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To Avoid Being 'Depressed,' Palin Skimps on Campaign News

By Juliet Eilperin
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- No wonder GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin harbors such hostility toward the mainstream media: her staff imposes limits on her access to it.

During a fundraiser here that raised $800,000 last night, Palin admitted that her aides often dissuade her from tuning into televised coverage of the presidential campaign.

"So North Carolina, I appreciate you all so much, who are here who already get it. You know, maybe I'm preaching to the choir a little bit here, but being here encourages me because I know that I'm not alone and I'll send this message back to John McCain also. At those times on the campaign trail when sometimes it's easy to get a little bit discouraged, when, you know, when you happen to turn on the news when your campaign staffers will let you turn on the news," she said, prompting laughter from the group. "Usually they're like 'Oh my gosh, don't watch. You're going to, you know, you're going to get depressed.'"

She added that while she doesn't always appreciate the way reporters portray the GOP ticket, she's been bolstered by the prayers of many of the campaign's backers.

"But yeah, sometimes you do get depressed watching what it is that they're reporting and the spin and some of the distortion of what our message is and what we stand for. Sometimes that, that gets draining," she continued. "But it's at events like these and our rallies that we are so energized and inspired and we know that we are not alone. We feel your strength and we feel the power of prayer, so many of you tell us that you are praying for us and praying for our country and that's why we so appreciate you being here."

Giving credit to a higher power for the day's poll ratings, the Alaska governor told the roughly 500-person audience that things might be changing. "We even saw today, thank the Lord," she said, looking upwards and raising her fist, "We saw some movement."

Palin has continued to shun the national print and television journalists who follow her on a daily basis, instead courting local reporters and Republican-affiliated journalists. Today she did short interviews with reporters from Bangor, Me., as well as Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C., along with a 15-minute session with Weekly Standard reporter Fred Barnes.

But Palin paid homage to one new mainstream media star -- Joe Wurzelbacher, the plumber John McCain repeatedly referred to during Wednesday night's debate. The Alaska governor mentioned Joe the plumber during both her public rallies yesterday, but she confessed at the fundraiser that even she was sick of mentioning him. Then she proceeded to talk about him at length.

"And I, I begged our speech writers, 'Don't make me say 'Joe the Plumber,' please, in any speeches.' And I was asked, 'Just one time, just at this fund raiser,'" she recounted. "Just make sure people understand that we know what Joe the Plumber was talking about when he was confronting Barack Obama and saying, 'Wait a minute, aren't you going to take my money, take my earnings and give it to somebody else who maybe hadn't worked as hard as I have worked?'"

"What about this reward for strong work ethic, isn't that what capitalism is all about? Isn't that what the American economy should be based upon? And so when I mention Joe the Plumber, know that that's why I do mention it. Because we understand what his concerns were as he spoke to Barack Obama there in that rope line," she added. "We will be working for Joe the Plumber and working for the small business owners and those who wish to own business, those who have that entrepreneurial spirit and want to grow business and create jobs, hire more people and take care of their families. And with millions of American struggling to sustain a small business right now, I hope that business owners especially across this great nation are paying very, very close attention to the differences in the candidates."

Palin also made a point of mentioning that she loved to visit the "pro-America" areas of the country, of which North Carolina is one. No word on which states she views as unpatriotic.

An obvious candidate might be California -- a state Palin has campaigned in -- because, as she told the audience, she and McCain have encountered problems enlisting famous performers in their cause.

"In fact, we were on the bus today, we were making a list of who are some celebrity singers who could come out and help us and gosh, for the life of us, the pickins were slim there," she said. "Who's quasi-conservative out there in the celebrity land?"

Palin proceeded to then thank country singers Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Greenwood for appearing on her behalf: Greenwood had belted out "God Bless the USA" at her rally in Bangor, Me., yesterday morning, while Williams sang his "McCain-Palin Tradition" tune in the afternoon in Elon, N.C.

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 17, 2008; 8:45 AM ET
Categories:  Sarah Palin , The Green Zone  
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Comments

To mercyalone:

THAT is my my point exactly. There is not much difference in the population of the two states, yet no one asks Biden that type of question. Yet the media has questioned her qualifications BECAUSE the population of Alaska is so small compared to most other states.

Besides, read the Constitution. I don't beleive the President's job description includes any CEO type activity. The president is not supposed to "manage" the economy. That's called a tyrannical dictatorship a la Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung, Hugo Chavez, etc.

On the question of security clearances, Obama would not be able to get one to be a Secret Service agent that protects him (discepancies about his actual birthplace), yet he's qualified? Again, this is NOT the spouse of the candidate, but the candidate himself. Which is worse? And be honest.

Posted by: ElProfe7787 | October 18, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Is the Baby constantly SEDATED?
How come the baby never cries in public with all that noise - in day or late night?

Posted by: Bisports | October 18, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"couldn't think of any Hollywood celebrity elites who were republican enough for their litmus test? Did they bother to contact Dennis Franz, … Don King,"

Ever want to hear Don King sing???
Never.

Posted by: bobzaguy | October 18, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

To elprofe7787
Bud! Alaska only has 670,000 residents what are you talking about? Wow how the brainwashed have fallen !!!! Do you really think Palin is competent enough to run this troubled economy? She abused her power over 670,000 people in Alaska,what's she gonna do with America? And it looks like her husband won't even be able to get security clearence unless McCain intervenes,now what???????????????????

Posted by: mercyalone | October 18, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

In 8 years the Rebubilican Party has taken us from a surplus to a deficit,and people are contemplating voting for 4 more years of Republican Rule? Only the rich would be gulliable enough to do this! Middle class people who work hard for their money have had enough !!!!! What does a millionaire know about working hard to pay for your home,or a tank of gas even. Obama came from up from this,he knows what it's like to work hard to get where you are and not depend on Daddy's name to get you ahead as McCain did. So I guess you think his choice of running mate is a well thought out process to? This man's Presidency would be just as haphazard as his campaign.You people better get off your racial high horse and put this "country first for real" It's said this woman possesses a communitions degree? Didn't those 5 schools teach her to form complete sentences? I know for sure Americans are gulliable but to agree with Sarah Palin,I've heard her use everything but the "N word" I use to think Republicans were smart,now I know better !!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mercyalone | October 18, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Fox News....LOL You idiots and President Bush have messed this country up so bad that we are actually on the verge of electing a Black Man for President of the United States of America. Can you believe that? I really doubt if America could survive 4 more years of Bush/McCain type politics. Palin, is a saint compared to Dick (Pure Evil) Cheney. All you Fox News watchers loved Bush. What happened? You don't seem to know him anymore? Wasn't he your hero? This has politcally been the worst 8 years of my life. Bill (Hypocrite)O'Rielly, Sean Hannity and Rush(Dopefiend) Limbagh are the most anti-american people I know. Have a great weekend!

Posted by: dmobile2go | October 18, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Looks like some Cons have had their regular morning glass of vitriol.

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | October 18, 2008 3:59 AM | Report abuse

To golfer78015:

If McCain is running the worst political campaign in the history of this nation, I know who is running a very close second (according to the within-margin-of-error difference in most credible polls). That would be, oh, uh, umm, uh, who is that? I forget. Oh, Yea, it's THAT ONE, you know, Barack Obama.

But I do agree that Gov. Palin is the least competent candidate for Vice President that any one could "imagine" because the Obama campaign (with the pick of Biden) has already cornered the market on "real", not "imagined" incompetence, hypocrisy, stupidity, (yes, stupid for his "Stand up, Chuck. Let 'em see you!" statement to Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham in a wheelchair, among other such gaffes) and prevarication (His lips are moving, aren't they? Then he must be lying.)

Posted by: ElProfe7787 | October 18, 2008 3:22 AM | Report abuse

To t1c52002:

It's bad enough that the mainstream media will twist facts to suit their every day clearer agenda (Change this country to a socialist haven for all the people that don't want to work, but expect to be taken care of from cradle to grave). But when the information is distorted in its travel from your eyes to your brain, it answers a question I ask myself everyday. How can any person who has benefited from, and defended the opportunities afforded by this country, even consider voting for Obama?

1. "Dissuade" (in the arcticle)is very different from "not allowing" (your words). It is the opposite of persuade. Both involve advising or urging, pro or con, not preventing or forcing some activity.

2. It's funny how when you want to be literal you choose the image of Gov. Palin almost on her knees, "begging". (See the difference between dissuade and not allow above. You sure didn't take dissuade literally.)

3. She said pro-American "areas" of the country not pro-American "small towns" as you stated. By areas, I am pretty sure she means the areas of the country that do tend to vote conservative, such as middle America and yes, the South. These "pro-America" areas tend to supply a disproportionate percentage of military service volunteers compared to the liberal West and East coasts.

4. Would you be willing to talk to people who distorted virtually everything you said? As the saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me". So why should she subject herself to the condescending attitudes and questions of Gibson and Couric and their ilk? Questions they wouldn't dare ask Obama/Biden. You will never hear this question from them, "So Senator Obama, why do you think that 143 days in the US Senate, resulting in mostly "PRESENT" votes, qualifies you to be President of the US? And you Senator Biden, Why you don't even have any executive experience in your little state of ONLY 853,476 residents (2006 estimate). Alaska has more moose tha that. What qualifies you?"

Nowhere in the article does Gov. Palin ever say she gets depressed as the headline implies. Why? Because the writer knows that in our microwave society, many people will not take the time to read the entire article and will form a judgement just from the misleading headline.

I salute and thank you for your service to this great country. You were willing to use your body to defend it, now use your brain to protect it from the likes of Obama/Biden.

No, this is what I envision after a terrorist attack. She will calmly put on her lipstick just right, pick up her hockey stick, and put some slapshots on some terrorist butt. And that doesn't work, she can always use her "moose rifle", if the Democrat controlled Congress has taken away our 2nd Amendment rights.

