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McCain and Graham Defend Palin on Sunday Shows

By Juliet Eilperin
GOP presidential nominee John McCain defending his running mate Sarah Palin on NBC's "Meet the Press" with vigor today, saying he "cannot be more proud of her."

When host Tom Brokaw asked McCain whether the Republican National Committee made a "colossal" mistake by spending $150,000 outfitting Palin and her family, McCain said she had already returned a third of the clothes that made up her new wardrobe.

"Looks, she lives a frugal life. She and her family are not wealthy," he said. "She and her family were thrust into this and they assume, they were assuming -- and some of those third of that money is given back, the rest will be donated to charity."

"I don't defend her, I praise her," McCain told Brokaw at another point. "She is a role model to millions and millions and millions of Americans."

Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt elaborated on the clothing issue in a statement today, saying, "A third was returned post-convention. Many of the remaining clothes have never been worn. She wears a lot of her own clothes from Alaska. Regardless, what wasn't returned will go to charity after Election Day."

The campaign has not specified what charity will receive the remaining two-thirds of the clothes.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also came to Palin's defense this morning, saying on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that her pick has helped the GOP ticket. Graham had backed the selection of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) for the veep slot.

"Quite frankly, Sarah's energized our base better than anybody we could have picked, and we needed that," Graham said, adding that she has an impressive background. "Her resume, on paper, if she were a Democratic young governor she would be the best thing since sliced bread. She is being treated, I think, very poorly and unfairly, her accomplishments are real."

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What can one say? McCain, Graham and the GOP zombies are utterly delusional when it comes to Sarah Palin. The coffee fumes are heading right up the nostrils, but they're not smelling any of it.

If Barack Obama comes out on top November 4th, one of the reasons will be the overwhelming jolt of fear that was thrown into the voting public by John McCain. Of course, not the fear that McCain and company wanted to take hold; but the fear that someone as utterly inept as Sarah Palin could get so close to the Presidency. And that a presidential candidate could make such an unwise choice.

For those of us that are smelling the coffee, I'd like to paraphrase Governor Palin: “No thanks to another candidate to nowhere“.

Posted by: pmb72 | October 27, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Let's see.... if Palin's Neiman's shopping spree was NOT a mistake, then why return the clothes?

And she and her husband have a net worth of about 2 million $, but that's not "wealthy"??? Give me that kind of "poverty" any day of the week....

Posted by: pcpatterson | October 27, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the anchor around Mc Cain's neck. Just let them keep energizing their "base". It will not get them to the White House.

Posted by: Hoffmann1 | October 27, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

We need to discover just how ready Sarah Palin really is!
It's fine for McCain and other Republicans to appear on Meet the Press and other news programs to support Sarah Palin as the Republican VP nominee. What is really needed, however, is for Sarah Palin to appear on some of these shows to demonstrate her aptitude and attitude for this responsibility. Why has she not sat through this process? If she really is so 'experienced', answering the tough questions of interviewers like Tom Brokaw should not be beyond her abilities. If she is truly prepared to assume the powers of the presidency due to the tragic loss of a President McCain, why not show it?
Could it be that she is not ready, not experienced enough, not worldly enough, perhaps not intelligent enough, to assume the responsibilities of the presidency? Is that why she has campaigned so much as McCain's sidekick, instead of on her own? Why she so seldom answers questions 'on the fly' or in the structure of a formal press conference? Could it be that the Republican leadership feels she would come across as less than fully aware of the realities facing this country today? With so little time left before we vote, we need to know if Sarah Palin is more than just a futile attempt by the Republicans to get the 'girl vote' in this election.

Posted by: pamhyatt1 | October 27, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I've been concerned with Obama's committment to Israel after he changed his stance on Jerusalem immediately following Palestinian complaint 1 d after AIPAC-

Gateway Pundit
Friday, October 24, 2008
Confirmed: MSM Holds Video Of Barack Obama Attending Jew-Bash & Toasting a Former PLO Operative... Refuse to Release the Video!

LA Times writer Peter Wallsten wrote about Barack Obama's close association with former Palestinian operative Rashid Khalidi back in April.
Wallsten discussed a dinner held back in 2003 in honor of Khalidi, a critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights.
Barack Obama has denied his close association with Khalidi, too.
According to Wallsten the evening not surprisingly turned into a classic Jew-bash:
"During the dinner a young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, "then you will never see a day of peace."
One speaker likened "Zionist settlers on the West Bank" to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been "blinded by ideology."
Barack Obama also praised the former PLO operative during the event.
And, Obama confessed that his family often shared dinner with the Khalidis:
His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases... It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation -- a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table," but around "this entire world."
...The event was videotaped, and a copy of the tape was obtained by The (LA)Times.
Khalidi and the Obamas were great friends in Chicago and often shared meals together.
By the way, Khalidi was also best friends with Bill Ayers.
Wallston was one of the few mainstream media reporters to report on this radical Obama associate.

