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Press Policy Shifts as Palin Greets World Leaders

Updated 12:45 p.m.
By Juliet Eilperin
NEW YORK -- Call it the Palin press shut-out.

While GOP presidential nominee John McCain announced this morning he would hold his first press conference since Aug. 13, his campaign decided today they would not let a representative of the print media observe GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin greet foreign leaders.

The campaign had never intended to actually let the press pool into Palin's sessions with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, but Palin's aides indicated last night that designated reporters would be able to watch the Alaska governor greet the visiting dignitaries before heading into a closed-door session. Palin is also meeting with former secretary of state Henry Kissinger later today, where the same rules would apply.

This morning the campaign shifted course and said no print reporters would be welcome at the outset of the meetings, though a foreign policy aide might brief the print media later today. Cameras, however, would remain free to capture Palin's entry onto the world stage.

Then, after shutting the print media out of the meeting with Karzai, the campaign changed direction once again and said a pool reporter from the print press would be allowed to observe the opening moments of Palin's meeting with Uribe and Kissinger.

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Mabye they wanted to shut out the press, because they didn't want 50 democrat media bias reporters screaming out thoughtful ? like what did you learn, and then no matter what answer she gave, would be twisted the next day. I'm not saying she now has foreign policy experience, just give her a break. No matter what she does the bias media is going to try to show how lousy she is. Report the facts.

Posted by: Truth | September 24, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Robert James:

Add Mario Bartiromo to the list of journalists who have interviewed Gov. Palin. "The Hunt for Black Gold" will air tonight at 9 PM on CNBC, focusing on our own domestic oil and gas supply.

Did anyone else see Chuck Todd on the Today Show? He is no John King, that's for sure. I could do better just using my iPhone ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 24, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Troopergate saga continues, can you say impartial? (part 1)

"Sarah Palin initially welcomed the investigation of accusations that she dismissed the state's public safety commissioner because he refused

to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper. "Hold me accountable," she said.

But she has increasingly opposed it since Republican presidential candidate John McCain tapped her as his running mate. The McCain campaign

dispatched a legal team to Alaska including O'Callaghan, a former top U.S. terrorism prosecutor from New York to bolster Palin's local

lawyer.

McCain-Palin presidential campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan announced today that Todd Palin would not appear, because he no longer believes

the Legislature's investigation is legitimate.

Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, said the McCain campaign is doing all it can to prevent the Legislature from completing a report on

whether the GOP's vice presidential nominee abused her power as governor."
http://www.adn.com/palin/story/530493.html


"Campaign spokesmen said Thursday that while the governor is resisting the legislative investigation, she is cooperating with a separate

inquiry the state Personnel Board is conducting.
The board, and not the Legislature, is the proper authority to look into Monegan's dismissal, they said."
http://www.adn.com/troopergate/story/530885.html


"But Palin's state-hired attorney Thomas Van Flein said the matter should be taken up by the state's personnel board. Van Flein and Palin

have asked the three members to resolve the dispute over the firing.

The board's members are appointed by the governor. One of the three, Debra English, was re-appointed by Palin in January. The other two

members - Laura Plenert and Alfred Tamagni, Sr - have served since 2004 and 2006, respectively."
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/06/politics/main4422385.shtml

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

Troopergate saga continues, can you say impartial? (part 2)

"Tamgani donated $400 to Palin for her 2006 race for Governor."
http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/contributor.phtml?d=536479826


So her self appointed board, with at least one contributore to her past campaign is impartial?

I wonder what if any relationship the board members have to Palin as Palin is known for appointing her frineds to government positions.


"So when there was a vacancy at the state Agriculture Department, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the

$95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the

roughly $2 million agency.

Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five high school classmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages."
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/national/stories/DN-palin_14pol.ART.State.Edition1.26e9372.html


Also it looks like at least one board member shares Palin's depth of experience.


"PLENERT, LAURA
Food & Beverage, MCDONALDS OF KETCHIKAN, RESTAURANT MANAGER, MCDONALDS, AK, 2002 1 $500"

http://www.followthemoney.org/database/search.phtml?searchbox=Laura+Plenert

"Republican campaign officials indicated they are done answering questions about an investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner Tuesday, citing a request by a state investigator."

"He has asked to keep things confidential, so we will respect those wishes," campaign spokeswoman Meg Stapleton told reporters.

Palin has dropped an earlier pledge to cooperate with a probe by the state Legislature, with aides arguing it has been "tainted" by partisan politics since she became Sen. John McCain's running mate. But Stapleton said Palin's lawyers have agreed to "general parameters of immediate cooperation" with the investigation she requested from the state Personnel Board, which has hired Anchorage lawyer Timothy Petumenos to
conduct the inquiry."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm voting for Obama/Biden in Nov. Everyone one should. Another 4 yrs of a Bush-like regime, is not want the people want.

Posted by: No way! | September 24, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

I have to wonder why they presented this woman as a "pitbull", moose killer, hunter, fighter for reform, going head to head with the "old boys" etc etc etc and are now treating this woman like a delicate flower when it comes to simply TALKING to the press.....How rediculous does this have to get? Trust me, if she could stand up to questions from ANYONE, she would be out there proving it. There is no reason to allow this negative speculation about her knowledge,abilities, etc. if she or the McCain campaign can show otherwise. The only thing that makes any sense is: she can't! The last resort strategy is to act as though she isn't answering questions because the "media" is against her.
Rediculousness obviously rules the day and once again otherwise intelligent Americans are behaving as though they buy these excuses. Remember: Those with nothing to hide, hide nothing.

Posted by: Lisa Freeman | September 23, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Obama may have had some issues as a youth,and McCain was acting like Peter Pan well into his forties. It is ancient (no pun intended)history. I care about how they have effected my world and how they will continue to effect my world. Given Mccain's voting record and close alliance with Bush, I would have to be an idiot to vote for him. Fool me once....

Posted by: jwald1 | September 23, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

http://www.factcheck.org

You as an American should know the truth about each candidate. Factcheck.org is the real thing. You will not be disappointed.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

The real JakeD here

"Will she pull it off, can she stand next to Joe Biden and offer her views on foreign policy."

Can she stand next to Joe Biden?
-Depends on what she drinks or snorts
Will she offer her views on foreign policy?
- Probably, even my dog over views on foreign policy
Will she pull it off..?
- Pull of what piece of clothing?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama has a radical background, a radical clique (including former domestic terrorists), a far-left voting record (when he bothers to vote), and zero real world experience or accomplishments.

Nobody is her right mind thinks this empty-suited self-infatuated twit is even remotely qualified to occupy our highest office. It's a bad joke, folks.

Posted by: No way! | September 23, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Biden is the ticket! The debates will show who the true candidates are. Sarah Palin as we speak is getting a crash course in foreign policy before the debate. Will she pull it off, can she stand next to Joe Biden and offer her views on foreign policy. Can Sarah pull off the ultimate upset: No experience whatsoever, against Biden, who has actually met with foreign ministers in his tenure as a politician.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

The real JakeD here

"The real JakeD here.
I see that the poseur JakeD has nothing to say about the huge phallus that Sarah got yesterday.

So I also see you didn't answer the more important question:
Are you a male or female?
Prove it.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:25 PM


So poseur JakeD refuses to answers questions.
Must be Palin.
Now JakeD says he/she doesn't wear panties, but that has nothing to do with gender.

JakeD could be commando.

So it would be nice if the poseur JakeD could answer some simple questions and stop lying. His/her swallowing of the PAlin/McCain story on the "Bridge to Nowhere", and the I can see Russia and the I visited Iraq and I visited Ireland and I will cooperate with the investigation into my abuse of the office of governor toi fire my sister's nasty ex and the my daughter Bristol's life is private but here she is and here's the dude who knocked her up and I want a tanning bed in the mansion and the hiring of an administrator to run the meth capital of ALaska and et nauseam.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

We love you!

Posted by: GO SARAH GO! | September 23, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama has:
voted for stem cell research 2x,troop readiness,veteran's care,Katrina recovery,Iraq accountability,children's health insurance 2x,water resource act,intelligence authorization, environment and food conservation,medicare improvements,patients and providers act.appropriation;labor,health,human services,education.

Posted by: jwald1 | September 23, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

The Real jakeD here again

VOTE DEMOCRAT - OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Vote for the candidates who actually speak to the press and offer their views on the economy.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

"His first year as U.S. Senator, Obama held 39 town hall meetings throughout Illinois, and in senate, sponsored 152 bills and resolutions, and cosponsored 427 more

Speaker Harry Reid designated Barack Obama as the Senate point man on ethics. Obama is known unquestionable ethics and integrity.


Background :
Worked for $13,000 / year helping inner city Chicago poor.
Registered 150,000 people to vote. Graduated first black president of Harvard Law Review, passed over 600 high money
law firm offers to work for civil rights practice at fractional pay.

State senate :
Adds health insurance for 20,000 children, Welfare reform, Earned income tax credit, increased minimum wage ($5.15 to $6.50).

Death penalty reform making interrogations be video taped passed Senate 58-0, signed to law by governor who first opposed Obama’s bill.

Sponsored bill probing police profiling.

Obama opposed Iraq war publically, long before the invasion. Accurately depicted it as undetermined length, undetermined
cost, undetermined objective, resulting as civil war. Same assessment Bush Sr. & Dick Cheney both gave in early 90’s.

Federal senate :
Worked with republican senator Lugar to expand and author program to locate & dismantle stray Russian WMD’s left over
from the cold war after the disbanding of the USSR.

Jan. 2007, major ethics/lobbying reform bill, w/ Russ Feingold insisted tougher measures banning lobbyist gifts/ meals/ jets, disclosure of earmark & contribution bundling to candidates or committees; restricts retiring Congress from going into lobbying. Toured Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, Palestinian territories, he told
Palestinian Authority Abbas that US would never recognize Hamas leaders until they renounced mission to attack Israel.
In Africa, publicly took AIDS test as example of responsibility Obama cosponsored Secure Orderly Immigration Act by John McCain. Passed 62-36. Makes undocumented persons who have been here 5+ years only allowed to stay and apply for
citizenship, if pay back taxes, learn English and no criminal record. 2 million undocumented persons who have been in the
United States for less than two years would be ordered home.

Called for increased fuel efficiency standards (3% / year)"

http://www.obama08-wa.com/files/experience.pdf

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or does Palin remind anyone of a housewife from the early 1900's? If you think about it, she is just there to make McCain look good. She is only allowed to speak in public with the permission of her (male) advisor. For as much independence she is given, she might as well be in the kitchen making a pot roast.
Feminists for Palin!!!! What a joke.

Posted by: RealWomenForObama | September 23, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling you only display comments that fit your philosophy! Maybe I am paranoid. I know it runs "deeeeep" in the Democratic Party!

Posted by: Ricky Ray | September 23, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

She will practice with a coach ,like they all do. It will be interesting to see how she does with out a script.

Posted by: jwald1 | September 23, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Please, someone tell me one positive accomplishment of Barrack Obama (Osama). Just one! Palin at least accomplished some positives in Alaska! What in the world has Barrack Obama ever done; and he is running for President of the United States!

Posted by: Ricky Ray | September 23, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"Palin Still Using Bridge To Nowhere Money To Build Bridge To Nowhere"

"Peter Feldman, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, did not respond directly to questions about whether Palin was aware that the project had begun anew or that $73 million in federal funds had been set aside for it. "The fact is that once Governor Palin was elected and had an opportunity to look closely at the project, she killed it," he said in an e-mailed statement. "She fought for Congress to kill the provision, but they sent the funds anyway. Palin fired the kill shot by not using a dime of that money on the bridge." Gov. Palin’s state office referred questions about the project to Alaska's DOT ..."

"By the time Gov. Palin entered office at the end of 2006, it was clearly unlikely that Congress would ever approve the funds necessary to complete the project. So in September 2007, Gov. Palin announced (PDF) that the state would no longer proceed with the $398 million bridge design, but she did not end the project, instead directing the DOT to look for the "most fiscally responsible alternative." ..."

"A breakdown (PDF) provided by the Alaska DOT of the approximately $80 million in federal funds used on other projects shows that about half the money has so far been spent on 18 smaller projects ranging in cost from $140,000 spent on highway "scenic enhancements" to an $8.4 million highway project. About half of the funds remain to be used on other projects."

http://www.zimbio.com/Sarah+Palin/articles/1033/Palin+Still+Using+Bridge+Nowhere+Money+Build


Link to breakdown PDF

http://www.zimbio.com/pilot?ZURL=%2FSarah%2BPalin%2Farticles%2F1033%2FPalin%2BStill%2BUsing%2BBridge%2BNowhere%2BMoney%2BBuild&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fs3.amazonaws.com%2Fpropublica%2Fassets%2Fdocs%2Falaska_project_chart.pdf

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Plain Palin hides from questions from the media while McCain's boys keep working on turning her into the ultimate Stepford veep. Keep running, little Sarah and you too will cross over to that bridge to nowhere!

Posted by: McCain's Pain | September 23, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

jakeD
I have to thank you. You gave me the first good laugh I have had all day. I don't think I shall ever see the words " I don't wear panties. I am a proud American." on the same line again.

Posted by: jwald1 | September 23, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to jwald1 -- did you also "anonymously" answer this question (I don't read those posts anymore):

"Do you think she will be reading from a script during the debate, or are you one those who think a little elf will be whispering the answers in her ear?"

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Robert James:

PRESS -- Gibson Sept. 11 and 12; Hannity Sept. 18 and 19; Couric Sept. 29 and 30; Ifill Oct. 2

PEOPLE (Magazine) -- August 29

PEOPLE (Townhalls) -- various, including rallies upward of 60,000+ in Florida, etc.

Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

jwald1:

I don't wear panties. I am a proud American.

Obama/Biden 2008:

McCain-Palin are going to get much more than 28% in their landslide victory. Mark my words: Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

"In September 2007, Palin said that Congress had "little interest in spending any more money" on the Gravina Bridge due to what she called "inaccurate portrayals of the projects".[109] She directed Alaskan officials to look for alternative ways to access Gravina Island and the Ketchikan airport.[109] Palin opted not to return the transportation funds Alaska had received for the canceled project, [110]and continues to support the building of a road on Gravina Island.[111] Palin also has continued to support the Knik Arm Bridge but ordered a funding and feasibility review in June 2008.[112]"

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

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain is embarassed because he appointed Palin as his VP nominee. Now he does not want the press to come close to her incase they ask her questions and she is foolish enough to answer them.

McCain says he believes in change. tHE ONLY CHANGE IS LOOSE CHANGE FOR THE MASSES AND A CHANGE FROM bUSH/cHENEY TO mCcAIN pALIN.

Does he have anymore brilliant decisions on the drawing board or should we wait until his dementia sets in?

Posted by: Robert James | September 23, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The funniest thing is that McCain's Soulmate hasn't yet met World Leader George W. Bush. Gee, I wonder why McCain isn't introducing her to the White House? I thought he could hardly wait!

Posted by: patriot76 | September 23, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

John Mcain doesn,t want Plain to blow his chances, thats the reason for limiting her press coverage however at rallies she is free to say anything to get the crowd worked up. Read this one about the warning of another Holocaust:
http://www.itszone. co.uk/zone0/ viewtopic. php?t=96178

Posted by: grdn_nell | September 23, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

The real JakeD here.
I see that the poseur JakeD has nothing to say about the huge phallus that Sarah got yesterday.

So I also see you didn't answer the more important question:
Are you a male or female?
Prove it.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

jakeD
don't get your panties in a knot. I was trying to look at at the site you suggested.
She did lie. We all know it. semantics. I did answer you before, how ever I did not realize my name was missing, so it was posted as anonymous. I am an American, are you?

Posted by: jwald1 | September 23, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Yer gonna have to recruit a few more 28 percenters to compete on this conservative board, JD

Posted by: Obama/Biden 2008 | September 23, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin said yes, thanks, to a road to nowhere in Alaska"

"That's because the $26-million road was designed to connect to the $398-million Gravina Island Bridge, more infamously known as the "bridge to nowhere." Alaskan officials thought federal money would pay for the bridge, but Gov. Sarah Palin killed the project after it was ridiculed and Congress rescinded the money. Plans for the road moved forward anyway.

Some residents of Ketchikan -- a city of 8,000 on a neighboring island where the bridge was to end -- see the road as a symbol of wasteful spending that Palin could have curtailed. Some of them even accuse her of deception.

"Surely we won't have to commute on the highway if there won't be a bridge," said Jill Jacob, who has been writing and calling the governor's office for the last two years to protest the road. "It's a dead-end highway, a dead-end road."
"

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-bridge19-2008sep19,0,5316609.story

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

she has very little formal education. she has no legal training. she believes in creationism - which requires completely ignoring sound science. she has an undergraduate degree in communications without any distinction from a mediocre school. i could say more but i wish to remain brief. obama is infinitely more intellectually qualified. when it comes to brains there is no comparison. i expect much more from the leader of the free world. she can't answer serious questions from the press and still keep the fallacy alive. good luck with that. its only a matter of time you also realize she's incompetent but i hope it won't be too late for the rest of us.

Posted by: john | September 23, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

JakeD's pretty much a microcosm of the McCain campaign-- gilding and dressing up shades of truths and non-truths

Posted by: Ohioan | September 23, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

"Palin "bridge to nowhere" line angers many Alaskans"

"ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - It garnered big applause in her first speech as Republican John McCain's vice presidential pick, but Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's assertion that she rejected Congressional funds for the so-called "bridge to nowhere" has upset many Alaskans."

When she was running for governor in 2006, Palin said she was insulted by the term "bridge to nowhere," according to Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein, a Democrat, and Mike Elerding, a Republican who was Palin's campaign coordinator in the southeast Alaska city.

""People are learning that she pandered to us by saying, I'm for this' ... and then when she found it was politically advantageous for her nationally, abruptly she starts using the very term that she said was insulting," Weinstein said.'"

"National fury over the bridge caused Congress to remove the earmark designation, but Alaska was still granted an equivalent amount of transportation money to be used at its own discretion."

"The state, however, never gave back any of the money that was originally earmarked for the Gravina Island bridge, said Weinstein and Elerding.

In fact, the Palin administration has spent "tens of millions of dollars" in federal funds to start building a road on Gravina Island that is supposed to link up to the yet-to-be-built bridge, Weinstein said.

"She said 'thanks but no thanks,' but they kept the money," said Elerding about her applause line.

Former state House Speaker Gail Phillips, a Republican who represented the Kenai Peninsula city of Homer, is also critical about Palin's reversal on the bridge issue.

"You don't tell a group of Alaskans you support something and then go to someplace else and say you oppose it," said Phillips, who supported Palin's opponent, Democrat Tony Knowles, in the 2006 gubernatorial race.

A press release issued by the governor on September 21, 2007 said she decided to cancel state work on the project because of rising cost estimates.

"It's clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island," Palin said in the news release. "Much of the public's attitude toward Alaska bridges is based on inaccurate portrayals of the projects here.""

http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed7/idUSN3125537020080901

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Maybe that's why AsperGirl didn't bother answering you ...

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, never mind, jwald1 -- I thought you were here for an actual discussion not just posting talking points -- I see that you failed to answer my very first question to you as well:

"Do you think she will be reading from a script during the debate, or are you one those who think a little elf will be whispering the answers in her ear?"

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

John McCain may love this country, but he can't care too much about its future if he is willing to have someone as inexperienced as Sarah Palin be a heartbeat away from the presidency he would begin to occupy at age 72.

And to ask Henry Kissinger, accused of egregious human rights crimes on several continents, his advice on foreign policy shows the McCain-Palin ticket is truly a bridge to nowhere.

Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | September 23, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

john:

She's more qualified to be President than Obama.

jwald1:

Maybe AsperGirl has a better example in mind, but here's Michael Dobbs saying she "technically" told Congress no on that bridge-to-nowhere, but she's a liar anyways.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/

Also, you complained earlier about giving the "press access to this woman soon". Did you miss the Gibson / Hannity interviews (certainly Charlie is more respected than the National Enquirer, right)?. As for the debate, you've never read past "Presidential Debate Rules" have you? They go on for pages and pages. Note that Mrs. Palin will be wearing clothes, too, so we will not get to see Sarah without those limitations either. That doesn't mean they are "afraid" of anything (I've seen video of her State press conferences on-line, have you?).

LAST QUESTION (for now): are you an American citizen?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Not
not
not
not

There, now it's working.


"aspergirl, Please give me an instance when the press lied or twisted Ms Palins words.
Even the right wing media are jumping off this band wagon. And have you ever stopped and thought, maybe it isn't that the press is liberal, it's just that they a more informed than you?

Posted by: jwald1 | September 23, 2008 9:01 PM"

Don't hold your breathe waiting for my sister?
She's very silent.

Posted by: AspenBoy | September 23, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives really do need to be a little more liberal in the use of their minds

Posted by: Ohio Voter | September 23, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

The Real jakeD here again.
It seems CNN had the professionalism to pullout of Palin photo-op.
Palin''s getting sooo sheltered that she can only show up in Aspen.

BTW, did you see the sex toy the old floridians gave Palin yesterday?

http://wonkette.com/402908/retirees-present-sarah-palin-with-enormous-phallus

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin is so under qualified its frightening. She simply lacks the knowledge and understanding for the job. God help us.

Posted by: john | September 23, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

aspergirl, Please give me an instance when the press lied or twisted Ms Palins words.
Even the right wing media are jumping off this band wagon. And have you ever stopped and thought, maybe it isn't that the press is liberal, it's just that they a more informed than you?

Posted by: jwald1 | September 23, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin got it right in keeping the elitist, liberal media in it's place. Report the news and quit trying to make the news. Our media (can't call 'em reporters) are nothing more than paparazzi.

Go Palin!

McCain/Palin '08

Posted by: 5 more minutes | September 23, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't know Dodgers1, but I agree that AsperGirl "would know the truth". Thanks for playing ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Aspergurl,

Like, you is be so stoopid.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Troopergate saga continues, can you say impartial? (part 1)

"Sarah Palin initially welcomed the investigation of accusations that she dismissed the state's public safety commissioner because he refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper. "Hold me accountable," she said.

But she has increasingly opposed it since Republican presidential candidate John McCain tapped her as his running mate. The McCain campaign dispatched a legal team to Alaska including O'Callaghan, a former top U.S. terrorism prosecutor from New York to bolster Palin's local lawyer.

McCain-Palin presidential campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan announced today that Todd Palin would not appear, because he no longer believes the Legislature's investigation is legitimate.

Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, said the McCain campaign is doing all it can to prevent the Legislature from completing a report on whether the GOP's vice presidential nominee abused her power as governor."
http://www.adn.com/palin/story/530493.html


"Campaign spokesmen said Thursday that while the governor is resisting the legislative investigation, she is cooperating with a separate inquiry the state Personnel Board is conducting.
The board, and not the Legislature, is the proper authority to look into Monegan's dismissal, they said."
http://www.adn.com/troopergate/story/530885.html


"But Palin's state-hired attorney Thomas Van Flein said the matter should be taken up by the state's personnel board. Van Flein and Palin have asked the three members to resolve the dispute over the firing.

The board's members are appointed by the governor. One of the three, Debra English, was re-appointed by Palin in January. The other two members - Laura Plenert and Alfred Tamagni, Sr - have served since 2004 and 2006, respectively."
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/06/politics/main4422385.shtml

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Troopergate saga continues, can you say impartial? (part 2)

"Tamgani donated $400 to Palin for her 2006 race for Governor."
http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/contributor.phtml?d=536479826


So her self appointed board, with at least one contributore to her past campaign is impartial?

I wonder what if any relationship the board members have to Palin as Palin is known for appointing her frineds to government positions.


"So when there was a vacancy at the state Agriculture Department, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five high school classmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages."
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/national/stories/DN-palin_14pol.ART.State.Edition1.26e9372.html


Also it looks like at least one board member shares Palin's depth of experience.


"PLENERT, LAURA
Food & Beverage, MCDONALDS OF KETCHIKAN, RESTAURANT MANAGER, MCDONALDS, AK, 2002 1 $500"

http://www.followthemoney.org/database/search.phtml?searchbox=Laura+Plenert

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

My namesakes would know the truth even if it bit them on the kumquat.
Nothing proven nothing true in what they wrote.
I'd bet that like Lillian Hellman they have nothing to do with Aspen or the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Posted by: AspenBoy and Dodgers2 | September 23, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, Kevin Morgan, she at least told Congress "Thanks, but no thanks" on that bridge-to-nowhere, right?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a big fat fraud! All image and no substance.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | September 23, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

There is absolutely no incentive for the McCain Palin ticket to talk to reporters given the way their words are twisted and misreported. It's like stepping into a pit of snakes, when there is no payoff, not reason to step in.

