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McCain Defends Palin Against 'Elitist' Critics

By Michael Abramowitz
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- In a fiesty interview this morning with talk show host Don Imus, John McCain vigorously defended his vice-presidential running mate Sarah Palin, describing criticism of her as "elitist" and describing her as "the most qualified" vice presidential candidate in recent years.

"My question is, what's their problem?" asked McCain, responding to an Imus question about the recent criticisms of Palin from former Secretary of State Colin Powell and some other Republicans

"Bill Clinton was pretty well derided when he came out of a small state to run for president of the United States," McCain said. "I'm amazed. I am amazed."

Referring to Joe Biden's 2006 op-ed arguing that Iraq be divided into three largely autonomous regions with a Baghdad-based "central government in charge of common interests," McCain asked: "Which is better, serve 35 years in the United States Senate and say you got to divide Iraq into three different countries -- or is it better to have been governor of a state and a reformer [who gave] people their tax dollars back?"

"Which is better?" he asked. "I think its pretty obvious ... she hasn't been in the Georgetown cocktail party, or maybe some in Manhattan. I think she's most qualified of any that has run recently for vice president, tell you the truth, and she has ignited our crowds."

"I am frankly entertained at the elitist attitude towards ... a person who's a proven leader," McCain concluded.

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Video of McCain campaign silencing Muslim Supporter for standing up against racism at Woddbridge, VA McCain rally:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/mccain-campaign-silences-muslim.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 23, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 23, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone see that he went on Imus' show as a little controversial? I mean, wasn't it Imus who got into hot water with his comments regarding the Rutger's basketball team? I am surprised it hasn't gotten more attention, especially with all the anti-Obama language thrown around at McCain rallies. Personally, given the amount of faux pas of this campaign, I'd try to avoid any potential for conflict, but they don't seem to consider this as such.

Posted by: authorofpoetry | October 23, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

McCain won't be around long enough to reep the benifit or pay the consequences of any choice he makes!

Posted by: vicbennettnet | October 23, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Americans like to vote for governors or vice presidents (i. e. leadership - Gov.s FDR, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush (W), VPs Truman, Nixon, Bush (sr.)) because America gets it. Unfortunately, this year we only have two Senators ( one with little record and one with too much record) to choose from. That's why all this qualifications "crap" is flying around so much. Maybe that's why the assault on Palin is more than McCain. I don't know? I doubt Obama is not spending any campaign cash on his and his family's travel, clothes, hotels, food or whatever. Is this news?

Posted by: star_key2 | October 23, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

COULD A LAST-MINUTE VP SWITCHEROO SAVE McCAIN?

Sarah Palin's rhetoric reflects Bushie philosophy and policy to a greater extent than does McCain's own speechifying.

The fact that a couple of polls show McCain a close second seems to bolster the argument that he could have overcome the Bush albatross had he not chosen Palin.

With only 13 days out, it seems highly unlikely -- but if Palin suddenly felt a need to recuse herself from the race "for family reasons," McCain might be able to regain some lost support -- especially if he chose a mainstream Republican as her replacement, someone like Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty.

The Alaska investigations into her expense accounting and the Troopergate affair could supply McCain the rationale to make a dramatic last-minute pivot. A VP shocker also could serve as cover for more covert efforts to swing the vote; some analysts would attribute a last-minute McCain surge to the Palin dumping, and not to "irregularities" in the voting process.

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

TARGETING OF AMERICANS BY GOV'T AGENCIES
A ROOT CAUSE OF WALL STREET MELTDOWN?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis

OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 23, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

THIS IS ALL VERY CRUCIAL- HOW ABOUT A BLOG ON-IS OBAMA THE 2ND COMING OF CARTER? (when you include Ebayers, Obama's 2% of small businesses make over 250k comment is valid - when you consider small businesses that EMPLOY PEOPLE it is far OFF! So, get your resume in order!)

Ralph Reilan- IBD Today-

Obama gets to his reassuring 98% figure by lumping firms with no employees, the majority of small businesses, with small businesses that have 50 or 100 employees. Census data show that 79% of all American companies, counting both large and small firms, have no employees.

