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Veepstakes Gone Wild--A GOP Dark Horse?

By Robert Barnes
DAYTON, Ohio -- John McCain stayed out of Barack Obama's way last night and managed to keep secret his vice presidential choice in a 24/7 world of cable news and political blogs.

Now, it's Veeps Gone Wild.

One person on the short list, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, was likely crossed off this morning. He never said directly that he was not McCain's choice, but told a local radio station that he would be at the Minnesota State Fair rather than the noon rally here where McCain is expected to make his announcement.

"You can draw your conclusions from that," he said

Asked if he was disappointed, Pawlenty said: "I'm  just happy to support Sen. McCain."

Speculation quickly turned to a dark-horse candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The Atlantic's Mark Ambinder was the first to report that a private plane from Anchorage landed last night at a private airport about 30 miles from here.

The private plane is connected to a McCain fundraiser.

The plane's flight information and registration can be found using freely available flight tracking tools on the Internet. They show that the plane, a Gulfstream IV, landed at Hook Field municipal airport about a half-hour outside of Dayton at 10:07 pm last night.

Palin would be a surprise choice after intense speculation about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Pawlenty and others.

Palin is a 44-year-old first-term governor whose previous political job was mayor of the town of Wasilla. In April, she became a mother for the fifth time, and returned to work three days later.

Republicans have never nominated a woman for vice president, but her experience would seem thin for McCain's priority of picking a running mate who would be ready to take over the Oval Office immediately.

There were conflicting reports about whether Romney is on the way to Dayton, with some GOP sources telling the Post that Romney will not be there. Romeny has been scheduled to campaign with McCain later this weekend as part of McCain's "Road to the Convention" tour.

By Washington Post Editor  |  August 29, 2008; 8:41 AM ET
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This is what Palin wants to teach our children in public schools.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAPYuo12hY4

Posted by: Creamsykle | September 3, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see both sides of this debate. I think the true meaning of democracy is being potrayed in these internet forums. Thank God for we live in this great country.

As much as I am pro-Obama, I would hate to see him win with 100% of the votes. I think that might go to his head a little bit. He only needs to garner 51% to win. So for the other 49% you can howl, shout and grind your teeth as much as you want, it just won't make a difference. It is winner takes all and in this case it will be Obama!!!

Posted by: Kabaki in Jacksonville | August 31, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

P.S. I'm utterly disgusted by this VP pick. It serves McCain's short term goals, that's it. However, Mitt Romney would have brought it home for the Republicans by a landslide. Now, it looks like the CULT OF OBAMA could win-God-that's too terrifically scary to me!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Traitor Bush, aka Obamabot-it's time to take your Prozac-don't wait too long-because the exclamation points are going to go on forever otherwise! You might even jump off a building if someone dares, even so much as DARES TO SAY ANYTHING ANYTHING AT ALL THAT DOESN'T CONFORM TO THE OBAMA CULT'S SATISFACTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You see what I mean?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 4:45 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.

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 2:41 PM | Report abuse

GOOD JOB TRAITOR gary!! YOU ARE A GOOD TRAITOR REPUBLICAN. SOON YOU WILL HAVE THE RING REMOVED FROM YOUR NOSE LIKE ALL THE OTHER GOOD SHEEP. YOU SUPPORTED ME WHEN I CUT AND RAN IN VIETNAM LIKE A GOOD TRAITOR DOES. I AM SURE YOU SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT KNOWING THAT YOU ARE A GOOD TRAITOR LIKE THE REST OF US. TOGETHER, WITH ALL THE OTHER GOOD TRAITOR SHEEP REPUBLICANS, WE CAN DESTROY THIS COUNTRY. GOOD JOB TRAITOR gary!! YOU ARE ONE OF US!

Posted by: TRAITOR BUSH | August 29, 2008 2:07 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 2:01 PM | Report abuse

What a foolish pick. (1) Voters want to know that if the president dies in office, will the VP be ready to step in. That will be a very hard sell. (2) Hillary supporters have made "experience" the main element of their argument, and they just aren't going to feel comfortable or connected to this unknown like they do with Hillary. (3) Imagine the debate between Biden and Palin. This pick sealed the deal. Congratulations, Obama!

Posted by: Grinninsailor | August 29, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden comes across more people in one amtrack ride he takes every morning to go to work than the entire population of Alaska. Palin's record as a governor is laughable. She got into power only because the very few people who are eligible to vote Alaska do not go to vote on election day. Could somebody find out some facts about how many votes Palin got in the last election?

Posted by: Joan Christensen | August 29, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

There are 2 words to remember when you hear Palin's name: BIG OIL

She is pretty much owned by the oil companies and would happily continue the Bush/Cheney/McCain giveaway policies.

