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By Robert Barnes
CLEVELAND -- Sen. John McCain is going out of his way today to express confidence in Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the wake of questions about how well his campaign investigated his vice presidential choice's background before her selection.

Upon arriving in this battleground state, McCain tried to assure voters he had made the right choice.

"I just want to repeat again how excited I am to have Sarah Palin, the great governor of Alaska, as my running mate,'' McCain said at a fire station here, his second visit to such a venue today. "America's excited, and they're going to be even more excited once they see her tomorrow night. I'm very, very proud of the impression she's made on all of America and looking forward to serving with her."

Earlier, visiting firefighters in Philadelphia, McCain reinforced statements from his campaign's top officials that controversies about Palin, including an investigation into her firing of a state official and the fact that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, were known.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 2, 2008; 3:42 PM ET
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Yes...YES! Fight my children! I LOVE how you tear at each other, arguing which establishment puppet is the better of the two. I giggle in DELIGHT when you call each other names and curse and threaten and spit at one another!
"PALIN SHOOTS WOLVES!"
"OBAMA USED COCAINE!"
PALIN IS A BAD MOTHER!"
"OBAMA IS UNAMERICAN!"
Hahahaaa!!! As if either one could care less what any of all of you think, for they both work for me, you see, and in the end you will all be left standing in the ashes of what was once your great "civil"ization wondering what happened while I reap the benefits of your petty squabbling and bickering about who is the best fool to lead you blindly to my doormat! FIGHT for me, you repugnant vermin, while I sharpen my teeth on the bones of your past leaders who brought you time and again to the same place you are in now...despair, hopelessness, hate and anger while they counted your money and pointed and laughed at you before sending you off to die in battle for their sick pleasures while convincing you it was the "patriotic" thing to do, God how I love that damned word, hahaa!!! As if any world leader, regardless of rank or title or badge or fancy hat gives one iota of a crap about your worthless stinking lives! You beg them for hope and change and freedom, and they give you taxes and war while they slowly strip your God-given rights from you, and then you "re-elect" them so they can do it all over again! I MYSELF couldn't have thought up anything more sadistic! FOOLS!!! FIGHT FOR ME, FOR I AM THE DEVIL, AND YOUR BEHAVIOR BRINGS ME MORE AND MORE STRENGTH EACH AND EVERY DAY YOU SQUANDER YOUR FREEDOM AND LIVES LIVING AS SLAVES TO MY MINIONS, FIGHTING FOR OUR PLEASURE!!!

Posted by: Bealzebub | September 3, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I tracked down this diatribe to a person named Sammy S, from LOS ANGELES, posted on the internet. However, let us consider Sammy's points.

> The most accurate description of her is red neck. Her husband works in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and races snow mobiles.

Oooooh! She must be an awful person, then!

> She is a life time member of the NRA

In Alaska, being a member of the NRA has a completely different connotation than being a member in LA or New York. Many people in Alaska rely on hunting of moose and caribou to survive. And there's much less violent crime per capita.

> and has worked tirelessly to allow indiscriminate hunting of wildlife in Alaska, particularly wolves

Okay, this concerned me, so I checked it out. Apparently, there are some specific areas within Alaska where the moose and caribou populations are extremely threatened by predators. Governor Palin has moved to allow culling of wolf and bear - not endangered species - packs to promote the growth of their dwindling populations. In the past five years, more than 700 wolves HAVE been killed. However, wildlife biologists give the annual kill rate for wolves - that is, the number of kills required to maintain a stable population - at 643 per YEAR! In other words, the wolf population in these regions is exploding, severely threatening other indigenous wildlife.

> and bears.

Also a problem in some areas. Palin has by no means moved to allow indiscriminate hunting of these animals across widespread tracts of land - merely systematic thinning of populations in restrictive regions where the populations have gotten out of hand.

> She has spent millions of Alaska state dollars on aerial hunting of these predators from helicopters and airplanes,

True. However, consider that aerial hunting is more efficient than land based hunting (http://www.slate.com/id/2199140/) and you'll see that this actually saves the state money in terms of Wildlife and Game commission salaries.

> dollars that should have been spent, for example, on Alaska's failing school system. We have the lowest rate of high school graduation in the country.

Consider, however, that Palin's administration has strongly supported the University of Alaska.
"The University of Alaska received a 7-percent increase in funds for the 2008-9 budget year, only the fourth time in 20 years that the system has won an increase greater than the state's fixed-cost requirement. The university plans to use the extra money to expand programs in high-demand fields, such as health and engineering, and to support research into climate change, energy, and biomedical sciences. The state also provided a fourfold increase in the university's budget for deferred maintenance, which rose to $48-million."
(http://chronicle.com/weekly/almanac/2008/regions/pacificwest.htm)
This is extremely important, as prior to this, only ~13% of high school graduates continued on to higher education. More money for the university systems means more students progressing to and through college, which leads to more students finishing high school.
A major problem with education in Alaska remains its relative geographic isolation. Even with a high school diploma, it is difficult for young people to find jobs. Bolstering the University system attracts research and high-tech jobs to Alaska, which leads to more jobs, and thus more students continuing their education.

> Not all of you may think aerial predator hunting is so bad, but how anyone (other than Alaska wolf-haters, of which there are many, most without teeth),

Someone who uses this kind of invective rhetoric is someone that you want be listening to? "Most without teeth"?

> could think this use of funds is appropriate is beyond me.

Consider that the Alaskan government, both Democrat and Republican, spends hundreds of thousands of dollars yearly to cull the predator populations. Now consider that, as a newer, more effective and cost-efficient method of doing so has arisen, Governor Palin has moved to support it. Supporting new technologies and techniques is one of the reasons that Alaska has had a budget surplus under Palin's stewardship.

The hunting of wolves hurts my heart. However, after doing the research, it is apparent that, while outwardly barbarous, it is actually quite necessary for the sustainability of the Alaskan ecosystem. Sure, it's a dirty job. But I cut the heads off of deceased ferrets as part of mine, so...does that make me a redneck?

> If you want to know more about the aerial hunting travesty, let me know and I will send some links to informative web sites.

Or, do the research on your own, and don't trust what someone with an agenda leads you to.
Many in the lower 48 don't really appreciate how Alaska works. Suffice to say that it is a state almost as big as 1/3 of the rest of the US. There are tons of bears and wolves, both of which really do attack and kill people from time to time. And it gets so cold and windy in some parts of the state, that fur is not a fashion statement, it is the best protection from almost instant frostbite. There is also a large native population that is very vocal about maintaining their traditions, like hunting polar bears and whales.
Alaskans know well how much their lives depend on the health of the land and sea around them.

> She has been a strong supporter of increased use of fossil fuels,

Actually, so has Obama - on August 4th, he stated his intentions to complete a natural gas pipeline in Alaska and to give families a $1,000 energy rebate.

> yet the McCain campaign has the nerve to say she has "green" policies.

The only people I've heard saying this are those wanting to ridicule the McCain campaign. Palin has acted to preserve the interests of citizens of Alaska AS citizens of Alaska. As far removed as the rest of us urban denizens of this country are, we cannot truly understand what "green" means. We drive to work. We consume fossil fuels at a ridiculous rate, don't recycle, and pollute the environment with our countless starbucks and McDonald's containers, yet we have the audacity to call ourselves "green" because we support "green" causes.
Whereas Alaskans ARE green. They live off the land, with the land, and lead the nation in conservation of resources.
It's an entirely different perspective, and, unfortunately, the majority of urban dwellers in the US don't bother trying to reconcile the apparent contradictions. Instead, they lambaste Palin for her decisions in support of Alaska.

> The only thing green about Sarah Palin is her lack of experience.

So, what about Obama? Isn't is preferable to have a "green" Vice-President, than to have a "green" PRESIDENT?!!

> She has consistently supported drilling in ANWR,

Another common complaint. Consider that fewer than 1% of Americans will EVER visit the ANWR, and that those that do will see less than 5% of it. It's HUGE. And the fact of the matter is that we ARE dependent on fossil fuel, and much as we might wish for this to change, it's not likely to happen any time soon. So, should we consistently give a large portion of our profits to overseas concerns - many of whom support terrorism - or should we move to retain some of our hard earned currency by becoming a bit more self-sufficient? ANWR is not endangered. As a government property, any and all drilling must conform to EPA regulations, and must not disrupt the ecosystem at large.

> use of coal-burning power plants (as I write this, a new coal plant is being built in her home town of Wasilla ),

Coal mining is a major part of Alaska's economy. Honestly, it's a major part of Illinois' as well. Many things need to change before coal burning can be legislated against. Alaska is COLD! What would Sammy from LA (!) recommend they burn in order to keep themselves warm?

> strip mining, and almost anything else that will unnecessarily exploit the diminishing resources of Alaska and destroy its environment.

The ONLY information regarding this claim which I can find is the claim itself. I can't find ANY evidence to support it, nor to contradict it. Therefore, I must assume it is BOGUS until proven otherwise.

> Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska, she was mayor of Wasilla, a small red neck town outside Anchorage.

Oh, no! Rednecks! We should just band together and deport them all to their own country.

> The average maximum education level of parents of junior high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade.

Explain to me how this is pertinent?

> Unfortunately, I have to go to Wasilla every week to get groceries and other supplies, so I have continual contact with the people who put Palin in office in the first place.

Poor Sammy. It must be an extremely long commute from LOS ANGELES. Regardless, what an awfully bigoted thing to say! His community doesn't have the necessaries, so he has to buy them in Wasilla, and doesn't like the people living there? Oh, goodness gracious! Well, since he's obviously such a fine judge of character, they must be truly evil people, indeed!

> I know what I'm talking about.

See? He KNOWS what he's talking about!

> These people don't have a concept of the world around them or of the serious issues facing the US.

He's right. They're probably more concerned with struggling to survive.

> Furthermore, they don't care.

I guess Sammy would know...

> So long as they can go out and hunt their moose every fall,

Or starve...

> kill wolves and bears

Again, only state employees of Fish and Game are allowed to do this...

> and drive their snow mobiles and ATVs through every corner of the wilderness,

Well, their corner of the wilderness is relatively isolated. By which I mean, that without the dreaded SNOWMOBILES and ATVs (oooooh!), they would be completely unable to get around, and would most probably die, which, judging from this person's above statements, would be a good thing...

> they're happy. I wish I were exaggerating.

I wish he were backing up his claims with evidence!

> Sarah Palin is currently involved in a political corruption scandal.

This is true. So is OBAMA. Obama is, in fact, involved in more than one corruption scandal. And then there's his shady campaign contributors, and he and his wife's real estate scandals.
Once again, better for the VP to be under investigation? Or for the PRESIDENT to be under investigation? You decide.

> She fired an individual in law enforcement here

She then offered him another government job with equal salary, benefits, and less responsibilities, which he refused.

> because she didn't like how he treated one of her relatives during a divorce.

He apparently made repeated death threats over the phone.

> The man's performance and ability weren't considered;

The making of death threats is a performance issue, according to my reasoning. Likewise, being that he was offered another position, his ability was obviously never in question.

> it was a totally personal firing and is currently under investigation.

We won't know whether or not this was indeed a "totally personal firing" until the investigation has concluded. This statement is missing the key word "alleged".

> While the issue isn't close to the scandal of Ted Steven's corruption,

Senior senator (R) from Alaska, who, on July 29, 2008, was indicted by a federal grand jury on seven counts of failing to report gifts received from VECO Corporation and its CEO Bill Allen on his Senate financial disclosure forms. Stevens is specifically charged with violating provisions of the Ethics in Government Act. The charges relate to renovations to his home and to more than $250,000 worth of gifts. On July 31, 2008 Stevens pleaded not guilty to the charges in a federal district court, and he requested that the trial be done before the 2008 election.

Compare and contrast! Anyways, what bearing has this on Palin?

> it shows that Palin isn't "squeaky clean" and causes me to think there may be more issues that could come to light. Clearly McCain doesn't care.

CLEARLY McCain doesn't care! Everyone, myself included, has some questionable activity with which they've been involved, ESPECIALLY if their chosen field is politics. Show me a politician who IS squeaky clean, and I'll show you the blinders that you're wearing.

> When you line Palin up with Biden, the comparison would be laughable if it weren't so serious.

Again, see how many of his complaints about Palin mirror those about Obama? So, which is more important? President, or Vice-president?

> Sarah Palin knows nothing of economics

She knows how to keep her state operating with a budget surplus...

> (admittedly a weak area for McCain),

And, that's why you have a presidential CABINET! Because nobody knows everything about everything.

> or of international affairs,

What does Obama know? Again, Prez or VP? Cabinet! I believe I've mentioned these things before.
Palin actually has extensive foreign relations experience, as she has intiated Alaskan trade with many countries in Asia's Far East.

> knows nothing of national government, Social Security,

What does Obama know? He worked as a senator for a mere 12 months before embarking on the campaign trail. Again, Prez, or VP?

> unemployment,

She knows plenty. She's worked tirelessly to bring new jobs to Alaska.

> health care systems - you name it.

Again. P or VP? Cabinet.

> The idea of her meeting with heads of foreign governments around the world truly frightens me.

Why? What do you think she could do? She's an amiable person, and that makes the most impact when meeting with foreign leaders. No different than Obama.

> In an increasingly dangerous world, with the economy in shambles in the US,

Palin actually understands the need to bolster economies, as explained above.

> Sarah Palin is uniquely UNqualified to be vice president. John McCain is not a young man.

But he's a healthy man.

> Should something happen to him such that the vice president had to step in, it would destroy our country and possibly the world

See? If McCain were to die, then Armageddon would commence immediately!

> to have someone as inexperienced and inappropriate as Sarah Palin.

As opposed to having a PRESIDENT (Obama) as inexperienced as her? Of course, THAT wouldn't destroy the world, now, would it?!

