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A quick recap of how the GOP candidate earned his party's presidential nomination. (Credit=Ed O'Keefe /; Photos: AP, Post)

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 4, 2008; 11:20 AM ET
Categories:  John McCain , Video Report  
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If there is any blessing in the RNC tonight, it was Cindy McCain. She has a big heart for the underprivileged. What a contrast in grace with Sarah, the pit bull pollyana. My biggest concern on McCain’s speech was how he ended it. He appeared like a lunatic saying: “Join me in a fight for….”, while his party base were drowning him with noise like in a bullfight ring, cheering for the lunatic matador to go for the kill. That’s how people with dementia talk in a Care Home at the midle of the night. I am being unkind to Senator McCain but that’s how it appears on the TV screen. In a nutshell, is he not scarry? Everytime Russia intervenes with a sovereign neighbor, we’re at the brink of 3rd World War by a bravado President and a pit bull VP. Why not try diplomatic missions first through our NATO or former Soviet satellites than provoking confrontation. I don’t think McCain should be entrusted with the switch and in the event he becomes disabled while in office, a greenhorn Alaskan huskie will be holding that switch, I’m afraid she might mistook it as a light switch in a PTA meeting

Posted by: EdwinG | September 5, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland used the racially-tinged term "uppity" to describe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.

Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's speech with reporters outside the House chamber and was asked to compare her with Michelle Obama.

"Just from what little I've seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they're a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they're uppity," Westmoreland said.

Please contact Rep. Westmoreland's office to let him know that his racist remarks towards Obama WILL NOT BE TOLERATED !!

Posted by: HouseNegro | September 4, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Palin McCain are playing political games with the conservatives of this country. Just because Palin is an unknown entity does not mean she will be any departure from the Republicans history of failed policies and broken trust. Theyve violated their conservative principles while mortgaging our future to the chinese to pay for mostly foreign oil. Palin, like Bush Cheney and Co., is Pro-Oil. The choice is simple - just dont lose the forest from the trees. Say no to Palin McCain

Posted by: Former Republican | September 4, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 2:56 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.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 4, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

There were people looking directly at her teleprompter and they said it worked just fine. Sometimes she got a little ahead or behind but that's to be expected.

Posted by: Keith, PA | September 4, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse


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






Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 4, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Let us now forget that McCain's path to the Presidency began when he ditched his first wife, married into a wealthy organized crime family, and then used the political and business connections from that corrupt Arizona network to go into politics.

The fact that McCain has style himself a corruption fighting maverick just goes to show what a cynical hypocrite he is.

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 4, 2008 1:36 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 1:15 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. The Next Big Scadal She will have to overcome will be her daughers, boyfriend.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 4, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain likes to claim the mantle of R. R. Roosevelt - but these are very different men. ..........

Posted by: Ohg Rea Tone | September 4, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Dana or Linda:

Did you watch "Meet the Press" last Sunday? It's not my fault if you aren't reading / watching the interviews she has already / will give.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Maybe republicans are right about Palin, and the reason they have come to such conclusions is they know her. Can the rest of us get to know her. I don't want to get to know Palin from supporters, I want to get to know her from what she says and said she has done. Is there a problem with American citizens getting to know a potential Vp of the United States of America? Whats wrong with that? You can't give me an clip from an interview and expect me to know who she is. I need to hear what she has to say and what she plans to do for the country, where she stands on the issue and why she believes she's ready to be VP and President. Is that O.k. I don't understand why its a problem. Is it a problem?

Posted by: Linda | September 4, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Jake, oil prices aren't the only crisis were facing. Were facing a variety of issues, extending from deficet, 2 wars, healthcare, homeforeclosure, and the list goes on and on. This is why Palin shouldn't waste anytime with having a press conferences and more detailed interviews. So the American people will be able to make a choice. Mccain is 72 years old and survived cancer 4 times, which possibly Palin will be president and because of this Palin needs to know more than energy because if she doesn't she's not ready to be John Mccains VP

Posted by: Dana | September 4, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse


I'm sure that Diane Sawyer asked ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Hit it out of the Park, 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. The Next Big Scadal She will have to overcome will be her daughers, boyfriend.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 4, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse


It must have broken some other time (I saw it working at one point too. Which raises an interesting point. Did the MSM show the teleprompter words during Biden or Obama's speeches last week?

