really, Jack, all I want that woman to cooperate with is getting out of my life, off my television, out of my newspapers. If she cooperates, you can bet it will be conditional; if she doesn't cooperate, well, surprise, surprise. Just Go, Sarah, Go.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  107. T. Rodney Tatum, South Florida

    Jeffery Toobin alledged that the Palin Troopergate issue was politically motivated. Was she or was she not under investigation before she was considered for the GOP V.P. running mate? If she was, how is this a political issue. Why isn't she in jail for contempt for failing to cooperate like anyone else in this country?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  108. Enida from Boston

    Weather she cooperates or not, the findings will be the same. She used her position for personal reasons and that is a gross flaw of a leader. That is ME first COUNTRY last. She was supposed to replace the Good Ol’ Boy’s club, not take it over.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  109. Carolyn

    Not to me,Jack. Palin has lied so many times,it's hard to believe anything she says now. Palin should read the lipstick on the wall.Enough is enough already!
    Carolyn
    Wakefield,Ma.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  110. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    I care a great deal about on going investigations, the laws that are broken, of sitting politicians. However they all stone wall any investigation until after an election. If they win or lose no one has the guts to finish looking into any criminal activity by the office seeker.

    C.I., New York

    September 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  111. KCLaw

    I don't know enough about the facts to conclude whether this is a breach of Gov. Palin's ethics, or even the law. However I DO know that the way it is being handled up in Alaska STINKS of more Bush White House stonewalling and the crap that brought us into Iraq on lies. So my short answer would be, yes, it does matter to me as it is just more of the same Republican antics that have got us in the mess we are in now.
    And I'm talking not of the economy, but of the constitutional problems we now have from a white house that appropriated powers to itself that are not justified under the constitution.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  112. Craig, Ocala FL

    Jack this is important to me because of the way the current white house is thumbing its nose at all of the investigations. Gov. Palin is not looking to good at the way she is giving this to Bushes team. It seems that Americans expect more open accountability from their goverment. This is not a change from what we have now.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  113. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    Why are they sending all the Republican lawyers up to Alaska to stop this? If all is out in the public, will we really see what she is really all about? She has kept repeating the same things over and over again wherever she goes. Love the bridge to nowhere thing. She should come clean and admit she was really for it. Whatever did she do with the millions she did receive for that bridge?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  114. Andrew Houston TX

    Now I have the perfect reason not pay that speeding ticket.... Biased Radar

    September 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  115. dave from NH.

    Very much, here's a person, that if McCain is elected stands a 1 in 3 chance of actually being president. I think that no stone should go unturned to find out who She really is. Does She have any credibility when it comes to the econmy, national defense, global climate change or any of the other major issues facing our country, so far all I've heard the woman say again and again is the LIE about her stance
    on the bridge to nowhere!

    Dave NH.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  116. mike, ohio

    Jack, It seems like she cooperates as much as George Bush, NONE!
    More of the same.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  117. Rose Black

    I will care even less if Obama get's elected. I hope she goes to prison .......she is playing the same game as The republicans have been playing all along. Cover UP Cover up Cover up. jack I have a lot of faith in your judgement and I am sure your protecting your job by helping to cover up for her at CNN. I am sure that you have to read through hundreds of e-mails in order to come up with a positive remark to many of your questions.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  118. Rob Winnipeg Canada

    Jack,
    Truth is important the last time I checked. That and honor as well. We used to expect it from the Straight Talk Express. But as it tries to disance itself from the GOP and Bush it just keeps doing the same things? It's turned into a bit of a trainwreck.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  119. Paul

    If she had probable cause to fire him then she would have had documents on file to support her reasoning. Why not be more specific about the details? It just makes her look guilty.

    If she was innocent of wrongdoing she would be proving it....not avoiding the situation.
    She just thinks she's above everything and anyone....Sarah Bush sounds appropriate.
    I do care very much because we shouldn't find out after she's in office.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  120. up

    Now that Sarah Palin got her email hacked, and her privacy invaded, shouldn’t she understand how Americans feel when the current administration invades ours, monitoring our phone calls, our email, etc.?
    Not that the current administration has anything to do with McCain and Palin... I mean they are NOT republicans, right? McCain has a Sharpie to list names. McCarthy had a pen, not so permanent. McCarthy’s name list never contained McCarthy’s own name. What does it matter anyway, if McCain names names, they can just refuse to cooperate.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  121. Ed Reed

    I didn't really expect her to cooperate. After all, she's a politician.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    September 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  122. Sharon

    Jack, Do you know what the difference is between a Sarah Palin and a Dick Cheney and George Bush? Oh yeah NOTHING~!!! Just more lies and hiding the truth.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  123. John, Winston Salem, NC

    It means she doesn't understand that this issue is a public manner.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  124. Tina (Fort Worth)

    Yes it matters. This is what I have running the country now. A president and vice president who think they are kings and they have shredded the constitution and now this new veep is doing the same thing by abusing her powers.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  125. Karl in CA

    Well, we knew what Rudy Giuliani looked like in drag and now we have seen Dick Cheney. Typical Republican tactics, should we be surprised or something? November 5 she'll go back to shoveling snow in Juneau and tanning 30 minutes a day. Her transparency is opaque.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  126. Bill Summerfield Fl

    I don't care if she cooperates. Let the investigation continue rapidly so the truth can come out. We don't need another Cheney in office for 4 years.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  127. Don Ocala, FL.

    Are you kidding? **** right it matters! So much for McCains transparency promise. He has not kept a promise yet nor does he intend to ever! Shame and dishonor should their only reward.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  128. Lynn, frustrated Republican

    STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS? – my Aunt Fannie! – Palin is taking the advice of McCain and McCain mimics Bush – of course I'm not nearly as interest in Palin as I am in a million missing White House emails and the testimony from this Administration on all their shannaigans- but I would like those who are backing Palin to get some truth about her besides she can kill a moose.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  129. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Although I did see Alaska from 30,000 feet once, I'd have to be less than honest to say I care anything about Alaskan political corruption. In her own way, Sarah Palin is telling us she is not a crook. It didn't work for Richard Nixon, but it might work for her. She doesn't have his sinister looks, and she wears really nice glasses.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  130. Curt W

    No it doesn't matter to me. I think people have already made up their minds one way or the other. The country is very spilt on a bipartisan basis and isn't that a surprise since our elected officials have set such a good example for us.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  131. Tom

    Of course it matters. If the average citizen is subpoenaed by a court and refuses to cooperate he/she may be held in contempt of court. As a vice presidential candidate you should show respect of the law and lead as an example to the American people. However, this is the Republican Party, they have shown over the last 8 years no respect of the law and the American people. Scooter Libby, Alberto Gonzales, Donald Rumsfeld, Carl Rove just to mention a few names. Nothing but scandals, frauds, lies and deceptions. I am so tired of these Republican scoundrels. I can not believe that I once was a registered Republican. My hope is in Obama/Biden.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  132. Dave From Philly

    Jack,

    I am a christian. Pentecostal, like Gov. Palin used to be. My Bible teaches me that, you should put your trust in God not Man. If Gov. Palin and her staff did nothing wrong she should do what is right.

    If she did no wrong and appeared before the panel America would embrace her and love her. Without question she and McCain would win the election.

    However, I think she did wrong and that is why she will not do what my Bible teaches every good christian to do. This is not a judgement, it is just my opinion.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  133. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    Not one iota.
    From what I've heard in the Alaska and national press–there is already adequate justification for terminating the DPS Executive on the grounds of insubordination.

    Remember–appointees serve at the discretion of the Governor–she/he is not required to provide ANY reason for their termination.

