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Palin Leaves Entitlement Reform Position Unclear

By Anne E. Kornblut
WASILLA, Alaska -- Gov. Sarah Palin brushed aside a question about entitlement reform during her interview with ABC on Friday, saying she would simply "find efficiencies" in the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs rather than assess their fundamental health.

Palin seemed to struggle some with the question, which came after she said that one of the top economic priorities of a McCain-Palin administration would be to reduce the federal budget. Palin said that in doing so, she would leave veterans' benefits off the table.

ABC anchor Charles Gibson asked where the cuts would come from, then. "Do you talk about entitlement reform? Is there money you can save in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?"

"I am sure that there are efficiencies that are going to be found in all of those agencies. I am confident in that," Palin said.

Gibson followed up by explaining that "the agencies are not involved in entitlements. Basically, discretionary spending is at 18 percent of the budget."

Palin came back to her original point. "We have certainly seen excess in agencies, though, and in -- when bureaucrats, when bureaucracy just gets kind of comfortable, going with the status-quo and not being challenged to find efficiencies and spend other people's money wisely, then that's where we get into the situation that we are into today, and that is a tremendous growth of government, a huge debt, trillions of dollars of debt that we're passing on to my kids and your kids and your grandkids," Palin said. "It's unacceptable."

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MakeUsProud, you are aware who was president during WW2, aren't you? FDR? You know, that horrible guy with his "New Deal", thank God YOUR logic wasn't dominating the scene, I say.

Do you know what the top rate for income tax was in those days? Or... every year until Reagan? Look it up, you might be surprised. And as for Clinton... George H.W. Bush INCREASED taxes, and then the economy grew under Clinton. What are you basing this claim that lowering taxes helps the economy on? Because it can just as easily be shown that RAISING taxes helps the economy.

You also clearly don't understand what 'Socialism' means. It's a word, which means you can look it up in a dictionary and see what it 'actually' means. Using the word arbitrarily to describe things like 'higher taxes' just makes you look like a talking-point repeating fool who doesn't really understand what he's saying.

Posted by: What? | September 14, 2008 6:05 PM

Sarah Palin appointed a high school classmate to a $95,000-a-year job at the State Division of Agriculture after she cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for the job.

New York Times

Posted by: chickc | September 14, 2008 4:21 PM

I can't believe that Mccain picked a VP who was in a organization that seeked to succeed from the United states. Talk about being anti-American.

Posted by: Sam | September 14, 2008 2:46 PM

Dear MakeUsProud - "We have seen record treasury receipts under Bush".

True..but we have a massive increase in expendtures increase out debt.
Bush math: 2+2 = 10 in receipts : -6 for me,chenney & oil buddies : borrow 8 from china and what do you get "More crap on the pile"

Posted by: PUBS are PUBS they will dribk you under the table | September 14, 2008 1:47 PM

George Bush didn't go to war...the United States of America went to war.

And...a majority supported the war.

And..we haven't been attacked since we went to war.

And..we are winning the war.

And...Congress keeps funding the war (Thanks Nancy Pelosi - I know it hurts).

My gosh...you libs need to get over it. Thank goodness your logic wasn't dominating the scene in the 1940's. Otherwise, the world would be much worse.

I guess 911 didn't have an economic impact. Did we have surpluses in the 1990s because the Republicans came to congress or because of Bill? Welfare reform - Republican idea. Lower taxes - Republican idea.

We have seen record treasury receipts under Bush, along with increased educational spending - to name one area where he spent on a liberal department.


Posted by: MakeUsProud | September 14, 2008 1:16 PM

THE DEBT CAME FROM GEORGE BUSH GOING TO WAR, WE WERE IN A SURPLUS UNDER CLINTON.

Posted by: priscilla | September 14, 2008 12:57 PM

I hope entitlement reform means:
A.) Requiring people to work for pay or
B.) Reducing entitlements

Either way...we should get something for our money. At this rate...we have broken infrastructure yet can't expect someone on welfare to work. What about millions on SS or SSI that could contribute in some manner (even proving volunteerism at a not for profit).

That's right...we need to spend more on entitlements for people that don't want to work...

And to heck with reforming SS so someone my age has an option for different investment and return.

Liberalism is socialism and it entraps people. How many TRILLIONS of dollars have been redistributed and still we can't WIN THE WAR ON POVERTY. MY gosh...this country is insane for even thinking of voting democrat.

There is nothing for certain in life, but I take my chances with personal responsibility/accountability.

Posted by: MakeUsProud | September 14, 2008 12:51 PM

RCP ELECTORAL MAP 9/14/08

Obama/Biden 207
157 Solid 50 Leaning

McCain/Palin 227
172 Solid 55 Leaning
Toss Up 104
104 Toss Up


State-by-State Changes

Electoral Count RCP National Avg.

09/14 Minnesota Leaning Obama »»» Toss Up Obama 207 - McCain 227 McCain +2.4

09/13 Indiana Toss Up »»» Leaning McCain Obama 217 - McCain 227 McCain +2.4

09/11 Florida Toss Up »»» Leaning McCain Obama 217 - McCain 216 McCain +2.5

09/11 North Carolina Leaning McCain »»» Solid McCain Obama 217 - McCain 216 McCain +2.5

09/11 Georgia Leaning McCain »»» Solid McCain Obama 217 - McCain 216 McCain +2.5


09/14 Minnesota Leaning Obama »»» Toss Up Obama 207 - McCain 227 McCain +2.4

Sunday Sept 14
Minnesota Star Tribune
Obama 45, McCain 45 Tie

Saturday 9/13
Nevada Rasmussen McCain 49, Obama 46 McCain +3

Friday 9/12
Missouri Rasmussen McCain 51, Obama 46
McCain +5
Ohio Univ. of Cinci McCain 48, Obama 44 McCain +4 Florida Quinnipiac McCain 50, Obama 43 McCain +7
Virginia SurveyUSA McCain 49, Obama 47 McCain +2

Posted by: Scott | September 14, 2008 11:15 AM

The NObama campaign and the liberal media are in disarray, confused and foaming at the mouth, not knowing how to deal with the "Reformist" Sarah! who truly represents "change", based not just in words and the promise of hope, BUT, based on her record as governor of Alaska.

Barack's choice of an old Washington politician, Joe Biden means "More of the Same" for the NObama campaign, and the move of the "Maverick" John McCain, choosing a woman reformer has taken away from NObama the flag of "change".

Sarah has also given hope for America to the 18 million disillusioned former Hillary supporters who were rejected and ignored by NObama and who are now contempating voting for the republican ticket to elect an experienced, qualified patriot that loves our country and also to elect a woman to the White House, to elevate women as equal partners in governance in America.

Country First!
Democrats for McCain/Sarah Palin!

Posted by: Manolete | September 14, 2008 10:32 AM

sincere_n_objective along with others:

Stop Whining, you're making us look bad! You must be a democrat. It's not fair, It's not fair... who cares? life isn't fair, and surely neither is politics. The only thing that matters is that we will win. Obama can go back to Hawaii and sip margaritas out of coconut shells while McCain and Palin take care of our enemies. We know that McCain will not hesitate to use force against American hating Iran & Commie China, which is what we need. None of this spineless sissy negotiations or diplomacy. We are America and we don't need to ask permission! Believe me, any true supporter of McCain agrees with me.

If you're not for us, you're against us!

Posted by: peopleofnewyork | September 14, 2008 9:46 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 7:10 AM


Why all the concern about experience when it comes to a presidential candidate?
Is it better to have a politician with much experience but is corrupt, and that believes in pork barrel philosophy and screwing the people and building more expensive big government programs for the sake of promoting despotism, or a candidte that will balance the budget, give power back to the people and cut the bureaucracy of big government dictators and surrounding themselves with a good knowledgable staff, to take our country in the right direction?

I am one American citizen that is sick of both Republican and Democrats (like Stevens and Reid for example), that have no problem causing our country to have massive debt.
Give us jobs and self respect and let us have the power of making decisions about our health insurance and our schools, etc., etc. and not some political dictator.

Posted by: trueblueamerican | September 14, 2008 6:52 AM

REF: sincere_n_objective
OUTSTANDING!!! Great factual research a wisely written. Stuffs any pipe.

Posted by: TB | September 14, 2008 6:37 AM

17 points for your sincere and objective consideration:

(1) It is unfair to not mention that there are at least 3 Bush Doctrines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_Doctrine):
1 - Preemptive Strike
2 - Unilateralism
3 - Treatment of Detainees (as Enemy Combatants)
Rightly or wrongly, a bookish knowledge of these is not a requirement. If that was the case and the President had listened to our book-keepers, the US would have withdrawn after the 2006 mid-term elections and lost the Iraq War - a war that Biden voted for. Instead, our "dumb" and "gut-driven" President ignored the many nay-sayers, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff (WPOST), opened a back-channel inside the Pentagon and came up with the Surge Solution - a solution that even Obama has now reluctantly acknowledged as having 'succeeded beyond the wildest expectations'. And in so doing, our "dumb" and "gut-driven" President created monumental doctrines, some far greater in importance than, say, President Clinton's.

(2) It is unfair to not quote that the Alaska National Guard (http://www.akguard.com/), under the leadership of Governor Palin, held joint border exercises with its Russian counter-part over the course of the last 2 years. Please also quote her follow-up response, something like: 'It brings up the neighbor's perspective that we live in a small world; that Russia is not far removed, but right next door.'

(3) It is unfair to question Governor Palin ability to handle her job and her family while also praising Biden's commitment to riding the train for 2+ hours everyday and returning to work soon after his wife's fatal accident (Obama thus praised him in their first introduction).

(4) It is unfair to question Governor Palin about her teenage daughter's pregnancy without also not questioning Obama about his teenage mother's pregnancy when she had him at 18 (Obama).

(5) It is unfair to argue that Governor Palin by putting her family on the convention stage cannot rightly protect it from the media, when the same protection is extended to Obama's 2 daughters.

(6) It is unfair to accuse Governor Palin of charging her state monies without also emphasizing that she charged less than legally allowed, and much less than her predecessor (WPOST).

(7) It is unfair to make simple per capita funding comparisons between Alaska and Illinois given that Alaska's infra-structure is not as developed, but when developed it will benefit capita in many more other states because of its rich natural resources.

(8) It is unfair to claim that Governor Palin linked Iraq with Sep 11 when she linked it with Islamic Fundamentalists, like so: "...defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans" (ABC).

(9) It is unfair to publish articles belittling Governor Palin's choice for a down-to-earth hair-salon while also keeping mum on Biden's hair-plug (NYT).

(10) It is unfair to not carry a story of equivalent coverage emphasizing that the infamous State Trooper is still employed as a State Trooper even after threatening the family of the sitting Governor, given Union Policies.

(11) It is unfair to not carry a story of equivalent coverage debunking the false claim that Governor Palin banned books from her public library (including popular ones like Harry Potter's).

(12) It is unfair to not present the full quote by Governor Palin wherein she explained her religious belief as a personal matter, and how she believes, like many of us, that "everything happens for a reason" (albeit God's reason).

(13) It is unfair to not carry a story of equivalent coverage outlining the lack of executive government experience of Obama and Biden, and how neither has ever balanced a budget, unlike Governor Palin.

(14) It is unfair to not carry a story of equivalent coverage investigating the many national benefits of the $40 billion pipe-line project, the biggest infra-structure project in North American history, and the creative solutions executed by Governor Palin undermining the grip of the 3 Big Oil companies.

(15) It is unfair to not investigate the sources behind the attacks by the bloggers, falsely claiming that Governor Palin's son was her daughter's child.

(16) It is unfair to not contrast performances in political interviews from both sides, like Obama v Rev. Rick Warren and Obama v Bill O’Reilly’s.

(17) It is unfair to present the question facing the electorate as "Is Governor Palin the best choice?", when the real question is "Is Governor Palin the better choice?". I do not believe that she is the "best" choice, but I do believe that she is the "better" choice. Obama has written 2 books, all about himself, one or both as a State Senator at a fairly young age. It lends credibility to the often-repeated Republican charge that many Democrats are often so self-driven that they can acknowledge nothing greater in their actions (not just words or letters).

I sincerely believe that actions speak much louder than words, and therefore, and solely therefore, McCain and Palin trump Obama and Biden. Thank you!

Posted by: sincere_n_objective | September 14, 2008 6:24 AM

"...That is why people are drawn to her. Sarah is the girl next door. She has the audacity to have faith,integrity, and yes, human weakness and faults. The more the elites point this out, the more people relate to her. Americans love an underdog, especially, when that underdog is one of their own."

Oh right... I forgot... we're electing LEADERS of OUR COUNTRY??? I thought this was American Idol. oopsie daisy!

Posted by: win | September 14, 2008 5:41 AM

Who's narrow minded? Not America, not me.
Polls:
3 Sep 07: BHO 45% JSM 38%
29 Jun 08: BHO 47% JSM 40%
2 Sep 08: BHO 49% JSM 42%
6 Sep 08: BHO 46% JSM 44%
13 Sep 08: BHO 45% JSM 47%
Trend:
Nov 08: McCain - Palin WIN
Jan 09: McCain - Palin SWORN IN
Name calling, insults, and accusations are not the answer. Fact is, America finally see's the truth as all the candidates become more exposed. Experience combined with actions for America will win. True lies are true as every educated person knows.

Posted by: TB | September 14, 2008 5:33 AM

All blogers that favor McCain and Sarah the pig are all stupid and ignorant. You don't love this country enough and stand for what is right. It doesn't matter who you are, if you are in favor of McCain and Sarah the pig are liars. You can all fly together and Out of Touch. Hopefully, when you all fall down together, you all meet Hitler in hell.

Posted by: goldieluck | September 14, 2008 5:18 AM

If this is the example of the type of people who support Obama then I say no thanks! I have never heard so much hate coming from people. Obama had $750,000,000.00 in earmarks but do you think the press is going to point that out, NO! Precious Obama is perfect! What sheep you people are.

Posted by: Katie | September 14, 2008 3:00 AM

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Rather than Act like the McNasty Campaign and throw out numbers without ANY Support - Then don't make these kinds of comments!

Senator Obama has put 98.6 Million in FY2008!!! There is a HUGE Difference Between Requests and Awards - Governor Palin Has asked for and received EARMARKS Totaling over $151 Million in 2008 and has asked for $198 Million for FY 2009!! IS THAT REFORM AND Slashing EARMARKS - NO!! In Fact Comparing Palin and Alaska to Senator Obama and Illinois - The state of Alaska, under OMB figures in 2008, got $155 million in earmarks for a population of 670,000. That's $231 per person in Alaska. The state of Illinois, Obama's state, got $22 per person. Palin got ten times per person as much. How does that square with Palin reforms?

Katie - Put Down Your Kool Aid and Learn the FACTS!!!

NEXT!

Posted by: Charlie Chan | September 14, 2008 5:07 AM

If this is the example of the type of people who support Obama then I say no thanks! I have never heard so much hate coming from people. Obama had $750,000,000.00 in earmarks but do you think the press is going to point that out, NO! Precious Obama is perfect! What sheep you people are.

Posted by: Katie | September 14, 2008 3:00 AM

Bahahahaha, the last adventure of John 'called my wife a trollop and a c u n t and years later try to pin sexism on my candidate falsly' McCain.

Welcome aboard Presdient Obama!

Posted by: Brian K. | September 14, 2008 2:11 AM

"Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy. The governor and her top officials sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of e-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that her staff members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records."

PROOF POSITIVE PALIN'S A BUSH/CHEANEY NEO-NAZI WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ISSUES, YEPPERS, THE WOMAN IS A REPUBLICAN ALRIGHT!

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | September 14, 2008 1:04 AM

One can only imagine how other countries are viewing this choice of the lil Eskimo for VP? They must be laughing all the way to their stash of WMD's. Wait till one of Palin's appointed classmates whispers in her ear that Russia has WMD's...she can reroute the Bridge to Nowhere to that island where she said Russia can be seen from Alaska and "Git R Done" with her 100 year warmonger leader. This is truly embarrasing for a great country like ours to make such a mockery out of our election with the chosing of a hockey mom for VP. The Republican party must be really desperate in their attempt to lure female voters and must think most women are fairly stupid enough to vote for McPain because of her. Don't they realize that when McCain goes into a nursing home she could actually be in charge!

Posted by: Bonduel | September 14, 2008 12:53 AM

Today I commented on an article regarding Palin saying she thought Obama regretted not choosing Hillary as his running mate. Really? She knows this how? My thoughts were that any woman choosing Palin because of Hillary was choosing gender over issues because that's what is at stake. We need to be discussing things like the economy, unemployment,mortgage crisis, 407 billion budget deficit and the war. I got a response back from "Max" and I think I touched a nerve, so I believe Max to be a woman. This person responded by calling me a tree hugger from Seattle the most negitive city in the world, that I hated republicans and responded only with emotion. Then he/she demanded to know what exactly had my "savior" Obama DONE vs what I'd only read him say. I responded twice but couldn't get it posted. Gotta love dial up. Max, I hope you're out there cause this ones for you.

First off, I don't live in Seattle, but to it's defense it's a wonderful city, it's people are so diverse in heritage and creed. Trees, yep, lots of them and I have these huge old growth cedar trees in my front yard and I've hugged them, lots fresh air too, and breath taking scenery. (Forbes Fortune 500 lists Seattle as top 5 best places to live and friendliest people.) Negitive, no. I don't hate repulicans, I just don't understand them.

But what I really wanted to tell Max is why Obama, what HAS he done? So here goes. I want a president who has shown he understands and who reaches out to those in need like he did in Illinois. I want someone who worked in community services in the inner city of Chicago helping families in trouble with gangs, drugs, and guns, helping to keep kids safe, that very same service to people that was mocked by RNC. I want someone who understands constitutional law and actually taught that law as a Professor at a university in Illinois, someone who continued to teach while beginning his career in state government. I want someone who immersed himself in Foreign Relations upon entering the US Senate and whose first decision as a potential president was to choose someone with 36 year experience in Foreign Affairs, respected and known by world leaders around the world. I want someone who for the last four years has been part of not one but four foreign relation committees. They are: 1) Committee on Foreign Relations (of which Biden is committee chairman) 2) Sub-Committee on African Affairs 3) Sub-committee on East Asian and Pacific Afairs 3) Sub-Committee on European Affairs 4) Sub-Committee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environment Protection. www.senate.gov/general/committee_membership
I want someone who has the insight to think before jumping into war. I want someone who will listen to his military advisors, someone who had the common sense, and the only one, to say no to the war in Iraq, who understood that we needed to stay focused on Bin Ladin and the Taliban. We needed to wipe them off the face of this earth but instead turned out attention to Iraq. Seven years later the word is out that Afghanistan is more dangerous today then ever before and they are not convinced we are winning the war. Seven years.

I am a Liberal, free thinking, progressive minded individual tolerant of views differing from one's own (direct dictionary meaning) That's me and I'm proud of it. Liberal is not a cuss word, it means to move forward. Emotional? please. These blasts about Obama spew without a single response as to what makes McCain any different from what we have right now. Thanks, but no thanks, we don't need what we have right now.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 12:23 AM

I think we should just exploit the greedy Republican party on http://www.greedypeople.com

Here's an article written that fits right in with them: http://www.greedypeople.com/greedyblog/2008/09/greedy-political-scandals-are-becoming-more-commonplace/

Posted by: ponder | September 13, 2008 11:51 PM

The world just discovered the Tucker Bounds has aknowledged that his real name is *ucker Bounds, typical for McCain to hire someone like that.

Posted by: Just Discovered | September 13, 2008 11:43 PM

Dear Chide Harold, thank you so much for the backup data. I am sure we all appreciate your efforts, notice there are "NO COMMENTS" from the McCain/Palin group.

If we can keep annotdateing {sp] our comments they will just keep wondering.

Thanks Again

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 11:41 PM

Questions:

When the sports arena was built in Mayor Palin's home town, was all of the money spent on the building accounted for. Also, did the builder have any ties to anyone in Mayor Palin's famile?

Gov. Palin is very supportive of a gas pipeline that is being built in Alaska. Is there a sufficient gas field to make the pipeline pay for itself? What obstacles stand in the way of the pipeline? How will the people of Alaska and the other 49 states benefit from this pipeline? What individuals or corporations stand to benefit from the building of this pipeline?

Posted by: Erin Slater | September 13, 2008 11:35 PM

Dear Think About It.

An article in the Washington Post on September 3, 2008 by Fred Hiat aludes to the fact that the speech was written for a masculine candidate prior to the nomination of Gov. Palin. There is another article that I read, but I can't remember the date. I will continue to look.

The important thing is that, if true, the only thing Gov. Palin's preformance proves is that she reads well and should be a celebrity actress.

Posted by: Chide Harold | September 13, 2008 11:27 PM

They can find LOTS of money in no bid contracts and lost money like 9 billion dollars that went missing in Iraq. If we want to make the government more efficient, we need to get rid of the republicans. They're the problem.

Posted by: Bill | September 13, 2008 11:16 PM

Dear TB

There is a difference between "misquote and blunders" and outright LIES.

In my OPINON you are to narrow minded to see the difference. Couldn't come up with a FACT so you mix it up. SOP for the Republicans

Posted by: Think About It | September 13, 2008 11:06 PM

All politicians make blunders. Equal on both sides. Misquootes and misinterpreting are also a factor. As the saying goes, Put lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig. Research McCain - Palin and you see action and change. Research Obama - Biden and you see

Posted by: TB | September 13, 2008 11:02 PM

Gov. Palin says the answer to the recession we are now enjoying is for government to get out of the way of business and let unregulated private business create jobs and prosperity. Is this the same unregulated private business that has been shipping jobs off shore for the past thirty years? Is this the same unregulated private business that has created the burst housing bubble. Sen. Obama's plans calls for a taxing structure that penalizes those corporations that ship jobs off shore and reward those that create jobs at home. Sen. Obama's plan calls a resturcturing of the banking industry to ensure that rampant speculation by a few big traders will not happen again.