Similarly, the SBA's Office of Advocacy reports that 52% of small businesses in the U.S. economy are home-based — that is, not exactly the heavy-hitters when it comes to job creation.

As the New York Times reported regarding the makeup of the nation's 27 million small businesses: "According to figures compiled by the Small Business Administration, there are fewer than six million small businesses that actually have employees. The rest are so-called non-employer firms that report income from hobbies or freelance work done by their registered owners, earning as little as $1,000 a year."

By treating a lemonade stand the same as a home builder with 100 employees, Obama can get away with saying that 98% of small businesses in America won't be hit by his proposed increases in income taxes.

He's telling the 59 million employees in the small-business sector there's almost no chance, specifically a 2% chance, that their jobs or incomes will be negatively affected by his proposed tax hikes and policies to "spread the wealth around." In fact, Obama's proposed tax hike on incomes over $250,000 is precisely aimed at the small businesses that are generating the highest revenues and hiring the most workers.

"Two-thirds of small business profits are earned in households making more than $250,000 per year," reports Americans for Tax Reform. "In 2006, $473 billion of the $706 billion of small business profits was earned in households Obama has said he would raise taxes on."

Obama's proposed increases in income taxes and Social Security taxes would shift the bulk of the profits in the small-business sector to the federal coffers, reports Americans for Tax Reform:

"The tax rate on the lion's share of small business income could reach 54.9% under a President Obama. The individual top rate will climb from 35% to 39.6% and the Social Security/Medicare tax rate could climb from 2.9% to 15.3%. Put those together and you get 54.9%."

By increasing costs, Obama's higher business taxes would have the direct effect of increasing layoffs and raising prices. His proposed 54.9% tax rate would be the highest since the Carter administration, when the nation's unemployment and inflation rates peaked, respectively, at 7.6% and 13.5%.

Posted by: thecannula | October 23, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Torrito,

That Moosellini nickname is hillarious, i liked Caribou Barbie but your is outstanding...

Posted by: rharring | October 23, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

The reason this story is not ridiculous is you have a political party taking campaign contributions to spend on the VP picks clothes, this during an economic downturn and when the VP claims she is a mainstream hockey mom....

Posted by: rharring | October 23, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Not to worry.

Moosellini will be returning to the snows in 12 days.

After that the Republicans can worry about her.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 23, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

It's "feisty", not "fiesty".


Posted by: howlless | October 23, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

This "elitist" title is stupid, pointless and doesn't swing a single vote.

Palin's conservative critics know that she's unqualified to be President if the need should arise. And McCain is 72 and has had at least four bouts with skin cancer.

They also know that the country isn't going to support ideology over competence again.

McCain is taking fire from all sides now and frankly it's about time to drive the final nail in his political coffin.

Posted by: mathas | October 23, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

cleslier: do you think a person (Sen Clinton) who loaned her campaign $11 Million dollars is going to borrow from her campaign $150,000 to pay for clothes when that is illegal? Give me a break. Stop throwing up chaff and put up real arguements!

Posted by: GC4Life | October 23, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Some food for thought.

- Palin has said, and McCain has repeated the line that she has more executive experience than either Obama or Biden. Doesn't she realize that it also applies to John McCain? Does that mean he isn't qualified to be president?

- McCain, Palin, and their surrogates have called Obama's tax plan socialist. Based on this video of McCain, he was advocating the same position in 2000, when it appears he was for the little guy. Does that mean he is a socialist? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2JPbQOHEkY
Additionally, isn't McCain's plan to buyback mortgages socialist?

- McCain is still trying to make the experience argument. Here are the facts. Neither candidate has has governed. What McCain has over Obama is decades of legislative experience. There is a clear difference between legislating and governing, and based on what we've seen of the two candidates, who should we entrust the country with? I've always said experience means nothing if it isn't used to make the right decisions.

