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McCain Ad Contrasts Palin and Obama

By Ed O'Keefe
ST. PAUL -- In a conversation with Washington Post reporters, editors and columnists on Tuesday, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis dismissed as illegitimate comparisons of Sarah Palin and Barack Obama's professional experience.

"This debate in the next 60 days is not going to be framed about whether or not Barack Obama has more experience than Sarah Palin," Davis told The Post. "One, I don't think it's a legitimate debate, and two, I don't think it's what the American people care about. If you want to write it, knock yourselves out, but we're going to have a different debate with the American public."

Today, however, the McCain campaign issued a new ad directly fanning the flames of a Palin vs. Obama experience debate.

The ad cites a editorial from the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board that compares and contrasts the two, stating, "Governor Palin's credentials as an agent of reform exceed Barack Obama's."

The ad also says that Palin "has a record of bipartisan reform," "took on the oil producers" and "earned a reputation as a reformer."

As for Obama, the ad says he's the "most liberal" senator and "gave big oil billions in subsidies and giveaways."

"While Barack Obama talks about change, Governor Sarah Palin has actually done it," the campaign release accompanying the ad stated. The campaign is expected to spend most of today pushing back against various rumors and news reports about Palin's personal life and professional experience through a series of press conferences, television interviews and the new ad.

When asked this week, Republican surrogates and delegates have frequently volunteered comparisons between Palin's executive experience as governor and mayor to Obama's state and federal legislative career.

"The big question is what have you done, and what have you run, and he's run nothing," Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) said Wednesday morning in a meeting with Post reporters and editors, adding that Obama's record of accomplishments is "very thin."

"Those are positions where you deal with budget issues, human interest issues, social issues," Ohio delegate Traci Saliba said of Palin's tenure as mayor and governor.

Television viewers in what the campaign described as "key states" will now also see a comparison encapsulated in this 30-second spot.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 3, 2008; 2:32 PM ET
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Who is Obama?

What is a community organizer? What is the responsibility of community organizer?

What has obama done for America?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me like the POWublican is hiding behind a skirt now?

Posted by: KM | September 3, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

You mean LAURA Bush?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

GOP women are stepford wives....just ask Cindy McCain and Lora Bush. These men treat their women like crap and they roll over and take it! They don't know how to take charge. They let their men tell them when to have babies and how many babies to have. How old they should be. Heck look at Pallin, if this is her baby, her man made her have that baby at such an older age. These women have no backbone. They support these sexist men in everything they do! Thank God that all women are GOPers! LMAO

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Do you have a source that McCain's first wife was a Beauty Queen?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

This is an excellent add
Hussein obama sites his campaign equal to running a state and running a country, this is utterly laughable and foolish.

May be his 20 years in radical church experience with radical pastor wright must equates to something as well

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

This is an excellent add
Hussein obama sites his campaign equal to running a state and running a country, this is utterly laughable and foolish.

May be his 20 years in radical church experience with radical pastor wright must equates to something as well

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

This is an excellent add
Hussein obama sites his campaign equal to running a state and running a country, this is utterly laughable and foolish.

May be his 20 years in radical church experience with radical pastor wright must equates to something as well

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

This is an excellent add
Hussein obama sites his campaign equal to running a state and running a country, this is utterly laughable and foolish.

May be his 20 years in radical church experience with radical pastor wright must equates to something as well

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Check out this MSNBC video clip in which Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan say what they actually think about Palin. They obviously didn't know they were still live, because it isn't very flattering to her or McCain.

Posted by: Patrick | September 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain's first wife was a 1.Beauty Queen, no substance. He cheated on her and his children with many women while his wife was crippled and trying to recover from a bad crash.

Mccain lies abouts his age to meet another 2.Beauty Queen while cheating on his wife, files for a marriage license while married and still living with his wife and kid's.
Now McCain pick's another 3. Beauty Queen who is turning out to be the biggest bust in the World of VP choices.


Such a pervert he is!!

Spread this to everyone!!