> The choice of Palin is a cheap shot by McCain to try to get Hillary supporters to vote for him. when McCain introduced her today, Palin had the nerve to compare herself with Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro. Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton.

"You are no Hillary Clinton". To which I say, "thank God, that would be awkward".

> To those of you who, like me, supported Hilary and were upset that she did not get the nomination, please don't think that Sarah Palin is a worthy substitute. If you supported Hillary, regardless of what you think the media and the democratic party may have done to undermine her campaign, the person to support now is Obama, not Sarah Palin. To those of you who are independent or undecided, don't let the choice of
Palin sway you in favor of McCain. Choosing her shows how unqualified McCain is to be president. To those of you who are conservative, I guess you have no choice for president. But please try to see how the poor choice of Palin tells us a great deal about McCain's judgment.

So, what does the choice of an inexperienced Presidential candidate say about the DEMOCRATIC PARTY?!

> While the political posturing inherent in the choice of Palin is obvious, the more serious issue is the fact that the VP is, literally, a heartbeat away from the presidency.

In other words, McCain IS qualified to be President. Again, compare and contrast: P or VP?

> Sarah Palin is totally and unequivocally unqualified to be vice president, let alone president.

As is Barack Obama. But he's still the only other choice. P or VP?

> I know this is a lengthy and emotional email, but the stakes are high. I thought it might help for all of you, regardless of political affiliation, to know something about Palin from someone who has to live with her administration in Alaska on a daily basis.

Namely, Sammy S., from Los Angeles.

Posted by: acespot | September 3, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Ronnn Wrote: "McCain is so confident in Palin that he keeps her hidden from the press. How would McCain express a lack of confidence?"

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Actually she isn't hidden, she's in the Cone of Silence..

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm a f--kin' redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some s--t and just f--kin' chillin' I guess. Ya f--k with me I'll kick ass.

Also, I'm f--kin' the governor's daughter and I don't want kids.

Posted by: Levi Johnston-Palin | September 3, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

How does Lieberman DARE to call himself a "Democrat" ??

What a slime ball.

$20 to Obama, right now.

Posted by: Bud | September 2, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah and husband have it all arranged. Th Palin Creed: Bristol will raise her child and their special needs child. So what if Bristol is a child herself. She is their property and they'll do with her as they see fit. Mom's political career is all that is important. The motherhood stuff is just a facade to get votes. They will pay the father to marry their daughter. Everything is for political appearance. It's tactically wise. That will work.

Posted by: Little D | September 2, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain is so confident in Palin that he keeps her hidden from the press. How would McCain express a lack of confidence?

Posted by: Ronnn | September 2, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign has broken records for raising the greatest amount of funds in political campaign history. His campaign also provided TV coverage at last week's DNC that surpassed previous convention TV ratings. (Per MSM reports)

It appears to me that indicates a "great campaign".

You said it best... 661oldpost: "So running a great campaign isn't a reliable predictor of being a great president."

Have a nice day!

Posted by: winnie | September 2, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

After reading the posts on this page it is pretty evident that liberals are terrified of this woman. She was a mayor while Barak was still a community organizer. She fought corruption in her home state while Barak used it to get a great deal on a million dollar house. Oh, and did I mention Jeremiah Wright. They should be very worried.

Posted by: pcg | September 2, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Superman writes: "In 43 years on the planet I don't think I've heard a more absurd comment from a politician (and there's a helluva lot to choose from)than NObama made counting his campaign for Presidency as experience.
In a word...pathetic.

Well she might have been a mayor and a Governor but I've been running for President???"

Dear Superman: Hope you've had a nice 43 year long nap. Just what do you think presidents do all day long? Edit Federal regulations? Inspect tanker trucks? No, they communicate and make decisions. They hire managers and administrators to run things while they set overall course and talk to the country and the world. Ideally they make the big decisions with forethought and consideration and have the skills to back them up.
Now, let's see, who's done the better job at that in the last six months? That would be NOT McCain.
But you could turn your argument around like this to make it actually make some sense: "OK, Bush ran an immeasurably superior campaign to Gore and turned out to be an immeasurably worse president than Gore could possibly have been if he'd been trying his hardest to be awful. So running a great campaign isn't a reliable predictor of being a great president." There. Have a nice day.

Posted by: 661oldpost | September 2, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Alaska is unlike any state in the Us. Because of their oil revenues, residents are paid instead of paying taxes. Sarah Palin has no experience except fishing for earmarks with lobbyists while mayor and being in favor of the "bridge to nowhere" before she was against it. Sarah Palin is McCain's Spiro Agnew, an unknown who should never have been nominated for VP but was expedient for Nixon's election.

McCain's mentors are Bush and Nixon. He once was honorable but the operative word is once.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 2, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Every time McCain has to express his confidence in Palin, it's another nail in the coffin of her credibility. I hope folks are noting the contrast with Obama's pick of Biden.
And the republicans can still argue with a straight face that McCain's the superior manager. Gotta love republicans - they never let reality spoil their day.

Posted by: 661oldpost | September 2, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

This year's election may be settled in the swamps:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gf-hfyAf2M

It's a State of Snakes!

Posted by: State of Snakes | September 2, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

None of the media charges against Sarah Palin amount to a hill of beans in relation to her qualifications to serve as VP. She has more relevant experience than does Barack Obama & is arguably more qualified to be President than is Obama.

Posted by: C. Nelson | September 2, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

...While America's confidence in McCain takes another dive.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain showing confidence in his pick of Palin. That brings back the memory of Bush saying we are winning in Iraq in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Suddenly we went from winning to the surge.

What surprise will McCain shower on us. Maybe there is time for her to resign and a real candidate to appear.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 2, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SueM | September 2, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

The New Yorker has collected a few of Palin's thoughts, from just two weeks ago, when she was widely ruled out as a contender in the veepstakes. Perhaps refreshingly, she was open enough on the subject of Obama's change agenda:
“The theme of our campaign was ‘new energy,’ ” she said recently. “It was no more status quo, no more politics as usual, it was all about change. So then to see that Obama—literally, part of his campaign uses those themes, even, new energy, change, all that, I think, O.K., well, we were a little bit ahead on that.” She also noted, “Something’s kind of changing here in Alaska, too, for being such a red state on the Presidential level. Obama’s doing just fine in polls up here, which is kind of wigging people out, because they’re saying, ‘This hasn’t happened for decades that in polls the D’ ”—the Democratic candidate—“ ‘is doing just fine.’ To me, that’s indicative, too. It’s the no-more-status-quo, it’s change.”

Posted by: SueM | September 2, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Slager21,That's the point.etc.
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Sorry Ms Sue but you seem to be spaming us. We have been to Alaska and you are one of the people we would never go there with.

Posted by: Slager21 | September 2, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Warning!

Immediately after my last post, I was hit by Porn (it popped up). It is now 8:16 on 9/2.

Be careful!

Posted by: SueM | September 2, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

In 43 years on the planet I don't think I've heard a more absurd comment from a politician (and there's a helluva lot to choose from)than NObama made counting his campaign for Presidency as experience.
In a word...pathetic.

Well she might have been a mayor and a Governor but I've been running for President???

LMAO

I suppose people who fly planes frequently should be pilots.

Posted by: Superman | September 2, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

If McCain is SO confident of the Palin pick, then WHY isn't he letting her be interviewed???
Why not let Gov Palin show the World, the incredible depth of knowledge & understanding of the issues, that she possesses?

Hmmm... I wonder...

Posted by: baz | September 2, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

On August 10, Karl Rove went on "Face The Nation" to argue that Senator Obama would make an "intensely political choice" for Vice President without regard for the "responsibilities of president." At the time, Rove believed Obama would choose Tim Kaine, and argued against him by saying this:

With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years, he's been able but undistinguished. I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America. And again, with all due respect to Richmond, Virginia, it's smaller than Chula Vista, California; Aurora, Colorado; Mesa or Gilbert, Arizona; north Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada. It's not a big town. So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, "You know what? I'm really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States?

And McCain picks Palin Governor of Alaska but Kaine Governor Virginia is small potatoes????

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | September 2, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse


Slager21,

That's the point. I didn't write it, someone with the intitials J.S. did. I posted it and it clearly says found at politics.com.

I always give credit to the originator.

I am far more vicious than the writer of the email. That's why I'll post it from one end of the country to the other. I'm thinking Green, ecologically sensitive and Tribal sites.

I'm female, the mother of 6, Mi'kmaq and Abenaki, and a very Proud USMC Vet. I submit to you that my and every other Honorably discharged Veteran's service is just as valuable as McCain's.

- - - - - - - -
here's a profile of Palin by a fellow Alaskan: (Found at Politics.com)

Dear classmates -

As an Alaskan, I am writing to give all of you some information on Sarah Palin, Senator McCain's choice for VP. As an Alaska voter, I know more than most of you about her and, frankly, I am horrified that he picked her.

The most accurate description of her is red neck. Her husband works in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and races snowmobiles. She is a lifetime member of the NRA and has worked tirelessly to allow indiscriminate hunting of wildlife in Alaska, particularly wolves and bears. She has spent millions of Alaska state dollars on aerial hunting of these predators from helicopters and airplanes, dollars that should have been spent, for example, on Alaska's failing school system.We have the lowest rate of high school graduation in the country. Not all of you may think aerial predator hunting is so bad, but how anyone (other than Alaska wolf-haters, of which there are many, most without teeth), could think this use of funds is appropriate is beyond me. If you want to know more about the aerial hunting travesty, let me know and I will send some links to informative web sites.

She has been a strong supporter of increased use of fossil fuels, yet the McCain campaign has the nerve to say she has "green" policies. The only thing green about Sarah Palin is her lack of experience. She has consistently supported drilling in ANWR, use of coal-burning power plants (as I write this, a new coal plant is being built in her home town of Wasilla), strip mining, and almost anything else that will unnecessarily exploit the diminishing resources of Alaska and destroy its environment.

Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska, she was mayor of Wasilla, a small red neck town outside Anchorage.The average maximum education level of parents of junior high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade. Unfortunately, I have to go to Wasilla every week to get groceries and other supplies, so I have continual contact with the people who put Palin in office in the first place. I know what I'm talking about.

These people don't have a concept of the world around them or of the serious issues facing the US. Furthermore, they don't care. So long as they can go out and hunt their moose every fall, kill wolves and bears and drive their snow mobiles and ATVs through every corner of the wilderness, they're happy. I wish I were exaggerating.

Sarah Palin is currently involved in a political corruption scandal. She fired an individual in law enforcement here because she didn't like how he treated one of her relatives during a divorce. The man's performance and ability weren't considered; it was a totally personal firing and is currently under investigation. While the issue isn't close to the scandal of Ted Stevens' corruption, it shows that Palin isn't "squeaky clean" and causes me to think there ay be more issues that could come to light. Clearly McCain doesn't care.

When you line Palin up with Biden, the comparison would be laughable if it weren't so serious. Sarah Palin knows nothing of economics (admittedly a weak area for McCain), or of international affairs, knows nothing of national government, Social Security, unemployment, health care systems - you name it. The idea of her meeting with heads of foreign governments around the world truly frightens me.

In an increasingly dangerous world, with the economy in shambles in the US, Sarah Palin is uniquely UNqualified to be vice president. John McCain is not a young man. Should something happen to him such that the vice president had to step in, it would destroy our country and possibly the world to have someone as inexperienced and inappropriate as Sarah Palin. The choice of Palin is a cheap shot by McCain to try to get Hillary supporters to vote for him. when McCain introduced her today, Palin had the nerve to compare herself with Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro. Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton.To those of you who, like me, supported Hilary and were upset that she did not get the nomination, please don't think that Sarah Palin is a worthy substitute. If you supported Hillary, regardless of what you think the media and the democratic party may have done to undermine her campaign, the person to support now is Obama, not Sarah Palin. To those of you who are independent or undecided, don't let the choice ofPalin sway you in favor of McCain. Choosing her shows how unqualified McCain is to be president. To those of you who are conservative, I guess you have no choice for president. But please try to see how the poor choice of Palin tells us a great deal about McCain's judgment. While the political posturing inherent in the choice of Palin is obvious, the more serious issue is the fact that the VP is, literally, a heartbeat away from the presidency. Sarah Palin is totally and unequivocally unqualified to be vice president, let alone president.

I know this is a lengthy and emotional email, but the stakes are high. I thought it might help for all of you, regardless of political affiliation, to know something about Palin from someone who has to live with her administration in Alaska on a daily basis.

J. S.

PASS IT ON!!!


Posted by: SueM | September 2, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, you might well ask why any person of consequence would contribute to this caphanonony [O.K who can spell it] about this rather minor issue ?.

Lets start over , it seems that our protectors in the union/Democrat sphere of influence have just up and taken a holiday

Can you imagine a future in which you will be expexted ro .... yes to perform, period.......

Posted by: wpo | September 2, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Black bears weigh between 200 and 500lbs. Brown bears weigh between 300 and over 1000lbs. Black bears run away from you. Brown bears run at you. FACT!
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A grizz weighs about 1000-1200 lbs and a male brown bear weighs about 1700 lbs. and a young brown bear may weigh in at 1400 lbs. and they do make false charges at you and when it happens you cannot tell if it's real or not. All you can do is put a pistol in it's face and tell it to get out of the way.

Posted by: Slager21 | September 2, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

This election, as are all elections, are about emotionally connecting with the mythical-yet-real average American.

Nothing pisses off the average American more than those who think they are better than them, either because they have a college degree or earn more money or whatever.

Palin's daughter's unplanned/unwed pregnancy shows that Republicans are real people too. It's especially noteworthy that McCain knew about it yet still selected Palin despite knowing he'd get grief over it from some quarters.

