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Palin Admits Backing Earmarks


Charles Gibson interviews with Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin in her home stat of Alaska, Sept. 11, 2008. (ABC/ Donna Svennevik)

By Jonathan Weisman
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in a new installment of her interview with ABC News's Charlie Gibson, backed earmarks and her right, both as a governor and a mayor, to request and secure them -- just don't call them earmarks. Call it "infrastructure."

"I was for infrastructure being built in the state," she said, "and it's not inappropriate for a mayor or for a governor to request and to work with their Congress, their congressmen, their congresswomen, to plug in to the federal budget along with every other state a share of the federal budget for infrastructure."

In common Washington parlance, that is called an infrastructure earmark, a piece of the transportation and public works budget secured for specific state projects.

John McCain has decried such practices, saying funds should be allocated primarily through federal and state agencies to projects that secure funding through a competitive process. Earmark opponents specifically denounce the securing of funding by local officials, since money flows to the powerful and well connected.

Palin decried the abuse of the earmark process at first, pledging to join McCain in his campaign against earmarks. But Gibson pressed her hard to get her to concede that she backed the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere," linking tiny Ketchikan to tiny Gravina Island.

She finally gave in.

"What I supported was a link between a community and it's airport," she said.

Posted at 7:51 PM ET on Sep 12, 2008  | Category:  Sarah Palin
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Posted by: jhamdp nsdqza | September 16, 2008 11:56 PM

Wow, Scott, you can copy/paste the same freakin' thing into various comments sections. You've totally changed my mind about the lying, dishonest, McCain/Palin ticket, and I'm going to forget that REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN IN POWER FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS and are responsible for the deplorable state of the economy/nation that we're in today.

Mission Accomplished....

Posted by: T | September 14, 2008 9:41 AM

Sen. Clinton's Former Chief Strategist on Palin and the Media-

CBS News 9/12/08

CBSNews.com: So you think the media is being uniquely tough on Palin now?

Mark Penn: Well, I think that the media is doing the kinds of stories on Palin that they're not doing on the other candidates. And that's going to subject them to people concluding that they're giving her a tougher time. Now, the media defense would be, "Yeah, we looked at these other candidates who have been in public life at an earlier time."

What happened here very clearly is that the controversy over Palin led to 37 million Americans tuning into a vice-presidential speech, something that is unprecedented, because they wanted to see for themselves. This is an election in which the voters are going to decide for themselves. The media has lost credibility with them.
**********

Keep it up- the Independents are watching-

September 9, 2008
McCain Now Winning Majority of IndependentsMajority of independents now prefer him over Obama, 52% to 37%USA Democrats Election 2008 Government and Politics Republicans Americas Northern America by Lydia Saad
PRINCETON, NJ -- John McCain's 6 percentage-point bounce in voter support spanning the Republican National Convention is largely explained by political independents shifting to him in fairly big numbers, from 40% pre-convention to 52% post-convention in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.


By contrast, Democrats' support for McCain rose 5 percentage points over the GOP convention period, from 9% to 14%, while Republicans' already-high support stayed about the same.

The surge in political independents who favor McCain for president marks the first time since Gallup began tracking voters' general-election preferences in March that a majority of independents have sided with either of the two major-party candidates. Prior to now, McCain had received no better than 48% of the independent vote and Obama no better than 46%, making the race for the political middle highly competitive.


Posted by: Scott | September 14, 2008 7:11 AM

As long as sexist and racist insults are being slung around, here's another anagram in the spirit of "what's good for the goose is good for the gander" -

You can put lipstick on a hockey mom, but she's still a pig.
=
Pompous Black in a chic topsuit? The guy's still a monkey.

Posted by: Richard Brodie | September 14, 2008 1:49 AM

Ooooh, the thought police inquisitors!
Ooooh, the hate speech enforcers!
Talk about a throwback to the dark ages.

Did you know that

Barack Hussein Obama

anagrams to

Ha! Amoeba brain sucks.

Posted by: richard-brodie | September 13, 2008 11:41 PM

You are a butch of stupid B*#@
Can you imagine your news telling the world where your strategic oil is?? Possibly I'm stupid. justada55+, from Canada

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 13, 2008 5:55 PM

This admission will not lead her to drop the "I told congress thanks but no thanks" line, because the lie has been fertilized and is beginning to bud.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 5:43 PM

Ken Kellogg-Smith prays:

"Palin is very eagerly looking forward to the reality that she will become the first female President of the United States.

God help us."

And when she does move into the White House, I will say -

God helped us.

Measnwhile, in the spirit of the good Governor of Alaska pointing out that the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is -

LIPSTICK

I will point out that the only difference between a community organizer and a monkey is -

CLOTHES

for when it comes to the orangobama, who, whilst pounding on his simian chest, declares "You can put lipstick on a hockey mom, but she's still a pig", I say "you can dress jungle bunny up in a suit and tie, but he's still a monkey."

Posted by: richard-brodie | September 13, 2008 10:47 AM
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
You sir are a complete ASS, and just the illiterate, backwoods, stuck in the dark ages - type of individual that these monsters play to with these distracting non-news rants that keep us from focusing on the issues. At least we now know that you're a bigot and a racist; please don't bother posting your poison anymore, while hiding behind God... AND you've been reported...

Posted by: MikeJay | September 13, 2008 4:31 PM

Palin: "I did not have 'bridge' with that island, Gravina. I said 'thanks, but no thanks.' Oh, all right, I totally did it. Are you satisfied Mr. Smarty-pants Gibson? You spoiled my perfect little lie."

Posted by: Chuck | September 13, 2008 2:39 PM

THE PALIN DUI?
http://www.duihelpguide.com

Levi Johnson The self Proclaimed Redneck and the Stud who got Sarah Palins Daughter Pregnant.
http://www.hotpres.com

See Obama and McCain in the 9/11 forum.
watch the entire forum at http://www.watchdebate.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 1:06 PM

September 13, 2008
Charlie Gibson's Gaffe
By Charles Krauthammer

"Ms. Palin most visibly stumbled when she was asked by Mr. Gibson if she agreed with the Bush doctrine. Ms. Palin did not seem to know what he was talking about. Mr. Gibson, sounding like an impatient teacher, informed her that it meant the right of `anticipatory self-defense.'" -- New York Times, Sept. 12

WASHINGTON -- Informed her? Rubbish.

The Times got it wrong. And Charlie Gibson got it wrong.

There is no single meaning of the Bush doctrine. In fact, there have been four distinct meanings, each one succeeding another over the eight years of this administration -- and the one Charlie Gibson cited is not the one in common usage today.

He asked Palin, "Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?"

She responded, quite sensibly to a question that is ambiguous, "In what respect, Charlie?"

Sensing his "gotcha" moment, Gibson refused to tell her. After making her fish for the answer, he grudgingly explained to the moose-hunting rube that the Bush doctrine "is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense."

Wrong.

I know something about the subject because, as the Wikipedia entry on the Bush doctrine notes, I was the first to use the term. In the cover essay of the June 4, 2001, issue of The Weekly Standard titled, "The Bush Doctrine: ABM, Kyoto, and the New American Unilateralism," I suggested that the Bush administration policies of unilaterally withdrawing from the ABM treaty and rejecting the Kyoto protocol, together with others, amounted to a radical change in foreign policy that should be called the Bush doctrine.

Then came 9/11, and that notion was immediately superseded by the advent of the war on terror. In his address to Congress nine days later, Bush declared: "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime." This "with us or against us" policy regarding terror -- first deployed against Pakistan when Secretary of State Colin Powell gave President Musharraf that seven-point ultimatum to end support for the Taliban and support our attack on Afghanistan -- became the essence of the Bush Doctrine.

Until Iraq. A year later, when the Iraq War was looming, Bush offered his major justification by enunciating a doctrine of pre-emptive war. This is the one Charlie Gibson thinks is the Bush doctrine.

It's not. It's the third in a series and was superseded by the fourth and current definition of the Bush doctrine, the most sweeping formulation of Bush foreign policy and the one that most distinctively defines it: the idea that the fundamental mission of American foreign policy is to spread democracy throughout the world. It was most dramatically enunciated in Bush's second inaugural address: "The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world."

This declaration of a sweeping, universal American freedom agenda was consciously meant to echo John Kennedy's pledge that the United States "shall pay any price, bear any burden ... to assure the survival and the success of liberty." It draws also from the Truman doctrine of March 1947 and from Wilson's 14 points.

If I were in any public foreign policy debate today, and my adversary were to raise the Bush doctrine, both I and the audience would assume -- unless my interlocutor annotated the reference otherwise -- that he was speaking about Bush's grandly proclaimed (and widely attacked) freedom agenda.

Not the Gibson doctrine of pre-emption.

Not the "with us or against us" no-neutrality-is-permitted policy of the immediate post-9/11 days.

Not the unilateralism that characterized the pre-9/11 first year of the Bush administration.

Presidential doctrines are inherently malleable and difficult to define. The only fixed "doctrines" in American history are the Monroe and the Truman doctrines, which came out of single presidential statements during administrations where there were few conflicting foreign policy crosscurrents.

Such is not the case with the Bush doctrine.

Yes, Palin didn't know what it is. But neither does Gibson. And at least she didn't pretend to know -- while he looked down his nose and over his glasses with weary disdain, "sounding like an impatient teacher," as the Times noted. In doing so, he captured perfectly the establishment snobbery and intellectual condescension that has characterized the chattering classes' reaction to the phenom who presumes to play on their stage.

Posted by: Scott | September 13, 2008 12:28 PM

Hey scott, you forgot one key metric where the GOP has surged to a lead...

