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The Republican presidential ticket holds its largest campaign rally ever at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax. The Post's Michael D. Shear reports. Video by Ed O'Keefe /

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 10, 2008; 3:02 PM ET
Categories:  John McCain , Sarah Palin , Video Report  
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To "Christian"(which I doubt you are): John McCain the anti-Christ? That is absolutely the silliest thing I have ever heard:

“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” – Daniel 11:37

“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” – Daniel 7:8

I think we can safely say McCain desires women, speaks humbly of huimself (always characterizes himself as "an imperfect servant"), and does not "speak great things."

As I said before, it is very entertaining watching the left's melt down...

Posted by: mknoche | September 11, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: 54 | September 10, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Is John McCain the Anti-Christ???????

I will not be voting in this election.

Posted by: Christian | September 10, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

When Reagan was shot, the surgeon who saved his life had previously attended medical school on a program Reagan had opposed. After Reagan recovered, the doctor (a Democrat), said, "If Reagan had gotten his way,
I probably would not have been able to go to medical school."

Posted by: Charles | September 10, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse


Please read my posts on the following thread for one argument how "stopping" the Bridge to Nowhere is NOT a "lie".


Thanks for the first-hand account.

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

So this brings the total number of times Palin has repeated the "Thanks but no thanks" lie about the Bridge to Nowhere to what...27?

Despite the fact that this claim has been shown to be a lie on national TV and in every national publication.

Talk about ethically challenged.

Posted by: California | September 10, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama didn't insult Palin, he insulted pigs.

Posted by: jonmiktay | September 10, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Reference the lipstick on a pig sham. Either McCain and his people are incredibly stupid or incredibly dirty. Neither bodes well for the future of this country if he is elected.

Posted by: jonmiktay | September 10, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

JakeD - no, they did not announce the crowd size. But I have read the fire marshall estimated 23,000. That's compared to the few hundred McCain has drawn at past VA events.

Obama drawls on and on about judgment. The first major decision for the candidates was the VP pick. Obama got it wrong (not picking Hillary), McCain got it right! Palin is the gift that keeps on giving, and it is so entertaining watching the liberals chase their own tails trying to bring her down. If they had any sense, the would totally ignore her. But they can't seem to help themselves!

Posted by: mknoche | September 10, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Rob –

You are reading the posts incorrectly. My post is above my name – not below it. The nut job with the caps lock on was identified as “Anonymous” – typical liberal – afraid to identify himself.

I accept your apology in advance.


Posted by: mknoche | September 10, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I attended the rally today in Fairfax. The reporter covering the event must have attended another venue. Or poosibly works for the Washington Kos.
It was a great exhuberant crowd full of excitement. Many more women and young adults then I had anticipated. A vision for Americas future was rolled out in front of us.
Great to see the Old Dominion will remain in the 'Red Column' again this year.

Posted by: George Taylor | September 10, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barry Obama-
This isn't "Change your name Change"...this isn't "bonehead move" change, this isn't " Joe changed his name for the author's name on his law school papers" change, this isn't "I attended the church for 20 years but didn't hear anything controversial" change,


