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Not Just a Hockey Mom: Palin Embraces Sports Mothers of All Stripes

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks to supporters during a rally in Scranton, Pa., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2008. (Rich Schultz/Associated Press)

By Juliet Eilperin
SCRANTON, Pa. -- GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is expanding her political base.

At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn., she was all about the hockey moms. But this afternoon, as she made her way to the stage at Scranton's Riverfront Sports Complex, the Astroturf on the floor reminded her that she needed to deliver a shout-out to women whose children play other sports.

"All you hockey moms, and soccer moms, and basketball moms, and baseball moms, thanks for coming out here to support us," she declared before a crowd of several thousand cheering supporters.

While polls indicate Palin enjoys significantly more support among committed Republicans than independent voters, the Alaska governor said she was eager to woo all Americans, regardless of party affiliation.

"We are taking our cause of reform, which is so needed, to every voter of every background of every region in this great nation," she pledged.

Except, perhaps, environmentalists. It's unlikely that she's courting their vote when she talks about energy policy, since she is not only pushing for expanded domestic oil drilling offshore but also increased mining in the United States.

In recent days Palin has expanded one of the campaign's favorite slogan of "Drill, baby, drill." Now, as she informed the audience in Scranton, it's, "Drill, baby, drill and mine, baby, mine. Yes!"

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Joe sixpack wants to know when palins coming down to our little bar. We can drink to John McCain and thank him for all brain cells that he and his wifes family business helps kill daily.

Posted by: ccrowley | October 15, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

See the winner of best Sarah Palin Impersonator

Want to see what Happens when MTV hosts the debate.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 15, 2008 4:54 AM | Report abuse


I suddenly find myself wondering if Sarah was at the Kaneohe Campus, or the Honolulu Campus of Hawaii Loa/ Hawaii Pacific(If such a campus existed in 1982)?

See, THIS Red-Headed Surf-Rat, was in Kukui Hall 'Bout THEN!

"Mammaries...-Oops, Meant MEMORIES(Really! ;~), were so...."

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 14, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Too much has occurred, and changed since the Convention when Sarah's Nomination was sooooo Sweeeet! :-)

Babies, Troopergate, Gaffes, Divided views being announced....

BUT, Mostly;

"It's the Economy Stupids!".

Sarah Palin's 15 minutes are spent!

Reap the Victories-Especially the FACT that the Diomocrats are SEXISTS!

Sarah should realize, SHE is no President, and SHE is No Economic/Business genius.

Cabinet Post? Staffer?

Yes! :-)

Blocking Mitt Romney from the VP-Or, better yet President, while Jet-Jockey Johnny takes the VP Slot he is better for...,

NO!, Nope, Uh-Uhh, Sorry, Absolutely NOT, "Are YOU Nuts"?...

Step Down Sarah, this Country NEEDS Mitt!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 14, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Everytime I hear "Drill baby drill!" I feel sick. What does it take to make people realise what is wrong with that way of thinking!!

Wind baby wind!
Solar baby solar!
Even nuclear is preferable with CO2 levels what they are! It is dispicable that she has nothing better to offer then MORE greenhouse gases and hot air!

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: GirlfromAlaska | October 14, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

If the McCain palin ticket win we are screwed baby screwed

Posted by: r4147824 | October 14, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse


He ain't perfect
But he ain't Republican
And THAT's all that counts

Besides PALIN=BUSH in a Skirt

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 14, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, continue on Gov.Palin.

Thousands there to support you in Biden's hometown.

Love it!

McCain/Palin 08

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 14, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

It is true that Palin does not consider environmentalists in her bid for the vice presidency. Don't you know there is no such thing as global warming, its just God hugging us closer. Why not drill and mine? In fact the U.S. is losing the battle as the most environmentally destructive nation in the world. We need to be number one, so i say Drill baby Drill...


Posted by: mlyngrant | October 14, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

This woman is disgusting, and a bizarre example of "life imitates art". In Sarah Palin's world, Ignorance is Strength, Freedom is Slavery, and War is Peace. An example of the Outer Party, a woman whose gigantic ambition blinds her to her essential stupidity, whose lust for power results in a petty, vindictive campaign against a former brother-in-law.

She isn't smart enough, or really have any interest in developing or explaining policy. Palin finds her true voice in smears, using McCarthian tactics of guilt by association. Her use of coded, racist language is masterful. I think that it's no accident that virulent anti-semite Pegler was the source of a quote in her acceptance speech. The McCain campaign has been studying Pegler's columns for ways to fan the flames of hatred and intolerance.

I only hope that most Americans see through her veneer of civility, to the loathsome truth.

Posted by: dpc2003 | October 14, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Only 22 more days and Palin can be banished back to the north woods where she belongs.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions | October 14, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

ramsistla: "Can anyone explain to me why Sarah McFlop's associations with AIP is not a scandal?"

Not me.