Posted by: Erin Slater | September 13, 2008 11:02 PM

Dear Chide Harold: Where did you get the info that the speech was written two weeks earlier.

If it's a FACT that's really good, if not lets not give the McCain/Palin people any room to hit back. Let's hit them with the TRUTH

Posted by: Think About It | September 13, 2008 10:55 PM

How many of you realize that Palin's acceptance speech was written two weeks before the Republican Convention and that it was written for a male Vice Presidential nominee? When Palin was announced the speech writers tweeked the speech so that a female could read it off of the teleprompter.

People of America wake up. Gov. Palin is a Judas Goat.

Posted by: Chide Harold | September 13, 2008 10:52 PM

Read through all the comments here, believe me it takes time but it's worth it.

Yes quite a few Obama supporters sort of come off the wall with things, as do the McCain supports.

But have any of the McCain supporters offered real evidence that contradicts the recent lies made by McCain/Palin.

The answer is NO. Let's talk about facts not over emotionally generated opinions.

Talk about the issues.

Posted by: Think About It | September 13, 2008 10:49 PM

About this article from Kornblut: Quote "I am sure that there are efficiencies that are going to be found in all of those agencies. I am confident in that,"
Is that not clear? To change is to know where to start. To not have the immediate answer is not "unclear". Her answer is to look for areas in all those agencies and find ways to be more efficient, just as her record reflects.

Posted by: TB | September 13, 2008 10:22 PM

Ref Moose: Blah, Blah "opening her legs for her boyfriend at sweet 16" more blah, blah, "she was such a sleeze".
Are you kidding me. First of all, woman can get pregnant, men can't. Gee, I wonder if any past, present, or future men in government ever had sex when they were teens? Actually, I don't wonder, the answer is yes. Let's fire them and never vote for them again.
Fact is, McCain - Palin will win. It's history. The Dems mess up after 4 or 8 year terms and then they a done. Their policies carry over to the Reps and they get the rap. Economy? Look at all the catastrophies we have faced with Bush admin. Gas was projected to go over $9/gal if the oil in Texas washed out (1/6 of our supply). Guess that's Bush again.
Get a grip Dems, you have the majority House and Senate so who's passes the policies. Ever wonder why a donkey is your mascot?

Posted by: TB | September 13, 2008 10:10 PM

I am so tired of the constant barrage of outright lies spewing forth from the McCain agenda (and the stupid sheeple who believe them), that I can hardly wait until this freak~show circus, disguised as an election campaign is over, Obama and Biden are in the White House, McCain takes a much needed nap and Palin goes back to Alaska, so the citizens of that great state can finish their recalling of her as Governor for all of her less than honest dealings.

Posted by: Not buying the lying | September 13, 2008 10:08 PM

Hypothesis: That the power brokers who run the Republican Party will never willingly allow Gov. Palin to take a real roll a possible McCain administration.

Is it not probable that Gov. Palin was added to the ticker merely to try to get women to vote for Sen. McCain.

Think about it, Gov. Palin is a governor of a sparsely populated state who has little real connection to the channels of power in Washington. Other women who were under consideration were individuals who have significant contacts in Washington and experience in dealing with the party establishment. Without these connections Gov. Palin will be at the mercy of here Republic handlers and unable to really have any effect on the operation of the party and the government.

Speculation: If the McCain/Palin ticket is elected, Gov. Palin will be moved to the background of administration operations and given a largely ceremonial roll for the next four year. And should they be elected, and Sen McCain become incapacitated or die, Ms. Palin will either find her ability to act as President is very closely controlled or some method will be found to remove her from office.

Posted by: Richard Neville | September 13, 2008 9:50 PM

What is this pride in not being smart or 'good at' politics anyway?

If people need to fix their car, and the mechanic says "I flunked out of mechanic school", and "car manuals are for sissy's", you would just leave. But its actually even worse. They say all this, and then tell you there are problems in your car that aren't there, and charge you to fix them. They break things while pretending to muck around with the engine. They tell you the mechanic down the road is pervert or a terrorist.

Then you get the bill. Wow, 10 billion a month.

Now a sign, 'under new management'. Same owners, same staff, same policies, but new management. And the first thing we hear, is the new manager is proud of finishing at the bottom of his class.

What a mavrick.

Posted by: debr | September 13, 2008 9:18 PM

If Palin did say (as posted by Anonymous at 8:59pm, 9/13/08), "I [Palin] am pro-life. I do respect other people's opinion on this also...," then she is in fact pro-choice, regardless of where she personally stands on the issue of abortion.

Posted by: hal | September 13, 2008 9:17 PM

Re:Gibson: Roe vs. Wade: Do you think it should be reversed?

Palin: I think it should, and I think that states should be able to decide that issue. I am pro-life. I do respect other people's opinion on this also, and I think that a culture of life is best for America.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 8:59 PM
Palin got it right.

Posted by: pete | September 13, 2008 9:09 PM

"Economic grow will be the answer. Obama ever changing tax pledges won't whip up to anything worthwhile."

Is pete a spam bot? I'm not sure that passes the Turing Test.

Posted by: debr | September 13, 2008 9:06 PM

"Uh? "WORK" oops.

Posted by: not so good | September 13, 2008 9:05 PM

Dems,
If you wish you can go to the Grand Canyon with me, I will try make sure to push you off a cliff there and won't nearly kill you.

Economic grow will be the answer. Obama ever changing tax pledges won't whip up to anything worthwhile.

Vote McCain

Posted by: pete | September 13, 2008 9:00 PM

McCain: “I can’t wait to show Sara Washington!”

For God sake, this isn’t take your daughter to woke day old man? If you’re the first to show her Washington. God help us all.

Posted by: Not so good | September 13, 2008 9:00 PM

Gibson: Roe vs. Wade: Do you think it should be reversed?

Palin: I think it should, and I think that states should be able to decide that issue. I am pro-life. I do respect other people's opinion on this also, and I think that a culture of life is best for America.

And this is the case for the Republicans thinking that Hillary supporters are going to flock to them with votes? Unreal. What a stupid choice you made McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 8:59 PM

check the dates. Palin was pregnant with her first son, Bark or Stump or whatever his name is, when she got married. She was a high school hypocrite queen, pretending to be Miss Goodie Two Shoes, when she was really opening her legs for her boyfriend at sweet 16. Do you think any foreign dignitary will take her seriously? Or at a state dinner, will everyone shaking her hand really be thinking "Sarah Palin, she was such a sleeze".

Posted by: mike the moose | September 13, 2008 8:58 PM

"Bay Buchanan: No, it doesn't at all. Her answer was excellent. It will make Americans feel that much closer to her. She's very real. Sure, she hasn't traveled overseas to meet these foreign leaders. But that's not what American's are looking for. She's absolutely correct. They want somebody that they can relate to. Who's hearing them. They're sick and tired of those people in Washington who may know lots of facts and figures and meet lots of people."

Hey Bay, if they're looking for someone real that they can relate to then Oprah and Rachael Ray should start a write in campaign.

Posted by: Steve C | September 13, 2008 8:54 PM

She said she thought Obama regretted not picking Hillary for VP.

Before this is over, I think its McCain who will be regretting not picking a Hillary.

Posted by: debr | September 13, 2008 8:53 PM

"The right choice for you is to leave the country to live in Iraq or Iran."

Thanks for the extra detail and all the links.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 8:52 PM

tom: "Can you please go into greater detail on that comment? I find it interesting, and it may help me make the right choice for a candidate."

The right choice for you is to leave the country to live in Iraq or Iran. Maybe they'll let you vote on a beheading or two.

Posted by: chickc | September 13, 2008 8:39 PM

"yeah GeorgeW, you were the Governor over there and as soon as I get Palin into office, I'll come visit you (while Cindy can looks for a retirement home to buy) so we can have more birthday cake on a regular basis."

Posted by: McCoCain | September 13, 2008 8:38 PM

GeorgeW: "Hey, Ike is huge storm that is causing great damage in Louisiana...eh.....who cares...I'm outta here in a couple o months"....wait its heading toward Texas. Hey, wasn't I the Governor there once? Oh yeah, hey Chertoff, get Paulison over here so we can do something....thats where I'm going to retire...so we should get rid of that extra water in my flower bed."

Posted by: GeorgeWBush | September 13, 2008 8:22 PM

tom:

What, exactly, makes Sarah Palin an outstandidng patriot? Please inform us.

Wahat are you saying? We need to start kicking some but around the world?
Please inform us.

Well Tom, I'm glad you asked. Inquisitive minds need to know the real agenda. Sarah Palin is an outstanding patriot because she knows the words to the pledge of allegiance, because she doesn't consort with terrorists (don't go there - her husband doesn't count because he didn't actually follow through with any secessionist plans). I believe that she has the Alaskan national guard ready to shoot down any Russian or Norwegian oil exploration team than infringes on our lands, as well as any sissy activists that try to save the polar bears or wolves.

Yes, we need to start kicking some butt. In our own country and around the world. Sarah Palin will do it. McCain will do it better than Bush who lied to us about his butt-kicking capabilities. McCain is a bad-as# who won't take no S##t! And he's exactly what America needs.

Oh, and to Bonduel:

Sticktoitiveness... come'on, don't you know English? It is the confidence and self-determination that enables one to "stay the course" in the face of great difficulty. I know you smug liberals are going to say "like truth" as if we will lie to ourselves in order to justify our ideas. No. I tell you that it is you who are lying to yourselves. we will only oppose those who stand in our way.

Posted by: peopleofnewyork | September 13, 2008 8:21 PM

"McCain's campaign makes http://factcheck.org look like a partisan site"

hahahahahahaha...well said!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 8:15 PM

yes, thank you tom. Lots of wacko points, not much explanation.

What amazes me is how McCain's campaign make http://factcheck.org look like a partisan site. Not sure even Bush managed that one.

Posted by: debr | September 13, 2008 8:11 PM

Bill:
Seriously, Obama is much further away from being anyone's "sock puppet" than McCain or Palin a.k.a. the original sock puppet.

Posted by: Huh? | September 13, 2008 8:10 PM

jimjonesblog, very inmpressive. Someone gets it! Yes!!!!

Posted by: washingtonstate2008 | September 13, 2008 8:08 PM

One year from now… 3:47 AM The secret service rush to the bedroom door of now President Palin. Wake up Miss President! Iran has detonated a nuclear device on the soil of Israel! What would you like to do? “Um… I’m not up to speed on that yet? John never really had a chance to show me Washington. I’ll have to get back to that Ahmadine-guy. But don’t worry, I’m a patriot!”

Posted by: Help us | September 13, 2008 8:07 PM

Other contributors have pointed out the problems of puppet masters behind the Republicans. This is true, and the main reason for the base's disgust with the status quo (i.e. Bush's medicare drug plan and drugs for Africa forces us to buy massive amounts of harmful prescription drugs. Who is on top of the pharmaceutical companies?). However, don't think that picking Obama is going to be any better. One of his "advisors" is Z. Brezinski, one of the most evil men to walk the planet, and the main person responsible for U.S. sponsorship of al-Qaeda. Obama is his sock puppet.

Posted by: Bill | September 13, 2008 8:07 PM

Leslie@5:21
Please. We need someone in there that can take over for McKain if he is not able to continue his term. She has to know the answers to the big questions. She may have to be the one asking the bigq uestions.We are in a crisis here. I need someone in the oval office that can keep us out of the hands of the terrorist. Barack/Biden understands all of this.

Posted by: Karin | September 13, 2008 8:04 PM

McCain would rather lose an election then lose a war, but he'll risk our lives and country with choosing Palin as V-pres then lose an election. She's already picking a war with Russia.

We won the war in Iraq, but not the peace, we never will. Time to pack up go home and give it a rest. If we don't we will be at war with Iran and Russia before 2010.

Posted by: xyz01 | September 13, 2008 8:03 PM


"pete", surely you jest. The trillions of dollars in debt you cite, that has been cursed upon America, was accrued under the corrupt, economic disaster that is the Bush Administration. That same trillions of dollars in debt was supported by, endorsed by and voted for by John McCain, in his very own words "over 90% of the time" and you want us to vote for him? given the evidence and McCain's record of siding with the President "over 90% of the time" now why on Earth would we want to vote for him? to go even deeper in debt? destroy America completely the rest of the way forever? I think it is safe to say a vote for McCain would be a very bad idea. It would be like going to the Grand Canyon with someone that pushes you off a cliff there and nearly kills you, and saying, hey let's go back there with that guy again! great idea!

Posted by: Dems '08 | September 13, 2008 8:00 PM


"pete", surely you jest. The trillions of dollars in debt you cite, that has been cursed upon America, was accrued under the corrupt, economic disaster that is the Bush Administration. That same trillions of dollars in debt was supported by, endorsed by and voted for by John McCain, in his very own words "over 90% of the time" and you want us to vote for him? given the evidence and McCain's record of siding with the President "over 90% of the time" now why on Earth would we want to vote for him? to go even deeper in debt? destroy America completely the rest of the way forever? I think it is safe to say a vote for McCain would be a very bad idea. It would be like going to the Grand Canyon with someone that pushes you off a cliff there and nearly kills you, and saying, hey let's go back there with that guy again! great idea!

Posted by: Dems '08 | September 13, 2008 7:59 PM

"pete", surely you jest. The trillions of dollars in debt you cite, that has been cursed upon America, wad accrued under the corrupt, economic disaster that is the Bush Administration. That same trillions of dollars in debt was supported by, endorsed by and voted for by John McCain's. in his very own words "over 90% of the time" and you want us to vote for him? given the evidence and McCain's record of siding with the President "over 90% of the time" now way on Earth would we want to vote for him? to go even deeper in debt? destroy America completely the rest of the way forever? I think it is safe to say a vote for McCain would be a very bad idea. It would be like going to the Grand Canyon with someone that pushes you off a cliff there and nearly kills you, and saying, hey let's go back there with that guy again! great idea!

Posted by: Dems '08 | September 13, 2008 7:56 PM

One America, I like you! Right on!!

Posted by: washingtonstate2008 | September 13, 2008 7:55 PM

There is very little impact a military surge can do in a divided and backward country like Afghanistan, the Canadians have found that out.
More importantly all the neighboring countries: Pakistan, Iran, China etc. see no threat in a Afghanistan continuous war and therefore have absolutely no interest for its peace.

Posted by: pete | September 13, 2008 7:48 PM

You got to love this woman of women. Cut em all to the bone, darling.

et the citizens off the backs of the U.S. government. END entitlements, now! All but military and corporate ones.

The most important examples of entitlement programs at the federal level in the United States would include Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, most Veterans' Administration programs, federal employee and military retirement plans, unemployment compensation, food stamps, and agricultural price support programs.

Make the citizens pay for their own health care so corporations can get out of that burden and stay competitive.

Make the citizens pay for their children's education and get cost off the government's back. People need to be responsible for their own breeding habits.

The free ride is over America, Palin is coming...yahoooo...

Posted by: basementfrog | September 13, 2008 7:46 PM

This whole McCain/Palin ticket was pure marketing having nothing to do with what will serve this great country and the wonderful people herein.

I find Palin's original avoidance of the media embarassing...have we allowed others to "get up to speed" before media interviews or was this a special concession for a woman who knows nothing?

It appalls me that the media and others must walk on egg shells because she is a woman. Well if gender doesn't have anything to do with it then she should take the heat either like a man or like those women in the Senate and Congress for heavens sake. The spot light is never easy.

I absolutely hated her sarcasim during the Repubican Convention.

I was a republican for all my 61 years. With the McCain/Palin ticket following 8 years of George Bush I will cast my vote for the Democrate ticket of Obama/Biden in the November election.

Posted by: A woman | September 13, 2008 7:42 PM

"it's become more and more clear to me his hidden disdain and contempt for white Americans."

You are so full of sh*t.

Posted by: chickc | September 13, 2008 7:41 PM

Now I wonder. When McCain/Palin lose this election by 20% will they do the usual Bush/Chenny/Rove thing and take it to court again.

Folks, Palin has had her best day, it's down hill from here.

Posted by: Thoughts | September 13, 2008 7:39 PM

Pete:

"Believe me, Obama's Afghanistan 'war we must win' choice is that 100 years war."

Can you please go into greater detail on that comment? I find it interesting, and it may help me make the right choice for a candidate.

Posted by: tom | September 13, 2008 7:32 PM

SENATOR MCCAIN HAD NUMEROUS BETTER CHOICES THAN HIS SELECTION OF PALIN.

SHE WOULD HAVE COME IN LAST PLACE IF SHE WAS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY'S PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATES.

Posted by: aL | September 13, 2008 7:30 PM

John H :

"WMDs? There were WMDs found in Iraq, just not as many as everybody thought there would be. How is it that everybody on both sides of the isle forgot that he stashed his weapons in Iran and Syria? It made the headlines when the two countries wouldn't give him back his toys. Anybody remember or is it too inconvenient?

John, I don't remember any of that. Can you please explain, or post some links that will prove your point? I want to make the right choice when I vote. And I know you won't mislead me.

Posted by: tom | September 13, 2008 7:28 PM

Believe me, Obama's Afghanistan 'war we must win' choice is that 100 years war.

Posted by: pete | September 13, 2008 7:25 PM

dragonfly777 :
"Palin leaves entitlement reform unclear? Obama leaves everything unclear. He talks about his change and it is just that. Talk. First Obama will raise taxes, oops! I mean lower taxes. I will have the troops out in 16 mos, oops! I mean when it is safe. I will spend billions on programs, oops! I forgot about the national debt. The problem is he keeps changing his stand on everything. He can't make one decent stand on anything. He continues to parrot McCain after the fact. His voice is nothing but a droning fly buzzing around."


Please explain John McCains plans for America, in detail, so I can compare them to Obama's and make the right choice when I vote. I trust your judgement.

Posted by: tom | September 13, 2008 7:24 PM

Umm...does Palin mean she's sure she can find IN-efficiencies in these agencies? If she finds "efficiencies", isn't someone doing something ... efficiently?

Posted by: Huh? | September 13, 2008 7:21 PM

I was sucked in by Obama's silver tongued oratory until I realized that his oratory was just a fancied up version of all the stump speeches of all politicians of the past. None of the candidates have any nuts and bolts answers to anything and neither do their supporters. That's why they continue to engage in the mud-slinging. Our economy has been going into the toilet for nearly two centuries and that time span covers all actions and speeches by both parties and all their supporters. The dirty politics hasn't changed and worse of all is how everybody continues to jump on bandwagons and whistle whatever tune the bandmaster is whistling without knowing what all the music is about. Nobody does the research on the issues to know if somebody is blowing smoke up their a** or not. Obama, and his staff, are absolutely clueless about the nuts and bolts on anything, especially the economy. How many times has everybody bought into the song and dance of every generation of politicians from both parties about how great the economy is under their party's dominance? In 1949, you could get twenty loaves of bread for an hour of labor. Today, you can't get five loaves of bread for an hour of labor and that's with making ten times the income we made in '49. The math says we should be doing ten times better but instead we've experienced a 470% depreciation in our labor's net worth and purchase power. If Social Security is in such dire straits then why don't they allow retirees to work with unlimited incomes and pay fully into the social security system to help offset their drafts? Our original currency was "commodity currency" and our economy was based on that type of currency because this is barter currency, the most stable kind of currency in the world. Then G. Washington and the Congress decided we needed minted currency so that everybody would have a common currency and we would have something portable to do business with at home and abroad. We adapted "Representative Currency". Representative currency is a note, like a bank note but issued by the government, that is secured by a definite commodity. In our case, it was gold and silver. This was just like having a commodity currency except it was easier to tote around and it was just as stable and valuable as commodity currency. When we couldn't mine or obtain enough gold and silver to back up the currency we needed to print to keep up with demand, we went to "fiat" type currency which is nothing more than an unsecured note backed only by our word. Now we could print as much funny money as we want, no problem - except we now have a problem. When we first started running short of cash corporate America established the credit card industry. Things were all Rosy for awhile but now it's time to pay the piper. Tax rebates are putting dollars back into circulation but it is doing nothing to put value back into the dollars or create a resource to generate more money. The value of our fiat currency is based on how valuable it is to the rest of the world and that is based on how valuable we appear to the world. Our industries have left the country, taking our jobs and our wealth with them. Who and what drove them from our shores if Republicans are pro-business? If the value of the American dollar is based on world opinion about our worth to the world then who do we have to blame for the dollar not being valuable enough to buy more than it did in 1949? Somebody should do their homework and then start educating the people we need to vote for before they start running for office. As I've already pointed out, Obama is clueless and I'm not so sure about McCain either. Obama is running for President and needs to measure up to McCain, not Palin. Obama's finger is going to be the one on the button as soon as he gets into office, not Palin's. How do you know if a politician is lying? If their lips are moving! Don't paint your favorite as a saint because they're all of the same cut of cloth when it comes to politickin'. The element that's left, after looking at how informed they are, is their background and how it tracks. You are known by the company you keep. Who has Obama been keeping company with through his lifetime and who has McCain been keeping company with over his lifetime and how do the weigh against each other. We're not electing homecoming queen here. We electing somebody who has our life in his/her hands. We know what McCain is going to do when push comes to shove by his history. So far, Obama appears to not stand for anything because he hasn't the backbone to take a stance on any issues and not taking a stance is not an option for a president, even if it's wrong. The Democrats are supposed to be a people's party and yet the Democrats have no problem turning their backs on those people who look to us for their salvation. Sadam was one of history's worse butchers of humanity and yet the humanitarian aspect of the Iraqi invasion has gotten lost in the dust of the media and politics. WMDs? There were WMDs found in Iraq, just not as many as everybody thought there would be. How is it that everybody on both sides of the isle forgot that he stashed his weapons in Iran and Syria? It made the headlines when the two countries wouldn't give him back his toys. Anybody remember or is it too inconvenient? Our biggest problem is that our politicians are a reflection of what direction our society has taken in life and none of us like what we see, even in our own parties. We need to change ourselves and start raising a better generation of leaders. One with moral values and moral compass. As for the question about being in a Holy War, yes we are. Al Quaida and the Taliban declared it and that's why we're making very little headway. Washington thinks it a war like any other war and it isn't. This war is over hearts and minds and unless you fight it on that level all you're going to do is continuously engage in a bloodbath for both sides.

