PALIN READS AN IMAGINARY REPORT…. I can understand Sarah Palin feeling humiliated for having gotten caught violating ethics rules, abusing the powers of her office, and lying about it, but pretending that imaginary conclusions are reality is never the right way to go.

Palin was asked today by a reporter whether she abused her power. The question, itself, seems a little silly — an independent report just concluded that she clearly did. The better question would be why she chose to abuse her power.

Regardless, her response was absurd: “If you read the report, you’ll see that there’s nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member. You’ve got to read the report, sir.”

The question was, “Governor, did you abuse your power?” The correct answer, for those who’ve “read the report,” is obviously, “Yes.” The report is unambiguous: “For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 2952.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.”

If the first question is “Governor, did you abuse your power?” maybe the second should be, “Governor, when do you plan on reading the report about your ethics scandal?”

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.