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Palin Thanks Her Online Supporters as Interest Grows

By Jose Antonio Vargas
Online, politicians and their supporters both leave digital footprints.

And so it was that yesterday's announcement of Gov. Sarah Palin as Sen. John McCain's running mate led us to Adam Brickley, a young Republican who's a recent graduate of University of Colorado at Colorado-Springs. In Feb. 2007, months before the first-term Alaskan governor, was on anyone's radar screen, the 21-year-old created the blog Draft Palin for Vice President.

Yesterday, much to his own surprise, his dreams were answered. Brickley wrote around 6 p.m. Friday: "Just so that you all know, I did receive a brief phone call tonight from Todd and Sarah Palin.Thanks to them for being so kind."

Earlier today, Brickley told The Trail about the call. "They thanked me for my tenacity," said Brickley, who now lives in Washington, D.C., and works as an intern for the conservative site TownHall.com.

Brickley's blog grew into a Facebook group. In the summer of 2007, when McCain's campaign was languishing and Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson were atop the polls, Brickley also created the pro-Palin Facebook group Draft Palin for Vice President. Today that group lists more than 1,400 grateful members.

"I am so excited about Gov. Palin as the VP on the ticket," wrote one member on the group's wall last last night. "I am a conservative woman, and was mixed re: my support for John McCain. I wondered if he would thumb his nose at the conservatives."

What the Web captures more than any other medium is early excitement, growing passion -- and buzz. But that buzz can work both for and against a candidate.

Some less flattering Palin-oriented groups on Facebook include "Sarah Palin will be worse than Dick Cheney!" (143 members) and "My Pet Rock Is More Qualified Than Sarah Palin To Be Vice President" (55).

And Brickley's not the only supporter to have created a blog or site pushing for Palin. Paul Volosen, a program manager at Microsoft, started a blog called McCain Palin 2008 three months ago. Volosen also contributes to another site, Palin for America, which was launched about two months ago.

"So many in the media have been saying, 'She's not experienced!' Well, she's been in office for 16 years. Sixteen!" Volosen told The Trail. "Obama better watch out because the soccer moms will come out in full force this election. They're gonna say, 'Check out Palin. This is what I want my daughter to be.'"

Meanwhile, the online buzz on Palin is growing. Yesterday, so many people rushed to their computers and to Google the moment Sen. John McCain announced his surprising choice for running mate that, for a time, the Alaska governor's office official site went down.

Since Friday morning,
Palin's Wikipedia page -- one of the first pages on that comes up via Google -- has been edited hundreds of times. Some users added flattering edits, while others were not so complimentary. Anyone can edit Wikipedia, and discussion on Palin's page has ranged from "Mention of attractiveness" to "Is she Pentecostal?"

On Technorati, which provides a real-time glimpse of the blogosphere, her name was one of yesterday's most popular terms, right up there with McCain and Obama.DaikyKos.com and TownHall.com, the must-click liberal and conservative group blogs, featured several Palin posts, as well. "How many houses does it take for McCain to pick a VP?" asked a post on DailyKos; a post on TownHall tried to plumb "The Hillary Backlash Over the Palin Pick."

Dozens have uploaded pro- or anti-Palin videos on YouTube since the announcement. Before Friday, there were about 300 Palin-oriented videos on YouTube. As of Saturday morning, the number had spiked to about 1,530.

The Internet, of course, is not the only way to measure grassroots interest and support. But as Sen. Barack Obama's campaign has found out, it can be undeniably helpful.

This is one in a series of online columns on our growing "clickocracy," in which we are one nation under Google, with e-mail and video for all. Please send suggestions, comments and tips to vargasj-at-washpost-dot-com.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 30, 2008; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  B_Blog , John McCain , Sarah Palin , The Clickocracy  
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Posted by: oysy52472q | September 3, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Palin was a nobody until McCain brought her to the spotlight. All those clever ploys to fool the American public again. If McCain wins, America deserves its position to be denigrated by the rest of the world. A country with $53 trillion debt putting on a show in the elections with so much smoke and mirrors.

Posted by: Basil | September 1, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

hey, listen to Sarah Palin in her own words in this NewsWeek Video that was done back in March 2008! Its very telling!
http://www.newsweek.com/id/156190

Posted by: Charles | September 1, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla — that amounts to $3,000 per resident. She argues that the debt was needed to fund improvements.


http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12987.html

Toward the very bottom.

Not for America now.

Posted by: M. Tobias | September 1, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla — that amounts to $3,000 per resident. She argues that the debt was needed to fund improvements.


http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12987.html

Toward the very bottom.

Not for America now.

Posted by: M. Tobias | September 1, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I am just a little shocked, like much of the country, that McCain would pick someone with relatively no experience. It's hard to believe that this was not a political gimmick; hard to believe that McCain believes that Palin is the best selection. With so many other options, including several conservative female politicians with much more experience than Palin, to chose from, why her? One of her first couple words in her acceptance speech was "Hillary"...I don't think any woman Democrat would vote for McCain simply because Palin is on the ticket. Poor display of judgment, wisdom, and leadership.

Posted by: GoIrish! | September 1, 2008 2:43 AM | Report abuse

palin fought corruption in her own party.obama is the favorite son of the corrupt as hell dem chicago political machine.

Posted by: james | September 1, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

When the oil company's started to dick around with the oil leases (big oil companies bought leases 30 or so years ago and sat on them, never to drill or explore), Palin told them to get off the pot or they can start paying taxes on the projected oil and gas that is in those leases. She gave them a deadline.. They're moving equipment to those leases now and drilling. Paying taxes on something they haven't pulled out of the ground was not a good thing.. ;) She sticks to her guns and doesn't let anybody scare her off, big oil companies or not. Every time something has gone on in this state, good or bad, Sarah is johnny-on-the-spot to see what is going on and how she can help.

Side note: A company downtown has been printing up T-shirts that say "My Governor is HOTTER than your Governor!" with her pic on the front... ;)

Posted by: student in Alaska | September 1, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Just what we need a backward religious dictator, taking choice way from women...she's a perfect partner for a fake war hero..one thing Mccain and Palin need to do to win, is make sure no one see's the propaganda films he made in Hanoi and make sure know finds out his nickname was song bird. Oh and by the way, if they had offered to release him for propaganda reasons and he refused, ask yourself why wouldn't they just drive him and dump him near a US LZ or base. Or hand him to the Red Cross.. it's all a lie, they wanted to keep him, he was giving them information and he made sure that all records were sealed forever... so your just taking his word for it!!

Posted by: keaton | August 31, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

The same type online organizing that drafted Palin is also mobilizing to defeat her and McCain in the general election.

The 'Sarah Palin is NOT Hillary Clinton' Facebook group has over 6400 members who have joined in reaction to John McCain's historic yet insulting and disastrous selection of Governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential nominee.

On the wall and on the message boards, Americans, male and female, young and old, Hillary, Obama and even former McCain supporters are organizing to get the word out there that we will not be fooled by John McCain's trick - his insinuation that women are interchangeable and will vote against themselves in some sort of mass gender vote is offensive and utter tokenism.

Come join the group and the discussion - and help us organize to elect the only pro-women, pro-environment, pro-change ticket this election: Obama/Biden 08.

Posted by: Shelby Knox | August 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

To bad she wasn't the Governor of Ca. You wouldn't be hearing the pundits crying about lack of experience.She is more than qualified to run for VP she has handled her share of political tasks in her tenure as governor of Alaska. She can get a state budget to work (not like that idiot in ca)has the final say on bills and laws that are on her desk (can't say the same for nobamma) who justs talks about what he's done if your unsure check the cogressional record and see what he's done not much!