Posted by: ElProfe7787 | October 18, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't you love to see Palin on any one of the Sunday morning talk shows, such as Meet the Press, Face the Nation or CBS Sunday Morning News. The world would then have no doubt that Palin not only cannot put a sentence together (let me give her a hint: subject, predicate, object) but also that she simply does not know anything. It's not that she is stupid, she is just plain ignorant. Outside of having run the worst political campaign in the history of this nation, McCain's biggest mistake is that he picked the least competent candidate for Vice President that any one could imagine.

Posted by: golfer78015 | October 18, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Wait let me get this straight.

The VP of a major party is:

1. Not allowed to watch media by her staff.
2. Has to beg her speechwriter for topics that SHE is going to talk about? Why beg and not just write your own?
3. Does not feel that anyone outside of a small town is pro-american? Guess me being from Charleston is not pro-american (even though I served in the Marines during the 1st Iraqi war and voted for Reagan TWICE and Bush Sr. TWICE).
4. Is not allowed to talk to any media unless it has been vetted by her campaign.

What is going on here? So what is going to happen if she wins the VP? We get a terror attack and she goes into hiding because she is too depressed to watch the news? HUH?

Posted by: t1c52002 | October 18, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

i like mccain but palin is too inexperienced
however if obama wins all my people can keep coming to america from el salvador and get everything for free. were moving way beyond los angeles hello minnesota, hello iowa and hello colorado were coming.

Posted by: dflor69 | October 17, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

TO: jeanbrandt and Miller123

Perhaps WE aren't the ones who are anit-American?
I'd say McCain/Palin are!
Sell Alaska back to the Russians! That ought to put in dent in our National debt!

Go back to Nam McCain....they LOVE you there and take blondie with you...maybe you could by a nice house there too!

Posted by: linda_preisendorfer | October 17, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

So Fibber McCain & Mooselini couldn't think of any Hollywood celebrity elites who were republican enough for their litmus test? Did they bother to contact Dennis Franz, Little-Rickie Schroeder, James Earl Jones, Tom Selleck, Clint Eastwood, Loretta Lynn, James Woods, Mary Lou Retton, Don King, Rachel Hunter, Dean Cain, Charlton Heston, Dennis Miller, Meat Loaf, Tony Danza, Mike Ditka, Pat Sajak (Dan Quayle's lost twin), Patricia Heaton, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Chris Evert, Bill Belichick, Drew Carey, Vincent Gallo, Sylvester Stallone, Dixie Carter, Adam Sandler, Jamie Farr (yes, Klinger), Ted Nugent, Wayne Newton, Robert Conrad, Shirley Jones, Robert Davi, LeAnn Rimes, Ron Silver, Janine Turner, Andy Garcia, LL Cool J, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, 50 Cent (yes "fiddy cent"), Ben Stein, Kid Rock, Robert Duvall, Cheryl Ladd, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Kim Alexis, Jessica Simpson, Ronan Tynan, Heather Locklear, Jack Nicklaus, Gloria Estefan, Martina McBride, Kirk Cameron, Michelle Gellar, Susan Lucci, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Karl Malone (yes, Karl Malone), Stephen Baldwin (yes, a Baldwin), Nick Lachey, Bo Derek, Dr. Phil, Scott Baio, Bruce Willis, Jon Voight, Kathey Ireland, Trace Adkins, Curt Schilling, Jackie Mason, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mel Gibson, Mari Osmond, Richard Petty, Shannen Doherty, Johnny Ramone, Lee Ann Womack, Sara Evans, John Elway, Danny Aiello, Naomi Judd, Tom Clancy, Dennis Hopper, Chuck Norris, Angie Harmon, Kelsey Grammer (yes, Sideshow Bob), Britney Spears (yes, Paris Hilton's lover), Sonny Bono, Ronald Reagan, Fred Grandy, John Wayne, Elvis, Jack Kemp or Fred Thompson? Um... maybe they just meant they couldn't find any TALENTED conservative celebrities.

Posted by: InsertName005 | October 17, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Okay, for all you bonafide BONEHEADS that vote for McCain/Palin read my lips....you're a bunch of idiots!
This lady can't even manager her own children much less this great Country.
I have inside information on the lady with the ruby slippers. My life long friend, who lives in Anchorage, Alaska gives me first hand info on the broad running for VP. Please don't give her sympathy votes because she has a Downs Syndrome baby! PLEASE! And just because John McCain was a Vietnam War hero, what about his loyal first wife who waited for him to come back and then he dumped her for this sexy blond who claimed how much income.... 4.WHAT million dollars last year! Greed is what got this Country in the trouble we are in now folks! GOOD GRIEF! Here's another reason why not to vote for McCain.
What qualifications does Palin have to run this Country if she can't run her own family? A pregnant unmarried teenage daughter and a kid in drug rehab? Next thing you know she'll be doing what Bill Clinton did with one of her interns like Monica Lewinsky...only it'll be a guy. My friend in Anchorage's daughter in law worked in the Alaskan Legislature and let me tell you folks, Sarah Palin is rotten to the core and POWER MAD. She puts on a good front but right now in this Country we need a VP who is a learned,and a good and honest person, Sarah isn't.
So sue me lady!
My husband and I cast our absentee ballots yesterday and we voted for Obama/Biden!
The color of a mans skin has no issue in this race, what IS the issue is WHO can fix this screwed up economy after Bushie-poo leaves office. THANK GOD! I hope your daughter finds her missing cell phone but she was probably too busy flirting with some South American gigolo with an ounce of pure cocaine and a bottle of Rum in his possession. The truth hurts doesn't it, G.W.??? Obama/Biden...10-4 good buddy!

Posted by: linda_preisendorfer | October 17, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey Sara why don't you go join "Joe Plumber" in your attempt to make this country better through hard wrok. What a crock!! Take more money from that bald idiot and give it to us that know something about life. Maybe you should take that baby of yours as a sign of how unqualified you really are!! I'm a little afraid your god sides with Rev. Write these days. Ayres was right, tare this rediculious country apart starting with those capitalist that built it!!!!

Posted by: mickeymouse221 | October 17, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

i know Sarah Palin doesn't like to read, and NEVER reads effete, elite, east coast liberal newspapers like the New York Times....of course, that is when she is not misquoting them in order to pretend they agree with her false claims re Obama's Ayers connection.

However, if Palin read the NY Times this morning, before applying her beauty pagent makeup, she would have read the extensive article and analysis of the Joe Plumber exploitation, detailing THAT IF OBAMA'S TAX INCREASES WERE IMPLEMENTED AND IF JOE PLUMBER BOUGHT THE PLUMBING BUSINESS THAT EARNED $280,000 HE WOULD PAY $600 MORE THAN UNDER JOHN McCAIN'S TAX PLAN!

So, FOR $600, SARAH PALIN IS PREPARED TO PROSTITUTE HER CREDIBILITY IN ORDER TO LIE ABOUT OBAMA'S TAX PLAN AND TRY DISCREDIT HIM. Pretty disgusting, huh?

Posted by: TruthFairy | October 17, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

This has to be one of the crowning moments in bigotry. In one speech the First Racist manages to convey:

1) anyone who doesn't support Palin is anti-American;
2) anyone who doesn't support Palin is anti-God.

Maybe the 160,000,000 or so of us who don't support this ignorant twit need to be shuffled off to Guantanamo and waterboarded. Check her next campaign stop for details.

Posted by: LardGreystoke | October 17, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

This has to be one of the crowning moments in bigotry. In one speech the First Racist manages to convey:

1) anyone who doesn't support Palin is anti-American;
2) anyone who doesn't support Palin is anti-God.

Maybe the 160,000,000 or so of us who don't support this ignorant twit need to be shuffled off to Guantanamo and waterboarded. Check her next campaign stop for details.

Posted by: LardGreystoke | October 17, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

When Palin is President her aides can shield her from bad news and those mean-spirited reporters, and put her out on the road meeting "real people," i.e., Joe Sixpacks, Hockey Moms, and Joe the Plumber. She can rally support from her 100% pro-American policies in the patriotic parts of the country. Palin can move her family up to Camp David - better yet, her home in Wasilla (can she get a per diem for that?)- and run the country from there. That way she doesn't have to get sullied by spending time in the nasty swamps of Washington.

Posted by: johnsonc2 | October 17, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I doubt that Palin's skin is that thin. This is just a ploy to try to pass herself off as something human.

Posted by: sherbug | October 17, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain's choice of Palin is indefensible. I donated money to his 2000 campaign but will vote against him this time around. The thought of Palin becoming President at any moment over the next 4 years is terrifying.

Posted by: bpai_99 | October 17, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

So lemme get this straight.

If Sarah Pa'in was President and she didn't want to get depressed about events and what was being said about her, she wouldn't read anything. Does that kind of incurious mind sound familiar?

Posted by: Roofelstoon | October 17, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

What Dungarees said. If she is so fragile she can't handle the news of an election she should NOT...I REPEAT NOT BE VICE PRESIDENT! What the hell is the country supposed to do if something happens? Let the situation cool down a bit..maybe give her a valium and gently let her know what is going on? OMFG WTF WFT! This is just crazy.

Posted by: dlanet | October 17, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

From the look of the polls:

Roughly 43% of the population are properly classified as pro-America Americans ...

Roughly 50- 51% of the nation are anti-America Americans ...

Then there are the "states" of Alaska and Texas, both of which would rather pretend that they are nations. If Obama becomes president their wish should become reality, or (better yet) America can pay off some of its national debt by selling Alaska to the Russians.

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Posted by: dmathew1 | October 17, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

From the presentation of Sara Palin she has been nothing more than a vile hate mongering unintelligible extremist. Put on top of that she has absolutely no idea what she is doing, in way over her head. This women is delusional for her to think she can do any thing other than be a pom pom girl for a bunch of demigods.

