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War with Russia? Palin Talks Foreign Policy with ABC



Charles Gibson talks to Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in Fairbanks September 11, 2008. (Reuters/Donna Svennevik/ ABC News/Handout)

By Glenn Kessler
GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin said today the Ukraine and Georgia should join NATO, even at the risk of antagonizing Russia and forcing the United States into a war with the nuclear-armed nation. She added that the United States should "show support" for Georgia by possibly imposing "economic sanctions" on Russia.

Palin's remarks, from an interview with ABC News that the network posted on its website, were strikingly devoid of the diplomatic language generally used by U.S. officials when discussing relations with Russia. She appeared to echo the tougher language of her running mate, Sen. John McCain, who has called for Russia to be removed from the elite Group of Eight powers.

The Bush administration has taken a more cautious approach, seeking to bolster Georgia with a $1 billion aid package after Russia's incursion, but not directly penalizing Russia. Earlier this week, the administration withdrew from Congress a civil nuclear agreement with Russia, but that move was in part to preserve it for the incoming administration if relations with Russia improve.

Asked by interviewer Charles Gibson whether under the NATO treaty, wouldn't the United States be obligated to defend Georgia if Russia invaded, Palin replied: "Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help."

Palin asserted that democracy movements in Ukraine and Georgia -- which most experts say are incomplete -- "showed us that those democratic nations, I believe, deserve to be in NATO," adding Russian prime Minister Vladamir "Putin thinks otherwise."

But Palin did not directly reply when Gibson asked whether it was worth it to the United States to risk a war over tiny Georgia.

"What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against," she said. "We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries."

With a new administration coming to power, she said, "we have got to make sure that we strengthen our allies, our ties with each one of those NATO members. We have got to make sure that that is the group that can be counted upon to defend one another in a very dangerous world today."

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 11, 2008; 6:31 PM ET
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First of all, to those that said 'she's like us', you're... how do I put this... stupid. To put it mildly. Very mildly. Unless you think that the average Joe is fit to be Vice President (and considering the average Joe thinks that foreign policy is a matter of 'KICKING SUM DAM COMMIE ASS' - which is exactly what Palin thinks, too), you really should talk about her being just like the average Joe as a good thing. She's a nut who wants to risk a nuclear war over the expansion of an Anti-Russia organization to the borders of Russia. Russia attacked when provoked, and should've done it even if it weren't if Georgia continued its Georgia aspirations. An anti-Russia organization should never reach its borders.

Palin's been in three other countries, two of which are Mexico and Canada. She never crossed the Bering strait into Siberia, she never spoke to Russians. The argument that she knows foreign policy because she lives near Russia is preposterous - I'm sure that Putin never heard of her until this election and never wouldn't bothered to learn. She never 'stared back at Putin'. She has absolutely zero foreign policy experience or common sense.

Now, even excluding a nuclear war, for some reason she thinks that the US can defeat Russia on its own land. This is idiotic. If the US is having such a hard time in Afghanistan and Iraq, which are NOTHING compared to Russia's military (they had something less then what Georgia had, I think), and for some reason this VP-nominee thinks that she can make war and come on on top. Idiotic. That'll truly be the end of US domination of the world and probably the beginning of China's domination. The US's economy will be ruined, it's army disgraced, etc.

Posted by: Anon | September 13, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

And the Racists and White Supremacists(Black man hating lesbians)keep saying that Obama is arrogant and egotistical but if this is true why? And that's because he's simply smarter and more learned and better prepared and has a better grasp of the issues then the Idiots(Racists, White Supremacists and Black Man Hating lesbians).

Tiger Woods is arrogant and egotistical(Micheal Jorden, Magic Johnson, Muhumaud Ali, Bill Gates), most WINNERS are.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 12, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

I shouldn't do this but I'm want to bring up an issue that NOBODY is talking about and that's the Black man hating lesbians. Now in the Democratic primary the Racists and White Supremacists would have done anything to prevent a Black man from becoming the nominee and they had John Edwards and Joe Biden and all kinda' other White men to choose to defeat Obama(the Brother). Now I ask you, who stood up? I submit that every other White(Supremacist) man was passed over because the Black man hating LESBIANS stepped up to support Hillary Clinton.

Now stay with me; I'm theorizing that if McCain and Palin win and McCain dies(heaven forbid)then Palin will have a choice in terms of her chances for re-election and that will be the 18 million Black man hating LESBIANS(minus the Racists and White Supremacist men) who supported Hillary or the few Racists and White Supremcaists MEN who care more about Racism and White Supremacy then the well-being of this Country and Soccer Moms, Hocky Moms and Black Man hating Lesbians.

The White Racist and Supremacist men will be livid but mark my words that's what will happen.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 12, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

To the Idiot who suggested that Barack doesn't want to have weekly debates with a man who can't hold his jock strap in a debate, that's just plain DUMB. No, Obama is chomping at the bit to get a shot at McCain. When the debates jump off McCain will be exposed as Sarah Palin is being exposed in unscripted interviews.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 12, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

So, Obama wants to give the middle class and lower class a bigger tax break than McCain, and McCain says Obama is going to raise taxes.

McCain accuses Obama of ambition and celebrity, but he's the one who has run for president 2 times and appeared on talk shows hundreds of times (and has also created a whole new version of celebrity by picking Palin).

McCain accuses Obama of not being prepared for the presidency, then picks a backup who is wildly unprepared...

I ask fellow Obama supporters to continue this of hypocrisies. They are too numerous to continue, and McCain is beginning to make me sick.

Posted by: DRF | September 12, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line: If the American People want to be fair and balanced about this election, all of us should demand that both Presidential candidates should have an open forum debate every week between now and the election. Unfortunately that will not happen because Senator Obama does not have the experience that is expected and needed to be the President of the United States of America.
Think I am wrong? Demand Senator Obama have a weekly open forum with Senator McCain where they both can ask each other questions and must answer questions without spin and give a clear precise answer where everyone can understand. Obama Will Refuse! (again)

Posted by: mikesey46 | September 12, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

This trigger happy woman should stay in Alaska and take care of her children. She is not qualified to be in the big league of politics.

Posted by: truth1 | September 12, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is a disgrace and an embarrassment to American politics and motherhood. I wish she could turn Democrat for just one day so we could see how deep hypocrisy runs on the right! They would have a field day with her if she were on the Democratic ticket! The right has just conveniently lowered the bar for family values and the white house by choosing her as a running mate. They have made a mockery out of the oval office which should be held in the highest of highest esteem. They would justify having picked a corpse!

Posted by: FartTart | September 12, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Before becoming the VP GOP Candidate Palins political relationships and network extended only to the boarders of Alaska. Well with the exception of the Pork King Sen. Ted Stevens, but he has been indited and is probably going to jail on corruption charges (notice a hypocrisy here?).

When folks say that many Governors have been President and Vice President they are absolutely correct, however, they had developed relationships and networks outside of their States, relationships that take years to build. Palin does not have a network or the relationships on her own she will have to borrow those of her handlers. We have never had someone with such great odds of being President so absolutely unqualified as we have with Palin... NEVER.

Note I say unqualified not inexperienced. She simply does not have the knowledge base to take on the job.

(I know I posted this in another article but this one was more appropriate)

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 12, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Will all you male chauvinist pigs...whoops, did I just use the "P" word?.. just shut up? We're just like her - we love her! Of course she's ready, she said so didn't she? After all, it's not like she wants to be president of Norway or Denmark or some other country that prizes real educational achievement and intellectual curiosity. It's only America folks! She's just like us! What's all this stuff about the "Bush Doctrine" got to do with anything anyway? Why doesn't Charlie Gibson just chat her up like on the couch on Good Morning America? About stuff that's important to all of us who are just like her, like what movies did she go to last weekend (the same ones we saw, I'll bet!). Or what she thinks about American Idol and Dancing With the Stars, for cripes sake. This is America, people, remember? AND SHE'S JUST LIKE US! So lay off on the hard questions, Charlie. Did you like it when Sr. Francis Xavier asked you really HARD questions when YOU were back in the sixth grade? I didn't think so, so lay off will you?

Posted by: Rosie the Riveter | September 12, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: northernexposure | September 12, 2008 4:09 PM--
"FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Sept. 11 -- Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans." (wash. post)"

That report was by Anne E. Kornblut, who was fired by NY Times but continues her work of distortion and trolling. WaPo has been busy re-editing it but secretly celebrating the attention. Read the comments over there.

Posted by: SaGe | September 12, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin Links Iraq to Sept. 11 In Talk to Troops in Alaska


FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Sept. 11 -- Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans." (wash. post)

"But a senior McCain campaign aide said Ms. Palin did not believe Saddam Hussein played a role in the attacks." (nytimes)

so which is it? my advice to gov. palin is "It is better to remain quiet and be thought a fool than to open mouth and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain"

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

So where is Biden in all of this? Is the Obama camp afrid to get him into this debate. Palin and Biden should have a VP debate and let's see who wins. It will not be Biden.
In all fairness these exact questions should be asked of Obama. Whose level of experience on these matters is clearly exceeded by his ego and arrogance.

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

I think its hilarious the liberal media has to snatch Sarah Palins words out of an interview, or even a speech for that matter, twist its context, and try to build Democratic talking points for the Obama campaign. Its the same old straw man argument garbage we have been hearing from the left for years. They cannot win an argument on its merits, and are at a loss for ideas, so they twist the context to present a winning argument. Pathetic but predictable

To all who have no clue..NATO members are mutually bound to come to each others aid if attacked. To come to each others aid as if the attack was on their own soil. Thats the wording children.

And again..no one 'denigrated' community organizers. That was the Press pushing for a talking point. Sarah Palin defended an attack on her experience by contrasting Obamas service to hers as a Mayor. I think even a raving lunatic realizes there is a HUGE difference in responsibilities between the two, which makes the original attack by Obama so absurd!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

It's OK to talk tough.

It's not OK to give Saakashvili a false sense of security that he could go ahead and be reckless while counting on the US government, as Freddie and Fanny did.

Posted by: SaGe | September 12, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I am getting seriously depressed.

Can you actually imagine the seriousness of having the responsibilities for the largest and most complex organization in the world fall on the shoulders of an overly self confident hockey mom.

Harry Truman, who turned out to be one of the more courageous and discerning leaders in our country's history --- absolutely did not believe he was the right man for the job of President.

But no such doubts or sense of enormous responsibility -- more now than in Truman's time, to be sure -- enter Palin's mind.

I can't believe that she wasn't chosen by a core group who is doing whatever they can to jury rig this election.

If McCain/Palin win -- I feel pretty certain that the country is lost.

There will be a depression, a complete catastration of government agency competence, a loss of freedom and privacy -- and the west will have fallen only a short time after communism did.

If the GOP is elected again ... the country is lost.

Posted by: scott | September 12, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

What do you get when you cross Sarah Palin with Pinocchio?

A hockey mom with a nose that stretches from Wasilla to Washington.

Posted by: delantero | September 12, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I was going to vote for McCain. I now have to think otherwise.

For Palin to support war against a nation that could absolutely invade the United States because she wants to back Saakashvili ( who absolutely provoked Russia by killing civilians while they slept ), is unbelievably stupid.

I like McCains ideas of tax cuts and trying to stabilize the economy, and I actually want to vote for him, but not at the cost of another cold war, especially when we would be backing Saakashvili who has been at the root of numerous scandals.

Dayvid Franke

Posted by: krasniymir | September 12, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

So Wonder Woman is willing to start a war with Russia over Georgia.

Impressive.

Now can Wonder Woman please explain how she will be able to keep that war from becoming a nuclear war? What magic trick would she have for that?

Sorry, but in her first interview Wonder Woman has shown a lot to cause great concern in the US and around the world.

Time for her to go back to shooting a moose instead of a Russian.

Posted by: Ken | September 12, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Republicans make me sick! All this talk about more war - our troops are strained as it is! Our economy is in the dumps, so much so that our banks need bailing out. Mortgage companies need government assistance.....where will it end? Hey, here's an idea - why don't we replace the idiot in the White House with another Republican idiot and his idiot, no-experience having VP (who doesn't even know what her job duties consist of) and let's have more war! With other countries that have nuclear capabilities no less! That way we can blow them up and they can blow us up and we can start from scratch. If there are survivors that is. Hey - maybe LarryG will be around to help re-populate - God help us all then.

Posted by: NY_spiKe | September 12, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Don't blink, SARAH.
Bush didn't blink those beady eyes, either.
Don't think, just go with the gut.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

JakeD why don't you continue what Gibson asked and she said right after her Lincoln answer!

GIBSON: I take your point about Lincoln's words, but you went on and said, "There is a plan and it is God's plan."

PALIN: I believe that there is a plan for this world and that plan for this world is for good. I believe that there is great hope and great potential for every country to be able to live and be protected with inalienable rights that I believe are God-given, Charlie, and I believe that those are the rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

That, in my world view, is a grand -- the grand plan.

Now go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG1vPYbRB7k&feature=related

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k84m2orSOaM&feature=related

Now that we have the full context and not a snippet of the interview that supports your case. View the video, read the interview and draw your own conclusions.

Mine are that she is a lightweight nut who would like to see the US as a Theocracy.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 12, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

All you nitwit liberals who think she gave the wrong answer to Gibson(who obviously knows nothing about NATO)need to crawl back into your holes and assume the fetal position.
No leader of our nation has nor should take the use of force off his/her list of options. That doesn't mean, for you half wits, that she would take us to war tomorrow, so stop wetting yourselves.
Only weak kneed liberals like Obama would.
The recent crop of democrat party leaders make Chamberlain look like a warrior. Pathetic cowards is what they are.

Posted by: LarryG | September 12, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Before the interview I thought Palin was unqualified, but after the interview I know she is not only unqualified, she is a nut and dangerous to the well being of the United States!

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 12, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

NOT TO MENTION:

Georgia is only a FEW HUNDRED MILES FROM IRAN;
all US has to do is march through the disputed territories of Armenia and Azerbijan to get to Iran from that front.

LESS GOVERNMENT, LESS TAXES, MORE FREEDOM

VOTE BARR
VOTE BARR
VOTE BARR

Posted by: BARR '08 | September 12, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

How it all 'started' with Iraq:

In 1990, Hussein was preoccupied with Kuwait (one of the Persian Gulf states the British had carved out in the 1920s), which severely limited Iraq’s access to the Gulf. Not only did that tiny country demand repayment of war loans, but it had also been slant-drilling and siphoning oil from Iraqi territory.

Saddam Hussein had reason to believe that the U.S.A. still backed him. After all, the C.I.A. had helped install him as dictator of Iraq in 1979, and the U.S.A. had supplied him with arms, including chemical and biological weapons, during the war with Iran (1980-1988).

On airing his concerns to U. S. Ambassador April Glaspie in July, Hussein was encouraged by her response. She told Hussein that Washington had "no opinion on Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait," a statement, she said later, she regretted.

In September 1990, Glaspie told the New York Times, "We didn’t think he’d take all of Kuwait."

August, 1992; former Soviet republic of Georgia:

Abkhazians were accused of kidnapping Georgia's Interior Minister and holding him captive in the western province of Georgia called Abkhazia. Abkhazia, since the end of the soviet union, has asked for it's sovereignty repeatedly, and repeatedly that request has been denied.

Georgia sent 3000 troops into Abkhazia, supported by US dollars, and they were were able to march into Sukhumi with relatively little resistance, and subsequently engaged in ethnic pillaging and looting.

Each side accuses the other of ethnic crimes.

2008 Former soviet republic of Georgia:
Abkhazian forces fired on Georgian forces in Kodori Gorge. This coincided with the 2008 South Ossetia war where Russia decided to back up Ossetian separatists who had been attacked by Georgia. The conflict escalated into a full-blown war between the Russian Federation and the Republic Of Georgia. On 10 August 2008 an estimated 9,000 Russian troops entered Abkhazia ostensibly to reinforce the Russian peacekeepers in the republic. About 1,000 Abkhazian troops moved to expel the residual Georgian forces within Abkhazia in the Upper Kodori Gorge.[36] By 12 August the Georgian forces and civilians had evacuated the last part of Abkhazia under Georgian government control. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia on 26 August 2008

The US has supported Georgia for years by sending federal aid. Russia has supported these breakaway provinces for years in the same way, with funds, arms, food, and protection.

This is only NOW a HOT WAR. There's been a build up of MEDDLING in the affairs of a tiny, backwoods country like Georgia for YEARS. Why?

Enough with this backwards foreign policy. US sent 21.3 Bil in aid overseas last year. There are US troops in 180+ countries around the world.

LESS GOVERNMENT, LESS TAXES, MORE FREEDOM

VOTE BARR
VOTE BARR
VOTE BARR

Posted by: BARR '08 | September 12, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Its just an old war,
Not even a cold war,
Dont say it in russian,
Dont say it in german.
Say it in broken english,
Say it in broken english.

Posted by: SarahAnn Faithfull | September 12, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The correct headline for this story should be 'Palin Unfamiliar with Bush Doctrine'. Post, do your job. Stop being afraid of what the right wing will say about you. The obvious headline of this interview is that Palin appeared unfamiliar with the Bush Doctrine of preventative war which led us into a six year war with a country that didn't attack us and posed no threat!

Posted by: V | September 12, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"Palin's remarks were strikingly devoid of the diplomatic language generally used by U.S. officials when discussing relations with Russia."

But at least she has the guts to ride a moose to cross Bering Straigt to talk to Russians in Siberia in the winter. Can Obama do it?

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

Get your Sabers Girls were headed to Russia with the Alaskan National Guard behind us.

Posted by: Caribou Barbie | September 12, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Greg:

I will be praying nothing happens to President McCain too (just as I pray for President Bush ; )

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

After a month intensive close-door coaching, she’s finally allowed to talk to media by herself, but she is still so nervous. She needs a couple of more coaching sessions to get comfortable.

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

Hello Wapo.blogger's this is Elaine
from fort riley,ks. just wantes to say as
a army medic,with three tours behind me
now,war is not a pretty situation,once i
ETS from Riley in Jan.09 I will visit my
fellow friends, who gotten wounded,in
the field and I want to say this to my countrymen & women,we can't afford to go to
war with Palin are mcWar,here at riley,we don't have enough people here to do normal
training,or maintanence in the motorpool,
no one for guard duty,and Irwin army hosp.
were I work,we are short on Doctors,nurses
and cafeteria staff,please don't elect
Palin I get the impression from her,that
she thinks war is a game for the poor
and the unconnected!our people now is
in theather,and this place is like a ghost town,except for base hospital!I learn
over there that everyone is not our enemy
we do have some friends,who respect what we stand for,No Palin America!

BIG RED ONE!

Posted by: SPEC.E.SCOTT | September 12, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

If you're a honest Republican, you have to admit that she is far, far from having anything close to foreign policy experience (or even knowledge apparently) and that this whole "Alasks is so close to Russia that you can see it so I know what is involved with US-Russian relations" is absolutely ridiculous. Not as ridiculous but in the same vein as Obama saying one of my qualifications to President is that I've been running for President.
The McCain team really needs to go back to sheltering her because in any interview situation, she is going to get peppered with foreign policy questions and as much as the McCain team might try and prepare with general statements and facts to spout back, she will get buried on the details (a la, What is the Bush Doctrine?). Bush was able to make mistakes/gaffes on foreign policy issues and show his relative inexperience during his first presidential run and get away with it (The President of China is.....uhhhh...), sadly because foreign policy issues weren't high on the list of voter priorities in 2000. Palin won't, even as a VP candidate, because foreign policy issues are much higher up the list this time and the celebrity torch has been passed from Obama to her.l I bet we won't see Palin on her own anymore outside of the 1 VP debate and a couple fluff pieces (aka the Greta Van Susterin piece of her at home). She will be attached to the hip of McCain at every rally and hidden from the press more than an Angelina Jolie-adopted baby.

Posted by: Fuzzy | September 12, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:
Actually, I in favor of McCain. I believe with him the chances of world war would be the minimal. But, this lady, frightens me. She is absolutely uninformed and narrow minded, but yet very determined and ready to act. She is nuts and acts like a small kid who all of a sudden become very popular in her “kindergarten”. So, I would prefer to see McCain being a President, but I would pray God, that nothing happens with him during next 4 years. As to Obama, I think this country is not ready for him yet...

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

Maybe she's not for whirled peas. Is her god in favor of whirled peas?

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | September 12, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Greg:

You are aware that OBAMA supports Georgia and Ukraine being admitted to NATO as well, right?

Posted by: JakeD | September 12, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

"Actually, she sounds like a beauty pageant contestant in the questions/interview segment. Not quite as bad as Miss South Carolina in the Miss Teen USA show... but bordering on it."

Posted by: DogBitez | September 11, 2008 6:56 PM

************

She forgot to say she was for "whirled peas"!


Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | September 12, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

So when's the interview with Biden, Charlie?

Posted by: Cheryl | September 12, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

@Paul, you come from the premise that NATO acts in its own. The fact is that NATO is just a proxy of the US foreign policy, thus, behaving the way as the States tell them to. If McCain/Palin want Georgia or Ukraine being members of NATO, those countries will be there, even if the rest of NATO members do not feel themselves comfortable with this. The real problem with this is that the US is pushing both Georgia and Ukraine to NATO regardless the facts that both countries are unstable and have leaders who do not truly represent the nations (say, the US puppets) and, thus, may act irresponsibly.

Posted by: Greg | September 12, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

So much knowledge for candidate who says that she is ready
to be a head of the state. I think that any grad student who
studies foreign policy would do much better. Kind of reflects
what Matt Damon said in his recent interview about Sarah
Palin presidency. It would be quite a change: from foreign
policy of shaped by neocons to policy shaped by housewifes.

One more thing: media tends to play with terms and situations.
People didn't experience war, have no responsibilities and brain
to think what possibility of conflict between nuclear powers means.

NATO lost its primary purpose with end of Soviet Union.
It doesn't serve security of Old Europe or Russia. US didn't
form cohesive long term positive policy except expanding
NATO till it becomes pretty much joke. Attempts to involve
or use NATO as an instrument in conflicts created by actions
of 3rd countries governments, such as one in Georgia or
installing interceptors in Poland reduce credibility of alliance.

Attempts to give NATO new role and pit Russia against Europe
or give agenda to new "democracies" is plain stupid. It will just
push Russia to sell resources at lower cost to Asia and
developing countries, increasing comptetiveness of those countries
and making Russia less dependent on "advices" of old Europe
and US.

All this populist election noise doesn't make much sense.

Posted by: latipov | September 12, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO chiefs will visit Georgia next week in a demonstration of support after Russia's incursion last month smashed the tiny ex-Soviet country's military.

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and envoys of the 26 NATO allies will launch the NATO-Georgia Commission, a body conceived after the intervention as a means to bolster ties with Tbilisi, which has been promised eventual NATO membership."

I can't discern just what Palin said that doesn't agree with that mentality.

And, Glenn, your interviewer friend apparently thinks it advisable to surrender our right of free association on the ground that the longtime neighborhood bully might feel "provoked" by the association. There's a hopeful thought. Pity that the damning nature of the thought and of the moment is lost on both him and you.

Posted by: Paul | September 12, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Republican Foreign and Domestic Policy

1. Bring Back the Cold War
2. Taxes-lower taxes "but raise the price on everything else."
3.Energy-Drill Drill Drill
4.Health Care-(Just go to the ER)
5.Economic Plan- bail out my buddies in big business and wall street(stop whining America suck it up)
6.Education-Test Test Test "No Child Left Behind" (well atleast not my child hes in private school)

Posted by: Saber Rattler | September 12, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

whurley, you are spot on.
Exactly for this reason (to prevent the WW3), Germany and France voted against giving the NATO membership to Georgia and Ukraine in April of this year. Because, if they would have the leaders with such primitive brain like Palin's, we would be already for a month swallowing the nuclear dust...

Posted by: Greg | September 12, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

whurley:

Even more ironic is that Barack HUSSEIN Obama supports Georgia being admitted to NATO as well ; )

Your high school principal (obviously not):

Do you also think the Dred Scott decision was "Constitutional"? I believe you are picking nits.

Posted by: JakeD | September 12, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised at the comments regarding the Russia/NATO exchange. NATO was created as a mutual defense treaty between the US and western Europe to protect themselves against the Soviet Union. The premise of these sorts of treaties is that if you attack one member then all other treaty members will get involved. This means that if a member nation is attacked our treaty obligations are to help defend them with our military. So, if Georgia was a part of NATO and someone attacked them, we would be obligated, along with the European signatory nations, to defend them. Whether it is Russia, Iran, whoever, the treaty doesn't care. This is not war-mongering, as some people suggest, it's a pretty simple concept. If you don't want the possibility of having to defend a NATO ally then the obvious solution is to not let them in (in the case of Georgia) or to withdraw from the treaty.

Posted by: whurley | September 12, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Hi guys, lets be honest about something, I'm not wanting to risk a nuclear war with Russia over Georgia...read following article http://www.counterpunch.org/garcia09012008.html

Simple question is this, how many North Americans and Europeans will die with a war with Russia??? 2 Million? 5 Million? 50 Million? Is it really worth it over Georgia?

So Nato beats Russia in a war, ok, so then what? what happens next? China is still around. Millions people would die on both sides, nuclear radiation would consume the earth. All this for Georgia? You have to be kidding me.

Posted by: CanadiansPerspective | September 12, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

If you spend 3 years as a community organizer growing your
Organization from a staff of 1 to 13 and your budget from $70,000 to $400,000, then
become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a
voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new African American
voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, then spend
nearly 8 more years as a State Senator representing a district with
Over 750,000 people, becoming chairman of the state Senate's Health and
Human Services committee, then spend nearly 3 years in the United States
Senate representing a state of almost 13 million people, sponsoring
129 bills and cosponsoring 545 bills, and serving on the Foreign Affairs,
Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you are
"inexperienced".


If you spend 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a
town with less than 7,000 people, then spend 20 months as the governor
of a state with 650,000 people, then you've got the most executive
experience of anyone on either ticket, have traveled to 3 foreign
countries, are the Commander in Chief of the Alaska National Guard of
4,000 members, you are well qualified to lead the nation should you be
called upon to do so because your state is the closest state to
Russia

This woman isn't qualified to run a wafflehouse. She's a half rate governor who is now SERIOUSLY being investigated. McCain in his haste to pick someone, picked someone who is total garbage and just plain out of touch. I see what side little dude gets his issue from.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

How many of you were expecting that she would say "no" to Gibson's really tough question on her readiness to lead this country??

I know I was on the edge of my seat!!

I'm sure glad he asked that.

Posted by: JWB | September 12, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said (Sep.12) that even if Georgia were on a firm path to NATO membership, he would not hesitate to attack it under circumstances similar to last month's conflict.
"Just by getting closer to Russia's borders, NATO is not becoming stronger,...what if Georgia had a NATO membership action plan? I would not wait for a second in making the decision I made at that point.”
Imagine now, that American Jihadist Palin, is in the position to decide on the US course of actions...
Truly, the simpler the biological organism the more determined it is (“no blinking”), because, the pattern of its behavior has already been “hardwired” in the brain(“in the name of God”).

Posted by: Greg | September 12, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Frightening is the right word.

A so called Democratic party that won't even defense a democratic country.

Posted by: pete | September 12, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

The Gibson interview shows that the issue is not going to be whether or not Palin can speak coherently about foreign policy or anything else. Of course she can. The issue is: what is she saying? McCain and Palin want to continue Bush's war. It's their "mission." McCain and Palin want to continue Bush's economic policies, including Bush's tax cuts for the rich (the real elitists). McCain and Palin have said nothing about Bush's deficit, or Bush's disregard for the environment. This is change? It's George Bush in a skirt.

Posted by: fmjk | September 12, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Frightening

Posted by: In One Word | September 12, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Well after seeing the interview last night i was excited about Gov.Palin but now i think im going to have to break with my party, this woman is not ready, those were powder puff questions last night and it seemed like she was coached on a lot of points but when she got points that werent expected ie: "Bush Doctrine" she looked taken back. Lets face it Mcain is not a spring chicken and God forbid something would happen to him in office and she had to take over, Im sorry but my kids future just cant be laid in her hands.

Posted by: Rebecca | September 12, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

REUTERS ANALYSIS:

Palin on “Big Oil” – Her Positions Are Like Vice President Cheney

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N11502934.htm

Posted by: John Michael | September 12, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Michael-wrote:

Why would you entitle an article "War with Russia?" when all she did was explain the facts that IF Georgia was a memeber of Nato and it was attacked by Russia, we (along with all other member states) would help defend it? This article is blatent spin and I'm tired of our media for not reporting fairly on both sides. Right now, our media is more dangerous than Russia.

I was an Obama supporter until I heard Mr articulate speak without a teleprompter and realize how empty he was. He weasled into the nomination and I lost all respect. At least McCain and Palin are legit and honest.
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Stop lying talkin about you were a obama supporter! You right wing fake azz! Your girl just told the world that in her view if georgia is allowed into nato and they are attacked then we would be obliged to go and help! THATS WAR TARD!

Damn fake repugs. You fools have lost and your girl just handed the whitehouse to us. don't get stuck on the polls you idiot, look at the electoral vote, thats where Obama is winning.

Posted by: Stoplying! | September 12, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mcain Trolls Keep your post to a few sentences no wants to read manuscripts of your stupidity

Posted by: Troll Watch | September 12, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

It seems that everyone is focusing on the factual things that Palin said in the interview. Is anyone analyzing her interview from the perspective of whether the way she said things were indicative of a knowledge of the power of words and whether a VP should or ever would say out loud that we perhaps should go to war with Russia. Any seasoned politico would know how to answer without answering that question. The same with the Israel question, where she just repeated her talking point and couldn't get out from under Gibson's actual question. There was no nuance at all. Isn't that what we should be focusing on. . .and not whether she memorized some facts?

Posted by: rbt | September 12, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Russia Aint No Iraq!!!! they will bring the fight to us

Posted by: david | September 12, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Why would you entitle an article "War with Russia?" when all she did was explain the facts that IF Georgia was a memeber of Nato and it was attacked by Russia, we (along with all other member states) would help defend it? This article is blatent spin and I'm tired of our media for not reporting fairly on both sides. Right now, our media is more dangerous than Russia.

I was an Obama supporter until I heard Mr articulate speak without a teleprompter and realize how empty he was. He weasled into the nomination and I lost all respect. At least McCain and Palin are legit and honest.

Posted by: Michael | September 12, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin seemed a little unprepared for the foreign policy aspects of the interview but I suppose that is to be expected. I thought she rather desperately mouthed various phrases she had crammed for before the interview but, again, for matters foreign that was to be expected. However, what seemed most important to me was the general demeanor and gravitas, or lack thereof, she displayed in general throughout. She seemed like a student undergoing a dreaded oral exam for which she was not adequately prepared. The thing is, one would expect the governor of a state to be better able to fake it and appear less at sea in an interview of this sort. I'm afraid The final report card would say she is not that well prepared in the basics -- perhaps a C-. But lets be fair folks. Who would honestly have expected any better given the circumstances. She is what she is and the making of a silk purse from a pigs ear is still an unusually difficult undertaking. The real question,, in my view, is what does this say about Sen. McCain for selecting her and what does it say that such a large percentage of the American people thinks this is an OK selection!! -- David A. Jewell, Philadelphia.

Posted by: david A. Jewell | September 12, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

She's also a very bad liar! Did you see her eyes close every time Charlie asked her if she thought that she might not be qualified for the VP job? That my friends is a sign of deception. She's a lying and flying pig!

Posted by: FartTart | September 12, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Sarah "Pile of Anal" will continue to destroy what you very so called Republicans want and need, a strong economy! From Business Executives to Business Owners, you will continue lose on the stock market, the mortgage industry and just everyday commerce. That blue blood money will also turn red real soon.

Posted by: FartTart | September 12, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Well the same type of comments did not seem to hurt Obama other than it convinced him to pick Joe Biden, who by the way, now does not think was the best choice. Amazing to watch all this. Democracy, hard at work. At least you can get some stress relief and vote often at http://www.boppoll.com.

Obama/Palin '08??????? Now that would be Foreign Policy!

Posted by: Not impressed yet. | September 12, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

most frightening words I heard "we can not blink...

Posted by: mqstjohn | September 12, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Any other answer to "Russia" question would be very weak and very troubling for your NATO allies. If you don´t want to risk war with Russia over Georgia, do not accept Georgia to NATO.

Posted by: Jakub - Czech Republic | September 12, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Yikes.

Posted by: barbyrahmirfluor | September 12, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Given the number of verbal gaffes Joe Biden has made recently, conveniently NOT covered by the MSM, Sarah Palin looks good. It's always interesting to see the Left stop short of a full answer so they can make their points. She did go on to talk negotiation, sanctions, etc., but that might ruin their point. I believe B Obama had the same answer about Israel. And he still can't get through an interview without correcting himself a day later. If Sarah Palin attempts anything remotely like a more lengthy explanation to ABC'c grossly inept edits, she's toast for the Left.

Posted by: BJLeone | September 12, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

OMG McCain/Palin are more war hungry than Bush. Bush is noy stupid enough to even contemplate a war with russia

Posted by: kk | September 12, 2008 6:17 AM | Report abuse

hah, unbelievable - McCain/Palin will be your next leaders and you will end up in a war with Russia/China

Guess what - you will be by yourself because you all your allies have washed their hands of you. You'll be thrashed.

I feel sorry for democrats you are well respected by the world as for republican you are hated

Posted by: kk | September 12, 2008 6:11 AM | Report abuse

It is simply shocking that people are so quick to defend her interview. They are fooled by her public speaking which is her forte. She attended six colleges, was a journalism major, then a sportscaster. Public speaking and her good looks obviously got her elected as mayor, then governor. Frightening that so many shallow people don't see her lack of intelligence, no, just see a pretty face. Couple her ignorance with her extreme far- right religious views, and we have a scary, scary situation. She has already shown us how much she LOVES guns.

Posted by: Jewell | September 12, 2008 6:02 AM | Report abuse

Jilery and all you Dems and Libs out there. Continue running down and sliming Palin. All that you'd achieve is to drive people like me (the undecideds) to vote Rep.

All your mean-spirited vitriolics and bluster only drives us away from voting for Obama.

Posted by: Frank L | September 12, 2008 5:46 AM | Report abuse

While watching the interviews, I felt so uncomfortable - I didn't know if I should laugh or feel bad for her.

In all fairness though, I can't fault her too much for not being completely familiar with the "Bush Doctrine". But at the same time, I also didn't think Charlie Gibson's questions were out of line. I thought they were just normal, tough questions asked of someone campaigning to be one of our leaders. He had to ask some of the questions a few times, because she kept tip-toeing around some of the questions he was asking. Remember, Gibson drilled Obama before too!

I do agree with some of the posts I've seen on here, about "the blame going to those who put her in this predicament. She clearly was out her league". She was out of her league, and I wonder what Putin is thinking about all this.

Posted by: Andrew | September 12, 2008 4:38 AM | Report abuse

Jilery: In fact, her "Israel answer", as you present it ("no second guessing, no use of US troops commitment") is smarter than yours. So far, Israel was more than capable to go to war without USA leading the way and joint US-Israeli action would be disaster for your standing in muslim world anyway.

Posted by: Jakub | September 12, 2008 4:10 AM | Report abuse

So what? If Russia attacked current NATO member, USA would be obligated to go to war with Russia.
If you feel differently about it, then please tell us in advance and leave NATO. We Europeans would have to use a different strategy - perhaps close relations with Russia.

Posted by: Jakub - Czech Republic | September 12, 2008 3:50 AM | Report abuse

To Homunculis:

I am not surprised that there are some people who think Palin is not an idiot.

Just as I am not surprised that there are a fair number of Americans who think Bush is not an idiot.

And I am also not surprised that there are fewer and fewer voices like yours as the Republican party keeps on trumping themselves by putting in dumber and dumber people.

Posted by: Don | September 12, 2008 3:40 AM | Report abuse

I have to say that I am beginning to feel sorry for Mrs. Palin After reading some of the posts I have noticed that most missed what I felt was the MAJOR blunder- I’ll Explain;

She was asked I’m paraphrasing “what would America do if Israel wanted to attack Iran?” Her response again paraphrasing “ They are our friends, so we wouldn’t second guess them” and when pressed further about America’s role…would we commit troops etc…She said the same thing again and again…It was VERY apparent that Gibson was TRYING to help her by rephrasing the question to wake her up a little…She didn’t bite

I think she was “prepped” for the question “what would you do if Iran attacked Israel?” In that instance America would step in…but Israel WOULD NOT attack Iran without consulting us first in the reverse of the question that she was apparently prepped for…She acted very much like a student cramming for an exam and using word association for prep…Example- Israel= Friend (what do you do when a friend goes wants you to help?- you go ) Not realizing that in the WORLD scope, our ALLIES come to US, they don’t “tell” us anything they seek our guidance, America LEADS and is not LEAD…By her stating that we would just follow, I would compare it to something similar to a court jester leading a King into battle? It doesn’t happen… If she would have answered – If Israel after consulting with the US we jointly decided that war was the only option, that is something that would have to be considered only after all other remedies were looked into…She would have been “good to go” but instead she implied that America goes where they are told- to me this accentuated that she may be learning things, but isn’t knowledgeable enough to apply that knowledge to foreign policy decisions- she doesn’t have the “World View” of the knowledge yet and that can take YEARS!

McCain should be blamed; this woman seems to not be prepared for this type of scrutiny that McCain KNEW she would face! He should be ashamed…I think she is most likely a Wonderful person but she is not prepared for the tasks that are before her…Can you blame her for saying yes? I can’t, I would LOVE to be asked to be VP who wouldn’t? But if I were now facing what this woman is going to face in the weeks and months ahead I would just cry…Nothing like being set up to fail and be embarrassed to boot Shame on you McCain!!!

Posted by: Jilery | September 12, 2008 3:15 AM | Report abuse

I think its hilarious the liberal media has to snatch Sarah Palins words out of an interview, or even a speech for that matter, twist its context, and try to build Democratic talking points for the Obama campaign. Its the same old straw man argument garbage we have been hearing from the left for years. They cannot win an argument on its merits, and are at a loss for ideas, so they twist the context to present a winning argument. Pathetic but predictable

To all who have no clue..NATO members are mutually bound to come to each others aid if attacked. To come to each others aid as if the attack was on their own soil. Thats the wording children.

And again..no one 'denigrated' community organizers. That was the Press pushing for a talking point. Sarah Palin defended an attack on her experience by contrasting Obamas service to hers as a Mayor. I think even a raving lunatic realizes there is a HUGE difference in responsibilities between the two, which makes the original attack by Obama so absurd!

Posted by: Homunculis | September 12, 2008 2:43 AM | Report abuse

If we were dumb enough to elect Bush/Cheney, then we are dumb enough to elect McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Don | September 12, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

War...with Russia.

Yeah. Is she a complete idiot? Or just a half-wit? We aren't even out of Iraq and she wants to start another war?!

I can understand the need to uphold the ties we have with other countries. However...must it always be us?

Posted by: Annoyed | September 12, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

She will do fine negotiating with Vlad the Destroyer Putin. They have been neighbors for years. I think they both put their wash out to dry in their back yards and occaisionally talk over the back fence. Er, I mean the Bearing Straits.

I know she said she once saw Russia from a high bluff she will do just fine.

Much to do over nothing in my opinion.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Palin was a terrible choice for McCain to make. When asked about her as his selection, he said without a question she is an excellent choice.

One of the main reasons I won't vote for him is his judgement. Or lack of same.

By him nominating Caribou Barbie and cavalierly thinking she will do fine as the back up president of the United States leads me to seriously wonder what on earth was he thinking?

Her lack of a sophisticated awareness of the mechanics of foreign policy looks bad for her.

But it looks worse for McCain's judgement in selecting her as a running mate. I suspect in the end Palin will be his Achilles Heel.

He has a great resume, some good qualifications, but over time questionable judgement.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

If we are going to go by the wording of the Nato pact, we can't allow Georgia as it is -- you can't allow a member in with border disputes. Nato is meant to prevent war (eg Russia *won't* attack, knowing the consequences. By expanding Nato to include countries that don't actually run parts of their countries would be an invitation to war.

Nato is a great organization, the absolutely largest feather in its cap is that it has prevented WWIII (instead of winning it). Yes you need to attack as one if invaded. But you need to make sure its structure diminishes that possibility. And you really shouldn't be glib about taking it to war.

That would be a terrible war if it happened, it would make 911 look like a picnic -- and do to the US and Russia what WWII did to Europe (eg. a giant step backwards, end of a superpower). So please, not so glib Mrs. Palin!

Posted by: debreuil | September 12, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Palin:

keeps lying about telling congress she didn't want the bridge to no where--she never told congress anything, and, Alaska took all the federal money ($223 Million) that had been allocated for the bridge anyway. wow, what a reformer

is not just an evangelical christian, she is a pentecostal Christian, part of the Assembly of God whackos that "speak in tongues"---some scary crap for this working class, former Marine, current county prosecutor, who still believes that supporting and defending our Constitution is not a quaint or dated concept

her lack of diplomacy coupled with ignorant sabre rattling towards Russia are nothing less than stupid, especially when our military readiness has been all but destroyed by the current Administration---why don't we build our military back up over the next 8-10 years, and then we can threaten Russia with war all we want,, ok with you, Miss Palin?

Finally,,, if this chick were a Democrat, but with exactly the same experience/credentials/lack of/etc. she would be getting skewered by the Republicans a hundred times worse than anything Obama/Biden have thrown (not thrown) at her---more proof of Republican hypocrisy in general

And,,,, in that one area where maybe, just maybe she might know something, i.e., Energy Policy; how is it that someone who purports to know so much about energy mispronounces the word nuclear???

What I think Palin would be great at is playing the "MILF" role in a porn movie. Hey, ya know what, I might actually pay to see that.

What a freakin' joke. This is the best John could do???

Very disappointed, John. I thought I knew ye. You had me in an undecided position until you picked her. Personally, I'd have been happy with either you or Obama as President, because in reality we all know that there really won't be much difference between your policies once you are in office, and you are both honorable men. But, there is no way I can vote for anyone with that inexperienced, underqulaified, ignorant, and platitude-ridden Palin on their ticket.

Sorry John, you lost me. Kick her to the curb, get Hutcheson, or Snowe, or Collins, or even Tom Ridge,,, but GET RID OF HER!!!

Randy
(Sgt Jackson, USMC/USMCR)

Posted by: Randy | September 12, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Roe vs. Wade is unconstitutional


You idiot. Roe v. Wade was a Supreme Court decision. They have the constitutional responsibility to decide what is constitutional. It's like their job dude.

Were you smoking a doobie behind the gym when they discussed the Supreme Court in high school Civics class that day?

Sucks to be you.

Posted by: Your high school principal | September 12, 2008 1:39 AM | Report abuse

I blame those who put her in this predicament. She clearly was out her league.
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One of her most surprising answers was when Gibson asked if she thought for a moment if she was up to the task.

Her response couched to look decisive and bold was to say "no Charlie, not even for a second."

Not how she talked to her family and they all decided. Not how she took a deep look at her skillset and decided yes. No it was sure Charlie why not. let's just do it.

She was the last person to decide if she should run or not. She could have said no and prevented all of this. But like she said, her immediate response was "Sure, what the heck. Why not"

Potential leader of the free world? Sure I'll do it. What all do I have to do??

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

How is she better than Rudy Giuliani? I would have preferred him to her any time although I am a democrat leaning person.

Simple. Giuliani's only talent is to do diarrhea commericials on television. What a bozo that guy is. With his stupid grin on his face and yakking on and on about 911.

He ought to be still apologizing for foisting his good business partner Bernard Kerik on us. In fact Rudy ought to be in the graybar hotel with Kerik.

Both losers!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Russia Aint No Iraq!!!! they will bring the fight to us

Posted by: david | September 12, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

By the way, Palin so passionately "defending" Georgia. I am not sure that she understands, that it is a country in the Caucasus called Georgia and not the state Georgia here, in the US!

Posted by: Greg | September 12, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

To all the crazy people out there who have no choice but support the anointed lady, I pose one question.

How is she better than Rudy Giuliani? I would have preferred him to her any time although I am a democrat leaning person.

John McCain just wanted to juice up his ticket and he found one in Ms. Palin.

I could scarcely believe myself when every registered, chest thumping Republican bought the lies told by the present administration hook, line and sinker. And you are repeating the same thing again by believing that this lady is Godsend to save the Republican souls. Haven't you heard of the saying?

Fool me once, shame on you;
Fool me twice, shame on me.

Since so many posts talked about oil, I have my own 2 cents to add. By now everyone knows oil is falling and falling as rapidly as it rose and rose. Well, my guess is the oil industry made their money when their friends are in power and are biding their time again. If my guess is right, oil companies are bracing themselves for a democratic win come November. They can contrast the huge losses they conjure up in the last couple of quarters as opposed to the obscene gains in last year, to avoid paying windfall tax, which I believe a democratic president may insist on.

To those people who believe she is ready to take on the job on day one, I pose another question.

Have you forgotten the dumbfounded, clueless grimace on the President's face when the news of terrorist attack was conveyed to him? Until that time, I had a positive opinion of the President. I believed he had a compassionate streak in him. What happened to him? Did he change on his own? Or was he molded by a secret or not so secret hand behind him?

He was a complete novice in international affairs. What happened to his glance into Putin's soul? Do you expect that this lady, Palin, to be any better than the present President, in case she has to don the mantle. I pray that John McCain retains his health, in case he wins the Presidency.

I remember listening to the republican rabble rouser, Rush, rambling on about the impertinence of thinking we can harm Mother Nature, who has maintained herself for centuries.

In the same spirit, how dare we think that we are ordained by God to wage wars with other countries?

I would like to urge, the republican voters, Hillary supporters and independents to rethink before you vote. I am not suggesting that you vote for Obama, just rethink.

Posted by: Anon | September 12, 2008 1:13 AM | Report abuse

She slouches!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

When Palin is saying we start wars here and there, I think, she really means it. I believe her. Because, she doesn't understand what she is saying. For her this is just a game and fun. Like a kid who got the access to the room full of weapons. When she is speaking about the US external politics, I start seeing the pictures of her opening the gates of Abyss.

Posted by: Greg | September 12, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Girl Scout Den Mother "Maybe".......VP of the United States ? ( Not even close ). I am sure she is a nice enough person , but she is like watching a train wreck. Palin really does speak volumes about McCains Judgment ( what he does have is BAD ).

Posted by: James in Oregon | September 12, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

wow alot of comments here

Posted by: yona loriner | September 12, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

bobte wrote:
"...I'd rate it a trick question to spring on a NOVICE."

And she wants to be my latex salesperson? (My emphasis on the NOVICE.)

Posted by: cloudynites | September 12, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Give Flailin Palin a break, McCain is a POW.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

I blame those who put her in this predicament. She clearly was out her league.

Posted by: Kwaku Azar | September 12, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

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Palin is totally unqualified..and dangerous.
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Uncle Wright is not dangerous becuase you already know who he is. The most dangerous is the one who is trying to hide himself or the one who keeps changing to appeal to people.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

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Sarah Palin's performance on the ABC interview shows McCain did not fully vet Palin enough.
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Certainly DNC vet Obama enough. But do not call out Clintons now. Please.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin doesn't even know what her current Republican President’s doctrine is! Wow…What a republican! By the way, did you catch her dig on all of the kids who decide to go to college when she was talking about her son, “not choosing a more easy path where he could be more comfortable”! I admire and appreciate all servicemen, but not at the expense to undermine other kids who decide to go to college.

Posted by: FartTart | September 12, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

she dangerous..and she could be president..

it is utterly outrageous..and these rightwingers call themselves patriots..they don't know the meaning of the word ...put us all in harms way with so much sophomoric frivolity

Palin is totally unqualified..and dangerous.

Posted by: bj mac | September 12, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

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Hopefully something happens with Obama so Biden can take over. Then what if nothing happens with him?

