Fired police chief calls Palin a liar

That’s gotta hurt.

and claims he has emails from Palin to prove it.

This is going to fit in very badly with Palin’s claim that the two dozen calls and messages from her husband and her staff about the matter were made without her authorization.

Palin probably could have gotten away with the abuse of power. The demographic she was picked to appeal to probably regards it as only natural that a public official should try to “do the right thing” for his or her family, and won’t regard it as “corruption” unless there’s money involved. (The charge is that she fired her secretary of public safety because he wouldn’t fire a state trooper who was involved in a nasty divorce and custody battle with Palin’s sister.)

But lying is a no-no, especially if you’re trying to play “Ms. Smith Goes to Washington.” And there’s an official investigation in play, with the contract of the chief investigator running out October 31 and a Democratic former prosecutor in charge of overseeing the project on behalf of the legislature.

That McCain’s handlers should have so completely botched the vetting process, and that McCain wasn’t on top of them to make sure they did it right, ought to be all the proof anyone needs that McCain is unfit for the office he seeks.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: