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McCain, Aides to Join Palin at Meetings with World Leaders

By Juliet Eilperin
Seeking to bolster her foreign policy credentials, GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will embark Tuesday on a dizzying series of meetings with heads of state who have traveled to New York for the opening ceremony of the United Nation's General Assembly.

Many of the leaders -- including Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zadari -- hail from some of the most politically-sensitive regions of the world. Two senior campaign aides, Steve Beigun and Randy Scheunemann, will accompany Palin to most if not all of the sessions, and GOP presidential nominee John McCain will join in for some of Wednesday's meetings.

The campaign would not discuss how Palin was preparing for the discussions, or whether she had consulted with the State Department in order to coordinate her message with the administration's current diplomatic efforts. But a campaign aide who asked not to be identified said, "This is a great opportunity for Governor Palin to meet and discuss pertinent world issues with the same foreign leaders she will be dealing with as vice president."

The meetings will not take place within the U.N. itself, an aide said, but rather offsite. McCain, who arrives in New York Tuesday night, will join his running mate Wednesday when she meets with Saakashvili, Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko, Indian Prime Minister Manhoman Singh and U2 frontman Bono, who has promoted debt relief and development funding for Africa through the ONE Campaign.

On Tuesday Palin will meet with Karzai, Colombian president Alvaro Uribe and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who was an early McCain supporter despite differing with the GOP senator on how to conduct the war in Iraq.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 22, 2008; 6:02 PM ET
Categories:  John McCain , Sarah Palin  
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Comments

inthehood

that was funny!

Posted by: edleb | September 25, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Palin: "Why hello Mr. President. It's, like, REALLY nice to meet you! How was your flight from, er, Trashcanistan -- did I get that right (wink, jiggle)?"

President: Saakashvili: "Pardon me, but I'm Saakashvili, from Georgia."

Palin: "Oh, I'm SOOOOOO sorry, but of course... but haven't I seen you on TV? You look awfully familiar...."

Etc. Etc.

Posted by: inthehood | September 25, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Dear Diary,

I met my first foreign leader today. Boy was I scared. I was told what to do and say which made me feel better. The leader was from some country I've never heard of before and had a really weird name. But they were nice and all so I gave them my recipe for moose stew. I can't wait till I am VP and I get to meet more of these interesting people and find out how they live.

Love, Sarah

Posted by: Dear Dairy | September 24, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Why would Palin meet with these men? other than the obvious that she wants it on her resume being the only foreign affairs experience she has at all is "she can see Russia from her house" That's funny, we are laughing because it is pretty funny, especially because it's the truth. The reality is very frightening however. Do we really want someone who has absolutely NO foreign affairs experience whatsoever a heart beat from the Presidency? with nuclear countries and threats, Iraq, Global terrorism and world trade on the agenda and at stake? we want to put a wealthy old man who doesn't care one iota about Americans eating, working or having proper and affordable health care in the White House along side a woman whose big claim to fame in life is shuttling her kids to hockey games and having the foreign affairs experience of a penguin? because her state is closer to Russia, thousands of miles across the sea, than any other state? are Americans REALLY this stupid? have any of you stupid Bush voters learned anything from the past 8 years of disaster after voting for people like this? is there something wrong with your brains?

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 24, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Why would Palin meet with these men? other than the obvious that she wants it on her resume being the only foreign affairs experience she has at all is "she can see Russia from her house" That's funny, we are laughing because it is pretty funny, especially because it's the truth. The reality is very frightening however. Do we really want someone who has absolutely NO foreign affairs experience whatsoever a heart beat from the Presidency? with nuclear countries and threats, Iraq, Global terrorism and world trade on the agenda and at stake? we want to put a wealthy old man who doesn't care one iota about Americans eating, working or having proper and affordable health care in the White House along side a woman whose big claim to fame in life is shuttling her kids to hockey games and having the foreign affairs experience of a penguin? because her state is closer to Russia, thousands of miles across the sea, than any other state? are Americans REALLY this stupid? have any of you stupid Bush voters learned anything from the past 8 years of disaster after voting for people like this? is there something wrong with your brains?

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 24, 2008 6:20 AM | Report abuse

The Global economic crisis is nobody's fault. The global economy is adjusting itself just like the US real estate market has done. The real estate market is simply overbuilt.

One most probable reason for the Global crisis is the increasing population of earth. The factors of production did not increase logarithmically as does the population.

Any archeologist would agree that overpopulation and overuse of resources can lead to the downfall of societies and most probably the global populace.

Neither McCain nor Obama has a clear plan on how to deal with the Crisis we are on.

Posted by: EconPret101 | September 23, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks that Sarah is qualified to make foreign policy decisions as President (she could be if you vote for her for VP) based on a few meetings and some cramming from campaign operatives needs to have their head examined. Could you become a surgeon by watching a few operations, never having gone to medical school? Could you be a judge by watching Judge Judy on TV, never having gone to law school? Are we kidding??

Posted by: Dan R | September 23, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse


You can put a pig on a lipstick, but it’s still a pig!

No amount of propping is going to enlighten Sarah “Clueless” Palin!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse


You can put a pig on a lipstick, but it’s still a pig!

No amount of propping is going to enlighten Sarah “Clueless” Palin!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin thinks the American people are dumb.

Posted by: cairo131 | September 23, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I have photos of Sarah Palin playing RISK.....that counts, ya?

Posted by: Peter | September 23, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse


Aspergirl

considering what you jews have done for this country..

hated wars, made us detested in the world, brought Wall Street to the ground...

perhaps we'd like to try a Muslim for awhile. They have a better history.
Are more highly regarded in the world. ETC.

I for one am sick of you.

Posted by: sick of it | September 23, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse


dbw

Most of us get a kick out of marie Stewart's stuff.

And who are you to tell everyone what to write and why? One of the detested CHOSEN ONES, no doubt? Always everyone what to do and where.

Posted by: dislikes mouth offs | September 23, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse


Tell us all:

Do McCain and co. consider that

PALIN IS SUCH A SEX POT that she'll reel in every world leader, panting?

Like she did McCain? Who has a certain history of trouble regarding women?

The jewish neocons Beigun and Scheunemann
as guides? Is this America or the freeport of zionism? Unbelieveable.

Posted by: Don't recognize this country | September 23, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

PAINLIN, SHE'S A SMALL TOWN CRIMINAL AND BULLY,AND NOW ON STAGE...!!!

Posted by: NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | September 23, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse


Aspergirl (whatever you are)

You still at it? Even when it's not about israel/ Blabbering everywhere, on every post multiple times, being dissed and disliked everywhere?

Sooo effective, right? Compelling and convincing.

Posted by: more | September 23, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh Great. World leaders need to take time out at the UN

to educate our little idiot candidate? Fast track the lying (rhymes with) witch?

One look at them and she'll be expert on everything. (It's like looking at Russia)

About WHAT are we ashamed if not that spectacle?

Posted by: UNbearable | September 23, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin will screw it up even if the All Mighty was with her.

Posted by: mzbond | September 23, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl, what's the difference between racial prejudice and religious prejudice? I'm asking you because you seem to have both. I wonder if you can tell the difference before you open your mouth.
I've been a christian all of my life, and at no time have I ever felt that hating people of a different race OR Region elevated my standing with the Lord. Perhaps you have a different Bible, or different God. My bible says judge not that you be not judged. Since you are judging Muslims, perhaps God is judging you. We have our Christain extremes just as every religion. You might be considered a Christian Extremes. But...I judge not.

Posted by: jdhubb | September 23, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

When in Alaska, watch out where the Huskies go, don't you eat that yellow snow -- and now it seems that the Governor is yellow, too.

Posted by: Zap | September 23, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Those who point out Dukakis' 17 point lead fail to mention that by the second debate, Bush was polling ahead, 49% to Dukakis' 43%. Saying Dukakis was way ahead and still lost is an misleading analysis of history - he was way ahead after the Democrat Convention, and his numbers went down thereafter. It wasn't a big shocker or upset that he lost.

Obama has kept pretty even with McCain, typically being a little ahead in the polls. He is trending upwards, McCain is trending downwards. The sizzle that McCain got with the Palin pick is now fizzling - and her continued avoidance of the press, like at today's meeting with heads of state, isn't helping her. Of course, they know that if they didn't hide her, it would help the ticket even less.

I just worry that the Obama-McCain debates may have the unexpected outcome of the Bush-Gore debates, with McCain coming across as the genial old guy America feels comfortable with, and Obama coming across as a professor whose class you have to take but wish you didn't. Obama has to connect better.

Posted by: Parker | September 23, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

PAINLIN,SHE'S A SMALL TOWN CRIMINAL AND BULY,AND NOW ON STAGE...!!!THOSE TWO MONSTER MUST GO TO HELL GO TO FIGHT WITH ZOMBIE.MCSAME OLD RATON, YOU ARE NOT IN FASHION ANYMORE, GO TO RETREAT WAR MONSTER YOU JUST NOT FINISH TO EAT CHILDREN OF GOD, YOU WANT MORE BLOOD...

Posted by: NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | September 23, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin's one stop shopping for world diplomacy experience!! Welcome to Wal-Mart School of foreign policy. Cheap, shallow and incredibly unfulfilling.
But the GOP can claim that she has checked the 'Number of Foreign Leaders Met' box. Just like filling out an application for a passport!?

Posted by: Denverite | September 23, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Chicken-sh!t Palin has banned all reporters. Maybe Bono will ask her questions and report back to the media. Ask her about Beirut, ask her about Nicaragua, about the IRA.... Sunday, Bloody Sunday.

Posted by: JakeD's shadow | September 23, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

From another article: "I think they want to show that ... she can hold her own in conversations with foreign leaders," said James Hoge, with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Too bad the McCain people won't let reporters attend the meetings then, isn't it? Just like they're too afraid to let her sit down and go one-on-one with reporters like the other 3 candidates. What a joke.

Posted by: ker | September 23, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the Zero was scheduled to meet with all the members of the "Coalition of the Willing" but they suddenly realized there were no more members of it.

Posted by: Losercuda | September 23, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

World Leaders??!? From Iraq, Afghanistan and Columbia? Haaa!! Maybe Palin can show them how to apply lipstick to a pig!

Posted by: Ron Sampson | September 23, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

ANONYMOUS ANONYMOUS ANONYMOUS HUMMM...!!!

Posted by: nNETHERLANDS ANTILLES | September 23, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Go ahead, dottydo, blame Senator Obama for the crimes that take place in Hawaii. You seem like a real winner (NOT)! It does not matter that he lived there as a teen/young man many years ago!

Are Arizona and Alaska crime free? Are you blaming McCain and Palin for their state's crime??

Posted by: Sharon | September 23, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Aspergirl(or whatever), when are you going to stop spreading your pathetic little lies? People with one half ounce of grey matter can see right through you and are tiring of your lies. I have said it before and I will say it again...

If you don't like Senator Obama, that is fine. Don't vote for him. But please stop trying to spread hate and fear, with your lies. You must be a lonely person who entertains herself/himself/itself(??) by cutting Senator Obama down. Get a life, please.

Posted by: Ohreallynow | September 23, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

MCSAME AND PAILIN FAILIN PLEGES "RAISE TO RISING HELL IN THE WORLD" NOT IN WASHINGTON. I DON'T THINK THOSE TWO GOING TO BRING PEACE IN THE WORLD,WAITING TO SEE IF TWO DEVIL ELECTED...OH HELP!!!

Posted by: NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | September 23, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

ANONYMOUS HUMMM! VOTE VOTE VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!

Posted by: NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | September 23, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

She would be getting a better mileage out of this charade if she went to the wax museum and posed with some higher profile world leaders. Still not too late.

Posted by: Max Waxer | September 23, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Palin says she'll work with Personnel Board probe

TROOPERGATE: The governor picks the agency's members.

An attorney for the GOP vice presidential nominee met with an investigator for the state Personnel Board to discuss sharing documents and schedule witness interviews, McCain spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said. Neither she nor McCain spokesman Ed O'Callaghan had further details about the meeting and said they did not know if the governor or her husband would be interviewed."

"After that, however, Petumenos wants to keep the progress of the investigation confidential and the campaign will not have any further comment, McCain spokesman Taylor Griffin said."

"Separately, two Alaska Democrats said they may bring witness tampering allegations against the McCain-Palin campaign. The two state lawmakers, Rep. Les Gara and Sen. Bill Wielechowski, said they are evaluating Alaska's criminal code to see if it applies in what's become known as the Troopergate probe."

http://www.adn.com/troopergate/story/534119.html


Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Palin's politicizing of the United Nations shows just how shallow the McCain campaign really is.

Considering that Palin won't answer questions from voters or the press, does anyone really believe these U.N. "meetings" will be anything but photo ops (with two aides to ensure she doesn't blow it)?

Posted by: Barbara Campbell | September 23, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign is astonishingly flagrant in their belief that the American people are stupid.

Do you really think that parading Sarah Palin around with two babysitters to speak with foreign heads of state sufficiently prepares her to deal with international and foreign affairs?! I mean, let's be real. This is a photo-op to try to continue to perpetuate the idea that this woman would be ready to assume the presidency if necessary.

This is preposterous, and the McCain campaign really needs to get over themselves.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: DinahS | September 23, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

AH ANONYMOUS, AND ASPERGIRL HMM!!! YOU PEOLE JUST DON'T LIKE BARACK OBAMA I CAN SMELL IT...

Posted by: NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | September 23, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Palin to meet with Bono.

LMAO!!!

Posted by: Rubiconski | September 23, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey Aspergirl
The only reason why the media doesnt pick up on your trivial whinning about Barack being is Muslim is that it is not true. Anyone with half a hacker brain can manipulate any document they pull up and make it appear as if it were true. DUH! So please no one with a ounce of sense is listening or even believing that nonsense you posted. Go back and support ol man mcinsane and his trophy-vp pick and wait on the foreclosure notice to your home, or wait for your 401-k to disappear, then I guess you will find something on the web to fault the dems for that too!

Posted by: lynn | September 23, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

sc

you lunatic, Christian missionaries and Muslims who have converted to Christianity are being murdered in Muslim countries

of course, it does matter to a nation that has 50% or more Christians

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"WHEN IS THE BIASED MEDIA GOING TO STOP ACTING LIKE OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN STAFF AND REPORT HONESTLY ON THE CANDIDATES?

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 23, 2008 8:14 AM "

They're already pointing out that McCain is dumber than the average rock! What more could you want, Ass per girl?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

AsperGirl,

Are you suggesting Obama is a religious flipflopper?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

"I'm Sarah Palin and I am dumb as a rock so my big daddy sent me to smart school to learn about them there FORN COUNTRIES!!! LEMME TELL YOU WHAT BONO SAID TO ME JUST THE OTHER DAY...."

THIS IS TRULY A REAL-LIFE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKIT!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rubiconski | September 23, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

"I'm Sarah Palin and I am dumb as a rock so my big daddy sent me to smart school to learn about them there FORN COUNTRIES!!! LEMME TELL YOU WHAT BONO SAID TO ME JUST THE OTHER DAY...."

THIS IS TRULY A REAL-LIFE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKIT!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

AsperGirl--even if Obama WERE Muslim (which he's not)...what's the problem with that?? I don't see what you're trying to prove. The beauty of this country is that we accept everyone and appreciate their views and insights into different cultures. It would certain give us an advantage in our damaged international relations

Posted by: sc | September 23, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Pathetic doesn't even start to describe McCain campaign. It is like teaching a second grader, advance calculus, world history, world geography & Shakespearian trajedies, just because she is the brightest in her class. McCain's pandering makes me puke.

Posted by: saroja | September 23, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

I used to think Ronald Reagan was the worst president ever, and an embarrassment to this country each and every time he opened his mouth. Then came George W. Bush, who had an IQ and presence of mind measuring less than 25% of Reagan's worst Alzheimer's fog. I figured it REALLY couldn't possibly get any worse than that. Then came Sarah Palin...

Posted by: MGLoraine | September 23, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Why is the media ignoring why Obama is so popular overseas? Because he's gong to be seen as the first Muslim World Leader?

Why has the Washington Post ignored the fact that the Associated Press photo of Barack Obama's school registration book has surfaced that clearly shows that Obama was registered as a Muslim student at the Catholic school, which was one of two school he attended in Indonesia. This is widely reported in the Muslim world, why is it ignored in America media.

How can the media continue to ignore Obama's false denials that he was raised Muslim for at least part of his childhood and his false claims that he was "always a Christian"?

A. PEOPLE IN INDONESIA SAY YOUNG OBAMA WAS MUSLIM

Obama's claims that he was not Muslim as a child, never practiced Islam and didn't live a Muslim childhood have been contradicted for years now by those in Indonesia who knew him as a child. But Indonesian newspapers widely report that those who knew Barak Obama as a child say he was a good practicing Muslim:

In Indonesian language paper: "Barry dulu memang beragama Islam. Ayah kandungnya, Barack Husein Obama adalah seorang muslim ahli ekonomi asal Kenya. Sebelum menikah dengan Ann Dunham, Husein Obama telah menikah dengan orang Kenya dan mendapat keturunan tujuh anak. Semua saudara sebapak Barry ini beragama Islam."
www.indomedia.com/bpost/072006/9/depan/utama4.htm

translation: ""Barry was previously quite religious in Islam. His birth father, Barack Hussein Obama was a Muslim economist from Kenya. Before marrying Ann Dunham, Hussein Obama was married to a woman from Kenya who had seven children. All the relatives of Barry's father were very devout Muslims""
www.hyscience.com/archives/2008/08/ap_photo_of_bar_1.php

LA TImes Story on Facts About Obama's Religion in Childhood
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/bal-te.obama16mar16,1,7181735,full.story

Daniel Pipes reviews info about Obama's Muslim Childhood
www.danielpipes.org/article/5544

B. PHOTO OF OBAMA'S REGISTRATION AT CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN INDONESIA SURFACES: OBAMA REGISTERED AS MUSLIM STUDENT

Indonesian School Registration Photo Shows Obama Registered as Muslim
http://smithfiles.com/2008/08/14/breaking-photo-documents-barry-soetoro-obama-indonesian-citizen-muslim-religion

“This registration document, made available on Jan. 24, 2007, by the Fransiskus Assisi school in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows the registration of Barack Obama under the name Barry Soetoro into the Catholic school made by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro. The document lists Barry Soetoro as a Indonesian citizen, born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, and shows his Muslim step-father listed the boy’s religion as Islam. (AP Photo/ Tatan Syuflana)”

C. BARACK OBAMA'S KENYAN BROTHER SAYS OBAMA RAISED MUSLIM

Obama's Kenyan Half-Brother, Malik has said both that Obama is now a Christian and that he was raised Muslim. Long ago, Malik told reporters and investigators that Barack Obama was raised a Muslim and showed a picture he has of Obama in 1985 dressed as a Muslim on a visit.

