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Sarah Palin

Bush Praises McCain's 'Exciting Decision'

By Dan Eggen
President Bush said in a statement that Sen. John McCain made "an exciting decision" in choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, calling her "a proven reformer" and "champion of accountability in government."

"Governor Palin's success is due to her dedication to principle and her roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic and serves as a wonderful example of the spirit of America," Bush said. "By selecting a working mother with a track record of getting things done, Senator McCain has once again demonstrated his commitment to reforming Washington."

Bush also said McCain's pick shows "why the American people can trust him to make wise decisions and to confidently lead this country."

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Sarah Palin Slashed Special Needs Education by 62%

For those of you who seem so enamored with Gov. Sarah Palin, it might be worth noting that she oversees the budget for the Department of Education and Early Development Special Schools in Alaska.
These funds provide supplementary educational services to students with severe disabling conditions and the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy. The resident school where the child would normally be placed does not have the resources to provide an adequate educational program. Without the supplementary services the child's needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases.
The following programs are included within this component:
Special Education Service Agency (SESA)

The Annual budget for 2007, which preceded Gov. Palin was $8,265,300.

The Annual budget for 2008, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

The Annual budget for 2009, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

This is a cut in special needs services to children in Alaska of 5,109,300 , or 62%.

So, as the Alaska State Budget description states, "Without the supplementary services the child's needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases."

Did 62% of all of the special needs children in Alaska stop having needs once Gov. Palin took office?

Before we get so excited about Gov. Palin bringing her "Reformer" agenda to Washington, perhaps we should get to know a little more about what exactly that means to our children, and the opportunities that she would "Reform".

If you ask me, a 62% cut in these funds, which we all know are so desperately scarce, and for which we all have to fight tooth and nail for our children, is a disgrace.

Just a thought...

Posted by: jim syar | September 3, 2008 2:35 PM

Amalie nailed it. Though I doubt it matters what with this whole thing being nothing but theater and sport.

Posted by: davidly | August 30, 2008 2:01 AM

What makes me sick at heart is that at the end of the day the smoke-filled room conversation boiled down to this: "She's a creationist and she's totally anti-abortion under any circumstances, so she'll bring the whole Left Behind religious right wack job crew back into the fold. She's a self-declared hockey mom with five kids, so she's screaming family values, and that's great, because John and Cindy with the c-word and the stealing of the drugs, not so much. Troopergate we can spin to make her look like she a loving, concerned sister, not a politician abusing her power to address personal grievances. She's also got that hot librarian thing going, plus a retarded kid she carts around everywhere: the heartland will eat it up with a spoon. Now, here's the real kicker: now that women can't vote for Hillary Clinton, if we put THIS woman on the ticket, they'll definitely vote for us, because they're so stupid that they won't be able to differentiate between our arch-conservative social reactionary and Clinton, who's a moderate and a social progressive. Am I right or am I right?" And so it was done.

Posted by: Amalie | August 30, 2008 12:55 AM

This is the only and true opportunity for America to set trend in the world:put a woman with reform spirit,with get-things-done attitude in the White House.

I support McCain-Palin presidential ticket and look forward to seeing a renewed better stronger America .

Posted by: tyson1 | August 29, 2008 11:29 PM

Bush and McCain can kiss my arse.

China and Iraq just signed a $3 billion oil deal:

We've committed $2 trillion dollars, have had countless fine men and women killed and wounded, have ruined our reputation, strained our alliances, and have stretched our troops to the breaking point *and we aren't even winning the oil contracts in Iraq?????*

Out with the lot of them. They are freakin' INCOMPETENT!

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 29, 2008 9:42 PM

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, when asked about John McCain’s VP choice at an appearance in San Diego this morning, said it would be “terrific” to have “a man and a woman running things together” for the first time in the White House.

“I’m a big believer that women can do just as great a job if not a better job than guys can do and I’ve seen this is in my own house,” Schwarzenegger said, slipping in the usual plug for his wife, Maria Shriver.

Schwarzenegger said he’d met Palin at the national governors’ conference. “She is a very effective leader, and she is a reformer, and I like her very much because she has the strength to go and push back,” he said. “I think she is cleaning up the mess up there and I think that she has tremendous courage.”

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 9:32 PM

Less experience than the rest of us concerned about the war. But why should you care. America has many dumb women, "NOT??"
Get men and women together and crush the Republicans. Tell the new VP to go shout a puppy.

