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Palin Ads Showcase Family, Conservative Values

By Ed O'Keefe
With so little widely known about Sarah Palin, the political ads from her 2006 gubernatorial campaign reveal a folksy style that emphasized her youth and accomplishments as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

The script and video for her biographical message, "Move Alaska Forward", emphasize: "It's time for a new generation."

"At 32, Sarah Palin was elected mayor of one of America's fastest-growing cities," the ad's announcer says. "Serving two terms, this conservative mayor lowered property tax rates and increased services. Her fellow mayors voted her president of the Conference of Mayors. Later, she was named Chairman of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. It's time for a new generation, and Sarah Palin has the skill and experience to move Alaska forward."

Then there's the more personal message in the spot "The Palin Family":

"I'm Sarah Palin and I believe the best is yet to come for Alaska," she says. The governor is seen with her children and husband, boarding a water plane as she discusses what she'd do as governor. "I'll put new energy into a new energy into a gas line contract that puts Alaska first, and puts Alaskans to work."

Finally -- in a message that could come back to haunt her -- Alaska's scandal-plagued senior Senator, Ted Stevens (R) talks up Palin's candidacy:

"We have a state that needs new management," Steven says.

"Think of this, when you go to vote, don't go to vote alone and you'll help Sarah become the next governor of Alaska," he adds.

The ads appeared on YouTube this morning on the YouTube channel SarahPalinAds. All of the videos have the tagline "O.U. Political Communication Center" burned across the top.

These ads were uploaded in a breach of contract, as the O.U. Political Communication Center does not have a YouTube channel, according to the center's archive assistant Kristen Walker.

"If they have O.U. Political Communication Center on them and they are on YouTube, they are illegally loaded,"Walker said. "We have ads that people have given to us to archive. We don't own the copyrights, but the tape is loaned to somebody with a watermark on it and that is not supposed to be up on the Internet. We have loan agreements signed that say they will not do this."

The Political Communication Center houses more than 80,000 American political ads dating back to the Eisenhower Administration, according to Walker.

Posted at 11:15 AM ET on Aug 30, 2008  | Category:  Channel 08
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I, like a lot of people, will wait to hear what is said at the Republican convention. I watched ALL of the DNC and was quite frankly disappointed that most of the speakers ranted, finger pointed, and engaged in name calling. I was moved by Mr. Obama's speech. He was clear about the path he wants to take, realistic about what it will take and appeared sincere.

How can anyone make a decision until you've listened to both sides?

Posted by: Listen to both sides | September 1, 2008 5:46 PM

Do the math. The Alaskan National Guard has 1850 troops. Palin has been Governor 21 months. Of that 21 months the, the Alaska has been in session for only 90 days a year. Governors seldom get briefed on troop deployments despite the post from Alaskan Soldier. When the NG is deployed they are under command of the regular Army. So the update she or any other Governor would receive is where the troops are posted or deployed. Otherwise that's it. Training the Mongolian troops is done with a regular army special forces unit. Plain did not arrange or oversee that for the once summer that it has occurred while she has been Governor. Plain is a reckless choice. College chancellors would be a better choice and more experienced than her.

Posted by: Denali50 | August 31, 2008 2:54 PM

I read about this pick a year ago in Freiman's Current Events, Conservative Outcomes. Freiman predicted a woman in the White House, but not Hillary. Maybe this is what he meant? He predicted a brunette with conservative values? Whoa! www.gafreiman.com

Posted by: Michelle | August 31, 2008 8:36 AM

I am fascinated at how John McCain likes to kiss his running mate - I saw one shot where he kisses Palin over the podium and Cindy McCain looked as though it was all she could do to keep herself together - as she flicked her hair and tried to compose herself - in the back ground.

It seems that even the body language of Palin is changing from the first day - notice now that when McCain goes over to kiss her - she now pulls her chest back from the embrace more firmly.

It will be interesting to watch their body language as the campaign continues.

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Think - he met her only once before choosing her as VP.