    The one thing that shows through–is she has the personal strength to actually remove dead weight from her administration!!!
    There are many men I work with who don't have the courage to fire poor performers.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  134. BOB in Michigan

    Jack if she hasn't got anything to hide, she would cooperate. She is just like all of the other bad apples calling themselves Democrats.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  135. eddie in NC

    This is for Mark of Ashevelle NC it is hard for me to beleave that you and i live on the same planet less much the same state. It would not suprise me if you blamed Obama for ike. You do understand that this investergation started long before Palin was peged for vp and she was the one who said (bring it on) this is a reason to be one heartbeat from the highest office in the land---–sad.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  136. republicans hate america

    do we really want another 4 years of ignoring the checks and balances we hold dear in this country. Enough!!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  137. Dennis from NM

    I think that her current stance (or should I say the RNC stance) stinks to high heaven. If she has nothing to hide, the why try to stonewall the investigation? A lot of people have been identifying her with Chaney, but I'm starting to think that you should compare her with another VP: Agnew.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  138. Will from San Jose, CA

    I hope she continues to refuse any cooperation. There is nothing that pins the McCain/Palin ticket to Bush like failing to cooperate in an ethics investigation. The cover-up is always more damaging then the crime.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  139. FAYE LV, NV

    Yes, it does matter and it would show that really she has nothing to hid..

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  140. BOB in Michigan

    Jack if she hasn’t got anything to hide, she would cooperate. She is just like all of the other bad apples calling themselves Republicans...sorry

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  141. Ed Tallahassee FL

    If she didn't do anything then she shouldn't be hiding.

    The thing about this is that the trooper that she tried to get fired wasn't that great of a trooper. If she would have sat back and left him alone there is a pretty good chance that he would have done something else to get fired. Instead she used her power to go after the guy and anyone that got in her way.

    We've had 8 years of that, and I think it is time that we say, "Enough is Enough."

    September 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  142. gail Centre, Al.

    No it doesn't matter to me, all that matters is she,s on the ticket for v.p. MCcain – Palin will shake washington to the core. Maybe Palin will sell Nancy Pelosi's jet on ebay, I don't care if Pelosi has to walk to CA.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  143. Andrew

    Jack – keep talking about this one. We don't need more secrecy from the White House.This needs to be out there before she can hide behind executive privilege.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  144. Peter Isbister

    It matters a lot. It is is inconsistent with her stated value of open government for the people. It is disrespectful of a perfectly legitimate, legal process. It is disrespectful to the people of Alaska, and now, because she is running for national office, it is disrespectful to all of us.

    Atlanta, GA

    September 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  145. Carl in South Carolina

    I don't care wheather she cooperates or not. The main thing is being sure McCains camp doesn't manage to get the investigation stopped or posponed until after the election

    September 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  146. D. Armstrong for Obama-Biden-TN.

    Yes. She is clearly a lier! But, what's new? Every time they have a rally they tell one lie after another. So. why believe her when she alleges she has nothing to hide? ENOUGH! CNN needs to consistently call her out on this!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  147. Richard Miller

    I believe that it is imperative that Sarah Palin cooperate in the investigation. She told Charles Gibson that she did not have anything to hide, yet she has changed her position. Her refusal to participate in this investigation comes from the Bush Administration playbook for avoiding scandels. I would like to know what gives lawmakers, like Palin, the notion that they are above the law.

    Jackson, TN

    September 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  148. Bob

    Palin not cooperating won't stop the investigation, it may very well just make it worse for her!
    After all, Monegan will DEFINITELY agree to be interviewed, as will anyone else involved who is not friendly with Palin.
    Nobody from Palin's side will be there, it looks like.
    So the investigator can legitimately write a report based ONLY on Monegan's input, and state that 'no information to contradict Monegan's statements was forthcoming, so we accept what he says as truth'.
    Which means the report will be VERY negative for Palin..... just in time for the election!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  149. Victoria Anderson Seattle, Washington

    LOL - Does it matter if any Republican cooperate? This is old news! You will be pulling your hair out if you are wondering if Pain cooperate would it matter.........

    September 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  150. Braxton, Charlotte, NC

    Jack, is it really appropriate to put another corrupt politician with the mentality that they are "above the law." If Palin doesn't cooperate she shows us that she's not a reformer, just a pawn of the establishment. Of course, she is running with John McCain.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  151. Joe, Arlington, Virginia

    If any US Senior Executive Service employee fired a subordinate because their sister didn't like him, the SES person would be looking for another job. I suggest she look for another job like stuffing moose or selecting library books to ban.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  152. George

    I think it is everyones civic duty to help aid, and assist any investigation where laws could have been broken. What we have here is someone who is a representative of the government in the state of Alaska who thinks that they are above that civic duty, and on top of that running for the second highest job that the United States has to offer. You would think unless they have something to hide that they would be more than willing to do there part to see that justice is done. Yes it is definately a RED FLAG for me, and they could not get my vote, not even for dogcatcher.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  153. david

    Her decision–if it is hers–not to cooperate after saying she would is a reversal every voter ought to be concerned with. This decision now extends, apparrently, to her staffers, who are not going to honor their subpoenas. Does this remind anyone of the Bush staffers who also chose to ignore Congressional subpoenas? This is a dangerous trend, fellow citizens. Reformer, indeed.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  154. Florida

    It surely does not matter. It appears as we learn more about the Republican pick for VP that we are going to become educated on her lack of knowledge in government affairs. My concern is for this great country to have a possible leader that knows less than President Bush, but yet holds his core princples. Be concerned, be very concerned. Mccain and judgement, the two do not go hand and hand.
    With latest knowledge of her statements regarding DC transparency it is only a matter of time before Mccain's show is over. It is just tough to get through the rest of it.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  155. nick in Alaska

    During election times any candidate that has nothing to hide would have tried to close this issue very fast. Accelerate even the proceedings.
    But, the fact that she tries to postpone this, shows clearly that she is guilty.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  156. C from GA

    If she was "FAIR" she would demonstrate that she is a woman of her word and cooperate with the investigation as promised.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  157. Bob in Jay Fl

    Pallin rightly doesn't want the nickname "Failing Pallin" surrounding her rise in celebrity status! You go girl, don't coorporate now and if elected to the Vice Presidential office follow the lead of your Republic predecessor, Dick Chaney. I (and the Republican party) hope that you don't run out of loyal high school classmates to cover for you in the second highest position in our nation! I have complete confidence in her and (George) McCain's abillity to run this country. At least into the ground!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  158. Sally in Denver

    Jack – Under the circumstances, and considering the stark comparison to the Bush Administration's cover-ups of the truth and lack of transparency and co-operation over the last 8 years, yes of course it matters. Or it SHOULD matter to the American people - or at least to anybody (unbelievably) still on the fence wondering if McCain/Pailn represent just another four more years of the same. Yes, Jack, it matters. If she has nothing to hide, why not cooperate and put it behind her?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  159. gary saari

    Being a retired police detective I believe it's a very good sign that she has something to hide. Unfortunately, the defense attorneys will prolong the results until after the election. It's a typical political ploy, but I will say that this type of response has been in the Republican playbook forever. That fact alone makes me even more suspicious.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  160. Teasha

    This is big only because half of America is seriously considering voting for the McCain/Palin ticket!? How she handled the "Troopergate" incident directly reflects her character. All we need is another gun-toting renegade in the White House. God help us all!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  161. Lorna, NY

    She is a liar and she is hiding something.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  162. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    It should matter, but her partisan supporters will disagree with me. This is reminiscent of the Bush administration's refusal to cooperate with investigations. The Republicans cry about tough media coverage, sexism, favoritism, and "tainted" investigations whenever they don't want to face the music and want to give their base a finger to point at to distract from the truth.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  163. John in GA

    In my experience with people, only people that have something to be guilty about do not participate in an investigation involving themselves. Whether the investigation is partisan or not, one that has nothing to hide should be willing to cooperate with it.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  164. vic nashville,Tn

    Politicians Never cooperate with any investigation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  165. Theresa in Minneapolis

    Jack,

    I care a whole lot about whether Sarah Palin cooperates in this investigation and so should many Americans. Sarah Palin has decided to be uncooperative because she knows the truth will be unveiled sooner than she would like it to. She is a liar and a very vindictive woman on a mission with McCain to continue leading this country into despair. People who vote for the McCain/Palin ticket in November are complete idiots and if that ticket wins, then God help us all!