Posted by: justadad+ | August 29, 2008 9:30 PM

Republican Governors also congratulated Governor Sarah Palin today on being named Senator John McCain’s vice presidential nominee:

“Sarah Palin is an excellent choice for vice president. She has a proven track record of making tough choices, taking on corruption and implementing reforms in one of our country’s largest states,” said Governor Rick Perry. “As a mother of five with a son in the military, she understands firsthand the challenges that American families face, like the impact of rising energy prices. And as governor of a large energy producing state, she knows we can and must lessen our dependence on foreign oil through increased exploration and diversification of our energy portfolio. Compared to Joe Biden’s life-long opposition to energy exploration, her energy experience is proof that she is the right choice for this country. Like Sen. McCain, Sarah knows the best way to grow our economy is by cutting taxes and controlling spending in Washington.”

“She’s an executive, she’s a reformer… and she is going to be a great leader for our country,” said Governor Tim Pawlenty. “She has executive experience, and as I said before, Senator Obama has not.”

"Governor Palin is strongly pro-energy,” said Governor Haley Barbour. “She is very well versed in energy policy, which is one of the biggest economic issues facing the country. She will be a real asset to Senator McCain in that regard, as well as an outstanding campaigner."

“Senator McCain has picked a great vice presidential nominee,” Governor Mark Sanford said. “She has been a fearless advocate for good government in Alaska, and has consistently kept her eyes out for the taxpayers – while at the same time shouldering life’s most important obligation in raising her five children. She is a delight to know, and I’m excited that the American public will soon get to know a conservative leader who I have grown to admire and who will be a great compliment to the Republican ticket.”

"Senator John McCain has made a great pick in Governor Sarah Palin,” said Governor Charlie Crist. “She has demonstrated tremendous leadership as the chief executive of her state, working to bring Republicans and Democrats together to do what's right. I congratulate both Senator McCain and Governor Palin on this historic choice for our people."

"Sarah brings strong western appeal, a record of successful reform and a connection to traditional republican working-class roots that will make for a truly historic and successful ticket," said Governor Jon Huntsman.

"I have worked with Governor Palin over the past two years and have been impressed by her vast knowledge and leadership on a plethora of issues, especially energy independence, her proactive reform platform on a local and national basis, and her courage to fight corruption in her state,” said Governor Linda Lingle. “Governor Palin represents the true American spirit, as a wife, ‘hockey mom’ of five, a skilled hunter and an accomplished snowmobile racer. While she may be a fresh face on the national political scene, she is known by fellow Governors as a powerful leader in her home state. Her chief executive experience as both a governor and a mayor will complement Senator McCain's vast foreign policy knowledge and experience. I am excited to support this historical team for president and vice president to lead our nation."

“As a fellow Governor, I have come to know Sarah Palin as a smart and tough leader that I respect and admire,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “John McCain’s selection of Sarah is a decision that transcends politics. In her, he will have a partner that will always stand on principle and work closely with him to bring real reform to Washington. The difference between the two tickets could not be more stark. Republicans have two candidates with a proven record of working across the aisle to deliver real results to their constituents while Democrats have nominated a ticket with a history of talk instead of action.”

“I like her, and I believe the people of North Dakota will too,” said Governor John Hoeven. “She’s intelligent, capable and articulate. She’s doing an outstanding job in Alaska, and brings a perspective to the ticket that will resonate with North Dakotans and the rest of the country.”

"I've worked with Governor Palin on several projects through the Western Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association. In fact she attended the WAG's summer meeting in Deadwood last June,” said Governor Mike Rounds. “She is very bright and articulate. Her no nonsense approach to government will be well received by conservatives who expect government to be fiscally responsible. I'm encouraged that Senator McCain went outside the Beltway and federal government to select our next vice president. This is an indication of real change."

“I believe that Governor Palin is a great fit for the ticket. I think she brings a lot of balance,” said Governor Butch Otter. “I know that everyone knows and understands that she is a westerner. She was born in Sandpoint. She was educated at the University of Idaho. That certainly helps. But in the short time that I have known Governor Palin…she has been very involved in the Western Governor’s Conference, in the National Governor’s Association on primarily education matters, criminal justice, natural resources, and transportation and she has always provided a lot of leadership and a lot of input to the other Governors that I don’t believe that understand as much of the western problems that we have. So I think she is a great fit for the McCain ticket and is going to bring the balance that we need.”

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 8:59 PM

You must be be kidding. Tell Hillary to cross.

More positive GOP reaction:

“I think she’s a great pick,’’ said Rep. Ken Calvert, who said he was totally surprised.