Malik Obama Says Barack Obama Raised Muslim
web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Politics/12918.htm

Malik Says Barack Obama is a Christian Now
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6333496

WHEN IS THE BIASED MEDIA GOING TO STOP ACTING LIKE OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN STAFF AND REPORT HONESTLY ON THE CANDIDATES?

Why has the Washington Post ignored the fact that the Associated Press photo of Barack Obama's school registration book has surfaced that clearly shows that Obama was registered as a Muslim student at the Catholic school, which was one of two school he attended in Indonesia. This is widely reported in the Muslim world, why is it ignored in America media.

How can the media continue to ignore Obama's false denials that he was raised Muslim for at least part of his childhood and his false claims that he was "always a Christian"?

A. PEOPLE IN INDONESIA SAY YOUNG OBAMA WAS MUSLIM

Obama's claims that he was not Muslim as a child, never practiced Islam and didn't live a Muslim childhood have been contradicted for years now by those in Indonesia who knew him as a child. But Indonesian newspapers widely report that those who knew Barak Obama as a child say he was a good practicing Muslim:

In Indonesian language paper: "Barry dulu memang beragama Islam. Ayah kandungnya, Barack Husein Obama adalah seorang muslim ahli ekonomi asal Kenya. Sebelum menikah dengan Ann Dunham, Husein Obama telah menikah dengan orang Kenya dan mendapat keturunan tujuh anak. Semua saudara sebapak Barry ini beragama Islam."
www.indomedia.com/bpost/072006/9/depan/utama4.htm

translation: ""Barry was previously quite religious in Islam. His birth father, Barack Hussein Obama was a Muslim economist from Kenya. Before marrying Ann Dunham, Hussein Obama was married to a woman from Kenya who had seven children. All the relatives of Barry's father were very devout Muslims""
www.hyscience.com/archives/2008/08/ap_photo_of_bar_1.php

LA TImes Story on Facts About Obama's Religion in Childhood
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/bal-te.obama16mar16,1,7181735,full.story

Daniel Pipes reviews info about Obama's Muslim Childhood
www.danielpipes.org/article/5544

B. PHOTO OF OBAMA'S REGISTRATION AT CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN INDONESIA SURFACES: OBAMA REGISTERED AS MUSLIM STUDENT

Indonesian School Registration Photo Shows Obama Registered as Muslim
http://smithfiles.com/2008/08/14/breaking-photo-documents-barry-soetoro-obama-indonesian-citizen-muslim-religion

“This registration document, made available on Jan. 24, 2007, by the Fransiskus Assisi school in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows the registration of Barack Obama under the name Barry Soetoro into the Catholic school made by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro. The document lists Barry Soetoro as a Indonesian citizen, born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, and shows his Muslim step-father listed the boy’s religion as Islam. (AP Photo/ Tatan Syuflana)”

C. BARACK OBAMA'S KENYAN BROTHER SAYS OBAMA RAISED MUSLIM

Obama's Kenyan Half-Brother, Malik has said both that Obama is now a Christian and that he was raised Muslim. Long ago, Malik told reporters and investigators that Barack Obama was raised a Muslim and showed a picture he has of Obama in 1985 dressed as a Muslim on a visit.

Malik Obama Says Barack Obama Raised Muslim
web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Politics/12918.htm

Malik Says Barack Obama is a Christian Now
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6333496

WHEN IS THE BIASED MEDIA GOING TO STOP ACTING LIKE OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN STAFF AND REPORT HONESTLY ON THE CANDIDATES?

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 23, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

How stupid do the republicans think the public is, by this photo session for Palin & McCain. Getting your photo taken with some world leaders doesn't make you a forgein policy expert. If I have my picture taken with Santa Clause does it make me an elf? I just find this whole thing so insulting!

Posted by: tom cassidy-florida | September 23, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

"AsperGirl: You really are a sick, pathetic twisted soul. You so enjoy posting your hate and lies I suppose because it gives you a sense of power in your own demented and warped mind. Of course if you had to do this without the anonymity of a blog posting you wouldn't have the guts to do it."

Posted by: usa3 | September 23, 2008 12:45 AM

OBAMA BLOOPERS IN WHCH HE TALKS LIKE A MUSLIM

Obama is known for always speaking very carefully & precisely (it's his gift). Except when he's talking about his religion or when he's making those "Muslim bloopers".

:: BARACK OBAMA: "MY MUSLIM FAITH" ::

In an interview of Obama on September 7, George Stephanopolous asked Obama about his accusations that the McCain campaign are going to accuse him of being Muslim. Obama goes into a 2 minute answer that includes the blooper "my Muslim faith".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUYHFlGb2Ng&feature=iv

At minute 1:34 Stephanopolous asks Obama about why he makes accusations that the McCain campaign is going to accuse him of being Muslim, when the McCain has condemned people making those accusations.

At minute 2:49 Obama says: "You're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith."

George Stephanopolous steps in and corrects him to say "Christian faith" and then Obama agrees and says "Christian faith". But then what Obama was going to say doesn't make sense anymore because that would be, "You're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Christian faith."

Obama then has to spend the next 15 seconds regrouping to make a point ("John McCain has not suggested I was a Muslim.")

:: OBAMA THINKS THE U.S. HAS "57 STATES" ::

You can watch Obama's statement that he's visited "57 states".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws

This is no joke, he really said this. This was no "slip", he pauses & thinks about it!

What American would forget that? And why would he pick the number "57" out of the air?

Everyone knows that we have 50 states. But there is a union that has 57 states in it: the nation of Islam. The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an international organization with a permanent delegation to the United Nations. It has 57 Islamic member states, from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkan, Southeast Asia, South Asia and South America.

This is kind of an important slip coming from a candidate who is African-Arab by racial heritage, Muslim by birth who claims to now be Christian, who was raised abroad in an Islamic state (Indonesia) with a Muslim stepfather, who traveled to Pakistan using his Indonesian-citizenship passport at age 20 when he was supposed to be a U.S. citizen and Americans weren't supposed to go to Pakistan, who belonged for 20 years to a Church that publishes pro-Hamas material and whose leadership has close ties to the Nation of Islam, and who has been endorsed by Hamas.

:: TOO-LONG, BABBLE-ANSWER ON THE QUESTION WHAT IS THE MEANING OF JESUS IN HIS LIFE ::

You can also watch Barack Obama's too-long, wandering, lame response to the question: what is the meaning of Jesus in his life. He starts kind of okay with a trite answer, but then gets lost and stops making sense until he ends up claiming that Jesus makes him try new things like running for President after Rev. Warren starts making noises that signal to Obama he needs to cut it off.

http://www.youtube.com/v/gHtAWPjzvyk&rel=0&color1=11645361&color2=13619151&fs=1

Afterward, Obama declares that was a tough question, whereon Rev. Warren says, "Oh no, that was a freebie, a gimme."

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 23, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

she's going to rock the united nations!

lorne michaels must be really proud that one of his cast members is running for vice-president. she brings a lot of humor to the world of politics, particularly those family vignettes of an overbearing, uneducated husband and her unwed, pregnant, bride-to-be-married-to-trailer-trash daughter. who plays the husband and why don't they show more of the daughter? what movies have they starred in?

whoever thought up this idea of a reality show starring a washed up, senile old man running for president with a pretty, trophy vice-presidential running mate is truly genius. the script deserves an emmy award for the twists and turns, lies and deceptions the writers have crafted for the characters. i can't wait to see the finale when the pair are in the white house and country goes straight to the dogs. it will be a laugh riot when the vice-president lady answers the phone at 3 am and can't decide if she's changing diapers of her grandbaby or her own child. or, will the old man survive his term and she steps in as president and her husband becomes vice-president. this is better than west wing...

Posted by: glen | September 23, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

dottydo:
When it comes to rape then look no furthar than alaska. Compared to other states, that state is notorious for rape and murder of woman.

to help the woman, Alaska even ended up passing a unanimous bill to make sure that the local police would pay for any rape exam kit a woman needed (the exam kits which were used to gather evidence)... however Wasilla, while Sarah Palin was in charge, was one of the few towns to fight against the bill and continue charging victims for their examinations; the police chief, whom Palin hired (after firing the old chief who always made sure their was room in the budget for the exams), was actually one of the most vocal opponents to the bill. And budget records for the town show that Palin herself cut the rape exam kits out of the budget...

On the other hand, both Obama and Biden actually each put together their own legislations (Obama in illinois, and Biden in the senate) to make sure victims did not have to pay for the exam kits... McCain voted against Biden's legislation

And frankly, i can't help but couple this with Palin's hard stance against abortion for rape victims... and McCain's vote against equal pay for women...

yup, the McCain/Palin ticket really has the back of women


And as for the comment about Obama and his Muslim heritage...
First off, their are millions of muslims who live in the united states and live good lives here and wish us no ill will. Second, their are millions of muslims outside of the US who view the west with no ill will and many even view it favorably. And third, Indonesia and the school Obama went to as a kid, while it was a mostly Muslim place, it was very tolerant in their religious practice in that it also allowed the practice or other religions such as Christianity (the "infidel" religions)... please open your eyes to the world around you before you generalize the an entire race of people; such blind hatred never gets us anywhere

Tagukon:
"He experience war. He experience an even longer war between the republicans and the DEMs and he has enough of it. He's saying it's time to unite."

If McCain truly believed in such a thing he would have made a REAL Maverick decision and risk his base to pick Joe Lieberman as his VP choice and run on a bipartisan ticket. He would have also stood by the old moderate positions that he held when he ran in 2000.

but no, one thing his loss in 200 taught McCain... is that if he wanted to win the republican nomination he was gonna have sell out every one of his moderate beliefs and run a hard right platform. Sarah Palin appeals greatly to his conservative base, and is a smack in the face against liberals.

"Sarah doesn't really need a foreign policy experience to lead, she's already a leader.

Any country in the world will bend to a nation with 28,000 nuclear war heads."

you know, it's comments like this that make me truly worry about Palin getting near the presidency. That "I shall not blink" mentality sounds like a good "shoot first ask questions later" kind of sentiment... Not taking a moment to think about all the possible actions, not thinking about the consequences... that's a good way to make massive mistakes...

Like during the cold war... We supported and helped rise to power anyone who identified themselves as enemies of the soviets... This include Saddam Hussien, The Shah of Iran who was so hated by his people he got overthrown in favor of the current government, and providing weapons to those in afganistan; the same weapons which are now being used against us.It was this kind of rash decision making that got us stuck in iraq (a little more thinking an we might have atleast gone in with a GOOD strategy)

We got Palin with her finger on the button and other countries like Russia and China with their own nuclear arsenal... Sounds like a real recipe for disaster if you ask me.

Posted by: Monte | September 23, 2008 5:59 AM | Report abuse

Next up : McEcho delighted at Palin throwing peanuts into the General Assembly.

Posted by: ratl | September 23, 2008 5:06 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, right off the bridge to nowhere. What a foolish troll.

Posted by: john5750 | September 23, 2008 1:27 AM


Can't you say something of substance? Obama and you are the same, name callers.

The bridge to nowhere is just another construction project that can be abolish anytime. It's nothing serious.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

Foreign Policy Advisor,
I get the feeling that when you get quiet , you are hot on a story.

Here is some more truth about the Land of Obama, that created the thought process of the man (if he really went to school there)

The powers that be....really quash truth, but if you dig you'll find it.
Finding out about the place Hawaii and it's hidden corruption is like following National Treasure Maps.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=505161&referrerid=75090

No the women who wanted Hillary in power are not interested in staying with a Party of Abusers .

Palin 2006

Hillary Clinton/ Maize Hirano 2012


See I told you I believed that men fear women legislating over their body parts, in retaliation for their own treatment.

How do I know so much?
Hillary supporters vetted the guy.

B.O. has more mud on himself he cannot dare to sling anymore.

Posted by: dottydo | September 23, 2008 3:14 AM | Report abuse

"Palin received per diem at Wasilla home

LEGAL: Expenses for meals, travel for children come under scrutiny."

"Gov. Sarah Palin is campaigning as a budget watchdog eager to shave frivolous government spending. That image took a hit Tuesday when The

Washington Post reported the governor charges the state for travel expenses while living at her Wasilla home, and the Palin camp defended her

conservative credentials."

"The newspaper reported that Palin billed the state for meal money while spending more than 300 nights at her Valley home during her first 19

months in office and regularly takes family members on state-paid trips."

http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/521329.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

In Hawaii, the police woman Bonnie Burke, that went above and beyond the call of duty, that I mentioned, was one of several police women raped by the police men.

Who knows how many civilians were their victims?
We cannot, because maNY of the police women received a settlement from the County and THE court gag ordered them.

No where to report a crime, when the perps and their accessories are in place, and all the victims are silenced.

Get a clue....broken from the top to the Bottom means a big change would come under Palin Mc Cain.How good are statistics when no one is safe in the Country to tell about rape and seek justice?
The police involved in the Officer Bonnie Burke case elevated themselves to FBI and TSA.
Alaska is lucky to be safe enough for women to tell in.
It is an accolade for Palin.

Obama lays claim to the State of Hawaii .....so vet the man and his promoter's practices more clearly before you cast a vote.
Many sitting around drinking coffee have, and the concensus conclusion is what on the totem pole would place women's civil rights and human rights in the USA so low in position for justice?
Coffee shop crowd says-
Drugs and drug running. Contraband keeps corruption law enforcement and law makers in place, so don't be so hard on people who would think a local male high school guy in Hawaii is a connected drug dealer?

Anyone who travels much, would pick up on that one.
Why didn't the Dems check out there candidate more thoroughly?

Did they really think that America is so unsavy?

Posted by: dottydo | September 23, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

"Palin 'ready to cooperate' in firing probe, lawyer says"

"ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's lawyer met Monday with the independent counsel hired by the state to discuss the investigation into Palin's firing of Alaska's public safety commissioner, campaign officials said."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/22/palin.investigation/index.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

Make sure those "campaign aides" have a copy of either "The Dummies Guide To Foreign Policy" or the Cliff Notes version of the history of U.S. Foreign Relations on hand for Falin' Palin.

Posted by: shadowgovt | September 23, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

"Alaska is the # 1 state in the country for Rape and has been for 23 out of the last 30 years (FBI’s Uniform Crime Report)

Alaska’s reported rate of rape per capita is 2.6 times the national average (FBI’s Uniform Crime Report).

Anchorage has the ninth highest sexual assault rate of any city in the United States, and Fairbanks is ranked first (FBI’s Uniform Crime Report)

Fairbanks’ rape rate is 4.7 times the national average (FBI’s Uniform Crime Report)

AK’s Child abuse rate is six times higher than the national average. (Department of Public Safety/ AK CDVSA Annual Report for FY 2006)"

http://www.staralaska.com/scripts/assault.asp

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Oh brother!

I am sure you learned quickly in mexico, you do not work without proper clearance or you face jail.....right now!

I cannot understand why the dems did not more carefully vet and investigate the candidate Obama?
Why lay claims to a Hawaii backround?


http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Feb/20/ln/FP702200345.html

It is so gender biased, that people talk about the women's issues over any other story about this guy, Obama.

Take any Island and read about complete lack of American and human rights for women there. No one wonders why he couldn't look at a better resume than himself, which Palin and Hillary both have.

He comes from a terrible place where long term power is only one thing....culpable.


Posted by: dottydo | September 23, 2008 2:37 AM | Report abuse

dottydo

You've said nothing to convince me my original opinion was incorrect. I've been to Mexico and not to the tourist spots, to the real MEXICO. In fact I have been to more countries than Palin has been to, not as a tourist, but as a worker.

But we are not discussing Mexico or Columbia or wherever, this has to do with the election in the US and that is what is germane.

I have no argument that women around the world are treated in some cultures, as little more than possessions, but we are here focused on the US elections. Some of us know there is still not equity between the genders in the US and we work every day to do our part to correct that, but when someone selects a person, a woman, just for political gain that in itself is a sexist and very cynical act.

McCain had many qualified women to choose from and he did not, he selected someone for as near as anyone can tell, political reasons.

As for Clinton, well that might be your opinion but that is what it is. Many, maybe most people who didn't vote for Clinton wouldn't vote for her for reasons which had nothing to do with her being a woman. In fact I have voted for her for Senator twice because I believe that is a position in which she excels. That does not however mean I believe she would make a good president just as I don't believe McCain or Palin would either.

So again you play the bigot card whether you care to admit to it or not. Obama is not a Muslim and all you are doing is perpetuating lies.

Posted by: Oh brother! | September 23, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Palin Used Part of the City’s Funds from the Alaska Revenue Sharing Fund to Fund Anti-Abortion Center. In 1997, Palin signed an ordinance appropriating $2,354 in funds to the Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center from the State of Alaska Revenue Sharing fund. The Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center lists itself as an “abortion alternative” in the Yellow Pages. [Ordinance 97-23, 4/14/1997; AlaskaYellowPages.com]

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Are Known To Give Misleading and Often Inaccurate Information. A recent government investigation of pregnancy crisis centers found that “The centers provided false and misleading information about a link between abortion and breast cancer;” “The centers provided false and misleading information about the effect of abortion on future fertility;” “The centers provided false and misleading information about the mental health effects of abortion.” Planned Parenthood also says the centers offer free pregnancy tests but give ambiguous answers about the results, show shocking films or slide shows while patients wait for pregnancy results, make exaggerated promises of financial assistance, medical treatment, prenatal and postpartum care and refuse or fail to provide contraceptive information. [Committee on Government Reform, “False And Misleading Health Information Provided By Federally Funded Pregnancy Resource Centers,” 7/06; Planned Parenthood]

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

usa3

I wish I am. It could help me pay my bills.

Posted by: Tagukon | September 23, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

I know, I know, facts about civil rights are too hard for you to handle regarding women.
It is too minute to dwell upon a better resume belonging to a woman, or take the time to look deep into the bowels of primarily dem Party Country.
Who in the system needs to be cleaned up?
Who commits crimes then as civil servants act as accessory in crimes against women?


Now you went on and on and on about civil rights.....so how did you overlook such a thing where Obama states he hails from?


http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Feb/20/ln/FP702200345.html

Mc Cain says from the top down corruption must change.

Posted by: dottydo | September 23, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

I have a tip on how to get a job with little or no experience at all. I read this sort of technique from Donald Trumps' book about how his current secretary got the job.

When Donald Trumps' current secretary applied for a job as his secretary, Donald, without blinking, turned down this woman. Instead of giving up, the woman told him that she would work for free for three months and if Donald Trump doesn't like her she could trash her. After three months, she was hired.

I would advised both Obama and Palin to do the same. Tell the American people to work for them for 3 months and if the American people doesn't like their performance they should voluntary resign.

Posted by: Tagukon | September 23, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

"Palin pressured Wasilla librarian

TOWN MAYOR: She wanted to know if books would be pulled."

"Back in 1996, when she first became mayor, Sarah Palin asked the city librarian if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so."

