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Posted by on Feb 5, 2010 in At TMV, Breaking News, Politics | 13 comments

The Influence Of Pillow Talk On Sarah

sarah-palin-todd-palin-picture_276x368_1.jpgThis will blow the minds of Sarah and Todd Palin so I will try to keep it short and sweet.’s lead story today on its morning web site reviewed nearly 3,000 pages of emails written and received by Todd Palin from state officials and oil executives while his wife was governor of Alaska and running for vice president on the Republican presidential ticket.

The bottom line? Todd Palin had a major influence on his wife’s decisions.

Big frigging deal. Alaskans and the rest of America that paid attention already knew that. All the so-called investigative report accomplished was putting pillow talk on the public record. It made garbage respectable.

Before friends and foes of Sarah Palin go berserk over the report and my erudite perspective of the story, let me remind you of three cases in history that popped into my fertile brain.

Edith Wilson was defacto president of the United States in the waning days of Woodrow Wilson’s administration.

Nancy Reagan was the spine giving husband governor and president Ronald Reagan a backbone of confidence for his decisions, according to son Ronald.

And, shall we ever forget Bill and Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency, saying voters get a bargain of two for the price of one?

Todd Palin may be Sarah Palin’s Svengali. So what? As a critic of Sarah Palin, I say she needs all the help she listens to and accepts. Who knows? In time she may be up to speed to adequately fulfill the needs of her ambition. That’s not God whispering in her ear. Its Todd.

Here’s’s capsule synopsis:

Nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails that Todd Palin exchanged with state officials, which were released to and NBC News by the state of Alaska under its public records law, draw a picture of a Palin administration where the governor’s husband got involved in a judicial appointment, monitored contract negotiations with public employee unions, received background checks on a corporate CEO, added his approval or disapproval to state board appointments and passed financial information marked “confidential” from his oil company employer to a state attorney.

The only thing I can say in defense of the report released now is that it took that long for the state of Alaska to unshackle its arcane methods which could in some circles be interpreted as a means of stonewalling.

NBC filed the Freedom of Information request in August 2008. Although state law requires a response in 10 days, the state asked for a series of delays, at first claiming the cost to unearth the emails would be $15 million.

This week the state charged $323.58 for the records, it said.

The news organization complained that many of the emails were redacted and 233 were not released. It alleged:

The still-secret e-mails between Todd Palin and senior officials reach into countless areas of state government and politics: potential board appointees, constituent complaints, use of the state jet, oil and gas production, marine regulation, gas pipeline bids, postsecondary education, wildfires, native Alaskan issues, the state effort to save the Matanuska Maid dairy, budget planning, potential budget vetoes, oil shale leasing, “strategy for responding to media allegations,” staffing at the mansion, pier diem payments to the governor for travel, “strategy for responding to questions about pregnancy,” potential cuts to the governor’s staff, “confidentiality issues,” Bureau of Land Management land transfers and trespass issues and requests to the U.S. transportation secretary. Also withheld: a discussion of how to reply to “media questions about Todd Palin’s work and potential conflict of interests.”

Todd Palin was listed as an unpaid adviser to Gov. Palin by the state’s ethical standards panel.

My verdict is that Todd Palin is guilty as hell as having political influence on an elected official, his wife.

As for possible charges of conflict of interest, that’s for the Alaskan judicial system to prosecute.

Otherwise, this is old news and should have treated it as such.

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  • JSpencer

    Anyone who is married or has people in their lives they love and trust are going to be influenced by them. I’ve gotten on Palin’s case before, and I likely will again (cuz I have no doubt she will give me reason to – not that she cares what I think) but this “news” doesn’t bother me a bit. Much ado about nothing from MSNBC imo.

  • Budjob

    I personally fail to understand why an individual so inept,incompetent,and totally opportunistic is afforded all the media coverage.Perhaps the media is running short of bonafide news articles.

  • DLS

    “Perhaps the media is running short of bonafide news articles.”

    There’s a lack of such news (i.e., good news for liberals) these days.

