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All About Sarah, Scene 2

During the long slog to the Democratic Party nomination, folks used to joke that if Barack Obama chose Hillary Clinton as his running mate, he'd better hire a food taster. Well, after a rally in Iowa on Thursday, it looks like it's Republican nominee John McCain who may need to watch his back.

In introducing the top of the ticket in Cedar Rapids, McCain's rockstar running mate talked about how things would be in a "Palin and McCain administration."

When I first saw the clip, I couldn't help but think, once again, of Sarah Palin's big-screen doppelgänger, Eve Harrington. Remember, she's the struggling and striving actress who befriended star Margo Channing, and used that association in an aggressive climb to the top of the theater world, in the 1950 movie "All About Eve." And if Palin is Eve, McCain is most definitely Margo.

There's a great scene when Eve's ambitions become evident. After a performance of the hit play "Aged in Wood," Eve volunteers to take Margo's dress to be pressed. When Margo's long-time assistant suggests that could get the star into trouble with the union, Margo runs after Eve. Take a look at what happens next. (Fast forward to 5:22 for the beginning of the scene.)

Am I making too much of Palin's slip-of-the-tongue? A quote in a lengthy New York Times profile of Palin's political career makes me think maybe I'm not: "I said, 'You know, Sarah, within 10 years you could be governor,' " [the manager of Palin's first mayoral campaign] recalled. "She replied, 'I want to be president.' "

If things go Palin's way on Nov. 4, she'll be a heartbeat away from it.

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 19, 2008; 7:08 PM ET
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Comments

Don't get me wrong but if America elects the Republicians to office we deserve everything we get. She is not a bad person but she is no more qualified to be VP than Mrs Ashley my son's 9th grade English teacher. We have more people in my County than in Alaska but I dont think my Mayor is qualified to be President. This 'trick' of mccain(i will not capitalize his name) has tried to pull off on 'yall' should not work but this is America and you just never know.. Do you remember this historical line from S. Palin,"lets play Stump-the-candidate". Thats an admission she knows the People know she is not Ready or qualified. I've said for weeks its not S. Palin's fault is mccain--country 1st---WHAT COUNTRY?

Posted by: Andre | September 19, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I wonder, if the tables were turned, who would Palin have picked for her VP?

Posted by: J Lauber | September 19, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Andre-

Excellent question. I would say the country that he's talking about is his imaginary country-you know the one where the economy is fundamentally sound, the one where he invented the blackberry, and the one where average citizens can't remember how many homes they own. And the one where 300k is the average dollar amount spent on a daily outfit.

Regards,
The Democratic Warrior

Posted by: The Democratic Warrior | September 19, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, Joe Biden said exactly the same a couple of weeks ago -he spoke about the "Biden Administration".

But this writer didn't write a column about that.

Oh yeah, he is just another Obamabot.

So, nevermind.

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

Are kidding me? This woman is a liar, a charlatan, vindictive and fits perfectly into the paranoid republican mold.
More of the same old Sh?????T except this time with a skirt.

Posted by: Sideswiped | September 20, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

This woman's words have been parsed finer than any politician in recent memory.

Where was the Post when Obama said there were 57 states, or when he said he'd be in power for 10 years, or when he said Afghanis speak Arabic?

Posted by: info | September 20, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

WOW! Are the paid Obamabot posters and the
WAPO OBAMA ShILLS certainly all totally
freaked out by Sen John McCain naming a
beautiful, talented,brainy,witty,hard working hockey mom,and veteran political
elected official,sexy,vote getting nice
person like Sarah Palin as his Vice President while all the Obamafreak Messiah
Barack Hussein Obama can come up with for
his just another old long time Democrat
freeloader,phony big mouth drunk Joe Biden,
who never had a real job in the private
sector in his entire life just like Obama.
No Way NOBAMA! NOBSBIDEN! McCain/Palin 08!

Posted by: Claudine 1000 | September 20, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Kind of sick that so many in the media give Obama a pass for almost everything because he is black.

Posted by: Tank | September 20, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Palin will be a fine president.......


if you like fascism.

Posted by: Mike of Atlanta | September 20, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Tank,

Actually, I'm sick of everyone giving Palin a pass since she's a woman. I guess when she said Hillary was a "whiner" for complaining about "sexism", she was also talking about herself.

Sarah Palin and that economic genius Phil Gramm have something in common.

Posted by: Mark Page Foley | September 20, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Claudine,

You're an idiot, and the evidence is abundant in every vowel, consonant, and word you use to such ridiculous effect. Grow up, get an education, and until then, spare us the wasted time of having to read your idiotic nonsense.

Posted by: Neal Jung | September 20, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

I was leaning toward Obama before the DNC, solidified my vote shortly after. My wife was a staunch Hillary supporter who was proud to not support Obama...until she saw Palin's RNC speech. Now she also supports Obama.

I liked McCain a lot back in 2000. I really thought he should have gotten the nomination back then. But this is 2008, and the thought of Palin some day leading the country sends chills down my spine.

Posted by: Indepent for Obama | September 20, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Anybody really think that if McCain wins he would actually consult Palin about anything?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

What's the deal with cancelling 8 Palin solo stops? Is he afraid to leave her alone anymore?

And when they campaign together people leave after she speaks?

McCain thinks he's better than everyone else. I'll bet he is furious about Palin.

He sort of deserves to be bested by a female though after what he's done to his wives. That's why Nancy Reagan hates him.

McCain is living the nightmare now.

Posted by: Mary | September 20, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Is it Josef Palin or
Sarah Stalin?
After all she can see Russia on a fine day.

Posted by: Girl from the north country | September 20, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

I love that anytime your criticize Palin you obviously support obama. Or you are Sexist**ex Tina Fey** this is insane! I've never felt so divided by the parities than i do this year. Even in my own family where i am a different part of everyone I'm related to the divide is obvious. I think the RNC and the GOP need to calm down they are questioning Plain just like the have already done with Obama and Biden and MC cain but that all happened durning the primaries. I will be the first to admit Biden says a lot of idiotic things**i.e. Hillary would have been a better choice to for veep... that's confidence building for the party!** Plain deserves to be criticized and questioned she's running for office an office that effects everyones daily life whether you realize it or not. Too much time is being spent tear us all apart instead of talking about issues and policies.... are the things that matter and i wish everyone realized this instead of talking about who's sexist and who's in Obama's pocket.

Posted by: Kamilla | September 20, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

She's beyond Eve--she's Evita. Self-creating (just a plain girl from the North Country), self-serving (Wasilla hired a town manager to restrain this "reformer's"
cronyism), self-dramatizing (I said, "Thanks, but no thanks"), self-consecrating (she's carrying out God's plan), self-aggrandizing ("the Palin and McCain administration")--and, if we're lucky, self-destructing.

Posted by: jtrothwell | September 20, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

So true. Based on the GOP Palin is far more qualified and experienced to be President.

McCain should do the honorable thing and step down and switch the ticket. Clearly he recognizes that he is nothing in comparison. After all can you see Russia from Arizona? And she was the head of the Alaska National Guard and John McCain was just a run of the mill pilot. Also she is one of the top experts in the nation on energy. And the economy? No problem there she was a mayor and governor both executive positions dealing with budgets, when has John McCain done something like that?

Clearly John McCain is unqualified, the fact that he asked someone so more qualified than him shows how stupid he actually is.

Switch the ticket now before its is too late. Don't let that chauvinist McCain make Sarah Palin a second class Presidential executive. Break through that glass ceiling Sarah and take what is rightfully yours!

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 20, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Rigt after the GOP party, I did a little research and came to the same conclusion. Especially when all of the Right Wing nut jobs suddenly got McCain fever.

Posted by: Terry | September 20, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Switch the ticket? Wouldn't that be a coup d'etat? Isn't the party's delegates supposed to elect the presidential nominee?

Posted by: asoders22 | September 20, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

How delicious that McCain scolded the press for not showing Palin "deference" only to have her refuse to grant him his proper place on the ticket! No, Mr. Capehart, you're not making too much of a very telling incident Thanks for the terrific Eve and Margo analogy - oops, I mean Margo and Eve.

Posted by: jhbyer | September 20, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Take the "L" from Palin and you have what McCain now has on his hands ... a royal Alaskan pain that he cannot pop an aspirin for. She's bigger than him now, and he will rue the day he picked her (if he doesn't already). He's Paul Simon in the "You Can Call Me Al" video, and Palin ... well, she's Chevy Chase.

Posted by: Rick | September 20, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Let's be fair, Palin in just another GOP puppet, like Bush, that will do the bidding for some of the worst citizens of our country.

Posted by: MIker | September 20, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Must have been a slow news day to make a fuss about this little slip up. Is the Washington Post a 527 organization and should there not be a disclaimer at the end of each article stating such?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

McCain should not worry about his food.

However, he should hide the knives and replace them with chopsticks.

Posted by: Robert James | September 20, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

(((found on the NY Times blog pages; fits right in with what you're saying)))

Note to Dems:

First, read “The Audacity of Defeat,” by Russ Smith. Next, make sure you’re well stocked on antidepressants, and that you’ve scheduled appointments with your therapist.

Now, ask yourselves: “Why has Obama not yet ’sealed the deal’?” Ask yourselves: “Why is this race so close?”

Here’s the answer: No matter how much you excoriate McCain and Palin, they ARE going to be the next president and vice president of the United States.

Get ready for your Waterloo. Your meltdown will make “global warming” look like an ice age.

Enjoy!

Posted by: SickandTired2 | September 20, 2008 2:10 AM | Report abuse

"Palin and McCain administration"- she sure is a trip.

Posted by: newageblues | September 20, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin is the least qualified major party nominee since.......Barry Obama.

Posted by: j.a.m. | September 20, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

I'll take a straight-talking hockey mom over a bloviating self-important left-wing law professor ANY DAY.

Posted by: j.a.m. | September 20, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

This argument is a tad bit too torturous and twisted for color TV.

Posted by: Gecko | September 20, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

I think she‘s already cut McCains balls off

Posted by: riker | September 20, 2008 2:46 AM | Report abuse

If you want a laugh, watch this video of Palin's Hail to the Chief moment:

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

Posted by: Did I mention I'm a LIAR??? | September 20, 2008 2:49 AM | Report abuse

Palin has many good qualities. She is smart, an astute politician, and she comes across very likable. No doubt she is very ambitious, and views this as her trip to the top. She accomplished some very good things for the people of Alaska, and she should not be dismissed or underestimated. She has a serious problem telling the truth, and she is very extreme. The radical right have her right where they want her...they are grooming her for bigger things. We must fight her, not with dirty tactics, but with the truth, exposing her for who she really is, and what she will do to this country. she is going to make dick Cheney look moderate and open.

Posted by: sherrybb | September 20, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Sarah Palin's were will turn out to be prophetic!

Go Sarah!!!!!!

Posted by: Lipstick Mom | September 20, 2008 3:28 AM | Report abuse

following mallick's lead, i can "out-hick" her any day of the week...and while this may be endearing to some lost souls, it is no credential for running the free world.

no doubt, mccain is spinning about the attention she is getting and her response to it...funny, after yesterday's debacle, there was an early morning rally on the news today...gone was the perkiness and the self-absorbed enthusiasm...it was all business and no hugs after introduction, as we have seen, ad nauseam, in the past.

in fact, she appeared to be pissed...could one surmise that she received a solid dressing down after blunder?

Posted by: jazzgrrrl25 | September 20, 2008 3:34 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Sarah Palin's words will turn out to be prophetic!

Go Sarah!!!!!!

Posted by: Lipstick Mom | September 20, 2008 3:34 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHK77l07FPI&NR=1

...don't be put off by the title of this, or the length...it's a great montage of this ball of fluff we call palin.

those whose vision is obscured by what is, apparently, too much lipstick may call this propaganda, i'd call it comedy if she wasn't in this political mix and these weren't such dangerous times.

Posted by: jazzgrrrl25 | September 20, 2008 3:55 AM | Report abuse

I immediately thought of Eve Carrington when I saw this clip, too. Punk McCain deserves this hustler and the wacko fundamentalist backers who are her really base--talk about wag the dog. I'm sorry to say it, but I hope something takes him out of the race soon--with 1200 pages of medical history for just the past 8 years, it's actually a pretty safe bet--who would Palin choose, Todd?

Posted by: Anne | September 20, 2008 4:03 AM | Report abuse

She is not a bad person but she is no more qualified to be VP than Mrs Ashley my son's 9th grade English teacher.
Posted by: Andre | September 19, 2008 8:45 PM

She's actually a pretty darn bad person. She forced rape victims to pay for their own forensic exams. She's against abortion in all cases, yet she cut funding for services and shelters for teenage mothers. She fired and harassed her subordinates who wouldn't lick her feet. She lies like a rug (How many times now has she claimed to have not supported the Bridge to Nowhere? More than 10.) Lack of qualifications aside, she's also vicious, heartless, and selfish, and immature.

