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Virginia Likes Palin, but Not What She Stands For

By Marc Fisher
We sort of knew this just based on the enthusiasm that has followed Sarah Palin's nomination, but the results of today's Washington Post poll put it in clear, stark terms: The Republican vice presidential candidate is personally popular in Virginia -- 53 percent have a favorable impression of her, versus 38 percent unfavorable -- but Virginians have strong disagreements with Palin on some key policy questions.

For example, the largest proportion of Virginia voters in nearly a decade of Post polling now supports having abortion be legal in most or all cases. Sixty percent of those polled support abortion rights, compared with 38 percent who believe the procedure should be illegal in most or all cases.

And although they might be intrigued or inspired by Palin, a majority of Virginians say that Barack Obama would be more likely to "bring needed change" to Washington than John McCain, with 56 percent of those polled giving the nod in that category to Obama over 36 percent for the Republican.

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I have no idea how to get a comment on this site. I have tried 5 times; I guess that my view is too conservative!

Posted by: Ricky Ray | September 24, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think that naming Osama Joe-Biden was a smart move?

Posted by: Ricky Ray | September 24, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has a dangerous temperament which is a grave danger to world peace.

This was proven when he got the news about Lehman's collapse:'Fire' the SEC Chairman.

This Emotional comment was triggered by a kind of 'panic' not befitting for a leader.

He simply cannot keep calm under threating situations.

He gets angry too fast and this is seen so many times on the campaign trail. He fired shots, but does not expect shots to be fired back.

We simply cannot put our trust and confidence in the kind of leader like John McCain who is willing to shoot at'anything that moves'.

He along with the female pitbull, (We all now what kind of animal a pitbull is & the name given to the female gender of such animal)would have brought us into a war with nuclear Russia if they were in power today. Disregarding the fact that Georgia was the aggressor.

John McCain lives in the past, let's chose a president who is cool-headed and future looking.

That is Barack Obama.

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

Remember this, had Japan not attacked Pearl Harbour and gotten the USA fully into WWII, the British and French would probably be speaking German today. We ignored Hitler, and we would have ignored Hussein in Iraq had it not been for the foresight of George Bush. You punish your people today and your neighbors tomorrow (Hitler late 30's), tyrants cannot stay at home; their ego will not allow it. We all owe President Bush a favor for heading off the next W War. Bash Bush if you like,but history will tell the whole story. A vote for Obama is a vote for the destruction of America, the greatest nation in history!

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

The ears are for hearing, the brain is to make some meaning of the sounds, but the heart and soul determines the truth and worth of those sounds. Hail McCain, do not believe the lies of Obama[[[[[[[[Brain Voter:::::::

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

... and I don't like Virginians because they are ignorant and love killing babies.

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

This is why voters dont like Palin and her favorability numbers have plummeted. Once the mythology of this woman was exposed voters got to see this.....

Gov. Palin:

Raised taxes as the Gov. of Alaska

Misled America about the Bridge to Nowhere, in her first national speech (She fully supported it and only killed it after the funding was cut anyhow) and continues to do so as many as four times a day on the campaign stump. She never returned the funds for the Bridge to Nowhere.
A 2006 question to Governor Palin …”Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?”
Answer: “Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now - while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.”
Wants to teach creationism in Science Class, subverting the US Constitution
Tried to get books banned at the local library
Fired her entire staff 10 days into term as mayor, for lack of loyalty

Used every available lever to get an enemy fired from his job, and is still lying about it. She originally said she would cooperate with the investigation into this matter. She now says she will no longer cooperate and calls the investigation a “political witch-hunt” despite the fact that it is a bi-partisan investigation voted on unanimously for review.
Put a gag order on her administration as mayor of a town of 6500
Milked the Federal Government for huge series of earmarks, by using Jack Abramoff lobbyists. The highest per capita earmarker in the nation: Palin (27 Million for a town of 6500)

Charged 52 earmarks valued at $256 million in her first year as Alaska Governor and 31 earmarks valued at $197 million this year. Considerably HIGHER than Barrack Obama’s Eamark list he released in March of 2008 in the spirit of transparency.