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Oh, come on. You think Obama would have answered these questions this way? You think he would have wondered what the Bush Doctrine was?
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I do not second guess why Obama is against Iraq war. It depends where and what he stands for. You trust someone based on your own judgement rather than media's. If you stay in that church for 20 years I may need 20 years to clear my mind.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's performance on the ABC interview shows McCain did not fully vet Palin enough. It would very difficult for her to cram (let alone govern) for the interview and upcoming debate with a 5-month old with Down's Syndrome, a 7-yr old girl, a 14-yr old girl and pregnant 17-yr old to contend with. Not to mention this week her 19-yr old son is off to Iraq.

Most of Palin's answers sounded rehearsed and over confident.

I wonder if the news media will pick up on the Palin endorsement of Obama's "supposedly naive" notion to go after Bin Laden and high level Al Qaeda members, even in Pakistan, if America has actionable intelligence. McCain has stated he opposes this as well as many of McCain's surrogates, Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham to name a few.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 12, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

REPUBLICANS!! Roe vs. Wade is unconstitutional! It has struck down state laws throughout the country! THIS IS NOT IN THE RIGHT OF A COURT'S DECISION!!!! Such things should be AMENDED to the Constitution, like prohibition!!

And on the other hand, no government, or it's officials should impose their MORALS UPON US, since they are SERVANTS OF AND TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, not our "LEADERS", as they have so proclaimed over the years.

As SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE US AND IT'S CONSTITUTION, they should be held 100% accountable, and not trusted implicitly.

LESS GOVERNMENT, LESS TAXES, MORE FREEDOM

VOTE BARR
VOTE BARR
VOTE BARR
VOTE BARR

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

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the worst part by far was her answer to the question of why terrorists attacked America. she said, "they do not believe in American ideals." ..............
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It is not an excuse even US supports Israel particularly using such attack agaist civilians. That is why extremism (or extrem liberals) is public enemy of modern society.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

The US must learn to live in a world where Russia has risen again; where China will call the shots; where India's voice will matter; where Brazil will dominate South America; where Europe will somehow find a spine and decide enough is enough. If the US can't win in Iraq and barely survive in Afghanistan, it takes a leap of the imagination to think it can win a war against Russia. The US had so much to offer the world - but it's blown its chances. That's the sad part.

Posted by: rakeshmail | September 12, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully something happens with Obama so Biden can take over. Then what if nothing happens with him?

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Oh, come on. You think Obama would have answered these questions this way? You think he would have wondered what the Bush Doctrine was? If nothing else, this interview should finally put to bed the 'Sarah Palin has more foreign policy experience than Barack Obama' argument for good.

And to answer your question -- if nothing happens to Obama, then if he needs advice, he can turn to the ex-Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and ask the man what he thinks.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

This country is not about We the People", it's about We the United Corporations of America", comprised mostly of neo-cons who just want to add to their list of who knows how many houses.

Posted by: E=mc2 | September 11, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

"
This Palin, is really a political kid! She sees the world as a kindergarden. If something happens with McCain, the world is in big trouble! So, may turn out that this is our last elections...
"

Hopefully something happens with Obama so Biden can take over. Then what if nothing happens with him?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

the worst part by far was her answer to the question of why terrorists attacked America. she said, "they do not believe in American ideals." if she is really that clueless then we are in big trouble if she is elected.

the terrorists made it very clear in many statements before attacking that it was the U.S. military presence in holy Saudi Arabia that was the main motivation for the attacks. they listed other reasons as well, generally having to do with U.S. interference in the Arab and Islamic worlds.

to think it was due to them not believing in American ideals is bizarre, naive, unbelievable and dangerous.

This was the scariest answer but it has yet to get much attention.

Posted by: scared in Oregon | September 11, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

She sounds like a cowboy, and not a very smart one at that! Anyone not afraid of a nuclear war in present times in her position is insane. Rather than put all this money into foreign wars, why are we not investing in the protection of our own soil and becomming less dependent on foreign resource. The problem with people like John Mc Cain and Palin is that they will never focus on America when there is this whole world of resources they can exploit to build up their bank accounts with. They want to govern the world, and at our expense and risk. What resource is in Georgia that is so important, because they really don't care about the Georgian people or she would have said that? They talk more and care more about Iraq and Obama than they do about America and its people. This election is about F!CK IRAQ and REBUILD AMERICA and for the record;Sarah Palin sounds dumber than a pig.

To everyone, even some of the most scary of posters here who are more spun from FOX NEWS than LSD could ever possibly make them...Be Well

Posted by: JosephMSWfrom CT | September 11, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Roy-
I just got up from under my desk where I was hiding from the mighty intimidating republican brain trust. (Bottom-of-class-5 -crash-McCain, Freshman-dropout-Limbaugh, Couldn't-pass-last-class-Rove, Public-school-threepeat Phil.)
I'm gonna guess what we won from the Cold War.....I know! A bunch of unemployed East Europeans flooding Western Europe and driving down wages!

Posted by: Charles | September 11, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are businessmen who own small, medium and large corporations, of all whom have been significantly affected by this administration, would rather see their businesses, entire investments, homes and cars dwindle away, rather than vote for liberty and less government, justice and more freedoms! Shame on you, but God Bless you!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Actually we didn't really "win" the cold war. The price of oil dropped, ruining USSR already mis-managed economy. Mr. Putin is no Gorbachev, so we had better pick our fights wisely.

Posted by: E=mc2 | September 11, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

RE:"I did four years in USMC; and because it was during the "liberal awakening" of the 60's, I never got so much as a thank you."

Hey ROY- catch a clue- what do you think the REPUG party is doing these days with Vet benefits?

Posted by: Bill | September 11, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Newsflash, we didn't win the Cold War because Ronald Reagan said "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall."

Posted by: E=mc2 | September 11, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

"Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help."

Well, not exactly Sarah baby. First of all the other NATO members have to agree that the provocation deserves assistance. Secondly, Georgia is not yet a NATO member. The fact that she wants to join is one of the minor little details that has Russia so upset with her. I really recommend you study a little world history before you step into the VEEP job. At least a crash course on recent (20th & 21st century) world events. You might also brush up on such trivial things as THE MONROE DOCTRINE, THE TRUMAN DOCTRINE and oh yeah, don't forget THE BUSH DOCTRINE. All 3 have shaped the relationship the USA has had with the rest of the world going back 180 years or so.

Posted by: xtrump | September 11, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow we put a wig, lipstick and red pumps on Lieberman.

Posted by: Carol Rover | September 11, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

This Palin, is really a political kid! She sees the world as a kindergarden. If something happens with McCain, the world is in big trouble! So, may turn out that this is our last elections...

Posted by: Greg | September 11, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Greed is a sin just like murder! But to here the Republicans say it, it's because they are fighting for our freedom! Well, guess what, it's greed and murder on their hands!

Posted by: FartTart | September 11, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

"
Why is it that pro-lifers are always the first to want to go to war?
"

Bacuase they want to protest their lovely liberal husbands. LOL

Never mind anyway.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

E=mc2-
I agree.
Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine" is eye opening.

Posted by: Charles | September 11, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

So she's dumb. In her speech today, she said the Iraqis were responsible for 9/11. Geez she's stupid.

Posted by: carolinagirl | September 11, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

I am a white woman and Hillary supporter and was mad at the DNC when she lost. Until recently I was flirting with the idea of not voting at all or voting for Mc-Cain. But after the selection of Miss Alaska to be at a heartbeat of the oval office, I am scared to death. I have nightmares. The idea that we might be putting the destiny of 300 million people and the greatest country in the world in the hands of this rookie makes me sick. I am not just voting for Obama-Biden ticket , as from tomorrow I'll be actively volonteering for the campaign. Shame on you John Mc-Cain! You first, not Country first.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Man, you guys are a hoot tonight, this is Leno material. "Sarahcuda", "Sychosarah" I'm laughing hard!

Posted by: ronimacz | September 11, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

“It is for no more politics as usual and somebody’s big, fat resume maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment where, yes, they’ve had opportunities to meet heads of state.”

Hmm... sounds like no more John McCain to me!

Posted by: itsonlyme | September 11, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that pro-lifers are always the first to want to go to war?

Posted by: E=mc2 | September 11, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, libs don't understand the "tell" that you never turn your back to a fight. Just like your hero JFK; read a f@@king history book if you didn't live it. You pussycats would give back everything gained in the cold war, just to avoid a confrontation, what a sorry bunch. Go hide under your desks. - Roy

Thats the most ironic statement... possibly ever. IT WAS A COLD WAR. Not because Russia is snowy, but because even then we didn't want to go into a actual war with Russia. I don't see how us Libs are "pussycats" for still avoiding a confrontation no one wants.

Posted by: Jason | September 11, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

"No child left behind" prefers rote memorization and teaching-to-the-test over cultivating an understanding of theory, principle, and practical application of the material. Likewise all of Palin's energy seems to be focus on proving herself rather than demonstrating her understanding of our problems and the solutions. We need someone with a wealth of knowledge and understanding that can be readily tapped to solve the country's problems.

From her acceptance speech, until now, her "I"s have been too close together. Sarah, It's not about YOU. This is not another unique accomplishment for you to show off and say, "Look what I did!" Our country is not a gift to be lavished upon the bosses trophy assistant.

Posted by: Charles | September 11, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I now understand why Palin will be doing 30 fundraising events in 55 days and will be campaigning along side McCain for much of the election.

Like I said before, Palin is getting a crash course in foreign affairs, which usually takes years to learn and understand, in about 3 weeks.

If both Obama and Biden perform better than McCain/Palin during the debates, then the Democrats will win the election.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 11, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

We won the cold war without firing a single shot?? Are you kidding me?? I guess no one died than as a result of the Cold War, just some puppets.

Posted by: E=mc2 | September 11, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Only unless you are afraid to come out from under your trailers!!!!

Posted by: FartTart | September 11, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, see all you brave libs election day; unless you're afraid to come out from under your desks.

Posted by: Roy | September 11, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Um, I can only say that she is not exceptionally bright on her feet. It was as though she found herself running in her head to figure out "Okay, can I use talking point X here, or shold I use talking point Y."

I'm not impressed with the scope and depth of the knowledge she displayed.

Posted by: scott032 | September 11, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Obama, she did not um and er and stutter every other minute.
But then she has experience and he does not. And to think he is running for President!
His experience he brags about is wearing $3000. hand made suits with nothing to fill them up. And reading teleprompters that say things like "We are what we are waiting for."

Obama, WE have a news flash for YOU.
NO,
WE are not waiting for YOU.

Come November 4th, John McCain will be elected President of the United States. This country is not safe in your hands.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, libs don't understand the "tell" that you never turn your back to a fight. Just like your hero JFK; read a f@@king history book if you didn't live it.

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Roy,

Yeah? So is that your grand foreign policy plan? You know what the world's "tells" are? The last time we put that plan to work for us, we ended up in a 5+ year quagmire that is going to ultimately cost us trillions.

There is a pretty big difference between caving in to Russia and actively provoking them with aggressive expansion. We beat the Soviet Union without having to fight a war. *You* would have us give back everything we won in the cold war, just for the sake of foolish pride.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

The only solutions I hear from McCain/Palin are for more war and more drilling for oil. Yeah, that's really the Maverick change that will shake up Washington. Just what we need!

Posted by: E=mc2 | September 11, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

As an American, I am sincerely embarrassed for the Republican Party....

Posted by: FartTart | September 11, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

"
Sarah Palin is a "Lifetime Movie." She's the new female in town who, with a smile, makes a well-known, long-time resident, who is an honorable female, look as though she has two heads.
"

Obama girls look lovely but until getting married. Sorry, no lifetime show!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse


Apparently, libs don't understand the "tell" that you never turn your back to a fight. Just like your hero JFK; read a f@@king history book if you didn't live it. You pussycats would give back everything gained in the cold war, just to avoid a confrontation, what a sorry bunch. Go hide under your desks.

Posted by: Roy | September 11, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

She merely acknowledged the mutual defense clause in the NATO treaty. The mutual defense pact has been invoked once - when the US was attacked on 9/11.

Here is the new messiah on Georgia joining NATO:

"I have consistently called for deepening relations between Georgia and transatlantic institutions, including a Membership Action Plan for NATO, and we must continue to press for that deeper relationship." This was reported in Politico
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Obama_also_cites_NATO_membership_for_Georgia.html

If Georgia joined NATO, and Russia invaded it, what would Mr. Obama say if asked what the US would do?

Here is what this article quotes her as saying:

"Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help."

Note the "perhaps so." She said rightly that under NATO the US would expected to be "called upon and help." She did not say that would necessarily involve going to war.

Here is what the NATO treaty says, in Article 5:

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security .

http://www.nato.int/docu/basictxt/treaty.htm

The treaty does not require armed assistance, but says that an attack on one is an attack on all and that the allies shall take action "they deem necessary."

Does this mean going to war? "Perhaps so" as Palin says, but not necessarily. Certainly, the US would be expected to be "called upon and help" as she said.

This "daily diary" blog has just done what being done repeatedly - it's attacking her by taking something out of context, all the while forgetting what Obama has himself said (i.e. let's admit Georgia to NATO). Disgusting.

Posted by: ChuckJones | September 11, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Start Armageddon over Georgia? Yikes! The article didn't mention, by the way, she hadn't the slightest idea what the Bush Doctrine was. Duh! There's the McCain ticket for ya: Have question? Have Answer: WAR!!! What a sad joke! McSame and the empty suit: now there's change for ya! And they say half of the American people are ready to vote for this ticket. After tonight's interview, my response is - God help us all! The country is burning (Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Freddie, Fannie, unemployment skyrocketing, mortgage foreclosures), and what do we talk about? Lipstick! God help us all!!!!

Posted by: cmgmaggie | September 11, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I think Joe Biden will eat her alive in the VP debate.

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After this, I think he's just going to be nice.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I think Joe Biden will eat her alive in the VP debate.

Posted by: Sarah is going down!!! | September 11, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

"
Palins interview is proof that all that looks good on the outside is not always good on the inside.
"

Hmmmmmmmmmmm, Obama looks good outside but his advisers know more answers inside. Now I am not worry about any questions because I hire Biden as baby sitter.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Our country is divided. I'm surprised by the extent of the political bickering in this forum. I believe most people are good and it seems the fight for power surrounding politics brings out the worst in us, when, ironically, what we all want is simply the wisest resolution to our local and global problems. Fighting doesn't foster wisdom. Gentlemanly debate does...

My grandfather was a Christian minister. I honor those who believe in the End Times, but scripture also encourages us to "Love thy neighbor." Bigger wars do not resolve small wars. I encourage people to embrace their religions, but in a way that inspires the greatest good for the greatest number of people. If the End Times will come, leave it to God, not to nuclear war.

The war in Iraq was misguided. That has become painfully obvious to most. The USA, and the world, needs a less violent foreign policy. The root cause of terrorism is not American "freedom," but a history of perceived injustice, where people feel their religion and their culture has been victimized or oppressed. I believe American muscle should support the development of interfaith youth movements.

Palin stands a stronger chance of becoming the President than any previous VP in recent history. McCain has a history of malignant skin cancer and is the oldest presidential candidate in history.

Everyone must carefully weigh the possibility of her presidency. This is not about right vs. left. This is about choosing the wisest possible decision-maker to occupy the most powerful political office in world.

Posted by: Jonah Wittkamper from DC | September 11, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

If I were an intelligent Republican, I would be insulted and embarrassed for my party. McCain has made a mockery out your party. It’s bad enough that you’ve been represented by a monkey for the past 8 years. Now I guess 4 more is fine by you.

What are the views and policies on issues like the economy, health care, & job creation? I haven’t heard anything pertinent that pertains to these relative and significant issues that effect most working class people. How about the mortgage meltdown?

The lipstick wearer should start talking about issues that matter and quit comparing herself to a pit-bull and whining if someone else decides to call her a pig. By the way, John McCain says the same say also you hypocrites. Well I guess we all know who the real fraud is here, don’t we!?!?!?!?

“A pit-bull with lipstick is still a pit-bull.”

Ms. Piggy

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the questions were hard.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a "Lifetime Movie." She's the new female in town who, with a smile, makes a well-known, long-time resident, who is an honorable female, look as though she has two heads. She is the Ladder Climber in the workplace who can give a great speech but could not intelligently discuss those same words she has just "read" even though she has read them over and over again. Are you kidding me? This woman was chosen (ha, ha) by John McCain because he would rather destroy America than lose a campaign. Oh, I've heard "she's smart and she can learn." So is my cat but he's not ready to be Vice President of the United States. Many professional women have met a "Sarah Palin." America needs to be afraid, very afraid.

Posted by: Golda | September 11, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

no fair! it is sexist to expect a woman to be able to answer tough questions.

Posted by: darwiznero | September 11, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

This is one extremely scary woman...and you all want her for vice president?! Do you understand that McCain/Palin are talking of the possibility of two more wars. This isn't the first time that McCain has said this...take a look at this youtube video, it is well done and McCain is caught at a rally talking about more "Wars", which fits right along with the posturing of Palin.

Listen...whether you like it or not, we don't need another war, much less the possibility of two more wars...we are still at war with Afghanistan and we have over 130,000 of our men still in Iraq. Let's be reasonable here...exhausted troops, wore out equipment and a failing economy in our country....we CAN NOT enter another war, this is a reality. Palin's talk is nothing short of suicide for our troops and our country. I don't care how much you all want a women in office, you can not in your right minds justify placing our country under McCain/Palin! If you think that Bush was horrid, well guess what McCain/Palin is much worse. McCain video it is worth watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdJUCU1UH2w&eurl=

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

More proof that the Republicans don't deserve any more time in the White House. Their answer to every problem is another war. They have allowed big business to loot the country, impoverishing the workers, and have overseen a massive increase in the size of government. Let's change 'em out.

Posted by: John | September 11, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

"and if the real thing don't do the trick
you better make up something quick."

From: "Barracuda" Nancy Wilson-(Heart)

This is "Sarah Barracuda's" theme song for the RNC convention. Appropriate..eh?

Posted by: Charles | September 11, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Dude! Moose burgers! lol! Palin/McCain '08!

Posted by: Tad | September 11, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

To: There is no anonymous:

I hate the idea of the Enquirer actually bring us "newws" but it was the ONLY rag which printed the story about the former Senator from N. C having an affair with his girlfriend while his wife was taking her Chemo.

The are also the only paper bringing the real story about Track joing the military and being depoyed to Iraq - that dear Track and his pregnant sister are both stoners and he had a choice of jail time or the military.

Now that mommy is running for VP (god help us) he wont be in any danger.

Also boyfriend Levi isnt real hot only marrying pregnant girlfriend and "was dragged off to Minnesota"

If this sh*t had made (or makes) the mainstream media Sarah goodwife, family woman, churchgoer will be a laughing stock.

She deserves it.

Posted by: toritto | September 11, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Palins interview is proof that all that looks good on the outside is not always good on the inside. She totally flopped this interview. She didn't know what the Bush doctrine is, she's a republican and she doesn't know what the doctrine of the leader of her party is. When asked if Alaska being on the border of Russia gives her foreign policy experience or the Alaska national guard she change the subject to energy. Charlie Gibson made it clear that this was a statement made by Mccain and she didn't answer it at all because she doesn't know or have foreign policy experience. Palin is a dangerous choice and I think it would be a disaster having Mccain/Palin in the White House.

Posted by: Linda | September 11, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

We Bloggo-bots (typing monkeys)
are the ones spreading the Enquirer
smear to make Dems look bad.

I said that off the record, OK?

There's a place for me at the table
if I play along. I need a job at
Justice when I graduate.

Shhhhhh.

Posted by: There is no anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

"
Obama has been taking tough questions almost daily for two years now. Obama was willing to take on Bill O'Reilly, a right wingnut.
"

Thank Hilary and LSN. Now I know the anwsers. Only soft pillows are not enough, my goodness.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

If Cribou Barbie is prepared well she has the ability to score well if these interviews were multiple choice tests.

But these interviews are like essay questions. Its not so important what the question is but how does she form her thoughts and pick her words.

She is going to struggle if she had trouble tonight.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

....HEY NICOLE, SINCE YOU ARE INDY, CHECK OUT WHAT BOB BARR AND THE LIBERTARIANS HAVE TO OFFER....


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Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I sure wish it was Nov. 4...Good night to all, and to all a good night!

Posted by: wish | September 11, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

We have to protect Georgia and caribou from the Russians.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

This interview proved that the only thing Palin was good at is reading the teleprompter. Palin doesn't know anything about foriegn policy and when asked she talked about energy. Those are 2 different topics. Since we have 2 wars going on and in economic crisis, and Mccain is 72 years old, had cancer 4 times he should have picked a VP that was ready to be President. Its clear that Palin isn't ready to be VP nor president. Palin doesn't know enough about a majority of issues to be VP and like Mccain and his camp said the White House is no place for on the job training. Mccain should say what he mean and mean what he say's.

Posted by: Jackson | September 11, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Torritto:

Who needs the Enquirer to discern the viability of this
candidate?

She's great. Read her interview with Gibson. Awesome.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=5782924&page=1

Charlie's questions were too hard, but it didn't
stop Sarah from charging forth with her best
answers.

You have to admit, she would win Survivor.

What b@@ls.

Posted by: There is no anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Karl Rove leaves icky drippy finger marks on whomever he gropes, and his nasty smut is *all over* John and Sarah.

His words wash like scum across the blogosphere, typed out by hundreds of Republican college kids who've taken the semester off to sit in front of their laptops in "blogger boilerrooms" and flood the comments with speaking points such as:

Obama running against Palin and Bush
Socialist
Congress more unpopular than Bush
Importance of checks & balances
False birth certificate
Paper-thin resume
Rezko, Ayres, Wright
Kenyan family in squalor
Hasn't gone against his party
Body language
How the audience reacted

Stay tuned for more from the typing monkeys.

Posted by: Smear Job | September 11, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Hypocrisy Personified: What would the Right say if:
1. Obama or Biden had an unwed pregnant teenage daughter while they where running for office?
2. Biden had tried to get his sister-in- law fired?
3. Biden had been a supporter to the Bridge-to-nowhere?
4. Obama had left his first wife who was sick at the time and married his rich mistress.
5. Obama didn’t know how many houses he owned?
6. McCain used the phrase “A pig wearing lipstick is still a pig”?

Just to name a few!


Posted by: FartTart | September 11, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

This election year has been like no other I’ve seen in my lifetime. It’s an exciting time and history is being made on both sides and has sparked my interest in politics.

However, as an American I feel McCain has done a colossal disservice to the citizens of this country by choosing a running mate who is so utterly unqualified and ill-prepared to be a VP and possible President. The decision to choose Palin isn’t one that states “America First”, it’s screams, “whatever keeps Republicans in the White House - no matter what!”

As a woman I feel pandered to by McCain and I’m completely embarrassed by Palin. If anyone believes Palin is good for this country, I implore you to research the facts for yourself before voting.

And please, STOP saying Palin is being picked on or bullied. That’s ridiculous. The Press is entirely too easy on her and I want REAL answers from her about REAL ISSUES. If she can’t handle that then she should bow out of the race because there’s no way she will be able to handle the reality of being the VP or President.

I’m an Independent and I will certainly be voting for Obama/Biden.

Posted by: Nicole | September 11, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

RE:"Probably long before any of you libs took you first breath, but riddle me this?
What would YOU have done when Pearl Harbor was bombed; or when Germany was about to invade England?"

Same thing we always do Roy- we go fight- while you Repugs find ways to get out of the army either through your daddy or faking a disability.

RE:"Oh, McCain is 72 but he will continue fight for your liberals."

Man- if you think McCain or the Republican party cares anything about you and your well being- then i got a bridge to sell you- fool.

--------------------------------
I did four years in USMC; and because it was during the "liberal awakening" of the 60's, I never got so much as a thank you.

Posted by: Roy | September 11, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

People shouldn't complain that the questions were too hard. She's trying to be elected to be the understudy to the President of the United States of America - the most demanding job on the planet.

You think being asked questions that no doubt any other vice presidential candidate could have answered without hesitation is too hard for her? Do you believe that if she becomes President, it'll be easier?

This is a test. Does she have what it takes. We should not pull punches on any candidate. Obama got hammered hard during the primary debates and during interviews as has McCain. Biden had the primary debates (which by all measures, he won).

Posted by: johnTX | September 11, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

At the moment it feels as if I am watchng Colbert. The interviews are dead-faced serious, but we all know it's a gag.

What the hell is this to-be-VP doing talking about war with, of all nations, RUSSIA!

This is no joke people, this is real life, and this Palin business must end!

Posted by: rob | September 11, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Groundhogday--

COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF!

Posted by: ali | September 11, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

The truth is Palin doesn't know Sqauat about foriegn policy and she proved that in this interview. Palin didn't even know what the Bush doctrine is. She is a fraud and not ready to be VP let alone President. Mccain made a big mistake and he's going to learn that in the weeks ahead.

Posted by: debbie | September 11, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Russia's oil is no good. It's only for the Europeans anyway. We have really good oil here in Alaska, and the Europeans are going to fight against Russia with NATO.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

"
That's a totally fair thing to say. He gave her a fantastic opening to say all kinds of stuff about how she was honored and humbled but that she thought she was up to the task.
"

That is why DNC liberals are so excited about Obama until people see garbage one after another.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Heehee. The National Enquirer is doing a better job of bringing to light the foibles of these candidates than the "establishment media" which appears to be routinely cowed - "You can't ask that quesstion!! That's unfair!!"

Go Enquirer - do sme investigative reporting. No one else is.....

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 11, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Disillusioned- I for one appreciate what you say. In a sense your comments are relevant. But this forum doen't represent America by a long shot. Don't despair. Learn to differentiate who you are talking to and under what circumstances. There are a number of bozo's in here and a few people who are aware of what is real and what is fantasy.

It's just a place to let of steam and interact with some amusing people. Despite the level of their intelligence or knowledge.

Keep the faith. Don't forget to vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

John James,

Provide a source to back up your claims about Obama not releasing his transcript.

Also, please elaborate on why Obama "sure didn't look presidential." I'm really curious to hear this.

Posted by: Curious | September 11, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I WONDER IF SHE WILL SHOOT A MOOSE IN THE FACE WHEN SHE IS VP?!?!?!

Posted by: MOOSE SHOOTER | September 11, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I heard that Russia had really good caribou.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Gees, WaPo. Is it responsible to headline WAR WITH RUSSIA?

Perhaps too many people are unsure enough about
their future (drought, tornedos, hurricanes, killer
tomatoes, pandemics, terrorists, freezing to death,
to name but a few)

THAT THEY WOULD PREFER TO BE OBLITERATED.

Pull yourself up by the bootstraps,
Have some hope,
And let's save this country.

WORK HARD FOR FOR YOUR CANDIDATE!

NO MORE WARS.

Share resources.

Posted by: There is no anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Please don't try to use World War 2 to make a point for Republican leadership.

Both Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman were Democrats.

Posted by: johnTX | September 11, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Charlie said it takes a lot of HUBRIS to not blink
when asked to be the Vice President.

----------

That's a totally fair thing to say. He gave her a fantastic opening to say all kinds of stuff about how she was honored and humbled but that she thought she was up to the task.

Instead, she said 'Nope, he made the right choice. I'm ready.' Which is garbage. Of course she's not. At the very least, she could have tried to make the case that 'Hey, I've got some things to learn, but I learn fast and I'll make sure I'm ready on day one.' Her people would have bought that. Instead, she comes off sounding like Bush. Brazen and over-confident. Brimming with hubris. Straight out of the Rove handbook.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin just spouted the Republican Party Doctrine of total insanity, "NUCLEAR WAR". Bush/Cheney haven't managed it yet but they are still trying and all Republicans love Bush/Cheney for trying therefore Palin. Cindy and John will go along with whatever Palin tells them to do to get elected including totally destroying God's World. Focus on The Family is now openly showing their true colors, blood red, as in Focus on the Nuclear destruction of the family. A side light of whic will be the aborting of millions of foetuses in the Womb. But that is OK with all Republicans.

Posted by: russell | September 11, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

"I'd like to see the Obamessiah answer the same questions, without knowing what the questions are ahead of time."

Obama has been taking tough questions almost daily for two years now. Obama was willing to take on Bill O'Reilly, a right wingnut.

John McCain carefully selected the softest touch possible for Palin on her first time out without training wheels. But after two weeks of coaching, she still couldn't handle it.

Posted by: Groundhogday | September 11, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Oooh! "family values" from (where else?) The National Enquirer!!

The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah's oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it. And as Track, 19, heads to Iraq as part of the U.S. armed forces, Sarah and her husband Todd were powerless to stop his wild antics, detailed in the new issue of The ENQUIRER, which goes on sale today.

THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity status to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”

“He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do,” the source divulged. “You join the military.”

And as Gov. Palin has billed the state of Alaska for various expenses related to her children, as reported by The Washington Post, The ENQUIRER's investigation reveals that she was so incensed by 17-year-old Bristol's pregnancy that she banished her daughter from the house.

Another family friend revealed pre-prego Bristol was as much of a hard partier as Track was.

“Bristol was a huge stoner and drinker. I’ve seen her smoke pot and get drunk and make out with so many guys. All the guys would brag that the just made out with Bristol.”

When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!

And the ENQUIRER also learned that Levi Johnston, the baby mamma’s future wedded dada, who was glad handed by John McCain at the GOP Convention, isn’t too happy about his impending shotgun nups either.

“Levi got dragged out of the house to go to Minnesota,” Levi’s friend told The ENQUIRER. “Levi realizes he’s stuck being with Bristol because her mom is running for Vice President.”

The friend also confided that both Bristol and Levi “broke up a few times and they definitely messed around with other people.”

Meanwhile, as members of the Palin family’s war viciously over “Trooper-Gate” and claims of Sarah’s extramarital affair have turned the political race into a chaotic arena of threats, denials and vicious attacks by political black ops, The ENQUIRER has discovered shocking new details about the red-hot affair scandal!

For the full story of the secrets Sarah Palin is trying to hide – pick up the new ENQUIRER!


Posted by: toritto | September 11, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

The Bush Doctrine has been thoroughly discredited due to the Iraq fiasco. That's why nobody even talked about it during the entire primary season. So I'd rate it a trick question to spring on a novice. Once she learned what it was she handled it well enough.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
If she were trying out to be a contestant on "Are You Smarter Than A Fourth Grader" then this would be an acceptable excuse.

Folks, you need to get real. She thinks she is qualified to be President. She said so. That is the toughest job in the world. Not just in Alaska. In the world!!

You need to hold her to standards much lofier than you can imagine. You can't be serious when you complain about lipstick comments, tough questions in her first interview, or now trick questions.

That dosen't cut it when you are running to be the possible leader of the free world. Are getting the picture?

She needs to damn near be able to walk on water to qualify for the job. It you folks are going to keep making excuses then it raises some serious questions about her ability to qualify for the job and even more questions about your awareness as to what is involved in how to select a President.

This isn't a game of Survival Alaska. If McCain passes over Romney and Lieberman and others then prove to us she is superior or as good as these people.

You cannot come in now and say well we really like her a lot but you have to go easy on her because she doesn't have the experience the others have and we need to make some accomodations for her.

That is just unacceptable. Not when you want to put her in the White house. Not at all.

Posted by: Common sense | September 11, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain's poll bounce started to dissolve around midweek. That's the bad news for the Republicans. Here's the worst news: he never actually surpassed Obama in the electoral college tally. If the election was held immediately after the Democratic convention, Obama would have crushed McCain. If the election was held today, Obama would still beat McCain (although by a slim margin: 273). This is bad news for McCain, because all of a sudden, Palin doesn't look ready for prime time, and as voters find out more about her, the more his national lead begins to wane. 5% down to 4% down to 3% down to--well, this race is, and always has been, Obama's to lose.

Posted by: moose in the headlights | September 11, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I’m quite disappointed in what this race has become. I am a young voter who has unfortunately already become incredibly disillusioned with our society and political scene because of the endless hate which I have seen so much of in this electoral process. As far as I’m concerned the pointed and divisive comments found within this post are nothing but the antithesis of what this country claims to stand for. Don’t get me wrong I have many criticisms of America and the “American Way,” but if we are not a country of citizens who can intelligently and peaceably discuss our differences then I am quite scared of where we are headed. I think we can all agree that strict and uncritical party allegiance to either side is an affront to the ideal of an informed electorate which this country is founded upon. But with members of both parties seemingly unwilling or perhaps even unable to converse or even try to be decent to one another, do you really think that a president will be able to rectify or mend the seemingly immovable hostility which members of the parties seem to hold towards each other? If this is truly the state of existence which we find ourselves stuck in today, then I am truly frightened and ashamed of what America has become. I think if we truly desire to be an example for the world then we must be able to show that we are above blind allegiance and the simplistic use of angry words and deeds which can do nothing but destroy any hopes of the healing and unity which our nation so desperately needs. If we cannot look past these petty differences to love and care for our neighbors simply because of our bonds as human beings then perhaps we are closer to the rock bottom of existence than we could ever imagine. Nothing I have said is intended to be an offense to anyone who has left a comment; I only hope that you will think of your fellow Americans across the party line as a brother or sister instead of continuing the already divisive tendencies which our leaders seem to be so corrupted by. We should be declaring as a unified people that we will not stand for these old tactics instead of joining in. There has been enough hate and unfounded mudslinging in this race, and it is time that we started treating each other with decency and understanding lest we tear apart the already weakening foundation of the nation you and I call home.

Posted by: Hopeful to Disillusioned | September 11, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

"
I tell you, she looked like a Moose In The Headlights, didn't she?
"

No. Obama said she is pig.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I too, agree that our leaders let us down. Yes, we even trained the terrorists. I know that our country should take preventive measures, but unfortunately,we reacted without a plan, without the right information. It is what it is. A large number of our military volunteered AFTER 9/11 so they weren't totally unaware what may be required of them. But, love and apprecaite them, I do. America is just sick right now. And, no one would desert a sick friend or family member,so we cannot desert or divide America. We need a way to end this war with honor. Forget victory. NO ONE wins a in a war. The devastation affects all. But for the sake of our military we must apprecaite with honor what they do for us.

Posted by: kath | September 11, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

This whole talk of a war with Russia is just nonsense. When was the last time since WWII that we got into a war with a country that had a remote chance of answering back? We only attack those poor saps in third world with ragtag malnutritioned army and outdated Soviet tanks from 70s.
So everybody needs to relax. We're not going to war with Russians any time soon.

Posted by: Thor | September 11, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

The right wing loons need to stop trying to compare this so called "war on terrorism" as if it is the same thing as WWII. You people need to start thinking in the 21 century. WWII was nation vs. nation with clear cut battle lines. No wonder you guys have hard ons to bring back the cold war with Russia. It is not 1942 people.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

RE:"Probably long before any of you libs took you first breath, but riddle me this?
What would YOU have done when Pearl Harbor was bombed; or when Germany was about to invade England?"

Same thing we always do Roy- we go fight- while you Repugs find ways to get out of the army either through your daddy or faking a disability.

RE:"Oh, McCain is 72 but he will continue fight for your liberals."

Man- if you think McCain or the Republican party cares anything about you and your well being- then i got a bridge to sell you- fool.

Posted by: Bill | September 11, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

All the Republicans do is laugh and tell mean-spirited jokes. They think this whole thing is a riot. They think it's funny that they are going to drag this country into World War III. They think it's great that the government cares only about the top 1% of the population.

It's really upsetting. I don't understand why the race is so close. I don't understand why anyone would even think to vote for the Palin-McCain fiasco.

What the hell is the matter with you people?!?!

Posted by: scared sh*tless | September 11, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

"
Heck, I could have passed that interview!
"

Of cause, that is piece of cake for IVYs. But please do not send us to battle field.
Oh no I need to pee now.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I tell you, she looked like a Moose In The Headlights, didn't she?

Posted by: First Guy :) | September 11, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

okay, this isn't funny anymore. americans are about to elect a senile old geezer w/ NO IDEAS and a novice who doesn't know a god damn thing about foreign policy because people think she's "spunky." have people gone INSANE? after the shambles that bush has made of this nation, after the unnecessary WAR in iraq that is bankrupting us, and we're even considering turning this nation's future over to these two? all they can do is talk about lipstick while this nation teeters. my god, save us from ourselves.

McCain Palin '08: No Ideas--Four More Years of Lies, Smears, and Distraction.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ!

I would have had more respect for McSame if he had asked Bill O'Reilly to be VEEP.

I dont care for his politics but I dont think he's a nut-job.

Posted by: toritto | September 11, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Oink oink! says little Sarah. Oink oink!

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Someone who did not blink cannot go on the trail by herself. Scared of reporters? Scared of questions? I can definitely trust her NOT to be scared of Putin...who is he compared to a reporter and a camera?

A 72 year old man, a decorated veteran, 26 year in politics, now ready to be POTUS is hiding behind a woman's skirt? Cant attend any rallies without her now? What scared not enough people will attend? She is of course not a celebrity...just a good old small town person. He had the courage to leave his first wife and apply for a marriage license before the ink had dried on the decree. He can let Sarah go so we can see how many people are excited to have him as POTUS.

He made the same lipstick on a pig comment when talking about Hillary's healthcare plan last year! He should call her and apologize immediately!

Who charges the state to stay in her house, charges the state for her children travelling with her, "FIRES" the cook but give the cook another position. Places the jet on ebay but forgets to finish the sentence that it DID NOT sell on ebay but sold for a loss via a broker. Says she did not ask that her ex-brother in-law be fired, but we now have emails saying she did. She asked for earmarks she supported the bridge to nowhere then changed her mind but kept the money. She believes the soldiers are on a mission from God. But if the press should dare ask her to clarify it is SEXISM.

The RNC had buttons of "Hottest Govenor from Coldest State" BUT its the liberal media that is sexist. When was the last time someon called Gulliani Hot? What about Arnold? If sexism in the media is the topic why dont we start by banning all the sexism out of movies and magazines?

Posted by: RedandBlue | September 11, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

WAKE UP

The name of the voting machine company is/was

DIE BOLD

Is this a coincidence?

ABSENTEE BALOTS!

Audacity. Always Audacity. (research this mantra)

Posted by: There is no anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a belligerent national security threat within the United States and Osama bin Laden's dream come true. She does not even think that if she threatens Russia, Putin will deploy more combat troops and ICBMs to the Russia-Alaska border along the Bering Strait. If the U.S. goes to war against Russia, Wasilla will be the first target of Russian missiles. She didn't even think the ramification of her willingness to go to war against Russia for her home state of Alaska.

Joe Biden will easily defeat Sarah Palin at the October 2 debate. The only thing is that Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters will find anything from Joe Biden's demeanor and falsely turn it into being disrespectful to women or overbearing or sexist - vile things that her supporters said about Charlie Gibson after that interview. See http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/comments?type=story&id=5778018 They will think that their Republican noise machine will do the job effectively. But Sarah Palin is too belligerent to successfully play a female victim.

Posted by: American Spirit | September 11, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, just wow. It is the end of the world, isn't it? These dominionist freaks are going to make it happen. Too bad their god is going to be too busy delivering candycanes to all the good little boys and girls to deal with world wide nuclear strikes.

Posted by: wow | September 11, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Were the questions hard?

Well that depends on if you are just some average citizen or you are a candidate for (Vice) President of the United States of America. I expect my leaders to know something about the policy this country has operated under for the last 8 years.

That said, *everyone* in my household knows what the Bush Doctrine is and none of us are in politics. Of course, we also all know what the word 'hubris' means unlike Ms. Palin.

Posted by: johnTX | September 11, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

"
she was soooooooo nervous. What a pitty...She was read like e repub. Read meat.
"

Yes, because she was begging, please do not throw soft pillows to me. Pleae no!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Pope in Rome:

Do you believe meeting a head of state is prerequisite to be Vice President?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh God, here we go.

"Charlie Gibson was sexist"
"Charlie Gibson was elitist"
"Charlie Gibson was mean"
"Charlie Gibson was rude"

Please, fundy losers, please let that be the source of tomorrow's YouTube commercial.

You will be laughed off the planet for the third day in a row.

Posted by: Oh God | September 11, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Someone who did not blink cannot go on the trail by herself. Scared of reporters? Scared of questions? I can definitely trust her NOT to be scared of Putin...who is he compared to a reporter and a camera?

A 72 year old man, a decorated veteran, 26 year in politics, now ready to be POTUS is hiding behind a woman's skirt? Cant attend any rallies without her now? What scared not enough people will attend? She is of course not a celebrity...just a good old small town person. He had the courage to leave his first wife and apply for a marriage license before the ink had dried on the decree. He can let Sarah go so we can see how many people are excited to have him as POTUS.

He made the same lipstick on a pig comment when talking about Hillary's healthcare plan last year! He should call her and apologize immediately!

Who charges the state to stay in her house, charges the state for her children travelling with her, "FIRES" the cook but give the cook another position. Places the jet on ebay but forgets to finish the sentence that it DID NOT sell on ebay but sold for a loss via a broker. Says she did not ask that her ex-brother in-law be fired, but we now have emails saying she did. She asked for earmarks she supported the bridge to nowhere then changed her mind but kept the money. She believes the soldiers are on a mission from God. But if the press should dare ask her to clarify it is SEXISM.

The RNC had buttons of "Hottest Govenor from Coldest State" BUT its the liberal media that is sexist. When was the last time someon called Gulliani Hot? What about Arnold? If sexism in the media is the topic why dont we start by banning all the sexism out of movies and magazines?

Posted by: RedandBlue | September 11, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is running VP, not president. McCain will take care of national security and I trust his ability in this matter than Obama.

Posted by: C.A. | September 11, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

It's Charlie's fault.

The questions were too hard.

Sarah for President of the
Most Powerful Country
in the world.

Posted by: there is no anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

....OCCUPATION BREEDS TERRORISM....
...OUR SOLDIERS IN 180 ++ COUNTRIES, FOR WHAT?....
....WAYWARD GEORGIAN PROVINCES WANTING FREEDOM FROM GEORGIAN ETHNIC CLEANSING....
....THESE PROVINCES PLEADED TO US AND WERE TOLD TO 'STAY PUT WITH GEORGIA'; RUSSIA COMES TO THE CALL FOR AID....
....PALIN WILL GET US INTO A HOLY WAR WITH RUSSIA OR IRAN, OR EVEN CHINA OR INDIA....

VOTE BARR 08
VOTE BARR 08
VOTE BARR 08

....RETURN TO THE NONINTERVENTION OF PRE-KOREAN WAR AMERICA, MAKE AMERICA STRONG AGAIN!....

Posted by: blood in the middle east | September 11, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

If you are as frightened of this book-banning, god is on my side, know-nothing and her geriatric running mate as I am then do what I am doing - send $50 a week to Obama. Every week. And find just exactly ONE person who might otherwise not vote at all and convince them to vote for Obama. We all have one friend who is afraid of politics, who never votes. Work them now.

This thing is going down to the wire and every single vote counts.

You will never convince the addicted paranoids, hormone poisined, i want mine and f everybody else types... but you can convince JUST ONE fence sitter. Figure out how to pursuade JUST ONE.

If all of us who support Obama can do that then we win, pure and simple.


Don't delay start today.

Posted by: jd | September 11, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Looks like "Interviews for Dummies" did not work well for Palin. She screwed it all the way. I cant wait until her next interviews!!!

Posted by: Jane | September 11, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Heck, I could have passed that interview!

Posted by: narnia | September 11, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I for one am totally Terrified from her answers.W e must get GERGIA into NATO so we can go to war with RUSSIA????
This lady is crazier than MCCAIN, and the whole GOP WAR MONGERS.It is totally insane to think because a small, insignificant country like GEORGIA, we should be considering WAR with a country that has as many or more NUKES than we do??
WOW, i am amased.And the next thing the GOP and McCain camp will start pushing is POOR LITTLE GEORGIA, beat up by mean old Russia.If you look at the facts of the situation, GEORGIA provoked the sleeping BEAR into action. GEORGIA, on its own accord, was itself trying to bully South Ossetia and that other word i cant spell, into a biased government claim, saying 'It was a part of Georgia " from a 300 year old map.the areas never fully obtained their government, and Georgia saw an opportunity to make a land grab, and it backfired on them, Big time.
It would be similar to CANADA coming after ALASKA, saying it used to be sovereign Canadien land, and trying to force us to comply.It wouldnt go over too well in the nasty old place we call Washington.And i think Sara and Kin might be a little bothered by that fact as well, but then again, maybe not

Posted by: Mullett | September 11, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

They left out the best part - the part when Gibson asked about the Bush Doctrine and Palin didnt know what it was.

No disrespect meant to Palin, but she wasn't the right pick for this position - Not in 2008 at least. John McCain picked a strong professional woman, but made a mistake on timing. Obama Biden is objectively a stronger ticket.

Posted by: Fiscal Conservative | September 11, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

BOMBS AWAY for Sara Palin. I guess you're not as prepared as you thought you were. Your introduction to the American people via the media was a bomb. It would not surprise me if the McCain camp keeps you couped up for the rest of the election.

Also, can she look any more uncomfortable??

Posted by: BigB | September 11, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama, was weaving around the stage talking about putting lipstick on pigs and doing his uhs and ahs and looking cool.
But he sure does not look presidential. He was stupid not to take Hillary and he won't release his transcript from Columbia. Bush, Kerry and Gore all did and all were C students. So what has Obama have to hide? Lets ask MSNBC star MMM...for motor mouth mathews.

Posted by: John James | September 11, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

It's Charlie's fault.

The questions were too hard.

WaaaaWaaaa

Posted by: there is no anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

OMG OMG OMG!!!! She sounds like a lady-version of Bush!! All the folksy mannerisms, the "you betchas" and the "newkyewlers" and spitting out the buzzwords like WMD's evil-doers! Not to mention not knowing what the hell she's talking about and answering around the questions.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

The world keeps getting more dangerous, all the time. That's the Republican argument. Nothing they do will change that, so we need more of the same, their logic concludes. It's not a strategy I can vote for.

Posted by: Mitch Ratcliffe | September 11, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"
RE: "Not exactly. More man want to vote for her because she will fight for your liberals in crisis."

Ya right- you mean like draft dodger Cheney and awol Bush did in Nam? Everyone knows or should know that Repugs are nothing but chicken hawks- talk a big game but when it comes time to fight- hide behind mommy and daddy
"

Oh, McCain is 72 but he will continue fight for your liberals.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

can't believe that there are women out there that are going to vote for palin simply because she is a woman. ....

_________________________

put it succintly, there are women out there ready to vote for palin because she is a white woman and Obama is a black candidate married with a black girl.

They simply can't stand to have a black First Lady.
I'm sure they will open a women's section of the KKK if they loose this election.

You can't talk to them. They are irredeemeable.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Probably long before any of you libs took you first breath, but riddle me this?
What would YOU have done when Pearl Harbor was bombed; or when Germany was about to invade England?

Posted by: Roy | September 11, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

she was soooooooo nervous. What a pitty...She was read like e repub. Read meat.
hihihiih. This lady is a joke......!! Was just like when I had to defend a theme infront of the teacher after sitting the whole night learning the thing by heart....hhihihi
She Was just beating arround the bush playing with what they have teach her. I felt pitty for her!

She didn't impress! At all....

Posted by: Sol | September 11, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

The GOP Loonies would never admit it, but if this ABC interview were for the Vice President for Corporate Relations at Binford Tools, the average person would say, "ya, she did pretty good."

BUT IT WAS AN INTERVIEW TO BE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

Wow.....Obama asked last week in Michigan, "Do they think you are stupid?"

Yes, the do.

And, yes, they are.

Posted by: Hey, I'm Qualified | September 11, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

From the NYT: Wow. if this woman can't handle an interview, how on earth is she fit to be commander in chief? Wow. She also sounds, frankly, stupid. Without a teleprompter, or her cliffs notes answer, she's in trouble

Come on! Seriously! Can you imagine if this woman were president?

At times visibly nervous, at others appearing to hew so closely to prepared answers that she used the exact same phrases repeatedly, Ms. Palin most visibly stumbled when she was asked by Mr. Gibson if she agreed with the Bush doctrine. Ms. Palin did not seem to know what he was talking about. Mr. Gibson, sounding like an impatient teacher, informed her that it meant the right of “anticipatory self-defense.”

Posted by: Monk | September 11, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me?? Or was people really watching and listening to what was said..