    And for the people that are so called voting for McCain/Palin because Hillary didn't get the nomination are simply saying they refuse to vote for a black man. This country still has a way to go when it comes to racism and there is no camouflaging the truth about that.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  166. Dave in Wisconsin

    I love the theory that this investigation was instigated at the behest of the Obama campaign. Given that the investigation began in July and long before she was on the ticket, that's a pretty wild idea.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  167. Joyce, TX

    Sounds like shes got something to hide. If not what does it hurt for them to investigate? Governor Palin's indignation and the how dare you question me attitude is sickening. Who do she think she is? Why does she believe, she is above investigating. Every single person who wanted to fill the position as President or VP was subjected to scrutiny. And please, do not bring the subject out about sexism, that fish is dead in the water. Thank you, very much.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  168. Tired of the Republicans

    Yes, we do care if she cooperates with the investigation. If she has nothing to hide why wouldn't she cooperate. Second, she was dealing with the Troopergate problem before she was picked for VP on the Rupublican ticket so everyone needs to stop trying to put the blame on Obama. Wake up Republicans and America. This is her own fault.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  169. Ruie-Michigan

    Dear Jack: Ya know, there's a reason Packin' Palin calls herself a pitbull - she takes a bite and doesn't let go until she gets what she wants, whether it's getting rid of a small-town librarian or her former brother-in-law or even getting the nomination for an office she's definitely not qualified for.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  170. Mike in Colorado

    Palin's cooperation matters if you think as I do that there should be accountability from our elected officials. We have had 7 2/3 yrs of an imperial presidency that has thumbed their nose at any form of congressional oversight.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  171. Andy

    Jack, since when does any political staff members get to say they will not cooperate with an investigation. It seems this idea of untouchability as become rampant in any Republican administration.

    I guess Tricky Dickie (Cheney) is the mentor to all furure politicos. The only difference I see between Cheney and Palin is. Do not go hunting with Palin without body armour, Dickie was using a shot gun. She is trained with assault rifles.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  172. Rohit Kaushik

    Honestly, it's about her integrity and faithfulness to our laws. As an eighteen-year-old, I'm sick of seeing politicians that view themselves as above the law. How can you uphold our constitution and laws, if you don't abide by them?

    September 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  173. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    It just shows that she is not an agent of change and reform as she claims to be. She is following the lead of the Bush administration in how to deal with an inquiry. Looks like more of what we have seen over the past 8 years from the Republicans.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  174. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    She's a good republican and she has learned her Rove/Bush tactics well. I mean, using private emails is exactly what the present administration did and claiming executive prilivege is the same isn't it? When anyone is using personal property and private home phones/blackberries/textmessages/emails it is no longer private when they are being used for business. And if the Bush administration and Palin are using executive privilege by claiming the internet is now private, does that mean our government can't use the internet to spy on private citizens anymore?

    September 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  175. john in long beach

    the damage is done to my opinion of her; she pledged full cooperation, then engaged a team of lawyers to force a full stop. how are the refusals to observe or enforce subpoenas in this matter procedurally any different from the flap over gonzales? her reaction seems to be the thing that is injecting politics, not the inquiry itself, which was moving forward at a normal pace until she became a candidate for vice.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  176. Veronica in MA

    Yes, it matters. She started the investigation herself. She said "hold me accountable". Monegan was guilty of insubordination for going to Congress for money to hire more troopers to combat Alaska's epidemic rape statistics. Money she vetoed from the state budget. What else was he supposed to do? Time for some good 'ole American accountability. That's still allowed, right?

    September 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  177. Debbie, Blue Springs, Missouri

    McCain picked her because of politics and she is not talking because of politics. They are stalling because there may be something to hide. They do not want the voters to see any scandal.

    Note to Palin: Obama and others already put the DC check book online.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  178. Deb/Albany NY

    It matters to me. After 8 years of a president who did not cooperate with the rule of law and didn't think laws applied to him and his administration, a vice presidential candidate with the same attitude is troubling.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  179. will in los angeles

    Who was it that said the coverup is worse than the crime?

    oh yeah. Richard Nixon.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  180. Ron

    The more interesting question to me is the one Saturday Night Live suggested . . .Does she believe in dinosaurs?

    We know she is a Creationist and a believer (I have no problem with that) However, when her faith enters my life I have a problem with that. i.e. forcing my children to learn about Creationism as a required seudo science in school.

    How can a person of "Faith", continue to lie about her record???

    September 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  181. ED MATLA

    Sure it matters....obviously the more Palin refuses to cooperate, the more it looks like she is hiding something (I noticed the tabloids getting into the act too.....this puts her in a league with Edwards).

    It surprises me that someone so new to a presidential campaign has become such an astute liar. When you see her on the stump you have to wonder how she became so good at it.

    I wonder what her kids think when they hear some of her speeches..

    Ed, Effort,PA

    September 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  182. dc boutwell, myrtle beach, sc

    When she was co-operating I gave her the benefit of the doubt, now I see I was almost suckered by yet another corrupt republican. Obviously she missed the parts in the bible when they stress honesty, integrity and honor! Not just a phoney Christian, but an insult to the rest of us.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  183. Bob J.

    At the risk of prolonging the original dust-up – what do you call George Bush with lipstick? Sarah Palin. Like the current administration, Palin has preferred appointing unqualifed friends versus competence. Remember Harriet Myers and the FEMA head by Bush? How about Palin's appointment of an Agriculture head who's qualification was a love of cows as a child (NYTimes). Palin calls those who disagree 'haters'. Bush takes everything personally, and cannot admit a mistake when the entire Western world sees it. Palin does not blink, according to her words. Many wish that Bush would have blinked – and had a few doubts and sober second thought before sending in the troops to find no WMD. If Palin was to McCain as Cheney was to Bush..... then we are doomed.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  184. Salley

    If there is nothing to hide why not cooperate, sounds suspicious. I believe McCain should have put a little more thought into his VP selection. But it goes along with the way he seems to handle his campaign. Give the people what they want not necessarily what is best.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  185. Derek in Seattle

    Yes. It matters. That shouldn't even be a question.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  186. Aundre

    Just shows that she has something to hide. Why else would you hide behind a political campaign and then get a lawyer after you are nominated for VP. She wasn't going to get a lawyer then why do you need one now. GUILTY!!

    September 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  187. Gordon - WIchita, Kansas

    We teach our children to be honest and play by the rules. Is this the message Gov. Palin wants to send her children?

    September 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  188. Maher, Saint Louis, MO

    Jack, I reckon that Sarah Palin should cooperate with the investigation. However, The real question is not whether she should cooperate or not; the real question is why was she selected in the first place for this significant position?

    John McCain's lack of leadership and corrupted political ambition, in a gambling attempt to save his candidacy, he selected her and put her in a difficult position where she did not have enough time to prepare for.

    Though i am voting for Barcak, I certainly believe that she is a genuine person and that her intentions are good towards her family, state and country and that anyone in her place would have probably taken the opportunity. There is only one person that I blame: John McCain.

