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McCain and Palin Appear to Disagree on North Korea

Updated 6:30 p.m.
By Glenn Kessler
President Bush's decision to remove North Korea from the State Department's list of the state sponsors of terrorism badly split officials in his administration. Now it appears to have also split a potential McCain-Palin administration.

Sen. John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee, issued a skeptical statement on Friday night, when reports of Bush's decision began to circulate, expressing concern about the move, which the president made because he determined North Korea had been cooperative on plans to verify its nuclear programs.

McCain said it was unclear whether the verification plan would allow for a full exploration of Pyongyang's nuclear programs and that he was distressed at how Asian allies such as Japan were not consulted during the negotiations. In essence, McCain said, he could not yet support the decision.

"I expect the administration to explain exactly how this new verification agreement advances American interests and those of our allies before I will be able to support any decision to remove North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism," he said in the statement.

But on Saturday, his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, made remarks that went even further than the tentative support for the move given by Sen. Barack Obama. In Palin's words, Bush had made a "wise decision."

Speaking to reporters in Altoona, Pa., Palin said: "[Secretary of State] Condoleezza Rice, of course, having worked on this strategy for quite some time, I have faith in her that they're making this wise decision and North Korea, of course, better live up to its end of the bargain there, in speaking with the other countries whom they've been working with, in promising the verification. That end of the bargain has got to be lived up to."

By contrast, Obama said the decision was an "appropriate response" to a modest advance in the negotiations.

"North Korea's agreement to these verification measures is a modest step forward in dismantling its nuclear weapons programs," Obama said in a statement. "President Bush's decision to remove North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism is an appropriate response, as long as there is a clear understanding that if North Korea fails to follow through there will be immediate consequences."

Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt late Sunday issued a statement saying there was no divide between the two GOP candidates.

"On North Korea, Governor Palin's position is identical to Senator McCain's: the verification steps are not sufficient to date to warrant North Korea's removal for the state sponsors of terror list," said Schmitt. "Governor Palin, like Senator McCain, believes diplomacy is critical to achieving a denuclearized North Korea. She believes Secretary Rice and the Bush administration are wise to pursue diplomacy and that is what she meant yesterday. Governor Palin does not believe it was a wise decision to remove North Korea from the state sponsors of terror list under current circumstances."

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 12, 2008; 1:23 PM ET
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McCain seems to give the backhand to his supporters by appearing in March 2006 with that uber-nemesis, ACORN.

Looks like from the pictures that McCain was pretty chummy, pret-ty chummy indeed with that BLACK man he's sitting next to there.

Raises some questions, yes, indeedy it does, since ACORN's been in the right's crosshairs since well before 2006.


Posted by: bracken1 | October 15, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget:

Medicare (opposed by Ronald Reagan in a hit LP ("Long Playing) record album from the Fabulous AntiCommie Fifties.


Posted by: bracken1 | October 15, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Everett Dirksen had single handedly delivered the Republican votes necessary to pass Lyndon Johnson's civil rights bill.

...and so the Civil Rights Act came to the floor for a vote and passed.

....truly Country before Party.

Where are those GOP giants today??


Dirksen was a RINO, see?

And a Black Liberationist too, probably.


Posted by: bracken1 | October 15, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

As Ricky Ricardo said, "Let me 'splain": Palin commended Rice's taking North Korea off the list because she batted her witty bitty wings and tried to fledge out of the protective nest that the GOP has created for her. Big bold step for Palin to venture an opinion without looking at her notes. Whoopsie Daisy! She goofed! McCain, in fact, doesn't believe that North Korea should no longer be considered in the "Axis of Evil." Any of the thousands (and who knows, maybe millions) of folks who described her performance at the VP debate as "reading off her crib sheet" is vindicated. McCain and Palin need to get on the proverbial "same page" but this isn't going to happen, at least not in the next three weeks. How funny that Palin tries to present herself as a take charge and "kick ass" VP candidate, yet McCain clearly doesn't keep her in the loop, does he? Time and time again, Palin shows herself to be either uninformed or misinformed. Nite nite, John Boy.

Posted by: diahni | October 14, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm really concerned about Palin's sentence construction and just the way her speech seems to go round about without making much sense so often. Is she ALWAYS going to need someone to go behind to explain what she meant? This is the english language after all and we should be able get what she says without all the clarification that goes on every time she opens her mouth without reading from a script. Is she dyslexic and we haven't been told? If that was the case I'm sure we would all understand and cut her some slack. If that's not the case, can you imagine her saying something to a foreign head of state that turns out to be grossly insulting because of her convoluted twists? Will Tracey Schmidt be constantly going behind her (pretty much like we do with a pooper scooper) to clean up her disastrous statements and explain what she actually meant to say? INCREDIBLE!!

Posted by: hlwanliss | October 14, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

They disagree?...why am I not surprised... Seriously, has the Palin choice backfired or what? Funny thing is, Tina would have been a better choice....hey, wait a minute! That's not funny.

Posted by: skiloypet | October 13, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, what language is she speaking?
It's sure ain't English...wink, wink.

Oh wait. It's the media's fault. Now I feel better.

Posted by: trisha4 | October 13, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Further evidence that Palin has her eye on the 2012 race.

Posted by: FirstMouse1 | October 13, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

CNN is busy playing the race card for McCain. No wonder he decided to stop his foul attacks. They’re doing his dirty work for him.
Ostensibly, they are debating the Bradley effect but what they are really debating Obama’s electability . In addition they are now quoting Castro in Cuba regarding race. It seems he too, likes Obama . This is disgusting.
Even Fox would not stoop this low.
They follow in the footsteps of that paragon of virtue, Palin.


Posted by: seemstome | October 13, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

The best Sarah Palin Impersonators, see clips of them very funny vote for your favorite.

See Huckabee's theory, Terrorist might be minipulating the stock market.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 12, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Listen to the stuff coming out of Sara Palin's mouth she is a blooming idiot and anyone that is backing this ticket has got to be out of their mind. Every answer she gives is so much stupid jibberish, she is an airhead.