# of spouses to be subpoenaed, GOP 1 DEM 0.

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 13, 2008 12:12 PM

Palin is accused of an Affair,
http://www.theveep.com

McCain throws his cell phone,
http://www.mccanes.com

Ron Paul, to leave republican Party??
http://www.BarrPaul08.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:04 PM


Michael Barone in Today's US News and World Report-

"...Then team Obama and its many backers in the media failed to Decide correctly, so when they Acted they got it wrong. Their attacks on Palin tended to ricochet and hit Obama. Is she inexperienced? Well, what has Obama ever run (besides his now floundering campaign)? Being a small-town mayor, as Palin said, is like being a community organizer, "except that you have actual responsibilities."

Is she neglecting her family? Well, how often has Obama tucked his daughters in lately? For more than a week we've seen the No. 1 person on the Democratic ticket argue that he's better prepared than the No. 2 person on the Republican ticket. That's not a winning argument even if you win it. As veteran California Democrat Willie Brown says, "The Republicans are now on offense, and Democrats are on defense."

Perhaps the Obama campaign strategists expected their many friends in the mainstream media to do their work for them. Certainly they tried. But their efforts have misfired, and the grenades they lobbed at Palin have ricocheted back and blown up in their faces. Voters are on to their game.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen finds that 68 percent believe "most reporters try to help the candidate they want to win" and that 51 percent -- more than support McCain -- believe the press is "trying to hurt" Sarah Palin. The press and the Democratic ticket are paying the price for decades of biased mainstream media coverage.

I am not the only one to notice that John McCain and Sarah Palin have gotten inside the Obama campaign's (and mainstream media's) OODA loop. Blogger Charlie Martin sprang into pixels on www.americanthinker.com before I could spring into print with this column. But as I write, Barack Obama is in his second daily news cycle of explaining why his "lipstick on a pig" comments are not a sexist attack on the hockey mom who compared herself to a pit bull with lipstick.

Robert Coram describes what can happen when one player gets inside another's OODA loop. "If someone truly understands how to create menace and uncertainty and mistrust, then how to exploit and magnify the presence of these disconcerting elements, the loop can be vicious, a terribly destructive force, virtually unstoppable in causing panic and confusion and -- Boyd's phrase is best -- 'unraveling the competition.' ... The most amazing aspect of the OODA loop is that the losing side rarely understands what happened."

John Boyd would have been a terrific political consultant."


Posted by: Scott | September 13, 2008 11:17 AM

Laura:

Don't forget to visit the U.S. Embassy to formally renounce your citizenship too.

Posted by: JakeD | September 13, 2008 11:06 AM

Ken Kellogg-Smith prays:

"Palin is very eagerly looking forward to the reality that she will become the first female President of the United States.

God help us."

And when she does move into the White House, I will say -

God helped us.

Measnwhile, in the spirit of the good Governor of Alaska pointing out that the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is -

LIPSTICK

I will point out that the only difference between a community organizer and a monkey is -

CLOTHES

for when it comes to the orangobama, who, whilst pounding on his simian chest, declares "You can put lipstick on a hockey mom, but she's still a pig", I say "you can dress jungle bunny up in a suit and tie, but he's still a monkey."

Posted by: richard-brodie | September 13, 2008 10:47 AM

This "earmark controversy" is a lot of senseless bluster. If earmarks are possible, then why wouldn't any local administrator try to secure them? The fact that McCain is opposed to earmarks is not contradictory to Palin's efforts to seek them. You have to remember that their positions were entirely different. McCain was defending the federal budget. Palin was defending her town's spending. The two positions are naturally at odds. From a federal point of view, it might be wise to avoid earmarks. The interesting thing here is that the two positions can produce a more balanced and complimentary point of view when taken together.

Posted by: ttj | September 13, 2008 9:26 AM

Anonymous- You're PERSONALLY responsible for Ohio- telling all those Reagan Democrats that McCain can't even read the dailykos....oooh heavens!

You're Right Anonymous- all this blogging is REALLY having an effect- America's waking up-

Look out below....there goes New Jersey!
14pt lead down to margin of error in 6wks.
Looks like Sarah's wowing them in Secaucus....and Seattle and Helena Montana and Raleigh NC, and...

Hey Democrats, how's that "Western Strategy" working out against the Senator from Arizona and The Governor of Alaska? Not so well, huh? I suppose to win you'll have to go after NC and Georgia again...oops.

Election 2008 Latest Polls
Friday, September 12
Race Poll Results Spread
Missouri Rasmussen McCain 51, Obama 46 McCain +5
Oklahoma Rasmussen McCain 63, Obama 32 McCain +31
Washington Rasmussen Obama 49, McCain 47 Obama +2

Ohio Univ. of Cinci McCain 48, Obama 44 McCain +4

Thursday, September 11
Race Poll Results Spread
Ohio InAdv/PollPosition McCain 48, Obama 47 McCain +1
Florida InAdv/PollPosition McCain 50, Obama 42 McCain +8
Michigan InAdv/PollPosition Obama 44, McCain 45 McCain +1

Colorado InAdv/PollPosition Obama 49, McCain 46 Obama +3
Georgia InAdv/PollPosition McCain 56, Obama 38 McCain +18
Nevada InAdv/PollPosition McCain 46, Obama 45 McCain +1
Wyoming Rasmussen McCain 58, Obama 39 McCain +19
Alaska Rasmussen McCain 64, Obama 33 McCain +31
Idaho Rasmussen McCain 68, Obama 29 McCain +39

North Carolina Research 2000 McCain 55, Obama 38 McCain +17
New Mexico Rasmussen Obama 47, McCain 49 McCain +2

Mississippi Research 2000 McCain 55, Obama 37 McCain +18
Ohio Strategic Vision (R) McCain 48, Obama 44 McCain +4
Michigan CNN/Time Obama 49, McCain 45 Obama +4
Virginia CNN/Time McCain 50, Obama 46 McCain +4
Colorado PPP (D) Obama 47, McCain 46 Obama +1
Missouri CNN/Time McCain 50, Obama 45 McCain +5

Georgia Strategic Vision (R) McCain 52, Obama 39 McCain +13


Pennsylvania Quinnipiac Obama 48, McCain 45 Obama +3

Florida Quinnipiac McCain 50, Obama 43 McCain +7


Alabama AEA/Capital Survey McCain 55, Obama 35 McCain +20
Wednesday, September 10
Race Poll Results Spread

Montana Rasmussen McCain 53, Obama 42 McCain +11
North Dakota Rasmussen McCain 55, Obama 41 McCain +14

North Carolina SurveyUSA McCain 58, Obama 38 McCain +20
Pennsylvania Strategic Vision (R) Obama 47, McCain 45 Obama +2
West Virginia MBE McCain 44, Obama 39 McCain +5


Posted by: Scott | September 13, 2008 8:58 AM

PAILN, LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS
Ever wonder why Mccain never talks about his son in Iraq? Not because he is being humble, it is because you never identify a solider, who they are with or where they are deployed. For prominent people like politicians it is even more important. It puts everyone in danger who a around that person. You saw the same thing with the prince in Britain they had to actually bring him home.

So now we had this ditz Palin doing a public event around her son and his whole group. Even publishing this:

Private 1st Class Track Palin, is being deployed with XXXXX soldiers of the XXXXXX Brigade Combat Team of the XXth Infantry Division. (I removed the info)

This woman doesn't even no the most basic thing about being in command of anything. So now that everyone has her sons picture and knows where he is going, what happens if we have a nice video of him having his head cut off on camera? Or his whole squad get killed as they are trying to kill or capture him? Think she will be sorry for being so stupid? I actually don't know what to say, this is just short of treason it is so stupid. What next, she is going to tell us where Mccains son is? Maybe some nice infor on our troop strengths and where they are. Good going Palin you pig, you don't have a F'n clue.

Now we get to the worst part. John Mccain knows right off the top of his head you don't do this. Did he do anything to stop it or advise her against it or just plain tell her "DON'T DO THIS IT IS A BAD THING DO"? No he let her put her son and his comrades in added danger because it may help him POLITICLY.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 8:39 AM

You're Right- all this blogging is REALLY having an effect- America's waking up-

Look out below....there goes New Jersey!
14pt lead down to margin of error in 6wks.
Looks like Sarah's wowing them in Secaucus....and Seattle and Helena Montana and Raleigh NC, and...

Hey Democrats, how's that "Western Strategy" working out against the Senator from Arizona and The Governor of Alaska? Not so well, huh? I suppose to win you'll have to go after NC and Georgia again...oops.