Wallston said that the article was written after he watched video taken at the Khalidi going away party. When I asked him about the video he said that as far as he was concerned he was through with the story.

I asked him if he was planning on releasing this video of Obama toasting the radical Khalidi at this Jew-bash. He told me he was not releasing the video. He also would not comment on his source for the video. So, there you have it.
The LA Times has video of Obama toasting a former PLO operative at a Jew-bash but will not release the video.
This is outrageous.
Obviously, this video would do great damage to Obama who struggles with Jewish voters due to his circle of close anti-Semitic friends.
Maybe this is the reason it is not being released?
Barack Obama funnelled thousands of dollars of cash to Rashidi's anti-Israel Foundation through his work on the Woods Fund.

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Rhode Island's an example of what the US would be like under Obama- Higher corporate taxes have nearly driven all large employers from their borders.

Both Jack Welch and I are supporting McCain and we feel the most important articles in the NY Times yesterday were the lead article on Increasing Unemployment/Corporate Layoffs in the United States and the follow up article on the Job Disaster in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is suffering with 8.8% unemployment and, not coincidentally, is the state ranked 50th for business tax treatment by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Neighboring Massachusetts is ranked 34th, with 6.1% unemployment. Two states with no state corporate tax, South Dakota and Wyoming , have 2.8 and 3.0% unemployment. The conclusion of the NYT article is that State officials in RI are rethinking and planning to alter their business tax policy. Do you think this article has implications in the coming election? Jack and I do!
Jack said so on This Week with George Stephanopoulos this morning. He said that he moved GE out of RI because of their state corporate taxes! Do you think we should increase or decrease corporate taxes in the current recession (hint-Herbert Hoover increased them)?

Why would anyone vote for a candidate who wants to turn all 50 states into Rhode Island?

Lowering business taxes leads to JOB creation...$900 is a cheap price to pay for a job (Obama wants to give the middle class a $1200 annual tax cut and McCain wants to give them a $300 cut). Just ask the people of Rhode Island.

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Even if you can put lipstick on a pig, even if it is $150,000 lipstick, it is still a pig.

A vote for Palin is a vote for bigotry and a vote for ignorance. That a third of the nation supports her candidacy is a testimonial as to how we elected the clown we have now as President.

My fervent hope is that she will become the face of the Republican Party but I fear that the legal system is just beginning to know the hockey mom and the true vetting process has just begun.

Posted by: explorers100 | October 27, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

McCain, Palin camps sniping
October 27, 2008
LEE-ANNE GOODMAN
THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record
WASHINGTON
Facing a deft assault by Democrats and wide-scale voter rejection, John McCain and Sarah Palin are circling the wagons and firing at each other with just nine days until the presidential election.
The tattered remains of their ticket were evident yesterday, with McCain and Palin insiders publicly blaming the other side for their candidate's woes during the campaign.
"She is a diva -- she takes no advice from anyone,'' an unnamed McCain adviser told CNN over the weekend. "She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else . . . Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party.''
Those close to Palin, however, say she has tried to break free of a McCain campaign that terribly mishandled her.
"The campaign as a whole bought completely into what the Washington media said -- that she's completely inexperienced,'' a close Palin ally told the Politico website.
"Her strategy was to be trustworthy and a team player . . .but she felt completely mismanaged and mishandled and ill-advised . . . She's gone from relying on McCain advisers who were assigned to her to relying on her own instincts.''
Palin is apparently most miffed at McCain advisers Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt. It was their decision to limit Palin's media contact to interviews with ABC's Charlie Gibson and a series of chats with CBS's Katie Couric parcelled out over several cringeworthy days. They proved to be disastrous for both the Alaska governor personally and McCain's campaign.
In recent weeks, Palin has publicly parted ways with the McCain campaign on various fronts, leading many to speculate she is attempting to distinguish herself from the flailing Arizona senator in preparation for a run for the White House in 2012.
Recent polls suggest Palin has been a significant drag on the Republican ticket despite being popular among the party's core supporters, with most of those surveyed saying they have no confidence she has the qualifications to be vice-president.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record
Ontario, Canada
Monday, October 27, 2008

Posted by: tamroi | October 27, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

WHY DOES HAVE A CROWD PRESENCE. WHY DOES SHE WELL LIKED EVEN WITH ON SATURDAY NITE SHOW.. THIS TURNED TO BE REALLY AN HOT ITEM.
THAT GOES TO SHOW SHE HAS WHAT IT TAKES EVEN IF MANY WHO THINK SHE DOESN'T.