Posted by: PERVERTED MCCAIN | September 3, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

lets talk palin:

I'm still voting for McCain. Next canards?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

what i know about Palin:

bans books and threatens to fire the librarian (just made the NY times - no trash tabloid there!)

requires loyalty oaths

says NO to global warming - it simply is not a problem we have to address

mayor of SMALL town (folks i am a hick and my town was 5 times bigger!) now $27 MILLION in debt

KEPT and SPENT the bridge to nowhere money - pure hypocracy - NOT maverick

better than Bush in ignoring the environment

NO Foreign POlicy experience - oh wait she lives close to russia (thanks cindy mcsame)

member of AIP that wants to leave the US

vetos alternative energy plans - yes that is right in line w/ mcbush/mssame

been out of the country ONCE

few weeks ago did not know what the VP did for crying out loud

laughs out loud w/ radio host6 while he calls another woman a "bi--h" and cancer when the woman is a cancer survivor! very very compassionate there

mcsame melanoma 4 times wants this a heart beat away - not for this woman!

Posted by: lets talk palin - this woman can never support her | September 3, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I always new people that went to Harvard were smarter than all the rest. That's why Biden is number two.

Posted by: mgultch | September 3, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, A mind is a terrible thing to waste..

Posted by: REAL TALK | September 3, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse


I'll take McCain-Palin.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin. Graduate with a Degree in Journalism. No Graduate Degree..
Hockey Mom, PTA member. Mayor of 8000 people. Never traveled outside the Country, Not even Canada. Got first Passport in 1997. Governor of Alaska 20 months.

John McCain barely Graduated from The Navy Academy.. Navy College, No Graduate Degree in anything.. Held captive in Vietnam could have come home, didn’t want to be a disgrace.
US Senate for 26 years..

Obama Columbia Graduate with Honors, majored in political science with a specialization in international relations. Harvard Law Magna Cum Laude with a Law Degree.
Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, as a Lecturer for four years (1992–1996), Senior Lecturer for eight years (1996–2004).[24]

Illinois Senate 1996 10 years US Senate 2 years He also became Chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on European Affairs.[71] As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,

Biden graduated Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware[3] and, in 1965, University of Delaware in Newark,[5] where he double-majored in history and political science.[3] went on to receive his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 1968, and was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1969

Press 1. For McCain/Palin, the hopeless, barely low educated highly pandering with no Economic and Substance fraudulent ticket..

Press 2. For Scholars Obama/Biden the highly Intelligent, Economic and Foreign Policy for the People, not themselves Ticket..

I will take #2. Obama/Biden for 8 Years Alex!!

Posted by: REAL TALK | September 3, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I know that the Obama/Biden and Clintons are sitting somewhere laughing their a$$es off!!! This can't get any funnier. A radical, hate america v.p with a husband who actually belong to a radical group that hates America and wanted to cut Alaska from the U.S.A. and make it a part of Canada. HE and his terrorist organization, denouned the American Flag and actually burned it! This is beyond radical! This is a terrorist act and a terrorist group!!! The mother lies and says she is the mother of her now 17 year old daughter

Posted by: Lucy | September 3, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Joe Klein of Time Magazine ended his most recent article with this:

There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is "a task from God." The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme.

Knock 'em dead, Governor Palin. And to the McCain Camp--don't forget about plenty of Smoke and Mirrors, because NoBody ought to be fooled by this farcical, thoughtless choice that you made for VP. But what the heck, you guys are going to try anyway.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin's church says Jews deserve to be victims of terrorism!

Brickner, [Palin's church leader] also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity. Palin was in church that day and did nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

It seems that John McCain's soulmate, Sarah Palin, has also made McCain laughable anti-earmark "pork list".

Three times in recent years, McCain's catalogs of "objectionable" spending have included earmarks for this small Alaska town, requested by its mayor at the time -
Sarah Palin.,0,6145252.story

Oops. But hey, it's not like Palin was the first Wasilla mayor to go after federal money, right?

"Wasilla had received few if any earmarks before Palin became mayor. She actively sought federal funds -- a campaign that began to pay off only after she hired a lobbyist with close ties to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who long controlled federal spending as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He made funneling money to Alaska his hallmark."