Posted by: aleks | September 20, 2008 4:21 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Sarah Palin's were will turn out to be prophetic!
Go Sarah!!!!!!
Posted by: Lipstick Mom | September 20, 2008 3:28 AM

I actually kind of thought they'd wait for the inauguration, or at least the election, before they'd start hoping for McCain's death and Palin's ascension. I always give these people too much credit.

Posted by: aleks | September 20, 2008 4:25 AM | Report abuse

In the first year of the Palin Presidency (because we all know that something will happen with McCain that will make him step aside for her) everyone will be forced to become her type of Christian. Except for Jewish people. We'll be shoved into planes and flown to Israel so we can be the cannon fodder that will bring upon the End of Days. All birth control (including condoms) will be illegal. Creationism won't only be taught in school, it will be the law. The Constitution will be burned, which will be predictable as the Bush Administration has been slowly gutting it. Elections will no longer be in effect, she and the "first dude"will appoint all their friends and buddies who don't need experience. It'll be even better than it was with Bush, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, no experience needed. Iran will be the first one bombed. Then Russia. Then every country that will enable her to follow God's will. After all, she has Blackwater and the Dominion's New Order to fulfil. All Hail Lord Sarah and Lord First Dude!

Posted by: Mooses Come Home To Roost | September 20, 2008 4:28 AM | Report abuse

McCain will be elected and die in office, leaving Palin as the first woman president of the United States.

Posted by: Kacoo | September 20, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse

McSame / Pain


Four more years to coincide with Americas final four years.

Posted by: Your Conscience | September 20, 2008 4:47 AM | Report abuse

Why are people belittleling the qualifications of Sarah? She is the governor of Alaska, not just the mayor of one of its cities. Bill Clinton was also governor of Arkansas before becoming President.
Who has more compassion to do the right thing? Isn't that when one is dealing with a smaller group you really know how to do the right steps so that something could be changed for the better? Small things are foundations of stronger Big... A Big from a Big usually comes out hollow.
We put down Palin's experience because she is a woman and beautiful as if her experience was just a gift to her, but think...,she went door to door for the people's votes, has no money so she did it herself. Obama has many volunteers to go door to door for new voters to register, hoping they will vote for him. Palin's approach is root-based as what Obama would like to achieve with his movement.
The media for goodness sake should understand better Palin's position regarding change and anti- corruption stand. Palin was a journalist by education as well as political science major in College. When you are starting as a journalist you want to expose something big with the hope of bringing the fruit to the common good.(we are talking here of true journalist).Palin started as an ordinary mom and confronted with menial problems in school and community. She was not passive actually she actively pursued solutions to these problems and went own to be a council member, then a mayor, governor and now a vice presidential candidate. She may not have macro solutions to our country's problems but she has the propensity to look microscopically/scrutinize what is going own and take definite moral stand to put things to their proper places.
She may not have actual foreign relations experience but Bill Clinton didnot have either and he did good because he was charming and intelligent. Sarah is beautiful and intelligent too. As she took America's interest to her and wanting to hear her... must so the head of states who are mostly men.. to pay attention to her and hear her. She conducts herself with grace, yet she has a proven history of toughness... these are enough qualifications for foreign relations..
Palin is a mother of 5, knows how to clean the house, wash clothes and cook.. She also has a career.. she is a living example of virtue... simple and living life as it comes. She is pro-life but she didnot say she will not allow other women to make their own choices. Oprah has put it best when she announced her support for Obama: "this is not a vote against Hillary Clinton, this is a vote for Obama"

Posted by: Smarty | September 20, 2008 4:55 AM | Report abuse

Actually, we have been focusing on Mccain not making it to the whitehouse therby making Palin the President.
In middle schools, with young boys and girls talking politics, they have been saying, Obama will win but Biden will be President and they're okey with it.
Which scenario is better?

Posted by: smarty | September 20, 2008 5:07 AM | Report abuse

A Palin government would be one of the most evil things happening to this government.

Posted by: agnostic Leo | September 20, 2008 5:15 AM | Report abuse

I don't see anything outlandish about Palin becoming President of the United States. After all, witness the handling of Katrina and financial system melt-down, most of its major institutions are thoroughly kerfuffled and screwed up. Why not top the mess off with a President Palin?

Posted by: John H Noble Jr | September 20, 2008 5:28 AM | Report abuse

Palin is Dick Cheney in a skirt! Can we afford 4 more years of his coniving incompetence?

Posted by: Corncop | September 20, 2008 6:07 AM | Report abuse

Say hello to President Biden and we would have four hour press conferences like Comandante Chavez. He would rant and rave for hours and unintentionally insult half the world's leaders.

In law school Joe Biden plagiarized 5 of 15 pages of a law review article. He was permitted to retake the course after receiving a grade of F.

Joe Biden is a leading proponent for dividing Iraq into a loose federation of three different ethnic states. This is one of the dumbest ideas possible and could cause WWIII.

Joe Biden has been denounced and ex-communicated by 55 Catholic bishops across America. Obama sure was lucky to have picked such a fine running mate.

Posted by: alance | September 20, 2008 6:20 AM | Report abuse

This type of article shows how backward we are compared to other first world nations. The attacks against Governor Palin are as bad as they were for Senator Clinton. All the while, Obama has been given a free ride- the one can do no wrong.

Americans are being spoon-fed nonsense, and the media gleefully believes their candidate will win in November. They fail to see that unfair criticism is helpful to the candidate being trashed, and harmful to the candidate who can do no wrong in the minds of these hacks.

Posted by: sweetlandoliberty | September 20, 2008 6:22 AM | Report abuse

I think your article is spot on and your use of Eve as a metaphor is a good one! I hadn't thought of that comparison but it is very appropriate. There is a calculated cunning at work here and mccain should be mindful of her future plans. Sweet little northern lamb... hardly.

Posted by: Deborah | September 20, 2008 6:32 AM | Report abuse


Much hard as I try, I just can't picture Moose Skinner meeting world leaders at home and espicially abroad.

Is it true that she has had a passport only since 2007? One year?

Picture Palin holding talks with Putin, Angela Merkel or Mexico's president. You cann't? Neither can I.

Posted by: bekabo | September 20, 2008 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Great article, Jonathan!

Here's one from a few days before:

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/also-will-call-for-democratization.html

Thursday, September 18, 2008
Palin Announces Palin/McCain Ticket: Ambition, Inexperience First

From ABC News:

"Uh-oh.

Gov. Sarah Palin is now talking about "a Palin and McCain administration."

Hilarious if it wasn't so frightening. The kind of slip made by a very young person whose ambitious fantasies all-too-easily break through her manifest inability to think before talking.

Incidentally, this has been her MO all along. From the New Yorker:

"Palin’s record as the mayor of Wasilla, a town forty miles north of Anchorage, told a somewhat different story. According to “Sarah,” a biography by Kaylene Johnson, Palin had got into politics after she befriended the man who was then mayor and his police chief at a step-aerobics class. She made them her allies and ran for City Council. Then she challenged them for control of City Hall, and drove them out. As she purged her former friends and patrons, she denounced them as “good ol’ boys,” although her takeover of Wasilla had been aided from the start by Alaska’s Republican Party establishment."

Impulsivity, an utter lack of reflectiveness and lack of basic knowledge combines with driving and unconsidered ambition to create a youthful, thoughtless grandiosity in reaction to the overwhelming whirl.

A dangerous combination at a time when wisdom, knowledge and reflectiveness are truly a necessity for our nation and our future.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/also-will-call-for-democratization.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Are there any black "journalists" capable of writing w/o a "vote obama" message??
Are you afraid of not being invited to the next "Johnsons' Family Reunion" picnic?

First, the one who should be worried is obama 'cause Joe Biden has been in heat for the presidency for decades. He postures in the senate every year hoping for the aclaim that will lead to a successful nomination.

Second, telling me that Palin might be president only makes me want to support that ticket even more strongly. Imagine, a president who is not in the mold of the autotron politicians that we have had as president for decades. Someone of the Andrew Jackson type (the democrats historical hero) instead of the super polished political type. Wow, let it happen!

Posted by: Tony S. | September 20, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Palin and her whole incest rape baby ideology are one of the more incredibly stupid things I have ever seen.

She'd rather breed monsters than give a parent the right to a morning after pill.

It's morally disgusting reasoning on her part through and through. I have no idea what sort of whack job religious beliefs are the basis for this fetid excuse for a perception of normal biology in t he species, but her ideas are very stupid, and very nasty.

I just pray that she is not elected. The country does not need a culture in which FLDS style breeding practices are acceptable.

Posted by: NoCoalecence | September 20, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Here's a hypothetical for you. What if McCain died before the election? Would the Republican Party back their rhetoric on Palin's experience and make her the nominee or would they say "rut-ro" and choose someone else?

Posted by: Smitty | September 20, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Do any of you Palin lovers pay any attention to what this screwball says and does? Are you serious when you say she's pro-life but will allow women to have the freedom of choice?

Take a look at her record - forcing rape victims to pay for their own rape kits; denying abortions even to rape and incest victims; hiring cronies and firing anyone who didn't follow her party line; lying about her support for the infamous bridge; denying any human role in global warming; total ignorance of foreign affairs, and particularly Iraq (I haven't been paying much attention) even though her son is heading there; exaggerating her non-existent foreign travel (if touching down on the tarmac counts as a visit, then I've bagged over 100). But then you can see Russia from an Alaskan island. That has to be the most outlandish remark we've heard in an era of bizarre political behavior.

Have you listened to her talk? I don't mean basking in your delight about a pit bull hockey mom, but absorbing what she does and doesn't say? Everything is scripted, and when she has to move away from that, she's literally incoherent. She's been shielded from the MSM for the simple reason that McCain's staff is terrified that she can't even answer a simple policy question intelligently.

You folks are living in a fantasy world. She is worse than Quayle ever was. We're in horrible shape now, thanks to the incompetent cowboy we've elected twice. If we repeat the mistake, we'll deserve what we get - and some of you who have Palin on a pedestal will be whining the loudest.

Posted by: zoot | September 20, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Palin/McCain..a bit of a slip up? or maybe as she sees it?

Posted by: Annette | September 20, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Palin wants a $2 billion bridge to her home to cut a couple of minutes off travel time, that is 5 times worse than the dopey bridge to nowhere that McMoron cancelled one year before she said "thanks but no thanks".

There is something truly ugly and racist about the spite against Obama who is a tremendously qualified man, Harvard law, constitutional law professor, 12 years in state and federal congress.

What is wrong with some of the little cretins here? Is it because he is an "uppity boy"?

Posted by: Marilyn | September 20, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Q: Is Todd Palin the real power behind the Palin throne?

Shouldn't we become more concerned about Sarah Palin's husband being in the White House, since he is the one political advisor upon whom she depends upon almost entirely for her political direction and guidance?

Everyone knows that Hillary Clinton was Barack Obama's first choice to be his Vice-President, and it would have happened had it not been for the fact that Bill Clinton, her closest political advisor, would be standing behind her in the White House whispering political guidance and advice in her ear.

Let's face it. If Sarah Palin is being groomed to step into President McCain's rather elderly shoes to become the first right wing extremist President of our United States, isn't it irresponsible of us not to look very, very carefully into the activities of the man who will be whispering in her ear and directing her activities if the Palin-McCain ticket makes it (gasp!) into our White House?

Posted by: Ken Kellogg-Smith | September 20, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

I am alarmed at seeing comments where they adulate and worship Sarah Palin.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE???

Are you that blind that you can't see her for what she is? an unqualified, viscious, vindictive, corrupt politician?

She does whatever she wants, regardless of ethics, and when she makes a mistake, she hides it. She leaves the town of Wasilla in DEBT a small town, in a state swimming in oil taxes.

When she is crossed, she goes after you. It's been said that politicians in Alaska are afraid of her.

She puts all her friends in unqualified positions.

At first I thought she was just incompetent. Now the more I learn about her, the more I realize she is WORSE than Bush or Cheney combined.

This woman is a menace, she will screw this country up, more than Bush & Cheney ever did.

People who worship Palin, need to be slapped awake.

Posted by: Susan | September 20, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Blank Slate

"Sources in the McCain camp, the Republican Party and Washington think tanks say Mrs. Palin was identified as a potential future leader of the neoconservative cause in June 2007. That was when the annual summer cruise organised by the right-of-centre Weekly Standard magazine docked in Juneau, the Alaskan state capital, and the pundits on board took tea with Governor Palin."

According to London's Daily Telegraph, the architects of the Palin Doctrine are a group of people who have been singularly wrong about virtually everything in the last decade -- the neocons, who have been briefing Palin for weeks.

