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Palin Brings Out Party Faithful in Pa.

By Michael D. Shear
HERSHEY, Pa. -- As pundits and strategists debate whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has helped or hurt Sen. John McCain's chances to be president, there is one unassailable fact.

People flock to her.

Consider the following: After several days of relatively small McCain rallies -- think a couple thousand people, max -- the McCain-Palin rally here Tuesday morning drew close to 10,000 people.

As the Straight Talk Express pulled into the stadium -- with spotlights spiraling around the stadium as if the Chicago Bulls were about to enter -- the crowd chanted "Sarah! Sarah!"

To be sure, the crowds are still small when compared with the tens of thousands Sen. Barack Obama has been getting recently. And there were some empty seats. But there's no question that Palin's presence brings out the faithful.

The Republican ticket used the large crowd to continue its assault on Obama's economic plans, saying that he will raise taxes and hurt the economy.

"Senator Obama believes in redistributing wealth not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs," McCain thundered to almost 10 thousand supporters who gathered in a stadium in Hershey. "There's nothing fair about driving our economy into the ground."

Palin went even further, quoting Joe the Plumber as saying that Obama's economic policy "sounds like socialism" and declaring that "now is not the time to experiment with that!"

McCain mocked Obama for wavering on whether or not to support increased oil drilling offshore, saying that "he said he liked it, blah blah blah. Then he said he will consider. We don't need to consider. We need to drill now."

But the pair returned again and again to their economic message.

"Senator Obama is running to be redistributionist in chief. I'm running to be commander in chief," McCain said. "Senator Obama is running to spread the wealth. I'm running to create the wealth."

The McCain campaign decided to cancel a second rally in Pennsylvania thanks to what they called a "wintry mix" that would have made the outdoor event unpleasant.

The two will now split up again, with Palin staying in the state for a final evening event and McCain heading to North Carolina and Florida.

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 28, 2008; 12:13 PM ET
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Palin Brings Out Party Faithful in Pa.

In a show of devotion, the all carved backward "B"'s into their cheeks.

And in a show of unity, they all gave each other black eyes

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 28, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Palin is as perfectly artificial and deceitful as McCain. Those ensnared are the unfortunate zealots who are obligated by some twist of DNA to trudge obediently in their trenches of intolerance, blind to reason, deaf to the cry of true freedom and individuality within a collective whole, and ignorant of the reality of a changing and increasingly global world unfolding even while they brandish their guns, carry their hate signs, and yell ugly and self-defeating slogans.

We cannot go backwards to some dark decade from which most of us have thankfully evolved.

America as an entity will continue to progress forward when the voices who have been so profoundly inspired by the intelligent wisdom of Barack Obama's message have been heard on November 4th. The momentum is underway and is a beautiful and empowering thing to be part of!

You simply cannot say the same thing about the McCain/Palin machine. There is nothing to inspire us there, nothing at all.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: leap2three | October 28, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Despite all predictions, this election is not, in fact, about Bush. He's a non-entity in it all.

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

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

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

So... congratulations to McCain, I guess. He managed to do the seemingly impossible -- be trailing in the election not because people were deathly tired of George W. Bush and didn't want anything to do with his party, but because people are deathly tired of John McCain, as well. And I think the award needs to be shared communally, because at all levels of the Republican Party, candidates seem to be going out of their way to make themselves similarly dislikable, out of touch, or (and this is the favorite approach) be ranting with such gusto about the incipient socialism if any of you poor cretins out there dare get better healthcare or a more stable economy that they seem, to be blunt, f---ing nuts.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c

Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and Germs!


I give you your 2008 Republican Party!
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"This is what the Republican Party has done to us this year: It has placed within reach of the Oval Office a woman (Palin) who is a religious fanatic and a proud, boastful ignoramus. Those who despise science and learning are not anti-elitist. They are morally and intellectually slothful people who are secretly envious of the educated and the cultured. And those who prate of spiritual warfare and demons are not just "people of faith" but theocratic bullies. On Nov. 4, anyone who cares for the Constitution has a clear duty to repudiate this wickedness and stupidity."

