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Former acting Massachusetts governor Jane Swift (C) answers questions during a news conference to defend presumptive U.S. vice presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's experience on day three of the Republican National Convention at St. Paul's Xcel Enery Center, Sept. 3, 2008. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

By Juliet Eilperin
ST. PAUL -- Female Republicans embraced identity politics with gusto today, touting the virtues of presumptive vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and suggesting that any attempts to question her qualifications amounted to blatant sexism.

In a "hear me roar"-style press conference, a parade of elected officials and GOP operatives issued a lengthy defense of the Alaska governor's credentials, and former Massachusetts governor Jane Swift said Palin has been the target of "an outrageous smear campaign."

"She has taken on the corrupt special interests in Washington and Alaska. She has stood up for families and made a difference," Swift said. "She is more prepared than Barack Obama to be the president of the United States. ... The Republican Party will not stand by while Sarah Palin is subjected to sexist attacks."

Plenty of media bashing took place at the event, with one of the speakers -- Renee Amore, the African American deputy chairman of the Pennsylvania GOP -- busting out what she called her "ebonics" in order to fully convey the intensity of her threat.

"We will get with you if you keep messin' with us," she declared.

Several of the speakers delivered an emotional appeal on Palin's behalf -- former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin became so impassioned in decrying Palin's opponents ("Shame on them! Shame on all of them!" she thundered) that she forgot to introduce the next speaker, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).

Blackburn, by contrast, gave a wonkish account of what Palin had done as governor, saying she had overseen "twenty-four thousand employees and a ten billion dollar budget. How many men who put their name on the line to run for office have done that?" (In fact, nearly every current or former governor who has run for president in the modern era -- such as Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee -- has overseen operations of that size or much larger.)

Palin's allies were less pleased with the questions they got from the assembled crowd, though they continued to defend their candidate. When asked whether it was sexist for both Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and McCain campaign manager Rick Davis to suggest Palin would be able to handle foreign policy matters by leaning heavily on McCain's staff, Republican National Committee Victory 2008 chair Carly Fiorina did not answer the question. Instead, she continued to decry the attacks against the governor and questioned why Obama hasn't been questioned more about how he "has relied heavily on his campaign staff for foreign policy advice."

When Fiorina was asked if she would have chosen a successor at Hewlett-Packard who had run a company just a tenth of the size of H-P, the former CEO replied that her successor had run a smaller company before taking the helm of the high-tech giant, adding, "The size of the company, just like the size of the state, is less important than the nature of the decisions that need to be made."

And while the women at the press conference mentioned Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) plenty of times -- "Women of every political party owe a debt of gratitude to Hillary Clinton," Fiorina said -- Blackburn made no apologies for the fact that she did not defend the former Democratic presidential candidate from sexist attacks during the primary campaign.

"Had we been more vocal, you all would have chosen not to report it," she said.

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Palin's speech was broadly admired conservatives and republicans.

Unfortunately for McCain and Palin, this election requires that you win independents.

The "No Thanks" on the bridge was dishonest.

The attacks were funny...but how does that help middle America?

If we're supposed to leave her family alone (which I wholly condone) then why is her future-son-in-law even on the stage?

Why did she ridicule community organizing? Ridicule - that smacks of high school behavior, not a path to greatness.

Again, great job "running up the score" with the conservative base.

Haven't we had 8 years of that that leave us adrift these days?

I respect Mrs. Palin. I just don't see that McCain/Palin are the best choice for the country

Posted by: SonOfHistoryProf | September 9, 2008 3:44 AM


Why does Obama call women 'sweetie'?

Why does Obama pay women less than men?

The women working for McCain get equal pay.

Posted by: jewel | September 7, 2008 2:37 PM

I am amazed that parents of teenagers, Republican and Democrat, are not up in arms about a potential vice president who glorifies teen pregnancy by making her daughter a spectacle on TV. Good luck trying to tell your teenager to be responsible after the vice president's daughter was glorified by the Republican Party. I was for McCain; now I'm staying home on election day!

Posted by: very concerned | September 6, 2008 5:42 PM

Q: What was the first thing war hero John McCain did when he got back to the US after being a POW?

A: He started screwing around on his wife!!! Yes, his first wife and mother of his three children who prayed for him everyday he was in captivity nearly died in a car accident and was severely disfigured. When she was no longer a beauty queen, John started sleeping around until he found a rich beauty queen to marry!

He’s disgusting.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1024927/The-wife-John-McCain-callously-left-behind.html

Posted by: gratrat | September 5, 2008 2:39 AM

Say, AsperGirl, where were you when John McCain was making ugly jokes about Chelsea Clinton or calling his wife a "c***"? Or when Republicans were smearing Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama? And you call the DEMOCRATS sexist?

You extreme PUMAs need to get over yourselves. Tell your Republican bosses to plant you somewhere else, because this schtick ain't working.

Posted by: Penny Dreadful | September 4, 2008 10:42 AM

It's OK for a know-nothing young inexperienced white woman VP to slam and lie about Obama. No one calls it racism. But if Obama were to slam HER, then everyone, but every pundit and media outlet, would cry sexism. How can one say that a proven brilliant mind and public servant like Obama is less able than Palin, with her stint as mayor of a 7,000 populated little town, and under 2 years as a governor of a state smaller that Brooklyn in number, who has had to get a passport for the first time just recently, with a mediocre BA, with NO foreign policy experience, who leaves messy pawprints on abuse of power as mayor and governor, who had taken earmarks all over the place, who kept the taxpayers money for the bridge to nowhere for her own uses, who wants creationism taught in schools, who wanted to fire a librarian for not banning certain books, who wants to kill polar bears and denies global warning, who preaches family values and acts otherwise, etc, etc, how can we say she is Obama's better? Unless it is because she is NOT a black man.

Posted by: lin | September 4, 2008 5:17 AM

It's OK for a know-nothing young inexperienced white woman VP to slam and lie about Obama. No one calls it racism. But if Obama were to slam HER, then everyone, but every pundit and media outlet, would cry sexism. How can one say that a proven brilliant mind and public servant like Obama is less able than Palin, with her stint as mayor of a 7,000 populated little town, and under 2 years as a governor of a state smaller that Brooklyn in number, who has had to get a passport for the first time just recently, with a mediocre BA, with NO foreign policy experience, who leaves messy pawprints on abuse of power as mayor and governor, who had taken earmarks all over the place, who kept the taxpayers money for the bridge to nowhere for her own uses, who wants creationism taught in schools, who wanted to fire a librarian for not banning certain books, who wants to kill polar bears and denies global warning, who preaches family values and acts otherwise, etc, etc, how can we say she is Obama's better? Unless it is because she is NOT a black man.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 5:13 AM

" AsperGirl, your dru-unk
AsperGirl, your lame
AsperGirl, I would feel sorry for you
but AsperGirl, your all thinky an sh*t

Too much Budweiser, too many girls
Too many std's, too many bad acid tripz
with too many sailors, on 2 many ships
more hands up your dress than a muppet

some people think with their hearts
but you just think with your crotch
there isn't enough scotch
to help me justify your mind..."

"The Alarm"
Pencilghost

Posted by: Dorian | September 4, 2008 12:38 AM

THE SEXIST, WOMAN-BELITTLING DEMOCRATS STRIKE AGAIN!

CNN are declaring Harry Reid's statement that Sarah Palin's speech was "shrill" was a sexist statement because that's a woman-belittling statement that no one used to describe the male speeches.

Harry Reid, you woman-bashing Democratic punk, Sarah Palin's favorability ratings blow away the ratings that you and your do-nothing Congress get.

HARRY REID YOU AND YOUR WOMAN BELITTLING SEXIST DEMOCRATS ARE THE ONES WHO ARE SHRILL

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 12:22 AM

I forgot to add: Except THIS time, with a REAL republican!

Just saw Sarah's speech on TV for the Convention...YES!!!

Sarah Palin ROCKS!
This is going to be a GREAT presidency!
8 more years!!!!!
8 more years!!!!!
8 more years!!!!!
8 more years!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 11:20 PM

Just saw Sarah's speech on TV for the Convention...YES!!!

Sarah Palin ROCKS!
This is going to be a GREAT presidency!
8 more years!!!!!
8 more years!!!!!
8 more years!!!!!
8 more years!!!!!

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 11:18 PM

"It's quite a race to the bottom, isn't it chuckamok?"

But it's all uphill from here.

I'm just happy that the Clinton trash was kicked to the curb, and we were spared even more of their nauseating melodrama.

If Obama does nothing else in his political career I propose that his visage be carved into Mt. Rushmore, for ridding us of the Hildebeast.

Posted by: Chuckamok | September 3, 2008 10:46 PM

It's quite a race to the bottom, isn't it chuckamok? I don't see how the Dems could possibly find a way to top this footstamping tantrum about sexism, but you're right, they'll probably try.

Let's talk about the issues, and let's vote based on policies.

Posted by: Sportin' Life | September 3, 2008 10:42 PM

My 17 year old daughter says , "why didn't she just didn't use the pill?"

Posted by: jonmiktay | September 3, 2008 10:37 PM

"one steaming pile of bullsh*t after another"

Reminds me of Hillary's sniper fire whopper.

Ah ... it seems like just yesterday.

;)

Posted by: Chuckamok | September 3, 2008 10:35 PM

Republicans seem to have absolutely nothing to offer this country, other than one steaming pile of bullsh*t after another. The sad thing is that there are a few voters who are as stupid as the Republicans believe them to be. That's certainly too bad for the rest of us.

Posted by: Sportin' Life | September 3, 2008 10:31 PM

Well, at least we can say goodbye to those godawful orange pants suits.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:30 PM

OOOPS Palin on sexism

"“When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism, or maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, 'Man, that doesn't do us any good, women in politics, or women in general, trying to progress this country,' ” Palin said."

The line of questioning that IS sexist is the one that goes "she's got 5 kids at home she shouldn't be running" That's BS. She has a husband and he can do the childcare while she's in office - Which would be the absolute worst thing for women ever. It is also sexist to suggest that women voters can't tell a right wing ideologue from Hilary.

Posted by: cityzenjane1 | September 3, 2008 10:12 PM

Let's just quote Palin on the sexism that Hilary was treated with shall we:

"

Palin on her time as Mayor of Wasilla

"”It’s not rocket science,” Palin said, “It’s $6 million and 53 employees.”"

Palin on the ongoing war in Iraq,

"I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq. I heard on the news about the new deployments, and while I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place."

Palin is not qualified because she is a Christian Dominionist. Note it's not the Christian part that any one should have a problem with. A dominionist is someone who believes in a Fundamentalist take over of the political system in order to bring their interpretation of "God's Will" as the ruling dominant force in our lives. That ALONE disqualifies her from being one 72 year old heart beat away from the Presidency.

John McCain has a 1 in 3 chance of dying in his first term. Her politics ARE totally relevant and it is not sexism to suggest that she had no serious vetting process, that MCCain obviously chose her for purely political reasons and not as a wise governance choice.

Anyone that suggests that she should not have to stand up to the scrutiny that both Hilary has been through and that Obama has weathered --- is THE sexist here.

Posted by: cityzenjane1 | September 3, 2008 10:07 PM

"Lets really look at the experience comparison:"

Yeah, like we need more lawyers.

;)

Good news - a planeful of lawyers crashed into the ocean.

Bad news - there were two empty seats.

Posted by: Chuckamok | September 3, 2008 10:06 PM

I love it.

Hillary who?

;)

Posted by: Chuckamok | September 3, 2008 10:04 PM

As someone else wrote:

Lets really look at the experience comparison:

Obama:
B.A in political science from Columbia University, with a specialization in international relations
J.D. in Law from Hardvard, graduated magna cum laude; President of the Harvard Law Review
12 years (92-04) teaching constitutional law
7 years State Senator: sponsored more than 800 bills
4 years Senator for Illinos, a state with 12.8 million people

Palin:
Bachelor's in journalism from University of Idaho
4 years Wasilla City Council (8000 people)
6 years Wasilla mayor (8000 people)
1 year "Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission"
20 months governor of a state with 660,000 people

Do the Republicans really think we're so stupid that we would believe she is more experienced than Obama? Give me a break…

Posted by: Reality | September 3, 2008 9:50 PM

AWESOME! THE REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE WOMEN HAVE COME OUT AND RALLIED AROUND SARAH PALIN

None of the Democratic feminists did that for one of their own, Hillary Clinton.

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS ARE IMPOTENT TOOLS

Hillary Clinton took this gleeful, sexist bashing day after day, for months with no voices of feminists on her side.

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS TAKE ORDERS FROM THEIR PARTY:

"SHUT UP AND GET ON BOARD"

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 9:15 PM

There is always ONE wingnut in these places.

Posted by: Aldous | September 3, 2008 9:13 PM

Aspergirl:

Y'know, your GOP bosses are going to be really embarrassed by your histrionics.

Posted by: Penny Dreadful | September 3, 2008 9:06 PM

Palin's inexperience is irrelevant. Why? because McCain is WAY more qualified to be president than Obama, and the Dems know it. So, Palin's experience is a red herring offered by the Dems/Libs. Besides, being an executive means having hands-on experience instead of sitting in the stands thinking about doing something and voting "present."

Posted by: Rui | September 3, 2008 8:39 PM

You gotta love the likes of Rush Limbaugh insinuating that the media is sexist. The inventor of the term femi-nazi.

Posted by: poptart | September 3, 2008 8:11 PM

I really hope social conervatives are not so short-sighted as to vote for someone who has secessionist ties (ie. her own husband). In my view advocating secession is treasonous. That coupled with her zero foreign policy experience, makes her completely unfit.

And her comment about not knowing what the VP job entails doesn't exactly help her case.


Posted by: Sincerely yours | September 3, 2008 7:55 PM

I'm 69 years old and know quite a few older men who still have not got it. They believe a woman's place is in the home, waiting on them like a slave, doing all the housework, cooking all the meals, taking care of the children, and not voicing an opinion about anything important. These men will absolutely not vote for a woman in any public office.They are just plain stupid.

Look at the women who have been leaders of countries in the modern world: Golda of Israel who was a tremendous leader, one of the best Israel has ever had; then there was Margaret of Great Britian, another great leader that England has not seen since she left office; Germany now has a very good leader. I'll stop there and say anyone who can give birth, has to be strong. A man would just faint as my father did when he saw his first born being delivered. We need more and more women to lead nations. The Democrats are just envious because they failed to get Hillary.

Posted by: Nancy Smith | September 3, 2008 7:53 PM

Waaaaaah!!! Stop picking on women! I mean it guys! Don't be so mean! Stop it! Stop it! Oh, make them stop!

Posted by: BB | September 3, 2008 7:48 PM

The republicans must be truly desperate if they are trying to get sympathy votes by calling the media sexist.

Since when has the republican party been for womens rights? or for any non-male, non-white demographic, for that matter.

Posted by: humble pie | September 3, 2008 7:46 PM

MacKenzie Phillips will be speaking at the next Obama rally...stay tuned.


Posted by: eric | September 3, 2008 7:45 PM

>>Momma wrote: "If the press did not pay any attention to Palin, the Republicans would be crying about how obsessed they are with Obama."

Hmm, how about if the press asked Obama some questions they would never ask a white man?

Like... well I won't go there, it's too easy.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 7:45 PM

They cry sexism, while their candidate McCain if one of the biggest sexists in congress.

And what about Palin laughing when a couple of shock-jocks called a fellow female politician a 'B%*ch' and a 'Cancer'.

It is insulting to women that McCain has chosen such a poor candidate for VP based on her gender.

Posted by: Justice | September 3, 2008 7:39 PM

IT IS SO AWESOME THAT THE REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE WOMEN HAVE COME OUT AND RALLIED AROUND SARAH PALIN

None of the Democratic feminists did that for one of their own, Hillary Clinton, not even to benefit themselves or protect professional women's status.

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS ARE IMPOTENT, HYPOCRITICAL TOOLS

They stood by when Hillary Clinton took this gleeful, sexist bashing day after day.

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS TAKE ORDERS FROM THEIR PARTY:

"SHUT UP AND GET ON BOARD"

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 7:35 PM

If the press did not pay any attention to Palin, the Republicans would be crying about how obsessed they are with Obama.

Posted by: Momma | September 3, 2008 7:33 PM

The press is not attacking her, the press is just trying to find out who she is. She remains a virtual unknown. The press is doing their job. WHat did the republicans expect the press to do, just do a bunch of fluff pieces on her??

Palin herself started by being less than honest with her 'Bridge to nowhere' comment in her very first address to the national public. That set the alarms off that Palin may not be exactly what she or the Repubs say she is.

I for one would like to know exactly who she is and frankly , Im not prepared to simply take her word for it. The press is doign their job. If she cant handle it, she shouldnt be running.

Posted by: Reason | September 3, 2008 7:29 PM

Have media crossed the sexism line?
By JOHN F. HARRIS & BETH FRERKING

"ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sarah Palin found some unlikely allies Wednesday as leading academics and even former top aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed the Republican charge that John McCain’s running mate has been subject to a sexist double standard by the news media and Democrats.

"Georgetown University professor Deborah Tannen, who has written best-selling books on gender differences, said she agrees with complaints that Palin skeptics — including prominent voices in the news media — have crossed a line by speculating about whether the Alaska governor is neglecting her family in pursuit of national office.

“What we’re dealing with now, there’s nothing subtle about it,” said Tannen. “We’re dealing with the assumption that child-rearing is the job of women and not men. Is it sexist? Yes.”

“There’s no way those questions would be asked of a male candidate,” said Howard Wolfson a former top strategist for Clinton’s presidential campaign.

"The sexism charge was hurled with new intensity Wednesday afternoon by McCain surrogates, all women, at a news conference just hours before she was to make her acceptance speech here. "

more at: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13129.html

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 7:27 PM

Here it is America, a side show attraction worth flushing our country over. Don't believe so, eh?

Do not, for one second ever underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers. It is called mob rule, and that is the genius of the Republican strategists!

Yes, Palin was "vetted" and we are sure that for all these negatives we hear about her, Rove and Co KNEW so well the baseness of the electorate, those negatives were posatives.

This circus tonight will feature all the makings of a soap opera. This poor fascist secessionist creationist and her pregnant daughter, her handsome boyfriend. This All American family.... In days they will be on the cover of every trash magazine in the country. Their approval numbers will sky rocket!

Why? Because we are such a base society we will eat all this up, every last decrepit bite and love it. These kids are gonna be huge celebrities, and the American Idol public will not vote on the issues.

No that is too sophisticated. They will blindly follow the lights of celebrity all the way to the voting booth and vote Palin-McCain.

Has anyone out there noticed everytime McCain needs some media he gets endorsed by Daddy Yankee or bashes Paris. And now this teeny bopper scandal. This was all planned out, and playing out just the way the GOP wants it to.

God Help us All if Palin-McCain win...

Posted by: lookie | September 3, 2008 7:22 PM

If she cant handle the media scrutiny, then that just adds to the reasons why she should not be VP.

Posted by: Ultrag | September 3, 2008 7:21 PM

Wassila was the meth capital of the U.S. when Palin was mayor.

Posted by: Bill | September 3, 2008 7:14 PM

Sarah Palin will not only have to be a quick foreign policy study.

She will have to be a quick Hillary Clinton study.

This is the same kind of torrent of misogyny and irrational, gleeful woman-bashing that Hillary Clinton took day in and day out for months while she ran against Obama.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 7:03 PM

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: TOOK SEXIST BASHING OF HILLARY
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: TOOK SEXIST BASHING OF HILLARY

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: THEY 'SHUT UP AND GET ON BOARD'
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: THEY 'SHUT UP AND GET ON BOARD'

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: IMPOTENT TOOLS
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: IMPOTENT TOOLS

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: HYPOCRITES
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: HYPOCRITES

REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN ROCK!

