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Palin Not Convinced on Global Warming

By Matthew Mosk and Juliet Eilperin
Some scientists believe Alaska will be among the first to feel the impact of global warming, but Sarah Palin told voters there she wasn't sure climate change wasn't simply part of a natural warming cycle.

"I will not pretend to have all the answers," Palin said about global warming, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Her spokesman clarified at the time that "she's not totally convinced one way or the other. Science will tell us ... She thinks the jury's still out."

Palin shared her views in the run-up to the 2006 governor's race, at an Alaska Federation of Natives convention, where delegates passed a resolution calling for a mandatory reduction in pollution affecting the atmosphere.

Answering a question from the Daily News, Palin cautioned against "overreaction."

Those were among the comments that brought condemnation today from Greenpeace to her selection as Sen. John McCain's running mate on the Republican ticket. The environmental group's Alaska Global Warming Campaigner, Melanie Duchin, described Palin as "one of the most anti-environment records of any governor in the United States."

"She has supported oil drilling in some of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Alaska, even when it meant sacrificing polar bears, beluga whales, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," Duchin's statement said.

"Despite her advocacy for expanded oil and gas drilling, Palin has done almost nothing to promote the clean energy sources that can help solve global warming, which is already having major negative consequences in her state," Duchin said.

In an interview released by Newsmax magazine today, Palin said that while she recognized her state would be affected by climate change, that didn't mean humans are responsible.

"A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location," she said. "I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made."

Palin's comments stand in sharp contrast to those of McCain, who says at every campaign stop that he believes human activity is driving global warming,

Posted at 6:18 PM ET on Aug 29, 2008  | Category:  Sarah Palin
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Right on Peter Simmons for that post! You nailed it! Palin is diabolical. How can we as Americans and as citizens of the planet earth turn not question her judgement. Her actions show that she doesn't care if the earth survives or not.

Life does not exist as seperate islands. Everything is interwoven. We cannot live without clean air, water; we cannot continue to survive on this planet without trees, We cannot continue to exploit other beings for the selfish benefit of one nation.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:18 PM

Actually Peter, your anti-American rant makes you sound more like what we call "trailer trash" than an "intelligent, educated" person. These sort of comments seem to be the norm coming from the man-made global warming crowd - highly defensive and rude rants about how "everyone agrees" and those who don't believe are stupid, uneducated "deniers". Funny thing is, you are all so married to this THEORY that you refuse to even consider the possibility that it could be incorrect. It's a theory, not proven, so stop trying to make it a law by simply repeating to yourselves "everyone agrees".

Posted by: Rick | September 3, 2008 10:39 AM

I'm struck, as a non American, by the Republican idea that Global Warming is the brainchild of Al Gore. Don't you people listen to the rest of the world, ever? Gore was a Johny Come Lately to the whole climate change issue, which has been investigated for over three decades by highly qualified scientists around the planet. American has been in denial, especially so since you elected a monkey as president, Al Gore was a breath of fresh air, although, as with so many Americans, he had to put himself in the centre and make out he was a leading figure, which somehow the hard-of-thinking have translated into his idea. Which just shows that y'all should get out more, read more, experience the world and listen to what intelligent, educated people are saying.
Climate change is accepted by the rest of the world as happening and, at the very least, worsened by our activities. There just isn't a debate, only the sad, delusional epsilons with something to lose deny we are responsible. And those I've read here merely confirm it.
My objection to Palin is nothing to do with her stupid attitude to global warming, it's her attitude to wildlife and the environment which she has done her best in the two years she's been governor of Alaska to trash. And particularly for the aerial gunning down of wolves which she supports for her gun-totin' psycho buddies.
That and her ludicrous stance on creationism, the refuge of the truly stupid. That someone like this might become VP is scary to the rest of the world. So come on America, do the decent thing and elect a thinking, feeling human being to be president, and not a raddled old warmonger and his deranged fascistic sidekick.
For all you saddoes who still think 'it' 'hasn't been proven yet', it has, over and over, if you read the scientific facts assembled by thousandsof scientists, rather than the ludicrous anti-GW websites you seem to get all your misinformation from, you might be better informed, if you could actually understand the science that is.


Posted by: Peter Simmons | September 3, 2008 8:15 AM

Everyone has family issues. Morality is not the issue. Children will do what they will when they are old enough to regardless of the guidance their parents will give them. Great job on the low blow.
As for global warming and environmental issues. If you really want to make the world a better, cleaner place because the bad, bad humans are ruining everything. Tie on your tennis shoes and put on your sweats. I'm pretty sure there's someone out there serving punch that is just as concerned about living a better life as you are. (See Heaven's Gate)
More research on global warming is needed and the media desperately needs to be airing other scientific findings on global warming. So far the only news I am seeing is about who subscribes to it and who doesn't. (mainly the bad people so devoid of morals that they choose to keep living in "ignorance" because they don't agree)

Posted by: armiller4 | September 2, 2008 11:15 AM

It's not that this is about Sarah Palin's pregnant, unmarried, teenage daughter, it is about the fact that Sarah Palin is a hypocrite preaching abstinence and like so many phony Republicans like her, morality. They look down on the rest of us like they are better than everyone and above us. Sarah Palin has been a Governor of a state in the middle of nowhere, literally, for 2 short years, She has already proven she is a serious hypocrite that believes global warming is a farce, while she votes against bills aimed at protecting the polar bear now in danger of extinction. Polar bears starving to death to Palin is a good thing so she has more wolves and baby seals to shoot and kill from her airplane. This woman would be one heartbeat away from the Presidency, with zero experience in foreign affairs, terrorism and Iraq, zero experience on the economy, zero experience for literally every last issue America is faced with in these impossible times Bush has created for us all. The Republicans made this mess we are in and this is who they offer up as a solution? absolutely pitiful, NEXT. Obama / Biden all the way!