Election 2008 Latest Polls
Friday, September 12
Race Poll Results Spread
Missouri Rasmussen McCain 51, Obama 46 McCain +5
Oklahoma Rasmussen McCain 63, Obama 32 McCain +31
Washington Rasmussen Obama 49, McCain 47 Obama +2

Ohio Univ. of Cinci McCain 48, Obama 44 McCain +4

Thursday, September 11
Race Poll Results Spread
Ohio InAdv/PollPosition McCain 48, Obama 47 McCain +1
Florida InAdv/PollPosition McCain 50, Obama 42 McCain +8
Michigan InAdv/PollPosition Obama 44, McCain 45 McCain +1

Colorado InAdv/PollPosition Obama 49, McCain 46 Obama +3
Georgia InAdv/PollPosition McCain 56, Obama 38 McCain +18
Nevada InAdv/PollPosition McCain 46, Obama 45 McCain +1
Wyoming Rasmussen McCain 58, Obama 39 McCain +19
Alaska Rasmussen McCain 64, Obama 33 McCain +31
Idaho Rasmussen McCain 68, Obama 29 McCain +39

North Carolina Research 2000 McCain 55, Obama 38 McCain +17
New Mexico Rasmussen Obama 47, McCain 49 McCain +2

Mississippi Research 2000 McCain 55, Obama 37 McCain +18
Ohio Strategic Vision (R) McCain 48, Obama 44 McCain +4
Michigan CNN/Time Obama 49, McCain 45 Obama +4
Virginia CNN/Time McCain 50, Obama 46 McCain +4
Colorado PPP (D) Obama 47, McCain 46 Obama +1
Missouri CNN/Time McCain 50, Obama 45 McCain +5

Georgia Strategic Vision (R) McCain 52, Obama 39 McCain +13


Pennsylvania Quinnipiac Obama 48, McCain 45 Obama +3

Florida Quinnipiac McCain 50, Obama 43 McCain +7


Alabama AEA/Capital Survey McCain 55, Obama 35 McCain +20
Wednesday, September 10
Race Poll Results Spread

Montana Rasmussen McCain 53, Obama 42 McCain +11
North Dakota Rasmussen McCain 55, Obama 41 McCain +14

North Carolina SurveyUSA McCain 58, Obama 38 McCain +20
Pennsylvania Strategic Vision (R) Obama 47, McCain 45 Obama +2
West Virginia MBE McCain 44, Obama 39 McCain +5

Posted by: Scott | September 13, 2008 8:20 AM

We've all heard Gov. Palin say that she's against earmarks from Congress and loves to repeat the line about how she stood up to Congress on earmarks and said "Thanks, but no thanks." However, Palin's own website shows her requesting earmarks from Congress including MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS to study the MATING HABITS OF CRABS and the GENETICS OF HARBOR SEALS.
http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=4E2E5BFD-18FE-70B2-A815903CFF648F68

So the next time you hear Sarah Palin's stump speech saying she said to Congress "THANKS BUT NO THANKS" to earmarks, just remember the crabs and seals.

HOW CAN WE BELIEVE ANYTHING SHE SAYS?

Posted by: russgore | September 13, 2008 8:16 AM

If i am an unaffiliated voter, why would i vote for the McCain Palin ticket that's engaging in curious eggageration, blantant lies & patronizing deciet when have a president who does that already?

Posted by: jerryt | September 13, 2008 8:06 AM


The fight for the White House has very dramatically turned into an Obama-Palin contest. And Sarah Palin is a very clever and astute politician.

She knows very well that McCain was forced by his ultra-right wing Fundamentalist handlers to make her his running mate. what other explanation could there possibly be for obviously right wing extremist Palin to continually upstage an increasingly nonplussed McCain?

Should a narrowing and slim voter margin put Palin-McCain into our White House, I say this: Look for McCain to eventually step aside for Palin (within a year to 18 months after taking office) "because of ill health and the stress of the Presidency". Everything points to that happening.

Palin is very eagerly looking forward to the reality that she will become the first female President of the United States.

God help us.

Posted by: Ken Kellogg-Smith | September 13, 2008 7:56 AM

It appears that the chickens are coming home to roost for McCain--or should I have said dodobirds--They wanted a perky new face for the campaign who would snatch the media narrative from the Democratic campaign. What they got was simply MADE for tabloid reporting. A poster-girl Governor, joyously unburdened by nuance. It may take a couple of weeks, but I'm betting that the mutterings among Republicans about McCain's choice are going to grow as the inevitable backlash sets in.

Posted by: dch | September 13, 2008 7:20 AM

Marist 09/05 - 09/08 805 RV 48 45 Obama +3
Fairleigh Dickinson 09/04 - 09/07 872 LV 47 41 Obama +6
Quinnipiac 08/04 - 08/10 1468 LV 51 41 Obama +10
Rasmussen 08/04 - 08/04 500 LV 52 42 Obama +10
Monmouth/Gannett 07/17 - 07/21 698 LV 50 36 Obama +14

************************

Look out below....there goes New Jersey!
14pt lead down to margin of error in 6wks.
Looks like Sarah's wowing them in Secaucus....and Seattle and Helena Montana and Raleigh NC, and...

Hey Democrats, how's that "Western Strategy" working out against the Senator from Arizona and The Governor of Alaska? Not so well, huh? I suppose to win you'll have to go after NC and Georgia again...oops.

Election 2008 Latest Polls
Friday, September 12
Race Poll Results Spread
Missouri Rasmussen McCain 51, Obama 46 McCain +5
Oklahoma Rasmussen McCain 63, Obama 32 McCain +31
Washington Rasmussen Obama 49, McCain 47 Obama +2

Ohio Univ. of Cinci McCain 48, Obama 44 McCain +4

Thursday, September 11
Race Poll Results Spread
Ohio InAdv/PollPosition McCain 48, Obama 47 McCain +1
Florida InAdv/PollPosition McCain 50, Obama 42 McCain +8
Michigan InAdv/PollPosition Obama 44, McCain 45 McCain +1

Colorado InAdv/PollPosition Obama 49, McCain 46 Obama +3
Georgia InAdv/PollPosition McCain 56, Obama 38 McCain +18
Nevada InAdv/PollPosition McCain 46, Obama 45 McCain +1
Wyoming Rasmussen McCain 58, Obama 39 McCain +19
Alaska Rasmussen McCain 64, Obama 33 McCain +31
Idaho Rasmussen McCain 68, Obama 29 McCain +39

North Carolina Research 2000 McCain 55, Obama 38 McCain +17
New Mexico Rasmussen Obama 47, McCain 49 McCain +2

Mississippi Research 2000 McCain 55, Obama 37 McCain +18
Ohio Strategic Vision (R) McCain 48, Obama 44 McCain +4
Michigan CNN/Time Obama 49, McCain 45 Obama +4
Virginia CNN/Time McCain 50, Obama 46 McCain +4
Colorado PPP (D) Obama 47, McCain 46 Obama +1
Missouri CNN/Time McCain 50, Obama 45 McCain +5

Georgia Strategic Vision (R) McCain 52, Obama 39 McCain +13


Pennsylvania Quinnipiac Obama 48, McCain 45 Obama +3

Florida Quinnipiac McCain 50, Obama 43 McCain +7


Alabama AEA/Capital Survey McCain 55, Obama 35 McCain +20
Wednesday, September 10
Race Poll Results Spread

Montana Rasmussen McCain 53, Obama 42 McCain +11
North Dakota Rasmussen McCain 55, Obama 41 McCain +14

North Carolina SurveyUSA McCain 58, Obama 38 McCain +20
Pennsylvania Strategic Vision (R) Obama 47, McCain 45 Obama +2
West Virginia MBE McCain 44, Obama 39 McCain +5

Posted by: Scott | September 13, 2008 6:27 AM

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican Party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon, former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.
Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search. AIPAC and PNAC are the military industrial complex.
Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican Party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda? The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about religion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic surveillance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangelicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, lipstick and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continuously for over 30 years. Yes the left has their own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican administration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the Constitution) is happening right in front of us. The consolidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever, gridlocked legislature with only two parties for representation, a judiciary that just kowtows to the executive branch). No real independent journalism. Cameras placed on every street corner. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, incrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 4:43 AM

R - revoltingly
E - egregious
P - pawns
U - usurping
B = banal
L - lies, as well as
I - insidious
C - character
A - assassinating
N - nincompoops

Posted by: TheCentrist | September 13, 2008 3:51 AM

Hmmm, I was for 'em before I was against 'em ... they're not earmarks, they're "infrastructure." I didn't tell anybody to ban books .. it was just a hypothetical. I'm against sex education and for teaching abstinence and ... well ... I told the Feds "no thanks" to the "bridge to nowhere" AFTER I ran for governor by promising to build the bridge -- then I TOOK the money and one of the projects I built with it was ... I am not kidding ... the ROAD that leads to the Bridge to Nowhere... so now there's a road to nowhere since there is no BRIDGE! OMG .. the hypocrisy of the repugs. Can anyone imagine the vile and filthy comments we'd be reading if one of the Obama's daughters were 5 months pregnant; or if Joe Biden was running 4 months after having a disabled child (look at the questions John Edwards faced for running during Elizabeth's illness). Amazing ... and it's about time we're seeing McCain challenged ... the pig in lipstick, allright.

Posted by: straight talk my a** | September 13, 2008 3:43 AM

I hope they trace you and they do, and hang you by your balls

Posted by: justada55+ | September 13, 2008 2:31 AM

"A Monkey in a Suit is still a Monkey!"

What's the difference between a monkey and a community organizer? Clothes.

Posted by: richard-brodie | September 13, 2008 2:23 AM

There is always the Red Cross.
http://www.redcross.org/


"Forget all other comments. I there a place where I can send my meager $50.00 to Houston. I will check."

Posted by: justada55+ | September 13, 2008 2:08 AM

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 13, 2008 2:14 AM

Forget all other comments. I there a place where I can send my meager $50.00 to Houston. I will check.

Posted by: justada55+ | September 13, 2008 2:08 AM

Been married 37 years and we are equal and both white., actually 56+ now. If you don't like monkeys. try sheep, I here thy are easy. It's obvious you are a women hater or you have a wife that beats the hell out of you. Go for man.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 13, 2008 2:02 AM

"A Monkey in a Suit is still a Monkey!"
Posted by: Manolete | September 13, 2008 1:23 AM

Luckily most of those 18 million voters are not all bitter PUMA's that will just vote for anyone with a uterus.

Do you think you are honoring a good woman by voting for just any woman?

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 13, 2008 1:45 AM

Please read article posted "Be Careful What You Say While Campaigning…. God May Be Watching." @ http://www.cliffyworld.com/blogs

Posted by: Cliffyworld | September 13, 2008 1:42 AM

A white man in a white robe should be hung by your N*&*#
From a white Canadian

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 13, 2008 1:30 AM

I have to disagree with the idea that Palin can fight for and receive all the earmarks she has as mayor and governor and yet somehow be against the "abusable system".