Obama supporters look at Palin's daughter and cry, "See, see, hypocrites, hypocrites, bad judgment, bad judgment, ba-rock!"

Average Americans look at Palin, and her daughter, and think, "Hey, closer to me and mine than Obama and his."

McCain hit a homerun with the Palin VP selection to begin with, rocked the Obama and Hillary supporters to their liberal core with it, and the teenage pregnancy issue just adds more icing to McCain's cake.

Before the big payoff to the Palin decision, which will be increased Republican-voting turnout, the easy and sniveling thing to do is bash McCain.

After the big payoff though, everyone will look back and call McCain's Palin pick genius, some begrudgingly.

Watch the head-to-head VP debates. If Palin holds her own with old white guy Biden, and maybe even gets in a couple good and memorable shots back at him, I think the average American will connect with that and think, "Hey, more like me and mine than Obama and his, AND smarter -- in a good way."

Posted by: dom | September 2, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Vhere's a profile of Palin by a fellow Alaskan: (Found at Politics.com) Dear classmates etc.
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It's already been posted and when people put it in our face twice it becomes spam. Get it off the comment line

Posted by: Slager21 | September 2, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Black bears weigh between 200 and 500lbs. Brown bears weigh between 300 and over 1000lbs. Black bears run away from you. Brown bears run at you. FACT!

Posted by: You know it's true | September 2, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

We don’t know Palin at all, and apparently neither does McCain. He had to look down at his cheat sheet to get her name when he introduced her. He spent about fifteen minutes in total speaking with her prior to the announcement of her candidacy. His decision to go along with this candidate speaks worlds about McCain’s poor judgment. Palin has not been thoroughly vetted - he never sent people to nose around in Alaska until Sept.1st and this is a serious error for McCain to have made. If as claimed, McCain knew about the poor kid who is pregnant, as totally irrelevant as that is, he had to also have known there would be a huge media storm distracting from his campaign. Furthermore, she is deeply involved in a political scandal concerning abuse of her official powers. He really doesn’t get it does he!! Is this the best the Republican Party has to offer?? The thought that she would be a heartbeat away from the presidency in light of her gross inexperience and McCain's age and health is absolutely terrifying.

Posted by: jeffl240 | September 2, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

As a woman I am insulted that Palin was the best the Republicans could do. Clearly chosen for her biology, couldn't they have also chosen someone for her brains, talent, experience, integrity?

Posted by: Amy | September 2, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

As a liberal democrat, I think democratic commentators are being unfairly critical of Palin . . . she does have positive characterisitcs. For instance, she's almost certainly a better shot than Cheney . . .

Posted by: Keith | September 2, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I am appalled by Sarah Palin. I am going to vote for Barack Hussein Obama so we get some sharia in this country and put a stop to this immorality.

Posted by: James | September 2, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"Ain't no crackheads in Alaska! Ain't no crime...we da future!"

diddy-libdem spokesman non pareil

Posted by: viejo1 | September 2, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

At great political cost to himself, McCain was a leader on climate change for a decade before most Democrats discovered the issue.FACT.Posted by: You know it's true

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The facts are that we haven't had a sun spot in a month and the last time this happened was 100 years ago and when ever we don't have sun spots it gets colder ... but you won't read about this in the WaPo because the staff and the Editorial board spend their time talking to democrat front organizations instead of real scientists.

Posted by: Slager21 | September 2, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Palin was not selected in January, 2008. Then we could have considered this mud being slung by those that hate Republicans and conservatives along with the following:
1. Obama having taken cocanie and marijuana.
2. Obama being a member of a racist church for 20 years.
3. Obama being friends with an unrepentent terrorist in CHicago.
4. Obama being mentored in Hawaii by a radical.
5. Michele Obama saying " For the first time I am rpoud to be an American".
6. Biden's past plagiarism.
7. Biden's admiration of McCain.
8. Biden telling Obama that the White House is no where to learn how to be President and Commander in Chief.

Then again, this columnist, the liberal media and the bloggers that attack McCain and Palin are just trying to destroy their credibility so that their Democratic candidates get elected in NOvember, 2008. Duh!

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 2, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

"Here we go again" said Ronald Reagan.

If Sara Palin had been nominated back in January, 2008, I guess we would finally be past all these initial attacks on the few minor issues that have surfaced. It would have been discussed along with Obama's taking cocaine and marijuana, attending a church for 20 years led by a racist minister, hanging around an unrepentent terrorist, being mentored in Hawaii by a radical, or his wife saying "this is the FIRST time in my life I am proud to be an American". It also would have been discussed with Biden's past plagiarism. Or maybe Biden's comment that the White House is not somewhere that someone (Obama)learns to be President. Or Biden's praise of McCain. Maybe it would have come up during John Edwards affair while he was running for President.

Oh well, I guess we will just have to trudge it out through the dirt and mud that this columnist, the liberal media and bloggers that hate Republicans and conservatives are throwing now.

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 2, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

It seems the movie 'Juno' might have more appropriately been titled 'Juneau' for both the governor and her daughter. Let's just hope that they don't invite Vice-President Cheney to the shotgun wedding. Bad things happen when Dick Cheney and shotguns are involved.

Posted by: Left Wing Conspirator | September 2, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

"I rather suspect that they don't support her because she's a redneck bozo.

Afraid to elect her, FOR SURE.

Posted by: BudG024 | September 2, 2008 7:09 PM "
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Ladies,
Take a good look at these insulting comments by a liberal male. Matooso Ferrara is right. These guys are creepy - James Carville creepy. This will be a first for me; I'm voting Republican - McCain/Palin!

Posted by: Sandy | September 2, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

"I rather suspect that they don't support her because she's a redneck bozo.

Afraid to elect her, FOR SURE.

Posted by: BudG024 | September 2, 2008 7:09 PM "
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Ladies,
Take a good look at these insulting comments by a liberal male. Matooso Ferrara is right. These guys are creepy - James Carville creepy. This will be a first for me; I'm voting Republican - McCain/Palin!

Posted by: Sandy | September 2, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

"Liberal women are AFRAID to support Sara Palin."

I rather suspect that they don't support her because she's a redneck bozo.

Afraid to elect her, FOR SURE.

Posted by: BudG024 | September 2, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I know this is a lengthy and emotional email, but the stakes are high. I thought it might help for all of you, regardless of political affiliation, to know something about Palin from someone who has to live with her administration in Alaska on a daily basis. SueM |

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Actually Ms Sue after reading this rant about Alaska I don't believe you have ever been there and don't believe it would do any good to try to teach you how to catch a salmon if you went.

Posted by: Slager21 | September 2, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I changed my political affiliation in 2008. I had been a registered democrat for 25 years. I became ashamed to be associated with the democratic party for numerous reasons and many of the posts on this blog quickly remind me that I made the correct choice.

McCain & Palin 2008

Posted by: winnie | September 2, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Palin's choice seems so ill-advised, that a small part of me wonders if all the other "vetted" VP options, considering the damage to their own careers, in fact turned down the option to ride on McCain's Crazy Train ...

Posted by: tcg6 | September 2, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Dear PDiamond:

Neither Republicans nor Democrats have managed to stem the problem of teenage pregancy. Just compare to San Francisco to Salt Lake City.

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Sarah Palin advocated sexual abstinence and was against sex education in public schools

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

At great political cost to himself, McCain was a leader on climate change for a decade before most Democrats discovered the issue.

FACT.

Posted by: You know it's true | September 2, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

"Palin pretty-much single-handedly cleaned up one of the most corrupt, backwater states in the country."

You mean she cornered the market on it.

Posted by: tweldy | September 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Why would you even make an article with the headline given?

Of course McCain touts her as the second coming. If he doesn't then he's going to look like a complete idiot (More so than usual).

Unfortunately this choice is very consistent with McCain's politics. Shooting-from-the-hip with no logic behind it. She is quite possibly the worst candidate he could have picked.

* Obvious female pandering
* Personal legal issues
* Family issues
* No experience
* Hypocritical (wishy-washy) in her christian beliefs.


I am sure with a little more thought I could make this list go on and on and on. But I will stop there. Seriously, can you people really take this seriously? All of these skeletons in 4 days... Do you seriously want to be fooled again just like the last 8 years? I love this country and I really don't want the Palin/McCain ticket to win (And then pray to god McCain doesn't kick the bucket in office).

Posted by: TimL | September 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I am part of the majority that believes that private matters should remain private. However, since Sarah Palin is running for the 2nd highest office in the nation - I can't hep but question her judgment. Sarah Palin advocated sexual abstinence and was against sex education in public schools. As a result, her 17 year old daughter is now pregnant. That kind of narrow mindedness and unwillingness to accept reality (that teenagers need sex education) is wrong for Alaska and it's wrong for America.

Posted by: PDiamond | September 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Women are used by the liberal media, TV networks, CNN, liberal newspaper editorialists, and mags like Newsweek to pimp liberal politicians, who are mostly males.
Women may realize this and defend Sara Palin, but more likely they will follow the old liberal media as they usually do and support Obama because he's a man. Liberal women are afraid to say much in support of a Sara Palin because the liberal media will crush them just as they are trying to crush Sara Palin through attacking her daughter.
Liberal women are AFRAID to support Sara Palin.

Posted by: mattooso Ferrara | September 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

here's a profile of Palin by a fellow Alaskan: (Found at Politics.com)

Dear classmates -

As an Alaskan, I am writing to give all of you some information on Sarah Palin, Senator McCain's choice for VP. As an Alaska voter, I know more than most of you about her and, frankly, I am horrified that he picked her.

The most accurate description of her is red neck. Her husband works in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and races snowmobiles. She is a lifetime member of the NRA and has worked tirelessly to allow indiscriminate hunting of wildlife in Alaska, particularly wolves and bears. She has spent millions of Alaska state dollars on aerial hunting of these predators from helicopters and airplanes, dollars that should have been spent, for example, on Alaska's failing school system.We have the lowest rate of high school graduation in the country. Not all of you may think aerial predator hunting is so bad, but how anyone (other than Alaska wolf-haters, of which there are many, most without teeth), could think this use of funds is appropriate is beyond me. If you want to know more about the aerial hunting travesty, let me know and I will send some links to informative web sites.

She has been a strong supporter of increased use of fossil fuels, yet the McCain campaign has the nerve to say she has "green" policies. The only thing green about Sarah Palin is her lack of experience. She has consistently supported drilling in ANWR, use of coal-burning power plants (as I write this, a new coal plant is being built in her home town of Wasilla), strip mining, and almost anything else that will unnecessarily exploit the diminishing resources of Alaska and destroy its environment.

Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska, she was mayor of Wasilla, a small red neck town outside Anchorage.The average maximum education level of parents of junior high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade. Unfortunately, I have to go to Wasilla every week to get groceries and other supplies, so I have continual contact with the people who put Palin in office in the first place. I know what I'm talking about.

These people don't have a concept of the world around them or of the serious issues facing the US. Furthermore, they don't care. So long as they can go out and hunt their moose every fall, kill wolves and bears and drive their snow mobiles and ATVs through every corner of the wilderness, they're happy. I wish I were exaggerating.

Sarah Palin is currently involved in a political corruption scandal. She fired an individual in law enforcement here because she didn't like how he treated one of her relatives during a divorce. The man's performance and ability weren't considered; it was a totally personal firing and is currently under investigation. While the issue isn't close to the scandal of Ted Stevens' corruption, it shows that Palin isn't "squeaky clean" and causes me to think there ay be more issues that could come to light. Clearly McCain doesn't care.

When you line Palin up with Biden, the comparison would be laughable if it weren't so serious. Sarah Palin knows nothing of economics (admittedly a weak area for McCain), or of international affairs, knows nothing of national government, Social Security, unemployment, health care systems - you name it. The idea of her meeting with heads of foreign governments around the world truly frightens me.

In an increasingly dangerous world, with the economy in shambles in the US, Sarah Palin is uniquely UNqualified to be vice president. John McCain is not a young man. Should something happen to him such that the vice president had to step in, it would destroy our country and possibly the world to have someone as inexperienced and inappropriate as Sarah Palin. The choice of Palin is a cheap shot by McCain to try to get Hillary supporters to vote for him. when McCain introduced her today, Palin had the nerve to compare herself with Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro. Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton.To those of you who, like me, supported Hilary and were upset that she did not get the nomination, please don't think that Sarah Palin is a worthy substitute. If you supported Hillary, regardless of what you think the media and the democratic party may have done to undermine her campaign, the person to support now is Obama, not Sarah Palin. To those of you who are independent or undecided, don't let the choice ofPalin sway you in favor of McCain. Choosing her shows how unqualified McCain is to be president. To those of you who are conservative, I guess you have no choice for president. But please try to see how the poor choice of Palin tells us a great deal about McCain's judgment. While the political posturing inherent in the choice of Palin is obvious, the more serious issue is the fact that the VP is, literally, a heartbeat away from the presidency. Sarah Palin is totally and unequivocally unqualified to be vice president, let alone president.

I know this is a lengthy and emotional email, but the stakes are high. I thought it might help for all of you, regardless of political affiliation, to know something about Palin from someone who has to live with her administration in Alaska on a daily basis.

J. S.

PASS IT ON!!!

Posted by: SueM | September 2, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain can't lift his arms above his head because they were broken so much when he was a POW. And he chose to stay there for 2 extra years because he wasn't willing to go home with out his comrades.

McCain is McCain, even when the going gets tough.

FACT.

Posted by: You know it's true | September 2, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

If Obama said that he disapproved of her suing the EPA about Polar bears...

Republican Response: SEXISM!!!

If Obama said that he disagreed on abstinence only education policy...

Republican Response: SEXISM!!!

If Obama says he admires the hard work she does raising a family

Republican Response: SEXISM!!!

If Obama asks, it is Tuesday?

Republican Response: SEXISM!!!