Posted by: dotbombus | October 23, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Cleslier claims "Michelle Obama charged a caviar, lobster and champagne meal at 4 in the afternoon to their campaign--interested?"

Actually,what I'm more interested in is that you missed that MURDOCH PRINTED A RETRACTION because it wasn't true - Michelle Obama was not even at the hotel where it was claimed to have happened.

Not only did the campaign immediately say it wasn't true, the paper that printed it retracted the statement VERY publicly.

Posted by: VirginiaGal2 | October 23, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Biden's plan for Iraq is what will happen when we pull out. It will separate into Kurdish, Shi'ite, and Sunni areas. Our cash bribes to the Sunnis are the basis for the "surge" success. When they stop, the power struggles will resume full force.
Biden may have poor political sense for his remark about Obama being tested, but he knows the workings of the middle east intimately.
As for Palin, when she started to speak in the interview with Brian Williams, the concerned look on McCain's face spoke volumes.

Palin and her husband's deposition in another Troopergate investigation will be taken on Friday by the Alaskan personnel board counsel. The results will not be known until after the election.

Posted by: seemstome | October 23, 2008 6:27 AM | Report abuse

These comments are RIDICULOUS. Did anyone inquire into what Hilary spent during her campaign? Do any of you care what people in Congress spend every single day--money that doesn't even belong to them? These are campaign expenses--and you are suddenly riveted. Michelle Obama charged a caviar, lobster and champagne meal at 4 in the afternoon to their campaign--interested? What else have the Obamas charged? This issue is patently ridiculous-- now you hate Sarah because she looks fabulous. You people are beyond help.

Posted by: cleslier | October 23, 2008 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Biden's plan for Iraq is what will happen when we pull out. It will separate into Kurdish, Shi'ite, and Sunni areas. Our caah bribes to the Sunnis are the basis for the "surge" success. When they stop, the power struggles will resume full force.
Biden may have poor political sense for his remark about Obama being tested, but he knows the workings of the middle east intimately.
As for Palin, when she started to speak in the interview with Blitzer, the concerned look on McCain's face spoke volumes.

Palin and her husband's deposition in another Troopergate investigation will be taken on friday by the Alaskan personnel board counsel. The results will not be known until after the election.

Posted by: seemstome | October 23, 2008 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Who do you like for 2012?? Vote for your candidate at http://www.skip08.com Who do you like for 2012?? Vote for your candidate

Posted by: pastor123 | October 23, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

If Palin's $150,000 wardrobe had a life of its own, it would get a tax cut from a President Obama.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 23, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

The Vice Presidential debate had more viewers than the Presidential debates? SNL had more viewers than they have had in 14 years? The interest in her is all negative? People are watching just to see her fail in some way. Google news puts Sarah Palin's wardrobe expenses as a top news story? ...The VP could actually preside/chair over the senate every day of the week constitutionally, but it has not been done in practice and would probably be pretty boring for the VP anyway. Thank you wise constitutional scholars. Biden's just plain stupid (repeatedly) comments (they make no politcal sense) are curious. Where is he coming from with that? I hope the crazy birth certificate lawsuit (Mr. Berg) doesn't pan out, because if Obama is elected and has to step down (not a citizen) then we end up with Biden and whoever he picks? Hope he has a great whitehouse press secretary and sec. of state to do his communicating.

Posted by: star_key2 | October 22, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

For those who want to see the video where Palin not only says that the VP runs the Senate, but also reminds viewers that she, Alaskan gas and oil regulator, actually has more executive experience than Senator Obama, I have it posted.

Watch it and share the video.

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/see-sarah-runthe-senate.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 22, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

The palins are like the house guest you have to kick out because they can't take a hint.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 22, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

The Palin family is a weird bunch. I hope they go back to alaska, and never visit the lower 48.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 22, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

$400
x10
x30
____
=$120,000

John Edwards could have $400 haircuts 10 times a day, every single day for a month, and he still wouldn't match Palin's spending.

Posted by: kevrobb | October 22, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

What does sarah palin katherine harris, and michele bacmann have in common?

foot in mouth disease

Posted by: r4147824 | October 22, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Side Show Palin is a Freeloader.