“Certainly she’s going to satisfy a big portion of our party on the conservative side. She’s definitely a social conservative and she’s a strong reformer. In today’s political environment, I think that’s important.”

Calvert, R-Corona, said he has never met Sarah Palin but that people he knows who know her say she’s “a very impressive individual.’’

Calvert said he doesn’t view this as just an effort to check a gender box.

“In an interesting way I think Hillary (Clinton) shattered the gender issue before Sarah became the prospective nominee for John McCain. I think people today now know that a woman can be a credible choice as president of the United States. I don’t think there’s are any barriers towards women, African Americans or Hispanics to achieve the highest office in the land and that says a lot about the American people.”

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM

Posted by: justada55+ | August 29, 2008 8:51 PM

You do not need a inexperienced Maverick. Please trust. God Bless America from Canada. It sickens me that they think American women are stupid, stupid.

Posted by: justadad+ | August 29, 2008 8:27 PM

Is it to late to add about 3-4 more VP debates?!?!

Posted by: Obama/Biden - 08! | August 29, 2008 8:25 PM

Really nice for the media to do what they should. QUESTION HER LIKE you did Obama. Now it's up to Hillary and all her backers. Do and show the world you care. You still will not get gas and Canada is involved and I am ashamed to say with Alaska. It will take a few years. That is unless you get out of Iraq. You might be surprised.
Get rid of the VP puppy whom wants her son to go to Iraq???? Give us all a break, same old.

Posted by: justada55+ | August 29, 2008 8:23 PM

I know in my heart, American women are not stupid. To bad Hillary did not win, but think of what the Republicans are trying to do. Make you look stupid. I think, it will never happen. Hoping. Bless you America.

Posted by: justadad55+ | August 29, 2008 8:09 PM

Watching the news. Wow, shut your TV off. An old man and a VP sharp shooter who does not give a dam about her children dying for a illegal war. I will keep on posting until the women of America understand she is not Hillary. I have been married 37 years and I know we are equal , but to think that any women would go to McCain, My god, Hillary please, speak out please. Send the puppy with no knowledge back home. Also You have had no attacks since that horrible time of 911. Sadam never would have allowed all this to happen and you know it. Tell me I am wrong.
Bless you all.

Posted by: justadad55+ | August 29, 2008 8:04 PM

Come on, the Republicans have women better qualified.
You people are Screwed.

Posted by: justadad55+ | August 29, 2008 7:37 PM

Great pick....Palin has everything the dems wish they had. This ticket is strong. The DNC is old news and the "bump" is nothing. Palin is going to be hammered for sure because she supports big oil (didn't hear people boo Rockefeller at the DNC when he spoke of coal), is pro-life (it's a baby...not a choice. The choice was made when you got into bed), is fiscally conservative ( mean people get to keep more of THEIR money? - the horror), has goals and reaches them (what kind of role model is that for the entitlement class of America?), and conviction to her faith (again...can't have that).

Bush has done a good job as President. Unemployment has averaged at or below the Clinton era (you won't read that or see that on TV), GDP growth occurred, and we haven't had another attack since 9/11. All of this with 9/11 to deal with.

Should he have spent less? Of course. Reducing the size of the federal government should have been up there in priority as well. But...all in all...people will remember that he united a country after an attack....took the war to them....and won it!

Posted by: MakeUsProud | August 29, 2008 7:27 PM

Sarah Palin: "What is it exactly that the VP does?"

During a recent interview with Larry Kudlow of CNBC ’s “Kudlow & Co.", Sarah Palin requests that someone explain to her what the Vice President of the United States actually does.

Posted by: astral99 | August 29, 2008 6:44 PM

What really gets me is how Grampy McCain got absolutely HOSED by Bush, PUNK'D, both in the Repub primaries (South Carolina 2000, anyone?), then by adopting the lapdog cheerleader role so he could get Bush's base and then. . . voila! no base!!! McCain gets stuck instead with the worst economy, the worst foreign policy, the worst . . . I mean, there's only abject, misereable, putrid failure, as far as the eye can see! McCain gets slathered with the broadest brush of unholy loserdom imagineable.

No one. Especially McCain. Would have thought that the George Bush Republican brand would be so rancid in 2008. And that's what McCain's got now. Timing is everything..."my friends".

