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Obama Adviser: Palin a 'Skilled Politician'

Updated 1 p.m.
By Shailagh Murray
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Barack Obama's top political adviser called Sarah Palin "a skilled politician" but said her speech last night mirrored the rest of the Republican convention in producing "an awful lot of heat and no light."

Speaking to reporters aboard Obama's campaign plane, David Axelrod said the candidate watched snippets of Palin's tough performance and wasn't surprised by the barbs, including the mocking descriptions by Palin and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani about Obama's early career as a community organizer.

"Senator Obama is taking the whole thing in stride," Axelrod said. "I don't think he expected gingerly treatment. This is what politicians do when they don't have a record to run on."

He added, "What are they going to talk about? Eight years of peace and prosperity? It is phenomenal when you think about it, that we're into the final day of the convention and not one serious word about the state of the economy, not one serious word about where they would lead. We've heard again and again that John McCain was a prisoner of war, for which we all honor him and respect him. But heck, we knew that before the convention."

Democrats have said little about Palin since her selection on Friday, content to allow reporters to dig into her small-town background, while political pundits raise questions about her qualifications. They worry about alienating Hillary Rodham Clinton voters and working-class residents of Midwestern swing states, where the election likely will be won or lost.

Palin's mocking critique of Obama in St. Paul last night brought some clarity. Her speech seemed aimed at the conservative base, more so than suburban swing voters. Along with Giuliani, she sought to define the race as a personality contest, as much as a battle over issues like taxes and oil drilling.

Axelrod refused to speak to Palin's qualifications: "She's a stalwart supporter of the policies that we have" under President Bush. "That's the issue in this race. People will decide what kind of experience they want." He did dismiss Republican charges that Palin has been the victim of sexism, after some commentators questioned whether Palin could juggle the challenges of running for vice president with a pregnant teenage daughter and an infant with Down syndrome.

Obama and his advisers have declared family off limits, but otherwise, Axelrod asserted, "Everybody who runs for office has to submit themselves to scrutiny."

But the speech did get the Obama camp's attention. "We respect her," said Axelrod. "She's a skilled politician, as she proved last night. She's deft going on the attack. For someone who makes the point that she's not from Washington, she looks very much like she'd fit in very well there."

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"Obama had 38 MILLION viewers for his acceptance speech. Any guesses on what McCain will pull in?

If you go by past examples, McCain will be lucky to get 2 Million people to tune in.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 4:13 PM"
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THIRTY NINE MILLION TIM!!!!!!

Hey Camp Obama- Keep underestimating McCain- Your candidate's novelty has worn off- Palin's hasn't and her presence on the ticket merely highlights Obama's realtive inexperience (you know, executive- he's running to be the next Warren Harding)....makes people feel that they should be debating as VP candidates, while the adults top the ticket....by the way, who IS running for dem. VP? Oh, yeah Joe Biden, who's newest gaff is really sleazy- he's on the trail looking for sympathy by telling audiences that the truck driver involved in his family's fatal accident was driving drunk: the man was tested at the time an was exonerated of alcohol, drugs, and all wrongdoing. The man's family and a superior court judge in Delaware who was the ADA on the case are speaking out against Biden....keep it up Joe- I'm glad You'll be debating Palin!!!

Posted by: Scott | September 6, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

So if Governor Palin is a liar, can someone tell me what legislation Obama wrote that made its way into law? He has no record of being a successful lawmaker.

Has he been a mayor? Owned a business? Been a governor? No he hasn't. He has no record of true leadership and accountability.

Give him 4-8 more years of work, then let him take another kick at the Presidency. He's just not earned it.


Posted by: Wanting to Believe | September 6, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

2 things for sure we know about Palin. She can read well and she can follow orders when told what to say and do.

Posted by: fernando canavati | September 5, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

The JewNited States of America is coming unglued.Why don't we see if we can get Mr.Putin to run on a third party ticket,maybe with Ron Paul.Now there are some real leaders!Ho,Ho,Ho Chi Bin.

Posted by: Ed Herlihy | September 5, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

When is the McCain campaign going to "unleash" the "pit bull w/ lipstick" & allow the press some access to the REAL Sarah Palin? At some point she has to be allowed to speak unscripted & without being spoon fed by aides & defend herself & the lies she spewed forth in her speech. This is sickening to watch.

Posted by: AlaskanWoman | September 5, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Note to Palin:

Jesus was a community organizer.

Pilate was a governor.

Posted by: Republican VN Era Vet | September 4, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Yes, now that is what I want from a politican. "The light".

Is this author out of his mind! The light?

Posted by: Heather | September 4, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin did a great job last night!

John McCain and Sarah Palin have the experience and record to actually create change in Washington. Obama and Biden just talk about change but have no evidence of doing that. Please look at Obama's plan: He wants to Windfall Profit tax the oil companies. Oh that was tried by Carter and created huge lines at the gas stations. Less oil was produced here and now has added to our current problem. Obama wants to tax the rich and give to the poor. Well that's been tried by many past presidents including Robin Hood. Didn't work. Wants to create universal healthcare. Oh that was tried by Hillary in Bill's first term. Didn't work. All of Obama's great ideas are old ideas!! That's not change.

The only real change agents are McCain and Palin.

Posted by: Kelly | September 4, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

She is helping IN ALASKA. What she pledged last night was to do that nationwide next year.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Palin is entertainment.

Why does it take Palin to be VP to help special needs children? As Governor, couldn't she help them then?

I'll take the advice of an scientist regarding environmental protection before a hockey mom.

Having protection solves the anti-abortion issue. Duh.

Posted by: silver0leaf | September 4, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin all the way. Experience matters! It's pretty sad when the VP nominee is younger and has more experience than the entire Demo ticket. Obama has ZERO experience and no plans for ANYTHING! Can't wait for the town hall debates. Too bad Obama keeps running from them.

Posted by: Alex | September 4, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

her speach was kind of snappy in a "snl" way- but it shows mccain's inner thoughts - can american's really see this ticket as viable options to lead our nation ?

Posted by: jacade | September 4, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Beyond Palin's political and oratorical skills that were on display for all to see last night, she brings to the table at least three substantive policy strengths.

First, she won points last night for her strong, credible advocacy for SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN.

Second, Palin represents something very new in the energy debate: She favors energy development, but SHE STANDS UP TO BIG OIL. The Dems can no longer say of the GOP, "they're in the pockets of Big Oil." it remains to be seen if the GOP can somehow make this work in their favor in the polls.

Third, the "PALINOMICS" of Alaska energy development meeting a significant part of America's energy (and mineral resource) needs in the coming decades is very much a viable economic argument, if you include land-based and off-shore resources. It is a winning policy position for the GOP that has good potential for gaining a few points in the polls unless the Dems can develop a thoughtful response soon.

Posted by: Tim in Alaska | September 4, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Typical Axelrod diatribe...the democrats didn't lay out their policies until Obama hit the stage so why would he expect the republicans do be any different?

Answer is he doesn't...but I have seen this very talking point parroted all over the web by those that can't think for themselves.

Also...I remember McCain offering time and time again to have Obama join him in town hall meetings across the country so as to answer the questions of Americans...you know talk about the issues that Americans are concerned with.

He said no...and instead goes to Europe to campaign. He is the one that has agreed to only two debates. he is great at reading teleprompter speech written by others. One of the best I have ever seen..but I have also seen him asked questions without a prepared speech and have seen him make such a mess of it that he has to hold another news conference to clarify OUR misunderstanding of what he said.

LOL

So anyone that believes that Obama wants to talk issues has been drinking to much kool-aide. Wait until the debates...they are counting on you to be so committed to Obama it doesn't matter how idiotic and inexperienced he sounds...you will just take another slurp of the kool-aide and come on the blogs and try to convince everyone of an alternate reality...just like Axelrod has done in his quoted statements.


Posted by: dan | September 4, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tim, do you think your the only person on this earth with that name? I'm sure it hurt your feelings having another Tim contribute something to this "I Love NOBAMA" thread. You could change to to Barrack H. if that makes you feel better. Here's a thought, let's just refer to you as George W, that should make you feel better.

Posted by: W | September 4, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Dont you have your own name to use? Or are you afraid that comments will be linked to your name?

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama has Plenty Of Ammo to attack Her with. I am sure Obama will be cranking out the ads soon enough. Then Palin will have to deal with troopergate and The Next Big Scadal She will have to overcome will be her daughers, boyfriend. http://www.hotpres.com They have alot of info/ammo that will probably be used against Palin.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 4, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I forgot to mention, 37 million were watching the gala event on the big screen TVs at Wally World. so if Obama gets elected, they'll all get a free TV.

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

Obama had 38 MILLION viewers for his acceptance speech. Any guesses on what McCain will pull in?

If you go by past examples, McCain will be lucky to get 2 Million people to tune in.

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

If Obama does not become president there will be MILLIONS of young americans, that followed politics for the first time this year, who will be completely sick of America's curruption.

I'd expect riots and record low enlisting rates.

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

Why did the Real Clear Politics poll of polls disappear once Obama takes a 6% lead? I guess we will never know.