$150,000 shopping sprees (at all the best "elitist" shops, no less), on the Republican National Committee tab.
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14805.html


$21,012 worth of free flights for her daughters, charged to the state.
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http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/10/22/alaska_paid_for_palin_daughters_to_travel/


All this, when she already makes $125,000 a year as governor and pockets an extra $22,883 in energy extraction royalties.


Sarah Palin is a chisler supreme.


All of which makes the fact that she charged $16,951 in expenses charged to the state, including 312 per diem allowances for staying in her own home just that much more amazing.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090803088.html


A dual income family, with Sarah earning $125K. Free travel (even for the family), and now free clothes, hair and makeup. They can actually go out in her backyard and shoot a moose, keeping her family in free mooseburger for a year. And still she feels the need to cheat. Shoot that moose for free and still charge the state $60 per burger. And she claims she deserves every bit of it.


Now that's what I call a perverse sense of entitlement.


"Sounds like socialism to me," to borrow a phrase.


Just another fake "bootstrapper" Republican. What a shocker.


Meanwhile, we all have to endure the indignity of Palin turning the campaign for the Vice Presidency into some kind of FOX reality TV makeover show, where they take some ridiculously not-ready-for-prime-time pol and dress her up, push her out on the stage, and see if they can turn her into a VP in 10 weeks.


What the heck, right? It's just being second in line to the nuclear launch codes. No big thing. We could even do a whole copromotional deal with moose sandwiches at Subway.


Thanks, Republicans. You sure do love your country n' stuff.
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 22, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

You can put lipstick on a Palin, but it's still a Palin.

Posted by: ender3rd | October 22, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

"Our economy is structurally sound for the long term"
-George W Bush - Feb 11, 2008


"The American people can remain confident in the soundness and the resilience of our financial system"
-Henry Paulson - Sept 15, 2008


"The economy is fundamentally sound"
-Herbert Hoover - October, 1931


"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"
-John McCain - Sept 15, 2008


McCain does not have the ability to fix this economic crisis. After declaring the fundamentals of the economy strong, McCain created a political circus in Washington by mucking up bailout negotiations; a deplorable campaign stunt, considering he and his political cronies helped cause the current meltdown.


It was McCain and his economic adviser Phil Gramm who pushed for the deregulation that helped lead to the banking crisis, and it was McCain's crony Rick Davis who had deep lobbyist ties to Freddie Mac. Don't be fooled by McCain's economic grandstanding because the reality is his policies and principles will only exacerbate our financial hardships.


McCain is being deceitful with his sudden populist message and support for regulation; his economic policies favor our nation's wealthy elite.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4egXbhSOhk
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 22, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

palin pointing at the olives at a georgetown cocktail party: 'watch out for those little green plums, they been pissed upon!"

Posted by: gcubitt | October 22, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully in 13 days Mooselini will return to the snows and only be a problem for Republicans.

:-)

Go Rays!

Posted by: toritto | October 22, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

The point of touting experience as an asset is based on the understanding that experience contributes to sound judgment. In McCain's case, it obviously hasn't.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 22, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

And I am so fearful that this not the woman that sees America like you and I see America.

Posted by: NMStan | October 22, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Palin incorrectly describes the job of VP to a Third Grader's question:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/sarah-palin-to-third-grader-vice.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 22, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

They should have spent $150,000 on tutoring instead of a new wardrobe. Because nothing says "I'm not part of the Washington Elite" like a $75,000 Neiman Marcus shopping spree. And anyway, she may look cute, but she sounds really stupid.

But then again, with 2 weeks to go, I guess it's easier to make her over than to smarten her up.