Posted by: John H | September 13, 2008 7:18 PM

"Obama's clueless spending" Boy you are right. McCain’s 100 year war is turning out to be a bargain.

Posted by: One American | September 13, 2008 7:17 PM

In response to anonymous, umpteen posts ago, let's agree that there are power players behind the candidates. Then it comes down to a question of "pick your poison." To me, the candidate that will less activist is the "least worst" choice. Based on Obama's ideology and stated goals, McCain is the least worst. If you actually think Obama is independent and not in someone's pocket, check out the youtube of Mr. Sutton, an aged black activist, having a "senior moment" and spilling the beans that Obama was sponsored by Khalid al-Mansour, front man for Saudi money and mentor to the Black Panthers.

Do the money lords have their clutches on Sarah Palin? I hope not. The money lords seem all powerful, but if they always got their way, we would have been a totalitarian state a long time ago. There is one more powerful than they, and he has plans of his own, including the return of his son.

Posted by: Bill | September 13, 2008 7:17 PM

TNGiardello :
"Obama is a very eloquent speaker and he has great ideas, but alas, it's become more and more clear to me his hidden disdain and contempt for white Americans. I can't for the life of me force myself to vote for me with a hidden agenda of Black Power."
Please explain how you came to this conclusion, I don't understand.

Posted by: tom | September 13, 2008 7:12 PM

Sticktoitiveness...is that the same as "clueless"? I think Palin herself doesn't know what that means

Posted by: Bonduel | September 13, 2008 7:11 PM

Face it, with trillion of dollars debt this is as much as one can expect responsibly fixing the Social Security system.

Obama's clueless spending would create runaway inflation which would inevitably lead to runaway interest rate.
This, in turn, could seriously cause the bankruptcy of the entire Social Security system.
Of course, we would never let that happens and that means future generations will have to pay more for their fair shares.

Vote McCain

Posted by: pete | September 13, 2008 7:08 PM

peopleofnewyork:
"How can you elite internet columnists and commentators criticize such an outstanding patriot?"
What, exactly, makes Sarah Palin an outstandidng patriot? Please inform us.

"AMERICA AMERICA AMERICA. We are big and strong and we need to let the world know it."
Wahat are you saying? We need to start kicking some but around the world?
Please inform us.

Posted by: tom | September 13, 2008 7:07 PM

Hope she come usp to speed quickly...this is getting embarassing..

Lord help us if McCain wins, then dies. Hopefully she would appoint Dick Chaney as her VP.. Ugh I have to get a drink.


Posted by: CP_R1200R | September 13, 2008 7:01 PM

How can you elite internet columnists and commentators criticize such an outstanding patriot? Are you really Americans? And shame on you, Anne E. Kornblut, for not standing up for one of your own kind. You are a traitor to women. You say she "seemed to stuggle with some of the questions". Obviously, you have a personal grudge against attractive women. Well Palin didn't get to where she is by attractiveness alone. She's got all of the qualities of McCain that we need. Gumption, Sticktoitiveness, and above all else, Patriotism. I don't want to hear an analysis of how blind Patriotism without self-reflection is the what defines facism. That is just Liberal BS. AMERICA AMERICA AMERICA. We are big and strong and we need to let the world know it.

Posted by: peopleofnewyork | September 13, 2008 6:55 PM

I’m a Christian Republican voting Democrat for the first time. McCain stated that he puts Country first, with a big tear in his eye. Well McCain is a selfish liar. Honestly, step back for a moment. Disregard race, gender, color or age. No one can say that Sarah Palin is the most qualified person he could pick. She is literally a heart beat away from filling the highest office on this planet. That scares the hell out of me and it should you too. Don’t get me wrong she is likable and I would be proud to call her friend. But if she were a man do you really think Palin would have a prayer of being chosen second in command? Wake up people. We are not talking about who will be filling the next chair on the “View”. This is completely contradictory to McCain’s/Bush’s scare tactic political angle of “If you vote Democrat. Our Country will be unsafe… You don’t really want to take that risk…” God help us.
The Vice-Presidency is the person that the front runner would vote for, for president. Thank about it. This is the person that McCain is voting for if he were not running. And since he is self proclaimed Mr. America and puts America first. He feels she is the most qualified person in a moments notice to take charge of our massive nuclear arsenal. With that simple truth, McCain is one of two things. A Liar. Or a foolish decision maker, truly thinking that Palin is the best to rule the world.
If he really needed a woman why did he not pick Condoleezza Rice. If you like her or not you can’t dispute her credentials. Well, for the sake of us all. I hope this Hockey mom got an “A” back in high school in her Contemporary World Problems class.

Posted by: One American | September 13, 2008 6:53 PM

Forget about experience. The woman is a crackpot. She is clueless

Posted by: James | September 13, 2008 6:44 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 13, 2008 6:44 PM

Obama is a very eloquent speaker and he has great ideas, but alas, it's become more and more clear to me his hidden disdain and contempt for white Americans. I can't for the life of me force myself to vote for me with a hidden agenda of Black Power. We were supporters, but after doing some research, we've changed our minds not to vote at all.

Posted by: TNGiardello | September 13, 2008 6:40 PM

It's funny that Obama said in reference to John McCain's position on the economy "you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig" that Republicans with McCain their latest idiot leading the charge, all immediately thought of Palin. Obviously Republicans think of Palin as a pig. If we showed them a flashcard of a pig, they would say Sarah Palin, first thing that comes to mind apparently. So a pig with lipstick though is still a pig. In other words since because stupid people, that support McCain and Palin, need everything explained to them -- McCain can make empty promises about how you will fix the economy but it won't fix the economy.

Posted by: Dems '08 | September 13, 2008 6:18 PM

One more post, then I gotta run, because my wife is more powerful than any of these politicians. She is giving me a mandate to empty the trash:

Americans need to forget being a Democrat or Republican. For at least once in our lives, we need to place cynicism, prejudice, greed and fear aside and look toward the future with faith in our hearts.

The world is watching and we must permit ourselves to acknowledge the possibility that we can aspire to be something more than the planet’s bully.

This time, our Presidential elections are not about experience or inexperience. (All candidates surround themselves with an experienced staff to help them make decisions).

It’s not about conservative or liberal agendas. (We all have opinions as to our likes or dislikes, needs and wants).

It’s about leadership and how we are to be perceived by the rest of the world. We’ve damaged our reputation in the eyes of many and it must be mended. To do so, we must show the world that we are changing direction. That we as Americans realize the damage that a Bush administration has caused and that we will again will lead the way.

There is only one candidate that has the intelligence, courage, passion, vision, authenticity and ability to communicate in a clear and powerful way to a wide range of people that will be accepted domestically and internationally.

Barack Obama is that man.

Posted by: chickc | September 13, 2008 6:10 PM

"The President has lead with great clarity and I think he's done a great job leading the country don't you?" -- John McCain

"The President and I agree on most issues, there was a recent study that showed I voted with the President over 90% of the time higher than even most of my Republican collegues" -- John McCain

"Fact is that I have agreed with President Bush far more than I have disagreed, and on the transcendent issues, the most important issues of our day, I have been totally in agreement and support of President Bush.." -- John McCain

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg

Posted by: Dems '08 | September 13, 2008 6:08 PM

poster "Chicago" if you didn't have s#it in your ears you would know that Sarah Palin pronounces the words -- 'hockey mom', 'hackey mam', you know, the way illiterates like you do, learn to speak proper English, and you're attacking my typos? get a life!

Posted by: Dems '08 | September 13, 2008 6:03 PM

laughatdems.

Nice research, but still doesn't convince me that a Republican ticket is a better choice this time around. Listen, as a Democrat (as much as it pains me to say so) I voted for Bush last time around because Kerry was and is a wimp. But, your ticket is the weaker choice this time around, by a landslide. And that's how much Obama will win by...a landslide.

Posted by: chickc | September 13, 2008 6:03 PM

palin appear to be totally unprepared to run most states let alone the country. but she was not nominated to possibly run the country. she was nominated to pull in the christian right. with the numbers involved with this demographic, if you can get a lot of them, you stand a good chance to win in november. if she does make it into office, the puppetmasters will just have to keep her in check more than most of their selections, because of her lack of readiness. it's really absurd to think that mccain picked her. the elite make the decisions, and the public ratifies them. that's how it works in all walks of life. don't believe it. think about your labor slash management negotiations. i used to work for a large multinational corporation, despite all of the union machinations, when contract time came around, we got our 2 % raise, and got to keep our health benefits.

Posted by: kenneth | September 13, 2008 5:58 PM

Who was responsible for the 'tremendous growth of government, a huge debt, trillions of dollars of debt'?

Republicans. She wants us to keep that same crowd in office and expect a different result?

We can't simply wish away $10 trillion in debt and a $400-500b a year deficit by 'finding efficiencies' in agencies. It is laughable to think that cutting paper costs by 10% at the Social Security office will generate $10 trillion dollars.

We must put people to work, we must reduce spending on things like Iraq ($10b/mo), corporate bailouts (up to $200b for Fannie/Freddie, $21b for Bear Stearns, and who knows what Lehman will get), and we must find real fixes for energy and healthcare. Terrible energy prices and spiraling healthcare costs are sucking billions (if not trillions) out of every small business and corporation in America - not WIC coupons for poor people.

The debt for Iraq alone cost each American $1700/mo (http://www.nationalpriorities.org/costofwar_home). Can any of us afford to pay $20,000/yr to stay in Iraq? Of course not.

The GOP answer is to borrow from China and force more debt on our great-grandchildren.

The GOP policies over the last 8yrs has been spend and BORROW. I'd rather see a tax and spend policy because at least it is fiscally responsible.

Full disclosure: I voted Republican in the primaries and now I plan to vote Obama/Biden without hesitation.

If you consider yourself a traditional fiscal conservative, you should read Obama's economic plans. Get ready to be surprised that a Democrat believes in government not being the only answer, that people need to get to work (not live on welfare), that we must have a way to pay for what we do (not borrow), and that the plan centers on cutting taxes on every American and business making less than $250,000/yr. That's 95% of us.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/economy/

Posted by: jimjonesblog | September 13, 2008 5:57 PM

chickc

while i apprecaite you taking the time to post that, and it is cute...in a camelot sort of way. here is the reality

In an August 23 article on Sen. Barack Obama's selection of Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) as his vice-presidential running mate, the Los Angeles Times reported that "when he ran for president in 1988, Biden was accused of plagiarism when he did not credit Neil Kinnock, then leader of the British Labor Party, for much of his stump speech." Similarly, in an August 23 article, The New York Times reported that Biden "was forced to quit the 1988 presidential race in the face of accusations that he had plagiarized part of a speech from Neil Kinnock," and in an August 23 article, the Associated Press reported that Biden's 1988 run for president "ended badly" after he "was caught lifting lines from a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock."

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/08/joe_bidens_plagiarism_problem.html

Bidens kids...right Obama, lobbyist are bad ?

son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show.

The Democratic vice presidential candidate's son Hunter, 38, and brother James, 59, assert instead that their former partner defrauded them by misrepresenting his experience in the hedge fund industry and recommending that they hire a lawyer with felony convictions.

The legal actions have been playing out in New York State Supreme Court since 2007, and they focus on Hunter and James Biden's involvement in Paradigm Companies LLC, a hedge fund group. Hunter Biden, a Washington lobbyist, briefly served as president of the firm.

A lawsuit filed by their former partner Anthony Lotito Jr. asserts in court papers that the deal was crafted to get Hunter Biden out of lobbying because his father was concerned about the impact it would have on his bid for the White House. Biden was running for the Democratic nomination at the time the suit was filed.


so let's talk about 'judgment' libs. He threw Hillary over the cliff for this guy ?


let's see how long the dems and libs keep telling us how honest mr obama is as this gets ready to launch

http://www.cashill.com/natl_general/why_obama_is_mum.htm

what lifted Obama from obscurity to national prominence in such a short time you may wonder ?

why not ask Percy Sutton, the most powerful civil right activist in New York

We know enough about Obama’s Columbia grades to know how far they fall below the Harvard norm, likely even below the affirmative action-adjusted black norm at Harvard.

As far back as 1988, however, Obama had serious pull. He would need it. As previously reported, Khalid al-Mansour, principal adviser to Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, lobbied friends like Manhattan Borough president Percy Sutton to intervene at Harvard on Obama’s behalf.

An orthodox Muslim, al-Mansour has not met the crackpot anti-Semitic theory he could not embrace. As for bin Talal, in October 2001, New York mayor Rudy Giuliani sent his $10 million relief check back un-cashed after the Saudi billionaire blamed 9/11 on America.

Posted by: laughing at the dems | September 13, 2008 5:54 PM

"Flip back through posts. its the same 2-8 liners over and over again for most part"

Here ya go laughingatthedems:

10 Really Good Reasons to Vote for Barack Obama

1). Leadership

Obama has the political and rhetorical skill to use the bully pulpit of the presidency the way it's meant to be used. Obama can convince broad swaths of the public to agree with his policies, which he can then leverage to get Congress behind those policies as well.

2). Foreign Policy

Obama’s consistency on the Iraq issue speaks to his character and his international appeal, ability to listen and learn, good judgment and a strong moral center allow him to weigh solutions before acting irresponsibly like the current administration.

Obama has visited many spots around the world vital to U.S. interests including Russia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Israel among others. He advocates a regional conference involving Syria and Iran as one part of an ultimate Iraq solution. He has partnered with GOP Senator Richard Lugar in efforts to fight proliferation of nuclear weapons. He has also spoken out on the importance of energy independence and the need for U.S. leadership in dealing with global climate change.

3). Security

Obama has stated that he is not opposed to defending our country militarily if we are attacked. He believes the Pentagon must adapt to face 21st century threats such as global terrorists and loose nuclear weapons in the former Soviet states. He wants to ensure that the nation's defense capabilities are strong, agile, and prepared and that our troops are provided with the equipment they need.

4). Energy

Obama believes that America must commit to a new national energy policy focused on improvements in technology, investments in renewable fuels such as wind and solar power, and greater efforts in conservation, efficiency, and waste reduction.

* Reduce Carbon Emissions 80 Percent by 2050
* Invest in a Clean Energy Future
* Support Next Generation Biofuels
* Set America on Path to Oil Independence
* Improve Energy Efficiency 50 Percent by 2030
* Restore U.S. Leadership on Climate Change

5). Economy and Tax Relief To Americans

Obama’s plan is to cut income taxes by $1,000 for working families to offset the payroll tax they pay. He wants to restore fairness to the tax code and provide 150 million workers the tax relief they need. He will create a new "Making Work Pay" tax credit of up to $500 per person, or $1,000 per working family. The "Making Work Pay" tax credit will completely eliminate income taxes for 10 million Americans. He also wants to dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes. He will ensure that the IRS uses the information it already gets from banks and employers to give taxpayers the option of pre-filled tax forms to verify, sign and return. Experts estimate that the Obama proposal will save Americans up to 200 million total hours of work and aggravation and up to $2 billion in tax preparer fees.

He also wants to protect homeownership and crack down on mortgage fraud, address predatory credit card practices, reform bankruptcy laws and create a work/family balance program.

6). Health Care

Obama believes in a health care plan begins by covering every American. If you already have health insurance, the only thing that will change under his plan is the amount of money you will spend on premiums. It will be less. If you are one of the 45 million Americans who don't have health insurance, you will have it after his plan becomes law. Under Obama’s plan, no one will be turned away because of a preexisting condition or illness.

7). Immigration

Obama wants to preserve the integrity of our borders. He supports additional personnel, infrastructure and technology on the border and at our ports of entry. He believes we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill. He will remove incentives to enter the country illegally by cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.

Obama supports a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens. He believes we need to do more to promote economic development in Mexico to decrease illegal immigration.

8). Sound Judgment

Obama's superior judgment makes up for what he may lack in experience. In Obama’s 10 years as a senate legislator (8 in state, 2 in federal), he has been one of the most groundbreaking, effective cross-aisle mediators in our time. In the 2 years he was in majority in his state senate, he sponsored 780 bills, and 280 of those were signed into law. In his first year as U.S. Senator, Obama held 39 town hall meetings throughout Illinois, and in senate, sponsored 152 bills and resolutions, and cosponsored 427 more. He has a proven track record on public display of working to reach solutions that all sides can support.

9). Ability to win in November

Obama is clearly the more electable choice. The choice of Palin as VP has just sunk the Republicans.

10). Vision and Hope

What makes Obama remarkable is that his message of hope, which not only resonates powerfully with black America, is cast to every American, regardless of color, and to Democrats and Republicans alike. He is running on a one-nation platform.
There is no red America, there is no blue America…there is the United States of America.

Obama 2008

Posted by: chickc | September 13, 2008 5:51 PM

Palin is a pig!

Posted by: Hoffmann | September 13, 2008 5:51 PM

Palin leaves entitlement reform unclear? Obama leaves everything unclear. He talks about his change and it is just that. Talk. First Obama will raise taxes, oops! I mean lower taxes. I will have the troops out in 16 mos, oops! I mean when it is safe. I will spend billions on programs, oops! I forgot about the national debt. The problem is he keeps changing his stand on everything. He can't make one decent stand on anything. He continues to parrot McCain after the fact. His voice is nothing but a droning fly buzzing around,

Posted by: dragonfly777 | September 13, 2008 5:48 PM

here is what is driving them literally out of their minds grandma

it's killing them that joe 6 pack just cannot see the world in their elite, erudite manner. if only those darn pesky fly over states couldn't vote. The lib's know what's best for us. just as Stalin & Mussolini did

Hot off the press from the LA Times

One bright spot for Obama is that a new poll in New Hampshire (4 EV) moved the Granite State from toss-up into his column.

But the largest shift in the race came from two swing states that Democrats Al Gore and John Kerry both won, Michigan (17 EV) and Pennsylvania (21 EV), moving away from Democrat Obama's column into the toss-up category.

It’s very difficult to see how Obama can get to 270 electoral votes without those states.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/09/electoral-map.html

Posted by: laughing at the dems | September 13, 2008 5:41 PM

There is absolutely no doubt about Ms. Palins position on earmarks. Her greedy little fingers acquired for the city of Wasilla, AK. exactly $4,153.00 and change per resident to go along with the state stipend for oil revenue she extorted from each and every other American citizen by doubling the Alaskan oil rebate from the oil companies. Alaskans are different from we lower 48ers, they profit from your pain at the pump and Palin is one of those who help rape the working class while doing the Bush "God is on MY side" act that has grown way to expensive for this nation. While you loose you home the republicans attempt to legalize more ways to leave you penniless. Sorry, but I don't care what color Obama is or his religion nor the number of times he urinates daily as long as he remains honest to the cause of repairing the damage done by a succession of republican criminals and their drug induced talking heads. Treason cost the Rosenberg's their lives and they didn't do near the damage to this nation and our people that the Bush family and their predecessors have done. The time for religous crusades was over in the fourteen hundreds and I see no reason to return to those Cof fearing days unless we also return to burning witches at the stake and I would hate to see Limpaw and insanity crying on O"Really's shoulder.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | September 13, 2008 5:39 PM

"I'm sure he would have happily been educated himself..."

You tell 'em Moo.

ROFL

Posted by: chickc | September 13, 2008 5:37 PM

LESLIE. I like your honesty. Is the average American any brighter than Palin? We look for leaders to be smarter than us at least when it comes to taking decisions that will affect our well being as a nation and as individuals.

Posted by: Brian Musah | September 13, 2008 5:32 PM

Oh, and Grandma - One more thing-

I mis-typed the word "In" entering only an "I" in my last post. I'm sure that we will be treated to a post from someone, Laughing at Dems, perhaps, who will pounce on that and deride me as an idiot, while ignoring anything else that was said.

That is essentially the formula of a Republican argument, they can't help themselves.

Posted by: Moo Shaka | September 13, 2008 5:26 PM

gradma:

Not at all. education and travel is a wonderful thing

the problem here is that Obama campaign decided to enlist college students with no $ to help in another way. to protect his good name on the internet

In this case, that apparently means stiffling comments from folks like you and me by repetitive, almost incoherant posts. Flip back through posts. its the same 2-8 liners over and over again for most part

sad really, but they don't have much to sell obama these days but fear.

Posted by: laughing at the dems | September 13, 2008 5:24 PM

Grandma-

I don't think the gentleman has any problem with people being educuated. If he had the chance, I'm sure he would have happily been educated himself, rather than having to rely on the likes of Sean Hannity and Rush for 'information'.

Unfortunately, this person is regurgitating the same tired, ignorant, and hate-filled message that anyone who disagrees with the Republicans must be terrorists or terrorist sympathizers. I reality, some people love their country so much that they can't sit quietly and let others run it into the ground.

Posted by: Moo Shaka | September 13, 2008 5:22 PM

Sarah has so very, very much to learn...and she will learn, but people need to quit asking her so many big, important questions for now (like war with Russia). How on Earth could Sarah be expected to know stuff that none of the rest of us know? Cut her some slack, folks.