Yeah, she's quite the anti-pork, anti-lobbyist maverick. It's too bad the McCain campaign is now refusing to answer questions about the vetting process because it would be nice to know if they knew about this.

This woman is a complete joke and a embarrassment to women everywhere.

Posted by: Janeane Vogeler | September 3, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

As an American, I have the right to listen to issues by the candidates and in doing so, vote on the best candidate I feel is best for the country.

I do not feel that Palin is the best candidate (male or female) for a VP slot (under any party).

She may have had some accomplishments during her term(s)in Alaska, but we have 49 other states to consider as well as the rest of the world.

The last time we had a governor (Bush) hold a top position in office it resulted in many failed policies (foreign & domestic).

Posted by: ssanford00 | September 3, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Wall Street Journal's editorial board "conservative" but other media outlets with a transparently liberal bias are never described as "liberal"?

Also, why no mention in any of these media outlets about the lawsuit that names Sen. Biden's ADULT son (& brother, I think) as a defendant? Is he off-limits as part of the Washington establishment? Or is it just that the media prefers to attack at 17 year old girl? Classy.

Posted by: billyc123 | September 3, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

""Those are positions where you deal with budget issues, human interest issues, social issues," Ohio delegate Traci Saliba said of Palin's tenure as mayor and governor."

Budget issues: She left her town of Wassila $20 million in debt after inheriting a surplus

Human Interest Issues: She cut funds over 20% for a transitional housing/job retraining center for teen mothers, she cut funds over 60% for a program that helps children with "special needs".

Social Issues: She saw to it that "abstinence only" was taught in her children's schools.

Regarding "Troopergate" Though I cannot blame her for wanting to help her sister and stop this monster of a brother in law, there is a thing called law and due process, we are a nation of laws. Her firing of her subordinate for NOT firing her brother in law violates basic ethics and is against the law. She should have let due process take it's course, like, have the guy arrested if he was physically abusing her sister.

Posted by: JR | September 3, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

If the Obamas had a 17 year-old daughter who was unmarried and pregnant by a tough-talking black kid, my guess is if that they all appeared onstage at a Democratic convention and the delegates were cheering wildly, a number of conservatives would be discussing the issue of dysfunctional black families.

Palin doesn't even know what the Vice- President is supposed to do:

Posted by: Audrey B | September 3, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

On Obama's behalf, will GOP Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, VP nominee may be replaced if GOP ex-NYC Mayor Guiliani physically target and hurt key opponent via his mob ties??

Will Guiliani get protege ex-NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik, a convicted felon with 140 years jail time to do his dirty work in exchange for lesser penalty? Is this what is called his sweetheart exchange deals?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

On Obama's behalf, will GOP Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, VP nominee may be replaced if GOP ex-NYC Mayor Guiliani physically target and hurt key opponent via his mob ties??

Will Guiliani get protege ex-NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik, a convicted felon with 140 years jail time to do his dirty work in exchange for lesser penalty? Is this what is called his sweetheart exchange deals?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Lucy, I would not call the AIP a "radical" or "terrorist" group since they do not use violence as a means to achieve their goals.

I would call them "fringe" and possibly un-american since their founder had some very harsh words for the United States of America.

I must agree with you though that had it been the other foot Fox news would be running it 24/7

Posted by: JR | September 3, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for a female in office. President or Vice president, but at least Hillary has earned her way up the ranks. Going from governor for less than 2 years to white house is just a slap in the face of our elected officials.

Not that I have much respect for our elected officials because they so routinely sell out the taxpayer to corporations.

But it's a mockery of our system to let people like Palin and Dan Quayle into office.

Posted by: McCain/Palin are hyppocrites | September 3, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

WOMEN STAND UP FOR YOURSELVES! Women will not be fooled for their vote with this inexperienced token named Sarah Palin. There are women out there who are actually qualified for this position! Palin would set women back 20 years! Stand up with Cambell Brown and women throughout the nation!