She sure can read a Bush speechwriter's speech like no other. All of that totally bulletproof experience as a local sportscaster and Idaho journalism major is finally paying off.

Posted by: WTF | September 4, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

RCP Average 08/29 - 09/03 -- 48.8 42.8 Obama +6.0
Gallup Tracking 09/01 - 09/03 2771 RV 49 42 Obama +7
Rasmussen Tracking 09/01 - 09/03 3000 LV 50 45 Obama +5
Hotline/FD 08/29 - 08/31 805 RV 48 39 Obama +9
CNN 08/29 - 08/31 927 RV 49 48 Obama +1
CBS News 08/29 - 08/31 781 RV 48 40 Obama +8


LOL - what happened to the 16pt jump the GOP promised from the GOP convention coverage? I guess they ment 16pt fall.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"What kind of family would NAME their child GOP TROLL STOPPER. Must be some serious inbreeding going on their. You from the Ozarks?"

It has a better ring then "Pipper" or "Bristol."

BTW, thanks for proving Tim right about that "stupid people back up their comments with insults" statement he made.

Posted by: GOP TROLL STOPPER | September 4, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Thomas Paine,

"Thomas Paine had passed the legendary limit of life. One by one most of his old friends and acquaintances had deserted him. Maligned on every side, execrated, shunned and abhorred – his virtues denounced as vices – his services forgotten – his character blackened, he preserved the poise and balance of his soul. He was a victim of the people, but his convictions remained unshaken. He was still a soldier in the army of freedom, and still tried to enlighten and civilize those who were impatiently waiting for his death."

Did Goerge Washington have enough experience to be president? He wasn't a Senator for as long as Barack Obama.

I like how you admit you are afraid of Obama becoming president. You admit the fear campaigning works on the weak.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

What's up with the kid spitting in her hands and slicking down the baby's hair...oh my goodness...what manners???!!! Such a charming trailer off spring....imagine them in the white house or doing a press conference....they might spit out tabacco? lOL

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Thomas Paine.....you seem awfully fasinated with the "sucking sensation".....interesting......what have you sucked on lately....???

Posted by: sucker for sucking | September 4, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

What kind of family would NAME their child GOP TROLL STOPPER. Must be some serious inbreeding going on their. You from the Ozarks?

Posted by: W | September 4, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

A life lesson:

Smart people have facts to back up their comments.

Stupid people have insults to back up their comments.

This is a psychological fact. I fully expect to get insulted for bringing it up.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Come to think of it, Obama, my hero, sucks on cigarettes..........So should we dare ask what else he sucks on??????
Go ahead and call him Mr. president now or wait until November. In either case he'll be the president of the community organizers, you know, the place where he got all that qualifying experience to run the United States of America.........GOD HELP US!

Posted by: Thomas Paine | September 4, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Jokes on them,

Maybe when your messiah does a real interview with a real journalist, and not a member of his fan club, we will see if he can explain his solution to gas prices beyond 'inflating your tires'

Posted by: whatdoyouwant | September 4, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

OH, I JUST REALIZED WE (republicans) CONTINUE TO SPEW THE SAME (stupid/incorrect) TALKING POINTS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. HOW COULD THAT BE, (McCain) SAY'S IT'S (not Bush again), SO IT MUST BE OK.
OH THANK GOD I'M A BLETHERING IDOIT AND NOT A (college educated independent)!

If you are going to use my name, I will edit your comment.

Posted by: GOP TROLL STOPPER | September 4, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

OH, I JUST REALIZED WE DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO SPEW THE SAME REDICULAS TALKING POINTS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. HOW COULD THAT BE, NOBAMA SAY'S IT'S CHANGE, SO IT MUST BE OK.
OH THANK GOD I'M A BLETHERING IDOIT AND NOT A REPUBLICAN!

Posted by: GOP TROLL STOPPER | September 4, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"The Republic"...Actually Cindy's suit was reported to be around 250,000. Her outfit worn on Monday was estimated at $300,000. They certainly can relate to us small town poor folks who are trying desperately to hold on to our jobs, house, health insurance, and find a way to send our kids to college. They believe that anyone making 5 million or under is middle class, anyone that have 9 + houses are middle class, they have 9+ mansions in three different time zones within the United States. MEanwhile, Barak was raised by a single white mom on welfare, raising a family, while going to school at night. Who at the time of her illness which eventually killed her had to argue on the phone with the big time health insurers about covering her with health care coverage. While McCain is lobbying for those very same corporations. But the McCain/Pallin want us dumb Americans to believe that they can relate to us poor folks and that Obama is an elitist! Someone need to stop them b$stards in their tracks with that b.s.! McCain is an old dying fraud and Pallin is a dumb itchbay from the local trailer park down the way! Ghetto fabulous!

Posted by: Yeah right! | September 4, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

It really annoys me that Rudy and Sarah were making fun of Obama's community organizing.

You have to respect the fact that Obama had all the groundwork done to become a rich and successful lawyer. He put all that aside to help people in Chicago. That says alot about the man's character.

When Sarah and Rudy dissed' his volunteering, they dissed' alot of the reasons why America is great.

Obama's campaign orginizer says it best, "Throughout our history, ordinary people have made good on America's promise by organizing for change from the bottom up. Community organizing is the foundation of the civil rights movement, the women's suffrage movement, labor rights, and the 40-hour workweek."

Did Sarah and Rudy make fun of women's suffrage and american labor rights by poking fun at Obama's past organizing?

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Texas Proud:

The only thing that Pallin kicked is that bucket that's going to get crammed up McGrump's arse when the National Enquirer and the news media start asking that itchbay some real policy related questions, fact checking, etc...she's going to look like a retard and McCain's going to have to then kiss Romney's arse to be his V.P.

Oh by the way, attached is a very interesting email that the new son in law that knocked Pallin's 17 year old daughter sent to his friend yesterday about his encounter with the McCain crew....this spells wonders about the parenting of Mrs. Pallin! Enjoy folks, because it's quite hillarious!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-borowitz/levi-johnstons-convention_b_123709.html

Posted by: the jokes on them! | September 4, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"That qualifies her to have her hand on the tiller of American foreign policy in the event that, God forbid, something happens to John McCain? To suggest that is frightening. Really – what if something happens to John McCain. What relevant experience does Sarah Palin have, to be able to sit across the conference table, with negotiators, with the prime ministers and presidents of this world?"

This is a very true, and a scary fact. Imagine Sarah Palin sitting across from the president of Iran, discussing war.

Now imagine that time you tried to trade in your car to a professional car dealer. I bet you got 15% of what it was worth.

I don't see Palin as the type of person that can be diplomatic.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Palin basically mocked every hard working American that was not elected to his/her position.
So if I am a junior nurse doing my best for my patients, I DO NOT count as someone doing something tangible when compared to my manager?

So if I am a junior police officer doing my best for my community, I DO NOT count as someone doing something tangible when compared to my captain?

So if I am a community organizer doing my best for my community, I DO NOT count as someone doing something tangible when compared to my mayor?

I take it that all of us "low lifes" just need to quit now because we do not have clearly defined responsibilities?

This woman is crazy, crazier than a nut munching squirrel darting between traffic on the highway. Is this what a gun totting Christian looks like?

Posted by: Mick Jogger | September 4, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Tim:

That's what I figured. The Alaska delegates said only a few lines didn't sound like her. Thanks.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

chaser:

We were told that Obama wrote his acceptance speech. So, I guess the answer to your question is "yes".

matt:

Are you saying that Obama is NOT still trying to convince Hillary supporters to vote for him?

Tho. Jefferson:

I usually see it to advance the truism that majority does not always rule.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Perfect tone. Damning her with praise for her political skill. Leaving her experience for others to judge. Turning back to the Republicans' failure of the last eight years and Palin and McCain's inability to describe what they would do differently.

Posted by: Chuck | September 4, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"Does anyone have a source for Palin NOT writing the speecg herself? NBC interviewed delegates from Alaska and they said that sounded just like the Palin they knew."

Palin wrote her own speech. Then the McCain campaign "edited" it. You can take that however you want.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

To the Poster who calls himself "The Republic":

I have noticed on several blogs that people are "reminded" that America supposedly is not a "democracy" but is a "republic."

Could someone here, civilian or troll, point to a citation that would explain why this distinction seems so important in certain quarters?

Thank you.

Posted by: Tho. Jefferson | September 4, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Marc,

You're right, I'm proud to be a Texan and Texas would be proud to make Sarah Palin an honorary Texas. In Texas, we encourage a strong personality where you can control your life and realize the American dream. She is an individual who embodies what most Americans encounter on a day to day basis. She has balanced a family, a small business, and a poltical career, and isn't kowtowing to the MSM's demands. I don't care if your buddies at NBC or the NY Times don't get to ask her questions, because quite honestly, the media has shown it's dark side in the way it has attacked Sarah Palin's family.

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

Last night's Republican speeches were an admission of defeat. They were geared towards rallying their nutty base--they were not designed to appeal to fence-sitters.


If you're still trying to rally your base now, you've already lost.

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

"Looks like McCain's judgment is just fine.

Not so Obama's

Spent 20yrs in a racist anti-America church, and called Rev. Wright his mentor.

