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Team McCain Takes the Lead

Two extraordinary things have happened since Thursday afternoon in a presidential election that had been largely stuck in a narrow trading range for the past few weeks.

First, Barack Obama's convention speech -- amazingly, shockingly -- set out to polarize this election in ways bound to anger anyone with a conservative instinct anywhere in their political body. No Democratic class-warfare cliche went unexpressed. No cheap attack on John McCain went unmade -- and made without humor, class or grace. (How could it possibly be an effective Democratic attack to accuse McCain of cowardice in confronting al-Qaeda?) Anyone viewing Obama for the first time would have seen the most typical, ordinary, unreconstructed Democratic nominee since Walter Mondale (though with far greater political skills).

Maybe I am so disappointed because I half-believed in Obama, at least at the beginning. On Thursday night, he made nothing of his historical moment. And he purposely set out to alienate people like me. It worked.

Second, McCain's choice of Gov. Sarah Palin turns out to be brilliant. It achieves four things:

1) Every religious conservative I have talked to since the selection is more excited about John McCain than I have ever heard before.

2) Palin is a historic pick -- if elected as vice president, she would most likely be America's first female president. Though the evangelical/hunter/beauty-contest contestant is unlikely to appeal to the hardest core of Hillary's feminist supporters, she is likely to appeal broadly to most women, who will be undisturbed that she doesn't fit feminist stereotypes. The left's main response to Palin's unconventional background has been to sneer -- but a sneer is not an argument.

3) Palin has a genuine middle-class story -- including a husband who is a member of the steelworkers union and a snowmobile racer -- that makes Joe Biden look like the Prince of the Senate he has been for most of his life.

4) Palin perfectly fits McCain's reform Republican narrative -- her efforts to oppose the corrupt Republican machine in Alaska have been impressive and popular.

Palin is relatively untested. But I don't think that experience will be the main issue she faces. She has more executive experience than any of the other three candidates on either ticket (which is itself rather depressing). Having worked as a Senate staffer for many years, I am not convinced that hosting hearings, issuing press releases and giving floor speeches is the most relevant kind of experience for a president. Recent presidents since Ronald Reagan have been governors for a reason (among others) -- because management seems more impressive than bloviation.

Palin's main issue will be performance, not experience. Has she risen too fast, too early, to a position beyond her skills? I have met her only once, at a small lunch at the Alaska governor's mansion last summer. I was impressed with her likable manner and sharp political instincts. But the spotlight of a presidential campaign is bright -- and candidates quickly shine or wilt.

This campaign is moving quickly -- and Team McCain now seems more nimble, innovative and effective than Team Obama.

By Michael Gerson  | August 31, 2008; 2:17 PM ET
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Gerson, you are such a tool.

Either you are an idiot or you support the Republican lying, cheating and stealing because you've been corrupted.

Thanks to the freedome of information, history will judge the Republicans of our era with more than enough data to confirm that you people have sold our country down the river.

If and when China and India eat our lunch, largely due to American ignorance, history will show that certain politicians, businesspeople, and media hacks fought tooth and nail to prevent the lower and middle classes from having better educational and health care systems.

The businesspeople get the crooked money, the politicians get the power. What have you, Mr Gerson, sold your soul for?

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 31, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Furthermore, Mr Gerson, We are a nation at war against an enemy that attacked us in the first year of the Clinton and Bush Administrations. Heaven forbid that an attack should come in 2009, McCain were to be killed, and Gov Sarah Palin would be the commander-in-chief after we've potential been hit by some sort of major nbc attack.

This pick is so reckless, so selfish that it boggles the mind. How can you, how dare you support it.

You, sir, are an...

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 31, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Reading these posts and the akin responses to Mr. Gerson's post on Bob Casey, Jr's speech, it becomes clear why the current Democratic Party alienates people like Gerson as well as more independent-minded voters, especially religious ones. The vitriol expressed makes it difficult to take the arguments seriously; in fact, there are no arguments, only sneers. The dream of post-partisanship that the Democratic ticket voices can hardly be realized if their acolytes lack common courtesy.

Posted by: adam schwartz | August 31, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Palin! Palin! I like the pick, I just wish I knew more about that supposed scandal with the state trooper? http://www.veeppeek.com I wonder how much McCain really veted her?

Posted by: Johnny | August 31, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

This pick is lower than Quayle, it's Monica Goodling territory again. Please, Gerson, follow your boss out the door this January.

Posted by: ghallin | August 31, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Huh? Have you been paying attention?

Posted by: Bob (Illinois) | August 31, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

This pick is lower than Quayle, it's Monica Goodling territory again. Please, Gerson, follow your boss out the door this January.

Posted by: ghallin | August 31, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Schwartz,

The Palin pick is a disgraceful, selfish reckless pick.

Your failure to understand and appreciate that just goes to show that you have no clue.

We are at war. We were attacked in '93 and '01; if the pattern holds '09 is the next strike. That pick is stupid, reckless and selfish- just like McCain himself.

You people who don't understand this are IDIOTS!!!!!!!! Not Patriots, IDIOTS!

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 31, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

We had a "chief executive" president in George W. Bush... and it turned out to be the worst administration in modern history.

McCain seems so unsure of who and what he should be, I am quite worried about how his administration would be managed. And all that anger... how can we expect him to deal with anger-invoking problems, like Putin??

Posted by: KluverBucy | August 31, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I'd be much more comfortable with a President Palin that a President B. Hussein Obama. Any day and under any circumstances.

Posted by: Roscoe | August 31, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is idiot.

Posted by: Samina Hayaat | August 31, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is lotus eater.

Posted by: Samina Hayaat | August 31, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a dynamic woman who will do great things in the future for her country and her party; of that I have no doubt. That being said however, for you to even suggest that she will make a great VP makes me wonder: Mr Gerson, you have definitely found the Kool Aid, haven't you?

How can you possibly say, with a straight face, that this woman is qualified to be one heartbeat from the Presidency of the United States of America? Oh, I forgot, there are 3 reasons that I heard today which make total sense. Lindsey Graham and Cindy McCain came up with these gems:

1. Alaska is REAL CLOSE to Russia, so she knows what's going on there.
2. She's been President of the PTA in Wasilla.
3. She took on Ted Stevens and if she could do that, then she can certainly take on Russia.
It's pretty incredible that they made these statements with straight faces, like they REALLY BELIEVE them!

I know it's hard to imagine, but let's be honest here, and tell me Mr Gerson, what would you have written if Sen Obama had chosen her for his VP, and HIS surrogates went on the TV talk Shows and made those statements? You'd laugh him right out of the country, wouldn't you?

This has shown that John McCain does NOT have any JUDGMENT and that he DOES NOT put Country First. If he really cared about this country, he would have picked someone QUALIFIED like Olympia Snow, Susan Collins or Kay Bailey Hutchinson, wouldn't he? Instead, he's chosen someone who is Anti-Abortion and is a member of the NRA to appeal to the Christian Right and Neo-Cons, plain and simple. Either that or else he's telling his Party to go sc**w, because they wouldn't let him pick the person he really wanted, Joe LIEberman. Which reason do you suppose it is, Mr Gerson?

One other thing that I'd like to point out. When you accuse Sen Obama of having no experience in comparison to Gov Palin, you forget that he was ELECTED to be the Democratic Nominee! She wasn't; she was chosen by ONE PERSON, and that person's judgment leaves a lot to be desired if this is his first Executive Decision.

No, I'm sorry Mr Gerson. This is a dangerous man, and if you really love this country, you will open your eyes to this truth before it's too late.

Posted by: mrspeel | August 31, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

God help us all,mccain is 72 if anything happens to him the lifes of 300 million Americans,2wars,economic downturn,osama bin laden,putin,Ahmedinijad,terrorism in the hands of a beauty queen.
this hard core republican would be voting for Obama/biden in nov

Posted by: tina | August 31, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe I am so disappointed because I half-believed in Obama, at least at the beginning. On Thursday night, he made nothing of his historical moment. And he purposely set out to alienate people like me. It worked."
Right!!! You were really looking for a reason to vote for Obama and that speech turned you away. Right!!! You are not even trying to be modestly honest, do you?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

God help us all,mccain is 72 if anything happens to him the lifes of 300 million Americans,2wars,economic downturn,osama bin laden,putin,Ahmedinijad,terrorism in the hands of a beauty queen.
this hard core republican would be voting for Obama/biden in nov

Posted by: tina | August 31, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

-Gerson is a tool. A big erect tool. There is no McCain "team." There is only McCain. The guy that would bomb, bomb, bomb....bomb, bomb, Iran. And who thought it was quite funny turning is 90-something year old Mother loose on the streets of Paris in an automobile. Like Bush, another s h i t t y pilot makes good.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | August 31, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

"Team McCain Takes the Lead?"

Then why do polls show Sarah Palin turning undecided independents AWAY from McCain.

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/08/undecideds-dont.html

The only question now is whether McCain will really go through with this or whether Palin will be nudged back to Alaska to "spend more time with her family" in the next week or two. Right now the Republican party is weighing the negative consequences of both options.

Posted by: Groundhogday | August 31, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is a tool. A big erect tool. There is no McCain "team." There is only McCain. The guy that would bomb, bomb, bomb....bomb, bomb, Iran. And who thought it was quite funny turning is 90-something year old Mother loose on the streets of Paris in an automobile. Like Bush, another s h i t t y pilot makes good.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | August 31, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Have you heard the tenor of the attacks on Palin from the Obama fans? They bring up, over and over, that she was a beauty contestant over 20 years ago. The blatant, hateful sexism from these Obama brats shames all of us who ever thought this country was on the road to equality.

Tell us what is wrong with anything Palin has said or done in public life. Stop trying to brand her for having exhibited "feminine" behavior a generation ago. You were and are so offended when anyone brings up the fact that Obama admits he used cocaine in college, or allied himself with a racist preacher, yet you think this is a relevant criticism of Palin? Disgusting.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | August 31, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin - shrill shill for the drill, and not much more!

Posted by: PJ | August 31, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Gerson has hit a home run with this post. The Polls already confirm this. Obama-Biden's post-convention bounce lasted barely 24 hours. Zogby shows McCain-Palin up by a few points. Obama's convention speech was significant for what was left out. Inner-city kids in failing schools will not get school vouchers (courtesy of the teachers unions); babies born alive won't get federal statutory protection if he could have his way (courtesy of NARAL); illegals will get driving licenses (courtesy of MALDEF) and gays will have their militant agenda enacted into law (courtesy of GLAAD). The DNC has become a tribal party and if Obama wins we'd be transformed into the United States of Papua New Guinea.

Posted by: Stan | August 31, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin - shrill shill for the drill, and not much more!

Posted by: PJ | August 31, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's see on one side we have GW Bush who has polarized the American people like no other president in history. He spent 6 years treating democrats like dog do do. The last two years he has spent whining about the dog do do. Now all of a sudden the dems are supposed to forget and forgive the vile attacks on them by the repubs? What world are you living in Gerson? On what possible theory should the dems be nice to the repub's today? That's right there isn't one. Who's to blame for this. I'll give you a clue and the answer lies at 1600 PA Ave.

Only a neocon would think Palin as VP is a briliant move. A woman with less credentials then a herd of caribu who is facing serious ethics charges in her home state is not only a bad choice, it's a terrible choice. That is unless you are a neocon who wants to stack the supreme court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Then she's a fine choice. Of course it never has mattered to the neocons that the vast majority of people in this country support a womans right to choose. Why should public opinion matter in a democracy when neocons are so egotistical they know what's right for all of us?

Gerson, here's a clue if you want people to take you seriously in the future. Don't write partisan attacks on someone and accuse them of partisanship to make your point. It's just so hypocritical.

Posted by: BobL-VA | August 31, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Michael Gerson, former speech writer for George Bush, not surprising he supports four more years of the same fear and smear.

Posted by: Joefree | August 31, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

German, you are a liar. At no point have you ever believed in any Democrat.
Usual right-wing scare and burn tactics by a right wing rag.

Posted by: Underdog | August 31, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

This Gerson clown is a complete jackass.

Posted by: JC | August 31, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

What really makes the leftists mad is that this small woman from Alaska could probably kick Obama's arrrssseee in a street fight! LOL!

Posted by: JDW | August 31, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anyone who knows Obama's record will find it shocking he's a liberal. I don't think anyone who is relatively informed will understand that the DNC is a hyped up rally, not a place for quiet talk and reflection.

However, I think the lack of experience WILL hurt Palin. She's got a total of 20 months in a "major" position in politics. That's practically nothing. Furthermore as energizing as she is for the evangelical right, she's polarizing for the more moderately minded independents, I think.

Posted by: Dan O | August 31, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

What really makes the leftists mad is that this small woman from Alaska could probably kick Obama's arrrssseee in a street fight! LOL!

Posted by: JDW | August 31, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

When you apply for a job, they don't ask 'what is wrong with you?" They ask, "what are your qualifications?" I don't like Obama but I can relate a lot more to Biden than I can with this friggin' "hockey mommy" from Podunk, Alaska.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | August 31, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

What a ridiculous article. Team McCain more nimble, innovative, and effective?

That's what they're paying you to say.

Posted by: Jeff | August 31, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Democrats are a little nervous. With good reason......What a great Republican ticket we have this year. McCain/Palin your new President and Vice President. She is an awesome lady and has more experience in her little finger than Mr. Obama has in his whole body. We are proud to call you our Republican ticket.

Posted by: funny_face | August 31, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Is silly ass too strong to describe you? Preppie tool of the drooling class? Wait, I will try harder.

McCain getting up from a nap is news for you guys.

Posted by: Richard McDonough | August 31, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Who the hell is Michael Gerson? An idiot I would say.
McCain might as well have picked Rachel Ray as a VP. At least Rachel Ray has travelled outside the US so it could be said that Rachel Ray has more foreign policy experience than Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Terry | August 31, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable the vitriol coming from the (lowercase) "democratic" left.

Posted by: rivet | August 31, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I personally cant wait until we have President Obama's government run health care and I get my first check from his negative income tax plan funded by cuts in our bloated defense budget...George Slayton

Posted by: George Slayton | August 31, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

What a pathetic "wag the dog" attempt. Nice headline, in particular.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

What a monumentally buffoonish evaluation of Barack Obama's speech and of his committment to social welfare and women's rights. "The evangelical/hunter/beauty-contest contestant is likely to appeal broadly to most women" ??? Please God, forgive America its idiots and let peace have a chance!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

The assinine vitriol comments made by liberals only proves your point.

I believe McCain's move to select Palin may prove to be checkmate.

The Republican grass roots are on fire today and I personally know one Hillary Democrat that's looking for McCain - Palin yard signs and bumper stickers.

Posted by: JohnQPublic | August 31, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Thank GOODNESS we finally have a female on the Republican ticket! I am happy that so many political analysts think that simply because I have the same internal plumbing as Palin, that I'll vote for her. The fact that she is anti-abortion, a member of the NRA, does not believe in global warming, and has less than 18 months of experience in aiding an economy or society of anything over 7,000 people is small potatoes compared to the fact that she is a woman. Gerson, thank you for implying--no, SAYING (as noted in point number 2 of your poor argument)--that most women voters don't care about tough issues as long as one of their own cracks the glass ceiling. I was not a Hillary supporter, I am not a Palin supporter, and quite frankly, I find your argument to be completely degrading to women, or to any voter that has at least five brain cells functioning. This pick was TERRIBLE.

Posted by: LCD | August 31, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

The assinine vitriol comments made by liberals only proves your point.

I believe McCain's move to select Palin may prove to be checkmate.

The Republican grass roots are on fire today and I personally know one Hillary Democrat that's looking for McCain - Palin yard signs and bumper stickers.

Posted by: JohnQPublic | August 31, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to the argument that McCain made about Obama, that he didn't have experience? If Obama didn't have experience, Palin has even less and she's a heartbeat away from the Presidency with McCain who is 72 and has had cancer. So McCain has "flip-flopped", I repeat "flip-flopped" on that issue. Don't try covering up with her so-called experience as governor of Alaska, or mayor of a small town, or PTA leader, because it's obvious that she has No, repeat, NO foreign policy experience. So McCain flip-flops again. You want a flip-flopper for President, vote McCain.

Posted by: OCPatriot | August 31, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a logical pick. It turns out Harriet Myers wasn't available.

Posted by: Matthew | August 31, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

If Palin was so perfect for you, how come you didn't speak a word about her before?
Gerson, you never dissapoint people who think that you are a pinhead.

Posted by: DaddyG | August 31, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, nice to see the unfulfilled, perpetually angry adolescent hipsters upset at this Palin pick. Hey libtard, while you forever fail to reconcile your daddy-hatreds and fruitlessly attempt to enforce the misery you live day to day upon everyone else, Palin and Pale-face are gonna one-two Hair-plugs and Blobama. How delightfully giddy I am now looking forward to another eight years of mental-case, amblyopic liberals genuflecting daily. You people...you angry, bitter, small people...we laugh at you...we f*ckin' laugh at you!! *kisses*

Posted by: JDW | August 31, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

gerson we're going to have to figure out a way for you to get paid this week.are you talking to rush limbaugh and pat buchanan again

Posted by: frank | August 31, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

be sure to look into Sarah's religion - if Obama's religion was fair game, so is hers. McCain's choice puts a woman who believes in the dominionist philisophy close to becoming president. Bad enough she's massively conservative on feminist issues (she is NOT a feminist, let's just make that clear) - but she also is connected with a very fundamentalist Christian sect. Do we want this in the white house? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/29/163234/559/495/579213

Posted by: Anne | August 31, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Takes the lead??? Are you kidding? Look at the difference in enthusiasm, voter registration and attendance. LOOK: McCain is the man who railed against Obama saying that he put his political ambitions before his country and that he was not prepared to lead, and then he goes and picks a veep with NO experience for PURE political reasons who would likely end up president, God forbid, if McCain's age takes it toll. It's disgusting politics as usual for the 'pubs.

Posted by: Rick S. | August 31, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Experience:

Sarah Palin: 12 years of elected government service, including 8 as an executive decision maker and 0 years in Washington, D.C. (1992-1996 Wasilla City Council, 1996-2002 Mayor of Wasilla, 2006-2008 Governor Of Alaska)

Barack Obama: 12 years of elected government service, including 4 years in Washington, D.C. and 0 years as an executive decision maker. (1997-2004 Illinois State Senator, 2004-2008 Junior US Senator from Illinois)

Overall, the levels of government experience are very similar. Palin’s edge is her experience as an executive decision maker. Obama’s edge is, “knowing the ropes,” in Washington, D.C. But both candidates have very thin resumes and would be doing a lot of, “on the job,” training.

Obama and Palin are both impressive rising stars, each in their own party, but neither is ready for the oval office. Despite the need to, “be ready just in case,” it is likely that the person on the bottom of the ticket will have time for learning what is needed before ever having to sit in the hot seat. But the person at the top of the ticket has to be ready on Day One, and now only John McCain can credibly claim that ability.

Posted by: DanVotes | August 31, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? The Palin pick undercuts McCain's only rational argument against Obama: His youth and inexperience. And swinging the Alaska vote isn't likely to help him win an election.

Furthermore, a gun-toting creationist isn't going to do squat for bringing in moderate voters.

This pick is pure fail. McCain, I liked you as a senator. I wish you'd won in 2000. But I don't even recognize you anymore. Goodbye.

Posted by: MrMuddle | August 31, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

The complete absence of truth in your comments has provided a clear view of the flawed belief system in which you operate. Where do you get your jackboots at?

Posted by: NoMoreLies | August 31, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

It's a little hard for me to accept that Team McCain is outperforming Team Obama based on the VP pick. --Maybe Palin will prove a good selection for politics as well as governing (should she be elected), but it's still a stretch and a gamble --for the campaign and the country.

Frankly, I'm disappointed to find that the candidate who once harped on experience being of vital importance has chosen someone with so little --to say she has more than the other three is simply not sufficient --there were other choices with still more experience than Palin. You gotta wonder how it is that in McCain's eyes she was the best candidate available. Has McCain really "put country first" here?

Posted by: Max Sewell | August 31, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson comes across as a man trying to convince himself of that which he knows to be untrue. He knows full well that Obama is no Mondale and that Sarah Palin is a laughable VP choice. It's a shame that such a respected publication is not immune from pointless talking-head nonsense. I dearly hope the Post isn't on its way to becoming as intellectually void as the Washington Times.

Posted by: Jazzgasm | August 31, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she's not one now, maybe she is, but a coed who wears a t-shirt that says "I may be broke but I'm not flat busted" is a BIMBO. That picture and the ones of her as a TV hairdo are scary. Wanting "Creation Science" to be taught in school doesn't make me believe she's come that much further along the path to adulthood.

Posted by: Will | August 31, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

So far this election, I've kept being reminded of the guy who read a book on "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" and looked into the window of the White House. Just about everyone except Biden and perhaps McCain reminds me of that character.

Posted by: Ricky | August 31, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Gerson---you are an idiot. John McCain and the Republican Party along with Fox, the Wall Street Journal, Shawn Hannity, Ann Coulter are Bastions of Racial Hate. I wish I could live to see the day when the streets burn and the houses on 5th Avenue and the buildings on Wall & Broad crumble burying the ashes of the greedy Wall Street Jews and their Plutocracy who have has been financially raping the middle class for 25 years. When will America WAKE UP?

Posted by: minerva | August 31, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

this article proves that fox news and this paper are owned by the same foreign idiot!

cant wait to hear what excuses he will make when Obama is president!

that woman vp choice just sealed the Obama victory and i am thrilled with mcsames choice

Posted by: EddienTexas | August 31, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse


it not uncommon for the leftist and liberals to desdain to the point of vitriol, for anyone even independents, who may view things differently, so much for tolerance from the Democrats.
Since Economy seems to be the issue, the last I checked American economy is still the envy of the world, Yes it is going to its usual downturn, Economic Cycles are never linear, only cyclical and McCain has the wrong end to deal with. But last thing it needs is the socialist type of intervention and the economic paranoia to scare the middle class as unleased by Hussein Obama.

Posted by: vic | August 31, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

This article proves what's wrong with America, racism. Sing loud, sing it proud RACISM.

Posted by: julie | August 31, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

My wife and I saw and heard Senator McCain and Governor Sara Palin in Washington, PA yesterday.
she is quite genuine and as a matter of fact quite refreshing, both in candor and actual accomplishments. She is in fact who says she is. She introduced herself by first saying, "we started out working with our hands".
Standing as a totally 'liberated women', I think Sara Palin is the eastern elitist establishment's worst nightmare. Palin can talk the talk and out walk most of us.

Posted by: Doug | August 31, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

What all of the pundits are missing, is that it is not just the Pres and VP that make a country work.

Its also the people they pick for the executive cabinet, how they nominate choices to fill judicial vacancies; and, how they can sit aside differences to work with the legislative and judicial parts of the government.

I wouldn't worry too much about someone who is not part of the "good ole boys" club having to step in at 3am to take the reigns -- its the advisors and cabinets that offer up the expert advice, and the executive that picks the best alternative based on that advice.

Its not just two people running the show.
And, if we think its only Democrat vs. Republican vs. Independent -- then our societies, cultures, and race will never evolve to get off this 3rd Rock. And if we did, who would ever want to deal with a bunch of rebellious "me-first" teenagers from this rock?

Talk is cheap. Whoever gets in needs to have a real plan for moving things in a positive direction for the everyone, and not just special interests -- or we will all suffer if the only change is more taxes, or tax-and-spend politics that we haven't seen for a few years. Lets see some real plans for how America is going to be made #1 again.

Posted by: George | August 31, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Gee, and what will they think of this?

http://openthread.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/30/121350/137/486/580223

I had heard the rumors that Palin's latest broodling was actually her daughters, but I gave it a pass. I like policy of personal rumors that invade a family's privacy. However, being a parent, something about Palin's behavior struck me as false. When the mom's water breaks, it's time to go to the hospital. It's even more important if the baby is premature and has a problem (like Downs). But Palin instead decides to hang around in Texas, give a speech, than take a 8 hour flight to Alaska to "give birth." Now if you're past 7 months pregnant you aren't supposed to fly at all without a doctor's permission. Did Palin really endanger her baby just so she could give a speech and have it born in Alaska instead of Texas? Does anyone really think Alaska has better hospitals than Dallas?


Oh, and Gerson's a partisan liar who isn't fit to be made into fertilizer.

Posted by: Marc Edward | August 31, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain has shored up the evangelical vote and the dirty old man vote. There may be some overlap.

Posted by: Alan | August 31, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse


Gerson permit me to give you the benefit of an Australian perspective. With respect but you sound like a stooge. I am one of many people outside the USA trying hard not to give up you guys in the States. The way it appears here is that the policies of the republicans are driven by special interests to the detriment of everyone. The democratic policies are somewhat less compromised. If and when he gets elected Obama will still be a politician and no-one with a brain is expecting miracles. The system has too much inertia. However if the USA passes up the opportunity to elect someone with such a manifest superiority over McCain then i am sure the general global reaction will be one of disgust and possibly disrespect.

Posted by: Alex Fiedler | August 31, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

What tripe!

Posted by: Glentok | August 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

this article proves that fox news and this paper are owned by the same foreign idiot!

cant wait to hear what excuses he will make when Obama is president!

that woman vp choice just sealed the Obama victory and i am thrilled with mcsames choice

Posted by: EddienTexas | August 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

PANIC! She's perfect!! That's why they panic! Blew all the hot air right out of his speech. Why all the buzz? PANIC! Bet he wishes he would've picked Hillary now...can he throw Biden under the bus? He runs on "change" and picks BIDEN?? She's perfect and I LOVE IT!! GO SARAH!

Posted by: VAVoter | August 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't know much about Sarah Palin, but I do know that no one expected Democrats to like the McCain choice, anyway. And most of the objections are hysterical comments in the "anyone but Bush" vein which failed to convince much of the electorate in the past two elections.

It is true she has little foreign policy experience, but neither does Obama. Unlike Obama, if elected, she would have time to learn. Obama would have to learn on the job.

No, I agree she is not ready to be chief executive of the United States. If she is a quick study, she might be.

And because she is from Alaska, let us not indulge ourselves in East Coast elitism/bigotry here.

Posted by: Rumpelstiltskin | August 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

It was monstrously irresponsible for "Maverick" McCain to pick such an unexperienced VP given the highly significant odds she will become an unelected President. McCain is taking his last shot in life and he knows how slim his chances of a win are, so his desperation is almost understandable. HOWEVER, for rational and previously credible people like Gerson to laud this ridiculous situation only because it's the party line is UNFORGIVABLE. Why must Republicans always have to check their brains at the door to tow the party line?

Posted by: Lisa | August 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree Mr. Gerson...Gov Palin was a brilliant choice by Sen. McCain, and yes she does have as much, if not more experience in Politics as the "messiah". (I didn't know the BHO Muslims even had a "messiah")! At least Gov. Palin spent her time in Office "On-the-Job", unlike BHO. All of these bleeding-heart liberals will have a reason to cry come November...

Posted by: Ed H. NC | August 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm an independent, and I'm intrigued. I'm interested in hear more substance about McCain Palin and less embellished Democrat barking. Funny how angry Dems are all the time - chill out dudes. Swear words won't help your cause.

Posted by: Not Democrat (Los Angeles) | August 31, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

this article proves that fox news and this paper are owned by the same foreign idiot!

cant wait to hear what excuses he will make when Obama is president!

that woman vp choice just sealed the Obama victory and i am thrilled with mcsames choice

Posted by: EddienTexas | August 31, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

"Unbelievable the vitriol coming from the (lowercase) "democratic" left."

Actually, it's more likely from Republicans that don't like Bush, and don't want more Bush. But, there are other Republicans out there, with a 6th grade education, that rave about the McCain/Palin ticket.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | August 31, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I personally fall into the "undecided independent" category. The choice of Palin for VP was a brilliant move that rekindled my interest in the Republican ticket. Say what you will, it worked for me.

Posted by: Jared | August 31, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I vote for experience! McCain Palin.

It was Hillary who said we needed a Woman
in the White House again. Her dream is about to come true with Sarah Palin as VP.

http://www.johnmccain.com

Posted by: Bill S | August 31, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Eight sitting presidents have died in office. That's ONE in FIVE!

Now McCain - a 72-year-old, four-time cancer survivor - wants us to risk having Miss Alaska with her finger on The Button?!?!

Palin was picked out of right-wing pandering, tokenism and desperation. Women of America, please don't fall for this shameless ploy. She has two X chromosomes but she ain't no Hillary, she’s not even a Kay Bailey Hutchinson or another *qualified* Rep. Female. (And, in fairness, there are several.)

I guess McCain wasn’t satisfied ditching his first wife on her death bed and gold-digging for a trophy wife, now he’s got himself a trophy VP as well. What character this guy has! (Wait for it… here comes the GOP playing the POW-card here.)

Ironic, isn’t it that McCain is always claiming that Obama would rather lose a war to win an election and then he pulls this irresponsible stunt?!?!

Posted by: TerrifiedInVegas | August 31, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama spared no "cheap attack" on McCain? How about these: 1.McCain almost died in a losing unjust war, and McCain rabidly supports another losing unjust war. 2.McCain was divorced for infidelity. 3.McCain's father and grandfather were well known drunks. 4.McCain lives off his wife's wealth. 5.McCain has been slandering Obama with truly sleezy ads. 6.McCain has adopted the Bush family's legacy of sarcastic campaigning. 7.McCain has chosen a VP whom he had only met once before...and who might be the next President.

Posted by: Mark | August 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Man, you must be high. Garbage!!!

Posted by: Chris | August 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I agree Mr. Gerson...Gov Palin was a brilliant choice by Sen. McCain, and yes she does have as much, if not more experience in Politics as the "messiah". (I didn't know the BHO Muslims even had a "messiah")! At least Gov. Palin spent her time in Office "On-the-Job", unlike BHO. All of these bleeding-heart liberals will have a reason to cry come November...

Posted by: Ed H. NC | August 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

You people cause me to lose more faith in the Democratic party. Look at how intolerant you are! You are tolerant of abortion, taking God out of everything, cheating husbands, and the homosexual agenda but when it comes to a dissenting view point, you act like a bunch of savages. Obama said he is DIFFERENT then why is he acting like Nancy and the gang. As horrible a job as you think Bush is doing, the Democratic controlled Congress is doing worse...their approval ratings are single digit. If Obama is a good choice for president, then of course Palin is a good choice. If her only experience was being head of the PTA, that's more experience than Obama has. She's got more than that though. She is an accomplished woman that we should all be proud of, regardless of political affiliation.

All Obama has done is give a bunch of speeches, tell a bunch of lies, and con millions of people and you guys celebrate him like he's the 2nd coming of Christ.

How dare Democrats try to have a debate about experience!! Get your boy Obama some experience, come back and then we'll talk about it. No wonder you guys are referred to as the "loony left". Reading your responses makes it obvious.

I wish McCain and Palin much success in their endeavors. We're a safer nation with them at the helm.

Posted by: BDev | August 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Mike Gerson, the man/woman who bused your table is more qualified to be VP than Sarah Palin

Posted by: mike grathwohl | August 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, nice to see the unfulfilled, perpetually angry adolescent hipsters upset at this Palin pick. Hey libtard, while you forever fail to reconcile your daddy-hatreds and fruitlessly attempt to enforce the misery you live day to day upon everyone else, Palin and Pale-face are gonna one-two Hair-plugs and Blobama. How delightfully giddy I am now looking forward to another eight years of mental-case, amblyopic liberals genuflecting daily. You people...you angry, bitter, small people...we laugh at you...we f*ckin' laugh at you!!

And for the idiot again blathering about Racial hate - Justice Thomas, Condi Rice, Colin Powell. It's YOU haters who always blast them with the house-n*****, Uncle Tom epithet; people given great trust and huge responsibility. I guess they don't lock step with African-Americans; a single demographic group voting 92%! That's REALLY thinking openly and out of the box; That's REALLY enlightened. Dictators don't even get people voting at a clip of 92%. We don't hate race - we hate stupid. Sorry, but 92%? Kinda freakin' schtoopid!

Posted by: JDW | August 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a genius !!!
I can't wait to see Palin chewup Biden and spit him out at their debate.

Posted by: einstein | August 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

This was an ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT POLITICALLY STRATEGIC CHOICE!

Obama's strengths that were neutralized:

1. Historic: first black president - Palin: first women vice president - neutralized
2. Change: Obama picks 30 years in the senate, old boy: Biden; McCain picks a political activist who crushed "Republican"corrupt, old boy, network supporting "Big Oil" in Alaska and goes on to win the Governor's seat - neutralized.

Now we can start talking about specific problems and solutions, Obama weakness - he is very vague in detailling his solutions if you watched his entire acceptance speech - I did.

As a life long Republican, I held my party responsible for not addressing the mortgage crissis - long before it occurred. I was even continplating voting for Obama to send a strong message to my party that they screwed up and needed to be punished. I read a very interesting book called the Trillion Dollar Meltdown that informs you of how the current Credit Crissis actually started over 20 years ago. Both parties helped it along over the years. Clinton signed a bill repelling Glass Stegal Act created in the last Depression to prevent things like the "Mortgage Crisis". Yes, Republican policies dictating: letting the market take care of things, "poured fuel on the fire", but there is more than meets the eye about this problem, and much more pain to come, but that is another story.

All McCain needs to do to succeed is to capture a few percent of the Hillary's voters - to vote for the first woman vice president and keep/energize his Republican base - done.

This will be fun!

Posted by: Don | August 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I only had a beer while watching Obama's convention speech. It seems that it would have been a whole different experience had I instead been smoking crack like Mr. Gerson.

Posted by: Hypersquared | August 31, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Here is the key question:
Why are liberals always angry and foaming at the mouth - - in contrast to conservatives who are always calm and self-assured?

Funny, no?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Gershon is a brownshirt devoid of any character.

Posted by: Justin | August 31, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is a right wing extermist, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush. The claim he made in the article, that he was inclined to support Obama, is an ugly lie. Anybody who knows the history of Gerson knows that the whole article is a right wing deceitful propaganda of the worst kind. Shame on the Washington Post for giving space to dishonest low life such as Gerson.

Posted by: Decisionfusion | August 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Michael Gerson

You are the right wing status quo.

Create a grotesquely distorted caricature, broadcast the delusion at the top of your lungs, and hope that you manage to reinforce just enough cynicism and hopelessness to ensure the election of someone who truly cares only for funneling all of the country's wealth and power into the hands of a tiny, corrupt elite.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | August 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

All you commentors who are going after Palin for her lack of experience are missing the big picture here. She has more executive experience than all of them....and yet you wish to put Obama in the Whte house as the president, when he has NO EXPERIENCE AT ALL? You people ought to be ashamed.

-Robert-

Posted by: Robert | August 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I think McDonald's said it best, but I am in fact the one Lovin' It. You can see it happening, the moonbat libs will eat up the next 3-5 weeks making baseless arguments against Palin while McCain/Palin move further and further ahead.

Obama promises change, yet has no experience in reform or changing anything other than his mind. This is best demonstrated in his pick for VP. Biden is as beltway as they come.

McCain has a history of crossing party lines and getting things done. Palin has demonstrated if nothing else she's dedicated to reform. Another word for reform is change. Obama has demonstrated he’s committed to politics as usual…oh and eloquent speeches. Keep up the good work!

Typical. But please keep it up please, for my sake.


Posted by: I'm Lovin It | August 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Gerson steps up to bat intent on staking his claim as the biggest, baddest bloviator writing for this big, bad bloviating paper . . .

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/opinion/31rich.html?hp

Posted by: Russell | August 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Is this guy for real? Sarah Palin is a horrible pick, and I am a staunch conservative. I swear, McCain must be hitting the sauce or letting his "little head" make the decisions if this is his pick for veep.Obama/Biden is looking more and more like they will get my vote. So much for "experience matters". McCain leveled the playing field with her as VP.

Posted by: Gerson is an idiot | August 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

On a point of order. Palin may not be dismissed on the basis that she is a 'beauty queen'.

She is not now, nor was she ever, a beauty queen. She lost that competition. Her only qualifications were been on the PTA and beating a horribly corrupt republican politician in an election that she, basically, couldn't have lost.

Oh dear.

Posted by: festinog | August 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

God help us all from mouthpieces like Gerson and the God-fearing right wing zealot mom who wants creationism taught side by side with evolution. What a tard. Why aren't you on Faux News?

Obama/Biden '08/'12

Posted by: ScaryBob | August 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I personally fall into the "undecided independent" category. The choice of Palin for VP was a brilliant move that rekindled my interest in the Republican ticket. Say what you will, it worked for me.

Posted by: Jared | August 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

PANIC! She's perfect!! That's why they panic! Blew all the hot air right out of his speech. Why all the buzz? PANIC! Bet he wishes he would've picked Hillary now...can he throw Biden under the bus? He runs on "change" and picks BIDEN?? She's perfect and I LOVE IT!! GO SARAH!

Posted by: VAVoter | August 31, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

John McCain serves this nation best as a Senator from the great state of Arizona. Governor Palin would have made a great bunny once upon a while ago... America needs change from President Bush. President Clinton didn't bring about WWIII, and America was a pretty safe place on his watch. Things went to h-e double hockey sticks during Bush's watch. Senator McCain is old and disturbing, what kind of a name has he made for himself in the Senate? To the military out there, what changes have the republicans brought to your unit? Have you had more money to train? I know that during the Clinton years, my barracks were looked at and decided to be unfit, and new barracks were built. During the first Bush years, more ships and airplanes were bought. I haven't noticed any change under the current president Bush. oh well.

Posted by: maxmulvey | August 31, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Michael Gerson

You are the right wing status quo.

Create a grotesquely distorted caricature, broadcast the delusion at the top of your lungs, and hope that you manage to reinforce just enough cynicism and hopelessness to ensure the election of someone who truly cares only for funneling all of the country's wealth and power into the hands of a tiny, corrupt elite.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | August 31, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a genius !!!
I can't wait to see Palin chewup Biden and spit him out at their debate.

Posted by: einstein | August 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

You couldn't be more wrong about the women's support for Palin. I'm a female AND a Republican and am outraged by McCain's choice. It was just one more example of McCain's efforts to pander to the religious conservatives in our party. If he wanted a female VP, there were certainly several more qualified and well-deserving candidates within the party. Personally, I would have liked him to have chosen someone strong on economic issues, given that is one of McCain's weakest points. Since the beginning of the general election campaign, McCain's sole focus has been to pander to the right wing of this party, leaving many moderate Republicans feeling very alienated. I had already been leaning towards Obama, but this decision firmly pushed me over to his camp.

Posted by: Sherry Carter | August 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm of a mind with Deep Blue. Gerson claims Obama called McCain a coward for not confronting al-Qaeda. That was never said, thus making Gerson's words lies or proof that he didn't bother to listen to Obama's speech.

And when Gerson lauds McCain's government reform efforts why not mention his involvement with the Keating Five (McCain was one of the "Five") of the savings and loan debacle. Or Palins opposition to corrupt Republicans only to use her office to fire an official who refused to do her personal retribution bidding.

And when he touts being a governor as a qualification, he should identify the effectiveness of that experience in action, which is to say what kind of Governor is she?

And again, calling Joe Biden the "Prince of the Senate" is a shallow and mean attempt to demean a man who not only comes from working-class roots, but has served our country honorably for 25 years.

The only sneers I've seen are this Gerson "talking-point" column.

Posted by: Jay Frederick | August 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, "Deep Blue", I'm so moved by your comment, truly. It's finally so nice to read a decent response among all of those pathetics post you get to see on every article about the election. Really hope Americans with a brain will win this election. Sincerely, not only Americans', but the whole world's fate depends on it.

You're such a tool Mr. Gerson, indeed.

Posted by: Kim | August 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I earnestly hope McCain / Palin wins, and a landslide, because it will show America religious conservatives and Hillary-bots what they share in common: knee-jerk reactionaries rather than thinking Americans, and they brought the game down to the ignorant level it is played today (Hillary Tears up again...awwwww) So please let's get on with it. If anything will add the topping to the dessert of watching Bush/Cheney leave the White House as the worst Presidency ever, it will be what happens with their term in office. She is a heartbeat away from being President. He is a known anger-management problem. Let's see her comfort zone at being a "yes man" for so long. Two years of experience in Alaska, with no handling of a large city, large unions (since when did Republicans like UNIONS suddenly?) and class or racial issues of any kind...sure, she's "ready"....ha, it's going to be great.

Posted by: Arthur1 | August 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a genius !!!
I can't wait to see Palin chewup Biden and spit him out at their debate.

Posted by: einstein | August 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

While I haven't decided who I'm going to vote for yet, I am troubled by the Palin pick and it is all about her experience. Now, I don't buy the argument that this puts Obama's inexperience to rest since he would be president and not vice president (like Palin). But but the VP has to be a person that could take over the reigns as Commander-in-Chief, and, well, that's unnerving.

For the people that rely on polls, give me a poll result and I'll almost certainly give you a poll that will refute it. Just use google to search around.

This is to the people that keep bringing up Obama's middle name (yawn) and McCain's inability to remember the number of houses his wife owns (double yawn) - does it really hurt to post something meaningful and intelligent? So useless.

Posted by: KC | August 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

What an ostrich!

Posted by: Evelyn | August 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey funny_facy, you are hilarious!!!

"She is an awesome lady and has more experience in her little finger than Mr. Obama has in his whole body."


What planet are you on? Stop trolling this thread you fear monger. Do everyone a favor and k i l l yourself

Posted by: angrymob | August 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

The Palin worshipers make a mockery of the last year of the attack on Obama supporters being hoodwinked by the anointed one. Here's a woman who three days after delivering her fifth child (with over population she thinks she should produce five kids?)goes back to work leaving the child with who???

Here's a woman who believes that if a 13 year old girl is raped by her father, she must carry that abomination to term otherwise she is a criminal. Here is yet another right wing wack job who has used her public job to seek revenge against others, first while mayor then as governor. Do we really need another Cheney? Will she "out" others who don't agree with her like Cheney did with Plame? If her current history is in indicator, you betcha.

Six months ago she was excited about Obama taking the lead? Now, she's going to be one stroke away from becoming President, yet doesn't know what the VP does?

She's just another empty pantsuit. If McShame had wanted a competent woman, why didn't he do like he mentioned in his own commercials where he knocked Obama for not choosing someone who was ready to lead from DAY ONE? Why didn't he ask Hillary to be his running mate?

McHippicite.

Posted by: Tom Payned | August 31, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

This was an ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT POLITICALLY STRATEGIC CHOICE!

Obama's strengths that were neutralized:

1. Historic: first black president - Palin: first women vice president - neutralized
2. Change: Obama picks 30 years in the senate, old boy: Biden; McCain picks a political activist who crushed "Republican"corrupt, old boy, network supporting "Big Oil" in Alaska and goes on to win the Governor's seat - neutralized.

Now we can start talking about specific problems and solutions, Obama weakness - he is very vague in detailling his solutions if you watched his entire acceptance speech - I did.

As a life long Republican, I held my party responsible for not addressing the mortgage crissis - long before it occurred. I was even continplating voting for Obama to send a strong message to my party that they screwed up and needed to be punished. I read a very interesting book called the Trillion Dollar Meltdown that informs you of how the current Credit Crissis actually started over 20 years ago. Both parties helped it along over the years. Clinton signed a bill repelling Glass Stegal Act created in the last Depression to prevent things like the "Mortgage Crisis". Yes, Republican policies dictating: letting the market take care of things, "poured fuel on the fire", but there is more than meets the eye about this problem, and much more pain to come, but that is another story.

All McCain needs to do to succeed is to capture a few percent of the Hillary's voters - to vote for the first woman vice president and keep/energize his Republican base - done.

This will be fun!

Posted by: Don | August 31, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

By the way, you didn't mention the sloppy way McCain chose this woman. He met with her once, face to face, and didn't even properly vet her to discover that she was embroiled in a state investigation about her possible misuse of power. Evidently the only thing that mattered was (1) her gender) and (2) her staunch opposition to pro-choice. This was not a "considered" choice, it was a last-minute attempt to cover the criticism McCain was getting from the right-to-life conservatives. It was a "gamble" to try to (3) pick up the Hillary voters, which I suspect will fail badly. So McCain shores up his base and still loses. (By the way, what are you smoking? McCain lost his moral compass a good time ago, even if he is a war hero, and he is now in the hands of the lobbyists who have wreaked havoc on the economy and will continue to do so.)

Posted by: OCPatriot | August 31, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

First of all, to all the above retarded dick heads, this is suppose to be an opinion. None of you socilist-democrat bloggers should attack Mr.Gerson for exercising his freedom of speech. there are many pro-obama opinions out there so why dont you get lost.

Posted by: Karl | August 31, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, but you fail @ spin.

Posted by: CLC | August 31, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Was Obama's childhood hero Robin Hood?
The only plan I see that he has is the same game plan the dems have always had.

Posted by: Rick | August 31, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I consider myself an independent; fiscal conservative and social liberal. I am voting for McCain/Palin because of their PROVEN records of reaching out across the aisle to accomplish things with Dems and tackling corrupt in the REP party to stand up for inequities and corruptness. There is nothing about uniting in BObama or his camp or his followers. Just read the blogs posted here. According to their arrogance,if u don't agree with them, you are an idiot. I think the real idiots are those who have no ability to internalize and filter out info to reach their own conclusions and have to rely on others to help them make their decisions

Posted by: independent | August 31, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is a brownshirt?? Is that what some chumperific dumb-dumb just wrote? Good God you people are just ridiculous. Mom, please take that computer away from your miserable little live at home basement dweller.

Posted by: JDW | August 31, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

You know, I see a ton of Rupublican "smear and fear" tactics coming from every direction. The question remains....Did McCain choose a running mate that will help him in the white house, or one he thinks will help him GET in the white house??
I'm going to go with the latter, for sure. In fact, he has stated it plain as day, that he hopes to pick up the disgruntled Hillary supporters. Hell, I'm a man and I find it horribly insulting to women that he would think that a skirt and a "purty lil hairdo" will steal the obvious intelligent Hillary supporters.
Hell, she didn't even know what a VP does from day to day....And to think that because she was the president of the PTA in her little hometown, and a "hockey mom", that she is superbly qualified to be the second in command of one of THE most influential and powerful nations in the world, is simply....idiotic....
And I'll repeat a fact laid down by a previous poster on here....

And I quote, "Maybe I am so disappointed because I half-believed in Obama, at least at the beginning. On Thursday night, he made nothing of his historical moment. And he purposely set out to alienate people like me. It worked."
Right!!! You were really looking for a reason to vote for Obama and that speech turned you away. Right!!! You are not even trying to be modestly honest..."

Posted by: WTF | August 31, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Gersons arguments are so clearly disingenuous. He feigns dissapoint in Obama when he would not have supported him no matter what he said. Obama's speech was hardly all that partisan. He gave people a choice. Nothing wrong with that. In any event, Gerson has good reason to wonder how Palin will hold up. McCain in his usual "maverick" fashion succumbed to the ultra right wing and alienated legions of moderates and dems who see her selection for what it is. And even though on the issues, the winds are at the Dems back this year, Gov. Palin who he never really thought he would have to pick was barely vetted. She has many surprises in store for Mccain and the GoP.

Posted by: thinkforyourself | August 31, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

xdfnb

Posted by: dfn | August 31, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

If she was such a great pick, why is the McCain Campaign not allowing her to be interviewed?
Her absence from Sunday Talk Shows was glaring, as it's a custom for, at least one, to have a new Candidate on.
Wasn't it her, last month, that asked when interviewed, something to the effect of *what does a VP actually do?*
Not to mention that she's being investigated, for abuse of power... and has already been caught lying on tape, about her involvement in *troopergate.*
Yup, great choice... great Judgment by McCain. Her pick really showed he puts *America First.*

Posted by: baz | August 31, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse


Get to know your candidate:

Check out Sarah Palin LAUGHING as she hears a radio host call her political opponent (Sen. Lyda Green who is a cancer survivor) a "B**ch" and a "Cancer". The radio show was taped in January 2008.

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

Great example she's setting for millions of kids. And she wants to be Vice President ??
Yep, McCain maybe should have spent a little longer than one day in vetting his VP pick.

Posted by: Game-on | August 31, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

On Senator Obama pointing out Palin's Beauty Queen background...

The relevance of her coming from a beauty pageant background only comes into focus, when you consider that during Obama's formative years he was studying law at Harvard.

[According to wikipedia]"Palin attended Hawaii Pacific College in Hilo, Hawaii, in 1982 for a semester, where she majored in Business Administration, and transferred in 1983 to North Idaho College. In 1987, Palin received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho, where she also minored in political science."

In some peoples minds, Harvard is a different level of education than Hawaii Pacific College, even when you combine it with North Idaho State University. But then when you add her additional experience as a beauty pageant contestant, well that makes her intellectual accomplishments more equivalent to Obama's. I think that is what Obama is trying to magnanimously point out.

Posted by: trutdtsf | August 31, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Commenting on McCain's choice of Palin as a running mate, a number of Republican strategists termed it "bold" (translation: "He's out of his mind"). The Obama campaign, with Hillary's help, has been restrained - waiting to see whether Palin will self destruct, or the media do it for her - but if she proves to be an asset, they will probably criticize her credentials more aggressively.

So far, polls indicate she may be a liability with independent voters.


Ultimately, the contest will be between Obama and McCain, with Palin as a momentary distraction, but perhaps a slightly greater disadvantage than ordinary because of McCain's age - 72 now and 80 by the end of the next two presidential terms.

Posted by: Fred Moolten | August 31, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I can smell democratic ass burning with jealousy in all these posts ..... L O V E it :)

Bye Bye Obama-Biden. You don't deserve to be the P and VP

Posted by: Susan | August 31, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

So you're saying that:
1) Religious conservatives were just about to vote for Obama.
2) Only feminists care about having to go back to coathanger abortions, even in cases of rape or incest.
3) Governing a state with one-quarter the population of Brooklyn qualifies you for the presidency.

Posted by: Gary Meyer | August 31, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

It is the Fighter Pilot and the Moose Hunter against two lawyers.

Yeah, the lawyers are really about change, when their whole academic background is based on what went before ... precedent.

Obama is not as brave as McCain. Biden is not as much middle class as Palin.

Obama dissed Hillary.

Posted by: Deborah. | August 31, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

It was quite possible I would have voted for McCain prior to this selection. I can't imagine this VP pick running the country should we have an unfortunate event.

Our country needs more then just the same old political BS. Putting her forward was pandering to the neocons and the right. We need out from under that poor management.

Republican voting for the other party is what I am.

Posted by: Jonathan | August 31, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

America is a large country. It is our healthy diversity that makes us so strong. We learned to confront problems and adapt to new situations efficiently because of this diversity. Obama's speech spoke to that diversity, acknowledged the views of different groups and suggested a transcendent approach that brings us together as one country. The author and anyone who thinks that they heard a traditional left swing speech didn't listen. The speech was a tribute to the Pro Active American who is trying to earn a living not make a killing. Current economic trends favor big business in exports at the expense of the little man. You don't have to be a democrat to recognize that.

Posted by: Middle Ground | August 31, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

gawd i love this..

i called up a die hard republican friend.. in texas (the state that brought you George Bush) most of my friends are republicans and i asked one question... not exactly scientific..

the question was without any lead in at all

"what do you think"

answer, "crap i have no idea what mccain is thinking"

thats my poll on mccains choice hehehehe

the way it looks now Obama may even carry texas with all his hispanic vote and dismayed down to earth republicans

a texan isnt going to vote for anymore extremist right wing fanatics after BUSH!

Posted by: EddienTexas | August 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

With flawless logic like that sir, the Republicans are sure to win the majority of American idiots vote. I salute your disregard for the truth and only wish I had the moral depravity to to be paid to write in such a natural, unabridged, Washington talking-points style. I'll see you in the soup line along with 90% of the rest of America after the dollar collapses and the depression really sets in.

Posted by: Anticipating the Flood | August 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Deep Blue wrote "Sarah Palin would be the commander-in-chief after we've potential been hit by some sort of major NBC attack."

Actually that's already happening with their totally biased pro-Obama coverage of the election!

Posted by: anonymous | August 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately its all wrong. Unfortunately, neither the GOP nor the Dems, in this election or most others, knows how to lead and how to do it right. Only a few leaders in US history have lived up to the responsibility.

We've all been had, and we're all "having" each other. We are arguing for the wrong things, we are not being strong, mature, human.

We are like children voting for a team captain. We are idiots and mad.

Idiots and mad people elect the same to lead them.

Most of America, most of its media, its politicians, its voters have become insane.

Most of the news doesn't even make sense any more. And most people who read it are left not knowing anything for real.

Everyone is so willing to take sides, create division, be the winners, or fight & kill trying. What are you all talk about. Its ridiculous.

Where are the real leaders, and where are the people willing to follow real leaders.
Do we even know what a real leader looks like any more?

Posted by: sutu | August 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing that folks herald Palin's lack of experience, but fail to forget that she's at teh #2 spot and the second most inexperienced in this election. That's rigth OBAMA might have more Washington experience, but Palin has more EXECUTIVE experience. You might ask,"WHAT IS EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE". That's experience building a cabinet, vetoing legislation, and performing the duties of the executive branch of government. OBAMA has never EVER had any experience in the executive branch of governemnt and he's not so much as authored legislation in the legislative branch. As a matter of fact he's been in there 2 years voting "present" and has spent the rest of his time running for president!

SO I ASK THOSE WHO KNOW WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OBAMA HAS EVER PERFORMED AS A LEGISLATOR TO PLEASE REPLY OR QUIT DOWNING PALIN WHO HAS ACCOMPLISMENTS AND MORE EXPERIENCE IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT THAN OBAMA. PLEASE REPLY!!! THIS SHOULD BE GOOD!

Posted by: Thomas from GREENVILLE NC | August 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

This was an ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT POLITICALLY STRATEGIC CHOICE!

Obama's strengths that were neutralized:

1. Historic: first black president - Palin: first women vice president - neutralized
2. Change: Obama picks 30 years in the senate, old boy: Biden; McCain picks a political activist who crushed "Republican"corrupt, old boy, network supporting "Big Oil" in Alaska and goes on to win the Governor's seat - neutralized.

Now we can start talking about specific problems and solutions, Obama weakness - he is very vague in detailling his solutions if you watched his entire acceptance speech - I did.

As a life long Republican, I held my party responsible for not addressing the mortgage crissis - long before it occurred. I was even continplating voting for Obama to send a strong message to my party that they screwed up and needed to be punished. I read a very interesting book called the Trillion Dollar Meltdown that informs you of how the current Credit Crissis actually started over 20 years ago. Both parties helped it along over the years. Clinton signed a bill repelling Glass Stegal Act created in the last Depression to prevent things like the "Mortgage Crisis". Yes, Republican policies dictating: letting the market take care of things, "poured fuel on the fire", but there is more than meets the eye about this problem, and much more pain to come, but that is another story.

All McCain needs to do to succeed is to capture a few percent of the Hillary's voters - to vote for the first woman vice president and keep/energize his Republican base - done.

This will be fun!

Posted by: Don | August 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Gerson was one of George Bush's speechwriters which explains his perspective on the Palin selection. Former spin masters never die, they just turn over in their grave (metaphorically speaking of course)

Posted by: stu | August 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Democrats and Liberals, eat crow!
You don't have anyone better than Ms. Palin, including the top of your ticket!
Eat crow, you will be trounced this November! But don't be disheartened, you will still have Barack Obama around. He will likely be as obnoxiously in your face like his kinsmen Al Gore and John Kerry.
Democrats, learn something. Do something good for this country, abandon your Democratic platform.

Posted by: american eagle | August 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Gersons arguments are so clearly disingenuous. He feigns dissapoint in Obama when he would not have supported him no matter what he said. Obama's speech was hardly all that partisan. He gave people a choice. Nothing wrong with that. In any event, Gerson has good reason to wonder how Palin will hold up. McCain in his usual "maverick" fashion succumbed to the ultra right wing and alienated legions of moderates and dems who see her selection for what it is. And even though on the issues, the winds are at the Dems back this year, Gov. Palin who he never really thought he would have to pick was barely vetted. She has many surprises in store for Mccain and the GoP.

Posted by: thinkforyourself | August 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe people actually get paid to write the kind of uninformed drivel Gerson does. John McCain is a dangerous man and his back up is an amateur compared to Obama. God help the USA if they're elected.

Posted by: Amalarian | August 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is assuming McCain is going to become incapacitated or die during his term in office. He is not much older than Biden and he is not any more a health risk than Biden (look it up). So, if something should happen and Obama could not serve and then something happens that inhibits Biden from serving, guess who would become acting president? Nancy Pelosi! Now that is a scary thought, indeed. I welcome change for the good. The only question is, which one will change America for the good? So far, nobody has explained just how or what they are going to change. Just a lot of telling us what needs to change. But no "how" they are going to do it. For all our sakes, I wish each of them the best and lots of prayers.

Posted by: whatif? | August 31, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

the scientific institute in america has just found out that during pres elections no two americans think the same which leads them to conclude that may be the reason for so much hatred.ya think there was any animals involved in this study?

Posted by: frank | August 31, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Ms Palin is a textbook example of a neocon...and represents everything that is wrong with the Republican party..and the country. Their policies have left us with a weaker economy, and weaker military, and weaker standing in the international community.
Do you see a trend developing here??
Neocon = weak- weak- weak.
McCain can no longer seriously consider himself a "maverick"...a maverick would have rejected the neocon policy's and supporters...he knuckled under to them with his choice of Mrs Palin.

Posted by: dallasMike | August 31, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Don’t be bummed just because the race just got a lot more interesting.
Palins lack of experience???

Yea, Obama is sooo experienced.
Had schooling in Indonesia, and what’s that…Are you kidding me….His background as a Muslim should be discussed more and his lack of being upfront about his past is pretty disturbing to me.
After going thru 911 are we ready to ignore this?
Hmmm...yep, he sure is experienced:)

Posted by: Bob's your Uncle | August 31, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

How is it possible that the Washington Post could allow George W. Bush's former speechwriter to post an opinion without at least citing his clear bias or conflict of interest? It is highly relevant when reading this piece to put it in context. The writer is a lifelong Republican and an evangelical Christian, both of which are highly relevant for any reader to know when reading this piece. He poses as someone who "half believed" Obama. How can anyone judge the credibility of that claim without knowing who this man is? Dissappointing performance by the paper.