From Today's Wall Street Journal!
Yes, Palin Did Stop That Bridge
September 10, 2008
"But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up." -- Barack Obama, Sept. 6, 2008
In politics, words are cheap. What really counts are actions. Democrats and Republicans have talked about fiscal responsibility for years. In reality, both parties have a shameful record of wasting hundreds of billions of tax dollars on pork-barrel projects.
My Senate colleague Barack Obama is now attacking Gov. Sarah Palin over earmarks. Having worked with both John McCain and Mr. Obama on earmarks, and as a recovering earmarker myself, I can tell you that Mrs. Palin's leadership and record of reform stands well above that of Mr. Obama.
Let's compare.
Mrs. Palin used her veto pen to slash more local projects than any other governor in the state's history. She cut nearly 10% of Alaska's budget this year, saving state residents $268 million. This included vetoing a $30,000 van for Campfire USA and $200,000 for a tennis court irrigation system. She succinctly justified these cuts by saying they were "not a state responsibility."
Meanwhile in Washington, Mr. Obama voted for numerous wasteful earmarks last year, including: $12 million for bicycle paths, $450,000 for the International Peace Museum, $500,000 for a baseball stadium and $392,000 for a visitor's center in Louisiana.
Mrs. Palin cut Alaska's federal earmark requests in half last year, one of the strongest moves against earmarks by any governor. It took real leadership to buck Alaska's decades-long earmark addiction.
Mr. Obama delivered over $100 million in earmarks to Illinois last year and has requested nearly a billion dollars in pet projects since 2005. His running mate, Joe Biden, is still indulging in earmarks, securing over $90 million worth this year.
Mrs. Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation's budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credits her with killing the bridge.
When the Senate had its chance to stop the Bridge to Nowhere and transfer the money to Katrina rebuilding, Messrs. Obama and Biden voted for the $223 million earmark, siding with the old boys' club in the Senate. And to date, they still have not publicly renounced their support for the infamous earmark.
Mrs. Palin has proven courageous by taking on big spenders in her own party. In March of this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported that, "Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is aggravated about what he sees as Gov. Sarah Palin's antagonism toward the earmarks he uses to steer federal money to the state."
Mr. Obama had a chance to take on his party when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a sham ethics bill, which was widely criticized by watchdog groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste for shielding earmarks from pubic scrutiny. But instead of standing with taxpayers, Mr. Obama voted for the bill. Today, he claims he helped write the bill that failed to clean up Washington.
Mr. Obama has shown little restraint on earmarks until this year, when he decided to co-sponsor an earmark moratorium authored by Mr. McCain and myself. Mr. Obama is vulnerable on this issue, and he knows it. That is why he is lashing out at Mrs. Palin and trying to hide his own record.
Mrs. Palin is one of the strongest antiearmark governors in America. If more governors around the country would do what she has done, we would be much closer to fixing our nation's fiscal problems than we are.
Mrs. Palin's record here is solid and inspiring. She will help Mr. McCain shut down the congressional favor factory, and she has a record to prove it. Actions mean something. You can't just make stuff up.
Mr. DeMint, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from South Carolina.


Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

These people make me sick. Sick!

Willfully lying to the American people because we should be less concerned with the truth and "little facts" than with the fact that Sarah Palin is a chick, and that's really hip and cool and new (if you're a Republican and you slept through 1984).

I suppose the absence of any WMD in Iraq is a "little fact."

I suppose Bush's AWOL years in the National Guard is a "little fact."

I suppose the substance of Cheney's secret meetings with the energy companies is a "little fact."

I suppose McCain's flip-flopping and lying on every position is a "little fact."

I suppose the (in)effectiveness of the surge is a "little fact."

Well, here's a great big fact:

They're still gonna lose in November!

Posted by: Rene Lee | September 10, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow... I'm amazed on how much Obama supporters are talking trash.

Posted by: joSD | September 10, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Republican candidates for the presidency can simply lie through their teeth, and it is a good thing, because the ability to affect the narrative via a repeated lie is much more useful than any possible blowback for telling that lie?

Then what do we have elections for? If I can simply stand up and say "so-and-so's tax policy will cost you all one million dollars each," when it won't, or "so-and-so is a supporter of infanticide," when he isn't, or "so-and-so wants to show your children dirty pictures," when it's not true, or "I was against this bad thing" when we've got freakin' film of you supporting it -- what's the point? It is impossible to have a democracy without informed voters, and it is impossible to have informed voters when you are going out of your way to lie to them.

Crooks. That's the only word for it. There's no noble or higher purpose here, there's nothing admirable about it, not even in the most brutal, Machiavellian sense. They're liars. They're crooks. It is taken as a Republican given that anything that can gain power is justifiable, regardless of how loathsome it is or how depraved the fabrication.