This woman hasnt even been able to govern a small town without leaving them worse off than when she took office.

Doesnt know a single thing about foreign policy??

More importantly isnt smart enough to know that words matter and Putin is watching, as well as every other foreign leader and you talk about going to war with Russia..

She must have missed foreign policy 101 in her 6 colleges in 5 years. LOL

Posted by: Whoa | September 11, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Charlie said it takes a lot of HUBRIS to not blink
when asked to be the Vice President.

You might enjoy looking up the word HUBRIS.

IF I had been Sarah, known the definition, I would
have yelled CUT!

Then in Take 3: Charlie doesn't get to use the HUBRIS word.

Posted by: There is no anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

After I repeatedly heard the comments on CNN and Charlie Gibson's so called interview of Sarah Palan, it is very crystal clear that Charlie Gibson was not acting like a reporter interviewing a candidate, rather he was giving a test to Palan to prove that she does not know anything. Most American reporters who are in the class of Charlie Gibson have been very arrogant and elitists that they forget in America there are many people outside New York City who are normal and down to earth. The elitist Charlie Gibson was so arrogant that he wanted to test Sarah Palan. If any Professor in any university give a quiz to Charlie Gibson about world affairs, he will get "F" and the press in this country is very biased and they do not anything about the world. Charlie Gibson represented Obama and he will do anything to take on a new comer and kill Sarah Palan. But over all, it is very clear that Sarah Palan withstood and did admirably in the test given by Charlie Gibson. I doubt whether Charlie Gibson will ever pass my examination on world affairs the way Sarah Palan did.

Posted by: vaman1 | September 11, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I am scared to death that this woman might get any where close to the White House. She hasn't a clue!! I really would like to see a woman president some day, but I think Palin will set back women politicians for years. She is a mental lightweight. She will embarass this country immensely overseas. Please shut up for the sake of all women!!

Posted by: Maybelline Pig | September 11, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Holy Crap. I just read the entire interview, PALIN is in WAY over her head.

She is in NO WAY ready.

Her insight into Russia--paraphrase "we can see it from Alaska!!"

Thanks, John. We'll elect President Obama in no time.

Posted by: delantero | September 11, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I'll vote for McCain when pigs can fly.

With or without the damn lipstick.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

thank you wiki nonsense-(& Barr & a few others in this sea of rabid pro Palin bilge)-WHAT an appaling choice-both- for President AND VP -NO WAY--they are BOTH far too erratic & in his case hot-tempered & the master of opportunism-(ask his ex-wife) a talent Palin majors in too! In any case weve had ENOUGH!! How much more of the GOPs piggy hypocrisy can we take??-the latest lipstick try was simply disgusting after McCain used same comment against Hilary. Yes-HYPOCRISY FOLKS--their claims to owning the country,the flag & God while squandering in appaling foreign adventures billions of hard-working taxpayers money. We need to get the U.S. back to being the shining example it once was--the last Republican to do that was IKE for Gods Sake! Warned us about just what his party has now come to miserably represent! (perhaps his ghost/namesake is mad enough at 'em to now threaten Texas!!)SERIOUSLY-ITS TIME FOLKS TO THROW THESE BUMS OUT FOR 8 YEARS PREFERABLY 16!!! The young have got it right!!

Posted by: neilo1 | September 11, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Stephen King couldn't have come up with a scarier character than Sarah Palin.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | September 11, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

RE: "Not exactly. More man want to vote for her because she will fight for your liberals in crisis."

Ya right- you mean like draft dodger Cheney and awol Bush did in Nam? Everyone knows or should know that Repugs are nothing but chicken hawks- talk a big game but when it comes time to fight- hide behind mommy and daddy

Posted by: Bob | September 11, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Gibson was hardly fair. He could have asked her how many stats there are in the US or how many original colonies there were.

I don't appreciate Gibson using his show to make himself look better than Sarah. After all she is much better looking than him.

I bet if Palin could ask Gibson how to cut out the back strap of a freshly hung and gutted Caribou he would be like a deer in the headlights.

I think he should be ashamed of himself to go out of his way to make her look like she didn't know what she was talking about.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Across America, that sound you heard around the dinner hour was the collective sighs of milllions of accomplished, smart, talented professional women who watched this interview and realized that Palin is a political token, and not much else.

How embarassing.

Posted by: Yo Adwienne | September 11, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin didn't say anything about war with RUssia.
She said that an attack on any NATO country is like an attack on the member countries, which is true.
So, if Russia attacks, any current or future NATO member and the US is still a member, it may respond like it is being attacked.

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Lou,

Sure. But actively trying to bring Russia's neighbors into NATO right now is like selling life insurance to 95 year old man. Just by folding them into NATO you are provoking Russia with political expansionism. It's like you're taking them under your wing and just *begging* Russia to take a swing at them.

And do you think Russia doesn't know how thin we're stretched? Did the escapade in Georgia not make it abundantly clear to you that the US does not have the clout to stop them? It certainly made it clear to them. Do you think we can afford that war right now? It would be like taking a fourth mortgage.

The time for cowboy diplomacy is over. We have overplayed our hand with Iraq, and we need to repair our military and our economy before we go around playing Santa Claus again with democracy.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama has said in the beginning that she should be ignored.

But freaking scary, she is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

The Pig has flown......cleary out of her sty!!!!!!

Posted by: FartTarts | September 11, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

You damn democrat liberals! Always trying to save the planet. Sarah's a good old girl who can hunt, fish, gut a moose and stand up to all the foreign idiots who don't deserve nothing. God bless America! We need someone who will kick ass! Hell with the environment, we need oil and fast! I can't support my F350 truck on $4 a gallon! Let's blow up Russia, Iran and make USA number one again. Go Sarah and show them all you need is a good rifle and redneck thinking to rule the world!

Posted by: Jesse | September 11, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

The GOP Election Strategy:

Use Grade School Politics and Tabloid Propaganda. Use Emotional Hype and Stay on Message (regardless of the truth). Tell the followers what they want to hear. Keep your message simple. Keep your opposition off their message. Always Blame the Media as Unfair. Relentlessly argue opposing facts until they become convoluted, then label the opposition as elitist and out of touch. After that, change the subject and blame someone. Always remember your voters are uninformed, usually focused on one issue and get their news from superficial biased sources.

lol

Posted by: lol | September 11, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse


"Professor Gibson needs to do some foreign policy homework of his own. Charlie's intepretation of The Bush Doctrine is very limited and indeed it involves much more than Prevention and hence Governor Palin was justified to ask for clarification. "

Wrong. The Bush Doctrine is about preemption. You know less about it than Palin.

Posted by: Phxflyer | September 11, 2008 10:11 PM


The Bush Doctrine has been thoroughly discredited due to the Iraq fiasco. That's why nobody even talked about it during the entire primary season. So I'd rate it a trick question to spring on a novice. Once she learned what it was she handled it well enough.

Posted by: bobte | September 11, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Rowland,

I don't think you make a fair comparison.

Supporting a candidate merely because of his/her race/gender(might)be silly, but opposing a candidate merely because of his/her race/gender is repugnant.

Don't you find it more offensive that some people refuse to vote for McCain/Palin merely because Palin is a woman than that some people support McCain/Palin because they are excited about the prospect of a woman vice president?

The fact that we will finally have either our first black president or our first woman vice president says something good about America, and black Americans are justifiable excited about Obama (just as white Evangelicals were/are about Bush/Palin).

There is a difference.

Posted by: Travis | September 11, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

The title and message of this article is very misleading, trying to depicture Palin as some kind of radical in suggesting maybe we would go to war with Russia over Georgia. Obama himself has argued consistently that he wanted Georgia to be part of NATO before this crisis, and has repeated this assertion. Doesn't this then mean that Obama is suggesting we might go to war with Russia as well as dictated by the NATO pact? To suggest that Palin's position is more bellicose than Obama's position is incredibly ignorant at best and pathetically deceiving at worst.

Posted by: Matthew | September 11, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

The Bush Doctrine is the "Statement of Principles" of the PNAC and AIPAC. Look it up people this is the Industrial Military Complex that has controlled this Nation.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Patriots love their country
and will defend it.

Ask the 500,000 souls that
gave their lives in WWII.

Even then, America did not
strike until we were attacked.

Calling people that don't want
to attack countries first liberals
is a stretch, even an insult to
the decisions America has
made in the past.

We are all Americans.

Are Americans all better off today?

Posted by: There is no anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

She's the VP pick people! Obama needs to stop responding to this woman, it should be relegated to his spokesperson if anyone.

Posted by: electricrobot | September 11, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I live right next to Russia, too, and I know something about Russia, all right.

They are no good invaders of democracy.

And they have really good caribou that I would like to hunt.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

flyfysher:

Gov. Palin said that war is a last resort. And, terrorists are not covered by the Convention(s). Do you really think that Charlie Gibson would have asked Gov. Clinton or Gov. Carter these same questions?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least she can memorize her lines. Caribou Barbie is an even bigger puppet than W!

Posted by: MinBoston | September 11, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

MORE McCAIN CAMPAIGN LIES:

LIE: Sarah Palin said that she told Congress “Thanks but no thanks,” for the earmarks for Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere.”
TRUTH: As the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News reported (Aug 31), “Palin was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.” Before she became governor, Congress removed the earmark language, but Alaska still kept the $223 million in Federal money to use on other projects. Palin later changed her position against the Bridge.

LIE: John McCain said Sarah Palin has “foreign policy experience” and added that “Alaska is right next to Russia.”
TRUTH: Palin has never been to Russia and has never made any policy decisions related to Russia, and as the Boston Globe reported on Sept 4th, Palin “ played no role in any territorial defense or other national defense.” The McCain Campaign has provided no proof of Palin’s foreign policy experience to the media.

LIE: In a new “Fact Check” ad released Sept 10th, the McCain Campaign says that FactCheck.org called attacks against Sarah Palin as “completely false and misleading” and blamed Senator Obama for them.
TRUTH: FactCheck.org says while the words were accurately quoted, they had nothing to do with Senator Obama. (http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/mccain-palin_distorts_our_finding.html)

LIE: At his Cedarburg, Wisconsin campaign rally, John McCain said Alaska’s plane was “sold on ebay at a profit.”
TRUTH: As Associated Press and other major media reported, the jet did not sell on Ebay, and instead was sold by a plane broker for $2.1 million, a $600,000 loss from the $2.7 million Ebay price.

LIE: In McCain’s acceptance speech, he said, “We will increase the use of wind, tide, solar and natural gas. We will encourage the development and use of flex fuel, hybrid and electric automobiles.”
TRUTH: According to FactCheck.org, his actual energy plan contains zero dollars for renewable energy.

LIE: In McCain’s acceptance speech, he said, “We are going to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don't like us very much.”
TRUTH: FactCheck.org says that this year the U.S. is on track to import a total of $536 billion worth of oil at current prices, and about one-third of that comes from Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. So, that leaves about $320 billion coming from adversaries.

See more McCain Campaign lies and exaggerations at www.factcheck.org, www.mediamatters.org, www.cnn.com

McCain will say anything to get votes, won’t he. He says he will reform Washington -- do you believe that, too -- but he’s had more than
25 years to do that.

He can’t be trusted to lead the nation

Posted by: John McCain | September 11, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Well come to next World war starter match stick!!!

Posted by: JOJO | September 11, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

While war is tragic, and the loss of life and injuries is horrible beyond comprehension, isn't this a VOLUNTEER military? Do people really mean to imply that our brave military were so stupid when they joined that they didn't know the full ramifications of their actions? Please let us believe that each and everyone of these men and women do what they do for the freedom of us all. God bless America and those willing to put their lives on the line for us.

Posted by: kath | September 11, 2008 10:12 PM

KATH, IT WOULDN'T EVEN BE AN ISSUE IF THE US DIDN'T HAVE A COMPLETELY BACKWARDS AND SCREWED UP FOREIGN POLICY THAT HAS BRED TERRORISTS FOR YEARS!!! DID WE VOLUNTEER FOR THAT?

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Posted by: nationalism | September 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I teach college and I know instantly when a student has not done his work and cannot answer a question. That's exactly what Palin looked like when asked about the Bush Doctrine and Pakistan. She had no clue.

Posted by: Elrod | September 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

ASSOCIATED PRESS:

In ABC Interview, Palin “contradicted assertion she made at her former church”
“appeared unsure of Bush doctrine”
“never met a head of state”
“trip last year” was her first trip outside North America

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/P/PALIN_INTERVIEW?SITE=FLTAM&SECTION=POLITICS&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-09-11-21-38-46

Posted by: Pope in Rome | September 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse


The GOP found a woman who doesn't represent women in any way! We need to congratulate them. She's the needle in the haystack! She's as redneck as they get, she kills animals for fun, she's an NRA member (real nice group), she has a drunk pregnant daughter, and when she talks it's all violence (pitbulls, war, fear, blah blah blah). Someone should look under her hair....I think she's a robo-GOP.

Posted by: Andrea | September 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

"
can't believe that there are women out there that are going to vote for palin simply because she is a woman. ....
"

Not exactly. More man want to vote for her because she will fight for your liberals in crisis.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how any person of average intelligence could feel that she is even remotely qualified to be a VP. She speaks on foreign policy in such simplistic, childlike terms. Her experience on Russia is that she can see them???? A 12-year old could have regurgitated that sppon-fed crap from a textbook in preparation for a next day exam. Even her grammar leaves much to be desired. I am frightened this November!!!

Posted by: Danielle | September 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

God help our country if she's elected as anything higher than governor of Alaska. If being able to see Russia from her office is any indication of her foreign policy, we are doomed! She's blind to how ignorant she really is. Her true colors are beginning to show. I hope the white woman who got on the band wagon of Sarah Palin will jump off, even as their are wearing the "palin" look-alike glasses!

Posted by: JW | September 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Answer to Kath:
Yes cause they had faith in their leaders to point them in the right direction for the right purpose, but totally let them down.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

She is an outright liar. Who the hell quotes Abraham Lincoln in church???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's like a kid imitating a grown up with the finger pointing and overacting. Total, total fake!!!!!

Posted by: ohpleaze | September 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I live right next to Russia, too, and I know something about Russia, al right.

They are no good invaders of democracy.

And they have really good caribou that I would like to hunt.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

If you want World War III vote for McCain ... that's what knows best (although not how to win them, if my memory of Vietnan serves me right). He is already started going for it by declaring that we are all Georgians ignoring the fact that Georgia started the conflict. And if by a miracle he does not start a war with Russia, there is also his back up plans to expand the middle east war into Iran. So fellow americans runs to your next army recruiting station to sign up for McCain wars

Posted by: BobBrown | September 11, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that people aren't asking questions? Why is it that people are choosing their candidate based on the Vice President that was chosen for them. There was a time when we the voters also chose the VP because it was the candidate with the 2nd most votes (the party was not relevant). If we don't know our own country's history, how will we stop repeating the same mistakes?

Posted by: josfcl00 | September 11, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

A summary of the liberal attacks on McCain:

"He supports an extension of the same bankrupt economic and foreign policy that have left our country floundering domestically and struggling to preserve peace anywhere in the world."

A summary of the conservative attacks on Obama:

"He's got a funny name. He says 'um' a lot. Liberals want to abort babies. He's a sexist, and I think he wants to give condoms to four-year-olds."

All right, America. You've got your choice. But after the last two elections, I'm warning you. This might be your last chance.

Posted by: a quick comparison | September 11, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

quit honestly, I doubt we will ever see her before this election take on "REAL" hard questions, these were medium pitched softballs, but even with these they were telling. Though, of course you can always count on Palin speaking fluidly with confidence, she is a good performer and that will cover up much of her substance, but boy, she really is not that smart on a world-scale and it is a scary thought to have her that close to the button as they say. I mean as far as foreign policy smarts, she talks, there are words coming out, but her eyes are blank... she just doesn't know, you can tell, she's trying the best she can to wing whatever lieberman coached her on, and she does that with a "C" grade. God Help Us.

Posted by: Praying | September 11, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Charlie, As a fair-minded American, I think you are not professional in the interview. The selection of the Qs are unfair and ridiculous. If her performance is B minus, your performance is D minus.

If you want to be leaders of the free world ya'll need to at some point accept the responsibility and not shirk your duties or responsibility.

You aren't getting off to a good start by blaming Gibson for her answers. If they claim she is qualified to be President then nothing Charles Gibson can say or do should slow her down.

This is the first rung on the ladder she needs to climb. It's a bit too early in the game to start the blame game. In fact it's way too early.

We aren't talking about PTA, mayor, governor anynore folks. She is stepping up to take a swing at backup to the President of the US.

She needs to perform brialliantly and flawlessly. We demand nothing less. Either she is capable or she will show she isn't ready to do the deed.

No more excuses Republican's. no more bogus lipstick issues, no more fauz questins of patriotism.

From here on its go time. Prove to us you can perform at the level you ascribe to. You have that obligation if you want us to vote for you.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

GO SARAH, she did very well. Charlie, asked question that was not fair. He was asking her question like someone who work for OBAMA. I hope that she will never give interview this moron media that love OBAMA. PLEASE vote for SARAH.

Posted by: PRINCE1 | September 11, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

While war is tragic, and the loss of life and injuries is horrible beyond comprehension, isn't this a VOLUNTEER military? Do people really mean to imply that our brave military were so stupid when they joined that they didn't know the full ramifications of their actions? Please let us believe that each and everyone of these men and women do what they do for the freedom of us all. God bless America and those willing to put their lives on the line for us.

Posted by: kath | September 11, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I still don't understand what God has to do with politics. What some these poiticans do does not seem spiritual in any way to me.
As to Russia, she really should refrain from using the word war.

Posted by: tom | September 11, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I am a Republican and I did not think that Palin did that well. Her answers were too rehearsed and too forced. She did not know what Bush doctrine was and Gibson had to explain it to her (not good).

As far as her Iraq war being a task from god this is the full quote from the AP report:
"Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God," she said. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan."

To any fair-minded person, it reads like she is praying and hoping that our task in Iraq is God's work not that she thinks the war in Iraq is God's work. Hoping and thinking are two different things.

Posted by: sman | September 11, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse


Pretty darn good under pressure. She's got the best interests of the United States in mind with all of her answers. I'd like to see the Obamessiah answer the same questions, without knowing what the questions are ahead of time. I can see it now, "Uh, I, Charlie, yes we can, uh, enough! Change! Um, we are the ones we have been waiting for"

Posted by: Mike | September 11, 2008 10:06 PM


I give her a C for her performance. It's obvious she has not spent much of her time on foreign affairs issues. Not many governors would. But it's also obvious she's a formidable politician. She holds her ground. The lady has a future in national politics no matter what happens in November.

Posted by: bobte | September 11, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

"Professor Gibson needs to do some foreign policy homework of his own. Charlie's intepretation of The Bush Doctrine is very limited and indeed it involves much more than Prevention and hence Governor Palin was justified to ask for clarification. "

Wrong. The Bush Doctrine is about preemption. You know less about it than Palin.

Posted by: Phxflyer | September 11, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin didn't say anything about war with RUssia.
She said that an attack on any NATO country is like an attack on the member countries, which is true.
So, if Russia attacks, any current or future NATO member and the US is still a member, it may respond like it is being attacked.

Where's the news? She is just stating facts.

More smears by Obama's misogynist media friends.

Posted by: Lou in Minneapolis | September 11, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

These Democrats are decrying her, but to me, she did not just give her answers very well, but she is also very good looking.

I love her sense of style. Did you see those 4 inch red stiletto's she's been wearing?

Even if that stilleto heel pushes that big red button, I will go to my God with a big, satisfied smile on my face.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

DON'T VOTE FOR THIS RELIGIOUS NUT JOB!!! SHE WILL PROBABLY GET US INTO WAR WITH RUSSIA AND THE REST OF THE OLD EASTERN BLOCK UNDER THE GUISE OF HOLY WAR.

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Posted by: separation of church and state | September 11, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

It's Charlie's fault.

The questions were too hard.

Read the interview and you will see how great Sarah actually did:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=5782924&page=1

Posted by: There is no anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

but maybe this one will be a good substitute.

"I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except Negroes." When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics." When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty - to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume II, "Letter to Joshua F. Speed" (August 24, 1855), p. 323.

Posted by: I can't find that Lincoln quotation that Palin mentioned | September 11, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Five more "foreign policy items" that Palin meant to tell Charlie Gibson tonight:

1. In Russia, they speak Russian.

2. Putin is a nice man, because Bush looked in his heart and sad so. So there.

3. Iraq has a lot of sand and dust. If you visit, Charlie, be sure to bring your sunglasses and lots of Coppertone.

4. Oops, I honestly have no oversight of the Alaskan National Guard. My bad.

5. Let's start World War III. Yippee!!!!!!

Posted by: Joseph Michael | September 11, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

A great looking lady, and so tough.

Made me want to go hunting me some RUSSIAN CARIBOU.

BRING IT ON!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

i can't believe that there are women out there that are going to vote for palin simply because she is a woman. i have heard of many hillary supporters now supporting palin for no reason other than she has female genitalia. it's ridiculous! palin is against everything hillary stood for! i hate so many voters in america. if you don't care about the issues, please don't vote!

Posted by: mcporter | September 11, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Country First?

Do Republicans really want such a person in office? Do you guys really care about this country? Now I feel Bush is much better. At least he has the confidence if not the brains. This female has neither.

Posted by: reindeerlooks | September 11, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I kind of expected to see a lot more defense of Palin here, but I don't really see it. I was also a little worried that the interview prep would have been good enough to let her carry her superstar title a little further down the road.

I think this will take some of the sparkle out of her star. Hopefully if it does, we'll actually get to see some clash on issues again.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Seth made a great point:

"Palin can actually speak -- unlike Obama, who sounds like the village idiot."

Palin was both intelligent and articulate.

This was the final test, and Sarah hit a home run.

Yep, this election is over. Obama is finished.

Maybe Obama can go back to being a community organizer.


Posted by: Charles Jackson | September 11, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

The funny thing is that Obama gave the same answers about Israel and Nato on Meet The Press, but nobody is calling him a war monger!

Posted by: media-watch | September 11, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

"the next time someone invades France, call on your other lib friends"

You conservatives need to get some new writers. Seems like you've run all the way through your Big Book of Flag-Wavin' Loudmouth Quotations. Several times over, I'd imagine, since I keep seeing the same garbage every time I look at a comment board.

Meanwhile, back in reality, America struggles with the decision to sanction four more years of the Bush Doctrine. With an amazing ironic twist: the person espousing the Bush Doctrine can't tell you what the Bush Doctrine is!

Anybody see that movie Groundhog Day? That was a great movie.

Posted by: fire your writers | September 11, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse


>>>“Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America,” Mr. Biden said Wednesday in Nashua, N.H. “Quite frankly it might have been a better pick than me.”

Posted by: bobte | September 11, 2008 8:47 PM

I heard him say this, too. Biden, if he feels that way, should step aside and let Hillary take over so that she can get out there and kick butt.

Posted by: Yeah! | September 11, 2008 9:44 PM


In your dream. A Biden withdrawal would mean a collapse of the Obama candidacy. You'll be lucky if the Reps don't turn that into a commercial and get people to question Obama's judgment on the so called first great decision he's made as the nominee. But they probably will.

2012?

Posted by: bobte | September 11, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

those who were impressed by her embarrassing performance prove the brilliant truth of this line from the Daily Show:

American want a leader who is just like them or even worse.

Posted by: even worse | September 11, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

As a Christian, it deeply concerns me that so many people who believe like I do are falling for McCain and the GOPs manipulation tactics again.

This is a very interesting read concerning McCain's choice of Palin from an unusual and surprising religious perspective. I highly recommend checking it out - and send it to those you think need to hear it:

http://www.newsflavor.com/Opinions/McCain-Hijacks-Christianity-Via-Palin.240929

Posted by: LaRae | September 11, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Pretty darn good under pressure. She's got the best interests of the United States in mind with all of her answers. I'd like to see the Obamessiah answer the same questions, without knowing what the questions are ahead of time. I can see it now, "Uh, I, Charlie, yes we can, uh, enough! Change! Um, we are the ones we have been waiting for"

Posted by: Mike | September 11, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

“Beware of the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry, [who] infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How will I know? For this I have done. And I am Julius Caesar.”

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 11, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

What do you get when you cross Palin with Pinocchio?

A hockey mom with a nose that stretches from Wasilla to Washington.

Posted by: delantero | September 11, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Please, please, please more interviews with Sarah.

I love that deer in the headlight look she has when she actually has to say something.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 10:00 PM


You're right, Continuum, she's a great weapon for the Democrats as long as she's talking and not reading a script.

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

CHRETIAN,

The last I checked, Georgia was not my country. Neither was Israel.

You have no idea about the founding fathers' ideals you moron.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Foreign police for Palin is the current situation in Nome. She stated that they are still waiting for the vaccine.

Posted by: Michael1945 | September 11, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Palin did a GREAT job.

In fact, I predict that the McCain campaign will have her do MANY MORE interviews.

If that happens, Obama/Biden is over. Stick a fork in them.


Posted by: Jay Karinfield | September 11, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Democrats think that a female VP candidate should look like an overfed lesbian mule with hairy legs and pits


Caribou with lipstick dammitt!!!

Get it right!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

May God have mercy on this nation if Palin comes to power...

Look for an interesting country, learn the language, find a good place to raise children, and always have enough money to afford a one way ticket their.

Posted by: Armen | September 11, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Pali stated:
"What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against,"
HA HA HA HA HA
Who's gonna come after the US for invading IRAQ?
Hussein WAS elected...

Posted by: phorse | September 11, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican Party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon, former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.
Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search. AIPAC and PNAC are the military industrial complex.
Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican Party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda? The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about religion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic surveillance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangelicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, lipstick and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continuously for over 30 years. Yes the left has their own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican administration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the Constitution) is happening right in front of us. The consolidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever, gridlocked legislature with only two parties for representation, a judiciary that just kowtows to the executive branch). No real independent journalism. Cameras placed on every street corner. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, incrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"


Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Agents of strange

Posted by: loincloth | September 11, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I HATE RUSSIANS

BRING IT ON!!! IT'S BARBEQUE TIME!


SARAH WAS GREAT. GO SARAH!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

You and just about every other media outlet have missed the bigger story from this interview. In an utterly painful segment, she shows she has no clue what the Bush Doctrine is or how it was a departure from prior American foreign policy. Has she been under a rock for the past six years? Wouldn't anyone with at least passing familiarity from the newspaper about the debate over the Iraq War be able to answer such a question?

This is the person who would be one heartbeat from the Oval Office. Frightening.

Posted by: jbaughma | September 11, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Michael Beschloss and Strobe Talbott wrote a very interesting book, 'At the Highest Levels," about how Gorbachev consistently bowed to the demands of Bush I, ending the cold war and allowing the Soviet Union to collapse. McCain, Palin, Cheney and their fellow bellicose neo-conservatives expect the current Russian leaders to also give in to the demands of neoconservatives in this country, effectively denying Russia from having any independent foreign policies, not approved by the neoconservatives. By comparison, Bush II comes across as relatively moderate and significantly less warlike.

What do John McCain and George Custer have in common? Finishing near last in their respective military academies, being warmongers, very reckless and wanting to be president. Custer wanted to become commander-in-chief and hoped a major victory over the native Americans in 1876 would lead him to the white house.

How can anyone vote for McCain-Putin and a probable return to the height of the cold war, as well as possibly World War III? Electing McCain-Palin would be like voting for Curtis LeMay to have been president in 1960 and probably starting World War III over the Cuban missile crisis.

Posted by: Independent | September 11, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Charlie, As a fair-minded American, I think you are not professional in the interview. The selection of the Qs are unfair and ridiculous. If her performance is B minus, your performance is D minus.

Posted by: C.Y.T. | September 11, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

If we elect McCain/Palin, we will deserve what we get. The rest of the world, however, will not.

Posted by: BenH | September 11, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, Palin believes in God and believes in defending America.

That's why liberal hate her!

I'm just concerned she might see a 900 foot tall Jesus like Swaggert did. Especially if it starts talking to her in tongues.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Latest on "family values" from (where else?) The National Enquirer!!

The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah's oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it. And as Track, 19, heads to Iraq as part of the U.S. armed forces, Sarah and her husband Todd were powerless to stop his wild antics, detailed in the new issue of The ENQUIRER, which goes on sale today.

THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity status to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”

“He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do,” the source divulged. “You join the military.”

And as Gov. Palin has billed the state of Alaska for various expenses related to her children, as reported by The Washington Post, The ENQUIRER's investigation reveals that she was so incensed by 17-year-old Bristol's pregnancy that she banished her daughter from the house.

Another family friend revealed pre-prego Bristol was as much of a hard partier as Track was.

“Bristol was a huge stoner and drinker. I’ve seen her smoke pot and get drunk and make out with so many guys. All the guys would brag that the just made out with Bristol.”

When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!

And the ENQUIRER also learned that Levi Johnston, the baby mamma’s future wedded dada, who was glad handed by John McCain at the GOP Convention, isn’t too happy about his impending shotgun nups either.

“Levi got dragged out of the house to go to Minnesota,” Levi’s friend told The ENQUIRER. “Levi realizes he’s stuck being with Bristol because her mom is running for Vice President.”

The friend also confided that both Bristol and Levi “broke up a few times and they definitely messed around with other people.”

Meanwhile, as members of the Palin family’s war viciously over “Trooper-Gate” and claims of Sarah’s extramarital affair have turned the political race into a chaotic arena of threats, denials and vicious attacks by political black ops, The ENQUIRER has discovered shocking new details about the red-hot affair scandal!

For the full story of the secrets Sarah Palin is trying to hide – pick up the new ENQUIRER!

Posted by: toritto | September 11, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

not bad for 13 days of coaching and learning the script. maybe the mccain camp/neocons can give palin a kaplan course on foreign policy and world history. doubt she got much from the 6 colleges she attended. certainly, that's all the training that she probably needs to get her up to speed for those out there that think she's qualified to be a heartbeat away from pushing the button. then again, maybe there is a cliff note edition out there that she can cram from. getting a passing grade from the American electorate is looking pretty easy. why waste time on critical thinking?

Posted by: jbird | September 11, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

This interview sealed the deal for me. I'm a centrist that voted Bush the first go-round, and for Bush 1's first election, but this is complete and embarrasing insanity. There is no way I can consciously vote that woman into a position of being a literal heartbeat from the Presidency.

Two weeks of intense "World Education" bootcamp and she still sounds like a 7th grader debating politics in their civics class. It's been incredibly annoying for McCain's campaign to have been admittedly hiding her for the past two weeks. It is pretty obvious why. I loved how she threw "Rose" and "Orange" Revolutions out there...uncomfortably and in awkward response in an attempt to sound secular that shows that she had never even heard those terms until a couple of days ago.

It's not "elitist" to want the smartest choice available for the highest ranking, most unforgiving and difficult job in the land, its simply common sense. I am sure Palin is a wonderful mother and wife but I've got a lot of "soccer moms and women hunters" in my town, and like them, Palin is a lifetime away from being VP, or Presidential material.

McCain, you would have had my vote had you picked some of the well known members of your short list. It's unfortunate that you didn't.

Michael - PA

Posted by: Michael | September 11, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Democrats think that a female VP candidate should look like an overfed lesbian mule with hairy legs and pits.

Posted by: FS | September 11, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse


Seth made a great point:

"Palin can actually speak -- unlike Obama, who sounds like the village idiot."

Palin was both intelligent and articulate.

This was the final test, and Sarah hit a home run.

Yep, this election is over. Obama is finished.

Maybe Obama can go back to being a community organizer.

Posted by: Charles Jackson | September 11, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Iraqiburgers? Come November, we'll have a liberal portion of Dems for dessert.

Posted by: Billie Blanco | September 11, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Supporting our troops is more than a decal you buy from wall-mart to put on your car to support the troops anyone for the war join the army you cowards sending our kids to die for no reason

Posted by: sam | September 11, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Russia does have a chip on their shoulder, and Putin is a scary looking dude. Hey, they look cross eyed at this country, and I'm ok with a throw down.

Posted by: Back off Russia | September 11, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican Party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon, former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.
Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search. AIPAC and PNAC are the military industrial complex.
Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican Party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda? The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about religion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic surveillance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangelicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, lipstick and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continuously for over 30 years. Yes the left has their own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican administration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the Constitution) is happening right in front of us. The consolidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever, gridlocked legislature with only two parties for representation, a judiciary that just kowtows to the executive branch). No real independent journalism. Cameras placed on every street corner. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, incrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"


Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin clearly doesn't have a clue. But then we already knew that. We also know that a lot of Americans like the fact that she doesn't have a clue. She's one of them.

Yes, she really is the lipstick on the pig.

Posted by: Groundhogday | September 11, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

PALIN does not know what the BUSH doctrine is. She is dumb, but I think Karl Rove should spin this to prove that PALIN is so much not like BUSH that see doesnt even know what his policies are.

Posted by: funstuff | September 11, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

good all you Palin supporters. Send you dumb ass kids over to fight a war. Forget about having normal grandkids. Read The Road for our destiny. Adios.

Posted by: Bill | September 11, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

"
This could be the start of a new reality TV show. "So You Wanna Be Veep?"
"

If yes, get church education for 20 years first!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

People thought Ronald Reagan was nuts too. You libs go run to France or whatever, us real Americans will stand up to Russia or anyone else who threatens democracy.

----------

Roy,

Yeah, you real Americans go get your guns and head on over to Russia. Us fake ones will hold down the fort here and see if we can put the economy back together. If we're successful, we may even have some money to send your way in about a decade. Just try to hold out as long as you can.

Eesh... could you guys stop trying to get us all blown up? Maybe for just a term or two?

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

It seems a bit "odd" to me that as our economy continues to crumble, and their make believe "winnable" war takes a few hits, and "W" rides off into the sunset, McCain and his Rove trained puppet keep on doing anything it takes to keep from even attempting to answer ANY QUESTIONS about our problems. Could they actually be in such denial and really think everything is going pretty well? Folks this is really scarey

Posted by: Mike | September 11, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Stearn. The word "devisive" in my previous post was a play on words. I just knew everybody would get that it was a combination of devious and divisive. My apologies.

Posted by: kath | September 11, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

She really fumbled her way through that interview. I'd be surprised if that helped her at all. She looked like a college student trying to pass a test when she didn't really study.

Posted by: wow | September 11, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

ASSOCIATED PRESS:

Palin “contradicted assertion she made at her former church”

“appeared unsure of Bush doctrine”

“never met a head of state”

“trip last year” was her first trip outside North America

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/P/PALIN_INTERVIEW?SITE=FLTAM&SECTION=POLITICS&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-09-11-21-38-46

Posted by: John Michael | September 11, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

What a sad state of affairs for this country -- two scatterbrained socialists versus two lightweight jingoists.

Ughh.

Posted by: info | September 11, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Please, please, please more interviews with Sarah.

I love that deer in the headlight look she has when she actually has to say something.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Only read this is you think Caribou Barbie is a joke. (The rest of you won't have a clue!):

She had that "caribou in the snowmobile headlight" look.

Excellent my friend. When you see the video again watch Palin the moment Gibson explains the Bush Doctrine to her.

Her facial expression just drops. The caribou look you mention.

It's striking. and amusing to watch.

Okay...True Believers, you can start reading again.

Posted by: Smugly amused | September 11, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

This could be the start of a new reality TV show. "So You Wanna Be Veep?"

Posted by: Network Programmer | September 11, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"
I don't think Palin understood the consequences of what she said in that interview. ........
"

Thst is why Obama and DNC liberals think most American people are stupid.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I would have a lot more respect for Palin supporters if they wrote with all sincerity that they would gladly:

1. Volunteer to fight and if it happens, die, in support of a NATO military mission;

2. Be willing to have their father, mother, brother, sister, child fight and if it happens, die, in support of a NATO military mission.

Posted by: flyfysher | September 11, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

You know, one reason Russia is even IN GEORGIA, is because a couple of Georgia's provinces are declaring their own sovereignty. They have their own presidents and taxes. They don't have their own currency yet, but are using russian money since they can't print their own. Also Russia is the only country to recognize these two "provinces" as their own nations, whereas the US and allied thugs have forced these provinces to be IN GEORGIA when they clearly DO NOT WANT TO BE PART OF IT. This is the same kind of crap that breeds terrorism. You think these from within these two provinces, when men feel desperate enough they will do anything to get an occupying force from their lands. And the US giving 1 Bil in aid to Georgia might incite the same kind of hostile response the US foreign policy has been doing for YEARS now. TERRORISTS DON'T COME OUT OF THE AIR, THEY ARE CREATED.
And as for McCain/Palin, especially McCain... if you know how to relieve the world of terrorists, please share with us instead of using it as a PLOY to get elected. It's disgusting.
*****Barr '08******

Posted by: BARR '08 | September 11, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I am all for a war with Russia, it is long overdue, bring it on!

Posted by: StephenW | September 11, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I HATE RUSSIANS

BRING IT ON!!! IT'S BARBEQUE TIME!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse


Palin did a GREAT job.

In fact, I predict that the McCain campaign will have her do MANY MORE interviews.

If that happens, Obama/Biden is over. Stick a fork in them.

Posted by: Jay Karinfield | September 11, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ, this woman knows almost nothing about the world. It was like watching that Miss Teen South Carolina video on Youtube.

McCain, I'm begging you, put anyone else in there -- Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Olympia Snow, Romney, Pawlenty, Condi .... please! Somebody more experienced and knowledgable.

You had Melonoma!!! You are 72!!!! And you risk giving America Gov. KnowNothing?

Posted by: Jim | September 11, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

It sounds like she's been thinking about this for a while. I guess that's just what you do during those long winters in Alaska.

She's got it all figured out: Napoleon and Hitler failed when they invaded Russia -- cause they didn't come in from the East! Cross the Bering Strait and hit them were they least expect it. And the nasty Russian winter won't bother our stout Alaska National Guard - they'll think of it as spring break!

Posted by: Yippee! | September 11, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Palin's foreign policy.

Nuke first, and ask questions later.

That is, if anybody on the planet is still alive.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

AIN'T LYING WHEN I SAY,

I IMAGINE YOUR RED STILETTO HEEL ON THAT BIG RED BUTTON


AND MY HEART GOES


KABOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM!"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

People thought Ronald Reagan was nuts too. You libs go run to France or whatever, us real Americans will stand up to Russia or anyone else who threatens democracy.
Do you idiots understand that the very reason you people can rant on these blogs is because thousands upon thousands of real Americans have protected democracy; including me.
Oh, and the next time someone invades France, call on your other lib friends.

Posted by: Roy | September 11, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse


Apparently, Palin believes in God and believes in defending America.

That's why liberal hate her!

She did an awesome interview. She can actually speak -- unlike Obama, who sounds like the village idiot.


Posted by: Seth Robinson | September 11, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I see that a poll was published today saying that Russians would overwhelming vote for Obama.

No wonder they would love to bring back the glory days of the soviet union and it's dictatorship by invading their neighbors.

Thank goodness McCain and Palin are talking tough. No war ever started because a nation was strong only when they were perceived to be weak.

Posted by: Mike in nevada | September 11, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, McBush will let Palin out of her hiding hole to do more interviews.

The entire country needs a good laugh.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Palin understood the consequences of what she said in that interview. They gave her only so much info and when that didn't fit she said what she thought was "in the spirit" of that briefing. The fact is, that independent of whether Georgia is a Nato member at this point or not, the U.S. couldn't have gone to its help, because it is too stretched in the two wars it is fighting and because going to Georgia's defense would have been a confrontation with Russia. The Europeans realize that they are not ready for a war with Russia and consequently voted against admitting Georgia and Ukraine to the Nato. Very wise. Meanwhile, under that European protection, the U.S. wants Georgia's membership to make it look as if they support Georgia because they need Georgia for strategic oil and gas reasons. This is politics. Sarah Palin seems to have missed that point. Which confirms her lack of experience with either, foreign relations and politics as used in government. A very scary proposition to have her as a vice president and emergency president. When the Russians answer with nuclear war, it won't be enough to cry sexism anymore.

Posted by: Brigitte | September 11, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous:

how about going t iraq you coward.

Posted by: sam | September 11, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Here we have an ultraconservative espousing a belligerent foreign policy; a person who sees God in her political decisions; a person who clearly has very little specific knowledge about international affairs; a person who, when confronted with inaccuracies in her public statements (i.e. the Bridge to Nowhere), refuses to back down.

This is George W. Bush all over again. If McCain-Palin wins, we will be fighting another war within two years, I guarantee it.


Posted by: drgrepper | September 11, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Dems are freaking out.

Polls are crashing. MSNBC anchors are dropping like flies

Money is drying up for the Democrats

Rumors are flying that they are the Dems are trying to drop Biden for Hillary now.

Kool-aid.

Posted by: Fred | September 11, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

If we elect McCain/Palin, we will deserve what we get. The rest of the world, however, will not.

Posted by: BenH | September 11, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Charlie, All your Qs are based on an assumption that John McCain will not be able to live for longer than 4 more years. In considering how healthy John McCain is, your Qs are meaningless.

Posted by: C.Y. | September 11, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Sarah McRove - exposed for what she really is - UNQUALIFIED!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Be scared - very very scared! And Sarah Palin didn't even know what the Bush Doctrine was! Think I'm going to start working on my fallout shelter.

Posted by: woody | September 11, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Women need to follow this example as without equality we will always be subservient, under paid, second class citizens worried that someone will take away any and all our rights - we are not in control and we know it - that is why we get so very afraid.

If women of America banded together both parties would be afraid. I voted for Hillary but am now voting for Sarah.


________________________________


Have you seen? Racist white women are already united.
Found a women's section of KKK.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Governor Apaling knows all them ferrin affairs and runnin' the gubermint.

She always stayed at the Holiday Inn Express when she was committing adultery with her husbands business partner.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

"You have to admit, Sarah did a great job in the interview.

As someone else just mentioned, Obama is an embarrassment in interviews. He stutters & stammers like he's confused. Maybe he is.

Palin, outstanding interview!"

Lisa, what interview were you watching?

Posted by: Phxflyer | September 11, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Go get 'em Governor! As a struggling, slowly reforming Chauvinist, I can tell you that I would have NO problems with this Lady being Commander in Chief should the need arise. While John McCain is the best of the lot to lead this Nation through a crisis, I feel Mr.s Palin would absolutely handle the job far better then either Obama or Bidden. Certainly she would not wait for a an opinion Poll to determine a course of action, and we can count on Obama to do nothing until his handlers tell him too.

Posted by: Karpy | September 11, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has broken into so many deep rooted prejudices against women but the woman bashing Post articles and blogs tell us women that we have a far way to go.

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mgd,

Don't be ridiculous. There are plenty of women who could have nailed this interview. Our current Secretary of State could have taken this interview from her car phone and landed a perfect 10 without even paying attention to the questions.

It has nothing to do with Palin's gender and everything to do with her qualifications.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Play Lyin Eyes by the Eagles,

“You can't hide your lyin' eyes, and your smile is a thin disguise. I thought by now you'd realize there ain't no way to hide those lying eyes.”

Play video of Palin, “I told Congress, 'Thanks, but no thanks,' on that bridge to nowhere.”

Now Tell Palin/McCain for President - “Thanks, but no thanks”

lol

Posted by: lol | September 11, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Cowboys, move over for the cowgirl.

You make me proud, Sarah.

I'm getting myself a gun and gonna go a'hunting me some Russian caribou.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Libertarian: So you will "selectively" defend your country? You must be a liberal.

As far as brushing up on my history... I've lived it and made it, my boy. Now it's your turn.

Posted by: CRETIAN | September 11, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't let Georgia become a part of NATO, problem solved.

Posted by: Yar | September 11, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse


Mario is exactly right. This interview will only further excite Republicans.

Palin did a very good job. I'll bet Obama wishes he could be this articulate in interviews instead of stumbling, stopping and losing his train of thought.

I'm afraid that Palin & McCain will soon be in the White House.

Posted by: Stephanie Rassion | September 11, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

>>>Palin gets it right! No one should invade a democracy! NO ONE! when we turn our heads because of a bully we give up our God given rights as people. Again, Bush did the right thing -- he warned Russia that we were coming and suffer the outcome. It is time to stop being a liberal and be an American First and see what the President did right! We want our leaders weather Democrat or Republican to succeed -- you seem to want them to fail.

Phil
Posted by: pm | September 11, 2008 9:40 PM

If you really thought Palin had it right, then YOU should get your azz out there to fight the fight. Georgia started that war with South Ossetia and came over here whining for help when big, bad Russia came down on them something fierce. You know, you reap what you sow. So, if don't start no stuff, it won't be no stuff. And that goes for Georgia, too.

Enough with the wars already, especially the one that this country lied to get into.

Posted by: Yeah! | September 11, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I will say she totally bombed!

Posted by: Chris Stewart | September 11, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Nowanna
Palin is referring to Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address. Sounds to me like she's got a pretty nuanced understanding of this particular issue. She may be shallow on much else, but I don't think you can impeach her on this. Gibson did mis-quote her.

Posted by: Mark | September 11, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The selection of another incurious, ill-schooled politician with no foreign policy judgment and a simplistic "the military can solve everything" view of foreign policy will continue the dramatic slide of the U.S.'s global influence. It will also dig us much deeper into a foreign policy hole that has already brought us to an international situation more dangerous than the darkest days of the Cold War.

PostGlobal's Global Power Barometer measures how well the key powers of the world, and by extension their leaders, are exercising their power to achieve their own desired ends. It tells you clearly who's winning and losing on the world power stage. The GPB's "4-week View" makes it obvious how far the U.S. has fallen far behind Russia, China, Iran and even Israel and the Islamists in achieving its global goals.

As we've watched world reaction to the Bush administration over the years, the people and leaders of the world are not as much interested in "experience" per se as they are two critical human traits: 1) curiosity about the world, and, 2) a knowledge of the history and cultures of their nations. Governor Palin has neither and that's downright dangerous.

The Governor, who obtained her first passport less than two years ago, has traveled outside the U.S. only once, to visit Alaska National Guardsmen stationed in Germany and Kuwait. She claimed a visit to Ireland, but the Irish quickly pointed out that a refueling stop in which you don't leave the airport is not a "visit." In fact, she has never even visited Alaska's important next-door neighbor, Canada.

Consistent with a complete lack of curiosity about the world around her, Governor Palin has never had any formal education in history (of the U.S. or the world,) let alone any experience with global culture or politics that might serve as a substitute for formal education.

Beyond what this says to the people of the world (which is that a VP Palin simply wouldn't care), we've just experienced eight years of the costly errors of a President without any curiosity or understanding of how foreign lands will react to U.S. actions. Iraq is a prime example. Even a cursory knowledge of culture and the region would have suggested the outcome of an Iraq invasion (Bush 41's great knowledge and understanding of history and culture kept him out of Baghdad.)

In the current crisis with Russia, an understanding of Russian culture, history and 20th-century experience (and, of course, the right judgment to apply the lessons of that history) would have avoided creating the situation in which Russia had little choice but to draw the line at South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The U.S. has a history as long as a blink of an eye in comparison to much of the rest of the world, so it may be understandable that we have little interest in world history. U.S. citizens are some of the least traveled among developed countries, so that may explain our lack of knowledge of other cultures. But in order just to protect ourselves and avoid mistakes that strengthen our enemies and weaken the U.S., we need leaders who are curious about the world, its history and its cultures. The nomination of Sarah Palin sends exactly the wrong message to the world and guarantees four more years of foreign policy and military mistakes in a world far more dangerous than it was eight years ago.

By Chuck McLean, Chuck McLean is director of the Denver Research Group, which produces PostGlobal's Global Power Barometer.

Posted by: fl | September 11, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Whew! I thought she did poorly too. I was afraid to say some thing because Ferraro would call me sexist.

I won't say she totally bombed. But she definitely was not convincing, which is too bad given she prepped for 2 weeks.

Posted by: Chris Stewart | September 11, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Says the Palin worshipers,

"I IMAGINE YOUR RED STILETTO HEEL ON THAT BIG RED BUTTON


AND MY HEART GOES


KABOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM!"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

She wants to start a war with Russia over a country that most Americans have never even heard of, but she's afraid to go into Pakistan after bin Laden. She's only been outside the U.S. once and has never even met a world leader. Do you really want an airhead like this to have her finger on the nuclear button?