If there were some chance that the media would even just cover the issues or let some glimmer of the candidates' message get through, that might be worth their while to talk to the media.

But when the media will obsess over ever bit of information, deliberately ignoring or lying about anything positive to one, and trumping up, twisting or playing gotcha with everything else, there is simply no incentive to talk to the media. None.

The left-wing media (which includes the Washington Post and other mainstream press) has been acting like hateful enemies to the McCain campaign. You don't talk to your enemies if they are the ones filtering your messages and image to the world.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 23, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Sexism is alive and well in America. Because she dared to criticized the leftist media, they are going after her. It's no wonder she doesn't want to have anything to do with them. The major news outlets, like the NY Times or the Washington Post, have published nothing about her personal email being hacked by a Democrat: the son of a Democrat Tennessee Legislator and an Obama operative. The media never went after Obama for accepting money from a felon, Tony Rezco, to help build his home. They never went after Obama for doing political favors for the same Tony Rezco. Gee, I wonder why? Yes, sexism is alive and well in America.

Posted by: Dodgers1 | September 23, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

The Real JakeD here again.
I see someone posing as JakeD is making bad sex jokes.
He missed the one about the US Government backing Gays with the new LogCabin penny.

Stray Cat Blues
"I know your only 13 years old,
but I don't want your ID."

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Civil Rights worked because diverse individuals united for one cause above all others - equal opportunity for African Americans.

It is time for women to follow suit. Stand up for equal opportunity for women first and foremost. Do not be fooled that abortion rights are an exchange for equal rights. Beware of "women organizations" that speak out against women (big red flag!)

Make your vote historic! Make your vote count! McCain/Palin '08!

Posted by: Women First! | September 23, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Civil Rights worked because diverse individuals united for one cause above all others - equal opportunity for African Americans.

It is time for women to follow suit. Stand up for equal opportunity for women first and foremost. Do not be fooled that abortion rights are an exchange for equal rights. Beware of "women organizations" that speak out against women (big red flag!)

Make your vote historic! Make your vote count! McCain/Palin '08!

Posted by: Women First! | September 23, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Civil Rights worked because diverse individuals united for one cause above all others - equal opportunity for African Americans.

It is time for women to follow suit. Stand up for equal opportunity for women first and foremost. Do not be fooled that abortion rights are an exchange for equal rights. Beware of "women organizations" that speak out against women (big red flag!)

Make your vote historic! Make your vote count! McCain/Palin '08!

Posted by: Women First! | September 23, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Thomas Jefferson:

Better than you actually having sex with your 16 year-old slave ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Shameless woman let her 17 year old get knocked up

Posted by: Thomas Jefferson | September 23, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Gibson is not exactly known to be a hard newsman, still he threw her for a loop.
And they have kept her under wraps since. The Hannity interview was a pep rally, not one hard question was asked, and the same goes for PEOPLE. She probably had harder questions when she ran for "Miss Wasilla. Debate rules are not the problem, it is the debate forum.

I have to wonder if this was a man, if you would find her credible, and the best pick for the republican ticket.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The Real JakeD here again.
So what was she discussing with Kissinger?
A secret plan to end the war in Iraq?
A secret plan ending the war in Afghanistan?
A secret plan to attack Chile or East Timor?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Is she going to do a book report, too?

Posted by: Losercuda | September 23, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The Real JakeD here.
So, why is alin afraid of print journalists.
Wasn't there whining (and snorting) from the likes of Hannity and the right about how could the Dems handle foreign leaders if they wouldn't speak to FOX(y) NEWS?

I thought Sarah is tough, a pitbull.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The Common Man:

Setting Couric aside for the moment, you didn't answer my other questions.

1) At the very least, Charlie Gibson is part of the "press" right?

2) What about Gwen Ifill?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The functional equivalent of her refuelling stopover in Ireland. Or being able to see an uninhabited Russian island from an uninhabited Alaskan island.

Posted by: tom | September 23, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

The entire McCain/Palin campaign is a lot of smoke and mirrors.

Please see

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/24/us/politics/w24davis.html?hp

Turns out McCain lied (again) when he said top campaign advisor Rick Davis was no longer on Freddie Mac's payroll after 2005.

Rick Davis was being paid (through last month) for nothing other than his connection with McCain, who voted to deregulate the banking and insurance industries and enrich their managers, leading to the collapse of the financial markets.

Posted by: barbara | September 23, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

JD:
You are right the Couric interview may break Katie's career....Biden's done at least 80 interviews including all the Sunday Shows right after his nomination. I know, just what we need more Biden, but hey we do know Joe don't we? love him or hate him he's been vetted

Posted by: The Common Man | September 23, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

jwald1:

Whether PEOPLE Magazine routinely gives a list of possible questions to people they are interviewing, my understanding is that this was very last-minute, hush-hush interview, so unless you have a credible source she had the questions before, I'll give her the benefit of the doubt.

Also, you complain about giving the "press access to this woman soon". Did you miss the Gibson / Hannity interviews (certainly Charlie is more respected than the National Enquirer, right)?. As for the debate, you've never read past "Presidential Debate Rules" have you? They go on for pages and pages. Note that Mrs. Palin will be wearing clothes, too, so we will not get to see Sarah without those limitations either. That doesn't mean they are "afraid" of anything (I've seen video of her State press conferences on-line, have you?).

LAST QUESTION (for now): are you an American citizen?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

John McCain may love this country, but he can't care too much about its future if he is willing to have someone as inexperienced as Sarah Palin be a heartbeat away from the presidency he would begin to occupy at age 72.

And to ask Henry Kissinger, accused of human rights crimes on several continents, his advice on foreign policy shows the McCain-Palin ticket is truly a bridge to nowhere.

Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | September 23, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't be alarmed maybe it is a good thing. Maybe she is giving them BJs behind the camera. That will get them on our side!

What a joke! Pull her darn photo of the front.

WAPO why do you have her photo?

Posted by: T | September 23, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

John McCain may love this country, but he can't care too much about its future if he is willing to have someone as inexperienced as Sarah Palin be a heartbeat away from the presidency he would begin to occupy at age 72.

Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | September 23, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

John McCain may love this country, but he can't care too much about its future if he is willing to have someone as inexperienced as Sarah Palin be a heartbeat away from the presidency he would begin to occupy at age 72.

Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | September 23, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

The Common Man:

I wrote it (I think I had a straight face at the time) in response to people claiming ZERO exposure to the press. At the very least, Charlie Gibson is part of the "press" right? As for Katie Couric, how do you know it's going to be a "puff piece"? What about Gwen Ifill?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

jakeD,
Yes, Fan magazines routinely give a list of possible questions to people they are interviewing. It is amusing that this is where you get your news, National Inquirer has more respect. Here is something from the NY Times regarding the debate.

At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

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

The wrangling was chiefly between the McCain-Palin camp and the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which is sponsoring the forums.

Commission members wanted a relaxed format that included time for unpredictable questioning and challenges between the two vice-presidential candidates. On Wednesday, the commission unanimously rejected a proposal sought by advisers to Ms. Palin and Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee, to have the moderator ask questions and the candidates answer, with no time for unfettered exchanges. Advisers to Mr. Biden say they were comfortable with either format.

So, even in the debates we will not get to see Sarah with out limitations. It would be obvious to a fourth grader what you are afraid of, so I won't ask. But if they don't allow the press access to this woman soon, true Americans had better start screaming.

Posted by: jwald1 | September 23, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Folks on here are actually quoting 1 interview (Gibson) and 2 puff pieces (Hannity/Couric) and a puff piece mag article (People) interviews as media vetting of Palin?? They wrote that with a straight face too I'm sure. Palin would have to do 2 interviews a day and all the Sunday Shows to even come close to the sometimes unfortunate and candid exposure Biden has given. Sure he makes some silly comments, but what candidate doesn't? at least his own Party isn't afraid that what he says may sink their ship. Now. More Than Ever-- President Obama!
God Bless America!!

Posted by: The Common Man | September 23, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, RedVox, but that Obama talking point was already posted on this thread by Roystah | September 23, 2008 12:53 PM. Better luck next time : )

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

To BOB: This is not a movie script. It is a failed TV show - Commander in Chief from a season or so ago. Presidential candidate selects an unknown woman running mate. He suffers a heart attack shortly after being sworn in and, yup, you guessed it, the TV Sarah became president.

The TV Sarah also came with a family and her own First Dude. And people in other countries think we make this stuff up!

Oh, that show was also a dud, very short-lived.

Posted by: haymarketbill | September 23, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

To BOB: This is not a movie script. It is a failed TV show - Commander in Chief from a season or so ago. Presidential candidate selects an unknown woman running mate. He suffers a heart attack shortly after being sworn in and, yup, you guessed it, the TV Sarah became president.

The TV Sarah also came with a family and her own First Dude. And people in other countries think we make this stuff up!

Oh, that show was also a dud, very short-lived.

Posted by: haymarketbill | September 23, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Eat Cheese:

Don't worry, the WaPo wholly-owned subsidiary of the Obama Campaign has already transcribed that press release into a new thread.

justathought3:

Regardless, it's a package deal (unless there's a 269-269 tie, which could give us Congress voting for McCain-Biden or Obama-Palin ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Does the McCain camp realize that shielding Palin is only going to make media to ask more hard-hitting messages than they would have otherwise?

It makes you wonder what this woman has to hide? If she cannot face a few questions from the media, then she clearly is unprepared to be Vice President.

Posted by: RedVox | September 23, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Biden: Been There, Done That

Meetings with Foreign Leaders? Biden's Been There, Done That
By Glenn Kessler
Maybe it's just a coincidence, but after two weeks of requests for a list of the world leaders that Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden, Jr., has met with, his office released one -- on the very day GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin met with her first world leaders.

Judging from the eight-page document -- which Biden's office said was only a "partial list" -- Biden has quite a headstart on Palin.

As of September 23, his office says, he has met with the leaders of nearly 60 countries, territories and international organizations (such as the United Nations and NATO.) The list of names runs to about 150 people -- including nine Israeli prime ministers (ten if you including prime minister designate Tzipi Livni), four Soviet leaders and two Russian presidents, a few kings and a queen (of England), Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama, and even a few tough guys like Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and Serbian president Sloban Milosevic.

The complete list provided by Biden's Senate office is below:

As of September 23, 2008

Senator Biden/Meetings with World Leaders

This is a partial list of world leaders that Senator Biden has met with at least once over his nearly 36 year career as a United States Senator. As mentioned, this list is not exhaustive. As chairman of the subcommittees on Europe and Africa earlier in his career, the list is certainly much longer. ****The dates listed indicate when the foreign leader was in office.

Iraq
Prime Minister Iyad Allawi (May 2004 - April 2005)
Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (April 2005 - May 2006)
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (April 2006 - Present)
President Jalal Talabani (June 2005 - Present)
Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani (June 2005 - Present)
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani (March 2006 - Present)

Israel
Prime Minister Golda Meir (March 1969 - June 1974)
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (July 1992 - November 1995)
Prime Minister Shimon Peres (November 1995 - June 1996)
Prime Minister Menachem Begin (June 1977 - October 1983)
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir (October 1986 - July 1992)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (June 1996 - July 1999)
Prime Minister Ehud Barak (June 1996 - July 1999)
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (March 2001 - April 2006)
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (April 2006 - Present)
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni (January 2006 - present)

Palestinian Territories
Chairman Yasser Arafat (September 1993 - November 2004)
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (November 2004 - Present)
Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad (June 2007 - Present)
Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei (October 2003 - March 2006)

Jordan
King Hussein (August 1952 - February 1999)
King Abdullah (August 2005-Present)

Egypt
President Hosni Mubarak (October 1981 - Present)
President Anwar Sadat (October1970 - October 1981)

Libya
Prime Minister Col. Muammar Qaddafi (March 1977 - March 1979)

Lebanon
Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri (October 1992 - December 1998)
Prime Minister Najib Mikati (April 2005 - July 2005)

Bahrain
Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (March 1999 - Present)

Syria
President Bashar al-Assad (July 2000 - Present)

Turkey
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (March 2003 - Present)
President Ahmet Sezer (May 2000 - August 2007)
Prime Minister/President* Abdullah Gul (November 2002 - March 2003, Current President)
Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit (January 1999 - May 1999)
Prime Minister Demirel (November 1991 - June 1993)

Greece
President Kostis Stephanopoulos (March 1995 - March 2005)
Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis (March 2004 - Present)
Prime Minister Kostantinos Mitsotakis (April 1990 - October 1993)
Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou (October 1981 - July 1989)
(October 1993 - January 1996)

Cyprus
President George Vassiliou (February 1988 - February 1993)
President Glafcos Clerides (February 1993 - February 2003)

Afghanistan
President Hamid Karzai (December 2001 - Present)

Pakistan
President Asif Ali Zardari (September 2008 - Present)*
Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani (March 2008 - Present)
President Pervez Musharraf (June 2001 - August 2008)
Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (December 1988 - August 1990, October 1993 - November 1996)
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (November 1990 - July 1993, February 1997 - October 1999)

India
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (May 2004 - Present)
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (May 1996 - June 1996)
(March 1998 - May 2004)

Sri Lanka
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe (May 1993 - August 1994)
(December 2001 - April 2004)

Russia
President Vladimir Putin (May 2000 - May 2008; current Prime Minister)
President Boris Yeltsin (July 1991 - December 1999)
Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev (March 1990 - December 1991)
Soviet Union President Andrei Gromyko (July 1985 - October 1988)
Premier of the Soviet Union Alexey Kosygin (October 1964 - October 1980)
Premier of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev (May 1960 - July 1964)

France
President Jacques Chirac (May 1995 - May 2007)
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin (May 2005 - May 2007)
President Francois Mitterrand (May 1981 - May 1995)

U.K.
Queen Elizabeth (February 1952 - Present)
Prime Minister Tony Blair (May 1997 - June 2007)
Prime Minister John Major (November 1990 - May 1997)
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (May 1979 - November 1990)

Ireland
Prime Minister Bertie Ahern (June 1997 - Present)
Prime Minister John Bruton (December 1994 - June 1997)
Prime Minister Albert Reynolds (February 1992 - December 1994)
Prime Minister Charles Haughey (December 1979 - June 1981)
(March 1982 - December 1982)
(March 1987 - February 1992)

Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel (November 2005 - Present)
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (October 1998 - November 2005)
Chancellor Helmut Kohl (October 1982 - October 1998)
Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (May 1974 - October 1982)

Italy
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (June 2001 - May 2006)
(May 2008 - Present)
Prime Minister Romano Prodi (May 2006 - May 2008)
Prime Minister Cossiga (July 1989 - April 1992)

Serbia
President of Serbia Boris Tadic (July 2004 - Present)
Prime Minister of Serbia Vojislav Kostunica (March 2004 - Present)
Prime Minister of Serbia Zoran Djindjic (January 2001 - March 2003)
President of Serbia Slobodan Milosevic (May 1989 - July 1997)

Yugoslavia
Premier of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito (January 1953 - May 1980)

Croatia
President of Croatia Franjo Tudjman (May 1990 - December 1999)

Slovenia
Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Drnovsek (December 2002 - Present)
President of Kosovo Ibrahim Rugova (March 2002 - January 2006)
President of Slovenia Milan Kucan (October 1991 - December 2002)

Bosnia and Herzegovina
President of Bosnia Haris Silajdzic (November 2006 - Present)
President of Bosnia Sulejman Tihić (October 2002 - November 2006)
President of Bosnia Alija Izetbegovic (March 1992 - October 2000)

Kosovo (as an independent nation)
President Fatmir Sejdiu (January 2008 - Present)
Prime Minister Hashim Thaci (January 2008 - Present)

Poland
President Lech Walesa (December 1990 - December 1995)
Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz (October 1993 - March 1995)

Czech Republic
President Vaclav Havel (February 1993 - February 2003)

Hungary
Prime Minister Gyula Horn (July 1994 - July 1998)
President Arpad Goncz (August 1990 - August 2000)
Prime Minister Viktor Orban (July 1998 - May 2002)

Finland
Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen (April 1995 - April 2003)

Romania
President Ion Iliescu (December 1989 - November 1996)

Georgia
President Mikheil Saakashvili (January 2004 - Present)
President Eduard Shevardnadze (October 1995 - November 2003)

Kazakhstan
President Nursultan Nazarbayev (December 1991 - Present)

Ukraine
President Viktor Yushchenko (January 2005 - Present)

Canada
Prime Minister Paul Martin (December 2003 - February 2006)
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (September 1984 - June 1993)

NATO
Secretary General Lord George Robertson (October 1999 - January 2004)
Secretary General Javier Solana (December 1995 - October 1999)
Secretary General Manfred Woerner (July 1988 - August 1994)
Secretary General Lord Peter Carrington (June 1984 - July 1988)

China
President Jiang Zemin (March 1993 - March 2003)
Premier Zhu Rongji (March 1998 - March 2003)

Hong Kong
Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa (July 1997 - March 2005)

Taiwan
President Chen Shui-Bian (May 2000 - Present)

Korea
President Kim Dae Jung (February 1998 - February 2003)

Singapore
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew (June 1959 - November 1990)
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong (November 1990 - August 2004)
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (August 2004 - Present)

Indonesia
President Megawati Sukarnoputri (July 2001 - October 2004)
President Bambang Yudhoyono (October 2004 - Present)

Australia
Prime Minister John Howard (March 1996 - December 2007)
Prime Minister Paul Keating (December 1991 - March 1996)

Philippines
President Gloria Arroyo (January 2001 - Present)
President Fidel Ramos (June 1992 - June 1998)

Vietnam
Prime Minister Phan Van Kai (September 1997 - June 2006)

East Timor
President Ramos Horta (May 2007 - Present)

Tibet
The Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (1950 - Present)

Colombia
President Alvaro Uribe (August 2002 - Present)
President Andres Pastrana (August 1998 - August 2002)
President Cesar Gaviria (August 1990 - August 1994)

Mexico
President Vincente Fox (December 2000 - December 2006)
President Ernesto Zedillo (December 1994 - November 2000)

Bolivia
President Jaime Paz Zamora (August 1989 - August 1993)

South Africa
President Thabo Mbeki (June 1999 - September 2008)
President Nelson Mandela (April 1994 - June 1999)

Liberia
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (January 2006 - Present)

Lesotho
Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan (July 1965 - January 1986)

United Nations
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (January 2007 - Present)
Secretary General Kofi Annan (January 1997 - January 2007)
Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali (January 1992 - January 1997)

Vatican City
Pope John Paul II (October 1978 - April 2005)

Slovakia
President Rudolf Schuster (June 1999 - June 2004)

Turkmenistan
President Saparmurat Niyazov (October 1990 - December 2006)

*Senator Biden met with leader before he or she became head of state

Posted by: Eat Cheese | September 23, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I WAS 100% for Senator McCain until he made the reckless and impulsive choice to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate. I have seen folks try to compare Gov. Palin with Senator Obama's experience-- they seem to be missing one key concept. Sen. Obama has been running for President for 19 months and has been fully vetted by the press and millions of people have voted for him to become the Presidential nominee of a major party in this Country - nothing close to that can be said of Gov. Palin.
On this basis, I have a duty to now vote for Senator Obama. It truly is unfortunate that elections in this Country have become forums for organizing the hatreds of the population.

Posted by: Concerned Ohio Resident | September 23, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

PALIN didn't even have a U.S. passport until 2007 (LAST YEAR!)
Palin,I can see Russia, is going to spend a couple of days getting Foreign Policy experience at the UN. I can'nt say the same thing for the press but, MOST OF US ARE NOT STUPID! I don't care if she meets with Santa Claus. This won't fly! Can you imagine graduating from a college course on Foreign Policy in two days? Then again if you went to college like Palin (5 colleges in 6 years) or if you, like Palin, being pregnant got on a plane after your "water leaked" and took an 8 hour flight back to Alaska than you can get away with anything.

PS Why is her doctor not being question as to why he would allow her to do this?

Posted by: Palin,I can see Russia | September 23, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

PALIN didn't even have a U.S. passport until 2007 (LAST YEAR!)
Palin,I can see Russia, is going to spend a couple of days getting Foreign Policy experience at the UN. I can'nt say the same thing for the press but, MOST OF US ARE NOT STUPID! I don't care if she meets with Santa Claus. This won't fly! Can you imagine graduating from a college course on Foreign Policy in two days? Then again if you went to college like Palin (5 colleges in 6 years) or if you, like Palin, being pregnant got on a plane after your "water leaked" and took an 8 hour flight back to Alaska than you can get away with anything.

PS Why is her doctor not being question as to why he would allow her to do this?

Posted by: Palin,I can see Russia | September 23, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Andrea:

I don't care how many (I would vote for McCain-Palin regardless). I was simply responding to stryker's post.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

1) Biden has been a United States senator since 1972 and has worked across houses and across party lines for decades
1) Palin has never dealt with the US Congress and has no "working relationships" with its hundreds of members.

2) Biden is a longtime member and current Chair of the House Foreign Relations committee.
2) Palin is meeting a small handful of political leaders for the first time.

3) Biden was chair of the Senate Judiciary committee.
3) Palin has no experience with the federal judicial system.

4) Biden graduated from law school.
4) Palin has a BA in journalism.

5) Biden has been in public office for 38 years and has never been under investigation for anything.
5) Palin is avoiding investigation of allegations that she abused the power of her office as governor in the two years she occupied it.

6) Biden led the creation of the "Violence Against Women" Act.
6) Palin made women who were victims of rape pay for their rape-kits.

Palin is clearly and by far the less competent of the two candidates for vice-president. Advocating for someone like this to be in a position of leadership for our country, especially at such a dangerous time, because of loyalty to a political party is just as blind and destructive and yes, ultimately insane, as what we have seen from those who adhere to a terrorist ideology.

Posted by: justathought3 | September 23, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I guess we can all see now that anyone can stand & read a speech but speaking to reporters is a different thing altogether.

I have never seen a campaign so afraid for their VP in the history of Presidential Politics. I mean how bad can this person be?

I am also surprised that the McCain camp hope to bolster Palins lack of foreign affairs experience with this media fanfare. They must think Americans are stupid. Wait a minute, we are stupid; but not that much.

I wonder if she is gonna use this newfound enlightenment at the debates. Biden is going to walk over her and finally this palin Fiasco will be over

Posted by: mica | September 23, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Why wont Palin come out of hiding and do a real interview? What is she hiding? What is she afraid of?

This is very strange behavior from a VP candidate!

Did McCain think about any of this before selecting Mrs Palin?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Why does america put up with this?

I'm starting to understand the "Dumb American" saying.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

you know.. i think there has been a movie like this..

a presidential candidate takes a FRIGGIN HICK from some backwards a$$ state and puts her on a crash course to get "ejucatud" in time for an election???

LOL

i can't believe that senile mccain is leading palin around the UN today by her LEASH letting her sniff the gloves and hands of various heads of state.. just so that she can say, "i've met MANY heads of state!!!" during the vp debate.

this is friggin HILARIOUS!

RUN, SARAH GUMP, RUN!!!

Posted by: BOB | September 23, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Does she smell good? Is she going to save her soiled derss?

Posted by: Old Coot | September 23, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Who cares how many people she draws? When the circus is in town everyone goes but you wouldn't want them in your house would you? No. I would pay to see that freak just for a good laugh. 60,000 whopped dee doo

Posted by: Andrea | September 23, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

ello yanks...our Prime Minister has flown over to the open of the UN to meet anumber of senior folks also - no press on these and will be meeting head sof China India , New Japanese PM (if he makes it there) meanwhile the great Sarah meets a couple of puppets - Karzi the Afghan Prez and ex Interoil exec (funny that) - and the Iraqui stooge - and old Kissenger (I lovethe term Dr Strangelove for him) - and yes thats a big deal - what a waste of time and space - the media should thank its lucky stars that they didint have to waste pages on these staged events - no doubt these "world leaders" refused to use "auto prompts"...anyway world super power and leader of the world (and soon to be biggest socialist economy)keep the black comedy going and if you re elect these clowns again the joke will be on you....and yes the world will be nervously laughing

Posted by: col in paradise | September 23, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree JakeD. I miss Tim so badly right now but, any interview without preconditons would be great.