Posted by: Kimi Welsh | September 3, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

This is soo hilarious! McCain's camp is comparing the f$^&Cked up V.P. choice with Obama! Their comparison is filled with ambigious rhetoric, not sure policies or information! This is great! I am laughing my self to death! They had better do something with those radical underage drinking redneck kids of this woman! Her husband was in a radical, canadian group that denounced America and hates the flag! Why isn't faux news reporting this. This woman and her husband are members of a terrorist organization! This is hilarious! What a sure win for Obama/Biden! Yes we Can!

Posted by: Lucy | September 3, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"Wow! The Democrats are going ape-chit again over another strong woman!"

I don't care whether she is a woman or a man or has a third arm growing out of her forehead.

I care about what her positions are, and the way she has voted.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't care about McCain's, Palin's, Obama's or Biden's experience or lack of it more than I care about their judgment.

Attila the Hun had experience, so did Mother Teresa.

It's "what kind of experience" that they have that matters most to me.

I am a middle class man, I believe that greed plays a role in the wellness of our society and though I think it is just fine to become rich, I also think that people who become ultra-rich use their money and influence to unfairly separate themselves further and further from people who are just making a living.

The economy needs the middle class, we cannot break the backs of the middle class and expect our nation to prosper.

I believe we are rapidly reaching that breaking point.

The economic policies of the nineties may not apply to today's globalized economies but one thing is for sure: a lot of people including the middle class prospered and even with the tax structure of those times the rich and the corporations also prospered.

I will vote for the candidates that have a plan to help the middle class.

Posted by: JR | September 3, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin would be just a heartbeat away from the presidency should a feeble 72 year old McCain die in office.

Posted by: Paige Palmer | September 3, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Senators are very rarely elected President - JFK was the last, I believe, almost 50 years ago, and I'm not sure if there was another sitting Senator elected in the 20th Century - they are almost always Governors or recent Governors (W, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Nixon...) and for very good reason. Simple legislative experience is a poor substitute for leadership and administrative experience.

I loved something I heard on the radio yesterday - a woman from Alaska commented that Sen. Biden had best be wearing a large cup for the VP debate....LMAO!

Posted by: Greg Franklin | September 3, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Darla Kyler | September 3, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The Democrats are going ape-chit again over another strong woman!

The Obamabots are out in record number, yet again spewing their political vomit all over a woman they don't even know. Sad.

Is this Obama's "new" kind of politics?

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

There is one simple way Palin and Obama differ. How they handle their children in the campaign.

When the press got on the case of his wife and his children Obama made it clear it was hands off.

Sarah Palin's pregnant unwed daughter needed privacy. It was Gov Palin's job to tell the press up front about her daughter and warn them that this was off limits. She should have referred them to a campaign aid whose responsibility was field these questions. I truly believe that no decent mother would have accepted the nomination but I maybe being to harsh. Both she and McCain should not have allowed the press to discover this on its own.

That is a difference between the two candidates that is easy to compare because he circumstances were comparable.

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


Like it, or not, prior to this election -- JFK was the last sitting Senator elected President -- Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush were all Governors.

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

Let's see, Palin is already playing the gender card and Grampy McCain has been playing the POW card on everything from questions about the economy to how many homes he owns.....HAHAHA! What a bunch of losers!

Eight years ago, then Governor George W. Bush revealingly joked about his backers at the 2000 Al Smith Dinner. "This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores," Bush said, adding, "Some people call you the elites; I call you my base." With his own quip Saturday night that "$5 million" is his definition of "rich," John McCain made no mistake that he is Bush's natural heir.

Now, there is nothing wrong with being happily rich and utterly detached. Nothing, that is, unless you make criticizing your political opponent as "elitist" and "out of touch" a centerpiece of your campaign. Rick Davis, speaking on behalf of his $100 million man John McCain, earlier this month offered the latest formulation of Barack Obama as an effete, aloof denizen of the upper class:

"Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand 'MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew - Black Forest Berry Honest Tea' and worry about the price of arugula."
Of course, Davis' "arugula war" is just another attempt at misdirection. After all, John McCain's $5 million threshold where "you move from middle class to rich" is just the latest episode of his enduring disconnect from the real lives of the American people.

