Sarah Palin's Wottengate scandal is gaining traction in the mainstream media. At its heart, the scandal is about abuse of power, about an inexperienced governor using her office to settle a personal score and interfere in a divorce and child custory case.
The Washington Post has two articles up regarding Wootengate:
"Palin Focus of Probe In Police Chief's Firing"
"Monegan to Palin: 'Ma'am, I Need to Keep You At Arm's Length'"
To me, the most interesting aspect of this story is the fact that it is an ongoing investigation. That is to say, no one really knows at this point how great the damage could be. This could be a minor speed bump, or it could be a devastating scandal. Why did John McCain gamble on someone with a huge question mark over her head? Was her vetting process bungled? Or did McCain know about it in advance and accept the risk?
Either way, it can't be comforting to the McCain campaign to have The Washinton Post, a paper with a national audience and a strong influence in several key swing states this year, covering this story in detail. The details in "Palin Focus of Probe In Police Chief's Firing" appear to be particularly damning.