Posted by: Bu$h Wacked | August 29, 2008 6:24 PM

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Franky | August 29, 2008 6:11 PM

Palin is really a Republican after Karl Rove's own blackened tar pit heart - she's a product of the party that produced the indicted Ted Stevens and ethically tarred Don Young, and she's embroiled in a Troopergate scandal of her own, with state investigators looking at serious allegations that Palin abused her office by pressuring the state Public Safety Commissioner to fire "an Alaska state trooper involved in a rough divorce from Palin's sister." Sounds like a woman after Karl Rove's black tar pit colored heart.
In addition to further associating McCain with the Republican culture of corruption, the Palin pick undermines one of his main anti-Obama narratives. It's going to be laughable to hear McCain assail Obama's supposed lack of experience after naming the first-term governor -- only one-and-a-half years into her term -- of the 47th largest state to be his running mate. Palin lacks any foreign policy experience, and is bereft of even the two core areas of policy expertise that governors are supposed to bring to a ticket -- ag policy (Alaska doesn't have much in the way of traditional agriculture) and urban affairs (Anchorage is the 65th largest city in the US, behind giants such as Corpus Christi). She's easily the least experienced running mate in recent memory, which is pretty scary, given McCain's age and his history of cancer.

Posted by: Bush + Cheney = McCain | August 29, 2008 6:07 PM

Posted by: Charles . Stop playing with your gentles. Find a women for gosh sakes, 18 or 85.

Posted by: Juastadad55+ | August 29, 2008 5:54 PM

Posted by: Charles . Stop playing with your gentles. Find a women for gosh sakes, 18 or 85.

Posted by: Juastadad55+ | August 29, 2008 5:54 PM

Democrats are just jealous ... Sarah will do the job as good even better than HillarPark your votes for McCain/Palin

Go Sarah!! Go Cindy!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 5:53 PM

Sorry to disappoint you. My wife's boobs are better than the ones you have only seen on a porn flick

Posted by: justadad55+ | August 29, 2008 5:50 PM

From one Oil baron to another ... Bush/Cheney now McCain/Palin ... after the talk and an insider enegery policy ... The American people hurt. nevertheless, we like Palin here in Canada

Posted by: Alberta | August 29, 2008 5:49 PM

What does this Republican VP have for experience. She is a maverick. I think you have had enough mavericks. She sure knows about gas. That will not help America. Also, the republicans have always questioned Olbama and his experience on national affairs. To many people zig zagging watching the tube and Glen Beck.
Better they could have asked Hillary to cross lines

Posted by: justadad55+ | August 29, 2008 5:46 PM

Justadad+, Of course they are!!, plus Loose Lips Sinks Ships is watching your wife at the boob bar!!!

Posted by: Charles | August 29, 2008 5:41 PM

By picking Palin, McCain revealed his desperation to make a splash to rival the genuine excitement generated by the Obama campaign. But desperation leads to poor decisions -- and McCain's Hail Mary, like most last second desperation moves, is destined to fail miserably. He's smeared himself with the pungent mud of Alaska Republican corruption (Ted Stevens, Don Young) while cutting the legs out from one of his most reliable attacks against Obama. And he's presented Americans with the prospect of electing a dangerous neophyte to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, behind a man (McCain) whose life expectancy is less than two presidential terms.

We all expected McCain to pick someone underwhelming to run with him. But we never could have expected a pick worse than Quayle. Yet that's what we got. Thanks, John!

Posted by: Carol | August 29, 2008 5:40 PM

Loose Lips Sink Ships, you are correct about Mrs. Palin, but Spies would have gotten that info anyway from some leftist media type or from you or your drunken retired friends at the off base boob bar.

Posted by: Charles | August 29, 2008 5:39 PM

Sorry, just do not believe Hilary Clintons supporters are stupid to follow the Republicans new girl on the block. My wife is not.

Posted by: Justadad+ | August 29, 2008 5:34 PM

Gas, Gas, Gas,. The Republican balloons will burst crap al over you.
A very pretty VP, not Hillary, that's for sure. Get ready for medical bills from your soldiers. Bush really poisoned Iraq, for no reason. Had nothing to do with the horrific cost America paid for 911. Bless you all.

Posted by: justadad55+ | August 29, 2008 5:30 PM

Bush's praise of McCain's commitment to Washington reform is...??? Do you think Bush understands what is being reformed??

Does McCain really believe a woman who voted for Clinton would feel less than offended by a placating Palin pick??

How quickly McCain proved Obama's words: "he just doesn't get it!"

