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When It Comes to Obama, Palin Counts the Days

Updated 2:31 p.m.
By Juliet Eilperin
COLORADO SPRINGS -- GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has a new way of attacking Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama for his lack of experience: She now provides a tally of how many days he served in the Senate before launching his presidential bid.

In a rally this morning at Security Service Field here, Palin told a couple thousand supporters that voters faced a real choice of "experience" when they head to the polls next month.

"After a few terms as a Chicago politician," Palin said, setting off a chorus of boos, "Barack Obama spent just 304 days in the U.S. Senate before running for president."

"John McCain has spent his life serving our country and putting it first," she concluded, as the audience cheered.

Palin spent 633 days as Alaska's governor before McCain picked her as his running mate, and Obama served as an Illinois state senator two years longer than Palin did as Wasilla's mayor.

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Women of America Unite!
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!

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

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

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

Women of America Unite
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!
VOTE for McCain/Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 21, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

A female demagogue. She knows that McCain is toast. She's contradicting him on the issues, pandering to the extreme right-wing evangelical kool-aid-drinkers, her supporters. Facts? Forget it. It's all about 'belief'. These 20% will be her base and she'll use them to make mischief in politics for the next 30 years.

It's a dangerous game she plays, watch her carefully.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 21, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The only days she needs to count are the days until she has to go back to Alaska. Lucky for her she has enough fingers and toes to help.

I am embarassed for our country by this election. Do these people not understand that the entire world is able to watch via the Internet? If McCain manages somehow to steal this election a la Bush, exactly what kind of reception does he think he will get in Arab nations like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, or social democracies like France and Germany?

Obama may be an unknown, but I'll throw my lot with a presidential candidate who is obviously gifted with intellect and diplomacy rather than one who at this point is just damaged goods. And his sidekick who seems like she was plucked from the audience of The Price Is Right. Sorry, Drew.

Posted by: StevenB1 | October 21, 2008 3:44 AM | Report abuse

I don't think mccain should have picked her. See Obama and Mccain Video

Posted by: roverfind | October 21, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

The population and annual budget of the NY City school system are both greater than
that of the State of Alaska.

Does that qualify Chancellor Joel Klein to be President?

Posted by: joshua9 | October 20, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse


Palin demonstrates absolutely nothing! I have to go...I think I see Alaska from my window.

Posted by: Hunner | October 20, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

brooklynik is absolutely right! I just did the math myself - and Barack Obama announced his run for presidency 758 days after he was sworn into the U.S. Senate. He took his office on January 5, 2005 and made his announcement for his candidacy on February 10th, 2007.

UNBELIEVABLE that she is running around telling people this. And brooklynik is right that it only takes a moment of thought to debunk what Bush would call Palin's "fuzzy math."

Although, the way McCain has been running his campaign, perhaps it's not altogether unbelievable...

Posted by: jch_009 | October 20, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Palin thinks or says?
She enjoys shooting animals from helicopters, thinks we should teach cretionism in public schools, abused her excutive power as governor, can barely read the scrpts they give her, and says she keeps an eye on russia by lookin out her window. She's dumb as a brick. Did she give a news conference yet? Does she have anything relevant to say? Good God, people actually support her and her strange views?
I'm staying away from Alaska.

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 20, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin was, is and will forever be a non-starter. She is a distraction. But from what is she a distraction?

I hope everyone will realize that the composition of the US Congress is the real issue and I also hope everyone will realize that the power balance between Republican and Democrats is truly a distracting issue.

Do you hope that it will be Democrat controlled or Republican balanced?

If so, perhaps the real issue needs some thought.

Has either party been able to field and elect candidates that work to solve our problems, or have they picked those whose only real qualifications are that they will oppose the other party and accepted really disgusting behavioral issues in the bargain?

Let's dump as many INCUMBENTS as we can for this election, the next one and the one after and try to get each party to realize that there are statesmen and stateswomen of merit who can work together to actually solve our problems.

Given the behavior of Demorcrats and Republicans would YOU really want to be called a member of either party?

Dump INCUMBENTS, please. Only a few hundred votes can make a difference.

Please, act as a true NONPARTISAN and put our COUNTRY first for a change!