She's not only big oil - she's a beauty queen!

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It's the classic Frog and the Princess story - but this Frog does not swim in water he swims in oil - big oil. The Republicans could only hope that by her kissing him he could turn from the fading Frog to the handsome oil Prince they need.

xxxx

Posted by: roxn | August 31, 2008 8:30 AM

If you think Bush has been a great President, I can imagine that voting for McCain/Palin will give you no pause. If not, voting McCain/Palin makes no sense at all.

And as for the voters Obama 'attracts,' I am a 49 yr old mother of 3, moderate, Independent, and I think he's a fabulous candidate - strong, intelligent, has a great depth of knowledge of Constitutional Lawn, and most of all, natural ability and wisdom. We've done without wisdom for 8 years. I very much want to see a person in office who I can trust. I do not trust anyone who foists their religion or values on me, & both McCain and Palin threaten to do just that.

Posted by: SP | August 31, 2008 4:44 AM

I often hear "never left the US" or "no foreign relations experience".

Commander and Chief Sarah Palin visiting her troops in the Middle East:

http://asecondhandconjecture.com/index.php/2008/08/30/sarah-palin-kuwait-gallery/

Foreign Relations:

Iraq/Kuwait/Afganistan/Kosovo (her troops get sent there, she gets briefed constantly on their mission, well being, and what is going on in that country that could affect her Alaskan troops)
Canada (gas pipeline; immigration/customs crack down at the border)
Russia (few miles off AK's coast)
Mongolia (her troops train Mongolian troops EVERY YEAR)
International Waters (Alaska has the biggest coast line and the best fishing waters on this side of the planet...foreign boats cruise around her waters all the time which can turn into an international situation if an emergency arises...she has to know what is going on not only in her state but around it)

Posted by: Alaskan Soldier | August 31, 2008 4:36 AM

this pick is just another ploy to appeal to all those evangelicles and to peel away at the disgruntal hillary voters.sean hannity,rush limbaugh,pat buchanan,dr dobson and others are intolerant,hipocritical,short sighted and closed minded.how can people just follow these men like drones?because sarah palin carried her downs syndrome baby full term,because she carries a gun,so what? how about the american families where the children will grow up not knowing their parents who were killed in iraq?how about genocide,starvation etc?a lot of people use the bible when it is convenient.they criticize gays and lesbians but they forget one key element,that a lot of the said people they criticize were abused by some family member,or church member when they were a child(dirty laundry that nobody wants to air)people that i spoke with overseas are just laughing,they are saying that mccain if elected will not survive his first term as president and will this woman be president?she will be tested by al queada.

Posted by: raven | August 31, 2008 4:02 AM

I pass a car in our parking lot at work which has an Obama bumper sticker on it.

But I also know the person who drives it very well. He is 3x divorcee and a class "A" mysogynist who funded the abortion of more children than he's had - just with his first wife!

That wife got sick of him, found someone else and filed for divorce - including a stay away order - because he was such an obsessive women hater.

Despite his own daughter warning the next wife about how he behaved, the next gal got pregnant out of wedlock with him - but at least she didn't go along with his idea of aborting that kid too. But only a few year later she had had enough of the women hating too. But even after the divorce, he continued to harass her to the point she had to file an EEO and get a big payout (in great part because of his behavior and the fact he lied under oath repeatedly).

His idea of "good fathering" includes givuing his underage kid alcohol at a restaurant, then, because he got so drunk, having her drive him home while udner the influence.

This is the kind of "guy" that Obama attracts - misogynists who want someone else to take on their responsbilities (taxing those more successful or wealthy to pay for them) while he aborts and abuses his way through life.

