The special charm of Sarah Palin's congenital lying habit lies in the triviality of the usual matters at hand. Yes, her life is a Judge Judy episode - except she's not as good a liar as most of the participants in that show. So long ago, she insisted that she had not fired a librarian as mayor, even as he had her termination letter in hand. Or she insisted that she asked her daughters for permission to run for vice-president, even though her own office put out an itinerary and press release that proved that didn't happen. And so she still claims she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, even though no sane person with access to Google believes her. And she kept saying she had provided medical records, when she never did. And on and on and on ... But the most amusing are the ones where the lies get really complicated really quickly, like a Ricky Gervais skit. So she said she wouldn't take all the federal stimulus money, then said she would, then said she'd never said she wouldn't. Still with me? So she scheduled a meeting with the legislature. Or did she? Let's break this one down, shall we? From the ADN:
[The issue] boiled over when Palin sent a statement to the press blaming the Legislature for the meeting falling apart. "Governor Sarah Palin was scheduled to participate telephonically in a meeting with legislative leadership today when legislative leaders cancelled the meeting to host their own press conference," it said.
The Senate president and House speaker said that is not true.
They did hold a press conference Thursday afternoon to announce a clearinghouse for people to find information about applying for stimulus grants. But they said that had nothing to do with the cancellation of their meeting with Palin.
Legislative staff said that Jerry Gallagher, the governor's legislative director, had told them Wednesday that Palin wouldn't even participate by phone. Gallagher contacted them again late Thursday morning and said Palin was available by phone but by that point the meeting had been canceled and it was too late, according to the speaker's office.
The iconic quote in the piece, the quote that tells you all you need to know about this politician:
Senate President Gary Stevens said the statement Palin sent to the press about what happened was "absolutely false, absolutely false." "Someone should be brought to task on that," the Kodiak Republican said.
Good luck with that.
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