Billed taxpayers in Alaska $43,490 for staying in her own home.

Lied about a teleprompter malfunction during her acceptance speech.

Touts the need to address special needs children but only did so by stepping in at the last minute to support a bill that she was chided for NOT supporting previously despite her sister having a child with autism.
Doesn’t believe in Global Warming
Used Alaska First as her campaign slogan, which is the same one as her husband’s old party, the AIP, a secessionist organization she recorded a supportive piece for this year! She was also the keynote speaker for AIP on several occasions and her husband was an ardent supporter and member of AIP.

The AIP founder Joe Voglar once stated, “I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions." and "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. And I won't be buried under their damn flag. I'll be buried in Dawson. And when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home."

Wants to ban stem cell research
Is on the record stating the Iraq war ”Is a task from God.”

In July when interviewed about the possibility of being the VP she stated that she did not know what the VP did.

Promotes the aerial slaughter of wolves.

McCain has called Palin the “smartest person in the country” when it comes to energy policy (Which is absurd onto itself) When asked if US Companies would be guaranteed the oil from a new expansion of Alaskan drilling she responded:
“Of course, it's a fungible commodity and they don't flag, you know, the molecules, where it's going and where it's not. But in the sense of the Congress today, they know that there are very, very hungry domestic markets that need that oil first. So, I believe that what Congress is going to do, also, is not to allow the export bans to such a degree that it's Americans who get stuck holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped here. It's got to flow into our domestic markets first." Hugh? Is there an actual thought in there?

Left her town Mayoralty with a huge debt, having outspent all around in her (21 MILION in debt)
Charged women in Alaska for rape kits which cost between $300 to $1,200 apiece

Supports abstinence only sex education. No other forms are acceptable.

Has never met a world leader which is unheard of. Every VP in the last 60 years has met a foreign leader.

Snubs the media at every turn. Refuses interviews nor spontaneous crowd questions at town hall meetings

Just received her passport in July of 2007. Only left the country once.

And, perhaps worst of all, Palin would insist that my 14 daughter carry and birth a rapist’s child

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


Conservative columnist George Will's words today on John McCain:

"It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed? "

Posted by: Another "Tricked Again" Conservative | September 23, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

todd probably want to kill sarah to.he's so uncomfortable with his surrounding right about now it's not even funny.can you imagine living in alaska all your life and all of a sudden having to more snow mobiling, hunting,fishing being talked bad about day in and day out.they better keep a close eye on him.

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

I find Palin to be the scariest thing to happen in politics in a long time. Shall we go to war with Russia (a nuclear power), or should we start book burning or may be we should just allow her to fire anyone who causes her an annoyance? The fate that she might be one step away from being president scares me more than Wall Street.

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

demos are the superior party.why because we have the make of america we are why america is respected and the repub.are why we are not respected.ask anyone repub are looked at as racist and they are proud of it.they don't like demos because we love everyone and that bothers them.and when this is all over we will offer to help them in any way possible,with therapy that is.

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

you dims just don't get it, your like a bunch of schoolgirls

shoes ? you will lose this election, not because McCain is the better candidate, but because you cannot quite shrieking like a bunch of tattle tale 12 year old girls

Posted by: laughing at the dems | September 23, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

ok they pay mortgages that others could not afford then what they still can't afford them then what i tell you what lets all stop paying our mortg.and see what happen.i say let this be the example we can all live by.if those people need help i say we donate to red cross anh let them help them.look at the money we would save.beside it would affect baracks economic plan and i don't want that to barack biden.

Posted by: frank | September 23, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree, and expect the "End of Days" if Mrs Palin gets close to the red button.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

i predict sarah to be suicidal when this is all over.