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Here's the rest of the mavericky straight-talk, my friends:
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http://www.slate.com/id/2203120/
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Among ordinary citizen this election is about hope vs fear. Those with hope that there will be a better tomorrow they are willing to gamble on an opportunity for change. Many can see that Obama has the ingredients to be a successful president but they know that having the ingredients and being a success are two different things. They have trepidation.
Then there are those who are dominated by fear. They do not see a better tomorrow they are overwhelmed by the risks of today. They do not see what McCain will do to improve their lives but they are in need of someone to protect them from our "enemies". These enemies are liberals who do not care about America. These enemies are change and they are not very adaptable so change is frightening. The enemy could be al Qaeda or Iran or Russia, McCain is more "qualified" to face these threats. They see these threats as inevitable and not in our control so they need a person who is quick to react. It is inconceivable to them that someone can be prepared and is ready to respond because he has anticipated the attack and maybe even headed it off with anticipation.
I see the next two years as the bottom of our slide and that we can make progress as long as we maintain a level playing field. My hope is that a majority of ordinary people are optimistic for if they are we will elect a president who shares our optimism and ours will be a brighter future. That does not mean the next one to two years will not be hard. But it is worth it to turn this country around.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 28, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Do you think the 900 point BOUNCE in the Dow is at all attributable to Wall Street factoring in the closing of the Gallup Poll gap between Redistributive economics and capitalism, as represented by Obama and McCain (respectively)?

You know it's really a shame the MSM couldn't keep that interview Obama gave
on redistributing the wealth and the problems with the Warren Court quiet until after the election, like the LA Times is doing with the Khallili- Obama Palestinian celebration tape....do you think that newspapers and TV are backing Obama so because they know he will stick it to conservative radio in the form of the "Fairness Doctrine" if he's elected?

Anyway a 2 pt lead in the Gallup Traditional poll and a 4 pt lead in the IBD poll, which was most accurate in predicting the final 2004 results, is certainly a monkey wrench in the inauguration party planning Penny Pritzker is participating in in Hyde Park.

"Redistibuting Wealth" is Redistributing Votes!!!

Posted by: thecannula | October 28, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

barak obama is going to end
the 401K system!
this is bull!
NOBAMA08

http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/10/24/obama-dems-seek-to-end-401-k-plans/

Posted by: USA3 | October 28, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

blevins20061,

I agree, it is inappropriate, but not quite on the same level as the two skinheads arrested yesterday who wanted to murder Obama after their perverted hope to murder over 100 other people first.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 28, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

raising corporate taxes
to give handouts to the poor?
this will drive consumer costs
through the ceiling
and put hiring on the
back burner.
this obama nonsense
is enough to make you sick.
now the dem's are talking
about trashing our 401K system????
seems it is not fair to people
who have not put any money into
their retirement accounts???
this is all half *ss backwards.
NOBAMA08

Posted by: USA3 | October 28, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

obama is so terribly weak
on foriegn policy,
and his plans to make
the tax system 'fair'
in his image of 'fair'
and the fact that the only
strong stance he has
displayed,
is the firm resolve
to say whatever is nessesary
to get elected.
truth is obviously not
his strong suit.

NOBAMA08

Posted by: USA3 | October 28, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Why is the PALIN HANGING BY A NOOSE in West LA story being covered by WASH POST?

LATIMES.COM- Palin effigy hanging

I guess those in my PG county neighborhood won't be able to protest my Obama hanging by a noose as "part of my Halloween decorations", because it's perfectly ok for the gay community in LA to get away with this.

This is disgusting and just proves where our country is headed.

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 28, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I dont want a "game show" hostess as VP...

With all of the lies from the Palin/McCaint ticket...

I wonder if they even can fully understand the problem that they have created with this person as a VP Choice....