Posted by: Andrea | September 23, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

stryker:

I believe that estimate was given for a Palin appearance in Florida -- of course, nothing like the 200,000 Obama got overseas -- regardless, I'm glad there's some enthusiasm in the McCain campaign. They are talking about the Orange County Fairgrounds for a Palin rally out here in California next week.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Take a look at Kissinger/Palin photo.Pathetic.

Posted by: rafael1 | September 23, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

jake, 60,000 at a mccain rally? mccain couldn't draw that many if he advertised free beer at a NASCAR rally. Notice how he has to have ol' sarah with him everywhere so he can get a few people to come out?

Posted by: stryker | September 23, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

abqcleve:

No skin off my nose.

Anyone OTHER than abqcleve:

If you read my post to abqcleve and think there are some facts I have a problem accepting, please let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see her asked, "Why is this the first time a governor has cited leadership of the state National Guard as national security experience?" Even Clinton didn't try to pull that one.

I'd also like to know if she'd had anything to do with Russia besides gazing at it, or if she believes (like her preacher) that Bush was chosen by God, and that to criticize him is against His will.

Posted by: McBain | September 23, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

So, I'm not exactly sure which "facts" you think I have a problem with.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:56 PM

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Standard bon mot of a troll. JakeD, you've slipped since the last time I visited. Trolls are the only ones on boards who attempt to slip the noose by quibbling. Bye.

Posted by: abqcleve | September 23, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Andrea:

If Tim Russert were still with us, instead of the partisan chop-shop NBC News has devolved into this election, I would want her to go on MTP as well. I actually hope they put her on every show currently opposite Oprah Winfrey ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to have a private "photo session" with Sarah Palin, if you know what I mean.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Why is WAPO showing her picture? If she doesn't want the press, don't photograph her. CNN had the guts to pull out. WAPO doesn't, I guess because, after all, this paper supports McCain. How sad for the journalists on it, though. What a farce. Let her get the press she wants - Limbaugh and Fox. Let her press her case to the 28 percent who think Bush is Jesus's son. Let the GOP right cut its own throat.

Posted by: roger | September 23, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

muslit:

"do the republicans ever deny anything?"

I've read that twice now, and I guess the answer is "yes" -- I mean, isn't that your whole point -- John McCain denied he was lying.

JBE:

I think the law should require women who are victims of rape and incest to bear the child too. We don't kill the innocent victim of said rape and incest, do we? And, no one denied that Todd Palin was a member of the AIP or that Governor Palin video taped a welcoming address to their convention delegates. Or, that rape victims were charged. So, I'm not exactly sure which "facts" you think I have a problem with.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama ought to hide Biden too!!!

Today he said; "Roosevelt got right on TV after the 29 collapse"!!!

Well Roosevelt wasn't president and there was such thing as TV then. OOOOOOOPPPPPPPssss

Keeep talking Biden!!


Posted by: Jeff C | September 23, 2008 6:38 PM
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Yup, that should pretty much justify a 5 point bounce in McCain's favor, eh? Add to that Palin posing in the UN "kiss and cry" room with Uribe and Karzai and things are really looking up again for the Republicans, you have to admit. Just ignore that outstanding presidential session Obama spent taking questions from the press this morning: irrelevant musings about the economy are of no interest.

Posted by: abqcleve | September 23, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Andrea:

PRESS -- Gibson Sept. 11 and 12; Hannity Sept. 18 and 19; Couric Sept. 29 and 30; Ifill Oct. 2

PEOPLE (Magazine) -- August 29

PEOPLE (Townhalls) -- various, including rallies upward of 60,000+ in Florida, etc.

Next canard?

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Stop pathetic examples. People Magazine seriously? Really?Hannity and Combs really? The Townhalls were all by invitation only and when Palin lost her way McCain had to step in. She couldn't even pass with Charlie Gibson escorting her during the interview. She speaks in tongue "Well, that in which, is basically blah blah blah, poor Charlie a blizzard of words it right. Please we are talking basic social studies. You can't even call it a softball interview it is more like TBall and she still swings and misses. Put her on Meet The Press with the other big boys. It’s time she Faces the Nation with no training wheels.

Posted by: Andrea | September 23, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Bush hid Dan Quayle after selecting him for his looks and appeal to the religious right(Quayle compared himself ro Robert Redford but thought he looked better than the actor).

By the end of the campaign Quayle was speaking in Latin america and in US grade schools to keep him out of the news. The ploy mostly worked (just like Palin's news blackout is working against the weak and feckless MSM) until Quayle himself misspelled "potato" while trying to correct an child who had spelled it correctly.

THAT made Saturday Night Live - but Quayle was elected with Bush Sr. and a long recession followed shortly thereafter.

Posted by: Remember Dan Quayle? | September 23, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Why did the MSN let the McCain campaign dictate to them the rules.

If the McCain campaign did not and would not let reporters ask questions the MSM should not have shown the pictures.

MSM DO YOUR JOB!!!

Posted by: Do your job | September 23, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it is all the fake JakeD (and cowardly Anonymous) posts -- luckily, for McCain at least, Dick Cheney is not running for re-election this time around -- if you have some other specific example actually relevant to this campaign, by all means share with the class.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:38 PM
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I'll ignore the supercilious comment and take the other at face value. Most folks recognize the puppeteers behind the sold-out, unprincipled McCain and the tabula rasa Palin: they're the same crowd we’ve endured since Reagan’s administration. You may not believe it to be so, but most folks recognize by now the damage that crowd has done to this country. No more.

Posted by: abqcleve | September 23, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

to JakeD:

no, like sarah palin

and, do the republicans ever deny anything?

no

Posted by: muslit | September 23, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

When faced with a choice of Vice-Presidential candidates, I always choose the dumber one.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Somebody give me a break! Any fool that falls for this dog and pony show deserves to live under four years of Palin/McCain. I’ve seen better window dressing in strip malls. Meeting with Henry Kissinger is right up there with Nixon talking to portraits in the White House. Did she learn a lot? Has she now got a foreign policy? Is she now prepared to be Commander in Chief should McCain not be able to serve?
You can put this babe in designer clothes, but she still trailer trash from Northern Exposure. No McCain. No Palin. No Way! Be gone dipstick and lipstick. We need someone with brains and integrity.

Posted by: spence | September 23, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

OH,OH,OH!!!!

I finally FIGURED OUT JakeD's problem!

DUDE let me help you!

You see there are things called "F-a-c-t-s". Facts are information that are true, as opposed to information that one might wish to be true but sound really favorable.

Sometimes "facts" can be very favorable, and sometimes they unfortunately are unfavorable. Often hidden, "facts" can also be often observed in the making. Usually the hidden "facts" are the negative ones. That is why we have a free press - to investigate and report on the hidden as well as openly visible facts.

Example: It is a FACT that Palin believes the lawshould require women who are victims of rape and incest should bear the child.

Example: It is a FACT that Todd Palin was a member of the US hating secessionist AKIP party, and also a FACT that Governor Palin video taped a welcoming address to their convention delegates.

Another Fact: During Palin's term as mayor of Wasilla the city charged for rape kits, billing the charge to the victims of rape and incest.

So the governor at the time Tony Knowles signed legislation banning the practice.

Wasilla Police Chief Charlie Fannon does not agree with the new legislation, saying the law will require the city and communities to come up with more funds to cover the costs of the forensic exams.

See? These are facts.

LIES and OBFUSCATIONS are what the site address that YOU provided presents. A "lie" is intentionally "MISLEADING-information. "Obfuscation" is a twist of the "facts" to hide the actual truth (aka "facts").

See? - Now do you get it JakeD?

Posted by: JBE | September 23, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

So by these meetings at the U.N. can we expect the McCain campaign to claim Sara Palin has been to the battle lines in Afghanistan and stared down the Iranian president from afar.

Ohh, she may have gone to the bank today, she may also be an economic specialist too.

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | September 23, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Plain wants photo ops, she should take a page fro Britney Spears and wear micro mini skirts with no underwear.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Republican's why are they hiding her? This is the most obvious effort of shielding a unqualified candidate. It would be funny if there was not a 50/50 chance she might be a one heart beat (I dont like that phrase either) from the Presidency. You talk about Obama's lack of ‘experience’; she is like having your 11th grade counselor as President. She could be a good person but just not qualified to be president. How is Palin going to be able to give a Press Briefing from the white house? There are reporters there... Why would anyone think she can be President, excuse me Vice President.

Posted by: AMT64 | September 23, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

muslit:

She has never denied that she once supported the 'brige to nowhere', then rejected it. As for whether someone can become Governor, and now a Vice Presidential candidate, but really not very smart, I guess I'd have to ask what your definition of "very smart" is? You mean like Al Gore in 2000 or John Kerry in 2004?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Ah, yes, the "liberal" press. We desperately need them as videographers for our cram session ("See? Sarah's got Foreign Policy experience!"), but we mustn't let them ask any questions.

You guys aren't afraid of the ideology of pool reporters: you're petrified that someone will expose the deer-in-the-headlights incoherent ignorance of your Know-Nothing candidate.

It's obvious in every move the campaign makes: structured, softball interviews taped in advance, "townhall meetings" with carefully screened GOP audiences, restrictions on debates, officiously managed photo ops, demands for "deference", and anti-intellectual populist broadsides against the "liberal press"

All this, so that Sarah doesn't have to face the sheer terror of a Real Question--and followups--asked in real time with the cameras rolling, with no chance to cram or edit the response.

That scares the crap out of you--just admit it already!

You tell us she's "more experienced" than Obama--yet Obama can sit down with right-wing blowhards like Bill O'Reilly and hold his own. He can answer questions substantively in unscripted exchanges.

It isn't because the questions and the questioners are friendly, it's because Obama HAS THE BRAINS TO ANSWER THEM whichever way they may be slanted.

Sarah Palin hasn't spent five minutes researching or developing her own philosophy on world issues. She can't handle questions without preparation BECAUSE SHE HAS NOTHING SUBSTANTIVE TO SAY. Her responses have all the airy depth of a Hallmark greeting card.

McCain's campaign advisors have already admitted they're hiding her because they're terrified of The Big Gaffe that will sink the ship.

Still, good luck trying to make your candidate's glaring inadequacies the fault of the "liberal media". Obviously, you think the American public is stupid enough to buy this tactic. (Who are the elitists, again?)

Posted by: youarestillidiots | September 23, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama ought to hide Biden too!!!

Today he said; "Roosevelt got right on TV after the 29 collapse"!!!

Well Roosevelt wasn't president and there was such thing as TV then. OOOOOOOPPPPPPPssss

Keeep talking Biden!!

Posted by: Jeff C | September 23, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

DDS:

I don't work for the RNC.

Joe:

Stay safe going home.

abqcleve:

Maybe it is all the fake JakeD (and cowardly Anonymous) posts -- luckily, for McCain at least, Dick Cheney is not running for re-election this time around -- if you have some other specific example actually relevant to this campaign, by all means share with the class.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

hey jakeD:

is it still a rumor that palin supported the 'brige to nowhere', then rejected it?

or that she's really not very smart?

one can see and hear without visiting rumor sites -

Posted by: muslit | September 23, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

jwald1:

What I "don't get" is how people actually think that she read from a script during the PEOPLE Magazine interview. Do you think she will be reading from a script during the debate, or are you one the ones who think a little elf will be whispering the answers in her ear?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Why should Palin meet with leaders and ambassadors from Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, China, England, China, etc. She cannot see these countries from Alaska.

Posted by: Larry Linn | September 23, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Guess JakeD has to go home now from his job at the RNC.

Local fire officials estimated the crowd at between 20,000 and 30,000 people. A lot, but not the propaganda spewed by JakeD.

Honestly, the problems I have with Palin, I have with George Bush. They're both intellectually incurious. They think they're "practical", but they're either lazy or stupid. Instead of thinking deeply about a subject, they consult their "gut" which tells them what to do. If undecided, they "pray" over it, and then their gut tells them what to do. It's a purely subjective, emotional response to an issue. They are astonishingly subjective about reality: inconvenient facts are ignored and replaced with fantasy.

Palin and Bush aren't necessarily lying, if lying is a willful telling of untruth. Instead, they really believe that what they say is true, despite any evidence to the contrary. Palin probably believes she said "Thanks but no thanks" to the bridge to nowhere. The reality of her political maneuvering has been subsumed into the fantasy that she's created for herself.

Very scary people.

Now the question in my mind is about McCain? Does he really believe, for example, that Obama will raise taxes on the middle class? Is he another "gut" decision maker?

Posted by: DDS | September 23, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm impressed! Hang in there and keep 'em honest, JakeD!

I'm going home.

Posted by: Joe | September 23, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

You Sarah Palin haters just wait until she releases her Financial Recovery Plan. Then you'll know what she has been working on these past 30 days.

First up: Sarah will sell off unused government assets such as the White House, which as been vacant for the past 8 years. Look for the posting on eBay.

Second: Sarah will sell off Camp David. While formally a presidential retreat, since the turn of the century it has been a mountain bike resort. No longer needed. eBay it too.

Third: And Sarah scores big with this. Economic Recovery AND National Defense. Sarah will sell Alaska back to the Russians. Sarah knows if we can see Russia from Alaska, then they can see us from their side. Silly fools, they can't see mainland USA from Alaska. We win AND get paid.

So all you Palin haters take note. Miss America RULES!

Posted by: haymarketbill | September 23, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

It's not "bait". It's the TRUTH posted to counter EVERY lie...............
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You're losing your sense of humor, JakeD. Hate to say it: must be the fake JakeD getting under your skin. You of all people know that CAPS affect the verity of a statement not a whit.

The LIE is not what any person says about Palin, or McCain, or Obama or Biden. It's not distortions of their statements or records, made in the heat of battle.

The LIE is the little crowd of snot-nosed chickhawk neo-cons hiding under the monsterous skirts of their latest puppet while the use every junior high debate team distraction and red herring to confuse enough folks to vote for their puppets.

The LIE is people like Dick Cheney telling Americans that deficits don't matter, that the Office of VP is a virtual 4th branch of government, accountable to no one.

The LIE is, lastly, the blind who refuse to man-up and acknowledge their ideals and their country have been betrayed by cynical charlatans.

Posted by: abqcleve | September 23, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

jefflz:

Did you complain when Dick Cheney did not "get in front of a standard unscripted press conference" during the 2000 campaign? Did you see that McCain agreed to yet another "standard unscripted press conference" today?

Andrea:

PRESS -- Gibson Sept. 11 and 12; Hannity Sept. 18 and 19; Couric Sept. 29 and 30; Ifill Oct. 2

PEOPLE (Magazine) -- August 29

PEOPLE (Townhalls) -- various, including rallies upward of 60,000+ in Florida, etc.

Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

jakeD
SCRIPTED!
SCRIPTED!
SCRIPTED!

What don't you get? Or are you really that dense.

Posted by: jwald1 | September 23, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Has there ever been precedence where a Vice Presidential Candidate is potty trained to learn foreign policy in 60 days and completely sequestered from the media like she's a juror at the O.J. Simpson trial? You have to be kidding me if people will fall for this gimmick on November 4th. You think Wall Street collapsed last week, our government as we know it would go straight to hell if McCain pulls this chicanery off.

Posted by: 2pacolypse Now | September 23, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Joe:

You're welcome.

JBE:

I'm rarely mistaken, but I'd be willing to reconsider if you actually have a quote of McCain promising that during the campaign -- Obama also "promised" to aggressively pursue an agreement on public financing, and that didn't work out either, did it -- the best laid plans ...

Anyone else who has a question about alleged Palin "lies" or other vicious rumors -- including her charging for rape and incest kits -- they are debunked here:

http://www.palinrumors.com

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

check out the WOMEN AGAINST PALIN rally in anchorage, ALASKA, something else the national media didn't cover -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_4GfAsKvGU

Posted by: muslit | September 23, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

It is not a question of liberal media or conservative media. The question is why as long as she refuses to get in front of a standard unscripted press conference should anyone believe that she is qualified for national office? Entertainment Tonite/ Sunday Magazine photo spreads, even at the UN, won't fool anyone but her bedazzeled supporters.

Posted by: jefflz | September 23, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Palin and McCain Co are cowards. If they can't meet the press then how can they meet the world and it's problems.

Posted by: Andrea | September 23, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

John:

PRESS -- Gibson Sept. 11 and 12; Hannity Sept. 18 and 19; Couric Sept. 29 and 30; Ifill Oct. 2

PEOPLE (Magazine) -- August 29

PEOPLE (Townhalls) -- various, including rallies upward of 60,000+ in Florida, etc.

Next canard?

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

JakeD as usual you're mistaken. While McCain discussed a possible future "question time" as the British PM is required to do, his promise to the American people was twice weekly candid meetings with the American free press.

He has flip-flopped and imposed a press blackout shortly after Palin opened her mouth the first time.

Mostly they don't want to let her talk about rape and incest victims being forced to bear the children of their attackers.

They also don't like talking about:

The investigation into her abuse of power crimes,

Palin's willingness to call Putin out with a threat of war on national TV

Palin saying that she can "see Russia" from Alaska as proof of her international experience

Palin's lies about the Bridge To Nowhere taxpayer money she lobbied for, and spent,

Todd Palin's membership in the US hating, secessionist Alaska First Party (AKIP) and her video taped Gubenatorial welcoming address to their convention delegates in 2008.

McCain = Straight-Talk-Flip-Flop

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

Thank you JakeD. My mind doesn't work that way, but oddly enough, you're probably right.

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

...Thinks she hears chants of, "Evita, Evita, Evita...", coming somewhere from down south. Could it be Spain? Recalls that J. Mac says do not meet with them. Bomb, bomb, bomb Spain. Who are the Beach Boys? Thinks Van Halen could do a much better job. Retires safely for debriefing.

Posted by: Patriot3
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Bravo!! Well done!

Posted by: abqcleve | September 23, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what it tells us, but it is obvious that Palin just wants a photo-op. They are scared to have her show off her ignorance in front of the press.

Posted by: John | September 23, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

So Sarah meets the war criminal Kissinger (per photo shot). Which country is this mass-murderer the head of?

As for meeting Karzai and Maliki, they are just US puppets. So which leaders of the world did she really meet?

Posted by: AHRO | September 23, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

abqcleve:

It's not "bait". It's the TRUTH posted to counter EVERY lie about Gov. Palin not talking to the press or people. I could care less if any such liar comments thereafter or not.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Sarah's Day on the Campaign Trail, 9/23/08:

Rick Baker, taking a break from his main job, lobbying, takes the time to give Sarah a "Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?" game. Thinks to herself, does Mr. Baker resemble a bird or a reptile?

After meeting Henry the K., Sarah once again thinks, to herself, I did not know there was anyone older than J.Mac not in a nursing home. Thinks Henry the K. much quicker on the uptake than either she or J.Mac are. Wonders who in the world was Dick Nixon. Was I even born then?

Flashes Beauty Queen Smile and does Beauty Queen Wave. MSM fawns, fawns, fawns all over itself. Camera shutters click like crickets.

Thinks she hears chants of, "Evita, Evita, Evita...", coming somewhere from down south. Could it be Spain? Recalls that J. Mac says do not meet with them. Bomb, bomb, bomb Spain. Who are the Beach Boys? Thinks Van Halen could do a much better job. Retires safely for debriefing.

Posted by: Patriot3 | September 23, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Lisette:

Do you think the Networks are going back to BLUE States on the map for the GOP candidate this time? Remember the BLUE Reagan landslide? Regardless, mark my words, Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

McBain:

PRESS -- Gibson Sept. 11 and 12; Hannity Sept. 18 and 19; Couric Sept. 29 and 30; Ifill Oct. 2

PEOPLE (Magazine) -- August 29

PEOPLE (Townhalls) -- various, including 60,000+ in Florida

Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:14 PM
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JakeD, you're starting to read like our old friend from the primaries, whatshisname, the supposed Cal Ph.D. who claimed every other Ph.D. was for Clinton. Pasting the same note over and over.

No one's taking the bait on this, notice?

Posted by: abqcleve | September 23, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Probably the easiest way to bring Palin into a real press conference is to simply ignore her until she does. Forget the pictures with heads of state, or anyone else for that matter. Just don't print anymore articles on her unless it's about her screw-ups, like going to war with Russia.

If all media lets her know that she is irrelevant until she properly presents herself she might actually change her stripes, or at least her lipstick.

Posted by: Ken | September 23, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Sara Palin reminds me of the old "Gidget
Show"...

She is such a drama queen and sounds and acts like Sally Field during her younger days; although Gidget appeared more intelligent and grounded...

So today it was Gidget does the UN in a
record pace.

This is too serious an election to see such a bubble head doing on the job photo ops appearing like she actually has experience. Did Pres. Bush arrange all of the engagements as he does her prep
work? Bet he did!

A mother for peace, equality, and sex education, birth control, and abortion choice for my daughter and other women.

Posted by: DEB-Z | September 23, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Joe:

Bush Derangement Syndrome (B.D.S.) has morphed into M.D.S.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Leave her alone, press. She needs her privacy. By all means, give it to her.
Ignore her.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Jake D,

You're a dreamer, but you're not the one. Hope you like blue.

Posted by: Lissette | September 23, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

McBain:

PRESS -- Gibson Sept. 11 and 12; Hannity Sept. 18 and 19; Couric Sept. 29 and 30; Ifill Oct. 2

PEOPLE (Magazine) -- August 29

PEOPLE (Townhalls) -- various, including 60,000+ in Florida

Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

It's not my imagination, there are a lot folks out there who really hate Palin, McCain, and the Republican party. What's the deal? Why the caustic remarks?

I must be missing something. What exactly is it?

Posted by: Joe | September 23, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Leave her alone, press. She needs her privacy. By all means, give it to her.
Ignore her.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Everytime someone lies I expect to hear "I'm John McCain and I approved this message"

Everytime there's dead silence I expect it's a photo op for Sarah Palin.


Posted by: JulieD | September 23, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Lisette:

GO MCCAIN-PALIN, ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

What a joke this campaign has become.

If a candidate can't face the press, how can he/she face al Qaeda?

Posted by: McBain | September 23, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

she didn't blink - she's ready to be vice-president, president if need be -

then why all the secrecy???

instead, people should be demanding why the republican vice-presidential candidate is so invisible without a stage and set-up first - the media is saying yes to her tutors and giving in - what a crock!


Posted by: muslit | September 23, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

KT writes the following without thinking:

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I love the "shunning" the press is getting. Perhaps if everything wouldn't be a "gotcha", she would talk. I think it is smart to limit her exposure to press questions. Go to the rallies if you want to hear Sarah!! She's marvelous!!!

Posted by: kt | September 23, 2008 3:45 PM
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She's a "marvelous" CHEERLEADER when she DOESN'T HAVE TO ANSWER FACTUAL QUESTIONS, OR DISCUSS THE LAW, OR DISCUSS FOREIGN POLICY, ECONOMICS, THE ALASKA STATE INVESTIGATION ON HER ABUSE OF POWER CRIMES, HER HUSBAND'S MEMBERSHIP IN THE SECESSIONIST ALASKA FIRST PARTY ("akip"), HER VIDEO TAPED 2008 WELCOMING ADDRESS TO "AKIP", HER DENIAL OF INDUSTRIAL CAUSES OF GLOBAL WARMING, OR HER LIES ABOUT THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE WHICH SHE ACTIVELY LOBBIED FOR - AND SPENT THE ALLOTTED TAXPAYER MONEY THAT ENDICTED CRIMINAL SENATOR TED STEVENS GOT FOR IT!

KT: If all you want is info from her on her family I think we've heard enough of that clan for a lifetime.

If you want her to repeat the same lines over and over and over you can use a tape recorder because her speeches are identical repeats of points from the convention speech...with zero substance in it.

If you want her to lead cheers of "drill baby drill" well, I'll give you that - Cheerleading is her greatest skillset. Although Alaskans will tell you she's good at abuse of power, too.

Posted by: JBE | September 23, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Go Sarah PropLin!

Posted by: are you really this dumb? | September 23, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Women support Sarah Palin.

You Go Girl!!!

Posted by: Janet Smith
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Yes. Go girl.
Go get an education
Go get some experience
Go tell your husband to stop calling himself "first dude"
Go get some help for the animal cruelty tendencies, abuse of power, etc etc

or JUST GO away so we can have our nations dignity back.

