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News that Gov. Sarah Palin's 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant is like chum to liberal sharks. They love nothing more than holding up the mirror to the Republican Party that cornered the market on "family values" and reveling in its real or perceived hypocrisy. If you really want to get them going, just let a known anti-gay Republican get caught en flagrant. A deck of cards filled with such targets of liberal mockery was a big hit in Denver last week.

The "Really Straight Republican Hypocrites Playing Cards" ($8.95 at www.gayrepublicancards.com) are the brainchild of Sanjay Bapat and Nathan Moore. I met the 22-year-olds from the University of Texas at Austin when they were hawking the cards outside the Big Tent during the Democratic convention. "They were selling like crazy at the credentials committee meeting today," Bapat told me. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) bought four decks. His office said he wanted to help the fellas out but didn't know exactly what the cards were all about.

The deck features 13 Republicans whose male interests made them famous and the hilarious quotes or police report info that dug their holes deeper. Former Rep. Mark Foley (Fl.), who was run out of office after inappropriate instant messages with congressional pages surfaced, is the ace. Former leader of the National Association of Evangelicals Ted Haggard is the Jack. He had a penchant for crystal meth and a certain male prostitute. James Guckert, aka Jeff Gannon, a gay male escort who also once had White House press credentials, is on the 6. And the man who made "I have a wide stance," the etiquette of bathroom pick-up sex, and the men's room at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport famous -- Sen. Larry Craig (Id.) -- graces the King.

Republicans complain when the press reports on -- and the left rejoices in -- the spectacular moral failings of their wayward brethren. Actually, there's outright schadenfreude in the snickering from the left. But the Grand Old Party only has itself to blame.

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 2, 2008; 6:38 PM ET
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No, it's not really whether or not she can control the sexual urges of her children. The real question is what kind of country we'll have if President McCain keels over and we have President Palin, a mental lightweight and opportunist who only vaguely knows about how the Federal government works and has no clue at all about anything outside US borders.

Posted by: opinionated | September 2, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a dominionist, pure and simple.

http://www.theocracywatch.org/

Pay attention if you want to keep your country.

Posted by: ath | September 2, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Rumors and facts about Sarah, Todd, and Bristol Palin are flying thick and fast. I expect each night to wake up tomorrow morning and find out that it was all a weird dream, and that McCain really chose Tim Pawlenty. But that hasn't happened yet.

The Palins' family life is their business, as Barack Obama has said. But the intersection of their family situation with public policy about 'abstinence ed' and the availability of abortion is every voter's business. I feel bad for Bristol, who has to start off a premature marriage this way under the spotlight of media across the nation.

Posted by: oldhonky | September 2, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

The MSM loves a sex scandal, which distracts from the more interesting and relevant story, which is Gov. Palin's participation and her husband's membership in the secessionist Alaska Independence Party THIS YEAR:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Re0vmbtHK8

Sen. McCain: "America First"
Gov. Palin: "Alaska First"

Posted by: JohnD | September 2, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Of course this author is for Barack Obama - he is black and all black people are voting for Obama. Obama is getting royal treatment by the media while Sarah Palin is getting aone sided tabloid style thrashing.

Okay Ameircan Women - do you all believe that a mother is unfit for a high level position? Do you all believe a mother with a special needs child needs to quit her job? (Which means Eleanor Holmes Norton needs to resign immediately because she kept working when she had a Down's Syndrome daughter.)

Follow this reporter's lead and stick to your own kind. Vote for a female candidate and get the equal opportunity that other races have acheived but women have not. Put aside all other issues and hold fast to one - equal opportunity with abuse, mistreatment, gender bias, and disrespect.

Vote against sexism and discrimination and vote for Sarah Palin!

Posted by: Liberal Left | September 2, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I would not dignify them as liberal sharks - they are liberal hyenas - pack hunters and predators. These gleeful, laughing hyenas chase their prey and kill it by disembowelment.

These noisy animals have several types of cries, grunts and bloodcurdling howls - especially when they smell Republican blood.

Posted by: alance | September 2, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

The religious right will turn the page soon enough because prior to the Palin pick McCain clumsily and foolishly showed his hand:
"We learned this week that John McCain really wanted to choose his very good friend, Joe Lieberman, for VP but caved into pressure from the religious right.
McCain will save his Lieberman pick for the Supreme Court — sorry evangelicals but you’ll have no leverage on Maverick McCain by then. Your Vice President will have no power in the process and a Democratic majority will happily confirm pro-choice Lieberman to the Supreme Court!
Check Mate!"

Posted by: Thoren58 | September 2, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

The 17 year child is not the story and should be off limits...but consenting hypocritical adults are the best form of schadenfreude.

Posted by: friendofdorothy | September 2, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, vote for a nobody beauty queen with no foreign policy credentials and less constituents than Albuquerque to back up a guy that's older and sicker than Reagan was. Woo-hoo!

Posted by: Matt | September 2, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I am SO sick of right wingers I could vomit!
I am SO sick of right wingers I could vomit!
I am SO sick of right wingers I could vomit!

Posted by: JerkD | September 2, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

It is the media and not the liberal left who is pushing the story of Gov. Palin's daughter. If the Repubs simply kept their dogma to themselves they would not be constantly shown as hypocrites. But they always want to put their dogma into law for all to follow. While most of their beliefs would benefit most people, it is not the place of government to order its' citizens not to sin. When Repubs get caught with their pants down they should expect to be called out.

Posted by: Steve Shepard | September 2, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh C'mon you mean ole Larry didn't make the Queen of Hearts?

Posted by: Bill | September 2, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of leftist liberals I have vomited!

I am so sick of leftist liberals I have vomited!

I am so sick of leftist liberals I have vomited!

And Michael Moore got it on film!

Posted by: Jim Hill | September 2, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I say let's have at it. I want a whole new deck, the Hypocrisy Deck, just for this election. And I want a Corruption Deck too. Bring it.

Posted by: Mary | September 2, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I think Palin is the very best republican that McCain could find.