Posted by: archcookies | October 12, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm embarrassed that my country has regressed so much that anyone would consider McCain/Palin for the nation's highest office. I don't want to go back to the dark ages. I'm voting for Obama/Biden.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 12, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

When do we see McCains secret medical history?
When do we see the tax return for the money he actually lives on--the Beer Queen's Cindy McCains?

What is he hiding?

Posted by: kinoworks | October 12, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 12, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

rmendoza13; I take a humorous Stance about a lot of things, but the situation involving La-Raza, and the La-Invasora/ Reconquista is NOT one of them.

See, it is a very destructive path that is being allowed.

Does anyone WANT the Cartels that have seized so much power just across our border, existing here? The same Elitist/Peasant social system from there-Here?

The Barter System instead of a taxed and Functional Economy?

Wake-up call mi amigo. Early last Century, we assimilated masses of Mexican Immigrants. Those Immigrants SHARED our values. THEY were forced out by the La-Raza types who were then, the REVOLUTIONARIES, who DID NOT share our Values.

Still DON'T!

They are occupying regions of THIS Country, with ZERO intention of doing anything but TAKING!

Why assimilate, when you can conquer?

This Country's Sovereignty, is validated by Voting.

The Nation's Federal System is supposed to be protecting our border communities from encroachments, not helping!

Bill Clinton's Executive Order REQUIRING Spanish also, and Bushie's lack of action against groups such as La-Raza and the Flood of Illegals, is UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR!


Posted by: SAINT---The | October 12, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

The fact that she and McCain may disagree on some issues does not really concern me. Presidents need not agree with their VPs on every topic.

What concerns me is that, once again, she managed to speak a lot of words without really saying anything. I don't believe she really knew the details of Bush's recent policy decisions w/respect to North Korea and was obfuscating to cover up her lack of knowledge.

In some ways, she reminds me of GWB and his tendency to torture (torturfy?) the English language in an attempt to sound more intelligent.

Posted by: labman57 | October 12, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain has made much out of Obama-Ayers connection but at the same time is silent on Palin's AIP connections. But latter is much more problematic – Why? See below:


2= Knew each other
3= Husband member, self supporter

2= Domestic terrorist
3= Declared Seditionist

2= Bombed Govt buildings
3= Separation of Alaska from union

2= '000 of $ of govt property, few accidental lives
3= Loss of a state and key petroleum source

2= Stop Vietnam war
3= Declared hate for “America and its damned institutions”

2= 8 year old
3= Last 10 years and continued

2= Professor and education advocate
3= Continuing efforts to secede Alaska

2= For 1 year, very heavy in last 1 week
3= Media ignoring this connection

2= Denounced his Ayer's crimes
3= Silent on husband and self's AIP relationship

2= No involvement in the presidential campaign and no contact for last 4 years
3= Husband (AIP member) has an active role in government office, contact with staff and influencing decisions. Candidate spoke at AIP convention in 2008 and praised their "good work"

Now tell me which relationship is worse?
And then why is media not asking Palin about this? Demand ANSWERS from these hypocrites!!!!

Posted by: chill45 | October 12, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

They're going to have to move Sarah onto the Sedona Ranch and keep her there between now and Nov 4 if they hope to keep her from straying from the Campaign talking points. She doesn't have an original idea - if it isn't firmly programmed into her brain, she will not speak it. She'll just blurt out some nonsense that will, invariably, end up contradicting McCain in some embarassing way.

I have to wonder - I'm waiting for Sarah to get fed up and tell these people to f*** off. Granted, she doesn't know what the hell she's talking about. But, wouldn't you get sick of having people say what you meant to say?

Posted by: CarolBG | October 12, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Once upon a time there were giants in the GOP:

"In poor health, drained from working fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen-hour days, Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois spoke quietly. Twice he gulped pills handed him by a Senate page. In his massive left hand, he held a 12-page speech he had typed the night before on Senate stationery .

"I have had but one purpose," Dirksen intoned, "and that was the enactment of a good, workable, equitable, practical bill having due regard for the progress made in the civil rights field at the state and local level."

He warned his colleagues that "we dare not temporize with the issue which is before us. It is essentially moral in character. It must be resolved. It will not go away. It's time has come." He quoted Victor Hugo, the historian and French philosopher who, on the night he died, entered these words in his diary: "stronger than all the armies is an idea whose time has come."

Dirksen declared, "The time has come for equality of opportunity in sharing of government, in education, and in employment. It must not be stayed or denied. It is here!" His last words were these: "I appeal to all Senators. We are confronted with a moral issue. Today let us not be found wanting in whatever it takes by way of moral and spiritual substance to face up to the issue and to vote cloture."

Never in history had the Senate been able to muster enough votes to cut off a filibuster on a civil rights bill. And only once in the thirty-seven years since 1927 had it agreed to cloture for any measure. This filibuster had gone on for 534 hours. The clerk proceeded to call the roll at 11:00 a.m. At 11:15 a.m., Republican Senator John Williams of Delaware replied "aye" to the question. It was the 67th vote; cloture had passed by a vote of 71 to 29. The final count showed 44 Democrats and 27 Republicans voting for cloture with 23 Democrats - 20 from the South -- and only 6 Republicans opposed.

Everett Dirksen had single handedly delivered the Republican votes necessary to pass Lyndon Johnson's civil rights bill.

...and so the Civil Rights Act came to the floor for a vote and passed.

....truly Country before Party.

Where are those GOP giants today??


Posted by: toritto | October 12, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

"The Roman empire in decline also had weird emperors, like Nero? What finally destroyed Rome's reach however was not the maliciousness of its rulers. Financial implosion brought on the end."

Hchiba - you also forgot that Caligula tried to make his horse a member of the Senate. We'll at least it wasn't a pitbull with lipstick.

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | October 12, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

To all undecided voters - ask yourself this question: who would you rather have running the country, Michael or Sonny?

Posted by: diabloquickwa | October 12, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

So I'm confused about he/she a Democrat or Republican? Hard to tell through all the BS.