Posted by: Steve | August 30, 2008 11:58 PM

Sarah Palin's Greatest Accomplishments as Governor of Alaska:

1. Stopped the "Bridge to Nowhere". Well not really. She reluctantly halted the project after it became a hot political issue in Washington and after the monies were re-allocated to Alaska's general fund. Check out this site: http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_plank/archive/2008/08/29/did-palin-really-fight-the-bridge-to-nowhere.aspx

2. Fought corruption in her own REPUBLICAN party related to "Big Oil". Ok - she did actually do this. God knows "Sarah Barracuda" will be kept awfully busy in Washington tackling an endless number of corrupt Repub's. She will likely require two terms!

3. Sent $1,200 "Fuel Rebate" checks to all Alaskans. Let's dig into this just a little bit. Revenues charged on oil/natural gas production are increasing in Alaska as production increases because it in now profitable to extract these fossil fuels in the current market. (Plus she increased taxes on Big Oil - see below). Therefore Alaska has a revenue windfall. But remember this oil and natural gas is sent to the Lower 48 States where consumers are being hit with 30-40% increased in gasoline at the pumps. In essence Alaskans $1,200 tax rebates were funded by consumers in the Lower 48 states. Not bad if you live in an oil producing State! I wonder if the Bush/McCain/Barracuda Administration will be sending "Fuel Rebate" checks to all Americans? Don't hold your breath folks.

4. Increased taxes on "Big Oil". Isn't that nice - she made gasoline and natural gas more expensive for all of us. Because guess what folks - "Big Oil" just passes on the increased taxes directly onto the consumer. Do you really think that they would let these taxes hit their bottom line or their bonuses?

5. Suspended gas taxes in Alaska for a full year. Very sweet if your State treasury is benefitting from oil prices between $100-$150 a barrel while the average American empties his wallet at the pump.

Why would Sarah Palin fight for lower gas prices in the Lower 48 States when her home State is poised to gain immeasurably as prices sky-rocket? No bloody way.

Looks like "Big Oil" may be moving right back into the Oval Office for the third time in two decades! Go Exxon Go!

Posted by: William H | August 30, 2008 11:53 PM

I deeply admire her commitment to breastfeeding. I don't agree with her on much else.

But like the rest of us (including McCain, I gather) I don't really know her very well.

Posted by: m | August 30, 2008 10:32 PM

McCain didn't pick Palin ,the right wing wingnuts of his party did.He met with her twice and was somehow convinced she would be better than Romney, or Guliani? Obama exercised judgment in selecting Biiden by putting country first, McCain put political expediency first.Enough!

Posted by: joseph marcucilli | August 30, 2008 10:15 PM

ladymalachite

So your saying I finally get to vote for a conservative?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:29 PM

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John McCain gets 'arm candy' in the form of a 'Barby Doll'.

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Posted by: Ken Dhal | August 30, 2008 8:04 PM

Its still Obama/Biden against McCain/Bush/Cheney.

The contrasts are there for all to see.

Nice try Rove.

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Betsy | August 30, 2008 8:04 PM

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John McCain gets 'arm candy' in the form of a 'Barby Doll'.

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Posted by: Ken Dhal | August 30, 2008 8:04 PM

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John McCain gets 'arm candy' in the form of a 'Barby Doll'.

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Posted by: Ken Dhal | August 30, 2008 8:04 PM

Palin and McCain are making a big deal about her stopping the "Bridge to Nowhere." Below is the current Wikipedia description. Yesterday, however, the Wikipedia report included reference to payment of $1200 to every citizen in Alaska. In other words, Palin didn't return the money from US taxpayers, she used it to bribe her voters. Claiming she stopped the "Bridge" is very misleading. She didn't return the money. I don't see how this could be legal. If US tax payers (via congress) authorized a bridge that was never built shouldn't the money have been returned to the US Treasury instead of going to cash payment of Alaskans?

"Palin initially expressed support for the Gravina Island Bridge project,[48] commonly known outside the state as the "Bridge to Nowhere." However, once it had become a nationwide symbol of wasteful earmark spending and some federal funding was lost, Palin cancelled the bridge because Alaska's congressional delegation was unable to prevent the state of Alaska from having to pay for part of the bridge's construction.[24][49] Alaska still kept the federal money."