Posted by: Disappointed | August 31, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Only a Repuglican could call a speech championing unity polarizing.

Gerson is a tool.

Posted by: qracker | August 31, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

You all sound like a bunch of idiots fighting over such stupid things. Who wants to have a muslem terrorist for a president and who wants another bush for their leader? I don't want either one for a president but who else is running? This is a matter of voting fot the one that will do the least harm to the country. That is not the way that it was ment to be I don't think. Where are all the good men or women that we can vote for anyway? this country has become so corrupted by the politics and slug crap that is going on here. God Bless America, and please do it soon, we need it so much. We do not need a muslem terrorist (or his wife) for president, and we do not need another bush for a president. We do not need another clinton for president either, so where do we go for someone good to vote for? Why do not all those who want a terrorist for president all go to the terrorist countries and then you will have what you want, to be with obama worshiping osama with all the other sheet heads over there. And all the mccain radicals can go to some other place and worshop bush and his cronies. what we need is some honest and decent people to straighted out our government and that will come sooner or later. I have HOPE for the future, although I don't know when it will come, no one does except for My Father In Heaven. Good news though, He can be your Father In Heaven too if you let him. Please do that and maybe things will get better. We are the ones that kicked him out of our government and schools and such, and then we ask why didn't you do something about the school shooting or about the corrupt politics that is going on here.
We can be so idiotic (including me) sometimes that it scares me. Where have all the good men(and women) gone? I am sure that there are some out there somewhere. They need more brains than I have to do the job that needs to be done.

Posted by: shocked | August 31, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I was going to make a comment but im still laughing at this article I just read. A few moments later....What I can say is im not going to make the same mistake and read another article by Gerson.
The truth is, Obama will be elected. The truth is in the people who will vote for him. My best.

Posted by: Kimmo | August 31, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

This was an ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT POLITICALLY STRATEGIC CHOICE!

Obama's strengths that were neutralized:

1. Historic: first black president - Palin: first women vice president - neutralized
2. Change: Obama picks 30 years in the senate, old boy: Biden; McCain picks a political activist who crushed "Republican"corrupt, old boy, network supporting "Big Oil" in Alaska and goes on to win the Governor's seat - neutralized.

Now we can start talking about specific problems and solutions, Obama weakness - he is very vague in detailling his solutions if you watched his entire acceptance speech - I did.

As a life long Republican, I held my party responsible for not addressing the mortgage crissis - long before it occurred. I was even continplating voting for Obama to send a strong message to my party that they screwed up and needed to be punished. I read a very interesting book called the Trillion Dollar Meltdown that informs you of how the current Credit Crissis actually started over 20 years ago. Both parties helped it along over the years. Clinton signed a bill repelling Glass Stegal Act created in the last Depression to prevent things like the "Mortgage Crisis". Yes, Republican policies dictating: letting the market take care of things, "poured fuel on the fire", but there is more than meets the eye about this problem, and much more pain to come, but that is another story.

All McCain needs to do to succeed is to capture a few percent of the Hillary's voters - to vote for the first woman vice president and keep/energize his Republican base - done.

This will be fun!

Posted by: Don | August 31, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Its so funny to see the dems served. They only arguement they have leads to a discussion of what their candidate is lacking. I think their heads will explode.

I'm gonna have the first DC resuraunt serving mooseburger...

God Bless the USA and God Bless John McCain; the only one in the race that has truly served his country.

Posted by: Peter from Dover NH | August 31, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

god because it is not mine) I cannot ever vote for someone who wants to dumb down my children. If she wants to believe the world is 6000 years old she can. That is not a quality i want in my leader. She want to teach our kids that there is no point in Astronomy/ Evolution/ A-Biogenesis/ looking for life on other planets, pretty much all science , all we need to know is god did it all!...wtf

Posted by: Creamsykle | August 31, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

democrats are so dumb they are blinded by their anger and HOPE barack will win, not likely. he is a complete waste of a suit. he picked a bag of wind as his running mate. democractic platforms have always been so pie in the sky that nobody but the uneducated ever believe it could work. oh yeah, 52% of their constituents are uneducated. like that joke from north carolina they trotted up on stage haha. you will lose again, because the uneducated are too dumb to vote.

Posted by: barackjocksupporter | August 31, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

It is one of the most intellectually dishonest statement to say that Gov. Palin has more experience than Obama. By the criteria being used here and elsewhere, Joe Lieberman doesn't have the experience that Palin has. (I understand that John really wanted to go with Lieberman but decided on a purely political choice) Are we to believe that Palin is the best candidate John could have picked? He didn't even meet her until 6 months ago and only talked to her for a couple of hours before picking her for vp. I guess this is John's equivalent of 'I looked into the eyes and saw the soul..' type of pick. I think John losses in two ways. In his first executive decision, he certainly did not put 'Country First'. If he was concerned about the great issues of the day, he would have chosen someone else. Sadly, John chose for purely political purposes. Second, how can you with a straight face say that if something happened to John that you would be thrilled having Palin take over.

Posted by: TripleD | August 31, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I quote: "Having worked as a Senate staffer for many years, I am not convinced that hosting hearings, issuing press releases and giving floor speeches is the most relevant kind of experience for a president." That strongly damns McCain, if you didn't realize it, who has been a Senator for longer than anybody might think. And thus your conclusion is that Palin is more qualified than McCain, Obama, Biden; I doubt if you really believe that, which gave rise to the prior talk of "smoking" something. By the way, does the Post actually pay you for such tripe?

Posted by: OCPatriot | August 31, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Just the fact that she wants public schools to teach about HER god, (I do state it as her god because it is not mine) I cannot ever vote for someone who wants to dumb down my children. If she wants to believe the world is 6000 years old she can. That is not a quality i want in my leader. She want to teach our kids that there is no point in Astronomy/ Evolution/ A-Biogenesis/ looking for life on other planets, pretty much all science , all we need to know is god did it all!...wtf

Posted by: Creamsykle | August 31, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

That's right libbies....scream your heads off with the typical ignorant bilge that leaks from the edges of your poorly constructed arguments. Your policies are an abysmal failure, and working America KNOWS IT.

Your philosophies and the policies that you covet are designed to do one thing, and one thing only-- wrest assets from those of us who work hard, and redistribute our income like dime bags of crack to your victim-minded constituency in a highly successful effort to buy votes (well, except for the legions of dead people that you register every election so that you can oversee the largest perpetual vote fraud operation in US history).

No matter what happens in this election, America will win. If Obama wins, it will be another Carter debacle all over again, it will completely d*ck up the country, and as a result, it should line up the next conservative series of presidents nicely for the next 12-16 years.

If McCain wins, hopefully he'll get p*ssed off early and quit dorking around in the middle east and then we can start giving a large percentage of the Arab world what they continuously jabber about-- the opportunity to go see Allah in concert.

Toodles, libby a**wipes...

KV

Posted by: KV | August 31, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Gerson,

I don't know what you've been drinking, the cool-aid, PBR or maybe you've had your nose in George's stash...regardless Palin will be McCain's undoing. She was the mayor of a town smaller than an NFL football stadium, she was elected governor only because Alaskans hated the other guy so much they would have voted for anyone and her journalism education is about as useful running a nation as tits on a bull. Women are a lot more intelligent than you're giving them credit for, they'll vote for someone based on what they stand for long before they consider gender. You can vote for Miss Congenitality/Sportscaster/NRA whack job all you want but my guess is that come January we'll have a mixed race President in the White House. Obama called it like it is and thousands of Republicans and Democrats are tired of the nonsense that Bush has gotten away with...more of the same is not an option to them.

Posted by: John | August 31, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

the right wing extremist are so fearful they were praying for it to rain on the Democratic convention...

uh guess god got confused.. or didnt hear them on time cus now he has sent the republicans an hurricane

Posted by: EddienTexas | August 31, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, nice to see the unfulfilled, perpetually angry adolescent hipsters upset at this Palin pick. Hey libtard, while you forever fail to reconcile your daddy-hatreds and fruitlessly attempt to enforce the misery you live day to day upon everyone else, Palin and Pale-face are gonna one-two Hair-plugs and Blobama. How delightfully giddy I am now looking forward to another eight years of mental-case, amblyopic liberals genuflecting daily. You people...you angry, bitter, small people...we laugh at you...we f*ckin' laugh at you!! *kisses*

Wow so you'd throw the country in the crapper just to piss of some liberals huh? You are a joke in itself and I couldnt possibly be angry at you. The only thing i can do is laugh at you.

Posted by: gabe | August 31, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

democrats are so dumb they are blinded by their anger and HOPE barack will win, not likely. he is a complete waste of a suit. he picked a bag of wind as his running mate. democractic platforms have always been so pie in the sky that nobody but the uneducated ever believe it could work. oh yeah, 52% of their constituents are uneducated. like that joke from north carolina they trotted up on stage haha. you will lose again, because the uneducated are too dumb to vote.

Posted by: barackjocksupporter | August 31, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

So many things about this woman do not add up. Alaska is a quarter the size of Boston. That's not executive experience. She's basically a mayor. The Alaska national guard is federally controlled- she's not it's "comander". She's under investigation for abuse of power, she's supposed to fight corruption? Let's clear HER first. This is the future of who's republican party?

She clearly wasn't vetted... They met once, McCain got a crush, felt young again and made a rash decision.

Posted by: brian | August 31, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Boy, GoogleNews brought me to one of the most dishonest blogs I have ever visited. What rabid dog gets published in the WP these day? Get this Gerson dude off to the funny farm. The man is a stupid jerk not worthy of a great news organization.

Posted by: Sorry I came here! | August 31, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

No way can I vote for someone who wants to teach creationism in public schools... Palin wants to reverse 100's of years of science and teach our children the answer to everything is simply "God did it" F-that I want my kids to get a real education

Posted by: Educate our kids | August 31, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a very likable person who has achieved some admirable things in Alaska. She should be on the national stage at some point -- but not now. It's appealing for a city council candidate to describe herself as a hockey mom, but I shudder to think that this same person might be the Vice President (or President!) of the United States, making decisions on global terrorism, global economies and global conflicts. We need people who are seasoned and understand the stakes, not beginners in national politics. I have nothing against her -- I actually had followed her career a little before the VP announcement and I liked her. But to thrust her into a position that she is unquestionably not ready for does seem very reckless and political on the part of McCain. I'm appalled.

I take enormous offense at your statement that "she is likely to appeal to most women." You are just plain wrong. Women don't abandon all their beliefs or their intellect just to vote for a woman. What a low opinion you must have of women's intelligence!

Posted by: Barbara | August 31, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately its all wrong. Unfortunately, neither the GOP nor the Dems, in this election or most others, knows how to lead and how to do it right. Only a few leaders in US history have lived up to the responsibility.

We've all been had, and we're all "having" each other. We are arguing for the wrong things, we are not being strong, mature, human.

We are like children voting for a team captain. We are idiots and mad.

Idiots and mad people elect the same to lead them.

Most of America, most of its media, its politicians, its voters have become insane.

Most of the news doesn't even make sense any more. And most people who read it are left not knowing anything for real.

Everyone is so willing to take sides, create division, be the winners, or fight & kill trying. What are you all talking about? Its ridiculous.

Where are the real leaders, and where are the people willing to follow real leaders?
Do we even know what a real leader looks like any more?

Who killed Jesus? Who killed Lincoln? Imprisoned Mandela? Killed Gandhi?

We did.... because we are all a bunch of adolescent punks, blind believers and heartless, stunted people.

So yeah, lets push a McCain or an Obama up there and see if they can lead this rabble, and kick them down when they can't....

Posted by: sutu | August 31, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

WHO CARES! She is a women and Ombuma will pay for not putting a woman on the ticket. I'm voting for this woman no matter what she believes. Hilary will be back in 2012 then i can have the woman who deserves to be on the ticket, but until then Palin will do.

Posted by: Clinton 2012 | August 31, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I think Sarah Palin is a perfect choice for McCain. I am a die hard Hillary Clinton supporter but I want a woman in office now not in 12 years. Barak Obama had the chance to make that happen but instead he chose to ignore 18 million voices yours and mine- I don't call that good judgment. As far as Palin's experience- I thought experience wasn't so important - OH it's not important if it's for the Presidency but Very Important for the Vice President- You jerks just don't make sense.

Posted by: mimi362 | August 31, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Gerson must be a tool of Karl Rove and Steve Schmidt the divide and lie till you die twins. Only one of those dummies snorting smear and lies who believes George W. is actually a great President could write this dribble. Shame on the Post for even allowing it in on its pages. It never ceases to amaze me that these moral majority types who of course like Larry Craig do everything they rail against can all line up in one party. America is wiser and will not allow these true dividers to stop us from putting the country back together. Want to stop torture in our name, restore energy independence, bring the middle class some tax relief, maintain a womans right to choose what to do with her womb (Palin did not make a valiant decision to keep the baby she could not know until she was six(6) months pregnant and it might be her daughters anyways). Want to do right by our veterans and give them education benefits? For all of the above and a whole lot more we must elect Barack Obama. No Way No How No McCain. Gerson obviously is not enamored with the fact that Barack obama can throw a more effective punch than Mr. Grumpy and that the Clintons are now solidly on board. the four horsemen Obama, Biden, Hillary, Bill will all go out and bring Veritas to America. Too bad for Rush and Gerson and their kind. No Way No How NO Mc Cain!!

Posted by: Doris Mc Mullen | August 31, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

With flawless logic like that sir, the Republicans are sure to win the majority of American idiots vote. I salute your disregard for the truth and only wish I had the moral depravity to to be paid to write in such a natural, unabridged, Washington talking-points style. I'll see you in the soup line along with 90% of the rest of America after the dollar collapses and the depression really sets in.

Posted by: Anticipating the Flood | August 31, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Interesting - Democrats have a candidate who makes a forceful and compelling argument for reconstructing the relationship between government and the public good, and you call this "ordinary." By the same logic, Reagan was an "ordinary" right-winger. Waah, the liberal doesn't reach out to the extreme right...

And let's knock it off with calling Dems big meanies for making critical points about Republicans, when the far-right smear machine continues to manufacture incredibly insulting baldfaced lies - not just from the internet, but also from talk radio, cable news, as well as the RnC and McCain camps directly.

You guys' capacity for hypocrisy just doesn't stop at merely jaw-dropping.

Posted by: El Bru | August 31, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

By selecting someone with very nearly the same experience level as Obama, voters will be subtly reminded of his own lack of experience... not for the VP slot, but for the top job. This was a masterful strategic move. Every slam against Palin reinforces McCain's (and Hillary's, and many voter's) concern about Obama's lack of experience.

Slam away.

Posted by: Michael | August 31, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

message to shocked's comment.

the person you seek does not exsist because you dont exsist.

Posted by: Kimmo | August 31, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Firstly,
I was a republican but the pick of Palin I think is an insult. It was purely for the purpose of self political gain nothing to do with what is best for this country. Any leader who sells himself out like this is no leader whatsoever.

Secondly Obama's speech mister Gerson was what this country needs somebody who can move people and get them moving in the right direction. If you even bothered to listen to the speech he bought up most issues such as pro life, gay rights and tackled them in a thoughtful way.

As for what he said about Bush and McCain, I'm sorry if the truth hurts you to hear. I am just glad somebody is saying it.

Oh did I mention that McCains pick of Palin showed he has no judgement and only his self interest at heart, not this country whatsover.

I will never vote rebulican again until they learn to separate church and state and think about what this country needs, not what some individuals need.

Posted by: Nick | August 31, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow, there is so much hate, is that what it takes to be democrat is burning hate.

Posted by: reg | August 31, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin may help McCain shore up his base, but this election will be won or lost in the center. And the fact that McCain had to waste his VP pick on a hardcore conservative is a sign of great weakness.

He labors under the delusion that being a woman, she will help him with moderates. But her politics and her inexperience will have just the opposite effect.

If you really believe what you wrote here Gerson, you are on drugs.

Posted by: mark | August 31, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, so far we have troopergate, potential troopergate witness tampering, and dairygate. Who knows what's next and I can't wait for the gaffes that are sure to come.

You've got to question McCain's judgement for picking a VP candidate that could be impeached days before the election. Regardless of you opinion of her, there is still that chance that she could be impeached. Do we want a risk-taker like that in the White House?

Posted by: mcs | August 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

HEADLINE: HALF DEAD MC CAIN DIES 2 HOURS AFTER TAKING OFFICE,

RUSSIA STARTS TO INVADE EASTERN EUROPE

THE NEW WOMAN PRESIDENT TELLS RUSSIA TO GO STAND IN THE CORNER BASED ON HER EXPERIENCE ON THE SCHOOL BOARD

Posted by: EddienTexas | August 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Let's check in on what the other world leaders think about Traitor John McBush's VP pick.


Wait..........just another moment.........any second now......


Nope, sorry.........none of them have stopped laughing yet.


It sickens me that Traitor John McBush would pick Elaine from Seinfeld as his running mate. When you put the entire country at risk just to further your political career you meet the criteria of Traitor. Traitor John McBush meets the decription of TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY.

Elitest Traitor John McBush is also an adulterer. While married to his first ex-model wife he apparently wasn't settled with owning just two homes so he had an affair with an elitest ex-model who along with being an adulterer herself, for entering into an affair with a married man, owned an additional 6 homes. So now Elitest Adulterer Traitor John McBush should be happy now that he has 8 homes. Although Traitor John McBush's Adulterer wife should be worried....Traitor John McBush's pick was also an ex-model and is almost 30 year younger.

But no, he wants to be president. Traitor McBush is behind in the polls so what does Traitor John McBush do? Instead of picking a qualified Vice President, Traitor John McBush picks the mayor of a town smaller than some US high schools. Then Traitor John McBush tries to say that Elaine from Seinfeld is more qualified than Barak Obama because she ran a town of 6000 people with a budget of $3 million. That by the way is less than half of what Traitor John McBush earned last year. Not only is Elaine from Seinfeld not qualifed to be vice-president she isn't qualified to be Traitor John McBush's accountant. Thats what a journalism degree is worth from the Univ of Idaho.


I guess Traitor John McBush thinks a journalism degree from Idaho trumps Obama's law degrees from Columbia and Harvard Law School (where he was President of the Harvard Law Review), 8 years in the Illinois state senate and 4 years in the US Senate.

And yet there are some Traitor Republicans who will insist on voting for Traitor Elitest Adulterer John McBush. These are the people who hate this country.


Posted by: GOD ALMIGHTY!!! | August 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

This lady is down for hunting and shooting animals from the air (helicopters), doesn’t think polar bears should be put on the endangered species list because it could hurt hopes of drilling, believes creationism should be taught in schools as an alternative to evolution, voted against women’s right to chose, voted against women’s right for equal pay, had her employees threaten high officials to get them to fire a state trooper (presumably because he divorced her sister). Tearing this woman apart is going to be way easy. She is more against women’s rights then McCain himself.

Posted by: Bye Polar Bears! we didn't like you anyhow. | August 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Also - I clicked into this assuming the author had some polling data. Little did I know "takes the lead" means only in the mind of someone who was already blatantly partisan for the Repugnicans anyways.

Posted by: El Bru | August 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Judging by the responses, McCain really hit the target. So many "outraged" leftists.
Remember this.. MCCain can teach the job to Palin, Obama couldnt do the same for his VP pick. In the first place, Biden knows more then Obama, secondly, Palin has more working experience then Obama. Lets face it a Senator attends meetings, and listens to his peers orate all day long. A governor actually works by making decisions 24/7. A great pick and the responses from the libs prove it. I love it!!

Posted by: TCandell | August 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with the first comment. You are an idiot....or maybe you just cashed your check from the Republican party...he has signed his politicol death warrant with that idiot VP candidate....

Posted by: TiredofPoliticians | August 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"As horrible a job as you think Bush is doing, the Democratic controlled Congress is doing worse...their approval ratings are single digit. "


Too bad that this congress has passed more bills than any other, and your idiot president has vetoed more than ANY OTHER president!

Posted by: angrymob | August 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

How could you be critical of Obama's speech as a cheap attack on McCain and not comment on McCains attempt to pick off Hillary supporters by selecting the least qualified vice presidential candidate in history who just so happens to be a women?

Obama's speech was great, the democrats finally showed some balls. Mccains pick of Palin showed he was playing politics with the future of the country. Do you honestly believe that if Mccain were to have to ceed the presidency to her she would be a strong leader?

Posted by: Laughing | August 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you 100%, Mr. Gerson.

Why is it that Sen. Obama is now somehow more experienced and ready to be President? Assuming that Sen. Obama and Gov. Sarah Palin both lack experience, I'd rather have a Vice-President-in-Training with several years of executive experience and a proven record of government reform accomplishments than a President-Trainee with constantly changing positions on national and international issues, a very limited and the most liberal Senate record (per The National Journal), a hate-spewing pastor for 20 years (Rev. Wright, creator and deliverer of the infamous "God Damn America" sermon), leftist associations and other question marks. Furthermore, Obama claims to be an agent of change but with no record whatsoever of being one while Gov. Palin has proven herself to be a true agent of change, not a rhetorically hyped-up one. Sen. John McCain has the judgment, knowledge and experience to be President and Commander-in-Chief. He has picked the right person as his running mate in Gov. Palin.

Posted by: D. Amos-Laag | August 31, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama for President of the UNITED States of America.

Posted by: PulSamsara | August 31, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Sorry everyone, but Obama must rule because he is opposes gay marriage. McCain is old and brings too much of the same policies Bush Jr.'s been testing on America.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 31, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Hillary supporters are not jumping ship for the Republican right and McCain/Palin. Palin is a knee jerk reaction from a candidate desperate to do something to boost the chances of a failing candidacy. McCain can't help it. He sold his soul for a presidential bid. The unfortunate part is that it is funded by and representing ideas proven wrong. Said, Done, Over.

Posted by: Tom Williams | August 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Obviously you must be the product of the "no child left behind" education.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama seems like nice guy, and a better speech giver than Benny Hinn (look it up, it isn't good), and almost in the league of Reagan and Bill Clinton... but... he still supports abortion like no previous president. Sure, this gets him support from Planned Parenthood and NARAL, but a dead baby is a dead baby.

No great speech can take this voter from "he's interesting" to "I'm voting for him when he's willing to let that happen. His views on Iraq help, but not compared to abortion.

Will Palin help McCain? I think McCain threw a Hail Mary pass, wasn't sure how it would land, and saw it caught by voters in the end zone. Voters like me, not liking McCain, but not liking Obama either, were looking for a reason. Biden is just the Democrat equivalento McCain, but Palin is something better.

Posted by: A. Trendl | August 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Only a Repuglican could call a speech championing unity polarizing.

Gerson is a tool.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

http://vpilf.com/

Posted by: Hai | August 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Gerson.

However, as improtant as first impressions are... "we will see".

Sarah Palin is truly a "maverick" politician... Americans love that. Hell, I love that about her.

Americans also love "meaningful and well paying employment, nutritious food, clean water, affordable energy, efficient and comfortable housing and transportation systems, good global leadership, great educational systems, good governance and last but not least "peace of mind".

Where is Sarah Palin on Roe vs. Wade...?

Where is Sarah Palin on Iraq?

Where is Sarah Palin on Science?

Where is Sarah Palin on Bio-Techologies?

Where is Sarah Palin on the Constitution?

Where is Sarah Palin on FISA?

Does Sarah Palin agree with the Bush-Cheney Administration?

Who is Sarah Palin really?

Hey Sarah, we are waiting for your response?

Posted by: randy | August 31, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

So biased from the start. at least prove how McCain is supposedly better. You think that's a smart choice he made? Really, come on a choice made by a man who was fifth from the bottom of his graduating class of 899!

Posted by: Javi | August 31, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Before the mindless OHB cult, said experience was bad, and we should get away from the old politics. Change we can believe in. What change has OBH done in his 2 years in government?

Has he stop dealing with crooks like all other politicians. NO

Has he put the countries interest above his own. NO

Has he stopped selling out the interest of the country to large corporate, NO

Was he the first politician to write a book about himself, NO

Was he the first black person to run for the white house, NO

Then what change does he bring to us other then he is the first black to win the nomination. Other then this he is nothing.

OBH states he wants change and has done nothing and has no experience.

Sarah Palin has proved she is the Change we can believe in. she goes after politician in her own party when they a crooks. Fighting for what right and does not wanting hand outs.

This is the change that Sarah Palin, provides. She is the change the country needs.

Posted by: jim | August 31, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's check in on what the other world leaders think about Traitor John McBush's VP pick.


Wait..........just another moment.........any second now......


Nope, sorry.........none of them have stopped laughing yet.


It sickens me that Traitor John McBush would pick Elaine from Seinfeld as his running mate. When you put the entire country at risk just to further your political career you meet the criteria of Traitor. Traitor John McBush meets the decription of TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY.

Elitest Traitor John McBush is also an adulterer. While married to his first ex-model wife he apparently wasn't settled with owning just two homes so he had an affair with an elitest ex-model who along with being an adulterer herself, for entering into an affair with a married man, owned an additional 6 homes. So now Elitest Adulterer Traitor John McBush should be happy now that he has 8 homes. Although Traitor John McBush's Adulterer wife should be worried....Traitor John McBush's pick was also an ex-model and is almost 30 year younger.

But no, he wants to be president. Traitor McBush is behind in the polls so what does Traitor John McBush do? Instead of picking a qualified Vice President, Traitor John McBush picks the mayor of a town smaller than some US high schools. Then Traitor John McBush tries to say that Elaine from Seinfeld is more qualified than Barak Obama because she ran a town of 6000 people with a budget of $3 million. That by the way is less than half of what Traitor John McBush earned last year. Not only is Elaine from Seinfeld not qualifed to be vice-president she isn't qualified to be Traitor John McBush's accountant. Thats what a journalism degree is worth from the Univ of Idaho.


I guess Traitor John McBush thinks a journalism degree from Idaho trumps Obama's law degrees from Columbia and Harvard Law School (where he was President of the Harvard Law Review), 8 years in the Illinois state senate and 4 years in the US Senate.

And yet there are some Traitor Republicans who will insist on voting for Traitor Elitest Adulterer John McBush. These are the people who hate this country.


Posted by: TRAITOR MCBUSH | August 31, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson, I applaud your article for bringing something new to the table. These extremists Obama-philes are clogging our right to free speech.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 31, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

DEMOCRATS OUTRAGED???

HECK THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS LAUGHING AT THIS WOMAN LOL

the republicans have found their own geraldine LOL

you notice she aint did an interview yet? and she prob wont unless its on FOX NEWS lol

that woman is to be seen and not heard lol

Posted by: EddienTexas | August 31, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

"Why is it that Sen. Obama is now somehow more experienced and ready to be President?"

Because he's been right every time since this campaign began. While McCain has chosen the opposite-land policies to everything Obama puts out, Obama's calls on every domestic or foreign-policy issue to date has been based on fact and on the money. McCain would rather play politics than policy.

Posted by: El Bru | August 31, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed at the ferocious attack against Mr. Gerson. All he did was express a view point. Have people forgotten how to have a civil conversation about an opposing viewpoint?

Being unaffiliated with any party seems to allow a person with a unique perspective because you are not beholden to any one side. That being said I do have some issues with both candidates. (McCain / Obama)

Obama is tettering on the edge of Marxism with his talk of wealth distribution, larger government, taxation on wealthy individuals, taxation on companies, and looking out for the little guy. (Read Carl Marx writtings and speeches and you will see what I mean.)

McCain on the other hand has on to many occations voted against his party in the name of unity, but in reality he has been flirting with socialistic tendencies. His bill on campaign reform, his cap and trade tendencies, his global warming leanings.

Both men have what we call "Flipp Flopped" on several issues, but that is to be expected from politicians.

Thier choice of VPs is also telling. Obama realizing his lack of experiance was a huge issue chose a man with 30+ years in the government. Well versed in politics, foreign poilicy, economy, and how washington works, and appeals to liberals.
McCains choice is just the opposite. Palin is an outsider, about 6 years of real executive experiance, not much forign policy, took on the establishment, and appeals to conservatives.

Only time will tell who made the better choice and thankfully we the people have the chance to make that choice ourselves.(for now anyway)

Posted by: Brian | August 31, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

"Wow, there is so much hate, is that what it takes to be democrat is burning hate. "


All you got to do is hate stupidity

Posted by: angrymob | August 31, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Hatred, from the inside out, has eaten the soul out of "deep blue." God bless John McCain for a wise and inspired choice.

Posted by: Larry in Washington state | August 31, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Very astute observations Mr. Gerson. You are one of the only people in the media who agrees with me that Obama's speech was very confrontational. I felt like he was shouting at me trying to tell me I must support him because Bush and McCain are evil. The next day McCain picks Palin and the first thing his people say is how unqualified she is. Yeah and I suppose Obama is? All weekend naysayers are trying to make her look like she was picked just for her looks or just so McCain can get more woman votes. Talk about being sexist! I thought gender politics wasn't supposed to matter! I was on the fence till now but I can't take the two faced hypocrisy of the Dems. anymore. They can't even take five seconds to say that they praise this woman for her public service, no instead they drag her through the mud, not criticising her policies, no just by pointing out she is a woman and that's the only reason she was picked. Yet these same morons would have praised Obama for picking Hillary who has less experience in ELECTED public office than Palin does. Hypocrites, you Dems. have lost me not just this election cycle but for a long time because you are dishonest.

Posted by: AnIndependent | August 31, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, I wish the worst for you.

Posted by: Derek | August 31, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't know spin as well as Michael Gerson, but this guy could make a case for my wife to be the next Vice President. Only problem is we live in a bigger town and State so that might look bad on her resume.

Posted by: wales | August 31, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

This election will be a big victory for the republicans. Sarah Palin has demonstrated in a brief political life that she is a born leader, and IS the American Dream - from solid middle class blood line and good looks to hard work, traditional moral values and a down to earth wisdom that obtains proper decisions. God Bless America and Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Jonjon | August 31, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

So now Sara has become all those things the supporters of Hillary wanted. Hummmmm. That idea is probably choking a lot of people who wish they had not opened their mouths.

Posted by: Joel Wischkaemper | August 31, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

You Mr. Gerson are an idiot. Like the rest of the Puritan idiots at Fox News, you need to be shipped to a colony and start a new nation in the name of God. May you find Indians to break bread with. :)

Posted by: Mrs. Gerson | August 31, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Like Wooten, Cohen, Krauthammer and the arm chair experts, your crusade and desperate attempt to influence this election is already dead. You are better off giving it up. It will not work.

For someone who have being hammering Obama for lack of experience, strangely, that all important factor doesn't matter anymore.

You people will fail this time no matter how much you try.

You truly derives pleasure in your ignorance and stupidity.

Posted by: M. Willey | August 31, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

HATE?

we are all americans just some of us have an IQ over 70 and thats not hate!

if you want to see hate go watch FOX NEWS

Posted by: EddienTexas | August 31, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Team McCain? Did you see his body language while Sarah Palin was speaking? McCain is a puppet and Republicans are scared after seeing Obama`s speech. Choosing Palin is a knee-jerk reaction to the Democratic Convention.

You can see and feel the difference between the two parties. One has provided real excitement and anticipation for the country and the other is a dog and pony show, business as usual.

Posted by: Non-Partisan View | August 31, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

With flawless logic like that sir, the Republicans are sure to win the majority of American idiots vote. I salute your disregard for the truth and only wish I had the moral depravity to to be paid to write in such a natural, unabridged, Washington talking-points style. I'll see you in the soup line along with 90% of the rest of America after the dollar collapses and the depression really sets in.

Posted by: Anticipating the Flood | August 31, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

is sarah palen, john mccain's Harriet Miers?

although they will, because they have no shame; how can any republican in her/his right mind ever again chastise Barack Obama for making a "political" move again?

this move to nominate a woman whose breadth of experience includes Being mayor to a city whose voting base is smaller than the student population of ASU, and whose most recent experience is governance of a state whose population is that of Albuquerque, NM.

as a proud liberal democrat, longing for substantive political change, i applaud the bonehead move by mccain and co.

although the arrogance, and belligerance of gerson's rant doesn't surprise me. what does suprise me is the desperate nature of the rant. it's like a bully desperately trying, just once more, BS riffs in hopes of avoiding the trouncing he's about to get from someone not so impressed, intimidated, or fearful of the belligerance.

Posted by: another AZvoter antimccain | August 31, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I am not concerned about her experience. It is her stance on the issues that I find I can not support. I hope Obama and Biden do not take her lightly as I want people in the White House I can support.

Posted by: Jake | August 31, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Mr Gerson, you're nuttier than squirrel sh!t.

Posted by: DWayne | August 31, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The title of Gerson's article should have read "Team McCain Takes The Lead...In My Own Head." What a completely misleading article. Typical republican propaganda at it's finest. Republicans fooled Americans for too long but it is not going to happen this time. Gerson, we are only months away from saying "President Obama." You better get used to it.

The rest of the world can't wait for it!

Posted by: Markus | August 31, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

People with dreams like your will waken up and fall out of bed!

Posted by: Robbie | August 31, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Can somebody tell me specifically what has Obama done in the senate? What has he done to reach out to the conservatives and independents? I am confused.

Posted by: independent | August 31, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Deep Blue, you are a tool. If we are attacked in '09, I wouldn't trust BHO (aka Che Obama) with being able to constructively counter terrorism with resolve or force. Unless, of course, he plans to sit on a board with OBL as well. Here's another clue, Blue - don't get mad at the monster that you've created (eg change) when it turns on you. Yes, change is the way - no more career politicians, no more Ivy League lawyer/kings, no more elietest oligarchs for us public school educated, relegious, gun clinging majority. Thanks, but no thanks.

Posted by: Blood Red | August 31, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain definitely changed the election dynamics. If Palin campaigns charismatically and passes press scrutiny, it's a very strong positive.
She clearly lacks experience however. It gives many people like myself great unease.
I've liked McCain for years, but he has really aged alot.

I think he needs to something very unselfish given the circumstances - I think he should pledge that if elected President he will only serve 1 term. That will ensure my voting for him.

Posted by: rsswg | August 31, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm all out of words....

Gerson, you have to be a comedian or something! :)

If not I fear you have a very distorted view of the world around you...

Posted by: ede | August 31, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Gerson - same old GOP crap-spin

Posted by: todd elco | August 31, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Gerson now joining the lie till you make crowd of clowns Rove, Schmidt, George W., Cheney, Craig, Leiberman. They can all join hands and pray that it rains when President Obama takes the oath of office. These neocon goons have destroyed our great land and caused the loss of thousands of lives and a trillion dollars to say nothing of the unfortunate veterans who have been maimed. I am a decorated Vietnam veteran and my son just returned from Iraq safe though we lost a nephew in Tikrit. These same bums tried to stop the improved GI Bill from being passed which gave our veterans education benefits. Time for America to take back its country and if we upset this man with no cojones then great it shows Barack is getting under their thin skin. No Way No How NO Mc Cain. Even the lord is weighing in throwing a hurricane at us to remind us of how great George W. and Mc Cain were when they decided to eat cake and smile for the camera while one of our countries cities lay devastated. OBAMA BIDEN 2008! We want to be proud again not ashamed like we have been the last eight years. ENOUGH!

Posted by: Col Tom Davis 101st Airborne | August 31, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a shill for the RNC and McCain.

Palin "relatively untested"?! Mayor of a town of 5k when she was in office, 20 months as governor of large land mass but low population state, and currently embroiled in an ethics scandal speaks VOLUMES about the poor judgment of John McCain. Should he die in office, and I am not wishing that outcome, we would have June Cleaver running the country. Truly more frightening the George W. Bush. Even Bush had more integrity (after cornering the nomination) than McCain. Bush, either knew he was a lightweight (doubtful) or was told he was a lightweight and needed the gravitas of experience in foreign affairs and federal government (not city government). What does McCain do dismisses all relevant factors of selection and in doing so make it it transparent for anyone with half a brain that he: (a) is for McCain first NOT country; (b) exudes judgment that is so scary it is unbelievable; (c)is so untrustworthy ("She is the best") that it makes Nixon look like a saint; and (d) magnifies is older age like nothing else can.

Posted by: Duane | August 31, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters spew so much hate. Just read the comments in this article. Who wants to elect the Democratic party of Hate? NO NO NO
Go McCain/Palin 2008!!!

Posted by: Stop the Hate | August 31, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Someone mentioned experience.
Rumsfeld & Cheney had experience.
Me, I think Judgment, Knowledge, & Understanding the issues, is what's key.
Last month, Palin wondered what a VP does?

If McCain is elected, as a 72-yr-old Cancer survivor, the VP is more important than normal. So, let's look at the experience of Palin vs Obama:
Obama:
BA Political Science (specialty International Relations) - Columbia University
JD - Harvard (Editor & President Harvard Law Review)
8 years in Illinois senate
Taught Constitutional Law for 12 years... Sr Lecturer for 8 years.
3 years in the US Senate... Senate Foreign Relations Committee... Senate Committee on
Veterans' Affairs... Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions... Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
List of sponsored legislation... http://tinyurl.com/6nzbg4

Palin -
BS Journalism (minor Political Science) - U of Idaho
Wasilla, Alaska - City Council - 4 years - population: under 8,000.
Wasilla, Alasks - Mayor - two terms
Governor Alaska for 18 months - population: under 700,000

Bronx, NY - population: 1.3 million.

Would you want the Borough President of the Bronx, to be VP?
I could argue he has more executive experience than Palin, since he's served over 6 years, for a constituency almost twice as large as Palin. The only thing I'd give Palin over the BP, is that she's "Commander-in-Chief" of the Alaska National Guard... a budget under $50 million.

McCain by making this choice, undercut his best issue vs Obama - Experience... and undercut his key talking point, that he puts America First, and knows how to protect America (by choosing an unqualified person for VP).
What a gift for Obama... McCain has done the work for him. One day after making the case about McCain's lack of Judgment, McCain goes & proves Obama's point.

Posted by: jon | August 31, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Eve though I am independent I was strongly for Obama and his promise of Change. His speeches were electrifying! I signed up on his web site. I was absolutely thrilled when he finally bested Hilary Clinton. He was my horse in this race. When I received the message about his VP pick I nearly threw my phone against the wall in absolute disgust! Biden is a definite part of the Old Washington! The one thing that Obama was out to change! I feel empathy for some of the McCain supporters who feel that they were let down also. However, I dare say that at least McCain's pick is in line with what McCain has been doing and saying all along. Obama turns out to be a typical politician with much less qualifications than even Palin who everyone is fretting over!
I guess I will wait to see who Bob Barr selects.

Posted by: JAM | August 31, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I think the big difference between Obama and Palin is that she, being a Creationist, thinks that scenes from the Flinstones are perfectly plausible representations of human history. Obama, being the snobby elitist SOB that he is, accepts the scientific interpretation of the universe.

And oh yeah. Palin believes that woman (or child for that matter) who becomes pregnant due to rape or incest should be forced to carry the child to term.

And oh yeah! There is Palin's insistence that human activity has nothing to do with global warming. As we all know, Obama has been taken in by all those effete Nobel laureates who use bogus science to try to stop us from having fun in our Humvees.

And we are supposed to believe McCain when he says that his Palin selection is intended to draw away the women who supported Hillary? Maybe -- at least 3-4 of the really stupid ones. It's much more likely that McCain is pandering to the far religious right, a group that can't think beyond the two to three issues they own -- abortion, gay marriage and anti-science.

So Gerson, rehashing the same issues is not exactly being nimble. McCain's selection is just more of the same teeth gnashing hysteria of the religious right who have been uesd and abused by the NeoCons who assuredly look down upon them as just so many moronic -- yet useful -- mouthbreathers..

Posted by: jahlen | August 31, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I believe tha Mickael Jackson could be nominated by the dems. They are star struck! well, I am here to tell you that the enemy that we face seriously want him to be our president. From what I am hearing, the may have forfieted his citizenship when he traveled using a foreign passport. That will come out eventurally, and what will the dems do then--hey, run Mickael Jacson!!

Posted by: WS Norton | August 31, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is no longer the party of my father and John McSAME is only offering us more of what the U.S.A has had for us over the last 8 years. Those of us who refuse to believe it, like Gerson, are doomed to only live through it again.

Posted by: Wuzbest | August 31, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Amazing. Democrats don't act tough in 2004 and are railed about it. Meanwhile the swiftboaters totally attack a man for his military service. Turn about is fair play. Obama stood up for liberal values and was on the attack, and now the whining begins.

Being the mayor of a town of 8,000 is not exactly "executive experience", it is more like an episode of the Andy Griffith show, sweet, but not exactly substantive. Get real, neocons, your time is up.

I just registered a lifelong republican in NM (a swing state with huge implications in Nov) who will join the dems at the polls in voting for Obama.

Posted by: heathernm | August 31, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

i will bet you mccain made a bet with one of his boys that he can get her to pose in playboy if he win this election.read between the lines love at first sight.somebody out there know the truth 5 kids in this day and age john senses something.

Posted by: frank | August 31, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

THANK GOD FOR CANCER or America just might have elected McCain

Posted by: EddienTexas | August 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

This is the most ridiculous out of touch article I have read in quite some time. Pure garbage. The election will be a blow out and no amount of last minute spin will alter this outcome.

Posted by: Marc | August 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama made a huge mistake by not including Hilary as the VP. The Repubs took the initiative and undercut some of Hillary's work in gaining women voters. I think that's why the Dems are so sarcastic, angry -- and worried. I'm still on the fence, but I find Palin to be very level-headed and charismatic.

Posted by: Matt | August 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

If McCain had truly wanted to prove he is a maverick, he would have chosen Lieberman for VP. He would have blown up the convention and alienated the right-wing wackjobs, but he would have won the election, taking the independent votes from Obama. Instead, he made a choice that was totally about campaigning and not at all about governing. If you, Gerson, or anyone else, thinks that Palin is qualified for the presidency, then you're an idiot and a Republican ideologue. And the Hillary supporters who would vote for McCain/Palin have absolutely no idea what Hillary Clinton stands for.

Posted by: Jeff | August 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't Obama mention Gustav once? Why was the impending disaster hushed up? Was it because Barack sees himself as more important than the people he designs to rule? Shame on Dems!

Posted by: John Bailo | August 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I just noticed. Some libs actually are saying we are at war. What a concept! Maybe they will now realize that Obama would be totally overmatched as Prez. I prefer a strong #1 and an unknown (but promising) #2. Obama is an unknown to Idontwanttoknow) #1. End of story!

Posted by: TCandell | August 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Great article! Hillary supporter and registered Democrat here who is not only voting for McCain, but now going to volunteer to help the McCain/Palin ticket. The juvenile, hateful, and sexist comments posted here and elsewhere by Obama supporters have turned me off of the Democratic party. Once the election is over, I am tearing up my Democratic registration and becoming officially "independent."

Good job, Obamabots. Continue behaving in this bullying manner and you'll chase away all decent people from the Democratic party.

Posted by: hillarysupporter | August 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

By the title, I thought the article was about taking lead in Gustov relief. I fell to the floor at the stupidity of this editorial. It is important to have diverse opinions expressed; but Mr. Gerson is only expressing the inane fear he feels about what is likely to happen in November and making an attempt to prevent it. If you are not rational you should not get national audience via the WP

Posted by: Sunil | August 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

The odd thing about McCain picking Palin is that he seemed to be gaining on Obama in the polls. With that in mind, it is unclear why he needed to make such a desperate move.

If nothing else, it is entertaining to see the knots the talking heads are tying themselves into telling all of us that she is the most qualified vp candidate he could have chosen. A sad statement about the republican bench, if nothing else.

Posted by: Jim | August 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

With this pick alot of independant voters like myself will steer clear of the McCain ticket. This woman represents a step back in alot of the freedoms that took so many years to come by. To appease fundamentalist religous zealots who feel free to impose there will on others and strip people of their rights to live their lifes as they have choosen show me that McCain trying to run on a ticket of being a moderate like Bush did in 2000 is nothing more than a farce. While I do favor our right to bear arms I do not favor the right to have Christian Coalition views imposed on those who choose to believe differently. Obama when he visited Europe demonstrated something very important he has the respect and admiration of the world. Leaders around the world would work with his administration the respect that this country has lost would be restored. Leaders like Hugo Chavez whose regime has thrived with anti bush rhetoric would not have a leg to stand on.

Posted by: AEM | August 31, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

The biggest challenge for the United States is Globalization. While Masters and PhD students have to compete globally for jobs in the US, our politicians are talking about Guns, Gods and Babies. If the republicans win this election, I am planning on becoming a pastor.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Leave our baby alone, she never asked to be a president or VP, you asked and beg her. Why are you crying now?

Posted by: Tracker | August 31, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

In the words of W. Shakespear: "Me thinks they (BHO supporters) doth protest too much."

Posted by: seafactor | August 31, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Those of you who support McCain because "the black man's scary speech" was too confrontational for you, perhaps you should just turn in your voter ID because you have no idea what is going in America.

Posted by: Afroturf | August 31, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Deepblue,
All the arguments you throw up at the choice of Palin are doubled when applied to Obama. If you are right about Palin, then how could you possibly, even remotely think that the untried, unproven, unaccomplished Obama be deemed qualified? I am dismayed at both tickets. But your naive lopsided judgement of only the McCain ticket reveals your foolishness.

Posted by: trailman | August 31, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

What a surprise that the liberal left doesn't like this pick, and the conservative right approves, since she is a conservative (and a reformer). What matters is where the "independents" (who generally don't have a clue about anything and don't know what to believe) think.

Since independents don't have many convictions about anything, and aren't very engaged, they'll probably just get their opinion from commercials and soundbites from the mainstream liberal media like they always do...which is to say they'll hear good stuff about Democrats and bad stuff about Republicans.

Which, incidentally, is why Democrats target their registration drives on getting the ignorant, the young (straight out of the universities dominated by liberals) the uneducated, the new immigrants (ever notice that liberals typically fight laws requiring voters to present drivers licenses/id's at polling places) and the unengaged all registered to vote so they can vote Democrat. The only thought that goes into their votes are vague impressions of "Democrat good, Republican evil".

Posted by: Marksman | August 31, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Gerson is an idiot--that goes without saying.

The real point to remember is that she really is a heartbeat away from from the fragility of a 72 year old with serious past medical problems.

To envision this inexperienced young woman as our Commander-in-Chief or leader of the Free World is ludicrous.

Carl Berglund

Posted by: carl berglund | August 31, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea who you are or what you've written in the past, Mr. Gerson, so I'll just comment on your thoughts only to say I disagree with you on most of your points.

The interesting thing IS that the Repubs have finally allowed a woman to be an independant, intelligent, assertive person. Until this, their standard was "femininazi" for anyone like Palin. So I'm excited for the party, if it survives beyond this election cycle, and I'm excited for America because a major step ahead for equality has occurred. Next, the Repubs need to let all their gays, who hold high leadership positions (Melman) come out and be equal humans too.

I'm struggling with whether I should vote for Obama. However, at 72, McCain is likely to die before he finishes his term, according to insurance actuarial tables. that means that Palin becomes President, and thats an insult to the role, and a dangerous thing. Because of that and his right-wing shift, I'd *never* vote for McCain.

But Biden is a personal problem for me, so I'm torn and still undecided. And may be until the day comes I have to pull that lever.

Posted by: ehvee | August 31, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Gerson is an idiot--that goes without saying.

The real point to remember is that she really is a heartbeat away from from the fragility of a 72 year old with serious past medical problems.

To envision this inexperienced young woman as our Commander-in-Chief or leader of the Free World is ludicrous.

Carl Berglund

Posted by: carl berglund | August 31, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

At the end of the day, I'm comfortable with all these candidates. The main thing is we definitely need a change. While leaning toward Obama, I've always liked McCain...but his base scares me to death. But I don't think McCain will wilt in his beliefs as to doing whats right for his country. He has a history of bucking the system and once elected I don't see that changing. If Obama wins, will we see change, I sure hope so but I wouldn't expect the Replublican party to play ball because they wont. As to Palin, it was brilliant as it energized his campaign and possibly swipes some Hilary voters who would likely go democrat. Either way, I see change coming and that is nothing but good. Because this country is in sad sad shape thanks to special interest and a true lack of vision by W. BTW...he stunk as a Governor as well.

Posted by: crs | August 31, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

the "outrage" here is more likely the result of the falsified title of this article, implying slyly that McCain is ahead of Obama, presumably in the polls, and then the article turns out to be an opinion piece with zero substance or evidence. It's a headline designed to suck you in from Google News and bring the Post more hits, and it does that while discrediting the validity of the publication in the process.

Posted by: Maury | August 31, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Mr Gerson,

Sarah Palin is NO!...Hillary Clinton.

Think about it.

Posted by: Dennis | August 31, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Compare her experience to Obama's.

Posted by: Me | August 31, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

This article should have been called "McCain takes the lead in the whale fat beauty contest" At least that would be partially true.

Posted by: LOL | August 31, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

"It's 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?"
-- McCain Republican Primaries political ad

Sarah Palin?

Posted by: Patrick | August 31, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats run on a platform of 'Hope' and 'Change'. They offer a platter for our consumption, dressed with two talking heads that -seem- to resonate this message with the populist zeitgeist. However, upon close inspection, the apparition dissolves into the familiar visage of a Night of the Living Dead Mondale.

The Republicans take an old veteran who -looks- like a walk-on player in the real Night of the Living Dead movie, and add an ex-beauty queen to the mix. First impressions being often wrong, close inspection of this duo reveals, not another B-movie, as we might might expect, but a substantive history of efforts to 'Change' things in Alaska and Washington, and 'Hope' derived from people who have in the past pursued these policies, and actually gotten them to work.

I suspect that the vitriol and sneers we see coming from wonks on the Left, derives from jealousy that the Right has stolen their thunder, by providing the -substance-, instead of the -image- of Change. Hollywood only understands the latter, unfortunately.

I suppose we will see which the public finds more intriguing in November. Until then, expect more than a few rude Leftists spouting vitriol. Pity them. It's all they have left.

Posted by: Kent | August 31, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Naming Palin tells us one thing: the GOP thinks this election will turn on the female vote. Palin must also have seemed like a foolproof way to lock in the Evangelical vote. All this in one package? I can see it all unfolding behind closed doors. To Republicans it must have seemed too good to resist.

This 72-year-old man with recurrent cancer has just chosen as his backup President of the greatest, most powerful nation on earth a hick-town girl from the sticks. And he hopes we will too. It's no exaggeration to call it an insult to our intelligence. Will I vote for McCain? You must be insane.

Posted by: Morton Redner | August 31, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gerson,I guess writing speeches for baby bush was not enough,you must be trying to be Grampa McCains speech writer also.
Obama will flatten old man McCain,and take this country back to where it belongs,and that is not in the Industrial complex control,sorry republicans,count down has begun,bye,bye...

Posted by: Lance Newell | August 31, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Plain and simple, McCain is using Palin for his own personal gain ...and she will be thrown away, forgotten and ignored afterward, whether he wins the election or not.

Posted by: SD | August 31, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Well Gersh, I was going to slam you for being a retard, but others already have.

I have nothing further to add.

Posted by: Lol | August 31, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Its very sad. We have much to do as a country should we wish to rise back to our leadership position. Financially we are on the brink of very hard times, we have lost our moral leadership in the world, we are deeply in debt and it seems no one gets it. Wake up everyone.

We need to educate our masses like India and China (and many other nations) to compete in this world. We need to make this available to everyone who has the brainpower to contribute. Not based on class, preference, color or religion but brain power. If your smart enough but do not have the money to afford it you should get an education for free. We will not be able to continue to import our brainpower.

We need to innovate and not depend on Oil, rather the significant wealth of technology we have at our disposal to change the world energy sources...and benefit financially as a nation. Stop letting the Oil industry and their special interests drive our country.

We need to rebuild our power grid now.
We need to remove tax breaks from oil and pour that money into a program to develop and deploy (yes deploy - build infrastructure, etc.) technology at our finger tips.

Lets stop arguing like a bunch of idiots who can only sling mud. Let us demand as a nation united that no matter who we elect that we shall show up on the front lawn of 1600 and stay until a real policy of energy independence has been implemented.

Until then the terrorist in the middle east will continue to kill our boys/girls and try to destroy our country with our money.

The debate, as can be seen from idiots such as Gerson, only serve as a basis for cheers from our enemies. As long as we fight and get angry with each other we will never solve our real problems and go down just like any other great nation under the weight of our own debt and foolish fighting. This will happen, don't be fooled.

So wake up everyone. Time for real change. Vote for whoever you want but the change will only come from you or me. All the arguments about this and that are trivial compared to the task in front of us - saving the America of Jefferson and Adams. A nation that has always had debate. But, debate about the real issues.

Are you all ready for the sacrifice and energy we must apply to rebuild our dysfunctional nation. I hope so, but am not encourage by articles such as this and the foolish lashing out of the rabble.

Posted by: Jonathan | August 31, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's well-promoted story line is that of the "maverick" politician who evolved from the all-American war hero in the POW camps of Vietnam.

The Arizona senator shored up the maverick part of his bio with the surprise choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Palin said she was thrilled by the offer, but McCain wasn't, a few years back, when he was asked what he thought about being vice president. He joked about the other part of his history as a career Naval officer and Silver Star vet:

"I spent several years in a North Vietnamese prison camp, in the dark, fed with scraps. Do you think I want to do that all over again as vice president of the U.S.?"

The quip was typical McCain, an example of the sometimes over-the-top wit that can either get him into or out of trouble.

During the primaries, McCain also would occasionally drop the jokes about his military service and move audiences to tears with tales of the dread costs of battle.

"War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality," McCain said.

Posted by: Leonard | August 31, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Boy, it’s obvious that many, many Obamites are very frightened of Palin on the ticket. I, for one, applaud McCain’s bold and wise decision. Looks like he’s the candidate of CHANGE, and not Obama, who has been shouting it from the rooftops. But when push came to shove, he just didn’t have the b----s to pick Hillary as his running mate, but instead he opted for the good old Washington status quo. Some candidate of CHANGE. He’s just full of hot air.

Posted by: Helen | August 31, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I clicked on this article because I thought there was some real news that I may have missed about McNasty pulling ahead of my candidate.......... lol ....... nope- it was just the delusional dribble from a dinosaur's wrinkled and flaccid tool.......I cannot believe you get paid for this toe jam.

Posted by: Diane | August 31, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The writer of this article is the sort of sick and twisted mind that is responsible for everything wrong with America - the prototypical ugly Bush American hated by all normal people.

Posted by: Neil B | August 31, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I heard Obama's speech on the radio. Without all the visual background and glitter, the speech was utterly banal and just like Gerson described it. A complete disappointment.

Posted by: Jose Pires | August 31, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I have never read a bigger crock of illogical assertions under the banner of a major and highly regarded newspaper. What planet are you from, Mr. Gerson? Certainly not the one that has suffered through eight years of the worst administration in American history, an administration supported by McCain 90% of the time. McCain has lost any credibility with independents and thinking Republicans. He's not a maverick, he's a man known for poor choices. And he just made another one.

Posted by: Michael | August 31, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

This column is a complete joke, written by a clown.

Washington Post, I used to think highly of you as a newspaper. This is the quality of your journalism?

Pathetic.

Posted by: Chris | August 31, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Those Democrats that contend Palin is unqualified should take a look at some other Governors that rose to the executive office: Their vaunted Paladins Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Any numbnuts can run the Congress. I was a represenative for two years, and was often amazed at how illiterate my contemporaries int he house and senate appeared behind closed doors. Palin is an excellent choice, and will make a solid VP. To those socio-facists in the Democratic party: Be prepared, real reform is coming.

Posted by: Pelorus | August 31, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Heh.

Hoping for a career in comedy or as a clown after your pseudo journalism career, Michael?

Pray. And have your agent bill you as the Charlie McCarthy of journalism.

Posted by: Edger | August 31, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely brilliant pick. I love the notion that Palin does not have the experience to become VP, but somehow, Obama, in all his holyness, has the ability to become president right off the bat. Palin will swiftly gain the understanding she requires to becomes Mrs. P. under McCain. In relation to fools like Obama, Deep Blue, the ignorant smuck below me, portrays similar idiocy. It's the liberals that are brings this country down the drain, not the conservatives. The Dumbocrats and the biased media do nothing to improve America. We are at war, and we will win it if Republicans maintain a strong influence. To counter the growing strength of China and India, we need a dominant military, and Obama has already assured the American people that he will cut its spending. Deep Blue, your stupidity saddens me. Instead of watching liberal news why don't you use the brain that God gave you.

Posted by: booman | August 31, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

It appears Mr. Gerson was listening to another speech entirely. About the harshest thing I heard Obama say about McCain was that he was out of touch, after honoring him for his service to country.

Compare this to McCain's repeated statements that Obama would "rather lose a war than lose an election", and it's pretty easy to see where the real vitriol is coming from.

Posted by: Enemy Of The State | August 31, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

There seems to be alot of Democrats on this site and I have an honest question that I would like someone to answer, please. I'm not being sarcastic. Obama says he wants to reach "across the aisle". That he wants to "bring this country together as one". Then why did he not pick Hillary for VP? If he is serious about what he says then that would have been the logical choice. Forgive, forget, and do what is best for the country. He also said that he wanted someone who did not always agree with him. Well, Hillary sure fits that criteria, too. I am just trying to reconcile Obama's words with his actions. Can someone honestly and calmly explain this? If he is truly the "uniter" that he claims to be, what happened?

Posted by: whatif? | August 31, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Gerson,
If Obama had made a big deal about his historical moment, you would've said he has a big head!! He did give respect to Martin Luther King at the end of his speech. The man is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

I'm insulted that McCain thinks I'm stupid enough to vote for him because he has an woman attached to his ticket. No way, no how, no McCain/Panderinglin!!