Republicans are in total self-parody mode. This is utterly hilarious and yet tragically sad at the same time. For a while I was hating the conversative/republican/whatever they are. Now I feel bad for them. I hope these next couple months go by quickly and it all goes away for a while.

Posted by: tweldy | September 2, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

well said my friends, Palin was a crazy-assed choice. Perhaps she can still step aside? I'm very tired of "cowboy" republicans- they shoot from the hip like a drunken sailor- don't really think about the reprecussions of their actions, & don't really seem to care. Then they point fingers at those that know better & question them & pass up on good advice. Tragic way to waste away an election.

Posted by: R Sampson | September 2, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

The man who desires to bethe next President of the United States - panicked.

He panicked - This is first "presidential" decision. He choose poorly, impulsively and without the courage of his convictions.

If he hadn't we wouldn't be having this discussion.

Posted by: Yeah | September 2, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Palin pretty-much single-handedly cleaned up one of the most corrupt, backwater states in the country.

FACT.

Posted by: You know it's true | September 2, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Very Bush-like of McCain isn't it?

I'm right, I'm right, I'm right.

la la la la la la

Posted by: BudG024 | September 2, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

here's a profile of Palin by a fellow Alaskan: (Found at Politics.com)

Dear classmates -

As an Alaskan, I am writing to give all of you some information on Sarah Palin, Senator McCain's choice for VP. As an Alaska voter, I know more than most of you about her and, frankly, I am horrified that he picked her.

The most accurate description of her is red neck. Her husband works in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and races snowmobiles. She is a lifetime member of the NRA and has worked tirelessly to allow indiscriminate hunting of wildlife in Alaska, particularly wolves and bears. She has spent millions of Alaska state dollars on aerial hunting of these predators from helicopters and airplanes, dollars that should have been spent, for example, on Alaska's failing school system.We have the lowest rate of high school graduation in the country. Not all of you may think aerial predator hunting is so bad, but how anyone (other than Alaska wolf-haters, of which there are many, most without teeth), could think this use of funds is appropriate is beyond me. If you want to know more about the aerial hunting travesty, let me know and I will send some links to informative web sites.

She has been a strong supporter of increased use of fossil fuels, yet the McCain campaign has the nerve to say she has "green" policies. The only thing green about Sarah Palin is her lack of experience. She has consistently supported drilling in ANWR, use of coal-burning power plants (as I write this, a new coal plant is being built in her home town of Wasilla), strip mining, and almost anything else that will unnecessarily exploit the diminishing resources of Alaska and destroy its environment.

Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska, she was mayor of Wasilla, a small red neck town outside Anchorage.The average maximum education level of parents of junior high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade. Unfortunately, I have to go to Wasilla every week to get groceries and other supplies, so I have continual contact with the people who put Palin in office in the first place. I know what I'm talking about.

These people don't have a concept of the world around them or of the serious issues facing the US. Furthermore, they don't care. So long as they can go out and hunt their moose every fall, kill wolves and bears and drive their snow mobiles and ATVs through every corner of the wilderness, they're happy. I wish I were exaggerating.

Sarah Palin is currently involved in a political corruption scandal. She fired an individual in law enforcement here because she didn't like how he treated one of her relatives during a divorce. The man's performance and ability weren't considered; it was a totally personal firing and is currently under investigation. While the issue isn't close to the scandal of Ted Stevens' corruption, it shows that Palin isn't "squeaky clean" and causes me to think there ay be more issues that could come to light. Clearly McCain doesn't care.

When you line Palin up with Biden, the comparison would be laughable if it weren't so serious. Sarah Palin knows nothing of economics (admittedly a weak area for McCain), or of international affairs, knows nothing of national government, Social Security, unemployment, health care systems - you name it. The idea of her meeting with heads of foreign governments around the world truly frightens me.

In an increasingly dangerous world, with the economy in shambles in the US, Sarah Palin is uniquely UNqualified to be vice president. John McCain is not a young man. Should something happen to him such that the vice president had to step in, it would destroy our country and possibly the world to have someone as inexperienced and inappropriate as Sarah Palin. The choice of Palin is a cheap shot by McCain to try to get Hillary supporters to vote for him. when McCain introduced her today, Palin had the nerve to compare herself with Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro. Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton.To those of you who, like me, supported Hilary and were upset that she did not get the nomination, please don't think that Sarah Palin is a worthy substitute. If you supported Hillary, regardless of what you think the media and the democratic party may have done to undermine her campaign, the person to support now is Obama, not Sarah Palin. To those of you who are independent or undecided, don't let the choice ofPalin sway you in favor of McCain. Choosing her shows how unqualified McCain is to be president. To those of you who are conservative, I guess you have no choice for president. But please try to see how the poor choice of Palin tells us a great deal about McCain's judgment. While the political posturing inherent in the choice of Palin is obvious, the more serious issue is the fact that the VP is, literally, a heartbeat away from the presidency. Sarah Palin is totally and unequivocally unqualified to be vice president, let alone president.

I know this is a lengthy and emotional email, but the stakes are high. I thought it might help for all of you, regardless of political affiliation, to know something about Palin from someone who has to live with her administration in Alaska on a daily basis.

J. S.

PASS IT ON!!!

Posted by: SueM | September 2, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

As a parent, I cannot imagine putting your teenage daughter through all of this media scrutiny.

Obama should have turned down his nomination and concentrated on his own family issues.

Sad, sad.

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

beauty and the beast !! neither has brains !!

Posted by: name | September 2, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

"My guess is that Palin breaks down in public crying, claims that this is what is so messed up about America, then McCain and his team of merry slanderers ironically try to blame the tone of the debate all on the Dems while ignoring their own endless character attacks and smears. In short, it will be a cold, calculated sympathy ploy designed to swing soccer mom voters.

Posted by: TearsforFears"

Well your view of women shows and I think unfortunately that view is common in the democratic party. Judging by what I've seen of Palin I don't expect this to happen one bit. Women can for sure be every bit as strong willed, strong minded, intelligent, and every other attribute of men and I bet Palin proves you wrong.

Posted by: Cryos | September 2, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Palin's record: What ADN has said
Posted by Matt Zencey, editorial page editor
Posted: September 2, 2008 - 2:19 pm

How well has Sarah Palin done during her 21 months as Alaska’s governor? Here are excerpts of Daily News editorials about some major issues and challenges during her tenure.

THE FISCAL RECORD

Aug. 5, 2008
The last time the legislature’s spending impulses got so far out of control, Gov. Sarah Palin stepped in to exercise some “adult supervision” with her veto pen.
That probably won’t happen this time -- because Palin helped start the frenzy.
She floated a plan to give every bona fide Alaskan $1,200 worth of energy debit cards over the next year. Add in electricity subsidies and a holiday on the state’s 8-cent-a-gallon gas tax, and Gov. Palin invited lawmakers to spend more than $1 billion.
The party was on.

May 24, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin cut $268 million from the capital budget on Friday. That’s a lot of money, but still less than 10 percent of the entire $3 billion capital budget.
For the most part, the cuts make sense. . . The governor’s cuts weren’t perfect, but by and large she was right to stick with her criteria and cut accordingly.

July 16, 2007
Gov. Sarah Palin struck a modest blow for fiscal restraint with her $231 million of vetoes to this year’s near-record capital budget.
The governor didn’t show the same discipline with the operating budget, though. She let that $6.6 billion of spending slide through unscathed, even though months earlier she said she’d seek $150 million in budget cuts.

OIL TAX REFORM

Nov. 18, 2007
It took almost all of a 30-day special session, but the Alaska Legislature passed a financially responsible fix to Alaska’s corruption-tainted oil tax.
The final measure went beyond Governor Palin’s proposal, with tighter deductions, stricter enforcement provisions and a steeper windfall profits surcharge. . . .
To pass any reform, Republican Gov. Sarah Palin needed cross-party support from Democrats. To the Democrats’ credit, they backed away from plans to return to a tax on gross oil production instead of profits. To the governor’s credit, she was flexible enough to accept significant enhancements in her initial proposal.

OPENNESS IN GOVERNMENT

May 18, 2007
Gov. Sarah Palin got elected pledging to change the way business was being done in Juneau. Her commitment to open, transparent government is a stark contrast to the prevailing ethic in the Alaska Legislature.

June 6, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin won office with the promise of running an open and transparent government. But when it comes to the state’s work on the polar bear conservation controversy, her administration is closed and opaque….
She should intervene and let Alaskans hear or see what state scientists had to say (about the global warming threat to polar bears)-- before the politicians got involved.

ALASKA’S $500 MILLION
NATURAL GAS LINE PARTNERSHIP

June 15, 2008
The Palin administration has good reason to push for an independently-owned gas pipeline from the North Slope.

June 8, 2008
The $500 million (that Gov. Palin needs to finance her proposed natural gas pipeline deal) buys Alaska a way to break that hammerlock on our gas. It buys Alaska an experienced, multibillion-dollar partner that can help get our gas produced sooner, on terms that protect Alaska’s interests.

May 29, 2008
Gov. Palin’s gas line team did an impressive amount of homework before recommending a state gas pipeline license for TransCanada Alaska.

TROOPERGATE

July 22, 2008
it’s clear the governor should have supervised her family more closely and made sure they, or any members of her administration, did not use official channels to press the family’s complaints.
The big question is whether (public safety commissioner) Monegan was sacked for not doing the Palins’ bidding and firing Trooper Wooten. If so, that would be an abuse of office. . . .
An impartial investigator will have a lot more credibility than politically charged legislative hearings.
Let an investigator sort it out.

Aug. 21, 2008
Gov. Palin’s ethically compromised aide Frank Bailey gets to stay on the state payroll, despite doing dirty work on the governor’s behalf (in the trooper scandal), but she gives the hook to the ethically upright public safety commissioner who refused to do Bailey’s bidding.
What kind of message does that send to Alaskans?

July 24, 2008
If it comes to the point that you have to say, “I am not a sex harasser,” then you have no business being the state’s top cop. The facts unfolding about new Public Safety Commissioner Chuck Kopp confirm that he is not the person for the job. . . .
Gov. Sarah Palin should withdraw the appointment and take time to carefully vet possible replacements before choosing a new commissioner. If she doesn’t, the Legislature should reject his appointment.
Kopp was quickly appointed the day after the governor fired Walt Monegan -- and the firing is proving to be a political disaster for Palin in its own right, regardless of who might replace him. For no apparent reason, she sacked a popular career cop with a reputation as a straight shooter.

PALIN’S FIRST LEGISLATIVE SESSION

May 18, 2007
From beginning to end, the first session of the 25th Alaska Legislature was a personal triumph for Gov. Sarah Palin.Legislators, after initial reluctance, approved her Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) with only occasional whimpered doubts. …
Ethics reform, sneered at by a few lawmakers and many lobbyists, is now a reality. Gov. Palin’s fingerprints are all over the bill and to the public she is the face of ethics reform. . . .
Alaska’s rookie governor had a heckuva first legislative session.

GAY RIGHTS

Dec. 30, 2006
Despite her personal views to the contrary, she announced she would accept the state Supreme Court order that the state must provide benefits to same-sex partners….
It’s unfortunate that the Legislature and Gov. Palin support a million-dollar special advisory election in April to stir up public opinion on prohibiting benefits for same-sex partners of public employees. Less than one-half of one percent of state employees have applied for the benefits, and it certainly seems that Alaska has more important issues to debate than this.

POLAR BEARS

May 28, 2008
Alaska’s political leaders generally condemned the listing of the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.Gov. Sarah Palin joined the deniers and plans to launch a legal counteroffensive. The state will file suit against the listing decision, she says, because the science is “uncertain,” “unproven” and “arbitrary.” …
All this oppositional energy and effort is sadly misplaced. Instead of fighting the listing, Alaska’s political leaders should be fighting to reduce the threat of global warming.

Posted by: Shrubhater | September 2, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

The false claims pushed by democrats that republicans are sexist and racist will be proved wrong. Republicans will vote for a woman or any race gladly IF that person shares their values not based on their gender or race.

Posted by: Cryos | September 2, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I am supporting the ONE the Emporer of Mount Obamanopolois!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain couldn't win with George Washington for a running mate. So don't blame Mrs Palin or her daughter. The Press is so sleazy they pick on a 17 year old girl, but they shoved Obama down our throat for a year. I think Obama stinks & I wish Granny Palins daughter the best. As for all the so called Republican Evangelicals ..... See my middle finger.

Posted by: SadAmerican | September 2, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama made SEXIST comments about Hillary during the Primary! ALL know it or are in total denial!
And questioning Palin's EXPERIENCE! Is he a nut, too? He has NO Experience and wants to be the
"G D AMERICAN President!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

As a parent, I cannot imagine putting your teenage daughter through all of this media scrutiny.

She should have turned him down and concentrated on her own family issues.

Sad......very sad....I am sorry but makes me think less of her as a mother, she should have put her political asperations aside for her family.

Posted by: Joe | September 2, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Enough of the hypocrisy , these republicans have the audacity to lecture regular folks on morality and the sanctity of life when they are the first ones to send our young daughters and sons to fight and get killed in a stupid war. Enough!!!!!Enough!!!!


Posted by: Pierre | September 2, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse


Anyone else sensing a landslide in October??

Posted by: Jeff | September 2, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

What kills me is that they came out with sexism charges today against Obama - Not for anything related to her daughter - but because of being critical of her inexperience.

Now, whatever side of the political fence your one, criticizing your opponent's experience is always going on. What nominee wouldn't be questioned about their experience?

That they are bringing up sexism and using such a charge so irresponsibly and regarding something so basic and normal is just sheer gall.

Posted by: Iowa grant | September 2, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain announced they are glad that Bristol chose to keep the baby. That is a choice that all 17 yr olds in her situation should have.