Posted by: TimJK | August 30, 2008 7:23 PM


Heres from a Hillary supporter

"How can Democrats, drawn to Hillary Clinton by her powerful advocacy for children, inspired by her support for the rights guaranteed in Roe v. Wade." vote for Mc Cain Palin

Advocacy for children?
Her support for Roe V Wade???????

Posted by: rick007 | August 30, 2008 5:52 PM

Palin is nothing more than an inexperienced creationist cheerleader.


"Dermot Cole, a longtime columnist for Alaska's second largest newspaper, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, called McCain's choice of Palin "reckless" and questioned her credentials. "Sarah Palin's chief qualification for being elected governor was that she was not Frank Murkowski," Cole said of her enormously unpopular predecessor, who lost favor with Alaskans in part because of unpopular budget cuts. "She was not elected because she was a conservative. She was not elected because of her grasp of issues or because of her track record as the mayor of Wasilla."

Full story here:
http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/aug/29/palin-vice-presidential-candidacy-raises-eyebrows-/
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Posted by: Bush + Cheney = McCain | August 30, 2008 5:51 PM

I find it intersting how the pundits in the tank for Obama call people racist because they will not vote for him. Now they are saying women won't vote for McCain just because he has a woman on his ticket. I agree with the latter sentiment but don't say I am a racist because I don't agree with Obama.

Posted by: lwssdd | August 30, 2008 5:46 PM

No - Sarah Palin will not swing the bitter, grievance-laden leftist lesbian wing or the infanticide-on-demand set. The Dems can keep those votes as far as i'm concerned.

Posted by: Michel | August 30, 2008 5:46 PM

If McCain died his first day in office, I'd trust Sarah Palin manage this country over Obama. Obama is a dangerous liar.

Posted by: mark | August 30, 2008 5:41 PM

The' Obamabots are out again doing exactly what they did to Hillary, they just can't help themselves.

Misogyny and sexism, keep it up morons.

Posted by: Hill | August 30, 2008 5:36 PM

Scott, thanks for posting that great article.

I get sick of the prescriptive diatribes purporting to "speak for" all women. "We" shall vote any way we chose and for reasons we have no need to explain.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 5:35 PM

beats a toga

Go Sara! Go McCain

Posted by: nodeal | August 30, 2008 5:31 PM

Well said, Scott!! Sarah is the RIGHT person for McCain's VP.

Posted by: Cassie | August 30, 2008 5:12 PM

How out of touch is McCain to think that this will get us women to vote for him?

Posted by: Maddy | August 30, 2008 4:38 PM

Sarah Palin has had to make daily decisions regarding and deal with state budgets, Alaska National Guard, Republican corruption, Health and Human services, environmental issues, big oil and "the good O'll Boy" network. Delivered 5 children (something Obama/Biden could never ever do)

Obama/Biden("Good Old Boys"), Obama, 141 days in the Senate, 220 days campaigning, 4 days of Foreign Policy experience (Trip to Iraq/Germany). 20 years BFF of Rev. Wright.
Biden, 36 years in the Senate, 10 years on the train from Wilmington to DC., 5 years in the same chair on Foreign Relations and Judiciary Committees. Suffers from foot-in-mouth decease.

Posted by: starryperdun | August 30, 2008 4:37 PM

If you are a moderate Republican or Independent who will vote for McCain, please consider this: Should John McCain, God forbid, die in office, we will have Palin as our president. This is not at all unlikely, considering McCain's age.

Now it would be great having a woman as a president, but not Palin for God's sake! Have you looked at her views on the issues? She is definitely not a clone of Bush - she is far more extremist right-wing!

Palin would force schools to teach Creationish. She hates all science that does not support her own narrow-minded interpretation of the Bible; she thinks that biotechnology is "playing God" and seriously believes that global warming is a hoax. She would eliminate gay rights (not just gay marriage, but ALL gay rights). She would make abortion illegal in all cases, even in cases of rape or incest, even whenit would save the mother's life. The only right Palin supports is the right to own guns without any regulations whatsoever. Now I am all for gun ownership, being a hunter myself, but there must be some reasonable laws! From what I have heard, Palin opposes all sorts of reasonable gun regulation, such as waiting periods or the assault weapons ban.

