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Delegates at the Republican National Convention share their impressions of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and consider her impact on John McCain's presidential campaign. (Sarah Lovenheim /

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 2, 2008; 8:07 PM ET
Categories:  Conventions , Video Report  
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Posted by: n1nebh6olp | September 3, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: c2k1z3lz42 | September 3, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Aren't any of these delegates concerns that McCain is 72 and Palin, according to George Will, is the least experienced national candidate in seven decades?

Posted by: osullivanc1 | September 3, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Little D is speaking of him/herself in the third person now? I thought that ended with Bob Dole?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

It would depend on what time frame you chose as to whether she was for or against the bridge to nowhere. She takes her cue from McCain who was against the Bush tax cuts before he was for them.

As your post would indicate Republicans are confused about what they stand for or against. As Little D suggested Palin was for motherhood until it cramped her life style then she transfered the responsibility on her other children.

Put Palin in office and she will try to fire the head Librarian at the Library of Congress.

Posted by: Little D | September 3, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Little D:

Palin would do even better than that (didn't you hear that she said "no thanks" to the Bridge to No Where and "slashed" government funding for unwed mothers). Thanks for proving my point.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Vice President Gore headed the Commission for reinventing government which implemented policies that saved on the cost of running government.

Posted by: Little D | September 3, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The message that Palin was supposed to transmit was the one that the Democrats with Biden and Obama did, we are a party centered on family. McCain destracted the news cycle with Palin's nomination but he exposed the Palin family as dysfunctional with mom's political career and not the children's welfare as its only priority.

Mom by calling herself a hockey mom focused the stage light on her parenting skills which are sorely deficient. What kind of mother would encourage the media to focus on her children when her teenage daughter is pregnant and unwed? This is a time when her daughter needs privacy and support not becoming a public spectacle. If Barack Obama would not even dare o focus attention on the children for he would have to deal with Michelle.. Where is Todd? Why is he not protecting his child? His wife chose a political career. Why has he not stepped up to the plate? Equality of opportunity does not abrogate parental responsibility. Sarah Palin's children are a low priority, witness the man she chose to be their father

For those who want politicians who reflect the family values most of us aspire to, the Democratic ticket is your place this year.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 3, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Calm down, people. Seriously, name one thing that Vice President Gore did in office?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I would rather keep Buish in office than have Palin in charge of anything. That's how reckless I think McCain's decision to put her on the ticket is.

Posted by: Nancy | September 2, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Nope. I don't want a female Bush in office. We have enough problems to fix as it is now, we don't need someone from an isolated state taking on big issues of the nation (let alone the world).

Stay in Alaska and work on getting that state off of the 'welfare' system. I'm sure people in the state would appreciate your work there.

As a taxpayer in the lower 48, I know I would appreciate it.

Posted by: ssanford00 | September 2, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

In Effect, There Is Virtually No Candidate
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by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

September 2, 2008

The inside information is, contrary to anything different that only foolish people might believe, both putative Presidential candidates are now doing nothing as much as losing the general election. The voters are panicked by the state of the economy, on which neither of the two has a clue, or is likely to ever discover a clue.

Unless Vice-President Cheney can start World War III very soon, in which case neither Obama or McCain would ever be President. The situation right now, is that the election could be called off, while the nation operates under an unelected "emergency government," for the duration of the presently onrushing global, economic breakdown-crisis.

The only leading issue on the electorate's mind is the plunging state of the U.S. and European economies, which means that Obama's constituency as November approaches, will be, basically, the serried ranks of some Buppies and Boomers, that is, if the chain is not pulled on Obama, as has been expected, by some time during September-October.

Meanwhile, Senator McCain's virtual breakdown in accepting the Governor of Alaska as a stand-in for the Senator Lieberman whom he really wanted, combined with the effect of several factors on the Obama candidacy, means, that, as of this moment, it is probable that neither will be a standing candidate come November. Gustav came as a welcome excuse for many Republicans' non- attendance at this week's opening of the nominating convention. Of course, nothing is certain, except chaos, unless we become lucky and get an option I would prefer.