Kicked off his campaign in the home of Bill Ayers.

We could go on and on, what kind of judgment is that?"

I SERIOUSLY KNEW ABOUT THIS FOR SIX MONTHS. EITHER GET SOMETHING NEW TO CRY ABOUT OR ACTUALLY START TALKING ABOUT POLICIES. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE SAME CRAP COMING FROM THE GOP TROLLS WHO HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS CAMPAIGN. ALL THESE PEOPLE KNOW IS FEAR AND HATE.

GO AHEAD AND CALL OBAMA MUSLIM/RACIST/ANTI_AMERICAN ALL YOU WANT.

I WILL CALL HIM MR. PRESIDENT IN NOVEMBER.

Posted by: GOP TROLL STOPPER | September 4, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

jaked...you really think any of these politicans write the speeches themselves?
We dont need another politician that rednecks and idiots compare to themselves ie: "George Bush is great,hes just like me, likes to clear brush and cant really speak well and makes up words."
Keep the absitnence ideas back in 1950, maybe you daughter wouldnt be preggers if she used a condom or was on the pill.

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

AND WHY DID PALIN AND HER HUSBAND WEAR "ALASKA" FLAG LAPEL PINS, AND NOT AMERICAN FLAG PINS?

Seems pretty strange, given the occasion.

Is anyone in the press making inquiries on this?

Symbols also are signals.

Posted by: Thomas Paine | September 4, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I was so excited to finally see Sarah speak. I invited all my girlfriends over to watch her last night. We were buzzing with pride and excitement but by the time her speech was over we were so let down and depressed. Maybe our expectations were too high, maybe we wanted to believe but in the end she proved to be just another negative, condescending politician. Looks like group of gals are going to rally behind Michelle Obama's man!

Posted by: Paula | September 4, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I also like those $1000 suits that Cindy McCain wears at the Rebulican Convention ... There is nothing cheap about that family. They really do rel;ate to us small town folk. We want a queen and we have one in Cindy ... our VP could be the pit bull on the ticket. To finish what Jesse Jackson wished he could do to O'Bama ... That is where the "vice" comes in

Posted by: The Republic | September 4, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a source for Palin NOT writing the speecg herself? NBC interviewed delegates from Alaska and they said that sounded just like the Palin they knew.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Culturally Different .... they don't think like us ... Sarah does ... she connects ... she will be the true President of Vice or Vice President

Posted by: The Republic | September 4, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, well Bo is not only JUST a skilled BSer, but a corrupt one that uses thuggery and cheating to win. Caucus fraud anyone?
It is amazing that Democrats are willing to overlook Democracy just to get a Democrat in the White House.


What about the fake roll call at the convention---do we just keep overlooking everything??????
Sorry, this democrat does have some integrity. What the hell happened to my party?

Now, it appears that a large number of Clinton delegates from California,
where Senator Clinton won big in the primary, did not care to switch their
allegiance from Senator Cinton to Senator Obama on the first ballot.

Now, maybe it was sheer ineptitude that led to California's inability to
count its delegates in time to actually participate in the sham roll call.
Or maybe Nancy Pelosi - DNC official, Obama supporter, and prominent
California politician - thought that by not giving California time to finish
its tally she would preempt the possibility that one of the early states to
vote would assign a large chunk of its delegates to Senator Clinton.

Whatever the case, the California experience epitomizes the wrongfulness of
the DNC's approach to this entire primary/caucus season. The DNC has
consistently enabled or facilitated interference with free, fair, and open
elections whether it be at caucuses in the states that held them or at its
own convention.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Now Palin will have to deal with troopergate and The Next Big Scadal She will have to overcome will be her daughers, boyfriend. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: pastor123 | September 4, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I was a Republican until 1992 when the GOP let Pat Buchanan ruin the convention with his dinosaur philosophies on homosexuality and generally invited big government into our bedrooms. Now I'm one of those independents who will decide the election, and let me tell you: Palin is more of the same. Gets wild applause for reading the party line off a teleprompter, reciting a speech written weeks ago and retooled for the nominee.

We know this:
She fought to ban books from her town's library.
She lobbied for the $120 million earmark for the Bridge to Nowhere even if she did not opt to have the bridge built.
She wants creationism (i.e, junk science) taught in public schools.
She opposes gay marriage
She opposes abortion, even in cases of rape and incest
She supports the war in Iraq (i.e, expensive nation building that leaves us in debt to China and Russia)

There's your maverick.
http://my2bucks.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/a-letter-from-someone-who-has-known-sarah-palin-since-1992/

Posted by: Brett | September 4, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

John McCain could have been a really good politician. He had the honorable bone that is needed. But he chose to trade it in for a shot at the brass ring. Now Rovian Steve Schmidt, corporate and big oil lobbyists and the Dobson rightwing fringe run his show. It is not even his own campaign anymore.

Sarah Palin - the speech she gave was written by Bush/Cheney speechwriters. She too chose to go along with it. Don't know what kind of politician she is back in Alaska, but she's definitely occupying the extremist corner on the national scene.
Posted by: former Republican | September 4, 2008 1:55 PM
Conservative Republican voting for Obama...
I been a conservative for over 35 years. I been to War and I am a veteran. For the past 8 years, I have seen how this country has deteriorated. Yet, because of my principles, I voted for Bush twice, believing that he will do something for us Veterans. Eight years later, the conditions are worse. On the other hand, I have seen how Democrats have fought towards obtaining greater benefits for soldiers like me.
I watched the Democratic Convention, and now the Republican Convention. For the first time in my life I am voting for a Democrat. Because the same speeches 8 years ago, are the same. All about emotion, values, and media blame and nothing about what they are going to do to solve our current crisis.
I am voting for action, not just more of the same straight talk... Straight talk, should be honesty and with firm convictions and a plan towards our current state. I yet to see or hear a plan for everyone. All I have heard is how the business will be ok, the rich will be ok, but what about the rest 96% of the population.
Robert
Posted by: Robert | September 4, 2008 2:03 PM

How many more Republicans can McCain stand to lose? And they're not fooled by the rhetoric that came from All the speakers Wednesday night, including the new conservative darling Sarah Palin. Wasn't that Rush Limbaugh's choice anyway? The Smoke and Mirror Show probably will go on after the RNC, but neither the Obama camp or the media should be afraid of her rants, when it's Palin's record that will receive Full Disclosure.

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

IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE AN AMERICAN

CELEBRATE!!!!!

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

THE PALIN SELECTION AND THE DIMINUTION OF DEMOCRACY:
IS A SILENT COUP HAPPENING IN THE U.S.A?


Someone below asked the question, why did the GOP pick Sarah Palin?

• Could the Palin Phenomenon be a symptom of a seismic power grab that is transforming our government?

• Is the Palin selection part of a larger plan to seize control of the Executive Branch and make it beholden to another set of decision-makers -- unelected, entrenched, and in charge of the forces of power and control?

• Could this plan dovetail with reports from a Dutch newspaper this past week that the U.S. is planning to strike Iran's nuclear facilities?

• Could the fruition of the "Help America Vote Act," which led to the widespread use of electronic voting machines, the vast majority of which leave no voter-verified paper trail, also be part of this mosaic?

• Could John McCain's vacillations on the vice president issue and his eventual acquiescence to those who recommended Palin be part of a skillful campaign to influence and oversee his decision-making?

• Are we in the midst of a silent coup that is resulting in the loss of personal freedom via the extra-legal targeting of American citizens in an unconstitutional bypass of the judicial system, a denial of due process under the law?

• And is this power grab resulting in the emasculation of both Congress and the Judiciary, rendering those institutions little more than symbolic of power, when in fact power has been quietly ursurped by unelected officials of entrenched institutions of power and control?

• Is anyone -- in the media, in Congress, in think tanks, in academia -- pondering these questions?

• If not, can we afford not to be asking these questions?

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

KeithF:

You really think Lieberman as SecDef (strong on the Middle East) is a problem?

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

Looks like McCain's judgment is just fine.

Not so Obama's

Spent 20yrs in a racist anti-America church, and called Rev. Wright his mentor.

Kicked off his campaign in the home of Bill Ayers.

We could go on and on, what kind of judgment is that?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous:

I don't take Oxycontin (is that going to be your excuse when Obama-Biden lose?).

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

Posted by: TexasProud
"When a strong independant woman from the wrong party surfaces and threatens to alter the media-created image of a true feminist, it has to be destroyed. "

Yeah, she's so strong she runs from reporters. She has to be protected from answering questions about her past. She has as much courage as President Bush - that is NONE. Tex, it doesn't take courage to preach to the choir! Of course Texas is full of blowhards and cowards, so it's no wonder you like her. Just another big mouth with no back bone.

Posted by: Marc Edward | September 4, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The fact is still, liberals are howling because Palin nailed it. No matter who hard MSNBC, CNN, or the NY Times try to spin it, the fact is she delivered. Maybe obama's lieutenants, the mainstream media, can still deliver the messiah the white house, but now Middle America has a voice to fight back.

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

McCain/Palin = Hate/Lies

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

Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 2:21 PM
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How much oxycontin did it take to get there in your mind?