As predicted, the fact that she didn't know anything wasn't a bug, it was a feature. She's perfect for the neocons: likeable on the outside, a blank slate on the inside. To borrow from an old cliché, if Sarah Palin didn't exist, the neocons would have had to invent her.

Posted by: Mister.Earl | September 20, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

I was pretty impressed with Sarah Palin when she was first picked as McCain's running mate. Then I saw her interviews with Charlie Gibson. I did not get any sense at all of who SHE is and what SHE believes. What I heard was someone who was programmed, like a Stepford VP. So, in a way, I really did find out something about her: she is willing to sell her soul to be VP (or Pres, as the case may be) and will say whatever she needs to say toward that end.

Posted by: Smitty | September 20, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

What I like about Palin's slip of the tongue is that, unlike most, she didn't notice it, never corrected it. As Gail Collins wrote in today's NYT--McCain knows that he can't draw big crowds without Palin.
Well, guess what? Palin knows that too. And with an ego as large as hers, she's going to use that fact, if they get elected on Nov. 4.
What to do in this circumstance? What I do is send as much money as I can afford to Obama. My hope is that we send Sarah back to Alaska where it looks to me like she has burnt a lot of bridges (what me? testify in little old Alaska state legislature? My new friends are bigger and better than you all are--).
We will see.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately for you all, the final shoe has dropped. The damage from 7 long years of unfettered and unrestrained corruption and stupidity has sealed your fate in devolving into a second rate global power--economically and militarily. No matter who you elect--Dem or Rep--it is now impossible to reverse the course. Many refer to 2008 as the critical election, the election in which to turn the country around but, in fact, you missed that opportunity in 2004. The financial mess compounds the politcial mess compounding the military mess successive Republicans in the White House and Congress have created for your country. And lest you think everyone is hurting, keep this in mind; the massive wealth transferred from average Americans to the oligarchs during the Bush years came from you, Main Street America, abetted by Bush, Cheney, et al. By mid-term of the next administration America will have become the world's largest debtor nation and still waging unwinnable war on at least two fronts--possibly three if McCain should win--still borrowing and selling out to the Chinese and Middle Eastern and Asian oil interests and sovereign wealth funds. No matter how rational or considered the opinions of those who support a McCain-Palin administration, the bottom line is this: they got you--America--where you are now and though the chance that the Dems can fix anything is remote, to return a Republican to the White House flies in the face of any sense you should have for self-preservation and hope. Climb off your partisan high-horses, all of you, and do the right thing. Even if you can't bear to vote FOR the Dems, at least vote AGAINST four more years of grief. Not much more to say except God Bless and Good Luck.

Posted by: theviewfromuphere | September 20, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

I don't deserve what we'll get if the moronic majority has its way. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm sick and tired of having idiots elect idiots to run my country. It is a shame this world has no unconquered, unsettled, but livable continents left. I want to make this the old world and move to a new world. I just don't want to have to kill off the new world's natives and steal their land.

Posted by: Mike Kolb | September 20, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Thinking people just do not realize what a nation of cretins the U.S. is. A recent AP-Yahoo News poll found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them "lazy," "violent," responsible for their own troubles.

While it's noble (for want of a better word) and PC that Dems nominated BHO, he doesn't stand a snowball's chance in he** of being elected prez.

It will be interesting to see how many more elections Dems will lose for the White House before they finally learn that it will take an ELECTABLE candidate to win the WH. That is, if the GOP hasn't completely bankrupted this country with endless wars and unregulated banking and investment laws to profit only the ultra wealthy -- and the U.S. as we once knew it no longer exists.

Posted by: checkered.1 | September 20, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

"Say hello to President Biden and we would have four hour press conferences like Comandante Chavez. He would rant and rave for hours and unintentionally insult half the world's leaders."

Like the "President" (prime minister, actually) of Spain, way down there in Latin America?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

The potential leaders of our country:
1. Obama the Orator.
2. Biden the Blowhard.
3. Reid the Spineless.
4. Pelosi the Incompetent.
We can all sleep well at night...

Posted by: newsman | September 20, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

The republicans do not want a leaser to be president, they want a puppet willing to have its srtings pulled by the neocons behind the scenes, the people whtrthemselves could never be elected. Bush was the first of this breed. You only need to read the books of those who have sat in on administration meetings to know Rove pulled many strings as did Cheney. In one meeting Bush was actually debating against cutting taxes while Rove reminded him he needs to maintain conservative principles.

Palin is another puppet, hand picked. She is already talking their talk and following their direction, exactly. A willing puppet because she knows they can get her into the whitehouse.

Posted by: Fate | September 20, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I am tired of hearing about "Sarah." Really tired. Leave the fruit basket on the table where it will age and age.... and get less appetizing--even for the true believers.

Posted by: vtcxc | September 20, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I "edited Susans 9/20 7:38AM's reports to make them more credible.
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I am alarmed at seeing comments where they adulate and worship Barrack Hussein Obama

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE???

Are you that blind that you can't see her for what she is? an unqualified, inexperienced, vindictive, corrupt politician whose close ties with savory characters has never been explained by our tough press corp.

He does whatever she wants, regardless of ethics, and when he makes a mistake, he hides it. She leaves the State of Illinois and his U.S. Senate seat with nothing being accomplished except for numerous "present" votes.
When she is crossed, he has his minions goes after you.

He will put all his friends in unqualified positions.

At first I thought he was just incompetent. Now the more I learn about him, the more I realize he is WORSE than Bush or Cheney combined. His socialist government will ruin our country.

People who worship the Orator, need to be slapped awake.

Posted by: Susan | September 20, 2008 7:38 AM

Posted by: Michelle | September 20, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I think of her as a Karla Holmolka...She is a pawn for her uneducated, red neck husband...While I do not think that she would kill for him, I do think that He says something like "honey I would like to shoot wolves from an airplane" and she says "OK honey I will do whatever makes you happy".

Posted by: Becky | September 20, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse


The question and the only question we should all be asking and experts writing about is: Who is most qualified to lead and best for the country? The rest is bs.

Posted by: katman | September 20, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Sad truth is that this great country has been polarized for awhile in two blocks, which communicate primarily by shouting at each other rather than by exchanging their visions on how to make this country even greater. This may explain how a person like Ms. Palin could have come from nowhere to claim her spot at the top of the World. I find it amazing that after almost 8 years of mostly failed policies there is even a race, let alone a close one. Yet, one unqualified person has been able to re-invigorate the largely demoralized side solely by shouting meaningless phrases and selling her heroic image of a person who knows hardship. Let me hope that I am wrong, but Nov. 4 is set to be election of a vice-president rather than the president.

Posted by: Concerned | September 20, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

We are not voting for Barack Obama because he is Barack Obama...We would be this fired up for any Democratic candidate because YOUR PRESIDENT BUSH has destroyed the USA.

Posted by: GOPER ARE STUPID | September 20, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Let the angry radical left spread their smears and hysteria -- amplified by the pinheaded media elites. Their attacks only bolster Sarah's appeal to us in the vast silent majority.

The angry radical left got that way because they know we're not going to roll over and let them destroy our families and our beloved country with their sick immoral ideology!

Posted by: Go Sarah go! | September 20, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a train wreck, plain and simple. Sean Hannity couldn't even make her look good throwing softballs over the plate. Katie Couric and the debate are only going to furhter highlight her dishonesty and lack of depth. By October, she will be relegated to fundraising duty in the bible belt.

Posted by: fredguff | September 20, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

From the "Karzai agrees to meet with Palin" article on the Post's website:

"[Pakistani president] Zardari will spend most of [next] week in New York. A source close to the Pakistani president said there is a possibility that he might see McCain, but that if Palin requests a meeting, he will see her."

Sounds like Middle East leaders are tripping over themselves to meet with Palin. I like the part how Zardari "might" meet with McCain. Palin/McCain indeed.

Posted by: SMC | September 20, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

She's beyond Eve--she's Evita. Self-creating (just a plain girl from the North Country), self-serving (Wasilla hired a town manager to restrain this "reformer's"
cronyism), self-dramatizing (I said, "Thanks, but no thanks"), self-consecrating (she's carrying out God's plan), self-aggrandizing ("the Palin and McCain administration")--and, if we're lucky, self-destructing.

=========================================

I totally agree...Charisma can be learned and she is totally playing the Evita Card...The thought of her sleeping her way to the top with Cheney is disgusting...Anyway it seems that only half the women polled are stupid enough to think with the little hood instead of the big brain....AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Let the angry radical left spread their smears and hysteria -- amplified by the pinheaded media elites. Their attacks only bolster Sarah's appeal to us in the vast silent majority.

The angry radical left got that way because they know we're not going to roll over and let them destroy our families and our beloved country with their sick immoral ideology!

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Your right we are angry...AT IDIOTS LIKE YOU WHO VOTED FOR THE WORST PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE USA.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

No, I was not old enough to vote for Carter.

Posted by: Go Sarah go! | September 20, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

The continued use of a negative female stereotype is not just sophomoric it is offensive. Eve Harrington is probably the best known negative stereotype of female villain.

The Post would never print a story comparing Obama to a well known negative black stereotype. Think of how offensive it would be compare Obama to some negative stereotype from the movies and even show clips and scenes.

The author owes women and Palin an apology.

Posted by: doublestandard | September 20, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I am a wife, a mom, a successful business woman...I wear square glasses and my hair in a mess on the top of my head. I call my husband the First Honey. He wins every Florida Snow Shoe race he enters. My children Durm and Strang spend all their days trying to see Cuba from Key West. Just a silly little story that parallels Sarah's life. I find her utterly terrifying. Hopefully, our citizens will see through her and patheic little McCain before November 4.

Posted by: Susan | September 20, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

vote for mccain and we will get a mcpain for 4 years and we will deserve it! Think people! Oh I forgot, we do not teach kids how to think anymore in public schools. we teach them how to pass a test.

Posted by: complaw | September 20, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Let the angry radical left spread their smears and hysteria -- amplified by the pinheaded media elites. Their attacks only bolster Sarah's appeal to us in the vast silent majority.

Posted by: Go Sarah go! | September 20, 2008 8:28 AM
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Anyone that McCain put forth would have "appealed" to you, so I don't see how your claims are credible. And for the record, I'm not a member of the "angry radical left." I belong to that vast silent minority of Republicans with a brain, who put country before party.

Posted by: Obama '08 | September 20, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Great article, Jonathan!

Here's one from a few days ago:


From:
Head of State

http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palin-announces-palinmccain-ticket.html

Thursday, September 18, 2008
Palin Announces Palin/McCain Ticket: Ambition, Inexperience First

From ABC News:

"Uh-oh.

Gov. Sarah Palin is now talking about "a Palin and McCain administration."

Hilarious if it wasn't so frightening. The kind of slip made by a very young person whose ambitious fantasies all-too-easily break through her manifest inability to think before talking.

Incidentally, this has been her MO all along. From the New Yorker:

"Palin’s record as the mayor of Wasilla, a town forty miles north of Anchorage, told a somewhat different story. According to “Sarah,” a biography by Kaylene Johnson, Palin had got into politics after she befriended the man who was then mayor and his police chief at a step-aerobics class. She made them her allies and ran for City Council. Then she challenged them for control of City Hall, and drove them out. As she purged her former friends and patrons, she denounced them as “good ol’ boys,” although her takeover of Wasilla had been aided from the start by Alaska’s Republican Party establishment."

Impulsivity, an utter lack of reflectiveness and lack of basic knowledge combines with driving and unconsidered ambition to create a youthful, thoughtless grandiosity in reaction to the overwhelming whirl.

A dangerous combination at a time when wisdom, knowledge and reflectiveness are truly a necessity for our nation and our future.

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

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Pretty good analogy, Jonathan. But this week I think of McCain not as Margo but as Captain Louis Renault in the film Casablanca when he said, as he absently picked up his gambling winnings, "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" The captain is the perfect model of McCain, the passionate deregulator, who as he absently picks up contributions from his Wall Street & banking lobby cronies, now suddenly looks at the financial mess & loudly proclaims, "I'm shocked, shocked to find that there's gambling -- & greed, fraud & thievery -- going on on Wall Street."

Posted by: Marie Burns | September 20, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

After McCain is elected, Palin will f*ck him to death.

Posted by: guitaristo | September 20, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

John McCain made a very irresponsible and reckless decision when he picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Hopefully, we the American people, won't have to suffer the consequences. In the meantime, McCain should watch his back, hire a team of food tasters and never, ever, agree to go hunting with her.

Posted by: laSerenissima | September 20, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

"Remember, she's the struggling and striving actress who befriended star Margo Channing, and used that association in an aggressive climb to the top of the theater world, in the 1950 movie "All About Eve." And if Palin is Eve, McCain is most definitely Margo."

Yes, but who is McCain if the movie is "Bridget Runs for VP"?