Now for this extreme McCain/Palin ticket. No way no how to neocon/theocon 08. There is plenty to be scared about both McCain and Palin that noone should even be worrying about what should be private family matters.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

HYPOCRICY - You da-- right it is! from the media to the Big boy democrat club! they did NOTHING for Hillary Clinton but run her in the mud. And they cannot stand a Republican naming a woman. They passed up the BEST nominee for the Democrat Party in years! Now, seeing Palin pushed down in the mud by the MEDIA AND THE DEMOCRATS is watching the Hillary bashing all over again!
NO UNITY HERE! No white women allowed!
Just Wright/Obama NO Experience racism!
To call the Media and the Democrats the Party of Hypocricy is the understatement of this political century!

Posted by: NO HYPOCRITES | September 2, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

What was John McCain thinking? Did he know anything about Sarah Palin before he chose her to be his VP?

It sure doesn't seem like it...

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Just to let all of you know. There is NO left wing smear machine. No one (like on the right) hires people, especially Obama, to blog and post crap on the internet.
Just doesn't happen. People are fed up with Bush and McCain. Palin has hit a raw nerve of hypocrisy. IF THIS WERE HAPPENING TO THE DEMOCRATS YOU WOULD BE HAPPY AS CLAMS, AND YOU KNOW IT.
You're all as hypocritical as Palin and McCain! It's very ugly, you are a sad, sorry dilusional lot of racists! If Obama were all white, he'd be at 80% by now.

Posted by: David | September 2, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

You know, the McCain campaign has to take full blame for bringing this maelstrom down on this poor kid. They announced it and they take full blame for the nonstop insanity that surrounds it.
What about the "father", does he really want to marry the daughter? Probably not, he's 18 y.o.

Why stoop for the trailer trash story?

Posted by: GOrp | September 2, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that Palin breaks down in public crying, claims that this is what is so messed up about America, then McCain and his team of merry slanderers ironically try to blame the tone of the debate all on the Dems while ignoring their own endless character attacks and smears. In short, it will be a cold, calculated sympathy ploy designed to swing soccer mom voters.

Posted by: TearsforFears | September 2, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

What was McCain doing in NOLA?
Really, what silly grandstanding.
Was he going to help drain the flood?

I agree that we should leave Palin's family out of it.
There are much better reasons to dismiss this nominee:
Troopergate, lies about earmarks, AIP membership, and directorship of indicted Senator Ted Stevens 527 soft money fund.

Posted by: M. Tobias | September 2, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Women should tell the Democrats to go to hell once and for all.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The fat lady singing for the McCain campaign will come when he comes out and backs his VP choice 1000%.

Posted by: Slim2 | September 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"If the conservative bloggers think Palin is McCain's *best* choice to succeed him as VP, you are either naive or insanely stupid." Captain John
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Your a Captain of a sail boat or a real boat ... Captain Jon?

Posted by: Slager21 | September 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE compare Obama's accheivements to Palin's. And just FYI - Palin is the VP candidate. Obama is the PRESIDENTIAL candidate. Experience? MY A--. He is an empty suit! But as we all learned when he was on Mount Obamanopolis, it is an empty but very expensive suit, that his fans are paying for.
What a joke!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh please. All you right winged nut bars are so used to blaming Dems for everything, you're all blaming BIDEN for getting Bristol pregnant. None of you can take responsibility for anything. Face it. McGoo is washed up. None of you like Palin, she's a joke and it's NOT about sexism, I'm a woman, it's about HYPOCRISY!
Everything she believes in and stands for is a joke. She belongs to the AIP for crimany sakes, they hate America and want to separate! Geeze, you think you phoney Christian patriots would at least be upset by that part, but no, you're all too dumb.
McCain/Palin 08
DUMB AND DUMBER!

Posted by: Andrea D | September 2, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Yo! Democrats! We don't care what you think. It's a great pick and when the convention is over, you wills see why it's a great pick.

McCain took in $10 million in 2.5 days after picking Palin. Read it and weep.

You just keep beating up on the lady. It's making the pick even more efficacious.

Posted by: theduke | September 2, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin = Dan Quayle in drag.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are Sexist said:
Enough, Democrats are all sexists, I have enough!
OK, YHA'LL WHATEVER. SURE, YOU'RE A DEM ALRIGHT. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT, I HAVE SOME LAND IN WASILLA TO SELL YOU, AS SOON AS ALASKA SEPARATES FROM THE UNITED STATES (but still takes out tax dollars)!
PALIN WILL HEAD UP THE SEPARATION HERSELF, GLADLY.
SEND HER BACK, AND I AM A WOMAN!

Posted by: DINA | September 2, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

SO WHAT IF OBAMA'S MOM WAS A TEENAGE, UNWED MOM, HE SAID SO HIMSELF THE OTHER DAY. THE POINT IS, SHE WASN'T IN CHARGE OF TELLING OTHERS HOW TO LIVE THEIR LIVES AND RAISE THERE KIDS!
GET THE DIFFERENCE HERE? SHE WASN'T IN CHANGE OF TAKING CHOICE OF THE TABLE FOR MILLIONS OF OTHER WOMEN, SEE THERE IS THE DIFFERENCE.
OBVIOUSLY, ABSTINENCE DOES NOT WORK, AT LEAST, NOT IN THE PALIN FAMILY ANYWAY. SHE AND YOU ARE HYPOCRITES!

Posted by: Andrea D | September 2, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The fact is that it turned out to be that it is the Democrats, not the Republicans, that are the sexist, and subsequently, the biggest hypocrites. This Democrat has had enough of the sexism and ultimately this Party. No more sexism. No more Democrats.


Posted by: Democrats are Sexists | September 2, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I loved it when McCain was standing up by the lectern with Palin. McCain gave her a glance up and down and then a swagger as if to say "I'd do her," then began clutching his wedding ring!

Posted by: WhyMcCainPickedPalin | September 2, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I assure you little McCainiac weenies that we Democrats are far more sincere in our glee over the choice of Sarah Palin to be John McCain's running mate than you are in your support of her.

Believe me when I tell you that McCain's top strategists now realize what an error it was and are seeking a way to pick someone else. YOU may be too stupid to recognize their folly, but they aren't.

Posted by: Woody Smith | September 2, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

If the conservative bloggers think Palin is McCain's *best* choice to succeed him as VP, you are either naive or insanely stupid.

Or both.

Posted by: Captain John | September 2, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Why is it considered "sexism" for us to question why WcCain would hire someone for VP of the US after only meeting her once?

Pizza delivery people face a tougher interview process.

"Good Judgment" my a$$.....

Posted by: Sexism??? | September 2, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

This was just an amazign gaffe by McCain. She's a real life cartoon of the Hatfields and McCoys. Astounding judgment lapse by a horny old dog.

I do believe she's nothing more than a sacrifice for the GOP ticket so something really new can come and save the ticket. A gun totin, red neck runner up is not VP material. What happened to all the smart and experienced women in the GOP? Did they refuse McCain's advances???

Posted by: punxnbutter | September 2, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Dems are classless? Why? What the heck are all you right winged nut bars talking about now?
TROOPERGATE
BABYGATE
AIPGATE
BRISTOLGATE
TODD PALINGATE
OTHERFIRINGS AND ABUSE OF POWERGATE 9WHICH SHE IS FAMOUS FOR IN ALASKA)
SARAH PALIN, THE GIFT THAT JUST KEEPS ON GIVING.
OBAMA SHOULD OPEN HIS MOUTH LIKE THE RETHUGS WOULD. ALL YOU HYPOCRITES! THIS WOMAN SUPPORTS NO SEX EDUCATION, LOOK HOW WELL THAT WORKED FOR THE IDIOT. THE ONLY ONE DUMBER, MCCAIN, LOL
IMLAO
Cafe Press: McCai & Palin 08
DUMB AND DUMBER

Posted by: Andrea D | September 2, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"... talking about his 17 year old daughter."

Well, yeah, the seventeen year old daughter of a self-styled moralist in a miniskirt, a seventeen year old daughter who, like her mother before her, got herself knocked up out of wedlock.

How very admirable! I guess they never learned how to cross their legs.

Posted by: Woody Smith | September 2, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

When McCain introduced Palin as his VP pick he looked uncomfortable. I'm guessing she was a rushed pick, and not throughly vettered. One has to wonder why she was picked when she has all this baggage distracting attention from McCain?
The preception is she can't manage her own affairs let alone such an important position. She's a disaster and there will probably be more embarrassing details that will make headlines. I think McCain has blown the election.

Posted by: J York | September 2, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The GIFT is from the "fix it" DNC and his name is Barack Hussien Obama.
Thanks Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The doom and gloom posts are hilarious. She is an outstanding pick who is going to glean many of Hillary's supporters and energize the party base. Obama was already in trouble - this could be beginning of the end. The GW in office the last 8 years (and doing a horrible job) Obama should be ahead by 20 points - instead it's neck and neck.

Posted by: DJ | September 2, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Justin: You meant cretin, a stupid, vulgar, or insensitive person. Crieghton (cap, no "s") is Catholic Jesuit university in Omaha, Nebraska. Crieghtons is not a word in the English language.

Posted by: JustIntelligence | September 2, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

You libs are such hateful and classless people. What did Palin do to you to deserve all these attacks? Are you all living in Alaska suffering under her leadership? You hate her because she's young, she's a woman, and she's a conservative. That's all. Puhleease, don't pretend that you really care about the country when you have nominated an empty suit with no records to back his words. If you think Obama can deliver his promise to Utopia, you have the EQ of a 10-year-old. Presidential election is just a big and expensive political game. Whoever has the best strategy will win.

Mike in Philadelphia, How old are you? 13? It's common sense that a woman's body can't get pregnant again for at least 2-3 months after she gives birth to a baby. Go read a book and educate yourself about the female reproductive system so that you won't look so stupid in a public forum.

Posted by: nars | September 2, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama does nothing and has no experience. He followed HATE about America and Americans for 20 YEARS. His wife is not too proud of mean America. Obama used cocaine and smoked dope. (What a role modelthat the DEms are not talking about) His friends..., well who needs enemies? If one of his girls gets pregnant at 17, well what will they do..have it or abort it? Or should this even be a discussion?
But the Democrats are "talking" about Palin's 17 year old daughter! a 17 year old!

There is no question, this is going to backfire on the Democrats in a big way. Obama lives in a glass house with dirty windows.
PLEASE keep talking.

Posted by: DEM now IND | September 2, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain may say he still supports Palin, but at the end of his latest TV ad (a bad one at that), his signage just says 'McCain.'

Can't get more plain than that. She's toast.

Posted by: Captain John | September 2, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign has given us Democrats a very great gift, and it seems to be the gift that just keeps on giving. This "reformer" seems to have a talent for going exclusively after her political adversaries in a most ruthless manner. She has shown her petty vindictiveness in her intervention to cost her former brother-in-law (and his boss) his job because he dared divorce her sister. She once was one of the staunchest supporters of Ted Stevens' "Bridge to Nowhere," and although she now has joined the latter-day McCain chorus against earmarks, she won nearly $4,000 PER CAPITA in Federal earmarks for the little town in which she was mayor, Wasilla, by hiring a top-gun lobbyist. Her one-time wish for Alaska to secede, the out of wedlock pregnancy of her daughter, her OWN out of wedlock pregnancy (both followed by shotgun weddings) says something disturbing not only about her own morals but those she teaches her children, her support for gunning down wolves from aircraft, leaking amniotic fluid and, instead of going directly to a Houston hospital, she delivered a speech, flew to Alaska, and went to a remote clinic there to give birth... What on earth will be next from Miss Congeniality?

And they have the hilarious chutzpah to claim that they actually VETTED this pick! Jeesh! And she hasn't even had the opportunity to speak extemporaneously in public yet! McCain seems to have trouble picking the right staff, which bodes ill if we ever should suffer the misfortune of having him as our president.

I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that most of the high-level McCain campaign strategy meetings during the last three days or so have involved how she might step down gracefully in favor of Pawlenty.

Posted by: Woody Smith | September 2, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the last gasp of a truly desperate campaign, and McCain and the Republicans are now starting smoke and lose power as the Straight Talk Express swings into its death spiral. It couldn't happen to a more deserving party. Watch them all augur into the Texas earth in November.

Posted by: H5N1 | September 2, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. John McCain is going out of his way today to express confidence in Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the wake of questions about how well his campaign investigated his vice presidential choice's background before her selection."

Senator McCain is starting to remind me of President Bush (43), by doggedly sticking to a bad decision, come hell or high water. Its not unlike McCain's own position on Iraq, come to think of it. Though there's no surge that can save him now.

Posted by: bsimon | September 2, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Psst, Misa. I am the person paid by Obama to go onto blogs and say nice things about him and mean, mean things about Sarah Palin. I can't help but notice that you post even more than I do. Since everyone knows that I am paid to slander the Palins, I am left with one question: What mother would subject her pregnant daughter to my scrutiny and slander?

Get a clue Jon .... Palin is a hockey mom and the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is that a hockey moms wear lipstick.

Posted by: Slager21 | September 2, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

A McCain committe spokesman demurred when asked when Governor Palin will sit for interviews with major news organizations, pointing out that now would not be the right time given the "combative" attitude the media has seemingly adopted toward Palin.

When do they think the American people will have a chance to learn about her, her views on platform and other issues, and what she sees as pressing needs and possible solutions in the years to come. We're not - or I hope we're not - blindly electing a small town mayor; we're supposed to be electing the President and Vice President of the United States, the people that will lead all of the United States and be the leaders of the Free World. We've got financial and economic problems, health coverage issues, on-going wars, space science and technological issues, international relations of concern, and we're not supposed to let the American people learn the views of the next Vice President (and possibly President should President McCain need to step down for any period of time)?