All I can say is anyone who can sit back and still delude themselves that the current flavor of conservatism in this country is worth arguing about have more problems than just their poor judgement in politics. These kind of people are radicals and nothing, no nothing, will ever convince them that they are anything less than omnipotent and everyone else are just poor idiots who should thank them for being the only voice of reason to save us all. Remember what your parents used to say when you'd played with a toy too long and your friend wanted it? "You've had your turn now let so and so have a turn." That's what I say to all you Republicans. You've had your turn and you screwed up. Stop throwing tantrums and accept your way hasn't worked. Only 23% of the country thinks all is well. That leaves 77% ticked off at the policies of the last 8 years. You guys got nothin' so sit back and let an opposing idea through the door. You may, just may, find out you're better off than you are now. But, most of you will never admit it anyway so...

Posted by: ewoh24 | October 12, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Folks, there is some serious 'Tude coming from the Hispanics in extreme South Texas.

It really needs to be EXPOSED, not Ignored!

The arrogance of conducting Graduation ceremonies in Spanish, in THIS Country, is NOT acceptable!

Doing so is Capitulation of a conquest of our Sovereignty by Mexico!"

you are funny... in a nutty kind of way.

Posted by: rmendoza13 | October 12, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I believe Palin showed her true colors in the Couric interview--she doesn't know a lot about foreign policy or being a leader of a country. She probably just found out about North Korea and had to get some talking points prepared which didn't happen to match McCain's. It's apalling that someone like that can be a VP and very irresponsible on McCain's part considering his age. That alone would make me not vote for him.

Posted by: meganbelew | October 12, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of hearing all the right wing talk about how biased the press is toward Obama. BS. It goes both ways. Watch more than fox news or MSNBC people. If the media doesn't say Obama is a terrorist, it's liberal biased media. If they don't say Palin is an idiot, it's conservative biased media. Get over it. I am hopeful that the majority of people of the US are smart enough to glean the facts from what both candidates stand for, and vote for the one that holds most of the same ideals as you do.

Posted by: biggirl90 | October 12, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Yippieee... North Korea is back to where there were 8 years ago before Bush took office.

However, here is a small correction. The deal that North Korea and US signed was authored and brokered by former president Jimmy Carter, signed by Clinton. Lets give credit where credit is due.

When Bush took office, he threw out the deal that was signed by Clinton, and put North Korea on the axis-of-evil list.

Now that economy is in shambles, Iran is rebelling, North Korea is rebelling, Russia is getting aggressive, Georgie Bush has no place to hide his face. So, all of a sudden, he signs nuclear deal with India (also because India signed nuclear deal with France), want to sign nuclear deal with Pakistan, signs deal with North Korea.

What is next before leaving office, sign deal with Iran, Cuba, Venizuela?

Secretary of state Mr Gates said, he would go along if Afghan govt wants to negotiate with Taliban. What is going on here? May be hand over Iraq to islamist extremist Al Sahdr? Somebody please lock up Bush and his cronies before he sells all of our sensitive national security information to other countries.

Posted by: Dave27 | October 12, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I have to wonder what her views are about Illegal Employment, and the presence of some 20 MILLION illegally invading foreigners on our soil?

If Jet-Jockey Johnny is soooooo worried about National Security, why does he not seem to mind at least 10 million able-Bodied Men being here and staying fit by stealing the Construction jobs from Americans, forcing them to get "Soft" working low-paying clerk, or other Lame Jobs?

Folks, there is some serious 'Tude coming from the Hispanics in extreme South Texas.

It really needs to be EXPOSED, not Ignored!

The arrogance of conducting Graduation ceremonies in Spanish, in THIS Country, is NOT acceptable!

Doing so is Capitulation of a conquest of our Sovereignty by Mexico!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 12, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin certainly should know what she is saying.. cannot she see North Korea from Alaska? That is, I thought, her main argument that she is capable of being a heart beat away from the presidency. Oops.. sorry my advisers just told me that it is Russia she can see.. not N. Korea

Posted by: glisbon | October 12, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: FozzieBear | October 12, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

It should be no surprise that Palin's remarks don't agree with McCain's apparent position on N Korea. A couple of days ago I read that she had not been informed about his intention to pull out of campaigning in Michigan. She said that she read it in the newspaper. What a team!

Posted by: denisethum | October 12, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

mccain and palin disagree on north korea?

how can that possibly be?

maybe moose lady thinks north korea is just "a skosh to the left" of north dakota.

and how could she make such a horrible error?

well.. she can't see north korea from her porch... russis is in the way.

oh dog gonnit!

Posted by: FozzieBear | October 12, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Simon, you are clearly no student of the Book of Proverbs, nor of Mark Twain. I'll quote only the latter: "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." A web search on the terms Proverbs fool mouth will direct you to the biblical references, should they be of interest to you.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 12, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Biden and Obama disagree on many issues as is evidencenced by the many vidoes of bidenin the primary season taking different positions than Barak. Biden's conversion to lock step with barak is fawningly referred to as wonderful.

Now this article appears and says "Oh my Sarah Palin would have her own opinions how terrible."

The is not most hilarious example of press group self hypnosis. That honor goes to the Time magazine article, out Friday, asking "Are lower gas prices good for us?"

The answer? No not yet because all good news must be spun as bad until Obama is elected then everything will be reported as wonderful.

Is Peter Max still working as an artist?

Members of the press need to loving set up a fund to make Peter Max the Minister of Culture under President Obama so that little butterflies and unicorns can be painted and photo shopped into all photos of Dear Leader Barak Obama.

Posted by: msmithnv | October 12, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Good Lord, she can't construct a sentence!

Posted by: protagoras | October 12, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

COULD YOU IMAGINE ... if part of our Social Security was in the Markets/Wall Street?!!

This was the Great Republican Idea on how to deal with these kinds of entitlements and after Johnson's gave us the Great Society.

I cringed a bit when Jimmy Carter said that GW will go down as one of the worst Presidents in these United States of America.

But, how far is that from the truth ... and must I believe that anyone with 30+ years of legislative experience will heal the country. This is where LESS EXPERIENCE IS BETTER FOR THE COMMON MAN.

McCain is accustomed to being rich ... 8 houses and lots of failing investments but still rich. His circle of whom he helps is much too small ... not even all of Arizona benefits.

Time for change and have the Great Old Party rediscover its roots. McCain is pretending to he MIDDLE/LEFT but he is ALL OVER THE PLACE ... Eratic.

