Amanda Carpenter is reporting over at Townhall on a promised October surprise by the Alaska Democrats: the final report of the tainted “Troopergate” investigation due out on October 31st, just four days before the national election.
Most of us political junkies know that the trooper in question, ex-husband of Palin’s sister, should have been fired. He used a Taser on his 10-year old stepson, was drinking while on duty, and threatened the life of several of Palin’s relatives if the family hired an attorney to defend Sarah’s sister in the divorce proceedings. The fact that he wasn’t fired was due mainly to intransigence on the part of the police union.
As far as I know, it is not yet clear whether or not Sarah Palin used her influence as governor to fire the state’s Public Safety Commissioner responsible for NOT firing the trooper. Mike Gravel, former Democratic senator from Alaska and one time presidential candidate has stated on air (hat tip Hot Air via Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO’s the Corner) that he believes Troopergate will come out in Palin’s favor.
However, while in the end it may come out in her favor, there’s no denying that an October surprise could sway an ill-informed public days before the election. What can we do to mitigate this potential problem? I would argue that we need to get the details of this case exposed extensively to the public before October 31st, particularly the details about the abusive nature of this state trooper and the union influences that prevented him from being fired as he should have been. We also need to expose the Democratic partisan politics in the state that are refusing Gov. Palin a fair and non-partisan investigation. But how do we get the word out there into the non-internet public?