Posted by: Patrick | September 11, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, if you are so righteous about the United States upholding its treaty obligations then perhaps you take umbrage at the administration's disregard of the United States' treaty obligations under the Geneva Convention with respect to torture. You do not get to pick and choose the rules you follow. Moreover, it would be NATO's decision what action it wanted to take towards Russia and not the United States' alone. Or has Bush's precedent of having the United States act unilaterally in contravention of international law now become the sole standard by which you would have America's leader govern?

Posted by: flyfysher | September 11, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God, you stupid woman. Do you even know what you would be getting this country into? Of course not. Stupid is as stupid does.

Palin is like Bush in lipstick, only not as smart. The Republicans have at last found someone dumber. Is that why they are so excited about their ticket??

Posted by: yh132 | September 11, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

NATO membership means that if you are attacked the other members will come to your defense. What was she supposed to say? That we will have an Oprah-type forum and understand what made them do it?
???????????????????????????

Uhhh...i think it's called diplomacy, negotiations, judgement among other things.

If all you know is whether or not they attacked a memebr of NATO and what the agreement is then we might as well put a 4th grader in the White House to make the decision to go to war.

I agree it would be cheaper. You could sell Air Force 1 and take the money to buy a bunch video games, some Sponge Bob movies and bags and bags of Oreo Creme cookies and milk.

How is that for a maverick move to shake up Washington???

Seriously, do any of you blind followers of McCain/Palin have an inkling as to what is going on in the real world?

We just sent soldiers into Pakistan the other day. That is country number 3 for King George. We have soldiers in 2 war and one hidden war now.

Does that ring any bells? Largest national debt ever now.

Any bells going off yet????? Any clue?

Or are we still hung up on lipstick and flag pins????

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Patty2008

Don't hide you pat robert supporter. With your muslim comments you are so divisive please go away.
shame on you

Posted by: sam | September 11, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Since the Bush Doctrine can refer to several different things, Sarah was perfectly correct in asking him to clarify. Of course, he didn't want to clarify because getting an honest answer to an honest question was clearly not his intent.

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Horse hockey. If she knew what it was, she could have really slugged one out of the park by explaining it back in detail and asking him specifically what he meant. It would have been a golden opportunity. It would have made republicans weep with joy and it might have sealed the experience deal for good. McCain could have picked his victory from 'Of course she knows what the Bush Doctrine is...' to 'In just one week, she is an expert on foreign policy...'. It would have been the jackpot of the entire interview.

Needless to say.. that did not happen. Moreover, since she clearly doesn't know what it is, she's proven that she's missed an important chapter in Modern US Foreign Policy 101. So there's the answer on her qualifications. It is exactly the answer we were all expecting.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute! It's taken 5 painful years to get Iraq (graciously called a developing country) under control with 100s of billions spent, thousands dead and 10s of thousands of wounded but this "hockey mom" flippantly would wage war on Russia over Georgia? Russia is nuclear armed. They still have a formidable armed forces. It would would be a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions for the world if the US and Russia went to war.

This lady is way in over her head. No wonder McCain's campaign have been shielding her from the media. She's an airhead. We need a smart and diplomatic president, not some self described "hockey mom."

Posted by: Mike | September 11, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has broken into so many deep rooted prejudices against women but the woman bashing Post articles and blogs tell us women that we have a far way to go.

Civil Rights succeeded because the majority of African Americans banded together for one cause - equal treatment and opportunity. They were conservative and radical, Christian and Islam, pro-choice and pro-life - but they put all other issues aside to make change by supporting their own color and their own advancement.

Women need to follow this example as without equality we will always be subservient, under paid, second class citizens worried that someone will take away any and all our rights - we are not in control and we know it - that is why we get so very afraid.

If women of America banded together both parties would be afraid. I voted for Hillary but am now voting for Sarah.

Go Sarah!!!! Women are rooting for you!!

Posted by: mgd1 | September 11, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Patty2008 -

What's that I hear? I think it's your friends back at the trailer park..they want to know when you'll be back with the beer. Are you done walking the streets to collect the money. Here's five cents for you..now run along home, your 10 kids are waiting for you to make their nightly Wonder Bread Sandwiches for dinner.

Posted by: DW | September 11, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Seems a nice enough person. But way out of her depth. Scary.

Posted by: Pete | September 11, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Does Barack Obama know his supporters are being "devisive" when they are making all these horrible and uncalled for remarks?

_____________________

He picked up Rove.

I won't stop at anything.


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Posted by: Cooday | September 11, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's image as a brave, likeable, all-American hockey mom has virtually guaranteed the success of the McCain-Palin ticket.Given John McCain's age, there is a relatively high probability that Sarah Palin will succeed him as Commander-In- Chief of the USA's armed forces. However, her ability to view a war as a patriotic duty from God is likely to lead her to prioritize national honour over national survival in the event of a confrontation with Russia, still a major nuclear power. Her evangelical religious views are consistent with a literal rather than metaphorical interpretation of the book of Revelation. This may lead her to see a nuclear exchange as an inevitable and desirable fulfillment of prophecy, a biblical Armageddon that leads to the second coming of Christ. She may even be willing to accept the physical destruction of the United States and most of its population in a Russian retaliatiory strike, in the belief that many Americans and their allies will be among the righteous who are rewarded in Heaven.

Not all nations have the economic resources to make preparations for survival of some portion of their population after a US/Russian nuclear exchange. Those that can should.

Posted by: ravisingh | September 11, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse


You have to admit, Sarah did a great job in the interview.

As someone else just mentioned, Obama is an embarrassment in interviews. He stutters & stammers like he's confused. Maybe he is.

Palin, outstanding interview!


Posted by: Lisa Paulson | September 11, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Finally, the American people are seeing the idiot that McBush selected as a VP.

Americans are seeing exactly what this senile old McBush has for his pathetic judgement.

And the Republicans with actual brains are now realizing what a pitiful mistake Governor Appaling is.

Please, please, please let Governor Apaling do more interviews so the entire nation can see the bubble head governor in all her glory.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's image as a brave, likeable, all-American hockey mom has virtually guaranteed the success of the McCain-Palin ticket.Given John McCain's age, there is a relatively high probability that Sarah Palin will succeed him as Commander-In- Chief of the USA's armed forces. However, her ability to view a war as a patriotic duty from God is likely to lead her to prioritize national honour over national survival in the event of a confrontation with Russia, still a major nuclear power. Her evangelical religious views are consistent with a literal rather than metaphorical interpretation of the book of Revelation. This may lead her to see a nuclear exchange as an inevitable and desirable fulfillment of prophecy, a biblical Armageddon that leads to the second coming of Christ. She may even be willing to accept the physical destruction of the United States and most of its population in a Russian retaliatiory strike, in the belief that many Americans and their allies will be among the righteous who are rewarded in Heaven.

Not all nations have the economic resources to make preparations for survival of some portion of their population after a US/Russian nuclear exchange. Those that can should.

Posted by: ravisingh | September 11, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

So we have a modern-day Joan of Arc who believes it is God's will that we should start a war with Russia. Heaven help our great nation.

Obama should pounce on this major gaffe. I'm thinking -- cute little girl -- daisy -- Sarah Palin's face -- mushroom cloud -- end of human civilization...

Posted by: Steve | September 11, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

These Democrats are decrying her, but to me, she did not just give her answers very well, but she is also very good looking. Makes us Republicans proud.

I love her sense of style. Did you see those 4 inch red stiletto's she's been wearing?

Even if that stilleto heel pushes that big red button, I will go to my God with a big, satisfied smile on my face.....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I got it! Palin would never presume to know God's will, but she's praying that we're on his side in his war against Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, what the heck, make it the whole of the Muslim world and Russia. So it is a holy war made in heaven that her son is off to fight for as the rest of us should be.

There is a place for Palin, it's in a cave with Bin Laden...but lose the lipstick.

Posted by: Sonia Kermaz | September 11, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

US Brothers and Sisters - Open invitation for all the decently educated American liberal free-thinkers to separate from Jesusland and join the new United States of Canada. It's great up here, few guns, less uber-religious nutcases like Palin, a better rep abroad, better beer and now with global warming, longer summers! C'mon, we know you want to.

Posted by: Joe Canada | September 11, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

"Is it true she had an earpiece linked to Karl Rove?"

Must have malfunctioned, just like the teleprompter.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I puke when at some of the sick no-brained comments from pigs (with or without lipstick!) like viejo & anonymous'-garbage-- AND at the putrid mania over this whacky fake-religion spouting woman along with her whacko mentor McCain -too erratic for national office both of them- a threat to sanity that should be cancelled at the ballot box! War with Russia my ass!!!-(What? she knows foreign policy cos Alaskas near Russia??? my a----!Are you nuts McCain? you said it!!) There was a chance for friendly relations that both sides squandered after the fall of communism that was coming long before Ron-bo stuck his two cents in -or more like billions --our tax dollars --wasted as GOP usually wastes 'em & is wasting billions now. We need a government for making America the shining example it should be not a US mired in appaling costly foreign adventures!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

"Here is the Wikipedia entry for Bush Doctrine"

And when do you think the McCain campaign updated Wikipedia to say that? Everyone knows exactly what the Bush Doctrine is (except Palin) no matter who updated Wikipedia most recently. Get real. She's a horrid choice; McCain is endangering the nation.

Posted by: wiki nonsense | September 11, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Dude, she gets her childrens' names from gun parts . . . or a baby name generator . . . http://www.personal-space.com/palin.

Posted by: dwharrington | September 11, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Whack, whack, whack job... go Sarah! You tell 'em... I'mmmmmm not gonna push the button, yooooouuuuu push the button! Wait... Sarah's gonna push the button! No thinking required, its all in the treaties. Whoopeeeeee.....

Posted by: rayjay | September 11, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that her answers sounded like McCain's... Perhaps its because he wrote all of her answers! :(

Why she is being elusive to the many direct interviews and questions that a VP candidate would normally welcome? Because she has no grasp of Foreign Affairs. I cannot wait for the VP debates to show true colors...

Posted by: Jack 5 | September 11, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Charlie, Can you please ask Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton how many countries that they had visited when they started their campaigns?

Posted by: C.T | September 11, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

You know, one reason Russia is even IN GEORGIA, is because a couple of Georgia's provinces are declaring their own sovereignty. They have their own presidents and taxes. They don't have their own currency yet, but are using russian money since they can't print their own. Also Russia is the only country to recognize these two "provinces" as their own nations, whereas the US and allied thugs have forced these provinces to be IN GEORGIA when they clearly DO NOT WANT TO BE PART OF IT. This is the same kind of crap that breeds terrorism. You think these from within these two provinces, when men feel desperate enough they will do anything to get an occupying force from their lands. And the US giving 1 Bil in aid to Georgia might incite the same kind of hostile response the US foreign policy has been doing for YEARS now. TERRORISTS DON'T COME OUT OF THE AIR, THEY ARE CREATED.
And as for McCain/Palin, especially McCain... if you know how to relieve the world of terrorists, please share with us instead of using it as a PLOY to get elected. It's disgusting.
*****Barr '08******

Posted by: BARR '08 | September 11, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Looks like sleazy slimeball Covert
Muslim Fanatic Democrat Messiah Obama and
his Smearmaster David Axelrod have got their 2700 Paid Obamabot Posters going 24/7
to Smear Gov Sarah Palin again today. That
just proves how Desperate Loser Muslim
Manchurian Candiate Barack Hussein Obama
and Drunken Old Big Mouth Joe Biden and the
Socialist Liberal Democrats Have Become and
How Totally Afraid of Gov Palin they are.

If Big Mouth Sexist Messiah Barack Obama
truly loved "This Country" like Obama keeps
claiming, then why did Yellow Coward Obama
never go enlisted in the US Military and
prove it? Or, Did Barack Hussein Obama self
admitted Cocaine Snorting keep him out!
Sorry Obama posting flyers on light posts
as big shot Chicago Community Organizer
doesnot count as Military Service Stupid!
And how did Drunkard Motor Mouth Joe Biden
get 5 Draft Deferiments? Was it his drinking problems kept him out as well,or
is Draft Dodger Biden Related to Draft Dodger Dickey Cheney? And you Obamabots
and Democrat Donkey Party Losers want us to
vote for a pair of empty suit losers and
coke addicts and alcoholic peacenik Surrender Monkeys like Obama and Biden?
No Thanks! NO WAY! NOBAMA/NOBIDEN EVER!

You Rock Gov Sarah Palin! My Vote as an
Independent will go to Sen John McCain and
Gov Sarah Palin,who I trust a Hell of a lot
more then I do Obama and Biden!

Posted by: Patty2008 | September 11, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"
Please God save us from these war-mongers.

She is ready to start WW3 over Georgia and send us all to war.

She is CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!
"

Come on, no one will send you to battle field. Do not shoot yourself.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone put out a tee-shirt yet with "In what respect, Charlie?" printed on it? It's my favorite line since "Don't taser me, bro."

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse


I agree with "JH." The only reason Palin did so well in the interview is that Gibson's questions were easy.

Palin is obviously very articulate, but who knows, maybe she saw the question ahead of time.

This is only going to further excite the Republicans.

Now I wish that Obama had picked Hillary. Biden has been worthless.


Posted by: Mario Carpenato | September 11, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Go Palin! Iraqiburgers all round! Nearly a million Iraqis dead, five million refugees! Keep up the Lord's Good Work!!

Posted by: JasonS | September 11, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Does Barack Obama know his supporters are being "devisive" when they are making all these horrible and uncalled for remarks? I thought the Dems were suppose to be all about love, peace, and reaching across the aisle. Sorta like a new hippie generation. Play nice. Just give an adult opinion and then vote for whomever you choose.

Posted by: kath | September 11, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Ron Sampson

I can't wait till the day after the election, joan dixon.

I'll post your prediction in its entirety for your to choke on.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

>>>“Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America,” Mr. Biden said Wednesday in Nashua, N.H. “Quite frankly it might have been a better pick than me.”

Posted by: bobte | September 11, 2008 8:47 PM

I heard him say this, too. Biden, if he feels that way, should step aside and let Hillary take over so that she can get out there and kick butt.

Posted by: Yeah! | September 11, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

The truth is Obama loves to kiss pigs wearing lipstick!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I suppose I can wait until the VP debate to make up my mind for sure. Maybe this was just a bad day for her. But this interview was a horrible embarrassment for Republicans, I'm sorry to say.

Posted by: trojan97 | September 11, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Gov Appaling can't even handle a television interview.

Heaven help her, when she has to talk to Putin.

Thinks on her feet, not really.

Thinks on her rear, no not really.

Thinks at all. Well, no that that either.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

National Enquirer story breaking says Sarah Palin accepted veep slot to ensure son Track received preferential placement in military service. Judge required enlistment or prison time, and worried Mom Sarah "just did what was best for my family" by accepting the nomination and fringe benefit of more restricted service assignment typically provided when close family members of government official are deployed by one of the branches of the military.

Posted by: Just cause | September 11, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just another Bush disciple with 'a let's go to war in order to spread democracy' kind of foreign policy mentality. If Palin is elected then get ready for the draft and line up the American coffins. Palin's remarks were irresponsible. No leader should expressly take such a tough line in public. Force is always an option but so are other options short of it. Force should always be the option of last resort.

I studied the history of Lincoln and his background. Palin is no Lincoln.

Posted by: flyfysher | September 11, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama is in love with Sarah ... and Michelle knows it!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I watched this interview. Then I watched Obama in the Presidential forum.

I am voting for Obama.

Posted by: Chris Stewart | September 11, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

When do 'Republicans for Obama' bumper stickers go on sale?

I need to order mine. STAT.

Posted by: Howard County | September 11, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Just wait until she has to face questions she hasn't been coached how to answer. Won't be pretty.

Posted by: Dave | September 11, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I IMAGINE YOUR RED STILETTO HEEL ON THAT BIG RED BUTTON


AND MY HEART GOES


KABOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Someone else just made an excellent point...

"Obama's stuttering & stammering is becoming embarrassing."

In contrast, Palin is both smart & articulate. She did excellent in the interview.

I'm impressed!

Posted by: Ed Rosenthal | September 11, 2008 9:41 PM


I don't think it was someone else. I think it was you under another screen name. Nice try, though.

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

E. Zimm @ 9:36 - your first paragraph also describes us - the US and our leaders.

Posted by: Constance | September 11, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Don't expect to read the truth in Plain's hometown newspaper. News staff at the Frontiersman report that the publisher and editor will not allow them to report any coverage or their lipstick lady.

Posted by: HResz | September 11, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Since the Bush Doctrine can refer to several different things, Sarah was perfectly correct in asking him to clarify. Of course, he didn't want to clarify because getting an honest answer to an honest question was clearly not his intent.
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Oh my god!!!! You people are pathetic!!!

You really want to tell us she is ready to lead the world but now you make this flimsy excuse for her when she flubs the answer????

Give me a friggin break already. When she goes against Vlad Putin is she going to be making similar excuese?

"Hey give me a break Mr. Putin. You have had the distinct advantage of many years on the world level. I am just a hot babe who has only seen Russia once from on top of the highest spot in Alaska. So let's be fair okay???"

Laughing my friggin a@@ off!!! You people are so bad!! Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

I love it!!! Just love it!!!!

Posted by: Are you people for real??? | September 11, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Tommi :

I think the right wing has set the standards, Anything over bush is an improvement.

Posted by: sam | September 11, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

You know, one reason Russia is even IN GEORGIA, is because a couple of Georgia's provinces are declaring their own sovereignty. They have their own presidents and taxes. They don't have their own currency yet, but are using russian money since they can't print their own. Also Russia is the only country to recognize these two "provinces" as their own nations, whereas the US and allied thugs have forced these provinces to be IN GEORGIA when they clearly DO NOT WANT TO BE PART OF IT. This is the same kind of crap that breeds terrorism. You think these from within these two provinces, when men feel desperate enough they will do anything to get an occupying force from their lands. And the US giving 1 Bil in aid to Georgia might incite the same kind of hostile response the US foreign policy has been doing for YEARS now. TERRORISTS DON'T COME OUT OF THE AIR, THEY ARE CREATED.
And as for McCain/Palin, especially McCain... if you know how to relieve the world of terrorists, please share with us instead of using it as a PLOY to get elected. It's disgusting.
*****Barr '08******

Posted by: BARR '08 | September 11, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

this running mate is the most pathetic poltician I've ever seen. Have the republicans lost their marbles?
Of course they're enjoying a post-convention bounce. It's not from this porker with lipstick- its from all the dem bashing, lies, distortions, misdirection & propaganda aired over tv for 3 days. Sad. But mccain & his girlfriend will become distant memories, ala Bob Dole, once they try to bluff their ways through the debates. Obama & Biden will eat them alive, & the voters will know that this palin thing is nothing but a desperate attempt to inject life into an aging, faltering mccain.

Posted by: Ron Sampson | September 11, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

She looks like Erin Brockovich with chronic constipation.

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Love is never have to say Obama!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse


Someone else just made an excellent point...

"Obama's stuttering & stammering is becoming embarrassing."

In contrast, Palin is both smart & articulate. She did excellent in the interview.

I'm impressed!

Posted by: Ed Rosenthal | September 11, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Hello! NATO membership means that if you are attacked the other members will come to your defense. What was she supposed to say? That we will have an Oprah-type forum and understand what made them do it?

http://www.mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Revenge of the PUMAs | September 11, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess if she's Pres or VP, we can look forward to defending the rights of Georgia under NATO, even though Georgia is not in NATO. And that means war with Russia--so global thermo nuclear war. This is no longer interesting, but truly frightening.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Gabe, you seem to forget about the AMERICAN will to fight and win. We NEVER backed down in a 40 year cold war with the USSR and NEVER will, regardless of how many fat cat politicians and television junkies this country is home to. On this September 11th, reflect back at how the United States shines brightest in the darkest hours of history. Don't forget we still are and with the proper leadership will always be the premier military power in the world. When the next world conflict emerges do not count the United States out. Though our country may be crumbling at the edges from the greed and mismanagement of a constitutionally questionable government, WE THE PEOPLE are not afraid to stand up when the time comes.

In summary, I quote a true hero of America, who will forever embody the true spirit of our country: "...I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country --

VICTORY OR DEATH

William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt. "

Barret
must i remind you that we were not in a REAL WAR WITH RUSSIA? do you think russians will back down from us? they are every bit as proud as americans AND cpapble of fighting. and cut it with all the "we the americans" BS. every country has had proud moments like we have. we are people just like everyone else. and we die just asa easily as everyone else. my father and step father were both in vietnam, they saw real action and they KNOW the true cost of war. all the glorious talk of patriotism and great past deeds mean nothing in the face of battle. its all rhetoric that generals tell their soldiers before going into battle. in reality no one wants to be there. just remeber we are not invincible and russia, even with her older military technology is still an extremely powerful nation. did youknow they recently invented the most powerful conventional bomb ever conceived? i cant remeber the name but it is as powerful as an atomic bomb.

Posted by: gabe | September 11, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

After Palin's interview tonight, you can rest assured that she'll pull her groundhog act again.

The Repulicans won't let her out of her hole for another 6 weeks.

And, don't expect her to actually take any more questions from anybody.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Get your fact right!
I am a conservative democrat that voted for Regan -- I not a big fan of Bush but I do know we have one if not two carriers groups which includes sub and tactical warfare in the Georgia region--enough power to make a very big impression -- that does not include the Air force as a support unit…so the Bush adm did not act in a Childlike manor but in a very aggressive manor and MOST people in my circle get it… but once again if that was a liberal democrat acting the way Bush did ..you would be talking about how strong are President reacted to the Georgian tragedy.

Palin gets it right! No one should invade a democracy! NO ONE! when we turn our heads because of a bully we give up our God given rights as people. Again, Bush did the right thing -- he warned Russia that we were coming and suffer the outcome. It is time to stop being a liberal and be an American First and see what the President did right! We want our leaders weather Democrat or Republican to succeed -- you seem to want them to fail.

Phil

Posted by: pm | September 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

The ABC interview was a farce...Gibson is a two bit amature...wait till Palin has to answer to some real questioning and follow up..then everyone will know how inexperienced and stupid she really is...

Tim Russert must be rolling in his grave...

Posted by: JH | September 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to tell Palin what a nuclear deterrent is and what is means to those being deterred.

Wow, she really drove home how important it is to have a knowledgeable, qualified, thoughtful and intelligent person as President. Palin made it clear tonight that she has none of those qualities.

Posted by: holycannoli | September 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

If you think Sarah's gibson interview went sour, get back with us after the next poll.
Pobama's numbers are dropping like the mercury in fairbanks.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Here is the Work of the lobbyist working with Mccain on behalf of Georgia.
Wow, let's spend an other 850 billion dollars, to pay for War with Russia, no problem, we can borrow it from China, we have open line of credit.

Posted by: Tony | September 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

These Democrats are decrying her, but to me, she did not just give her answers very well, but she is also very good looking.

I love her sense of style. Did you see those 4 inch red stiletto's she's been wearing?

Even if that stilleto heel pushes that big red button, I will go to my God with a big, satisfied smile on my face.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MTR | September 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is brave. She was sincere and serious when she answered Qs from an old guy who has determined to show that he is smarter than her.

Posted by: C.A. | September 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin beats Michelle on any ground!

I would love to play her a love song!

Posted by: Kiff Richards | September 11, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

This gibbering fool is the BEST the Republicans have to offer. Remember that. She is the BEST THEY HAVE. So pathetic, really.

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

She had that "caribou in the snowmobile headlight" look.

Posted by: Bob Barr Fan | September 11, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

After seeing the ABC interview, Palin is ready to be President. She's poised, smart, and comes across more honest and direct than all three other politicians.

Obama must plant lots of these operatives to put in the negative blogs on Gov Palin.

Biden said that both Obama and he are unqualified to lead America.

GO PALIN ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!

Posted by: tommie lee | September 11, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Of course she would go to war over Georgia. She thinks they are going to provide her with 15 electoral college votes.

Posted by: anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

This woman is a liar and more than that she is a know-nothing. She is like George W. Bush who takes his orders directly form God. Scary Sarah is truly unprepared and unqualified. . McCain has put at risk the long term stability of this country by bringing this wingnut into the election. He has made of mockery of the American voter. Palin must be rejected for the sake of future generations and for the entire world. Shoot First is not an acceptable policy in a nuclear world. She is another Goldwater.

Posted by: jefflz | September 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Quick, make up a screen name like J. McCain or Carole Burnett, get on the blogs, and say that you lament the fact that Palin failed the Gibson interview and you just HAVE to switch over to the democrats for the good of kids and country.
That'll fool 'em. We will win! We (sob, snort, sniffle) will, people!

Give us a break.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is so much more clear in her speech

OBAMA MUMBLES & STAMMERS AS IF HE'S ASHAMED:

"You can put, uh, lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig. (cheers) You know, you can, uh, you know, you can, uh, you -- you -- you can wrap an old fish in a -- in a piece of paper and call it change, it's still going to stink after eight years. We've had enough of the same old thing. It's time to bring about real change to Washington."

Obama: lipstick on a pig & smells like a fish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPd4yk0x-eg

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I saw the interview and was a little concerned with the edits, but in general, I thought Ms. Palin did very poorly. She, like most politicians, turned questions to different topics to evade answering the question that was asked - only she was not as proficient at is as most national politicians. She did not appear to understand what she was saying; I'm not saying she didn't understand, but her cadence and inflections gave that appearance. But again - not a good performance. Highly prepped, she reminded me of a high school student who crammed for a test, but studied the wrong material.

Just as an aside, there are an awful lot of remarks about Mr. Obama's religion and speculation as to whether or not he is Muslim. My question - why would having a moderate Muslim (or non practicing, or converted to Christianity since he has attended a church for years) be a bad thing? Are we so afraid of an entire group of people because of what a small fringe element did that a person's religion disqualifies them as president? MAYBE what we need IS a Muslim president (and no, I don't believe Obama is Muslim) who can talk to the rest of the world without clear and obvious bigotry and hate. Maybe we need someone who is able to distinguish between a religion and an extreme faction of that religion ... we should remember that the largest terrorist attack on US soil prior to 9/11 was by a Christian fundamentalist and was home grown - do we remember the federal building in Oklahoma? No one is saying all Christians are terrorists so why, why should we assume a billion people are out to kill is because they are Muslim?

Posted by: Kat | September 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I knew this would happen. As soon as they let her talk, she'll bury both herself and McCain. This will be interesting to watch.

Posted by: Charles | September 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Watching Psychosarah tonight, I concluded this woman is in need of electro-shock therapy more than McGovern's VP pick-Thomas Eagleton.

Posted by: slim2 | September 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain's top foreign-policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, is a leading expert on U.S.-allied Georgia -- and was a paid lobbyist for the former Soviet republic until March, in the run-up to what has become a major battle between Georgia and Russia.

...
Mr. Scheunemann's firm, Orion Strategies, continues to represent Georgia in Washington, and signed a new $200,000 contract with the country in April. Mr. Scheunemann remains an owner of the firm, though he is no longer registered to lobby for it. Mr. Scheunemann said he has made more than a dozen trips to Georgia since he began lobbying for the country in 2004." WSJ 8/11/08

War Pays - who cares about life. Makes you wonder why they are hot to trot for Georgia's defense and admission to NATO. We should be shoring up our own military. Russia is not Iraq - they already have a nuclear arms program. Do we have to remind ourselves for the sake of our children to pick our battles carefully?

Posted by: Pam | September 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin are just hankering to get us into other wars. THE DRAFT WILL BE BACK. As thing are, we don't have enough troops.

Posted by: MG | September 11, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse


Another home run by Sarah!

This woman is the real deal.

Let me make a prediction now... Palin will one day be President of the United States -- for 8 years. :-)

She's extraordinary!


Posted by: Keith Jones | September 11, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

This is the same as '00. Bush talked about the threat of Iraq. And we attacked a couple of years later. Do we really want a war with Russia? A war that presidents like Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman and Reagan all managed to avoid! Will we really let this lunatic in office fighting God's Wars when our country has been doing its best for fifty years to use diplomacy?

Posted by: I'm actually frightened | September 11, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

The aggressor (Russia) may have won in this one because we now find ourselves in a damned if we do, damned if we don't situation. This situation is being caused by Russian bullishness, in which the leaders of that country figure they can do whatever they want and get away with it unchallenged. The truth is they can get away with it because they are one of the great nuclear powers and on the basis of that are indominable by military tactics.

So... Diplomacy cannot fail, because it is truly the only option we can pursue while maintaining any level of rationality. Persuasion is the only power we have at this point, because the victory conditions of the looming war are simple. Change the mind of the Russian leadership so that their actions appeal to the greater good of humanity. With this goal accomplished the war is won, without it the war cannot be won, whether through limited or nuclear war.

If this situation were a game of chess, the move Russia just made would be taking one of our rooks. Just as the rules of chess cannot be changed midgame, neither can the fact be changed that they have made their move and have settled into an advantageous position. A rash move on our part to recapture the spot that Russia has just taken on the board could mean the end of the game as a whole. So as un-NATO-like and un-freedom for democracy as it is, we may need let Georgia lapse so that we can contemplate our next move as rationally and strategically as possible.

Posted by: E. Zimm | September 11, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Emily Jacobs - you gotta be kidding??

Palin has been sequestered for days, she's been spoon fed the Neo Con crap - she's only been out of the country twice - she's a puppet....OPEN YOUR EYES

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous (what a charming name). I am a registered Republican since I turned 18 in 1966. I was inspired by Barry Goldwater. I don't care what you say or think. This choice by McCain is a fiasco. That doesn't mean I'm voting for Obama. I have *never* voted for a Democrat. But I can't vote for McCain with this VP selection. Sorry.

Posted by: trojan97 | September 11, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Robert: You say that you travel to Russia and make those comments. Dude, I'm in Russia all the time and I'm married to a Russian. The Russians are licking their chops that Obama gets in as they know Putin will play him like a 3rd rate chess player.

Russians tell me they don't think Americans are dumb enough to vote in Obama. My response is "don't under estimate the stupidity of some Americans"

McCain is a man they respect as much as they did Reagan. So, please don't give that line of bull if McCain is a tough negotiator and Obama is a lackey that Russia will be easier to handle for the lackey.

Robert, you obviously to close many deals in Russia do you?

Posted by: John | September 11, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Sarah kicked a**

Yup. Kicked ass. Especially the part where she realized she hadn't a clue what the Bush Doctrine was and had to have Gibson explain it to her so she could run through her files cards real quick and select the correct answer since her first wo wer completely wrong.

Kicked ass? Which interview were you watching?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Please elect the Gas Couple and we will have a ball!

Posted by: Vladimir Putin | September 11, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, she’s really pro-life can’t you tell!?!? She can’t wait to kill thousands of innocent men, women and children. And for what? Let’s just hope all of the war monger's sons and daughters are the first to go to another misguided war by a gun totting pig!

Posted by: FartTart | September 11, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Here is the Wikipedia entry for Bush Doctrine:

The Bush Doctrine is a phrase used to describe various related foreign policy principles of United States president George W. Bush, created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The phrase initially described the policy that the United States had the right to treat countries that harbor or give aid to terrorist groups as terrorists themselves, which was used to justify the invasion of Afghanistan.[1] Later it came to include additional elements, including the controversial policy of preventive war, which held that the United States should depose foreign regimes that represented a threat to the security of the United States, even if that threat was not immediate (used to justify the invasion of Iraq), a policy of supporting democracy around the world, especially in the Middle East, as a strategy for combating the spread of terrorism, and a willingness to pursue U.S. military interests in a unilateral way.

Since the Bush Doctrine can refer to several different things, Sarah was perfectly correct in asking him to clarify. Of course, he didn't want to clarify because getting an honest answer to an honest question was clearly not his intent.

Posted by: bklynbirny | September 11, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

THE PICTURE OF YOUR RED STILETTO HEEL ON THAT BIG RED BUTTON


MAKES MY HEART GO


KABOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I miss the Cold War!

Posted by: Vladimir Putin | September 11, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow! She is smart and tough too! (in addition to being HOT). McCain hit a home run. I think election is over...game, set, match to McCain/Palin.

Posted by: daman1 | September 11, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Is it true she had an earpiece linked to Karl Rove?

Posted by: Tinman | September 11, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

You know, I *was* going to vote for Palin, but this interview has swayed me against her. NATO is obsolete, just like the UN. Why should we sacrifice American lives to protect a country that gives us nothing in return? It is high time for Americans to look out for AMERICA first. I am sick and tired of solving other country's problems on the backs of our boys and our taxes.

Posted by: Richard Kimball | September 11, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line - we want someone who was right on Iraq, and has the judgment to stay out of similar messes in the future. McCain doesn't provide that and, based on this interview, he hasn't taught Palin any better.

Posted by: Pete | September 11, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

WaPo should be ashamed of itself. The NY Times has called ABC NEWS liars! Maybe the WaPo should do their job!

from the NY Times:

The network teased the interview on its Web site this afternoon with this eye-popping bulletin: “Exclusive: Gov. Sarah Palin warns war may be necessary if Russia invades another country.”

But the transcript showed that she was merely repeating Mr. McCain’s position and had not used provocative language. And we’re wondering if the McCain camp is reconsidering its selection of ABC, since it hyped the teaser to sound like Ms. Palin was ready to press the button.

Posted by: Karen | September 11, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse


Sarah did almost TOO well in this interview.

I wonder if she saw the question ahead of time???

I wish someone would show Obama the question ahead of time -- his stuttering & stammering are becoming embarrassing.

Posted by: Ted Harrington | September 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Dude, I just watched a clip of Plain's response to the question about the Bush doctrine. She was lost! I don't think you're in Wasilla anymore, Sarah!

The rightwing can smear as much lipstick on Caribou Barbie as it wants, but she'll always be a plastic tundra monkey that can only regurgitate the talking points she's been force fed.


Posted by: castanea | September 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank you macktan!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

The absolute worst thing about Palin and her followers is the Religious crap...these people think they are better than most people, they are the most hypocritical, lying, fake, dumbest, people on earth...I swear they want to reinstate Witch Hunts next...I just want to puke it's so sickening...

Posted by: JH | September 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Agent 17, this is Vladimir! Our plot is foiled...I repeat...our plot is foiled! No, it wasn't Jack Ryan, not James Bond... it was Palin. She's on to us and ready to go to war... comrade, were doomed...abort invasion of Georgia IMMEDIATELY!

Posted by: Vladimir | September 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Why has that liberal media not questioned Palin's education? Imagine what the Republicans would be saying if the Democrats ran a candidate who had gone to six colleges for an undergraduate degree, schools which one gains entry to with as little as an 800 SAT score? I guess that would play into the "Obama is an elitist" campaign. The Dems need a strategy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Well just seeing Russia is enough foreign policy experience,

So, maybe Palin can ring the bell at the New York Stock exchange so that she has enough economic experience, too.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

trojan97

"...what has happened to my party..."?

In your case, and it's obvious that you're a demtroll, it nominated the wrong buffoon.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

More proof of cowardice from the Obama media. Obama and his media are the world's biggest surrender monkeys. More proof that Obama and his people are too cowardly and not fit to lead.

Posted by: LookUpLarrySinclair | September 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

the only thing i will say is that she scares me, in the republican convention she looked like "Mr. evil" with that gray dress and McCain like "Mini Me"

Posted by: scary | September 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't want the LaLaLa Prophet messing around with my grandsons sex education!

Posted by: Carole Burnett | September 11, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I miss the draft.

You know what was good about it?

You might have to put your life, or your kid's life where your big mouth was.

Ending the draft effectively gave the President a mercenary army totally detached from the rest of us.

They get sent off to war - we go shopping.

If draftees were being killed in Iraq instead of "volunteers" we would be paying a lot more attention.

Start another bullsh*t war McSame - bring back the draft.

Watch the middle class white people take to the streets.

Posted by: toritto | September 11, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

krutkow75,

The guiding principle of the Bush Doctrine is preemption, not "prevention."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

She weaseled out on that BS answer about Abraham Lincoln. Totally different issue. She claimed we were on a mission from God. It's on video for chrissakes!!

But when confronted about wacko religious statements it time to put on the magic silver skates and dance, dance, dance.

She made a similar statement (and it's on video!)about completing the new gas pipeline because it is part of God's plan to have a gas pipeline.

Gas pipeline, good. Religious mission from God, bad.

For the record there were no gas piplines in Abraham Lincoln's day so I am curious to know her response to why we are building the pipeline for God.

Posted by: Jake and Elwood | September 11, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

No comments yet. I need to see the whole thing.

Posted by: Omidal | September 11, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

God help us! I will not with good conscience vote for Sarah Paylin and McCain. How can someone who is pro-life be so irresponsible? She, in one interview, completely changed my vote to Obama/Biden for 2008!

Posted by: white woman GOP | September 11, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse


Whoever anonymous is...what a fantastic post! I have copied it to preserve it.

I agree with you completely. These supporters who'll vote for someone like McCain/Palin just don't get it. They are voting against their own interests, against true democratic ideals.

More shocking that the candidates are the people who clap at anything these two say. If McCain stepped out and actually gave an Obama speech, these people would clap at that, too. They just do what they're told, and that is frightening.

How can anyone cast a vote for someone because she's just like me? Because she's a real person. Because she's funny or because she's religious. What happened to civic responsibility, educating oneself about the issues and thinking critically.

this country is not a church; we're not a theocracy. And the sad thing about it is that McCain knows that. this is about retaining economic power for an exclusive group of people who do not include any of us posting on this board.

Why would you willingly serve as peons for these people? Most of you are worse off than you were during the Clinton years, but you revel in your right wing peonage.

Frightening.

Posted by: macktan | September 11, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Is it me or just that Palin chick is really hot on TV?! whatever she said sounded good - war with russia, war with Iran, war with everyone who dare disagree with us. hell, declare war on china who lend us cash to fight the war in Afgan and Iraq. Oh, I almost forgot - Israel - you may fire nukes on Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, and Iran. She just looks so good and sound so good when she says war - I almost had an orgasm!

oh, btw, in case you haven't figured out that was sarcastic...well...you are a little dense. anyhow, these republican candidates are really sad - I mean, serious, you think there would be a separate of church and state by now - god wanted war on Iraq - really makes you sound smart and strong.

and is it just me or the oil prices are coming down from 150 to 100 over the past couple of weeks - even with all these hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico - I suppose, we don't really need to open new off shore drilling - oh wait, didn't OPEC countries decide to reduce production by over half a million barrels a day...and the price of oil is still dropping...hmmmmm...it does not take an idiot to figure out the oil companies are artificially inflating the price to make record profits. who is pissed off?! I know I am... seriously my fellow americans, ask yourselves, are you better off now than you were eight years ago!? Does it make sense to trust the republican party for another 4 more years!? I know Obama is 50% black and 50% white, but he represent USA - a melting pot of every race, creed, religion, and sexual orientation. Our diversity is our strength. Obama has the air of a president. He knows the importance to diplomacy and when to use cowboy foreign policy. I'd think Obama will be a president who will speak softly and carry a big stick!

Posted by: why why why | September 11, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin has scored yet again, has these libs in a tizzy. It's all too delicious. The anomynous posts are mine, by the way...forgot to include my name.

Posted by: robtay | September 11, 2008 9:19 PM

no the democrats are giddy with the public humiliation of mccain. truly priceless.
tell me rob are you going to join the armed forces when palin decides to go to war with russia. lol. typical.

Posted by: gabe | September 11, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse


Sarah kicked a**

I'm sure the left-wing lunatics will attack her, no matter what, but she just did a wonderful interview.

Now we know - Palin can read a teleprompter (just like Obama), but she can ALSO do an interview with intelligence (unlike Obama).


Posted by: Emily Jacobs | September 11, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Do you remember what we did when Russia invaded Afghanistan? Yes, you guessed it right, we armed and trained Osama Bin Laden and the Talibans!

Think again before you open your big mouths again!

Posted by: History notes | September 11, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Don't belive in the facts of sex education, daughter gets knocked up. Consider whether your theory of education was wrong? No! Stick to the religious theory!

You shouldn't threaten Russia unless you could back it up. Our military is stretched really thin, that's exactly why Russia took advantage. We're relatively week. So, Palin is doing either of 2 things:
1) Bootless bluster -- makes the US look like pathetic fools if you can't back your words, OR
2) She could be threatening to attack with nuclear weapons. In which case, she ends the world on account of a tiny country that tried to pull off a foolish war.

Both are stupid and crazy. Shut up until you can put up.

Posted by: GaryB | September 11, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Professor Gibson needs to do some foreign policy homework of his own. Charlie's intepretation of The Bush Doctrine is very limited and indeed it involves much more than Prevention and hence Governor Palin was justified to ask for clarification.
I was impressed with Governor Palin. She has not yet received an intelligence briefing but it won't take her long to get more familiar and more confident in her own views. It is always harder for a VP candidate than a Presidential because you need to somewhat defer to their positions at least during a campaign. Obama received his first intelligence briefing on Sept 4.

Sarah Palin proved tonight that she can make a wise decision in the blink of an eye and that is what we want in our President, our Commander-in-Chief, and in a Vice President.

Posted by: krutkow75 | September 11, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Roast Pig lover!!!!


"These Democrats are decrying her, but to me, she did not just give her answers very well, but she is also very good looking.

I love her sense of style. Did you see those 4 inch red stiletto's she's been wearing?

Even if that stilleto heel pushes that big red button, I will go to my God with a big, satisfied smile on my face."
Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:28 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Yikes. This lady is scary.

Posted by: Danyeal | September 11, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Palin...be scared...be very scared...Bush was elected twice...it could happen..Palin, the babbling, inexperienced, Karl Rove trained, Pitbull with lipstick, Married to champion snowmobiler, doesn't support sex education but has 17 year old unmarried pregnant daughter but flipped it into a "blessing", supported bridge to no where but then conveniently rejected it but kept the money anyway - has a very good chance of being President because McCain has a 40% chance of dying in office.

Posted by: JH | September 11, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Well come to next World war starter match!!!

Posted by: JOJO | September 11, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I keep on expecting McCain to jump out from some Bush, and yell "April Fools".

This idiot mayor from nowhere thinks she knows foreign policy because she can see Russia.

Well, I guess all we have to do is let her fly around the world looking out of airplane window. Then, she'd be really be qualified for foreign affairs.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

It must be getting really bad if pobama's got to get his lib minions to mass attack the wapo-this rag is almost as leftist as the nyt as it is!
It's a good sign, as is the banshee-loud caterwauling of the legitimate socialists who write messages as well.
Every time Sarah comes out in public, barry loses supporters.
And everybody knows that's true.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing will surprise me anymore people how like her and mccain is the same people who voted bush twice. God help this nation finally we may face reality in a war with Russia that we are not the cowboys we think we are

Posted by: sam | September 11, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Some of the comments here by (I presume) Republicans really sadden me. Has our discourse come to this? They don't care that John McCain has selected this manifestly unprepared person to be his Vice-President? You just want to score points against the Democrats even if it means endorsing this person for VP? It's very sad. What has happened to my party?

Posted by: trojan97 | September 11, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow did she ever botch that one. Better luck tomorrow!

Posted by: Gregory | September 11, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Like some said, yes, she may speak from the heart but she is certainly not speaking from the brain. What is the duty of the president to his people? In my opinion it is to provide safety and economic prosperity. If she thinks that by sanctioning Russia and considering military confrontation of ANY KIND (I dont care if its even with NATO) is going to improve the life of American people then she is truly mad. America is already in an economic crisis, as numbers already have shown and things are needed to be done on the homefront and not on the foreign front. Palin, "if US fails to back Georgia and even NATO nobody in United States will really care as long as Economy is booming, crime is low, education is available, health care is cheap and the elderly are provided for. So if you wish to do good for your own people, care about THEM first, set and example for other Nations, now that would truly be a country I would be proud to live in."

Posted by: Hope4Prosperity | September 11, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

"What a disgraceful performance on Charlie’s part. He was not even polite to her. He was impatient, belligerent, and hostile. He fired questions at her as if she were on trial. He was trying to trap her, but he didn’t. Charlie Gibson was the loser in that interview. I’m DISGUSTED with him !!!

Posted by: Judy Jones | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM"

Judy,

Gibson was not at all belligerent. I think he suspended his disbelief at the responses he was getting so he could press on with the interview.

If Gibson were being rude and disrespectful, the McCain-Palin campaign would have pulled the plug on any additional segments of the interview.

Kudos to Gibson for avoiding stupid questions about lipstick and babies.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to hear bully Putin's response. He's probably thinking, "what's this chick gonna do to me?"....to be continued, just have to wait and see

Posted by: WhatWillTheBullyPutinSay | September 11, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin supporters:
The New White Meat
Oink Oink

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

These Democrats are decrying her, but to me, she did not just give her answers very well, but she is also very good looking.

I love her sense of style. Did you see those 4 inch red stiletto's she's been wearing?

Even if that stilleto heel pushes that big red button, I will go to my God with a big, satisfied smile on my face.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse


Sarah did an amazing job in the interview.

I LOVED IT!

I do truly believe that Palin is ready on day one.

In contrast, Obama will be a President in training. He'll have to learn how an executive works. Palin already has that down.

Sarah, great interview!


Posted by: John Kilterhaus | September 11, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

One thing to remember about Palin. This unprepared person will be more than a VP is McCain is elected. The actuary tables give her over a 40% chance of becoming President within the first four years if McCain is elected.

She very well could have her hand on the button three months after taking office.

So saying that McCain will have time to train her for the job is just whistling in the dark.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | September 11, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I've been to Russia many times on business. And, I can tell you this for certain, Russia has very large cash reserves from oil exports. And a McCain/Putin victory means the "hawks" in Russia are going to want that money spent on weapons instead of social welfare programs like liberals in Russia's Duma (Parliament) want. Russian newspapers constantly are telling the people of Russia about America expanding NATO to the borders of Russia and placing American military bases in former Russian Republics. And, Putin remains unbelievably popular across Russia because he can "stand up" to the Americans. The Russians are going to perceive USA/NATO as a direct military threat to the survival of the country and they will react accordingly. This is potentially very, very, dangerous. Much more dangerous then the cold war ever was. That's why somebody like Palin is a "loose cannon," should she become President. She's too liable to do something stupid. McCain is a military man and a little more cautious, so the Russian Nationalists actually like him because he stirs up Nationalism in the country (As a reaction to percieved US nationalism) and this fear will help the Russian hawks rearm the country. Obama scars them because he is smart and so popular with the Europeans. The "hawks" in Russia don't want him appealing to the Russian people and talking about "peace" all the time. Some of them see war as inevitable with the USA. They are just the Russian versions of Palin. A bad pick to be so close to the Presidency of the USA.

Posted by: Robert | September 11, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, be happy. If you awoke one morning and found her President, with advisers like uber Zionist Joe Lieberman, and the hired mouthpiece for Georgia,Randy Scheunemann advising on foreign policy, and Phil Gramm telling her how the economy works, what could possibly go wrong?

Posted by: slim2 | September 11, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Thought we had a chance with Palin on the team. We will lose now! I am voting Democratic for the first time in my life. I don't want to die! Crazy freak show Sarah!

Posted by: I give up! | September 11, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah was AWESOME!"

this the kind of mentality that gave us 8 years of Bush/Cheney. I'm afraid it will give us four years of McCain/Palin. We actually get the leaders we deserve. It will eventually be our downfall.

Posted by: nvincen2_66 | September 11, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG WAR WITH RUSSIA???? SHE WANTS TO GO TO WAR WITH RUSSIA!!!! THE SKY IS FALLING THE SKY IS FALLING!!!

WE NEED OUR MESSIAH OBAMA TO COME MAKE IT ALLLLLLLL BETTER!!!!

Posted by: gholston | September 11, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

"The difference between perception and reality is" ... Obama's inflated value against Obama's real value!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

My 2nd grader knows the Bush Doctrine and he was in diapers back when it was big news. Any chance for a cabinet position?