Posted by: amitchell13 | October 12, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice how whiney desperate these dead ender commie GOP suporters sound?

Posted by: walker1 | October 12, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The deal North Korea got today is the same deal they would have accepted in 2001; it took Bush seven years to figure this out because Bush-Cheney had invested so heavily in maintaining its unproductive "axis of evil" rhetoric.

However, I don't see why the doubters make so much of a big deal over Sarah Palin's lack of experience or knowledge when it comes to foreign affairs. Palin can see a map of North Korea from her house...via the internet.

Posted by: jjedif | October 12, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

oh yes,
not good enough
to treat folks equal.

Roland Martin tell it like it is...
""" Barack Obama is the best candidate
to maybe, ever run for the office of
president of the united states!!!!
anyone not voting for him, is simply
and undeniably__RACIST!!!"""""""

Posted by: simonsays1 | October 12, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

crazy joe biden' and the bigot campaign,
if ya don't vote for the
freshman senator,
you is ignorant!!!!
george wallace racist,
yes maamie'
you white folks all come
round and vote politically
correct, ya hear'
leave your intellect next
to the remote control.
MsNbc tell ya what ya needs to hear.

Posted by: simonsays1 | October 12, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Joe Leiberman will be the VP if McCain wins in November ... there will be yet another eratic move to turn the GOP and the Constituion on its end ... when McCain removes Palin. So the First Dude could wish as much as he wants about replacing McCain ... but, Palin is not a secure pick even as voted onto the ticket.

John wants his own Joe ... these men love each other ... but not the Republican Party.

Posted by: amitchell13 | October 12, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

he will give taxbreaks NOT
he will give national health care NOT
he will cut military spending and
still make us stronger NOT
I hear this bs every election,
you people that believe obama
are smoking a pipe of denial.
He will team up with his cronies
in congress and go on the spending
spree that finally, really, totally,
breaks the bank.

oh, biden says obama is not fit to be president, do you think that might be
a slight difference of opinion?
no, the liberal press let that one drop.


Posted by: simonsays1 | October 12, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

This commie GOP is falling apart at the seams; it has no plan for America's future, its leaders are in dispute, and its volunteers are deserting.

Posted by: walker1 | October 12, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The McCain/Palin team is falling apart on its seems. If they are already disagreeing on foreign affairs, what will they do when there is a major crisis which needs many heads to agree to one leader whether they like it or not. Leadership means that you are able to convince your subordinates that they have to walk your path regardless of whether that path has a positive or negative outcome. In this case Sarah Palin does not trust McCain's judgement about North Korea. That is really bad. McCain often tells that he goes against his party because he is a maverick. The maverick term is a self made excuse for being at odds with your colleagues most of the time. Anybody who ends up voting to elect this crazy duo to office really needs their heads examined. Sarah Palin seems to have her own agenda in this election. It doesn't match what McCain wants. Sarah is just honing her skills to do a run again in 4 years. She knows very well that McCain ain't going to be in the white house.

Posted by: JimFargo | October 12, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

please do not look at my candidate,
if he was was not black, he would be
totally unfit to lead,
but as he is biracial,
please shut up crackers,
and vote for mebama!!!

Posted by: simonsays1 | October 12, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with ERATIC?

This is when I person wavers from one policy position to another. FLIP FLOP is overused ... When McCain/Palin does not even agree on a political strategy for winning the White House what must we think.

The amount of nastiness about things that are NOT ISSUES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE has gone too far ... so much so that it has hurt the Republican Party and its image.

No pun intended but this is a black and white matter ... favoring the rich most often vote McCain ... favoring the poor to include the overtaxed middle class ... vote Obama.

Who will be thinking about me and remembering the grief of the past 8 years is what really matters ... "We the people ..."

So Cindy McCain dons blue jeans and starts to looking like us ... instead of the $4000. dress suits ... and I should really connect. Not fair.

Hi: Obama/Biden I am an independent Republican ... and I am listening.

Posted by: amitchell13 | October 12, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

the man who started ombama barack's career
is sitting a fed pent.
the radical who built him up in leftist
the public relations, elect a black man,
the mentor, who prays to avenge the white mans true demon character with vile compempt...
know not a man by his words,
but by those who sit with him....

Posted by: simonsays1 | October 12, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

A tactic employed by an insane assemblage with no real plan beyond simply winning...

Posted by: mikie44 | October 12, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

"Our Lady of Syntax" LOVE IT, officermancuso. she should be dressed in blue, of course, and holding a baby consonant with a vowel haloed over her righteous hairdo. The first miracle she can perform is to make the road to nowhere we all paid for actually lead somewhere.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | October 12, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I think the real story is that
obama barack almost gave an answer
sort of ,
well relatively speaking,
with asides,
I mean,
I didnt say exactly that,
and I may change my answer
completely tomorrow
and no one from the press
will bat an eye. pretty good?
I have the post and the times
in my G-string, literally' says
jo biden.

Posted by: simonsays1 | October 12, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Uh, this would imply that Palin knows what she's talking about.

Posted by: jac2jess | October 12, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

It seems safe to assume that Palin and McCain didnt communicate about this.

Posted by: davidscott1 | October 12, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Today McCain is opting for a strategy of appearing reasonable, just a strategy; Palin is using inflammatory smear tactics. A few weeks ago the strategy was to lie: Recall his characterization of Barack's tax plan, compare with the Parade report:

Posted by: e9999999 | October 12, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I propose, in an effort to ensure that Sarah Palin always be treated with proper respect, that we henceforth refer to her as "Our Lady of Syntax".

Posted by: officermancuso | October 12, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

It's perfectly logical. McCain disagrees with Bush because he's such a maverick. And Palin disagrees with McCain because gosh-darn-it, she's a maverick too. Put their maverickness together, and you've got an old-fashioned maverick casserole.

But she's definitely better at the authentic frontier gibberish.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 12, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I hear that Todd Palin has started making many phone calls in the RNC asking people why they haven't fired John McCain yet as the candidate.

Posted by: lostintranslation | October 12, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Isn't conflicted, disjointed, misdirected policy a hallmark of the Republican Way?