Posted by: bgreen2224 | October 20, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

re: She now provides a tally of how many days he served in the Senate before launching his presidential bid.

It is a stretch to think that Caribou Barbie could even count that high. As my mother said, "When God was handing out brains, she was in the "looks" line.

Posted by: jeanbrandt | October 20, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse


By mocking Obama's 304 days of experience Gov. Palin has cogently expressed and explained his incompetence.

OBAMA--He hates America.

Posted by: JaxMax | October 20, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I've seen it in other peoples' comments -- Palin's numbers are just plain WRONG! Obama announced his campaign in February 2007, which is approximately 760 days after he was sworn in as a US Senator in January 2005.

It should not be so hard to correct a lie as simple and clear as the number of days Obama served as a US Senator before he announced his candidacy.

The broader questions of whether this spurious argument has any merit require the kind of deep inquiry that the media, or at least newspaper blogs, seem so averse to doing. But there is no question that if you're going to report a demonstrably false statement made by a candidate, you have an obligation to note its falsity.

Posted by: brooklynik | October 20, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin was governer for 2 months when Obama started his Presidential bid.

Could you imagine Palin starting her Presidential bid at the same time....

"Well, I've been governer for TWO WHOLE MONTHS! I think I'm ready to be President now."

Palin=Bush in skirt

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 20, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

First and foremost, where does Palin get off or have any right to critize Obama on experience. The Obama Campaign employs more people than Palin has every had executive power over. I think Palin needs to stick to her usual winks and sneers and "you betchas" to win over voters...oh and don't forget to throw in a few "mavericks".

Posted by: johnnycaffeine | October 20, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Need I remind those touting executive experience", George W. Bush had more executive experience" than all four of the people on both tickets combined. So much for the executive experience" argument.

Executive experience is one small component, cognitive, coherent thinking is much more important. One presidential candidate clearly excels above the other in that respect and I'll give a hint, it isn't McCain.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 20, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, very well-said. Palin runs under "Country First" but from the very beginning, she tries to divide the country. McCain put his Country Last in his choice of her anyway. What is sad about the Palins (don't forget her shadow, Todd)'s candidacy is that people misunderstood her records. They thought a governor is a governor, they didn't know what kind of a governor Alaska could have that is completely different from say, California's one like the two -term Reagan: to be a Californian governor, Reagan had to get tens of millions votes while Palin got a mere 114,000 votes! That's right: she won on 114,000 votes and only 17 months on the job (and had stayed home half of that time too)! She got the governship after she got the "executive experience" for being a part-time Mayor of a town of 5,000 people! She won it on 600 votes! It is unbelievalbe that national voters had been bluffed by McCain and the Palins. No wonder all of the people who knew her couldn't believe she jumped up so fast to the one-heartbeat-from-most- powerful- position in the nation! The label of "most popular governor" is also misleading: how many she got to hold that title? Do your math and be scared! If you have any doubt about how Alaskans filled their jobs with unqualified people, don't take my words for it, read the opinion of the real Alaskans in "That Sarah Palin is one unreal Alaskan"

Posted by: justobserve | October 20, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

CoolPillow and Jake D Your comments are almost criminal. Executive Experience means NOTHING. Being a thinking EDUCATED, human being who actually works for the people is the only thing that matters. Palin is only concerned with herself and her God. The woman wanted to be a NEWS ANCHOR! That was her career goal. Give me a break, she likes the glitz and the glamor and when Nov. 5th rolls around she and McCain will be CRUSHED.

Posted by: ObamaGirl | October 20, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The people are the government.

That's why big business crooks, who stole all the wealth we produced so we would have to borrow it back from them under appallingly exploitative terms, want you do abandon your only defense. We created this wealth. They cheated us out of it. We have a constitutional right, and an ethical duty to do something about it. Don't expect us to be suckers for Limbaugh lies like you are.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 20, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing honest with the Washington post anymore, what ever integrity unbiased reporting they had at one time is now comparable to the rag sheets in the grocery stores. It's very possible that they get much of their information and smut from the National Enquirer

Posted by: yotaxi1 | October 20, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

What is the relevance of Barack's middle name?

