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Palin Pick Leaves Bruised Feelings

By Anne E. Kornblut
DENVER -- Though it was high in shock value, the Palin pick left bruised feelings among the short-list contenders who were not picked -- and infuriated some Republican officials who privately said McCain had gone out on a limb, unnecessarily, without laying the groundwork for such an unknown. Two senior Republican officials close to Mitt Romney and Tim
Pawlenty said they had both been rudely strung along and now "feel manipulated."

"They now know that they were used as decoys, well after McCain had decided not to pick them," one Republican involved in the process said.

Democrats quickly absorbed the Obama talking points. Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar, of Colorado, said it demonstrated a "lack of judgment" on McCain's part.

Even some former Clinton supporters said Palin would not automatically draw disenchanted women voters -- and would face fierce pushback from the Obama campaign over her conservative social views.

"I know Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton," Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a phone interview with NBC.

But Howard Wolfson, the former Clinton communications director, said she could peel away some votes.

"Both campaigns seemed to have decided that Hillary Clinton's 18 millions voters represent a key swing bloc in this election -- both Barack Obama's speech and John McCain's pick were at least partially aimed at them," Wolfson said in an e-mail.

"The fact that Palin is pro-life and pro-gun will be a block for many of Senator Clinton's supporters -- but not all. And it will raise the question for many why Senator Obama didn't pick Senator Clinton as his running mate."

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 29, 2008; 12:33 PM ET
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Posted by: MrUniteUs | September 3, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

these is exactly the kind of response that most democratic, welfare sucking morons are expected to resort to.
Why dont we compare the DUI charges that Palin's spouse got with the admitted COCAINE AND ADMITTED ILLEGAL DRUG USE your guy was doing at columbia. Is that why his records are sealed there ? It cant be because of his grades, he's smart..how else could he have gotten Harvard law school...so if he's not hiding his records because of his grades, it must have to do with disciplinary action, could it be that he got in trouble for drugs at columbia, ... he needs to open those records. Anyway, when I compare the 2 offenses, I say hmmm..BEER.....COCAINE...Which one is the more abusive, which has the worst connotation,. Also, what other type of illegal drugs was he referring to ? I wonder about that..I am voting for the beer people, anyway, sarah palin has more experience in politics in her little finger than obama has in his whole life...( one year of liberal voting and 2 years of positioning his run for the presidency )...you need to lay off palins experience, this comparison can only get worse for obama. there is an active search for his drug dealers as we speak, when they are found, this election will get even more exciting

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Maybe ARCO or Chevron's legal counsel can print out a brochure for Palin entitled "How to Rule the Free World, The Oil-Friendly Way." She can read, right?

Posted by: Michael | September 3, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

How about this: registered Republicans must pay a tithe, let's say 10 percent of their income, to fully raise all of the unwanted children that their social 'platform' insists must be given birth to? I don't want this country to turn into Nicolae Ceausescu's Romania, with starving 'stray' humans resorting to violent crime just because the GOP and its Armageddon-seeking constituents prefer dwelling on abstractions like embryos and stem-cells, rather than regearing US industry and city planning to improve everyone's quality of life.

Here's hoping for a quick transition of power to the Speaker of the House, after McCain succumbs to his melanoma and Sarah Palin has a nervous breakdown (or worse). McCain could've at least checked whether Britney Spears was available as a running mate, or if David Duke would be willing to dress in drag.

Posted by: Michael | September 3, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: plooger | September 2, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I am switching my lifelong conservative voting to Obama because of McCain and his stupid pick as VP. Mitt Romney should have been picked. He just lost the election.

Posted by: D.wade | September 2, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked by some of these comments...
"Retard"?
"Mongoloid"?
I'm thinking some of you may be Republicans trying to make Democrats look bad.
I'm a liberal Democrat, and not in a million years would I use language like this about a baby. Nor would any Democrat I know. (And I know alot).
Shame on you.

Posted by: brigitta | September 2, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I am a liberal voter/Democrat,whatever you want to call me and I am laughing MY ARSE completely off!!! This is soooo hillarious!! The republican base p#ssed McGrump off because he couldn't pick Lieberman and he did an "in your face" move and appointed the most unexperienced, more trash in your closet, gun totting, controversial woman without even vetting her!!! I am laughing my arse off!! This is GREAT!!! Way to go McGrump!!! Imagine his hands on the red phone and an international telephone comes in that doesn't sit well with him! That'd be the end of the world as we once knew it! ROFLMAO!!!

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The only things Sarah Palin and Hilary have in common is their anatomy. I was insulted and actually laughed when it was announced. He is senile isn't he?

Posted by: MzS | September 2, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

For ANYONE even considering that Palin has more experience as Gov. of Alaska than Sen. Obama or Sen. Biden after 20 years and 36 years in the Senate, plus law degrees etc., etc., you really truly need to read more and listen much more...
Ridiculous! Did you know that Alaska in 2007 had an estimated 683,478 people in the ENTIRE STATE! That is less people than we have in the city of San Antonio, Texas!
Less people than one city in Texas!
Really, when it comes to experience...
What a joke.
With Obama and Biden, I am relieved and happy for our country. We need them.
Go O and B. Win big!!
Read "The Audacity of Hope" by Sen. Obama.
Great read and great title. Enlightening and much more.


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Good for her husband now that she can't bear anymore children that aren't retarded. Now he can find a woman with some more years left in the tank while she sits up in Washington dripping sour milk on her blouse

Posted by: Brad in TX | September 2, 2008 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Freakin great! Just what we need for the convention, a VP candidate that has to go al Janet Jackson during her speech cos the retarded kid starts screaming for a feed

Posted by: tom in atlanta | September 2, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

Look, I don't agree w this pick, for all the reasons stated (little to no experience, obvious sad attempt to gain women voters, etc.), but you've got to admit it may have been smart in some ways. The religious right is massing their support of this pick. They've been looking for something to get fired up about. Now, every single attack on poor Sarah and her family will be considered an attack on all Christian family values. The more others criticize, the more they will circle the wagons. John had to motivate that base somehow. Here it is. Smells like Rove. I have lost respect for McCain (and I did have it).

Posted by: David | September 2, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

McCain has lost my vote... Imagine the old Senator kicks the bucket within a year and we end up with the "experienced" Sarah Palin as POTUS.

Hillary was right: No way, no how, no McCain.

Posted by: kkuate | September 1, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious sarah Palin wasn't even vetted. It is now being reported on ABC that she was a member of a group that proposed that Alaska secede from the Union. Yeah, Country First. McCain's judgment is pathetic, and his "experience" means nothing. He can't even choose a minimally credible running mate. He was not thinking of the country when he chose her.

Posted by: ALB | September 1, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh Yeah... This is SWEET! She is more experienced than Obama when it comes to running things (unless you only count campaigns, and besides… she‘s the VP nominee not the #One).

She is a proud American, conservative, with strong family values, and real back story... Lots to like here.

As to the runners up, get over it. Those guys are big boys and more than one of them was not going to get the job anyway. They should be proud to have been considered... They were, she got that nod. End of story.

I never donate to politics, but I just did. $100 for Sarah. God speed and God bless.

PS…. I do remember hearing that McCain would only serve 4 years if elected… I may become a Republican if that hold true.

.

Posted by: Palin's Paladin | September 1, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

OMG! She's a ball sniff, not a leader. She's a cum catch and a breeder, nothing more. McCain lost my vote

Posted by: Nate in VA | September 1, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Freakin great! Just what we need for the convention, a VP candidate that has to go al Janet Jackson during her speech cos the retarded kid starts screaming for a feed

Posted by: Tim in Atlanta | September 1, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Good for McCain he got us the retard vote since she drags the mongoloid all around with her for show. Just wait till she starts milking the damn thing in front of us.

Posted by: Proud American | September 1, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Hard to take the Palin selection seriously any way you cut it. GOP's gotten what it sow. It's in fight to be relevant without regard to what's good for the country, the people, the future. Until such larger issues become the center of our political life, can we the voters take the luxury of assessing individual character. Otherwise, it's one anecdote after another without regard to the big picture issues. While we are all weighing the beauty of a novice politician's face, its other countries that are ramming our economic, scientific, and cultural behinds. I just woke up!

Posted by: Dave | September 1, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the liberal democrates must be very, very, very worried by the appointment of Sarah Palin as McCain's VP. They are showing how stupid, vulgar and mean they are by the terribly ugly language they are using on these blogs. Did you learn to be this way from your candidates who are also full of hate?

Go Sarah - you are miles and miles ahead of Obama, Biden and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

You can see the fruit of the Democratic Party --and they are all truly rotten!!!!

Posted by: Shelley | September 1, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

They "feel" that they were manipulated - they "WERE" manipulated.

This has got to be particularly galling for Pawlenty who was early on the McCain band wagon and stuck with McCain during the darkest of hours - to find himself discarded for someone with far less experience and who didn't even put her reputation on the line for McCain during the primary.

Posted by: Rob | September 1, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Why criticise McCain for choosing Palin?

If Palin wins more women's votes, and McCain becomes President and Palin VP, then just blame Obama for rejecting Hilary as VP candidate.

By the way, Palin is more qualified to be President than all the senators. He is the only one with real executive experience. Her achievemnts show how tough she is and can be. How dare anyone say she does not have foreign affairs experience? She is a better negotiator than "big mouth". But also she sends his son to join the army because Russia is just so near to Alaska. Some evil people may not want to talk peace if we became a "toothless tiger" - Obama style.

Obama is the one that will just surrender to Russia & terorists because he cannot fight.

Posted by: RT | September 1, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Self first; country last. This is apparently the new mantra of McCain. He now has clearly earned the name McShame which many tried to pin on him earlier.

McShame made his first executive decision and FAILED! Miserably!

How dare he place the country in such jeopardy; this man who has had so many bouts with cancer and is 72 years old has potentially placed this country in the hands of a woman who has barely left Alaska in her lifetime. What a sham.

Every American should be offended and afraid to think this man should ever be President.

Mediocre, average joe is an over statement about this ticket. We see what average joe, average intellect has done for and to this country in the last 8 years. Can we really afford more of the same? McCain the sidekick and Palin the yes woman will NOT outstanding US leaders make. (Can't you just see Palin facing Putin or Akmadinijad? What a joke!)

Posted by: Vgirl1 | September 1, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I cringe every time I hear people wanting an average american for VP or Pres. Sounds like the last 2 elections. Look what we got. This is not a customer service job. This is NOT an average job people.

It is sad to think that the kids who never paid attention in class became the parents / voters who don't spend the time educating themselves about the issues. ...and their votes count...sad affair indeed.

Hey, I'm just as marginally educated as the next american. I read the national inquirer instead of cervantes - maybe I can run next time.

Posted by: Allison | September 1, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I cringe every time I hear people wanting an average american for VP or Pres. Sounds like the last 2 elections. Look what we got. This is not a customer service job. This is NOT an average job people.

It is sad to think that the kids who never paid attention in class became the parents / voters who don't spend the time educating themselves about the issues. ...and their votes count...sad affair indeed.

Hey, I'm just as marginally educated as the next american. I read the national inquirer instead of cervantes - maybe I can run next time.

Posted by: Allison | September 1, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Considering the venom, invective, and downright filthy postings on this commentary thread, it would appear that the Washington Post's anti-offensive posting policy is a sham. It probably only applies to offensive right-wing posts. Vile posts by lunatic lefties are evidently allowed to be just as foul and offensive as those to be found on websites of the rabid right.

To all the radical militant feminist posters who are allegedly offended by John McCain's pick, here's a tip: His selection of Palin was not about you. He knows that no one he could have picked would have motivated you to vote for him. So get over yourselves.

His selection was designed to appeal, not only to more conservative and moderate women who supported Clinton, but also to blue collar middle class working people - the Reagan Democrats - and to bring about some much-needed solidification of his base. She is intelligent and articulate, and shares John McCain's zeal for reform.

Her selection also strengthens rather than weakens McCain's argument about experience. If you are so terrified about an understudy being "unqualified", how about being terrified about an internationally ignorant opportunist like Obama at the top of the ticket being installed as an apprentice president from day 1?

Palin already has accomplished more in her time in office as mayor and governor than Obama has in the one year that he actually earned his salary as senator before he blew off his duties to the nation to run for president.

As it stands, within 6 months of her installation as veep, under the tutelage of an experienced leader like John McCain, she will have acquired more foreign policy experience than Obama now possesses. The issue of her lack of foreign policy experience will then have been rendered moot.

Posted by: Nevile | September 1, 2008 5:05 AM | Report abuse

I used to think that John McCain was a stand up guy, would have considered voting for him other than his stand on Women's Rights, I have a daughter who is plenty capable of making serious decisions for herself without the input from old men or religious zelots. My opinion of John changed when I read his admission that he made jokes about Chelsea Clinton being ugly. Then I find out that after he returned home from a "hellish" imprisonment in Viet Nam, he finds his wife is badly injured, and has gained weight, so he decides to engage in extra-marital affairs. John, it turns out is quite a small man, you don't attack kids anymore than one should attack his current wife's past drug use, and criminal activities of stealing her drugs from the charity she sponsered. John demonstrated such a lack of character, should have manned up, and told his first wife he was a changed man. He should have told her could no longer be in their marriage. Lord knows they both must have gone through hell in their own ways. Instead he lied and cheated, how very Christian of him.

Sarah Palin, what a choice for John to have made for the nation. Sarah potentially one heart beat away from the Presidency of the United States. She is a past beauty queen, she was the mayor of a town with a population of less that 8,000 for two years, and she has been the Governor of Alaska which, has a smaller population than Metropolitan Fresno, California. Ringing endorsements of her qualifications I'd say. She also fired the State Police Chief because he wouldn't fire her ex-brother-in-law from his State Trooper Job, because that action by the Chief would have been illegal. Seems there had been a serious family dust-up and Sarah was out for some justice Alaska style. She got caught up in her stories, and tried to blame the actions on her subordinates. Apparently the record demonstrates her actual involvement. Great gal don't ya think. If you can't use political power to promote your own agenda regardless of illegality then what good is it. Gee I wonder if her proximity to Russia brought her in touch with some of Joe Stalin's more clever political ploys. I guess I should ask Cindy McCain, as she thought Alaska's proximity to Russia would give Sarah an edge when it came to National Security. Boy I'll say. It seems real nice of John to select someone who believes in the core values (in our Constitution) that seperate church and state here in the US. It always has been a puzzlement to me as to which religion, sect, denomination, etc, etc, should be the State religion we all must follow when we have one chosen for us.

Well best of luck to all of us, we may need it.

Posted by: Tom | September 1, 2008 2:31 AM | Report abuse

"Country first".
What a joke.
McCain thought this would help him with his maverick status?
Like a previous poster said, a Lieberman pick, his real first choice would have done that.
But this is such a transparent purely political move that has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with what's in the best interest of the country that it's downright embarrassing.
How sexist can you get, if you think that all you need is a female anatomy to attract women voters?
Drill in ANWR? Aerial killing of wolves so the hunters have more moose to kill? Keep polar bears off the endangered species list, when they are clearly endangered by global warming, because it interferes with your drilling plans? All this AND call yourself an environmentalist?
Give me a break.


Posted by: shelley Fagiola | September 1, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Wolfson still trying to get Clinton elected. You have to be one of the stupidest. You keep selling these 18M women who are holiding the country hostage...you are an idiot, and it seems obvious that you are still on the Clinton payroll...dobule dipping FOX/Clinton...or would that be Clinton/FOX

Posted by: sue | September 1, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

How will sean hannity and rush attack obama on experience while mcsame has picked some chick with nothing

Posted by: john | August 31, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

How stupid do you fools really think people are? Dumb question like why Obama did not pick Hillary or speaking about her 18 million cracks, is a joke. Many of those people were just closet dike wanna bees and/or closet hooded sheet punks. Their not and never were for Hillary, she was just their broken bridge to the limelights. I have heard how Obama should be 15 20 points ahead by now, when in fact McCain should be 50 or better points ahead. The reason he is not is because much of white America want change and world respect. They want to spend time on developing the future and not just stabalizing the past. How can you people look at yourselves and think of a future? All of you are just dead poo poo walking.

Posted by: tony | August 31, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Bridget,

I agree with your concern about the children. Being VP is not something most women would want in these circumstances. I wouldn't want it for my wife.

But there are a lot of working mothers out there, who make adjustments. And I'll bet there could be darn good childcare in the White House.

And what happened to choice? Do you want the government/others to tell Sarah Palin what to do with her family? Can't she make that decision on her own? If not, seems to be a contradiction with a basic tenet of Democrats.

Hmm?

Posted by: VoteNoCount in MA | August 31, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Fully liberal, totally right wing, in the middle..that is not the point.
It is one thing to be a working mother, all hail her, it is another to have recently given birth. An infant needs the depth of attention and total focus that cannot be part of a bid for the vice presidency.
All the talking heads note with profound admiration that this woman knew she was going to have a special needs child and said she felt "blessed". Ok, good, yes!!. But the right, the Republicans, only go that far. NOW WHAT? As a mother I can tell you, and I'll be most mothers would agree, a newborn is a whole different ball game, Down's Syndrome or not. A child this young should be attached to that woman, and not schlepped off to a surrogate. It is deeply disturbing to any woman worth her milk!!!

Posted by: Bridget Seay | August 31, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice for women to think for themselves, rather than march in lockstep against everything that is other than fully liberal.

And you guys out there, wear some pants for a change.

Posted by: VoteNoCount in MA | August 31, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's face it. Most of you were not voting for McCain anyway.

This site is simply a pool of venom. It's an illustration of the attack material apparently fed to you by the way-Liberal tribe leaders.

Posted by: VoteNoCount in MA | August 31, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Bridget Seay, I completely agree.This is one of the most important reasons that Palin is not qualified. The thought of creationism being taught to our children is disturbing. While China and India are making great educational progress, our children are being taught that humans and dinosaurs lived together.

Posted by: Frank Colocini | August 31, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Does Sarah Palin believe in evolution ?
Dose Sarah Palin believe in creationism ?
Did man walk with dinosaurs?
Is the rapture coming?

McCain should have picked Huckabee
He's a fundamentalist like Palin, but he was vetted during the campaign
He's been a governor longer
Does Palin know about Social Security?

Hopefully the press won't 'softball' her and give her 'cutesy pie' questions.

(Katie Couric probably will)
(so will George Stephenoupolus)
'Pearls or Diamonds ?'
'What's your favorite color ?'

Tim Russert, WHERE ARE YOU ?


Sarah Palin is Dan Quayle with breasts

Posted by: MSierra, SF | August 31, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I hope all American women are as deeply insulted by this blatant act of tokenism as I am.
2 Images = Real Creepy:
One is Sara Palin squinting down the barrel of a semi-automatic (or whatever that thing is).
The other was at her speech with McCain. Her daughter held the Governors’ infant son throughout. The newest talking point! She never went to that baby, to hold him or even kiss his head. He’s TINY and NEEDS HIS MOTHER!!
I have heard nothing on this aspect of this spectacle. This is an infant we’re talking about and one with special needs…..
Who’s going to nurture and take care of that baby, while his mother runs for office, her daughters? Wow, nice way to raise a family.
This VP nomination is an abomination of all that women are truly about!
A joke that is not even remotely funny and a slap in the face of dignity, sisterhood, motherhood, and REALITY!
It makes me gag.

bridget

Posted by: Bridget Seay | August 31, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

why is it in this country intellect plays almost no role in our decision to pick leaders. i understand that most of the populace would not fall into the 'intellectual' category and frankly that is probably a good thing. being down to earth, family oriented makes one a fantastic citizen but not necessarily say a good surgeon or professor of comparative literature or say you know leader of the free world. all of this swirling spin about 'executive experience' and 'leader of alaska's national guard' and 'energy knowledgeable' and 'extremely smart, quick study and well spoken' is quite frankly baffling. now i am sure this woman is not a slack jawed yokel by any stretch but let us put a dash of objective use of the words 'highly intelligent' into the coversation. 1. 'highly intelligent' people do not believe in allowing mythology to be taught on equal footing with valid and universally accepted scientific principles (creationism vs evolution) 2. 'highly intelligent' people do not take 5 years to graduate from the U. of Idaho, moderately intelligent people do. this is not meant to be a slight, graduating from any university is an accomplishment but 'highly intelligent' people are those who are let's say rhodes scholars (Bill Clinton) or say holders of former president's of the harvard law review and former professors on constitutional law at the university of chicago. 3. 'highly intelligent' people when asked if they are for or against having 'under god' in the pledge of allegiance do not respond with "if it was good enough for the founding fathers it is good enough for me" (from a survey Palin responded to during her gubernatorial campaign). "highly intelligent" people would rather say they are either for it or against it but knowing the basics of americana realize that it was written in 1892 and 'under god' was added in 1954 long after any 'founding father' i know of was long dead and buried (probably thankfully so for having missed the disaster we have turned their prodigious vision into). now i know many will decry that i am an intellectual elitist and blah blah blah but i am not saying Palin is "stupid" i am saying as far as intellect and education she is merely middling which to be a good 'hockey-mom' or perhaps even mayor of Wasallia AK is not that big of a deal but i would think that after the last 8 years we would have learned our lesson. when it comes to being, you know, the leader of the free world i tend to opt for someone with MORE intellect and education than myself. but that could just be me.

Posted by: whoisjohngalt? | August 31, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I am disappointed with McCain's choice of running mate. On first glance it does appear Sarah Palin should have greater qualifications to serve the office of VP, a position I have always highly respected, regardless of who was in there.

Choosing Romney would have been a home run for me. So, as a former Democrat (Sick of being lied to by elites and lifetime politicians, i.e., Biden, Kerry, Shumer, Kennedy, etc.) I was left with the options of not voting at all, casting a protest vote (Maybe for Biden without BO), or voting for McCain despite his running mate's inexperience.

Interesting, how McCain's ratings have still risen, even after "The Ones" momentous speech at the Colesium. Maybe McCain is on to something. Palin still has about the same experience as BO, who is supposed to be the number one.

Amazing though how these comments are so biased towards Obama. So many vicious people on auto-pilot out there. Keep in mind, the purpose of the Presidency is not to bring you to the "promised land"; But to protect the country. Once the Obama high wears off, you still have to return to work and build your own life. (Unless we are talking Socialism here.)
But maybe many of the readers are too young to appreciate this wisdom?

Posted by: VoteNoCount in MA | August 31, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

What's up with Howard Wolfson? Is so embittered by the primary he has no objectivity relative to Obama?

Posted by: Jayhawk1 | August 31, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, first John McCain married Carol a former swimsuit model, then he married Cindy a former rodeo queen and now he picks a runner-up Miss Alaska as his VP? I've got an idea for you, how about Miss Teen South Carolina Lauren Katlin Upton as your pick for Secretary of Education?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WALIARHHLII

Posted by: Joyce | August 31, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain is absolutely pathetic.

Posted by: NCVoter | August 31, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"If McCain were a maverick, he'd have stuck to his own convictions and chosen Joe Lieberman. That's what mavericks do. They do things that they know may be unpopular because they believe it is the right thing to do. McCain has taken a wild & reckless gamble and sold his principles for a Presidential funeral. It's so obvious."

Posted by: White, working class American males for Barack Obama | August 31, 2008 1:02 AM

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"A maverick chooses a maverick," touts the Republican message hammer.

Really?

Going by credible definitions of both the popular and traditional uses of the word, respectively, it's clearly false in the former, but quite possibly true in the latter...

Maverick - http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=maverick

(n) maverick, rebel (someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action)

(n) maverick (an unbranded range animal (especially a stray calf); belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it)

*NOTE TO JOHN MCCAIN: I am a woman with daughters, and I will be voting for Barack Obama. Shame on you, John! You had me! You had me, and then you lost me with your rude disrespect. To INCLUDE a woman on your ticket just because she IS a woman is in SO MANY WAYS just plain sleazy. It's worse than EXCLUDING a woman just because she IS a woman. We can see through you, John McCain... You just lost the election.

Posted by: White, working class American FEMALES for Barack Obama | August 31, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

1. "Sarah Palin is the most unqualified VP nominee in modern history, with the possible exception of Admiral Stockdale."


2. "...but who will watch them, [her younger children] this was my first and foremost question?" -soldier

3. "SARAH PALIN, YOU'RE NO HILLARY CLINTON! John McCain is really pathetic -- scared to lose, he got a Dan Quayle-like bimbo." -Jenna B.

Since when did standing up for feminism come down to demeaning your own sex, calling a person who has accomplished more than any remaining candidate a bimbo, and suggesting she should stay at home with the kids? What is her crime? She thinks differently than a little automaton like yourself. --You've come a long way, Babies.

Who would have watched Mitt Romney's 7 kids, or are only women expected to stay home? How many people did Barack Obama govern? Biden? Hillary? No, she's no Hillary. She's actually did more in life than capitalize on an M.R.S. degree.

She negotiated the largest construction contract in the US, a $40B pipeline that was forestalled for 30 years. She smashed the corrupt GOP establishment, and vetoed the Bridge to Nowhere with a "Thanks but no thanks" to a massive Federal handout. She's no bimbo, she's tough, and she'll do. I'd put her up against Putin anytime.

Posted by: Mark M. | August 31, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I live in Portland Oregon, there are a lot of Alaskans here and in Washington state.
it's a well known fact, all Alaskans who pay taxes get a rebate every single year. This year it was $1,000 it USED TO BE $1700!!!
What happened to the rest Sarah???
Oh, let me know when she is indicted for Troopergate, will ya'!
There's a lot of stuff on this woman, including tv commercials with her SUPPORTING TED STEVENS AND THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE.
OH SHE WAS FOR IT, MANY, MANY TIMES.
GOOD LUCK SARAH. You see, when you live somehwere, where it's dark 50% of the time, and light the other 50% of the time, it gets to your brain, really.
In Alaska, they have NO IDEA what goes on in the lower 48, not a clue.
Sarah has no idea how she is being torn apart and ridiculed out here, SHE SHOULD HAVE SAID NO THANKS.
SHE WILL BE RIPPED APART OUT HERE IN THE REAL WORLD, SORRY SARAH, COMES WITH THE TERRITORY.
SHE'S A TYPICAL CORRUPT, GOP'ER. SHE ONLY REPLACED PEOPLE MORE CORRUPT THAN SHE IS, IF THAT'S POSSIBLE.
The woman could NOT qualify for an entry level position at a Fortune 500 company,.