Posted by: K Ackermann | September 2, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh I feel SO starved for affection and power after having placed second in the beauty contest that I'll abandon my pregnant 17 year-old daughter, my special needs baby, the new job I just got as Chief of the Big Igloo after being promoted from mayor of a small hamlet, so I can run for vice-president and reverse a woman's right to choose, deny equal rights to gays, cut more taxes for the rich, enable oil companies to rape public lands, and be second in line to have my finger on the button! HOW PATHETIC!! The rest of the world is laughing in disgust!

Posted by: Xiao Peng | September 2, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

If Palin's daughter is off limits, how about the fact that Palin had her first child 7 months after an "elopement" supposedly intended to save her family the cost of a wedding. More Republican "family values."

Posted by: spin_this | September 2, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Liberal Left has got to be another idiot Republican.

Posted by: Alexander | September 2, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

the secessionist thing AND the wacko pastor who said the Jews deserved the bulldozer attack! This is embarrassing.

Posted by: Becky | September 2, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

The religious right will turn the page soon enough because prior to the Palin pick McCain clumsily and foolishly showed his hand:
"We learned this week that John McCain really wanted to choose his very good friend, Joe Lieberman, for VP but caved into pressure from the religious right.
McCain will save his Lieberman pick for the Supreme Court — sorry evangelicals but you’ll have no leverage on Maverick McCain by then. Your Vice President will have no power in the process and a Democratic majority will happily confirm pro-choice Lieberman to the Supreme Court!
Check Mate!"
=============================
That might happen but it wont work McCain messed up big time...It will be Hillary Clinton as the next supreme court justice appointed by Barack Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Liberal Left, I presume you are not female, not even a conservative female. "Vote for our own kind?" Sorry, are you part of an old-fashioned Irish machine? I can't think of any other "kind" that counted in politics.

You are, however, a truly deplorable racist. Folks like you are the reason that someone like Barack Obama can never relax, despite his achievements. I presume, among your other accomplishments, you can't really match his education, his teaching credentials, his successful book authorship, or his political successes?

Never mind, that was a rhetorical question.

Posted by: Helen | September 2, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

It's finally time for Democrats to confront conservative evangelicals, after three decades of wishing they'd just chill out! From Milbank's column:

"A group associated with Focus on the Family's James Dobson had posted a video asking people to pray for "rain of biblical proportions" to wash out Democrat Barack Obama's open-air speech in Denver last week.

Republicans have a history of such practices. The late Rev. Jerry Falwell blamed 9/11 on "the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays." The Rev. John Hagee said Hurricane Katrina was "the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans."

And the Rev. Pat Robertson threatened Orlando with "earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor" for displaying gay-pride flags."

STOP this zealous minority's continuing, misguided, mad, "will to power" to establish an American theocracy!

Posted by: Li Chi | September 2, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow McCain really miscalculated. Lots of ordinary guys are gonna really be turned off by Palin. He lost my vote that's for sure.

Posted by: Brian | September 2, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

During the primaries, awful rumors got spread about Obama, and the conservatives were like pigs wallowing in garbage. I don't think Palin is being treated fairly, but this is how national politics work.

I really just pitty Palin, but if this is what keeps someone who is clearly not qualified from going from VP nominee to VP to Pres, then it is a necessary evil. Statistically, there is a 1 in 6 chance that a white male aged 72 dies before age 76 and almost a 1 in 2 chance that they die before 80. This doesn't even take into account the fact that McCain has gotten cancer 4 times.

Palin as president is a risk we can't take.*

*Note there are conservative and liberal women that would make great presidents. Palin is not among them.


Posted by: Patrick | September 3, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

McCain truly dorked up with his VP pick. She's apparently cool with Pat Buchanan, who lays out his supremist manifesto in the preface of his new book. But, in all honesty, I'm nearly convinced that McCain will win in November. The American people have shown time and time again that they don't necessarily think things through during truly critical moments. Americans tend go with the guy who can show the biggest bulge behind his zipper, not who shows the best judgement. Don't be surprised if something else happens in Georgia or Ukraine between now and November, I doubt a person like Putin would make such a strong accusation like he did recently without good reason. McCain will be standing right there in his arthritic power pose demanding military action. On top of that, for McCain to be this close in the polls, when he has presented nothing compelling to date and relys constantly on being a former POW to justify his existence, shows that America is not ready for a president who is not white. Sorry folks, but you have to call a spade a spade.

Posted by: Not so fast | September 3, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

What parent in their right mind would subject their 17 year old pregnant high school girl to national attention?


Posted by: zounds | September 3, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I think the GOP is using Palin's daughter to try to shift the focus long enough to reintroduce tired old John McCain. But I think they just came up with that plan. The only people talking about her daughter are the Republicans. First they waited to disclose it while they had to know how ridiculous it would be to try to hide this in a presidential campaign. Then suddenly they portray her as a victim of democrat smears, when the truth is that the "democrats" were the first to call family off limits. The problem is that Palin's background turned out to be a bigger surprise than they were prepared for. Her daughter's pregnancy is the least of her problems. McCain camp dismissed the planned theme for the convention, which was going to be, "reform". It was a lost cause with Palin's investigation and pork projects. Now it's "change". They couldn't think of any thing better in the short time they had allotted, so they borrowed Obama's. They know it worked. Because of choosing Palin, the focus is on McCain's judgment and competence in decision making. So the question isn't whether or not Palin can keep her own house in order, but whether or not McCain can still make sound decisions.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | September 3, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but Republican hypocrites wrote their own ticked to be mocked and flayed, which they richly deserve.

I am not about to "feel sorry" for people whose "compassionate conservatism" turned to be a bunch of hooey!

Posted by: darker | September 3, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

The Left continues to talk about nothing but Palin six days after her introduction and not Obama. No wonder he didn't get a convention bounce. Keep it up, geniuses. You've been completely played.

Posted by: Ed | September 3, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Has there been any serious discussion regarding 18 year old Levi and 16/17 year old Bristol and statutory rape? There doesn't have to be a complaint.