Posted by: Leslie L | September 13, 2008 5:21 PM

laughing at dems


I am a grandma at home on my own computer seriously looking at my choices. Can you explain to me how education is bad? Or did I misunderstand you?

Posted by: grandma | September 13, 2008 4:53 PM

boy the obama college kids program is working overtime. best part is it's our tax dollars on our computers in the school library. so we are paying to listen to them help hussein

i love the smell of whiners on a saturday

Posted by: laughing at the dems | September 13, 2008 4:44 PM

Palin doesn't have any positions or opinions. Her staff is old Bush staffers and Palin thinks, says, and does whatever they tell her her to think, say, and do.
She's an empty pantsuit.
Matches McCain's empty head.

Posted by: DWayne | September 13, 2008 4:43 PM

To the bogger who said if McCain/Palin are elected he's leaving the country, I hope you take a few of your friends with you. I'll be happy to attend your send-off party.

Posted by: lee warren | September 13, 2008 4:43 PM

Dear Bob B:

Gibson said 18% is spent on DISCRETIONARY programs, not entitlements. Why don't you try reading carefully before making such a fool of yourself.

Posted by: ryanclary | September 13, 2008 4:43 PM

chickc

I have been reading that as well thank you

it seems we have the most well balanced, intelligent, educated, thoughtful, capable of introspection person we have ever had offered to us as a choice for president in Obama the people who are in charge now do not offer us a comparable choice.

The current administration supports the use of a-typical anti psychotic (seraquil) drugs in children (Medicaid pays for this)

We are loosing our best scientific minds to Europe and most of us do not really know what a 2nd world country is.

Cindy McCain seems to be a remarkably accomplished person. Too bad she was not running against Obama then we would have some meaningful discourse.

Posted by: grandma | September 13, 2008 4:42 PM

So many people think this discussion is about Sara Palin, but it is not. It is about Senator McCain and his choices. At a time when America REQUIRES the best and brightest in leadership, McCain picks Palin for VP. I call into question his true commitment to America and its betterment.

Considering that McCain has a shot at being elected, his choice of VP MUST be someone that is beyond proficient and strong in world finance, foreign policy and domestic policy. If McCain takes a bullet, she would be in line for the highest office of our nation. It is unconscionable that he has chosen Palin. Nothing against her but her time is merely not now for this position. Maybe in 5-10 years when she has far more worldly sophistication could she be taken seriously, not when America needs intense leadership and savvy now. Mr McCain, shame on you!

Posted by: Phil FTL | September 13, 2008 4:42 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 Tina Fay too, that doesn’t mean she 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 13, 2008 4:33 PM

Now that all of Palin's claim to fame have been debunked I hope people snap out of there spell with her.

1. She is not the earmark reformer she claimed but quite the contrary.

2. She never sold a plane on ebay for a profit. She sold it for a loss privately.

3. She only was against the bridge to nowhere once it became unfavorable; buy still kept and spent the earmark money.

4. She doesn’t have a grasp of complex issues such as health care reform, economics, foreign policy, etc.

5. She is a radical right-wing extremist

She is the worst VP candidate we have ever had.

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

An impartial observer could rightly question the judgment of Gov. Palin for her failing to tell her sexually active teenaged daughter how to have sex with a male without becoming pregnant. Likewise, one may reasonably question the judgment of Gov. Palin for her failure to instruct her daughter in how to avoid unprotected sex with a male. Evidently, the social ideology of Gov. Palin prevents her from fulfilling this motherly duty to protect her daughter. If elected to national leadership, then how will Gov. Palin’s blinding social ideology affect other of her judgments? After all, in the case of her daughter, whom she must love dearly, Gov. Palin has allowed her social ideology to interfere with good sense by her ignoring youthful sexology. The American voter has an interest in whether Gov. Palin, if elected, would try to impose her social ideology on other families, via policy or politics. As always, young females will have sex with males, but pregnancy should occur at the right time with the right man. The right time, one could argue, follows obtaining an education. The right man, one could suggest, will have a job, a car, and a place of his own, and will have no criminal record. He will also provide for his family, and properly function as a father and a husband. Nevertheless, young females willingly have sex for the excitement, thrill, and pleasure of the experience, and naturally so. Yet, in modern times, most rational individuals understand that pregnancy should wait for the right moment. Gov. Palin appears not to reflect this sensible view regarding her own daughter, thereby fostering a concern about the clarity and soundness of her judgment in other matters.

Posted by: anotherview | September 13, 2008 4:26 PM

Hilary '08:

Grow up. Finish school. Learn to spell. Then you can come play with the grownups.

Posted by: Chicago | September 13, 2008 4:23 PM

Dems '08:

'Hackey mam'? WTF country are YOU from?

Posted by: Chicago | September 13, 2008 4:22 PM

Charlie Gibson is an elitist snob who needs to get his facts straight. Entitlements 18% of the budget, try more like 66% and climbing. I wish it were only 18%; our budget would be only a trillion versus 3.1. Sarah Palin was simply trying to say that they would look to cut inefficient, costly bureaucracy in the entitlement programs versus cutting recipient benefits which in truth will need to be scaled back as well. Get a clue Charlie you pompous,ignorant a ss!

Posted by: Bob B. | September 13, 2008 4:14 PM

America doesn't need a creepy, careless, 'hackey mam' for a Vice President or God forbid a President. McCain is old and out of touch with our modern society and financial problems not to mention what ever happened to holding people responsible for their actions? Bush and ALL of the Republicans in Washington who supported him and his numerous vetoes, McCain who by his OWN admission and in his own words voted for the Presidents insanity over 90% should ALL be fired and thrown in jail, not given a third term? have Americans lost their minds?

Posted by: Dems 08 | September 13, 2008 4:11 PM

America doesn't need a reepy, careless, 'hackey mam' for a Vice President or God forbid a President. McCain is old and out of touch with our modern society and financial problems not to mention what ever happened to holding people responsible for their actions? Bush and ALL of the Repubicans in Washington who supported him and his numerous vetoes, McCcain who by his OWN admission and in his won words voted for the Presidents insanity over 90% should ALL be fired and thrown in jail, not given a third term? have Americans lost their minds?

Posted by: Hillary '08 | September 13, 2008 4:10 PM

Please Americans do not gamble with your future and that of the world. What are the odds that McCaine will die in office or become incapacitated in some way? Very high. Just ask yourself. How many people in your circle of friends and aquaintances of McCaines age group are really functioning well? Can we really bear having Palin as commander in chief if if McCaine died whole in the white house? We shudder to think of this.Why do you think the Republicans politicians have been assiduous in preventing her from having contact with the press? Because they know she is nothing more than a decorative piece. Just an empty head.Britney Spears had far more original ideas than Palin ever did

Posted by: Brian Musah | September 13, 2008 4:07 PM

"Why would Obama qualify to be president and Sara Palin is not for VP?"

Barack Obama, a Senator from Illinois; born in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 4, 1961; obtained early education in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Hawaii; continued education at Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif., and Columbia University, New York City; studied law at Harvard University, where he became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review, and received J.D. in 1992; lecturer on constitutional law, University of Chicago; member, Illinois State senate 1997-2004; elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 2004 for term beginning January 3, 2005. Obama has also served on the Senate Foreign Relations committee for the past two years.

During the first 8 eight years of his elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced: 233 regarding healthcare reform, 125 on poverty and public assistance, 112 crime fighting bills, 97 economic bills, 60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills, 21 ethics reform bills, 15 gun control, 6 veterans affairs and many others.

In his first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These included: 1. The Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law) 2. The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, (became law) 3. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate 4. The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, (became law) 5. The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, (In committee), and many more.

According to the Library of Congress' THOMAS legislative database, Obama was the primary sponsor of 152 bills and resolutions introduced in the last Congress, including a bill (S.2125) that passed Congress on December 8, 2006, "to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," which he introduced on December 16, 2005. The bill is awaiting action by the president. In addition, three nonbinding resolutions sponsored by Obama have passed the Senate, and 14 bills that he has co-sponsored have become law.

Obama has also introduced numerous other pieces of legislation in the U.S. Senate. For example:

* Introduced a bill (S.1194) directing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to establish guidelines for tracking spent fuel rods.

* Introduced a bill (S.1426) extending provisions in the Safe Drinking Water Act that relate to preventing and detecting contamination.

* Introduced a bill (S.1920) amending the Clean Air Act to establish a renewable diesel standard.

* Introduced a bill (S.3988) improving benefits and services for members of the armed forces and veterans.

BA International Relations - Columbia University
JD Harvard Law School - Editor Harvard Law Review
Senior Lecturer in Constitutional Law - University of Chicago Law School

Posted by: chickc | September 13, 2008 4:04 PM

Obama/Biden... corrected.

Posted by: David | September 13, 2008 4:00 PM

"She's the consummate politician: She'll promise you the world, until she no longer needs you."

Well said.

But McCain/Palin not only promise, they lie, lie, lie continuously and shamelessly.

It's really just stunning how the right-wing nutters and our so called "MSM" are ok with that.

If Oboma/Biden did that, the so-called "Liberal MSM" would be down their throats 24/7.

Hopefully our so-called "Liberal MSM" will grow some stones, stop being afraid of being called liberal (like there is something wrong with that, give me a break) and take a lesson from the View on how to discover THE TRUTH for voting Americans.

Posted by: David | September 13, 2008 3:59 PM

"Palin is like Sanjiya on American Idol"

That's a very good way to describe her and extremely funny.

Posted by: chickc | September 13, 2008 3:56 PM

'Efficiencies' Awwww. How cute of her to use that word so often and so .... so... what did she mean by that word? Who cares, she's just so cute and so sincere! Dammit!

Rah Rah Sarah! Go Sarah go!

Posted by: StellaZ | September 13, 2008 3:55 PM

"And can we ignore that Palin spent $2 million on crab porn? Because the state fisheries REALLY need to know how crabs have sex or something. Here's the earmark:"

Are you aware that crab fishing in alaska is a billion dollar industry? Didn't think so...

Posted by: anon | September 13, 2008 3:49 PM

I'm a Democrat and I thought, what an interesting chess move by the Republican Party when I first heard McCain's announcement of adding Palin. Afterall, Obama did not put Hillary Clinton on his ticket and that did leave a lot of open votes on the table.

I was willing to give Sarah Palin the benefit of doubt as being a real factor in this election when she gave that speech at the convention. But the more I've learned about her and then listened to her speak without a prepared speech, the more I realize what an idiot she is. When I listen to her, she reminds me of a pissed off school teacher, not a person with the capability of making sound recommendations to our President. And, PALIN IS NO HILLARY CLINTON.

People, John McCain may not make it through a first term at his age. And, I cannot even begin to believe what might happen to our country should Palin end up as President.

Please, think about what you're doing with the vote you are casting. You may not like Obama for whatever reason, but McCain/Palin is just a really terrible idea.

Posted by: chickc | September 13, 2008 3:43 PM

The rest of the world is looking on, hoping and praying that Americans do not vote in another idiot who will come in and perpertuate George Bush's policies. America is not just another country.The choices Americans make today will profoundly affect world history.Those right wing idiots who voted in G Bush Jr after he tossed a few concessionary crumbs in their direction ( eg pro-life issues; I am pro-life myself) voted in a monster who showed how much sanctity he has for LIFE by invading another country on false pretexts and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people including children. I what way is he morally less repugnant than a Pro-abortionist in the eyes of a Pro-lifer persons?The Christian Right should stop applying double standards. No doubt there are many glib tongues who will say that George Bush was "doing the will of God"

Posted by: Brian Musah | September 13, 2008 3:39 PM

Palin is like Sanjiya on American Idol interesting for a day and then found out to be a no talent bum. She is the last person we need a pretzel choke away from leader of the free world no matter how close Alaska is to Russia. Her ability to repeat over and over the lies scripted for her by her puppet master Karl Rove incredible.

YES WE CAN VOTE HOPE AND NOT ROVE MANUFACTURED FEAR AND LIES. OBAMA BIDEN IN 2008!

Posted by: Col JOSEPH BENTO US ARMY RET | September 13, 2008 3:35 PM

What exactly is unclear here about Palin and earmarks? If she can get votes by promising them, she will. And when public opinion is against them, so is she.

She's the consummate politician: She'll promise you the world, until she no longer needs you.

Kind of what happened to McCain's Independent support. When he no longer needed their support, he dumped their issues.

Posted by: wolf | September 13, 2008 3:32 PM

Krauthammer is an idiot. No facts for or agianst, just personal opinion. Isn't this country great?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 3:24 PM

Well put!!

Agreed. Dems don't fear Palin. We're just pissed off that the idiots who put Bush in office twice are so happy to do it a third time: "Watch me stick this pencil in my eye -- OUCH!"; "Hey, watch me do it again."

Posted by: Ben | September 13, 2008 3:20 PM

Posted by: Tom | September 13, 2008 3:21 PM

I'm an educated woman and an independent. I had good impression about McCain until Palin was chosen. It's quite clear now that he is putting winning the election in front of his country. His behavior is totally oppsite to his words. Folks, even if you may not like Obama-Bidden ticket, you CAN NOT let McCain-Palin ticket win. The consequencies will be as great as the consequencies of the 2004 election. Just think if the past 4 years are the 4 years you would like to live through again.

Posted by: women against Palin | September 13, 2008 3:21 PM

hhahaha...no sh!T.
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Wow...Saturday afternoon whiners! I thought you people just wasted company time, not your own - unless you have no life?!?
Posted by: Tom | September 13, 2008 3:18 PM

Posted by: Jessica | September 13, 2008 3:20 PM

Wow: I haven't read anyplace where the Democrats are terrified of her. We just want to know why McCain selected such an unqualified person.

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Agreed. Dems don't fear Palin. We're just pissed off that the idiots who put Bush in office twice are so happy to do it a third time: "Watch me stick this pencil in my eye -- OUCH!"; "Hey, watch me do it again."

Posted by: Ben | September 13, 2008 3:20 PM

Wow...Saturday afternoon whiners! I thought you people just wasted company time, not your own - unless you have no life?!?

Posted by: Tom | September 13, 2008 3:18 PM

Is Palin's church really trying to pray away the gays or is it just the gay in the person? Pray tell.

Posted by: lagunar8er | September 13, 2008 3:16 PM

The hypocrisy is incredible. The argument that Palin is too inexperienced to be VP is incredible.

Considering Obama has less than 4 years as a Senator, never mind his tax people who want to work and give to the lazy bums who don't want to work.

Say no to the Obama Welfare plan. McCain isn't much better but he is the lesser of two evils.

Posted by: Joe | September 13, 2008 3:15 PM

I am not in favor of CUTTING veteran benefits, but if her plan is to "find inefficiencies", shouldn't we find waste wherever it is? There is a difference between cutting dollars and making sure we aren't wasting dollars. By naming certain agencies and taking others off the table, Palin is making clear that she will be targeting the ones she doesn't like, and turning a blind eye to the ones that are 'popular'.

Posted by: Moo Shaka | September 13, 2008 3:13 PM

I really like the Biden Family, You can tell they all have alot of integraty.

THE PALIN AFFAIR ACCUSATION PALIN CHEATED ON HER HUSBAND?
http://www.theveep.com

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

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 3:12 PM

Krauthammer, who is an immigrant from Canada, is also Jewish and a strong advocate for US involvement in the middle east. People like him, neo-cons, desire Middle East instability because they perceive it takes united Arab attention away from Isreal; thus they are strong advocates for the war in Iraq. The pro Israel neo-cons don't care about the hundreds of billions of dollars the middle class in America is losing to this war. They don't care about the 5,000 US soldiers who have been slaughtered for their cause. They care about promoting republican ideology and depressing the rights and economic opportunities of the American middle class, so the republican elite can continue to reign.

Posted by: Bob | September 13, 2008 3:12 PM

To Don Smith:"If Sara is such a joke why are the Democrates so terrified of her"

I haven't read anyplace where the Democrates are terrified of her. We just want to know why McCain selected such an unquilified person.

Posted by: WOW | September 13, 2008 2:59 PM

That crap is exactly what I'm talking about. Do you know how frustrating it is to agree with* such utter dolts?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 2:58 PM

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.

letters@charleskrauthammer.com
Copyright 2008, Washington Post Writers Group

Posted by: Scott | September 13, 2008 2:58 PM

That crap is exactly what I'm talking about. Do you know how frustrating it is to agree such utter dolts

Posted by: Ryan | September 13, 2008 2:55 PM

If Sara is such a joke why are the Democrates so terrified of her. I think I know because she is the real deal and what do you do with something that is REAL? LOL

Posted by: Don Smith | September 13, 2008 2:53 PM

What a poor interview, with terribly framed questions.

"Do you talk about entitlement reform? Is there money you can save in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?"
"the agencies are not involved in entitlements."

^ Does he even know what he's talking about?

Posted by: Vasindek | September 13, 2008 2:52 PM

Good morning America!, I have a wake up call to make! if Sarah Parin is qualified to be the VP of the Greatest Land on Earth! why do the republicans shield her from the media? everyone knows! ABC is a republican puppet! thats why she went there for a pre arranged interview, next visit guess where? Fox! for another pre-arranged interview with Sean Hannity!a republican! right wing militant and staunch supporter of the Republicans! common people these guys are fooling us!Now probably Palin is being programmed how to answer Hannity's questions coz she already have the questions!broadcasting of the interview is just another strategy to hoodwink the public!. Just ask yourself why can't she give an interview to CNN or MSNBC? I'm sure the next stop she will go is a radio interview with Rush Limbaugh! remember folks! ABC, and Fox cannot destroy their own Children!( Mcain& Palin) they were made mavericks by the same media stations!!.

Posted by: braggingrights! | September 13, 2008 2:39 PM

You mean McCain actually has a site where he tells people what he will do.

It would sure be nice to hear him talk about that instead of the crap he has been spreading [ good for next years crops though]

Posted by: WOW!! | September 13, 2008 2:25 PM

Dan Quayle wasn't Jack Kennedy and couldn't even spell POTATO; flash: It doesn't matter. Your guy is a Ultra-LIBERAL who is trying to make his pup-tent cover an acre of land; it won't streach that far

Posted by: Roy | September 13, 2008 2:21 PM

All of this futile tit for tat point scoring is giving me a headache.

Truth

Barack Obama is not and has never been muslim. (not that it should matter you xenophobic, ethnocentric morons, I'm looking at you Alex)

Palin probably does have enough experience to be vice prez. After the election the job does mostly consist of sitting.

This is the real situation:
Eight years ago we hired the Republican Party to run this country. If you feel that your personal situation has changed for the better in that time then vote for Mccain. If you feel they abused their power and left us worse off, vote for Obama. We as a nation have alot of tuff times ahead of us and this decision is going to be a very important part of facing them.

Please go to the candidates sites and read what they'll actually do for you.

Posted by: Ryan | September 13, 2008 2:20 PM

If I had to give awards for thoughtful contributions, today the award could have gone to:Paul Stewart!!!
Palin is another Bush and a mini McCain for sure. Clearly, she can only say what has been put in her head. Anything new, and she has to find a way back to the Parrot talk.

Perfect for more of the same. Keep the money flowing to the wealthy. Keep the stupid white and blue collar workers poor and poorer. Stir up fear, stir up hate, blame anything but the obvious for their plight.

The obvious is vacuous, empty vessels are the problem in the form of Bush, McCain and McPalin. It is time to come back to earth - out of the Rabbit Hole everyone!

Let's face the truth. The right wing is lying. Its leaders and intended leaders are facades. Vote for real people with real ideas and for real change.

Posted by: Paul Stewart | September 13, 2008 2:11 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 2:19 PM

So, in reading through many of the comments, I occasionally meander past a couple that suggest Sarah Palin has integrity, or that Sarah Palin is identifiable, or the Ms. Palin seems sincere, and while I'm sure all these things are true, I still don't understand how they qualify her to hold national office. I have held off opinion on her until now. But the fact is that although she is an ambitious and I would argue, skilled, politician - she is not prepared to assume high office. No one questions McCain or Biden's readiness, nor should they. Those who question Barack Obama are essentially questioning his leadership experience, which is certainly fair, if that's your thing. But Ms. Palin is not conversant on the most basic of American policy and the nuances of governmental structure and workings. This is not her fault. She hasn't had the time to prepare and learn. And that's the point.

Look, I'm not even talking policy position here. I'm talking about having a fundamental grasp of the complexities we are facing as Americans in 2008. For those who don't want to vote a Democrat ticket because of the guys running on it, or just because they're guys, that seems reasonable. That's your choice. Your choice. But, please stop suggesting that with a collected three decades in national politics, on the national stage, living under a microscope and dealing with the issues of greatest importance to a broad swath of the American electorate, that somehow Sarah Palin's charm and potential are equivalent to the experience, but more importantly, the informed knowledge of the Obama/Biden ticket.

Should Obama have chosen Hillary Clinton? Well...she might have been a vote getter, but he certainly picked a running mate who enhanced the governing strength of his ticket and is an asset with regard to the need for thoughtful analysis of our global predicament. McCain was convinced to pick a candidate who is not. She just isn't. If you're a supporter, ask yourself...how giddy would you be if Joe Biden suggested that his capacity to confront a crises in Russia was based on his ability to see the country from a nearby island? You'd rip the guy apart. And while you shouldn't rip Palin apart, you should be honest about why you support her and recognize that it has nothing to do with her ability to potentially lead. Then decide...well I guess, decide how much you trust our Democracy to safeguard us from reckless and uniformed policy. It's done it okay for the last several years...but one wonders how much more it can take.

