I swear, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin just can’t stay out of the news.
First there was the ongoing saga of of the he said, she said between Gov. Palin, her daughter Bristol, and Levi Johnston and his family, and now there’s the story of the rather “interesting” past comments made by Gov. Palin’s nominee for Alaska Attorney General, Wayne Anthony Ross.
Gov. Palin nominated Wayne Anthony Ross for the position of attorney general back in March, and while Ross was once considered a shoo-in for confirmation, his nomination has come under serious fire when his opponents presented evidence that in the past Ross has called homosexuals “degenerates,” hailed the “courage” of a student who lionized the Ku Klux Klan, vowed to undermine the sovereignty of Native American tribes, and allegedly defended men who rape their wives. According to Leah Burton, a lobbyist in Alaska on children’s issues and domestic violence, Ross allegedly asked the question, “If a guy can’t rape his wife, who’s he gonna rape?” during a speech to a 1991 gathering of the “father’s rights” group Dads Against Discrimination. Ross has denied the remarks, but the damage may already be done, as it’s been rumored Gov. Palin may ask Ross to withdraw before his appointment comes to a vote.
Considering how she handled herself during the 2008 presidential campaign, as well as the sniping between her people and Sen. John McCain’s immediately following the election and the ongoing Levi Johnston situation, the current mess surrounding Gov. Palin’s attorney general nominee shouldn’t be one bit surprising. During her brief time in the national spotlight, Gov. Palin has shown a stunning lack of political smarts, and perhaps the only reason she’s taken seriously by some as a legitimate Republican presidential contender in 2012 is her folksy charm. To be honest, I’d love to see Gov. Palin win the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, because a Palin-Obama race in 2012 would be epic, not only for its hilarity but also because it’d ensure a big win for President Obama.