Posted by: Lisette | September 23, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Trojan Moose...

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I thought this was a metaphor for Washington, under the neocons.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

treetopflyer:

Yes.

nwachai:

You mean "hiding her from public view" like this?

PRESS -- Gibson Sept. 11 and 12; Hannity Sept. 18 and 19; Couric Sept. 29 and 30; Ifill Oct. 2

PEOPLE (Magazine) -- August 29

PEOPLE (Townhalls) -- various, including 60,000+ in Florida

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Palin and Kissinger?

And the sane of the world recoil from the stench.

Nothing like no talents kooks with access to the US Army, or possible future access to the US Army, god forbid.

Hope Kissinger rots in hell, if he passes before Cheney and Addington see the Hague...

Posted by: Mo Mushroom, Finance | September 23, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

LJC:

A Moose Trojan is not to be confused with a Trojan Moose! Both mitigate the effects of an "impalin," but the latter only brings concomitant unwanted progeny.....

Posted by: abqcleve | September 23, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

JBE:

I think that McCain also proposed something similar to the Prime Minister questioning before Congress, again for his Presidency. You will agree he's a bit busy right now, trying to get elected first?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

John McCain approves this press conference with Sarah Palin:

Smile, Sarah! Smile! Wave, Sarah! Over here, Sarah! Smile! Wave again, Sarah! Wave over here! Wave, please, Sarah! Please, Sarah, smile! Over here! Wave again, Sarah! Thank you, Sarah! Thank you! Smile, Sarah! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Sarah!

Posted by: Donna H. | September 23, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

We can't hold one of us to the same standards of open coverage and questioning of the candidates. Why does the media even cover her. Her being prone to making gaffes and not backing away from false statements, make the non-coverage unless all is good then show is quite a ruse being played. Why Americans stand for hidden agendas and the attack against a search for truth is beyond me. The shifting positions of McCain the past week, has shown him to be impulsive. The hot headed sattack is being brought out in full force. I think McCain can be goaded into a fit during the debates.

Posted by: Jimbo | September 23, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Why should Palin meet with leaders and ambassadors from Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, China, England, China, etc. She cannot see these countries from Alaska.

Posted by: Larry Linn | September 23, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign is behaving like parents who hide their disabled children from public view.

Posted by: nwachai | September 23, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain approves this press conference with Sarah Palin:

Smile, Sarah! Smile! Wave, Sarah! Over here, Sarah! Smile! Wave again, Sarah! Wave over here! Wave, please, Sarah! Please, Sarah, smile! Over here! Wave again, Sarah! Thank you, Sarah! Thank you! Smile, Sarah! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Sarah!

Posted by: Donna H. | September 23, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Honestly - do we need four more years of this?

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 23, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

JAKED. are you the first dude? because you keep posting all this b.s. about the moose hunting twit. she's an idiot and mcsleeze has does everything to keep her hidden away. you're one of those idiots who gave us bush, so do your nation a favor, and SFTU in '08. you belong in jail w/ bush for war crimes.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

"Jesus said that we are not to forgive just seven times, but "seventy times seven". And, I don't think Jesus meant only 490 times either. I don't care how many times. To me it literally means infinity. You can't limit forgiveness. If you limit it you miss the point. Maybe we can talk more about it tomorrow?"

Absolutely. But now, It's time for me to flee. Xander...AWAY!!!!

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

To abqcleve:

How can you speak of Trojans on a moose? Moose believe in abstainence only.

Posted by: LJC | September 23, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

JAKED. are you the first dude? because you keep posting all this b.s. about the moose hunting twit. she's an idiot and mcsleeze has does everything to keep her hidden away. you're one of those idiots who gave us bush, so do your nation a favor, and SFTU in '08. you belong in jail w/ bush for war crimes.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse


Does the McCain campaign think if Palin
wiggles her butt at world leaders they'll follow her, PANTING?

Like mcCain did after their brief meeting?
But then McCain has had a very certain
reputation as a ladies' man (past).

This is Embarassing, to the max.

Posted by: we're embarassed | September 23, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse


Does the McCain campaign think if Palin
wiggles her butt at world leaders they'll follow her, PANTING?

Like mcCain did after their brief meeting?
But then McCain has had a very certain
reputation as a ladies' man (past).

This is Embarrassing, to the max.

Posted by: we're embarrassed | September 23, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse


Does the McCain campaign think if Palin
wiggles her butt at world leaders they'll follow her, PANTING?

Like mcCain did after their brief meeting?
But then McCain has had a very certain
reputation as a ladies' man (past).

This is embarassing, to the max.

Posted by: we're embarassed | September 23, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse


Does the McCain campaign think if Palin
wiggles her butt at world leaders they'll follow her, PANTING?

Like mcCain did after their brief meeting?
But then McCain has had a very certain
reputation as a ladies' man (past).

This is Embarrassing, to the max.

Posted by: we're embarrassed | September 23, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

JBE:

The "twice weekly press conferences" were promised by McCain for his Presidency.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

it's called censorship -

palin is disgusting

the republicans are disgusting

Posted by: muslit | September 23, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

rcc_2000:

PRESS -- Gibson Sept. 11 and 12; Hannity Sept. 18 and 19; Couric Sept. 29 and 30; Ifill Oct. 2

PEOPLE (Magazine) -- August 29

PEOPLE (Townhalls) -- various

Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The media should start refusing to speak to or cover the McCain Palin campaign until they are granted access.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 23, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't the Press return the favor and shut out the Caribou Queen? Then we'll hear a different tune.

Posted by: askgeesus | September 23, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

There is only ONE WAY to get the honest truth out of Palin/McCain.

BLACK THEM OUT OF THE PRESS ENTIRELY UNTIL THEY COME TO HEEL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE FREE PRESS.

1. Write NOTHING about their (screened attendance and fake "home-made" posters) events, talking points, or spin. Report only about their past.

2. Show NO IMAGES OF ANY KIND until they allow the American free press to FULLY cover ALL events, ask questions of thecandidates, and the cadidates answer in full.

3. Continue the blackout until Palin/McCain honor their campaign promise to hold twice weekly press conferences

Posted by: JBE | September 23, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Jackie:

PRESS -- Gibson Sept. 11 and 12; Hannity Sept. 18 and 19; Couric Sept. 29 and 30; Ifill Oct. 2

PEOPLE (Magazine) -- August 29

PEOPLE (Townhalls) -- various

Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

You would think that McCain/Palin were running for President of Russia. They make Putin look like a pro-democracy zealot.

McCain is apparently a doddering old fool who they need to shut up and Palin appears to be an ignorant hick who cannot speak her own mind.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 23, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

It is PATHETIC that WaPo is covering the Palin photo op after the McCain campaign refused to let any journalists (only still photographers) have access. We're not running someone for Beauty Queen!! She's running to be the Vice President. The media has failed miserably. Explain to me why the press needs the additional constitutional protections of the First Amendment when all they are going to do is shoot staged pics??

Posted by: Jackie | September 23, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

imZandor:

PRESS -- Gibson Sept. 11 and 12; Hannity Sept. 18 and 19; Couric Sept. 29 and 30

PEOPLE (Magazine) -- August 29

PEOPLE (Townhalls) -- various

Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

How stupid does the GOP thinks we are? Obviously very, if meeting foreign leaders automatically gives you experience then I as the V.P. of my local Soccer Club met Gov Bayh 20 years ago so that means I am qualified to be President!!! The GOP are idiots and the American public are dumb enough to buy it and elect them again.

Posted by: Paul | September 23, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I love the "shunning" the press is getting. Perhaps if everything wouldn't be a "gotcha", she would talk. I think it is smart to limit her exposure to press questions. Go to the rallies if you want to hear Sarah!! She's marvelous!!!

Posted by: kt | September 23, 2008 3:45 PM
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Nothing personal--my interest here is tackling other folks who say the same kinds of things lately--do you have any idea how anti-American that view is? It is their JOB to take hard questions! We're the employer (potentially): we the people want to know if she's up to the hardest job in the world (yes, harder than motherhood).

If she won't do the job interview and her resume fits on a recipe card, I'm not interested in hiring. Period.

No to Trojan Mooses!!!!

Posted by: abqcleve | September 23, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Xander:

Jesus said that we are not to forgive just seven times, but "seventy times seven". And, I don't think Jesus meant only 490 times either. I don't care how many times. To me it literally means infinity. You can't limit forgiveness. If you limit it you miss the point. Maybe we can talk more about it tomorrow?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

At what point will this candidate start to take questions from the PRESS and the PEOPLE!!

She can't possibly think she can make it to November and win with OUT taking real adult questions?

This nothing but a SHAM and the press is buying into it. Come on press, grow a pair of balls and act like real reporters....Why do you keep taking the powder puff approach.?

GET TO THE TRUTH!!!!!

THE PEOPLE DEMAND THE TRUTH AND IT'S YOUR DUTY TO DELIVER!!

Posted by: imZandor | September 23, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

This decision by McCain's camp is a RED Flag. Do not vote for McCain/Palin - they are not qualified to meet foreign officials. RED Flag. Take a look on this man's face and read it. It says BIMBO I think she is.

Posted by: mzbond | September 23, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain is looking for Colombian votes here in SouthFlorida by allowing that woman from Alaska to be seen by the press with Uribe. How disgusting!

Posted by: truth1 | September 23, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Xander I model my life based on the good things I have learned from many religions.
I don't hate Christians but they are as you say the worst.

Growing up with them caused me to wonder what the hell is going on with all this hypocrisy. And eventually i was able to shed all the beliefs i was force fed as a kid. Its funny because before i did it i said "damn are you sure becasue if yer wrong yer going to have a lot to splaining to do."

Ha, is was so easy after that.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

"Forgiveness is not "hypocritical" itself."

True, but where do you draw the line for forgiveness? When someone constantly breaks the 10 commandments and then goes to church, thinking that he's in the clear after the fact, how does that not seem wrong? At what point does doing this dictate a lack of a decent conscience in a human being?

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Xander:

Forgiveness is not "hypocritical" itself.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Possible but that idea makes no sense. There is no more reason to believe in one or the other. You can chase after as many supreme being's as you wish. But ultimately it all has to taken on faith. What you choose to believe in your mind doesn't necessarily create reality.

You are pretty damn good if you can imagine a supreme being in your mind. Talk about confidance!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"Although i do hate Christians. Their hypocritical lives are contemtable. Thy hate too many types of people yet feel good about it. shame on them. I don't hate anyone. Ok, Christians!!"

I personally do not hate christians (even if they constantly condemn me to hell :P ), but will agree that they have lost their way. The way I look at it is I personally do not believe in a diety that controls my life. I do however believe that any religion that gives people ideas and paths to be good honest human beings, then that religion is alright in my book. I will admit that Christianity seems to be the most hypocritical of the religions. I will not say that all christians are hypocrits, because I have known a good many christians who lead lives the way the bible teaches them. However, more often than not people seem to use christianity as a "go to" for anything. That's what bothers me the most. I sell drugs. But I go to church, so I'm good. I steal people's belongings, but I go to church so I'm good. That is what is truly wrong with Christianity in my book.

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Palin speed dates at the UN and John does a whopping 15 minutes with real press questions and continues to talk in circles when off script. Not making my independent vote decision any tougher yet.

Posted by: Still Independent | September 23, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The Devil could easily exist without God (and even propogate the whole "God" lie to mislead people).

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

Language isn't reality. It is a map of reality.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Xander, good point. If god doesn't exist then nor does the Devil. Whayt i find funny is young punks wearing T-shirt expressing fascination for Satan and his ramifications. If the Devil really existed and he decided to mess with these fools they would scremaing for their monmmie's and pee'ing all over themselves in the process.

I am technically an agnostic. I was an atheist for a year or two and decided I can't know yea or nay therefore i just don't know. And frankly don't care. And like you it hasn't a thing to do with goos or evil.

i lead my life based on the 10 cmmandments becasue it works for me. Although i do hate Christians. Their hypocritical lives are contemtable. Thy hate too many types of people yet feel good about it. shame on them. I don't hate anyone. Ok, Christians!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

You know Jake is my real name because I say it is.

Oh, and all the other JakeDs on this thread are fake. Only I am the real one. ;-)

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to jime -- obviously, not ALL women support Gov. Palin -- Michele Obama and Hillary Clinton, for instance (although I'd bet the later does indeed vote McCain-Palin ; )

However, the word "women" is pural for woman -- so, if even one more woman in addition to Palin herself "support" her, that's enough for the statement to be true. On the flip side, some African-Americans will vote for McCain-Palin too.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"Declaring you are an atheist isn't for pussy's. Especially if you are sincere."

Funny enough, you're absolutely correct with this. I have been...well persecuted by many christians when I inform them that I am indeed Atheist. Apparently people seem to connect Atheism with Satanism for some reason. Still haven't figured out that one. I mean honestly, if I don't believe in 'God', then why would I believe in the devil? I still stand by my belief of no spiritual belief however. They can damn me to hell all they wish, it won't change my mind.

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

jime:

Pat Paulsen was the biggest joke in American politics ; )

Xander:

You're welcome. See you tomorrow ...

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I notice the headline and lede sentence got changed from "No Print Media Allowed" and "Media Shutout". Someone seemingly went off half-cocked with the hyperbole ...

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Xander, it is very difficult to be decisive in announcing you are an atheist. One really never knows for sure so to jump on the wrong bus could be disaterous for some. This gives most who are quivocating pause for concern before they sign on the dotted line.

you really don't want to piss off the Man upstairs if you make the wrong choice.

Having said that I rejected the notion of a supreme being and feel so much better now. It took awhile but it eventually became too obvious an answer not to switch over to "the Dark Side."

Declaring you are an atheist isn't for pussy's. Especially if you are sincere.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Women support Sarah Palin.

You Go Girl!!!

Posted by: Janet Smith | September 23, 2008 1:58 PM


My wife,along with me,thinks she's the biggest joke in the history of politics,so you'd best not put all women in your thread which is what you implied. I'm sure the majority is on my wifes side on this one.

Posted by: jime | September 23, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"Be safe going home : )"

Sadly I'm stuck here for another 45 minutes still. Thanks though :P

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm not answering any more posts unless you state your age, sex, and location.

I'm not answering any more posts from people who use all caps. My eight grade English teacher said that is just so wrong.

And I am not answering anymore posts from people who won't use their real name.

I am capable of deciphering who uses their real name in here so be aware of that.

And finally I am not answering anymore posts in here when Sarah Palin isn't referred to with the dignity and respect that she deserves as the next lady in waiting to be the President of the United States.

Posted by: Jake "Dee" | September 23, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Be safe going home : )

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"I think he was trying to make a joke about it. I take it you didn't see that one?"

Nah, I'm at work right now. We don't have access to videos. I'll have to check it out when I get home.

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Xander:

I think he was trying to make a joke about it. I take it you didn't see that one?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

no = not

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh God, I can't decide. Tina Fey mimicking Caribou Barbie? Or Sarah giving her memorized canned stump speech for the umpteenth time?

Hard decision. One might be more interesting, more entertaining than the other. Hmmmmm. Which one is news worthy?

Which one is new?

How do I decide???????????????????

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"Did anyone see him on The Colbert Report admiting he's no decisive enough to be an atheist?"

How exactly does being decisive have anything to do with being an atheist? I'm an atheist because I decided to be. How hard was that? :P

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

hadeze:

Do you have similar concerns about becoming Nancy Pelosi or Condi Rice becoming President by default?

Bozo:

Jake is my real name -- I am not the Vice President of the United States -- too many people posting as "Anonymous" creates confusion. Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

My vote for the dumbest comment on this thread: "Cheese thy name is Sarah."

And, of course, HEATHEN George Will is NOW the left's best friend. Did anyone see him on The Colbert Report admiting he's no decisive enough to be an atheist?

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

If Palin were Cuban or Sudanese, couldn't care less about her self-glorification.

Palin becoming US President by default, however, is something other. As President Palin she will stare into Putin's (nuclear) eyes, those of her (nuclear) Chinese counterpart, those of this or another Iranian leader ...

Repubs are therefore certain they want her and Palin only in this situation very likely to come?

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

I will no longer reply to Anonymous comments.


How stupid are you????

how the F do we know who "Jake D" is? how do I know if you really aren't Dick cheney using the bogus "Jake D" name????

Well we don't now do we Jakey???

You could be superman for all I know. I could be a woman and sign my name Fred.

I could be God and sign it the devil.

How in the F would you know???????????

Or why would you care???????????

It doesn't f@uckin matter what name you use!!!!!!

Posted by: Bozo the clown @sshole!!! | September 23, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"You can't blame Palin considering the constant demeaning hate monger bashing by the media. The media picks and chooses its stories. They news media blacked out Palin's 60,000 + rally in Florida but felt it was important to make the SNL incest skit a national story."

Actually, the rally was in the news. However, when she keeps repeating the same stump speech over and over, it gets a little redundant to report extensively on it. And don't blame the media because Palin is underqualified and unable.

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

amaikovich:

George Will hasn't liked John McCain for a long time before the WSJ.

Obvious:

I don't think that's "obvious" but, then again, you think I am "clearly" the dumbest person on this thread. Not even close.....

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

You can't blame Palin considering the constant demeaning hate monger bashing by the media. The media picks and chooses its stories. They news media blacked out Palin's 60,000 + rally in Florida but felt it was important to make the SNL incest skit a national story.

Posted by: Campbell | September 23, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Thank the good Lord Sarah has met some foreign leaders. Couldn't happen at a better time.

This will surely take away that whole stupid argument that she has no foreign affairs experience and thus isn't quite ready for the presidency.

Well she has it now. She is experienced. Now you can vote for her and feel good about it. She has obtained her foreign leadership credentials at last.

Next stop the White house!!!!

Posted by: H. Kissinger | September 23, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see Fox News' interview with McCain and Obama representatives on this issue about an hour ago? Man, they skewered the McCain camp on this. When his representative said something to the effect of, "Yeah, they could let the press talk to her at some point...maybe they're thinking about it?", it was laugh out loud moment.

First the Wall Street Journal, then George Will, now the Fox Network. The wheels are falling off as we speak.

Posted by: amaikovich | September 23, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Do people not realize that extensive use of caps makes them look less intelligent? I mean seriously, trying to convey shouting through typed words is just a little pointless don't you think?

I consider anyone hung up on this junior high school chat room etiquette to be less intelligent.

Caps on an IBM Selectric were never considered shouting. For chrissakes its hard enough to understand what someone is trying to convey as it is. Don't complicate things with this kind of garbage. If you want to perceive its shouting you go right ahead. Assume what you will.

Maybe he was eating a PB & J sandwich and some jam dropped in between the caps button. Get over it.

Oh bye the way, asl?

Posted by: Yes, I am Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

WOW - meting foreign leaders. Sounds to me like Sarah Palin thinks she's already the President, and she's doing some kind of victory lap. How disgusting and inappropriate!

Posted by: miss reason | September 23, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious to anyone that Palin is an empty vessel whose main function is to serve as a campaign prop for McCain to excite the social conservative base of the Republican party and draw women who would vote solely based on someones gender.
Say what you want about Obama being an empty suit, only a speechmaker, etc....at least the man faces the heat and takes questions from the press. He didn't back down from O'Reilly, hasn't backed down from his daily press entourage, he (and Biden) are out and center taking questions.
I'll throw out the same claim McCainnites threw at Obama against Palin.....If she's too scared to face down a reporter, how is she going to face down Vladmir Putin if the oldest man ever elected president kicks the bucket?

Posted by: Fuzzy | September 23, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"THE CAPS CAUGHT YOUR ATTENTION? THAT WAS WHY I USED THEM! Its called psychology! it seems to me you have no education at all!.Or if you have any not past 12th grade!"

Yes, your caps caught my attention. It made me not read the rest of the comment. Sad to say, considering your poor grammar, I'd have to go with you not having the education.

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

WHAT a coward. I am sure our enemies PRAY she is elected cause if she can't stand up to the press it is a cakewalk for our enemies in dealing with her. And what is her supporters defense? It is ALWAYS some version of "the press is mean to her". We are electing a VP for the most powerful country in the world not captain of the middle school cheerleading team. The woma is a JOKE.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Did McCain still invent the "Blackberry" this week. Or has he moved on to another lie?

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | September 23, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"Cheese thy name is Sarah"

Hey if the wedge fits...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"I'm talking about are all the Anonymous posts, like someone actually claiming "Cheese thy name is Sarah" is the best comment on the thread. I will no longer reply to Anonymous comments."

I don't blame you. That is a pretty...strange comment.

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Xander:
THE CAPS CAUGHT YOUR ATTENTION? THAT WAS WHY I USED THEM! Its called psychology! it seems to me you have no education at all!.Or if you have any not past 12th grade!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Caribou Barbie rides the Dog and Pony Express and has lunch with famous world leaders.

This is so not news that I am suprised anyone would cover it anyway. McCain is even insisting on being there so that he can control the whole thing.

Fake fake fake. No other way to describe it.

Posted by: Rick W | September 23, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Hate to still point out the obvious....:

You didn't answer my question. As soon as you do, I will be more than happy to answer yours.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 4:09 PM

-------------------------------------------

I didn't graduate from LAW SCHOOL.

I dropped out of the 3rd grade.

So how is that I still come off as being much, much smarter than you Mr. LAW SCHOOL MAN?

Posted by: Obvious... | September 23, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

This whole bizarre Palin fiasco/facade is going to end really badly.

Posted by: JK | September 23, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Xander:

I've answered every one of your questions (unless I missed something). What I'm talking about are all the Anonymous posts, like someone actually claiming "Cheese thy name is Sarah" is the best comment on the thread. I will no longer reply to Anonymous comments.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

To be perfectly honest, I am GLAD Palin is not doing interviews. When I hear her speak it is like fingernails screeching across the chalk board.

I know she drives her husband absolutely CRAZY with that nasally Fran Drescher "The Nanny" whiny voice.

I'd go snowmobiling 500 miles too.

Posted by: Stop the Noise | September 23, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Do people not realize that extensive use of caps makes them look less intelligent? I mean seriously, trying to convey shouting through typed words is just a little pointless don't you think?

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

IT SEEMS THERE IS STILL SMART AMERICANS OUT THERE WHO LOVES THEIR COUNTRY! AND THEY CAN SEE WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE UP TO! WAKE UP AMERICA! OTHERWISE THE ECONOMY IS IN THE TANK!! WILL PALIN SAVE THE ECONOMY WTH HER BEAUTIFUL FACE???. Anyone who votes Mcain is insane!! or he/she lives in Utopia! BEST COMMENTS BELOW!!!!!

The media wasn't biased the 1st half of the Campaign when the MSM was kissing McCain's wrinkly ass-- it's only now when the Media is fully realizing that the person they've been covering the past 26 years is totally different than the fellow they covered in the 2000 campaign-- all his positions have changed. As for Palin you can't fault the GOP for hiding her, but the GOP must realize that the media provides an important fuction in assisting her vetting. What McCain/Palin are doing is showcasing a preview to the American public that they would be even more secretive than Bush/Cheney-- never thought it would be possible..McCain/Palin not the same as Bush/Cheney--- they would be WORSE

Posted by: Ohio Voter | September 23, 2008 12:57 PM

Sarah Palin represents the death of cheese in American life.

She is the Reality TV/American Idol candidate for the most powerful office in the world. Without legitimate qualifications and the necessary interest and judgment to hold the office she seeks, she has risen like a phoenix to become an uber-celebrity and, somehow, beyond all logic and reason, a genuine possibility to be president of the United States.

Cheese thy name is Sarah.

This is what we always feared. The great democratization of society has put intelligence on the same level as stupidity. Education on the same level as ignorance. Character on the same level as good looks. Judgment on the same level as “gut” reaction.

http://nahnopenotquite.com/2008/09/22/sarah-palin-and-the-death-of-cheese/

Posted by: ES | September 23, 2008 12:13 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Troopergate saga continues, can you say impartial? (part 1)

"Sarah Palin initially welcomed the investigation of accusations that she dismissed the state's public safety commissioner because he refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper. "Hold me accountable," she said.

But she has increasingly opposed it since Republican presidential candidate John McCain tapped her as his running mate. The McCain campaign dispatched a legal team to Alaska including O'Callaghan, a former top U.S. terrorism prosecutor from New York to bolster Palin's local lawyer.