Posted by: Terri | August 31, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Hello everybody this is just in fron the CNN headline news room. The reason MCCain picked her is nobody else wanted to be him Vice President on a loosing ticket. I am a republician and i cant belive what a stupid person he is. He has been in congress for how long 26 years? an he still dont no anything about the economy, what the hell has he been doing in congress for all these years.???? He has less experience than Obama and her, He only knows how to make money for Big Oil. Wonder if he will be able to keep his pants on since he has already been unfaithful to his last wife, for a woman who has money. Humm i guess money can buy love.

Posted by: justinnews | August 31, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I’m from Canada, and I can’t believe the uneducated verbal abuse and hatred that is spewing out of the computers of many of the Obama supporters. I am so proud and happy to be a Canadian. However, if I had a vote, it would definitely be for McCain/Palin!

Posted by: Sandy | August 31, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson-you sir are "up in your sleep." Get some rest and try again. This kind of senseless ranting will not get your candidate in the White House.

Posted by: BILL | August 31, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

You are such a fool.You really believe McCain picked her? You do not think he was forced? Let's face it Rebublican's are just as much in shock they HAVE too accept her.They keep putting these FOLKS who are just like you and me in office.No offense but I do not want someone like my neighbor making important choices as one needs too, for my country.If she cared she would have turned it down. This is a self achievement contaest for her. Gee i wonder if the mayor of my town is dreaming about the President postition!

Posted by: debra | August 31, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

"To envision this inexperienced young woman as our Commander-in-Chief or leader of the Free World is ludicrous."

So you'd rather have an inexperienced young man DEFINITELY become the leader of the Free World?

What a double standard.

Methinks you are underestimating Palin due to her gender. Just because she's an attractive female doesn't mean she's a moron. She's going to surprise everyone.

Posted by: gopalin | August 31, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely brilliant pick. I love the notion that Palin does not have the experience to become VP, but somehow, Obama, in all his holyness, has the ability to become president right off the bat. Palin will swiftly gain the understanding she requires to becomes Mrs. P. under McCain. In relation to fools like Obama, Deep Blue, the ignorant smuck below me, portrays similar idiocy. It's the liberals that are brings this country down the drain, not the conservatives. The Dumbocrats and the biased media do nothing to improve America. We are at war, and we will win it if Republicans maintain a strong influence. To counter the growing strength of China and India, we need a dominant military, and Obama has already assured the American people that he will cut its spending. Deep Blue, your stupidity saddens me. Instead of watching liberal news why don't you use the brain that God gave you.

Posted by: booman | August 31, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The funny thing is that NONE OF YOUR VOTES WILL EVER MATTER!

Electoral college, anyone?

Get over yourselves. You have no power, and your opinions don't matter.

And people need to get over abortion. If the churches would actually stop teaching abstinence-ONLY education and teach more about contraceptives, abortions wouldn't be necessary nearly as much. I bet every pro-lifer would kill a fetus if they found out it would be pro-choice....

Obama '08!

Posted by: Megan S | August 31, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know what you've been drinking, the cool-aid, PBR or maybe you've had your nose in George's stash...regardless Palin will be McCain's undoing. She was the mayor of a town smaller than an NFL football stadium, she was elected governor only because Alaskans hated the other guy so much they would have voted for anyone and her journalism education is about as useful running a nation as tits on a bull. Women are a lot more intelligent than you're giving them credit for, they'll vote for someone based on what they stand for long before they consider gender. You can vote for Miss Congenitality/Sportscaster/NRA whack job all you want but my guess is that come January we'll have a mixed race President in the White House. Obama called it like it is and thousands of Republicans and Democrats are tired of the nonsense that Bush has gotten away with...more of the same is not an option to them."

Posted by: John | August 31, 2008 7:02 PM


Example of a male chauvinist pig!!!

Posted by: lindin | August 31, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Barbara I read your comments and take offense that a Hillary Clinton supporter will not vote for Sarah Palin- Your totally wrong. Especially when you are dealing with someone like Obama who is so immature, so sexist himself, so arrogant that he can dismiss 18 million votes- Well then we need to show him and others like him that the barrier can be broken now not in 12 years but right now, and by the way she has as much experience if not more than him.

Posted by: mimi362 | August 31, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry if he alienated you Mr. Gerson. But you Republican right wing hypocrites have been lying, cheating, stealing, scratching and clawing at the heart of America for 8 years now. I'm glad someone finally stood up when it counted and told you part of the disgrace you have made out of our country. I hope to God we run you and your kind out of politics for a good century or two, because that is what it will take to clean up after you. Obama '08

Posted by: BellTolls4thee | August 31, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Why do you libs care that an inexperienced woman is "one heartbeat from the presidency" when you have no problem with voting for a COMMANDER IN CHIEF THAT HAS NO EXPERIENCE?

Better to have an inexperienced VP than POTUS, ......right??

Peace.


Posted by: greg | August 31, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Gerson's article provide his background? I looked it up on Wikipedia
after reading his obviously biased views. He's a right-wing hack of the first order This should be included on the article. Here is part of the Wikipeida entry:

Michael John Gerson (born May 15, 1964, New Jersey) is an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.[1] He served as President George W. Bush's chief speechwriter from 2001 until June 2006, and as a senior policy advisor from 2000 through June 2006.....Prior to joining the Bush Administration, he was a senior policy advisor with The Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy research institution. Gerson also worked at one point as a ghostwriter for Charles Colson (famous Watergate conspirator).In early 1999, Karl Rove recruited Gerson for the Bush campaign.....Gerson was named by Timas one of "The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals In America."

Posted by: A. Regular Person | August 31, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I heard he picked her cause she was going to expose their affair if he didn't.

Posted by: Crazy Horse | August 31, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I could just say April Fool's Day still just comes in April. But we are involved in a very important election that deserves more that empty phrases. Our country is suffering from the mistakes made by a Republican administration that McCain still stands by. Obama offers a change in direction. I admit there is a risk with Obama but the risk associated with continuing the Republican policies is much greater. I vote Democratic this time and although I normally like a balance in parties in the House and Senate, this time around I believe the Democrats will need all the help they can get. If adjustments in power are needed the country can do it two years later.

Posted by: the pendulumswings | August 31, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Mr Gerson,
You have hit the nail on the head. One of the best reports I have read from this newspaper. I have been recharged by the new VP pick and I will be voting for McCain/Palin in November. Mr Gerson, ignore the ugliness of these bloggers, it is obvious they dont have any idea what a debate is and how to voice your opinion with facts and common sense. No matter what party affiliation you are, being crass and rude is uncalled for and shows your true ignorance. MLK once said "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." I agree with him.
Good job sir, you nailed it! Those that gave honest and fair opinions here... kudos to you, even where we disagree :)
For the rest of you bloggers intending on being rude.... Magna res est vocis et silentii temperamentum!

Posted by: Susan | August 31, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Alienated? Democrats? How about the Democrats who cried when Reagan and Bush #1 pushed the national debt into nosebleed heights? The Dems who cheered when Clinton balanced the budget, and cried again when Bush #2 sent out tax rebate checks and plunged us into more debt long before 9/11? How about middle class Dems voters who can only sit and watch our nations' wealth transferred to the super wealthy. How about the poor voters pushed farther into poverty by Bushenomics? Alienated? How about voters who respect the constitution and cried as Bush and Gonzales politicized the justice department and trampled constitutional protections? Republicans (McCain and Bush) built a new forestry department to protect the Timber interests but not the forests or National Parks. They deregulated the house lending markets to help banks at the expense of homeowners. They changed the air and water quality legislation to help rich polluters at the expense of the air and the water. They lied and cheated to start a war with Iraq, when Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. When they had an army bearing down on Bin Ladin in Afghanistan, they stopped that army, and hired friends of Bin Ladin to "go up the mountain and get him" and Bin Ladin's friends stopped and let him get away. Through all these eight years, Dems sat back, astonished at what our government had become, but McCain stood next to Bush and cheered. Now you say Obama is alienating voters by criticizing McCain and picking a running mate who's not married to a snowmachine racer? I've seen crazy opinions, but today I've seen a REALLY crazy opinon?

Posted by: Mrkemp | August 31, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Hello Mr Gerson and fans! I have to say, the vitriol expresed here is kind of off-putting. I am a firmly committed Obama supporter and I would not vote for McCain and Palin in a million years, but I have to say that I wish my fellow dems could be a little more civil towards Mr Gerson. Sure, I disagree with the bulk of this editorial, but that's all it is, an editorial. Mr Gerson has his opinions, I disagree with most of them, but let's remember we are fellow citizens of this great and beautiful nation, and whoever wins in November, we have to work together after the victory celebration is over. May the better candidate win.

Posted by: The Groovy Guru | August 31, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

"Shockingly" polarizing, eh? What a scandal. A Democratic campaign that is "bound to anger conservatives?" The nerve. On the other side we have seen the typical right wing character assassination campaign by the McCain camp against Obama, with its focus on the lunatic ravings of black pastors, aging 60s radicals, air-head celebrities and other trivialities that do not belong in a serious campaign for president in perilous times. That is what Obama meant when he said, let's not have a big campaign about small events. Gerson doesn't seem to object to any of these irrelevances used to smear a candidate, or to the embarassing campaign Republcans are waging. No, what really irks him is that Obama refuses to roll over and play dead.

Posted by: Ted Frier | August 31, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama, 47, has spent almost 12 years in office, all of it as a lawmaker - eight years as an Illinois state senator and nearly four as a U.S. senator. Palin's total is 12 - she spent 10 as a city council member and mayor, and nearly two as governor.

Democrats insist "It's not the woman issue at all," former Democratic Sen. Tom Daschle of South Dakota said Sunday on CNN. "There are a lot of other Republican women who could have filled this role if that is what he was looking for" - such as Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison or Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

Posted by: CJB | August 31, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone stepped back to remember the year 2000 presidential primaries?

If you do remember, in 2000 McCain's campaign was derailed by negative ads and a vicious smear campaign (fathering a child out of wedlock, his wife Cindy being a drug addict, etc.). The perpetrators were from very same party that he belongs to, and who never took responsibility for it or made any apologies.

If McCain is the true patriot that he claims to be and the temperamental hot-head that others claim about him, we are just witnessing one of the greatest acts of revenge and his last great patriotic deed wrapped in one: to ensure that the presidency is promptly handed over to the Democrats.

A hero, patriot, hot-head and vengeful cynic. McCain 2008.

Posted by: CriticalMess | August 31, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked that the dems are taking time away from their "Blue Change Kool-Aid" to come here. Talk about out of touch- what does Hussein offer that Sarah can't provide? You are just pissed cuz you're now not the only minority pandering for votes this November.

Posted by: Dems blow | August 31, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

the unfortunate thing is that the whole "voting with your ovaries" joke is coming true: there are actually women being fooled by this. And men, I suppose... it's as transparent a deception as "Al Qaeda are in Iraq!" and yet people are thinking about this purely from the perspective of getting a woman into power. A black man is just as historic, people, but how about looking at the issues instead of the skin color and X and Y chromosomes?

Posted by: Maury | August 31, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Your dems are really a bunch of cry babies, to be completely scientific about it.

Posted by: NotACrybaby | August 31, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

This is a woman I would enjoy having coffee with at the kitchen table, maybe has a lot of common sense, BUT NOT a woman I can see at the United Nations table. Good grief have you lost your mind? This is equivalent to George jr and the guy voted you would most like to have a beer with - 8 more years of this mentality? This proves McCain only knows how to shoot from the hip and not capable of
critical thinking. I would laugh were I not crying.

Posted by: virginia mcmahon | August 31, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama, 47, has spent almost 12 years in office, all of it as a lawmaker - eight years as an Illinois state senator and nearly four as a U.S. senator. Palin's total is 12 - she spent 10 as a city council member and mayor, and nearly two as governor.

Democrats insist "It's not the woman issue at all," former Democratic Sen. Tom Daschle of South Dakota said Sunday on CNN. "There are a lot of other Republican women who could have filled this role if that is what he was looking for" - such as Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison or Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

Posted by: CJB | August 31, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Gergen, you are such P.S##t,
You are the father of dishonesty you and Ramesh, you have no shame, 7 years of republicans and neoconservative that produce the big mess we are in, now, but people like you don't know anything about that because you profited from this mess, you and your cronies you moron.

Posted by: Tony | August 31, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad someone irked Gerson. Someone needs to, to paraphrase the immortal words of the late Lee Atwater, 'strip the bark off you bastards.' You conservatives have gotten away bullying people way too long. I'm still waiting for a pit-bull Democrat-Ed Rendell?- to make you conservatives drink from the same cup of poison you've been serving to other people.

Posted by: Ron Steven | August 31, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Democrats don't need to make an argument; the argument makes itself. This is just such a misjudgement on McCain's part.

The last thing McCain should be worrying about right now is the evangelical vote, because the evangelicals don't matter. The key to this election is the undecideds. Even if McCain's pick isn't just a cynical ploy to win over disillusioned Hillary supporters, he's GOT to understand that it will be seen that way. All he's doing is pissing off women who will be resentful that McCain thinks they are so easily bought. Meanwhile, regardless of whether you think Palin is experienced enough to be President, McCain is contradicting the argument he's been making so strongly against Obama for months, leading to the impression that he's either clueless, or a hypocrite.

So this seems like a remarkably tone-deaf choice to me, and it's going to backfire on him. Democrats like me haven't been sneering so much as shaking our heads in genuine puzzlement, wondering "What on EARTH is McCain thinking?!?"

Posted by: J_Brisby | August 31, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Seriously folks, the misogyny coming out of the dems is too much. It wasn't enough you ground Hillary into the dirt now you want to do the same of Palin.

You know if Barack Hussein Obama had had the good judgement to put Hillary Rodham Clinton on his ticket we wouldn't be having these discussions. And he'd still have my vote.

But an inexperienced guy like Obama, who disrespects women, who is associated with extremist churches will never get my vote.

McCain and Palin may not be perfect, but they smell honest and I can live with that.

Posted by: Pete | August 31, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

"Since independents don't have many convictions about anything, and aren't very engaged, they'll probably just get their opinion from commercials and soundbites from the mainstream liberal media like they always do...which is to say they'll hear good stuff about Democrats and bad stuff about Republicans"

Typcial conservative BS, people who dont think like them are either stupid or liberal. I am a independent, where do you come off saying that people like me have no convictions. I am pro choice, pro military, pro right to bear arms. What I dont favor is religous zealots imposing their views on others. Overturning rights that took years to come by. Imposing their views of morality on others. Independent people like me served their country and still do, went to college and read up on world affairs. That this country has lost the respect of the world with this current administration you would have to be blind not to see. McCains choice shows that it will only be more the same appeasing the same right wing group that has ruined the reputation of this country and have led it to the economical downfall many working class people are experiencing day in and day out.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Gerson, for the refreshing article. As a 35 year old teacher who considers herself an "independent" I will absolutely vote for Mccain/Palin this November. The fact that the libs are so shook up over this nomination tells me that Mccain made the best choice possible. Finally, someone in Washington who is a real person, who has held a real job. Not some Ivy league, lawyer/career politician that americans are absolutely sick of! The argument regarding experience just doesn't add up. Maybe the democrats should take another look at the top of their ticket before they open their mouths.

Posted by: eo72 | August 31, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Mccain Palin 08!

Posted by: D | August 31, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a laughingstock, and Gerson is just jacking with us here. The little lady's selection is yet another indication of just out of touch the Ancient McCain really is. America faces serious problems, and The Ancient thinks people really want to hear the opinions of Alaska's version of Gidget?

So who talked the doddering old nut into making this bizarre choice?

My guess:

The only possible explanation here is that the GOP really does understand how things really are, and have decided they'd be better off just throwing the election. Can anyone really be too sure that Carl Rove wouldn't just love to run Jeb 'Dracula' Bush in 2012?

Has the dynasty once again kicked McCain in the butt?

Posted by: Gerson Gets Bloggy With It | August 31, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I could just say April Fool's Day still just comes in April. But we are involved in a very important election that deserves more that empty phrases. Our country is suffering from the mistakes made by a Republican administration that McCain still stands by. Obama offers a change in direction. I admit there is a risk with Obama but the risk associated with continuing the Republican policies is much greater. I vote Democratic this time and although I normally like a balance in parties in the House and Senate, this time around I believe the Democrats will need all the help they can get. If adjustments in power are needed the country can do it two years later.

Posted by: the pendulumswings | August 31, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

For the last few years, you liberals were just certain that you had the 08 election in the bag, whether it was with Obama or Clinton (who, in regards to policy, are virtually the same person.) Remember the "Candidate of Inevitability?" And now with the selection of Governor Palin, John McCain has turned this election on its ear in one fell swoop, and it's making you liberals come absolutely unglued. I think probably what makes you the maddest is the fact that Obama's acceptance speech the other night (in all of its hyped, Hollywood movie-set phoniness) was intended to be the most-talked about event in the liberal, Barack-obsessed media for weeks to come. (Did you notice the way Keith Olberman nearly soiled his drawers in ecstacy anytime a democrat made a speech during the convention?) Then, suddenly, within maybe 12 hours, McCain completely snatched the ball away from Obama and left him with that stupid "Wha' hoppened?" look on his face. It was like McCain yanked you liberals' pants down and smacked your bare butts in front of the whole wide world! I'll revel in the stunned response of you hapless liberals for years to come. I love it!!

Posted by: Dave G | August 31, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

P.S While we should all be frightened at the prospect of Sarah Palin being a heartbeat away from the presidency ( the fact that she may be a good and strong woman notwithstanding ) It is not her that frightens Democrats. It is the ignorant 2 or 3 % among us that will decide this election based on pretty rather than policy.

Posted by: BellTolls4thee | August 31, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

The more vicious the attacks from the left, the more it proves that Palin was the right pick. I love it! Squirm you libs!

Posted by: BER | August 31, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

It seems the trendy thing to do, when commenting online these days, is to denigrate the intelligence of the person you disagree with. I would think the intelligent thing to do would be respond to the argument. Facts or logical arguments would do nicely. To be fair it should be noted that some do respond with information and rebuttals, but the overwhelming response from leftists is name calling. Which usually works in grade school, but honestly try sticking to the debate. Gerson is an idiot, tool... Republicans are stupid... Blah, blah...

One person went so far as to call the Republicans racist and then make an extremely anti-semitic comment. Way to align your self with the great thinkers of the world. (ie Hitler, Arafat,..)

To those who disagree with this article, and have decided calling names and belittling people (something you shouldn't do if you're a nice democrat) is the way to make a proper argument, think again. Educate yourself, and learn how to engage in proper discourse.

The article raises questions about Obama. How was his speech any different from other empty campaign promises made before. In the years that Obama has been involved in government on the state and national level how has he actually effected change we can believe in. He served less than two years in the U.S Senate before he began campaigning for President. In his remarkable career what has he done to show he is capable of changing our country?

PD

Posted by: Pedroia | August 31, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Any attack by the Liberals regarding Palin's lack of experience is essentially an attack on their own canidate! Palin still has more exceutive experience than Obama! Obama was only a Senator 5 months when he began running for president. What change did he bring to Washington as a Senator? Was he part of any bills or legislative process? NOOOOO!

Other than running for President, what has Obama accomplished? Making friends with Oprah?

Palin comes with a record or reform and Obama comes with a record of corruption. (lets not forget he looked to a bigot for guidence for 20 years.)

Posted by: Janene | August 31, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Deep Blue-- blow it out your narrow minded, idealogue, partisan arse.

Posted by: Democrat | August 31, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Obamiacs: Start preparing emotionally for Obama's loss TODAY. You may just avert suicide come November!

Posted by: Dave | August 31, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

As an independent voter/female, I was on the fence. This vp pick has tipped me to the Obama team. I am very disappointed that it is assumed that women will vote for someone JUST because she is a woman. It is required for me to have a proper resume with proper relevant experience and I expect the same from those that would lead me. In addition to that, part of being a great leader is to be able to understand your strengths enough to understand your weaknesses as well. Either she has a very high opinion of herself or she is very selfish. She should have said "thanks, I am honored, but it is in the best interest of my country to have a more qualified person in the position." Accepting the nomination is putting her desire for glory and attention first instead of insisting on the safety and leadaership of the country. For me, this vp selection was a breathtakingly irresponsible decision. Going back to work three days after your baby is born is also no "family values". And I am disappointed that McCain has made this drastic choice. It seems like all he ever wants to highlight is that he WAS a POW. Is there not more to him that that? I guess not. (I, btw, am retired military as well. But I do not use that to get jobs.) You need to go to McCain's and Obama's campaign sites and really read the issues. If you read McCain's energy platform, you will see that he says he does not want to remain dependent on foreign oil. BUT, he is agains ethanol. That is fine since he also says there is a world food crisis. (people throwing to much away??) BUT he intends on removing ethanol mandates and to remove import taxes/tariffs and import sugar based alternative fuels from overseas to replace it. Another huge slap in the American face I think. Great. Put farmers out of business. Stop them from using the multimillion dollar ethanol producing facilities AND bring us more energy from overseas. He intends on adding 100 more nuclear power plants also. But no sign of a plan on how to keep it safe or what to do with the nuclear waste. Both sides have positives and negatives, but wow, when I went to study what their platforms are really about because I got so fed up with the media, I was appalled. I urge you to make up your own minds by studying their own words on their own sites. Maybe neither can accomplish anything without huge hurdles (congress), but it is good to know what they truly believe in.

Posted by: citizen | August 31, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm reading these posts and as an independent I understand that its always the party no matter what. But honestly, as republicans or so called non-liberals, how you even remotely have any pride left is a mystery. YOUR party for the majority of the last eight years controlled the House, the Senate and the Presidency. You have all but bankrupt us. In fact, name one accomplishment worth noting, just one.

The fact is, due to your OVERLYY liberal free spending anything goes credit card policy, every man, woman and child owes over $30000.00 each. I'll spell it for you because its clear as liberal spenders you dont understand numbers. Thats THRIRY THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH!

So do me, a good American a favor, don't vote, you make very bad decisions. Start thinking with your brain and not your indoctrinated when you were a child I'm a republican idiot. The republican party you were born into, has long ago gone away and you hold no one accountable. Idiots!!!

Posted by: crs | August 31, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Truly another republican partisan willing to put party before the country. The choice this is election is for someone with sound judgment or someone that has become a tool of his party. McCain has become an erratic unrecognizable shell of himself.

Even so the media as with this bonehead continues to play him up as a maverick. A maverick not beholden to his party would not have allowed himself to be pushed into selected a partisan to compete. McCain wanted Lieberman but daddy Rove and Limbaugh vetoed that selection. This is really what the democrats should hit on.


Posted by: james - Los Angeles | August 31, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

This pick has fired up the base! Mccain is the best person for the presidency and this vp nomination is the icing on the cake!

Posted by: e | August 31, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I can't believe you should just said "Palin has a genuine middle-class story -- that makes Joe Biden look like the Prince of the Senate he has been for most of his life."

"Prince" of the senate? I've never heard a more ridiculous and meaningless term. Joe Biden grew up blue collar in Scranton, PA, his first wife and daughter died in a car accident just as he was elected to the senate and he was sworn in by the hospital bed of the sons who survived the tragic wreck. Yes, he's been on the Senate over 25 years - that's what we call "experience". As head of the Foreign Affairs committee, he's got loads of it. It's laughable you are trying to turn his experience against him by calling him a "prince".

You only try to cheapen him because Palin is a lightweight in a world of feathers. 1.5 years as a governor of a state that has 600,000 people? Previous experience as a mayor of a town of 6,000 people? Wow. That's exactly who I want to have sitting a heartbeat away from the presidency behind a man of 72 years of age with four bouts of malignant cancer behind him.

Posted by: Joyce M | August 31, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

"Even if McCain's pick isn't just a cynical ploy to win over disillusioned Hillary supporters, he's GOT to understand that it will be seen that way. All he's doing is pissing off women who will be resentful that McCain thinks they are so easily bought."

Boy, are you clueless. I'm on a lot of PUMA sites as well as Gretawire and this selection of Palin has INVIGORATED Hillary supporters. A whole lotta woman (and men) are now voting for McCain due to this pick, when they were sitting on the fence before (or thinking of writing in Hillary).

I predict that McCain will win the election due to the selection of Palin.

Check out all the PUMAs here:

http://gretawire.foxnews.com/2008/08/30/puma/

Posted by: wakeupguys | August 31, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree, Mr. Gerson!

Palin is a great pick!

As a former Mayor and now Governor of a state, Palin has more executive experience than Obama. Obama's experience amounts to casting floor votes in the senate. Wow! On most issues, his vote was "present." In other words, "I, Barack Hussein Obama, voted, but I didn't take a position one way or the other." That's decisiveness for you!

The only thing Obama has ever run in his life is his own campaign.

Posted by: Drew | August 31, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

It is quite apparent that Gerson has hit a sore spot!! I have been reading many posts over the last few months and I have noticed that those by left of center are for the most part very vitriolic when the post is about McCain. The posts by those that are right of center are much less hateful when the when the post is about Obama.

As far as experience Palin has as much or more as Obama in the executive field.

Posted by: Cirly | August 31, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, you're a total tool. Way to provide absolutely no evidence of all the "Democratic class-warfare cliche(s)," that you mention.

Get a new job man. Its sickening to see you just rehashing Republican talking points like this.

Posted by: Chief | August 31, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed at how hard the democratic commenters to this article are trying to convince the author that he has missed the message of hope and change and all the other buzzword bingo that the DNC is broadcasting. Repeatedly calling Gerson a tool is definitely going to change his mind in the voting booth. Is there a minimum requirement for the number of tool references that you need to make? Perhaps he can answer with the required number to change his mind.

It is obvious that you are not pleased that Gerson has stated a truth that OBama missed an opportunity to appeal to the majority of independent voters. Independent voters are not excited by attempts to bash the other candidate. This goes both ways. Independents want specific answers with what is going to be done and specifically what is it going to do to them as an individual. Voters are not stupid and talking over their heads with pretty sounding words only angers them.

I have a suggestion for all the angry democrats out there. If you want OBama to win, stop trying to help by yelling at everyone that you disagree with. You are the one that looks stupid and you only push away potential voters for OBama. By the way, calling people stupid also does not win friends and influence people.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

The same person is responsible for most of the "Gerson you are an idiot" posts, under different names. Stand behind the courage of your convictions. Twenty phony posts isn't doing anything but making you feel better.

Posted by: ISP Researcher | August 31, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of either candidates but technically, Palin has more of an "executive" role/experience than the 3. They're senators, that's about it and Obama, a junior senator...enough said! I do hope, the American people won't vote for another "lawyer" type. I do hope that the Obama supporters really know what he stands for and what his plans are and simply not jumping on the bandwagon because of his celebrity endorsements and such. Do your research on both candidates before you vote!!! America can't afford another goof up!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin is to women what Alan Keyes is to black people...a lame Conservative substitute. Even worse, she is America's Medvedev-an expediant and disposable stooge. Why are you baby boomers so damn selfish and cynical?!?!?!

Posted by: Spartacus | August 31, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain did what Obama could not do; pick a tough, hard working, intelligent woman to be his running mate(very sad considering all his speeches). Hillary would have been an amazing choice. I'm a liberal indepenent who will be voting for this maverick. I thought the republicans were nuts when they voted for McCain, but this guys got brass ba**s and his running mate has titanium ba**s. This race is sure fun! Can't wait to see what they do when elected. We Americans like mavericks. Just think we will probably have a woman president in 4-8 years!! WOOOOHOOOO!!!

Posted by: Dave from NYC | August 31, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The left wing Socialists/Communists are out in full force on this article, and their comments show how bad the truth hurts and how uninformed and scared they are. They now realize that their God of change, however bad that change will be, is going down to defeat by the great combination of McCain/Palin.

Posted by: Bill | August 31, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow, look at how angry everybody is. People posting comments calling the author all sorts of names. Now you know what it means when they say the truth hurts.

Posted by: jake | August 31, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Deep Blue to a point. Sadly, you aren’t a tool, as tools are usually useful. You are living proof that the media is only as liberal as the white, old, rich men (like McCain) that own it.
Palin was a political pick that will serve little function if elected. She's on the ticket to try to attract the women that Obama disenfranchised by not taking Hillary onto the Democratic Ticket. She’ll attract the bible thumping bigots that think abortion rights are more important than the economy or the ongoing loss of American Soldiers in Iraq. The only way I’m voting for her and McCain is if she poses for playboy, because really the only thing she has going for her is her looks. (I’d do her, honestly) Typical Republican…hire a pretty young woman because of what people will think of her, no because what she’s capable of doing.

Posted by: Blue on Black | August 31, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama has demonstrated greater experience, leadership and competence in leading his campaign for the presidency.

McCain met Palin once, didn't have anyone from his selection team speak with her accuser (for the alleged corrupt firing of a state official she is under investigation for).

I'm sure Palin is smart and competent. But 20 months running a state smaller than one of the 5 boroughs of NYC doesn't strike me as adequate preparation to run the most powerful country in the world.

McCain has had melanoma, with 2 relapses. Melanoma is the worst form of skin cancer, and is usually fatal. It's fairly likely that he'll have a relapse.

This selection shows McCain puts McCain first, country second.

Posted by: gb | August 31, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I saw a photo online of Sarah Palin wearing a t-shirt saying, "I'm flat broke, but I'm not flat busted?" Wow!! What representation!

Posted by: StauchRepublican | August 31, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

"Seriously folks, the misogyny coming out of the dems is too much. It wasn't enough you ground Hillary into the dirt now you want to do the same of Palin."

Hahahahah yes of course

Voting McCain is a vote for racism!

Voting Obama is a vote for sexism!

How do I vote and not be sexist or racist? What a dilemma!

I guess I'll just write in Oprah's name.

Posted by: Maury | August 31, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Why are you and others saying that she is great and smart and this and that, when you don't even know her. How can anyone choose to vote for someone that we just meet. If she wants Hillary Clinton's votes, she have to work for them like Hillary did. She can't just show up and start talking about the 18 million cracks in the glass cealing. That was a turn off for me. I am not impressed with her. Women can see that McCain choose Palin because of her gender.

Posted by: Juice | August 31, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The established "ELITES" in both parties are dismayed by McCain's Palin selection.

The middle class are exuberant and excited at the prospect at taking the country back from the ELITISTS!

The Elitist attacks from Dems and perhaps nuanced innuendo from Repubs will be persistent because both are afraid of being held accountable to the people.

Washington needs a flotilla of Sarah Palin's to take back our country!

Posted by: Archarito | August 31, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I wonder is Running Alaska closer to running the country or a 7-11?

Posted by: BellTolls4thee | August 31, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

If by having more executive experience you mean being in charge of the least populated state, then hell... Google's CEO should run for president now. After all, Google has done more for the environment, helping people get good paying jobs, stabilizing the economy than Palin has.

Posted by: Mike | August 31, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Liberals are not scared of Sarah Palin. We are laughing (quite loudly)..... all the way to the White House.

Posted by: heathernm | August 31, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone heard the rumor regarding her baby??

Posted by: MrsIndependent | August 31, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The comments here are over the top. Palin is a great pick. I have confidence that she will be a strong president when the time comes.

Posted by: mark | August 31, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Gee.. folks I feel like a real idiot. I wish I could change my column buy my editor won't approve it. Go Obama!

Posted by: Gerson | August 31, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Only the metally retarded are excited about Obama's speech in Colorado. It full of cheap promises which can not be fullfiled. The guy squandering years of work by progressive African Americans to achieve social integration and equality, he resorted to cheap attack sound bites based on rich versus poor theme. What he promises is big government that will take care of you in any ways, sound familiar, because this type of government is call communism, and we all know how popular this type of government is?

Posted by: patriot | August 31, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Hello Mr. Gerson,

I'm sorry to see that all the people with really valuable opinions are not responding to all the trash talking old women that did post comments to your wonderful article.

Obama is all talk and no substance. Most all the comments posted are the same...negative in tone...just like Obama.

At first I was puzzled by John McCain's selection. But Sarah Palin has proven herself to be an intelligent and articulate lady, with a deep base of knowledge. Well, I'm sorry she doesn't have all that Obama experience in community activism. I'm sure Obama was a great comfort to those he was nurturing. And all Obama's legislative experience. Mrs. Palin missed all those valuable lessons on how to vote "no vote". We'd sure hate for her to commit to anything.

Maybe, if she knew a few more convicted felons she might be more highly received, or at least rewarded by them.

And, yes, Sarah Palin doesn't have any time in the Senate or any legislature. How valuable it would have been for her to sit in committee, holding hearings, learning a lot and doing nothing. Gosh! She sure has lost a lot the last thirty years, not sitting there with Joe Biden in the trenches of the Senate, or for two years with Senator Obama garnering his wealth of knowledge. At least she would have known the way to the restroom.

I'm going to follow Obama's lead and vote "no vote" for him.

I will gladly vote for the McCain-Palin ticket. Two persons who are willing to vote the courage of their convictions. Persons willing to give specifics and substance to their plans for our future.

Obama said it's all about us, not him. Bull! We are not voting for us, we are voting for a President of the United States and it is clearly NOT Obama.

Thanks for your article Mr. Gerson

Posted by: BobL Nevada | August 31, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is a fool, catering to a midcult class that believes in God as a cave painter and thrives on toothpicks.
McCain-Palin can have them, but it won't be nearly enough.

Posted by: Jack Conway | August 31, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain's pick of Palin for vice president is a lot like Bush's selection of Miers for the Supreme Court, in this sense: both showed an appalling lack of respect for the institutions they would serve. Gerson in his own way proves my point. Each of the points he uses to make his case for why Palin is such a "brilliant" selection boils down to political tactics instead of qualifications for the job, how she helps McCain with his base instead of as president.

And the notion that we need a Republican "reformer" to clean up the stink that Republicans have made of our government over the last eight years is really laughable. The number of lobbyists in Washington has tripled to more than 30,000 since George W. came to town. Do you think they know something we don't about how to get rich at the expense of taxpayers in this era of Republican "small government."

Here we have another in the long list of tiresome examples that Republicans in the George W. Bush era put politics ahead of goeverning, and party ahead of nation.

Posted by: Ted Frier | August 31, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

So this guy Gerson feels alienated, who cares? He feels alienated so he heels a need to disparage Obama campaign and his mode of choice is to glorify whatever action the opposition had taken in the last 48 hours (or has it been more, who cares?). And he does this by ignoring how this country is getting buried alive each day. I am sorry I don't give a flying **** about your alienation Mr Gerson. I am more concerned about the $5 trillion mess Fennie Mae and Freddie Mac have put this country in for the sole benefit of a countable few. I am concerned about how much of this nation has been sold to terrorist nations; and this on the watch of a patriotic party. Your collective conservatism can kiss my "you know what".

Posted by: outsider | August 31, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Punditry at its worst. I can't believe people pay you for your opinion. Instead of focusing on any of the real issues, you managed to use generalities that really, as a professional, you should be ashamed of. "The liberal left is for class warfare." Boy, it'd be just as easy to say, "The conservative right wants just more big business again." Does this mean the Washington Post will pay me?

Pah-lease.

First and last time read. Tip: Bring something interesting to your arguments instead of rhetoric.

Posted by: Tami | August 31, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, Dude! I haven't read all the responses but I had to comment. HOW DARE YOU, as a mere MAN, presume to have ANY CLUE what goes on inside a woman's head?

Palin is the type of woman that other women love to hate, dear. Most women are not going to like her, I promise. Most women don't really like opportunistic beauty queens.

Only raving lunatic evangelical types will like her, but that's not a given, either. I mean, she's really not living up to her Christian values, is she? She should be staying home with her kids and not running around taking airplane trips with creepy old men she's not married to.

DUH. You are truly a dork of the oldest-school variety, Mr. Gerson. Wake up and smell the coffee that your wife or mistress brewed for you. Then drink the Kool-Aid, okay?

Posted by: mamacita | August 31, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

All you liberals asking God to help us all are sounding like us Right-Wing-Fundamentalists. Why start asking God for help now when you have tried to push him out of every other part of the U.S. Talk about a bunch of hypocrites.

Posted by: Mark | August 31, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

It's very obvious that Mr. Gerson is trying to yank as many chains with his controversial but flawed opinion. After all, after 8 years of ignorance, war, insurmountable government debt, alienation from the world scope, profiteering big oil and big business, environmental catastrophe and now economic recession, all helmed by a corrupt and hypocritical government that want to do away with our basic freedoms under the Constitution, that's about all the Republicans can do--crow about how great things are and how we should keep things status quo in fear of being attacked by terrorists. It's pathetic and if America is dumb to fall for these fear factor scare tactics again, that's what we deserve. We are no longer the world power that we once were and that's because of extremely poor management and corruption from the top tiers down. McCain and Palin are not change we desperately need.

It's our chance now to take back our country from these pathetic warmongering oil billionaires and all of the cronies that serve them and believe in the "Me, myself and I" way of thinking. Although I don't think Obama is the greatest candidate, I am voting for him because it's time for change. Let's show the Mr. Gersons of the world that America is ready for a change and invalidate his opinion and ideas with our vote.

Posted by: tyler | August 31, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is a republican so this article doesn't bug me at all. This is par for the course as far as I'm concerned. Just like democrats complaining about the choice of Gov Palin being reckless. But now the tide is turning a little uglier for the lady. Just as I rail against those hammering away at the two Sens. about age/race/etc., I've been hearing about people saying the newborn isn't hers, instead, one of her teenaged daughters actually gave birth to the baby. They are showing photos and everything trying to make their point. When will all of this stop? You people disgust me!

Posted by: Ro | August 31, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Actually, there are lots of us liberals who do not sneer at either Sarah Palin or John McCain. They're both professional politicians (as are both Barack Obama and Joe Biden,) and all four members of the major-party tickets have achieved quite a lot in their political lives. None of them are too young, too old, too white, too black, too blue-collar, too rich, or of the wrong sex to be President or Vice President.

But, if you're either liberal/progressive or else an independent voter who is sick of what has been passing for Republican politics over the last couple of decades, there's no reason to vote for this Republican ticket regardless of its average age or overall chromosome count. What's the point of sneering? This is nothing personal.

Posted by: Starbug | August 31, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

No Palin. She is not qualified to be a heartbeat away from POTUS. I am a conservative Christian. What happened to Huckabee? Thrown under the bus by McCain. Wow. I must sit out this election. I don't trust either choice.

Posted by: reaganw | August 31, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how the liberals react on these post. Two bad they wouldnt all leave the country and move to the former Soviet Union.

LWM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Im sorry Gerson but you sound like a propaganda tool for the Mccain campaign. Like you i was in the middle on who to choose. I have voted for Bush twice, and was hoping someone would step up and undo what he did. I was leaning mccain until he picked this unexperienced person, come on. How could you sit there and pretend to be patriotic when you know damg well that this country will be in trouble if Palin becomes the president. It is most likely due to age and health reasons Mccain wont even make it to 3 years. Mccain, you are no patriot, you are treasonous old man that would do anything to win the white house. This is bad since, I know that inspite of all this Mccain will still win, Half breed Barack will never win. I am a white voter and will vote for him, but families and friends are leaning towards mccain since they are not comfortable of his race. Kinda sad, the guy is brilliant but i dont think this country is ready for him. So most likely we will end up with Mccain, which i sure think will do worst than Bush. By the way Mccain is a flip flopper and will not serve the evangelicals

Posted by: Ronald Reagan | August 31, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

The Palin pick works for me. I am a democrat who will vote McCain-Palin. The 12 members of my immediate family will vote McCain-Palin, also. No "Empty Suit" for us !

Posted by: Robert | August 31, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

mimi362...
You can't prove one thing about Obama. He treated her with plenty of respect. He could have told the moderators I'm not pulling out her chair. One of you guys do it. LOL!

She lost. Simple as that. If you vote for Palin then you weren't voting for what Hillary stood for. I would have voted for her if she won, because she and obama have very similar plans. All of the professional political analyst have agreed about this. Hillary would have been on the ticket if she didn't play the end of the race the way she did. I can almost guarantee that. I think Obama would have welcomed her, but she played the Republican style tactics. Again, if you think killing his national campaign sets up Hillary for 2012 you better think again. What goes around can comeback around.

Posted by: Greglh | August 31, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

"Win Election First" is written beneath every "Country First" sign of John McCain.

Posted by: PJ | August 31, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

@citizen - Great post.
On these blogs, it's rare to find a thoughtful, intelligent opinion.
Thanks for renewing my faith, that there are enough intelligent people, who take their votes serious enough to think, before they vote!

Posted by: baz | August 31, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

What speach were you watching? Over 40,000,000 people watched this speach and loved it. I have been a registered Republican for all of my voting life but in spite of this I plan to vote for a Democrate for President this year. Not only a Democrate but a Black man in the bargan. This is an indication of just how low the Republican party has sunk. Not since the Democratic party passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act have Southerners considered voting for a Democrate at the national level. Yet, for the first time since 1964 there is a real chance that not only will a Southern state vote for a Democrate, but an Africn-American. proposing Sarah Palin as VP is truly unbelivable. Ronald Reagan would not recognize the Republican Party of today. This could easily be a landslide for the Democrates.

Posted by: hamlecs | August 31, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

NObama 08' "Keep Your Change"

Posted by: Landy | August 31, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

"It is quite apparent that Gerson has hit a sore spot!!"

Good point... I suppose an article called "Clinton Assassinated" would have a similar effect, in that people would click on it and then be immidiately irritated to find the actual content of the article to read "Politically assassinated, that is... ha ha!" ... the article is a cheap headline joke, he's not swaying anyone in either direction, he's just making a lot of angsty people talk trash as usual by misleading them into the middle of a lie... hey wait a minute who else does this sound like? Guess that accounts for the Bush speechwriter credentials...

Posted by: Maury | August 31, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I find it amusing that Obama supporters have now dropped their judgment over experience argument while McCain supporters have flipped their own nation security experience as a minimum threshold arguments. It all smacks of such partisan hackery.

I confess that I will probably support Obama/Biden in November, barring something unforeseen happening between now and then. But just as I gave Obama an opportunity to try to impress me, I think it only fair to give Palin a hearing.

She is, after all, a popular sitting governor of a state with a GDP of $40 billion/year. That's an enterprise on the same scale as Microsoft, and I suspect we wouldn't be so blithe about the nomination of a CEO from there (or Ebay or HP).

Posted by: open-minded | August 31, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

The plan was to call Gershon an uneducated fool, for this stupid biased article but most of the bloggers here have already done it for me

Posted by: Brandon | August 31, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a reasuring pick. Mom in the cabinet! A snowmobile in the garage. REAL PEOPLE. After two years of being VP she will be the most seasoned, travelled and qualified to lead our nation into the future.

I know where Obama lives, who his friends are and where he worships. Obama scares me. Biden has character issues that show deep flaws in judgement. Biden just believes he is a real person. Obama believes he is god.

Posted by: rick go | August 31, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain picked a social conservative in order to pander to the religious right. He picked a woman in order to pander to women voters.

The fact of the matter is that Palin is wide in ideologies but an inch deep in experience (not counting PTA meetings, of course.)

This was a selfish, politics-first nomination that conservatives are talking themselves into. It's shameful.

Posted by: geoff | August 31, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Were you watching the same Democratic convention that the rest of us were? Obama was brilliant. As for the old and senile Mr. McCain, his choice was silly -- an early-warning indicator of what his presidency might look like. He chose an inexperienced, dim-bulb from the sticks of Alaska. Why? Because she has two X chromosomes? This article as off-base, clueless and desperate. McCain has just done what we've all been praying for: He committed political suicide. Thanks Johnny.

Posted by: Popo | August 31, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Geron has maxed out his contribution to the McCain campaign. What else do you expect him to write?

Posted by: Counter | August 31, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's well-promoted story line is that of the "maverick" politician who evolved from the all-American war hero in the POW camps of Vietnam.

The Arizona senator shored up the maverick part of his bio with the surprise choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Palin said she was thrilled by the offer, but McCain wasn't, a few years back, when he was asked what he thought about being vice president. He joked about the other part of his history as a career Naval officer and Silver Star vet:

"I spent several years in a North Vietnamese prison camp, in the dark, fed with scraps. Do you think I want to do that all over again as vice president of the U.S.?"

The quip was typical McCain, an example of the sometimes over-the-top wit that can either get him into or out of trouble.

During the primaries, McCain also would occasionally drop the jokes about his military service and move audiences to tears with tales of the dread costs of battle.

"War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality," McCain said.

Posted by: Kim | August 31, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Palin has more relevant experience than 0bama. She accomplished more in the last two years as governor than 0bama has in his entire life. She has shown courage and leadership in taking on corruption in her own party. 0bama has not accomplished anything in the senate because he started running for president on day one.

Posted by: Hussein08 | August 31, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey, you need to do what I say because I'm the only person qualified here. I not only belong to the PTA, I ran it for a year, and I also was mayer for a small town, ok, it was only 8000 people but thats more than Palin, and now I've been elected to Governor, just like George Bush was Governor. With that being said, that means that I'm the only one qualified to express a statement that has any chance of having any meaning here. With that said, you need to stowe it.....what a bunch of losers.

Posted by: dl_anon | August 31, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Great truthful article.
Thank you

Posted by: Fred Self | August 31, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I realize sometimes that political columnists have to write things to enflame and encourage their readers to talk back. After all without interested readers columnists lose jobs.

That said...I wish people would stop even trying to defend the Palin pick. There were several well qualified male AND female picks McCain could have selected but passed over. For what? A vice presidential candidate selected for the shock value and to try to capitalize on the still hurting HRC followers.

More executive experience? One term as governor of the most distant (geographically and culturally speaking) state in the nation hardly gives her that title.

Call them as they are. Mitt Romney was passed over because he was Mormon, pure and simple. Oodles of executive experience. Huckabee stood for the christian right but then not enough is 'unique' about him to pull over moderate Independents and some bereaving Democrats. It is pretty clear.

At least Obama had the good sense to select Biden, a real VP pick that makes sense.

Just ask yourself...which of the two VPs would you want sent to deal with Russia/Putin in a face-to-face. Biden or Palin. Enough said.

Posted by: Thomas Pacifica | August 31, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you are a moron. You're views are so far up your ass it's laughable. Nice try neocon.

Posted by: Jeff | August 31, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr. whatever your name was: Whatever it is your smoking, please wait until after work until you indulge yourself again.

Posted by: odanielledaniel | August 31, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Isn't saying McCain is too old for the presidency a little like saying HUSSEIN obama is too black or too muslum or too young for the job.
You phony left wing liberal traitors feel right at home practicing your own brand of bigotry, but let anyone who doesn't agree with you utter an off color remark and you are the first to scream BIGOT!
The whole Democratic party is a bunch of cowards and traitors who do not deserve the right to call themselves Americans.
But this is a win-win situation for the conservatives; If HUSSEIN wins and is re-elected, Hillery by your own definition will be too old for the presidency in 8 years but if HUSSEIN losses and McCain only stays 4 years, It sets up a Palin vs Hillery race and Palin sure looks a lot better in a skirt than the Hill does in those fat behind pant suites she seem to love so much.

Posted by: Don | August 31, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Okay...let's see... Population of Illinois - 12,831,970. Population of Alaska - 670,053. Population of Wasilla - 5,049. Does Sarah Palin know anything about what happens in the 48 states? It seems that all she knows about is protecting the moose and allowing killing of wolves from airplanes. I can balance a budget for a state with a population of 670K! I have 2 Master's degrees and have been to over 20 countries. I'm also a mom of 4 and still work full-time. I know that if my water broke, I would use better judgment and deliver that baby right away instead of putting the child at risk by flying and driving 50 miles to have the baby. That was poor judgment!

McCain will not bamboozle me into voting for someone who is against abortion for rape and incest. Imagine being forced to carry a child of a rapist?? ...and she looks out for women? Yeh right. No way, no how, no McCain/Panderinglin!

Posted by: Hillary08 | August 31, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Remember when democrats not only embraced the idea of a "young, dynamic, a washington outsider and throughout his small amount of experance in government, he always held to his beliefs and his votes supported this".... now democrats choose him over a person who's experance in government was so extensive she had already lived in the white house.......... now most hard-core democrats are outraged that republicains would appoint the number 2 slot to a person for the very same inspriing traits that they ELECTED to thier number 1 slot.................here is the differance: obama is inexperanced {as far as politians go} yet he is good enough to lead the country, palin is equally inexperanced yet is not good enough to be the number 2 { and maybe the number one}. do you guys see what happened there??????? we are comparing the number one democrat to the number 2 republician.....when it comes time to vote the republician number one looks awfully experanced and well qaulified in dangerous times...........

Posted by: Tari | August 31, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I support Obama, and I understand that Republicans could take offense at some of what he said, I didn't like every attack line. But if Obama wasn't perfect, it's so little to be offended at those words compared to what the Republicans have done to our nation, which in more just circumstances would have warranted impeachment years ago. The case for Iraq was a weapons catalogue, without any serious case presented to prove that Hussein had plans to attack us (the Al-Queda-Iraq link being a falsehood stated by top U.S. officials). Obviously Saddam was not planning attack, since he didn't even have the weapons attributed to him. So we heard a lot of made up stories to ratchet up this war. Americans are sent to die and kill on this blustery basis, when we had not even been attacked by this much weaker nation? That makes us the aggressor.

And then the transfer of wealth from the middle to upper classes, and comparative neglect of Katrina victims? And torture, and trying to overstep the Constitution continually, requiring even a conservative Supreme Court to continually rebuff this administration? ,

Compared to all this, a few heated words from Obama are NOTHING (although angry words have been more than earned), and his principles are 1,000 times more humanitarian. We do want our nation and its noble principles restored. I would like to see the Republicans own their failure, find creative new policies and get in line with fully serving all, including the average person's interests. Just cutting taxes ( good vote-getting policy) and plunging the nation into debt to make up for that is not good economic policy. Make us proud of you.

The way the GOP mocked Kerry in 2004, an obviously far more qualified military man and commander in chief than Bush...I don't see that the Republicans have much to complain about. A lot of what Obama says about McCain is clear and factual. If McCain is your man then you do have to want to live with 10 billion a month going to Iraq without end in sight, the possibility of more precipitous rushing to war, no good health care plan, and more tax cuts for the rich which do not trickle down enough to the average person to foster the common good.

So in the face of what the GOP has put us through, some hard words are actually needed to cut through what it has been perpetrating. Often GOP statements twist the truth, and that is part of why it has been on a downward trajectory, it does not get to the heart of the matter. Winning by doing a better job of tearing others down or scaring voters does not by itself provide good humanitarian government.

These things need to be pointed out if there is hope to stop the slide that the Republican policies have caused. I'm sure that most people complaining about Obama are sufficiently well off that they don't have to face the concerns many in our nation do. Is there anyone against universal healthcare that doesn't have health insurance? Are we not going to be our brother's keeper, then? I've heard a Republican candidate argue for war who also argued against universal healthcare, that terrible European thing! I'll take universal healthcare over war any day! It's not large vs. small government, but government that has its priorities straight, which should be peace and prosperity, not war and help the rich first and leave others behind. With the right priorities (starting with no needless war, and putting the peoples' needs first), we would have been doing fine right now.

Blessed are the peacemakers! I hope one day you'll join us...

Posted by: DEStern | August 31, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

"It's our chance now to take back our country from these pathetic warmongering oil billionaires and all of the cronies that serve them and believe in the "Me, myself and I" way of thinking. Although I don't think Obama is the greatest candidate, I am voting for him because it's time for change. Let's show the Mr. Gersons of the world that America is ready for a change and invalidate his opinion and ideas with our vote."

I am with you on that, and so are many people. Friends, family co workers. Anybody I cant sms message that I know. Young and old. It is time to restore America to its former glory.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

"Recent presidents since Ronald Reagan have been governors for a reason (among others) -- because management seems more impressive than bloviation."

After suffering through 8 years of what has been possibly the worst president of all time, I don't think being governor really seems like all that great a qualification. Of course since your were GWB's speech writer you probably don't appreciate just how bad this administration has been.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is impressive, intelligent and I think she's awesome. Her enthusiasm, determination and down to earth personality have won many of my nursing colleagues over.
John McCain placed the icing on the cake and I will never look at supporting Obama again!
Nurses support McCain and Palin in my city!

Posted by: patootieERnurse | August 31, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Michael Gerson, I could not disagree more with you. In fact, I would be so inclined as to actually say your piece is absurd. Obama is a democrat, so its natural that he would represent that. The question, however, is not about whether Obama is Democratic or not, but whether a continuation of the same policies we've had over the last 7 years is what is best for America. It hasn't worked so far, in fact, America is in a far worse place than it has been in a long time, so there is no reason to believe it will work any better in the future. The problem is that issues on abortion and gay marriage and whatnot will likely trump any important political and economic discussion, despite the fact that these issues are relatively unimportant compared to the real big issues that government ought to be focused on. If the last 7 years (soon to be 8) proves anything, it is that that there is no place for ideology in politics, especially at a crucial moment as now.

Posted by: Hans | August 31, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

To the author is this article. You are a TOOL!

Americans like you make me sick! How the hell can you support ANYONE who comes close to supporting the same views as Bush/Cheney, it's beyond me.

You are not a true American, me stomach turns at the thought of people like you and your sick and twisted beliefs, drop dead!

Posted by: Good American | August 31, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

According to the glowing accolades the Dem's are giving Obama on this site, I expect him to to be "raptured" at any moment. Then, what "cha gonna do?

Posted by: don'tworry | August 31, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Talk about pre-conceived. Literally no one, R or D, has come away from Obama's speech with this opinion. Ideologically driven and intellectually bankrupt to the core. But hey, it pays the bills, right?

Posted by: Matt | August 31, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

"Recent presidents since Ronald Reagan have been governor"

Try "all presidents post Nixon" (and the vast majority before).

Posted by: Mooseburger Bob | August 31, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Gersen,

You my friend are horses-ass. I can't believe WaPo is paying you per word. They ought to get their money back and send u on ur way. BYE

Posted by: Ellein | August 31, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I see how it is. Here's the Republican 'straight-talk' coming off the tracks again. Obama has a term in the SENATE on the NATIONAL scale, and he doesn't have enough experience. Palin has two *whole* years as a GOVERNOR of a STATE under her belt and she's ready to lead the country. Obama and Biden have twice as much combined national experience as McCain and Palin together. Hoo-ray for hypocrisy!

Posted by: Triple Sec | August 31, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse


The fricking headline alone is a disgrace. Employing a person like Gerson in a journalistic position should be treason.

Posted by: timebanded | August 31, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

At least we know for certain that Palin is for world peace.

Such as...

Posted by: yar | August 31, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Choosing Sarah Palin was brilliant. A smart, tough, woman with principles that she's not afraid to put into practice, both in office and in her private life, and someone who shares McCain's prolife convictions and passion for reform. She will galvanize conservatives, attract moderates, and charm everybody. Attacks on Palin for any alleged lack of experience will backfire, since she has more executive experience than Obama. This a ticket with character, a ticket with a passion for reform, a dream ticket....a winning ticket! The press, and the left wing nuts, some of whom apparently like to make multiple posts here, are so testy about all of this that they are even more than usually illogical and nasty. Too bad for them!

Posted by: Vincent | August 31, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse


I'm from the UK but reading this I have to ask: do Barack Obama Democrats always use foul language and insults to get their point across?

Judging from the comments above, they do.

Posted by: Jon T | August 31, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Please....makes me wonder...what would Jesus do...cover up and lie...hmmmmmmm
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/30/121350/137/486/580223

Posted by: CMac | August 31, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. Caving in to the religious right is being a "maverick"? Pandering to evangelicals is somehow different than what Bush and Rove have been up to the last 8 years? Leiberman truly would have been the maverick pick. It now appears Leiberman was who McCain really wanted, but he succumbed to fear. And all this speaks well of a potential head of state?

How does McCain have any credibility left after he went on and on about "ready on day one" and "country first" and after he scolded Obama for "taking positions only to win an election"? I know all politicians have to engage in hypocrisy from time to time but this is monumental. I cannot believe the people who are actually celebrating this choice. Shameful.

Posted by: loincloth | August 31, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I can hardly wait until the vice presidential debate— when Joe Biden tells Sarah Palin that she has "no foreign policy experience" — and she turns to him and replies "Yea, neither did a young Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton in 1992″— but then again, he did pretty well, eh Joe?" CHECKMATE.

Posted by: How the Debate Ends | August 31, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Well I have read the entire story about the
State Trooper. Her brother-in-law.She has used every trick to get him fired for her sister. So far no dice because he is a model Trooper and her charges are either
years old or non existent. Two years as Mayor of a town of 9,000 and 1 1/2 as gov.
Thats it folks.

Posted by: Michael A. James | August 31, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Republican christian liars. No morals, no ethics, no decency.

Posted by: Atheism is Great | August 31, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Did Gerson listen to the same Obama speech I listened to? It was brilliant and inspiring. Standing up for working people isn't "class warfare." McCain and Bush, throwing working people to the dogs - now that's class warfare!

Posted by: voter j | August 31, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

All the left wingers have is a vp candidate who is not one of change but a tired, do nothing Senator with a poor record and spent his life in Washington enjoying all the benefits. Gov Palin has true accomplishments and beliefs and that's what has the left winger drooling all over themselves.

Posted by: Richard D | August 31, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

All the above democrats are scared to death now because the liberal agenda is now a dead issue. It will be no Obama/biden ticket in the White House this time. We now have a perfect team.

Posted by: ROBERT SMITH | August 31, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Gerson,

You my friend, is a horses-ass. I can't believe the WaPo is paying you per word. They ought to get their money back and send u on ur way. BYE

Posted by: Ellein | August 31, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Jon T,
I do not see any foul language on this blog from democrats or republicans!!

Posted by: ER | August 31, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I was a person who was undecided, trying to pick between the lesser of the evils. I believe that Obama is fairly inexperienced, but then again so was President Kennedy. I believe that McCain is a more qualified individual, but he is a Bush puppet. As of last week, I was thinking my decision would be made on who the veepee might be.