There is a reason that the receipt of stolen property is a crime, because the law recognizes that you have to have people willing to receive the goods for the criminals that steal them to prosper.

Palins hands are not clean when it comes to earmarks, no matter what she says.

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 13, 2008 1:27 AM

Enough is enough!

A Monkey in a Suit is still a Monkey!

NObama has no experience, has no brains and is only following the radical ideology of his pastor Jeremiah Wright who support a black supremacist ideology and of Hate For America.

A Monkey in a Suit is still a Monkey!

Farrack Hussein NObama made a grave mistake when he chose a Washington insider and he lost the promise of "change" and replaced with "more of the same".

The rejection of Hillary Clinton for the post of VP, fractured the democratic party and ignored the choice of 18 million democrats who are now considering to support the republican ticket!....Why?

For the reason to elect an experienced,and qualifien President who loves his country and risked his life for America, John McCain a patriot that loves his country, AND
To elect a woman to the White House to prove that a woman can be an equal partner in governance.

Former Hillary supporters are contemplating to vote for the re[publican ticket in November />

Country First!
McCain/Palin!

Posted by: Manolete | September 13, 2008 1:23 AM

Does McCain nice wife have a Real-estate problem??

Posted by: justada55+ | September 13, 2008 1:07 AM

I am sure other countries around the
world are watching very closely the
Presidential Race here in America. They
have a first hand view of whether America
practice what it preaches about equality
for all, or a handful of rich White people
run the country, what really get's me is there are middle class whites who really
think that these Rich Whites really care
about them, so when a Sarah Palin comes
along they have a reason to think they
are the same..Do Not Be Fooled.. these
Rich White People Only care about other
rich White People and ways to make more
money..No Mccain / Palin

Posted by: lee smith | September 13, 2008 12:57 AM

Wait till the debates. Mccain could not handle the view this morning. He was actually shaking

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"If you do not want to vote for Barack Obama I can respect that, but by no means think he is not ready to be president. He will be the most ready man to ever win the office."

Gross delusion. Are you left wingers all on crack? No way voters select this empty suit. He's toast and the voters who reject his socialist crap are not racist...just too smart to drink the Soros, Gore kool-aid.

Posted by: PRH | September 12, 2008 11:19 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:56 AM

richard-brodie...This earmarks thing is not ridiculous. It's a matter of honesty and integrity. Personally, it doesn't matter to many people that their state representatives in Congress try to get money for their individual state for projects. The problem that many people have is that McCain, Palin and McCain's campaign are trying to paint Palin as a champion against "pork" spending like McCain.

However, that is just not true. Palin hired the first lobbyist in Wasilla's history and that lobbyist brought in $27 million for a population of 4000 (at the time). Palin supported the bridge to nowhere before she became Governor and after it had become the embarrassing national example of "pork spending" and then Congress prohibited it from being used for a Bridge-To-Nowhere. The real kicker here is that she kept the money (~$300 million) to spend on other projects.

You are entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 13, 2008 12:54 AM


From factcheck.org

You might as well know what actually happened so you can make up your own mind without the lies.
If you are interested read below.

Q: Does Obama have a real estate problem?

A political patron from whom he bought a strip of land is under federal indictment, but there's no evidence Obama did anything improper.
Here’s what happened: In 2005, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, bid $1.65 million for a house on the south side of Chicago. According to newspaper reports, the owner was also trying to sell an undeveloped parcel of land adjacent to the property Obama was buying, and he wanted the sales of the two to close on the same day. Obama has said that he mentioned he was buying the house to a longtime political patron, Antoin (Tony) Rezko, a developer. Rezko’s wife wound up buying the lot adjacent to Obama’s. At the request of the Obamas, who were seeking a bit more space for their yard, she later sold them a 10-foot wide strip, or about one-sixth, of her land. The Obamas paid $104,500 for it, or about one-sixth of what Mrs. Rezko had paid for the entire property.

Obama doesn’t appear to have reaped any financial advantages from the transactions. The reason the deal has received a good bit of attention is that Tony Rezko – whose political contributions to Illinois’ former governor, Obama and others totaled in the hundreds of thousands of dollars – was known to be under federal investigation at the time the Obamas were purchasing their home. In 2006, Rezko was indicted in three federal cases: Two involved fraud schemes in which he allegedly demanded payments from firms wanting work from the enormous Illinois teachers’ pension fund and from those wanting favorable rulings from a state board that regulates the building of new hospital facilities. In the third, he was charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $10 million in loans for a pizza restaurant business; in December 2007, prosecutors added more fraud counts to that indictment.

Obama has a relationship with Rezko that dates back many years, but there’s no indication Obama did anything improper. Shortly after finishing law school, Obama, who had turned down a job offer from the developer, went to work at a law firm where he represented some community groups that partnered with Rezko to apply for housing rehabilitation loans. As a state legislator, he wrote letters to city and state officials in support of Rezko’s efforts to build apartments for the elderly with government money; the senator asserts that this was a project the community wanted. Obama got together with Rezko a couple of times a year, he has said.

Obama has donated campaign contributions from Rezko and his associates to charity, and he said in 2006, when the real estate transaction was reported by the press, that he made a “boneheaded” mistake by participating in the deal when it was known that Rezko was being investigated. “I regret it,” Obama said. “I’m going to make sure from this point on I don’t even come close to the line.”


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One thing is for sure... Obama helped Tony Rezko rob the slums to buy his new home.

Now Rezko's in jail... What about the politician that helped him?

Posted by: Bart | September 13, 2008 12:43 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:50 AM

If we can please look at the issues that will affect our lives rather then gossip.

Taxes. We are now 500 Billion in debt and there is no way we can cut spending to pay this off. The "earmark" solution would offer a gain of about 16 Billion if every earmark was vetoed.Mc Cain wants to keep the Bush tax cuts which is definitely in favpr of the "rich" i.e those with incomes above $200,000 per year. Obama wants to reduce taxes for the middle class ($50-200,000) per year. This will be the biggest tax cut in 50 years! My personal opinion is we need to erase the deficit and lowering taxes is not a wise thing,but then I am not a politician.

War. We are never going to be more then enablers for a dysfunctional Iraq society and the more money and troops the more they will be dysfunctional. We do have a definite enemy in Afghanastan and perhaps some problems with Pakistan and this is where we need to put our troops and money.

Energy. To continue to put our whole society at risk with oil addiction is insane. Anyone who supports this continuing policy is not helping this country.

Personal choice. In this country,of all places, each individual should be able to make personal choices about their life. To have a government make these choices is not an option.

Health care. It is no longer a privaliage but a necessity to have a reasonable health care for all. We cannot compete in the world with the burden of our industries having to pay the price and other countries not. The US congress has free care and they seem to accept this without ruining their lives.

Experience. This is irrelevant. We need a intelligent,studious,careful thinking individual who respects all opinions and will listen.We do not need an idealogue who is fixed to dogmatic ideas.

Figure out if McCain-Palin or Obama-Biden best suits these goals. Then decide to vote. Don't get caught up in this crazy gossip of "he saif-she said".

Posted by: Richard Head | September 13, 2008 12:47 AM

One thing is for sure... Obama helped Tony Rezko rob the slums to buy his new home.

Now Rezko's in jail... What about the politician that helped him?

Posted by: Bart | September 13, 2008 12:43 AM

Here's the theme song for this campaign:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyxNgnQ9m30&feature=related

Posted by: Cunnilingus | September 13, 2008 12:25 AM

This whole earmark controversy is ridiculous. There is nothing inconsistent about Palin seeking earmarks for her State, while at the same time opposing them on principle.

While the abusable system is in place, she is perfectly justified in playing the game the way everyone else does, and not placing Alaskans at a disadvantage vis-a-vis every other state when it comes to getting some benefits back from their tax monies that went to fatten the Federal treasury.

She can still advocate reform of the system without being labelled a hypocrite. Governor Palin has her feet on quite solid ground, both practically and morally, when it comes to the issue of earmarks.

Posted by: richard-brodie | September 13, 2008 12:00 AM

Mary Swanson said: "We will already be taking a big chance on McCain since he has medical problems. Moreover he is showing a lot of signs of aging and being out of touch with technology and the younger generation."

In fact, both McCain and his team are quite tech-savvy, and demonstrated that fact during the 2000 campaign, as this article in Slate discussed at the time:
http://www.slate.com/id/74812/

And this 2000 article, from Forbes:
http://www.forbes.com/asap/2000/0529/053_print.html

In the Forbes article, as in many other places, we learn that typing is difficult for McCain becuse of the beatings administered to him as a prisoner of war. The reporter notes: "Chairman of the Senate Telecommunications Subcommittee and regarded as the U.S. Senate's savviest technologist, McCain is an inveterate devotee of email." Others -- usually his wife -- type from his dictation.

It looks as if the Obama campaign didn't do even the most shallow digging for the facts before putting out their ad attacking McCain for not being able to operate a computer. And Obama claims his running of the campaign indicates the quality of his executive experience. For his sake, I hope he's wrong.

Posted by: solidstate | September 12, 2008 11:59 PM

Palin Admits to backing earmarks?!?!

Are you kidding me? She didn't admit to earmarks she conceded to doing it. Now the big test of integrity and hypocrisy going forward is will she use statements like "I told Congress THANKS BUT NO THANKS to that Bridge-to-Nowhere" again. Once she does the Obama campaign and media are going to pounce on her hypocrisy and call her out as a "LIAR" (which she is).

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 12, 2008 11:49 PM

Come on Team Obama. There are many openings here.

http://www.bop-o-rama.com. Let's get McCains number up!

Obama isgoing to hit 1,200,000 before we get McCAin up to 600,000. Where is this Cyber team?