If you like high gas prices, she's your gal!

Posted by: Cal | August 29, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin could become our president on day two, if McCain gets elected. This is as bizzare as the 90 year old Texas oil tycoon marrying Anna Nicole Smith. Cindy McCain will have to worry more about this veep pick than the rest of the country. Think of the following scenarios.

a) McCain ditched his first wife for Cindy. He courted Cindy while he was still married to his first wife. Now young Palin who is a self proclaimed NRA member can be handling McCain's barrel while Cindy is fast asleep.

b) Once queen Palin takes office all McDonalds will start serving moose burgers instead of hamburgers through out United States.

c) Just like our current veep Cheney spends his time hunting for quails, veep Palin can be spoted spending time in Yellowstone national park hunting moose.

d) The only reason Palin got the job is because paris Hilton did not want to be on McCain's short list.

e) McCain could dip his dipstick in Palin's wildlife refuge in search of oil.

Posted by: Cranky Chris | August 29, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

GOOD SHEEP Gina! I APPLAUD YOUR REASONING. THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING LOCK STEP WITH ALL OTHER TRAITOR REPUBLICANS! WE ARE PROUD YOU ARE A TRAITOR WITH US! WE MAY NOW BE ABLE TO REMOVE THAT RING FROM YOUR NOSE. KEEP UP THE LIES. KEEP UP THE LIES. KEEP UP THE LIES. PRETTY SOON THOSE CRAZY DEMOCRATS WILL BEGIN TO BELIEVE THE LIES AND THEY WILL JOIN THE TRAITOR REPUBLICAN PARTY. WE MUST DESTROY AMERICA BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. LIE LIE LIE. THAT IS ALL WE HAVE SO KEEP LYING! WE MUST LIE TO GAIN THE SHEEPS RESPECT! GOOD GINA....GOOD TRAITOR SHEEP.

Posted by: TRAITOR BUSH | August 29, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

In Response to Ed's question, "What "experience" did the following Vice-Presidents have prior to their election:"

Elbridge Gerry:

Gerry was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He was one of three men who refused to sign the Constitution because it did not then include a Bill of Rights. Gerry later became Governor of Massachusetts. He is most famous for being the namesake of gerrymandering, a process by which electoral districts are drawn with the aim of aiding the party in power.

Daniel D. Tompkins:

He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1801, a member of the New York State Assembly in 1803, and was elected to the United States Congress, but resigned before the beginning of the term to accept an appointment as associate justice of the Supreme Court of New York, in which capacity he served from 1804 to 1807.

John Caldwell Calhoun:

Calhoun held several high federal government offices. He served as the seventh Vice President of the United States, first under John Quincy Adams (1825–1829) and then under Andrew Jackson (1829–1832), but resigned the Vice Presidency to enter the United States Senate, where he had more power. He served in the United States House of Representatives (1810–1817) and was Secretary of War (1817–1824) under James Monroe and Secretary of State (1844–1845) under John Tyler.

Richard Mentor Johnson:

represented Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and began and ended his political career in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

John Cabell Breckinridge:

U.S. Representative, Senator from Kentucky, Vice President of the United States, Southern Democratic candidate for President in 1860, a Confederate general in the American Civil War, and the last Confederate Secretary of War. To date, Breckinridge is the youngest vice president in U.S. history, inaugurated at age 36. He is also remembered as the Confederate commander at the Battle of New Market, where young VMI cadets participated in the battle on the Confederate side. He was the grandson of U.S. Senator and Attorney General John Breckinridge and the father of congressman and diplomat Clifton Rodes Breckinridge

Hannibal Hamlin:

Prior to his election in 1860, Hamlin served in the United States Senate, the House of Representatives, and, briefly, as Governor of Maine.

Schuyler Colfax:

U.S. Representative from Indiana, Speaker of the House of Representatives

Henry Wilson: Senator from Massachusetts

William Almon Wheeler:

Member of the New York State Assembly in 1850 and 1851 and member of the state Senate from 1858 to 1860. He was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh United States Congress (March 4, 1861 – March 4, 1863). He was a delegate to the state constitutional conventions in 1867 and 1868, and was elected to the Forty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1877).

Thomas Andrews Hendricks:

He was a member of the state House of Representatives in 1848 after defeating Whig candidate Martin M Ray. That year he served as speaker of the house.[4] He was elected as a member of the state's second constitutional convention in 1851. At the convention Hendricks was part of the committee that created the organization of the townships and counties of the state, decided upon the taxation and financial portion of the constitution, and also debated the clauses on the powers of the difference offices. He also argued strongly for a powerful judiciary and the abolishment of grand juries.