McCain-Palin presidential campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan announced today that Todd Palin would not appear, because he no longer believes the Legislature's investigation is legitimate.

Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, said the McCain campaign is doing all it can to prevent the Legislature from completing a report on whether the GOP's vice presidential nominee abused her power as governor."
http://www.adn.com/palin/story/530493.html


"Campaign spokesmen said Thursday that while the governor is resisting the legislative investigation, she is cooperating with a separate inquiry the state Personnel Board is conducting.
The board, and not the Legislature, is the proper authority to look into Monegan's dismissal, they said."
http://www.adn.com/troopergate/story/530885.html


"But Palin's state-hired attorney Thomas Van Flein said the matter should be taken up by the state's personnel board. Van Flein and Palin have asked the three members to resolve the dispute over the firing.

The board's members are appointed by the governor. One of the three, Debra English, was re-appointed by Palin in January. The other two members - Laura Plenert and Alfred Tamagni, Sr - have served since 2004 and 2006, respectively."
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/06/politics/main4422385.shtml

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone else who at least has the balls to pick a pseudonym?"

I'm using my actual name. I guess I don't count huh?

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Troopergate saga continues, can you say impartial? (part 2)

"Tamgani donated $400 to Palin for her 2006 race for Governor."
http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/contributor.phtml?d=536479826


So her self appointed board, with at least one contributore to her past campaign is impartial?

I wonder what if any relationship the board members have to Palin as Palin is known for appointing her frineds to government positions.


"So when there was a vacancy at the state Agriculture Department, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five high school classmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages."
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/national/stories/DN-palin_14pol.ART.State.Edition1.26e9372.html


Also it looks like at least one board member shares Palin's depth of experience.


"PLENERT, LAURA
Food & Beverage, MCDONALDS OF KETCHIKAN, RESTAURANT MANAGER, MCDONALDS, AK, 2002 1 $500"

http://www.followthemoney.org/database/search.phtml?searchbox=Laura+Plenert

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I'm waiting for Hillary to loan me hers.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else who at least has the balls to pick a pseudonym?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin rape kit story just aired on CNN tv.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2008/09/22/yellin.palin.rape.kit.cnn?iref=videosearch

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

OPRAH'S STATEMENT: "The item in today's Drudge Report is categorically untrue. There has been absolutely no discussion about having Sarah Palin on my show. At the beginning of this Presidential campaign when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates. I agree that Sarah Palin would be a fantastic interview, and I would love to have her on after the campaign is over."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

No, Joe:

It's in all capitals, to stand out for people who don't know that's his middle name, just like Sarah LOUISE Palin.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 4:04 PM

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Law School called....they want their degree back.

You're an embarrasment to the profession.

Which is saying a lot when it comes to LAWYERS.

Posted by: Weakest anti-Obama supporter ever.... | September 23, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I have to snicker watching the mainstream media, who think they have the right to talk to whoever they want whenever they want and then tell us how we should feel about these candidates, get played by Palin.

You have a myopic, naieve view of the function of the press in this country. We are freer because of their investigative efforts.

Look back over the last 30 years of history and there is a long list of events that were exposed for the truth due to efforts of journalists.

Palin deserves to be vetted by the press as she is new on the scene and being forced into a very precarious and important position.

You are overlooking that all of the other candidates have been through the ringer with the press over the years so it is her turn.

To assume it is unfair to treat her to the full exposure of her abilities and weaknesses would be a failure of our free press to inform us as to who these people really are.

Wake up and face reality. It isn't by accident or luck we have the best country to live in.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Hate to still point out the obvious....:

You didn't answer my question. As soon as you do, I will be more than happy to answer yours.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

When Iranian Prez Ahmadinejad visited the city he gave a speech with a Q and A session at Columbia University.
http://www.bluetidalwave.com/2008/09/sarah-palins-escape-from-new-york.html

Posted by: Mark | September 23, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

the media filter punked again. luckily, info is out there, too bad you have run around all over just to find the "bits" there are.

Posted by: PreAmerikkkan | September 23, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

rottnkid:

I promise you she will go on O'Reilly's show in HALF the time it took Obama (who has never been on Rachel Maddow's show). You heard that Oprah REFUSED to have her on, right?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:53 PM

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Barrack did an lengthy interview on the Keith Olbermann Show following the DNC Convention, Rachel Maddow's show just started on September 8, 2008. They are BOTH on MSNBC so what is the point.

Are you suggesting that he should sit with each and every reporter on the network?

I know, sounds asanine doesn't it?

so what is your point?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"Alaskans angered that Palin is off-limits

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

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

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

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

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

No, Joe:

It's in all capitals, to stand out for people who don't know that's his middle name, just like Sarah LOUISE Palin.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Hate to point out the obvious....:

Which LAW SCHOOL did you graduate from then?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:54 PM

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Being a lawyer doesn't make you special or smart. Half the lawyers I know are damn near retarded.

Kinda like you.

Which law school class taught you to capitalize someone's middle name because it sounds "muslimy"?

Stupid Argument Techniques 101?

Which law school class taught you to cut and paste the same tired BS day in and day out?

How to Sound Stupid Despite Supposedly Being a Lawyer 101?

Posted by: Hate to still point out the obvious.... | September 23, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

We have two kinds of voters this election.

The first group believes in Obama.

The second group believes in anyone but Obama. Anyone.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Why is Palin being allowed to take on the press even in debates only on her terms. ABC/Gibson pandered to her in exchange for TV ratings. In that regard, she must hold a no-holds-barred real press conference or we must assume she is a lightweight and can't cut it. Enough of this "walking on egg shells" nonsense. We need to know what someone who says she has foreign relations experience because she can see Russia on a clear day, and is ready to go to war with Russia at the drop of a hat really thinks. By the same token, she needs be in a debate that is not designed to let her off the hook yet again. Photo-ops with Bush puppets like Karzai or with Dr. Strangelove, is no proof of any trait but being photogenic. Only she can demonstrate that she is not an airhead. So far she has not even tried.

Posted by: jefflz | September 23, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Ward6ForNow and Carol:

Vice Presidential candidate Dick Cheney didn't give ONE press conference in 2000.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:40 PM

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Yes and that should be a lesson for all American voters in November.

Let's not make THAT mistake again.

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | September 23, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I love the "shunning" the press is getting. Perhaps if everything wouldn't be a "gotcha", she would talk. I think it is smart to limit her exposure to press questions. Go to the rallies if you want to hear Sarah!! She's marvelous!!!


I'm voting for Palin. I hope McCain ends up in Bethesda for a cheek replacement and puts her in charge.

I want to see this country go down the drain so then.......

I can say "You stupid, stupid friggin people!! Are you happy now??? I hope you are because we are all f@ucked now!!!"

Small reward but it will feel good.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I have to snicker watching the mainstream media, who think they have the right to talk to whoever they want whenever they want and then tell us how we should feel about these candidates, get played by Palin.

Memo to the press: you have the right, guaranteed under the 1st Amendment, to print whatever garbage you want. That is what allows the editors and journalists at the Washington Post, NY Times, etc, to keep printing their liberal-opinion-infused fish wraps.

However, the 1st Amendment doesn't give you the right to access whoever you want whenever you want for interviews. So you will talk to Palin when Palin decides you can. You will ask her questions at her leisure. And you will like it.

Trust me, if this was a Democrat refusing to do interviews, all of the media would gush about how refreshing it is to have a candidate who's best friend isn't the nearest camera. You know, like Joe Biden or Obama.

Posted by: dbw | September 23, 2008 3:45 PM

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You are right and wrong. In America the most efficient manner of delivering a message to the people is through the media. You cannot be in every town and do a rally in every community. It is impossible.

I am sure you know this very well.

You minimize the impact that the sequestering of Palin from the media, and thereby, the people, is going to have on her electability. Cue'ed comments don't give you a feel about the credibility of the candidate.

Palin is running for PUBLIC office. This is 2008, if she is unable or unprepared to speak to a camera or a reporter, how is the American people to determine whether they are comfortable enough to check her name in November.

Learning on the job is not my idea of an executive ready to lead this troubled nation on Day One.

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | September 23, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"I promise you she will go on O'Reilly's show in HALF the time it took Obama (who has never been on Rachel Maddow's show). You heard that Oprah REFUSED to have her on, right?"

Well of course she'll go on O'Reilly's show. He's a blatant Republican. He'd shower her with praises and not ask a singler pertinent question. And you're right about Obama not being on Rachel's show. However, he has been on Olbermann's show (basically Rachel is the offspring of that show). I would love to see Palin go on a show where she would be treated the same way that Obama was on O'Reilly, but she's too cowardly to do it.

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

How long did it take for Barack HUSSEIN Obama to go on the O'Reilly Factor?
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Yes but he was doing many many other interviews in the mean time.

With Palin its such a big event when she does any interview. There is a wholesale difference.

Why is it everyone of you sighs with relief when Sarah has her first interview, her first press conference, meets her first foreign leader?

Do all these firsts put her into the category of "The following list of people are qualified to be the back up President."??

This is a friggin joke that we are considering this lady as a world leader. You can rationalize all you want that she could possibly do a good job because.....

WHY ON EARTH ARE WE GOING THIS FAR DOWN THE LIST OF WHO MIGHT BE QUALIFIED????

Don't we deserve a qaulified candidate in light of the problems we are facing?

Palin is the answer to resovling 2 wars, Iran and Pakistan, the economy, socil security, health care????

Anyone supporting Palin is apparently clueless as to the severity of the problems facing this country. McCain or Obama are going to have their hands full.
This is not the time to vote for someone that will require on the job training to do the job.

It's just friggin insane.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I love the "shunning" the press is getting. Perhaps if everything wouldn't be a "gotcha", she would talk. I think it is smart to limit her exposure to press questions. Go to the rallies if you want to hear Sarah!! She's marvelous!!!

Posted by: kt | September 23, 2008 3:45 PM

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At what point does her same jokey jokes get old? Do you still laugh at her bridge to nowhere she said thanks but no thanks to?

How about the mocking of community organizers? That still funny the 35th time you hear it?

Me thinks the one-hit, one-trick pony needs to get some new material.....

Posted by: Marvelous? | September 23, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Hate to point out the obvious....:

Which LAW SCHOOL did you graduate from then?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

How long did it take for Barack HUSSEIN Obama to go on the O'Reilly Factor?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:39 PM

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Just so I'm clear, is Hussein in all caps because it's supposed to make me not want to vote for Obama? Is that because I'm supposed to assume he's secretly Saddam Hussein instead or something?

Gee whiz, I'm not sure I can argue with that kind of thinking.

Posted by: Joe | September 23, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

rottnkid:

I promise you she will go on O'Reilly's show in HALF the time it took Obama (who has never been on Rachel Maddow's show). You heard that Oprah REFUSED to have her on, right?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

JakeD is clearly the dumbest person on this thread. Not even close.....

Posted by: Hate to point out the obvious.... | September 23, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Paula Ann:

How long did it take for Barack HUSSEIN Obama to go on the O'Reilly Factor?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:39 PM

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The Prince of Jordan, a UN Peacekeeper's name is Hussein, so what is your point? Or is it so asanine that it is unworthy to be put into words for the intelligent to have to suffer to read?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

How different is this from China or Myanmar not allowing freedom of press? The republicans have a taken pages out of communisn, talibanism and whatever suited their ways and are getting away with it.

Oh and don't forget they will Jesus to you one day. So vote for them... HAHA

Of course if you don't agree you are unpatriotic.. Go figure...

Posted by: JJ | September 23, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Paula Ann:

How long did it take for Barack HUSSEIN Obama to go on the O'Reilly Factor?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:39 PM

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Where's Sarah at? Oh she's talking child care with the Afghani leader..Also Rachel Maddow asked her to be on her show - she refused..How LONG is that going to take?
GTFOH!

Posted by: rottnkid | September 23, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Lee:

You didn't answer my question.

Everyone else:

There's a new thread http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/23/seeking_to_lower_debate_expect.html

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

JK wrote: "If she can ... keep voters believing that she is Hillary Clinton, the strategy will be a success."

It won't work. She doesn't wear pantsuits. :)

Posted by: judy | September 23, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Palin is George Bush in earrings. Even this refusal to speak to reporters reminds me of nothing more than Dick Cheney. Add in her refusal to cooperate with legal proceedings and willingness to lie about anything, anywhere, anytime even when confronted with the truth...just more of the same tired George Bush tactics.

8 is enough! Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: Cal | September 23, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I have to snicker watching the mainstream media, who think they have the right to talk to whoever they want whenever they want and then tell us how we should feel about these candidates, get played by Palin.

Memo to the press: you have the right, guaranteed under the 1st Amendment, to print whatever garbage you want. That is what allows the editors and journalists at the Washington Post, NY Times, etc, to keep printing their liberal-opinion-infused fish wraps.

However, the 1st Amendment doesn't give you the right to access whoever you want whenever you want for interviews. So you will talk to Palin when Palin decides you can. You will ask her questions at her leisure. And you will like it.

Trust me, if this was a Democrat refusing to do interviews, all of the media would gush about how refreshing it is to have a candidate who's best friend isn't the nearest camera. You know, like Joe Biden or Obama.

Posted by: dbw | September 23, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I love the "shunning" the press is getting. Perhaps if everything wouldn't be a "gotcha", she would talk. I think it is smart to limit her exposure to press questions. Go to the rallies if you want to hear Sarah!! She's marvelous!!!

Posted by: kt | September 23, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Women support Sarah Palin.

You Go Girl!!!

Posted by: Janet Smith | September 23, 2008 1:58 PM
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Dear Janet, hope you don't have any kids, one moron is enough. We don't need more so please, please, don't breed.

Posted by: Dee dee dee!!!! | September 23, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

She is such a joke. But the joke is on this country. I really feel for this country if the McPAIN's get elected...

They are still playing politics when the country is going to hell in a handbasket...

I don't see the same type of games from the Obama camp.

Posted by: JJim | September 23, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"Had it been Obama who insisted no print media, the swooning by the media hacks would have been heard worldwide, "Oooh, what a leader -- So thoughtful, so decisive, so deciplined, so experienced!""

Actually, the response would have been the same. But Obama doesn't hide from the press. His camp doesn't keep him shielded from the press. McCain's camp does. Palin is proving through her lack of cooperation with the media that she is unable to take up the helm of this country. If she can't even prove her ability to think on the fly and answer questions that she may not know the full answer to, then how will she handle herself in front of foreign nationals, or even our own Congress? It's so sad that the Republican camp was able to change up the VP Debate to make it so Palin can't be questioned on anything that she's not prepared for previously.

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Bush got away with it for 8 years. I'm sure Palin can do it for a few weeks. All she needs to do is keep the Bushlike soundbites memorized. If she can stay off the mics and keep voters believing that she is Hillary Clinton, the strategy will be a success.

Posted by: JK | September 23, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Had it been Obama who insisted no print media, the swooning by the media hacks would have been heard worldwide, "Oooh, what a leader -- So thoughtful, so decisive, so deciplined, so experienced!"

Of course. now yer gettin it. Now you know why we are voting for the exalted one. Get on board my friend. It's never too late to see the light.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Jake-

Those are some hard hitting questions alright! Puts my mind at ease knowing that the first Dude will be a full-time dad and where the names of her children come from. Our country will certainly be in good hands now that I see what a deep thinker she is. I'm all for a woman smashing ceilings, but she should at least be able to hold forth on major issues. Talking about reform, ruffling feathers, old boy networks and fiscal reform (when she left her town in debt - AFTER raising taxes there) is nonsense. Especially when you look at her "record." Lobbyists for her town, accepting the bridge money, aceepting other earmarks for studying crabs and seals. She took on the old boys in Alaska and now they have turned on her. Avoiding the investigation (which she going to be happy to cooperate with before she hired attorneys and sent Bush's people up there to thwart it), calling it a partisan witch hunt when it is the Repubs driving the bus. She has no idea how to govern, how to effect change internationally, and no concept of the economy, education, or military. she is going to be an advocate for special needs kids (after cutting the budget in Alaska for those programs) OR maybe she does - perhaps if she was available for quesitons on the real issues we would be better able to judge. But if she avoids questions, the press, and the troopergate investigation we are only left to wonder what is she hiding.

Posted by: Lee | September 23, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

benighse:

You don't get ABC, Fox News, or PEOPLE Magazine in your neck of the woods?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a babe to these foreign leaders. Karzai is something of a stud strutting around in his expense capes. Course he is going to want to meet Sarah. He probably wants to invite her to spend a weekend at his hunting cabin in the hills of Afghanistan. Maybe ride on his magic carpet.

Isn't this whole campaign disgusting? Rome is burning with a 5 alarm fire and we are forced to play hide and seek with this bogus candidate.

We, we deserve what we get. Sad, sad, sad.....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Ward6ForNow and Carol:

Vice Presidential candidate Dick Cheney didn't give ONE press conference in 2000.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Paula Ann:

How long did it take for Barack HUSSEIN Obama to go on the O'Reilly Factor?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I am going to be nice and not blame Palin, but John McCain's asanine campaign advisors.

This whole sequestering is so Barnum & Bailey when we are speaking about a person seeking "PUBLIC" office.

She is not seeking an appointment to a high profile corporate Board of Directors.

With the economy in shambles, to saavy politicians, this presents a grand opportunity to shine. Unless of course we are not speaking about a saavy politician but rather one that is unable or unprepared to face the American people outside of scripted cue cards.

Everyday, I like the GOP less and less.

I am not convinced that the Democrats can rescue this disasterous economy, but at least they are talking to THE PEOPLE, whom they wish to work FOR.

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | September 23, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Read all about it--read all about it: SARAH'S AT THE UN!!---SARAH'S AT THE UN!!====SARAH IS NOW A REPUBLICAN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS EXPERT====Read all about it!---Oh, we can't; she wouldn't let any news media ask any questions to find out about her newfound EXPERTISE-----Toooooooo Badddddddd--Soooooooo Sadddddddd---Mccain, this is SILLY, SILLY, SILLY---You have become a joke!!

Posted by: BENIGHSE | September 23, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Why is Palin so scared of the media?

I guess when you only have lies to tell, its not good to go on record.

Posted by: Carol | September 23, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

fake JakeD:

The word is "DEMOCRATic" ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

VOTE DEMOCRAT - OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Posted by: Jake D | September 23, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

IF PALIN GOES TO THE UN, DOES THAT MAKE HER AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERT????....IF THAT'S THE CASE, THEN IF SHE GOES TO DISNEYLAND, THAT MUST MAKE HER A CARTOON....ARE YOU SURE THIS SILLY PHOTO-OP ISN'T AN SNL SKIT, AND IT'S REALLY TINA FEY WHO IS MEETING HAMID KARZAI????....OH SARAH, OR TINA, OR WHOEVER SENILE OL' MCCAIN IS SENDING THERE, DON'T FORGET TO MEET GEORGE DUBYA WHO IS AT THE UN TODAY ALSO....SO MAYBE IT IS DISNEYLAND....

Posted by: benighse | September 23, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

PRESS CORPS:

Make the story about Randy Scheuenemann, the neo-con svengali by Sarah's side. Tell us about his "Project for The New American Century" and explore how he's become the chief puppeteer to the PALIN-mccain ticket.

Posted by: Outside the Box | September 23, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Had it been Obama who insisted no print media, the swooning by the media hacks would have been heard worldwide, "Oooh, what a leader -- So thoughtful, so decisive, so deciplined, so experienced!"

Posted by: JAH | September 23, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The selection of Sarah Palin shows just how little credit the republican party gives the electorate for intelligence. They think your to stupid to think for yourself and that you will blindly follow the pied pipers of talk radio over the cliff just as you have done since they fed you the Warren commission nonsense four decades ago. You bought it then and have bought in every time since so why should they not try for the whole treasury this time. You don't have brains or brawn enough to stop them anyway. Your to damn afraid of the color of a man's skin or the size of his manhood to realize the risk he has been willing to take just to try to save your backsides. Haven't you ever noticed that EVERY substantial threat to the republican control over your money ended up dead? Even Obama had a close call with an aircraft "accident" not very long ago and he was substantially ahead in the polls at the time and it was prior Palin also. If you re stupid enough to be taken down again I have some water front property on the dark side of the Moon to sell you and I'll even finance it for you. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck just what the hell do you think it is people? get a grip and make your vote count for the real working class for a CHANGE and if Obama doesn't deliver then we find someone who will and I don't care what "party" he or she claims to represent. For that matter, I don't care if it's a he, she, both, or neither as long as the job gets done and our children have a life that we promised them because I do not want to die with my grand children thinking I was a lying failure, DO YOU????

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | September 23, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

What an embassrassment this woman is. How can anyone take her seriously about anything? She's qualified to be Vice President - or worse yet, President - and yet she hides and can't face the media??!! What a joke she is.

Posted by: Paula Ann | September 23, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Lee:

Was the campaign "terrified" to let her answer these questions?

As a new mom, how are you going to juggle all this?
SARAH: I am thankful to be married to a man who loves being a dad as much as I love being a mom, so he is my strength. And practically speaking, we have a great network of help with lots of grandparents and aunties and uncles all around us. We have a lot of help.

So will your husband be on leave now indefinitely to be Mr. Mom?
SARAH: I would say so, yes.

Gov. Palin, when you were 13 weeks pregnant, last December, you had an amniocentesis that determined Trig had Down syndrome.
SARAH: I was grateful to have all those months to prepare. I can't imagine the moms that are surprised at the end. I think they have it a lot harder.

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A woman on the ticket is what a lot of Hillary Clinton voters wanted to see. What's your message to women who might see a second shot at shattering the glass ceiling?
SARAH: Certainly in this election cycle, women aren't finished yet. And women can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.
JOHN: I think that Sarah appeals to a lot of voters – I think because of her independence, because of her reform agenda and her record of balancing both family and service. It is motivation to not just Clinton voters but to lots of voters.

Given her young age and relatively short resume, why is she any more ready to be president than Sen. Barack Obama?
JOHN: I don't think it's a short resume. She first ran for office back in 1992. I don't know what Senator Obama was doing then, but the first time she ran was 1992. That's 16 years. I think that's a pretty, pretty event-filled and record-filled resume.
SARAH: And I haven't had too many years other than that to fill up yet.
JOHN: There you go.

Do you feel ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?
SARAH: Absolutely. Yup, yup. Especially with a good team around us.

How do you feel about your son, Track [an Army private], going off to war in Iraq?
SARAH: Anxious, but very confident. He's ready.
TODD: She's at peace. She knows that he's not scared. He's been trained for this mission and so we've seen that confidence in that young man. We're, of course, nervous.

What's on the dinner table most often in the Palin house?
TODD: Our favorite is moose hot dogs, caribou hot dogs. We get caribou, get 'em ground up and put them into hot dogs. They're Polish.

Does your wife hunt any more?
TODD: Not lately. But I was supposed to be hunting this weekend, so I had to cancel that.

Where do your children's names come from?
TODD: Sarah's parents were coaches and the whole family was involved in track and I was an athlete in high school, so with our first-born, I was, like, 'Track!' Bristol is named after Bristol Bay. That's where I grew up, that's where we commercial fish. Willow is a community there in Alaska. And then Piper, you know, there's just not too many Pipers out there and it's a cool name. And Trig is a Norse name for "strength."

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

m2key:

That didn't go so well for Barack HUSSEIN Obama at the Saddleback Forum, did it?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I saw the picture of Sarah with Karzai. She is showing her legs and her head is not covered. She just deminished her effectiveness with foreign governments that are classified as Muslim.

Posted by: theodosia1 | September 23, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

HANNITY: Governor, thank you for being with us.

GOV. SARAH PALIN, VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thank you so much.

HANNITY: All right. You said when you were asked to be Senator McCain's running mate that you didn't hesitate, you didn't blink. Tell us about the call, when that came.

PALIN: Well, I found out about the actual selection just a couple of days before you guys all did. Getting that nod was quite an experience, of course, because I knew that Senator McCain and his team had been doing a heck of a lot of research and vetting of many names.

So, of course, it's the utmost honor is what I felt when he actually said, do you want to help me do this? And I said, absolutely. Let's get in there and let's reform. We'll shake some things up.

...

HANNITY: Let's talk about, Governor, obviously, the economy is on the minds of many Americans. We've got Lehman, we've got Merrill, we've got AIG. Senator Barack Obama yesterday was attacking Senator McCain for saying that the "fundamentals of the economy are strong."

