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By James V. Grimaldi
WASILLA, Alaska -- In bars and restaurants along West Parks Highway in Sarah Palin's hometown, crowds of fans cheered, hooted and whistled at the most important political speech ever delivered by the governor of Alaska.

As John McCain's choice as running mate on the GOP ticket addressed the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, crowds huddled around big-screen TVs as reporters from around the world watched for their reactions.

"Awesome," gushed Diane Jeffus, 52, a construction company co-owner at the end of the address. "I think she's got a good head on her shoulders. She's a true person. That was from her heart."

More than 200 people gathered at the Mug Shot Saloon and the nearby Tailgaters Sports Bar and Grill, both owned by Ted and Marilyn Anderson, who have supported Palin since 1996, when she first became mayor of Wasilla.

The Andersons organized parties at both venues. The Mug Shot featured a savory moose stew ladled up in paper bowls and offered Palin Specials: an 8-inch sausage pizza for $6, or a half-price pizza of any size with the purchase of a 16-inch pizza.

At Tailgaters, the Andersons sold "Go Sarah" T-shirts that included the McCain Palin logo on the back. During Palin's speech began, the crowd was rapt. Too rapt, according to Marilyn Anderson. "They weren't drinking enough, dammit," joked Marilyn Anderson, who called the speech a "grand slam."

Both bars were swarmed by reporters from local affiliates, NBC and German, French and Dutch outlets.

The Mug Shot, the more rugged of the two bars, drew men in ball caps and jeans and casual wear, while the fern-bar atmosphere of Tailgaters drew attendees dressed up in business suits for the event. The Alaska references drew the largest howls of support from the crowds, while some of the lines attacking Democrat Barack Obama garnered less of a reaction.

Many in Wasilla are starstruck by the attention the nomination of the Alaska governor has brought to the town of Wasilla, about 40 miles north of Anchorage, and its approximately 7,700 residents. And many still cannot believe that Palin is on the Republican ticket.

"I'd like to see her as our governor before being vice president," said Ann Ireland, 51, a bookkeeper who said she is "iffy" about her candidacy. "She's barely been governor. She was the mayor of Wasilla -- hello!"

Kitty Grosse, 57, said she was proud. "I was so surprised and pleased," Grosse said. "All the media said this was make it or break it." Tavern owner Marilyn Anderson swooned, "It was like a star is born, as they say."

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Sarah Palin was the shot in the arm the Reps needed. She delivered and did it well. I wasn't much for McCain and had been very apathetic about even voting but now I can't wait! For me, it's all about getting Palin in for VP and Dino Rossi in for WA governor. McCain? Oh, yeah, him too.

Obama really doesn't salute the flag and thinks the National Anthem sends a "warlike message"? Does that not scare anyone but me?

Posted by: Seattleite | September 4, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama blames Bush for everything, it's getting Old . This election is not about Bush /STUPID


Obama explains why he doesn't salute the Flag

Is this what he wants to add to his list of changes, to eliminate our Star Spangle Banner and stop saluting the flag??????
Obama explains why he doesn't salute the US Flag



Obama 'explains'


I sure hope this gets around before Nov.!!!

On Sat, 22 Mar 2008 18:48:04 -0400, 'LTG Bill Ginn' USAF ret. forwarded the following:

Hot on the heels of his explanation for why he no longer wears a flag pin,
presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama was forced to explain why he
doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.

According to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171,
During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present
except those in uniform are expected to stand at attention facing the flag
with the right hand over t he heart.

'As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking
sides,' Obama said. 'There are a lot of people in the world to whom the
American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a
war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all. It should
be swapped for something less par ochial and less bellicose. I like the song
'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I might
salute it.'

