If you really want to see what desperation looks like, check out the front page of the Daily Kos. I won’t link here, but currently posted there by diarist RobertoW is a claim that Sarah Palin lied about “firing” the state chef. Here is the quote from Palin’s convention speech:
While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for.
That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.
I also drive myself to work.
And I thought we could muddle through without the governor’s personal chef – although I’ve got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her. I came to office promising to control spending – by request if possible and by veto if necessary.
Senator McCain also promises to use the power of veto in defense of the public interest – and as a chief executive, I can assure you it works.The Kossack says Palin lied about “firing” the chef and cites an article from an Alaska paper as proof:
Aside from having listed a state plane on eBay, the most popular anecdotal example of Sarah Palin’s credentials as a reformer has been her firing the governor’s chef. This has been quickly seized on by clueless Lower 48 Palin partisans as a colorful example of belt-tighting via downhome folksiness: Palin didn’t just kick out the “uppity” gourmet chef, she claimed she planned on cooking herself, with her kids chipping in to make sandwiches.
As you might expect, this turns out to be another Palin fabrication. The 6/29/07 Anchorage Daily News article about the firing actually reveals the shocking truth behind the deception.
First, firing the governor’s chef saved no money at all, because the chef was transferred, not fired. In the article, an e-mail from the fired chef, Stefani Marnon, to friends and colleagues is quoted as saying “Friday will be my last day at the house, but I will still be employed with the state.”He then cites another article with another shocking revelation:
“Remember the long-time executive chef who lost her job at the Mansion when Sarah decided to live mostly in Wasilla instead of Juneau? Stefani Marnon was first reassigned as a “constituent relations assistant” in the governor’s office and later to the state museum.”
That is the shocking revelation. The governor did not spend all her time at the mansion and the chef was reassigned and not fired. The diarist complained that Palin was only working part-time. Is this woman something or what? Not only did she accomplish things in her year and a half as governor that others had not been able to get done in many years, but she did it without even working full time. Is this really the kind of stuff they think is going to anger voters? The more of this stuff they point out to me, the more I admire her. No wonder the polls are turning on them. Remember what saved Bill Clinton’s bacon during the Lewinsky scandal? That line about getting back to work for the American people. Obama’s followers are spending hours and hours picking apart each word Palin has uttered and trying to twist them into some sinister lie. Whether Obama’s campaign is behind any of this or not, these idiots make them look like all their side is doing is attacking Palin. Americans want someone who will work to solve their problems — not incessantly attack their opponent. If they keep this up McCain might just win in a landslide.