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 2, 2008 9:32 AM

From anonymous 3:16 --

No to Sarah Palin, no to McCain ... In this election, you are either for the human species or against it!
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That's for sure! It's McCain/Palin who are FOR the human species, though.

Net

Posted by: Net | September 2, 2008 9:10 AM

Sarah Palin is so out of touch with the realities that are facing our survival as human beings. Wake up people, how would Palin explain the loss of over 40% of all organisms on the planet due to habitat loss, global warming, and other forms of human created pollution.
We have a planet that is overpopulated and polluted by human beings,our oceans are dying due to overfishing and pollution, and warmer temperatures.

She doesn't consider the polar bear an endangered species. It's habitat is being lost due to melting sea ice and pollution. Whales are washing up on shore with the highest levels of PCB's in their bodies ever recorded.

Is this the kind of planet that she wants to leave for her children? It's not the one I want to leave for mine. No to Sarah Palin, no to McCain.

In this election, you are either for the human species or against it!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 3:16 PM

Warming noted on Mars. Increase of storms on Jupiter due to warming. Warming measured on Pluto.
WHAT DID WE DO THERE TO CAUSE IT??

Posted by: jo ann | August 31, 2008 7:04 AM

GM setup some Escalade factories on Mars, Jupiter, and Pluto!!!

To find the answer, one only needs to look at the yellow orb in the sky on high noon and you WILL see the cause of the warming!

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!
VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN!!!

Posted by: bdstauffer | September 1, 2008 2:58 PM

Amazing.

2 issues.

1) Global warming. The pics speak for themselves. No need to discuss.

2) Man made global warming. That's a different issue. Let's cut to the chase. Let's go to Algore's docuganda, "The Doctored Truth". When Algore makes a fool of himself on that Cherry picker, he "forgot" to tell you that the temp rises 800 years BEFORE the CO2 levels rise. To suggest, given this info, that CO2 causes global warming is to suggest that the tail wags the dog.

Let's take a look at the geological record. Geologists tell us that there was a one mile sheet of ice across N. America and Eurasia 100 thousand years ago. When I look at that I don't see cold, I see heat. Lots of heat. You may ice, what do you mean? Are you crazy? Here's what I mean. The water was moved from the oceans to the land, literally, moved up hill. On top of the land, that represents potential energy. To become potential energy, kinetic energy had to be expended. In this case, the oceans had to be warmed to increase the evaporation rate in order to precipitate the water in frozen form in northern latitudes. Moreover, geologists also tell us that there are corral reefs from 125,000 years ago that are 12-18 feet above the current sea level. That suggests to me that the planet in the far past was WARMER than it is today. This suggests to me that the temperature oscillations are a natural cycle that occurs without the help or hindrance of man.

Summed up: Algore's a kook!!!

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!
VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN!!!

Posted by: bdstauffer | September 1, 2008 2:51 PM

You have not been keeping up with current events---the debate is over--Global warming is real and excessive use of fossil fuels is causing a rise in CO2. All except knuckle draggers like Palin---I guess her beauty queen IQ is the reason or maybe her minion like pimping for big oil and big coal. All the world has told us Americans to lead or get out of the way on Global Warming. Palin will set us back another 30 years and destroy our reputation in the world. What a disgrace for us. I'm a woman but palin is not fit to even be called a woman---women protect the species--Palin wants to poison her species.

Posted by: hollergirl | September 1, 2008 2:44 PM

It amazes me how few independent thinkers there are in the world. Here is some basic information that any reasonable observer would consider.

According to Wikepedia, as of July 2008, the world's population is estimated to be just over 6.684 billion. As of 1900, the world population was estimated to be 1,650 billion. According to hypertextbook, there are over 600 million motor vehicles in the world today. During 1900, about 8,000. Not even considering coal and other industrial plants, wouldn’t this seem to imply that the chemical composition of the atmosphere has changed drastically over the last 100 years?

My analogy is water treatment. Chlorine gas is used in municipal water treatment systems because it provides chlorine in the most concentrated and economical form. Only 1 pound (lb) of chlorine gas (Cl 2 ) is required to provide a 1 ppm concentration of C1 2 to 1,000,000 lb (120,000 gallons) of water. What would happen if the treatment was increased to 1 ppm concentration of C1 2 per 1000 gallons of water.

Answer: In both scenarios, we are poisoning ourselves. Wake up people.

Posted by: Sparky | September 1, 2008 11:46 AM

I wish someone would point Gen 8:22 to McCain and Palin

Have you even read Gen 8:22? Tell me oh wise one what don't they believe about Gen 8:22? And please explain to the most ignorant what it is in the verse below
that proves your silly point that GW is true?
Gen 8:22 “While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”
Please enlighten us oh wise one!

Posted by: Paul | September 1, 2008 10:22 AM

For her opinions, Sarah was labeled a "flat Earther" by Sen, John Kerry on Stephanopoulus' show yesterday morning.

Classy.

The fact is that the Global Warming® debate is still very much alive and, as she says, the jury is still out irrespective of Sen. Gore's pronouncement that "the debate is over". Sorry, senator. You don't get that kind of power. First of all you don't have the background, objectivity, or knowledge to make such an arrogant pronouncement. At least Sarah Palin has the humility to say she doesn't have the answers.

Messrs. Kerry and Gore would do well to read "The Deniers" and hold their tongues until they realize how little they know about collating information to make a judgement. Palin sets a good example. The above-mentioned senators do not.