FEW PEOPLE EVEN THE POLITICIANS HAVE HAD THE SHORT SUCCESS SHE HAS IN A FEW MONTHS.

LEAVE HER ALONE, SHE IS REAL THAN MOST.

Posted by: suttons77hotmailcom | October 27, 2008 4:51 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama has a DUI? http://www.duihelpguide.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 27, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

McCain campaign reaches a new low in their Obama character attacks spreading a new lie. http://www.TheObamaPlan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 27, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

I've found that a lot of the chat about Pailin's outfits have yet to mention the diamond watch that she bought for her kid and her over the top flag pin.

Posted by: gogonzo | October 27, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin makes almost $200,000 from her job as Governor of Alaska. I'm not sure that makes her wealthy, but it sure puts her above the median income in this country. She is hardly somebody who needs to shop consignment.

I suppose like Ted Stevens she is very frugal with her money, but profligate with the taxpayers money. She asks the state to reimburse her for time spent in her own home even while the state is providing her with housing! She campaigns for earmarks which will benefit her political cronies. She favors Sak's and Nieman Marcus when the campaign is paying, but Goodwill when she's buying.

Posted by: fletc3her | October 27, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Michael Evans- great satire! American- "going rouge"? you mean Sarah and her red jackets? It's "rogue"- don't follow in your heroine's footsteps- get a decent education.

Posted by: silverspring25 | October 26, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Both Jack Welch and I are supporting John McCain and we feel the most important articles in the NY Times today were the lead article on Increasing Corporate Layoffs in the United States and the follow up article on the Job Disaster in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is suffering with 8.8% unemployment and, not coincidentally, is the state ranked 50th for business tax treatment by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Neighboring Massachusetts is ranked 34th, with 6.1% unemployment. Two states with no state corporate tax, South Dakota and Wyoming , have 2.8 and 3.0% unemployment. The conclusion of the NYT article is that State officials in RI are rethinking and planning to alter their business tax policy. Do you think this article has implications in the coming election? Jack and I do!
Jack said so on This Week with George Stephanopoulos this morning. He said that he moved GE out of RI because of their state corporate taxes! Do you think we should increase or decrease corporate taxes in the current recession (hint-Herbert Hoover increased them)?

Gator Ron- A job is worth more than $900...true?...yet THAT is the difference between Obama's proposed $1200 tax break to the middle class and McCain's $300 tax break to the middle class. Cutting business taxes makes our country more attractive to large business, which can move anywhere, AND more conducive to small business hiring...a win-win...I'm sure those in Rhode Island would gladly take $900 less in direct tax cuts for a job!

Posted by: thecannula | October 26, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Because the McCain campaign has stood for different things at different time it is not difficult to see that they have no plan to increase jobs that has not already proved to be a failure. So when McCain talks about the economy he talks about tax cuts which will not work in an economy which has its credit markets frozen. Then of course we have seen that lowering the federal tax on the investor class has not worked in the past eight years.

There is an interesting discussion of the changing narrative of the McCain campaign. McCain only started to talk about the economy after he was forced by his lack of success in avoiding the subject. See:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/magazine/26mccain-t.html?
Is that the kind of man we want for president who focuses on everything but the economy? John McCain is not the right man for this time, even though he was in 2000.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 26, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

A campaign adviser to McCain said “I don’t think John likes people who try to do jobs they’re not qualified for” — referring, in this case, to Barack Obama. I think Mr McCain was so smitten with the charm and beauty of Ms Palin that he does not see her as many independents do as not qualified for the job. As the story in NYT Magazine section by Robert Draper suggests that Palin was probably given only a cursory consideration since her name was only widely known in McCain's inside group on August 24. That is less than a week before the announcement of her candidacy. At the time of the McCain announcement he had spent not much more than an hour with the VP candidate and made his decision the day of the meeting.

The McCain method of selecting the VP lacked the thoroughness of the Obama selection. What became more disturbing is that McCain who was running as tested chose a running mate who they knew was not well versed in policy on national problems and had little knowledge of issues outside of Alaska. So that when McCain shows enthusiasm for Palin, it makes Kathleen Parkers contention that Palin's appearance was the deciding factor. When I first read it it made no sense but after reading Draper there is clearly something that McCain does not discuss that made him choose her.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 26, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

PALIN GONE WILD! on CNN:

"She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone," said this McCain adviser

Next thing you know, she'll be running around with a "B" carved into her cheek and a black eye.

Save our country!
Vote Obama Nov. 4


Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 26, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

thecannula:

You continually forget to point out that you will benefit from lower corporate taxes.