Hendricks ran for Congress in 1850 and was elected as a Democrat to the thirty-second and thirty-third Congresses serving from (March 4, 1851–March 4, 1855). While in Congress Hendricks was Chairman of the Committee on Mileage and the Committee on Invalid Pensions. He campaigned unsuccessfully for reelection in 1854.

Following his tenure in Congress, Hendricks was Commissioner of the General Land Office from 1855 to 1859. He campaigned in an unsuccessful attempt as the Democratic candidate for Governor of Indiana in 1860, but lost to the Republican Henry S. Lane. He moved to Indianapolis in 1860 and resumed practicing law for two years.

Hendricks again ran for public office in 1862. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate, and served from March 4, 1863, to March 4, 1869. He was succeeded by outgoing Republican Governor

Levi Parsons Morton:

Morton was elected as a Republican to the 46th and 47th Congresses, serving from March 4, 1879, until his resignation, effective March 21, 1881. Presidential candidate James A. Garfield asked him to be his vice presidential candidate in 1880, but Morton turned down the offer. If he had accepted and history held true, this would have meant Morton would have become the twenty-first President after Garfield's assassination and not Chester A. Arthur. He asked to be Minister to Britain or France instead. He was United States Minister to France from 1881 to 1885 (a deluded Charles J. Guiteau reportedly decided to murder Garfield after he was "passed over" as minister to France).

Garret Augustus Hobart:

Hobart served in the Paterson city council in 1871 before serving in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1872 to 1876, serving as speaker in 1874. He was a member of the New Jersey Senate from 1876 to 1882, serving as its president in 1881.

Thomas Riley Marshall:

He served as Governor of Indiana from 1909 to 1913.

Charles Gates Dawes:

Dawes was rewarded for his efforts by being named Comptroller of the Currency, United States Department of the Treasury. Serving in that position from 1898-1901, he collected more than $25 million from banks that had failed during the Panic of 1893, and also changed banking practices to try to prevent a similar event in the future.

Charles Curtis:

Curtis entered political life early, winning multiple terms starting in 1892 as a Republican to the US House of Representatives from his district in Topeka, Kansas. He was elected to the Senate first by the Kansas legislature, and then by popular vote in 1920 and thereafter. Curtis served in the Senate from 1915 to 1929. His long popularity and connections in Kansas and national politics helped make Curtis a strong leader in the Senate; he marshaled support to be elected as Senate Minority Whip from 1915-1924 and then as Senate Majority Leader from 1925-1929. In these positions he was instrumental in managing legislation and accomplishing Republican national goals.


John Nance Garner:

Garner was a member of the Texas State House of Representatives from 1898 to 1902. While in the Texas Legislature,

Henry Agard Wallace:

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Wallace United States Secretary of Agriculture in his Cabinet, a post his father, Henry Cantwell Wallace, had occupied from 1921 to 1924. Wallace had been a liberal Republican, but he supported Roosevelt's New Deal and soon switched to the Democratic Party. Wallace served as Secretary of Agriculture until September 1940, when he resigned, having been nominated for Vice President as Roosevelt's running mate in the 1940 presidential election.


Posted by: Scott | August 29, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I listened to Obama's speach...it was just like the others. I found nothing different than any other politicians out there, specifically Bill Clinton's. Maybe someone should sue Obama for plagiarism. He sounds exactly the same. Please, I challenge anyone to tell what specifically Obama has to offer. What is he specifically going to do to help, not how you fell about his speeches. What part of his policies, voting record or future plans show he is going to help out country? His plans are expensive and fiscally irresponsible. He shows lack of judgment with need to cover a parties view rather than what's best. I have said from the beginning it doesn't matter who wins, neither of these people running have anything to offer. Oh by the way, the whole change we can believe in crap...what do you want to change? The cause of so much of our turmoil? Well then you better start with our 7% approved congress, who is the majority, oh wait what was it? Oh democrat amazing!

Posted by: mike | August 29, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow! McCain has gone insane. I was leaning towards voting for McCain until I heard the news this morning that an unknown soccer mom, with ties to oil companies is going to be our next to next commander in chief. The fact that McCain is old as dirt increases the chances of the veep inheriting the presidency in a heart beat or 'no heart beat'. The thought of this great nation being run by a soccer mom with ties to the oil industry is beyond thinkable. Just like Jesse Ventura showed some years ago, it does not take much to become a governor these days. Though Alaska is part of United States it is almost like a different country. The problems facing people in Alaska can no way be compared to the problems facing the people in the mainland. The only credentials Palin needed to be on the short list of McCain were that she should have been a bundler for McCain, she should be in NRA, she has to be younger than him. Well McCain just blew his chance to be the next president. Hillary attracted 18 million not because she is a woman but because she had name recognition. Who has heard of Palin?

