Sarah Palin looks to the “Department of Law.”

Kate Snow, interviewing Sarah Palin for ABC News, provides this deadpan nugget:

As to whether another pursuit for national office, as when she joined Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the race for the White House less than a year ago, would result in the same political blood sport, Palin said there was a difference between the White House and what she had experienced in Alaska. If she were in the White House, she said, the “department of law” would protect her from baseless ethical allegations.

“I think on a national level, your department of law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we’ve been charged with and automatically throw them out,” she said.

There is no “Department of Law” at the White House.

This woman is the gift that keeps on giving.

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10 replies on “Sarah Palin looks to the “Department of Law.””

  1. “The gift that keeps on giving”–thanks Waldo, that made me laugh out loud.
    And of course her lame duck excuse sounds especially lame to Virginians, whose governors may not serve a second term as an incumbent. Should all our governors resign when their terms are half over?

  2. I also enjoy that she has learned that the “Department of Law” at the White House can circumvent due process and throw out stuff that she doesn’t like.

    Then again, I guess she’s been paying attention the last 8 years.

  3. I tried to figure out what she was talking about. Maybe she meant the GC’s office at the White House? But no, that’s not a department of law… Maybe the WH’s Congressional liaison office? But no, again, not a department of law. And then I thought, hmm, maybe the Attorney General? Or the entirety of the DOJ? But, no, DOJ isn’t “in the White House.”

    And then I got a headache, and had to stop. True story.

  4. In Alaska, the AG heads up the Department of Law (, so I’m guessing she’s trying to reference DoJ, but it shows a continuing gap in her knowledge of the federal government. Didn’t she ever watch the West Wing?

  5. Yes, Cory, I too could not figure out the logic of “since I’m a lame duck there’s no point in finishing my term.”

    So, if she were (God forbid) elected to 2nd term of the presidency, she would resign the next day because why serve out that whole term?

    Also, couldn’t an elected official with integrity and skill overcome the handicap of being a lame duck? Isn’t she just admitting “I’m so unpopular and I’m not politically skilled enough to achieve my goals while a lame duck.” And don’t some politicians feel *liberated* by the need not to campaign for the next terms and therefore use that sense of liberation to work on bold but risky projects that they believe in, because they don’t fear the wrath of voters? Why couldn’t she seize this as an opportunity to achieve difficult things instead of just bailing?

  6. RE: Cecil: “don’t some politicians feel *liberated* by the need not to campaign for the next terms and therefore use that sense of liberation to work on bold but risky projects that they believe in”

    Yep. It’s why I slightly fear a second term for Obama. You thought deficits were bad now, wait until he is unanswerable to the voters. I’m afraid his ideas of “bold but risky projects” are going to be priiiiiiiicey. But maybe that’s just me. ;-)

  7. Oh, isn’t that just like the gotcha media! If Sarah Palin, dontchya know the Department of No You Don’t Gotchme would make Kate Snow and Katie Couric both wear the Scarlet Letters NYT!

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