Posted by: big dad | August 31, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

A mother of five with a four month old with Downs Syndrome puts her children second over a job that will consume her every waking moment? What kind of woman is she? That baby needs her more than she needs to be VP. She makes me sick.

Posted by: Maryj | August 31, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin is one classy lady with a lot going for her. I could easily see her eventually winning a seat in Congress and making her mark as an accomplished statesman. She should have turned McCain down on the vice presidency, because she is woefully unprepared for this brutal campaign and the office she has been nominated for. She will make a fool of herself, will end up the female Dan Quayle and her political career will be destroyed just as Quayle's was.

Posted by: craftykids | August 31, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

For me, this is the bottom line:

Because of his advanced age, there is a very real chance that McCain could be stricken by a disabling medical condition or, God forbid, even die in office.

Who would then be commander in chief and in charge of national security? A totally unknown and untested political rookie, a young woman who was selected by the president, not by anyone's vote.

It's utter insanity. And as dangerous as it gets.

Posted by: JudiNV | August 31, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Palin economic, energy, education and health leader
Alaska now has a rating of (Palin ranks Standard & Poor’s AA+, $5.2 billion in reserve of $17.2 billion tax revenues under Palin's leadership.
She supports all of her schools, mentoring students and applauding their success - check them out they are several points higher than the natl average and only a few points off in two.
Palin serves as The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission chairman.

Health care leader Governor Sarah Palin welcomes the visit of the People's Republic of China Minister of Health Qiang Gao to observe the delivery of rural health care in Alaska acquaint China’s top ranking health official with Alaska models for rural health care delivery, both on site and through the use of telemedicine.
Palin is chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee
Governors Palin leads and presses congress to fully fund the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
She has a record, not so Obama

Posted by: teacherindc | August 31, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

As a Canadian, cognizant of the fact that the US presidential outcome
affects us greatly and our federal election just around the corner, I have
to admit that the US presidential race has become compelling, especially
with the selection of the Alaskan Governor Palin as the vice-presidential
candidate. Although with some risk, I think McCain made a brilliant move.

I find it annoying that the liberal media keeps on harping about McCain's
age. Give me a break! A dedicated airman who survived years in the
Hannoi Hilton without mentally and physically cracking, there is a good
chance he will surpass the average life expectancy of the American male,
which is around 80 years. Besides, McCain has aged remarkably well.

I find it also interesting that health-care is back in the limelight again,
with Obama dangling free health-care as reward for the democratic vote.
Bill Clinton had 8 years to introduce sweeping changes and did very little!
People like Al Gore like to point to our (Canadian) health care system as
a desirable example. Don't buy it! State funded “free” medicare alone will
not do, it needs the augmentation of private health care providers to fill the
gap. In our land private health care companies are allowed to operate, with
the grudging acquiescence of our elected social engineers. The present
American health care system is in confusion, but our's isn't perfect, either.

McCain has the sensible idea: ”affordable” health insurance, which could
be graduated to every tax payer's income. Just forget about the word ”free”.
Joe Biden has one idea which I like. By all means, support the Iraqui
government to bring their army and security forces up to par, which would
allow a safe withdrawal of the US armed forces, but pay for the present
American security umbrella out of their very sizable oil revenue income.

Posted by: tayloreu | August 31, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who supports the shooting of Wolves and pulling the polar bear off the endangered species list is someone who lacks compassion as a human being.

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

I crossed over party lines to vote for Hilary. I am 46, it is time for a woman in leadership at the highest levels. Sarah Palin has solidified my vote for McCain. I'll even help to campaign. She just got the women of America to tune in. I have lived all over the United States. The western women are well represented by common roots and common sense of Sarah Palin.

Obama made a huge mistake with his extreme arrogance to not meet with Hilary Clinton. The funny part is Hilary was not even popular with me but I have grown impatient with why women are not involved in the Presidential race.

It is time and I am thrilled that two mavericks are running...the US needs it.

Posted by: Mary Johnson-Ohio | August 31, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I crossed over party lines to vote for Hilary. I am 46, it is time for a woman in leadership at the highest levels. Sarah Palin has solidified my vote for McCain. I'll even help to campaign. She just got the women of America to tune in. I have lived all over the United States. The western women are well represented by common roots and common sense of Sarah Palin.

Obama made a huge mistake with his extreme arrogance to not meet with Hilary Clinton. The funny part is Hilary was not even popular with me but I have grown impatient with why women are not involved in the Presidential race.

It is time and I am thrilled that two mavericks are running...the US needs it.

Posted by: Mary Johnson-Ohio | August 31, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin represents conservative values. She has executive experience and I'll vote McCain/Palin because they represent my values:
Family Values
Life Values
Less Government Intrusion/Taxes
More Free Market
Private Sector Solutions and Opportunity
Protecting my 2nd Amendment RIGHT

We can sit here and call names...but the reality is there are TWO AMERICAS.
#1.) People that take responsibility for themselves and family, and want government off their back
#2.) People that want nanny state government and want government on my back so they can have a better life

The DNC was a parade of victims...floods, hurricanes, whatever. I didn't hear stories of people who pull themselves up from the low points of their life and make it happen...vs looking for a handout. My family has lived through adversity. We OVERCAME it. That is what I expect of Americans...because it's what Americans expect of me.

The DNC was disappointing. Our forefathers would be disappointed. That's not what this country was built upon.

McCain/Palin represent opportunity. If your wage is less today than 8 years ago...ask why? What did YOU do differently? Did you make yourself more valuable? Did you seek out more responsibility and accountability to be paid more? Did you get educated or more education? No? Then....I wonder why you make less....

Ever ask yourself this question? Are people more motivated when they know the checks will keep rolling in...or when they know they'll end? I look at my job as though it could end tomorrow...I plan my finances...I take risks with opportunities.

Nothing is a sure thing...and the US has one heck of a safety net...so...you just need to be motivated and stop believing the liberal lie.

Go McCain/Palin!

Posted by: MakeUsProud | August 31, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I was thrilled when Palin was announced! Finally, a conservative worth supporting!!

Bring it on!!!

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Posted by: nlp5widq2k | August 31, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Re. the slur that her youngest child isn't hers - why is it that when there are scandals re. Dems (Clinton and Edwards' sex scandals, Obama and Rezko, etc.) we wait until there is solid proof before we convict, but when we are dealing with a GOP candidate, rumors seem to get elevated to facts? There was a picture of her from February which shows her as obviously pregnant; I am sure she could also release sonograms and doctors' records if she had to.

Re. her qualifications - I admit that the GOP candidate for VP is a little light on experience just like the Dem PRESIDENTIAL candidate. However, as GOVERNOR of Alaska, she did achieve a number of things. I can actually list several accomplishments of hers. What has Obama accomplished as US Senator? What pieces of legislation bear his name?

Re. Palin - She has an over 80% approval rating in Alaska, which is very high for a governor. While she was governor, she said no to the bridge to nowhere, sold a private jet that the state had set aside for her to fly in and instead she chose to fly on commercial airlines (which is a lot more green than people like Al Gore, who use chartered jets), she overhauled the state's ethics laws, she got rid of special tax breaks for oil companies in her state, she pushed for and got legislation passed to get a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the lower 48, she invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, implemented the Senior Benefits Program that provides support for low-income older Alaskans, created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office to provide oversight and maintenance of oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure, and the Climate Change Subcabinet to prepare a climate change strategy for Alaska.

She is a working mother, which should be considered a positive role model for women. Her husband was a stay-at-home dad.