  • redbus

    Earned degrees are not a cure-all, but Todd Palin dropped out of high school, and now he’d be advising the woman who wants to be President of the United States? Am I the only one troubled by this?

    • DaMav

      Sarah and Todd have run a business for many years, creating wealth and providing jobs, unlike many of those with prestigious degrees. They have also moved from being a family of quite modest means to producing millions in wealth and creating jobs for many Americans. Ivy League professors are comparatively a dime a dozen these days. It’s far easier to contract with one than it is to get either Todd or Sarah to show up and speak at an event. Palin was the keynote speaker at the prestigious CLSA Brokers forum in Hong Kong last year. Prior speakers included Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Desmond Tutu — hardly people noted for their academic achievements, but all seen as powerful persons with relevant viewpoints. I believe that Sarah Palin was the first woman ever selected to keynote the group, and she was reportedly paid $ 300,000 for doing it. None of this means everyone should agree with Palin. However the continued ‘that dumb woman’ stereotypes reflect more on those perpetuating them than they do on Sarah Palin. Everyone who has been paid $ 300,000 by international investors for giving a brief address can now come forth and refute my point.

      • redbus

        DaMav, haven’t made the 300K, but since when is making that kind of money an indication of influence? Mother Theresa never saw that kind of cash her whole life, unless it was for passing on to the poor. Former Gov. Palin resigned 2 1/2 years into a four year term. That’s reason enough for me to say: “Sorry, if you can’t make it as a governor, why should I entrust you with the presidency?” And the “hopey changey thing” quote from her latest speech was simply juvenile. More choices, please.

  • DaMav

    I’m sure msnbc decided to go with the pillow talk non-story so it could avoid covering this one.

    Palin electrifies Salina crowd

    Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee, was the guest speaker Friday night at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting….

    Former VP candidate draws 6,000 fans to Bicentennial Center

    “We’ve had great speakers in the past,” said Todd Davidson, of the chamber. “No one has generated this amount of interest — even President George H.W. Bush, who came here when he was a sitting president, did not drive this kind of a response.”

  • daveinboca

    I personally fail to understand why an individual so inept,incompetent,and totally opportunistic is afforded all the media coverage.

    Do you mean the clown now disgracing himself in the Oval Office? The one who used to be a “consultant” for a crime syndicate called ACORN and then recently denied he was unaware ACORN has been receiving federal money since 1995?

    And isn’t it strange that this “high school dropout” is a successful father, husband, employee and sporting champion who is half Native-American & yet a looooong msnbc article neglects to mention the fact that his ancestors were in America looooong before Columbus sailed the ocean sea?

    Msnbc is commonly called “the mess” by media honchos for its slipshod, third-rate journalistic sloppiness. The article on Todd Palin is simply one of many showing how dumb & hypocritical the ultra-left lumpenprole wing of the press remains—just goes to show what a college degree will do for lousy journalism students with political agendas!

  • daveinboca


    However the continued ‘that dumb woman’ stereotypes reflect more on those perpetuating them than they do on Sarah Palin. Everyone who has been paid $ 300,000 by international investors for giving a brief address can now come forth and refute my point.

    Isn’t it interesting that this “dumb” woman was the lead negotiator between the state of Alaska and a pipeline consortium which arrived at an agreement costing hundreds of millions of dollars to export Alaskan natural gas? The profits from the state’s side of the consortium will be distributed to the citizens of Alaska, unlike in the lower ’48 where greedy politicians would predictably sideline much of the profits and then sluice them toward special interests in corrupt jurisdictions like California [Calpers].Illinois [the Dem & Repub “machines,” and New York, where many of the corrupt msnbc failed journalists work out of, a state so corrupt that crooked pols are no longer sent to jail [as they are in Illinois], but simply become lobbyists in Albany or DC [Eliot Spitzer may have served a short term, but this oversexed crook is back shamelessly running for office.

