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By Michael Birnbaum
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin swept into Northern Virginia this morning to fire up Republican voters in the battleground state eight days before the presidential election.

Thousands of supporters turned out to the GOP vice presidential candidate's rally at J.R.'s Festival Lakes in Leesburg. Palin appeared onstage shortly after 10 a.m. Her visit was part of an intensified effort by Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign to keep the state's 13 electoral votes in the Republican column.

Polls in recent weeks have shown a tight race in Virginia between McCain (Ariz.) and the Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.). A new Washington Post poll shows that Obama has an eight-point lead over McCain, with 52 percent of likely voters in Virginia backing the Democrat and 44 percent backing the Republican.

Before Palin spoke, the crowd chanted, "Use your brain, vote McCain!" Signs in the crowd exhorted: "Keep Virginia Red" and "VA and DC need mavericks."

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By Web Politics Editor  |  October 27, 2008; 10:38 AM ET
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I saw asian americans for McCain in Va palin really. Did he refer to asians as the G word?

Posted by: r4147824 | October 28, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse


Thanks for the opportunity to discuss our differing positions.

Sorry, I was at work.
You have a problem with Jack Welch. I see him as a money magnet: wherever he goes, money follows. He pulled GE out of Rhode Island and thousands of middle class workers lost their jobs and are still suffering. So, the officials of Rhode Island are reconsidering their 9% state corporate tax rate- what do you think they should do? Isn't it the same thing WE should do on Nov 4th? Let's cut US corporate tax rates so Jack's successors running multinational corporations don't see the US the way Jack saw Rhode Island...But Rooster, It's Not Personal- It's Just Business...

Obama is now on tape from 2001 confirming that he wants to redistribute wealth and change the supreme court to assist in this task-

John Mccain wants to keep business in America by cutting corporate taxes-

Socialism (Redistributive economy) has failed EVERYWHERE it's been tried- according to the World Health Org., countries with the highest rate of suicide are all socialist- take away incentive and employment goes down, suicide goes up- is that the country for which you will vote?

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: thecannula | October 27, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised that Grampy McCain is getting his butt kicked in this election because I'm still trying to figure out what the McCain campaign message is, other than?:
"Don't vote for the scary black guy"

Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting and fun to watch the GOP shrink to a few nativist haters, a couple of religious nuts, and the Kathryn Jean-Lopez's of the world in the next few years.

As long as the Rethuglican party continues to offer huge outsized tax breaks for the filthy rich and nothing for everyone else, the extremist nuts will be the only one's left carrying the GOPer banner after 2008.

I think it is going to be a while before we hear about the big tent Republican party.

Ladies and Germs...I give you your 2009 Republican party:

All hail the GOPer "pup tent party"!

Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

How about an actual press conference, Sarah?


Only a complete subhuman would advocate gunning down animals from airplanes. Compassion is not in this woman's vocabulary.

Posted by: marSF | October 27, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 27, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I suppose it should go without saying that if Palin has been reduced to speaking to hard-right audiences, but can't do any nonpartisan interviews because they're confident she'll blow it, and can't appear without John McCain because he may have to bail her out if things get dicey, and generally can't do anything but stay in her little anti-media box, coming out twice a day like the little bird in a cuckoo clock to yell a few phrases into a crowd and leave again, she's all but useless to her own campaign. Her favorable ratings have been diving. She's still got Troopergate in the works. There's still gawd knows how much embarrassing tape from her Katie Couric interview, which is probably going to keep being dribbled out from now until the election. So far, she's been making her most indelible American impressions on the pages of the National Enquirer.

Yeah, Palin's firing up the wingnut base. Who cares. The wingnut base is the easiest group of people on the planet to fire up. They get fired up when they think gays might steal their marriages. They get fired up when they have to press "one" for English. They get fired up when some black guy gets all uppity and runs for president. They get fired up when their sub-sub-sub-version of Christianity isn't the dominant religious ideal of the nation. Holding Sarah Palin in front of them is like teasing a dog through a fence, but that's about it.

So ya know, McCain -- by all means, if you're going to throw this Hail Mary pass, then throw it in earnest. Let her pop on out there for interviews with real reporters -- you know, as opposed to the biting "journalism" of people like Kristol and Hannity. Have her answer questions on the stump that haven't been pre-approved in triplicate. Right now, "maverick" seems synonymous with "coward" -- if the strength of your convictions extends only to inciting crowds against Obama, and you've got nothing else to run with, then I don't think you can get too snippy when the public just starts laughing at you.