As far as experience goes, it is considered important because people are assumed to learn from it, and to develope competence and sound, informed judgement from it. For the length and depth of McCain's experience, he has developed very little of those qualities. Palin exploits sensation, while avoiding depth and the complex understanding the presidency requires.
Those who have engaged the complex difficulties which are most urgently demanding our attention today, know that the Obama/Biden ticket is just what we need.
"When I grew to be a man, I put away childish things." McCain is banking on voters who refuse to grow up and engage adult reality. Making fun of Barack's name is childish and irrelevant.

Posted by: rooster54 | October 20, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse


Obama started running for President almost immediately after getting to D.C., despite his PROMISE not to.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Its also funny how everyone compares the GOP VP to the Dems Nom. Whay not compare him to McCain? Because there's NO COMPARISON.


Posted by: cu8r007 | October 20, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Anyone that actually cares what the Washington Post writes is a political hack. The Post is the Most Biast column I have read. Obama is the one that will take our country away from the people and give total control to the government.


Posted by: cu8r007 | October 20, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

This article demonstrates that the writer failed both journalism class and math class.

Senator Obama ran for Senate in 2004 and began serving in January 2005. He announced his candidacy in February 2007. (NOTE: That is over two years).

Governor Palin ran in 2006 and began serving in 2007. She became the VP candidate about a year and a half later.

AND YET -- your story says that Palin was in office twice as long as Obama. FALSE.

The McCain/Palin campaign have shown that they cannot compete on the facts. It's not enough to say he's only a first-term senator. They have to LIE about it, knowing that gullible reporters will simply print it. Sad. And sad.

Posted by: Ed_G | October 20, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin:

Same regurgitated spiel, different day.

Of all the intelligent, well-educated, and well-read GOP women he could have had on his ticket....What WAS McCain thinking when he picked her?

Posted by: sea_lyon | October 20, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"You are too obsessed by the fact that she is PRETTY, passionate, poised and intelligent."

She couldn't name which newspapers she has read. Hmmm. Foreign policy experience: Alaska is a NEIGHBOR to Canada and Russia. Putin rearing his head... Hmmm.

You might be right. Palin could be far more intelligent than you.

Posted by: brucelatimer | October 20, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I am counting the days also til' Barrack HUSSIEN Obama is the President of the United States is sworn in and the suicide rate in W. Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Southern Ohio aka Northern Alabama, skyrocket...

Two birds one stone


Posted by: seven7s | October 20, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Barack HUSSEIN Obama will be inaugurated.

Why don't you use YOUR full name:
Jake A**HOLE Dimwit?

Posted by: brucelatimer | October 20, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I can count the day's Palin served dealing with National Issues, oh I forgot she hasn't.

Lets count the days she served as Governor attempting to get her brother in law fired and compare that number.

It took her 6 years and as many colleges to get her degree, what did Obama accomplish in his 6 years in school.

Hey Sarah, how many votes did you ever cast that affected me or anyone else outside of your state.

You know why Obama and Biden don't mention you, your irrelevant.

Good luck on your next career. Maybe there is a beauty contest for washed up politicians, you got my vote for that

Posted by: oldgeek143 | October 20, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Re: JakeD: This Rethug troll has been paid to post on the WaPo's website - has been around for awhile. Probably gets paid by quantity of posts - so any nonsense goes. There are couple of other trolls too - King_of_Zouk and TexasTeaParty. Ignore their posts.

Posted by: pixiedust1 | October 20, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

CNN had a great story on the black McCains in Mississippi.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm counting the days too. Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be inaugurated President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I would guess that MOST of the nasty posters here haven't even taken a minute to listen to anything Governor Palin has said.
You are too obsessed by the fact that she is PRETTY, passionate, poised and intelligent.
She, as VP- has more executive experience than the top of the Democrat ticket.
Then- Barry's second- Joe "The Human Gaffe Machine" Biden- the Washington gasbag- has announced that "Mark my words- in the first six months of an Obama -we will be tested."

Nice invitation to a terrorist attack, Joe.
Or and Iranian nuclear attack on Israel.

We can't have this inexperienced, naive, weak socialist as leader of our country.
He WILL deliver the United States to the terrorists, despots and madmen- on a silver platter.