Do you believe that the fundamentals of our economy are strong?

PALIN: Well, it was an unfair attack on the verbiage that Senator McCain chose to use because the fundamentals, as he was having to explain afterwards, he means our workforce, he means the ingenuity of the American. And of course, that is strong and that is the foundation of our economy.

So that was an unfair attack there, again, based on verbiage that John McCain used. Certainly it is a mess though, the economy is a mess. And there have been abuses on Wall Street and that adversely affects Main Street.

And it's that commitment that John McCain is articulating today, getting in there, reforming the way that Wall Street has been allowed to work, stopping the abuses and that violation of the public trust that too many CEOs and top management of some of these companies, that abuse there has got to stop.

It is, somebody was saying this morning, a toxic waste there on Wall Street, affecting Main Street. And we've got to cure this.

HANNITY: Through reform?

PALIN: Through reform, absolutely. Look at the oversight that has been lax, I believe, here it's a 1930s type of regulatory regime overseeing some of these corporations. And we've got to get a more coordinated and a much more stringent oversight regime.

Not that government is going to be solely looked to for the answers in all of the problems in Wall Street, but government can play a very, very appropriate role in the oversight as people are trusting these companies with their life savings, with their investments, with their insurance policies and construction bonds and everything else.

When we see the collapse that we're seeing today, you know that something is broke and John McCain has a great plan to get in there and fix it.

HANNITY: Is Senator Obama then using what happened on Wall Street this week? Is he using it for political gain? Is there a danger of a presidential candidate is saying to the world that America's situation of economic crisis is the worst that we've seen in decades — which was words that he was using yesterday — is there a danger in terms of the world hearing that?

PALIN: Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we're talking about today. And that's something that John McCain too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must surpassed to deal with an issue like this.

It is that profound and that important an issue that we work together on this and not just let one party try to kind of grab it all or capture it all and pretend like they have all the answers. It's going to take everybody working together on this.

HANNITY: Who is responsible for these failing institutions, in your view?

PALIN: I think the corruption on Wall Street — that is to blame. And that violation of the public trust. And that contract that should be inherent in corporations who are spending, investing other people's money — the abuse of that is what has got to stop.

And it's a matter, too, of some of these CEOs and top management people and shareholders too not holding that management accountable, being addicted to, we call it, OPM — O-P-M, "other people's money."

Spending that, investing that, not using the prudence that we expect of them. But here again, government has got to play an appropriate role in the stringent oversight, making sure that those abuses stop.

HANNITY: Well, you know, both you and Senator McCain supported the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. You both opposed the bailout of government intervention as it relates to Lehman or Merrill. But now we read this morning that AIG is going to get some type of government bailout.

Was that the right call?

PALIN: Well, you know, first, Fannie and Freddie, different because quasi-government agencies there where government had to step in because of the adverse impacts all across our nation, especially with homeowners. It's just too impacting, we had to step in there.

I do not like the idea though of taxpayers being used to bailout these corporations. Today it was AIG, important call there, though, because of the construction bonds and the insurance carrier duties of AIG. But first and foremost, taxpayers cannot be looked to as the bailout, as the solution to the problems on Wall Street.

HANNITY: How connected is it, though, to Washington?

You have 354 lawmakers got money from Fannie and Freddie — 354. If you look at the years from 1989 to 2008, the second top recipient was Senator Barack Obama.

Should there be an investigation in terms of the relationship between the political donations and then, of course, the bankruptcy that ensued and the impact on the economy?

PALIN: I think that's significant, but even more significant is the role that the lobbyists play in an issue like this also. And in that cronyism — it's symptomatic of the greater problem that we see right now in Washington and that is just that acceptance of the status quo, the politics as usual, the cronyism that has been allowed to be accepted and then it leads us to a position like we are today with so much collapse on Wall Street.

That's the reform that we've got to get in there and make sure that this happens. We've got to put government and these regulatory agencies back on the side of the people.

It's what John McCain and I — we have very consistent track records showing that we're capable and we're willing to do this. Ruffling feathers along the way, but it's what we're expected to do and what we're promising to do.

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

Free Sarah Palin! Let her Speak!

live. unscripted. sans teleprompter. current events. no handlers allowed.

Posted by: m2key | September 23, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The absurdity of this nomination if not already clear has crossed any threshold of legitimacy. She is not a hologram. She is running for the 2nd most important job in the world and she, or the campaign, is utterly terrified of having her answer questions?!?!? How anyone can support this charade is beyond belief.

Posted by: Lee | September 23, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

RABO:

I wouldn't mind a President Palin in 2-4 years.

Joe Garcia:

You are voting on November 6th?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Repub Campaign afraid to have the press/reporters there while Gov.Palin sits with some very serious foreign Gov't. politicians. So they can discuss children and make an ass of herself? SHE can only ruin it MORE for McCain as she is certainly NOT ready for this. Can just see her telling them all off like she does in Alaska. Wonder what she will really say to Iran, Afghanistan and ?? More. OMG
She is not the type of person that will ever stay and work in the background only, so McCain better be prepared, that is if he won, which hopefully he won't.

Posted by: journe | September 23, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I guess you guys never watched the ABC News interviews:

When Chalie Gibson posed a hypothetical about admitting Georgia under the NATO treaty, whether the United States would have to go to war if Russia again invaded Georgia, Palin responded: "Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help."

Sounds right to me (see Art. Five of said NATO treaty). Or, maybe you missed this exchange:

GIBSON: Governor, let me start by asking you a question that I asked John McCain about you, and it is really the central question. Can you look the country in the eye and say "I have the experience and I have the ability to be not just vice president, but perhaps president of the United States of America?"

PALIN: I do, Charlie, and on January 20, when John McCain and I are sworn in, if we are so privileged to be elected to serve this country, will be ready. I'm ready.

GIBSON: And you didn't say to yourself, "Am I experienced enough? Am I ready? Do I know enough about international affairs? Do I -- will I feel comfortable enough on the national stage to do this?"

PALIN: I didn't hesitate, no.

GIBSON: Didn't that take some hubris?

PALIN: No -- I answered him yes because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can't blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we're on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can't blink.

So I didn't blink then even when asked to run as his running mate.

GIBSON: But this is not just reforming a government. This is also running a government on the huge international stage in a very dangerous world. When I asked John McCain about your national security credentials, he cited the fact that you have commanded the Alaskan National Guard and that Alaska is close to Russia. Are those sufficient credentials?

PALIN: But it is about reform of government and it's about putting government back on the side of the people, and that has much to do with foreign policy and national security issues Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, Charlie, and that's with the energy independence that I've been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy, that I worked on as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, overseeing the oil and gas development in our state to produce more for the United States.

GIBSON: I know. I'm just saying that national security is a whole lot more than energy.

PALIN: It is, but I want you to not lose sight of the fact that energy is a foundation of national security. It's that important. It's that significant.

GIBSON: Did you ever travel outside the country prior to your trip to Kuwait and Germany last year?

PALIN: Canada, Mexico, and then, yes, that trip, that was the trip of a lifetime to visit our troops in Kuwait and stop and visit our injured soldiers in Germany. That was the trip of a lifetime and it changed my life.

GIBSON: Have you ever met a foreign head of state?

PALIN: There in the state of Alaska, our international trade activities bring in many leaders of other countries.

GIBSON: And all governors deal with trade delegations.

PALIN: Right.

GIBSON: Who act at the behest of their governments.

PALIN: Right, right.

GIBSON: I'm talking about somebody who's a head of state, who can negotiate for that country. Ever met one?

PALIN: I have not and I think if you go back in history and if you ask that question of many vice presidents, they may have the same answer that I just gave you. But, Charlie, again, we've got to remember what the desire is in this nation at this time. It is for no more politics as usual and somebody's big, fat resume maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment, where, yes, they've had opportunities to meet heads of state ... these last couple of weeks ... it has been overwhelming to me that confirmation of the message that Americans are getting sick and tired of that self-dealing and kind of that closed door, good old boy network that has been the Washington elite.

(Next up: Sean Hannity interview)

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain's cancer, at his age, has a survival rate of 2-4 years. Palin is VERY LIKELY to become president if this ticket makes ot to the White House.

I, for one, would prefer a president that is accessible - and accountable. I fear having to listen to "I'm ready, I have that readiness....." when it's time to make world changing decisions.

Posted by: RABO | September 23, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so the McCaine campaign is still denying access to Palin. Why aren't reporters focused on interviewing the leaders she meets after their meetings?

Posted by: RABO | September 23, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I've been reading a lot of these postings on a multitude of places and I feel like the division in our country is getting deeper.
People wake up and inform your shelves about the issues and where the candidates stand. This is the presidency of the US of A we are taking about here not American Idol.
Since when did the gender, age, race, creed or afiliation became a factor on the worthiness of a candidate.
We need the best "PERSON" to be elected for the job so "WE" can work ourshelves out of the mess were are in now.
Do not let any media outlet tell you who to vote for, all of them are biased in some way. Do your own research and figure it out your shelf.
On November 6th this country will have a test that cannot be failed so get off your @sses and vote for the best candidate for our country so we can get back on track.

Posted by: Joe Garcia | September 23, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else picture Demsnever sitting in a sweaty t-shirt, polishing his rifle with a big 'ole rebel flag behind him?

I know.. but I couldn't help myself.

Posted by: Amazed | September 23, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Let my Sarah go!

Straight back to the back woods of Alaska.

Team Obama, I just added in five minutes 300 bops to McSame's number at http://www.boppoll.com.

We need to get 30 or 40 people over there and jump McSame's total over 1,000,000.

Posted by: Let my Sarah go! | September 23, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

bozo:
"All the losers, friendless internet addicts, pimple-faced geeks, and other no-nothings, please post here.

Wait a minute - you already are!"

Ah, moron..what are you doing here then?

Posted by: tom | September 23, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Do you 'spose her GOP handlers already have the gun-totin', moose-shootin' governor from Alaska stashed away at her very own 'secure undisclosed location'? You know, so the terrorists, New York Times, and Washington Post can't find her?

Posted by: cody mccall | September 23, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

It's amusing to anyone except to the hard core Kool-Aid drinking McCainiacs how they love to push Palin into the spotlights when they are in front of screaming Palin finatics. But they steer clear of any event that would require Sarah to actually speak her mind in an unscripted session with journalists asking probing questions.

Seems like they are overly protective of their pride and joy. We can only guess as to why this is. I'm guessing no good reasons but then I think she is bogus. So don't ask me to be very sympathetic.

Posted by: Old white guy for obama | September 23, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a shame for the US. Alike to a wooden Pinocchio made by Gepetto McCain with the self-service purpose of being a decoy to deceive people away from real values and needs of the citizens, and HIDE the special interests of the groups supporting the fake. The deceit exploits morbid interest and vanity of those who want to follow snake-oil sellers.

Posted by: El Mugroso | September 23, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Extended Palin coverage at the UN!

"After 29 seconds observing the meeting, CNN and other photographers covering the meeting were escorted out of the room.

Later, McCain-Palin press representatives chalked up the restrictions to a “mix-up, a miscommunication among staff.” The full pool — a print and wires reporter, along with a television producer — was then allowed in to observe Palin’s meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for 15-20 seconds."
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/

Extended by 15-20 seconds, of course this was all just a misunderstanding you know...

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

What is McCain afraid of? That someone will ask Palin if she, like him, uses the word 'gook'? Give me a break, McCain and Palin are a joke and anyone who thinks either of them possess an intellect sufficent to be President is a fool.

Posted by: Carl | September 23, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Women support Sarah Palin.

You Go Girl!!!

Posted by: Janet Smith | September 23, 2008 1:58 PM

Yepper, You go Missy, back to Alaska, and take the DUDE with you, please bypass Canada.

Posted by: justada55+ | September 23, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Judy:

I'm sure she will "handle" Gewn Ifill and Katie Couric ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"no other VP nominee has had to even remotely endure the scrutiny that she has."

never has such an unknown been nominated so late in the nominating process. I believe that scrutiny's purpose is to bring to light the truth.

We were told she was against earmarks and the most famous of them being the bridge to nowhere. Were McCain campaign statements all we heard people might actually believe that.

lying is not the American way. It is the Republican way

Posted by: gGa | September 23, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous:

One downside to all this media attention on the GOP VP candidate is less exposure for Biden's gaffes:

1. Obama's computer ad was "terrible"

2. AIG flip-flop

3. TV was invented in 1929.

4. FDR was President in 1929.

5. There is no coal in America.

6. "Stand up Chuck!"

7. Higher taxes are patriotic (but charitable donations are not?)

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

DogBitez wrote: "Okay, Palin is starting to be a serious embarrassment to women everywhere. If she wanted to give off a Bimbo Barbie impression, this is certainly the way to do it. No press coverage, only photos, so no one can document how incapable she is at holding an intelligent discussion with world leaders about foreign policy. Every decision the McCain camp makes to shield Palin from the media, just makes Palin seem more inept. But obviously, if the media had access to Palin, we'd all see something even worse -- that's what the McCain people are indirectly telling us."

Well said, Dogbitez!

Posted by: Judy | September 23, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The McCain/Palin attack on the media is not just a cynical campaign ploy. It's also an admission that Palin does not deserve your vote and that you'd figure that out pretty quick if they let her out of her packaging. It's also a direct attack on the voters right to know what and who the heck they're voting for.

It worked with Bush the Cowboy (actually a former cheerleader from Yale). No reason it won't work with Reformer John and Thanks But No Thanks Palin.

As a Canadian, it's hard to believe how messed up your country has become. How could any reasonable and disinterested thinker vote for another Republican president at this point? Do you folks even remember what accountability means?

Posted by: Bullsmith | September 23, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

McCainiacs see it as an Obama bias when thie misrepresentations of facts are changed to reflect reality.

Could it also be that the media bias is also a reflection of voter bias towards Obama which is just beginning to develop.

I do know that in the last four weeks of the primaries I thought a media bias towards Clinton developed as she was doing better in primaries

Posted by: gGa | September 23, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

It's just plain creepy how McCain is keeping the media away from Palin. He must really be afraid that she'll say something stupid and show the world that she's not ready to hold the second highest office. If she can't even handle the press, then she's not qualified to step in as president.

As a woman, I find it offensive that McCain sought gender as the main qualification of his choice. A man with the same sketchy "qualifications" never would have been selected for the VP slot or coddled and protected from the media. I was an undecided voter until McCain chose Palin, but now I'm firmly in Obama's camp. Palin is a disaster waiting to happen.

Posted by: Judy | September 23, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"no other VP nominee has had to even remotely endure the scrutiny that she has."

Oddly the more you deny the press the more interested they become in what you may be hiding.

The more interest, the more digging, the more digging the more they find.

Sarah Palin, the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

All the losers, friendless internet addicts, pimple-faced geeks, and other no-nothings, please post here.

Wait a minute - you already are!

Posted by: bozo | September 23, 2008 2:42 PM
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Welcome to the club! I nominate you vice-president

Posted by: :-) | September 23, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The Media is so biased. When Senator Obama went to Europe to inflate his resumé in Foreign Policy, it was not a problem. Now, Governor Palin will meet with Foreign Leaders in America and somehow is a mock idea? Double Standard. No Obama!
vote smart. vote McCain/Palin08
Hillary Clinton 2012

Posted by: mmarii | September 23, 2008 2:40 PM
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As I recall Obama gave extensive press conferences and interviews where ever he went. He came back and had a long Q and A with several press outlets.

All we have with Palin are cheap facade photo-ops to please MORONS like you.

Posted by: :-) | September 23, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't Palin get her crash course BEFORE she meets with foreign heads of state. It seems like the United States has been embarassed enough by Bush/Cheney.

I think it's funny that the McCain camp doesn't want much media attention except pictures. If Palin breaks out the "I can see Russia from my house" line, it may give some people the impression she is a bit light on foreign policy.

Posted by: grassy123 | September 23, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

All the losers, friendless internet addicts, pimple-faced geeks, and other no-nothings, please post here.

Wait a minute - you already are!

Posted by: bozo | September 23, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I hear the Palin motorcade had to stop for gas in NJ and now Palin is claiming it as another foreign country she has visited.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

the media and reporters just want to be there to slur and skew gov palin, no other reason. the bias and sexism is sickening. no other VP nominee has had to even remotely endure the scrutiny that she has.

Posted by: tellinit | September 23, 2008 2:33 PM
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Of course Fox News and all the head-nodders are the exception!

"no other VP nominee has had to even remotely endure the scrutiny that she has."

She hasn't had to endure anything. She won't talk to the press! All she has had to do is prune and primp her hair.

Posted by: :-) | September 23, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The Media is so biased. When Senator Obama went to Europe to inflate his resumé in Foreign Policy, it was not a problem. Now, Governor Palin will meet with Foreign Leaders in America and somehow is a mock idea? Double Standard. No Obama!
vote smart. vote McCain/Palin08
Hillary Clinton 2012

Posted by: mmarii | September 23, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

You are right JakeD, if the bar gets any lower it will be a painted line on the floor.

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

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

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

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Are they going to let the debate be televised?

Maybe McCain/Palin will just do a press release saying she won.


"Careful what you ask for, media. After hammering down expectations for her debate next week, she will "win" simply by showing up."

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 2:31 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

the media and reporters just want to be there to slur and skew gov palin, no other reason. the bias and sexism is sickening. no other VP nominee has had to even remotely endure the scrutiny that she has.

Posted by: tellinit | September 23, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Careful what you ask for, media. After hammering down expectations for her debate next week, she will "win" simply by showing up.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The campaign is getting what they want, and the press gets nothing in return. Stop covering here completely. Then see what happens to your access.

Posted by: MikeDC | September 23, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

"Good. Keep out the Obama biased media. "Even after this meeting, she'll still have more foreign policy experience as a VP candidate than Obama has as a Pres. candidate. Ridiculous how the printed media tears this hard working effective woman down with the "no foreign policy experience" but neglect to say anything about Obama's zero experience."


LOL Obama serves on the Senate foreign relations committee.

Conversely, Palin can "see" Russia from Alaska.

Good ? That's a brilliant statement about the allegedly biased media.

Hard working ? Effective ? How would you know ? Because the McCain camp said she is ?

Just what we need, another sequestered VP, in an undisclosed location, operating in the shadows.

You need to stop chugging Palin's bath water, turn Hannity off and start formulating your own opinions.

Posted by: MA | September 23, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin is getting a "crash" course in foreign policy.

This translates to she knows nothing about foreign policy and that says volumes about how dangerous it would be to elect her into the second highest position in the land. Putin and his kind would chew her up and spit her out in a heart beat.

Palin is a joke, and we better pray that joke is not on US.

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

"Green: 'They're attacking nice people, saying things that aren't true.'


From Kathleen McCoy at the ADN's Alaska Newsreader --

Mother Jones mojo blog reports that Senate President Lyda Green is pursuing options that might allow the state Senate to convene and deal with Troopergate.

Calling herself a "raging Republican," Green says, she is "absolutely disgusted, embarrassed, and ashamed" by the McCain-Palin campaign's intervention in the Troopergate probe.

Green is alarmed by the McCain squad's use of hardball tactics and "the length to which they're going to impede and delay" the investigation. The local press conferences held by McCain-Palin aides, she adds, "are vile. They're attacking nice people, saying things that are not true. Walt Monegan has been respected in all circles. To see him used as a scapegoat is very disheartening."

Green said she is making calls and exploring whether she could call the Senate back into session to either instruct the attorney general to change his position, or to order those subpoenaed under the Legislative investigation to honor that call. Whether the Republican-controlled House would go along is another question."

http://community.adn.com/adn/node/131724

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

Come November, voters are going to unite and kick McSame's wrinkled old @ss back to his home in Panama.

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

Women support Honesty!

No McCain/Palin!

Posted by: Sally | September 23, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse


Hey Media,
Gov Palin VP nominee is not your usual type for tabloid journalism. Till you get the difference, i think you should be benched.

Posted by: vic | September 23, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

One prominent Republican takes a stand on Palin's foreign policy expertise


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7623771.stm


Go on with your bad self!

If you were running I might consider voting for you.

Posted by: Hageltime | September 23, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

According to CNN which was chosen by the press pool, the only thing that was audible was Hamid Karzai talking about his young son.
This was the following exchange


“What is his name?,” Palin asked.

“Mirwais,” Karzai responded. “Mirwais, which means, ‘The Light of the House.’”

“Oh nice,” Palin responded.

“He is the only one we have,” remarked Karzai.

After 29 seconds observing the meeting, CNN and other photographers covering the meeting were escorted out of the room.

What an F-ing joke y'all!

Posted by: :-) | September 23, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The McCain/Palin ticket is the evil version of the Bush/Cheney ticket!

Posted by: Mars | September 23, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Palin has already made great inroads with Pravda, a meeting with Putin would be a hoot.


Sarah Palin: A Worthless Bag of Hair
http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/14-09-2008/106355-sarahworthless-0


Palin – the Devil in disguise
http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/12-09-2008/106354-palindevil-0

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

To Pat Hickey:

If thats true, then why not go on Fox News?

Or is it just an excuse?

Posted by: Sally | September 23, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

A serious candidate would have been made available to the 4th estate-- the press' JOB is to help frame political issues -- the McCain camp says "trust us"...The American people deserve so much more than that

Posted by: Pax | September 23, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"Women support Sarah Palin.You Go Girl!!!" (
Posted by: Janet Smith) While Sarah Palin ordered rape victims to pay for their own recovery kits? Pro life but was flying during her last month of pregnancy? Was that not kinda of a botched attempt of ad-hoc abortion?

Posted by: Tao Zen | September 23, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

A vote for McCain is a vote for a man who has dishonored himself in what he is willing to say (lies) about in his quest for the Presidency.

A vote for McCain is a vote for a man who is so out of touch with the root causes of the pending economic catastrophe (as though things aren't bad enough) that he still supports the very actions that got us here.

A vote for McCain is a vote to hold on to the past, but not the glory of the past -- rather -- a long drawn out and destructive impression of what our nation was.

A vote for Palin is a vote for pathetic inexperience, remarkable hypocrisy and certainly a vote that seeks to see Dick Cheney wearing a dress.

Palin is the face of the evangelical movement -- hopelessly uninformed but know that God is the only answer you need. The face that looks very much like the Taliban (science bad).


Posted by: Vic Winkler | September 23, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Good for the Guv! The way the MSM has treated Palin and her family a good cuffing on the snouts of the press piggies with a rolled up NYT is more than appropriate.

The way the press herd fawned and oinked over Obama though they were embargoed by Kid Hope, during his Excellent European Adventure was 'thigh tingling.'

This willplay especially well on Mainstreet USA, especially after MSNBC -The Tool Shed sets to squealing.

Posted by: Pat Hickey | September 23, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Good one Ken, just as if Palin was posting here.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

John in Montana:

Meeting Karzai | 1 p.m. When Gov. Sarah Palin sat down with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan on Tuesday afternoon, the polite preliminaries to their conversation centered around children, as Mr. Karzai spoke of the birth of his first child last year.

“What is his name?” Ms. Palin was heard to ask, as she met with Mr. Karzai in the suite of a midtown hotel, according to a pool report.

“Mirwais,” Mr. Karzai replied. “Mirwais, which means, ‘The Light of the House.’”

“Oh nice,” Palin responded.

“He is the only one we have,” Mr. Karzai said.

Then the pool of journalists was escorted out, and the meeting began.

Posted by: Not Quite (But Good Try) | September 23, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin definitely NOT the SAME as Bush/Cheney...much much WORSE, this is more and more apparent everyday

Posted by: Ohio Voter | September 23, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Do the Republicans think they can dupe the American people and get away with it?

Make no mistake our Constitution is out the window when a Republican is in office.

Does Palin wish to be called Queen Sarah of Amerikkka??? Probably just Your Majesty will do fine....

Posted by: Brad | September 23, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The comment I made just now was awesome and right on point. Your going to have to trust me on this one. It addressed all the posters' concerns. It was an awesome comment.

Posted by: Ken Erdedy | September 23, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Palin is starting to be a serious embarrassment to women everywhere. If she wanted to give off a Bimbo Barbie impression, this is certainly the way to do it. No press coverage, only photos, so no one can document how incapable she is at holding an intelligent discussion with world leaders about foreign policy. Every decision the McCain camp makes to shield Palin from the media, just makes Palin seem more inept. But obviously, if the media had access to Palin, we'd all see something even worse -- that's what the McCain people are indirectly telling us.