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

Personally I agree with Biden, they shouldn't have "bailed out" AIG just like they shouldn't "bail out" Wall Street. What they should do is limit the damage to the people who were sucked up into this mess but the brokerages, investment banks, etc., should feel the full effects of the pain they created. With risk taking in a capitalist system comes the prospect of failure. Too bad McCain is flip-flopping on deregulation now because of populist pressures, he was right to support and continue to support deregulation.

Posted by: john5750 | September 23, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama
NBC's "Today"
September 23, 2008

NBC's Matt Lauer: "Three minutes later in an interview with Meredith Vieira, Joe Biden, your running mate was asked the exact same question, 'should the federal government bailout AIG?' And he said, 'No, the federal government should not bailout AIG.'"

Barack Obama: "I think that in that situation, I think Joe should have waited as well."

Lauer: "But it's the kind of thing that drives people crazy about politics. Sounds like you were trying to score some political points against John McCain using his words, when your own running mate had used very similar words."

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

How can anyone think of voting for McCain and Pilan, OR Pilan and McCain?? She herself referred to the Republican ticket as the "PILAN-McCAIN TICKET" and referred to McCain as "MY RUNNINGMATE"! Sarah Pilan doesn't seem to KNOW the order of her own veep position! She THINKS she is running for prez! American know NOTHING about Sarah Palin except for what is coming out of Alaska and most of it is NOT good. Seems she is a "MY WAY OR NO WAY" mayor and governor!! The campaign has kept her under tight wraps and the only thing she is allowed to do is to "FOLLOW THE ROVE CLONE WRITTEN SCRIPT"! IF you vote for McCain Pilan, you are voting for a couple of deceivers, liars, and slanderous people. Like I said, we DO NOT KNOW Palin, would you hire a babysitter whom you know nothing about to watch your children?? This is exactly what you would be doing by voting for McCain and Pilan. This election IS ABOUT YOUR AND MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, IT IS ABOUT OUR FUTURE, IT IS ABOUT WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY AND FOR US, OUR CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. By the way, what is Sarah Palin, a 44-year old woman and veep candidate, doing parading around in a MID-THIGH skirt?? VERY POOR TASTE, INDEED! Sarah, we do not want to see your FAT THIGHS!!

Posted by: NinaK | September 23, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, check out Sarah Palin's trip to NY today to meet "heads of state." Hilarious...

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

This article is right on the head. All this caterwauling about sexism and Palin. People do not dislike Palin because she is a woman. People dislike her because her ideology is 100% far right and 100% pro-Bush. Just like Bush she is keeping the press away because she wants to hide this fact and spin herself as a moderate. Remember Bush said he was a "uniter not a divider", and of course was/is the most partisan president ever. Expect the same kind of "unity" out of Palin no matter what her spin-doctors are feeding the media.

Posted by: Cal | September 23, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, when everyone realizes she's pretty much George W. Bush in a skirt, the gig is up. They agree on almost everything as more and more Palin opinions keep rolling on in. McCain is trying to trick the entire nation into a George W. Bush hat trick. Three election in a row!

Posted by: B | September 23, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I remember Sherri and how we got to where we are.

1962: Abortion mother returns home
An American mother-of-four is on her way home amid a storm of controversy after being given a legal abortion in Sweden.
Sherri Finkbine, a TV presenter from Phoenix in Arizona, was denied an abortion in her home state following intense negative publicity surrounding her case.

The 30-year-old mother decided to terminate her fifth pregnancy after discovering that tranquilizers she had taken in the first few weeks of her pregnancy contained the drug Thalidomide.

In recent months there has been increasing evidence suggesting Thalidomide causes severe foetal deformities including missing limbs, deafness and blindness.

Public condemnation

Mrs Finkbine, host of children's television programme "Romper Room", told her story to the local newspaper, believing it would alert other mothers in the same situation to the dangers of the drug.

But she became the focus of an intense anti-abortion campaign and worldwide public condemnation.