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

McCain should have issued the surge for the Afghan-Pakistani border as oppose to Iraq to catch the people responsible for 9/11, that would have separated him from Bush whose father helped the masterminds family out the country. The republicans as well as their new V.P pick careless about the middle class,low income to poverty stricken people unless their small town rural area voting republicans. I believe the republicans new divide is to pit small republican rural towns in America against urban America who times tend to lean democratic.

Posted by: onernonymous@yahoo.com | September 4, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

viejo1 isn't leaving.

He's a paid disinformation specialist dispatched here to libel and propagandize.

Perhaps Sens. Obama and Biden will reconvene a 21st century version of the Church Committee so these abuses will end, and those responsible for the descent into a police state be brought to justice.


Posted by: Eyes2disinfo | September 4, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I loved her speech! Had to ask myself why am I still involved with Obama..........After all, he insists HE'S running everything himself. That's the experience he's putting forward to counter McCain and Palin's actual, real life experiences. There must be someone that can use my talent, maybe Edwards.......

Posted by: Axelrod | September 4, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I agree when my Pit Bull heard Gov. Sarah Palin speaking at the Republican convention She howled and ran out the door :-D

Yes our family is voting for Obama/Biden!

Posted by: Eva | September 4, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-expose-state-supported-vigilante-squads-doing-domestic-terrorism

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

Posted by: scrivener | September 4, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous:

I am HONESTLY ok with President Palin next year. In fact, I would rather the ticket be Palin-McCain. Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

She said what? She was a pit bull with lip stick?

Ax yawat’aayi x’éit yis.á?

This is serious she is trying to steal the Pet Owner Votes!

Democrats are courting all Republican and Independent Pet owners and their family! You heard right! Their Pets are their Family too!

We will not concede Talking Dog fans!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCYaw5tGYAs

We will not concede Funny Cat fans!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTasT5h0LEg

Gunalchéesh ax x’éit yisa.aaxí

Yéil naax xat sitee

Change we can believe in!

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Raven Yéil's Daughter | September 4, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

D - My point exactly...her hate tactics have already spread across the republican threshold...80% approval rating...i laugh at that speculation, but in time you will see we have had enough of the McSame.

Posted by: Kat | September 4, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

It's been fun reading the maniacal leftist posts and putting in a word or two of reason myself, but I'm done with the biased WaPo blogs for this election due to the obvious upcoming McCain/Palin landslide (maybe as lopsided as both of Reagans).
See you in four years. Maybe you'll be smart enough by then to pick a vetted Presidential candidate and give Sarah an honest run for her money, because "community organizer" (smoking blunts with welfare gangsters) just doesn't cut it.

Posted by: viejo1
***********************
And another base won over - the jacka$$ vote. Buh bye and please don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya...smell you later...

Posted by: Hey everybody viejo1 is leaving!!..anybody?...somebody? he's leaving... | September 4, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

DIVISIVE writes

"NOTHING is more devise! IT endorses Black Supremacy and demeans and demoralizes Hispanics & Latinos, Whites, Asians, Native Americans, Jews, and Catholics!"

You either don't know what you're talking about or you're a liar - maybe both!!!!

Posted by: Marc Edward | September 4, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

What some of the liberal comments are trying to say without coming out and saying it is SHE KICKED @$$! Now we know why liberal media outlets have been in full assault mode the previous days. When a strong independant woman from the wrong party surfaces and threatens to alter the media-created image of a true feminist, it has to be destroyed.

Posted by: TexasProud | September 4, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

doing-domestic-terrorism

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin sounds like the elitist to me. She is too good for community organizing? She is denigrating a Constitutional scholar. Has she even read the Constitution? And she is a proponent of teaching religion (creationism) in science class? And she is sarcastic and mean. Wow, that's not change, that's just more of the same.

Posted by: KKB | September 4, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Pallin and her husband belong to a terrorist organization that actually burned the American Flag, fought to make Alaska a part of Canada and hates the U.S. Where's Sean Hannity racist arse now! This is why the republicans won't allow the media to interview this itchbay because they will expose her! The real question is, how long does this PWT stay in the race, before she gets' exposed. I truly hope they keep her in the race. This is going to be hillarious...Dumb and Dumber....she lied to the American people and today the Huffingtonpost along with other news organizations has torn her speech apart and provided the American people with the truth versus her lies. She bold faced lied to the American people. The same way the BUsh administration lied about WMD! What's appalling is that these idiots really believe that the American people are that dumb that they'll allow these idiots to play them like nuts! This is great!!! Obama is winning the swing states and in some of those swing states is up by 10-15 points!!! See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya! 60 days is going down the stretch and we ain't seen nothing yet!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I guess you got the "point". So what is it you wanted to share with the class?

Posted by: Sally | September 4, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Because of McCain's very old age, the VP choice needs to be as skilled as the choice for Pres.

Are you ok with President Palin next year? If so, I doubt you're answering honestly.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Sarah Palin, Youll be a great Vice President., Or President for that matter. If you want to learn more about Sarah Palin or her Back Ground they have alot of Background Info, Pics, Videos, about Sarah and her Family. http://www.veeppeek.com The Next Big Scadal She will have to overcome will be her daughers, boyfriend. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: pastor123 | September 4, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Failin is like a Nazi version of Dan Quayle!

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

WHY? Palin is running for VICE President.
The match up of candidates is for PRESIDENT. That is who America is voting for..President!
That is Obama's experience
verses McCain's experience.
Experience is hand down McCain, but even on judgement, McCain is the better candidate.
I voted for Hillary Clinton because she was the better candidate. I will vote for John McCain for the same reason. And I am not alone.

Posted by: BEST candidates for PRESIDENT | September 4, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Mark, BUSH isn't running for reelection! Remember, he only gets two terms, not 3. Palin doesn't have to justify his record. Speaking of records, care to address the democratic controlled house and senate? Trying to justify that mess will give you a bad case of gas!

Posted by: Fred | September 4, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I hear that McCain and Palin go way back to their KKK rally days. Palin was even on a Jerry Spriner KKK family show (but never removed her hood on the tape.)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to read the National Enquirer next week. They were interviewed on CNN this morning and was asked about the threat of a lawsuit from the McCain camp and the National Enquirer said, and I qoute, "BRING IT ON!" They said that the McCain camp thought it was funny when they broke the case with Edwards and now they are going to prove that this harlot, Pallin and her hypocritical arse is going to be exposed regarding her extra marital affairs! Not affair, but affairs. The national enquirer said that they already have 3 reporters in Alaska working on the story and as of today they have sent four more reporters. This is why Pallin has hired an attorney. This is going to be funny. The Rethugs and their b.s. about christain values. Half of them sleep with the same sex, cheat on their wives, beat their wives, are drug addicts, theives and murderers. Just look at Cheyney and Bush! Then they want to claim to be christains. Sort of remind me how the Pharahsees treated Christ right before they crusified him. Interestingly, they all went straight to heLL!!! ROFLMAO! Guess that's were these hypocrits are on their way!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"My friends .... how do you like our pick?" Sarah Palin

Posted by: The Republic | September 4, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I cheated with Palin's husband. What's your point, fake Sally?

Posted by: Sally | September 4, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Conservative Republican voting for Obama...

I been a conservative for over 35 years. I been to War and I am a veteran. For the past 8 years, I have seen how this country has deteriorated. Yet, because of my principles, I voted for Bush twice, believing that he will do something for us Veterans. Eight years later, the conditions are worse. On the other hand, I have seen how Democrats have fought towards obtaining greater benefits for soldiers like me.

I watched the Democratic Convention, and now the Republican Convention. For the first time in my life I am voting for a Democrat. Because the same speeches 8 years ago, are the same. All about emotion, values, and media blame and nothing about what they are going to do to solve our current crisis.

I am voting for action, not just more of the same straight talk... Straight talk, should be honesty and with firm convictions and a plan towards our current state. I yet to see or hear a plan for everyone. All I have heard is how the business will be ok, the rich will be ok, but what about the rest 96% of the population.

Robert

Posted by: Robert | September 4, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Biden is going to chew up and spit out Palin's lies when they go head to head. She's so full of hate and lies, its time to expose that to everyone.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Sorry everyone! I got some bad information about this cheating on spouses. I was re-reading my diary and thought I was talking about myself.

Posted by: Sally | September 4, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

LET'S DIVIDE AND CONQUER
Continue red/blue states
Attack journalist except FIX NEWS
Our issue is CULTURAL VALUES ... we are not like them
Wait for Osama to put us all back in our confused zone of FEAR
Palin called Hillary a whiner ... and not a good representative for women
We are doing just fine ... the Dems are afraid!!

Posted by: The Republic | September 4, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain why the GOP picked Palin?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Palin comes across as a female Ann Coulter. Seems to me that Biden's job is to take down McCain. Palin, like most good Republicans is good at calling names, but the fact is the Republicans cannot defend the Bush record. They have nothing to run on besides snearing and whining. As it is Palin is in hiding from the press, and with good reason. She has misrepresented herself, she has lied, and she has a history of abusing power. Of her few public policies, most of them are bad, so far out of the mainstream that most Americans will reject them. The people who think Palin will "mop the floor" with anybody must believe that Biden will just sit there and take it. They don't get that Palin's ideas and words don't stand up to reality.
The real question is will she withdraw before or after the debates?