    Jack,
    On a different note my sincere condolences for you loss. Somehow, I feel I know you though I never met you. Your loss is shared in our hearts.
    Maher
    Saint Louis, Missouri

    September 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  189. Andy in NJ

    It doesn't matter to me at all. It seems to me from reporting I have seen on several networks that there is not much here. I do think that Obama Central Command is happy that you guys are keeping it in the news for them but it has no effect on my vote. Palin is a qualified candidate and it's about time that she was listened to and considered like the intelligent, qualified woman that she is. I am sure that much of the recent attention this case has gotten is due to Democratic Party pressure. The same Democratic Party that pushed another qualified candidate into the shadows, you remember her, she got more votes than Barry, Hillary Clinton!

    September 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  190. Mindy

    To Patrick Henry Ft Myers, FL –

    If you think that the real reason Palin fired this guy is because of insubordination, then you must still believe in the tooth fairy. This is just another in a too long line of Republicans in public office who think that they can stonewall and avoid being held accountable for their actions.

    You don't have to be a genius to know that, if Palin has nothing to hide, then she would welcome any and all scrutiny of her actions. The fact that Republican henchman have been sent to Alaske to do some arm twisting to "persuade" those involved to drop the investigation, sends a clear signal that something is rotten in Denmark, or in this case, Alaska.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  191. John

    Why isn't she being arrested??? Anyone else would be !

    September 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  192. Jessica (Ft. Worth, TX)

    I don't care a whole lot, honestly. If this is her lying, it's still much better than the things I'm being lied to about by the current administration AND the other candidates.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  193. John Rico

    Of course she shouldn't talk to these guys Jack. If she can't even handle softball questions from hand picked members of the media without 2 weeks to prepare then how will she ever face a investigator?

    September 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  194. Mary Kish

    It proves she has something to hide, and she is just another republican that can not be trusted..above the law..not being able to talk to the people close to them...sounds just like the Bush Adm. doesn't it? She has embellished the truth from the first speech that she gave...her plane may have been on E-Bay but sold at a loss and NOT on E-Bay...she didn't say she didn't want the bridge to no where until it was a done deal that it wasn't going thru...enough of the lies and BS...let her go back to Alaska.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  195. Tony

    Wait... now that I think about it, it all makes sense! She is an agent of change! So she changed from wanting to co-operate to refusing to co-operate. Wow! She's a real mover and shaker...

    September 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  196. Bo

    It is an indicator of how she will govern, so yes, it matters. She describes her brother in law as a dangerous jerk but after all the lies she has told this campaign, you have to wonder if what she says about him is true.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  197. Paul in Nevada

    If there's nothing to hide, what's wrong with cooperating with the bi-partisan investigation? What we've learned these last many years is that in politics, if there's smoke, there's fire.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  198. Jim Haynes

    Palin should not cooperate in the "witch hunt". The guy should have been fired as well as the former brother in law. I am a Democrat who was going to vote for Hillary, but, now will vote for Sarah and Johnny Mac instead of retread Biden and :empty suit: Obama.
    Leave Palin alone!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  199. Sue

    It matters a great deal. Secrecy, cronyism and outright deceit are part of what got us in to this mess. I want no more of it.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  200. Rogelio Grant

    Very important. I want to see if we can make it "Perfectly Clear" that she does not have anything to hide.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  201. Orlando in KS

    Jack,

    Sarah shows why she is not a reformer against the Republican Party. She will insure the old Washington ways stay intact; everything is transparent as long as it has nothing to with her or her administration. I about as much confidence in Sarah Palin as I do in myself to sell my pinky finger to earn a million dollars.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  202. PJG Spokane

    Palin seems to think that she and her subborniates are above the law. If they are supenied and they don't co-operate, prosecute all of them. Who is the eleetist now? The american people will soon see through all her fluff and elect Obama.........

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  203. Doug from Daytona

    Her failure to particpate with the investigation, is reminicent of the current administration's policy of believing they are above the law.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  204. David

    I do care if she cooperates. If she does not cooperate it will seem like she has something to hide, which she probably does. I barely trust her now due to her lies about the bridge to nowhere and this makes her look even more untruthworthy.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  205. Guille Mtz. from Texas

    She is not going to cooperate and when she looses this election she is going back to Alaska to fire and take vengance on those that opposed her. Then she will hire all of her old school mates to fill those positions, even if they're not qualified...oooh, she did that already!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  206. Christie Poole

    Hi John:

    I believe it is called integrity. I was raised a person is only as good as their word. She "welcomes" the investigation; show me. Don't say one thing and then do another.

    Christie Poole
    Las Vegas
    Nevada

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  207. Marge in Florida

    Oh, I think it's great. It adds to the drama! All of the Sarah-groupies must be staying up nights trying to figure out how to spin this latest contradiction from her. Just add it onto the ever-growing pile. But it's okay because with 6+ weeks left until Election Day, imagine how BIG that pile is going to be? And then even the spin-masters, who I think are basically bright people, will be pressing the Obama/Biden button when they close that curtain behind them. After all, who would ever know? Obama/Biden in a landslide!!!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  208. ellen,ga

    Of course it does!! It is a matter of integrity. She has lied about the bridge to nowhere, her earmarks, hwere in the world she has or has not been, and who knows what else.
    I she overstepped her authority about the firing of the Alaska public safety officer, she could easily do the same a VP.

    How could it NOT be important!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  209. Kay NY NY

    Her compliance or not will show us whether she is a liar or not.
    If she has nothing to hide, why hide? I have been following this
    as I find it to be a big indicator of her character as she does not take
    questions from the press.
    If she abused her position as govenor to settle a
    family score, the she abused power of an office and should not
    continue on the McCain ticket. And she should be recalled as governor
    of Alaska, then impeached.

    p.s. is she running for VP or Queen, who ever heard of a canidate
    not facing the press?...Disgusting!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  210. Randall, West Virginia

    It matters to me. And it should to the American people.If she is an honorable and trustworthy person then she should have nothing to hide. Oh I forgot........Honorable and Trustworthy aren't in the Republican vocabulary.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  211. Cornelia

    No doesnt matter. I think it is very important. She has already misrepresented herself so much during the past three months. So, I am not suprised she refuses to cooperate. As far as I am concerned she sticks true to her character each day. Nothing she does now, can change my opinion.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  212. Jeffrey

    I think if America can demand an answer to a question as ridiculous as "why doesn't Obama wear a flag pin" then yes, this is something that is absolutely important enough to be asking questions about. It just seems strange to me how much we're hearing about how "unfairly" Palin is being treated by the media, when Obama himself had to overcome many more ridiculous, and pointless topics... and so here we are, with questions that actually pertain to how Palin will govern, and they're not being addressed.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  213. Mitch

    Are you kidding. Why would she not cooperate? Isn't she the running running on ending corruption and keeps saying that she made Alaska's budget public information. It would only be logical for her to appear to be a open book on all levels?