Then Mr. Obama chose Mr. Biden, I liked the choice, although I thought Mrs. Clinton would have been a better choice for the party. When McCain chose (who) Palin, who won a gubernatorial position from a scandalous incumbent, well…… That’s a rookie mistake, but give her a dozen years then we'll see.

If something should happen to McCain, he’s now older than his dad was when he died, we’d end up with President Palin. Her biggest role in government is what……school board (a joke). Can we rely on a person like her, I don’t think so. What if something happens to Mr. Obama, Mr. Biden could fulfill the role of President.

Unless something really strange happens, I'llbe voting for Mr. Obama, good luck.


God Speed,

Posted by: Mr. JAG | August 31, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

She is PERFECTLY qualified. It WAS a brilliant move, and too logical for most libs to grasp. She is and will be a stateswoman; not a politician, and pawn. We need to get a few of those in congress, and we'll begin to recover from the damage the dems have done in the past years.
Oh, and now we'll win the war. The dems won't be able to give this one away and screech at us for losing it.
This is possibly the most important and meaningful single event in American government since the First Continental Congress. GOD BLESS MY AMERICA!

Posted by: swampfox | August 31, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Good grief. Republicans--either misinformed or lying. Usually somewhere on the continuum between the two poles.

When did the GOP become such utter scumbags?

Posted by: LiberalTarian | August 31, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Is this what passes as news now in america?

Posted by: WTF | August 31, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

If I hear "one heart beat away from the presidency" again think im gonna puke, I would trust Sarah there, hell almost more than McCain. lol. Think she would catch on real quick and do just fine. Really this is gonna be an interesting next couple months. I'm not a big fan of Obama, I don't like hollywood telling me who to vote for and personally I don't think he's got enough experience or what it takes, and would be more of the same party division's as the last 8 years, McCain and Palin I have hopes can do what is right for the county. oh ya and Joe Biden is just annoying.

Posted by: Mark Lockwood | August 31, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The more I reflect on John McCain choice of Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, the more bewildered I am by it. I can only think that McCain wanted to prove he still had his mojo and his maverick credentials, particularly on his 72nd birthday. However, his choice showed that he is not just a maverick, but a dangerous one at that. Given McCain's age and medical background, there can be no doubt that he stands a good chance of dying or becoming disabled while in office. Choosing as he has a vice presidential running mate with absolutely no credentials to be president puts the entire nation in peril. His choice was inexplicable, and for that reason alone, John McCain has shown that he does not have the judgment to be president.

Posted by: kfj | August 31, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Again, how can someone choose to vote for McCain just because he picked a woman as a vp. Sure, Palin gives a good impression, but wouldn’t you want to know more about her. McCain caught his own camp off guard with choosing Palin. Now they have to search through files in Alaska to find out who she is. Hillary Clinton earned the respect of all of us, men and women. Shouldn’t Palin have to do the same?

Posted by: Harry | August 31, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

wow... you can smell the fear on this web page. the obama nation is in shock, and scrambling to react with baseless smear after smear. you see it here, on digg.com, in the red faces on the news complaining about palin's lack of experience as their stomachs churn, trying to convince *themselves* that the experience gained in just running for president is as good as actual governing experience... clearly mccain has chosen well.

Posted by: mrpither | August 31, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

STOP BUSH

Posted by: john | August 31, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The only CHANGE you'll get is a black man instead of white one.

Posted by: Alice | August 31, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Mr Gerson;

You disgrace yourself. Have the past 8 years taught you nothing?

Anyhow, this piece is poorly written, hastily constructed,
and disingenuous. I hope for the sake of humanity
that you find another way of earning your living. You would
make an adequate corporate shill. Pardon me,
you already are.

Posted by: euclid | August 31, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but Obama did NOT alienate Gerson from the Democratic party. Whatever Obama's weaknesses, anyone who has supported the GOP under "Bush The Fatuous" AND now claims that Palin is the Wunderkind pick, as does Gerson, only deserves to have his views dismissed outright. Spare me the rhetoric. Spare the rationalizations. Spare me the insulting bafflegarb. Palin is a lightweight (to be kind). To claim this as an advantage is to insult all thinking Americans. Only the GOP could be so brazen. And McCain is as unperceptive as he is a one trick pony--al-qaeda in Iraq. Nimble? Innovative? Effective? Please, if journalists had license renewal like TV Networks, I'd be protesting yours for utter dishonesty. Your so-called "objective" eye is both jaundiced and blatantly partisan.

Posted by: WestMichiganGuy | August 31, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"After suffering through 8 years of what has been possibly the worst president of all time, I don't think being governor really seems like all that great a qualification."

Oh PLEASE!!! For pete's sake! How horribly have you personally "suffered" under Bush? Have you starved? Been out on the street? What?

I am a Democrat but I am sick and tired of this fear-mongering by other Democrats who are trying to make out 8 years of Bush as this horrible torture we had to endure. The country is doing OK, not great, but OK. I am well-fed, have a nice place to live, and a good life. What on EARTH did Bush personally do to anyone here to make them this POed and upset?

I don't like Bush and Cheney but the world has not ended with them in power. Get a grip! Stop voting for Obama just out of a petty knee-jerk reaction to some perceived personal disaster that never happened!

Posted by: ridiculous | August 31, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican, I've found the Bush administration's stewardship of the
War on Terror less than satisfactory, but to listen to McCain and his neophyte sycophant, the whole adventure is proof positive that this nation desperately needs Republican expertise where national security is concerned.

In fact, we're losing ground in Afghanistan in case you hadn't noticed, and the sorry truth is that the national security 'expertise' of the Republican party has more to do with Republicans desire to spend money on armaments, ammo and military infrastructure than actually using our military precisely and carefully as a last resort. One precise move might have been to zero in on Bin Laden, find him and bring him to trial. Instead, George Bush did what he wanted to do: take out Saddam Hussein, even though it has cost us 4000 additional American lives, 30,000 wounded, and $650-billion we didn't have to spend.

Consider the consequences of the thoroughly inept Bush/McCain foreign policies and Commander-in-Chiefisms...

-- The cancer of Al-Qaeda & the Taliban has re-emerged, infecting both Agfhanistan and Pakistan, creating the real possibility that Bin Laden could get his hands on real nuclear weapons in the very near future. Faced with the problem of sending 15,000 troops to reinforce our presence in Afghanistan, Secretary Gates tried, and then simply reported back: "I have no troops to send."

-- Iraq continues to be a sinkhole for US dollars & American lives and limbs, but it's becoming rather apparent that the Iraqis are in a position to turn the violence against our forces up or down, as they deem it in their interests. Meanwhile, they're scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to write checks against their $80-Billion windfall in oil revenues, while we continue to bleed $10-Billion a month 'protecting their freedom.'

-- Our flimsy case for invading Iraq, along with our eagerness to recognize a breakaway 'state' (Kosovo), has made the tough talk from Bush and McCain over the Russian invasion of Georgia look both hypocritical and pathetic at the same time. Putin followed with an outright threat to invade Poland (and the Ukraine, en-passante, one must assume) if we deployed a defensive missile system there, and we're supposed to celebrate the prospect that we've got a new 72-year-old sheriff coming to town, and Vladimir Putin better watch his step.

-- Apropos the now oil-rich former Soviet Union, the Bush administration seems to have squandered the 'peace dividend', since all the former Soviet republics now understand that Russia is capable and intends to assert it's authority over them, regardless of their nominally independent status. This comes as a surprise to our 'experienced' and highly qualified Commander-in-Chief, who told everyone who would listen what a trustworthy partner his friend 'Vlad' had turned out to be. Hopefully Bush will pass along his insights into how best to handle Putin to whoever is elected his successor in November.

-- If Gov. Palin enjoys catching corrupt politicos in the act, bringing her on-board with a Republican administration will be like taking an 8-year old to a trout farm. Unfortunately, I suspect she will find that she's not allowed to use a pole. I'd like some intrepid reporter to ask her if she intends to go after Haliburton, and require them to respond to the demand made by the federal budget office explaining $107-million in overcharges (lets call them the 'charges for the gasoline we never got...') which were reported to President Bush, and to which he responded by giving them an executive waiver. Meanwhile, this hallowed and patriotic defense contractor, favored by our Party, decided to move out of Houston, Texas to it's new headquarters in Dubai.

Unfortunately, I do agree that Senator Obama seems unable to stay focused on the priorities which caught my interest, and instead seems perfectly willing to fall back on the same tired litany of populist Democrat themes that will do nothing to recover a viable future for this country. We get the government and the leaders we deserve, and I'm afraid we may be reaching the point (yet again), where neither party can offer the vision and leadership this country desperately needs right now.

Posted by: ted in pdx | August 31, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The idea that Hillary supporters will vote Republican just because the GOP put a female on the ticket is an insult to the intelligence of all people, both women and men. Palin’s got minimal education and experience, already has a taste for abusing power, and policy positions that are 180-degrees from Hillary. But that’s missing the point of what’s really happening.

Clearly she’s a cheerleader for the hard right—but here’s the key—she stands to acquire a vast personal fortune from the oil reserves of the state she controls. She has potentially eight long years as governor and over 26 billion barrels of untapped oil (trillions if Alaska drills offshore). That easily makes her a contender on the world stage.

Alaska’s Republicans have groomed Palin for over a decade to keep that extravagant wealth in the hands of the “right people”. Forget the made-for primetime-working-class story—follow the money. The big picture is the oil she’s sitting on, and Palin has shown she’s ready and eager to do anything it takes to seize those incalculable riches.

Palin’s not being hired to woo unhappy Hillary supporters; she’s been crowned the Queen of American Oil Carpetbaggers.

Posted by: Ginger | August 31, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

The best way to save the Republican Party now is to destroy it. In the marketplace of ideas, social conservatism is a viral infection contaminating the GOP. It represents an evolutionary dead-end whose logical conclusion is fascism if not outright totalitarianism. Is it not obvious that the imposition of the evangelical ideology--any fundamentalist ideology for that matter--lies in direct opposition to a free people in a democratic land? Our Constitution, specifically the separation of church and state, no longer serves as a bulwark against the morality police, who seek to impose faith-based notions such as creationism upon those of us with rational minds. Social conservatives aim to constrain freedom of thought, freedom of choice, freedom to pursue happiness. These freedoms live at the heart of an entrepreneurial and economically strong America. No doubt, the diktat the social conservative movement wishes to impose upon ALL us Americans is antithetical to a free market system, and therefore exists as hypocrisy within the Republican platform. Privatize profits, socialize losses, and make religion the opiate of the masses. Indeed, this has been a dark eight years of Orwellian doubletalk. Enough! I’m a Reagan Republican and I’m voting for Libertarian Bob Barr.

Posted by: Mack | August 31, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

You have convinced me that I live in a completely different dimension than the one you live in. I am astonished beyond words.

Posted by: Bruce | August 31, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Who's slipping money into your pocket for writing this crap?

Posted by: david Schell | August 31, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

As the article indicates, McCain couldn't have hoped for a better pick, politically speaking. In one stroke he adds historical significance to his ticket, throws the party a bone, and plays the Washington outsider card.

What is striking is that McCain's selection of Governor Palin starkly demonstrates the Republican playbook: run to win the election, and govern for the base and the big businesses. For Palin to claim that this is the ticket for change is disingenuous at best.

Posted by: Spencer | August 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I supported Hillary. Obama showed women have no place on the Dem ticket.I will vote for Palin. It's time for a change.
Obama/Biden is not a change. More know it all men telling women what to do.
I'm impressed McCain/Palin went to Mississippi today. Obama phoned concern in.

Posted by: Ann-Marie | August 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, you obviously did not watch the same speech I did - either that or you were so prejudgemental that you were not listening.

And as for McCain's choice of Palin, this is truely a sad case of putting politics ahead of the national security interests of the entire nation.

Posted by: Terry | August 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Gerson
You are fooling nobody. You are just one of the GOP operatives. And how can you in good conscience praise the choice of Palin?

Posted by: James | August 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I agree this guy is a tool. This is a loosing ticket. GOP is a Joke. I think writers the post should get rid of this guy. He doesn't even backup claims of crap. Obama Rocked the House on Thursday. Your Goones couldn't rock Jr. Gymnasium. The Grand old party is not Grand just Old.

OBAMA 08 Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Kent Zollars | August 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

After all these years, it shouldn't, but it absolutely astounds me to read the comments replying to Gerson's blog. I'm sure the people who are expressing that they believe Gerson's thoughts are out-of-touch are the same people who were shocked at the results of the last election. They simply can't believe so much of the population can't see the (their perceived) truth. They are in for yet another surprise.
Michael, you are simply expressing the sentiments of tens of millions of voters at this moment. Here we go again.

Posted by: Shouldn't be surprised | August 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Are we living in the same universe...?

We've obviously got a very big difference in perception if you think "Team McCain now seems more nimble, innovative and effective than Team Obama". Unless of course if by nimble, innovative, and effective, you mean falling behind by 8% in national polls. Is this Orwellian Newspeak or something?

Posted by: Marine0352 | August 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

This guys a freaking idiot

Posted by: MF | August 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Gerson -- You might be the stupidest man ever published.

Posted by: RussInFlorida | August 31, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Gerson you are the most biased SOB I have ever read an article from. this was the biggest lie I have ever read. you shouldn't be allowed to write again. i can't believe you get paid for this crap. i would be ashamed if i was a republican.

Posted by: gerson hater | August 31, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Excellent tactical choice. Raises energy (as in drilling for oil) as an issue which favors the GOP, totally takes the news cycle and momentum away from Obama, and forces him to defend the woman's vote by moving to the left. Further nails the military/veteran vote (Palin has a boy going to Iraq),and totally energizes the conservative and moderate gun-owner vote. Fine looking woman, too!

Cindy on one arm, Sarah on the other? Heck, McCain may get Bill Clinton's vote!

Posted by: Steve007 | August 31, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry that some of these comments tonight are so critical of your article because you absolutely got John McCain's choice for v.p. right, Sarah Paulin is a terrific choice, well written ..thankyou!

Posted by: david balmer | August 31, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Of course you didn't like Obama's speech. Because he humiliated you and everything you stand for.

You had no problem all these years with the way your side slandered Democrats and questioned our patriotism for purely political motives. But suddenly, when a Democrat in Obama finally smacks you back harder than you could have ever imagined, you whine and sob that he's being mean.

The truth is that Obama eviscerated McCain and the Republican party for all of America to see, but unlike you guys, he did so using the truth.

The truth is that McCain was already talking about invading Iraq days after 9-11.

The truth is that the man who drew up McCain's economic plan did call America a "nation of whiners".

The truth is that the Iraqi government and, yes, the Bush administration, are now echoing Obama's call for a withdrawal timetable, while McCain insists on staying there forever. None of these truths are in dispute.

Face it, you're mad because you got finally got exposed as the failures and charlatans that you are.

Enough. It's time you owned your failures.

Posted by: Kevin from CA | August 31, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing how the liberals slam you with personal attacks when they don't like your perspective... completely Immature. I think you have done a nice job with this article. Overconfident Obama supporters might be surprised by this election's outcome.

Posted by: Nobody Special | August 31, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Palin peddled her deep respect and admiration for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (Wasn't she the GOP anti-christ just a few weeks ago?) To stick to the truth and educate feminist Clintons: She is certainly no Clinton, opposing abortions, even in the cases of rape and incest; denying human contributions to global warming; supporting the teaching of creationism in public schools.
I will not vote for McCain because he has the same flawed character as John Edwards! He is egocentric man who cheated on his disabled wife to divorce her for a wealthy woman. He even lied to his wife about his age and that he is separated while he was still living with his wife. And there were rumors he even cheated on her with a lobbyist Vicki Iseman. Once a jerk always a jerk so not surprisingly he was involved in the Keating Five scandal and he could check his wrist watch to get in time to Rick Warren. At least for my moral standards he is a cheater and liar! He just does everything including his VP choice to win this election because he cares more about himself then us and once he is elected he will show his true face. If he would have been honest he would have taken Lieberman because that was his favorite VP, but he knew that could cost him the election. So his VP will not change my mind and I will not vote.

Posted by: martin | August 31, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson,
Most of the people I've talked with are more concerned about McCain's choice because he barely knew the women (spoke to her once before making the selection!?!), and the fact that it's a craven political move with no apparent acknowledgment that she might actually be President should McCain (he's pretty old) die in office.

As for her "executive" experience, the current Bush was a governor, and we've seen how competent he is. We've selected governors recently because we have too much knowledge of Senators - they are on a national stage longer than governors. Besides, most our best Presidents - Lincoln, FDR, Jefferson, Washington - had no gubernatorial experience prior to being President.

Anyway, continue writing but please, please, don't fall prey to the Republican machine. McCain is a "flip-flopper" beyond John Kerry's wildest dreams; Republicans spend more (and more recklessly) than Democrats, and we've had them in power for almost eight years. Conservatives' (these anyway) idealistic notions of state governance, foreign affairs, and economic development are hopelessly flawed. They're based on ideas rather than reality. We've given them their go at it; let the Democrats try for a while.

Posted by: Barnes | August 31, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

bologna!

Posted by: suzanne | August 31, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is bright, innovative, popular and attractive for many reasons beyond just beauty. Alaska maybe small in population but it is a gigantic state when it come to size and natural resources. Sarah hit Juneau running leading the way confronting corruption and unfair oil royality policies that favored big oil. Her recent accomplishments include AGIA (Gas pipeline venture) that left no one out of the process. She shooked up a number of divisions like public safety and her policies are transparent and open to public scrutiny. You nay-sayers have truly underestimated this lady and anyone that gives her a fair shake will get that in 10 minutes of talking with her. Mr Gerson - great job of getting this out in the open - I'm not sure if the business-as-usual Washingtonians are ready for real change and two mavericks on the same ticket.

Posted by: Alaskan Perspective | August 31, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was uplifting and you are putting a negative spin on it for your own benefit. However, that Youtube with Palin giggling along with some shock jocks DOES show that she is ready to be a REPUBLICAN leader from day1 and will be a nice compliment to McCain and his sarcasm. If people want to vote for that then so be it but I am going to think seriously about looking for a country with a better outlook.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

You can't be serious!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the top man on the ticket and has less experience than Palin. It is hysterical how hypocritical people are when they want to support their view. Obama talks change. McCain has the balls to act on it. Just how is Obama going to do all he promised and cut taxes too?? Well some people will fall for anything when you start promising health care, tax cuts, education handouts etc. Obama gives a good speech and has super star quality that equals substance to the blind.

Posted by: Obama You're no Palin | August 31, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

God help us if Obama is elected as the president. If you think you had it bad with Bush look out. Obama is the worst underhanded crooked candidate that ever ran for president of this country. Trying to walk in the shoes of MLK. What is the matter with his shoes? He is so desperate to make history like MLK he used his speech. A dumbo Harvard graduate. He came out as a know nothing, do nothing and say nothing unless it is copied from other's speeches. That's what we want in the white house? A president in name only and the VP running the country?

Posted by: Mariann Pepitone | August 31, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

"every state falls from within not from outside"

If John Mcain becomes president the US will enter the point of no return...It is crazy the VP pick that he did...Can you imagine her President in case something happens to Mccain?

Posted by: andrew | August 31, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

The only thing worse if McCain wins and something happens to him is if McCain wins and nothing happens to him.

Posted by: bill j | August 31, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

This article is hilarious. Who are you and who decided this article should be published? Face it, McCain is done for...his feeble attempt to soak up the women's vote will backfire

Posted by: Kurt | August 31, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

This is the most pathetic attempt at pundit propaganda I've ever read! This has to be a joke--right????

Posted by: weaselbase1 | August 31, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I liked what you wrote.

Posted by: Eustace | August 31, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is a Jackass

Posted by: Joe | August 31, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has more executive experience than Obama and Palin combined. All Obama has done as a senator, when he isn't abstaining from votes is to say "yes" or "no". He only knows how to talk- that's all he can do, and that when he has a teleprompter. Palin is more intelligent than Obama, Biden or McCain- she is better looking and a better public speaker.

We need candidates who don't believe in government handouts. Wake up people. If the government gives you a handout you will pay double for it.

Let's keep the economy growing- wages have increased for the first time since the Clinton internet bubble debacle. We need supply side economics to keep prices down, not government bureaucracy, red tape and higher taxes.

Posted by: Roy | August 31, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

GERSON!!!!

OBAMA IS RIGHT; McCAIN IS OUT OF TOUCH, AND SO ARE YOU. DO YOU EVEN WATCH NEWS, AT LEAST ON SUNDAY, WE HAVE SOME COOL POLITICAL SHOWS; GEORGE STEPHANOPOULUS, CHRISS WALLACE, TOM BROKAW!! JOHN McCAIN WAS GUEST ON FOX NEWS, AND EVEN FAILED TO THEM TO DISTANCE HIMSLEF FROM GEORGE BUSH AND TO SAY ANYTHING AGAINST GEORGE BUSH TO PROVE THAT HE IS NOT GEORGE BUSH 3rd TERM. IF THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT,WE UNDERSTAND YOUR STUPID ARTICLE. I CAN'T BELEIVE THIS!!!

Posted by: BOBSTER | August 31, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin is like a modern day paladin and the "ad" part was removed mainly for aesthetic purposes. Just my two cents.

Posted by: Ash | August 31, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

"Gerson you are the most biased SOB I have ever read an article from. this was the biggest lie I have ever read. you shouldn't be allowed to write again. i can't believe you get paid for this crap. i would be ashamed if i was a republican."

You ought to be ashamed to call yourself a Democrat, what with your poor writing skills and obvious lack of critical thinking capacity. This, and the rest of the young dorks on here using the slang-term word "TOOL!" indicate to me that the majority of loud-mouthed Obama supporters here are probably stupid young men no older or wiser than 25.

Two words: Grow up!

Posted by: ashamed! | August 31, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Go McCain/Palin - Country first - all substance, no hype to attract those who do not look at the real substance the candidates are made of - If you are looking for a handout - forget it - that is not what made this country great and it is not what can keep it great - honesty, hard work, loving your neighbor as yourself - protecting life at conception (gee, will you put your grandparents to sleep if you don't feel they now help the "common good"?). AMEN.

Posted by: John Locke | August 31, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

She is fresh, and good looking. MAC picked her because, thats what the Republicans desire now.

But, I think she is an accidental Republican. She could easily fit into the Democratic mold. There is nothing about her that says that she is conservative. She just made smart choices along the way.

Posted by: Smitten | August 31, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's see. By your thinking, the fact that Bush had experience governing Texas (and was "commander-in-chief" of the Texas National Guard)should have made him an outstanding president with the ability to take over the country in a heartbeat. And look at what a great job he has done with his gubernatorial experience and high ratings when he was governor!

Posted by: youshoulda | August 31, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Sitting in the Senate is certainly no proof of any business or management experience! We have, for a reason, had more Presidents who were state governors than Senate members. Duh...

As for comment "What really makes the leftists mad is that this small woman from Alaska could probably kick Obama's arrrssseee in a street fight! LOL! Posted by: JDW- I can only add YAHOOOOOOO, UR right! Palin is a better man than most of the men I know, and she AND McCain have my vote. We don't need any mealy mouthed pandering in DC. We need real people, real leadership, not pretty speech making.

Posted by: SuziQ | August 31, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

PALIN's Daughter had the Baby. WAIT TO SEE THE TRUTH UNFOLD. She claimed it as her own. McCain is too busy studying how to be charismatic than properly vetting Palin. The truth will unfold.

Posted by: Vickie in Seattle | August 31, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

mrpither: Yes, you can smeal the fear of the Obama worshipers. Their emperior has no clothes. The Obama worshipers see that real America is scared of Obama and McCain is no GWBush. It portrays Obama as spiteful against women everytime he critices her.

Posted by: rick go | August 31, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Stop venting and attacking based on your party lines. Palin two years as Gov vs. Barack who was Jr Sen for three years, two of which he has spent running for Pres. Sorry guys, Palin has the more relavent experience.

Posted by: logic | August 31, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gearson,

Are you talking about the our election, or another country. You must have been watching a different Obama speach.

Jim

Posted by: jiminseattle | August 31, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the NE Echo Chamber, where Dems always win and GOP wins everything else again.

In the Real America, Palin helps when everyone else on the November ballot is a blowhard Beltway pol.

Qualifications? Being the Councilmember- Mayor-Manager of your hometown for 10 successful years is the toughest job in politics, where you actually have to be accountable to your neighbors every day.

See you all at the McCain inauguration on 1-20-2009.

Posted by: Bob | August 31, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Sir, I'm sorry to say you are a Idiot. If you honestly believe this is brilliant pick, God Bless you.

Posted by: Gustav | August 31, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Independent here. First time I read one of Michael Gerson's columns; what a waste of time --- pure right wing PROPAGANDA.

Posted by: Danny | August 31, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

"User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site."

That's a lot of comments to remove. People are so aggressive... even if you disagree with the author of this article, you could be a bit more respectful.

Posted by: sanjuro | August 31, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone taken into consideration that this S. Palin has 5 children that she is responsible for??? Including a special needs infant! How can she do her job in Washington - so different there than Alaska. If she were ever put in the position of being president, I would weep for her children - and the rest of the country, too!

For someone who is so pro life, she should take some her family values to heart and raise her children - very hypocritical don't you think?

Posted by: terri11749 | August 31, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

"And he purposely set out to alienate people like me. It worked."

Aww, Gerson...you delicate little flower.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

This Maverick, out of desperation, has throw his hail mary pass and in the process sold his soul. She is probably more conservative and right winged than even Bush is! Members of my family were on the fence before this choice but she sealed the deal for Obama.

Posted by: marie Batten | August 31, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

What drivel.

Gerson is surprised that the Democratic nominee gave a partisan speech at a party convention.

Had he is upset that Obama did not follow his "kindly" advice to give some kind of uplifting sermon, which would have surely exposed Obama to utter ridicule from McCain, Gerson and others as a self-proclaimed "Messiah."

And it was a great move for McCain to pick the weird and unknown Sarah Palin in order to propitiate the extreme right wing of the Republican Party, further tarnishing McCain's ruined reputation as a "maverick," instead of going with his first choice, Lieberman, whose nomination would have reestablished those credentials.

McCain is now the issue rather than Obama.

This is over.

Posted by: mnjam | August 31, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Most of you dudes who think Palin is so awesome are just blinded by her looks. Typical man thing, huh?

McCain ain't stupid, I'll grant him that. He knows he's going to lose one way or another. Might as well pull a big publicity stunt to cement his place in history as the first ole fart Republican to get a dame on his ticket.

If Palin looked like Ernest Borgnine, you guys wouldn't be gushing over her NEARLY as much. FACT.

Posted by: mamacita | August 31, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Uh, no. I found the Palin pick to be extremely offensive. If McCain wanted my vote on this, he'd have gone with a qualified woman with more centrist political views.

We're not stupid, you know. I'm not pulling the lever for just any woman to say I've done it.

Posted by: Independant Woman | August 31, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Why are our nations most venerable newsmedia squandering their reputations by making more room for editorials? I'm all for the occasional opinion piece, but the purpose of the media is to inform the population, not steer them. I can think for myself and draw my own conclusions, thank you very much. Is there even a single newspaper, radio show, or tv program that is committed to truly unbiased and objective reporting anymore? What a shame.

Journalists, if you simply can't bear to be objective, at least try to be ambiguous. You'll be doing a greater service to your readers who choose to have their opinions read to them. Maybe it will promote a little more personal thought process and a little less instant and out-of-context regurgitation.

Posted by: Taylor Aue | August 31, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Comments section = vitriol. What a waste of public space. "Hockey mommy" from "Podunk, Alaska" is for sure a darn sight better than the rest of you to lead this country, if it came to that. The opposition here is aka 'Letters from Myopia'... 'Tantrums from Two-ville'. Sheesh.

Posted by: RR | August 31, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Obamabots are all over the net spouting off a lot of truly mean and stupid things today...worried?...You should be! Obama is going down!

Posted by: ME | August 31, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

An excellent or brilliant Choice! You haven't been paying attention have you? She is a good pick if you are a female conservative christian, but don't insult our intelligence by saying women will flock to McCain because of her appointment. I don't want a Pro-life lifetime NRA member. The GOP is simply pandering to the evangelic Christians.

I would not care if she had 10 children. She has no experience and McCain JUST RECENTLY met her? This is all about GOP (Rove) strategy and desperation.

Posted by: Joy | August 31, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

More trash from the chattering class.

And again, the bloviators get it wrong.

Time will tell, but over 40 million (38.8 counted and surely many, like me who watched on closed satellite - DishTV that wasn't) saw the most outstanding political speech since JFK.

And, instead of giving the bloviators time to tear the speech apart, the subject of the chattering class is quickly changed.

Within 24 hours we saw brilliance untarnished by the likes of Gerson, compared with a breathtaking act of poor judgment.

While the pro-GOP pundits cheer, virtually every major newspaper in the country has made it clear, Palin makes the GOP ticket a DANGEROUS proposition...no matter how many wolves she can bag from a plane.

Posted by: Bill G | August 31, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I want to set one thing straight, Polotics+Religion= Mayhem, and trust me if McCain is chosen there's no question that America will eventually have to pass on her title...I mean are we serious...McCain is a war-mongering fanatic who has chosen a hard-liner as VP, and trust me as a women i don't sympathize for Palin because she isn't at all special with a down-syndrome baby, and a son off in Iraq, I have met many in worse conditions...

I mean being born a Christian, I like to keep my life simple and at ease...I see the bad side of Christian history coming back to life...Queen Mary anyone...so many innocent people are dieing today because of republican greed and atrocity.

And again I being culturally intelligent must say that Obama is the right choice for America in terms of foreign policy. He might not have experience but trust me his comments bring a lot of hope for those who don't want to see another 9-11 disaster...and what i mean is that he is reconciling Americas' relationship with the rest of the world, and he pretty much sealed it because he is much loved worldwide, however i believe its going to settle down issues with countries such as Iran and the middleast because they too would like to see anyone but an old white neocon in the white house. In other words when a Chinese or Arab, or African sees Obama in the white house, they will A)feel like they can now feel a bit of a change since they have a non-white man who truly understands their "pain" and "struggle", b)Obama's agenda will try to solve problems politically even when he doesn't have experience simply because he isn't like the typical poltciian in America and without bombing countries back to stone age. Again not to sound racist but i believe that we have seen what old white poloticans in America are capable of, however its time the ppl of America and the world see a different and more effective preseidnt take power!

P.S My parents beg to differ and think Obama is inexperienced, but I am happy to say that I have traveled to see so much beautiful different cultures and diversity that I cannot simply ignore this opportunity, and I am hoping my parents change their mind before Nov.

Thank You
Sincerely Proud Obama Supporter

Posted by: Leah Cordoba | August 31, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

By the sound of many of the posts here, we might as well have another civil war; all of the name calling, lack of respect for fellow countrymen, and plain old hatred is just sad (and scary). People are so, so focused on the 'sides' that they'll do almost anything to slander the opposition. As Americans, we can't forget that we are still living in the same country. We still have to get along. Hating each other is not going to help. With that said...I'm voting for McCain & Palin. Why? Because of their stances on specific issues such as abortion and gay marriage (among others). Regardless, if Obama/Biden win, I will respect their authority and pray that they lead the country well. I hope every American, regardless of who wins, will do the same. May God Bless America.

Posted by: Jamie | August 31, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Just another right-wing nut!

Posted by: Pam | August 31, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

You have to give it the Republicans, they do believe in miracles. They believe you can turn wine into water. What this idiot who wrote this, means is that the fanatics in the party are happy with this miserable VP pick. What about everyone else? You may fool the fanatics with this nonsense, but that is it.

Posted by: Ross | August 31, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I do not think that McCain just pulled Sarah Palin name out of his hat in a name draw. Anybody that can raise 5 children, run a business, be involved in what is going on in school, be elected as a mayor after serving on city council, be elected as a governor of a state after serving on the board "and resigning after she found out that some of them were crooks". To top it off she ran against the said crooks and won the nomination and to top that she went and won the election to be governor of Alaska. This is just name a few.
She is pro-life. She is a member of the NRA and does eat the caribou, moose, fish that she harvested. She doesn't have the fast food or "latte" diet. She is a working mom, a hockey mom and she probably cooks a lot of her families food that they actually sit around the dinner table to eat.
I have noticed the people complaining and making the slanderous remarks about McCain/Palin ticket are saying that at the "3am" call and will she take over, I see absolutely no problem.
Let's face up to it, the left is still whining about the knock-out punch that the 72 year old TKOed them. The media was caught off guard, Obama/Biden was caught off guard, and the "Dems" were caught off guard as well as the "Reps". In my estimation McCain is far the best leader that the US could elect.
I wish McCain/Palin the best.
The "Dems" put on their ticket a couple of empty suits, who when under pressure would fold like a couple of cheap suits.

Posted by: Merle Underwood | August 31, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Here's a clue for you deep blue. Personal attacks are an invalid argument form. Because your argument form is invalid, you actually have no argument at all.

Typical of most liberals.

As far as this country engaged in conflict with murdering muslim terrorists, I for one would rather trust this country to a President that actually has friends and advisors in the Pentagon.

Real flesh and blood leadership with a proven moral center or intellectual posits, with no demonstrable leadership and no relationship with the military. Not a hard choice.

Last point, Ms. Palin has proven her moral courage. She has demonstrated that she will and does live her beliefs. I much more admire these characteristics than those demonstrated by Ms. Clinton. During her campaign she highlighted BHO's lack of experience, and now magically, he is in fact, the man. What a joke.

Ten million NRA members will make sure that Biden/Obama will be beaten like a drum in November.

Posted by: midgardserpent | August 31, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I love this VP pick for a variety of reasons. Though I am not a "single issue" voter, I weigh life-and-death issues more heavily than just voting my pocketbook. (In this case both bases are covered).

Anyway, someone who choses to cherish and save innocent life by giving birth and loving their disabled child like Governor Palin shows someone with the necessary strength of character and capacity for love and compassion to inspire my confidence. In Senator Obama you have a man that's comfortable in voting against a provision in Illinois that would have had the hospital care for the babies that survived a bothced abortion and were born alive, clinging to life but denied any care or comfort. I can't believe that anyone can be so radically "pro-choice" as to essentially allow infanticide.

Needless to say, I cannot support the Obama ticket, and pray that the majority of Americans see it the same.

Posted by: Landmark | August 31, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't it all seem so very familiar? Sarah Palin is to John McCain what Harriet Miers was to George W. Bush. A politically calculated pick, advancing the crony nominee in question to a position for which she is utterly unsuited and ill-equipped.

Conservatives should feel insulted. They've been pandered to.

Sarah Palin is John McCain's Harriet Miers. What an embarrassment. Soon she may be John McCain's Tom Eagleton.


Posted by: Skip108 | August 31, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, baz.

I do have one more thing before I dismount my soapbox,... for those that think Palin will be trounced at the debates...do be thoughtful about it. A quick search of Palin on google and you will see that it almost appears as though she has been groomed for this position for awhile. I can not imagine my state's governor trooping around Kuwait, etc. Or even getting the approval to do so. And that was in July of 2007. I believe that while Obama and Clinton were still hard on the trail, that they (Palin) were cramming for exams. I wonder if they also shared any information with her that would be considered "sensitive"? In any case, it will be an interesting debate. I expect her to do well. BUT, as I was informed in a recent meeting, "we'd rather have someone who is outgoing and can establish relationships than someone who is qualified, licensed and has hurdles (aka: is female). We can teach a guy with no experience what to say so that he sounds like he knows what he is doing, afterall." (do you think that is what the bankrupt mortgage lenders last words were before they started rolling in the commissions? payback, baby.)

Enjoy your evening. And don't forget to check in on Gustav. And the 3 other storms coming from behind it. Priorities, you know. The election is not going anywhere. It will be there until November.

Posted by: citiizen | August 31, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Barnes: You are so wrong. This is the worst democratic congress we ever had with that nitwit Nancy Pelosi as housespeaker. I can't wait until the republicans take over the house again so we can rid ourselves of her. And John McCain is not a second Bush because he has his own ideas. Obama wanting to talk to the enemies over coffee. And he is suppose to be so educated. I don't think so. The Europeans like him because thousands of them are minorities like him and they want to see a miniority in the white house. I don't think that Bimbo and Big Mouth are going anywhere but where they are.

Posted by: Mariann Pepitone | August 31, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Does this guy work for Fox News?

Posted by: paulfiala | August 31, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

ENOUGH! I seriously can't tell the difference between the GOP and the WWF anymore. The democrats may be chaotic bumblers, but at least they've nominated someone who appreciates our history enough to measure himself against it.

Posted by: johnc | August 31, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

) Every religious conservative I have talked to since the selection is more excited about John McCain than I have ever heard before.

Yes, Gerson, and quite probably the only people that you talk to at all are religious conservatives. But being a Hillary voter myself I know for a fact that most women see the nomination of Palin as an insult to both men and women's intelligence and a total disregard of the country's needs in favor of pandering to the female vote. We see this as a selfish act and desperate attempt to grab power. By the way, anyone at this point who thinks Obama's speech was a disgrace is totally dishonest. It was one of the best speeches in American history, inspiring yet pragmatic enough to satisfy rational thinking and it appears by the sheer number of people who tuned in and view it over again in the web that I am not alone in that perception. Except of course, if you are a hard core ideologist Republican neocon who spends his days talking to hard core religious conservatives.

Posted by: SISL | August 31, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Gerson
As a long time Democrat I worried that if Hillary won it would just energize the Republicans and trigger the right wing fanatics into even more dirty tricks. After all that is how you and I mean you won before. But after reading your column I see that you are energizing the people to become Democrats and exercise their rights as never before. Keep up the good work Gerson

Posted by: James | August 31, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree... that you are a tool,Gerson!

Posted by: your mom | August 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign initially reacted to the selection of Sarah Palin with the following: "Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency." I notice many on this forum are stuck to the same tarbaby, confirming the brilliance of this selection as they inadvertently point out Obama's lack of credentials

Palin was indeed the mayor of a small town, prior to being elected governor of the largest state in the union with a very significant impact on the most important issue facing this political season, energy. She has been active in Alaskan energy policy for years, including sitting on a state energy board. She has very significantly changed that policy. As a two-term mayor, and nearly two years as governor, Palin brings eight years executive experience with her, three years state-level policy experience, and an impressive record of accomplishment in barely more than 10 years in politics. This in contrast to the Democratic presidential candidate, who has less experience in the Senate than Palin has as governor, no executive experience whatsoever, and apart from winning two elections and gaining the Democratic nomination, no significant accomplishments.

In further contrast, Palin fought against corruption in her own party, and torpedoed the "Bridge to Nowhere" as governor. Obama is the beneficiary of unsavory politics he personally engineered. Obama won his first election by challenging hundreds of petition signatures, thereby removing his two Democratic opponents from the primary, one of whom was a genuine community activist, and subsequently ran unopposed.

Perhaps if Palin were a Democrat she could be the presidential nominee, given her superior qualifications over Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

McCain is for change. Obama isn't for real change. Obama picked a long term Washington politician, said a typical Washington speach, and has playing all of the normal Washington panderings and moves. He is stale.

McCain picked a true outsider with no ties to Washington politics who has ruled with great integrity and has 80 percent popularity in her home state. She visited her troops in Iraq, stood up to big business and corrupt politician and turned away federal money.

Need I say anything more. People who cling to the Obama ideal are believing his words, but ignoring the reality of his actions and choices.

Vote for Obama if you believe in the Democratic ideal of government solving the people's problems.

Vote for McCain if you believe in that restrained government is better for the people.

But don't tell me that Obama is different. Don't tell me that he is not just another politician. He is. He runs attack ads, he goes against his promises in big ways (remember campaign finance?), and he will do what he thinks he needs to do to be elected.

Posted by: G Halley | August 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

How can Obama and the "Chappaquiddick" party even dare to discuss women?

Aren't they to be seen and not heard?
Presidential position open. Women need not apply.

No need to apply for 1st position regardless of resume ,if you are a woman.

The smoke and mirror glass ceiling created by Obama in picking a VP, just to keep "the woman" down certainly has backfired.

Obama has no credible resume to prop up next to Hillary or Palin.

Posted by: dotty | August 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

you not worth commenting "you are an idiot"

Posted by: joe | August 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait until McCain speaks at his convention...Tell me we might learn about how to help with world stability, healthcare costs, and the well being of the important middle class...The republicans are losing their control...My grandfather is rolling over in his grave because of the complete hijacking of the conservative party by corporations, right-to- lifers, and overtly nationalistic/militaristic arm-chair quarterbacks...Fortunately the press can't stop the change this time...spin it how you wish Gerson but we are on to your game....

Posted by: patrick | August 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Calling out McCain was the best part of the speech.

John McCain is a wimp. He crumbled before the right wing of his own party. This hot dog killed more American serviceman than North Vietnamese when he was a pilot. And he caved into his captors, giving them secret information and denouncing this country, faster than you can say "George Bush is a draft dodger who browned his shorts on 9/11."

Posted by: mnjam | August 31, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is an idiot and a Republican to the core. So Gerson want's 4 more years of McBush have they not done enough to this country.

Posted by: Joseph | August 31, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin should concentrate on raising her five children and helping her husband, instead of trying to run the country. If she truly is an evangelical Christian woman, she would heed what Titus 2 in the Bible says about mothers being "busy at home" and help nurture her 'special needs' infant before attempting to run the US Senate meetings, attend every Cabinet meeting, and juggle numerous other imperative responsibilities. John McCain should reconsider this decision. I am a religious conservative woman, Mr. Gerson.

Posted by: Mary Wozniak | August 31, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I feel that lack of experience in Washington DC is a big plus for Palin. She has had less time than any of the others to figure out how to steal our money. Lord knows as do we all that Biden is an expert. After hearing Obama's speech he seems to be getting the idea as well. Count this one vote for Palin

Posted by: randall phillips | August 31, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's well-promoted story line is that of the "maverick" politician who evolved from the all-American war hero in the POW camps of Vietnam.

The Arizona senator shored up the maverick part of his bio with the surprise choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Palin said she was thrilled by the offer, but McCain wasn't, a few years back, when he was asked what he thought about being vice president. He joked about the other part of his history as a career Naval officer and Silver Star vet:

"I spent several years in a North Vietnamese prison camp, in the dark, fed with scraps. Do you think I want to do that all over again as vice president of the U.S.?"

The quip was typical McCain, an example of the sometimes over-the-top wit that can either get him into or out of trouble.

During the primaries, McCain also would occasionally drop the jokes about his military service and move audiences to tears with tales of the dread costs of battle.

"War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality," McCain said.

Posted by: Leonard | August 31, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

And with all these people commenting...and getting angry....the winner is .... Gerson! Congrats Mr. Gerson!!!

No but seriously...think about it....McCain was born in 1936...and if something were to happen to him by the time he is 76... remember - US Male life expectancy is 75.15 (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy)

Then tell me ... which of the two...Barack Obama or Sarah Palin would you prefer? I mean not that I wish ill to John McCain...I am just asking you to be realistic.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I had to comment again. Hehehehehehehehehe!!!
If these comments are any indication of the coming election this will be the funniest and most brutal election in all recorded human history. Lighten up people. :) I can't wait to vote!! My overseas' friends wish they could vote in such a historic election.

Posted by: Dave from NYC | August 31, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a thinly disguised George Bush - anti-science, pro-life to the extreme, and "someone you'd like to have beer with." We've seen this movie before, and look where we are today.

Posted by: LF | August 31, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

IF ANY OF YOU HAVE ANY UNDUE DIFFICULTY SEPARATING THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF, I.E., IDENTIFYING AND CORRECTLY ATTRIBUTING SHRILL COMMENTARY, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

THANKS.


Bill Jarden, Republican

Posted by: william (bill) jarden | August 31, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Mr Gerson,
Obama never set out to convince people like you. You are obviously impervious to truth, completely blinded by ideology, and shocked (shocked!) that Democrats are actually calling a spade a spade. You're also on the wrong side of history. Obama's speech was almost universally lauded, even by many conservatives. McCain's pick of Palin pick was an act of desperation, and will come to be seen that way in weeks to come.
You are being left behind by the currents of history, Mr Gerson. The times, indeed, still are a-changing.

Posted by: serz | August 31, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

It's true Governor Palin's executive experience is different than the international experience she will need to serve as VP/President. That said, Senator Obama has no international experience to speak of either. Even in his position as Chair of the Committee that oversees the war in Afghanistan, he has not held one hearing regarding the war.

Yes, he was in the senate for 2 years prior to running for president, but that certainly hasn't given him any experience to speak of. Having Biden as his VP will certainly help but no more so than Palin having McCain. As for judgment, Palin's judgment in what she has done in Alaska has been impressive. By comparison, Obama's judgment in his associations with Rev. Wright, William Ayers, and Tony Rezko leaves a lot of questions. Further, had we followed Obama's (and Biden's) judgment and pulled our troops out of Iraq, we would have lost an important battle with Al Qaeda and left them with a country to use as a training camp from which to plan and train for terrorist acts (as they did in Afghanistan prior to the war). Instead, because we followed what the democrats labelled McCain's surge, we will soon be pulling out of Iraq with a victory at hand, leaving a stable, democratic government in place in an important part of the world. In the Russia/Georgia situation, Obama again showed poor judgment in his comments regarding Russia and Georgia's need to show restraint. McCain was dead on when he condemned Russia's actions and called for the world to follow suit.

In the big picture, in the event something happened to McCain, I have to think that Palin will do fine using her judgment and executive experience while evaluating situations. As has been the case with each of our presidents over the past 40 years, Palin a governor will be surrounded with good people to advise her and she will then have to make the decisions. That's what governors do (presidents too). Senators are the ones who have no experience making critical decisions.

It will be interesting watching Palin over the next few months to see how she handles herself in the national spotlight. If she does as well as she's done as a governor and over the past few days as a VP nominee, it will prove that McCain's selection of another maverick was the right thing. It will also make it easy for middle America to pull the lever to elect the McCain/Palin team.

Posted by: Terry, Bklyn, NY | August 31, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey everybody are we having fun yet! I still stand by, Sarah Palin is NO! Hillary Clinton.

My only question is if something should happen to John McCain, what is Palin plan for our future????

Have a great Holiday

Posted by: Dennis | August 31, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

the dems sure show alot of anger,, its pretty sad all they have is anger, and nothing specific of the pro-cons between our nominations .... well gerson u have a crowd angry over a winning ticket

Posted by: USA | August 31, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's well-promoted story line is that of the "maverick" politician who evolved from the all-American war hero in the POW camps of Vietnam.

The Arizona senator shored up the maverick part of his bio with the surprise choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Palin said she was thrilled by the offer, but McCain wasn't, a few years back, when he was asked what he thought about being vice president. He joked about the other part of his history as a career Naval officer and Silver Star vet:

"I spent several years in a North Vietnamese prison camp, in the dark, fed with scraps. Do you think I want to do that all over again as vice president of the U.S.?"

The quip was typical McCain, an example of the sometimes over-the-top wit that can either get him into or out of trouble.

During the primaries, McCain also would occasionally drop the jokes about his military service and move audiences to tears with tales of the dread costs of battle.

"War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality," McCain said.

Posted by: Leonard | August 31, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Gerson,

What planet do you live on?

Choise of Palin clearly shows that McCain has put himself first and not our country.

Please answer this, can Palin be the Commander in Chief if 73 year old McCain ends up with health issues ?

Posted by: Abdul Qadir | August 31, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps we SHOULD split up the country once and for all. Red and Blue will never get anything done together again, we truly hate each other too much.

Posted by: HonestAbe | August 31, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

The war in Iraq is in difficulty it is in not because of George W Bush, but because of Gutless Europe and Heartless media. They were not able to show the insight which is unfortunately also lacking in Obama. Will McCain- Palin team show the Bold initiative to deal with the challenges of the 21st century where the communist ingrained Russian leadership and the Radical islam by use of force try to subdue the populace (women in islamist society) and newly formed democracies on their border? I am not sure, but if we don't deal with it now it will come back to haunt us just as not dealing with previous WTC and other episodes and cutting of military budget to shore up social vote getting programs by Clinton and company came to haunt us in 9/11.

Posted by: Thoughtful | August 31, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

1. The pick reflects a truly appalling lack of vetting
2. That's because is was a last second desparation pick, made based on one meeting and one phone call -- another abysmal lack of judgment in picking the least qualified VP ever
3. The notion that she has as much experience as Obama is an insulting and delusional lie. Obama has infinitely more experience on the national and international stage than Palin, including being the chief executive of a very successful 20 month Presidential campaign, which he had to convince voters of his experience against Hillary Clinton and 6 others through 21 debates, countless interviews from hostile jurnalists, attacks from the GOP and Clinton campaigns, fabulously successful first meetings with foreign heads of state and other leaders, to go with almost 4 years in the Senate on the Foreign Relations committee, 8 in the IL legislature as a highly respected member and his pre-elective office experiences which are also important. She has never even appeared on Meet the Press. She is totally untested -- even Quayle has 12 years of Congressional experience. Obama is campaign tested, and defeated the Clinton machine. As for Palin's executive experience, she has the PTA and her tenure as as a city coundilperson and Mayor of a very small town, and 20 months as Governor of a state with less people than Broward County FL, and which has the highest per capita income in the country thnks to oil (and where high taxes on oil companies cover almost all of the state budget -- taxes which McCain (and Palin) oppose on the national level). Her image of stellar achievement as an "executive" is a ridiculous exaggeration. Just ask other Alaskan politicians, including republicans. This will be exposed in the next 10-20 days.
4. Her reformist image is also dishonest - she was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it, and Alaska never gave the earmark back to the Federal Treasury. She literally ran on it as an issue (her being in favor of the Bridge to Nowhere). She gave up only after it became a national joke. Also, Alaska is the most corrupt state in the nation, anybody would seem like a reformer next to Ted Stevens (who supported her then and still does), Don Young and Frank Murkowski. Troopergate is a serous problem for a "fresh new face" who is being vetted nationally for the first time 60 days before the general election.
5. Go visit some Alaska blogs. Once this country gets to know her, her zealous Christian evangelical, right to life, creationist, denail of global warming extremism will be completely out in the open, and she will get no support from Dems or independents. And Palin is not as popular in AK as the GOP asserts and her numbers are declining thanks to troopergate, in which she is now proven to have lied to the public, and is actively involved in a coverrup (of her e-mails).
6. Again -- this should have been vetted much better -- it reflects a shocking lack of judgment and recklessness on McCain's part... and several of my staunchest GOP friends, who care about national security more than abortion, agree and have told me they won't vote for McCain under ANY circumstances, they are that pissed off.
7. Thsi is a game changer. Now we go from a close race to a complete route by Obama over McCain.

Gerson is a partisan tool. He used to work in the Bush White House. What mor eneeds to be said.

Posted by: MT from CC | August 31, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

If memory serves me, we currently have a Democratic Congress that is tasked with drafting the laws and policies that this country lives with. The Presidency is just one part of our governing body; important, but no more than the others. At least thats the way I was taught it in ninth grade Civics. Unfortunately, the noble idea of balanced bi-partisanship has broken down into one of each party acting to thwart the agenda's of the "other" party at all levels. The point is to work TOGETHER for the good of the nation - not against one another! It's a fundamental shift in thinking, and one that I have rarely witnessed in my lifetime. As I read through these posts (and I've read every one of them)I see that the situation is symptomatic of a greater cultural divide; it seems that Americans simply cannot agree to disagree and work together regardless. We have fostered a "WIN AT ALL COSTS" society; and this election is just another contest that must be conquered for "our side". That is truly sad.

Its startling how quickly people jump all over these candidates at the drop of a dime. Its a darn good thing none of us have to suffer such scrutiny to qualify for our jobs. We'd all be found wanting.

Is it too much to ask that we give people a chance before we crucify them for all their supposed faults?

Now, I have been waiting for Mr. Obama to actually define how he is going to bring about all the "change" that he asks me to believe in. I believe already that change is necessary; but you (BO) haven't told me how you're going to do this, so at this point I'm still waiting. Change? - Yes. Give me the substance and we'll see. I'll vote accordingly.

The other fact is this: I live/work outside the USA; have done so for many years. What is increasingly obvious to me seems to be (apparently) lost on many Americans living at home... We live in a GLOBAL world - more than ever before our nation is being tossed around by these global forces of "change" and if we think change isn't already happening we are mistaken - This isn't 1952. The USA doesn't control the world anymore; we are simply a part of it.

Obama or no Obama, CHANGE is at our doorsteps and we as a nation have to decide if we're going to open that door and manage it (together) or fracture at the seams and watch it all come tumbling down.

United we stand; divided we fall. Get it together folks - your children's future depends on it.

Posted by: outsidelookingin | August 31, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Paris Hilton VP '12

Posted by: John | August 31, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Obama's supposed superiority in experience, I'm sure his 12 years of college teaching background will enable him to lecture Putin into submission.

Posted by: jimbo | August 31, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Mc Cain is trying to live up to his maverick image. Unfortunately, there is just so much footage out there of him doing and saying things that would deal a death blow to his efforts, that his efforts will eventually be futile.

Sure, this is a brilliant move in the short run and will earn praises from all quarters of the Republican Party. It drives away attention from the DNC convention and Obama's popstar speech and "appears" to appeal to Hillary dissidents. But in the long run he will fail mainly because the factor that he attempts to address through his maveric tactics are the ones which make him severely weak elsewhere.

There are just too many people in this country who place the value of education and reason over and beyond religion. Taxes hurt! But someone has to bear the bloody burden of GW Bush's follies! The multi-trillion dollar debt will continue to grow with the kind of economic policies that Mc Cain endorses. Just for his stand on the economic front, he will lose my vote.

Posted by: Ephemeral | August 31, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I could tell what this article was about after reading the first 4 sentences. With all due respect to Mr. Gerson, you have successfully pointed out to me why Palin is a worse choice than I thought.

Thank you for making sure I vote for Obama this November.

Posted by: SC | August 31, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin actually had to show up to work as the Governor of Alaska, unlike the senators (all) above who pretty much write their own hours, can vote Present or not even make a show over a hundred times rather than commit to something which might hurt them politically down the road..their road. Palin, a taxpaying family themselves with many mouths to feed, has to be responsible for managing the budget at home and in office, crime, incompetence of those working under her-yes even her ex-brother-in-law of several years did not do his job as hired, Russia and Asia neighbors over the way, vast supply of natural resources untapped, polar bears being designated as endangered when their population was up 30% and this designation was only to ensure no drilling would be done. I had envisioned a Mr. Smith goes to Washington but I was sexist in that I should have added Mrs. Smith goes to Washington. A husband with a normal hard working job-Union steel worker. The real deal with more experience than Obama who never did a thing; but write a book ($4 mil)and give up to 1% of his income to charity. Must have felt strange to give himself when he had not given before; but he has it all figured out how you will pay more. Hate those entrepreneur millionaires that don't give back, don't you? Obama never provided any jobs for anyone even his brother by a different mother who lives on a dollar a month or a day..as reported over there in Africa. Palin has while successfully done it all out of the limelight, but for a few who took notice of her when she took on the corruption in Alaska politics within her own Party..she has trampled on some toes because of that, including her brother-in-law who failed miserably at his job and was fired years later after the divorce, now has some no name prosecutor wasting the taxpayer money. Am sure this brother-in-law has been or atttempted to have been "Sheehaned" by the Libs to discredit her. Money no object. The people of Alaska do not want to see Palin leave office..and Palin said she would only take the VP job if Alaska would benefit from her doing so. Hats off to Alaska for giving us their own Gov. Palin. First time I have actually been excited about a pick. If she were to become President, she has far more experience in her own undertakings as well as building strong teams to get the job done. That all comes from learning its the team who wins the game not the individual-oh and people say she shoots Moose, I believe is a picture (libs can' tell the diff) of a Caribou the Libs are putting out there to show how guns kill. Population control through lottery of moose and caribou etc are accepted in the Fish and Game, land owners, fisherman, pipeline workers etc who are the best judges of what is endangered and what is not; but media hype from a bunch of well financed libs (Natural Resources with great retirement plans and investment plans-no required 100% into social sercurity like the suck-in taxpayers) libs sitting in some SoHo flat NYC wearing Tevas deciding they are the best stewards of the lands, lakes, streams and oceans; and those that manage the aforementioned daily are just plain hicks up there in the Northwoods (both coasts)who now nothin' about anything He-Haw, they joke. Seems the educated elite who like to talk the talk have never walked the walk in layman's shoes. Talk is cheap as the old saying goes. If you cannot do, you often spend you life teaching without hands on experience; but "as if we were all living in a perfect world"..reality bites back so you better know how to work with hands on experience or what you reach, or you will be the first to go in the survival of the fittest. Palin is a survivor of the corrupt within the "system" for proper punishment of their crimes against the taxpayer-you! Obama survives by pleasing the corrupt around him in old Chicagoland, but then "it was just a neighbor" and I just showed up for this fundraiser. Personal Real estate owned just happen to be through one of the principles involved presently on racketeering charges. One candidate fights corruption, the other has benefited from financially. Biden seems to have his Hedge fund son flying a lot on the almighty taxpayer dollar. Check out Opensecrets.com.

Thumbs up! have never seen such excitement..about time. Now I will with a great deal of delight make my donation to the Republican party asap. Palin is one tough cookie; truly listens to "the people" with the difference being she really hears what they are saying and acts. What a novelty VP Palin works "for the people".

Posted by: Salt | August 31, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Need to say more?
From Richmond Times-Dispatch, Monday, July 7, 2008 ~

Dear Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice. On June 30 I celebrate my independence day, and on July 4 I celebrate America's. This year is special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of my independence.

On June 30, 1968, I escaped Communist Cuba,and a few months later, I was in the United States to stay. That I happened to arrive in Richmond on Thanksgiving Day is just part of the story, but I digress.

I've thought a lot about the anniversary this year. The election-year rhetoric has made me think a lot about Cuba and what transpired there. In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, so when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least receptive.

When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said, 'Praise the Lord.' And when the young leader
said, 'I will be for change and I'll bring you change,' everyone yelled, 'Viva Fidel!'