Posted by: DogBitez | September 23, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

why is the media even paying attention to that Moose, forget this furburger, she is irrelevant

Posted by: j | September 23, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

There will be no cotroversies like this for McCain and Palin. We don't want our President rediculed by our enimies. Democrats still don't get what big risk they are taking.

Is this a hint how the Muslim world would view Obama's faith to be that of his birth father?

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi : Barack Obama is a Muslim:
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSemkPChvHo)
Obama slipped on ABC:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQqIpdBOg6I)

Gaddafi, referring to Obama as "our Kenyan brother," said that Obama is "suffering from an inferiority complex because of his African origins," adding that the issue of race is making Obama behave as "more white than white people, rather than acting in solidarity with African and Arab nations."

Posted by: Leonard | September 23, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Wasilla = violence/meth capital of Alaska

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey Demnsnever, who says, "Nobama is nothing without his teleprompter."

Have you been watching YOUR president the last EIGHT years? Let's see if the nation can keep their eyes open (or keep their eyes from rolling) when that old smoothie McCain drones with the same old repub riff in the debate. I can't wait to hear the war hero story AGAIN. Or Palin... oh, that's right she really doesn't do interviews or talk to reporters. The trophy mate.

Posted by: tdub | September 23, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

As reported by the NYTimes.

Palin moments before the meeting with Karzai: "What's his name again?"

Posted by: John in Montana | September 23, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

she spoke about raisin' a family with Carzai, will probably talk about huntin' with Uribe (with the Columbian jungle and all), and with Zardari she'll talk about... hmmm.... I'm out of ideas, help me out here.

Posted by: Thor | September 23, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, that so cute Janet Smith.
Yes, please go girl.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

In regards to the rape kit story, since apparently the Wasilla police chief was balking at paying for them because of his budget, and the frequency of rapes in Alaska, maybe the women of Alaska should have taken their $1200 from Palin's $741 million dollar handout and bought their own kits to be prepared.

Good question for Gov. Palin is what has she done since being mayor of Wasilla to fix this disgrace.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Ignoramous demsnever...Senator Obama's home is, and always has been, the USA-- go now lil one and make another pitcher of Kool-Aid and practice saying: President Obama

God Bless America!

Posted by: Common Man | September 23, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Nobama is nothing without his teleprompter.

Posted by: Demsnever | September 23, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Make no mistake, this is not a black out of the media, it's a blackout of the American public. The McCain camp thinks we do not have the right to meet and get to know the woman he would have as Vice President of the USA.

McCain and all the Republicans have such contempt for the American people!

Posted by: getting angry | September 23, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

> Where is McCain's birth certificate? He still hasn't released it, like Obama has. What is McCain hiding?

McCain was born in Panama, but the courts have already ruled that he's a "natural born US citizen" so he can run for President.

Posted by: Joe | September 23, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, Palin; however there is a HUGE difference between meeting "world leaders" (who do not care much about the Bush doctrine, like you) and "American puppets" (who care about the doctrine). Welcome to International Relations 101.

Posted by: TaoZen | September 23, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Women support Sarah Palin.

You Go Girl!!!

Posted by: Janet Smith | September 23, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

DEMSNEVER ...

You just made the perfect point. One has to be totally ignorant and morbidly stupid to back McCain.

The voters with intelligence line up with Obama. His policies are right on target ... and he has more than a clue bout what is happening to our country and the economy. All you are worried about is skin tone. What a genius!

Posted by: SJefferson | September 23, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Gotta get paid to do that: Get paid to support McCain! Sign up today!
LOL--- gotta pay em to "volunteer" desperate-- Dems will destroy the Repubs on the ground where it matters on Nov 4....God Bless America!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

It's Cheney secrecy all over again. Great.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey I can do this too!

John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama were walking down a Washington DC street when they came upon a homeless man.

Barak Obama gave the man his business card and told him to come to his office for a job. He then took $20 out of his pocket and gave it to the man.

Hillary was very impressed, so when they came upon another homeless person, she decided to help. She walked to him and gave him directions to the welfare office. She then reached into McCain’s pocket and got out $20. She kept the $15 for her administrative fees and gave the homeless man $5.

When they came upon yet another homeless person, McCain told him to “The fundamentals of our economy are strong.” and gave him nothing.

Posted by: Demsnever Jr | September 23, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Come November, voters are going to unite and kick Nobama's shiny black @ss back to his home in Kenya.

Posted by: Demsnever | September 23, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans represent "true feminism" now? Is "true feminism" supposed to look like this?

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=184086&title=sarah-palin-gender-card

Posted by: Joe | September 23, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin = Economic/stock crash, massive homeless increase, government waste, higher taxes, more debt, and less security.

James Phelps, Economics PhD

P.S. If McCain/Palin does manage to win, be sure to buy LOTS of Gold and get your money out of the banking system ASAP!

Posted by: JP | September 23, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

If the US (free) press believed in honesty & honour first & not "country first", all the media would refuse to interview Gov. Palin. Let her become VP without a single interview, after all, what do voters need to know?

Nothing.

Posted by: hadeze | September 23, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama were walking down a Washington DC street when they came upon a homeless man.

John McCain gave the man his business card and told him to come to his office for a job. He then took $20 out of his pocket and gave it to the man.

Hillary was very impressed, so when they came upon another homeless person, she decided to help. She walked to him and gave him directions to the welfare office. She then reached into McCain’s pocket and got out $20. She kept the $15 for her administrative fees and gave the homeless man $5.

When they came upon yet another homeless person, Barak told him to “have hope… change is coming…” and gave him nothing.

Now do you understand the difference?


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“And I think, well, maybe if he had been the governor of an energy-rich state, maybe then he’d get it,” she said, her voice rising.

And on reform, she asked the audience, “Our opponent likes to point the finger of blame, but has he ever lifted a finger to help?”

“Nooo!” the crowd shouted.

“Has he ever reached out a reformer’s hand to the other side of the aisle?” she continued. “In order to get others to say ‘yes’ to change, has he ever told his own party no? When it comes to reform, he says, ‘I will,’ but has he ever been able to say, ‘I did’?”

NY Times

Posted by: Demsnever | September 23, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain has decided that the country is not showing her highness appropriate deference.

I didn't know she was running for the Queen stakes.

I'm glad to see the press resisting manipulation, good for them. If McCain won't vet Palin adequately thank goodness we can count on a free press as our forefathers intended.

Posted by: McGreen | September 23, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a huge fan of Obama but the selection of Palin is an expression of blatant contempt by the Republican party for the people of the US. Her only qualification is the potential benefit she may offer to McCain in getting elected. Her position on the ballot is nothing more than a calculated scheme based on her perceived appeal as a reasonably attractive woman with extreme conservative credentials.
Does anyone truly believe that she is really the best person based on merit for this job?
Are we so blind as to not see the selection of Sarah Palin for what it really is?

Posted by: Jim M | September 23, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of "ELITIST".... John McCain can't even admit that his home in Arizona where he has met with politicians to discuss the vice presidential nomination is in Cornville, Arizona. Doesn't sound prestigious enough .... so he calls it Sedona. I live in the area, so I know.

I also know that I live by the border of Mexico and you can see Mexico from Arizona .... but I'm not stupid enough to think that makes me a foreign policy expert.

Posted by: SJefferson | September 23, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break you Muslim-hating, xenophobic, conservative windbags!! This is a nation of immigrants from 'G. Washington to G. Bush' and you want to act as though Barack isn't "like the rest of us" Americans (including the German-Irish ones like myself). Obama is as American as 'apple-pie' and you saying his full name while waving your Jim Crowe flag will not change a darn thing.

Obama/Biden '08 CHANGE WE CAN COUNT ON!!!!

Posted by: tanner | September 23, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

This election has turned into a big joke! For 4 weeks - a VP candidate with zero press conferences, two sit-down interviews (and one is from Sean Hannity), repeats the same speech from the RNC, over and over again. Only wants a photo-op while meeting international leaders ... "No questions, please!", "No comment!", "I plead the 5th!", "I'd like to talk to my lawyer first!" ... Palin is a joke! The press should just stop covering her altogether. No interviews, No positive exposure to the public! Quit playing this stupid game with McCain's camp!

Posted by: John | September 23, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

...and then when Demsnever came upon the homeless man, he pulled off the homeless man's pants and tried to suck his c0ck.

Posted by: Fred | September 23, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Acording to the rabid Repubblicans
to call Gov. Palin "Sister Sarah" is disrespectful,insulting and of course sexist, we should be more deferent to her,
after all she is the Head of State, BS.
But for the same Rabid Right Wingers is OK
to call Sen.Obama "Brother Barack".
Hipocrits

Posted by: vanpek | September 23, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama were walking down a Washington DC street when they came upon a homeless man.

John McCain gave the man his business card and told him to come to his office for a job. He then took $20 out of his pocket and gave it to the man.

Hillary was very impressed, so when they came upon another homeless person, she decided to help. She walked to him and gave him directions to the welfare office. She then reached into McCain’s pocket and got out $20. She kept the $15 for her administrative fees and gave the homeless man $5.

When they came upon yet another homeless person, Barak told him to “have hope… change is coming…” and gave him nothing.

Now do you understand the difference?

Posted by: Demsnever | September 23, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

There seem to be alot of Urban women bashers of Sarah, probably because they can't have it all like she. KIDS, FAMILY,CAREER, LOVING HUSBAND, LOOKS, and more. JEALOSY!!!, sorry urban girls, you may have missed out on the small things in life because you gave up and compromised. The OLD-SCHOOL Feminism was all a lie. Sarah's all about "REAL" school feminism, because YES she does have it all!!!!So DON'T be JEALOUS!!!!

Posted by: NeoFeminist | September 23, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are throwing the word "elitist" around hoping that it will stick to the democrat brand. More doublespeak because they fear intelligence. As a green card holder I can't vote but where I'm from we vote for competence, not someone who you want to have a beer with or someone who won a beauty pageant. How long before the McCain campagin hires Simon Cowell as chief strategist. Why don't the public and the media find it inexcusable that Palin will not interview.....and Fox doesn't count. Vote for someone who will not even meet local journalists?? Palin is an international embarrassment and has no business yielding such power. As someone who loves America I hope the voters wake up and demand more. Time to get serious and vote Obama.

Posted by: DR | September 23, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Palin: "Let them eat cake!"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for the Vice Presidential debate. I'm only hoping that whoever moderates it doesn't throw softballs at the candidates. It should be a time when we can really know where the candidates stand and whether or not they are qualified to be in one of the highest offices in our nation. Sarah Palin won't be able to hide on that day. ... Grab the popcorn and get ready for some laughs.

Posted by: SJefferson | September 23, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Do good christians lie daily?

Are McCain and Palin good christians?

Why can't my priest explain why McCain's lies are ok, but other's lies are not?

How have things got so bad!?

I can't vote for the GOP with a clear mind this year.

Posted by: Marsha Willis | September 23, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

In just over 6 weeks, history will be made with a woman as VP and the liberal elite press can do nothing about it.

Posted by: Janet Smith | September 23, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

indytrucker, well put!!! This is ELITIST behavior, period.

No "regular" person would sequester herself and refuse to talk to everyday voters, preferring photo ops with Bono instead.

"You have got to be kidding me. No print media?? She is not Princess Diana!! She is not Annie Oakley!!"

Posted by: ethel08 | September 23, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

--This is not the man that voters want as their next President--- Cant wait to say President Obama! God Bless America!

Posted by: The Common Man | September 23, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Terri said:
Possibly charged rape kits to victims, does not believe in evolution, religion questionable, encourages shooting bears and wolves from lowing flying planes, troopergate, no abortions for rape or incest, supported the bridge to no where before she opposed it. Has a pregnant teenager, her only experiences with Foreign Relations is the fact she can see Russia from AL, Questioned a librarian about book banning and later the librarian was fired.

If you think she is a good candidate you deserve what you get.

But Terri she's a woman so it doesn't matter. What if a male vice president candidate said/did that, can you imagine?

B.T.W. She did make rape victims pay for their own exams and rape kits.

What's truly amazing is WHY WOULD ANY WOMAN WANT TO VOTE FOR PALIN?
It's got me puzzled?

Posted by: Brad | September 23, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the Manchurian Candidate. If McCain is elected he will probably die from melanoma-related causes and Palin will become President. Then the USA will become a complete and total theocracy and WW III will be all but a done deal. If you love America DO NOT vote Republican in 2008.

Posted by: Bob1959 | September 23, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Some you people on the left are very sick in the head. It's embarrassing that you take up valuable space on this planet.

Posted by: Dave M | September 23, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

So tell me something, do those of you with extreme views realize that if your viewpoint is far enough to one side then a truly moderate entity appears to be on the other side? For example, if you are extremely conservative an organization (like, lets say, a newspaper) that is perfectly in the center would appear, from your perspective, very liberal. Does anyone see my point?

Posted by: AR | September 23, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin and McCain are very serious people!
Not.

Posted by: SpaceCat | September 23, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

50% of US (women & men) voters admire this shallow, self-glorifying carpet-bagger from the north. Palin, as US President, is acceptable, no desirable, to these same 50% US (women & men) voters - what more can one want?

But why not Cheech & Chong as the Repub ticket? Why not King Kong & the blond heroine? Or ZZ Top & Tina Turner? The Repub formula: anything goes in the land of the free...

Posted by: hadeze | September 23, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

mini-skirted maniac,

I don't think that mini skirt was a coincidence. It's planned to distract those leaders from her bumbling.
I hope she pronounces the names of the countries right... EyeRack :)

Posted by: thor | September 23, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else seen the new video of Palin at a KKK rally in Alaska? I hear she was wearing the robes of a senior klan leader (with hood in hand). I hear the video will be release on YouTube next month.

Posted by: Demsnever | September 23, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Typical. This woman and the GOP do not like the truth. Are we surprised that the woman who would attempt to ban books in Alaska would also attempt to ban media from covering the truth during an election year? She's is a dingbat and we already know that. If anything, press coverage would only confirm that. One would think that a woman of intelligence would want the world to know that she is not as dumb as she has been made out to be. .... Unless she truly is that dumb.

Posted by: SJefferson | September 23, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding me. No print media?? She is not Princess Diana!! She is not Annie Oakley!! She is supposed to be a canadidate for VP which means we have to know what she stands for, not just sound bites. This is obnoxious and I hope the American people realize that her credibility and knowledge are as shallow as she is. Poor McCain, he's at the top of the ticket but people leave his rallies after the side show is done speaking. Country First!!! McPalin Last!!!

Posted by: indytucker | September 23, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Hussein means Handsome

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Janet Smith isnt a real person. Just some bozo playing with himself while hiding in his mom's basement.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Gee ... It seems from reading the nasty and uninformed comments here by women for Sarah ... that is isn't "real" women who are for Palin. Just the ignorant ones who have something in common with her. Get informed and use your brains. Don't use stupidity and blind trust as an excuse to regurgitate rhetoric and rumors.

Posted by: SJefferson | September 23, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Do Nothing Congress + Do Nothing Nobama = Go Nowhere U.S." Nada Nada :-)

Posted by: niceslogan | September 23, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"When Gov. Sarah Palin sat down with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan on Tuesday afternoon, the polite preliminaries to their conversation centered around children, as Mr. Karzai spoke of the birth of his first child last year.

“What is his name?” Ms. Palin was heard to ask, as she met with Mr. Karzai in the suite of a midtown hotel, according to a pool report.

“Mirwais,” Mr. Karzai replied. “Mirwais, which means, ‘The Light of the House.’”

“Oh nice,” Palin responded.

“He is the only one we have,” Mr. Karzai said.

Then the pool of journalists was escorted out, and the meeting began."

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/23/media-rebellion-over-palin-photo-ops/?hp

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

For over 20 years, Hussein Muhammad Nobama sat in his "church" listening to hate speeches and did nothing. This is not the man that voters want as their next President.

Posted by: Demsnever | September 23, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

It's funny to see the GOP calling Fox News "Liberal Elite Press".

I'd really hate to see the kind of news that the GOP likes! I'm guessing it would be very much like nazi propaganda films.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse


Where is Nobama's birth certificate? Why is he hiding it?
Posted by: Jane Smith
.................................
JANE SMITH: you are a pawn of the McCain campaign!!! You will believe whatever lie they spread. Here is the link to Obama's official birth certificate: http://fightthesmears.com/articles/5/birthcertificate
Know a smear when you see one, and check up on it before you beleive it

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"Born in the U.S.A.
August 21, 2008
Updated: August 26, 2008
The truth about Obama's birth certificate."

"We beg to differ. FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as "supporting documents" to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said."

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Janet Smith,

It sounds as though you are prejudice and ill-informed.

Obama is a good Christian. Whether you are is truly questionable.

Posted by: Lauri1 | September 23, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Where is McCain's birth certificate? He still hasn't released it, like Obama has. What is McCain hiding?

Posted by: Jane Smith_is a racist | September 23, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I have no intention of voting for either candidate of the two major parties. But it seems to me that Sarah Palin is taking an unnecessary beating by media morons. Consider the following:

The Boston Red Sox hear about this kid in the minor leagues who is supposed to be good. They call him up for an interview.

Sox brass: Do you have any big league experience?

Dustin Pedroia : Uhh . . . no.

SB: Have you ever faced big league pitching anywhere?

DP: Uhh . . . no.

SB: Have you ever visited a big league ballpark?

DP: Uh, I saw one from a plane when I flew over Baltimore.

SB meeting: This kid is too inexperienced to play for us. Send him back or get rid of him in a trade.

Moral of the story? Heaven help us if the people who run the media ever branch out into baseball.

- Ralph Filicchia, Watertown

Real women support Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Jane Smith | September 23, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

John McCain was on EVERY morning talk show last week. We learn now that he's giving yet another "Press Conference" (today?). Barack HUSSEIN Obama was The One who refused to meet with McCain in weekly townhalls.

Take your heads out of the sand (or where ever they are planted).

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:26 PM

----------------------------------------------

Did you see his week? He was awesome!

1. McCain unambiguously called Social Security .

2. McCain's top economic policy adviser calls Americans a bunch of "whiners" for being worried about the slumping economy

3. Iraqi leaders call for a timetable for U.S. withdrawal, McCain gets caught in a bizarre denial and flip flop.

4. McCain's economic plan to cut the deficit has no details and is simply not believable.
5. McCain's deficit plan includes bringing the troops home represents a major Iraq flip-flop.

6. McCain campaign misled about economists support.

7. McCain makes a joke about killing Iranians.

8. McCain denies, flatly, that he ever said that he is not an expert in economics.

9). McCain distorts his record on veterans benefits in response to a question from Vietnam Veteran, who then proceeds to call McCain out on it.

10.) McCain demonstrates he knows nothing about Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Just stop covering the campaign altogether. Palin/McCain are baiting the press, making themselves scare. Don't play their game. Begging to cover them...why?

Posted by: Elaine | September 23, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Can she COMMAND everyone's presence or what? Damn Sarah Palin is good. She definitely can wield her powers. "SIT DOWN WALDO!!"...She may SEEM dumb, but she really knows what's going on and how to play the game. If she can do this with world leaders and with surprise cut their cajones off when they cross her. We've got the best kept weapon. You go Girl...McCain and Palin 2008---"Do Nothing Congress + Do Nothing NObama = Go Nowhere U.S." Nada, Nada!!!!

Posted by: DamnSheDoesHavePower | September 23, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

We've fought for years to remove religious extremists from foriegn governments....so we could elect our own!

Posted by: SP | September 23, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Not only is she refusing to talk to the press, she won't even talk to everyday voters. She's going to NYC for a photo op, but won't meet with the people whom she wants to represent. Surely, these extreme right-wingers aren't afraid of everyday Americans? I thought Sarah Palin's appeal was that she is "so much like us." Apparently, she's not enough like us to meet with us or let us ask her questions. This has been the pattern for all of her appearances so far.

If hiding yourself away from everyday voters and refusing to take questions from anyone isn't elitism, then I don't know what is! I don't care where you're from!

Posted by: ethel08 | September 23, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The liberal media is not even trying to be fair anymore. Why even deal with them when all they do is lie and distort.
The world doesn't believe anything the press says anymore anyways so why even acknowledge them?
Posted by: reason
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Reason: don't speak for the rest of the world when your positions are clearly within a minority. There is bias in media, both left and right. Palin must undergo the same process as every other presidential and vice presidential candidate, which means doing interviews and being exposed to the press and the public.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The fake crying about the biased media doesn't work in this case because they could've had Faux News there.

Posted by: Thor | September 23, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Where is Nobama's birth certificate? Why is he hiding it?

Posted by: Jane Smith | September 23, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse


celeb Palin already has those

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Janet Smith is another GOP liar....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Rick,
You're worried about what you don't know about Obama?!!!

Try, what you don't know about Palin!

Obama went to Columbia University and Harvard Law and has his whole record out there for you to see... all you have to do is open your eyes and your mind.

What you see is what you get with Obama. You have no idea what you'd get with Palin, who went to 4 colleges in 6 years. You do the math.

Posted by: Lauri1 | September 23, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are too cowardly to face up to the problems they created.

They will ruin the world to prove they were "Right".

Good job!

Posted by: Marshall | September 23, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

History will be made with a woman in the White House and not an African muslim man who is strongly antisemitic.

Posted by: Janet Smith | September 23, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

All clear-headed and sensible Americans should be able to draw their own conclusions as to why Palin is being kept away from Public and Media Scrutiny. Do Americans only want to find out what she really is like after she becomes Vice President or worse still President with her finger on the Nuclear button? Good luck to them.

Posted by: Brian Musah | September 23, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Gee I wonder why?

Posted by: kathleen | September 23, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone who is not completely SICK of this faux-candidate and the accompanying cry-babying by the McCain campaign? One can only imagine what public press stalwart Benjamin Franklin would think.

Posted by: Inkfingers | September 23, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Palin is being protected, because the GOP knows that she is incapable of honestly answering questions__________________________________

Ridiculous! If this is a popular democratic belief, no wonder your party has lost the last two elections! GOP hides her from the press but let's her meet with foreign leaders??? Please make some sense

Posted by: DCMOM | September 23, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Its hard to imagine that she is ready to lead when she has to let the McCain Campaign control when and where and to whom she can speak to. Would the same hold true if she needed to step into the Presidency? Who then would really be calling the shots? She would just be someone's puppet. Cheney & Bush, Palin & McCain....they all are a bunch of liars.

Posted by: TWZ in NE | September 23, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The liberal elite press has done nothing to investigate Nobama's relationship with Louis Farakkhan, Bill Ayers and Tony Rezko.

Why would any decent human being trust the liberal elite press???

Posted by: James Phil | September 23, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain = Crazy old coot, in sorta a fun way.
Palin = Insane Extremist, in a VERY scary way.

McCain/Palin is no longer a voting option for me.

Posted by: Sara B | September 23, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I would not hire an employee without an interview just like I would not vote for a VP ticket without her answering questions from the public. This is very simple logic which has worked for hundreds of years and that is why Mccain/Palin ticket is going to lose. It is now become a LYING NO TALK EXPRESS.

Posted by: tony | September 23, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

just saw pool footage of McPhalin wearing a high skirt and trying to push it down her knee as she's showing a ton of leg to the leader of a Muslim state.

Karzai will of course never say it publicly, but you can bet that he was offended. Meanwhile, she's also meeting Zadari today, almost certainly in that same lame outfit.

nice diplomacy skills bimbo, can't even get the fashion right... guess that wasn't covered at one of the many community colleges you bounced through.

Posted by: mini-skirted maniac | September 23, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, keep the press out of the Republicans lies and secrecy. What do they have to hide? The Republicans lie all the time anyway so why have someone there to catch them at it. If the Democrats pulled this crap the Republican slime machine would be screaming every thing in the book at them!!!
So it's O.K. for Republicans to spread lies and propaganda about Democrats but not O.K. for a newspaper to report truths about them?

Who can bring us closer to socialism and communism and dictatorship than the Republican party?
Don't you DARE point your finger at Democrats. They helped America prosper every time. Look at what the Republicans have done!!! The massive bailout for those savings and loans is Socialism at it's finest.

I think the Republicans have a plan to DESTROY AMERICA!!!
You have heard of The Republic of China.
How does The Republic of America sound???

What if China was a Liberal country?
Would we be calling Chinese people Libby’s?
Liberals don’t sound so bad now do they….
And you wanted to make fun of Liberals.
SHAME ON YOU!!!