If we welcome open, direct lies into our political discourse, it's not political discourse anymore -- just the oratorical equivalent of an organized crime ring. McCain knows he can lie through his teeth and almost nobody will truly call him out on it -- at least, not compared to all the people who will hear the lie. That's been the strategy for every election involving the old Nixonites, from then until now, and there's no chance it's going to go away until there is a price to be paid for being a nationally televised liar. So when's that going to be?....Corporate Media, are you going to stick your heads in the sand and let the Rethuglicans lie to America again like you did on Iraq?

Posted by: Bush + McCain = "W"orthless | September 10, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Here's a good comeback for Obama-
You can give a monkey a pen, but he's still a monkey.

Empty words.
NO Obama, not now, not ever.

McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: palinpower | September 10, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

If Caribou Barbie is so offended over a common expression, how is she going to handle Al Qaeda?

If anything, McSame should be apologizing for his latest ad, mischaracterizing Senator Obama's program designed to protect kindergarten-aged children from sexual predators as "sex education for preschoolers". McBush is a liar and an adulterer, and Caribou Barbie is a pathological serial liar, a thief and a cheat. I don't want to hear any more bleating and whining from the Greedy Oil Party.

Posted by: Carol Harris | September 10, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Who are the biggest celebrities now?

Posted by: Jason | September 10, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Dick | September 10, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

MKNOCHE-You have to be kidding me. How do you expect people to read what you have posted here and take your candidate seriously if you write like an idiot. Was your CAPS LOCK key broken? And you choice of words..."WE CAN WAIT TO WIN THIS ELECTION AND SENT HIM TO HIS NURSING HOME AND YOU BACK TO YOUR IGLOO"... Im glad you can wait, because so can I. I am also glad that you admitted to everyone here that "YOU TWO STINK TO I HEAVEN"... Everyone who read your post is now dumber for having wasted their precious time with your illiterate bull.

Thanks for representing the Democratic Party so eloquently.

McCain & Palin 2008!!!!!!

Posted by: Rob | September 10, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

John McSame picks an ethics challenged, pathological serial liar, creationist cheerleader (Palin) as his running-mate and now Palin won't talk to the press (and we all know why) yet she gets up and makes some dumbass speech everyday where she's calling out Democrats, Obama, Biden etc....and the freaking corporate media runs with it?!?!

Where the hell does she get off calling out ANYONE when she's to damn afraid of having to go off script (Charlie Gibson?...pleeeease) and answer some questions from the media? And there are a LOT of questions she needs to answer to...

I know in these tough economic times it's sometimes hard to remember how many houses you own but C'mon Corporate Media, Do Your Damn Job For Once!

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 10, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain = WAR

Obama = Peace

The countries who are our closest allies in the world are all pulling hard for Obama.

If we want to still have allies two years from now, we'll elect Obama.

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 10, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse


For someone who claims to "like" Palin, you sure do post lots of unfounded rumors -- on every thread, no less -- good thing you don't "like" Obama ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

You can put lipstick on a pit bull (Palin/McCain) but it won’t get you health care or a national energy policy or an economy that puts people to work.

No surprise here. More hypocracy and distortion.

Lying and whining are the only two things the Wingnuts are good at.

Posted by: Donna Delbridge | September 10, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I guess Palin does get it., Despite all the scandals and the alledged affair,

She is more in touch with the American People. I guess people feel like she is one of us. The same way I felt about Huckabee. First commenter is right. Obama should of Picked Hillary. If he loses, It was his pride that cost him this election.

Theyre are rumors swirling that Sarah Palin may be Pregnant again? How will that affect her VP spot??

I like Palin, I just wish it was a Huckabee/Palin ticket.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 10, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Kathy Kalland or mknoche:

Did they announce the crowd was "10,000+"?

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

And just who intends to pay down the staggering debt run up by Reaganomics and sucessors or the holier than thou right? Do you really think the Bush/Saudi oil cartel will forgive you your bankrupt morality indebtedness? To continue on the path of the republican party is to invite the depressionary disintigration of this nation as witnessed by the dirisive comentary of the likes of talk radio paid political hacks. Follow the money of their sponsors like Carbonite online "storage" of your information that is wide open to view by the Cheaney spy agency. Get rid of these crimminals and get back to work if you like your American dream. Obama at least talks responsiblity and that alone is far better than the Palin fiasco.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | September 10, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Here's the main question: Did she repeat the same garbage for the 7th day in row?