For starters, McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.

In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.

*The $100 Million Man*
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.

*The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership*
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.

*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.

*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.

*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt - Priceless*
That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.

*Charity Begins at Home*
As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:

Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.
Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.

*Private Jet Setters*
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."

*Help on the Homefront*
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."

*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."

Posted by: Bush + Cheney = McCain | September 3, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

By Pawlenty's logic and the majority of Pro-Palin supporters we should never elect a Senator to the Presidency.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Head of State

Monday, September 01, 2008

"Intrusive Personal Questions" from the Palin Vetting Questionnaire

"Mr. McCain’s advisers said repeatedly on Monday that Ms. Palin was 'thoroughly vetted'"- The New York Times

Palin "responded to a 70-question form that included 'intrusive personal questions' a senior campaign aide said today."- The Washington Post

"Intrusive Personal Questions" from the Palin Vetting Questionnaire:

1) Did we forget anything?

2) Secession from your own country is

a) Patriotic
b) A qualification to be the potential leader of that country
c) Maverick-y!
d) None of the above

3) John McCain has said that he has followed your record for "many, many years." Divide those "many" years by the number of years of your actual record. The result is

a) Three days
b) Two years as mayor of a town of 9000, and 20 months at the helm of the vaunted Alaska National Guard
c) 0: experience, as we know, is not relevant to one's record
d) Czechoslovakia

4) Moose Burger : Abstinence as Moose Hunting :

a) Brother-in-law
b) 50 state flag
c) Bridge to Nowhere (after it was made impossible)
d) All of the above

5) Did we forget anything?

6) Three Vice Presidential candidates are moving from three equidistant fixed points towards a podium. One, in his slightly glazed stare and awkwardly quasi-combative speech bears a faint resemblance to Dan Quayle; the next can only assist the ticket as we near closer to Rapture; the third seems to have stumbled out of one of Christopher Buckley's sharper efforts. Which one arrives at the podium first?

7) "Nothing that has come out did not come out in the vet." This sentence actually means:

a) Everything has come out and everything has been vetted
b) Everything that was vetted has come out
c) Everything that has come out was vetted
d) The vet came out and vetted the vets vetter than anything has ever been vetted. Really.

8) You are a right-wing, red-state conservative. During the Clinton Administration, you believed that President Clinton's behavior with Monica Lewinsky disqualified him from the Presidency on moral grounds; you fervently raised the terms "Lincoln Bedroom" and "Johnny Chung" to invoke notions of utter corruption, and regarded the "Travelgate" firings as an abuse of power. In the face of the recent revelations regarding Palin's directorship of Ted Stevens' 527, support of the Bridge to Nowhere, "Troopergate" imbroglio, and illegitimate pregnancy of her 16-year old daughter, you:

a) Blame George Soros
b) Talk about Bill Clinton instead of Palin
c) Hold your hands over your ears and loudly shout "La la la"
d) Try to change the subject

9) "Foreign policy experience" includes:

a) Being near another large nation
b) Seceding from your own country and then taking up residence in the new nation
c) Being close to "Nowhere" in your support for the Bridge to Nowhere, which is different than being "Somewhere"
d) Blame George Soros

10) If you were seeking to choose as your running mate someone who would please Evangelical Conservatives with very traditional values, who would be without taint of corruption or misuse of government power, and someone who, in line with your campaign's own slogan, would put "Country First", after thorough vetting and "intrusive personal questions", you would choose someone who:

a) Supported the Bridge to Nowhere
b) Supported the secession of Alaska from the U.S. (Slogan: "Alaska First!")
c) Was the subject of a state ethics investigation due to allegations that she had tried to have her brother-in-law fired and that she fired the state public safety commissioner due to his unwillingness to fire the brother-in-law
d) Would suffer from allegations that her 16 year old child had become pregnant illegitimately, despite her fervent support for abstinence only sex education
e) None of the above

Head of State:

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

Just heard the DNC and Obama camp are so threatened by GOP new VP Gov. Palin that they may target and physically hurt her supporters!!! Unbelievable.... Apparently that is why he is going on FOX's O'Reilly Show tomorrow night to counter McCain's nomination speech even though he flunks without teleprompters and in debates. As a sharp critic of DNC and Obama, should we worry about our family's safety too?