"ccording to news coverage at the time, the librarian said she would definitely not be all right with it. A few months later, the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, got a letter from Palin telling her she was going to be fired. The censorship issue was not mentioned as a reason for the firing. The letter just said the new mayor felt Emmons didn't fully support her and had to go.

Emmons had been city librarian for seven years and was well liked. After a wave of public support for her, Palin relented and let Emmons keep her job."

"Four days before the exchange at the City Council, Emmons got a letter from Palin asking for her resignation. Similar letters went to police chief Irl Stambaugh, public works director Jack Felton and finance director Duane Dvorak. John Cooper, a fifth director, resigned after Palin eliminated his job overseeing the city museum.

Palin told the Daily News back then the letters were just a test of loyalty as she took on the mayor's job, which she'd won from three-term mayor John Stein in a hard-fought election. Stein had hired many of the department heads. Both Emmons and Stambaugh had publicly supported him against Palin.

Emmons survived the loyalty test and a second one a few months later. She resigned in August 1999, two months before Palin was voted in for a second mayoral term."

http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/515512.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh brother! & Foreign Policy Advisor,

Civil Rights belong to Americans. Women don't really have all them yet here.
Take your concepts and cross the border to Mexico....try the pull there?
Trust me....you won't last a day at it.

Human rights is a concept of religion.
Some religion believes you cannot live as an infidel. Sit in the midst of that camp on their foreign turf and splain URSELF.
Not everyone buys what you sell.
Most of them are Americans.

Who is unrealistic?
People wanted a full disclosure about Hussein Obama at a time we are at war with those of the same name.
It was not forthcoming.
That is the problem.
If the Party had forwarded Hillary, there would be nothing to say.
The better resume is not considered because she was a woman.
BAD FORM very bad form.
Here is another Hawaiii story to look into.
The soap actress held in Jail to get her to sign off on a condo she owned in CA., because the judge refused to honor the State of California divorce 2 years earlier.

Reading the comments about Palin clearly shows femicidal practices. Hypocrits.

Posted by: dottydo | September 23, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Palin is McCain's ho'.

Posted by: gangsta | September 23, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

Hey Andy,

Pssst! Don't tell anyone. Palin is Carl Rove in drag. Probably means Larry Craig will have a seat, er, spot in her cabinet.

Who knows, another one could even go to that witch hunter Rev. Muthee, a ten time visitor to the Wasilla church. He turned a Kiambu, Kenya village on an old woman fortune teller...attributed accidents near her to her because she hadn't accepted Jesus. She had to leave her village and almost got stoned.

I found the original article in the London Times from Kenya who gave her the idea to run for governor.

Here's our dear Sarah's reasoning for being God's pick for governor...

http://news.spreadit.org/wasilla-assembly-of-god-churchpalin-church-video/

Posted by: HiloBob | September 23, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

O'Meara,
Why not take a moment to follow an interesting case of a police officer that went beyond the call of duty to show from the bottom to the top that the entire system in Hawaii is broken?

The case opened 1994 Bonnie Burke.2004 the ruling finding Hawaii completely filled with cronyism, racial and gender bias, as well as nepotistic practices was handed down by the high Court.

Wild Willy had to kill VAWA over the monica dress stains.
People in glass houses cannot throw stones.


Let me ask you this.
If Obama spent time in Hawaii school as a Popolo, he would be a lot tougher guy than he is, or he would at least know a lot about flower ceremony, and how to place a flower of respect at ground Zero.
Where washis lei of love for the memorial? EH?
Where was Michelle?

Hey I just repeat the average questions and comments from the coffee shop.

Dems need to wake up and smell the Coffee, because they actually believe some of the crap after a while, and fail to see what the mainsteam thinks.
Ego lost the Kerry election, when Terry Kerry was revealed to the people. I kid you not.

This season it is change for the Woman....wake up.

Posted by: dottydo | September 23, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Dottydo you are the one seeing race not me. You and your auntie clearly also don't understand civil or human rights. You can not imprison people of a certain religious, ethnic or racial group just because you can't tell the good from the bad. Opps, that is the same mistake that the last Administration made. Because you come from an ethnically diverse family clearly does not mean you understand these issues any better.

And when did I ever question McCain and his daughter? I have never, nor will I ever talk about a candidates family. Again your brought them into this conversation and not me.

The fact of the matter is you and a few others have interjected race into these posts. I am purely pointing that out to you. In this case though you are indicating that Muslims are bad, whereas in the WWII the "bad people" were Japanese except as history taught us many good citizens were imprisoned based on racism and hatred.

Note that you made that connection, except you didn't point out all of the facts. Only those facts that you believed supported your flawed opinion.

Posted by: Foreign Policy Advisor | September 23, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

dottydo,

You are a hypocrite plain and simple. First you go on about your diverse family and then in the very next sentence you play the bigot card by using Obama's middle name to invoke the "Islamic terrorist fear" reaction. You are a shameful person lacking all integrity and very transparent.

Posted by: Oh brother! | September 23, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

John McCain voted against holding hearings for war profiteering.

I don't understand how a man who claim to love his country would vote against leahy amendment 3292.

Posted by: brock101 | September 23, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous,
Your vision of political correctness is hardly historical correct views.
The old guard understood enemy concepts clearly. My Auntie agrees that Americans had to sort out the Japanese community. She, as a staunch American, knew many planted enemies that would have acted out to defeat the United States, if they weren't contained during the height of the war.
Yes she was in the camps in the round up as a young Japanese American. No, she contended to her death that, it was not the wrong thing to do. It was understood by those who lived it, that spys and terrorists afoot during war is common practice, and hard to sort out.
In her opinion, it was worth it because she knew the bad guys were known to the rest of the camp, and kept at bay by those who loved this Country.

The whole race crap thing just doesn't fly with me and my diverse family.
The whole concept is pure rot to be divisive, and nothing of merit for those who try it.

How do you explain John and Cindy Mc Cains daughter? Smart Americans don't see color.
Why do you?

No trust for Hussein Obama, is patriotic.


Posted by: dottydo | September 23, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Dottydo

Notice the comment about GSE. McCain was arguing that they should not be quasi-public agencies, but rather privatized institutions. And now they are back to where they started and many of their lobbyists are working on his campaign.

So what is your point?

Posted by: Foreign Policy Advisor | September 23, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Tagukon:

Don't tell me, your a low paid RNC/Palin-McCain troll paid to post stuff, right? It's ok, but we now have plenty of work for people here what with all of the jobs lost, so the RNC really ought to stop off shoring this sort of work.

Posted by: usa3 | September 23, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

If you like Dick Chaney you will love Sarah Palin.

Posted by: andy, MI | September 23, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Can we trust a candidate who continues to repeat a lie about a BRIDGE even when outed on national television or who tries to sabotage an investigation into her abuse of power by trying to thwart the unanimous will of her Republican dominated legislature?

She says there have been lots of vice-presidents who haven't met a head of state or had much travel experience but which of all of them have had a record like this going into an election??

This Seat Of The Pants flying, multiple choice or fake it, ditzy glitz with attitude shouldn't have a CHANCE at leading the free world the same way she mismanaged her home town with "executive decisions"

Her position on no-abortion for rape lets a rapist choose my daughter for the mother of his child against her will, like it or not...by controlling her life.

How does that fly with all of you Hillary-4-McCain voters?? "

Posted by: HiloBob | September 23, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

It takes Obama to be a man but it takes a Palin to lead.

Posted by: Tagukon

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Yeah, right off the bridge to nowhere. What a foolish troll.

Posted by: john5750 | September 23, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

"Dottydo"--the name says it all: this person IS dotty, as in NUTZ. That blather was in the last post I read (Hawaii and stuff) was incomprehensible! I guess there ARE a lot of comedians on here or something!

Posted by: O'Meara | September 23, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Tagukon,

You clearly misunderstood. I did not say bluff. It goes without saying that the person would believe that they are qualified for a position - the question becomes does the interviewer believe that their experiences translate well for the position. And considering that in this "interview" millions of citizens had a chance during the primaries to decide if he was qualified to continue on to the final interview - he clearly did not bluff.

A person who admits that they do not have a critical job requirement would not pass the initial screening. Which is why Palin did not run for the office - nor would she have made it through the primary.

So while you may believe that he does not have enough experience, clearly many more voters did. At this stage in the game he has no need to bluff on his credentials.

Posted by: Foreign Policy Advisor | September 23, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

S.190 The Federal Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005

"For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – known as government sponsored entities or GSEs – and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.

I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.

This is also in the Congressional Record.

Read it and weep.

Source(s):
http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cf...

Posted by: dottydo | September 23, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

I think I know what McCain is trying to communicate.

His trying to tell his gay chief of staff and conservative VP pick to stop their whining and that you two can work together.

McCain even would pick a democrat to replace a republican SEC chairman. He's trying to tell both the DEMs and Republicans that you can work together.

Isn't he impressive?

He's old and his life experience put him on a higher ground to see things clearly.

He experience war. He experience an even longer war between the republicans and the DEMs and he has enough of it. He's saying it's time to unite.

Posted by: Tagukon | September 23, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

5 schools in 6 years equal something to hide.

Graduated 895th out of a class 899 at the naval academy. Crash 3 planes John smith would have been kicked out after plane crash #1, but John McCain son and grandson of high ranking officers like bush Jr. and grandson of prescott bush the nazi war merchant legacy into yale.

Posted by: circus monkey | September 23, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Perry,
You really don't want to bring up Hawaii do you?

The longer in office power than the Kennedy legacy is Hawaii. Inouye wrote a lot of racial slurs about white people in his book that was pulled, remember?
His sidekick Akaka has been trying to Akaka Bill Succession from the Union for over a decade, instead of planning healthy economy.
Yes most people know about the tactics of BRADDAH BRADDAH and Auntie to certify a Birth certificate.
All Hawaii does is lead back to the plan to base the World's economy in the middle East again....yawn ....old bad news story that Mc Cain knows as well as anyone.
Do you think that the economic Nationalization process is to kick old Soros and disempower hedgefunds by Bush?

Posted by: dottydo | September 23, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Yes, hello, I believe it is entirely possible that Aspergirl (or Aspercreme) could be Coulter. Or a comedian. Or a moron. Or perhaps all three?

Posted by: O'Meara | September 23, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Prediction: Saakashvili will pronounce her brilliant.

Posted by: Georgia 4 McCain | September 23, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Dottydo,

I can't believe that you believe have of what you wrote.

He has not long asked for oversight of Fannie and Freddie. He has had a long history of being a deregulator. And you can't both be a regulator (oversight) and a deregulator. He became a regulator when it was perfectly clear that deregulation did not work.

I would also point out that he has readily admitted that the economy and economics is not his strong suit. So how can you argue with his opinion of himself?

I will not address your 9-11 scenario, because that is too far from reality.

Nationalizing sounds a lot like a socialist program - which has been historically a bad word from conservatives.

Your comment about potential candidates with Japanese names (during the war) is purely ridiculous, with clearly racist undertones. An American is an American regardless of how their name sounds. Keep in mind that we also put Japanese Americans in interment camps during those times - not our best moment in history. Hopefully, we have gotten past those mistakes. Clearly people with your beliefs would rather relive them.

How do you describe the mainstream? I would argue that based on your comments, you are not in the mainstream.

And yes McCain was exonerated during the Keating Five, however it was also clearly indicated that his judgment was questioned. Someone like you who pays close attention to how Obama is slightly out of step with the mainstream, I would assume that you would be concerned with McCain's judgment in a very similar situation to what we have now.

While neither candidate is perfect, the one that walks like George Bush and quacks like George Bush, darn it...is George Bush. For all of the maverick talk, McCain/Palin are Bush/Cheney. Bless your heart if you want 4 more years of that largely because you can't get your mind around the U.S. being a more diverse nation with intelligent leaders of every race, creed, and gender.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a trash talking fool that the neo cons picked for McCain.

Mcflipflop just don't get it.

Posted by: brock101 | September 23, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Dear love234america: the difference between Palin's lack of foreign policy experience and Obama's is that he is well educated and thoughtful AND has actually at least traveled around the world and knows of other peoples and cultures. Not too important to people like you, I'm sure, but pretty much a necessity in the modern globalized world. Wake up and smell the kool aid!


Posted by: o'meara | September 23, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama is not admitting to his lack of experience, because he believes no one is looking. It is possible he is reading his own subliminal filled material and believes he is above apology or admissions of errors.
Biden bluntly said that Obama makes poor decisions, when he spoke about Hillary.

The formation of a childs mind, and thoughts towards tabled agenda is formed from about 6 to 10 years old.
American kids learned to place their hands over their hearts and pledge allegiance, the teachings of the new testimate, and how to honor the Country. Obama followed his step father to the fanatic teachings of a Koran that forgives no infidel.

It isn't the time spent out of the Country as much as it is time in tune with the Country, that makes a great leader.

America is a great experiment. It is time to Nationalize and toss out the riff raff.
That seems to be what this economic plan is up to.

Posted by: dottydo | September 23, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

I understand AsperGirl is really Ann "She's a Man Baby" Coulter.

Is this true AsperGirl?

Posted by: Hello | September 23, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

dottydo:

My Lord - how do you even get by in the world? First of all, Fanny and Freddy did not "give money to Obama's campaign." That makes about as much sense as saying that the Federal Reserve Bank or the U.S. Post Office gave money to Obama.

Secondly, you should do a little research and look up the name Hiram Leong Fong, an Asian American Senator from Hawaii who did run for President in 1964. Remember a little war called Vietnam.

Lastly, McCain is not a maverick, and your attempts to knight him with this moniker are just silly. He's a calculating politician and you've been duped.

I hope you like your universal health care and meaningful Veteran's benefits. Sorry you'll accept these gifts begrudgingly.

Posted by: Perry, Pueblo, CO | September 23, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

It take an Obama to be a man.

But it would take a Sarah Palin to admit one's fault and inexperience.

Now which is harder to do? To bluff your way to get a job or tell your interviewer you don't have much experience?

It takes Obama to be a man but it takes a Palin to lead.

Posted by: Tagukon | September 23, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Foreign Policy Advisor

I don't believe Mc Cain is impressed with money, after all, he has so much of it there are too many homes to count in the portfolio...(reminds one of a Trump story)

Mc Cain had a clue about the economy, since he has long asked for oversight on Fanny and Freddy (major contributors to Obama) Suppose Obama would give the money back to help the taxpayers, since every penney counts?

Have you considered that the crisis is actually the result of a foreign conspiracy that pulled money out on 9-11 enmasse to attack our financial backbone again?
We know that the border crossers with intent to conquer the USA never intended to pay back loans. The exodus has been much larger than the government was willing to count as present.

This is actually Nationalization, a bold act, according to more than a few I spoke with.

I consider that no one asked Americans to consider a guy with a Japanese name for President while we were at war with them.

I watch Obama be just slightly out of step with mainstream America, and doubt his ability to put Country first, since his consorts have him so confused about what America is.

In the Keating Five scandal,the maverick Mc cain was exonerated and never charged.
The practice of politics for power left him unscathed and wise to the tactics.

Posted by: dottydo | September 23, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Tagukon,

How does her ability to study indicate that she will be successful in foreign policy situations? What in her background has indicated that she will excel in this area?

I have to answer your question with a question. What person on a job interview would admit that they do not have experience? The interviewers questions, if they are a good questioner, would draw that conclusion out.

In general, I will side with a U.S. Senator who work on legislation with a broader array of people - including foreign dignitaries - compared to a Governor. In this respect, he, McCain and Biden have very similar experiences. Clearly since Biden and McCain have spent more time in Washington they have more years of experience. But in this respect, Palin has had a crash course over a few days.

Posted by: Foreign Policy Advisor | September 23, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Again - it doesn't matter that Palin is meeting with anyone. These are all political stunts designed to distract voters who are already uninformed.

Believe me - I do a lot of canvassing for the Obama campaign. There are plenty of uninformed people out there. Like many of the people who are posting on this sit, they simply don't want to vote on the basis of facts, which overwhelmingly support Obama. McCain's only hope is that he can scare/distract/confuse enough voters to tip the scales.

Fear not fellow Dems! This is a change year, and we've got it in the bag. McCain is flailing around in his own mess. Having Palin around is just amusing. Does anybody really take their campaign seriously?

At least Bush campaigned on a platform of "no nation building" and "fiscal conservativism" and "compassion for those in need." Wait a minute ... he sold GOP voters a bill of goods ... (shocker). And yet, there is still 30% of the country who supports Bush.

No - it's really over now McCain folks. Sorry - the writing is on the wall. Unless you can enroll enough voters to offset the hundreds of thousands Obama has enrolled (fact), then you might as well get ready for Obama and a better country.

Gee - I'm sorry we're going to have to cram diplomacy, universal health care, better jobs, national self-respect, and energy independence down your throats, you morons.

Posted by: Perry, Pueblo, CO | September 23, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

I understand Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that he waved to Governor Palin from Russia and wanted to know if she saw him.

Posted by: Hello | September 23, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

AsperGirl:

You really are a sick, pathetic twisted soul. You so enjoy posting your hate and lies I suppose because it gives you a sense of power in your own demented and warped mind. Of course if you had to do this without the anonymity of a blog posting you wouldn't have the guts to do it.

Why don't you stop spreading your filthy lies and go spend a couple of extra hours each week doing good like helping old people or cleaning up a local park.

Posted by: usa3 | September 23, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Foreign Policy Advisor

That's whats' impressive with Sarah Palin. She admits she does not have foreign policy experience and tries to have one.

Did Barack Obama admits he doesn't have enough experience?

Posted by: Tagukon | September 23, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

McCain was recently asked by Karl Rove whether he vetted Sarah Palin enough before taking her as his running mate. To which McCain replied:
"I saw Sarah Palin and right away my gun barrel was getting loaded and straightening out. I did not want my barrel to go off prematurely. So I held it with my right hand. That is when Sarah noticed the barrel in my hand. She said: Oh! John, I see your big succulent barrel in your hand. I am getting all wet."

That's when McCain realized that he has wetted Sarah Palin. Karl Rove was satisfied with the answer he got. He blessed McCain with all his evil bones in his body.

Posted by: Beer guzzler | September 23, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

No, Moe.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE EMAIL WEBSITES, NEWSPAPERS, AND TV STATIONS TO STOP REPORTING ANY NEWS ABOUT PALIN. STOP COVERING OR BROADCASTING ANY OF HER EVENTS. DO NOT PRINT ANY GOP NEWS THAT INCLUDES HER NAME. IF THIS ALMOST WOMEN REFUSES TO HAVE A NEWS CONFERENCE, OR ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS WHY SHOULD SHE BE ALLOWED TO HAVE ANY COVERAGE OF HER SPEECHES OR COMMENTS. SHE REFUSES TO HAVE A 2 WAY CONVERSATION WITH AMERICA, SO BLACK LIST HER. WHY WOULDN'T SHE WANT US TO KNOW JUST HOW SMART SHE IS REGARDING THE ISSUES THAT BIDDEN, BARRACK AND MCCAIN ARE WILLING TO ANSWER. HELL SHE WENT TO 6 COLLEGES TO GET HER 4 YEAR DEGREE SO SHE MUST BE AS SHARP AS A TACK.

