Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

All About Sarah

The more I read about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the more I keep thinking of Eve Harrington. And after Palin's bravura performance in her vice presidential nomination speech here at the Xcel Center, I can't shake the Eve Harrington comparison. Never heard of her? She is the struggling and striving actress who befriended star stage actress Margo Channing and used that association in an aggressive climb to the top of the theater world in the 1950 movie "All About Eve." Anne Baxter played Eve. Bette Davis played Margo.

Listen to Davis's description of Eve in the first minute of this trailer for the flick.


I don't believe Palin has contempt for humanity or is incapable of loving or being loved. But all that other stuff about drive and ambition? You bet. As Post writers Amy Goldstein and Michael D. Shear reported last week, Palin has had no problem ditching her political patrons. She was on the Wasilla City Council when she blocked a bill sponsored by the man who convinced her to run for office. In 2003, then-Gov. Frank Murkowski appointed Palin, who lost a run for Lieutenant Governor supporting him, to the state oil-and-gas commission. There, Palin challenged the panel chair's ethics. He ultimately resigned and had to pay a fine. He also happened to be the chairman of Alaska's Republican Party. Oh, and what happened to Murkowski? He was defeated in the 2006 primary -- by Palin.

The three-minute ovation Palin received last night from the adoring Republican Party faithful reminded me of the monologue Eve delivers when she extols the virtue of acting and applause. Watch the clip. Swap "acting" for "politics" and "actor" for "politician" and see if you don't think of Palin.

"It's like, like waves of love coming over the flood lights and wrapping you up," she says."They want you. You belong. Just that alone is worth anything."

Like Eve Harrington in her debut as Margo Channing's understudy, Sarah Palin gave the performance of her life last night. But Palin must do more than bathe in the waves of love from kindred spirits. The Republican nominee for vice president of the United States needs to show that there's substance behind all that ambition and that she possesses more than a superficial knowledge of the serious issues facing the country. And she's got to do it soon.

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 4, 2008; 9:14 PM ET
Categories:  Capehart  | Tags:  Jonathan Capehart  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Racism in Plain English
Next: When Less Is Less

Comments

Nice set of parallels, and all too telling ... it sort of leaves you wondering whether McCain -- who is old enough to have perhaps appreciated All About Eve when it was released in 1950 -- has contemplated that he is Margo to Eve in Sarah Palin's eyes ...

no - the answer is obvious ... the macho ex-fly-boy ego is just too big ...

Posted by: ecopundit | September 4, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I read this article from the Jed Report :-

"In March, 2008, Sarah Palin recorded a video welcoming the convention of the secessionist Alaskan Independence Party (AIP), saying "we have a great promise to be a self-sufficient state, made up of the hardest working, most grateful Americans in our nation."

In October, 2007, Dexter Clark, the AIP's vice chairman, was recorded on video saying that Palin had been a registered member of the AIP before switching to the GOP to be viable.

In the same video, Clark says "the Federal goverment is just plain a monster" and "we don't say we are Americans, we say we are Alaskans."

Clark's comments were delivered at "The Second North American Secessionist Convention" in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

AIP's motto is "Alaska First. Alaska Always." "

Is that why gov. Palin had to go back to Alaska when she found out that her water is leaking. Is it because she did not want her son to be borned in the USA but in Alaska?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Re0vmbtHK8&eurl

I find it disturbing that she should think so highly of the state of Alaska as to separate her from the rest of the United States. I now question her patriotism.

Posted by: aquarius | September 4, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

This writer reaffirms:

BLACK MAN = WOMAN HATER

DEMOCRAT = SEXIST

Time for women to follow the lead of the Civil Rights movement and vote with their anatomy first to put an end to the bigotry and double standards being applied to all women where any woman with ambition is portrayed as heartless and evil.

ENOUGH! Vote NO to sexism and discrimination - Vote YES to Sarah Palin 08!

Posted by: Working Mother | September 4, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Did you know---in the last election, 100% of black voters voted for a white man?

Posted by: Evangelina | September 4, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Lets not forget, Eve gets the big award in the end...

Posted by: Bill Sampson | September 4, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

There never was and there never will another like you. I'm sure that statement was passed through Frank Murkowski's lips on priamry night 2006. Lets see if it's repeated by Obama-Biden in 60 days.

Posted by: Addison | September 4, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes - 100% of African Americans voted for a white MAN who was not meanly demeaned by vicious attacks on their fatherhood, parenting, day care arrangements,pantsuits.....

Say NO to the double standard and the gender biased treatment of any woman who dares to rise above her "station".

That said the African American writers are being the most vis\cious of all - and they need to be held accountable for the sexist behavior.

Evagelina - maybe you are one of the Democrats who looks down on working mothers and believes that all women should have no ambition to be successful at anything except pure womanhood. If so - vote for the Democarts who are criminalizing working mothers and degrading all women in the media.

If not - and you are a working woman or maybe even be a working mother - stand up and say ENOUGH to sexual bigotry and discrination and vote YES for Sarah Palin 08!

Posted by: Evagelina | September 4, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm reminded of another movie, Waterworld, where Kevin Costner shows up to rescue the cute little girl and she turns to Dennis Hopper & Co. and says "you guys are in so much trouble".

Only here, Kevin is Sarah, the girl is John, and D Hopper & Co. are the Dems and they are in sooooo much trouble...

You are to be commended, however, for perhaps the most silly and, frankly, weird attempt I have seen to peg Sarah Palin. Other, more sane liberals (oxymoron?) , are going with Spiro Agnew just now. Having exhausted stewardess, trailer trash, Dan Quayle, and Harriet Miers (phew!)

Ta.

Posted by: jdwill | September 4, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

They didn't call her Sarah Barracuda for nothing. Can you imagine this vindictive, book-banning, gay-bashing, antiabortion, ultra-right wing religious zealot in the White House? She would make Bush look like a second coming of Lincoln.

Posted by: Jim | September 4, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

McCains speech was actually OK tonight., I cant even remember a good speech McCain has ever given. I dont think McCain holds a Candle to Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee tonight. He is not a great speaker. Probably should not of been the nominee., I am really starting to like Sarah Palin, Ive read a bit of her Bio they have posted and some old videos and pictures at http://www.veeppeek.com., But I am still struggling with all these questions about scandal and her daughters boy friend seems like a little thug.? http://www.hotpres.com We will see, McCain Palin has not earned my vote yet.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I much preffer Sarah Palin to McCain, I would Much rather her be on top the ticket.
Or a Huckabee/Palin ticket would of been my dream ticket. Congrats Sarah Palin, Youll be a great Vice President., Or President for that matter. If you want to learn more about Sarah Palin or her Back Ground they have alot of Background Info, Pics, Videos, about Sarah and her Family. http://www.veeppeek.com The Next Big Scadal She will have to overcome will be her daughers, boyfriend. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I do believe that beeing the leader of such a great nation takes an extraodinary combination of vision, judgement, high intellect and class - looking back at all the great presidents of USA in the past 200 years, no matter how humble their root, they were all exceptional=uncommon people. A PITBULL in a skirt? Very basic educational background and no well-formed views on national and international issues to speak of? Repeatedly lied about her accomplishments while dispising her opponents'? Thanks, but no thanks.

As to good old McCain, he has character and integrity perhaps. But his lack of intellectual agility and understanding of today's world's complexity, combined with impulsiveness and sturborness of old age are receipe for failure.

I am a Canadian. From where I see it, if you chose the Oldman+Pitbull Ticket, you will turn yourselves into the biggest fools on earth.

Posted by: Marianne | September 4, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Nice analogy.

Palin's a type all right.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | September 4, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I think she was McCains second choice and picked because he believes those Hiliary extremists may convert but rest assured, as a 52 yr old female, I can clearly say, she does not represent my viewpoint and while her speech delivery was okay, I still don't know her. What I do know is what I saw during her acceptance speech which just reminded this independent of the same old tactics and polictics as usual, nothing new. If I was McCain don't be surprise if she becomes the actual party leader., Ruth, PA

Posted by: Ruth | September 4, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

"ENOUGH! Vote NO to sexism and discrimination - Vote YES to Sarah Palin 08! "

No way. Two X chromosomes aren't enough to get me to vote for someone who is a fundamentalist bible thumper, anti-choice creationist who offered a bounty on wolves (bring us a bloody leg and we'll give you $150), and opposed listing the polar bear as endangered. One who abused the powers of her office (troopergate) and tried to fire a Wasilla librarian because she wouldn't remove books from the library that Saracuda found offensive (censorship, anyone?). Never mind that she has zero foreign policy experience.

You can keep her.

Posted by: Pam | September 5, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin brings to the table at least three substantive policy strengths.

First, she won points last night for her strong, credible advocacy for SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN.

Second, Palin represents something very new in the energy debate: She favors energy development, but SHE STANDS UP TO BIG OIL. The Dems can no longer say of the GOP, "they're in the pockets of Big Oil." it remains to be seen if the GOP can somehow make this work in their favor in the polls.

Third, the "PALINOMICS" of Alaska energy development meeting a significant part of America's energy (and mineral resource) needs in the coming decades is very much a viable economic argument, if you include land-based and off-shore resources. It is a winning policy position for the GOP that has good potential for gaining a few points in the polls unless the Dems can develop a thoughtful response soon.

Posted by: Tim in Alaska | September 5, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who truly thinks Palin will still be the VP nominee in two weeks isn't paying attention. They aren't doing a thing to make her look presidential...just letting her play the angry twinkie, rake in the religious right's money, after which she'll withdraw for the sake of her family and leave blaming the liberal media. The McCain campaign is more cynical than anyone would have expected but even McCain's not infatuated enough to keep her.

Posted by: Dema | September 5, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

LOL. I love seeing all of the partisan hacks in the media suddenly worry about experience. The lack of self awareness among these losers is laughable.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

To Marianne

In response to your comment: "From where I see it, if you chose the Oldman+Pitbull Ticket, you will turn yourselves into the biggest fools on earth."

Us? Fools? After all, all we did recently was elect Bush/Cheney .... twice.

Posted by: scientist2 | September 5, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Fascinating, Jonathan. I hope it's not true -- too scary. But you might be on to something. Kudos for making this connection.

Posted by: Chester | September 5, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

more bad stuff about Palin came out today. If McCain is going to keep her - he is going to look as bad as can be.

Posted by: karin | September 5, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Working mother wrote:
"This writer reaffirms:

BLACK MAN = WOMAN HATER

DEMOCRAT = SEXIST"

*********************************
Are you suggesting Barack Obama ("black man") is sexist? Barack Obama, married to Michelle Obama, strong, professional woman, and father to two daughters, and son of a single mother? You are disappointed HRC lost, and you are making erroneous links to Sen. Obama. Yes, there is sexism and racism in our culture. Yes, Sarah, Hillary and Michelle have ALL been the target of that sexism. Barack has been the target of racism and false rumors, too. I challenge you to come up with one bit of evidence that Barack Obama is sexist. Sure, vote for McCain/Palin and turn your back on everything that HRC stands for and worked so hard for. Personality over principles, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Having grown up in New England, I'm an ice hockey fan. Back in the early to mid-70s, teams had players called goons. The Boston Bruins' goon was Derek Sanderson. The goon, with no appreciable offensive skills, had only one job, and it was this - to pick a fight with the opponent's best player and have both end up in the penalty box, thereby giving the losing team a chance to win. When the goon came out, the crowd went wild.

Sarah Palin is the GOP's goon. No substance whatsoever, and engaged for no other reason than to win at any cost.

Posted by: Bob B | September 5, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

I love that movie - but I am not quite sure of the analogy. Eve was really calculating. Gov Palin is coming across as more sledge-hammery, obvious lies and clueless.

Marilyn Monroe has a little part the movie as well.

Posted by: Denise | September 5, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Does Sarah Palin's flag pin only have 49 stars?

Posted by: Koppo | September 5, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

She has character, integrity and chutzpah.

When she said she'd smoked marijuana; she admitted that she DID inhale.

She's already proven her convictions about abortion - those decisions were NOT above her pay grade.

Conviction-any Dem even know what that is?

Posted by: Pookiebear60 | September 5, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

The Governor of Alaska doesn't worry me because of her family issues. If she brings new concern and education about special needs children and teen age pregnancies, I'm glad. I admire people who live with conviction and belief; and live their lives accordingly. What concerns me - and I need to know more - is her little known (in the much larger 49!) public record. What alarmed me initially was a revival of the culture wars. I've been dedicated to compromise over the need to spout my very strong individual opinion. I'm for the center because I think the center can make things happen. What insulted me as a woman is that there are Republican women of great stature who were passed over. I'm not thrilled about about of a Governor of a state that doesn't fight most of the nation's serious problems. People loved the 2000 successful candidate because he "sounded good" or "he sounds just like me" or "isn't he a guy you'd like to have a beer with". I probably would enjoy meeting him but I think I've enjoyed meeting many people. I'm sorry, but that never seemed like a reason to vote for someone. I get a beer/hot dog with people that love baseball and I enjoy talking to people I like. I, personally, and I'm going to say it about most of my friends and neighbors, would not make a good president. I want talent and education. I want people who, frankly, have more experience than the Republican Vice Presidential candidate. Additionally, I will point out that twice in my lifetime the Vice President has ended up being in the White House. I don't admire for people not changing their mind based on new information. Senator McCain has a admirable quality of admitting when he has shown bad judgment but this is a decision I think the American people need to help him re-think quickly.

Posted by: B. Jackson | September 5, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Pookie,

Conviction-any Dem even know what that is?

That's what Republican lawmakers wind up with after getting caught trading bribes for votes.

Posted by: Brandon Marlowe | September 5, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

The Jews were really disappointed he didn't pick Lieberman. Palin is a pentecostal end-timer who believes THEY are the 'chosen ones'.

Posted by: Ira | September 5, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

So who's the George Sanders character in the mix? He plays the influential drama critic whom Eve seduces and then tosses aside once she's received her career-making rave notice.

Rush Limbaugh, perhaps? Or that suave lady-
killer KRove? It is a pretty grotesque scenario, isn't it?

Posted by: Brucut | September 5, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Reading the comments from die-heart liberal democrats makes me want to throw up.

If you want to talk about loyalty, what about ditching the church you and your family has gone to for over 20+ years because your reverend's view of the world may damage your own political ambitions.

NOW THAT IS TWO-FACED. Not only did he do that once but twice.

Posted by: NoBama | September 5, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

umm... are there any non adolescents who have something to say here?

Whether you vote for Obama or McCain it's unlikely either will undo entirely the authoritarian state put in place by the Bush administration (i.e. Patriot Act, Department of Homeland Security, TSA, FBI warantless wiretaps, etc.) Learn to enjoy your police state or vote third party.

Posted by: father figure | September 5, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Now we're comparing real life to movies? Please! People are calling her a barracuda because she's achieved so much in a short period of time. Does that make Barack Obama a barracuda, too?

I'm not the biggest fan or either Obama or McCain, so to me, the mark of a true leader is found in his or her integrity. So let's see what happens in the coming weeks, let's see which candidate is a person of integrity, conviction, honor and honesty.

Stop bashing Gov. Palin, and start listening. If you don't like what you hear, vote for the other candidates.

Peace and Shalom, y'all!!

Posted by: J. Franco | September 5, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

So McCain admitted he and his party have been wrong for eight years and he's the one to change things?? Vote for me I'm wrong most of the time. That should be his new slogan.

Posted by: Gary | September 5, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Now I understand that some people would choose Mac Cain-Palin over Obama-Biden only to prevent an Afro American to become our next president. That is the true. It just pure racism and not sexism as some people are trying to convince us.

Posted by: lawrenc B. | September 5, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

This is a rather catty attack by Mr. Jonathan Capehart. Me thinks the man feels threatened by a reform-minded woman who is principled, strong-willed and capable.

Though I'm intrigued by Sarah Palin's record, John McCain needs more than his POW record and Sarah Palin to compensate for his poor judgment and ill temperament.

Posted by: John Patrick Smith | September 5, 2008 2:00 AM | Report abuse

shell games

Posted by: father figure | September 5, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Tim in Alaska writes that Palin "stood up to big oil," and that "the "PALINOMICS" of Alaska energy development meeting a significant part of America's energy needs in the coming decades is very much a viable economic argument"

Being in Alaska, I'm sure Tim knows that Palin raised taxes (i.e. she called a special session of the legislature to impose a WINDFALL PROFITS TAX) on oil companies to the point that they have shelved development projects:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008103325_alaskatax07.html

(dates Aug 10th, BEFORE Palin was selected)

...snip

"ConocoPhillips said that in total, once royalty payments and other taxes are added in, THE STATE CAPTURES ABOUT 75 PERCENT OF THE VALUE OF A BARREL."

...snip

BP Alaska, which runs Prudhoe Bay, said earlier this year that it had delayed the development in the western region of the North Slope as a result of the tax. ConocoPhillips cited the same reason for scrapping a $300 million refinery project.

"WHAT THE TAX HAS DONE IS TAKE AWAY ALL THE UPSIDE," said Doug Suttles, president of BP Alaska. The U.K.-based oil company PAID MORE than $500 million IN TAXES to Alaska last quarter — far more THAN IT EARNED IN PROFITS from Alaskan oil, according to Suttles.

Posted by: hmpierson | September 5, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Obama v. Pallin

Political version of Mandingo.

Another example of life imitating art.


Posted by: just a thought | September 5, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Once people know about Palin's record of failure and flip-flops I'm hoping they'll vote for Bob Barr.

Posted by: Bill | September 5, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

Of course Palin's 17 yr old daughter's prenancy is an issue. She is a victim of her mother's "Just say no" policy. She and countless other young girls for whom "Just say no" is a lie which brings them great harm.

Posted by: Maria T. | September 5, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Tim, who says "she won points last night for her strong, credible advocacy for SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN." What??? Her argument goes like this: "I've got one, so you should trust that I'm for 'em." But she's against government-mandated health care, government subsidies for education, birth control, and sex education. She's against AFDC. This doesn't stack up to being an advocate for special needs children because she's against EVERYTHING the government tries to do to help them. All she wants to do is make sure they all get born.

Posted by: Martimr1 | September 5, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Father figure, you must not have watched the Democratic convention if you don't think a major party wants to revoke the neocon police state. Go find the transcripts of the major Democratic speeches (Clinton, Clinton, Biden, Obama) and search for "Constitution.") I was so proud to hear them finally saying it out loud, because, like you, I didn't think there was enough emphasis on our eroded civil rights. While you're at it, search on Torture. Mr. Torture Victim McCain didn't say a whole lot about how the US has to get out of that business, did he? Torture is one of those things he was against before he was for it.

Posted by: Martimr1 | September 5, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

B. Jackson - well said. Alarmed over the revival of the culture wars? We've barely heard the opening salvos. Indeed, I fully expect the Republicans will attempt to make this less a culture war than a cult war. They bemoaned the way Obama was, in their view, becoming a cult figure (that tends to happen, John, when someone can articulate a vision that resonates with people). They now have almost nothing left but the cult of John and Sarah. John has divorced himself, not only from his Republican Party, but also from the very experience that we heard about over and over. What's left for people to hold onto with John McCain? Just his personality -- "trust me" (OK, call it "character" if you like, but trust me it boils down to the same thing. Sarah Palin really has very little going for her except her personality - and it's a very attractive one: gutsy, feisty, able to throw body blows while wearing that charming smile. And what else has she got?

It is just one of the fascinating elements of this campaign that the two sides have shouldered their way or been pushed into the other's corners. Now it's the man with the serious program who knows where the country needs to go vs. the man whose great attribute is that we like him so much. Obama vs. McCain. As for me, I think I'll go with the vision thing.

Posted by: TGoodrich | September 5, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Nobody has commented on how wooden and robotic she is around McCain. She doesn't like him at all. It's her party, her platform and he wouldn't last one term with her undermining any attempt he would make to work across the aisle.

Posted by: Crempole Stalwart | September 5, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

HAHAHHAHAHAHAH That's the stupidest article I've read in months.

OK, Capehart, can you write a column comparing BARACK OBAMA to KEVIN FEDERLINE?

See K-Fed only got famous because he was BRITNEY SPEARS husband. I hate to break it to this pompous columnist, but his hero B Obama only got famous cuz he was asked to make a speech at John Kerry's presidential convention... NOT BECAUSE HE EARNED IT, OR HAS A RECORD IN THE PARTY. OBAMMIT IS WHERE HE IS BECAUSE OF DUMB LUCK.

OBAMA = KEVIN FEDERLINE.

CAPEHART, CAN I SEE THAT COLUMN PLEASE???

Posted by: Tony V | September 5, 2008 2:37 AM | Report abuse

Nice speech, Eve. But I wouldn't worry too much about your heart. You can always put that award where your heart ought to be.