"Shut up and get on board", indeed!

Good-bye Democrats, Hello Republicans!

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 6:59 PM

WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

What is wrong with this picture....

Democrats have shared power with the Republican party for this last ... lets just say 40 years, since everyone here seems to have a soft spot for the 60's.

-- Key word: SHARED POWER (DEMOCRATS && REPUBLICANS)

vote for change: Elect a Democrat
vote for change: Elect a Republican

... but both have run us into the dirt for the last 16 years since the Great Polarization of 1992/1994.

.. Just one question....

. If you really want change.... why vote for EITHER????!?!?!?

.. Do republicans hold other republicans to account for failure???? NO

.. Do Democrats hold other democrats to account for failure???? NO

.... Do BOTH PARTIES MARGINALIZE SUCCESS (when it comes from the other party???) .... YES

GUESS WHAT .... BOTH OF YOUR PARTIES ARE SCREWING UP OUR F'IN COUNTRY.

-- Until like-minded individuals stand up and DEMAND MORE THAN TWO UNQUALIFIED/DISHONEST/PARTY-SERVING LAPDOGS to choose from.... WE ARE ALL SCREWED.

CHANGE??? DEMS don't do change ... REPUBLICANS don't even pretend to... and the rest of us suffer while the VAST MAJORITY of YOU MORONS eat EVERY WORD these TWO CORRUPT PARTIES shovel in.

LAME.

Posted by: STARTmakingSENSE | September 3, 2008 6:58 PM

Excerpts from Sexism Rears Its Ugly Head
By Ben Shapiro

...

"There is no question that the left's attachment to both the Trig Palin non-story and the Bristol Palin story are dramatic examples of sexism. Attacking a female politician's pregnancy without any evidence -- accusing her of lying about her own baby -- is simply sickening. Exposing a female politician's 17-year-old pregnant daughter and then implying that the politician is an unfit mother and should have stayed at home to tend to the children is simply discriminatory. Liberal women should feel free to oppose Palin's candidacy on policy grounds -- but they have the moral obligation to defend Palin from such sexist attacks.

"When Palin accepted McCain's offer, she thanked Hillary Clinton for her breakthrough candidacy. Where is Hillary Clinton, defending Palin against such blatant sexism? After all, Clinton recognizes that sexism remains a prevalent force in American politics, saying: "The manifestation of some of the sexism that has gone on in this campaign is somehow more respectable, or at least more accepted, and ... there should be equal rejection of the sexism and the racism when it raises its ugly head." How about rejecting sexism when it raises its ugly head, Senator Clinton?

"Where is Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House? "I'm a victim of sexism myself all the time," Pelosi recently stated. How about confronting sexism in its tracks, Madam Speaker?

"Where is Katie Couric? "Like [Hillary] or not, one of the great lessons of that campaign is the continued -- and accepted -- role of sexism in American life, particularly in the media," Couric stated about Hillary's failed presidential bid. How about standing up against the continued role of sexism in American life with regard to a vice presidential nominee, Katie?

"The Democrats' support of women's rights, it seems, is restricted only to the most convenient political situation: liberal women versus white males. When it's liberal women versus black males -- see Clinton vs. Obama -- the left dumps women's rights in favor of racial gains. When it's conservative women versus anybody, the left ignores women's rights completely."

...

more at http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/09/sexism_rears_its_ugly_head.html

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 6:57 PM

WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

What is wrong with this picture....

Democrats have shared power with the Republican party for this last ... lets just say 40 years, since everyone here seems to have a soft spot for the 60's.

-- Key word: SHARED POWER (DEMOCRATS && REPUBLICANS)

vote for change: Elect a Democrat
vote for change: Elect a Republican

... but both have run us into the dirt for the last 16 years since the Great Polarization of 1992/1994.

.. Just one question....

. If you really want change.... why vote for EITHER????!?!?!?

.. Do republicans hold other republicans to account for failure???? NO

.. Do Democrats hold other democrats to account for failure???? NO

.... Do BOTH PARTIES MARGINALIZE SUCCESS (when it comes from the other party???) .... YES

GUESS WHAT .... BOTH OF YOUR PARTIES ARE SCREWING UP OUR F'IN COUNTRY.

-- Until like-minded individuals stand up and DEMAND MORE THAN TWO UNQUALIFIED/DISHONEST/PARTY-SERVING LAPDOGS to choose from.

CHANGE??? DEMS don't do change ... REPUBLICANS don't even pretend to... and the rest of us suffer while the VAST MAJORITY of YOU MORONS eat EVERY WORD these TWO CORRUPT PARTIES shovel in.

LAME.

Posted by: noHopeFOReitherOFyou | September 3, 2008 6:55 PM

Palin is now the worlds biggest celebrity.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:55 PM

Such audacity! Republicans operatives are spreading online rumors that Obama is the father of Bristol Palin's baby. These guys won't stop at anything...

Posted by: Brokingnews | September 3, 2008 6:53 PM

Sexism Rears Its Ugly Head
By Ben Shapiro

"There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women," former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright once remarked.

Where, then, are the liberal women when it comes to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin?

Palin became the first woman to grace a Republican ticket on Friday, August 29, when Senator John McCain selected her as his running mate. The following day, a diarist at the mainstream left-wing Daily Kos (Barack Obama himself appeared as a Kos diarist back in 2005) suggested without any evidence whatsoever that Sarah Palin's son, Trig, recently born and with Down syndrome, was birthed not by Palin but by her daughter. Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic jumped on the bandwagon, demanding that the McCain campaign release Trig's medical records.

The rumor, of course, was demonstrably false -- Kos took down the post. Sullivan, however, stubbornly claimed that the questions about Palin's pregnancy were legitimate. And certain deranged leftist bloggers continue to speculate that Palin wore a padded suit in order to disguise her supposed non-pregnancy.

more at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/09/sexism_rears_its_ugly_head.html

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 6:52 PM

THE WORDS THAT YUVAL LEVIN IS SEARCHING FOR ARE "MISOGYNY" AND "WITCHHUNTING"

From A Shameful Week for the Press   
by Yuval Levin

"I have always tended to think that conservative complaints about the media are a little exaggerated. There are occasionally obvious instances of bias and clear examples of a double standard, but most reporters don’t want to fall into those and some conservatives are surely too sensitive to them. But this week has changed my view. I have never seen, and I admit that I could never have imagined, such shameful, out-of-control, frenzied, angry, condescending, and pathetic journalistic malpractice. The ignorant assault on Palin’s accomplishments and experience, the breathless careless airing of deranged rumors about her private life, the staggeringly indecent mistreatment of her teenage daughter in a difficult time, the ill-informed piling on about the vetting process, the self-intensifying circle of tisking nodding heads utterly detached from a straightforward political event, have been amazing and eye-opening."

..."the treatment she has received is not what just any VP candidate would get, and the attitude and assumptions underlying this week’s amazing assault raise very troubling questions about the cream of the crop of political reporters. They have shown themselves to be too insulated and too solipsistic to help the public better understand our politics, and too self-important to report on events as they happen. This is far more than media bias. Let us hope it is a passing episode."

more at: http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NDU3Nzc1NjEzNGQzYTQ0NTA1YjM0M2UzNzNkODU3ODQ=

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 6:49 PM

My momma said, whenever you get some lemmons, squeeze 'em and make some lemonade.

I'll squeeze Sarah's lemmons, you squeeze McCain's.

Yippee.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:43 PM

To: Democrat In Nevada

I suggest voting on the issues, it makes it a lot easier. We don't have to have dinner with these scumbags, just vote for the one that supports the same policies as we do.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:43 PM

Palin sounds just like Kwame!

Posted by: mangograss | September 3, 2008 6:42 PM

My momma said, whenever you get some lemmons, squeeze 'em and make some lemonade.

I'll squeeze Sarah, you squeeze McCain.

Yippee.

Posted by: Forrest Gump | September 3, 2008 6:42 PM

Okay, a quick test. Which of these things in Governor's background are based on her sex and not on something else such as her behavior?

Her belief that abstinence-only sex education should be taught.

Her belief that creationism should be taught as part of a school curriculum.

Her pressuring a government employee to fire her ex-brother-in-law.

Her asking a city's librarian to ban books. And then asking for the person's resignation when they refused to do so.

Her belief that same sex couples aren't entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual couples.

The answer? Yes, ALL of these are based on her gender!

Posted by: Ed | September 3, 2008 6:40 PM

BREAKING NEWS:

Democrat spokesperson concedes Palin good for America:

"Sarah Palin's record leading the Alaska government would position her better than Barack to lead, but that is no reason to vote for her." Obama campaign manager David Plouffe conceded. "She remains a force to be reckoned with, however indecisive she is as a leader." he added.

www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/03/rnc.democrat.reaction/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Posted by: CNN | September 3, 2008 6:40 PM

we will not be sold a lemon or lemons this time around.
Bush and Chenney were lemons sold to us 8 lonnng years ago.....never again.We will not buy the McSame-Plin lemon pie!!!!!

Posted by: Dave | September 3, 2008 6:39 PM

BREAKING NEWS:

Democrat spokesperson concedes Palin good for America:

"Sarah Palin's record leading the Alaska government would position her better than Barack to lead, but that is no reason to vote for her." Obama campaign manager David Plouffe conceded. "She remains a force to be reckoned with, however indecisive she is as a leader." he added.

www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/03/rnc.democrat.reaction/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Posted by: CNN | September 3, 2008 6:39 PM

BREAKING NEWS:

Democrat spokesperson concedes Palin good for America:

"Sarah Palin's record leading the Alaska government would position her better than Barack to lead, but that is no reason to vote for her." Obama campaign manager David Plouffe conceded. "She remains a force to be reckoned with, however indecisive she is as a leader." he added.

www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/03/rnc.democrat.reaction/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Posted by: CNN | September 3, 2008 6:38 PM

I am a DEMOCRAT.

But, I regret, our party has failed us for far too long. We have a hard time finding quality candidates to put up against the republicans. First we had Gore (I mean, are you serious? Of course no one would vote for him), then we had the John Kerry guy and his I-gotta-baby-in-L.A. running mate Edwards, whom no one gave even the slightest nod toward.

Now we have a guy who has accomplished nothing. He's like Tony Robbins. Talks nice, has done nothing.

I'm considering jumping to the other side, except I'm not overly pleased with my options there either.

Posted by: Democrat In Nevada | September 3, 2008 6:36 PM

Even Peggy Noonan & Murphy (when they thought they were off mike-- oops) knew that Sarah's choice was an unmitigated disaster! So why would rank and file Republicans believe 'others' lies, instead of believing what is right before our own faces? I'm sorry, but looking at McCain and Palin in the cold harsh light of day, neither of them have lives that shine with "family values" or "moral integrity". No amount of smoke and mirrors (or punditry) will change that-- so why lie to ourselves?

Posted by: Lars | September 3, 2008 6:35 PM

The "BREAKING NEWS" below either links to the wrong article or is a lie. That article is an attack on Lieberman, nowhere in the article does it mention Palin.

"BREAKING NEWS:

Democrat spokeperson concedes Palin good for America:

Sarah Palin's record leading the Alaska government would position her better than Barack to lead, but that is no reason to vote for her." Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said. "She remains a force to be reckoned with, and an indecisive leader." he added.

www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/03/rnc.democrat.reaction/index.html?eref=rss_topstories"

Posted by: Paul | September 3, 2008 6:34 PM

Sexism is exactly what is going on. It wasn't ok to bash Hilary, and its not ok to punch up Palin, no matter how much you claim to abhor the "Judeo-White male military industrial regime". At best you are a whining bunch of hypocritical slandering tools, who dabble in psycho-babble because you don't like the chance that they could win. I am SO GLAD that I am not voting this election, because both candidates are fools, and their supporters are drooling, knuckle dragging goons who wouldn't know a decent politician if it bit them on the ass. This campaign needed real leaders, and real people, not Muppets and groupies

Posted by: Donno | September 3, 2008 6:34 PM

Many countries governed by powerful women, such as Margaret Thatcher, President Mary McAleese of Ireland, and President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, have raised their children during their time in office, what is the big deal? While watching C-Span this morning, they had an open phone session; the session concerned Sarah Palin's ability to lead and her experience in government. A woman from Atlanta, GA, had brought up the point that she feared Sarah would not have any clout in the Middle East due to the lack of credibility Muslim’s place on women in their society. The reality is, Bangladesh, Turkey, India, and Indonesia are run by women, and coincidentally they all happen to have large Muslim populations. Otherwise, Condoleezza Rice has held audiences with the powers that be in most every Muslim country without a lack of credibility. This argument is as invalid as the circumstances surrounding Palin’s firing Monegan. It is a governor’s prerogative to hire and fire those in her cabinet at her will. These attacks on her character are nothing more than fear mongering.

The liberal media have launched an offensive against McCain's vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin. The New York Times suggested Palin wasn't properly vetted. ABC News' Matt Dowd is saying that Republican delegates are turning on Palin. I doubt that very much--it appears that just the opposite is happening--Republicans are rallying around palin the face of this controversy contrived by the liberal media.

Let's take a look at the left's bill of particulars against Sarah Palin, gleaned from The New York Times:

1) Her seventeen year-old daughter is pregnant.

That this is being dwelled on by the media is shameful. It is blight on the credibility of those who have reported on it, even Obama says.

2) Palin's husband was arrested for DUI 22 years ago.

That this is brought up is la joke--how many members of Congress have gotten DUIs? And this happened when Mr. Palin was in his early twenties.

3) Palin was a member of the Alaska Independence Party for two years in the mid-90's, and they support a vote on whether Alaska should secede from the Union.

Alaska isn’t New York City, and the politics there are much different than they are in the lower 48. I can only imagine how those who are truly living on the Last Frontier feel about being bossed around by people like Nancy Pelosi. But regardless, a two year membership in a party with a goofy secessionist plank is going to generate a collective yawn from the American public. Ironically, her voter’s registration card was released and this was proven to be another rumor.

4) Palin has hired a private lawyer to defend her "in an Alaska legislative ethics investigation into whether she abused her power in dismissing the state’s public safety commissioner." (That quote is from the New York Times.)

It's funny; I don't remember the media making a big deal of it the countless times the Clintons hired private counsel to defend them in various scandals. And this also appears to be erroneous--the state hired the lawyer, not Palin.

Regardless, on the surface this last one is the most serious charge against Palin, but it falls apart even under mild scrutiny.

The essence of this matter is that Palin's staff is alleged to have pressured Alaska's Department of Public Safety Commissioner to fire a state trooper, and ultimately fired the Public Safety Commissioner when he did not do so. This state trooper was involved in a nasty custody fight with the Governor's sister.

In the first instance this "ethics" investigation is being led by Senator Hollis French, a Democrat and a Massachusetts born, Cornell educated lawyer who advocates socialized medicine. In other words, a liberal.

The other thing you won't get from the liberal media is that this Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan was appointed by Palin and according to the Anchorage Daily News, "she had a right to fire him for any reason." This will shock you, but that important detail was left out of the Times story. But if this is an investigation into whether Palin abused her power by firing Monegan, as the Times says, the investigation should be over already--she had the legal right to do what she did. Hollis French, as a liberal lawyer, should know this. That the investigation continues shows that it is nothing but a partisan witch hunt.

This sounds just like the selective outrage at Bush's dismissal of a handful of US Attorneys when the media barely made a peep when Bill Clinton fired every sitting US Attorney.

And here's another little tidbit that The New York Times does not want you to know about, and in fact left out of their story--the trooper who Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan refused to fire threatened to kill Governor Palin's father if he got a lawyer for his daughter in the custody fight. And then the trooper lied about this in an internal investigation.

This "ethics" witch hunt reflects poorly on the liberal lawyer who is leading it, and the liberal, cheerleading media, not Palin.

It's time for McCain to stand up and denounce this anti-Palin garbage dump. All he needs to say is that it has been clear from the start that the media are in love with Obama, and their anti-Palin feeding frenzy is just a part of their efforts to elect him. And Palin's 17 year-old daughter Bristol is nothing but collateral damage to the liberal media, who have pulled out all the stops for Obama.

And it's time for conservatives to rally around Palin. McCain could have picked Mother Theresa and the liberal media still would have found a way to savage her.

Majority of Article and text is courtesy of www.notwrightforamerica.com some alterations and inclusions have been made.

Posted by: gettyleigh | September 3, 2008 6:33 PM

"Female Republicans embraced identity politics with gusto today, touting the virtues of presumptive vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and suggesting that any attempts to question her qualifications amounted to blatant sexism."

Well, let me tell these women something.

If you want to play in the big leagues, you need to leave the little league attitudes at home. So, suggesting that anyone who questions Gov. Palin's experience is sexist? You have got to be kidding me.

Last night, a woman - Campbell Brown - grilled the McCain campaign representative about a certain aspect of Gov. Palin's experience. Would you call Campbell Brown sexist? McCain thought he could drop a VP candidate in our laps and we should shut up and and be happy. Well, this Republican woman won't, because this move by McCain was pure pandering to the Hillary bitters. Can't we get over them already? This election is NOT about the Clintons or their fan club, for goodness sakes.

Now, since the McCain campaign mishandled (yes...MISHANDLED) the introduction of Sarah Palin to the public, they want everyone to cut them some slack. If you ask me, the McCain campaign look as though they did not vet their pick, since they were eager to squash quickly any so-called bounce from the DNC convention. I would hedge my bets that this decision was one made in haste to wake up McCain's campaign. Well, the McCain got the short term boost he was looking for, if you look at the small picture. But, McCain forgot to also look at the big picture -- presenting the candidate in the most favorable light for a sustained amount of time. Who is Sarah Palin, what does she stand for and what does she bring to the ticket? Answers to these questions should have been ready then, and McCain should have had a plan to get this process going on Day One.

From where I sit, the McCain organization was disorganized and lacking in its vetting process. How do we know? Reading the real news (not the scurrilous and off the wall rumors flying about the Internet), of course. This disorganization left the McCain campaign with no way to frame how the public sees its candidate. The mishandling of Sarah Palin is a sorry spectacle on McCain -- almost to the point that the campaign looks as though it's using her to rescue his sorry, almost dead candidacy.

Do I want McCain and his people to answer that 3 a.m. call? Heck No. Do I think McCain is ready to lead the country on Day One? Watching how McCain and his campaign handled this issue, definitely NO. Do I think McCain made this decision with sound judgment? DOUBLE NO!!

If McCain wanted to play the gender card and pick a woman, he could have certainly done better than this. What about Elizabeth Dole? Olympia Snowe?

Never mind.

Posted by: Unimpressed GOP Voter | September 3, 2008 6:33 PM

What you see in a terrorist -- that's called the invisible enemy. There has always been an invisible enemy. What you see in Iraq, basically, is a manifestation of what's going on in this unseen world called the spirit world. ... We need to think like Jesus thinks. We are in a time and a season of war, and we need to think like that. We need to develop that instinct. We need to develop as believers the instinct that we are at war, and that war is contending for your faith. ... Jesus called us to die. You're worried about getting hurt? He's called us to die. Listen, you know we can't even follow him unless you are willing to give up your life. ... I believe that Jesus himself operated from that position of war mode. Everyone say "war mode." Now you say, wait a minute Ed, he's like the good shepherd, he's loving all the time and he's kind all the time. Oh yes he is -- but I also believe that he had a part of his thoughts that knew that he was in a war.