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this could possibly be our next president!!
I, for once, am speechless. He has absolutely NO pride in this country!!!!!
This is outrageous!!!! He doesn't deserve to be dogcatcher!!!
(Oh, sorry dogcatchers, I mean you no disrespect.)
LET'S SEND THIS CLOWN DOWN THE ROAD KICKING ROCKS!!!!
Forward this to EVERYONE YOU KNOW



Posted by: maggieb | September 4, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse


She's a good speaker, regardless of who wrote the words. Charming, attractive and FINALLY a down-to-earth kind of person I can relate to, someone I'd love to hang out with. Maybe even vote for. Searching for more information about her, I took a look at her "bio" page on her official Governor of Alaska website. The photo of her out in the wilderness in her yellow slicker, smiling for the camera while pulling up on the antlers of the dead elk so you could see his dead face better made me sick to my stomach. http://gov.state.ak.us/bio.html.

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

Chris Writes:

Governor Palin's speech was one of the best I've ever heard. She said it like it is, unlike the mindless sheep who adore Obama, even though he's just an empty suit. Most of the negative blogs on this site appear to have been written before the speech was even given. Comments by brain washed Obamabots, who infect the blog sites with the same sarcastic partisan posts, no matter what the story is about. Keep America strong, elect McCain / Palin in November. No Wright, no Farrakahn, no Ayers, no Rezko, no mean Michelle, NOBAMA


Infect ? With the same sarcastic partisan posts. IOW pretty much like the drivel you just posted...right ?

You don't mind do you Chris, if the entire Americam electorate has a say in who the next POTUS is, do you ?

You're not going to move out of the country if Obama wins are you ?

Because we need "great" Americans like you.

Posted by: MA | September 4, 2008 1:45 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: tankas | September 4, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Drink the Kool-Aid, er...I mean 'Brawndo', America.

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

Governor Palin's speech was one of the best I've ever heard. She said it like it is, unlike the mindless sheep who adore Obama, even though he's just an empty suit. Most of the negative blogs on this site appear to have been written before the speech was even given. Comments by brain washed Obamabots, who infect the blog sites with the same sarcastic partisan posts, no matter what the story is about. Keep America strong, elect McCain / Palin in November. No Wright, no Farrakahn, no Ayers, no Rezko, no mean Michelle, NOBAMA

Posted by: Chris | September 4, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow went from hockey mom to Rove republican in one week! Looking at her record, she obviously was a bit out of touch, but does she really believe that she did not take earmarks, did not ever support the bridge to nowhere, community organizers are evil?

I think she needs to look at the facts and look again at her own actions, but the RepubliCons in office don't bother to do so, so I guess she figures why bother...

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

I like the black guy in the audience. How come so many seats were vacant? Seems the Republican party isn't as charged as it might be, no wonder these speeches are full of cuteness and smirks. So far Lieberman's plug is the best. Let's see what Johnny does tonight. Thompson does better on Law & Order, doncha think? His "character" is more believable in fiction.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

MCCAIN/PALIN ALL THE WAY.....If your feelings get hurt by straight talk, then you are way to easily offended. Sara is not afraid to speak the truth and that apparently ruffles some feathers. In the words of Sara herself "Get over it".

Posted by: Teresa T. | September 4, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The Dems have it right. The Dems and their surrogates, the elitist media. They propose higher taxes, weaker defense, and isolationism, and represent socialism, hatred, elitism and villainy. The WA Post is a perfect example.
The Post, the NY Times and NBC are incensed because they weren't part of the Palin vetting process. If they aren't invited, they say, "we'll just destroy, destroy and destroy."
MA and Merakami and the rest of their ilk, apparently don't live where most of middle class, middle America lives. They don't think like middle America, probably don't act like middle America, and certainly don't believe as middle America (you know, the people who generally vote in presidential elections and win) believes.
In fact, and this is the one fact that has driven all of this frenzy: the Dems, including Obama, the elite, and their pet media, are running scared. Sarah Palin is such a threat to them they don't know what to do or how to handle the fact she's in the race. Why is she such a threat? She's part of middle America, part of us. But most of all, she believes in God and the sanctity of life. Wow, could anything be worse for a Democrat to face?

Posted by: Richard Sharpe | September 4, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Yep, what a mom,
Congratulations to a second Bush.
Oh yes, the baby and soother in her mouth broke my heart. Men do it to you know. She is no Hillary, but it's your business, party, and deal with the what ever happens. American women I know are not stupid. Of course anyone can become President, but this was a copy cat of olbamas' child saying I love you dad an the National. Screwed you are.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 4, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Two impressions undeniably stands out from Gov. Palin’s speech last night….