Posted by: Margo | September 5, 2008 2:49 AM | Report abuse

aCapehart hi . . . no Palin is the G.O.P.'s Eva Peron -- the Alessandra Mussolini. As a white guy with a graduate degree from Johns Hopkins, I believe that if Obama were white and his name were Anglo the Republicans wouldn't try to demean his "community service" while ignoring the fact that he was was head of Harvard Law Review. At Starbucks, I told a group of black cops that I thought Palin's speech was racist. They smiled and said, "Well, you know the gloves are off now!" Let's hope the Democrats have enough courage and strength to finally comfront these proto-fascists and reverse the decline of representative democracy in the United States! :=)

Posted by: Alessandro | September 5, 2008 3:12 AM | Report abuse

There comes a time that a piano realizes that it has not written a concerto.

Posted by: Lloyd Richards | September 5, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

One thing is for sure. She's either going to help McCain a lot, or murder him; nothing in between. Hard to understand why he felt he needed to take such a chance.

He was already holding his own in the polls, and Romney had a 50\50 chance of carrying Michigan for him.

Posted by: Jamie | September 5, 2008 3:24 AM | Report abuse

She's not Eve Harrington. She's worse. SHE'S GEORGE W. BUSH.

Posted by: Larryman | September 5, 2008 3:54 AM | Report abuse

How is it when a woman has a strong sense of self and opinions... she is referred to as a "pit-bull" or "barracuda" and most of the time even worse name calling... but it is EXPECTED from men to have all those attributes and then some! Can someone explain to me why a man has a God-given right to be strong, but yet a woman exhibits any of these behaviors... she is insane, power-hungry, evil, and whatever else any cowardly, uneducated, woman-hating person can spew from their foul mouths! There shouldn't be any questions surrounding Sarah Palin until we get to the bottom of who the hell Barack Obama is........ CAN ANYONE TELL ME!!!

Posted by: Cnote972 | September 5, 2008 4:02 AM | Report abuse

While I can understand the far right applauding the choice of Sarah Palin. I find it hard to understand "supposed" Hillary Clinton supporters now promoting Sarah Palin and describing the questions about her as sexism (I use the quotes because I suspect some of these are simply right-wingers pretending to be ex-Clinton supporters). I was a Hillary Clinton supporter, but now support Obama. Why? Because he represents most closely the same positions as Hillary.

Sexism is basically the inability to look beyond a person's sex in order to see the basic substance of a person or what he/she stands for. Those Clinton supporters who now say they support Palin are the promoting the same as the sexists they claim to detest.

Posted by: Jim | September 5, 2008 4:49 AM | Report abuse

I find it refreshing that Governor Palin took on her own party for the GOOD OF THE PEOPLE. Enough of this politics as usual. Senator Obama ran on Change, but, delivered an insider as his VP. Politics as ususal to get elected.
We need Strong Fighters in Washington DC to get rid of the garbage. I mean after all Senator Biden promises people to go after Bush on Criminal Charges - back to the gutter. Congress had achieved nothing in two years and why is clear for all to see - defeat Bush every way possible and forget the people.

Posted by: Gene Guffey | September 5, 2008 5:12 AM | Report abuse

It is so pathetically laughable when all the little ObaDroids try to convince us that there is substance to their
NEVER DONE NOTHING EMPTY SUITED SURRENDER MONKEY Hussein Obama.
And what do they drag out of the closet to prove their point?
"community organizer"
I think that's like doing dinner theater in Hoboken.
But not as important or demanding.

Crack Head would be a more accurate job description for Hussein.
How else to explain his 20 years as understudy to G*D D*MN AMERICA! Jeremiah Wright and G*D D*MN JEWS! Louis Farakan?

Or if Palin is the late successful award winning Eve Harington
then surely Hussein Obama is the early LYING, SCHEMING, BACK STABBING Little Eve.
You know, the one who invented a list of "accomplishments" then used plagiarized words to fool everyone about who Hussein really is?

Shall we continue with your bad 70's gay theater schtick M. Capehart?
But you really need to find a better drag queen to idolize than Hussein Obama.

Posted by: JamesT | September 5, 2008 5:57 AM | Report abuse

A WaPo trifecta! A column that is simultaneously wacko, unfair and sexist!

If anyone knows what this writer is dribbling on about, please post a comment.

Posted by: Mediaskeptic | September 5, 2008 6:17 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Sarah "The Saint" Palin was watching and applauding while her 16- or 17-year old daughter, Bristol, was being "drilled" by "Sex on Skates", a/k/a Levi.

Posted by: Ken | September 5, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan thanks for the trip down ‘when movies were movies’! Your comparison of Sarah & Eve is right on point. Both are sweet on the outside and full of venom on the inside. I think Sarah revealed her real personality when she said, “What is the difference between a hookeymom and a pit bull? …… Lipstick!”

Posted by: gmgaston | September 5, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Although I had intended to vote for Senator McCain, my once tepid support for him has been significantly strengthened with his selection of Gov. Palin as his V.P. running mate.

Of the four candidates .... Biden, McCain, Palin and Obama .... this fella is most enthused about Gov. Palin.

YOU GO GIRL!

Posted by: Dave | September 5, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

I understand the analogy perfectly.

Even the most dedicated of working moms understand that if you can, when you need to, you get off the clock and take care of family. I heard once that First Dude is to take time to be Mr Mom - cause she's booked day in and day out from now until the election, 30 fundraisers at least.

Everyone's screaming sexism because people asked what the care plan was, like it was an unheard of thought... believe me, its the first thought with every working mother in the world.......except Palin, who has yet to admit her identity with working women enough to say she shares that concern has has plan to talk about.

Posted by: dutchess2 | September 5, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the female Mike Huckabee, an exotic from the cultural fringe. Mother Sarah comes to us speaking words of homespun wisdom.

Posted by: Bill | September 5, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

This is why we like Mr. Capeheart. He is literate, knows film and is a good orator(MSNBC). We hope the next article has JUDY...JUDY....JUDY in it! We also hope your friendship with Pat Buchanan will make him more sympathic to Addison DeWitt.
The post definitley needs to GAY it up a bit!!!

Posted by: rverbist | September 5, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

ha ha ha rverbist. One thing this post did was make me realize how much I miss smoking! God, I loved smoking.

Posted by: johng1 | September 5, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

"Better buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy ride."

Posted by: David Callahan | September 5, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

When will Sarah Palin be expected to participate in an unscripted, in depth interview discussing policy issues?

Posted by: H Grace | September 5, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Dobson, Gary Bauer, Ralph Reed, Schafly and Pat Robertson, suddenly finding themselves in utter admiration for teenage unwed motherhood ( last week they thought Jamie lyn Spears was a trollop and her parents were to blame for her "poor choices" ), are beside themselves with Palin-love. Dr. Laura is the lone hold-out. She must have some silly notion of standing by her particular brand of principles, instead of thoroughly rejecting them for political games.

At least she's not an utterly contemptible and craven hypocrite like the rest of the GOP brethern.

It's not the pregnancy. It's the hypocrisy. Truly shameless.

Posted by: Becca | September 5, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm not convinced that either McCain and Palin are capable of positive real change in this country. To begin with, and with all due respect for McCain's military background, neither of them represents Americans of today. Neither one of them are in touch with the realities of the problems this country truly faces. And they are incapable of intelligently discussing these issues.

The choice of Palin by McCain displays his ineptness. She has no meaningful experience worth a hoot regardless of the spin doctors. And I could deliver a speech just as well if Mr. Gerson or the actual speechwriter wrote one for me to deliver.
After all, she was well coached. She did a good job of it, there's no denying that, but delivering a speech does not qualify you to be Vice President or more likely President.

McCains health is a major issue also here.
After eight disastrous, wasteful years of Bush do we as patriotic Americans want not only more of the same, but additional devestating agendas from the Supreme Court and the religious right? I think not!

Posted by: sanity | September 5, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Oh please. McCain voted with Bush 90 percent of the time. Palin had good timing, has already been exposed - voted for Bridge before voting against it, using her office to settle petty disputes. You can already tell that from her emails. Wants to ban books. Wake up you silly people. Over 4000 dead soldiers over lies Bush told, hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, and the Assembly of God people thinking WWIII is just dandy cuz you'll rise up in a rapture, a la that nutbag Hagee. Would the real Jesus please stand up? Are you working for Him or using him to promote your own warped agendas of ignorance and hate? So sad, how many people in this country happily send off their money without a care, while innocent Iraqi families lose husbands, mothers, children, people dying in the street. Before we invaded, many suffered. Now, all do. Pro-life my ass.

Posted by: McCain and Palin | September 5, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

It's fascinating that the most reasoned arguments presented by bloggers are from Democrats, and the most foul-mouthed ignorant ones come from Republicans. Haven't the Republicans lost enough jobs/money in the market/houses/credit card
interest increases to realize that the choice is not sexist, elitist, but simply one of ordinary common sense about what is really going on in the economy and the world? Japan is in a depression; Europe is in a recession as we are; and Africa and
Asia are also struggling, and, incidentally, hardlu aove water literally.
We have a bigger world with bigger problems than sexism or elitism. Let's all
grow up and truly think and reason out our next choices. There are good people and not-so-good people on both sides -- Let's try to choose more good people this go-round.

Posted by: titmouse | September 5, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I, too, am annoyed and distraught that this little woman from Alaska has the audacity to go into public service and not play the game as it has devolved into where you make sure to continue allowing political seniors and party superiors to advance their self-interest causes. How dare she promote an agenda that topples political graft, promotes individual liberty and economic sanity!? She must be stopped immediately...

Posted by: Gus Levy, New Orleans, LA | September 5, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

You talk about pure ambition? How about Obama? He's never focused his energy on SERVING in any role he's had. Rather, he's concentrated all his energies on rising to the next level before proving himself trustworthy at his current level.

An undistinguished Illinois Senator. A US Senator who has not held a single hearing with his plum-award foreign policy subcommittee. (You'd think someone with a shortcoming of foreign policy experience, who was handed a foreign policy chairmanship would run with it. Obama was too busy becoming president.)

He's a brilliant man who has slouched through life in the jobs he's being paid for, all the while spending his considerable ambitions and energies on the next level.

And talk about casting aside mentors? Rev. Wright? Hello?

It seems like you wrote your editorial about Obama, then simply switched the appropriate nouns and pronouns to make it about a woman.

Posted by: Wayne | September 5, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

We've heard this tune before. If a man shows drive and ambition it's considered a virtue. If a woman shows drive and ambition - she will be considered a schemer. An evil vicious schemer who is ruthless and not a real woman. Something that rhymes with witch.

There is an Eve Harrington in this drama but it's not Palin. It's the young ingenue who showed up and backstabbed Hillary Clinton and basked in the stagelights without showing one bit of substance beyond some vague talk about hope and change and a life story like Eve Harrington's. As Thelma Ritter says in the film "what a story. everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end". The character in this political drama that showed up with a "compelling" story, dreams and backstabbed the established and accomplished is not Palin. It's Obama.

Posted by: Doublestandard | September 5, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Ridiculous column.
Driven and ambitious people cultivate their sponsors, and are happy to toe the party line.
People of integrity look at each issue, and are prepared to 'let the chips fall where they may' - even at the risk of upsetting their own faction.
Palin worries me - but this sort of silly bias worries me more.

Posted by: Cyril Berkeley | September 5, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

If what you say is true, then how do you explain one central fact about Palin: She did to Barack Obama what Jesse Jackson only talked about doing.

Posted by: wondering | September 5, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin is Eve Harrington; is John McCain an old kazoo with sparkles?

Posted by: Stevan Pascal | September 5, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Anybody who didn't catch Palin as a nasty
trailer trash husler the first paragraph

has no intuitive judgement in people.

That's a dangerous lack in politics...and can be deadly in on's personal and financial life. Anyone that sneeringly sarcastic and willing to mock has no class

And Palin comes up 80 degrees below no class.

Posted by: judgement | September 5, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

"Anybody who didn't catch Palin as a nasty
trailer trash husler ... Anyone that sneeringly sarcastic and willing to mock has no class"

Posted by: judgement | September 5, 2008 9:30 AM

Just like you, then, judgement.

Posted by: Cyril Berkeley | September 5, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I am a caring, loving, efficient American working mom and I don't want to be referred to as 'Baraccuda' or 'Pitbull'. May be Sarah Palin and other GOP women like that animal comparisons, not me.

Posted by: Val | September 5, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

There's that baby in the background again. Are they going to take that baby around to all her campaign stops and show it, while McCain displays his war wounds?

Her baby. His scars.

That's what this election is about according to the Republicans. It may win, but at what cost to the nation?

Posted by: GaryL1 | September 5, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Keep in mind what Gary Merrill says to Eve after her impressive debut" "The woods are full of one-scene actresses." (Pardon the botched paraphrase of one of the film's thousands of great lines.)

Posted by: Jerry | September 5, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

When will Sarah Palin hold a news conference or sit down with one or two interviewers - right wing Chris Wallace and the surprisingly incisive Katie Couric for the more objective interview - and answer questions about lying about saying no to Congress about anything, about what she knew and when she knew it in Troopergate, about her use of a windfall oil profits tax to pad Alaskans wallets, and other facts of her professional record? And while I don't expect them to do anything but white about the nasty media if and when Palin faces the press directly, the GOP must not disrespect Palin (and by extension all women) by shielding her from legitimate questions about her record, her grasp of issues and her trustworthiness.
A pitbull with lipstick ought to be able to handle a fair interview on those topics.

Posted by: mkevinf | September 5, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Here is a native Wasilla resident who is not afraid to speak out about Sarah Palin.

Sean-492003

ABOUT SARAH PALIN
I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child's favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.
She is enormously popular; in every way she's like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won't vote for her can't quit smiling when talking about her because she is a "babe".
It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months.
She is "pro-life". She recently gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.
She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.
She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.
Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin's kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.
Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.
She's smart.
Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents.
During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.
Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative". During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.
The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren't enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit- generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.
While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.
These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.
As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.
In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today's surplus, borrow for needs.
She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.
While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.
Sarah complained about the "old boy's club" when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State's top cop (see below).
As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla's Police Chief because he "intimidated" her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't fire her sister's ex- husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in- law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.
She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn't like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.
Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.
When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the "old boys' club" when she dramatically quit, exposing this man's ethics violations (for which he was fined).
As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the "bridge to nowhere" after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.
As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects--which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance-- but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as "anti-pork".
She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.
Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah's mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.
As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as "AGIA" that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.
Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned "as a private citizen" against a state initiative that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State's lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior's decision to list polar bears as threatened species.
McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President.
There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.
However, there's a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.
CLAIM VS FACT
*"Hockey mom": true for a few years
*"PTA mom": true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
*"NRA supporter": absolutely true
*social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconstitutional) .
*pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
*"Pro-life": mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation
*"Experienced": Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
*political maverick: not at all
*gutsy: absolutely!
*open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
*has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
*"a Greenie": no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro- drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
*fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
*pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
*pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
*pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla's history.
*pro-labor/pro- union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn't make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro- union.
WHY AM I WRITING THIS?
First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.
Secondly, I've always operated in the belief that "Bad things happen when good people stay silent". Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.
Third, I am just a housewife. I don't have a job she can bump me out of. I don't belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that's life.
Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah's attempt at censorship.
Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.
CAVEATS
I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can't recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall--they are swamped. So I can't verify my numbers.
You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my "about 5,000", up to 9,000. The day Palin's selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90's.

Posted by: Mark1161 | September 5, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is not a credible advocate of special needs children. I just hope people finally educate themselves in this regard with the truth.

Everything thinks that just because it is a federal mandate for independent school districts to educate these children, they are served. What you don't know is that the programs are poorly funded and inefficently administered. The money required to serve 1 special needs child versus 1 that is not is astronomical. School districts where these children reside often have their hands full when it comes to meeting their needs because they can't join forces with other school districts to be fiscally efficient in delivering services. They are also so tied up in federal mandates, that delivering services that will truly meet the needs of every child are not even proposed!

Sarah Palin needs to quit running for the Vice Presidency and start learning about the realities of what it's going to take to educate her child.

I know. I have a special needs child. My child is almost 20 and still struggling to finish high school but almost to that finish line. We need Sarah tenaciousness in that arena, not across the table from Putin!

Posted by: MinnesotaLinda | September 5, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

The more I hear about Sarah Palin the more I think of Eva Braun.

Posted by: Jan Falk | September 5, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Frankly, I think it is time to stop making references to 'women' issues, what exactly does that mean? It is insulting to me as a woman that allusions are being made to women being shafted and cast aside at this point. Yes, women won the right to vote in the past and we still have a long way to go in terms of being represented in government and gaining truly equal rights. Feminism has not quite done it for us has it?

The issue here is not whether gov. Sarah Palin is a woman, this presumes women are sheep without brains and will just vote for any female that is a presidential or vice-presidential candidate/nominee. It is also an insult to Hilary Clinton who is without doubt exceedingly qualified and experienced, has a track record of reform and deserves to be a presidential nominee.

I think Americans should focus on the issue at stake, we are in a mess!! And we were put there by the Republican Bush administration. If that has not sunk into our thick skulls then we are in for another seige of economic and personal crises. THAT is what we should be focused on NOT skin colour, race, feminism, blah, blah, blah.

Let's stop all this nonsense and critically examine what each candidacy is bringing to the table. IT IS time for a CHANGE!!

I admire Obama because he is running as an American citizen, not black, white, blue or yellow, just AMERICAN!! And he is sincere in his intent to see that there is change for the better. He's not saying anything new, everything he's talked about is what ordinary Americans go through daily. We are living it.

It is appalling to me that the so-called cherished American brand of democracy is just a sham. I cannot imagine how the Bush administration has the temerity to point fingers at Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe or any other government particularly in Africa.

I am even more surprised by the ignorance that is prevalent in this country. What a shame that in the 21st century there are strong echoes of racism resounding in America. What civil rights movement? What equality? All a load of crock!! Let's keep our eyes on the ball. The truth is white people are running scared, this is reminiscent of mandela in South Africa...the fear of reprise from a black president. And I don't mean to cast aspersions on every white person but we all know (even if some prefer to hide their heads in the sand)that there are a lot of issues that were swept under the carpet so to speak. Katrina brought that to our consciousness.

What are we all afraid of? I think the most important issue here should be what will be best for the masses not the elites and those that want the status quo of inequality maintained.

Posted by: Loren | September 5, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Mrs. Palin and most right-to-life advocates think it's enough to carry a baby to term -- what you do with that baby afterwards doesn't really matter. All the anti-abortion activists are going on about how admirable it is that Palin kept her baby; what would be really admirable is if she then put her own personal ambitions aside and dedicated the next few years of her life to making sure he has the best possible life, something she will not be able to do as vice president.

Posted by: Arlington | September 5, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

The "liberal media bias" appears yet again, to refute its "debunking" by moonbats. Congrats Capehart -you did great.

Posted by: K-Romulus | September 5, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I seriously question the sanity of any woman who would support Sarah Palin. She would set the feminist movement back 50 years.
If your daughter were raped, would you want her to be forced to have a child? Get serious. This woman has no education and no class. She does not belong in the White House.
It is a very sad statement that she brought her own daughter into the spotlight here, just to serve her own ambition.

Posted by: feminist observer | September 5, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

So, wait... Whistle-blowing on corruption in government is now to be considered a character flaw? Liberals are now attacking Republicans for not being loyal enough to the GOP?

Has hatred for the Bush Administration made all my fellow Democrats this stupid/inane? What is happening to the Democratic Party?

Posted by: Mike Kohler | September 5, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

This reads much more like it was written by a theater critic than an objective journalist. Hmmmm….

Posted by: Ironically | September 5, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Capeheart wrote:

[Sarah Palin] ...needs to show that she possesses more than a superficial knowledge of the serious issues facing the country. And she's got to do it soon.

I wish. George Bush was elected not once but twice, with only superficial knowledge.

Like Bush, Palin has a history of installing cronies and doublespeak. She was for the bridge before she was against it. She has a history supporting earmarks and raked in more federal money (our tax dollars) per capita for Alaska than anyone else in the the Lower 48 gets. She hired lobbyists to do so. She took her hometown from a surplus to debt. How is that responsible?

I hope the American people aren't fooled by the telegenic Palin. Being a slick political operator is no guarantee of good governance. The last eight years of Bush, Cheyney, and yes, McCain supporting Bush policies, make this very clear.


C.F.

Posted by: Caroline F. | September 5, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Any chance you could dub Roseanne Barr's voice over those clips? That would complete the resemblance to Palin.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | September 5, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

In introducing Michelle Obama at the Democratic Convention, Craig Robinson (Michelle's brother) stated that Michelle would be unable to offer Barack Obama such a high level of support during the campaign if it weren't for her mother's stepping in to help care for the children. And, for that, he stated they are grateful. I think that's honest, forthright, and realistic.

When I was growing up, my mom took in two foster children with special needs. It's alot of work! At 5 months, Sarah Palin's baby is still like most other babies. She doesn't have a clue about what parents of older children with special needs go through. She doesn't represent them yet.

Posted by: Mary | September 5, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

This writer reaffirms:

BLACK MAN = WOMAN HATER

DEMOCRAT = SEXIST

Time for women to follow the lead of the Civil Rights movement and vote with their anatomy first to put an end to the bigotry and double standards being applied to all women where any woman with ambition is portrayed as heartless and evil.