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Jake, I guess it would be good enough for you because you will never be in a position to make that decision. Or knows how it feels if you can't make that decision even if you want to. Besides, Why can't the American people hear that from The Rock Star Palin, instead of her supporters. How do I know your telling the truth if I din't hear it from the horses mouth. She didn't speak of issues at all and thats why I and many other Americans are eager to know where she stands on the issues and is she tough enought to deliver on them. If I was you, instead of defending her get her out on the field where battles are really fought.

Posted by: Dana | September 4, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

It was Maria Bartiromo (from "Meet the Press" last Sunday):

MR. BROKAW: That's Sarah Palin talking about getting the oil pipeline reactivated again, the one that began, as she pointed out, 30 years ago. But at the same time, Maria, she talks about wanting to drill in the Arctic Wildlife Reserve. Is she going to hold to that position?

MS. MARIA BARTIROMO: Yeah, I think so, Tom, and I think that this is a very, very important point, because while yes, we spoke about anti-corruption and about Hillary and her charisma, I think the biggest value she brings to the ticket is her expertise in energy. This is her comfort zone. She made a very compelling case to me that the area that we're talking about that is being debated about whether or not to drill, ANWR as you mentioned, is 2,000 acres in a 20 million acre plain. This is her comfort zone, this is really what she's overseeing.

Alaska is one of the few oil-rich areas we have in this country alone. She is going to really campaign on that--on that platform, not only as energy and oil relates to the economy. We know that oil is one of the biggest issues we face when it comes to the economy. It's certainly crippled the economy over the last year, watching oil prices reach record highs. But also, as energy relates to national security. So this is a very, very important piece of the picture, and I think she brings great value there, making that point that it is a small swath of land, and it really will not impact the wildlife, as of course is the concern, because we've got caribou and bears and moose there, and the upset or the worry is that it's going to impact the breeding of the wildlife. She feels very strongly that that is not the case, and I think that that knowledge of energy is going to be very important for the McCain ticket.

MR. BROKAW: Beyond energy, how conversant is she with the other big economic issues of the day, especially the liquidity crisis that this country is facing, home foreclosures?

MS. BARTIROMO: Well, she felt, actually, that the Republican Party has a--has a advantage when it comes to the credit card issue, when it comes to credit. She felt that Joe Biden dropped the ball on that. She talked to me a little about that in the interview. She also talked about healthcare. She had real opinions in terms of what should be done with regard to economic growth overall. And the truth is, Tom, is that energy is a big party of that. I mean, that really is one of the, one of the biggest issues we face.

On the, on the banking sector upset, he's going to need more credibility, obviously, McCain, on that issue. I don't think that she's necessarily well-versed in, in, in the liquidity crunch, but, but I think that, that she came across so strong with regard to economic matters as they relate to energy and as they relate to overall economic growth that I think it was a very savvy pick, actually. She's very accessible, very personable, as, as you've said. You know, when I was walking around, we went to the highest point in Anchorage and we walked around a field so she could show me really where the main areas were for, for drilling and you had to see her with some of the people on the ground. She, she went over to people. I mean, clearly a reporter is, is there with her, so she has an agenda there, but she was very comfortable going and, and, and welcomed by the people and, and even the people on the ground, when I was traveling there throughout Alaska. You know, one person said to me, I said, "So how's the governor doing?" to the driver of the, of the car and people on the plane and in the airport. And they said, "You know, we, we really, we love her. The first thing that she did when she got in office is she gave up the plane, the private plane, and she gave up the chefs." And she said, "Look, I don't need any of this. I want to focus on economics. I want to focus on what Alaska can do for the rest of the country."

And remember, if we were to see drilling, not only in that ANWR area, but on the coast in the North Slope, that's also a lot of job creation because there are ripple effects to drilling and she talked a lot about that as well, how we could see tremendous job creation as a result of activity in that part of the country. So clearly that is her sweet spot and that's what she is going to be focused on. I think you make a good point about the liquidity crunch, but I also have to be impressed with her knowledge on this issue of energy, one of the biggest that we face.

MR. BROKAW: All right. Thanks very much, Maria Bartiromo of CNBC, whose interview with the governor, by the way, is in BusinessWeek magazine.