Posted by: Tinman | September 11, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Who cares if Russia invades Georgia? Too bad Russia didn't protect Iraq when Iraq was invaded by the USA. If the USA got into a conventional war with Russia, Russia would kick the USA's @ss. We all know who would panic and push the nuclear button first- the USA can't handle losing a fair fight.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

This is not a game, my fellow Republicans. This is not a game. You need to remember that. I'm horrified at the prospect of this totally unprepared person being a heartbeat away from the Presidency--so horrified that I may not vote for the Republican nominee for President for the first time in my adult life (going back 10 elections).

Posted by: trojan97 | September 11, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

There is no anonymous,

I guess the plagiarism argument against Biden just went out the window. Oops.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Please God save us from these war-mongers.

She is ready to start WW3 over Georgia and send us all to war.

She is CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: vasmulatos | September 11, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Stearm, given that you are not even a woman, you have absolutely no knowlege of what women think.

Disgusting.


_____________________________


I use to talk to people and I'm repeating what I hear, lady.
My wife is appalled by what these hockey moms -some are our best friends- are saying about Michelle.

Disgusting is what drives these women to support a mysoginist who cheated on his wife on a wheelchair.

Disgusting are the Rovian 'racist' swiftboating -which you can't even recognized because of your racism. Do you remember the Rovian attacks on McCain black daughter back in 2000? Can you explain to me why they worked with the Republican electorate? And you think they won't use it against a black candidate.

If you have some black friends -which I am sure you don't have- tell them in the eyes that you are voting for McCain/Palins because the Palins' mom is more qualified than the black guy.

Go whining now by your husband.


p.s. I forgot to put my name, so I'll send it back

Posted by: stearm | September 11, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Gabe, you seem to forget about the AMERICAN will to fight and win. We NEVER backed down in a 40 year cold war with the USSR and NEVER will, regardless of how many fat cat politicians and television junkies this country is home to. On this September 11th, reflect back at how the United States shines brightest in the darkest hours of history. Don't forget we still are and with the proper leadership will always be the premier military power in the world. When the next world conflict emerges do not count the United States out. Though our country may be crumbling at the edges from the greed and mismanagement of a constitutionally questionable government, WE THE PEOPLE are not afraid to stand up when the time comes.

In summary, I quote a true hero of America, who will forever embody the true spirit of our country: "...I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country --

VICTORY OR DEATH

William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt. "

Posted by: Carbon Unit | September 11, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

You right wing nut jobs seem to think that the Russian nuclear missles have magically disappeared.

War with Russia won't be fought with conventional arms.

War with Russia will be over in about a half hour.

Palin, McBush and all their idiot neocon buddies will be flaming nuclear candles.

Sadly, so will the rest of us.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

To address, point by point...

The McCain Campaign sets some wonderful examples for all Americans:

1. John McCain shows us it is okay to tell lies to the American people when campaigning, because what matters is the end result, not how you get there.
Got it...and Obama and Biden are saints and haven't lied...they're politicians...moving on...

2. Sarah Palin teaches us, scarily, “U.S. soldiers are on a task that is from God" in Iraq. Sounds like a Holy War to me.
Yeah, that is scary...but since they're are no atheists in war, I hope God is with our men and women.

3. John also shows us it is okay to cheat on your spouse, and divorce and get remarried one month latter.
He screwed up...and took responsibility for screwing up...versus Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Charlie Rangel who blames someone else for his screw-up...makes it hard to trust Democrats in power who would likely serve in Obama's administration.

4. John shows us it is okay to use F-words in every other sentence to family and fellow legislators.
Yeah, not so good...so I guess he's not qualified because of that...F that.

5. Sarah shows us it is fine for your kids to have sex before marriage. And, as shen attempted, try to get them married before running for VP to cover up the fact.
Obivously, you don't have kids...or, if you do, you must have them under hypnosis and listen to every word you say.

6. Sarah shows us it is okay to charge the state for your day-to-day expenses while staying at home.
Not good.

7. Cindy McCain shows us it is okay to be a drug addict and a thief.
Wow, you might complain about Palin's religious beliefs...but are you sure you're not God? Are you perfect? Would you admit to such mistakes? Yeah, didn't think so...

8. The McCains show us people can relate to you even if you don’t know how many luxury homes you own in three different states worth $15 million+.
Yeah, that wasn't so good...again, he's not qualified to be president because of that...

9. Sarah shows us, contrary to most Americans believing global warming is caused by man (58 percent says Gallup), it is okay for you and her to think global warming is completely natural.
Al Gore is proud of you...I'd ask you to at least read the contrary science (it is natural), combine it with how man hasn't helped the situation, and use your brain to formulate your opinion.

10. Sarah shows us it is great to talk in “tongues” and to pray like her church to God that gays can be “cured.”
Yeah, that does make me wonder...

Love those wonderful Republican “family values.”
Yeah, and don't trust anyone who sacrifices their soul to be a member of political party.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

She thinks she is ready to deal with Putin because she has seen Russia from a high hill in Alaska????

She thinks all you need to know about war with Russia is whether or not the NATO agreements require you to go to war with them when they attack Georgia. And they do as she indicated so that will be a no-brainer for her when she is at the controls.

Okay, I'll say it since no one else will. And be clear, I AM talking about our inexperienced governor parading as a world leader:

"YOU CAN PUT LIPSTICK ON A PIG, BUT IT'S STILL A PIG."

She is a state governor, not a world leader.

Posted by: Bob | September 11, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

You know, one reason Russia is even IN GEORGIA, is because a couple of Georgia's provinces are declaring their own sovereignty. They have their own presidents and taxes. They don't have their own currency yet, but are using russian money since they can't print their own. Also Russia is the only country to recognize these two "provinces" as their own nations, whereas the US and allied thugs have forced these provinces to be IN GEORGIA when they clearly DO NOT WANT TO BE PART OF IT. This is the same kind of crap that breeds terrorism. You think these from within these two provinces, when men feel desperate enough they will do anything to get an occupying force from their lands. And the US giving 1 Bil in aid to Georgia might incite the same kind of hostile response the US foreign policy has been doing for YEARS now. TERRORISTS DON'T COME OUT OF THE AIR, THEY ARE CREATED.
And as for McCain/Palin, especially McCain... if you know how to relieve the world of terrorists, please share with us instead of using it as a PLOY to get elected. It's disgusting.
*****Barr '08******

Posted by: Barr '08 | September 11, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse


I was completely serious. I was an Obama supporter up until 2 days ago.

Palin just grew on me. The woman is strong & smart. And, I began to get disillusioned with Obama. Obama is good when reading a teleprompter, but he's terrible in an interview.

In contrast, Sarah did a GREAT interview. WOW!

Palin's interview confirmed what I felt -- that Palin is the real deal.

I was HIGHLY impressed tonight.

Congratulations Sarah!


Posted by: Fred Jermineo | September 11, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Are you seriuosly considering letting the country in obscure hands?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Just for the record and the facts regarding the so called "Bush Doctrine". It is not just one definition but encompasses many of which Sarah Palin expoused.

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He was obviously asking it as a test. She didn't know what he meant because she's unfamiliar with the Bush Doctrine. That is fine, because up until 12 days ago she was the Governor of Alaska, and she doesn't have any foreign policy experience. You don't need to be familiar with the Bush Doctrine as Governor of Alaska.

I don't like Palin one bit, but I'll admit it was kind of a dickish question. I know she doesn't know anything about foreign policy already. He probably just wanted to highlight that fact to seem like a tough interviewer.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

The Dems are doomed and using the media surrogates as much as the can but it is not helping. The more they protect the dems the more Americans realize how BHO lacks real presidential material. People are comparing the Republican VP to the Dem President because they are similar in experience. Every one knows John McCain runs laps around Obama. Look how smoothly McCain handles questions and wants to have town hall meeting with BHO. BHO declines of course because McCain would show him up too much. What we see with Obama is the ugly side of affirmative action and white liberal guilt. BHO will only bring down the USA to the level of his Indonesian citizenship.

Wake up and don't let this BHO knock out America.

Posted by: John | September 11, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

''She said the United States was not going to second-guess Israel on security, but she did express concern about the state of the peace process,''

Madeleine Albright, March 30, 1998

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E07EFD7133BF933A05750C0A96E958260

Posted by: There is no anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Can't you people tell the difference between perception and reality? Stop wondering what could or could not happen and look at the facts. What is thew state of the current situation. If it is deteriorating before your eyes - within a single presidency, do you continue on the same path? Wake, the hell up!

Posted by: David | September 11, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

you liberals are absolutely hilarious.

Posted by: gholston | September 11, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

"Good point. McCain is the #1 not Palin. If they are elected she will have time to work on these things. I am not concerned. "

Oh my gosh. Do you hear yourself? This is no game. What do yiu mean she will have time? What if she doesnt? BE A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

WTF!? My party is a bunch of wack jobs! Goin over to the Obama/Biden side. I want to see my grandchildren before they blow me off the planet. Paylin/McCain are completely nuts!

Posted by: GOP-A-HOL-IC! | September 11, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

No doubt...Sarah Palin understands foreign policy. We stand with our democratic friends and support them. If the libs of this country get a chance...they'll dismantle our military and pay appeasements to our enemies. Wouldn't Grandpa be proud? Heck no.

For all you libs that hate what the US stands for...move on. Move out. Germany and France are looking for a few good socialists.

Posted by: MakeUsProud | September 11, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I'd give her an 'I' for incomplete. There really wasn't enough substance to judge. Good for her for showing up though...

Posted by: Sam | September 11, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

She just gave non-answers and spoke in generics. WTF? I thought she was an expert because Alaska was near russia? LOL

Let's face it people, she's a light weight when it comes to foreign policy. People like Putin will give her as much respect as they give Bush which is NIL! Bush looked into Putin's soul and saw a friend. Putin looked into Bush's soul and saw a chump. It will be the same with Palin and like Palin, the puppet masters behind the scenes....those people who are not elected will once again drive American foreign policy.

Posted by: Pete | September 11, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Roger Selford -wow are you easliy impressed...let me guess, you also watch FOX news, listen to Rush Limbaugh, Ann Colter, and the other "Brilliant" Neo Con's..I suppose you have a picture of Dick Cheney on your wall..wake up Man..

Posted by: JH | September 11, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm a registered Republican and have been since 1966. And I have to say, after watching that interview, I am *humiliated* by my party today. The liberal press attacked Dan Quayle as a bubblehead in 1988, which was totally unfair. He was actually a very smart man and had plenty of experience for the position. But this Sarah Palin? Come on, I can't believe real Republicans are defending this selection. It is a joke. It is a travesty.

Posted by: trojan97 | September 11, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse


RUSSIAN SPIES GOT REALLY EXCITED AND ARE FLOODING THIS MESSAGE BOARD WITH THEIR PATHETIC PROPAGANDA


Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

THE PICTURE OF YOUR RED STILETTO HEEL ON THAT BIG RED BUTTON


MAKES MY HEART GO


KABOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Scary!!!!!! I know there are a lot of wackos out there that think a war with Russia is ok, but, do these people really care about their children, and their grandchildren or do they really not give a damn.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | September 11, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I love it! War with Russia? With whose military? Surely not the US military, which is currently overstretched in fighting two wars.

Maybe she can get the Alaska National Guard to invade Siberia.

Posted by: castanea | September 11, 2008 9:13 PM


nah we'll juat start dropping republicans on them, the pressurized air in their heads ought to do plenty of damage.

never though it was possible but i think this chick is dumber than bush. jeez mccain nice pick lol. he must want obma to win'

Posted by: gabe | September 11, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

"Biden is a leading authority on US Foreign Affairs you idiot!"

Please send him for dessert!

Posted by: Vladimir Putin | September 11, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

You know what - I actually thought some of the criticisms of Palin were overblown and maybe she was more on the ball than her critics give her credit for...until I just watched this insane, oversimplfication of US foreign policy! 'Seeing' Russia from Alaska as valid foreign policy experience?! And please note the 'unprovoked' line regarding the Russia attack on Georgia - this is neocon thinking pure and simple. Make a very simple good vs. evil scenario out of a very complex situation (Russia was egregiously wrong in their disproportionate response, but don't pretend for one minute that you don't know Georgia didn't attack separatists allied with Russia first!). She is talking about NATO membership for a nation that has recnetly shown staggeringly poor judgement, and is still full of ethnic/nationalistic issues. We should support their democracy, but it is not ready for NATO. War with Russia would be a disaster of cosmic proportions for this country and the world, and you don't lightly banter about it in an interview! The Cold War was won without a shot - can you imagine, IMAGINE, if these clowns had been in power?!

God help us! Wake up America! Please!

Posted by: Nation building at home | September 11, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

As a brillant man once said, insanity is to repeat the same thing over and over and expect different results. The neo-cons have suckered this country the last two elections with their BS, and the results speak for themselves. So if you get suckered in this time expecting different results, guess what that means. And if you don't think that McCain and Palin different than our currant regime of oil crazy war-mongering profiteers, than a pig with lipstick would probably make you horny.

Posted by: E=mc2 | September 11, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Any of you macho dudes and chicks support bringing back the DRAFT? Your're gonna need it!!

Or do you expect someone else's kid to go to Ossetia for you while you shop at the mall and go to fellowship meetings?

Whoooaaaaaa!!

Posted by: toritto | September 11, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Look, Palin has people talking. Same thing Oprah does. That kind of entertainment appeals to a certain crowd. Would it be a mistake to vote for any candidate on the basis of an amusingly snarky 'Don Rickles-like' sidekick? Yup. Good government isn't about pit bulls and lipstick. Palin is just fine as comedy/entertainment (as the TV ratings will no doubt verify).

Posted by: Pat G. | September 11, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Certainly Palin does not need soft pillows becuse all are used up on Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Meh. She didn't do so well. We should blame ABC, Obama, global warming...everyone but the two people actually responsible for this trainwreck - McCain and Palin.

Posted by: whining rightwinger | September 11, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how much time people are obsessing over Palin. Shouldn't we be spending more time dealing with Obama and McCain? Afterall they are the tops of their tickets.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I was delighted to see how ignorant she was on the Bush Doctrine and was so happy that she can see Russia from her state! Of course that qualifies her to be the 2nd in command to the President.

I have never seen a politico so uncomfortable in parroting everything Karl Rove told her to say.

I can't wait to hear more craziness out of her mouth. She is a joke

Posted by: Dan's Irish Wife | September 11, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin is being taught foreign policy by a lobbyist, Randy Scheunemann, whose firm is under contract with Georgia. This is the same guy, along with McCain adviser Charlie Black, that aided Ahmed Chalabi in pushing bogus WMD claims. One can only imagine the whacko, discredited BS they're filling Palin's head with.

Posted by: McBain | September 11, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Well put, Mrs. Palin, but what if those small countries are perceived to have weapons of mass destruction ? Wouldn't Russia simply need to say, "Hey, they have weapons that could destroy us", and then invade ... what would we do then ?

Posted by: jralger | September 11, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

These Democrats are decrying her, but to me, she did not just give her answers very well, but she is also very good looking.

I love her sense of style. Did you see those 4 inch red stiletto's she's been wearing?

Even if that stilleto heel pushes that big red button, I will go to my God with a big, satisfied smile on my face.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin was unable to give her views on the Bush Doctrine tonight because she had no idea what the Bush Doctrine was.

I feel sick.

Posted by: Peter | September 11, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey Anonymous, get your own blog site. You know that noone really reads a LONGASS response like that, at least I didn't..when I see something long like that I just "Scroll, Baby Scroll!!!"

Posted by: ThisIsToAnonymous | September 11, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

She has learned the art of blabbering on smoothly without missing a beat or answering the question.

The answers she did give horrify me.

http://www.andrewhalcro.com/vetting_wooten_and_troopergate

Alaskans know more about her than we do.

Posted by: Eileen | September 11, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse


WOW! Palin was both smart and smooth.

Think about Obama in interviews -- he usually sounds like a dunce.

Imagine Obama negotiating with Putin -- Obama would be stuttering & stammering himself to death.

He'd be laughed out of the room.

Now, check out Palin -- highly intelligent, confident, and she thinks great on her feet.

Gotta love Sarah.

Posted by: Roger Selford | September 11, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone comment with any level of sobering seriousness on the theological views of Sarah Palin.

Folks, these are political times, yes. And people are very beholden to their political viewpoints and their parties.

But for God's sake, none of any of this matters if we are not here.

Does anyone want to get on an Army Air Transport tomorrow to go defend the breakaway republics of a country called Georgia?

Do people really want a nuclear war with Russia?

I want my kid to have a future (and she's a girl). Whether or not Sarah Palin is a woman is irrelevant. Whether or not she believes that it is her duty to bring about the end of days is relevant.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I was for Palin/McCain. Not a chance in hell now. She is a frickn' luntic! Go Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: redneck | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA BLOOPERS IN WHCH HE TALKS LIKE A MUSLIM

Obama is known for always speaking very carefully & precisely (it's his gift). Except when he's talking about his religion or when he's making "Muslim bloopers".

:: BARACK OBAMA: "MY MUSLIM FAITH" ::

In an interview of Obama on September 7, George Stephanopolous asked Obama about his accusations that the McCain campaign are going to accuse him of being Muslim. Obama goes into a 2 minute answer that includes the blooper "my Muslim faith".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUYHFlGb2Ng&feature=iv

At minute 1:34 Stephanopolous asks Obama about why he makes accusations that the McCain campaign is going to accuse him of being Muslim, when the McCain has condemned people making those accusations.

At minute 2:49 Obama says: "You're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith."

George Stephanopolous steps in and corrects him to say "Christian faith" and then Obama agrees and says "Christian faith". But then what Obama was going to say doesn't make sense anymore because that would be, "You're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Christian faith."

Obama then has to spend the next 15 seconds regrouping to make a point ("John McCain has not suggested I was a Muslim.")

:: OBAMA THINKS THE U.S. HAS "57 STATES" ::

You can watch Obama's statement that he's visited "57 states".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws

This is no joke, he really said this. This was no "slip", he pauses & thinks about it!

What American would forget that? And why would he pick the number "57" out of the air?

Everyone knows that we have 50 states. But there is a union that has 57 states in it: the nation of Islam. The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an international organization with a permanent delegation to the United Nations. It has 57 Islamic member states, from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkan, Southeast Asia, South Asia and South America.

:: TOO-LONG, BABBLE-ANSWER ON THE QUESTION WHAT IS THE MEANING OF JESUS IN HIS LIFE ::

You can also watch Barack Obama's too-long, wandering, lame response to the question: what is the meaning of Jesus in his life. He starts kind of okay with a trite answer, but then gets lost and stops making sense until he ends up claiming that Jesus makes him try new things like running for President after Rev. Warren starts making noises that signal to Obama he needs to cut it off.

http://www.youtube.com/v/gHtAWPjzvyk&rel=0&color1=11645361&color2=13619151&fs=1

Afterward, Obama declares that was a tough question, whereon Rev. Warren says, "Oh no, that was a freebie, a gimme."

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I love brownies!

Posted by: Valdimir Putin | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Even the NY Times has faulted ABC for its lies.

The network teased the interview on its Web site this afternoon with this eye-popping bulletin: “Exclusive: Gov. Sarah Palin warns war may be necessary if Russia invades another country.”

But the transcript showed that she was merely repeating Mr. McCain’s position and had not used provocative language. And we’re wondering if the McCain camp is reconsidering its selection of ABC, since it hyped the teaser to sound like Ms. Palin was ready to press the button.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Susan Robinson - wow are you easliy impressed...let me guess, you also watch FOX news, listen to Rush Limbaugh, Ann Colter, and the other "Brilliant" Neo Con's..I suppose you have a picture of Dick Cheney on your wall..wake up Man..

Posted by: JH | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Well that was just a waste of everyone's time. Maybe she should come back when she understands foreign policy.

Posted by: Jakob Everton | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Vieja1, you wouldn't know a "real American" if you saw one, you clownish warmonger. Why dont *you* march over the Bering Straits and defend us! Sarah says it's REALLY close!

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

You know, one reason Russia is even IN GEORGIA, is because a couple of Georgia's provinces are declaring their own sovereignty. They have their own presidents and taxes. They don't have their own currency yet, but are using russian money since they can't print their own. Also Russia is the only country to recognize these two "provinces" as their own nations, whereas the US and allied thugs have forced these provinces to be IN GEORGIA when they clearly DO NOT WANT TO BE PART OF IT. This is the same kind of crap that breeds terrorism. You think these from within these two provinces, when men feel desperate enough they will do anything to get an occupying force from their lands. And the US giving 1 Bil in aid to Georgia might incite the same kind of hostile response the US foreign policy has been doing for YEARS now. TERRORISTS DON'T COME OUT OF THE AIR, THEY ARE CREATED.
And as for McCain/Palin, especially McCain... if you know how to relieve the world of terrorists, please share with us instead of using it as a PLOY to get elected. It's disgusting.
*****Barr '08****** Go Libertarians!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

To an actual woman:

I'm white Brazilian living in Brazil and I don't any racist in Obama. Perhaps the racism is in you, but you and many other white Americans have not the courageous to admit it.
We and the world see in Obama a man with decency, honesty, character and very well educated as Nancy Regan find too.
Perhaps the problem of you and many whites people there, it is not accept what are seeing: a black very well educated, intelligent, with vision and wisdom.
And then you and many white people speak that he is an elitist or racist. But we that live out of USA feel the racism in you and some others there.
Hugs

Posted by: Dalmo | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

At least nuclear winter will probably put an end to global warming.

Posted by: Randy | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

OK, this is just nuts..

PALIN: And, Charlie, you're in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They're very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

..... that was her whole answer!! This would be pathetic if it wasn't so frightening.

Posted by: No Joe | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

RUSSIAN SPIES GOT REALLY EXCITED AND ARE FLOODING THIS MESSAGE BOARD WITH THEIR PATHETIC PROPAGANDA

Posted by: Anti-fascist | September 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Biden is a leading authority on US Foreign Affairs you idiot! Sarah's only qualification is that she can see Russian from across the Bering Straits!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

omg! Palin as MOOSELINI is the funniest thing I have heard all day!! ROFLMAO

Posted by: kkb | September 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

She's good at memorizing talking points. Too bad McCain didn't train her to answer the Bush Doctrine question.

Posted by: Pete | September 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke, right? The Palin pick is a joke.

Palin so clearly does not know what she's talking about. It is incomprehensible and arrogant to think that the McCain team believes they can "prep" someone with talking points about the issues that the US faces both domestically and internationally.

Talking points are not leadership. Enthusiasm does not replace intelligence and understanding of complex issues.

People's lives and future are at stake here, people. If this is a "country first" choice, I think it shows McCain's poor leadership and judgment. In the race the win, no matter what the cost to the American people.

I am a middle-aged woman, I don't need a President or Vice President who is just like me or with whom I can identify. I need the smartest person in the room who can navigate intricate relationships and issues and who will surround him (or herself) with the best this country has to offer.

Good grief the woman doesn't know the difference between a rhetorical and hypothetical question.

Posted by: SSS | September 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin has scored yet again, has these libs in a tizzy. It's all too delicious. The anomynous posts are mine, by the way...forgot to include my name.

Posted by: robtay | September 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Barracuda has the Brain of a Fish

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM


A fish wrapped in old newspaper and stinking to high heaven!

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Palin mentioned going to war as seemingly the first response to a Russian invasion tells us a great deal about how she and McCain views foreign policy. War is the first response and not last resort. During the 1964 presidential campaign, Barry Goldwater indicated a willingness to use nuclear weapons in Vietnam. The Johnson campaign used this response and the famous Daisy ad to paint Goldwater as dangerous. It is going to be interesting how the American people respond to the prospect of going to war with Russia to protect Georgia and the Ukraine.

Posted by: Bill Smith | September 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

castanea

If you knew what you were talking about, you'd be aware that Russia had to call in 60+ year-old vets just to fly the few aircraft they have that work just to tackle a small job like Georgia.

Why don't you snivelling cowards just grab a white handkerchief and go down to the russian embassy and turn yourselves in? We don't need you here. This is America. Real Americans don't crap our pants at the first mention of russia.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Sarah was AWESOME!!! You idiots need to realise that treaties and commitments mean something. If ANY country in NATO is attacked, we are OBLIGATED to respond with equal force. If Georgia is allowed into NATO they will be doing so expecting the same protection. Deal with it.

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Yeah, maybe what we need is a strong diplomat in office who can *prevent* a war. The saber rattling she talks about, sanctioning Russia and bringing its neighbors into NATO (which is practically baiting them) are exactly the wrong thing to do. The US just got burned playing the macho cowboy role in Iraq. We don't have a strong enough hand to play bully again. The answer to the Russian situation is to do exactly what Obama proposes and so many puffed up Americans can't bear to consider: talk it over. Look for common ground, find a diplomatic solution. A war with Russia is inconceivable unless it is literally a war for our survival as a nation.

I don't blame Palin for any of these comments though. They came from the desk of Rove, anyhow. But it just goes to show that she is a mouthpiece for him, just like McCain has become and just like Bush has been for 8 years. If you want change, fire Rove. He is the one Obama is campaigning against.

Posted by: Joe | September 11, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Dave | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Any of you macho dudes support the draft?

You're gonna need it.

..or do expect someone's else's kid to go to Ossetia for you??

Whooooaaaa!

Posted by: toritto | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Just for the record and the facts regarding the so called "Bush Doctrine". It is not just one definition but encompasses many of which Sarah Palin expoused. Charlie was wrong to assert it only means to use means of defense even in the case of no immediate threat.

Please people know facts before we all put out fiction.

Posted by: Rick | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

It's easy to recognize the hired guns, whose job is to spin the news and put ideas out there in the responses. I was not a Hillary supporter, but Hillary is no dummy. She would have finessed this interview with gibson as would have Obama. Most women who voted for Hillary were quite invested in the issues and knowledgeable about them. Governor Palin is probably a very nice person but she's no Hillary Clinton.

I, too, notice that much of the media seems to be shrinking from critiquing the candidate, but analyzing her views is the job.

She's in way over her head. And she can't answer energy everytime someone asks her about Russia or Pakistan.

by the way, glad to see she agrees with Obama and not McCain about invading Pakistan if we have intelligence that bin laden is there. She truly isn't afraid to buck her own party when she's knows they are wrong, including McCain!

Posted by: macktn | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah can get ripped apart by a cream puff like Charlie Gibson, she has no business being where she is. None at all.

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

At least nuclear winter will put an end to global warming.

Posted by: Randy | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

"Stand up Chuck! Stand up!"

Posted by: Biden | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

THE PICTURE OF YOUR RED STILETTO HEEL ON THAT BIG RED BUTTON


MAKES MY HEART GO


KABOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican Party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon, former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.
Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search. AIPAC and PNAC are the military industrial complex.
Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican Party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda? The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about religion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic surveillance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangelicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, lipstick and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continuously for over 30 years. Yes the left has their own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican administration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the Constitution) is happening right in front of us. The consolidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever, gridlocked legislature with only two parties for representation, a judiciary that just kowtows to the executive branch). No real independent journalism. Cameras placed on every street corner. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, incrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"


Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Barracuda has the Brain of a Fish

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

LOW-CLASS CLUELESS GAFFES OF

"THE INAPPROPRIATE OBAMAS"

To Hillary saying I'm not as charming as he is: "You're likable enough" (smirk)

"Hold on sweetie"

Dismissing Hillary w/3 am cell phone text message announcing Biden

For the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country

America, my grandmother is a "Typical White Person"

Small town America: bitter and cling to religion and guns and antipathy toward people not like themselves

Surge was not a success (we lost the war)

Having an opinion about when a baby acquires rights: above my pay grade says "Constitutional Law Lecturer" Obama

Iran: a tiny country that cannot hurt us

I have visited 57 states in America

Behold the Obama Presidential Seal on my podium

I'll stop poverty, still rising seas, heal planet, redeem America from its ignorance

The Republicans are going to tell you not to vote for me because I don't look like the presidents on the dollar bills

The Republicans are going to tell you that I'm a Muslim

Americans: cynical, lazy, slobs, downright mean

Germans, I apologize for America

On McCain adding Sarah Palin to his ticket: “Lipstick on a pig” & "it smells like a fish"

** Oh yeah, Head-of-State and First Lady material **

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin hit anther home run!

After seeing Obama stutter & stammer in every interview, Palin was magnificent, intelligent and confident.


Posted by: Susan Robinson | September 11, 2008 9:13 PM

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

What a disgraceful performance on Charlie’s part. He was not even polite to her. He was impatient, belligerent, and hostile. He fired questions at her as if she were on trial. He was trying to trap her, but he didn’t. Charlie Gibson was the loser in that interview. I’m DISGUSTED with him !!!

Posted by: Judy Jones | September 11, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

If Israel jets attack Iran's nuclear site, what would Commander in Chief Palin immediately do? Especially if Russia threatens an armed response if we get involved, and perhaps moves on Ukraine while we are distracted?

This job is too important for a trainee.
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I would agree, that is why I will not be voting for Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I have a great admiration for John McCain and until he picked Palin for his VP would have voted for him. He's out of his mind to choose her. I'm a Republican who is saying the truth....Palin is not qualified to be Vice President of the United States. She's out of her leaque by a mile.
Sorry fellow GOPers'

Posted by: T.Boone | September 11, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Lehman Brothers failed today. Fannie and Freddie failed last week.

As our currency and banking system crumbles, a charismatic leader arises with simple answers to the world's complex problems.

The common people are good and wise. They are the backbone of the nation. It is the Jews, the liberals, the communists, the intellectuals, and a new bunch of guys - the Islamofascists - who are really causing the national problems.

She explains to the common people that the nation is endangered and that for the good of the folk they must temporarily give up a few of their traditional rights and freedoms. And remove some of the restrictions on the government so that it is free to act quickly and nimbly.

Drunk on cheap appeals to nationalism and religion, the folk agree and the temporary powers are granted to the charismatic leader.

To keep the folk distracted, and to cement her power, the charismatic leader embarks on a new and disasterous war. She opens up the Russian front.

So may question is this: Does this end the same way it did the first time? With the exhausted nation brought to it's knees, the charismatic leader holed up in a bunker under the capital city and the armies of the free world closing in?

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | September 11, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Biden is like a Miami senior citizen wearing a three piece suit and a hair piece!

Posted by: New ideas | September 11, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Nuclear war? Really scary.

No wonder Obama chooses Biden so he can hide under bed and let Biden deals with it when it is coming.

Those liberals already pee in their pants.

Hahahahah

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Ah, now I get it...Ike, Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, they all managed to keep us out of a war with Russia. And along comes Sarah "Cheney in a dress" Palin. Who knew all those other presidents had it wrong!? I expect she'll be havin' a talk with McCain over this one.

I swear if he shuffles on this again and does NOT clear up her crap, the last of my respect fot his guy is out the freakin window.

Posted by: Donny | September 11, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

She seems like an excellent politician - poised, confident, and polished. But anyone who (still!) doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is lacks the awareness to lead this nation.

Posted by: Moooose | September 11, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE keep talking, Sarah. You're digging old man McCain's grave with your mouth!

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

She is hot.

Picture that red stiletto heel on that big red button, baby.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Stearm, given that you are not even a woman, you have absolutely no knowlege of what women think.

Disgusting.


_____________________________


I use to talk to people and I'm repeating what I hear, lady.
My wife is appalled by what these hockey moms -some are our best friends- are saying about Michelle.

Disgusting is what drives these women to support a mysoginist who cheated on his wife on a wheelchair.

Disgusting are the Rovian 'racist' swiftboating -which you can't even recognized because of your racism. Do you remember the Rovian attacks on McCain black daughter back in 2000? Can you explain to me why they worked with the Republican electorate? And you think they won't use it against a black candidate.

If you have some black friends -which I am sure you don't have- tell them in the eyes that you are voting for McCain/Palins because the Palins' mom is more qualified than the black guy.

Go whining now by your husband.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

In light of all of the comments on here tonight regarding the answers Sarah Palin gave about Russia, Pakistan, and other foreign policy, let's not forget one little thing here:

No matter how good or bad she appears to be RIGHT NOW, she's not #1 on the ticket - John McCain is, and you can bet your bottom dollar that he knows his business where foreign policy is concerned. After 4 years as the VP, Sarah Palin will be more than prepared to take over.

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Good point. McCain is the #1 not Palin. If they are elected she will have time to work on these things. I am not concerned.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

who writes your web page headlines? Hopefully not the same folks who do the print versions. I draw your attention to:
"GOP's VP nominee says war with Russia is a possibility if it invades another country."
No, she did not say that. She said that if Russia invades a NATO, vice "another" country, NATO is indeed by definition obligated to go to war. Two completely different ideas.

Posted by: tpj | September 11, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

If Israel jets attack Iran's nuclear site, what would Commander in Chief Palin immediately do? Especially if Russia threatens an armed response if we get involved, and perhaps moves on Ukraine while we are distracted?

This job is too important for a trainee.

Posted by: somerseten | September 11, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I hope the interview looks better than the transcript reads. From the excerpts, her answers sound rote and very lacking in depth. I actually got a chill reading them and thinking she may be near the helm of our country.

Posted by: Scrapster | September 11, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Enough with the fear mongering about Russia. Putin maybe a bully but he's not stupid enough to start WW III.

1. It was the tough talking Reagan who helped bankrupt the Soviet Empire. Not some dovish Democrat.

2. It helps to let Putin know where the line is so he won't cross it. Wishy washy Obama may invite adventurism from the Russians and others.

3. The real threat right now is loose nukes from say Pakistan, not war with Russia.

4. Democrats look silly trying to scare people with the old commie trick. You don't look the role.


omg are you freakin serious? reagen and his hollywood talk had NOTHING to do with the fall of the USSR. ok yes he was president at the time but he didnt have any roll in shutting down the USSR. let me guess it was bush sr. also russia is NOT scared of us when will you idiots realize that? we are not a military super power i mean we cant even flush the insurgents out of iraq and youre telling me that this saber rattling is going to change putins mind. grow up retard

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Feel the momentum!

Just saw this -- I doubt foreign policy nitpickery is going to slow it down.

http://thebrewdogblog.com/2008/09/my-wife-has-a-girl-crush-on-sarah-palin/

Posted by: Mike | September 11, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

What an idiot she is! Doesn't she know that it was Georgia who attacked Russia first! Thus giving Russia sufficient excuse to use force. No wonder she is defending Georgia, she is one of those that will attack first then then suffer the consequences. Does she even know that this is Georgia the country not Georgia the state? Idiot!

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the ColdWar is needed again. It was alot more stable then. Detterance wasn't so bad, it actually assured the concept of Mutual Assured Distruction. There would actually be some balance instead of all the chaos that exists now.

Posted by: NeedStabilityAgain | September 11, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, hopefully she'll wait until after the inaguration before killing us all in a war with Russia.

This woman wasn't even capable of running that podunk town in Alaska.

Heaven help us all if she ever has her finger anywhere near the nuclear trigger.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

you just push that red button, baby.


God's waiting for me in Heaven.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

To all Obama suporters,

Drums beating is not enough anymore!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to quote from Lincoln, Chaffe That is "she's a'cocky Wacko"...What a Joke America's become

Posted by: bebo | September 11, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Viejo1, you are a savage racist. And Palin is going to be crushed after showing her idiocy like that today. My God, they should pretend she's caught laryngitis and never let her near a microphone again!

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone ever seen the Disney movie "King Ralph"?...Coming soon in a theater near you..."President Palin"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin memorized her lines well.
ROVE puppet!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Let's nuke'em. Bring it on, says Palin.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, she's scary. I was leaning towards McCain, but no way, no how. I haven't spent the last 4 years in college to become a nuclear candle.

Posted by: Jason | September 11, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Palin is as ready to be President of the US, dealing with Putin, Hu, and the world's economic, global, educational, and scientific issues.... as I am ready for the Lucasian post at Cambridge in pure and applied mathematics.

Of course, I could add, subtract, multiply, divide, and do simple trig, statistics, and calculus problems ---- and love Blake, Johnson, Wordsworth, et al --- but me being appointed to take over the post held by Newton and Hawking?

Sure, I am ready for it!

And I AM NOT blinking, either! I AM ready for it! Bring it on!

Posted by: Her Lao | September 11, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

To All Palin Supporters:
It is 2008!
We don't live in the stone ages anymore!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Well now you know why they didn't allow her to do any interviews. She thinks being in Alaska and looking out over the Bering Strait at Russia is Foreign Policy. She knows very little and has traveled even less. She has no knowlege of other countries, customs, and thinking. More cowboy diplomacy of the Bush era. That's all we need!

Posted by: tyson60369 | September 11, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse


Sarah Palin hit anther home run!

After seeing Obama stutter & stammer in every interview, Palin was magnificent, intelligent and confident.


Posted by: Susan Robinson | September 11, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Now, lobotobama's kissing up to der schlick!
barry hasn't has a good night's sleep since Sarah got here, and now he has to beg the clintons for help.

You slimedrippers better find something to jump on besides Sarah's interviews, because your "magic negro" is flush out of rabbits to pull out his hat.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I love it! War with Russia? With whose military? Surely not the US military, which is currently overstretched in fighting two wars.

Maybe she can get the Alaska National Guard to invade Siberia.

Posted by: castanea | September 11, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Before we have even paid for the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, here comes World War III led by Palin. Yippee, bring em on.

Palin is wrong for America

Posted by: George Michael | September 11, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

The libs are utterly disappointed that Palin excelled during the interview, demonstrating that she is more well-versed in matters of foreign affairs than Obama. Making fun of her Downs syndrome baby backfired, and now they're trying to paint her as a deranged lunatic out to blow up the world. This too, will fail.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Fred Jermineo, you are SUCH a liar. You never supported Obama, you total lying sack. You're really Sarah Palin's baby, right?

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd to quote from Lincoln, Chaffe That is "she's a'cocky Wacko"...What a Joke America become

Posted by: bebo | September 11, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Please make my day and serve me the roasted one!

Posted by: Vladimir Putin | September 11, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

you just push that red button, baby.


God's waiting for me in Heaven.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

No wonder they were hiding her from the press!

Posted by: Jason A. | September 11, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"Where is 'Michelle La Belle' hiding?

Obama knows this is the best strategy to avoid comparisons and to shut her up!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:07 PM"

Obviously, spending time with her kids, because this is the week that school is starting.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Hello!!!! She didn't know what the BUSH DOCTRINE is..... How could she not know something so fundamental?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin looks like Kissinger compared to Obama!

Hey! wait a minute, Obama is not running against Palin or is he?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Once that red button gets pushed:


KABOOM!!

That's it, folks.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Ach du Lieberman!

Posted by: What was that? | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse


This was a refreshing contrast with Obama.

Obama comes across like a confused high school student in interviews.

But Palin sounds like an intelligent adult.

I was very impressed with Palin.

One other thing I must confess. 2 days ago, I changed my mind -- from an Obama supporter to a McCain/Palin supporter.

Now, after seeing this interview, I'm SO glad.

Palin was highly impressive!


Posted by: Fred Jermineo | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a succubus!
Run away people!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Hahahaaha

All pig's tongue extend out now. Keep them out there and do not get freezed later.

Posted by: jy2008 | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

All you appeasers remind me of the UK, 1919 - 1940. Did restraint help when the blitz started? If there is to be world war, let us plan for it, instead of naively believing we can kick the can down the road, indefinitely. Does this disturb all you self proclaimed intellectuals and liberal stalwarts? Oh I know, this is crazy talk. Only "warmongers" would ever dare look this reality head on. Where will you run, on the day the war begins? Where will you run?

Posted by: Churchill2Chamberlain | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

You're an idiot Kevin! You have no idea what the consequences would be with a nuclear war with Russia. And Kevin, you really shouldn't use the word awesome if you want the public to have any respect for your intelligence.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Re: "Barry Goldwater would have been proud of her"

Are you kidding? He called the Christian Coalition the "crazies."

Posted by: sunnyday1 | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Here is the problem with going to war with Russia (especially now, since we are currently in debt up to our eyeballs).

Russia is not Iraq. Russia can bring a war straight to the U.S. (right off the coast of California, D.C., New York, etc.). It would be very stupid to start a war with Russia because, then, Americans would really feel that war, here, at home.

The United States needs to concentrate more on domestic issues, atm.

Another war involving the U.S. could spark a civil war, here, at home.

Posted by: ssanford00 | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin as VP nominee exposes the absolute total intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party today. This is the BEST they have, folks. Can you believe it? McCain could have done just as well if he'd walked up to a house at random and selected the first person who came to the door.

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Everytime I hear someone saying that some white people will vote for McCain just because they don't want a black man in the Oval Office, I wonder what they would think if the same percentage of black people voting for Obama was equal to the percentage of white people voting for McCain?
I could just imagine the outcry of racism if 95% of all whites voted for McCain but that is close to the percentage of black votes that Obama will get.
Will there be outcries of racism?
Of course not. In this country only way people are racist or so they would have us believe.

Posted by: Michael Rowland | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

It's irresponsible for a journalist to pretend Gov Palin said ahe would respond by going to war. She clearly said the US would have an obligation to defend Russia and went on to say that could mean a lot of things. Man it couldn't be any clearer and yet this reporter decides to headline with the word 'war'.

Let's hope people read the full story.