Posted by: Mike | August 31, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Listen. I work in oncology. John McCain has survived melanoma TWICE, that's pretty unheard of. The man is 72 yrs old, it's a very, real possibility, he won't make it for more 4 years.
The man has aged considerably in the last 4 years, look at the pic's, I would venture to say, he isn't in the best health right now. Also, he has an 1,100 page medical report he won't release.
IF HE WERE YOUNGER AND HEALTHY, NO MATTER YOUR POLITICAL AFFILIATION, THIS WOULDN'T BE A BIG DEAL. ODD PERHAPS, BUT NOT A REAL ISSUE.
But considering everything, ask yourselves:
YOU YOU VOTE FOR PALIN FOR PRESIDENT, if the answer is, NO, I haven't a clue about her,
that must be your answer.
despite the fact that she is anti-woman everything.
I was an HRC supporter, but just cause she is a woman, that does NOT translate my vote for McCain.
Senator, despite what you think, all women are not interchangeable!
McCain says "Country First", well, it seems to me, this doesn't put country first, this put McCain winning the election at any cost!
I am infuriated!

Posted by: Andrea D | August 31, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to see someone pro-gun and pro-life. What is the purpose of guns?

Posted by: Art Ranchero | August 31, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

As I read the many comments regarding qualifications of both Democratic and Republican nominees, I decided I should check them all out further. I thought I had good information about McCain, Obama and Biden and I've tried in the past few days to learn more about Palin, so I could intellectually rather than emotionally compare the candidates qualifications and experience. Still, I took more time this morning to look furhter.I looked at many helpful sites. One site - Project Vote Smart - had what seemed to be unbiased and accurate information. After reviewing everything I could find there (there was nothing about Palin yet)and all of the information I could find about her on other sites, I cannot imagine how anyone could even begin to think there is a comparison between Palin's and Obama's education, experience and qualifications to serve in the offices they are seeking. Everyone is entitled to their own opinon, but I would strongly encourage all Americans to think rather than respond emotionally. We cannot afford to have unqualified people - from either party - running our country anymore. Read all you can. Listen (without having pre-conceived ideas) to what the candidates have to say and vote for the individuals that you believe will serve us best. I personally will vote for Obama and Biden.

Posted by: Laurie | August 31, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Bob Barr needs to get out there and do his job! lol

Posted by: divamore | August 31, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Here's another revealing fact about the new GOP Wonder Woman: she's traveled overseas only twice in her whole life. Now that's her choice, and maybe being Mayor of Wasilla (pop 8471) was so taxing that she simply couldn't get away. Or maybe it was the hockey-mom duties. Whatever. But I'm thinking a VP should have just a touch more exposure to other kinds of people than moose-hunting Alaskan frontiersman. She may be a nice person, but her selection by McCain is a joke, and it really reflects on McCain's judgment. Now I have doubts as to whether HE's ready to lead.

Posted by: Mark O | August 31, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Not likely, but a fascinating possibility: out on the campaign trail and waking up one day with morning sickness. What should be done?

Posted by: John L | August 31, 2008 4:57 AM | Report abuse

McCain, is sunk to level below Bush. He is a desperate political figure. McCain circa 2000 was an independent thinker. Now he is a slave to the religious lunatics in his party.

Posted by: Austen Powerless | August 31, 2008 4:22 AM | Report abuse

This Palin pick really makes me doubt McCain's judgement.

Posted by: Laura | August 31, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

McCain lost the election with this one single decision

Posted by: TED | August 31, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

When will the looney right evangelicals realize that they are being used by the other war mongoring lunatic neocons on the far right. Either they are one in the same, I don't know, this party has drifted so far to the extreme right I do not recognize it anymore. Before, conservatives, worried only about america and its citzens, not spreading the word of God or spreading democracy. What has happened?

Posted by: A real Conservative | August 31, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

If McCain were a maverick, he'd have stuck to his own convictions and chosen Joe Lieberman. That's what mavericks do. They do things that they know may be unpopular because they believe it is the right thing to do. McCain has taken a wild & reckless gamble and sold his principles for a Presidential funeral. It's so obvious.

Posted by: White, working class American males for Barack Obama | August 31, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

This pick has Karl Rove written all over it. He hates McCain for bucking his marching orders before. He wants to guarantee that everyone thinks that they will have to come back to him if they want to get elected. SO he sets up McCain to look the fool and then has the next four years to say "you should have put me in charge of the election". If you saw his face when they first announced it publicly on Fox, you will see he is not at all surprised and he is snearing a bit at the same time.

Mrs. Palin looks to be a fine and respectable woman. I wish that she didn't fall for this political move that will make her a laughing stock of history.

Posted by: tom | August 30, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Anyone reading these posts can easily see that liberals are filled with venom and hatred.

But I forgot--polls show that conservatives are happier, more uplifting than liberals who seem to take delight in calling people names and denigrating the character of others.

Posted by: Mary | August 30, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Democrats... VOLUNTEER,
this a dirty game being played... don't let them get away with this and think we have in the bag!!!

This is TOO SERIOUS to let an Old Man and Unqualified VP ruin this country any more!

Posted by: Jill | August 30, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

The last paragraph is as stupid as Palin believing in creationism. Hillary has not focused her attention on Palin and it will be pay back time for Palin calling Hillery a whiner. You news people are idiot's, all of you.

Posted by: George | August 30, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Mccain chose Palin because she too wants to take all women rights away just like he does. Dont vote for insane Mccain.

Posted by: amosdefnails | August 30, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, such negativity!
I was part of the grassroots effort to get Palin the spot of VP. When I first heard her story I knew that she would be good for this country. She is everything the VP should be: everything the president is not. She complements McCain perfectly--stong conservative, young--but she echoes his demand for independence from party loyalty. In short, she's a maverick, but a consistently conservative one. In Alaska Palin is a hero for everything short of destroying the GOP leadership in Alaska for ethics violations. Her time in office was a great time for Alaska, and there is a good reason why her approval ratings are the highest of any elected official IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. She is a stong woman, but not a feminist, so one can't accuse McCain of choosing her on gender alone. The "heartbeat away" argument is true to a certain degree, but when experience is concered, she has more executive experience than Obama, and she's not on top of the ticket. With Obama-Biden, the apprentice is leading while the master has little power. McCain-Palin puits the apprentice behind the master, where she belongs. John McCain has more than enough experience for the both of them, and the odd of him dying in office before Palin knows enough to take the reins are slim. The only reason for not liking Palin is because you disagree with her politics.

All that said, I am pretty sure that most of us posting comments, including me, are NOT political strategists, and neither are media personalities, whereas McCain is a seasoned politician with a group of advisers. Everthing posted on this site should be viewed cynically at best. I think that--objectively speaking, of course--McCain knows what he's doing (bitter partisans will scream mean things about me for saying that).

Posted by: T Shank | August 30, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"I have never seen such negative comments. I think Sarah Palin is a wonderful, fresh nominee who brings a lot to the campaign. I admire her devotion to her family and to her country.
She is also a beautiful person with her lovely family."

Hm...how many children do you have, Mary? Do you call it devotion to put them in charge of strangers while you do your political work? She home schooled them, did she? When? Between cabinet meetings? She has a newborn. Where is it? And who is taking care of it? Certainly not Mrs. Palin; she's too busy being a political figure. Oh! I guess if you have enough money, then none of the above counts. If you have enough money it doesn't matter that you have a surrogate to take care of your children(what makes me think this? Personal experience. I had to put my child in day care so I could go to my job--Is she superwoman?); sort of like wet nurses for royalty. And who did the children grow up loving? The parent or the nurse? I do not believe her ability to do what has been claimed she does, therefore I do not trust her.

Posted by: A Woman | August 30, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I previously posted a comment on this blog and have come to regret that action. How can I have it removed? I respect my words to much to have them appear so close to so much pure trash. If most of the psycho-sexual, scattershot comments on this post are representative of the American intellect, we might as well forgo the elections all together as we are clearly already lost beyond recovery.

Posted by: Rob Vukovic' | August 30, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Sabotage. Karl Rove gave back door advice to McCain on this pick. (Yes! you're a maverick, make history old boy! Palin strategy is so brilliant, I wish I could take credit for it!) It’s a wink to the neocons that Rove can bring down anybody who doesn’t fall in 100% line. Rove is counting on Obama to be Jimmy Carter redux. Run a neocon controlled candidate in 2012 and stay in power for 20 years. Rove is taking a dive on this one. He knows nobody can mop up Bush’s massive mess in 4 short years

Posted by: Farmer | August 30, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I think what everyone fails to realize is that the Republicans are playing the old bait and switch with the Democrats. McCain will not be their ultimate presidential candidate.

McCAIN IS NOT THEIR ACTUAL CANDIDATE!

He will either be replaced at the convention or within a month of it. Wait and see. You heard it here first. Romney and Condi or Dick and Condi, mark my words!

Posted by: obbiibbi | August 30, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Fri Alaska News and how she got to be Gov.

Palin unqualified to serve as vice president...

Sarah Palin’s chief qualification for being elected governor of Alaska was that she was not Frank Murkowski.

He was at a low point when he took out ads saying “Maybe I should consider a personality transplant,” but his presence in the 2006 GOP primary helped her capture the nomination and go on to beat Tony Knowles.

She did not win because of her conservative credentials, her grasp of policy details or because of her track record as the mayor of Wasilla, an office she won in 1996 by collecting 617 votes.

National GOP spokesmen—including the VP also-rans—went on and on Friday about how Palin is to “the right” of John McCain, that she is an “economic conservative” and that she will attract supporters of Hillary Clinton to the Republican party.

She is an engaging and charming politician and I have nothing negative to say about her character, her tenacity or her service to our state.

I don't even have major concerns about her performance as governor. She is smart and excels in dealing with people one-on-one.

I like what she did on oil taxes and think her gas line plan may work in the long run, though that won’t be clear for years.

This is one of the most stunning news events in the history of Alaska.

However, in no way does her year-and-a-half as governor of Alaska qualify her to be vice president or president of the United States.

One of the strange things Friday was that so many commentators and politicians did not know how to pronounce her name and had no clue about what she has actually done in Alaska.

Some claimed that she has gotten a gas pipeline going after three decades of inaction, which is far from the truth, while others said she is the most popular governor in the nation, so she must be doing something right.

What the national pundits didn’t say was that Palin has served as governor of Alaska during a time of unprecedented oil wealth, which has helped preserve her popularity.

She has not had to make difficult budget and tax decisions of the sort that cost Murkowski at the polls.

Perhaps the strangest claim repeated endlessly on the news channels is that she has proven she can cut taxes and reduce the size of government in Alaska. She may have cut taxes as mayor of Wasilla, but that's not the same as cutting taxes as governor of Alaska, where there is no state income tax or sales tax to cut.

When he was governor, faced with a growing gap between oil income and expenses, Murkowski proposed a series of budget cuts and tax increases that—along with the selection of his daughter Lisa to replace him in the Senate—made him the most unpopular governor in Alaska history.

By contrast, record oil prices since her election have helped Palin avoid anything as sensitive as cutting off the Longevity Bonus or proposing a tire tax or wildlife viewing tax.

The comments from GOP politicians about how she championed budget cuts, reduced spending and “stood up” to Sen. Ted Stevens on the “bridge to nowhere” are a distortion. The Alaska budget is growing, not shrinking. To claim that the $1,200 payouts due to Alaskans in September have anything to do with restraining government growth, as McCain supporters are doing, is false.

It's true that she deserves credit for collecting much of the excess cash rolling into the state treasury. She championed a multi-billion-dollar oil tax increase, against great opposition from the oil industry and leading power brokers in the GOP, at a time when oil prices were rising and the previous tax law had become suspect.

The old law was at the center of the political corruption scandal that continues to ensnare politicians other than Palin.

The tax increase proposed by the governor and approved by the Legislature has temporarily taken all pressure off the state government to reduce spending.

With her selection by McCain, Palin will be subjected to intense scrutiny by the national news media for the first time. It will be unlike anything she has seen in Alaska.

I may be proven wrong, but the decision announced by McCain strikes me as reckless. She is not prepared to be the next president should something happen to McCain.

The main charge against Democrat Barack Obama is that he dose not have the track record to be president. The choice of Palin effectively removes that from the GOP arsenal.

Palin said Friday, in an exchange carried on CNN, that her 13 years as a member of the Wasilla City Council from 1992-96, mayor of Wasilla from 1996-2002 and governor for a year-and-a-half add up to “good experience” for the vice presidency.
http://newsminer.com/news/2008/aug/29/palin-unqualified-serve-vice-president/

Posted by: Teresa | August 30, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Pure and Simple McCain is a A$$ Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qUVQDmLf7s

This is a GAME for him, this country is in serious trouble and he picks a VP a heart beat away from an old man to be Pres??? who believes in NO WOMENS RIGHTS to their own body as far as baby's are concerned and COVERS UP a pregnancy THAT'S HER 17 year olds daughters???
BAD JUDGEMENT and a LIAR!

Posted by: meschief | August 30, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Peter, you are spot on.

McCain's view of women is simple:

You don't need qualifications if you have a nice rack.

This may explain why he abandoned the wife who faithfully waited for him when she was recovering in hospital, so that he could hook up with an heiress with a nice rack. The biggest 'celebrities' in the world, according to McCain, among all the celebrities he could have chosen, were Paris and Britney.

It all makes sense now.

He is such an icky, dirty old man.

Posted by: Sarah | August 30, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

....It's sad to see a once-honorable man like McCain be so infected by the desire to be elected that he loses all sense of perspective and scruples.

Posted by: MoCrash | August 30, 2008 3:30 PM
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You feel the same as I do. Over the years I've had such respect for him. In the last year I've changed my feelings. At one time I would have voted for him; now I definitely will not.

As a point of interest, one of the well-known religious leaders prayed that there would be rain to ruin the democratic convention. Now we have at least one major hurricane, possibly two happening during the time of the republican convention. The coverage of this will certainly take away from McCain's attempt to infuse energy into it with his VP pick.

Posted by: Lexi | August 30, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama did not pick Hillary because she sadly, ran a negative campaign and she wanted more than anything to be President not Vice President. I believe she will have that.

I cannot believe how we have stopped thinking for ourselves and are manipulated so easily. Palin will have little or no power if McCain is elected. Her purpose is solely to get you to see "White Man/Woman".

What I don't hear in all of this is how the current administration has changed the lives of so many people and not for the better. It is a majority of White Americans loosing their homes, jobs, going to food pantries, not able to send their children to college. Please don't forget Black people have been struggling to attain these things. White America has them and are also loosing them.

Because the people who run these campaigns know what you are afraid of (all of us), and what we want to see and hear we will only take things at face value and will not look deeper.

There is NO GUARANTEE that the person that you vote into the White House will do as they say once they get there, but to know that the policies we have had over the last eight years has caused such a decline in the quality of American Life why would anyone knowingly ask for more?

Posted by: OpEd | August 30, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Just to let all you so called Palin supporters, according to the Anchorage Daily, Palin's approval rating is not 80%, it's 65% and sinking. A reporter for the Anchorage daily, Gregg Erickson, even did an online chat with the Washington Post, in which he revealed that Palin's approval rating in the state was not the much-touted 80%, but 65% and sinking -- and that among journalists who followed her it might be in the "teens."

In addition, I don't think it's at all sufficient to run a country of 300,000,000 people, especially with foreign problems the U.S. has when she governed a state with only 700,000 people. It's great that she's a great mother, but many women in this country are great mothers. Oh yeah, I also don't see how having a son going to the war in Iraq makes her qualified. Gees, Joe Biden has a son who's departing for Iraq this fall too. Obviously many of you who support her and doing it based off emotions. We live in "reality".

Posted by: Kevin | August 30, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I am absolutely ecstatic about McStupid's pick for VP. Pretty much sewed up the elcction for the Dems and it is certain that OBAMA will be the next POTUS. I was waiting for McIdiot to make the blow it and true to form he did. COOL!

Gotta admit it tho. Palin is a definite MILF! BIGTIME!

Posted by: Faligon | August 30, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Women want respect, and should receive it. But picking someone with such limited qualifications, with almost no vetting by the candidate -- much less a long, hard national primary campaign -- smacks of pandering. It is not respect -- after all, how could McCain respect someone he barely knows at all? -- but condescension. It is saying: vote for me because I have a female running mate. I'm not going to demean Palin, who probably has many fine qualities, but it's worth asking this question: if Palin was a man, would McCain have chosen her? If you can't answer yes, then this is merely tokenism -- and that is not respect.

Further, if I were Romney or Pawlenty or Giuliani -- all of whom McCain has put to work on his behalf, believing they were possible VP picks -- I'd certainly be hacked off about the lack of respect accorded me. People don't like being used, and I greatly suspect that when this is all over, after McCain suffers the humongous electoral defeat he obviously believed possible before making this Hail Mary selection, Palin is going to feel she likewise was manipulated by McCain.

It's sad to see a once-honorable man like McCain be so infected by the desire to be elected that he loses all sense of perspective and scruples.

Posted by: MoCrash | August 30, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Governor Sarah Palin is one of the most qualified persons in history, great success from a Hockey mom to Governor, now the first woman elected as a Vice President candidate. I was a Hillary supporter. More power to her and she has a great spirit. God bless her and God bless America.

Barrack Obama has less experience
in governing people, he is a likeable Senator. He is a good speaker. How many people has he governed?
The experience is including visiting the Military overseas.

Posted by: sinceretexan | August 30, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen such negative comments. I think Sarah Palin is a wonderful, fresh nominee who brings a lot to the campaign. I admire her devotion to her family and to her country.
She is also a beautiful person with her lovely family.
As Governor of Alaska she has an 80% approval rating. That speaks volumes.

She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending. And she put a stop to the bridge to nowhere that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars. In Alaska, she challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill.

As the head of Alaska's National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.

What a marvelous choice. GO McCain/Palin

Posted by: Mary | August 30, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

As a registered Democrat and woman, I publicly disavow the nasty, provocatively negative postings here.

Sarah Palin may not be uber-qualified (or even semi-qualified) but she deserves our respect for what she HAS achieved.

The facts speak for themselves. NEITHER party should feel the need to play gutter politics with people's lives.

Posted by: Carmen Cameron | August 30, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The population of Alaska is the population of Memphis. 80% of the states revenue is derived from oil extraction.

I'm sure she is a fine person, but sheesh, your basically talking about mayoral executive experience where all the revenue is coming from one source.

There are almost two dozen MAYORS that run larger (and much more diverse) economies.

Does that QUALIFY someone to be VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ??

Posted by: Outwest | August 30, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that republicans choose vice presidents that will ensure that they live to retire because nobody wants their V.P. to EVER become president. It has become a pattern unbroken with this choice.

Posted by: Observer | August 30, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Judy's comment of sitting out the election is exactly what's wrong with this country. Everyone should vote every time, no exceptions.. and for the best candidate they feel is on the ballot. Sitting out an election is just an adult form of throwing a temper tantrum... shame on you Judy.

Posted by: Craig | August 30, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Why is this article about Repub candidates bruised feelings under the category of Hillary Rodham Clinton??

Posted by: zazzle | August 30, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Women: Think 3 possible Supreme Court appointments before you get behind Sarah Palin. This VP selection is an even bigger issue that inexperience. It is about the end of Roe-v. Wade. Watch Out!

Posted by: Cary | August 30, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

OMG! She's a ball sniff, not a leader. She's a cum catch and a breeder, nothing more. McCain lost my vote

Posted by: Nate in VA | August 30, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse


Looking for serious answers/replies....As an Independent, I was hoping McCain would have picked someone with "experience" like Romney or Min. Governor. Why pick an unknown soccer/hockey mom who doesn't expand your base??? McCain's pick for VP will help with the evangelical vote and that's about it! Don't think for one second Hillary's supporters will flock in masses to this "Beauty and the Beast" ticket! Personally, I think this is an insult to all women. He could have easily picked Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson or former NJ Gov. Whitman. Both have "experience" and bipartsian appeal.

The old man doesn't get it! By picking unknown former beauty queen, he has personally made his age an issue. Now, I will be voting for the Obama/Biden ticket for sure. You Republicans can thank McInsane for settting back the GOP for the next 8 years. This VP pick has to rank up there with Dan Quayle!!! LOL They will lose more seats in Congress in the following years too.

BTW, I better not see another McInsane's ad attacking Obama's experience.

Posted by: ColoradoVet | August 30, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

http://thebruceblog.wordpress.com/2008/08/30/sarah-palin-sisterhood-of-the-traveling-catsuit/

If this makes it to the Liberal media we are screwed.
This lady is crazy

Posted by: oh my GOD!! | August 30, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Please! these rude and demeaning comments have no place here. may i suiggest that they be forwarded over the hustler or some other garbage scow on the internet.

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: dougbob | August 30, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain what have you done. We could have won the election with Mitt Romney. I am a independent and was looking forward to the intelligent choice of voting for Mitt. I guess I will have to sit out the election.

Posted by: BitterAmerican | August 30, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Poor Romney. He spent a hundred million dollars and still didn't get the job. Well, Mitt, there's still green pasture on the other side of the fence!

Posted by: Judy | August 30, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The republicans have all became idiots with low morality and lots of voracity. But most of all arrogance to think Americans are so stupid to think this woman is qualified to be president. Brittney Spears is more qualified. Being a governor in Alaska the state where it seems corruption equals thuggish Bulgaria does not qualify her to be anything other then a paid politician and stealth mouth piece for big oil. McCain should retire to one of his 7 houses. How much more damage can the American middle class take?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

akech wrote:
"take a 44-year old lady with her 5-month old infant with a down syndrome and subject them into rigorous campaign trips instead of letting her bond with that infant."

What do you mean by "take" and "let?" Gov. Palin is an adult woman capable of making her own decisions. She was not plucked from her home by a group of campaign KGB agents and forced into service. Your comments reflect a lack of respect for women, suggesting that the actions of women are based upon what men allow or demand. Obviously Democrats are gnashing their teeth and writhing in the floor over McCain's choice, as measured by their bitter personal attacks and have stooped so low to behave insultingly toward an infant. For decades I have sensed that a sneering, bitter hatred permeated the Democratic Party. It's the typical attitude of every socialist party that has ever existed and is now bubbling to the top of the Democratic Party. You can keep festering poison submerged for only so long.

Posted by: byablue | August 30, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

While Palin may be a lovely person and an effective governor of her state, the thing that hits me the hardest is how more qualified loyal people who worked hardest for McCain were in essence tossed aside for someone he met once prior to meeting her to tell her she was his choice. I always thought McCain was a decent, honorable person over the years. Unfortunately, he has dropped in my estimation.

Posted by: Lexi | August 30, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Your kidding me right?!? They pass over an honorable man like Mitt Romney for this? It must be a fundraising ploy, $50 to watch the old man spank the monkey while beauty milks the retard!

Posted by: Stephen in Salt Lake | August 30, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

to akech:
"..letting her bond with that infant....lack of respect?"

What do you mean "let?" Gov. Palin is an adult woman clearly capable of making her own decisions. Your comments show a greater lack of respect for women by your inference that women act based upon what men allow. Evidently Republican Party leadership has enough respect for the governor to appreciate that her family relationships and decisions are her business.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

A reformer? MY A$$. John Mccain WAS and I repeat WAS a reformer, and a maverick. He did not pander to the far right nor did he cross the line to pander to the liberals. He was a straight shooter and at one point long ago I did admire the man. How is LETTING the far right choose your vp pick being a maverick? How is this Palin lady, a maverick? She has ties to big oil, and to the Ted Stevens of the world. Come on how is having 1 year of executive experience in a state with almost no population sufficient to be one step from the presidency? Could have picked a moderate or someone like Michael Bloomberg. Since McCain stupidly said on Nation TV that he does not know anything about the economy. He just shot himself in the foot with this pick. First of all I don't believe this move will get new Hillary supporters, come on, those voters she got were already republicans that wanted to vote for a woman, so McCain is not gainning anything by this pick. Way to go and let the crazy evangelical looneys hijack our party. I have been watching GOP slowly decay these past years. I voted for McCain in 2000 and even in the primary, But he has showed his true colors by letting himself be manipulated by the evangelical base. Wow just watch the Liberal media rip the GOP to shreds this year. I have no choice but to vote independent this year, I don't even know if I will vote at all.

Posted by: A real Conservative | August 30, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

MCCain's choice was shocking, but when you take away the gloss of her sex. Then you're left with a politician who has nothing but two years as a governor of a SMALL state. If we're seriously going to say this wasn't a pander move by the MCCain campaign then we are as clueless as we are uninformed. Ask yourself if Sarah Palin was a man, would she even be considered. I'm going with "NO".

It goes to show MCCain is too much of a gambler to be president. And aides to the facts that have been presented in the DNC. He lacks judgment needed to get the country out of the crisis we are. And for the Hilary supporters that will with a straight face say they are supporting MCCain for whatever the reasons they may convince themselves of. Let me know in four years if he wins how that's going when he's totally ignoring issues important to you.

Posted by: Terry Santiago, Bronx, NY | August 30, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is a real woman not like that angry hillary and her idiot husband. sarah palin is a real woman who knows how to keep her family strong. i bet she gladly gets dressed up in a little teddy and swallows her mans load and will even give up the boodie. would hillary do that? no. that is why her man had to get with a fat chick but our chicks are smokin hot and know how to keep us honest. mccain/palin 08!

Posted by: A real woman for change | August 30, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Great, this is what my party has come to?? A damn circus I tell you! We've got a 1000 year old Mummy & it's crypt keeper ghoul of a wife, and now the beauty queen that's squirting milk all over her blouse while the Retard kid screams. Great. Call me in 4 years when I can vote for Huck again

Posted by: Barnum & Bailey | August 30, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Bobby G Rutherford: That's very sensitive of you, sounds like you enjoy the touch of a man ya poof. Got bite a pillow I'm sure your master needs you to drink up some pee

Posted by: Real Man | August 30, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Freakin great! Just what we need for the convention, a VP candidate that has to go al Janet Jackson during her speech cos the retarded kid starts screaming for a feed

Posted by: Tom in Atlanta | August 30, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Who Supports Affirmative Action YOU ask? Well not easy to determine, The REPUBLICANS as long as it suits them. Let's take stock of the facts.