Posted by: Marc Edward | September 4, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Hypocrite? Come join the rest of us in the GOP!

(You're hate level will also be tested to determine if you can be our next VP choice)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the Obama team called the Palin speech "divisive."

This coming from Obama! This coming from the candidate for President of the United States of America that has followed BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY for 20 YEARS! NOTHING is more devise! IT endorses Black Supremacy and demeans and demoralizes Hispanics & Latinos, Whites, Asians, Native Americans, Jews, and Catholics! And of course, slams America itself!
DIVISIVE - Obama is the most divisive candidate in Presidential history. Racism is Divisive! The very worst kind!

Posted by: DIVISIVE | September 4, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Kat, Why is her approval rating over 80% with her constituents? I think you and several others on this thread have some really wrong information. Keep trying, I know you mother would be proud of your lies.

Posted by: D | September 4, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain let himself be scared into thinking that the Christian right will decide the election, like they did in 2004. The thing is, the buyer's remorse expressed by moderates and independents that led to throwing out Republicans in the 2006 congressional races has only intensified since then. If McCain had stuck to his earlier (though admittedly long-gone) moderate positions on issues, his campaign would probably win this election. But by going with Palin, whom Rove loves and who's basically George Bush with breasts, he made a fatal miscalculation.

This VP pick didn't have as much to with trying to woo Hillary voters as many people think. McCain isn't dumb enough to think that progressive Dem women would vote for a rightwing zealot just because of her gender (at least I don't think he is). This was about choosing sides in the Republican caucus. He went the extremist route, and it's going to cost him the election.

And I agree that they should've let Palin write her own speech. So far during this convention it's as if every speaker has given the same speech, over and over. It's been all negative and cynical attacks, routine references to McCain's POW past, and a near total avoidance of addressing the issues most pressing to voters right now. The hard right base may like it, but America as a whole is heading for the door.

Posted by: Lemmy | September 4, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

People considering voting for McCain/Palin should review their moral values.

I never seen such a hateful pair of people in my life. They both seem to be at war on family and community values. They both have cheated on the person they married.

People like these should be educated, not elevated.

Posted by: Sally | September 4, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

John McCain could have been a really good politician. He had the honorable bone that is needed. But he chose to trade it in for a shot at the brass ring. Now Rovian Steve Schmidt, corporate and big oil lobbyists and the Dobson rightwing fringe run his show. It is not even his own campaign anymore.


Sarah Palin - the speech she gave was written by Bush/Cheney speechwriters. She too chose to go along with it. Don't know what kind of politician she is back in Alaska, but she's definitely occupying the extremist corner on the national scene.

Posted by: former Republican | September 4, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Pallin or any of the Primary election loosers last night spoke about the issues that the American people are concerned about. They failed to discuss the economy, the foreclosures (except blaming the American people for loosing their homes), they didn't offer any solutions for energy or the oil crisis, they didn't speak about universal healthcare, the homeless or the shameful behavior displayed by the Bush Adminstration to the Katrina victims or the rebuilding of New Orleans. They offered no solutions to the failing schools and the b.s. no child left behind act. All they did was cast a bunch of divisiveness and ugly choice words and a whole bunch of fear to impose their war monging policies. I looked at the McCain's and the Pallins families on the stage last night. The McCain's with Cindy's $400,000 outfit on looked elitist! While the Pallins looked like a hillbilly, redneck, poor whi$$ trash straight from the trailer park. And her character which she displayed last night complemented that senario! The licking of spit on the hair, signaled that we are correct!! They are PWT! What loosers!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

It's been fun reading the maniacal leftist posts and putting in a word or two of reason myself, but I'm done with the biased WaPo blogs for this election due to the obvious upcoming McCain/Palin landslide (maybe as lopsided as both of Reagans).
See you in four years. Maybe you'll be smart enough by then to pick a vetted Presidential candidate and give Sarah an honest run for her money, because "community organizer" (smoking blunts with welfare gangsters) just doesn't cut it.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 4, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

VOTE FOR CHANGE

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Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 4, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

A new political star was born last night. Sarah Palin is a natural. Brilliant choice by John McCain.

What a joy it is to see the media and D.C. insiders caught by surprise and taken to task by Sarah Palin. The media has been absolutely blatant in their 24/7 promotion of Barack Obama for a year and half while they villified Hillary 24/7 for a year and half. In 2008, the media does not even PRETEND to be fair.

The Wash Post and Sally Quinn(I am not a real journalist, I just shagged the old boss Ben Bradlee and I hate all women who are more successful than me, like Hillary and Sarah Palin) should be ashamed of their sexist coverage of Palin. Do any of you old farts actually think to ask a man, any man, say perhaps Barack, ANY questions about why he's running for President with two young children of his own? No, you don't ever do that. It's only WOMEN you attack. SEXISM LIVES!

Barack Obama has yet to be vetted. Bring it on.

A missed opportunity for the Democrats in failing women in 2008 and failing to nominate the most qualified and most electable candidate, Hillary Clinton who won the popular vote, winning MORE votes than ANY candidate of ANY party in history! Hillary Clinton should be the nominee. Now, the Dems are stuck with an unqualified and unelectable Obama/Biden. Damn.

For this Democrat, it's McCain 08 and Hillary 2012. Country first, party second.

Hold the DNC accountable for the 2008 campaign debacle. Hold the DNC accountable for the rampant sexism, racism, classism, voter disenfranschisement and subversion of democracy in 2008 by the DNC, Obama, and the media.

At least the GOP had the grace and political smarts to acknowledge the accomplishements of Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro. The DNC is too stupid to celebrate both Bill and Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro.

Missed opportunities indeed.

visit

realdemocratsusa.org

taking back our party, one neighborhood at a time

Posted by: l | September 4, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Kat: thanks "belittle" is a better term to use than "mock". I think this is going to blow up in her face.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

McCains response to a question about the beauty queens experience in foreign affairs - "Alaska is close to Russia, so she knows how important that is." I guess that makes me qualified to be Secretary of the Navy because I have a kayak.

Posted by: Moderate-ly | September 4, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I though she did an exceptional job last night. Obviously, she must have, just look at all the negative comments posted so far. By the way, why is it the House and Senate get a free ride over the past few years? Last time I checked, they are controlled by the DEMOCRATS. Oh, why is there approval rating 50% of President Bush? So if you follow the logic, having a democrat president would compound this problem. That's something we can't afford.

Posted by: W | September 4, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Pallin is a skilled politician. She was very sarcastic, arrogant, and nasty. Now, I really believe the reports that she abused her power as a Governor and tried to get her brother in law fired, among other reports. She came off very cross and disrespectful yesterday. She sounded just like Bush and Karl Rove. Another term of those two idiots (McCain and Palli) is another four years of the Bush Administration. Thanks for doing us a favor last night Mrs. Pallin and letting the American people see right through you. It was tasteless!

Posted by: Lucy | September 4, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

By Palin belittling the community organizers, she did infact belittle everyone who serves local communities police officers, unappreciated teachers, firefighters (our true hero's) church volunteers. The Republicans still seem focused on divide using issues to win enough votes to retain power. We can't have Palin in the white house. I mean compare the facts, her eldest son is a drug addict, her eldest daughter teenage mom, and unfortinately her 5 month old son is mentally handicapped. Palin obviously can't manage her family how can she manage a country of 300 million? McSAME is relying on his so called Maverick qualities and in mocking Obama he showed his true colors and picked a woman for the sole reason of trying to get elected. Seriously, if your 72 and pick running mate who has no experience what does that tell us people. The election of Palin in this race was clearly to mock Obama and nothing more. How do you go after one "minority" by using another. We need to overcome the divide that has hurt our country decade after decade...

Posted by: Kat | September 4, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Kelly:

Lieberman as VP would have driven away the GOP base, and he would have lost for sure. He will pick up enough Hillary supporters to make this worth it.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 12:20 PM

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Everyone knows Lieberman is going to be one of McCain's top cabinet picks. It really doesn't make that much a difference to us real conservatives. I won't be voting for McCain due mainly to Lieberman.

Posted by: KeithF | September 4, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Exactly. What are they going to talk about? The Republican record of running the American Government? The issues? I didn't hear anything about the issues, just snarky attacks and distortion. In fact McCain's own campaign director said to the press, in public, this election isn't about the issues, it's about which candidate makes you feel comfortable!! No surprise, they lose on issues, they lose on competence, they lose on policy. All they've got is hate, distortion and a dismal record of failure.

They've lost, they know it, let 'em scream and holler. They'll be left on the trash heap of history.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 4, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Tim: Small Town America is just better that big city America. We just know more and use less of the government than cities do. We know how to take care of ourselves. The Palin's understand this even better than McCain.

Posted by: Lindy | September 4, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the hockey mom from hell.