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scary indeed

Posted by: PALINS MOUTH | September 3, 2008 6:32 PM

BREAKING NEWS:

Democrat spokesperson concedes Palin good for America:

"Sarah Palin's record leading the Alaska government would position her better than Barack to lead, but that is no reason to vote for her." Obama campaign manager David Plouffe conceded. "She remains a force to be reckoned with, however indecisive she is as a leader." he added.

www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/03/rnc.democrat.reaction/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Posted by: CNN | September 3, 2008 6:32 PM

BREAKING NEWS:

Democrat spokesperson concedes Palin good for America:

"Sarah Palin's record leading the Alaska government would position her better than Barack to lead, but that is no reason to vote for her." Obama campaign manager David Plouffe conceded. "She remains a force to be reckoned with, however indecisive she is as a leader." he added.

www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/03/rnc.democrat.reaction/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Posted by: CNN | September 3, 2008 6:31 PM

BREAKING NEWS:

Democrat spokesperson concedes Palin good for America:

"Sarah Palin's record leading the Alaska government would position her better than Barack to lead, but that is no reason to vote for her." Obama campaign manager David Plouffe conceded. "She remains a force to be reckoned with, however indecisive she is as a leader." he added.

www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/03/rnc.democrat.reaction/index.html?eref=rss_topstories


Posted by: CNN | September 3, 2008 6:30 PM

Oh I get it......

AsperGirl is another one of those toe tapping republican propagandist tools.

Oh well......

This has become the classic response of the fossilized right-wing status quo:

Create a grotesquely distorted caricature, broadcast the delusion at the top of your lungs, and hope that you manage to reinforce just enough cynicism and hopelessness to ensure the election of someone who truly cares only for funneling all of the country's wealth and power into the hands of a tiny, corrupt elite.

God bless America....

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 3, 2008 6:29 PM

http://www.therandirhodesshow.com/

Follow the links to tons of dirt on Palin.

Posted by: John | September 3, 2008 6:28 PM

BREAKING FAKE NEWS:

Democrat spokeperson concedes Palin good for America:

"Sarah Palin's record leading the Alaska government would position her better than Barack to lead, but that is no reason to vote for her." Obama campaign manager David Plouffe conceded. "She remains a force to be reckoned with, however, and an indecisive leader." he added.

www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/03/rnc.democrat.reaction/index.htmx?eref=rss_topstories

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:28 PM

Palin is a stupid idiot with no experience or brains that believe Global Warning isn't real, that polar bears are no big deal and not endangered, that Medicare and social security checks should be stopped immediately and that George Bush is a hero. Screw her, her unwed pregnant teenager and the moose she rode in on.

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 3, 2008 6:26 PM

BREAKING NEWS:

Democrat spokeperson concedes Palin good for America:

"Sarah Palin's record leading the Alaska government would position her better than Barack to lead, but that is no reason to vote for her." Obama campaign manager David Plouffe conceded. "She remains a force to be reckoned with, however, and an indecisive leader." he added.

www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/03/rnc.democrat.reaction/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:25 PM

Sexist? If she sat down and gave a one-on-one interview addressing these issues don't you think it would quell alot of this talk and accusations? The GOP has nobody to blame but themselves on this one no matter how much "sexist" spin they give it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:25 PM

The party of free will, of no excuses, who have claimed in the past that racism and sexism is just an excuse for failure. It’s now being thrown out there as another propaganda tool of the Republican Party. Stop the manipulation of the American people.

Posted by: jdfree | September 3, 2008 6:25 PM

http://www.therandirhodesshow.com/

Lot of dirt on Palin.

Posted by: John | September 3, 2008 6:24 PM

OBAMA HAS MUCH, MUCH LESS TO OFFER THAN SARAH PALIN

Obama is a freshman senator in the U.S. senate and has been mainly engaged in running for president since his first year. What is his professional history?

Obama got a "community organizer" job after 2 years of unemployment after graduating from Columbia with a bachelor's degree. That "community organizer" included lame stuff like trying to get protests together and get yards cleaned up.

And as his book admits, he didn't get anywhere as a "community organizer" and that's why he went back to law school.

And as we all know, after graduating from law school, Obama failed to make partner at his law firm, set no precedents in cases he might have handled, didn't get published in any law review and didn't produce any scholarly or professional works of any nature contributing to the field of law.

Obama's probably the only politician in the U.S. to not accomplish a single thing with an ivy league law degree before going into politics.

In going into politics as a Illinois state senator, Obama never even really won a contested election, but got his state senate seat by using tricks and legal moves to get opponents disqualified, and he had opponents conveniently implode for him.

Obama's years as a state senator in Illinois is so empty of any leadership that he voted "present" 130 times to avoid taking stands on "controversial legislation" (as if there were 130 career-killing controversial laws he had to take a pass on at the state level, come on!) and yet no one noticed his failure to take a lead.

As an Illinois state senator, Obama climbed the greased pole of corrupt, dirty Chicago politics leveraging racist politics of Trinity Church, insider ex-radical terrorists like William Ayers' networks and trading favors with corruption figures like his convicted slumlord friend Tony Rezko.

Obama has contributed nothing to his profession and his only achievements are those that involve his ability to advance his own status and promote himself.

Obama has never published journal article in any law review, collaborated on any professional project, engaged in no landmark signature legislation, or made any tangible, substantial contribution of any nature to his profession as a lawyer or politician at any time since graduating with an ivy league law degree.

The only tangible works Barack Obama produced in his life are 2 fictionalized books about himself, glorifying his search for identity and his alcoholic, polygamous, already-married Kenyan father who was a failed Muslim communist (huh?) who knocked up his then-17-year-old mother and then abandoned them.

Now, Obama is trying to stack up his "experience" "running" a campaign against Sarah Palin's experience as elected Governor of Alaska! Running for president is the experience needed to be president! That's almost as self-referential as "we are the ones we've been waiting for"!

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 6:24 PM

BREAKING NEWS:

Democrat spokeperson concedes Palin good for America:

Sarah Palin's record leading the Alaska government would position her better than Barack to lead, but that is no reason to vote for her." Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said. "She remains a force to be reckoned with, and an indecisive leader." he added.

www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/03/rnc.democrat.reaction/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Posted by: Breaking News | September 3, 2008 6:24 PM

You know I was just thinking about the gender issue and it occured to me that if Palin was a man she would be taking even more of a beating that she is. What would America think about a man with Palin's beliefs and politics, or experience, or family situation, or red neck life style, or pityful education, or just about anything else that we would normally consider in a VP or President (which is what we are really talking about considering McCain's age and madical history). This isn't about gender it's about who Palin is and what she believes.

The only ones talking gender here are the sadly sinical supporters who believed that McCain needed a woman to take some of the dissatisfied Clinton supporters away from Obama. The Republicans have a real shortage of good women in politics, so McCain was forced to pick someone who has no business on a serious Republican ticket. I hear that McCain's privat poles showed that he would lose if something big didn't happen to change the direction of the campaign. The most commonly cited poles don't include the changing electorate but the Republican's private poles do, so he believed that he was doing much worse than what we were seeing in the news. THis was the biggest gamble in presidential political history, but unfortunately he did it without even knowing who Palin was, much less what the American people would think about her.

Posted by: captbilly | September 3, 2008 6:21 PM

AsperGirl

Okay.......

Here's Sarah Palin in her own words:

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God", "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/09/02/1327574.aspx

"I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that,"

This is scary stuff.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 3, 2008 6:21 PM

Hey Democratic feminists, I have a message for you:

SHUT UP AND GET ON BOARD!

What hypocrites and tools they are.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 6:20 PM

Good-bye Democrats, Hello Republicans!

Posted by: gaypastor | September 3, 2008 6:19 PM

This has nothing to do with being sexist in the least bit, the matter is that this woman is a lunatic and lacks the knowledge and experience in becoming v.p.

so please, just shhh on this whole ridiculous sexist bull

Posted by: The Justin | September 3, 2008 6:19 PM


Why being so lengthy? JUST COMPARE OBAMA'S RESUME and PALIN'S RESUME?\!!

I don't even think that CNN, MSNBC, LATIMES want even mention about OBAMA's resume. IT'S SHORT, extremely short.

Posted by: Steph Johnson | September 3, 2008 6:19 PM

I believe palin is a sexist because she is aganist women's rights

Posted by: Jon | September 3, 2008 6:18 PM

>>ApostasyUSA wrote: "Why would any woman want to represent McCain is beyond me. McCain doesn't stand up for women's rights, and has shown in his own words a huge lack of respect for women."

I don't need a politician who says he will fight for my rights while marginalizing female executives and ridiculing female executive paradigms and memes. Obama has nothing to offer me, in any promises of advocating for me.

I'm more interested in the issues, not some liar who tramples on women while promising to protect Roe v. Wade so I have to vote for him.

The Democrats are a bunch of hypocrites, and they only pay lip service to womens' rights.

I'll advocate for myself. And I want a better, more qualified president than Obama can ever be. Even Sarah Palin is more qualified and experienced than the top of the Democratic ticket.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 6:18 PM

Defend Palin:

1. She got over 20 millions for her cities while she was mayor. Great job. That shows how capable she is. When she is vice president/president, she will get trillions for America with good policy.

2. She fired the commissioner. Right decision. If the ex-brother-in-law is a threat to others, it would be a joke to be in police force which is supposed to protect people. If his superior can't understand that simple concept, he is not qualified for his job. Democrat controlled state senate can cooperate with dirty Obama team to distract real issue, but people can see through it.

Hillary fan for Palin!!!!, We hate dirty tricks from Obama team.

Posted by: Palinfan | September 3, 2008 6:14 PM

IT'S NOT PLAYING A GENDER CARD WHEN YOU PUSH BACK AGAINST SEXISM AND MISOGYNY

What a bunch of jerks.

"Gender card", sure.

Is it playing a "race card" when you complain that someone calls you a "NIGG**"?

The media coverage of Sarah Palin fools no one, except the stupid, subjucated, submissive tools that Democratic feminists are.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 6:14 PM

ilian,

Get a life. Hillary met with opposition from the right because of her demonstrated lack of character and a moral compass that changes with how the wind is blowing. It never has been an issue with gender.

On the issues that are most important to me, Sarah was the deciding factor that has changed my 3rd party vote over to McCain. Obama was ruled out because of his stand on abortion, homosexuality, what constitutes a marriage, and his lack of understanding how evil nations who support radial Islam are.

The idea of "Diplomatic Solutions" with countries like Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, etcetera is naive to say the least.

Bottom line: Sarah has more executive experience than Obama, Biden, and Hillary put together.

When McCain wins and Sarah gets 4 years of VP experience under her belt - YOU BETCHA, I'll be pushing for Sarah for President!

Don P.

Posted by: dapellegrd | September 3, 2008 6:14 PM

The racist right is now claiming sexism? Give me a break!

Posted by: white male voter | September 3, 2008 6:13 PM

I've read exactly one sexist comment regarding Sarah Palin, and that is the question about whether she can be VP with a young child at home. I agree, people don't ask that about male politicians. It's an inherently sexist argument to focus on.

Especially when there are so many other things about Sarah Palin that are disturbing, unbelievable, and downright dangerous.

In reading through many of the comments posted already, I'm struck by how many people regurgitate the conservative talking points about Obama, as though they truly believe they are spouting fact. The level of ignorance is astounding.

Posted by: Meghan | September 3, 2008 6:12 PM

>>MRO wrote: "The Dems are the most two faced group I have ever seen. They decry the victimization of women yet want nothing to do with their advancement."

That's because all they do is use Roe v. Wade to hold women hostage to the boogeyman of the Republican Judge, and occasionally pass some law relevant to the incremental benefit of factory working women.

They have nothing to offer professional women. That's why professional women can't break the glass ceilings in politics and executive suites, they are rotting in the Democratic party, getting only hypocritical lip service, while the men use the Roe v. Wade boogeyman to hold our vote hostage.

Good-bye Democratic feminists. Hello Republican women.

They rock.

What a bunch of hypocrites and tools of the men the Democratic feminists are.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 6:12 PM

AsperGirl

Awe.....you need a hug?

Why would any woman want to represent McCain is beyond me. McCain doesn't stand up for women's rights, and has shown in his own words a huge lack of respect for women.

Do you think John McCain has a little problem with women?

John McCain claimed that he is determined to ensure "equal pay for equal work." But women's groups were quick to point out that the presumptive Republican nominee has announced his opposition to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which seeks to do exactly that.
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/07/mccain_on_equal_pay.html

John McCain made this odious joke about Chelsea Clinton back in 98:

"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."
Sen. John McCain, speaking to a Republican dinner, June 1998.

Or this gem from his 1986 race for US Senate, as quoted in the Tucson Citizen:

"Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die? When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, ‘where is that marvelous ape?"

I find rape jokes are always a sign of class, don't you?

http://www.womenforjohnmccain.com/

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 3, 2008 6:11 PM

This is not good, to say that we cannot question her credentials and if we do it is sexist. I think everyone should go check her background out, and her Familys Background out. there is extensive info at http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: pastor123 | September 3, 2008 6:09 PM

Has anyone else seen all this info coming out about Sarah Palins Daughters Boy Friend. I seen one website call him a racist redneck??. Ok I can see calling him a red neck, seeing how he reffers to himself as one. But being a redneck does not automatically make you a racist?? They have alot of info on http://www.hotpres.com on him. I guess his myspace page was a little revealing.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 3, 2008 6:08 PM

Barrack Obama on the RNC:

"Not once did people mention the hardships that folks are going through. Not once did they mention what are we going to do about keeping jobs here in Ohio. Not once did they mention what are we going to do about all these retirees that are losing their pensions. Not once did they mention how are we going to make sure Social Security is there for the next generation.

The other party and John McCain don't get it. They don't get it."

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 3, 2008 6:07 PM

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: TOOK SEXIST BASHING OF HILLARY
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: TOOK SEXIST BASHING OF HILLARY
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: TOOK SEXIST BASHING OF HILLARY
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: TOOK SEXIST BASHING OF HILLARY

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: THEY 'SHUT UP AND GET ON BOARD'
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: THEY 'SHUT UP AND GET ON BOARD'
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: THEY 'SHUT UP AND GET ON BOARD'
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: THEY 'SHUT UP AND GET ON BOARD'

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: IMPOTENT TOOLS
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: IMPOTENT TOOLS
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: IMPOTENT TOOLS
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: IMPOTENT TOOLS

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: HYPOCRITES
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: HYPOCRITES
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: HYPOCRITES
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: HYPOCRITES

REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN ROCK!

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN ARE TOOLS OF THE MEN

"Shut up and get on board", indeed!

Good-bye Democrats, Hello Republicans!

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 6:07 PM

Republican tactic:

Scream sexism so loud that Hillary's most ardent supporters will come running.

Cry foul if there is any criticism of their candidate and play the sexism card to shelter their candidate from criticism and scrutiny that she can't bear. That being she is not qualified for the job.

Scream media bias against them to rally their uninterested base around their lack luster candidate.

The list could go on... They have much to gain and little to lose. They are losing and are desperate.

McCain's choice of somebody so unqualified, especially given that he is 72 and this person could very likely take over, is horrendous.

First big presidential decision a huge mistake.

Posted by: Mike in Sac | September 3, 2008 6:06 PM

The Dems are the most two faced group I have ever seen. They decry the victimization of women yet want nothing to do with their advancement. What a sad time we live in. Sad indeed...

Posted by: MRO | September 3, 2008 6:06 PM

I just don't quite understand conservatives...they talk about less government, less intervention...unless it comes to abortion and gay marriage. Just because someone believes in equality and less government doesn't mean they are baby killers...why must you all be so damn ignorant

Posted by: Drew | September 3, 2008 6:06 PM

Has anyone else seen all this info coming out about Sarah Palins Daughters Boy Friend. I seen one website call him a racist redneck??. Ok I can see calling him a red neck, seeing how he reffers to himself as one. But being a redneck does not automatically make you a racist?? They have alot of info on http://www.hotpres.com on him. I guess his myspace page was a little revealing.

Posted by: Pezti | September 3, 2008 6:06 PM

Republican tactic:

Scream sexism so loud that Hillary's most ardent supporters will come running.

Cry foul if there is any criticism of their candidate and play the sexism card to shelter their candidate from criticism and scrutiny that she can't bear. That being she is not qualified for the job.

Scream media bias against them to rally their uninterested base around their lack luster candidate.

The list could go on... They have much to gain and little to lose. They are losing and are desperate.

McCain's choice of somebody so unqualified, especially given that he is 72 and this person could very likely take over, is horrendous.

First big presidential decision a huge mistake.

Posted by: Mike in Sac | September 3, 2008 6:06 PM

I voted for Hillary in primary, I'll vote Palin who is fit physically, mentally, and intellectually for the presidency. She is real, authentic and quick learner. I entrust her not Obama (scary thought of him being president) to lead the great country.

She is only person with sound managerial experience. Obama is a joke (pure partisan, no experience, soaked with hate in Wright church-very, very dangerous to give people full of hate power).

Posted by: Palinwins | September 3, 2008 6:04 PM

AsperGirl

What planet are you on?

McCain’s desperate selection just solidifies my original prediction... Obama by a landslide.

Not that I have anything against Palin, whoever she is, but, rather, McCain knows he is on the downslide, and had to gamble. I would have more respect for McCain if he selected Tom Ridge (I thought FOR SURE he would have picked him). Yes, McCain would have had a slight problem because Ridge ran as a pro-choice Republican candidate for Governor of PA (which he won). But Ridge would have at least given McCain a chance in PA, a key battleground state. Plus Ridge was the first Secretary of Homeland Security.

Congratulations President Obama!

This is as good a pick as Harriet Meirs was...

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 3, 2008 6:04 PM

"Female Republicans embraced identity politics with gusto today, touting the virtues of presumptive vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and suggesting that any attempts to question her qualifications amounted to blatant sexism."

Well, let me tell these women something.

If you want to play in the big leagues, you need to leave the little league attitudes at home. So, suggesting that anyone who questions Gov. Palin's experience is sexist? You have got to be kidding me.

Last night, a woman - Campbell Brown - grilled the McCain campaign representative about a certain aspect of Gov. Palin's experience. Would you call Campbell Brown sexist? McCain thought he could drop a VP candidate in our laps and should shut up and and be happy. Well, this Republican woman won't, because the this move by the McCain was pure pandering to the Hillary bitters.

Now, since the McCain campaign mishandled (yes...MISHANDLED) the introduction of Sarah Palin to the public, they want everyone to cut them some slack. If you ask me, the McCain campaign likely did not vet this pick, since they were eager to squash any so-called bounce from the DNC convention. I would hedge my bets that this decision was one made in haste to bring alive his campaign. Well, the McCain got the short term boost they were looking for, looking at the small picture. But, they forgot to look at the big picture -- who is Sarah Palin, what does she stand for and what does she bring to the ticket. They should have had a plan to get this process going on Day One.

From where I sit, the McCain organization was disorganized and lacking in its vetting process. How do we know? Reading the real news (not the scurrilous and off the wall rumors flying about the Internet), of course. This disorganization left the McCain campaign with no way to frame how the public sees its candidate. The mishandling of Sarah Palin is a sorry spectacle on McCain -- almost to the point that the campaign looks as though its using her to rescue its sorry, almost dead candidacy.

Do I want these people to answer that 3 a.m. call? No. Do I think McCain is ready to lead the country on Day One? Watching how his campaign handled this issue, definitely NO. Do I think McCain made this decision with sound judgment? DOUBLE NO!!

If McCain wanted to play the gender card and pick a woman, he could have certainly done better than this. What about Elizabeth Dole? Olympia Snowe? Never mind.