Posted by: shoemiaw | October 22, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

What is it about the Republican party nowdays? It has become so full of dishonesty it's stagering, but at the same time they are seem to be convinced by their own lies. Alaska in particular has been hit hard by dirty Republicans. Between Palin, Stevens, and Young it seems like there isn't a honest Republican to be found anywhere... in Alaska at least, I don't know much about anywhere else. Neither McCain or Palin has shown me the integrity to admit when they have been wrong. Call me crazy, but I can forgive mistakes... Biden makes them all the time, but he admits it and corrects himself. I have seen no evidence AT ALL that McCain and/or Palin can do that. And if I can't trust them to admit when they are wrong, I can't trust them at all.

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: GirlfromAlaska | October 22, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Since Alaskans pay no state income tax or state sales tax, the redistribution of money from the oil companies to the Alaskans was just a payoff, not "returning money to the citizens". Several oil companies canceled new projects after she jacked up the taxes so she could pay even more to those supposedly independent Alaskans. For those of us in the rest of the country, it raises what it costs us to fill our gas tanks. Not conservative. More like welfare. Definitely socialism, Chavez style.

Posted by: disappointedGOP | October 22, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine McCain or Palin starring in the role of Sidney Poitier in "To Sir With Love" - no way, no McCain. Barack Obama offers that sort of inspired leadership. ..............

http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/21/senator-obama-to-sir-with-love-2/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 22, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

what a joke mccain and palin for middle class and average joe
with 150000 cloth?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAZphERwFUg

Posted by: samnizam | October 22, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

WHOA...McCain, there was a time when I would have defended Palin too...she seemed an unwitting "post turtle" who had all this thrust upon her. However, $150,000 in clothes and makeup later...a bunch of racist cheerleading ralies later...and I think she has NO legitamacy nor room to call anyone else "elitist". For that matter, McCain with his $120 million family fortune has no room to throw stones either.

Posted by: free-donny | October 22, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain is unfortunately not going to live long enough to understand the wisdom in what Biden actually espoused and not what McCain keeps saying he did. Not that it will take long to understand it.

Now decoding McCain Speak:


McCain says: ...criticism of her is elitist.

McCain means: How dare voters or anyone question my poor judgment!


McCain says: "I think its pretty obvious ... she hasn't been in the Georgetown cocktail party, or maybe some in Manhattan."


McCain means: So yeah, she's a bumpkin who has no national or foreign policy experience, but hey, she COULD see Russia from Alaska if she wanted to!


McCain says: "I think she's most qualified of any that has run recently for vice president, tell you the truth..."

McCain means: She hasn't a clue. Is my nose growing longer? But she sure does know how to restart the economy, to the tune of $150k of apparel that is.


McCain says: "...she has ignited our crowds."

McCain means: She is doing a great job stirring up fear and hatred with the vitriolic lies she spews. Gotta keep the base motivated!

Posted by: wes1155 | October 22, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

McShame lives in alternate reality, Palin qualified to be VP? She doesn't know what the Constitution states the role of the VP is... states: She wants to do changes with the senators as an VP... maybe she thinks she can run government in Washington like she runs it in Alaska.

Posted by: LMM48 | October 22, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin gives Good Gaffe!

This one is worth $150,000 (just in September)

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

SHE'S A CELEBRITY! What do ya expect?!

Best SNL appearance of all the candidates. Got her own doll. Republican men like bright shiny objects like her. She inspires women with abnormally low self-esteem.

I can't wait to see her on Dancing with the Stars!


PALIN=BUSH IN A SKIRT (no pun or sexism intended)


Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Gobama!

Go Rays!!!!!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 22, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

The "most qualified" vice presidential candidate in recent years? Palin? Really?!?
In Palin's defense her $150,000 shopping spree was less than the cost of Cindy's outfit at the convention.....who's the elitist again?

Posted by: SueB2 | October 22, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

"Elitist"?

This from John McCain?...the man born with a silver spoon in his mouth? The guy who never made a move in his naval career that did not personally benefit him?

No, Johnny, ....the truth of the matter is you were in total rectal-defilade when you chose Sarah Palin...in the past few weeks she has "opened mouth and inserted foot" again and again...alarming many of her early supporters and demonstrating that she just doesn't know what the hell is going on. She's proven to be "average"...and that doesn't cut it to be president. John McCain doesn't make a move unless it benefits him first. Believe it. He isn't a hero either...he's more of a bad pilot than a hero.