Posted by: Shefali | August 31, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

I base experience and leadership ability on results, not time. As far as I see right now, Sarah Palin has accomplished far more in here two years as Governer than Senator Obama has in his three years as Senator.

Posted by: Michael, PA | August 31, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Barb Thats just RUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Mick | August 30, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an answer to prayer as far as I'm concerned. I've been praying that John McCain would make the right choice for VP. After hearing her speak, I have no doubt that she is the right one and will do a great job for our country.

Posted by: Peggy | August 30, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Just like with his decision to vote "YES" to pre-emptively invade Iraq, McCain has failed again with his VP pick.


The Anchorage Daily News samples some state politician reaction:

"She's (Palin) not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? said [State Senate President Lyda Green, a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla]. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"

Full story here:
http://www.adn.com/politics/story/510249.html
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Posted by: LeeAnn Waters | August 30, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if there is any truth to this rumor that Palin's baby is actually her 16 year old daughter's baby!

Rumor has it that she was embarrassed and angry that her teenage daughter became pregnant so she thought up a scheme to pretend it was hers:

http://themoderatevoice.com/politics/sarah-palin/22236/the-fully-vetted-sarah-palin/

If it’s true it raises serious questions about her judgment and ability to tell the truth.

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

The experienced run for cover when "knack" enters the room. That's a principle. Presently there is a lot of rope being sold and people are practicing tying themselves down in anticipation.

Posted by: australianfry | August 30, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palen is an honist person, and has demonstrated that she has guts. She will handle real power just as well as she has the power of a position with a small number of people in Alaska. I believe she McCain will win, because Oboma cannot continue to cover up for much longer, and when it comes out, it will be dousie. I predict that there will be a movie made entitled "Palin Goes To Washigton"

Posted by: WS Norton | August 30, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

The left is shaking in their boots, and this is the way they're letting their fear out.

The first step is denial, the second is anger.

Bye Bye Obummer

Posted by: BHO no 'mo. | August 30, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I suspect many of the vitriolic comments against Governor Palin come from people who believe in abortion on demand, government imposed income redistribution, government healthcare, etc. It's funny that many who criticize the Palin pick cite her lack of experience; funnier still that some say that they will cross over now to vote for Obama because of her lack of qualifications or experience. To those of you who are bothered by Palin's lack of experience, are you not concerned about Obama's lack of experience? And to those who say Palin is now a heartbeat away from being president, Obama if elected would be a heartbeat away from a 3a.m. call. Palin has executive experience with accomplishments; Obama has no executive experience and no noteworthy legislative accomplishments. To those people emphasizing that 19 million people voted for Obama while Palin was selected? That is true but it does not change the fact that Palin is more qualified to be president than Obama. To those women who say they are insulted that McCain thinks he will get massive support from women because of this pick? McCain did not make this pick with the idea he would get votes from most women. Most Hillary voters are single issue voters who favor abortion in most cases or without restriction. But not all of Hillary's voters are in that category. Obama/Biden is a liberal ticket and McCain/Palin is a conservative one. We now have a clear philosophical choice.

Posted by: WolverineMI1 | August 30, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I was not going to vote in this presidential election, but adding Sarah Palin to the ticket has changed my mind.

McCain will get my vote.

Posted by: Jimminy | August 30, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Right now Obama/Biden are up by 5 percent in Alaska. How will this affect the Races up North?

Ethan Berkowitz against Don Young. Mark Begich against Ted Stevens.

Alaska is a Wonderful State.

Vote Obama/Biden and good luck Alaska Democrats!

Posted by: Bobby | August 30, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

We respect McCain's choice of Sarah Palin from Alaska. This is a Democracy.

The contrast between both parties is now clear. The voters will chose on the issues.

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Annie | August 30, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

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

The contrasts are there for all to see.

Nice try Rove.

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Betsy | August 30, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

This person looks like a deer caught in headlights.. Which is ironic and hee-lariuos.. I cant wait till this one starts talking... its really going to be some fun for the whole family. Maybe she can teach me about congeniality.

Posted by: erik | August 30, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

and since when do we even consider Alaska Rural???? This is as remote as remote gets people, next stop north pole. You guys better think real hard about this one. Just because they like guns does not mean its the south. This is getting scary

Posted by: erik | August 30, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Whee! Reading the posts tells me the Obamabots are in full attack mode. This means they are scared spitless. Wait til Sarah'cuda tears O'biden a new one.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

In March 08 Palin pubically said Hillary Clinton is a WHINER. Today, she can't praise her enough for "breaking the ceiling."

Poor, poor, judgement.

Posted by: kate | August 30, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Janet:

The term is "Executive" experience. Biden has none. Obama has none. McCain has some from the military. Palin has several years.

Posted by: Buford Gooch | August 30, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Since when did we start wanting the PTA and Vice Presidency mixing blood??
I dont care if she is man, woman, or ape... She knows squat and is from Alaska where it took a wopping 115,000 people to vote her in as Gov. Really can you represent the US better than to pick somebody that lives in isolation... for somebody that dropped everything when she heard Ivana Trump was coming to the "Big City" to peddle her perfume.. Why you ask... Because Ivana Trump represented Class, Culture, and Glamor to her.... A @@@@ bumpkin 2 steps away from being my president.

Posted by: erik | August 30, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

"NO WAY, NO HOW, NO OBAMA!"

There ya go TG Fixed for ya,

Posted by: RAML | August 30, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

A woman's place is in the home not in elected office. You men are fools.
Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: Ray | August 30, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I was not going to vote this election. However now I am so proud that we may have a woman in the position of Vice President in my lifetime that I will be voting Nov 5th for McCain and Palin.

Posted by: Grandmaof6 | August 30, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone( to:yomamma)say she has more executive experience then Obama, Biden and McCain put together. Are you kidding me she is all of 44 years old Biden is 65 and has all the experience to be VP versa Palin. She has NO experience and with 5 kids and a Down Syndrome child she should never have accepted such a position. What the heck was she thinking maybe SHE IS ON A "POWER TRIP". Could you imagine her President if McCain was to kick the bucket. Give me a break! Plus she doesn't believe in Pro-Choice, she's Against Gays and Lesbians, plus don't get me started on the animals. "PETA" will take care of that. Vote OBAMA/BIDEN on November 4. "May God Bless America"

Posted by: Janet | August 30, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

This is where most of the liberials are whining so I'll Put my two cents worth in. Bye Bye B HObama

Posted by: Mickey | August 30, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

It was a judgment not based in politics but the fact that the white house can't function if it is a daily soap opera. He made the right decision while knowing it could hurt him politically. I think that is called leadership.

Mccain will have to remove "Country first" from all his literature because that is obviously is not what he did. John Mccain decided he would rather try to win an election and lose the country. Can you imagine her as president if Mccain strokes out? She has no power she is nothing but a schmuck. Chaney and the whole Bush crowed will be right there telling her what to do because she doesn't have a clue. If they got elected and Mccain died, our country is finished.

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Some of you want to talk about the judgement of John McCain picking Gov.Palin and seem to forget about Obama's judgement to ignore the fact that Hillary Clinton brought in 18 million votes to the Democratic party yet still chose Biden for his running mate.McCain didn't choose Palin for Hillary voters. He chose her for party unity.I am voting McCain/Palin.
Great job McCain!!!

Posted by: Riverrat | August 30, 2008 5:29 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Palin is nothing more than an inexperienced creationist cheerleader.