Posted by: pragman | October 17, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I normally don't comment, but this is the most insulting comment I've heard in a long time. Especially from some second rate sucessionist who's governed at state of only 600,000 people for the last 21 months. Is she implying that those that don't support her and McCain are anti-American? She should really stick with this one and see how far it goes. This comment alone should be enough for the "rest" of us Americans to make up our minds.

Posted by: rpaine | October 17, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Don't give up intrepid news media. Go paparazzi on her a##!

Posted by: gman5541 | October 17, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

We know just how patriotism Palin and her Alaska's independent party has for the lower 48 states...
*****
Why did the leader say , no way in h... did he want his body bury in our country..
"Country First!" That's the Republican battle cry this presidential season. But don't try selling that slogan to Lynette Clark, chairwoman of the Alaskan Independence Party, whose motto is "Alaska First -- Alaska Always."
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/09/10/alaska_secession/
** You can tell when a republican is lying , it when ever they open their mouth.

Posted by: Sport2069 | October 17, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Since according to Palin Californian's hate America, can we get our troops back from Iraq?

Posted by: johnndrama | October 17, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Sarah MCBrainlee will call in her REV WITCH DOCTOR , so he can cast a spell on OBAMA and then she and MCSHAMEFUL could have at least a chance to win.

Posted by: pokeymompokey | October 17, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

But I thought she reads "all of them"?

Shame on John McCain for this VP selection. Whenever I hear him talking about how he "stands up to his party" I just feel disgusted. He chose to grovel before the extreme right instead of doing what's best for the country.

Posted by: SportinLife | October 17, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

puppiesandkitties: That was beautifully written and oh so very true - we are ALL SUPPOSED TO BE AMERICANS! If Palin in ALL her STUPIDITY AND IGNORANCE wants to continue dividing us due to our differences, we cannot allow her and McCain to win because we know what would happen to us and our country; we will FALTER AND FAIL. We must all get out and vote for Obama where we actually have a CHANCE to make our country GREAT once again. Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts - wish that all could be just like you!

Posted by: ObamasLady | October 17, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I got some really tough news for you, Alaska.

Sarah Palin will be coming back to you in about two-and-a-half weeks.

Be patient with her, for she is going to need some time.

First of all, she is going to miss mesmerizing 10,000 people at a time with her pithy remarks off of a teleprompter. So, if she asks the entire population of Juneau to assemble in the city square and cheer wildly as she waves her hands and tosses her hair back, just put up with it. And, before you guys get boners, she isn’t winking at YOU.

Second, don’t get all snotty with her if she looks to buy a corporate jet. Sure, she sold the old one on eBay, but she has been flying around for two months on a major-league private jet…..and, as they say, once you do that, Alaska Air ain’t gonna cut it.

Third, don’t mind the 23 reporters at the National Inquirer’s new Anchorage Bureau. They won’t be bothering you……much.

Fourth, she has learned to have everything done for her by about 50 high-ranking former Bush staffers who were paid by the campaign. An extensive hiring plan for the Governor’s Office may be in the works when she gets back.

Fifth, even though she was “…totally cleared of any wrongdoing by the ‘Tasergate Commission,’ don’t be surprised if a very vindictive State GOP has a differing opinion of her. You betcha!

Sixth, no more earmarks for the state. She is looking to the future, and federal funding for the biggest welfare state in the nation doesn’t fit in. And don’t mind if Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal, and 20 other aspiring GOP-wanna-be’s start tearing up your state and your governor. It is a circular firing squad now, folks.

Seventh, just go ahead an assume that she will be out of the state for about 50% of the year. The 2012 Alaska GOP Primary isn’t where the action is…..but Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina is. She is going to be doing a lot of “Red State Fundraising” down there, too. You can read about it in her favorite newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. You think she was out to lunch the first two years of her term? You haven’t seen nuttin yet.

Eighth, just bear with her as she over-reaches on everything she will do in her final two years. She is going to have every foreign leader within 12,000,0000 miles of Alaska meeting with her about everything from oil to seal pelts. Lots of photo ops. Lots of travel expenses. Lots of press releases.

Ninth, if you’re Exxon Mobile or Shell, you better be ready for the daily phone calls about how the whole oil business thing is going. She needs to know.

Tenth – and finally. Todd, you might want to find someplace else to hang your boots. The whole “hanging around the office” thing looks too, ummm, “small-time.” Your wife is now “big time.” Can you do that laundry, too?

This is going to be one, long, painful two years for the Alaska Governor.

Think Katherine Harris.

Posted by: Jaxxon | October 17, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

That this moron has about a 45% chance of being the Vice President (and, if that occurs, a 25% chance of being President sometime in the next four years) takes my breath away.

Posted by: Jaxxon | October 17, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I read the speech portion of this article very carefully and I have one question.

What the hell did she just say?

It's not so much that people are bashing her for views but more so because she uses a lot of sixth grade words to say absolutely nothing. A middle school pep rally at the most. Her choice of words indicate that she cannot comprehend what's really going on. I cannot see her sitting at a table of world leaders making complex decisions and her truly comprehending. She will have to smile, wave and wink her way through it. I'm sorry, but I'm a woman, all for empowering women, but I'm embarrassed for her.

Posted by: Dawon | October 17, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"We saw some movement." Palin said.

I believe he ONLY MOVEMENT they have seen are their poll numbers going 'down' even more!

This woman is a complete EMBARRASSMENT to the U.S. because she can't speak and is completely unable to construct a concise sentence whenever she speaks. How can her supporters put up with listening to that nonsense? Oh, I know, they are just like her - incapable of seeing 'truth' even when it slaps them in their faces; only the 'evil of slime, sleaze and terror' continue to resonate with them! For McCain to say that, "I am proud of my supporters" - he must not have seen those supporters in action spewing their HATE!

It appears that anger toward Obama and his supporters pumps McCain and Palin up! Since she absolutely knows beyond a doubt that her days of 'basking in that evil applause' are over in two weeks, she is going to pump it for all she can get out of it.

Some of the posters commenting here seem to think that Gibson and Couric 'maliciously pulled one over' on Palin! When in fact, all they asked her were the same type questions any candidate should be asked so that the electorate could learn something about her as a politician and person. There was no "gotcha" in their questions. If she wants to believe that the "liberal media elite" GOT HER as her way of trying to pretend that she is 'QUALIFIED for VP [or God forbid POTUS], then that's her own doing because only the truth of her incompetence came out. Instead of trying to learn the things she should already know and make herself qualified, she would prefer to hide behind the reason that the media was picking on her.

She needs to go back to the wilderness where apparently having no brains can qualify you to be elected govenor! [Not a bad gig if you can pull it off!] 'Smart citizens' shouldn't have to put up with her very real 'terrorizing and frightening EVIL'.

Posted by: ObamasLady | October 17, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

McCain is an honorable man and a man of character. Sarah Palin actually scared me and there is no way I can vote for her.

Posted by: AdamHabibullah | October 17, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

nurallahjivraj, I was replying to noPostFoxTypeNewsPlease. Y'all have a nice day.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

MarkInAustin ... eeeee..... what a master stroke of Texan intellect ..
DUUUUUHHHHHHH..... I just lurv these Republican revolutionary thinking and brain waves

Posted by: nurallahjivraj | October 17, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

This is one of those funny joke speeches like Obama & McCain gave at that charity dinner yesterday, right?

Right?

Posted by: esmith22015 | October 17, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"Palin also made a point of mentioning that she loved to visit the 'pro-America' areas of the country, of which North Carolina is one. No word on which states she views as unpatriotic."

So if North Carolina goes for Obama, I assume it will be struck from the rolls of "pro-America" states.

This woman can no more avoid being gratuitously offensive than John McCain can avoid being perpetually grumpy.

Posted by: PeterPrinciple | October 17, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Pro-American vs. Anti-America? Wow, she's hitting her stride.

Look in my eyes...what do you see-hee?
The Cult of Person-al-it-y!

Posted by: jaho | October 17, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I am voting for McCain-Palin because I agree with more of their ideas than I do Obama. I assume that Obama voters agree with more of his ideas. Isn't that how it's supposed to work?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin is not getting the attention she was since Plumber Joe came on the scene, and she is pssssssst!. Interesting that McCain, Palin and Plumber Guy are all liars that look you straight in the eye. Must be a "cult".

Posted by: msreginacomcastnet | October 17, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Gallup has two methods of polling ... an Expanded (i.e. Democrats and Independents included he he) and a Traditional (i.e. it assumes Republicans are more likely to vote, so weights them accordingly - and not simply becuase more of them are obese he he).
To me its Gallup's way of:
(1) appeasing the looney right who complain at anything not remotely in their way of "thinking", and
(2) a hedge either way bet as Gallup has screwed up big time in the past quite a few times ...

Posted by: nurallahjivraj | October 17, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

If McCain-Palin win I swear I've lost all faith in America, because by the end of their term(s) it will be entirely to late to bounce back, I'm afraid. How can anyone vote republican with everything going on right now? I just don't get it, this 'please give me more of this' mentality...

Posted by: noPostFoxTypeNewsPlease | October 17, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"Gallop" has notoriously bad polling. The only "poll" that counts in on Election Day.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

So now there are entire portions of America that are un-American? There are large portions of this country that hate our country? PLEASE.

Just because people disagree with you and see the problems and faults of the country does not make them anti-American or less pro-American. I see the problem with over forty million people without health care, with infrastructure falling apart and millions on the verge of becoming homeless. I see the problem with regressive taxes and so many loopholes that individuals pay higher (and more) taxes than corporations and corporations have more rights than citizens. I see the problems with the schools (have worked in them for over ten years) and with the growing sense of entitlement without work. I see the problem of how we treat other nations, or individuals in this nation who are different and I see the problems of the me first and not in my back yard and not with my money attitudes of so many who claim to love this country.