Not even Barrack Obama is planning to raise corporate taxes and lowering them is a go idea when you can be sure that lowering taxes will help corporations that will create or keep jobs that are in the US. So a governor can always be sure that by helping businesses he is helping the job situation in his state. You are well aware that indiscriminate lowering of federal corporate taxes will help Exxon's operation of job creation overseas. Obama unlike McCain wants to stimulate job creation at home.

Your posts seem to be from an intelligent person yet you keep misstating the value of McCain's policies to the average voter. This is what is so bad about McCain compared to Obama. With Obama the tax savings goes directly to the company that creates jobs. Stop trying to support Washington lobbyists and insiders and confusing ordinary people about what McCain is doing.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 26, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

thecannula:

You continually forget to point out that you will benefit from lower corporate taxes.

Not even Barrack Obama is planning to raise corporate taxes and lowering them is a go idea when you can be sure that lowering taxes will help corporations that will create or keep jobs that are in the US. So a governor can always be sure that by helping businesses he is helping the job situation in his state. You are well aware that indiscriminate lowering of federal corporate taxes will help Exxon's operation of job creation overseas. Obama unlike McCain wants to stimulate job creation at home.

Your posts seem to be from an intelligent person yet you keep misstating the value of McCain's policies to the average voter. This is what is so bad about McCain compared to Obama. With Obama the tax savings goes directly to the company that creates jobs. Stop trying to support Washington lobbyists and insiders and confusing ordinary people about what McCain is doing.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 26, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

thecannula:

You continually forget to point out that you will benefit from lower corporate taxes.

Not even Barrack Obama is planning to raise corporate taxes and lowering them is a go idea when you can be sure that lowering taxes will help corporations that will create or keep jobs that are in the US. So a governor can always be sure that by helping businesses he is helping the job situation in his state. You are well aware that indiscriminate lowering of federal corporate taxes will help Exxon's operation of job creation overseas. Obama unlike McCain wants to stimulate job creation at home.

Your posts seem to be from an intelligent person yet you keep misstating the value of McCain's policies to the average voter. This is what is so bad about McCain compared to Obama. With Obama the tax savings goes directly to the company that creates jobs. Stop trying to support Washington lobbyists and insiders and confusing ordinary people about what McCain is doing.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 26, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin is not good for Mccain http://www.frizle.com

Posted by: roverfind | October 26, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

"Did Palin's key pipeline deal play favorites?
Field narrowed to firm tied to administration"

"Gov. Sarah Palin's signature accomplishment — a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 — emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Despite Palin's boast of a smart and fair bidding process for the pipeline, the AP found that her team crafted terms that favored only a few independent companies and ultimately benefited the winner, TransCanada Corp."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-palin-pipeline_5soct26,0,4930543.story

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 26, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has more experience as a VP nominee than Barack Obama has as a Presidential nominee and everyone knows it. That's why the dems and the Obama media have pounced on her, spreading lies and trying to destroy her record. They had to discredit the woman, after all, she was beginning to make 'the one' look bad!

Posted by: DianaTravis | October 26, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

Depends on the 11 yr old and the bridge, I bet there are a lot of country kids out there that have jumped off a low bridge into a pond.

The point I was making is when we picture someone being tasered we tend to think of what we see in the movies, or "Don't tase me Bro!".

While this was a stupid thing to do, it was not someone firing the darts into someone and giving them the full shock, nor was it someone being held down and being tasered repeatedly as we have seen in other cases in the news.


"nowanna3:

If an 11 year old wants to jump off a bridge, do you let him do that too?

P.S. McCain specifically said he is NOT defending Palin.

Posted by: JakeD"

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 26, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Something struck me, the other day, and I continue to be impressed by it. Despite all predictions, this election is not, in fact, about Bush. He's a non-entity in it all.

That's fairly remarkable. And against the odds, the McCain/Palin campaign has managed to suck entirely on its own. Sure, the Democrats wanted to paint McCain (accurately, when it comes to nearly all actual policy positions) as the second coming of Bush. But McCain resisted the label, and instead found ways to suck that were completely independent of his ties to Bush.

McCain: He's terrible at giving speeches, yes. His policies are dismal, and more to the point are badly elucidated -- when he's willing to talk about them at all. We know he's for the Iraq War: we don't know anything he intends to do differently, except do more of it and presume it'll all work out this time around. His choice of Palin for the number two spot was, from the standpoint of anyone not a hardcore conservative, bizarre, and smacked of the erratic, shoot-from-the-hip nature of decision making that his past detractors had warned of. His campaign managers have been vitriolic towards the press, and dismissive of the public, and as erratic as their own candidate. His vaunted surrogates have played a round-robin game of publicly humiliating themselves and their candidate (attaching himself to Phil Gramm, noted hellspawn of all that is economically manipulative and devastating, was an inspired touch.) And his behavior during this economic crisis -- making a show of tooling down to Washington to "solve" things, and having his party dissolve into chaos around him, and then rejoining his campaign with nothing "solved" at all, and things in fact much, much worse, and looking for all the world like a man who has just been pied in the face by circumstance -- has been a complete and very public fiasco. He has done his very best to manage to convince everyone that he is, in fact, not anything like presidential material. He's never looked less presidential.