ENOUGH! Vote NO to sexism and discrimination - Vote YES to Sarah Palin 08!

Posted by: Working Mother | September 4, 2008 10:01 PM

//

Yes! Enough with the old stereotypes! We need NEW stereotypes!!

Posted by: DFC102 | September 5, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

thank you, i thought it was just me.
she IS eve-jonn best watch out,this lady won' be happy playing number 2.

Posted by: r. onickel | September 5, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

To Bob B:

Try getting your facts straight. Derek Sanderson was hardly a goon. Quoting from Wikipedia: "For the next five years he [Sanderson] was an integral part of the Bruins team that won Stanley Cup championships in 1970 and 1972. Although he had been a leading scorer in junior hockey, his role on the high-scoring Bruins was to centre their defensive line with wingers Ed Westfall and Don Marcotte. They became one of the best defensive lines in the league and Sanderson played a pivotal role as one of the most highly regarded penalty killers and faceoff men in hockey. During the 1970 Stanley Cup finals Sanderson laid a perfect pass on the stick of Bobby Orr that resulted in the goal that not only won the Bruins their first Stanley Cup in twenty-nine years, but became the most widely published photo in hockey history." Back to the analogous drawing board, Booby.

Posted by: Dee | September 5, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

As a working grandmother - I see the questions about her family as perfectly legitimate not sexist - her platform is family values- abstinence - religion -god- etc...etc...so family becomes a question. How you run your own life...your discipline.. your education.. your experience etc. As a voter I want as much info as possible. As for the tabloid press get used to it. As a journalism major she should have known that she would be putting her young children - especially the 18yr.old into this cruel and never ending limelight. You can't have it both ways - its OK to bash others but not me because I'm a woman. Will not work. As the kids say you can dish it out but you can't take it!

Posted by: fmsmythe | September 5, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

As a working grandmother - I see the questions about her family as perfectly legitimate not sexist - her platform is family values- abstinence - religion -god- etc...etc...so family becomes a question. How you run your own life...your discipline.. your education.. your experience etc. As a voter I want as much info as possible. As for the tabloid press get used to it. As a journalism major she should have known that she would be putting her young children - especially the 18yr.old into this cruel and never ending limelight. You can't have it both ways - its OK to bash others but not me because I'm a woman. Will not work. As the kids say you can dish it out but you can't take it!

Posted by: fmsmythe | September 5, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

You know, given her age and her hot dude husband, it is possible that Sarah Palin could find herself pregnant again.

Of course, she wouldn't tell anyone for seven months, and when she does President McCain has a fatal heart attack. This causes China to call in our debt, Norway to start drilling above the Artic Circle, and Russia to move on Poland.

So she gets on a plane to go to --hmmm, who's still speaking to us? --- and --- well, fill in the rest for yourselves. I'm going to have a strong drink.

D J Smith

Posted by: D J Smith | September 5, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Everything Mr. Capeheart says about Sarah Palin could also be said about Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi and any number of other Democratic female politicians? Is Palin any more ambitious and calculating than Hillary Clinton? Give me a break!

Posted by: JE Maddux | September 5, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The double standard is glaring. When the freshman senator Obama runs for president, the media hails him as fresh, bold, energetic despite of his thin record of accomplishment. Now Palin is demonized for her ambition, and derided for her lack of experience. What is in Obama's record before he runs for president? Give the lady an equal chance as you did with Obama and let her prove to the country whether she is up to the job.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart is as big a racist as I have ever encountered. He is obviously bitter and angry and taking out his vengence on any one who opposes BO. Capeheart is working hard to keep racist hate alive in his life. What a sad, bitter, little man, throwing away his life to perpetuate an old evil that everyone else is trying to eradicate.

Posted by: Cecil | September 5, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Actually, JE, you cannot compare Hillary or Nancy to Sarah. They would be the Margo character, ambitious and calculating yes but of an altogether DIFFERENT kind. Eve exhibits a PARTICULAR type of ambition and calculation. Eve rises quickly and is a voracious student of the friends around her, studying them like blueprints and then stepping on their shoulders when the opportunity arises. Very very similar to Sarah "Barracuda" Palin's time as an Alaskan pol.

Margo - Everybody has a heart, except some people.

Posted by: trendlata84 | September 5, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin is not ready for the media on DAY ONE. How could she be ready for President on day one.

Regards to Anonymous 12:02pm, You missed the point. At least Hillary was ready for the Media on day one. Yes, there is a double standard, the Repubicans, mocked, vilified and criticizied Hillary all these years and now you whine about Caribu Palin? Give me a break!

Posted by: the Monk | September 5, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

This is the most insightful and illuminating article I've seen about this Sarah Palin yet. I'm sure Cindy's hairdresser recognizes Eve but doubt that either of the McCains do.

My favorite quote: The Cub Room. What a clever name. The Cub Room - where the elite meet. Never have I seen so much elite, all with their eyes on me, waiting for me to knock that little gnome in the noggin with a bottle.

Posted by: Alan Finger | September 5, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I find it ironic that the Republicans want the tax payers of this country to subsidize the raising of a special needs child and the child born of an unwed teenage mother; while at the same time denying the same subsidy to anybody else. Abstinence only sex ed? That worked well, huh!

I personally think it is wrong to put Mrs. Palin's children on trial because of their mother's ambitions. I do, however, think it is perfectly fair to call Mrs. Palin, Mr McCain, and the rest of the Republicans on their bald-faced hypocrisy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Why rely on just one poll?

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/us/general_election_mccain_vs_obama-225.html

Secondly, this idea that Palin will advocate for Special Needs Children is wrong. Palin is a Republican. They don't advocate for anybody except the unborn. Once you're born, you're on your own (except for cronies, of course).

And while I'm at it, ask yourself this question--the Republicans controlled all branches of government during 6 years of the Bush administration. That was their big chance to over-turn Roe V. Wade. Why didn't they? I know why--because once they do, you won't need the Republicans to run on the "pro-life" agenda anymore. Face it--they have no intention of ever overturning Roe v. Wade, they're just using it to play you, the "single issue voter" for ever. Sucker.


I am a Democrat and I study the issues and I vote.

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | September 5, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Palin, a feminist? I'm having a hard time identifying with that. I haven't seen one "attack" on her sex, only her very flimsy record. I didn't see any sexism against the Clinton campaign either. I am a woman, a proponent of equal rights for all, and I am failing to see all this rampant sexism in the politcal arena lately. I guess when you don't want scrutiny the best thing you can do is point your finger at others and cry foul.

Posted by: Truffle Lady | September 5, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

There's substance behind Sarah Palin; she just doesn't want anyone to know what it is, bacause it would scare the bejeezus out of most people who aren't hard, hard right wing nut jobs.

Posted by: Jeffc | September 5, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

They didn't call her Sarah Barracuda for nothing. Can you imagine this vindictive, book-banning, gay-bashing, antiabortion, ultra-right wing religious zealot in the White House? She would make Bush look like a second coming of Lincoln.

Posted by: Jim | September 4, 2008 11:16 PM

She's not the one who's vindictive; the ones who're vindictive are those who've been attacking her since Monday morning. The Leftist blogs and Media have nothing on her, so they make personal attacks on her. Talk about vindictiveness.

Posted by: al | September 5, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

In England, William and Harry are in the tabloids almost daily. What are American's thinking: If a political figure parades their family on stage for all the world to dote over, the the family becomes "fair game". God knows, the Kennedy family has their dirty laundry aired in the news and they don't seem to bich about it.

Posted by: mzbond | September 5, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

We all know why Palin was chosen, to put some kind of spark in the Rep party. Her personal family life is realistic enough. But remember one thing her child will get the best of health care, her pregnant daughter will get anything she needs to make her life comfortable. What about the REAL LIVING people out there who have her problems and then some, what is she and McCain going to do for them all I hear about is how courageous they are. When I looked at the RNC convention, my question is who were those people in attendance representing, certainly not the US. They all looked like more of the same that where at Bush's convention.

Posted by: deb | September 5, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

All these people up in arms because Sarah Palin is being scrutinized and criticized by the same standards that Republicans have been attacking Barak Obama.

That, by the way is called a double-standard and hypocrisy. If you are going to dish it out, you have to be able to take it; didn't your mother and father teach you that as a child!?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I find it ironic that the Republicans want the tax payers of this country to subsidize the raising of a special needs child and the child born of an unwed teenage mother; while at the same time denying the same subsidy to anybody else. Abstinence only sex ed? That worked well, huh!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 12:46 PM

Are you a parent, Anonymous? If so, do your child(ren) obey EVERYTHING you tell them? No? Applying the "logic" you've used on abstinence-only education, it means nothing you've told your children works.

Posted by: al | September 5, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Well she does present a compelling 'story'. What a story, everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end.

So lets ignore the 'story' and focus on the issues. I don't care about her personal drama or dirty laundry.

Posted by: bill from OH | September 5, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.

Posted by: John S. McCain | September 5, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

It's ironic that the Democratic party which has been far more vocal in advocating women's rights than Republicans are now being accused here by Palin suportors as being sexist. Meanwhile, one of the most rabid Republican supporters, Rush Limbaugh refers to feminists as "feminazies."

Posted by: browneri | September 5, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

al,

vindictive
book-banning
gay-bashing
antiabortion
ultra-right wing
religious zealot

Tell us what is made up? Or personal attacks for that matter?


Posted by: It's all true! | September 5, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

A Pit Bull and Lipstick!!!Ra-Ra-Ra Lip Sticks on a Moose...My son is going shoot him some brownies over in Osama-Stan!!!

Posted by: What a joke | September 5, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the issue is necessarily that she went against her former political patrons -- after all, we don't want a president or vice president who doesn't have a mind of her own and can't decide for herself how to vote. The question is whether she opposed her patrons for expediency's sake -- whether she was, for instance, for this council bill before she was against it. That would be a different kettle of fish.

Posted by: KLeewrite | September 5, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain 2008

Posted by: Gary | September 5, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I have to be perfectly honest, I am afraid of Sarah Palin and John McCain should be also. He better watch his back because Palin will cut his throat.

She is a bull dog. Get out of her way because she has a mission and no DS child, pregnant daughter, baby daddy is going to get in her way.

I am all for women breaking through the class ceiling, but at what expense. I though her speech was crude and she really turned me off.

Posted by: Jalexa | September 5, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

As one who spent over a decade maried to a sociopath, I can tell you that Palin hass all the hallmarks: Self obsessed and grandiose with a disarming but superficial charm; not a speck of shame, loyalty or conscience; the list goes on...watch out for this woman

Posted by: lived through it | September 5, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Al,

When all reputable studies show that states which implement abstinence-only education have higher rates of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and THEN you have the consequence come slamming right into your own living room and you refuse to alter your support for abstinence-only education? You are an ideologue. A dangerous ideologue and an idiot for not being able to admit you were wrong for political reasons. Not you, I'm talking about Sarah Palin. Obviously if you were to experience first hand that your previous assumptions concerning abstinence-only education were to have been proven to be erroneous you would change your beliefs accordingly, as all smart and intelligent people do.

Posted by: almostTall | September 5, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Poor old Barry. He was so close too. The unfortunate thing is that we're all going to have to listen to another four years of whining by the democrats.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, if she can act, she might not be too bad. She looks like she might burn down a plantation.

Posted by: Ugh^2 | September 5, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a mere puppet (like W) of the Council for National Policy (CNP). CNP vetted her to McCain, if McCain picked her as VP, then CNP would throw their full Right Wing support behind his candidacy. McCain did. Google Council for National Policy, also read Theocracywatch.org. With Palin, there's more than meets the eyes. If McCain / Palin wins, the US will enter the Dark Ages of Social Control unlike any period of history. Republican monger FEAR as a distraction to their hidden agenda.

Wake up people! Obama is the best candidate for everyone.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The market dramatically dropped the morning after Sarah Palin's recitation of bumper stickers which....somehow.....people mistook for a speech. She would have received a "F" in my speech class. No backup to her remarks....no documentation.....no supporting statements. What is America thinking? That was not a speech....IT WAS STAND-UP HYPERBOLE (overstatements re: her experience).

Posted by: Carol | September 5, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin took the gloves off when she addressed the convention. She's set the rules of engagement for the campaign, so neither she nor the party have any grounds for complaint when Democrats and reporters go after her record. But count on the Republicans and their spokesmen to continue to play the gender card for all it's worth.

Posted by: Herb | September 5, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Pal-imbaugh = Rush Limbaugh with lipstick.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The thing about Eve is that George Sander's character in the end was the person who reigned her in and put her in her place. In Pallins case will that be McCain or Joe Biden?

Posted by: Matt | September 5, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Beyond reading speeches written for her, how would Gov. Palin think through complex domestic and national security issues? How does she weigh-in on the issue of the expanse of presidential powers when facing terrorism, or the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches? Are we to believe that this is something we can tutor her on from scratch and four months later she’s ready to lead our nation if something happened to a president McCain?

Posted by: Hapny | September 5, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

At least this piece is in the Opinion section, where neither facts or half-truths are appropriate important crieria for a "professional" journalist.

Why doesn't the writer just say, "I will write these kinds of distortions about anyone I do not agree with and do not want to win. GO OBAMA/BIDEN!

Has he written a column about Biden's past problems, with among other things, plagiarism? About Obama's flip flop on the Iraqi "Surge"? About Obama's inconsistency on a united or fracionalized Jerusalem? Then again, why would he? On when does an unborn child have human rights to live? "The answer is above my pay grade", when Obama really meant I am proabortion and pro partial birth abortion, but that would play well with this audience. The writer is trying to get his Democratic slate elected and of course these FACTS would not help that purpose.

Duh!

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 5, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

meow, meow, meow

Posted by: Ynot1 | September 5, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

when I was a young man,sex with a girl under 18 years old was called rape. Is there a double standard here ??

Posted by: sweetdill | September 5, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

This columnist is an idiot...

I agree...Barack Federline.

Posted by: anonymous | September 5, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

As a 56 year old woman whose family has voted Democratic since they were allowed to vote. I will be casting my vote this November for the McCain/Palin ticket.
I think he is an honest man - who does love his country. He has demonstrated by his actions who he truly is - not what he HOPES to become in time. Obama is black - so are a lot of us. I still do NOT know what he plans to do. Yes, he is a very eloquent speaker....what is that quote????'some times words get in the way.'
As for Gov Palin, I have read what has been said about her here and a lot of other on site sources. I don't consider anything she has said thus far mean spirited or cruel. At least no more than her contemporaries. I don't consider my self sexist or racist either. I think a whole lot of people ARE jealous of her though. To be attractive and smart and have a good solid relationship with the father of your children - will make a whole bunch of people 'cracker dog'.
I have worked most of my adult life, raised two wonderful sons, helped them get through school...like and enjoy the company of my daughters-in-laws, love all of my grandchildren - plan on spoiling them too.
So I will continue to watch the political. commentary....and unless something drastic happens in the next months I will be voting for the McCain/Palin .

Posted by: Grandmother Booker | September 5, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

What a sexist statement. Or are you scared that your candidate won't win?

Posted by: spidey | September 5, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

A strange attempt to see Palin's desire to fight corruption as a willingness to turn on benefactors. Is the writer suggesting that elected officials shouldn't fight corruption in government if it's perpetrated by someone you're friends with? That sounds like business-as-usual party politics to me. This bizarre claim that loyalty outweighs prosecution of corruption couldn't be further from the change we actually need.

Posted by: A. McClure | September 5, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

You know what your columns do to people like me? Who weren't sure who I was going to vote for? You make it real clear that I'm NOT going to vote for your candidate...you left wing press make me sick........

Keep doing your job...your making it worse for obama you fools!

Posted by: nancy | September 5, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

This is long, but directly quoted from an Alaskan:

Good evening, lots of friends and relatives have been asking me (as an Alaskan) what I think of Sarah Palin, our Governor, and new choice for McCain as a VP candidate.

Here it goes:

This pick floored me. Sarah Palin is a nice person. I've met her, I've even talked to her for a few minutes at a principal's conference a couple of years ago. She has lots going for her superficially. She speaks from the heart, like a spitfire mother; she can even be sort of funny sometimes. She is quite beautiful; athletic, and has that radiant glow of someone who actually spends time doing things outside. Unlike many politicians, she has lived a 'real life' and done things that few living and working in DC could ever do....like dipnettin' fish, shootin' stuff and eating it out on the tundra, and havin' 5 kids.

Personally, I'd never vote for her. She has an extremely simple view of the world. I don't even think she has ever been abroad. As governor she has repeatedly shown us that she is unable to grasp the demands of leadership. She is very prone to cronyism of the worst kind. Every cabinet level political appointment she has made she has over-ridden suggestions of our state advisory boards, and instead promoted those who had granted her direct political favors. Not that other p oliticians don't do this, they do, but most of them are able to balance their appointments to ensure that at least a few people with real skill and experience are running big state agencies.

She also has been unable to pay attention to her Alaskan constituency. Personally, I've written several of our previous gov's and been asked to comment publicly on education policy. All the previous gov's have always acknowledged that contribution, criticism or comment; sometimes by direct reply, or at least by that of a staff member. Palin's office has been a zone of silence. Not I, nor one person I know commenting has ever gotten any sort of reply. Her claim of running an open or transparent government is totally false; the public simply has no role in her administration.

Her previous claim to fame was being mayor of Wasilla, a growing town a bout 40 minutes from Anchorage of about 15,000 people. Wasilla is a hellhole, even by Alaskan standards, where there are plenty of hellhole towns and villages. Wasilla is an ugly place that shows a complete absence of planning, design, or sense of public vision. Gov't agencies and services are completely overrun in this town; things are so bad that they can't even track their population or build schools in the right place, because most parts of the town don't require building permits, so the only clue about where people are settling are utility receipts. Imagine trying to be an emergency responder in this kind of place: Houses don't just catch on fire in Wasilla, they burn to the ground, because by the time the fire department has figured out which road to take (no signs) or whose house it is (no directory), the place is done for. Palin was mayor this town for at least 2 terms before being elected gov. a year and a half ago.

Her moral sense is simplistic and not inclusive. She is the sort of person who is used to using their 'faith' to divide and isolate minority groups of human beings instead of uniting them. To her credit as Gov. she has kept out of this arena pretty well, but when in comfortable company (i.e the Matanuska Valley Republican Women's Club), she lets her moral cat out of the bag.

I will do what I can to ensure her defeat and that of her running mate as well. :) Please share this information with those who can use it well.

Posted by: Mastermou | September 5, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey Capeheart, they are footlights, not flood lights. Great article otherwise.

I noticed that the probe into her corruption as Governor has been moved up 3 weeks. I suspect she will withdraw after the Republican party coffers have soaked up as much anti-choice money as it can between now and then.

Posted by: gjcomm | September 5, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

But Eve Harrington was a graduate of Radcliffe! Sarah Palin cycled through five schools before she graduated, none of them what you'd call competitive. There has been no mention of Bristol or Levi's plans for further education. Palin represents the dumbing down of education in America. I'd feel safer having Eve on the ticket.

Posted by: Hilary | September 5, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah sure, but I'm FAR more interested in her membership in the ANTI US political secessionist party "Alaska First" known as "AKIP".

Her family was a member from 1995 - 2002 ans in 2008 Governor Palin sent a video-taped welcoming address to their CONVENTION!

WHY would a sitting US Governor address an ANTI-US SECESSIONIST party?

Then there is the whole speaking in tounges, her pastor saying we'll go to hell for criticizing the President - or the pastor - and claiming that Iraq is a task from God's will... As is the gas pipeline she wants to build... Really? God's will is a gas pipeline?

Then the news that she on many occaisions has reached out from her Government position to FIRE and persecute private citizens like the librarian who refused to BAN BOOKS in violation of the 1st Amendment... Fire the librarian? Or this business of her firing a state official who refused to illegally fire her ex brother in law?

We already have suffered enough with CHENEY's antics.. .this is too much to take in the Presidency. Yes, the Presidency.. McCain is old and feeble.

I mean wack-job wing nuts speaking in tounges, government officials persecuting provate citizens, bqanning books, anti-US secessionist party membership... THIS is a candidate for the Whitehouse?

GOD HELP US!

Posted by: JBE | September 5, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

All these Republicans suddenly playing concerned over corruption... like Palin wasn't right in there with Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens, running his 527. These are not fiscal conservatives, these people are the pro-life crowd. They care nothing about anything other than banning abortion. If they had to sell out this country to the Arabs to get that accomplished, they would.

Posted by: Frank Booth | September 5, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Eve Harrington, indeed.

Jonathan, you are SUCH a queen, and you are absolutely on target.

Fasten your seatbelts, everyone, it's going to be a bumpy campaign!

