The Palin "Troopergate" report has been released by a totally partisan, unanimous vote. Unsurprisingly, the report which Palin tried to block through lawsuits, stall through non-cooperation, discredit through personal attacks against the investigators, isn't very good for Palin:
Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. The politically charged inquiry imperiled her reputation as a reformer on John McCain's Republican ticket.
Investigator Stephen Branchflower, in a report by a bipartisan panel that investigated the matter, found Palin in violation of a state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain.
The inquiry looked into her dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, who said he lost his job because he resisted pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with the governor's sister. Palin says Monegan was fired as part of a legitimate budget dispute.
The panel found that Palin let the family grudge influence her decision-making even if it was not the sole reason Monegan was dismissed. "I feel vindicated," Monegan said. "It sounds like they've validated my belief and opinions. And that tells me I'm not totally out in left field."
Branchflower said Palin violated a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.
So, Palin broke the law. But at least she broke the law in a folksy, hockey-family sorta way: by carrying out a vendetta against a former borther-in-law. I don't know how carrying out personal vendettas through the office of the Governor is mavericky or reform-minded, but it is at least kind of folksy. And petty. And unethical. And illegal.
Update: Of course nothing will immediately happen to Palin because of this. It is a report from a commission, not an indictment from a prosecutor. Reports from commissions like these have no teeth. That is why it is so laughable when McCain suggests them. It is almost the same as suggesting nothing.