Posted by: Sam | September 3, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

>The Left continues to talk about nothing but Palin six days after her introduction and not Obama. No wonder he didn't get a convention bounce. Keep it up, geniuses. You've been completely played.<

It's not the Left that's churning this story, it's the media. We're simply reveling in the agony of the religious Reich. LOL.

Posted by: Liberal Wrath | September 3, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

"The Left continues to talk about nothing but Palin six days after her introduction and not Obama. No wonder he didn't get a convention bounce. Keep it up, geniuses. You've been completely played.

Posted by: Ed"

Latest tracking polls have Obama up by 8, in the neighborhood of 50-42 vs. McCain. They were tied at 45 each before the convention.

Check your facts before you spew.

GA Custer, 7th Cavalry

PS--Palin is a joke.

Posted by: Capncuster | September 3, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

The motto of the conservative Republican party since Reagan has been "do as I say not as I do."

Posted by: H1022 | September 3, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Hearing the Republicans complain is laugh out loud funny. For the 8 years of the Clinton Administration they picked apart everything, up to and including the Christmas card list in their zeal to discredit Bill. They spent 200 million dollars and got....bupkis. All their baying and bluster went for nought. But let the wide angle lens swing towards them and they foam at the mouth in high dungeon, demanding respect for privacy and tolerance. They have initiated and parroted blatant lies about Obama's religion, his background, his family and his record. Had this been Obama's daughter, they would have screamed to the heavens about the moral failures of liberalism, its inherent sexual licentiousness and how it is a sign of cultural decay. They would then smugly point to themselves as the keeper of "American family values" and the award themselves the eternal paradigm of patriotism. Never mind that McCain is a serial adulterer, or that the beauty queen was knocked up before her marraige too (check the wedding date & the first child's birthdate). Republicans engage in sleaze while acting holier than thou, and THAT is why for those of us who have heard the execrable mouthings of Rush and Sean And Bill and Ann and Michele and Michael and all the rest, this is truly a Karmic moment. They have been drawn, quatered and hoist upon their own petard, AND AIN'T IT GRAND........

Posted by: bklyndan | September 3, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Liberal Left said "Of course this author is for Barack Obama - he is black and all black people are voting for Obama. Obama is getting royal treatment by the media while Sarah Palin is getting aone sided tabloid style thrashing."

It is offensive to apply that black people are voting for Obama due to his ethnicity. He earned the black vote (like other politicians and political parties should) by speaking to the issues that affect the many constituancies that make up the collective black vote. Black voters do not vote as a block. Your point ignores two important facts: 1) Clinton had "the black vote" cornered for months before Obama earned it in the debates an early primary wins 2) Obama is also white (remember the media kept asking "is he black enough")

Two historical notes - Black voters have always voted for white politicians and noone questioned their motives. Also, Black voters were staunchly Republicans for 100 years until the GOP chose the wrong side of history during the Civil Rights era.

Posted by: RCDC | September 3, 2008 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Fun deck of 'Hypocritical Republican' playing cards.

Is John Edwards the joker?

Posted by: John D | September 3, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

So the Republican party supports shot gun weddings.

What a shocker.

Posted by: langx | September 3, 2008 3:31 AM | Report abuse

Capehart you are such a hypocrite! You think the conservatives would leave it alone if it was a dem??!! You moron! They would revive ol' Ken Starr so they could throw millions down the tube investigating it! Get real chump.

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

John D: You must be Republican and reading comprehension is not your strong suit.

It's a deck about gay hypocritical men. People like you who hate gays and are gay.

John Edwards was sleeping with a woman.

A woman. The deck of cards is about gay Gop men. That would be you.

Posted by: John D is Gay. | September 3, 2008 3:35 AM | Report abuse

Oops! Sorry Capehart! My bad! I should have read the article and not been so knee jerk! Please except my apology and I deserve all the BS the conservative whiners throw at me.

Posted by: MJO | September 3, 2008 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Count me amongst the schaden-snickerers! I hate Repiglicans, hate 'em enough that I actually moved out of the country where I was born when Nixon was VICE president. (It's working out very well for me, BTW.)

IT'S WONDERFUL TO SEE THE 'PUGS HOISTED BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY DID WITH THEIR OWN PETARDS!

I'm disgusted by the immoral actions of John Edwards, William Jefferson and Elliot Spitzer. But for every grifter/pervert with a "D" behind his name, there are 10 with an "R". Get ready for electoral oblivion, Gang of Perverts! You will be the new Whigs!!!

(Who are the Whigs, you ask? Precisely what I mean!)

Posted by: Bukko in Australia | September 3, 2008 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Go get em' Barracuda!!!!!!!

Posted by: Sarge | September 3, 2008 5:23 AM | Report abuse

You comments demonstrate that Liberals are hypocritical, ignorant, and bigoted.

Posted by: Bill M | September 3, 2008 5:44 AM | Report abuse

I agree the 17 year old daughter should herself be off limits but Palin's support of abstinance only sex education needs and deserves some very serious scrutiny. Unfortunatly the daughter's pregnancy is evidence in the debate that must be taken into account.

Posted by: John in Switzerland | September 3, 2008 5:47 AM | Report abuse

Yes, thank you for pointing out that Democrats will talk endlessly about things that don't matter to avoid talking about issues. Gay Republican playing cards, pregnant teenagers...anything but the failures of the Democrat Congress and the imbecile Soros puppet the Democrats think should be President.

Posted by: Jonn Lilyea | September 3, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Oh yes, I do love when some busybody tries to force their morality on us and gets caught with his/her hand in the cookie jar. It's always nice to see them get a reality check and some of the hot air let out of them. The "Really Straight Republican Hypocrites Playing Cards" answers my question about what to give friends for Christmas this year. They'll be a hit!

Posted by: Jay in Nashville | September 3, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Actually the "right" has never been exclusive. It's been the stuff-shirts that are supposed leaders that are. Us real folk have dealt for years with issues of family and bad behavior. And what we find ironic is that party that "claims" to be inclusive is laughing at the adversity of a family that looks alot like mine. One more time I get the message that Democrats aren't for people like me.