Posted by: mikie44 | October 12, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Why can't Barack Obama speak more like Sarah Palin? Using complete sentences is so elitist! See more on the presidential race on at

Posted by: marieburns | October 12, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Has Palin given up on 2008 and started her 2012 campaign? Sounds like it.

Wait till this election is over -- the way she smears Obama is only a hint of how she'll slam McCain!

Posted by: somerseten | October 12, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Well Palin probably thinks North Korea is somewhere in the Midwest. She can't form an opinion because she knows nothing about the facts.

Posted by: storyofthefifthpeach | October 12, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I am delighted that VP nominee Sarah Palin's response is quoted verbatim. To follow her meandering thoughts is good exercise.

Posted by: asoders22 | October 12, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey isn't this just an example of what a Maverick does?

As Jonathan Alter recently wrote in Crushed By The Elephant... "McCain always says that he's a "maverick," not a conventional Republican. But the idea of a Maverick Party is a contradiction in terms. A party has to stand for a set of branded ideas or it's not a party. And mavericks by definition aren't leaders; they're headstrong politicians (or, originally, cattle) who derive their self-worth from wandering away from the herd. They're about as reliable as a crappy '70s car of that name."

Posted by: AverageJane | October 12, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

kmichaels: I've got a better idea.

Why don't cons run on that program? Let's see:

Repeal social security or force investment in the stock market

Repeal the Civil Rights Act

Repeal Medicare

Repeal Unemployment Insurance

Repeal the minimum wage

Dismantle the Center for Disease Control

Repeal Roe v. Wade

Repeal "unnecessary" environment legislation

Dismantle the Dept. of Education.

Heehee - Sounds like a winner to me!!

Posted by: toritto | October 12, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

kmichaels: I didn't say Democrats - I said lefties - you know - "progressives".

The civil Rights Act for example was opposed and filibustered for more than 50+ days by Southern Democrats and conservative Republicans - including Goldwater who voted against it.

It was the moderate GOP Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois who brought Northern Republicans to support Lyndon Johnson and pass the civil rights act.

Truly Country before party....

Cons, both Dem and GOP opposed everyone one of the progressive issues you mentioned.

If it was for "lefties" women, including St. Sarah would still be in the kitchem.


Posted by: toritto | October 12, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

Folks, Kim Jung Mentally-Il is NOT a Sponsor of terrorism!

He is a Sponsor of Totalitarian Communism, while being a Big fan of Dictatorship for Himself!

Sheesh, a Government has to have $$$$ to Sponsor ANYTHING!

N. Korea could not "Sponsor" a Little League Baseball Team called "The Terrorists".

Then, LOL,

has anyone seen Mahmoud, the Persian Lap-Doggie of Putin's since Oil tanked?

Now THERE is a Sponsor who is probably wondering how he is going to pay his bills!

Cripes! The only frigging thing Bushie has done yet to effectively hurt the Qods-Destroy our World economy and get Oil DOWN again!

What a Maroon! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 12, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is a Muslim because his middle name comes from that tradition. It's also why Jack Black is African American because his last name is Black.

Barack Obama was a terrorist when he was 8 years old and avoided prison because juvenile laws were not as clear at that time.

Barack Obama hates America because he doesn't wear a flag pin. He also has demonstrated his hatred of America by attempting to help poor and homeless Americans in Chicago and by those years he spent learning about and teaching US Constitutional Law.

Barack Obama was not born in the United States because, let's face it, Hawaii isn't really a state -- it's a conglomeration of islands. And that birth certificate is obviously a forgery because the Hawaii State Department of Health is in league with Obama to help create false birth records to mislead real Americans in the real 48 states, oh and yes, Alaska.

Barack Obama associates with organized criminals because, contrary to most movies, the Mafia really originated in Africa and embraces the African American community.

Barack Obama is the real racist because his black half only associates with black people and his white half only associates with white people. There are no other races in the US but black and white, of course.

Barack Obama wants to take away your guns. He has made efforts to come into your home, find the hidden key to your gun cabinet and take away all the AK-47s and handguns in there. He also did this when he was 8 years old and could not be prosecuted at that time. And he left muddy footprints on your carpet.

Barack Obama is a Communist and wants to turn the US into China so it can better compete in the global market as effectively as China is doing. He also wants to make China another state in the nation so that all the money they have loaned the US will have been loaned by US banks. He also wants to make the national language Mandarin Chinese.

Barack Obama is a shady, unknown character. There are no pictures of him when he was 8 years old because he was hiding from the Vietnam draft. There is also very little record of him in the Illinois State Legislature, or in Harvard College when he edited the Law Review, or when he taught law in Chicago, and there have been really no stories about him in the past 2 years, nor has there been much said about him being a US Senator. And those two books he wrote about himself? Well, it's full of ingratiating lies that paint a glorified picture of his days when he used drugs and lived like a normal teenager.

Barack Obama is inexperienced because being a leader of the United States takes more than being calm and rational in a crisis. And it takes more than providing an inspirational role model with a positive message of hope. And it takes more than being able to choose the right people to manage an effective campaign. And it takes more than being well-read and well-advised on a variety of domestic and foreign topics. And it especially takes more than being an effective communicator.

Barack Obama is an elitist because he took out student loans to go to Harvard and married a woman who's family comes from the upper echelon of African American elitists and because he owns one big house and because he owns a car: a really nice, fuel efficient American car.

Barack Obama is fiscally reckless because it took him several years to pay off his student loans when most people pay them off much sooner, except those elitists who have to take out loans to pay for their Ivy League schools that they work hard to get into.

Barack Obama is too young to be President, because look at the disaster that John Kennedy and Bill Clinton were as Presidents. He also has way too long a life expectancy and no impending fear of death so he can't understand what it's like to be a 70 year old retiree.

Barack Obama has questionable judgment because he chose another Democratic Senator to be his running mate. This could affect the overwhelming majority that the Democrats might take in the Senate if the two are elected.

Barack Obama made a poor choice to pick an experienced Washington politician as his running mate. It's far more sensible to choose an unknown from a sparsely populated state who most Americans don't even know exists and wouldn't miss them in their current role if elected.

Barack Obama associates with radicals, like Joe Biden, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, his wife and his young daughters who will probably become terrorists when they are 8 years old, too.