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

Full story here:
http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/aug/29/palin-vice-presidential-candidacy-raises-eyebrows-/
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Posted by: Bush + Cheney = McCain | August 30, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't think people like her have a clue. Does she think it is like being appointed an ambassador? She said in a recent interview she didn't know what the the vice president does? While also saying she didn't know much about Iraq and had not thought much about it. IT THIS SOME KIND OF FU*KIN JOKE?

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If she had a ounce of class she would bow out. She is accepting a job she has no qualifications for. Why would she do that?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

To all of the previous Hillary supporters considering the McCain/Palin ticket as the second chance to shatter the glass ceiling:
I encourage you to think of Hillary's impassioned question at the DNC- "Were you in this just for me?" If your answer was "No, I was also in it for the issues and people you care passionately about" (I hope), then please consider the following when considering Palin as your female substitute:
-Palin does not believe that global warming is man made and stands on an anti-environmentalist platform.
-Palin strongly opposes abortion rights, even in the case of incest or rape. She supports nominating Supreme Court Justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade (up to 3 such justices are likley to be nominated in the next President's first term)
-Palin previously supported a constitutional ammendment banning health care benefits for same sex couples. She also supports a constitutional ammendment banning gay marraige
-Palin's husband works for one of the biggest oil companies in the country, bp
-Palin supports teaching creationism in public schools
-Palin takes extreme right wing positions on every issue other than ethics- however, she is currently under investigation for unethical conduct in Alaska
-Palin strongly opposes stem cell research, needed to find cures for numerous diseases.
I ask you once again- were you in it just for Hillary? Or did you have even a slightest care for the issues and people she has spent her whole life fighting for? Would you like her to become a Senate star, and possible future President, by having an administration that backs her views and policies, or would you rather see all of her best efforts squandered by a administration that takes opposite views on every issue Hillary stands for?

Posted by: Lisa | August 30, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

If she had a ounce of class she would bow out. She is accepting a job she has no qualifications for. Why would she do that?

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She seems like a regular women, trying to do her duty for state, country and family.


Good for her!

Posted by: 34489 | August 30, 2008 3:02 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Some of you want to talk about the judgement of John McCain picking Gov.Palin and seem to forget about Obama's judgement to ignore the fact that Hillary Clinton brought in 18 million votes to the Democratic party yet still chose Biden for his running mate.McCain didn't choose Palin for Hillary voters. He chose her for party unity.I am voting McCain/Palin.
Great job McCain!!!

Posted by: Riverrat | August 30, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

TO: ladymalachite

No need to worry about this lady or McCain. Neither of them will be running this country from the White House. We all know if McCain becomes the president, this country will be controled from the ranch in Crawford, TX. Does naming him "McSame" has any meaning to you? McCain was good candidate if he can use his expirience and knowledge, but republican party doesn't need him for nothing less, but to continue the war in Iraq, prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, sppying on us, raise oil prices and profits and keep on preying on weak countries to give us their soldiers. McCain is not McCain anymore and this lady is just somebody who has no idea about the Bush family and their personal agendas.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

My fellow moderate conservatives who would vote for McCain, PLEASE consider that if McCain dies in office (which would be terrible, but not unlikely considering his age) we will have a President who:

1. Goes way beyond wanting to ban gay marriage, and would want to deny gays ALL rights if not criminalize homosexuality altogether.

2. Is not just pro-life; she would ban abortion even in cases of medical necessity , where it would save the mother's life.

3. Is anti-science; she wants to force public schools to teach creationism, and maintains that global warming his a "myth" despite all evidence to the contrary (which she probably has never even taken the time to look at).

4. Is enslaved by the NRA lobby; her advocacy of gun rights goes way beyond making it easier for people to get guns for defense or hunting. She favors total deregulation.

Because of his age, it is important for McCain to have a vice president who would make a good president. Palin is far too right-wing. If she becomes president, not only Democrats but even Republicans should be scared.

Posted by: ladymalachite | August 30, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

God, Alaska is the worst state so far in everything and we got a person who is taking care of Alaska's problems trying to get away from it and take care of whole country. May God help us with McCain and this lady, may God help us. One more intresting fact about Alaska, NO BLACK PEOPLE.

Posted by: BOBSTER | August 30, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Wendy said:
"Palin is NO Hillary Clinton. Hillary is an accomplished person"

So true.Yet,republicans nominated Palin for VP when Obama ignored Hillary. So sad.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Vote for McRetardo/Barbi 08! The best ticket ever!

My god....those two will go down as the most laughable politicians EVER in the history of the United States of America.

McSenile/Bimbette 08


Tell ya what, Jack...I would vote for Governor Sarah Barrakuda Palin herself for PRESIDENT from what I know of her in two days compared to what I know of NObama since Radio personalities started vetting that jerk months ago for those of us who don't vote feeeeeelings but vote after STUDY and THOUGHT ( since the MSM WOULDN'T )

If we are hiring somebody with "no discernable Federal experience," as you imply, well, I'll take an American of any gender, every time over an anti-American Marxist. I don't consider Mr NOBama to be qualified RIGHT THERE, self-convicted by the Marxist words out of his own mouth.

Your ticket can be called Dumb and Dumber ( Lefty )

Posted by: Fred | August 30, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Some of you say we don't know anything about Palin.

What the heck do we know about Obama? He does not let us know anything about him only what he wants us to know. We know Palin a lot better than we know Obama. What are obama's secrets? He has lots of them he does not want us to know.

Posted by: John | August 30, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

She seems like a regular women, trying to do her duty for state, country and family.


Good for her!

Posted by: 34489 | August 30, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

For all of you who say Palin is inexperience in foreign affairs:

I'd rather have an inexperienced foreign affairs VP who is a quick learned and has a great teacher than an inexperienced president who needs to be experienced from the get go.

Palin has it right on drilling; Obama does not understand our energy needs. This intelligent lady needs to be in Washington and kick some a-- and get those men who are corrupt out of there. At least we won't have a John Edwards or a Bill Clinton who don't know how to keep their zippers zipped.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"Boy is old john in for a surprise"


She went through an extensive vetting process via a well respected firm/lawyer in Washington over many months.

There are no surprises that haven't been uncovered.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

You have to check her out on Wikepedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin .... She has an unbelievably good
resumee.. She's not jaded by the old boys network in DC and brings fresh
honest experience to DC, just what the country needs... Admittedly she's a
bit short on Foreign policy experience, but it's nothing she can't learn
with the foundation she already has, besides the Secretary of State does
most of the foreign policy hand shaking in cooperation with the cabinet
which will be made up of DC political veterans. Look at Condoliza Rice age
44, a relatively unknown person prior to 2005 that learned the ropes in no
time..I haven't heard too many complaints about her....I can't see how
Sarah_Palin can be bad for the country. Ronald Raegan didn't have any
foreign policy experience and the free world loved him, when they got to
know him... Her life and lifestyle are so in touch with the average
American it makes me feel like I know her... She has an 80% approval
rating as Governor of Alaska. That is unheard of in our 2.1 party systems
( Dems., Repubs. and Independents)

I would argue that as a Governor, she actually Governs every day, she
does not merely vote on laws and policy like Senators and Representatives.
If she can run a State like Alaska with an 80% Approval Rating, she can
be VP. Give her two years in DC and she'll know the ropes good enough to
overcome her Foreign Policy deficit. McCain isn't gonna croak in the first
two years, so no need to worry about her falling into the presidents seat any time soon.
The Dems are gonna have a hard time shooting her down, because she is so
appealing, female and sort of an under dog. People in America like to see
the respectable underdogs win battles. I would hate to be a cowboy like
Biden and debate her...She appeals to everyone - Dems, Repubs and
Independents. If the dems or Biden try to beat her up, they are gonna lose in the court of public opinion and fire up all
the working moms, soccer moms, hockey moms, womens libbers and Hillary
voters, which will spell victory for McCain come November 4th....