Posted by: SACTO | September 23, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Unlike Sarah Palin, who just got her passport last year, Barack Obama has an innate connection with billions of foreigners abroad.

Muslims, of the world view Barack Obama as a brother. So Obama sure has Sarah Palin beat in the "international empathy" arena:

Barack Hussein Obama through Muslim Eyes
by Daniel Pipes

How do Muslims see Barack Hussein Obama? They have three choices: either as he presents himself – someone who has "never been a Muslim" and has "always been a Christian"; or as a fellow Muslim; or as an apostate from Islam.

Reports suggests that while Americans generally view the Democratic candidate having had no religion before converting at Reverend Jeremiah Wrights's hands at age 27, Muslims the world over rarely see him as Christian but usually as either Muslim or ex-Muslim.

Lee Smith of the Hudson Institute explains why: "Barack Obama's father was Muslim and therefore, according to Islamic law, so is the candidate. In spite of the Quranic verses explaining that there is no compulsion in religion, a Muslim child takes the religion of his or her father. … for Muslims around the world, non-American Muslims at any rate, they can only ever see Barack Hussein Obama as a Muslim." In addition, his school record from Indonesia lists him as a Muslim

Thus, an Egyptian newspaper, Al-Masri al-Youm, refers to his "Muslim origins." Libyan ruler Mu‘ammar al-Qaddafi referred to Obama as "a Muslim" and a person with an "African and Islamic identity." One Al-Jazeera analysis calls him a "non-Christian man," a second refers to his "Muslim Kenyan" father, and a third, by Naseem Jamali, notes that "Obama may not want to be counted as a Muslim but Muslims are eager to count him as one of their own..."

more at http://www.danielpipes.org/article/5845

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 23, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Tagukon that is part of the problem that we have in foreign policy issues. Many countries perceive us as a bully. We do not attempt to build consensus with our allies nor attempt to use influence over might.

In the world in which we live, we can not continue to be perceived as the bully that we have become under Bush. And short-tempered McCain does not strike me as one who will repair our the relationships that Bush destroyed.

Posted by: Foreign Policy Advisor | September 23, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

First off, Cains camp doesnt sip Kool aide, They sip on Ensure, for those who need a little dietary fiber with their energy booster.
Im sure this is going to come out of Cains camp as "See, Sara met with ALL THOSE FOREIGN DELEGATES, and she did just fine" as if to say a 5 minute sit down is enough foreign POLICY experience to be in the office most associated with Foreign affairs.What a SHAM.
Loving the Real KOOL AID, sippin it in
Obama / Biden 08

Posted by: Huh | September 23, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Sarah doesn't really need a foreign policy experience to lead, she's already a leader.

Any country in the world will bend to a nation with 28,000 nuclear war heads.

Posted by: Tagukon | September 23, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Ladies this isn't funny anymore. Sarah makes all women seemed rather comical and stupid! Be seen and not heard unless told what to say!. This is a disgrace. This scam has gone far enough. The first plane to leave for Alaska tomorrow morning needs to have Palin on it.

Posted by: Charity | September 23, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Yet Alaska is calling for Palin's recall as Gov?

Abdication of office? McCain's people are running Alaska?

Read ADN.com

Posted by: Sue | September 23, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Sarah meeting heads of state yeah right. What is she going to talk about how far she can see them from her house. Actually if she wore a bikini she might fare better. These gimmicks are getting old by McCain. Sarah truly has no shame! this is so degrading to her. OMG!

Posted by: Hope | September 23, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Tagekon
"Sarah Palin will have foreign policy experience in the coming days"

Are a retardo like Palin?

Posted by: abc | September 23, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Is Lipstick Sarah going to discuss God's plan for US in Iraq with the Iraqi president? It will be very humorous to watch the two talk to each other.

Sarah: God has a plan for US in Iraq. God asked me to send my first born to Iraq to fight the Iraqis. God send me over here to the UN to fight with you Iraqi president. God has a plan.

Posted by: Ramos | September 23, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Dottydo there is no need to pull the wool over the old salt. Clearly, all you need is money to appeal to McCain - as all of the lobbyists on his staff prove.

Last week also proved that with our most pressing issue - the economy - the old salt has NO CLUE! He also proved that he could change his mind constantly and flip flop on positions that he has held for over 20 years.

For those like you who have drank the McCain Kool-aid how do you process the idea that the great reformer / deregulator has turned 180 and now wants to regulate. (Now that deregulation of the Financial Services industry has lead us into economic turmoil.)

Also keep in mind that the old salt has had other issues in the financial services industry. Remember that he was heavily criticized for using poor judgment in the Keating Five scandal. Was he a maverick back then?

Posted by: Foreign Policy Advisor | September 23, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

McCain picks Sarah Palin for her conservative views and all along he has a gay chief of staff?

What is he trying to communicate?

Posted by: Tagukon | September 23, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Anonymous 1131-
Aren't you worried about all the Pedophilas in Republican party? Or are you one Too! It's apparent you have emotional issues- are you into Pedophilia like other Republicans?

Posted by: aa | September 23, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

McCain's administration already looks like a cross section of America.

We have

McCains advisor: Gay
McCains veep: Anti-gay, pro-teenage-motherhood.
McCains wife: Blond and rich
McCain: Dirty old man

Posted by: Carl | September 23, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

God, please don't let the voters who gave us eight years of George W. Bush do it to America again with his female clone. Please give them all flat tires on the way to the polls, or make them think the apocolypse has pre-empted the election. Do whatever you need to, but save America from these proven lunatics. We really are a decent country, despite the Bush voters in our midst.

Posted by: Janice | September 22, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

While these meetings have the potential to embarrass us... correction, further embarrass us, after 8 years of Bush-Cheney. In a rubber-necking sort of way, I would love to watch those meetings on Youtube.

I would love to see if the non-stop tutoring is sinking in. She clearly isn't speaking to anyone in the media. Unless you count the love fest interview with Sean Hannity.

Posted by: Foreign Policy Advisor | September 22, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

"Alaskans angered that Palin is off-limits

"Why did the McCain campaign take over the governor's office?" the Anchorage Daily News demanded in an editorial Saturday. "Is it too much to ask that Alaska's governor speak for herself, directly to Alaskans, about her actions as Alaska's governor?"

"Is this going to dilute her image as a maverick who will clean out the rascals from their perches of power, when she herself cannot tolerate questions into her behavior, investigations into the firing of a public safety commissioner?" said Gerald McBeath, political science professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks

""Is this going to dilute her image as a maverick who will clean out the rascals from their perches of power, when she herself cannot tolerate questions into her behavior, investigations into the firing of a public safety commissioner?" said Gerald McBeath, political science professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks"

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-troopergate21-2008sep21,0,2158301.story

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

If McCain truly "kept a gay chief of staff for 17 years," not even Sarah Palin can save him now.

He should have remembered that although President Bush was very unpopular, he still won two terms because of his right leaning view.

Posted by: Tagukon


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I wonder how many gays are walking out of the Dem party over posts like yours, right behind the women who refuse to stay with a femicidal abuser?

Posted by: dottydo | September 22, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama should go get the same training as the other junior resume.
We can watch all the verbal blunders before any power goes with the game.

I do think that Palin is less harmful than Obama. The leaders are meeting with a future junior power, when they meet Palin.

Obama they meet as an instant adversarial entity , as they plot to further their own power over the USA. They know he has a junior resume, and all have already watched http://www.hypemovie.com/
Hype: The Obama Effect.


Safer system?
Mc Cain /Palin
World leaders have respect for the old warrior. They know they have no way to pull the wool over on the old salt.

Posted by: dottydo | September 22, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

If McCain truly "kept a gay chief of staff for 17 years," not even Sarah Palin can save him now.

He should have remembered that although President Bush was very unpopular, he still won two terms because of his right leaning view.

Posted by: Tagukon | September 22, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

When I heard about Pinkville, my response was "God bless America"

Posted by: AspenBoy | September 22, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous you are an idiot. Marijuana and cocaine dealer turned president? What is your source for this trash?

Posted by: UraIdiot | September 22, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin asked what she needs to pack in her bag when she goes on the trip to the UN.
She specifically asked McCain which countries require a visa stamp on her passport.

McCain said, pack a pair of clean undies, a bathing suit, a dozen lipsticks, and some pushup bras. McCain also wanted her to carry his dentures for him. McCain also reminded her that UN does not check for visa stamps on her passport, but get them anyway since it is a good bragging point during the veep debate. She could claim she visited a lot of countries by showing her passport on TV.

Posted by: Bill | September 22, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

"Exclusive: New Doubts Over Palin's Troopergate Claims
Internal Government Document Contradicts Sarah Palin, Campaign

An internal government document obtained by ABC News appears to contradict Sarah Palin's most recent explanation for why she fired her public safety chief, the move which prompted the now-contested state probe into "Troopergate.""

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5844710&page=1

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Marijuana and cocaine dealer turn president of the United States of America?

Barack Obama's childhood experience will always affect his adult life unless he have undergone a series of counseling regarding his harsh childhood.

This unpleasant foretaste is evident on his reaction on life's hurdles or obstacles. Name calling (pig with a lipstick) and attacking a person to it's core (incest) are just but a few examples.

I believe Barack Obama still has a lot of things to do to improve his success on leadership.

On the other hand, Sarah Palin is finding ways to improve herself to become a better fit public servant.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

What IS homophobic Sarah Palin saying now that she knows John McCain's very own Mark Buse is a semi-closeted gay, not in today's blogs being pulled completely out of the closet?

What DOES Sarah think?

Posted by: Inquiring Minds Want To Know | September 22, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she can explain how God has a plan for the US in Iraq. ...

Posted by: Jackinthebox | September 22, 2008 11:17 PM


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Gods plan is to bleed America dry, both of blood (over 4,000 dead soldiers) and money (20-40 billion a month).

God then plans for us to move to Afghanistan where for the next 10-20 years we'll be bled dry, both of blood and of money.

If we stagger out of Afghanistan and into Pakistan, God intends that we will receive the final financial decapitation. A country stripped of money doesn't have much ability to bail out financial bigwigs when they fail.

Posted by: Prophet Michael | September 22, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Correction Moosejerky...you don't want to be accused of bending facts for your own political gain...McCain DID NOT graduate 5th of the bottom of his class of 700 at the Naval Academy....the class actually had 899. Also, I don't have enough fingers to count how many colleges Palin attended before she graduated and went on to life as a Beauty Queen, Fishermen and occasional reporter

Posted by: Jackinhtebox | September 22, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Why is Palin meeting with the leader of Columbia? What shipment is she expecting from Columbia? Maybe she will barter an oil for drugs deal with the drug lord. Alaskan Oil in exchange for Columbian drugs.

Or maybeshe wants the Columbian leader to feel and taste some Alaskan succulent salmon.

Posted by: Jim | September 22, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

"Lawmakers: Politics 'hijacked' Alaska
Top legislators say McCain campaign effort an attempt to stifle state Troopergate investigation

The presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin has taken effective charge of the Alaska state government's response to the legislative investigation into abuse of power allegations against Palin.

An investigation that began on a bipartisan basis with several pledges from Palin to participate, is now being manipulated to protect Palin by campaign attorneys who appear to be directing the Palin administration's response, top legislators say.

"The state of Alaska and the Alaska Attorney General's Office don't need any help from a national campaign," said Sen. President Lyda Green, R-Wasilla.

Green said the Palin administration's response seems more geared to help the McCain campaign by shutting down the investigation that's become known as "Troopergate" than informing the Alaska public. "

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/092108/sta_334953142.shtml

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

==== NOTICE OF MEETING =======


SPEAKER: Senator John McCain

TITLE: "How I tricked the conservatives and kept a gay chief of staff for 17 years"


Refreshments will be served.
Donations to the campaign from conservatives are gratefully accepted.

Posted by: McCain/Palin | September 22, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that there are some who are focused on linking Senator Obama to the Islamic faith. As if that would be such a terrible thing. I find it amazing because this is a country that was founded by individuals who, in many cases, fled their home countries due to religious persecution. The founders of this country sought out an environment for religious freedom, but yet there are some who want to imply that if Senator Obama was truly Muslim that would be a bad thing.

Many who make these comments also seem to forget that there are examples in nearly every religion in which "followers" have done terrible things in the name of their religion. The idea that a Muslim = bad person is just small minded and ignorant.

In my opinion, if Senator Obama followed the Islamic faith, which he does not, that fact would not influence my decision in this election at all.

Some of you need to grow up and find legitimate reasons why you will vote for one candidate or another. There are plenty of issues that separate the two candidates, you do not need to insult the religion of many law abiding, tax paying Americans.

Unless and until a candidate admits or it is proven that their religious beliefs drive their policy decisions, then we should leave religion out of the conversation. Separation of church and State exists for a reason.

Posted by: JustDumb | September 22, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, fortunately, Barack Obama's not such a big foreign policy blank slate as Sarah Palin is. We know what kind of foreign policy theory and principles he's already been programmed with for 20 years in his Trinity Church listening to his mentor Rev. Jeremiah Wright:

Rev. Wright blames America for making AIDS to kill African and Arab people
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY28l6HoKww&feature=related

Rev. Wright blames America for 9/11
www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9HUdF9OZa8&feature=related

Rev. Wright damns America
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdJB-qkfUHc&feature=related

Rev. Wright radio rant against Zionists
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfNEfEBYIZs

Rev. Wright republishes a copy of Hamas terrorist manifesto in Church newsletter
www.bizzyblog.com/wp-images/TUCChamasColumn072207.jpg

Rev. Jeremiah Wright Q & A at the National Press Club
part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcdUgRSftOc&feature=related
part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1mIS2WceAY&feature=related
part 3: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a5lfKYAqr4&feature=related

Rev. Jeremiah Wright Speech at the National Press Club
part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2H1dMbkYa4
part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gXnZKUG_ic&feature=related
part 3: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aM8VU47pKU&feature=related

Top 20 Rev. Wright comments you never saw:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3wh2XT4e8M&feature=related

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 22, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she can explain how God has a plan for the US in Iraq. ...

Posted by: Jackinthebox | September 22, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I wish there was some kind of SAT test that can be given to the presidential candidates instead of debates. We have a democratic candidate who has a Harvard degree, has learned law and constitution with a running mate who has taught constitutional law in unversities. Then on the other side we have a self proclaimed maverick who graduated 5th from thte bottom of a class of 700 and a running mate whose credentials include lipstick, hunting moose, and watching Russia from her back porch. Why bother wasting our time on debates for these two buffoons. Why not give them an SAT. If they don't get a passing grade let them go back to do what they were doing before.

Posted by: moose Jerky | September 22, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow TaoZen:

The constituency you are trying to preach to do not have any clue what you are trying to say. Don't use heavy words such as "Neanderthals or homo sapiens (btw they will misunderstand the word homo)". Instead use words such as "Monkeys" or "Apes". You need to tone down the level to 4th or 5th grade to get your message across to Red.

Posted by: Cc | September 22, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Enact a Windfall Profits Tax to Provide a $1,000 Emergency Energy Rebate to American Families:Barack Obama and Joe Biden will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to give American families an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families pay rising bills. This relief would be a down payment on the Obama-Biden long-term plan to provide middle-class families with at least $1,000 per year in permanent tax relief.
from http://www.barackobama.com/issues/economy/#jumpstart

Posted by: M | September 22, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Gee I think a better debut would have been for her to address the Germanic peoples from the base of the historic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, to herald the New Age of The One.

That would be much more cool and spectacular than just MEETING and TALKING with world leaders in private.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 22, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

At first McCain wanted Pitbull Palin to visit world leaders at the UN. Then John McCain was reminded by the UN secretary general that the UN has leash laws and pitbulls with or without lipstick should always be on a leash while at the UN. So McCain decided to let Pitbull Palin do her dooty with the world leaders outside the UN compound.

At first Palin gets disinvited from protesting the Iranian president. Now she is forced to meet foreign leaders outside the UN. McCain may still sneak her in through the back door of the UN to show her how U.N. looks like, since he promised her a week ago that he will take her to the UN.

Posted by: Kevin | September 22, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I've never heard a public servant as humble as Sarah Palin.

Even with her impressive resume, she's still willing to undergo public humiliation to improve herself to better serve her people.

She know she got it already the skills, but she go on meeting world leaders just to hone her foreign policy skills.

Posted by: WordLeader | September 22, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Is JakeD forgetting to sign some of his comments?

Posted by: Moe | September 22, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Ass bleeding,venom spitting,Liberals with your loser Lamobama-you not going to win this-trust me

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:49 PM

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By this statement I also meant that you are fagots.I mean ass stinking fagots

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Seriously folks. Does anyone really think that muslim communist Obama can be trusted with his finger on the nuclear trigger?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Ass bleeding,venom spitting,Liberals with your loser Lamobama-you not going to win this-trust me

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Go Girl Sarah...we're behind you.
During Clinton administration, Bill handed many responsibilies to Al Gore (so that Bill could spend more time with Monica). Al Gore, a candidate with (8) years of VP experience, travled many countries and plenty of foreign policy knowledge lost to Bush who had limited foreign travels that time. So...no worry!
So, got a first time passport few years ago isn't a big issue. You've come this far with five children and I'm sure you'll do well as a VP.

Posted by: smile7 | September 22, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Skills are transferable.

The Presidents meet with other Presidents to discuss things for the common good of their country.

Sarah is a governor. She met with other governors to discuss things about state issues.

Although Sarah was not given any duty or privilege to met World leaders, she already got the skills needed to met these leaders.

Posted by: Tagukon | September 22, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

This is outrageous!!! $700 Billon bailout, an idiot in lipstick getting remdial courses in foreign policy in front of State leaders. We are going to be the laughing stock of the world at this pace.
Republicans voters have got to put country first and stop this madness by giving thier party a rest for 4 years. Regroup and come back stronger (or at least SANE)

Posted by: Disgusted | September 22, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

> This greatly resembles "Take Your Daughter to Work Day."

Ridiculous. Sarah Palin will be a grandmother pretty soon.

The only kid who is likely to tag along is Track, but only because she hates to go on stage without him. But there's no "Take Your Son to Work Day," now, is there?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I once went on the UN tour. I think I'm qualified now to be Vice President or, at least, Secretary of State.

Posted by: Lars the Diplomat | September 22, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Seriously folks. Does anyone really think that muslim communist Obama can be trusted with his finger on the nuclear trigger?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

What is this Amateur Hour at the UN?
This is a dog and pony show.
Or is it a pig and ass show?