Both George Bush and John McCain got into Yale and Naval Academy despite being at the bottom of their respective classes in high school, in fact, John McCain graduated either last or the bottom 5. They both then went to Yale and Naval Academy respectively. McCain graduated 790th out of 795 at Naval Academy. Bush graduate bottom of his class also. Yet despite both having dismal grades, Bush was able to go to Yale and get his MBA and John McCain was accepted into flight school for the U.S. Navy (mind you his selection unprecedented since typically goes to those ranked in the top of the class for both Naval Academy and flight school). It's also not news that despite such a dismal showing, he was allowed to fly fighter jets, or that he was allowed to continue flying after crashing 5 of them. Why should someone have to fly with him because of who his father and grandfather were?

McCain's father and grandfathers were Admirals in the Navy...he is legacy and because of that was given a slot in a prestigious academy and flight school that could have gone to a more deserved person...this is the type of affirmative action that typically takes place!

Both Bush and McCain would not have gotten as far if it were not for their pedigree (i.e., well connected parents). Mind you John then had an affair on his disable wife who waited for him while in Vietnam with his current wife Cindy, who then was able to fund his race for office. And yet, the Republicans claim these two mediocre men got where they did based on Merit and not Affirmative Action at its best...well connected parents? Yeah, this is what is called the "Republican American Dream"...keeping the priviliged, who are not deserving, in seats of power. I suggest many of you read about the Keating Banking scandale to read more about McCain's good choices!

Who says McCain and the Republicans don't support Affirmative Action? America, please wake up and stop this country from being further bankrupted with yet another 4 more years of Thievery and enriching just the rich and Bush-McCain friends!

Posted by: whatrusmoking | August 30, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Whatever whatever whatever! ll I know is I'd for John McCain! He gave us a lady so hot to look at I'd toss her salad day & night. What had Obama done, nothing? Here's a black dude that's done nothing against a hero who keeps giving more & more to America including some beauty in this tough time. Fool if you don't see it. Vote McCain & enjoy the view!

Posted by: Will | August 30, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Google Sarah Palin naked. nice!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Good for her husband now that she can't bear anymore children that aren't retarded. Now he can find a woman with some more years left in the tank while she sits up in Washington dripping sour milk on her blouse

Posted by: Brad in TX | August 30, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I really don't know what John McCain's campaign was thinking, but this has got to be one of the klutziest VP choices a major party candidate has ever made.

Posted by: James | August 30, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

So Palin has a 65% approval rating after arranging to send each taxpayer over a thousand dollars from state oil revenues. Perhaps this is the new Republican model for success: buy votes via government profits. That might only work in Alaska. Then again, give people money with the result that 35% still don't like you. Some people just won't stay bought.

Taking the fact that McCain only met Palin once before and the sickly look on his face when he introduced her as his running mate I'd say this was not a maverick move. Rather that, his real bosses told him to go out there and take one for the team. If you want a President that does not even decide who his running mate should be then you should be happy with McCain. Certainly seemed to work for the present guy in the office.

You don't get smarter by sleeping on a book. Intelligence is not automatically bestowed to the office holder. The trait cannot be voted into existence. If you think McCain and Palin are better suited to deal with the Russians, the Chinese, the Europeans and the Japanese than Obama and Biden then don't complain about the result.

It seems quite likely that Palin was choosen because she was the only candidate on the list that didn't intimidate McCain in the smarts department.

Posted by: Rick | August 30, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

What really stunned me in the McCain’s VP pick is his ability to take a 44-year old lady with her 5-month old infant with a down syndrome and subject them into rigorous campaign trips instead of letting her bond with that infant.

Those of you women with children know the healing process a mother needs after having a baby. You must therefore understand the ultimate lack of respect and courtesy being exhibited here by McCain and his advisors towards this woman and women in general. This must be seen as “trying to win a political contest at all costs”. If the Republican can treat those women with whom they claim to share values in such a manner, imagine what they have in store for an average woman who is not professed in their school of thought!

Should McCain win this election, the unelected “alpha dog advisors” working in the background will be emboldened. These are the same people who took the country to the war in Iraq, raided the USA treasury, robbed ordinary people and college students using sub-prime and college loan predatory lending. These people have ruined the economy for people all over the world and are laughing to offshore banks and properties where no law can touch them. They are above all prevailing laws in the United States

Posted by: akech | August 30, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh Wolfson please stop. You do service to the Republicans
but not to the Clintons the Dems or the American people.
You are a sore loser and now it is time to take your football
and go home.
Meditation ,letting go and perhaps a bit of sex
will calm you down.
and you of the Press stop consulting him he is a one trick pony
and a terrible bore.

Posted by: donna Greenberg | August 30, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

George H.W. Bush nominated the supremely unqualified Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court. A humiliating token. George W. Bush nominated the supremely unqualified Harriet Miers. A humiliating token. Now, McCain has selected Sarah Palin as his VEEP. An appalling token. THIS is the most qualified republican in the USA to be a heartbeat, and/or one more melanoma, away from the presidency? It is a tradition within the GOP to select token appointments. This one, sadly, may lead to our doom. If you're not outraged, you should be.

Posted by: Samantha | August 30, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

LOL all the angry women... McCant should have just selected a jar of ovaries for his VP... some of the older more bitter woman would have voted for the jar.

Posted by: Pere | August 30, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey aren't republicans supposed to be anti-quotas and affirmative action? This pick was clearly based on fulfilling a quota.

Posted by: james - Los Angeles | August 30, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

This shows how McCain can't be trusted to put country before himself. As Romney supporter, my vote will be for Obama.
Romney in 2012 !

Posted by: Romney supporter | August 30, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

If you would vote for a Republican platform that is the total opposite of everythign Hillary Clinton fought for, then you NEVER really supported Hillary Clinton in the first place.

How does it honor Hillary to see every program she supports trampled underfoot by Republicans?

Posted by: IndependentCate | August 30, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Elizabeth,
Sure she sounds like she was at a PTA meeting, but that's the point. She's not entrenched in Washington politics. People (real people who vote) will find her refreshing, a change of pace, a person who understands their problems. We're in trouble I fear. It was a brilliant move by McCain.

Posted by: doug | August 30, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I am a supporter of Hillary. I live in NY and proud to say I voted for her. However, her own party kicked her to the curb. they choose someone to Lead this great country with almost no experience. he has spent most of his elected time in office seeking the democratic presidential nomination. I will vote for McCain even before he selected Gov, Parlin as his running mate. I think it is grossly unfair for the democrats to take experience off the table. she ran a state for two years vs. almost nothing for Obama. It is insulting that this women be called a bimbo.the way it looks to me the democrats have a no experience front man on the ticket and a long time loser on the bottom. least than 1% of the vote in the primary. It is crazy to think we care more if she might have fired her brother in law than if Obama had a close relatioship with a bigot rev, a crook and a onetime political activist that would have liked to blow up the pentagon. maybe he was against going to war because he would have like to pick Suddam Hussein as his VP. It is funny how guarded his personal life has been kept, on Nov 5 will he open the documents and dupe the people who supported him.

Wake up , look pass the glamour.

Posted by: danielle | August 30, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Let us look at it this way for a while, If McCain is hospitalised for any reason lets say he slips on the steps of a plane, and this woman has to take that 3 O’clock call what then? Remembering what was said of Obama. When McCain speaks of honour And when takes the oath on the bible to protect the country will he homer that in the same way as his wedding vows?

Posted by: vibartblueyondercouk | August 30, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"She's a dynamic, extraordinarily popular reform governor"

No she isn't. She is already under investigation for an ethics violation (after less than 2 years on the job!!), she supported the "Bridge to Nowhere" before she opposed it, and she's been endorsed by the poster boy for corruption, Ted Stevens. This fiction needs to be put to bed, now.

Posted by: Mary | August 30, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Email I just sent to the Washington Post.

"I just want to point out that there are numerous extremely vulgar comments to the Palin Pick Leaves Bruised Feelings article. It would probably be a very good idea to delete all the comments and shut down the ability to post to that article.

I have read cleaner and nicer comments on construction site Port-a-Cans, than what is being posted there.

Bobby G. Rutherford"


To all the vulgar posters out there. Does your Mother know you talk like that? Would you talk like that in front of your Mother or your Grandmother?

All of you gutter mouth posters, please leave the W.P site. There are plenty of smut sites out there where you would feel more at home.


Bobby G. Rutherford

Posted by: Bobby | August 30, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Consider me another woman who is furious at the Palin pick by John McCain. He is NOT making history for us women, the Democrats nominated Geraldine Ferraro 24 years ago. All the Republicans are doing is playing catch-up with an empty pantsuit. McCain is pandering to women with a clear "get a woman, any woman" mentality and picked probably the least qualified woman in his party.

By elevating Sarah Palin to a position she is truly not qualified for, John McCain has issued a slap in the FACE to every woman who has legitimately worked her way up to where she is.

If you supported Hillary there is NO WAY you can support Palin, who believes almost exactly the opposite of Palin on every issue. But I guess McCain thinks as long as we all have vaginas we all must think the same. Before I just didn't like his policies, but now I know he is a sexist jackass.

Posted by: Mary Catherine | August 30, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Good to see I'm not the only woman insulted by this pick. Does he think that we are so stupid that we will vote for anyone with ovaries? Picking a woman so totally unqualified will backfire. How is this putting the country first? Clearly he put political calculation first.

Posted by: Pam | August 30, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Good pick. Now we have another veep that will abuse power like she did when having her brother in law fired. Mrs. palin I voted for hillary, I respect her record she has a lot of accomplishments under her belt. Mrs. Palin you are no hillary clinton. Even if a woman get raped, or incest you are against them having an abortion. After the weekend honeymoon good luck on convincing hillary supporters to give you a shot. I don't think that was mccain's pick. Try drug abusing lambaugh, and sean hanitizer.

Posted by: brock | August 30, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

If Sara Palin were a man, her "experience" would not be considered significant enough to put her on the short list for VP. She was mayor of a small town and a short term gov of a small (population) state. However, in McCain's eyes, her resume is "pretty good for a girl."

Who says McCain doesn't support Affirmative Action?

Posted by: Jane Dough | August 30, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse


Hey, this woman is ALMOST young enough to be McCain's WIFE.

Posted by: Keeter | August 30, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. "

When will they be removed...?

Email I sent last night at 9:00 PM (Central)
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Are you kidding me! I have to email you to remove offensive posts; what happened to someone checking the posts before they become live on your site.

While I don't think John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin was a wise one on his part, I don't think it is appropriate for commentators posts to be made of her describing their sex preferences, and positions, for her. I don't think it's appropriate for people to comment on her child with Downs Syndrome as being reason to not vote for her.

While I support the right for Free Speech, 90% of the posts on this page are degrading to women and the intelligence of the American people.

Another thing to think about with allowing post to be automatically added to your website is kids are going back to school in the next few weeks and some of the assignments that they will be asked to do is write a report on the Candidates for the 2008 election. Some of those kids will be reading posts like:

I've already knocked 3 out to her pictures today! Thanks John!
That there is a good woman. Looks like the kind that gargles before they swallow just so ya knows they love ya
God I wish I could smell McCain's finger right now. Tastiest backside in the history of politics, thanks for bringing her to the spotlight ol Johnny boy!

How as a parent are they supposed to explain those comments to their kids? What will you tell your kids? Where is the moral and ethical responsibility that you as a news organization should be upholding?

Disgusted with your monitoring process,
Dave
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It's quite obvious tat the Washington Post promotes degrading remarks towards women and the Dumbing Down of America.

Would those of you making the posts ask your mother if she gargled after going down on your father? Do you ask your wife if she thinks your posts are funny? Would you want comments like this posted about your mother, your wife, or your daughter?

Man up people and show some respect!

BTW: Washington Post never emailed me back nor have they removed any of the posts that are degrading and disgusting.

The Washington Post has really gone down hill since News Corp. bought them.

Obama / Biden 2008

Posted by: battleofhalfwits | August 30, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Well, I have to say that McCain's choice of a VP is shocking if not insulting to all women of this country. I am sure Sarah is a nice enough woman but she in NO WAY has any qualifications to be VP. I will admit that while I did not vote for Clinton, I am personally infuriated that she has continuously put down Hillary for whining. Give me a break! The only reason she was chosen is because they hope a woman will draw Hillary supporters. No way! She isn't even in the league of Hillary Clinton. It even frightens me to think of our country being led by McCain and Sarah. McCain is WELL KNOWN for being risky, volatile and above all a loose cannon. Mix that with someone that publically admitted she doesn't know what a VP does and this goes beyond the disaster of the Bush/Cheney legacy. Americans...please....we must come together and unite and vote Obama and Biden into office.

Posted by: Melissa, NC | August 30, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I am so completely and totally embarrassed by the Palin choice. It is insulting to the women of America. McCain is totally out of touch with this country.

A gun-toting, creationism proponent, anti-gay rights, pro-lifer even in the case of rape and incest. Is she Jerry Falwell's protege?

Humiliating for the US -- the "old man" and "the beauty queen."

This has clinched the Presidency for Obama and Biden, but will leave lasting effects of the "US stupidity factor" which will ripple around the world.

Posted by: Debra-Independent | August 30, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I was aghast after listening to her for the first time. Personally, any shred of respect I had for John McCain is now gone . It is insulting to woman to think that he would place a woman on the ticket ,and that woman would blindly vote for him for that reason. He had many qualified people to choose from with experience on any levels of expertise. I don't care what her touted accomplishments are, they are from a place that does not represent mainland issues and population let alone foreign affairs. No one also has mentioned her education that I feel is lacking considering her english. Additionally, for the first time in this whole campaign I have seen news commentators genuinely enraged and frightened by this choice. I was not a Hillary supporter, however, I do realize that Hillary had substance. John McCain has just proven to me that he doesn't really care about the welfare of this country when he could place someone so inexperienced a heart beat away from the Presidency. I truly hope that woman don't buy into this and are as infuriated as I am and others on these boards. I don't want a Maverick for Pres. or V.P.

Posted by: NicoleW | August 30, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I think it's pretty cool that McCain chose his granddaughter as a running mate. Who knows, could be the start of another dynasty.

Posted by: Rob Vukovic' | August 30, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Lee Blaylock

It's not only that the Democratic selections are left leaning. The whole COUNTRY is left leaning. That's why the Republicans nominated McCain, the most liberal Republican they could find. The conservative movement has no substance and a shrinking number of supporters. Before you blast away at the growing number of "left leaning" citizens, you should really take a good look at your own candidate. You, sir, are going to elect a liberal Republican into office.

Posted by: Muskegon Critic | August 30, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Choosing a woman only to get Hillary's voters??? That is insult to the the nation and to all women of the world. So u can see how man like to mis-use women. And this woman let McCain mis-use her as a marketing stunt. Shame shame!!

This is marketing people!!
McCain is criticing OBAMA, but it seems to be that he is so impressed by him. He went pick someone up with almost...remember almost...the same appearance & characteristic as OBama, only....she is a woman.

Check this out:
Young, goodlooking, nice teeth, clean record for so far, high families values, made career at a young age, celebrity potentials (ex-participant of a beauty contest) etc etc only she is a woman. She has all the characteristic that McCain don't have and Obama YES has indeed...The onliest thing she is missing, is the Charisma and THAT.... you Can Not buy or manipulate!!

Obama see?!! McCain was sooo impressed by you, that he went seek & look for your caracteristics & skills in his running made.

McCain is a women "mis-user"!! Shame on him!
And you Hillary Clinton's supporter! I hope you don't fall for this cheap stunt of McCain. You are smarter than that....!!

Posted by: Sol-angel | August 30, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The comments from many of you are despicable and you are too embarrassed by your own words to put your real name.

Obama talks about change, but has done none in his

Dems had overconfidence coming out of the election and their ticket is so left leaning, many moderate democrats I know are going to elect McCain. Now the the Palin selection has put real fear in the Dems and, in their hearts, know they screwed up by not getting Obama and Hilary together. A party divided can not stand and the Dems are the most divided party in history.

Posted by: Lee Blaylock | August 30, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Washing Post doesn't follow the rules! | August 30, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I have read some of the vulgarity on this post and honestly the only people I know who talk like that are my Republican friends. Is it possible some right wing bloggers are trying to give Rush his monday talking points?
How else could you spin this rediculous pick?

Posted by: Ian | August 30, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Howard Wolfson's bitter, poisonous comments continue pollute this race. They're not "Hillary's" 18 million voters. They're Democrats. And while Wolfson prefers to believe that Hillary and her crew own these voters and can do with them as they please, those 18 million voters are free to cast their votes any way they like. And they are NOT likely to vote for a 72 year old anti-choice, anti-universal health care candidate who has cynically chosen a sock puppet as his running mate, simply so he can point to her breasts from time to time and say, "See? She's a woman! Vote for me!"

Posted by: Mark F | August 30, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Shame on you, John McCain. You put this poor, innocent woman and her family out there to be sacrificial lambs for your power grubbing ambitions! I am a staunch Democrat and a woman of color. I would never vote Republican no matter who is on their ticket because of their philosophy. They are not inclusive and not for issues I value.

Still I think this is appalling that they could have had a legitimate opportunity to select a woman to break the Repubs glass ceiling (24 years after our Ferraro). Sure she'll energize them because they haven't seen anything but really old (or really stupid) white dudes on their ticket forever.

Democrats had diversity, however scarce at this level but that's better than NONE on the Repub side. I really feel that they did not want Pawlenty or Romney or the others to take the political hit when they lose in November so they can save them for 2012. They (cuz you know Rove and Limburger cheese are behind this)were willing to throw this family into the burning pit of the media inferno as a last ditch gamble.

They need to be taught a lesson in more ways than one. As Barack said "ENOUGH"
Don't fall for it ladies, she's a nice enough and smart and capable enough woman, I'm sure but doesn't have the majority of women's concerns at heart. If you're a far right winger, she's your gal. If not then you're voting against your best interests.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Palin as mayor messed up the biggest project in town, buidling the sports complex. Because the land was owned by someone else when they started building it, it had to be condemned and ended up in court, costing the tiny town an extra million. It was true incompetence. Then she was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it. And now she has lied about her involvement in her own scandal, firing-gate. Seems she will fit well in a new Bush administration. Why on heavens name did McCain not pick a qualified woman? There are plenty of Republican woman who have a competent record. Palin was the weakest choice of a woman he could have made. Perhaps he is afraid of competent, experienced women. He wanted a woman who would not anger him by speaking up, so he chose someone who did not know a thing about national, international issues. She will tow the line.

Posted by: Goldie | August 30, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

I think the best strategy is that the republicans make her look like some type of victim, like she is being picked on, so that women will be more sympathetic towards her.

Posted by: Anon | August 30, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

"Gee I wonder why the same nasty vulgar comments are repeated word for word about 10 times each?

Think someone is trying to work some spin here?"

Could be, but my guess is it's probably a 'bot - an automated feed. Could be both actually.

Posted by: tarroyo | August 30, 2008 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Gee I wonder why the same nasty vulgar comments are repeated word for word about 10 times each?

Think someone is trying to work some spin here?

Posted by: smells like rove | August 30, 2008 5:55 AM | Report abuse

Summer says:

"Watch out. The over-the-top sexist comment might be a strategy. They want to be so offensive to Palin, so that women would jump out to defend her and rally round her.

Scary."

You know what, Summer? That's the only thing that makes any sense.

The unprecedented vulgarity here is certainly no accident, and it's not coming from Democrats.

Now why is WAPO allowing it to remain posted? Hmmmn...


Posted by: Brentmack | August 30, 2008 5:45 AM | Report abuse

It is now that I know Mccain is mad, stupid and sick. American deserves someone better that Idiot of a woman.

Posted by: EMMANUEL | August 30, 2008 5:44 AM | Report abuse

This blogger says it's clear pandering and women aren't going to fall for it.

http://frequentcritic.blogspot.com/2008/08/john-mccain-panders-to-women-voters.html

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 5:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm shocked by the vulgarity expressed by so many juvenile Republicans toward their own VP candidate.

We're used to seeing that kind of garbage aimed at Democrats - but now you're reached a new low.

The Palin selection was indeed a Hail Mary pass by Team McCain. But like almost all such passes - this choice hit the ground with a thud.

Posted by: Brent Mack | August 30, 2008 5:37 AM | Report abuse

watch out. The over-the-top sexist comment might be a strategy. They want to be so offensive to Palin, so that women would jump out to defend her and rally round her.

Scary.

Posted by: summer | August 30, 2008 5:34 AM | Report abuse

So will I get some "Monica" on my tour of the White House?

Posted by: Just4Cum | August 30, 2008 5:31 AM | Report abuse

HELLO WASHINGTON POST...


ARE THERE ANY MODERATORS ON THIS BOARD!?!?

SOME OF THESE POSTS ARE WAY OVER THE TOP DISGUSTING AND INSULTING!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 5:25 AM | Report abuse

As a woman, I am appalled at McCain's nomination for VP. He has insulted my intelligence in thinking that I would vote for him merely because his VP is female. Kay Bailey Hutchison would have been a more suitable choice if he wanted a woman. I am sure Palin is an intelligent, hard-working person, and I am sure she is likeable (she was voted "Miss Congeniality" during her pageant years), but this is not a beauty contest and warm and fuzzy ain't gonna cut it when you are dealing with KGB Putin.

4 bouts of melanoma is scary. You can be "cured" from melanoma and have it recur and fully metastasized on your next doctor's visit. By then, your life expectancy is less than 3 months.

America has to really think hard if they are ready for "President Palin"...I suspect this is what they will get if McCain gets elected. That's even scarier.

Posted by: carol | August 30, 2008 5:08 AM | Report abuse

Good for her husband now that she can't bear anymore children that aren't retarded. Now he can find a woman with some more years left in the tank while she sits up in Washington dripping sour milk on her blouse

Posted by: Brad in Texas | August 30, 2008 4:44 AM | Report abuse

I called Paris Hilton and we watched her pasted on all the networks .... when I asked Paris what she thought, she replied, " She's Hot " .
When I asked Paris if she could be President should McCain die, she replied ,
" She's Not "

Just a F.Y.I. , She has alot of enemies in Alaska now, even the campaign workers who got her Elected as governer feel betrayed for their hard work and the agenda she has yet to fulfill.

On top of that now Mitt Romney is wayyy ticked for being used as a decoy when he was almost promised the job. Some of the other Veep contenders are also ticked off at his choice and after all the work they put into looking good for him.

On a personal note, I'd like to hang out with her, have a few beers, get in the hot tob with her, ect ........ But here's another factoid for you bloggers, She has been secretly doing work on behalf of Exxon Mobil, currently in the Supreme Court to help them save a few hundred million here and there, by coersing fisherman, perhaps even with perks, in return for them saying things are fine up in those waters, better than ever.

Posted by: Morphed-Independant. | August 30, 2008 4:43 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful smile, great big full lips, mmm, I bet she gargles before swallowing. A true american hero

Posted by: Rodney | August 30, 2008 4:43 AM | Report abuse

What a piece she is. Do you think she lets her husband get a little mud on his stick? I can't wait to hear the answer to that, it should be a debate question right off.

Posted by: Palindrome | August 30, 2008 4:43 AM | Report abuse

Imagine how VP Paling bouncing on top of ya with milk squirting all over the bed, sweet!

Posted by: Earlobe | August 30, 2008 4:42 AM | Report abuse

Absurd, our candidate picks a two bit tramp to potentially run the country!? So she's a good breeder, so what even that she gets wrong now. Hasn't anyone ever told this guy you don't put your cum dump in charge of things?

Posted by: Ted | August 30, 2008 4:41 AM | Report abuse

How obvious is it that the word 'dismissive' has been deployed as a talking point to republican pundits in advance of any actual discussions. And its sure to soon transform into 'sexist' : as evidenced on this very comment board, the republicans are up to their old tricks, generating their own news ( they even have a name for it, its called 'narrative' ) I don't know of any democrat who would be so demeaning to a woman. These awful comments are being put up by republicans! Wake up people!

Posted by: AntiComment | August 30, 2008 4:40 AM | Report abuse

It looked like she had some spunk on her face, did you catch that? I dont trust no lady that has a dum dum baby no how

Posted by: Curious | August 30, 2008 4:40 AM | Report abuse

The comments on this blog are horrible. Is this a sample of our voters?

Posted by: onas | August 30, 2008 4:38 AM | Report abuse

This pick and the process leading to it exposes the erratic and impulsive nature of this 72 year old cancer and torture survivor. I say we allow him quiet time and provide him with universal health care (including mental support).

Posted by: ishok | August 30, 2008 4:27 AM | Report abuse

To Mitt Romney: You have just been demoted to decoy.

To Tim Pawlenty: Sorry but McCain will not have you as his cupcake. Go back to Minnesota where the Ron Paul Rally will be rocking.

Posted by: theropingeffect | August 30, 2008 4:25 AM | Report abuse

Wow what a cynical political pick.

I guess McBush thinks any woman would do no matter who they were or how they stood on the issues. What a slap in the face to Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: KQuark | August 30, 2008 4:10 AM | Report abuse

Palin makes Ferraro and Quayle look like FDR and Reagan. She is a total gimmick pick, baldly designed for the female vote.

The problem is that she is completely unqualified to be president. Last year, she was the mayor of a town of 9k. Now she is the plague-ridden governor of a tiny state.

This isn't even a wasted pick. This is just poor judgment by a 72 year old man picking a daughter-figure to be his 2nd in command.

The more I learn about McCain, the more unfit he appears to be a senator, much less president.

Posted by: AxelDC | August 30, 2008 3:53 AM | Report abuse

I keep hearing that the 80% of Alaska approves of Palin. Wow, that's impressive.

Let's see - there are 670,053 people in Alaska (as of 2006 Census figures) which means she's approved by 536,042 people. That's .18% of the US population or about the population of Oklahoma City, OK or Portland, OR.

Are you friggin kidding me?

Someone should check McCain for dementia.