So no more - you don't get to say entire portions of this country are not American enough, don't love their country enough because they disagree with you. We are Americans and to insult us is to insult the country. To borrow and paraphrase a line from a movie - you don't get to say you love America while hating Americans. Some of us are too busy working, looking for a job or taking care of our families to worry about whether we look American enough or patriotic enough. We work hard, pay our taxes (without trying to evade or put money off shore or forget to include it in our forms) and we love our country. So Sarah Palin - forget it. Do not try to divide this country or make us feel small. We have had it. No more. Americans can disagree, we can have different priorities and different views on how things can be run. But we all love this country, we all are proud of who we are and we are ALL Americans - and we are American enough.

Posted by: puppiesandkitties | October 17, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

***Gallup Poll.... Obama 50% Mccain 43%

PRINCETON, NJ -- The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report from Tuesday through Thursday shows Barack Obama with a 50%to 43% lead over John McCain among registered voters.

JPVanderbilt...not quite sure where you got your numbers but I got mine from Gallop

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | October 17, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Pro America and Anti America. Sounds like Secesh. Which, of course, she is. Her husband was a member of a party that hates America, and she just recently addressed them and told them to keep up the good work.

She is the real Manchurian candidate. She is a secret member of a party that wants Alaska to secede from the Union, all while moving freely in more main stream political parties, like the American Nazi Party (f/k/a as the Republican Party).

Make no mistake. Sarah Palin is a traitor and Secesh.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 17, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

JPVanderbilt, there will be some clinically "depressed" people around here if McCain and Palin win this thing.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The minute McCain picked Palin my friends thought I was a fool for not believing she was a good pick. Now my friends have mor confidence and trust in my decisions than ever before.

Posted by: COWENS99 | October 17, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse


***GALLUP SHOCK: 49 OBAMA, 47 MCCAIN WITH LIKELY VOTERS***

Joe the Plumber is destroying the Obama campaign.

Obama has been exposed as a socialist - take from the workers, give to the non-workers.

The Obama campaign is sinking like the Titanic. Can someone throw one of those styrofoam Greek columns to Obama before he drowns!


Posted by: JPVanderbilt | October 17, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

So we now know what a President Palin would do about that famous 3am phone call: she'd have had her aids turn the ringer off.

Posted by: dj333 | October 17, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I like to hear Sarah Palin talk...it always lets me know that Tina Fey will have something funny to perform.

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | October 17, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

No wonder Sarah Pain gets depressed with what is reported about her. She is one MEAN GIRL and wants you to believe otherwise!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQobIUE1zTU

See what Sarah's convention speech writer has to say about hunting. I'll bet you'll be surprised:

http://www.matthewscully.com/sportsman_politics.htm

Posted by: Shelbysez | October 17, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Open mouth, insert high heel.

Posted by: c2row | October 17, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh please. Why in the world would Palin's staff need to restrict access to media she never bothers to read anyway?!

Posted by: ac3024 | October 17, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Palin's family is depressing, but that doesn't keep her paying attention to them, does it?

Oh yeah, that's right.

If she was paying attention to them, her 17 yr old wouldn't be preggers right now.


Posted by: lichtme | October 17, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

jt12 and Dungarees, I believe the newsclipping service and PDB are all they will need.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin: the gift that just keeps on giving. Nice pick, Mr. McGoo.

Sarah, your 15 minutes of fame are up, just like "Joe the Plumber".

Posted by: owiz | October 17, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

So sayeth the ostrich.

Come on now. Palin's handlers prevent her from talking to reporters or reading the news because they don't want her to become depressed? How can she possibly expect to handle the stresses of the office of Vice President of the United States in a time of national crisis? What will she do, hide away in her home until the problem goes away? Do we really want someone who is that fragile and thin-skinned in the number 2 position in Washington D.C?

She sounds more like a toy poodle than a pitbull.

Posted by: labman57 | October 17, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

It's bad enough that Palin lets others put words in her mouth. That is, alas, the common practice for politicians; it's not as if any of them are intelligent enough to have an original thought. It's worse that she lets others decide for her what she reads and hears.

It's true that the news media is rarely objective. That's a problem that we all have to deal with. Some of us deal with it by thinking, research, cross-checking, and so on. Others, like Palin, simply cover their ears and eyes. The latter approach does not strike me as a good one for someone who styles herself a leader.

Posted by: EnjoyEverySandwich | October 17, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

She would be depressed by watching or learning the news?

What will happen, if she's elected, and learns that there was an Embassy bombing and people killed? What would happen if she's elected and learns that X number of U.S. military were killed in an action her Administration authorized? What would happen if there was a plane flying into the Pentagon?

Is her staff saying that she probably wouldn't be capable of handling the news? And if that's the case, does that mean that the Administration (or she) can't or shouldn't respond because it could be hurtful?

And please, don't give me more of the following:
"Giving credit to a higher power for the day's poll ratings, the Alaska governor told the roughly 500-person audience that things might be changing. "We even saw today, thank the Lord," she said, looking upwards and raising her fist, "We saw some movement."

Unless you're telling me that the Lord is getting involved in the election of McCain/Palin, then I don't want to hear it. And if the Lord wants to get involved, I'm sure he has enough means to 1) see that Obama/Biden aren't running and that McCain/Palin are annoited without the need for an election. After all, can't He do all? And if you need to tell Him to help, then He wasn't paying attention to you in the first place, so stop telling me about His contributions to the election.

Posted by: Dungarees | October 17, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

John and Sarah,
Please! Just go away.
Go far away and leave us alone so we can fix the mess Republicans have made.

Posted by: MortyR | October 17, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I've always thought "American-ness" means forward-looking, openness, self-reflectiveness and continuous improvement and innovation. I believe that that was how our forefathers and foremothers thought of themselves as opposed to the tradition-hugging and close-minded folks in Europe from which they migrated to this country. Our "American-ness", I believe, has contributed to our spectacular success in almost all arenas in the past two centuries.

GOP folks love to brag that they are the quintessential Americans. Sadly, they have no idea that their instincts to look backward and inward and their fierce assaults on critical and independent thinking have moved them much closer to the Europeans a couple of centuries back than our foreparents.

There is nothing wrong in being critical of our country so long as our criticisms are constructive and help us grow as a nation. It's the American thing to do. It's how our country has managed to achieve its greatness.

For the sake of our country and our identity, we should say NO to those who want to pull our country backward by putting our freedoms to think, imagine and to speak out of our reach.

Posted by: ChrisL1 | October 17, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Seeing Sarah Palin on the news every night makes ME depressed! If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. The President and Vice President don't get the luxury of avoiding the news.

Posted by: jt12 | October 17, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

VoiceofReason:

You were aware that Ohio was allowing same-day voter registration and VOTING "errors", right?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 17, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes Sarah, a drug addict and alcoholic like Hank Jr. is surely one of your people. I'm sure he and Todd have a lot in common.

Posted by: barnardj1 | October 17, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

there's enough great amo for the Obama camp to go on the attack - considering the slight narrowing of the polls in the last few days it is time the McNasty-Rottweiler camp was taken to task in the ads ... particularly the serious lack of judgement and the fact that a redneck bubbette could bring about the end of the world ... if a democrat has spewed the Pro-America stuff, there would have been a huge outburst ... ram it home .. this is not negative campaigning .. its simply factual reporting

Posted by: nurallahjivraj | October 17, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't like Sarah Palin.She is to cockey and she is doing Mc Cains dirty work. There campaning is the worst i have seen. They should be ashamed of themself Shame shame on them joenpeg

Posted by: joenpeg | October 17, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

i keep waiting for a rnc ad that tells us we've been punk'd

Posted by: smartchick1 | October 17, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

If your can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, ...
or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
or be hated, and not give way to hating,
and yet not look too good, nor talk too wise...
Rudyard Kipling, IF

Given the quality of the partisan commentary she has been getting, I have to say her aides are giving her good advice. It's hard to refrain from being poisoned by the concentrated viciousness.

Posted by: ValerieLooper | October 17, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Un-Friggin-Believable!!

The press (whether we agree are not) is a necessary evil in a functioning democracy. What Mcain/Palin has done was wage war on one of the only entities that they must utilize to communicate their "message" to the American public. They weren't stupid enough to ban access to outlets friendly to them and sympathetic to their "cause". But, they are completely willing to manipulate news cycles to drive a negative narrative on their opponents. It is karma that they are not getting 100% positive coverage-somethings you just can't paint over.

I am about sick of these Palin crocodile tears. If she is so damn tough she will dry her eyes and face the public- in an unscripted press conference with all reporters and even those not sympathetic to her or in her tank. This is really revealing how a McCain Palin administration would be and I Pray(!) that it does not come to pass.

Posted by: BReal2008 | October 17, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I live in Virginia and the ROBO calls from the McCain/Palin campaign are endless. Over and over the phone rings with another ROBO call to spread their hate and lies. Don't they have the guts to call personally and discuss the issues? At a time when the nation needs leadership, all we get is stupid hate calls from a robot. No wonder the McCain/Palin campaign is crashing.

Why is McCain running away from the leader of the GOP? Even the GOP knows that his buddy is a disaster.

NorthpointVet

Posted by: ArmyVet2 | October 17, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse


LETTERMAN CROSS-EXAMINATION CONVICTS MCCAIN

David Letterman eviscerated McCain on the William Ayers and Sarah Palin issues. He exposed the sophistry of McCain's argument that Palin is qualified... Letterman's provocations forced McCain to defend his association with convicted Watergate burglar G. Godon Liddy.

McCain's responses revealed himself. This should be front page news. You should be printing the transcript of Letterman's skillful interrogation.

Letterman did what the mainstream media has not been able to do -- get McCain to indict himself on these talking points.

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

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 17, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Help me understand Palin does not get the news because her staff tells her not to look. In particular news about her party because it would depress her. Palin is willing to admit to this in public.