Posted by: princetrumpet | September 1, 2008 10:09 AM

One fellow just posted a comment saying that he was distressed by water being so warm at N. California beaches. I have news for him, I have been keeping close track of the buoy reports along our California coast and actually readings this summer have been about 3 to 5 degrees colder than normal. He says the water is too warm? Actually it runs around 53 to 56 degrees, not exactly comfy for swimming.

Posted by: C.Cannon | September 1, 2008 1:49 AM

It is good to see that Palin isn't a believer in man made global warming which indeed is nothing more than a contrivance to make a lot of money for certain politicians and others. She hasn't been taken in by a bunch of Gorebage! Smart lady for sure!

Posted by: C Cannon | September 1, 2008 1:43 AM

One big difference between Gov Palin and Sen Biden....Gov Palin has a brain! When you get right down to it Palin is also more qualified for the presidency than Obama is. A governorship is perhaps the best training ground for the job of president. Looking at Obama's resume one finds it to be pretty empty, actually about 170 days in the Senate which experience wise doesn't amount to a tiny hill of beans! Biden philosophy wise isn't any more than an Obama clone, and that isn't good news unless you like a sharp turn to the left! NOBAMA!

Posted by: C.Cannon | September 1, 2008 1:40 AM

Global Warming isn't happening??? I live in Northern California and I went to the beach yesterday, only to be disturbed to find that the water is much warmer, which is unusual for this area. Palin and McCain advocate more drilling and petroleum use which leads to pollution. Having recently experienced the effects of an oil spill in the San Francisco bay which left thousands of birds and fish dead along with beach closures, it was devastating to see animals dying in such large numbers. This is not the kind of world that I want to leave for the coming generations.. our survival depends on an end to antiquated thinking that McCain and Palin are serving up.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:22 PM

she's simply not ready for this job.

no thanks, john.

http://www.palinisntready.com

Posted by: nothanksjohn | August 31, 2008 7:14 PM

What a double standard! How many of our nation's "male" governors would get treated thus way?

Posted by: JakeD | August 31, 2008 10:46 AM

Sarah Palin is a disaster in the making. Her inexperience and basic ignorance will become obvious as time wears on.McCains choice of her fully exposes his lack of maturity, his lack of deliberative thought, his shallowness and his callowness. This is a poor choice for VP. nay a very poor choice.

Posted by: This just in | August 31, 2008 10:32 AM

The Democratic party is responsible for killing 50 mil Americans. How refreshing to have a normal thinking woman who will be VP. One who is not proud of her abortions and has not fallen for the GW hoax.

Posted by: Larry Bohannon | August 31, 2008 9:08 AM

Some of the comments that golbal warming is not true is liking that economic predicament of middle class as mental recession and nation of whinners.

For the sake of my child we should do more to reduce global warming. It's rather offensive for a prosepctive VP ( God please help not be) to suggest that global warming isn't true

UNBELIEVABLE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NO McCAIN.

Posted by: fa | August 31, 2008 8:46 AM

Finally, a voice of reason. By the way, global warming isn't happening at all. The last 5 years have been cooler than the previous five. And the computer models didn't predict that, did they? Every week we see one or more 'real' scientist saying (with research to back it up) that man-made global warming is just not happening. I just hope McCain follows her lead on this. Who knows, maybe she'll change his mind on drilling in ANWR, too. I just hope she destroys the left-wing media and tells them where to go.

Posted by: vincenzo spiaggi | August 31, 2008 7:43 AM

Warming noted on Mars. Increase of storms on Jupiter due to warming. Warming measured on Pluto.
WHAT DID WE DO THERE TO CAUSE IT??

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Posted by: v5yuvx1rn8 | August 31, 2008 1:44 AM

Amenta,
Oh heck yeah, those are all credible organizations. John Coleman or Lord Monckton would chew them up and spit them out. I would pay good money to see that. Gore is involved with most of them organizations, especially the IPCC.They are all frauds and phonies and they are laughing there asses off at ignorant people like you. If, and I am saying hypothetically, we caused global warming why in the heck is Gore traveling the world in his private jet. I'll tell you why, because he knows GW is not true and ignorant kool-aid drinking fools like you buy into his BS. CO2 is good for the plant and animal environment. You need to get your info somewhere else, quit watching the mainstream media. They are all run by liberals that only report 1 side of the story.

Posted by: easygoer67 | August 30, 2008 11:33 PM

Hey Guido,
I can tell you watch NBC to get your info. If global warming was caused by humans then Al would agree to the many debates that have been offered to him. He was offered $200,000 to attend a debate with a well known climate scientist and refused. Keep drinking that kool-aid pal....Go to www.cagwh.com if you want the truth.....

Posted by: easygoer67 | August 30, 2008 11:14 PM

From Wikipedia, here are a few samples from a very long list of scientific organizations on record as warning that human activity is causing global warming:

- The National Academy of Sciences (and every other Academy of Science of a G8 country; the NAS is the "honor society" of science)
- The International Panel on Climate Change
- American Meteorological Society (and others internationally)
- American Geophysical Union

There is a very, very strong consensus that human greenhouse gas emissions is causing global warming among exactly the people who devote their working lives to the science. The "dissenters" are a couple of crack-pots.

You can always find a crack-pot to support any crazy theory - like that the World Trade Center had to have been blown up from inside. Woops, wasn't that last one Jerome Corsi?


Posted by: amenta | August 30, 2008 10:57 PM

Guido, "His VP selection shows his lack of respect for women and is a disgrace."

You are a sick puppy.
Jim

Posted by: jim Smith | August 30, 2008 10:30 PM

I wish someone would point Gen 8:22 to McCain and Palin

Posted by: Jack S | August 30, 2008 9:02 PM

The RNC called me and asked for money Thursday and I said "As long as John McCain has his head up Al Gore's butt on the global warming stupidity I'm not sending you another dime." If Sarah can talk some sense into him, they may just get my vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 9:02 PM

I'd like to take all the right-wing global warming deniers and stick them on those ice floes that are breaking off from the rapidly shrinking Arctic ice cap.