Posted by: sarabellum | September 3, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

McCain lost my vote. I was ready to vote for him, and I'm really against some of Obama's proposals. But I cannot, repeat, cannot vote for Palin. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/us/politics/03wasilla.html?hp is a good starter for all the reasons why. I will not vote for the Taliban, and I will hold my nose and vote Obama in my effort to prevent her from gaining power.

Posted by: hitpoints | September 3, 2008 6:47 AM | Report abuse

What about President Bill Clinton playing the loving husband while wielding a cigar in the Oval Office?

I think every politician, whether he or she is Democrat or Republican, needs to behave in a grown-up, responsible, honorable fashion. If it's discovered that they are not, then they should be booted out of office (even if he is the President).

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | September 3, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

The NEW YORK TIMES the home of all the news that is fit to print, had the story of Palins daughter on the front page several times , the colunists of that paper and this one keep the story alive by all kind of twists and turns.As an independent, I voted for CARTER,REGAN, CARTER AND BUSH, I am disgusted that that the press is so obviously biased that they cant just presnt us with facts instead of only the worst kind blatant advocacy, That includes also the Tv media,led by CNN (clinton network- till Barack came along and sent a shiver up Matthews leg!),Then you wonder why your circulation is down and you are loosing money? The American people are not stupid. Stop preaching to the choir, and try to truly enlighten your dwidling readership so they can make up their own minds rather than reinforcing their biases.The approval rating of Congress, run by Democrats is historically low,helped by self serving republicans.The main job of a politician is to get elected, and re-elected, so they all love pork, rather than considering what is best for the country as a whole. Where are those profiles in courage Kennedy once wrote about.Let us vote for term limits and vote the rascals out

Posted by: FRANK | September 3, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

This is your convention coverage? Talking about old Republican scandals? Stop deluding yourself that you are anything other than a partisan hack.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 3, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

MEANT CLINTON twice, rather than cARTER TWICE, CANT PRINT STRAIGHT

Posted by: FRANK | September 3, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

you're right to a point. the only problem is in your words that the republicans complain when the press reports -- we don't have a problem with reporters reporting we have a problem with you left-wing nut cases whose worship of obama at his toga party greek temple goes beyond respectable limits

Posted by: husein man | September 3, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Contrast McCain's VP choice with that of Obama. Obama chose an experienced politician with foreign policy credentials.

McCain could not possibly have made a worse ,less qualified VP choice. Her husband's a bum, she's an ex-beauty queen and some kind of secessionist, religious crazy. It is difficult to contemplate this Alaska oil shill being a heartbeat from the Presidency.

Any number of better qualified choices for VP. His poor choice is just an indication of the bad government that would in place under McCain.

Posted by: McCain Bad Choice | September 3, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

I believe that Obama has no experience but that fact that he is a minority led the media to ignore all his failings. Hillary Clinton would have made a much better candidate. Sexist media.

Posted by: mauren | September 3, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

This is to to funny. If the Obama slanderers would read the post they themselves are touting they would. See.
First Sarah Palin's son has Down Syndrome because she is a bad mother and should have chosen an abortion. Next it's her daughters child. Next to explain the Down Syndrome the daughters and the husband of Sarah Palin were the parents.
Now we have the daughter 5 months pregnant. But wait the young baby with Down Syndrome was born in April of this year. Now if we take April, May, June, July, August, and today is the 3rd day of September we have 5 months and 3 days.
Now the daughter is 5 months pregnant are you following the logic here? Reread the above if you do not get the time line.

Now on abstinence only versus birth control. Well with the high teen pregnancy rate, both of them are not working very well are they? Sarah is only asking that abstinence be taught along with the birth control in the class rooms. People can make their own choices. I thought ya'll were pro choice choosing not to have an abortion is part of that choice. Ya'll defy logic in your arguments.

Let's see her husband had a DUI and a hunting or fishing violation 20 years ago. Obama has admitted to a drinking problem and drug use.

We could go on and on. You are spreading hate and slander. Ok go for it. The top of your ticket has no more experience then
the second on the Republican ticket yet you worry if she is up to the job from day one? Where is the logic in that?
Biden also has his own health problems and could become incapacitated again at any minute just as John McCain could have his skin cancer return. Biden's death would be fairly fast if a blood vessel bursts in his brain again and John McCains would be slower due to the way skin cancer kills.

Now let's just settle down and really look at what we are talking about. You can vote however you want no one can or will take that away from you.
Other's will vote how they choose. November will tell how the race goes. See you in November.

Posted by: Jace | September 3, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

It's the hypocrisy not the pregnancy. The McCain Campaign and its MSM surrogates can try to spin and deflect all they want with false charges of sexism, but the FACT remains Sarah Palin and John McCain have tried to push abstinence only education policy on OUR children. They have BOTH fought against funding for sex education as well as resources for teen mothers. And now they want sympathy and support because their kids can't live up to the high standards, unrealistic standards, they seek to impose on OURS. That's the issue!

P.S.: She should be lucky her kid is only pregnant. There are fare more deadly consequences to unprotected teen sex.

Posted by: Dawn | September 3, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin = Harriet Myers
John McCain = GW bush

enough said.

Posted by: pj451 | September 3, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

If you want to dig deep into Palin´s past, expect the Reps to dig deep into Obama´s out of wedlock birth (Kenyan father was married back home, to a whole harem, he was not only bigamous but trigamous, etc.) Barack Hussein Obama original religion, was Muslim, and his family on his father´s side is still Muslim, and a lot of them are destitutes (brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles). Dig into his terrorist ties, his maryjuana associates, his religious congregation ties. All of this is being saved for the last minutes of campaign, a whole pail of excrements is going to rain on him and he won´t have time to defend himself. Obama beat Hillary because he had the whole Chicago Mafia behind him controlling the Caucuses, which is what gave him the nomination, what a pity.

Posted by: Sacha Simone | September 3, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Capeheart -- thanks for posting this, it shows the petty, nasty and hypocritical minds of Democrats, as though Gary Condit, Barney Frank and others are not the equal or worse of Republicans.