Posted by: testerling | October 17, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

ANOTHER DEPRESSING (for Palin) FACT:

Reagan taxed the wealthy. Reagan spread the wealth.

The BUSH TAX CUTS are on the table. Obama wants to go back
to the Reagan tax policies. Bush cut taxes on the wealthy and
started a war. This explains the reason for our national debt,
for the most part.

Repeal the BUSH TAX CUTS, return to Reagan's tax policy.


Posted by: VoiceofReason | October 17, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Predicted here:

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/watching-palin.html

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Watching Palin

I'm watching Palin speak right now in Vienna, Ohio.

She looks as if she is about to burst into tears.

The outcome of this election will be frightening if she and McCain are victorious.

She was placed in a position where she was unready for the tasks she was to engage in.

Now, she is being buffeted by questions that she is unable to respond to, and she is wholly unready for this and cannot deal with the outcome or ramifications.

She is like a hurt young person rather than a Vice Presidential candidate.

She looks as if her head will burst with anger and hate and hurt.

This is closer to the Palin we have heard of in Wasilla and as Governor.

Kay Bailey Hutchinson and other candidates would not have responded in this way.

She is clearly not ready for the Presidential status she aspires to and cannot be let to have this position for the sake of the nation. This is not only valid and obviously true, but must be understood by anyone who cares about the future of this nation

She is not only unprepared, but likely to be overwhelmed by the provocations that regularly come to the President and cannot plausibly respond to issues in economic or any other area of substantive policy.

If we blindly stagger into this through the usual gathering at the trough of excitement, we will not only have a potential tragedy in the making, but a final aspect of America consuming itself through its fascination with novelty and short-term thinking in the face of an utterly unprepared holder of the nation's highest office.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/watching-palin.html

Posted by: robthewsoncamb | October 17, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

And there she is, calling voter registration errors VOTING FRAUD.

Is she stupid or does she believe we are stupid?

The Depressing (for Palin) Facts are:

The U S Election Assistance Commission (the seemingly GOP partisan EAC), states on page 28 of their Draft Report, released by NY Times, "Voter registration fraud DOES NOT TRANSLATE INTO VOTER FRAUD".

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/20070411voters_draft_report.pdf

VOTING REGISTRATION FRAUD is not VOTING FRAUD

Posted by: VoiceofReason | October 17, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Eddie4 wrote>

Well, of course they would. Mother Teresa doesn't have any money.

Posted by: Samson151 | October 17, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

The conservative movement, now frozen and preserved in "Reagonite" by blind political ambition, stands frozen in the headlights of an onrushing future.

Economic revival, ending 2 wars, retiring massive debt, rebuilding infrastructure and restoring our international standing are the agenda of the next president.

Republicans are presiding over trillions lost in retirement funds and investment equity. They simply have no coherent response to the question, "What do we do now?"

Staying the course is not an option when you're on the rocks.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 17, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Palin is simply gutless. If she's so smart and so in touch, let her be interviewed by real reporters. Let her stand on her own two fee. It is simply sexist on the part of her supportes to suggest she couldn't handle it.

Posted by: jimcummings | October 17, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Those who blindly support Palin should rethink their positions and listen closely to what she espouses. While it is evident she can't put a cogent sentence together without some handler writing it for her, it is her world view that is so totally aberrant. She has no concept of world affairs and no understanding of the economic melt down. Rather, she has been placed before GOP-friendly audiences, most of whom are one-issue voters who would never vote for an African American. If one studies and listens carefully to her, the ignorance and incompetence shines through much like a blinding light.

Posted by: Diogenes | October 17, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. Well, by Pollster.com's estimate,at this point 22 states are either solidly voting, or at least leaning, to the McCain-Palin ticket. I guess that means that 28 states are NOT "pro-America."

If the majority of citizens in this country aren't "pro-America," then does that mean that we should join another country?

Posted by: dcgrasso1 | October 17, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Palin hasn't watched TV news or read newspapers? No wonder, she keeps on repeating the lies despite they have been disputed by media. This woman is dangerous, ignorant, and self-absorbing. I shiver every time I think she may win and lead this country into the 19th century.

Posted by: drpimk | October 17, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Racist Obama food stamp picture from California Republican Women's group:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/obama-fired-chicken-food-stamp-racism.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 17, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

The VAST majority of people I've talked to at work (we're federal gov't contractors at the NIH) & all but one of my friends is voting for Obama-Biden. The one friend seems to be war crazy & believes Iraq needed to be attacked to protect the USA, even though we found nothing over there he could attack us with. "But we're killing terrorists." he says, even though they were not there before we got there. I hope this is a good example of thinking around the nation, people going for Obama-Biden. I'm just nervous because there is so many ignorant people out there. They elected Bush twice, right? So many doctors I've talked to saying they're not getting enough funding to do promising research on things to prevent diseases, like stem-cells, etc. I'm to the point of tears because this country has become such a mess. Thanks for 'listening'...

Posted by: noPostFoxTypeNewsPlease | October 17, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

As much as I think Palin is an idiot, I don't think it's fair to say she credits God with any "poll bump".

Unlike some of her supporters, who seem to think it'll be god's fault if she loses... http://tinyurl.com/6hek8k

Posted by: ptet | October 17, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

DENIAL of REALITY

Hey! It worked for BUSH!


McCain's new campaign song:

"Whatever gets you through the night
It's alright, it's alright"

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 17, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I am offended by her "pro-America parts of the country" comment. Every area is pro-America, but fortunately, many areas are smart enough to see through her rhetoric. That doesn't make us unpatriotic.

I guess when the polls are against you, the thing to do is ignore them. Obama up again today in a few more key states. More bad news for Palin. No wonder she prefers to dig her head into the sand and ignore reality.

Posted by: chi-town | October 17, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Fair is fair Mrs. Palin. I was depressed for three days in early September when I thought there was a chance in h3ll that you might get elected.

I'm over that now and so is the rest of the country.

Posted by: hoos3014 | October 17, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a walking talking disaster. McCain's gift to Obama.

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 17, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

McCain, rightfully so, doesn't want to be associated with Bush. He and Palin are giving us a taste of how their administration will differ from the Bush/Cheney administration in dealing with the press and keeping the public informed.

A McCain/Palin White House will address issues of transparency though a policy built on freezing out the press in favor of canned spin, half-truths, lies of omission, out right falsehoods, propaganda, winks and wry smiles.

Sound familiar?

Posted by: grantmh | October 17, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Plutonium57 -

Thanks!

I, too, have made my home in small towns and big cities, both coasts, north and south, and I have never, ever lived in one of the "anti-American" places that must logically exist according to Gov. Palin's designation of certain places as "pro-American."

This leads me to conclude (big drum roll here, please...) that her "pro-American", "American like you and me" stuff is really just a(nother) way of trying to exacerbate the rifts among us. And so I ask (another drum roll...):

How is this leadership?
How is this (vice-)presidential?
In this time of crisis, isn't THIS the sort of action that is unpatriotic?

Posted by: kcInSD | October 17, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Pro-America indeed - isnt this how the Civil War broke out?? cessation of States that do not group think with these brain washed Joe-Sick-Bag-with-Drain-Pipes

Posted by: nurallahjivraj | October 17, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Palin says: "Wait a minute, aren't you going to take my money, take my earnings and give it to somebody else who maybe hadn't worked as hard as I have worked?"

What a joke the Republicans are! They have no problem giving the dollars I pay in taxes to Wall Street millionaires who bet their entire firms that sales clerks and pizza deliverers could pay the mortgages on 4000 sq ft luxury mcmansions!

Republicans believe in private profits and socialized losses.

I say, "Thanks, but no thanks to that third Republican presidential term to nowhere."

Posted by: ocouha | October 17, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Plain says: "Wait a minute, aren't you going to take my money, take my earnings and give it to somebody else who maybe hadn't worked as hard as I have worked?"

What a joke the Republicans are! They have no problem giving the dollars I pay in taxes to Wall Street millionaires who bet their entire firms that sales clerks and pizza deliverers could pay the mortgages on 4000 sq ft luxury mcmansions!

Republicans believe in private profits and socialized losses.

I say, "Thanks, but no thanks to that third Republican presidential term to nowhere."

Posted by: ocouha | October 17, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Oh for crying out loud, Sarah Palin... are you really that stupid?

You think "head in the sand" is the right approach to politics? Avoid all news about the campaign because you know it's negative but if you ignore it then, somehow, it will go away?

I THIS how you would handle a crisis as our, GULP, president? Ignore it?

I guess it's safe to say you would just let the machine pick up that 3am call... and then you'd delete the message before it played all the way through!!

You, ma'am, are the WORST candidate for the White House in US HISTORY!!

Posted by: jgarrisn | October 17, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

ahhh so everyday Rottweiller reminds me more and more of Nero .. Rome's burning and please feed some Christians to the lions to avoid the Rottweiler from being depressed....

Posted by: nurallahjivraj | October 17, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Palin says she like to visit the "pro-American" areas of the country. What a creepy, ugly-mouthed (thanks, seemstome) punk she is.

Posted by: newageblues | October 17, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what Sarah Palin says or does? She will likely go down in history as a footnote to John McCain's poor judgment, and she will fade back into the obscurity from which she came. Governor or no, she is a bit player on the US political stage, she is not well acquainted with her own country, much less the rest of the world, and has not and probably will not ever make much of contribution except to John McCain's defeat at the polls in November. What do you expect from someone who heads a state with a population lower than that of some counties? Good riddance to her.

Posted by: Bob22003 | October 17, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

What are the pro-America states? Is Alaska a pro-America state? Should we ask the AIP?