Vote for change: Support Obama and Biden.

Posted by: skiloypet | October 22, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

John McCain reveals yet another Bush-like trait: refusing to admit a mistake.

I get it: he picked her, he's stuck with her, he has to defend her.

But to describe her as the "most-qualified?" That's covering a big mistake in judgment with an even bigger mistake in judgment.

Which, apparently, is a conservative tactic nowadays.

Posted by: tsawyer_mv | October 22, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

By the way, didn't McCain vote to convict Clinton in the Senate? Has he decided now that the Rhodes Scholar, Yale Law School graduate, chair of the DLC, etc., etc. is just a hockey mom in drag?

Posted by: dpc2003 | October 22, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Hahahaha... McCain has cast loose the last line mooring him to reality.

This is like McStooge saying he has crisis experience because he sat in the cockpit of an A-4 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. People won't buy that, and they're not buying the idiotic notion that Palin is qualified to be anything more than a talking head.

God this must gall McCain. All those years, studying, making himself an expert, learning how government works. Establishing a network of supporters, the 2000 primary where he was sunk by lies spread through robocalls.

Now he's a captive of Schmidt and Davis: Palin the albatross around his neck, robocalling furiously, reduced to complaining about imagined slights.

By the way John, she gave Alaskans OIL money from companies that drill on PUBLIC land. Kind of like socialism, you know?

And to answer your question: Iraq is essentially partitioned into Sunni, Kurdish, and Shiite regions right now.

I'll take Joe: along with the gaffes, he demonstrates he knows what he's talking about.

Posted by: dpc2003 | October 22, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Every time McCain insists that in "describing her as "the most qualified" vice presidential candidate in recent years.", he loses votes. Out of a long list of mistakes his campaign made, picking Palin was the biggest. She was unvetted and choosing her was reckless, impulsive and dangerous.

Now, can we get a list of wardrobe expenses from both campaigns?

Posted by: thebobbob | October 22, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin Charges Alaska for Family's Travel

The GOP and their propaganda assets are trying to use a double standard to deflect guilt about Palin's malfeasance by saying that Palin is a mother and that her children need to be with her, but it should not fly. After all, she hasn’t had to face questions about how she raises her children because those questions would “never” be asked of a man. But in order to maintain that position, you need to behave like a man.

Sarah Palin has been traipsing around America with a Down’s Syndrome baby in her arms, using the child in photo ops and as a way to pander to the parents of special needs children. She behaves in a way that no male politician ever has or likely will.

She is playing by different rules, so different questions are applicable.

Beyond that, this is a matter that is purely black and white. What company (except, maybe, on Wall Street) has ever foot the bill for their employee’s family’s travel? You go on a business trip and you don’t get to take your son and daughter with you on the company dime.

But maybe this is how they do it in real America?

Reformer, my ass.

http://nahnopenotquite.com/

Posted by: nahnopenotquite | October 22, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I can see Saturday Night Live's next skit!

McCain and Palin stumping together that she is an average Wal-Mart shopping hockey mom, then a short cut-away shows her going shopping at anexpensive department store. A quick short of Palin (aka Tina Fey) in a dressing booth shows her doing pagentry modeling in the mirror with her new clothes. Then Palin goes to the register with $100,000 worth of clothes and makeup with only $100 bill in her pocket. Tina Fey who plays Palin will say to the cashier "CHARGE IT TO THE RNC, DOGGONE IT! I'VE GOT TO LOOK MAVERICKY AT MY NEXT CAMPAIGN STOP!"

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 22, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

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

The only question is, would this country survive it?

You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, West Virgina and Pa etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 22, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

"[Palin,] a person who's a proven leader"

Ya see. I wouldn't vote for McCain because he's just not on the same planet anymore.

John, you've left Earth.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

An elitist defending an elitist

"[Palin has] ignited our crowds."

BOOM! There goes your chances.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 22, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

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