Posted by: Oh Obama can You see! | September 12, 2008 11:33 PM

The whole McCain Palin duo reminds me of something out of Hollywood, and that’s exactly how their ignorant, and uninformed supporters are acting.
When their supporters are at Walmart they should pick up a NYTimes, Washington Post,
Newsweek, or Time magazine and read it.

McCain’s choice was simply him grasping at straws.

This is the deal folks:
Do you like that there are Unemployment Benefits?
Do you like that you can send your children to public school without paying for it?
Do you like knowing when you get old you will collect Social Security?
Do you like knowing you are eligible for Medicare when you get old?
Do you like the New Deal Coalition? Which says it is against the law to stop employees from forming unions in the workplace.
Do you like the fact that there are laws protecting safety in the workplace?
Do you like your money protected by the FDIC?
Do you like the Equal Opportunity Employer Act?
Do you like the Family and Medical Leave Act?
Do you like the fact women who are pregnant and desperate are not dying because they jammed a hanger into themselves?
Do you like Equal Rights for women and minorities and that there is no slavery?
Do you like the idea of a tax code that is fair? based on what you earn, rather than what McCain supports “a permanent tax cut” for the rich?
All these wonderful things listed above are possible because of the Democrats! YES, THE DEMOCRATS!!!
Many people don’t know this.
They would rather concern themselves with things like “oh the republicans won’t raise my taxes”…which is UNTRUE, because they do-every time they are in office. They just use smoke and mirrors to make you think that they don’t. And other ridiculous things like illegalizing abortion.

The Republicans are for the interests of the “super rich”, end of sentence. The Republicans are all about shrinking the middle class, and in the last eight years, that’s all that's been happening.
And until these evangelical and hockey moms understand this then the GOP will continue to get these votes.

Sara Palin is being used by McCain to get elected, and she is using McCain to move up the ladder.

The point is:
If you vote Republican you are voting to put our country in the hands of people who care about corporations and have no real plan to set this country on track.
Go to Obamas’ website read his plans and then read McCains’, the differences are amazing!!

Do not vote because you like or dislike a candidates style, attitude, voice, skin color, or war record. VOTE BECAUSE YOU HAVE READ ABOUT THE CANDIDATES POLICIES...WHAT THEY WILL DO TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY BETTER FOR ALL THE PEOPLE!

Posted by: Fran Mack | September 12, 2008 11:29 PM

"If you do not want to vote for Barack Obama I can respect that, but by no means think he is not ready to be president. He will be the most ready man to ever win the office."

Gross delusion. Are you left wingers all on crack? No way voters select this empty suit. He's toast and the voters who reject his socialist crap are not racist...just too smart to drink the Soros, Gore kool-aid.

Posted by: PRH | September 12, 2008 11:19 PM

She is a political stooge who doesn't open her mouth unless they tell her to. She is no one. If they did get elected Cheney will still be in power or someone like him. You don't in your wildest dreams think this backwoods idiot will have anything to say about anything? She is a stooge, a prop, she is being used.

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Voters agrees with Obama's change message. We want a congress with 51% approval rating, not 19%, and a president with 51% approval rating, not 32%. Being young, educated, 50% black/white and new to Washington, Obama seems to have the potential to bring fresh, idealistic ideas and plans to unite the parties to a common cause and do something great for America.

Obama, however, has gravitated to a typical Democrat. Judging from his actions and agenda, Obama may have recognized the need for change but is too much of a Democrat to commit to change.

McCain did not run as a change agent but was shaken by voters' response to change. I am not sure McCain knows how or wish to change Washington but bringing in an outsider like Palin is a cause for optimism.

Posted by: FloridaCounts | September 12, 2008 11:03 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 11:14 PM

Marist 09/05 - 09/08 805 RV 48 45 Obama +3
Fairleigh Dickinson 09/04 - 09/07 872 LV 47 41 Obama +6
Quinnipiac 08/04 - 08/10 1468 LV 51 41 Obama +10
Rasmussen 08/04 - 08/04 500 LV 52 42 Obama +10
Monmouth/Gannett 07/17 - 07/21 698 LV 50 36 Obama +14

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Look out below....there goes New Jersey!
14pt lead down to margin of error in 6wks.
Looks like Sarah's wowing them in Secaucus.

Posted by: Scott | September 12, 2008 11:09 PM

Voters agrees with Obama's change message. We want a congress with 51% approval rating, not 19%, and a president with 51% approval rating, not 32%. Being young, educated, 50% black/white and new to Washington, Obama seems to have the potential to bring fresh, idealistic ideas and plans to unite the parties to a common cause and do something great for America.

Obama, however, has gravitated to a typical Democrat. Judging from his actions and agenda, Obama may have recognized the need for change but is too much of a Democrat to commit to change.

McCain did not run as a change agent but was shaken by voters' response to change. I am not sure McCain knows how or wish to change Washington but bringing in an outsider like Palin is a cause for optimism.

Posted by: FloridaCounts | September 12, 2008 11:03 PM

Don't have a second thought about voting for Obama.

THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

I have worked with the Obama campaign on a local level since December and have met and spoken with Obama numerous times. Anyone who thinks Obama is not prepared for the office of president does not know Barack Obama. I don't think the campaign has spoken about it, although there have been articles written, maybe because it may have seemed kind of presumptive doing all this so many months before he even had the nomination, but that is not how Obama works.
Little is left to chance. So here is what the deal is:

Does Obama have the experience to be president, is he ready? It would be hard to say anyone is ready to be president, but what prepares one for the job?

Obama has been getting ready when his nomination was still no more then a dream. Obama has an advisory staff of over a 300. Most all are the top people in their fields. 4 of his staff are the top people on middle east politics in the world. He has numerous people on pretty much everything you could think of from global warming to world economics to energy and foreign policy to the military. Generals to scholars you name it, he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a brilliant man, who easily knows more right now then any candidate who ever ran for the office of president. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know or grasp a fraction of what Obama does. Mccain is in effect, a dinosaur, compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience or understanding in many of these areas at all. Just being in Washington for many years does not necessarily make you an expert nor knowledgeable in "Anything".
Bill Clinton said it best when he said,
"No one is really prepared to be president".
He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone long before he even began his journey for the presidency. So for over a year he has been quietly preparing. Like anything such as being a doctor or lawyer or any profession, your first introduction is academic, you go to school. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. When enters office, Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.
He will also be surrounded by the finest staff ever assembled by any president in history.

If you do not want to vote for Barack Obama I can respect that, but by no means think he is not ready to be president. He will be the most ready man to ever win the office.

Thanks for listening
A Florida Obama worker

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Initially I was planning to vote for McCain since he picked Sarah Palin. After watching how she responded to Charlie Gibson I realize that it will be a bg mistake to vote for the McCain/Palin team just because Sarah Palin is on the ticket. She definitely does not have what it takes to run this country in case of something happening to McCain. We will already be taking a big chance on McCain since he has medical problems. Moreover he is showing a lot of signs of aging and being out of touch with technology and the younger generation. Both Obama and Biden seem to very much seasoned as well as straight forward. So my vote is going for the Obama/Biden team.

Posted by: Mary Swanson | September 12, 2008 10:06 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 11:03 PM

Palins alledged affair http://www.veeppeek.com

McCain throws his BlackBerry (phone)
http://www.mccanes.com

Get the full Story on Bristol Palins Dude
Levi http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 11:01 PM

Obama will win easily and you will look back at this circus like "What the fu&k was that all about"

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Nothing here but lefist rants. Obama will lose this election as his "change" is the same old crap left wing whackos have dusted off every 4 years.

Soros, Gore and the Chicago machine cleaned up a black guy and sent him into political minefields without any serious preparation. All they have is hatred of Bush.

Obama is now floundering under the weight of 50 year old left wing talking points. He is not qualified to run Chicago, much less America.

Please spare all the metro-sexual responses about his law school record as that means nothing but "affirmative action" dumbing down our educational system to the point where new lawyers are earning min. wage. or less. Some are still on the ramen noodle diet 3 years after graduation.

Obama dresses nicely and could very well operate an elevator in one of Chicago's high rise buildings with proper training. His experience in organizing could also get him a job with Jesse Jackson shaking down corporate CEO's without the balls to throw them out.

Posted by: PRH | September 12, 2008 8:55 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 11:00 PM

This is a cop-out in the worst way. Why not just admit that she was a mayor and is a governor and that's what they do; they request money so they can spend it and win voter support. No, admitting it undercuts McCain's credibility and his reasons for even selecting her.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: mpp | September 12, 2008 10:58 PM

How does that Maverick Ad go? 'McCain "reformed' Washington: Palin 'reformed' Alaska! Palin took earmarks--boy, is that reform. McCain reformed Washington, yet the Dept. of Interior has a scandal like none other--except when you consider that they're only following the pattern set by Cheney. You Know, CEO of a firm that deals with oil infrastructure, aka Halliburton. Cheney went to become CEO after his stint as Defense Secretary under George H. W. Bush, and then made the move back into a prominent role in the adminstration. And all of this happened on McCain's watch, without even a peep of protest from the senator from Arizona.

McCain and Palin need to join Liars Anonymous--they'd fit right in. They would lie about anything if they could get away with it. Kudos for the interview on the View.

Posted by: ji_john | September 12, 2008 10:47 PM

Have a look at a dispassionate analysis of all the McCain-Palin untruths at http://www.factcheck.org/

It is an eyeopener.

Posted by: Bobotox | September 12, 2008 10:31 PM

Party hacks are continuing the Big Lie in their comments here: "Obama has no qualifications. He's just a black person who was advanced because of his race."

Harvard Law School is the most competitive place on earth. There is no way that Obama would become President of the Law Review because he is black.