British thuggery pushed Hillary out, but it also wrecked the Democratic Party's likelihood of winning the election.

The problem is not limited to the intellctual incompetence of the two Presidential candidates. In effect, letting the British (e.g., Rohatyn, Soros) steer muddleheaded Nancy Pelosi into virtually shutting down the U.S. Congress for most of the past two years, and eliminating the only leading pre-Presidential candidate who has shown the ability to think like an actual President, the U.S.A. does not have the prospect of an actually functioning, properly elected President assuming office come January.

It is the reigning Federal political system, in the Executive Branch, and the leadership of both branches of the Federal legislature, together with the leading press, which are responsible for the general breakdown of the Federal political system at this time.

I am not proposing that that will be the situation come November election-day. In a situation like the present global financial and strategic crisis, the candidates nominated by the time the Republican conventions ends, may not be candidates when election-day arrives. Past Labor Day, the fact of the incompetence of the present top leaders in the Congress, the candidates, and the major press, will have begun to kick in.

You can nominate a zero, but no sane person would ever believe for long, that it was actually our President. So, Gustav saved many leading Republicans from disgusting themselves by attending the Republican nominating convention. As things stand now, the name of the next President of the U.S.A. might turn out to have been "None of the Above."

As usual, when I am abroad for a few weeks, there has been a bit of an emotional breakdown in places such as Leesburg. Don't let that discourage you; it happens regularly, and we have always survived such fits by the usual suspects before. In the meantime, we shall continue to do our job, and pay little attention to the perenniel gaggle of silly gossips.

Many things are about to change, and that more or less profoundly, very, very soon.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Am following the RNC convention and heard that ex-NY Mayor Guiliani got bumped from yesterday to today, from today to tomorrow. Will he get bumped tomorrow too?

Wonder if he is still entrenched in his infamous 'sweetheart exchange deals' where he gets his crimes committed by convicted felon in exchange for lesser penalty without ever being suspected?

Wonder if the reason why he is bumped is because he is in the midst of one of his 'sweetheart exchange deals' and solicit his protege ex-NYPD commissioner Kerik who may be serving 140 years of jail time for mob-related activities for such a deal?

Wonder which opponents is he targeting to rid of and will he use Kerik's mob connections?

Rumor has it that if he is able to pull off murders, the RNC may give him the VP spot and will come up with an excuse to rid of S. Palin, who is the best thing that has happened to the RNC by far, hmmm....

As one of Guiliani's many sharp critics, wonder if I should worry about my family's safety in the next couple of days too?

Wondering out loud....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

It's over for McCain with his pick of Sarah Palin. Sure she might excite the conservative base but McCain will lose independent voters. If Palin does withdraw, McCain will lose the support of the conservative base. Either way it's a lose-lose scenario for McCain.

If Palin remains on the McCain ticket, all it takes is a McCain health scare or concern to pop up between now and Nov. 4th and the thought Palin as President to wage the War on Terror and fix the economy will scare moderate Republicans and any Independents away from McCain.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 2, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Grandpa McBush should have been more concerned about Palin's public record. She took the mayoral oath at a time when her town of 6,000 had balanced books. She left office 6 years later with a $27 million debt. (That's over $4000 per man, woman, child, and God-ordained fetus in town).

Smells Like Rethuglican Desperation!...and it's only Sept 1...

Posted by: ZappoDave | September 2, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

The gift that keeps on giving. Trailer trash Sarah.

I love Sarah Palin. Want to know why? Here are the major poll results for the past few days. Obama is up an average of 6.4% over McCain, which is a huge bump, considering he went into the convention less than 2% ahead. Obama, Biden, Gore, the Clintons, all did great at the convention, but choosing Palin was like a Christmas present from McCain to the Dems.

