CBS News has an interesting back story today.
Exclusive: Spat Over Todd Palin’s Membership In Secessionist Party Was Major Distraction On Critical Day In ’08 Campaign
The episode in question began when an investigative report published on the left-leaning Web site Salon.com raised questions about Palin’s relationship with members of the Alaska Independence Party (AIP) when she was mayor of Wasilla. The AIP’s platform calls for a vote giving Alaskans the option to secede from the United States. It had already been widely known that Todd Palin was a registered member of the AIP from 1995 to 2002 and that Governor Palin had taped a recorded greeting at the party’s 2008 convention.
Palin wanted the campaign to issue a statement fudging her husband’s party membership. The incident shows the type of soft dishonesty she routinely engages in. Steve Schmidt let her have it pretty good, though.
“That’s not part of their platform and he was only a ‘member’ bc independent alaskans too often check that ‘Alaska Independent’ box on voter registrations thinking it just means non partisan,” Palin wrote. “He caught his error when changing our address and checked the right box. I still want it fixed.”