Posted by: Patrick | August 30, 2008 8:57 PM

"She has supported oil drilling in some of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Alaska, even when it meant sacrificing polar bears, beluga whales, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," Duchin's statement said."

Are there none on the left who are honest? NASA, despite James Hansen, recently release satellite data showing that the the Artic Ice Cap is as large as it has been in 28 years and the Antartic Ice Cap is larger and thicker than it has been in 28 years.

Duchin's paycheck says it all.

Posted by: Jim Smith | August 30, 2008 8:04 PM

Posted by: Nore informed than Guido | August 30, 2008 7:24 PM

Hey Guido,

I'm not sure where you get your scientific news from, but there are MANY scientists and climatologists who are out there publicly refuting man-made climate change. They're not refuting that there is a change, but many agree that it's a naturally cyclical event.

What's deeply troubling is that so many people have bought into Al Gore's lie.

Posted by: John J. | August 30, 2008 7:16 PM

To Steve Charb,

Alaskan Polar Bears do not need to be put on the Endangered Species list. Their numbers have been steadily increasing over the last 30 years. They're no longer endangered. Also, putting them on the list they do not need to be on would have had a negative impact on Alaska's economy. Should we have put Polar Bears ahead of Humans? Go read this for youself.

Governor Palin fought against members of her own party who WERE actually in the pockets of big oil. Go read this for yourself.

Regading her liking to wear fur coats....ummmm....From what I've read, she doesn't like to wear fur coats, but she has plenty of furs hanging on her walls. She's an Alaskan Hunter. Good for her. Vogue asked her to pose in furs. Go read the story for yourself.

You should stop making uneducated drive-by comments. Research the issues first, okay pal?

Posted by: Mike | August 30, 2008 7:10 PM

This is deeply troubling to see so many commenters be unaware that the scientific evidence is overwhelming that Global Warming is occurring and that is caused by man's use of fossil fuels. In fact, there is no reputable scientist who refutes,,,reputable would include someone who is trained in climatogy and studied the phenomena.

As a Mav backer, 8 years ago...i am troubled that he has lost his way. Voting with Bush 90% of the time, supporting a war that was a mistake, fighting the wrong enemy, and is now beholden to big "oil".

The most troubling is now his judgement...Does the Mav think our election is now a joke of some kind? Is he willing to do anything to be elected, and now ignoring what is good for our country. His VP selection shows his lack of respect for women and is a disgrace. Is you replaced his selection with the name, X, and surveyed any registered voters,,,these qualifications would not make the cut.

She was for the "Bridge to Nowhere", before she was against..She takes credit for stopping it...How can she? It was a congressional earmark that got so much ridicule in Congress. Besides as a governor, she had no power in the matter in the first place, and therefore was not in a position to stop.

Some who wants to teach creationism in Science classes does not understand the scientific method; so it is not likely that she would understand global warming...

Her track record on conservation is abesmal.

Her energy policy is to make what are now national resources, state ones that the residents of her state are recipients of the wealth...Sorry, doesn't work that way...those are federal resources, and this is a blatant grab.

Someone under legislative investigation is not someone i even want to consider any high office.

Finally, i have to really worry about the Mav's judgement when he has only met her 2 times. You don't marry a girl after two dates.

Treating this country's future like this is a joke.

Posted by: guido | August 30, 2008 7:07 PM

Sarah Palin filed a lawsuit against the federal government for declaring Polar Bears to be an endangered species. Palin is bought and paid for by Big Oil, and she also loves to wear fur coats.

Posted by: Steve Charb | August 30, 2008 6:34 PM

Good for Governor Palin. It's refreshing to see a public figure running for high office stand up and tell the truth as it is, that there is no scientific proof that human activity is causing the climate to change. The majority of Americans know this, yet they still teach about the "evils" of this unproven theory in our schools. We live in dangerous times. While we sit here and debate light bulbs and supplying our own energy needs (as if it were a bad thing) China is ramping up her military, and Russia is blaming us for their own adventure into the country of Georgia while testing new stealth Topol-M nuclear missiles. I wonder who those missiles will be aimed at? Maybe it's time to put unproven theories like climate change aside and start looking at what's going on before we find ourselves in REAL trouble.

Posted by: Mike | August 30, 2008 6:10 PM

U.S. Representative Heather Wilson On The Selection Of Gov. Sarah Palin

"You know, Governor Palin has more executive experience than Senator Obama, Senator Biden, and Senator Schumer combined because those guys have never run anything." -- Rep. Heather Wilson

U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM)
MSNBC
August 29, 2008

MSNBC's Peter Alexander: "There were several women spoken about as possible vice presidential candidates, Kay Bailey Hutchinson from Texas, Meg Whitman from eBay, Carly Fiorina, why Governor Palin?"

Rep. Heather Wilson: "She's a chief executive of a state. She's a governor, former mayor of a city in Alaska. She's been a businesswoman. She helped her husband run the family fishing business. She's a mom of five and she's a reformer. She's not a Washington insider. She's been a reformist governor and very strongly supported in Alaska."

"You know, Governor Palin has more executive experience than Senator Obama, Senator Biden, and Senator Schumer combined because those guys have never run anything. So I find that quite amusing."

"I was very disappointed with Senator Obama's choice of a running-mate. He chose somebody else who's a Washington insider from the East Coast who knows nothing about the west and Senator McCain surely does. I'm also very pleased that he's chosen as his vice president, the chief executive of the oil producing state in America, strong energy credentials and the energy issue is very important to Americans."