When should we learn about the person we're supposed to elect? After then inauguration?

And, we're hearing now that that Vice President's acceptance speech was already written (genericly and from a masculine perspective)? They've already written the views of someone they didn't know would be the candidate?

What hath God wrought? The Republican Gods, anyway.

Posted by: JR | September 2, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Off topic I know but does anyone remember the pics of W and WcCain blowing out candles on his cake while New Orleans drowned for 3 days.

Cuz I do......and you should too.

Think about that...we watched for 3 days people sitting on their rooftops praying for rescue and W and his crony friends couldn't even bother to come off vacation.

Never forget Katrina!

Posted by: Memories....sweet sweet memories.... | September 2, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

In hindsight, you can clearly see how they were trying to hide Bristol's pregnancy since she was announced as VP candidate.

Every picture you see of her from then till now she is holding her baby brother close to her chest with a large blanket over her midsection..hiding any evidence of pregnancy.

If this never got out on the internet, you would never see her daughter publicly again. They were trying to hide it so it did not cause controversy. If McCain knew this during the vetting process, then why try to hide this from the public?

It just goes to show that Palin wants nothing more than to push her own political agenda and is willing to do anything, including sell out her own family to do so.


I wonder how much tabloids are offering the baby's father to tell his side of things...


I'll be looking forward to that story.

Posted by: JJ | September 2, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Why cannot these so-called Republicans spell? I say so-called because they have been hoodwinked by the Big Boys (Rush, Cheney, etc) who fill their Republican Pockets with money as the poor boys battle on the front lines. The poor boys have gotten such a poor education from their country they cannot even spell simple words. We see it time and time again. Wake up poor boys. Let the rich go to the battlefields themselves. Stay home and take care of your families instead.

Posted by: kb | September 2, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the Republican Party panders to the demands ultra-right christian conservative gestapo, and this time selects a VP candidate based on a handful of "single issues" (creationism vs. real science; staunch anti-pro-choice position; christian religious affiliation) which don't amount to a hill of beans on the world stage and have absolutely no business being key issues in a presidential election.

On the bright side, I guess this candidate sort of disproves how ineffective preaching "abstinence" is as way to prevent teen pregnancy.

It's Republican Convention time folks! Break-out the cool aid and serve-up another round for this bunch of scary pseudo-fascists.

Posted by: Jackson | September 2, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

If he knew about all her baggage and still selected her then WcCain has terrible judgment.

If he didn't know about all her baggage then he's a liar when he said he was learing how to use "the google".

Either way doesn't look good for WcCain....

How exactly does one show "good judgment" by hiring someone to be VP of the US after only meeting face to face once?

Even the guy working fries at McDonald's goes through a more thorough interview process than that....

Posted by: Poor judgment either way... | September 2, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Pleeeaaassse John don't can Sarah Palin. Please, please, please, pleeaase!!!!! I mean what better example is there of the complete failure of a signature Rep education policy; abstinence only. Every time she steps up to a microphone it's in your face--- "Abstinence Only doesn't work just look at my family." In some respects Ms. Palin is sort of lucky, she could of gotten AIDS instead of pregnant.

Posted by: Stay Palin Stay | September 2, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

GOP Republican Wall Street Get Rich by robbing the American Treasury and outsourcing American jobs party has officially been dissolved. Democrats and Independents are the official parties. Blessings to America and the World for peaceful cooperation and the elimination of all wars. The People First Party has arrived and Rich Wall Street millionaires will no longer use the American People as their cattle. Americans today are all free independent People in pursuit of happiness in the spirit of cooperation.

“We joined up with an altruistic vision of promoting freedom and justice around the world,” said Vince Emanuel, a Marine lance corporal who did a tour of duty in Iraq from August 2004 to April 2005, explaining why he was marching and protesting the GOP Republican Convention.

“Except we saw the killing of innocent people and the destruction of property ... for a lot of us it was very disenfranchising."

The veterans group tried to hand a message to the campaign of GOP Republican John McCain calling for a withdrawal from Iraq, reparations for the Iraqi people, and full medical benefits for veterans. No one from John McCain’s campaign received them, Mr Emanuel said.

Posted by: GOP Republican Get Rich By Robbing The US Treasury | September 2, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/unsurprised.html

Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Unsurprised

"No Surprises From Palin, McCain Team Says"-Washington Post


Senior McCain officials described themselves as "unsurprised" today as huge storms of locusts flew from Wasilla, Alaska and descended upon McCain campaign headquarters. "Locusts were vetted. Locusts were vetted in the vet" said one campaign official, who spoke without attribution out of concern that he would be devoured by a verminous flying cloud. The campaign also said that they were nonplussed by reports that the rivers were running black with ashes, that family pets were begin to speak in human voices, declaiming "Release Sarah!", and that a huge spreading stain was beginning to blot out the Northern sun. "Vetted", said the campaign.

"There are exciting new studies that show that locusts can be used as a source of biodegradable fuel" said Newt Gingrich, as he hunkered down to avoid the black marble obelisks falling from the sky around him. "Palin, if she can be said to have played a role in bringing about these new biofuel resources, should be praised for her innovative role in the solution to our future energy demands".

"These events firmly demonstrate Palin's deep connection to traditional modes of traditional expression, in traditional forms, traditionally." said William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard. "Experience, in the face of these more traditional events, is overrated..." continued Kristol, before ending the interview to wrap himself head-to-toe in mosquito netting and swallowing a bitter tasting anti-malarial drug, the taste of which, as his lips contorted, he noted to be "surprisingly refreshing."

Palin's schedule in the upcoming days of the Republican National Convention has been cut short due to, as one McCain communications aide reported, a desire not to "let the magic out of the bottle too quickly." "Sarah is a precious resource, who each moment brings a new vitality and energy to every worker on the campaign" said the aide, while fighting to remove the nest of serpents which had suddenly materialized on the floor beneath him, and were now slowly ascending his legs. "Do these bite, or just slink?" asked the aide, who spoke on conditions of anonymity so as not to provoke or otherwise alienate the reptiles.

Meanwhile, as the heavens darkened, the seas began to boil, and a deep voice tore through the clouds shouting, in stentorian tones to one and all: "It was a Mistake!", campaign offices described themselves as "unperturbed". "Serpents materializing, house pets suddenly called to vocal advocacy, Celestial callings to revise and repent...Vetted" said the spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was turning into a pillar of salt. "Everything that was vetted was vetted in the vet."

Cite:
Head of State:
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/unsurprised.html

Posted by: Robert Hewson | September 2, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

"To all Obamabots,

Remember that Obama's mother gave birth to him at the at of 18.

So it time to bring up Obama's mother to the table."

Unfortunately Obama's grandmother isn't running for President or wasn't tapped to be VP.

Regardless, Obama has said that this whole discussion about Palin's daughter is off the table and addressed the fact that you brought up.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

To all Obamabots,

Remember that Obama's mother gave birth to him at the at of 18.

So it is time to bring up Obama's mother to the table or shut all up.

President McCain.

Posted by: Microtek | September 2, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

They don't have to accept this toxic albatross. She still has to secure the nomination and they can send McCain back for a new choice. Given the fallout, this is exactly how it should play out: Palin comes out no later than tomorrow morning and chooses on her own "to withdraw her name for consideration for the good of the Party and for the sake of her family's privacy and happiness." Within the hour, McCain announces a more logical candidate at a seperate press conference and takes minimal-to-zero questions. Tomorrow evening,the GOP bangs a distracting drum about the new pick as much as they did about Gustav last night. The drama surrounding this will take the attention off of whatever the hell stupid stuff Bush says tonight. McCain will continue to defend his CHOICE for Palin like he does the Iraqi surge, but will have a formidable running mate who can handle Biden. This can all still happen if the GOP remembers its cardinal rule this year: "I have the enemy...and it is ME!!!"

Posted by: joneshn | September 2, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin the patriot was a member of the secessionist Alaska Independence Party.

Their founding credo:

"I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

What happened to Country First?

Thanks, but no thanks.


Posted by: Asja | September 2, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

"Compare that to Palin and look at herrecord as Governor of Alaska.
Now she is a change agent!"

What has she done? Specifics please.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

To all Obamabots,

Remember that Obama's mother gave birth to him at the at of 18.

So it time to bring up Obama's mother to the table.

President McCain.

Posted by: Microtek | September 2, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are stuck with NO experience Obama as their Presidential candidate. He preaches change but did nothing for Illinois or even Chicago.
Compare that to Palin and look at herrecord as Governor of Alaska.
Now she is a change agent!
Hope and Change in Palin!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I guess she is a game changer just like McCain wanted

Posted by: Careful what you wish for | September 2, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I like Palin. She is an answer to prayer.

Posted by: misa | September 2, 2008 4:31 PM

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I agree.

A prayer for Obama.

Posted by: DFC102 | September 2, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

See: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/02/us/politics/02vetting.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&8au&emc=au

Now, the truth is starting to come out about the reckless, cavalier, and dangerous decision made by McSame to place Sarah (knock 'em up) Palin on the ticket. If this is the type of decision making to be expected of McSame in the White House, then he is a very dangerous man indeed to even be considered for the presidency. Hopefully, the American people (this doesn't include mentally deranged social conservatives) will wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late. Obama/Biden 08!!!

Posted by: caliguy55 | September 2, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that John McCain is standing behind his VP pick 1000%.

Posted by: Woody Smith | September 2, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I like Palin. She is an answer to prayer.

Posted by: misa | September 2, 2008 4:31 PM

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I agree.

A prayer for Obama.

Posted by: DFC102 | September 2, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin has more executive experience than McCain.

Why isn't McCain the VP, since McCain clearly has less executive experience than Palin?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Associated Press:
"McCain's Obama-Palin Comparison Falls Short"
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080902/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_mccain_fact_check;_ylt=A9G_RmYfrb1Ith8AshNp24cA

And, now we also learn that the Palins were part owners of an Anchorage car wash that did not file proper state paperwork!

Posted by: J Michael | September 2, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

http://www.codewolf.com/story/article_1067073.html

Please take a look at these photos of Bristol. Look at the one where she is holding the cat in her room and all of the crown royal bags hanging on the walls..

Posted by: longcat | September 2, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is unfit to be a mother and John McCain is unfit to be president. He was attracted by her lack of fitness.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 2, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Do any Republican in office have moral values anymore!?

Who!?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I liked the way McCain camp is handling this smear from obama campaign.. its not going to work.. Palin has more executive experience than Obama.

Obama has character issues and radical associations which is the most important issue in this election.. how can we trust this guy? after we saw his 20 years pastor Wright's anti-american preaching?

God bless america.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a pawn who didn't even pick who he wanted as his VP.

McCain's puppetmasters are the same as Bush's.

Why would anyone not in the oil industry want this!?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Psst, Misa. I am the person paid by Obama to go onto blogs and say nice things about him and mean, mean things about Sarah Palin. I can't help but notice that you post even more than I do.

Since everyone knows that I am paid to slander the Palins, I am left with one question: What mother would subject her pregnant daughter to my scrutiny and slander?

Posted by: Jon | September 2, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

You people watch too much TV and make no sense. McCain is a loser in this election. Simply put, he makes wrong-headed decisions.

All repubs seem to do this whether its Larry Craig, Rush Limbaugh, George Bush, Laura Bush, Scooter Libby, Sarah Palin (great job raisin' that kid, Sarah), David Addington, Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich.....they are all about mediocrity, lies, self promotion. I say screw 'em, they ain't worth the time of day.

Posted by: Cyrus Clarke | September 2, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Republivans....Look me in the eye and tell me that there weren't better choices than this....

You can't do it.

Posted by: willandjansdad | September 2, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

My question is: Suppose she is VP or even would become President, considering McCain’s age Can she can really clean up political corruption in DC that includes the Republican and Democratic legislator? Don’t you think that the Bushes’s Cheney’s and their “business connections” would allow to let this to happen? Isn’t the “wildlife” on the political scene in DC much more dangerous than in Alaska?! How can the politics in Alaska be compared to the national and international politics in DC?! Honestly!

Posted by: martin Georgia | September 2, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin wants to break up the USA! This is just an insane pick on McCain's part.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

As I understand it, the sequence for Palin's son birth was:

Thursday - Attend and speak at conference in Dallas.

Thursday - Go into labor

Friday - Have baby

Monday- return to work.

Is this correct?

Posted by: Roberta | September 2, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Some of the comments I just saw here were very appalling, obviously written by psychopathic people,using words like "white trash" and "Taliban Female" to describe Gov.Sarah Palin. What a sick person whoever that was, so pathetic and such a low-life! If you disagree with MaCain or Gov. Palin on political and social issues, that's certainly your right to do so, but to be so low and pathetic as to use insulting words to describe a person just because he or she is in the opposite political camp is just plain idiotic. A person who could display such pathetic behavior may well be suitable to live under Taliban rule himself. Taliban regime was without any tolerance and full of hatred, spilling venom and poison by their crass words and base behaviors...

So I tell that person who behaved shamefully by insulting people in his or her comments, grow up and learn some tolerance and kindness, because you achieve nothing by being nasty and evil, but only exposed your dark inner world.

Posted by: Nayla | September 2, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse


Why so much hate and vitriol from the Far left and liberals in DEM party??
You'll blew it by not nominating Hillary 08. So Why go after another woman with your hate brigade?? If you don't like her you've have your Hussein.

McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: vic | September 2, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

This is what Carly Fiorina said today, about Obama's "sexism": "Because of Hillary Clinton's historic run for the presidency and the treatment she received, American women are more highly tuned than ever to recognize and decry sexism in all its forms. They will not tolerate sexist treatment of Gov. Palin."

I find it very amusing that McCain's camp is accusing Obama of sexism. Uh, the ONLY reason that Palin was picked as McCain's running mate is because she is a young, pretty female. If that is not sexism, then WHAT IS????