Gallup Tracking 08/30 - 09/01 2772 RV 50 42 Obama +8
Rasmussen Tracking 08/30 - 09/01 3000 LV 51 45 Obama +6
Hotline/FD 08/29 - 08/31 805 RV 48 39 Obama +9
CNN 08/29 - 08/31 927 RV 49 48 Obama +1
CBS News 08/29 - 08/31 781 RV 48 40 Obama +8

Posted by: MyView4U | September 2, 2008 9:35 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I love Sarah Palin. Want to know why? Here are the major poll results for the past few days. Obama is up an average of 6.4% over McCain, which is a huge bump, considering he went into the convention less than 2% ahead. Obama, Biden, Gore, the Clintons, all did great at the convention, but choosing Palin was like a Christmas present from McCain to the Dems.

Gallup Tracking 08/30 - 09/01 2772 RV 50 42 Obama +8
Rasmussen Tracking 08/30 - 09/01 3000 LV 51 45 Obama +6
Hotline/FD 08/29 - 08/31 805 RV 48 39 Obama +9
CNN 08/29 - 08/31 927 RV 49 48 Obama +1
CBS News 08/29 - 08/31 781 RV 48 40 Obama +8

Posted by: MyView4U | September 2, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

No Republican in the public spotlight (aka elected official) is going to go on the record and say what everyone's really thinking, that McCain should drop Palin from his ticket. Putting this trainwreck and hypocrite next to him as VP makes this an election he is going to lose.

Posted by: Angie4 | September 2, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

President Bush's pep talk went over well.

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

The people at this convention are strongly in favor of president Bush. They are the cynical who believe that the American people do not deserve a real candidate.

What they want us to believe is that Ms Palin is a hockey mom. What she and her husband do not say is they are two people so involved in her political career that neither has the time to devote to the special needs child. There is no sexism here both made a political decision not a moral one when they decided to keep their Down's Syndrome child.

Mrs Palin's pregnant child is not an issue, this dilemma could happen to any one. When she says she campaigns as a mother, her parenting skills of their youngest child is.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 2, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Hillary worked her but off to win the nomination and lost. Sarah the beauty Queen could very possibly slide in via the back door and become President if John McCaine is elected. Wake UP America!

Posted by: Mike Honing Canada | September 2, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 2, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke. All Obama and Biden have to to is watch. If Rove really wanted to make it work, he'd get Tom Delay up there with that "hammer" smile of his.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | September 2, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Rumors and facts about Sarah, Todd, and Bristol Palin are flying thick and fast. I expect each night to wake up tomorrow morning and find out that it was all a weird dream, and that McCain really chose Tim Pawlenty. But that hasn't happened yet.

The Palins' family life is their business, as Barack Obama has said. But the intersection of their family situation with public policy about 'abstinence ed' and the availability of abortion is every voter's business. I feel bad for Bristol, who has to start off a premature marriage this way under the spotlight of media across the nation.

Posted by: oldhonky | September 2, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I agree that this is all a GOP trick. She will withdraw for some made up reason that no one could question.

This is just so sad.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 2, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need...another religious whack job. And the scary part is that McCain will get millions of votes solely because she IS a religious whack job. Only in America.

Posted by: checkered.1 | September 2, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

She will step down citing personal reasons. But, they planned it all along, they just wanted to be able to say they offered the VP slot to a woman. Pawlenty then will get the official nod.

Posted by: McCain's Brain | September 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I've only just learned that she didn't have a passport until last summer. Can we afford another national figure with so little interest in the world beyond? How can she have any credibility if she hasn't been anywhere in the world? If something happens to Senator McCain (God forbid) is she going to be another empty vessel waiting to be filled with bad ideas from neoconservative advisers?

Posted by: osullivanc1 | September 2, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

She's incompetent- she couldn't even run a car wash, and she left her tiny little town in debt three years ago. She's crazy- she's against birth control, stem cell research, and sex education (how's that working for you, Sarah?). She's abusive, and has TWO ethics investigations going on. She's a liar, she was for the bridge to nowhere before she wasn't, and she was for earmarks (before yesterday).


Posted by: LH | September 2, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

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