1. “The difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom is lipstick!,” and

2. Her humble and working class lifestyle says it all about her issues because she’s living them and if there is disagreement with them, you still know her intent is from the right place.

We say, “Home run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Here’ ANOTHER Democrat for McCain/Palin 08′!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Her speech was flat, rehearsed, well-delivered, and dry. She did nothing extraordinary. She read off a teleprompter which, if memory serves, is what all the Conservatives criticize Obama about. But wait, we can't criticize her because she is a woman. Give me a break. If that's the case, any attack on Obama is an act of racism. Her line about not belonging to any clique, WRONG. We know which group she belongs to, it's called the Alaskan Indepence Party. And why were you for the bridge until you were elected? No mention of any policy, just the defamation of Obama. I'm sick of Sarah Plain & False. The GOP is a cult.

Posted by: Sarah Plain and False | September 4, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I was expecting the Republicans to up there political rhetoric, but I am sad to see that it has gotten even worse.

I would think the Republican Party would share some blame in what has happened to our nation in the last 8 years. But for some reason they take no credit for for not one reaction to there policies while controlling the White House, Congress and Senate. The Democrats do share part of the blame for failed policies passed by both Republican and Democrats. Like the troops being sent to war without proper material.
Or what about the Billions of dollars in CASH lost to Do to Private contractors.

So much has been missmanaged in the last 8 years with no regard for the middle class people getting thrown out on the street.

Posted by: vicbennettnet | September 4, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

So she sounds like a real "person" does she? Funny, I think the same thing applied to George W. Bush. Someone you could go get a beer with, I think it was? And my goodness, look what all that "realness" got us. A rich kid who's nearly broke the military and the bank at the same time. Mediocrity at its best, and absolute corruption and incompetence due to overriding hatred of the federal government at its worst.
I'm a woman and if its inconceivable that the males of the Democratic side can't go after Ms. Palin, I'd be very happy to volunteer my services and pick her qualifications apart. She does not represent or speak for this family in Iowa. I'd even question her supposed "reformist" issues as the earmarks were kept from the "bridge to nowhere", weren't they, Ms. Palin? $400 million bucks from the rest of the 48 lower continental states that you didn't see fit to return to those places that are just a little more populated than your state.
Me thinks the beauty contestant doth protest too much.

Posted by: Suzanne | September 4, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama and McCain Tax Proposals
According to a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are both proposing tax plans that would result in cuts for most American families. Obama's plan gives the biggest cuts to those who make the least, while McCain would give the largest cuts to the very wealthy. For the approximately 147,000 families that make up the top 0.1 percent of the income scale, the difference between the two plans is stark. While McCain offers a $269,364 tax cut, Obama would raise their taxes, on average, by $701,885 - a difference of nearly $1 million.

also she does not believe in global warming
she tries to ban books and bullies librarians

member of the AIP that wants to leave the US and start its own country - the video of her speeches is out there

she laughs while hosts call other women degrading names - those tapes are out there

she used the bridge money

she left her town $27 million dollar in debt

she hacked into other peoples computers during one campaign - proof is out there

she USED LOBBYISTS when she was mayor for over $20 million of benefits

Posted by: a palin analysis from a woman | September 4, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I've only heard snippets of her speech so far but the joke about "hockey mooommmms" does not bode well. Who needs to be sexist when she calls herself a "pit bull in lipstick"?

Call off your dog, McCaint.

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: Chris Brown | September 4, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Obama and McCain Tax Proposals
According to a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are both proposing tax plans that would result in cuts for most American families. Obama's plan gives the biggest cuts to those who make the least, while McCain would give the largest cuts to the very wealthy. For the approximately 147,000 families that make up the top 0.1 percent of the income scale, the difference between the two plans is stark. While McCain offers a $269,364 tax cut, Obama would raise their taxes, on average, by $701,885 - a difference of nearly $1 million.

Posted by: truth - some of palin lies | September 4, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I have one thing to say, the GOP convention showed itself as an exclusive, separatist organization. There was not one thing reflective of the diverse cultures in this country. It was like America walking backwards...