Posted by: Mediaskeptic | September 3, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

You Republicans, just don't get it. We have no problem with this girl being pregant, that's becasue we know people are not perfect. What we do have a problem with is hypocrites telling us how to live our lives. You guys use God as a wedge issue, which is despicable. If Obama loses in November, it is no reflection on his skills and intelligence. Didn't you guys elect Bush twice?

Posted by: Fay M | September 3, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Liberal Lice is more like it. There is no such thing as liberal sharks.

As for Sarah, she is still more qualified in executive and real job experience than Barac Obama ... and he is on the top of the democrat ticket.

Posted by: Mark Wright | September 3, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Jace, Governor Palin is on record as favoring abstinence-only programs.

Posted by: Hillman | September 3, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

While I have a hard time justifying the attack of politicians on such minor issues, it strikes me that what's good for the goose is good for the gander. As an independent, I've watched as those on the right have, at every turn, been hitting Sen. Obama below the belt. Whether it be the emphasis on his middle name (trying to associate him with Saddam Hussein), his completely above-the-board association with William Ayers or the rumored existence of the "whitey" video, those on the right have been relentless in the scurious attacks. Every time the right is challenged, they try to couch it as some justifiable debate ("We really should get a clear answer as to whether Obama is a Muslim.")

That those on the left seem to relish the chance to hold hypocrasy up to the Republicans (I admit, the fact that both Palin and McCain chose to slash funds for unwed, teenage mothers is quite an interesting tidbit) may make those on the far left as bad as those on the far right. But it certainly doesn't make them worse.

People on the right, you gotta suck this up. If you're going to dish it out, take it. Arguing against these smears makes you look really bad. Those on the left, if you want to retain the moral high ground (which I believe most in this country think you probably hold), you have to move back to real issues.

And there are plenty of those to go around.

Posted by: Dan | September 3, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

These cards are so freaking infantile it is pathetic. But I have accused Capehart of being immature before.

Wait for the deck of cards with Ted Kennedy going splish-splash in his Mommie's car with the girl struggling to get out of the car. Then there's Mel Reynolds getting frisky on an underage girl while Clinton pardons him with a wink. Speaking of Clinton pardons...well let's just say I can complete the deck in this one category. Each pardon card will have the dollar amount that went to the Clinton library or the babe involved for future use.

Isn't this fun?

Posted by: RTGreenwood | September 3, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I want to know: what would Gov. Palin do if her daughter wanted to have an abortion?

Posted by: don06 | September 3, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

"Follow this reporter's lead and stick to your own kind. Vote for a female candidate and get the equal opportunity that other races have acheived but women have not. Put aside all other issues and hold fast to one - equal opportunity with abuse, mistreatment, gender bias, and disrespect."

So you think women are a race, "Liberal Left"? I know you; you're "Right Wing Loony" in drag!

Posted by: tom | September 3, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Liberal Left - a rather obvious right wing Republican plant. Since you obviously wouldn't know - let me tell you how a real independent and long-ago liberated woman feels about the Palin pick. Frankly, I'm scared to death for our country that a major political party thinks she is the best they can do to win this election. First, I am 54 years old and have never needed a female on a national ticket to make my way in life. (I also lived and worked in Detroit for 12 years, and blacks are independent thinkers like the rest of us, so they are not ALL automatically voting for Obama - more Republican post-Civil War racial fear mongering.) I have done quite well in both my professional and personal life without one - so at this low point in American culture, I am sure not going to get stupid all of a sudden and start voting for someone just because they have a va-jay-jay. I do not put my gender - nor the gender of any candidate - ahead of my American patriotism and loyalties or my informed understanding of the real issues. What the misogynist males and Stepford Wife females of today's Republican party don't get - just as they don't get most of the important issues of our time - is that Governor Palin is a pathetically obvious slap in the face to genuinely educated, intelligent, and successful women like me. Any Hillary voters she might attract will be the frustrated underachievers who are still blaming men for all their own failures in life and cling to the hope that a woman - just any old woman with a floosey hairdo and cheap suits - in the White House will magically change their own poor judgement. I shake my head in disgust every time I see some Republican in front of a camera choking back their own impulse to vomit while they are forced to sing the praises of yet another example of McCain's impulsiveness, poor judgement, and inabiltiy to think through the natural consequences of "gut" or "maverick" decisions. I will be watching Palin's speech tonight with some relief, since it marks the point of no-return for the Republican party. After tonight, there will be no dignified and face-saving way to dump the tabloid-ready Governor Palin from the ticket - the media will continue to do the vetting that McCain was too star stuck by yet another beauty pageant contestant to bother to do - she will be turned out onto the campaign trail with her inexperience, ignorance and lack of sophisticated campaigning skills, to make mistakes that will go down in the history books - so after tonight there will be no turning back for the dying Republican party, no saving this ticket from the common sense rejection it will face in the polls in November.

Posted by: AnitaRN1 | September 3, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

"Republicans complain when the press reports on -- and the left rejoices in -- the spectacular moral failings of their wayward brethren. Actually, there's outright schadenfreude in the snickering from the left. But the Grand Old Party only has itself to blame."

Good points, Mr. Capehart, but you're missing the main reason why "liberals" (i.e., anyone who disagrees with their worldview) deride these jerks. It's because they're continually attempting to intrude into our rights as citizens by legislating their warped morality. I hate to see the foolish of every stripe chortle at the human failings, especially sexual, of any other human being, because it distracts from the fundamental truth we ought to recognize instead: government has no business in our relationships with one another and any god we choose to believe in, or not. Stay out of my bedroom, Palin--and don't peek in the windows, either, as you tellingly are wont to do.

Posted by: abqcleve | September 3, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I want to know: what would Gov. Palin do if her daughter wanted to have an abortion?

Posted by: don06 | September 3, 2008 10:37 AM
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That is a question the press MUST ask during her first interviews. It's one of many obvious disconnects we need to know lots more about: it smacks of blind, naked ambition that permits her and McCain to say anything with no repercussions.