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 6:07 PM

Deep blue, or should I say deep greener. What scientist are you talking about, Al Gore? Manmade global warming is the biggest scam in the history of mankind. The so called scientist you are talking about are either being intimidated or paid by Gore to tell that little fantasy of GW.Believe me , Gore is laughing all the way to the bank at the ignorance of people like you. If Gore and the rest of the wacko liberal dems really believed in global warming they wouldnt be flying all over the place in there private jets and driving their SUV's and limos. When Gore says he will buy carbon offsets he is really investing in his own firm GIM.
Posted by: joel | August 30, 2008 3:17 AM
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This person is the Wacko! No contravening evidence. Just empty rants
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Is that why Gore will not debate any scientist? If he has nothing to hide then debate them. Global warming is just a bunch of liberal hot air, no evidence, just empty rants. More then 32,000 scientist reject manmade global warming.I am PROUD to REFUTE this nonsense. If you want to be ignorant thats fine, I will pray for you.....

Posted by: easygoer67 | August 30, 2008 1:30 PM

The Game-Changer

Posted: 07:06 PM ET CNN.COM


John P. Avlon
Author, Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics

The secretive selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain’s vice president is a small masterpiece of tactical and strategic triangulation intended to drive a deeper wedge between Hilary and Obama supporters. With both parties now offering historic campaigns of change, Obama loses exclusive use of that emotional real estate, and Republicans may gain a new edge with swing voters by offering both change and more of the same.

The downside for Republicans is that Palin’s selection will undermine their attacks on Barack Obama’s youth and inexperience. Governor Palin was first elected governor in 2006 – and before that she was mayor of her home town in Alaska, Wasilla, with an operating budget of less than $6 million. But Democrats will have a difficult time attacking her without provoking accusations of sexism – Joe Biden’s attack-dog instincts could backfire badly in the VP debate. That is a variation off the same problem Republicans had with Obama until they stumbled upon using humor with the Achilles heel of the “celebrity” argument.

Governor Palin’s status as a pro-life second amendment soccer mom keeps conservatives happy while offering the only (albeit brief) experience with executive leadership on either ticket.

McCain was grinning the grin of the successful gambler as he unveiled his pick in Dayton today. Palin’s introductory speech hit themes designed to appeal across the political spectrum – saying “this is a moment when principles and political independence matter a lot more than just the party line.”

Fiscal conservatives who felt betrayed by the GOP during the era of Tom Delay found plenty to like in her record of cutting taxes and government spending – she actually refused the federal funding for the infamous Bridge to Nowhere.

Independents and centrists will appreciate her role in filing ethics charges against the Republican State Party Chairman and Alaska Attorney General – she is an outsider and a relative reformer in the home state party of indicted Senator Ted Stevens.

Liberals may appreciate her shout outs to Geraldine Ferrarro and Hillary Clinton – and her status as a 44-year old working-mother, married to her union-member high-school sweetheart, and their 5 kids – including an eldest who is due to ship out to Iraq.

The McCain campaign did an M15-job of keeping her selection under-wraps – there were no leaks or rumors even in the early morning of the announcement. In some ways it was a counter to the selection of Joe Biden and McCain’s “7 houses” gaffe. Just as Biden was an acknowledgement of Obama’s weaknesses on experience and foreign policy, Palin brings youth and a blue collar background to the McCain ticket – without angering social conservatives who were threatening to revolt if he defied their pro-life litmus tests.

Palin fits the Republican bill perfectly – but her fast rise from obscurity to being a candidate for vice-president was fast even by Obama-era standards. This is a person who had not been on the national political radar screen at all when the 08 presidential race began in the build to the 06 midterm elections. Whether she will prove to be a seasoned campaigner in the 67‑day sprint to Election Day remains to be seen.

Her selection speaks in part to the striking lack of diversity on the Republican bench, even when it comes to women. And more seasoned figures like Senator Olympia Snowe – who routinely wins 70% re-elections in the blue state of Maine – were never considered due to her liberal social positions. But Palin is an appealing young face – disarming decades old conservative stereotypes – and the Democrats must be on defense the day after their convention.

On a side note, the 2008 election has proved to be big-time for our non-continental states – Hawaii and Alaska, traditional presidential politics after-thoughts, now have native sons and daughters on the each ticket in the form of Obama and Palin. Our 49th and 50th states have come along way since Ike, and half a century since reaching statehood they’ve reached political maturity.

The bottom line: this already historic campaign just got more historic, and more competitive. Sarah Palin’s selection represents an extraordinary evolutionary step forward for the Republican Party, and by extension, for our nation’s politics. Neither the ticket looks like those of the past –and that’s a good thing for America in the 21st Century.

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 11:41 AM

Yet, even without all those advisors, Governor Palin is already far more realistic about climate change than Obama (or, McCain, for that matter). Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT put it best when he said how ironic it was that politicians can be so sure about the science when the scientists who focus on the field are not.

Posted by: tom.harris | August 30, 2008 1:29 AM

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Depends on who you define as "scientists in field." There are "scientists" from Ivy League schools who still believe the world is flat and evolution is a fantasy. You guys believe what ever you want, but facts of any sort are an inconvenience and are easily dismissed in place of ideology.

Posted by: :-) | August 30, 2008 9:45 AM

Deep blue, or should I say deep greener. What scientist are you talking about, Al Gore? Manmade global warming is the biggest scam in the history of mankind. The so called scientist you are talking about are either being intimidated or paid by Gore to tell that little fantasy of GW.Believe me , Gore is laughing all the way to the bank at the ignorance of people like you. If Gore and the rest of the wacko liberal dems really believed in global warming they wouldnt be flying all over the place in there private jets and driving their SUV's and limos. When Gore says he will buy carbon offsets he is really investing in his own firm GIM.
Posted by: joel | August 30, 2008 3:17 AM
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This person is the Wacko! No contravening evidence. Just empty rants.