I don't want Obama to win because McCain's campaign sucks as badly as most Democratic campaigns have in previous years. I want him to win on the issues. But since McCain and Palin are avoiding even mentioning the issues -- or even appearing in locations where they might be, shudder, asked about them -- I guess we'll have to settle for the first.


Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain and the Wingnuts are seeing their 90's power grap being yanked away from them because of their own incompetence and they're throwing a tantrum. After controlling the white house for the last eight years and controlling congress for ten of the last twelve years they've proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that conservatism is a failed ideology and now they're panicking.

Here's some straight-talk, my friends:

Posted by: DrainYou | October 27, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse




Watch the news out of Alaska. The major papers up there say Palin's not ready for national office. A preliminary leaked finding on Troopergate or Expenses-Gate could ease the way for a second coming of "Mitt the Economy Fixer."

Think it's too late, too "Maverick-y" for an 11th-hour switcheroo?

Well, something's gotta give...

It may be McCain's only path to victory, short of machinations he'd probably like to avoid.


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 27, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone think of another country (or superpower? China, India, Brazil, the EU?) that would want "mavericks" to run for the two highest political offices? Would actually want them to govern?

"Mavericks", like well-dressed Palin, are good with horses (maybe) and, in Alaska only, shooting defenseless wolves from helicopters with automatic weapons.

Cruelty and disrespect for wild animal life doesn't really make Palin qualified to deal with technical economic decisions that concern 300 million Americans.

Posted by: hchiba | October 27, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Virginia polls close at 7 PM on election night.

If Pennsylvania and Virginia vote Obama its a real early night.

The GOP can celebrate like its 1964.


Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

It's over. The VCU poll has Obama up by 11% in Virginia.

And their model reflects blacks being 14% of the electorate in Va; blacks are 20% of the population and will probably be 24% of the vote in this election.

That's a solid double digit lead.

And given that McCain sanctimoniously dissed Iowa (caucus, ethanol) and Colorado (water rights), he can't lose Virginia and win the election.

It's over.

Posted by: jrob822 | October 27, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Watch what women in Alaska say about Palin:

Posted by: Marc12345 | October 27, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Please, McCain camp is accusing Obama of everything, Have you seen the latest insane lie about Obama's charater.

Not even Michelle is off limits to them, They accuse her of Having a DUI in theyre latest attacks.

Posted by: pastor123 | October 27, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

This nation is on the verge of something historic - the election of a black man as President of the United States. If is fair to say the entire world is watching. It is also fair to say the vast majority is rooting for a Republican defeat. If you don’t believe me you clearly don’t read anything.

How did we get to this place and time? How did a freshman Senator inspire millions of voters to finance his unlikely campaign? Why is he leading in the polls? How did this happen?

Well, I’ll tell you how it happened for me.

I was one of those who had doubts about the Iraq war. I did not believe that Iraq was an imminent threat to the United States. Not that Saddam was a good guy ( he wasn’t) however there are lots of bad guys in the world who are not an imminent threat to us whom we don’t attack. We were already flying over his country everyday. There was a tight embargo. Unless he had nuclear weapons how big a threat could he be?

The Administration then lied to us about Saddam and his weaponry.. Further, it sent out a duped Colin Powell to convince us. Bush knew we would believe Colin. So the United States of America, beacon of liberty, attacked a third world country, destroyed its hapless military, made rubble of its infrastructure and occupied it.

Later the lies came out. There were no dangerous weapons. Just fudged intelligence.

The Dems swept into control of Congress in 2006. Bush’s veto could override a 51-49 majority in the Senate so the war went on. Notwithstanding every indication that the majority of Americans didn’t want this war to continue, it went on anyway with no end date. I watched the war go on. I watched as we tortured prisoners, suspended Habeas Corpus and shredded the Constitution. I watched as Bush politicized the Justice Department and placed incompetent political hacks in high office.

So here we are. Tens of millions of us have made this journey starting a different places for different reasons; a journey which began with a distaste and disgust with Bush to a point where we may take our country back. Tens of millions have worked hard, made whatever donations we could afford and are already voting in many states.

The whole world is rooting for us to succeed. The whole world needs an America they can look up to again.



Posted by: toritto | October 27, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The Way That We Should See McCain & Palin From Now On:
Maverick Personality Disorder: A New Diagnosis

Posted by: janawalter87 | October 27, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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