McCain-Palin 2008

Posted by: CoolPillow | October 20, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin: All they are is dust in the wind.

Posted by: skolniks | October 20, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

You guys sure are worried about someone you are so sure is going to lose.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse
No not worried. Just counting the days.

Posted by: hayden1 | October 20, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden says "Mark my words" our enemies will be tested "a generated world crisis to test his mettle". As I recall, that was the closest we have ever gotten to nuclear holocaust. I'm glad he brought it up. Better chance we can avoid such "testing" if McCain wins.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

What part of this rant alters the fact that McCain's a clueless incompetent, dedicated to the same bogus priorities that put us in trouble in the first place.

We can't settle the world's religious issues. Even if it were a good idea to try, it is beyond our capability. Most important, Palin does NOT posses a divine writ authorizing her agenda. She's just another self-serving politician trying to get one up on the other politicians, and trying to pose as God's surrogate.

Sarah, there's a Commandment about trying to pose as God's surrogate. He doesn't speak through you, and there's a specific word for pretending otherwise.

Posted by: lonquest | October 20, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

You guys sure are worried about someone you are so sure is going to lose.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a Psychopath:

Palin might want to start spending less time trying to smear Senator Obama and more time worrying about getting impeached as Gov of Alaska...which is a very real possiblity right now.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 20, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin has more experience being an unethical politician she would be able to continue the unsuitable job that Cheney has done. You can't even tell if she has been doing anything because she conducts all her business on her personal yahoo account and not in government accounts. Is this what JakeD refers to as executive experience? She is just getting ready to conduct a corrupt administration if the American people give her the chance in the model of G W Bush.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 20, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton only had executive experience.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

jAKED spewed: ...EXECUTIVE experience...

Oh yeah! That's a confidence builder!

Experience with executives more like.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 20, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

When major newspapers that have never endorsed a democratic candidate and a highly respected general also endorses Barack Obama and their main reason is that the VP pick is too inexperienced me thinks she doesn't have a leg to stand on.

Posted by: janefree0513 | October 20, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Ever tried to imagine SP being president of the USA?
Not recommended for patriots. Could be hazardous to mental health.

To nominate her was an outrage and an insult to the american people.

Posted by: awaler | October 20, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure there are Walmart store managers out there with more EXECUTIVE experience than Governor Palin. And most of them have probably not been charged with abuse of power and ethical violations.

Posted by: LittleSoren | October 20, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

The Post and the rest of the MSM need to stop reporting this moronic woman's hate spew until she actually provides media access and answers about her abuses of power while in executive office (including, but not limited to hiring of commissioner, per diem for staying away from Anchorage). It is laughable - can we count the number of days that SARAH didn't even go into her office and made the state pay for it. What a joke - I will be so glad when this vapid, stupid, divisive woman's 15 minutes of fame are over. I can't believe the media is giving her any time. The MSM is so duped by the GOP - just like with GW - such cowardice in standing up to this nonsense!

Posted by: Annab1 | October 20, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin has more EXECUTIVE experience.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

A moronic candidate for a moronic electorate.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 20, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse


Palin was in the Governer's Orfice for TWO MONTHS when Obama declared his candidacy!


Then why didn't she run for president?

Makes you wonder what the Republican Primary would have looked like?...

"I've been Governer for TWO WHOLE MONTHS and I'm READY to be President"

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 20, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain and the "VICTORY" shame game

McCain and the Republicans bring dishonor to our troops by applying the "Victory/Defeat" label to Iraq.

Our troops have followed their orders and have served with honor and dignity in Iraq. To add this polarizing label is to add the burden of shame to the backs of troops that already have suffered enough. As a Vietnam vet, McCain should know what the vets of that era went through when they came home and were labeled losers.

General Patraeus himself said he'd "Never Declare Victory" in this interview on 9/11/08 of all days!

McCain is wrong and just doesn't get it.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 20, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse


Then why didn't she run for president?

Makes you wonder what the Republican Primary would have looked like?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 20, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

And let's see---how many days was Palin the Governor of a state with a population less than some cities in the lower 48? What is her education? Leadership skills? One of the great insults of this election is SP's freedom to insult her betters.

Posted by: jlp2 | October 20, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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