Posted by: tarroyo | August 30, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

Your kidding me right?!? They pass over an honorable man like Mitt Romney for this? It must be a fundraising ploy, $50 to watch the old man spank the monkey while beauty milks the retard!

Posted by: Stephen in Salt Lake | August 30, 2008 3:38 AM | Report abuse

If ignorance is a sin, then these f****g fundamentalist morons and their chosen puppets should all rot in Hell!

Posted by: John Mc. | August 30, 2008 3:34 AM | Report abuse

Why did McCain do this?

It can't be because he seriously thinks that she is the most qualified to be President. Come on, Lieberman, Romney and Pawlenty beat her on qualifications.

It can't be because she is the most qualified person among those he can work with. He met her once before interviewing her for VP. He must have a very hard time getting along with people if this is the reason he picked her.

It appears that it is merely an attempt to 'game' the election, ie a decision based on what will bring him the most votes in the election; not what will help him govern and keep the country secure. It may or may not work in bringing him more votes, but true independents will ask themselves what this choice says about McCain's judgment.

In the end, I think the real independent voter is not a left-wing moonbat or a right-wing wingnut. They want to move away from the disastrous Republican policies of the last 8 years but can't figure out whether Obama has enough experience and judgment to bring about the change that they want.

McCain's choice has just made the choice for the true independent a lot easier. McCain's 'judgment' has put Palin one heartbeat away from the Presidency, and the average true swing voter is going to be appalled.

Palin will be popular with the Republican true believers, who think Obama is a muslim and Bush is the greatest president ever, but those people didn't need any more convincing to vote for McCain. The risk of a black man being president was enough to energize those people to get out and vote on election day.

But Palin will raise eyebrows among true independents when they are trying to figure out which candidate has judgment and really puts country first. If McCain was really 'country first' why would he put the least qualified person on his shortlist a heartbeat away from being across the table from Putin?

Here are the questions I will be putting to my independent friends:

Why did McCain make Palin his VP?

Given McCain's age, what are the odds of Palin becoming the President?

Did McCain's decision reflect good judgment? The kind of judgment you want a leader bringing to complex economic and security issues?

What are Palin's views on a woman's right to choose?

What are Palin's views on teaching creationism in schools?

What are Palin's views on global warming?

How does McCain's selection compare with the decision of Obama in selecting Biden?

What do you think these decisions say about the quality of the advisers that Obama and McCain will appoint to cabinet positions?

Does McCain's decision to appoint Palin make it more or less likely that we will hear another 'good job, Brownie' from a McCain administration?

Posted by: Peter | August 30, 2008 3:33 AM | Report abuse

People like Ren4me makes United States loook like a third world country!. Whatever you have stated is wrong! there is too much information out there if you wonna know the truth! may be your nuckle head brains can't digest any written material! just continue living in your ignorant world!

Posted by: braggingrights | August 30, 2008 3:17 AM | Report abuse

Great, she can gargle cum, it's an honorable thing to do but not leadership. Even Clinton knew to leave this to interns. This party is screwed

Posted by: Randy | August 30, 2008 3:17 AM | Report abuse

Great, she can gargle cum, it's an honorable thing to do but not leadership. Even Clinton knew to leave this to interns. This party is screwed

Posted by: Randy | August 30, 2008 3:17 AM | Report abuse

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... Nice job spitting in Rommney and Hucklebees faces.

Posted by: Sam | August 30, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

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.
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... Nice job spitting in Rommney and Hucklebees faces, in order to pick a corrupted Bush like VP.

Posted by: Sam | August 30, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

You have to either laugh or cry at the fundamentalists. The religion of the God of Abraham is thought to have founded this nation of American. Read history. America was not founded by Christians, it was founded by Masons and Deists. It was founded by people who abhorred religious intolerance.

Thomas Jefferson had no use for religion at all. Although he admired Jesus as a moral man he did not think of him as divine. Did not believe in the miracles h(H)e performed and did not believe in the Trinity.

Read the Treaty of Tripoli which we were signatory to.

http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/summer97/secular.html

So please get your facts correct if your going to say American was founded on Christian principles and our founding fathers were mostly Christian. They were not.

Posted by: Michael | August 30, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Thank God she is not Hilary Clinton. We don't need another Clinton in the White House. We don't need anyone who was raised a Muslim either. They killed enough of our people in 911 and now you want to elect a man who took the American flag off his boat, won't wear one on his lapel, and does not honor our American Anthem and has a wife who was never proud of her country until her husband started to run for president. Wake up people, you are in for a rude awakening if Obama is elected. McClain fought and was ready to die for his country and the people in it. Glad to see he chose a woman for vice president. Nice to see people who have love for family and country.

Posted by: Ren4me | August 30, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Great, this is what my party has come to?? A damn circus I tell you! We've got a 1000 year old Mummy & it's crypt keeper ghoul of a wife, and now the beauty queen that's squirting milk all over her blouse while the Retard kid screams. Great. Call me in 4 years when I can vote for Huck again

Posted by: Barnum & Bailey | August 30, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Is someone going to moderate this thread? Some foul and ridiculous posts here.

Leaving that aside. This pick was an insult to women and Americans generally. There is no way on earth that Sarah Palin is qualified to be President of the United States. The first requirement of a VP choice is that the person chosen is qualified to lead the country should the president become incapacitated. McCain has failed us and we must reject this ticket.

Posted by: Chuck | August 30, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Say it with me, folks: President Palin. HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Please.

Posted by: Victor | August 30, 2008 2:38 AM | Report abuse

Oh great! Another "Miss CowChip" candidate. Hopefully she will have a better chance that both Carol (#1 wife) and Cindy (#2 wife)!

Posted by: Dave | August 30, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Based on the hysterical comments being spewed on this site, it is obvious that McCain made a good choice. Sadly, Gov. Palin's youngest child had a higher mental aptitude than the vast majority of the posters here.....

Posted by: analyzethis | August 30, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

this is about the poorest excuse McCain could have dreamt up for a running mate.What is he trying to do to the GOP, the party of Nixon and Agnew , Cheney and Gingrich and Tom Delay, Mark Foley and Larry Craig, Karl Rove and Jack Abramoff?

Posted by: conservative man | August 30, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

McCain's VP pick reminds of an earlier desparate GOP move to beat Obama; nominating Alan Keyes of Maryland in the 2004 Illinois senate race, another unqualified nitwit. The result will be similar.

Posted by: Alfred Varenhijt | August 30, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

McCain pulled a rabbit out of his hat. I bet after 5 kids Palin can pull a rabbit outta somewhere else. Stanky Cavern!

Posted by: Reafae | August 30, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

It looked like she had some spunk on her face, did you catch that? I dont trust no lady that has a dum dum baby no how

Posted by: Curious | August 30, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

This Bimbo is a poser. The only thing missing is the bleached blond hair.Watch for the baby scandal(not hers) and the police firing scandal.

Posted by: This just in | August 30, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

I bet she doesn't mind if her hubby get a little mud on his stick from time to time if ya know what I mean. good lady

Posted by: Gary | August 30, 2008 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see more of her luscious chest & sweet juicy behind

Posted by: Mmm | August 30, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

I've been blowing loads all over myself all day lookin at her pics, what a great 8 years this will be

Posted by: Travis Garrett | August 30, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

"I know Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton," Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a phone interview with NBC.

_____________________________

Thank goodness! That's why I like her.

Posted by: mark vilen | August 30, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Bob you sound like a sensitive guy, a log cabin type of guy. Keep away from me poofer

Posted by: Tom in Atlanta | August 30, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

I voted for Hillary!!!!! this past week the democraats have reunited.

there is no way McCain is ready to run this country, & what is he thinking tht us women would vote for him because he picked a woman no way!!!!! go obama!!!!! a women that has no experience to run this country oh please

Posted by: linda | August 30, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Tom, Tom, Tom... You're cleverer than that, I'm sure you are. I was born at Emory Univ. hospital, and I know that all of us Atlanta boys are better than that last remark.

Posted by: Bob S. | August 30, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I had no particular political point to make. I just really like quoting that line!

Posted by: Bob S. | August 30, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Freakin great! Just what we need for the convention, a VP candidate that has to go al Janet Jackson during her speech cos the retarded kid starts screaming for a feed

Posted by: Tom in Atlanta | August 30, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

To quote the great Chris Ledoux -

"Here comes Johnny with his pecker in his hand..."

Posted by: Bob S. | August 30, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Go democrats, with Mcain chose of vp, he just made it easier for us women to vote for him even if we voted for clinton. palin is no way a hillary.... go obama!!!!

Posted by: linda | August 30, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Do you have a political death wish, Senator McCain? Or is it, as Senator Obama said, you just don't get it.

As an Obama fan, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Additionally, I want to say that I am dismayed that the Washington Post would allow some of the above posts to remain online. If I had wanted to read pornography, I would not have chosen this site. I wanted to read some serious discussion about this outlandish VP choice since I'm baffled as to why it was done.

Posted by: willad1 | August 30, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

McCain what were yuo thinking, now i know you are dumber than i thought, obamam you have my vote!!!!

Posted by: linda | August 30, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

What a joke! -- but not even close to being funny. I'm scared that there's any chance of her becoming V.P. or President. "She's a soccer mom"! -- and that makes her qualified. A mayor or governor of a state that is lucky enough to have oil revenue and escape the recession? Hell, my grandmother could run Alaska and she' been dead for 10 years. Do the neocons only care about the abortion issue or religion in government. This really woke me up to the fac that the religious right here is no different than the zealous muslims or other religions who want to rule with religious morals instead of secularism. DANGEROUS!!!

Posted by: jim in California | August 30, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Are you f***ing kidding me???

I know it's off-topic, but GET THIS: I was just watching CNN (see comment timestamp) and they were advertising for the Republican National Convention next week (are they still gonna "postpone" it???). It seems that CNN's coverage will be sponsored by none other than ExxonMobil! Can ya beat that?

You can't make this stuff up. Republicans are owned in more ways than one. ;)

Respect women!

Posted by: White, working class American males for Barack Obama | August 30, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

She isn't McCain's pick. She's the puppet for the Big Corporate Oil Puppet Masters who put Bush in office and ain't for one second going to let an actual election of The People put someone who will regulate them in office.

They ain't worried about ANYONE's vote! All they care about is finding ways to make it look "close" or "contested" because THAT'S how you steal an election in this country! Buy up the media and consolidate it into just a few monopolized corporations controlled by cronies. Focus away from anything positive going on that might lead to The People regaining power in their own government. Repeat the same blather and lies often enough and authoritatively enough from 10,000 "sources" that all stem from the same root. Then, on election day, act "surprised" that the vote went to the side that they like the best and that will put more money in their coffers. After, of course, using their well oiled election theft machine to a) declare minorities "felons", b) put too few voting machines in Democratic districts, c) create long lines in working class districts so people will have to choose between their jobs and their vote, d) tamper with the Windows based electronic voting machines manufactured by two corporate CEO's who are BROTHERS and who are NEOCONS, e) attack anyone who accuses them as being "conspiracy theorists", "crazies" or "terrorists", f) refuse to count the absentee ballots coming from the war zone and the provisional ballots that all the disenfranchised minorities and working class and students were forced to submit, g) if necessary, have the Supreme Court stop any counting of paper ballots--if there still are any in this nation, h) declare martial law if people start to get antsy, using all the nice new Executive Orders that Cheney has been having Bush quietly sign, i) make sure that a recount only involves a new calculation of the same flawed data, j) start a new series of American Idol the day after elections, k)....

They will have their McSame, and Palin--their puppets who will do whatever they are told.

Posted by: Fiorastar | August 30, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Are there no moderators on this site??? The sexist comments on here about Palin are absolutely over the top offensive. Why are these idiots being allowed to post this garbage?

Posted by: MM | August 30, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Art says "If I was a woman, a straigh male or lesbian or not, I would be offended" well you're not any of these things you are a queer bait wetback, all less than human terms so I will consider your words about the same as my dog's farts, not at all

Posted by: Ulysses | August 30, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Um, Art, we're not all here legally though & it sounds like you may be the next lettuce picker to go. Quit your whining, be a real man, leave the country and discover a woman's touch. These things will help America tamale breath

Posted by: Brad in TX | August 30, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Palin vs. Putin...


Great question, nobush3rd.

Posted by: White, working class American males for Barack Obama | August 30, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Art Valencia...the words of a queer and the name of a wetback...go away now before I call INS, and sorry you can't marry your boyfriend

Posted by: Sickened | August 30, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

ARTURO: That's very sensitive of you, sounds like you enjoy the touch of a man ya poof. Got bite a pillow I'm sure your master needs you to drink up some pee

Posted by: Real Man | August 30, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Enough with the sex innuendoes, what is this? A woman bashing contest?!

Please remember your mother is a woman, and for those of you who are straigh and or lebian, your love interest and partner is a woman.

If I was a woman, a straigh male or lesbian or not, I would be offended by Candidate McCain VP choice as women (who have been oppressed for centuries) yet, once more have been denigrated down to a carrot stick puut in front of politial machine...

I am sad because Mrs. Palin will be hurt, and criticized, and scrutinized and misunderstood by history... This election (experience) will mark her life, career, and reputation... and wheter she is a public servant, she is still a human being.

I am afraid Mrs. Palin was throwned into a circus where gender and race are being played like "fight dogs" for the entertainment of vicious TV reporters.

It is a sad moment for American especially at this crossroads when gender and race are the issues at hand, and not what really matters.

Foreing Affairs
The economy
The enviroment
The Dependence on foreign oil
the middle class
health care

We all need help... Democrats and Republicans.

I think this is a good time for America to take some personal time out, and think for themselves and get serious about the future of this country...

Just one thought.. it is not about power or money... It is about survival in the modern world.

China, India, and the Middle East (and don't get me started about Latin America) are about to burst and figure in the front lines quite soon...

America needs to chill out, and think about what's on the table...

Don't think race
Don't think gender.

We all are either or...

We all are human...

And we all have a chance to make the US a better place to be.
Arturo

Posted by: Art Valencia | August 30, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Imagine how VP Paling bouncing on top of ya with milk squirting all over the bed, sweet!

Posted by: Earlobe | August 30, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Great, she can gargle cum, it's an honorable thing to do but not leadership. Even Clinton knew to leave this to interns. This party is screwed

Posted by: Randy | August 30, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

The image of old McCain and the overly made-up Palin is downright creepy. What will the world think if we unveil these two as our choices to head up the Executive Branch. How embarrassing.

Posted by: MARYA | August 30, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Definitions of feminism may differ depending on who you ask, but as I understand it, it is a DECIDEDLY LIBERAL doctrine & movement, heavy on the belief that it's a woman's right to exercise exclusive control of her own body. I am a man; correct me if I am wrong here, but isn't feminism more about bra burning and less about outlawing abortion, especially in the case of rape? Sarah Palin is NOT a feminist. I can't believe this wonderful stroke of luck in Barack's favor. Even my sister, who was a Hillary supporter to the end of the primary (and possible closet-PUMA) takes this to be a sleazy stunt and a severe insult to her intelligence. I am inclined to believe her. All Republicans know is willful deception and manipulation, and this looks like it will backfire... HARD.

Posted by: White, working class American males for Barack Obama | August 30, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

The large number of tasteless, low class morons on this site are amazing. The discourse about issues would be fine but this is disgusting.
I am an Obama/Biden person but this type of talk about this woman is just plain shameful and disgusting. The Washington Post used to have class.

Posted by: Behave Appropriately | August 30, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Your kidding me right?!? They pass over an honorable man like Mitt Romney for this? It must be a fundraising ploy, $50 to watch the old man spank the monkey while beauty milks the retard!

Posted by: Stephen in Salt Lake | August 30, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Good for her husband now that she can't bear anymore children that aren't retarded. Now he can find a woman with some more years left in the tank while she sits up in Washington dripping sour milk on her blouse

Posted by: Brad in TX | August 30, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Howard Wolfson is one of the major reasons for Hilliary to lose the nomination and the VP post. Please stop complaining so you will not cost the political future for her.

Posted by: JD California | August 30, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Reading the comments it is rather evident for all of Obama's talk of a transcendent politics, his supporters are anything but. Such hate! I guess this demonstrates what women in power face regardless of who they are. I might not I am a Democrat, a disgusted one.

Posted by: jvp | August 30, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

What is up with all the nasty talk? I'm sick of this blog and I hope that the people who run this site would be smart to censor some of this junk.

As for Palin I think it was a great choice!! Now we can have a real president in the oval office and that President is Barack Obama. I'm sick and tired of republicans ruining our country.

Posted by: John | August 30, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Wow. So, conservatives here are commenting on how upset they are that Sarah Palin is being treated in comments EXACTLY as Hillary Clinton was treated (i.e. sexist, misogynist commentary). Irony abounds. apparently it's okay to treat a Democratic senator with sexist commentary, but when it's a Rethug woman, everybody gets the vapors. Hypocrisy, thy name is social conservative Republican.

sarah palin is a corrupt politician with NO experience. Would you hire somebody with very little experience to handle your money investments? Your medical treatments? Teach your children? then why in the name of all that's good would you trust the future of this country to an inexperienced ex-beauty queen who wants to leave her young child behind to play at being vice-president? She apparently hates others' freedoms and can't wait to force her beliefs on everyone else's children.

This country has already had 8 years of that kind of thuggery; we don't need more.

We've had enough. We don't need more.

And we certainly don't need a wet-behind-the-ears inexperienced corrupt small-town politician in office... again.


People, use your brains. Don't let others do your thinking for you. You are being lied to about this Palin person and you owe it to yourselves to find out the truth about the people you want to vote for to represent you. This woman and the moldy old guy are NOT who you want to do things in your name.

Posted by: dejah_thoris50 | August 30, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

I actually feel bad for T-Paw. He had his head so far up McCain's freckled, unremarkable arse, he deserved to be the VP on this sinking ship. But that's how McCain treats people. Uses them and loses them. Unless they have an old daddy with $100M.

Posted by: DemoDevil | August 30, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

I've been crapping liquid all day since I saw this choice. A damn glorified blow up doll as VP I quit!

Posted by: True American | August 30, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Re: the people who keep saying how "reform-minded," Palin is, it doesn't take much to come off smelling like a rose in Alaska, the home state of Ted Stevens and the original Bridge to Nowhere. Graft and corruption are rampant; I think just upholding the law would probably be enough to mark you as a maverick. Also, quick reminder: Alaska only has 700,000 inhabitants (yes, that's correct -- half the population of Philadelphia). You'd get more relevant experience from the mayor of a big city with a financial center. She's an insane choice.

Posted by: Amalie | August 30, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

If John McCain thinks a Democrat woman will vote for Sarah Palin just because she's a woman, he's is even stupider than we know him to be.

This is an insult to women to think all women will vote for her just because she's a woman.

All I can say to Mr. McCain is THANK YOU!!!! YOU'VE SINCHED THE ELECTION FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Beverly S. Hill | August 30, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Amalie, Howard Wolfson doesn't need to cry himself to sleep. He's elated over his firm's new contract with energy speculators to lobby Congress to not pass the bill that would end oil price speculation. Nice Democrat, that Howard Wolfson.

Posted by: SueK1 | August 30, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Great, this is what my party has come to?? A damn circus I tell you! We've got a 1000 year old Mummy & it's crypt keeper ghoul of a wife, and now the beauty queen that's squirting milk all over her blouse while the Retard kid screams. Great. Call me in 4 years when I can vote for Huck again

Posted by: Barnum & Bailey | August 30, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Sarah is a real woman not like that angry hillary and her idiot husband. sarah palin is a real woman who knows how to keep her family strong. i bet she gladly gets dressed up in a little teddy and swallows her mans load and will even give up the boodie. would hillary do that? no. that is why her man had to get with a fat chick but our chicks are smokin hot and know how to keep us honest. mccain/palin 08!

Posted by: A real woman for change | August 30, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Some of these comments are simply revolting. Have we learned absolutely nothing?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Good for McCain he got us the retard vote since she drags the mongoloid all around with her for show. Just wait till she starts milking the damn thing in front of us.

Posted by: Danny | August 30, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Would someone please let Howard Wolfson know (gently, please) that the whole Hillary Clinton for Pres/VP/Dogcatcher '08 campaign is really, truly, finally over? Then pry his Blackberry from his cramped, clammy little fingers, escort him to his bed, tuck him in, hold him while he cries, and sing to him until he falls asleep? Thank you. He just needs to be quiet now.

Posted by: Amalie | August 30, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

I was actually pretty impatient with Hillary's contention that misogyny was running rampant during the primary. Palin is certainly unfit for office, but the rampant sexual comments are disheartening at best. Very third world.

Posted by: AgathaX | August 30, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Wow! The sexual innuendo on this board is a bit overwhelming. Tells me that people are not going to take this broad very seriously, you think? I know I can't. Not only do I know nothing about her, I find out she only has 2 years as governor and mayor of a crossroads. This is a joke. She's there because she's a woman. Period. And knowing McCain's philandering history, it's no coincidence he picked a cutie, believe me. Why didn't he pick Snowe or Hutchinson if he wanted a woman so bad. Answer: not cute enough, I suppose. This is ridiculous; he's turned this election into a 100% joke!

Posted by: cmgmaggie | August 30, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

WahsPo...can you clean up some of these comments?

Posted by: aguy | August 29, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Whats all this about Sarah Palins appearance. Yes she is attractive, but this choice is ruining the country. I was on the fence at best for McCain, but now I will vote for Obama & PRAY that the GOP learns & nominates a true conservative in 4 years who takes this job seriously. My God this woman is a good breeder but not a leader, and even that isn't 100% judging by the latest product. It makes me so mad to see my country being lost to the filthy hippie liberals but we're not offering a serious alternative.

Palin should remain in Alaska. I can't think of anything of use for her except maybe seeing her eyes look up at me, one on each side of my sack as she pushes her tongue in my hole & hopes she's doing it right so she can earn a double surprise of protein then pee.

Posted by: Angry Conservative | August 29, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

What a bizaare choice. The more i read about her the weirder she comes across, and the more craven and desperate McCain comes across.

Well, at least we are living in "interesting times".

Posted by: van flac | August 29, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Damn! Palin is so hot I'd eat the corn outta here dumper

Posted by: Yum Yum | August 29, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow what a pick! I was on the fence with McCain but he's got my vote. Imagine watching that hottie for 4 years or more! I'm knocking one out right now just thinking of giving her a nice long rimjob!

Posted by: GImme Some Palin | August 29, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Palin can change diapers at the drop of a hat...........

now she can change McCain's beside reminding him to take his pills.....

Posted by: Yehaaa! | August 29, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I am happy, she proposes ofshore drilling, i bet that her husband proposes drilling as well( 5 kids at least he drilled her 5 times)I wouldnt mind drilling her( I apologise for my incorrect behaviour)

Posted by: GOP '' the party of G0D | August 29, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Really with the sexual comments...? I'm sad to see the bulk of the comments are referring to her backside and "sweetness" of it's smell along with her ability to swallow...

Are any of you married, and are you showing your wives the extent of your humor?

Obama / Biden 2008

Posted by: battleofhalfwits | August 29, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

A terrible pick. I couldn't be more disappointed. Inexperienced, drives away moderates and only draws attention to McCain's age and health.

Oh well... maybe in another four years we can try again.

Posted by: GOP in 2012 | August 29, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I hope the delegates at convetion kicks them out and replaces them. Real conservatism is being destroyed.
McCain is a sellout. He sold out to big oil and to the wackos on the far right

Barr/Paul 08

Posted by: A real Conservative | August 29, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin? Weeks ago I saw a blurb on HuffPost I think (or WashingtonPost) with photo reporting Palin admired the financial blueprint or proposals of Barack Obama. She may or may not have informed him of her opinion personally. I do not know.

I have just learned from today's reads that like Senator Barack Obama, Governor Palen did high school hoops just like Barack. Now I learn she's a former beauty contest winner almost, named second place.

MC CAIN now has on his team one who can do hoops like Obama and draw a bigger crowd around MC CAIN than he customarily draws __ maybe even thousands upon thousands just like Obama.

OBAMA at Mile High August 28 the night of nights presented strongly to his delegates and guests and the rest of the watch parties everywhere across the USA and the world a speech grounded in the gravity of war and economy global warming daily life harsh challenges of America and Americans in the urgency of now __ 21st Century post-Bush conditions at home and in the world order abroad. Gravely he described Obama blueprints for solutions to the crises.

Obama contrasted and challenged Mc Cain positions and intentions with his own that affect the every day American individuals and families. Mc Cain described as middle class the Americans with income $5 million or less! We only wish he was right!
A Mc Cain top adviser on US economy has called the stressed ordinary Americans just "whiners" and says the economy is really strong, not weak.

Mc Cain has been joking about Obama tire pressure gauges that he offered for $25 to voters on Mc Cain website and taunting Barack Obama for his "celebrity" and making frivolity of the urgent and gravity of the irrelevant for weeks. Stalking Barack Obama everywhere, doing Ad attacks.

In answer to Obama/Biden at last here's Mc Cain/Palin __ the Mc Cain pick.

It is high time for serious prosecution of the General Election by the Mc Cain campaign and John Mc Cain whose primary has long been over. AND at last the Hillary/Obama primary is over and the democratic candidates are Obama/Biden period. [One last time __ Hillary had to defeat Obama Super Tuesday and DID NOT and Obama in his wisdom DID NOT choose Hillary VP after so scorched earth a primary Hillary mounted against him the residue of the Hillary attacks now fodder for Mc Cain.

Barack Obama has to beat his opponents the MSN and all the rest of them who pretend that Barack Obama did not win nomination by the rules and Hillary lost by the rules.

On the roll call Wednesday the count was about 1550 for Obama and about 350 for Hillary when she interrupted and called for acclamation. When Hillary released her delegates many apparently voted Obama as did Massachusetts giving lion's share to Obama and remaing few votes of diehards to Hillary. New Hampshire voted totally, unanimously for Obama and not the equal split primary because UNITY was declared in Unity, NH. Barack Obama won period. (If Hillary had an early showing of more votes or close to Obama I doubt if Hillary would have stopped the roll call so early.)

I will be going for voter registration training tomorrow for OBAMA sponsored by MoveOn.org and will work to enroll especially young voters for Barack Obama who don't usually vote, so that they will vote him November 4 in their own interest.