Posted by: Meridian | September 5, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Before this Democratic primary, I could read about 98% support for a particular candidate by a sector of population only in a socialistic communist countries like Cuba, China and North Korea. Am I a racist because I observe this fact? Political process is to choose a better, not necessarily the best, candidate. I assume this high rate of support comes from the fact that this particular voting sector identifies themselves with the candidate that they are supporting. If one can acknowledge this outcome as a bonafide electoral expression, we should also recognize Gov. Palin's 80% approval rating as such. Being a woman with 5 children should not be a negative factor just like the color of skin should not be one. Her meteoric rise of political stature is not given to her without merit after all. Somebody noticed her governing skills.

Posted by: kimchee1 | September 5, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Sarah fully qualified to be president. First of all, her first job is to make Johns life better. He's shown he's man enough to demad a babe. For too long men have had shrill harpies forced on us.
If he can't stand up to women how can he stand up to Putin?

Second a president doesn't need to be a brainiac, he just needs to get elected. He then appoints the people to do the work. I'm confident Sarah will appoint the right people. Look at Bush. No elite but he's actually been a very good president especially considering how the liberal media has unfaily attacked him.

He's kept us safe from Muslims and he's made huge progress at rooting liberals out of government and the DOJ and the courts.

Under president Palin we can count on the same.

Posted by: QSD | September 5, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin a lot more scary than a pit bull, she's Dick Cheney with Lipstick!

Posted by: anonymous | September 5, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

For anyone who wants to read an interview with Sarah Palin in Time from Aug 14 before she was picked to be VP, follow this link. So, my question is if Time was interviewing her, don't you think that someone there had an inkling that she might be chosen? So, the media's argument that she wasn't vetted through them seems a little disingenous.

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1837536,00.html

Posted by: jsypal | September 5, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who was able to spin that they were against the bridge to nowhere when in fact, they were for it, still got the money from the federal government for it and kept the money for it should have an 80% approval.

Alaska needs to be weaned off the federal teat and electing someone involved in helping steal federal money from other states is not the way to do that. $4000 per person from the feds for her small town! Theft from the rest of the country, pure and simple.

Posted by: Moldy Cabbage | September 5, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I come here for sanity. Thank you.

Posted by: Frank | September 5, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry. Ambition is problematic in a woman (Palin), but not in a man (Obama)? Hard to see the logic here.

Posted by: ezr1 | September 5, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

To all the idiots out there (repubs, in case you were wondering: "Barracuda" is the nick-name SHE got while playing basketball (Sarah barracuda). In fact, they played it at the convention because she likes the nickname (though the band didn't; they asked the GOP to stop).

I just can't stand this stupid party anymore with it's stupid reactionary people posting here; f-ing morons.

Here's a hint: READ THE NEWS before posting your stupidity for all to see here.

Bunch of whiners...

And yes, all you ready to post in response: I'm an angry Democrat, and yes I'm calling you names, and yes I'm mad that your party has so royally screwed up the last 8 years, and no I'm not looking to play nice, and I don't give a rat's a$$ if you call me on it.

Boo-hoo... We're going to win in November, and then you can all suck it!

Posted by: oh so stupid | September 5, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

THE "TRUE GRIT" SCENARIO AND GOV. PALIN

The McCain/Palin ticket will strike a reasonating chord at even a subconscious level with many Americans.

McCain is literally old enough to be Palin's father, or at least an older brother.

We have a True Grit scenario.

In the movie "True Grit" John Wayne played an tough but aging US Marshall.

He is approached by a young woman seeking justice.

The woman is young, but has absolute moral clarity, is intelligent, tenacious and tough.

John Wayne sees a lot of himself in her,recognizes the undeniability of her truth,helps her, confronts the bad guys alone,and wins.

John Wayne treats her like a daughter, calls her sis, and is anxious that she find a husband and have kids.

She ironically protects John Wayne, never gives up, and highly respects him to win.

And John Wayne, older but tough, decisive and determined saved the day.

Posted by: JaxMax | September 5, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is scary

Posted by: lennie | September 5, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Al,

When all reputable studies show that states which implement abstinence-only education have higher rates of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and THEN you have the consequence come slamming right into your own living room and you refuse to alter your support for abstinence-only education? You are an ideologue. A dangerous ideologue and an idiot for not being able to admit you were wrong for political reasons. Not you, I'm talking about Sarah Palin. Obviously if you were to experience first hand that your previous assumptions concerning abstinence-only education were to have been proven to be erroneous you would change your beliefs accordingly, as all smart and intelligent people do.

Posted by: almostTall | September 5, 2008 1:40 PM

Maybe you're right. Maybe we should also stop wasting all the money we're spending on telling kids they shouldn't smoke. After all, they're going to smoke anyway.

Posted by: al | September 5, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

"Palin has had no problem ditching her political patrons.." ... or her family, as it would appear.

If it's a question we have not asked a man -- i.e., how he is going to have a HIGHLY demanding career and look after a family that appears to be in dire need of guidance and attention -- it does not mean we should not be doing so. If Obama or whoever were in the same shoes, we SHOULD be asking them this question, and particularly if their platform is based on the family.

Women have always been the traditional caregiver in the family, can we ask her how she is going to do this, and can she give us a civil answer?

I am also a working mother and considered ambitious, but I would NEVER, EVER, CHOOSE to let my teen-age daughter be humiliated in front of not only the whole country, but the whole world.

What kind of woman who truly values the welfare of her family would do that... really?

Posted by: A mother first | September 5, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

We should believe whatever the radical, Gay Left tells us.

YMCA....YMCA...

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 5, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't this guy, Capehart, a bit player on The Cosby Show?

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 5, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Yippeee!! She's one of US! Grrrrrrr. Yip Yip Yip Sic Em! Crush, Keel, Destroy Wahahahahahahahahahahah. All hail john, all hail sarah. Thump Thump Thump

Either you're with us (Christian, right-wingnut) or we'll crush you like a bug.

Posted by: Blah! | September 5, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I am also a working mother and considered ambitious, but I would NEVER, EVER, CHOOSE to let my teen-age daughter be humiliated in front of not only the whole country, but the whole world.

What kind of woman who truly values the welfare of her family would do that... really?

Posted by: A mother first | September 5, 2008 4:23 PM

But Sarah never chose to have Bristol humiliated like that; all she did was introduce her family to those attending McCain's announcement...no different than Obama introducing his family. It was the Leftist Daily Kos and their ilk that chose to humiliate her in an attempt to smear Palin. Let's put the blame where it squarely sits.

Posted by: al | September 5, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't usually read the Post, just surfing and stopped here and read this. I really must say I am ashamed that as Americans we tolerate such poor journalism. If this were an attack on Hillary I'd feel the same way, it's shameful and dishonest but I guess this is what poses for intelligent analysis today at our nations great papers. Yeah the reason they are failing is a new business reality... yeah right.

Posted by: disgusted man | September 5, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes McCain is definitely old enough to Palin's father or in today's society possibly her grandfather. To compare Palin to some snivling teenage character is really interesting because Palin does not seem like she needs McCain. This woman not girl is not facing a coming of age story but power struggle. The stupid thing is any mention of criticism good or bad is sexism. Grow up, when Edwards was in good with the public and his wifes cancer came back the question was should he be running? Not only because of his wife but the children. "Sexism" use this word wisely because she is not going for CEO of a company she's in politics where scandals are the norm.

Posted by: voice1000 | September 5, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

OK...OK it wasn't the Cosby Show. Wasn't he the "Cop" with the Village People?

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 5, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Insulting

Posted by: ILWoman | September 5, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

did you actually watch this movie or Cliff Notes it? I laugh my a** off when columnists like you or Dowd try to shoehorn a picture into one of your columns.
the trailer you chose is one of many and is the poorest choice of the lot. for your analogy to work Palin would have had to have been doing a Monica around McCain's office. according to you columnists last week McCain hardly ever met her. this week she's a stalker.
so, dude, in the words of Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times as Ridgemont High to the little black kid, 'what is it?'

note: in some southern states a woman can consent to sex legally at 14. in the more Victorian influenced northern states we protect a woman from her own foolishness!

Posted by: Duke of Con Dao | September 5, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

No, but Capehart was Divine's stand in on PINK FLAMINGOES

Posted by: JamesT | September 5, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm still jonesing here guys. I want a cigarette so bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bette Davis, you evil cigarette smoker!

Posted by: johng1 | September 5, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I got it..I got it...Capehart = Rerun's long, lost Love Child.

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 5, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

No, but Capehart was Divine's stand in on PINK FLAMINGOES

Posted by: JamesT

LOL, we saw that when it came out. Who sent me this bowel movement!

Posted by: Chief Two Dogs | September 5, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I usually really enjoy watching Capehart on Morning Joe, so I am really shocked to see this piece. Why isn't Obama "Eve" to Hillary Clinton. It could easily be said he did the same thing to her. I am very disappointed. Wonder what Mika would think of this.

Posted by: Hadenough | September 5, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Lonemule!! For real?

Posted by: johng1 | September 5, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palen read one speech. Based on that there are those that feel she would make a great VP and if necessary POTUS. She is the only person on both tickets that most of the country had never heard of a week ago and based on reading one speech we are to believe she would be capable of leading the country when we are involved in 2 wars and our economy is in serious trouble. I have a problem with that. I need to know more about Sarah Palen. Obama, McCain and Biden began campaigning 18 months ago. They have had national debates, press conferences, appeared on numerous Sunday morning talk shows and have been grilled on thier views repeatedly by newspapers and magazines. They have been analyzed and criticized on thier positions and have had to answer the tough questions. Sarah needs to answer the same tough questions before I would even consider her to be a heart beat away from POTUS. An indication of her readiness will not only be her answers but how long before the McCain campaign allows her to even take questions

Posted by: UnitedweStand3 | September 5, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Hadenough, who is Mika? Was she in the Velvet Underground?

Posted by: Chief Two Dogs | September 5, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Being that the VP is a "heartbeat" away from the presidency, I'd rather have Joe Bide, a "bulldog with experience" than a "pitbull with lipstick" any day.
Maybe McCain should have considered me....after all, I ran a Girl Scout troop.

Posted by: Patricia | September 5, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

He would have considered you. But you did such a lousy job with that "Girl Scout Troop

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 5, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

The progressive (radical left) and liberal Democrats, bloggers professors and media seem to forget what students are now taught in high school during sexual orientation. Unless a student chooses to leave the class, when peer preasure is at it's highest in life, they have to watch the following: One minute on abstinance, a half hour on how to put a condom on a banana, that sex is fine if you want to and the consquences of pregnancy can be resolved by killing the unborn child, up and until they are totally out of the mother. Then young people watch movies and TV where having sex is alright anytime, with anyone, anywhere. The student then goes to college and taxpayer dollars are used to tell them heterosexual, sex homosexual sex and group sex are fine and you should experiment. Lastly no one has the right to tell you what is right and what is wrong.

As a result of this secular, humanistic and relativist indoctriniation, unwed pregnancies are at the highest again, sexually transmitted diseases are rampant and many of the TV ads are what medicine you can take to cure the problem. We are even told that if a man has an erection for more than 4 hours with a couple of these medications, he should go to an emergency room.

Abstinance classes do not work when almost all information dominating the society says "If it feel good do it", with no consequences. If there is a cost governmnet will pay for it since you are a victim.

By the way it is interesting the level of blatant sexism in these blogs. Where are the outraged feminsts and other politically correct bloggers?

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 5, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

JESUS WAS A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

Posted by: Kwaayesnama | September 5, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"But Sarah never chose to have Bristol humiliated like that"

Sarah chose to let her daughter be humiliated by accepting the post. You cannot say she didn't know that her daughter would become the butt of jokes not only by "Leftists" in the US, but people who don't know the US "right" from "left" in much of the whole world.

I see this as blind ambition on the Sarah's part.

For Sarah -- you are replaceable to the Republican Party, but not to your family, and certainly not at this time. Show the rest of us how you really are putting your family first. They need your time and love.

My heart goes out to the poor girl. Imagine poor Bristol being out there in front of so many people and so many cameras before the world knew she was pregnant. What if they can see my tummy, what if the blanket falls off, what if, what if... What a terrible burden for her to bear.

Posted by: My daughter is also 17 | September 5, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Jim wrote: "She would make Bush look like a second coming of Lincoln."

No, no, she would make Dick Cheney look like an adorable puppy (without lipstick).

I'm joking, of course. The fact of the matter is I don't really care what kind of b*tch she is. If 1) she is qualified for the job and 2) shares my values, she'd have my vote (the same goes for any male candidate too). Unfortunately, in her case neither of these is true so please put her on a leash and keep her in your own backyard.

Posted by: Comparative Analyst | September 5, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Misogny seems to run deep in black men. Its ingrained in the obama camp. Who knew?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

ROCK STAR WITH POOR JUDGMENT?
What I saw yesterday was a woman who used her poor judgment as a prop to win the sympathy of the American voters. Sarah Pahin uses poor judgment and the GOP makes her out to be a hero! The issue should not be about Sarah Pahin not having an abortion; the issue is that she did not have the good judgment to use birth control. Any intelligent person knows that when you choose to have unprotected sex at 43 you have a very high probability of having a child with Down Syndrome. The republicans are making her out to be a hero because she used the bad judgment not to prevent the pregnancy in the first place. I'm a mother of three, quite well educated, and moderately politically active. I am also a registered Arizona Republican. I do not have the experience, judgment and intelligence to have my finger on the nuclear button and I do not feel that Sarah Palin does either.

Posted by: Vera | September 5, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

As an Arizona Republican I received a fundraising letter from the McCain campaign last Friday. I sent it back with a note that says I will donate exactly the same amount that John McCain has requested in earmarks for our state. McCain’s call to fame is that he is the only representative in Washington never to request any earmarks for his home state. What does that prove? To me it shows that in McCain’s mind Arizona is so wealthy that we do not need any assistance from Washington. It seems he is happy to see all the tax dollars that we send to DC go to other states. Arizona has Indian Reservations with unemployment over 60%. We have beautiful rural areas that would greatly benefit from an increase in tourism. McCain’s lack of concern for Arizona shows that when John and Cindy fly over our state in their private plane that they do not pay attention to the people that live outside of Scottsdale. Lets see if in November the citizens of Arizona will send him a message and not vote for him. In my estimation John McCain has been the laziest representative in Washington in 26 years! So this educated, white, Christian, Republican grandmother will be donating, ZERO, NOTHING, NONE, NADA! To the McCain Campaign. I did donate to the Obama campaign….

Posted by: Arizona Grandma For Obama | September 5, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah chose to let her daughter be humiliated by accepting the post.. "

Only a cynical leftist would even attempt to make this argument. Kind of like blaming a robbery victim because they have a nice house.

Posted by: cynical lefties suck | September 5, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

As an Obama supporter I was thrilled that John McCain used his poor judgment and chose Sarah Palin.
I was worried that he would choose Mitt Romney to have some intelligence on the ticket to balance his lack of economic knowledge.

Posted by: 2 morons is better then 1 | September 5, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

" I did donate to the Obama campaign….

Posted by: Arizona Grandma For Obama | September 5, 2008 5:20 PM "

Shouldn't you sign that "arizona grandmother for corruption and pork barrel spending"? Anyway you went to the right place, OBAMA will love you....

Posted by: this would be better | September 5, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I have a question. From what I've read, Palin hired a company in Canada to work on this gas pipeline which she first said was already being built but now says the deal has not been completed and insinuated that jobs would be created by this. If she hired a Canadian company, doesn't that mean that Canadians, not Americans, will be building this pipeline? That doesn't help America's employment rate. Also, since her husband belonged to the Alaskan Independent Party, is that why she didn't want to have her baby in Texas (USA)? Her story about the birth of her baby is so unbelievable. WHY would any woman 7 months pregnant even think of flying? AND, her fluid was leaking as well. I just don't get it and I don't believe it. Something is definitely wrong with her stories.

Posted by: ossilot | September 5, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Do you belive the John McCain cares about you?..... Think again!....
When John McCain entered the senate minimum wage was $3.35. In 26 years John McCain had the opportunity to vote 18 times to help raise the standard of living for the neediest Americans. He voted 18 times against raising the minimum wage. Why should that matter to you, because all salaries start with the minimum wage baseline.

Posted by: Kwaayesnama | September 5, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Accidents happen, and since the official Alaska birth control policy is abstinence - accidents will happen. The only thing that upsets me is what will happen to this young couple. Will this young man be able to support a wife and child? What happens to his plans for education? Not my life, not my problem but when my children were teens we told them that we prefer that they wait for marriage to become sexually active but we also told them about methods of birth control if they choose not to listen to us.

Posted by: Sex Education Please | September 5, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Palin is on tape contradicting herself about why she fire Whooten the guy who was investigating her brother-in-law.
She's praising him one week about tackling a drinking issue and then fire him a few weeks later for not doing enough about the same issue. I would like to see if she sent emails telling him he he wasn't doing a good job.
Its doesn't look good for her and she can't blame Obama camp because it happened before she was selected VP. The story was done by a cbs station in Alaska.

Posted by: Troopergate | September 5, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Hi this would be better:

Think about this John McCain is the only representative in the US that has never requested a earmark. All the other representatives that we Arizonians send to DC have received earmarks.
For such silly things as daycare centers in impoverished areas, so mothers are able to work.
Roads in Indian country where people had to drive 35 miles on dirt roads to get to the nearest hospital.
Medical centers in areas of Arizona that have no medical care.
You know stupid things like that.

You know what I think? I think John McCain is just lazy and by saying no earmarks he doesn't have to study any requests.

Posted by: Arizona Grandma For Obama | September 5, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Pookiebear60:

First of all the "above pay grade" comment was made up. Obama never said that. Also, the definition of conviction is - what Palin will have on her record when this abuse of power case is over.

Posted by: ossilot | September 5, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Religious radicals wear different hats. The future of the world might be at stake in this election. I ask you would you want a person like Sarah Pahin to have her finger on the Nuclear Button? If you listen to her views about why we are in this misguided war she sounds like a religious Radical. Why was the Reverend Wright a three-month story and her religious rantings are not reported?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html

Posted by: GOD HELP US | September 5, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who truly thinks Palin will still be the VP nominee in two weeks isn't paying attention. They aren't doing a thing to make her look presidential...just letting her play the angry twinkie, rake in the religious right's money, after which she'll withdraw for the sake of her family and leave blaming the liberal media.

------------------

I've thought a lot about this, too. It seems plausible for a Karl Rove tactic, and it does seem like she has a lot of unhelpful baggage for a VP pick (see any of the emerging details on earmarks, censorship, overspending, etc). It certainly would be a neat trick to play to rally the far right. "Hey guys, we picked a candidate for you, but because the democrats and liberal media were so abusive to her, she has decided to withdraw from the campaign and be with her family instead." That might get a lot of angry christian voters on their feet, and it would let McCain select a new VP candidate that doesn't suffer so much from the experience argument and maybe brings some economic talent to the ticket.

If that is the tactic, then the most suitable defense is to call them on it loud and early so that when it happens, it's much harder for them to pretend she's being forced out of the race by the evil media.

Posted by: Joe | September 5, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm beginning to think maybe the Democrats are right...that Sarah isn't qualified to be the Veep. After all, the only elected offices she's held are on a city council, a mayor's office and a governorship.

We certainly don't need folks like those before who gained every bit of their foreign policy skills in the governor's mansion...folks like Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Jimmy Carter...serving as our Veep and especially not as a President.

Just look at the damage the afore-mentioned governors wreaked on the U.S. when they were elected POTUS. Roosevelt, like Obama, was a great orator, but his socialist economic policies helped to prolong the Great Depression. Had it not been for WWII, the Depression would've lasted a lot longer.

Carter brought us record-high (for the times) gasoline and energy prices. He also presided over the biggest and longest inflationary period in U.S. history. From Encyclopedia Americana, "On assuming office in 1977, President Carter inherited an economy that was slowly emerging from a recession. He had severely criticized former President Ford for his failures to control inflation and relieve unemployment, but after four years of the Carter presidency, both inflation and unemployment were considerably worse than at the time of his inauguration. The annual inflation rate rose from 4.8% in 1976 to 6.8% in 1977, 9% in 1978, 11% in 1979, and hovered around 12% at the time of the 1980 election campaign. Although Carter had pledged to eliminate federal deficits, the deficit for the fiscal year 1979 totaled $27.7 billion, and that for 1980 was nearly $59 billion. With approximately 8 million people out of work, the unemployment rate had leveled off to a nationwide average of about 7.7% by the time of the election campaign, but it was considerably higher in some industrial states." Mind you, that was when Carter had the full backing of a House and Senate that was controlled by the Democrats.

Yep, we certainly don't need someone near the White House whose sole foreign policy experience is limited to having served as a governor.

Posted by: al | September 5, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Is John McCain in the pocket of oil companies?

Is John McCain in the pocket of insurance companies?

Is john McCain in the pocket of pharmaceutical companies?

Is McCain in the pocket of the mortgage companies?

Is McCain in the pocket of the banking industry?