There were plenty of other, much more qualified people he could have picked, who shared Palin's ideology and who would have been much more capable. But NO... he had to pick the Babe with the Down Syndrome kid, just for show.

Fiorina was right. America will NOT tolerate this sexist treatment of Palin by her OWN party, and that is why Obama will be elected. Jeez Louise, how stupid do they think Americans really ARE?

Man, this Republican spin machine just will NOT wind down. People have had enough and they are NOT going to fall for this B.S. again!!!

Posted by: mavis beacon | September 2, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Ronn about McCain's lack the political courage to choose Lieberman who he felt was the best choice for the country. How many other snap judgments might he make as president in an effort to hang onto his so-called "Maverick Image?" I feel McCain has betrayed his own ideals. Sorry I can't support this ticket.

Posted by: jb | September 2, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"Barack (not that) Hussein Obama is at the top of the dummycrat ticket and neither his party nor the mainstream media have lifted a finger to reveal the enormity of the skeletons in his closet."

What issues haven't been aired as non-issues? I can guarantee that anything you can come up with is either debunked or inconsequential.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Someone who was a vocal member of the radical, anti-American, secessionist Alaska Independence Party should be instantly disqualified from any role close to President of the United States. She is an anti-american radical far across the spectrum than any label you could put on Obama.

The media needs to be talking about this more her pregnant children or irresponsible redneck past.

Posted by: Ron | September 2, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Tell me this all a quirky dream. If I were a Republican I'd hang my head in shame. This party has ruin our country, now they're hell bent on destroying themselves.

Posted by: ctmont | September 2, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

How racist is all this koolaid crap? I get it, blacks drink koolaid, real subtle and poetic. Oh by the way repubs, your ticket is a joke, your convention is a joke, your hypocrisy is a joke, you are a bunch of CLOWNS. Drink that koolaid.

Posted by: Alex | September 2, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain choosing Palin of the titillating tales and obscure outback shows he's dumber than a Bush. While Americans might be soap-opera silly enough to go for it, there are surely Republican career statesman biting their lips. If Condi Rice had been chosen he'd have election sewed up.

Posted by: jack edmonds | September 2, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I think all of the controversy regarding Palin speaks poorly of McCain's judgment. If she had been vetted and all these issues were known, it does not say much about McCain's judgment. If he didn't know because she had not been sufficiently vetted, it too speaks of a failure of judgment on the part of McCain.

I truly believe he chose her to get the votes of women and the "righteous" right vote.

Boy, did McCain mess up -- he seems to have a thing about beauty queens....

Posted by: abby0802 | September 2, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Are we sure this was REALLY John McCain’s choice VP? I think she was showed down his throat just like Bush/Cheney were showed down our throats for the last 8 years.

That brings me to another comparison.
Cheney = Palin = Big Oil

Anymore anyone?

I see another Bush/Cheney in McCain/Palin

Another 4 years of McPain for US….

Posted by: Jjim | September 2, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I just need to comment on something. I just read that Obama had made some claims about Palin's inexperience, but what struck me was that the Rep. spokeperson didn't accuse Obama of his inexperience or something along those lines, but instead claimed that his comments were sexist.How?
I mean what he said was about her political experience not her being a woman so how can someone claim that he was sexist? thats like someone saying something about Obama and calling that person a racist for having a negative view towards the candidate. Republicans can you please explain why a Rep. spokesperson could say that, if they critize when they get blamed for being racist?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain seems to have double-crossed the entire right wing:

First, by making the surprise announcement of Gov. Palin, he raked funds from the almighty self-righteous klan. Then, raise their eyebrows by invoking teen pregnancy (which may not even be true). Then the future steps: dump Palin for either Lieberman or Ridge, one of those who he really wanted. Now, the religious right has no choice but try to get something for their investment with McCain. Is this the redneck standard practice? Americans can be sure, such suckers will screw America, and call themselves maverick patriots, and go to new lows than ever before. Of course, blame the media for ridiculing the saga about 17-year young, perhaps a total lie to drag attention away from an inconvenient lie before.

Posted by: O.P. Neon | September 2, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Palin: They say I'm young and we just met
One day is hardly time to vet

McCain: Well I don't know if all that's true
'Cause you got me, and baby I got you

McCain: Babe
BOTH: I got you babe
I got you babe

Posted by: hamishdad | September 2, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

How do we know that Palin's baby is really hers, not the daughter's? The child is 5 months old, and the daughter is 5 months along. Both could be hers. The press should not accept their assertions at face value, but should get to the bottom of it because it is important to make sure that candidates are being honest.

Posted by: Mike, Philadelphia | September 2, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

This isn't hard to figure out. Either you think McCain is great in which case you support everything he does. You consider Palin a good choice. That she represents good family values, especially in support of her daughter. And you support all the positive spin they can muster up for these issues. You have no choice. McCain has made your choice and you must support everything he says without blinking or choking it.

If you support Obama than you probably think McCain has once again shown very questionable judgement. She maybe a great mom and governor. But a heartbeat away from beoming the leader of the free world?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin#Early_life


America was starved for someone real.

Posted by: rtfanning | September 2, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain, in his senility, thinks that nominating any white, generic female will bring throngs of women to his side. BAD bet! She stands in antithesis to all Hillary fought for and believed in. Only white evangelicals will be swayed by her and they were in McCain's camp already. When I hear of the Republicans referred to as the "moral" party, I want to puke. I believe Christians should repent for their support of Bush and his "death politics" while invading and killing anyone in his way. McCain is playing by the same book and it looks like the "Christian right" will be deceived once again!Please, pray for discernment.

Posted by: lindaka | September 2, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Do all of you hate blacks so much that you would rather lie to yourself and choose this woman?

Posted by: question | September 2, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The Palin pick is all about the Republican party desperately attempting to avoid responsibility for their dismal failure at governance. Anyone they picked from within the beltway would rightfully be subject to attack for supporting Bush and his misguided policies 90+ percent of the time. By picking Palin, they tried to find someone they could at least try to stamp the "change" and "reform" label on while appeasing their socially conservative base. But Palin or not, is there any doubt that a Republican led ticket would in large extent rely on the same people and policies that have so tarnished our nation? It is laughable that the same people who staunchly supported Bush's backwards agenda over and over again for so many years would suddenly jump ship and try to claim the mantle of reform and being something different. The truth is that Bush's policies have worked well for the well to do and well-connected. It's the other 90% of Americans who have suffered. Republicans will do and say anything for a chance to keep their corrupt fingers in the cookie jar. The truth is that the Republicans haven't learned anything from their mistakes. They're secretly proud of them. They just want a chance to "re-brand" in hope that they can fool America one more time. I say good-bye and good riddance.

Posted by: hesingswithfrogs | September 2, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Wally,
do you know anything about Palin? What I mean by this is I hope you live in Alaska and she is your governer because other than that nobody knows anything about Sarah.

I am hoping great things come out about her in postive ways in the weeks to come, but so far I have seen her do one speech, that has given me no insight into her policis where she would like to take this country should she suddenly need to lead if she become the president.

I want to see more of her from her, but as far as I can see nobody knows anything about Governer Palin unless you live in Alaska.

I will not make judgements good or bad until I have seen more direclty from her, not the usual media bias.

At the end of the day though it is about John McCain and I am not liking his leadership or Judgement ability on almost any issue that is prevalent to this country right now.

Posted by: Amanda | September 2, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Wally,
do you know anything about Palin? What I mean by this is I hope you live in Alaska and she is your governer because other than that nobody knows anything about Sarah.

I am hoping great things come out about her in postive ways in the weeks to come, but so far I have seen her do one speech, that has given me no insight into her policis where she would like to take this country should she suddenly need to lead if she become the president.

I want to see more of her from her, but as far as I can see nobody knows anything about Governer Palin unless you live in Alaska.

I will not make judgements good or bad until I have seen more direclty from her, not the usual media bias.

At the end of the day though it is about John McCain and I am not liking his leadership or Judgement ability on almost any issue that is prevalent to this country right now.

Posted by: Amanda | September 2, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

The neocon reaction to this just shows that the Republican party has no moral values at all. We all know what they would be saying if it had been one of Barack Obama's daughters. WE ALL KNOW- EVEN THEM.

Straight Talk We Won't Hear From McCain:

"My Friends", for the last six months, I've talked to you about experience, and how much it matters. But, Barack Obama's acceptance speech really scared me. I felt that I needed to pick a female VP to counter him. I hadn't vetted any female candidates, so I just went with the pretty one. Turns out that was a bad choice.

Posted by: LMAO | September 2, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Obama for crossing 50% in Gallup poll. So much for the surprise VP Pick of McLame.

Posted by: srikanth | September 2, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama was born to a single mom, and he talks about it incessantly, so big deal on this.

Posted by: NoBama | September 2, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

The brain is totally formed at 40 days in the womb. Chip, I am sorry you feel indifferent about it. The baby did not feel indifferent about it.

Posted by: misa | September 2, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Are you libs seriously questioning the vetting of Gov. Palin?!

Barack (not that) Hussein Obama is at the top of the dummycrat ticket and neither his party nor the mainstream media have lifted a finger to reveal the enormity of the skeletons in his closet.

The investigation pertaining to the public safety officer is completely groundless; everyone with a brain cell is aware of that. But yes her daughter is pregnant. However, I am certain that she will not commit infanticide as would or secular elitist friends on the left would. Furthermore, with a mother like that as a role model I am sure that she too will be an excellent mother.

You creightons on the left need to take a lesson from Mark Twain: "It is better to keep your moth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt."

P.S. 60/40 McCain landslide. That's correct write it down and cry away dummycrats.

Posted by: Justin | September 2, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link Longcat! I needed to see those photos!

Posted by: Thanks | September 2, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

This pick basically nullifies all past and future attacks by Mccain camp towards Obama. What they ought to do is look at their own record their own mistakes apologize for the ads they ran against Obama. This guy had 5 months to pick a VP and this is what he comes up.

Posted by: tony | September 2, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

no, I don't feel good about it, frankly I feel indifferent. It was only two months, and it was our choice.

Posted by: Chip | September 2, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Wally I agree. Palin has the courage of her convictions. I am proud of McCain.

Posted by: misa | September 2, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a pro; She is miles, thousands of miles ahead of Obama in character and charisma – I am delighted, as are millions of other Americans, to endorse her and McCain.

Posted by: Wally | September 2, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing about Palin and especially nothing about Palin's Daughter.

It is all about rash judgements by John McCain.

That is the only thing that matters here, review McCains Judgement on things like

Iraq
Economy
Energy
Ability to stand up on his own views and pick the running mate he wanted to pick he couldn't.

Its great to be a Maverick if you can show good judgement but is incredibly dangerous when its bad judgement time and time again.

I am fearful of where this guy will take this country.

"Its about his Judgement"

Posted by: Nick | September 2, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I won't be a sheep for Obama. I won't drink his koolaid.

Posted by: HillarysPal | September 2, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

chip, you must feel good about killing a baby, don't you? Next time, use a condom or hide your diok well.

Posted by: CHipyouarejoke | September 2, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

www.runcynthiarun.org

Want to vote for a woman who will really change things and hold these corporate crooks accountable for their crimes? Want someone to arrest the crooks who have fleeced us? Vote McKinney 08

Posted by: CynthiaMcKinney08 | September 2, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

http://www.codewolf.com/story/article_1067073.html

Please look at the photos.

Especially the one with all crown royal bags hanging from Bristol's wall. and look how she is drinking while pregnant!

What kind of mother and father lets their daughter decorate their room in that manner?!
I am a staunch conservative and voting for Obama this time. My family is all doing the same.

Maybe next time.

Posted by: Longcat | September 2, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

jeffp: How do you figure she is "white trash taliban female?"

Because she is successful (mayor, governor)?

Because she is married with kids? (of which she is standing by).

Or because she is not a liberal Democrat?

Either way the Democrats are revealed as Hypocrits.

Posted by: MikeH | September 2, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

McCain picking Palin, the exurban Hockey mom has taken market segmentation to the next level. Then you add in the unwed/wed mother market segment and there just may be enough votes to win a close election.

Posted by: yareallygotmegoin | September 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I have confidence inMcCain and Palin and I will vote for them in November. Just let you know: I used to be a Damocrat!

Posted by: TruAmerican | September 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

This is a social comment, not necessarily critical of the candidates,bu tto examine the process from "outside of the box":

Typically, an arranged marriage is not favored or considered logical today in our society (though it may change over time). Pre-marital sex is also a no-no in certain parts or sections of total population; also it is an individual choice (with or without approval). Another fact being - one-half of all marriages fail soon, and others may also fall over time. A few complete to the "term", etc.

Now, the current scenario induces a marriage due to an alleged or presumes sex (leading to pregnancy). The actual event of pregnancy may not be true, though, but that is what people have been told. thhink, the two sets on no-no answers from the above norms are leading to a union, hoping for a more perfect one if you are the proponent of one of the no-no event, i.e., no sex. What are the chances of such marriages to succeed; in th ecurrent event, the chance of that even taking place may not exist. More oevr, it may not even be warranted , effective 05 NOV 2008, a date when the "pregnancy" news may take yet another surprize turn. This is the trouble with old men hooked on surprizes. Only McCain and his veep may feel good, when they surprize the world and America with yet another pre-emptive strike - anywhere in the world. We are the strongest nation on earth.

Or, the adults and senior citizens involved here should skip politics and get into a peaceful business of arranging "arranged marriages". That will be a nomination for McCain to get a Nobel Peace Prize, and Gov. Palin, the Nobel Bees Prize (The meaning and role of sex-education). Do not preach, just do it.