The DNC convention at Mile High was just thrilling and spectacular and the healing has more than begun for UNITY and an Obama win in the GE against McCain and his VP.

Signed Sealed Delivered__OBAMA/BIDEN '08

Posted by: Victoria3 | August 29, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

As my name suggest i am not a mccain fan, but damn he got taste in women, she reminds me of my girlfriend( she used to swallow)

Posted by: ronpaul is an american hero | August 29, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I bet she is well trimmed and groomed and smells fresh as a daisy also, not like those hairy smelly hippie lesbians on in the democrat party

Posted by: Real Woman | August 29, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Good for her husband now that she can't bear anymore children that aren't retarded. Now he can find a woman with some more years left in the tank while she sits up in Washington dripping sour milk on her blouse

Posted by: Teddy 2 | August 29, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Ya think her man has to reach his hand up in there when he's plowin away cos of how loose she is now?

I'm damn eager to see the campaign photos of her milkin the retard tho

Posted by: Gike | August 29, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I bet she's a squirter and a swallower. God Bless America

Posted by: Palin rules | August 29, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Imagine how VP Paling bouncing on top of ya with milk squirting all over the bed, sweet!

Posted by: Fetish Dude | August 29, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Is the paper reading these comments? Disgusting. I am sure it is a GOP troll posting this disgusting crap to mask any real critical discussion of Palin and to make the WaPo readership look like a bunch of misogynistic trash.

On topic: Palin is a disaster for McCain's campaign. My guess is she'll be replaced before November... hell, my guess is McCain will be replaced before November...

Posted by: Bucky | August 29, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

We are screwed, john mccain has just handed the election to obama. what an idiot, i am ashamed to be a republican, way to go and pander to looney religious right, i am an independent from this day forward.

Screw the GOP I have had it.

Ron Paul

Posted by: A real Conservative | August 29, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain was never my choice, but Palin might be mine, as long as she allows me to to ........... her

Posted by: blameLibsforturningme into a monster | August 29, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see her milk that mongoloid retard for us all to watch, hot damn I wasn't sold on McCain til now, thanks brother!

Posted by: Trey | August 29, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Hottest woman ever on a national ticket. I wish I could be her toilet paper

Posted by: Reafae | August 29, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't think I can listen to the irritating voices of both McCain and Palin for the next two months. Why can't republicans have non-grating voices? And Wward it sounds like you've been looking at Ms Palin's mysteriously updated wikipedia page! NPR had an excellent story on this phenomenon this evening.

Posted by: elisabeth | August 29, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Is it true that the retarded baby is cos Palin's snatch is so worn out her man has to slam her in the backside just to feel anything & his load dripped down into that cavern mixed with some mud so thats why the baby aint right?

Posted by: Greggers | August 29, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow, if Palin does not make it to the white house there is always porn she could turn to. That librarian look really makes me bust a load.

Posted by: Harry Ballsonya | August 29, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Does she breast feed in public??

Posted by: from the great of tennesee | August 29, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

GC: Relax cupcake, maybe a little lube & donkey kong in the backside would do ya good sweetheart

Posted by: Hey GC | August 29, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I dont think that she is qualified, my first choice was romney,McCain showed no respect to my man(romney). On the other hand she is good looking but she is french, that is a no no for me. I hope that john can control his hormones when he is in her presence, because I CANT, AHHHHHHHHHH.

Posted by: readytodiefortheGOP | August 29, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

You have to wonder...Does the McCain camp actually think that the American electorate is this stupid - or are they deliberately working for an Obama landslide.

McCain is making a mockery of the electoral process.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I have not been sleeping well as it is - now I never will.

Let me see black man or soccer mom. I think I will go with the black man.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

What a piece she is. Do you think she lets her husband get a little mud on his stick? I can't wait to hear the answer to that, it should be a debate question right off.

Posted by: Palin for America | August 29, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Us Republicans got better looking candidates, Mcain is a lucky man, I bet she swallows( sorry I know that it is not relevant)

Posted by: sean riley | August 29, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

As an American Woman who does not agree with Governor Palins political positions I find some of the posts on this subject embarrassing for the millions of Americans who are involved in the political process.

Some of you are hiding behind your internet and spewing garbage you are not patriots and you do not represent the majority of Americans who honor our great nation and our forefathers who founded this country, you should be ashamed of your behavior.

How would you good old boys feel if someone were posting things like this about your daughters, sisters, mothers.
Grow up and get a life. Maybe that is the problem you don't have the life you want so you attack others unfairly.

stick to the issues or take your perverted selves somewhere else there are plenty of internet porn sites for sick and twisted people to enjoy.

Posted by: gc | August 29, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight...Ms Palin has no foreign policy experience (ZERO), and by her own admission has very little interest. She is not known as an expert in economics. She also has very little experience in domestic issues. Other than a uterus, what exactly does she bring to the ticket?

Posted by: Just Wonderin'... | August 29, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow what a pick! I was on the fence with McCain but he's got my vote. Imagine watching that hottie for 4 years or more! I'm knocking one out right now just thinking of giving her a nice long rimjob!

Posted by: Palin is smokin hot | August 29, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

i will definitely vote for mccain, I would tap thgat ass if i were mccain, imagine the oval office McC and palin getting it on

Posted by: philip | August 29, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

LADIES ATTN: See those pearly whites VP Palin has, that's what happens when you swish before you swallow, think about it & spread the love cupcakes.

Posted by: Ralf | August 29, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

That's one nice lookin cum catcher we're gonna have to look at

Posted by: Handy | August 29, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Lets see now....McCain's advisor says American's are "whiners". McCain's VP says Hillary is a "whiner". I think "bitter" has been double trumped!

Posted by: Kepps | August 29, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the vice presidential debate. Biden will mop the floor with this women.

Posted by: Leon | August 29, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait till mccain and palin win, so they can overturn row vs wade.
And ye liberals will burn in purgatory.
The coming of the Lord is upon us, he will smite all you sinners. Repent and recieve slavation

Posted by: angel | August 29, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey John, can I at least smell your finger?

Posted by: Mitt Romney | August 29, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

McSame calls Obama a 'Celebrity' then he goes out n hire one for the most important job in the world. This old man is loosing it. Can someone explain McSenile's state of mind.

Posted by: Maxy Samy | August 29, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain seems to think that the electorate can't tell the difference between a highly qualified pro-choice woman and an unqualified pro-life woman. I sincerely hope that the women of this country are intelligent enough to see the difference. Nominating Palin, a very ethical woman who has done good things for Alaska, may help elect McCain, but, if for any reason McCain is unable to finish out his term, it will not be good for the country.

Posted by: dubious1 | August 29, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

A crowded high school in Chicago or California has more students in the hall ways than there are people in the whole state of Alaska. Now being a hall monitor in such a school for two years will give you more experience than what Palin got governing Alaska for a measly year and few months. The only difference is being a governor in Alaska has its perks. All you can eat mooseburgers, and an invitation to be an eye candy veep of a white haired dude.

Posted by: Johnny | August 29, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I read the topmost comments, and I really feel sad for those who are so ignorant the only comments they could come up with are to bash Gov. Palin's child, or attacked her with sexually demeaning comments. If you have nothing intelligible to add to a conversation, just read the article and move on. Other than negative ads, the last thing we need is morons propagating misogynistic views and insensitivity towards Downs Syndrome. Now, that doesn't mean I agree with the others who feel that she has "more experience than Obama". I believe that Obama has the right vision for our country, and will continue to support him until he proves me wrong.

Posted by: Passerby | August 29, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Do you people who are getting offended the potty mouthed "guys" on here really think that the posts are from Obama supporters or "liberals"? Don't be ridiculous. The person posting (and yes, it's one idiot using the same words and phrases over and over with a different name--all it takes is clearing your browser) is either an apolitical jerk or a McCain-loving jerk yanking your chain.

Posted by: GetAClue | August 29, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Got em the retard vote tho since she drags the mongoloid all around with her for show. Just wait till she starts milking the damn thing in front of us.

Posted by: Frankie | August 29, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I read that Pat Buchanan has very negative views about Israel and Palin supports him, (according to him). WOW, McCain really blew it this time.

Posted by: Jake | August 29, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

You are absolutely right. The Jewish Community will no longer stand by and allow anyone to disrepect us and take us for granted. John Mccain made a bad choice with Palin who supports Pat Buchanan and he does not care. He thinks our votes do not matter. We will show him!

Posted by: Women for Israel! | August 29, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

greggor, it wasn't her husband, it was the moose she was hunting, in the yukon. i guess it turned in her.

Posted by: eskimojoe | August 29, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Ya think her man has to reach his hand up in there when he's plowin away cos of how loose she is now?

I'm damn eager to see the campaign photos of her milkin the retard tho

Posted by: Ike | August 29, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

IT IS ALL OVER THE NEWS ABOUT PALIN BEING A PAST SUPPORTER OF PAT BUCHANAN. PAT BUCHANAN IS NOT A FRIEND OF ISRAEL. THE JEWISH COMMUNNITY IS VERY HURT BY THIS SELECTION.

Posted by: BREAKING NEWS! | August 29, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

LADIES ATTN: See those pearly whites VP Palin has, that's what happens when you swish before you swallow, think about it & spread the love cupcakes.

Posted by: Tankerlop | August 29, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Is it true that the retarded baby is cos Palin's snatch is so worn out her man has to slam her in the backside just to feel anything & his load dripped down into that cavern mixed with some mud so thats why the baby aint right?

Posted by: Greggers | August 29, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I could never vote for McCain or Palin, but I'm surprised that most of the people posting here took the time to do so, since they're not making comments of any value or even in relation to the topic. Your vulgarity reveals your adolescence. But this is serious.

Posted by: grow_up_this_is_real | August 29, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure McSame will eventually call her a C_nt

Posted by: jay-Z | August 29, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

She believes in Creationism and not Global Warming. She's a winner......for Obama

Posted by: Chris R | August 29, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Gov Palin is a relatively new governor of a state with a population of

I live in Prince George County, Md, a county with a population of approx. 900,0000. Is my county executive -- Jack Johnson -- qualified to be Vice President. Hell No!

Posted by: Dee Cee | August 29, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a great woman. She worked hard or she wouldn't be were she is. Yes question her history. But anyone in office has that. Somebody doesn't like what there doing so questions are raised. Her history looks better than most and she will work to better our country. She will learn some things as she goes and I hope she doesn't lose herself on the way. She has more experiance than Obama and the DEMS think he is ready. Sure, she is new to the national program, but that is what we need. My vote is for her so far. Lets see what she has to say. She will grow real fast these next two months. and maybe even more after that.

Posted by: JoeBlow | August 29, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Rick Cadena: That's very sensitive of you, sounds like you enjoy the touch of a man ya poof. Got bite a pillow I'm sure your master needs you to drink up some pee

Posted by: Hank | August 29, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

When I saw her photograph, I thought she was absolutely adorable and felt attracted. Then I saw the values and beliefs that she stands for and the initial attraction I originally felt went up in smoke in less than a second. Then I saw her very absolute lack of top level political experience and said absolutely NOT. I would hate to see who she would recommend to McAbomination as candidates for the Supreme Court. Looks are nice to have, but they are not everything.

Mrs. Palin is an exceptionally attractive woman who I disagree with. At the same time, she deserves all the respect that we can give her on the simple basis of human dignity. All the foregoing snide, nasty, insulting remarks are totally uncalled for and should be tossed into the trash can.

Posted by: Rick Cadena | August 29, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Good for her husband now that she can't bear anymore children that aren't retarded. Now he can find a woman with some more years left in the tank while she sits up in Washington dripping sour milk on her blouse

Posted by: Teddy | August 29, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

y'all think her dum baby'll be smarter than bush?

Posted by: eddie | August 29, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I have no love of the Rep party, but I am amazed at the gross and completely misogynistic comments that some men have made on this page. I never saw any comments like this about Hillary and that was through the entire primary. What a**holes!!

Posted by: John K | August 29, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Nothin much else for her to do now with that washed up snatch so no more breedin. Its already all worn out y'all can tell cos the 5th one came out dumb probably out the back side too, she got a big one.

Posted by: Kenny | August 29, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow, first I am stunned by some of the "dummy" and "retard" comments. Come on, now. But on topic, Palin called Hillary a "whiner.' i don't think there is much chance of her winning over Hillary supporters now.

Posted by: CJ1 | August 29, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

"Go ahead and vote for Barack "Sweetie" Sexist Obama. At least you'll be able to pat yourself on the back for electing a black man...might wash away a little of the guilt for your party's digusting history on slavery, segregation, and civil rights.
Posted by: ynot4tony2 | August 29, 2008 1:28 PM"

So your answer is to vote for John "At least I don't cake on the makeup like a trollop you C&*T?" McCain?

Posted by: BD | August 29, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

here's what's really funny, especially to the "spood wads" that hang out here and make crude jokes because now we have a woman on the ticket. Mad Mac needs to go to war, she has a son going to Iraq soon. who are they going to call on when they need more bodies? You, spoody-face. how's that for fear-mongering? is she turning you on now, future boot camp resident?

Posted by: PreAmeriKKKan | August 29, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain's selection of Palin = Party First.

McCain insults long time Hillary Clinton supporters like me.

Posted by: Independent | August 29, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I will vote for her if we can see her breast feeding the retard.

Posted by: doll6905 | August 29, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain's actions are true to form for the John McCain I studied during the early 90's. Since that time, I'm always amazed when I hear people say he is a man of honor. The things he did during the Reagan adm and the way he did them led to to view him as a really mean little man with a giant chip on his shoulders.

Posted by: Olivia | August 29, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Schultz is right. Palin is not Hillary Clinton. Thank God.

Posted by: geggett | August 29, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain made his first executive decision and he FAILED!

The 72 year old, one heartbeat away issue is now front and center more than ever!

Posted by: McCain is an Idiot | August 29, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

5 kids though & 1 is a dummy. I worry that she can't hold in a tampon after all that action & will have to take a week off every month. Ya think she gives up the backside to please her hubby now that the front is so worn out?

Posted by: Klaptorama | August 29, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Fact: Obama elected public office 10.5 years.
Fact: Hillary elected public office 14.5 years.
Fact: Palin elected public office 1.5 years. And sells gov. property on e-bay.
Fact: 1.5 Fact: Palin agrees with McCain 80% who agrees with Bush 90% which means Palin agrees with Bush 72$. Can't count 28% percent on change.

Face it, McCain chose Palin for votes - (party first), and Obama chose someone qualified for president (country first) and not votes.

Posted by: Mean machine | August 29, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I bet she's a squirter and a swallower. God Bless America

Posted by: Palin rules | August 29, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

She IS a Frenchy!
My neihbor who knows some French told me the online newspapers from France are touting the fact that "Palin" is a French last name!! Yuck, yuck, yuck.
No Palin for me this year.

-- Joe Bellow, Midville TN

Posted by: Joe Bellow | August 29, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

If this lady is a FRENCHY,
McCain lost my vote along with everybody in my family!!

Posted by: A Real Conservative | August 29, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

"Palin" is a French last name. That does it for me. McCain lost my vote.

-- Joe Bellow, Midville TN

Posted by: Joe Bellow | August 29, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The snake oil salesmen and card sharks have put another one over the rubes on the right. Jobs gone, houses foreclosed, no gas for their cars or heat this winter, they'll still do as they're told. Chumps.

Posted by: kurtandstephen | August 29, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

**He's going for the cow-chip beauty contest vote. What a hoot.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Wolfson is dead set on being a destructive, divisive force. I'd say he was being petulant if I didn't suspect a more directed agenda - but on whose part?

Posted by: Stephen | August 29, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

It looked like she had some spunk on her face, did you catch that? I dont trust no lady that has a dum dum baby no how

Posted by: Curious | August 29, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain pulled a rabbit out of his hat. I bet after 5 kids Palin can pull a rabbit outta somewhere else. Stanky Cavern!

Posted by: Yowzers | August 29, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

"Spiderman bands on and step up in the place
I don't skeet it on that ho I shoot the web all on her face"

Posted by: Spiderman | August 29, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

She's so hot I'd eat the corn out of her dumper

Posted by: Yanderville | August 29, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Ben:

Do you seriously think liberals don't want to elect women and minorities? Really? Because last time I checked, THEY WERE RUNNING A BLACK MAN FOR PRESIDENT!!!

Welcome to 2008, duede.

Posted by: DMo | August 29, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is very attractive and doesn't deserve some of the vicious attacks here. Even if she wasn't attractive she doesn't deserve the grossness.
Grow up Republicans!! If you don't like her is one thing but sheesh!

Posted by: barnburner | August 29, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Disaffected Hillary supporters will be turned off once they learn about Palin ULTRA RIGHT-WING EXTREME reproductive views.

Post: Sarah Palin opposes rape and incest exceptions for women seeking abortion.

What do women think know?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow...a woman governor getting a vp nod is apparently a "token appointment" to liberal elites. not a surprise. typical hypocracy...saying the same thing about Condi Rice. They don't want women or minorities to "really" get elected...they just want to pretend they've got the best interest of the disenfranchised in mind so they can increase government and control people's lives more. Too bad China's not accepting new citizens, huh?

Posted by: ben | August 29, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I got to say she's a babebut she's got five kids and that means "moosecave" echo chamber. In Alaska we say" entrance to the igloo too big doesn't keep the heat in"
mooseknuckle cameltoe

Posted by: mooseknuckle | August 29, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

prayforus
I completely agree, Palin sure does have more experience. WOW talk about a rabbit, she sure does have the "experience" to pop them out

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

WHere can I get a scratch & sniff photo of her backside, I bet it's just like roses

Posted by: Timmy | August 29, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I've already knocked 3 out to her pictures today! Thanks John!

Posted by: Zach | August 29, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I bet she doesn't mind if her hubby get a little mud on his stick from time to time if ya know what I mean. good lady

Posted by: Gary | August 29, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Miss Palin thinks of a
Phily fake out, or a strawberry shortcake?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

One more remark. I'm not likely to vote for Obama but the man has been elected to represent the Democrat party. He and Joe Biden are entitled to prove to all Americans they are the best choice for Pres/VP. John McCain and Sarah Palin deserve no less. This is a respect we owe these people.

And the only idiot is the one who posts remarks the denegrate the integrity of the candidates and the campaigning process. Until the U.S. begins crowning Kings and Queens, this is what we work with.

Posted by: jr | August 29, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Barry hussein obambi has lesser experience than our Governoer Sarah. I see her in downtown Juneau alot. She is so friendly and kind. And she is really hot, too. I think of her alot and I think she would look great as VP getting off of planes and heliocopters on the white House lawns.
I saw her hunting one time with her hussband and sometimes they go fishing alot. People underestimate her potentials because she's a women. I think she gets a bad wrap and I think her sisters exhusband ratted her out. She is the Governer and should be able to fire anyone she wants to.

Posted by: prayforus | August 29, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

That there is a good woman. Looks like the kind that gargles before they swallow just so ya knows they love ya

Posted by: Billy | August 29, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

God I wish I could smell McCain's finger right now. Tastiest backside in the history of politics, thanks for bringing her to the spotlight ol Johnny boy!

Posted by: Randy | August 29, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Taco salad, yummy, i'll eat her mooseburger any day of the week

Posted by: Dig it | August 29, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

This is hilarious! The first chance he gets--picking his VP candidate--and McLame proves Obama's point about the value of judgement. While I think Palin is definitely hot, she's got to be the most idiotic pick for VP since Quayle. Good job, Grandpa! LOL

Dang kids get off my lawn!! ROFL

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain has really lost his mind...He's 72 and when he drops dead who thinks Palin is ready for anything...Having a fifth child in her forties should tell us how responsible a person she is!!!!!!!!!!! Hope women will realize what a mistake electing these two fools would be.

Posted by: nhgal | August 29, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe some of the comments made here.

Nasty posters - I doubt you even vote, let alone identify with any party.

Whacky posters spreading untruths and wild accusations about any of the candidates. - You should respect yourself more than that.

Tell the truth and make your decisions based on the truth and the issues.

Posted by: MargaretO | August 29, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Who the hell is Howard Wolfson working for? Is he a Democrat or is he a Republican? Because not only is he now an analyst on Fox, but every single time he has the chance to reopen divisions between the Obama and Clinton camps, he does. He goes out of his way again and again and again to remind Clinton voters why they should be angry. Howard - if you don't want to see a Democrat elected, get the hell out of our party. Go join the Republicans. But stop pretending to support the Democratic nominee when it is clear you are still trying to derail his candidacy. You are a judas and nothing less. Get on board or get the hell off of the Democratic train!

Posted by: DW | August 29, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I am sure i can make up my mind easier if I could talk to her and get more of a sense of her. I think cocktails at the Marriot with her hair up wearing her librarian eyeglasses and a short black skirt with black pumps. She would be sitting at the bar as I walk in and spot her glance over at me and she quickly looks away. I move towards her and she casually removes the pin that holds her hair up releasing her long dark clean locks and drops her hairpin accidently. It falls to the floor and she swivels in her barstool revealing her inner muscular thighs as her skirt rides up to flash her eskimo pie....oh,oh oooohhh.. sorry...
Gotta find a box a tissues! damn.
She's got my vote!
puma macgee

Posted by: puma macgee | August 29, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama, made a major political mistake on not getting Hillary. Period!

McCain helped his campaign by picking another maverick and female who can stand up to anyone. A new inspiring pick the republicans need. She has 80 percent approval in Alaska. She taxed oil companies and gave it all back to tax payers at $1,200 each.

Obama is a smart inspiring speaker, but Palin's actions speak louder than political words. She has fought corruption in both parties in Alaska. When she speaks she says it like it is, unlike polished career politicians. Some people can talk the talk, but Palin can walk the walk.

Now the race is exciting! History will be made period with either Obama or McCain!

Posted by: edabelia | August 29, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

We ain't never scurred. I join you in saying kudos, this made my day.

Posted by: Becky | August 29, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I've glanced through the various posts and noticed that several of the same posts appear multiple times. Is this to add confusion or what?

I'm glad Sarah Palin is the VP choice as she's smart and I think she brings a fresh perspective to some old views. She's proved herself by how she's handled the "good ol boys" in Alaska. And anyone who can have five children, take good care of them and still be a political figure, has already gotten more experience than what most men and some of us women will have. Joe Biden probably most understands her role as he did double duty when his wife died. Sarah's husband likely helps a great deal and looks to be very supportive of her. This is something to be proud of and something we'd all like to see our girls grow up to be! Hillary and Gerraldine paved the path, Sarah may get to open the door and from their it's available to all women to choose to dream BIG!

As far as the report about Pawlenty and Romney feeling "used", well, don't they say that the candidate has the right to choose whom he/or she will? All candidates know this going into the vetting process. Besides, Barak Obama chose someone other than Hilliary, in spite of the blaring fact that Hillary got the majority of votes. And his choice of Biden was very likely different than what he might have originally scouted out. In the end, their choice is based on what it takes to put the candidate into the White House isn't it?

Getting beyond the ridiculous sexual remarks and such, I look forward to a highly spirited race and debate and hope that most Americans will base their vote on more than sex and stars. After all, history will be made no matter who gets into the White House and our country will make new paths.

Posted by: jr | August 29, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant choice of a brilliant woman for VP!
Bravo John McCain, you have proved to be a true Maverick.

Of course the Obamanites and white liberals are cringing at their seats at the thought of a woman in the White House.

I love it! watching all those liberals in the media, MSNBC, CNN and others, confronting their worse nightmare of a powerful woman in the White House.

Great choice John McCain!

Posted by: Manolete | August 29, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

So much for putting country first. McCain shouldn't use that line again after this pick.

There is no way this woman is ready to step into the presidency. And face it, the chances are fairly high that she'd have to before a McCain term would be up.

He wouldn't pick a man who had this slim resume.

This is all about going after the female vote. How is Rove going to spin this since this is what he said on Face the Nation:

I think he's going to make an intensely political choice, not a governing choice," Rove said. "He's going to view this through the prism of a candidate, not through the prism of president; that is to say, he's going to pick somebody that he thinks will on the margin help him in a state like Indiana or Missouri or Virginia. He's not going to be thinking big and broad about the responsibilities of president.

And about the possibillity of Tom Kaine:

I think he's going to make an intensely political choice, not a governing choice," Rove said. "He's going to view this through the prism of a candidate, not through the prism of president; that is to say, he's going to pick somebody that he thinks will on the margin help him in a state like Indiana or Missouri or Virginia. He's not going to be thinking big and broad about the responsibilities of president.

and this:

With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years.

and

I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America,

and still more:

So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I'm really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States? What I'm concerned about is, can he bring me the electoral votes of the state of Virginia, the 13 electoral votes in Virginia?'

Posted by: Sandy | August 29, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Great job, McDoosh. You just blew your best argument, that of Obomba's inexperience.

Posted by: Obamanation | August 29, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Well,well, we rednecks hurr, don't mind if the missy is our siste ol our mamma.
we will eat that cooter any way. thats how we southerners do it

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

WOW, some of the gross comments from Republicans here are beyond some of the tamer remarks I usually see from hateful Democrats.
I will watch the Convention this week but I cannot vote for this ticket. John has missed his prime. Romney should have been picked. Sarah seems ok as a Gov. but really...VP??? Can't do it unless she can sway me.
And everyone stop with the gross sex comments. If it was your wife or sister would you talk this way???

Posted by: gurlster | August 29, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I an not a fan of either Romney or Pawlenty, but after all the work they put in for John McCain, I can imagine they're seriously angry. But they're good little soldiers, they won't let on.

Of course, if they REALLY cared about the GOP, they'd start cleaning it up, rather than just going along with the same old garbage.

Posted by: Helena Montana | August 29, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Hottest woman ever on a national ticket. I wish I could be her toilet paper

Posted by: Hottest | August 29, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

1. Ready to lead the USA ?
I dont see it from the small town budget Palin ran into the ground.
In round numbers: a $4 million budget and $6 million in expenses.
By any accounting standards, even the mommy party, that's a complete and utter failure. She could not balance her teeny (6,900) town's checkbook.