Here is a list of lobbyists and employees of major companies working in major positions in the McCain campaign. It will answer any questions you might have about the people who are advising and influencing him.

http://mccainsource.com/corruption?id=0006

Posted by: The People That McCain Owes Alegence To | September 5, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Do you want intelligence or four more years of the same intellect running this nation.

Lets see my choice is John McCain or that smart black man Barack Obama?

McCain who does not know how to use a computer but is willing to learn if we elect him – I’ll just vote for that smart black man.

My Choices are: John McCain who says the economic downturn is psychological? - Na! I'll vote for the smart black man.

McCain who says you are better off under George Bush? - Nope I'll vote for the smart black man.

Mc Cain who wants to continue killing more people looking for weapons of mass destruction that do not exist? - Gee! I'll vote for the smart black man.

McCain who believes that we should stay the course but is not willing to support the people he puts in harms way. - I'll take a chance on the smart black man.

Should I vote for a man that does not know that 9-11 was caused by Osama Bin Laden not Sedam Hussein? - Easy! I'll vote for the smart black man.

Vote for the man who does not know if the Sunnis or Sheits are our enemies? - No way I'll vote for the smart black man.

Vote for the man who helped put our government on the China, Saudi Arabia credit card? - Not a chance I'll vote for the smart black man.

Vote for the man with the worst temper in the Senate to have his finger on the nuclear button? - No way - I'll vote for the smart black man.

Posted by: Choices - Choices - Choices | September 5, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is ready to be president?
Please!
Age does not give you wisdom.
The man admitted that he does not understand the economy.
He wants to fight a 100 year war fighting the wrong people in the wrong country.
I'm not saying that John McCain is not a nice man.
But I don't want him in charge of my pocketbook.
We have had 8 years with a moron at the helm it's time to get some new blood in the white house.
That is why this Republican is supporting Barack Obama
(¯`’•.¸//(*_*)\\¸.•’´¯)

Posted by: Angel for Obama | September 5, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

OK, I'm confused. Everyone railed against Pres. Bush for staying loyal to his friends even though it wasn't the right thing to do, and now Sarah Palin is cast as being disloyal because she went against friends to do what she felt was the right thing? What's a politician to do?

Posted by: Ivanhoe1 | September 5, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I love the people that predict that a vote for Obama will result in higher Taxes!
Should he follow the Bush/McCain lead and put the US economy on the foreign credit card. Then in a few years when the Chinese and Arabs call in the loans they will take over the US. Then English will become our second language and Chinese and Arabic the language of the USA. China already owns over a trillion dollars of America’s debt!When are all you people going to realize that eventually you have to pay back your loans! The US can’t just file bankruptcy.
Or is that what is called a depression?

Posted by: CHUCK | September 5, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palen read one speech. Based on that there are those that feel she would make a great VP and if necessary POTUS. She is the only person on both tickets that most of the country had never heard of a week ago and based on reading one speech we are to believe she would be capable of leading the country when we are involved in 2 wars and our economy is in serious trouble. I have a problem with that. I need to know more about Sarah Palen. Obama, McCain and Biden began campaigning 18 months ago. They have had national debates, press conferences, appeared on numerous Sunday morning talk shows and have been grilled on thier views repeatedly by newspapers and magazines. They have been analyzed and criticized on thier positions and have had to answer the tough questions. Sarah needs to answer the same tough questions before I would even consider her to be a heart beat away from POTUS. An indication of her readiness will not only be her answers but how long before the McCain campaign allows her to even take questions

Posted by: UnitedweStand3 | September 5, 2008 4:58 PM

Dear United,
They won't let her near the press.

Posted by: Palin under lock and key | September 5, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palen read one speech. Based on that there are those that feel she would make a great VP and if necessary POTUS. She is the only person on both tickets that most of the country had never heard of a week ago and based on reading one speech we are to believe she would be capable of leading the country when we are involved in 2 wars and our economy is in serious trouble. I have a problem with that. I need to know more about Sarah Palen. Obama, McCain and Biden began campaigning 18 months ago. They have had national debates, press conferences, appeared on numerous Sunday morning talk shows and have been grilled on thier views repeatedly by newspapers and magazines. They have been analyzed and criticized on thier positions and have had to answer the tough questions. Sarah needs to answer the same tough questions before I would even consider her to be a heart beat away from POTUS. An indication of her readiness will not only be her answers but how long before the McCain campaign allows her to even take questions

Posted by: UnitedweStand3 | September 5, 2008 4:58 PM

Dear United,
They won't let her near the press.

Posted by: Palin under lock and key | September 5, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palen read one speech. Based on that there are those that feel she would make a great VP and if necessary POTUS. She is the only person on both tickets that most of the country had never heard of a week ago and based on reading one speech we are to believe she would be capable of leading the country when we are involved in 2 wars and our economy is in serious trouble. I have a problem with that. I need to know more about Sarah Palen. Obama, McCain and Biden began campaigning 18 months ago. They have had national debates, press conferences, appeared on numerous Sunday morning talk shows and have been grilled on thier views repeatedly by newspapers and magazines. They have been analyzed and criticized on thier positions and have had to answer the tough questions. Sarah needs to answer the same tough questions before I would even consider her to be a heart beat away from POTUS. An indication of her readiness will not only be her answers but how long before the McCain campaign allows her to even take questions

Posted by: UnitedweStand3 | September 5, 2008 4:58 PM

Dear United,
They won't let her near the press.

Posted by: Palin under lock and key | September 5, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin is on tape contradicting herself about why she fire Whooten the guy who was investigating her brother-in-law.
She's praising him one week about tackling a drinking issue and then fire him a few weeks later for not doing enough about the same issue. I would like to see if she sent emails telling him he he wasn't doing a good job.
Its doesn't look good for her and she can't blame Obama camp because it happened before she was selected VP. The story was done by a cbs station in Alaska.


Posted by: Troopergate | September 5, 2008 5:30 PM

Wooten wasn't the one investigating her brother-in-law; Wooten WAS the brother-in-law. It was Monegan who was fired. Whether it was because of monetary reasons, as Palin claims, or because he refused to fire Wooten, as the Left claims, I certainly wouldn't want Wooten serving in law enforcement. From CNN's website: "In 2006, state investigators found Wooten guilty of "a significant pattern of judgment failures," including using a Taser on his 10-year-old stepson and drinking beer while operating a state trooper vehicle. Wooten was suspended for 10 days as "a last chance to take corrective action." " Did he take those corrective actions???

Posted by: al | September 5, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

---Maybe you're right. Maybe we should also stop wasting all the money we're spending on telling kids they shouldn't smoke. After all, they're going to smoke anyway.
-------Posted by: al | September 5, 2008 4:16 PM

I didn't say anything about not teaching abstinence. I said abstinence-only. You do realize that abstinence-only programs are different from comprehensive sex education programs, don't you? I am sure you know better, you're a smart guy. Most of us are and we don't buy into such transparent attempts at empty rhetorical propaganda.

Smoking programs? Most Republican legislatures took the money from the tobacco settlement and spent it on shoring up their budgets instead of spending it on anti-smoking efforts aimed at children. They don't care about kids not smoking. Which party do you suppose takes the most money from the tobacco lobby?

Posted by: almostTall | September 5, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

You know what, Sarah or anybody, does it really matter? There are people who have problem voting for a black man. I have intelligent friends who accept Obama does have substance, seems very smart, has ideas but they tell me that they have problem with a "Black" coming to power. In their words, "imagine the people he will bring in!!"
I am not playing a race card since I am not playing anything. I am not a politician.
Everyone keeps talking about "why is Obama having difficulty in going up in polls?" Well there are people who cannot go beyond the skin color and whatever Obama does or Mcain chooses will not change their mind. They do not want to hear what he is saying or understand what he is saying.
It's like my grand mother used to say "If someone is sleeping, you can wake him up; but if someone is pretending to sleep, cannot be woken up"

Posted by: Sammy | September 5, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the male version of Eve Harrington. But contrary to your take Addison Dewitt had Eve's number from the beginning. Obama's resume is as fake as Eve's. His talent for acting just as good. The only difference is that Obama wants to play a part that he has neither the training or experience to play. Never an executive of a small business, a Mayor or Governor he is a community organizer that brough failed housing and cold winters to his district. He sank into the slime with the likes of Rev. Wright, Farrakhan, Pfleger, and Wm. Ayers. Why did he go to Chicago in the first place? That was where the filth and slime of politics and a heavy concentration of those who are now supporting him by 95% resided. He was from Indonesia by way of Hawaii and then Eagle Rock, Calif. then New York City and Boston. So think about it. That is why those of us who can identify a phony and have checkup up on this fraud like Addison Dewitt recognize one. Too bad this one hasn't the talent to go with the ambition. Eve had it. Obama doesn't.

Posted by: CALIFORNIAMARTY | September 5, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Are you freaking deaf, Capehart???

Sarah said she doesn't care about the good opinion of you and your ilk, and she freaking meant it, too.

Get it?

Posted by: DaTourist | September 5, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is paraded down the red (white and blue) carpet, takes a few pictures, and the national press is roped off trying to yell some questions at her. She's so hot you (the press) can't get close to her.
What a rock star.

Posted by: Rock Star.So hot you can't get close to her. | September 5, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain was smart in the pandering to the far right of the party, which I'm not sure if he realy stands with them). When he's gone they will have a president on the far right side of the spectrum that would have never ever been voted in based upon experience and political views. So kudos again to McCain for attempting to do what the primary process would never permit.

Posted by: Larry | September 5, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is paraded down the red (white and blue) carpet, takes a few pictures, and the national press is roped off trying to yell some questions at her. She's so hot you (the press) can't get close to her.
What a rock star.

-------------

That's not called being a rock star in the political world. That's called not letting an unknown quantity answer live questions because you're afraid of what might happen. Now that some research has been done, there are a lot of hard questions the press has for Palin, and if she was ready to answer them right now, you'd better believe they'd be putting her on camera every chance they got.

Posted by: Joe | September 5, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

What about country first? Sarah Palin is exciting and appealing. But what kind of executive is she? None of us have even the
remotest idea. We don't know whether she takes advice from a wide circle or a narrow one, whether she tends to decide quickly or slowly, whether her budgets are realistic, whether she is calm or excitable in a crisis. We have no idea whether she is decisive or vacillating, prompt or procrastinating, curious or incurious. These things matter enormously in a president. Yet they do not matter much to us. And that's a big problem. Visit: http://frum.nationalreview.com/

Posted by: Shay | September 5, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

You sure did bring out the Log Cabin Republicans with this article and they are scratching your eyes out in anger. Cognitive dissonance sees no sexual orientation.

She headed up a 527 for Senator Stevens (you remember him, Big Oil paid for his house, a car, a $2000 gas grill and probably a yacht). It was called the Stevens' "Excellence In Public Service" 527. Public Service. HA. She is as crooked as the rest but had the smarts to tattle on the small fish out of turn. Sounds like Eve to me.

Posted by: Francessca Pillscript | September 5, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Meet Sarah Palin, if you dare:

http://www.andrys.com/palin-kilkenny.html


Posted by: Ted | September 5, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting as Palin supporters rail against both the media for investigating Palin's past and against critics of the VP candidate. Questions about whether she should or will be able to be VP because of her family and special needs child are called sexist. Examination of her past political actions are called "media bias."

I think it would be fascinating to determine correlation between the people charging sexism and bias now and what their view was when Hillary Clinton was pilloried for her comments about not wanting to say home and bake cookies. At that time, there was a lot of criticism that she was not putting family first. I don't think that criticism was coming from Democrats.

Is there a double standard?

Posted by: MJS | September 5, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

She is a trap and not relevant to our interest.

Posted by: over 9000 serious intertubes | September 5, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

From what I understand, the taser incident with the child happened 8 or 10 years ago. I guess it was ok, until they decided to divorce. More family values I guess.

Posted by: watchingduck | September 5, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah, she definitely should be on top of the GOP ticket. McCain is old and lacks excitement---his Mother is more interesting than he is.
Now Sarah, in her flag bathing suit (have you seen the pictures) is definitely one that will excite those guys in West Virginia and Pennsylvania who were clinging to their guns but now are surfing the internet to view more views of Sarah. She definitely will get Putin's attention (his girl is a young gymnist---he dumpted his wife) and the US and the GOP will once again look clueless as it did during the Bush 43 madness. But Sarah is their rock star----proper execution of leadership has never been important to them---ie--Bush 43.

Posted by: Jason Liens | September 5, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

A late development. Apparently a plane load of GOP lawyers have been dispatched to Alaska. I wonder what it means? I wonder if they are carrying plain brown bags filled with cash? It is interesting that the investigation in the state legislature looking into gubinatorial abuses of office was proceding, then suddenly Palin, who said she would cooperate, decided not to cooperate. Instesd, she has done an "end run", by filing an ethics violation against herself, in hopes that the case will be refered to the state personnel board, which apparently constists of people who have been appointed by her. Well, so much for reformed politics and transparent government. So far she is looking like more of the same old republican politics. Lies and abuses heaped on more lies and abuses. The hypocsisy is stunning.

Posted by: watchingduck | September 5, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Smoking programs? Most Republican legislatures took the money from the tobacco settlement and spent it on shoring up their budgets instead of spending it on anti-smoking efforts aimed at children. They don't care about kids not smoking. Which party do you suppose takes the most money from the tobacco lobby?

Posted by: almostTall | September 5, 2008 6:14 PM

It seems to me that most of the state legislatures are controlled by the Democrats. I know the Democrats that control the state legislature here in TN have never spent so much as one red penny on any of the things the tobacco settlement was supposed to go towards. I remember reading a Reader's Digest article in 2002 about how Erie County (PA), which was probably run by Democrats, took their share of the tobacco settlement in a lump sum and used it to refurbish a golf course and buy new dump trucks...the article went on to state the county was going bankrupt because they couldn't afford health insurance for their employees. I wonder why that was...it's not like they didn't have the money.

As for the party that takes the most from the tobacco lobby, I wouldn't doubt that it was the Republicans. But the amount that each of the recipients of those funds pale in comparison to the amount John Edwards received for suing the tobacco companies. You remember John Edwards, don't you? He was the one who was out boinking another woman when he should have been staying home taking care of his wife when she was battling breast cancer.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, I wondered where all those pallets of money shipped to Iraq disappeared to.

Posted by: Free Money | September 5, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Margo Channing said what Sarah Palin has said to Washington Insiders and those like this author are in the tank for Obama, that when she gets to Washington as V.P. "fasten your seat belt kids,it's going to be a bumpy night." and every night from and after 1/20/09.

Posted by: NYMARTY | September 5, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

First, the GOP convention managed to disprove the central premise of the Democratic assault on McCain: that he is a clone of President Bush. The Republicans wisely marginalized Bush to a non-prime-time videotaped speech, and sprinkled disappearing dust on Dick Cheney.

The speeches, and the very fact of the Palin designation, repudiated Washington and focused on how McCain is an agent of change - this ticket is populist, reformist, anti-establishment, grass-roots and anti-corruption.

And McCain last night made the point plain: "Let me offer an advance warning to the old, big-spending, do-nothing, me-first-country-second Washington crowd: Change is coming."

If Bush were the nominee, this campaign wouldn't suffice to push voters away from Obama. But now that McCain has moved decisively away from the administration, Obama's lost much (at least) of his advantage on the issue of reform. Now other doubts about Obama could elect McCain.

The turning point was the designation of Palin and the personal attacks on her. By stirring up a storm, Democrats assured that Palin would speak to 37 million Americans - just a million fewer than watched Obama's acceptance speech.

Anecdotal evidence already suggests that women may have a gut reaction to the establishment's sexist assault on a woman candidate - and flock to McCain. They've seen him stake everything on this one big move of turning toward a woman - in direct contrast to Obama's deliberate decision not to name a woman.

They've seen the media and Democrats gang up on her and do their worst. And they've seen Palin stand up and stuff the challenge right back down the establishment's throat. All this may have created an entirely new dynamic in the race.

Posted by: DICK MORRIS SAYS: | September 5, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, you can get excited about Sarah if you must, but her loyalty is to Israel first, and Alaska second, in my opinion.

Why was she wearing the Israeli flag on her lapel during her acceptance speech? Why does she have the Israeli flag displayed in the window of the governor's mansion in Alaska?

Am I anti-semitic for suggesting that her loyalty is to Israel, and not America?

By the way, the New Covenant (what Christians believe) means that the Old Covenant no longer exists.

Israelis are no longer the chosen ones. Christians are, be they Israeli, Iraqi, American, etc.

Posted by: The Dude | September 5, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Rebutting all the claims that the press didn't know who Sarah Palin was before McCain announced her as his running mate, we have this from Time Magazine's site found at http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1837536-1,00.html

Posted by: al | September 5, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

anonymous: I know that Republicans spend an inordinate amount of time using straw man arguments, like you just have. I said nothing about who controlled the *most* legislatures. I said most Republican legislatures spent the money on something else. Probably removing estate taxes.

Edwards is also irrelevant to my statement. What he made suing Tobacco, if he did, has no relevance on the point being made.

But you did bring up that he apparently had an affair. So did John McCain. Senator McCain even got a marriage license with Cindy before the divorce to his first wife was final. You should look up what Ross Perot, the man who took care of John's first wife while he was a POW and she was crippled from a terrible car accident, has to say about John McCain's character. Plenty of dirt to spread around for most politicos. But Obama? Nope. A loving family life with no whiff of scandal. A nuclear family, so to speak. I doubt that his daughters end up like those of some we won't mention here out of respect to their 'privacy.' A pretty public privacy but I have more propriety than even some parents do for their own children.

Bill and Hillary stayed together too, worked through their problems and have a well adjusted, successful daughter. That is what a marriage is about. Working through the tough times, being an adult, taking care of your kids. Not spreading yourself around like rancid butter and treating your first family like dirt for years like... oh... a certain POW we've heard so much about as of late. Dirt is dirt baby, eat it up.

Reader's Digest? Is that some kind of Republican magazine? I don't read those very often.

Posted by: almostTall | September 5, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

If there is anything I despise its "feminism in a can."

An actual feminist - that is a person that fights for equality for all people - would never type the following phrase

"African American Man = Woman Hater"

Clearly, like most republicans, you believe that you can contort into any ideology that is politically expedient for you or your party at the time.

What is evident is that you and your party do not care about human rights, do not care about diversity, and do not care about unity. You hope to stir up HRC supporters, but you've spent so much time ridiculing HRC & the women like her that you can only manage a bad parody.

Posted by: petworthtrini | September 5, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

to anonymous: (1)Currently, democrats control both houses in 22 states. (2) Currently, Pennsylvannia is not one of them (3) People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. The story of John and Cindy does not exactly begin with a testiment to "family values" and the sanctity of marriage either.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama and Biden are tearing the country apart. In order to bring the country together and end the partisan strife, Obama should concede now and withdraw from the race. He's just going to lose anyway.

Posted by: Dave | September 5, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Did Cindy McCain buy the Alaskan jet?

Posted by: ape | September 5, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

What is evident is that you and your party do not care about human rights, do not care about diversity, and do not care about unity. You hope to stir up HRC supporters, but you've spent so much time ridiculing HRC & the women like her that you can only manage a bad parody.


Posted by: petworthtrini | September 5, 2008 7:33 PM

The Republican Party very much cares about human rights; that's why the platform opposes abortion. The first human right listed in the Declaration of Independence, the birth certificate of the U.S., lists life first among the various human rights. A fetus is a life with potential; it isn't potential life regardless of the non-scientific feelings of so many. Of course the fact that it is life doesn't matter to Obama or most all Democrats, but I don't really care about Obama's opinions. After all, he doesn't have any problem committing infanticide by withholding food or medical attention from a baby born after a botched abortion. Real humanitarian there!

Posted by: al | September 5, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Abortion abortion abortion. They would vote for Satan himself if he told them he would outlaw abortion.

And Cindy didn't buy the plane on eBay... nobody did, it was a stunt and cost the state of Alaska money. Cindy does lend her plane to the McCain campaign though. Probably gets a huge tax write-off for it too... when it isn't running drugs. LOL.

Posted by: Frank Booth | September 5, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

... when it isn't running drugs. LOL.

Posted by: Frank Booth | September 5, 2008 7:57 PM

Are you snorting some of Obama's cocaine over there Frank? :)

Posted by: al | September 5, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

The frenzy about Sarah Palin is the result of Obama passing over Hillary in the VP selection process. He certainly didn't do a smart thing; in fact he dared McCain to go after the women folks. So now McCain has captured everybody's attention by flashing Palin's youth and good looks into the public eye (which Obama thought was his prerogative!). It is ironic that Obama has energized the Republicans by allowing McCain to go after women voters. This country had eight years of Republican rule which Republicans themselves are ashamed of. Who would have thought that the democrats would be the ones to give the opening to fire them up? If Obama loses this election, it will be a rehash of the old saying that they have managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. What a colossal failure of leadership?