Posted by: JM | September 13, 2008 2:17 PM

Notice how the Republicans blogging on this site do the same as their boss. When they can't respond with the TRUTH then they LIE or CHANGE THE SUBJECT.

Posted by: Thinkaboutit | September 13, 2008 2:15 PM

Palin DID NOT KNOW WHAT ENTTITELMENTS WERE.

Posted by: USA first | September 13, 2008 2:13 PM

I am a long time Alaskan resident living in the capitol city & want to remind people who think Palin is a "reformer" that she was elected into office because we had an unbelievably arrogant & corrupt governor, Frank Murkowski. A chicken would have gained high popular points after a couple years of Murkowski. She chose her time and place, just as she did in Wasilla as mayor. She's savvy but not smart. She's very condescending to those who do not agree with her. She's very sure that her way, and her way only, is correct. She does not hold the best interests of anyone but herself, nor does she listen well. She removed herself from the governor home in Juneau, and has charged per diem to the state for living in her home in Wasilla. She has been absent so much from our legislature that they were wearing yellow buttons "Where's Sarah?" Do not fall for all that "glitters is gold" - she has steadily pushed her own agenda and expects everyone to agree with her. There are terrible allegations about her attitude toward Alaskan natives which have not yet come to full light. Now is NOT the time to put someone in the White House you do not know! Americans who flock to her for no reason other than that they think she is an everyday hockey mom are desparate and we can only hope they will open their eyes before casting their vote. I was so horrified at her snide and off topic digs during her speeck at the RCN that I now don't even want her back here as governor, and I used to kind of think she was OK! Geez, hadn't even thought of that til now. There are a lot of us here in AK who don't want her to come back, but to send her on is even worse. Oh well, I live in Juneau, the capitol city, and she's never here anyway!

Posted by: toonster | September 13, 2008 2:13 PM

Palin is another Bush and a mini McCain for sure. Clearly, she can only say what has been put in her head. Anything new, and she has to find a way back to the Parrot talk.

Perfect for more of the same. Keep the money flowing to the wealthy. Keep the stupid white and blue collar workers poor and poorer. Stir up fear, stir up hate, blame anything but the obvious for their plight.

The obvious is vacuous, empty vessels are the problem in the form of Bush, McCain and McPalin. It is time to come back to earth - out of the Rabbit Hole everyone!

Let's face the truth. The right wing is lying. Its leaders and intended leaders are facades. Vote for real people with real ideas and for real change.

Posted by: Paul Stewart | September 13, 2008 2:11 PM

"The President has lead with great clarity and I think he's done a great job leading the country don't you?" -- John McCain

"The President and I agree on most issues, there was a recent study that showed I voted with the President over 90% of the time higher than even most of my Republican collegues" -- John McCain

"Fact is that I have agreed with President Bush far more than I have disagreed, and on the transcendent issues, the most important issues of our day, I have been totally in agreement and support of President Bush.." -- John McCain

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 13, 2008 2:10 PM

Dear laughing at the dems:

We're talking about the articles that have a direct bearing on the question of lies that the Republicans have been handing out and the FACTS stated in the articles that PROVED McCain is a LIER.

Lies you can't defend with any truths!!!

Posted by: Thinkaboutit | September 13, 2008 2:10 PM

Libs are basically stupid, not with IQ or degrees, but common sense. Every one of them is still trying to make a case against Palin, pitting your #1 against the pubs #2. Exactly the same arguments were tried in '88, when George H W Bush picked Dan Quayle. Bush won by over 400 electoral votes, not because of his VP pick, but because Dukakus was a Massachusetts ultra liberal. Dems always find a way to lose, because as they get more desperate, they always pick a candidate further away from the center. Even Bill Clinton didn't get a mandate, he simply capitalized on the pubs dilution of the party by Ross Perot. Clinton won by default in '92 with 43% to GHW Bush's 39%. Perot got 18%, widely agreed that were pub votes. The dems only won one other election since 1968; when Carter beat Ford, after the Watergate scandal, and even then , it was the closest election ever, up 'till that time. Most voters have already gotten a taste of libs idea of governing since '06, and don't care for Pelosi and Reid doing more to wreck the economy; handing the Presidency to a lib will be worse than a stalled ship of state, change just might be an iceberg.

Posted by: Roy | September 13, 2008 2:08 PM

edabalia wrote: "Obama did not pass a test to become an FBI agent"

you need to pay more attention when you read tripe and pass it on. Obviously you read this, or a variation of it:

http://sayanythingblog.com/readers/entry/o5/

It makes the case not that Obama couldn't pass a background check to become an FBI agent because of connections to Ayers, etc. It does NOT say he tried to become an FBI agent.

Well, by that twisted logic your hero W wouldn't have passed the same test because of cocaine use (ditto Clinton even if he didn't inhale).....

Posted by: okmichael | September 13, 2008 2:07 PM

McCain and Palin admit to having the same philosophy as the present Republican Administration. They do not represent change or reform. They state that there should be little government interference.
This is Bush's policy and guess what the lack of regulations of the financial institutions has caused the greatest economic crisis in our country, has caused the calamity in the housing industry, has caused massive employment, has caused massive home foreclosures and has increased the compensation of CEOs to such a great extent to be disgraceful.

Posted by: Steve | September 13, 2008 2:06 PM

Palin/McCain have a platform identical to Bush's.

Since it is an unpopular platform, they must lie and distract Americans from the real issues facing us.

Think, people. Palin/McCain have the SAME POLICIES AS BUSH.

The myth of the maverick, McCain is just that, a myth.

McCain may have stood up to Bush a handful of times, but these days he has been in lock-step with Bush, and even voted against his OWN bills to appease the Republicans.

Palin/McCain are liars, and if they win, it will only be because Americans were not able to see through the haze of slime these two have put on this presidential race.

Posted by: julieds | September 13, 2008 2:05 PM

thinkaboutit

i will, right after you respond to mine

Posted by: laughing at the dems | September 13, 2008 2:03 PM

A Treasury spokesman told the BBC:

"Along with every other country in the world, the UK is facing the twin shocks of high food and fuel prices and the global credit crunch.

"As a result of these global shocks, the UK economy is slowing, as we are seeing around the world. Growth in the second quarter was zero in the UK and it was negative in Germany, France, Italy and Japan

Posted by: Jerry | September 13, 2008 2:01 PM

Dear edabelia - "Obama did not pass a test to become a FBI agent"

Can you back this up with some facts, or is this the usual Republican type lie?

Posted by: Thinkaboutit | September 13, 2008 1:56 PM

"Palin is genuine, moral and has integrity."
Posted by: Stephen | September 13, 2008 1:46 PM

You need to have a look at these sites.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/

http://www.factcheck.org/

http://www.politico.com/static/PPM106_palin_doc.html

You are either honestly uniformed or hoping that if your quote is repeated enough people might believe it.

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 13, 2008 1:54 PM

I have posted two articles from respected journalist, asking for replies from the Republicans blogging on this article. It seems like they can’t respond to the truth about McCain/Palin. What is the problem Republicans can’t handle FACTS !!!!

Posted by: Thnikaboutit | September 13, 2008 1:53 PM

It's stunningly obvious that Palin has never paid any attention to what the federal government does. It's like hiring a football coach who's never even watched a game.

Posted by: davestickler | September 13, 2008 1:52 PM

Obama did not pass a test to become a FBI agent.

Posted by: edabelia | September 13, 2008 1:51 PM

they're both politicians. obama picked conservative. mccain piked insane. palin is literally dumb as a 16 year old high school kid running for student office. "Look for efficiencies???"

That's the wrong word. That's the 12th question that went over her head. And she apparently has no idea that it's mainly the Iraq military occupation debacle that has cost us this budget deficit. Lord save us.

Posted by: matthew | September 13, 2008 1:49 PM

Palin is genuine, moral and has integrity. That is more than I can say about 99% of our politicians. She may not have ALL the answers or please everyone, I don't expect her to. All I've ever asked of any politician is to put the best interest of the American people FIRST! None of our politicians have done this lately. I believe Palin will do what she believes is in the best interest of Americans and our country. That's good enough for me! Bravo Governor Palin!

Posted by: Stephen | September 13, 2008 1:46 PM

How do the McCain people explain this. More lies?


McCain comes under fire for untrue attack ads
CAMPAIGN CLAIMS DRAWING CRITICISM
By Michael Cooper and Jim Rutenberg
New York Times
Article Launched: 09/12/2008 07:25:12 PM PDT


While harsh ads and negative attacks are a staple of presidential campaigns, Sen. John McCain has drawn an avalanche of criticism this week from Democrats, independent groups and even some Republicans for regularly stretching the truth in attacking Sen. Barack Obama's record and positions.
Obama has also been accused of distortions, but this week McCain has found himself under fire for a pair of headline-grabbing attacks. First, the McCain campaign twisted Obama's words to suggest that he had compared Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, to a pig after Obama said, in questioning McCain's claim to be the change agent in the race, "You can put lipstick on a pig; it's still a pig." (McCain once used the same expression to describe Sen. Hillary Clinton's health plan.)
Then, he falsely claimed that Obama supported "comprehensive sex ed" for kindergartners (he supported teaching them to be alert for inappropriate advances from adults).
Those attacks followed weeks in which McCain repeatedly, and incorrectly, asserted that Obama would raise taxes on the middle class, even though analysts say he would cut taxes on the middle class more than McCain would, and misrepresented Obama's positions on energy and health care.
A McCain ad called "Fact Check" was found to be "less than honest" by FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan group. The group complained that the McCain campaign had cited its work debunking various Internet rumors about Palin and implied in the ad that the rumors had originated with Obama.
"The last month, for sure, I think the predominance of liberty taken with truth and the facts has been more McCain than Obama," said Don Sipple, a Republican advertising strategist.
Indeed, in recent days, McCain has been increasingly called out by editorial boards, as well as independent analysts like FactCheck.org. The group, which does not judge whether one candidate is more misleading than another, has cried foul on McCain's campaign more than twice as often since the political conventions as it has on Obama's.
A McCain spokesman, Brian Rogers, said the campaign had evidence for all its claims. "We stand fully by everything that's in our ads," Roger said, "and everything that we've been saying we provide detailed backup for — everything, and if you and the Obama campaign want to disagree, that's your call."
For a candidate who came into the race promoting himself as a truth-teller, and who has long publicly deplored the kinds of negative tactics that helped sink his candidacy in the Republican primaries in 2000, the turnaround has been startling.
"They just keep stirring the pot, and I think the McCain folks realize if they can get this thing down in the mud, drag Obama into the mud, that's where they have the best advantage to win," said Matthew Dowd, who worked with many top McCain campaign advisers when he was President Bush's chief strategist in the 2004 campaign, but who has since had a falling out with the White House. "If they stay up at 10,000 feet, they don't."
Indeed, for all the criticism, the offensive seems to be having an impact. It has been widely credited by strategists in both parties with putting Obama on the defensive since it began earlier this summer.
Some of those who have criticized McCain have faulted him for not only the blatant nature of some of the untruths, but also for failing to correct himself when errors are pointed out.
Even on "The View" on Friday, co-host Joy Behar grilled him about his new ads. "We know that those two ads are untrue," she protested. "They are lies. And yet you, at the end of it, say, 'I approve these messages.' Do you really approve them?"
"Actually they are not lies," McCain responded crisply, "and have you seen some of the ads that are running against me?"
Obama's hands have not always been clean in this regard either. He was called out earlier in the campaign for saying, incorrectly, that McCain supported a "hundred-year war" in Iraq after McCain said in January that he would be fine with a hypothetical 100-year American presence in Iraq, as long as Americans were not being injured or killed there.
More recently, Obama has been criticized for ads that have incorrectly accused McCain of not supporting loan guarantees for the auto industry — a hot topic in Michigan. He also has taken McCain's repeated comments that U.S. economy is "fundamentally sound" out of context, leaving out the fact that McCain almost always adds at the same time that he understands that times are tough and "people are hurting."
But sensing an opening in the mounting criticism of McCain, the Obama campaign released a withering statement after McCain's appearance on "The View."
"In running the sleaziest campaign since South Carolina in 2000 and standing by completely debunked lies on national television, it's clear that John McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election," Hari Sevugan, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, said in a statement.
The strategy reflects a calculation McCain's advisers made earlier this summer — above the strenuous objections of some of the longtime hands who helped McCain build his "Straight Talk" image — to devote the campaign heavily to disqualifying Obama in the eyes of voters.
The ads are devised to draw the interest of bloggers and cable news producers to shift the debate onto its own terms questioning Obama's character and qualifications, often with disputed claims. Sipple voiced concern that McCain's approach could backfire.
"Any campaign that is taking liberty with the truth and does it in a serial manner will end up paying for it in the end," he said. "But it's very unbecoming to a political figure like John McCain whose flag was planted long ago in ground that was about 'straight talk' and integrity."

Posted by: Thinkaboutit | September 13, 2008 1:45 PM

Hey Noclue

I have heard several women stating that MCain is going to make the White House look like Hefs house judging from the age of his wife and the buttons they were all wearing at the convention about Sarah Palin I am not sure he wouldn't use it to score chicks. His record isn't so good in the marriage and family dept. I believe he lied to his first wife about his affair with the beer heiress and got a marriage license before his divorce was final. Just another example of his integrity, another lie but that is nothing new for him, only difference he got caught in that lie years ago and had to fess up, I believe another lie he was caught in was called hmm the Keating 5 and his involvement in the savings and loan fiasco that cost tax payers millions to bail out. He is not Mr. Clean no matter what rove and his ilk try to spin. Look up the Keating 5, do some homework.

Posted by: gc | September 13, 2008 1:44 PM

nowanna1

Thank you for answering my question. The way voting present is presented seems to give it a "bad feeling" connotation, as a grandma I have been present in situations which have left room for further examination. So I was wondering if this were similar. You summed it up well for me.

Present equals engaged in the process.

Posted by: grandma | September 13, 2008 1:44 PM

Biden

In an August 23 article on Sen. Barack Obama's selection of Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) as his vice-presidential running mate, the Los Angeles Times reported that "when he ran for president in 1988, Biden was accused of plagiarism when he did not credit Neil Kinnock, then leader of the British Labor Party, for much of his stump speech." Similarly, in an August 23 article, The New York Times reported that Biden "was forced to quit the 1988 presidential race in the face of accusations that he had plagiarized part of a speech from Neil Kinnock," and in an August 23 article, the Associated Press reported that Biden's 1988 run for president "ended badly" after he "was caught lifting lines from a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock."

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/08/joe_bidens_plagiarism_problem.html

Bidens kids...right Obama, lobbyist are bad ?

son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show.

The Democratic vice presidential candidate's son Hunter, 38, and brother James, 59, assert instead that their former partner defrauded them by misrepresenting his experience in the hedge fund industry and recommending that they hire a lawyer with felony convictions.

The legal actions have been playing out in New York State Supreme Court since 2007, and they focus on Hunter and James Biden's involvement in Paradigm Companies LLC, a hedge fund group. Hunter Biden, a Washington lobbyist, briefly served as president of the firm.

A lawsuit filed by their former partner Anthony Lotito Jr. asserts in court papers that the deal was crafted to get Hunter Biden out of lobbying because his father was concerned about the impact it would have on his bid for the White House. Biden was running for the Democratic nomination at the time the suit was filed.


so let's talk about 'judgment' libs. He threw Hillary over the cliff for this guy ?

Posted by: laughing at the dems | September 13, 2008 1:43 PM

Remember Obama only got 1/2 of the votes of the Democratic Party.

The election will be determined by the other 18 million voters that he tossed aside and put them in their place, along with independents.

Result:

Obama, Please help me Hillary I need you to help me get the votes of the other half of the Democratic Party vote. Oh yea, and the middle class moderates and Latinos. He is just using her now.


Again Obama only got 1/2 of the votes from his own Democratic Party.

Why because he did not appeal to the other 18 million. His first real decision in politics was to pick the best V.P., and what a political mistake he picked Biden. It divided the party. Many passionate female democrats will not forget for a long time.

Obama could not even unite the Democratic Party, so how will he unite the nation. Fireworks at the White House?

Posted by: Hill | September 13, 2008 1:40 PM

Biden was the one that said, "Obama would be a President in training"

Hillary said he could not answer the phone at 3AM and make executive decisions.

There is a reason they said this! because they believe it is true!!!

Posted by: Abe | September 13, 2008 1:37 PM

I was very disappointed with Palin's interviews. She seems to know very little about social security, medicare, the economy and foreign affairs. Everything she says comes from political trainers and it's obvious that when she is questioned outside her "training zone", she doesn't know what to say.

Our economy is hurting now. We're throwing $10 billion a month down the drain in Iraq. What are McCain/Palin going to do to change this -- they're are over 90% with Bush. I don't think the 10% difference will make cut it.

Posted by: simple truth | September 13, 2008 1:32 PM

"Americans want someone they can relate to." Fact or fiction this kind of thinking is a problem.

I personally don't want someone that I can relate to... I want someone who will LISTEN to me regardless of my race, sex, status, religion, age, etc. We need leaders who have open minds. Leaders that have been able to experience the world and its posibilities for all that they are. I want leaders who are better than me, more educated than me, have more experience than me. But that are not so closed minded that they can't hear me.

If I wanted someone I could relate to, I'd vote for my buddy John, he's a great guy everybody loves him. Although he's got a little drinking problem and a recovering drug addict... oops! I think i just described are current president!

Open your minds and close your the book of Revelations America. Vote Obama/Biden.

Posted by: SamP | September 13, 2008 1:31 PM

Lewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. has done it again. In his article entitled, “ Don't Bail them Out !” He gives many sources of research on the Great Depression and how it was made worse by well-intentioned politicians. This article is a must-read for those of you who want to know where we are headed.
Like I said instead of blogging, it is time for you to get your money (if you have any after Bush/McCains economic policies) out of the banks that are beginning to crash...Look up the FDIC site and see how many have already failed this year compared to years past....
Don't say I didn't warn you!!!

Posted by: Cheryl | September 13, 2008 1:23 PM

> Have you taken a look at your candidate's resume lately? Voting "Present" won't cut it as President.

Have you taken a look at YOURS? Last I checked, McCain hasn't voted on anything since April. Not even the important national security stuff.

Posted by: Joe | September 13, 2008 1:23 PM

John McCain will win easily.

Posted by: Kick | September 13, 2008 1:22 PM

Regarding present votes, Obama voted present 129 times out of 4000 votes or 3.32% of the time.

Of these 129 times only 36 (0.9%) of the votes were not votes where significant numbers of others voted present.


"Voting Present in the State Legislature is Used as A Signal to the Other Party, Not As a Way to Duck the Issue. "An aspect of Obama's State Senate voting record that is drawing attention is his "present" votes. A present vote is a third option to an up or down "yes" or "no" that is used with great frequency in the Illinois General Assembly. It has many varied and nuanced meanings that, in the context of the actual bills, border on boring. It's most important use is as a signal – to the other party, to the governor, to the sponsor -- to show a willingness to compromise on the issue if not the exact bill, to show disapproval for one aspect of the bill, to question the constitutionality of the bill, to strengthen the bill. [Chicago Daily Herald, 3/10/04]"

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 13, 2008 1:22 PM

pass the popcorn and let's all watch the last days of pompei, palin-style.

McCain is an absolute disgrace.

Posted by: bad disney movie | September 13, 2008 1:19 PM

WAKEUP AMERICA!!!!....look what Bush and his Treasury have done...Marketoracle.co: "For anyone who still doubted the growing global influence of such emerging powerhouses as China, consider this: The U.S. government's decision to take control of foundering mortgage giants Fannie Mae ( FNM ) and Freddie Mac ( FRE ) was driven not by worries about the fading U.S. housing market, but by concerns that foreign central banks in China, Japan, Europe, the Middle East and Russia might stop buying our bonds.
Our country is now dependent on the charity of strangers who may not even like us. The Fed's hand may have been forced by threats of foreign central banks of selling their mortgage bonds and causing even more devastation in the mortgage market. But the bailout option is also very slippery and expensive , according to Mish. We are between a rock and a hard place."
Bush's Fed and Treasury are bailing out banks, brokerages, etc with taxpayer money...now the auto industries are begging for a bailout, next it will be the airlines...Look at the rise in our national debt!!!!We are moving from a demoncacy to a socialist nation....
MCCain's same policies are NOT what we need!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 1:18 PM

Ben:

The religious right are deeply jealous and threatened by truly intelligent women like Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.

You've taken her comment out of its context to make it something it's not. That's exactly the base intellectual dishonesty I was referring to. It's a stupid comment, Zandy. You proved my point.

She did say that, yes, or were you sleeping at the time. Out of context? Who is fooling who, you are in denial, I won't even go to the stupid level either to see who is right. It doesn't take brains to see Michele Obama's naivete, by saying that. But you are right about H Clinton, I probably could have voted for her. that's an inteligent woman and so is Pelin for the short time that she has been in the news, no matter what you think.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 1:17 PM

I think what you mean to say is that Palin is unclear what "entitlement reform" means!

Sarah Palin: Clueless on Foreign Policy. Clueless on the Economy.

Posted by: Mary | September 13, 2008 1:17 PM

Is voting present instead of for or against a bad thing?

The voting present seems to be thrown out there a lot so I looked it up. I being a grandma do not understand all of in and outs of passing laws. So can some one explain to me if a law is being proposed with the (amendments?) at the end is it fair to say I could question if the senator voting present was in some way uncomfortable with this particular piece of legislation?


What does voting present really mean?

Posted by: grandma | September 13, 2008 1:17 PM

> All Ms. Palin has done is: negotiated multi-billion dollar contracts, run a multi-hundred million dollar budget and supervise over 40,000 employees as a Governor.

