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By Michael D. Shear
ST. PAUL -- President Bush will speak to the Republican convention delegates just before prime time tonight, kicking off the restarted political party for Sen. John McCain with a lineup that will include former senator Fred Thompson and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Both senators are longtime friends of McCain's and will vouch for his biography. Thompson's speech is titled "The Courage and Service of John McCain," and Lieberman's is titled "The Original Maverick, John McCain."

Convention planners and McCain officials said they had decided to relaunch their campaign after consultations with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and after monitoring the improving situation in the Gulf after a weakened Hurricane Gustav caused less damage than had been feared.

Campaign Manager Rick Davis said officials were working to shuffle the remaining days of the convention to accommodate speakers who did not get a chance to deliver remarks Monday. For example, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, originally scheduled for tonight, will likely speak on Wednesday, Davis said.

"Some of the elements that were scheduled for today will ultimately be lost in the annals of convention history," Davis conceded.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who remains out of the public eye while she prepares for her convention speech, is also likely to speak Wednesday, Davis said, though he declined to provide any details of the speech or say whether she would address any of the controversies
swirling around her.

"You're going to have to tune in to witness it firsthand," he said. "Obviously, it gives Gov. Palin a unique opportunity to have a conversation with the American public. It's a chance for her to get out there and tell her story and for people to see beyond the media fog that's out there."

In addition to the prime-time speakers, the convention will feature a speech by one of McCain's close friends, who adopted a little girl from the same Bangladeshi orphanage that the McCains did, a video about a medal of honor recipient, and a testimonial from Orson
Swindle, a fellow McCain prisoner of war.

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Have you seen the picture of Wasilla's town hall ? ...looks like that town needed the money. If she was YOUR mayor, you'd have pics of her on your mantle like Catholics have of the Pope.

Posted by: Don | September 2, 2008 7:48 PM

I was watching Palin's speech again & it looks like she had some cum on her face, did you see that?? How can we trust her to run the country if she can't even get a towel before going in public?

Posted by: Hank | September 2, 2008 4:09 PM

"A liberal would abort/ kill the baby and then use it's embryonic cells to try to cure the common cold in the name of progressive ideas."

No, a liberal would've used a condom.

Posted by: Hanna | September 2, 2008 4:05 PM

I've been pouring liquid out of my arse since this pick. Great, she's a cumcatcher, but that's not a leader! What happened to McCain, he lost my support that's what!

Posted by: OOPS I POOPED MY PANTS | September 2, 2008 3:02 PM

Has anyone noticed a resemblance between Sarah Palin and Tammy Faye Baker?

Posted by: Charles | September 2, 2008 2:14 PM

Allan:

Are you serious Sarah Palin exciting since Ronald Reagan??

What are you smoking?

There is a lot of hypocisy among my fellow conservatives ... especially church going., bible thumping conservatives.

I just hope that the Catholics do not put John McCain over the top like they did for GW in 2004.

Is Minnesota a swing State? What does it say for the Governor when he is overlooked for a 44 year old beauty who was once a mayor of 9,000? I am tempted to say dirty old man.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:04 PM

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the Wingnuts like Rick Davis don't want to talk about the real issues, they lose on that front too...


McCain's "Transparent" mini-Maverick Reformer VP pick (Palin) clams up, lawyers up, and claimed executive privilege.


Do you still have any doubt that McCain/Palin = more of the same?


Just as George W. Bush fired U.S. Attorneys who wouldn't do his bidding in carrying out his personal crusades, so it turns out McCain's VP pick has fired Alaska state employees for not doing hers.


Now finding herself under investigation by the Alaska State Senate, Palin's not just lawyered up, but already refining her Bush-Cheney stonewalling chops:


The state has hired a private lawyer to represent Gov. Sarah Palin's office in the Legislature's investigation into the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The lawyer already has challenged whether lawmakers even have authority to oversee the inquiry.

Palin has so far ducked interview requests from the investigators, and Alaska state legislators are already talking subpoenas.

http://www.adn.com/monegan/story/513137.html


Yeah, subpoenas. Sound familiar?
How about this?


E-mails from the Palin administration are being withheld from the public and the governor is citing executive privilege.

http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=8802680


OoOoOoOohh! What a "reformer!" What a "maverick!"


And just what kind of "executive privilege" are we talking about? Apparently these super-privileged e-mails are all cc-ed to... Palin's husband.


Well, knock me down with a feather.


Part Jerry Springer Show, part Groundhog Day.


Not just more of the same, but more of the Worst. Presidency. Ever.


And it's neither a surprise nor a coincidence. This is actually how Republicans think government is supposed to work.

Posted by: astral99 | September 2, 2008 1:56 PM

To JC-
The media certainly weren't in the mood to cover non-tabloid issues with Obama, so why should they start with Palin?
There is some significant relevance, however, in paying attention to the disparity between the religiosity right's stand on issues of morality, and the way their convictions play out in their private lives.
Red states have more divorce, more unplanned pregnancies, more domestic violence, higher murder rates, more infant deaths, higher rates of incarceration, and lower educational achievement than blue states. They even watch more trashy shows on television.
Republicans take strong stands on moral issues that their real iives contradict. So far, Palin seems to fit this pattern of inconsistency.
Rather than fall for self-righteous talk, pay attention to those who walk the walk. It's time for the vocally righteous to take the cotton out of their ears and put it in their mouths. It might require some humility, but they could learn a few things and pull themselves out of this race to the bottom.