Posted by: Really? | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM

Has anyone else seen all this info coming out about Sarah Palins Daughters Boy Friend. I seen one website call him a racist redneck??. Ok I can see calling him a red neck, seeing how he reffers to himself as one. But being a redneck does not automatically make you a racist?? They have alot of info on http://www.hotpres.com on him. I guess his myspace page was a little revealing.

Posted by: Pezti | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM

The difference between a Republican and a Democrat


A Republican and a Democrat were walking down the street when they came to a homeless person. The Republican gave the homeless person his business card and told him to come to his business for a job. He then took twenty dollars out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person.

The Democrat was very impressed, and when they came to another homeless person, he decided to help. He walked over to the homeless person and gave him directions to the welfare office. He then reached into the Republican's pocket and gave the homeless person fifty dollars.

Now you understand the difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: TOOK THE SEXIST BASHING OF HILLARY
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: THEY 'SHUT UP AND GET ON BOARD'
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: AFFECTATIONS OF FEMINISM
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: LAME IMPOTENT TOOLS
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: HYPOCRITES

REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE WOMEN ROCK!

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN ARE TOOLS

"Shut up and get on board", indeed!

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM

The difference between a Republican and a Democrat


A Republican and a Democrat were walking down the street when they came to a homeless person. The Republican gave the homeless person his business card and told him to come to his business for a job. He then took twenty dollars out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person.

The Democrat was very impressed, and when they came to another homeless person, he decided to help. He walked over to the homeless person and gave him directions to the welfare office. He then reached into the Republican's pocket and gave the homeless person fifty dollars.

Now you understand the difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM

The difference between a Republican and a Democrat


A Republican and a Democrat were walking down the street when they came to a homeless person. The Republican gave the homeless person his business card and told him to come to his business for a job. He then took twenty dollars out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person.

The Democrat was very impressed, and when they came to another homeless person, he decided to help. He walked over to the homeless person and gave him directions to the welfare office. He then reached into the Republican's pocket and gave the homeless person fifty dollars.

Now you understand the difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM

"suggesting that any attempts to question her qualifications amounted to blatant sexism"

"Any attempts"? Oh, come on, Juliet, this is a full blown media smear campaign, and the backlash among right-leaning people is going to be unbelievable. The main stream media death rattle.

Like the signs that were held up in Czechoslovakia in 1968, today "THE PRESS LIES"

Posted by: Franklin | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM

The difference between a Republican and a Democrat


A Republican and a Democrat were walking down the street when they came to a homeless person. The Republican gave the homeless person his business card and told him to come to his business for a job. He then took twenty dollars out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person.

The Democrat was very impressed, and when they came to another homeless person, he decided to help. He walked over to the homeless person and gave him directions to the welfare office. He then reached into the Republican's pocket and gave the homeless person fifty dollars.

Now you understand the difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM

The Republican women who are rallying around Sarah Palin rock!

After how the Democrats let Hillary Clinton get witchhunted!

The Democrats want women to have freedom to choose
And the Democrats will bash and humiliate women who choose life
They will call them stupid and trashy and unfit to hold office
They will call working mothers unfit moms and unfit professionals

This is how Democrats treat female executives
This is how they did Hillary and then said there was no sexism
Then they said "there was no sexism, shut up and get on board"

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 5:58 PM

Palin is a babe. She got my vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:58 PM

Palin allllllll the way, you go girl

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:58 PM

I have never seen anything dirtier and more disgusting than those from Obama team/supporters to suggest Palin's Down baby is her daughter's (teenagers don't give birth to Down babies). It takes trememdous courage to keep the baby (Palin knew the diagnosis during pregnancy).

Posted by: Disgusted by Obama supporters | September 3, 2008 5:56 PM

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS SUCK

PROMINENT REPUBLICAN WOMEN RALLY AROUND SARAH PALIN

YAY REPUBLICAN WOMEN!

http://time-blog.com/real_clear_politics/2008/09/gop_women_call_palin_critics_sexist.html

DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: TOOK THE SEXIST BASHING HILLARY
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: THEY 'SHUT UP AND GET ON BOARD'
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: AFFECTATIONS OF FEMINISM
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: LAME IMPOTENT TOOLS
DEMOCRATIC FEMINISTS: HYPOCRITES

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 3, 2008 5:56 PM

I think it is so funny how no one can defend Obama from the truth. Let’s see Obama hangs out with known terrorist and does not think Iran is a threat and went to a Church for twenty years that hates white people and wants to kill baby’s. Yea Obama

Posted by: ConAN | September 3, 2008 5:55 PM

My mom has told me Obama is a Muslim, a terrorist, and the anti-christ. Looks like the republicans are getting their message across. As they say, it's not about the issues.

Posted by: Bill J | September 3, 2008 5:54 PM

Sara Palin has to be among the most unqualified persons in the U.S. to be selected as a VP candidate. The women lacks national economic understanding, totally lacking in international relations experience, has narrow religious views which she desires to impose on all people in the U.S., the mother of a 5 month old with special needs, and has a flip flop politically colored record over her 2 1/2 years as Alaska's Governor. The extent of push back by the McCain campaign sends a strong signal about the extent of political damage this choice has created.

Posted by: Lou R | September 3, 2008 5:52 PM

The remarks are not sexist, ladies, they are real truths about this abomination Palin. Go sing with your incompentent VP candidate. Do the homework, McCain did not do his.

Posted by: mzbond | September 3, 2008 5:52 PM

"Obama supporters HAVE been claiming people are racist for not supporting Obama much less for attacking him."

I have followed this election very closely and have never heard Obama or his campaign staff accuse anyone of racism who didn't make a racial innuendo. I have seen a lot of racist comments and people on the blogs accusing others of racism. I have heard people in some states during the primaries say "I wouldn't vote for them because we have trouble with the other color" and some very ugly and ignorant remarks.

I have not heard one person who matters say that Palin is unqualified because of her gender.

Whether you like it or not, the Republican party is filled with racists and misogyny.

Posted by: JR | September 3, 2008 5:52 PM

The Bush Administration is to Foreign Policy as a McCain/Palin Administration would be to Social Policy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:52 PM

Is it sexist to ask Sarah Palin if she still supports the role of 527 groups?

I say still because of her chairing Ted Steven's 527 group.

Is it sexist to ask why she used to be a big Ted Stevens supporter and now is a big denouncer?

Posted by: Patrick | September 3, 2008 5:51 PM

Is it sexist to ask Sarah Palin if she would continue President Bush's abstience only sex education initives?

Posted by: Patrick | September 3, 2008 5:49 PM

Obama wants to kill babys

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:49 PM

Is it sexist to ask Sarah Palin if she has ever had any political contacts with any politicians in Russia, and what was the substiance of those contacts?

Posted by: Patrick | September 3, 2008 5:48 PM

Let’s see Obama hangs out with known terrorist and does not think Iran is a threat and went to a Church for twenty years that hates white people and wants to kill baby’s . Yea Obama

Posted by: Right on | September 3, 2008 5:47 PM

Obama does not even love his country, he will ot even wear a flag pin.

Posted by: Jone | September 3, 2008 5:47 PM

R. Dans are you a metalsmith? I am, and I relate to the anneal and crucible. :)

Posted by: Judi | September 3, 2008 5:46 PM

Look at all you propagandists up in arms!! I love it!

McCain is your maverick indeed!!! You can't even predict what he's going to do next, can you!!!

A man with her limited biography would clearly never have been considered. I think it will be difficult for Republicans to make any substantial arguments against affirmative action after this pick. Affirmative action not for individual uplift but as desperate political maneuvering is a cynical betrayal of principals to gain power.

One question - and please answer honestly:
Were Palin a man, would McCain have picked her?

Point made.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 3, 2008 5:46 PM

Let’s see Obama hangs out with known terrorist and does not think Iran is a threat and went to a Church for twenty years that hates white people and wants to kill baby’s . Yea Obama

Posted by: Rambo | September 3, 2008 5:45 PM

Both sides have recognized the historical nature of having these more diverse ticket options, and we all should be genuine about our support for equality. Therefore, LET each be judged on their merits. As a woman, I can say that judging Palin on her education, experience, statements, political beliefs, honesty, and own statements is not sexist but the democratic process in a campaign. I am extremely offended about this press conference was crafted to "threaten" the press and public to not let each candidate be treated equally, i.e. vetted (just as all candidates have been) about her policy ideas, priorities, and intelligence on matters that she will have to decide upon, if elected. What I have heard from McCain is that Palin was selected because she will agree with HIS foreign policy agenda, even though she has never presented those positions to the American public prior to her selection and still hasn't. Her previous public statements were more in-line with Obama...e.g. we need an exit plan in Iraq and she supported an oil windfall tax plan. Other Republicans, mostly white males, have been talking for her since she was selected. I am offended by this political manipulation of the serious issue of sexism (indeed, Palin has repeatedly said gender issues and addressing sexism are not issues she focuses on or fights for, saying those who do are whining and not helping women). This is not empowerment but political exploitation of gender issues and women voters. I am glad Republicans finally selected a woman on their ticket because it already has forced Republicans to change their positions and statements on many issues for which they can be held accountable in the future, and it may serve as a catalyst for changes among currently Republican woman. But...their handling of the selection process and Palin's attempts at using Hillary's campaign in such an opportunistic manner has been offensive and truly disingenuous. A McCain/Palin ticket is bad for the country, bad or women.

Posted by: Cindy | September 3, 2008 5:45 PM

We VOTED for Hillary. This joke, Palin, was selected - rashly - by a fool of a presidential candidate. Would she have gotten on the ticket if she had to win by vote? I think not. I KNOW not.

Posted by: Jerri | September 3, 2008 5:43 PM

Is it sexist to ask Sarah Palin how she believes her time as mayor of Wasilla will help her be a good vice president?

Posted by: Patrick | September 3, 2008 5:43 PM

McCain's wife, Cindy, has joined the defense. "Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. So it's not as if she doesn't understand what's at stake here," Cindy McCain said Sunday on ABC's This Week.

Russia? Are we all losing it?

Here's Sarah Palin in her own words:

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God", "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/09/02/1327574.aspx

"I think God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that,"

This is scary stuff.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 3, 2008 5:42 PM

Palin all the WAY. Obama wants to kill Americans, and baby Americans at that.

Posted by: CONAN | September 3, 2008 5:41 PM

@Not JS

Oh yeah: Make valid points = ad-hominem attacks and stating "we have 'facts' but we're not going to show them to you, just trust us that they are there and true".

How could I have possibly forgotten to put that one in!?

BTW, well written Tao Zen

Posted by: JS | September 3, 2008 5:40 PM

taihunter:
Your post is incorrect, Palin never said those things, it was her Pastor.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:36 PM

"Let me get this straight....according to the republican machine, if you question Palin's qualifications you're being sexist because Palin is a woman. If that were true, then when they question Obama's qualifications aren't they being racist?

Posted by: Brian S"

Obama supporters HAVE been claiming people are racist for not supporting Obama much less for attacking him. Now you don't like it when the PC tables are turned do you. Liberals have to use racism, sexism and every other form of political correctness to try to force in their candidate based on his race because on the issues most people don't want a wishy washy, fake, marxist.

Posted by: Cryos | September 3, 2008 5:36 PM

If this were "Sam" Pallin he would recive essentialy the same criticism.
The dispatch of defending Republican operatives, who wheel about shrilly shielding Sarah, must be viewed as sexist in itself. Defend her, if you must, objectively, that is her ideas, her personality, her achievements. These indignant denouncements reveal nothing more than a lack of geniune confidence. The crucible of politics anneals the appointed, as it must. If withstanding the heat proves difficult, then one ought refuse the office, for the future of the presidency is fraught with the great weight of potential hardship.

Posted by: R. Dans | September 3, 2008 5:36 PM

"when they question Obama's qualifications aren't they being racist?"

Where have you been for the past two years?

Palin's been governing. Obama has been running for president and accusing his critics of being racists for questioning his qualifications.

Posted by: wtf | September 3, 2008 5:36 PM

HAAA!!!! Check this out!

Noonan, Murphy trash Palin on hot mic: 'It's over'

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0908/Noonan_Murphy_trash_Palin_on_hot_mic_Its_over.html


OUCH! "it's over"!!

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 3, 2008 5:35 PM

Never forget...McCain chose this bimbo for the VP ticket. We can't trust this compulsive gambler to handle our national security. McCain failed his first test as President.

Posted by: playa | September 3, 2008 5:34 PM

Vote for Obama! Save our country!

Posted by: James | September 3, 2008 5:34 PM

Oh, the abject blindness of one-issue voters! The women of the Republican right do not show any interest in intelligent issues like the economy or foreign policy. For them it's "Who cares if she has a ton of negative baggage? She's a WOMAN!" Or, "She's PRO-LIFE!"

Jeez, what maturity.

Posted by: Amie | September 3, 2008 5:33 PM

magpie:

They don't think that CONSERVATIVE women are capable -- none of these questions would have been asked if Obama had picked a liberal version of Palin -- that's the big difference ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 5:33 PM

JESUS LOVES WAR & WANTS YOU TO DIE FOR IT!

Palin --
"What you see in a terrorist -- that's called the invisible enemy. There has always been an invisible enemy. What you see in Iraq, basically, is a manifestation of what's going on in this unseen world called the spirit world. ... We need to think like Jesus thinks. We are in a time and a season of war, and we need to think like that. We need to develop that instinct. We need to develop as believers the instinct that we are at war, and that war is contending for your faith. ... Jesus called us to die. You're worried about getting hurt? He's called us to die. Listen, you know we can't even follow him unless you are willing to give up your life. ... I believe that Jesus himself operated from that position of war mode. Everyone say "war mode." Now you say, wait a minute Ed, he's like the good shepherd, he's loving all the time and he's kind all the time. Oh yes he is -- but I also believe that he had a part of his thoughts that knew that he was in a war."

Posted by: taihunter | September 3, 2008 5:32 PM

Question for those who claim Bush has failed to deal with the al Quida threat to this country:

During the Clinton years there was a series of increasingly serious attacks on U.S. interests (remember the Cole? the embassies in Africa?) The plans and two years of preparation for 9/11 occurred while Clinton was President. In the seven years since 9/11, how many attacks has al Quida made on U.S. interests? None. They have tried. They have failed. Maybe keeping them busy in Iraq wasn't all that bad an idea. There they fight our troops in a battle where they take far more damage than we do. The embassy attacks harmed only our interests, and not theirs. It was a total victory for them. Same for the Cole. And 9/11. Although they haven't yet been wiped off the face of the earth, they also haven't been allowed to open and run training camps like they once did in Afghanistan. Their resources and ranks have been seriously depleted. We can't yet claim victory of the war, but at least now we are winning most of the battles. Obama would turn the page back on this problem, and reverse our gains.

Posted by: John F. | September 3, 2008 5:32 PM

patrick:

"Can you be Vice President and a mother of five?" Is that "sexist" enough for you?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 5:30 PM

All think all the female reporters who are trying to kill the advances from the women's movement should be fired from their jobs. They obviously don't think women are capable people. And so when these spineless weaklings get unfairly fired, or can't get promoted, or can't get a raise, they'll find that they no longer have any defenders/supporters. Maybe THEN they'll realize they were their own worst enemy.

Posted by: magpie | September 3, 2008 5:29 PM

What on Earth does that fact that Palin was mayor of a small town in Alaska, frankly with 10% the population of my NEIGHBORHOOD in the city of Chicago, plus her 1.5 years as Governor of Alaska, have to do with her sex? Absolutely nothing! Her criticism transcend her sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics that one could claim discrimination. The bottom line is that she doesn't have experience, McCain & the Republican Party made lack of experience a critical flaw, and now they're trying to pretend that Palin is somehow being unfairly treated by questioning her experience? Please! Not a single question or critique of her has had anything at all to do with her sex. It's really shameful to see so many people jumping on the sexism band wagon. It's a distraction. Some are using it as a wedge to get women to support her candidacy, especially since it worked wonders for Hillary during the 2nd half of the primaries (too little too late for her, though).
Women should be appaled that McCain picked Palin simply because she was a woman. He was desperate to secure the vote of the disgruntled Clinton supporters, so he decided to entice them with a female running mate. The sad part is that he didn't look within his party to find the most qualified woman. He just found a woman. It's a shame that he feels that any woman would do.

Posted by: kthhrrsn | September 3, 2008 5:29 PM

Palin can be expected to deliver a forceful speech full of red meat, one that's perfectly in harmony with the McCain message and the attacks that the GOP has launched against Barack Obama. How can we be sure? Because she's not delivering her speech, she's delivering a speech that was pre-written for someone else by McCain's staff.

Sitting around a dining room table, the McCain team has talked to her about Iraq, energy and the economy, but has focused on what she should say in her speech, struggling almost as hard as she has to prepare for what will be, along with a debate in October, her main opportunity to shape the way she is viewed by voters. Not anticipating that McCain would choose a woman as his running mate, the speech that was prepared in advance was "very masculine," according to campaign manager Rick Davis, and "we had to start from scratch."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/03/AR2008090301176.html?hpid=topnews

Here's McCain's own campaign manager confirming that Palin was a last minute choice, and that the original speech was written for someone else. Right now, they're sitting at that table with the diced up remains of a speech that was originally written for Romney or Pawlenty and putting a dress on it.

It would be interesting to see what the before and after versions of the speech look like. What will be missing from the revised speech? What parts of the speech did the Republicans find so "masculine" that they just couldn't let their VP pick deliver them? Just the fact that they're busily putting pink paint on a speech designed before McCain threw his Hail Mary Right Wing pass shows what they really think about Palin, and about women in general. Unless the speech was full of references to jock straps, just what was in it that Palin couldn't say? Really, how sexist is it to describe a political speech as "very masculine?" Maybe they were hoping to give the former VP-candidate a jump on a career peddling male enhancement tablets.

Don't worry, the final draft will include plenty of direct appeals to women voters. There will be a big dollup of how Palin takes the kids to hockey practice and is the absolute personification of the mom America loves. But if you hear Palin mention something about her history as an entrepreneur, or drift into her experience as governor of Minnesota, don't be too surprised. After all, there no mention of Palin bringing any ideas of her own to this speech.

Posted by: Christy Roman | September 3, 2008 5:29 PM

Lilian:

Are you out of your mind? You mean to tell me it's sexism to question and find out about the woman who is trying to be the next VP of the most powerful nation? And don't try to include Hillary in this. I voted for her and knew that she was a strong woman who stood toe to toe with her counterparts. She ran for the highest office on the land after she had been slandered by all the Sexist and blood sucking right wing for all these years. Don't you dare try to put Palin in the same standard as Hillary. PALIN IS NO HILLARY! All you right wing extremists were chuckling at Hillary being labeled with all kinds of names over these past 16 years. So, dont try to come up with this showboat nonesense of trying to look like you cared about us women and particullary Hillary. Hillary is our champion and our Heroin and we are not going to allow this VP-wona-be candidate of yours to claim the same mantle.

Posted by: Jo | September 3, 2008 5:25 PM

julie

"Liberal media"??

Remember:

The media is only as liberal as the giant corporations that own it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:24 PM

playa:

Too bad. 82,427 on CNN.com have said they already plan on watching Palin's speech tonight. What is Obama going to do Friday to take the focus off of McCain-Palin?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 5:24 PM

LOTS OF STUFF COMING OUT NOW ABOUT HOW SHE HAS SPENT MOST OF HER LIFE ATTENDING A CHURCH THAT IS OBSESSED WITH HOLY WARS AND END TIMES!!!! DON'T GIVE HER "THE BUTTON".

FOREIGN EXPERIENCE? THE DESIRE TO SEE THE WORLD GO UP IN A FIREBALL TO USHER IN THE SECOND COMING IS NOT A GOOD ANSWER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k84m2orSOaM&feature=related

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html

PALIN HAS MUCH BIGGER CHURCH ISSUES THAN OBAMA, AND SO DO WE IF MCCAIN/PALIN ARE ELECTED.