Oh -- and his more impromptu surrogates, people like "Joe the Plumber" and "Tape #254 Of Sarah Palin Saying Something Crazy" and "Campaign Supporter Not Really Attacked At ATM" have added a burnt-popcorn, sideshow quality to the campaign. That hasn't helped.

So... congratulations to McCain, I guess. He managed to do the seemingly impossible -- be trailing in the election not because people were deathly tired of George W. Bush and didn't want anything to do with his party, but because people are deathly tired of John McCain, as well. And I think the award needs to be shared communally, because at all levels of the Republican Party, candidates seem to be going out of their way to make themselves similarly dislikable, out of touch, or (and this is the favorite approach) be ranting with such gusto about the incipient socialism if any of you poor cretins out there dare get better healthcare or a more stable economy that they seem, to be blunt, f---ing nuts.
.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 26, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

nowanna3:

If an 11 year old wants to jump off a bridge, do you let him do that too?

P.S. McCain specifically said he is NOT defending Palin.

Posted by: JakeD | October 26, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The Anchorage Daily News, Alaska's largest newspaper, has endorsed Senator Obama and Senator Biden - says it all!

"...despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time."

"Sen. McCain describes himself as a maverick, by which he seems to mean that he spent 25 years trying unsuccessfully to persuade his own party to follow his bipartisan, centrist lead. Sadly, maverick John McCain didn't show up for the campaign. Instead we have candidate McCain, who embraces the extreme Republican orthodoxy he once resisted and cynically asks Americans to buy for another four years."

Posted by: TruthFairy | October 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Good thing Bristol Palin was there to witness the tasering, seems it was a stunt to impress her. This story is not exactly what people envision when they hear someone was tasered.

"TASING THE STEPSON

One day -- maybe a year or two before the investigation -- Wooten showed his stepson his Taser. He had just been to Taser instructor school. Wooten told Sgt. Wall that the boy was fascinated and pleaded to be tased.

"So we went in our living room and I had him get down on his knees so he wouldn't fall. And I taped the probes to him and turned the Taser on for like a second, turned it off. He thought that was the greatest thing in the world, wanted to do it again," Wooten told the investigator. The boy flinched but nothing more, he said. The boy was about 11 at the time.

In his interview with troopers, the stepson said it hurt for about a second, according to Wall's report. The boy said he wanted to be tased to show his cousin, Palin's daughter Bristol, that he wasn't a mama's boy. The probe left a welt on his arm, he said. His mother was upstairs yelling at them not to do it, the boy said.

As Bristol remembered it, the jolt knocked the boy backward, the trooper report says. She said she was afraid.

The probes are attached by thin wires to the Taser cartridge. In the field, an officer fires the probes into a suspect's skin or clothing and the suspect receives a jolt of electricity for five seconds, said Steve Tuttle, a spokesman for Taser International, which makes the devices. They are only incapacitated during that time. In demos, the probes might be taped to a person so that they don't accidentally strike an eye or injure the volunteer, he said. If the Taser is fired for just a second, it would feel like your funny bone was hit but the quick jolt wouldn't knock you over, Tuttle said."

http://www.adn.com/politics/story/476430.html

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 26, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

So McCain views someone with a net worth of $1.2 million as not wealthy. No surprise there, considering that anyone with an annual income of less than $5M is not wealthy by McCain's standards.

Posted by: mnjam | October 26, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what the next McCain campaign stunt will be?


So far we've had:
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- Ashley the Fraud

- Joe the pretend Plumber

- OMG! Bill Ayers!

- Drill, baby, drill

- Sarah the Crazy VP pick
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Am I missing any?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03fcGelz8Hw
.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 26, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin's frugality?
Reminds me of the first Pink Panther movie when Inspector Clouseau says his wife has all those expensive clothes: "Sir, my wife is very frugal. She saves out of the housekeeping money."

Posted by: TomJx | October 26, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

++++++++++++++++++

Sarah Palin is an upstanding citizen and a great leader. She took on the big the Oil Company's in Alaska to the benefit of its citizens. I read a lot of comments about the so-called Troopergate. If any state trooper teasers their son and the governor does not fire them, then that governor isn't worthy of governing a state a city or even a household. What would the Washington Post have to say if she hadn't fired him. She had the guts to fire her brother in law and she is the type of person we need running this country. Bravo for Sarah I only wish she were running for president.

