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PANIC TIME….Is the McCain campaign scared to death that there might be more to Troopergate than Sarah Palin fessed up to during the ten or fifteen minutes of vetting they gave her last week? Oh my yes. And they’re in full whirlwind mode trying to shut down the bipartisan investigation into her activities that’s been underway in Alaska for the past couple of months — an investigation that Palin had earlier said she welcomed and would fully cooperate with because, you know, she had nothing to hide etc. etc.

Anyway, that’s no longer operative. She’s now got a lawyer, her husband has a lawyer, they’ve managed to get seven witnesses to refuse to testify, they’ve filed a motion of their own to gum up the works, and they’ve gotten their allies in the legislature to call for the investigation to be shut down. (It had gotten too “politicized” they said hilariously, after doing everything in their power to politicize it.)

Palin herself, of course, has nothing to say about this since she’s currently being kept in a bunker somewhere. I wonder how long it’s going to be before there are a dozen camera crews camped outside her house in Wasilla shouting questions at her as she ducks into her car every morning to drive to the office? As near as I can tell, that’s the only thing that might finally embarrass the campaign into allowing her to speak without a teleprompter in front of her.

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