The Republicans last night in their image and speeches shut out millions of us who do not look or sound like them. They do not represent me.

Posted by: nerakami | September 4, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

"Sarah will continue to be smeared by the sexist elites but she showed last night that she has what it takes to weather the storms. The dems are history, Obama is just wasting his time."


"Sarah" will have to answer tough questions just like Obama, McCain and Biden have, and she has to debate Joe Biden.

Would you prefer she not have to explain why she thinks God supported Bush's Iraqi war and why she thinks women who are victims of rape should have to carry those babies to term (not to mention her total lack of foreign policy cred) ?

A position that isn't going to endear her to many female Dems or Independents.

She's not going to just waltz from being the mayor of a small AK town, with a touch and go in the AK Gov's office, to the VP's office....she and McCain will have to earn that. Remember McCain, the top of the ticket ?

Obama is wasting time ?

We'll see what American voters have to say about that.

Posted by: MA | September 4, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse


Sarah will continue to be smeared by the sexist elites but she showed last night that she has what it takes to weather the storms. The dems are history, Obama is just wasting his time.


PALIN = POWER

Posted by: julie | September 4, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"Is that "early polling" on Democratic Underground?"

Nope, it was paid for by Emily's List and conducted by Geoff Garin at Hart Research.

"The survey done for EMILY's List, a political action committee that supports female candidates who support abortion rights, found that the Democratic ticket leads among female voters 52 percent to 41 percent, and 53 percent of female voters say the Democrats are better at understanding the issues and concerns important to women, while only 35 percent say the Republicans are.

Also, 59 percent of female voters say McCain picked the first-term Alaska governor "out of political considerations," while only 20 percent say he chose her based on experience on qualifications. That's the reverse of how female voters regard Obama's choice of Joe Biden, the poll found.

Given a description of the biographies of Palin and Biden, 41 percent of those surveyed said they found Palin's story appealing, lower than the 64 percent for Biden's.

And told about her position on abortion -- she opposes it even in cases of rape and incest -- 56 percent said that gave them a less favorable view of Palin.

Palin has directly appealed to female voters, particularly those who supported Hillary Clinton over Obama in the Democratic primaries, by saying they had the chance with her to break the highest, hardest glass ceiling once and for all.

The poll of 800 female voters was conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group on Sunday and Monday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points."

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/09/female_voters_n.html

Posted by: MA | September 4, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Is that "early polling" on Democratic Underground?

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Early polling indicates Palin actually hurts McCain....you remember McCain, the 72 year old four time cancer survivor who's on top of the GOP ticket....with white female independents, not helps him.

And exactly what "change" does McCain bring to DC ? He looks like four more years of Bush to me and millions of other Americans.

You Palin fans need to remember, she has yet to do an interview or debate, and cheering right to lifers in the convention hall on one night, do not a November election win make.

Posted by: MA | September 4, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Wow, SMASHING!!

Not only is she more experienced than both of her opponents, SHE IS A BETTER SPEAKER THAN THEM!!

Go McCain / Palin 2008!!!

Posted by: Georgia | September 4, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Ann should go back to Ireland?

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Ap-palin-g choice for vice president. 2 trigger happy, warmongering mavericks frighten me to death. We don't need another 4 or 8 years of Bush. No more my-way-or-the-highway, or bring-them-on politics. Let's have some more intelligent, thoughtful, deliberating leaders who can surround themselves with good advisors and are willing to listen to them. No knee jerking deciders.
We are looking more and more ridiculous with this election circus.

Posted by: Margaret | September 4, 2008 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Sarah the "NEW REPUBLICAN TERMINATOR" is just in one speech "TERMINATED" the "APPEASEMENT KID, his sidekick "WITHDRAWAL VP, and their allies "ELITE MEDIA".

From coast to coast, and all around the world she is making believers. I just can't wait till she goes toe to toe with the "WITHDRAWAL VP". Stay tune the best of Sarah the "NEW REPUBLICAN TERMINATOR IS YET TO COME.

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com
ps This is not longer your "GRANDFATHERS" Republican Party

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | September 4, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

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