Michael Evans
Piney Point, MD 20674

Posted by: mypostevan9j6k7 | October 26, 2008 4:08 PM |
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To the above poster:

You are as confused as Palin wants you to be.

The fellow that teased his kid WAS NOT FIRED. He is still a trooper.

She fired the CHIEF OF POLICE for REFUSING TO FIRE the trooper who teased the kid.

In a Freudian Slip of lack of acumen, Sarah even called the "TrooperGate" legal trouble she is involve in "TeaserGate".

She actually claims that what the teaser trooper did has NOTHING to do with her having fired the Chief of Police. Is so, why does she like to change the name "TrooperGate", that people gave it, to "TeaserGate"??

Get it?

++++++++++++

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 26, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

....so I guess McSame can count on Little Rhody's 4 electoral votes?

...naah....he trails Obama by more than 20 percentage points.

....guess they would rather suffer in Warwich than vote Republican.

....a lot of the country feels like that.

10 more days

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 26, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Total State+Fed Corp Tax Rate Unemployment

Rhode Island- 41% (9% st tax adjusted) 8.8%

South Dakota- 35% (no state tax) 2.8%

Wyoming - 35% (no state tax) 3.0%

...hmmm, should we raise or lower business taxes? I believe most middle class workers would give up the $900 difference in their tax cut between Obama and McCain for a JOB!

Vote McCain

Posted by: thecannula | October 26, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an upstanding citizen and a great leader. She took on the big the Oil Company's in Alaska to the benefit of its citizens. I read a lot of comments about the so-called Troopergate. If any state trooper teasers their son and the governor does not fire them, then that governor isn't worthy of governing a state a city or even a household. What would the Washington Post have to say if she hadn't fired him. She had the guts to fire her brother in law and she is the type of person we need running this country. Bravo for Sarah I only wish she were running for president.

Michael Evans
Piney Point, MD 20674

Posted by: mypostevan9j6k7 | October 26, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If Palin can't take the heat on the campaign trail, how will she be able to handle being second in command? She won't. Simple as that.

She's the one who wanted to run with the big dogs and as such, she's fair game for criticism and judgment as are the other candidates.

They don't like the grilling she's getting? Tough. They should have decided upon a QUALIFIED running mate in the first place, not some piece of lint from some podunk outpost.

Posted by: smsbks | October 26, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

They should've made Graham their vp pick, if he's going to run around being McCain's mouthpiece.

Posted by: munnybags | October 26, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse


McCAIN PATH TO VICTORY: PALIN WITHDRAWS OVER ALASKA PROBE WOES, REPLACED BY ROMNEY.

* She cites "family obligations"?


But he's too stubborn at this late date to recognize the strategic necessity. The GOP leadership and W. himself should assist in this force play to improve their odds and divert media attention from aggressive ground moves.

Disloyalty alone should cause McCain to pull the trigger. She's hurt him, and now it's intentional. Is McCain hen-pecked?

ARE THE McCAIN-PALIN CROWD AGITATORS THE SAME STORMTROOPERS WHO DO THIS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

or members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 26, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

ONLY IN AMERICA IS THIS POSSIBLE:
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Schmitt said Palin intended to donate the items she has worn to charity
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What? This is cynically in full accod with the "TRICKLE-DOWN DOCTRINE"!

It REFLECTS in all that people with those ideologies think and do.

Hipocrits who even dare to insult the people's intelligence. They have no place in high office.

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Posted by: ElMugroso | October 26, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone wasn't aware of it, here are just two of the many examples of the WaPo smearing or lying about Palin:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007978.html

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/008182.html

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | October 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Well look. Any campaign that spends more on the VP candidate's hairstylist then any other advisor in their campaign, including the presidential foreign policy and economic advisor, needs to be taken to the toolshed. Here's an idea: shave Palin's hair and donate it to charity - or give it to McCain to touch up the bald spot. Might give'em a few points in the polls, you think?

Posted by: cedricguss | October 26, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Well look. Any campaign that spends more on the VP candidate's hairstylist then any other advisor in their campaign, including the presidential foreign policy and economic advisor, needs to be taken to the toolshed. Here's an idea: shave Palin's hair and donate it to charity - or give it to McCain to touch up the bald spot. Might give'em a few points in the polls, you think?

Posted by: cedricguss | October 26, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

She's being treated unfairly? The woman cannot even put together a sentence properly. She's extremist in her views. She's snarky, mean, sarcastic. She's unethical. She simply does not have the intelligence to be VPOTUS. That McCain put her forth as his vice presidential candidate is what is unfair to the country. The Anchorage Daily News has endorsed Obama--McCain's choice of Sarah Palin was one of their main reasons for doing so. They said that most of the people who have worked with Palin up in Alaska do not think she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Posted by: SueB2 | October 26, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a role model for millions of Americans????????