Posted by: bayougirl721 | October 17, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

vimrich wrote: "Don't blame Palin for the fact that the MSM has been totally 100% in the tank for Obama since about February. ... The MSM saw a chance to get the first African American into the white house, and since their readership and credibility are almost at a end anyway, just decided to go with it as a last hurrah. ... Fox is probably the last independent out there that doesn't run with the left sanctioned talking points, which is why they seem biased."

Is this a joke? You do realize, of course, that the media had basically handed Hillary Clinton the keys to the White House, until they realized that her campaign was faltering. The media has no more ability to "get" anyone into the White House. As for your views that the media is, basically, on its way out and that Fox News is the "probably the last independent out there," both are laughable notions that have no basis in fact or reality. Look at how many cable news stations we have nowadays. People, more and more, are becoming news junkies, and it is that demand which supports the 24/7 cable news networks and internet news sites. You yourself prove that there is a demand for the media just by reading this article and posting a comment in response.

As for Fox being some sort of "independent" news outlet, nothing could be further from the truth. Fox has the most biased reporting on television and that is a fact. Fox will even go so far as to actually lie in order to create a bias against Democrats. During the Mark Foley (R-FL) page sex scandal, Fox actually listed Rep. Foley as a Democrat. This was no mistake. This was an attempt by Fox to attach Rep. Foley and his scandal to the Democratic party. That doesn't make Fox independent. That makes Fox a bastion of liars.

Posted by: sdecker | October 17, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

tin_man:

"reward for strong work ethic, isn't that what capitalism is all about?"

It depends on the disposition of the capitalist you work for.

I too find that statement obsolete in this day and age, especially when that great stalwart of capitalism - Ronald Reagan - started to destroy the last vestiges of community-based capitalism in America. And the current Degenerate-In-Chief killed it off completely. Once again, it's gonna take a Socialist president to restore American capitalism.

But le

Posted by: VMR1 | October 17, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

1ken: "McCain and his advisors handle Palin in such a way I am reminded of how familys used to hide away a family member that was considered somewhat embarassing because of mental considerations."

The mad woman in the attic. Will the prep staff at Studio 8h have to admonish the audience awaiting the lipsticked one's appearance on SNL not to boo? Will they succeed in staving off the inevitable?

Posted by: robinlandseadel | October 17, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

This election was a chance to show that we have finally outgrown our past.
An African American running for president would have been unthinkable for my generation of the fifties and sixties.
At that time people like Lester Maddox, and George Wallace were the only political voice in the south. Segregation here in Florida was a way of life. I did not attend grade school with African Americans. I do remember the hatred and violence of the sixties. Killings, beatings, fires and rioting left scars that still exist today. So when I saw the Palin rally in Clearwater, Florida on TV and heard what happened there it made me sick and angry that we still haven't learned.
For a pretty woman, Sarah Palin sure has one ugly mouth and she uses it to bring out that same ugliness in people who listen to her.
I wish she would go back home. She isn't the future. She just brings back bad memories.

Posted by: seemstome | October 17, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"reward for strong work ethic, isn't that what capitalism is all about?"

I find this remark quite ironic, given the recent events.

Posted by: tin_man | October 17, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

My son goes to college in Greensboro, NC and I can assure Gov. Palin that while the town is overflowing with patriotism, very few thinking people there are planning to vote Republican.

It is not anti-American to support Barack Obama. In fact, it is the height of patriotism to do something that will be good for the future of our great nation. Electing Obama will move our country into a healthier, saner place than we have been in eight years.

The end of Republican misrule is near.

Posted by: dee5 | October 17, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

A note on the bubble:
When Mrs. Palin was in Bangor yesterday, she was permitted to talk to the press - some of them.

One news channel at least was denied access. what does this say?

Posted by: wallace2 | October 17, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Putting aside the many legitimate reasons not to vote for McCain - free market extremism, Iraq, the Supreme Court - there is one overriding absolute that forbids any reasonable person to vote for him: Sarah Palin.

If you love your country and your children, you cannot - as many conservatives have realized - vote for her. She proudly ignorant, intellectually average, and prior to this campaign had no interest in any of the issues facing our country.

But there is still another reason not to support her. Her insistence that abortion must be outlawed even in cases of rape or incest.

This an abhorrent position that is far outside the mainstream. If you haven’t seen the ad featuring a young girl who became pregnant after being raped, you cannot put this in context.

Just watch:

http://nahnopenotquite.com/2008/10/17/palin-and-rape/

Common decency forbids a vote for the McCain/Palin ticket.

Posted by: nahnopenotquite | October 17, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: UncleSam16 | October 17, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

ha +her AIP ties are exposed in a report on THE NATION she supported ARMED MILITIAS from the AIP secessionist MILITIAS, not only that she tried to place awacko called helicopter steve on the city council who had a habit of burying weapons aroundwasilla in case the new world order tried to take over......
this woman is truly a loon and she is the face of the RADICAL KOOK WINGNUT RIGHT FACIST REPUBLICAN PARTY

Posted by: JudgeAlan | October 17, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm actually surprised that the Rottweiler can actually read ... perhaps she needs to stick to mono-syllabic papers and journalists until she is able to count to 2 ??
Isnt this the ultimate in group think ??

Posted by: nurallahjivraj | October 17, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Aspergirl and DaMav, have you ever applied an open minded common sense application to your thinking and statements?

This column did nothing to beat up on Palin. You might notice much of the negative media is coming for consertative columnists such as Will, Parker, Krautnhammer, Brooks, etc. Most of the column quotes Palin and if the remarks bothers you, remember she said it not the columnist. It is also a little difficult to report the reasoning behind a person's statement when said person is put back in the basement after each public speech and access denied to her. It is not the media's fault, McCain and his advisors are concerned she will embarass the campaign in a non controllable situation. They can only report what is seen and given.

McCain and his advisors handle Palin in such a way I am reminded of how familys used to hide away a family member that was considered somewhat embarassing because of mental considerations. They were usually hid away in a room or basement and only allowed out in certain circumstances. Were I Palin, I believe I could grow to resent this type of treatment. However, Its apparent, like the family of old, Palin is considered an embarassment out of the basement unless it is a situation that is not only favorable but controllable as well. I wonder, should McCain get elected, do you think they have a basement at the Vice President's office?

By the way, if Palin were a man, her efforts would have forced her off the ticket weeks ago. However, come to think of it, if Palin had been a man, there would never had been a Palin on McCains ticket. Simply put Palin is a McCain gimmick and has no value to America as Vice President or second in line to the Presidency. This is simply a gimmick to get the Conservative base behind McCain and to bring the women vote into his camp. While you have to question the common sense of the hard line consertatives continued backing of this VP candidate, the majority of American women recognize Palin for what she is and went the other way. This is a gimmick that has caused McCain more harm than good. It has cost him votes and major concern regarding his common sense and as with the straight shooter express, McCain also looses much of his "America First" image with this gimmick selection.

Posted by: 1ken | October 17, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

To see real videos of real women discussing their reactions to Sarah Palin & the misuse of gender issues in this year's presidential race, please take a look at the following blog:

www.speakoutonpalin.blogspot.com

Posted by: WomenSpeakOutOnPalin | October 17, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Any candidate for any office who allows her aides to screen the media for them is unfit for whatever office they seek. How infantile! How thoroughly immature!

VP candidate Sarah Palin has cocooned herself against the world and lives in an idea-scant Republican echo chamber. I would not consider her able for the office of assistant dogcatcher, much less vice president of the USA.

Posted by: JC505 | October 17, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

September 19, 2008, 12:50 pm

Are Palin’s Per Diem Payments Taxable?
By Leslie Wayne
Gov. Sarah Palin’s home in Wasilla, Alaska. (Photo: Al Grillo/Associated Press)
The McCain campaign has said it will release Sarah Palin’s tax returns and when it does, tax attorneys will have their pencils sharp and ready to go over the numbers.

Several tax accounting blogs have raised the question: should Sarah Palin pay federal income taxes on the per-diem payments that she received from the state of Alaska for nights spent in her Wasilla, Alaska, home?

Anthony C. Infanti, a professor of tax law at the University of Pittsburg law school, raised the issue in a blog called “Feminist Law Professors.” Mr. Infanti writes that if Governor Palin was not engaging in business while in Wasilla, but simply preferring to spend the nights there, then the per diem payments would be taxable income.

“If these are really just personal expenses paid by her employer, that sounds like taxable income to me,” Mr. Infanti wrote in his posting.

Ms. Palin received around $17,000 in per diem payments from the state for 312 nights she spent in her Wasilla home rather than the Governor’s mansion in her first 19 months in office. Per diem payments are a daily allowance to cover meals and lodging while on the state’s business.

Kim Garnero, the Alaska director of finance, has said that the state does not consider the payments to Ms. Palin to be taxable income at the federal level. But others, besides Mr. Infanti, differ. One of them is Robert S. McIntyre, director of the Citizens for Tax Justice, a labor-backed group whose calculations are widely respected by tax experts.

“It’s obvious that the per diems are taxable income. There’s no question it is taxable,’’ Mr. McIntyre said. “If it were not taxable, no one would pay taxes. People would convert their salary into a per diem and no one would pay taxes. You can deduct travel expenses when away from home. But you cannot deduct travel when you are at home.”

Mr. Infanti also raises another question, over the airfare reimbursements from the state for Ms. Palin’s family members. This gets into the issue of whether such fringe benefits are taxable income. In his blog posting, Mr. Infanti notes that the Joint Committee on Taxation, after examining the tax returns for President Richard Nixon, concluded that Mr. Nixon should have included the value of air travel on government jets for his family members as part of his gross income.

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Posted by: MILLER123 | October 17, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

September 19, 2008, 12:50 pm

Are Palin’s Per Diem Payments Taxable?
By Leslie Wayne
Gov. Sarah Palin’s home in Wasilla, Alaska. (Photo: Al Grillo/Associated Press)
The McCain campaign has said it will release Sarah Palin’s tax returns and when it does, tax attorneys will have their pencils sharp and ready to go over the numbers.