The negative publicity led her local hospital in Phoenix to withdraw a tentative offer of a legal abortion for fear they may be held criminally liable - the current law in Arizona states that abortion can only be carried out to save the mother's life.

Mrs Finkbine and her husband, Robert, a school teacher, took the case to the Arizona State Supreme Court but were unsuccessful.

Despite vilification from anti-abortionists across the United States and the world she flew to Sweden where the operation was carried out.

After the operation it was confirmed that the foetus had no legs and only one arm .

When she returned to Phoenix Mrs Finkbine's local doctor asked her to register with another physician.
She was dismissed from her job, and her husband was suspended from his high school teaching post.

Their children were hounded, anonymous death threats poured in by post and telephone and the press swarmed around their home.

She and her husband went on to have two more children.

If you dont want to have an abortion for any reason including rape, incest or the health of the mother...DONT HAVE ONE!

That's choice......

Posted by: toritto | September 23, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Pro choice advocates not supporting the views of a pro life candidate, imagine that. Mr. Fisher are you claiming it took a WP poll to drive that point home to you in such a stark way? You're not the sharpest knife in the drawer are you?

BTW, you failed to mention that in the same the "who do you trust more" section...the one where you point out Obama scored higher than failed to mention that Obama only scored higher in 2 of the 6 questions.

You would never know from your article that it was McCain that scored higher in more qualities in which Americans trust than Obama. Why is it that you deliberately spun it to give the opposite impression?

Unlike you, I don't need a WP poll to drive home the stark reality of the answer.

Posted by: dan | September 23, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party has become the Extremist's party.

So long, Republicans! I'm not buying the lies this year. Try getting some morals, and maybe I'll consider you again in 4 years.


Posted by: BWilliams | September 23, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I never!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to think america's would publish so much crap about people is insane!!!!!!!!!!!!! Growup!!!!!!! lets all work togeather as americans not some GROUP OF JERKS and put this country back togeather! as a team not as a party basher!! just as many in all parties are jerks and should be kicked out of office and bring in new people that care about the people for a change!! and want real change!! not just say it! but belive in it.

Posted by: bill | September 23, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Palin stands for Hate and Lies!

We in Virginia don't care for her kind.

Welcome to Virginia, Mrs Palin, Now go Home!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse


I suggest you read or reread the 9/11 commission report to refresh your memory of how Bush and his cronies missed many of the warning signs and red flags raised by people who transitioned from the Clinton administration or were technocrats. Of course facts never stopped you previously with your spewing so I don't expect it will change anything now.

Posted by: usa3 | September 23, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Palin is a "throwback" to the days of real feminism. Woman suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were both firmly against abortion. So was Alice Paul, the author of the orginal Equal Rights Amendment. So was (according to Obama) 'community organizer Dorothy Day. So is 'Jane Roe' of Roe v. Wade. The real "throwbacks" are those of you who support Obama who supports savage procedures on innocent victims called Partial Birth Abortion.

Posted by: Catherine | September 23, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"We already saw what a guy whom a lot of people wanted to have a beer with did for the last 8 years in the White House. Let's not repeat that mistake again."

Posted by: Brain Voter | September 23, 2008 1:31 PM

Quick Q: since it took years for Al Qaeda to plan 9/11 and since it took place mere months into the Bush Administration and since we really had no processes or air defenses against airliner-into-building attacks, we can imagine that 9/11 would have happened on Gore's watch, too.

How do you think he would have handled the crash of Wall Street & the terrorists?

We'd be under siege here in the U.S. with weekly bombings!

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 23, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Two question for all those who talk about the economically devasted states of Ohio, Pensylvania, and Michigan: What party controls the governerships of those three states? What party controls the governerships of prosperous stats such as Texas? Could it be that years of control by the Democrat party in rust belt states and their resulting high taxes and affinity for old fashioned unions is the problem?