Posted by: Charles | September 2, 2008 1:50 PM

Republican Convention Schedule Leaked!
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7:00 pm – Ceremonial burning of the U.S. Constitution

7:15 pm – Spiritual Medium Sylvia Browne performs psychic séance in desperate attempt to raise Ronald Reagan from the grave

7:35 pm – "The Pleasures of Adultery" - with Newt Gingrich & Rudy Giuliani

8:05 pm – Gay sex party in Minneapolis airport's Men's Restroom hosted by Senator Larry Craig

8:35 pm - Transvestite Ann Coulter – "My Life as a Man"

8:55 pm – Live satellite feed from Federal Prison – Ohio Rep. Bob Ney

9:05 pm – Guest speaker ex-Florida Congressman Mark Foley "Joys with Young Boys"

9:25 pm – Oliver North – "Iran is Evil, but I sold them weapons anyway"

9:40 pm – Bill O' Reilly – "The costs of sexual harassment and phone sex with employees"

10:00 pm – Gay sex party in Men's Room hosted by Ken Mehlman and Geraldo Rivera

10:25 pm – Check on McCain to see if he's still breathing and if his adult diaper needs to be changed.

10:35 pm – N.R.A. President hosts an assault riffle target practice on Gays and Mexicans.

10:45 pm - Call emergency squad after a drunken Darth Cheney accidentally shoots his friend in the face.

11:00 pm – Bush performs his hilarious comedy routine where he looks for Iraq's fictitious WMD's under guests tables.

11:15 pm – Mike Huckabee does his famous uncanny imitation of Gomer Pyle.

11:20 pm – Group intervention to get Rush Limbaugh back into drug rehab

11:45 pm – Go up on rooftop and throw rocks down at homeless Vets sleeping in alley.

12:00 am – Live satellite feed from Federal Prison –California Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham

12:20 am – Convicted felon/Fox News analyst G. Gordon Liddy – Lock picking secrets

12:40 am – Guest speakers Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz – "How to lie your Country into a War"

1:00 am – Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay –"Tips on Money Laundering"

1:15 am – Hookers and young boys arrive for the after party

Posted by: Bu$h Wacked | September 2, 2008 1:43 PM

Sarah Palin: Separatist, former mayor of a village, and a wannabe book-burner:


[Former Wasilla mayor John Stein] says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. "She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." The librarian, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire her for not giving "full support" to the mayor.

http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1837918,00.html


Here's one of those news reports from 1997:

City librarian Mary Ellen Emmons [Baker] will stay, but Police Chief Irl Stambaugh is on his own, Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin announced Friday. The decision came one day after letters signed by Palin were dropped on Stambaugh's and Emmon's desks, telling them their jobs were over as of Feb. 13.


Both Stambaugh and Emmons [Baker] publicly supported Palin's opponent, long-time mayor John Stein during the campaign last fall. When she was elected, Palin questioned their loyalty and initially asked for their resignations. But Stambaugh said he thought any questions had been resolved.

http://www.adn.com/sarahpalin/story/510219.html


Putting it simply, Sarah Palin's idea of executive leadership involves firing the people you perceive as non-supporters, and outright abuse of power.


If she were vice-president, would she call up librarians around the country and dictate to them? Would she invade our privacy like that? Try to equalize everyone by telling us what we can and cannot have in our libraries?


Finally, a quote. From Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451:

"We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal... A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man's mind."

Posted by: orange crush | September 2, 2008 1:40 PM

THE COMMENTS ABOUT GOV PALLEN'S DAUGHTER BEING PREGNANT WAS NOT NECESSARY. IT ONLY HURTS HER DAUGHTER AND THERE IS NO REASON FOR IT!

Posted by: rita sorrentino | September 2, 2008 1:39 PM

RNC: Should be as exiting as watching turtle sex

Posted by: McSame is Lame | September 2, 2008 1:35 PM

O'Bama does not speak for my family values when he asks me to back off on this highly public matter ... Sarah Palin's FIRST RESPONSIBILITY is to her Down syndrome child and her 17 year old unmarried pregnant daughter. The down syndrome child will need special care and from a mother and father; the daughter will need reassurance (not just freedom and money) that her overly ambitious mother will not continue to forsake her and her younger sibblings as she pursues her power trips first with senator Ted Stevens; mayors and now as Governor of Alaska.

I am not sure why others are not seeing this for what it is. DAMN THE CHILDREN ... I want to represent women that the whining Hillary could not do!!

I pray for her children. GI Jane/Sarah should not be asking us to back off either when she knowingly accepted the nomination knowing that her children will be in focus. I love how my Republican friends are spinning all of this to show how strong she is on pro-life now telling us that the father of her daughters child plans to marry her daughter. This man also has another child outside of marriage. We Republicans have got to stand for something.