Several tax accounting blogs have raised the question: should Sarah Palin pay federal income taxes on the per-diem payments that she received from the state of Alaska for nights spent in her Wasilla, Alaska, home?

Anthony C. Infanti, a professor of tax law at the University of Pittsburg law school, raised the issue in a blog called “Feminist Law Professors.” Mr. Infanti writes that if Governor Palin was not engaging in business while in Wasilla, but simply preferring to spend the nights there, then the per diem payments would be taxable income.

“If these are really just personal expenses paid by her employer, that sounds like taxable income to me,” Mr. Infanti wrote in his posting.

Ms. Palin received around $17,000 in per diem payments from the state for 312 nights she spent in her Wasilla home rather than the Governor’s mansion in her first 19 months in office. Per diem payments are a daily allowance to cover meals and lodging while on the state’s business.

Kim Garnero, the Alaska director of finance, has said that the state does not consider the payments to Ms. Palin to be taxable income at the federal level. But others, besides Mr. Infanti, differ. One of them is Robert S. McIntyre, director of the Citizens for Tax Justice, a labor-backed group whose calculations are widely respected by tax experts.

“It’s obvious that the per diems are taxable income. There’s no question it is taxable,’’ Mr. McIntyre said. “If it were not taxable, no one would pay taxes. People would convert their salary into a per diem and no one would pay taxes. You can deduct travel expenses when away from home. But you cannot deduct travel when you are at home.”

Mr. Infanti also raises another question, over the airfare reimbursements from the state for Ms. Palin’s family members. This gets into the issue of whether such fringe benefits are taxable income. In his blog posting, Mr. Infanti notes that the Joint Committee on Taxation, after examining the tax returns for President Richard Nixon, concluded that Mr. Nixon should have included the value of air travel on government jets for his family members as part of his gross income.

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Posted by: MILLER123 | October 17, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Why ever would we want to elect a candidate who shuns the national print and television journalists? They must be trying to hide something - and in Palin's case, trying to hide a lot! We've had enough of that with George Bush and despite what John McCain says, he IS George Bush. Republicans must think Americans are really dumb. They'll learn otherwise on Election Day. Get involved with your local Obama campaign office at http://www.barackobama.com Each and every one of us can do our part to end the deceptiveness and arrogance of the last 8 years.

Posted by: jeanbrandt | October 17, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Why is it wrong to attack a republican, but ok to attack a democrat? McCain makes gaffe after gaffe and nothing happens, but if Obama said some of the same stuff, my god he is not american, only for himself, etc, etc. the republicans wrote the book on "attack", and now they can't stand it. You all need to learn this phrase "good morning president Obama".....

Posted by: woodard3 | October 17, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Palin's ability at self-delusion mirrors that of her rabid neocon supporters.

Palin is wrong in so many ways.

God is a Republican?

Only pro GOP states are pro American?

Palin's lack of intelligence and outright stupidity is astounding.

Her level of discourse is befitting her past as a 3rd rate beauty pagent queen, not for anybody who would hope to govern.

Wow -- the "Joe the Plumber" has now given more press conferences than her. And, even his answers show a better understanding of economics and social problems.

I just have to tell myself, that we are only going to see this woman for 18 more days, and then she'll fade back into obscurity. In another 6 months, no one will remember her name.

Posted by: Continuum | October 17, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

irae said:

"Does her diction and syntax make anyone else throw up a little in their mouth?"

She maybe not be the brightest star in the sky but when you use such terms as "syntax" and "diction" I think it's going over the line.

A VP is not supposed to have anything to do with sin taxes. We should all, as a country, say no to sin in the first place!

And as far as dicks shown - that all an invention of the eastern elite media who would readily stoop to such unbelievable lows to push their lewed left-wing agenda.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 17, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I wholly agree with Sarah Palin. AS an old Republican I too get very depressed when I read and see the news. Especially when I see her hyped up and scary rallies. That is why I voted for Obama via absentee vote two days ago. Now i don't have to read the papers nor tune onto the tube, After months of agonising over my decision at last the job is done, my decision has been made and I am free!!!!!

Posted by: elizabeth6 | October 17, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Plutonium57:

What the hell were you doing voting for Romney for Governor. You shoulda known better. With all those great universities and colleges nearby, didn't all that collective wisdom rub off on you? You forgot how the ReUGLYcans of yore called MA "The People's Republic of Massachusetts"? Just because MA dared to provide state health insurance when people got unemployed.

It's been the recurring history of this country for the past 100 years. The big business interests, the greedy, the grubby, the tightwads, the stupid, and the nasty - the Big Umbrella of the ReUGLYcan Party takes power, pillages the country and then the Democrats get elected to clean up the mess and restore the country's economy.

Having been saved, and made whole again, Americans enjoy the prosperity for a while but get their ugly hats back on and vote the Republicans back in.

THis, BTW, is a similar phenomenon when some "kaker" finally saves up enough down payment money to buy a house. Soon after he develops "class consciousness" and starts voting ReUGLYcan, in mistaken belief that that party represents his interests as a property owner. It's called forgetting where you come from.

I've seen this in immigrant communities aplenty - some schmuck from, say Poland, spends his first several years in the US on welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, etc. Then he drives a cab for 5-10 years. Then he buys a house and starts venting against all those parasites on welfare and all those blacks that despoil his (!) neighborhood, and all those lazy Latinos who won't learn English.


And on and on and on - the cycle repeats itself with a frightening regularity.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 17, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Well, we've had bubble economies. Why shouldn't we have a bubble candidacy?

It's different, that's for sure. We're used to Vice Presidents who don't talk to the press because they want to keep something secret. A Vice Presidential candidate who doesn't talk to the press because everyone around her is terrified that she will say something appalling is new, and very mavericky.

Posted by: jbritt3 | October 17, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Does her diction and syntax make anyone else throw up a little in their mouth?

Posted by: irae | October 17, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

So now this unqualified bimbo thinks that anyone who doesn't support her isn't pro-America?!!! I'm sure that's a great way to win people over.

I hope Alaska throws this twit out after the election so she can go back to attending hockey games and killing animals.

Posted by: DonaldDuck1 | October 17, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I see AsperGurl is a Palin groupie; I am glad see Palin appeals to her base, even though she does not read her own hometown news (and could not offer one news title to Katy Couric). No Governor Palin, return to Alaska. You can tell the people, "I didn't win, but I stay at the Holiday Inn Express last night!"

Posted by: meldupree | October 17, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

This is by far the worst racism that I have seen from McCain supporters:

Mail it to your friends.

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/mccain-racist-rally-goers-pt-6-worst-so.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 17, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

What does it indicate when a person who wants to be a heartbeat away from the President of the United States allows herself to be so isolated? Allowing your staff to control your access to the media and news isn't leadership.

Posted by: MNUSA | October 17, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Bye bye Aspergirl. Go lick your wound.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 17, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Well, that explains why she doesn't dare come to Durham, NC, we're just not "pro-American" enough here!

I guess folks in Greensboro like to pal around with a secessionist. Kind of makes The Civil War seem like a waste of time, doesn't it?

The Alaska Independence Party ("Alaska First--Alaska Always") is the THIRD largest political party in Palin's home state. Husband Todd is a member in good standing.

My question is, and you don't have to answer this, just think about it as your head hits the pillow tonight––how can you be "pro-America" if you advocate seceding from the Union? A lot of people died to keep this country together. To undo that great work now seems blasphemy, a sacrilige.

You Republicans must be so proud. Maybe you should take the word "Republic" out of your name?


Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | October 17, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Sounds familiar...

"Palin Asked Her Department Heads for Good News—Only the Good News. In 1997, Frontiersman columnist Paul Stuart wrote, “A couple of weeks ago, Palin sent a memo to her department heads informing them she wanted weekly reports of the good (that’s positive, of course) things going on in their respective departments—and only the good things. Nothing else but the good things.” [Frontiersman, 1/22/97]"

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 17, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

DaMav wrote: "Ah yes, another snarky biased hit job on Sarah Palin making fun of her beliefs and belittling her for her patriotism. And wondering why she doesn't waste time on the self-congratulatory Big Liberal Media."

How is this biased? The article consists mostly of direct quotes from Gov. Palin. Don't you want the Godless unwashed to know what she says and how she thinks?

Or do you realize, too, that every word she says makes her an even greater embarrassment to herself, her family, her state, her country, and her gender?

Posted by: dgloo | October 17, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

"We even saw today, thank the Lord," she said, looking upwards and raising her fist, "We saw some movement."

It's incredibly distressing to know that Palin thinks God is on her side, that the GOP is God's choice. That attitude is a dangerous mix of arrogance and ignorance. I have no problem with her inner faith or her faithfulness, but pul-leeze drop the "God is rootin' for us" act. Frankly, it's no different than when radical religious fanatics say they too are doing God's work.

Posted by: dgloo | October 17, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey, she was ignorant when John McCain chose her for his vice presidential candidate , why change a thing. That's the way McCain wants to keep things--just as they are now.If she starts reading and smartens up a bit, she might want to vote for Obama. That is the way all the Right Wing preachers do--they forbid their parishioners from reading anything that the preacher doesn't tell them to read. Snowdrift Sally is programmed to spew hate. Don't overload her circuits.

Posted by: majorteddy | October 17, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Palin is really pro-choice. Doubt me? Do you think she would disagree with anything on this page?

http://hubpages.com/hub/For-Women-Only----A-Pictorial-Journey-About-Choice

Posted by: JackBurton1 | October 17, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Do Alaskans really speak (diction) like Palin or is it that she is just tryin to fit in with the nascar crowd? Do I hear a you bet a betcha?

Posted by: mendonsa | October 17, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Well, at least when READING her idiocy I don't have to listen to her RIDICULOUS voice.