Barack Obama still has a problem with Hillary supporters, because I voted for her in the primaries and now, even though I use a mug with his name on it, have an Obama yard sign, and encourage my friends to support him, I still remember Hillary Clinton's name.

Barack Obama is a thief because for the first time in my life I felt required -- no, forced! -- to give a candidate money for their campaign.

Greg Kerr

Posted by: GregKerr42 | October 12, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Post "Brought to You By Lefties"
Brought to you by "lefties"

1) Women's suffrage

Started first in the republican west.

2) Social Security

Broken giveaway program that gets more expensive and does less good. Over 40% of our yearly budget goes to pay for ineffective giveaway programs such as SS. Everyone knows this system is dying. Private investments on average would have gained 500% more return upon retiring.

3) Civil Rights

MLK was a republican and the voting to pass civil rights bills was 80% republicans for it and 65% democrats for it.

4) Medicare was a bipartisan program and once again its costs are going up. The money comes from taxpayers. There has been much fraud and it has increased medical costs in general.

5) Unemployment Benefits (good to have now)

At least this comes from money that workers paid into the system. Not quite as big of a giveaway as most other programs.

6) Minimum Wage (thank you FDR)

Totally flawed concept that at best makes things worse. If minimum wage makes sense, then why not $50 dollars an hour minimum wage for everyone? I bet lefties have no answer.

7) Center for Disease Control (GOP actually opposed) GOP opposes lots of things for valid reasons. Usually has to do with the plan either not being fair and or costing too much money with too little benefit.

Other things lefties introduced ...

1) Keeping minorities poor in order to make cheap votes off of them.

2) Dumbing down our education system teaching radical leftist concepts ignoring personal responsibility.

3) Murdering of unborn babies for the sake of what they list as choice. Funny, do they also have the choice of killing toddlers if they do not want them?

4) Promotion of sex related diseases such as Aids, killing millions.

5) Promotion of counterproductive environmental regulations that cost money and leave us bankrupt. Lefties opposed nuclear power which would be our current savior if more plants were allowed to be built. Hype about global warming wastes billions and soon to be trillions with no visible measuarable advantage.

6) KKK started by 5 democrats.

7) KKK at its peak held 15% of the Adult support. 90% of this support was from white protestant DEMOCRATS.

Posted by: KMichaels | October 12, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

They also disagree on global warming. There is an interesting op-ed on that in today's Fairbanks Daily Newa-Miner.

As for Palin....

Hockey mom hides behind daughter, gets booed dropping puck at Flyers home opener, anyway.

See the video for yourself:

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 12, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Why does Palin want to US President? Why would 50% of the population want her in that distinguised role, standing beside Abraham Lincoln. Puzzles others & me.

The Roman empire in decline also had weird emperors, like Nero? What finally destroyed Rome's reach however was not the maliciousness of its rulers. Financial implosion brought on the end.

As Republican/conservative economics did. With a gargantuan deficit, two wars at billions per month, 900$ billion to pay for imported oil (3% is US oil, 97% imported), China used to buy US debentures which kept Wall Street afloat, the US auto industry was encouraged (by Bush's EPA) to build cars that nobody in the world wanted to own - except Republican conservatives, like Gov. Palin & Senator McCain.

Rather easy (and sad) to add up. Result: inevitable end of the American era cherished by Bush, McCain, Palin, Cheney, Rice, Rove, Powell, Rumsfeld & Wolfowitz... amongst other enlightened Republicans. Hello China, hello India.

The next US (local economy) decade is going to require serious re-thinking intellectually and re-tooling economically - don't mean along the lines of W's defunct Republican/conservative laissez-faire ideology with a black hole in the middle.

Posted by: hchiba | October 12, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol is hoping he can be the VP Chief of Staff - for Dan Quayle again but this time with lipstick.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 12, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

What would Cheney do?

It's only logical that Palin would agree with Cheney. After all with abuse of power, breach of ethics, refusal to appear and testify, immune from legislative checks and balances, and above the law, Palin's the new Dickless version of more of the same.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 12, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Head of State

Sunday, October 12, 2008
The Paranoid Style Meets The Issue of Race In American Politics

Richard Hofstadter's seminal article "The Paranoid Style In American Politics" portrayed, for the first time with widespread impact, the insular and delusional suspiciousness that characterizes much of the "critique", if it can be called that, of the far right and, at times, of the extreme left.

Standing just one notch away from pure delusion--and often not even hewing that distance--and embracing those whose functionality--such as it may be--is supported by and compels the repetition of these fantasies, we see this style in every electoral cycle, manifesting itself, remarkably anew, in new minds, with the same characteristic conspiratorial thinking--the grasping of an ambiguous, or equally likely, unresearched but conspiratorial-sounding detail or name--into a grand plan, foggy in specifics but surely--as it has assumed its premise--secretly lurching towards an all powerful hegenomy.

As always, they give people too much credit. As always, they are among the bitter powerless, whose manifest lack of explanation for that lack of power turns itself into a bitter projection--if they can't have it, their secret masters must, and so on. It gives them a path to power through projection--they see the secret truth, and gain power through it's proclamation--thus "None Dare Call It Conspiracy", thus the "Clinton Chronicles", thus "9/11 Truth", etc. etc.

Each election the impulse forces itself to burgeon anew, straining to fit facts to its preexisting need, straining to grow into the dark.

Now--it becomes interesting.

Here--we have a candidate whose power combines with the fact that he is the first of a long oppressed minority to rise to this position. How, we might ask, will this impulse find a way to strain itself upwards towards conspiratorial theories of all embracing power? A challenge to the force of the delusion impulse.

In the last few weeks, we have been seeing the development of this narrative.

Touch him with the brush of radicalism--despite the fact that Obama's adult life story has been one of consensus-building and unifying--a clear and deliberate move towards the shared need, and away from the radical fringe. The key has been to forge the conspiratorial, paranoid impulse with racial fears, to create the combined message: You don't know who he really is.

As in: "Who really is Barack Obama".

This lights the torch to the paranoid style in full force, turning it upon ill-formed objects--Bill Ayers, ACORN, that by their mere sound and invocation, can be whipped by this eternal historical force into a storm of hatred. To those prone to such thinking, these become absolute evidence, touchstones, the words they have been waiting for.