Posted by: abqcleve | September 3, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin even beats GW Bush in terms of religious fanaticism. She is very closed-minded and even if she were elected VP, I could see her overstepping her bounds, trying to ban books, trying to ban interracial relationships, trying to ban same-sex relationships, trying to teach creationism in schools.

What a headache. As much as the US position in the world has diminished and as much as we’ve been the laughing stock of the world for the last 8 years, there is no comparison to the new lows the US will reach if McCain and Palin are elected.

Remember that Republicans are the GOP. They hate government and hope to fill it with unqualified lackeys in order to bankrupt it so they can dissolve it. Their ultimate goal is the absence of a US government.

Posted by: miknugget | September 3, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Capehart: Angry gay man.

You don't like Palin? Then don't vote for McCain.

Posted by: grunk | September 3, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Its funny Palin has faield to republcian set up tests.

Holier than thou: FAILS
"experienced" aka been in washington forever: FAILs

Its great when people can't live up to their own standards.

Posted by: TexDem | September 3, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

How many times have the south gotten help for storm damage? And the north very little or non. What groups have gotten their collage paid for and others no help? Lets have equal treatment of all not not just a few groups all the help, so lets have a female in VP. in office?? How come Obama said they got food stamps ect yet his grandma was a vice president of a bank at the time many waitresses earned only 50 cents to to 75 cents per hour. Was the system used???? Alot of unanswered questions. Lets have equal treatment for all.

Posted by: eddie | September 3, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

No one likes to see their own hypocrisy exposed, and who can forget Dan Quayle railing against a certain fictional television character for "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone"?

I applaud the GOP for its fresh embrace of unwed teenage mothers - but given Republican history, one can't help but wonder if this too is simply more hypocrisy.

Actually, I doubt that anyone "wonders" about Republican hypocrisy anymore. And now that the myth of the maverick has been thoroughly debunked by none other than John McCain himself, no one wonders about his hypocrisy anymore either.

McCain/Palin - the hypocrite ticket.

Posted by: Ricardo Malocchio | September 3, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm not really sure what a candidate's daughter has to do with a party's hypocrisy. While I'd accept that some of the Republicans involved in these scandals are certainly hypocritical and many right wingers don't have much grasp on reality, those things don't necessarily mean the policies proposed are bad. I'm pretty moderate on social issues, so I'm not a big fan of pushing abstinence ... but that doesn't mean its not a good option for some and shouldn't be at least considered by all.

The argument that Republicans have no business in my bedroom is actually kind of humorous to me, because there is no legislation that I know of that invades anyone's bedroom. Since Bush came into office abortion hasn't even been an issue, thankfully.

The most ironic argument that many are putting against Palin is that she has no foreign policy experience. Lest we forget, the icon of Democratic leadership, Bill Clinton, who, as governor of Arkansas, had no foreign policy experience himself.

So, although Palin lacks experience, she deserves the chance that Democrats gave Clinton. He did well enough and nobody can know that she won't do well herself.

PS ... although the temptation to say "I know Bill Clinton and Palin is no Bill Clinton" must be great, don't use it. It's old and boring.

Posted by: Left Wing Republican | September 3, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Liberals mocking her 17 year old pregnant daughter? I don't think that is going to work - the only group concerned about such things is the right wing and they have accepted it already.

She seems to have as much expierence as Obama, and the expierence argument has not worked for Clinton or McCain. It is kind of ironic for the Obama cultists and the Democrats to be shouting about that.

Black reporters should not be permitted to write about this election - their bias for Obama is totally over the top as to cloud their judgement. Stick to bowling reports...

Posted by: gooch | September 3, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

More hypocrisy...

The LATIMES today reports that McCain himself criticized earmarks that Palin sought and received for Wasilla while she was mayor. After McCain's criticism, Palin defended the practice in a newspaper column. The LATIMES was unable to identify any earmarks that benefitted Wasilla prior to Ms. Palin's term as mayor.

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-earmarks3-2008sep03,0,284198.story

Palin, maverick reformer? No. Like the bogus line about her opposition to the "Bridge to Nowhere", just more lies and hypocrisy.

McCain/Palin - the hypocrite ticket.

Posted by: Ricardo Malocchio | September 3, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

So this is the "new tone" in Washington the Democrats promised? We'll tear into a preganant teenager to score political points? On another page we've got Meyerson with his obsurd claim that Palin will pull Alaska out of the U.S. to join Israel. Obama can't even reign in his supporters, but he's going to change the tone in Washington? He already has. Things are worse now than ever! No thanks.

Posted by: Wm Schurman | September 3, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Left Wing Repub, are you serious? "She deserves the chance that Democrats gave Clinton"?!

Um, how about, Obama deserves a chance from the Democrats, not a right-wing, wanting to cecede from the Union republican who is against women's rights (don't think Clinton was on that side).

No, you are not left wing. You say they're "not in our bedroom"? Clearly, you don't understand euphemism.

Only recently was sodomy taken off the books as a crime in Texas, and when people say "bedroom," they mean anything relating to gay people and, frankly, whether one can have an abortion.

They also mean whether people can even use contraception, or emergency contraception - have you _not_ followed the news about "pharmacists" refusing Rxs for birth control or emergency birth control based on their religious (read: Christian) beliefs?

The reason Dems are fired up is not because her daughter had sex; frankly, Dems don't give a damn. They hate that this is just part of the rhetorical BS that the Repubs spew all the time, and had it been Obama or Biden's daughter, they would be ALL OVER the media decrying "loose morals," and "liberal values."

But no, we have to sit back and hope it dawns on the public that the party is full of hypocrites, ready to tell you what to do, to kick you when _you're_ down, and stay in power.

Posted by: Think again, LFR | September 3, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Wow - the left just loves to hate.

Posted by: Paul | September 3, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The interesting thing is that there really could have only been hypocrisy if the Palins had opted for abortion. As it is in this case, a Democratic party finds itself in the position of being the hypocrits by becoming the "holier than thou" attackers of family members of the candidate.