Posted by: vk | August 29, 2008 5:09 PM

Who would want a nobody from a dark corner of the planet (Alaska) with very little domestic experience and nothing of foreign to be the POTUS when the 72 year old-man follows the path we must all (naturally) go? (Remember a heartbeat away?) Meanwhile, a reminder, Cheney is VP now. She will inherit his Power if McCain pulls off the election (if she can find the connections, that is). Abuse of power seems to come naturally to the Repukelicans, if recent experience is any guide. What an idiot, McCain is. As if putting a woman (especially one like that one (Palin--who? what?) and who is diametrically opposed to HRC on every level) on the ticket would get the disgruntled HRC die-hard PUMA ladies....
Even they will see through his marketing manipulation.

Posted by: Donna Martinson | August 29, 2008 5:06 PM

Isn't Palin the VP of Russia already? I'm all for closer ties with Russia, but isnt this a little silly?!

Oh well, I'll still vote GOP!

Posted by: GOP Loyal to the end. | August 29, 2008 5:04 PM

This nut case thinks men and dinosaurs lived on the earth at the same time.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 5:02 PM

Wow, Just like Bush (never thought I could say that), I am also excited in McCain's choice for a losing partner!

Hopefully she will help McCain at least lose with grace.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 5:01 PM

The only thing all those Republican balloons will do is bust, and shed Bull on all Americans. So the Republicans have a lady as VP, and a very pretty one. She is not Hillary, and I would have preferred they persuaded her to cross lines as a VP. Man, McCain blew it big time. He didn't even know her, except for a couple of times. What does this lady have for experience but being a maverick. Have you not had enough yet. Bless you America, the world is watching, an McCain blew it. Don't make the women of America look stupid.
Everyone has forgotten 911, had nothing to do with the war in Iraq.

Posted by: Justadad55+ | August 29, 2008 4:57 PM

Gee, I'm not surprised that Shrub would like the pick, he's a moron.

Why should Palin should be considered ready to take over the presidency?
Her speech said nothing about her foreign policy views - if she has any. We learned practically nothing about domestic issues. She said nothing that spoke directly to the interests of voters of Ohio specifically. It was as if she didn't know how to reach out to people outside her own state.

Heck, we didn't even learn how large the crowd was in Dayton. I wonder if the McCain campaign wanted to keep it that way.

Posted by: Audrey Beck | August 29, 2008 4:54 PM

Palin is a hard-core Creationist.

Do the Republican apologists in here really want a nominee who will answer "Yes" to the question "Is the Eaarth less than 7,000 years old?" in a debate?

Posted by: Ura Hack | August 29, 2008 4:50 PM

Let's keep the Bush/Cheney Energy Policy ... Now McCain/Palin could cash in also. We don't want independence from oil ... we just need cheaper gasoline and McCain/Palin will go a long way to help. Happy Retirement George and Dick or is that George and Richard ... you did well at bank rolling your retirement with expensive oil. God bless America ... that is all we have left!!

Posted by: MoreOilMen | August 29, 2008 4:46 PM

Of course he is happy, she mirrors all his policies. You have Bush Mccain and now Palin all one in the same, except Palin is even more radical they they are. Study he views.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:43 PM

Of course Bush is happy about this choice. It shows he's not alone in making weird, ultimately indefensible selections like Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court.

McCain is punting with this selection. After the novelty wears off it's going to look like the weak choice it is.

Sarah Palin has a great future in the Republican Party but this is the eleventh hour in a national campaign. She doesn't have time to make all the screw-ups she'll have to make to learn the ropes.

People rightly say the Obama was inexperienced, but he's had the benefit of a very long, heavily contested primary season and it improved him immensely. There's not enough time for a Palin-type decision. She's going to stumble (all candidates do) and McCain's campaign is going to start hiding her. Strange decision, John! You should have sucked it up and chosen Mitt.

Posted by: mruth | August 29, 2008 4:38 PM

Bush is so happy that McCain is making Bush's failures look not so bad.

McCain is a much more dangerous version of Bush.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:30 PM

Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. McCain’s new running mate firmly put her foot in her mouth during her debut speech. She violated the first premise of operational security for military families. She announced to a world-wide audience her son’s specific unit, his MOS (military occupational specialty) and the specific dates of the unit’s deployment. This just is not done, ever. If I were the commander of that unit I would be screaming to the Pentagon to change the deployment and I would transfer that boy as far away from my unit as I could.

BTW, I am a military father and I did command an Air Force squadron during the Vietnam War.

Sarah Palin does not understand national security and she does not understand the needs of our great military.