Posted by: Susan | September 3, 2008 5:24 PM

Which questions are blatenly sexist other than asking her say whats the best way to get a stain out or what her favorite recipe is?

Posted by: Patrick | September 3, 2008 5:23 PM

Are the GOPers on this and every other board this crazy???

Put aside your asinine right wing talking points and use logic for once.

The Repugs are actually trying to convince the nation that being a mayor of a podunk wilderness town and governor of a state the population of Dayton OH is more qualification to be VP than being a Chairman of the Judiciary committee and Foreign relations committees over the years
By that logic, my experience as president of my college fraternity gives me more "executive" experience than Biden or Obama, (or mcCain, who was never a mayor or gov either - oops you forgot that one). And every big city mayor and county executive is more qualified than Obama, Biden, and McCain too.

Bush had "6 years of executive experience"; look how well that turned out. Anyone who is afraid of a potential Obama presidency is going to look at dottering old McDole and Mrs Oil America and be frightened.

Already, THINKING conservatives like Krauthammer, George Will, David Frum etc have bashed this pick. Also notice the number of "anonymous" Repug strategists that say they are bewildered by this pick too.

On Friday, McInsane handed NH back to Obama - that was the only blue state Obama was in danger of losing; Now FL and VA are easy pickings with a creationist anti-choice inexperienced beauty queen one heartbeat away from the presidency.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 3, 2008 5:23 PM

Why can Obama call women "sweetie" and get away with it?

Because the liberal media is just as sexist as he is.

Posted by: julie | September 3, 2008 5:22 PM

Come on Washington Post!!!, play it down the line, i can tell your liberal intentions in reporting here just like FOX has conservative intentions. You should not be able to tell the reporter's point of view! I have switched to the "new CNN",it is becoming more accurately "fair and balanced".

Posted by: kyle H | September 3, 2008 5:22 PM

The media has lost all credibility. The coverage of this year's election is not only blatantly biased but it also shows how vulnerable the American people are to the "free media" that has a personal agenda. The job of the media is to REPORT the news. The media is NOT supposed to spin the news better than the ministry of propaganda. I feel like the American public is being held hostage by the brainwashing attempt of pro-obama cultists who occupy various stations in mainstream media.

I've always been liberal and I've always been a democrat but now I feel I actually have to vote republican. The democrats have shown their true colors. When they want women's vote, they claim to care for the rights of ALL minorities. Then the moment a woman attempts to take the highest office in the land, they turn on her like a bunch of fearful pansies.

The democrats may try to paint Obama as the perfect candidate but he's really not. And he's also not nearly as popular as the news would like us to believe.

I used to think Obama wasn't a bad guy but I was completely wrong. Obama is the most devious of politicians and that is why I can never vote for him. He is able to benefit from negative smear campaigns without ever getting his hands dirty. He ALWAYS has somebody ELSE doing the dirty work for him.

I saw how cunningly he took advantage of the sexist attacks against Hillary during the primaries. He let the pro-obama media be his vitriolic attack dogs while he gets to look like the nice guy by remaining guiltily silent. Obama continued his innocent facade while the media tried to coerce the American people into voting for him by threatening anyone who won't vote for Obama with the label of "racist". When hispanics chose to vote for hillary, the media snidely spoke of the "black-brown conflict". When Asian-American democrats overwhelmingly supported Hillary in California, CNN reported that RACE was the reason Asian democrats voted for hillary. Whenever Obama loses, it's not because voters didn't think he was qualified. It was because the voters were racist. And when Obama won Ohio, the news congratulated Ohioans for PROVING that the predominantly white state of OH isn't racist.

Did it ever occur to the media that MAYBE the residents of Ohio voted for Obama because they liked him, NOT because he was black? By making Obama's every accomplishment AND failure a consequence of his race goes to show that the media is actually the one that's being racist.

The media insists that it is not guilty of biased reporting OR sexism but do we the readers actually believe them? Are we really so surprised that the guilty are blind to their own faults? Now that Hillary is out of the running, the media has now turned it's negative attention to the only other woman with a stake in this election. Whether or not you like Palin, any fair-minded person should see how ridiculous the whole coverage of Palin has become. Who CARES that she's running for VP when she has small children? Every single male politician had children when THEY were running for office and nobody has spoken ill of them for it. And who cares that she has a pregnant teenage daughter? Or that Palin was a beauty queen?

I would LOVE it if somebody would turn THEIR magnifying glass on those responsible for the news and see how nice they and their family can come off looking. But of course, the media protects their own. I honestly think the media should be given a dose of it's own medicine.

PS
I for one am not impressed by Michelle Obama. She is not running for anything and her role in politic is not breaking the glass ceiling for anyone. The only reason she's getting any attention is because she happens to be married to a politician. Obama of course, is very adroitly playing the "loving husband" card to get the female vote. Now that Hillary is no longer running against him, Obama is all of a sudden very vocal about "respecting women" and talking about how Michelle Obama is "his rock". Sure Mr. Obama. Whatever. For all of Obama's appreciation of his wife, he should know that being a "wife" doesn't actually hold any political power. "Wife" is not a political office. Being the wife of a politician does not mean she's a strong woman who has great capacity for leadership or politics. So Obama can stop harping on and on about how his wife, by virtue of being his wife, is somehow a role model for all women.

Anyways, democrats are great at playing the dutiful husband right up to when they're exposed for 1)cheating on his dying wife and possibly fathering a bastard (edwards), 2)Playing the family values card while spending thousands of dollars on prostitutes in spite of being a father to daughters (the NY politician whose name I can't remember), and 3)negatively impact the campaign of who should've been the first female president of America by being a glib wife-cheater (bill clinton).

Posted by: magpie | September 3, 2008 5:22 PM

Sharon:

When Joe Biden tragically lost his wife and infant daughter in a car wreck in 1972, not a single colleague, friend or competitor advised him to quit his newly won Senate seat to raise his two little surviving sons.

Rather, he was sworn into office from the injured boys' bedside, and took to commuting an hour and a half each way from Delaware to Washington. And when Biden's second wife gave birth to a daughter, no one thought to ask him to step aside and stay home.

Palin to Introduce Herself to GOP

McCain: No More Questions on Palin's Vetting

Get TOTAL RNC Coverage

They all do it. John Kennedy did it; so did Barack Obama: Men run for office and serve in elected positions while creating small children without ever being patronized as "super dads" or "multi-taskers."

Nor are they penalized, ridiculed or dismissed for ignoring their kids. They're good dads.

If Sarah Palin, tapped as John McCain's running mate, were a man, it's unlikely we'd even be having this conversation. (A man, or a Democrat.)

Palin is a mother five times over. She also hunts, fishes, coaches hockey, has a day job as the governor of the state of Alaska - and is known to commute home from the state capital of Juneau daily during session. Just like Biden.

And, until at least four months ago, Palin also had the ability to bear a child, which we've just learned is a talent she shares with her 17-year-old daughter.

But women on the left, who fought long and hard for the ability to raise children simultaneously with election cash, are in spasms. (Some have simply kept silent. Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton - where are you?)

The same lefty media that studiously ignored the adolescence of Chelsea Clinton can't wait to dig into Bristol Palin.

The Diary section of Daily Kos Web site had a curious way to make Palin's daughter into a campaign issue: "Considering Palin was chosen solely for her religious right family values cred, Bristol's shotgun marriage and pregnancy are very fair game. They are the direct result of this lunatic abstinence-only garbage, and should be highlighted as such."

The stupendously sexist New York Times printed a front-page article noting that some unnamed women argue over "whether there are enough hours in the day for her to take on the vice presidency, and whether she is right to try."

Which left the field weirdly clear for Phyllis Schlafly, who helped defeat the Equal Right Amendment - and also ran for Congress while raising six children - to tell the Times, "People who don't have children, or who have only one or two, are kind of overwhelmed at the notion of five children."

http://www.nypost.com/seven/09032008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/a_time_warped_sexist_assault_127183.htm

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 5:22 PM

I am astounded at what I am reading. the dems. are true haters. obama has done nothing but go to a racist church, deal with a criminal to get a sweerheart deal on his house, picked a liar and plagarist to be his running mate. yeah right vote for obama. P.S. Before this I thought I was a dem but I have come to the conclusion I cannot back these people. What has happened to the democratic party?

Posted by: joe g. | September 3, 2008 5:22 PM

Would it be sexist to ask Sarah Palin her position on income tax reform and tax breaks / windfall taxes on oil companies?

Would it be sexist to ask Sarah Palin how she would respond to a Russian attack on Crimea or a NATO warship in the Black Sea?

Would it be sexist Sarah Palin to ask Sarah Palin if she supports a constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage?

Posted by: Patrick | September 3, 2008 5:21 PM

Vince, Vince, Vince... your humor is a little disheartening...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:21 PM

The latest wave of polls have Obama leading by big margins in New Mexico, Iowa, Minnesota. He even leads in Ohio, and Hagan is ahead of Elizabeth Dole. Full roundup: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/09/03/finally-some-polls/

Posted by: dan | September 3, 2008 5:21 PM

This is not good, to say that we cannot question her credentials and if we do it is sexist. I think everyone should go check her background out, and her Familys Background out. there is extensive info at http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: pezti | September 3, 2008 5:20 PM

As a white woman, Registered Republican, college educated medical professional these Republican women have insulted me!!! God, I am a Republican!! I have been a victim of gender bias before. Everyone is just asking questions!! I believe I/we/all voters have a right. I am insulted you as Republicans are asking me as a registered Republican to believe your claims of "gender bias." THERE HAS ABSOLUTELY BEEN NO GENDER BIAS! HOW DARE YOU REPUBLICAN WOMEN!! HOW DARE YOU JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN!!

Posted by: Sharon | September 3, 2008 5:20 PM

Boycott Palin's speech tonight. America needs leaders to solve her crisis, not a former beauty queen from the boondocks.

Posted by: playa | September 3, 2008 5:20 PM

@tao zen:

Country-First:

You think Obhama's choice of Biden, as compared to McCain's choice of Paulin shows that Obhama is all about the Country and McCain is all about the votes?

I don't think you are being fair in your analysis.

Obhama chose Biden because he needed to have foreign policy experience shown on his ticket. That's strategy.

McCain chose Palin because he wanted to garner some of the female vote disenchanted with the Dems because of Hillary. That's strategy.

... at best, the two are Par for the Course on this one... the VP Choice is always about squeezing a few extra votes for the respective tickets and this election is no different. You can not hand out a Moral Trophy to either PARTY on this one.


So... examining "Country First" mentality...

McCain spent years being tortured and beaten for his country. If you feel like he did this so that he might one day be president, please elaborate on your reasoning.

Obhama spent years fighting for the poor black constitchuency (sp?) in south-chicago while holding regular council with the Democratic Party Establishment in the same area. It's pretty clear, at least in my view, that he's had his eyes on the prize his entire life.

I don't think Barak wins this issue head-to-head.

Posted by: response to tao zen | September 3, 2008 5:16 PM

On August 10, Karl Rove went on "Face The Nation" to argue that Senator Obama would make an "intensely political choice" for Vice President without regard for the "responsibilities of president." At the time, Rove believed Obama would choose Tim Kaine, and argued against him by saying this:

"With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years, he's been able but undistinguished. I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America. And again, with all due respect to Richmond, Virginia, it's smaller than Chula Vista, California; Aurora, Colorado; Mesa or Gilbert, Arizona; north Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada. It's not a big town. So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, "You know what? I'm really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States?

And McCain picks Palin Governor of Alaska but Kaine Governor Virginia is small potatoes????

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 3, 2008 5:15 PM

STOP THE LIES NOW!!! FORCE BARACK OBAMA TO TAKE A DNS TEST TO SEE IF HE IS THE SPAWN OF OSAMA BIN LADEN!!

Posted by: Vince | September 3, 2008 5:15 PM

To: Women of America

Ladies, you can look at the whole Palin news cycle as what it is, an unknown person running for Vice President of the United States that is being scrutinized because they are unknown...

or,

You can become fanatical like Lilian who sees the whole thing as somekind of conspiracy against women...

Is Lilian a Republican operative trying to spread this kind of viscious mindset to throw votes McCain's way? About as outrageous a comment as saying there is a pre-mediated attack being set into motion for the simple fact that Palin is a woman.

Wow.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:15 PM

Take your meds, JakeD. You looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong overdue.

Posted by: Not JakeD | September 3, 2008 5:14 PM

I don't think the problem is anyone questioning her qualifications. It's questions that imply that if she was vice president she couldn't be a good mother as well as diving into her daughters personal life. As much as democrats put themselves out as the most political correct, gender and race neutral party, that seems over their own line. Remember the whole idea that Clinton's immorality was his own business? That was a democratic defense to lying under oath.

Posted by: Stephen | September 3, 2008 5:14 PM

DEAN...CUZ MY MAMA AIN'T RUNNING FOR POTUS.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 5:14 PM

"I think it's amazing how the republicans can stand up there and say she's such a wonderful person when infact she is just as corrupt as McCain, ........."

Wow, take it back to your master, your Obama gays.

Such wonderful experience of 20 years of church education and your beloved uncle!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:13 PM

when accused a sexist, all of sudden all democrats pretend to question Palin's experience now.
They seem to forget their jumping on a 17 years old girl and screamed Palin should quit because of he little son and future grandson.
Hypocrisy at its best.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:13 PM

"Why won't Sarah Palin take a DNA..."


Why don't YOU take a DNA test to prove YOU ARE NOT YOUR UNCLE'S KID? Cuz you have issues bud!

Posted by: Dean | September 3, 2008 5:12 PM

Susan Eisenhower: Barack is the best choice (CNN Interview)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Kmsv8-Jzk&feature=related

When Dwight Eisenhower's granddaughter Susan said "Yes we can!" over 84,000 supporters at the Democrat Convention cheered her on and yelled "Yes we can!"

My Favorite Eisenhower Story From Wikipedia. Dwight could have been a Professional Football player?

At West Point, Eisenhower made the football team. He started as a varsity running back and linebacker in 1912. In a bit of a fabled match-up, he even tackled the legendary Jim Thorpe in a 1912 game.

Obamacans for Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Republican Football Fan | September 3, 2008 5:12 PM

What do YOU have to hide, JakeD? Why don't you post your real name here? You can start with that. It's on point. We have A RIGHT to know your entire background so that we can judge your capability to post serious information here. We need to know everything about you in order to decide whether we should take your questions and comments seriously.

Obviously, I don't expect you to do that. And in that understanding rests the answer to your own silly partisan question.

Posted by: To JakeD | September 3, 2008 5:12 PM

STOP THE LIES NOW!!! FORCE SARAH PALIN TO TAKE A DNA TEST FOR TRIG. SINCE SHE'LL BE A HEAT BEAT AWAY FROM THE POTUS (& A 72 YEAR OLD HEART TO BOOT) THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW THAT THIS WOMAN IS NOT A LIAR AND A FRAUD.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 5:11 PM

When you don't have anything to run on and you know you made a mistake with your VP pick - that's all you have is cry sexism.

Sorry, but it won't work this time.

By the way, the audience in last night was 99.9% white. No diversity. The red color looks communism to me....what a boring looking audience.

Posted by: ob08 | September 3, 2008 5:11 PM

Don't let B.O. and his fainting supporters and 500 Mil. dollar campaign step on Palin's head and then spit in her face like he did with Hillary!!

Posted by: Jill | September 3, 2008 5:11 PM

As far as what the choices of VP say about the candidates: Isn't this suppose to be the election where "change" and getting away from the failed politics of DC is everyone's battle cry? Well, who proved serious about change and picking someone from outside the Washington, D.C. inner circle, and who went right back to the "same old politics"? Look at the history of the two Pres candidates, which one has consistently backed up his words with actions, and which one has not? I don't need to answer that, because whether or not you like the answer, you know it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:10 PM

The Post has gone overboard in its blatant attempts to tarnish Palin's qualifications. They have uncovered nothing of any meaningful substance and have gone out of bounds in pursuit of anything that might remotely be construed as negative. The Republican women have good reason to be offended, as do we all. The Washington Post should be ashamed and embarrassed.

Posted by: C.Nelson | September 3, 2008 5:10 PM

hahahahaha
when accused a sexist, all of sudden all democrats pretend to question Palin's experience now.
They seem to forget their jumping on a 17 years old girl and screamed Palin should quit because of he little son and future grandson.
Hypocrisy at its best.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:10 PM

In Hillary Clinton's words that were absolutely perfect..........

"No way, No How, Noooo McCain"

Posted by: mistical | September 3, 2008 5:09 PM

No, Patrick, that would not be sexist. I wish the media would actually ask pertinent questions of all the candidates.

Vote McCain and Palin in November!

Posted by: To Patrick | September 3, 2008 5:09 PM

To: Women of America, and Women all over the world who seek to be Free from the oppression that defines the way certain men in media and in power continue to treat women.

Ladies, if you take a look at the situation in today's media you will find a commonality.

Something just under the surface will tug at your conscience as if to say "this is strikingly familiar", and the pale and gruesome reality is that IT IS!

Remember when Hillary, a stellar candidate for the Presidential nomination, was at the height of her contest for the primary? Well do you remember what the media and bloggers did to her? It wasn't pretty, and more painfully, it WASN'T RIGHT!!!

IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN!!

Certain bloggers/reporters/so-called-media constituents are at it again. They are making up stories about another woman candidate, solely for the purpose of SMEARING THAT CANDIDATE BECAUSE SHE'S A WOMAN!!

LADIES, YOU MUST NOT STAND FOR THIS DISRESPECTFUL AND UNEQUIVOCATED TREATMENT OF THE WOMEN CANDIDATES!! THIS MUST STOP!! THE TIME IS NOW!!


Whether you think Governor Palin should be the VP or not, YOU MUST DEMAND EQUAL TREATMENT FOR HER!! STAND UP FOR WOMEN!!

Barack Obama and the media DESTROYED Hillary.

Don't let the media and B.O. do the same thing to another woman candidate!! STAND UP AND FIGHT!! SARAH PALIN WOULD!!

Posted by: Lilian | September 3, 2008 5:09 PM

Why won't Sarah Palin take a DNA test for Trig? If he's really her son, what does she have to hide?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 5:08 PM

Stand up and defend Obama's inexperience as a 'change' and slam her's. She hasn't even had a chance to present herself very much. Unlike Biden, she hasn't been around politics forever, so people don't know her yet. Let's see what she has to say before slamming her.

Posted by: Todd | September 3, 2008 5:08 PM

I think it's amazing how the republicans can stand up there and say she's such a wonderful person when infact she is just as corrupt as McCain, having the two of these morons in the white house is going to be just as bad as it is now with Bush and Dick......

I could care less about her daughter having premarital sex and getting pregnant, kids make stupid choices sometimes my issue is with her and her values, not her kids and their choices.

Posted by: mistical | September 3, 2008 5:08 PM

This is the same scrutiny Obama has been under for months, and now that it involves a member of the Republican Party people are screaming about “vile liberals” and “uncontrolled criticism”. I love the “do as we say, not as we do” mentality of the majority of the Republican Party. At first I thought it was a political tactic of the party but now I realize that most republicans actually can’t retain anything for longer than a few minutes which is why they don’t recall the smears, questions of experience, religion and race that Obama has faced this year. Or they just choose to ignore it. Take your pick.

Posted by: Paul | September 3, 2008 5:07 PM

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 5:07 PM

Just a question and I am not trying to be incindeary, what religion is the Wasilla Assembly of God?