Posted by: cgomez | September 11, 2008 9:02 PM

~~~~~~
Most people will not take the time read the full context. They see the word "war" and figure that is what she wants and all she said.

The WP has really become a shadow of itself. The only thing worth reading in it anymore is the Sports page.

Posted by: Sarah Does NOT want war | September 11, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama would call the UN Security Council to stop the Russians! What an idiot!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

You have to give Palin credit. She memorized her lines real well, and hardly strayed for her script.

Golly gee, she can even see Russia from Alaska. She must know Putin real well then.

What a pathetic REPUBLICAN joke for VP!

Posted by: John Michael | September 11, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

omg this chick is crazy. a war wit russia??? what a stupid person. and some of you fools still want her as VP? just goes to show that some people with vote for their party even if it's run by an old fish and a pig. either that or they have no idea what a war with russia would entail. truly out of touch with reality. thank god obama will be winning this november. i think that interview just sealed his victory. btw for the moron poster who says obama thinks russia is besieging atlanta do you realize that it is mccain who doesnt know where iran is or who the sunnis and shiites are. lol nice try though, idiot. AND you stole my joke about mccain. typical neocon

Posted by: gabe | September 11, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Russia can and will annihilate the US if it
is provoked. They have an entirely different
ethic when it comes to force and strength.

These republicans are too proud and too dumb
to know what they are getting into.


Posted by: Pigeon c. muffin | September 11, 2008 9:01 PM



Enough with the fear mongering about Russia. Putin maybe a bully but he's not stupid enough to start WW III.

1. It was the tough talking Reagan who helped bankrupt the Soviet Empire. Not some dovish Democrat.

2. It helps to let Putin know where the line is so he won't cross it. Wishy washy Obama may invite adventurism from the Russians and others.

3. The real threat right now is loose nukes from say Pakistan, not war with Russia.

4. Democrats look silly trying to scare people with the old commie trick. You don't look the role.

Posted by: bobte | September 11, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey, cowboy republicans.

War with Russia means WWIII. They have nuclear weapons, too. We will all be nuked. You are going to be nuked I am going to be nuked we are all going to be nuked.

Don't play cowboy and talk swagger. It is a lose-lose proposition.

WE ARE ALL GOING TO BE NUKED.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

This woman scares the hell out of me. I liked McCain before his recent years of saddling up next to Bush & co. He may have swayed me yet with a better VP pick, but Palin is flat-out dangerous.

The fact that she got her first passport recently indicates she has very little exposure to other cultures and perspectives. She's probably like many Americans in that respect who develop their opinions of other nations based on today's soundbytes. I bet she'd love to eat some freedom fries (thank you congress for that genius initiative).

Threatening war with Russia is idiotic. What can we gain from that?

Posted by: ogybendogy | September 11, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Barry Goldwater would have been proud of her.

Posted by: ks | September 11, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

It is too bad we did not see Governor Palin's full answers to Charles Gibson's questions. Having just read the full transcript of the interview I realize ABC did some serious editing which resulted in them painting the picture they wanted the viewer to see of her. Shameful. I was 99% sure I was going to vote for Governor Palin, but now I'm 100%. It is incredible but the media really is out to get her.

Posted by: malmantile | September 11, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

This interview made me rethink this match up. What would have happened if Palin had been president during the Cuban missile crisis? There were Generals who wanted to go to war but even though Kennedy had numerous flaws both personally and policy wise he was able to hold steady and got the country through it.
Now, I like Palin, but I when I picture her in such an instance I have the feeling she would do something unwise.

Posted by: CaseyB | September 11, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Sarah was AWESOME!!! You idiots need to realise that treaties and commitments mean something. If ANY country in NATO is attacked, we are OBLIGATED to respond with equal force. If Georgia is allowed into NATO they will be doing so expecting the same protection. Deal with it.

Posted by: Kevin | September 11, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey, republicans.

War with Russia means WWIII. They have nuclear weapons, too. We will all be nuked. You are going to be nuked I am going to be nuked we are all going to be nuked. Don't play cowboy and talk swagger. It is a lose-lose proposition. We are all going to be nuked.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Using GOP logic, Palin is more qualified for open-heart surgery then VP. Palin’s credentials: She cut the heart out of a moose so she must be a great surgeon.

The Republicans have infected the USA. Don’t let Palin/McCain operate on America. Our suffering nation can’t take much more.

-lol

Posted by: lol | September 11, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

The interview was a DISASTER. She was fake and looked like she had crammed the answers.

Horrible & Scary.

Posted by: Mary | September 11, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Dems think Palin is not so smart. But quite contrare mon'frare, Dems again are falling into the trap. She's playin the "oh i only read from teleprompters but don't take questions". Wait until she unleashes the beast and superpalin powers and answers all the questions intelligently, when the timing is right. It's called the waiting game, get everyone excited, and all the attention going. Jaws will be dropping!! It's so savvy of the Republicans to see what the other side would ask so they can prepare (it's like showing your opponent your weapons, so they can analyze what to counterattack). Don't underestimate a WOMAN, yes a woman. Why do you think men eventually ate the apple?

Posted by: TrickedYa!! | September 11, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Where is 'Michelle La Belle' hiding?

Obama knows this is the best strategy to avoid comparisons and to shut her up!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Palin talks foreign policy? Now that is funny.

Posted by: silverspring | September 11, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Muad'dib | September 11, 2008 8:50 PM
"One thing I would like to know is why it was so obviously heavily edited. The breaks and cuts weren't even clean in the least so if answers are getting cut off, how do I know I'm getting the full answer when I can't hear in context with the rest of it?"

That's because the interview was done in bit's and pieces so Palin could be prepped for each question.

Palin is SO NOT READY!!!


Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse


Oh my God, Palin was outstanding.

10 times smoother than Obama.

10 times smarter than Obama.

Obama/Biden are DONE!

Sarah, GREAT job!

Posted by: Karen Hodges | September 11, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

The McCain Campaign sets some wonderful examples for all Americans:

1. John McCain shows us it is okay to tell lies to the American people when campaigning, because what matters is the end result, not how you get there.

2. Sarah Palin teaches us, scarily, “U.S. soldiers are on a task that is from God" in Iraq. Sounds like a Holy War to me.

3. John also shows us it is okay to cheat on your spouse, and divorce and get remarried one month latter.

4. John shows us it is okay to use F-words in every other sentence to family and fellow legislators.

5. Sarah shows us it is fine for your kids to have sex before marriage. And, as shen attempted, try to get them married before running for VP to cover up the fact.

6. Sarah shows us it is okay to charge the state for your day-to-day expenses while staying at home.

7. Cindy McCain shows us it is okay to be a drug addict and a thief.

8. The McCains show us people can relate to you even if you don’t know how many luxury homes you own in three different states worth $15 million+.

9. Sarah shows us, contrary to most Americans believing global warming is caused by man (58 percent says Gallup), it is okay for you and her to think global warming is completely natural.

10. Sarah shows us it is great to talk in “tongues” and to pray like her church to God that gays can be “cured.”

Love those wonderful Republican “family values.”

Posted by: Michael J | September 11, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised nothing is mentioned about her obvious lack of knowledge about the Bush Doctrine and her sophomoric attempt to ask "what parts?".

It is like Mr. Smith goes to Washington except that he is a right wing neo-con (I stopped myself from saying neo-nazi).

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 11, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey, republicans.

War with Russia means WWIII. They have nuclear weapons, too. We will all be nuked. You are going to be nuked I am going to be nuked we are all going to be nuked.

Don't play cowboy and talk swagger. It is a lose-lose proposition.

WE ARE ALL GOING TO BE NUKED.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

The USA wants to squeeze Russia because a tremendous amount of oil is in that part of the world. But by engaging in rapid and uncontrolled NATO expansion, the USA risks being involved in ethnic and border disputes directly on the borders of Russia. Is that a very smart move? Wouldn't it be smarter to take a go-slow approach and perhaps then Russia herself could, via trade, diplomacy and cultural exchanges, gradually change into a more democratic and open country. I mean, the USA doesn't hardly criticize China and she has a much worse human rights record and this is supposedly our approach with her. As for Palin, she's nothing more then an amateur. For openers, she should be sent to a State Dept. School to teach her about other countries and diplomacy. Do you trust her with her fingers on "the football?" She's one heartbeat away from the Presidency and who knows how long "the old man" can hold up. Americans should think long and hard about this before electing somebody who could lead us into WWIII very quickly.

Posted by: Joseph | September 11, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Umm, Obama and Biden are both for having the Ukraine and Georgia in NATO (also). And then they would be our allies. Just like Kuwait is our ally. And when an ally is invaded, you come to their aid (Palin) Well, unless you're name is John Kerry or Joe Biden you vote "no" to defend an ally (Kuwait).

Posted by: joe | September 11, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if she left a small puddle on her chair when she got up...?

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the latest tactic from the left:
PALIN WANTS WAR WITH RUSSIA, IRAN
(And she has her sites on Canada, too)

What a pathetic nest of losers.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"Remember what happened with JFK. Krushchev thought the USA had elected a wimp and he put missles into Cuba. We almost had WW3. Obama, the community organizer, will be challenged by Iran,Russia, or China. Or all three. Nothing brings on bullies like the perception of weakness. They know McCain is tough and will act,they suspect Obama is weak and will just talk."

incompetence has weakened this nation on a large scale

brains is more powerful than might

this country went from a surplus to borrowing $$$$$$$ from other countries

military stretched thin

why, with incompetence, what country would be so afraid of the united states?

brain and temperament matters; in it comes beneficial strategy

Posted by: incompetence | September 11, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

And just when I thought that nothing could be worse that Bush/Cheney....

Posted by: LMH | September 11, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse


An OUTSTANDING performance by Palin!

Obama gets easily confused in interviews.

But Palin has intellectual prowess.

I was extremely impressed with Palin.

YOU GO GIRL!

Posted by: Linda Williams | September 11, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Jasonw

"...Secret Service shoots her..."?

Is that Airwolf or just any lil' ole
black helicopter hovering over your patio?

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Where are the EDITORS of what was once a well-edited newspaper.

The first paragraph of this article is what turns out to be an editorial comment:

"GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin said today the Ukraine and Georgia should join NATO, even at the risk of antagonizing Russia and forcing the United States into a war with the nuclear-armed nation."

That may be what the writer wishes to be true, but the same writer in the same article, BURIED TWO PARGRAPHS FROM THE END, factually contradicts the lead-in summary of what he may wish, for his own reasons, to be true:

"But Palin did not directly reply when Gibson asked whether it was worth it to the United States to risk a war over tiny Georgia.

"What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against," she said. "We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries."

The Washington Post of Ben Bradlee is formally dead. This is the detritus.

Posted by: lma | September 11, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Yes you are right when you say she is not number 1 but it gives us idea about John McCain as well. How weak and shallow he is to pick up this empty suit for his VP.

Posted by: Jarda | September 11, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

We can't second guess Sarah.
We can't second guess Sarah.
We can't second guess Sarah.

If she says we need to push the nuclear button, we push the nuclear button.

She sounded like a student after an all nighter.

Posted by: Sarah | September 11, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I love how you can see that little flicker of panic in her eyes, like a dumb student caught out in her ignorance.

Posted by: cythera4 | September 11, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse


Does this right-wing wacko honestly believe that a nuclear war with Russia is going to help bring back Jesus?

OMFG

Posted by: chasemonster | September 11, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

...

5.) You will lose sex appetite
6.) You will gain fat like a pig
7.) And you will go to hell!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

You liberals are reading what you want and even lying about Palin's answers. If Russia invades any NATO country. NATO must defend said NATO member and Georgia may join NATO. The U.S.IS a NATO member. I even saw a life United States high official of NATO in person. NO JOKE,he was real so you have to believe that NATO IS REAL. Cannot you get the concept of treaties between nations??? One nation signs a treaty with another nation to defend each other. Most European countries are NATO members. Quit saying Palin wants war w/Russia. You sound stupid.

Obama did an interview during the year whereas he said he would downsize our military, reduce our defense weapons drastically. This would leave the U.S.practically defenseless. Is Obama running for leader of our country or leader of our enemies?

Posted by: love234america | September 11, 2008 8:37 PM

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=
Talk About Sounding Stupid... Geeesh!

Senator Obama NEVER Said he would Downsize the Military, Our Defensive Weapons and Our Security! Another Sean Hannity Lie! Come People - We can't handle the Two Wars we have going NOW and to take on Russia!!

I have been involved participating in a NATO Joint Exercise and We Should Not be Looking For a War! PERIOD!
Love23America - at least get a GED and you might see things clearer and with more vision and understanding!

Sarah Palin - learned 3 or 4 answers and used them for every question! She could not talk about national Security so she turned it to her Energy Background! SAD! She is Totally Unprepared!!! And would be scary thinking she is a heartbeat away from the Presidency - You can't Learn on the JOB!!

PLEASE!!

Posted by: Charlie Chan | September 11, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

and now we know why she hasn't been talking to reporters. That was a train wreck.

Before, I was just going to be mad if McCain was elected. Now with McCain/Palin, I would actually be scared if McCain wins.

Posted by: oscars2212 | September 11, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't anyone realize that we do not have the resources to go to war? China will not give us the money to go to war with Russia. We cannot go to war with everyone. The US is no longer a super power. We are owned by someone else now. This is not about a woman being a VP. Who the heck cares if they are male or female. I want to know that the US is moving forward, internationally,in a way that will benefit us all in the future. As an interview she was fine. Palin managed to avoid answering any questions but tout herself capable to lead our country into war. It is more of the same. I hope the US citizens are ready for more war and more killing of its children.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Sure the NATO Treaty states that if a hostile power invades a member then other NATO nations are obligated to defend them. However, her response lacked the measured diplomatic tone which is customary when responding to such a question. It will be interesting to see if there is a response from the Russian leaders. She also stated that Russia's invasion was unprovoked, not true. Georgia was the initial aggressor. McCain and Bush showed what we would do, "We are all Georgians", send the Secretary of State, and a couple of billion in aid. No where in her answer did she mention Europe. President Sorkozy demonstrated what European nations are capable of in such a crisis. Palin's thinking was unilateral and haven't had enough of that!

Also, she was ignorant about the "Bush Doctrine". Her lack of knowledge was glaring.

If you can genuinely look at Gov. Palin and genuinely believe she is capable of being v.p. and possibly president, then vote for her. I won't.

Posted by: Neil | September 11, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Awesome. When Obama doesn't have a teleprompter to read, he sounds like the village idiot.

But Palin answered with intelligence and eloquence.

This makes sense. Palin has real executive experience. Obama has zero executive experience, and apparently he gets easily confused with direct questions.

Whereas, Palin shows a strong mind.

This is the end of Obama/Biden.

Sarah, congratuations!


Posted by: Bob Anderson | September 11, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse


Palin's interview with Gibson was a disaster, right?

Palin's convention speech sucked, right?

Welcome to Eliteville, home to those who are out of touch with the American electorate.

Posted by: WylieD | September 11, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

She was aweful. This woman obviously does NOT know what she is sayng, this neo-con way of thinking is outdated in the new world.

She scares me. To say you are prepared to go to war with a nuclear power at ease is scary.

McCain & Palin = War

McCain & Palin = Draft

Posted by: Jon B | September 11, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Suzy,

I'm still waiting for your response on why McCain can use the phrase "lipstick on a pig" and can laugh when one of his supporters calls Hillary a "bi*tch" and not be deemed to be a sexist.

Why can Sarah Palin whine about the media coverage and Hillary Clinton can't?

Please, illuminate us.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh my goodness. That was really bad.

I thought she would have been ready by now. I was supporting McCain/Palin. But when Gibson had to explain the Bush Doctrine to Palin, that was too scary. She evaded too many questions, was overly scripted and bottom line, nowhere close to being ready to deal with national security issues. How did McCain ever conclude she was ready?

Move me back into the Democrat column, for now.

Posted by: Ummmmm | September 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

It's irresponsible for a journalist to pretend Gov Palin said ahe would respond by going to war. She clearly said the US would have an obligation to defend Russia and went on to say that could mean a lot of things. Man it couldn't be any clearer and yet this reporter decides to headline with the word 'war'.

Let's hope people read the full story.

Posted by: cgomez | September 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

NO WAY NO HOW NO PALIN DOES NOT KNOW THE BUSH DOCTRINE, WANTS TO INVADE RUSSIA!! CHARLES GIBSON IS THE MOST RESPECTED MEN AROUND. MCCAIN PICKED HIM TO DO THE INTERVIIEW. I REMEMBER WATCHING THE DEBATES LAST YEAR AND CLINTON AND OBAMA WERE QUESTIONED THE SAME WAY. SO ENOUGH ENOUGH!!!!! SHE IS NOT READY TO BE VP AND REALLY NOT READY TO DEFEND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!NO WAY NO HOW NO MCCAIN/PALIN. REAL CHANGE IS OBAMA-BIDEN 2008!

Posted by: mf73 | September 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, with McBush-Palin in Washington we won't have to worry about 4 more years of Bush.

We'll be lucky if those crazy wingnut jobs dont' start a nuclear war in the first week.

God Save Us from these criminals, liars, crooks and ignorant idiots of the GOP who have destroyed this country for the last 8 years.

Posted by: Continuum | September 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine a real interview with biden?

You'll have to.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

@Middle America
"At times, I think Americans can be taken in by anything -- but they are not stupid enough to be taken in by this."
Unfortunately, you are wrong.

@stearm
"But I really think 'many white voters (a minority I hope) will rather lose everything they have than vote for a black guy'. This is hardly an exaggeration."
Unfortunately, you are right.

This could be an extension of the current experiment on what happens with a temperamental ten year old running the country.

Unless when something happens to Mc, the Secret Service shoots her.

Posted by: JasonW | September 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin is irrelevant. She was just a ploy to get McCain elected. If elected, he will be calling the shots. She is irrelevant.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

It's Ukraine, not "the Ukraine."

Ukraine is a sovereign nation, not a region.

Posted by: ZPegan | September 11, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

One thing I would like to know is why it was so obviously heavily edited. The breaks and cuts weren't even clean in the least so if answers are getting cut off, how do I know I'm getting the full answer when I can't hear in context with the rest of it?

Posted by: Muad'dib | September 11, 2008 8:50 PM


The editing could have been to help Charles Gibson. His questions were tough. And the lady was stumped with that Bush Doctrine question. But then again I had also forgot about the Bush Doctrine since nobody talks about it anymore after the debacle of Iraq. But Charles Gibson also appeared condescending and professorial. So the cuts and pastes could have been done to help soften him up. Who knows this could make women even more riled up about men looking down on their girl?

Posted by: bobte | September 11, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse


Russia can and will annihilate the US if it
is provoked. They have an entirely different
ethic when it comes to force and strength.

These republicans are too proud and too dumb
to know what they are getting into.


Posted by: Pigeon c. muffin | September 11, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

HESS,

Stop smoking that junk!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Remember what happened with JFK. Krushchev thought the USA had elected a wimp and he put missles into Cuba. We almost had WW3. Obama, the community organizer, will be challenged by Iran,Russia, or China. Or all three. Nothing brings on bullies like the perception of weakness. They know McCain is tough and will act,they suspect Obama is weak and will just talk.

Posted by: Paladin | September 11, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

1.) Today, the National Debt is at $9.6 TRILLION DOLLARS.
Source:
http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

2. ) The Bush administration added hugely to this debt with their wasteful and unnecessary war. They LIED about WMDs to get us into this war, while the real terrorists escaped.

3.) This war also KILLED 4,155 AMERICANS and WOUNDED 33,324 MORE AMERICANS. Source: http://icasualties.org/oif/

4.) McCain says he would vote for this war all over again. He has terrible judgment. Don't put him in charge of your lives and dollars. Your life might end up lost and all your money going to the richest of the rich, who are his lobbyists and donors.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I never would imagine in a million years that the Antichrist would be a woman...

Posted by: Frank | September 11, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Stearm, given that you are not even a woman, you have absolutely no knowlege of what women think.
The dems are so desperate these days, now all they can fall back on is accusing everyone who isn't a fool enough to vote for Obama of being racist.
Disgusting.

Posted by: an actual woman | September 11, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

My god...this idiot will lead us into nuclear war with Russia! Are you kidding me? No one wins that one...there will be 500 nukes dropped on Chicago alone...this is really bad...we really are doomed, and for what? Oh.My.God.

Posted by: HESS | September 11, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

After watching the interview I am astonished. This woman knows absolutely nothing about foreign policy. She is extremely dangerous. God forbid she ever sees any higher office and lets prey she is convicted in Troopergate and gets put in prison.

Never answered a single question honestly and brought up the possiblity of war with Russia in her first interview. She and John McCain just do not get it!

Posted by: PALIN THE IDIOT | September 11, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

viejo1 - I appreciate that. She gave all of the right answers, even though the questions were designed to make her look like a war monger. Like I said, regardless of whether or not she's prepared now, you can bet that she will be in short order. She's bright, articulate, and she's not afraid to take a stand for something she believes in, which is more than those democratic wafflers (who can't make a move without first conducting a public opinion poll) can say.

Posted by: Muad'dib | September 11, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

it's "cogniscent," not "cognizant."

Posted by: scott | September 11, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

And by the way it is easy to speak smoothly when you have no idea what you are talking about so you just speak and hope that interviewer offers you some help.

Posted by: Jarda | September 11, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarahcuda is more ignorant and confused than McCain!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Blonde,

I would have a bimbo any day instead of an Aunt Jemmima rejuvenated!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse


At least she didn't talk about "my muslim faith."

Posted by: WylieD | September 11, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Ehh...we ain't fighting no war with the Russ with a volunteer army folks.

I'm sure we can have Ft. Dix NJ ready for inductee basic training in no time!!

Whoooaaaa!

Posted by: toritto | September 11, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Go Sarah Mouse!

"What's your opinion of the Bush Doctrine, Gov. Palin?"

"Could you make that a Multiple Choice, Charlie?"

Posted by: patriot76 | September 11, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

She didn't know what the Bush Doctrine is for crying out loud. How can she help change something she doesn't understand?

Posted by: KPS | September 11, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

She obviously never heard of the Bush doctrine but she wants to be the VP. Watch the video

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/11/sarah-palins-charlie-gibs_n_125772.html


She goes fishing with "in what respect?".


Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

That interview was a train wreck....if we want any hope of winning this election they shouldn't let speak to the press until December.

Posted by: JamesV | September 11, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

In light of all of the comments on here tonight regarding the answers Sarah Palin gave about Russia, Pakistan, and other foreign policy, let's not forget one little thing here:

No matter how good or bad she appears to be RIGHT NOW, she's not #1 on the ticket - John McCain is, and you can bet your bottom dollar that he knows his business where foreign policy is concerned. After 4 years as the VP, Sarah Palin will be more than prepared to take over.

Posted by: Muad'dib | September 11, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

It's scary when you come off looking like a lightweight compared to a bona fide "foreign policy expert" like Charlie Weaver, um, I mean, Charlie Gibson.

Posted by: adamzero | September 11, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

muad'dib

Don't jump off your sand worm yet.
She did fine.
Compare her interview in its entirety with that of o'reilly's decimation of pobama and its akin to comparing Wonder Woman to Curious George.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama thinks that Atlanta is under siege by the Russians!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

War with Russia! She wants all out war not even a cold war. And we are worried about Putin! Let's spread God/Americanism all over the world and if you do not agree with us we will go to war. Even Bush is not this reckless in talking about the extreme right's true agenda of continuing the oil and war economy. This just shows her naivety in foreign policy, insanity and is a dangerous right wing democratic imperialist just like Bush/Cheney/McCain. Obama/Biden 2008!

Posted by: NutHouse | September 11, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

In one fell swoop, Palin showed our allies and our enemies just how unprepared she is to manage this great nation in these dangerous and complex times.

I'm not a supporter, but I was actually embarrassed for her. And I think Gibson was kinder than any other serious journalist will be.

Posted by: lf | September 11, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

You Americans love bimbos in your white house.

Posted by: Blonde | September 11, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

This woman is the end to the world as we know it. Actually, it will just be a continuation of the world as it is today, yet with a clear end in sight. Please do not support this unqualified puppet and her idiotic rhetoric!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

She's dumb as a stick, it's clear.

Posted by: cythera45 | September 11, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: J. McCain | September 11, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

This lady has no clue what she is talking about. Not just it is nonsense to attack Russia and protect Georgia but even sanctions against Russia are out of the question. Ex-Premier of German Shroder is sitting on the top of GAZPROM - Russ Oil Gas...so it leaves Germany out of question to cooperate with USA...France is leaning to Russia anytime so it leaves us alone...hmmm now who will agree with sanctions? Poland? Slovakia or who?
Anyway now I am really getting scared if this lady will ever reach the White House.
THANKS BUT NO THANKS

Posted by: Jarda | September 11, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

WOW. While Obama stutters and stammers (without a teleprompter), Palin answered with intelligence and eloquence.

The final question is now answered -- this woman is the real deal.

Posted by: JP Vanderbilt | September 11, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I see why you go by the name Anonymous, stupidity like that, WOULD be embarrassing.

Posted by: buRNed | September 11, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I hope all you young strapping studly dudes are ready for the DRAFT!!

I personally think the lottery system works best - that way you are sure to catch lotsa rich kids who couldnt squeeze their way into a reserve unit.

You get a few months of really solid infantry training and then you get dumped in Ossetia in winter to face the Red Army.

Bring um on!!

(mothers! Are you watching this sh*t?)

Posted by: toritto | September 11, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

If Russia invades Poland or the Baltics, Obama will have a meeting; he may even wring his hands. You better believe that if our community organizer gets elected, he will be challenged immediately by Russia,China or Iran. Then we will have war.

Posted by: paladin | September 11, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

JakeD to me:
"Are you pro-life?"


What on earth does that have to do with Gov. Palin's interview? I understand your question about the Monroe Doctrine but this is completely unrelated and, as such, off the table as far as I'm concerned. If tomorrow's interview contains such subjects, I'll pipe in with my two cents.

Posted by: Nikki | September 11, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Do you remember that Obama plans to label all agricultural products to protect us!

Obamites may apply for a job to label corn o peas for 2 dollars a month!

Posted by: Useless but entertaining | September 11, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey, you are just like Obama who likes to smear Sara Palin, twisting her responses which actually did nothing but to boost more support for Ms. Palin.

Posted by: Susan Sue | September 11, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

The lipstick is to sell the GOP to white women.
They will buy it, regardless of what Palins' mom actually say.

They can't identify the good of the Nation with a black guy, and they hate Michelle because she has achieved more than they have.

I'm a white guy, and I tell you, for hockey moms -read, many white women- it's an insult to have a Black first lady. They can't stand a black girl wearing better clothes than the ones they use to wear.


For such things, these ignorant women are ready to sell America to the Islamists. It's impossible to change their mind.

Posted by: stearm | September 11, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

"No way to sugarcoat it -- she was just awful.

It was as if she were just repeating some fact sheets from memory. She was completely unprepared for this interview.

Not quite Dan Quayle bad -- but pretty bad. I'm very disappointed."

=======================

I was a bit disappointed too, but it's interesting to see the different takes on here. It's no secret to anyone who has seen my postings here over the last couple of weeks that I'm backing McCain/Palin, but I got a sinking feeling in my gun when I watched those interview portions.

One thing I would like to know is why it was so obviously heavily edited. The breaks and cuts weren't even clean in the least so if answers are getting cut off, how do I know I'm getting the full answer when I can't hear in context with the rest of it?

Posted by: Muad'dib | September 11, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Since both are from the cold corners of the world....If Palin and Putin had a drinking contest, who would win?

Posted by: DrinkContest | September 11, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Now McCain say's "IF THERE IS A REASONABLE PROSPECT OF VICTORY IN IRAQ WE SHOULD STAY"

So now McCain needs to tell us what is "reasonable"!!

Posted by: JAC | September 11, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Suzy,

I have a question for you and all of those that believe Obama is a sexist.

When John McCain stood by while one of his supporters called Hillary Clinton a "bi*tch" and when he used the phrase "lipstick on a pig" in the past, why didn't we hear this outrage? When his advisor published a book called "Lipstick on a Pig", were you outraged?

Sarah Palin said earlier this year that Hillary Clinton shouldn't "whine" about the media coverage of her. Why is she whining now?

This is a red herring. The neoconservative evangelicals want to take this country to WWIII to fulfull their end of days prophecy and Sarah Palin is their means to do it.

Whether or not someone is sexist will not matter if Sarah Palin is elected because we won't be here.

I will reprise my regret that Ron Paul is not the candidate.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: John McCain | September 11, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

Why are we all playing games and skirting around the REAL issue? Palin is "liked" because she's White, she's a woman and she's a Racist who believes in the genetic and intellectual Superiority of White people here in America. Shame on any of us who would conclude that this qualifies her to be President(which is what the VP could very easily become).

Also shame on the White Racists, Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians who continue to criticize Rev. Wright because he correctly stated that America should be "Damned" for Slavery, interning Japanese Americans during WWII, slaughtering Native Americans etc. I mean you sound like Idiots trying to defend Racism and White Supremacy stop it.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother | September 11, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Danger, danger, danger Will Robinson. I am Sarah Palin, and I approve this message.

Posted by: Arny | September 11, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Pobama! Pobama! Pobama!

Good thing our Sarah was aiming for possum, not moose!

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

How about calling Russia's bluff and giving the heave-ho to Castro, Chávez, Morales, Correa and Ortega? To be fair and helpful, we could assist with their resettlement in Russia.

Posted by: José Luis Sokolovsky M. | September 11, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse


She said that "Russia invaded Georgia first." NOT TRUE. Georgia sent troops to S. Ossetia to clamp down on the rebel province which doesn't want to be part of Georgia. After Georgian troops went in- then Russsian troops went in. SHE DID NOT KNOW THIS.

Why do some of you think Russia invaded Georgia? Georgia attacked S. Ossetia – they started it. Georgia started it by not letting them be INDEPENDENT from Gerogia. And I tell you a secret- Karl Rove was in Yalta in late July and so was Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and ROVE gave him the thumbs up IMHO.

That is why Putin declared a couple weeks ago that US Elections were the cause of the conflict – and everybody laughed when Putin blamed the White House. Rove gave a tacit thumbs up to send in troops to Saakashvili –that it would be good thing to do to S. Ossetia.

Many factors are involved in the present conflict but the central one is straightforward: the majority of the Ossetes living south of the main Caucasus range in Georgia wish to unite with the Ossetes living to the north, in an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation; and the Georgians, regarding South Ossetia as both a legal and an historic part of their national territory, refuse to accept this.

Twice in the past century, when the empire to the north weakened and Georgia declared its independence, the southern Ossetes revolted against Georgian rule.

Russia’s policy is driven by a mixture of emotion and calculation. The Russian security establishment likes the Ossetes, who have been Russian allies for more than 250 years. They loathe the Georgians for their antiRussian nationalism and alliance with the US. For a long time they hoped to use South Ossetia initially to keep Georgia within the Soviet Union and later in a Russian sphere of influence.

That Russian ambition has been abandoned largely in the face of the Georgians’ determination to escape from this influence.

What remains is an absolute determination not to be defeated by Georgia and not to suffer the humiliation of having to abandon Russia’s South Ossete client state, with everything that this would mean for Russian prestige in other areas. Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin made it clear again and again that if Georgia attacked South Ossetia, Russia would fight. Georgian advocates in the West claimed that Moscow was only bluffing. It wasn’t.

Chronology.

November 1989 - South Ossetia declares its autonomy from the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, triggering three months of fighting.

December 1990 - Georgia and South Ossetia begin a new armed conflict which lasts until 1992.

June 1992 - Russian, Georgian and South Ossetian leaders meet in Sochi, sign an armistice and agree the creation of a tripartite peacekeeping force of 500 soldiers from each entity.

November 1993 - South Ossetia drafts its own constitution.

November 1996 - South Ossetia elects its first president.

December 2000 - Russia and Georgia sign an intergovernment agreement to re-establish the economy in the conflict zone.

December 2001 - South Ossetia elects Eduard Kokoity as president, in 2002 he asks Moscow to recognise the republic's independence and absorb it into Russia.

January 2005 - Russia gives guarded approval to Georgia's plan to grant broad autonomy to South Ossetia in exchange for dropping its bid for independence.

November 2006 - South Ossetia overwhelmingly endorses its split with Tbilisi in a referendum. Georgia's prime minister says this is part of a Russian campaign to stoke a war.

April 2007 - Georgia's parliament approves a law to create a temporary administration in South Ossetia, raising tension with Russia.

June 2007 - South Ossetian separatists say Georgia attacked Tskhinvali with mortar and sniper fire. Tbilisi denies this.

October 2007 - Talks hosted by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe between Georgia and South Ossetia break down.

March 2008 - South Ossetia asks the world to recognise its independence from Georgia, following the West's support for Kosovo's secession from Serbia.

March 2008 - Georgia's bid to join NATO, though unsuccessful, prompts Russia's parliament to urge the Kremlin to recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

April 2008 - South Ossetia rejects a Georgian power-sharing deal, insists on full independence.

August 2008 - Fighting breaks out between Georgian and separatist South Ossetian forces. Georgia says its forces have "freed" the greater part of the Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali.

Posted by: lisainbuffalo | September 11, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes !!
McCain '08
Hillary '12

OOPS! There will be no 2012 if there is war with Russia :(

Posted by: Terry | September 11, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama found his real measure with Letterman: a lousy comedian!
The added IQ displayed in the interview was lower than 27!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

JakeD your original question was "If Russia invaded a current NATO member, would you be O.K. with the United States responding militarily according the treaty obligations?"

My answer was that we need to abide by the terms of the North Atlantic Treaty, that could include military action, but if you read the treaty it does not encourage a unilateral military response.

My concern is that the more hawkish will simply say we had to attack unilaterally and first because of our NATO membership and our perceived role as the world's police force.

These are the kind of points I would like to see our candidates making, hence the Caeasar quote.

"Beware of the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind."

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 11, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

“Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America,” Mr. Biden said Wednesday in Nashua, N.H. “Quite frankly it might have been a better pick than me.”

Posted by: bobte | September 11, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

The bright side of this, think about it, she gave excellent answers when judged by beauty peagent standards. She's a disappointment, a great teleprompt reader.

Posted by: Wasabe Bistro | September 11, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: GOV. PALIN | September 11, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

She appeared to me, to be answering questions in a manner similar to the way questions are sometimes asked and answered at beauty pageants.

Call me crazy, but I think I would prefer sincere answers to legitimate questions on a topic relevant to the 2nd highest person to represent our (the entire red/blue population) best interests.

She is not competing in a beauty pageant. These answers were prepped and canned and it would be nice to have a VP who had an occasional original thought....

The McCain campaign is insulting the intelligence of the voting public....

Posted by: RichR | September 11, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

What a joke she is. Pathetic.

Posted by: jward | September 11, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I for one am not without compassion, and have a degree of sympathy for those of you who really really REALLY want obama to win.
It was kinda like this with gore, but not as bad. With kerry, it was much worse, much like a nightmare for libdems.
It will be almost too agonizing to bear when McCain/Palin win, because you thought you had found the one. You didn't know his drive d had 98% free space.

Get up with the one and have him call the smartest woman in the world, billary, and ask her to share the ticket. biden certainly doesn't mind.

I'm sure she'll be more than happy to help!

heh, heh

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Sarah "can someone answer for me what the VP does - every day" Palin is 100% certain she is ready to lead the free world.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

As I read this message board, it's apparent most will not vote for McCain/Palin...but here's something I haven't seen anyone bring up:

1. What is preventing Russia from going to war against the US? Russia has serious issues with the US establishing a missile defense base in Poland to defend Europe from a missile attack from Iran...yet Russia sees that as the US provoking a war...Russia is fat with money and history speaks to their ambitions to, "defend itself" by conquering its neighbors.

2. Was Bill Clinton well-versed in foreign affairs in 1991-92? As governor of Arkansas, he ran his state into the ground, harrassing women...yet all you bet-wetting librals would do his laundry and turn a blind eye to his transgressions because our country prospered (never mind Russia, China, and al Qa'ida were only beginning there ambitious plans).

3. Who thinks the president is the only person in the government who is fluent in foreign affairs? Yes, the president has the ultimate decision...however, there are so many different people in the government dedicated to advise the president on what to do and what not to do...the thing is I don't trust many of the people who support Obama (and would likely serve in his administration) any farther than I can throw them.

Bottom Line: Yes, Sarah Palin stumbled, has a lot to learn, and I hope she displays the humility that comes from realizing she's got to get on the learning curve.

However, if I'm supposed to trust Obama (who I seriously doubt could make a decision in a crisis) or Biden (a plagerist who always misses his opportunity to shut his mouth), I worry more about leaders who already think they know it all vs. leaders who know they don't know it all.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I am simply frightened by this woman.

She really doesn't know what she doesn't know.

Shame on John McCain who should know better than to play with our lives.

God help us and our children if she is elected and becomes President.

Posted by: laurie | September 11, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Vladimir!

Did you see what Sarah did to that slick popinjay called the Fresh One from Chicago?

Did you hear what she said about Russia trying to reestablish the Iron Curtain?

Straighten up, Vladimir! You could be next!

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

How would we have liked it if Cuba had jointed the Warsaw Pact nations back in the day?

Don't think we would have liked it at all.

Georgia is pretty far away from the North Atlantic.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 11, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Right wing nut jobs will support Palin no matter how unprepared she is because all they care about are god, guns, and gays. None of this matters to what this country needs now so they are irrelevant. If you have seen recent interviews with McCain you can see he is no longer mentally capable of being President, and Palin has proven she is totally unqualified to be already. Dont give the Republicans 4 more years to destroy this country.

Posted by: Michael | September 11, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Read what she said:

IF a Nato ally was attacked it MIGHT mean we must defend them.

So Libs, if you're aren't willing to do that, then what's the point of having allies? How can anyone trust the word of the US?

Use your brains for something other than to fill the space between your ears.

Posted by: Mike | September 11, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes !!
McCain 09
Hillary 12

OOPS ! There will be no 2012 if there is a war with Russia

Posted by: Terry | September 11, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with you, Glen keisser (or whatever)..
Palin said she will excercise all options before use military option. She was clear that she doesn't want to use military option and it should be the last option.
You have shamelessly picked the pieces you want to pick on her and skewed the facts.
Shame on you, Keisser, Shame on you, liberal media.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Biden better get off his butt and set the record straight before this gets anymore out of hand.

If he lost his balls he can claim physical illness in regards to his past brain issues and let Clinton step in to win back the vindictive "gender first" voters who would bury our country to have a uterous close to the WH. She's got the balls to deal with it. I like Biden quite a bit, but he's been a bad pick so far for Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama looks great in an african Halloween suit!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Now that Palin has said she and McCain would be willing to go to war with Russia get ready for Putin to give cheney/bush another SUCKER PUNCH!!!!!

Posted by: JAC | September 11, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

IF YOU'RE AN AMERICAN, THIS SHOULD REALLY PI$$ YOU OFF REGARDLESS OF PARTY


State Republicans, though, have a plan to give the McCain campaign an edge: suppress the vote.

The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP's effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.

"We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren't voting from those addresses," party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.

State election rules allow parties to assign "election challengers" to polls to monitor the election. In addition to observing the poll workers, these volunteers can challenge the eligibility of any voter provided they "have a good reason to believe" that the person is not eligible to vote. One allowable reason is that the person is not a "true resident of the city or township."

The Michigan Republicans' planned use of foreclosure lists is apparently an attempt to challenge ineligible voters as not being "true residents."

The scheme would, of course, disproportionately affect African-American families in the area, who are more likely to vote Democratic, and more likely to be in foreclosure as a result of sub-prime loans.

This is just part of a "comprehensive voter-challenge campaign" Michigan Republicans are launching this year, which will coordinate with the regional McCain campaign to train volunteers in challenging those who wish to vote on Election Day. (Whether the foreclosure-driven scheme will be implemented statewide is unclear.)

Asked about the GOP's efforts, Carabelli said, "I would rather not tell you all the things we are doing."

Posted by: basementfrog | September 11, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Two big whooping lies from the Republican Convention.

McCain, "Obama's going to raise YOUR taxes." ( Lie )

Palin, "About that Bridge to Nowhere, I told Congress thanks, but not thanks." ( Lie )

And now they are telling lipstick lies.

Posted by: Coldcomfort | September 11, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

We don't need people of this ilk in the White House.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLj60GCBap0

Posted by: daryl | September 11, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, ill equipped to be VP of any country.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama looks like a sissy bowling!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Da Tourist,

Yes, very intelligent responses to my question. You must be from Cuba, Da' Tourist. Why don't you retitle your handle "Fidel". Fidel also can't stand to have a reasoned debate with anyone. That's what they do (or rather can't do) in communist countries.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Linda posted:

Every time that woman opens her mouth I get cold chills. That was a tightly controlled interview, completely scripted and her answers were memorized.God help us all if McCain/Palin are elected.

DaTourist replied:

Well, Linda, you'd better buy an electric blanket, because for the next four years Sarah Palin is gonna make Democrats nostalgic for Dick Cheney and Karl Rove!

Posted by: linda | September 11, 2008 8:33 PM

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin would look good in leather.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Ima bit unedumacated, so I is gonna vote for that there Palin lady.

Posted by: Reed Neeek | September 11, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Actually to Obama and Biden have the same stand as McCain and Palin in terms of NATO and Georgia. If they become part of NATO then if they are attacked there might be some input needed. It was not an outlandsih statement at all, it was a statement of what being part of NATO involves. There were much better things to pick on in the interview that this!

Posted by: Kate | September 11, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, as shown on the cover of Newsweek with a shot gun over her shoulder, appears to be perfectly qualified to be the new Dick Cheney.

Posted by: R. Terry | September 11, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin did well, but she also got the answers correct. The qould you go into pakistan to get Osama bin laden is a trick question where the right answer is "it depends". Pakistan is an ally that must be coordinated with, but clearly if there is a window of opportunity that is time sensitive and the target is very important, it's time to "steal home" and hope you don't get outted at the plate and beat up by your own time. There is no "yes" or "no" on this as...Obama found out in his answer to the same question a year ago. Say "yes" like he did, and you look stupid because you have work with allies, say "no" and you look weak. Obama tried to look strong but only looked stupid and oversimplistic. Palin's answer of we need to do whatever is necessary in the interest of our national security. Good answer. Smart lady.

Posted by: davidhtinkyaw | September 11, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I am so proud of Sarah! That's why me and my girfriends are switching our vote to McCain. We need a smart and vital woman as VP. I think it's curtains for the sexist Senator Obama.

Posted by: Suzy | September 11, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Shame on WaPo for accepting infomercials as news.

Posted by: ratl | September 11, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

The worse part is that Palin has more brains and balls than the Gas Prophet and the 'hair piece' put together!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

The questions were tough but considering McCain's age and health, the truth is Sarah Palin could very well be our next president. When she's out there talking to Kim Jong Il and other world leaders, she'd better be tougher than this. They will try to test her and bully her. If she appears weak, then we'll all look weak as a result. A mistake from her could lead us to war. I expected more from her and ended up disappointed. I am a woman and a republican and this made me realize one thing: We can try to protect her from the harshness of politics in America but what is she going to do when she has to meet with world-class bullies? Because she is a woman, they will try to push her around. It's unfair but unfortunately, that's just how it is. What is going to happen then? We won't be able to protect her because we'll need HER protection.
I know fear is a normal emotion and there's no shame in being afraid. The thing that upset me is that it was obvious that she was scared. It is the one emotion in my opinion that a politician should never show. Whatever happens, people need to know that you can handle it. President Bush was good at that. He never expressed doubt or fear and his confidence is what allowed us to sleep during these last 8 years, is actually the reason why he even got re-elected.

Most politicians don't know what they're talking about and that's okay as long as they don't show it. What I found inadmissible is the fact that not only was she clueless but she was shaking like a leaf, all flustered, making her ignorance even more obvious. Unfortunately, she won't always be in a friendly environment. She will have to be strong for us. If Mr. Gibson is all it takes for her to cower in fear, then I do not believe she's ready because God forbid something happens to McCain, she will have tougher adversaries than Obama or Mr. Gibson. Because she's a woman, they are going to try to devour her but by then, I'm afraid there won't be much we'll be able to do for her.

Posted by: lorie81 | September 11, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Palin looked like a moose in the headlights during the interview!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin is stupider than Dan Quayle.

She'll be elected!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I would rather have a VP that asks for guidance and wisdom from the Almighty, than to have a President sit in a church where America is urged to be “damned” by God. As would the majority of our citizens.

Posted by: WPGuest1 | September 11, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow, hot looking lady...wait a minute...what did she say about Russia?

Posted by: Vladimir Putin | September 11, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

not viewing

In my case, you're off by 40+ points.
Your problem is, you saw Farenheit 911, all your unisex friends at the cafe are liberals, so you are, too.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

well, Mr. Obama couldn't answer or give straight answers when Mr.Gibson and Mr. Staphanapulos did the interview few months back. To me, she did very well.
Wait and see, the more harsh balls throw at her, the more popular and stronger person she will become and more likely to get more empathy votes.

Posted by: davidhtinkyaw | September 11, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 11, 2008 6:39 PM
"I hear she is really fond of Atlanta and would not hesitate to respond militarily if it was attacked.Go Sarah!"

I knew she'd be a Brave's fan!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse


Good lord, this woman has no idea what she's talking about. No wonder they haven't wanted her to be interviewed.

But hey, she gives a rip-roaring speech. Full of lies, but well delivered.

God help us.

Posted by: Monk | September 11, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

You liberals are reading what you want and even lying about Palin's answers. If Russia invades any NATO country. NATO must defend said NATO member and Georgia may join NATO. The U.S.IS a NATO member. I even saw a life United States high official of NATO in person. NO JOKE,he was real so you have to believe that NATO IS REAL. Cannot you get the concept of treaties between nations??? One nation signs a treaty with another nation to defend each other. Most European countries are NATO members. Quit saying Palin wants war w/Russia. You sound stupid.

Obama did an interview during the year whereas he said he would downsize our military, reduce our defense weapons drastically. This would leave the U.S.practically defenseless. Is Obama running for leader of our country or leader of our enemies?

Posted by: love234america | September 11, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin: The CliffsNotes (TM) Vice President

And with a high actuarial probability: The CliffsNotes (TM) President

Posted by: teferet | September 11, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

The pig was getting her lipstick all messed up because she had to answer tough questions without a script or teleprompter.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama has found his real contender: Palin!
Even in this match he looks like a loser!
If the Supers had chosen Hillary as the Presidential candidate and Obama for the VP ticket he would also look like a whiny Farina look alike, against the Eskimo Lady!
A crying boy looking for ... Michelle?

Posted by: Obama shrinking | September 11, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn't we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?


PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help.

But NATO, I think, should include Ukraine, definitely, at this point and I think that we need to -- especially with new leadership coming in on January 20, being sworn on, on either ticket, we have got to make sure that we strengthen our allies, our ties with each one of those NATO members.

We have got to make sure that that is the group that can be counted upon to defend one another in a very dangerous world today.

GIBSON: And you think it would be worth it to the United States, Georgia is worth it to the United States to go to war if Russia were to invade.

PALIN: What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against. We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries.

And we have got to be vigilant. We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia. The support that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to.

It doesn't have to lead to war and it doesn't have to lead, as I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help us do that in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia and Putin and some of his desire to control and to control much more than smaller democratic countries.

His mission, if it is to control energy supplies, also, coming from and through Russia, that's a dangerous position for our world to be in, if we were to allow that to happen.

Posted by: The ABC Interview | September 11, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Who's the maddest because they didn't get to interview Palin?

The WP? The NYT? NBC?

Mad! Madder! Maddest!

Have you ever seen rattlesnakes drool more venom?

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

She is a strong and decisive woman. Finally, someone who speaks from the heart and with conviction. Standing strong with our NATO partners if it becomes necessary...courageous.

Unlike empty suit Obama who doesn't have enough experience to run one of my Baskin Robbins, she is a leader.

Posted by: New Sara Fan | September 11, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

ABC NEWS kneecaps for Obama
We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We've learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it's in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

Posted by: Karen | September 11, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

This is insane, A month ago Palin asked what was the job of the VP> Now she say that she is ready to be the president

God save us all

Posted by: janson | September 11, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, I feel better. By my unofficial count, there are at least 100 sovereign nations against which she does not yet feel compelled to threaten war. Of course, there's still time.

Why do we keep nominating these likeable mediocrities? Are we holding some grudge against the educated?

Posted by: samson151 | September 11, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Is it too late for McCain to get Romney on the ticket?

Posted by: JohnMA | September 11, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse


Good god almighty. What can you say? War with Russia? Sure, why not? It's only world war III. Wow. Wow.

Do we need any more proof of the recklessness of these Republicans? My god.

They already lied us into one war that has nearly bankrupt us and killed thousands of our men and women (not to mention tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of innocent Iraqis --shrug)

Now, we have the mayor of Wasilla blithely talking about the possibility of starting world war III.

I'm speechless.

Posted by: Monk | September 11, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

In a way, I hope McCain wins so all you Jethros can see what a disaster that dumb white trash Palin is when she takes over and completely ruins this country.

Posted by: Fred | September 11, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Nobody with a three digit IQ watches O'Reilly.

Posted by: Not viewing | September 11, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

WHY DID ABC EDIT OUT PALIN'S RESPONSE ON RUSSIA??

We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We've learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it's in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

helen

UHateHer was serious. lobotobama is a little on the fem side.
Did you not see the O'reilly interviews?

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Palin's more confused than McCain!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Libertarian posted:

Da'Tourist,

By your posting are you saying no one ought to question Sarah Palin's views as they may affect our future? That we ought to meekly accept her and follow her to our doom?

DaTourist replied:

You said that LibbyLu.

Obama got snarky about "lipstick" and all we've heard out of Obama since is, "Woe! Woe! Woe! No mas! No mas! No mas!"

Libertarian posted:

If you are indeed a tourist, you are obviously are not familiar with America. Here in America we are free to debate and free to question our leaders. Only in dictatorships can you not question your leaders. Are you from Cuba?

DaTourist replied:

No, maricon. I am not from Cuba. I am not from San Francisco or Greenwich Village.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 8:26 PM

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Please God in heaven,do not allow these two wackos-[mccain/palin]- to get in. Amen.

Posted by: WENDY | September 11, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Every time that woman opens her mouth I get cold chills. That was a tightly controlled interview, completely scripted and her answers were memorized.God help us all if McCain/Palin are elected.

Posted by: linda | September 11, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Fellow Democrats .... Relax. This is what the Rovians want, fear/doubt/talk about the insignificant. It's their way of keeping us distracted from the REAL issues like the economy and our lost civil rights. She's been brought in to be a diversion. If she had a chance to win, it would be scary because she's a religious zealot, and not very bright, but this country will not fall for this act again. We need to register every intelligent person in the country. Get to work! Enough with the panic!

Posted by: Patricia | September 11, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama is intelligent, thoughtful, worldly and gracious. Palin cuts a nice figure as a pitbull -- a stupid one.

Posted by: Revised | September 11, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We've learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it's in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

No way to sugarcoat it -- she was just awful.

It was as if she were just repeating some fact sheets from memory. She was completely unprepared for this interview.

Not quite Dan Quayle bad -- but pretty bad. I'm very disappointed.

Posted by: info | September 11, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

We are assisting to the end of the American Century.

...we will look back on this and realize we have deserve it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

This is insane, A month ago Palin asked what was the job of the VP> Now she say that she is ready to be the president

God save us all

Posted by: janson | September 11, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Are you kidding me? The first thing out of her mouth is war with Russia; she has insight into foreign affairs because Russia is in the line of sight of an island belonging to Alaska; she does not know what the Bush Doctrine is? By the way, who coached her?

Posted by: LMH | September 11, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

WHAT ABCNEWS EDITED OUT!

Palin:We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We've learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it's in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin is gorgeous, smart, funny, and tough. Obama cuts a nice figure as a woman to a degree, at least. A dorky one.

Posted by: UHateHer | September 11, 2008 8:27 PM


~~~~~
HAHA Thanks for the good laugh I think we all needed to break up the tension.

Posted by: Helen | September 11, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Jake D,

That's your view. I have my own. Not all Christians share the same beliefs. That's fine. However, as I said, I do not want a political leader that believes it is her role to bring about armageddon.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party has become the party of insanity. They think they can protect their own people by starting a third war with Russia.

Posted by: Really | September 11, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I thought Gibson did a good job...he clearly wasn't going to let her just repeat talking points over and over and over again.

And, to be honest, this was the easy one for Palin because expectations were so low. Tomorrow's interview -- on her record, I presume -- will be far more interesting.

Posted by: American Fundy | September 11, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Lacks capacity to govern a major nation. "Hockey mom" etc. is good personal story but people confuse personal story with governance and then they create a big mess that others have to clean up after them. Grow up, develop some maturity, and behave normally.

Posted by: Jack van Joost | September 11, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Nikki:

Are you pro-life?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

threatening war with russia? this is dr. strangelove in a skirt, and mccain wants her to replace him if he kicks off? but then, there is a precedent sitting in the vice president's chair now.

Posted by: straightrecord.com | September 11, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

She doesn't know what she's talking about. We need strong, intelligent leaders going into the 21st century, and Palin doesn't measure up. Putting her on the ticket shows how weak and desperate McCain is.

Posted by: sunnyday1 | September 11, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic party has become the party of appeasement. They are more worried with what the rest of the world thinks of them than protecting their own people. I fear THESE people!

Posted by: carol | September 11, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Let's tell Alaska: "Thanks but no thanks" for that Governor Palin.

Posted by: I've got an idea | September 11, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

jpdude:

They don't care.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Tim H 8:01pm:

Why so serious? My number is 617-861-3962.

Posted by: malmantile | September 11, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: Gov. Dumas | September 11, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

The Gibson interview demonstrates that Governor Palin has virtually no understanding of foreign affairs and is too quick to rattle sabers. She is not qualified to be Vice President, much less President.

Posted by: ANetliner | September 11, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

From JakeD to me:
"Quick, what is the Monroe Doctrine?"


Basically, a warning to European powers to butt out of the Western Hemisphere. See, I know this and the Bush Doctrine and I'm not even running for Vice President.

Posted by: Nikki | September 11, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I watched the interview portions and it was pretty clear that Charlie wasn't going to let her off the hook easy. Right wing conservatives are going to love the answers she gave him, but I was not impressed. I say this and I LIKE Sarah Palin. I know she's been hitting the books trying to come up to speed, but she simply didn't appear to really understand what she was talking about, and it looked like she was trying too hard to deliver the right sound bites.

However....

Sarah Palin is not #1 on the ticket, and you can bet she'll come up to speed quickly enough. For doubters, I seem to recall another young President who took office in 1992 who was woefully unprepared in terms of foreign experience. He came up to speed - some would argue that he never did well in the job where foreign experience was concerned, but he is generally regarded as being a pretty good president.

My prediction is that this interview is going to deflate some of the boost in the polls that the McCain campaign has enjoyed for the last week.