Which contracts? Would you like to point us to them? They should be on the Alaska state website (http://www.gov.state.ak.us/). But you can't do that, right? Because you're making that up. She spent most of her time as mayor of a town of less than 10,000 people (far less, by most estimates). She became a Governor back in 2006, so you don't have much to look for.

That said, she DID get millions in federal money. Quite a lot when you measure it per person (Alaska may be a large state, but the landmass doesn't need money, people do). And she did increase the Alaska Permanent Fund by a lot.

If you don't know what that is, it's a big government give-away program to all Alaska residents. Given that they take in $1.87 for every dollar they spend in federal taxes, they come out WAY ahead. Instead of spending their own money, they spend ours and give it away to the residents!

Palin has managed to more than double it, so far, using OUR money (unless you live in Alaska, then you've been taking our money).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permanent_fund

Yes, I know where the funds come from. She buys everything with Federal money from the rest of us to save the money Alaska takes in. She might not be giving it away directly, but the effect is exactly the same. We pay so that Alaska can afford a huge government give-away program.

But that's okay when Republicans do it, right? Because you'd rather pretend that they believe in being fiscally responsible than elect someone who actually IS fiscally responsible?

> Obama organized an ENTIRE neighborhood.

Community. He was a community organizer. And then a State Senator, then a US Senator. How nice of you to compare the beginning of his career with the end of hers.

And God forbid that we count something as experience that has him going out and helping people when the only "true" experience according to McCain is ordering people around! How dare we have a leader who knows how to help people!

Posted by: Joe | September 13, 2008 1:14 PM

Read below. McCain is doing the Rove dance. When you can't win honestly then just spread enough lies....

The Republicans are doing the Rove-Bush, lie and they will follow dance again.

Obama wants to tax water!
By Jay Bookman | Saturday, September 13, 2008, 11:01 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The volume and audacity of lies pouring from the McCain campaign is startling and even historic. This one may represent a new low — at least a new low as of Sept. 13.

In a new TV ad, McCain claims that Obama has been making attacks on Sarah Palin that have been labeled “completely false” and “misleading” by FactCheck.org.

Except FactCheck says that’s a lie. “We said no such thing. We have yet to dispute any claim from the Obama campaign about Palin,” the group states.

That’s really something, lying straight out about a FactCheck group, knowing that you’re going to get caught but not giving a damn about it.

With stuff like this, the McCain camp has cut any remaining tethers to reality and integrity and is now floating wherever the winds of illusion and whimsy may take them. It’s quite remarkable, and quite insulting to the intelligence of the American people.

Oh, and as you can tell from the statement below, the folks at FactCheck are not at all happy about being used to bolster a lie:

“With its latest ad, released Sept. 10, the McCain-Palin campaign has altered our message in a fashion we consider less than honest. The ad strives to convey the message that FactCheck.org said “completely false” attacks on Gov. Sarah Palin had come from Sen. Barack Obama. We said no such thing. We have yet to dispute any claim from the Obama campaign about Palin.

They call the ad “Fact Check.” It says “the attacks on Gov. Palin have been called ‘completely false’ … ‘misleading.’ ” On screen is a still photo of a grim-faced Obama. Our words are accurately quoted, but they had nothing to do with Obama.

Our article, posted two days earlier, debunked a number of false or misleading claims that have circulated in chain e-mails and Internet postings regarding Palin. There is no evidence that the Obama campaign is behind any of the wild accusations that we critiqued. There is no more basis for attributing these viral attacks to the Obama campaign than there is for blaming the McCain campaign for chain e-mail attacks falsely claiming that Obama is a Muslim, or a “racist,” or that he is proposing to tax water.”

Taxing water? Uh oh. I can see the new McCain commercial now:

“Obama ‘proposing to tax water!’, says FactCheck.org!!”

I mean, why not? What is there to stop them?

Posted by: Thinkaboutit | September 13, 2008 1:10 PM

I can understand the frustration, but not the my kind? What is my kind.

Posted by: justada55+ | September 13, 2008 1:10 PM

Read this persons blog. It is very disturbing. Perhaps this is why you all, the people of America are failing. America should be America, leave beliefs and cultures out.

Posted by: sutu | September 13, 2008 12:50 PM
I don't think the President & VP should be especially smart, intelligent or broad-minded. Its better if they're not. Its not that complicated to run a country. Mr. Bush proved that once and for all. I'm American and Christian, darn it, and I'll vote for the candidates who are most like me & mine!


Now if that is not scary, I guess I am really off the list of moral values. Stupid post and degrading all the great folks in America.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 13, 2008 1:07 PM

While some of what I read is enlightening and helps me to do my own research for facts
Bush/Mccain are for the dumbing down of the US ......... talk to a teacher any teacher

Obama wants all of us to have the educational opportunities he had, he went to a prep school on a scholarship any one of your children could go to this same school today if said child has a bit of ability to demonstrate neuro transmitters are actually firing.

Posted by: grandma | September 13, 2008 1:04 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 1:02 PM

Poster Sutu wrote: "I don't think the President & VP should be especially smart, intelligent or broad-minded. Its better if they're not. Its not that complicated to run a country. Mr. Bush proved that once and for all. I'm American and Christian, darn it, and I'll vote for the candidates who are most like me & mine!"

It's not that complicated to run a country??!!! Well, it is more than obvious that you and yours certainly are not smart, intelligent, or broad-minded in any sense of the word. Sure, that's what we need. Let's continue to dumb-down America, that will help us out lots! We already have had one moron in the White House for 8 years that has embarrassed this country on the world stage time and again. We don't need more of the same.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 1:01 PM

SEEMS LIKE PALIN'S "TONGUE GOT TANGLED WITH HER EYE TEETH AND SHE COULD NOT SEE WHAT SHE WAS SAYING" which is fine since what she says is totally out of ignorance or is just a pack of lies. McCain looks as if he is about to fall apart. His health seems to be deterieating by the day. Could anyone imagine the PIT BULL PREDIDENT!! OUTRAGEOUS AND IDIOTIC!!!!!!!


OBAMA GET ON YOUR HORSE AND STOP SAYING YOUR GOING TO COME OUT SWINGING AND SMASH THESE REP. START DOING IT. TIME IS FLEETIONG !!!!!!!!!'

Posted by: LYNN PARKER; | September 13, 2008 12:59 PM

Patrick,

Have you taken a look at your candidate's resume lately? Voting "Present" won't cut it as President.

Posted by: NObama | September 13, 2008 12:58 PM

Oh no! Biden once used the same words as someone else! That kind of dirt will REALLY hurt! Or maybe not. We don't really care about some 20 year old speech.

How can we ignore that Palin doesn't know what a VP does (and said so on TV), that McCain said that "being a mayor for a short while or a governor for a short while" (he was referring to Romney & co.) is a pitiful amount of experience (those are all that Palin has been).

And can we ignore that Palin spent $2 million on crab porn? Because the state fisheries REALLY need to know how crabs have sex or something. Here's the earmark:

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_omb/budget/FFY09%20Summary%20of%20Fed%20Request.pdf

And if you don't take my word for the earmarks being wasteful, why not take McCain's word? He called _Palin's_ earmarks wasteful, as you can see here:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/10/palin.earmarks/

So yeah. Biden once forgot to attribute a line or two from a speech. But that's a lot more important than wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on government give-aways, right? Or are those okay when Republicans do them? I guess you're going to say that Obama used earmarks too. How dare he build a hospital instead of spending it on crab porn like Palin! It's so much worse, right?

Those damn Democrats trying to use money to *help* taxpayers, rather than giving it to their cronies! The nerve!

Posted by: Joe | September 13, 2008 12:57 PM

It should not be a shock that Palin leaves her position on a very important issue "unclear" to the American press/public. She may be charismatic, but she shows a surprising lack of familiarity with key political conversations, and seems interested only in appearing like a "pit bull." I understand that she doesn't want to appear "soft;" she will face double standards as a woman, etc. But pit bulls have the reputation of being mindless attackers who maul first and ask questions later. Leaders need to be far more nuanced in their approach to the world. Our future depends on it, in fact.

Posted by: ingridlanderson | September 13, 2008 12:57 PM

Why don't you just come out and say it--Palin doesn't understand the difference between entitlements and discretionary spending. Sounds like she needs to go back to the University of Idaho and take a freshman poly-sci course.

It's unbelieveable to me that McCain wants to put somebody this badly prepared a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Posted by: Patrick | September 13, 2008 12:54 PM

I don't think the President & VP should be especially smart, intelligent or broad-minded. Its better if they're not. Its not that complicated to run a country. Mr. Bush proved that once and for all. I'm American and Christian, darn it, and I'll vote for the candidates who are most like me & mine!

Posted by: sutu | September 13, 2008 12:50 PM

Kona,

All Ms. Palin has done is: negotiated multi-billion dollar contracts, run a multi-hundred million dollar budget and supervise over 40,000 employees as a Governor.

Obama organized an ENTIRE neighborhood.

There is no comparison.

Posted by: NObama | September 13, 2008 12:50 PM

Why would Obama qualify to be president and Sara Palin is not for VP???

Posted by: kona | September 13, 2008 12:47 PM

Opec just met this week and decided to cut production. I remember when sadam was in power- he always cheated on production cuts, causing the opec colation to fall apart.

Posted by: Lawrence | September 13, 2008 12:46 PM

all you need to know about how Obama thinks and decides

Biden

In an August 23 article on Sen. Barack Obama's selection of Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) as his vice-presidential running mate, the Los Angeles Times reported that "when he ran for president in 1988, Biden was accused of plagiarism when he did not credit Neil Kinnock, then leader of the British Labor Party, for much of his stump speech." Similarly, in an August 23 article, The New York Times reported that Biden "was forced to quit the 1988 presidential race in the face of accusations that he had plagiarized part of a speech from Neil Kinnock," and in an August 23 article, the Associated Press reported that Biden's 1988 run for president "ended badly" after he "was caught lifting lines from a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock."

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/08/joe_bidens_plagiarism_problem.html

Bidens kids...right Obama, lobbyist are bad ?

son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show.

The Democratic vice presidential candidate's son Hunter, 38, and brother James, 59, assert instead that their former partner defrauded them by misrepresenting his experience in the hedge fund industry and recommending that they hire a lawyer with felony convictions.

The legal actions have been playing out in New York State Supreme Court since 2007, and they focus on Hunter and James Biden's involvement in Paradigm Companies LLC, a hedge fund group. Hunter Biden, a Washington lobbyist, briefly served as president of the firm.

A lawsuit filed by their former partner Anthony Lotito Jr. asserts in court papers that the deal was crafted to get Hunter Biden out of lobbying because his father was concerned about the impact it would have on his bid for the White House. Biden was running for the Democratic nomination at the time the suit was filed.


so let's talk about 'judgment' libs. He threw Hillary over the cliff for this guy ?

Posted by: laughing at the dems | September 13, 2008 12:45 PM

THE PIT BULL GOVERNOR IS FROM THE BIGEST OIL STATE IN THE US AND HER HUSBAND WORKS FOR BP OIL.

Posted by: Lawrence | September 13, 2008 12:43 PM

Ben -

Yea, it was real 'peaceful' for the guys on the Cole, in the basement of the WTC in 1993 and in our African embassies.

You are right. BJ Bill was a great president - right up there with Jimmy "I am an embittered old man" Carter.

Posted by: NObama | September 13, 2008 12:40 PM

Gary,

Yes, you are correct. Only Republicans marry rich women. Just ask Tereza (SP?) Heinz Kerry.

I assume from your post that you are about 14-yrs old. I admire someone your age being so interest in politics.

My advice to you is turn off Err America and read a book.

Posted by: NObama | September 13, 2008 12:38 PM

Gary

Your wrong..we only like to screw the Dumb Dems and stupid poor people. Without us where would you be, your not accustom to the better things in life that we the leaders provide you poor people

Posted by: McCainPalin08 | September 13, 2008 12:37 PM

Nobody said: Unlike BJ Bill, McCain intends to use the Presidency to govern, not score chicks.Unlike BJ Bill, McCain intends to use the Presidency to govern, not score chicks.

*************
What is it about eight years of peace and prosperity that bothered you? Or are you just just jealous of the BJ?

Posted by: Ben | September 13, 2008 12:36 PM

Dear NObama

If Sindy McSham has about $100 mil..if Palin had $101 mil then Old Man McSham would jump in that bed. You Publicans are all the same, screw for money and power

Posted by: Gary | September 13, 2008 12:34 PM

Hey Gary,

Unlike BJ Bill, McCain intends to use the Presidency to govern, not score chicks.

Posted by: NObama | September 13, 2008 12:30 PM

Zandy said: ""for the first time I am proud of my country" than you are right she deserves to be first lady, that's a highly intelligent phrase,"

*************
You've taken her comment out of its context to make it something it's not. That's exactly the base intellectual dishonesty I was referring to. It's a stupid comment, Zandy. You proved my point.

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

Palin will not take care of the debt when starting wars are her #1 & #2 priorities.

Posted by: Dead Catholic School Girl | September 13, 2008 12:28 PM

McSham calls the Gibson interview a "low blow", the kind he should get from Palin

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

Despite the 'gotcha' questioning, Palin again came out on top.

It is hard to defeat honesty.

I was in the car for over 8-hours yesterday and listened to cable shows on Sirius most of the time. I did not hear ONE WORD regarding what Obama did or said on Friday. Not ONE WORD. It was Palin and Ike, NObama!

Obama is going down...

Posted by: NObama | September 13, 2008 12:25 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 12:25 PM

I'm a moderate, middle class American who is getting killed by the Republican management of the economy. I can't afford another four years of them, and neither can my children.

Still, I've always respected McCain and appreciated him as a moderate. But here's the thing, when you compare the two presidential candidates' plans on nonpartisan websites such as usbudgetwatch.org, both candidates would increase the federal debt but McCain's plan is about 30% more irresponsible than Obama's.

In addition, Obama's tax plan would actually cost his own family money, while McCain's proposal would save the McCains hundreds of thousands of dollars. Sorry, but I'm not seeing the "Country First" in that. Neither of their plans will cost me more in taxes. Partisanship aside, Obama's plan for the economy is more responsible.

Posted by: DC | September 13, 2008 12:23 PM

You people whine about vauge things around Obama like he is un american and going to tax us to death. Yert when we look at the last 4 administrations, only on ran a balaced budget. That slimy tax and spend liveral Bill.. OOOO I am so scared of the evil Obama and his evil wife! get a clue and maybe you will acually have a mortagae that smaller than the value of your house in 4 years.

Posted by: get a clue | September 13, 2008 12:23 PM

Hello...Christians put God first, family second, love God and strive to love others as themselves....Did Bush do this? Does Palin do this? I do not think many politicians this day can be both because they cannot get elected and be true to their beliefs...
When Bush entered office people were discussing how they could rebate taxpayers because of so much money in the treasury..now the world economies including the US are on the verge of economic collapse (see Market Oracle.com) Why because there has been no regulation of the finacial industry (who gauge the poor and average people with rediculous interest charges that keep them in debt for life)and because giving tax breaks to the wealthy does not generate jobs look at the jobless rate. Instead greed and deception have replaced job creation....this is McCain's economic policy as it was Bush's. My advice get your money out of the bank as they are beginning to crash!!! and hold on because the inflation rate in this country is going to make Zimbaway look like Disneyland.
Stop ranting at each other and start looking at the facts of what is happening all around you...INFLATION!!!!!

Posted by: Cheryl | September 13, 2008 12:22 PM

Sarah Palin talks about the huge Federal debt but she doesn't even know that it's been the combined effect of the Bush tax cuts for the rich plus the Iraq war that have increased that debt tremendously, not entitlements. She would have to gut Social Security completely to significantly reduce the debt without ending those tax cuts and the war spending.

Posted by: Henry F | September 13, 2008 12:22 PM

Obama lies alot and sure enough his VP candidate can catch up with him on that.

Posted by: rachel | September 13, 2008 12:21 PM

Obama is doomed this fall. :)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:20 PM

Hey Ben, are you saying Michele Obama is intelligent because she made the statement
"for the first time I am proud of my country" than you are right she deserves to be first lady, that's a highly intelligent phrase, William F Buckley would be proud of her too and maybe switch parties.

Posted by: Zandy | September 13, 2008 12:19 PM

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Posted by: janet | September 13, 2008 12:19 PM

The GOP has surged to a lead...

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

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 13, 2008 12:19 PM

McCain is leading in all the polls today.
No wonder why democrats thinks they are doomed.

Posted by: ken | September 13, 2008 12:18 PM

Big bad Charlie Gibson beating up on the poor helpless girl??? This woman is running to be VP of the entire country, and one of the most powerful people on the planet. This was just one interview, and if she can't handle some simple questions from Charlie Gibson, how is she supposed to handle negotiations with Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Europe, NAFTA, the UN, etc...

Compare this interview with the one OBAMA did with Bill Oreilly. Obama took much tougher questions and handled them with confidence AND compitence. Obama and Biden are ready to lead this country. Not this ridiculous Grandpa Simpson/Peggy Hill duo.

Posted by: Kevin | September 13, 2008 12:17 PM

Obama and radical pastor wright with anti-american wife.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:17 PM

Democrats privately think they are doomed this fall because of their flawed candidate and a liar VP candidate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:16 PM

We don't want anyone to blow McSham away.....oops

That's why he choose Palin

Posted by: Gary | September 13, 2008 12:16 PM

Oh yeah.. he only respects radicle uncle wright, anti-american michelle, racists like Oprah, jackson, sharpton.
He also respects convicted criminals like rezko and fraud mayor kilpatrick.

He also have high respect for terrorists like Ayers and Dhorn who bombed in the past and is unapoligitic about it.

Posted by: chantel | September 13, 2008 12:15 PM

Please all you Dem's wont some Cheeses with your wine

Posted by: mark | September 13, 2008 12:14 PM

Palin is a Bush clone. The religious right kicked aside McCain in 2000 because they wanted "someone like them." But that characteristic proved incompetent for the job and disasterous for the country, thus McCain had his opening this year. When the base wouldn't fully support him he was forced to choose Palin as his running mate.

It's not about being a woman. The religious right are deeply jealous and threatened by truly intelligent women like Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. An article this week quoted a female Palin supporter enthusiastically saying "more women have teenagers who get pregnant than who go to Harvard."

That's how low the bar is set for these people. They want someone of mediocre intelligence so they can feel good about themselves. The pride of blind envy. It's a sad but too common human failing.

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

Obama is also disrespect ful to women all along. Looks at the facts about his staff. He pays way too less to women than men in his office. Only a tiny portion of his staff are women.

Something seems to be smoking there. He disrespected everything and everyone.

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

Sass. If Palin is a joke what does that say about Obama and Biden? Palin is head and shoulders above them in terms of experience, candor and ability, and she says what she thinks, unlike the world champion whiner Obama.

Posted by: Mike | September 13, 2008 12:11 PM

One of the things that make me crinch is that Obama lies alot. He is deceptive and untrustworthy. Why did democrats choose such a weak candidate?

No wonder why majority democrats feel they are doomed this fall.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:11 PM

I am also looking forward to answers as I have also heard scary things about this guy. His wife also a anti-american sentiments right?

Posted by: jenny | September 13, 2008 12:09 PM

There are basic questions and Obama need to answer them. We do not know who he is.

Posted by: richard | September 13, 2008 12:08 PM

Who is Obama?
Who is his father?
Why did he go to pakistan which mentors terrorists in their backyard?
What has he done for America?
What is a street organizer? What are his responsibilities?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:07 PM

"If Obama loses the election, he'll go back to voting Present on important bills, so as not to appear to be too controversial."

John McCain has set the record in the Senate for NOT showing up to vote.

Did you know that?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:07 PM

all you need to know about how Obama thinks and decides

Biden

In an August 23 article on Sen. Barack Obama's selection of Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) as his vice-presidential running mate, the Los Angeles Times reported that "when he ran for president in 1988, Biden was accused of plagiarism when he did not credit Neil Kinnock, then leader of the British Labor Party, for much of his stump speech." Similarly, in an August 23 article, The New York Times reported that Biden "was forced to quit the 1988 presidential race in the face of accusations that he had plagiarized part of a speech from Neil Kinnock," and in an August 23 article, the Associated Press reported that Biden's 1988 run for president "ended badly" after he "was caught lifting lines from a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock."

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/08/joe_bidens_plagiarism_problem.html

Bidens kids...right Obama, lobbyist are bad ?

son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show.

The Democratic vice presidential candidate's son Hunter, 38, and brother James, 59, assert instead that their former partner defrauded them by misrepresenting his experience in the hedge fund industry and recommending that they hire a lawyer with felony convictions.

The legal actions have been playing out in New York State Supreme Court since 2007, and they focus on Hunter and James Biden's involvement in Paradigm Companies LLC, a hedge fund group. Hunter Biden, a Washington lobbyist, briefly served as president of the firm.

A lawsuit filed by their former partner Anthony Lotito Jr. asserts in court papers that the deal was crafted to get Hunter Biden out of lobbying because his father was concerned about the impact it would have on his bid for the White House. Biden was running for the Democratic nomination at the time the suit was filed.


so let's talk about 'judgment' libs. He threw Hillary over the cliff for this guy ?

Posted by: laughing at the dems | September 13, 2008 12:06 PM

Biden has a lot of heart. We know him. He has the guts to speak to the mainstream media. So what if he slips now and then. Hes human. The only ones getting on his case as the ones who are not going to vote Obama/Biden anyway.

Biden will shine in his debate with Palin. Palin can avoid the media all she wants but in the debate the mainstream moderators will represent us the voters and the questions we are asking!

Posted by: Katherine | September 13, 2008 12:06 PM

Above all. We do know know who he really is. Its really scary to think about his radical associations. New one Khalid Al Mansour? A saudi radical muslim who funded obama's harvard education.