But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the
executioner's guns went silent, the people's guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education, it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him. By the time the change was finally implemented, Cuba had been knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status. By the time the change was over, more than a million people had taken to boats, rafts, and inner tubes. You can call
those who made it ashore anywhere else in the world the most fortunate Cubans. And now I'm back to the beginning of my story.

Luckily, we in America would never fall for a young leader who promised change without asking, what change? How will you carry it out? What will it cost America?

Would we?

Manuel Alvarez, Jr.

Posted by: Heriberto Ortega | August 31, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just another pathetic social conservative. The world would do just fine without all of them. She and her sugar granddaddy, McBush, will be defeated.

Posted by: JOhhhnyC | August 31, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

This is the kind of thinking that leads to more attacks on soveriegn nations, endless mililtary budgets in the name of fear and loathing and it further enhances the silly notion that Hillary's supporters are just too stupid to know the difference between one woman and another... McCain is too clever by half.

Posted by: Artist3d | August 31, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Dennis; Sarah Palin is indeed no Hilary Clinton that's why I like her.

Posted by: randall phillips | August 31, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin has to be compared to other governors who have been in line for the presidency, and when you compare her to those people, i.e. Carter, Clinton, Reagan, she stacks up just fine to their credentials. The true measure of a person is how they have succeeded in undertaking the challenges and phases of their life, and I see great success in what she has achieved throughout her life. She is an excellent choice and the public should vote for the ticket that has shown the best ability to achieve and accomplish goals in their personal and career history.

Posted by: Alex | August 31, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Palin was a good pick for several obvious reasons..which is why all the Democrates are scared to death. They still can't forget that President Clinton was only the Govenor of Arkansas.. not too mention a draft dodger speaking in Moscow Russia about Anti War along with Hanoi Jane Fonda... while I was floating in Tonkin Gulf on the U.S.S. Oriskany C.V.A. 34. I will never forget that the Democrates came up with John Kerry and tried to pass him off as a War Hero....and Al Gore as the Inventor of the Internet and now as Mr Green Jeans..
Now you Parade Barac Obama around as the next coming of Christ. I can't even consider him because his party calls him qualified, give me a freaking break...Just like he say's "The United States is the best Country in the World and he wants to change it!"......Hey Ronald Reagon was 72 and liked jelly beans..I rest my case

Posted by: Mad Morgan | August 31, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

For all the women who don't like Palin she is in this race to stay and good for McCain. He certainly made the right choice and it was a slap in the face to Nancy Pelosi that didn't want Hillary to be nominated or to win the presidency. Knowing that Obama didn't pick Hillary why in the world would democrats want to vote for him. He and the DNC doublecrossed Hillary with the superdelegates so Obama would get the nomination. Get a grip. I have been a democrat for many many years but not now. I am a republican this year. At least McCain doesn't play dirty pool. Outside of that Palin doesn't have a history of drugs and booze, racist and anti-american like Obama did. And this is what we want in the white house? Get a life.

Posted by: Mariann Pepitone | August 31, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Civil and educated debate is what needs to take place here, I dont disrespect those who think differently from me, thats what makes this country great. That I disagree with the fundamentalist right and their corrupt and self righteous views are one thing. But what makes this country great is the freedom of expression it grants. Even though there are many freedoms that conservatives would strip and are trying to strip on a daily basis. The freedom to choose, and live your life as one would please. To have this country loose the respect of the entire world. To support corporate big business. To spread our military thin, and support programs that have been plagued by cost overuns and a corrupt bidding process. While some of what McCain would possibly try to fix would only be undone by is over zealous and aggresive party who would seek to keep us in conflicts we have no business being in.

Posted by: AEM | August 31, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't like some of the extreme ideas coming from Obama for many realistic reasons. It scares me more that a man that is 72 years old and has a history of health issues has used a decision that could have embodied shrewed judgement and used it for short term political gain. It is reckless and a reflection of an ego that feels a certain level of invincibility.

Wisdom was not reflected, because wisdom and judgement would have addressed the issue and put it to rest. Instead it magnified it.

Posted by: erik | August 31, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I love it! You go Girl! Knock them feminists out!!! You liberal bloggers and Hillary supporters still do not get it. It's not about race or gender that drives the Christian Right its all about the politics of supporting an unborn child's right to life. Marriage as defined by God. Rowe verses Wade and catering to special interest groups. It is about taking responsibility for your own actions. And Yes, the VP choice changed my vote from a third party candidate to McCain. Obama blew it when took a pro-infanticide stand on abortion, homosexual rights, what constitutes a legal marriage, and a pro-Israel stance that is not really pro-Israel.

Gerson is right on! The Obama campaign blew it. McCain raised the bar. The left side of Obama's mouth talked about unity and crossing party lines for the common good while the right side of his mouth trashed McCain and the Republican Party with half-truths and cooked numbers. It took a while, but his true colors are finally surfacing.

When Obama's numbers start to fall in the polls, I will be looking at how mean and nasty he will get. And in the end? God's will be done! The candidate of His choice will win.

Dana Pintago

Posted by: Dana | August 31, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Adriana, Gabriella,Silvana and I agree with you 100%.Our dog Drake agrees with you also.It seems that many of the responses reflect the hatred that is the core of the liberal wing of the democratic party. By the time you and Obama "get it"McCain/Palin will be running the White House!!!!!

Posted by: Carl | August 31, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Gerson! You have "Wool" over your eyes!
I fear for America if Mc Cain and Palin are elected.
Mc Cain has gone senile with this choice.
He said that he will teach Palin foreign policy during her 4 years at the White House!!! And Will he hold the baby also?

I won't even mention what if Mc Cain dies... and she has to take over..."Be Afraid"!!
Her skills are small town and being a mother...
Neither is credible to entrust the horrible foreign and domestic mess we Americans are in. Together they do not have what it takes to fix our current state of affairs.

Not to mention the election of supreme court justices.

Also she kills animals for fun...need I say more?

Obama and Biden are the full package hands down!!

Posted by: Michele B. | August 31, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

A liar above wrote: "But being a Hillary voter myself I know for a fact that most women see the nomination of Palin as an insult to both men and women's intelligence and a total disregard of the country's needs in favor of pandering to the female vote."

You are lying. You are no true Hillary supporter if you honestly believe that Obama gave one of the best speeches in the "history of the country." More likely, you are a young man pretending to be a woman. You don't get what women really want. There is an overwhelming positive response from women from all political parties on the choice of Palin. Only a few hand-picked Democratic females who get paid to say things are dissing Palin. Most women are ecstatic.

Posted by: tellthetruth | August 31, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

This country's biggest problem isn't Bush, McCain, Palin or the Red's. This country's biggest problem is the masses of hypocrites who preach religion and then vote Republican platforms. I'll sing hallelujah when the "second coming" sweeps all the evil "religious" idiots away and leaves the world a true heaven where people live in peace and harmony.

God and guns. Yep, I'm sure Jesus would have been a great Republican and proud member of the NRA. Yes, Jesus would vote right-wing to get rid of all those nasty dark skinned illegal aliens invading our country. Jesus would be against welfare and social programs, because those poor and sick should be able to support themselves. And you can bet Jesus would have voted for attacking those evil Iraqis.

And above all, you can be sure Jesus would be "Proud to be an American."

Amazing how religion is supposed to unite people, and yet all it does is segragate them into Jews, Muslims, Baptists, Catholics -- they all mistrust each other, they all think the others are infidels damned for eternity.
If you call yourself a Christian and then vote Republican or want to close our borders or support the Iraq war, then you are a first class hypocrite and should re-read your bible and find out what your "Jesus" waas all about. And you'd better pray there isn't a hell below, becaue you'll be weeping and gnashing your teeth.

Most continental Europeans I've met think Americans are really a credulous, pathetic lot because of their "faith".

Religion has ruined this country, and if Mrs. God & Guns becomes Vice President, I will definitely be moving back to Europe.

Praise the Lord!

Posted by: Zen | August 31, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Could not agree with you more Mr. Gershon. As a registered democrat, I am appalled at the selection of Obama to be the party's nominee. Was going to vote McCain, and with Palin on the ticket, that is doubly confirmed if that is possible.
McCain / Palin - the only real ticket with experience to change the status quo. The oSama / BiNLAden ticket is just that - a duo of terrorist huggers.

Registered democrat for McCain / Palin :)
Voting for a Republican - now that is a historic first for me also :)

Posted by: AsBee | August 31, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Fact check:
Mc Cain was actually born in 1836 and not 1936 as commonly believed. That wrinkly frown, that larger than life prostate, that leaking bladder all give away the actual age. Also, scientists have recently succeeded in carbon dating his left hip bone. So, please carry on the punches friends. I will relax now.

Posted by: Doppelganger | August 31, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

And one more thing, I really wish I was a woman.

Posted by: Mad Morgan | August 31, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of experience: Gov. Palin has more executive experience than Obama's and Biden's combined. Sen. Obama has been in the Senate for about 4 yrs. but most of that time has been spent campaigning for president. Sen. Biden's 35 yrs. experience in the Senate has been to run an office and hold hearings. Which pales in comparison to running the biggest state of the union with a lot of energy resources. Who would you rather have in the White House: an inexperienced president or an inexperienced vice-president? Gov. Palin's chance of becoming president as a result of Sen. McCain's sudden death is less than 50%; whereas an elected Sen. Obama's chance is 100%!

Posted by: Neophyte | August 31, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes!!!Please someone answer that question.... Can Palin lead right now???Well at least she looks good with a baby in one hand and an assault rifle in the other...In addition it is obvious the real bonus for McCain is he can gain some additional money from the religious right...don't forget religion should not be in politics or help buy it...right??? Unless of course you’re an evangelical trying to save us all...

Posted by: patrick | August 31, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter. Whether it's Obama or McCain, life will still be a box of chocolates.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about a vp choice being vetted. When your a senator like Hillary or a governor like Palin there is no need for that. Vetting is a joke. Its an insult to the person's integrity. I believe Palin will do find as McCain's VP and I hope there is a debate between Palin and Biden or Palin and Obama. She looks like she can give them a run for their money. However, Obama never wins debates anyway and he lost the forum interview. Obama is a complete mess and that's what this country would be in if he is elected. God will have to help us.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I have viewed many of the comments made. Few leave me any reason to believe my brothers\sisters on the left have grown enough to give anyone credit for being able to reason for themselves, unless of course they reason like those on the left. Some things never change I guess. I did not find your argument as idioacy or mindless or un-patriotic.

Posted by: Steve Roberts | August 31, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Gerson,

To use the words of my pastor "You can't fix stupid".
This ink blob from your hand is living proof of that.
Thankfully there is a bright site it is E- format and leave it so. Printing it would be such a waste of tree's and natural resources it constitutes a "crime".

Seriously Mrs Palin is one old and not so healthy heartbeat away from the leader of the free world. funny I would laugh out loud if it was not such a serious matter.

I agree she speaks better in public than say GW but that's setting the bar really really low.

All that said, if you sir, feel it is a right move and they are heading down the right track good for you. Too bad they heading in the wrong direction.
Not even you Sir can sell the concept that this was all McCain's idea he is old but not senile.

Posted by: pat. | August 31, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

You are kidding...right??? Please tell me that you've been hiding under a rock somewhere and that's why you're so clueless. Have you even seen the polls? Even FOX News has Obama leading:
http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/08/30/polls-voters-doubt-palins-qualifications-while-obama-expands-lead/

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=a3RhrrHfDozM&refer=home

http://www.gallup.com/poll/109903/Gallup-Daily-ObamaBiden-Ticket-Leads-Points.aspx

Whether or not he sustains the lead is yet to be seen. But for you to state that he (McCain) is in the lead is a lie and therefore irresponsible journalism. It's one thing to write an editorial; it's another to do so under the heading, "Team McCain Takes the Lead." Complete lie, thereby making you, well, a disgrace to your profession.

Posted by: Beth | August 31, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

2 lawyer/politicians vs. 2 real americans, you choose

Posted by: G-man | August 31, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Infanticide is the primary thing Obama articulates. Indeed that subject is the only thing published in the Law Review and beyond - credited to Obama.

This highlights his otherwise nonexistent record. He claimed he wanted to be his brother's keeper. Contradictory to his record he refuses to help his brother in Kenya who lives on $12/per year, whereas; a miniscule gift of $20.00 to his brother would more than doubled his annual income. He doesn't care about his brother! Nor does he care about the sanctity of life. These two things demonstrate total cynicism for the value of mankind.

His assertion of not knowing when life begins and saying it is "above my pay grade" profoundly demonstrate being a Senator is already above his pay grade and incompetentence to represent people, much less be in a position to act upon these misguided/senseless inactions/positions.

Obama's jigging the system by taking land from convicted felon Riezo is the tip of the iceberg demonstrating alignment with the unscrupulous and and embracement of corrupt "old school" style of politics.

No one of integrity from Obama's past has come out in support of him. Oh... He got support from a slate of terrorists, illegal campaign contributors from the middle east and/or misguided ignorant preachers but who of substance from his past has demonstrated a record of constructive values; no one! At least no one he wants anyone to know anything about!!!

Sarah Palin has more experience from her City Council days, before being elected to two terms as mayor, Chairman of the all important Energy Council and trouncing her own party to become the Governer of her own state; than Obama has in the sum total of his career.

Moreover her understanding of all forms of energy so vitally important to our nation's security puts her way ahead of Obama in actually understanding how to become energy independent. She is a doer not a talker like Obama!

Mrs Palin's hands on life's experiences demonstrably obliterate Obama's 140 days as a Senator and work as a community organizer. His "present' votes in the Legislature are extremely cynical demonstrations of representinig the people demonstrating even that position was way above his pay grade!!!!!

Barack Obama is one of the biggest scam artists ever to hit the political scene. His Hitleresque like rise with the character and qualities he demonstrates is the biggest disaster in the history of our country, and; the consequences of electing him would be a continuance the Bush regimes New World Order that has insinuated itself in so many aspects of country and would lead to the final destruction of America.

This warning may have as much affect as John McCain's warning not to put the troops in Lebanon, whereas; his warning went unheeded and the troops were blown to smithereens by a tankertruck bomb within months.

The new direction for our country led by a person like Sarah Palin realistically is the very best hope for the salvation of our country from tyranny, even if she doesn't even know it herself.

The fact that she walks the talk and has significant governing experience is more than adequate reason for John McCain to elevate her to be his veep partner; she is a far superior person to run our great country than Barack Obama ever could be based upon what we know of him!


Posted by: Archarito | August 31, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a reckless and selfish gambler. He is willing to endanger the safety and security of the American People with a reckless game of political roulette. Given his age and health status, there is a better than 30% chance this entirely unqualified woman will become the next President before McCain's first term is over. You, Mr. Gerson, and those of your ilk, are enablers of this dangerous game. This pick makes McCain unfit to be President and it shows that your party must be driven from the levers of power at any cost.

Posted by: intercontinentaldude | August 31, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

You are kidding...right??? Please tell me that you've been hiding under a rock somewhere and that's why you're so clueless. Have you even seen the polls? Even FOX News has Obama leading:
http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/08/30/polls-voters-doubt-palins-qualifications-while-obama-expands-lead/

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=a3RhrrHfDozM&refer=home

http://www.gallup.com/poll/109903/Gallup-Daily-ObamaBiden-Ticket-Leads-Points.aspx

Whether or not he sustains the lead is yet to be seen. But for you to state that he (McCain) is in the lead is a lie and therefore irresponsible journalism. It's one thing to write an editorial; it's another to do so under the heading, "Team McCain Takes the Lead." Complete lie, thereby making you, well, a disgrace to your profession.

Posted by: Beth | August 31, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Thank you John McCain for bringing such intelligence and beauty to this race, I really look forward to the Inauguration ceremonies when the two of you are sworn in.

What a proud moment for all Americans to see that finally your years as a POW are rewarded, and the country will once again be feared and reviled as it should be, and if anyone disagrees with you John, Sarah can just shoot them from a Huey, and if your hungry get her to squeeze off one for moose dinner at the White House.

Oh. you might want to ask Sarah if she knows where Europe is or China for that matter, its good to know these things if she has to take over as Pres. you know, in case she has to launch a missile attack or something as mundane as shooting something from a desk.

Also as VP she will need some schoolin' as to what a VP is or does, apparently they don't teach that in Alaska.

Oh and don't forget she gets the keys to missle control centre when you croak John and you will croak one day as will we all.

But I'm so proud that you put " Country First" although I'm a little confused as to which country you're referring to?

So thats all for today John, keep up the good work, you really showed that Obama guy where his place is!

And by the way John don't forget to take your pills ( I know sometimes it hard to remember) but they're important so write it down so you can't forget.

You and Cindy have a nice time, oh sorry it's Sarah, my mistake.

Cindy won't be jealous or anything, will she, I mean after all that Sarah is a looker isn't she.

Wish I was in your boots ( figuratively speaking).

OK John gotta go. have fun!

Posted by: Larry the Cable Guy | August 31, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

FOX News only has Obama winning because Murdoch is all about money, and he thinks Obama is the safe bet.

Posted by: Mad Morgan | August 31, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Well clearly Gerson has received his spin/talking points from his former Boss Karl Rove. "Shocking class warfare" Are you kidding me? What a tool!

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 31, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Why do you Democrats hate women and motherhood so much? What is the source of your virulent misogyny?

Posted by: Roddy | August 31, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

The idea that Hillary supporters will vote Republican just because the GOP put a female on the ticket is an insult to the intelligence of all people, both women and men. Palin’s got minimal education and experience, already has a taste for abusing power, and policy positions that are 180-degrees from Hillary. But that’s missing the point of what’s really happening.

Palin is being spun as a “party reformer” because she is the bitter enemy of the Alaskan GOP. In actuality, the Alaskan GOP establishment has long been considered to be "dangerously liberal" by most conservatives. Palin represents the central thrust of a hard-right takeover of the Alaskan GOP.

But here’s the key—she stands to acquire a vast personal fortune from the oil reserves of the state she controls. She has potentially eight long years as governor and over 26 billion barrels of untapped oil to exploit (trillions if Alaska drills offshore). That easily makes her a contender on the world stage.

Alaska’s Republicans have groomed Palin for over a decade to keep that extravagant wealth in the hands of the “right people”. Forget the made-for primetime-working-class story—follow the money.

The big picture is the oil she’s sitting on, and Palin has shown she’s ready and eager to do anything it takes to seize those incalculable riches.

Palin’s not being hired to woo unhappy Hillary supporters; she’s been crowned the Queen of American Oil Carpetbaggers.

Posted by: Ginger | August 31, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

"Christian Right its all about the politics of supporting an unborn child's right to life. Marriage as defined by God. Rowe verses Wad"

The same right that wants to impose its views on those who think differently? Defined by God? Sepeartion of church and state is there for a reason so nobodys view is imposed on those who think differently. Religion and what is defined by god is a private matter, and should not be a political matter.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen the Obamiacs so livid and nasty.. Awesome flanking move by McCain! Palin is more Teddy Roosevelt than Obama is JFK! I supported Hillary, and I made my first contribution to the McCain Campaign today.. Rock Star and the Obamiacs are gonna feel like they took Michael Moore sideways come Nov. 4th! I love it!

Posted by: Dave | August 31, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

"2 lawyer/politicians vs. 2 real americans, you choose

Posted by: G-man | August 31, 2008 8:23 PM"


Personally, I'd like my health checked by a medical doctor and a car fixed by a mechanic.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

For all of you schmucks criticizing Mr Gerson's article, I am in awe at how blinded you are by Obama's political bling- bling (all glitter, but fool's gold) and have the inability to see through piled on pie in the sky empty promises and LIES.

Says a LOT about people who side with an Anti-American, UNpatriotic, communist with the collosal ego of Caligula....and wussy-whipped by his Missus. Thanks, but no thanks. NObama for THIS Democrat!! What a joke.

Mr Gerson, great article!!!! Too bad it was wasted on such a group of non-thinkers.

Posted by: John | August 31, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

As a registered nonpartisan woman voter and admirer of John McCain, I was offended and somewhat disgusted by his choice of running mate, Sarah Palin, for the vice presidential slot. I felt that it was to take advantage of the disgruntled women who were stung by Hillary Clinton's loss of that position in the Obama campaign.

It seemed to say, "All right, if Obama wouldn't give you a woman, if you vote for me, I will." However, if these women vote strictly from the basis of the proliferation of women, they then become guilty of the very actions they claim to abhor in men and will set their cause back. Working in the best interest of society is not a gender issue, it is a question of who is best-qualified and in this case, the best team.

While I have no ax to grind with Palin, I don't like the way she mysteriously appeared on the scene when it became evident that women are carrying weight and could tip the scales further in McCain's direction. I sincerely hope that women will consider the possibility that they are being used. It seemed a blatant attempt to me.

MILLIE BIANCO

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

my only complaint is that she has never stayed home to raise her kids. I guess the GOP really accepts situational ethics, something it consistently condemns.

Posted by: tanaS | August 31, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

"Why do you Democrats hate women and motherhood so much? What is the source of your virulent misogyny?

Posted by: Roddy | August 31, 2008 8:25 PM"


Hmm, why are most women Democrats?

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse


"I'm from the UK but reading this I have to ask: do Barack Obama Democrats always use foul language and insults to get their point across?"

Yes they do. And it is partly their coarse, preening behavior that has driven non-Obama Democrats away from the party until the election is over.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

The only thing worse than religion and patriotism is religious patriots.

Posted by: Xen | August 31, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Someone actually had the audacity to write "The politics of supporting an unborn child's right to life" somewhere above. Is that really what you really think about when you go to bed each night? Trying to salvage the rights of an unborn child. And yet, you can easily turn a blind eye to the miseries of thousands of kids who died in war thanks to the judgement of Bush and company!! Do some research. Look up the number of kids who were destroyed or maimed or scarred for ever as a consequence of a war that was not needed. Now you will be perfectly willing to have kids who are alive and kicking and ,perhaps, dreaming be put to death! But no, a fetus you would treasure more than life itself. When will the irony of your own delusions and self deceptions dawn on you my wise Republicans?


Posted by: Tom Venti | August 31, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Patrick: Religion is in politics. Remember Jerry Falwell. He told his member's to vote republican and they did. Now, his son has taken over and they are still all republican. Dobson stated he will vote for McCain so that means the Evangelical's will be voting McCain. Good work. How does anyone know what the women are going to do that supported Hillary. It shouldn't matter who they vote for but they should vote McCain which would give a good slap to Obama for not choosing Hillary. If you vote Obama like Hillary wants everyone to do then it means that he got away with it. I am voting McCain.

Posted by: Mariann Pepitone | August 31, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

P. T. Barnum was right, there is "a sucker born every minute and two born to take him."
Reading what these die-hard Dems say about Palin just shows you what idiots we have voting for the highest office in the world.
Deep Blue and others of that ilk keep trashing Bush for selling this country down the river. I might remind you numbskulls that Bush has kept this country from being attacked again after 911 and with no help from the Democratically controlled House and Senate, I might add.
While we're at the House and Senate, why don't you Dem idiots make a list of what Joe Biden and Barack Obama have accomplished for the american people in the last 8 years. I'm giving you the extra years so you can dig as deep as far as you want and still come up empty. Now Lip service don't count because that's basically what they do, but they don't DELIVER! Can you get that through your thick skulls? THEY DON"T DELIVER!
I remember, they were going to get things done when they won the House and the Senate.
Well surprise, surprise! they got the House and the Senate and still voted against English as our country's language. Not only is that inviting more illegals over here, but we, the american middle class, are paying the freight. Now they have the nerve to turn around and say it's Bush's fault.
The laws enacted by this House and Senate are disgraceful and unamerican and stretch the bounderies of our Constitution.
If former Senator Joe McCarthy were still alive he'd probably have half or more of these Senators and Congresspersons indicted for Treason. I'd be willing to bet Palin will have a solution to the immigration problem, amongst others that are more for americans.
If Obama would have selected someone other than his "Do-nothing" cronies I might have voted for him, because I don't care for any of the House and Senate people, but McCain gained a lot of respect when he went outside of Washington. I'm going to vote against every incumbent in the House and Senate in their next election. I'm tired of so many Ted Kennedys in Washington. They keep voting for more raises and keep selling our country out. It has to stop.


Posted by: Billybob | August 31, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain helped his campaign by picking another maverick and female who can stand up to anyone. Palin has as much experience as Obama on top of his ticket. Palin is a new inspiring pick the republicans need. She has 80 percent approval in Alaska and is the most popular Governor in America. She taxed oil companies and gave it all back to Alaska's taxpayers at $1,200 each.
Obama is a smart inspiring speaker, but Palin's actions speak louder than political words. She has fought corruption in both parties in Alaska. When she speaks she says it like it is, unlike polished career politicians. Some people can talk the talk, but Palin can walk the walk. Anyone with doubts about Palin should watch her interview with Maria Bartiromo on CNBC.
People are talking negatively about Palin without knowing all the facts about what she has achieved, including the media because they are in love with Obama. The media is saying McCain picked Palin because of Hillary not being picked and I love Hillary, but Sarah is the real deal for republicans and she gives them a new face that they need to reform their party. The Republican Party has always been for the rich and special interests, Sarah represents “we the people” and is against government waste and the good old boy network, this is just what republicans need to fix their image and direction.

Posted by: abel | August 31, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Democrats claiming to switch to McCain (proven worse than Bush in every way) is a flat out lie...Please if you make this announcement, try to talk about a policy difference...The choice this election could not be more clear...Any switching made would be an awareness about a candidate which relates/helps the voter...so for those who want us to believe they are switching party affiliations needs to explain their new understanding.... otherwise you're a liar...

Posted by: patrick | August 31, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

"I'm from the UK but reading this I have to ask: do Barack Obama Democrats always use foul language and insults to get their point across?"


Ever listen to American right wing radio? Or conservative on cable news? They make the rudest on the left seem like they are instructors in etiquette.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The president don't need any kind of experience per se! Experience doesn't make a man or woman! Common sense and wisdom is all a president needs!

Posted by: frank berry | August 31, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

John McCain didn't have to vet Gov. Palin, all he had to do was look into her eyes the one time he met her, and see her soul. He has a good mentor and has learned all the tricks of gun slinging and shooting from the hip.

But seriously, I'm sure she is a fine person. I just hope the wackos on the far left and the wackos on the far right self combust so we can have a civil country.

Posted by: Alex Farnsley | August 31, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

You have just earn your money with such a biased article, but like Bill Clinton said: thanks, but no thanks! Now you can take your full of crap article and shove it! Who do you think you're talking to? A Republican? Huh! Excuse me, but there isn't a grain of truth in this article, it seems to me lately as Republicans are leaving the closet in droves, and this tool called Gerson makes no difference ...!!! Obama / Biden'08

Posted by: roch20 | August 31, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

How quickly people forget that Obama said this "My lack of experience is my greatest asset".

Obama has less experience than Sarah and he is on top of the tickets.

Posted by: tony | August 31, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Zen; #1 I do not care what europeans think about us, I am an American not a European. #2 if you are moving to Europe if McCain and Palin win that gives me another reason to vote for them, thanks for the encouragement. Reminds me of alec Baldwin gonna move if bush won, the a$%h*&e is still here. Liars.

Posted by: Randall Phillips | August 31, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow!

After reading these comments my perception of the election has changed radically. I really thought that Mr. Obama was a lock.

But, now, as a born-again Christian, neo-conservative Republican, I think Mr. McCain might actually win. If WP readers can get this worked up over Mrs. Palin, they must really be worried. They will certainly drive out potential moderate supporters and into the Republican party in November.

Thanks!

God Bless, everyone.

Posted by: Steve | August 31, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey UK,

Please get off this site and go prepare for the next Olympics or something. We Americans can well manage our own affairs.
Also, we have a fully functioning democracy where everyone red and blue has a point of view and no one lives on the fringes of the society. Not the same you can say about your own country huh?

Posted by: Magsh | August 31, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow...this is the most one-sided article I have read about Palin. You do not talk about her weaknesses at all.

Also this title is misleading...Last poll I heard had Obama in the lead by 8 points...and that poll was from a couple of days ago.

Posted by: Menuka | August 31, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Typical female bashing just like Hillary. If Palin was a male people would be treating her differently and with more respect. How many governors really have foreign policy experience, none. I never hear anyone saying Biden is from a small tiny state Delaware home of the credit card companies that he helped author bankruptcy reform against its card holders. Palin is getting s*****d by the media and Obama Democrats just like Hillary. Hillary had more experience than Obama but he tossed her aside like many strong females.

Posted by: abel | August 31, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse


Looks like the sly old out of touch John McCain lit a big fire of panic and deja-vu in the knickers of the libs. Listen to them scream and cry. They are so afraid of another Republican victory over their socialist agenda that all they can do is sneer,point fingers and wail...if they only had a real plan maybe there could be an election.. nope,,they are still hoping for a total meltdown of the voters brains. When given a choice, most Americans prefer intelligence over sniping.Senator Obama appears to be a great potential leader.. too bad he is in the wrong party.

Posted by: roneida | August 31, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Palin's experience far outweighs Obama's and he is running for President. Obama's list of qualifications is short. If you look at facts he is not impressive. It is his charisma that has attracted a following. However, Palin is also charismatic...the Democrats do not appear to like a charismatic person WITH much more experience than their nominee for President running for VP on the Republican ticket.

Posted by: Donna | August 31, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Tina, Palin is more than a Beauty Queen, she’s also a Hockey Mom, who when asked about the vice presidency in July made the statement: “As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?” Now, there’s a viable candidate for you!

Gerson, I’d like you to tell me what Executive Experience is and how does that and a little knowledge of the oil industry qualify a person for VP – not to mention a VP who, in all probability, could find themselves President? If I understand the meaning of Executive Experience -- Every superintendent of a major city school district has a hundred times more executive experience than Palin, and they are experts in Education – another important issue. So I’d guess that would qualify every one of them for VP also. She has been governor of a State that has less residents than 19 Cities in the US. I’m thinking their mayors have more executive experience than she does.

As for judgment – well she’s in Texas, pregnant, her water breaks, she gives her speech, gets on a plane and flies back to Alaska. I heard a commentator today discussing what a fascinating person she was and when relating that story he said, “I think that’s cool.” Well, I think that’s the epitomy of poor judgment. She obviously felt her speech and returning to her constituents was more important than the life of the child she was carrying.

My first presidential vote went to Barry Goldwater. I was a die-hard, card carrying republican for 40 years. Even I, in my old age, recognize that while I have a good job, and secure retirement future – my friends and neighbors have not been so lucky. With my vote I will not subject them to a country guided by McCain and his running mate with executive experience. I urge everyone to examine both candidates’ policies on all of the issues and then vote your conscience. To vote based on media “snippets” could be dangerous to your health and welfare as well as the health and welfare of this country

Posted by: DiMar | August 31, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

frank, a President should be able to read hundreds of pages of legal and technical documents each and every day if he is to make wise choices. Sure you want just someone with common sense to be making important decisions? Do you think a common man, who may be wise, but isn't trained in business, can run a Fortune 500 company?

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Judging from the comments I see posted above, This nation is hopelessly divided along ideological lines. Therfore let me propose a solution. Why don't we split the nation in two. The Democrats, their Black stooges, athiests, homos, illigal immigrants and hollywood stars can have everything from the Mexican border north to Canada and from California east to and including new orleans. the rest of us in White working America will take the rest. We can sign a non-agression treaty and live the way we choose. And when your multi-lingual, multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-sexual, athiest society starts to unravel, Us white guys as always, can send in foriegn and humanitarian aid to keep you going. And it would be well worth it just to keep you freaks on your own side of the border.

Posted by: Don | August 31, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I've never been even THAT close to demos, but I have to admit: Gerson you're such a fraud.

An all of you praising this lame pick (when we could have seen an amazing ticket making the election REAL interesting with Mitt Romney - or even Pawlenty) are such idiots. Will never vote Obama, but will not vote McCain either. You all can stick my vote where the sun doesn't shine.

Posted by: Hank | August 31, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Some of the ignorance here is astounding... particularly from 'Deep Blue'.
I believe I would trust Mrs. Palin with the presidency... and here's why... People that have a belief structure and know what they stand tend to be extremely trustworthy. Few politicians on either side have ever accomplished what she has with the approval rating she still has. This makes her extremely competent. This indicates that she has more grit, determination, and wisdom than the other guys.
What has Obama done... ever... to remotely suggest he is competent enough to be president? Palin and McCain know who they are and what they stand for - whether you agree with them or not. Obama and Biden clearly do not. The are NOT trustworthy. Throughout this campaign Obama has said whatever it takes to whoever the audience happens to be at the time often contradicting his own previously publicized views. He has done this time and time again... the pinnacle of pandering. Obama is what I like to call 'an educated idiot' because he is not intelligent. He is well educated but that is NOT the same as being intelligent. Intelligence requires knowledge AND wisdom AND common sense (logic reason) in reasonably equal parts. From what we know about his public life he appears to have only one of the 3 - in 'book learning'.
Also, understandably, he is an insecure person who grew up without a father in the home and as a result is has little concrete foundation in his life. This is why he feels he has to try to please everybody all of the time. It's also why he voted 'present' without taking a position on 129 bills and motions over 8 yrs in the Illinois senate.
This man is NOT presidential material ------ (without even getting into the issues!!!)
He claims he wants to bring people together yet virtually every position he has ever taken and voted on has been so extreme to the left as to be wholly divisive. He has NEVER "reached across the isle" in any legislative manner during his entire political carreer while McCain has on several occasions and apparently so has Palin. Sooo...
Which team is truly closer to being a "uniter"?
Lastly, Biden is, and always has been, an outright liar. He has repeatedly misrepresented the facts whenever it suits his argument throughout his 30 yr career... And these are the guys we're supposed to put in the White House?? These guys are FAR LESS QUALIFIED THAN MCCAIN/PALIN...
It's going to be an interesting Fall...

Posted by: lpspeck | August 31, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Why, why I ask you, is Worm Boy Gerson being given so much ink the Post? This idiot used to write speeches for Bush- meaning he is utterly without values or conscience.

And I love these two lines:

First, Barack Obama's convention speech -- amazingly, shockingly -- set out to polarize this election in ways bound to anger anyone with a conservative instinct anywhere in their political body. No Democratic class-warfare cliche went unexpressed.

Hey moron, Republicans have been PRACTICING class warfare for decades, with great success. That's why they oppose increases in the minimum wage, health and safety regulation, unions, and the list goes on and on and on. Democrats are allowed to TALK about it.

Gerson: a cheap not-very-smart GOP hack to the end.


Posted by: LH | August 31, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Can any serious person actually believe that we are having a real discussion about someone who will be one short step from having her finger on the button to make the decision to launch nuclear weapons and destroy the world, and we are being presented as one of her qualifications that she has been active and in a LEADERSHIP ROLE in the #$%^@#%#$ PTA????? (not to mention the Alaska National Guard). And people like Michael Gerson are making the argument that she is qualified? Please please please please give me a f*****ing break, this rivals Harriet Miers as a Supreme Court Justice. This is a pure spite article by Gerson who is unhappy that Obama didn't reach otut o bridge the gap, after being personally attacked and demeaned by McCain and the W/Rove slimeballs for more than a month preceding the convention? What did you expect, Michael? That after the Rove treatment and the Swiftboat BS and McCain's failure to even distance himself from the Jerome Corsi slander, Obama was going to get up and sing "why can't we be friends?" You are a moron, sir.

Posted by: timwayne | August 31, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin's bad hair due for forties lady,is a warning sign that she is out of touch with her age, and her maturity level is very low. She has no imagination good thing McCain is stupid and can't "Pick up" on these things. But look at Cindy, hair due of a twenty something. A sure give away of immaturity and no common sense.

Posted by: Judy | August 31, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Sure Steve, that's why the polls just jumped dramatically in favor of Obama after McCain announced Palin as his first important decision.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Nice post, Manuel. Yes, Obama is a Latin-American communist dictator in disguise. You have it all figured out.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

To all the brainwashed idiots, and there are more of you, but I just got tired of reading your bs and decided to make this point known. You all sound like you have 3rd grade educations. You need to shut up and get back to the books. And when you find something intelligent and sensible to say next time, please let us know. That includes the silly editor of this topic as well. I am ashamed to say I’m American sometimes. And to make all things worse, you think that this McCain/Palin ticket is the way to go? Be serious! A fish in a fish tank could govern better than either one of them. And if you really want to find out if this is true, you can find a lot them in McCain or Palin’s living room. (In McCain case, living rooms because he's so senile that he can't remember how many homes he owns.)

My Dummie List
Gerson-Team McCain Takes the Lead
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Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

WHAT EVER YOU SAY IT'S LOT BETTER TO HAVE McCLAIN AND A WHAT EVER, THEN HAVE A MOSLIM RUNNING AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN TO FOOL THE PEOPLE, WE CAN'T VOTE FOR SUCH A PERSON..HE WAS TRAINED TO BE A FRAUD AND AMERICA IS FALLING FOR IT HEAD AND SINKER....LET'S NOT BE FOOLS... ARTHUR

Posted by: ARTHUR BURRIS | August 31, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

poor world. what a tragedy for mankind that in such crucial times in history we
have in the USA politics as usual. what excuses for choosing a VP running mate. PTA, close to Russia, etc. if it was not serious it would be a joke. and perhaps it is on the citizens of the US and the people of the world.

Posted by: fibonacci2toronto | August 31, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Randall,

Our country == OUR country, yours and mine -- has gone to seed. And if you help vote in 4 or 8 more years of the same (McCain / Palin), then you'll be wishing you were moving with me, because this place is going "third world" real fast.

By the way, I just love your fine example of modern Christian vocabulary when you speak of Alec Baldwin.

Posted by: Xen | August 31, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama was very spiteful toward women when he dismissed Hillary and assumed that women would shut up and keep quiet. Obama made a very bad judgment decision in deliberately choosing to NOT vete Hillary as apotential VP pick, while telling women that she was "On the Short List" Hillary was NEVER on the short list. Obama was simply lying to Hillary supporters everywhere. Obama was LYING to women!
Obama is tied to Ayers. Obama has no executive experience. NONE, NADA!
Obama is terrified that McCain will now attract some Hillary supporters. Undoubtedly McCain will attract more than SOME. He will attract significant amounts of Hillary supporters. Especially those who are looking to support a woman who has a good sense of ethics. Obama is an EMPTY SUIT! All rhetoric and no substance.
GREAT ARTICLE! You are to be commended for telling the TRUTH.

Posted by: GeraldD | August 31, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Hack! "Team McCain Takes the Lead" in what? Cite a source! Just because it's an op-ed piece doesn't mean it should be completely misleading and devoid of fact.

Posted by: RobC | August 31, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

"First, Barack Obama's convention speech -- ... No cheap attack on John McCain went unmade -- and made without humor, class or grace." - Mr. Gerson

Mr. Gerson, did you watch Obama's speech?

When Repubs question anyone patriotism, you call it due diligence. When Oabama questions McCain's votes and obedience to
the NeoCons, you call it cheap attack.
Sir, can you not see your inconsistency?

Posted by: ShootingShrink | August 31, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Bush has not just protected us from being bombed again. The long term Bush plan also facilitates a major reduction in human mortality and morbidity via the following mechanisms.

1.) Minimal traffic accidents as the gas prices drive people to use mules and other draught animals for transportation.

2.) With more and more guns (and by logical extension bullets) available to the common man, the terrorists or potentials would have little gun powder or ammunition to construct anything of consequence.

3.) In the short term, the shattered health system seems antithetical to the idea of extending human longevity. But with the deaths of those who can not live a hard life, the remaining "crop" would be composed solely of strong and resistant Americans.

Long live Dubya.

Posted by: Ally | August 31, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I've been doing research on Sarah Palin. All the fabulous things McCain attributes to her are true. Great mother, wife, ambitious, hard working, sportswoman, all of it. Unfortunately, there are as many negative traits that in my opinion, negate the good. She seems to be of the "fake it till you make it" class, aided greatly by her physical charms. Her administration is run on a "my way or the highway" philosophy, and one of piggyback opportunism. More power to her, as she has a high popularity in Alaska, but the last thing we need in Washington is one more game player.

Obama and Biden are the real thing. We need to elect them.

Posted by: Jerry | August 31, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Orwell,
the united states isn't a fortune 500 company.

Posted by: frank berry | August 31, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

"Judging from the comments I see posted above, This nation is hopelessly divided along ideological lines. Therfore let me propose a solution. Why don't we split the nation in two. The Democrats, their Black stooges, athiests, homos, illigal immigrants and hollywood stars can have everything from the Mexican border north to Canada and from California east to and including new orleans. the rest of us in White working America will take the rest. We can sign a non-agression treaty and live the way we choose. And when your multi-lingual, multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-sexual, athiest society starts to unravel, Us white guys as always, can send in foriegn and humanitarian aid to keep you going. And it would be well worth it just to keep you freaks on your own side of the border."

A racist and bigot you are, typical of many "white conservatives" who feel threatned by those who think differently from them. This country is about freedom of Religion wheither your christian, jewish, agnostic or atheist. Who are you or anybody for that matter to impose your views upon others. The right to believe and prosper is the right of every american. Not just recist and bigot pigs like you.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Republican woman, stay away from me. Republican woman, mama let me be. Don’t come hangin’ around my door. I don’t wanna see your face no more. I got more important things to do. Than spend my time growin’ old with you. Republican woman, get away from me. I don’t need your war machines. I don’t need your beauty queens. Coloured lights can hypnotize. Sparkle someone else’s eyes. Goodbye, Republican woman. Goodbye, Republican chick. Goodbye, Republican broad ... (Adapted from The Guess Who's American Woman)

Posted by: hamishdad | August 31, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Blah, blah blah, Palin, blah, McCain, blah blah blah. Fox News blah blah, blah. Washington Post blah blah blah. Jesus blah blah, partial-birth blah, and same-sex blah blah blah. Just sneering blah blah blah. God told me to blah blah blah. Pray for rain blah blah, oops God rain in wrong city blah blah blah.

Whooey.

Posted by: zanderxo | August 31, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

it amazes me this is on google news as news. If i wanted to hear a crazy old man rant id visit a home

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

This is the dumbest article I have read so far in this campaign. Gerson, your analysis actually made me dumber. Thanks.

Posted by: David | August 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Don, splitting the country is a good idea, but you do realize Democrats actually get most of the large cities, right? Look at a choropleth map showing where the blue is and where the red is. The Blue gets the Pacific states, all of New England and the Upper Midwest. Red gets the Deep South and the Western Wastelands. And Texas of course. The rest is debatable, but I'm sure we work out a compromise on where the wall should go.

Posted by: HonestAbe | August 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Remember Obama only got 1/2 of the votes of the Democratic Party.

The election will be determined by the other 18 million voters that he tossed aside and put in their place, along with independents.

Result:

Obama, Please help me Hillary I need you to help me get the other half of the Democratic Party vote. Oh yea, and the middle class moderates and Latinos.

Posted by: abel | August 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Why speculate about whether Palin is qualified? Her persona and abilities will come out soon enough on the campaign trail. Like Quayle, all she says will probably be scrutinized. If she manages to convince, she gets a pass. If she flubs too often, all the comments on her inexperience will be proven true.

Posted by: JTS | August 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Anything much better than Leftist Socialist Government!!

Posted by: Shahen | August 31, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

And to the writer just below me, Arthur Burris, you are a fool. Do you even have a religion?
I don't care if the next president's Christian, Catholic, Muslim or whatever. How do you know that Bush isn't a Muslim? He helped Bin Ladin to get his family out of America. Oh, I guess you didn't know that, huh? Now, do you hear people calling him Muslim or siding with the enemy? You need to clean your glasses and have you ears and your brain checked.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who can say with a straight face that they have no problem seeing Palin step in as president if something happened to McCain, is either lying or very delusional. Either one is unacceptable when the stakes are so high. I read in one of the posts that Gerson was a Bush speech writer; then it made sense – no wonder this article seemed like it was written by a retard.

Posted by: Lear's Fool | August 31, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

All of your talking is nonsense. America is in so bad shape. Do we really need a so old POW and so young beauty queen? Think about!!

Posted by: Jack | August 31, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

As Kerry said today, McCain is not a maverick, he's a prisoner of the right wing. McCain wanted to take Lieberman but the Republicans told him that he couldn't. They wouldn't let him pick his own VP!

I know that the Republican bench is lacking, but Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin!

This was a stupid, reckless, cynical crap shoot of a VP choice that shows everyone just how abysmal Sen. McCain’s decision making abilities are.

The Palin pick puts national security conservatives, at least those with exposure, in a tight place. When they are asked if McCain/Palin is a safe ticket for America they can either lie or support their party. Beyond that, a 72 yr old man with a history of cancer has no business picking someone that inexperienced as VP. It is not putting country first.

I was apoplectic about this pick, but now I've come to the philosophical view that this is a litmus test, an opportunity to learn which conservative pundits can be trusted. Krauthammer is on the record as saying that this pick is a near suicidal move for McCain. Good for him. George Will has been a shill for the pick. As has Gerson.

Stand up and be counted Republican tools. Someone should start a website profiling the obvious and blatant Republican shills who serve no other purpose than to help the corrupt jerks who lie, cheat and steal from the American people, shills who have sold out the future of America.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 31, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mr. Gerson, the republican's bribed you to write this nonsense, huh? Either that, or you're on crack... I have no idea what executive experience you're speaking of... This girl, for 10 years, was the mayor of a town, with a population of 8,500... Around here, that's like being the mayor of Disneyland (actually, even Disneyland is more populous and diverse than that)... I honestly think, McCain, after meeting her ONLY ONCE, chose her so he can get lucky one last time before he kicks the bucket. I am frankly offended, and extremely terrified that this old man, can have the nerves to put all our fates in the hands of a woman, whom he only met once and knows nothing about. This is an absolute disgrace!

Posted by: Amir | August 31, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"Orwell,
the united states isn't a fortune 500 company.

Posted by: frank berry | August 31, 2008 8:42 PM"


It's called example by analogy, frank.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Yo Don, sounds like a great deal. But you gotta take the Bushes and Cheneys, bibles & torahs and guns and talk radio shows with you back east. That way you can all kill each other, while all us dark-skinned, homo, family hating atheist illegals who "don't get it" prosper peacefully.

Posted by: Xen | August 31, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Zen; I will take a 3rd world America to a socialist Europe thank you. And how dare you assume I am a christian.

Posted by: Randall Phillips | August 31, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I really despise the comment by a White guy above regarding separation of the country into two! I label myself "politically indifferent" but still value the diversity and heritage of this lovely nation. My message is brief and nonderogatory only to prove my point. Which is that you are at best ignored.

Posted by: Hank | August 31, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Republican, I'm mostly pro-choice woman (as I get older the issue becomes more complex, I have a disabled child) and I abhor some of the Republican Party's actions over the past 8 years.

I sit beside an on-the-fence Republican at work who was ready to vote for Obama. He changed his mind on Friday. I concurred. I was appalled by the sexism in the Democrat Party with the way they dealt with a person who had 18mm votes. We both also liked a non-Washington breath-of-fresh-air (remember Palin is involved with Feminists for Life - what makes people think she is or will be a pushover for women?). She seemed strong and willing to cut pork - and she had experience of doing so. A mother of five - have any of the most vitriolic guys out there ANY idea what it takes to have five children? The physical and mental strain, and run a business and run for public office as a rank outsider? Thats incredibly impressive to me.

I work in Finance where the voice of "experience" just cost this country north of $500bn...and rising. Common sense may not be a common as anyone would think. Palin came over as having that. Experience will come, the common sense has to be there to start. I agree. It was a brilliant move.

Posted by: danni | August 31, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The Post allows this guy to publish articles? Yeeesh! That is the weakest analysis I've seen yet. Are you high? I'm an independent and the Palin pick has put me off McCain for good.

Posted by: cpindc | August 31, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

check this link out for the comparison between Obama and Sarah

http://www.zimbio.com/2008+Presidential+Candidates/articles/10773/Comparing+Senator+Obama+Governor+Palin+experience

Posted by: tony | August 31, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Nearly every woman I know was insulted by the pandering of Governor Palin to women. Most women are supporters of pro-choice, so why would they vote for her? Of course, most were not going to vote for McCain, anyway, but some did say they would not vote for him now. If McCain is going to make decisions like this, who in their right mind would vote for him, anyway?

Posted by: connect the dots | August 31, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

"....she is likely to appeal broadly to most women, who will be undisturbed that she doesn't fit feminist stereotypes..."

Are you kidding me????? Not to this broad, or any that I know!!!

Posted by: broad | August 31, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha ha. Brilliant satire. Jonathon Swift lives!

Wait, what? You're serious?

Now that really is funny.

Posted by: Eric | August 31, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping to read an objective view of the addition of Palin to the McCain ticket. There is no hint of objectivity in Gerson's comments. Wasted my time reading this drivel and writing this comment.

Posted by: andum | August 31, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

The "old guard" Democrats are in charge of the Senate and the House, as well as the majority of local plitics. Now they want the presidency too... Joe Biden is THE establishment and Staus Quo in Washington... take it from this Delawarian... he's a clown. Oh, and he's also a poltician and lawyer. I don't know about you but I am so goddam tired of lawyers running this country, Sarah's looking pretty good to this independent right now..

Posted by: RichStradler | August 31, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I was on the fence... But now I'm all McCain! I've rallied all my friends; we're fired up for Palin and McCain... Obama had a chance to unite/fire up the Dem party with Hillary, but didn't.

McCain seized the moment, what did Obama say again on Thurs? McCain/Palin all the way!!!

Posted by: Nate in California | August 31, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

The most idiotic thing i've read in a long time.

Posted by: bg | August 31, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Tool count is at 28.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain thought AK stood for Arkansas. He needs to go back to scholl and actually study.

Everyone should read Michael Leahy's essay in the Sunday Post. I can't imagine how he got into the Naval Academy without the help of his family connections. McCain's academic record makes Bush look like a academic intellectual.

Posted by: Tom | August 31, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

obama, biden, mccain, palin, gerson etc etc.

a waste of our time. go create art America...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

"...she will most likely be America's first female president." At that point, your entire article is discredited. You're going to vote for someone you think is likely to DIE while in office?

Obama '08

Posted by: Art | August 31, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Do you really want someone like McCain who has been tortured to take the helm of the "black suitcase"? Anyone heard of post traumatic stress disorder???? Maher was right...we live in parallel universes here on earth.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Well, this pick has certainly brought out the rank misogyny of the left. Within hours, the left had been issued their talking points. Obama's team immediately ridiculed the choice not seeming to understand that even Gov Palin's experience as a mayor exceeded Obama's experience as a part time Senator. Then they trotted out the foreign policy meme forgetting the geography they should have learned that shows Alaska, isolated from the USA and bordered by Canada and Russia. The governor of Alaska actually has more experience directly negotiating with foreign leaders than the other three men on both tickets.

Oh, and let's not forget the latest talking point fermenting in the fetid, disgusting blogs of the left. They are claiming her baby wasn't delivered by Palin but by her oldest daughter. That is the Hope and Change the left wants to deliver. Thanks, but no thanks.

Posted by: Patricia_g | August 31, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to the extreme racism/one sided views of Don the obvious brain-washed and conservative fundamentalist, I am realizing the waste of time in political discussion...he's right we are divided and it will probably take a complete collapse of our great nation to wake those one-tracked minded like Don and Gerson up...or they make 5 million a year and don't have to worry about the rest of us educated and patriotic middle-class Americans...

Posted by: patrick | August 31, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Really? How can one stop laughing at this idiotic piece. How can Gerson actually believe a 2-year governor is ready to negotiate with the likes of Putin (without, of course, ending in a nuclear exchange)? And she won only because the outgoing governor, also a Republican, was about as sleazy as one can get.
Palin has only those attributes that fit with every other woman that attracts McCain. His first was a runway model that McCain divorced after a car accident left her less pretty than McCain requires. The second, Cindy McCain, is an ex-USC cheerleader (and had the money to make McCain a senator too). And now this third is a one-time beauty queen winner who went to college on that basis, not academic achievement. Okay, the must have been a number of others since McCain boosts about his wild oats past. By the way, the right-wing view of Palin is not much different: a real babe!
Then Gerson seems determined to ignore that McCain, the man the ticket has as president, has never worked in the private sector. He's been a Navy jock, one privileged through family legacy, and a politician. No management experience there. And based on his VP pick, no judgment either.

Posted by: jreed11665 | August 31, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

"Anything much better than Leftist Socialist Government!!

Posted by: Shahen | August 31, 2008 8:46 PM"


I know you hate to hear this, but Western European and Scadinavian countries all have far better standards of living than the US. They rank much higher in health and wealth...yes WEALTH. It is easier to rise from poverty to middle class there than hear, as well as from middle class to wealthy. They have longer and healthier lives, lower infant mortality, are insured for health, and in every statistically measurable way they are happier than Americans. They work far less than we do on average, and have many more days for vacation. Their children beat us in every measure of education. They are doing something right.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is a historic pick -- if elected as vice president, she would most likely be America's first female president."

And her competition for that historic achievement?

Posted by: Dr Jay | August 31, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Is Gerson serious? I am glad the Republicans are going down in flames this year.

Posted by: Scott N. | August 31, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Xen; Cowards always use an alias Xen?

Posted by: Randall Phillips | August 31, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

wow ... really? Gerson your either a complete idiot or are being paid to act like a complete idiot. either way your a tool. kinda embarrassing that the Washington Post would publish such drivel.

i guess you guys are as biased as FOX News and are only worthy of tabloid stature.


Posted by: Ash | August 31, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe I am so disappointed because I half-believed in Obama, at least at the beginning. "

Yeah, right. According to the Wikipedia, Mike Gerson served as President George W. Bush's chief speechwriter from 2001 until June 2006, and as a senior policy advisor from 2000 through June 2006.

Mike's is obviously a fraud, just as those supposedly "Hillary democrats" who will vote for McCain. If you are willing to vote for someone who #1 voted for the Iraq war and occupation; #2 voted for the Patriot Act and the shredding of our Constitution; #3 voted for the Military Commissions Act supporting torture and kangaroo courts in GITMO and Abu Ghrab; and #4 voted to bomb Irag - THEN YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN!

Plain and simple: Republicans no longer are proud to stand up and say, "I am a Republican war-monger, fascist." Instead, they pretend to be Democrats who are "disappointed with Barack" or pretend to be a woman who wants to have someone with a vagina in the White House - at all costs to freedom and the future of the United States.

Posted by: lorax | August 31, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm just glad this biker chick has put some testosterone in our elephant! Go GOP!!!

Posted by: joe | August 31, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

How does this author still hold a job?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to be generous so I thought, what could I say that is really positive about the Palin pick?

Well, we would have a VP who wouldn't shoot major donors on hunting trips

Posted by: Steve | August 31, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I lOVE everything I have read and heard about Sarah Palin....great choice for McCain. And should fate dictate she step up as president, I have NO doubt she could do it. A president relies on many advisors and is insulated by many party people. Palin represents the TRUE MIDDLE CLASS. Hard working Americans will be able to really relate to her and she to them!

Posted by: Patricia | August 31, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

A trillion (!) dollars of debt, An illegal and immoral war, a bad economy, a stripping away of rights and freedoms...
The list goes on and on.
Cheney/Bush has been a disaster, and you want more of the same?
Why?
I'm actually not a huge Obama fan either, but he's better than the alternative. When people say he lacks substance, all I can say is you thing George Bush is man of substance?

About Palin, another anti-science political player.

And there is a real possibility that her baby is not hers, but her underage daughter's.

http://tinyurl.com/5p89xf

Posted by: Bobby the K | August 31, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

As George Bernard Shaw famously said, "All Great Truths begin as blasphemies." From the above seething I'd say you've pretty much hit the nail on the head. Advantage McCain.

Posted by: Kirk | August 31, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I think the first comment to this article demonstrates exactly why Gerson and many independent voters will start fleeing Obama, if they haven't already. Not to mention Republicans who had considered Obama seriously earlier.

I've been independent since 2003 when the Democrats' sheer political move by turning on the Iraq war demonstrated to me that they were not serious about national security. I tried to listen through Obama's convention speech, but I had to just turn it off after a while.

I'm tired of the Democrats' lies, stereotypes, and caricatures of Republicans. What happened to the Obama that said there wasn't a liberal America, a conservative America, but a United States of America? Apparently he's been forgotten as Obama has been corrupted by power, influence, and politics as usual.

I believed in Obama, and donated to him under the primary season. Now I want my money back. What a waste.

Posted by: George | August 31, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

How does this journalist still have a job?

Posted by: Hana | August 31, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

who is barack obama? a street hustler. his resume contrasts with john mc cain like a piece of coal to a diamond. he never served his country he went to a church that condemmed america for 20 years. the dems are soooo stupid they had a chance to win with hillary bu threw it away on a smooth talking street hustler from chicago ! he is not going to win, far from it it will be MCain in a landslide! in a landslide! Gerson is right, Mc Cain picked a good person!

Posted by: jkatz | August 31, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Don't you just love the way the liberals take the low road. Name calling making up garbage and peddling it as truth. They have a candidate that will emasculate the military and intelligence agencies, will raise takes. will expand government. All things he preaches. A man who was launched in his political career by terrorists, Dorn and Ayers. A man with a hate America wife and pastor. A man with the pathetic resume. No wonder they have to ignore facts and logic and go with the feeellingss . They ought to be glad their mother didn't abort
so they can see how awful things are here and how much nicer it would be if Fidel just had more time.

Posted by: charles higgins | August 31, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Fire this idiot. He's must making up lies. If you want to have a Neo-conservative America that destroys it's economy by waging more wars, neglecting education (US students getting dumber and dumber), not dealing with the healthcare crisis, and being beholden to the religous right and the likes of Drug addict Rush Limbaugh then vote for McCain and we'll become a third world country for sure.

