As some of you know, I am no longer a fan of Sarah Palin, but this email story has interested me...She has not said she's running for the presidency, but, according to this source (all of which I've printed below), everybody wants to see her emails! WHY? They went through her garbage outside her home and office for months, they looked into every single personal family situation they could possibly come up with....why? They say she has no chance of winning, so WHY this? The request for these records was in 2008, after she was tapped to run as VP candidate with McCain. Did anybody on the Left have records like these demanded of them?
Here's the piece and, within it, in red, are my comments.......
After nearly three years of delay, the state of Alaska has released 24,199 pages of Sarah Palin's emails from her first two years as the state's governor later today.
News organizations have been fighting for access to the emails since 2008, when reporters filed open-records requests to view the messages shortly after John McCain tapped the then-largely unknown governor to be his running mate.
State officials dragged their feet on the requests--in part because of the volume of the data and the complexity of retrieving all of the emails. The messages set for release at 1 p.m. EST include emails from Palin's official state account, as well as a private Yahoo account that she frequently used to communicate with her top aides and her husband, Todd.
According to the state, Palin gave Alaska officials a CD of relevant emails from her Yahoo account.
The messages date from Palin's first days in office in December 2006 through September 2008—a period that covers most of the presidential election, but not her time as McCain's running mate. This release of correspondence also does not include her final tumultuous 10 months in office—Palin resigned in July 2009—though there have been public records requests for those emails as well. (Why? She's out of the governorship and gave good reason for leaving, which everyone seemed to dismiss, why ask for the emails now?)
Palin insisted earlier this week that she doesn't believe there's any big news in the emails. "Every rock in the Palin household that could ever be kicked over and uncovered anything, it's already been kicked over," she told "Fox News Sunday."
And indeed, her lawyers were able to review the emails before they were released to the media. According to the state, many of the emails set for release today have been heavily redacted, while 2,275 pages are being withheld for reasons including executive privilege. Another 140 pages are being held back because they were deemed unrelated to state business.
It's unclear if anything in the emails could harm Palin's potential 2012 presidential bid--but the drip, drip, drip pace of the documents' release could potentially prove most damaging. (which, of course, is the point...at least this author was honest there. Is the DNC paying for this?) The former governor's emails are being released in printed form, as opposed to electronically. Seventeen news organizations and individuals are in Juneau today to begin combing through the messages, which are spread out among 85 boxes that reportedly weigh 50 pounds each. That means Palin's messages are likely to be more than just a one-day story. (SEVENTEEN NEWS ORGANIZATIONS? WHY? Did they request John Edwards' information? William Jeffers'? Charlie Rangel's? They did really questionable things...so why not?)
Some media organizations, including the Washington Post and New York Times are looking to "crowdsource" the documents in hopes of funding any nuggets about Palin's time as governor. MSNBC, Mother Jones, and ProPublica are reportedly working on assembling a database of the emails. Meanwhile the Anchorage Daily News has partnered with ABC News to scan the documents and get them online. (Are they KIDDING? WHY?)
The episodes of most interest in the emails are likely to be Palin's messages during various ethics inquiries during her first term. That includes the scandal known as "Troopergate," in which Palin was accused of pressuring public safety officials to fire her estranged brother-in-law, an Alaska state trooper who was going through a bitter divorce from her sister.
But more than anything, the emails are likely to shed more light on Palin's day-to-day as governor—a time that, in spite of her rise on the national political scene, is still engulfed in plenty of mystery. (Her days as governor is engulfed in mystery? really? Why do so many Alaskans admire her so much?)
By the way....a very important part of this story, one that supports my own feelings on this, is the COMMENTS PAGE of the article I liked above.......almost all asking the same questions I have. One says :
You can say that again.
UPDATE: I wrote that post Friday and found this Friday night....Oh, the media is so disappointed! Read a few of her emails HERE.