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"Irreparable Harm"

By The Reverend Published: October 4, 2008

Imitation is said to be the highest form of George and The Dick should feel very flattered today....

The Alaska Supreme Court has agreed to hear an emergency appeal from lawyers seeking to shut down the Legislature's Troopergate investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin.

The action comes the day after Anchorage Superior Court Judge Peter Michalski threw out their lawsuit attempting to halt the Legislature's investigation of what's known as Troopergate. The suit was filed on behalf of a group of Republican state legislators who oppose the investigation.

"The plaintiffs and Alaskans will suffer irreparable harm if the investigation at issue continues and if the resulting investigative report issues as planned on Oct. 10, 2008," they wrote in their appeal. Link

You might remember the "irreparable harm" that Justice Scalia said would befall George W. Bush if vote counting continued in Florida in 2000. The "irreparable harm" that might befall Sarah Palin, should Troopergate continue to be investigated, would be that the truth about her and her office's involvement in the case would be exposed to the public. Why would that cause "irreparable harm" for Sarah Palin? Why would the truth about a state firing cause "irreparable harm"?

Could the answer be that Sarah Palin might have her credibility "irreparably harmed" if it is revealed that she hasn't been 100% truthful? But Alaskans? I can't quite understand how Alaskans will be harmed if the truth comes out about this specific case. I suppose it would be similar to how Americans would be hurt if the Florida votes were counted in other words....not at all.

In 2000 it was dangerous for the votes to be counted. In 2008 it's dangerous for an investigation into a state governor's office to continue. In both instances "irreparable harm" would be the consequences. In both cases swarms of Republican attorneys descended on the scene to stop the process.

Could it be that McCain-Palin and the GOP's attempt to stop a legal investigation is simply another example of the Republican Party's ongoing war with law and order?

Is this the new litmus test for law enforcement and due process? If "irreparable harm" might befall a prominent Republican should the truth be uncovered.......then that truth must remain covered?

From the refusal of Todd and Sarah to respect subpoenas, to the GOP's influence on witnesses to refuse to give depositions in the case, after they had agreed to do so......and now to a Bush v Gore-like last minute appeal to a Supreme Court to stop the Troopergate investigation.....all of it is a painful reminder of the GOP's regard for basic law and order. If law and order threatens to expose truth...truth that could cause "irreparable harm" to Republicans....then law and order must be set aside.

That's a description of the last 8 years of executive branch rule.



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