With the McCaint Campaign and their "spin" on this choice is so sadly moronic that the RNC/GOP card holders want to "dress her up" in a wardrobe that exceeds more than what middle class Americans can make in 3 years...on womens clothes...

The "elitism" of Obama who was shown in a Time magazine picture of his shoes worn, yet mcCaint has 500 dollar shoes...

If they wanted peeeuuu Palin to be more like "small town" America why did they not allow her to continue to buy fashions from Walmart...what are they saying that "small town" clothing is for "rubes"...

This country is in such a mess from Bush2 the only place Americans COULD go is Walmart, at least WE could afford their prices

Putting peeeuuu Palin in Michael Jacksons 20 year old jacket from "Thriller" and peeeuuu Palin "explaining" what the VP does was so pathetic and laughable..that more people need to see it...and see for themselves what an idiot she truly is..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H1hKaHDSvg&feature=user

..Instead of spending 150,000 dollars on clothing, hiring a make up artist at 24,500 a month....

They should have hired a "fragrance consultant"..because their pathetic and laughable campaign...... stinks.....really badly

And for ALL of the lies from peeeuuu Palin go to......

http://dailysource.org/palinvideos

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 28, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I dont want a "game show" hostess as VP...

With all of the lies from the Palin/McCaint ticket...

I wonder if they even can fully understand the problem that they have created with this person as a VP Choice....

With the McCaint Campaign and their "spin" on this choice is so sadly moronic that the RNC/GOP card holders want to "dress her up" in a wardrobe that exceeds more than what middle class Americans can make in 3 years...on womens clothes...

The "elitism" of Obama who was shown in a Time magazine picture of his shoes worn, yet mcCaint has 500 dollar shoes...

If they wanted peeeuuu Palin to be more like "small town" America why did they not allow her to continue to buy fashions from Walmart...what are they saying that "small town" clothing is for "rubes"...

This country is in such a mess from Bush2 the only place Americans COULD go is Walmart, at least WE could afford their prices

Putting peeeuuu Palin in Michael Jacksons 20 year old jacket from "Thriller" and peeeuuu Palin "explaining" what the VP does was so pathetic and laughable..that more people need to see it...and see for themselves what an idiot she truly is..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H1hKaHDSvg&feature=user

..Instead of spending 150,000 dollars on clothing, hiring a make up artist at 24,500 a month....

They should have hired a "fragrance consultant"..because their pathetic and laughable campaign...... stinks.....really badly

And for ALL of the lies from peeeuuu Palin go to......

http://dailysource.org/palinvideos

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 28, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

More mentally deficient angry bigots flooding to a venue - boy what a following.

C'mon Nov 4 - then, good riddance ms palin, you and your schtick won't be missed.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions | October 28, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Jelow

What is your problem? Do you characterize all seniors as 'fart problems'? Do you wish them to pass on to decrease the surplus population and increase the government revenues through estate confiscation? Another fine example of reconciliation!

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

Is Palin a Whackjob?


YOU BETCHA!


Whackjob: noun - A crazy, possibly dangerous, person.
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http://www.allwords.com/word-whackjob.html
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Politico brings word that McCain advisors are upping the verbal leak campaign against Sarah Palin, who must long for the days when members of her campaign were calling her a hockey mom and Josephine Six-Pack.


***In convo with Playbook, a top McCain adviser one-ups the priceless “diva” description, calling Palin “a whack job.”
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http://www.politico.com/playbook/
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Whack job. It's a good charge, cause it's true! This is one of my favorite leaks from the anti-Palin forces working for McCain, right up with the claim that she's "going rogue." Like Iran?


I've never seen a breakdown in discipline like this on a presidential campaign. It testifies to McCain's lack of leadership and to the state of his campaign. Knowing they're going to lose, Mittens' kittens are angling for advantage against Palin going into the 2012 primary.