By the way, all the buzz after the Democratic Convention is about Sarah
Palin which sort of levels out the lack of press McCain has been getting.
I'll bet the republican party is re-energized to make some noise after
this choice.

What a great choice and great timing!

Greg

Posted by: Greg S | August 30, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

don't thank me sarah.

you are not who you think you are. i don't think you are ready to be vice-president

Posted by: observer | August 30, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

No wonder the whole world think that Americans are the dumbest people on earth. Can you imagine that? We will soon have a senile idiot for POTUS and a VP who believes in creationism and in theories that still say the world is flat and that the sun revolves around the earth...

Posted by: Lincoln | August 30, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Boy is old john in for a surprise when the skeletons come rattling out of ms. Palin's closet. Even Rove and the talking heads can't save this ticket when the attack dogs get hold of this woman's history. Obama certianly has his issues as do all who run but Alaska will be the down fall of the religous right when they dig deep enough into the GOP's VP past.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | August 30, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

There is nobody more conservative than her right now, and he has a problem with conservatives.

Posted by: JMSP | August 30, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"We know Barack Obama from 20 months of campaigning and media scrutiny."

Iwakiri | August 30, 2008 2:33 PM

Sorry my friend, Obama won't release his Hawaii birth files, tell us what hospital he was born at, release his school and religious records from Indonesia, release his Indonesian and US passport records, answer an affidavit to the Berg lawsuit in Philadelphia on all questions raised including whether he traveled to Pakistan in 1981 using an Indonesian passport.

Obama turned down Federal clerkships in 1991 because he had to pass a FBI background check. Was he hiding that he gave up US citizenship in 1981 by using an Indonesian passport to travel to Pakistan?

Obama has covered up when he met Ayers, Dohrn, what he heard from or said to Rev Wright, Frank Marshall Davis, and so many others we can't keep track of.

Posted by: Old Atlantic | August 30, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

My theory -- The selection of Palin was simply a cynical attempt to steer the news cycle away from the Dem Convention (which was going far too well for comfort). The Reps have no intention of keeping her as their VP. During the convention (which they will probably postpone conveniently due to hurricane, which allows Palin to generate another week of buzz), she will regretfully decline the nomination after due consideration because the demands of campaigning would be too great a conflict with the needs of her infant with Down Syndrome. Plus she will probably mention her commitment to continuing rooting out corruption in the State of Alaska. This will leave her smelling like a rose, and the Reps able to trot her out again if need be. It will also, of course, cause another blip in the news cycle and give an unwarranted bump to whatever safe and lackluster pick they decide to go with

Posted by: CitizenB | August 30, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Re: Posted by: Ryan | August 30, 2008 2:12 PM

Palin is a scrapper who didn't get a cakewalk on identity to be governor. She got it by exposing Republican corruption in Alaska. Troopergate is sour grapes by Republican legislators caught by her with their hand in the till. The real troopergate is Bill Clinton using state troopers to go after Paula Jones and then tax auditing her and others in Sep 1997.

Posted by: Old Atlantic | August 30, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just as qualified as Obama if not more so. Just check the facts about her versus basing you opinion on one T.V. spot yesterday. She is a maverick in the Republican Party.

Posted by: edabelia | August 30, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin is for promoting both evolution and creationism. She believes that the best way to make a decision is to look at all the possible solutions.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"Obama only had to bring back the pork."

THIS

Posted by: Porky Pig | August 30, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

At least she had to make tough decisions that effect an entire state. Obama only had to bring back the pork.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"One of the Barack Obama's neighborhoods in Chicago has more people than that."


How does he know?

He never did anything for us on the Southside.

Posted by: Cook | August 30, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

ARE YOU SEROIUS!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ANGRY WHITE MAN | August 30, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Bush had all that "executive" too. We can't take four more years.

Bush/Cheney/McCain
No More Years

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 30, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

This election is about "change" and now some people are upset because Alaska is out of the main stream. Isn't that the point?

Sarah pro-life stance is a stark contrast to Obama's who believes that it is OK to kill a fully formed fetus, even if it survives the abortion process. I am sure she has an opinion on Iraq. Can you list another prominent elected official whose son is just weeks away from serving in Iraq. I think soon she will have the most accurate perspective of the troops. Her position on the environment is very balanced, not pro-development at all cost and not pro-animal at all costs. She has attacked the oil companies and is suing over the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species because there are significantly more polar bears now than any time in the past twenty years. She will fight for what is best for the country and not give in to special interests, unlike everyone else at Washington.

Posted by: Jason | August 30, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Population of Alaska, 670,053 people. One of the Barack Obama's neighborhoods in Chicago has more people than that. This lady just doomed complete republican party.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse


SARAH PALIN IS MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER STATE GOVERNOR.

She shook up Alaska to its roots.

McCain has made a bold and telling move selecting someone with Chief Executive experience – the only one to have any - of the four running for the White House.

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/08/mccains-renewal-sarah-palin.html

Posted by: PacificGatePost | August 30, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama, made a major political mistake on not getting Hillary and bringing the whole party together, period!

McCain helped his campaign by picking another maverick and female who can stand up to anyone. Palin has as much experience as Obama on top of his ticket. Palin is a new inspiring pick the republicans need. She has 80 percent approval in Alaska and is the most popular Governor in America. She taxed oil companies and gave it all back to Alaska's taxpayers 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. Anyone with doubts about Palin should watch her interview with Maria Bartiromo on CNBC.

People are talking negatively about Palin without knowing all the facts about what she has achieved, including the media because they are in love with Obama. The media is saying McCain picked Palin because of Hillary not being picked and I love Hillary, but Sarah is the real deal for republicans and she gives them a new face that they need to reform their party. The Republican Party has always been for the rich and special interests, Sarah represents “we the people” and is against government waste and the good old boy network, this is just what republicans need to fix their image and direction.

Now the race is exciting and change is coming to both parties! History will be made period with either Obama or McCain!

Posted by: edabelia | August 30, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004 and I am a proud republican but this years GOP ticket is the most ridiculous thing I've ever witnessed in my lifetime. How can we have any credibility if an inexperienced "hockey mom", "mayor of a city of 5000" is VP? What a laughing stock!
How can we now be credible in front of all those terrorists if our VP is an idiot who doesn't even know where Russia is?

Posted by: John | August 30, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line is this:

Sarah Palin has got a lot of questions to answer.

We know Barack Obama from 20 months of campaigning and media scrutiny. He was vetted by 21 debates and trip overseas that shows he can garner international support and respect. He has not held public office for a vast amount of time, but he has shown great judgment, intelligence and temperament.

Now it's Ms. Palins turn. Lets see her on Meet the Press answering tough questions. Lets make sure she has the credentials to fill in for a 72 year old who has had more than one bout with cancer.

Anyone who supports or is against this lady before you know anything about her (and very few of us really know anything about her) are like kids who claim they hate mashed potatoes without ever trying them.

Have you guys seen McCain's new slogan:

Change You Can "Really" Believe In

Pretty lame.

Posted by: Iwakiri | August 30, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin 08!


Finally a decision I can get behind!

Posted by: MCain/Palin | August 30, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin choice is the best thing that can happen to GOP and to McBush oval office apsirations. McBush is taking maximum advantage of Obama's irresponsibility and folly for passing over Hillary. By choosing Palin, McBish is saying "if you cannot win, throw in the monkey wrench". Palin is the monkey wrench to confuse voters. Palin is a very sexy and intelligent lady, but more inexperienced than Obama. Worst yet, she is still a GOP. A GOP is a GOP regardless of pants of skirts.