You might as well ask:

Why isn't the fact that Mayor Palin's home in Wasilla was built under the table by the contractors that got the Wasilla sports complex (and did Ted Stevens' remodel) a scandal?

Why isn't the fact that McCain is friends with G. Gordon Liddy a scandal?

Why isn't the fact that Palin credits a violent witch hunter with her rise to power a scandal?

Why isn't the inconsistency between McCain's recent comments on regulation with his continuing laissez-faire stand on taxes a scandal?

Why isn't Todd Palin's improper involvement in the governance of the state of Alaska a scandal?

I don't know, maybe it's just too much work to cover all the issues that ought to be scandals. Maybe there just aren't enough journalists to cover it all. Maybe it would kill the golden goose if all the scandals got covered, because the election wouldn't be close if it all got aired.

Posted by: lonquest | October 14, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Republicans who hate America's government somehow manage to get influential positions in the government they want to destroy. They also hate freedom of the press.

People need to wise up.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 14, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain to me why Sarah McFlop's associations with AIP is not a scandal?

Posted by: ramsistla | October 14, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

We want the first female American President to be a good one, not the last one.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 14, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Old soldiers of the Republican party are in open mutiny against John McCaint's laughable presidential campaign, after a horribly disastrous period which has seen Barack Obama solidify his lead in the opinion polls...and is getting more states as I write.....

From inside and outside his inner circle, McCaint is being told to settle on a incoherent economic message and to "tone down" attacks on his rival which have sometimes whipped up a KKK-like atmosphere at Republican rallies.

McCaint calls them "my friends" who were snubbed for the VP nomination, Mitt Romney and Tommy Thompson, went on the record during the weekend about the disarray in the Republican camp.

And many other senior party figures said McCaint's erratic performance risks taking the party down to heavy losses not just in the presidential race, but also in contests for Congressional seats.

Thompson, a former governor of the swing state of Wisconsin, said he thought McCaint, on his present course, would lose the state, {Michigan was just a begninning to an end} and he told a New York Times reporter he was not satisfied on how his campaign staff has been serving him...(hahahahaha)

Some Republicans seeking election to Congress have begun distancing themselves from McCaint.

In Nebraska, a Republican representative, Lee Terry, ran a newspaper ad featuring support from a woman who called herself an "Obama-Terry voter".

The McCaint camp was reportedly considering launching a new set of economic policies last night, on top of the plan for government purchases of mortgages which he unveiled in a surprise move at last week's presidential debate.

More lottery gambling, casinos, stuff McCaint enjoys I would guess...

With just over three weeks to go to election day, a new Reuters Zogby tracking poll showed the Democratic candidate gaining momentum.

From a two-point lead four days ago, the latest reading has Obama up six points. A Gallup poll on Monday put him at about seven.

The Clintons campaigned on Monday in Scranton, Pennsylvania - the childhood home of Obama running mate Joe Biden.

"This is an all hands on deck election," Mrs Clinton de-clared, adding that only a Democrat could put the interests of struggling working families at the centre of policy.

McCaint water carriers lashed out at the media for focusing on a minority of supporters at some rallies in the past week who have gone beyond booing at Obama's name, and begun calling out "terrorist" and "kill him".

The Republican candidate snatching the microphone from a woman in Minnesota who declared Obama was an "Arab".

...The Campaign does not speak for the candidate, or health care, or taxes, or war, or hate or peace...

McCaint would rather win an election than save his Nation in crisis...


Posted by: AlexP1 | October 14, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain-Palin can't afford to alienate any fill-in-the-blank "mom" out there who may be a swing voter...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 14, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Check Out the Crocodile Tears from Palin!

There's been a decent amount of coverage of the fact that Sarah Palin, as governor, has backed the legalization of aerial wolf hunting in Alaska.

So imagine my surprise on reading this August 2005 complaint e-mail from Sarah to then-Alaska State Trooper Colonel Julia Grimes, making the following allegation (PDF) against her ex-brother-in-law, Trooper Mike Wooten:

"Another example that Wooten likes to share with others regarding his unethical and illegal hunting techniques involves a wolf hunt where he illegally chased down the animal with his snowmachine to kill it unfairly."


I speak, of course, of the craven hypocrisy of the woman who would write a weepy complaint letter like that, and then permit hunting practices even more unethical and unfair than Wooten's.

Palin and "first dude" Todd try to get Wooten selectively targeted for prosecution for illegally shooting a moose (on her sister's unused permit), even though Sarah's father butchered the moose himself, meaning that both her sister and father may both be legally liable. And she even pretends to be horrified at the prospect of his unfairly hunting wolves on snowmachines even though she actively promotes their hunting from planes.

What a psycho.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 14, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Guess who won best Palin impersonator, Not Tina Fey, See the winner of best Sarah Palin Impersonator

Want to see what Happens when MTV hosts the debate.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 14, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

What's sexist about saying that Palin's a vicious, unscrupulous, reactionary, incompetent, Dominionist, secessionist, anti-Constitutional, racist, dishonest, manipulative, know-nothing, bottom-of-the-barrel Luddite?