Ah, yes, the coming GOP primary. Fantasize, my friends, with me. It's 2011, Obama and the Democrats in Congress have passed good progressive legislation to help bring us out of recession, institute universal health care, and end our dependence on foreign oil. Our troops are home from Iraq. Then we will all get to sit back and watch Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and whoever else fight for the right to lose to Obama.

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

"Blah, blah, blah..."

Is McCain for real?

What's next: fart noises?

Posted by: jelow | October 28, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Or is this going to be repeat of Carpet-baggers invading the South post Civil-War?

Posted by: jhpbriton | October 28, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain Is A Socialist!


Down in the polls, John McCain's new Divide & Flail™ strategy is to call Barack Obama's tax cut for 95% of Americans "socialism."


Well, McCain must have once been a socialist, because it turns out that for years he supported higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for lower taxes on the middle-class.


The YouTube don't lie:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8EyGpOU3qM
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OMG! Oh No, Palin Is A Socialist Too!


It's not just McCain -- Sarah Palin is a socialist too! Hendrik Hertzberg notes (emphasis added):


"A few weeks before Palin was nominated for Vice-President, she told a visiting journalist—Philip Gourevitch, of this magazine—that "we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs."


Here's the mavericky straight-talk, my friends:
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http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2008/11/03/081103taco_talk_hertzberg
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to reconciliation after the election or will we see scorched earth approach?

Posted by: jhpbriton | October 28, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I love how hard the media spins for her. translation of this post "I know she is an idiot, and most people in the country won't vote for her, but she draws thousands of hormone infused men."

Posted by: julian9682 | October 28, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

My only consolation for the fact that some ultra right-wing Republicans are smitten by Palin's black-white Nano-Weltanschauung - big word for someone using Getcha-speak winking left & right ...

is that the First Dude of Wasilla, Alaska has to live with Her Governess.

As for the rest of mankind, can almost wish Palin & Her First Dude ever so happy wolf-hunting (from the comforts of a government helicopter?) in less than one week.

After that, welcome to US Obama, Madam Palin.

Posted by: hchiba | October 28, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Breaking: "Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel delivered a scathing indictment of the McCain-Palin campaign in a recent interview with The New Yorker. Hagel says he’s "very disappointed" by the McCain campaign and ripped into McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate. "I don’t believe she’s qualified to be President of the United States," Hagel told the magazine. "The first judgment a potential president makes is who their running mate is—and I don’t think John made a very good selection." Hagel scoffed at McCain’s attempts to portray her as an experienced politician, according to author Connie Bruck. "To try to make the excuse that she looks out her window and sees Russia—and that she’s commander of the Alaska National Guard." He added, "There is no question that this candidate is arguably the thinnest-résumé candidate for Vice-President in the history of America."

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 28, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

AN INSIDE JOB!!!

Sarah Palin has proven to be more ruthless and cunning, than even John McCain could have imagined. She has managed to co-op the Republican base, steal his so-called maverick title, pillege the RNC funds bank, and start campaigning against Mitt Romney for the 2012 nomination all on John McCain's nickle.

John McCain fancied himself the Hugh Hefner of politics (i.e. collecting has-been beauty contestants). Turns out he ended up: wallet stolen, dignity gone and handcuffed to the hotel bed....

"Make-Believe" Maverick -versus- "Rogue" Maverick

Posted by: targaray | October 28, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Maverick Personality Disorder:

http://tinyurl.com/5ggtte

Posted by: janawalter87 | October 28, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

She's a rightwing, political porn-star. Their fantasy of the perfect female, dressed in a politician costume, looking over her shoulder and winking. She can even sound like she means it, if you don't look too carefully.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 28, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $1200

McCAIN’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $300 + LOWER

CORPORATE TAXES FOR BUSINESES CREATING
MIDDLE CLASS JOBS

LET’S SEE- $1200 CHECK VS $300 CHECK+JOB

hmmmmm, what a dilemma…

Posted by: thecannula | October 28, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 28, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

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