As President of the Law Review, he could have stepped out and gotten (literally) any job, at any salary, that he wanted: Supreme Court clerkship, fancy law firm, presitigious professorship. Instead, he devoted himself to public service. Community organizer, indeed, but also state legislator and United States Senator. In the U.S. Senate, he addresses issues involving the critical global issues that affect our country. Governing Alaska (Population: same as Poughkeepsie, New York) is "not rocket science," as Sarah Palin herself said. She is not qualified, and Barack Obama is.

Posted by: Jean | September 12, 2008 10:29 PM

Just don't call it lies. Call it sexism.

Posted by: Mary | September 12, 2008 10:26 PM

Enough already!! It's time for the lenscrafter lady to go home & help take care of her daughter's two babies. & while she's at it, help keep an eye on her underaged children, who seem to have the propensity to fornicate outside of marriage.

Posted by: Ron Sampson | September 12, 2008 10:23 PM

This is a neutral review from a Canadian. And before you say something nasty, hear me out. It makes know different whom you choose, but to discredit all your scientists, well, Fire them. Global warming is on the prowl, She is hunting. Just don't forget Canada will always be there to Aid Houston. She is is bugger, with out lipstick. So tell the world that we as Humans and not the dominant species for bugs are, and will survive. Wake up the people and Mother Nature is hunting and not for wolves, so Alaska is spared, and may your god bless you. Your god.

Posted by: justada55+ | September 12, 2008 10:18 PM

Not to really get in a credentials pissing match here between the candidates.

But McCain only got into the Navy because of his father and grandfather and finished near the bottom of his class. That's affirmative action for kids of well-connected white people.

Obama went to Occidental, then Columbia, and then Harvard Law on his own nickel via scholarships and student loans.

True...Obama has never run anything bigger than his own campaign...but neither has McCain. It's funny watching McCain surrogates defending Palin's "executive experience", end up having to concede that point about McCain....in essence having to make the argument that she's actually more qualified than McCain is. Executive experiences matters....except when it doesn't.

Posted by: JE | September 12, 2008 10:11 PM

Initially I was planning to vote for McCain since he picked Sarah Palin. After watching how she responded to Charlie Gibson I realize that it will be a bg mistake to vote for the McCain/Palin team just because Sarah Palin is on the ticket. She definitely does not have what it takes to run this country in case of something happening to McCain. We will already be taking a big chance on McCain since he has medical problems. Moreover he is showing a lot of signs of aging and being out of touch with technology and the younger generation. Both Obama and Biden seem to very much seasoned as well as straight forward. So my vote is going for the Obama/Biden team.

Posted by: Mary Swanson | September 12, 2008 10:06 PM

Somebody who turns in a chit for hundreds of nights for her family traveling when they didn't , and who turns in chits for 312 days of traveling from her home, but spent those nights in her own bed in the comfort of her own home is indeed a hog. So now that we have established that she made a pig out of herself, the only thing missing is the lipstick and she was readily wearing that at the convention. So if the shoe fits...just say oink, oink and move on little piggy.

Posted by: majorteddy | September 12, 2008 9:49 PM

"Whoa. You must have some racial issues there, don't you? Why do the words "black" and "affirmative action" define the nominee of the party to you?"

"If Obama wasn't sufficiently prepared, he never would have gotten to this point."

Jon, what a crock. Racial issues? Are you on crack?
1. Obama is black.
2. He did take advantage of "affirmitive action"

Your definition of "prepared" is a little whacked. This guy is not qualified to run a small town in Illinois. He has never had decision making authority and by his own admisson did little more than "gab" in Washington.

The articles herein copied and pasted are examples of liberal smears using the socialist technique of repeating the same lies until they convince themselves it is true.

Posted by: PRH | September 12, 2008 9:45 PM

Backing federal earmarks for her state (while governor of that state) has nothing to do with the McCain/Palin stance on stopping federal earmarks. She works for the citizens of Alaska, not Washington DC. More power to her and other governors that can somehow request/raise federal money (earmarks and all) for their states. In fact they all better get in line for their fare share.

She understands the abuse will correct it just like she did in Alaska. The media should be reviewing Alaskans state funded earmarks that have gotten through her office. Not many if any. This is the reform she promises to bring to Washington DC, where the REAL problem rests. The earmarks talked about in the Gibson interview are all Federal earmarks, not state.

Think for yourself. Half the media has little of no brain at all. Just puppets. They get played all the time.

Posted by: rkoldewey | September 12, 2008 9:30 PM

If John McCain had real intentions of cleaning up Washington, he would have started at home and carried out the "honorable" campaign he promised. What good is a country free of earmarks if it is laid waste first by cultural warfare? If John McCain manages to win the presidency, it will be a pyrrhic victory. Intellectually honest people of all affiliations will never trust his word. He will be forever resented for perpetuating Rovian politics under the Orwellian banners of "Country First" and "Straight Talk.". And to think he once sounded so indignant when he complained that Rove and Bush "know no depths." No, John McCain, you know no depths!

Posted by: Honor=Obama | September 12, 2008 9:28 PM

I'm just pissed that Alaska gets more than any state in earmark money and they also have enough of a surplus to give everyone in their state a check for $1,200. WTF. Why is my tax dollars going to a check for every Alaskan, that state needs to stop taking so much tax money and start paying for things themselves.

Posted by: Patrick | September 12, 2008 9:24 PM

"Soros, Gore and the Chicago machine cleaned up a black guy and sent him into political minefields without any serious preparation. All they have is hatred of Bush." -PRH

Whoa. You must have some racial issues there, don't you? Why do the words "black" and "affirmative action" define the nominee of the party to you? If Obama wasn't sufficiently prepared, he never would have gotten to this point. Veteran lawmakers Dodd and Kucinich lost. Edwards lost. Clinton lost, even though she was positioned to win big. Obama did something right! If he didn't, why is he running for president and you're in your underwear ranting about someone you're clearly jealous of?

Palin was being phony on the earmark issue who and was tryinf to position herself as someone who she clearly wasn't. Did she really think she could get away with it? Maybe that should tell you a lot about her judgment.

Posted by: Jon | September 12, 2008 9:19 PM

Read the last paragraph.......

http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-22312693_ITM

AccessMyLibrary Browse A Anchorage Daily News (Anchorage, AK)

EDITORIAL: Haste makes waste: It's irresponsible to start Ketchikan airport bridge project.
Source: Anchorage Daily News (Anchorage, AK)
Publication Date: 25-OCT-06

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EDITORIAL: Haste makes waste: It's irresponsible to start Ketchikan airport bridge project.

Oct. 25--No matter what else you may think of Gov. Frank Murkowski, he makes decisions. And once he makes a decision, no amount of political fear, fiscal restraint or just plain common sense will stand in his way.

And certainly not a missing $200 million.

It's not missing, as in misplaced or stolen. It's missing in that it is how much more money is needed to build a bridge to the Ketchikan airport. The state has about $133 million in federal and state funds, with no real idea where it will get the additional $200 million to fully fund the job.

That's where the governor comes in. Or, more accurately, that's where the governor will go out of office in just six weeks. But before he goes, he wants the state to sign a rushed contract to design and build 3.2 miles of gravel road that might, maybe, perhaps someday could become part of the bridge access to the Ketchikan airport.

The contract is estimated at between $20 million and $30 million. In addition to the gravel road on the airport island across from town, the job includes a couple of creek crossings dead-ending near where the bridge might be built.

Only in Alaska, the land of the big-project dream, would a governor push so hard to spend so much to start such an expensive and doubtful project that might never be completed.

"We realize this is a very aggressive schedule," says the Alaska Department of Transportation advertisement for design-build proposals. A department official says his office was told to choose and sign up a contractor by Dec. 1.

That's a Friday. And, surprise, Gov. Murkowski leaves office the next Monday. His answer to the missing $200 million is to leave behind a note for the new governor to ask for the money in next year's budget.

Yeah, right.

That's the same budget Gov. Murkowski has already said should be tapped for $500 million to cover higher state, municipal and school district retirement costs. Money may flow from oil wells, but it doesn't grow on trees.

Republican candidate for governor Sarah Palin supports the airport bridge project, her spokesman says.

Ms. Palin told KTUU-TV last week that she would look to the federal government to write more checks for the project.

The woman is a liar and a Loon.

Quote

"Our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a TASK THAT IS FROM GOD"

End Quote from Palin.

Go to 3:45 at the YouTube Video

http://search.msn.com/video/results.aspx?q=Palin+church&docid=2711785374065&FORM=VIVR5#docid=2711785374065

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http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-22312693_ITM

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EDITORIAL: Haste makes waste: It's irresponsible to start Ketchikan airport bridge project.
Source: Anchorage Daily News (Anchorage, AK)
Publication Date: 25-OCT-06

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EDITORIAL: Haste makes waste: It's irresponsible to start Ketchikan airport bridge project.
Oct. 25--No matter what else you may think of Gov. Frank Murkowski, he makes decisions. And once he makes a decision, no amount of political fear, fiscal restraint or just plain common sense will stand in his way.

And certainly not a missing $200 million.

It's not missing, as in misplaced or stolen. It's missing in that it is how much more money is needed to build a bridge to the Ketchikan airport. The state has about $133 million in federal and state funds, with no real idea where it will get the additional $200 million to fully fund the job.

That's where the governor comes in. Or, more accurately, that's where the governor will go out of office in just six weeks. But before he goes, he wants the state to sign a rushed contract to design and build 3.2 miles of gravel road that might, maybe, perhaps someday could become part of the bridge access to the Ketchikan airport.

The contract is estimated at between $20 million and $30 million. In addition to the gravel road on the airport island across from town, the job includes a couple of creek crossings dead-ending near where the bridge might be built.

Only in Alaska, the land of the big-project dream, would a governor push so hard to spend so much to start such an expensive and doubtful project that might never be completed.