2. Sure, some women are conservatives. She is the runnerup of the Miss Alaska contest, after all. Looks is apparently her best quality, based on that budget fiasco and her abuse of power in her two years as Governor during which she attempted to act out the rural Governor's typical feudal empire rage against a former in-law.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 29, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Love the pictures of her handling that gun, she can handle my gun all she wants even after its gone off

Posted by: Hunter | August 29, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

"Now,now, now Johnny boy, remember, if our erection last more than four hours we gotta call the doctor"

"that's right JOE, remember don't tell Lindsey. this is between you, me and miss palin"

Posted by: Joe Liberman | August 29, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I think John McCain made a "Fantasic" choice. I have been laughing all day long and my republican friends said this sealed the deal for them, their either not voting or voting Obama/Biden. I LOVE IT!!!!!!
OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Posted by: Becky | August 29, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey John, can I at least smell your finger?

Posted by: Mitt Romney | August 29, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Way to go John, way to use your head with this choice, wink wink, nudge nudge

Posted by: Monty | August 29, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Another example of the beautiful women of the GOP so much better than the hairy, smell armpits & snatches of the angry unwashed lesbian democrat party

Posted by: Beautiful Women | August 29, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow, she is a true conservationist. With Palin we could save so much on water alone & trees too, cos she'd never need a shower or toilet paper, just let my tongue have the honor of cleaning duties, or doodies in this case

Posted by: Kevin Grey | August 29, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain won my vote. I sure wish I could rimjob the VP all night along baby!

Posted by: Perry | August 29, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Imagine how VP Paling bouncing on top of ya with milk squirting all over the bed, sweet!

Posted by: Fetish Dude | August 29, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

This is a great day for America.

Congratulations to Governor Palin. A great choice indeed by Senator McCain.

Posted by: Oleander | August 29, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Imagine how great Palin looks on all fours brown eye winking at ya, way to go America!

Posted by: Hank Juno | August 29, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

The corn out of her dumbper?
Do they grow corn so far north?

Posted by: consenting adult | August 29, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful smile, great big full lips, mmm, I bet she gargles before swallowing. A true american hero

Posted by: Rod | August 29, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I've been blowing loads all over myself all day lookin at her pics, what a great 8 years this will be

Posted by: Travis Garrett | August 29, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

how can we deal with so much incompetence?
more greek theater

o tempus! o mores!

Posted by: platypus duckbill | August 29, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin is soooo hot i would eat the corn out of her dumper

Posted by: Blues Traveler | August 29, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Palin is better than the blue pill for old McCain, better watch out Cindy, john is raring to go

Posted by: Blues Traveler | August 29, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Most of the comments come from obviously liberal/socialist/Marxist persuasion... and are clanging gongs with no rational meat on the bones... just like the "God sent savior", NObama, to quote Nancy "Queen from Alice in Wonderland" Pelosi... an economic nonliterate... who would rather send $700-billion to the Arabs and Russkeys... than put America's industrial muscle to work, drill now (in off shore, shale, and ANWR), build refineries, build 45 nuclear power plants... creating thousands of high paying American jobs and keep the $700-billion dollars in America's hands (not funding terrorists, the Arabs and Russkeys as Pelosi and Reid and company are currently doing). Can you say $2.00/gal of petrol?????

Posted by: JFK | August 29, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

palin is tasty too i bet

Posted by: Earlobe | August 29, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Great choice...I am sure the media will dog McCain as being manipulative. What would they say if McCain chose someone other that Romney, but not Palin? Nothing.

It's because Palin brings executive experience, reaches her goals, has conviction, and is well rooted in conservative philosophy that the Obama crowd are running scared. Her story is better than Obama's and doesn't need manipulated. Being used? I guess if McCain is using her, then Obama is using Biden? Personally, I think this launches her into her next dream...perhaps the presidency?

Palin is a great pick. She'll make an excellent VP and hopefully someday (if she wants) an excellent President.

She has a great personal story and strong commitment to family.

Great Job McCain! They're scared!!!!


Posted by: MakeUsProud | August 29, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

"Alicia, see all these comments? Dems aren't scrambling, they're laughing! The reason is, CAUSE PALIN IS BEING USED BY THESE OLD GUYS, OK!
Alicia, you're not any smarter than Palin, but then, bet you're not as good looking either!"

Sure, they're using her. No woman could be a free-thinking conservative on her own, right? A woman is only a woman when she stays on the Democratic reservation.

How sexist is that?

And to top it off, more talk about appearances. Because to you sexist Obama cultists that's all that a woman is.

Please, keep talking. I'm the one laughing now. This thread is like one long campaign ad for McCain/Palin '08.

Posted by: Alicia | August 29, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree completely with Kevin. The Palin choice is weak. She is anti-choice and pro big oil. She is a joke and I hope she makes this the campaign "to nowhere." She is a Republican lackey who probably wants to bring back the days when birth control was illegal. Remember she comes from a state where an indicted Senator just won his primary. What a joke!

Posted by: Christie | August 29, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I must say they Republican has once again informed American they have no ideal what there doing. Now it's just a matter of how many decades they will remain out of office of the Presidency...

Posted by: army193 | August 29, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

This is the most ridiculous ticket to ever run for the presidency.
McRetardo/Barbie 08.

I keep trying to find a reason why he's choosen a former mayor of a city of 5000 and there's none.

I guess McSenile is getting too old and doesn't know what to do.

Posted by: jack | August 29, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Howard Wolfson, please shut up.

Posted by: Michael | August 29, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Wahington Post - you need to follow you rules and I quote, especially with inappopriate comments.

"User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions."

Several of the comments on this blog verge on sexist & porongrahic. This is out of line even for the extreme liberal.

Posted by: Bill | August 29, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is no Susan Palin. Hillary's speech was a stilted attempt to pound 'unity' into the heads of the lemmings at the Dem Convention. Palin's off the cuff remarks, today, put Hillary to shame. NObama is just all wind in the willows with nothing to hang your hat on. Michelle NObama is still the 'unproud being of yesterday... first impressions can not be erased... and NObama's will be known by the friends they keep such as the Jerimah "G-D America" Wright, Bill "I bombed the Pentagon" Ayers and his terrorist spouse, Father Flagger, and the beat goes on. Drill now, drill deep, drill often and drill everywhere in the USA... we sit on 250 years of energy independence and NObama, Pelosi, Reid, Kerry, Hoyer, etc... keep us beholden at a cost of $700-billion annually to the towel heads and Russkeys.

Wake-up smell the roses... and throw these bums that cost us $4.00/gal and rising food prices.

Posted by: JFK | August 29, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Alicia, see all these comments? Dems aren't scrambling, they're laughing! The reason is, CAUSE PALIN IS BEING USED BY THESE OLD GUYS, OK!
Alicia, you're not any smarter than Palin, but then, bet you're not as good looking either!

Posted by: Don | August 29, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

It's so easy to see how sick and delusional the left really is.

SICK. DELUSIONAL. HATEFUL.

What a lot of hateful screed from these body piercing sex-hounds.

Checkmate. McCain.

Posted by: Checkmate | August 29, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

This moan is a FEMALE MISOGYNIST. SHE IS:
ANTI CHOICE
ANTI EQUAL PAY FOR WORK
ANTI ENVIRONMENT
AND SHE CALLS HERSELF A FEMINIST! SHE IS DELUSIONAL!
WE CAN'T TAKE ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF THIS, I CAN'T.
I WAS A HRC SUPPORTER, SENATOR MCCAIN, DO YOU THINK ALL WOMEN ARE INTERCHANGEABLE?
WE ARE NOT BARBIE DOLLS. YOUR WIFE HAS MORE EXPERIENCE AS AN EXECUTIVE THAN THIS WOMAN, MUCH MORE.
PALIN'S HERO IS PAT BUCHANNAN FOR CHRIMANY SAKES!

Posted by: Andrea D | August 29, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

"Watch 'creationist' be used as the highest insult now."

As it should be. I know I use it as an insult.

Posted by: Geoffrey Sperl | August 29, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a member of the Assembly of God. One thing about the Assemblies of God is that they are declared pacifists. I wonder how that fits in with the McCain message.

Posted by: kevin | August 29, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see more of her luscious chest & sweet juicy behind

Posted by: Mmm | August 29, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

What kind of man picks his granddaughter to be his running mate?

Posted by: Sue | August 29, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the media will continue to act like it's a smart pick that Republicans are all happy about, despite what this article is talking about and despite that the media focused for much of the Dem convention on the tiny fringe of Hillaryites that weren't happy about Obama.

Palin is a scary fundamentalist and anti-environmentalist as well as being out of her mental and experience league here.

Posted by: Tom Soppe | August 29, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

"I only hope she wears some low-neck, short length dresses at the convention so I can jack off to her.
That's all she's worth"

Well, ladies, this is what your liberal brethren think of us women.

Posted by: Tammy | August 29, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Seems like the McCain camp has incomplete understanding of the Hillary swing vote. The Hillary voters were angry about Obama because they saw a less experienced man beat out a more experienced woman - an all too familiar frustration for any woman who's been in the American workforce.

McCain's attempt to placate them with an inexperienced woman comes off as nothing more than condescension.

Posted by: Hopskotch | August 29, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if McSame will recommend that, if elected, Sarah only get paid 70% of what Dick is making now?

Posted by: MplsEric | August 29, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Larry Hunter (former U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chief Economist): "The Republican Party is a dead rotting carcass with a few decrepit old leaders stumbling around like zombies in a horror version of 'Weekend With Bernie,' handcuffed to a corpse."

John McCain,a 72 year old man, who is going senile, showing signs of Alzheimers, is the Neocon Trojan Horse. Bill Kristol and Karl Rove are pulling the strings on McCain's Campaign. To complete the Neocon deception, they are adding to the mix an attractive Conservative MILF in a dual appeal to the Evangelical community and disgruntled lower income white women. This should be a National Scandal. The Old Man & the MILF sounds like made for Lifetime Channel Movie.

Posted by: Christopher London | August 29, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

None of the candidates are worth a frig. America is fast becoming a third-world nation because we have no bold leadership, common vision, no brains and an apathetic, ignorant, arrogant population, not willing to sacrifice anything for the common good. Congress for a long time has been nothing more than a millionaire's club, spewing all the crap that Americans want to hear, and you all vote them in every election cycle. These are the "best" choices we have?

All of you figure that the world owes you something.

Wake up, people.

Posted by: BongoBoy | August 29, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

libertarian conservative wrote:
"I doubt any "senior Republican officials" would waste their time giving inside information to a liberal newspaper like the Washington Post."

The WaPo is the almost as bad as Faux News in its support of the Bush Crime Family. The myth of the "liberal press" is just that, a myth.

Remember when Thomas was held up as 'the best choice' for Justice of the Supreme Court, or Harriet Meirs? Everytime the R's find a token, they call them 'the best choice'.

McCain's judgment must be seriously questioned. Her views on the issues need to be seriously questioned.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 29, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

She didn't even WIN Miss Alaska, come on now! If McCain was looking for an unqualified hottie, he coulda done better.

Posted by: Alan | August 29, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

"Alicia, you idiot.
We're not scrambling, we're lusting at the thought of doing his babe.
Otherwise who'd care a damn. That's what McCain did, used her as a tool."

He calls one woman an idiot and says he's lusting at the thought of doing a "babe."

Typical Democrat.

Keep going. If the Hillary snub didn't expose you for the fatuous sexists you are, the Palin nomination will.

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I think I'll wait to make my decision until after the VP debate....ummm...nah... on second thought...never mind.

Obama/Biden/America '08

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

It was wrong for McCain to string along Pawlenty and Romney they way he did. They are for more qualified than this two-time Miss Alaska turned governor.

Posted by: Ester | August 29, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

So..let me get this straight...Palin was a PTA president, City council woman for a town of less than 8,000, and then Mayor of that same little town. Then...she gets elected as Governor of one of our smallest states in the union for less than 2 yrs and now she could be one heartbeat away from being our commander in chief?!?!?!
McSame will now be known as McLame. The man is 72 years old people. We should be talking about taking the keys from him, not whether he should president of the USA. For christs sake, he can’t even remember (or more likely never knew) the difference between Shia’s and Sunni’s. Now this doddering old fool has made an even bigger joke out of the GOP (Gay Old Party) than it is now, and that’s hard to do given your man Boy George, the most incompetent president in our history.
This marks the end of the Gay Old Party and good riddance.

Posted by: McLamepick | August 29, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Its insulting for msm pundits to assume women supporters of Hillary Clinton will put their political beliefs aside an support someone just because she is a woman. WRONG!!!!

Its my understanding Palin is extremely pro-life and currently under state investigation.

Posted by: Please | August 29, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Sarah looks hot. I think that McCain just wants to have her around so he can, when the time is right as they say, make a move or take a shot at her. Why else would he pick an attractive, however, very inexperienced mate.

Posted by: RIC MCGILL | August 29, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Just like Dr. Laura says, this is a woman who knows how to take care of her man. A good woman, not a hairy smelly lesbian like those Democrat women. This hero will tongue bathe her man's sack, spend some time tossing the brown eye before polishing his knob to completion. A hero for America. Good Bless Sarah Palin, bringing PIECE to the world!

Posted by: Go Sarah | August 29, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Palin is a pro-life, pro-gun, pro big oil, pro drilling, pro cutting taxes on the rich, creationist (& therefore anti-women on many fronts)makes her the antithesis of Hillary Clinton. They are NOTHING alike. Any so-called Hillary supporter who switches to this anti-woman, inexperienced radical right winger, is no Hillary supporter at all. That sort of person is a Repub in disguise.

Posted by: dasm | August 29, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Lordy...Lordy...Lordy. Enough said.

Let's remember, she's under investigation in Alaska at present!

Posted by: tricle343 | August 29, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Howard Wolfson? You mean the unemployed hobo?

Posted by: Howard who? | August 29, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

happy birthday mr. mccain!
http://www.newsweek.com/id/133551

Posted by: charlie black | August 29, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

A dreadful choice, simply dreadful. Transparent, desperate and short-sighted. Also, she's anti-choice, pro-big oil, anti-environment, pro-creationism (i.e. anti-science), disputes the concept of global warming, and brings zero foreign-policy cred. Palin has no business whatsoever being *anywhere near* the Oval Office. Many of the women I know are furious about this pick, most calling it "condescending." It will take more than breasts and a vagina to sway the votes of strong, intelligent American women. Sarah is NO HILLARY. (That said, Howard Wolfson is a complete poof, and not to be taken seriously.)

Posted by: Kevin | August 29, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

This is probably the first time ever that a Vice president nominee's hot pictures will be searched for on the internet, and not her policies.
mccain you old fool. you're so screwed.

Posted by: karen | August 29, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I think the courage shown by (R)z supporting Mc'Cane's 'Able' choice of unknown and untested '9K Sarah' is admirable.

In fact they deserve a name in their honour. Given the political 'environment' and the inevitable match up with Hillary, I hereby nominate "Palin-Bear-(R)" as their moniker


Snerd

Posted by: Snerd Gronk | August 29, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

These guys are such idiots. Your really think that Hillary Clinton supporters will vote for someone who opposed women's rights to choose, supports gun rights, wants to drill in ANWR and believes in Creationism just because she does not have a penis??? Gimme a freakin' break and grow up!

Posted by: mk3872 | August 29, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Alicia, you idiot.
We're not scrambling, we're lusting at the thought of doing his babe.
Otherwise who'd care a damn. That's what McCain did, used her as a tool.

Posted by: bumbleboo | August 29, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Everything has its time. Eventually, a leader will be raised us from an African American lineage, a woman, an activist, an actor, a businessman, etc. Eventually, a milestone will be achieved.

But for now, the headwinds are leaning favorably toward the First Black American, though he's inexperienced. Rev. Jackson has far better credentials.

Posted by: Seth | August 29, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

If McCnn thought that he would sneak something on to the HRC contingent he can forget it:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/156190

Sarah called HRC a whiner.

Posted by: M tobias | August 29, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh John.
What are you thinking?
Such a lightweight!

Posted by: Harold J | August 29, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I only hope she wears some low-neck, short length dresses at the convention.
That's all she's worth

Posted by: patrick | August 29, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I only hope she wears some low-neck, short length dresses at the convention so I can jack off to her.
That's all she's worth

Posted by: patrick | August 29, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Everything has its time. Eventually, a leader will be raised us from an African American lineage, a woman, an activist, an actor, a businessman, etc. Eventually, a milestone will be achieved.

But for now, the headwinds are leaning favorably toward the First Black American, though he's inexperienced and Rev Jackson has far better credentials.

Posted by: Seth | August 29, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The way I see it this was an act of desperation by McCain trying to compete with Obama/Biden. I think it will fail. I think they may get some women voters but they will also lose repbulicans who think she is a crazy choice for VP and would not make a good president.
I am sure this will be a tough fight and in the end Senator Obama will be our president.

Posted by: ldb | August 29, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Old McNasty, George Bush II.

Making friends wherever he goes.

Posted by: jeffp | August 29, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

If McCnn thought that he would sneak something on to the HRC contingent he can forget it:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/156190

Sarah called HRC a whiner.

Posted by: M tobias | August 29, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

someone I can vote for who looks damn good up on all fours

Posted by: At last | August 29, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

The fact that poeple are saying sexually explicit things about Palin on this site shows the deep mysogynistic values that are mainstream for republicans. Being objectified in such a manner is a total slap in the face to women, period. McCain, you just lost the election.

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen liberals scramble so much. This pick clearly scares the crap out of them.

Inspired pick. Not just for this election, but she will be a force in elections to come.

Deal with it, leftists. You just lost.

Posted by: Alicia | August 29, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Romney's feeling used? Gee, now he might feel the way that every gay and lesbian in Massachusetts does. He ran for Governor of our state on an inclusive platform, even had a gay community liaison on his staff, and once elected, "party's over." If there is any consolation to the unlikely and unexpected selection of Sarah Palin, it's that we won't have to see Mitt Romney's smirks and lies in the foreseeable future. He's a brilliant businessman, and an absolutely intolerable human being.

Posted by: Anonymous from MA | August 29, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

So its ok to vote for someone based on their gender, but heaven forbid an African-American or Hispanic person vote for someone of a similar racial background? How come women can mark historical milestones, but when minorities do it, they are being "seperatist". Its pure hypocrisy. Why is one form of identity politics better than another?

Posted by: Jon | August 29, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a bought and paid for tool of the oil corporations. Just like Dick Cheney. Just like George W. Bush. Just like John McCain.

Government of, by and for ExxonMobil is not the change we need. It's more of the same.

Posted by: SecularAnimist | August 29, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Response to Truth:

The American people apparently don't know that politics is not a game, otherwise, they would not have chosen a democratic nominee who is a nobody. The way Obama gamed the system by cheating in the caucuses - taking delegate votes that he was not entitled to, his blatant disrespect for Senator Clinton throughout the primaries = The only real loser in this election is AMERICA.

Talk about Electile Dysfunction - two candidates to choose from and many Americans not wanting either to run their country.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a feminist who cares about women!
========================================

How ignorant can you be.... a woman along with McCain who voted time and time n AGAINST the Violence against women act, against the equal pay for equal work act, against a woman's right to an abortion after being raped....

cares about women ???? which flipping planet do you come form... the Republican party does NOT give a hoot about women..

Posted by: nerakami | August 29, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone assuming that the presidential contenders are not going to make it full term? ooks like we are assuming one is going to die of old age and the other is going to be raptured. Or something.

Posted by: justasking | August 29, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Mitt,

You and McCain are Republicans. Cunning and betrayal is what you all do best.

Posted by: Mike S. | August 29, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Mitt,

You and McCain are Republicans. Stabbing in the back is what you all do best.

Posted by: Mike S. | August 29, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

RE: A real woman for change

I bet she is well trimmed and groomed and smells fresh as a daisy also, not like those hairy smelly hippie lesbians on in the democrat party

Posted by: Ricardo | August 29, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

not like that angry hillary and her idiot husband. sarah palin is a real woman who knows how to keep her family strong. i bet she gladly gets dressed up in a little teddy and swallows her mans load and will even give up the boodie. would hillary do that? no. that is why her man had to get with a fat chick but our chicks are smokin hot and know how to keep us honest. mccain/palin 08!

Posted by: A real woman for change | August 29, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain made his first executive decision and FAILED!

The 72 year old, only one heartbeat away issue is now front and center!

Posted by: Vgirl1 | August 29, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

So, the Republicans in here are happy to have a Vice-Presidential nominee who will claim the Earth is less than 7,000 years old in a nationally televised debate?

Well, this Democrat is happy about this, too.

Posted by: Ura Hack | August 29, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

damn what a little hotbox! She's so hot I'd suck spaghetti out of her backside

Posted by: Ulysses | August 29, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

ive jerked out 3 loads already to her google images i love america the best country in the world only in america i hope we get some good ass shots at the convention

Posted by: Great Choice! | August 29, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I would live to see the day we may have a president or vice president that i would eat like a tossed salad

Posted by: Palin is smokin hot | August 29, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The bar on objectivity and factual accuracy in this blog seems very low. It appears that everyone simply wants to rant about the preconceived notions they embrace to defend their opinions. Palin may be a superb person, even leader. She may have done some wonderful things during her career. Picturing her making foreign policy decisions, negotiating with Putin, handling the famous "3 AM" phone call is an impossible stretch for me. As an independent who is studying both sides very carefully, attempting to be open to what is best for this country, this choice for Vice President nominee by a man who is 72 years old and has a history of serious illness seems irresponsible at best.

Posted by: Phyllis | August 29, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

palin is hot/palin for america:

obviously the two of you had never heard of Gov. Palin before this morning, so why don't you go back to this month's copy of Juggs and stop littering the board with your inane, junior-high mindset self-gratification fantasies?

Posted by: pcp | August 29, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I hear comments that Obama made a mistake when he did not choose Hilary Clinton as VP, but tell the truth. If she was the Democratic Nominee would she have chosen Obama as her VP? I think not. McCain is playing games with the American people. He proved how much of a game he thinks politics is when he chose Palin ( a nobody). It is not about the American people, it is about winning votes to get to the White House for McCain.

Posted by: Truth | August 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

So Palin has been governor for less than 2 years. Big deal. Neither Lincoln nor Kennedy were ever governors. However, our current dumbarse in chief was for 6 years. "Executive experience" is by no means a guarantee of competence, as we've spent the last 7 1/2 years finding out....

Posted by: pcp | August 29, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

To hell with eating mooseburger, she's so hot I'd eat the corn out of her dump

Posted by: Mooseburger | August 29, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone seriously imagine Palin being the commander in chief, making the tough decisions say against Russians, Iranians? I easily can with Hillary but this lady from Alaska? Please. This is political pandering at its worst. As this plays out in the next few weeks, she will more and more look like Harriet Meier.

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I think she will explode on the scene much like I exploded all over myself thinking of her polishing my knob.

Posted by: Palin is hot | August 29, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

POOR HILARY WHAT A SLAP IN HER FACE BY OBAMA SHE COULD HAVE BEEN A CONTENDEr SHE COULD HAVE BEEN SOMEONE, obama is a masonginist.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

What a piece she is. Do you think she lets her husband get a little mud on his stick? I can't wait to hear the answer to that, it should be a debate question right off.

Posted by: Palin for America | August 29, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

For anyone (especially women) to criticize this woman for going for vice president when she has a four month old is truly sad. That's the exact mentality that has to stop in this country. Men with four month olds can run for president without criticism I'm sure. Now I'm not impressed by her values and beliefs AT ALL and having her on the ticket as a young inexperienced person will not lure me to vote for her anymore than Barack Obama's soaring speech will lure me to vote for him. I would say it's time to start looking into Nader and Barr and whoever else. But I do find it ridiculous that any woman would criticize another woman for doing what she wants to do with her life as well as to be a mother to her children. If I had a four month old and a presidential nominee called me up to run for VP with him I would drop everything and go running as well, as long as I knew my children were being well taken care of. For which I'm CERTAIN hers will be. So get over your jealousy ladies. Ya'll always have to criticize women for everything. I guess if we don't sit down and shut up and cook dinner and take care of the kids we aren't much as moms and wives eh? That's crap. Women can do everything men can do. Period. Accept it and support it jeez ladies.

Posted by: Ellie | August 29, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This is a trophy VP. The guy looked like he was standing next to his new young girlfriend. She has minimal education and experiance and this is who he picks? Wow.

My wife told me as soon as she saw the pick, boy McCain just pissed off just about every woman out there.

Posted by: wilson | August 29, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

WOMAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!SAY IT LOUD SAY IT PROUD!!! IT"A BOUT TIME FOR A REAL CHANGE!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Heck, I knew it was an irresponsible choice right away. It didn't take "talking points" for others to say it. Any fool can see it is irresponsible.

McCain said it: "She is exactly what I need..." Not what the nation needs. It is a choice he made based purely on politics, what he thought might help him win.

Posted by: B. L. Wickwire | August 29, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank GOD Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton. I didn't vote for HRC in the first place. As a female, I thought the country was more than ready for a woman President or Vice President, but at Geraldine Ferraro indicated, some of us want a woman, but "NOT THAT WOMAN!!" I've done a lot of research on Sarah Palin since her name was casually mentioned a couple months ago and I like what I've seen. I am now REALLY excited about this race.

Posted by: knarahs | August 29, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

erz1 - the reason she is a token choice is that a man with her little experience would not have been chosen by John McCain. Men with much *more* experience than Palin were not chosen by John McCain. I am still stunned that he did not pick Mitt Romney.

Posted by: Katrina | August 29, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, Palin has a BA in journalism. She served on the City Council of a small town of less than 8,000 residents. She was elected as PTA President and then Mayor of the same small town. She's served less than 2 years as Governor of one of America's smallest states.
Obama is a Civil Rights Attorrney, a Harvard Law School Grad, A Constitutional Professor, a community organizer, a state Senator for 11 years, a US Senator and the Democratic Presidential Nominee. He's the author of 2 best selling books, the leader of the Democratic Party, the winner of more than 19 million votes in the Democratic Primaries and one of the most brilliant politicians of our time. He's the author of legistation on healthcare, ethics reform, criminal justice reform and he has the respect of national and international leaders.
Sen. Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton just passed the Democratic leadership torch to Barack Obama this week during the Convention and you claim that Palin is more qualified to lead this country?