Posted by: ladymalachite | August 30, 2008 4:36 PM

McCain made a huge mistake. How could he possibly review her credentials and come to the conclusion she is ready day one to take over as President if called upon. Obama wins the first round of executive decision-making.

Posted by: Tony | August 30, 2008 4:33 PM

Odd McCain picks a VP who just recently has erupted in scandal. Weird how in a change election McCain picks a VP that is corrupt.
No one is going to like the fact that Palin is corrupt and politicizes government just like the Bush administration has done.
Another weird thing is that McCain has now proven that everything he's said about Obama was just political games and lies. Obama has enough experience; fact is Obama has more experience then Ronald Reagan had and Palin only has 2 years of experience. And in Plains tenor has Mayor she bankrupted the city and drove it into the ground.
Horrible choice McCain... Not to mention Palin is a staunch extremist right-winger who supports Bush 95% of the time, hates science, is bought by big oil (as proven by her executive decisions and bills), and is wants a theocracy (again proven by her positions on the issues).

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 4:31 PM

as an undecided independent, I am usually voting for the least extreme candidate, this solidifies my decision, Palin is way too extreme right for me, I can go right a little bit but not to the point where I feel my rights as a woman would be violated, guess I'm going for Obama this time around, he's not too far left he's actually pretty conservative on the economic stuff. As a feminist I can't vote for a women who was involved in a beauty contest like Miss USA or whatever it was. I'm not so hot on her husband working in the oil industry either. To bad there's no hillary but obama seems more for womens rights than Palin.

Posted by: undecided | August 30, 2008 4:15 PM

Remember how Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney swayed evangelical voters, even though they cared nothing about their concerns before election season?

Remember how he dumped them to the side of the political street after being elected?

I suspect the same will happen to women voters if they decide to vote for the McCain/Palin ticket now that Ms. Clinton is out of the race.

Considering Ms. Palin's record, views on some vital issues and her own investigation at the state level, she may well help women break that glass ceiling, but the women who vote her in will get some serious lacerations from the glass.

Posted by: animal37 | August 30, 2008 3:52 PM

Good move a new generation of republicans that can change the party. She will make a perfect VP. and future president.

Posted by: Rick | August 30, 2008 3:51 PM

" ... offer a candidate appealing to million of Democratic women that felt rejected by McCain [Obama's ?] rejection of Hillary"

This comment assumes that those women would not choose a candidate based on merits, but purely based on gender considerations. Would they choose the Adversary if She were female ? I sincerely hope that the women in question have more intelligence than that.

Posted by: Charlie | August 30, 2008 3:32 PM

Everyone, my suggestion is that before you make a comment about something, please make sure you read your facts first. People are talking about Palin without even knowing the real facts, but just because she is Republican everyone assumes that she follows the same decisions as Bush, the same as for McCain, just by listening to those negatives ads from the Obama campaign. The same applies for Obama, you can't rely on the negative ads from the McCain campaign, and just because he is a Democrat you can not assume he is like Jimmy Carter. Both parties have good and qualified people, as well as corrupted and selfish people. Even though the election is only a couple of months away, I encourage everyone to do your research and not rely as to what the opponent candidates are saying about the other. Every candidate has positive and negative points, and it is important to be responsible and knowledgeable when deciding to support a candidate. Also, respect everyone's opinions and understand that it is not about being a Democrat or a Republican, it is about choosing the best person for the Presidency. I look forward to the debates since it is a great opportunity to learn more about the candidates handling questions without having a script prepared by someone else.

Thank you for being interested in such important election and God Bless America!

Posted by: Unbiased Reader | August 30, 2008 3:31 PM

A dirty politician in a skirt is better than one in pant-suit, I guess.

