I’ve been hearing a lot of dismissal and rage about the Branchflower Report. I think a lot of people aren’t paying attention – they’re too wrapped up in the national focus.
What just got handed to the Alaskan Legislature’s Justice committee was a report that said, “The evidence is that Sarah Palin committed an impeachable crime.”
Finding one is the magic bullet. “For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.” Any such act has a remedy, and this one isn’t an exception. Actually there are several, but I’m particularly intersted in one. 39.52.410(d) says, “(d) If the personnel board finds a violation of this chapter by a public officer removable from office only by impeachment, it shall file a report with the president of the Senate, with its finding.”
Bluntly, the next stage is for the Alaska Legislature to assemble and decide if they’re going to impeach or not. They’ve been handed the finding.
This won’t happen till after the election, of course. But it basically renders Sarah Palin unfit for the office of the Vice President.