For the conspiratorialist, the obvious and central characteristic of Obama's personality--the move to unify, which is inherent in his speech, actions and development, is--as is so often the case in this style--evidence of its opposite. Of course, if he were in fact a radically divisive figure, this would also serve as evidence of the same "radical" characteristic. That's the paranoid style--either it's there, or it's masterfully hidden: Heads I win, tails you lose (at least until medicated).

You likely have seen this kind of thinking developing on the outer edges of the message boards and twittering over recent months.

However, it was only with the cementing of the McCain-Palin team that the style has begun to grow into its fuller portrayal. Each of the two essential elements of the admixture is used to reinforce the other--"Radicalism"--Bill Ayers, ACORN--provides license, justification and cover to those who experience a deeper prejudice, and that very prejudice leads those who experience it to draw in unexamined, tangential "evidence" to prove to themselves or others his inauthenticity or "radicalism."

McCain, and to a greater extent Palin, have used this admixture at rallies to attempt to create some form of enthusiasm in the electorate. It has proven to be a volatile mixture, this new alloy of the paranoid style, and, in their efforts to provide some spark to a moribund campaign, they have been unable to keep this lightning in the bottle.

The remarkable and horrifying shouts we have heard over the past weeks did not originate with this campaign--but they were liberated by it, allowing this raw and stark version of the paranoid style to be unleashed by and feed off of these insinuations. We have seen this kind of visceral unleashing of the paranoid style, driven by fear and the impulsive, momentary, compensatory power of stereotypic hatred before, in other nations. Not here, and not in this way.

There are limits to winning--and losing--ugly. And there are ways to fan and contain the paranoid style. I suspect that Plain believes that she is speaking the plain truth to these audiences--and that there is a plain truth to be spoken, and that she already knows what it is--and no more.

It is John McCain's responsibility to put this darker manifestation of a dangerous and unnecessary dybbyk back in the bottle. I can see he understands what has been released--and perhaps would wish to retain just those parts that could meet his ambitions, without its consequent furies.

Just as you would rather lose an election than lose a war, John--I believe that you would rather lose an election than to unleash, justify, imprint and allow this distorted vision on this society. It was not you, it is not you, and it should not be you or us. Consider it your newest, and your best, call to courage.

Head of State

Posted by: caraprado1 | October 12, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Post "Brought to You By Lefties"
Brought to you by "lefties"

Women's suffrage
Social Security
Civil Rights
left wing and proud of it...


-Unemployment Benefits (good to have now)
-Minimum Wage (thank you FDR)
-Center for Disease Control (GOP actually opposed)
-FDIC (very good to have now)

Posted by: bobnsri | October 12, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Watch McCAin Drop the F word while talking to reporters.

Huckabee Claims that their is Economic Terrorism Happening in the Stock Market.

Watch This Debate Outtake. What you didnt see during the debate.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 12, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Shucks! Palin can't do everything. Look at how well she prounouced Ahmadinejad during the debates. That's her department now. She and John don't agree, but she took the Ahmadinejad pronounciation class more recently. Specialization! (wink!)

Posted by: fmcf | October 12, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it but I have to go with Sarah on this one. She's the one with experience protecting us from Putin

Posted by: JMcCSF | October 12, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

This further proves the ineptness of a potential McCain-Palin administration. What is it that she brings to the table other than suring up the republican/conservative base and going after women who still feel Senator Clinton was treated unfairly? Governor Palin has expressed views on issues that supports the democratic ticket more than once. This could be an indicator that Senator McCain indeed made a RUSHED decision when selecting her trying to fire up his lackluster, cannot talk on issues campaign. She will be the reason he loses this election not the economic crisis that ALL the pundits like to blame. The McCain-Palin ticket started plummeting in the polls when they were called out for the many lies they were telling on the campaign trail and in their T.V. ads and after the Katie Couric interview highlighted how INEXPERIENCED, UNREADY Governor Palin is to be in a VP position or even Mayor of a large municipality.

Posted by: ajackson3 | October 12, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

letting madam sarah's leash slip proves the campaign's ineptitude, picking her in the first place confirmed mccain's shaky grasp...remember casey stengal: "can't anybody here play this game?".

Posted by: nurrevir | October 12, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Brought to you by "lefties"

Women's suffrage

Social Security

Civil Rights


left wing and proud of it...

Liberal and proud of it.


Posted by: toritto | October 12, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Why don't we just quit borrowing $$$ from China until they go in and take KJI out? They could turn it into a special economic zone specialing in making unsafe products for the US market.

Posted by: torro67 | October 12, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

That Palin is even a topic of serious media coverage is a sad testament to how low politics have sunk. That her drivel continues to be considered newsworthy is unfathomable. What a farce, a charade of a magnitude not seen before.

Posted by: ospreytom | October 12, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin needs additional sessions of hypnosis. Her handlers forgot to spell out the correct answer for this question. So she need to be put under hypnosis again. They will feed additional lines to her, including the repartie for N. Korea, until it is safe again for the republicans to release her.

Posted by: RegisUrgel | October 12, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

If this was Hollywood, the line would be "Cut; let's do another take". You'd think with all the scripting, they could get on the same page. Maybe McCain can't see North Korea from his back porch

Posted by: NotBubba | October 12, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the press should start seeking the comments of Todd Palin instead; he seems to be in charge anyway.

Posted by: keller1 | October 12, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Those ones are just a happy pair o' mavericks. We can't expect mavericks to agree, can we?

Posted by: fmcf | October 12, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

They disagree on a lot of things, or at least they might if Palin could put her views into full sentences we can understand. But it seems clear that they differ on stem cell research, and possibly abortion for rape victims and abstinence only sex education. She is issuing a populist call for reform on Wall Street, which isn't exactly consistent with anything he has ever said. And she's got support for families with children with disabilities as one of the key priorities of his administration: hmmm, is that in the Republican party platform anywhere? Indeed, is any of this reformist stuff in there anywhere? Oh, and he was going to refrain from negative campaigning. But that isn't a disagreement as much as his sending a girl out to do his dirty work for him. Very very brave and soldierly.