Posted by: anonymous | August 30, 2008 3:24 PM

Ms. Palin is endorsed by Ted Stevens, that paragon of integrity.

Posted by: Maddy | August 30, 2008 3:19 PM

Boy that is one fast growing city, Wasilla.
Over a decade later it is up to 7000.

Posted by: M tobias | August 30, 2008 3:17 PM

It is too early to judge Palin either way. We know she took office to reform the scandalized Republican Party so that would seem likely to spin negatively for Republicans. Specifically, the Ted Stevens criminal investigation seems likely to get more attention prior to the election. I'd be curious how Stevens feels about the Palin choice -- but I think it must be negative due to the increased attention. He may lose a Republican seat in the U.S. Senate as a result of the Palin pick. In general, the Palin pick would seem to tarnish the Republican brand generally because her reform story would seem to suggest she was selected to come to Washington to take care of scandals.
It is likely to spin mostly negative over time with regard to McCain's judgement. Was Palin really the most qualified candidate? In choosing her, he eliminates his criticism of Obama's lack of experience (Obama suddenly seems like a senior statesman!), which seems like poor judgement since McCain appeared to be making traction in the polls with the inexperience argument. Also, McCain is likely to lose some support with older voters, probably especially older men, which seems like poor judgement since older voters seemed to be McCain's strength over Obama.

Posted by: Thoren | August 30, 2008 3:16 PM

I'm a high school student who will barely be too young to vote in this election, so I'm begging all of you who CAN vote, to please, please not vote for Mccain and Palin. If you're under the age of 40 you're going to suffer a lot more from the outcome of this elction and even more its my generation who will be drafted in the army under mccain or taught creationism under Palin.

Obama isn't perfect but he's a lot better then them. If you're a woman (like me) you should feel insulted about McCains choice for vice president, she doesn't care about our rights at all! As far as she's concerned if one of us gets knocked up by a rapist, we'd still have to carry their babies, weather we like it or not.

And so, for my sake, and the sake of your children, and even your grandchildren, vote Obama. This past generation has done an excellent job of screwing pratically everything up, and so please don't make another awful mistake and leave us with another 4 years of basically the Bush Administration.

Posted by: me | August 30, 2008 3:15 PM

Odd McCain picks a VP who just recently has erupted in scandal. Weird how in a change election McCain picks a VP that is corrupt.
No one is going to like the fact that Palin is corrupt and politicizes government just like the Bush administration has done.
Another weird thing is that McCain has now proven that everything he's said about Obama was just political games and lies. Obama has enough experience; fact is Obama has more experience then Ronald Reagan had and Palin only has 2 years of experience. And in Plains tenor has Mayor she bankrupted the city and drove it into the ground.
Horrible choice McCain... Not to mention Palin is a staunch extremist right-winger who supports Bush 95% of the time, hates science, is bought by big oil (as proven by her executive decisions and bills), and is wants a theocracy (again proven by her positions on the issues).

Posted by: Sam | August 30, 2008 3:08 PM

Who's judgment do I trust? Obama was against the Iraq war from the start and has now picked a running mate to compliment his own talents and act as a credible adviser. A running mate who is ready to step in as President.
McCain was for the war in Iraq, against the tax cuts before he was for them and has now chosen a running mate who does not have the experience to advise him on foreign policy and who is clearly not yet ready to be president. A decision that is blatantly political.
I trust Obama to surround himself with thoughtful experienced people. McCain will apparently do anything to get elected, making the same mistakes the Bush administration has made by putting ideology first. John McCain has proven to me that he does not have the best interest of the country at heart. Since he has taken the experience argument off the table then judgment becomes my primary issue. I trust Barack Obama's judgment to do what is in the best interest of the United States of America.