Posted by: Bradydw | September 23, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

My Friend (s),

You owe $2,293.53 dollars to Wall Street Fat Cats Inc.... check, cash or charge?

How do you owe this money?

It's simple, George Bush wants a 700 Billion dollar bailout for Fat Cat bankers.
--700 Billion dollars divided by the current U.S. population = $2,293.53

How the heck did this happen?

You can thank John McCain and his top economic advisor Phil Gramm.
In 1999, after 60 years of successful regulation under the 1933 Glass-Stegall Act Republicans like Phil Gramm, John McCain and a bunch of Bank Lobbyists deregulated the banking industry and allowed banks to get involved in overly risky lending.

As predicted, those banks failed, taking others with them and we're now facing another stock market meltdown.

This wasn't the first (or even the second) time something like this happened:
-In 1982, under Republican Ronald Reagan the Savings and Loan/Banking industry was deregulated.
-Again, Republicans Phil Gram, John McCain, Lobbyists and fat cats like Charles Keating decided deregulation was a good idea. Let the Savings and Loan Companies do what they want!

-John McCain took hundreds of thousands of dollars of gifts and campaign contributions from Keating in exchange for doing his bidding.

-John McCain's gift to Charles Keating was the deregulation of S & L banks.

The results were frighteningly similar:

-Tax payers bailed out Fat Cat Bankers like Charles Keating with $124.6 billion.

-Google "Keating 5" and you'll see it all.

The pattern is simple:

-Republicans like John McCain, Phil Gramm and Lobbyists deregulate.
-Wall Street gets rich.
-You pay the bill.

Now John McCain who self-identifies as a "deregulator" wants to:

1.) Deregulate Health Care
2.) Privatize Social Security

We can't afford more of the same with John McCain.

How do you think Health Care and Social Security will turn out if John McCain and Phil Gramm get their way?

Wall Street doesn't care if you lost your job, or if you can't make your mortgage. But when they need a bailout, it's "Hello Big Government!"

Wall Street Fat Cats and Republican Presidential candidates Inc.

Your kids owe $2,293.53 no matter how old they are.
Your parents owe $2,293.53 no matter how little they make.

Posted by: Bush + McCain = "W"orthless | September 23, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I live in VA and I completely disagree with this article. I'd say the tide in shifts more toward "Palin was a bad choice" than "We like Palin"

Posted by: 216 | September 23, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

That very foolish question is answered in Genesis, you might try reading it instead of parading your ignorance.

Posted by: PD | September 23, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

If I or any of you had married a heiress, we would probably own several cars and more than one house. I fail to see the problem with people having success. It is known as the free enterprise system, the backbone of America. If you want to redistribute the wealth via socialism-communism, then fee free to vote Obamas, Pelosis, or other far left wing commies and Muslims.

Posted by: Ricky Ray | September 23, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

St. Sarah of the Snows will bring Jesus back to the White House.

Question: If Adam and Eve had three sons (Cain, Abel and Seth) with whom did Seth mate to beget Noah?

....forget it...its a matter of faith.....

Posted by: toritto | September 23, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.

The only question is, would this country survive it?

You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, Pa and Michigan etc, if you're stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve all of the economic hardship that a "president McCain" would give you.

Posted by: Stacey Hill | September 23, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I can't see Palin pulling in many women even if they were for Hillary. That effect is over. Virginia has a new guy in town and his name is Obama.

Go Obama!

Posted by: Let her rip!!!! | September 23, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a throwback. No evolution? No global warming? Banning books? No birth control? Oh well, at least she can dress a moose. Let's put her a heartbeat away from running the United States of America! Oh yeah, that makes sense. Virginians have way more sense than that.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 23, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Barry Obama, you just can't keep voting "Present" now. People want to know where you stand. Were you for the AIG bailout before you voted against it? ha ha

Posted by: qwerty67 | September 23, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I am not an Obama fan but now you say he is spreading lies about you. Everything here is a lie? You tell us.

