10/19/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

This Bi-Partisan Inquiry Is Cleary Partisan

So now five Alaskan state legislators have filed a lawsuit to block the investigation into whether Sarah Palin abused her power in firing a state trooper.

Let's put aside that according to an attorney who unsuccessfully tried something similar on behalf of a former Alaska State House speaker, because as the legislature has the right to investigate the executive branch at any time, the suit raises a political, not legal question.
No, let's concentrate on the words of Kevin Clarkson, an attorney representing the plaintiff lawmakers. "The only reason to complete this investigation before November 4 is to try to impact the outcome of the election."

Yes, Mr. Clarkson, that is precisely the point.

After basing his candidacy on being an ethics reformer, it is curious enough Sen. McCain chose a running mate in the midst of an investigation questioning her ethics.

What if his choice is proven to have wrongly abused her power? The voters who boarded the McCain train only when Governor Palin became its co-engineer must have the opportunity to re-think their commitment to that ticket. If that finding only becomes clear after McCain is elected, not only does it give the President-elect a free pass on his first, clearly un-vetted choice, but allows him to choose a vice-president who would not face a potential rejection by America's voters.

If Sen. McCain chose a running mate discolored by potential scandal when there was electoral scrutiny, how can we trust him to make a good choice after the voters' voices have been muted?

Is it possible that the purely political effort to "impact the outcome of the election" is not an inquiry initiated by a Republican before Gov. Palin was plucked from national obscurity but rather the lawsuit trying to stop that inquiry? Just asking.