Posted by: Muad'dib | September 11, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Libertarian:

Yes -- but no one, not even Jesus, could predict when the world ends -- nonetheless, as I read the Bible, all Christians are to live as if Jesus is coming back tonight.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Palin is gorgeous, smart, funny, and tough. Obama cuts a nice figure as a woman to a degree, at least. A dorky one.

Posted by: UHateHer | September 11, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Wake Up USA!


1)Invasion of the Iraq was for economic reasons;
2)Attack of the Georgia the Otisseia was for economic reasons too.


ATTENTION: Everything planned by WHITE HOUSE to protect interests and investments of big companies of oil. And unfortunately in this conflicts die innocents without knowing the real reason.


Hugs from Brazil for all conscious citizens in USA!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

This is insane. The headline is that a VP candidate "discusses foreign policy." Wow. She can discuss foreign policy. So can 100 million other Americans, so that's no distinction. And war with Russia?? We bested the Soviet Union without going to war and NOW we should consider getting into a fight with its successor nation, a relatively weak country thousands of miles away that has nuclear weapons??? This isn't discussing foreign policy, it's the insane rantings of an extremist ignoramus, yet the news media treat is as some sort of accomplishment. What's next -- a headline that Sarah Palin speaks English?

Posted by: Bob22003 | September 11, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Do you people not understand what NATO's purpose is? It's not a chess club...explicitly it is for the defense of ANY member nation by ALL member nations.

Would we go to war (under the NATO treaty) if France were invaded by Russia? The answer to that is no different than the hypothetical Gibson proposed.

And here's a clue-by-four: Obama wants NATO membership for Georgia too. Someone should ask him if he has any idea what NATO is for.

Posted by: jpdude | September 11, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Sarah doesn't blink.

Obama knows it now. He thought she would be as easy to intimidate as Hillary. Then, Obama picked his scrawy butt off the floor and wiped bloody snot off his upper lip.

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The operative word in the Russia is "perhasp".

I am sure the Left will ignore her comments about economic sanctions too, because they actually made sense.


Oops I reversed my p. Perhaps :-)

Posted by: correction | September 11, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Da'Tourist,

By your posting are you saying no one ought to question Sarah Palin's views as they may affect our future? That we ought to meekly accept her and follow her to our doom?

If you are indeed a tourist, you are obviously are not familiar with America. Here in America we are free to debate and free to question our leaders. Only in dictatorships can you not question your leaders. Are you from Cuba?

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Da Tourist

Right, but in this case, we have an entire congress full of Nevilles.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

All you have to do is compare her to Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman, Kay Bailey or Olympia Snowe--all of who have excellent records as accomplished leaders. If you had a VP-slot for an organization as complex as the United States, who would you choose? Those who would pick Palin put the organization's well being second, and something else first. To choose Palin was not Republican, not patriotic, not "country first", and not in the best interest of this great nation.

Posted by: Time after time | September 11, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I meant I would have voted for Hillary instead of Obama in below post. Good nite

Posted by: Tim H. | September 11, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

If the Dems had as much nuts as the Republicans, they would have a shadow ad up already saying that Palin was to start a war with Russia...

But the Dems have no nuts.

Posted by: Fundy For America | September 11, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Despite Bush's failed war, in the course of which even he has learned to stop saber-rattling, Sarah and John want to be tough-guy ideologues. Haven't we had enough of this?

Posted by: frodot | September 11, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

No. See how easy that is? I was paraphrasing, but even your full "answer" is not a "yes", nowanna1.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

redstate blocked me. i learned it from watching you, asper...

***

http://www.redstate.com/diaries/redstate/2008/sep/11/palins-memory-better-than-gibsons-research/#c32418

Check it out.

***
I would have responded:

"You're so sensitive. All I said were simple sentences." --

Posted by: Bert in RI | September 11, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah! I'm just another dumbo for McCain-Palin. We need four more years of GOP stupidity. This country still has a little life left in it. McCain-Palin should take care of that in no time and maybe the world too.

Vote for the last US President and VP. Vote McCain-Palin!

Posted by: The End | September 11, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I thought George Bush was dangerous. Governor Palin needs to stay Governor Palin, not Vice President Palin.

Nothing like stoking the fires.

Posted by: returntocommonsense | September 11, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Liberals will always feed the Totalitarian Crocodile (Nazi or Russian), hoping that it will eat them last.

Winston Churchill had liberals and appeasers pegged. That's why they hate Winnie and Sarah.

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

No Jake D,

Not all Christians believe we are living in the end of times. People like John Hagee, Ed Kalnins and Mike Rose are selectively taking world events to fit their worldview and financially enrich themselves.

Do you believe that we are? If so, I will understand why you support Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

So - idiot McCain supporters - do the math. If our troops are maxed out in Afghanistan and Iraq, and McCain/Palin decide we need to go to war with Russia, exactly who is going to go and fight. Can you spell draft? Putin is no fool, he'd probably jump at a chance to get into a conflict with a country as weak as we are now, militarily and financially, after 8 Bush years.

Posted by: Stopped Short | September 11, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for ruining my night off. This is just unbelievable that people want to vote for this woman. I could care less about her religious views etc... I do care about knowledge of sensitive foreign policy issues. I am a dumba__ okay. But I do know that Russia is p_ssed about these countries like Georgia & Ukraine joining NATO. That is why Russia picked a fight with Georgia. So whether that happens or not is an issue. But for Palin to sit there talking about them joining NATO and if Russia attacks them. That we would have to defend them militarily... Listen does Palin know that Europe gets alot of it's oil thru Russia? That this country NEEDS Russia's cooperation with many issues. Like the proliferation of loose nuclear warheads (an issue that Obama is deeply involved with along with Richard Lugar). Stopping terrorists networks etc... Does Palin know any of this. Like I said I am a dumba__ and I know these issues. Being a mother to 5 kids and Govenor to Alaska would not seem to give Palin much time to know about world affairs. That is not criticism just common sense. Now I can't believe that everyone in the Republican party is on board with Palin. For women to call criticisms of Palin sexist is really making me angry. WOMEN supporters of Palin. We are not dissing Palin because she is a woman. We are dissing her because we don't think she has what it takes to be VP for a 72 yr old man with health issues. If McCain was 55 and in great health. Palin would not be near as big a deal. I don't understand why McCain did not pick Kay Hutchinson of Texas. Hell if I had known this was what was going to occur. I would have not voted for Obama and voted for McCain. The whole thing is soo surreal. I am going to go get drunk. Good nite everyone.

Posted by: Tim H. | September 11, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Libertarian:

Don't ALL Christians believe we are living in the End Times? Maybe just the ones who read the Bible all the way through ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: GOV. Palin | September 11, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Why does the vicious Liberal Media (AP, WP, NYT) hate Sarah Palin? Why are they circling her like hyenas, determined to injure her by hook or by crook?

Posted by: DaTourist | September 11, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of nice tries JakeD, what I said was "If a NATO country were attacked I would defer to the NATO treaty, but note where the reference to military action is."

Do you feel that being part to the NATO treaty entitles us to unilateral military response to any attack against NATO without conferring with the other members of NATO?

You might want to read Article 51 of the UN Charter as well.

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 11, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has found Barack Obama's Achilles heel and he is busy firing one small-but-vicious arrow after another into it.

He can do this, thanks to a combination of chutzpah and Sarah Palin.

The governor of Alaska has become a kind of campaign superhero who can morph like liquid mercury.

The former Miss Congeniality - are we even allowed to say that anymore? - has turned out to be an electoral force field around the ageing John McCain.

She repels critics and attracts followers, an odd kind of magnet.

Joe Biden, Mr Obama's running mate, has clearly been swallowed up by the witness protection programme.

Sarah Palin never leaves her nominee's side.

She is a crowd-puller, a poll-booster, a star-turn.

But we should not blame pigs or lipstick or Republicans.

If this is a crisis it is largely of Barack Obama's own making.

The brazen agent of change, the audacious interpreter of American dreams, the rousing rhetorician is sounding like an electoral actuary.

The Democratic nominee has been boxed into a corner, endlessly reacting to the outrageous slurs and arrows, unable to steer the conversation towards the issues and the future.

Ever since Sarah Palin has erupted onto the scene, Barack Obama has been caught like a moose in headlights.

He needs to rediscover his mojo, appeal to the voter's gut and not just their frontal lobe or he too will become Alaskan road-kill.

Posted by: How the BBC reads this | September 11, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I know that. My point is I would rather George Bush remain in office if he could than a doomsdayer having his or her hands on the nuclear codes.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh well that's comforting. We'll go from a war in Iraq that doesn't end to Nuclear war. You exceeded our expectation of your stupidity. Great plan there Sarah. I liked you better when you weren't talking.

Posted by: NoLipstick | September 11, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

"Putin, his speech peppered with strong language, has spearheaded criticism of the United States, accusing the U.S. administration of stoking the conflict to help the Republican candidate in the race for the White House.

His successor, President Dmitry Medvedev, once thought to be firmly in his mentor Putin's shadow, has steered a more balanced course, setting up a diplomatic "good cop, bad cop" routine.

In Sochi, Putin accused the United States of acting like "a Roman emperor", but also said Moscow would maintain relations with the next U.S. president due to be elected in November.

"We'll see how actively they use anti-Russian rhetoric. This is a sign of the weakness of the candidates," he said. "Whatever the result of the elections we will speak and maintain relations with the next U.S. president."

Putin again warned Poland and the Czech Republic against hosting the U.S. missile shield -- a contrast to a slight softening of position by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Warsaw, where he said Moscow remained open to talks.

Washington says the shield is aimed against what it calls "rogue states", like Iran, but Moscow fears it will pose a direct threat to Russia's " REUTERS

BUSH MAY BE PULLING A FAST ONE.

"President Bush authorized U.S. special forces to conduct ground assaults inside Pakistan without seeking Islamabad's permission first, a senior American intelligence official said Thursday."

"Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani said in a strongly worded statement on Wednesday that Pakistan would not allow foreign troops onto its soil.

Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be defended at all cost, he said, dismissing speculation of a secret deal allowing U.S. forces to cross the border.Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said Kayani's statement reflected government views.

Some Pakistani analysts say a frustrated U.S. administration wants to score points before a November election but it risks sparking an uprising among ethnic Pashtuns on the border.

"We will convince the U.S. that it can get nothing through unilateral action in tribal areas except opposition of the masses," Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, was reported telling the BBC. reuters


Helicopter-borne U.S. commandos carried out a ground assault last week in Pakistan's South Waziristan, a militant border sanctuary, the first known incursion into Pakistan by U.S. troops since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, killing 20 people.

Posted by: WAR WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR | September 11, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I always thought George W. Bush was one of the most reckless, thoughtless, and priggish people I have ever heard in an interview......
I stand corrected.....

By the way, who did the Republicans nominate to run for president? The way the last few days have gone, I would swear it was Ms. Palin. Tell John he needs to stand in front of her.

Posted by: Ed | September 11, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

carla:

Thank you : )

Nikki:

Quick, what is the Monroe Doctrine?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

National Enquirer managed to secure an exclusive interview with Sarah Palin’s therapist, who fills in some of the missing details on her agonies with her teenage children, the problems in her marriage to Todd, and the relationship she had with her former pastor.

Posted by: Her therapist speaks | September 11, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought Governor Yahoo's Israel responses were much more comical (read: frightening) than her Georgia/Russia responses, "I know nothing, I am merely the messenger." She really sounded like Sergeant Schultz from Hogan's Heroes.

Shame on you Governor Yahoo and shame on you Old Man River for perpetrating this fraud!!

Sincerly,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Posted by: The Franchise | September 11, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: George W. Bush | September 11, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Interesting,

No other contestant in this race believes in the end of days prophecy. I don't care what Reverend Wright said. He doesn't believe that we are living in the end times. Sarah Palin's pastors do.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The operative word in the Russia is "perhasp".

I am sure the Left will ignore her comments about economic sanctions too, because they actually made sense.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, all we have to do is build the Bridge to Nowhere from Alaska to Russia and we can all play midget hockey, and forget all about that "perhaps" we will have to invade Russia comment. See how easy foreign policy is! :-)

Posted by: Dezlboy | September 11, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin is Bush/Cheney on steroids. The quesion will not be whether of not we will be in another war if they will but with which country or countries will we invade.

The fact that she does not use the nuance of normal diplomatic language is very scary. The world is not a black and white place. Force is not the only power the US has in it arsenal.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Libertarian, the 25th (I think) Amendment limits Bush to two terms ...

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I must have watched a different interview. I was impressed with Gibson.

He seemed genuinely uncomfortable with Palin's inability to answer directly some basic questions such as did she support the Bush doctrine of 2002. After several answers, Gibson had to tell her what the doctrine was and she still couldn't answer.

When Gibson asked about Iraq and her comments about God's war, she answered about her "first born" leaving with the Guard for Iraq. Gibson politely told her she didn't answer the question and he repeated it. She still avoided an answer about her comments In June 2008 relating to God's war and Gibson had to re-ask the question. She never did answer the question and Gibson pointed that out. But she didn't seem to care.

Gibson actually conducted an interview. I was surprised.

Posted by: More Palin | September 11, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I like her tits.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

WooHoo! this settles it for me.
Another Dem for McCain/Palin!

Posted by: carla | September 11, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Any candidate for vice president who can't tell you what the Bush Doctrine is, has no business even being on the ballot. Especially given how bellicose she is. What an absolute nightmare.

Posted by: Nikki | September 11, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Supporting NATO and possible Ukrainian and Georgian membership in it are not the same thing as supporting possible war with Russia.

I seriously believe that Cindy McCain, beer heiress and long-time wife to a high-profile U.S. senator, probably has more executive experience and foreign policy knowledge than Palin.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

CHRETIAN,

I have no problem defending this nation of ours. I will fight, pay more taxes and do whatever is asked of me. I will NOT fight for the country of Georgia. I will NOT fight for the country of Israel. I WILL FIGHT AND SACRIFICE FOR THE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AND SOVERIEGNTY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Learn your history my friend. Our founding fathers warned us about getting enmeshed in the affairs of other nations. Our army was raised to defend our own borders, not that of the country of Georgia.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

God protect us all from the voters gullibility! I always agreed with the say: "People deserve the leaders that they elect."
I am going back to Europe....

Posted by: A European | September 11, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Don't hate...you better check the polls again..especially in the swing states....

The Republicans are the dumest people on earth, they are dangerous (e.g. McCain picking Palin when there's a 40% chance he will die in office)...once again they are using Karl Rove tactics and Character assination to deflect American's from the real issues....we've had 8 years of Bush, and most of it under complete Republican control...just look at what has happened to the economy, to the U.S's reputation, and it's no wonder the Republicans want to play a shell game...

Posted by: JH | September 11, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

dalmo

How much was the air fare from Teheran to Sao Paulo?
Pretty much settled in now?

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: George Cheney Walker Bush | September 11, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Interesting... It is okay to call Palin a religious nut but it is not okay to ask Obama a somewhat tough question.

Posted by: Interesting | September 11, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Clyde and Paul Nolan:

Barack Obama cosponsored a resolution THIS YEAR expressing "the strong support of the Senate for the declaration of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at the Bucharest Summit that Ukraine and Georgia will become members of the alliance." are you voting for him?!

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

the world watches agasp. There is a possibility that this semi literate village peasant could probably be in control of the worlds largest and most schizophrenic weapon mad empire.
8 years of bush and now this. Have you people no shame? are you so arrogant and actually believe your culture is a model for the rest of us? The world has to put a stop to you. What a disgrace.

Posted by: dan | September 11, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God." Are we fighting a holy war?

PALIN: You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.

GIBSON: Exact words.


NO, Gibson, those are NOT the "exact" words.

Actual quote: "Let us pray our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God."

"Let us pray" makes all the difference in the world, right Charlie?
Typical media trickery.
- Wayne

Posted by: zazzlin | September 11, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

She said, possibility of war..
See how this sounds. "I will not go to war with Russia."
I was also going to add.. "for any reason." That sounds corny.
Facts:
The last few times we appeased to oppressive regimes, WW1, WW2, occurred.
If Harry S. Truman did the right thing, there wouldn't have been a Cold War.
Wars never set humanity back, it moves them forward, except for all out nuclear war. We never know.
McCain and Palin hates war, their children risks their lives because of war. But they had to do what is right(for you to judge).

Posted by: Quang | September 11, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I would really like to know how she maintains an 80% approval rating with all of the skeletons in her closet that are just starting to come out. If the oil money alaska residents get is hush money then I may decide to move to alaska and become one of her supporters.

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Because she is a damn good governor? I know that is hard for most people on the East Coast to believe, let alone believe there is life outside of DC or NYC.

Posted by: Flyover Country | September 11, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Seriously. Didn't know what the Bush doctrine was. I freaking know what it is.

Posted by: Jeremy | September 11, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: George Walker Bush | September 11, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't care about the Lincoln God quote. What amazes me is that she does not know what the Bush Doctrine is. I guarantee half the people on this board know what the Bush doctrine is (pre-emptive strike, anyone?) And she obviously had no idea what it was.

Watch the exchange over the Bush Doctrine and then the question over whether or not it applies to Pakistan. She gave the most embarrassingly foolish response I've ever seen.

Look, she has some personal appeal without a doubt. Her story is remarkable in many ways. But there is no way an undecided voter could watch this interview - as bad as Gibson is - and conclude that this woman has a clue about foreign policy. She can't even pretend to be prepared for the VP job.

I bet this is the last unscripted interview or appearance for her until the debate.

Posted by: Elrod | September 11, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Jake D,

Neither Obama nor McCain subscribe to the end of days prophecy. Sarah Palin does.

Can we just stick with Bush/Cheney? They might be warmongers but at least they won't start a nuclear war. Bush looked into Putin's eyes and saw his soul so he knows what he's talking about.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

It was quite clear Gov. Palin had no idea what the Bush Doctrine was, until Gibson explained it to her. Very sad.

Maybe there should have been a supplementary question: if the USA has the right to preemptively attack any country it thinks may attack it in the future (the Bush Doctrine), shouldn't any other country have the right to attack the US if they feel threatened? After all, the US has invaded more countries over the past 40 years than all other countries combined; their fear is more likely to be justified than Americans' fears.

Posted by: Chris H | September 11, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Wake Up USA!


1)Invasion of the Iraq was for economic. reasons;
2)Attack of the Gerogia the Otisseia was for economic reason too.

ATTENTION: Everything planned by WHITE HOUSE, and unfortunately innocents dying without knowing the real reason.


Hugs from Brazil for all conscious citizens in USA!!!

Posted by: Dalmo | September 11, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

lily-livered diddy-worshippers

If you're so frightened, get a Rosetta Stone package and learn Roosski so you can surrender now.

Posted by: viejo1 | September 11, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Libertarian: The United States still is the beacon of the world and will remain so. Do not believe everything you hear. Our enemies want to weaken your faith in our country... your resolve to stand up for what is right in this world. Your forefathers did not sacrifice everything they cherrished and loved for themselves. They did it for their loved ones, their country and future generations. You are one of the ones they had in mind... all of us were.

So now, does this mean you are all going to cry about the possibility of having to defend your nation, again? Besides President Bush, Cheney and every other republican you can think of... what about the corrupt, hack politicians we have to deal with... right here and all over this world. There are plenty of bad guys to go around the table. From which table will you feed?

Posted by: CRETIAN | September 11, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

It was quite clear Gov. Palin had no idea what the Bush Doctrine was, until Gibson explained it to her. Very sad.

Maybe there should have been a supplementary question: if the USA has the right to preemptively attack any country it thinks may attack it in the future (the Bush Doctrine), shouldn't any other country have the right to attack the US if they feel threatened? After all, the US has invaded more countries over the past 40 years than all other countries combined; their fear is more likely to be justified than Americans' fears.

Posted by: Chris H | September 11, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: George W. Bush | September 11, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

nowanna1:

"I will defer to NATO" is not the same as "yes". Good try though.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

This war talk about Russia should end Palin's campaign-anyone that mentally ill should be in an institution where they can't bring any harm to other people.Talk about being nuts we can't win a war with a little country who's army we destroyed(Iraq) and Palin talks about taking on Putin?I didn't know there was anyone left that stupid.

Posted by: Clyde | September 11, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't dignify Palin's answers to say she "discussed" foreign policy. Its more like her and McCain are salivating over the next war -- a big one with Russia.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | September 11, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Just another example of how overmatched Palin is when you're not talking about oil and "reform." She is very shaky.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: mp | September 11, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Quit trying to pick another fight (war) JakeD. The US already has NATO fighting in Afghanistan for them. Remember Afghanistan? The war Bush started then wandered off to invade Iraq. Besides, America is broke. Who is going to pay for the next American dustup? I wouldn't count on the Chinese and Japanese funding this battle. The big war for America is going to be a civil war when the economic chickens come home to roost shortly after the election. When the US dollar collapses there will be anarchy in America's streets. Already, Bush sold out American shareholders and banks when he nationalized FM/FM to appease the Chinese. Today it is Lehmans, tomorrow it will be...

Posted by: DH | September 11, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I am absolutely shocked that the ABC News is catering to her like this. She is breaking the interview into three parts so that she can be coached and prepped between segments. What a joke!! The only bigger joke than Sarah McCain are those that support this woman. How can you really be so reckless with our country? The lives of our children and their legacy? Shame on you!!!

Posted by: ldsrapha | September 11, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: GOV. Palin | September 11, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin is more of a woman than any member of NOW claims to be.

GO SARAH! The REAL women of America got your back girl!

Posted by: Sarah is the real deal | September 11, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

John Hebert:

Well, that didn't take too long to blame Charlie Gibson, did it?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

What Georgia did to the innocent civilians in South Ossetia IS AN INTERNATIONAL CRIME.
They apparently killed several thousand innocents at the urging of CHENEY'S NEOCON RADICALS and ISRAELI MOSSAD.
Georgia committed an ACT OF WAR.
As the people will tell you, they consider it to be their 9/11.
Palin is a NEOCON TOOL.
If she (and her radical kook friends) want the "End of Days", we should send them all into the Nevada Proving Grounds and nuke the sh*t out of them.
The same thing with putting our missles in Poland. Remember how we reacted to Soviet missles in Cuba? CAN YOU TELL ME THE DIFFERENCE? WITHOUT telling me a LIE?
NO RADICAL KOOKS.
GO AWAY.
IF YOU START A NUCLEAR WAR, and I survive, I am going to spend my final days getting even with anyone and everyone that I even suspect voted for your DUMB DANGEROUS RADICAL KOOK A**!

Posted by: Tomhere | September 11, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party at least the leftist part of it has become the party of hate and intolerance to anything and anyone who differs from them that is why they loathe Palin the way they do.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin is not even VP and she is already declaring war with Russia!!! Sweet - has been a while since the children of this country had to practice Nuclear Strike Preparedness.... everyone under your desk...

Absolutely Frickin Scary!!

Posted by: joearmstrongg | September 11, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I believe this was a very poor interview in terms of the caliber of questions asked. I don't think any candidate can answer a question about going to war with a yes or no. Our country has never done that. There's collection of information, evaluations, discussions, etc. before declaring war. So a question demanding a yes or no to a complex situation is just not very smart or informative to the viewers. Just as meeting or not meeting a head of a foreign nation doesn't tell us anything about ability. Did Bush or Clinton either one have foreign policy experience as governors before being President? I don't believe they did. So ABC, ask smarter questions to help us understand all the candidates.

Posted by: land | September 11, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Lord, Lord save us from a post natal nursing mother with raging hormones. She already wants us to confront Russia!

Please give her refresher classes in speaking....we have GOT to do this or the other. Have got.......... she has to be a girl friend of Karl Rove. Can someone check this out please!

Hey Karl you can only put so much perfume on a pig!

~~~~~~~~~~~~
You guys are so paranoid about Rove.

Go back and listen to her interview and listen to what she really said about Russia.

And lastly, do not insult mothers.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't hear anything she was saying. I was too busy looking at her legs. Her tits are fine, too.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Well, Matt, maybe you can talk some sense into Obama supporters. Because Gov. Palin is not saying anything different on this issue than either Obama or McCain -- the U.S. Senate passed a resolution THIS YEAR expressing "the strong support of the Senate for the declaration of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at the Bucharest Summit that Ukraine and Georgia will become members of the alliance." Barack Obama, John McCain, and Hillary Clinton were among the bill's eight cosponsors.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I watched the interview with Sarah Palin..it's no wonder McCain picked Charles Gibson to interview her....what a pathetic farce..just when this country needs to vet Palin, she's asked the stupidest questions, the follow up to her answers was total crap...I will never watch another ABC news show again..Tim Russert must be rolling in his grave....

I trust she will be subjected to some serious and qualified journalist soon...

Posted by: John Hebert | September 11, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

overwhelming hate for Palin - must piss you guys off that McCain/Palin is kicking Obama and Biden in the throat in the polls

including the liberal ones - enjoy

Posted by: Don't Hate | September 11, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

This woman is an ABSOLUTE liar. She doesn't know if the War "is a mission from
God"?

She states it FLATLY. Go to 3:45 at the following YOUTUBE Video and

Compare and contrast

http://search.msn.com/video/results.aspx?q=Palin+church&docid=2711785374065&FORM=VIVR5#docid=2711785374065

Please pass this link with your comments anywhere you wish. My son is also leaving, Palin!

mccain/palin-WHEN PIGS FLY!

Posted by: SUEMVeteranfor OBAMA | September 11, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama, Biden and McCain have all said the exact same thing Palin said about NATO.

Look no matter what Palin says liberals are going to rip her a new one.

Posted by: Obama agrees with Palin | September 11, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what I was more mortified at, her answers or the fact that she was told the answers and couldn't remember them.

(Or were my comments sexist or "uppity?")

Posted by: Losercuda | September 11, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I do agree with Gov. Palin on the point she made about the strong connection between energy independence and our foreign policy. Not sure if she got lucky, the answer was scripted, or if she really can think for herself.

I sense that as she grows in confidence she will begin to challenge even some of McCains views on certain issues and eventually he will spew his venom on her and she will retaliate. That would be fun to watch.

I'm trying to give her the benefit of the doubt on certain things but she just doesn't seem credible to me. All the stuff coming out about her and the fact that McCain did not fully vett(sp) her is disturbing to say the least.

I would really like to know how she maintains an 80% approval rating with all of the skeletons in her closet that are just starting to come out. If the oil money alaska residents get is hush money then I may decide to move to alaska and become one of her supporters.

Posted by: HouseNegro | September 11, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Palin said that "their are only a few terroist that we need to be concerned about" with Charlie Gibson and if a war with Russia she said "All options are on the table" when he asked her a 'direct, yes or no. she evades all answers including the God one to suit her own "taste" ...small mind, small vision. on another subject please say a prayer for the firefighters and police on this day of remembrance 911.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_yhTpyUCNo

Posted by: grdn_nell | September 11, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Where was Michele Obama?

Posted by: JimAK | September 11, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: Gov. PALIN | September 11, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Evangelical doomsdayers like Sarah Palin are going to spell of the end of this country. They don't care about global warming and the future of our country because the future is irrelevant. There is no future in their worldview.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

It was merely a response to the idiotic drivel that you spew.

Hockey moms for nuclear war. Yea! Go team USA!

At least Biden could do back flips over Palin's foreign policy expertise. She'll probably be a no-show to the debate.

Posted by: Cary | September 11, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Everytime I hear the "bridge to nowhere" schtick I just want to scream....

But when she said that you ".....can see Russia from Alaska!" I almost feinted.

Posted by: Bridge To Oblivion | September 11, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Yes I answered yes, but I also pointed out there is much more to NATO than a call for unilateral military action.

"Did you answer "yes"? I will have to go check if I missed that.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:02 PM"

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 11, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Dukakis is going to lose. Deal with it. He's not qualified to be President. Maybe in 4 or 8 years. PALIN POWER!

Posted by: Jane Hopkins | September 11, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the following Palin comments:

1. "I believe that under the leadership of Ahmadinejad, nuclear weapons in the hands of his government are extremely dangerous to everyone on this globe, yes."

2."We have got to make sure that these weapons of mass destruction, that nuclear weapons are not given to those hands of Ahmadinejad, not that he would use them, but that he would allow terrorists to be able to use them.So we have got to put the pressure on Iran."

Ahmadinejad is not the leader of Iran. He is the president, which according to the Iranian constitution, means he's second banana. He certainly does not have his finger on the nuclear button. That responsibility falls to the true leader of Iran who is, fittingly, known as the Supreme Leader--i.e. the Ayatollah Khamenei. Anyone who doesn't understand this basic fact clearly doesn't understand Iranian politics. That would seem to include Sarah Palin.

Posted by: CSwane | September 11, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: Gov. PALIN | September 11, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Scary stuff. Straight from God?

War with Russia. That's just what we need, nuclear missiles and all. God help us if McCain is elected.

Posted by: John | September 11, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Did America learn enough from some of the recent unnessessary war. All american paying badly for stupidy of Bush. Now do american really need someone like McCain and Palin ( with zero foreign policy understanding) who even can not calculate the ultimate consquences of such stupid wars. America will have to recover from republican lies and blunders and its heavily damaged image across the world. So whimsycal candidate like Palin is the way to digging big hole for the country.Sometime I wounder what percentage reasonably intelligent people live in US when repulican poll started improving when McCain pick Palin. This is a country looks like where rational, logic and intelligent does not work rather people surrender thermselves for racism, stupidity and status quo.

Posted by: Umi | September 11, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

fake JakeD at 7:59 PM

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I can't speak for other supporters. Truthfully, I'm not that much of an Obama fan. I'd rather someone like Gen. Wesley Clark be at the helm, but there's more of a chance of snow in Las Vegas than a retired 4 star general getting the Democratic nomination.

Posted by: Matt | September 11, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Evangelical doomsdayers like Sarah Palin are going to spell of the end of this country. They don't care about global warming and the future of our country because the future is irrelevant. There is no future in their worldview.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Lord, Lord save us from a post natal nursing mother with raging hormones. She already wants us to confront Russia!

Please give her refresher classes in speaking....we have GOT to do this or the other. Have got.......... she has to be a girl friend of Karl Rove. Can someone check this out please!

Hey Karl you can only put so much perfume on a pig!

Posted by: Grandma Dee | September 11, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank God there is somebody with some brains writing the headlines tonight at AP...because "Palin Leaves Open Option of War With Russia" can even be understood by our wonderful fellow Americans who get their news by browsing People and US magazines in the check-out aisle.

Posted by: AP Writer | September 11, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The glory of uninformed certainty.

From
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palinism-politics-as-content-free.html

Palinism: Politics as The Content-Free Violation of Expectation

What is Palinism?

What is it about?

What policies?

What ideas?

What positions?

Even in the Lincoln-Douglas debates, while no doubt many were motivated by regional partisanship, local prejudices, and "the measure" of the candidate, one suspects that at least a rough rendering of the issues--secession vs. Union, free vs. enslaved--was carried in and animated the crowds.

Now, it is pure reaction to pattern. To one impulse expectation violated by the provocation of another impulse, that feels--good.

We have reached the content-free phase of American politics.

A form, an image--glasses, hair, a voice, what it suggests--is enough. She could be speaking the words to the airport timetable, the swearing-in speech of Ferdinand Marcos, the ingredients of a
box of Sizzlean--the form, the image, the sound, and the gathering impulse, the bare stirring from dull lack of novelty--is sufficient to awaken the crowds to angry perturbance at...the stimulus to be perturbed, and the bare sense of actual directed action and purpose that comes with doing so.

Palin herself wears a glazed, slightly confused look in her eyes--what is it that has unleashed this roar, this approbation. Being used to herself, and having been among those who are well used to her, she is unaware of the novelty that her mere form releases in the dazed electorate, yearning for a pretext for expression. Soon, she'll believe it herself.

And, after all, isn't that what democracy is all about? The ability to choose to decide without knowledge? Better yet, to choose your knowledge, irrespective of fact, in correspondence with the liberating, confirmation-free impulse?

This is what today's moment stands for.

These are our satisfactions and securities in this golden age.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palinism-politics-as-content-free.html

Posted by: cara prado | September 11, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

ManUnitdFan:

General Patton wanted to attack Russia once too (did he no "know anything about history" too?).

nowanna1:

Did you answer "yes"? I will have to go check if I missed that.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a little female-Hitler....

She comes from up in old Alaska town...

If you think she's great then listen mister...

She's more like one of those real scary clowns...................................

http://jamestshirley.blogspot.com/................................

Posted by: JTS | September 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Malmantile 7:45 post back to me and I will give you my phone number. I want to experience what it's like talking to a F__king idiot on the phone. "I WANT A WOMAN IN THE WHITEHOUSE NO MATTER IF SHE IS HAS A CLUE!"

Posted by: Tim H | September 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: Gov. Palin | September 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Wake Up USA!

This conflict Russia and Georgia was planned for Bush, Cheney and the president of the Gerogia. Why they would want to accelerate the acceptance of the Georgia in the NATO by Europeans.
Germain and France was being against the acceptance of the Georgia in the NATO in the begging. Then Bush, Cheney and lobbyists with fear to lose the American investments there, planned with the president of the Georgia the invasion to the Otisseia.
They knew that Russia made operations of peace in that region. And they knew that Russia would answer any attacks against that separatists regions.
However they are not sure and safe of the won of the republicans in USA. Then before of Bush to leave the White House lobbyists and big companies of oil pressured Bush and the president of the Georgia to provoke the conflict.
That conflict was to accelerate the acceptance faster of the Georgia in the NATO by Europeans and thus protect the big investments there.
This conflict is more a plan of lobbyists and big companies of oil from USA. And it also would help McCain in polls in USA too.
Why happened that conflict during the Olympics Games? Because majority of the Americans would be watching tv and that conflict would have more audience, mainly in USA.


Wake Up USA!

Te Americans need to demand multiple debates with all candidates to president and VP. And demand the participation of all sectors of the society American in the debates too. Thus the Americans will know who is who, what think and what can do.
The Americans need demand of the tv's public debate with participation of all sectors of the society here. The candidates doing questions between them, and the society doing questions for them too. This is democracy!


Hugs from Brazil for all conscious citizens in USA!!!

Posted by: Dalmo | September 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a very dangerous puppet, obviously controlled by the warrior McCain and his neocon advisors. The wish to eradicate the UN and replace it with a NATO that includes Israel, Georgia, and the Ukraine has been boiling on the Bush-Cheney kettle for some time. Wake up, America! And let's replace our neoconned press with some honest journalists!

Posted by: dangerosa | September 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

tPalin's statemens scare the living h*ll out of me! War with Russia! I'm pleading with everyone, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents...please,please,please consider the consequences if this woman ever became President of the United States!

Posted by: M.Twain | September 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

She even make rape victims pay for rape kits

Posted by: brock101 | September 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

She even make rape victims pay for rape kits

Posted by: brock101 | September 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

You're right guys. I'm a little over the top and unreasonable a lot of the time. I'll stop posting asinine comments for a while.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Sorry el_barto..... I understand your frustration, because you don't like her, but those are the cold hard facts. Suck it up, el_barto, ole' buddy, ol' pal... no BS on this one.

Posted by: CRETIAN | September 11, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Palin is like the mayor of South Park,the television show. Same voice even. I hope she has her nervous breakdown before the election rather than after

Posted by: mikeinhawaii | September 11, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/11/palin.investigation/index.html?iref=topnews

McShame/Palin - WHEN PIGS FLY!

My son is leaving for the Middle East too!

Posted by: SueMVeteranfor Obama | September 11, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

The End timers for Sarah

Posted by: brock101 | September 11, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: Bob Dole | September 11, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I still trust Governor Palin much more than I trust Obama and Biden.

Posted by: In Sarah We Trust | September 11, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

America was once the beacon of the world. Now she could also spell its doom.

In all seriousness folks, please take the time and read about what the end of days prophecy is and find out whether or not Sarah Palin believes it. Sarah Palin's comments reflect what she truly believes. Based on my research, she does believe in the end of days prophecy and many evangelicals believe that the end of days is upon us and that Sarah Palin was chosen by God to bring it forth.

Our future is at stake. I would rather George Bush be president until he dies in office than have a Pentecostal apocolypto with his or her hands on the nuclear codes. For God's people, wake up!!!

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Quick, which one of these leaders successfully engaged in war with Russia:

A. Hitler
B. Napoleon
C. Mikheil Saakashvilli
D. None of the above

If you answered "D," you know more about history than Sarah Palin.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 11, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what I was more mortified at, her answers or the fact that she was told the answers and couldn't remember them.

(Or were my comments sexist or "uppity?")

Posted by: Losercuda | September 11, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Weird, that is Obama and McCain's answer, and WaPO never said he wanted war with Russia. Really, the WaPo is at its most disgraceful and bias.

Posted by: WaPooP | September 11, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Don't try to paint Palin as the most ignorant of people. That's not fair.


Her supporters win that prize.

Posted by: Mike of Atlanta | September 11, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a little female-Hitler....

She comes from up in old Alaska town...

If you think she's great then listen mister...

She's more like one of those real scary clowns..........
.........................
http://jamestshirley.blogspot.com/
................................

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Stop throwing softball questions at this woman.

Posted by: brock101 | September 11, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Aw, did you miss my post JakeD?

"Thank you -- that's a reasonable answer -- you don't think it curious that no other Obama supporter can answer that question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:53 PM"

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 11, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Ouch! When Charlie Gibson tried to get more detailed answers to the obvious rehearsed answers from Gov. Palin, she kept repeating the same thing. She couldn't explain her answers in more detail or any differently. It was sort of pathetic. And who edited this interview? The obvious breaks in the footage made it seem like Tucker Bounds or Steve Schmidt were in charge of the scissors.

Posted by: VAreader | September 11, 2008 7:35 PM


"If you saw the raw footage you would probably be amazed. Asked ABC to stream the uncut version of the interview with regular timecode." It should not bother them but they will never do it. That's why the show is not "live." The ratings for the ediited show are going to be good but if it was "live" the ratings would be out of sight. But it will reveal the mistakes that wound up in the can.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

DH:

If Russia invaded a current NATO member, would you be O.K. with the United States responding militarily according the treaty obligations?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Based on this one interview, it seems like Palin is all for potential nuclear war with Russia, but let's just call our NATO allies for help while we're at it...

Palin also never used the word "diplomacy" as an alternative to giving a knowing wink and smile to Israel as it considers launching an apocalyptic war in the Middle East.

It was also really odd that she pronounces the word "nuclear" just like George W. Bush!


Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Don't feed the asper-troll or the jaked troll. They'll starve and go away if you let them be the idiots they are.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

When was the last time a neo con talking head gave a damn about the facts?

Posted by: brock101 | September 11, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Well, folks, we now know just how innocent, uninformed and, maybe even stupid, Gov. Palin is.

Economic sanctions, eh. She forgets that Russia supplies most of Europes natural gas and oil. Sanctions would backfire spectacularly.

Invade Russia -- with what?

What is this business about reviving the cold war?

Posted by: Peter | September 11, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Matt:

Thank you -- that's a reasonable answer -- you don't think it curious that no other Obama supporter can answer that question?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow. It's obvious that Palin doesn't appreciate how big, costly, involved and generally bad a war with Russia and the aftermath would be.

Posted by: ugh | September 11, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Keep talking Sarah the war merchants love it

Posted by: brock101 | September 11, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain looks like such a dope right now. The truth is Thursday night with Obama's acceptance speech, scared the crap out of the old guy. This is so laughable to think the American people will let her near the White House! No way, no how, no McCain, no Palin!

Posted by: Aniebythebay | September 11, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

The Bush Doctrine is BASIC US policy.
Anyone running for high office, should know and understand the policy and should be fluent is discussing it.
Sarah Palin failed on both counts.

PREDICTION:
No more Palin interviews until her debate.


Posted by: Bob From an Elite State | September 11, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin continued to prove she may have the cajones to be VP (and, yes, that is a sexist comment!) but she clearly does not have the intellect or even a rudimentary understanding of how the rest of the world lives or functions. She did not provide answers to most of the questions, she merely gave responses that mostly had little to do with answering the question. She has absolutely no knowledge of foreign policy. She has beliefs based on the good book. She is even more clueless than GWBush. She may as well have been talking about how cold it gets in Alaska. "Charles, you know it gets real cold here. Really, really cold. And I could see Russia if I wanted to go to that itty bitty island. Russia is our neighbor. I know it's there but we really don't talk much. We don't go to the same church."

Posted by: SteveMC | September 11, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

What a pathetic performance. What an know-nothing idiot. Going to war WITH RUSSIA over Georgia, because the leader of Georgia, a small time hot head provoked the Russians? Why would we even CONSIDER putting this country in Nato and going to war over it? How many wars does McCain want? Under Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan(!), Bush I, DURING THE WORST OF THE COLD WAR, all these men, from the very conservative to the most liberal, understood that open**war with Russia=Nuclear War!** For God's sake, this woman has no sense of what she's been told to say. Either that or she's an End of Days religious nut who actually wants to bring on the "Rapture."

Posted by: charlestown | September 11, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: What question? I tend to scroll through your comments so I don't know what you are talking about. Same with Aspergum. You both comment so much that you tend to become invisible.

Posted by: DH | September 11, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Truth Maverick:

So, if I say "with malice toward none" but don't mention Lincoln's name, am I quoting him or not?

Rob L.:

Georgia, USA? Maybe not if Obama wins ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

NO MCCAIN--NO PAIN

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Jake,

I would be okay with us responding militarily if Russia began a war with one of our NATO allies. We signed a treaty with them committing the United States to such an action. Unless Georgia is formally admitted to NATO, I do not support going to war with Russia over a conflict between them and Georgia short of Russia beginning another Holocaust. I couldn't care less that Georgia is a nascent democracy. We are not the world's policeman. If other countries are so concerned about Russia invading Georgia, let THEM spend the blood and treasure of their nations defending Georgia.

Posted by: Matt | September 11, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

That was classic. We all thought Charles Gibson was going to lob softballs at her, and he threw a couple curves.

Heck, a couple of times (such as discussing the Bush doctrine) he actually had to help her hold the bat and show her how to swing.

She regurgitated a bunch of names that they taught her to say in the underground bunker.

I bet they said, "Now repeat this name. No, try again. Better. Try again. Good, that was good. Now say this name......good...but the accent is on the second syllable. Good! Excellent. You're good at this parrot stuff. You're a natural. Now let's see a presidential wave. No, no no. Not the beauty queen wave. The presidential wave. Good. You know, you're almost as quick a learner as Dan Quaile. Good job, Qualin.....er, Palin."

At this rate, Palin is going to earn her next badge at weaving or campfire building.

Good job, Sarah. Good girl.

Posted by: Mike of Atlanta | September 11, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Read HERE (you'll have to click a link once the page comes up to read Obama's full response to this conflict in regards to NATO), to see the difference between McCain/Palin on NATO and Obama on NATO :)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Obama_also_cites_NATO_membership_for_Georgia.html

Obama calls on all nations to do their part in contributing to condemning Russia's actions (though Georgia started the incident??) and participating in bringing about peaceful resolutions. Not through war :) Obama understands that. He's also capable of thinking of how actions, not thinking about ALL possible options with war being last, could and will affect this country and its citizens. He's not saying, let Georgia become part of NATO and if we have to go war with Russia, so be it. He's talking about the countries coming together to take peaceful actions, steps to resolve this matter. That, my friends, is the temperament we need.

Like I said, No McCain/Palin. Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 11, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Reflection is a good thing.

Posted by: brock101 | September 11, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

That was scary, to think Palin could take over the presidency should frightened everyone....

___________________


I think in Russia and in China are quite happy. We are committing suicide.

Posted by: stearm | September 11, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

sad you can change your name wapo, so easy for the "independents"

Posted by: Bert in RI | September 11, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Can't get through the ABCNews complaint line. Apparently, Charlie must be whipping his women staff so they can't answer the phone.

Posted by: Karen | September 11, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

No, you are the nitwit. War with Russia means nuclear war! Responsible leaders do not throw gasoline on the fire by speculating about going to war with Russia. We finally found someone who knows less about foreign policy than Bush!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

No, actually the one who knows less is the head of the Democratic ticket.

I guess then that comment Obama made about invading Pakistan was okay and wasn't throwing gasoline on the fire?

Posted by: Middle Eastern gal voting for the GOP | September 11, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl get your freaking head out of your ass!!! This is not a game. A feministic movement to put a woman on the ticket. It's about being President of the United States of America and defending the constitution. You come awy thinking she answered all the questions with an executive type answer. Palin is on there talking about these issues (war with Russia) like a couple people debating them at a luncheon. "Oh I like her cause she like me. OH!!! she is a working mom." This is the real freaking deal Asper. If McCain dies she is President! She does not have a freaking clue. Neither do I. However I am not trying to be VP. It's worrisome for alot of people and I blame McCain for putting his own selfish interests above this country. The GOP was screaming national security after 911. Now this is the risk they want voters to take? Unbelieveable. BTW Asper your comment about obama is why Obama trying to show voters he is responsible. Obama put Biden on his ticket to reassure voters that if a foreign policy crisis occurred. That Obama would have someone at his side with years and years of foreign policy experience to give him advice. I know who Sarah palin is. Sarah Palin is the stereotype Right winger in all those political thriller films. EXCEPT she is real!!!

Posted by: Tim H. | September 11, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

PALIN IS A POLITICAL IDIOT!!!!! SHE SHOULD RESEARCH WHAT HAPPENED IN Georgia BEFORE SHE OPENS HER PIGGY MOUTH!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

What an idiot! That is one of her points for foreign policy?!! So, we invaded Iraq. WTF! Hypocrite, warmonging, moron. I knew the GOPS would start this sh*t! Trying that old scare tactic crap. If this wasn't an election yea they wouldn't be saying diddly about Russia. Helped create the issue and did it to try to scare the sheep.
Pathetic.

Posted by: MJO | September 11, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Cary:

I you wish for me to stop posting to you, then you need to stop posting this to me:

"WAKE UP. THIS IS NOT A JOKE, QUIT DEFENDING HER IGNORANCE."

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Sarah was blatantly lying when she claimed she was quoting Lincoln about God and war. Someone told her to try to get away with that malarky. I've watched that "sermon" and she wasn't saying anything like Lincoln in his quote. She didn't mention Lincoln in the sermon and her message was completely different from what Lincoln meant. Lincoln did not bandy God as a political messenger. His quote was an admonition against anyone claiming to know what God's will is or to think there can be such a thing fighting on God's side. Lincoln did not believe God had any plan for the world. She doesn't understand that the 9-11 terrorists thought they were on a mission from God.

Posted by: Truth Maverick | September 11, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Georgia?

There is no way in hell that the US would attack Russia over Georgia.

That's just ridiculous.

Posted by: Rob L. | September 11, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous at 7:39 -

What do you base this conclusion on? This interview? The reams of interviews and various speeches she has given on foreign policy?

Her pastor Mike Rose said the following last year:

“After listening to Newt Gingrich and the prime minister of Israel and a number of others at our gathering, I became convinced, and I have been convinced for some time. We are living in the last days. These are incredible times to live in.”

Doesn't this disturb you?

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING CANDIDATE:

Troubling Signs for Obama in Pennsylvania
By Kathatine Q. Seelye
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/11/us/politics/11web2-seelye.html?hp

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

That was scary, to think Palin could take over the presidency should frightened everyone....she looked totally out of her league. Looks like when she does not have a teleprompter or cheat sheets, she does not have a clue to the real issues.

Posted by: atlga | September 11, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The interview was edited. Look on the ABCNEWs website. They edited out this part:

PALIN: They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska. We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We've learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it's in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

Posted by: Karen | September 11, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

OK, you want to defend smaller countries and fight to preserve democracy? Fine, but better be ready to pay for it. You want to lower taxes and make government smaller? Fine, but don't be expecting to fly to the defense of allies at a moment's notice.

Your foreign policy has to match your checkbook. Anything else is irresponsible and in the long run damaging to our country.

Posted by: Mailimi | September 11, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

As an independent I don't care what you conservatives say or don't say. Its all a bunch of spin to me. However, I think the liberals are just as bad and I probably believe less of what they say. I think Governor Palin did a much better job than most people would have done on their first interview. She definitely is not a Washington politician which is REFRESHING. She seems to actually care about people and seems like a throwback to the days when politics was about public service and not self service like it is with today's politicians. She has definitely distinguished herself as a knowledgeable, sharp, experienced person and carries herself like a CEO. I'm 99% sure she has won my vote. I love the idea that we could have a strong woman in the White House who will mix things up in Washington. I thought we'd have that chance with Hillary, but at least we can have it with Sarah.

Posted by: malmantile | September 11, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

War is a racket a phrase coined by the only service member to be awarded the congressional medal of honor twice General smedley butler. Don't confuse people like sean hannity rush limbaugh, and other neo con talk show as being patriots. With the connections they have and the secrecy of this administration million are being made. Think about this if John McCain put country first he would have voted yes to Leahy amendment 3292. This amendment would have allowed to senate to hold hearings on fraud and war profiteering

Posted by: brock101 | September 11, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Have fun with your Cliff Notes Palin, they obviously didn't work too well.

The vice presidency is not a quick study position.

Someone needs to go back and write a report on her vetting process. Just because McCain doesn't want to discuss it doesn't mean we don't have a right to know. Who is he Hitler?
Isn't this a democracy?

Palin today's answer to Dan Quayle.

Posted by: Cary | September 11, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain does not stand a chance with this woman as his running mate. Once the novelty wears off, she will be exposed as a novice politician with very little understanding of global relations. Palin applied for her first passport in 2006! Many children have traveled internationally more than her. Biden will destroy her in the debates. She reminds me of a female cross between the idiot, W, and Cheney.
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So in order to have understood the world and foreign relations you should have had a passport at age 2? Come on that is laughable and elitist!

If you want to talk novice politicans maybe you should look at Barack.

Posted by: Liberals are elitists | September 11, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

She says :"What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against," she said. "We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries."
How about us invading and occupying Iraq ??, is it us doing "God's work" as she claims ??, how could we be doing god's work when this war has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Iraquis dead including thousands of innocent civilians ??

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Answered the questions?? Like an executive?? Try at the sixth-grade level, most of them wrong. And many answers didn't respond to the question. If this is executive decision making, maybe it helps explain much about the state of the US economy and the addled MBA-in-Chief who's nearly demolished the Constitution, wrecked the economy for a generation, and ruined our international reputation nearly beyond repair. War in defense of Georgia?? In Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul, business people and professionals talk of the US in the past tense.

Posted by: glacialerratic | September 11, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

QUESTION: IF OBAMA STILL CAN'T ANSWER MANY QUESTIONS STRAIGHT & HAS LONG OBTUSE EXPLANATIONS FOR EACH NATIONAL SECURITY Q & HE HAS BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS CAMPAIGN FOR YEARS

DOES THIS MEAN HE'S NOT A "QUICK STUDY" LIKE SARAH PALIN?

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

You nitwits Palin is not bound and determined to go to war with Russia!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:39 PM

*********************************

No, you are the nitwit. War with Russia means nuclear war! Responsible leaders do not throw gasoline on the fire by speculating about going to war with Russia. We finally found someone who knows less about foreign policy than Bush!

Posted by: maggots | September 11, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama should switch Hillary for Biden. Imagine her debating Palin. Though we may have this to look forward to in 12.

Posted by: golfhokie | September 11, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

The fact is that South Ossetia decided to break off from Georgia, which led Georgia to launch a military operation to retake the province. Ten Russian peacekeeping troops (present under the Joint Control Commission framework) were killed in South Ossetia at the time Georgia launched its attack. This conflict broke out after a very long period of rising tensions and blame-wise is much more complicated than a matter of an isolated unprovoked attack on a small country by a large country, as Palin described it.

There is also a significant energy competition dimension to the conflict, which Palin didn't mention. Charlie actually did Palin a favor and threw out a topic that could have allowed her to shine if she were as much of an energy wonk as the McCain campaign would have us all believe.

He didn't try to get her...she got herself.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Come on girl! Push the button! Don't blink! Don't think. You're on a mission from....?
Yikes!
Chafee is right. Huckabee is right.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 11, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Upwards:

THANK GOD that Gov. Palin is no Hillary Clinton!!!

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Interestingly, I have been daydreaming all day about an ad I wish Obama would make.

You see an old guy lying in the hospital bed with an oxygen mask and some out of focus people sunk down by him. THen, bruskly the Palin character rushes out the door which is closed behind her.
"..how is he...?"
"Madam President...[a voice intrrupts] Prime Minister Putin is on the phone. He wants to talk about Poland...now."

The ad ends with a view of the Palin character with a deer-in-the-headlights look in her eyes.

Morbid? I don't think so. Realist.

Posted by: PJTramdack | September 11, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Libertarian:

You're welcome.

DH:

If you don't want to answer the question, I understand.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

i cant wait till palin's email scandel is looked into. i hope she rots in a prison cell. she is the worst vice president pick ever. its funny that women call obama sexist when they are voting for palin only because she is a woman (a little sexist dont you think) and with the lipstick on a pig comment the republicans are using the same tactics they have always used in that they try to make something out of nothing.

Posted by: bigj | September 11, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Nice to hear someone who can speak in full, coherent sentences. Obama could learn a thing or two from her.

Posted by: Well spoken | September 11, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: Bob Dole | September 11, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

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This was the funniest part of the interview. To see Russia from Alaska, you have to go to a remote uninhabited island hundreds of miles from Wasilla. And what do you see from that island? An uninhabited Russian island that is hundreds of miles from civilization. This is what she thinks qualifies her in foreign policy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse


Sarah, you are no Hilary Clinton....
Rather, Cheney in drag.


PLEASE mobilize your circles to register to vote. Talk to all your friends and family in the red states. The time is now.


Posted by: Upwards | September 11, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Does not know the "Bush Doctraine"?

She is unforgivably ignorant of world affairs.


Posted by: bob North Smithfield | September 11, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

It took her 2 weeks secluded in a hotel room with Joe Lieberman and the GOP foreign policy brain trust just to memorize this drivel?

Just today McSame was touting her as the nation's foremost energy expert...

This vapid Caribou Barbie is little more than a TV sportscaster!

Posted by: Off With Their Heads! | September 11, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: Bob Dole | September 11, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

MorganaLeFay, ma317, smith, or Hank:

If Russia invaded a current NATO member, would you be O.K. with the United States responding militarily according the treaty obligations?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

You nitwits Palin is not bound and determined to go to war with Russia!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

She is scary. My friends in foreign countries hate the U.S.'s policies simply because of people like Palin...like she owns the whole world and is willing to spend money on killing just to make a point that she hopes God backs.

A female bully is no better than a male bully. They make walking down the street unsafe and help create radicals that we would anything to destroy the U.S.

Even if bullying is good. She doesn't even know the Bush doctrine.

Posted by: Wayne | September 11, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Nuke the Russki's!

That is so cool.

Dr. Stranglove's kid is running for VP!!!

The thing is, them Commies are all atheist, so we've got a Constitutional obligation to convert them as it is!

Yeeehaawww!

Will we be massing ground troops along their border?

Or just nukin' 'em! Ground troops means more martyrs.

Yeeehaaawww!

Posted by: Rob L,. | September 11, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

So "Hockey Mom" is ready to defend Georgia against Russia with our over extended, broken millitary?

Get ready for "the Draft" boys! Conscription is the ONLY way we could raise the troops to fight a third war - let alone against ruthless Putin.

Does Hockey Mom know what a tank war looks like? Because it isn't going to be roadside bombs that Putin throws at us. It will be a MASS INVASION of 100,000 troops, heavy armor, heavy artillary, WWII style, with the complete flattening of entire cities.

PALIN IS OUTRIGHT DANGEROUS!

Hockey Mom needs to re-watch the opening scenes of "Saving Private Ryan" for a refresher course since she's totally uneducated in the reality of warcraft.

From a c student to a hockey mom... you guys out there on the right reaaaaaaallly know how to pick a genius executive. Good job!

Now I've got to run - have a nuclear bunker to build in my back yard for WWIII andf I've only got 50 days to do it in before Palin takes office.

Posted by: JBE | September 11, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

You let McCain and Palin in without getting the change agent over America I'll never let this country live it down. You were duped into relecting W, you seemed to be duped on McCain who WON'T bring the change you think he'll bring, who WON'T appeal to the better nature of the country. You try to bring scandal on Obama and you can't. When you do it's usually ridiculous. Get it together America.

Posted by: Jesse Mathes | September 11, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: Bob Dole | September 11, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Jake D,

Okay, thanks for clarifying. You believe that God will guide the actions of the President.

I now understand your point of view. I don't disagree that faith has a role in public life - I just don't believe that the President is an extension of the will of God.

He or she is a fallible human being. I would rather see a human being be President who does not come to office believing that man can bring about the end of days.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Cold War II started by hockey mom

I can see the movie possibilities already!

Posted by: golfhokie | September 11, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

New name: Sarah Moosealini

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

After seeing the ABC interview, Palin is not ready to be President. Anyone with even a passing interest in foreign affairs is familar with the Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive war and her not being able to answer shows that she was prepped with some set talking points and has no real inherent understanding of the issues.

She is not ready to be a heartbeat away from the leadership of the free world.

