Speaking of abuses of power…

SPEAKING OF ABUSES OF POWER…. An independent investigation in Alaska, just three days ago, found that Sarah Palin violated the public trust when she abused the powers of her office. You’d think, given this reality, she’d be cautious on the subject.

But, no. Introducing McCain at an event in Virginia this morning, Palin told the crowd, “See, as a senator, John has confronted the corrupt ways of Washington and the wasteful spending and the abuses of power. As president, he’s gonna end those once and for all.”

Does Palin really want to talk about confronting abuses of power right now?

The report, which Palin loves but apparently hasn’t read, specifically reads, “For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.” [emphasis added]

As Greg Sargent noted, “Whoever didn’t cut that line from her speech today is either incompetent or very, very brazen.”

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Steve Benen

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.