Posted by: Sybil Adams | September 20, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like the fans of the Liar/Adulterer ticket may get a revised copy of this...
********

To the citizens of the United States of America, in the light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy. Your new prime minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP for the 97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire will be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up revocation in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up aluminium. Check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'favour' and 'neighbour', skipping the letter 'U' is nothing more than laziness on your part. Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters. You will end your love affair with the letter 'Z' (pronounced 'zed' not 'zee') and the suffix ize will be replaced by the suffix ise. You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra' e.g. Edinburgh. You are welcome to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you can't cope with correct pronunciation.

Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. Look up vocabulary. Using the same twenty seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. Look up interspersed. There will be no more 'bleeps' in the Jerry Springer show. If you're not old enough to cope with bad language then you shouldn't have chat shows. When you learn to develop your vocabulary then you won't have to use bad language as often.

2. There is no such thing as "US English". We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of -ize.

3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian accents. It really isn't that hard. English accents are not limited to cockney,upper-class twit or Mancunian (Daphne in Frasier). You will also have to learn how to understand regional accents - Scottish dramas such as Taggart will no longer be broadcast with subtitles. While we're talking about regions, you must learn that there is no such place as Devonshire in England. The name of the county is Devon. If you persist in calling it Devonshire, all American States will become shires e.g. Texasshire, Floridashire, Louisianashire.

4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as the good guys. Hollywood will be required to cast English actors to play English characters. British sit-coms such as Men Behaving Badly or Red Dwarf will not be re-cast and watered down for a wishy-washy American audience who can't cope with the humour of occasional political incorrectness.

5. You should relearn your original national anthem, God Save The Queen but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want you to get confused and give up half way through.

6. You should stop playing American football. There is only one kind of football. What you refer to as American football is not a very good game. The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside your borders may have noticed that no one else plays American football. You will no longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play proper football. Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a difficult game. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is similar to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies). We are hoping to get together at least a US Rugby sevens side by 2005. You should stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the 'World Series' for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.15% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders,your error is understandable. Instead of baseball, you will be allowed to play a girls' game called rounders, which is baseball without fancy team strip, oversized gloves, collector cards or hotdogs.

7. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry guns. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous in public than a vegetable peeler. Because we don't believe you are sensible enough to handle potentially dangerous items, you will require a permit if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

8. July 4th is no longer a public holiday. November 2nd will be a new national holiday, but only in England. It will be called Indecisive Day.

9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and it is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean. All road intersections will be replaced with roundabouts. You will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time,you will go metric with immediate effect and conversion tables. Roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

10. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips. Fries aren't even French, they are Belgian though 97.85% of you (including the guy who discovered fries while in Europe) are not aware of a country called Belgium. Those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat. The traditional accompaniment to chips is beer which should be served warm and flat. Waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

11. As a sign of penance 5 grams of sea salt per cup will be added to all tea made within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this quantity to be doubled for tea made within the city of Boston itself.

12. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all, it is lager. From November 1st only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer,and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. The substances formerly known as American Beer will henceforth be referred to as Near-Frozen Knat's Urine,with the exception of the product of the American Budweiser company whose product will be referred to as Weak Near-Frozen Knat's Urine. This will allow true Budweiser (as manufactured for the last 1000 years in Pilsen,Czech Republic) to be sold without risk of confusion.

13. From November 10th the UK will harmonise petrol (or Gasoline, as you will be permitted to keep calling it until April 1st 2005) prices with the former USA. The UK will harmonise its prices to those of the former USA and the Former USA will, in return, adopt UK petrol prices (roughly $6/US gallon- get used to it).

14. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

15. Please tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us crazy.

16. Tax collectors from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all revenues due (backdated to 1776).

Thank you for your co-operation and have a great day.

Posted by: McCain-Palin...let's elect a liar and an adulterer | September 20, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

To the citizens of the United States of America, in the light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy. Your new prime minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP for the 97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire will be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up revocation in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up aluminium. Check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'favour' and 'neighbour', skipping the letter 'U' is nothing more than laziness on your part. Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters. You will end your love affair with the letter 'Z' (pronounced 'zed' not 'zee') and the suffix ize will be replaced by the suffix ise. You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra' e.g. Edinburgh. You are welcome to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you can't cope with correct pronunciation.

Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. Look up vocabulary. Using the same twenty seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. Look up interspersed. There will be no more 'bleeps' in the Jerry Springer show. If you're not old enough to cope with bad language then you shouldn't have chat shows. When you learn to develop your vocabulary then you won't have to use bad language as often.

2. There is no such thing as "US English". We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of -ize.

3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian accents. It really isn't that hard. English accents are not limited to cockney,upper-class twit or Mancunian (Daphne in Frasier). You will also have to learn how to understand regional accents - Scottish dramas such as Taggart will no longer be broadcast with subtitles. While we're talking about regions, you must learn that there is no such place as Devonshire in England. The name of the county is Devon. If you persist in calling it Devonshire, all American States will become shires e.g. Texasshire, Floridashire, Louisianashire.

4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as the good guys. Hollywood will be required to cast English actors to play English characters. British sit-coms such as Men Behaving Badly or Red Dwarf will not be re-cast and watered down for a wishy-washy American audience who can't cope with the humour of occasional political incorrectness.

5. You should relearn your original national anthem, God Save The Queen but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want you to get confused and give up half way through.

6. You should stop playing American football. There is only one kind of football. What you refer to as American football is not a very good game. The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside your borders may have noticed that no one else plays American football. You will no longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play proper football. Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a difficult game. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is similar to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies). We are hoping to get together at least a US Rugby sevens side by 2005. You should stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the 'World Series' for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.15% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders,your error is understandable. Instead of baseball, you will be allowed to play a girls' game called rounders, which is baseball without fancy team strip, oversized gloves, collector cards or hotdogs.

7. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry guns. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous in public than a vegetable peeler. Because we don't believe you are sensible enough to handle potentially dangerous items, you will require a permit if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

8. July 4th is no longer a public holiday. November 2nd will be a new national holiday, but only in England. It will be called Indecisive Day.

9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and it is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean. All road intersections will be replaced with roundabouts. You will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time,you will go metric with immediate effect and conversion tables. Roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

10. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips. Fries aren't even French, they are Belgian though 97.85% of you (including the guy who discovered fries while in Europe) are not aware of a country called Belgium. Those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat. The traditional accompaniment to chips is beer which should be served warm and flat. Waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

11. As a sign of penance 5 grams of sea salt per cup will be added to all tea made within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this quantity to be doubled for tea made within the city of Boston itself.

12. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all, it is lager. From November 1st only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer,and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. The substances formerly known as American Beer will henceforth be referred to as Near-Frozen Knat's Urine,with the exception of the product of the American Budweiser company whose product will be referred to as Weak Near-Frozen Knat's Urine. This will allow true Budweiser (as manufactured for the last 1000 years in Pilsen,Czech Republic) to be sold without risk of confusion.

13. From November 10th the UK will harmonise petrol (or Gasoline, as you will be permitted to keep calling it until April 1st 2005) prices with the former USA. The UK will harmonise its prices to those of the former USA and the Former USA will, in return, adopt UK petrol prices (roughly $6/US gallon- get used to it).

14. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

15. Please tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us crazy.

16. Tax collectors from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all revenues due (backdated to 1776).

Thank you for your co-operation and have a great day.

John Cleese

Posted by: JC | September 20, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

John McCain, on the other hand, was angry. Still. He had been angry Monday, when he blamed the financial crisis on greedy speculators, and on Tuesday, when he blamed it on people who didn’t respect the American worker. He was furious on Wednesday, when he blamed the crisis on C.E.O.’s with golden parachutes until it was pointed out that one of his highest-profile advisers, Carly Fiorina, had sailed out of Hewlitt-Packard with a 24-karat whopper. On Thursday, he was mad at the head of the Securities Exchange Commission.

On Friday, McCain looked steamed when he gave a new policy speech in Wisconsin with Sarah Palin at his side. The Republicans have discovered that McCain can’t draw a crowd without Palin, and the dangers of letting her float off by herself are apparent. So the two are manacled together these days like Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in that old escape-from-a-chain-gang movie.

- Gail Collins NYT

Posted by: Mister.Earl | September 20, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Maybe she knows something that McSame doesn't. If I were him I wouldn't take any plane rides without her along.

Posted by: ccatmoon | September 20, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Totally enjoying the Brit humour. I especially loved number 7 and 9.
Hey, you want our guns - come take 'em - y'all tried that at Lexington and Concord. And it will get you just as far. And as for number 9 - wow, gotta mention the German cars don't ya? God forbid trying to compare your formerly British Jaguars and Land Rovers, now currently Indian. Those of the former empire and currently much higher unemployment rate should not be critical. Let's face: if not for us and our fairly liberal open wallet policies with "Lend, Lease" and our navy - y'all would be speaking German and making good cars. Just my two pence - or should I say Euro's.

Posted by: Lloyd | September 20, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the author.

McCain had better not eat any celebratory cookies baked by his VP if they do win!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

This country is really in trouble right now. We have a never-ending war, financial crisis, economic crisis, an environmental crisis, 47 million people with no health insurance, and an education system that isn't teaching too many of our children to read, write, add and subtract, let alone to think critically. Maybe you have other concerns, those are mine. This election is important. Whether we "like" or "dislike" a candidate doesn't matter (most of us will never meet them let alone be able to determine whether or not we like them). Whether or not they are a "hockey mom" or "soccer dad" doesn't matter - most of us fit that qualification. Male, female, black, white, old, young, tall, short, fat, thin - doesn't matter. We should know their educational background, pre-political experience and political experience. Finally we should go on their web sites and read their position papers. Check out the smaller parties too, sometimes they have good ideas. Then we need to decide who we feel has the best qualifications and who has the best ideas and is most capable to lead our country into the 21st Century. Then VOTE! And pray.

Posted by: MN USA | September 20, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Farenheit 451 is here. Hold on to your good books folks. You may need them. If Sarah Palin and the right wing evangelicals have their way all books that do not have their approval will be banned.
The internet will lose the freedom of speech it has and Brave New World will finally be here. Welcome to the Fascist States of America.

Posted by: Dipsy | September 20, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I believe that Obama is going to win this election in a landslide....Everyone has been jolted to the core this past week with the market meltdown and I think the media is going to look very long and hard at a 72 year old 4 time cancer survivor and his 44 year old Miss Alaska beauty pageant runner up and think...should we entrust the governing of this country to this incompetent duo..?? Nope..

Posted by: goodcake4 | September 20, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I hate to be the cynic, but let the McCain/Palin ticket be elected. I think that the US has to hit rock bottom before some folks WAKE UP. The learning curve tends to be long here. The unfortunate part be that we will stay in a war that really we shouldn't have been in the first place, and the economy will continue to take a beating. If people are so unwilling to look at what is going around them (e.g the economy, health care, education...) and still vote for this ticket, then more power to you. I just don't want to hear one complaint from those same folks if they should fall by the wayside. My take on it..."you sow what you reap."

Posted by: MsA | September 20, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Andre says, "Don't get me wrong but if America elects the Republicians to office we deserve everything we get. She is not a bad person but she is no more qualified to be VP than Mrs Ashley my son's 9th grade English teacher."

If having a command of the English language beyond saying, "we're gonna" and "yup, yup" is a prerequisite for being POTUS, then Mrs. Ashley may well be more qualified than the Valley Gov from Alaska.

Posted by: LK Connecticut | September 20, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

After 8 years of the extreme right wing running the show, the country is a mess, the deficit is huge, income inequality is near an all time high, our infrastructure sucks, we torture people, we spend $10 billion a month on a war of choice-money borrowed from the Chinese because the wealthy needed their tax cut

...and the polls show the race is dead even!!?? Why, because Sarah has 5 kids and nice hair?

Posted by: Jeff | September 20, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

It seems that McCain has in more ways than one....thrown his own self under the Bush.

Posted by: bkennethmcgee | September 20, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is qualified to be a Veep (just like Cheney), but she's not as qualified as I am. In 1951, we brought our first baby home to a one room log cabin in Fairbanks, which my husband had completely renovated in exchange for free rent during his senior year at the University. I cooked on a wood stove and had no running water, so obviously,Putin will be a walk in the park for me. I never have understood hockey, but Sarah doesn't understand foreign policy as well as I do, either. She must be a better cook than I am, though; try as I might, I could never make moose taste like anything worth eating unless you were starving.

Posted by: Dorothy | September 20, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

It is obvious that the Democrats are scared of Palin. The digging in her life from when at school to Governor and the stories the media and the left leaning liberals is not at all surprising. When you are scared the best defence is attack. Imagine the presidential candidate worrying about the vice presidential candidate of the oposing party?