Posted by: Ken Fricklas | August 29, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

This proves McCain cares not about America, but only about winning. Palin is obviously not prepared to step into the role of president, and has ZERO foreign policy experience.

At least McCain could have picked a woman who is qualified.
What about Hutchinsen?

I never bought that Obama was too inexperienced, and now, compared to this, the democratic ticket looks like a couple of mature, level headed, experienced statesmen. And the republican ticket looks SCARY.

Posted by: disgusted | August 29, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

He deserved to be fired. He beat on her sister. What a man.

Posted by: Northland5 | August 29, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

What "experience" did the following Vice-Presidents have prior to their election:

Elbridge Gerry
Daniel D. Tompkins
John Caldwell Calhoun
Richard Mentor Johnson
George Mifflin
William Rufus
John Cabell Breckinridge
Hannibal Hamlin
Schuyler Colfax
Henry Wilson
William Almon Wheeler
Thomas Andrews Hendricks
Levi Parsons Morton
Garret Augustus Hobart
James Schoolcraft
Thomas Riley Marshall
Charles Gates Dawes
Charles Curtis
John Nance Garner
Henry Agard Wallace

Posted by: Ed | August 29, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow.
Good job, McCain team.

Posted by: pete | August 29, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

BREAK THE GLASS CEILING !!!
WOW ... What a great pick!!! America should elect
McCain & Palin for the Whitehouse in November,
for a return to wholesome American values.
An experienced Governor for V.P. vs. a
community organizer for President ... I pick Palin.
No Wright, no Farrakahn, no Ayers, no Rezko,
no mean Michelle, NOBAMA

Posted by: Gina | August 29, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

...I haven't laughed this loudly since Rudi Guiliani talked on Frauds News on the so called off shore drilling by CHINA on the coast of Cuba....which was a FRAUD also

Five reasons why Sarah Palin is a laugh-out
loud ridiculious choice!!!

Seriously? Sarah Palin for VP? It's one thing for millions of voters to put forward a sitting senator as a possible commander in chief, but for John McCaint
to hand-pick a first-term governor of a tiny state is bizarre.

Here are five reasons why, if she is the pick, this is a huge mistake:

1. There goes McCain's best argument.

He cannot say Obama is not ready but she is. Obama started organizing his campaign for president the same month she was sworn in to lead the third-smallest state's government.

2. She has no base of support.

Obama won his senate seat with 3,597,456 votes, that's more than five times the population of Alaska. He has won more than 18 million votes in a long, tough primary that tested him and prepared him.

How has she been tested?

She lost her first bid for statewide office, then won the governor's office with 114,697 votes, not a majority, but enough to take office.

And apparently, enough to set her up for the Oval Office.

3. The "woman card" will backfire.

She's no Hillary Clinton..none of the MEN
in the RNC/GOP lie machine could have come
as well it would be different if she were known to anyone or qualified or something.

4. Alaska, a corrupt hinterland.

Yes, she is a hard-nosed, tough reformer. But the McCaint campaign will have to deal with the fact that Alaska seems like a foreign land as corrupt as Louisiana.

It's longtime senator will stand trial smack dab in the middle of this campaign season, and McCaint may have to vote to remove him from office.

Yes, they can spin it that she is someone cleaning up the mess up there, but what Americans realize is that they don't know much about what goes on up there. Will they be comfortable with her?

5. Was this McCaints choice?

It seems clear that McCaintwanted to go with Lieberman but was talked out of it by the right wing of his party. Rove admits calling Lieberman to ask him to pull his name out. Bush lost his way because he never stood up to Rove et. al.

McCaint' once again is headed down the same path to ruin and political suicide

....So McCaint wanted a VP with nothing to add but an ample bosom...how laughable.....and sorely pathetic

McCaint..."The candidate does not speak for the Campaign...."

And what about this.....

So Palin once again bows to the Alaska Outdoors Council which is so worried it might not have enough Alaskan wildlife to kill for trophies, eh?

The federal biologists have shown the polar bears are in trouble.

Alaska state biologists have warned they are in trouble. Even the Natives along the Northern Coastal Plain have noted how things are getting worse for the polar bears.

But, like Palin, there are commenters in this discussion who are willing to sell Alaska down the drain for a few oil-soaked dollars. I can see the true VECO mentality (?) is alive and well and can be found here in their comments.

Palin allows airborne killing of wolves and bears, wants polar bears to remain huntable for trophies, and has generally shown she is even worse than Murkowski could ever have been when it comes to selling out our wildlife to the highest bidder.

...Well if Dick (Satan) Cheney Bush2's VP can kill small fowl from his limousine and shoot other hunters in the face ...great choice McCaint ...a great choice.....