Posted by: :-) | August 30, 2008 9:39 AM

The woman is dangerous to everything America stands for. She has no foreign policy experience, which is very inportant. She admitted being ignorant of the responsibilites for the Vice President's office. Hopefully America is not as stupid and uninformed as the republican think we are.

Posted by: carrie from georgia | August 30, 2008 8:54 AM

Sure, over time the earth will change some on it's own, but you cannot tell me that human activity hasn't sped up the rate of change alarmingly.

This woman is dangerous. First, polar bears; next us!

Posted by: Jason | August 30, 2008 7:51 AM

This election is shaping up to be a real battle of left and right. I thought we would see a more centrist campaign but now I see this is going to be a battle between liberal vs conservative, big government vs small government. While yesterday at the real-time poll at http://www.bop-o-rama.com,the daily numbers were close, Obama 7536 vs 6112 McCain, Obama's total broke 1,000,000 this week. I would love to see Palin and Al Gore square off on Global warming.

Posted by: mgultch | August 30, 2008 6:57 AM


Looking at what could happen next week at the Republican's convention.
The experience factor will continue to be played while McCain will
ignore the issues that he does not want to talk about like the housing foreclosures,
the rising debt, unaffordable college education, billions for the war in Iraq and the credit crunch.

Facts: Alaska Population is 650000, the legislature meets 4 months per year, Mrs. Palin has been in office 2 only years (so total of 8-months experience), she touts stopping the bridge-to-nowhere but it was not her doing, and her office is under investigation.

Doing next week convention the Republicans
are going to tout Mrs. Palin so call 8-months of "executive experience". The goal is to put doubt in people's mind about Obama's "ready to lead." The Republicans have ignored that across the USA many female town leaders have more executive experience, manage bigger budgets and people for many more years than Mrs. Palin. For that reason, Republican female leaders should be pissed for being passed over by McCain's selection. Mrs Palin executive experience comes from running a State which has a population slightly greater than Boston's. Plus she does not know one thing about Washington.

Remember the "training on the job" Republican's were trying to put out against Obama.
Well Obama knows Washington and has executed well for the American people.
They forget that Obama has earned the support of 10s of millions of Americans and the support from many national, state and city leaders before being chosen as the nominee for the presidency. They forget that he has a comprehensive plan for America. He has a team that knows how to get things done in Washinton. His VP choice, Joe Biden,is a strong complement heartbeat away that every American can rely on.

It is very strange that the party that kept stating for 18 months that we know little of Obama and has thouroughly rummaged through his past would then give us someone unknown person for VP at the midnight hour to the Republican convention. We will hardly get a chance to rummage through her past. The reason for that is Republicans want to hype her 2 years as governor of Alaska as if some great acheivement. I hope the voters are wise enough to see through this.


Posted by: ThePoliticalTruth | August 30, 2008 6:13 AM

Deep blue, or should I say deep greener. What scientist are you talking about, Al Gore? Manmade global warming is the biggest scam in the history of mankind. The so called scientist you are talking about are either being intimidated or paid by Gore to tell that little fantasy of GW.Believe me , Gore is laughing all the way to the bank at the ignorance of people like you. If Gore and the rest of the wacko liberal dems really believed in global warming they wouldnt be flying all over the place in there private jets and driving their SUV's and limos. When Gore says he will buy carbon offsets he is really investing in his own firm GIM. Go to www.cagwh.com to find out what is really going on with global warming..

Posted by: joel | August 30, 2008 3:17 AM

Deep blue, or should I say deep greener. What scientist are you talking about, Al Gore? Manmade global warming is the biggest scam in the history of mankind. The so called scientist you are talking about are either being intimidated or paid by Gore to tell that little fantasy of GW.Believe me , Gore is laughing all the way to the bank at the ignorance of people like you. If Gore and the rest of the wacko liberal dems really believed in global warming they wouldnt be flying all over the place in there private jets and driving their SUV's and limos. When Gore says he will buy carbon offsets he is really investing in his own firm GIM. Go to www.cagwh.com to find out what is really going on with global warming..

Posted by: joel | August 30, 2008 3:17 AM

Yet, even without all those advisors, Governor Palin is already far more realistic about climate change than Obama (or, McCain, for that matter). Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT put it best when he said how ironic it was that politicians can be so sure about the science when the scientists who focus on the field are not.

Posted by: tom.harris | August 30, 2008 1:29 AM


THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

Does Obama have the experience to be president, is he ready? It would be hard to say anyone is ready to be president, what prepares one for the job?

Obama has been getting ready though. Obama has an advisory staff of over a 300. Most all are the top people in their fields. 4 of his staff are the top people on middle east politics in the world. He has numerous people on pretty much everything you could think of from global warming to world economics to energy and foreign policy you name it and he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a beyond brilliant man, who easily knows more then any candidate who ever ran for the office in history. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know a fraction of what Obama knows now. Mccain is a dinosaur compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience in many of these areas. just being in Washington doesn't make you an expert in anything. Bill Clinton said, "No one is really prepared to be president". He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone before he even began, so for a year he has been quietly preparing. Like anything such as being a doctor or lawyer or any profession, your first introduction is academic, you go to school, then the real thing. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.
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Smarter and more experienced for VP than the Dems #1. Looks like the old boy Dems dont like smart powerful women.

PS I think this moose hunting, fishing, Alaskan woman knows a little more about her state than you effeminate male elitists. Keep ripping on common sense, small towns, and freedom - you will lose big. Men love strong women and women don't like wimpy men. Go Sarah!