Posted by: MaxwellSmart | September 22, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Seriously folks. Does anyone really think that Sarah Palin can be trusted with her finger on the nuclear trigger? We're facing an economic collapse, involved in two wars with no end in sight, oil spiked more than 25 bucks today. Can we really afford to have that idiot from Alaska, you know, the one who thinks she has foreign policy expertise because a few eskimos can see an uninhabited Russian Island across the Bering Straits, to be one heartbeat from the leader of the free world? Are we Americans really becoming that stupid?

Posted by: Larry in NC | September 22, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the muslim communist with a communist(and muslim) agenda for this country.Do we need a muslim communist in WH?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

JOHN I thought you were a damn women dude!

Posted by: John John | September 22, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Eliza Doolittle - come on, girl. Shake the Muslim's hand and curtsy!!

You've had sushi before, Miss Doolittle?

Miss Doolittle, Miss Doolittle - please have some boiled cabbage and gravlax! YUMMMO!

Oh, no Miss Doolittle, we don't do THAT in my country. Only in yours!!

Miss Doolittle, have you been to our region??? Have I been in yours?

Mr. K, you've done a great job with this girl!

Mr. Kissinger - I feel sick!!!!!

Posted by: Kammie | September 22, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Mark my words, Palin will do JUST FINE.

They will have her stay in a Holiday Inn Express the night before.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

100% totally agree with you bjp....exactly what I want to say!!!!! He brought (300) foreign advisors with him when he traveled abroad last time. Why nobody point that out if he's running for President. We all know President is mor important than a VP. Libya Gadarfi called Mr. Obama "our African brother" and he went and said, "Mr.Obama has inferior complex because of his skin color". At last, we will not get that kind of redicules (comments) from our enimies if McCain and Palin win.
McCain/Palin- 2008

For all of those ripping on the fact that Palin is meeting with leaders along with McCain and advisors...exactly how many times has Obama met with these leaders? Why is she ridiculed for her lack of foreign policy experience, when Obama (who is running for President, not VP) is just as lacking in experience?

Posted by: bjp | September 22, 2008 10:08 PM

Posted by: zjh | September 22, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama broke the law when he bought that house in Chicago together with criminal REZKO.No wonder considering his bandage with Chicago mob.Do we need the criminal in WH?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

You cannot take a person who has taken one trip overseas in her entire life, and then give her a few hours with some cooperative foreign leaders and expect her to be ready to be President. I realize that no President can be expected to know all the issues, all the foreign leaders, etc., but it would be nice if she had some experience with dealing with people of other cultures. We had another President recently who had never been out of the country, his name... George Bush, how did that work out?

Posted by: captbilly | September 22, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Fine.
Now I think the Obama campaign can make the same request, possibly at the same time.
Fair is fair.

Posted by: JohnE | September 22, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Gosh! Some of you are so mean. Why can't you just let Sarah enjoy her visit to the UN where she can meet people from other countries? It's a great opportunity for her to learn a whole lot about things and stuff. I heard that she's got to write a long composition about the trip, so it's not going to be just fun. Give her a break!

Maybe you're just jealous cause you don't get to go to the UN.

Posted by: John | September 22, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain has lost control of his candidacy; I do not trust anyone working with him, least of all, Sarah Palin. She is touted as "just like us", but that is another falsehood; the rest of us work hard, do not take shortcuts, and do not try to pass off superficial knowledge as wisdom. I find it sad that a man who served this country so well for so many years, finds it necessary to sell his soul and lose his integrity at this stage in his life.

Posted by: bessy | September 22, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I find it insulting that the McCain campaign thinks a few photo ops with a few world leaders 43 days before the election will create foreign policy creditability for Palin. As a governor, Palin does not hold national security clearance, or any official national government authority; consequently, no substantial discussions can occur between Palin and those she is scheduled to meet.

The meetings are meaningless photo ops. The only ones falling for McCain’s farce are those who support them. The undecided aren’t fooled for a minute.

Posted by: socalgal59 | September 22, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

One commentor said "Palin with babysitters"

HOW MANY BABYSITTERS DID BARACH HUSSEIN OBAMA TAKE ON HIS WORLD TOUR? LOTS, LOTS, LOTS, LOTS.........GOTCA THERE, DID I NOT?

Some of you are criticising Palin when Hussein Obama has done the same or worse. He has no executive experience, nor any other experience other than being a JUNIOR senator for a very short time from one if not the most crooked place in the U.S., and to top that off, he voted "Present" most of the time. He's a good speaker with a prepared speach. He doesn't know squat about governing.

Posted by: love234america | September 22, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I want to discuss my own foreign policy bona fides. Maybe McCain will want to appoint me to some ambassadorship. If I had my druthers, it would be Ambassador to Italy. Since I grew up with immigrant Italian grandparents, I know all the slang Italian words I would need to eke out some swell diplomacy with my long lost cugini! Heck, I love pizza and penne arrabiata, so that must be qualification enough, eh gang? I even know a few lower echelon mafiosi back in my hometown. So, John, if your foreign policy team is taking applications, I'm certainly available. If you can have a Veep who thinks foreign policy expertise begins with proximity, I have to be qualified to serve in your administration. Maybe I could even be Secretary of State. I live in North Carolina. Bermuda is just several hundred miles off of our coast. I've even been to Canada, Mexico, several great dive sites in the Caribbean and 8 countries in Europe. I even know how to order breakfast, how to buy a train ticket and ask directions to "il gabinetto"! C'mon, John...can I be Sec of State??????

Posted by: Larry in NC | September 22, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin will have foreign policy experience in the coming days.

But Obama will have to come up with Executive experience yet...that is if he become president.

Good work Sarah, your becoming a more effective public servant everyday.

Posted by: Tagukon | September 22, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Greta Van Susteren is coming up with some dirt on the Palin clan...

Posted by: FOXNEWS | September 22, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin is on the wrong stage. If all was well with the world we could take a chance, but with all the turmoil, and economic woes John almost 100 years old no way no how no Mcpalin.

Posted by: brock101 | September 22, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin can now claim seeing Pakistan from her toilet seat.

THis is getting out of control. I will blog my brains out if she claims to now have foreign experience for all the country people she is going to meet.

Posted by: tony | September 22, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

This greatly resembles "Take Your Daughter to Work Day."

Posted by: GeoffInDexter | September 22, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Dear Congress,

I have a solution for America's Economic recovery. Write me out a check for 700 billion dollars so that I can get plan in motion. I will deposit the check in my account. The first thing I will do is have a nationwide party. This will be a 3 day event that the American people will call PEOPLE'S MONEY day! I will put people to work. I will house the homeless. I will send Wall Street Executives their walking papers. I will give the full details as soon as I receive the check. THANK YOU!

Posted by: PEOPLES MONEY | September 22, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse


Palin with babysitter

Posted by: Mike | September 22, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

@LAUGHING EVEN LOUDER

WHAT?? Wow! Do you suppose they will still have Dr. James Dobson "Pull That Lever"???

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/20080922/mark-buse-039-homosexuality-rumors-controversy-mccain-039-anti-gay-ideology.htm

Posted by: McCain Spankboy | September 22, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

For all of those ripping on the fact that Palin is meeting with leaders along with McCain and advisors...exactly how many times has Obama met with these leaders? Why is she ridiculed for her lack of foreign policy experience, when Obama (who is running for President, not VP) is just as lacking in experience?

Posted by: bjp | September 22, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Even if McCain's elected, the old boys will never let Palin in the Grove. Hear that, Sarah? You have to be able to pee on Redwoods. Hah hah!

Posted by: Big Daddy | September 22, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, this is News: Palin gets a chaperone to visit world leaders. Well, if you were McCain, wouldn't you keep a close neck brace on her too? Sure they considered duct tape...but there probably was too much lipstick. Just great: the country is in the throes of a catastrophic financial crisis, and we have to rely on Palin to save the day. Am I the only one who thinks the U.S. is trying to commit national suicide?

Posted by: cmgmaggie | September 22, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I am real concerned about all the PROBLEMS we've seen with Voting Machines.

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) notes that the Election Assistance Commission hasn't bothered informing election officials around the country about all of the problems associated with e-voting machines. And, to make matters worse, a separate report from Common Cause claims that 10 states that had problems in the last election haven't done anything to fix those problems. Given all of the stories we've had recently about e-voting problems, this is hardly a surprise, but one more reason to wonder who's actually in charge on these sorts of things?

Posted by: Fixed Election | September 22, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me the McCain is not brilliant. He's DESPERATE. He DESPERATELY wants to become president so much that he's willing to put aside his "straight-talk" and become the biggest fraudster ever.

What exactly are the laws regarding FRAUD

Posted by: M | September 22, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

ROFLMFAO!!

They can't even trust her to have meetings on her own. Seems she's not such a pitbull without her "aides"

Posted by: heathernm | September 22, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm laughing even louder because it's clear that the Republicans are CONSPICUOUSLY SILENT about this issue - guess they're hoping that it will go away or maybe Buse will publically declare that he's been cured and is now straight!!!! Ha ah ahahahaaha!

McCain is simply brilliant. First he chooses a woman as his VP.... and gets a good chunk of female support for his efforts. Now he lets it leak that his long, long time chief of staffer and right hand man, Mr. Mark Buse, is in fact gay. That should grab a good chunk of the potential gay vote for John McCain as well. Another brilliant move.

There are supposed to be at least a couple million transgenders. The question of the hour: Does John McCain have another maverick move up his sleeve to secure the transgender vote in America?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Posted by: LMAO | September 22, 2008 9:23 PM

Posted by: LAUGHING EVEN LOUDER | September 22, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Palin can see Russia from her back porch in Alaska and she can see Iran from her front porch in Alaska...yep, that's all the foreign policy experience a Republican needs to run for high office. She's a foreign policy "expert" alrighty, no doubt about it....NOT!

Posted by: Darla K | September 22, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Tip for Ms. Palin, it works for thousands of Americans when abroad...

If you speak English loudly enough and slowly enough everyone will understand it.

Having a few drinks in you and a Hawaiian shirt on always helps too.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Anyone notice the paucity of economists who think that the bailout will actually work?

Firstly, at what price will the Treasury buy back this toxic debt? Current pricing would indicate that this garbage has no market value in that no one wants to buy it. Even the bottom fisher scavenger funds are laying low.

The price paid by the Treasury has to be somewhere close to what the paper was originally purchased for...that's what the instituions want...it essentially recapitalizes them to where they were before the bubble burst.

Think that move will free up the credit markets?

Think again.

If you were a senior banker today what would you be doing?

Protect YOUR instituion. Hoard cash. Build liquidity. Strengthen loan/deposit ratios. Reduce borrowings to an absolute minimum - preferably zero. Fund your assets with retail deposits (insured by FDIC) and your own capital.

Lend money to NO ONE if you dont have to...DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INTER-BANK MARKETS if you are not a net buyer of funds....Do not sell fed funds...

This buy out may not accomplish what it is aiming for.....

Never fear....Jesus will be coming soon.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain really doesn't trust Lipstick Palin enough. So he is sending 2 aides who knows the answers to world issues. They will have a bluetooth device installed in Palin's head so that they can tell Palin what to say.
Here is how the session will go with each leader.

Karzai: We have to fight terrorism. How do you plan to help?
Palin: You provide the lipstick. I'll send all the hockey mom's from Alaska to Afghanistan. They are like pitbulls with lipstick.

Georgian president: We have to prevent Russia from invading us again. How are you going to help?
Palin: I can see Russia from my living room window. I'll ask the first dude Todd to keep an eye on Russia while I veep in Washington.

Iraqi president Jalal Talabani: Hi, I am Jalal Talabani.
Palin: She gets out of her seat and puts Talabani in a head lock between her thighs. [screams to her aides], Call John McCain right away. I caught a Talabani. We have been fighting Talabani from Afghanistan. Now he has come to US and he is off to jail at Guantanamo.

Indian president Singh: Hi Sarah Palin.
Palin: I thought my aides took care of the cab fare. Here another $10, now scoot. Don't bother me when I am waiting to meet heads of state.

Posted by: Bacon | September 22, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Does Mrs Palin need a chaperone or some to tell her what to say. She has little experience with foreigners. She is still learning.

Posted by: co Mander | September 22, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

these deceitful meet and greets are the foreign policy equivalent of the "trip" Phalin took to Ireland while the plane refueled on the tarmac.

then there's that supposed trip she took to Iraq; from inside the Kuwaiti border.

way worse than Nixon...

Posted by: George W. McLiar | September 22, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain is simply brilliant. First he chooses a woman as his VP.... and gets a good chunk of female support for his efforts. Now he lets it leak that his long, long time chief of staffer and right hand man, Mr. Mark Buse, is in fact gay. That should grab a good chunk of the potential gay vote for John McCain as well. Another brilliant move.

There are supposed to be at least a couple million transgenders. The question of the hour: Does John McCain have another maverick move up his sleeve to secure the transgender vote in America?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Posted by: LMAO | September 22, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

To Noe (who wrote: "Iraq Hussein Osama......Barack Hussein Obama....interesting sound of words!!!!!") can't you sound more intelligent?

Look straight into the mirror of history and answer the following questions like a real man. Who committed mass genocide and ethnic cleansing against millions of innocent Native Americans for centuries? “Christians.” Who committed slavery? “Christians.” What was Hitler’s religion? “Christian.”

My point is that “Christians” do not necessarily follow the way of Jesus. Jesus himself could be considered a “liberal”, even a “left” revolutionary, who bravely stood up for CHANGE and took out the establishment! BTW, he is a Palestinian (not European) either. So do not wet your pants knowing Obama’s middle name. Had Obama been a panderer, he would have changed his name. On the other hand, by sticking to the very name that his parents gave him, he shows integrity, courage, and character. Unlike, you know who I mean...

OK, Obama is only a 50% Caucasian, but so what? As descendants of modern Homo sapiens, we all came out of (surprise!) the Black Continent of Africa. Neanderthals were probably an exception but they are now extinct – sorry! There are good people and bad people regardless of party affiliation and religion. For example, Mark Foley (Florida congressman who preyed on male pagers), Larry Craig (Idaho senator who “foodtapped” in a Minneapolis airport restroom), are Republicans; Tony Alamo (child pornography church) is a Christian. And on and on.

Furthermore, there is no clear cut between “terrorists” and “non-terrorists.” For 18th-century British Empire, George Washington was a terrorist. Likewise, for millions of Native Americans, the European settlers were terrorists. Nelson Mandela was considered as a terrorist by the US Government, but he was awarded the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted by: TaoZen | September 22, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Mark Buse, 44, is one of the closest and most loyal men to Senator John McCain. He knows McCain's family "intimately," says Davis, and has spent much time with Cindy McCain. When Buse was in his early 20s, when Brian Davis met him, Buse worked as an intern for McCain, back when McCain was a House member. Twenty years later Buse has risen to the highest position in McCain’s Senate office. During those two decades he left McCain for a while to become an influential K Street lobbyist for Exxon Mobil, AT&T Wireless and other multinational corporations, emerging as someone very valuable to those companies – and to John McCain -- after he returned to McCain's Senate office.

Some media attention has in fact focused on Buse’s lobbying years, particularly in light of McCain’s claims that he takes on “the special interests.” In The New York Times’ controversial story last February about McCain’s relationship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman – and, according to the paper, the rumors among some advisers that McCain appeared to be having an affair with the woman -- the Times noted, for example: "Mr. McCain has hired another lobbyist, Mark Buse, to run his Senate office. In his case, it was a round trip through the revolving door: Mr. Buse had directed Mr. McCain’s committee staff for seven years before leaving in 2001 to lobby for telecommunications companies."

But though some in the media have focused on Buse’s role as a lobbyist, none have looked at another increasingly relevant detail: Mark Buse’s sexual orientation.

John McCain is opposed to every single gay rights measure of recent years –- from a hate crimes bill, to an anti-discrimination bill to an attempt to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military –- and is publicly on record supporting a ballot measure in California this November to strip gays and lesbians there of their legally-won right to marry in that state. If that isn’t enough to make it relevant to report on his 20-year-relationship with a close aide and chief of staff who is gay, the fact that Sarah Palin is now on the ticket -- garnering support for McCain from previously reticent antigay leaders like James Dobson of Focus on the Family –- surely does.

Mark Buse is a public figure in his own right.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

some people will think these meetings are just fabulous, while the rest of us are rolling on the floor convulsing with laughter.

It's one thing to have the meetings, but to make it PUBLIC, like that somehow makes it SMART????? It makes an enormous point that palin is unqualified---why didn't they just keep it a secret???

it's like she got caught at the bookstore getting the CLIFF NOTES---------HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by: sal | September 22, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

listen to desperate McLiar campaign mercenaries lying in a state of panic after the New York Times linked one of McLiar's many lying lobbyists to the filthy unregulated underbelly of the Wall Street bailout.

http://blip.tv/file/1284017/

McLiar = Nixon

Posted by: George W. McLiar | September 22, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Given that the McCain campaign has lied so much to the Americans already, do you think they are telling the truth about Palin meeting all those heads of states? If she does indeed meet *so many* of heads of states in such a short time, chances are, it will be a very short photo op they may use to build up more lies.

Posted by: ss | September 22, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

God is punishing the markets and investment bankers because this country tolerates abortion and gay marriage.

God is making our money disappear.

....soon we will be seeing new signs....

Get ready for the rapture and the coming of the spirit.....

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

NOE

Names? Perhaps you're not interested at all in the names? More to condemn others by association, perhaps?

Ah, those were the fine times... when Christians were burned alive because other proper Christians accused them of witchcraft. Wonder which side Palin would be on? On the pyre or watching the accused burn?

Posted by: hadeze | September 22, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

How many Right-Wing handlers does it take to take down and set-up the Palin cardboard cutout?

Posted by: pekopper | September 22, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Iraq Hussein Osama......Barack Hussein Obama....interesting sound of words!!!!!


Posted by: NOE | September 22, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Scott:
I really can't help but find it ridiculous that anyone including the GOP are actually taking a comedy show which has done lots of insensitive humor in the past seriously... honestly, a comedian making fun of a politician? that story doesn't even deserve a response.

Eric:
Hillary will be fine if she runs in 2016 at the age of 69... true some might see her as old but that won't play very hard against her. Unlike McCain she doesn't have hundreds of pages worth of medical records pointing out all the problems she has had, She is rather aging more gracefully than McCain is. I'd wager to say that in 8 years she will look just about the same. though frankly, i'd say McCain's age has only served to bring up fears of him dying in office (thus placing some emphasis on his VP choice) but not so much his ability to govern... comments that he is "out of touch" tend to stem more from his rich upper class social position than his age.

