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Speaking to reporters in Phoenix on Wednesday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blamed the economy as the main reason that she and John McCain failed in their bid for the White House.

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 5, 2008; 3:08 PM ET
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All 57 million of us who voted for McCain are "poor deluded souls"? At the very least, I thought we were the RICH ; )

Posted by: JakeD | November 6, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

JakeD, you poor, deluded soul!

Posted by: scpjones74 | November 5, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't Sarah Palin's fault. It was John McCain's fault for choosing her in the first place. So long Moosalinie, back to the helicopters to shoot dinner.

Posted by: jgh2 | November 5, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

The theme for the republicans for the next eight years: "It wasn't MY fault."

We will have the permanent campaign Republicans, who will constantly discuss Obama in the thirs person depricatory, as if he were in inconsequential minor party candidate on his way to a major loss.

We will have the Divine Right of shrubbery Republicans who demand that the Democrats do it all Bush's way because otherwise the Democrats wouldn't be working in a proper, bipartisn manner.

We will have the Rush Revanchists, who will demand that, since 55 million Republicans DIDN'T vote for Barack, he isn't their President. (Note that Rush had no problems demanding that the MAJORITY that voted for Al Gore had to be totally loyal and submissive to HIS President, the one that stole an election and a Presidency)

And we will have the vast Army of code word Republicans, who are even now passing out the crypto books with the proper internal understandings, diminuative references, and deprecatory forms of address.

All intend to foul the nest of the Presidency as much as possible for the duration of Baracks administration.

And not one will say of the republican rout, "I was totally responsible." (With the notable exception, by the way, of John McCain, who never stood a chance anyway."

Still, keep at it Republicans, and maybe by mid century, when the Democrats and the American reform Party are the two main parties, and your current leaders have all died off, some historian will find time to write, bemusedly, of how the Republicans died out like the Whigs, devoid of any purpose but self justification.

Posted by: ceflynline | November 5, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Time to go back home dear. It is over for you, Joe the plumber, joe six pack. The youger and much smarter have made there choise. There are women whom can control America, You broke the glass cieling, now is time to patch the cracks. With the deepest respect Wayne from canada,

Posted by: justada56 | November 5, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

"Although Palin's message has resonated with conservatives, several prominent moderate Republicans have said that she lacks the experience and intellectual qualifications to serve in the White House."


She is stupid and an elitist. As long as you meet HER criteria for a patriotic American, great. If not, you're a socialist or a communist.

You are irrelevant, Palin. Go back to Alaska and never show up in the lower 48 again. Grow a brain, will ya? Sheesh.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | November 5, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Ask anyone living outside the US ... we can hope again, hope that our world can change for the better.

Thanks to all the millions of wonderful Americans who made Obama 44th US President & not to forget my personal thanks to the ancient Greek gods who banished the inflexible views of McCain/Palin for freeze-dried display in the dinosaur museum.

Posted by: hchiba | November 5, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the economy was the largest contributing factor to John McCain's defeat.

I also agree with the other factor that Sarah Palin brought up but this blog has failed to mention. Governor Palin also stated that the media played a large role in the defeat of John McCain.

I agree with this statement also. The media should look back and realize that their biases have no place in the reporting of the news but that they only belong on the editorial pages.

The media failed the American people in this election and they should realize that is a major reason that they are held in great disrepute by a large segment of the country.

Posted by: mwhoke | November 5, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

God Bless the America I knew before 911. Palin was not ready, perhaps in 8 years, but not now. Change is in the air.
The world is with you. From Canada.

Posted by: justada56 | November 5, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm so sick of this.

She didn't say "It wasn't my fault"

With that said I still would not have voted for her ticket for the simple reason that she is woefully unprepared and displays a shocking lack of knowledge of even the most basic understanding of American civics, not to mention her far-right beliefs.

She's a broadcast journalism major, you know, the kind of degree a beauty contestant goes for.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 5, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is not to blame, but she certainly didn't help.

The sole person responsible is John McCain

This campaign was John McCain's, it was his, and his alone. He failed to provide the direction and leadership it required.

He failed miserably on all counts and the no matter how many excuses the GOP invents, it is and will remain John McCains failure.

Sarah Palin was just a by-product of that failure.

Posted by: kentaylor1 | November 5, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I would that McCain would have lost many more votes (including mine) without Palin.

Posted by: JakeD | November 5, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Sarah-I REALLY am.

But, if you had not been competing with Jet-Jockey Johnny for the title of "Most Thick-Skulled";

YOU would have accepted the FACTS;

That A-Economy is an issue, You don't have the Skills, and that Mitt Romney Does!

Then, B-that Mitt Romney also would not FREAK OUT People like Colin Powell, about having a competent behind McCain, in case he demised!

Then, dear Sarah, you would have simply Bowed Out-So Mitt could have stepped in!

By NOT accepting the facts, YES, you-And McMoron, left the doors open, and let the Socialist Flies IN!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 5, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"Speaking to reporters in Phoenix Wednesday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blamed the economy as the main reason that she and John McCain failed in their bid for the White House."

Along with pretty much the rest of the known world. What's your point. I think it's OK to leave her alone for now.

Posted by: zukermand | November 5, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sarah, you cost John McCain a lot more than one vote.

McCain may have still lost even if he had picked a different running mate (especially if he had still run such a negative campaign - though Newsweek reports you brought up Ayers before the campaign was ready and some wisely didn't want to use him).

But McCain picking you undercut the experience argument especially when the process he used to pick you seemed so inept (and it didn't help you were inept in the Couric interviews).

So I'd like to thank McCain and you for screwing up so badly. It helped people decide to vote to put country first.

Posted by: srhodes1 | November 5, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

How can you expect an intellectual lightweight to accept blame for the responsibility of failed policies when she doesn't even understand the policies that have failed...

That Gov Palin and her big oil friends can use science to find the oil, but then claim science is too flawed to assess the impact of oil on the environment, just shows that they have a) no sense of intellectual rigor or honesty, and b) no business running this country.

Sen. McCain didn't do Palin, the womens movement, or America any favors by tapping her to run with him.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 5, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse


On a related subject...


Ensuring the civil liberties of all Americans, and weeding out prejudice within the federal government, must be a top priority of the new administration -- as the comments on accompanying threads here so graphically demonstrate.

The free ride for the forces of hate and extremism, hiding behind programs to "keep America safe," must come to an abrupt end.

Perhaps one of the first executive orders of the new administration should be mandated sensitivity training for all federal personnel, and a refresher course on the meaning of the U.S. Constitution.

All federal departments should be screened for policies and ongoing operations that are violating the civil liberties of American citizens.

Again, the sentiments expressed in this thread demonstrate the urgency of this mission.

And wrongdoers should be brought to account before the bar of the law.

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported extrajudicial "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:


Posted by: scrivener50 | November 5, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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