Her gender has nothing to do with her unsuitability for any position of trust.

Posted by: lonquest | October 14, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nahnopenotquite | October 14, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse


Women must unite against the liberal media vicious, sexist, cruel, demeaning, contemptuous UN-AMERICAN, unfair, unprofessional, unrelenting and blatantly biased treatment against Vice President Sarah Palin and acting blatantly in favor of Barack Hussein Obama during this unprecedented historic quest for the presidency!

Barack Hussein Obama claims a mightier throne, one forged in liberal ideals of justice and equality and hope, BUT he has benefited mightily from sexism in this campaign, and has remained silent. Obama supporters seem very happy with the sexist way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by Sarah Palin, and many believe that most of the "venom" in the campaign is coming from supporters of Obama.

Women of America Unite in this defining moment in American history. To ensure we can grow up from the male dominated government that has caused many of the problems our country is facing; to a country where men and women are equal partners in governance.


Posted by: Manolete | October 14, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I am a SOCCER, BASKETBALL, and LACROSSE MOM, and there is no way I would vote for McCain/Palin.

McCain's health care plan, alone, is enough to cause me to run in the other direction.

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid.


Posted by: bermudez10472 | October 14, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse


McCain Transition Chief Aided Saddam In Lobbying Effort

THE TRUTH ABOUT SARAH! Palin pal'n around with pals of TERRORIST!!!!

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 14, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin:
Thanks for expressing your interest in the job of American Vice President then President. While your resume is better than the average American's, we still feel it falls short of the exceptional academic and practical accomplishments preferred for such an exceptional responsibility.

In these tumultuous times we need someone with multicultural and multinational experience, someone with a cool temperment and sound judgement. A Harvard law degree would be a plus, making the Law Review even better. Experience as a community organizer would be very helpful for today's challenges. We think we've found the right person for the Presidency and he's selected an experienced foriegn policy expert as his V.P.
Good luck with your career in Alaska!

American Voter

Posted by: rooster54 | October 14, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Why didnt you ask her about her transition team being headed up by a Saddam Heussien lobbyist.

Posted by: julian9682 | October 14, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

bclark3: In a Presidential candidate, especially in troubled times, what COULD be more egregious than stupidity?

Secondly, Palin wouldn't be caught dead in a dinosaur museum, especially not on a "fact-finding tour." She's a Creationist, and, to her, dinosaurs are all hoaxes.

Palin thinks (if you want to call it that) that evolution is a lie. (I think she may be living proof.)

As for the pole-dancing expose idea, I can do without that as readily as I could have done without Rich Lowry's soliloquy to Palin's debate winks. It's probably about her speed, but... never mind.

She may have to pay a price for slighting the football moms, though.

Posted by: lonquest | October 14, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

At least someone in the media is still holding Palin's feet to the fire over Troopergate. And guess who it is?

The Anchorage Daily News editorial board has some harsh words for Palin and her "creative" interpretation of the Troopergate report:

"Sarah Palin's reaction to the Legislature's Troopergate report is an embarrassment to Alaskans and the nation."

"She claims the report "vindicates" her. She said that the investigation found "no unlawful or unethical activity on my part."

"Her response is either astoundingly ignorant or downright Orwellian."

"Is what she did indictable? No. But it wasn't appropriate, especially for someone elected as an ethical reformer. And her Orwellian claims of "vindication" make this blemish on her record look even worse".

"You asked us to hold you accountable, Gov. Palin. Did you mean it"?

"Bottom line: Gov. Palin, read the report. It says you violated the ethics law."

Maybe "mavericks" don't need to give explanations, but I'm pretty sure vice presidents do.

Palin better start worrying less about smearing Barack Obama and more about possibly being impeached as Gov of Alaska.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 14, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse


What if McCain's real strategy is aimed NOT at voters, but at the apparachik?


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 14, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Why is she still campaigning? Why isn't she doing a news conference? She is a disgrace to professional women in this country.

Posted by: ladylawyer | October 14, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

How unfair! First Palin is mocked on SNL for nothing more egregious than being stupid and "homespun" the Washington Post pens hysterically tongue-in-cheek "coverage" of her rally! What's next? A "send-up" of Palin making a "fact-finding" tour of a dinosaur museum? Scary Palin halloween costumes? An election-eve pole-dancing expose?! (Actually, that's something I might like to see.) Come on, mainstream media, give a girl who likes to kill large defenseless animals a break!

Posted by: bclark3 | October 14, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

PALIN=BUSH in a Skirt

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 14, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

They yelled "kill him" again at this rally. Far be it from the WaPo to report it. Dan Balz already said you need to be bias against Obama because he is winning, so I take it its company policy. Do everything to try and make the election close.

Posted by: julian9682 | October 14, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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