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  214. Maureen Bieber

    Let me get this straight–McCain states Obama is the problem? If he's so great, why wasn't he a stronger influence on his buddy George W.? He's been in the senate how many years? Apparently he doesn't have much credibility either. Also with regard to Palin–I haven't heard her say on constructive thing. All she has done is point fingers, degrade and say negative statements. Her brain is the size of a pin head. I look at her and think blah, blah, blah. She's vicious! Also if she's such a stand up American why is she buying Japanese glasses. I'm a 62 yr. old retiree on a fixed income. I buy local and American otherwise I don't need it, get it?!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  215. terry

    if sarah doesn,t value the judicial system of heron state how can she have and value as vice presidentwho is suppsoe to uphold the constutation of the united states.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  216. Neil Wernick

    Palin is sounding more Vice Presidential every day. Her refusal to cooperate in an investigation of improper/illegal conduct could have come right from the mouth of Dick Cheney. Brava, Palin, you've got the contempt for the rule of law and the American people down pat already. You are a worthy Republican candidate and your party should indeed be proud.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  217. William Smith

    Well, if she has nothing to hide, and the firing was above board with justification for performance standards not met, then why is Sarah Palin refusing NOW to cooperate? Ahh, must be a skeleton in da closet. How is it that she cannot speak the truth? Why must she hide behind secrecy? And this is the party of TRUST? I don't think so.
    Thank You

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  218. Nico

    Jack, Palin is already using the Bush play book on how to obstruct an investigation. It just shows another example that if McCain and her are elected, they will hide the truth from the American people

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  219. Patricia from Santa Cruz, Calif

    It matters to the utmost-she needs to allow the American people to believe that she is truthful – if there is nothing to hide= then why not cooperate?- it doesn't look good and it makes me believe that she knows she behaved in the wrong- in fact, it makes me mistrust everything about her as a candidate...I'm sick and tired of politicians hiding right out in front of everyone and getting away with it!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  220. Cookie

    Why, are they running out of 'trash' to dig in and can't find anything fruitful?
    Nope, I believe the investigation will go on just fine without her further input. She already complied and cooperated, and now she has more important issues to deal with.
    Maybe if they call in a movie star to interview him they can persuade Obama to make a celebrity appearance – for a price.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  221. Brian

    I'll care about Palin's cooperation in the Troopergate probe as soon as JC shows more than a passing understanding of the facts of the case.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  222. David

    I care a whole lot about this! Despite those who would have you think this campaign is about experience or being a maverick, I happen to value character and judgement a whole lot more. If this woman is so duplicitous and averse to scrutiny before getting into a national office, what makes anyone believe she'll be less so if she gets in? McCain is no better for making her his VP pick. Let's not forget everything that's wrong with the administration we already have!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  223. Trish

    Come on, if she has nothing to hide she would speak. Something is not right? Usually any regular refusing to cooperate in an investigation is hounded and possible arrested or hauled as they would say to the "station" and cooperate, is there special treatment for her? why not trat her like everyone else.

    Trish
    NJ.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  224. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack- The only thing she doesn't hide is how well she's be coached to say what she's be told by her handlers. When asked about foreign policy experience, she would have gotten my attention if she had said " not much, but I'm a fast learner". Honesty is VERY attractive.
    David, Las Vegas

    September 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  225. Richard Turk, Jr. Huntington Beach, California

    I care too much Jack. I care too much about everything when I shouldn't be caring at all as I ahve zero plans of being in America when the other shoe drops. I can't help where I was born but I can sure as hell decide where I'll live the rest of my life and it won't be within Mexican or Asian borders as it would be if I stayed..

    September 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  226. Jason - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    It absoultely matters. After 8 years of Bush's abuses, the last thing I would want is a Governor even near the White House who in 18 months fired a librarian, and the Public Safety Commissioner for not compling with her desires. Add to that she tried to fire a cop in retribution for angering her and her family. To me, it indicates that she uses power as a stick with which to beat down those who oppose her. I'm scared to see what she would do with even more power.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  227. Cheryl

    It only matters insofar as it's a matter of trust and transparency! For the Repubs to try to bully the situation and say she won't cooperate negates their trust and belies the "transparency" they're espousing. But, you know what? I'm feeling like they really don't care... THEY can do whatever they want. THAT is really scary given his "maverick" mantle and his short-fused temper. Keep him away from the red phone!!!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  228. Mark Radford

    Of course it matters. If she has nothing to hide OF COURSE she would want to get this mess overwith as soon as possible. As if the Democrats doing the investigation would be able to make up something and get away with it. They would have to show the public proof of their findings, or just drop it. As opposed to just pushing this back until after the election. What then?

    I also would want Obama or Biden investigated if something came up about them.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  229. Steve Sizemore

    I care a great deal!

    If she and McSame think that reform means acting like the current administration, which is to say boldly defying the law and refusing to abide by it, it seems to me that their concept of reform means just that.

    If you or I were to get a traffic ticket or other legal proceeding, can we tell the authorities "thanks but no thanks" and refuse to cooperate with the process? Only if you like the plush accomondations of your local jail...unless of course you have connections with the Republican Party, or so it would seem.

    I wish I were rich and elite enough to be a Republican as it seems like it has pretty good perks. I guess I just have to assign myself to the reality of not being able to afford that brand of justice.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  230. M. Jones

    The difference between Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin "Lipstick"
    She is accused of trying to get her brother in law fired just like Cheney is rumored to be involved in the firing of those US Attorneys.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  231. Shari

    Of course she should cooperate. And she should do so expediently so as to minimize the costs and disruptions caused by the investigation. She's a public servant. Everything she does, especially through her position on public office, should be transparent to the public. BTW – I'm a 49 year old white female.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  232. Sandy

    Yes I do care. First of all she should fix her own house before she even attempts to fix Washington!

    This is tipical Republican response to this situation, first we will cooperate and then we wont. What is she Hiding? Or maybe this will expose her to what she really is?

    September 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  233. itsmsvee

    I think Sarah Palin should cooperate and show what she says she is made up. Being a nominee for a position such as she is; she needs to throw the cards on the table. We are all seeking the truth about all nominees and parties. besides, what does she have to hide if she is a normal person like us...

    September 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  234. Jane in Santa Barbara CA

    After nearly 8 years of a Bush-Cheney administration that refuses to cooperate with reasonable investigations by Congress, the heretofore "open" American democracy doesn't need another set of stonewallers.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  235. PJ, Boone, Iowa

    Jack, it does matter, because it is a matter of integrity.

    An innocent person with integrity would proclaim, "Bring it on! Because I am innocent, I and all my associates, collegues, family, friends, and staff will cooperate fully, disclose all requested information, records, papers, phone call records, emails, etc., and will truthfully & fully answer any and all questions put to us concerning the investigation(s)." And any campaign that believes in the innocence of the candidate in question would insist on it, too.

    Only a guilty person would do anything less. Only a campaign that believes in the guilt of the candidate would insist on anything less.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  236. Calvin

    I do think Sarah Palin does have an obligation to the citizen of her state and more importantly the rest of America. The Governor ‘s intention l to fully cooperate prior to being name the GOP VP should be a clear understanding she had nothing to hide. What has change in the fact since her taking McCain VP position? I think if she was willing to cooperate and innocent the facts should still remain the same. She agreed to help the approved board prior to July and now she disagree base on tainted evidence that may be discovered. Now that is a flip flop attitude and a chain we don’t need!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  237. Claude Harrison

    She claims she is honest, But is she ? Only the truth will tell . It looks to me like she dodging the bullet.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  238. Steve C.

    Yes it matters – Is this the srappy Sarah Palin who takes on corruption – the reformer who will "straighten Washington out"? Who doesn't run from a fight? Maybe the heat is forcing her out of the kitchen – com'n Sarah – set the record straight!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  239. Micki DiClemente

    I care a great deal. She's running for the 2nd spot in our nation and I'd like to know if she has any integrity. I'm seeing more and more that she is of the same ilk as George Bush, Dick Cheney, John McCain and the rest. We've had eight years of this bunch and frankly I'm looking for someone (Obama) who gives us real change if Americans would only listen. I'm looking for real change and talking about policies not glasses, hairstyles, nice clothes, and cute.

    Micki
    Pueblo, Colorado

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  240. Daniel

    First my deepest condolences for your loss. If I am correct I used to live up the street from you in Stamford (Riverbank Drive) many years ago.

    The bottom-line is if Palin has nothing to hide then why not cooperate. If it were you and you had done nothing wrong would you cooperate? It is obvious to even the most ignorant person in this country that she has something to hide. As a country we need to know what that is if one day she may be given the launch codes!

