NY Sun: Checking Out Sarah Palin

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Governor Palin tweeted the link to the following New York Sun article, with this message:

If an embarrassing backside mention brings attention to an embarrassing budget mess, good. Whatever I can do to help. fb.me/1fJ29P8NT

TO THOSE OF OUR READERS WHO WANT TO KNOW WHY WE KEEP WRITING about Governor Palin, check this out. It turns out that one of the Secret Service Agents cashiered for consorting with a prostitute at Colombia was once on Mrs. Palin’s security detail. And he posted on his Facebook page a picture of himself standing behind the Alaskan governor. “I was really checking her out, if you know what I mean,” the Washington Post quoted the ex-agent, David Randall Chaney, 48, as having written on Facebook. The Washington Post’s report was followed up on Fox News by Greta Van Susteren, to whom the alert Alaskan confessed she was, as the Washington Post put it, “disgusted that a Secret Service agent would make jokes about checking out her ‘backside.’” Then Mrs. Palin made one of those segues for which she is famous, suggesting that what they should be checking out in Washington is “Article One, Section Nine, Clause Seven” of the Constitution.

That’s why we keep writing about Mrs. Palin. Section nine of Article One of the Constitution is the section that lists the things the federal government can never do, and clause seven contains the famous phrasing about how “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” Mrs. Palin’s point was that the Obama administration has been rattling along without a budget, in violation — in her view and ours — of this most basic slab of American bedrock. What a retort to questions about how a government agent was “checking her out.” That instinct is why she is still at the center of the American political dialog, nearly four years after she lost her race for the presidency of the Senate.

It suggests she is connected to what we regard as one of the deepest tensions building up in our political system and the one that promises the most illuminating fireworks in the coming year.
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