Republicans= Communism, Socialism, Dictatorship, Neocons, Secrecy, Shadow Government, Hell on Earth, and a few others you won't want to hear.

Look in the mirror Republicans.
It's your OWN PARTY DESTROYING EVERYTHING!!

STOP POINTING AT THE DEMOCRATS!!!
(sometimes I feel like banging my head against the wall, or better yet, the people who actually believe the Republicans have been doing us good the last 8 years)!
My god the Democrats should win by a landslide!

I don’t know about you but I am proud to live in a LIBERATED COUNTRY!

remember- Republic Of China, How does The Republic Of America sound???
Not good does it?

Posted by: Redneck4Obama | September 23, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Now I know why McCain flipped out over "lipstick on a pig".

He's trying his best to sell a "pig in a poke".

(Look it up)

Posted by: Jerry Ulibarri | September 23, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I really don't know much about the man (obama) and neither does America. He basically came from out of nowhere and as the facts come out little by little, they don't make a particularly confident picture.

After his wife's remark about not being proud of this country and his pastor's statements callingAmerica the U.S.K.K.K.A. And his own statement about not wanting his daughter punished with a baby, it makes me wonder what kind of a man Obama really is and what kind of a president he'd make.


I have a great fear that if our military gets broken by another President, this time we're not going to have time to fix it again and what that spells for America, I don't even want to contemplate.

Posted by: rick | September 23, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Possibly charged rape kits to victims, does not believe in evolution, religion questionable, encourages shooting bears and wolves from lowing flying planes, troopergate, no abortions for rape or incest, supported the bridge to no where before she opposed it. Has a pregnant teenager, her only experiences with Foreign Relations is the fact she can see Russia from AL, Questioned a librarian about book banning and later the librarian was fired.

If you think she is a good candidate you deserve what you get.

Posted by: Terri | September 23, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The liberal elite press has done nothing but trashed Palin and her children. I don't blame John McCain for keeping the attack dogs of Nobama away from these important meetings.

Posted by: James Phil | September 23, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Palin is being protected, because the GOP knows that she is incapable of honestly answering questions, and her handlers want to make sure that no more facts are revealed about her until after the election, when its too late to do anything about it. Kind of like her corruption charges. Anyone stupid enough to believe that the Big Corporations that own the "media" are anything except more of the same Billionaires that have destroyed our country, deserves to be labeled as such.

Posted by: Molly | September 23, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Less lies to print, I guess.

Thanks for saving the trees from your lies, McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Americans deserve to see how Palin handles the same political process that every other candidate has had to endure. No more special treatment, because it just paints her as incapable, unprepared, and just plain not ready for the vice presidency.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

America stands for a free press, supposedly. We see everything crashing, the 2 wars, Wall Street, secret torture camps ... the economy at large is south. And where is the free press? The Repubs refuse them access, deny them reporting & the free press takes punch after punch. Is the free press just a myth? Is the free press in reality censured & guided by a media owned lock, stock & barrel by a right-wing coterie of wealthy owners, mostly Repubs at heart? Seems that way? The media interview Obama for 19 months, from dawn to dusk & then they are satisfied with 1 (yes, one) scripted interview from Gov. Palin - yet, no criticism, no cries of foul, all seems perfectly balanced in their approach? Seems like a lop-sided press to me, leaning strongly towards the Repubs mind-set.

But it doesn't surprise, not in Bush's & Cheney's America. You don't know what you've got, till its gone...

Posted by: hadeze | September 23, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess the McCain campaign wants to avoid another Palin foreign policy embarrassment.

Posted by: Older12 | September 23, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

EVEYONE knows Barbie does not have a voice of her own,.....WHY do you all want to try & talk to an AIR head from thin air Alaska oh yes she does know how to put on LIPstick.

Posted by: Joey | September 23, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

WHERE ARE HER TAX RETURNS?!?

Posted by: George W. McLiar | September 23, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin actually seems to be afraid of the press.

If Palin can't sit across from Chris Matthews, someone please tell me how she will be able to sit across from Putin?

I'm begining to doubt they will even be able to sit down with our new great arch enemy Spain.

Posted by: Fraidy Cat | September 23, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

What next ... 8x10 glossy head shots with her mechanized signature for the fans club?

Posted by: Fred | September 23, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

When women earn less per hour than men, that is known as the gender wage gap. When the gender wage gap narrows, women's wages have grown relative to men's.

Professor Mulligan, in the economics department at the University of Chicago, with Yona Rubinstein authored a study "Selection, Investment, and Women's Relative Wages over Time" (Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2008).
They surprisingly discovered that Republican administrations have been much more successful in closing the gender wage gap

Women’s annual wage growth relative to men’s grew during Jimmy Carter’s administrationby 0.04%. During Reagan’s administration they grew by 1.6%. During GW Bush Sr’s administration, they grew by 1.4%, during Clinton’s administration by 0.21%, and by the current George Bush’s administration by 0.87%.

The professors’ study was reviewed in the September 3rd issue of the WSJ.

Barack Obama and Joseph Biden have proclaimed that they favor equal pay for women, and have alleged that Republicans will be a giant step backwards for women.
The economic record says exactly the opposite

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

When women earn less per hour than men, that is known as the gender wage gap. When the gender wage gap narrows, women's wages have grown relative to men's.

Professor Mulligan, in the economics department at the University of Chicago, with Yona Rubinstein authored a study "Selection, Investment, and Women's Relative Wages over Time" (Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2008).
They surprisingly discovered that Republican administrations have been much more successful in closing the gender wage gap

Women’s annual wage growth relative to men’s grew during Jimmy Carter’s administrationby 0.04%. During Reagan’s administration they grew by 1.6%. During GW Bush Sr’s administration, they grew by 1.4%, during Clinton’s administration by 0.21%, and by the current George Bush’s administration by 0.87%.

The professors’ study was reviewed in the September 3rd issue of the WSJ.

Barack Obama and Joseph Biden have proclaimed that they favor equal pay for women, and have alleged that Republicans will be a giant step backwards for women.
The economic record says exactly the opposite

Posted by: vegetablegardener | September 23, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Why would a liberal media try to be fair. Why would a conservative media try to be fair. The media's job is to report first, postualte second and persuade last. If the media are denied access to a candidate in the most important presidential election in histroy then there is obviously something wrong with the candidate. In this case it is clear that the media are not being allowed in because Palin isn't going to even know what the world's leaders are talking about. She is way out of her league. If you republicans think we want you running our courty for even one day longer think again. Your candidates are cowards.

Posted by: sean | September 23, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

St. Sarah of the Snows will bring Jesus back to the White House.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 23, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I do love the comments by the Palin supporters- "keep the press out, the press is no good, they are liberal." That whole darn Bill of Rights crap.

Posted by: Andrea | September 23, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Considering how bias, hateful and corrupt the media ( if you want to call it that) is today you can't blame them.

Posted by: Campbell | September 23, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I have to wonder. Where's the press coverage on Obama? Why hasn't there been a serious attempt on the part of the Mainstream Media to find out his true connections with hatemongers and racists.

Oh, it's because Chris Matthews and other folks from the Mainstream media are too busy giving him lapdances and stating that "Change" is good. It's interesting that when asked for specifics, he provides NONE.

Posted by: Blacky Pete | September 23, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow! What are they trying to hide? And how can they possibly deny McCain/Palin are just a carbon copy of the Bush administration - they can't. This is more of the same unaccountable, elitist behavior that 80% of Americans know is taking their country in the wrong direction. Quite simply they must be afraid to answer directly to the American people, gripped by fear that they have nothing more to offer than the present status quo.

Posted by: Jason | September 23, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Palin---> spending the past few weeks being fitted with an earpiece and receiver, similar to the one W wore in the 2004 debates. They've become more miniaturized in 4 years and she'll be able to better hear Stevie give her the answers...Thank God for technology!

Posted by: Common Man | September 23, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

How can people truly say that she is more qualified than Obama. Obama gave so many interviews answered so many questions during this 19 month. Give me a list of 4 interviews Palin did, give me did. Why didn't she give an interview to Bill O'Reilly. Obama did this and here is what he had to say: http://www.billoreilly.com/newslettercolumn;jsessionid=2E15552A48014551DA4F15A04A7560EA?pid=24183

Sorry but if the campaign shields her than they are afraid of her answers. Last time McCain jumped in when they tried.

Palin is a joke: Mitt Romney or Huckabee are much smarter than her. People just be at least honest to yourself!

Posted by: Tom | September 23, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

JakeD - We all know Barack Obama's middle name is HUSSEIN.... what we don't know is why are the Repubs hiding Sarah Palin and just who is this new John McSame talking about Change???? America wants to know now -we don't want a Pop Goes the Weazel Surpise!

Posted by: gjwilli | September 23, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

WTF this is outrageous


People need to start protesting!


No live press questions, nothing nada! Sarah doesn't even care to have the press distort, misreport, and bias what she says!


Why are people tolerating this! The press is allowed everywhere! Who cares if the paparazzi cause mass hysteria! Who cares if they lie! The public deserves to know every detail of a public persons life! Heck, they're personal email should not remain private!


This is America!!!!!!!!!!!! Where the media believes it has a God-given right to everybody's busyiness and it's an arm of the government!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: cruizin | September 23, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Well. What can you say. The press was not allowed.

Fortunately, there is one transcript:


From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sarah Palin Meets with Afghan President Karzai (Transcript)

"Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will meet next week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in New York, on the sidelines of the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, according to Afghan officials in Washington."--Washington Post

TRANSCRIPT:

Palin: Oh, Mr. President, it is such a pleasure to meet you, you're the first head of state that I have had the opportunity to meet--which is more than many Vice Presidents--and I'm so glad that my first one is an Afghani.

You know, in Trig's class there was a little Afghani? He was the child of one of the oil executives, and he was so cute, with his little turban runnin' around, everyone just loved him, and felt for him...

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And everyone knew that we just had to defend him and keep him free and that's why I think that with a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (looking up from clipboard) McCain/Palin.

Palin: ...McCain/Palin ticket, we can make sure of that, if we have to attack Russia, even, I mean, to keep people free at home, just like we want to keep our people free. We have so much in common! I know you have the problem with the poppies, and I understand because we have the same problem with the crystal meth in Wasilla? And I said "Look, we've got to shake this up!" and then that's exactly what I said: 'Look, let's just see what we have in common with these guys!" And that's just what you could do with the Taliban, Mr. Karzai. They've already so moral, and they want people to live by the straight and narrow, and they've got the newspapers sayin' and the schools doin' lots of the right things. They just need to get some of the right ideas, and pray to the right Lord. And, if they don't understand, we still have the weapons left over from Iraq, and then we can't blink, we can't blink, can we, Mr. Karzai?

Karzai: (Looks at Palin silently without moving his head. Pauses.). Blink?

Palin: Right. The thing is, we just have to hit the ground runnin', Mr. Karzai. That's what I do. A few weeks ago I didn't even know what a Vice President does! That's why I put a clock on my wall--do you have the same clocks as we do in Afghanistan? With the twelve numbers? (points in air to numbers on air clock)--Anyway, I said "I'm gonna measure just how much time I have left here" and that's what you could do, I think, with the war, Mr. Karzai, is to put up a clock so you know just how much time you have left until you finish it. I tell you, Mr. Karzai, it's such a motivating influence on my staff, the good ones, anyway, they know what they're supposed to finish and when, they hear me sayin' "Look at the clock, people, look at the clock, and know what you have left to finish..."

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And so I said to my husband, Todd--I call him the "First Dude"--Do you have that word 'Dude' there in Afghanistan?--maybe it's like "Khan" or "Emir" or somethin'?--I said to him, 'Todd, we have to take a look at what's happenin' in Afghanistan--before McCain called or any other thing happened--' cause I saw that Russia was right across from us and then right next to that you have all the Stans (counts cross fingers) Kyrgyzstan, oh, what's the others?--well, you are aware of them, of course, Mr. Karzai (laughs)...

Karzai: (Nods)

Palin: And if we don't let other people know of what I'm aware of, then the world won't change, Mr. Karzai. I know we have the same goals even if we don't have the same God yet...(aide touches Palin on shoulder, whispers). 'Even', not 'yet', I meant 'same God even', Mr. Karzai. And my point is, we can't let others stop our choice, which is freedom for those who deserve it, and that's why I know a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (reaching over to touch shoulder)

Palin: Stop! (brushing aide's hand off)...McCain/Palin ticket will do just what you want, Mr. Karzai...

Second Palin Aide Approaches: It's time for your next appointment, Gov. Palin.

Palin: It was so good meeting you, President Karzai, and all of your other people, it was so good meeting you too! Shalom! (waves, exits)

Karzai: (to his aide, in Pashto): She makes the last one look like the Grand Mufti.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

Posted by: Susan D'Addario | September 23, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

it would be nice if Ms Palin could discuss energy policy with out Gulf allies; after all, she knows more about energy than anyone else in the country.

Posted by: malach hamovess | September 23, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse


you Palin-loving repubs are so protective of your hockey mom from Alaska, aren't you?

why can't you understand that if the possibility of becoming Pres of the US exists for her, that we should know how this woman performs? Or what the limits of her knowledge are on all issues?

you don't even KNOW this person!!! Do you?

Did you really know of Palin before the RNC?

No. so why defend her so much? BE AN AMERICAN before you're a republican. your kids have more sense than you.

you're a pathetic bunch, you really are. stop blaming the media for asking questions the rest of us would like answers to.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

We have the most insane people on earth in this United states.And when i use the word insane it fits the comments of many..never seen this type of loonies in my entire life.just read some of the post's,and then think about some of them.any reasonal thinking person can come to the same conclusion.OUCH::::::

Posted by: mervin(Sick Of Loons) | September 23, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

As a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, I am sick to my stomach that Capt. John Mcain is allowing his dignity and pride stoop to lowest level of embarrassment ever documented. He chose a CooCoo for running mate and now he is trying to keep her hid. WTF. Stand up John and be a real man. Ditch her now before it too late. I'm counting on you to do the right thing. Put her out there and quit hiding her. This looks very suspicous.

Posted by: charles | September 23, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The media wasn't biased the 1st half of the Campaign when the MSM was kissing McCain's wrinkly ass-- it's only now when the Media is fully realizing that the person they've been covering the past 26 years is totally different than the fellow they covered in the 2000 campaign-- all his positions have changed. As for Palin you can't fault the GOP for hiding her, but the GOP must realize that the media provides an important fuction in assisting her vetting. What McCain/Palin are doing is showcasing a preview to the American public that they would be even more secretive than Bush/Cheney-- never thought it would be possible..McCain/Palin not the same as Bush/Cheney--- they would be WORSE

Posted by: Ohio Voter | September 23, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Palin/McCain continue to stonewall the media. What are they afraid of? Palin has NEVER had a press conference, and McCain's last was July 27 - 57 days ago!

Track Palin/McCain's stonewalling with The Palin Watch:
http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?page_id=1046

Posted by: Mark @ News Corpse | September 23, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse


Sarah Palin has no need to speak, just stand on the podium looking pretty and give printed handouts, prepared by Bush's script writers, to everyone.
Anyone seen the film Stepford Wives? The Republican Party's version as not as good the the original or the recent remake but I think Sarah is much more prettier than Nicole and a better actress.

Posted by: Gerry | September 23, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

lol shielding Palin from the "Obama-biased" media? Funny how the media wasn't biased when it was helping to spread McCain's nonexisting "Maverick" image, and suddenly when McCain's and Palin's lies are exposed the media sudden became biased. The Kool Aid must be working.

Posted by: Roystah | September 23, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

BOYCOTT PALIN, MEDIA----DON'T RUN THE CAMPAIGN'S P.R. STORIES OR PHOTOS ABOUT HER UNTIL THEY GIVE REAL ACCESS.

Folks, for a real eye-opener, look at what Palin's own Anchorage Daily news is saying:

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

http://www.adn.com/opinion/story/531725.html

Posted by: sal | September 23, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

George Will is too intelligent and too unpredictable a conservative. JakeD never really says what he means. He is a good Republican, even if he is registered independent. Nearly everything JakeD says is to dissemble that is his legal training.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 23, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, regardless of how the VP debates will go she'll still win in your mind.

Not letting her talk in front of cameras is an acceptance that she is a political NOBODY with NOTHING intelligent to say.

Posted by: Thor | September 23, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure there are going to fascinating, in-depth conversations about the intricacies of foreign policy and global affairs. Palin just doesn't want to show off her knowledge in front of all the cameras. She's very modest that way.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 23, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin proving EVERYDAY to be WORSE than Bush/Cheney

Posted by: Ohio Voter | September 23, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

It's never "too soon" to vote! Thousands, maybe 100,000s, of voters will put off voting with that kind of and then never vote. You never live forever.

Speaking of which, I need to go knock on doors in northern Virginia for McCain-Palin. See you guys later.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Good. Keep out the Obama biased media. Even after this meeting, she'll still have more foreign policy experience as a VP candidate than Obama has as a Pres. candidate. Ridiculous how the printed media tears this hard working effective woman down with the "no foreign policy experience" but neglect to say anything about Obama's zero experience.

Posted by: Emm | September 23, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

How convenient for Palin to have cameras only! This way the gaffes can be carefully edited out to make her look as good as possible. I wonder if there will be retakes of botched lines. I hope she learned to pronounce all those names correctly, she did have a couple weeks to practice.

Cripes, this woman is getting to be the worst political joke in American history!

And all those undereducated, backwoods conservative folks will be saying: "Look how good she is at foreign policy! She knows all those foreign names!" The same way they gush "She's so smart and well-educated! She has a journalism degree! Why, this more than qualifies her to run this country!"

Posted by: Arnie | September 23, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse


Boycott the press.

The liberal media is not even trying to be fair anymore. Why even deal with them when all they do is lie and distort.

The world doesn't believe anything the press says anymore anyways so why even acknowledge them?

Posted by: reason | September 23, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Three cheers for keeping the press out. After what she's been through with the liberal press in such a short time - they need to be kept out. It is always always so easy to see who the press is for in an election. And, might I remind some people, Sarah is NOT running against Nobama.

Posted by: K | September 23, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Residents of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia:

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

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:31 PM

What JakeD does not want is you seeing McCain and Palin in the debate. The intelligence gap between the Democrats and the Republican is too great for him to risk your seeing McCain and possibly Palin fail.

I live in an early voting state and I voted two weeks early. Subsequently I learned something about a down ticket candidate that made me wish I had waited longer. Still won't vote on election day but this is too soon to vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

This secrecy is alarming at best and insulting at it's most base. Do the Republicans actually think we can't see what's going on? Their candidate is ignorant of the world outside Alaska. People...wake up! WHY ARE THEY HIDING HER?

Posted by: Len D | September 23, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Ich bin ein Communistas.

Posted by: Patriot3 | September 23, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Arianna:

You missed her interviews on ABC and Fox News, along with People magazine?! Do you at least watch CBS?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

George Will is not even decisive enough to be an atheist.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

This is very amusing. The new Republican feminism wants a woman for her look and image, but will not allow her to speak. How is the different from the old days. Let Palin talk for goodness sake.

Otherwise we are going to see more of this http://tunc.biz/couric_fan.htm, which is bloggers guessing at her answers. And we will certainly see more of Tina Fey. There is so much material on Sarah Palin.

She has nothing to hide because she has nothing to say.

Posted by: Arianna | September 23, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Not at all, Ronnn or Wales. If Gov. Palin does not win the October 2nd VP debate, you have my word that I won't vote for her.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Now that the Bush election team has taken over the McCain campaign, voters will never see Palin outside of a carefully stage-managed venue. The Bush people will control the images, the access, the talking points and the message. They're terrified of letting Palin free. Choosing Palin, McCain's first executive decision, was reckless, impulsive and desperate. Not the qualities we need in a President. Even George Will has decided that McCain can't be trusted in the White House.

Bush/McCain?? No More Years!!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 23, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Jaked why would Obama want to me Mcnutt
in a town hall meeting,he's beating the hell out of the Mccaptain crunch party,
just waiting for the trial's of Todd,
Rush.hannity, bay buccanaen,laura Ingram
mary matlin,norm coleman,ted stevens,
bush.cheney,rumsfelt.kind of reminds you of late 1800 france!america will be free once again!

Posted by: redeemer | September 23, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

thor:

What's so wrong about waiting until October 2nd?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:27 PM

Why bother at all? If you can win the election by hiding the candidate why not do that? If you make your candidate look like an adolescent and she behaves like one but the people who count like her why risk letting them know what little intellectual content she has.

That is sort of what you meant is it not?

Posted by: Ronnn | September 23, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

With many states already in the early voting process, the fact that Queen Sarah is still in hiding other than for photo ops is insulting to the voters. No one knows what she is really all about, yet she expect to be accepted as possibly the next President? This is bullsh@t.

Voters beware. There is a reason for this secrecy. Remember, they aren't just refusing to talk to the press, they're refusing to talk to US AND ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS via the press.

My recommendation is that the PRESS REFUSE TO COVER ANY AND ALL EVENTS for both McSame and Queen Sarah until they submit to indepth interviews. Deference my as@.

Posted by: capone1 | September 23, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Palin is being chaperoned by many McCain aides and the media is excluded. How much confidence should we have if he has so little confidence in her ability? It will probably be very awkward for MS Palin who has no familiarity with foreigners having been isolated in Alaska her whole life.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Residents of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia:

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

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

OH boy there goes our Constitution,
Freedom of the press is our first casulity
our next will the men and women of the us armed services,watch out for sarah(barney-
fife)palin,i mean she is Don Knots with
glasses,just her presence is an insult
to any leader. SHE IS A WITCH!

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

I bet JakeD is obviously a paid GOP blogger. You just dont think before you get on the keyboard.

Posted by: Wales | September 23, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Print media? What's that?

Oh yeah, that's something from the olden days.

Posted by: info | September 23, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

What the heck? Todd Palin does not have to respond to a summons, Sarah Palin does not have to talk to the press or investigators, John McCain does not have to tell the truth. What is this country coming to???

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

thor:

What's so wrong about waiting until October 2nd?

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

John McCain was on EVERY morning talk show last week. We learn now that he's giving yet another "Press Conference" (today?). Barack HUSSEIN Obama was The One who refused to meet with McCain in weekly townhalls.

Take your heads out of the sand (or where ever they are planted).

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Your right about Cheney and questions asked . A legitimate beef, except both parties are promising change. Don't look back, but ahead. The trouble has hit you here and now, not years past.
She says she is a Pit Bull, a maverick, but speechless and so very hidden from the public eye. Is this the possible President you want to bring America back to the Admiration you once had?. You deserve what you get.

Posted by: justada55+ | September 23, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

the media is being played like a fiddle - wow.

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

This is truly embarrassing. What it says is you can photograph her shaking hands with foreign leaders but not record the empty words that'll come out of her mouth.

Posted by: thor | September 23, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

WTF this is outrageous


People need to start protesting!


No live press questions, nothing nada!


Why are people tolerating this!


This is America!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

ES:

Gov. Palin is MORE qualified to be President than Sen. Obama.

Julie in VT:

I wouldn't ban all print media, just select reporters from the NYT and WaPo who are in the tank for Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin represents the death of cheese in American life.

She is the Reality TV/American Idol candidate for the most powerful office in the world. Without legitimate qualifications and the necessary interest and judgment to hold the office she seeks, she has risen like a phoenix to become an uber-celebrity and, somehow, beyond all logic and reason, a genuine possibility to be president of the United States.

Cheese thy name is Sarah.

This is what we always feared. The great democratization of society has put intelligence on the same level as stupidity. Education on the same level as ignorance. Character on the same level as good looks. Judgment on the same level as “gut” reaction.

http://nahnopenotquite.com/2008/09/22/sarah-palin-and-the-death-of-cheese/

Posted by: ES | September 23, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Well then, once again the McCain campaign dictates the rules you media peons must follow - until you show enough "deference", that is. Yes, you can take her picture, thus showing all the dumbass Palin lovers that indeed she can play with the foreigners, but NO WAY JOSE - no questions allowed!!!

Media folks? Wake the hell up! You're being PLAYED!

Posted by: Julie in VT | September 23, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"A media shutout" except, of course, for all the media who have asked her questions, right? How many "press conferences" did VP candidate Dick Cheney give in 2000? Was the WaPo upset about that?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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