    -Daniel (Frisco TX)

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  241. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    In the good old days people who broke the law had enough respect for themselves and the Justice system to plead the 5th if they didn't want to either perjure themselves or testify against themselves. Since Alberto Gonzales, Karl Rove, and the parade of Bushies through the litany a accusations, we see people repeatedly thumbing their noses at any attempt at justice.

    "Mercy, Mercy me. Crooks ain't what they used to be" Thank God Marvin isn't alive to see America fall victim to this.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  242. D. Kurth, Los Angeles, CA

    Not "helping" does not equal lying or hiding. In this country we are innocent until proven guilty..or has everyone forgotten that little part of the United States consitution......

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  243. Michael

    By failing to cooperate, Palin gives justification to her critics' suspicions. If the charge against her is indeed true, it reveals her pettiness and her penchant to abuse her position. If so, she's completely in line with the current administration.

    Michael
    Los Angeles

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  244. Arthur

    I don't care about what she does or says; she's just another pretty face in the spot light with a bunch of nothing to say other than other than the convoluted rhetoric that is written for her and "we are going to shake things up in Washington"
    Well you can shake a bottle of soda and it will fizz, eventually it all settles back to the same!

    Kuwait city, Kuwait
    Arthur

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  245. Francine Tampa

    I care a lot... If she is elected with this mess hanging over the government will dismiss it and once again it will appear that cheating, lying, and illegal activity is the only way to get ahead of the next guy. Great lesson to teach our youth, can only lead to many more future corruptions. Isn't that what we are experiencing now?

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  246. Marcus D. Joubert

    The fact that Palin has the option to cooperate with this investigation is bothersome to me as a voter. She is a vice presidential candiadate, nothing should be left questionable or unexamined prior to November 4th. Futhermore, if the the investigation calls her character/actions as a leader into question – Why is the campaign so worried? You would think they were afraid of the possible findings. :)

    Marcus D. Joubert
    Houston, TX

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  247. Kathleen McCaffrey

    Sarah Palin's refusal to cooperate with the investigation in Alaska shows that she already has the attitude and mentality of the Washington Insider, so what's that about REFORM?

    Formerly of Washington DC. Now in Charleston, SC.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  248. Vernon

    I care greatly that Sarah Palin may not cooperate with the investigation. Not because I think she’s guilty of any wrongdoing, but because she seems to think that subpoenas are ‘optional’, and as Governor, she has the choice of operating her administration above the law. It shows that she fits in very well with the current way of thinking in the Republican administration in the White House, which also ignores congressional subpoenas and other requests for testimony and information.

    Haven’t we all had enough of that?

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  249. Randy from Alabama

    It matters alot because this is typical Republican crap; search for dirt on your opponent while hiding your own. It's clear she has something to hide. So let's hear it.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  250. John Seattle,WA

    "Troopergate" is a small town issue and in the grand scheme of things probably not that important. It is however a true test of Palin's character as a politician for abuse of her position and as a person for lying about it. Worse yet she's using her political power (lol, that's funny) to delay the investigation by refusing to cooperate. Republicans are just going toss up one road block after another and hope the real truth doesn't surface until after they win the election. Personally I hope she's found guilty of the charge and the Straight Talk express shuttles her home in shame.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  251. Matt in TX

    It shows that she's learned well from the current administration how to handle an investigation. Publicly state your willingness to cooperate, then stall, then obstruct. I'm not seeing the change.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  252. Rusty Walton

    We've just spent over 7 years with a vice president who thinks he is above the law and would not cooperate with any kind of inquiry. This violates the most basic principles of American governance. Sarah Palin is giving us a heads up: she will be exactly the same. Cheney and Palin have both demonstrated a whole new level of elitism. If we elect her knowing this we are inviting continuing corruption. Lets not forget, the president and every other elected politician is a public servant. Lets insist they act like it.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  253. Virgil Hodges Jr., DuBois, PA

    I think her full co-operation in this investigation does matter. Gov. Palin's stonewalling in this investigation could make voters question Sen. McCain's judgement in case he does win the election. They will question that if he picks somebody like this to be next-in-line to be President should the need arise, who will he pick to be in his Cabinet?

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  254. Comer, SW MO

    I care a lot that she is not cooperating. She's obviously already thinking she's above the law and does not ave to answer to anyone.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  255. Keith in California

    Care? Why would I care? Im so used to the abuse of power by this administration that I have come to believe that the truth isnt important. Lets just vote for her because she’s a hockey mom!

    Enough is Enough
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  256. Nancy in PA

    This is so incredibly Bush-league. It's clear that she's even more like Bush than even Mc Cain...Mavericks my patooty!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  257. Dwayne Young

    Phoenix, AZ

    Yes it matters! Did it matter when Chenny met with the leaders of the energy companies?

    Manipulation is just that, manipulation!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  258. ken gifford az

    why do republicans keep getting away with bad choices? bush got away with the ag scandal. now palin.what has mccain done for az.
    49 other states got some of that porkbarrel. bill clinton was almost
    impeached for a stupid sex act. democrats need to stand up and be noticed. i wonder what bidens speech actually said. the usamericansare already sacrificing there lives for an unwanted war.i would rather a few hundred dollars and bring all of our troops home.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  259. Tb

    After listening to Palins original comments regarding the trooper cover up, and then listening to her staffs voicemails/emails- I'd say yes it matters. Palin has no choice at this point. She can lie to the investigators and potentially get caught or she can stay mute. BTW – Do you think it's a coincidence that her email just got hacked? Maybe that’s going to be part of her defense. I didn't write those emails, I got hacked – and whats the deal with Todd Palin being involved in every government meeting with his wife? weird.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  260. George from Tennessee

    It's rediculous to think that Palin is refusing to coorperate with an investigation that's being conducted by her own administration into a matter she previously agreed to participate in and she's talking about transparency in government? She has agreed to run for the second highest office in the Country, with no media scrutiny prior to John McCain announcing her as his running mate, who has not presented her tax returns to the public for review, and has never given a straight answer to any questions on how she'll lead or demonstrated her expertise on foreign policy, and she wants a pass from the American people? This is a small example of what she's all about... condescending, rude, and spitefulful-say nothing and acknowledge even less.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  261. Claire Cruise - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    If Palin had nothing to hide, she'd cooperate like any other innocent person. And this would serve as nothing short of good PR for the McCain ticket.

    But perhaps there is far more to this thing than Palin would like all of us to believe. Being the arrogant, clever politician that she is, Palin figures that she can hold everything at bay until AFTER she and McCain are in office. Once in office, Palin thinks they will have far more leverage to prevent the release of whatever information she doesn't want all of us to know about... that is, if this thing hasn't blown over already.

    NOT being elected, this is just not possible. Or so she thinks.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  262. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    How can this even be considered a question? How lost has this country become that a large portion of the electorate does not care that the potential VP might be a criminal?

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  263. m wild

    what is it straight talk yea right i dont trust a woman already and she cant even tell the truth about this or even address it and have the nerve to ask 4 a vote well i guess it has hit the fan i was repub now i am demo sorry sarah u r 2 slick 4 me

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  264. economy at it's worst

    Jack, It matter with me, I see by her actions she is not trust worthy. I feel she will do anything and stay anything to win the election. I believe she has something to hide. She has told so many lies already, If she had something to do with the firing, related to trooper gate, it wouldn't suprise me at all. She need to be held accountable for everything and anything related to any wrong doing. If not, she 's not fit to be running for Vice President. Obama / Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  265. Miguel Lubbock,TX

    WELL HERE WE GO!!!! they haven't even gotten in office yet and already they'er coming home to roost! If Sarah Palin isn't willing to cooperate in a state level investigation then how can we expect her to react when something big develops in the white house??? This kind of reminds me of our current president and vice president claiming executive privlige in another recent investigation. Wake up folks and drink the coffee! Let's not wait until it's to late to do anything about this. Does the saying " HAND WRITING ON THE WALL" mean anything?