Posted by: fmjk | October 12, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Would someone, anyone, please send Sarah Palin back to take another class in English 101?

Posted by: Leathnm | October 12, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

With Russia, Sarah could see it with her naked eyes.

With Korea, being a bit small, she merely needs a good pair of binoculars.

And that's plenty of foreign experience, you betcha! More than Obama has!

Posted by: HerLao | October 12, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The US just added the McCain campaign to its terrorism blacklist. Imagine that, McCain is more dangerous than Kim Jong!

Posted by: hamishdad | October 12, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

If McCain picked this woman after only meeting her once and talking to her for an hour, how much thought is he going to put into other serious decisions? Is he going to pick his cabinet out of a hat? Play Russian Roulette with the stock market? Invade countries at random?

Oh wait, we already know the answer to that last one. He was all over the "liberation" of Iraq.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 12, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Sarah does not see North Korea from her window. Otherwise you could trust Sarah to swat dictator Kim Il Jung if reared his head!

Posted by: rufusredfox | October 12, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin knows all about North Korea. When Kim Jong flies to visit Santa Claus at the North Pole, who the heck's air space do you suppose he has to pass through?

Yep, he has to pass RIGHT OVER Sarah Palin's house. She probably shakes her pitbull fist at his plane and says, "gosh darn you, you better honor that agreement!". Yes, I want Gov. Yahoo Account in charge of my country. She's ready from Day One.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 12, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Can you say loose cannon? Clearly McCain did not thing very much about having Sarah Palin on the ticket. This judgement alone is enough for anybody not to vote for McCain.

Posted by: bradcpa | October 12, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Yippieee... North Korea is back to where there were 8 years ago before Bush took office.

However, here is a small correction. The deal that North Korea and US signed was authored and brokered by former president Jimmy Carter, signed by Clinton. Lets give credit where credit is due.

When Bush took office, he threw out the deal that was signed by Clinton, and put North Korea on the axis-of-evil list.

Now that economy is in shambles, Iran is rebelling, North Korea is rebelling, Russia is getting aggressive, Georgie Bush has no place to hide his face. So, all of a sudden, he signs nuclear deal with India (also because India signed nuclear deal with France), want to sign nuclear deal with Pakistan, signs deal with North Korea.

What is next before leaving office, sign deal with Iran, Cuba, Venizuela?

Secretary of state Mr Gates said, he would go along if Afghan govt wants to negotiate with Taliban. What is going on here? May be hand over Iraq to islamist extremist Al Sahdr? Somebody please lock up Bush and his cronies before he sells all of our sensitive national security information to other countries.

Posted by: Dave27 | October 12, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when Palin is asked a question before she has been handed her script. Notice how her response is so vague on specifics that you get the sense she really doesn't know the details of the matter. She relies on long run-on sentences to give the illusion that she is knowledgeable.

Posted by: labman57 | October 12, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, goshdarnit, she's the foreign policy expert in the race. That's good enough for me.

Posted by: krm13 | October 12, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Quite right, ObamasLady. Palin's statement about North Korea sounds like something written for Tina Fey on SNL.

Posted by: lydgate | October 12, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

" In essence, McCain said, he could not yet support the decision."

That's funny! Is it because McCain just feels he can't at this crucial time be associated with any decision or conclusion Bush favors so as to distill the public notion that be is connected to any Bush policy? Or is it simply that he wants to be obstinate?

And to think that McCain did NOT coordinate his talking points with Palin as she goes off on her own in praise of Bush. Unfortunately she is still having problems in constructing a proper and/or concise sentence. It's truly a wonder the GOP feels they can allow this idiot to speak for them at all since she is clearly out of her depth with her overwhelming lack of knowledge of all subjects and inability to speak with any words above a 2nd grade level!

Palin stated, "I have faith in her that they're making this wise decision and North Korea, of course, better live up to its end of the bargain there, in speaking with the other countries whom they've been working with, in promising the verification. That end of the bargain has got to be lived up to."

Don't you just love it? Any 2nd grader would probably not be as happy with that sentence structure as Palin is! What a total waste of space and McCain thinks she is qualified and capable of taking over as POTUS when something happens to him?????

OMG, say it ain't so John, plueeeeze say it ain't so!

Posted by: ObamasLady | October 12, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

In case you have not seen it:

The racist McCain Rally supporter who brought a monkey with an Obama sticker on it's head:

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 12, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Osulivan wrote:
"Perhaps Bill Kristol should just issue Palin's future statements from the NYT op-ed page from now on."

This presumes that Gov. Palin reads anything more than talking points and Hockey Heroes ...

Posted by: Towards_Light | October 12, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Palin is running for president in 2012 and does not want to be too closely associated with McCain.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 12, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I think Gov. Palin was agreeing with Sen. Obama, but it's hard to tell -- judging from her statement, Gov. Palin's command of the issues and the English language have not improved since the Couric interview.

Posted by: ScottinNC | October 12, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

It looks as if Palin and Obama actually said the same thing about North Korea. The only difference is that Obama said it in comprehensible English.

Posted by: algasema | October 12, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating. Palin and Obama essentially agree. The big difference is that Obama says it in English.

Posted by: jimkahan | October 12, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

John McCain has demonstrated that he is unfit to lead anything. He has insulted the greatest country in the world with his hate and fear mongering. McCain/Palin make Bush/Rove/Cheney look like Sunshine and Lollipops.

Posted by: TeddyRoosevelt | October 12, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Palin must not have gotten her talking points from the neocons that day. I understand she had other matters (Troopergate, abuse of power, getting booed in Philly) to distract her this weekend. Perhaps Bill Kristol should just issue Palin's future statements from the NYT op-ed page from now on.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 12, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Sources close to McCain are confirming what most commedians have been joking about for a long time, that joke McCain at 72years old suffers from incotinence, urinary incontinency, contrary to popular believe that he has been wearing an adult diaper, he hasn't been, Senator McCain has been wearing a leg strap catheter that he empties every few hours. His staff and doctor opposed to the idea that the media will be able to pickup on the adult diaper idea.

What else are not being told about McCain's medical history?

Posted by: forjarigirlonly | October 12, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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