Posted by: Nathan | September 5, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles have this in common. Obama behind the backs of the small town people of Penn. said to the San Francisco fellow elitists: They cling to their religion and their guns and have an antipathy for people not like them"

"YOU GOT TO REMEMBER THAT THESE ARE JUST SIMPLE FARMERS. THE'RE PEOPLE OF THE LAND. THE COMMON CLAY OF THE NEW WEST--YOU KNOW--MORONS" Wilder as the Waco Kid conforting his partner after the townspeople reject him.

Posted by: GENE WILDER-THE WACO KID | September 5, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

al... You didn't know that Cindy stole drugs from her children's charity? Boy, some people really don't follow politics very closely, do they? My memory is long. Probation from the DEA and the whole works there buddy. Of course most people caught doing what she did would probably have spent some time in jail... but most people aren't married to a Senator.

Posted by: Frank Booth | September 5, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I shamefully admit that I voted for GWB not just once but TWICE! But in this election, we must all realize that whoever sits in the White House will be facing tremendous pressures not only here at home but all around the world.

I believe in being an informed voter and read many of the independent press articles on the Internet. I took the time to read every one of the comments on this blog, from the well-informed Alaskans who personally know Sarah Palin's background to those who are just enamored with her hutzbah. (A term in Yiddish the meaning of which goes something like this): Daring and arrogance: The kind of person who would appeal to the court for mercy after killing his parents on the grounds that he is an orphan.

This race for the White House is already getting nasty...and Sarah Palin fits right in with her hardness and arrogance. Her inflammatory speech (written for her, of course)was delivered with political aplomb. But this does not mean she is fit to hold high office.

As a newly registered Democrat, I of course will be proud to cast my vote for the qualified team of Obama/Biden this November!

I just want to add a hearty AMEN to all the comments here that display a heartfelt desire for true leadership for our sadly failing country.

I urge everyone to get out and vote ~ no matter which candidate you support! We are all in this sinking ship together....and we need a Captain!

Posted by: Sweet Paula | September 5, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, I forgot to mention that my first born daughter Jennifer (26) was born with Down Syndrome April 11, 1982. She is a delight to all who know her. I also have a son 23, and another daughter 21. Having an older sister with a disability has made them very caring and compassionate adults. I will add as well that the Palin family has yet to be tested with Trig's disabilities. Down Syndrome babies are not all that different from other children...but with each milestone the gap becomes more apparent. I was a single mom for most of their growing up years and chose to stay home so I could take care of my daughter. I was on AFDC and managed apartments for rent. It was not easy, but I chose to sacrifice for them, and it has paid off BIG TIME!!! I wish the Palin's the best for the future...it will not be easy.

Posted by: Sweet Paula | September 5, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Charges of bigotry and sexism towards the author of this article is amusing. Are we going to hear that mantra everytime someone writes a legitimate article about Palin?

Better yet, why not also add VICTIM to that mantra?

As a female, I find unwarranted accusations of bigotry and sexism to be sheer idiocy. Cry wolf more, and it will decrease your credibility. There are real women out there who face bigotry and racism. Do not belittle their struggles by using this mantra for your "hear no evil/see no evil..." purposes.

Posted by: Liverspot | September 5, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

It is very revealing that some people, apparently most of the audience at the Republican Convention, feel that what we need now is a pit bull. Really?? Haven't we seen how well that approach has(not) worked?

Posted by: Larry Cretan | September 5, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

BARAK OBAMA IS STRAIGHT OUT OF BROADCAST NEWS BUT WITHOUT THE INTEGRITY_
OBAMA IS Tom Grunick (Mr. Hurt) is on his way up as an anchor. When he arrives at his new Washington berth, he is, by his own admission, ''no good at what I'm being a success at.'' He can't write. He has no experience as a newsman. Yet he's making a fortune. What he does have, in addition to good looks, is a lot of savvy on how to use the camera.

Seen sitting at his anchor desk in a big fat close-up, Tom Grunick can take information being fed to him (via a hidden head-mike from the control room) and translate it into an expression of a singularly magnetic public personality. Cool, intelligent, caring. Off camera, Tom Grunick is earnest, well meaning, none too well informed. On camera he's the soul of Walter Cronkite inhabiting the physique of a matinee idol.
OBAMA HAS 300 PROFESSORS FEEDING TWO YOUNG SPEECH WRITERS WHO PUT IT UP ON TELEPROMPTERS AND OBAMA READS IT BEAUTIFULLY. THAT IS THE EMPTY SUIT OF BARAK OBAMA.

Posted by: NYMARTY | September 5, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I must say that her speech totally inspired me. In fact, I was so inspired that I got on my computer and gave $200 to the Obama campaign. This is my first political contribution ever and it was a sacrifice for me as I only have so much discretionary spending per month. I felt it was worth it to do whatever is in my power to keep this woman out of office.

I can't say exactly what it was about her that was so offensive. I know she is very beautiful, and she has a lovely speaking voice. I think it is the way she squints and curls her lip when she says something cruel and sarcastic. I can picture her in a meeting with world leaders, they are trying to promote dialogue and save the world from war. She sneers, curls her lip and squints. This prospect is frightening.

Posted by: Ginger | September 5, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Except Obama was the President of the Harvard Law Review. He can write.

McCain? Bottom of the class. Flyboy. Playboy. Kept. Sounds a lot like the current cheerleader-in-chief.

Posted by: Terry Green | September 5, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

After an hour long speech last night, only 15% of McBush’s speech dealt with the economy and now you see that his running mate lied about the sale of her airplane. A small offense but it damages her credibility. Here is a statement from Anne Kilkenny who is a citizen of Wasilla's.
“During Palin’s mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.
Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative". During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.
The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren't enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit- generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.
While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.
These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.
As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.
In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today's surplus, borrow for needs.
She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.
While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.
Sarah complained about the "old boy's club" when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State's top cop (see below).
As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla's Police Chief because he "intimidated" her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't fire her sister's ex- husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in- law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.
She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn't like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.
Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.
When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the "old boys' club" when she dramatically quit, exposing this man's ethics violations (for which he was fined).
As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the "bridge to nowhere" after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.
As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects--which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance-- but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as "anti-pork".
She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.
Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah's mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.
As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as "AGIA" that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.
Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned "as a private citizen" against a state initiative that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State's lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior's decision to list polar bears as threatened species.
McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President.
There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.
However, there's a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.
CLAIM VS FACT:
*"Hockey mom": true for a few years
*"PTA mom": true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
*"NRA supporter": absolutely true
*social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconstitutional) .
*pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
*"Pro-life": mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation
*"Experienced": Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
*political maverick: not at all
*gutsy: absolutely!
*open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
*has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
*"a Greenie": no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro- drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
*fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
*pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
*pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
*pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla's history.
*pro-labor/pro- union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn't make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro- union.
WHY AM I WRITING THIS?
First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.
Secondly, I've always operated in the belief that "Bad things happen when good people stay silent". Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.
Third, I am just a housewife. I don't have a job she can bump me out of. I don't belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that's life.
Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah's attempt at censorship.
Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.
CAVEATS
I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can't recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall--they are swamped. So I can't verify my numbers.
You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my "about 5,000", up to 9,000. The day Palin's selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90's.”

Posted by: y.sister | September 5, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I think it is telling that she's the only one of the four candidate for Pres/VP NOT going on one of the talk shows this Sunday.

What is the McCain campaign afraid of?

Questions about book banning? Questions about hunting from a state-supplied helicopter? Guess she didn't put THAT on E-Bay. Questions about interfering in a civil service matter (i.e. Troopergate) or why, if she saw her then brother-in-law threatening someone's life as she peeped through the window, she didn't call police?

Posted by: No Way, No How, No McCain | September 5, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

If all of you who admire her for her special needs child REALLY thinks the Greedy Old Party is going to do ANYTHING for special needs kids and their familys, anything other than mouth platitudes, I've got a bridge I'd like to sell you.

The Republicrats' will NEVER stand for any more entitlements. They stand firmly behind "No Tax, No Government Services."

If McCain voted against benefits for wounded veterans, you really think money for special needs kids is in the works? That's SOCIALISM for the Republicrats.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palen read one speech. Based on that there are those that feel she would make a great VP and if necessary POTUS. She is the only person on both tickets that most of the country had never heard of a week ago and based on reading one speech we are to believe she would be capable of leading the country when we are involved in 2 wars and our economy is in serious trouble. I have a problem with that. I need to know more about Sarah Palen. Obama, McCain and Biden began campaigning 18 months ago. They have had national debates, press conferences, appeared on numerous Sunday morning talk shows and have been grilled on thier views repeatedly by newspapers and magazines. They have been analyzed and criticized on thier positions and have had to answer the tough questions. Sarah needs to answer the same tough questions before I would even consider her to be a heart beat away from POTUS. An indication of her readiness will not only be her answers but how long before the McCain campaign allows her to even take questions

Posted by: Unitedwestand3 | September 5, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

"If you want to talk about loyalty, what about ditching the church you and your family has gone to for over 20+ years because your reverend's view of the world may damage your own political ambitions.

NOW THAT IS TWO-FACED."

Uh, actually, nobama, you might want to check your facts on McCain's church. He ditched the church he grew up in (the Episcopal Church) and now says he's a Baptist, EVEN THOUGH he had not had an adult baptism, which is a tenet of the Baptist faith.

Posted by: CalGal | September 5, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a hypocrite and a lie. She comes out of nowhere with a 2 bit education- (attended 5 colleges in 6 years). Brings the issues of Jerry Springer (pregers daughter and sleazy 18 year old tattoo boyfriend) to the front lawn of the white house and is currently in involved in a family scandal (no surprise here) somewhere back in her ice state involving corruption? I mean honestly is this women fit to lead our great nation in any capacity?
As if her drama wasn’t enough- her two biggest platform beliefs against abortion and creationism in schools and drilling in Alaska are completely contradictory of the facts she is living. She claims just say no is the answer and she couldn’t even get her daughter to follow that one?!??!?!? She claims creationism in school yet she wants to DESTROY ONE OF GOD’S GREATEST AMERICAN REASOURCES in Alaska to drill for oil and she proceeds to try to make a choice for every one in her ridiculous middle ages stance against abortion???? Well listen her Palin if you want to live in the ice and the snow, grunt and bleed in child birth 5 times- once while you are 44 years old and than raise a 17 year old pregnant teen in our your home as an example for your 5 year old daughter than you go right ahead. But I got news for this women Ms Palin- here in the mainland outside of the ice of Alaska that’s not quite how WE LIVE as women and as a result you had best pack your bags and all of your kids and return to your home to your previous job of hockey mom- PS thanks for the reality show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just remember to keep tuning in to James Dobson every night seems like you all got it right this far along- straight to early grandma land thanks to his leading of your 17 year old.

Posted by: OBAMA GIRL | September 5, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

At least the rabid-right-wingers stopped complaining about the writer's objectivity. This section is subtitled Quick Takes by The Post's OPINION writers.

That being said, another quote that no one else has used yet:

"All of a sudden, she's playing Hamlet's mother!"

I wonder if Capeheart looked up some of these quotes before he posted this piece. It is so applicable to her rise that it's scary.

Posted by: Jim | September 5, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I'm getting that tingling feeling again...Where is Chris Mathews when I need him...Yes!!!!.Yesss!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, I have to have a cigarette after that. I love Militant Gay Left...

Was it good for you?
Barak "Bonehug" Obama

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 5, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

"The Republican nominee for vice president of the United States needs to show that there's substance behind all that ambition and that she possesses more than a superficial knowledge of the serious issues facing the country. And she's got to do it soon." Scared, huh? How about we substitute Repub for Dem and vice for actual President, and we get...Obama. Yes, folks, let us continue to worry about the man who is one election away from the White House and pay less attention to the "heartbeat away" garbage (actuarial tables show John McCain's life expectancy to be 84 years old.)But I did enjoy the movie clips.

Posted by: Mensa Dude | September 5, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

This Blog makes the Huffington Post look like the Wall Street Journal.

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 5, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

What happened Capehart ... did you run out of mud to sling and this is the best you came up with?

Wow - you have really contributed to the great American election process! Now please, get off your soapbox ... you're embarrassing yourself.

Posted by: A mind is terrible thing to waste. | September 5, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a redneck rightwing wacko. She's George Bush with lipstick.

8 years of Bush destroying America, and now these religious bigots are offering this piece of white trash, complete with Jerry Springer-style messed up family drama???

Wacko Palin's Bush-like aura (Remember in 2000, when the religious nuts thought he was the next Jesus?) and her authoritarian tendencies are frightening for America's future.

This could be the last coffin nail in American democracy to the bigoil bigot religious fanatics.

Posted by: Kelly | September 5, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I can understand the Evangelical Christians going ga-ga over her; she is, after all, one of their own.
The rest of the GOP, however...they say Obama supporters have been drinking the Kool-Aid...I guess Palin's newfound fans have been drinking from a bowl of spiked punch! Great column at:
http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/1251887-sarah-palin

Posted by: Nimble Ninja Frank | September 5, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

And the Wall Street Journal looks like the NY Post, now. We know what kind of economic policies John McCain will follow, those of George Bush. More socialism for corporations... Fanny May and Freddie Mac taken over by the fed, ring any bells yet? It will before Monday.

Posted by: Game Over | September 5, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin reminds me of George Bush. Why?

• Lack of Intellect: I see a low level of smarts/intelligence -- I would not trust her with any international complexity/diplomacy. It would be on the level of George Bush reading Putin’s soul…. And then letting Putin outmaneuver him at every stage.

 She majored in journalism – which is a weak major (CNN reported she went to 5 colleges over 6 years and the schools were refusing to release transcripts)  then she was a beauty queen/sports news castor  before being a mayor over a small village and then a non-populous isolated state.
 I think she would be a disaster in the area of foreign policy with an ideologue right vs wrong (no shades of gray) mentality – just like George Bush.

• Pro Oil all the Way : Palin thinks increased drilling for oil is the real answer to our energy needs
–she has stated Global Warming is not caused by human activities (Another similarity with George Bush)

• She is NOT a Spending Reformer as she portrays! Sarah said she fought to stop the $300 Million Bridge to NoWhere, but she leaves out she was a strong supporter of the bridge initially, even promoting it in her governor address. She dropped it only after it became clear the Feds wouldn't fund cost overruns and it received bad media coverage. Palin got huge entitlements from Congress for her small village as major. Her record is a major pork spending, not a reformer.


• She’s too loose on invoking herself as being on a divine mission There is a video of her with her son just before embarking to Iraq where she portrays his fight as “God’s task”.

-- She also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it "God's will."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080903/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_palin_iraq_war

Too close to Dubya for me BIG time here!!! He emphasized how he “talked to God” about the WMD in Iraq as I recall!

• Socially hard right conservative agenda: Palin is against sex education being taught in the schools; but wants Creationism taught in science classes. She is against abortions even in the case of rape/incest/health of the mother. True a pregnant unmarried daughter could happen to anyone. But she put on a show with big smiles how wonderful this was. Come again? Would it have been wonderful if Chelsea Clinton had shown up pregnant and unmarried?


I saw a piece where Peggy Noonan was angry McCain had picked Sarah Palin instead of Kay Bailey Hutchison from Texas. Kay is obviously a very qualified , smart, experienced AND conservative candidate.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Since the Capehart is a supreme member of Chauvins for Obama and a cult insider, what he has to say about Sarah Palin is of no importance.

Liar, liar pants on fire. Capeheart had better be careful. with his pants burnt off he could be arrested for indecent exposure!

Posted by: William | September 5, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

It was very interesting that right after the convention was over and McCain and Palin lined up on stage to wave to everyone, Palin actually stepped out in front of McCain. I noticed it and then today it was actually brought up on Huffington blog along with a photo of the moment.

Unitedwestand3 - I think your take on this is on point and articulated so well. Thanks!

Posted by: Anna | September 5, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Soooooooo, let me figure this out. When Honest Abe ran for President in 1860 he had been an Illinois State Senator for 8 years (1835-1842), a U.S. Congressman for one term only (two years, 1847-48), and had lost his famous U.S. Senate bid in 1858. No mayor or governor of….anything! By that measure Sarah Palin has more executive experience than Mr. Lincoln, wouldn’t you say? (And he wasn’t a hockey Dad, either!)

Of course, Lincoln also gave speeches that “transformed him into a national political star”. Now that’s just like Palin! Except that the speeches were about slavery. If we had slavery in the U.S. today, Palin would be giving Stephen Douglas’ speech.

It’s interesting that most Republicans nowadays don’t refer to Lincoln or TR or even Ike as party heroes. That’s because these presidents would be Democrats in today’s world. (And let’s face it…the Democrats of that era would be Republicans.)

Posted by: Marty from Honduras | September 5, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I see the Obamanuts, Cult of Obama members, Obama's kiddy corps, and Obamarobots are out in all their vile vicious glory tonight.

No lie is beneath Obama supporters. The bigger the lie the more they repeat it. The more they can smear the sh** the happier they are.

If Obama is the "new" politics how come he attracts such vile vicious internet thugs?

Posted by: William | September 5, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

First of all Obama's fans weren't drinking Kool-Aid. Remember in these economic times you can't even afford that. If they were drinking anything it was simply unfiltered water from the polluted rivers and streams of this earth due to Bushes nuclear testing plan. Sarah Palin's buddies weren't drinking spiked punch they were just beating a fake bible, jumping up and down and telling the same lies they always do just this time they were doing it while giving birth and exhalting teenage pregancy. Really no one was drinking this time- that was last election remember?!? That was when we all had something left to drink thanks to the Clinton's financial surplus years.

Posted by: OBAMA GIRL | September 5, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Game Over: "And the Wall Street Journal looks like the NY Post, now. We know what kind of economic policies John McCain will follow, those of George Bush. More socialism for corporations... Fanny May and Freddie Mac taken over by the fed, ring any bells yet? It will before Monday."

It's not so much the bail-out that bothers me; I understand the reasons. What bothers me -- no, what outright INFURIATES me -- is that this bail-out is necessary at all.

This problem could have been, and should have been, avoided. Because deregulationism is to economics what anarchism is to politics, and the results are just as easy to predict.

Posted by: Matt | September 5, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin sounds more and more like Eliot Spitzer, a governor who thought he was going to clean the world up but ended up becoming ensnared in his own hubris and ego. I am seriously skeptical of this woman, as she seems to be lacking the ability to measure things as they come and so instead uses ideology to make her decisions for her.

Posted by: John | September 5, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh William!?!?!?!
Now, now don't get angry- you want us to support your little Palin and her overbirthed ideas for oil drilling, pro-life, and teenage pregnancy?? We would love to we really would but we just can't. You see we live in this nation called American and American is built of the hopes and dreams of our forefathers who signed founding documents that document detailed certain ideals such as the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and some of us just don't see our rights and happiness like Palin as a soccer Mom turned family desserter for politics or as a creationist maverack who wants to push her religious and moral no sex viewpoint down everyones throat but that of her daughter who well- lets she her daughters throat is well, anyway- she pregnent so...I think you get the picture. Anyway you see we are having a little trouble beliving this hypocrite and the 92- sorry 72 year old man who picked her.

Posted by: OBAMA GIRL | September 5, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin is Eliot Spitzer her daughter has the pole experience to prove it. Any change McCain had was thrown when he picked her.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin is Eliot Spitzer her daughter has the pole experience to prove it. Any change McCain had was thrown when he picked her.

Posted by: OBAMA GIRL | September 5, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a redneck rightwing wacko. She's George Bush with lipstick.

8 years of Bush destroying America, and now these religious bigots are offering this piece of white trash, complete with Jerry Springer-style messed up family drama???

Wacko Palin's Bush-like aura (Remember in 2000, when the religious nuts thought he was the next Jesus?) and her authoritarian tendencies are frightening for America's future.

This could be the last coffin nail in American democracy to the bigoil bigot religious fanatics.


Posted by: Kelly | September 5, 2008 10:29 PM

Great minds discuss issues; feeble minds resort to slander, smears and name-calling.

Posted by: al | September 5, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

William: "No lie is beneath Obama supporters. The bigger the lie the more they repeat it."

Actually, this is a rather perfect description of the RNC's speeches.

For example, take the notion that Obama has no record on national security or bipartisanship. It was repeated so many times! But alas, it's simply not true.

If you have any interest in the facts, look into the Lugar-Obama Nonproliferation Law, signed by President Bush in 2007. Sen. Lugar actually praised Obama's work with him on this bill in an op-ed piece here in the Fort Wayne, Indiana morning newspaper, the Journal-Gazette.

That's just one example. Look into the facts about Obama's work on ethics reform or Katrina relief for further examples of how the Republicans have been distorting his record.

Somehow, being honest about Obama's record did not prevent Sen. Lugar from reiterating his endorsement of John McCain for the presidency. Shocking!

But the ongoing dishonesty of the rest of the Republican party -- because this goes back way before Obama, and applies below the national level, too -- will prevent me from voting Republican (with the exception of Lugar) for an incredibly long time.

Broken trust, indeed.

Posted by: Matt | September 5, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

John: "Palin sounds more and more like Eliot Spitzer...."

That is an EXCELLENT comparison.