Posted by: Linda M. | August 29, 2008 10:03 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 12:56 AM

Well, good for Governor Palin - she has enough common sense and honesty to recognize, and state (a courage rare among politicians) that the science of climate change is NOT settled, no matter what Al Gore and Greenpeace pretend to know. This is the most complex science ever tackled by humanity and so even the idea that the science is well enough understood to make meaningful predictions of the future is absurd.

Tom Harris
Executive Director
International Climate Science Coalition
www.climatescienceinternational.org

Posted by: tom.harris | August 30, 2008 12:34 AM

Biden voted to authorize the war...Obama made a speech against this authorization, So ..your point Jim????
Amosdefnails,
Complain all you want about the size of the town Palin ran or the length of her governorship, but America values executive over legislative experience. True? Well we tend to elect governors-only 2 sitting senators have been elected President- Warren Harding and JFK- but JFK was a military officer....hmm.
Here's a Mom who doesn't fear that her son will be serving his country fighting AlQueda in Iraq- how refreshing. Furthermore, she didn't terminate her fifth child because of his abnormal chromosomes...wow, she not only talks a strong game, she lives it. Hey Soros, Axelrod, Obama, Biden and Pelosi- where have you hidden Baby Alex and his mom? That baby was sure cute....and lucky that his chromosomes were perfect or his loving mother would have vacuumed him right up.
By the way...what business, small or large, town, small or large, or state, small or large has Obama or Biden run?
Has either written a budget and lived by it? We know they can deliver speeches good (obama) or flawed (biden) or stolen ( yep biden again), but is 36 years of writing speeches and "sponsoring" legislation qualifying experience to be the Chief EXECUTIVE of our great nation?
Biden's quite a choice!

Hey amosdefnails, can YOU name Biden's 7 glass houses?
1. Insulted Indian american 7 eleven cashiers
2. Sold his vot eto MBNA and the credit card industry in exchange for a half million dollar contract for his lobbyist son
3. Pulled out of 88 race for plagiarism
4. Almost thrown out of law school for plaigirism
5.Claimed to be top of his class
6.Called Obama's personal hygeine "storybook, man"
7. Said it would be an honor to run with or against John McCain

Posted by: Scott | August 30, 2008 12:22 AM

Mccain accused Obama of political expedency and then he choses Palin which was not a choice to put the country first like he claims but to win an election. What does it say about Mccain who needs a young inexperience woman to sure up his worn out Maverick brand? It means Mccain is out of touch and out of this election.

Posted by: amosdefnails | August 30, 2008 12:17 AM

Mccain attack Obama on experience throughout this campaign and ran ads asking Obama is he ready to lead. Then he goes out and chose a VP Palin that has no national security experience or even interested just to save his Maverick brand. Mccain's first presidential choice was a fluke and a gimmick. Now Mccain would try to run as a Maverick and a Reformer but theres one trick, he's married to the failed policies of George Bush.

Posted by: amosdefnails | August 30, 2008 12:14 AM

Mccain said he put his country first. We'll his decision to make Palin VP is proof he puts himself first and the country in danger.

Posted by: amosdefnails | August 30, 2008 12:11 AM

Doesn't Mccain believe in global warming. Mccain said that abortion should be permitted for rape victims and Palin doesn't agree. This shows a lack of judgement of John Mccain once again, it also shows that Mccain's Maverick rehtoric is deeply damaged when he has to pick a vp Palin thats inexperienced in national security foriegn policy and just about everything else to sure up his Maverick brand. Mccain is desperate and dangerous.

Posted by: Jim | August 30, 2008 12:09 AM

Complain all you want about the size of the town Palin ran or the length of her governorship, but America values executive over legislative experience. True? Well we tend to elect governors-only 2 sitting senators have been elected President- Warren Harding and JFK- but JFK was a military officer....hmm. By the way, Camp Obama keep making points with women by calling her a MILF (Mother you'd like to...) very classy! (see below)
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"McCain could have been a maverick and picked Bloomberg or Lieberman as his VP, but he picked (or was told to pick) Sarah Palin because the GOP needs to sure up the evangelical and soccer mom vote. This country can't afford 4 more years of the GOP. No McCain/MILF in '08. "

Posted by: hamishdad | August 29, 2008 8:43 PM

Posted by: Scott | August 29, 2008 11:48 PM


Here's a Mom who doesn't fear that her son will be serving his country fighting AlQueda in Iraq- how refreshing. Furthermore, she didn't terminate her fifth child because of his abnormal chromosomes...wow, she not only talks a strong game, she lives it. Hey Soros, Axelrod, Obama, Biden and Pelosi- where have you hidden Baby Alex and his mom? That baby was sure cute....and lucky that his chromosomes were perfect or his loving mother would have vacuumed him right up.
By the way...what business, small or large, town, small or large, or state, small or large has Obama or Biden run?
Has either written a budget and lived by it? We know they can deliver speeches good (obama) or flawed (biden) or stolen ( yep biden again), but is 36 years of writing speeches and "sponsoring" legislation qualifying experience to be the Chief EXECUTIVE of our great nation?

Posted by: Scott | August 29, 2008 11:38 PM

Wait till she kicks Joe Biden's -ss in the debates. I am afraid you liberals don't realize what a bulldog she'll turn out to be.

Posted by: Jim | August 29, 2008 11:14 PM

Well, this Hillary supporter is still choosing the Harvard educated mind of Obama over the anti-abortion, gun totin, NRA life member, former beauty queen, mayor of a podunk town, gov of Alaska with less than a million people. sheesh, of all the brilliant minds in the country...this is the best McCain could do. i want a brilliant leader i can look up to, not a college grad that i can sit serve on a PTA board with. Thanks, I'll pass

Posted by: victoriam | August 29, 2008 10:55 PM

Smarter and more experienced for VP than the Dems #1. Looks like the old boy Dems dont like smart powerful women.