Just curious because I have no idea.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:07 PM

JakeD, well, you all look alike in that convention hall. I see you got your GOP walking papers too. LOL!!

Posted by: McCain/Turnip '08 - that turnip has been growning a long time, it's ready to SERVE!! | September 3, 2008 5:06 PM

PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING SHE CAN EXPLAIN IS WHY WOULD WE ENTRUST OUR MILITARY AND OUR NUCLEAR ARSENAL TO A WOMAN WHO HAS SPENT MOST OF HER LIFE ATTENDING A CHURCH THAT IS OBSESSED WITH THE IDEA OF HOLY WARS AND END TIMES!!!!

THIS AND OF COURSE "WHAT EXACTLY CAN YOU CITE FOR FOREIGN RELATIONS EXPERIENCE". THE DESIRE TO SEE THE WORLD GO UP IN A FIREBALL TO USHER IN THE SECOND COMING IS NOT A GOOD ANSWER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k84m2orSOaM&feature=related

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html

PALIN HAS MUCH BIGGER CHURCH ISSUES THAN OBAMA, AND SO DO WE IF MCCAIN/PALIN ARE ELECTED.

Posted by: Susan | September 3, 2008 5:06 PM

Is there anyway to question Sarah Palin's qualifications and background without being sexist?

If she was asked who the leaders of Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Afganistan and say Great Britain, would that be sexist?

Posted by: Patrick | September 3, 2008 5:05 PM

Bobo4bush, stop that! Go Domenick! Go Sarah! We have a woman on the ticket and you don't! HA!

Posted by: jd | September 3, 2008 5:05 PM

Hey Zen, funny that someone like you who deprecates the "ego" as a matter of principle, manages to waste what little life he has writing so much to convey his OWN (um... egotistical) point of view.

LMFAO

Posted by: Not Tool Zen | September 3, 2008 5:05 PM

PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING SHE CAN EXPLAIN IS WHY WOULD WE ENTRUST OUR MILITARY AND OUR NUCLEAR ARSENAL TO A WOMAN WHO HAS SPENT MOST OF HER LIFE ATTENDING A CHURCH THAT IS OBSESSED WITH THE IDEA OF HOLY WARS AND END TIMES!!!!

THIS AND OF COURSE "WHAT EXACTLY CAN YOU CITE FOR FOREIGN RELATIONS EXPERIENCE". THE DESIRE TO SEE THE WORLD GO UP IN A FIREBALL TO USHER IN THE SECOND COMING IS NOT A GOOD ANSWER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k84m2orSOaM&feature=related

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html

PALIN HAS MUCH BIGGER CHURCH ISSUES THAN OBAMA, AND SO DO WE IF MCCAIN/PALIN ARE ELECTED.

Posted by: Mark | September 3, 2008 5:04 PM

Is there anyway to question Sarah Palin's qualifications and background without being sexist?

If she was asked who the leaders of Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Afganistan and say Great Britain, would that be racist?

Posted by: Patrick | September 3, 2008 5:04 PM

Three questions to ask Palin:

1. Do you believe global warming is made up?

2. Do you believe our children should be taught the earth is only 7,000 years old?

3. Do you believe abstinence only education prevents unwanted teen pregnancies?

CHECK AND MATE.

Posted by: playa | September 3, 2008 5:04 PM

oooo... so afraid of sarah palin... must attack her because she is a woman... woman great threat to men... must attack... julie has figued out the great conspiracy... beckie know nows too... they're on to us...

girls, if you can;t stand the heat, get out of the fire, please... Sarah Palin as Vice President, as second in command, scares the be-jesus out of me and it's not because she's s woman!!! it's because of here radical views and less-than above the board political dealings!!!

please, enough of the alarmist rhetoric!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:03 PM

Oh come on, if Palin was a man and the press was prying into the same issues NO ONE would say anything.

It's not sexism, it's fair play.

This is why women have trouble getting as far as men - they start whining when they have to face the fire. And I'm a woman, so I'm not being sexist.

Posted by: Amy | September 3, 2008 5:02 PM

If elected, and something suddenly happened to Sen. McCain, USA would have the hottest leader in the free world. Go Palin! You sexy little she-devil.

Posted by: Bobo4bush | September 3, 2008 5:02 PM

So, if you present a person that we know little about, key word little, and inquire about her credentials we are labeled sexist. Ok.

What exactly are you expecting? Thats like putting a bomb in our hands and telling us we can't ask what it is. Why can't we ask? Because we would be called sexist.

Posted by: bluebomber | September 3, 2008 5:02 PM

Take your meds, JS. A similar list of the demrats playbook could be posted with an equal number, if not more, of straw men. We're just not as OCD as you are to care to do it in this sewer.

Vote McCain/Palin '08

Posted by: Not JS | September 3, 2008 5:02 PM

Obama vs. McCain. My friends, let’s be fair, objective, and compare apples with apples, oranges with oranges, and expose both presidential candidates to the same (first) executive test to decide on a VPOTUS who is a heartbeat away from the presidency.
Biden was not Obama's first choice, my friends. Only after persuaded by Senator Dick Durbin, he eventually warmed up to the idea. Had he put his personal agenda over the country’s interest and only cares about himself and electoral votes, he would have chosen Clinton or Sibelius (female voters), or Richardson (Hispanic voters) or Bayh (Ohio), or Kaine (Virginia). Instead, he showed maturity, sound judgment and thoughtful deliberation by appointing a seasoned VP (who does not necessarily bring significant electoral votes to the table). Biden once even questioned Obama’s experience during the primaries. After the dust settled, Obama keeps his eyes on the ball and expects Biden to compensate for his shorter resume in foreign affairs, all for the sake of the country. Obama’s leadership style is marked by a “country first” spirit, professionalism, maturity, and intellect.
On the other hand, my friends, McCain basically has thrown a nasty tantrum, because his original candidates (Lieberman/Ridge) were condemned by the right-wing extremists in the GOP. By picking Palin regardless of whatever consequences the country will face, not only does McCain drops the ball; he rocks the boat of his own party, and puts the country at risk by taking a critical executive decision without due diligence for the sake of rushing another “mission accomplished.” McCain’s leadership style is marked by an “ego first” spirit, childish tantrum, and recklessness.
My friends, at the end of the day, it is maturity vs. childishness; sound judgement vs. recklessness; deliberation vs. tantrum; country first vs. my-ego first; consensus vs. belligerence; multilateralism vs. unilateralism. The BOTTOM LINE here is not about Palin’s gender or inexperience; instead it is about McCain’s poor judgment, immaturity and ballistic temperament under pressure. My friends, who do you want to be your Commander-in-Chief?

Posted by: Tao Zen | September 3, 2008 5:01 PM

Let me get this straight....according to the republican machine, if you question Palin's qualifications you're being sexist because Palin is a woman. If that were true, then when they question Obama's qualifications aren't they being racist?

Posted by: Brian S | September 3, 2008 5:00 PM

Typical Republican tactics - using labels to discredit and utterly divert from the true issues:

Question the qualifications of any female candidate = "You're a sexist".
Question why we're in Iraq = "You don't support the troops".
Question the actions of the government = "You're not patriotic".
Question the efficacy of the misdirected 'war on terror' = "You're a terrorist".
Question the actions of the police against American citizens who avail themselves of their Constitutional right to protest = "You should 'bow to authority', regardless".
Question the glaring holes in the 9/11 'official report' and make a rational request for an independent investigation = "You're a nutcase and a conspiracy theorist".

And a significant percentage of the American public, and hence the electorate, eats it up like candy.
"Don't bother to think for yourselves, we'll do it FOR you..."

Posted by: JS | September 3, 2008 5:00 PM

Democrats, especially our men, need to put a hand on each cheek and pull their collective head out of Obama's backside and look around. You sound like ignorant morons attacking Palin's family.
I'm over it! First Hillary, now this. This is not your father's Democrat Party.
Where are the women? Remember the feminist movement? When did we give up on all that?
Go sarah!!

Posted by: Mary | September 3, 2008 4:59 PM

Vote McCain-Zombie, '08:

Who said I wasn't in St. Paul? As for Palin's middle name, it's LOUISE, thanks for asking.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 4:59 PM

Hell hath no fury like a women scorned or in this case it would seem the back lash for many women scorned. Only time will tell whether or not Mrs Palin is truly deserving of the trust the McCain team are placing in her. On the other hand McCain has nothing to lose - Obama was so far ahead it was almost a done deal. BUT strangely this happens to be Obama's only chance in this whole presidential campaign to show his mettle. It is a little worrying though to think that the White House is run like a PTA meeting - the ones I've been involved with are led in the main by empty barrels. Lets hope this is not the case here.

Posted by: Bob Gee | September 3, 2008 4:58 PM

I'm voting for McCain.

Posted by: Domenick | September 3, 2008 4:58 PM

I personally don't have any problem whether she wants to be a home stay mom or a wants to try balance career and looking after her new born child. I've a serious problem with her affilations with AIP. No way I would want anyone as a VP and potential President of this country who wants or at one point wanted to not even be american.

As for the talk of her Executive experience, what does it say about her management record when she received a balanced budget just to leave a deficit of 22 million dollars? So, yeah, by all means, keep talking about her executive experience.

Posted by: Jo | September 3, 2008 4:56 PM

BTW: I would vote for a Palin-McCain ticket too.

Posted by: JakeD
*******************
wow...what a surprise...

still doing the middle name sh*t, Jake? I am surprised you're not there in the Twin Cities. You would blend in nicely.

Posted by: Vote McCain-Zombie, '08 - it's dead, but McCain choose it and he's a maverick!! | September 3, 2008 4:56 PM

"Get real, Republican women. Your party nominates a virtual unkown and nobody is supposed to ask questions. "


Get real, Obama's political gay. Cheer for the Empiror's New Clothes and nobody has seen anything.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:56 PM

Foreign Affairs experience: McCain and Biden both have an abundance. Palin and Obama both have none. Would you prefer the person without experience be in the decisionmaker's chair or the trainee chair on Day One? Democrats want to give the wheel to the trainee immediately.

Executive experience: Palin has executive experience, and the other three do not. Perhaps this makes her uniquely qualified (of the four persons on the two tickets) to be the President.

What if it turns out SHE is as eloquent a speechgiver as Obama? That would be unfair, because that is the only qualification he can still claim over his opponents.

Posted by: John F. | September 3, 2008 4:55 PM

Go JakeD - me too! GO SARAH!

Posted by: jd | September 3, 2008 4:55 PM

How about this....

... Since both Political Parties get a 50-50 say in **everything** that happens in this country...

I think it is fair that we ask, no... Demand, that the Political Parties post a checklist of the Relevant Qualities that should be present in **EVERY** Presidential candidate.

I challenge everyone here to populate their own 'Checklist' with NON-PARTISAN Qualities....

If your list looks like

a) Supports right to Choose
b) Supports Environmental Reform Legislation...

or

a) Opposes Abortion
b) Will Drill for Oil in Alaska...

Then... sorry to say, you are not qualified to question presidential qualifications. If your list looks like one of the lists above, then you care only about the Party Agenda and nothing else and, therefor, your opinion on how "Qualified" a candidate is simply isn't valid.

My list would start something like this...

1) Has extensive experience making decisions in an Executive Role.

Unless I'm mistaken, that rules out McCain, Paulin, Obhama, and Biden. This does not take into account Private Sector Experience.

Paulin = (3 years)
McCain = (Unknown)
Biden = (Unknown)
Ohbhama= (0)

2) Has a deep (proven) understanding of international affairs and geopolitical trends. A score of at least X on "Presidential Application Test."

McCain ???
Paulin ???
Obhama ???
Biden ???

.... Because this aspect is not tested, and the candidates are the mouthpiece of their speechwriters, we never can really konw.

3) Has a demonstrated record of putting the needs of the entire country above those of any special interest, political party, or the candidates him/herself.

McCain (years in POW Camp)
Obhama (spent life working for Chicago special interest)
Biden (??? -- Simply do not know)
Paulin (Stopping Bridge to NoWhere Funding from Entering Alaska)

4.......

The way I see it... none of the 4 candidates have proven their qualifications. All they have proven is that they can earn the favor of a single political party and run for president with the HUGE INFLUX of CAPITOL that PARTIES PROVIDE.

America is Screwed.

Posted by: Credentialist | September 3, 2008 4:55 PM


McCain's first wife was a 1.Beauty Queen, no substance. He cheated on her and his children with many women while his wife was crippled and trying to recover from a bad crash.

Mccain lies abouts his age to meet another 2.Beauty Queen while cheating on his wife, files for a marriage license while married and still living with his wife and kid's.
Now McCain pick's another 3. Beauty Queen who is turning out to be the biggest bust in the World of VP choices.
WHAT IS IT WITH MCCAIN AND BEAUTY QUEENS.. THAT SHOULD BE A GOOD AD TO

Posted by: PERVERTED MCCAIN | September 3, 2008 4:55 PM

This is outrageous to me. The Republicans are the ones demonstrating blatant sexism by suggesting that just because Palin is a women, it is immoral to question her qualifications, which is absolutely and precisely what needs to be debated--it's the whole point of a campaign, to decide one's qualifications.

So, according to the Republicans, if we don't just accept without question that Palin, because she is a women, is automatically qualified to be President, that we are sexist. Absurd!

It's as if Obama suddenly started saying that anyone who questions his qualifications is racist. The idea of that is equally absurd. That Republicans would use this manipulative line of reasoning shows how arrogant and irresponsible they are.

I am not a sexist because I question Palin's qualifications. I am an American that takes very seriously our highest offices, an American that takes pride in our right to debate and decide qualifications, and there is nothing more AMERICAN than using that decision to cast my vote.

I am a responsible American to question Palin's qualifications and it is at the very least irresponsible and I suggest un-American for them to suggest that we suspend our American right to evaluate, decide, and vote on a candidate based on their qualifications simply because she is a woman.

The debate on qualifications is valid and necessary for any candidate, male or female, black or white, whatever type of person they should be. That the Republicans suggest we base whether or not we even consider qualifications on a person's gender--this is what is egregiously sexist and un-American.

Shame on them for trying to tell us that the American debate on our President and Vice-President is immoral. Shame on them for twisting morality to their political gain.

My disgust in the Republicans grows to a new height.

Posted by: Outraged American | September 3, 2008 4:54 PM

"As for the prospect of (Palin being vice president, Palin told Kudlow that
she could not answer the question of whether she wanted the job “until
somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day."

Would McCain hire a doctor to perform surgery after having to explain what
it is a doctor does? Furthermore, when McCain dies who will tell her what
a President does? On another note, maybe she wouldn’t do any worse that
George W. he didn’t know what a President does either.

--Hurricane Gustav: a not so subtle reminder what the republicans have done to this country! (An act of God!)

Posted by: James | September 3, 2008 4:54 PM

sfbaywest, etc.:

I'm still voting for McCain ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 4:53 PM

SHE HAS NO PROOOF OF TAKING ON ANYTHING BUT A 17 PREGNANT DAUGHTER..

ALASKA POLITICANS AER ALL CORRUPT, NO WE ARE FINDING OUT , SHE IS NO DIFFERENT....

527 FOR CORRUPT SEN. STEVENS..

GOT PAID BY BIG OIL TO DIG IN ANWAR WHEN EVEYONE EVEN MCCAIN OPPOSES IT..

PRO-LIFER THAT SUPPORTS THE DEATH PENALTY AND SPORT HUNTING..

SHE'S A KILLING FRAUD!!

Posted by: REAL TALK!! | September 3, 2008 4:53 PM

See, asking about qualifications and judgment is a legitimate question.

But asking if her being a mother disqualifies her is not.

The problem?

All questions about her ability to govern are being called sexist, whether they are or not. What a firewall!

How insulting to have the fight against sexism USED like this.

I don't think she's unqualified because she has a family and a job.

I think she's unqualified because she's UNQUALIFIED. Because being geographically close to Russia is not a substitute for real foreign policy experience. Because earmarking hundreds of millions of dollars is not reform. Firing disloyal republicans isn't the same as fighting corruption in your own party. The governor of Iowa could never get away with saying he is the commander-in-chief of our national guard as proof of executive leadership.

Who cares about her family, I care her record and views are as backwards as McCains. I believe that Global warming exists after 8 years of Bush living in fantasyland.

All candidates are questioned about their qualifications. If it was sexist to attack Hillary, it is as Sexist to not attack Palin, particularly if what your attacking is her actual career, and not her family!

Do I care that her daughter is pregnant?

No, I care that the Republican party, Palin included, votes against sex education that isn't just abstinence, and then ignore their hypocrisy. Of course, being well off makes such things easier to handle than those people taught abstinence only who get pregnant and have no support.

Is Palin like everyday families?

Sure, but unemployment and alcoholism are problems many "everyday" families deal with, doesn't mean I want to vote an unemployed alcoholic into office because he or she is oh so human.

Posted by: Somewhere in Iowa | September 3, 2008 4:53 PM

"have it on good authority that the real Barack Obama who was born in Hawaii died at 7 years of age in Indonesia and was replaced by a Muslim child of the same age born in Egypt"
-----

Yes George, it's all part of their ingenious plan, except they made the fatal mistake of picking a man of a race that is unlikely to get elected AND they forgot to change his name.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:53 PM

Good lord, are people actually considering voting for another 4 years of Republican presidency? Seriously?

Have any of you people been paying attention to what has happened to our country in the last 8 years? Have you noticed our standing in the worlds eyes since the Republican have been in office? How many people have died from a unrighteous war(The pope was against the war, so all of the religious people know this already)?

People, please go educate yourself... this is sad...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:52 PM

"Perhaps someone can ask the RNC leaders why there was a"300% decrease in the amount of African American delegates for them this year. Or would that be racism and off limits too?"

Posted by: FreeMarketsAreNotFree | September 3, 2008 4:46 PM

___________________________
Just ask a PUMA, we know. The reason is obvious, 97 percent of blacks are voting for Obama because he has similar skin pigmintaion.

Posted by: Susie | September 3, 2008 4:52 PM

What a "clever" dweeb you are, mnjam. But it's not a "woman's uterus" that some in the Republican AND DEMOCRATIC Parties claim is the "property of the government."

Why mischaracterize their beliefs? Of what good does it do you, except in your own neurotic strawman skewering illusion, to lie? Quite simply, they believe a fetus is a unique child of God. That's what they believe. And thus, quite reasonably from that premise, conclude that it's the moral duty of the government, as it is to protect all people within its border, to protect the unborn, as well.

You may disagree with that. And that's fine. It's why we vote. But to represent yourself as you have does not convince anyone and only labels YOU as a liar and not worthy of any of our respect.

Posted by: Not mnjam | September 3, 2008 4:52 PM

I am having a great deal of difficulty deciding who are more inane - the red-faced Republicans who have made the gaff of the century naming Palin, or the feminists who hide behind the "sexism" mantra to avoid responding to legitimate inquiries into the qualifications of this neophyte who some moron has decided is qualified to lead our once-proud nation.

Let me see if I have this right, MS. Swift. We are ok challenging McCain's qualifications to lead, ok to challenge Obama's qualifications to lead, but precluded from challenging Runner-Up Ms. Alaska Den Mother SIMPLY BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN!!

All of a sudden her gender is a free pass to avoid responding to critical questions seeking to understand what will happen to our country if and when "Hockey Mom" has to deal with Putin, Bin Laden, and the rest of the international community and thugs.

I was on the fence, but the nomination of "Miss Alaska Loser" being a Heartbeat away from the presidency makes my choice incredibly easy.