And I guess its all true that.....anothe VP can shoot from flying airplanes heliocopters and other flying dirigibles (balloons)..its okay...

"The Candidate does not speak for the Campaign...."


Posted by: AlexP1 | August 29, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Alaska is known for corruption, Palin was elected to drain the swamp.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:24 AM

If it is worth writing it is worth identifying yourself

Posted by: danielhancock | August 29, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse


They already have a scandal about her with a misuse of her office she was investigated. Also is there any connections with her and Stevens, You know, Alaska is know for corruption in local government. It may be worse then New Jersey. No body in the main 48 knows what goes on there and they like it that way.

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I am not sure what John McCain is trying to accomplish with this choice. He had been making some headway be appearing to be experienced, solid, and steady while Barack Obama was stumbling doing things for obvious political reasons. Given this, you would think that Obama would make the gimmick pick for vice-president.

Sarah Palin is a promising figure for the future but she has not even completed her first term as governor of sparsely populated Alaska. Prior to that she served in Anchorage city government. Her resume is "Obamaesque." At least Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindall had enough sense to get out of the process or McCain might have picked him and ruined his promising career.

I guess McCain's consultants thought they could peel away disappointed female Hillary Clinton suporters by picking a woman. But these Hillary supporters are Democrats first and will eventually support Barack Obama.

I can understand why McCain did not pick Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee because the supporters of each do not like each other. Why start that battle again? It seemed like McCain narrowed his choices too much.

These private plane flights have a way of tipping off who the vice-presidential selection will be. Maybe next time the hopefuls should travel by Greyhound (Greyhound: Anchorage to Dayton, Ohio. That's a scary thought). At least this would have given Palin more time to think it over since McCain has not done an adequate job thinking this selection out.

Posted by: danielhancock | August 29, 2008 11:02 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I am not sure what John McCain is trying to accomplish with this choice. He had been making some headway be appearing to be experienced, solid, and steady while Barack Obama was stumbling doing things for obvious political reasons. Given this, you would think that Obama would make the gimmick pick for vice-president.

Sarah Palin is a promising figure for the future but she has not even completed her first term as governor of sparsely populated Alaska. Prior to that she served in Anchorage city government. Her resume is "Obamaesque." At least Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindall had enough sense to get out of the process or McCain might have picked him and ruined his promising career.

I guess McCain's consultants thought they could peel away disappointed female Hillary Clinton suporters by picking a woman. But these Hillary supporters are Democrats first and will eventually support Barack Obama.

I can understand why McCain did not pick Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee because the supporters of each do not like each other. Why start that battle again? It seemed like McCain narrowed his choices too much.

These private plane flights have a way of tipping off who the vice-presidential selection will be. Maybe next time the hopefuls should travel by Greyhound (Greyhound: Anchorage to Dayton, Ohio. That's a scary thought). At least this would have given Palin more time to think it over since McCain has not done an adequate job thinking this selection out.

Posted by: danielhancock | August 29, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey republicans...this is me laughing at you....ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Posted by: playa | August 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

If Mccain thinks women will vote for someone just because she is a woman he is nuts. They wanted Hillary because she was Hillary not just a woman.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

So T-Paw says he will be in Minn. @ the state fair today. So what? What time is McCain going to announce today? As noted by multiple people on this blog, it doesn't take very long to get from Minn. to Ohio at all. Remember Biden being more blunt than Pawlenty saying "I'm not your guy." Pawlenty can still be the VP choice & be at the Minn. state fair earlier in the day. Pawlenty didn't cancel his other plans for nothing and wipe his schedule free. I've supported Pawlenty from the beginning that he would be McCain's best VP choice. I have supported a McCain/Pawlenty ticket back in mid 2007. That's about when I first predicted this would be the ticket. I still think McCain/Pawlenty will be the ticket best for America.

Posted by: reason | August 29, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

At 11;30 am on 10/29 John Mccain just threw away any chance to be president.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

She has less experience than Obama is NOT ready to be President.

Let see the Republicans spin this one.

Posted by: Wha? | August 29, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

No they won't.... this woman is anti-abortion and Hillary supports are not.

People are not that dumb.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

If the rumors prove to be true, the "maverick" has done it again!
With Sarah Palin as VP, all the Hillary supporters will rush to vote for John McCain and find the inspiration they lost in Hillary.

Wow! that would be amazing and truly the signature of a Maverick!

Posted by: Manolete | August 29, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

But I like real JakeD, not from concentrate

Posted by: Jason | August 29, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

CNN confirms Palin. Have fun with the fake JakeD(s).

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

@dragonfly777 Wow! do you beleieve your own nonsense.