PS I think this moose hunting, fishing, Alaskan woman knows a little more about her state than you effeminate male elitists. Keep ripping on common sense, small towns, and freedom - you will lose big. Men love strong women and women don't like wimpy men. Go Sarah!

Posted by: Linda M. | August 29, 2008 10:03 PM

Jim:

It's not a "lie" when she did, in fact, cancel the Bridge-to-Nowhere.

ProfitGanda:

Wait, I thought the Obama talking points was that McCain "threw away" the election?! Please consult with the Mothership and return with the proper scritp.

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 9:35 PM

This move clearly shows that McCain doesn't care about making the best decisions on governing this nation he just cares about trying to win the election at any cost.

Same old...

Posted by: ProfitGanda | August 29, 2008 9:09 PM

No matter who runs with McCain, we can't have four more years of the same politics. Palin sounds like a John McCain/George Bush want a be. Look at what she has done and what she stands for.

Posted by: Jacquita | August 29, 2008 9:06 PM

Did McCain even vet this woman? Within seconds of the announcement there are stories all over the Internet, including Palin’s first lie as VP candidate:

http://www.michiganmessenger.com/3383/palins-first-lie-as-vp-candidate

Posted by: Jim | August 29, 2008 9:01 PM

McCain could have been a maverick and picked Bloomberg or Lieberman as his VP, but he picked (or was told to pick) Sarah Palin because the GOP needs to sure up the evangelical and soccer mom vote. This country can't afford 4 more years of the GOP. No McCain/MILF in '08.

Posted by: hamishdad | August 29, 2008 8:43 PM

THe more I read about Palin, the more I'm convinced that her selection is a joke. They're not really seriously running this soccer mom, are they? McCain doesn't appear to be taking this electin and the future and stability of our country very seriously. I don't want this nutcase a breath away from the presidency. McCain was scary enough, but this woman could set womens rights back 10 years. He is kidding, right?

Posted by: JG | August 29, 2008 8:32 PM

Jake,

Have a great dinner, but you and I both know that the KKK-meets-Bob Jones crowd down south is not going to react well to this pick. Nor will a chunk of Republican men, especially in the south. The national security folks probably, to borrow an expression from Bill Parcells, threw up in their mouth. Horrible pick.

On the plus side: Alaska's 3 electoral votes
On the minus side: Virginia, No Carolina, Florida and Georgia

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 29, 2008 7:48 PM

Unconvinced about global warming. Unconvinced about Evolution. Unconvinced about the science behind sexual preference.

We've just suffered through two terms of a simple thinker who was unconvinced about a lot of things that thousands of smart, well-educated professionals were convinced about.

I'm convinced that John McCain just lost the election with this pick because he won't be able to convince America that she's 'the best possible choice' for VP.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 29, 2008 7:28 PM

If this gets every evangelical voter to vote for McCain, he won't need the Bradley Effect (gotta go to dinner ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 7:09 PM

Jake,

Palin eliminates your Bradlee Effect, and then some!

Ed,

Scientific research strongly suggests that the most likely explanation for our warming Earth is the greenhouse gases emitted when fossil fuels are burned. I understand that it is fashionable in some Republican circles to get all religious and throw out scientific perspectives. But we didn't land on the moon by praying. Prayer alone is not the way most people approach most serious endeavors, like their personal health. Most people opt for surgery to remove a cancer. And if we personally rely on the judgment of our scientific community to save us we might want to listen to them about the planet too. That's just this voter's perspective.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 29, 2008 7:06 PM

Palin is is going to undercut McCain's chances. The McCain campaign chose Palin to generate media excitement about the Republican ticket in the next 7 days but has not thought about how she will help him campaign and govern. She and McCain are different on several key issues that this will come out over the next 6 weeks and implode the McCain campaign.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 29, 2008 7:01 PM

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 6:49 PM

Don't worry, Dick, she won't be Governor for long ...

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

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 6:40 PM

Gov. Palin recently came out against Alaska ballot measure 4, a clean water initiative. It is illegal for the governor to take sides on a ballot initiative, but she did anyway. Measure 4 was aimed at stopping the huge Pebble mine project, which scientists believe has a very high probability of polluting the watershed that drains into the largest salmon producing river system in the world, Bristol Bay. Palin's illegal stand against ballot measure 4, and the millions of dollars of misleading advertising by the two foreign mining companies behind the Pebble, who have a terrible track record of pollution, helped the initiative fail in last Tuesday's election. The Pebble mine, if allowed to proceed, will likely become Alaska's worst environmental disaster. Even the Juneau Empire (owned by a conservative Georgia newspaper chain) came out in favor of last Tuesday's ballot measure 4.

Ballot measure 4 was an attempt to bring back the clean water regulations that were weakened by Palin's predecessor, former Republican governor Frank Murkowski.

Then there is the scandal of her firing Commissioner of Public Safety Walter Monegan who refused to fire a state trooper who was in a nasty custody battle with her sister. The Alaska State Legislature is investigating.

And she is strongly anti-abortion. That's not going to win over many of Hillary's pro-choice women. Did I mention that she has zero foreign policy experience?

Posted by: Dick in Juneau, Ak | August 29, 2008 6:38 PM

Deep Blue:

Is one of your "realities" of climate change that humans are solely responsible?

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 6:36 PM

For someone from ALASKA to say they are unconvinced of the realities of climate change... she's just a tool of Big Oil.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 29, 2008 6:34 PM

LOL - This woman is as dense as McCain & Bush.

Posted by: Sally | August 29, 2008 6:28 PM

McCain has never said he believes human activity is "driving" (i.e. PRIMARY cause, more than 50% responsible for) global warming. Palin seems to also realize that has not been proven yet.

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 6:27 PM

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