Posted by: demec | September 20, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Jesse Jackson cut Obama's nuts off. Jesse Jackson cut Obama's nuts off. Jesse Jackson cut Obama's nuts off. Jesse Jackson cut Obama's nuts off. JeJesse Jackson cut Obama's nuts off. Jesse Jackson cut Obama's nuts off. Jesse Jackson cut Obama's nuts off. Jesse Jackson cut Obama's nuts off. Jesse Jackson cut Obama's nuts off. JesJesse Jackson cut Obama's nuts off. Jesse Jackson cut Obama's nuts off.

Posted by: AlSharpton | September 20, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

You don't marry the spouse, you marry the family. Stop kidding yourselves.

Palin is the stand in for Ralph Reed. Ralph flamed out, thanks to Honest John. But the Family calls the shots. Noticed a change in Honest John the Maverick? The Puppetmasters are pulling the strings. The NeoCons are preparing the crash course in economics. All the Free Market bad paper will be off-loaded on to the taxpayer and nothing will change. Remember the mantra of the NeoCons, "Debt doesn't count, borrow and spend" that's why you have stupid taxpayers to pick up the tab. What's four more years and another trillion in debt? Pro-life means more stupid taxpayers. The philosophies are not inconsistent.

There is nothing wrong with Palin or McCain, but that's not what you are getting. You are getting a Republican dynasty.

Do you think Condi Rice will be taking orders from Palin? Look how it paid off for her, other than a lot of frequent flyer miles and visiting several countries each week. Condi doesn't owe anyone so she was not a good choice for VP.

Posted by: Fedup | September 20, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Let's ask the real question: are we ready for the coming conflict with Spain? Witches are a notorious cause for traffic accidents, bad luck, and damnation. Spain has been pursuing witches since 1492.

The Palin-McCain ticket is the first ever to address this serious issue.

Ask yourself this: how many weird old women live in your town? Have you ever actually checked to see if any of them are floaters?

Say what you will, Sarah Palin is no "Washinton Insider". She is going to bring a whole new perspective to Washington politics.

My advice to Helen Thomas: start running now.

Posted by: al75 | September 20, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Tank--

As a black person--I can assure you we don't get a pass on ANYTHING in this country because we are black. Now, you definitely have a case of white privilege in speaking about Sarah Palin. Because absolutely no one that uninformed and ignorant of both domestic and foreign policy affairs should ever be allowed to run for the highest land in the office (especially when they THINK they are on the top of the ticket.)

___________________________________________________________

Kind of sick that so many in the media give Obama a pass for almost everything because he is black.

Posted by: Tank | September 20, 2008 12:32 AM

Posted by: DinahS | September 20, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Just a reminder that the person responsible for this whole controversy over Palin was McCain. His choice was reckless and irresponsible, typical of the decision-making we should expect from him in the future. We lose sight of this as we argue endlessly about little piss-ant Palin. If his strategy was to appeal to the very far right religious voters and to disenchanted feminists, he could/should have found someone else. But the sad fact is that he is a dangerous loose cannon, apparently still cultivating his Maverick image, no matter the cost to his country. Frankly, he terrifies me.
And honestly, if I were Cindy McCain I'd divorce him and move on to an independent life. Needless to say, she has the wherewithal and yes the spunk to do this. She's the one who made the decision to adopt the little Bangladesh orphan; she's the one who learned to fly a plane as a little surprise for John. She's involved in charitable work quite independent from her husband; she's the one who overcame her addiction to pain-killing drugs. He was so uninvolved in his family life that he was unaware of her problem. She needs him like a fish needs a bicycle.
And we need him like we need another hurricane, unpredictable and potentially lethal.

Posted by: moran in va. | September 20, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I don't think McCain/Palin can get elected.
But I fear them being "installed." If the McCain/Palin campaign really thought the people's input(i.e.,votes) had something to do with winning, wouldn't they be putting Mrs.Palin out there to talk to real swing and independent voters and the press for fear of the obvious danger of making her look ridiculous? But they don't care that she looks ridiculous, and we should ask why. Why don't they care the impression she is making on undecided voters? Is it because they don't worry about winning so much as creating a plausible scenario whereby Obama could lose?

And yet they don't mind sending her over to talk to Karzai. As if she is already the next vice president? Our constitution says this is to be decided by an election, doesn't it?

As Rachel Maddow says, talk me down from this one. Can anybody believe Bush & Cheney would voluntarily give up power
without managing to put in the successors of their choice? How do we keep this from happening? Call me insane.

Posted by: Crazy | September 20, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

We really should be hearing more about Todd Palin's ignoring the subpeonas. Do we REALLY want ANOTHER administration that ignores the constitution and laws of our country? Why is it that, as soon as a Rethugnicon becomes high-profile, they feel obligated to ignore law enforcement? That's what is happening on wall street - they paid off Bush so they didn't have to follow any rules.

Me thinks not.

Posted by: Palin Sux | September 20, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008.

Posted by: Christina | September 20, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Carly Fiorina, the HP exec with the $42 million golden parachute and big McCain booster, said it all -- Palin is not qualified to run a major corporation. Read the headlines, America, and think really hard if you want to elect someone like that in the worst economic times since the Great Depression.

Posted by: LarryS | September 20, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

To everyone who thinks this was a good article I would like to remind you that this is a woman who would not abort a baby with down syndrome because of her belief that all human life is sacred yet this writer would like to suggest that she is capable of murder. Dum da dum dum dum.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

She fits perfectly in Cheney shoes. Secretive, abuse power, refuse to meet the bi-partisan commission on troopergate, take her high school graduate husband in state affairs, hide behind executive privelege etc. She had been watching Russia too much from her window. She might start that style of administration if they are elected. Watch out Republican suckers!

Posted by: Saroja | September 20, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

McCain------>Palin
A Bridge TO nowhere.
Palin------>McCain
A Bridge FROM nowhere.
Thanks but no thanks.
RESTORE AMERICA
VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

Posted by: MrRevolution | September 20, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Palin is showing her true colors....it is Palin/McCain.

Have you noticed that he keeps her in his sight all the time....

He does not trust what she would say about him if she were alone.

Posted by: Center | September 20, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

News item: Karzai Agrees To Meet With Palin

Maybe Karzai can explain a little something to Palin about the reality of countries she cannot see from her back porch!

Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | September 20, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

MCCAIN-PALIN=NIXON-AGNEW

History repeats itself. The first time is tragedy; the second, farce.

Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | September 20, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I guess all Mr. Capeheart has left is psychoanalysis. Examining every "Freudian" slip as though it reveals some sinister motive. It's the same game that many of the pro-Obama posters are playing in response. I would simply expect a little more out of Mr. Capeheart. It reveals more about his lack of thoughtfulness than it does Palin's drive to usurp McCain. If we only knew Mr. Capeheart we could subject him to the same pyschoanalysis. What missteps in his past has led him to spout such an absurd line of argumentation? Obviously there must be something in his past that has forced him to search deeply for hidden motives for those with whom he disagrees only, of course!

Posted by: Whatever | September 20, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse


I doubt that Palin would choose McCain as her running mate if she had the choice.

He is a good man; the country needs a good smart man to be President.

Posted by: Center | September 20, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Democrats started out with a wrong perception of Palin and still do not know how to behave.

Posted by: Gary E. Masters | September 20, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

McSlime and his beauty queen empty bikini, Gov. Pain, are the tops on cynical manipulation of US voters. As a 63 years old feminist I am in shock and despair at the stage where the Republicans have the US reeling and looking at another 8-12 years of more of the McSame--McShame of torture, loss of civil rights, rights to choice, loss of the constitution, separation of church and state, loss of our planet. So many us are in deep despair at McSlime's display of deep cynicism in selecting a dangerous ill-educated zealot as VP, who may well become POTUS when the 72-plus near-dementia McBush dies in office.

Posted by: lin | September 20, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

We all know why John McCain picked Saracuda - because she is a woman. I think that is a disgrace that he thinks women only vote due to gender and not on the issues. Saracuda is not qualified to be Vice President or President. Many of us have been soccer moms, football moms, cheer moms, basketball moms, etc. as well as holding down full-time jobs, taking care of our family, while also taking care of older family members. That does not give us the experience to be Vice President or President (or Governor for that matter). I am also wondering why she feels she is above the laws in her state and will not testify about her firing of the Police Chief? Sounds a lot like the current Bush administration, doesn't it?

My vote is for Obama and Biden.

Posted by: Lynn | September 20, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

such a ditz... it is not worth capital letters. lieberman will end up vp if grumpy wins. she will be forced out by pres for 'personal reasons'.

Posted by: DAVE | September 20, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

lin, 63 year-old feminist - hear, hear.

Posted by: asoders22 | September 20, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if anyone has noticed that Todd Palin is now all the time on the stage with the candidates - is he going to be the Power behind the Throne for Sarah??? What does he do - or what did he do in Alaska??? I didn't want Hillary for VP because they we would have Bill (who needs a REAL job badly - a Nathan Hale - Man Without a Country - so I felt he would have his "two cents" in the Administration, but at least he knew something about politics and the world - now we got this Mr. Palin - right behind his wife and McCain - maybe the two of them plan to be "Co-Presidents" either like Cheney has upsurped Bush or when McCain goes to his eternal reward. Think about it - who's home minding the kids???? Thought Mr. P was going to do it - you notice - on the TV. Sincerely - Mary C. Rohde

Posted by: Mary Rohde | September 20, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

What's the fuss? Didn't Barack himself introduce Biden as the next President of the USA? You libs/Obamabots are such idiots, just waiting to make something out of nothing, including the author of this article.

Posted by: Veridico | September 20, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I think the real question is, who will be the Cheney of the McCain administration. Cheney chose himself to be vice president. Who is gambling that McCain will die or be incapacitated enough to be manipulated? We have seen this twice before, first with Reagan, and now with W Bush. Now we see McCain, weak enough that he can't remember the difference between Shia and Sunni, where Spain is, and how the head of the SEC gets appointed.

Do I believe that Sarah Palin will be the next surrogate president? Not really. I think if McCain dies or has to resign that she will be another ideological figurehead.

Posted by: sandiegowryter | September 20, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Crazy, I don't think you are insane. I worry about the same things. Some say that Obama is going to have to win by 6% to beat the voting machines.
Crazy wrote:
I don't think McCain/Palin can get elected.
But I fear them being "installed."....
But they don't care that she looks ridiculous, and we should ask why. Why don't they care the impression she is making on undecided voters? Is it because they don't worry about winning so much as creating a plausible scenario whereby Obama could lose?

And yet they don't mind sending her over to talk to Karzai. As if she is already the next vice president? Our constitution says this is to be decided by an election, doesn't it?

As Rachel Maddow says, talk me down from this one. Can anybody believe Bush & Cheney would voluntarily give up power
without managing to put in the successors of their choice? How do we keep this from happening? Call me insane.

Posted by: Crazy | September 20, 2008 10:43 AM

Posted by: Lynne | September 20, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The more we hear Palin speak, the scarier she gets. Hannity gave her a do over on the Bush Doctrine and she still could provide an intelligent answer. Did she think the question wouldn't come up again?
I can't fault McCain. He obiously didn't pick her. It was a party choice which shows just how desperate the GOP are.

Posted by: Bill | September 20, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

What candidate has been on the government payroll since he or she was concieved?

Posted by: benbona | September 20, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Freud said that slips of the tongue were part of the repressed psyche coming out. (Yeah, I know, Big Duhhh.) Just to say that we should not ignore this signal from Sarah. She is one dangerous egomaniac.

Posted by: moran | September 20, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The question isn't only whether or not Sarah Palin is "qualified" to be "a heartbeat away from the Presidency," since she manifestly is not - one proof of which being the glaring lack of humility she displayed in her response when asked whether she hesitated when offered the job of VP!

Another question essential to consider vis-a-vis Governor Palin is whether or not she's ready - and whether or not we're ready as a country - to have her succeed Dick Cheney, arguably the most powerful VP in US history, and some would say at least on some issues and in some venues of national policy-making a "Shadow President." What, we should all ask ourselves, will Sarah Palin do to preserve and/or enhance the powers of that Office?

I look at her somewhat machiavellian history in Alaskan local and State politics (not to mention that of her husband, a former member of an Alaskan political Party that advocates that state's secession and independence from the rest of the US) and shudder!

Can you imagine this person with access to extralegal wiretaps and extraordinary rendition?

Would you really want her to be able to order and supervise waterboarding sessions at Gitmo from the basement situation room in the White House while McCain takes a nap?

Sure she's pro-life and pro wealth and pro Oil, all Republican Right Wing litmus tests, but people, come On... Does ANYONE think this woman's life experience prepared her for responsibilities at the national and international level?