Obama is weak and cannot be trusted. Obama will throw us under the bus if fundamental muslim terrorists attack us.

His father was a muslim, His Brothers are muslims. Jeez.. we cannot trust these guys with our security.

Posted by: kim | September 13, 2008 12:06 PM

"When was the last time Obama BALANCED A BUDGET, "

Palin left her home town over $22 million dollars in debt. as Mayor

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:05 PM

No doubt about it. Obama has a dark background and stealth nature. His character and judgement is questionable. His associations are radical. He has no record. Infact his resume is limited to street organization with radical pastor wright, convicted criminal rezko, fraud kilpatrick, racist farrakhan of islam, big racist jackson, bigger racist sharpton and terrorist Ayers, Dhorn.

Obama has no credibility any more and disrespect women.

Obama is untrustworthy and is not reliable to protect us from Fundamental Islamic/Muslim Terrorists

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:02 PM

Palin is GW Bush....with lipstick. He claimed to have foreign policy experience too...he lived next door to Mexico. Didn't help us much.

I wonder how she's going to handle her flip-flop on Alaska seceding from the Union? Her motto used to be 'Alaska First'.

Posted by: LeeUsa | September 13, 2008 12:00 PM

What do Obama and Biden think about entitlement reform? How stupid of me. I should have remembered that the media never asks serious questions to the Democratic contenders.

Posted by: mike | September 13, 2008 12:00 PM

most democrats are now starting to think that they are doomed this fall with a bad choice of candidate.

Posted by: linda | September 13, 2008 11:58 AM

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 11:58 AM

Obama and his supporters turns out to be just a bundle of lies. Pathetic.

Posted by: jim | September 13, 2008 11:58 AM

Its clear to us. We are voting McCain and Palin this fall.

May be its beyond the comprehension of the uneducated reporter and obama supporters.

Posted by: stacy | September 13, 2008 11:57 AM

For Scott who continually posts polls:

Anyone interested can find this info on pollster.com. If you're going to republish it here, at least do not be so obvious in choosing ONLY the polls that favor McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 11:56 AM

She is right wing of George Bush. Do not be fouled just because she looks like the move of a Maverick candidate. It is more of a political move. She is even more of the same that the same old McCain. McCain/Palin; Republican first, Country second. The "she can do no harm because she is the VP and not the President" defense of Palin, is an admission that she in an incompetent. They have to lower the expectations for her to win. Obama/Biden 2008, REAL CHANGE!!

Posted by: Perspective | September 13, 2008 11:53 AM

I am a biracial Hawaiian with middle of the road board scores, but, let me say it, a gift for gab, if I do say so myself.

My excellent choice of a VP candidate, the hair plug Senator for Life Biden, and my health care plans are best illustrated by his valiant attempts last week to heal the sick by urging a paraplegic to "stand up so the folks can see you."

The Lazarus Project will begin Jan 20 as I realize my lifelong dreams of BSing my way into office as POTUS and I begin also to heal the lame and raise the dead (voter registration of them is already our strong point).

Felon Americans, (I meant Fellow) please vote in November so we can bring back America (to the 1960s).

You see (I like to use the "vision" phrase), I see an America where EVERYONE can vote, illegal alien, felon, minorities of all types (for Dems). Where EVERYONE (except women candidates) regardless of gender is able to achieve their dreams. Where EVERYONE (except rural 'bitter' types) can prosper.

A place where there is a Whole Foods on every corner, where our BMWs and Volvos are safe, our hedge funds get back in the positive, and our four rent subsidized apartments receive 'green' tax subidies.

Yes, America.

I am Just. Like. You.

Posted by: ChiTown Shyster | September 13, 2008 11:52 AM

"I lived in a muslim country for 18 years. Ask any muslim, he will tell you a man born of a muslim father is ever considered as a muslim. That's why all muslim countries are so happy about Barak Hussain Obama becoming next American President. Then a muslim will be ruling the most powerful country in the world. Do you know the quran allows muslims to tell lies if it’s necessary, for survival and conquering the opponents?

Barak Hussain Obama is doing just that in this election to take control of the most powerful country in the world."

Wow, that was just about the dumbest post I've ever read. And I even read the one before this one. Bravo.

Posted by: Xander | September 13, 2008 11:48 AM

'spend other people's money wisely, then that's where we get into the situation that we are into today, and that is a tremendous growth of government, a huge debt, trillions of dollars of debt that we're passing on to my kids and your kids and your grandkids," Palin said. "It's unacceptable."'
You would think she konws that the deficit was created by her own party. That the huge growth in government is republican made.

Posted by: onell | September 13, 2008 11:47 AM

I lived in a muslim country for 18 years. Ask any muslim, he will tell you a man born of a muslim father is ever considered as a muslim. That's why all muslim countries are so happy about Barak Hussain Obama becoming next American President. Then a muslim will be ruling the most powerful country in the world. Do you know the quran allows muslims to tell lies if it’s necessary, for survival and conquering the opponents?

Barak Hussain Obama is doing just that in this election to take control of the most powerful country in the world.

Posted by: Alex | September 13, 2008 11:46 AM

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

Posted by: cliffyworld | September 13, 2008 11:46 AM

Hey Xander, give yourself a break you are
going to get a coronary, and will Obama give you mouth to mouth.

Posted by: Zander | September 13, 2008 11:45 AM

"PER CAPITA COMPARISONS OF FUNDING ARE MIS-LEADING BECAUSE ALASKA'S INFRA-STRUCTURE WILL BENEFIT CAPITA IN OTHER STATES TOO, AND GIVEN ITS NATURAL RESOURCES, FAR MORE THAN ILLINOIS!!!"

Yes, because using caps makes you look far more convincing. You do realize, however, that with the earmarks that Palin requested this year are 22 times per capita for the state of Illinois?

Illinois population: 12,831,970
Alaska population: 670,053

Seems a bit off eh?

Posted by: Xander | September 13, 2008 11:40 AM

Schmit and Rove campaign ads scare everyone because they are branding the Media as “Piranhas!”, Democrats are “Wolves” and talented Artists are just lite “Celebrities” without talent and their voice doesn't count. Schmidt and Rove have branded Palin as their Barracuda and Pit Bull. Now Schmit and Rove are attempting to play the victim when ever the Democrat's response or the mainstream media starts asking the questions that are on the minds of the voters.

This will be the election that will be studied by historians. How did they do it? They took out everyone with negative ads and then created their own celebrity who is running on a open playing field now. Barracuda and Pit Bull running down field carrying the football. Can a goldfish stop them. I'm checking out a video - Trained Goldfish Performs Amazing Tricks!!. Can all talking dogs stop them? I look at the video -Talking Dogs. This election may decided by a gold fish and all talking dogs taking on Schmidt and Rove's Barracuda and Pit Bull. I have faith in the gold fish who says “No worries Team. Everything is going to be all right!” Our Goldfish runs onto the playing field to take on Schmidt and Rove's Barracuda. A determined mutt joins our gold fish to take on Schmidt and Rove's Pit Bull. Our team's anthem is U2 - Beautiful Day video.

Democrats and Obamacans's courting all Republican and Independent Voters!

Over 70 retired generals and admirals have endorsed Obama/Biden '08

Hope and Change backed by strength.

Our World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY

Obamacan's - “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.”
William F. Buckley, Jr. quote

The real change team for the last 19 months
Change we can believe in.

Vote Obama/Biden '08


Posted by: Cooday | September 13, 2008 11:37 AM

Palin is TWICE THE EXECUTIVE Obama is or every was. When was the last time Obama BALANCED A BUDGET, and when was the last time WPOST asked Obama about balancing a budget.

Also, PER CAPITA COMPARISONS OF FUNDING ARE MIS-LEADING BECAUSE ALASKA'S INFRA-STRUCTURE WILL BENEFIT CAPITA IN OTHER STATES TOO, AND GIVEN ITS NATURAL RESOURCES, FAR MORE THAN ILLINOIS!!!

With yet another piece of YELLOW-JOURNALISM ANNE E. KORNBLUT has officially become Obama's biyatch ;)

Posted by: wpost_is_in_the_tank_for_the_one | September 13, 2008 11:35 AM

"Scott - too many words. Your point gets lost in the blizzard, my man."

Agreed. It's bad enough that I have to work this morning, but now I have to try to sort all that out? Check please.

Posted by: Xander | September 13, 2008 11:33 AM

Well it's been fun but I gotta go. Think I'll head out to the shooting range with bitter thoughts running through my mind. I just hope hope that the Obamas can save my soul. Hey, did you ever try driving a standard transmission pickup truck while clinging to a bible? It ain't easy.

Posted by: Block Head | September 13, 2008 11:32 AM

Barack Hussein Obama is SCARY.

Posted by: Betsy | September 13, 2008 11:31 AM

Scott - too many words. Your point gets lost in the blizzard, my man.

Posted by: Bill | September 13, 2008 11:31 AM

Dear xeroweek:

When you grow up what do you want to be? Do you actually believe McSham and Palin are honest, informed people...if you do then you also believe Bush gave up drinking.

McSham would sell his first born to be POTUS and Palin..well we all know what she would do

Posted by: Gary | September 13, 2008 11:30 AM

PALIN - GOVERNS THE STATE OF ALASKA.

OBAMA - VOTES PRESENT ON IMPORTANT BILLS.

'nuff said

Posted by: junebug | September 13, 2008 11:30 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 11:29 AM

Hey AZindependent:

Anger issues much?

There are pills for that, you know.

Posted by: brown-eyed-girl | September 13, 2008 11:29 AM

"Dear Xander...let's see the media put Obama through the same scrutiny they have Palin. The bias is glaringly obvious. The media is in love with BHO and will do no hard reporting on his life or past."

Before Palin even came on to the scene, the MSM has been not only scrutinizing but attacking Obama at every turn. Even Gibson gave him hell because of the "American pin" controversy. Did you just start tuning in AFTER Palin was chosen? Because that's how it seems with you as well as a lot of other people. It seems as though while Obama was being scrutinized, you all had your blinders on.

Posted by: Xander | September 13, 2008 11:28 AM

Bottom line: Palin is not running for President. It doesn't matter than McCain COULD die in office - your constant speculation on this point is almost an admission of this perverted hope. Quayle was VP, and did no harm, except PR. John Edwards last time around - now a sad joke. Dick Cheney - you libs should be glad for anyone else.

About media coverage of Palin: I'm glad the media has grilled Palin as if she were a man. Now, I wish the media would grill Obama as if HE were a man. William Ayers (terrorist). ACORN (voter fraud). Jeremiah Wright (GD America). Jesus was a community organizer? Pontius Pilate was a governor? Interesting choice of words, libs. Clinton and Carter were governors.

About invoking God, Obama: "I want to be an instrument of God's Will." Case closed.

About media scrutiny of every word of Palin, Obama said: "My Muslim faith." I know he's not a practicing Muslim, BUT ... why did Stephanopolous run to his rescue? He did not let Obama be a man and live with his own missteps. Thanks, George, for correcting Obama. Thanks media for being the brainwashing sickies you are.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 11:27 AM

If Palin loses the election, she'll go back to being the Governor of the State of Alaska.

If Obama loses the election, he'll go back to voting Present on important bills, so as not to appear to be too controversial.

Personally, I'd rather have a woman With balls than a man without.

Posted by: Chicago | September 13, 2008 11:27 AM

Bush and crowd have lied to the people, stole from them and McSham wants to continue this crap.

It is dishearting to see the pro-McSham - Uninformed Palin - Bush Lovers crowd [ the PUBlican pary ] is not smarter then a 5th grader..allowing themselves to be led by the nose to the slughter house and actually believing they will be saved in their pie in the sky bar room.

Posted by: Gary | September 13, 2008 11:25 AM

Dear Xander...let's see the media put Obama through the same scrutiny they have Palin. The bias is glaringly obvious. The media is in love with BHO and will do no hard reporting on his life or past.

Posted by: xeroweek | September 13, 2008 11:24 AM

"one of which is glaringly similar to how Sarah Palin defined it. "

Palin defined it as "Bush's worldview". I don't know how much further off you can get unless you define the Bush Doctrine as Bush Sr.'s golfcart.

Posted by: Xander | September 13, 2008 11:24 AM

I think it's hilarious how news media wants to stump Palin and trip her up on how much she may or may not know about Washington. The majority of American's don't know what entitlements are and for that matter--Charles Gibson has four different definitions for the "Bush Doctrine" himself--one of which is glaringly similar to how Sarah Palin defined it.

Many Americans vote with their gut, locally and federally. When news media chooses to get into intellectual spats beyond the 7th grade reading level--they're aiming too high to reach or loose anyone, depending on their goal. That's not a slam on just America--look at any country that produces street rags and uses propaganda--it's gotta hit people in their gut or it's just not going to fly.

Sarah Palin did a great job at keeping it short & simple. I don't think she lost anyone who was already for her and the editing of the Charlie Gibson interview makes it look like he's scrambling to find some fault--but just falls short.

Posted by: Katie | September 13, 2008 11:21 AM

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


"...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 11:20 AM

For all those who are calling Gibson "unfair, biased, sexist", just stop already. The whole only people who are being sexist are you. You, who keep putting Palin upon a pedestal, far away from the grasps of the media. If she truly wants to run for Vice President, then she has to be willing to go through the same scrutiny as any other candidate. Being a woman (or mother for that matter) does not give you a free pass. I've known many women who made horrible mothers, and yet to question them is like questioning the Pope. Being a mother does not figure into running a country. It's just getting to the point when everytime someone says the word "sexist", it just makes the populace sag their heads and groan. Time to grow up.

Posted by: Xander | September 13, 2008 11:18 AM

Let me get this straight. The more aggressive the US is against terrorists, the more danger the US is in? We've had exactly how many attacks since 911? I beleive the number is zero. I guess we have Obama,Clinton,Pelosi,Reid and company to thank for that.

Posted by: Block Head | September 13, 2008 11:15 AM

I find it amazing at all the negative responses from people who consider Palin having no experience. While considering Obama to have all the experience, knowledge and honesty. Placing him at the top of the ticket. Furthermore listening to Oprah, who was supposed to be a champion for women's causes, and her appointee, Obama, for the last 2+ years. Who has been the "second coming" for the broadcast and print media, spent little time in the Senate and we got ourselves a person who is going to fix everything and make the world a better place to live. Sounds like smoke and mirrors to me. And as for McCain, he is NO Bush man, and unfortunitly can't express it in public because he needs the Republican votes to win. With his life experiences he should be given the Presidency. I would've preferred Clinton over Obama but that was Oprah and her Democratic Party's decision.
I guess we will see after election day if there will be a coronation or not.
Lets compare apples with apples. This is not a Palin vs Obama election, top of the ticket vs the bottom with comparable experiences. it's McCain vs Obama.

Posted by: Independant One | September 13, 2008 11:12 AM

Its funny how there are so many posts by the brainwashed republicans about media being unfair, and that Palin is being equated to a big because "lipstick" happens to be the common word in two sentences and then turn around and called Democrats "whiners".

People will wisen up and see that the republican campaign is just Hipocrisy and Whining.

Posted by: webwatch | September 13, 2008 11:10 AM

>>Block Head said: ...If she's such a joke on the McCain ticket, why all the fuss.

I guess we still can't believe the country voted in Bush.....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 11:09 AM

this posting is for John....how dare you say what Obama relgion is? You yourself do not know what a Muslim is...he is a Christian and I am not...i am so sick of people hiding behind their religion as a crutch..they themselves do not even believe the things that they say they believe in...if they did it would not any racism in this so called united states or around the world for that fact...there would be equal treament for everyone here in this US...but we all know that is not true...racism is so deep in this country it is pathetic...people should ask the question "what is morality?" If they could actually believe what that word means and carry it out in their daily lives...we would not be having these conversation as we find ourselves having....we would not LIES, STEAL, CHEAT, TALK ABOUT EACH OTHER, BE OUR BROTHER'S KEEPER...ECT, ECT..ECT....BUT PEOPLE CAN NOT DO THAT...THEY CAN NOT GO TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY, PRAY, AND COME OUT AND CONTINUE TO DO THE SAME DIRT THAT THEY DID BEFORE THEY ENTERED THEIR CHURCH AND CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIONS...ECT...THEY ARE HIPOCRITS AND DO NOT EVEN BELIEVE IN THEIR OWN FAITH!

Posted by: sass | September 13, 2008 11:08 AM

Time for a change? The Repugnants have been in charge of the White House for the past 8 years. How much more time do you need? And Palin didn't cite ANY specific policy changes from the present administration. Just a bunch of sound bites herself: "put government back in the hands of the people." What could she say specific about that? Well, in Wasilla they had a referendum about whether or not the people of the town wanted a new sports arena. Um, are we going to have a nationwide referendum on EVERYTHING now? Okay, sure, that works. McCain's "Hail Sarah" is nothing more than a show pony and a pawn, despite all her claims that she's a "Washington outsider." She seems to be making plenty of friends fast, and they're all pulling her strings. Wake up America! Educate yourselves and stop running like a bunch of scared sheep!

Also, for all the talk about national security and hunting down terrorists even without the permission of the whatever country they're holed up in: Didn't anyone see Queen Noor of Jordan's interview on CNN? To sum it up, what she basically said is the the more militant and agressive the U.S. is with their troops around the world, the more it actually puts the U.S. in DANGER. In doing that, the rest of the world is put on the defensive at every step and is not willing to back up our country. We ourselves are seen as invaders then. However, if the U.S. government works more cooperatively with other countries instead of being so trigger-happy(certainly not saying to drop any and all defenses and vigilance) that, in itself, will increase the security of the U.S. More countries will be willing to work with us and help us to root these people out. It makes a lot of sense -- think about it!

Posted by: Laura | September 13, 2008 11:08 AM

She is Cheney without the brains, experiece and ... Just your basic sort of evil.

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

McCain has failed his major leadership test. The choices one makes in life determine the stuff one is made of. If this is the future of America, then I say, God save the Queen!

Posted by: Dr. Jesse Kally-Williams | September 13, 2008 11:05 AM

Exposing John McCain’s Lies — Pass it on!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH0xzsogzAk

Are we finally pulling back the Curtin on the Wizards?

Ground Zero is a Symbol of Republicans' failed policies, that after 7 years Ground Zero is still a hole, still zero! Nothing from nothing leaves nothing and that is not Change we can believe in!


Posted by: Angellight | September 13, 2008 11:04 AM

Okay, I gotta admit, I'd vote for Palin for president, never mind VP. Reason is, she is a true conservative. Obama is way out there in left field. Lefties are whiners and crybabies that that blame everyone but themselves for all of the world's problems. Especially George Bush. News flash, he's done as president. As for Palin; She's eating Obama's and what's-his-names lunch since coming into the game. If she's such a joke on the McCain ticket, why all the fuss. The Democrats should love it.

Posted by: Block Head | September 13, 2008 11:02 AM


Go fu&king kill yourself you piece of filth. I would be happy do do it for you.
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What a shame the Liberals have sunken to. Its amazing haow the Dems cry about Sarah never going before the press on tough questions, but neither has Obama. I beleive he would fold or continue to flip flop.
Charles Gibson had an adjenda to destroy Sarah and in the process she won and he was shown to be the creep all knew him to be.
It's a shmame how many Obamanites are totally uninformed. May God bless our Nation in spite of these freaks!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo | September 13, 2008 10:58 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 11:02 AM

What kind of answer is that to a simple question about Social Security and Medicare, Medicaid??

We can say that we vote for President and not Vice President, but not in this case and not in these times. The office of Vice President is extremely important. I would not want that woman representing me at a funeral much less functioning as President of the Senate.

Speaking of "efficiencies", the most efficient thing for us to do is to put up with the next 7 weeks and vote Obama/Biden in November so she can go back to Alaska and McCain can finally retire his ambition to be President since he could not make Admiral in the Navy. I have lost all respect for him. I now see his POW days for what they were. He did nothing extraordinary then; many others were just like him and they did not come home to a rich father in law who subsidized his political career. Any integrity he may have had has been sold out.

If this campaign is not about issues but about personalities, as McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis said, then, the personalities being revealed on the Republican ticket are very unattractive and disturbing.

Posted by: TJW | September 13, 2008 10:59 AM

JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PAILN ARE FRAUDS AND LIARS.
THEIR ELECTION WOULD BE AN INDICTMENT OF AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS A WHOLE. IT WOULD BE A VERY SAD DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY THAT SUCH A FRAUD COULD BE PERPETRATED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEY BOUGHT IT.

From a European newspaper.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 10:59 AM

What a shame the Liberals have sunken to. Its amazing haow the Dems cry about Sarah never going before the press on tough questions, but neither has Obama. I beleive he would fold or continue to flip flop.
Charles Gibson had an adjenda to destroy Sarah and in the process she won and he was shown to be the creep all knew him to be.
It's a shmame how many Obamanites are totally uninformed. May God bless our Nation in spite of these freaks!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo | September 13, 2008 10:58 AM

For white educated retired Sharon......Apparently you have not completed your research......What has not been a lie from Nobama for 4 years...oops! he did say he was concerned about all 57 states...the only nation with 57 states is the Muslim nation....guess that was the truth..I am just as white, just as educated (mabey more so) and just as retired as you are.,,,and I will not let the media, fact checks, analysts, TV talk shows and left wing liberal pundits tell me what is a lie and what is not a lie....your claim to be a republican conservative is baseless if you tell me you can research two great careers in a few hours without relying media trash....BECAUSE THE MEDIA INTERPRETS MCCAIN AND PALIN ASSERTIONS AS A LIE DOES NOT MAKE IT SO!!!!IT MAKES IT EVEN LESS SO WHEN REPEATED BY SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT EVEN KNOW WHETHER THEY ARE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN OR LIBERAL NOBAMACRAT. PLEASE JOIN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY!!!ITS MADE FOR YOU!!!....SIT BACK, LISTEN TO THE MEDIA AND THEY WILL TELL YOU WHAT TO DO!!! ITS THE PARTY OF CONVIENCE. P.S. Hope you retirement holds up under the Democrat plan to share it with those who have sat on their a... wile you and I were working and planning... P.S.S. AND IF YOU THINK YOUR SOURCES ARE NOT ULTRA-LIBERAL YOU REALLY ARE TOOP STUPID TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

Posted by: Mike in Dallas | September 13, 2008 10:57 AM

TO John, Sept 13@10:36AM: I know that posting nonsense usually gets at least one other moron to pay attention and may make a difference. I hope and pray not, that people are generally more honest and wise than someone like you who is a Feisty, Uneducated, Confused, Fellow.