Vote for Obama if you want a leader the whole world respects and will listen to and restore our moral standing in the world. Vote for OBama if you really want to cut off Middle East oil dependence. Vote for Obama if you want your kid to have a world-class education and opportunity. Vote for Obama if you want a strong US economy. Voter for Obama who was smart enough to recongize in 2002 that Bush & cheney were lying about Iraq. Vote for Obama if you want to REDUCE abortions thru contraception and education. That's right. The Republicans WANT abortion as a wedge issue to divide us. Otherwise they would want to reduce them to as close to zero as possible, but they don't. Vote for Obama if you want a responsible government that will uphold the Constitution. And so on. If you don't like him, learn about him. If you still don't like him, VOTE YOUR POCKETBOOK and YOUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. Just suck it up- he is the right choice.

Posted by: ellie | August 31, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I actually liked the article.

It made Palin's light more understandable, and his points are on-the-money in my view as a center-right (agnostic) conservative.

While she's untested in foreign policy, she has more exec. experience than any of the others. (And what foreign policy does Obama have anyway?) While she's a bit too conservative as compared to my likes, she balances with McCain nicely. If they had a child of politics, they would average out nicely.

She's a real reformer with a record of real reform. Period. And she's not an insider. Obama may not be the standard of 'insider', but he was definately an insider in the corrupt Chicago political scene. Chicago was 2nd only to New Orleans... and thank goodness for Bobby J. as governor in LA. I would rather Bobby be a prez or vp candidate, but maybe in the next 4-8 years.

People like Obama because he's young, energetic and good-looking. Palin has all of that. People 'hope' Obama is a reformer, but he's never done anything to reform anything at all, Palin has. In fact, when McCain approached Obama to team up with a reform measure in the Senate, Obama was told by his Democratic leaders not to team up with a Republican, even if it's McCain. So, Obama backed out. That's NOT a reformer who's willing to cross the aisle. That's a do-good lackey of the political machine.

She will help with the religious vote (ugh), and also the steal off some UNION votes and she supports unionization (in many, but not all cases as most unions are tied to the Democrats to keep power). She is the real middle-class candidate. She's also the real family candidate. Her goal in life wasn't to be VP or Prez, it was a PTA Mom who was tired of the corruption and decided to take a stand... a stand that worked. Awesome!

A strong, powerful woman who bucked her own party when it was unethical, is a great choice. Obama got where he was by befriending people (Ayers (terrorist), Wright (black liberation theology & Marxist)), but Palin got their through hard work, even against her own party at times.

Now THAT'S real change you don't have to "believe" in... She is the change. Her religious views will cause fits in the left side of the aisle, but she's more mainstream in those views than most lefties and will play well with middle-america. And no... I've already seen emails saying she will force Creationism into schools. That's a lie. She's already said, even years ago, that Creationism isn't a science, so it should not be taught in schools.

Plain is a winner for McCain.

Posted by: Ster | August 31, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama rama lama ding dong is toast. Well done toast, at that.

Posted by: Big Jim | August 31, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

To all those who thought Hillary should have been VP...do you really think she wanted the job? Come on...her first stint in the white house as first lady was just that given her authority over health insurance reform. She wants the top job. Don't take it out on Obama. A vote for McCain is a vote for 4 more years of the same thing.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Gerson makes a valid point. But in any event, Sarah Palin has more relevant experience for the presidency than does Barack Obama.

Posted by: Bubba Nelson | August 31, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

jreed opined:

"Really? How can one stop laughing at this idiotic piece. How can Gerson actually believe a 2-year governor is ready to negotiate with the likes of Putin (without, of course, ending in a nuclear exchange)?"

As governor of Alaska, Palin has experience negotiating with Russia. Obama and Biden can't make that claim.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain describes Palin as she has a warrior soul and is compassionate person, this is a typical dialectical mentality! Torture,war,blood and death (palin loves them) vs affection!!??In Freud's psychoanalysis, this woman is a full blown psychopath..Well she says that she is proud of sending her son to Irak for so called Democracy and freedom, it is ironical that her 5th kid is with down syndrome!

Posted by: technoid | August 31, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous,
Gee, I didn't call anyone a bad name like "Recist(?)and Bigot pigs....." What's the matter, not enough courage to sign your real name? You make me laugh.

Posted by: Don | August 31, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

It sure is interesting how the Dems can talk about experience as the benchmark or the lack of experience for the Republicans for the VP choice, when in fact you should reconsider the credentials for your # 1 man...

Posted by: Gary | August 31, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

This Gerson dude is a fuggin moron!

This Palin chick is the epitome of tokenism!


Posted by: haha | August 31, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm still aghast at the oft-repeated claim that Palin has 'more executive experience' than either Obama or Biden. Are you kidding me? By that metric, every small town mayor is more qualified than those two to run the white house.

Or what about myself? I was the editor-in-chief of my high school yearbook. Does that make me qualified also? Give me a break. Stop repeating those same old republican talking points and say something more palpable to reality.

Posted by: Ex-Pat in Australia | August 31, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget that Palin also addressed 2 other issues. 1 - executive branch. She is the only one of the four with executive branch experience. 2- Age. She is around obama's age and offsets concerns about McCains age.

Posted by: Resist Liberalism | August 31, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I have to ask why this appeared under a google news search.

McCain, who is just another Bush wannabe, is not good on his feet. And Obama will win the debates. Hopefully we'll see more of McCain's famous temper.

Biden could easily wipe the floor with Palin, but he will probably take it easy because she's a girl.

Posted by: Bobby the K | August 31, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Orwell,
countries must not be ran analogy or hogwash. they in the least should be led by good and decent people who have goodly amounts of commom sense and wisdom. There are thousands of americans qualified for the office of president by my criteria.

Posted by: frank berry | August 31, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

The Obama supporters should continue to emphasize McCain's age and possible death prior to finishing his term in office.

This is going over very well at the nursing homes.

Posted by: True Observer | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Randall, I didn't assume you're a Christian. I'm quite certain you aren't. I did, however, assume you are an butthead.

Posted by: Xen | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

As for an objective view, trying to be as dispassionate about this as possible... it's a Hail Mary. Forget the public polls. The McCain internal polls probably saw a huge wave of young and black voters giving Obama an insurmountable advantage unless they make a huge move. So McCain has sacrificed a reasonable governing agenda for the political expediency of changing the electoral dynamic in the hopes of winning at all costs.

But it isn't going to work. Obama is going to get Kerry's 252 electoral votes. (Last week when the public polls showed a tie, Obama was up 7 in Mich). Add Iowa and New Mexico and Obama is at 264, 6 EVs from winning. Obama needs to win one more state. McCain will have to run a perfect campaign and it's already a 50/50 in 9 places: Colorado, Virginia, No Carolina, Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Georgia, and Nevada. And McCain is far from perfect; his views on water rights in Colorado prove that.

This pick proves that McCain has run a weak campaign. He's unilaterally disarmed in Iowa (ethanol), New Mexico and Colorado (water rights), and he's alienated the thoughtful undecided and the real national security conservatives with this pick.

He is so done. I'm going out dancing, if you see another Deep Blue post prior to 1:30am then you'll know that the post is, like McCain, a fraud.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

BillyBob at 8:30 is such a sheep. He states "I might remind you numbskulls that Bush has kept this country from being attacked again after 911 and with no help from the Democratically controlled House and Senate" and of course the dipstick negelects to use the same idiotic logic and say "I might remind you numbskulls that Bush was responsible for this country being attacked at 911 and with no help from the Democratically controlled House and Senate'. Neither is true, but this mental midget believes that Bush somehow is our saviour and doesn't understand that 911 showed us that we needed to pay attention, and that is what has save our butts since. What an analytical looser. For one thing, the Republicans had (count this now) the Presidency, the Senate, and the House under their control for SIX full years and bollixed virtually everything they did. According to BillyBoob, the last nearly 2 years when Bush vetoed virtually everything the Dems tried to do accounts for all our troubles. Brilliant! How about the fact that Bush gave us the biggest government in history? Gave us decreases in the average wage after 8 years of Democrat wage increases? Sold us out to the Chinese? Spent like a drunken sailor but instead of paying for his largess by taxes, decided to push that down the road to our children and grandchildren? Gave us a military busting and budget ruining needless war? Took their eye of the real target, Bin Laden the head of the snake in Afghanistan? Sat on their hands in Katrina (good job Browny)? What in hell is there to like with the current stock of Republicans? Booger all!

Now, we have a guy running who says in effect that "Hi, I am your friendly current 'best and brightest" of the Republican stock. However, I realize the President is a doofus, the party is utterly corrupt, has royally screwed us for 8 years, and doesn't really give a rat's ass about Joe Lunchbox (or BillyBoob) but has hoodwinked him through guns, gays and god arguments with copious flag waving that they are his guy. So, I won't be remotely Republican, just running under their banner, but trust me, I won't be a monkey dancing to the party organ grinders like Bush. I'm different. By the way, did I mention that I was near the bottom of my class in military college, crashed two aircraft prior to being shot down, made out like I was a hero to not accept early release even though my POW camp commander had said that anyone who did would be court martialled?

Posted by: Trawlerman | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

ARTHUR BURRIS,

NICE POST MAN. DID YOU TYPE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE YOU WERE STRUGGLING TO SEE THE KEYBOARD THROUGH THE EYEHOLES CUT IN THE POINTY WHITE HOOD? ITS NICE TO KNOW THAT KLANSMEN HAVE FIGURED OUT TO BLOG NOW. WAS THAT THREE OF YOUR GOOD BUDDIES THEY ARRESTED THERE IN DENVER THE OTHER DAY?

Posted by: timwayne | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats want blood, I want New Blood.

If Palin is inexperienced, it is all the more relevant, the present "Experienced Politicians in DC, including Biden" have succeeded in making the US the most hated nation in the world. Where is Cheney right now, in and around Russia trying to drum up more problems, start another war or get the EU's energy supplies cut off by Russia. Good for Defense Contractor's and Big Oil.

Posted by: Web | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

jreed opined:

"Really? How can one stop laughing at this idiotic piece. How can Gerson actually believe a 2-year governor is ready to negotiate with the likes of Putin (without, of course, ending in a nuclear exchange)?"

As governor of Alaska, Palin has experience negotiating with Russia. Obama and Biden can't make that claim.

Posted by: Patricia_g | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Your comments are as laughable, and credible as her qualifications and suitability for the vice-presidency, and your comments on Obama's epic address to the nation are ludicrously disingenuous.
Do you believe than anyone short of a Bible-bumping bumpkin will take you seriously?
Do you believe there is a legitimate Hillary supporter with half a brain who would vote for this woman, who opposes any reasonable woman's agenda???

Posted by: Indie | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

"Vote for Obama if you want a leader the whole world respects and will listen to and restore our moral standing in the world."

The left and the media said the same thing about Stalin. No, BO ain't Stalin, but where did ALL of the worst dictators come from? Europe and Russia. Europe and Russia put in power (willingly) leaders that killed over 150 million people.

And you want their approval?

Posted by: ster | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I DONE SAW THATS MCCAIN IS WINNIN BIG TIME. HES A GONNA WIN IN A LANDSLIDE BECAUSIN TRUE AMERICANS NOW HE WITH A REPUBLICAN HOUSE IS GONNA WIN. I LIKE MCCAIN BECAUSE HES GOT LOTS OF STICKERS ON THE TRUCKS IN MY TRALIER PARK.

Posted by: CHUCK | August 31, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

There's a good chance that Palin's 'baby' is not hers, but her underage daughter's.

http://tinyurl.com/5p89xf

Posted by: Bobby the K | August 31, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Dems are hippies and Reps are warmongers.

Posted by: Blah | August 31, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Palin position any different from the Taliban?
Make laws based on fundamentalist ENVIRONMENTAL and reproductive rights positions? Appoint hundreds of federal judges with an eye to their religious support for the way of faith? NO.
I rather doubt that women are going to buy into returning to an age of Palin when contraceptives are not available, and when doctors will not talk about it. Bush is encouraging fundamentalist doctors to stop talking about medical issues that women need.
More than 1/3 of Catholic women use contraceptives.
It is time for the fundamentalist Taliban majority to stay out of our private lives. REGISTER AND VOTE. End the repression of the BUSH/McCain/Palin regime.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 31, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I'd vote for Obama, if he weren't a secret Muslim. And the whole 143 days experience. Dems, you've put yet another loser in the game. This article speaks the truth, and it hurts, doesn't it.
McCain is a shrewd politician, you have to give him credit. Palin is an established American, give her credit. Biden has hair plugs, give him no credit.
Obama has a glass jaw, once he's hit OFFSCRIPT-he sounds like a lying teenager.

Posted by: Joe | August 31, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Of the three, Palin is the only one that has a clue of how to develop an energy policy. Take a week and learn about her before you condemn her for living a life before politics.

Posted by: radardoc | August 31, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

HonestAbe,

My friend you are correct! They can have the big cities and all that comes with them.

Posted by: Don | August 31, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

As to the Gersons of the world, I am always wondering what is in it for them to support and be a part of the propaganda machine that powers our country currently.

willful ignorance
(noun)

The practice or act of intentional and blatant avoidance, disregard or disagreement with facts, empirical evidence and well-founded arguements because they oppose or contradict your own existing personal beliefs.

This practice is most commonly found in political or religious ideologies.

Many times it is practiced due to laziness--people not wanting to have to do the work to rethink their opinions, the fear of the unknown, the fear of being wrong, or sometimes simply close-mindedness.

Obviously for the powers with millions and millions of dollars and unmatched corrupted total power it follows the playbook of all great corrupt powers.............

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Joseph Goebbels - Nazi propaganda minister

Posted by: texas jeff | August 31, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

The the post even gives you a check for writing such garbage shows why the printed press is done.

The logic in this column is incredible..and Palin is a sorry excuse for someone qualified. Its unbelievable how republicans can spin this failure of mccain

Who the ....is running this country...

Posted by: bj mac | August 31, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is playing the same game as everyone else in America these days---trying to bring attention to that which does not deserve it through a stunt. The doddering old man bit McCain is exhibiting is truly compelling. He leads? Sure. He has the news cycle through a stunt which shatters his credibility. Let's chat next week.

Posted by: loincloth | August 31, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

It astonishes me that the majority of comments by Left Wing dissenters consistently resort to ridiculing those who do not think like them. Every one who disagrees with them is "an idiot", "a retard" or worse . . . replete with expletives. Never any argument, only name calling and the very hate speech that they accuse Conservatives of using.

The funny thing is that the irony of it all escapes them.

Posted by: Jon | August 31, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

"It's 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?"
-- McCain Republican Primaries political ad

Sarah Palin?

Posted by: Patrick | August 31, 2008 7:23 PM

********************

Ha ha ha! LOL! Whoever is on the other end of the line will gladly wait 'til 9am.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Michael Palin probably would make an excellent Veep. Too bad he's not American (although I suspect he's delighted about that. Maybe he should start by becoming governor of a progressive state... like Alabama. Hoot!

Posted by: Xen | August 31, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

If I wanted to read a right wing partisan hit job I would have read Krauthammer or another site. I thought Gerson was able to stand somewhere in the middle and write things from that vantage point. He attacked Obama for irritating him with typical Democrat talking points. What was he supposed to do? Talk like a Republican at the DNC?

The attacks Obama made were well deserved, and if he sounded like a Democrat making them, that is fine with me. We've seen what Republicans can do with both the Executive, Legislative, AND Judicial branches solidly at their disposal, and I am completely unimpressed. If Gerson thinks their incompetance, extremism, and corruption wouldn't cause the pendilum to swing in reverse, he doesn't know anything about history or politics.

Gerson is just another right wing hack and belongs in the bowels of the earth with Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, and Rush Bimbaugh.

Posted by: aBigSAM | August 31, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

The main reason McCain knuckled under to the religious right by picking Palin is that he actually believes there's a large army of embittered Hillary loyalists who will vote for a hard-line conservative simply because she's a woman. That's what happens when you listen to the TV news echo chamber. Not only is the whole premise ludicrous, but it is every bit as sexist as the crude joke McCain notoriously told about Janet Reno, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.

Read an article rooted in reality, unlike the fiction Gerson is spewing:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/opinion/31rich.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

John McCain't must have as much contempt for the voters as he has for the troops. Gerson obviously does. Really, how can Gerson publish this kind of drool without wanting to go home and swallow a can of Drano?

Just when you think Republicans can't possibly go any lower, they set new records in calumny, cowardice and creepiness. Ick.
JP

Posted by: Wind2Energy | August 31, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

The violent liberal comments are cracking me up. The democrats had the chance to set the example by having the first black man and the first female in each office. Now it appears the Republicans will be the party to forge new ground in these offices setting at least two records: oldest president, first female vice president...and possibly in less than four years the first female president, depending on John McCain's health. The selection was brilliant. She has run a city, a state, and the PTA. Obama hasn't run anything...except his mouth. And of course that was to "no more disown Rev. White than I could disown my own white grandmother." I wonder where she lives now that she is no longer part of the family?

Posted by: As a matter of record | August 31, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I think the WP needs to put a clear disclaimer on such a ridiculous "article" (which was actually highly featured by Google News). It is *THEIR* credibility and integrity that are on the line here, and what other assets are they supposed to possess? Publishing (even on their website) such self-contradicting counterfactual nonsense (without a clearly visible disclaimer) casts doubt on every word they publish.

My opinion of the MSM continues to decline.

On the other hand, if this is not just a puffy opinion piece, if the WP actually paid this guy for this tripe... Well, in that case there's nothing much for me to say. I've already quit purchasing MSM tripe like the WP. Secondary benefit from advertisers? Actually, I count ads as significant negative incentives these days--especially web-related ads where the spammers rule.

Posted by: Shannon Jacobs | August 31, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

But frank, just as you need a person trained in business to run a Fortune 500 firm, it would help to have someone trained in law to understand...laws. It helps, it really does. If you need help with your blood pressure (you do, don't you), don't you go to a doctor?

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

So far I have read a lot of statements from a lot of worried losers. Palin is smart and good looking. obama is as dork. Smart and good looking always wins over Dork. Don't ask why, that's just the way it is. I think is is part of Gods plan.

Posted by: Zone | August 31, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

What a jerk.... Ever consider that Obama's comments about the Republican agenda and John McSame are the truth? Why not be offended when you think your an all American and support the likes of King George and his follies. It would take a really stupid moron to not get that you are and idiot.

Try the truth about the election for a change. Why is this guy even given page space to spew the RNC BS?

Oh. and the Palin for VP? Give me a break McSame could have picked someone other than a beauty queen who doesn't like women.

Posted by: yakmon | August 31, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Am I reading the Enquirer?

Posted by: freddy | August 31, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Gerson was W. BUSH's former speechwriter.

Posted by: Julted | August 31, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCain IS leading.

REGISTER and plan to VOTE absentee.
Make your vote count.

Restore the constitution and end the rule of the Taliban.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 31, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

lol, omg. seriously? the author's opinion is a micro-minority position.

McCain is an idiot. everyone knows that.

...seriously, i've been a hardcore right-wing conservative my whole life (voted for Bush twice), and you couldn't pay me to vote for McCain. this election cycle has really opened my eyes to what liars most republicans are. radio talk show hosts i used to respect CLEARLY keep repeating lies they've admitted were wrong (on air). seriously, how can i respect that?

at least Bush votes based on beliefs. McCain is a traditional sell-out politician.

Posted by: Brien | August 31, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Why does this hack have a job with the Washington Post? Didn't he work for this fascist dictatorship that masquerades as a democratic administration? Where have the Post's standards gone?

Posted by: MeditationMan13 | August 31, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

The main reason McCain knuckled under to the religious right by picking Palin is that he actually believes there's a large army of embittered Hillary loyalists who will vote for a hard-line conservative simply because she's a woman. That's what happens when you listen to the TV news echo chamber. Not only is the whole premise ludicrous, but it is every bit as sexist as the crude joke McCain notoriously told about Janet Reno, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.

Read an article rooted in reality, unlike the fiction Gerson is spewing:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/opinion/31rich.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Posted by: McAin't Gonna Happen in November | August 31, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

1. Alaska is REAL CLOSE to Russia, so she knows what's going on there.
2. She's been President of the PTA in Wasilla.
3. She took on Ted Stevens and if she could do that, then she can certainly take on Russia.

LOL +1 HAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: bryen | August 31, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

a cold, calculating choice. team mccain cares nothing for America & the damage dealt to her by bush. he cares only for his dark, selfish dreams of power. how can the women of America believe in ms. palin when she says 'i will help you be successful, but you are not allowed to make health care decisions with your own doctor?' what American wants a religious extremist dictating programs of religious dogma forced upon all children in public schools? this trend of republicans who seize our freedom & steal our money, has to stop now. the coalition of support for obama/biden, is one of the broadest in American history. obama has said it best: this election is not about the candidates. it is about 'we the people'. and millions of us people belive: 'YES WE CAN!'

Posted by: lawrence2xl | August 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Ex_Pat in Australia said:

"I'm still aghast at the oft-repeated claim that Palin has 'more executive experience' than either Obama or Biden. Are you kidding me?"

Are you going to suggest that sitting in the Senate voting present or sending pork barrel money back to your home state is a higher qualification for the Presidency that being Governor of the largest state in the USA? Get a grip! Very few Senators are ever elected President for good reason. They lack the very type of executive experience you mindlessly denigrate.

Posted by: Patricia_g | August 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Not only this guy is an Ideiot but stupid too! He appears to be fully partition (GOP) and have completely screwed up openion. This is the standard of WP? I doubt.

Posted by: CA | August 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr Gerson's article is transparently bogus. Gerson had as much intention of ever voting for Obama as he did for Dennis Kucinich. Gerson is disappointed in Obama because Obama didn't make a big issue over the fact that Barack is the first African-American to be nominated for President by a major party. Right. Gerson thinks that nobody noticed and Barack did the country a dis-service by not mentioning it.

Gerson didn't tell us that Sarah Palin has worked with a really capable woman in Juneau. This woman has held the position of Animal Control Officer. She is deeply religious and she opposes spaying and neutering of purebred cats and dogs. She has successfully fought graft in the SPCA. She'd make the ideal Secretary of State in the McCain-Palin administration. She'll be introduced to all of McCain's friends and fellow Americans at a rally next week in Colorado Springs.

Posted by: Ed Sommers | August 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

"And he purposely set out to alienate people like me. It worked."

So he lost the "Ex-Bush Speechwriter" demographic?

I think he'll be ok.

Posted by: Frank | August 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Gerson hits the spot. Many of us are not sure who Obama really is in light of his very few accomplishments outside academia and are also leery of some of his associations.

Palin on the other hand seems to have all the right reactions and despite limited experience in government is far more likely to make the sort of choices and decisions as VP and potentially as president that are in line with our values and aspirations.

In short many of us are not happy at this time to put our trust in an unknown like Obama.

Posted by: llew jones | August 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it nice that the Washington Post lets the mildly retarded write for their paper?

Posted by: Walden Greenwood | August 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Xen; Still a coward I see. Better a "butthead" than an unamerican coward.

Posted by: Randall Phillips | August 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious that the choice of Palin for VP has struck a nerve in the leftist community. The more they protest, the better she looks, and the more likely that McCain-Palin will be the next POTUS-VPOTUS team. Yay!

Posted by: johnm | August 31, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Typical female bashing just like Hillary. If Palin was a male people would be treating her differently and with more respect. How many governors really have foreign policy experience, none. I never hear anyone saying Biden is from a small tiny state Delaware home of the credit card companies that he helped author bankruptcy reform against its card holders. Palin is getting s*****d by the media and Obama Democrats just like Hillary. Hillary had more experience than Obama but he tossed her aside like many strong females.

Omama is less qualified than Palin, but she gets bashed because she was a beauty queen. She will take it just like Hillary because she is just as tough and cares about the country, and unlike many other politicians that are are all talk, she has a son in the military with his life on the line.

Posted by: edabel | August 31, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

In an interview a couple of weeks ago, Sarah Palin said she didn't even know for sure what the Vice-President is supposed to do. Nice Pick, McCain!

Posted by: lhummer | August 31, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I was really surprised by all of the blatant hate from the Dems responding to this article. Supposedly the Dems prided themselves at one time as the party of tolerance, but that is clearly not true anymore. Everything I have seen this year is just name calling and political bigotry. You guys should be ashamed. The Republicans have been 10 times more respectful of the Democrats this year.

Posted by: B-rad | August 31, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Appeasists from the Obama camps have nothing more to do than cry about the other side's VP choice? With that despicable speech, was Obama trying, once and for all, to permanently alienate half the population for life? "Change we can believe in?" By whom? The Soros-kissing infancidists that have taken over the Democrat Party? Good thing we're a Republic and not a Democracy. "The Matrix" didn't describe the effects of the "Blue Pill" for nothing ... glad I took the Red Pill ...

Posted by: LT369 | August 31, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Excellent article. The reason so many skeptics are raging against her is that they are running scared. And well they should be. Now if we can just find a replacement for Congress!

Posted by: Bob Elliott | August 31, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: admin | August 31, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

"But among the critical ***undecideds,*** the Palin pick made only 6 percent more likely to vote for McCain; and it made 31 percent less likely to vote for him. 49 percent said it would have no impact, and 15 percent remained unsure. More to the point: among undecideds, 59 percent said Palin was unready to be president. Only 6 percent said she was. If the first criterion for any job is whether you're ready for it, this is a pretty major indictment of the first act of McCain's presidential leadership." - Andrew Sullivan, commenting on the recent (right wing shill) public poll of the Palin pick.

It was a dumb pick. It was a reckless pick.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 31, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Reading all of the responses from the demos reveals one consistant characteristic--they are downright nasty. Truth and facts are not in their repertoire.

Posted by: Ted | August 31, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Orwell, I agree. We should start with sending you back to school for some English classes. "Hear"? These are the moments even spell-check does not help.

Posted by: Bubba | August 31, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Gerson's "analysis" is biased enough to deserve the "psyop" label. At times it is outright risible as in :"He (Obama) purposely set out to alienate people like me." In the good old days hacks had to show considerable penmanship elsewhere, prior to gaining the right to vituperate in public. Gerson has somehow eschewed this step. His attempts at feigning fury invariably end up as over constructed. he does not do very well on technicalities either" "more nimble" etc. In sum, a horrible piece, deserving a place in the Pantheon of Badly Written Nonsense.

Posted by: Thomas Arad | August 31, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow, lots of comments...

Anyway "takes the lead"? That's just a lie.

"Posted Sunday, August 31 2008 at 19:23

Barack Obama jumped to his biggest lead since late July in public opinion polls, after his speech to more than 75,000 people in a Denver football stadium when he accepted the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. "

So... yeah. I'm assuming it was a typo.

Posted by: Lol | August 31, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Reading all of the responses from the demos reveals one consistant characteristic--they are downright nasty. Truth and facts are not in their repertoire.

Posted by: Ted | August 31, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I bet Palin can throw back a beer and suck the chrome off a trailer hitch... aren't those qualifications for VP? XD

Posted by: Krakhor | August 31, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Orwell,
You are a soothsayer. I do have high blood pressure. but I made the typing mistakes because of speed not blood pressure! Now you got me off track! whoa!

Posted by: frank | August 31, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Before this general election season got started in earnest, Gerson posed as some sort of reasonable observer. Now the mask comes off and he's in full partisan mode. The tip off is his gushing praise of the virtually unknown Palin, who no one has had time to digest yet, much less evaluate.

Posted by: Frank | August 31, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, you seem to be trying to get attention by making statements that defy common sense. This wasn't a genius move, it was desperate. Soon enough you'll have to modify your stance to downplay these ridiculous assertions.

Posted by: Dave | August 31, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I am an independant who would have voted for Hillary - but I cannot vote for Obama.

Regarding McCain and his VP choice. Isn't it possible that he made the choice, at least partially, because he really likes Palin's "screw-it-do-what's-right" attitude?

Posted by: JKC | August 31, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Bubba, typos happen. I'm an engineer. How about you? If I give you a differential equation to solve, can you?

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I'am shocked, Dems preach world harmony, and here they are bashing reps with stuff like "idiot" and so on, practice what you preach. If a rep pisses you off, try to hold back and just call them "unaware".

Posted by: Independent | August 31, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin negotiated a gas pipe line that other politicians could not accomplish over the last 30 years. So every time you fill up your gas tank or use cheaper natural gas thank Palin for getting it done when others could not. I would rather have a politician that understands energy and takes action versus Obama that tells me something I already know like "just inflate your tires" public.

Posted by: abel | August 31, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

It's people like you that have made this great country slide. With your me myself and I agenda's. McCain's VP choice is a travesty.
It shows how really desperate you people are. Brilliant? Sure. In all of you narrow minded tunnel vision pea heads I'm sure it is.
It's time to turn the channel on:
Eight Is Enough
Starring,
George Bush & John McCain

Posted by: Cathy Illinois | August 31, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I think mc Cain should run this country.because he is a nice old man.my friend gabi thinks he is cute!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: silvana | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

If this country has elected a guy like Arnold Schwarzenegger as the governor for CA, then Palin's nomination is not a surprise. America has been the victim of red neck agenda for last 8 years. After McCain & Palin's election, another era of chaos for US is on the way. Hopefully, they make a liar out of me...

Posted by: Atila | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson is obviously on McCain's payroll. Please do not try to represent yourself as an unbiased reporter. I don't think that Obama would have gained 8 percentage points in the polls if his speech was as horrible as you describe. The only thing your reporting proves to me is that you are a McCain supporter and you will use your carreer to do what you can to get him elected.

Posted by: Pinguicula | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I had to laugh at your hack piece, Gerson. According to you, Palin was instrumental in exposing Stevens ? Is that right ? Funny, but when she was informed of Stevens' indictment, she expressed surprise. Your whole piece is pure BS. 'Innovative' ? Try desperate. Like you.

Posted by: washpost | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Would one of you Obama rock star fans please enlighten me on just what "experience" he has? I really don't think you want to go there! Then maybe someone would like to talk about his judgement in picking Pastors, and known terrorist for friends!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

You say, regarding Obama, "He purposely set out to alienate people like me." What I heard in that speech was a wonderful recapitulation of the honorable American tradition of envisioning a future of greater inclusiveness, when Americans working together would strive to live up to our greater potential in terms of social justice and caring for each other, in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King. I suspect that alienates you because you are decidely against inclusiveness, helping those in need, and being a listener (rather than a bully) to the rest of the world as they voice their concerns. I recognize your strategy, learned from Lord Rove: when you have no good ideas or helpful solutions, defame and taunt those whose efforts for a common good might affect your corporate buddies' flow of money to their coffers. Blather all you want: history will record that as a powerful, meaningful, and significant speech (except for the propaganda versions churned out by your funded think tanks).

Posted by: reality check | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

frank, I didn't criticize your spelling. That is something one does when one has no other recourse.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I am a republican. I am voting for Obama. McCain is a relic of the past. He ought to have run against Bush Jr. in 2004. I went to war to chase the effects our exporting cultural mode. More to come, I think. We need to respect people whom do not share our views.

Some say – WE WERE ATTACK, WE WERE ATTACK - SKY FALIING- LOOK OUT!! , I saw no enemy armies a shore, no enemy naval ship off our ports or enemy bombers planes overhead. Maybe this ghost enemy is here to take our overweight women folks, credit cards and our beloved decade cities and public schools.

Remember, we trained Osama and his motley crew to fend off those evil Russians in Afghanistan back the good days of the cold war. And we have trained many others – and those crews are starting to come home.

Remember good old USA is an idea – nothing more. If it is to survive we need to look at our common ground and set aside our differences. We are “fighting” a movement. Some we fought are families (tribes) fighting to the death for a patch of land, a religious monument – or recently a way of life that holds family, traditions and a belief in a God center.

But we are the new Romans; we speak at the tips of a sword. We can easily conquer, but cannot control. Likewise, as Rome rose and fell, we will do the same. It is only a matter of time.

Posted by: Old_Vet | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

In his acceptance speech on Thursday night, Obama showed that he already gave up on his message of change, and accepted usual politics of Democratic Party. He did not even try to distance himself from loosing politics of controlled by democrats Congress which has ratings that are below those of George Bush. His ideas are now in line with what we hear from Washington for years.
On the other end McCain as a true maverick chose Palin, who has a stanning record of reformer not affraid to stand up to her own party, fighting corruption.
Go figure.

Posted by: Waclaw Borcz | August 31, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Who's taking care of Palin's new baby? In typical fashion, anti-choice people care more about a fetus than they do about the born.

Posted by: Ginger K. | August 31, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Brownshoes!!!

Posted by: johnny | August 31, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

i don't think u guys got the message.
the author is a joker and he writes satire for his paycheck. of course palin is a great pick, she is a foreign policy savvy *wink *wink. she has an awesome conservative record that has a broad appeal to all american women *nudge *nudge.

ah satire! if only all people could read between pravda's true lines.

Posted by: brother love | August 31, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Deep Blue wrote: "But among the critical ***undecideds,*** the Palin pick made only 6 percent more likely to vote for McCain; and it made 31 percent less likely to vote for him."

Ummm...you forgot an important number there...it's not 6 percent that are more likely to vote for McCain, but 36 percent.

YEP THIRTY-SIX PERCENT FOR PALIN!

Get your facts straight!

Posted by: thetruthhurts | August 31, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

This article doesn't even deserve an intelligent response... wow, just plain wow. Can we teleport back to Planet Reality now? McCain's renegade VP pick is already backfiring on soo many levels it's downright laughable.

Posted by: Webelos | August 31, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Gerson was W. BUSH's former speechwriter.

Gerson was W. BUSH's former speechwriter.

Posted by: Julted | August 31, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

(1) Gerson's absolutely right on one thing: Obama supporters (and to a lesser extent, the Obama campaign) are chasing away moderates such as myself. I'm an independent thinker and I have big problems with both parties (and both candidates), but every time I read the comments to an article like this and see all the Ozombies (as I've come to call them) referring to anyone who disagrees with them as "idiots" and the like, I'm completely repulsed. There is simply no way I'm throwing my lot in with people like that. The McCain supporters aren't completely immune to this, of course, but they're significantly less prone to it, and at least they make mildly germane points every now and again. All the BHO supporters seem to do is call anyone who hasn't drunk the Kool-Aid an idiot. (Anyone want to start a pool on how many times I get called an idiot, fool, moron, traitor, liar, Hitler, etc. after this post?)

(2) I've already seen quite a bit of rather subtle (and not-so-subtle) misogyny in response to Palin getting the VP nod. Anyone notice the number of times in which the Ozombies disparagingly refer to Palin as a "beauty queen"? I would have expected better than that, particularly from people who proclaim to be so enlightened.

Posted by: Sigh... | August 31, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

After reading some of these comments I think that some of the pro-McCain/Palin spin is orchestrated and coming from a bunch of McCain staffers who are disgruntled that there isn't going to be much of a party in MN due to Gustav and suddenly have ALOT of time to kill.

Why hasn't Ann Coulter commented on Palin yet? Will this redeem McCain for her? Or is she so insulted that even she is at a loss for words?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Good post, silvana.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow! What tea leaves have you been reading?

Posted by: Neville G | August 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

These comments, for the most part, are no more than a reply from poor loosers to be. They just don't understand what it takes to run a Nation like ours. Wish they would "pull up their socks" and get on with doing the things that made our Nation as great as it is.

Bill Bowman

Posted by: Bill | August 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the big risk, not Palin. He has never done anything - run an office, let alone a state; negotiated with anyone, let alone oil companies and a foreign country (Canada); made executive decisions, hired and fired personnel,etc. She may have done it for only two years but that tops being a "community organizer" and barely showing up in his few years in the Senate. Let's face it, Obama is a smooth talking con man who has sold his supporters and a too willing media a bill of goods. Obama wasn't even a good lawyer.

Posted by: Marross | August 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I am curious why our friend here should write "Recent presidents since Ronald Reagan have been governors for a reason (among others) -- because management seems more impressive than bloviation."

Wasn't the President immediately preceeding reagan a certain governor from Georgia?

Was George H. W. Bush governor of some state?

Despite these factual errors, as I see them, I must give congratulations for use of the word "bloviation".

Posted by: allthenormans | August 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain had to pick a woman or a minority for obvious political reasons. Problem is, he picked a woman who is a supporter of all the garbage that the Bush Administration has done to mess up our country. The old guy and the party line. McCain admits he doesn't use the internet. The future is at stake and this man isn't even living in the present... and he seems to think all women are interchangeable. And this Gerson man, like most blogging "reporters" has made his opinions clear. Real journalists don't take sides. They report.

Posted by: Triangle Man | August 31, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"This is not about ME!...It's about YOU!" proclaimed the Great Caesar Barakus Obama at the Mile High Parthenon. Hail Caesar Obama! Hail Caesar Obama! Hail Caesar Obama!

Posted by: Dr. Dave | August 31, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I like Obama a lot, so McCain's pick of Palin scares me. Unfortunately, I think she will win the election for the GOP. Let's see, she will appeal to evangelicals, the middle class, women/mothers, blue collar families, NASCAR Nation, those in uniform (and their families), and the clean/good government crowd. That's all. Drat.

Posted by: spotcher | August 31, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I've never had more respect for Lieberman, a Democrat, than I did today on "Face The Nation". When asked if choosing Palin would backfire given McCain's comments about Obama picking Biden to make up for Obama's inexperience, Lieberman said Palin is more qualified than both Obama and Biden. Its nice to see this Republican ticket creating so much possibility for cross-party cooperation.

Did anyone else notice the guy a little further up who had a post calling someone else a moron and an idiot, yet he seemed unable to actually form a valid sentence?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

How can this article fall under a heading, "post-partisan"? Not only does this article have a clear conservative agenda, it is presumptuous: it claims to speak for "anyone with a conservative instinct anywhere in their political body" and for "anyone viewing Obama for the first time". Since this writer clearly has a strong conservative instinct (selecting a half-term governor of America's smallest state whose previous posistion was as mayor of a 9000-person town, "brilliant"?) and is probably not viewing Obama for the first time, these claims are ludicrous.

Posted by: Luke | August 31, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

It's clear that the clearly unnerved anti-Palin contributors never
read Gore Vidal's classic drama "The Best Man".

Perhaps they should to get a handle on how destiny, not political ballast, is often the arbitor of presedential elections.

One more consideration: some pundit alluded to Biden as a shark who would feast on Governor Palin in a debate. The fact of the matter is that a shark needs a great deal of luck to survive
an encounter with a barricuda. I would caution him not to wear anything shiny on the occasion of their debate.

Posted by: Greg Marlowe | August 31, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, you're either: 1) brain washed, 2) too stupid to know what's really happening, or 3) prostituting yourself to sling some GOP spin. Either way you need help. My mother, a community organizer in NH has nearly the same credentials as Palin. But the difference is my mother would be smart enough to turn down any misguided offer of being a VP.

Honestly, can anyone really say with a straight face that Palin is ready for the VP office. Here's her own quote from a few weeks ago:
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Larry Kudlow of CNBC's "Kudlow & Co." asked her about the possibility of becoming McCain's ticket mate.

Palin replied: "As for that VP talk all the time, I'll tell you, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?
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Does that make things clear enough. I'm not trying to be mean to her, but I need to be honest. And in all honesty, she hasn't got a clue as to what it means to be VP. God help us.

Posted by: Mark | August 31, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

It seems so obvious that Palin was picked ONLY because she is a woman. Its very difficult for the Democrats to point that out, without it seeming sexist. But is anybody supposed to believe she is the Republican's most qualified candidate? It is so transparently just an opportunistic grab to secure those 20% of Hillary voters who said they won't vote for Obama. The cynicsm of the Republicans is astounding. People might be gullible, but they're not THAT gulliable. Someone should point out that the great thing about Hillary is that she earned her near nomination by merit, not simply because she is a woman. It is the Republicans that are sexist by making such an opportunistic and insulting grab for votes. What I want to know is what black guy (or, more likely, woman) would the Republicans have dug up if Hillary HAD been the Democratic candidate??

Posted by: Amazed | August 31, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

"Lieberman said Palin is more qualified than both Obama and Biden."

If he said that, he is even more ridiculous than I realized.

Posted by: Frank | August 31, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if Obama is a great man, I don't know if Obama is a smart man, but I do know one thing - Obama is a man and that is all I need to know!

Obama/Biden 08!

Posted by: Palato | August 31, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

You ask how it could be effective for *gasp* a Democrat to accuse McCain of cowardice when confronting al-Qaeda; I'd say it's quite effective. It reminds Americans that this man is taking the helm of the party that, as we near the 7th anniversary of the tragedies of 9/11, has failed to capture let alone agressively pursue al-Qaeda on their home turf. "To the gates of hell" my a@@, John McCain and the Republicans are too concerned with their legacy in Iraq to focus on the people who attacked us on 9/11.

It's naive and foolish to continue to peddle the idea that 'Democrat' somehow equates to 'sissy-pants', especially in this election year when it's obvious that the American people are no longer buying the "Only Republicans can protect lil' ol' us" schtick.

Posted by: IndianaDem | August 31, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Do I smell puke on the left?? Evidently the weak at heart have dried their tears from the convention and are now facing the battle. Right out of the common crowd comes the new champion for the right, Joan of Arc, Sarah of the North. The only blood on her hands is the blood of numerous beasts she has slain, much to the horror of the paleface minions, who fear she'll slow down their wasting of the unborn, and in secret they whisper that she rides an elephant over the mountains even now to kill the Jackass and his moron.

Posted by: worksinthewoods | August 31, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I am very impressed by the quality and level of intelligence expressed here by most of the "so called" progressive liberal left comments. Their argument (and the argument of their party), is as follows: either you agree with us or you are an idiot, racist, hitler, or worse. With little or no regaqrd to the facts or professional discourse. Obama-Biden don't represent change. In fact it's nothing more than standard leftist, socialist politics with good speeches, modern theatrics and even "Beijing" style fireworks. I wonder, if they were digitally enhanced as well? The liberal Democrat's tax and spend agenda combined with populist class warfare dogma, more closely resembles the political campaign tactics of Hugo Chavez, than it does "real" change.

Posted by: Rubicon | August 31, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Deep Blue: As one who frequently debates in hearings and formal policy sessions, I can tell you that your sneers (to Mr. Gerson ), followed by your liberal jargon, ("how dare you support"...?) etc., only reveals your lack of skill as a debater. A sneer is not a substantive debate point (or even admissible in a real debate). A sneer is the expected response when one has no substance to debate--in other words a sneer is...."A response to being exposed to information of higher quality than your own; a response that says in effect: "I hate you because you disagree with me and have disrupted my mind-set with better information than I had. You have caused me to have to consider other possibilities when I already had my ideas neatly (however flimsily) in place. How dare you think in terms other than my terms? How dare you disrupt my superior thinking skills, how dare you disagree with me, when I have solved complex issues, by demanding that everybody agree with me?”
You obviously have a good mind. Learn the rules of using it if you want to be taken seriously. ssj. reno.

Posted by: ssjackson | August 31, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Detluj | August 31, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

With his pick of Palin, McCain simultaneously cost himself the presidency and gave us ample reason to be thankful he did.

What terrible judgement he demonstrated; what foolish recklessness.

Posted by: Frank | August 31, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Republican but I can't vote for no woman, so I'm not voting. I'm just praying we make it to 2012, so whoever wins can get kicked out.

Posted by: Shawn McCarthy | August 31, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, since you spent so much time in the Bush Administration shilling for war criminals and war profiteers, your thoughts and comments on Palin leave us nonplussed.

You had to write the lies and deceptions to sell a fake war, justify the murder of innocent civilians, send almost 5000 of our finest soldiers to a senseless death, sell us Alberto Gonzales, Harriet Miers, Monica Goodling, Scooter Libby's innocence, lies about torture and invasions of our privacy. You wrote the words telling us what a great job "Browny" did during Katrina, that your boss could see the wonderful "soul" in Putin's eyes yada yada yada yada.

You people are desperate and this pick is the epitomy of that cynical desperation. I am so glad McCain chose Palin. Up until now the race was close. McCain just handed Barrack Obama the election. Now that's the kind of change we need!

Posted by: Delzars | August 31, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

my big bro does not like me. i live in a small hut in Kenya and would like to see him sometime.bring food,tax brakes,college education and biden. i liked bidens idea about dividing iraq into three countries.....ya he is real smart....happy labor day bro ....i wish i had a job ...maybe on your campaign????

Posted by: obama's younger brother | August 31, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama and Biden are lovers.

Posted by: Nick | August 31, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe I am dignifying this vacuous and obviously viciously-biased article with a response. So, 80,000+ people and 38+Million viewers are idiots. And McCain is a genius for cynically picking a hugely unqualified pick so the gimmick will wib the election. Affirmative action lives in the GOP nad McCain is it's champion.

Posted by: Joe Rotes | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, you're an idiot!

Posted by: Doug in Nashville | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

To all the ones concerned about others spelling education ect, What SNOBS you are.

Posted by: Randall Phillips | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I think you're wrong Gerson. Palin has very little political experience, and if she weren't a woman do you honestly think she would be selected for the VP candidate position? It's obvious that McCain is only using her for his own personal ambitions, and he doesn't have the country's best interests at heart.

The main difference here is that Obama has selected a Vice President. McCain has picked a running mate.

Posted by: bcw | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama is no more inspiring class warfare than MLK inspired racial warfare. And for anyone who is inclined to take this writer's word for anything in this article, watch Obama's speech yourself and do some research on Palin's resume (or lack thereof!). If you are an extreme conservative both socially and fiscally, you should be pleased with her. Otherwise, you should be appalled.

Posted by: Indignant | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

"Judging from the comments I see posted above, This nation is hopelessly divided along ideological lines. Therfore let me propose a solution. Why don't we split the nation in two. The Democrats, their Black stooges, athiests, homos, illigal immigrants and hollywood stars can have everything from the Mexican border north to Canada and from California east to and including new orleans. the rest of us in White working America will take the rest. We can sign a non-agression treaty and live the way we choose. And when your multi-lingual, multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-sexual, athiest society starts to unravel, Us white guys as always, can send in foriegn and humanitarian aid to keep you going. And it would be well worth it just to keep you freaks on your own side of the border."

Oh man, what a hilarious post! I laughed out loud and read it to my wife! My only question, Don, is this: Without any liberals to crap in our ears, what will we listen to or read for a good laugh?

Posted by: Dave G | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

1. So she energizes the conservative religious base. That means McCain will now win a lot of states that he already has. No advantage here. In turn he offended many more people in the choice in battleground states, and drove many of those people that he NEEDS to Obama, or to stay at home.

2. She is NOT historic.We have had a woman VP candidate before. If she were to become VP, THEN it would be somewhat historic. And let's be clear, it does nothing to that glass ceiling. Having a female elected president would, but not a VP picked simply because of her gender.

3. Middle class? Which one of her three homes is that?

4. Reformer? At first glance, yes. At second glance, it looks more like she got rid of one form of corruption so that she could install corruption closer to her ideals. Her ties to Stevenson. Troopergate. And the little side story that Enquirer types love, the allegation that her last child might just be her grandchild (and there is ample evidence to show this may be the case).

She is untested, and unvetted. The press and bloggers are quickly digging up skeletons that may embarrass her AND McCain. My guess is she will not be the VP candidate long. If she is, she may have lost McCain any chance of getting the presidency.

Let's take a look at what this says about McCain, which is the real matter here. McCain has said the most important quality in a VP is the ability to take over the Presidency at a moment's notice. He also said that the people who work closely with him are people he trusts and whom he knows well. Then he picks a candidate who is untested on the national stage and has little, if any, experience, and whom he doesn't know at all. In short, he says one thing and does the other. Why should we trust anything he says now?

Posted by: Stan | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

http://www.grizzlybay.org/SarahPalinInfoPage.htm

Posted by: ah hah | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of hearing the same old: "I'm an Independent/Democrat/Republican/XYZ Party Affiliation who's voting for XYZ candidate". BS. If you have to start out your post in that manner, you are already a complete fraud. Yeah, I'm a Republican voting for Obama... sure... or perhaps I'm an Independent voting for McCain, ummm, ok... or better yet, I'm a Democrat voting for Barr.... lol. Bottomline, if you truly supported Hillary for all the right reasons (issues, character etc) you would never in a million years even consider voting for McSame... McSame is the very antithesis of Hillary... these people would never have voted for Obama in the first place. He has lost nothing.

Posted by: Bottomline | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Let's see if I understand the current choices.
One "Team" is made up of a primary candidate whose political career consists of serving in the state senate and a short stint in the U.S. Senate and he (the candidate for change)picks a long time Senate Insider as his running mate. Do we really believe that a long term liberal, entrenched in the system would support wide spread change if offered the opportunity to lead?

The other "Team" boasts a long term U.S. Senator with a record of fighting for reduced spending and smaller government and he selects a near political unknown as his running mate. Can we rely on a woman with a short record of fighting big business to continue this type of behavior if the opportunity to lead this nation came to pass?

It is time that Americans look at both "Teams" and ask hard questions. Do we have a history of great VP's in this nation? Do we expect our elected leaders to follow through on their campaign promises or will they behave as they have in the past?
It is time that more of us cared enough to look at the options and find the facts and show up at the poll's.

The real choice is not between "Team" A or B but to get up off of our apathetic asses and vote!
Learn about the issues, study each candidates responses and make an informed decision. I urge not to decide on what you see, male - female, black or white, it is the internal that marks the value of an individual not the external.
Stand up an vote America, we have the opportunity to have our voice heard yet so few of us choose to do so.

Posted by: D Hayes | August 31, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Please wipe that white stuff you got from
McInsane before dutifully reading the
required republican talking points of the
week. Please sir, show some class and
clean up after submitting yourself to such
B.S. You evangelicals and "Conservative"
morons are leading the U.S. downward at
an ever quickening pace and you don't think
we notice? It's beyond words anymore. Please
DIE all of you like minded people, please
go away already. I'm sick of you being in
my face, worried about my money, worried
about my Social Security, worried about my
womans body and what she's doing with it.
You people are truly sick. GET HELP

Posted by: Ken | August 31, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to me like we have a bunch of people making comments(posts) that hate women... especially a Republican woman.
What I want to know, if the Democratic party is so great... why didn't you get universal health coverage, equal pay for women, expanded social security benefits, kill NAFTA, keep companies from sending our jobs to other countries..etc. while you had the great Bill Clinton in office for 8 years? Maybe he was too busy doing other things under the desk.
Hey, I got one for you...maybe the President doesn't really get to make all the rules and laws by himself...maybe its Congress that has to really do the work and pass legislation to make these things we want and need a reality. What is our Democrat controlled Congress doing for us American's now?
Palin for Vice President, I'll take her. At least she's not one of the Washington good ole boys.

Posted by: BTDT | August 31, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

What a misinformed and falsified article.................

Posted by: Johnny | August 31, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Republican spokesmen have been saying the party is “energized” by the hope of running as some other party, rather than as itself. Demoralized and (rightly) ashamed over the administration they inflicted on the country, they are showing shallowness and cowardice in refusing to own responsibility for their own party’s dismal record.

This convention (if it happens) is a cynical effort to put a fresh “new” face on the same morally bankrupt party. The hard-right base are the same people who brought us George Bush as the Nascar-watching, sports-loving, good-buddy, low intellectual accomplishment, born again president. Look where that got us.

Bush, McCain and Palin have this in common: none of them has shown any interest, in their whole lives, in the kind of mental heavy-lifting needed to actually lead the executive branch of the greatest power on earth. McCain rode his Admiral’s-son ticket to the Naval Academy, where his performance showed nothing but contempt for the opportunity. Bush did the same in an ivy league college. Sarah at least trained in journalism, but to be a sportscaster. Under cover of light-weights such as these, the far-right neocons have pursued policies that have wasted, killed, maimed, crippled, and disgraced our country and its people.

They are looking forward to a fantasy of inventing a clean, new identity, under cover of belated concern for the Gulf Coast. McCain is rebranding. I think the electorate is wiser and sadder now, though, and realizes we aren't buying a pack of Marboros in November.

Posted by: Mary Porter | August 31, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Gerson should get a job working for Rush Limbaugh, not the Washington Post.

McCain just took the one advantage he had off the table and that was experience. 2 years ago Palin was mayor of a city of 6000 people, that does not qualify her to be a heartbeat away from having her finger on the button that starts WWIII.

Posted by: Joe Blow | August 31, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody really care what Gerson thinks about anything? He's just another Bush Administration buttboy.

Posted by: Patrick | August 31, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama's name is fun to say. Go ahead and try it! Fun, huh? Now try saying McCain. Not nearly as fun is it?

I say vote for the candidate who bring joy and fun into your life for a change!

Posted by: Gustav | August 31, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

"To all the ones concerned about others spelling education ect, What SNOBS you are.

Posted by: Randall Phillips | August 31, 2008 9:26 PM"


It's not that they are actually snobs per se...more likely it's just that they can't argue constructively and so it's an opportunity to supposedly score a point. It's actually an admission of weakness. Just chuckle and ignore.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Why does the media provide a soapbox for empty headed, useless political hacks like Gerson? The Washington Post, the paper that broke Watergate now lowers itself to distribute the uniformed, pointless ravings of a hack like this fool? Please. The public is poorly served and American journalism is cheapened when 'pundits' like Karl Rove and Gerson are elevated into positions of influence as commentators. Mainstream media, please stop hurting America. "Team McCain", my foot.

Posted by: Steve Bonser | August 31, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Good heavens. I got really worried when I read this article that Gerson actually represents some sort of super-idiotic swath of the population that doesn't realize that picking Palin represents the most cynical side of politics. Then I read a handful of comments and my faith in humanity was slightly restored.

Posted by: Team McLmao | August 31, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I remember her from when her high school volleyball team played us in Homer. She had grit even then. One of our players landed an overhand smash right on her forehead so hard her glasses fell off. Everything stopped for a second and I still remember her paw running out from the stands with his red plaid elmer fudd hat with the oversized ear muffs. She waved him away and said "Daddy, Tiffany's just mad I beat her boyfriend arm-wrestling. If you're all fired up, I'd suggest you go out to the parking lot and write the pantywaist a 'congratulations, urine love' letter in the snowbank."

Posted by: Bart Eckson | August 31, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

No surprise. The Republicans continue to nominate low IQ teams. That's the only way to attract low IQ voters. Don't worry about Manchurian candidates. Worry about Manchurian voters.

Posted by: james_chen | August 31, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

This guy Gerson is obviously a brainwashed idiot. I have more experience than Sarah Palin and I have never spent a day in politics.

Posted by: Rob | August 31, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I hear ya Shawn. I wont vote for a woman either. That would be the end of the Unted States the second she stepped in. I cant believe weve come to this.

Posted by: warhawk | August 31, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry you are backing a losing horse this time. Face it, Gerson, McCaine's VP is a most ridiculous, laughable pick. For a 72-year old Presidential candidate, with a history of repeated bouts with cancer, to make such a terrible pick, puts the US in unbelievable jeopardy.

Posted by: Claudius | August 31, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Palin has used her right to choose to give birth to a genetically disabled child. Her child, her choice, now needs an extreme amount of attention from its mother. Palin is now choosing to ignore her infant and run as VP. She is a disgrace to all mothers. Just another dipsh@t beauty queen with double standards.

Posted by: Cindy Green | August 31, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

GERSON!!!

Next time you have a sex with your wife, THINK OF SARAH PALIN. Next day you should write something about it. We will wait!!!

Posted by: BOBSTER | August 31, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

".... [Palin] is likely to appeal broadly to most women, who will be undisturbed that she doesn't fit feminist stereotypes."

Gerson, you have no idea what you are talking about. Gerson is most certainly NOT likely to appeal to most women.

How can you speak for most women? I suggest you ask a few who are not religious conservatives, I am confident you will change your deeply flawed and uninformed assumption about "most women."

In fact, every woman I have spoken with so far has expressed horror at the prospect of Palin becoming VP. None of these women were not religious conservatives, I admit, but neither were they hard core feminists. Women are not as simple as you think, we do not simply look for stereotypical feminist characteristics to judge whether or not a woman can be trusted to support our rights. Palin's record speaks for itself. You are missing the point. Nobody is against Palin's femininity, don't be ridiculous. Most women who dislike Palin are turned off by her policies and her record, not her feminine qualities or beauty queen past.

You are insulting women with your heinously mistaken assumption that Palin somehow appeals to most women.

The opposite of what you predict is likely to happen. Rather than appealing to women, Palin is likely to motivate people more towards Obama because the idea of Palin as VP is so terrible.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm an example of a Democtrat who's simply surprised that some HIllary supporters will vote for McCain after the Palin selection. I still don't think Hillary was a good VP choice (she just as so much baggage-- can you image Bill Clinton hanging around while you're trying to run things?). If she'd been the winner of the primaries, I would've voted for her. But she didn't win. She has a huge political future ahead of her, regardless.

If I were an adamant Clinton supporter, I'd be insulted by McCain's choice of Palin. She represents the opposite of what Clinton stands for. Yes, she's a woman-- but she's anti-choice, anti evolution, and i've heard (but need to research) not so great for environmental champions, either. She's extremely unprogressive. Come on, get real. WHat about the Supreme Court? Some Clinton supporters are willing to risk so much that women have fought for over the decades for gender alone? If we all just elect people based on their color or gender, what are we coming to?

Let's not forget, the Democrats have an African American candidate for THE PRESIDENCy, not for VP (the demos had a woman VP in Ferarro), which should really be seen as just as significant and historic, maybe more, since we're talking about the Presidential seat. So, as a woman of the 21st century, I'm puzzled by this quick move to Palin by some (certainly not all) Clinton supporters. They're just opposite politically.

Regarding experience, at least with Obama, the public had a year or so to see how he handled the primaries. With Palin we'll have 2 months to see if she's qualified. That irritates me. At a minimum, Obama has more experience because he went through the primary process and showed he could handle himself and challenging political situations.

In the end, I hope progressive women will show McCain that they're smarter than he thinks. I know several registered Republican women who prefer Obama and thought McCain's choice in Palin showed desperation. I was also surprised to hear some of my republican female friends say that they don't like the fact that Palim has so many children as well an an infant while running for VP. I hadn't even thought of that. Not sure that's an issue for me, though I can see how that could be distracting.

It will be a VERY interesting election.