Are Hockey Moms Grown In Hell?
What does it say about a person who jokes that lipstick is the only difference between herself and a pit bull… a dog known from multiple news reports for being unrelenting, uncontrollable and a deadly killer of children and people…?

http://healinganation.wordpress.com/

Posted by: tank | September 4, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Paul, your an idiot! Law firms hire attorneys IF and that's a huge IF, they have the credentials and seem willing to put in the necessary TIME and EFFORT to someday justify earning the big bucks. NOBAMA obviously had no appeal to ANY law firms, even with his FREE Ivy league education. Those fellow attorneys could see through the empty suit, why can't you? So, what choices did NOBAMA have for employment? Another FREE RIDE paid for by you and me, a community organizer.

Posted by: Gary | September 4, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

John McCain selected Sarah Palin to try and combat Barack Obama's message of change, yet yesterday's hate-fest was a stunning admission that the Republican Party has nothing to offer but more of the same to the American people.


The night began with Mitt Romney, who stepped onto the stage and into the 1970s. If "liberal" were a four letter word, half of his speech would be censored. But that was his intent, of course--to hurl the word out to the dazed, white masses below as if the word "liberal" was an epithet, and as if by its mere utterance, a hoard of rioting dirty hippies would pour onto the convention floor.


Next came Mike Huckabee, who entered stage right and brought along with him the 1980s and a school desk. A timely quip about Madonna's wardrobe triggered the start of what was a somewhat stumbling stroll down Ronny Reagan lane. Warning against the rise of "centralized government," he weaved a foreboding narrative of an Obama presidency, stitched from scraps of fears two decades old that the is an ever-present red haze on the horizon, eager to chomp into your paycheck and tear apart your private home.


Huckabee was followed by Rudy Giuliani, who cheered for the Republican Party of the 1990s. He tried to paint Democrats as haphazard and unethical controllers of the government, and sold the tale to the audience that it was the Republican Party that had all the answers. Stopping short of drafting another "Contract with America", he promised that Republican rule would "shake up Washington" (huh?) and delivered the rest of his speech in a voice dripping with sarcasm, betraying a jealously that a Democratic official dare to be beloved. He looked so very small on the stage not because of his stature, but because of his style. He delivered a line followed by a pause, grinning and chuckling, as if he were waving a blue-stained dress to the world.


And then, Sarah Palin took the stage. By the end of her speech, she made it abundantly clear that this "change agent" (Palin) relishes playing the same Bush/Rove politics of the last eight years. The "rising star" of the Republican Party sunk to barrel-scrapping levels as she spit out attack after attack on everyone from Barack Obama to Harry Reid. Snide remarks were followed by more caustic insults, with little if any substance in between. As the monochrome audience roared, and as many in their homes watching winced at the sharpness of her personal attacks, she twisted her verbal knife not in an effort to skewer Democratic policy or governing philosophy, but to draw blood from the bodies of her political opponents. It was Rovian rhetoric at its finest. It was Rush Limbaugh to its core...and yet she still won't do an interview with anyone in the media...


Four speakers yesterday demonstrated why four decades of conservative politics have led us here today, to this broken system where a "successful" speech is not one that speaks to the issues, but is one that speaks to the ugliest side of human nature and appeals to hate rather than hope.


It is against this ragged landscape of the same, exhaustive politics that John McCain will accept the Republican nomination for President. And though he will style himself as a "reformer", he will bleed into the background of these small politics that have long plagued our social discourse and that have stood as deliberate barriers to real change. Because no matter how much he attempts to distance himself from what his party stands for and how it misgoverns, no amount of rhetoric can conceal that a McCain-Palin ticket ensures more of the same at a time when the American people are clamoring for change.

Posted by: Amanda Kyle | September 4, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

All I have to do as a small town woman is TO REMEMBER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS ... and the Administration that was in power. I don't want to wake up as I did 4 years ago after voting Bush to say "My God, what have I done?" The fear and security concerned gripped us as Osama Bin Laden did his bit to put the nail in John Kerry's nomination by creating more confusion by his well timed message to the world. If i want MORE DIVISIVENESS red/blue ... congressional gridlock ... I WILL VOTE McCain/Palin. I AM TIRED OF IT ... That is the CHANGE WE NEED. Notice how we Republicans were energized WHEN WE CHANGED THE TOPIC OF THE DEBATE WE MUST HAVE ... from everyday issues to "cultural values". Cultural values is now the REPUBLICANS CODE WORD ... for O'Bama is black ... they are not like us ... they don't think like us. Karl Rove is at the helm again ... Have the poor miserable folk think of shallow issues ... and get them to vote for us the Compassionate Conservatives. I was not impressed by the OVER THE TOP ... IN YOUR FACE imagry of Palin. My vote goes to real change ... and I too was ready to see Hillary win ... not a gender issue or a race issue.

Posted by: A Reagan Independent | September 4, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is so stupid she actually believes the earth is 7,000 years old and wants to teach this garbage to our kids in schools. Sarah Palin is unfit to be VPOTUS.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

She looks good in pictures though! THAT is what the wing nut right care about:

http://hottiesinthenews.blogspot.com/2008/08/sarah-palin-hot-pics-you-cant-afford-to.html

Posted by: JBE | September 4, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I really disliked how much she outright LIED during the speech. As in:

"In fact, I told Congress -- I told Congress, 'Thanks, but no thanks,' on that bridge to nowhere."

LIE -- She was FOR it until the media found out about it and exposed it. THEN she changed her mind. Oh, but guess what!? She KEPT THE MONEY even though they didn't build the bridge!

"I came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is the law."

LIE -- she is even under investigation in Alaska for firing someone who didn't comply with her wish to have her ex-brother-in-law fired. Also, one of her biggest supporters is Stevens, you know -- the famous pork-barrel leader? Her appropriation for WASILLA ALONE as MAYOR were $27 MILLION.

"I suspended the state fuel tax, and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress."

LIE -- She has requested $200 MILLION in earmarks JUST FOR NEXT YEAR.

I could go on and on. What a horrible, ridiculously disgusting hypocrite. No, not hypocrite, outright liar.


Posted by: toriatama | September 4, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party seems to have replaced Family Values, with Hate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Lindy: In some respects I agree with you but this election is going to test the small town hold on national poltics and values.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Republicans brag about proctecting America? Yeah right! Obama will capture Osama! McCain will leave things the same!

Posted by: John | September 4, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Fake JakeD posts at 1:08 PM and 1:11 PM.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a hateful woman. Just like McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Gov Palin was a bad pick. McCain is, like a bad general, fighting the last war. In picking an extreme right winger he's consolidating his far right base- and consolidating the left wing and independents *against him*, in an election when the right wing base is a lot smaller.

The Palin pick was a head scratcher.

If McCain is this dumb then he definitely shouldn't be President.

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 4, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Tim: I think Sarah has never lived in a big city before how could she understand the urban mentality. It really doesn't matter because small town America rules, has ruled and will always rule.

Posted by: Lindy | September 4, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Palin's speech was disrepectful, distasteful, dissapointing, and demeaning to the democratic party and Obama in particular. Her hatred for Obama even appeared personal while leaving aside what policies will help America in the long run. Republicans wants bigger government in our personal life and less goverment in prospering life.

Posted by: James | September 4, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Two points. One - Obama has been more than a community organizer. That was only what he chose to do instead of being a high priced lawyer. He gave back to his community. Two - I do not think that belittling Obama is going to make him smaller. It will underline that he is much bigger than the Foolianis and Pale ins.

Let's see how the voters react to this star. I don't think she is a rising one but rather a shooting one, shooting from the hip and from the lip. America does not need a pit bull as a leader. Pit bulls don't know when to stop attacking. They will even attack babies with little provocation. They should not lead, but rather they should follow and attack when told.

It is a sad day in America when the woman on the ticket is out"manning" the men. In fact, it is some kind of reality TV here that we are watching. And, she is no Maggie Thatcher. She isn't even a Hillary.

I will admit, with some more seasoning in her Governor role, she will someday be VP material.

Posted by: Paul | September 4, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Now Obama has to figure out how to play on white guilt and racial preferences to smack down a mom with 5 kids, a blue collar husband and a real family with real problems.

How is he going to demand affirmative action, invoke white guilt and use the racial grievance mentality to demand she step aside so that social justice can be served to him, with his ivy league degrees and record of never having done anything for anyone other than himself?

Such a quandry... He's going to have to go back to the race card store and get some new race cards that useless elite ivy league black guys can play against blue collar hockey moms to beat them up with.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 4, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, Palin is a VERY BIG threat to the democrats, as indicated by most of these childish posts. Let's face it, 4 years from now, the Hillary faithful would love to go up against Palin. With that thought in mind, do you really think those same Hillary faithful are going to support that empty suit NOBAMA? Why would they? If they get him elected, Hillary is dead in the water for 4 maybe 8 years. She can't wait that long, her clock is ticking.

Posted by: Gary | September 4, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Cobgratulations Senator McCain. You have selected the very best Christian Social Conservative to represent the Republican Party.

This women told one lie after another in her speech. She is the "QUEEN OF EARMARKS". She has nothing to do with the gas and oil industry in Alaska.

