Sarah Palin has never been a supporter of freedom of expression, thinking that the First Amendment was designed to protect her from criticism by the media. She also does not understand how to conduct damage control. Just when things seemed weird enough with her announcement that she is resigning, Palin made another blunder in response to the rumors that the resignation was motivated by rumored embezzlement charges.
Palin’s attorney has threatened to sue the press if they publish the “defamatory” stories that she might be facing embezzlement charges related to the building of a sports complex in Wasilla. The threat, contained in a four page letter, presented the controversy over the funding of the sports complex from her perspective. This guarantees that, if they hadn’t already, the media will see this as a story. Presenting her side of the case also increases the chances that publications will scrutinize her claims for any discrepancies.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI’s Alaska spokesman has stated that Palin is not under investigation by the agency. This does not address rumored IRS investigations or the possibility that Palin resigned from office to prevent impeachment on ethics charges. With the large number of questions as to her ethical conduct in office and the irrational manner of her resignation, Palin is living in a different universe if she does not realize that her resignation will be taken by many as evidence of her guilt and as an attempt to limit further scandals.