Reading your insightful post based on nothing but a fart in the wind must make you an expert on who is better prepared huh?

Posted by: Wha? | August 29, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I was unfamiliar with Governor Palin until today. I think she sounds terrific. However, as a choice for Vice-President, it's a cynical and desperate move by a has-been who has tried to associate himself with young dynamic leaders (David Patraeus for example) in hopes the electorate will fail to notice his stale politics.

If McCain does get elected, I hope his VP is Governor Palin. She's a Republican who places her principles above expediency, and has the guts to confront corruption, even in her own party. But sadly, her ability to improve a McCain Presidency will be extremely limited, unless he happens to die in office. Joe Biden, on the other hand, stands to make a significant contribution to a successful Obama administration, to the great benefit of this nation.

Palin provides no substantive new reason for this Republican to support McCain, and in fact, her experience is even thinner than Obama's, and she clearly doesn't meet the so-called standard that McCain has been piously declaring for himself and his running mate in terms of fitness to be Commander in Chief. It's further evidence that a man I once considered my favorite Republican politician is a phony, just like most of the other 'lifers' in Washington D.C.

Posted by: ted in pdx | August 29, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I wish I could stay and play in this sandbox, but I have an early tee time and real sandtraps calling my name. Have fun, everyone.

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Obamas policy book is 59 pages. Too much for this Republican mind.

Are there any out-of-context talking points I can read from some Republican rag, to continue my ignornace of Mr. Obama?

Posted by: Pyramid Scheme | August 29, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Why not a first term governor for VP? We git a know nothing 1st term senator running for President!! She is as qualified to be VP as Obama is President! Probably more since she is a common-sense, intelligent individual, much more than Obama or Biden. She will be VP not President. She is as up to the task and more than the cheesy Obama and plagiarizing Biden!

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 29, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

If you listened to Obama speech last night, you would know that he spelled out speicifc to his policy and how he plans to adress change,

Much of it is doable.

No empty rhetoric after last night. No more excuse for GOP ignorance.

GO READ THE DAMN THING!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Palin's biggest experience...popping out babies and deciding where to put the town's only traffic signal. Not exactly relevant for dealing with issues such as the Global economic meltdown or Russia's resurgence.

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Based on what JakeD? Have you read the Blueprnt for America?

Most agree Obamas plan for America is far better McCains.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

@Polly A.

WRONG!!!

Obama has been in the Ill. legislature since 1996.

Try again.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous:

Obama supporters need to be careful attacking empty rhetoric.

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

LOL, anyone with a basic education knows that 100% free-market does not work.

It is why private companies do not build our highways, because they would fail miserably.

That is why woman get equal pay, because they wouldn't if the free market regualted it.

Social programs are why your 8 year old does not work at a Chevy auto plant...

Free-makert do NOT always work, and Barack Obama knows where they don't work....INFRASTRUCTURE.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Palin has 2 yrs exec. exp. as gov + her years as mayor. Obama has exactly... ZERO.

Obama has 2 children does that mean he can't be prez?

Posted by: Polly A | August 29, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Who? Who are these people being tossed around for McSame's VP choice? All political Big Dogs Right? "And the World shrugged... followed by the chirping of Crickets." It doesn't matter who McSame picks-it's a desperation move already, and I for one am laughing.... I can't wait to see if Bush has the sack to even show up with Gustav headed for New Orleans...

Posted by: MKWilhide | August 29, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Simon, you have no underatangin of the American economy and it reliance on certain pockets of socilaim withoin our free market system to keep the systme working.

I guess you want you child to work in a factory? Yes? Social programs are necessary for failed markets. This is a historical fact.

Don't be ignorant.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

@Simon, please take you empty rhetoric to some right-wing rag blog.

People here know how to read and have gone to school past the 6th grade.

Go play in your sandbox.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

fake JakeD at 10:17 AM

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Given McCains age, we need someone who is ready to be President at day 1.

Palin is not that person.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Obama = Karl Marx. This is America with a capitalist economy. We don't want to go back to communism. People wanting Obama should move to Cuba or Red China.

Posted by: Simon | August 29, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Calm down Obama fans.
Obama made a dumb choice with Biden( even though I like Joe). So if McCain makes a dumb choice, it's even.
After the Republican convention,it'll all be back to a virtual tie.
Granted Obama is a better speaker than McGovern, but he'll meet a similar fate n election day. America is essentially a conservative country.

Posted by: mediahack | August 29, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

It would have to be Romney or Palin. Palin would be awesome with energy policy and energy independence and would provide fresh solutions to Washington politics. She would not be President but will have the opportunity to learn the job with McCain for 4 years.