Posted by: WALTER | September 4, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse


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Even after her outstanding speech at the convention, the democrat misogynists continue attacking Palin like rabid dogs with the same savagery they used on Hillary. As before, they are being supported 100% by the liberal media, led by msnbc with their chief woman-hater and tax cheat, the deeply disturbed Oedipus olbermann.

This slimebag behavior shows that the loony-left has NOTHING OF SUBSTANCE to OFFER - just smears and hysterical mud-slinging.

The "God D@#! America (and Women)" crowd is as pathetic as it gets.

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Posted by: ALEX H. | September 4, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I have been reading the comments listed on this blog and I can't help but laugh. Everyone is talking about the same thing but no one is focusing on the solution. It is the PEOPLE who have the say so in this election...not some ideaology that the most popular would be the better candidate. Stick with the issues at hand...why is unemployment the way it is and how as a NATION can we solve it, can the war be resolved in a manner that can save the dignity of this nation as well as the security of its shores...can race relations in this nation be a beacon for the world or do we continue to live in an age where if your not the right color your not an AMERICAN...a good education for all being a right for all people in this nation of plenty and not a financial burden...women receiving the equality they have been denied for years in the work place equal pay for equal work...these among many are the issues we as a nation need to address not all this mud slinging, finger pointing, and negative association of character bashing and gender and race discrimination we have endured for hundereds of years in this blessed Nation of ours. It is a very sad day that faces us as a nation we have to for the first time come together...this generation...this is the time we as a nation become just that...A NATION! The question is can we do it?

Posted by: darine32 | September 4, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

As a "Candidate" You have to respect all candidates first of all. Candidates have to respect all voters first of all. What Sarah Palin did last night was not either one.

I'm sure there is a few "GOP Thinkers/Writers" in charged of Palin speech, I can't believe that speech came from her. I was hoping for a balanced VP this time. Where is the GOP leadership, this ticket is absurd a "Maverick" and a Fake "Bulldog" that is not GOP, that is decadent. Keep giving more space to the DEMS, they at least make more sense this time.

Posted by: TAO | September 4, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

A community organizer is the reason why black people and women can vote. Women who were ignored and black people and other sympathetic people rallied and fought and were bullied but eventually won. To disrespect that legacy is to disrespect our country and she ought to be ashamed of herself because standing on that podium she stands on the shoulders of giants. And those women before her deserve her respect. It was not Washington that said "oh, sure let's give blacks and women the right to vote". It was the people that demanded it and they were lead by community organizers. Community organizers are there when politicians fails.

Posted by: sonomuham | September 4, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Joe Biden's comments this morning. Sarah Palin gave the "speech that did not tell". The GOP clearly does not want common sense middle America to know that Sarah Palin would deny a woman's right to choose even in cases of incest and rape, that she want creationism taught along side evolution as "science" in our public schools and that she believe God wanted us to pre-emptively attack Iraq. And there was no mention of how should stands on universal healthcare, protecting social security or elder care. Let's face it, with a VP like Sarah Palin we might as well outsource the job to the Taliban.

Posted by: Madeleine | September 4, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Sarah Palin was a hit last night... 3 points stands out today....

1. Lipstick is the difference between a pit bull and hockey moms....

2. The hauling away of the styrofoam greek columns after big rhetoric speeches leaves undeniable image of 3 ring Dem convention circus......

3. Her issues have more credibility due to her working and middle class background experience compared to opponents' empty words that do not match their elitist and wealthy lifestyles...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Last time I checked, Michelle Obama didn't have any teenage out of wedlock prego daughters. Now that's a woman we can be proud of.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Sarah Palin, Youll be a great Vice President., Or President for that matter. If you want to learn more about Sarah Palin or her Back Ground they have alot of Background Info, Pics, Videos, about Sarah and her Family. http://www.veeppeek.com The Next Big Scadal She will have to overcome will be her daughers, boyfriend. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: pastor123 | September 4, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Just what does a Community Organizer do anyhow? I submit that most voters have no idea. The Obama campaign would do well to avoid making this experience a centerpiece of Obama's resume. Now, lets get this straight: was it the Democrats or the Republicans who failed to adequately vet their candidate?

Posted by: C.Nelson | September 4, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Is it not interesting that if Obama says family is off limits and is praised by the Republicans for it that Palin turns around and mocks Michelle Obama. How typical, how lame...

Posted by: Clay | September 4, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

We can't have Sarah Palin in the white house. Her eldest son = drug addict. Her eldest daughter = teenage prego mom. Youngest son = Retard. This woman obviously can't manage her family of five children. How can she manage a country of 300 million?

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I think that for a person introducing herself for the first time on the national stage she should have shown some humility.

She basically talked about herself (understood), criticized Obama and then talked about what a great person McCain is.

She really didn't talk about any real plans to help Americans, instead she gave the base their red meat.

She came off as being sarcastic, presumptuous, and a self-absorbed attack-dog.

She lost her "victim" status and now is a "target".

When her speech ended I laughed out loud "THAT was her speech?, ha, ha, ha, ha ..."

They should have let her write it herself.

Posted by: JR | September 4, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

JakeD; I agree she did not mock his organization but rather I feel she mocked the entire idea of community work as somehow insignificant. It is still disappointing to me. And by the way I have never voted Democratic in my life.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Independent Voter - To answer your question "Why given Obama a pass on Wright and Ayers?"
Here is my answer: The manufactured distortion without any relation to the real facts only can create noise for small period of time. No court will admit these as any evidence to make any point since they don't even pass the basic smell taste.
These manufactured stories are same as cutting and pasting pieces from different pictures to form a picture that you would like to see.

Posted by: FearNgreed | September 4, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

There is no doubt that Sarah Palin can give a good speech. Note, that it was a speech written not by her but for her. It was a speech that was full of attacks and low ball jokes about community organizers. It hardly hardly any specifics on why she is qualified. McCain said she was head of the Alaskan National Guard, head of the largest state in the nation, and governed 20% of our nations energy reserve. Firstly, head of the Alaskan National Guard? What a joke, once the men and woman of the Alaskan National Guard head out of state to help serve the US Military, they are under Federal governing and jurisdiction. So what exactly did she govern when they were in Alaska? Not much. Secondly, yes Alaska maybe the largest state in the nation, but it is hardly the biggest in population, which is truly what matters when it comes to complex budgets and complex governing. Lastly, governing 20% of the nations energy reserves. Well, first of that is of oil, which is what we need to get away from people! Second, just because she happened to be in a state with large oil reserves, doesn't make her an energy expert. Where are the policies that she will discuss with McCain about the economy? Here is a quote from her speech with something SORT OF relating to the economy "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress." What BS, As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation." The doesn't sound like change that she supposedly represents, that sounds like the same old thing. Sarah Palins speech was full of attacks and had very little depth and actual talk about the issues. It was meant to try and belittle Obama. It disgusts me when they joke about community organizers. Community organizers do more for the people with their own hands then a hell of a lot of politicians. So my praise goes to those hard working people barely making a living being a community organizer. Stop the jokes and attacks Sarah and talk about what experience and policies you will bring as VP. You may have won over people on the conservative base, but you could have done that in your sleep being anti-abortion. She did get people liking her because of her jokes and attacks on Obama. But do you really want to vote for someone because they can attack well and make jokes and belittle people? I dont.

Posted by: nathan | September 4, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

chole:

Thank GOD that Palin is not Hillary. Admit it, you wouldn't have voted for McCain even if he had Hillary as VP.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Washington Post gives us a little more coverage of Biden.

I'd like to read something a little more challenging than Steve Schmidt's latest attempt at the same old sh+t, another installment of "blond men who will DO anything to elect another dangerously unqualified corrupt candidate" (well, they'd do anything if they were smart enough and creative enough to think of "ANYTHING" -- more than, oh, a smokescreen... how fresh, we havent' seen that before, nope, never thought of anyone doing that....)

Again, the democrats wanted to imitate this garbage, why?

We know, we get it, let us know if you have a new idea, mkay?

Posted by: K-FED is Spoon-FED | September 4, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"Don't think I'd send an ex beauty queen to parlay with foreign dignitaries on behalf of the United States. "

yeah, let's send a former druggie

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey those posters throwin' stones about Wright better watch their step - she's got some pretty nutty pastors in her churches too. Guaranteed to lose the jewish vote. Watch your step.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Don't think I'd send an ex beauty queen to parlay with foreign dignitaries on behalf of the United States. Brings to mind the video of Miss South Carolina. Can you imagine if circumstances placed her in the position of president? Talk about blood in the water... That would really draw the sharks.

Posted by: CynPro | September 4, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Let's have a debate about Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. Who's better for president? This debate will keep Hillary Clinton supporters stay with Obama.

