"A new ethics complaint has been filed against Sarah Palin, accusing the Alaska governor of abusing her power by charging the state when her children traveled with her," the AP reports. "The complaint alleges that the Republican vice presidential nominee used her official position as governor for personal gain, violating a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. It follows a report by The Associated Press last week that Palin charged the state more than $21,000 for her three daughters' commercial flights, including events where they weren't invited, and later ordered their expense forms amended to specify official state business. In some cases, Palin also has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls."
The Boston Globe on Palin's energy independence speech: "Despite Palin's attempt to distance McCain's energy policies from those of the Bush administration, their priorities are largely similar, especially more domestic production."
Politico's Roger Simon asks this question: If Palin becomes the McCain campaign's scapegoat, what does that say about McCain since he picked her? "John McCain's campaign is looking for a scapegoat. It is looking for someone to blame if McCain loses on Tuesday. And it has decided on Sarah Palin. In recent days, a McCain 'adviser' told Dana Bash of CNN: 'She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone.'"
"Imagine not taking advice from the geniuses at the McCain campaign. What could Palin be thinking? Also, a "top McCain adviser" told Mike Allen of Politico that Palin is 'a whack job.' Maybe she is. But who chose to put this 'whack job' on the ticket? Wasn't it John McCain? And wasn't it his first presidential-level decision?"
Per NBC/NJ's Matthew E. Berger, a senior Palin aide yesterday lambasted ABC News and other media organizations for confusing the answers to two questions in the network's interview with the Alaska governor, and suggesting Palin was reflecting on presidential ambitions for 2012. Tucker Eskew, counselor to Palin's vice presidential campaign, said ABC News misconstrued Palin when it ran an article on its Web site saying she vowed to remain a political player in 2012 and was "not doing this for naught." Eskew said the comment was an answer to a follow-up question, and Palin was reflecting on her desire to continue despite gender bias and personal attacks.
He said Palin rejected the question about 2012, and said her ambitions were to seek re-election with McCain. But he said the article's headline, initially posted on ABCNews.com, was "terrifically misleading," suggesting Palin had said "I'm not doin' this for naught" when asked about running in four years.
Eskew singled out several news organizations he said compounded the mistake by covering the ABC interview erroneously, and suggested standards of fairness and accuracy had not been observed. "I would ask you all to reflect a little more deeply on this one, because what it says about our campaigns, our candidates, our politics and our press is … very troubling," he said, speaking to reporters on the back of Palin's plane. "And it is made all the more troubling when an irony of ironies abounds here. We were sitting down with ABC News for an interview about attacks on Gov. Palin and media distortions."