~~~~~
Neither is the Senator from Illinois. Remember he wants to be the Number 1 guy.
All politicans are prepped even Obama. Obama still believes there are 57 states!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

She claims she has “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

SHE ACTUALLY SAID THIS????!!!!!

WOW!

Posted by: Bob DOle | September 11, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Note to Obama campaign & all supporters. Don't push the inexperience at all. Push the war-monger angle strongly. Paint HER as a war monger (foreign policy = start wars). Force HER to keep talking. Eventually she will say something even stupider than this.

Posted by: Hank | September 11, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

OMG! Palin flew home wearing a "black suit and sassy red patent leather shoes". Hero or ho- I report you decide. Red shoes are sassy? Buffy palin the pig had her fifteen minutes, time to go home and spit out a few more kids.

Posted by: md83 | September 11, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

She's really just Bush in women's clothing: born-again, warmongering, oil focused talking puppet

Posted by: smith | September 11, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

THANKS A FREAKING LOT McCAIN!!! I am voting for Obama but coould accept you winning the election. Now you put this wacked out right winger on your ticket. If you win I have to worry every freaking day that you will die. THIS IS NOT HAPPENING. Someone tell me this is just a bad political thriller movie. It's not reality is it?

Posted by: Tim H. | September 11, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

>>Frank wrote: "I am flabbergasted that the American people are buying the Republican line that Palin has SO MUCH experience"

The fact that she would answer clear questions with clear answers shows she's lightyears ahead of Obama in knowing what an executive does.

Obama just blows smoke around the questions he's asked, in the way grad students learn how to do to get partial credit when they don't know the answer.

Palin's answers were more like an executive's. Obama's answers are like a grad student who knows how to not flunk out when he doesn't know the answers.

Obama's not won any of the 23 of the 23 debates/forums he's participated in over the past year and a half.

Unless Sarah Palin says she's going to go out salmon fishing in aircraft carriers, she can't do worse than Obama's track record. Especially on national security.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Poor McCain; despite intensive tutorials, the cat spilled the beans. Moose-shooting cum Hockey mum Sarah, the she-Barracuda shows her teeth to Vlad Putin. Srah is happy to go to war and feels fit to step in as next POTUS. while wiser men and even GWB have approached the role with awe,the alaskan gal thinks a size fit alls. so proudly displaying her crude ignorance of the georgan deals, -SARAH- gEORGIA did attack Abkazia and Ossetia ...before Vlad retaliated; no problemo for sarah.. sarah is ready to play it at wasilla coral
bring them on those russky nuclear heads...as if that would be a problem for vlad...
THE DYNAMIC RUSSIAN DUO is smiling...the still sane americans in age to vote are busy dialling 999 and get the crazy woman detained.
Bush was bad but she is loco....

Posted by: SAINTIXE | September 11, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

You know you're in touble when Palin says God so many times.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Ouch! When Charlie Gibson tried to get more detailed answers to the obvious rehearsed answers from Gov. Palin, she kept repeating the same thing. She couldn't explain her answers in more detail or any differently. It was sort of pathetic. And who edited this interview? The obvious breaks in the footage made it seem like Tucker Bounds or Steve Schmidt were in charge of the scissors.

Posted by: VAreader | September 11, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

If we were to pass a law requiring any legislator who authorized the use of military force to take three months active duty in combat for each mission, they would find non-military solutions you never dreamed of.

Posted by: Charles | September 11, 2008 7:30 PM


Too true. I also suggest warmongers like JakeD and Aspergirl should be forced to enlist too. You want a war, you better be prepared to fight in it.

Posted by: DH | September 11, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Jake D,

You must have learned your history from Kevin James, the esteemed and noted expert on Neville Chamberlain and appeasement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK0d8ENS__c

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope Biden brings his A-game to the debate. She seems to be a quick study.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse


I posted this very early this morning on other sites. Some of the edits are very tight. I dare Gibson and ABC to stream the "raw" footage without burnt in timecode and but continuous timecode. Palin knows the questions and answers. There are also way to many edits in the piece. Most tv journalist will pick this up. The average Joe or Jane blow won't.

9/11/2008 7:49 AM EDT
RICK DAVIS, McCain's man is controlling the press. He throws what I call "flash bang grenades" "He told you the campaign wasn't going to be about issues. What has it been about Oprah and lip stick. And the press just plays along with their behinds up in the air. Can you believe with all the problems in this country that they spent two whole days and on lipstick. Rick controls everything about Palin including who she talks too. ABC network went to bed with him for ratings. What good is a bunch of cut up edited tapes spread out over who knows how long. Charlie Gibson already lost his creditability with the Obama interview, but now he has sold his soul to the devil. He's worst than fox news. Its all about control for Rick Davis the real press will never get a chance to interview Palin. Her first real press conference will not take place for months, win or lose because she's NOT READY FOR PRIMETIME. And if she is NOT READY FOR PRIMETIME, then how can she help lead (or possibly lead) this country? She is the biggest sham the republican party has going but more importantly, she's dangerous for the country. Since there are those in the media afraid to say it, I'll say it for them. The press traveling with Palin can't even ask her questions,but they can record the same stump speech over and over again. The country has her speech but doesn't know who she is because they are kept away from asking her about her views.

Posted by: Chopped up interview | September 11, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Well they put her out there and she crashed and burned. No surprise here. When ask if she hestitated when McCain offered her a spot on the ticket, she quickly said NO. NO, you didn't stop and think about your family, your husband, your Alaska? In another lame attempt to bolster her "foreign relations" experience she said she had been to Mexico, Canada, and to see the troops, she then went on ta respond she had never met with any foreign leaders and snipped at Charlie as she said there have probably been other VP's who had not done so either. Palin said to Charlie, as she so affectionately called Gibson, "You can see Russia from certain places in Alaska".Give me a Break! What the Hell was McCain thinking? Now I know why she came in second place in the Miss Alaska Pageant.

Posted by: cathy | September 11, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

JakeD what she said before trying to "explain" in the interview was her statement "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.".

Not a whole lot of wiggle room there. Now she is saying that rather than the absolute "a task that is from God" we get "I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words.".

If a NATO country were attacked I would defer to the NATO treaty, but note where the reference to military action is.

"Article 5

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security ."

That said you should note that before Article 5 you have Article 4

"Article 4

The Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened. "

and Article 3

"Article 3

In order more effectively to achieve the objectives of this Treaty, the Parties, separately and jointly, by means of continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid, will maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack. "

Article 2...

"Article 2

The Parties will contribute toward the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations by strengthening their free institutions, by bringing about a better understanding of the principles upon which these institutions are founded, and by promoting conditions of stability and well-being. They will seek to eliminate conflict in their international economic policies and will encourage economic collaboration between any or all of them. "

and Article 1...

"Article 1

The Parties undertake, as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations, to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered, and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations."

Is it just me or does the tone not suggest that military should be a last resort and not of a unilateral nature?

Having spent 6 years serving in our countries armed forces I would have to agree with this quote.

“Beware of the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry, [who] infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How will I know? For this I have done. And I am Julius Caesar.”

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 11, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

She is truly scary. Fight Russia? Over Georgia? You've got to be kidding.

Posted by: ma317 | September 11, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Libertarian:

I never said I wasn't concerned about the REAL issues (I answered your question about Gov. Palin's religious beliefs -- I trust that God will guide her if something should befall McCain -- per the Constitution, however, there is NO RELIGIOUS TEST for federal office ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

She can see Russia from Alaska?!! This makes her an expert in foreign policy??!!!

What a joke!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Bob Bole | September 11, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

What an interview! She neglected, of course, to mention the importance of an Islamo-Russian invasion of Israel in starting the Final Conflict that directly precedes the Rapture, when she and like-minded Christians will at last be elevated to Heaven. Too bad for those Left Behind, but them's the breaks.

The GOP will do anything to win an election. It's the one area in which they regularly excel vs. the Democrats.

Posted by: samson151 | September 11, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

War with Russia? And not even any nuance in the statement, i.e., "We'll poke the bear by bringing these guys into NATO and if Russia doesn't like it we'll go to war with them!"

This is conclusive proof that in addition to being a naive ditz, Palin is insane.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | September 11, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

JakeD and AsperGirl need to come back in here and start having cybersex in front of all of us again.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl. Do you have a life outside of writing in the comment section of newspapers? I vision you living surrounded by pizza boxes piled everywhere, hair dishevelled, wearing the same pyjamas for months at a time. Time to clean up and get outside for a while.

Posted by: DH | September 11, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I think it's terribly unfair to ask Sarah any question off her script. If the question does not allow the response "Thanks but No Thanks for the Bridge to Nowhere" the question is sexist and unfair. Russia, Georgia, etc. are unfair questions to our superstar Hockey Mom.

Posted by: Hal Itozis | September 11, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

What a freakin LIGHTWEIGHT!

Good judgement McCain in picking her as the possible replacement leader of the free world.

(Nice legs, though)

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

>IMO they're positioning to bully & walk
>all over Obama

Russia's posturing is coming down to Bush's initiative to put a missile defense shield in Poland. Russia has been building up to this over the last couple of years. We need to scrap this crazy idea of a missile defense system that is provoking them. There is no way our government would allow Russia to build a similar system in Canada or Mexico so please don't think this is about us standing up to Russia. Rather it's about Russia standing up to us in their best interests near their borders. I don't agree with Russia invading Georgia but that's a minor thing compared to the real reason Russia is bent out of shape right now. Most of the world sees the U.S. as a provoker and dangerous to world peace because of a lot of idiotic policies pushed by the Bush administration. It's time to take back the White House before it's too late!

Posted by: Frank | September 11, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Jake D,

If you are not concerned about these issues than you don't care about America.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Jake D

Yes I am US citizen. I've been all over the world and quit talking to me I don't like you.

Posted by: Cary | September 11, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

If we were to pass a law requiring any legislator who authorized the use of military force to take three months active duty in combat for each mission, they would find non-military solutions you never dreamed of.

Posted by: Charles | September 11, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

DCDave:

Like I said, they don't care.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

On April 28 of this year, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent a resolution expressing "the strong support of the Senate for the declaration of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at the Bucharest Summit that Ukraine and Georgia will become members of the alliance." Barack Obama, John McCain, and Hillary Clinton were among the bill's eight cosponsors.

Yesterday McCain and Obama reaffirmed their commitment to NATO membership for Georgia.

Committing U.S. troops to defend Georgia against future attacks is a serious matter. Since Obama, McCain, and nearly every member of the House and Senate have recently supported this measure, hopefully the debate can proceed without the Bush-hatred that has come to cloud the vision of so many.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

socalgal59 and /or Wirro:

If Russia invaded a current NATO member, would you be O.K. with the United States responding militarily according the treaty obligations?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the possibility of war was a hypothetical after the admission of country x to NATO.

I.e. if we admit country X to NATO, we have a treaty obligation (which is not strict by the way) to aid them. If Georgia had been a member of NATO would it be worth it to risk war with Russia.

The answer rightly was 'Yes', if we start backing down from the Russians now we better just keep backing down because they will push us as far as we will go.

Posted by: DCDave | September 11, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Libertarian:

No.

Ruth A:

They don't care.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

After seeing the ABC interview, Palin is not ready to be President. Anyone with even a passing interest in foreign affairs is familar with the Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive war and her not being able to answer shows that she was prepped with some set talking points and has no real inherent understanding of the issues.

She is not ready to be a heartbeat away from the leadership of the free world.

Posted by: Wirro | September 11, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

She answers questions! Unlike Obama!

We still don't know what his prevaricating, unspecific & obfuscated answers are for most Q he was asked by Rev. Warren at Saddleback & by Bill O'Reilly at FoxNews.

Most people don't know what's exactly true or not, but most people can answer when asked what their thinking or opinions are! Obama can't even answer what his opinions are.

Obama even bombed at Saddleback when the Q were what his beliefs & defining life experiences are!

How shocking to see a politician under 60 who will actually answer a question after the Obama debates & forums all year.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

That interview was down right frightening. Palin was clearly out of her element and lacked even a basic understanding of the Georgia-Russia dispute (Russia was unprovoked?). McCain has shown a stunning lack of judgment in making this obviously cycnical choice. Ultimatley (fortunatly) this choice will prove to be his downfall.

Posted by: williewil4u | September 11, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

So Gov. Palin would rush into a nuclear war with Russia just to offer Georgia and Ukraine membership in NATO ...is she insane?!

No, this cannot be; Gov. Palin did not just say she would risk a world nuclear holocaust just to induct two small nations to the alliance…or did she?

Fortunately for Americans—and the entire world population—the United States Constitution and War Powers Act of 1973 grants Congress the power to declare war, assemble an army, and fund a war—while restricting the President's war powers to that of repelling direct attacks against the United States.

Gov. Palin clearly lacks the soundness of character and judgment, and most of all, prudence, to be a national leader

Posted by: socalgal59 | September 11, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Cary:

Are you a U.S. citizen?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin supporters,

I have one question for you - are you not all concerned about Sarah Palin's theological beliefs and what impact they could have on our foreign policy and our survival?

I know it's great to talk tough about Russia, etc. but if we take a step back from all of this political nonsense, do any of you honestly believe that initiating a nuclear war with Russia over Georgia will result in anything good for this country? What do think the Chinese will do? What do you honestly will be the outcome of such a war? After we win (we have more nukes than the Russians and the Chinese) everyone that survives will live in Alaska and Sarah Palin will lead us? It will be like it was in the movie Red Dawn?

As I said before, I think we are on the cusp of the abyss and we Americans better wake up. Our future and that of the rest of the world depend on it.

I am only sorry that the Republican's could not see fit to nominate Ron Paul.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

NATO's Article 5 guarantees defence of a NATO member by other members of the alliance in the event of attack.

Posted by: Ruth A | September 11, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I can assure you that the "300" advisory staff members within the Obama camp are nothing like the "300" Spartans of my ancestery. Every one of them are hard left liberals and aspire to the Saul Alinsky, ACORN agenda. You will need the courage and strength of the "300" in Thermopoly to fight off the terrany they will unleash upon you. Let them all feel the sword of the Spartan defenders, upon the field of battle.

Posted by: CRETIAN | September 11, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl is that like Aspercreame in reverse.

All your comments are pretty greasy and you seem like a big pain. You Karl Rove troller.

Posted by: Cary | September 11, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank God she doesn't like Ivy Leaguers. That means all those Ivy League grads in the American Enterprise Institute, PNAC, AIPAC, and the PAC-10 won't have any influence on her. University of Phoenix on-line alumni, your time is now.

Posted by: US American, as such | September 11, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

With her war with Russia comment she appears to be as quick on the draw as McCain.

There's a lot of lipstick on that pig.

Posted by: Ken | September 11, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

DH:

Same question ...

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

"Palin already has a higher security clearance than either democratic candidate. She is commander in Chief of the Alaska National Guard, as is the case with ALL ALASKAN GOVERNORS... she commands the 49th. Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard.... America's FIRST line of missile interceptor defense.
She is routinely briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security and counter terrorism. She can walk into NORAD upon identification at the gate.Those are the facts folks... like it or not.posted by: CRETIAN "


BS, governors do not have National Security Clearance. Only DoD grants them to federal employees and contractors, not Politicians in state government. And she CANNOT just walk in to NORAD.

I don't know, maybe she had ASA - Alaska Security Clearence.

Maybe that's why she wanted that state trooper fired: he was a threat to Alaska's National Security?


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Posted by: el_barto | September 11, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Paul Nolan wrote: "No billion dollar give away from Cheney of my tax money either."
....... both Obama and Biden said we should give Georgia a $billion dollars!!
McCain-Palin '08
Hillary 2012!!

Posted by: Francisco Cardenas | September 11, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Matt:

If Russia invaded a current NATO member, would you be O.K. with the United States responding militarily according the treaty obligations?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

No way Georgia in NATO. No way my money to fight a war to defend Georgia. No billion dollar give away from Cheney of my tax money either.
Palin is a nut case and crazy.
Posted by: Paul Nolan | September 11, 2008 7:09 PM

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

You'll need to share your views with Obama too. He supports, as does McCain, Georgia and Ukraine joining NATO.

Posted by: Ruth A | September 11, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain himself must appalled. He knows better. He *must* know better than this. The rest of McCain's camp must know. She is a legitimate danger to her country.

Posted by: Bert in DC | September 11, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Remember McCain's remark, 'Today we are all Georgians'. Are you guys ready to suit up when the wrinkly, old guy and his Zena Warrior send you on a mission to fight the evil Russian empire (the Republican's latest boogie man-got to keep that military industrial complex well funded)?

Posted by: DH | September 11, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY - the firs of what will be MANY REASONS her and the OLD MAN do not deserve to lead this country.

Keep it up!

Posted by: swanieaz | September 11, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Cary:

When did I defend, let alone admit, that Gov. Palin was "ignorant"?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I am flabbergasted that the American people are buying the Republican line that Palin has SO MUCH experience. OMG people, she was mayor of a VERY SMALL town of 9,000 people. My small town in Michigan was around that much and we only graduated 300 from our class AND she has been Governor of Alaska for LESS than two years! The least populous state in our great nation. WAKE UP AMERICA! At least Obama has been in the national and world spotlight for over 4 years leading up to his nomination.

Posted by: Frank | September 11, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

O.K. you Hockey moms, starting signing and enlist your children into the military.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

You know, I was wavering about voting for McCain until Palin's comment. Now, no way. God help us if McCain/Palin win and he croaks off. Anybody who thinks we should risk a war with Russia over some country we're not involved in a defense treaty with, short of Russians rounding people up and putting them in death camps, needs to seriously consider NOT voting this election.

Posted by: Matt | September 11, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Ok who wants Palin to have access to the Nuclear launch codes???

Russia has weapons of mass destruction. We should invade and free them!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin has more guts then Bush... She will do wonders for America... Watch out Alquaida, watch out Russia, Watch out China, etc,etc...

Posted by: sam69 | September 11, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

almaden:

Neville Chamberlain declared "Peace for our time" too.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

>>JakeD wrote: "If Russia invaded a current NATO member, would you be O.K. with the United States responding militarily according the treaty obligations? Gov. Palin is not stating anything new here, folks. NATO expansion has been ongoing for years (even during the Clinton Administration)."

Tell that to Obama supporters. They probably won't use knives to cut their vegetables because that's too violent.

The Russians invaded Georgia when it looked certain Obama woud win. They may have been positioning & posturing in confident anticipation of an Obama win because it's very weird that Russia would embark on a new pattern of foreign aggression on the eve of a change of power in the U.S. So it must have been confident of Obama winning, because it couldn't have been confident of a McCain win. Furthermore its move must have been consistent with a new post-Bush strategy because it would have been taken in light of an Obama win.

if Russia just wants to get rid of that shallow, provocatively left-wing President that George Soros helped install in Georgia we'll know pretty soon if his removal is a condition of their withdrawal. If they stay & occupy regardless we're seeing a new era of Russian dominance in its region.

It's possible Russia's confident in embarking on a new era of aggressive expansion, counting on an Obama win. They have recently announced that they want to engage in military exercises with Venezuela off our waters. This is despite our not being aggressive toward Russia at all, even to the point of using consistently friendly-toned rhetoric toward them.

IMO they're positioning to bully & walk all over Obama.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, everyone quit wasting your time. There's simply no point in engaging "JakeD".

As far as SarraCuda goes, put a fork in her.

Posted by: swalker3 | September 11, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

To Jake D


WAKE UP. THIS IS NOT A JOKE, QUIT DEFENDING HER IGNORANCE. I'M SURE SHE ALREADY PISSED OFF PUTIN. THIS IS NOT THE COLD WAR ERA. RUSSIA HAS POWER AGAIN AND WITH PUTIN AT THE HEAD, ITS NOT A JOKE.
IT PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO VOTED BUSH IN FOR A 2ND TERM.

OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

Posted by: Cary | September 11, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why Gibson acted so annoyed during this interview. He seemed eager to stump her with a gotcha type question.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

vaman1:

Unfortunately, it is not "obvious" to many Obama supporters (see "el_barto" below).

el_barto:

Yes, we had WISE leaders, who put country first -- like DEMOCRAT Harry S Truman -- also, there was no NATO until after WWII, so your Poland comment is nonsensical.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

"strikingly devoid of the diplomatic language. . ."

Uh yeah. If this doesn't prove she is fundamentally unqualified for high office, I don't know what would.

Posted by: scientist1 | September 11, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Now that there are two warmongers clearly waving the bloody shirt on the GOP ticket, can there be any doubt that Obama is by far the best choice to "keep us safe", as the timid American Right is always pleading.

Posted by: almaden | September 11, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

WWIII will start on McCain/Palin watch if they are elected by the American people. The Republican party is out of their minds and out of touch in todays crazy world. The Democratic party isn't much better. They are too easy on the Republicans...

Posted by: Frank | September 11, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Porky Palin is SOOO intelligent. She's taking a firm stance about Russia invading Georgia. I mean, she just LOVED Atlanta, and hopes to use her ill gotten gains and new political clout to get hubby into the Master's course at Savannah. She's a pit bull with no pedigree, not house-broken, with fleas.

Posted by: md83 | September 11, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh my goodness!!

NO MCCAIN and NO Palin during this time. Bring in Obama's temperament and judgment with much more consideration in terms of this country. What the heck are they trying to do? Get us into more wars which many Americans don't want? Are they in to screw this country further? They talk about conserving money, but how much more are we going to borrow for these potential conflicts? For that matter, WHY would we even be interested in entertaining the idea of helping increase the risk of further conflict? Hello! Where's the consideration for the toll on this country, with all of those thoughts?

Oh no. Obama/Biden '08 all the way
That ticket must be stopped!

Wait til the debates. I look forward to hearing more of their thought process.

Posted by: Obama2008 | September 11, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

She didn't know what the Bush doctrine was...ooookay. I give Gibson credit for not letting her be coy about it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Miika:

Of course, any American President needs to be ready to use nuclear weapons (DEMOCRAT Truman did).

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

"Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God."

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If I am to believe Palin, God Himself that Saddam had WMDs and Al Qaeda ties. That means God is as stupid as Bush, McCain,and Palin.

Posted by: maggots | September 11, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin outright lied in her interview. She said she was referencing an Abraham Lincoln quote! She said the opposite of what Lincoln was quoted saying, and never referenced it in her church. She just lied....straight up and bold faced. Just like Bush. Morre of the same lying crap!

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God." Are we fighting a holy war?

PALIN: You know, I don't know if that was my exact quote.

GIBSON: Exact words.

PALIN: But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln's words when he said -- first, he suggested never presume to know what God's will is, and I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words. But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that's a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side. That's what that comment was all about, Charlie.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | September 11, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I see that Charlie Gibson tried to help Presidential Candidate Obama by interviewing Palin with explicit assumption that she is inexperienced. This is wrong tack for the interview. When ever a governor of any state becomes a candidate for either presidency or Vice presidency, they come with a feeling that they can handle the international affairs. In fact, the answers that Sarah Palin gave about Russia is a significant step forward and a departure from President Bush's timid response to the Georgian conflict. If US makes a timid response, every large and non-democratic country will take over small democratic country and the world order will change. Obviously, if Russia pushes buttons against US by taking small countries, then US has to respond. There are other countries like Iran and Venezuela are also creating problems. The solution there is to drill oil & reduce consumption in US and bring down the prices significantly so that they cannot use the new found wealth to build military mights with Russian help to force a change in the international affairs to support non-democratic dictatorial regimes and this will be devastating to US and its economy. Sarah Palin is absolutely correct in saying that the oil drilling must be done immediately by American workers for American economy and security. The security threat will be greater when many unstable countries and dictatorial countries start amassing wealth at the cost of industrialized nations. This danger is more severe than any other danger. America must become gentle, America must lead the democratic nations, America must self-support its energy requirements, America should use its innovative people to find other alternatives, American consumer needs to participate by curbing the appetite for consumer goods made in other countries, American needs to ensure large industry giants support American needs and not just become profit motivators, Federal and State governments must work together to bring changes to health care, public transportation needs, education and job creation. All I see in Presidential candidates of both parties since 1980s a lot of talk and do nothing. Even Bill Clinton who did remarkably well in economic side - only to see that the US military was marginalized by supporting significant cuts and therefore Bush had to increase the credibility of US military by increasing spending. No single argument - this or that will solve American hopelessness. Only a systematic approach to solving American problems by American people can bring enormous rewards. Sarah Palin was a fresh face who actually stands up brilliantly in taking on these questions with calm and dignified answers even though Charlie Gibson's intent was to demonstrate her inexperience to favor Obama to become the President. Finally, CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS are for democratic party and Fox is for Republican Party. You can see why the population are fed up with these media people who have no knowledge of how to make things works together. We need Republicans and Democrats, Independents to work together for the betterment of the country which is sorely needed right now.

Posted by: vaman1 | September 11, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

"el_barto: Thank God, then, that people like you and Neville Chamberlain didn't prevail during WWII.
Posted by: JakeD"

I'm sorry, I wasn't aware that the US got into WWII when Germany invaded Poland, or did I miss something.

The war had been going on for THREE years, before the US got involved militarily, and only when we were provoked, because we had WISE leaders back then.

If it had been up to people like you, we would have invaved Mexico, instead.


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Posted by: el_barto | September 11, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

can = can't

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin has a security clearance than Sparky my dog that barks at night should have one two.

Posted by: Paul; Nolan | September 11, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I think uh we should attack Russia as such Iraq and Georgia is a small country NATO such as South Africa and not blink.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I am a disabled veteran and I want a President that will "blink" and think it thru before they put us in a nuclear war with Russia, China or anyone else there is not enough here to make me rosk my grand kids lives on, I think Matt Damon is right she needs to answer a lot more questions based on tonote's portion I wouldn't vote for her even if she collected all the seal DNA herself from that 3.1 million earmark she got Alaska in the new FY 2009 that starts Oct 1

Posted by: mikey30919 | September 11, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

hohum wrote:
She is very refreshing and genuine unlike the professional politicians and wannabe politicians in this contest. Obama thinks running for President is experience to be President...he has zero experience unlike the Governor.

Posted by: hohum | September 11, 2008 7:07 PM
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So, that disqualifies John McCain for President because he has (0) zero executive experience.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Cary:

Hopefully, you are not a U.S. citizen. Here in America, the VICE President can start war.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is about as refreshing as a gust of odor from a stinking cesspool

Posted by: Paul Nolan | September 11, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Someone should ask her if she is ready to use nukes as well against Russia. That would really mean end of the days when it comes to retaliation, opening the Box of Pandora.

And does she think "NATO allies" from Europe would take part that war as well? I heavily doubt, some of them are going to respond that comment, no doubt about it.

With war now going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, how would she find any troops and capacity for that scale??? SCARY!!

Posted by: Miika | September 11, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin is an idiot.

Posted by: Schwartz1 | September 11, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Aspercream, you finished dinner in time to watch her interview or were you still on lunch?

You do love to paste and cut all sorts of nonsense, don't you?

Posted by: Aspergirl '08 - I will eat Russia into submission!! | September 11, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse


"Obama thinks running for President is experience to be President...he has zero experience unlike the Governor.

Posted by: hohum | September 11, 2008 7:07 PM"


You're right 'hohum' Gov. Palin is experienced: AT BEING DANGEROUSLY NAIVE ON FOREGIN AFFAIRS.


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Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

i am a...

paid troll
on the dole
paid troll

Posted by: hohummer | September 11, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

el_barto:

Thank God, then, that people like you and Neville Chamberlain didn't prevail during WWII.

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin already has a higher security clearance than either democratic candidate. She is commander in Chief of the Alaska National Guard, as is the case with ALL ALASKAN GOVERNORS... she commands the 49th. Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard.... America's FIRST line of missile interceptor defense.

She is routinely briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security and counter terrorism. She can walk into NORAD upon identification at the gate.Those are the facts folks... like it or not.

Posted by: CRETIAN | September 11, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Stop this woman from becoming vp and starting WWIII. I hate to quote actors but it is so fitting.

"Palin is like a really bad disney movie."


Wake up, wake up, wake up. She doesn't know anything she was a pick made for political purposes. Quit being racist and save your country.
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Stop this woman from becoming vp and starting WWIII. I hate to quote actors but it is so fitting.

"Palin is like a really bad disney movie."


Wake up, wake up, wake up. She doesn't know anything she was a pick made for political purposes. Quit being racist and save your country.

Posted by: Cary | September 11, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

lets see her take candid questions from reporters - a highly controlled, tightly edited interview (the only way palin and the republicans would have it) is no indication that she has the credentials to be a heartbeat away from the presidency - and the way mccain is looking lately, people should be asking themselves this very question -

if palin had RUN for the presidential candidacy (as did hillary clinton), as opposed to being 'picked' as a vp candidate, no one would be having this discussion -

Posted by: muslit | September 11, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

No way Georgia in NATO. No way my money to fight a war to defend Georgia. No billion dollar give away from Cheney of my tax money either.

Palin is a nut case and crazy.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | September 11, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

We've had 8 years of a president who thinks with his testicles. How'd that turn out?

Posted by: joebewildered | September 11, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

THE EXPERIENCE MYTH OF OBAMA

I have worked with the Obama campaign on a local level since December and have met and spoken with Obama numerous times. Anyone who thinks Obama is not prepared for the office of president does not know Barack Obama. I don't think the campaign has spoken about it, although there have been articles written, maybe because it may have seemed kind of presumptive doing all this so many months before he even had the nomination, but that is not how Obama works.
Little is left to chance. So here is what the deal is:

Does Obama have the experience to be president, is he ready? It would be hard to say anyone is ready to be president, but what prepares one for the job?

Obama has been getting ready when his nomination was still no more then a dream. Obama has an advisory staff of over a 300. Most all are the top people in their fields. 4 of his staff are the top people on middle east politics in the world. He has numerous people on pretty much everything you could think of from global warming to world economics to energy and foreign policy to the military. Generals to scholars you name it, he has been working with these people for more then a year. Obama is a brilliant man, who easily knows more right now then any candidate who ever ran for the office of president. He is so up to speed it is astounding. John Mccain does not know or grasp a fraction of what Obama does. Mccain is in effect, a dinosaur, compared to Obama now. Mccain has no real practical experience or understanding in many of these areas at all. Just being in Washington for many years does not necessarily make you an expert nor knowledgeable in "Anything".
Bill Clinton said it best when he said,
"No one is really prepared to be president".
He was right and Obama understood that better then anyone long before he even began his journey for the presidency. So for over a year he has been quietly preparing. Like anything such as being a doctor or lawyer or any profession, your first introduction is academic, you go to school. Obama will by no means be learning on the job, he has been in school for more then a year. When enters office, Obama will be the most well prepared and ready president to ever walk into the white house.
He will also be surrounded by the finest staff ever assembled by any president in history.

If you do not want to vote for Barack Obama I can respect that, but by no means think he is not ready to be president. He will be the most ready man to ever win the office.

Thanks for listening
A Florida Obama worker
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She is very refreshing and genuine unlike the professional politicians and wannabe politicians in this contest. Obama thinks running for President is experience to be President...he has zero experience unlike the Governor.

Posted by: hohum | September 11, 2008 7:07 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

nowanna1:

Sorry, but I can't post to "trolls". Especially those who didn't even see / read the interview where she said that Lincoln "suggested never presume to know what God's will is, and I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words". Maybe if you answer my question, I will post to you "troll" designation notwithstanding:

If Russia invaded a current NATO member, would you be O.K. with the United States responding militarily according the treaty obligations?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

asper stop reading talk pts

Posted by: Bert in RI | September 11, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

JakeD sounds like Dr. Strangelove riding the missile at the end of the movie. Hope you guys don't really think you can take on Russia without finally having to fight a war on your own soil for a change. It's one thing to invade a pathetic little country like Irag, it is quite another to provoke a war-hardened country like Russia. They have lost millions of its citizens fighting the Germans, so don't think they will not push back at the US. By the way, your country is broke. Who is suppose to pay for this war, China?

Posted by: DH | September 11, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Palins fantasy when she it pounding her vibrator.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_jws2AsS0g&feature=related

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

She is very refreshing and genuine unlike the professional politicians and wannabe politicians in this contest. Obama thinks running for President is experience to be President...he has zero experience unlike the Governor.

Posted by: hohum | September 11, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Must remember not to use greater than/less than characters.

This also had (Apologies to the Rolling Stones.) at the bottom.

We will see JakeD.

Lincoln doesn't seem to be singing "God, God, God, is on my side, yes he is."

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 11, 2008 7:05 PM

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 11, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

McCain does not stand a chance with this woman as his running mate. Once the novelty wears off, she will be exposed as a novice politician with very little understanding of global relations. Palin applied for her first passport in 2006! Many children have traveled internationally more than her. Biden will destroy her in the debates. She reminds me of a female cross between the idiot, W, and Cheney.

Posted by: Doug | September 11, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

It's clear that Palin was carefully coached for the Gibson interview and when she got one of the questions, like the one on a holy war or her readiness to be president, she clearly just repeated an answer she had been fed from her handlers. But most of the boobs who support her blindly because she is one of them, e.g. a born-again, will claim she is brilliant, quoting Lincoln and all. Hell, two weeks ago she barely new Lincoln was president, let alone could quote him on god and war. What BS. What a load she is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

There is talk about significant changes occurring in the world on Dec, 20, 2012. McCain/Palin administration will be right there to accelerate the decline of planet earth. Palin's comments on Russia are just one example.

Posted by: mouli | September 11, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

At least Bush had the sense to only rattle his sabre at countries that couldn't really hurt us.

Posted by: joebewildered | September 11, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

asper on the dole

Posted by: Bert in RI | September 11, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

JakeD said: "Tom3 and wardropper: If Russia invaded a current NATO member, would you be O.K. with the United States responding militarily according the treaty obligations?"

The correct answer is NO, because I value breathing too much.


God help us if people who believe this comprise more than 50% of the electorate.

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Posted by: el_barto | September 11, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Wirro:

If Russia invaded a current NATO member, would you be O.K. with the United States responding militarily according the treaty obligations?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

We will see JakeD.

Lincoln doesn't seem to be singing "God, God, God, is on my side, yes he is."

Posted by: nowanna1 | September 11, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Once they said 'politicians will sell their sons to win an election'.
Which is evidently an exaggeration.

But I really think 'many white voters (a minority I hope) will rather loose everything they have than vote for a black guy'. This is hardly an exaggeration.

There is no other 'rational' explanation for what's happening in America. I knew Rovians were a bunch of freaks, but I never thought to watch something like this.

I saw the interview with my wife. She's appalled.

Posted by: stearm | September 11, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, she answers so many questions in such a short time.

I guess when you're not spinning & prevaricating every nuance 100 ways, you can answer yes/no Q in less than 100 sentences.

We still aren't sure what role Jesus plays in Obama's life:

He starts kind of okay with a trite answer, but then gets lost and stops making sense until he ends up claiming that Jesus makes him try new things like running for President after Rev. Warren starts making noises that signal to Obama he needs to cut it off.

http://www.youtube.com/v/gHtAWPjzvyk&rel=0&color1=11645361&color2=13619151&fs=1

& that's one of his briefer, more concise answers.

He never really answers Bill O'Reilly as to what his opinion is about whether the surge in Iraq was a success or not.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 11, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Somebody should ask her, if she is ready to use nukes at war against Russia... And how about possible retaliations?
Does she think "NATO allies" in Europe would take part in that war as well? I doubt about it, seriously. And how could USA manage that war alone, with Iraq and Afganistan as well, or even without.

Posted by: Miika | September 11, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

rjstolb:

If Russia invaded a current NATO member, would you be O.K. with the United States responding militarily according the treaty obligations?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

paid trolls with Lincoln quotes

Posted by: Bert in RI | September 11, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

You gotta love all the Dems who are part of the WaPo blog community. They always have an excuse for a Russia to do bad stuff -- the U.S. is a scumbag nation who does the same thing and we deserve the same treatment, the Russkies were provoked into doing it (same story Hitler told the world), we can't afford to really support democracy or to provoke the Bear -- in other words, we don't stand for anything, won't stand up to anyone, are feckless, bed-wetting, closet-dwelling wimps who are dying to be stomped on by the world's bad guys.

Gotta love the appeasing wimps -- and fear their return to power.

Posted by: colorado kool aid | September 11, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

keller:

If Russia invaded a current NATO member, would you be O.K. with the United States responding militarily according the treaty obligations?

Bert in DC:

Reminds me of Ronald Reagan ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

After seeing the ABC interview, Palin is not ready to be President. Anyone with even a passing interest in foreign affairs is familar with the Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive war and her not being able to answer shows that she was prepped with some set talking points and has no real inherent understanding of the issues.

She is not ready to be a heartbeat away from the leadership of the free world.

Posted by: Wirro | September 11, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, it always a good thing to not let your boner make electoral choices...

yeah, she's a brain and a half. GO GO WAR GO GO GO WAR!!!

Posted by: tissue, JakeD? | September 11, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Gibson couldn't probe a paper bag and get to the bottom. This lady really scares me. She actually thinks she's qualified to take over if McCain kicks off, and with his health, that's a real good possibility. THINK ABOUT THAT PEOPLE!!!!!!

Posted by: rjstolb | September 11, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

nowanna1:

I'm waiting for the full interview -- but what I've seen so far is fine by me -- maybe she actually quoted it and that part didn't make it to the excerpt?

Posted by: JakeD | September 11, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need. Another cocksure administration with no capacity for introspective. It's all about "confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can't blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we're on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can't blink." No, but you can THINK, and had Palin given the proposition any thought she would know she's not qualified.

Posted by: keller | September 11, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Wardropper,

Read the links that I just posted and do some internet research on Palin's pastors and the end of days prophecy. If you are not scared after reading the articles, you will be absolutely TERRIFIED after reading Hagee and some of the other evangelicals' writings and predictions. We are truly on the edge of the abyss.

One example - they don't deny global warming because they don't care - they think it is part of God's plan for the end of the world.

Sarah Palin will initiate WWIII because that is what evangelical Pentecostal Protestants believe needs to happen to precipate the end of days prophecy.

This is no joke and Sarah Palin let it slip today.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 11, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Biden said that both Obama and he are unqualified to lead America.

Posted by: CrazyDems | September 11, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

The Palin pick just went from farcical to truly terrifying.

Posted by: joebewildered | September 11, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

She's even more ignorant than Dubya, if that's possible.

Posted by: Mary | September 11, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess global nuclear war on Georgia's behalf is cool.

Sarah thinks the Rapture is a -comin anyway, so...


Posted by: HeavyJ | September 11, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE THIS turn of phrase:

"Palin's remarks were strikingly devoid of the diplomatic language generally used by U.S. officials when discussing relations with Russia."

Concise. Precise.

Posted by: Bert in DC | September 11, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

What I want to know is when McCain first started working with Saakashvili?

Otherwise, we all know that Palin is trying to be provocative with her comments about Russia because McCain wants it to be an issue in the elections. She's parroting the neocon line. Good for her.

Posted by: Mary | September 11, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Putin "Miss Piggy said what?"

Posted by: WILL | September 11, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Tom3 and wardropper:

If Russia invaded a current NATO member, would you be O.K. with the United States responding militarily according the treaty obligations? Gov. Palin is not stating anything new here, folks. NATO expansion has been