Vendettas and cronyism

Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes

(Photo: Heath Family, via Associated Press)

The Wasilla City Council, with Sarah Palin, the future governor and vice-presidential nominee, at the center, in a 1998 photograph. Throughout her career, Ms. Palin has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and blurred the line between government and personal grievance.