Furthermore, a loss for Obama will actually come back to haunt Hillary. Two things you need to recall is that many voters, be them democrat or republican, are sore losers who always look for someone else to blame that isn't their candidate and that the media pundits like to "speculate" as to why things happen. Just as people once blamed third party candidates for stealing votes from their candidate, their are plenty that would place Hillary as being partially responsible for Obama's loss... They will say that she should have dropped out of the primaries sooner to lessen the break up in the party... despite how much work she did, they will say she did not do enough to unite the party and didn't work hard enough for obama (i think i heard some of them already saying her great DNC speech wasn't good enough)... They will look out how she has been avoiding Palin and say that she could have countered her appeal with her own; it doesn't matter if she wasn't Obama's VP as she should still help him fight for the sake of the democrats... are any of these allegations true? ofcourse not, but that is how a lot of democrats and media pundits will talk in the wake of an obama loss, and that could come back to haunt her in 2012...

On the other hand, if Obama wins she can safely say she did her part and not a single critic will be attack her since there is no one trying to pin the blame on anyone. So while a 2012 election will be haunted by lingering bitterness of an obama defeat, a 2016 campaign would let her work as strong as ever.

Another thing i'd like to throw out is that fact that Bill Clinton has stated that Hillary did not want to be Obama's #2 and would rather stay in the senate where she has more flexbility... i think one of the reasons why obama did not vet her is because she made it very clear about her feelings of being VP. That's what that whole meeting was about between the two of them after the primaries.

Independent Raza girl
"When are Democrats going to realize that in the United States, you can't win with a leftist, pro-gay anti-Christian mentality, and that the party really needs to move more to the center to have any viability in the future? "

After seeing McCain abandon every moderate stance he once held in 2000 before the bush years in order to please his base to not loose the nomination again... i'd say at about the same time the republicans figure it out, give or take...

yeah, i was really hoping for an Obama/Hagel or a McCain/Leiberman ticket this year... would have liked to see one of them make a REAL maverick decision and put their core base at risk for the sake of promoting bipartisanship... That would have been REAL change

instead we got Obama going with a hard left-liberal who can heavily support his lack of experience, and McCain once again selling out to the conservatives with somone who is heavily religious, pro-gun, anti-abortion, anti-gay, pro-oil and just about everything else conservatives love (god forbid he might have taken a more experienced woman who held more moderate beliefs)

Posted by: Monte | September 22, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey Libs! Google these:
obama convicted
obama terrorist
Isnt google great!
I dont think that in the past there so many people voting for a candidate like Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted by: Not-a-Lib | September 22, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Can we expect McCain and the aides there for the VP debate too?

In all seriousness though, I am glad that they came to their senses on this one. After all we have subjected the world's leaders to GWB, they deserve a bit of a break.

"The Obama and McCain campaigns have agreed to an unusual free-flowing format for the three televised presidential debates, which begin Friday, but the McCain camp fought for and won a much more structured approach for the questioning at the vice-presidential debate, advisers to both campaigns said Saturday.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/us/politics/21debate.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

it's not that white people are racist, it's just that an african american, such as colin powell, would have fared much better in this election, than a sketchy, south chicago, black activist backgrounded metrosexual, such as obama...let's fact the facts, can we americans?

Posted by: aaron b | September 22, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Of course McCain is going to join her - god forbid she would make a statement on her own.

Posted by: cta | September 22, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Remember to vote early, folks! You'll want to be sure to vote while McCain agrees with you, because he'll change his mind tomorrow.

We're monitoring the votes to make sure that, after election day, we go with whichever policies got us the most votes. If you don't vote for McCain while he agrees with you, you might cast your vote for a McCain that doesn't!

So hurry up and vote!!!

http://www.voteforchange.com/

Vote for Change! Vote for McCain before he changes!

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Palin Palin Palin.....

oh yes, and that was Joey B and Barry Who?

Just curious))))

Posted by: Lovin Hillary | September 22, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

****


Nov. 5, 2008 headlines:

America living in fear, McCain wins!

In a dimly lit backroom, Dean and Axelrod contemplate what life would have been like without Flager, Wright and Ayers.

jd


****

Posted by: Johnny Democracy | September 22, 2008 8:25 PM

Johnny D,

When are Democrats going to realize that in the United States, you can't win with a leftist, pro-gay anti-Christian mentality, and that the party really needs to move more to the center to have any viability in the future?

Posted by: Independent Raza Girl | September 22, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

****


Nov. 5, 2008 headlines:

America living in fear, McCain wins!

In a dimly lit backroom, Dean and Axelrod contemplate what life would have been like with Flager, Wright and Ayers.

jd


****

Posted by: Johnny Democracy | September 22, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

So now during the VP debates she can say, "Well, when I met with Saakashvili..." as though a handful of quick meet-and-greets will somehow inform her on international relations.

Of course, afterwards I'm sure the McCain campaign will talk about how "amazed" they are at how she handled herself. The public won't actually see any of these meetings, but they'll talk up the handshake and a smile meetings as if she were solving world hunger - because no one will be able to prove otherwise.

In the end, she'll still be just as clueless.

Posted by: McCain is a liar | September 22, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

BillB:

Were you really considering voting for McCain-Palin?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I want to know exactly why Sarah Palin, who promotes family values in all her speeches, is saying (and more importantly DOING) about a gay person being John McCain's right hand man.

What say you, Sarah Palin? I thought you were with us not against us through your silence on this matter.

Posted by: BillB | September 22, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Eilperin has been a breath of fresh air on this blog.

Imagine, a reporter actually reporting news objectively.

Posted by: info | September 22, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

"Wonder how funny it would have been if they questioned incest involving Barack Obama's daughters?"

What idiots... it's truly amazing. The skit wasn't implying that Todd Palin was engaging in incest with his daughters. It was implying that the media is so gung-ho on finding a story - ANY story about the Palins that they're just making stuff up. Even something so ridiculous as incest. The whole point was that he almost certainly HASN'T engaged in incest and the whole idea of it is ridiculous.

Posted by: McCain is a liar | September 22, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH Obama/Biden
Democratic team breaks foreign experience sound barrier ....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=annkM6z1-FE


NEWS FLASH Palin a heartbeat away from flying
Sarah Palin graduates from McCain's foreign experience flight simulator ....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es8Kqq74GsQ

Posted by: Ruth | September 22, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse


From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palin-soft-preparedness-of-lowered.html


Monday, September 22, 2008
Palin: The Soft Preparedness of Lowered Expectations

In all seriousness, expect the following from Palin's "meetings" with leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday:

-A series of serious-sounding quotes, direct from her days of preparation, that cannot possibly indicate her actual knowledge on the issues, data and risks facing each and with regard to each nation. Quotes, not knowledge, happen in days.

-A bevy of positive statements from each leader--after all, that's why they were chosen--all being nations seeking U.S. favor, and having nothing to lose and potentially much to gain by doing so.

-A rush of "surprised" reactions from media at "how seriously she was taken", ready, as so often, to grasp the superfically new.

-An attempt by the McCain camp to drive through her supposed preparedness as a result, as quickly as possible, before the debates.

-Still no in-depth, free-form, extensive challenging interviews from this prospective President.

Don't buy it.

A few days ago, she was ready to invade Russia (which she could see from her border).

Remember, for your security and future: A series of rehearsed quotes does not a President make.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palin-soft-preparedness-of-lowered.html

Posted by: Emily | September 22, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Eric:

LBJ didn't run for re-election.

ALL right-thinking voters in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia:

Early voting for McCain-Palin started TODAY!! In all, 34 states allow people to vote before election day. 28 of those states allow "no-excuse" absentee voting, so just get it done ASAP. You may not get a chance to vote after tomorrow.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Vote for Obama and you will have DESTROYED Hillary's chance at
becomingPresident!!

Obama has already destroyed Hillary's chances for this time around. He
couldn't even do her the honor of making her VP.

Consider this:
If you elect Obama for 2008 , Hillary CAN'T RUN IN 2012!! The
incumbent always runs for their party in reelection.

Hillary will then be 69 when she gets a chance to run as democrat.
Then people will call her old(like they do McCain who is 72) and she
will NEVER become President.

Reagan was 69 when he got elected but he wasn't trying to break the
glass ceiling at the same time.

So if you care at all about Hillary, you will VOTE AGAINST Obama this
time around. Plus, you will break the glass ceiling and Hillary WILL
BE THERE in 2012!!

Think about it!! It makes sense!!

If you support Hillary, YOU MUST VOTE AGAINST OBAMA!!!

Posted by: Eric | September 22, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Manolete,

I got news for you, not all Alaskans are Palinistas and it was the Democrats who drafted the reform legislation and was trying to get it passed before Palin ever showed up. I will give her credit for signing it though.

When you live in a state where the ruling party is so corrupt it is easy to look good. Heck people think Louisiana is corrupt. Compared to Alaska it isn't even close.

Posted by: NorthSlope | September 22, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Manolete:

You don't seriously believe that you're making sense, do you? So, you were only voting for Hillary Clinton because she was a woman?

Great logic - the next time I buy a car, I'll go with the one that is red. I like the color red, so therefore anything that is red must be good, right? Do you follow me? How about my house, or my dog? If I paint my business red, it will make money then, right.

Give me a break. Yo - fact check - there is NO evidence that Palin is helping McCain with women. In fact ... fact ... fact .. it's quite the opposite. Stop living in last weeks polls or your own head.

Posted by: Perry, Pueblo, CO | September 22, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I really wished Sarah Palin was forthright about her foreign policy credentials. There are ways of trumpeting onces experience, and the McCain camp decided to fabricate facts instead. We can only hope that she does not say something strange.

Posted by: Anthony | September 22, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

hadeze:

If you didn't misunderstand, then CNN/Wolf got it wrong. He only has ONE car registered in his name -- an American-made Cadillac (check the WaPo thread from yesterday if you don't believe me) -- you also got the houses part wrong, and that's been out for a while now.

As I asked, earlier, next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

ALASKA LOVES SARAH for the great work she has done reforming government to work for the citizens, and AMERICA IS FALLING IN LOVE WITH SARAH for her genuine sincerity, honesty and brilliant mind.
It is time to recognize that women can do a great job, many times better than men and Sarah Palin’s record shows she is exceptional.
OBAMA FRACTURED AND DIVIDED THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WHEN HE REJECTED THE CHOICE OF 18 MILLION DEMOCRATS and instead of choosing Hillary Clinton for VP, he chose an old Washington politician Joe Biden, and by this grave mistake in choice, negated the flag of “change” Obama had been waiving and replaced it with the flag of “more of the same”.
On the other side, THE MAVERICK STOLE THE MANTRA OF CHANGE FROM BARACK WHEN HE SELECTED A WOMAN REFORMER FOR VP, who has gained the respect of the State she governs as well as of the nation governors.
THE MCCAIN/PALIN TICKET HAS GIVEN HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICA TO ALL THE 18 MILLION FORMER HILLARY SUPPORTERS who now have a very compelling reason to vote for the republican ticket, as a way to put their country first by electing a president that has the qualifications, experience and love for our country and at the same time elect a woman to the White House as equal partners in governance and leadership of our country.


Country First!


DEMOCRATS FOR MCCAIN/PALIN!

Posted by: Manolete | September 22, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Fellow Democrats:

Let's take a few minutes to feel good about ourselves. McCain-Palin is on the ropes, and the Dems chances are looking better than ever.

What amuses me about so many people voting for McCain is that they are all about personal accountability, but then they feel hostile towards anyone who questions their positions and mistakes. McCain made his bed - let him lie in it. He's a great man; but he'll make a not-so-good president. He's not right for the times.

So far as Palin meeting with world leaders - who cares? It's not like they'll televise the meeting. The McCain campaign will put out a bogus report on how she "discussed foreign policy" and blah, blah, blah. The issue is "intellectual curiosity" you morons. Sarah Palin has exhibited none in regards to foreign policy, whereas Obama lives by this philosophy. These are dangerous times people - and I'm astonished anyone thinks that it's now appropriate to elect someone "just like their neighbor." When did intellect become such a liability?

Anyway, McCain is toast. Americans by and large are cautious, but optimistic. We are more inclined to hope than fear. This is why you see Obama pulling ahead, and why he'll win.

Posted by: Perry, Pueblo, CO | September 22, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

So... uh... now that Sarah is off attending meeting on various world issues, campaigning for McCain and herself, and generally galavanting around the rest of the globe, who's minding the store in Alaska and doing all those governor type things that she used to do? Does everything just sit in her in-box until she gets around to going back home? Maybe there's not a lot to do up there now. I dunno.

Posted by: tgolamb | September 22, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

JakeD

About the 13 McCain cars registered in McCain's name, just 1 hr ago on CNN "Situation Room" with Wolf Biltzer.

13 cars are registered in his name (McCain's, not his billionaire spouse) and not mine (or yours?). Apparently 2 foreign-made cars among the 13 - curious for a hoarse throat that constantly croaks "country first"?

Any European leader of today croaking "Mon pays avant les autres" or "Deutschland vor allen anderen" would be quickly driving to the lunatic bin. Why do people applaud such nonsense?

Posted by: hadeze | September 22, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Sounds just like "anonymous" on the Washington Post The Trail-

The Backlash IS Coming...


'SNL' Palin 'Incest' Skit Angers
Viewers, Bloggers Think Skit Went Over Line

WCVB Boston-
POSTED: 11:30 am EDT September 22, 2008
UPDATED: 4:38 pm EDT September 22, 2008


For the second week in a row, NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has taken to lampooning Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin -- but this time, it has angered conservative viewers over a skit that suggests that the Alaska governor's husband, Todd Palin, was having sex with the couple's daughters.

In the skit, show guest host James Franco plays an assignment editor at the New York Times at the head of an editorial meeting. During a mock assignment meeting where the paper announced that 50 reporters were being sent to look for dirt on Sarah Palin, a Times "reporter" asks, "What about the husband? You know he's doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It's Alaska."

In response, Franco's character said, "He very well could be. Admittedly, there is no evidence of that, but on the other hand, there is no convincing evidence to the contrary. And these are just some of the lingering questions about Gov. Palin."

----
Wonder how funny it would have been if they questioned incest involving Barack Obama's daughters?

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Scott:

There are plenty of other worse things out there to get upset about.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Sounds just like "anonymous" on the Washington Post The Trail-

The Backlash IS Coming...


'SNL' Palin 'Incest' Skit Angers
Viewers, Bloggers Think Skit Went Over Line

POSTED: 11:30 am EDT September 22, 2008
UPDATED: 4:38 pm EDT September 22, 2008


For the second week in a row, NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has taken to lampooning Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin -- but this time, it has angered conservative viewers over a skit that suggests that the Alaska governor's husband, Todd Palin, was having sex with the couple's daughters.

In the skit, show guest host James Franco plays an assignment editor at the New York Times at the head of an editorial meeting. During a mock assignment meeting where the paper announced that 50 reporters were being sent to look for dirt on Sarah Palin, a Times "reporter" asks, "What about the husband? You know he's doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It's Alaska."

In response, Franco's character said, "He very well could be. Admittedly, there is no evidence of that, but on the other hand, there is no convincing evidence to the contrary. And these are just some of the lingering questions about Gov. Palin."

----
Wonder how funny it would have been if they questioned incest involving Barack Obama's daughters?

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Gee! For a paltry $25 billion more we can bail out the auto industry!

Michigan is up for sale and can be bought!

Come on guys! Just chump change for Michigan. Nobody will even notice another $25 billion!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

ounds just like "anonymous" on the Washington Post The Trail-

The Backlash IS Coming...


'SNL' Palin 'Incest' Skit Angers
Viewers, Bloggers Think Skit Went Over Line

POSTED: 11:30 am EDT September 22, 2008
UPDATED: 4:38 pm EDT September 22, 2008


For the second week in a row, NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has taken to lampooning Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin -- but this time, it has angered conservative viewers over a skit that suggests that the Alaska governor's husband, Todd Palin, was having sex with the couple's daughters.

In the skit, show guest host James Franco plays an assignment editor at the New York Times at the head of an editorial meeting. During a mock assignment meeting where the paper announced that 50 reporters were being sent to look for dirt on Sarah Palin, a Times "reporter" asks, "What about the husband? You know he's doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It's Alaska."

In response, Franco's character said, "He very well could be. Admittedly, there is no evidence of that, but on the other hand, there is no convincing evidence to the contrary. And these are just some of the lingering questions about Gov. Palin."

----
Wonder how funny it would have been if they questioned incest involving Barack Obama's daughters?

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

They sure are keeping Palin on a short leash, aren't they. Almost a month and still no press conference. Since the Rove boys took over the campaign, McCain/Palin is looking more and more like Bush. Careful scripting, no media access.

Bush/McCain. No More Years.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 22, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

hadeze:

John McCain does not own 7 houses, nor does he have 13 cars registered in his name. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama-Junkie, et al.:

If you think that YOUR candidate met with foreign leaders sans aides, during his Excellent European Adventure, then why couldn't he simply meet wounded American troops by himself (without the press and entourage) in that military hospital?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Lynn Parker

I agree with you. McCain, like most of his age, is reengaging his youth-battles. He over-estimates himself, wanting to lead in a society into future. Unfortunately, as a man with +7 (luxury) houses & +13 cars registered in his name, he has which idea what people think & feel?

The fact that McCain believes conflicts must me settled by war, leads one to surmise that he does not feel much at all.

As to his (unscripted) "thinking" ... he finished 5th from the bottom of his class - in college, he was clearly not average, but below average.

What W.G.Bush didn't ruin, McCain will surely turn to rubble. America's leadership & standard of living are very much gone - the Republican's Republic is the wasteland we have inherited.

Posted by: hadeze | September 22, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

So not only is Palin going to speed date a bunch of foreign leaders, she's going to be chaperoned on these speed dates?

Boy - McCain sure trusts her intelligence and diplomacy, doesn't he?

Posted by: Fred | September 22, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Sarah was gonna tell those muslims about JESUS!

You know....spread the word of the gospel just like it says in the book....

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with this picture?

"Moose-hunting Barbie" Palin has to have former Bush campaign/administration puppeteers tell her what to say and how to say it.

I hope both Obama and Biden let loose a lot of knowledge, intelligence and common-sense on both McCain and Palin in front of the American Public during the debates.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 22, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey Repubs!

It would be the ultimate in poetic justice if McSame won the popular vote and lost the election in the Electoral College.

I'll party like its 1929!!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin looks forward to meeting leaders from French speaking countries, since she LOVES French and picked the name "Rouge Cou" (Red Neck) for a prospective family business years ago.

Oh wait, forget that! Forget I ever mentioned that. She doesn't know French, hates the language, and would never use a word of French, until the French become as warmongering and insane as us, and get rid of their successful system of socialized medicine.

Posted by: Tim Martin | September 22, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

So McClone's team couldn't get Palin soundin' reasonable enuff to meet these heads of state. They would have come away laughing their bits off at her. Still will I am sure. Way to pick em John McSellout

Posted by: Lone McCain Blogger | September 22, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

chaperones, how deferential!