But instead of talking about whether or not she's qualified, Republicans want to talk about the three years of volunteer work Senator Obama did after college as if that's his sum life experience?
Sarah Palin does, too, as if she's running against Senator Obama rather than Senator Biden.
OK.
The guy graduated from Harvard Law with a 4.0.
Three years of Community Organizing in poor neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago.
Since then he's been an Illinois State Senator as well as a United States Senator for eight years - not forever, like Mccain's 26 year tenure there, not long enough to, among other things, get completely tangled up in Republicans' Washington scandals like the Keating Five - but long enough for him to really grasp the inherent gravitas of national Office.

Putting Senator Obama and the team he'll choose up against all the various persons and powers and movements that challenge or threaten our beloved country in this very complex world works for me. Joe Biden is a very good beginning.
We need an entire new direction as a nation.

If someone's going to inherit whatever machineries Mr. Cheney and his minions leave in place for the Office of Vice President, give me Joe Biden over Sarah Palin any day!

Vote for something other than more tax breaks for the wealthy, war, and enhanced extra=constitutional powers for the Executive!

Vote Obama/Biden!

Posted by: Sean Kirk | September 20, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Claudine calls Palin "brainy."


No comment.

Posted by: scientist1 | September 20, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin's ambitions are personal, not political. She's the one who wants to be a celebrity -- the same goal she had in being on TV and joining all those beauty contests. If she was consumed with the idea of political power, she would have already known "what the VP does." I'm not sure if that makes her better or worse than someone who wanted to "take over the world." Not so sure about Todd baby -- maybe he's the power behind the throne.

Posted by: Smile and Wink | September 20, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Here's a thought: If uber-markswoman Sarah Palin hunts wildlife from a helicopter (as one of the Wash. Post posters said some time ago), then heck -- why don't we bring our soldiers back home and Sarah can hunt al Qaida all by herself?

As I said, it's just a thought.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

as a recently minted voter, the most scary thing is the lack of diversity of opinion in the mainstream media. Even publicly funded NPR often sounds like propaganda. Also the death threats that conservative commentators get and the intimidation of conservative donors goes uninvestigated and unreported by the mainstream. Take away Fox from television and there will be nothing (but) left.

Posted by: kevin | September 20, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Here is a thought - almost all the comments here are prejudicial - looks like everyone (including the "journalist") has picked a candidate and is trying desperately to convince himself that their candidate is the best option to get us out from the black cloud of bad economy and war. Since each of us has doubts about either the ideology and / or experience of our choice, what can we do other than convince ourselves that the other candidate is an ass!!

Blaming the person in the WH or the party with a majority is easy, but it is also ridiculous. One who does that does not truly understand our Constitution (where are you Senator Obama). Each member of congress, each member of the cabinet, the President / VP, the "honorable" judges all are to be blamed. If they are not part of the "ruling" party, then their role was to ensure that all checks and balances worked not just for the present, but also for the future. (That is why we all never get all we want, only what we can tolerate.) And let's not forget this is a country based on minority rights. And the word "minority" is not about race or gender - it is also about ideology!!

It is time for all of us citizens to quit asking for solutions to the problems, but ask about how (the process) a candidate will go about addressing the problem. Go back and look at history - rarely does a President accomplish anything he has promised as a candidate exactly the way they promised it. And there is good reason - our constitution.

So this citizen is still waiting for Senator BO to acknowledge this truth in public and get the citizens to get their heads out of the sand. (Why do I pick only on him - the other 3 on the tickets do not claim the mantle of Constitutional Scholar - with great knowledge come great responsibilities.) Then I will wholeheartedly support him - till then, the only reason I might support him is because he is a Democrat.

Posted by: IllinoisMom | September 20, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I've known about trophy wives for many years. But this is the first time I've heard of an elderly gentleman divorcing his senses and running off with a trophy VP.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I thought of Eve Harrington the first time I saw Palin. Even if the worst possible thing happens and the Palin/McCain ticket prevails, it will be deliciously fun watching Sarah put herself ahead of country.

Like the Titanic, we can all break out the bubbly while the ship sinks and watch our new Molly Brown commandeer all the life boats.

Posted by: Adrasteia | September 20, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Do you think she would ask for Obama's presidential seal? It most be in storage some where...

Posted by: rbas1 | September 20, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Many of us still wonder why the Democrats have the most qualified person in the second place on the ticket.

I think John McCain is quite comfortable with his ticket. Interesting that the opposition are reduced to looking for tongue slips like this one.

Posted by: annetta | September 20, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The principal prerequisites for a political leader is good judgment and some core beliefs founded on confidence in the goodness and greatness of the United States. There are several presidents, even some I have voted for (Carter comes to mind), who fail on that score. Obama doesn't come close- the fact that he grew up in Indonesia and had a father and a step-father who were Muslims, is a friend of Jeremiah Wright and Wm. Ayers are not hopeful signs. Palin beats him my a mile.

Posted by: mhr | September 20, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

as a recently minted voter, the most scary thing is the lack of diversity of opinion in the mainstream media. Even publicly funded NPR often sounds like propaganda. Also the death threats that conservative commentators get and the intimidation of conservative donors goes uninvestigated and unreported by the mainstream. Take away Fox from television and there will be nothing (but) left.

Posted by: kevin | September 20, 2008 12:29 PM

Hey Kevin, you need to get out more. Try being a liberal in the military! Talk about death threats and backlash.

You'll find, when the newness is off the voter ID card, that people are people and conservatives can be just as bad as liberals.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Dr. McCain created Sarah Palinstein and now he must find a way to control or better yet destroy the monster.

Posted by: bobfbell | September 20, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

mhr, what good judgements has Palin made? I can made a good judgement too. I can decide the best refrigerator for my house or the best product for my company to market but that doesn't mean I can make judgements involving foreign policy and the economy.

Your comments about Sen. Obama growing up in Indonesia show the depths of your prejudice. He lived in Indonesia for four years, between the ages of 6 and 10. How much did that age influence your politics?

Please cite how his step-father's religion impacts his judgement. In my opinion it makes him more well rounded, with a wider world view, although he is not Muslim and those four years when he was very young probably didn't give him much insight into Islam.

This disinformation you spread shows only your lack of critical thinking skills. You are informed by one thing, fear. Fear of someone who looks different from you. Pathetic.

Posted by: Adrasteia | September 20, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I do not live in the US, however I am following the elections closely because the rest of the world knows the outcome will impact our countries and our lives. I like to read comments like these because it gives me a feeling of what "regular" Americans think (instead of what I read in the papers or watch on TV). At this moment what strikes me the most is why people are focusing on whether they like or dislike Mrs.Palin instead of the huge issues that should be addressed. I have checked both candidate´s web sites to understand what their positions are on important subjects, yet I find very little debate about these issues, it seems as if many people have not tried to find out what exactly they will be voting for. I for one, ask in the most respectful way possible: Why is it that Sarah Palin (trust me I have searched long and hard to try to find exactly what makes her the right person to possibly lead the United States of America), has such a passionate following? I would think most people would rather have level headed, educated, hard working leaders with character and integity. Maybe the ancient Romans where wiser than we give them credit: bread and circus.

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 20, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Really, really petty. But hey, what do you expect from partisan liberal pundits. Substance?

Posted by: rmorrow | September 20, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008.


Posted by: Christina | September 20, 2008 10:46 AM

Oxymoron, the emphasis on MORON. One cannot be a Democrat and support McPain. One can only claim to be Democrat.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Sara Palin does not deserve the atention the media is giving her. She should get no more than Joe Beiden gets. If the media feels it must play the personality game then they should stick to comparing McCain and Obama. I would feel much better if they would concentrate more on the important issues than on the candidates in this election season.

Posted by: Frank DesRoches | September 20, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a black male columnist from a major East Coast newspaper squarely in the Obama camp...who woulda thought such a thing possible.

Posted by: JD | September 20, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

If Palin becomes President, she'll be the first disabled President according to Charlie Rangel. What an ugly man.

Posted by: Rick | September 20, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Sean Hannity, a white male talking head from a major conservative meida outlet squarely in the Palin camp...who woulda thought such a thing possible.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Where have all you recent bloggers been? The country is about to go down the tubes followed by some other countries, and all you seem to care about is Palin.
One comment I will make about her is above says she is compassionate. Huh?

Posted by: Ann Bier | September 20, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

rmorrow: This entire campaign is really a joke. That is the only reason I'm here and not watching comedy central or the cartoon network. This is where all of the comedians hang... That includes you babe!Bi-partisan? Maverick? Oxymoron? Moron? Liberal? Conservative? Watch the political cartoons if you want accurate analysis!!!!

Posted by: 2Funny | September 20, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I find this weirdness on a vast scale. I knew our politics was highly polarized, but reading this column and the comments make me wonder if I am living on the same planet as most of you folks.

It is telling that the yuppy scum leftists are beside themselves over Sarah Palin who they see as a young Alaskan Margaret Thatcher who a few years down the road will led a revitalized and blue collarish Republican horde to power in Washington and rip up the rather boring dreams of the "progressives."

Also, do you think Johnathan Capeheart could get new glasses. The ones he wears now on TV make him look the old sitcom character Erkel if that character had gotten a scholarship and some productive years at an Ivy League University. Clarence Paige of the Chicago Tribune can wear Erkel glasses without looking like Erkel, but he a cool guy and has been a cool guy since his college days in Ohio. The young Mr. Capeheart needs to spiff up his clothes -- he dresses like a Rebuplican associate at a big law firm. Sharper clothes and ditching the nerdish Erkel glasses would improve things.

Posted by: sancho101 | September 20, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I have to laugh abut all the whining about "Obamabots." After Sarah Palin was on the scene for less than a week by convention time, swooning Republicans were drooling all over themselves at the sight of her. "Drill, baby, drill," they chant wherever she appears. It took a while for Barack Obama to amass a substantial following and people genuinely like what he says and stands for. All most Republicans see in mendacious Mrs. Palin is someone who might be able to propel some old hide into the WH. You better believe she wants to be prez and so do the far right power brokers in DC. Look out, Johnny Mac.

Posted by: lennie | September 20, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

well we know she has a pastor problem (before she left the wacky church just in time not to be in the pew for the anti - Semitic remarks) she was in the pew while the pastor bragged over and over again about driving a witch (actually just a fortune teller he claimed was a witch) out of a village in Africa to end the spell of bad things happening in town.

now she has a flag problem worse than Obama's. Not wearing a lapel pin is at worst, an omission. The supermarket tabloids have a cover photo of Palin in a flag bikini (and a gun). never mind the ridiculous stories, but it is an actual violation of the congressional flag code to wear a direct depiction of the flag (as opposed to abstract waving stripes and fuzzzy stars for example) as an article of clothing. This is actual DISrespect of the flag. no democrat could get away with it. it remains to be seen if she is called on it. at a minimum she should apologize and confess that she was unaware of the flag code (I would accept that, it is a bit obscure).

Posted by: JoeT | September 20, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Who really 'picked' Palin? I'm starting to doubt McCain had alot to do with that decision.

Of course, he went along with it - he really, really wants to be immortalized as 'President'.

Posted by: chauncykat | September 20, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

If I were John Sidney McCain III, I would get a food tester. Know what I mean?

Posted by: C. Feher | September 20, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

WHy is Sarah Palin so popular?

It's the media playing Reality TV again.

Posted by: Me | September 20, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I think her ambition was right out there at the convention when she was willing to humiliate her pregnant 17 year old daughter in front of millions of people to satisfy her own political ambition. (And that's not a sexist comment - it would have applied if it had been Mr. Palin - oh, and by the way, since he sat in her meetings as governor and receives government e-mails does this mean we will have a co-vice presidency?)

Posted by: June | September 20, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Better President Palin than President B. Hussein Obama. Better a Honest woman from Alaska than a closet Socialist from Chicago.

Posted by: Fergie | September 20, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, here's precious, corrupt lying Sister Sarah, lets' talk about her WITCH DOCTOR NEXT!

http://egan.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/17/moo/?scp=1&sq=egan&st=cse

Posted by: Andrea D Hussein Davies | September 20, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Stop the Sarah crap. For us women, she is
The AMERICAN TALIBAN
She is a female misogynist, like McLame himself!
McShame called his wife a CU*T in front of a journalist, tells jokes about women liking to be raped by apes, and referred to Chelsea Clinton, as Janet Renos daughter!
McSame is a sad, old fart, who is suffering from dementia and melanoma. John Kyl said he's in remission, he thinks, and insurance companies say he has a 12-16% of living for 4 more years. That's without CANCER!
YOU IDIOTS ARE WILLING TO VOTE FOR PALIN FOR PRESIDENT, CAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE DOING.
SHE PRAYS WITH A FRICKING WITCH DOCTOR FOR CRIMANY SAKES!
YOU FOOLS GOT US IN THIS MESS VOTING FOR BUSH TWICE, GET US OUTT HERE PLEASE!
DESTORY THE PLANET NOW, BEFORE MCGOO AND THE PAIN GET A HOLD OF IT, A SLOW, MISERABLE DEATH TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES, CAUSE IF YOU THINK FOR ONE MINUTE, MCGOO WILL DO ANYTHING FOR ANYONE WHO ISN'T WEALTHY, GUESS AGAIN!
HE IS LYING TO YOU, AND HE IS BUSH!
SAY NO TO MCLAME AND THE PAIN!