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  266. Douglas

    If it is her right to say no...why then, do we as the public see fit to determine which choice is right for her? It her choice. It is amazing how may people make a stretch from this to so many other things on THIER agenda and "facts" they believe. No, I don't care if she does or doesn't, but I do care how much of a distraction this is in an election year where everything is slight of hand!

    Indiana

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  267. kathy richardson

    if she agreed to this in july, then there is no reason not to continue that makes things different now

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  268. Aurora

    Transparency in government!!! Actions speak louder than words. She should cooperate and the fact that she is not cooperating is just a preview of what is to come IF the Republicans continue to rule.
    Very unfortunate.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  269. Ron in CT

    Actually, it probably won't matter in the long run, after all. Many guys will vote for her simply because she's hot and many women will vote for her simply because she's female. Unfortunately, many American voters don't really care much about the issues. They see a black candidate and it colours their vision, if you know what I mean.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  270. Jan from NW Iowa

    I believed her at what she said when this story first broke. But when you say you won't cooperate – that usually means you are hiding something and are guilty. I guess I'm flip-flopping too!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  271. Sedon

    She's terable who cares.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  272. robin Bacone

    It sad that they republicans will play the same cheap games, I think we are looking at the year 2000 again .And even though noone what to admit the rich get richer and the poor get poorer
    Please ask Donald Trump has he ever did anything for the poor.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  273. Karen from New York

    I care a great deal. Palin's refusal to cooperate with the law says a lot about her character. Namely ,that she thinks she is above the law and also that she may be guilty. This says to me that she will abuse her power if elected. Her lies, half-truths, and "misspeaks" are starting to catch up with her. America has had enough of politicians who lie and abuse their power.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  274. Chazz

    Damn Right it matters. What does she have to hide from that she has to use a Yahoo account to conduct government business. It points to the simple & unequivocal matter of INTEGRITY, something that the Repub-Bums, Bummettes, and Buns lack! She's just like all the rest of them Repub-Bums...

    September 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  275. Truth Seeker

    My comments about Governor Palin and John McCain are just what they seem to be. My comments are within limits and are not extreme. Sarah was just helping out her sister with all the powers of being the governor, the way I see it. As for the as the USS FORRESTAL I think that story should be told with straight talk from the man who was there John McCain.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  276. gigi in san antonio

    Yes it matters. Maybe it's that executive experience they all keep harping on. Bush had executive experience and look where that got us...One of the most secretive, incompetent administrations in our nations history. If this ticket is elected, I can see disaster from my house in Texas.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  277. Angie from Virginia

    If Sarah Palin had nothing to hide she wouldn't be holding herself above the law. Since when do you not cooperate when you are issued a subpeona? Yep! Another Bush/Cheney team who are turning the taxpayers stomachs...

    September 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  278. Mike B

    I'm more intersted in seeing pictures of her sun tanning!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  279. Bob Maher

    At the beginning of her speech this morning, did I hear Sarah call it the "Palin/McCain" ticket - or did I just imagine it? Unfortunately, I didn't tape it. Hope you know the answer.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  280. Heather Greene in International Falls, MN

    This reminds me of the Lewinsky scandal. If a sitting US president was forced to cooperates with the nonsense of Kenneth Starr investigation while at the exact same time Osama bin Ladin had US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam bombed with over 200 people killed and 4,000 injured, then certainly Sarah Palin can interupt campaigning and advoint the press, from CNN to local evening news, and be expected to cooperate with this investigation.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  281. Ann

    Why is it when we want some information about the race, we get
    Donlad Trump, who has his own agenda and has only his
    interest at heart. Give me a break...

    September 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  282. Kate Donovan

    I care very much. I think it's VERY suspicious that she now won't cooperate. Ironically, when I first heard about this, I figured there wasn't much to it . But now, I wonder, what is she hiding and what is she afraid they will find? She has made many misstatements and outright lies, so I think she did it and it seems likely that she had her staff harass and pressure commissioner Monegan.

    It won't affect my vote either way though; I'm a strong Obama supporter (and former Clinton supporter!).

    September 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  283. Tony from Torrington

    How about asking waht the people think about someone hacking into her email and posting it on websites. Personal emails and photos. Jack, it she were a democrat, you would be asking a different question. "What does it mean that a conservative hacker violated this liberal's email account?.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  284. Susan

    Her reason was Obama's campaign is influencing the outcome of the investigation. Well I read it online that out of those 5 investigetors 3 of them are republicans. Yes 3 of them are republicans. Now my question is, how is that possible for Obama to take it to where she doesn't want to take it? I think she just told the whole world she had the Chief fired just cause he refused to to get rid off her ex-brothere in low.

    In one sentence: Action speaks louder than words!

    She have done the wrong deeds, sad but true! Oh and what does this say about Senator McCain's judgement again? If he didn't get it on the most important dicision on his bid, how does someone expect more of him for next 4 years?

    Susan
    Ontario, Canada

    September 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  285. W. L. Head

    Lets see, we pay the big bucks to CEO's to know what they're doing – to plan, anticipate, to know whether the money they loan is apt to be paid back or not, right?

    Then we pay "our" representatives to represent us, to see that regulations are kept in place to avoid destroying our economy from actions of the greedy "government is the problem, not the solution, free market" crowd.

    And we don't think we should have to be concerned about wealthy congressmen accepting $250,000 in building costs in Alaska, nor $10,000 unreported income from Puerto Rico. But then what do we know? We're just taxpayers.
    (Ted Stevens should have used the Charlie Rangel line: "They started speaking Inuit, so I didn't realize what happened".)

    And when a political party sends it's biggest legal guns to Alaska to stop inquiry into Sarah Palins actions as governor, why would I think that wouldn't happen unless they were worried sick that what would be found would smell to high Heaven?

    Why am I so illogical?

    September 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  286. Paul Stefano

    Since when does the state of Alaska have to answer to the Republican party? Let the damn investigation go forward. You and I would have been drawn and quartered already! I heard that in matters of this case all inquiries have to go through the McCain appointed attorneys. How does Palin expect to uphold law and order for the country when it appears she
    can't keep her own house.

    Oh, I forgot it's the liberals fault...

    September 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  287. raymond rosas

    I was brought up if you tell a lie ,you dont usually want to talk about... or have the legal light place upon you. The truth shall set you free ,I believe its also one of the commandments .and we have the same legal rules here in the lower 48 .Ms. Plain ....unless the legal system is different in Alaska? and. abuse of power...is allowed there among the moose droppings

    September 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  288. Stephanie in Denver, CO

    It matters a great deal. Since when is a VP nominee above any sort of investigation? Maybe she's learned from the Bush Administration and invoking executive privilege.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  289. Iva who used to live in Wasilla

    I care a lot, because I know how inexperienced she is. The thought of her dealing with Putin, Chevez or North Korea really Scares me. Not only the future of this country, but the whole globe is at stake. I want all Americans to see her for what she really is, someone who has no business in or near the White House.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  290. william

    Well, here we go again. Smoke screen, cover up, evasion of questions, stonewalling, lying. Haven't we hear this before? You're right. Out of the present administration. Anyone that is running for public office should want to remove any cloud over their honesty by answering questons willingly. We are not getting that from Palin/McCain. What makes you think they will be honest and open if elected?

    September 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  291. Jim In New Jersey

    The people I talk to seem oblivious to the news. They probably don't know or don't care about small things such as honesty and integrity and vote Republican. Most of them seem to fear that their taxes might go up rather than fear that the economy is falling apart. They think that the Democrats are treating Sarah very badly. I'm sure that should she become President that Vladimir Putin will consider that she is a woman and treat her differently than a man. She could just refuse to co-operate with him.
    Jim

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  292. John S. in Baltimore

    I hope she refuses to cooperate up to election day. Everyone will believe she has something to hide. Dodge, baby. Dodge!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  293. Bill - North Carolina

    It doesn't really matter, she will just make something else up.