For this monkey wrench, Obama is already regreting his snobbing Hillary. obama is definitely shivering on the consequences of disrespecting women in this race. Already the landslied theory is long gone and now Obama is struggling to stay afloat. Despite the Europe trip, despite the Biden choice, despite the 84k audience, despite the DNC convention, despite the worst economy in 2 centuries, despite, the worst bush presidency, despite the unjust Iraq war, despite the GOP corruptions etc, Obama is still tied or below McBush in the polls. It could have been worst for Obama. I wish he can look himself in the mirror and see whose fault it is that he is loosing the race. Obama will blame every body else but himslef if he loose.

Posted by: Dressy Pink | August 30, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin choice is the best thing that can happen to GOP and to McBush oval office apsirations. McBush is taking maximum advantage of Obama's irresponsibility and folly for passing over Hillary. By choosing Palin, McBish is saying "if you cannot win, throw in the monkey wrench". Palin is the monkey wrench to confuse voters. Palin is a very sexy and intelligent lady, but more inexperienced than Obama. Worst yet, she is still a GOP. A GOP is a GOP regardless of pants of skirts.

For this monkey wrench, Obama is already regreting his snobbing Hillary. obama is definitely shivering on the consequences of disrespecting women in this race. Already the landslied theory is long gone and now Obama is struggling to stay afloat. Despite the Europe trip, despite the Biden choice, despite the 84k audience, despite the DNC convention, despite the worst economy in 2 centuries, despite, the worst bush presidency, despite the unjust Iraq war, despite the GOP corruptions etc, Obama is still tied or below McBush in the polls. It could have been worst for Obama. I wish he can look himself in the mirror and see whose fault it is that he is loosing the race. Obama will blame every body else but himslef if he loose.

Posted by: Dressy Pink | August 30, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Wrong place, wrong time, wrong candidate; that is Sarah Palin. What the hell McCain is thinking!!! He acts like this country is at its best shape ever, ha acts like our economy is something we don't have problems at all. Maybe Obama is right; McCain is out of touch with reality. Maybe this proves that his old age has sympotoms known to most of us. RON PAUL COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER CANDIDATE THAN McCAIN; HE IS EVEN OLDER, BUT SHARP.

Posted by: BOBSTER | August 30, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"I had never heard of Alaska until McSame picked Sarah Plain and Tall, and I know I am not alone".

Holy crap, is this today,s super modern highly educated computer expert democrat ?

Posted by: jimmyt | August 30, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin has more executive experience than Obama, Biden, and even Mcain. She is a leader who doesn't bend or break because of the current establishment. She does what is right not what the corrupt politicians in Washington tell her to do. Mcain got my vote by choosing Palin and alot of my friends are now able to pull the lever for Mcain. I only wish the ticket could be flipped! C U L8R OBAMA!

Posted by: yomamma | August 30, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

If Gov Palin thinks she will go to Washington to "reform" Washington she is mistaken.

Most of whom she will need to reform is her Grand Old Party and that will be quite a different task than reforming in Alaska.

She will need to start with crimes perpetrated by her preceeding colleagues to bring them to justice.

If she is who she is said to be, she will be muzzled and tied very early.

In her speech yesterday, she just copted some of the same phrases and ideas that she heard all week from the convention. This party continues to be an empty shell. Their tendency to select the worst candidates is apalling. We had an amateur already for 8 years, elected on false perceptions and the best spin machine money could buy. He has spun this country into near oblivion.
"Eight Is Enough!"

Posted by: TJ | August 30, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"I'm so outraged by this lame ticket."


So don't vote...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm on TV!!! :)
Go Mccain/Palin 2008!

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Posted by: Paul007ex | August 30, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Palin will cause a backlash among some voters, particularly educated republican women."

Yeah, the'll vote for her.

Like I intend to.....

Posted by: Republicanconservative | August 30, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

As a republican I am truly offended by this years GOP ticket. We have a senile idiot who doesn't know the difference between sunni' and chi'ite and a bimbette who probably doesn't even know how to locate Iraq or Iran on the map. I'm so outraged by this lame ticket. The world must be laughing at us right now. What a shame. I wish it was Gulliani or Romney. What a shame. I won't vote for idiots.

Posted by: Cletus | August 30, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is NO Hillary Clinton."


And thank god for that!!!!!

Posted by: That was a close one | August 30, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

It is incredable to read some of this trash! It is so easy to rush to judgemnet. People should really research their facts before they open their month or use their pen, especially the comments from Texas. Bush and Texans are only half of what Palin is. Jealousy is not a desirable trait!

Posted by: Alaskanforall | August 30, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin will cause a backlash among some voters, particularly educated republican women.

Posted by: Ollen | August 30, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

anonymous wrote: Is she for evolution or intelligent design?

I agree with your statement and it worried me but other then a mom I am also my daughters teacher and make sure she keeps an open mind and to listen to what people say but to make her own mind up on how her life will work for her as she is an individual.

Posted by: RobynAnn | August 30, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Hank | August 30, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, she's got an education - BS in journalism. I wonder if she was more successful than John McBush (894 of 899).

Posted by: Indy | August 30, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Palin is NO Hillary Clinton. Hillary is an accomplished person. I don't what Palin is?

Posted by: Wendy | August 30, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just another gimmick of Mccain.

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

Bold choice! Fresh air for new leadership in the Republican Party. Critics need to be cautious when hyprocriticly "pointing fingers" on subjects such experience or lack thereof, she's a women, what about her kids, the petty scandel w/ her sister's divorce, the beauty queen remarks, the gun-toter, the oil industry, or even the environmentalist...all these issues attacked will result in the "pointed finger" to bend back towards the accuser. Wow, what a great pick!!!! I'm really excited.

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

Governor Palin thinks creation should be taught in classrooms. Gov. Palin believes abortion should be illegal regardless if a woman was raped or not. Gov. Palin doesn't believe in global warming. I don't even know her and so far I don't like her.

Posted by: amosdefnails | August 30, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"No Way, No How, No McCain!"

Especiallly now.

Of all of the qualified Republican women in Congress, he picks someone:
with an undergraduate degree in journalism;
rabidly pro life even in cases of rape, incest; pro oil even in the reserves; pro gun with no regulation; against endangered polar bears; pro mandatory teaching of creationism in public schools; 1.5 yrs of "executive experience" as gov of Alaska, a world of it's own out of the mainstream; who admits she has no viewpoint or opinion on Iraq. She says she will be qualified to be President because she will have "a great team" behind her. We certainly do not need a President who bases his actions solely on the recommendations of "a great team", been there, done that.
It was inevitable that those 18 million cracks we Hillary supporters made in that glass ceiling would admit unqualified, inexperienced, ill prepared and ill informed women.

It is up now to voters to use their common sense and see this for what it is: This man who vowed never to do anything "just to win an election", to "always, always put the country first", has lied. The rabid right wing conservatives will summon their sermons and everything else at their disposal to place, above all else, their Pro Life criteria. Forget that the country is bordering on the brink of survival; forget that our national security is at high risk; forget that once all of those babies are born they are denied health care, housing, education; forget that on all issues that support LIFE, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, this party of PRO LIFERS denies and destroys and decimates.

Sen McCain is not a maverick, not an independent, and has not made a dramatic choice. He has placed this country in jeopardy and at the will of fanatics. Does he believe, for one minute, that 18 million of us will support a woman who is against everything we believe in? He was wrong before this choice but, at least, we thought he might choose someone responsible even if we disagreed with many of his positions. We thought he might just be independent enough to modify his positions. He has blown it. With this decision, he has cancelled out any courage he might have previously shown in defense and support of this country.