Posted by: Karen | August 29, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

fake JakeD at 10:10 AM

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

4 MORE MONTHS!

4 MORE MONTHS!

4 MORE MONTHS!

Posted by: No McCain | August 29, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

You are speculating, Palin has ZERO foreign policy experience.

Proximity to a country does not mean she has done anyting.

I can't find any work she has done with Russia or Canada, please show me so I can read about it.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

McSame will pick another McSame and it doesn't make any difference. He will lose big time since we don't want another GWB. Eight is enough!

Posted by: Abolhassan Bani Sadr | August 29, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Politico.com is confirming it's not Pawlenty.

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

@Looking

Under Obama, we have the Iraq war, a great analogy actually. Both were popular at the time. Both Obama and Lincoln made unpopular decisions to go against the war.

Try again. Spin all you want, she still has LESS experience, so you Obama-is-not-experienced point is moot.

Posted by: Hmmmmmmmm | August 29, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Please, please, please....let it be Joe Lieberman. Lieberman will get the anti Obama democrat votes.

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmmmmmm,

As Alaska Governor, she must deal with Canadian and Russian issues on a regular basis. Is it big foreign policy experience? No. But it still ranks above Sen. Obama.

Under Abraham Lincoln, we had a Civil War. Maybe that's not a good analogy.

Posted by: Looking the other way | August 29, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Rob Portman would be a good pick too (but he's even less well-known than Palin).

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

>>After 5 kids, it's not such a big deal.
Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 9:12 AM

We're just going to pretend he didn't say that, right?

The problem McCain faces is there isn't really a republican politician who appeals to middle of the country. They handwriting is on the wall, the Dems are going to hammer the extremist Republican positions McCains been forced to swallow as a condition of his nomination. There aren't any moderates in the party, they were run out years ago as RINOs', so it's going to be hard to choose a candidate who is going to add votes to the ticket. He really needs to pick a moderate, someone who can raise his hand when asked if he believes in evolution.
It's a very Bushy party these days, and with their dear leader only slightly more popular than Herpes...well, it doesn't bode well for the Republicans.

Posted by: Dijetlo | August 29, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I've got better idea on how McCain could lock in the anti-abortion conservatives. Instead of Palin, McCain should pick a fetus as his running mate. That also would help balance out the ticket, since McCain's and his running mate's average age would be just 36.

Posted by: John Brisker | August 29, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

JakeD - Yes, Palin is pro-life. She has 5 kids, and one of them has down syndrome.

Posted by: kr | August 29, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

If he picks Palin, McCain could be attempting to lock in the religious conservatives with a running mate who is very conspicuously, outspokenly anti-abortion (she bore a child with Downs Syndrome rather than terminate the pregnancy).

But by doing that, McCain would alienate the Hillary supporters that he covets, if he's looking to expand beyond his base, I think she's a bad choice.

Another, potentially bigger problem with picking Palin is that McCain's main line of attack against Obama has been to accuse him of not having the experience to be commander in chief. Palin's resume is pretty thin--she's a former mayor and is two years into her first term as Alaska governor. By showing a willingness to put her a heartbeat away from the Presidency, McCain would be sending out the contradictory message that experience isn't really all that important, after all.
That would cripple him, since the public strongly favors Obama's policy positions.

Posted by: Patrick | August 29, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

@Looking the other way

Obama has been in the Illinois state legislature since 1996.


12 years in elected office is hardly a newcomer.

Try again to spin McCains poor choice.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

So, lets look at this from the Republican history of Obama comments.

Palin = lesser known AND less expereince than Obama.

She has ZERO foreign policy experience.

Meanwhile...did you hear...Obama has the same resume as Abraham Lincoln.

McCain political VP choice just doomed him in Novemeber, because he just negated all his own attacks.

McCain is now the cadidate who made a political choice, chose a 1-term governor with no experience, and pandered to the Hillary voters with an unknown woman.

Posted by: Hmmmmmmmm | August 29, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I invite you the Airport restroom and toileting facilities of the Minneapolis airport where I will deliver the keynote address for the Republican National Convention. Some of my party's best ideas come directly from the toilets, so what better place from which to deliver my speech.

After my speech, I invite all hard bodied studs to stick around for toilet hijinks and hot man to man action. It's going to be love GOPStyle™. Karl "Hot Karl" Rove will be there to spread his views and his hot fleshy cheeks.

Posted by: Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) | August 29, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

steve boyington,

Obama? One-term Senator of Illinois? Ye gods. The Democrats might as well have had a "be my POTUS" raffle.

Posted by: Looking the other way | August 29, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

This is more politics. They put her on the ballot, so more turn out to vote for Ted Stephens, so at least they have pro-drilling representatives in Office. Huckabee will be the man.