Can I add something john, can I pretty please? Columbia is named after Christopher Columbus!

Why aren't they meeting with the great Latin American leader of Spain?

Posted by: lex | September 22, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I thought that "Take Your Daughter To Work Day" was in March?

What the hell is going on?

Did I miss the memo?

Posted by: Losercuda | September 22, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

IT' THE ECONOMY .....STUPID.

OUR LIFE'S BLOOD

RACE, RELIGION, GAY OR STRAIGHT. WHAT DOES IT MATTER!!!!!!!

OUR CHILDREN....THEIR DREAMS DISCARDED....THE WASTE....THE TRAGEDY OF WARS!!!!!!!

DOES PALIN OR MCCAIN CARE not on your ever loving life!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: lynn parker. | September 22, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

TRUE CONSERVATIVES, PLEASE DO WHATEVER POSSIBLE TO PRESSURE JOHN MCCAIN TO GET RID OF HIS SEMI OPENLY HOMOSEXUAL CHIEF OF STAFF, MARK BUSE!!


Monday, September 22, 2008
John McCain has a Gay Chief of Staff


What does John McCain’s loyal chief of staff – a man who apparently is in a long-term relationship with another man, and appears to be open about it to John McCain -- think about the fact that Sarah Palin devoutly worships at a church that promotes “converting” gays to heterosexuality? What, conversely, does she think of him? More importantly, what does John McCain think about all of this? And don’t we deserve some answers from the American media?

Over the past month I’ve been contacted by three different individuals (two of them members of the Log Cabin Republicans) claiming that McCain’s Senate chief of staff, Mark Buse, is gay. None of these individuals would be quoted by name, though each described Buse as being rather “open” to those around him and to his family – in a “glass closet” rather than deeply undercover or trying to appear heterosexual.

Then I was contacted in recent weeks by 46-year-old Brian Davis, an Arizona resident, who told me about his intimate relationship with Mark Buse (confirmed by Davis' mother, as well as by a long-time friend), and who decided he needed to tell the truth about Buse, on the record, in light of John McCain’s dramatic shift to the ideological religious right in this election and his choice of Sarah Palin, starlet of the evangelical movement, as a running mate. (Repeated calls to Mark Buse's office and calls and email to McCain's communications office in the Senate regarding this story were unreturned. Mike Rogers, the blogger and activist who revealed the truth about Senator Larry Craig and others in politics, today reports this same reality about Mark Buse that I report here, with separate, independent sourcing.)

“We met in June of 1986,” Davis told me about the night he first laid eyes on Buse, who was also in his early 20s at the time. (Below is a video Davis gave to me, which, though it is of poor quality, shows both of them inside Buse’s apartment in Washington years later, in 2000). “It was at a bar in Phoenix called Connections," Davis continued. "I will never forget it, because it was a big night. Divine was performing there that night.”

The reference is of course to the legendary, late drag queen and star of John Waters’ early films, certainly a memorable figure and huge attraction on the gay dance club circuit at that time. Brian Davis says Mark Buse loved Connections and enjoyed going out to the gay clubs in Phoenix in those days.

Today, Buse, 44, is one of the closest and most loyal men to Senator John McCain. He knows McCain's family "intimately," says Davis, and has spent much time with Cindy McCain. When Buse was in his early 20s, when Brian Davis met him, Buse worked as an intern for McCain, back when McCain was a House member. Twenty years later Buse has risen to the highest position in McCain’s Senate office. During those two decades he left McCain for a while to become an influential K Street lobbyist for Exxon Mobil, AT&T Wireless and other multinational corporations, emerging as someone very valuable to those companies – and to John McCain -- after he returned to McCain's Senate office.

Some media attention has in fact focused on Buse’s lobbying years, particularly in light of McCain’s claims that he takes on “the special interests.” In The New York Times’ controversial story last February about McCain’s relationship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman – and, according to the paper, the rumors among some advisers that McCain appeared to be having an affair with the woman -- the Times noted, for example: "Mr. McCain has hired another lobbyist, Mark Buse, to run his Senate office. In his case, it was a round trip through the revolving door: Mr. Buse had directed Mr. McCain’s committee staff for seven years before leaving in 2001 to lobby for telecommunications companies."

But though some in the media have focused on Buse’s role as a lobbyist, none have looked at another increasingly relevant detail: Mark Buse’s sexual orientation. And yet, it’s a detail that reveals hypocrisy about John McCain that is as clear as that of his reputation to take on the corporate interests while he has registered lobbyists on his staff and campaign.

John McCain is opposed to every single gay rights measure of recent years –- from a hate crimes bill, to an anti-discrimination bill to an attempt to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military –- and is publicly on record supporting a ballot measure in California this November to strip gays and lesbians there of their legally-won right to marry in that state. If that isn’t enough to make it relevant to report on his 20-year-relationship with a close aide and chief of staff who is gay, the fact that Sarah Palin is now on the ticket -- garnering support for McCain from previously reticent antigay leaders like James Dobson of Focus on the Family –- surely does.

Mark Buse, after all, is a public figure in his own right. His role as chief of staff to a man running for president has elevated him and certainly his controversial former role as a prominent lobbyist has brought media scrutiny to him. And he is running the Senate office of a 72-year-old presidential candidate who has had recurrent cancer and who might well usher into the White House as president a woman who, by what evidence we have, has melded her politics with her evangelical religious beliefs.

Sarah Palin has been a prominent and visible member of two controversial churches in Wasilla, though much of the media has shied away from telling us much about them (even though cable networks had no problem giving us every minute detail about Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former pastor, and his church). Palin adheres to Pentecostalism, a religious fundamentalist movement that is vehemently antigay and believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible. Little has been asked of Palin –- or of the McCain campaign –- about the relationship between Palin's faith and her political positions, even as many of us have seen her worshipping in her church on YouTube, explaining “God’s plan” for Iraq, praying to God for a pipeline, and thanking a Kenyan evangelical pastor know as a "witchhunter" for laying hands on her and helping her become governor.

As a member of the Wasilla city council Palin reportedly inquired about banning a children's book about gay parents – Daddy’s Roommate -- and she is a darling of the evangelical right, which is hell-bent on keep gays from attaining further rights and stripping them of every right they've already won. She is opposed not only to marriage for gays but to domestic partnership benefits: Though the media has often gotten it wrong when they cared to look into it, Palin only vetoed a bill that would strip partnership benefits for government employees because the Alaska Supreme Court ruled the bill unconstitutional. Palin’s current church, the Wasilla Bible Church, just this month promoted a “conversion” therapy conference for gays, organized by Focus on the Family in Anchorage.Palin has not come out against the church’s sponsorship, though the American Psychological Association has condemned these programs as psychologically harmful.

Mark Buse’s sexual orientation and his relationship with McCain certainly are relevant facts in light of Palin’s positions, beliefs, past political career and silence on the issues right now. And John McCain is the person responsible for making them relevant by choosing Sarah Palin as a running mate.

***

“I met Mark that night and we went back to my place,” Brian Davis, who is now an Arizona trucker, continued, telling me about when he met Mark Buse . “The following day I came home from work and there were flowers for me. I was always hoping that I would get into a long term relationship. Back then, I was like a cute little twink. I didn’t have trouble picking up guys and used to hope the guys would be interested long term. But you know, usually they weren’t. But Mark sent me flowers. The following weekend we went out dancing at Connections again. My watch broke on the dance floor and I put it in my pocket. The following week Mark came over and gave me a present -- a brand new Gucci watch.”

Davis was working for American Express in Phoenix at the time. Buse was attending Georgetown University, interning on the hill for John McCain, then a member of the House. It might seem odd for a college student to be able to buy a Gucci watch for his older boyfriend, but this wasn’t just any college student: Mark Buse, like John McCain’s wife Cindy, comes from a wealthy family that had built an empire in Arizona. Buse Printing & Advertising clearly has had its own close relationship with John McCain over the years: According to an article last year in the Washington Post about McCain's PAC's overspending, “McCain's PAC paid $7,274 to Buse Printing, a Phoenix shop run by the family of Mark Buse, who was staff director at the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. McCain chaired the committee at the time.”

Brian Davis says Buse’s affection didn’t end with a Gucci watch. Buse asked him to move back with him to Washington. After first conducting a long-distance relationship for several months, Davis moved to DC. They lived in two different apartments in Washington during their relationship. In that time Davis says he met John McCain several times at his office. Whatever John McCain might have thought of the relationship, Davis doesn’t think Buse had told McCain about it at the time – he was introduced as Buse’s “roommate” --but he’s pretty sure that Buse came out to McCain as the years went on.

Within a year of Davis’s move to DC, he and Buse broke up, Davis explained, after Buse turned to him one morning in bed and said, “Brian, I’m not in love with you anymore.” Davis was heartbroken. He says Buse left him for another man –- the man he says Buse now lives with today. But Davis got over it in time, and remained in touch with Buse, having a friendly relationship, and checking in on the phone or seeing one another every few years. The video below is from 2000, on the weekend of The Millennium March on Washington for GLBT rights. Davis attended the march, though Buse, he says, did not, and would not do something that public. (In the video, Davis is holding the camera, in the mirror; Buse is the man who eventually hides behind a pillar). The last time Davis says he spoke with Buse was in 2003.

Davis describes Buse as someone who, like himself at the time, was “more on the conservative side” on fiscal issues but cared about gay rights, and who really believed John McCain would not bow to extremists. And that’s why he can’t believe Buse went back to work for John McCain: Davis, like other self-described libertarian and Independent gay men, voted for McCain in his Senate elections and supported him for president in the 2000 primary. But, he says, he couldn’t possibly support John McCain now for president, not with his lurch to the extremist right.

Davis remembers the John McCain who called people like Jerry Falwell an “agent of intolerance,” something McCain of course took back after he decided to run for the 2008 presidency. He even remembers Buse having been upset when McCain did something seemingly opportunistic and ugly in pandering to the far right back in 1993, something he says Mccain apologized to Buse about. Davis in fact inferred from his discussion with Buse about the incident that McCain likely knew by that time that Buse was gay and that Buse cared about gay civil rights issues.

“It was around 1993, and Mark was upset, because McCain was going to speak before an antigay group, the Oregon Citizen’s Alliance,” he remembers. “Mark went to him and said this group is antigay and expressed his personal feelings. McCain said he didn’t know the group’s agenda when he accepted the invitation but that now he couldn’t cancel.”

I was in Oregon throughout 1992, covering the gay rights battles there for my first book, when Lon Mabon, leader of the OCA, put a measure on the ballot to declare homosexuality “unnatural and perverse” in the Oregon Constitution. The measure had a good shot of passing ( though, thankfully, it did not). Worse yet, it inspired an ugly wave of hate and violence in a previously placid place. I wrote a piece about it for the op-end page of the New York Times, sounding the alarm.

While it’s possible that McCain didn’t know what the group was about, it seems implausible: fighting the gay movement was the OCA’s major issue, and certainly its cash cow, even if the group did stand against other issues, such as abortion. As I noted in my op-ed, several Republican senators were pacifying Mabon, fearing he would mount a campaign against embattled Oregon Republican Senator Bob Packwood. Those senators -- including McCain’s good friend and current economic advisor, former Texas Senator Phil Gramm -- were feting Mabon in Washington, and more importantly, staying silent about his dangerous, hate-filled campaign in Oregon. In essence, they were throwing gays to the wolves as a way of keeping those wolves at bay.

Oregonian columnist Jeff Mapes last April chronicled the events of 1993 and McCain’s speech (his piece includes articles from the time) which caused much outrage in the gay community in Arizona and elsewhere. He concludes that McCain was part of the effort with Gramm and others to placate Mabon. In response to the uproar, McCain carefully tried to use his speech to talk about tolerance, but Lon Mabon himself didn’t find it objectionable at all. He of course got what he wanted: John McCain speaking at his event.

Whatever the truth about McCain’s motivations or knowledge of the group, Brian Davis says that McCain told Mark Buse that it was a mistake and that it wouldn’t happen again.

It's a telling anecdote and it raises many questions about the events of today and this election. And really, those questions mirror other questions many have been asking about John McCain for a long time.

Has Mark Buse been assured by John McCain that his bowing to religious conservatives is all just politics, that he’s just stringing along the fundies, and that he wouldn’t sell him and his kind to the far right as president? If that is the case, what would the Christian right think about that now and don’t they have a right to know?

And, if true, how would Buse and certainly McCain then explain the choice of Palin, beyond admitting that it is simply a reckless gamble, since it’s quite possible she could become president and bring the ideologues into the White House? Is there some other plan for how do deal with Palin?

Or has McCain’s shift to the far right been more profound rather than solely opportunistic? Perhaps he does truly stand behind his positions against gay rights and perhaps he truly respects Palin’s politics that appear to erase the lines between church and state. In that case, has Mark Buse completely sold out, perhaps transformed by those years as a lobbyist and perhaps having different priorities now -- gay rights be damned?

What else does the reality of Mark Buse's life say about John McCain? Does he see his own chief of staff, someone he has known now for 20 years, as someone who should have no rights, no hate crimes protections, and no employment protection in the private sector? Does he see his own loyal chief of staff as someone who should be hounded by Christian conservatives, pressured to enter damaging “conversion” therapy programs, and made a target of violence that is inspired by the hate spewed by agents of intolerance?

And what does Sarah Palin think of all of this? Does she know about John McCain's gay chief of staff? Is Palin an opportunist too, and is her allegiance to the evangelical right skin deep? Or, is she a true believer who would believe Mark Buse should be sent to an “ex-gay” therapy program to “convert” him to heterosexuality? If she were to become president, will she give more power to the people who would very much like to put every gay American through such a program?

These questions are not going to go away. As I was working on this story I got wind that activist Mike Rogers – the “most feared man in the hill” as the Washington Post called him – was working on it as well. On Friday, Mike, with separate and independent sourcing, went to John McCain’s office to give Buse a "Roy Cohn Award." He filmed it and today he reveals whom he gave the award to on his much-read site, Blogactive.

The traditional media may be petrified to pick up this story but people across the country who see McCain's hypocrisy and who support equality will only demand more answers. Certainly our media could serve us better by getting us those answers rather than once again putting their heads in the sand.

Posted by: UNITED CONSERVATIVES 4 TRUE CONSERVATIVE CAUSE | September 22, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

PulSamsara and lynn parker:

Since there was no "complete Republican failure" or "TRAGEDY" you won't mind when McCain-Palin win then, I guess.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse


Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

We wont.

Posted by: PulSamsara | September 22, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin and McCain, thats the Bush Clone , will live the rest of teir lives with the BUSH LEGACY 'SUCH IS THE LEGACY OF WAR ...THE DISCARDED DREAMS OF CHILDREN...THE WASTE. THE TRAGEDY!

AND THIS IS THEIR hero, the coward of all times and the worst the World has had to Endore! Bush is only bettered by HITLER check it out with Kissinger!

Posted by: lynn parker. | September 22, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Not very comforting said:
"Nothing like getting all of your foreign policy experience in the last two weeks....."

Obama has gotten all of his foreign policy experience in the last 3 months, so what's the difference? At the current rate Sarah Palin will outstrip Obama in foreign policy experience by the time she's sworn into office in January :o).

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

The latest deluge of state polls finds more good news for Obama, who takes the lead in Virginia, New Mexico, Iowa and expands his advantage in Michigan. Full roundup: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/09/22/poll-watch/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Someone always has to be with Palin to hold her hand. She's such an embarrassment. If she becomes Leader of the Free World (scariest thought imaginable) because McCain is unable to serve, is she going to require "aides" to attend all meetings with her so they can tell her what to say and what not to say? Will they share the same bedroom with her so they'll be on hand for that 3AM phone call?

Posted by: DogBitez | September 22, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Marie Stewart:

Come back when you have something worthwhile to add to the discussion.

Nobody wants to read lengthy cut-and-pastes from partisan-blogs that only demonstrate you are a puppet and have nothing you can personally add to the debate.

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh goody. Nothing like getting all of your foreign policy experience in the last two weeks.....

Posted by: Not very comforting.... | September 22, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

People of America, this says it all.

mccain's pet pony cannot be trusted to embarrass big daddy at the chat with world leaders.

THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT US AND AT MCCAIN/PALIN. THEY MAY OR MAY NOT LIKE OBAMA, BUT THEY THINK PALIN IS THE FUNNIEST JOKE EVER TO HIT POLITICS. GO TO GOOGLE NEWS AND READ THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS. They're not PRO-Obama, they're just smart people who see mccain's emperor's new clothes and are

Posted by: sal | September 22, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

there are a lot more Gay people on their staff than you know! homophobe.

Posted by: dude | September 22, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sarah Palin Meets with Afghan President Karzai (Transcript)

"Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will meet next week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in New York, on the sidelines of the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, according to Afghan officials in Washington."--Washington Post

TRANSCRIPT:

Palin: Oh, Mr. President, it is such a pleasure to meet you, you're the first head of state that I have had the opportunity to meet--which is more than many Vice Presidents--and I'm so glad that my first one is an Afghani.

You know, in Trig's class there was a little Afghani? He was the child of one of the oil executives, and he was so cute, with his little turban runnin' around, everyone just loved him, and felt for him...

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And everyone knew that we just had to defend him and keep him free and that's why I think that with a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (looking up from clipboard) McCain/Palin.

Palin: ...McCain/Palin ticket, we can make sure of that, if we have to attack Russia, even, I mean, to keep people free at home, just like we want to keep our people free. We have so much in common! I know you have the problem with the poppies, and I understand because we have the same problem with the crystal meth in Wasilla? And I said "Look, we've got to shake this up!" and then that's exactly what I said: 'Look, let's just see what we have in common with these guys!" And that's just what you could do with the Taliban, Mr. Karzai. They've already so moral, and they want people to live by the straight and narrow, and they've got the newspapers sayin' and the schools doin' lots of the right things. They just need to get some of the right ideas, and pray to the right Lord. And, if they don't understand, we still have the weapons left over from Iraq, and then we can't blink, we can't blink, can we, Mr. Karzai?

Karzai: (Looks at Palin silently without moving his head. Pauses.). Blink?

Palin: Right. The thing is, we just have to hit the ground runnin', Mr. Karzai. That's what I do. A few weeks ago I didn't even know what a Vice President does! That's why I put a clock on my wall--do you have the same clocks as we do in Afghanistan? With the twelve numbers? (points in air to numbers on air clock)--Anyway, I said "I'm gonna measure just how much time I have left here" and that's what you could do, I think, with the war, Mr. Karzai, is to put up a clock so you know just how much time you have left until you finish it. I tell you, Mr. Karzai, it's such a motivating influence on my staff, the good ones, anyway, they know what they're supposed to finish and when, they hear me sayin' "Look at the clock, people, look at the clock, and know what you have left to finish..."