He has played a very dangerous and irresponsible game of electioneering at a very critical time in the history of our country. The Republican Party has caused enough grief the past 8 years and compounding it with this choice for VP is a dangerous mistake. They are intent on power vs service and outcome.

"NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MC CAIN!"

Posted by: TJ | August 30, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"If you have never heard of Alaska, one of the 50 states. It would probably be a good idea for the country if you stayed home and didn't vote."

I agree, Anonymous. Oh, and by the way, Rocko -- you don't act as MAYOR of a STATE, you act as GOVERNOR. Perhaps a basic civics lesson is in order.

Posted by: Lisa | August 30, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am so proud of my party and I was ready to register as an Indepenent just a few months ago.

I do not fully agree with Palin's beliefs and that is OK, how often do we fully agree with our politicians on everything?

It is great to see our chances of losing the 2nd amendment are slightly less today. Nothing wrong with hunting especially if the food is used, whether by the hunter or the people they give the meat to that may help feed a family with nothing to give their own families. If it is up to Nobama we would lose OUR 1st and 2nd amendments.

Sexists be afraid (I see more on the dem side then my own), this opens up more room for our daughters and granddaughters unless of course you could care less about their futures. I am saddened to see people attack her because she has a child with special needs and still decides to work out of the home. Kudos to her, only a woman can raise a family tend to the house and still hold a fulltime job.

Being a single mom to a child with special needs I support the two of us while going to school fulltime, and never once have I turned to the government for assistance, it wasn't how I was raised and my daughter is raised with values and mores. I wish some people would give some support to their own children, it isn't the governements responsibility to raise our children but our own.

I see the hate here and it pisses me off. Nobama can't hold a candle to this Lady and neither can Hillary, your own party passed over a woman for a man.

I thought about voting for Obama last fall but when I didn't hear the issues or what he intended to do to change the situations, all he talked about WAS change but never eluded to what the change would be.

I believe Americans should work hard, I do and it makes me prouder of my own accomplishments. I own one home and when my Masters is complete my salary will increase and maybe I can buy one or two more. Yes that is also an American dream!!

Let's hear it for gun-toting, hunting, fishing women.

DRill here, Drill now!!

McCain/Palin 08

ON a note, with all these programs Nobama is going to incorporate where is he going to get the funding to support it? From middle class families so he can have his Welfare tax program so all those families out there do not have to work hard as they can live off the backs of those that do...

Socialism isn't a part of what American was founded on!!

Posted by: RobynAnn | August 30, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin: young, inexperienced, always got advancement based on identity. Miss Alaska,
Mayor of small town population 500, sports caster.

Palin is currently under state investigation.
Palin is anti-Semitic, she opposes abortion, and sadly she opposes abortion in extreme cases of rape.
She kills animals and eats moose burgers.

Posted by: Ryan | August 30, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

After the initial shock, I like Governor Palin fine. I just have one question about her policy on our science education. Is she for evolution or intelligent design?

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

Can someone enlighten me, please, how a person can be pro-life and enjoy killing moose? Does it not sound hypocritical?

Posted by: Indy | August 30, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't Barry home with his kids?

Posted by: What's good for the goose | August 30, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"iam so sad for america . end of a great nation. when idiots comes to powers graet nations fall.whats her education did she finish high school .wow shame on us allof us to let this happen to our great country.i hope republicans say enough and vote for obama to save this country.."

Wow, vick, the irony. Did YOU finish grade school? Palin has a degree in journalism and minored in - hello! - political science. Maybe you should learn to spell before you question someone else's education!!

Posted by: Lisa | August 30, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

There is alot of sexism on this board.

Posted by: Obvious | August 30, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Granny12

Her husband takes care of the children

Welcome to the 21st century!

Posted by: Yikes | August 30, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"Why not Romney or Pawlenty? Why....Palin? "

Because McCain realizes that this election cycle is about change, not more of the same.

Romney and Pawlenty elicited big yawns from the electorate. Workman-like and responsible is not appreciated by Americans, they'd rather rub shoulders with entertainment personalities than get the job done.

Posted by: Boo-Hoo | August 30, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama: young, inexperienced, always got advancement based on identity. Admitted to Harvard for being black. Pres H Law Rev for being black. Elected South Side Chicago for being black. Keynote speaker 2004 for being black. Won caucus votes in 2008 for picking Axelrod to stuff the ballot.

Obama is afraid to release his files from Indonesia and Hawaii and US and Indonesian Passport Offices. At least Palin didn't go to Pakistan in 1981 on an Indonesian Passport with an Indonesian KTP Muslim identity card.

Posted by: Old Atlantic | August 30, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

the selection of Palin is a disgrace to the office of the vice president. She ought to be in Alaska running the state and attending to her four children and one child with down-syndrome.

Posted by: Granny12 | August 30, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

We don't want Hillary supporters supporting Vice-President Palin.

The ticket is now conservative enough for me!

Posted by: Thank goodness | August 30, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

If you have never heard of Alaska, one of the 50 states. It would probably be a good idea for the country if you stayed home and didn't vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Patricia Goens

We don't want your vote.

Goodbye

Signed a conservative Republican

Posted by: 788 | August 30, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The misogyny and sexism on this thread is sickening, and then some of you here have the temerity to assume no Hillary supporter will support Palin.

Posted by: Yasi | August 30, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Biden isn't qualified, he was first loser in your debates.

Barry was never qualified to begin with.

Palin has more executive experience than BHO the fanclub leader!

Posted by: Squirt me some tears | August 30, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Last week I was an old angry white male praising Obama for choosing change by picking one of 'us' who has spent most of his adult like in the Senate and voting with Nancy Pelosi most of the time.

This week I am a middle aged woman who is outraged and angered by McCain for picking the first woman's name he could find in the phone book and choosing her as his running mate.

I had never heard of Alaska until McSame picked Sarah Plain and Tall, and I know I am not alone.

Posted by: Patricia Goens | August 30, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

This was a choice for conservative male and female Republicans not disenfranchised Hillary voters.

Stay with your rockstar, we don't want you.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Sarah has more experience in public office than Obama, and all her experience has been as a leader. She has been running a state for about the same amount of time as Obama has been a junior senator. He hasn't even chaired a committee. Besides, I would rather have an unqualified vice-president and a qualified President than an unqualified President with a qualified vice-president.

Posted by: Jason | August 30, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Why not Hillary or Lieberman? Why....Obama? from what i know he's has little to zero experience and he's a left-wing case.

Posted by: hinky | August 30, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

If McCain thinks that he can woo women by picking someone who has been mayor of a tiny unknown state for less than two years, he has got another coming.

Posted by: Rocko | August 30, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Horrible choice former republican candidate John McCain!

Posted by: 3478 | August 30, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

A woman in high office in my life time? Who'd have believed it! She seems to be a successful governor of Alaska and they seem to love her. She seems like a real honest down to earth person to me. Now she is going to be learning foreign policy from the experience she gains from McCain. I was going to stay home this election but no longer.

Posted by: grandma0f6 | August 30, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Why not Romney or Pawlenty? Why....Palin? from what i know she's has little to zero experience and she's a right-wing case.

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

Absolutely electrifying choice President McCain!

Posted by: 1256 | August 30, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Smells like sour grapes in here!

Posted by: Boo Hoo | August 30, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Texas Voter,

The choice of Palin is sickening. She kills helpless animals for sport, she loves assault weapons, she under investigation, she was mayor of town of population 7000....please.
Palin is a threat to our democracy.