Posted by: Greg | August 30, 2008 2:57 PM

THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

I have worked with the Obama campaign on a local level since December and have met and spoken with Obama numerous times. Anyone who thinks Obama is not prepared for the office of president does not know Barack Obama. I don't think the campaign has spoken about it, although there have been articles written, maybe because it may have seemed kind of presumptive doing all this so many months before he even had the nomination, but that is not how Obama works.
Little is left to chance. So here is what the deal is:

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

Obama has been getting ready when his nomination was still no more then a dream. 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 to the military. Generals to scholars you name it, he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a brilliant man, who easily knows more right now then any candidate who ever ran for the office of president. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know or grasp a fraction of what Obama does. Mccain is in effect, a dinosaur, compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience or understanding in many of these areas at all. Just being in Washington for many years does not necessarily make you an expert nor knowledgeable in "Anything".
Bill Clinton said it best when he said,
"No one is really prepared to be president".
He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone long before he even began his journey for the presidency. So for over 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. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. When enters office, Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.
He will also be surrounded by the finest staff ever assembled by any president in history.

If you do not want to vote for Barack Obama I can respect that, but by no means think he is not ready to be president. He will be the most ready man to ever win the office.

Thanks for listening
A Florida Obama worker


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Although her experience is comparable to Obama's, I feel that she is less pointed and closed minded than Barack. I really feel that she emphasizes the "Change" I was looking for in the direction of the future of USA politics.

I am Happy with the choice of Palin and I feel that, to be successful in the United States of America, women can still be a "woman" not a "man in a woman's body" wearing pant suits.

In my opinion, Palin is a woman's "American Dream"

Thank you John McCain. I respect you more today.

Posted by: Julie | August 30, 2008 12:52 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 2:14 PM

Although her experience is comparable to Obama's, I feel that she is less pointed and closed minded than Barack. I really feel that she emphasizes the "Change" I was looking for in the direction of the future of USA politics.
THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

I have worked with the Obama campaign on a local level since December and have met and spoken with Obama numerous times. Anyone who thinks Obama is not prepared for the office of president does not know Barack Obama. I don't think the campaign has spoken about it, although there have been articles written, maybe because it may have seemed kind of presumptive doing all this so many months before he even had the nomination, but that is not how Obama works.
Little is left to chance. So here is what the deal is:

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

Obama has been getting ready when his nomination was still no more then a dream. 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 to the military. Generals to scholars you name it, he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a brilliant man, who easily knows more right now then any candidate who ever ran for the office of president. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know or grasp a fraction of what Obama does. Mccain is in effect, a dinosaur, compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience or understanding in many of these areas at all. Just being in Washington for many years does not necessarily make you an expert nor knowledgeable in "Anything".
Bill Clinton said it best when he said,
"No one is really prepared to be president".
He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone long before he even began his journey for the presidency. So for over 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. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. When enters office, Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.
He will also be surrounded by the finest staff ever assembled by any president in history.

If you do not want to vote for Barack Obama I can respect that, but by no means think he is not ready to be president. He will be the most ready man to ever win the office.

Thanks for listening
A Florida Obama worker

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I am Happy with the choice of Palin and I feel that, to be successful in the United States of America, women can still be a "woman" not a "man in a woman's body" wearing pant suits.

In my opinion, Palin is a woman's "American Dream"

Thank you John McCain. I respect you more today.

Posted by: Julie | August 30, 2008 12:52 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 2:11 PM

Although her experience is comparable to Obama's, I feel that she is less pointed and closed minded than Barack. I really feel that she emphasizes the "Change" I was looking for in the direction of the future of USA politics.

I am Happy with the choice of Palin and I feel that, to be successful in the United States of America, women can still be a "woman" not a "man in a woman's body" wearing pant suits.

In my opinion, Palin is a woman's "American Dream"

Thank you John McCain. I respect you more today.