Hardly, unless whacky, extreme religious associations, family run mafia-style politics, unethical abuses of office, sheer stupidity, bridges to nowhere and fluff are hallmarks of being a role model.

We've already had eight years of a learning challenged President. Voting for McCain/Palin would make that twelve years under leadership of idiocy.

Vote Obama/Biden. It's time to bring back intelligence to our government!!

Posted by: smsbks | October 26, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse


Well folks it's all over, the GOP Wing nuts are desperately grasping at straws in these final days.

Everything and anything will be said, spread, and used over and over to cast doubt and suspicion towards Obama, Mr Rove planned it this way, and it's his last kick at the cat before his ass is unceremoniously booted out the door.

The Dynamic duo of Mavericks et al are slowly sinking into the quicksand, they know they have no hope of winning, John McCain will be so glad to get back to one of his warmer homes and put his Jammie's on and slide into his slippers and have a nice long nap.

Sarah will fade into oblivion, she will probably be impeached in Alaska, get the boot and go shoot a Moose or two just to relieve her rage.

Beauty Queens don't handle defeat well, so she may be a bit testy when she gets back to the frozen tundra of Alaska.

But all in all it's been a great campaign, the world actually got to see what a great place America is, and as another article stated the United Nations can't wait for "W" to go home to Texas, and get Obama sworn in.

Aren't you extremely proud of America, what a great Country.

Yep the best health care system in the world, the best Education system in the world, the best banking system in the world, the best military in the world. the best political system in the world.

Oh sorry, I was looking at another country, never mind.

Posted by: kentaylor1 | October 26, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

If the Democrats lose this year, it's their own fault. I don't mean just the pols, but the ordinary folks--so-called Reagan Dems, Hillary Dems, etc.--who may vote for McCain. You'll get exactly what you deserve. You got it when you voted for Bush twice. Sow discord and reap the whirlwhind. What amazes me more than anything else is that these are the people who most excoriate affirmative action, but lock on to Sarah Palin--the worst case of affirmative action gone haywire that I have ever seen. She was amyor of a town with a popultaion smaller than two apartment buildings in New York or Chicago or Los Angeles. She was governor of a state with a population about the size of Washinton DC and with very few blacks, latinos, asians, or 1st and second generation immigrants. And she's qualified to be vice-president or president? I just have to laugh when I hear Senator Barney Fife (aka Lindsey Graham) extol her qualifications. As for me, I am writing in Barry Goldwater and hoping he can somehow convince God to let him come back for 4 or 8 years to reclaim his place from McLoon.

Posted by: JohnBrown08 | October 26, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

...11 more days....

Watch the furiously angry base party...like its 1964.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 26, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The Palin's tax return indicated they made a combined income of $2,000,000.00 last year. They can more than easily afford clothes for themselves and their children.

Posted by: demrn74 | October 26, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Saying that Palin is being treated poorly is simply ridiculous. She is running for the second highest office in the country and will most likely be called to serve in the highest office. Her career and personal life are at least subject to the same level of scrutiny and criticism as every other candidate who runs for that office.

If she and her supporters don't think her actions and abilities will stand that relatively mild test she is obviously not going to have anything by way of a respectable reputation to bring to the international community. She also has no experience in dealing with Congress and will have little to bring to that table as well.

Her credentials are about an inch deep, meaningful only in the arena of the religious right. I for one am pretty sick and tired of the arrogance and presumption of these people who obviously believe that being in support of the Bible-thumpers' political agenda means you are presidential material.

Posted by: justathought3 | October 26, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Leading in Job Losses, Rhode Island Struggles On
NY Times
By PAM BELLUCK
Published: October 25, 2008
JOHNSTON, R.I. — The family resemblance shared by John Hallam, his brother Arthur, and their cousin Dennis goes far beyond their ruddy features these days.
Dianne Ford says she has had no luck finding work.
All three were laid off this year from jobs they had held for more than a decade, with John losing two jobs in just the last nine months. Dennis’s 29-year-old daughter, Mary, a single mother of two, is out of work too, having lost her job at a restaurant when summer ended.

“What the hell’s going to happen to us?” asked John, 58, who drove a truck for a lumber company. “There are no good jobs here anymore.”

Or enough jobs of any kind. Rhode Island now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, the first time the state has held that distinction in the three decades since such records have been kept.

With unemployment at 8.8 percent, Rhode Island has edged past Michigan, and every month seems to bring fresh reports of companies cutting workers, shutting divisions, closing altogether.
Saul Kaplan, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, a quasi-state agency, said the situation “could likely get worse before it gets better,” adding, “ironically, we were the home of the Industrial Revolution.”