Posted by: Loose Lips Sink Ships | August 29, 2008 4:12 PM

Bush tried to put Harriet Myers on the Supreme Court. Why would anyone ask this guy what he thinks about someone else's qualifications?

Posted by: Former Republican | August 29, 2008 4:12 PM

W. likes the Palin pick because it reminds him of Harriet Miers. McCain and Bush are both "gut players." You know, morons.

Posted by: DC | August 29, 2008 4:12 PM

I did not get to see here speak. Is she a good speaker? the Gallup Daily is in with the convention bounce. At the real-time poll at The numbers should start spinning on this one!

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 4:04 PM

She really make Mccain look even older. It looks like she is standing next to her grandfather. I can't wait for the posters. They will have to photoshop them to make Mccain look alive.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:00 PM

I did not get to see here speak. Is she a good speaker? the Gallup Daily is in with the convention bounce. At the real-time poll at The numbers should start spinning on this one!

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 3:51 PM

Bush also tapped Condoleezza Rice as his Secretary of State -- to his credit. Considering the popular formula, that a woman has to be twice as good as a man to get half the credit, Governor Palin will be a great asset to McCain's campaign, without a doubt. She will also advance the case, for those cave dwellers who still don't believe, that women can be in positions of power and achieve greatness.

Posted by: rjc116 | August 29, 2008 3:07 PM

Hey Ed- I think maybe Jake meant that crack about Palin coming to Washington as a joke.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | August 29, 2008 3:06 PM


What do you think of this pick? To me it's a stupid, reckless crap shoot of a pick that loses McCain Virginia, No Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 29, 2008 3:04 PM

Palin is a hardcore "Seven Days" Creationist who has pushed for the Christian Creation Myth to be taught alongside Evolution in Biology classes.

Gotta love BushScum praising working mothers.

Posted by: Danza Hack | August 29, 2008 3:03 PM

Of course Bush thinks she is a good choice. It is the same kind of dumb decision Bush would make. What most people are thinking is "At least it's not Cheney."

This choice really reminds me of three other bad choices: Quayle, Ferraro and Spiro T. Agnew. All out of left field, "you got to be kidding" choices.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | August 29, 2008 3:03 PM



"Mrs Palin was closely vetted by the McCain team because of an ongoing ethics investigation by the Alaskan legislature over claims that she used her executive position to try and get her sister’s former husband Mike Wooten, an Alaskan state trooper, fired from the police force after their ugly divorce.



Posted by: need4trth | August 29, 2008 3:01 PM

"McCain taps Palin"

How does Cindy feel about this?

Posted by: Peggy Nooner | August 29, 2008 3:01 PM

Governor Palin was actually in Washington, D.C. in March when she met with Senator McCain about oil drilling in Alaska.

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 2:58 PM

It just gets funnier and funnier. Bush sez "Palie, yer doin' a great job."

Posted by: Bush likes her = kiss of death | August 29, 2008 2:57 PM

A compliment from Bush... why am I suddenly doubting her competency now? No, it can't be. She hasn't been in government long enough to screw up anything major. On the other hand, she is getting a compliment from Bush... he can't be wrong ALL the time, can he?

Posted by: Grimmix | August 29, 2008 2:55 PM

Bush translation: Yahoo, my Big Oil connections won't be threatened if McCain wins.

Posted by: Bob | August 29, 2008 2:55 PM

You think Palin will be surprised when she's comes to DC. It'll be the first time she'll see
1. A building more than 10 stories high.
2. Horseless carriages aka cars.
3. Indoor plumbing

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 2:53 PM

Posted by: scrivener | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM

More positive GOP reaction:

“I think she’s a great pick,’’ said Rep. Ken Calvert, who said he was totally surprised.

“Certainly she’s going to satisfy a big portion of our party on the conservative side. She’s definitely a social conservative and she’s a strong reformer. In today’s political environment, I think that’s important.”

Calvert, R-Corona, said he has never met Sarah Palin but that people he knows who know her say she’s “a very impressive individual.’’

Calvert said he doesn’t view this as just an effort to check a gender box.

“In an interesting way I think Hillary (Clinton) shattered the gender issue before Sarah became the prospective nominee for John McCain. I think people today now know that a woman can be a credible choice as president of the United States. I don’t think there’s are any barriers towards women, African Americans or Hispanics to achieve the highest office in the land and that says a lot about the American people.”

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM

LOL - Even Bush knows this McCain guy is a fool.

McCain is so much worse than Bush could ever be.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:42 PM

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