    By the way Jack, I can see you from my living room, does that make me a CNN reporter or a t.v. expert?

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  294. P.J. Sharp

    Why doesn't the liberal shark pool look into the history and personal character of Palin's brother-in-law instead trying to make this hangnail into a major blood-letting? Oh! I know....she's a Republican and is fair game for anything the verbal contortionists can dig up, throw at her, and hope it will stick.....even if it takes years and years of pounding it in and piling on. We've been there, done that and seen the miserable mess reporters can create with quasifictional commentaries. Spare me! This is a tempest in a teapot, a mountain out of a molehill and comes from what seems to be another sour grapes episode to be expanded upon and fed to the avaricious media monster.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  295. Pam

    Yes I care tremendously. Can't help but think that the failure to cooperate means there is a lot more to the story. The initial inquiry had many more Republicans voting yes then Democrats, and began before Palen was ever nominated. The actual commitee doing the investigation consists of 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats. I'm sure they support there party candidates. So to say this is partisan is rediculous.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  296. Steve from Naples, FL

    I think it’s another example of Republicans disregarding the law. If she doesn’t cooperate she should be arrested and charged. Politicians created and skew the laws but then are treated like they are above them.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  297. Ruth Dever: Midlothian VA

    I have concerns about Palin on a few fronts. First, her willingness to put her daughter into the national spotlight speaks more to her personal ambition than her concern as a mother – that young girl had no context to understand what she would be getting into, even if Palin asked her if it was OK. That's an ugly sign of how she makes decisions. Second: I can easily understand a sister being furious when she feels her sibling is being badly wronged in a divorce. But to then exercise a vendetta against someone who would not fire your hated brother-in-law is a petty abuse of power. it again seems to show a lack of restraint on the ambition/power front. Third: Deciding it's now all too messy to cooperate with the investigation when she said she welcomed it in the past tells me she knows this will not go well for her. If she knows, we should know too. It all speaks to a disturbing willfulness. We have had eight years of willful mailed-fist policies. Enough!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  298. Benjie from Laredo

    Look, we've just spent the last 7 2/3 years with a President and Vice-president who not only disrespected the law, but the Constitution and the people of the United States as well. Basically doing the same thing as Palin.

    The way I see it is, she's waving a rather large one-finger salute to the people of Alaska and the rest of our country by not cooperating. With the way she's acting, I consider her guilty and unworthy of leading us through ANY crisis we find ourselves in.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  299. Oween

    I care about as much as I did when the Clinton's were being unduly pummeled over Whitewater...The public should view it for what it is, an investigation, and let it run its course...there are lots of substantive issues in this election that merit the country's attention...Troopergate isn't one of them...

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  300. Anita

    I think that her resistence to co-operate in the invesigation will cast doubts of her innocence. The image emerging of Sarah is that she practiced cronyism in Alaska. Now that the national spotlight is on the investigation there will more scrutiny.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  301. Haydee -New Jersey

    For me it matters. she is looking for the VP position and this is how she behaves??
    It brings De-javu to my mind. George W Bush does also whatever he wants

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  302. BKoi

    Just another Bush clone, just another political hack to impeach when the voters find out her misdeeds when they trust her in the most powerful job in the world ! If she's lying now, and avoiding the press, and has all these brewing scandals from her past, WHAT IS YOU'R BEST GUESS???????

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  303. Laurence (Washington, DC)

    She should be charged with impeding the process of an investigation. Then, she'll go to jail; where she belongs! Then she can spend 7500 days in all of her constituents that she governed as mayor of Wasilla.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  304. Richard Copeland

    A person who at any time could be the chief law enforcement officer of our country should be transparent with concern to the law, when they are the subject of an investigation. This ensures respect for the law from the bottom up and top down. Even Clinton appointed special investigators to investigate himself, when questions were raised. Her refusal to cooperate not only makes her look like she's hiding something, but it makes the public she would be in charge of think she has the attitude that she's above the law, and the law and justice is suppose to be blind no matter if a petty thief or well connected politician steps over the line. I hate to rush to judge but this lady smells foul to me. Our laws work because good people abide by them, and bad people are forced to obey.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  305. Josh

    As a government official she has an obligation to full disclosure. You can't hold government office and then expect to avoid having to explain yourself when you make a controversial decision. If Sarah Palin is truly clean in this matter then why not cooperate with the investigation? Her silence is only creating doubts in the American people's minds as to whether she will be an honest and trust worthy VP.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  306. Ayaya (New York)

    Yes, Palin ought to tell the truth. Sarah Palin is not being smeared or attacked, she is just a blatant liar to Americans. America deserves better than better than Palin. America is at serious risk with Palin because she is not trustworthy at all. She makes up stories and carries on and on. She should be dropped as VP if she is not willing to cooperate with investigators to prove her innocence in firing a person unfairly.

    Chico

    September 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  307. bob morrill

    should we care. if we dont then we deserve anothe r 8 years like the last, she was cooperating till she becomes a veep candidate. if that ring geo bush cheney and friends i dont know what does we have been lied to and have had coverups and been stonewalled for the last eight years and we are on the road to 8 more if we buy her bs and mcains to

    September 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  308. V

    When I logged in there were 197 blogs posted; 5 of these were in Palin’s favor. I am more concerned that 97.46% would not vote for a McCain/Palin ticket.

    Perhaps we should start looking into what Diebold will be doing to make this race a win for the Republicans. Can you report on this issue? We will be confronting it soon and there are websites that are not showing Diebold in a favorable position.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  309. Mary

    If you have nothing to hide....you have nothing to fear. Cooperate and let the facts be told. I would NEVER vote for someone that could not be truthful. By refusing to cooperate it tells me she has something to hide. I was interested in her at first, but we don't need another dishonest politician.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  310. Fancy Quadri

    Of course it matters. She going for one of the top positions in the nation. Even with that said I'm sure the Republican party will try to keep the funk under the cover. It will be interesting to watch this one play out.
    Providence, Rhode Island

    September 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  311. Tj

    To describe herself as an outsider she sure doesn't look like one with this move. Looking back I'm sure she'll think that being a Gov might have helped to maneuver the investigation to suit her.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  312. Tom Neith

    Hello,
    Question for Palin; How PATRIOTIC is it when a Mayor of a small Alaskan Town , charges women victims of rape are forced to pay for their own "rape kits"?
    Thanks
    Tom Neith
    Pocono Lake ,PA

    September 18, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  313. Lawrence Thorne

    Also I'd like to note that the very first time Americans invited her into thier homes via TV she lied to us – point blank with a straight face.

    She said she sold the Governor's plane on eBay which turned to to be... (hint: false).

    September 18, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  314. Heather from Wisconsin

    It shouldn't come as a surprise to Palin that this probe is a big deal. It's not like it just happened, and the scrutiny is a good thing – after all, she wants to be a heartbeat away from the top job!

    I just have a hard time understanding why she's changed her stance away from cooperation if she has nothing to hide. Isn't the truth supposed to set you free? Maybe that's the problem...

    September 18, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  315. MichaelB from Tampa FL

    How is it that so many believe she has refused to cooperate? If she has announced she would cooperate with state law which means have it settled by the personnel board, how is that a refusal to cooperate. Obviously the attacks, the lies and character assassinations have escalated since she rec'd the VP nod, I don't blame her for refusing to participate in that witch hunt.

    On another note I've pointed out CNN's remarkable penchant for ommitting critical facts, and my posts have not appeared here. If this issue was reported homestly by Cafferty, so many wouldn't believe she has refused. Amazing!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:58 pm |