    Of course, he’s a Democrat and they not held accountable in the press for any high crimes and misdemeanors, especially of the tax-paying variety. That’s why they’re so greedy to tax the rest of us.
    Found money for these hucksters.

  • DaMav

    but are people being buried in Palin t-shirts yet?

  • New Cat

    To those who have a penchant to call names and sling derogatory adjectives toward people who have different political viewpoints. It would be nice for you to back up your comments with something like a fact or reason why you think someone deserves the label you are attaching to them. With that we can at least have a decent discussion on the person you are attacking, debate their viewpoints or whatever the topic suggests. Otherwise IMO the name caller just looks like an unreasoning opinionated buffoon.

    • ProfElwood

      I’d like to add that straw man attacks, arguing hidden motives, distractions, and other escapes also are forms of avoiding reasoned discussion.

  • DLS

    Actually, Dave in Boca, in addition to your correctly identifying CalPERS for the kind of organization it is (hint: this is the fear I had with Bush’s securities-based Social Security plan, once the Dems in DC got their paws on it — imagine DC in the position of CalPERS, in other words), it’s interesting that you point out something Palin has done that isn’t limited to her, but which she has won (perhaps ironic or hypocritical praise from conservative) populists for being one of those doing so:

    “the lead negotiator between the state of Alaska and a pipeline consortium which arrived at an agreement costing hundreds of millions of dollars to export Alaskan natural gas? The profits from the state’s side of the consortium will be distributed to the citizens of Alaska”

    As a liberal colleague of mine said to me recently, this is something that has been neglected by politicians as a rule, notably here in the West, which has been treated in may ways (not limited to arbitrary straight-line boundaries, but with land and resource lockup and other issues, such as the subject here) like a colony of Washington or the Northeast Corridor (as with “satellite” corporate industrial facilities, with headquarters in New York, typically, in an earlier age). One thing that many liberals and Democrats, mostly, resent is the failure of the states or (emphased by libs such as my colleague) the federal government to reap appropriate prices for extraction or use of natural resources on public or territorial lands. (Same is true for reduced grazing fees on public lands and such.) To have government secure “acceptable” royalties or other payments in exchange for resource extraction (especially non-renewable resources) and distribute them to citizens (a type of “dividend”) has a classic populist appeal. This is how, if it were managed right, the Democrats could make gains in the West in the years to come. Open or free the locked-up resources in the West to exploitation and use — on government-friendly (or “people-friendly”) terms, that is. (Same for land sales, by the way.)

    In fact, there’s a huge problem that’s coming in the near-term future (10-25+) years along with the aging of society, mass asset sell-off and bear market affecting our economy, and struggles with growth of government expenditures, which will reward the political party that best solves these problems. There’s a problem that will become especially acute not so much in the Southeast (though there, too), but especially in the West,

    and if the Dems could solve that coming problem, while controlling their environmentalist tendencies toward extremism and radicalism, they gain in the West more than they otherwise conceivably could.


    a) Boost the supply from elsewhere. The following probably the most ambitious example, but readers consider consider this not only in light of how it eventually would affect all three North American Nations, but also in the light of all the money spent and largely wasted during the previous year on “stimulus” and other measures, and despite early conservative and environmentalist grumblings, what solving this problem would do for the Dems’ prospects for the future in the West, and in DC.

    And of course, where and how would one grow large new amounts of biomass for renewable energy?

    Not to mention, this provides not only much more water but more clean hydropower electricity.

    Palin would always be loathed by the Usual Suspects there, but some might be relieved someday if someone like her in Alaska agreed to this:

    b) Convince these people, in this fabulous separate nation within a nation, [cap s/b DET]

    to become water barons, and get richer than OPEC. Trade, even on harsh terms with them on top, is better than warfare (or having the water simply taken from them someday, possibly). Plus, it would pay for rebuilding their own cities and infrastructure and a host of social problems they would prefer.

    Selling water, and oil, and gas, and uranium and other minerals, and paying for government, or paying citizens in the form of “dividends” … is Palin and would future Dems or Republicans be right or wrong?

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