Governor Sarah Palin's nomination for attorney general spoke those words during a speech at a 1991 gathering of a "father’s rights" group called Dads Against Discrimination. Here's another gem from Ross: "There wouldn't be an issue with domestic violence if women would learn to keep their mouths shut." Members of Dads Against Discrimination growled their agreement: "We have the right to discipline our wives and children without the interference of government in our lives!"
This is a man who promised God that before he dies he'll overturn Roe vs. Wade. This is a man who suggested that an African American student who complained about a KKK "art project" should be arrested. This is a man who referred to LGBT Americans as "degenerates." This is a man who in a newspaper editorial told Alaskans to "quit crying over an oil spill." This is a man who shrilly opposed subsistence rights for Native Americans.
Leah Burton, an advocate for women's and children's issues, has been keeping track of Ross's incendiary remarks. She sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee detailing some of his more outrageous statements, and then testified against the guv's nominee in Alaska's House of Representatives. Max Blumenthal writes: Burton also maintained she has been in touch with "a number of domestic-violence victims" who witnessed Ross make "horrible" statements, but are too intimidated to speak out. "Alaska is a very small state and it’s terrifying for these victims to come forward because they’re afraid of retribution," Burton told me. Since Burton’s testimony, her father, former Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Richard Burton, wrote a letter of his own demanding to Ross that he withdraw his nomination. "You sir, speak and act like the kind of bully I met many times when responding to domestic-violence calls, some of the most dangerous situations police officers are often in," Burton wrote. Ross reacted with characteristic fury to the Burtons’ broadsides, barking to reporters that if "anybody said that to me, we'd have a little confrontation because that's a bunch of crap." At the same time, a grassroots group raising support for Palin's presidential bid called Conservatives4Palin attacked Leah Burton as an anti-Christian "fringe nutcase."
To Palin's wild-eyed defenders, the woman is infallible. Unlike progressives who routinely challenge President Obama, Palinites never question their governor's decisions - even when she chooses a hateful misogynist to serve as the state's attorney general. Anyone who dares to dispute Palin's judgment - or refute her "official version" of things - will be ruthlessly smeared. Remember the sins of Levi, and be forewarned.