Posted by: Peter | September 13, 2008 10:55 AM

PALIN: FRONT FOR A RIGHT-WING SILENT COUP?

The American electorate has a sad history of voting against its own economic self-interest in presidential elections. That's why Obama's campaign MUST mount an assault on McCain's selection of Sarah Palin:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/obama-rip-mccain-his-reckless-palin-pick-get-political-w-vic-livingston

Posted by: scrivener | September 13, 2008 10:54 AM

First issue - Energy - we must stop the bleeding and build a future with alternatives. This issue leads to our security, our trade balance, our debt. We MUST do everything, look for alternatives and implement them, plus, yes plus OFF shore drilling.
-> McCain-Palin -> Yes to it all, good.
-> Obama-Biden -> No to offshore drilling, shows weakness

At least Palin in the statements are clear regardless whether they are entitlement programs or not, they are not, yes NOT efficient. To continue to except the status quo is not a leader.

We want a leader that does not say change, but delivers a stronger government that is responsible to the people. Obama does get some of this message, but we have yet to hear him call for government cuts, more efficiencies.

Experience, I'm not worried about any of the candidates, I think they know how to ask the questions to deliver results as they are leaders.

So hopefully we can keep this election about improving the United States and not worrying about the other candidates, both parties need to be responsible as the world is watching !!

Posted by: Jeff Hardley | September 13, 2008 10:53 AM

Yeah John,

If we went back to the original constitution I am sure McCain would love it without the amendments woman would not have the right to vote and minorities would have no rights except for to perhaps be slaves.

Wake up you are being duped by Rove Rush Insanity and the rest of the 3 little pig news channel.

I would much rather my taxes went for health care for Americans then the stupid Iraq War we were again duped into by Rove, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld etc.

I wonder if Condie Rice would feel like Palin is an expert on Russia because she can see it in the distance from Alaska.

Posted by: gc | September 13, 2008 10:52 AM

Ever see that movie Idiocracy? Where the educated people hold off on having kids while the uneducated continue to breed - and vote? Then the country ends up being run by extremely stupid people?

Bush was the beginning. Palin takes it further to the extreme.

Republicans shouldn't be allowed to breed.

Posted by: FranBeer | September 13, 2008 10:49 AM

How many lies must a VP pick make up
Before you call her a liar

How many falsehood must she claim
Before she can be called to explain

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind
The answer my friend is to vote for a change

The answer is to vote them out

Posted by: Jan E | September 13, 2008 10:49 AM

Posted by: Patriot | September 13, 2008 10:48 AM

My bologna has a first name, it's S A R A H.

And my bologna has a last name, it's P A L I N.

It was a significantly irresponsible decision for McCaine to name this attractive, dynamic, know-nothing as his running mate.

Posted by: marie | September 13, 2008 10:45 AM

I was never a poll number watcher. If I had, I would have never participated in Obama's campaign.

In the end, this is a ground game. Throwing Hail Mary passes (like McCain's pick of Palin) might win the election but it is a big risk. Obama's strategy is based on the premise of community organizer, i.e. get out talk to the people, focus on increasing voter registration, and talk the issues that matters in the community.

I have never been polled so in the end polls don't matter to me because polls don't vote. The Obama campaing should feel pleased that in many swing states voter registration is up. I would take more voters registering Democrat than inaccurate polls showing me behind anytime.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 13, 2008 10:42 AM

I expect a leader to know the answers to questions, I do not know. Just like if I have to pay an attorney for legal advice, a doctor, car mechanic, accountant that they are competent in their profession when I am paying them for their service. I do not want someone who is in the middle of on the job training especially someone who could potentially be the leader of the free world. As a Governor she should know many of these answers my Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would.

Why is it that so many people anymore seem to be way more impressed with someone who seems just like them to run this nation rather then someone who is intelligent. Do you think Jefferson was elected for this reason.

I have had enough of Rove and his ilk running this country into the ground and at this point I see no evidence to suggest that his team Schmidt etc. are not pulling all strings in the McCain/Palin campaign and again who suffers the American people. This pick is nothing but spin, smoke and mirrors, dog and pony, Wizard of Oz man behind the curtain.

Posted by: gc | September 13, 2008 10:39 AM

Please America...

don't vote for this Women Palin. Shes not worth your vote, understand the republican party is only using her to keep the rich richer and the poorer.

Strong women deserve Ms Clinton. After Obama is president, she will follow suit.

Posted by: Mike | September 13, 2008 10:38 AM

I feel like I am in a room with the devil complaining about Christians and Jesus. That is because the WP is Democrat, as well as most of the posts here. TRUTH: Obama is a Muslim - hey, everybody, find out what Muslims believe - you are not in a good position if Nobama is elected president - not at all. McCain fought, suffered and sacrificed for his country - Nobama believes in a "living" Constitution, which means he can make it whatever he wants - He also wants to disarm our nation - weaken us so our enemies can have their way, and we won't be able to do anything about it then. His "global poverty act" will cost YOU thousands of dollars...as well as his National Healthcare Plan. When he said he had been to 57 states, he was probably correct - There are 57 ISLAMIC COUNTRIES. America, wake up and smell the roses - they have thorns and they will bite you!

Posted by: John | September 13, 2008 10:36 AM

As bits of the ABC sessions emerge, an enduring conclusion is how gracefully questioners allow guests to slip away without really responding to certain questions posed, even when (as with Charlie Gibson) the question is repeated, signaling to the audience that the reply disregards the queries.

Posted by: 2mature2bHornswoggled | September 13, 2008 10:27 AM

this vice president choice is absolutely ap-palin-g. Not worth wasting words on.
How can Americans be that dumb to fall for this again. Not just once in 2000, twice in 2004 and hopefully not in 2008.
This lady is way over her head and does an absolute disservice to the feminist cause.
She is just the token trophy woman, and certianly did not get there on her intellectual merit.

Posted by: melanie | September 13, 2008 10:26 AM

The math is:
Palin hangs in there till Nov. 4th = McCain win. By the way, what is that guys name that is the Democrat VP? I thought Palin was running against him. But then, I guess if I was Obama I'd rather run against the other teams second stringer also.

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Posted by: AZindependent | September 13, 2008 10:25 AM

I was driving across the Texas Panhandle and Rush was on the radio fuming about the liberal media. I changed stations and there he was again. I hit search and a third station popped up with Rush criticizing liberal control of news outlets.
When I told this story to my ultra-conservative brother he laughed until he had tears in his eyes.
Time for a change.

Posted by: John | September 13, 2008 10:24 AM

What would the Republican ticket be saying if Obama selected a VP with identical credentials as Palin? Let me guess, dangerous, no experience, will put the country at risk....we can't take a chance...
There is no way any Republican or Democrat can say she is the most qualified pick for this position. Take a look at Tom Ridge's resume and tell me who you would want in a national emergency. Any conservative Republican such as myself should be ashamed by this selection.

Posted by: Greg - Ft Lauderdale | September 13, 2008 10:23 AM

I quess all in all most American people are so gulible and stupid they will accept anyone as long as that person is not of color...it is no way that the reception of a person with no knowledge of is so great..she did not even speak a sentence yet and the public went wild...I think if she would say that she is going to start a war with every country out there...the stupid americans would be behind her..Russia, China, Korea, Europe, get ready...because she could do not wrong in this misguide society...they do not care that she could not have an intelligent conversation debating world affairs with heads of countries...the way she was speaking to Charlie Gibson, i think heads of countries would get up and walk out...she is imbarrasing...and I could say for a fact..I am always embarrsed in being an American, especially in the fact that all this racism that still permiates this country...here in 2008!

Posted by: sasss | September 13, 2008 10:22 AM

We often hear "tax and spend Democrat". It's a set phrase.
What we have seen these last years is
"Don't tax, but still spend" Republicans.
That's how you go from a 700 billion dollar surplus to a 400
billion dollar deficit. Just "put it on the credit card".
I have little reason to think that McCain thinks anything different.
I suspect they think they can finally kill social security when the
debt gets too big. They've wanted to kill social security since it began some 70 years ago.

Posted by: Richaado/California | September 13, 2008 10:21 AM

Wake up and smell the Donkey's....

As long as the media of the left bank keep asking the old trick question,,,"are you still beating your wife" and expecting a yes or no answer...nobody can answer.....

That includes Nobama and V prop...

Posted by: Mike in Dallas | September 13, 2008 10:19 AM

I am a white college educated medical professional woman who just retired after a long wonderful career. I am also a registered Republican.

I was excited a woman had been chosen as John McCain's Vice President. How wonderful for all women! But I am also intelligent enough to realize gender, race,age must not be the reason why I cast my vote for Obama or McCain.

I immediately started my research on Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin, a woman could be the highly respected ambassador for all women and what we woman could strive for. Four hours later my excitement turned to total disappointment. This is how long it took me to evaluate who she is and patterns she has displayed during her political career in Alaska. Her acceptance speech only confirmed all the "red alarms" I discovered.

Sarah Palin lies!!! John McCain lies!! I apologize for such strong language. I do not like to use this word when speaking about candidate. Sadly I have no choice!
These two people have made statement, run TV Ads that are total LIES!! News Media, Fact Checks, analysts, daily TV talk shows verify all their lies. These two are confronted, but they have audacity to "SAY THEY ARE NOT LYING." facts show they are lying. Facts show they are running a smear campaign. Evidence shows they are LYING!

Sarah Palin is beautiful, excellent speaker, personable - everything that would attract people to her. THEN COMES THE TRUTH SHE IS LYING TO ALL AMERICANS FOR HER OWN GAIN. WORDS ARE CHEAP. ACTIONS DEMONSTRATE WHO PEOPLE REALLY ARE AND IF THEY DESERVE THE SUPPORT OF THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE IN AMERICA. JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY MOST AMERICANS WANT. HONESTY! THESE TWO ARE NOT HONEST. tHESE TWO "LIE" AND CONTINUE "LYING!" AND WHEN CONFRONTED WITH THE WIDELY KNOWN LIES THEY STAND BY WHAT THEY SAY AND CONTINUE TO LIE!!!

America does not need another President and Vice President in office who lies and continues to lie!! Worse is they know they are lying!! I am insulted! All of America should be insulted! They are saying we as voters are too stupid to know any difference!!

This Republican has been insulted by my own parties "lie tactics." The Republican Party has become a disgrace for me after all these years!

Posted by: Sharon | September 13, 2008 10:19 AM

John McCain is running for US President, NOT Sarah Palin. Besides, our next president will be BARACK OBAMA.

Posted by: Joseph Williams | September 13, 2008 10:17 AM

I wish she would give a direct answer to a direct question. Do you believe in the Bush Doctrine? No direct answer. If Israel attacks Iran to take out their nuclear plant, should we back them up? Again, no direct answer. Just dance around the question. Mccain is for abortions in cases of rape or incest. Would you support this policy? Again no direct answer. Is she able to give a direct answer to ant question? Who Knows?

Posted by: jim in florida | September 13, 2008 10:17 AM

Trash Media artical
McCain say Obama will have sex education for kindergarten children Lies
McCain say the pig thing was about the his vp pick --Lies
Pulin say never took earmarks –Lies
Pulin says Iraq caused 9-11 --Lies
McCain pick Pulin because she best qualified ---LIES
McCain is a maverick and goes across the aisle – LIES
McCain is against Bush and his fellow Republicans - LIES
McCain blames Obama for the high gasoline prices – LIES
McCain doesn’t know how many home he has --- Lies
McCain will help home owner that lose their homes ---LIES
McCain came up with the surge---LIES
McCain will give us a tax better break ---LIES
McCain vote for woman’s rights---LIES
McCain support seniors ----LIES
McCain supports the Iraq vets with his vote ---LIES
Palin was always against the bridge to nowhere --LIES

Posted by: GHM | September 13, 2008 10:16 AM

Pork Barrel Palin = Liar

Posted by: Michael | September 13, 2008 10:15 AM

Unless she is simply refusing to answer the question, she thinks about tackling the deficit by re-using paperclips. This is bad burlesque.

Posted by: crazytrain | September 13, 2008 10:13 AM

This woman is in so far over her head it's criminal, John McCain should be taken to a facility and have a competency exam done.

Sarah Palin is fluff, cute, folksy, arm candy, not very bright, ready to lead the country? not even close.

For all those who are easily impressed, she's right up your alley, but remember she has the ability to shoot a moose, snowmobile, and be a mayor. So she's much more than just a pretty face.

God help America should the occasion ever arise she would have to step in to the Presidents shoes.

Seriously people! think about your country, your children, your future, are you ready to place all of that in the hands of the republican party.

American's I hope are not that shallow, or stupid.

Posted by: Larry the Cable Guy | September 13, 2008 10:12 AM

Palin is a joke...if she was black answering questions like this the public media would demorilize her...people are so stupid...if obama come out the gate answering questions like that the media would play out that 24hrs a day and I bet all that are protecting Palin would not be protecting him like that....she has no experience in anything but taking money from lobbyist and pork belling spending that she says she is against and behind closed doors wraps her arms around...how does such a small town get so much money than a large state like Illinois....perhaps Illinois don't lobby for unnecesary spending...although that state do need the money....what a hipocrit she is!

Posted by: sasss | September 13, 2008 10:11 AM

The headline is misleading. "Palin Leaves Entitlement Reform Position Unclear". It implies she did this deliberately. I doubt that. I reckon she just didn't know the right answer. Seems she needs to ask McCain's strategists first and get back to Charlie later.

This is scary. Because, watching McCain on The View, I'd have to say that he doesn't know what's going on either! He's just saying whatever the strategists tell him, also!

I think these folks have no business deciding anything to do with the well being of America's elderly population. Zero.

Posted by: katie | September 13, 2008 10:11 AM

Anyone who works for the GOV knows SPENDING IS OUT OF CONTROL and Done Badly.....Look at the Coast Guard's DEEP WATER PROGRAM! DUH!

Palin is loved in her State......she is loved as a Leader. Nuf said!
Obama....he supported a Church that has a Non Conditional Commitment To AFRICA! HELLO!? Think about that, really let that sink in!
He wrote books while in Washington...that's is his biggest accomplishment!

Posted by: Shane | September 13, 2008 10:08 AM

It's so easy to tear things down, but so much harder to build things up. The attitude Palin brings to the ticket is a tearer... and sure it -feels- good. It feels good to be the bully, beating up others. But is a bully a good leader?

We have been the bully lately. Invading countries on thin reasoning at best. I do not think anyone truly doubts that today, not even President Bush.

We need someone to put the pieces back together again. We need someone to bring America back to greatness. With all of her religion, I find it disappointing that she does not take lead from King Solomon. If you want to rule with religion, at least rule like Solomon.

We have virtually had republican rule in the White House for 28 years. They talked about government being too big back then, and every year since. How many more years until we realize they're faking their intentions.

And if there were efficiencies, why didn't GW Bush, GH Bush and Reagan take care of it? Why are we hearing the same lines for almost 3 decades as if they never had a chance to implement anything? Why has the deficit grown so high under the current President's watch, especially since for the majority of his Presidency the house and senate were with him?

Sadly, electing a ticket with Palin on it is like electing Nero while Rome burned. She'll fiddle with agencies so elaborate she will never understand them, and in the process the opportunities we have to move forward with Iraq fades out of our grasp.

She has no knowledge of the nuances, she has no tact. She wants to be a raging crusader when we need a conciliatory ear. No, Palin is not good for us, America. I wish I could say otherwise

Posted by: Jason | September 13, 2008 10:02 AM

Republicans Coin the phrase "Tax and Spend Democrats" and push their agenda to mask our problem. Of course they want to lower your taxs, they want less government, to allow the system to take care of itself.

Problem is, Reagan, Bush Sr., and now Bush JR were the Country's WORSE fiscally managed presidents in history. Leaving record deficets after each leaves office. Then SOME1 has to PAY for their recklessness. SO, taxes have to offset the debt.

Now Palin and McCain try to sell that leaving Bush's rediculous tax cuts as permanent, and still think they will balance the budget.

They think they will be recreating the wheel, like nobody ever figured it out before them, and find "efficencies". They will end up cutting already depleted entitlement programs like medicare and Social security and further straining those who need it the most in our unstable economy.

Posted by: Whatever | September 13, 2008 10:00 AM

""She has the audacity to have faith""

Palin thinks the war in Iraq is God's will

""integrity""

Palin lied about the Bridge to Nowhere and is under investigation for abusing her power in Alaska

""and yes, human weakness and faults""

Funny, the fact that Obama has faults doesn't but him any slack. Is it because he's.........not a woman?

Posted by: LeeUsa | September 13, 2008 9:54 AM


What a great lady and a great Governor too.

She is so much more qualified than Obama. It's too bad the liberal media lies to the american public. Their treatment of Palin and lack of truth when covering Obama is criminal.

The american left is a lie. Obama has NO experience.

Posted by: reason | September 13, 2008 9:53 AM

""...when bureaucracy just gets kind of comfortable, going with the status-quo and not being challenged to find efficiencies and spend other people's money wisely, then that's where we get into the situation that we are into today, and that is a tremendous growth of government, a huge debt, trillions of dollars of debt that we're passing on to my kids and your kids and your grandkids," Palin said. "It's unacceptable.""

But....that's the Bush Doctrine! Invade and spend $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ out the wazoo.

Or does Palin think all those trillions of dollars came from Social Security's meager overhead? Doesn't Sarah read ANYTHING? Scary indeed to think she wants to be #2.

Posted by: Lee-Usa | September 13, 2008 9:48 AM

The most obvious thing that the Gibson interview with Palin revealed, is that she is not a slick politician with the ability to "nuance" an answer together that means nothing. That is why people are drawn to her. Sarah is the girl next door. She has the audacity to have faith,integrity, and yes, human weakness and faults. The more the elites point this out, the more people relate to her. Americans love an underdog, especially, when that underdog is one of their own. This makes her very dangerous to the Dems and the media elites whose attempt to destroy Sarah only validates what a good number of people already thought about the main stream media. Sarah hang in there.

Posted by: electric sailor | September 13, 2008 9:43 AM

I get the feeling things are not sitting well with the pundits. The problem with these interviews is that they can't possibly reveal much on policy. These are stressful times.
http://www.boppoll.com

Posted by: I do not know. | September 13, 2008 9:41 AM

You're Right Anonymous and marie- 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
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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

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Ohio Strategic Vision (R) McCain 48, Obama 44 McCain +4
Michigan CNN/Time Obama 49, McCain 45 Obama +4
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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 9:41 AM

dude - palin CANNOT lead this country.

Posted by: diesel | September 13, 2008 9:39 AM

Palin is stunningly unprepared to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. McCain has done his country a great disservice. There were many competent women in his party he could have chosen. Shame!

Posted by: Indiana Pearl | September 13, 2008 9:38 AM

""I am sure that there are efficiencies that are going to be found in all of those agencies. I am confident in that," Palin said"
=======

Oh. My. God.

Posted by: zukermand | September 13, 2008 9:34 AM

I saw no evidence in Palin's answer that she even knows what the word "entitlements" means, much less "entitlement reform." Starting to doubt whether she is a "quick study."

Posted by: Mary | September 13, 2008 9:28 AM

More agitprop from Kornblut.

Posted by: info | September 13, 2008 9:13 AM


From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/second-time-as-farce-how-palin-is.html


Friday, September 12, 2008
Second Time As Farce: How Palin is Exactly Like Bush, Part 2

From Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson:

Palin: "Our national leaders are sending them on a task that is from God"

Gibson: Are we fighting a holy war?

Palin: (looking strained, desperate, trapped): The reference there is from Abraham Lincoln who said "Never presume to know God's will..."

Robert Zimmerman: She failed to describe how a McCain/Palin foreign policy would differ from a Bush foreign policy

Gibson: Have you ever met a foreign head of state?

Palin: I have not, and I think that if you go back in history, and ask that question of many Vice Presidents they have the same answer that I just gave you

Anderson Cooper: Bay, ABC News just did a fact check. They looked back the last 30 years, all Vice Presidents have met a foreign leader. Does that matter?

Bay Buchanan: No, it doesn't at all. Her answer was excellent. It will make Americans feel that much closer to her. She's very real. Sure, she hasn't traveled overseas to meet these foreign leaders. But that's not what American's are looking for. She's absolutely correct. They want somebody that they can relate to. Who's hearing them. They're sick and tired of those people in Washington who may know lots of facts and figures and meet lots of people...

Zimmerman: It's always a danger when we have leaders who know facts and figures, Bay. That really does get in the way of setting up sound policies...My concern, Bay, is that when Sarah Palin says that she's not met foreign leaders like that's a good thing--We made that mistake eight years ago when George W. Bush was that likable guy that you wanted to invite over for a barbeque.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/second-time-as-farce-how-palin-is.html

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 13, 2008 9:00 AM

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