Posted by: mckenzie | August 29, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Who? I've always admired John McCain (though I have to say, in the interests of full disclosure, that I'm not voting for him this Fall); he was, by far, my favorite among the Republicans seeking the nomination, and I was delighted that he prevailed. I have to say, though, that his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate is appalling and insulting to the American people. Perhaps it will turn out to be a political masterstroke, "energizing the base" and garnering lots of disaffected Clinton supporters; perhaps not. But to my mind, as a voter, the sole criterion for evaluating a candidate's VP choice is whether or not the candidate has picked someone who can plausibly be viewed as presidential timber and, no disrespect intended to Ms. Palin, who was apparently a decent mayor of Wasilla AK (pop. 9,000) and who has been serving as governor of Alaska for all of two years, McCain has failed miserably on that score. His recent complaints that Obama is too inexperienced to be President are not only fatally undercut by this choice, they look downright idiotic now -- coming from someone who would put Gov. Palin a heartbeat away from the presidency. It is the grossest form of pandering -- what happened to "putting your country first"? This choice puts McCain's candidacy first and the fate of the country a very distant second, and he should be, and Ihope he is, punished by the electorate for having made it.

Posted by: Interesting Choice | August 29, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell me why the Washington Post has not asked Michael Palin for his opinion? Surely the great Monty Python and A Fish Called Wanda actor must have something to say about his distant relative. Can the Post do some investigation to found out if they are in fact related and if Mr. Palin has any opinion on her nomination?

Posted by: xevioso | August 29, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised that she would run considering the fact that she has a 4 month old baby that she should be nurturing. I guess another woman and her husband will nurture the child while she is campaigning for her own selfish endeavors!! I also do not like the comment she made to Kudlow about cleaning up the republican party and their pork-barrel spending!! Maybe, she can enlighten us on how she plans to clean up the party and what makes her better than us!!

Posted by: Al Burgess | August 29, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Obama, Palin did NOT vote for the bridge to nowhere!

Change and new politics indeed. Perhaps Chi-town thuggery is this new politics.

Oh-bama never!

Posted by: Gary Van | August 29, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

When will McCain stop using ploys as politics? For a 72 year old presidential candidate to pick a running mate with less than two years experience as gov. of Alaska shows very poor judgment. As a woman and a democrat, I am not swayed in the least. Does John McCain think all women are stupid?

Posted by: katharine | August 29, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised that she would run considering the fact that she has a 4 month old baby that she should be nurturing. I guess another woman and her husband will nurture the child while she is campaigning for her own selfish endeavors!! I also do not like the comment she made to Kudlow about cleaning up the republican party and their pork-barrel spending!! Maybe, she can enlighten us on how she plans to clean up the party and what makes her better than us!!

Posted by: Al Burgess | August 29, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

When will McCain stop using ploys as politics? For a 72 year old presidential candidate to pick a running mate with less than two years experience as gov. of Alaska shows very poor judgment. As a woman and a democrat, I am not swayed in the least. Does John McCain think all women are stupid?

Posted by: katharine | August 29, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Rimjobs and Spank banks? Is that all women are- fuel for fantasy by som freak with no life? You ought to delete comments like this as they do nothing to add to any conversation other than to prove that anything can be sexualized.

Posted by: appalled | August 29, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow what a pick! I was on the fence with McCain but he's got my vote. Imagine watching that hottie for 4 years or more! I'm knocking one out right now just thinking of giving her a nice long rimjob!

Posted by: Palin is smokin hot | August 29, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow, some of these McCain bloggers are truly desperate. Posting a 10 times to fill up space doesn't lend you credibility.

Obama has 8yrs in the State senate and 4yrs in Senate(Federal) for a total of 12yrs. McCain showed bad judgment in this and it is going to cost him.

Posted by: Zhonni | August 29, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain is taking a major chance with his pick for VP. McCain has struggled from Day 1 to get the socially conservative base--he doesn't trust them (at least not in the past), they don't trust him (likewise in the past). A substantial percentage of this base believes that women should stay in the home, thus wouldn't be real warm to the idea of a woman second in command--given McCains age, she its conceivable she could be commander in chief. McCain thus is gambling that the number of disgruntled Senator Clinton supporters voting for a MccAin-Palin ticket will outnumber the number of people (especially in the GOP) who won't vote for a woman.

While Senator McCain has repeatedly try to paint Senator Obama as inexperienced, Palin 's experiance makes McCains argument a paper tiger.

Posted by: Unamerican | August 29, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I am confused by the choice of a person that said a couple months ago that they did not know what the job of the vice president was, with a degree in journalism and 2 years experience in the executive of any place larger than 9000 people. Watch some of her youtube videos, how do you think foreign digitnataries would respond to her saying things were "cool". It undermines his "obama doesn't have enough experience" argument, completely, as she would be a heartbeat away from the presidency with about 2 years actual experience in state government. I'd at least rather listen to her speak than Clinton, that lady sounds like shes speaking to a middle school general assembly over the loudspeaker whenever she opens her mouth. Someone above said they'd like to see Biden and McCain debate, I'd like to see that also, they have vastly more experience than Obama and Palin, although Obama is LEAGUES more experienced than Palin is. Honestly it's gonna be a problem for Biden in the debate because I don't see how he isn't going to offend people by absolutely destroying her in the debate. He'll have to pull punches to not look like a bully.

Posted by: Cossa | August 29, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse


Women who supported Hillary was because they have known her for many years.

Older women liked her to be President because of what Hillary went through in her marriage: "Stay by your man".

I do not think they will take Palin as a substitute. They need time to know her (remember 2 months still left for the fall).

On woman is not as good as the other!

Posted by: Peace | August 29, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

just added gun-girl sarah to my spank bank. hubba hubba.

Posted by: cold dead fingers | August 29, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but I'd hit it that!

Posted by: Palin is hot | August 29, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Why is Wolfson, a Democratic strategist, using the term "pro-life"? For true Democrats, the term is "anti-choice." I guess we've now seen which team Wolfson really is on.

Posted by: Hudson | August 29, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

reading the comments here, I'm even more offended, seeing that the REPUBLICANS (of which I am one) like Palin because she's HOT?

These aren't Republicans. They are Democrats.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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

Defend THAT, trailer-trash in here!

Posted by: Anza Hack | August 29, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

My first thought on McCain picking a woman ... it is cynical ... Hillary Clinton ran in the primaries to be the President of the United States ... 18 months of hard work and 18 million supporters. It is a slap in women's face to think that all we deserve is second place. The Democrats tried that trick already in 1988 with Geraldine. I can't see Democrats flocking to McCain and 4 more years of this gridlock and uncertainty around domestic affairs ... when the possibility of the first black man being our President ... gives all of us more hope ... than token appointments.

What Hillary got came from her own party. They trashed her and then gave Obama a walk. Why? Mostly because he had a d^ck. So don't say Palin doesn't deserve her place. How long did Biden campaign? He got busted for plagiarism and gave up 2 yrs ago. He didn't even attend a Wrights church. Can you imagine if a white guy did that. They should all get walks if Obama is the standard. You have not even heard Palin talk I can tell. Your just mad because McCain did what what Obama should have...now you make excuses against women. Most blacks voted for Obama because he is black. So why shouldn't people vote for Palin because she is a woman. You Dems just want it both ways. Whine if you don't, whine if you do!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm now officially in the tank for MCCAIN!

Posted by: Cindie | August 29, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

reading the comments here, I'm even more offended, seeing that the REPUBLICANS (of which I am one) like Palin because she's HOT?

Grow up. This woman is a losing ticket, pandering to HRC's puma crowd.

Can you picture her confronting Putin? Miss Congeniality leading America? If he was going to pick a woman, there were PLENTY WITH EXPERIENCE. It's insulting to Republican women and women in general that this sleazy non-conservative flip-flopper didn't pick someone like Mike Huckabee or even Mitt Romney or better: Kaye Bailey Hutchinson.

I can't believe I'm saying it, but I won't be voting the McCain/Palin ticket... I'll be voting for BARR - a TRUE conservative.

Posted by: doubly offended woman | August 29, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Dems, if you want to court Hilliary supporters back maybe you should tone down the misogynistic comments. Why is the population of Alaska important but the population of Delaware unimportant? Why is 2 years of Senatorial experience important but multiple years of executive experience unimportant?

Posted by: Del | August 29, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Hillary was a part-time crooked lawyer that tried to ram a heathcare plan down our throats as "Co-President" and got elected in a State where she never lived simply because she didn't leave her husband when he cheated on her and she was a woman. She has a litte Senate experience and more Democrats voted for her to be President than did for Obama. And....She says that Sara Palin doesn't have enough experience to be VP?
PPPPPPPlllllllleeeeeaaaasssseee!!!!!

Posted by: Wward | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Since the "heartbeat away from te Presidency" issue keeps coming up, let me suggest a way to compare. In addition to the debates between the presidential (Obama-McCain) and vice presidential (Palin-Biden) nominees how about "cross debates". Anybody want to see Obama-Palin and/or McCain-Biden?

Palin and McCain would wipe the floor with them!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

obviously dragonfly you are a rich ignorant unintelligent racist

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

you liberals make me sick. Why can't you all just admit Barry blew it by not picking Clinton. Fight it out fair and square, but the problem is liberals are sissies. Like the guy that throws a rock at you and hides. To actually question the women's roll as VP b/c she has a child with Down Syndrome. You all are shameless. Great pick McCain! Everything the feminist is not: Strong wife, mother, and proud of her country. God bless them! Time to roll! Check mate Barry!!

Posted by: Patrick | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

obviously dragonfly you are a rich ignorant unintelligent racist

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

you liberals make me sick. Why can't you all just admit Barry blew it by not picking Clinton. Fight it out fair and square, but the problem is liberals are sissies. Like the guy that throws a rock at you and hides. To actually question the women's roll as VP b/c she has a child with Down Syndrome. You all are shameless. Great pick McCain! Everything the feminist is not: Strong wife, mother, and proud of her country. God bless them! Time to roll! Check mate Barry!!

Posted by: Patrick | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Since the "heartbeat away from te Presidency" issue keeps coming up, let me suggest a way to compare. In addition to the debates between the presidential (Obama-McCain) and vice presidential (Palin-Biden) nominees how about "cross debates". Anybody want to see Obama-Palin and/or McCain-Biden?

Palin and McCain would wipe the floor with them!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Since the "heartbeat away from te Presidency" issue keeps coming up, let me suggest a way to compare. In addition to the debates between the presidential (Obama-McCain) and vice presidential (Palin-Biden) nominees how about "cross debates". Anybody want to see Obama-Palin and/or McCain-Biden?

Palin and McCain would wipe the floor with them!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Ok I'm a "was republican"! I saw Barracks speech last night. McCain must have crusties.

Where do I change my party affiliation?

Posted by: Rhonda Reed | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain's warming up for his next wife. Cindy - time to check your prenups!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

you liberals make me sick. Why can't you all just admit Barry blew it by not picking Clinton. Fight it out fair and square, but the problem is liberals are sissies. Like the guy that throws a rock at you and hides. To actually question the women's roll as VP b/c she has a child with Down Syndrome. You all are shameless. Great pick McCain! Everything the feminist is not: Strong wife, mother, and proud of her country. God bless them! Time to roll! Check mate Barry!!

Posted by: Patrick | August 29, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh and most of those accusations about Obama are not true. 700 days is 2 years (as much experience as Palin) and he has more overall experience in public office. That unrepent terrorist was never convicted and is now a professor at an accredited university, and he didnt disenfranchise his opponent your unintelligent.

It is true and lawyer tactics don't make it not true. If all you have is Palin getting a wife beater fired, you are truly a pathetic and blind person. Your boy Obama pushed the button wrong (his excuse) 6 times while in the Senate. He is all I mentioned and probably much more. His change consists of old politics and the same old garbage..too bad for you.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 29, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Since the "heartbeat away from te Presidency" issue keeps coming up, let me suggest a way to compare. In addition to the debates between the presidential (Obama-McCain) and vice presidential (Palin-Biden) nominees how about "cross debates". Anybody want to see Obama-Palin and/or McCain-Biden?

Posted by: Marc | August 29, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, "anonymous" McCain person disguised as an Obama supporter.

Hard to believe someone who supports Obama would make a ridiculous charge of "atrocious libel" against the media for reporting on Romney and Pawlenty's reactions.

Posted by: MJ | August 29, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Note how Anne has a real scoop, but quickly makes Obama the curious focus of her posting, since her scoop is in fact GOP dirt.

Nice job, Anne.

I can't wait for Fred Hiatt to spin a yarn that Palin stared the Russians down across the Bering Sea.

Posted by: Anza Hack | August 29, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

RANDY, you are living down to your name

WANTING TO HAVE SEX WITH THE CANDIDATE IS NOT A REASON FOR HER TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF

Dude, Sarah Palin is "hot"... good pick!

Posted by: Randy | August 29, 2008 2:38 PM

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 29, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain has lied to us all along. Damn politics!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

By choosing her McCain has stated "she's the best choice". Do you Republicans believe that she really is the best choice from all the possibilities?

Posted by: sensible | August 29, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Can you see it? Palin vs. Putin? Hockey mom vs. Hamas?
I guess John McCain either lied about picking someone "ready for the job" or he thinks at 72, he can't die.
Now... that's judgment for you.

Posted by: nobush3rd | August 29, 2008 1:08 PM

Thank you. NO BUSH 3rd TERM. End the treason and repression.

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

I saw someone on on FOX/FIXED News talk about whether the anti-war Democrats can effectively run against someone whose son is going to Iraq...and never ONCE did he mention that Biden's son is awaiting deployment! They either do that crap on purpose or they are totally inept.

Posted by: Dan | August 29, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

this is an atrocious libel. Do you have any quotes to support Pawlenty and Romney's reactions? I am an Obama supporter, but this type of inexcusable behavior by the press is nothing short of trying to seed gossip and foment attacks. The press needs to clean up their act. The press concocting news rather than presenting facts! If you are going to claim that Romney/Pawlenty have bruised feelings, back it up please: where are the sources? the quotes? We the People do not need unfounded garbage like this. Obama ought to have to win on his own (and, he will, in my opinion). Obama '08!

Posted by: anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

dragonfly did you hear the speech he made last night....i don't think laying out your first four years as president could be considered rhetoric....listen to the man before you judge....forget abotu the color of his skin, the man is a leader and a scholar

Why yes the sign of a great leader is:
who for 20 years associated with a racist church, who associates with known unrepentant terrorists, who plays the race card, who thinks whites are stupid, gun-toting, religious clinging, who thinks MI and FL are worth only 1/2 a vote, until he
thinks he can benefit, who lies about lobby money (Exxon, Coors, Molson, $28,000 dinners, luxury suite for his closet and richest friends) , who steal the Presidential seal and puts his own logo on it, had comediennes who use the word "HO" as his opening act. You're Wright it is Ludicrous to think that a man with only an actual 146 days on the job is not a leader.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 29, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

wward you forgot to mention that Palin is under investigation for her involvement in firing a public safety commissioner who refused to fire an Alaskan State Trooper who had been in a divorce case with Palin's sister. Real Ethical.

Palin is claiming her experience is being on the PTA board and being mayor of a city that has only 6500 people where the only thing htey have to worry about is population control and if they have enough snow for the iditerod.

Oh and most of those accusations about Obama are not true. 700 days is 2 years (as much experience as Palin) and he has more overall experience in public office. That unrepent terrorist was never convicted and is now a professor at an accredited university, and he didnt disenfranchise his opponent your unintelligent.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Do any of you McCain dittoheads even read the article above these comments - or do you just come on here to use this as your own personal bulletin board to spout your views? I'm not sure how this helps bring the Republican party together, which is really as fractured as the Democrats have been:

DENVER -- Though it was high in shock value, the Palin pick left bruised feelings among the short-list contenders who were not picked -- and infuriated some Republican officials who privately said McCain had gone out on a limb, unnecessarily, without laying the groundwork for such an unknown. Two senior Republican officials close to Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty said they had both been rudely strung along and now "feel manipulated."

"They now know that they were used as decoys, well after McCain had decided not to pick them," one Republican involved in the process said.

Posted by: Jean | August 29, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

If I were Pawlenty, I would be especially enraged. It's one thing if McCain had picked Romeny. Pawlenty certainly would have been disappointed, but he'd feel that he just ended up with the short straw. But to lose out to Sarah Palin, someone who has done no surrogate work for McCain, after Pawlenty has spent a year and a half working for McCain, he must feel completely betrayed. He got scammed.

Posted by: Erik | August 29, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

wow. The "pentacle of ignorance," eh?
Yes, i've long worried that one day the Dems would find the five-pointed star in a circle of ignorance and use it against us.

I believe you were looking for (and found) the pinnacle of ignorance. I do love that the first thing that Obama's spokesman, Burton, did was attack Palin's inexperience. Open mouth, insert foot much?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Well nothing like a cat fight! So we don't want business as usual and we don't have experience are we defending obama or this new vp. Well the fact that barbara boxer doesn't like her makes me thinks she is no hillary clinton well shes right shes her own women with more executive experience than biden or bo, and the fact that she shoots a gun has to do with alaska not inner city detriot, but being attacked by endagered polar bears floating on ice caps
we don't need domestic oil, we need it from petrol dictatoships so guys have to stay over seas, and one more question since iraq has been invaded how many attacks have happened on us soil?

Posted by: monica | August 29, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

This particular dupe of the WTO wants to associate Marxism with being a progressive:
Posted by: Joe Dozer | August 29, 2008 2:26 PM

Let's consider the alternatives: We can allow McCain to implement his health care plan and the companies that provide insurance will make an extra $50 billion each year.

Why? Because McCain's plan makes you search for new insurance if you have an existing ISSUE. EVERYONE over 50 has an existing issue. This McCain plan is the opposite of socialized medicine, sure enough.
It is a rape job on the elderly of the USA by the WTO and McCain is putting the knife in the backs of our elderly.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 29, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

This particular dupe of the WTO wants to associate Marxism with being a progressive:
Posted by: Joe Dozer | August 29, 2008 2:26 PM

Let's consider the alternatives: We can allow McCain to implement his health care plan and the companies that provide insurance will make an extra $50 billion each year.

Why? Because McCain's plan makes you search for new insurance if you have an existing ISSUE. EVERYONE over 50 has an existing issue. This McCain plan is the opposite of socialized medicine, sure enough.
It is a rape job on the elderly of the USA by the medical companies and McCain is putting the knife in the backs of our elderly.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 29, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Dude, Sarah Palin is "hot"... good pick!

Posted by: Randy | August 29, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Jeff-

Biden's son is currently in the military, awaiting deployment to Iraq.

Also, Republicans unwisely used the Swift Boat campaign against Kerry. They are responsible for opening this can of worms in the first place, by hinting that Kerry's service in Vietnam was worthless. How much respect for brave soldiers was lost at that moment?

Posted by: Jonny in Astoria | August 29, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure if Sarah's kid is actually going to Iraq, can that be confirmed? All we know is he's enlisting.
If he does go to Iraq, something tells me he will rarely leave The Green Zone.

Posted by: franglais | August 29, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is commenting on the gender issue. Who cares! This is a totaly unqualified pick for a position that may very well be filled. He is older than dirt, after all.

Posted by: ScarryOldMan | August 29, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

and to add insult to injury...if McCain does kick the bucket, and she moves into the Presidential seat, the Repubes will use her, set her up for complete failure, and later on use this a reason NOT to put another woman in the Oval office......Palin/McCain/Rove you've just hit the bottom of the human slime bucket....
what a mess....

Posted by: good grief | August 29, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

First of all, I saw this event as a strong possibility in that McCain would go out in left field and bring in an unknown VP[and yes, I knew he'd pick a woman] I think it is a cheap shot and a desperate attempt to save the Republican's party grip on a close race with the Obama campaign. I remember Obama's warning that the Republican party will distract and make people forget about the real issues. Well, Mr. Obama you were correct... it has begun. McCain's face beamed with a "cat swallowed the canary" look as if saying to Democrats and swing voters, "Look over here at this pretty, wholesome, mother of five....fall in love with her and all our problems will be saved." I am offended that McCain thinks that I will be swayed to vote for him because he chose a woman for his running mate. Yes, I am a strong-minded woman [like Hillary],conservative in many ways, and I am a mother, a catholic, and a strong supporter of moral values. But, that does not mean I'll vote for McCain. I also consider experience and knowledge of the presidential commitments as critical components of what a candidate should bring to the table. McCain has it, Obama has less but his running mate, Biden, has enough for both, and Hillary Clinton also has it. But, Palin brings what? A PTO leadership, a mayor's position, and a little governor's experience? I represent the 20% of women who may have turned to McCain in November. But, I would never help vote a 72 yr. old man into power, when he has an extremely "inexperienced" VP who would assume the most powerful position in the entire world! Remember the Clinton commercial of waking up at 3:00 a.m. and telling people she would be ready to take that call? How ironic that McCain actually used it for his benefit three nights ago? How in the world can he even make the claim [Obama is not experienced enough to take that 3 a.m. call] anymore when he just chose a political unknown who may be placed in that very crucial predicament [3 a.m. phone call]. Excuse me, she is NOT a qualified person for the Commander in Chief position. I was also offended when Palin made reference to the "18 million cracks in the ceiling...and we're not done yet..." reference. I'm sorry, Yes, I wanted Clinton for the Democratic spot, however, I made my choice last night to support Obama because Hillary believes in his fight and I also appreciate his understanding of the greater human condition in this country. I have nothing personal against Palin, but I'm sorry, there is no comparison Mr. McCain. In your attempt to win my vote you absolutely failed in your choice of Palin as your VP. You insult me and other women in that you assumed that sex had everything to do with our vote. It was not. Palin seems to be a great mother, and an intelligent, effective politician, but that is where the comparison ends. She is not a Hillary Clinton. Palin's resume pales in comparison to Clinton's and now it is more evident that the Obama/Biden ticket carries much more substance, confidence, power, experience and intelligence than the McCain/Palin ticket pretends to hold.

Posted by: Texan_native | August 29, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Palin makes Obama look experienced!
Yikes!

Posted by: Eliz-NY | August 29, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I just love Palin as the red choice.
TWO WHOLE YEARS AS GOV of a state with two tiny cities and a bunch of caribou.

Another right wing lie: John: "HER SEX HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CHOICE."
No MAN with ONLY two years as Governor of a nothing state would be considered.

This is true. No man with only 2 years of experience would be chosen. Unless he is black, who for 20 years associated with a racist church, who associates with known unrepentant terrorists, who plays the race card, who thinks whites are gun-toting, religious clinging, who thinks MI and FL are worth only 1/2 a vote, until he thinks he can benefit, who lies about lobby money (Exxon, Coors, Molson, $28,000 dinners, luxury suite for his closet and richest friends) , who steal the Presidential seal and puts his own logo on it, had comediennes who use the word "HO" as his opening act. You Wright it is Ludicrious to think that a man with only an actual 146 days on the job should be considered.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 29, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Of course they feel manipulated and strung along, that's what republicans DO

Posted by: mew | August 29, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain has the hots for his VP {:0

if you were on a Moose hunting trip who would you pick a former beauty queen or Dick Cheney who just might shoot you by accident

Posted by: Moose Goose | August 29, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

One thing that has been overlooked is a fundamental value that the McCain and Paulin families obviously share, which is revealed by their children. How many lawmakers in this nation have children in the Military? Whether in the current time of war or during peacetime, the number is both historically and currently very small. How many people on the GOP Presidential ticket have children in the military? 2 out of 2. McCain's sons are old enough to be well out of harms way, but Paulin's son will be voting in the election from Iraq. That is significant. It is vital that the people who make decisions not be isolated from the consequences of those decisions.

Posted by: Jeff | August 29, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

What will be interesting is to see how much sexism Palin receives in the vetting process.

I'm supporting Obama/Biden because I think they are stronger candidates. But I also hope that Palin is not screwed-over the way Hillary was in the primaries. Vetting should be on the issues, not the candidate's gender.

Unfortunately, McCain is feeding into the sexism by his obvious intentions. Though he inadvertently may break the glass ceiling if he's elected, he's not an ally to women. Palin is just his chess piece.

Posted by: SLB | August 29, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

The point is not whether she is a woman. The point is was she the best choice, considering that she could possibly become president. She may be smart but is too extreme and inexperienced for our nation.

Posted by: sensible | August 29, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey come on!
No way could BO have picked ANY woman. He AND McCain need a 'Mature White Male' on the ticket; then a minority to add a bit of spice.
McCain's pick seems very self-serving and condescending though. As another poster said, "vote for the chromosome."
Never mind that Sarah is SOOOO anti-choice; hard to believe any "true dem" Hil backer would be swayed by her.

Posted by: franglais | August 29, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

dragonfly did you hear the speech he made last night....i don't think laying out your first four years as president could be considered rhetoric....listen to the man before you judge....forget abotu the color of his skin, the man is a leader and a scholar

Posted by: Jonathan | August 29, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is more qualified than the entire Democratic Ticket.
-Head of Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission
-Mayor 3years
-Governor 2years
-80+% approval raiting (US Congress is 20 something %)
-A reformer with "eyepopping integrity"

Obama
- State Senator 7yrs and US Senator for less than 700 days. (Nothing to show for any of those positions)
- Launched his Senate Campaign at the home of an unrepentent terrorist and still friends.
- Got his home through a crooked deal with a convicted felon.
- Participated in a church for 20 years with a racist pastor and still friends.
- Makes a good speech, even when he's not stealing someone else's words.
- Got elected to office by disenfranchising
his opponents.

Biden
Long time Senator with nothing to show for it but hair-plugs. Also likes to steal other speeches.

Posted by: Wward | August 29, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

A vice presidential pick who has been governor for less than two years - and who looks like Tina Fey in an SNL skit? Bad move.

I dislike the religious right as much as any good liberal but I can't understand why McCain would pass over someone like Huckabee, who would have helped tremendously in the south. Plus, he and McCain get along.

This is truly the most cynical choice I have seen in my lifetime. Picking someone just because of their sex in order to woo female voters. It's not going to work. And any pro-choice Hillary supporter who falls for it is a damn fool.

I did see that ole' Geraldine Ferraro, with her big bug eyes over at FOX News, is salivating at the prospect. That should tell you something.