Posted by: ellen | August 30, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Since you ask, I will take Biden
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Who do you want as VP?

Joe Biden. Sweetie hussein running mate and plagiarizing expert, who has stolen more words than Milton Berle. Totally lacking in morals or ethics, in his third-rate, mediocre law school Biden was only able to graduate 76th in a class of 85 - i.e., he was in the lowest 10.5%! Of course, while campaigning, he claimed falsely to have graduated in the "top half" of his class. A plagiarizer and a LIAR! As a politics-as-usual, 30+-year congressional parasite and reprobate, Plagiarist-Joe never worked harder than in his efforts to kill bi-partisan legislation simply because it would have adversely affected the enormous income of his lobbyist son.

Sarah Palin. A true political reformer who has cleaned-up one of the most politically corrupt states in the nation and who has shown a solid and unwavering commitment to ethical government.

Tough choice? NOT!

Posted by: ALEX H. | August 30, 2008 1:24 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Palin laughs and giggles as a fellow GOP congresswoman from her hometown, a CANCER SURVIVOR, is ridiculed by a radio show host.

Is this is the kind of woman you want a heart beat away from the presidency of the United States?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKkydrUnBZE&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/30/82113/4808/746/579971

This nasty excuse for a human being insults all of us with her VP candidacy.

Posted by: LH | August 30, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

People should refrain from making sexes comments about Palin. The best way to neutralize her is to exploit her right-wing extremist views. Palin is so out of the mainstream. You better believe the womens groups will go after her hard.

Posted by: Macon | August 30, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Alex H: A degree from the Univ. of Idaho doesnt make you qualified to be vice president!

Posted by: A Texas Voter | August 30, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

This is an insult to the American people and to Hillary Clinton. This choice only reinforces that McCain is out ouf touch and his judgment is askew. As an American citizen, I expect the candidates of both parties to chose people who are educated and quilified to run on a ticket. Having a vice presidential candidate that is ready to take over the presidency in a moments notice is very important to our nation and system of government. This choice shows a lack of judgment, when there were other more qualified Republican candidates. Again, an insult to the American people.

Posted by: Texas Voter | August 30, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Who do you want as VP?

Joe Biden. Sweetie hussein running mate and plagiarizing expert, who has stolen more words than Milton Berle. Totally lacking in morals or ethics, in his third-rate, mediocre law school Biden was only able to graduate 76th in a class of 85 - i.e., he was in the lowest 10.5%! Of course, while campaigning, he claimed falsely to have graduated in the "top half" of his class. A plagiarizer and a LIAR! As a politics-as-usual, 30+-year congressional parasite and reprobate, Plagiarist-Joe never worked harder than in his efforts to kill bi-partisan legislation simply because it would have adversely affected the enormous income of his lobbyist son.

Sarah Palin. A true political reformer who has cleaned-up one of the most politically corrupt states in the nation and who has shown a solid and unwavering commitment to ethical government.

Tough choice? NOT!

Posted by: ALEX H. | August 30, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Like the new yuk time the wasington post feeds the democrap BS mochine.

Posted by: E. Johnson | August 30, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

PMS and postpartum depression. Enough said. Stay home and take care of your babies.

Posted by: JermaineR | August 30, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Attacks on Palin will backfire:

1) Every president since Jimmy Carter--except George Bush 41--moved from a state house to the White House. State executive experience is the most accepted "job training" for the presidency in both political parties.

Palin's execu;tive experience includes serving as a mayor and chairing the oil and gas conservation board in a state which gains most of its revenue from energy.

The top--and the bottom--of the Democratic Party's ticket have NO executive experience.

2) Cracks about Palin's small town roots aren't smart. They bring to mind Obama's snide remarks about small town Americans who cling to guns and God in response to the economy. That San Francisco speech demonstrated how completely Obama is out of touch with the people in flyover country who likely will decide the election. Additional insensitive and stupid comments about Palin among Obama supporters will cost him votes in the general election.

3) Palin has used her time in public life to BATTLE corruption; Obama has used his to BENEFIT FROM corruption.

Posted by: Roberta | August 30, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

iam so sad for america . end of a great nation. when idiots comes to powers graet nations fall.whats her education did she finish high school .wow shame on us allof us to let this happen to our great country.i hope republicans say enough and vote for obama to save this country..

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

I don't care for Palin, she called Hillary a 'whinner' and to me that is insulting to Hillary who is a trailblazer.

Posted by: Kennieth | August 30, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Kudlow called this one. Drill...Drill...Drill!

Gallup Daily http://www.gallup.com/poll/109900/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Continues-Lead-49-41.aspx Obama up by 8 points

At the real-time poll at http://www.bop-o-rama.com

Obama 1,007,886 McCain 406,574

What will Palin do to these numbers?

Posted by: acarponzo | August 30, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

MCBUSH IS A WISE MAN! WHO ELSE WOULD SELECT A VP WHOSE GREATEST ASSET IS HER ABILITY TO RUN A SMALL ALASKA TOWN THAT IS SMALLER THAN SOME HIGH SCHOOLS IN THIS COUNTRY. MCBUSH WASN'T LOOKING FOR A VICE PRESIDENT....HE'S LOOKING FOR A VICE PRINCIPAL. BUT AT LEAST HE GOT ELAINE FROM SEINFELD.....HE CAN THEN DIVORCE THIS WIFE LIKE HE DID HIS FIRST AND MOVE UP TO A YOUNGER MODEL........LITERALLY. THANKS FOR HANDING THIS ELECTION TO THE DEMOCRATS MCBUSH. OBAMA 08!!!

Posted by: TRAITORBUSH | August 30, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Ironic that some Republicans rip on the idea of preferential treatment given to others based on gender and race.... and here you have the Republican VP choice picked solely for the fact that she is a woman. McCain couldn't honestly say he picked her because she is the most qualified candidate, as that would be an insult to contenders who were more qualified, have more political experience, and have done more in life than just enter beauty pageants and play governor for two years in one of the lowest populated states in our country.

Posted by: ls998 | August 30, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Can you just imagine that an idiot at Fox News said that Palin was qualified in foreign policy because Alaska is next to Russia....

The repukes are just desperate.

Posted by: jack | August 30, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

A no foreign experience President or a no experience Vice President. Lets have a frank talk about experience then!

Posted by: Grandmaof6 | August 30, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The selection of Palin is that of pure cynicism not confidence.

Posted by: Unnis | August 30, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

If McCain wanted a strong female VP--why didn't he look to a well qualified women in the congress and senate? there's Kay Baily Hutchinson or Gov. Rell-CT, why a nobody from Alaska? her pick is insulting to women's intelligence and to the office of the vice presidency.

Posted by: Kelly | August 30, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

A woman in high office in my life time? Who'd have believed it! She seems to be a successful governor of Alaska and they seem to love her. She seems like a real honest down to earth person to me. Now she is going to be learning foreign policy from the experience she gains from McCain. I was going to stay home this election but no longer.

Posted by: Grandmaof6 | August 30, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Vote for McRetardo/Barbi 08! The best ticket ever!

My god....those two will go down as the most laughable politicians EVER in the history of the United States of America.

McSenile/Bimbette 08

Posted by: jack | August 30, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Other than a uterus, what exactly does palin bring to the mccain ticket, and what does she have to offer the country?

Her creds are mighty mighty slim - but hey, she's fertile and she looks good. It's a shame he thinks women are stupid enough to fall for this hooey - I guess you have to consider his audience.

Posted by: Bridget | August 30, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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