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And so I said to my husband, Todd--I call him the "First Dude"--Do you have that word 'Dude' there in Afghanistan?--maybe it's like "Khan" or "Emir" or somethin'?--I said to him, 'Todd, we have to take a look at what's happenin' in Afghanistan--before McCain called or any other thing happened--' cause I saw that Russia was right across from us and then right next to that you have all the Stans (counts cross fingers) Kyrgyzstan, oh, what's the others?--well, you are aware of them, of course, Mr. Karzai (laughs)...

Karzai: (Nods)

Palin: And if we don't let other people know of what I'm aware of, then the world won't change, Mr. Karzai. I know we have the same goals even if we don't have the same God yet...(aide touches Palin on shoulder, whispers). 'Even', not 'yet', I meant 'same God even', Mr. Karzai. And my point is, we can't let others stop our choice, which is freedom for those who deserve it, and that's why I know a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (reaching over to touch shoulder)

Palin: Stop! (brushing aide's hand off)...McCain/Palin ticket will do just what you want, Mr. Karzai...

Second Palin Aide Approaches: It's time for your next appointment, Gov. Palin.

Palin: It was so good meeting you, President Karzai, and all of your other people, it was so good meeting you too! Shalom! (waves, exits)

Karzai: (to his aide, in Pashto): She makes the last one look like the Grand Mufti.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 22, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey disgusted:

Do you expect anyone to read all that??

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey Scott;

It would be the ultimate in poetic justice if McSame won the popular vote and lost the election in the Electoral College.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE MAY I ASK THAT ALL FELLOW CONSERVATIVES DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO PRESSURE THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN TO RID ITSELF OF JOHN MCCAIN'S HOMOSEXUAL CHIEF OF STAFF MARK BUSE. THIS GOES AGAINST ALL CONSERVATIVE BELIEFS AND STANDARDS TO ALLOW A SEMI-OPEN HOMOSEXUAL TO SERVE ALONGSIDE OF JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN WHO MUST NOW DECIDE IF SHE'S A HYPOCRITE OR WILL SPEAK OUT BEHIND THE SCENES.

Monday, September 22, 2008
John McCain has a Gay Chief of Staff


What does John McCain’s loyal chief of staff – a man who apparently is in a long-term relationship with another man, and appears to be open about it to John McCain -- think about the fact that Sarah Palin devoutly worships at a church that promotes “converting” gays to heterosexuality? What, conversely, does she think of him? More importantly, what does John McCain think about all of this? And don’t we deserve some answers from the American media?

Over the past month I’ve been contacted by three different individuals (two of them members of the Log Cabin Republicans) claiming that McCain’s Senate chief of staff, Mark Buse, is gay. None of these individuals would be quoted by name, though each described Buse as being rather “open” to those around him and to his family – in a “glass closet” rather than deeply undercover or trying to appear heterosexual.

Then I was contacted in recent weeks by 46-year-old Brian Davis, an Arizona resident, who told me about his intimate relationship with Mark Buse (confirmed by Davis' mother, as well as by a long-time friend), and who decided he needed to tell the truth about Buse, on the record, in light of John McCain’s dramatic shift to the ideological religious right in this election and his choice of Sarah Palin, starlet of the evangelical movement, as a running mate. (Repeated calls to Mark Buse's office and calls and email to McCain's communications office in the Senate regarding this story were unreturned. Mike Rogers, the blogger and activist who revealed the truth about Senator Larry Craig and others in politics, today reports this same reality about Mark Buse that I report here, with separate, independent sourcing.)

“We met in June of 1986,” Davis told me about the night he first laid eyes on Buse, who was also in his early 20s at the time. (Below is a video Davis gave to me, which, though it is of poor quality, shows both of them inside Buse’s apartment in Washington years later, in 2000). “It was at a bar in Phoenix called Connections," Davis continued. "I will never forget it, because it was a big night. Divine was performing there that night.”

The reference is of course to the legendary, late drag queen and star of John Waters’ early films, certainly a memorable figure and huge attraction on the gay dance club circuit at that time. Brian Davis says Mark Buse loved Connections and enjoyed going out to the gay clubs in Phoenix in those days.

Today, Buse, 44, is one of the closest and most loyal men to Senator John McCain. He knows McCain's family "intimately," says Davis, and has spent much time with Cindy McCain. When Buse was in his early 20s, when Brian Davis met him, Buse worked as an intern for McCain, back when McCain was a House member. Twenty years later Buse has risen to the highest position in McCain’s Senate office. During those two decades he left McCain for a while to become an influential K Street lobbyist for Exxon Mobil, AT&T Wireless and other multinational corporations, emerging as someone very valuable to those companies – and to John McCain -- after he returned to McCain's Senate office.

Some media attention has in fact focused on Buse’s lobbying years, particularly in light of McCain’s claims that he takes on “the special interests.” In The New York Times’ controversial story last February about McCain’s relationship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman – and, according to the paper, the rumors among some advisers that McCain appeared to be having an affair with the woman -- the Times noted, for example: "Mr. McCain has hired another lobbyist, Mark Buse, to run his Senate office. In his case, it was a round trip through the revolving door: Mr. Buse had directed Mr. McCain’s committee staff for seven years before leaving in 2001 to lobby for telecommunications companies."

But though some in the media have focused on Buse’s role as a lobbyist, none have looked at another increasingly relevant detail: Mark Buse’s sexual orientation. And yet, it’s a detail that reveals hypocrisy about John McCain that is as clear as that of his reputation to take on the corporate interests while he has registered lobbyists on his staff and campaign.

John McCain is opposed to every single gay rights measure of recent years –- from a hate crimes bill, to an anti-discrimination bill to an attempt to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military –- and is publicly on record supporting a ballot measure in California this November to strip gays and lesbians there of their legally-won right to marry in that state. If that isn’t enough to make it relevant to report on his 20-year-relationship with a close aide and chief of staff who is gay, the fact that Sarah Palin is now on the ticket -- garnering support for McCain from previously reticent antigay leaders like James Dobson of Focus on the Family –- surely does.

Mark Buse, after all, is a public figure in his own right. His role as chief of staff to a man running for president has elevated him and certainly his controversial former role as a prominent lobbyist has brought media scrutiny to him. And he is running the Senate office of a 72-year-old presidential candidate who has had recurrent cancer and who might well usher into the White House as president a woman who, by what evidence we have, has melded her politics with her evangelical religious beliefs.

Sarah Palin has been a prominent and visible member of two controversial churches in Wasilla, though much of the media has shied away from telling us much about them (even though cable networks had no problem giving us every minute detail about Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former pastor, and his church). Palin adheres to Pentecostalism, a religious fundamentalist movement that is vehemently antigay and believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible. Little has been asked of Palin –- or of the McCain campaign –- about the relationship between Palin's faith and her political positions, even as many of us have seen her worshipping in her church on YouTube, explaining “God’s plan” for Iraq, praying to God for a pipeline, and thanking a Kenyan evangelical pastor know as a "witchhunter" for laying hands on her and helping her become governor.

As a member of the Wasilla city council Palin reportedly inquired about banning a children's book about gay parents – Daddy’s Roommate -- and she is a darling of the evangelical right, which is hell-bent on keep gays from attaining further rights and stripping them of every right they've already won. She is opposed not only to marriage for gays but to domestic partnership benefits: Though the media has often gotten it wrong when they cared to look into it, Palin only vetoed a bill that would strip partnership benefits for government employees because the Alaska Supreme Court ruled the bill unconstitutional. Palin’s current church, the Wasilla Bible Church, just this month promoted a “conversion” therapy conference for gays, organized by Focus on the Family in Anchorage.Palin has not come out against the church’s sponsorship, though the American Psychological Association has condemned these programs as psychologically harmful.

Mark Buse’s sexual orientation and his relationship with McCain certainly are relevant facts in light of Palin’s positions, beliefs, past political career and silence on the issues right now. And John McCain is the person responsible for making them relevant by choosing Sarah Palin as a running mate.

***

“I met Mark that night and we went back to my place,” Brian Davis, who is now an Arizona trucker, continued, telling me about when he met Mark Buse . “The following day I came home from work and there were flowers for me. I was always hoping that I would get into a long term relationship. Back then, I was like a cute little twink. I didn’t have trouble picking up guys and used to hope the guys would be interested long term. But you know, usually they weren’t. But Mark sent me flowers. The following weekend we went out dancing at Connections again. My watch broke on the dance floor and I put it in my pocket. The following week Mark came over and gave me a present -- a brand new Gucci watch.”

Davis was working for American Express in Phoenix at the time. Buse was attending Georgetown University, interning on the hill for John McCain, then a member of the House. It might seem odd for a college student to be able to buy a Gucci watch for his older boyfriend, but this wasn’t just any college student: Mark Buse, like John McCain’s wife Cindy, comes from a wealthy family that had built an empire in Arizona. Buse Printing & Advertising clearly has had its own close relationship with John McCain over the years: According to an article last year in the Washington Post about McCain's PAC's overspending, “McCain's PAC paid $7,274 to Buse Printing, a Phoenix shop run by the family of Mark Buse, who was staff director at the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. McCain chaired the committee at the time.”

Brian Davis says Buse’s affection didn’t end with a Gucci watch. Buse asked him to move back with him to Washington. After first conducting a long-distance relationship for several months, Davis moved to DC. They lived in two different apartments in Washington during their relationship. In that time Davis says he met John McCain several times at his office. Whatever John McCain might have thought of the relationship, Davis doesn’t think Buse had told McCain about it at the time – he was introduced as Buse’s “roommate” --but he’s pretty sure that Buse came out to McCain as the years went on.

Within a year of Davis’s move to DC, he and Buse broke up, Davis explained, after Buse turned to him one morning in bed and said, “Brian, I’m not in love with you anymore.” Davis was heartbroken. He says Buse left him for another man –- the man he says Buse now lives with today. But Davis got over it in time, and remained in touch with Buse, having a friendly relationship, and checking in on the phone or seeing one another every few years. The video below is from 2000, on the weekend of The Millennium March on Washington for GLBT rights. Davis attended the march, though Buse, he says, did not, and would not do something that public. (In the video, Davis is holding the camera, in the mirror; Buse is the man who eventually hides behind a pillar). The last time Davis says he spoke with Buse was in 2003.

Davis describes Buse as someone who, like himself at the time, was “more on the conservative side” on fiscal issues but cared about gay rights, and who really believed John McCain would not bow to extremists. And that’s why he can’t believe Buse went back to work for John McCain: Davis, like other self-described libertarian and Independent gay men, voted for McCain in his Senate elections and supported him for president in the 2000 primary. But, he says, he couldn’t possibly support John McCain now for president, not with his lurch to the extremist right.

Davis remembers the John McCain who called people like Jerry Falwell an “agent of intolerance,” something McCain of course took back after he decided to run for the 2008 presidency. He even remembers Buse having been upset when McCain did something seemingly opportunistic and ugly in pandering to the far right back in 1993, something he says Mccain apologized to Buse about. Davis in fact inferred from his discussion with Buse about the incident that McCain likely knew by that time that Buse was gay and that Buse cared about gay civil rights issues.

“It was around 1993, and Mark was upset, because McCain was going to speak before an antigay group, the Oregon Citizen’s Alliance,” he remembers. “Mark went to him and said this group is antigay and expressed his personal feelings. McCain said he didn’t know the group’s agenda when he accepted the invitation but that now he couldn’t cancel.”

I was in Oregon throughout 1992, covering the gay rights battles there for my first book, when Lon Mabon, leader of the OCA, put a measure on the ballot to declare homosexuality “unnatural and perverse” in the Oregon Constitution. The measure had a good shot of passing ( though, thankfully, it did not). Worse yet, it inspired an ugly wave of hate and violence in a previously placid place. I wrote a piece about it for the op-end page of the New York Times, sounding the alarm.

While it’s possible that McCain didn’t know what the group was about, it seems implausible: fighting the gay movement was the OCA’s major issue, and certainly its cash cow, even if the group did stand against other issues, such as abortion. As I noted in my op-ed, several Republican senators were pacifying Mabon, fearing he would mount a campaign against embattled Oregon Republican Senator Bob Packwood. Those senators -- including McCain’s good friend and current economic advisor, former Texas Senator Phil Gramm -- were feting Mabon in Washington, and more importantly, staying silent about his dangerous, hate-filled campaign in Oregon. In essence, they were throwing gays to the wolves as a way of keeping those wolves at bay.

Oregonian columnist Jeff Mapes last April chronicled the events of 1993 and McCain’s speech (his piece includes articles from the time) which caused much outrage in the gay community in Arizona and elsewhere. He concludes that McCain was part of the effort with Gramm and others to placate Mabon. In response to the uproar, McCain carefully tried to use his speech to talk about tolerance, but Lon Mabon himself didn’t find it objectionable at all. He of course got what he wanted: John McCain speaking at his event.

Whatever the truth about McCain’s motivations or knowledge of the group, Brian Davis says that McCain told Mark Buse that it was a mistake and that it wouldn’t happen again.

It's a telling anecdote and it raises many questions about the events of today and this election. And really, those questions mirror other questions many have been asking about John McCain for a long time.

Has Mark Buse been assured by John McCain that his bowing to religious conservatives is all just politics, that he’s just stringing along the fundies, and that he wouldn’t sell him and his kind to the far right as president? If that is the case, what would the Christian right think about that now and don’t they have a right to know?

And, if true, how would Buse and certainly McCain then explain the choice of Palin, beyond admitting that it is simply a reckless gamble, since it’s quite possible she could become president and bring the ideologues into the White House? Is there some other plan for how do deal with Palin?

Or has McCain’s shift to the far right been more profound rather than solely opportunistic? Perhaps he does truly stand behind his positions against gay rights and perhaps he truly respects Palin’s politics that appear to erase the lines between church and state. In that case, has Mark Buse completely sold out, perhaps transformed by those years as a lobbyist and perhaps having different priorities now -- gay rights be damned?

What else does the reality of Mark Buse's life say about John McCain? Does he see his own chief of staff, someone he has known now for 20 years, as someone who should have no rights, no hate crimes protections, and no employment protection in the private sector? Does he see his own loyal chief of staff as someone who should be hounded by Christian conservatives, pressured to enter damaging “conversion” therapy programs, and made a target of violence that is inspired by the hate spewed by agents of intolerance?

And what does Sarah Palin think of all of this? Does she know about John McCain's gay chief of staff? Is Palin an opportunist too, and is her allegiance to the evangelical right skin deep? Or, is she a true believer who would believe Mark Buse should be sent to an “ex-gay” therapy program to “convert” him to heterosexuality? If she were to become president, will she give more power to the people who would very much like to put every gay American through such a program?

These questions are not going to go away. As I was working on this story I got wind that activist Mike Rogers – the “most feared man in the hill” as the Washington Post called him – was working on it as well. On Friday, Mike, with separate and independent sourcing, went to John McCain’s office to give Buse a "Roy Cohn Award." He filmed it and today he reveals whom he gave the award to on his much-read site, Blogactive.

The traditional media may be petrified to pick up this story but people across the country who see McCain's hypocrisy and who support equality will only demand more answers. Certainly our media could serve us better by getting us those answers rather than once again putting their heads in the sand.

Posted by: Disgusted | September 22, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama Another Dukakis?
Why is Obama so vapid, hesitant, and gutless?
By Christopher Hitchens
Updated Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, Slate

"...I ran into a rather clever Republican operative at the airport last week, who pointed out to me that this ought by rights to be a Democratic Party year across the board, from the White House to the Congress to the gubernatorial races. But there was a crucial energy leak, and it came from the very top. More people doubted Obama's qualifications for the presidency in September than had told the pollsters they had doubted these credentials in July. "So what he ought to do," smiled this man, "is spend his time closing that gap and less time attacking McCain." Obama's party hacks, increasingly white and even green about the gills, are telling him to do the opposite. I suppose this could even mean that Sarah Palin, down the road, will end up holding the door open for Hillary Clinton. Such joy!"

What happened - presidential election
National Review, Dec 9, 1988 by Humphrey Taylor

"ONE THING about this election that is worth remembering is how often the gurus and pundits were wrong. The eminence noire of gurus, Richard Nixon, predicted at one time that Bob Dole would defeat George Bush and that Mario Cuomo would be the Democratic nominee. After Michael Dukakis's triumph in Atlanta, his unexpectedly eloquent acceptance speech, and his 17- to 18-point lead in the polls, the media were already writing off Bush's chances....."

SOUNDS FAMILIAR- Dukakis had a 17 point lead in '88? Wow....guess the Olberman, Cafferty, and the NY Times just can't be relied upon to pick a President...

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on guys!

For another paltry $25 billion you can bail out the auto industry.

Michigan is up for sale!!!!

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Like they were going to leave Ms. Knownothing alone?

Posted by: Scy | September 22, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

a little bit of hand holding?

Posted by: chris | September 22, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

What happened - presidential election
National Review, Dec 9, 1988 by Humphrey Taylor

"ONE THING about this election that is worth remembering is how often the gurus and pundits were wrong. The eminence noire of gurus, Richard Nixon, predicted at one time that Bob Dole would defeat George Bush and that Mario Cuomo would be the Democratic nominee. After Michael Dukakis's triumph in Atlanta, his unexpectedly eloquent acceptance speech, and his 17- to 18-point lead in the polls, the media were already writing off Bush's chances....."

SOUNDS FAMILIAR- Dukakis had a 17 point lead in '88? Wow....guess the Olberman, Cafferty, and the NY Times just can't be relied upon to pick a President...

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

For all the college students out there who have gone away to school, it is worthwhile to check to see if you are/can register to vote locally or if you need to request an absentee ballot.

From the Brennan Center for Justice:

"The Twenty-Sixth Amendment gives 18 to 21 year olds a voice in our democracy. Students who leave home to attend college should have the right to choose where they vote. In most states it is possible for students to make this choice, but the laws governing voting eligibility can be tricky, confusing, or downright restrictive. Students can be unfairly targeted by election officials or partisan challengers and often have trouble establishing residency where they live and attend school."

Click on the following link for more info:
http://www.brennancenter.org/studentvoting?gclid=CMLk08G08JUCFQVuswoddGoYgA

Don't let your voting rights be abridged by the local election officials.

Posted by: mnteng | September 22, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

what do u guys think of ahmadenijad coming to ny????

Posted by: yona loriner | September 22, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey Sarah! Be sure to tell Zadari, Talabani and Karzai about JESUS!

....the bible says you must spread the gospel.....

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, that was my post at 6:18 PM as well.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to ALL right-thinking voters in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia:

Early voting for McCain-Palin started TODAY!! In all, 34 states allow people to vote before election day. 28 of those states allow "no-excuse" absentee voting, so just get it done ASAP. You may not get a chance to vote after tomorrow.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

This was not "news" that either McCain or Steve Beigun would be with Gov. Palin -- I know I read it somewhere -- wasn't that reported on the WaPo as well?

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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