As an Independent, I love this! It has absolutely exposed the Dems as bankrupt on ideas and living life on their heels as the stodgy party of uptight elitists.

Posted by: Viper | September 3, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Even more hypocrisy...

Remember back in 2000, when John McCain could legitimately claim to be a "maverick"? After McCain shellacked Bush in the New Hampshire primaries by 19 points, the desperate Bushies famously slimed McCain in the South Caroline primary. This included the despicable push-poll insinuation that McCain fathered an "illegitimate black child". Yup, that's right. They were referring to Bridget.

If you've managed to forget that disgusting episode, read all about it here: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/03/21/the_anatomy_of_a_smear_campaign/

So, what did "maverick" John McCain learn from this? One lesson: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

And two days ago, John McCain finally and completely killed the "maverick". How? He hired Tucker Eskew to school Palin for the coming election. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/09/mccain-hires-go.html

Who is Tucker Eskew? The man who the Bushies hired to slime McCain in the South Caroline primary back in 2000. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

McCain/Palin - the hypocrite ticket.

Posted by: Ricardo Malocchio | September 3, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Sorry think again, I don't think any of your points are that valid.

I do understand the euphemism just fine, but thanks for the clarification anyway. You talk about pharmacits, I'm talking about legislation. Personal beliefs are one thing ... legislation is another.

I think abortion should be legal, but I don't think it is always the best choice. Unfortuantely, the right to choose crowd seems to reject anything other than the choice of abortion. I know that is probabaly partly media attention and the talk of the day, but talk adoption to someone from NARAL and they'll bite your head off.

About giving her a chance, I was really only making the point on foreign policy. I would cringe if Palin's personal beliefs on abortion and such became policy ... but it won't. Abortion will never be an issue in a Presidential race. But, if that's why you dislike her, great. I would actually agree. But don't spew lack of experience when Clinton - and frankly Obama - had just as little.

I really didn't mean to sound extreme and if that's how you took it, you took it wrong.

Oh ... and if you really think - honestly - that McCain would be all over Obama or Biden if their daughter was pregnant and unmarried, to me that's just desperation and frankly beneath the debate.

Posted by: Left Wing Republican | September 3, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone seriously believe that if Sarah Palin was a pro-choice, pro-sex ed Democrat that the noble, dignified right would do "the right thing" and back off? Get real. Karl Rove would be slobbering all over himself to have something like this drop in his lap. The morality of every single Democrat would come into question, just like it did when John Kerrey was being assaulted for his pro-choice stance and the Catholic church was considering denying him communion. And if it didn't drop into his lap, fine American Rove would just make it up. I mean, that's his method of operation. And whine when the other side gets something like this.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I am appalled at the racist overgeneralizations made in these comments. All I can say is, research to discover what is actually so, before you come to sweeping conclusions.

I think if you look at the record, you will discover what is actually the case about McCain and Obama, and all the others you speak of.

Be on the lookout for people who respond to questions by changing the subject and attacking someone. That often means they are hiding something.

And please check yourselves when you discover hatred or anger toward a whole group. That means you are giving in to a primitive impulse, and probably not dealing with reality.

Heal yourselves, learn, and choose wisely; this election is too important to be decided by prejudice or anger or fear.

Posted by: mozcram | September 3, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan, it's "en flagrant déli" and not "en flagrant" which doesn't mean anything!

Posted by: BZK | September 3, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain in 2008

Posted by: Gary | September 3, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Pointing out GOP hypocrisy is like shooting fish in a barrel (or quayle on a nature reserve)...

With some justification, Republicans have complained about media criticism pertaining to the 7, 8, 10, 12, or however many houses owned by the McCains and purchased with Cindy's beer heiress fortune. It is a tad over-the-line, can't we agree?

But, but, but... the hypocrisy!

Back in 2004 when it was John Kerrey who had married an heiress (ketchup this time), this is what the right-wing media had to say:

Hannity & Colmes, Jan. 24, 2004:
ANN COULTER: John Kerry can't really speak to the middle class tax cuts, inasmuch as he is a kept man. He lives off the money made by other men and left to their daughters or wives.

Good Morning America, October 5, 2004:
ANN COULTER: if [John Kerrey] has an economic plan, I think the one I'd like to hear about is how to snooker millionairesses into marrying me and living off them. I mean, that is not an, a, a trivial point.

Rush Limbaugh Online, "John Kerry's Resume":
[Kerry] has lived the life of a millionaire living off the inherited wealth of his two wives. As an Ivy League educated millionaire who did not have to work for his fortune, Mr. Kerry never had to worry about the money he earned, the taxes he paid, or the programs he and Ted Kennedy forced the rest of us to pay.

Rush Limbaugh, radio show 2004:
"He's basically a skirt-chaser, folks. He's a gigolo. Kerry is cheap. Most gigolos are. I mean -- I think it -- I think it goes with the, with the definition. . . .[W]hat do you consider a fair wage? John Kerry considers a fair wage a wife with 500 million."

Much, much more here: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/22/gigolo/

Face it, GOPers. This party and its supporters have no principles they aren't willing to sell-out to win. They'll say anything, do anything, be anything... just to fool enough of the people enough of the time. Are you gonna get fooled again?

McCain/Palin - the hypocrite ticket.

Posted by: Ricardo Malocchio | September 3, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Is there some reason I don't understand why hypocrisy is immune from criticism? Republicans throw around degrading, defamatory statements without any good reason, but when they are criticized for such behavior they claim to be unfairly attacked. I could accept this behavior from children but 1/2 the population of the US? It is scary to me.

Posted by: L.Kurt Engelhart | September 3, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

What you liberals really dont like about Gov. Palin is not that she is a sucessful woman, not that she has 5 kids, not that one of them is challenged, not that one of them is pregnant, not that she worked on her husbands commercial fishing boat to help get the family business started ... and not that she is sucessfull in spite of it all .... but that she is a conservative and pro life.

So the problem is not really Gov. Palin but your perspective. You will never like her unless she was all these things and a liberal ... plan and simple.