Posted by: Tom | September 4, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

THE SPEECHES AT THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION REMINDED ME OF THE HITLER-NAZI PARTY CONVENTIONS VIDEOS THE HISTORY TEACHERS USED TO PLAY TO EXPLAIN TO US HOW MUCH HATRED IN THEIR HEARTS THE NAZIS HAD

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 4, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Yep, she swung for the base - but that's about the extent of her reach. Her inexperience and extreme views on choice restrict her audience. Yep, that 28% may be energized - but Palin's selection and speech has also energized a base of women AGAINST her. It's so patronizing to see her selected - and women are reacting - I believe the early polling shows that. Another consideration that I think is being overlooked - the democratic party - primarilly the Obama campaign has registered huge numbers of new voters and have an exceptional ground game. Somethin' tells me those folks won't be leanin' ms palins way. I thought her speech was tawdry and not befitting a serious political candidate. As of now she's still an empty suit - unqualified and untested. Last night I learned two things - we now know she can read someone elses words from a teleprompter, and I now know where all the "bitter" people are - they're at the gop convention. What a steaming pile of nastiness - kinda like a junior high pile on. Shameful.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Palin you are NOT... I repeat NOT HILLARY!! You are not even half the woman she is. No vote from me!!

Posted by: chloe | September 4, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Tim:

She didn't "mock" his community organization. She simply pointed out the FACT that being mayor and Governor = community organizer WITH RESPONSIBILITY. Admit it, you wouldn't have voted for McCain even if he picked a pro-choice Democrat as VP.

Tom:

Sarah Palin.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

She did well on the speech but can she and the Republicans afford to mock and alienate the urban areas and big cities in this country. I mean really; mocking community work -- this offended me as an active person in my community. I was all for her but now I see a novice who may not understand the people who live in urban areas. Sad.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's compare Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton if they were candidates for president, who would you choose? This will create media tensions and keep voters who support Obama stay in place.

Posted by: Tom | September 4, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

She did well on the speech but can she and the Republicans afford to mock and alienate the urban areas and big cities in this country. I mean really; mocking community work -- this offended me as an active person in my community. I was all for her but now I see a novice who may not understand the people who live in urban areas. Sad.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

yes...it's because of the stupid president..
that why the oil price got higher...
bush fault.
That's why sept 11 happens...
bush fault..
that's why we got huuricans...
bush fault...
that's why social security is broken since long ago...
bush fault...
that's why you loss your job to outsourcing and globolization...
bush fault...

You can put a monkey in the white house or put Enstine in white house and it will still make no difference!!!!

stupid mob!

Posted by: blame job | September 4, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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ZEROBAMA!

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Posted by: A Voter | September 4, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Johnny D,

That's funny...Joey B and Barry Who?


LOL...

Posted by: rzgirl | September 4, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

She is very pretty...

Posted by: AdrickHenry | September 4, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't think I'd send an ex beauty queen to parlay with foreign dignitaries on behalf of the United States. Brings to mind the video of Miss South Carolina.

Posted by: CynPro | September 4, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Mr Schmit, Mr Rove and Senator McCain don't worry about the Obama/Biden response to Gov. Sarah Palin's speech at the Republican convention

The Republican's problem is Jon Stewart and Steve Colbert on the Sarah Palin Choice!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGCRncVOkS0

Please go easy with your attacks on Jon and Steve they have millions of fans.

Join Americans who put their country first!

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Obamacan Woman | September 4, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Sounded like CRove could have made that speech for any Repub VP McCain picked. Alot about how bad Obama is and how great McSame is for having been a POW.
Let's get real people. The repubs have controlled the government for 6 out of the last 7 yrs....where's health care reform? Where's higher wages, better schools, more jobs??? Instead we got a 7 yr and 6 yr war with no end in sight....and nearly double the amount of debt...Now the Repubs preach change....are you kidding me??

Posted by: Bluedocd | September 4, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

After thinking about the Republican approach this week, I think what I would do, if I were the Obama campaign, is tangentially address some of their comments. Palin, for instance, was pretty critical of Obama's time as a community organizer, while every speaker I've seen thus far has mentioned McCain's time in the armed forces and as a POW. I think the Obama campaign could effectively promote a couple of the messages from his acceptance speech by talking about what a community organizer does - and how this is also a service to the country. I would cite Gov Palin herself as someone who did not serve in the military, but has chosen to serve her community, and thus her country, first by joining the PTA, then by getting on the City Council and into politics. The point is that there are many kinds of service one can give to the country. By belittling the community organizers, they are belittling everyone who serves local communities - the cops, the teachers, the PTA, the church volunteers. The Republicans still seem focused on divide and conquer, using wedge issues to win just enough votes to acquire and/or retain power. The Obama campaign needs to ask Americans if this is what we really want from our political leaders.

Posted by: bsimon | September 4, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Independent Voter,

Can you explain why the media, other than most watched FOX of course, have given Obama a pass on Wright and Ayers? I mean, this guy wants to be President, and he sits in church for 20 years listening to that hate speech. Why the pass by the media IV? Why?

Posted by: Johnny Democracy | September 4, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Independent Voter -

A poll driven speech written by Schmidt and Rove delivered by their newest student Gov. Sarah Palin at the Republican convention.

Her attack with a smile means more negative ads.

Schimidt and Rove can't spin a extreme-conservative on the issues into a moderate.

She will attempt to draw the Democrats into the mud and fight.

What is disturbing is the attacks on the media. We count on the media to ask the questions we can't ask
but we want to know about.

The Republican tactics against the media are McCarthyism.

This is a Democracy!

Posted by: Independent Voter | September 4, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Larry in Oregon likes old women))))) or is he just a homosexual?

Posted by: tj | September 4, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Pastor 123...since children are fair game in your world...

Shall will get back into the Rev Wright, GD America, F the white man, and not being proud of our country, Mr. Ayers, etc., etc. all over again.

I'm sure that will stir up the pot at this point. Just be careful for what you wish for...

Posted by: DJohnson | September 4, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse


Have you seen the picture of McCain, his wife and Palin's family? If you took her husband out of the picture I could swear it is the same pose I have seen Hugh Heffner in with his wives.... Sorry, just a side thought.

Posted by: Larry Oregon | September 4, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like a good-old-fashioned girl, with an attitude, to steal away all of Mr. O's thunder. Wow, that was amazing to watch and hear...

Posted by: thorns'n'roses | September 4, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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Joey B and Barry Who?

jd

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Posted by: Johnny Democracy | September 4, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

LOL! I heard people praising her pois. She was trained to be be that way during her pagents. She ended up being a runner up. I guess that is a forshadowing of the election.

BTW: pastor123 , looks like a paid blogger. No real opinion just a cut and paster. I saw pastor 122 and pastor 125 earlier today.

Posted by: Larry Oregon. | September 4, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Kelly:

Lieberman as VP would have driven away the GOP base, and he would have lost for sure. He will pick up enough Hillary supporters to make this worth it.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Now Palin will have to deal with troopergate and The Next Big Scadal She will have to overcome will be her daughers, boyfriend. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: pastor123 | September 4, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I just don't understand how McCain/Palin think they can get Hillary supporters to vote for them. Do they think we're that niave? After this, I'm definitely not going to vote for McCain now! He could have chosen Liberman and at least tried to reach out to Hillary supporters and independents by relying on his so called Maverick qualities, but instead, he showed his true colors and picked a woman for the sole reason of trying to get elected. You do not pick your running mate because you think it will get you more votes. Especially if your 72 and that running mate has no experience. Head of the Alaskan national guard, boy is that clutching at straws! Palin is nothing like Hillary, and they have absolutely different views on all of the issues that are important in this election. McCain, I lost respect for you and you just lost my vote!

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

Once the lights of the Republican Convention go out today, Hurricane Hannah makes landfall on Friday or Saturday which will push the Palin story off the front pages.

Then in only 7 days, it will be the 7th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks. I expect Obama and Biden to hit hard about Bin Laden and Al Qaeda being at-large as a reminder of the failed policies of GW Bush and McCain. If an Al Qaeda or Bin Laden tape is released during this timeframe it will just intensify the distaste for Bush and McCain.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 4, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Smart strategy by the Obama camp. Compliment her political skills and don't demonize her, just point everyone at the divisive tone she has and lack of details to run on.

Palin had her opportunity to be strong and competent about leading the nation and she didn't reach for the bar. As long as her policies and positions are not discussed, she will do well outside of the Republican base. But once you overlap the policies and positions that Palin has with that of Biden it will be very clear of the choice that America needs. Heck, once you overlap the policies and positions that Palin has with McCain (abortion, immigration, energy, war and the economy) it will be very clear that McCain/Palin ticket is already fractured.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 4, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Did I mention how good that secretary's speech was at the convention of the Cattle and Rancher's Mutual last night in St Paul? Terrific!

Posted by: el_barto | September 4, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait for McCain/Palin to get into the White House. Sarah Palin is going to kick a$$ and take names (mainly Obama/Biden)!

Posted by: Ken | September 4, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Very funny, fake JakeD (just remember that I get paid whether you post or I post ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Too bad those Code Pinkos got by the Secret Service and didn't get decked by Palin herself.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Congrats Sarah Palin, Youll be a great Vice President., Or President for that matter. If you want to learn more about Sarah Palin or her Back Ground they have alot of Background Info, Pics, Videos, about Sarah and her Family. http://www.veeppeek.com The Next Big Scadal She will have to overcome will be her daughers, boyfriend. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: pastor123 | September 4, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Also, I keep suffering from nightly emissions!

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

And, I heard that her teleprompter broke during the speech!!!

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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