Possibly charged rape kits to victims, does not believe in evolution, religion is questionable, encourages shooting bears and wolves from lowing flying planes, troopergate, no abortions for rape or incest, supported the bridge to no where before she opposed it. Has a pregnant teenager, her only experiences with Foreign Relations is the fact she can see Russia from AL, Questioned a librarian about book banning and later the librarian was fired. Does not believe in Global Warming, and left her city in debt as Mayor.

Cannot stand the heat - better get out of the kitchen.

Posted by: WHYNOT | September 23, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Republicans really think and believe that the American people are stupid and vote mostly against their interest. They may be right because anyone that reads this and believe that Obama is an elitist, is stupid in deed.

"After the brouhaha over Sen. John McCain's struggle to recall how many houses he owns, Newsweek wondered how many cars might be parked at the presidential candidate's multiple homes."

It gets better..:

"McCain has a 2004 Cadillac CTS, a 2007 half-ton Ford pickup truck, a 1960 Willys Jeep, a 2008 Jeep Wranger among other American cars. He's got a few foreign vehicles in his fleet as well, owning a 2005 Volkswagen convertible and a 2001 Honda sedan."

The only vehicle registered in Obama's name is a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid.

"McCain's wife, Cindy, an heiress to a beer distribution company, has her name on 11 vehicles but actually only drives one car -a Lexus with the personal plates MS BUD."

McCain can't even keep his story straight.....

"One vehicle in the McCain fleet has caused a small flap. United Auto Workers president Ron Gettelfinger, an Obama backer, accused McCain this month of "flip-flopping" on who bought daughter Meghan's foreign-made Toyota Prius. McCain said last year that he bought it, but then told a Detroit TV station on Sept. 7 that Meghan "bought it, I believe, herself."


Posted by: Zappo Dave | September 23, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

This Palin pass is a great contradiction for a person who states country first then why not be transparent with the country - Just the Same!!!

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: America | September 23, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

It is sad that both McCain and Palin want to talk at the American Public versus engage in a conversation with the American Public.

That is why McCain and Palin don't take questions from the media or from voters, ELITISTS!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 23, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Wise choice Virginians you are well informed and have a good judgement on issues and policies to steer the country in right direction not only for us but more importantly for our children and grand children. Change is progressive not taking us back.

Posted by: beevee | September 23, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I've got no use whatsoever for a candidate (Palin) who is still afraid to give a press conference where she might have to use her pea sized brain to answer some questions while not using her Karl Rove pre-approved cheat sheet..

These are some tough economic times we're living in for everyone who isn't a corporate CEO or a rich Republican presidential candidate (McCain)..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 23, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the real Maverick Republican has stepped forth.

Move, Move, get outta the way McSame

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

If you're not an extremist, how could you agree with Palin's views?!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

obama will pull a several red states this
election cycle the electorated is pissed
at Mcain(the prankster) for his annoying pranks with sarah and 1st dude!

change you can believe!

Posted by: rush limpballs | September 23, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Now that the Bush election team has taken over the McCain campaign, voters will never see Palin outside of a carefully stage-managed venue. The Bush people will control the images, the access, the talking points and the message. They're terrified of letting Palin free.

Choosing Palin, McCain's first executive decision, was reckless, impulsive and desperate. Not the qualities we need in a President. Even George Will has decided that McCain can't be trusted in the White House.

Bush/McCain?? No More Years!!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 23, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

An informed electorate makes good decisions. You can get more useful unbiased information on PBS and C-Span than on broadcast news.

Posted by: U Sam | September 23, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Heehee. If Harriet Miers had been pro-life she would be sitting on the Supreme Court.


Posted by: toritto | September 23, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

We already saw what a guy whom a lot of people wanted to have a beer with did for the last 8 years in the White House. Let's not repeat that mistake again.

Vote your brains, not your gut(ter) instincts.

Posted by: Brain Voter | September 23, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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