Posted by: 4merly4mccain | September 3, 2008 4:51 PM

Sarah Palin - man or woman, is very similar to G.W. Bush in her lack of international curiosity in the world... neither of them traveled much internationally before their nominations and neither shows much interest about international issues or intellectual pursuits (e.g. not recognizing the human factor on global warming, raising a daughter that has the ambition of marrying a self declared "red-neck" and becoming a pregnant teenage statistic). It's a desperate attempt, by any person or political affiliation to call any critics sexist. Just think of what her judgement would be like if she became VP or possibly the President, if McCain's cancer returns. Her isolationistic view of the world would continue the unilateral approach to foreign policy that the U.S. has had over the last 8 years. If she read a little more, she would not argue so much against the cause of global warming. What kind of person wants to be a beauty queen? Just think about it. We are talking about running a country of very diverse populations and intellects... and if you can only appeal to anti-abortionists and teenage moms, I think you should be able to defend the critics on your own, or get out of the kitchen. America and the women in America can do much much better. Don't insult intelligent women by dangling a mediocre female candidate to the Vice Presidency.

Posted by: sfbaywest | September 3, 2008 4:49 PM

what i know about Palin:

bans books and threatens to fire the librarian (just made the NY times - no trash tabloid there!)

requires loyalty oaths

says NO to global warming - it simply is not a problem we have to address

mayor of SMALL town (folks i am a hick and my town was 5 times bigger!) now $27 MILLION in debt

KEPT and SPENT the bridge to nowhere money - pure hypocracy - NOT maverick

better than Bush in ignoring the environment

NO Foreign POlicy experience - oh wait she lives close to russia (thanks cindy mcsame)

member of AIP that wants to leave the US

vetos alternative energy plans - yes that is right in line w/ mcbush/mssame

been out of the country ONCE

few weeks ago did not know what the VP did for crying out loud

laughs out loud w/ radio host6 while he calls another woman a "bi--h" and cancer when the woman is a cancer survivor! very very compassionate there


mcsame melanoma 4 times wants this a heart beat away - not for this woman!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbxD4J524Ek

Posted by: the full story of palin and why i could never as a woman support her | September 3, 2008 4:48 PM

Sarah Palin. Graduate with a Degree in Journalism. No Graduate Degree..
Hockey Mom, PTA member. Mayor of 8000 people. Never traveled outside the Country, Not even Canada. Got first Passport in 1997. Governor of Alaska 20 months.

John McCain barely Graduated from The Navy Academy.. Navy College, No Graduate Degree in anything.. Held captive in Vietnam could have come home, didn’t want to be a disgrace.
US Senate for 26 years..

Obama Columbia Graduate with Honors, majored in political science with a specialization in international relations. Harvard Law Magna Cum Laude with a Law Degree.
Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, as a Lecturer for four years (1992–1996), Senior Lecturer for eight years (1996–2004).[24]

Illinois Senate 1996 10 years US Senate 2 years He also became Chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on European Affairs.[71] As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,

Biden graduated Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware[3] and, in 1965, University of Delaware in Newark,[5] where he double-majored in history and political science.[3] went on to receive his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 1968, and was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1969

Press 1. For McCain/Palin, the hopeless, barely low educated highly pandering with no Economic and Substance fraudulent ticket..

Press 2. For Scholars Obama/Biden the highly Intelligent, Economic and Foreign Policy for the People, not themselves Ticket..

I will take #2. Obama/Biden for 8 Years Alex!!


Keep #1 McCain/Palin right were they are..
Since every thinks they are good at what they do Pumping Gas into the craniums of Air heads...

Posted by: REAL TALK | September 3, 2008 4:48 PM

It's obvious they are trying to shame both the public and media into not asking any kind of questions about Palin. But, the strategy used here is more than that. The one thing the republicans have perfected over the years is controlling the conversation. This is another ploy to change the conversation into the discussion of sexism instead of the more concerning issues that have been floating in the past few days about Palin. Remember the AIP membership? That's more damaging to the republican ticket than anything else. But, by harping and complaining about "sexism", they are trying to change the topic. Evidently it's working to some extent as can be shown even on this blog. People are responding to the charge and pointing out how it's actually the republican talking heads who have been sexist all along. If we keep talking about that, then they are successiding. Dont let them change the conversation. Not now. Not this year.

Posted by: Jo | September 3, 2008 4:48 PM

"The size of the company, just like the size of the state, is less important than the nature of the decisions that need to be made." - Carly Fiorina

Wow!! Nicely stated, Ms. Fiorina! Terrific reminder of what MLK told us 40 years ago--to focus on essentials, like the quality of one's character. Of course, in that melange of a sewer that defines the environment where shrill democrat operatives prefer to live scared, such an idea would today seem foreign to them.

McCain/Palin '08

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:47 PM

"She has taken on the corrupt special interests in Washington and Alaska. She has stood up for families and made a difference," Swift said. "She is more prepared than Barack Obama to be the president of the United States. ... The Republican Party will not stand by while Sarah Palin is subjected to sexist attacks."
-- Former acting Massachusetts governor Jane Swift
__________________________________________

As an American, I have the right to ask questions to any candidate (male or female) who I feel may or may not be suited for the VP position (any party platform). When you compare her with Obama, you are saying it is ok to ask questions regarding experience.

Obama was the first candidate questioned regarding his experience not because he is a man. I think we can agree that things have changed for the better for women in politics.

Let's not go overboard with the sexist charges.

Posted by: ssanford00 | September 3, 2008 4:47 PM

Amazing. John McCain and Sarah Palin think every woman's uterus is the property of the state. But Democrats are sexists and communists.

Posted by: mnjam | September 3, 2008 4:47 PM

PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING SHE CAN EXPLAIN IS WHY WOULD WE ENTRUST OUR MILITARY AND OUR NUCLEAR ARSENAL TO A WOMAN WHO HAS SPENT MOST OF HER LIFE ATTENDING A CHURCH THAT IS OBSESSED WITH THE IDEA OF HOLY WARS AND END TIMES!!!!

THIS AND OF COURSE "WHAT EXACTLY CAN YOU CITE FOR FOREIGN RELATIONS EXPERIENCE". THE DESIRE TO SEE THE WORLD GO UP IN A FIREBALL TO USHER IN THE SECOND COMING IS NOT A GOOD ANSWER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k84m2orSOaM&feature=related

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html

PALIN HAS MUCH BIGGER CHURCH ISSUES THAN OBAMA, AND SO DO WE IF MCCAIN/PALIN ARE ELECTED.

Posted by: Mark | September 3, 2008 4:47 PM

what i know about Palin:

bans books and threatens to fire the librarian (just made the NY times - no trash tabloid there!)

requires loyalty oaths

says NO to global warming - it simply is not a problem we have to address

mayor of SMALL town (folks i am a hick and my town was 5 times bigger!) now $27 MILLION in debt

KEPT and SPENT the bridge to nowhere money - pure hypocracy - NOT maverick

better than Bush in ignoring the environment

NO Foreign POlicy experience - oh wait she lives close to russia (thanks cindy mcsame)

member of AIP that wants to leave the US

vetos alternative energy plans - yes that is right in line w/ mcbush/mssame

been out of the country ONCE

few weeks ago did not know what the VP did for crying out loud

laughs out loud w/ radio host6 while he calls another woman a "bi--h" and cancer when the woman is a cancer survivor! very very compassionate there


mcsame melanoma 4 times wants this a heart beat away - not for this woman!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbxD4J524Ek

Posted by: the whole story | September 3, 2008 4:47 PM

The liberal white men in the media and in the Democrat party are freaky. You consider a strong woman in the White House a threat, but give Clinton a thumbs up and trash every woman he molested. Where are the women. Don't let these pin head liberals take out another one of us.
If you still have a school girl crush on Obama, sit down and listen to a replay of Jerimiah Wright, Obama's mentor for twenty long years!
Don't let the media take down the Palin women.
It is the whimpy liberal white males who are afraid of women -not real men.
Go Sarah!!!

Posted by: Beckie | September 3, 2008 4:47 PM

are the Repubs whining?? Kill Kill Kill! Go Liberals...have no mercy!

Posted by: me | September 3, 2008 4:46 PM

umm..who cares about all the emotional cries???

1.) homegirl has like 3 leadership examples in life (PTA, mayor of one of the smallest towns in the U.S., and half-term governor of one of the smallest states)...i think more college students have more leadership experience.

2.) homegirl has crazy daycare expenses, keep an eye on the cash register.

3.) homegirl is under investigation by her own state...in a term she was there for less than 2 years!! maybe she shouldn't have tried to fire her sister's ex-husband while they were fighting in a divorce.

4.) homegirl's own HUSBAND wanted to have a seperate country of alaska. not very patriotic...also, not a good example the he picked up a DUI like dubya.

5.) homegirl's daughter had illegal sex and clearly wasn't inspired by her mom's fight for abstinence...why should i listen to her mom either?

at the end of the day, she may be a nice lady. maybe she'll stick out the rest of her first term as governor and still be liked. but the likelihood of mccain not making it to 76 years and russia pulling us in the cold war again is now in the doube-digit percentages. i don't want palin making the crucial decisions if that happens in the next 2 years...do you?

Posted by: diesel | September 3, 2008 4:46 PM

Perhaps someone can ask the RNC leaders why there was a 300% decrease in the amount of African American delegates for them this year. Or would that be racism and off limits too?

Posted by: FreeMarketsAreNotFree | September 3, 2008 4:46 PM

I'm thinking that the Dems are just angry because they had the first chance to put a woman on the ticked and blew it.

Posted by: jb | September 3, 2008 4:45 PM

Absurdity!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:45 PM

The vile attacks on a 17 year old girl and questions about Palin's mothering ability. Those were done by CNN, NYTimes and other liberal media outlets. That is sexism.

They never ask those questions of any man. That is sexism.

There is no denying it. The liberal media, the DNC and Obama are sexist pigs.


Liberal = Sexist

Posted by: julie | September 3, 2008 4:45 PM

WOW--there sure is a lot of hatred being spewed by you liberals! Really mean stuff! Is this all you can muster? Emotional fury and uncontrolled criticism? Give me a level-headed discussion of the issues please. Not all of this emotional "my side is right, your side is wrong" childish mush. Thanks.

Posted by: calm down, dems! | September 3, 2008 4:44 PM

Why is it that only her daughter ever holds her infant? Next time you are watching them, notice this... just saying it is odd...

Posted by: you know what odd | September 3, 2008 4:44 PM

Why hasn't anyone reported about Carter calling Obama a "black boy?" Look it up on Youtube. It's simply amazing that he got away with it. Then again, the shameless Dems nominated a black man to play the racism card through the election.

Posted by: Michael | September 3, 2008 4:44 PM

Get real, Republican women. Your party nominates a virtual unkown and nobody is supposed to ask questions. I suppose that the GOP would like that. Fortunately for those of us who'd like to know who Palin is, reporters are asking questions and keep coming up with some surprising answers. I only wish that the press would ask McCain some equally tough questions about his policy positions and that he would answer honestly leaving out the words POW, surge, and drill.

Posted by: 11thCavVet | September 3, 2008 4:43 PM

I have it on good authority that the real Barack Obama who was born in Hawaii died at 7 years of age in Indonesia and was replaced by a Muslim child of the same age born in Egypt. He has been carefully groomed to be elected to a position of power in the USA and at an appropriate time, after assuming power he will legalize all foreigners in the USA and grant them citizenship.

He will then create a socialized society which will result in a revolution with States seceding from the union. Upon the destruction of the USA he will declare an Islamic Republic and open our borders.

Posted by: George | September 3, 2008 4:43 PM

Let's just start the revolution and get rid of the liberals. Then we don't have to hear all this whinning.

Posted by: michael | September 3, 2008 4:43 PM

Wow, "abstinence only" really doesn't work, or Levi Johnston wouldn't be fathering his second child.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:42 PM

"Sexism? Nice to see all those predominately white faces at the RNC last night. What about racism at the RNC?

Posted by: b. Krause"

Ah McCain took the democrats underhanded lies that "republicans only want white males" and kicked them in the teeth so now you fall back on the racism thing. Don't worry more and more intelligent people are seeing through the Democratic Party's thinly veiled facade to the true bigoted, nasty, hypocritical party the democratic party has become. Idealists see what they want to believe not believe what they see so will never be convinced regardless of reality.

Posted by: Cryos | September 3, 2008 4:41 PM

Shame on you Juliet Eilperin, just keep talking, you're willing to throw the entire women's movement under the bus for the empty suit ROFL.

Posted by: Mike | September 3, 2008 4:41 PM

This is what the republicans really think of Palin. This is Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrG8w4bb3kg&eurl=http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/

Posted by: sueb | September 3, 2008 4:41 PM

tomb writes
"Since it is reversed it is all fair game and it's "ok" to attack a woman and her family."

Her family is not 'fair game'. Her daughter's pregnancy is irrelevant.

What IS relevant is her ideology, experience and qualifications for office. Thus far, the only info that's leaked out has been about her family, her alleged efforts to have a state trooper fired to settle a family matter, her failure to report ownership in a business on gov financial disclosure forms and her flip flops on pork and earmarks.

Her gender is irrelevant. Whether or not 20 months as governor of a state of 670,000 people is valid qualification for the vice presidency is very relevant. Anyone who cares about the future of this country ought to be at least a little bit interested in how she'd govern, given that about 1 in 4 or 5 vice presidents succeed the presidents they serve.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:41 PM

GENDER
SEXISM
QUALIFICATIONS
EXPERIENCE
RACE
JUDGEMENT
CHARACTER

The above are all the things we can no longer question. No matter what anyone questions about any of the above, one of the others will be screamed was the issue actually being addressed.

This country is not ready for a woman in the whitehouse and this country is not ready for a half Black man in the whitehouse.

But we are going to get one or the other!

Posted by: EddienTexas | September 3, 2008 4:40 PM

Playing the gender card proves that they are not confident in this person.

Posted by: me | September 3, 2008 4:40 PM

let the games begin-leave no evangelical christian behind!!

Posted by: julesm7000 | September 3, 2008 4:40 PM

Hmmm.... so when do we get to start accusing THEM of blatant two-facism? If the pregnant card were on the foot of a Democrat, they'd be ALL OVER themselves trying to shove the morality card down everyone's throat.

Posted by: Chris Troy | September 3, 2008 4:40 PM

How long do we have to wait to see Carlie Fiorina weeping on u-tube, "Leave Sarah Palin alone!"?

Posted by: Politicus | September 3, 2008 4:39 PM

From Yesterday's New York Times:

"With five children, including an infant with Down syndrome and, as the country learned Monday, a pregnant 17-year-old, Ms. Palin has set off a fierce argument among women about whether there are enough hours in the day for her to take on the vice presidency, and whether she is right to try."

How come the media refuses to criticize Joe Biden for taking his seat in the Senate when he's a single dad? Could it actually be that the Times and the Post are sexist? Looks that way to me...

Posted by: matt | September 3, 2008 4:30 PM
******************************************
Good point.

Obama has 2 daughters (one who will soon be a teenager).

I have yet to see ONE, yes ONE statement in the news media questioning his ability to be a good father while serving as the President of the US (he has admittedly spent much time away from his family while a US Senator and during his campaign for the Presidency).

Flipping an argument made against Palin around: As the father of 2 pre-teen girls, shouldn't his first focus be on his family?

I don't understand why this is NOT a double standard.

Posted by: Finally | September 3, 2008 4:39 PM

As long as you're a rich white girl you should be able to have as many babies out of wedlock as you want. After all, your mommy the politician has plenty of room in her mansion for you and your rodent offspring. However, if you are poor and can't contribute to white mommy's next fundraiser, well, I guess you're S.O.L. since your support group was cut from the budget in favor of bulldozing Denali. Oh and btw, stay abstinent. yay!

Posted by: bpalin | September 3, 2008 4:39 PM

Sarah Palin would be a better leader then Obama any day of the week. At lest she does not want to kill babys.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:39 PM

Putting Paulin for VP let's everyone know it doesn't take much to be the 2nd Commander in Chief...point blank!

Posted by: Felicia | September 3, 2008 4:38 PM

I'm a woman who thinks she is highly unqualified to be a VP. Does that make me sexist? NO!

That argument is ridiculous and desperate. Enough already.

Posted by: stacy | September 3, 2008 4:38 PM

IS MC CAIN A PERVERT OR JUST A NORMAL GUY WHO WILL ENGAGE IN THIS KINDS OF LEWINSKY SCANDALS IN THE WHITE HOUSE? I HAVE EVIDENCE!!!!!!!!

IS MC CAIN CHECKING OUT MRS. PALIN'S BEHIND...
CHECK IT OUT ON YOU TUBE...FOR REAL..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qUVQDmLf7s

Posted by: demoshe | September 3, 2008 4:38 PM

Let's see what the speech brings. All the comments are a bit confrontational. "You gotta keep your sense of humor." JM

http://www.bop-o-rama.com

A real-time, on-line poll that is getting interesting to watch.

Posted by: acarponzo | September 3, 2008 4:37 PM

Sarah Palin on Hillary Clinton: I say this with all due respect to Hillary Clinton…but when I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or you know maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think you know that doesn’t do us any good – women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country.

Posted by: Mike | September 3, 2008 4:37 PM

If Palin can't help McCain swing the votes of white female independents (and early polling commissioned by Emily's List indicates Palin is hurting, not helping)all of this belly aching and fake outrage by the likes of Blackburn(R TN 7) (and don't think for one second Blackburn isn't comparing her own resume to Palin's) won't matter.

Obama is leading among white independent likely female voters, according to a nationwide poll of 800 likely female voters conducted in the last three days by Hart Research.

If Obama picks off, VA or OH, or wins CO and NH, he's the next POTUS.

And Obama only needs 269 in the electoral college, not 270. The incoming Democratic controlled House will elect Obama in Janaury if it ends up tied.

Posted by: MA | September 3, 2008 4:37 PM

It didnt work for Hillary Clinton and it wont work for Sarah Palin!!!

Posted by: Kristen | September 3, 2008 4:37 PM

Askig her back ground is not sexism get a clear mind first if you want to sink with her in quick sand that is your choice but we are not going to let our country sink with these two candidats one self centerd selfish who cares about his election and she is lier and hypocrat..

Posted by: JOJO | September 3, 2008 4:36 PM

When Senator mcCain introduced Gov Palin last week, he said that when we get to know Gov Palin the way he does, we'll come to love her too. Why is it that, now that we're trying to get to know her, its sexist to ask?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:36 PM

Sexism? Nice to see all those predominately white faces at the RNC last night. What about racism at the RNC?

Posted by: b. Krause | September 3, 2008 4:35 PM

Jake D, you former rabid Clinton defender seems like you might vote for whoever pays you to.

You're last post made no sense. She lobbied for pork as a mayor and then supposedly reined in spending as governor (by doing things like cutting funding for pregnant teens). That's all.

She was Kerry on the bridge to nowhere... all for it, until it was unpopular. Then she sure made sure that the $$$ stayed in Alaska.

The reason no one cares about Obama's vetting process... his pick made some logical sense to people. And once some small facts about the McCain process came out, it started to look like McCain didn't do that much vetting to begin with - so now the press is just trying to make sure he's not completely incompetent.

Posted by: Franklin | September 3, 2008 4:35 PM

PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING SHE CAN EXPLAIN IS WHY WOULD WE ENTRUST OUR MILITARY AND OUR NUCLEAR ARSENAL TO A WOMAN WHO HAS SPENT MOST OF HER LIFE ATTENDING A CHURCH THAT IS OBSESSED WITH THE IDEA OF HOLY WARS AND END TIMES!!!!