"We realize this is a very aggressive schedule," says the Alaska Department of Transportation advertisement for design-build proposals. A department official says his office was told to choose and sign up a contractor by Dec. 1.

That's a Friday. And, surprise, Gov. Murkowski leaves office the next Monday. His answer to the missing $200 million is to leave behind a note for the new governor to ask for the money in next year's budget.

Yeah, right.

That's the same budget Gov. Murkowski has already said should be tapped for $500 million to cover higher state, municipal and school district retirement costs. Money may flow from oil wells, but it doesn't grow on trees.

Republican candidate for governor Sarah Palin supports the airport bridge project, her spokesman says.

Ms. Palin told KTUU-TV last week that she would look to the federal government to write more checks for the project.

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | September 12, 2008 9:10 PM

I dislike false rumors as much as anyone, but can a member of the press please confirm why Sara Palin is not at least 7 months pregnant in this public Governors photo taken with President Bush in February 2008? Her baby was supposedly born on April 18, 2008.

http://www.subnet.nga.org/centennial/2008Meeting.htm from Feb, 2008 (click text link "View Larger Photo")

This photo is from March 14th 2008, where she clearly is not 7 months pregnant:

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fcQ5EM7gafd9

Finally, she is also on the cover of December issue of Vogue which was taken December 12, 2007. She should have been 4-5 months preganant. Clearly shes not.

Reportedly, her water broke the day before or hours before she gave birth in Texas and flew 8 hour to Alaska in labor? Would a doctor/the airline allow this?

Why did she supposedly announce she was pregnant after 7 months?

There are claims she didn't look pregnant from public video interviews about the annoucement.

Why is there no evidence supporting this?

Something isn't adding up?

Posted by: Dana | September 12, 2008 9:03 PM

"The abuse of power investigation against Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, took a potentially ominous turn for her party today when state lawmakers voted to subpoena her husband."
Republican efforts to delay the probe until after the Nov. 4 election were thwarted when GOP state Sen. Charlie Huggins, who represents Palin''s hometown of Wasilla, sided with Democrats.
http://www.adn.com/palin/story/524038.html
PS the Russian premier said FRIDAY that if he had it to do over again, he would take back South Ossetia from Georgia and that he considers the Georgian incursion to be akin to our 9-11.
Palin said THURSDAY that she would go to war against Russia if they defend South Ossetia against Georgia again. Them's fighting words, partner. Get ready for the DRAFT young men under 36.

Posted by: BRUCE Becker | September 12, 2008 9:02 PM

John McCain is a sell-out and exposed he is just a typical Republican politician by picking Palin. He picked her to appease his base, poach Hillary votes and stoke a culture divide. Even Britain and Europe know Obama is the better candidate.

The only people who don’t get it are the brainwashed right-wing puppets who think that just because someone has a speech draw and likes to fish that somehow makes politicians just like them or the best candidate to run the government. I like Clint Eastwood too, that doesn’t mean he should run the country. Are we really this foolish? Palin wasn’t the best or most qualified, it’s because mcCain knew she would be a draw to small town America whom they are duping (Sara Palin ain’t like you, folks).


How is this being a "maverick"? How is it ‘Country First”? How is this “I rather win a war than loose an election”? I’ll say it again, John McCain is a sell-out. Obama said it pretty accurately too - Lipstick on a pig, is still a pig.

The most important metric for picking a VP is they are ready to step in from day one. His judgment is reckless and he gambled at our expense. The mere fact Palin is being educated on foreign policy and is avoiding the press indicates she wasn’t prepared on day one. She is running for the second highest office, but can’t answer questions from the press or public? This doesn’t alarm anyone?

I lost all my respect for John McCain. He's not the hero today he was 35 years ago. McCain is nothing without Palin.

What does it say about a campaign that has to "mimic" what and whom Obama is, not to mention hijack Obamas core message of Change from day one just to poach votes? Is that all they view Obama as, a "product" a "formula", a “personality”? It makes McCain look weak and more importantly, the American people stupid if they fall for it.

Now all these puppets are willing to just get behind her without even knowing anything about her and try to convince the American public she is prepared to be VP or President? Not even uncertain objectiveness, caution, pause or question just because she has an "R" in front of her name? How can anyone make a honest, clear determination reasonably in less than 60 days.

Bravo America! We look like complete idiots once again while the world watches. I am truly embarrassed of my country. I guess all isn’t lost, at least many will have Palin’s eye glass frames while our country crumbles economically. We are such tools.

If Palin/McCain win I'm leaving this country. I’m not paying for a war that should have never happened or failed Bush policies any more than I already have.

British Prime Minister Backs Obama
http://waugh.standard.co.uk/2008/09/brown-backs-oba.htm

World wants Obama
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/09/09/2360240.htm?section=world

Posted by: Laura | September 12, 2008 8:58 PM

Yep that our girl. We are very proud of her. We are all voiting twice so she can win. I am not sure what happened to what his name running with her. Hopefully he is still on the ticket.

Posted by: Hottopics | September 12, 2008 8:58 PM

Nothing here but lefist rants. Obama will lose this election as his "change" is the same old crap left wing whackos have dusted off every 4 years.

Soros, Gore and the Chicago machine cleaned up a black guy and sent him into political minefields without any serious preparation. All they have is hatred of Bush.

Obama is now floundering under the weight of 50 year old left wing talking points. He is not qualified to run Chicago, much less America.

Please spare all the metro-sexual responses about his law school record as that means nothing but "affirmative action" dumbing down our educational system to the point where new lawyers are earning min. wage. or less. Some are still on the ramen noodle diet 3 years after graduation.

Obama dresses nicely and could very well operate an elevator in one of Chicago's high rise buildings with proper training. His experience in organizing could also get him a job with Jesse Jackson shaking down corporate CEO's without the balls to throw them out.

Posted by: PRH | September 12, 2008 8:55 PM

Here is a quote at the end of the the article:

"What I supported was a link between a community and it's airport," she said.

She may have said "and it's [it is] airport," but you wrote the contraction confusing it with the possessive. Tsk, Tsk.

Posted by: Dennis Daniels | September 12, 2008 8:51 PM

The choice of Palin as VP shows is an example of the kind of decisions McCain would make as President - impulsive, political, pandering, not thoughtful. McCain is 72. His vice president should be unquestioned in her or his ability to step into the top spot on a moment's notice. Palin doesn't fit the bill -- running Alaska isn't anything like running the exec branch of the U.S. (and she only ran Alaska for a very short time).

Posted by: midwestmom08 | September 12, 2008 8:51 PM

I am sure tomorrow we will her that Palin meant VP's that had had sleepovers with foreign leaders, so of course she was really correct.

Vice presidents that had met foreign leaders prior to taking office...

"- Gerald Ford (1973-1974): As a 25-year member of the House of Representatives, Ford went on numerous press junkets and fact-finding missions overseas. A research historian at the Gerald Ford Library in Michigan spotlighted the Congressional rep’s trip to China, with Hale Boggs in 1972 as an example of Ford’s engagement with overseas leaders. In “Time and Chance: Gerald Ford’s Appointment with History,” James Cannon writes that along with observing acupuncture surgery and meeting US diplomats, Ford and Boggs had dinner with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai.

- Nelson Rockefeller (1974-1977): The young, rich Rockefeller made his name in the State Department, serving as director of the Office of Inter-American Affairs, assistant secretary of state for Latin-American affairs and a special assistant to Eisenhower on foreign affairs. He was part of the U.S. delegation to the Chapultepec Conference and met with many foreign policy leaders to urge solidarity in the Western Hemisphere.

- Walter Mondale (1977-1981): The Minnesota Historical Society, which holds all of Mondale’s papers, found many records of overseas travel, starting with a 1966 fact-finding mission to India and continuing through his decade in the Senate, including trips to Israel and Tokyo in 1973. In “The Democrats’ Dilemma: Walter Mondale and the Liberal Legacy,” Steven Gillon writes of Mondale’s visits to Jerusalem, Bonn, Brussels, London and Paris and a week spent in the Soviety Union meeting with high-level Russian officials in preparation for Mondale’s aborted run for the presidency.

- George H.W. Bush (1981-1989): Presumably, between being ambassador to the United Nations, envoy to China (the U.S. didn’t have official ties to the People’s Republic, so Bush couldn’t have the title of “ambassador”) and head of the CIA, Bush had plenty of face-to-faces with leaders overseas.

- Dan Quayle (1989-1993): A New York Times Magazine article by Maureen Dowd–a White House reporter at the time–characterizes Dan Quayle as “the Congressman who chalked up better attendance in the House gym than in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.” Nevertheless, Quayle appears to have at least claimed ties to international dignitaries; a 1989 Time article about Quayle’s diplomatic debut in Venezuela says he bragged about links to NATO leaders and Israeli higher-ups while on the campaign trail.

- Al Gore (1993-2001): Gore had been in Congress for 25 years before being tapped for the vice presidency, and while he was most well-known for his attentiveness to technology issues, he did lead a convention of high-ranking officials from 42 countries in drafting a global Marshall plan that promised economic equity and an international commitment–you guessed it–protecting the environment.

- Dick Cheney (2001-present): As secretary of defense, Cheney presided over the Panama invasion and Operation Desert Storm. Press coverage at the time indicates that Cheney met with Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd and Russia’s Boris Yeltsin, among others."

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/09/12/vice-presidents-and-meetings-with-foreign-leaders-a-brief-history/

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 12, 2008 8:48 PM


It is a governers job to get as much money as possible via earmarks.

The federal goverment should stop the practice. But if the goverment is going to spend the money. Why would you not try to grab it a mayor or Governer.

Ear marks should be stopped.

But for a governer to not take them would be like a tax payer not taking a tax deduction. If it legal do it.