Posted by: Eleanor Gorman | August 31, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

"Deep Blue" continues to demonstrate how pathetic the Left have become. Their mantra is apparently "hate first, think later".

Posted by: grateful | August 31, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Palin is another Harriet Miers.

What an embarrassment to the Republican party. She is in two scandals right now -- troopergate and the question about her new son/grandson.

I'm a FISCAL conservative and after the hole Bush put us into I'm voting for anyone NOT a Republican. It might be Obama, or not, but no way it's for McCain and Palin. What a joke.


Posted by: Mac | August 31, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

First off, ignore Gerson's BS that he half-supported Team Obama...this lying ahole was King George II's speechwriter for several years...yes, the author of the lies fed to the American public. Secondly, ignore the ramblings of any idiot who can type "thesaurus.com" and learn that bloviation is an antiquated term for "blow-hardedness"...thoroughly proving that despite his Jewishness, which ought give him some insight to the dangers of the Bush Elitist Megalomania, show he's about image, not substance. He lies with grace to say he's now disappointed in Team Obama, and has graciously and freshly saddled up for Team McCain, when all along he has been the pet donkey of the Great White Elephant.
Ya gotta hand it to the Republicans, though, they never give up on telling the Big Lie in the hopes that people are stoopid enough to buy it. Sadly, sometimes they are.

Posted by: seriousVoter. | August 31, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I saw a comment above that said something about dividing the country in two, i actually think that that would be an amazing idea, put dems on one side, and reps on the other,...but wait, where would all the independents go? Canada, *shiver*

Posted by: @SS | August 31, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

50% of this country voted for Bush, 50% of America is filled with idiots.

The same group of idiots will vote for McCain again. I agree that Obama's speech was not the greatest, but your comments show that you are with the rest of the idiot camp. Hopefully less people like you will show up to vote this year.

Posted by: Anon | August 31, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you democrats really are a shrill, hateful bunch. Scary.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama lovers, sore losers already......

Posted by: bobm | August 31, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: fdjffdmdmccxm | August 31, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey Bart, you really knew her? Did she kiss on first dates??

Posted by: USA! USA! | August 31, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

You have obviously made a correct observation. The violent outburst from a Godless ,irreverant, baby killing crowd is against your judgement. Or rather they affirm and put an exclamation point by their hostility to the AWESOME pick. Palin rocks. You gotta hate it, good job Mr McCain

Posted by: Bc | August 31, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

The Repugs have created an entirely new trend called: Cut Taxes AND Spend... ever since Dumbya took the oath of office. It works like this-----> you cut the taxes for all of your super rich buddies and mega corporations, claiming that the money will trickle down their boot heels and somehow collect in some primordial, Darwinian cesspool where it will magically sprout mushroom houses and "New Jobs"... don't worry about the national deficit, our grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren's grandchildren will pay for it... if the Repugs truly wanted to run the Gov't like a business, the first thing you learn in Micro Econ is you stay OUT of the red.. you need to collect enough revenue to pay the freaking bills!!! You don't cut taxes in a time of war you schmuck!

Posted by: Tax and Spend? | August 31, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

First, a bit of perspective; I’m a European Jew that lived in South America for 15 years and in the US for the past 20. I’m educated, middle management in corporate America and live in a very liberal state in the North East; I’m a male in my late 30’s.

Up until Friday I was totally uninspired about voting in my first Presidential election (I became a citizen in 2005). But the Palin appointment energized me like I never have been about a Presidential election since I came here in 1989. She is not the same old establishment, tired and recycled candidate of the past.

What a lady this woman is: Intelligent, beautiful, well spoken, successful, a mother, a wife, an executive. She comes from a middle class family, her husband is a working class American who worries about the same issues you and I do. She is the Governor of Alaska and the Commander of the Alaska National guard. Forgive me, but if this is not the type of person we Americans want in the executive branch I don’t know who in your opinion qualifies.

Frankly I was not very inspired by either Obama or McCain. But after watching last week’s convention, and listening to a 2 hour interview (1 hour Obama, 1 hour McCain same interviewer), I must say Obama is truly an empty suit (as many in the media call him). I can honestly say I was keeping an open mind but the things Obama says are quite frankly absurd and scary. He is definitely a hard core left wing socialist with an entirely populist agenda, the likes of Putin, Hugo Chavez and others. The empty rhetoric coming out of his mouth left me completely uninspired during his speech on Thursday and the interview I listened to on Saturday.

As to the issue many of you worry about. What if McCain were unable to finish his term and Palin became Comm-in-chief? Well, how in the World is Obama more qualified than she is? He has no international experience, in fact has said a lot of stupid things in that regard (ie We have to attack Pakistan), he has only been in the US Senate for less than 2 years (he has been campaigning for the last 18 months), has no executive experience of any kind (either public or private sector), has no real accomplishments to speak of, his past associations are pretty worrisome, etc, etc. People, please enlighten me, are we that desperate to elect a minority or a woman in this country that we will put B. Hussein Obama at the helm? I just can’t believe this is happening. Please wake me up from this horrible nightmare.

Posted by: Independent thinker | August 31, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

How can you write such drivel? How sad that you believe it. McCain choice is not brilliant it's absurd. It demonstrates that he doesn't "pass" the "commander in chief test". She is an unvetted twinkie. Joe Biden will politely, nicely take her apart. That is if the press doesn't do it first.

Posted by: okjoel | August 31, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Gerson... Never mind, I was gonna type out a long in disgust response to your article; but, I'd be waisting my time even more so than you just did.

Posted by: Hustlin Holmes | August 31, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

My goodness, after reading these responses to this article I realize what a shrill, hateful bunch many democrats are. What a disgrace.

Posted by: Don David | August 31, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Old_Vet is exactly correct.

Posted by: Bunky Leigh | August 31, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I can only asume by the theme running through the posts by those opposing McCain's pick and presidency that most of this Obama-style canned retoric is coming from the same people who when shown pictures of prominent politicians at the DNC could not identify even one! Sad day Dem's!!!! or should we rename the party "Clueless"?

Posted by: TF | August 31, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Palin is supposedly the second coming according to all the Republicans...Maybe this will make their pride just brim over.

Back in 2005, the out of work Palin decided to launch a small business, a marketing company. She registered a name and bought an Alaska business license.

The name she chose? Rouge Cou, wich translates from French to "red neck."

Nice. Very presidential, don't you think?

Check it out here:
http://www.adn.com/oil/story/198109.html

Posted by: D-- | August 31, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

".... [Palin] is likely to appeal broadly to most women, who will be undisturbed that she doesn't fit feminist stereotypes."

Gerson, you have no idea what you are talking about. Palin is most certainly NOT likely to appeal to most women.

How can you speak for most women? I suggest you ask a few who are not religious conservatives, I am confident you will change your deeply flawed and uninformed assumption about "most women."

In fact, every woman I have spoken with so far has expressed horror at the prospect of Palin becoming VP. None of these women were religious conservatives, but neither were they hard core feminists. Women are not as simple as you think, we do not simply look for stereotypical feminist characteristics to judge whether or not a woman can be trusted to support our rights. Palin's record speaks for itself. You are missing the point. Nobody is against Palin's femininity, don't be ridiculous. Most women who dislike Palin are turned off by her policies and her record, not her feminine qualities or beauty queen past.

You are insulting women with your heinously mistaken assumption that Palin somehow appeals to most women.

The opposite of what you predict is likely to happen. Rather than appealing to women, Palin is likely to motivate people more towards Obama because the idea of Palin as VP is so terrible.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

As a moderate, I have to question why all the right wing snobs insist on referring to Barack Obama as Hussein Obama (or some variation). Well, it's obviously a pathetic attempt at linking a decent man to a heinous former ruler of a country that the government would love to own. But I'd like to know the ideology behind it. Is it because he's a black man? And that's kind of close to a Middle Eastern man? And therefore, in a round about way, they must be related?

Either way, the right wing is afraid of a black man being in the white house. Here's a hint for all you conservatives: It's called the White House for it's color, not the color of the people inside it.

I was thinking about supporting McCain this year, but his constant lapses in judgment, including making this joke of a politician his vice president, have swung me straight over to the Democrats this year. I hope you'll all enjoy your defeat in November.

Obama 08.

Posted by: Alex Simotes | August 31, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

"I saw a comment above that said something about dividing the country in two, i actually think that that would be an amazing idea, put dems on one side, and reps on the other,...but wait, where would all the independents go? Canada, *shiver*

Posted by: @SS | August 31, 2008 9:36 PM"


The independents will have to choose. Would you rather live in Boston or Omaha? Then that's where you go.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, have been a life-long Republican. I changed my party to Independent two years ago as I'm sick of the party division that is ruining our country. Either way, I'm voting for Obama this time around.

I'm a Christian 100%, but, I'm completely tired and sickened by the religious right brainwashing the Republican party. They did me for years. Just because Pat Robertson says something - doesn't make it biblical. He's just a freaking person like you or me - with an opinion. Same as the friggin pope. Just another person wearing fancy garb - geez.

I think Gerson has obviously also been brainwashed by the right-wing machine. Gerson - change your radio station for just a week away from Rush - I dare you. I used to be a Rush fan myself. Then I realized that I instinctively demonized anyone who was a Democrat. I began thinking all Democrats were evil, non-God-fearing and wanted to harm the country intentionally. Then I finally realized that some of my long-time friends and even family were Democrats... and that I was clearly wrong... brainwashed. So I changed the station. Rush is a damn goob now. I can't believe I was so taken in by that crap. Just try it - change the station for a week and think about how you've seriously been brainwashed.

There is a middle-ground. Most everyone in both parties honestly only want what's right and good. We all just have differing opinions on what that means and how to get there. Of course... there is greed, envy and hate in all of us. A few, more than others and those people are in both parties.

Posted by: me | August 31, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Michael Gerson knows how Evangelicals view the world, and his opinion on the Palin pick might be worth listening to. I'm very impressed with Sarah Palin's life story and am suddenly thrilled about helping McCain/Palin.

The Palin pick is bound to turn off some people who might have voted for McCain, but it has clearly turned on several million high energy people (pro-life, pro-gun, etc) who have made a big difference in recent American elections.

If "Jesusland" votes McCain/Palin while the "United States of Canada" picks Obama, the election will hinge on Florida and Ohio (as usual). Move a few Western states into the red column with a little help from gun-toting gal who smoked LEGAL marijuana in Alaska (Colorada, New Mexico, Nevada) and Obama can go back to writing his third autobiography.

Posted by: Scott Somerville | August 31, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The old corrupt Republican politics

John McCain is confused, showing signs of dementia and is mindlessly spouting lies from his sleazy, dishonest campaign. Another four years of Bush would totally destroy our country and this is what the American people would get with McCain.

Sarah Palin is clearly unqualified to be President, is a religious extremist who would take away a women's right to choose and would create an American Taliban reversing all the gains in civil rights. For the sake of our country, we must make sure that Barack Obama is elected President.

See http://www.Democracy-Now.us

Posted by: Joel | August 31, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are fired up over Palin, it's true. Country first? Certainly seems like it since they are ready to leave the country in the hands of a person who has been governor of a small state for 18 months, has never had to make tough economic choices for that state, and has never met an international leader, let alone discussed any policy with one. She's anti-abortion. Obviously a great choice.
Gerson's comments, like the Republican's choice is an insult to all women.

Posted by: USneedsObama | August 31, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Wait, wait!!! Women closets can not be checked so quickly. Once we peek in Palin's closet, what scelletons will come out of there. Oil fields, Oil fields, is that is why McCain picked her?? Out of 20 Republican governors, mnay of them 2 terms leading 3 or 4 million people with National Guard, McCain picks 20 month term governer fron the state that has less people than one nighborhood in Chicago, a woman. This is seriously illegaly paid pick.

Posted by: BOBSTER | August 31, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is forever a disgusting shill. The fact that McCain would choose someone so grossly unqualified to be VP shows profound disrespect for this country, its people, and the office of the presidency and vice presidency. It was a decision based totally on political calculation with no regard whatsoever for the welfare of the country. It qualifies as political misconduct. Doris Kearns Goodwin said on MTP this morning that 1 out of 3 vp's in our country's history had to step in due to assassination or some other cause of death or incapacitation.
Just an interesting aside....we had dinner with some friends tonight who ran into Eric Cantor sometime within the past few days. Yes, lucky me, I live in Cantor's district. He talked about Ms. Palin just in friendly conversation. He didn't say anything negative, NOR did he say anything positive. He was just kind of neutral, rattling off her bio. While we know Eric Cantor will always tow the party line, at least for the record and in public, because that's what he always does, they said it was their sense that he wasn't too pleased with McCain's selection. But, we do know that Rethuglicans are the great deceivers, and will be spinning this horrible vp pick every way possible, even if they don't believe the hype themselves. It's just more political gamesmanship, more Party over country, more deceit, more manipulation, more of the same. Wake up America before it's too late.

Posted by: spicegal | August 31, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Saying Palin has executive experience, having been Gov. of...Alaska for less than 2 years and having been the mayor of a flyspeck town in...Alaska, is like me saying my 11 month old daughter has foreign policy experience since her daycare is, shall we say, multi-cultural... lol

Posted by: Experience | August 31, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

orwell thank you I like Mc Cain because he went to colombia thank you again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: silvana | August 31, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Most of the coments to this article are from obvious democrat hacks, I, as a proud REPUBLICAN am proud to vote for the first women vice president.

Posted by: bentothemountain | August 31, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Obviously this is a popular watering spot for worried democrats to voice more of their mindless banter in the hopes of covering up the fact that they're wetting their pants. Or maybe, crying their eyelashes off like Oprah. Give me a break. The harder your attacks on Mr. Gerson, perhaps the more truth he holds and all you can do is lash out. Get a grip you people. You all truly define the least common denominator voters of this country. Sad indeed. Bicker away...

Posted by: CLCS | August 31, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I shuddered to consider the "What if" of Obama and his dreaming cadre of socialists really winning the presidency, thus achieving a hold on the U.S. Citizen's future. Never mind that they are lying through there teeth, and would re-distribute the wealth of our populace, destroy our economy, Kill free enterprise, enact cradle to grave control on those living here, allow massive immigration of illegal aliens, shirk national defense priorities,
turn our military into weak joke, and deprive us of utilizing our own oil.
Now I don't have to worry. That will never happen. There are people like Sarah Palin to help soundly defeat socialism. Democrats can't survive in a climate of truth! Democrats will not be allowed to eviserste the core principles of a free society this time around.
No Socialist government, no Obama cult!

Posted by: USDefender | August 31, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I
WON'T
VOTE
FOR
A
WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: GODHELPUS | August 31, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

GO MC CAIN

Posted by: silvana | August 31, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Obamas "experience" is a joke. Community organizer? Senator - but really running for President. Gerson's point is well taken, being a state or national senator is hardly the best training for president. Palin runs the #1 energy state in the US and energy IS the most important issue for both national security and the economy. Also, lest you forget, Biden voted against the Alaska pipeline 30 years ago - he hasn't changed.

Posted by: Doc | August 31, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

gerson..it's hate mongers and racists like you that are gonna pay dearly for your lies and ambitions.

you better lock and load soon....Palin can help you...

I can only hope McCain wins , overturns Roe v. Wade and pray that you have a daughter that gets raped...better yet I hope it's incest.

I am going to find out who you are and expose you....i hate garbage and you are trash

Posted by: leon | August 31, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

The screaming hate liberals that are so evident here miss the point. Every time they say that she doesn't have the experience. Their own candidate's, Mr. Obama, experience comes back as a subliminal point. Like the author said she has the most experience as a manager. Sad, maybe, but an uncomfortable truth.

Posted by: DougX | August 31, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

According to the many negative comments above, the majority of your readers think you've got it wrong.

And you get paid, eh?

Well at least you have that going for you. You must be the token Dead Ender at the Post.

Posted by: M. M. Cooper | August 31, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Gerson-Obama made his finest speech to date last Thursday, obviously pawns like you can't get it, and don't want to.
Secondly, Obama could have picked Clinton if he was to pander like McCain is doing now, Obama did and does the RIGHT thing, he doesn't pander, this is proof of the true character of the man.
McCain picked Palin for one reason, she's a woman. Her experience is very limited, non-existent on International Affairs. Team McCain is a joke.

Posted by: Craig | August 31, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

silvana, you have good reasons. But you must ease up on the exclamation points.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"Most women who dislike Palin are turned off by her policies and her record, not her feminine qualities or beauty queen past."

I don't know what women you think you are talking to, but you sure haven't spoken to me or women I know.

If you had actually checked her record, you'd see she has an excellent one, one that would speak to people on either side of the political spectrum.

She may be personally pro-life, but she's not so adamant about it that she is against the will of the people, and she's said so.

Palin does appeal to a lot of women. If she's not appealing to you and the women you know, you are either a) not a woman or b) such a hard leftist that you are blinded by the choice issue. You'd be one of those women who chose Obama over Clinton in NARAL and thought you were smart to do so. Such hardcore pro-choicers are only a small percentage of American women.

Posted by: womanforpalin | August 31, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"What a lady this woman is: Intelligent, beautiful, well spoken, successful, a mother, a wife, an executive..."

Yes, that's just what I want in my Vice President: beautiful, a mother, a wife. Oh, and I want her to be good with guns and a devout Christian.

I love this forum, because by the time you've read all the "talk radio" crap herein, you forget what Gerson even said -- but you don't forget he's a bonehead.

Neither Democrap nor Repugnican, but I certainly identify with liberals more than conservatives... the conservatives have their heads wedged so deeply up thier arses, it astounds me they can even pray at night.

Posted by: Xen | August 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I think the guy who wrote this article has no idea of how system works...

Posted by: pete | August 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

You insult women by assuming this woman appeals to all of us. She appeals to MEN and so you naturally assume we will follow. Your article panders to the lowest level of of beings.

Posted by: Amazed | August 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I'am just gonna say it, if obama is elected, someone will probably assasinate him, there's a lot of Neo Nazis out there, and KKK members that would be offended by a black man being in office, as an obama supporter, I just pray he has a good body guard.

Posted by: DAJhoehd | August 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: silvana | August 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I always find it funny when people claim to be Pro-Life and yet they also for Capital Punishment

Posted by: Fun-ny | August 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

According to the many negative comments above, the majority of your readers think you've got it wrong.

And you get paid, eh?

Well at least you have that going for you. You must be the token Dead Ender at the Post.

Posted by: M. M. Cooper | August 31, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, you're an ASSH0LE

You small, simpering, petty, small minded little creep.

The repugs have it coming, remember what happened to Kerry?

They've done horrendous thing to this country by lying, stealing and killing.

Obama was retrained to say the least given what the repukes have done to this country and the world.

Posted by: JR | August 31, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Again Obama only got 1/2 of the votes from his own Democratic Party.

Why because he did not appeal to the other 18 million. His first real decision in politics was to pick the best V.P., and what a political mistake he picked Biden. It divided the party. Many passionate female democrats will not forget for a long time.

Obama could not even unite the Democratic Party, so how will he unite the nation. Fireworks at the White House?

Posted by: abel | August 31, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

The last four years have been totally and completely against what the party supposedly stands for. This choice proves that McCain continues to pander to the "stupid demographic" that GW's team invented. If he thinks that an untested soccer mom will be a good replacement for when he dies in office (he is older than Reagan people!) then he has disappointed me more than when he hugged the man who tore his personal reputation apart to win an office he did not honor.

McCain is not my candidate anymore. Period. At least Obama will pull us out of the first country America invaded, unasked, at the request of the government.

I am a former Government Contractor who has seen a corporate President who makes MILLIONS more than me pay less taxes than I personally did this year, and I am a student. I have seen W's brother DESTROY the school system in my home state and seen THAT held up as a model for the country. it literally sickened me.

Something broke within the party of my father and mother and I just can't believe in it anymore. I WANT to, but if I open my eyes and actually look at what has been happening rather than what my elected leaders say happened, I feel abandoned and lied too.

Frankly, and this is my wife's words, not mine, anyone who votes for a woman simply because she has a uterus is as guilty of sexism as the people who WON'T vote for her for the same reason. She says that any Hillary supporters who vote for Palin should lose their right to vote because it turns out that the men back then were right. "We are too emotional to be trusted with world issues if we vote totally against our own interests based on a snub."

I love that woman. She really thinks it through.

I hope she surprises me, but I can't see that lady standing up to muslim leaders. I could see Hillary doing it, although I was a Republican.

My God! I am going to have to vote against party because we have W2 as a choice!

Well.... I WAS a Republican before we started pandering to the stupid! See the post from Roscoe if you don't believe me.

Convince me and I will get back on board, but that guy REEKS of "Poor white trash who vote like they will have money SOMEDAY." (not my words! When I volunteered for a local Rep, that is the type we targeted for the "Stupid Demographic")


Posted by: WAS a Republican | August 31, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

All of you are idiots. Remember when Stalin held elections, but it was just for show? There was no real choice. That is America today - there is no choice. McCain and Obama are the same, throguh and through. Honestly, do you really think that the best candidate is running? Or will ever run? No, they are too busy being successful in the private sector. I like Jefferson's thought - "I hold that a little revolution now and then is a good thing." I think it may be time...

Posted by: Deep Green | August 31, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

How can people on this thread say that Democrats are a disgrace? Remember who has spent the past 8 years destroying this country.

Posted by: Russian | August 31, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

a desperate hail mary that is falling apart by the second. she lied about opposing the bridge to nowhere, and she has an open corruption investigation. also said that the "founding fathers" wrote the pledge of allegience.

pathetic campaign, pathetic candidate, pathetic, flailing shill of a columnist. your values are unamerican, and that is why they are being rejected.

Posted by: mike | August 31, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Deep Blue,

The best part of your rant was the obvious grammatical errors in your text. Your pan-ignorance is wonderful...now stop showing everyone.

"The problem with ignorance is that it gains confidence as it goes"

...As I see you have, "Deep Blue", AKA, "Dumb Dude"...Sorry, "Ignorant Dude".

Posted by: joe ex-navy/ex-army | August 31, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I am not a republican but I a a former servicemember and I can tell you if I were called to war again by Gov Palin...I would rather sit in jail for life...She can't even begin to handle world problems efectivly. Other countries that think women only have 1 place in this world would never....I say again NEVER take her seriously...We will be in for big trouble should these two get in office.....I might even have to move to someplace like anartica or the north pole. At least Santa clause knows what to do and when to do it.

Posted by: Jimmy MAC | August 31, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Ah, can't we all just get along? Can't we? Probably not.

Cheers!
Jito
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Private Jets Are Not Just For the Rich and Famous These Days

Posted by: Jito | August 31, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

"Look, I got Dame, I mean, a Skirt, uh my friends I mean a broad..."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

leon wrote: "I can only hope McCain wins , overturns Roe v. Wade and pray that you have a daughter that gets raped...better yet I hope it's incest."

YOU SIR, ARE NO FRIEND TO WOMEN. What a horrifying misogynist hateful AWFUL thing to say!

Don't you dare mention choice in one breath and threaten rape on a girl at the same time, pretending you are a friend to women!

I hope you go to jail and get raped by a huge man named Bubba. Geez!!!

Posted by: wow | August 31, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

WE GOT TO GET MCCAIN TO PICK SOMEONE ELSE, AND IT HAS TO BE FAST. NOT A WOMAN. JESUS!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: GODHELPUS | August 31, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Shew,

I thougt maybe you were talking data there for a minute. I know the republicans can manipulate data, but you are just talking figuratively. Nice that the Republicans nominated a woman. Predictable that they nominated one who does not believe in an adults right to make her own decisions. Also sad that they have one who does not see what guns do to folks even like Ronald Reagan and James Brady. President elect Obama said it so well. We don't really know her yet, but we imagine that she is of the same uninformed opinions held by John McCain. So out of touch, so last eight years, so damaging to our Country. We only have one real hope, and that is President Obama.

Posted by: David Congdon | August 31, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

independent thinker,

You sounded authentic for a moment at the beginning of your post, but the overwhelming need to throw in Barack's middle name gives you away as right-wing hack and a troll. You're from some NASCAR state, not Europe. And you're about as independent a thinker as McCain.....

Posted by: timwayne | August 31, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

She has a degree in JOURNALISM!!!!! Getting elected to public office because people like the personality is beyond ignorant, as we already know.

Posted by: wowOwow | August 31, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Palin continues in the tradition of Republicans picking extremely right-leaning running mates. We got neo-con Dick Cheney with Bush (who claimed to be a compassionate conservative and willing to work with both sides). With Palin, you have someone wanting to force religious doctrine taught as scientific fact "and let people decide". That scares me.

But what scares me even more is that PROCESS that John McCain used to pick her. He met her once briefly in February, talked to her briefly on the phone and then offered her the position of VP. I've had a longer interview process for a fast food job in High School.

This really tells us that John McCain likes to roll the dice and do it in a big way. That can have great results, but it can also be devastating when things like economies and soldier's lives are at stake. He says "Country First", but his actions say politics first. Is he also going to roll the dice when dealing with someone like Russia or Iran? His rolling of the dice could have results that reverberate for generations, as in devastated economy or yet another war front.

The real fault of the Palin pick is the way it was done. He says he's a Maverick, but when he wanted to go with Lieberman or Ridge, the religious conservatives said "No" and he caved at the drop of a hat. Then he went for someone that barely has even taken an interest in national politics -- as the person that is a heartbeat away from being President (with that heartbeat being 71 years old).

It may be great politics, but it was a reckless choice for a leader that cares about the country. He specifically stated in April just how important the VP pick was for him because of his age. And this is the result.

I have to really question whether or not this means that McCain is no longer ready (or able) to be President.

Posted by: Mark | August 31, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Gerson -- Fortunately, any Democrat believes in free speech, so you won't be hauled off for a summary beheading and execution. But that said, it's amazing that you have any platform at all for such gibberish: Since when were the mentally impaired granted the same rights to self-endangerment as the rest of humanity? You're a hopeless tool of the gormless Right; take another five or six Zolofts and go back to sleep.

Posted by: Raul | August 31, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I am John McCain and I aprove this message:

Chris Wallace is no friend of mine, Gerson is. So, we need to listen to Gerson, because he right and he's got good judgements. He is honest journalist and he is fair and balanced. Trust Gerson, cause' I do.

PAID BY REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION AND BY McCAIN FOR PRESIDENT.

Posted by: Maverick | August 31, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

How irresponsible is it for the Washington Post to give George W. Bush's chief speechwriter from 2001 until June 2006 a place to write called "Post Partisan" as if that were remotely believable for him. Gadzooks you guys are dweebs.

Posted by: PSoTD | August 31, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Before John McCain picked that hottie as his running mate I was feeling terrible at the thought of him winning the election.

Now, who cares about the boring Democrats?

<--- independent voter

LMAO

McCain = genius

Posted by: hunter | August 31, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I Love the Pick. She is as outside washington politics as one can get. She has proven her willingness to take on whom ever she needs with out regret. Question? If Palin is such a bad Pick why are all the Liberals on this forum so steaming mad. If she were a bad pick they should be happy, or are they just really concerned the inexperience of Senator with 143 days of service (most of which he spent campaigning to be president) is not as strong as they think.

Posted by: Jeff | August 31, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

A N D I W O N ' T

V O T E F O R

A

C L O S E T M U S L I M!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Theo Shultz | August 31, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Just the kind of article I would expect from a former speechwriter for Bush. Enjoy the propaganda while it lasts, fool. Gustav and Palin and poor robotic Cindy McCain are what us liberals like to call karma. Consider for one moment just for fun, that you might be wrong. What if you are wrong? I've looked at it both ways and I'm voting for Obama. I was sure before the convention, but I'm sure now. The ladies in my book club, my PTA group, my Sunday School class-- all offended by Palin's nomination. I agree with Obama and the 80,000 people in Denver and the 40 million watching at home.

Posted by: offended lady | August 31, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I assumed that McCain Takes the Lead was a poll. Instead I find conservative wishful thinking. It's going to take more than a deeply felt, if politically unjustified, wish to make Obama and hope for the future go away. Yes we can begin the repair the damage done by 8 years of fear mongering politics.

Posted by: Byron | August 31, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

To the guy who won't vote for a woman... Get off your sister long enough to realize that there are more of them than us, and they are talking about the size of your "little guy" behind your back.

My wife said she got the memo, and you have been put on the "destined to die alone and bitter in a pool of rancid beer" list.

Grow up big boy! Momma is the one who did the real work in your household, growing up. Think about it, and get over yourself.

(yes, I am a man... It takes a real one to realize what women do for the world...)

Posted by: WAS a Republican | August 31, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

If Palin is obviously such a wonderful candidate, how is it that 99% of the GOP didn't consider her as a serious possibility? You would have thought her good qualities would have drawn attention. Could it be that the chorus of Republicans supporting her started only because she was named? Would they not have oohed and ahhed over any conservative choice?

I find the vetting process which selected her inadequate, as inadequate as her foreign policy experience, none. I heard Romney, Huckabee, Guiliani, and Paul debate. I read about their positions. Please tell me where I can find a pre Aug.29 version of Palin's foreign policy opinions. I have been looking and I can't seem to find any expressions except for the one in which she says she hopes we have a plan in Iraq. This candidate can be a heartbeat from becoming leader of the free world? I admit it. That possibility scares me. She's in over her head.

Posted by: Ceee | August 31, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are hypocritical elitists that are unpatriotic, immoral and corrupt. They are weak in the face of foreign aggression and they care more about the rights of criminals than they do about victims.

Posted by: ME | August 31, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

To you people saying you can't vote for a woman. She is PRO-LIFE. That is most important, and with Jesus coming back soon, you shouldn't even worry about her having to run the country. What we need is a sign to God that we're returning to Him!

Posted by: Patricia R. | August 31, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I think it's great that McCain chose an apparently independent thinking woman who I'm sure is a really great person.

Experienced?
Will she survive a close look at her life and decisions?
Will she help get the conservative right wing political base?
Do we as a country need the values of conservative right wingers forced on us?
Did McCain choose her because she would make a good VP or President or because she might help get him elected?
Is she a good choice for most of America?

After hearing her speak two thoughts came to mind. Lame and Scary.

I heard a great presentation about McCain over the weekend. The more I heard, the more convinced I was that it's not the about the people or what's best for the country, it's about John McCain and what he needs to do or say to get elected.

I'm tired of Republican lies.

Posted by: Kd11 | August 31, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

hahaha, if Barr wins, hahaha, that would be so funny, Obama and McCain :O

Posted by: adfa | August 31, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

The Palin pick is an insult to the American people. I understand John McCain is an avid gambler...craps table for 12 hours...Mr. McCain we already had a "buddy" elected presdent and Mr. Bush has been a disaster.
I am rolling the dice for OBAMA. As Obama says 10 percent opposition to the Bush agenda that Mr. McCain showed is NOT ENOUGH. The McCain pick for VP shows his lust for risky business....NOT with the America I love.

Posted by: Schenectady GE land | August 31, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I am on paper, the wholly ideal that is democrat. A young, more liberal than conservative, born of a lower middle-class Mexican-American family, female. By all means, I should be cheering and supporting Obama-Biden campaign. And yet I am not. For one small and important reason. It scares the hell out of me.
Barack Obama has not wooed me nor my family into thinking he can effect change, giving cause and effect of the last eight years under Bush's "rule". (And yes, I am among those whoe think Bush has the intelligence of a dull thumbtack and no common sense. But the man was voted into office twice, albeit under dubious circumstances, and that speaks for something about the American consciousness. We knew what we were getting the second time around.)
Do I think the last eight years have been the shining example of what America is? Maybe in the few years following September 11th, we became a stronger nation in terms of supporting eachother, we also became highly xenophobic and a bit overly patriotic, forgetting at times that this country was built on the backs of immigrants. But that was the nation as a whole not just republicans or democrats.
To get back to the subject, I don't believe Obama is this messiah that will turn the country around and it will become a land of milk and honey. I don't believe something like that can happen without a cataclysmic change of events. And I for one, am not looking forward to how Obama intends to do make that happen.
I think John McCain made a bold and truly ingenius move in making Sarah Palin his VP running mate. To say her political expertise and education is questionable is a laugh. Who was Barack Obama before his campaign?
Palin will appeal to the public because she is down to earth, she is the soccer mom you can't help but to like. And quite frankly, any woman who can have a successful career while raising 5 kids, deserves to be given the benifit of the doubt. She can run the country if called upon.
America will not change over night in January when President Bush steps down. The storm is always worse before the calm, no matter who's giving the weather reports.

At least with McCain, who I believe to be smart, shrewd, and of having this country's best interest at heart, we will have an idea of what will happen next. We will see the changes however minute, shape the next four years which will not be the same, but gearing us up for our next chapter of America's story..

(and I was rooting for Hilary Clinton.)

Posted by: dlf | August 31, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy MAC !!!!

Salute man, you have a good point. America needs more people like you.

Posted by: BOBSTER | August 31, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm only a woman, so of course I'll be voting the way Mr. Gerson tells me I will.

Since it's impossible for me to apply any critical thinking skills to this choice.

:) :) :)

Insightful analysis, Mr. Gerson!

(by the way, do you have any clues as to why Mondale lost with Ferraro as his running mate? Does this mean she's not really a woman? Or were the women voting for Mondale not really women? Or did somebody forget to tell women that Ferraro was a woman?)

Posted by: nancy | August 31, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Why can't media just give us the facts for a few weeks?
"It's a strategically brilliant development for We the people of the USA.”
This is what this nation needs, real people in office.
McCain said he's running "to fight for you, to make government stand on your side, not in your way." In Palin, he found "the right partner to help me stand up to those who value their privileges over their responsibilities, who put power over principle, and put their interests before your needs."
McCain has enough money and power to just retire yet he wants to serve the people.
His record reflects true care and concern for all the people of this great nation.
Palin would have had a whole lot more fun as Gov over VP yet she is willing to work with all other elected persons to serve WE THE PEOPLE. Help her Hillary/Mitt! ~ jmg
McCain is a real person, rich yes but more importantly honest, did he pick Sarah because she is also a real person? Young yes but more importantly she has worked her way to her current job, not by pushing the systems to work for her but working for the people and making the systems of government work for her constituents. ‘We suspect her record of fighting the status quo was uppermost in John McCain's decision.’ Wsj.com 2008
CNN, C-SPAN, FOX/MSNBC, & PBS et al, must now show the playing field as even.
Obama: 7yrs state senator + 2yrs US senator =9 years
Palin: 4yrs city council + 6yrs Mayor + 2yrs Governor = 12 years
One young enough to ask the hard questions and want answers and one old enough to now where to find the answers, and who can help with the real work ahead.
WE the People need the work done and done right. Roads, parks, bike lanes, green fields.
Let’s get walking Mississippi, go for bike ride California, Love to run in Boston !
We the People need Modern schools. Why does Mississippi have to have a battle over funding education? "The school system in this country – public and private – is designed for the industrial age," she said. "We're in a technological age. We don't want our kids to memorize. We want them to learn." Jada Pinkett Smith ~ wife of Will Smith
WE THE PEOPLE must make the best choice for the future. Power is in the VOTE.
In knowledge-sharing communities and organizations, people often cite altruistic reasons for their participation, including contributing to a common good, a moral obligation to the group, mentorship or 'giving back'. Unknown 2005 `
Bob, Paul and Cindy along with Barack/Joe, John/Sarah must be asked the tough questions; nice stages and good speeches don't get the job done. Rick Warren showed us that anyone who is willing to set it up can ask and get answers. Comments on air are great but We the people need Tim Russert style hard ball ‘no spin’ to the point answers from all candidates. We need real facts not opinions, not last week’s talking points. All 360 degrees of each party’s candidates must be the shown.
Why can't media just give us the facts for a few weeks?
GOD BLESS the USA
"It's a strategically brilliant development for We the people of the USA.”

Posted by: Jenni | August 31, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain is old, corrupt, out of touch, bitter, and desperate.
Maybe the conservative Christians you know will vote for him, but the Christian BLACKS will not!

Why would any one vote for a Republican ticket, when by November many Americans will not even have a place to live.
We have had 8 miserable years of these people.

Enough of all the Republicans.

Posted by: bishop | August 31, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

If Hillary decided to switch to the republican party and won a nomination, republicans would fall in line and vote for her - proving nothing other than the party label and blind following is necessary. That's the republican party.

Proof of that fact is now. Major leaders have publically said that McCain is to the left of Hillary, but yet all the republicans are falling in line backing the left wing McCain and labeling and lying that the MODERATE Obama is extreme left.

This is way republicans are against abortion - because if all the brain damaged babies were aborted, their would be no more future republicans.

Posted by: LOL | August 31, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

You are either very stupid or payed to say things that are very stupid. Shes just a token woman as a strategy. Her husband works for (BP) British petroleum. I wonder where her interests lie. I liked how you conveniently left that out. Nothing but the same all crap going on here with you getting back to endorse it.

Posted by: Your a Tool | August 31, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

This is about the dumbest thing I've ever seen in the Washington Post.

Posted by: George | August 31, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Dana Pintago wrote
"When Obama's numbers start to fall in the polls, I will be looking at how mean and nasty he will get. And in the end? God's will be done! The candidate of His choice will win."
Let me give you a flashnews according to the the latest Gallup Poll taken right after the DNC Obama now enjoys a 8 point lead over McSame. Since I am a liberal Hillary supporter who does not believe in god and go by the oldfashion "seing is believing" motto, I am doing you the favor of pasting the Bloomberg.com article for your viewing pleasure.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=a1nHh6ocKM64&refer=home
It appears the gods are rooting for Obama.

Enjoy the reading and it's been a pleasure illustrating you.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

There's blood in the water and I'm hungry.

Come on folks let's remember the big issues:

The economy
Our safety and that of our children
Health Insurance for those who don't have it
Energy independance
Our environment

While there are lots of sub-issues and lots of people looking for their particular spin, let's try to take the high road and require our candidates to give us specific plans we can then use to make our selections.

Race, Gender, Age - these are not as important as we seem to let them become.

Me, I want our country to be safe and proud again. If it means I have to listen to people who don't agree with me in order to get there, fine.

Posted by: sharkman | August 31, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson,

I think it is time to adjust your medication; you are starting to babble.

I am not without sympathy for you, however. You are playing the reckless, neo-con, fundamentalist hand you were dealt.

And I know that sometimes good people find themselves on the right side of an argument, but on the wrong side of history. It must be hell for you to be on the wrong side of both.

Dr. S

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | August 31, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Kill all the gay gay polar bears!!!! Kill a wolf for Jesus!!!!

Seriously, if she comments on McCain starting to lose more hair is he going to tell her that she smears her makup on like a trollep!

Come on... this guy is a ticking time bomb of anger. He'll surely have a heart attack in office, after sending us to war with Iran and leaving us in the hands of an evangelical gun loving (non)feminist.

Posted by: xian | August 31, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Patricia, God will be ANGRY AT US IF WE PUT A WOMAN IN! I WONT VOTE FOR OBAMA NO WAY, SO WE GOT TO GET MCCAIN TO CHANGE HIS MIND!!

Posted by: GODHELPUS | August 31, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

For the Hillary supporters, if she was such a good pick then why didn't McCain pick her? You won't vote for Obama because he didn't pick her but you will vote for McCain? What are your values?

Posted by: Kd11 | August 31, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

While Obama's speech may not have been a grand slam home run, it was at least a run scoring double. The majority of the American people are not well paid pundits and are truly concerned about the failure of Republican policies. One of the reasons that recent Democratic nominees have not fared well is that they did not voice that message clearly enough. As for Ms. Palin, she is cute as button and seems to be quite bright and articulate. I'll bet she's a quick learner too. However she does not remotely approach being qualified to be President. For every voter that Palin brings back to McCain, two will drop away questioning McCain's judgment.

Posted by: Michael Shores | August 31, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

My comment is directed to those people like our good friend Roscoe,who are a direct remnant of Hitler's little White Supremacy gang showing their wonderful distorted ideologies.Let me put it to you idiots,who did not finished thier high school education.Let me put it to you bluntly if your mother had any decency in her body,she should have had aborted you before your birth into this world,to prevent the hurt,and pain that people like you caused,it's like all that you do,is to go out of your their way to cause by being alive.First of all Barack Obama father was a Moslem from Kenya,like so many people of African decent who are Moslem,this why you are an idiot.Secondly,you have never seen Barack Obama in a Mosque reading the Koran has a practicing Islamic rebel planning to do harm Americans.But,my main point is that you are a hard core Racist low-life,that should have had been aborted at birth along with the rest of people like you before coming into this world.NJ.

Posted by: NJ. | August 31, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCain has hopes that he will be porking Palin on lunch breaks. He's put about that much thought in selecting his VP.

Posted by: Anon | August 31, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

"I always find it funny when people claim to be Pro-Life and yet they also for Capital Punishment"

Posted by: Fun-ny | August 31, 2008 9:45 PM

==

YES! You got it! Even Jesus was for the Death Penalty. I called those people hypocrites in an earlier post, but let's face it... they're just morons. But that's what religion is all about -- keep the morons in line by convincing them that Christian = moral concervative = political conservative = Republican. They preach the bible, but they've never really bothered to read it -- if they had, they'd realize it's full of inconsistencies and ethical challenges. E.g. WHICH 10 commandments? Their are three sets of 10 commandments in the old testament. What? God made a mistake?

Yeah, he sure did... he "created" a breed of human known as the ultra-conservative Republican American Freedom Fry idiot and empowered him to participate in society. What a country -- even an illiterate chimpanzee like Bush can get elected... twice!

Posted by: Xen | August 31, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

How can you compare Palin to Hillary? WTF?? Who the hell is Palin anyway and what has she done???

Posted by: hopefulidiot | August 31, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Any GOD fearing person can see that if there is a GOD above and you believe that GOD is sending a sign to us mere mortals... it's this. Obama had clear sunny skies for his convention and GOD is taking his anger out on the Republican Party and his name is Gustav. Republicans are being hoist by their own petard.

Posted by: RobG | August 31, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

How is it that a respectable publication like the Washington Post can publish such drivel from the likes of this Gerson?

Posted by: Marcus | August 31, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow, for a smart guy, your completely insane. If McCain gets elected you and everyone that voted for him get what you deserve, which will most likely be the cementing of the beginning of the end of the United States...........all for what? 2 issues? .. . we will have MORE war with McCain, more financial hardship (that trip has only just begun)..........Go ahead Sir, you reward failure, not me, I'm voting Democrat straight up and down.

Posted by: jay | August 31, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

First she pitched the "Bridge to Nowhere"

Is currently under investigation for abuse of power

Recently asked "Just what is it that the Vice President does?" (my 10 year old daughter knows the answer to that question, maybe she should be on the ticket)

Was a big supporter of Pat Buchanan

I'm sure she is a nice person when she's not blowing away wolves and polar bears from a helicopter so she can mount their heads on her wall but I would prefer she stay in Alaska.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

You started out very well, I thought. But then you lost me at the word sneer and how it's not an argument.

If you want me to read the rest, maybe you could put a link to my journal, Kire's journal, on Democratic Underground in the body.

Thanks

Posted by: Kire | August 31, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson...you nailed it. I couldn't have said it better. I know that Sarah Palin will make a great Vice President.

I look forward to seeing her sit right next to Pelosi during the State of the Union Address by McCain. I hope that Sarah gives Pelosi the evil look and puts Pelosi in her place!

Posted by: SBrainard | August 31, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

"Troopergate"?

Come on! The story is that Gov. Palin heard some fool on her security detail threaten to murder the father of her sister's son.

Then one of her aides conveyed to a state police lieutenant the Gov's bewilderment that this fool still was on the force and in possession of a firearm.

Then the Gov fired the state police commissioner.

Now - let's be real here. I was in the military for a few years. If one of my guys had threatened to kill someone, within earshot of my C.O., and if I had let that guy remain in possession of a firearm ...

You best believe my a** would have been relieved of duty for lack of judgment!

The same should go for a state police commissioner who permits an avowedly homicidal state trooper to remain on the force.

End of "gate".

Posted by: still an obama-biden supporter | August 31, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break.
Palin is a joke. A desperate attempt to "shake things up" and appease the militant Evangelical minority that has a complete strangle hold on the once-great Republican Party.

And do you think someone told him about Palin's pending ethics investigation before or after he flipped the coin?

McCain should change his campaign slogan from "America First" to "Political Expediency First".


Posted by: Innocent bystander | August 31, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

in the body of your next editorial

doh!

like you never did that.

Posted by: Kire | August 31, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

McCains reckless pick is a gamble with the lives of the American people - not as you advertise it as a political gamble.

It is nothing short of 'scoring a own goal.'

Posted by: Emory Mayne | August 31, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama and Biden have been sending political aids out to get pizza while they vote every energy bill down the toilet.

While bloviating Biden and Obama have been making speeches in the Senate with McCain......Palin has been running a state and getting a pipeline built.

She has just as much experience if not more. She doesn't sit around and talk all day.....she works for a living, taking care of the State of Alaska.

Posted by: Steven Wilson | August 31, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Let's get real. The Bush, McCain, Palin (now) team has taken us from a budget surplus to major budget deficits. We are revisiting stagflation. The unregulated (sound like Alaska?) housing market proferred by this team has bankrupted homeowners, made the poor and middle class poorer, and even bankrupted some banks over their own greed. We are wasting 200 billion dollars (per year, total, it is tons of money) on war that was a mistake to say the least, was not directed at our enemy, but did make our enemy stronger, and we have not caught the bad guys while we are fiddling while Rome burns, or fighting for oil profits, or whatever we are doing in Iraq. Good, young people are dieing, and this new team does not care. What have you gotten yourself into Ms. Palin? Did you know it would be so bad?

Posted by: David | August 31, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

The emperor has no clothes. It may take a few weeks for the fawning Republicans to see it, but choosing Sarah Palin will likely be remembered as the moment John McCain lost all credibility with the electorate. He certainly deserves to.

Posted by: Michael | August 31, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

RIGHT MCCAIN TO GET HIM TO CHANGE HIS PICK! RIGHT HIM TODAY!! WE NEED REPUBLICANS TO RETURN TO AND GET LIBS OUT OF THE COUTRY OR LOCK THEM UP IN GITMO!!!

Posted by: GODSAVEUS | August 31, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse


"Team McCain Takes the Lead"

"Mission Accomplished"

Same ole repugnican oral defication.

Posted by: Jesus Christ | August 31, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

If some of you morons didn't support George Bush, we could have been one nice country. Look at you now, fighting for the last piece of garbage left of republican party. If McCain was any good he would have been the president for the last 8 years, not ChimpMonkey. Disgrace to this country, disgrace.

Posted by: BOBSTER | August 31, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Most democrat supporters are stooges of Obama and Obama in turn is a stooge of John Kerry, Ted keneddy, Al Gore, George Soros and Tom Daschle.. Bunch of cartoons. That is why Democratic party is called Hollywood Party. Obama is the ultimate flip flopper and a pathological liar of all time

Posted by: Bernie | August 31, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Reverse the two parties, Gerson would be roundly praising the speech and talking about what an irresponsible pick Palin was.

Posted by: mypitts2 | August 31, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen the Democrat party or democrats act more disgraceful than they have attacking Sarah Palin these past few days.

If she's such a bad choice they should be rejoicing- instead they spout vitriol and cast aspersions. Why?
Could it possibly be because their candidate now has a distinct chance of losing this coming November?

As for Mr. Gerson's article, I, too, considered voting for Mr. Obama- back when he was the candidate of change. These past few months, however, he seems to have changed his mind on everything he believed.

By the way, did anyone else notice that in the weeks before the DNC, the McCain campaign was hammering 'experience'. Obama chooses Biden to get some credibility, and McCain choses Palin. Suddenly the issue is 'change', and Obama is stuck with a VP choice that hangs around his neck like an albatross.
Who looks like the candidate of 'change' now? Who looks more like the Washington outsider?
Talk about being bamboozled and hoodwinked!

Posted by: Tom | August 31, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

simply put, Gerson, you are a turd.

Posted by: Cav | August 31, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

right, right
what we need is a gov who lets her husband sit in on Alaska State business meetings, who cc's her husband on Alaska Gov business emails, who laughs when a political competitor is called the "B" word and called a "cancer" (a person who survived a battle with cancer), who by her own admission does not know much about the Iraq war or what the VP does on a daily basis, who was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it - come on people have the courage and the strength to think for yourselves and judge a candidate on their merits instead of repeating some party talking points.

Posted by: Casey | August 31, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

You know, I LOVE how conservatives call liberals sexists, and yet I go to a conservative website and see the most horrifying comments about Hillary and Obama that my soul has been burnt to a crisp.

So with that said. My 2 main issues. (Yes I am unfortunately a few issues voter but these far outweigh everything else.)

1. The economy- Obama BY FAR is better on it. Actually has a detailed plan.

2. Who's going to be my Commander in Chief- Planning on the military as a career, more than likely the USMC. It doesn't matter to me that McCain served in the military. Like my recruiter said, some people have, "it" which could make him (her) a good CIC. IMO, Obama has more of "it" than McCain.

Posted by: Scott | August 31, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, I hope to god you're a troll.

Posted by: Radar | August 31, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Blah, blah, blah, brought to you by the same folks that brought us the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer. The list goes on. At least the Republicans have brought us something pleasant to look at and perhaps disagree with. Keep the trash coming, liberal lefties. You are fueling Ann Coulter's next book...

Posted by: CLCS | August 31, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe the propaganda tools-msm- of fascist amerika are so docile, such tiny lapdogs; but yes, its all part of the fall of empire !

Posted by: tio Che | August 31, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

After finding out that Karl Rove is in charge of McCain's campaign I finally realized that he has sold out. He wants to win so badly that he has solf his soul to the evil ones - Rove and Chaney. I truly believe that the recent gas shortage/price hike maight have been manufactured by the Bush/Chaney clan and that the choice of Palin was due to two reasons: 1) Rove actually thinks that women are stupid and will vote for any woman 2) Palin will help the Oil crowd still get want they want - US drilling.

Please all - look at how they are manufacturing and selling the McCain team - false claims and shameless pandering.

Bush has led us to the precipice of a true world war and has actually destroyed (perhaps permanently) the integrity of the United States. Yes - Obama is not ready. He is not ready to give up, he is not ready to have another four years of the Respublicans, he is not ready to let the world decline.... HE IS NOT READY FOR A ROVE/LIMBAUGH government again...

Posted by: aWOMANwithaBRAIN | August 31, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

The greatness of McCains pick can be judged in the hatred and venomosity of the left who are responding. What a great day! Everyone pissing and moaning about Palin's inexperience and "how dare your put that woman one heartbeat away from the presidency!! Well, she is more capable of defending our country than that stuffed shirt running for the other side. She would make a better president than Obama, without question. These niave liberals don't know how or why we need to defend our country. Michael Moore shouldn't be invoking God. That same God, he knows nothing about, may have just handed the whole liberal party their lunch in Nov.. ha ha ha already behind in the polls, and the RNC hasn't even started. ha ha ha so funny!!

Posted by: freedom and rights | August 31, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Palin said. "I've been focused on state government. I haven't focused on the war in Iraq."

What? Isn't her son going off to Iraq?

Is this an example of her judgement?

Posted by: Kd11 | August 31, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

You are wrong.

Posted by: Joe | August 31, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, you are pathetic. I wonder if you complained during McCain's ads slandering Obama as a celebrity, lying about Obama's tax policies, and misinterpreting his policy towards offshore drilling...or were those ads "classy"? Are Karl Rove's proteges graceful? Are McCain's lobbyist employees humorous?

You are a poor, biased journalist, just like the rest of the bloviating media.

Posted by: Jorge | August 31, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Any Republican who defends this vp pick is either stupid, self -deluded, or just flat out lying. At age 72, and with a history of serious medical problems, the odds of a VP having to assume the reigns is greatly increased. Listening to Rethuglicans spin Ms. Palin's qualifications to make them sound better than they are is absolutely disgusting. Let's be clear, she was the mayor of a tiny town of 8000 people, a town she apparently left 20 million in debt. She's been governor of a very sparsely populated, homogenous state for a whopping 20 months. She's under investigation for ethics violations. She was a journalism major and a sport newscaster, PTA something, hockey mom. The rethugs are going to try to pass her off to the ignorant masses as another George Bush, except it will be Annie Oakley, the rootin tootin shootin gal you'd like to have a beer with instead of the chain saw brush cutting Bush in Crawford. The woman doesn't even have a clue how folks in the lower 49 live. Face it, people who choose to live their lives in Alaska are not exactly mainstream, no offense.

Posted by: spicegal | August 31, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

This is GREAT!

I love the Onion!!!

What? he's serious?

Oh...wow, it's EVEN funnier.

Posted by: Steve K | August 31, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Gerson's had more than a year to tear down Barack Obama, and a few days to size up Palin. After three days Gerson has affixed his seal of approval on the little known Palin, a woman who Gerson wistfully laments has more executive experience than McCain himself. We will lose our minds trying to understand how this constitutes an endorsement.

Posted by: phughez | August 31, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse


AND FURTHERMORE ALL LIBS SHOULD BE QUARTERED AND/OR DE-BOWLED FOR SPEAKING ILL OF OUR GREAT GOD GIVEN LEADER MCCAIN THE CHRIST.

GOD LOVES US BECAUSE WE ARE FREE!

Posted by: GODSAVESUS | August 31, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Why can't media just give us the facts for a few weeks?
"It's a strategically brilliant development for We the people of the USA.”
This is what this nation needs, real people in office.
McCain said he's running "to fight for you, to make government stand on your side, not in your way." In Palin, he found "the right partner to help me stand up to those who value their privileges over their responsibilities, who put power over principle, and put their interests before your needs."
McCain has enough money and power to just retire yet he wants to serve the people.
His record reflects true care and concern for all the people of this great nation.
Palin would have had a whole lot more fun as Gov over VP yet she is willing to work with all other elected persons to serve WE THE PEOPLE. Help her Hillary/Mitt! ~ jmg
McCain is a real person, rich yes but more importantly honest, did he pick Sarah because she is also a real person? Young yes but more importantly she has worked her way to her current job, not by pushing the systems to work for her but working for the people and making the systems of government work for her constituents. ‘We suspect her record of fighting the status quo was uppermost in John McCain's decision.’ Wsj.com 2008
CNN, C-SPAN, FOX/MSNBC, & PBS et al, must now show the playing field as even.
Obama: 7yrs state senator + 2yrs US senator =9 years
Palin: 4yrs city council + 6yrs Mayor + 2yrs Governor = 12 years
One young enough to ask the hard questions and want answers and one old enough to now where to find the answers, and who can help with the real work ahead.
WE the People need the work done and done right. Roads, parks, bike lanes, green fields.
Let’s get walking Mississippi, go for bike ride California, Love to run in Boston !
We the People need Modern schools. Why does Mississippi have to have a battle over funding education? "The school system in this country – public and private – is designed for the industrial age," she said. "We're in a technological age. We don't want our kids to memorize. We want them to learn." Jada Pinkett Smith ~ wife of Will Smith
WE THE PEOPLE must make the best choice for the future. Power is in the VOTE.
In knowledge-sharing communities and organizations, people often cite altruistic reasons for their participation, including contributing to a common good, a moral obligation to the group, mentorship or 'giving back'. Unknown 2005 `
Bob, Paul and Cindy along with Barack/Joe, John/Sarah must be asked the tough questions; nice stages and good speeches don't get the job done. Rick Warren showed us that anyone who is willing to set it up can ask and get answers. Comments on air are great but We the people need Tim Russert style hard ball ‘no spin’ to the point answers from all candidates. We need real facts not opinions, not last week’s talking points. All 360 degrees of each party’s candidates must be the shown.
Why can't media just give us the facts for a few weeks?
GOD BLESS the USA
"It's a strategically brilliant development for We the people of the USA.”


Posted by: Jenni | August 31, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Michael Gerson you are a F*U*C*K*I*N*G moron!

Posted by: Joe | August 31, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

You people simply can't understand that obama is a person who will alienate people with christian views. He is not a christian! I support the choice and ask that he made. Obama just tells how it will be a new era but has no plan said whatsoever while people say Mccain is boring because he doesnt make fairy tales but actual solutions! Don't cheer for a new era if you have no plan on how to get there

Posted by: Dskiman14 | August 31, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat and I'm very happy with the choice of Palin.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Stamp your forehead with an "S" and call yourself 'stupid'. The country is rapidly becoming a banana republic.

Posted by: David | August 31, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Great write-up Mr, Gerson! Well stated and completely in line with my own thinking. Sarah will be a force to be reckoned with. Her attitudes about spending, the environment, taxes, etc...will be refreshingly out of place in our Do-Nothing Congress....AND in-line with the thinking of most Americans. Most of us are looking for a real person in the Administration who will actually DO something. Thanks for the insightful write-up.

Posted by: Gary | August 31, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain has made a great choice ... and Mr. Gerson you are wrong in your assumption that this would not sway a Hillary support. I supported Hillary and was disgusted at the way the DNC and Obama treated her. I will be voting republican for the first time in my life this go round. I think Sarah Palin is breath of fresh air and that she works for the "people" not the party that she represents. Obama is just another power hunger corrupt politician from Chicago. His representation of and association with Rezko speaks volumes about his character and his judgement.

Posted by: mythoughts02 | August 31, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

DanVotes' comments states it best. Again Gerson, you are a turd.

Posted by: cav | August 31, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm just here to say: "No way! No how! No McCain!"

Posted by: Feminist | August 31, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't think you've been paying attention.

That, or you're on someone's payroll who need not be named.

As to the McCain camp... As a woman, I feel pandered to. As a taxpayer, I feel cheated. As an American, I feel betrayed.

As to Obama's speech, I did not feel it was divisive. Neither did any of my friends or relatives who heard it. I happen to believe our interpretations are just as important as your own.

Posted by: Amused | August 31, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I DIDNT POST THAT. SOMEONE IS COPYING MY NAME.