Posted by: Robin HUSSEIN Davies | September 20, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"Let the angry radical left spread their smears and hysteria -- amplified by the pinheaded media elites. Their attacks only bolster Sarah's appeal to us in the vast silent majority.

The angry radical left got that way because they know we're not going to roll over and let them destroy our families and our beloved country with their sick immoral ideology!"

Posted by: Go Sarah go!


Is it just me, or does this person sound very angry. We'll pray for you "Go Sarah"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin is certainly worrying on many (or, more precisely, most) counts, but I think these posts cross the line into good old-fashioned sexism. So the Governor of Alaska is ambitious? What a shock, and what a disgrace!

Come on. You wouldn't pull this crap if she was a man. Stick to her politics or religious views - there's more than enough to pick on!

Posted by: Rune | September 20, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"Let the angry radical left spread their smears and hysteria -- amplified by the pinheaded media elites. Their attacks only bolster Sarah's appeal to us in the vast silent majority.

The angry radical left got that way because they know we're not going to roll over and let them destroy our families and our beloved country with their sick immoral ideology!"

Posted by: Go Sarah go!


Is it just me, or does this person sound very angry. We'll pray for you "Go Sarah"

Posted by: Anna | September 20, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"Better President Palin than President B. Hussein Obama. Better a Honest woman from Alaska than a closet Socialist from Chicago."

Posted by: Fergie

Speaking of closet socialists, how about the fact that Wall Street,FHLMC and FNMA, and the housing market are now a socialist entity?
Again...who has been in charge for the past eight years?

Posted by: Anna | September 20, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

sancho101: how come you think Palin? the ultimate yuppie, would have anything to do with blue collar scum? She is Smithers to McCains Mr. Burns. We know how Mr. Burns loathes the lowly workers. Now consider this, Since Palin is quite an expert on Russia, I suspect that she is really Natasia and McCain really does seem kind of Boris like. Obama is a bit of a Bullwinkle, Palin would love to shoot him, and Rocky, well, I guess Biden can foot the bill. Boris/Natasia vs. Bullwinkle/Rocky in 2008.....nothin'up my sleeve, PRESTO!

Posted by: 2Funny | September 20, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing is, there are way too many bigots in this country, more racial bigots than mysoginists, for any black man to overcome. Even if I did not think Obama cares more about the people of this country than McCain does, I would still vote for him knowing that it would piss off so many lame brain bigots if he were to win. Republicns have abused their power, and promise to do the same. But to the dumb ass bigoted masses out there, abuse of power is better than having a black man in charge.

Posted by: J Lauber | September 20, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Where have all you recent bloggers been? The country is about to go down the tubes followed by some other countries, and all you seem to care about is Palin.
One comment I will make about her is above says she is compassionate. Huh?

Posted by: Ann Bier | September 20, 2008 1:23 PM
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Um, excuse me, Ms. Bier, the election of the next president and his veep is something to care about. Also, most people are capable of focusing on more than one thing.

Posted by: lennie | September 20, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Go Sarah Go!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Go Sarah Go? Good, keep it simple I say. Don't want to challenge anyone with critical thought. Run Forest Run. Life IS like a box of chocolates. Sometimes you pick the dark chocolate, sometimes you pick the one with nuts!

Posted by: 2Funny | September 20, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I meant the nutty ones. I know it sounded like a gender reference. I should probably stick to the funny stuff.

Posted by: 2Funny | September 20, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin has always been someone I thought she was too good to be true. I've had other like experiences with people and that lingering feelings hangs around until the truth goes comes out. Palin probably can be a very nice depending upon if she wants something from you. It' is very apparent that is it very much about Palin. If I were McCain, I'd watch my back

Posted by: Vikki56 | September 20, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

If I were McCain I would watch my stomach. I think his is about to sprout a being like Sigourney Weaver's did in Alien!

Posted by: 2Funny | September 20, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable.

In this day and age of Reality TV nobody cares about the economy of the real world, or the path that either McCain or Obama will take is is a one way ticket to Socialism. Obama is wanting to increase the welfare funding of this country, government backed healthcare, insurance, taxing the rich so that they can fund the soon to be soup kitchens. Not to mention Obama's Global Poverty Act of 2007.

McCain is chomping at the bit for military successes in any country that looks like they might burn an American flag. Dont get me wrong, I love this country. But the constitution did not intend for our military might to be misused as the premier Global Policing Agency. It is for defense of this country, not to go on a wild goose chase for invisible WMD's. The financial bail outs are going to push this country into a national debt ranging in the 10 Trillion dollar level soon.

The only way out of this mess is to take it one step at a time and reduce the size of the government and decrease the amount of money that is spent every year to fund this enormous financial hog.

I'm inviting everybody on this site to put down your Republican and Democratic party hats and go to www.bobbarr2008.com click on the issues tab and compare all 3 of them side by side.

Both of the 'Big 2' candidates are going to give us the same thing we have been getting for the past 8 years. The debt is so large now that at the rate it is going, our grandchildren that aren't even born yet will be in debt because of the recklessness going on right now.

Posted by: Brian S | September 20, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Some items to consider. First,the debate rules for Palin and Biden are very tight. The Republicans have demanded a very limited format. They said"She is an inexperienced debater and might be taken advantage of". I hope these rules will apply to Russia,China,Syria,Iran, etc. And also,the many lobbyists she will deal with as President. Second,A recent poll of Republican voters shows 77% had favorable ratings for Palin. But when asked her positives said,honest,tough,caring ,a fresh face. When asked her negatives they said lack of experience,her questionable record as governor and her lack of Foreign affairs knowledge. 33% said they were concerned if she were to become President. Palins convention speech,which she repeats at every stop,was written by Bush writer Mark Scully. She only read it did not write it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin can see Russia from her state, so she has "foreign policy experience". I've actually been to Russia and stood over Stalin's grave, plus I even speak some of the language.

Can I be vice-president?

НЕТ НА ПЭИЛИН!

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 20, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Lynne. Sometimes you look around and wonder how can things be so bad. But people like you make the world a better place.

Posted by: Crazy | September 20, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin's nomination is providential. It's got these leftist sickos on the ropes, frothing at the mouth and slobbering all over themselves!

our audacious hope and fervent belief that America will yet triumph over the forces of godless socialism!

Posted by: GO SARAH GO! | September 20, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Go Sarah Go...

I hate to sound like an alarmist, but if McCain dies off... that lady will be in charge. It's going to take a lot more than good looks and being able to see Russia from the Alaskan coastline to lead a country. The biggest thing I worry about is things not only getting worse than they are now.... but how fast it will get worse. She's got this ridiculous idea that we should go and defend Georgia, when the Georgians used military force on their own citizens that want to go back to Russia. If we were to send our military on a mission like that, we just countered everything that the Iraq War(s) were 'supposed' to be for in the first place. Although I still believe that we were lied to on the basis of the most recent one.

Posted by: Brian S | September 20, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

That is exactly why McCain chose Palin he definitely had her in mind as the future president of the United States of America and I am voting for him because of that. She is the hope of this nation!! Obama was talking about her - Real Change we can believe in. Go! Sarah

Posted by: Magi | September 21, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

As an Alaskan living abroad in Australia I have read the Alaska news papers on a regular basis for the past 2 years. My opinion from reading the local comments is that not only will McCain Palin lose in November but that Sarah will face a bi-partisan recall by the residents of that great state upon her return. In Alaska residents refer to the rest of the country as the lower 48, they are deeply ofended by the hijackin gof there state goverment by the GOP handlers! Remember to vote if you live abroad regardless of your party!

Posted by: expat in Australia | September 22, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

After reading each of these comments -- I have come to the conclusion that "some" Americans are absolute idiots. The argument that Barack is not qualified is ridiculous. He was vetted by over 18 million voters, chosen by our party, deal with it repubs. Palin was chosen by one man after one 15 minute meeting. No interviews (except Charlie & Sean - real hard hitting - sighs) Obama on the other hand has been through 22 debates, and countless numerous interviews. The secrecy stinks just like it has the past 8 years. The troopergate investigation subpoenas being ignored -- yep once again we are looking at two people who want to do what they want when they want - the constitution and laws be damned. Well done repubs, you have reminded us once again why we can not allow Palin - McCain (her words) to become the next commanders and chiefs.

Posted by: Chriss | September 22, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Well even McCain says she is more qualified than he is. He tots her as God's gift to America (something I am sure she actually believes). A Palin/McCain Administration is far scarier than even the Cheney/Bush Administration we have just been through.

McCain has no honor.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | September 22, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

What a flake!!!

And we are supposed to be taking her seriously?

As that great philosopher, Charlie Brown, says: "Good grief!"

Posted by: cg in Whittier | September 22, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

jtrothwell (1:07 post): That's an interesting comparison of Palin and Evita Peron. Here's hoping the self-destruction part come before Election Day. The Peron's demagogic populism left Argentina with ruinous inflation, Republican budget deficits are heading us in the same direction, while their Rovian demagoguery is bitterly dividing the nation.

Posted by: newageblues | September 22, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

From War to the Justice Department to the Economy, Republican Principles have been shown to be outright wrong and dangerous to the country.

Why would you want more of this?

Because you're scared?

scared of what?

Why do people vote AGAINST their own self-interests?

Posted by: veep | September 22, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

"Take away Fox from television and there will be nothing (but) left."

oh ok!! GOOD TO KNOW that!
lET'S CHECK IT OUT!

Liberals dominate the media....this has been announced by Rush Limbaugh. And Thomas Sowell. And Ann Coulter. And Rich Lowry. Bill O'Reilly. And Robert Novak. And George Will.

And John Gibson. And Michelle Malkin. And David Brooks. And Tony Snow. And Tony Blankely. And Fred Barnes. And Britt Hume. And Larry Kudlow. And Sean Hannity. And David Horowitz. And William Kristol. And Hugh Hewitt. And William Buckley.

And Oliver North. And Joe Scarborough. And Pat Buchanan. And John McLaughlin. And Cal Thomas. And Joe Klein. And James Kilpatrick. And Tucker Carlson. And Deroy Murdock. And Michael Savage. And Charles Krauthammer. And Stephen Moore. And Alan Keyes.

And Gary Bauer. And Mort Kondracke. And Andrew Sullivan. And Nicholas von Hoffman. And Neil Cavuto. And Matt Drudge. And Mike Rosen. And Dave Kopel. And John Caldara. And Deborah Howell. And Richard Morin. And John Harris. And Gordon Liddy. And laura Ingraham.

And Larry Elder. And Tammy Bruce. And Neal Boortz. And FOX DJ ManPal. And Rusty Humphrey. And Laura Schlessinger.

Posted by: ape131313 | September 22, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

To the multiple Obama supporters...

Do you realize that with all these 'tax cuts' and 'tax increases to the rich', not to mention these additional programs to regulate the free markets, adding to medicaid, medicare are going to increase the National Debt so much that there will be no recovery? I didnt even mention the Global Poverty Act 2007 yet because that one is the real whopper. As broke as this nation is right now, your candidate, Barack Obama, introduced this bill

"To require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day."

Check the link to the bill out yourselves. The math is in paragraph (9)
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-2433&version=rs&nid=

Charity while a noble cause, should be up to each individual person to donate to. Not use this countries tax dollars to go bail an entire continent out of poverty. That, fellow Americans. is extreme Socialism. I'm not paying my taxes to go bail out companies that have failed, countries that are broke. I dont know about you, but I am paying MY tax dollars to finance the operation of this government, which, by the way, has gotten way too big. In order to help someone else, you must first help yourself, otherwise we will be a nation in poverty as well.

Yes, Obama has done wonders for African Americans by being in the Senate. Yes, McCain survived being a POW. But either one of these people in the WHite house making policies will just about put this nation on its death bed.

I'm again inviting everybody that is reading or posting on this site, to check out www.bobbarr2008.com and compare the Issues tab of all 3 candidates side by side. Read through each of their official web sites. Just dont stick to partisan politics and vote for the Democrat or Republican just because you are one of those. Vote for the person in the office.

Posted by: Brian S | September 22, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

To the multiple Obama supporters...

Do you realize that with all these 'tax cuts' and 'tax increases to the rich', not to mention these additional programs to regulate the free markets, adding to medicaid, medicare are going to increase the National Debt so much that there will be no recovery? I didnt even mention the Global Poverty Act 2007 yet because that one is the real whopper. As broke as this nation is right now, your candidate, Barack Obama, introduced this bill

"To require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day."