Posted by: holly | September 12, 2008 8:45 PM

EARMARKS THAT HER BOSS JUST LOVES...NOT!!

ON SPENDING

“Porky” Palin – hey, as it turns out, that pig does wear lipstick….wow!!!

After McCain said earlier this year that he won't "spend $3 million of your tax dollars to study the DNA of bears in Montana," Politico reports that as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin requested millions of dollars to study the DNA of harbor seals, among other things (including research on the mating habits of crabs.)

Intelligent people everywhere are both amused and appalled that Palin, who claims she is conservative when it comes to earmarks, would request federal money for a project nearly identical to one that McCain has mocked. The earmark is yet another example of how McCain and Palin are "hypocrites and liars."

http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/9/11/02449/9021


At the end of the clip, John McCain promises that he'll make the names of wasteful government spenders "famous."

Apparently, he kept his pledge: he picked one of them to be his veep.

“We’re not going to spend $3 million of your tax dollars to study the DNA of bears in Montana,” McCain has said during this year’s campaign, referring to a study he’s mocked for years of whether grizzlies need to keep their status as an endangered species.

Palin, meanwhile, has requested $3.2 million to be spent in part researching the “genetics of harbor seals.”

"Senator McCain said Governor Palin ‘learned that earmarks are bad’, but in 2008 alone Gov. Palin requested $256 million in earmarks for Alaska, and her state received more earmarks per person that any other state," said spokesman Tommy Vietor.

"The fact is that Governor Palin isn’t just good at getting pork projects, she’s one of the most successful pork barrel politicians in history."

OINK, OINK, BABE

Posted by: basementfrog | September 12, 2008 8:40 PM

INFASTRUCTURE???

FISCAL CONSERVATIVE -- JEE, SARAH

Sarah Palin’s portrait as a fiscal conservative when she ran the city of Wasilla, Alaska, as its mayor from 1996 to 2002. However, the truth is during her 6 years as mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33 percent.

According to figures provided by the city of Wasilla, the operating budget for Wasilla went from $6,050,160 in fiscal year 1996 to $9,393,768 in 2002. That’s a 55 percent increase. But adjusted for inflation, it’s a 35 percent increase.

She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a recessive sales tax which taxed even food. Under Palin, property tax rates did, in fact, go down; and the sales tax did go up from 2 percent to 2.5 percent.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though; borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? Or a new library? No! $1 million for a park, $15 million-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex...She also supported bonds for $5.5 million for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 years without any borrowing.

The fiscal year ending 1996 (when Palin took the reins), which showed the city’s long-term debt at $1.12 million, mostly for paving and sewer projects. The annual financial report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2002 — Palin’s last year in office — shows that the total long-term debt was $24.8 million. Long-term debt increased $23.7 million.

From $1.1 million to $23.7million – that is one large increase.

OUCH!!!


HOW HAVE THOSE PROJECTS WORKED OUT

WASILLA, Alaska — The biggest project that Sarah Palin undertook as mayor of this small town was an indoor sports complex, where locals played hockey, soccer, and basketball, especially during the long, dark Alaskan winters.

The only catch was that the city began building roads and installing utilities for the project before it had unchallenged title to the land. The misstep led to years of litigation and at least $1.3 million in extra costs for a small municipality with a small budget. What was to be Ms. Palin’s legacy has turned into a financial mess that continues to plague Wasilla.

“It’s too bad that the city of Wasilla didn’t do their homework and secure the land before they began construction,” said Kathy Wells, a longtime activist here. “She was not your ceremonial mayor; she was in charge of running the city. So it was her job to make sure things were done correctly.”

Litigation resulting from the dispute over Ms. Palin’s sports-complex project is still in the courts, with the land’s former owner seeking hundreds of thousands of additional dollars from the city.

Palin likes to say “Good judgment can make the difference between avoiding a crisis and managing a catastrophe.”

Indeed.

WILL SHE BE SUBPOENA LIKE HER HUBBY?

Posted by: basementfrog | September 12, 2008 8:37 PM

The Palin Effect: It will wear off soon...

everyday more and more dirt is being brought up.....we thought that she would be this huge political washington outsider....when in fact she has shown how much she is like Bush-McCain....

Earmarks are not bad; most of them are used to repair roads, help those in need, increase productivity in a community etc....but when palin did was lie about them

She said she cut earmarks by a half billion, but still asked for more money per capita than any other state....when the bridge to nowhere was cancled, she still kept the money and built the road leading to the planned bridge site...

she is in an "abuse of power" scandal and is trying to block subpeonas in the investigation.....

On top of that, she says she has foreign policy experience even after admitting she has never met any head of any country, nor did she know anything about the iraq war when asked 2 months ago....all she has done is adopted the Bush-McCain plan.....

no way no how no more bush-mccain-palin

Palin may have been an unknown, but her politics are something we have seen under the bush administration and other corruption cases

Posted by: Oregon4Obama | September 12, 2008 8:36 PM

TROOPERGATE SCANDALWATCH UPDATE

FIRST DUDE SLAPPED WITH SUPEENIE

STAY TUNED

GOV. PALIN = JUST ANOTHER CORRUPT REPUBLICAN

Posted by: Herbert Hoover | September 12, 2008 8:34 PM

I had a problem figuring out what she believed. I found a site that cleared up alot of it for me. You can see, All of Palins positions and even everything about her scandals and accused affair at

http://www.veeppeek.com


Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 8:24 PM

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican Party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon, former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.
Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search. AIPAC and PNAC are the military industrial complex.
Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican Party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda? The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about religion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic surveillance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangelicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, lipstick and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continuously for over 30 years. Yes the left has their own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican administration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the Constitution) is happening right in front of us. The consolidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever, gridlocked legislature with only two parties for representation, a judiciary that just kowtows to the executive branch). No real independent journalism. Cameras placed on every street corner. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, incrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 8:22 PM

PAILN, LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS
Ever wonder why Mccain never talks about his son in Iraq? Not because he is being humble, it is because you never identify a solider, who they are with or where they are deployed. For prominent people like politicians it is even more important. It puts everyone in danger who a around that person. You saw the same thing with the prince in Britain they had to actually bring him home.
So now we had this ditz Palin doing a public event around her son and his whole group. Even publishing this:
Private 1st Class Track Palin, is being deployed with XXXXX soldiers of the XXXXXXX Brigade Combat Team of the XXXX Infantry Division. ( I removed the information)


This woman doesn't even no the most basic thing about being in command of anything. So now that everyone has her sons picture and knows where he is going, what happens if we have a nice video of him having his head cut off on camera? Or his whole squad get killed as they are trying to kill or capture him? Think she will be sorry for being so stupid? I actually don't know what to say, this is just short of treason it is so stupid. What next, she is going to tell us where Mccains son is? Maybe some nice infor on our troop strengths and where they are. Good going Palin you pig, you don't have a F'n clue.


Now we get to the worst part. John Mccain knows right off the top of his head you don't do this. Did he do anything to stop it or advise her against it or just plain tell her "DON'T DO THIS IT IS A BAD THING DO"? No he let her put her son and his comrades in added danger because it may help him POLITICLY.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 8:22 PM

She was much better today than yesterday's debacle, but she's certainly not prepared to be president.

Of course, neither is Obama.

Posted by: info | September 12, 2008 8:20 PM

Sarah Palin is yet to tell us more, just watch this space! She is now running on another card, the "Hillary card", that Obama is regretting not choosing Hillary, even when it is an open secret Hillary is gonna be part of Obama's cabinet. If Sarah Palin were to believe in what she is telling us, she would have declined the VP offer and instead suggested to McCain to pick Hillary as VP, else she is telling us she is more qualified for VP than Hillary! She said she did not think twice about accepting the VP offer – not even think of Hillary! Typical of old GOP tactics, playing the emotional and psychological card to have Hillary's supporters on her side! If Hillary were VP candidate, would have Sarah turned Democrat and supported Obama/Hillary instead of McCain? Stop kidding us, Sarah!

Posted by: Parker | September 12, 2008 8:19 PM

Hypocrites.

Posted by: wesfromGA | September 12, 2008 8:18 PM

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/hed-rather-win-election-than-tell-truth.html

Friday, September 12, 2008
He'd Rather Win The Election Than Portray The Truth

John McCain ran an honorable campaign in 2000.

He was beaten due to scurrilous dishonesty.

He's learned the lesson well.

He's hired those who did this to him.

And now, they are doing it again.

McCain has said that he would rather win the war than win the election.

In fact, as we have seen time after time this week, he would apparently rather win the election than convey the truth.

This approach brought us George W. Bush--and the dissembling, half-truths, omissions and distortions to come. And the tragic consequences that have followed for individuals and families across the nation and the world.

As Americans, we often have short memories and powerful impulses. We tend to act on the latter. This is why history can repeat itself.

Remember. Remember how riled up by emotion many became last time. By impulse. Without thought. Remember the statements that were made. Remember the realities that followed. Remember.

You can feel what you feel now--anger, aggression, glee, without examination of the underlying truth--for a moment.

You will live for the consequences for years, decades--perhaps for the rest of your life.

Remember the thoughts and feelings that preceded these last 8 years.

Remember.

According to the non-partisan FactCheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/factchecking_mccain.html), McCain has strained the truth about health care. About small business. About education. About taxes. About corporate welfare. About energy independence. About free trade.

We've seen this before.

We were distracted from the truth in just the same way before.

And we've lived the consequences--for the past 8 years.

This is the way we need to change the world: By realizing what is true, rather than realizing what emotes us for the moment.

Think.

Remember.

And act accordingly for our future.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/hed-rather-win-election-than-tell-truth.html

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 12, 2008 8:12 PM

"What I supported was a link between a community and it's airport,"


Which was called "The Bridge to Nowhere"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 8:00 PM

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