Posted by: Z | September 10, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Palin-McCain is the Lipstick!

Failed Republican Policies are the Pig!

Posted by: Oink! | September 10, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Go Creationism! Boo Science!
Go Religious Wars! Boo Diplomacy!

Posted by: G | September 10, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I was one of the 10,000+ people at the McCain-Palin rally today. I am a Republican who was previously lukewarm about the McCain campaign. However, with the addition of Sarah Palin to the ticket, I'm energized and enthusiastic about a team that represents less government, fewer taxes and more pride and security for America as well as more opportunity for the women of our country.

The people at the rally were from all walks of life and, as one media person not affiliated with Fox News noted, "lots of women and lots of young people." The first two speakers were Democrats who are McCain-Palin supporters. The first was a woman from Richmond whose family owns a small business who explained how Obama's approach to taxes would negatively impact small business owners across the country. The second was a staunch Hillary backer who is so disgusted with the Democratic Party's handling of Hillary that she is actively encouraging the other 17,999,999 Hillary voters and all women to vote for McCain, whose selection of Palin proved him to be the true candidate for change.

Everyone was polite and orderly and the Obama protesters only numbered about 30 whereas one article makes it sound like an equal number with spirited discourse between the two groups (after getting off the shuttle bus at 8:15 a.m. and not reaching security until 9:45 a.m., people around me just ignored them).

I am proud to have been a part of history where all citizens are entitled to their own beliefs and still support and embrace the ideals that make the United States of America a truly great place to live, work and raise a family. I will proudly vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin November 4.

Posted by: Kathy Kalland | September 10, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a wordsmith. He used the term "lipstick on a pig" to insult the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate. He wanted to pick a fight with McCain and boost his ratings....ratings seem to be tied to "the pitbull with lipstick". I do not think Obama looks very Presidential. In fact he looks like a pig wearing lipstick.

Posted by: Marilu Rumfolo | September 10, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Was that Chris Matthews in the background at the end of the clip?! Oh, how far the mighty anchor has fallen ...

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Was that Chris Matthews in the background at the end of the clip?! Oh, how far the mighty anchor has fallen ...

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

My husband and I had the privilege of seeing John McCain and Sarah Palin speak today in Fairfax.

There were a few speakers preceding them that were very interesting. One was a small business owner from Richmond, VA who, until 3 months ago, supported Obama. That was until she took a good hard look at what Obama's tax policies were going to mean to her and her husband and the small business they run. She is now whole-heartedly supporting John McCain.

Then we got to hear from a feminist - a Hillary Clinton supporter - who also is whole-heartedly supporting McCain. Boy, was she mad! She's mad at the Democratic Party - first for picking the empty suit for a nominee. And then for the empty suit himself passing over Hillary for VP. If you had heard her, you would understand the poll numbers. The same poll numbers that the democrats are in such denial over.

We were lucky to be right up front - just 2 people between us and the podium. Sarah Palin even gave me a point and a smile for the "Alaska" t-shirt I was wearing. Is was great fun! The crowd was pumped up! And I am very happy to report that McCain looks soooooo much better in person! Getting to see him today really rested my concerns over him being a - how did Paris put it? - "old white wrinkly guy." Sarah Palin and her husband also looked great - wow! no wonder their kids are so beautiful. Gov. Palin was poised and confident, and I believe she would be able to take on any challenge thrown her way. I got to shake hands with both John McCain and Todd (First Dude of Alaska) Palin! Great fun!

Palin was returning home after the event to see off her son, who is shipping out to Iraq tomorrow. Be sure to keep him and all our troops in your prayers! She related her success in turning around Alaska, so it now has a surplus budget. I bet after the legions of democratic muckrakers and lawyers have descended on the state, the Alaskan merchants are thrilled with her being picked for VP!

Posted by: mknoche | September 10, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Woo hoo!!! GO MCCAIN-PALIN all the way to the White House!

Posted by: JakeD | September 10, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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