Posted by: Julie | August 30, 2008 12:52 PM

how can any body thought americans will foolishingy vote for Os(b)ama Bi(nla)den. the real osama will laugh out of his ass by lookng at us voting for his name. Btw, Palin has at leat governance experience compared obama who has just some toastmaster like experience. this is a brilliant masterstroke from Mcaain. when democrats shouted Yes we Can... I heard it as Yes M(reverse w)ec(i)an. I supported Hillary, and got vexed with Obama by the way he entered the race (1. he can beat a women 2. all african-american will vote for him 3. people dont like republicans) inspite of knowing that hillary was favorite. But I kind of almost changed my mind after hearing both clintons. But know with this my vote goes to Palin

Posted by: rosie | August 30, 2008 12:51 PM

John McCain chose to make Sarah Palin his VP candidate after only ONE meeting. This is a real example of how he handles important decisions. He chose someone he did not know over the hundreds of worthy Republicans that he has worked with during his political career. This is analogous to marrying a person you met only once. They might have a good reputation, but the choice should be based on personal knowledge.

Posted by: SkyBlue-22 | August 30, 2008 12:50 PM

Sarah Palin can easily explain away Ted "bridge to no where" Stevens, I think.

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | August 30, 2008 12:41 PM

If mccain honestly believes that clinton supporters will move to the right-wind extremist palin he is dumber than I thought he was. Even comparing Palin to Clinton is insulting - not only to clinton, but to all women. What the heck was he thinking? This hockey mom is nowhere near qualified.

There's more people living in the CITY of HOUSTON than the state of Alaska - the issues are more diverse and the day to day challenges are more complicated. Her experience as governor and part-time mayor in no way shape or form qualify her. She also has no economic expertise or foreign policy knowledge, much less experience. She doesn't even know what the vice president does!

The more I think about it, the more insulting this pick is. Does mccain even take the election and the issues seriously? This pick certainly doesn't suggest it. Country first my butt. Do you really want Palin dealing with Putin and issues of national security? Good lord. It looks like "maverick" is synonymous with "reckless irresponsible idiot".

Posted by: Julianne | August 30, 2008 12:39 PM

McCain in choosing Sara Palin did something very smart, he not only defused the conservative wing rebellion of his Party against him but he offer a candidate appealing to million of Democratic women that felt rejected by McCain rejection of Hillary.

McCain will be our next president although not with my vote although I think that Mrs Palin is great.

Posted by: Pedro A Delgado | August 30, 2008 12:18 PM

Women will hate Palin. How will women in general react to a super-woman who juggles career (governor) and motherhood (5 kids) all the while maintaining a beauty queen look and marathon runner physique? Palin epitomizes the gung-ho, can-do successful types with beauty and brains—a man's fantasy and a woman's nightmare. She was probably the high school prom queen, the student council president, the star athlete, and the A-student. On the surface, women will be pleased with her success, but deep down they will hate her because she confirms all their worst fears about themselves ("if she can do it, why can't I?")

Hillary doesn't have this problem. No matter how successful she becomes, we will always remember that she is married to a scumbag. In contrast, Palin is married to a hunk, a man's man (snowmobiling, sleddog racing with broken limbs), who also cooks and takes care of the kids.

Perfection can inspire admiration, but also disgust and alienation.

Posted by: chuck | August 30, 2008 12:11 PM

You want back alley abortions, science education that is a joke (i.e. "Creationism), no polar bears, no wolves, no foreign policy, censors for library books, "bang, bang you're dead" recreation and be the laughing stock of the world, here's your woman. Annie Oakley with float plane.

This is one sick joke.

Posted by: Thump the Bible Thumpers | August 30, 2008 12:10 PM

Kudlow picked her. Drill... drill... drill! Means Jobs...Jobs...Jobs in Alaska and the US. Scott, thanks for posting the great article by John P. Avlon. This is a historic election. Over at the real-time poll at http://www.bop-o-rama.com, the poll numbers are growing. The Gallup Daily will be interesting to watch today. I do not think anyone other than Kudlow saw this coming.

Posted by: acarponzo | August 30, 2008 11:53 AM

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 11:37 AM

She is just another dirty politician in a skirt.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 11:29 AM

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