Posted by: FamilyFocus | September 2, 2008 1:35 PM

I am so sick of the media talking about Palin's daugher.
Can just move on and speak about the issues that are important to this country?
We all make mistakes and even at much older age. That baby will be a blessing to Bristol and his boyfriend and it will not affect what I think of Palin and her ability to perform as a possible VP.

Posted by: JC | September 2, 2008 1:26 PM

Hope he has time to take off his "American Hat" so he can put back on his "Republican Hat". Can't wait to hear his "America First (just after the Republicans)" speech.

Posted by: Jim | September 2, 2008 1:20 PM

And another day brings another embarrassment for McCain. This time, the Senator, who publicly condemns earmarks (to the point that he even has an anti-pork barrel spending video game on his website), learns that his running mate actually condons them. A lot:


ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 1 -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin employed a lobbying firm to secure almost $27 million in federal earmarks for a town of 6,700 residents while she was its mayor, according to an analysis by an independent government watchdog. [...]


"In fiscal year 2002, Wasilla took in $6.1 million in earmarks -- about $1,000 in federal funds for every resident. By contrast, Boise, Idaho -- which has more than 190,000 residents -- received $6.9 million in earmarks in fiscal year 2008."

"She certainly wasn't shy about putting the old-boy network to use to bring home millions of dollars," said Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. "She's a little more savvy to the ways of Washington than she's let on."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/01/AR2008090103148.html?hpid=topnews


Oh, she's savvy in Washington ways alright. In fact, as the article notes, earlier this year, "Palin's office sent Sen. Stevens a 70-page memo outlining almost $200 million worth of new funding requests for the state of Alaska."


McCain recently called Palin his "soulmate." I guess opposites really do attract.

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 2, 2008 1:20 PM

Republicans have a history of meeting serious problems with tough talk, patriotic and sentimental grandstanding, and officially sanctioned acts of hasty and reckless violence. What they don't have is a record of actually solving problems.

It's an abomination that they opened their convention on labor day. With all their blustery rhetoric nothwithstanding, the only war they've fought intelligently is the one against the American worker. nothhttp://washpost.com/wpniother
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Posted by: Charles | September 2, 2008 1:15 PM

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

Posted by: tom in atlanta | September 2, 2008 1:15 PM

Its nice to see the convention go back on track. It will be interesting to hear what Bush has to say. How will he endorse but not endorse McCain?

I agree with Kyle, Palin's speech is the most interesting one. Especially since her initial speech in Dayton, OH had several misrepresentations in it. She could turn the whole thing around with a well writen (not by her of course) and well delivered oratory.

Posted by: garygrud | September 2, 2008 1:15 PM

I can't wait to see our next VP talking up there. I hope the camera gets a good shot of her tasty backside. She looks finger lickin good. Way to go Johnny! I bet Mitt asked if he could at least smell his finger.

Posted by: Randy in Harrisburg | September 2, 2008 1:12 PM

Sarah Palin is the most exciting choice the GOP has had since Ronald Reagan. She is perfect in every way, so what if her daughter made a mistake, we all made mistakes at 17. The greater choice is that she is keeping the baby. A liberal would abort/ kill the baby and then use it's embryonic cells to try to cure the common cold in the name of progressive ideas.

Posted by: Alan | September 2, 2008 1:09 PM

I think Joe Lieberman has confused the original maverick with worshiping the golden calf that is today's Republican Party. Ten per cent shouldn't cut it as following a different path as McCain voted the Bush line 90% of the time by his own admission.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 2, 2008 1:08 PM

I dont know but every time I click a Washinton post link.. it feels like Im in the hatersKo website or moveback.org..I think it has to do with hacker...or somethin.??
Cultpersonality lovers?? get yours passport ready to travel to China/Cuba/N Korea for when Commander in chief John Mcsame get sworn in..

Posted by: Juan Carlos | September 2, 2008 1:06 PM

I guess I don't need to take an ambien tonight. I hope no one has their speeches on while operating heavy machinery. That could be dangerous.

Posted by: WTF | September 2, 2008 1:04 PM

Looking forward to hearing from Palin and what she has to say. I don't care about her daughter or what her crazy brother in law did. She has the weight of the election on her shoulders, at the moment. If she can deliver big it'll shake everything up.

Posted by: kyle | September 2, 2008 1:03 PM

Same old, same old.. Watch the TV ratings, no one cares about the Republican convention because it's a re-run! They've heard the (empty) rhetoric, they've heard the distortions and lies. They've seen the policies in action and they don't help America, they Make It Worse!

The corrupt and failed ideology of the Republican Party has led America down the crapper.

Bush/Cheney/McCain. No More Years!!!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 2, 2008 12:55 PM

I can't wait to see Palin and then McCain at the podium at the RNC make complete idiots of themselves.

America, get used to President Obama!

Praise be to Allah!!!

Posted by: marc | September 2, 2008 12:51 PM

I don't care what Joe says, McCain is NOT the original maverick. The original Maverick was South Texas rancher, war hero and politician Samuel Maverick who refused to brand his cattle. You can look it up.

Posted by: Max Edison | September 2, 2008 12:34 PM

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