Check the link to the bill out yourselves. The math is in paragraph (9)
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-2433&version=rs&nid=

Charity while a noble cause, should be up to each individual person to donate to. Not use this countries tax dollars to go bail an entire continent out of poverty. That, fellow Americans. is extreme Socialism. I'm not paying my taxes to go bail out companies that have failed, countries that are broke. I dont know about you, but I am paying MY tax dollars to finance the operation of this government, which, by the way, has gotten way too big. In order to help someone else, you must first help yourself, otherwise we will be a nation in poverty as well.

Yes, Obama has done wonders for African Americans by being in the Senate. Yes, McCain survived being a POW. But either one of these people in the WHite house making policies will just about put this nation on its death bed.

I'm again inviting everybody that is reading or posting on this site, to check out www.bobbarr2008.com and compare the Issues tab of all 3 candidates side by side. Read through each of their official web sites. Just dont stick to partisan politics and vote for the Democrat or Republican just because you are one of those. Vote for the person in the office.

Posted by: Brian S | September 22, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"Take away Fox from television and there will be nothing (but) left."

oh ok!! GOOD TO KNOW that!
LET'S CHECK IT OUT!

Liberals dominate the media....this has been announced by Rush Limbaugh. And Thomas Sowell. And Ann Coulter. And Rich Lowry. Bill O'Reilly. And Robert Novak. And George Will.

And John Gibson. And Michelle Malkin. And David Brooks. And Tony Snow. And Tony Blankely. And Fred Barnes. And Britt Hume. And Larry Kudlow. And Sean Hannity. And David Horowitz. And William Kristol. And Hugh Hewitt. And William Buckley.

And Oliver North. And Joe Scarborough. And Pat Buchanan. And John McLaughlin. And Cal Thomas. And Joe Klein. And James Kilpatrick. And Tucker Carlson. And Deroy Murdock. And Michael Savage. And Charles Krauthammer. And Stephen Moore. And Alan Keyes.

And Gary Bauer. And Mort Kondracke. And Andrew Sullivan. And Nicholas von Hoffman. And Neil Cavuto. And Matt Drudge. And Mike Rosen. And Dave Kopel. And John Caldara. And Deborah Howell. And Richard Morin. And John Harris. And Gordon Liddy. And laura Ingraham.

And Larry Elder. And Tammy Bruce. And Neal Boortz. And FOX DJ ManPal. And Rusty Humphrey. And Laura Schlessinger.

Posted by: ape131313 | September 22, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

To the multiple Obama supporters...

Do you realize that with all these 'tax cuts' and 'tax increases to the rich', not to mention these additional programs to regulate the free markets, adding to medicaid, medicare are going to increase the National Debt so much that there will be no recovery? I didnt even mention the Global Poverty Act 2007 yet because that one is the real whopper. As broke as this nation is right now, your candidate, Barack Obama, introduced this bill

"To require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day."

Check the link to the bill out yourselves. The math is in paragraph (9)
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-2433&version=rs&nid=

Charity while a noble cause, should be up to each individual person to donate to. Not use this countries tax dollars to go bail an entire continent out of poverty. That, fellow Americans. is extreme Socialism. I'm not paying my taxes to go bail out companies that have failed, countries that are broke. I dont know about you, but I am paying MY tax dollars to finance the operation of this government, which, by the way, has gotten way too big. In order to help someone else, you must first help yourself, otherwise we will be a nation in poverty as well.

Yes, Obama has done wonders for African Americans by being in the Senate. Yes, McCain survived being a POW. But either one of these people in the WHite house making policies will just about put this nation on its death bed.

I'm again inviting everybody that is reading or posting on this site, to check out www.bobbarr2008.com and compare the Issues tab of all 3 candidates side by side. Read through each of their official web sites. Just dont stick to partisan politics and vote for the Democrat or Republican just because you are one of those. Vote for the person in the office.

Posted by: Brian S | September 22, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Remember, there's no racism in politics this year... just that 97% of African-Americans will vote Obama.

There's no liberal bias in mainstream media... the right admits to conservative pundits and editorialists like Limbaugh and Scarborough, but the left will not admit to Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Peter Jennings, and Dan Rather, because they are so called "journalists."

Conservatives are honest and upfront about who we are. Liberals constantly skew the news (not just editorials) and make liberalism and socialism look like moderation. That's deceitful propoganda.

Posted by: retrocon | September 22, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

retrocon

I hope that you're not talking about McCain being honest.

Watch this entire video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y395Tftgz0E

If he lies about that, what else will he lie about to get into the White House? Both Obama and McCain are threats to the freedom of this country.

www.bobbarr2008.com

Posted by: Brian S | September 22, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Just so you know that I am not being biased toward McCain...

Check this one out with Biden in it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im0Wqj3BSvU

Posted by: Brian S | September 22, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

in fact, she appeared to be pissed...could one surmise that she received a solid dressing down after blunder?

Posted by: jazzgrrrl25 | September 20, 2008 3:34 AM
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No. It's more likely her meds were wearing off. ;)

Posted by: Bittercat | September 22, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't deserve what we'll get if the moronic majority has its way. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm sick and tired of having idiots elect idiots to run my country. It is a shame this world has no unconquered, unsettled, but livable continents left. I want to make this the old world and move to a new world. I just don't want to have to kill off the new world's natives and steal their land.

Posted by: Mike Kolb | September 20, 2008 7:59 AM
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Hear hear!

Posted by: Bittercat | September 22, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is Dick Cheney in a skirt! Can we afford 4 more years of his coniving incompetence?"

As much as I don't like Cheney, comparing the two of them is insulting to his intelligence.

Posted by: Rant | September 22, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Rant....

The only difference between the two 'major' candidates is that one of them is an old Caucasian and the other is a younger African American. They are both going to lead this country down a path deeper in debt, starting unnecessary wars. Which, by the way, is one of the big reasons Iran is so nervous at us. We are in Afghanistan (for a good reason to fight and hunt down the terrorists, yet am not so sure that we are conducting that war in the right way. And we are in Iraq for no good reason. The concept behind that war was all based on a lie. With those countries on either side of Iraq... how can you blame them for being nervous? If Russia (or any other country)was to invade Canada and Mexico.... don't you think that we would sound our war trumpets?

Posted by: Brian S | September 22, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin needs to talk openly and candidly to the press. She needs to show how strong and intelligent she really is. Palin needs to break out from McSames silence routine. The only thing she appears good at is acting and making speaches. Let her go solo and talk to the public like Hillary does. Bill does not hide her, she is an independent woman and a great leader. We do not know who Sarah really is yet as we have not seen her in any real atmoshpere that is open to discussion with her...her interview with Hannity is a joke and will not get her any votes. Mccain needs to stop treating her like a dummy and put her out there for some "straight talk". The choice is clear this year,vote with your brain and vote for a democrat. Obama 2009.

Posted by: Toilet | September 23, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Toilet....

I'm just going to keep this simple. Have you read about all that money that Obama is supposed to be returning to the taxpayers? Where is that money going to come from? The National debt is about to blow past the 10 Billion dollar mark, probably close to 11 Bill. He wants to increase taxes on the rich, decrease taxes on the rest of us, yet somehow he wants to increase govt backed health care, medicare, medicaid along with increasing the size of the govt. I'm not against charity, but when he sponsored a bill that is going to send at minimum, 3 Billion of our dollars a year to the continent of Africa until 2010 when it is going to double, that is not an efficient use of OUR money. That kind of financial relief effort should be left to individual tax-payers and non-profit organizations.

Check out this link to see that bill for yourself. The money is on paragraph (9) I divided 25 Bill by 8 (the countries in the G8) to make the math simple, but you and I both know that since the US has to show its doing its best, our total will be well over that.
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-2433&version=rs&nid=

I'm going to ask that you check out www.bobbarr2008.com 'issues' tab along with Obama's issues page and put them side by side. Then make up your own mind.

Posted by: Brian S | September 23, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I bet the "Eve Harrington" commentary is a real hit at the dinner parties . . .that's what it's all about- being liked by the social crowd you hang with.

Posted by: K-Romulus | September 23, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Check out his rise to glory below:

Obama 1996 - 2000
Senator Obama: promoted to Senior Lecturer in constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. Elected to the Illinois Senate. Sponsored more than 800 bills. In 2000, lost a Democratic primary run for the U.S. House of Representatives to four-term incumbent Bobby Rush by a margin of two to one.

What mattered was that, beginning on Jan. 2, 1996, his campaigners began challenging thousands of petition signatures the other candidates in the race had submitted in order to appear on the ballot. Thus Mr. Obama would win his state Senate seat, months before a single vote was cast. Note that when he finished he was the ONLY democrat on the ballot. Republican candidate had to step aside for political reasons.

The 800 bills he ALLEDGEDLY sponsored were actually submitted by other democrats and all OBAMA did was date and stamp. He voted present 130 times on bills that would require him to step out of the box. Gained a reputation that the ‘then’ governor would make him a United States Senator.

2001 - 2004
Obama: reelected in 2002 and became chairman of the Illinois Senate's Health and Human Services Committee.
Initially the committee was looking at Health Care for all residents of Illinois. After accepting funding from insurance lobbyists he insured that universal healthcare became merely a policy goal instead of state policy, Basically learned how to again use his power to benefit himself at the expense of doing what was right for the residents of Illinois.

Publicly spoke out against the invasion of Iraq BEFORE the congressional authorization in 2002, and then again before the actual invasion in 2003. This was a given speech that sounded great but was actually a speech that was critical of the war BECAUSE it was distracting from the real issue regarding the black community in the United States. (Note he was given ORDERS by one of his Wealthy Supporters in Chicago to SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE WAR. Being a good Chicago Politiocian, he naturally followed the orders and took credit for speaking out.. but not on his own.)

Wrote and delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
The Black Elite in the DNC decided along with the good ole boys… that to put a Democrat President in the White House in 2008 that they needed to attract the black vote… and that a Black Harvard Lawyer named Obama was the one that they needed. He was seen as an upcoming star because he won the Illinois US Senate Seat. (See the real facts of how he won by such a large number.) No one knew the Republican Candidate)

November 2004: elected to the US Senate, receiving over 3.5 million votes, more than 70% of total.

Now this is an interesting election even by Chicago standards. Seems that the front runner (Hull) mysteriously become involved in a domestic abuse trial and withdrew his name from the race. (Sounds like the Chicago Political Machine may have dropped a dime on Blair.) So Obama had a cake walk to get the democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate Seat. (Reminds me of how he won his State Senate seat by having his legal team disqualify his opponent’s signature petitions. At the same time Jack Ryan won the Republican Nomination, but announced his withdrawal from the race — four days after the Chicago Tribune succeeded in persuading a California court to release previously-sealed child custody records containing embarrassing allegations by Ryan's ex-wife. Now how is that for being one LUCKY politician. Obama walked into the US Senate Seat, when the Republicans brought in the little known Keyes to run as a Republican. Now it looks like the Chicago Political Machine along with Ayers, Jackson, Rezko Wright and the rich and wealthy Black community in Chicago loaded the deck in Obama’s favor.

Also note that for a 'white middle-class individual to be considered for entrance into Harvard' they would have to be number one in their High School class. Be the top student at Occidental just to get into COLUMBIA, and the odds of them getting into HARVARD LAW school ARE SO GREAT.. they probably would win the lottery first.

Yet Obama has us believe (on FAITH) that he performed so brilliantly that he (had a 'B' average in High School) performed so brilliantly at Occidental, that he got into Columbia, and that he EARNED a slot into Harvard Law School. Then he and HARVARD expect us to believe that he PERFORMED SO BRILLIANTLY ACADEMICALLY that he EARNED his right to be EDITOR of THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW. (Now I challenge the Obama Campaign and any supporter to valid that he was the BEST CANDIDATE excluding the fact that he was BLACK instead of BI-RACIAL.)

Amazing that there are no thesis papers, no legal briefs, no academic records, no scholarships received, no national test scores, no IQ scores, no legal briefs from his teaching in Chicago, or ANY LEGAL writings that was required of Editors of the Review... UNTIL Obama was selected.
I suspect that he received 'special' grants, scholarships, academic treatment not because he was brilliant... but because of the fact that these institutions... needed to promote black scholars at the expense of better qualified female, and white male candidates. ( I would hope that somewhere, someplace there would be documentation that would prove me wrong. )

And the amazing thing is... the MSM does not question any of this.

Shame on the MSM and shame on the Obama Supporters that BELIEVE in his Lies.

Remember he is spending over 600 million of YOUR dollars to BUY each and every American Vote that he recieves. Amazing to think that you are being BOUGHT and selling out OUR Country to the RICH AND POWERFUL.

Posted by: Bob Miller | September 23, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

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