THIS AND OF COURSE "WHAT EXACTLY CAN YOU CITE FOR FOREIGN RELATIONS EXPERIENCE". THE DESIRE TO SEE THE WORLD GO UP IN A FIREBALL TO USHER IN THE SECOND COMING IS NOT A GOOD ANSWER.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k84m2orSOaM&feature=related

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html

PALIN HAS MUCH BIGGER CHURCH ISSUES THAN OBAMA, AND SO DO WE IF MCCAIN/PALIN ARE ELECTED.

Posted by: Mark | September 3, 2008 4:35 PM

I can hardly believe how liberal the readers are of this paper and site. If this were a democrat this would be Republican's being mean spirited and hateful. Since it is reversed it is all fair game and it's "ok" to attack a woman and her family. I am a Republican but I had deep respect for Hillary and could have supported her as President. Obama is a nice guy, but not ready for prime time. He is too worried with saying the "popular thing" instead of saying the right thing or saying what needs to be said. Hey, it's easy to have everyone love you when all you do is tell people what they want to hear.

Posted by: Tomb | September 3, 2008 4:35 PM

We're not sexist, we're alaska-ist. My city has a population equal to the state of Alaska, and I'm sure running it is every bit as complicated. Then, too, my city is more connected to international relations and national politics. If we ran a half-term mayor from such a city, the Republicans would say he lacked experience, wouldn't they? But we're looking at it backwards — the Republicans can no longer claim Obama is not experienced enough if Palin is who they see as an appropriate choice for being a "heart-beat away" (and a not particularly strong one) from the presidency. Let's all just take experience off the table completely as a determining factor in this election, and we'll be happy.

Posted by: max post | September 3, 2008 4:35 PM

"suggesting that any attempts to question her qualifications amounted to blatant sexism."
Does this mean that anyone questioning Obama's qualifications is practicing blatant racism?

Posted by: Carl | September 3, 2008 4:35 PM

morenews1:

It's not a crime in Alaska, but she obviously does not support pedophilia when it "envolves" her children. How many half-brothers and half-sisters does Obama have? Kinda "loose" even by Kenyan standards.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 4:34 PM

JakeD writes
"What part of U.S. Senators should be anti-pork, but local mayors should try and get as much as possible? As Governor, she did KILL the "Bridge to No Where"."

But... she kept the money. Also, while campaigning for governor, she supported the bridge. Only after it became a political liability did she turn against it. That's what we call a flip-flop. Perhap she will offer a reasonable explanation for her change in position. John McCain has certainly explained away his many flip flops.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:34 PM

Part of McCain's campaign is the continued suggestion that Obama is not qualified to become president. Some would view this a blatant racism, and with Republican Women suggestion that people questioning Palin's qualification as being sexism is cynicism as the greatest level. Many people who question Palin's qualification are for two reason. First that there are more experienced female Republican politicians, where they are Senators, Governors, or other leaders. Second whether she will appeal to the average American woman based on her values.

Posted by: Yah Right! | September 3, 2008 4:32 PM

Luka:

What "shred of foreign policy experience" did Ronald WILSON Reagan have. Neither he nor Kennedy / Lincoln were Vice-Presidents. Seriously, shouldn't we be asking if Palin is qualified to follow in the footsteps of Daniel Tompkins, John Caldwell Calhoun, Richard Johnson, George Mifflin, John Breckinridge, Hannibal Hamlin, Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson, Thomas Hendricks, Levi Parsons, Garret Hobart, Charles Fairbanks,
Thomas Marshall, Charles Dawes, Charles Curtis, John Garner, Alben Barkley, Walter Mondale, and Dan Quayle?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 4:31 PM

wow, way too much emotion and not enough objective reasoning on this issue. It would seem that personal hate for the party has overcome fairness and reason.

It scares me when people make such important decisions on emotional hate.

Posted by: Mgibson | September 3, 2008 4:31 PM

Palin's church says Jews deserve to be victims of terrorism!

Brickner, [Palin's church leader] also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity. Palin was in church that day and did nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:31 PM

From Yesterday's New York Times:

"With five children, including an infant with Down syndrome and, as the country learned Monday, a pregnant 17-year-old, Ms. Palin has set off a fierce argument among women about whether there are enough hours in the day for her to take on the vice presidency, and whether she is right to try."

How come the media refuses to criticize Joe Biden for taking his seat in the Senate when he's a single dad? Could it actually be that the Times and the Post are sexist? Looks that way to me...

Posted by: matt | September 3, 2008 4:30 PM

well done Bush + Cheney = McCain - well done!!!

Posted by: Livin-on-a-prayer | September 3, 2008 4:30 PM

"Did McCain know about these issues?"

Who gives a crap, really? As if that matters. The woman can't be VP cause her daughter's pregnant? The woman can't be VP cause 25 years ago her husband had a beer?

OR - Yeh, McCain knew, and he knew you boneheads would make a big stinky about it, and he knew that every time you morons try this kinda crap - it backfires. Karl Rove is back!

Posted by: joe | September 3, 2008 4:30 PM

women... why don't they lose some weight?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:28 PM

Why aren't we talking about her actual executive experience? How about the fact that as soon as she became mayor she fired the town librarian after objectionable books were not removed?

Sounds kind of like someone who would fire a Commissioner for not firing her brother-in-law.

I guess we can look forward to more religious based hirings and firings once she's around. (To all of you who think that's a good thing, wait until you're in a sitution where the religion of your country isn't the one you prefer and you're forced to praise Allah or Buddah. You'll feel like the people who started this country for religious freedom.)

In a town as small as the one she ran, they even tried to have a recall election to remove this tyrant.

That's who you want running your country?

Posted by: Franklin | September 3, 2008 4:27 PM

Explain why Levi Johnston shouldn't be arrested as a pedophile, that's what she needs to do. Does she support pedophilia when it envolves her children?

This is his second child; the first was with a 13 year old girl. Even by Alaskan standards (which are very loose) that is a bit young.

Sick.... really sick... yea, we want her in the White House. Her and her husband are good evangelicals, and typical of the bread. But lets move on to other issues.

Will she support states that wish to secede from the United States, since her and her husband were both in a party pushing to have Alaska secede from the Union?

Will she legalize pot since she smokes it herself?

Will she start supporting unwed mothers, particularly teens so they can finish an education through college?

Posted by: morenews1 | September 3, 2008 4:25 PM

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 4:24 PM

Janeane Vogeler:

What part of U.S. Senators should be anti-pork, but local mayors should try and get as much as possible? As Governor, she did KILL the "Bridge to No Where".

Are you also asking the Obama campaign why they are refusing to answer questions about their vetting process? I guess not. Specifically, Caroline Kennedy will not discuss whether Hillary Clinton was under any serious consideration.

prcamann:

No one seriously questioned Jindal or Crist's "experience" when their names were floated as possible running mates. BTW: I would vote for a Palin-McCain ticket too.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 4:24 PM

As a woman I feel the ultimate non-sexist approach is to deal with me and other women the same way you would with any man. Having said that, Palin and McCain owe us proof that Palin is qualified to follow in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, John Adams, John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, etc. I just don't see how she is never having had one shred of foreign policy experience. I get that socially she jives with the GOP platform but being pro-life isn't going to help us when we're dealing with foreign affairs.

Posted by: Luka | September 3, 2008 4:24 PM

julie = alarmist

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:23 PM

There is always an excuse and someone to blame...If you don't vote Obama, you're racist, if you don't vote Hillary, you're sexist, if you don't like Palin...you don't like the unknown...i hate whiners and complainers! If you vote based on race or gender, it's the same as not voting based on race or gender...just please stop crying

Posted by: Tom | September 3, 2008 4:21 PM

The liberals started this with their vile attacks on a 17 year old.

Liberal = Sexist


CNN = Sexist
NYTimes = Sexist
Obama (just call them sweetie) = Sexist
US Weekly Magazine = Sexist
DNC = Sexist

Posted by: julie | September 3, 2008 4:21 PM

Really, the ones to be angry at are the ones that pick a candidate based on gender.

I don't care if she has a third arm growing from her forehead, it's her positions I am interested in.

Where were these women when it was perceived that Hillary was being dumped on for being a Woman?

In fact, I haven't heard anybody say she isn't qualified because she's a Woman.

Can anybody quote anyone who has?

Posted by: JR | September 3, 2008 4:20 PM

Did McCain know about these issues? Can't ask, or its called liberal media bashing of the poor right wing thugs. Does the Republican VP having a pregnant unwed high school age daughter mean that the right wing is changing the definition of family values for the rest of us Americans again? Can't ask, or we'll get called angry leftie sexists and labeled un-American. What would have happened if Chelsea Clinton had gotten pregnant at 17? Limbaugh and Coulter would have made millions from the books and radio shows bashing them. Right wingers are hypocrites and phonies for blaming the media for reporting about McCain's bizarre VP pick.

Posted by: Bob | September 3, 2008 4:20 PM

Sounds like they're whining to me. That won't do their cause much good. Anyway, these questions should be directed to Palin. Where is she? Oh, that's right, she's practicing the speech they wrote for her. Well, good luck to her then. I'm sure it will be all they've dreamed of an more. You think she'll bash the media too?

Posted by: Mary | September 3, 2008 4:19 PM

It seems that John McCain's soulmate, Sarah Palin, has also made McCain laughable anti-earmark "pork list".


Three times in recent years, McCain's catalogs of "objectionable" spending have included earmarks for this small Alaska town, requested by its mayor at the time -
Sarah Palin.

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-na-earmarks3-2008sep03,0,6145252.story


Oops. But hey, it's not like Palin was the first Wasilla mayor to go after federal money, right?

"Wasilla had received few if any earmarks before Palin became mayor. She actively sought federal funds -- a campaign that began to pay off only after she hired a lobbyist with close ties to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who long controlled federal spending as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He made funneling money to Alaska his hallmark."


Yeah, she's quite the anti-pork, anti-lobbyist maverick. It's too bad the McCain campaign is now refusing to answer questions about the vetting process because it would be nice to know if they knew about this.


This woman is a complete joke and a embarrassment to women everywhere.

Posted by: Janeane Vogeler | September 3, 2008 4:17 PM

Real Reason McCain chose Palin : Sexist and condescending

PROOF

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apdFC-vh6Ng

Posted by: Sara | September 3, 2008 4:16 PM

Face it, we wouldn't be having any of this discussion if Palin were a man --

(S)he wouldn't be on the ticket due to lack of any significant qualifications.

And before anyone says "She's more qualified than Obama -- he's never had an executive position," what executive position has McCain ever held?

And if being mayor of a small town and governor of a geographically large but relatively unpopulous state makes her more qualified than Obama/Biden, I submit that she's more qualified than McCain as well. So why isn't SHE at the top of the ticket?

God help us all...

Posted by: Paul_C | September 3, 2008 4:14 PM

I Get it JakeD (no, you don't):

I used Obama's middle name for the same reason I used Palin's middle name -- to educate voters about little-known facts -- I would have no problem voting for a pro-life Muslim. Maybe someone else can "link" you, but Soledad O'Brian this morning on CNN asked whether she could be VP with 5 kids. Is CNN "mainstream" enough for you? You could always use Google, if you want.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 4:14 PM

Has anyone else seen all this info coming out about Sarah Palins, Daughters Boy Friend. I seen one website call him a racist redneck?. I have not read anything to support that but They have alot of info on http://www.hotpres.com on him. I guess his myspace page was a little revealing.

Posted by: Pezti | September 3, 2008 4:11 PM

Ah, yes, Jane Swift, who used the governor's plane to fly home to breastfeed her children and Carly Fiorino who almost drove HP into the ground! Great spokespeople. To make excuses for an unqualified, extremist woman--just because she is a woman--is SEXISM! To suggest that Palin is more experienced than Obama is patently absurd. As to judgement and character: Palin fired the librarian of Wasill for refusing to remove books from the shelves of which Palin disapproved. She only rehired the woman when the town threatened to recall her as mayor. Not even Dick Cheney is a book banner!!!

Posted by: sueb | September 3, 2008 4:09 PM

you used obama's middle name to try and convince us he's a muslim. thats clever. lets promote lies about our opponent...or better yet, lets just assume that voters are too stupid to understand the truth. great strategy.

also, could you or someone link me to one of those mainstream media smeer articles. like from the nytimes or wapo or wsj. perhaps nbc, cbs or fox website. i would like to read one. and no, not from a random web site or blog, i mean a real article that "smears" sarah palin. sounds like there must be tons of them so it shouldnt be hard. thanks.

Posted by: I Get it JakeD | September 3, 2008 3:58 PM

If the Obamas had a 17 year-old daughter who was unmarried and pregnant by a tough-talking black kid, my guess is if that they all appeared onstage at a Democratic convention and the delegates were cheering wildly, a number of conservatives would be discussing the issue of dysfunctional black families.


Palin doesn't even know what the Vice- President is supposed to do:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=006axc2aELE
.

Posted by: Audrey B | September 3, 2008 3:52 PM

WOMEN STAND UP FOR YOURSELVES! Women will not be fooled for their vote with this inexperienced token named Sarah Palin. There are women out there who are actually qualified for this position! Palin would set women back 20 years! Stand up with Cambell Brown and women throughout the nation!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYYiw_y2qDI

Posted by: Kimi Welsh | September 3, 2008 3:43 PM

This is not good, to say that we cannot question her credentials and if we do it is sexist. I think everyone should go check her background out, and her Familys Background out. there is extensive info at http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: Larry | September 3, 2008 3:36 PM

I agree that family should be off-limits, except to the extent that Palin and McCain knew this would come out. Palin's willingness to see her daughter's personal issues dragged through the this kind of media circus is not a testment to her judgment.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | September 3, 2008 3:36 PM

Who is Britney now McCain?

The party of sexism and racism cries victim. If she can't even take people examing her record of curruption how can she handle being president.

What garabge Palins and McCains are a disgrace to the country.

Posted by: TexDem | September 3, 2008 3:34 PM

GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin would be just a heartbeat away from the presidency should a feeble 72 year old McCain die in office.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2ApC_gBvhs

Posted by: Paige Palmer | September 3, 2008 3:34 PM

While these staged attempts at saving the ticket go on, let's listen to what other Republicans say:

One former Bush Administration official described himself to me [TheTimes reporter] as “personally disgusted” by the selection, one that betrayed a desire by Mr McCain for short-term political gain at the expense of the national interest.

[...]

David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush: “When someone takes the rent money and puts it on black at the roulette table, and it comes up black, we don’t say, “Wow! What a terrific piece of judgment.”

Find much more, here:

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/09/03/across-the-pond-and-back-again-open-season-ii/

Posted by: European_Elitist | September 3, 2008 3:30 PM

Has anyone else seen all this info coming out about Sarah Palins Daughters Boy Friend. I seen one website call him a racist. They have alot of info on http://www.hotpres.com on him. I guess his myspace page was a little revealing.

Posted by: Pezti | September 3, 2008 3:29 PM

i am a woman and an independent. exactly WHAT are we allowed to question - do you think that by saying "that is sexist" you will make me go away. it is entirely fair to look at her record and things such as her membership in the AIP, her attempt to ban books, her spending of the bridge to nowhere money when no one was looking and then making it look like she is so pure there, her vetos of alternative energy bills.... her denial of global warming.

quite frankly, i think all she has is a PTA membership and a NRA card. i would expect better and DO expect better.

and brother - that aint sexist, that is using my brain!

Posted by: from woman to woman | September 3, 2008 3:28 PM

Posted by: Darla Kyler | September 3, 2008 3:26 PM

"This is not good, to say that we cannot question her credentials and if we do it is sexist."

change it to RACIST and you have obama.. and that kid is running for the #1 spot.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 3:26 PM

McCain took a Big Gamble on a female VP, it all rides on Sarah Palin being able to preform tonight. If she flops, well there goes the election. If she hits a home run., McCain might have a chance. This is the moment of truth. They also have alot of info on Palin at the veep http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: Dann | September 3, 2008 3:25 PM

bgjd1979:

Not to this extent -- and NO ONE would have bought up Jindal's family as an excuse to smear him -- you have to admit that much at least.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 3:25 PM

This is not good, to say that we cannot question her credentials and if we do it is sexist. I think everyone should go check her background out, and her Familys Background out. there is extensive info at http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: Larry | September 3, 2008 3:23 PM

I would rather have someone who repeatedly laughed on air as a talk-radio host described one of her political opponents as a “cancer” and a “b__ch” than Obama-Biden. Next?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 3:23 PM

Jake-

If McCain had named Crist or Jindel, their experience would have been questioned. I certainly would have questioned it. In fact, when Jindel's name came up, his level of experience was questioned. The only VP in at least the last 60 years who has had less experience than Palin is Spiro T. Agnew, who also had just a few months as Governor. Not a good precedent.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | September 3, 2008 3:18 PM

Let's see, Palin is already playing the gender card and Grampy McCain has been playing the POW card on everything from questions about the economy to how many homes he owns.....HAHAHA! What a bunch of losers!


Eight years ago, then Governor George W. Bush revealingly joked about his backers at the 2000 Al Smith Dinner. "This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores," Bush said, adding, "Some people call you the elites; I call you my base." With his own quip Saturday night that "$5 million" is his definition of "rich," John McCain made no mistake that he is Bush's natural heir.


Now, there is nothing wrong with being happily rich and utterly detached. Nothing, that is, unless you make criticizing your political opponent as "elitist" and "out of touch" a centerpiece of your campaign. Rick Davis, speaking on behalf of his $100 million man John McCain, earlier this month offered the latest formulation of Barack Obama as an effete, aloof denizen of the upper class:

"Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand 'MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew - Black Forest Berry Honest Tea' and worry about the price of arugula."
Of course, Davis' "arugula war" is just another attempt at misdirection. After all, John McCain's $5 million threshold where "you move from middle class to rich" is just the latest episode of his enduring disconnect from the real lives of the American people.

For starters, McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.

In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.


*The $100 Million Man*
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.


*The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership*
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.


*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.


*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.


*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt - Priceless*
That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.


*Charity Begins at Home*
As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:

Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.
Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.


*Private Jet Setters*
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."


*Help on the Homefront*
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."


*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2008/04/22/the-fabulous-life-of-john-mccain/

Posted by: Bush + Cheney = McCain | September 3, 2008 3:10 PM

the more i read and see the more she scares me!

It also emerged that in January the Alaskan Governor repeatedly laughed on air as a talk-radio host described one of her political opponents as a “cancer” and a “b__ch”. The opponent in question, Lyda Green, the Alaskan state senate president, is a cancer survivor. An audio recording of the interview with Bob Lester, the Alaskan “shock jock”, had received more than a quarter of a million hits on YouTube by yesterday morning.

Posted by: i am woman and i say NO to her! | September 3, 2008 3:09 PM

bgjd1979:

Why was no one "questioning" Charlie Crist or Bobby Jindal (who have been Governors LESS than Palin)?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 3:09 PM

Any objective observer would be questioning a male Governor's credentials who had only 1 and 1/2 years as Governor. It has nothing to do with gender. Palin's attempt to compare herself to Hillary Clinton is a slander on Hillary. Whatever you think about Hillary's positions and campaign, no one ever suggested she lacked the qualifications to be President. She subjected herself to 18 months of debates, interviews and political attacks with out ducking any challenge. McCain won't even allow Palin to be interviewed.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | September 3, 2008 3:07 PM

I am sure they were concerned when they called Michelle "Barack's Baby Mama." Also, when they spent years demonizing Hillary. I believe McCain also told a demeaning joke about Chelsea being the daughter of Janet Reno (due to her looks).

The GOP --- always finding a way to pander and play victim.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:59 PM

Juliet Eilperin:

Women refuting "an outrageous smear campaign" is playing the gender card, but nothing Barack HUSSEIN Obama did in the past 2 years played the race card? You have lost all credibility WaPo.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 2:56 PM

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