There are several reasons Rhode Island has fared so poorly in the economic crisis gripping the country.

Rhode Island also has few big companies — more than 80 percent of businesses employ fewer than 20 employees — and small employers have less reserves to withstand economic turmoil, Ms. Powell said.

Mr. Kaplan said that as the industrial jobs moved out of the state, it had become too dependent on lower wage service jobs like retail and hospitality, which he said were “very vulnerable to economic downturns.”

Many economic analysts and state officials say Rhode Island has long had a high tax burden for businesses, discouraging them from moving here. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)...

Working to remedy the situation, Governor Carcieri has formed a tax policy committee to recommend changes. Mr. Kaplan said state and economic leaders were “moving full steam ahead to create a new economy here” to “come out of this downturn stronger than the way we went in it.”
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SO, AS RI RECOGNIZES THE PROBLEMS HIGH CORPORATE TAXES CREATE, ARE THE OTHER 49 STATES ABOUT TO FIND OUT THAT RAISING SMALL AND LARGE BUSINESS TAXES IN A RECESSION IS THE FORMULA FOR A DEPRESSION?

Avoid this economic disaster and Vote for Jobs- Vote McCain

A job is more valuable than the 900 dollar difference between Obama's $1200 and McCain's $300 middle class tax cut !

Posted by: thecannula | October 26, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Several points. Who cares what clothes Sarah wears, why she wears them, and if she returns them or not? The real issue about the clothes is: is it legal for her to use campaign contributions for personal use? I thought the McCain/Feingold Campaign Reform Act banned such shenanigans. And if it is not strictly illegal, then isn't against the spirit and intent? (It seems a very low bar, one that the Republicans fall back on a lot when they are caught, "well it's not a criminal offense.") And what does it say about the honesty of a woman who calls herself a "Wal~Mart Mom" and wears stuff that costs $150,000 from Nieman Marcus?

And people who reference Joe Biden's remark always leave out the last part, the part where he says Obama will pass the test because he has "steel in his spine." The people who use this against Obama are purposely deceptive. It would be like quoting only half of Churchill's line when he said Hiltler was going to try and wring Britain like wringing the neck of a chicken. But leaving out his punch line: "Some chicken! Some neck!" This Biden qoute should be called his "Spine of Steel" quote. It was not Biden intent in that closed door meeting to denigrate Obama but to praise him. The McCain campaign is in its finally desperate writhing. They are being nasty but I think most Americans are on to them and "get it."

Posted by: lorax2 | October 26, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

So the highest paid McCain staffer is Palin's makeup artist?

No wonder his campaign sucks.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1142790/report_sarah_palins_makeup_artist_cost.html

Posted by: jrob822 | October 26, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Nine days before the election, with so many issues to discuss, and McCain still has to try and defend his VP choice. Hey John, it's WAY too late for that. We've seen all we need to see. You would be the oldest President to ever be elected and you choose the most unqualified VP candidate in American political history. Sound judgment? It's absolutely indefensible.

Posted by: bretb | October 26, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Senator Graham's praise of Alaska Governor Palin is inconsistent with the pubic vetting and investigative reporting by the MSM and independents. Also, the non partisan Alaskan legislative review found Palin had violated the State's Ethics Law through improper influencing involving a personnel matter. This week the AP reported the highly touted pipeline contract was awarded through a flawed proposal process which favored a preferred contractor. Palin's record as Governor reads like the Republican Party's Congressional resume so maybe this is why Senator Graham is comfortable with Governor Palin's performance record. Now it is time to publicly vet Senator Lindsey Graham!

Posted by: louismraskin | October 26, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin has "gone rouge" and is the only news worthy issue, then what do you call Joe Biden?

Joe has warned us repeatedly that Obama is not ready for Presidency! One week ago Joe said foreign countries will line up to test Obama and that Obama will make the wrong decisions!

Wow, the liberal media has given Joe and Barack more passes than any NFL Quarterback could throw!

Which message is truly rouge? Palin's message of opposition to the Obama/Biden camp, or, Biden's message of opposition to his own running mate?

Posted by: AverageAmerican1 | October 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Gov Palin is lucky that the press is hitting her through the wardrobe issue. If they were to focus on the readiness or troopergate issue then her long-term political prospects would be hurt more.

Let's face it: if someone were to attack us and a Pres McCain were to be incapacitated, we'd be scrwd with Palin trying to fight a war and save America and the western world.

It was a stupid, reckless, cynical, crap-shoot of a pick. And McCain ought to be ashamed of himself.

Posted by: jrob822 | October 26, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 26, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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