Unfortunately, um, my Fella Amerrykins, uh, well, to be honest (smiling and winking with pompous ignorance), I kin jest eemajine it, though.

You Betcha it's annoyin'

Please, God, make her go away. Please don't let this lunatic ignoramus be on TV anymore after the election.

Lord, make her way. Make her way back to obscurity, back to Wasilla... For Good.

Amen.

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | October 17, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

It's reasonable for Palin to skip mainstream media fixes. In today's biased, immature and intellectually lame media coverage of this election, press articles and news segments, like this useless article, are often just gratuitous negative digs, pro-Obama spins and partisan attacks. If the press can be described as a frenetic "peanut gallery" in this election cycle, their output is quite often intellectually lame junk that is mostly partisan hacking.

There is no point really to reading this just as there is no point to going down to the street of the nearest urban jungle and getting into shouting matches with pimps and hookers. Reading this partisan junk just drags your mind down into the political gutter.

E.g. look at today's Editorial of the Washington Post endorsing Barack Obama. It's hard to find intellectually sound reasoning supporting the endorsement. In the second paragraph, a hint of the emotionally immature media infatuation with Obama creeps in with the fatuous, vague proclamation that Obama has a "supple" intellect. Several paragraphs later, the endorsement editorial finally overcomes its emotional connection to Obama and lame griping against Republicans in general to provide one specific: The Post states that Obama would be good for education and that's important to the country. Sadly, it's not until the end of that paragraph that the Post editorial admits that Obama's rhetoric on education has been vague and unspecific, but hopefully claims that his posturing is a promising sign.

The political journalism this year is, when it's not outright pushing false opinions as "fact-checking", selectively covering news to cover for Democrats and nitpickingly harangue against Republicans, and spinning every event as if the reporter were on the Obama campaign staff, is just bad: so partisan that those pieces that are purely political and not fact-based are poorly reasoned, emotionally shallow intellectual junk full of rhetorical artifice in place of real points and interesting thought.

Mark Twain said that if you don't read the news that you are "uninformed" but that if you do read the news you are "misinformed". Coverage such as the Post provides allows its readers to be both "uninformed" AND "misinformed". Exposing oneself to it is only useful to get inside the mind of public political gossips and unravel pathological partisan echo chamber dynamics.

There is no reason for Palin, or any intelligent person, to expose oneself to political news coverage this year unless one is prepared to develop the intellectual tools to analyze and sift and interpret all the trashy, partisan thought and the process of propaganda rhetoric in America today. Even then, you only get information about what the partisan chattering classes are saying and thinking.

Like this stupid article attacking Palin for focusing away from the ugly media coverage at this stretch in the campaign.

Posted by: AsperGirl | October 17, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope we only have to hear Palins hooey for the next 18 days. Go back to Alaska ms palin, you and your vitrol aren't needed here.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions | October 17, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin,

You would find it much easier to campaign if you were actually campaigning. How is manipulating your base into some religio-drug induced frenzy campaigning? You have deemed states that are patriotic, versus those that aren't based on who supports you? I don't know who you think you are telling me because I don't support you I'm unpatriotic.
I find you to be as unAmerican as it gets and pretty much to be a religious nut job that happens also to believe in fascism. It seems, Ms. Palin, that your beliefs are the reason why we should ALL believe in the 2nd amendment.

Posted by: SYWanda | October 17, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Good bye USA3 and all the rest of you people who have done all you can to destroy this country since the "Reagan Revolution" began, the looting of the economy, the Haliburton war, the corruption and greed driven social engineering.

This time there are not enough ignorants for you to fool with your faux concern for "hard working Americans".

Posted by: shrink2 | October 17, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

What a joke. Sarah Palin is an embarrassment to all women and a clear example of the Republican Party's sexism, in that they obviously think this is the most you could expect from a female candidate: little experience in government and the world (in her own words: she has only been at this for 5 weeks ;), poorly informed about critical issues, and questionable higher education with poor academic achievement. It is frightening that she doesn’t even know enough to know that she doesn’t know enough.

Posted by: suseast | October 17, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

This woman is an insult to all intelligent women everywhere.
It cannot be said enough.
She doesn't read the news or watch them because she'll get "depressed."
Cry me a river.
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
UGH.

Posted by: cmmdee | October 17, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Already the VP wannabe is wrapped in a hermetically sealed bubble - she only sees and hears what her handlers deem she should, she only speaks to the hand-chosen faithful.

Anyone following Alaskan news is aware that she is now completely isolated from her supposed job as governor - all calls to that office are now taken by McCain staffers. Real Alaskans have no access to their leader.

Given her profoundly uninformed and incurious nature (dare we say it, her 'ignorance'?) this is a deadly embrace.

And let us not fool ourselves, in the Republican era of the "permanent campaign" her bubble of handlers would move with her into the White House, if McCain should be elected.

And if McCain should fall ill - she would stumble into the Oval Office just as she is. Smugly proudly ignorant, utterly unaware of what it is she doesn't know, a willing tool of the refugees from the Bush White House who control her now.

Posted by: careysub | October 17, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

To Plutonium57:
Thank you. It's so refreshing to read a thoughtful, well written comment. All I have seen from the Republican side is politics as usual; the smears, the innuendo, the subtle racist jibes. Mavericks and reformers, my butt. Caribou Barbie needs to go back to The Last Frontier and face possible impeachment for her abuses of power.

Posted by: ExAlaska | October 17, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I so hope that in six months the new mantra will be Sarah Who?

But then, I don't live in a pro-America part of the country.

Posted by: student41 | October 17, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Already the VP wannabe is wrapped in a hermetically sealed bubble - she only sees and hears what her handlers deem she should, she only speaks to the hand-chosen faithful.

Anyone following Alaskan news is aware that she is now completely isolated from her supposed job as governor - all calls to that office are now taken by McCain staffers. Real Alaskans have no access to their leader.

Given her profoundly uninformed and incurious nature (dare we say it, her 'ignorance'?) this is a deadly embrace.

And let us not fool ourselves, in the Republican era of the "permanent campaign" her bubble of handlers would move with her into the White House, if McCain should be elected.

And if McCain should fall ill - she would stumble into the Oval House just as she is. Smugly proudly ignorant, utterly unaware of what it is she doesn't know, a willing tool of the refugees from the Bush Waht House who control her now.

Posted by: careysub | October 17, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

weighted polls trail
the reality they try
to reflect.
the trend is obama down
mccain up,
and two weeks of obama
gaffes'
boneheaded reminders
of 'bitter god guns'
dont count your chickens,
NOBMAMA

Posted by: USA3 | October 17, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

This "pro-America" areas of the country thing is pathetic. Well, more specifically, it's desperate, as in, "Must shore up support in 'red' states by telling said states they are superior, that any state in which I and McNasty are losing, is a commie stronghold, just like we said northern Virginia is." In a way it's also childish in its oversimplification. Just as I considered it unforgivable when Bush, elected as president of 50 states, made "Massachusetts" a slur in 2004, ditto when Romney, whom I voted for for governor, immediately started trashing the state for his own futile prez ambitions, any politician such as Palin who goes out there writing off large swaths of the United States as inferior (the Hillary Clinton campaign also had a talent for dismissing areas they lost, by the way) proves himself or herself childish and petulant. Every state is equal and every state has people who love and fight and die for their country, so skip the "pro-America" crap. Same for the "small town" stuff she spouts. I come from a small Rust Belt city and grew up working a farm, so I have no problem for touting the virtues of small towns and rural areas, but what about the guy or gal from Brooklyn or Philly who goes and fights and dies for his or her country? All the people in all the cities who love their country and work hard every day and play by the rules and raise their kids right? Because they are from cities, or not from "pro-America" regions, they don't count, are worth less? Why don't any of the pundits and columnists address this issue? What's "pro-America" is loving every state, no matter which way it goes electorally. I'm from Massachusetts but see the special virtues of every state. When I was in high school, what was one of the biggest bands? Lynyrd Skynyrd. Only a fool would ignore the cultural and regional richness, and cross-influences, of this great land, from the countries to the small towns to the biggest cities. Wasn't that was "This Land Is Your Land" was all about? Thank goodness we're about to get a president with something more noble and mature to offer than the same old division and denigration.

Posted by: Plutonium57 | October 17, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Ah yes, another snarky biased hit job on Sarah Palin making fun of her beliefs and belittling her for her patriotism. And wondering why she doesn't waste time on the self-congratulatory Big Liberal Media.

Posted by: DaMav | October 17, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Don't blame Palin for the fact that the MSM has been totally 100% in the tank for Obama since about February. This is not a left right thing either, based on how they treated Hillary. The MSM saw a chance to get the first African American into the white house, and since their readership and credibility are almost at a end anyway, just decided to go with it as a last hurrah.

The coverage of this election in the MSM is almost word for word what comes out of Huffington, TPM, Kos or the Obama campaign talking points emails. This is established fact.

Fox is probably the last independent out there that doesn't run with the left sanctioned talking points, which is why they seem biased.

Posted by: vimrich | October 17, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Reading Gov. Palin's bromides reminded me of a quote from the movie Blazing Saddles. Gene Wilder says, "You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons."

Posted by: laughinggravy | October 17, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

This woman is so out of touch with about half the country. In a time when the election's theme is to "go across party lines" and "bring people together", I don't think anyone has been more dividing than Sarah Palin. My only "prayers" are for her to not end up anywhere near the presidency.

Posted by: drobins7 | October 17, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Why doesn't she just tune into Fox News. They seem to have given up any pretence of objectivity - if Mother Teresa were the Democrat candidate and Pol Pot the Republican, they'd still go with the Republican. I

Posted by: Eddie4 | October 17, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

So if she and John McCain win the white house can we expect her to skimp on the news too? Oh she already does that. Ask Katie Couric.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | October 17, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

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