Posted by: TOMHERE | August 29, 2008 9:49 AM | 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 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Rob Portman makes the most sense at this point.

Posted by: m_tommy@hotmail.com | August 29, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

cnbc says it's palin
and I tried and found this website: www.mccainpalin.com

Posted by: requenez | August 29, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

gg:

Which rock and hard place?

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Palin? One-term governor of Alaska? Ye gods. He might as well have had a "be my VP" raffle.

Posted by: steve boyington | August 29, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

FWIW: Wikipedia lists Palin as strongly pro-life.

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Nightmare scenario: McCain, ie. son of Cain, wins the election. Soon after the election his cancers reappear. McCain dies. His VP the truly monstrous traitor Lieberman becomes President. Israel rules. Armageddon. Jesus´s Second coming.

Posted by: Rene Wholefuncker | August 29, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Well, Pawlenty could be playing the game, for all we know. It doesn't take long to get from Minnesota to Ohio. Drudge is also reporting that Romney is not in Dayton, but again, Mass. to OH is not too far.

Reports say that Palin is still in Alaska, though, and it does take awhile to get from AK to OH. Adding her to the ticket would also detract from their ability to attack Obama on experience. Also, with the McCain age thing, I'm not sure she would seem a credible commander-in-chief to have at #2.

Heard nothing about Leiberman or Ridge's whereabouts this morning...

Posted by: kr | August 29, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

5 children wow!! she multiplies alot ... and after 3 days she is back on the job!!

Posted by: Mavis | August 29, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

IT'S NOT MITT ROMNEY, AND THUS, YOU LOST TEH OPPORTUNITY, MCCAIN TO GET MILLIONS OF US DEMS. TO VOTE FOR YOU. I'M REALLY REALLY UPSET. BYE BYE! I'M NOT VOTING FOR MCCAIN/RIDGE, OR SOME DARK-HORSE CANDIDATE! BYE BYE!

Posted by: ARRABBIATO | August 29, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I think people forget that McCain is pretty much stuck between a rock and a hard place for the remainder of the whole election, even for all the flaws Obama has.

Posted by: gg | August 29, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I don't know anything about Palin.
One good thing would be she is a governor.
As far as picking someone with not enough experience, this may be news but the democrats just nominated Obama. Its been in all the papers.

Posted by: McChange | August 29, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I don't know anything about Palin.
One good thing would be she is a governor.
As far as picking someone with not enough experience, this may be news but the democrats just nominated Obama. Its been in all the papers.

Posted by: McChange | August 29, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Palin would be an excellent choice. If the Dems bring up her relative inexperoience, McCain can shoot back "at least on our side, the experienced one is at the top of the ticket." The fact that she is a woman will create publicity and excitement, steal some of Obama's "historical" and "not a another white male" thunder, and draw in Hillary Clinton voters.
Palin for VP!!!

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Less experience, than whom? She has more executive experience than Obama and got a whole lot more done in her two years actually governing than obama who has nothing but campaign for president since being elected to the SENATE, where he doesn't even show up or call committee meetings. She is miles and miles more experienced than Obama!

Posted by: s.b. | August 29, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

She has more EXECUTIVE experience than McCain, Obama, and Biden combined. ABC News blog is reporting that Palin is still in Alaska.

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

If McCain picks Sarah Palin; then he has shot himself in the foot.
Gov Palin recently pushed a new law increasing TAXES on oil company leases in Alaska.
Republican heresy, indeed!

Posted by: Commie Stooge | August 29, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

She already has more experience than Obama so I'd say she's a better VP pick than the democratic pick for Prez.

Posted by: zod | August 29, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

This is awesome news for us Democrats. Please, please, please let McCain pick someone who has no experience- how can he continue to rip Obama after that? Please pick Palin, who hails from the most corrupt political culture in America up in Alaska with the likes of Ted Stevens and Don Young. Please, PLEASE pick Joe Lieberman, the scorned, confused angry "former" Democrat. Please pick someone pro-choice like Ridge to piss off all the religious zealots in the party!

If McCain doesn't pick Romney he is screwed. Almost every name but his gives the Democrats a huge ammunition pile, not that we need it.

Posted by: bkriner | August 29, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

the new baby has downs, if that impacts anyone's opinion on whether she returned to work too early. and seriously, does anyone think she's ready to be president? if the answer is no, then why should she be acceptable to be VP for a president mccain's age?

Posted by: tito | August 29, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

After 5 kids, it's not such a big deal.

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Is Palin pro-life?

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

"In April, Palin became a mother for the fifth time, and returned to work three days later."

Oh, gee. There's a great qualification. A mother who was willing to get back to work in three days after having a baby!

Posted by: Bill Randle | August 29, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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