BTW, the true story behind her firing the state trooper, her ex-brother in law is, he was beating his wife and children with his police taser and threatened her Palin's father as well. So her ex-brother in law was beating up her sister, niece and nephews and her father. When this story goes out, Gov. Palin may become a national heroine...

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


Everyone does NOT know that -- back on topic, I'd rather have Palin who until recently didn't even have a passport, has ties to a secessionist party, is under investigation for abuse of power, is trying to squelch that investigation, and, yes, dealing with a family crisis -- next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse


Ronald WILSON Reagan was Governor for less than two terms as well.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, there you go again, you bigot and moron.

everyone knows what Obama's middle name is now. At least 50% of the electorate doesn't care.

More important to me is that Palin until recently didn't even have a passport, has ties to a secessionist party, is under investigation for abuse of power, is trying to squelch that investigation, and, yes, is dealing with a family crisis.

Posted by: jvf | September 3, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

So basically the McCain spokesman says one thing and then the campaign does the opposite. So like Republicans. I don't think America can take anymore. McCain, more of the same.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 3, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

How stupid does McCain think we are? If Palin is more qualified than Obama because of her 1 and 1/2 years "executive experience," then she is also more qualified than McCain who has never had any executive experience. A few months as Governor of Alaska has no relevance to the job of President.

The GOP is so out of touch they don't realize what a joke her nomination is.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | September 3, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin Slashed Special Needs Education by 62%

For those of you who seem so enamored with Gov. Sarah Palin, it might be worth noting that she oversees the budget for the Department of Education and Early Development Special Schools in Alaska.
These funds provide supplementary educational services to students with severe disabling conditions and the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy. The resident school where the child would normally be placed does not have the resources to provide an adequate educational program. Without the supplementary services the child's needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases.
The following programs are included within this component:
Special Education Service Agency (SESA)

The Annual budget for 2007, which preceded Gov. Palin was $8,265,300.

The Annual budget for 2008, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

The Annual budget for 2009, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

This is a cut in special needs services to children in Alaska of 5,109,300 , or 62%.

So, as the Alaska State Budget description states, "Without the supplementary services the child's needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases."

Did 62% of all of the special needs children in Alaska stop having needs once Gov. Palin took office?

Before we get so excited about Gov. Palin bringing her "Reformer" agenda to Washington, perhaps we should get to know a little more about what exactly that means to our children, and the opportunities that she would "Reform".

If you ask me, a 62% cut in these funds, which we all know are so desperately scarce, and for which we all have to fight tooth and nail for our children, is a disgrace.

Just a thought...

Posted by: jim syar | September 3, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

To: Women of America, and Women all over the world who seek to be Free from the oppression that defines the way certain men in media and in power continue to treat women.

Ladies, if you take a look at the situation in today's media you will find a commonality.

Something just under the surface will tug at your conscience as if to say "this is strikingly familiar", and the pale and gruesome reality is that IT IS!

Remember when Hillary, a stellar candidate for the Presidential nomination, was at the height of her contest for the primary? Well do you remember what the media and bloggers did to her? It wasn't pretty, and more painfully, it WASN'T RIGHT!!!


Certain bloggers/reporters/so-called-media constituents are at it again. They are making up stories about another woman candidate, solely for the purpose of SMEARING THAT CANDIDATE BECAUSE SHE'S A WOMAN!!


Whether you think Governor Palin should be the VP or not, YOU MUST DEMAND EQUAL TREATMENT FOR HER!! STAND UP FOR WOMEN!!

Barack Obama and the media DESTROYED Hillary.

Don't let the media and B.O. do the same thing to another woman candidate!! STAND UP AND FIGHT!! SARAH PALIN WOULD!!

Posted by: Lilian | September 3, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I would rather Sarah LOUISE Palin be President than Barack HUSSEIN Obama too.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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