Posted by: Matt | September 5, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Lincoln also gave speeches that “transformed him into a national political star”. Now that’s just like Palin! Except that the speeches were about slavery. If we had slavery in the U.S. today, Palin would be giving Stephen Douglas’ speech.
It’s interesting that most Republicans nowadays don’t refer to Lincoln or TR or even Ike as party heroes. That’s because these presidents would be Democrats in today’s world. (And let’s face it…the Democrats of that era would be Republicans.)
Posted by: Marty from Honduras | September 5, 2008 10:50 PM
]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]
Marty, let me take you back to 3/4/1861. Here's what the Kentucky farm boy said in his first inaugural address. For some strange reason, this one didn't make it to the monument: "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so". Tegucigalpa to you and yours.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

It was very interesting that right after the convention was over and McCain and Palin lined up on stage to wave to everyone, Palin actually stepped out in front of McCain. I noticed it and then today it was actually brought up on Huffington blog.

Unitedwestand3 - I think your take on this is on point and articulated so well. Thanks!

Posted by: Anna | September 5, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Someone called Cnote972 wrote, "There shouldn't be any questions surrounding Sarah Palin..."

On the contrary, a presidential campaign is the ultimate job interview, and anyone who accepts a nomination knows that virtually every aspect of her record and even of her family will come under scrutiny, especially if the behavior doesn't match the rhetoric.

I'd also point out that any job applicants who show a tendency to bad-mouth other people or spout divisive, us-versus-them rhetoric set off warning bells in any reasonable interviewer. What sells well at a partisan event may alienate elsewhere.

As for the "barracuda" and "pit bull" labels, the former nickname dates back to Palin's schooldays, and the latter she invoked herself in the convention speech. Read the transcript.

As for Capehart's "All About Eve" analogy, there's plenty of evidence that Palin shares Eve's cold-heartedness and calculation, and more than a little of Eve's contempt for other people.

For instance, it took a lot of cheek for Palin, who believes the market should drive health care costs, to invoke President Harry Truman, who advocated action by the federal government -- yes, including federal spending, including a national health insurance plan -- to expand access to health care.

Sarah Palin has made quite an impression on me, which is not to say that she has impressed me. Her manner and her record suggest she has regard for herself and contempt for other people. I think she would be a disaster as either president or vice president, and it's not sexist to say so. You see, she failed the interview.

Posted by: AnotherHagman | September 5, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

What do you suppose Karl Rove wants you to talk about Obama Girl? If you are really for Obama, listen to him and keep the sordid life of the other side out of your mind.

Posted by: StayAwayFromIt | September 6, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

So thankful to see these posts and learn that many understand the hypocrisy and dumbing-down of our great nation that the republican party represents. Wake up, good old boys and girls...they use you to get in and advance their higher agenda. They don't care about you, and are wild about this "regular gal" Sarah because you will all be duped into thinking they care about or relate to anyone other than the country club set. When I saw women at the RNC all teary-eyed over "Sarah", I wanted to hurl. She is being used...YOU are being used. RNC offered no substance, no specifics. mccain mentioned all of these 'regular folks' that he met out on the campaign trail, like the family with the son with autism, etc. but what does he plan to do for them? (Except take us into more combat.) RNC - a gigantic jingoism fest......rah rah rah! balloon fest! Sarah! Wake up people, this is a turning point for the USA. Your world may be a small town, but we are now a global family, and the US leadership needs to recognize that. We don't need back to the future with McCain/Palin. Let Sarah have her 15 minutes of fame and let's get over it and move on into the real future.

Posted by: fearful for our future | September 6, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

People respond to the media's hype over the other side. Obama will lose ground in this election if he and those who support it do not address the lies of the Republic party who live one way and preach another.

Posted by: OBAMA GIRL | September 6, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

The more I read about Sarah Palin, the more I think about Katherine Harris-- two madcap right-wingers, obsessed with appearances and completely devoid of values.

Posted by: Jilly | September 6, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

RNC offered no substance, no specifics.

...like the family with the son with autism, etc. but what does he plan to do for them? (Except take us into more combat.)

Posted by: fearful for our future | September 6, 2008 12:12 AM

Hmmm, I seem to recall McCain mentioning that he'd work for programs to provide supplementary income to people who have to take lower-paying jobs due to factory closings and assist them financially while attending junior and technical colleges during his speech Thursday night. Did you step out of the room during that part of his speech? In this aspect, I see the Democratic party looking backward...they seem to think we're still in the Industrial Age and that we need to do everything we can to keep the unions afloat. We're not...we're in the Information Age and anyone who wants to keep to the old ways may as well be buggy whip makers. There is no way we can make steel or fabrics as inexpensively as foreign companies and the American automobile industry is in shambles due to a combination of the "need" for quick profits from trucks and SUVs, shoddy engineering and shoddy manufacturing. Obama's answer for that is raising protectionist import tariffs, but that isn't the answer...unless Obama is wanting to drive an economic wedge between us and other countries.

As for "Except take us into more combat.", I seem to remember a political smear ad that ran during the 1964 Presidential race that implicitly stated a Goldwater presidency would result in nuclear war with Russia. It scared enough people to elect LBJ who went on to lie us (the Gulf of Tonkin "incident") into a war that resulted in 58,000+ American deaths and God only knows how many Vietnamese deaths.

Posted by: al | September 6, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Who is the real Palin?

1) Bridge to no where supporter.
2) Abramoff associated earmark lobbyist hirer .
3) More earmark pork barrel money then any other state getter.
4) ethics committee dodger.
5) Media dodger
6) Alaska cession boster
7) Book Banner
8) loyalty test wholesale staff firer.
9) 527 on indicted Ted Stevens director.
10(Seeker of 15 million dollars from washington to build a train to Ted Stevens ski resort asker.
11) Alaska national guard not giving a single order issuer.
12) Sermon about Israel having terrorists because Jews won't accept Christ attender.
13) Vendetta with official powers pursuer.
14) Bad EBAY seller.

And today the McCain camp said they will not have Palin do interviews unless its in their best interests. I wonder why.

Posted by: Hillary Supporter 2 | September 6, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

This person can not gain access to the White House. Palin is a fraud

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2008 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Palin's nomination doesn't fight genuine sexism, it reverts back to one of the fundamental challenges that women in the movement fought against: exploitation because of their gender. She's been chosen because she is a woman with extreme viewpoints that pander to a certain voting block. Not because her accomplishments led her to this point, or because her intellectual prowess raised her head and shoulders above the pack, or because her wisdom was seen as enabling her to be a confidante and trusted advisor.

The women's movement fought for women to be judged and treated as equals. Women are perfectly capable of making their way through the world on equal footing with men based upon their merit. When John McCain bestowed the VP nomination upon a woman who is unqualified by even the most generous of standards, he didn't have to say why he did it. It's insulting to women to have gender eclipse important - vital - decisive factors. Sarah Palin is being used for her gender. She was chosen for no other reason than she was a woman, the last thing women seriously concerned about leveling the gender playing field should accept.

Posted by: lisa | September 6, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

I wonder why it is that so many people say Sarah isn't qualified to be the Veep. Is it because she's only been a city council member, mayor and governor? If that's the reason, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter were totally unqualified to be presidents...after all, they never served in the U.S. Congress or Senate.

Posted by: al | September 6, 2008 3:01 AM | Report abuse

All About Obama

Besides being a community organizer, hard drug user, friends with a terrorist, business associated of a recently convicted felon and one of many anti-American racists involved in Jeremiah Wright's church; he was also a college professor. I can only imagine a college lecture of his. It probably would go something like this:
Imagine, uh,uh.(where's the teleprompter) uh, a life where uh, you (pause 3 seconds)....get to work. Union job, or, or a government job, yeah, and, and you only have to uh, work, lets see,(8 minus 2) only 6 hours in a day and uh only 4 days a week. Huh?! good, huh? Oh and healthcare(pause 5 seconds)....Free! We'll just sacrifice some uh, ugh airlines, yeah planes. Only rich people and uh, uh politicians fly alot. Politicians can fly, ok, huh? Ok, and we'll tax, let's see...Hospitals, oh wait, then healthcare can't be free...ok, never mind that one , uh for now. Hold on a sec...(snorts 3 fat rails of cocaine under the podium) back, (sniff,sniff) ok , now we will be taxing hospitals...no, Airlines I mean, uh to pay for healthcare, for uh, everyone. Then we'll burn incense in our cars for fuel and as long as ,uh ,uh our wheels err.. tires I mean are inflated, incense will work. Trust me, George McCain is a bad man. Oh, and hear this...We can now,...I read this in the New York Times, so it's true; we can successfully uh, uh negotiate with terrorists! That's new and it's good, huh? Isn't this neat! And the government will also give everyone a free college diploma. A degree. Now remember kids, folks, err men and womens these can only be used here in Chicago, err I mean the US. We are also going to learn Spanish and France,..err French, yeha uh uh, this is needed to uh, (pause 4 seconds) speak to our captors...err neighbors, oh wait, France? where's France uh, Canadian, we'll all speak Canadian. Land is gonna be free, yeah , except for property taxes..We can uh, umm sacrifice some automakers and railroads...they're bad. And , and, and uh,(6 second pause) lemme see here..trucking. That's let's see healthcare, education, land, forgetting one here,.... wait, err, uh,,FOOD. yeah free food, that's it...we can grow, on your free land..uh...MEAT, yeah we will grow meat! Err... vegetables I mean. PETA will like that better. Vegetables are good, when I, uh was coming up in Haiti, err... Hawaii we ate sugar cane and apples that grew wild,... err pineapple yeah, that's it...on the side of the road. Right behind these signs that said err... Keep Out. We called 'em Keep Out meats, no wait, err....vegetables. (3 more fat lines of cocaine under the podium) And kids we will (sniff, sniff) all be happy, and landowners, and err , uh and have diplomas and airlines, oops, no err...I mean healthcare, healthcare? no, airlines, except for uh, doctors..No...I mean politicians , yeah. And speak Spanish to French terrorists...and to Canadians. Ok, wait.(sniff) Lemme start over..(counting on fingers)Free diplomas, healthcare, 4 hour workdays, meats or vegetables, your choice, see. Just got better. That's good huh? And oh yeah, land, for the meat. And no nasty Sarah McBush or airlines or automakers, or trucks or PETA, wait, wait PETA is good, Peta is good. And finally inflate your wheel tires.And Incense, incense is good, too. Then boys and women, we will, err all, work less, eat well and we'll be happy landowners with free degrees here in Kenya.

Posted by: Steve C | September 6, 2008 4:01 AM | Report abuse

You got ask your self sir what is the real problem you have with a woman in authority. Apparently McCain and Todd her husband are more man than you will be ever to be afraid of a little country woman. So get over your newspaper do nothing for anyone attitude, people don't respect it or your reporters because simply you look down on us and does who serve and protect and our proud of our woman and man who are Americans. Because you don't know what it is to be American.

Posted by: glen | September 6, 2008 4:07 AM | Report abuse

Holly Hunter in Broadcast News as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Posted by: Eddie | September 6, 2008 5:11 AM | Report abuse

I think Palin has made it clear that she is a total partisan,I found her to be a very vile,acerbic,sharp-toungued liar who gave a self-serving non gratis speech-I guess she is a female attack dog for McCain;she had a chance to embrace the country,but she chose hate instead

Posted by: lars siler | September 6, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Do you honestly think the same could not be said of Biden or Obama?

Posted by: Lisa | September 6, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Oh and on the 100% of African Americans voted for Dems in the past. Yes, it is true that African Americans have largely voted Democrat.

Have we ever had a Democratic primary where 90%+ of African Americans voted for the same candidate where the candidate wasn't an incumbant?

Posted by: Lisa | September 6, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Glen (not addressing me): "Apparently McCain and Todd her husband are more man than you will be ever to be afraid of a little country woman."

I won't speak for whomever you were talking to, but I'm not the least bit afraid of Sarah Palin. I am afraid of what will happen to our country if she's in charge of any part of its federal government.

Meanwhile, what is the McCain campaign so afraid of that they won't let her do interviews?

Posted by: Matt | September 6, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

While mulling the Sarah Palin/Eve Harrington analogy, I came up with a similar one for John McCain: Norman Maine in "A Star Is Born."

Posted by: Tanglewood | September 6, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

She was still a liar for saying she didn't support the bridge to nowhere. Continue your spinning, little liars. She is an empty vessel. Cracked. No measure.

Posted by: Kayla | September 6, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

With Obama being a product of the corrupt Chicago political machine, I'll be interested to see if they'll be able to turn out the vote of the all-important dead voters like they did for JFK in 1960.

Posted by: al | September 6, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/65hxld

Saturday, September 06, 2008
What Are The Duties of The Mayor of Wasilla?

Given that Sarah Palin has been Governor of Alaska for less time than John McCain has been running for President, and that, given McCain's age, she could well become President, it is important that we look at the duties that she had in her major position in government--Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

Here, direct from the City of Wasilla, are the entire duties of the Mayor of Wasilla (population 9,700). These are the complete duties, as listed by the city:


The duties of the Mayor of Wasilla can be found in Wasilla Municipal Code 2.16. For your convience, the duties are outlined below from WMC 2.16:

Chapter 2.16 MAYOR

2.16.020 Power and duties of mayor.

A. The mayor is the chief administrator of the city, has the same powers and duties as those of a manager under AS 29.20.005, and shall:

1. Preside at council meetings. The mayor may take part in the discussion of matters before the council, but may not vote, except that the mayor may vote in the case of a tie;

2. Act as ceremonial head of the city;

3. Sign documents on behalf of the city;

4. Appoint, suspend or remove city employees and administrative officials, except as provided otherwise in AS Title 29 and the Wasilla Municipal Code;

5. Supervise the enforcement of city law and carry out the directives of the city council;

6. Prepare and submit an annual budget and capital improvement program for consideration by the council, and execute the budget and capital program as adopted;

7. Make monthly financial reports and other reports on city finances and operations as required by the council;

8. Exercise legal custody over all real and personal property of the city;

9. Perform other duties required by law or by the council; and

10. Serve as personnel officer, unless the council authorizes the mayor to appoint a personnel officer.

B. The mayor may appoint a person to the position of administrative assistant and deputy administrator. If appointed, the positions may not be eliminated during the mayor’s term of office without prior consent of the mayor. (Prior code § 2.16.010)

From
Head of State
Cite: http://tinyurl.com/65hxld

Posted by: Robert Hewson | September 6, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, I am 43 years old and was going to support you. after watching your speech, I cant. you demeaned Sen. Obama and his work for the community right out of college. what did you do 20 years ago? same thing you are doing right now. arranging shot-gun weddings.

if you think you have fired up the republican base with your tirade. you have fired up the democratic and independent bases even more.

i am 43 years old and for the first time in my adult life time, i am really excited and i am actually volunteering my services.

Posted by: sheldon | September 6, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The more appropriate lipstick quote for Sarah Palin would have been the one about putting lipstick on a pig - put it on as heavy as you want, but you're still left with nothing but pork.

And speaking of pork, it's time for the media to ask Gov. Palin what she did with the money she took for the Bridge to Nowhere, $223m, being that her claim to have told Washington 'No Thanks' was one of her bold faced lies.

Posted by: TW | September 6, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

And speaking of pork, it's time for the media to ask Gov. Palin what she did with the money she took for the Bridge to Nowhere, $223m, being that her claim to have told Washington 'No Thanks' was one of her bold faced lies.

Posted by: TW | September 6, 2008 10:56 AM

Did she take the money and spend it on the Bridge to Nowhere? No? Then she didn't lie about telling them "no thanks" for funds to build it. That she used those funds for other projects (perhaps those much more neccessary than that bridge) is another matter altogether.

Posted by: al | September 6, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Sarah's husband belongs to a union.....a fact which the Rep. party is broadcasting. Heck, the Republicans HATE unions. So when is some newscaster going to ask McCain about this? When is someone going to confront Sarah over this inconsistency?

Because I KNOW that McCain is using Sarah, I have concluded that

John McCain is a PIMP!!!!!!!

which would make a great bumper sticker!

Posted by: Carol | September 6, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

PALIN IS MEAN SPIRITED WOMAN NO WONDER MCCAIN CALLS HER HIS SOUL MATE

Posted by: PAULIN | September 6, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Carol, if that's your best attempt at a bumper sticker, stick to your democratic base job at Denny's.

Posted by: Republican Elitist | September 6, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Carol, if that's your best attempt at a bumper sticker, stick to your democratic base job at Denny's.

Posted by: Republican Elitist | September 6, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

WE LOVE OBAMA GIRL!!!!!!

Posted by: The Angry Gay Left | September 6, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

THIS JUST IN!!!!!

OBAMA GIRL IS REALLY HARRY REID AND NANCY PELOSI'S LOVE CHILD!!!!!!

Bonehug!!!!!!

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 6, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is a lovely woman. She has the makings of a big political figure. I don't think she deserves it, but I think her looks & personality will serve her well. I think she should have waited until her children were older. She needs to spend her time NOW raising them, especially the baby with Down syndrome. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, THERE ARE FOUR MINOR CHILDREN IN THIS HOUSEHOLD!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mary | September 6, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame someone didn't more time raising Mary. Another clone in the army of the Angry Gay Left.

Bonehug!!!!!

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 6, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Mary's an idiot.

Posted by: The Rest of the Human Race | September 6, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin did well at what she is being asked to do. She shows a natural voice, good pacing, got in rhythm with the crowd...she's going to be very good at her role—that of John McCain's smiling pit bull. She’ll continue to do well if she can avoid becoming Spiro Agnew (blame-the-messenger attacks get old quickly).

So far (over one convention week) McCain’s looks like a good political gamble. It will be interesting to see how it plays out over the longer term. My prediction is that it won’t make much difference in the end. As voters come to realize Palin’s views on social issues are at the extreme end of the far right wing (not popular with the wider electorate), and that her economic history is closer to the redistributionist left (e.g., the windfall profits tax on oil companies she pushed through with the help of the Dems in the Alaska legislature), the buzz will die down and the election with go back to being between McCain and Obama.

I do think she has a future in national politics but only at the Huckabee-Buchanan level…limited to a niche candidate of the Christian Right.

Posted by: purplemartin | September 6, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

No, she's just another Kool Aid drinking member of the Angry Gay Left.


Bonehug!!!!!!

Posted by: Thelonemule | September 6, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I was appalled when this woman hit the stage and in a very condescending manner and school marm-like tone, this factual "nobody" had the audacity to belittle, berate and spew vicious, nasty remarks at Obama. We should all realize what is really at stake; now, more than ever before, we need to make sure we vote AND that we each commit to personally being responsible for five+ new voters making it to the voting booths. I have taken the opportunity to do my own research on this woman and nothing, absolutely nothing, pans out.

However, the well-written speech by Bush's speechwriter, whom incidentally, McCain pretends to not be aligned with, was delivered well.

Remember, being a community organizer empowers our communities to grow and leaders to excel.

Let's not get it twisted. I'm sure being born into wealth and prosperity makes one oblivious to the concerns of the lower and middle class and inner cities.

I came across this blog and it is lengthy, but a must read.

Our lives and the lives of our children are at stake.

Obama-Biden is the Change we need.

Please forward to your email list so that everyone knows that this woman, who claims the only thing between her and a bulldog is "lipstick" -- let's be clear, the only thing between her and being the Vice President of the United States of America -- is "lip service". You can make a mouth say anything... but if it lacks substance, it's just lip exercise!

D. Childs, Chicago, IL

Here is a native Wasilla resident who is not afraid to speak out about Sarah Palin.Sean-492003ABOUT SARAH PALIN

I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child's favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.

She is enormously popular; in every way she's like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won't vote for her can't quit smiling when talking about her because she is a "babe".

It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months.

She is "pro-life". She recently gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.

She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.

She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.

Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin's kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.

Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.

She's smart.

Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents.

During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.

Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative". During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren't enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit- generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.
These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.

As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state. In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today's surplus, borrow for needs.

She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.

While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

Sarah complained about the "old boy's club" when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State's top cop (see below).

As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla's Police Chief because he "intimidated" her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't fire her sister's ex- husband, a State Trooper.

Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in- law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.

She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn't like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.

When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the "old boys' club" when she dramatically quit, exposing this man's ethics violations (for which he was fined).

As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the "bridge to nowhere" after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.

As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects--which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance-- but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as "anti-pork".

She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.

Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah's mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.

As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as "AGIA" that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.

Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned "as a private citizen" against a state initiative that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State's lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior's decision to list polar bears as threatened species.
McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President.

There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.

However, there's a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.

CLAIM VS FACT

*"Hockey mom": true for a few years

*"PTA mom": true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since

*"NRA supporter": absolutely true

*social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconstitutional) .

*pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.

*"Pro-life": mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation

*"Experienced": Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.

*political maverick: not at all

*gutsy: absolutely!

*open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.

*has a developed philosophy of public policy: no

*"a Greenie": no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots.

Is pro- drilling off-shore and in ANWR.

*fiscal conservative: not by my definition!

*pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.

*pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents

*pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla's history.

*pro-labor/pro- union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn't make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro- union.

WHY AM I WRITING THIS?

First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.

Secondly, I've always operated in the belief that "Bad things happen when good people stay silent". Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.

Third, I am just a housewife. I don't have a job she can bump me out of. I don't belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that's life.

Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah's attempt at censorship.

Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.

CAVEATS

I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can't recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall--they are swamped. So I can't verify my numbers.

You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my "about 5,000", up to 9,000. The day Palin's selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90's.

Posted by: Lorna | September 4, 2008 7:59 PM


Posted by: Dolores Childs | September 6, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Sarah the Barracuda says, “Sambo Beat the B!tch” referring to obama and hillary
Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean”
Full Story: http://www.laprogressive.com/2008/09/05/alaskans-speak-in-a-frightened-whisper-palin-is-%E2%80%9Cracist-sexist-vindictive-and-mean%E2%80%9D/

“Sambo Beat the B!tch”
“Palin is a conniving, manipulative, a**hole,” someone who thinks these are positive traits in a governor told me, summing up Palin’s tenure in Alaska state and local politics.

“She’s a bigot, a racist, and a liar,” is the more blunt assessment of Arnold Gerstheimer who lived in Alaska until two years ago and is now a businessman in Idaho.


EXPLOSIVE REPORT: SARAH PALIN CALLS BARACK OBAMA SAMBO!!! HILLARY A B!TCH.
Full Story: http://www.mediatakeout.com/2008/26436-explosive_report_sarah_palin_calls_barack_obama_sambo.html

Posted by: deshaun, atl, ga | September 6, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

As a young voter, I find it to be slightly hysterical that the McCain-Palin camp has simultaneously pissed off Van Halen and Heart. Maybe instead of spending 300k on an outfit for an evening, skeletor oops I mean Cindy McCain should spend that money paying someone to come up with a song for her Lolipop guild husband. It's a sad state of affairs when even OPRAH won't let Caribou Barbie on her show.

Posted by: The Democratic Warrior | September 6, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Someone blamed Palin for putting career above family, which is really not even a fault. When nation calls, one should take the duties to the nation above family.

We should not use trifling things to interfere with election. We can list what Palin has done to people, good or bad, as a governor. We can compare what she has done with what Obama has done to people and nation when he is a senator. By comparison, we can know who is more suitable and capable to be in the white house.

I call upon all Hillary’s supporters to vote for McCain since Obama didn’t even choose Hillary as his vice president. If Obama chose her as his partner, I will vote for him, but now as he didn’t, I will vote for McCain and hope that all Hillary’s supporters to do the same.

Posted by: xlwoo | September 6, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Dear Carol-

I assure you- John McCain is not a pimp. In fact, he's the furthest thing from a definition of a pimp that I can think of.

Regards,
The Democratic Warrior

Posted by: The Democratic Warrior | September 6, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious to me that McCain chose Palin to pander to women voters, Evangelicals and the right wing. That said, I'm still going to vote for him on the basis of one issue alone: abortion.

On a biological/medical basis alone, I'm 99.99% against abortion. Human life begins at conception when the 23 chromosomes from the mother's egg join with the 23 chromosomes from the father's sperm; it is human life with potential, not potential life.

Nevertheless, I reluctantly agree that abortion should be available to victims of rape or incest or where the mother's physical life is endangered. In all other cases, the choice was made when the mother and father had sex, regardless of whether or not precautions were taken...precautions are never 100% fail-safe.

You want choice? Fine! Fight for the teenager who is being pressured by her parents into having an abortion against her will. Fight for the woman who is similarly being pressured against her will into having an abortion by the boyfriend/husband because the bastard isn't man enough to accept responsibility for his actions.

Yes, I'm a single-issue voter, but so were Blacks when they voted for politicians who helped them gain their civil rights. I'm not fighting for my civil rights; I fight for the primary civil right of people everywhere...that of life.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

When I think of Sarah Palin I think of Spiro Agnew who did become VP for a while.

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | September 6, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

when and if will palin fron the media.

not one interview as at today

Posted by: wayne | September 6, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Swap "Palin" for "Obama" and see if the same can't be said of him! Good grief, this article is one of the most breathtakingly sexist diatribes I've seen come out of the mainstream media to date -- with antique film, no less, to perfectly complements this author's 1930's attitudes toward women!

Posted by: Chris | September 6, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I think it's funny that McCain gets a lukewarm reception and Palin gets the crowds going. She is a great actress, just like Eve. He is a loser, even to his own party. He couldn't draw a tenth of the crowd by himself.

Posted by: Zach | September 6, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Lorna,

You're a Dude...Right?...Come on you're a dude.

You work for the Department of Ed. Am I right...Am I right...

Don't worry, if Reagan couldn't get you fired McCain won't be able either.

Your very strange Dude

Bonehug!!!!

Posted by: The Democratic Warrior | September 6, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Somebody has gays on the brain. Don't worry, I hear Sarah can pray your fixation away. Talk about strange.

Posted by: tensor37 | September 6, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

man oh man ... all this hatred expressed in print ... maybe you should all campaign to bring back DUELLING as a way to settle differences ... nothing has really changed throughout history ... real power is taken , never given ...people are products of their own genetics and their environment, nothing else ... Gore won the popular vote and the Electoral College chose Bush ... maybe Capehart should re-title a piece and call it " Much Ado About Nothing " ... spend more time with your kids and less time on the blogs !!!

Posted by: rjwintl | September 6, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Too many Americans vote for their team notwithstanding its weaknesses.

If McCain had put up a sausage as his VP then I expect that many GOP backers would have cheered. Instead, he put up a red-neck about whom the GOP knows very little. As expected, the GOP cheered.

Giuliani and Palin had silly throw away lines as a subsitute for an intelligent presentation which was more important than ever because nobody knows what Pailn represents.

She likes moose burgers, has been mayor of Wasilla, thought that Alaska should break away from the Union, will not let women have a choice on abortion, and she totes a gun. Ok, let's hear the cheers.

In the rest of the world, voters like to hear well defined policies. Not so in America where the Voyers elected George Bush twice, the worst president ever.

Now America has a chance to elect the least known VP.

If McCain had shaken your hand two years ago and spoken to you for 15 minutes then maybe, just maybe, you might now be his running mate.

I suggest that McCain should ensure that Palin does not allow the Press to interview her unless he wants to expose her mind as being full of slogans. Then again, America might just warm to the sizzle and not the substance.

Posted by: Robert James | September 6, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, I seem to recall McCain mentioning that he'd work for programs to provide supplementary income to people who have to take lower-paying jobs due to factory closings and assist them financially while attending junior and technical colleges during his speech Thursday night. Did you step out of the room during that part of his speech?

Posted by: al | September 6, 2008 1:25 AM

Hmmm, no. Didn't step out of the room. Suffered through all 50 painful and awkward minutes. And actually thought the "provide supplementary income" part was hilarious - isn't that a 'government handout'? There were so many contradictions not only in his own speech but throughout the entire pathetic four day rant.

Posted by: fearful for our future | September 6, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Vote Redneck in '08.

Posted by: Todd | September 6, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

American Redneck Party all the way in '08.

Posted by: Todd | September 6, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Drive and ambition? A man would be praised for having these benifitual qualities, but I guess the party of sexism, political and religous intollerance would feel this way.

Posted by: MarxBro | September 7, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

marianne from Canada-Very basic education? How condensending of you. And you wonder why 60% of the country despises elietes and their opinions. Contrary to what you tell yourselves a large portion of the 65% who disapprove of Bush do so because they feel he governed like a Democrat. They want a real Republican in office, not a Democrat/Republican like Bush.

Posted by: MarxBro | September 7, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

We've had 8 years of someone crying about elites already. How has that worked out for the country? Elite is the top shelf, buddy. The best of the best. Who wants the bottom of the barrel? Oh yea, you seem to think that is where you find the best prize. Let me clue you in, the apples are all rotten down there.

You can pretend that Bush is a Democrat all you want, I seem to recall the Republicans enthusiastically voting for him in 2004. I also seem to recall the John McCain was vilified not too long ago as a Liberal. You people spin so fast it is a wonder your brains don't dribble out your ears.

Posted by: Grupp5000 | September 7, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

Vote for the "elite". Neocons were the "elite".

Posted by: Jim | September 7, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

the elite are the best of the best. just ask them.

Posted by: Jim | September 7, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Democrats may think they are the elite. Maybe they are. They just don't know how to spar. Because they have never had to spar.

Posted by: Jim | September 7, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Why would someone be against the best of the best?

For the same reason they can't post more than one idea at the same time. Their brains work like gears. Click. Spin. Click. Spin.

Smart people vs. Dim wits. I know I don't want my future charted by the latter. Heck, dim wits don't worry about the future, they worry about the now and support things like gas-tax holidays even when the highway fund is running out of money. The Grasshopper and The Ant.

Posted by: Terry | September 7, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

All this hot air about Palin.First, why the discussion about Palin's "ambition?" Isn't that sine qua non for a politician? Oh...that's right, we're talking about a woman, she must be different, that must be something to discuss, which would never even come up AT ALL if she were a man.

Why don't we discuss Obama's total lack of experience? I'm a lifelong Democrat saying this, I don't believe in Palin's ideals, for the most part. But after the debacle of the Democratic primary and the totally un-vetted candidate that we have now, I'm a lot more concerned about who's going to be PRESIDENT in 2009 than vice-president.

This is all just a red herring, distracting from what the real discussion should be about.

Posted by: DemNoMore | September 7, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Okay!!

It appears that nothing anyone can say or explain is going to CHANGE the views regarding Obama.

The large majority of bi-racial, Black Americans will NEVER admit that their guy is nothing more than a media idol.

I am on a personal quest to get the MSM to have the Obama campaign release documents regarding is YEARS AT COLUMBIA, transcripts, and also to see any letters of recommendations, scholarships received, loans received and whether he attended any private schools utilizing affirmative action.

It is obvious that the black community, and the college crowd stands in awe of his being a Magna Cume Laude at Harvard. My question is there seems to be NOTHING about his school years, it is if there is a BIG GAP.

All the Democrats and the MSM have failed to properly vet this guy. It is as if... he can tell what he did, walk a certain way, wear the right clothes, speak the Harvard legal lingo. and I am expected to think that he is the second coming of JFK and MLK. No one can TELL what he has accomplished except... a long list of mumbo jumbo.. that he signed this he supported this.

There are no legal briefs that he wrote, no thesis papers, nothing that shows he even existed except in his own mind.

There are some secrets that he his hiding by not posting his grades and his history from high school to his legal status at his first job AFTER HARVARD.

No friends, no girlfriends, I was a monk and stayed in the library... does not make it ... and is obviously TOO MUCH OF A LIE.

Does it matter??? I say it does, because he is HIDING something... just like he tried to HIDE THE VIPER WRIGHT story.

By the way... where does his family attend church on Sundays... does he carry his bible and thump it every evening.

And we already know that he has not saw any abortion that he does not like.. seems to be a legal brief... that has appeared about some of his MAYBE beliefs.

Posted by: Bob Miller | September 7, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Great movie...yes Eve was the egocentric addict of limelights...Perhaps this matches Palin's persona. But I think that Palin represents a clear and present danger if elected as a VP..McCain's health and age is way too worrisome. We need to know that the VP is ready and able to handle the complexity of the nation and the world. I think Joe Biden is amazing and any one of lesser caliber for VP is not acceptable.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I agree Bill, Obama should release his college transcripts. After McCain and Biden release their medical records (cancer, aneurysm) and Palin releases all 5 or 6 of her college transcripts. BTW, we don't have a religious test for any political office in this country so quit acting like an Ayatollah. Also, your caps lock key seems to be broken, it is coming on at irregular intervals. Do you REALLY ready your posts back to yourself with INFLECTION? Run your finger along the screen too?

Posted by: Mel | September 8, 2008 2:49 AM | Report abuse

Patriotic Americans will vote for Sarah because she totes a gun, eats moose burgers and comes from Wasilla.

It would be inconsiderate of WAPO and the NYT to ask her difficult questions because that would embarass her and make us alugh. When a visitor comes to the USA they should be treated with respect and affection. Sarah has come all the way from Alaska (drive up the west coast of Canada and turn left at the top) and should be treated like any other tourist.

I do not know if her visa allows her to work in the USA but if she can get government housing, such as the White House, then she deserves special consideration.

If she becomes VP she will learn everything about the world if she borrows an atlas from the local library. It will tell her where London is and how to get to PAris etc.

Sarah is just what this country needs. She will not be as good as Bush or Cheney but they are exceptional and it will be a long time before their kind return to Washington.

Posted by: Robert James | September 8, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

McCain Who?
You comparison is on the mark. McCain does
not even realize what is happening and will happen to him. Sarah will take over the Republican party (just mark my words)

During the Republican Convention, we did not get an insights on McCain's policies.
Now 'the Sarah Palin story' has taken over the John McCain run for the White House.
Sarah Palin has overshadowed McCain. That is why we are seeing diminishing
interest in John McCain. McCain realize that the only way to keep the
Press focus on him is to keep Sarah Palin close. Unfortunately by doing so,
the Press stays focus on Palin -not him.

The American people will not get proper insight into McCain's economic, health, tax education policies, deficits, and billions spent for Iraq. The GOP wants people not to discuss the difficult issues. The Soap Opera will continue. So, McCain Who?

Posted by: ThePoliticalTruth | September 8, 2008 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Jonathen is obviously the only member of the MSM that didn't get the memo. Substance over style only applies to the black candidate. Sure, the media, RIGHTLY, demands that candidates have measurable experience and intellectual thought, but there is an exempt clause. When you are a white female of a certain age with appealing physical attributes, snappy one liners written by a speech writer will due. The white MSM needed an excuse to turn against Senator Obama and they now have that in Sarah Palin.

Posted by: NMP | September 8, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Are you people nuts? Vote for Palin just because she's a woman? What universe do you live in? Vote for the person who can best run the country, man or woman, black or white.

Posted by: Sue | September 8, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Please read this article and watch the video. It's real life folks - more frightening than any fiction.

http://www.alternet.org/election08/97939/weird_theology_in_wasilla%3A_a_look_inside_sarah_palin%27s_pentecostal_church/?page=entire

Posted by: DW Ross | September 8, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

The most important thing to take away from Palin's appointment is McCain's judgment. We've been told over and over about his war record and experience, but not very much about his judgment - the trait I'm looking for in a president. His early recklessness is presented in a jocular manner in an attempt to dismiss it, but his rebelliousness and dismal academic record should definitely be considered when judging his qualifications.

Same for Palin. She attended a small private school in Hawaii and a two-year community college, entering institutions 5 times before finally graduating in journalism.

Now compare these academic records with those of Obama (Head of Harvard Law Review and Constitutional Law prof at University of Chicago, a renowned university) and Biden (a law degree)and I ask you, if you value education/intelligence at all - and some think it is a prerequisite for knowledge acquisition which is, in turn, a prerequisite for wisdom and good judgment, then McCain's choice to shore him up is an extremely poor one, made only to give him a boost with the evangelical right that has done so much damage to the Republican Party already.

As for experience, that's what I voted for when I voted for Bush - to get Cheney and Rumsfield and look what we got. I'll take judgment over experience any day now.

Also, a close examination of the claims Palin made at the convention turn out to be false or a huge stretch. Let's hope the media does not let Republican howls of bias cow them into not examining her record and doing their job to inform the citizenry.

Posted by: Tricia | September 8, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Palin for President! Of course, she has earned it! She will make Cheney look like small potatoes. Just what America needs? But, will America get what it deserves.

Posted by: DenisR | September 8, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

To me Palin's role in this compain resembles the role of a sexy and beautifl lady who dances for the song of an unpopular singer inorder to attract viewers
attention.

Posted by: Halim Wardak | September 8, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Why, oh why didn't we stick with Hillary?

Posted by: The Angry Gay Left | September 8, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Why are people so angry that Mrs. Palin is asked to explain some things? If she is such a big supporter of special needs children, why did Alaska during her tenure see a cut of 63% for special education funding?

If she has such good judgement, why did she get pregnant at 43 years old?

Why are these questions inappropriate? or sexist?

Why have so many ad hominem attacks on Mr. Obama, or the people in this comments section? Should we not be rationally discussing the issues, the candidates' qualifications, and ask them to explain significant discrepancies in their records?

Why did Sarah Palin take 6 years and 6 colleges to get her degree in journalism?

Why is Obama painted as out of touch with small town America when he was raised in a series of small towns?

Why do so many Republicans have a problem with the most elite job in the world being held by an elite person, with elite education? Would you rather ahve your kids' doctor be a graduate of Johns Hopkins or Fisherman University Med school and bait and tackle shop? Duh - elite jobs should go to elite people, not commoners with the common touch (Anyone for more years of Mr. W?)

Posted by: D Klein | September 8, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

We've finaly found our leader: D Klein!!!

Hey, shut up. We don't care if he's a loser. He's gong to be our leader.

Posted by: The Angry Gay Left | September 8, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The CBC program "The Current" had an interesting and revealing news piece about Sarah Palin and the famous Alaska pipeline. Eveidently, the 400 million $ is to finance a Miami law firm in pavi9ng the way for Transcanada Pipeline's proposal to build a pipeline to carry Alaska gas through Canada to the USA. Nopne of the $ will go to actually build the pipeline and it won't even start until the three big oil companies sign on to a 20-30 yr contract to use it. It may never happen.

Posted by: Bruce (Canada) | September 8, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Palin has NO foreign policy experience, she has never worked on the federal level, her experience and brownie points for being a good nominee is her boasting of being a mayor of a small town, a city council member and a ROOKIE governor along with being a hockey mom and parent of 5 children. Thats what she boasts as a reason to vote for her. Having a anatomically correct reproductive system that has proven itself to work at least 5 times and being in charge of a state with a population less than an urban city does not experience make.

There were SO many other republican women who actually has foreign policy experience (Ms. Rice for one having been third in command for almost 4 years is pretty high on the experience-meter) but they chose the woman very few know. Most people are interested because she's a rookie, her teenage abstinence only educated daughter was NOT abstinent not practicing safe sex and she riled up some people with a speech.

I think its sad the way some folks are clinging to this woman like she is the best female the republicans have to offer. All republican women politicians with more experience and better political records than her ought to feel slighted.

Posted by: Rhonda | September 8, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Homo!!!!

Posted by: The Angry Gay Left | September 8, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't you people get it??????

I'm a HOMO!!!!!!

Posted by: The Angry Gay Left | September 8, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, yeah, McCain and Palin represent change and Satan has retired.

Posted by: B.Rollens | September 8, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget that Sarah speaks in tongues--can't wait for those fun-loving pentacostals to shake up those dull White House briefings!

Posted by: gracster | September 8, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Americans deserve more than a 10% shot at change.

McCain admittedly voted with George W. Bush 90% of the time.

John McCain has spent 30 years among the Washington Congressional elite.

McCain is 4 more years of the last 8 years.

My bank account cannot afford him.

Barack promises to cut taxes for 95% of all Americans. I can go with those odds.

Obama 2008

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | September 8, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I am not against women in politics. I want my wife, my daughter, my granddaughter to have every opportunity to make decisions and to lead in the political arena. But I do not approve of Ms Palin who lacks all credentials for the office of Vice-President and possibly President.
She is not one who will lead women to realize their own talents. By favoring the wedding of her 17 year old daughter to an imbecile, by opposing family planning, she shows herself to be a big part of the problem women have in this society.

Posted by: rajaour | September 9, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

She did not write it. Can't you get it through your "journalistic" head and tell it as it is. She read a non-policy speech full of lies and read meat for the crowd to cheer. There were not even good sentences in the speech, only one liners.

Posted by: jerry rubin | September 9, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

This post and most of the responses are stunningly bad attempts to discredit Palin and by association, McCain.

Playing the qualifications game doesn't work, because Palin, the VP candidate, is at least as qualified as Obama, the lead man on the ticket.

One note in response to a recent response that mentioned taxes. Obama is going to give all Americans a tiny little tax break right after raising their taxes by a much larger margin by allowing the Bush tax cuts to be repealed. It's a semantics way of saying he'll lower your taxes, since he's talking about lowering them after the repeal of tax cuts.

The net effect, if you have a job that pays above minimum wage (only a slight exaggeration),is that your taxes WILL go up if Obama is elected.

Furthermore, the last Democratic President promised a middle class tax cut for months, then a couple of months into office said he just couldn't make the numbers work. The numbers that "wouldn't work" were in his hands months before the election.

That tends to make me just a wee bit suspicious about these tax cut promises, and with good reason.

All about Eve? How about "all about a pathetic attempt to obfuscate" by Mr. Capeheart?

Posted by: Alan | September 10, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Does truth matter? NO!

There's far too much media cover for whichever side one wants to watch and listen to. It's all about self selection to one's source of "news."

And the so-called MSM are still hammering away about is it fair to challenge a woman!

Posted by: Infuse | September 10, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company