The 21st Century Muckrackers
In an AP Exclusive, (WOW!), Mon May 23, 12:37 pm ET, entitled Former Palin aide pens tell-all, writer BECKY BOHRER of the Associated Press writes about a “former member of Sarah Palin's inner circle” who “has written a scathing tell-all, saying Palin was ready to quit as governor months before she actually resigned and was eager to leave office when more lucrative opportunities came around.”
Recalling how Sarah was being prosecuted in the media at the time, it must occur to any honest person that another way of looking at this situation was that she was harassed to the point of being unable to do her job and “more lucrative opportunities” provided money for growing attorneys’ fees.
Bohrer writes further that the aide, Frank Bailey, stated to the AP "In 2009 I had the sense if she made it to the White House and I had stayed silent, I could never forgive myself."
This is quite a telling statement; for what could he not forgive himself? For not writing his book of blame earlier and not profiting from it?
“Palin's attorney did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story,” continues Bohrer. No Kidding! What if most of what he has written is an inaccurate view of what happened?
"Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years" is due out Tuesday and based on tens of thousands of emails that Bailey said he kept during his time with Palin,” states Bohrer.
Why did he keep them? Was he planning a book for so long?
Bohrer continues, “It began with working on her 2006 gubernatorial campaign and continued through her failed run for vice president in 2008 and her brief stint as governor.“
What brief stint? 2 ½ years?
“The Alaska attorney general's office has said it's investigating Bailey's use of the emails. Executive ethics laws bar former public officials from using information acquired during their work for personal gain if the information hasn't been publicly disseminated. The state has yet to release thousands of emails that Palin sent and received during her 2 1/2 years as governor. Bailey's attorney has said Bailey took "great care" to ensure his writings were consistent with legal requirements,” says Bohrer
Why does the attorney general’s office even bother? We all know the result of such investigations with the pressure from those who want to give it to Sarah some more.
Bohrer continues, “Billed as the first Palin book by a former aide, "Blind Allegiance" bolsters the perception of Palin as self-serving, while casting Bailey as her enforcer — willing to do the dirty work, no questions asked.”
Oh, so we have a first billing do we? Let’s just get more and more mud to sling from billing after billing after…….And we have casting too? The dirty worker coming clean for America! Sounds like good theatre.
Bohrer continues, “Bailey became a footnote in Alaska political history by getting embroiled in an investigation of Palin's firing of her police commissioner over allegations the commissioner wouldn't fire trooper Mike Wooten, who'd had a bitter divorce with Palin's sister. Bailey was caught on tape questioning a state trooper official about why Wooten was still employed. Bailey, who was Palin's director of boards and commissions, was put on leave after news of the recording broke, though he claims his actions were with the prodding of Palin's husband, Todd.”
Oh my, now we bring that Todd guy in to blame too! When are the girls or even Trig coming into this blame game?
Bohrer continues, “In spite of this, and what he describes as campaigns by Sarah Palin over the years to tear down others who have crossed or confronted her, he stuck around. To speak up when he saw things he didn't agree with "went against all that investment of time and energy that I put into her," said Bailey. He said he "shed his family," his wife and two kids, to singularly focus on Palin during her rise to the governor's office and beyond.”
Oh, now this is really pathetic! This is the real measure of this guy! He admits seeing things he didn’t agree with but does not speak up because he does not want to give up his investment of time and energy in the governor: seeing but not speaking, so that he could continue doing so; seeing but not speaking. This is the modus-operandi of a guy doing wrong but continuing to do it anyway. A decent person would have quit, made his confession, made appropriate restitution and gone on with his life and caring for his family.
Bohrer writes further, “Bailey claims her heart wasn't in governing after she returned to Alaska from her failed run for vice president. At home, she faced a barrage of ethics complaints — nearly all of which were ultimately dismissed — and Bailey said she told him as early as February 2009 that if she could find the right message to tell Alaskans, she'd "quit tomorrow." She resigned in July 2009. “
“Bailey confesses to "a ton of mistakes" and speaks of a return to God; he said his church has become a sanctuary and that he's reconnected with his family. He said writing the book — which itself has generated controversy — was cathartic. “
But then why publish it? What’s the motive?
“Bailey dismisses any suggestion he's disgruntled or bitter; he said he got a front-row seat to state and national politics and was able to recommend judges and set up "hundreds" of board positions. "Yeah, there were some tough, tough times but hopefully I've learned from some of that," he said. "Time will tell." He said he has no ill feelings toward Palin, with whom he says he hasn't spoken since the fall of 2009.”
So he actually enjoyed what he was doing except for some tough times. But then the real question is: Why is he writing this book which will certainly harm Sarah when he says he bears her no ill feelings, does not hate her,etc.?
The Possibility is he is being as opportunistic as he accuses Sarah of being. Could it be he is desirous of making some good money off HIS mistakes and putting the blame on others? He needs to really contemplate this. Chances are good that he is doing this out of some sort of spite. He needs to be honest with himself, with Sarah and all of us.