Posted by: GODHELPUS | August 31, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

The bigger picture is that if the country goes with McCain, we'll have at least another four years of the same fat cats (recruiting new fat cats from Alaska) sucking the lifeblood out of our country with no-bid contracts in Iraq and all the other pots they have their claws in. The only way to clean any house is voting another group in.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin,a mother of five,to be VP? What self-respecting mother of 3+ school aged children with any sense of responsibilty to her family would think this a candidate qualified to be second banana? Smart women aren't fooled by this condescending choice.Women,check Palin's skeletel filled closet before voting based on anatomy.

Posted by: Smartvoter | August 31, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Fake journalists are paid money to make outrageous statements that get folks riled up enough to pay attention to their depressing paper. Why do we have to accept this? What has happened to the Washington Post? This snarky fellow is permitted access to the public - a former Republican speechwriter which believe it or not, some of us in the hinterland might not know of? Who is more to blame? The Washington Post or Gerson himself? McCain is a rogue politician who already appears to be suffering from dementia or Alzheimers - how could a true patriot demean the position of President so poorly with his choice of VP? How does that bode for the next 4 years? If the Post can't take on Palin and the rest of the frightening choices, who will? McCain thought he could deflect the hard questions by making a shocking VP choice - a new mother whose hormones haven't even got back to normal* and now he is just laughing at the media because everyone fell for it. American newspapers and journalists - take back the night.
*this writer is a mother, a former PTA leader,an involved parent and a professional who has always worked while raising her children - I suffer no delusions that I or anyone like me should be at a high level of our national government.

Posted by: JPatterson | August 31, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Amazing the power of the Web, A simple call to arms at daily KOS or DemUnderground and you see a flood of Liberal flame-throwers flood the comments and make it seem like there is some overwhelming tide.
Funny that there is an even Poll split.
Oh well, They get the internet, we get talk radio....

Posted by: Pariah | August 31, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

You said, "Palin perfectly fits McCain's reform Republican narrative -- her efforts to oppose the corrupt Republican machine in Alaska have been impressive and popular."

I have to question that since Stevens, the most corrupt politician in the history of politics - caught on film, got 78% of the vote last week. It seems that fighting corruption is not top-of-mind for Alaskans. So, who are you trying to convince with that statement?

Posted by: ProfitGanda | August 31, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

The Obama camp is all upset because they had dirt on all the other candidates that McCains people fed the media only to find out McCain fooled them all. In addition, the Obama camp is worried about those other 18 million voters Obama did not get. Now they are scrambling to throw dirt on Palin just like Hillary. Just watch, they will have the media do it for them like they did the Clintons.

Posted by: abel | August 31, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

My parents always taught me that "Pride cometh before a fall"... I never figured out why the "cometh", maybe it originally a William Shatner quote when he was waxing shakespearean.

Pride is arrogance. Why the heck would anyone intelligent go around chanting and shouting "Proud to be an American"???

As for "God Bless America", if you are such a staunch beleiver in God, why wouldn't you rather be praying to him to bless the world and bring peace here, instead of mislead patriotic.... nationalism like Hitler's supporters.

"Homeland Security"... why not just call it "Vaterland Security"?

Posted by: Xen | August 31, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

"I've never seen the Democrat party or democrats act more disgraceful than they have attacking Sarah Palin these past few days."
It is not just the Dems that think Palin is bad, I have voted Republican for all three Bush victories and also for Dole's loss.
I do not like Palin as the VP choice! Choose someone else please......

Posted by: reaganw | August 31, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Michael Gerson to go H*E*L*L you idiot.

Posted by: God | August 31, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a threat to America. He should be running for secretary general of the UN where he could do less harm.Palin is a breath of fresh air. She will destroy Biden in their upcoming debate. He voted against the Alaskan pipeline, the fool.

Posted by: jim downs | August 31, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I choose to believe that all Repub advocates in this election are expressing their "views" in comment threads such as these solely to get a rise out of the easily angered, because I refuse to believe human beings can be that stupid without having 90% of their bodies covered in fur.

Posted by: Jim | August 31, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Gerson pegged the big Obama giveaway speech better than any in the media. Listen to it on radio instead of watching him and it is easy to conjure up a Jimmy Carter or a Walter Mondale spewing promises impossible to keep.

Palin is a non-millionaire, real American. Thank you John McCain for putting her in position to bring fresh air to this otherwise boring election year.

Posted by: emikie | August 31, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, you are worse than a tool. I will like tiy read your analysis after Nov 4th

Posted by: IIO | August 31, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

To dyinglikeflies:

What of the statements that Palin aligned herself with bigots like Patrick Buchanan. This man, who is an offensive anti Semite is the last person that McCain should be aligning himself with.
But Palin aligned herself with this thug in 1998 and 2000.
If you can criticize the Obama camp for Jeremiah Wright--then let's do the same to Palin for her alliance with that dastardly soul Buchanan.
And what of her opposition to ANY abortion whatsoever?
To a rape victim, and to an incest victim--Palin would sanctimoniously inform them: sorry you have to carry their progeny to term.
So the rape and incest victims are victimized twice, once by their attackers and the second time by the Palins of the world who wouldforce them to bear children conceived by violent criminal acts.

This type of governmental coercion is simply shameful.

Posted by: cbb1377 | August 31, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe they pay you real money to write shi t like this.

Posted by: Jayboat | August 31, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I just love it. Not one rational argument from the the anti-establishment, Bush is bad, McCain is old, Palin's hairdoo ewww,"tool" user juvenile,misinformed on who was President when all the planning for 9-11 took place crowd. You know when your on the "RIGHT" track when the start wailing uncontrollably.

Posted by: Blazestop | August 31, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who votes for McCain because his VP pick has a vagina is not fit to vote.

I'm a woman who is proudly voting for Obama. I'm sick of you morons referring to Obama as "Hussein". It just goes to show how racist and intolerant most Republicans are. We don't need another four years of sickos like you.

Posted by: stacy | August 31, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow! They're behind in the polls, the futures markets and Vegas. Their convention that could have boosted their campaign has been all but canceled. And yet, somehow they're taking the lead because Palin's husband is a blue collar snow mobile racer?

Never mind healthcare, immigration, jobs going overseas, an intractable war that is keeping our children in harms way, the vice president's husband is in the union and that makes everything OK.

Posted by: Delusional much? | August 31, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I only hope that America will make the right choice in God's eyes. All I ask is that you look at the facts and truly think what is the moral choice. Please read the bible and you decide who affiliates with it more.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, you are worse than a tool. I will like to read your comments after Nov 4th

Posted by: IIO | August 31, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH -
PALIN IS THE SUBJECT OF AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION BY HER OWN STATE LEGISLATURE
- PALIN LIED TO THE PEOPLE OF HER STATE ABOUT PRESSURE PUT ON ONE OF HER APPOINTEES TO FIRE HER EX BROTHER IN LAW
(This investigation started several weeks ago. I have seen it attributed to the Obama campaign, but that is nonsense, this issue came up in July.)

PALIN PROMISED TO BUILD THE "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" THEN MADE A BIG DEAL OUT OF REFUSING TO DO IT. (This did not save any federal money as the money came to the state anyway, just not for the bridge)

And, her approval rating is being exaggerated.
For once, being an Alaskan makes us better informed than the rest of the country. The day her selection was announced, the Obama office ran out of lawn signs and garnered a new list of volunteers. Some people are thrilled for her, but it is by no means unanimous.

Posted by: From Alaska | August 31, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I will vote for Democratic Obama. Reasons:

1) In the past 8 years, we have enough wars, trillions of dollars have been wasted in the Iraqi, Afghanistan wars... lots of innocent people, soldiers died in this war as well.

2) Housing bust, unemployment, going up and up... Republicans spent too much time on wars man!

3) Obama has "troop withdrawal" and high speed rail plans!

LOVE YOU OBAMA!

Posted by: Mark | August 31, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

This is a biased and disgusting right wing, ultra conservative piece of lies. First off, Palin energized the Democrats more than the Republicans, Clinton supporters and other women feel belittled and turn towards Obama for support. She has no experience and is not ready to be governor of a decent sized state, much less vice president. Secondly, Obama's speech showed true change in how he will lead the nation to a better future, making a historic landmark, that, I at lest will think of as one of the best speeches in American history! Third, McCain can't win this election through failed policies and inexperienced vice presidents- he needs to get more moderate- fast! He is no maverick, just an old, wizend face in Washington.

Posted by: A real patriot | August 31, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

GOD LOVES CAPSLOCK!

Posted by: GODHELPUS | August 31, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

The democrat party is liberal, state governments are liberal and so are most county and city governments, thy are control by democrat's, the Bush administration and the republican's have been a populist party, so the only governing body's that have real power are the democrats, who use class war-fare and hate to destroy this nation,it's school's, courts and institution's. The only change that Obama can make is himself, not the party with the power.

Posted by: xthat | August 31, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

If Obama was really about CHANGE, why did he pick a staunch Washington Insider for close to 30 years like Biden? Where's the change in that? He is NOT the candidate of change but of LIES.

Obama's first decision as presidential candidate and he picks the status quo Biden who takes away his "Change" message, who voted for the Iraq war and has a history of loose mouth that McCain has already taken advantaged in ad saying "the presidency is not an on the job training and Obama has no experience." Some change.

Noticed Obama kissed Biden's wife Jill on the lips twice, Wednesday night and Thursday night. Was he trying to distract the public from the various internet rumors of his closeted homosexuality that may arise? Simply google "Obama closeted homosexual" and you will get pages of sites, incredible.

As Hillary's 18 million voters, we should protest how DNC criminally undermined her and annointed Obama because he couldn't win it on his own, and Vote for McCain/Palin '08!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is a non-millionaire, real American."

As opposed to all those fake ones we elect because we don't have enough nobodies on our tickets...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I thought all the "Earth is Flat", and "Creationism" bugs had hid in their holes. But creepy Palin and compadres sticking their heads out of their dark holes. Not this time, not now, not how, "ENOUGH".

Posted by: Mac | August 31, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

innocent bystander....How is the Evangelical group militant?

They aren't killing 4600 babies every working day in abortion clinic across the United States.

If you want to label a group as militant....look in the mirror....your party is the biggest militant baby killing organization out there. 1,200,000 million babies a year.

You might as well be dropping an atomic bomb on a major city full of baby cribs every year.

Losers that murder babies....the Democratic Party in a nutshell.

I think you called vietnam vets baby killers before the war ended in 1973. Then you passed Roe V. Wade and killed 45 million babies since.

Promising to kill another generation....Obama Biden 2008

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

You, Sir, are a moron of epic proportions. The scary thing is that there just might be enough who agree with you.

Posted by: John | August 31, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

As our good buddy, Barack, has so wisely noted, if you think the energy issue is about oil, you don't get it. It is about being self sufficient for one thing. If we had fuel economy standards as tough as those in Europe, we would need no foreign oil. This is not hard. It is just a matter of being smart. Bush, McCain, Palin are not (OK, I should include Cheney too). Obama is. In addition, as we invest in post oil (OK, I know that is like promoting public transit to the demise of good old GM and Firestone out on the freeways), we will develop the technology which reasserts us as the world leader we know the US can be but which Bush, McCain, Palin have given up on through old thinking (eight years old, 26 years in the Washington establishment and the pockets of Big Oil old). We need new thinking. We are a young Country, and we need young thinking toward what we can build on tomorrow. Contrary to what John McCain, and I guess, Ms. Palin, say, our best years are ahead of us, not behind us. That best years behind us nonsense is just old, old, very old thinking. It is not what we need.

Posted by: David | August 31, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

VP pick brilliant? If McCain can't fulfil his duty as president, you are suggesting an inexperienced person from the PTA? Awesome.

The VP pick was stupid and Obamba-Biden is far superior. You are a moron. The economy sucks and Republicans don't give a damn about the middle class. This country is full of idiots, that is why people like bush make it into office.

Posted by: Rick | August 31, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

"Though the evangelical/hunter/beauty-contest contestant is unlikely to appeal to the hardest core of Hillary's feminist supporters, she is likely to appeal broadly to most women, who will be undisturbed that she doesn't fit feminist stereotypes."

I find this statement incredibly offensive and demeaning to women in your insinuation that women would choose to vote for someone simply based on the fact that she's a women without any consideration of candidates' records and experience.

Posted by: Denise | August 31, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Priceless, abel is charging the Democrats with having the lack of ethical fortitude so as to find dirt on the Clintons.

Posted by: Orwell | August 31, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

He's using Palin to get votes, plain and simple. I'm ashamed of McCain and I'm voting dem this election instead. Sorry, I have values, and using her because she is a pretty woman doesn't agree with them.

Posted by: Ex-Republican | August 31, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

If Obama was really about CHANGE, why did he pick a staunch Washington Insider for close to 30 years like Biden? Where's the change in that? He is NOT the candidate of change but of LIES.

Obama's first decision as presidential candidate and he picks the status quo Biden who takes away his "Change" message, who voted for the Iraq war and has a history of loose mouth that McCain has already taken advantaged in ad saying "the presidency is not an on the job training and Obama has no experience." Some change.

Noticed Obama kissed Biden's wife Jill on the lips twice, Wednesday night and Thursday night. Was he trying to distract the public from the various internet rumors of his closeted homosexuality that may arise? Simply google "Obama closeted homosexual" and you will get pages of sites, incredible.

As Hillary's 18 million voters, we should protest how DNC criminally undermined her and annointed Obama because he couldn't win it on his own, and Vote for McCain/Palin '08!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Gerson.. what an f'ing idiot!!

Posted by: Responsible | August 31, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Good points Gerson. Keep up the good work.. I do agree with most of the points in the article. I am just disappointed that you hvae not pointed out the key differences here..

1) Obama's character problems with radical ties to pastor wright, convicted criminal rezko, Khalidi, farrakhan, terrorists Ayers and other anti-social elements in Chicago area.

2) Biden is popular as Liar and a racist and he does have such a history. Remember his comment on Indian community? He also does not think Obama is not ready for the job.

Dems screwed this golden chance for a landslide..

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Um, she's all that great, really.
So why do we get this kind of story out of Alaska, when interviewing the top Republicans in the state?
http://www.adn.com/politics/story/510770.html
Come on, you can not make the arguement that got Bush in, "the Presidency is so easy that it doesn't matter who has the job". I heard that over and over in the runup to 2000. The Republican nominee has had two cancer surgeries and five cancers, according to his own health release. So you actually expect to put someone with less than two years as governor of a state with low population and no tax worries because of oil one step away from this nominee and I'm supposed to believe McCain was taking this SERIOUSLY? Are you mad? As a cynical political move it might have something to recommend it, but it's TOTALLY against the good of the nation to put such an unexperienced person in that slot in such circumstances. McCain has simply shown his rear to the entire electorate that takes such thing seriously.

Posted by: PD | August 31, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

BTW: How much foreign affairs experience did Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton bring to the office?

I believe the Dems are masking their discrimination against any woman candidate. Why else would the party have excluded Hillary from their ticket?

Posted by: emikie | August 31, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

you know if Obama gets elected, he'll probably get killed, our nation hasn't moved forward THAT much

Posted by: Billb | August 31, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

The best thing about this article are all of the comments made below it. The article itself rings hollow and pointed and obviously policital, just like McCain's VP pick. Eight years ago I would have voted McCain. Four years ago I would have voted McCain. Obama is not trying to polarize, as you have made up in your article; on the contrary Obama knows better than any politician I have ever heard just how divided, diverse, and ultimately very special this country is. It is his goal not to alienate, but to unify around the core beliefs that make this country great: care for the citizens, investment in the infrastructure, and always working toward a better future. Obama is my choice whole-heartedly, and your aticle is conflict-mongering tripe.

Posted by: GreBra | August 31, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I had plenty of reactionary comments... but you guys already made them for me. This guy's a tool and a poor journalist. The dirty trick I fell for was the title, which made me think the Gallup organization had exploded.

Posted by: Ken | August 31, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I can sure tell you are Republican!!! You are accusing Barack Obama for finally attacking John McCain. How dare you!!! John McCain attacked Barack Obama about everything mercilessly for a couple of months now. I see you are lying and confabulating your views as well.

As a registered Republican I find many alarms regarding Sarah Palin. It appears you have not truly done your research on her!!! Nor have you read the unbiased factual information. Yes, she is fiesty. I am alarmed her administration is now under investigation. All because of wanting her brother inlaw fired. I am very alarmed and shocked. I thought to myself - what is her sister truly was a battered wife??? Evidence printed by Anchorage Alaska Newspaper reveals and makes problem appear to be just a small town family squabble blow up and then taken to mean and vindictive actions. Claims supported by Sarah Palin are many multiple non-substantiated claims except for three - shooting a moose without a license, drinking one open beer and appeared to be driving in patrol car drinking, use of taser done on low voltage with stepson who volunteered to have done to self. All the claims and accusation lacked legal expertise. Some one who is capable to being chosen as Vice President and is claimed to be ready to step into office of President should be able to advise and actually display excellent knowledge of legal system. Sarah Palin absolutely did not. State Trooper may have been guilty and maybe should have been kicked out. Palin should have been knowledge aobut how to protect and catch her sisters husband quite easily. This is 2008. Modern technology excellent. If only she had handled this case in professional manner. As a woman I can not endorse her. She may be fiesty, but what I saw and read was small time politics. I am also alarmed at her outdated and firm stance on the environment and disregard of corporate drainage pollution into salmon streams. She feels there should be no enforcement laws regarding this drainage. Is she so young she doesn't know about all the horrible things she is going to expose her people to??? Guess she is just asking Alaska to defend a huge class action law suit in 10-20 years for all the cancers, etc that develop among the very same people that elected her. The ones she is to serve and protect. She has just said politics and money are more important than their health. Her theories global warming is not man made are unbelievable. This is 2008, where has she been!! Who is educating this lady?? Maybe she isn't educated on this subject. Guess not. Everyone is recycling, getting rid of chemicals properly through garbage service programs, etc. She is not qualified period!! And I am Republican!! Actually I feel insulted - politicians are telling Republican voters and all voters they actually think we are stupid enough to fall for this continued proclamation. "Sarah Palin is qualified." No Sarah Palin is a long way from being qualified. I will not vote for McCain-Palin.

Posted by: Sharon | August 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is, thank God the VAST majority of the citizens in our great country are reasonable people that know BS when they see it and hear it. I am confident we as a country will make the right choice when election day arrives - even with the mainstream media being so obviously in the tank for Obama.

People like Deep Blue and JR should be ashamed of themselves. They embarrass themselves and our country.

Posted by: Mark | August 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I am at a loss how a woman with all these good Christian conservative values can have a special needs baby and turn her back on it and go off to work only a few days after giving birth. Clearly there is no heartfelt family values agenda here! Get pregnant have a baby and turn it over to someone else to raise!?!? Not my kind of mom.

Posted by: Becky in Colorado Springs | August 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I am a former State Senate Aide and I know that my senator had a much smaller job than that of the Governor. The two jobs don't even compare. Michael is completely correct about the value of an experienced executive (someone who has managed all different parts of their goverment) versus that of a legislator, who manages their district offices, committees and pushes forth their legislation. Palin is the only one of the four that has actually done the BIG job. While not Governors, Biden and McCain each bring 30 years and a wealth of knowledge and foreign policy experience to the table. Obama brings state legislative credentials and a few years in the Senate - that doesn't cut it for me and it shouldn't for the rest of America. It's too big of a gamble.

This is Michael Gerson's quote which I echo above - "Having worked as a Senate staffer for many years, I am not convinced that hosting hearings, issuing press releases and giving floor speeches is the most relevant kind of experience for a president. Recent presidents since Ronald Reagan have been governors for a reason (among others) -- because management seems more impressive than bloviation."

Posted by: Michael Liddy | August 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the angry liberal whack-jobs are at it again. These are the same people who believe Obama is the man that will save a nation. Forget about Jeremiah Wright, forget about Rev. Phleger, forget about an angry Michelle Obama, forget about him voting "present" over 190 times, forget about Tony Rezko, forget about Bill Ayers, forget about intelligence. It's kind of funny that the ten poorest cities in this country are ran by Democrats and have been for over thirty years. It's kind of funny that Dick Durbin, Barack Obama's bed buddy called the Marine Corps, my brothers and sisters in uniform, a bunch of Nazis. It's kind of funny Obama plans to add three trillion dollars to our already escalating budget. It's kind of funny that Obama plans to tax big oil to intice them to lower prices. I guess if you keep the dumb, dumb and the poor, poor, you'll be a political driving force in the Democratic Party. Obama preached he would change the status quo, instead he nominated Biden, a 36 year veteran of Washington for his VP, unreal. Yet, liberal American continues to suck on the breast of Obama, hoping he'll open the flood gates of tax payers money to support a plethora of social program, in reality, you're saying it's easier to vote for a Democrat than it is to work. As an active duty member in the armed forces, I am disgusted with liberal America and the continuation of slander they sling onto us on a daily basis. John Kerry, Michael Moore, Bill Maher, name your liberal, they all believe we're a bunch of noneducated, poor people that had no other choice in life but to serve our country. Some of us have actually been to sand and believe we are doing a good thing, instead of sitting on a couch, eating Doritoes and making love to a picture of Kieth Olbermann.
Barack Obama has just as much, if not less experience that Governor Palin. It's ok for the Democrats to nominate an unknown, American hating, man who spent the his first four years in the Sentate campaigning to be President of the United States. Governors have to actually make decisions on a whim, and if they're wrong, they're people will hate them; if they're right, people like Obama and Biden take every ounce of credit. Let's keep underplaying her experience and see where that gets the digusting Democratic party, because it's only going to come right back in the face of the empty suit who wants to destroy the country I love and serve.

Posted by: Anthony | August 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

"PostPartisan" eh? Mr Gerson is anything but - he had nothing but criticisms, some bitter, for all things Obama and nothing but praise, nearly all gushing, for all things McCain. He sounds to me more like "HyperPartisan" than "PostPartisan".

Posted by: Dave | August 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to vote for the candidate not endorsed by the worst president in American history.

Posted by: ivote | August 31, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I have great respect for Mr. Gerson, because of all conservative commentators, he appears to be one of the few with a hint of human decency in his columns. That said, I believe that Mr. Gerson had been wanting to wrap up the argument of why he should support McCain and not Obama in November. And for sure, McCain's decision to name Mrs. Palin his running mate did take the air out of the room, at least for a while. But in the end, this does not change the bottom line of this election one bit: McCain (with or without Sarah Palin) represents four more years of the same, in this case the same being the same disastrous policies in economic, diplomatic, social and homeland security policies. If the Obama camp can remain focused and drive this argument time and again, we do have a chance of true change come November.

Posted by: Davey | August 31, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

GODHELPUS IS NOT ME. HES TRYING TO DISTRACT THAT WE MUST GET PEOPLE TO GET MCCAIN NOT A WOAMN. IF WE ALL RIGHT AND RIGHT THIS WEEK IT CAN WORK WE HAVE TO EXPLAIN WE TRUE REPUBLICANS CANT REPECT A WOMAN IN OFFICE. WOMEN ARE TO EMOTIONAL!!

Posted by: GODHELPUS | August 31, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I was solidly in the McCain camp until this selection. She is such an awful choice that to me, it's a deal-breaker. I so wanted to vote Republican, but she is just another neo-con poster child. I'm crushed.

Posted by: G | August 31, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Well said! Palin is a brilliant pick, and all of the Democratic spammers on here know it, which is why they're posting such vile comments.

Posted by: JL | August 31, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Vice-President Palin? One heartbeat away? Sleep well, citizens! Richard.

Posted by: Richard | August 31, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

This is the end of Republican party. They made a puppet of John McCain, they made a hell of liar of him, they picked some woman for VP, their president brought America to it's knees, McCain is agreeing to whatever big dogs want, only promisses but no actions; sounds like another 4 years of Bush, only this time the country will be controlled from the ranch in Texas, not White House. We have bigger enemies than terrorists, McCain and Palin and Bush and Chenney.

Posted by: BOBSTER | August 31, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

unreconstructed is the word Gerson uses. a word that calls up, for me, racists and bigots in the South. very sly connotation, Gerson. can't come out and say you are a racist. but you are.

Posted by: al jones | August 31, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

the republicans have had their chance for the last eight years to show us Democrats what they are made of; true HAWKS, "war mongers", bent on "lying" to get us into Iraq where "nothing' of consequence was found regarding 9/11, Cheney hell bent on padding his and his cronies pockets w/ american tax payers $...., all the typical republican "crap" that comes out of the policical machine of Rove rehashed time and again....

what's this about a democrat not being able to be a responsible god-fearing, middle class american w/ great values do you not get....i just see the republicans as the "haves" trying to keep it to themselves and not giving a damn about anyone else...Obama/Biden is going to wipe the McCain/Palin party off the map come November and then you'll see that we Dem's may not be perfect, but it takes our "balanced thought" to put us back on the world map as a kind and gracious country that isn't made up of only "Bushies" who shoot from the hip and think last......what an embarassment these last eight years have been and we are all paying for it!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: r schel | August 31, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

1) Voting 100 times "Present" in Illinois Senate, does not make Obama a "leader."
2) Relying on Biden's foreign and domestic experience, does not make Obama a "leader."
3) What if Biden dies (a man at 66, anything can happen), can Obama be a "leader" without Biden?
4) Not having executive experience, does not make Obama a "leader."
5) Having 2 years of experience in US Senate and 1 year on campaign trails, does not make Obama an experience "leader."
6) Smearing McCain, does not make Obama a "leader." One can only lead with vision, courage, integrity, wisdom...not rhetorics.
7) Democrat Party has no better candidate than Obama to nominate because the Democrat Party is run by millionaires who has no concerns for the American middle class or the poor as they claimed.
8) How much did Obama and Clinton make in 2007?
9) Are they looking after your interests or their wealth?
10) Obama is a joke.

Posted by: American | August 31, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

How bout this...McCain, Bush, FOX News, this Gerson fool, and every other Republican supporter/lacky gets shipped to another planet - possibly the one where short-sighted, self-serving, evolution-denying lunatics like them come from. Then McCain can govern them without affecting the rest of us real humans; now that's a solution!

Posted by: GObama!! | August 31, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

MY SPELLING IS HORRABEL, AND GOD LUVS IT!

Posted by: GODHELPUS | August 31, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

It is not Gerson's patriotism I contest, rather, his mental health.

Posted by: JD | August 31, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Democratic position = we are all victims that need a big government to take care of us because we cannot do so ourselves (rise in obesity, laziness, etc.) and thus we want our government to pay for all our services (welfare checks, national health care) and to pay for it all the government will tax the people who contribute the most to the economy (business owners/employers).

Republican position = we are all accountable for our own well being and capable of taking care of ourselves, therefore government should get the hell out of our way (i.e. small government while ensuring business is fairly regulated to protect the people), lower taxes on earnings so employment stays high. Government should stay out of the health business (i.e. market driven economy - rewarding those who actually work).

Unfortunately under Obama the economy will take a MAJOR hit - Obama plans to raise taxes to the highest level ever including raising capital gains tax & salary taxes. The result will be that rather than invest in US companies, the rich will move their investments overseas, companies will outsource more jobs than ever resulting in massive layoffs, businesses will stop paying health care via private insurance companies as Obama wants a Gov't backed insurance (see Medicare/Medicaid). Plus the good doctors will quit to move into jobs that actually pay them for what they are worth as any national health care plan will not do so.

So under Obama you can say bye-bye to a lot of jobs, salary increases, retirement benefits, a growing economy. What you will have is substandard health care (unless you can afford private health care), substandard education (due to Dept of Ed bloat), and a sad economy filled with high unemployment and massive debt.

Personally, McCain is not great - however in the standard US decision of picking the best of the worst I'd say he is definitely the leading candidate. If by some chance Obama wins, it is going to be a LONG 4 years.

Posted by: Not A Victim | August 31, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Barack for President.

Posted by: RadianChalant | August 31, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, go suck Hannity's dong and swallow you moron.

Posted by: Gerson is a kook | August 31, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Sigh... The Republicans, unable to run on the dismal record of the last 8 years, have once again resorted to smoke and mirrors in an attempt to steal yet another presidential election.

Their logic in selecting Palin for the second spot on the ticket belies their previous argument that Obama doesn't have the experience to be president. At 72, McCain could very well not make the entire 4 year term. If illness forced him to step down his vice president, whose major political accomplishment is 20 months as govenor of Alaska, would be running the country. The very thought chills one's blood. Her previous elections triumphs? Two term mayor of a town of 2000 and member of a school committee. Really folks, are those guys kidding?

Do the Republicans actually believe that women will vote for McCain in droves because his running mate shares their gender? Do they really have such a low estimate of the intelligence of the female electorate in this country?


Posted by: Ron | August 31, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be joking...

Posted by: Susan | August 31, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

OK, all you liberal progressives are right. I have decided to adopt your hateful approach to political discourse. Here we go...

Obama is a black muslim, gay immigrant who is in love with Joe Biden and wishes to marry him. He is a commie socialist, who believes America is more dangerous than terrorism. He believes that we should surrender immediately to the terrorists and give them control over the world's oil supplies, as oil is evil. America can survive on hope. He thinks Iran is a tiny peaceful nation that deserves nuclear weapons to destroy Israel and then America. And as America radiates, the ignorant Republicans and independents who didn't vote for the Messiah, will be clinging to their guns and religion in small town Ameirca until copies of the Koran can be distributed for their re-education training.

His wife has never been proud of America even while receiving her Ivy League education. And Michelle doesn't seem to mind that she raised her family in a home financed by an indicted felon, Tony Rezko. Or is it her Mother who actually raises the kids? Let's ask William Ayers, who bombed the Pentagon and held Obama's first political fundraising event in his own home.

Regarding economics, if you work hard and get rich doing it, that is a crime and must pay for it. All rich people should be lynched to make up for slavery. The solution to a slowdown in the economy is higer taxes and more government bureaucracy. Minorities should rule over the majority and if your aborted baby is born alive, it should be killed immediately or left to die. Unless of course, it happens to be a black, muslim, gay, welfare immigrant baby and potential Democratic voter. If that is the case, then the poor disadvantaged child should be granted immediately a scholarship to Harvard.

Oh and yes, if you don't agree with me you must be an idiot.

Wow, that was easy. It's actually fun to behave like a liberal progressive Democrat. You don't even have to think. Just hate.

Posted by: Rubicon | August 31, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson,

I find it hard to believe we were watching the same speech, and I find your political analysis of Obama's speech almost surreal. To quote your own words, "a sneer is not an argument" - and sadly, your analysis reads like a feeble sneer in the face of what was by all objective measures, an extraordinary use of oratory, all the more amazing because it presented a refreshingly clear set of policy proposals at the same time it sought to define the election issues.

I consider myself a cynical and critical consumer of political rhetoric, but even I found little to criticize. I look forward to critically examining the style and content of McCain's and Palin's speeches as well over the next few days, but I will surely NOT be checking back to see what you think of it. I found your commentary to be shockingly biased, shallow and a regretful waste of my reading time.

Posted by: Susan von Reusner | August 31, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

A respected newspaper should publish respectable, rational opinions. This one is clearly "make-believe to make believe" spin just like so many of the extremely biased spins of the current administration (if you say it, they will believe it). Let's stop it and all show a little more discipline and discuss opinions based on facts, info., and logic instead of slander and emotional outbursts (any poll data to show they have taken lead since everything I see has Obama/Biden up and that Palin is not attracting more votes or confidence to McCain,www.gallup.com/poll/election2008.aspx). The issue with Palin is not her gender or even her "freshness," but rather McCain's hypocrisy in telling America it should be afraid, very afraid of someone that isn't internationally experienced and then bringing her in from Alaska with no national or international experience. Discussing Alaska as being close to Russia and her heading the Alaska national guard as good preparation for facing current international issues is clearly jumping a little and is a little offensive to think Americans would buy those arguments. If she has the right policies, intelligence, judgment, and leadership, then she should be welcomed. However, she has already given people reason to question those attributes regardless of the mere length of her resume and she has shown the public that she is hypocritical by using Clinton's name in her speeches, that is what created the backlash reaction against the GOP promoting the idea that women should vote for her just because she's a women. The D. Cheneyesqueness (doesn't believe in modern science about global warming or evolution), D. Quaylesquesness (admits she doesn't follow Iraq or issues outside her state and tells the reporter interviewing her about the VP job that she doesn't know what a VP does), and her McCainish opportunism of politically exploiting Clinton's respectable female candidacy, when she did not support Clinton, is my problem with her. The fact that the mostly Republican men aren't even letting her speak for herself is another problem because it shows THEY think she can't handle herself, which is offensive itself or scary if true. I hope that they change course and start running a more respectable operation and hope that they do not use the threat of Gustav for political purposes and just some photo-ops. Vote on the issues, policies, and intelligence of the platform and party. Please help fill the intellectual vacuum and void created by the Bush admin. and vote smart.

Posted by: Cindy | August 31, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE HOW LIBS CARE ABOUT SPELLING LIKE IT MEANS SOMETHING IMPORTANT. YEAH, SCHOOLS ARE GREAT WHEN THEY ARE BOMBED BY TERRORISTS.

Posted by: GODHELPUS | August 31, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

One; Palin is an excellent choice in keeping w/McCain's efforts to END earmarks and pork spending by fat career sob's in fed gov (that alone is a super-human assignment)

Two; Palin is a leader, period. She's NOT afraid to take on the vice in her OWN PARTY (has OB or old Joe done that? not even close). Maybe that explains the fears and concerns some of you voice (do your own research on this issue).

Third, she's self made. Unlike OB or Biden (who, btw is being "played" by Obama to "appear" exp'ed and legit, which he OB not). In contrast- Palin is the real thing. A self made holder of public office who (brace yourself)- is HONEST! (a hard fact which shocks many).

SANCTIMONIOUS LIBERALS - if you want the great OB then open your bank accounts wide b/c your devine ONE is going to steal you blind in the name of "Hope" "Change" and Yes We (he) Can". Jibes, slogans, huge props, yes, the cult of personality - all intended to "sell" and "market" this self-appointed change agent into your mind. Do not be fooled.

Do you have a clue what he's really talking about? No, you do not.

Fact: This "Change" will come in the form of your self-realization that you have been HAD. Knowing that you have been defrauded by OB's silver sermons professing his tired "change" mantra (chump change, is all you will receive), wishful thinking, tinkering, blissful happy talk of an new world order. Behind the smoke it and golden rants it's a calculated deception. Look behind the stage if you dare. It's a farce, a mere production.

At the bottom, Obama does not give ONE IOTA about YOU or me, period - it's all about him and his (select) few.

What has this mere moral man done to help and assist his OWN relatives? many who live in daily fear for the lives and in GRINDING POVERTY. OB's brothers living in huts(?)and his own grandmother - who actually raised him, lives a old solo apt in HI) - while OB has many millions and lives as a jet setting mega star(?). Truly unreal behavior.

For Christ's sake, this are NOT the actions of wise and caring man. Sadly, the exact opposite is true.

OBAMA IS A FRAUD! Don't buy it. He asks you to have wonderful pipe dreams of the next welfare state.

Look at the World. That does not work and never did. Unless of course you want to spend your entire LIFE in line waiting to even see what they are selling. Socialism light; the bread line. It's only a foretaste of the complete destruction of our great "change" Nation OB offers.

To an extent, it's an extension of his leader, the Rev. Wright's toxic "HATE" precepts, hate = +social change".

Do not fall for this fraud Obama. It's a very long fall for the entire Nation and our weaknesses will be exploited beyond all your possible beliefs.

Posted by: Berry | August 31, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I love reading Dems write about Palin's experience and somehow believe electing a person for the pres (not VP) role without experience is better. Then again, Dems are known for their constant hypocrisy and pandering to anyone who will give them a vote...

HEY! I have an idea! Lets put in office someone who votes on party lines 95+% of the time (according to his record)! Now that is change leadership! Laughable...

Is that the best you can do is call this man a tool??? Look at your own candidate for once, Dems...Worthless...

Posted by: can't believe it | August 31, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

From the beginning of these responses to the bottom, it's reassuring to see the unity Obama has already brought to our nation. Think of what he'll accomplish with experience. Obedlum.

Posted by: ronile | August 31, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Funny...McCain and Palin are running around the hurricane zone trying to take credit for everything that Governor Jindal is actually doing!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

If by selecting Palin, McCain thought to win women's votes: Think again.
Most women would never vote for a woman with 4 children, one of which is a 4 month old with Down's Syndrome. Hello, who's raising her kids?
And the whole anti-abortion view is contrary to most women's viewpoints as well.
I personally would never support someone that would put politics over the health of their family.
What a poor choice. An old man and his nurse.

Posted by: mnmom | August 31, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

It seems like the flaming idiots always respond quickest; those who willing fall into the lap of stereotypical descriptions promoted by media and ideologues. They are the fools in love with the sight of their own words used in accusation of a scapegoat while oblivious of so much more related within and beyond politics, while the actions of the accused often pail in comparison to those of the accuser's acknowledged political affiliation.
Consensus has no limit on its ability to influence those whose head comes before the heart. Let the heart be as a mighty sword while never losing one's head in the cause for good and justice.

Posted by: Ron | August 31, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Delusional much.....Your kids are in harms way....You better look at someone else then.

Your whole party condones killing 1.2 million children a year in abortion clinics.

I think my kids should be watching out for Democrats. They are the biggest bunch of infanticide clowns that the world has ever had to deal with.

I can't beieve the Democrats have the balls to complain about 4000 war dead, when they have killed, and supported killing 6 million babies, during the same period of four years.

Posted by: Steven Wilson | August 31, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Why are Dem's soo angry-Maybe get rid of the titles and we could actually get some work done!

Posted by: kl | August 31, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

lol you just admitted that mccain is most likely going to die during his presidency.

Posted by: anon | August 31, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Say..why are obama fans so full of HATE? People congratulating their fellow fans for being decent...for resorting to name-calling? "tool"?

Is this the change we've all been waiting for?
China and India are NOT going to eat America's lunch. Creativity comes from America. To remain creative, the people have to be FREE. Free to do whatever the heck they want. (Unlike Liberal blogs where people are not allowed to dissent, for exmaple). When governments start poking into people's lives and start treating them as wards - as they do in India and china - there is no REAL growth and powershift, regardless of the number of shiny new building they put up.

While this VP pick is somewhat dangerous, I doubt its any MORE dangerous than the top slot on the democratic side. CALM DOWN.

Posted by: immigrant | August 31, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope the disgusting abusive language used against McCain and Palin is not representative of the mainstream Democrats. Surely name calling is not the way to make a point.

Very sad situation.

Posted by: emikie | August 31, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Class warfare? YOU, personally, Gerson, and the Republicans, have been conducting extreme class warfare against those not in the top 10% of incomes since Reagan was installed, and your definition of our respose as "class warfare" simply means that you think we, like a rape victim, should "lie back and enjoy it".

I look forward to your personal income tax being doubled or tripled... or at the very least, you paying actual income taxes more that a family earing under the median.

mark

Posted by: mark | August 31, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I see that my Democratic Clowns are seething with Apish anger. "Say Hello to My Little Friend".

Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin! Palin!

Congrats Washington Post it's the first article I've read written by someone with sense.

Congrats!

I do hope the right to free speech applies to this employee also.

Posted by: Michael Wright | August 31, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse


SARAH PALIN IS MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER STATE GOVERNOR.

She shook up Alaska to its political and financial core.

McCain has made a bold and telling move selecting someone with Chief Executive experience – the only one to have any - of the four running for the White House.

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/08/mccains-renewal-sarah-palin.html

Her EXPERIENCE, as short as it is, speaks volumes for her character. … Something many in Congress would do well to emulate.

Posted by: PacificGatePost | August 31, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse


Its cat 5 storm of hate and vitriole from the leftist and the liberals. I think its Palin Factor, She paled them to frenzy.
About Hussein Obama speech the person He should have been real thankful is his MOM because without her-- He would'nt be running for the Presidency Of USA. Maybe for His Dad's homeland-- Kenya.

Posted by: vic | August 31, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

AMERICA cannot afford another four years of Republican running the government.

Posted by: anak | August 31, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

At least Palin has a lot of experience, in case McCain needs his diaper changed.

Posted by: I like bush. | August 31, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

You, sir, have lost your mind. Which puts you in the same category as John McCain.

Posted by: Houston girl | August 31, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Gerson = Bush-League Hack, who twisted religious rhetoric to bring war, incompetence and poverty upon America. There's a reckoning awaiting him.

Team McPropertyEmpire nimble? Nimble enough to select an unvetted Veep candidate, that's for sure.

Posted by: Luther Blissett | August 31, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry I contributed to this earlier. If we are to succeed as a nation, we will have to give up the name calling and knee jerk attacks. The nation has real problems, from international rejection of our values, to health care, to the environment- and so on. We can't solve these problems unless the parties can agree to civil argument and compromise. Try it. Honest argument using facts can be fun.

Posted by: byron | August 31, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

FOR THE LAST TIME WE MUST GET MCCAIN TO CHANGE HIS PICK. IT WILL BE TO LATE SOON!! RIGHT HIM now!!!!!!

Posted by: GODHELPUS | August 31, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

"...Losers that murder babies....the Democratic Party in a nutshell...."

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That pretty much nails the typical conservative Christian Republican Dimbult. And you just KNOW she supports the death penalty.

So, lady.... just when does that precious innocent little baby old enough to get the lethal cocktail injected? Maybe those liberals you hate so much are doing you a favor -- they're killing the little criminal before he's born! Besides, he was probably a minority that would have been born to an illegal alien, anyway, and I'm sure a good, God-fearing Christian conservative like you hates all those dark-skinned illegal alients, don't you?

Posted by: Xen | August 31, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Mnmom We know.....you are the first clown running into the abortion clinic to off your kid. You don't have to take care of your kid....you murder them instead.

Murdering mothers for choice Obama Biden 2008.

Just kill em baby.....then they don't need a nurse.

Posted by: Steven Wilson | August 31, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

What a fool. Does this guy live in America?

Posted by: Kehinde | August 31, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Why Sarah Palin???? Is this some sick joke??? I just found online 8 republican governors. All 2 term, all from states that have 5 times more people than whole Alaska and all really great states. Couldn't McCain give them a shot? What the hell.

Posted by: Bobster | August 31, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

No way is she ready to be President. Even in 4 yrs.
Romney/Palin ticket 2012 would be interesting tho.

Posted by: Lee | August 31, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Yo dude (Gerson) are you on crack?

But I do agree with you - McCain's selection of Palin (a.k.a. - by republican morons - the female Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Churchill, Reagan, etc.) was a great selection, for the Dems.

Can you imagine what the republicans would be saying if Obama picked someone with the same lack of experience as this light weight hockey-mom. Palin makes Dan Quayle look like Ronnie Reagan

Posted by: Bob from Lansdale PA | August 31, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Deep Blue...are you upset McCain picked Palin because you would have voted for him if he had picked let's say Colin Powell or are just ripping on her because its fun?

I agree with you 100%...we do face the possibility of another violent attack on this country...it will most likely come that is the sad reality. My only question is: is Barack Obama anymore qualified? Because he is actually running for President. His record on international affairs is zero.

If we were comparing McCain and Biden then I would agree they both have a long history of domestic and international experience. But why is everyone assuming McCain will die and Palin will be running the country? Why isn't anyone concerned that if Obama wins he will actually be running the country from day one?

Why do supposed liberal, open minded people attack this woman who if I am not mistaken is a governor of a state in this country? Doesn't that count for anything? It amazes me these might be the same people who talk about fighting for women and minority rights yet here is a woman offered an incredible opportunity yet these same people rip her to shreds...and do so without looking deeply at their own candidate. Are you so close minded that you will give her no time to prove herself? Regrdless of her political views, if she becomes VP it will be a game changer for women...

Also why is the left so angry about this decision? You should all be jumping for joy if your correct and she will be McCain's demise. Don't you want Obama to win and doesn't this choice according to you make it easier? Rejoice then.

And, for the Hillary supporters, maybe this decision wasn't about you...just like Obama's decision. My guess is it had less to do with Hillary supporters than they would like to admit. While there are 18 million of you..neither campaign seemed to care much when it came to their VP picks.

These picks solidified weaknesses in their campaigns..for Obama he needed political credibility both domestically and especially internationally...for McCain he needed to solidify his base and needed a working class reformer who was young and energetic(he has everything Biden offers in spades)...its amazing people are sounding off about affairs, beauty contestants, he never met her, etc..its obvious they have nothing better to say..

Posted by: Blissfully Ignorant | August 31, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

lol, you rock Rubicon.

Posted by: dddd | August 31, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I am a Corporate Executive and a Republican woman who was going to vote for McCain but I had not sent in any campaign donations. Now that Sarah is on the ticket I have donated and I will work night and day to help the ticket. I am so proud of John and I think Sarah is the perfect pick.

Posted by: deborah Alfano | August 31, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

How Dare You John McCain!

COUNTRY FIRST??!!

HOW DARE YOU...support this administrations' agenda 95% of the time in their imperialistic-neocon drive toward global domination leading to the chaotic and destructive new cold war vice your 'New World Order'.

HOW DARE YOU...boast that you are better poised to guarantee the safety and security of the U.S. citizenry at your age, while on the brink of a nuclear confrontation, by selecting an ex-PTA president/socker mom as the 'commander-in-chief' in your stead in the event of your death.

HOW DARE YOU...offer "We the People" a candidate for the second most powerful political office on the face of the earth...one who has but 18 months experience as governor and no foreign policy experience whatsoever, but was, at least, an ex-PTA president, which should amply qualify her for attendance at National Security Council meetings.

HOW DARE YOU...select an ex-PTA president to preside over national security issues with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in your absence. Perhaps her hunting and fishing experiences will enhance her credentials as acting commander-in-chief while making military decisions with grave consequences in the global political theatre.

HOW DARE YOU...tout her credentials as a whistleblower when your very own 'commander-in-chief' has vowed throughout his tenure to veto all whistleblower legislation presented him, and with such notable whistleblowers as Sibel Edmonds, the fired District Attorneys, and others havIng been stonewalled by this administration.

HOW DARE YOU...tout her credentials as a whistleblower when the GOP-controlled Department of Justice has created loopholes in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 through implementation of 'deferred prosecutorial agreements' thereby turning a blind eye to select cases of potential white-collar criminal wrongdoing.

HOW DARE YOU...base your decision to select her as a running mate after meeting her but one time.

HOW DARE YOU...play cheap-shot domestic politics in a time of national crisis by offering this nation a lightweight political candidate, while pandering to the extreme to your right-wing conservative Christian base in a last-shot desperate attempt for the office of the president. The political transparency is so profound as to be almost laughable, were it not so pathetic.

Your impairment of judgement should immediately be brought to center stage in the global political arena. The global populace is already aware of the facts that you are trigger-happy and obsessed with the perpetuation of war to the benefit of the military-industrial complex.

The selection of your vice-presidential candidate adds fear to the hearts of many in questioning the soundness of your judgement to lead one of the most militarily powerful nations on the face of the earth through political coordination with an ex-PTA president and socker coach.

May God Bless America!

Posted by: Dan Hanley | August 31, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

We are at war with terrorists because they thought we were weak, a-la Carter and Clinton. Both idiots got us into those messes due to lack of spine and it took a Republican both times to get us out of it.

Conservatives get us out of messes little girlie types get us into. Quit smokin' pot, demos and get real for once.

Posted by: David | August 31, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Didn't you start out alienated?

Posted by: kgb999 | August 31, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Xen is a proud baby killer....It doesn't take a religious person to know that you are murdering your kid Xen.

Commit suicide.....do us all a favor if you don't believe in life for others......do yourself instead.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

The United States can no longer afford the luxury of conservative illusionist manipulation. It's not just a nice line from a speech, it is the truth.

"We'll just drill for more oil", "We'll just invade Iraq", "We'll just..."

Look in the rearview mirror, there's no 'we' anymore thanks to you smarmy people who tell us soothing stories about American might and destiny while lining your "I'm not worried I'll be dead by the time they figure it out" conservative pockets.

The only thing conservatives conserve is their material status quo at the expense of essential change for the better.

Europeans openly speculate that Bush will generate a crisis that permits him to invoke martial law rather than let a Democrat get elected. That's how bad it's gotten.

Posted by: mike | August 31, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I never heard such absurd blather. Per usual, the hard right-wingers fail to respond to anything substantive. How can Republicans NOT try to make this election about "small things" when they are such small men?

Posted by: Maezeppa | August 31, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Here are a few thoughts prompted by the headline news on the net today---8/31/08.

Not long ago, a Dobson acolyte urged followers to pray for rain to ruin Obama's acceptance of the nomination for president in Denver's Invesco open-air stadium.

Stuart Shepherd, managing editor of Focus on the Family's Citizen Link, who recently mocked hate crimes legislation in a mid-July CitizenLink video, and now aims to set prayer warriors about the task of drowning out Barack Obama at the DNC convention at the end of the month.

This has to make you wonder about the power of the right wing evangelical nuts' prayers. Who is going to suffer the wrath of God? The Republican conventioneers, that's who.

Bush and Cheney canceled the scheduled appearances because of the Hurricane Gustav, which appears to be on a collision course with the Gulf Coast. Republican governors of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are passing up prized speaking slots or abandoning plans to attend the convention to take care of hurricane preparations and response at home. McCain still plans to use the convention to introduce his new running mate to the nation and to launch himself into the fall campaign. "McCain needs a good convention. Gustav is making that tough," said Ed Rogers, a prominent GOP strategist and lobbyist who is close to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

But, wait a minute!!

The news that neither President George W. Bush nor Vice President Dick Cheney will speak on the opening night of the Republican National Convention will be greeted -- privately, of course -- with a huge sigh of relief by most party strategists. The absence of the two most visible -- and controversial -- members of the Bush Administration is seen as a blessing by nearly every Republican not directly tied to the president.
The GOP and McCain should use Gustav as an opportunity to put some distance between how President Bush handled Katrina and how a McCain Administration would handle Gustav," said one senior Republican strategist who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Asked about the no-show of Bush/Cheney, another Republican operative said: "It's not huge, but it's handy."

Oh well, hell, let's just pray for cold beer and pizza. Maybe we can invite that pretty hockey-Mom from Alaska.

Posted by: merhoff | August 31, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Obama campaign deployed an entire division of Obamabots to this article lol

Posted by: HIIO00 | August 31, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Miss Palin's choice is an insult to all intelligent Americans. She is COMPLETELY unqualified and should have turned down the offer. The fact that she accepted the offer proves that she is not qualified.
And as for Hillary supporters now voting for McCain because of Palin: please realize that Hillary and Palin have only ONE thing in common - they are both females. Other than than Palin stands for everything Hillary detests (and vice versa).

Posted by: Tony Wolfe | August 31, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Your article is a waste of time to read. How pathetic that you and other republicans continue to fail when it comes to a committment to honesty and truth, willing to spin anything to support your sense of entitlement. Palin ia terrible choice for the country. I can't believe McCain spoke with her for 1 hour 1 time before making a decision when he is in his 70's. It demonstrates poor judgement and this is coming from a lifelong independent who is now disappointed with the republican party. How insulting to women that you think any women you throw onto a ticket would be worthy of the women's vote. It's not about getting a woman elected, it's about electing the best team to get our country out of the mess our party has created.

Posted by: anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever noticed that most liberal responses to anybody saying something positve about conservatives is to call them "idiots" or some other attack?

Liberals very seldom make any substantive arguments for their positions; they just hurl insults like children. It proves just how ignorant liberals in America really are.

Posted by: morgan | August 31, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

It is great to live in a country that counts free speech among its most basic rights. If free speech were not allowed you would be institutionalized for writing a biased, uninformed and uninteligent diatribe that demeans the political process and would lead a reasonable person to think that you don't have the intelligence to be allowed out to cross the street since you can only look to the right.

Posted by: Alan | August 31, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh, you also used a very deceptive headline. I bet you hope Google News readers get the mistaken idea that McCain is ahead in the polls. Cheap trick, there, but that's what we expect from you.

Posted by: Maezeppa | August 31, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

The Dems are still stuck on that house thing with McCain. Wow, you Dems are real heavy hitters. I'm getting ready to buy my third house, I love living the American dream....and yes, a sneer isn't an argument...morons.

Posted by: Superpower | August 31, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Hogwash! That's all. Hogwash!

Dear Publisher..., find a credible writer please.

Posted by: Miguel | August 31, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again. The right wing is in smear mode. Palin was a mayor and a governor: how does that give her any executive experience? She has the foreign policy experience of a turnip, and she has been pandering to porkbelly special interests her entire political career. The McCain camp only selected her because she has her genitalia on the inside instead of the outside, and because McCain already alienated everyone else with his vitriol in the primary. Obama had one thorn in his side, and that was Hilary. He managed to dodge the bullet by picking Biden. Apparently the only bullets McCain couldn't dodge were the nonlethal ones. Way to go, war hero.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who claims that Palin is not an acceptable pick due to her lack of experience just removed Barrack from the playing field as well.

Palin is a perfect pick for the reasons that Gerson laid out. She helps McCain reach a very broad base and since en election is a numbers game the person who gets the most people to the polls typically wins.

As for the raving psychotics like Deep Blue and other individuals who can't read or hear of a differing perspective without demonstrating some Pavlovian need to spew filth, those people need to just be ignored because, as the saying goes, you just can't fix stupid.

McCain/Palin in 08!

Posted by: Keith | August 31, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I am Afraid! Clearly Sarah Palin is a bright nice woman with a winning personality, but it is terrifying that she would be a heartbeat from being arguably the most powerful person on the planet. McCain has put his political aspirations ahead of the country's best interests. AND...to think that anyone supporting Hillary would support Mrs. Palin is ridiculous. Mrs. Palin wants to put creationism in the classroom and impose her religious beliefs on the rest of the country. As a woman, I am insulted that McCain is pandering. As an American, I am outraged.

Posted by: CM | August 31, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I have the same problem with Palin that I have had we Obama: both are too inexperienced. I was leaning towards McCain but now I am undecided again. I am more afraid from Palin than I was from Obama. I cannot make myself vote for McCain and am still questioning Obama.

Posted by: gile | August 31, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I should think that the Democrats should be very happy with McCain's pick for VP. His pick evened up the tickets. Now there are two running without any experience. Thank goodness one is only running for VP.

Posted by: Mike | August 31, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

How typical! Those who feel threatened resort to smears and name calling.

Posted by: Joe | August 31, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I HATE YOU LIBS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU TRY TO SOUND SMART BUT WE SEE RIGHT THROW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CALLYOU EVERY WORD THAT I CANT TYPE!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: GODHELPUS | August 31, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I can only believe you are seeking a job at "The Onion" or you have a serious short circuit in your gray matter!

Posted by: Jim, Memphis, TN | August 31, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Dan Hanley has ass gas.....how dare Dan's Darrier.

His ass gasket is about to explode.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

As someone who works in the energy industry, makes more than 250$ a year and will benefit from McCain's energy and tax policy, I did consider him seriously. However, I will put country first and vote for the team I think will do a better job - i.e., team Obama.

Now if only McCain had put country first and picked the person he really thought would be the best pick instead of sucummbing to the right wing of his party.

Finally, Gerson has a right to his views but one would hope he would at least make some credible arguments instead of calling a brilliant convention bad and an awful pick brilliant.

Posted by: Joe | August 31, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

David - But Iraq had nothing to do with terrorists back then...it had to do weapons of mass destruction no?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

"No Democratic class-warfare cliche went unexpressed. No cheap attack on John McCain went unmade -- and made without humor, class or grace."

How much were you paid to write such a brown-nosing article completely lacking in objectivity?

Sincerely not suprised to learn you were a speech writer for the "Clownish President" for 5 solid years when you could have spent the same time otherwise achieving some things close to your peers.

What an idiotic piece!

Posted by: HarKentOh | August 31, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

wake up liberals. Sarah Baracuda just may beat your "Billary" to the W.H. Huh? Barry Hussien could have teamed up with Hill....But Bill? no, or, was Michelle Hill's Brutas? what ever???? Cant'you get Barry off those same ole stale Dem promises? he's leading to what.. Has he had to make any decisons on GOVERNING? Yet? Oh, I know he's a LAWYER. And, say... He could have been a good trial 'barry-ister'with all his eloquence. Maybe as big as that other guy that played the race card for O.J...(Johnnie C.) No kidding... aside may the best AMERICAN WIN watch out libs, here it comes, "GOD bless America." thank you...mb

Posted by: Ms. Barracuda | August 31, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I am not a liberal and I have been trying to find reasons to like the idea of a McCain administration if only for peace of mind. But this choice has to be one of the most irresponsible, reckless, decisions ever made by a presidential nominee. A lot of the critisism that right wing commenters are calling "left wing hysteria" are pretty legimate concerns for anyone with half a brain. If McCain had really taken time getting to know her and chose her after a lot of calm thinking it might be a half respectable choice. Only meeting her ONCE before choosing her as his VP is NOT being a maverick it's being crazy and reckless. The inabilty of the right party hacks to find a legimate answer to these concerns are pretty frightening to me considering that McCain could win in Nov.
And no, saying Obama is just as inexperienced is not an answer. The people who voted for him know that. They voted for him because they feel that his other qualities more than make up for his lack of experience.
I am not a Dem. I'm just someone truly concerned for the future of America.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 31, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Morgan

I assume that you don't think of children and ignorant as names. You provided no facts. You are guilty of your own description. It follows you must be a childish, ignorant liberal.


Fortunately, you are of the other camp.

Posted by: byron | August 31, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I think that the right's characterization of rabid liberals is just another political tool. No one is shaking in their boots over this VP pick. On the contrary, we're laughing at you. Now the Obama presidency is all but ensured. And no amount of MSM conservative commentary will change anything. Please, go ahead and foam at the mouth, pull every sleazy trick in your dirty bag. And then salute when we (remember us, the people?) select Obama as our new president.

Posted by: Shoeprint Forehead | August 31, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

This McCain "campaign" will prove to be the Republican's McGovern campaign.

It's not Palin gaffes the Republicans should worry about, it's McCains gaffes....I expect at least a half-dozen major one's before the election.

The Republican history revisionosts - like this guy, Halarity, Limbaugh, the tall dyed-blond gal whose writing of history is truly amazing - and others a