Posted by: O.P. Neon | September 2, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't regret that I just took my girlfriend for an abortion. I just didn't want strapped down with children in my early 20s. I wouldn't blame the Palin daughter if she did the same.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Chip | September 2, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the US’s answer to Margaret Thatcher! Anyone who thinks she cannot handle the job or deal briskly and efficiently with ANY issue, including foreign governments … well, they haven’t met our Sarah.

As an Alaskan resident as well as a resident of Wasilla, AK, where Sarah Palin was at one time Mayor … I can speak with confidence. Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska is exactly what she portrayed during her introduction this morning and exactly what our US Government needs. She is ethical to a fault (if there is such a thing), a refreshing change to the status-quo and as smart and determined a PERSON (gender really isn’t an issue here as far as I’m concerned) as anyone could ask for at the head of government.

Sarah is no naïve “small town mayor” – she just *started out* there. Btw, as Mayor of Wasilla, she brought this “small town” through a lot of GOOD changes and left it at the end of her term having grown to the 4th largest CITY in Alaska – a lot of growth and a stronger economic base than ever before.

She has EXECTUTIVE experience *running a government* (something NONE of the other candidates can actually boast, even John McCain ) as Governor of Alaska and got there by defeating the *incumbent* Republican Governor, who was definitely part of the “old school” and who WAS very much in the pocket of the big oil companies. We in Alaska wanted change – and we got it in the person of Sarah Palin!

Sarah Palin is everything she looks to be and more. Her approval rating as Governor of Alaska has been as high as 95% and is currently leveled out consistently in the upper 80 percentile throughout the state (and in both parties) - the HIGHEST approval rating of ANY sitting Governor.

Sarah has been turning around corruption in the Legislature of Alaska - turning things on their ear for that matter; cutting spending in spite of the increased income the state is currently receiving due to the high oil prices - she has insisted on putting a huge amount of the "windfall" into savings for the future rather than spending, spending, spending - and has insisted from the get-go on what she refers to as "honest, ethical and transparent governing" - no more closed door meetings and dealings - the big oil companies thought she would be a pushover and have learned better to their chagrin.


She understands the "real people" and the economic issues we all face (Alaskans along with the rest of the country) - she was one of "us" not long ago. Rather than passing useless "laws" or throwing money at pet projects, she (most recently) temporarily suspended the state gas tax (o n gasoline at the pumps, fuel oil and natural gas for homes, etc.) and has ordered checks issued to ALL residents of Alaska this fall in an attempt to assist with the burden of high fuel costs for the upcoming winter. I could go on and on, but that's enough for now. She isn’t doing these things to be popular – she is doing it because her constituents are HURTING financially and she can help.

She became Governor of Alaska by defeating the Incumbent Republican Governor and doing it *without* the money or the support of the Republican Party, which was amazing in itself - and she won by a landslide. The "powers that be" at that time totally underestimated Sarah and learned better the hard way. She has done exactly what she claimed she was going to do and is just as popular today as the day she was elected - perhaps more so since even the Democrats up here seem to like her - she works well with both sides in the Legislature here.

Sarah "belongs" to us (Alaskans) ... and although we are going to be terribly sorry to see her leave before she finishes the job she started here (two years ago) straightening out OUR State ... we understand she is needed for a bigger purpose and hopefully her Lt. Governor will be able to fill her shoes here and continue the job.

As for worrying about what would happen if McCain were to die or step down or whatever ... Theta, up here in AK we've only been wondering how long we would be able to KEEP Sarah in Alaska and have seen her as our first woman President of the USA from the start. It's always been a matter of whether she would wait until the end of her TWO terms as Governor (no doubt at ALL that she would be re-elected if she ran for a second term at the end of her current term) ... or end up in Washington sooner. She could do the job TODAY.

Personally, I feel a lot better about McCain now that I know he has someone as savvy, as strong, as ethical and as steady as Sarah at his back. She will be an excellent Vice President ... and my guess is will be our US Republican Presidential candidate in four years - AND by then the country will KNOW her – will love and respect her as we do here - and she'll win by as much of a landslide as she did here in Alaska. I only wonder if McCain has a c lue what he is unleashing on the US of A . She is going to be a fresh wind, but also a strong wind.

Is that enough of an endorsement? If not, I'll add this ... Jerry and I have for many years felt the best "vote" was to vote for the lesser of two "evils" and hope they didn't do too much damage. Two years ago during our State Governor's race was the first time EVER that we actually asked for not just a little sign to put in our yard showing our support of our candidate (something we've never felt the desire to do at all before) - we asked for a full 4' x 8' "SARAH PALIN FOR GOVERNOR!" sign and were proud to have it. She hasn't let us or Alaska down. She will do the same for the USA if given the opportunity.

Feel free to pass thi s on to anyone who may be interested (and spam those who aren’t!).

-Deb in Alaska

Posted by: akcoyote | September 2, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

McKinney/Carmelo 08

She will bring REAL change.

Posted by: CynthiaMcKinneyTruth | September 2, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain has repeatedly lied and the media is looking the other way. We the people aren't stupid and are sick of the way our country is headed. If we let the nazi-cons steal another election, the middle class of this country can kiss their lives goodbye. Perhaps everyone who votes for McCain could sign a pledge to join the army and go to Iran.

Posted by: Shirley | September 2, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

She will talk and I am going to be thrilled to listen to her speeches.

Go Sarah Palin!!

Posted by: misa | September 2, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

No.....I'M the real JakeD and I'M voting for that wonderful gun totin', zero emotin', republicant votin', hussy known as Governor Sarah Palin, from the great stste of Alaska. She is SOOOOOOO bee-yoo-ti-ful and she also gives her kids breeding, er ah, I mean, breathing room. And also.....don't mess with her sistah, mistah!

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This chick is as annoying as Hillary was. If she has five children, shouldn't she be home taking care of them?

Posted by: Leroy | September 2, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey Alex,

That is why the Dems are going on the Morally Wrong, because every Repub. thinks they are so Holy on every issue. You want to bait words while you Beauty Queen daughter was laying up getting knocked up and not only that the morally wrong want to clean it up with a SHOT GUN WEDDING.

Posted by: Lady Sweet | September 2, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Palin’s adoption of the mantel of "reformer" has come at convenient turning points in her career.


She ran for her first term as mayor on a "change" platform, before going on to two terms that turned out to be business as usual, if on a much larger scale: the Washington Post has documented $27 Million in earmarks going to Wasilla during her tenure, a town with an annual budget excluding debt and capital expenses of around $5 Million.


Palin received the Republican nod for governor in 2006 as the "clean government" candidate over then-Governor Frank Murkowski. The fact that her campaign was aided by a last minute endorsement from Senator Ted Stevens, and a television ad in which they appeared together, suggests "reform" was not the ticket’s top priority and ultimate agenda.


In fact, Palin had made an unsuccessful run for Lieutenant Governor in 2002 to run with Frank Murkowski, coming in second. When Frank Murkowski resigned from his senate seat to run for Governor, Palin was widely rumored as a possible replacement. Instead, Murkowski appointed his own daughter, Lisa Murkowski, a state representative, naming Palin to chair the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as a kind of consolation prize.


This turned out to be a huge mistake for Murkowski. Palin resigned in 2004 and filed formal complaints against the state Republican Party's chairman, Randy Ruedrich and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, two Murkowski allies. Ruedrich, one of her fellow commissioners, was accused of politicking on public time and working closely with a company he was supposed to be regulating, and subsequently paid a record $12,000 fine.


It’s hard not to see the rage of stymied ambition, and some very astute maneuvering, behind this sudden conversion to the cause of "standing up to special interests" and "fighting against corruption". By 2002 Palin had been in Alaska politics for 10 years, working closely with Alaska’s political establishment, even hiring ex-Ted Stevens aide (and Abramoff employer) Steven Silver to gain huge windfalls for her small Alaskan town in the form of Federal earmarks. She had worked closely with Murkowski, and eagerly aspired to the post of Murkowski’s state-government equivalent of vice-president. She saw no conflict in chairing a key state Commission until, allegedly, suddenly realizing some of her fellow Republicans, particularly Murkowski, "lacked ethics".


If Murkowski had appointed Palin to the Senate, instead of his (I'm sure equally qualified) daughter, it's obvious Murkowski would still be governor today.


For those of you who have read my Dairygate/Mat Maid posts, the rank hypocrisy of Palin’s accusing a fellow Republican of "working closely with a company he was supposed to be regulating" should be pungent indeed. While "regulating" the state dairy business, Palin insured that a local dairy farmer, Kyle Beus, ended up with key assets of a failing state-run dairy she claimed to want to save, and helped him obtain a Federal earmark (with Ted Steven's always appreciated help) to get his own nearly identical operation off the ground.


As a result of Palin's "reforms", a few political opponents lost their jobs, but nothing else really changed. Ted Stevens remained the Big Dog of Alaskan politics. His last-minute assist in Palin’s gubernatorial campaign is proof enough that, whatever was retailed to the voters, the state Republican establishment as an institution would have nothing to fear from Palin's election. Endemic corruption would continue to be business as usual. It would just be Palin's friends who would disproportionately benefit instead of Murkowski's.


There is no evidence whatsoever that "reform" has ever been anything more to Sarah Palin than an appealing slogan and a cudgel with which to further her career and beat up less nimble political opponents (and insufficiently grateful mentors). Selling a state plane on eBay is exactly the kind of sound-bite flashiness that makes good press, and good camouflage. But there is nothing in Sarah Palin’s career in local and state politics to suggest she is anything more than another ambitious, well-connected politician willing to do anything to win.


To that extent at least, she and McCain are truly "soul mates".


Today’s WaPo article on Palin earmarks:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/01/AR2008090103148.html?nav%3Dhcmodule&sub=AR

Posted by: Kimi Welsh | September 2, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

maybe this is McCain's way of getting Lieberman - pick someone unqualified that satisfies the conservatives, get her tossed out, then he can say to the conservatives "you had your chance now I'm taking Lieberman"...

Posted by: Anne | September 2, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I like Palin. She is an answer to prayer.

Posted by: misa | September 2, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

What's been amazing to me is how the Obama smear machine has geared up and ganged up on Palin since Friday. Including the paid commenters on sites like this.

I think (as do many, many others) that she's an excellent choice and a breath of fresh air!

Posted by: Kevin | September 2, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Thoren:

You don't think re-election and/or impeachment is enough of a check and balance?

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

We learned this week that John McCain really wanted to choose his very good friend, Joe Lieberman, for VP but caved into pressure from the religious right. McCain will save his Lieberman pick for the Supreme Court — sorry evangelicals but you’ll have no leverage on Maverick McCain by then. Your Vice President will have no power in the process and a Democratic majority will happily confirm pro-choice Lieberman to the Supreme Court! Check Mate!

Posted by: Thoren | September 2, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

That was the fake JakeD at 4:12 PM. Nonetheless, I am voting for McCain-Palin.

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Was plagiarist-joe vetted by hussein?

BIDEN: The "cheney" to compensate for sweetie hussein's gross inexperience; a plagiarizing expert who has stolen more words than Milton Berle (and he's just as funny). Totally lacking in ethics, in his third-rate, mediocre law school Biden was only able to graduate 76th in a class of 85 - i.e., he was in the lowest 10.5%! Of course, while campaigning, he claimed falsely to have graduated in the "top half" of his class. A plagiarizer and a LIAR! As a politics-as-usual, 30+-year Washington parasite, Plagiarist-Joe never worked harder than in his efforts to kill bi-partisan legislation simply because it would have adversely affected the enormous income of his lobbyist son. Plagiarist-Joe is the poster-boy for all that is rotten with Washington.

Plagiarist-Joe further illustrates the incredibly bad judgment of the Chicago Cretin.

Posted by: ALEX H. | September 2, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The choice of Palin was botched. Now McCain is dissembling

John McCain has in the past has shown physical courage under the most extreme conditions. Unfortunately John McCain lacked the political courage to choose the person he felt was best for the country, either Sen. Lieberman. Instead he chose Gov Palin in the last minute without doing the necessary vetting for the person who would be a step away from the presidency. He caved in to the leadership of the party and failed to do his job in checking into his candidate. The issue of a child out of wedlock is not a public matter but the failure to begin checking on Palin intensively until the day before his announcement of her candidacy is dereliction of duty.. He chose political expediency over personal responsibility, which is entirely against everything this man used to stand for.

It does not matter how good a man John McCain is if he does not have the courage to stand up to the opposition in his party when the welfare of the country was on the line, the American people should reject him at the polls. If they do not, we have surely lost the courage that this country has had in the last 232 years that made us a beacon of light for the rest of the world.

McCain and the Republican Party have been claiming that Obama was not fit to lead.. Now we have a concrete example of how it is Mr McCain who is unfit for office.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 2, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Idiot McCain supports his idiot VP pick. What else is new?

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

This one is really turning things. How McCain can turn this positive will certainly take some magic. She could have been a contender but the negativity is taking hold. Obama's number at http://www.bop-o-rama.com has slowed significantly. McCain's is now growing at a faster rate. Obama is now at 50% at the Gallup Daily. http://www.gallup.com/tag/Gallup%2bDaily.aspx

Posted by: acarponzo | September 2, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

What does that say when after your pick that is supposed to kick off your campaign. You have to shift to damage control and have a running mate who can't even campaign for you for fear of being asked a question.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"Brownie, you are doing a heck of a job"
George Bush, the day before he fired him.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

OK, I get the point.

Either McCain is a lying dog, or he is exhibiting an astounding lack of judgement.

Either, I consider it treasonable behavior for a sick old man to suggest that this white trash taliban female would be good for our country should the old man croak.

Posted by: jeffp | September 2, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign knows this is bad and they're in damage control mode. But isn't McCain going out of his way to bring up "judgment" concerning the Palin pick equally dangerous?

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

Posted by: matt | September 2, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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