Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Cumulative Effect

This Washington Post story on how Sarah Palin was being paid a per diem by Alaska for nights she lived at home is too complicated for almost anyone to understand. It may not be illegal or even unethical, but it certainly doesn't pass the smell test on what we would like our leaders to be doing, especially those that claim to be reformers.

Left wingers will use this an an ah-ha! moment. Right wingers will dismiss it and use it as further evidence of a sinister plot. Both would be wrong.

The really danger to the GOP ticket is that this is one of a number of things that make Palin look more and more like a normal politician. "Normal" politicians look for the loopholes, be they earmarks or ways to get a little extra money for themselves. To the extent that Democrats attack her at this point (and she cannot be the focus) - it must be to reiterate that she is just a normal politician.