Posted by: MJ | August 29, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I cant believe it. Obama wasn't a rookie in the way she is, and she barely has a resume. He does, and he's a phenomenon.

HRC's voters en masse will go to the R's because of a pro-life woman, as opposed to seeing how patronizing that pick is? C Whitman would've been a great woman pick, or Fiorina or Meg far more than Palin.

HRC voters were mostly older than palin and of the 60s generation; Palin is totally anti60s.

Had he picked Tim P or even Romney he would've been far better off (as a way to say: me and Mitt are mavericks --and vetted).

And I can't imagine him not looking/acting like her weird 1950s dad when they campaign together.

Great news for D's. I think R's may have lost today, or at least if he does lose, it's because of today.

Posted by: Craig in Pennsylvania | August 29, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

They know they've lost. This is nothing more than a cynical, "look, we can nominate a women too"!! Except, as always, the R's are 25 years behind the D's. Not only on women's issues, but on energy, civil rights, science and dozen's of other issues.

Watch them go through the motions of a campaign but it's over. They had many years to show America what a Republican America would look like and it ain't pretty. No one's buying it.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 29, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

What about Tim Kaine, Evan Bayh, Kathleen Sebelius, Chet Edwards, and the others who were used and abused by Obama, Washington Post reporterette?

Posted by: Dan Schwartz | August 29, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse


PS - My god, Sarah Palin is extremely good lucking and sexy !
Posted by: gary | August 29, 2008 1:58 PM

Using the Name in vain, and pointing out the ONLY salient point he knows about his new VP candidate. She is a sexual being.

What's that about the Muslims Gary?
Bet you are not such a snot when you are faced with an actual Black Muslim in your face.

Can't we get the IQ test to be part of the registration process?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The best thing about Palin is she will force all this Democrat hypocrisy and nonsense right out into the open. Every Marxist-progressive schmuck in and out of blogosphere will corrupt themselves in the hopeless attempt to head off the inevitable destruction on voting day. However, nothing will work because they have nothing of offer expect empty-headed gibberish from their lord-god Obama. George Soros can hoover out his billions, it won't work. In the end, every cherished belief you hold will lie in rubble along with your dignity and pride. You're walking around to save on funeral expenses - but it's already over!

Posted by: Joe Dozer | August 29, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Dragronfly 777:

Yep. "pentacle of ignorance." My, my.

Posted by: chuckmcf | August 29, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Biden has been in foreign relations and even heads the congressional committee for how many years now? Our foreign relations are in the worst state ever. Guess experience doesn't necessarily mean you know what you're doing!

Posted by: craig | August 29, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Why should the Dems have any critisism. of Palin. The people no longer care about anything, but what they think they will get from the government. It doesn't matter about inexperience, racist churches, terrorist associations, lies about lobbiest money, race card playing, name calling etc. So they should keep their mouths shut. They are trying to take the country down the tubes with Obama who is all the above and they don't care about anything but running their mouths. NEVER EVER will I support them, they have reached the pentacle of ignorance.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 29, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

For all the people who wants a down to earth president, I for one would like an Ivy League lawyer as president because I want someone smarter than me to lead our country. Last thing I want is another C average president. Honesty and integrity should be the primary factor. Don't hate because democrats want someone intelligent to fix the past 8 years.

Posted by: Martin | August 29, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Boy, that says a lot. In case you can't find this footage (removed from her site)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nTX-oJUCaU

Posted by: endorsed by Ted Stevens | August 29, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Obama, Palin did not vote to let infants, who survived abortion attempts, die
Unlike Obama, Palin does not employ Chi-town brownshirt tactics to silence critics
Unline Obama, Palin does have people from her past who she allows to vouch for her record
Unlike Obama, Palin does not associate with terrorists and hate mongering preachers
Unlike Obama, Palin will act to ensure that America is strong -- Obama in a speech to a leftist organization promised to disarm America

NO OBAMA!


Posted by: Gary | August 29, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

A. I doubt any "senior Republican officials" would waste their time giving inside information to a liberal newspaper like the Washington Post.

B. Sarah Palin has more =relevant= experience than Barack Obama. Unlike Barack, she has actually held an executive position making decisions and =managing= people.

C. Sarah Palin, unlike Barack Obama, has actually =accomplished= things during her tenure in elected office; she didn't just spend six years voting "present."

D. Sarah Palin is a bona fide fiscal and social conservative, two groups which McCain =has= to win over in order to have a chance.

Posted by: libertarian conservative | August 29, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I would NEVER have voted a ticket with phony used care salesman Mitt Romney who would say or do anything to stick his big toe into politics. Thanks to all who proved my point by moaning about all he did for McCain while pimping himself for the VP slot. It wasn't about his respect for McCain - it was always always about him... Mitt Romney... The Sean Hannity Anointed One.

So good. Now I get to participate in the election this year. Because I would have set it out rather than vote for a ticket with that cheesy schlub. (Bonus points that the Veep is a gun totin, butt-kickin my-generation woman! WOOOOO HOOOOOO!)

Posted by: Beth | August 29, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Aside from the poor judgment in Palin's selection, I suspect this is a signal that the GOP think McCain is toast.
They want to give Palin some National recognition, for 2012, or more likely, 2016.

Posted by: baz | August 29, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

On the surface, it's a really great pick for McCain. What a great move to try to pick off disaffected Hillary supporters! But I really don't think many exist in real life, and the ones that do won't vote for someone like Palin. She's light years away from Hillary on the issues. Black people didn't flock to Ken Blackwell in the Ohio gubernatorial race two years ago, so why think women will be stupid and do that with Palin? I honestly think McCain is seeking to inject some excitement into his campaign, and he certainly did.

Posted by: James | August 29, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I just love Palin as the red choice.
TWO WHOLE YEARS AS GOV of a state with two tiny cities and a bunch of caribou.

Another right wing lie: John: "HER SEX HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CHOICE."
No MAN with ONLY two years as Governor of a nothing state would be considered.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 29, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Eschewing party bashing for analysis, it does not seem, at first blush, that McCain's VP pick noticeably strengthens his ticket. As has already been noted, Palin's greatest weaknesses match with some of McCain's greatest criticisms of Obama: she's young, inexperienced, and arguably unready for the pressures of the national stage. Sure she's socially and ostensibly fiscally conservative. How many other Republican VP contenders met those criteria? And yet the 1,000 lb gorilla in the room is the fact that she's a woman. Whether or not she's Hillary (which she isn't), I think it's naive to think that the VP's gender will sway Hillary's supporters. To that extent, the issues by which Hillary defined herself will likely trump her gender. The demographic I most see affected by Palin's selection is Republican women who have previously been reluctant to vote. That group does not seem like a game changer.

Posted by: Matos | August 29, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is pro life,
she has some gay friends but votes against thier rights
she is also a NRA member, she hunts Mooses and eats Moose bugers
she is a good ole boy with bosoms

Posted by: Moose Goose | August 29, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Is Palins suitable? | August 29, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know why google news has 8 articles on Obama and 1 on McCain. I am sick of Obama's same old rhetoric and want to hear more about McCain and Palin.
Obama is old news and continues his lies of change, ENOUGH ALREADY!
Put on someone else!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 29, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised (sarcasm) all those that criticized Obama, for inexperience, now love Sarah Palin, for McCain's VP.
2 years ago, she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska... population around 8,000. Is she ready to be President??
She's also under investigation for abuse of power.
All-in-all, while I've thought for weeks he'd name Palin, and would love to see a woman President, this is a bad choice - - showing poor judgment.
McCain is 72 years old, more than most Pres candidates, he needed to be thinking about America, rather than getting Hillary's disaffected voters... and choose someone who could take over as Pres. And that she's under investigation... it's more of the same GOP - - Abramoff, etc.
And the hypocrisy, after attacking Obama endlessly on lack of experience... she's more *ready* than Obama?
Really poor judgment by McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain is so out of touch that he thinks it's about what is between her legs and not what is between her ears that makes the selection of a woman for V.P. historical.

I'm OFFENDED. This is Miss Congeniality, runner-up for Miss Alaska.

INCREASED taxes in Wasilla. Target of a huge scandal for abusing her power as Governor of Alaska (since 2006) to harass and fire appointees who wouldn't go after the abusive ex-husband (an Alaskan State Trooper) of her sister.

Posted by: offended woman | August 29, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I look at this as McCain's first major choice. You might say judgement, in my mind Mitt Romney is the person the nation needs at this time mostly for ecomical reasons, but it seems that it is Palin that McCain needs mostly for politcal reasons. I won't vote Obama, but at this point it seems what ever it takes to get elected. McCain screwed up, this will cost him the election.

Posted by: marv | August 29, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

What a gift for the Dems! I think this probably will cost McCain the election.

Posted by: Sharon in Hilton Head, SC | August 29, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Why do you describe Howard Wolfson as "former Clinton communications director"? He no longer speaks for Hillary. He speaks for Roger Ailes as he is employed by Fox Noise. He is parroting rightwing talking points now, not Hillary Clinton's campaign opinions. Be fair, guys. Just give it a shot.

Posted by: truth | August 29, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't he just pick Paris Hilton?

Posted by: solrac2002 | August 29, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

A repost...

The first look at how a presidential candiate will run the country is the candidate's first and most important appointment, Vice President. Obama was willing to choose someone who had been critical of him because he thought Biden was particularily qualified. McCain picks an unknown, political light-weight who will never challenge or overshadow him, just to try to pick up women's votes.

I think it says everything about who has the judgment to be President

Posted by: Well said | August 29, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

You Obama Libs are loosers... Palin is hot and you are not...

Posted by: Timothy T-Man Rogers | August 29, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Typical Democrats... Sarah Palin is a brilliant pick for VP. The problem in Washington is that there are way too many Ivy League lawyers there. God forbid an ordinary American serve in DC.

Posted by: Pete | August 29, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

This is a deeply cynical selection. McCain doesn't care about women, he just cares about their votes.

The choice of Palin, a neoconservative ideologue with ZERO qualification to be VP to an elderly, infirm man, says to women:

McCain doesn't think you're smart enough to look at his policies; just be quiet and vote for the chromosome.

Posted by: Sally L. | August 29, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I have been a voting democrat my entire life and had already decided to vote McCain over Obama. The democratic party failed to stand up against the sexism and race baiting ploys of Obama and therefore they are no more in favor of women's rights than the Republicans. Democrats should have known that actions or in this case lack of action speaks louder than words. The democrats need to lose this election if women are ever to be treated fairly. The failure of the Super Delegates to nominate the only electable candidate, Hillary is the reason the dems lose this year. I will proudly vote McCain 2008. It really did not matter to me who he picked for VP but I am happy to have a VP with more experience than Obama and no record of using sexism and race baiting to get elected.

Posted by: Jodi | August 29, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"Watch "creationist" be used as the highest insult now."

And why shouldn't it? Time to join the 21st century.

Posted by: Kelly | August 29, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Why am I not surprised McCain didn't lay the groundwork for this? John McCain - impetuous gambler, hothead, in-your-face guy. Are the alarm bells going off yet?

Posted by: Mary | August 29, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain picked a trophy wife. Is it any wonder he would pick a trophy veep?
Palin sounds like a strong and impressive woman, but she stands for many things Hillary supports can never stomach. How pandering can McCain get? It's not fair to Palin, not fair to us women voters who can see right through this.

Posted by: jeezlouise | August 29, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama's only important foreign experience is mouth-kissing Mrs. Biden.

Posted by: Chuck the Czech | August 29, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

That was an extremely poor speech by Baracky Hussein Obama last night.

I know that only a extremely small number of people watched the Democratic Convention.

Following are keynote speakers that you missed and topics:

Marion Barry --- Drug Abuse

Rep. Denny Kucinich --- How to garner 1 % of the vote in every primary entered

Sen. Chrissy Dodd --- Obtaining Countrywide loans

Sen. Chucky Schumer --- How to initiate a run on a bank

Jesse Jackson ---- Marital fidelity and Castration

John Edwards ---- Ambulance Chasing and Spousal support in time of need

Sen. Theodore Kennedy --- Driver education and How to stop a pending autopsy

James McGreevey ---- Gay rights

Mayor Ray Nagin --- Emergency evacuation preparations

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick – Email etiquette in the workplace

Al Sharpton ---- Race relations

Sen. Evan Bayh --- How to ignore the Liberal wing of the Democratic Party and support the war in Iraq

Al Gore --- Snow Removal

Louis Farrakhan --- Muslims in America and Muslim in the White House

PS - My god, Sarah Palin is extremely good lucking and sexy !

Posted by: gary | August 29, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats' assertion that McCain picked Palin because she's a woman is so sexist and offensive. How about he picked her because she is a maverick like him, incredibly smart, an overwhelmingly popular governor, a proven ethical reformer, the mother of an Army soldier, the wife of a commercial fisherman, a person who is the complete package and just what the country needs??

Posted by: Dems are Sexist | August 29, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Can you guys see? McCain only picked her cuz she is pretty and he wasn't to sway Hilary voters. He had 1st wife, the his eyes landed on another pretty young woman and he divorced and got married to her. And now he is 72. He is a MAN and pretty woman is his weekness. Obama and Biden sound more qualified and it's time for change.

Posted by: Input. | August 29, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The first look at how a presidential candiate will run the country is the candidate's first and most important appointment, Vice President. Obama was willing to choose someone who had been critical of him because he thought Biden was particularily qualified. McCain picks an unknown, political light-weight who will never challenge or overshadow him, just to try to pick up women's votes.

I think it says everything about who has the judgment to be President

Posted by: bgjd1979 | August 29, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

So when John McCain talked all this time about needing experience to lead, he was lying? WTF

Posted by: MikeFromFla | August 29, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Unlike McCain, Obama has a heart beat.

Unlike McCain, Obama is the future.

Unlike McCain (Keating 5), Obama isn't a fraud.

Posted by: McAin't | August 29, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Very poor choice. Obviously McAin't is putting all of his eggs in the Hillary Clinton supporter-turned spiteful voter-basket, of which there are very few. In fact, any Clinton supporter that would actually vote for McSame-as-Bush would never have voted for Obama in the first place. One could say that they never really supported Hillary, just the idea of her being the first woman in the white house. Hillary is the complete opposite of everything McAin't stands for.

Posted by: McCain = Bush = McCain | August 29, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Romney did everything to court Mccain, wait if only he could have changed his sex. Seeing Romney for the past year I wouldn't be surprised if he would have done it, only he didn't have time to do it.

Posted by: Sam | August 29, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain wanted to suprise us and he did. Whatever his rationale for picking Governor Palin may have been, I think that he has greatly undercut his main argument against Senator Obama (i.e. his lack of experience) and highlighted one of Senator Obama's main arguments against him (i.e. his lack of judgment). I think that there are many conservatives out there who, while complimentary of Governor Palin's conservative credentials, are skeptical of her qualifications to be President of the United States. Most Republicans and Democrats would agree that the Vice President has to at least appear Presidential. It's hard for me to imagine a less Presidential pick than a Governor with less than two years in office who was formerly the Mayor of a small town in a small state (population-wise). What possible strength does she bring to the McCain ticket (outside of the obvious demographic one)? How will she help shore up McCain's self-proclaimed lack of understanding of the economy? This should be an interesting eight weeks...

Posted by: Shaka | August 29, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Obama, McCain chose a woman.

Unlike McCain, Obama is a fraud.

Posted by: Chuck the Czech | August 29, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Better a vice president who needs on the job training than a president who needs on the job training.

Posted by: Susan | August 29, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I am a woman and a former supporter of Hillary Clinton. While I am disappointed she is not the Pres nominee, I will not vote for McCain simply cause he picked a woman for his vp. She is against everything I stand for. McCain will get some Hillary supporters, the Puma's, who only care about getting McCain elected as revenge to the Dem Party, but the women I know have moved to Obama's Camp. We know exactly what McCain is trying to do. He doesn't care about us, he just wants our votes. For the Puma's, they are being played. Sad they don't see that. I need healthcare now, not later. The best way for Hillary, who I love, to get her idea's and plans into law is by having a dem in the office of the White House. McCain, you sound desparate here. This is one woman who won't be swayed by your pathetic attemp to get all women to vote for you.

Posted by: Ann | August 29, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Saying that Paulin has 'executive' experience - being Gov. of Alaska (pop. 700k) for less than 2 yrs - is like saying my 11 month old daughter - who shares daycare with a culturally diverse group of babies - has Foreign Policy experience.

Posted by: McAin't Gonna Happen | August 29, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Two years ago, Palin was part-time mayor of a village of 6,000. Today, she's supposedly ready to step in to run this country in the eventuality that a 72 year old John McBush can no longer perform those duties?...Really?...HAHAHA!!!

Posted by: astral99 | August 29, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

It's a bad move, McCain.

Obvious move to pick a woman, only because you want women to feel they have a token. "Well you can't get Hillary, how about a substitute?" Especially insulting, seeing as how you oppose equal pay for women, and how you call your wife abhorent names in public, how you joke about rape, etc., etc. Bad move because your misogyny does not make you a historic candidate, just because your pick is a woman.

She's as much your trophy as Cindy is.

Posted by: SLB | August 29, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I challenge this reporterette to show her sources on this bs. I know WP employees are in mourning over this.

Posted by: Freddy | August 29, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Palin is an ideologue, on choice, on the environment, on energy -- all the way down the line. This an ideological pick in an election where self-identified Republicans are a dying breed and Democratic self-identification is skyrocketing. McCain has abandoned any notion of playing for the center. He's looking to shore up his right flank and hoping that the Evangelical Right can somehow drag McCain's old butt over the line.


Posted by: Agent Orange | August 29, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

What a surprise. Throw barbs at McCain if you will, but he had the confidence to pick someone from the over 50% of American society that rarely gets the opportunity. And while "Palin is no Hillary", at least the gender that represents the majority of American society will get a chance.
Keep the maverick attitude, McCain, and remember that Democrats have ideas too. It should serve you well in this election. And thanks for the gutty call.

Posted by: LeslieC | August 29, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Paulin, Obama has foreign policy experience - and a VP with even more.

Unlike Paulin, Obama supports Women's right to choose.

Unlike Paulin, Obama is the real deal.

Posted by: McSame | August 29, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

RE: Mavis

Geraldine Ferraro was the running mate in 1984, not 1988. Lloyd Bentsen ran with Dukakis.

Posted by: Everett | August 29, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

How can "consevatives" call themselves such when they propose a woman as vice president? What ever happened to the sanctity of home and family life as the fundamental vocation of a woman, especially a woman with five children? Women should not seek nor hold public office...True Christian Conservatives will have to vote for McCain as the lesser of two evils, to prevent the barbarian hordes from taking Washington, but under no illusions that he is anything but, at best, a liberal himself.

Posted by: LST | August 29, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin: The Bridge to Nowhere

Posted by: howlless | August 29, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a feminist who cares about women!

McCain/Palin is gonna crush the out-of touch elitist ticket of Obama/Biden.

Palin also has more executive experience than the entire Dem ticket!

Go Palin!

Posted by: BigOrangeArmy | August 29, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

You can tell how great a pick this was for the Republican party by how vicious the attacks are against Palin by the left wing dolts. This pick has buried Obama/Biden. Actually the pick of Biden ended his run officially by itself.

Posted by: vanman | August 29, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Obama, Palin has executive accomplishments.

Unlke Obama, Palin will better connect with American voters.

Unlike Obama, Palin is genuine.

Posted by: Chuck the Czech | August 29, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

When the dust settles from this announcement people will be left with the clear impression that John McCain, who loves to shoot craps, gambled big-time on this pick.

Not only that, but as all of us guys know, Republican guys, especially down south, how can I best put this... they tend to not to trust women making decisions. ***The men who don't have a problem with a pick like this are democrats.***

Wow. What a stupid pick. He gains Alaska's 3 electoral votes and loses Virginia, No Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Wow.

He loses men's votes but, by picking a pro-life neocon likely won't get a corresponding bump with women. And the bump will be spread out, in places like Mass and California and Texas. This does not help him in the Northern, and now the newly emerging Southern, battlegrounds. Wow.

He's as stupid and as reckless as I had thought.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 29, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the most unqualified VP nominee in modern history, with the possible exception of Admiral Stockdale.

She's worse than Quayle.

Posted by: Bush + Cheney = McCain | August 29, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Here John McCain spent all that time ranting and raving over the lack of experience... that Obama didn't have the chops to deal with the likes of Putin, Hamas, Iran, et al...

And the hockey mom DOES?

Oh, yeah. That's right, the old geezer (72 today) ain't gonna die, no how, no way... he's got GOD and the right-wingers like Dobson and Hagee on his side.

John McCain just lost my vote. "I was just your average hockey mom..." what a cinderella story. She claims "cut taxes" not.

During her tenure as mayor of the little town of Wasilla, the city’s operating budget grew from $3.9 million to $5.8 million.

But I am confused about the "doubling down" on ethics/reforming? From what I understand... she's currently the target of a major investigation of how she's abused her power as governor to harass and fire appointees who wouldn't punish her sister's abusive ex, who is an Alaskan State Trooper?

That's not reform or ethical. Here's a link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsOJStsGB5U&feature=related


Posted by: Lost my vote | August 29, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN, YOU'RE NO HILLARY CLINTON! John McCain is really pathetic -- scared to lose, he got a Dan Quayle-like bimbo. Obama-Biden will mop the floor with this ticket. McCain-Palin is a pathetic cosmetic alliance devoid of structural integrity.

Shame on you for insulting the intelligenceof the American women. Shame!

Posted by: Jenna B. | August 29, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

A Pro-life creationist, I don't think thats what Hillary supporters had in mind when they voted for her. It's offically McDumb now!

Posted by: Boston | August 29, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Mavis said: "It is a slap in women's face to think that all we deserve is second place."

Sure...go ahead and settle for NO PLACE! Go ahead and vote for Barack "Sweetie" Sexist Obama. At least you'll be able to pat yourself on the back for electing a black man...might wash away a little of the guilt for your party's digusting history on slavery, segregation, and civil rights.

Posted by: ynot4tony2 | August 29, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Watch "creationist" be used as the highest insult now.

Posted by: Ray_D | August 29, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I am thrilled at the choice of Palin. Romney will be Sec'y of Treasury, Lieberman at the Defense Dept. McCain will use all good people to protect and defend this great country. Palin represents women at their best . . . Death to child killers!An executive, not another Senator. Now Hillary can get rid of Bill who did her no good, ever!

Posted by: Gloria | August 29, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Romney has worked tirelessly for McCain and turned over his donor lists, and hosted fundraisers for him, appeared on tv for him many, many times. If I were him, I would have very bruised feelings as well.

He is the consumate gentleman and excuded nothing but class in the primary defeat so I would expect a similar level of grace this time but it has to sting for both he and Pawlenty.

He's a good man. I would expect him to be back in the 2012 and be the nominee to face President Obama in his bid for a second term.

It's 1976 all over again!

Posted by: Ci2Eye | August 29, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

At long last, it's time to see some infighting among the Repugnant party. This should be interesting. Romney and Lieberman must feel like a couple of stooges today.

Posted by: shadow government | August 29, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

ezr1

We have been there done that/1988 ... with women taking second spot ... Hillary ran for the top spot not to be anyone's VP.

I cannot see women staring out the primary process wishing to be the next VP of the United States.

Palin a heart beat away from being president of the United States??!!

Are you kidding me?

Posted by: Mavis | August 29, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

And nothing wrong with having 5 child,(i adopted 3, but after i got out of the army where i knew i could devote my love and time) but who will watch them, this was my first and foremost question?

i understand the history behind it, but how do you talk about child care, and soccer mom when you wont be there to do these thing? I so confused.

Our national defense and economy is in a wreck, we need 24 hour leaders


"strong role model for girls and young women."
She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin#cite_note-Hopkins-9

Posted by: soldier | August 29, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

This is a huge SLAP IN THE FACE OF REPUBLICANS ... McCain was angry with Karl Rove interfering with his first choice Joe Liberman ... Karl wanted Mitt Romney ... and this is his trade mark reflect action when he is pissed off.

This is pandering to Hillary's female voters ... there are profound issues on which we disagree as Republicans with the Democrats... on pro-life, same sex marriage, abortion and guns. In the end "It is our Economy Stupid" ... and we missed having Mitt Romney beside John on this ticket!!

Posted by: Independent Joe | August 29, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

This is a woman embroiled in a major investigation on how she's used her power as governor to harass and fire those who would not do so to her sister's abusive State Trooper husband.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQx42Tsz5NQ&feature=related

Pro-life, Pro-death penalty, Gun-toting, claims to want to reduce taxes - yet during mayor (her major experience) the budget grew from $3.9 million to $5.8 million.

Can you see it? Palin vs. Putin? Hockey mom vs. Hamas?

I guess John McCain either lied about picking someone "ready for the job" or he thinks at 72, he can't die.

Now... that's judgment for you.

Posted by: nobush3rd | August 29, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Mavis, can you please explain why you see Governor Palin as a "token" choice? She's a dynamic, extraordinarily popular reform governor who is also, as a mother of five, a strong role model for girls and young women. Why is McCain's choice of her offensive? Are you not equally offended by Senator Obama's choice of Joe Biden, who won 9,000 votes in the Iowa caucus, over Hillary Clinton, who won 18 million votes by competing in every primary? It seems to me that it's Senator Obama who should be the target of your anger, not Senator McCain.

Posted by: ezr1 | August 29, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I just watched the roll out in Dayton,and I am ..gobsmacked- she is a less than fabulous speaker and seemed as if she was at a PTA meeting. What a smack in the face to Hilary's supporters-of whom I was not one- but she is a creationist, pro-life, gun owner...what a joke,

Posted by: Elizabeth W | August 29, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

My first thought on McCain picking a woman ... it is cynical ... Hillary Clinton ran in the primaries to be the President of the United States ... 18 months of hard work and 18 million supporters. It is a slap in women's face to think that all we deserve is second place. The Democrats tried that trick already in 1988 with Geraldine. I can't see Democrats flocking to McCain and 4 more years of this gridlock and uncertainty around domestic affairs ... when the possibility of the first black man being our President ... gives all of us more hope ... than token appointments.

Posted by: Mavis | August 29, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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