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The teleprompter broke but from the teleprompter I seen and the words she was reading from it was moving and the camera showed the teleprompter throughout her speech. The real question is when is she going to prove that she is ready to be VP and possibly commander and chief? When do the American people get to know where she stands on the issues that are important not only to the republican party? Who is she and is she tough enough? Why hasn't she done a press conference yet and when will she?

Posted by: Linda | September 4, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse


She's against abortion -- that's good enough for me -- also, NBC financial reporter (forget her name) interviewed her on energy 2 weeks ago and was impressed.

Too bad those Code Pinkos didn't get by the Secret Service last night and get decked by Palin herself:

Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 12:03 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.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 4, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Palin wasn't interviewed like other VP on foriegn policy and economic issues, you know the interviews Obama never hid from. When is Palin going to prove like Obama proved that she is ready to be VP. I don't believe there's any journalist or reporter that can say they know where she stands on the issues. The issues that are important to voters. If Sarah Palin is the Rock Star of the Republican Party than why is she hiding behind the Mccain Campaign. Hillary Clinton didn't hide, she was on the stump 24 7. Its been almost 2 weeks and not one interview on foreign policy or economic issues, no press conference. Don't the rest of the world get to know who the Rock Star Sarah Palin is? Or is Sarah Palin just there to make republicans look good.

Posted by: Dana | September 4, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

How do we know Palin would be a great VP? because of a speech that had no vision or any detail on how she and Mccain was going to move the country foward. It was all attacks against opponents and praise for Mccain. Palin hasn't held one press conference or interview were the American people can get to know her words istead of the words of her speech writer. Who is Sara Palin? When does the public get to see a possible VP in her own light. When do we get hear or see Palin on her own, shouldn't Palin prove to the American people that not only can she give a tough speech but she is tough enough for the job of VP. We still don't know her and if its up to the Mccain campaign, we never will. This sounds like a fraud and cover up.

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

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

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

The republicans like to compare Palin with Obama but Obama wasn't affraid to meet the press, Obama has done several interviews, Obama has been scrutinized and spoke to different audiences that weren't supporters. When is Palin going to put her tough talk into action and come on the field and play with the good old boys. Stop Hiding Palin, don't be all hat and no cattle.

Posted by: Jamie | September 4, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday Palin proved she can read the teleprompter better than Mccain, big deal. Palin also proved that she can give a punch, Palin gave the red meat but what happen to the potatoes? How is the nation going to believe that her and flip flop Mccain are going to shake up Washington when she didn't even mention what was wrong with Washington. Palin doesn't even know whats wrong with Washington. Besides, when is the Mccain campaign going to release big bad Palin, the genuis, If she such a genius and so qualified to be president than why hasn't she held a press conference, why after almost 2 weeks we the people don't know where Palin stands on Iraq, and Afganistan, the economy, Jobs, and women issues? There isn't a journalist or reporter that can answer any of those questions because the Mccain camp is keeping Palin away from the press because they know she's not ready to lead or has the experience to lead. Stop protecting Palin let her answer some questions that voters are really concerned about. I mean we only have 63 days left.

Posted by: Linda | September 4, 2008 11:43 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. The Next Big Scadal She will have to overcome will be her daughers, boyfriend.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 4, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | September 4, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse


Sarah Barracuda's angry, divisive screed will help the GOP as much as Spiro Agnew's "nattering nabobs of negatism" tirade advanced the Nixon legacy.

McCain was about to take the lead on Obama. Now Obama's out ahead, and the polls will reveal that a majority of the American electorate doesn't want a vile vampy veep.

The best thing to happen to McCain would be a withdrawal by Palin for the sake of her family, which is being embarrassed anew by the latest National Enquirer revelation. And the hits just keep on comin'.

McCain thinks that speech validified her selection? It's all going to boomerang on him bigtime. But the hard right's gotten into his cranium so deep that he can no longer perceive the damage to his brand.

For years, McCain has gotten a pass from his mainstream media admirers. And now the strategy is to attack the "media elite"? Who's behind this hari-kari?

Get ready for President Obama... unless McCain recovers from his aide-induced stupor.

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:


Posted by: scrivener | September 4, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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