No use and arguing about it. Same goes for me and Hillary. I know this is true and accept it. You should to.

Posted by: Mark Wright | September 3, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

First, Anon is right, and I didn't suggest McCain would comment on a Dem pregnancy; I said the _Republicans_ would. You cannot, cannot, convince me that they wouldn't. They are still spreading rumors that Obama's muslim! I don't know what a man needs to do, other than attend church for 30 years, to convince people otherwise.

So, no, the right is not ethical, and nothing is beneath them: they attacked McCain for supposedly have a "black baby" in 2000! Do you even remember that horrific play on people's basest emotions or fear and racism?

Second, please see the link below (or simply do a search on Pharmacies and BCP):
http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/ConscienceClauses.htm

This includes 4 states that have already enacted clauses that allow refusal to fill Rxs.

And abortion not being an issue in the Presidential race? It is practically the _only_ issue in some circles.

I, too, am pro-choice; I also don't agree that abortion is necessarily the right thing, or the best thing. But given Palin's views on it I don't see how you can suggest Democrats give this woman a chance, knowing she would readily take away the "choice" her daughter made, and set us back decades.

That her "foreign policy" experience includes wanting to make Alaska a foreign country in regards to the US is bigger news, frankly.

Posted by: LFR, check out anon below you | September 3, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Can someone with five children one of whom is special needs, about to be a grandmother, effectively raise them, and keep her husband happy and run a state (even though it is Alaska)? I don't know. Call me crazy, call me sexist, call me racist, call me whatever you want, but I'm just telling you, I have a hard enough time getting up and just going to work on my own. Would the vice presidency be easier? Is it sexist to bring up the time management scenario here? Really, how does one do it? I am not saying she shouldn't be considered for that reason. I'm just asking if we can't discuss among ourselves for a moment without any name calling? (I don't care about the more sensationalist aspect of her family, at all.)

Posted by: Terry | September 3, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Where does it end?

I thought McCain's hot-headedness, bad judgment and reliance on the POW canard would be enough for him to lose.

But choosing Palin when he had a whole herd of PRE-QUALIFIED candidates was just plain stupid.

You know, there's a reason he got beat by the not-really-all-that-bright team of Bush/Rove TWICE.

Posted by: Magoo is bitter | September 3, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"So the Republican party supports shot gun weddings."

actually, in this case, I think it'll be an M-16 wedding.

Posted by: --- | September 3, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Terry,

You make a good point. You know there is a reason that there is not a single example of a human achieving MAJOR prominence in TWO different fields. There are no Brain Surgeon/Astronauts, Architects/Dentists that are REALLY GOOD at both. (Yes I'm sure the repukescums will think of an example that we could debate)

The point is; people's brains can only hold so much. The standard saying that we only use 10% of our brains is nonsense.

Most people use 100% all the time and still fail. e.g. Cheney shoots friend in face, Bush can't talk normally, etc.

Posted by: Magoo is bitter | September 3, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I'd say God is backing Obama. He didn't send a hurricane to rain on his parade and he chose for him a good VP candidate - a wiser old head to advise and guide Obama's remarkable intellect. And for opponents he gave him a ratchity cranky old man who doesn't know the difference between Iran and Iraq - and Annie Oakley with a gun! Can America handle having an intelligent and gracious president they can be proud of? Guess we'll see

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes, even more hypocrisy...

Isn't it sad that none of the Republicans celebrating John McCain's service to this country as a POW could bring themselves to say the one thing we all thought we knew?

That's right. That John McCain was "tortured" by the NVA.

Unfortunately for Mr. McCain, the Bush administration has defined the term "torture" out of existence at the very same time it practiced the very same despicable "enhanced interrogation" techniques.

John McCain's new friends... a whole lot like his old captors.

McCain/Palin - the hypocrite ticket.

Posted by: Ricardo Malocchio | September 3, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the "leftist liberals" have not been the one's fanning this story as much as the Republican handlers. But it does make sense, create sympathy as a smokescreen for the VP choice and hope you can completely fog the issue. (And they said Lee Atwater was dead...)

What else can you do when you have nothing to stand on and a guy who expects you to believe that since he spent time as a POW, he's qualified on all things? Hell, some would argue that if he'd been a better pilot, he'd have dodged the missile.

Bottom line...sorry the kid is pregnant, sorry her folks didn't pay attention...none of that matters. She got picked because she's cute, hunts and is a woman...a disgusting attempt to pander to several different groups under the assumption that they are stupid.

Time will tell.

btw...if "liberal" means willing to listen to all sides, find facts and make an intelligent and reasoned decision instead of just being a synchophant of Rush, Tom Delay, and Bill O'Reily...sign me up.

Posted by: Conservative Dem | September 3, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

All of the posts miss the point - we all lose because both members on each ticket are career politicians with no business judgment whatsoever. So, Liberals and Right Wingers, have at it! Unfortunately, regardless of who wins, WE lose. You can talk about Obama's lack of experience, or Palin's daughter, but the fact is, all of them lack the fundamentals in macroeconomics, and we are headed toward a global recession. Higher taxes or more troops in harm's way isn't going to fix that.

Posted by: Sad Voter | September 3, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

WoW!!! You liberals really do know how to hate life.

Posted by: lorddunsmore | September 3, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Look, I agree with Senator Obama - a 17 y/o child is off limits. The press laid off Chelsea, and it should lay off Palin's daughter as well. HOWEVER - This brings up 2 rather interesting counterpoints.

1) What kind of mother, KNOWING that her own daughter is 1) unmarried, and 2) 5 months pregnant would willingly expose her own child to the vultures of the press? If this woman is 1/2 as smart and savvy as the McCain campaign is claiming then she
must have known that this would be at least a mid-level national story. Why else would they want to expose the story? And let's not forget - it was the McCain campaing that broke the news, not some Drudge Report sleuthing.

2) For all of the so-called moral failings of the Clinton family Chelsea sure seems to have her head on straight... Distinguished Stamford alum, fantastic public speaker, and by all accounts as sharp as either of her parents. Pretty sharp contrast with Gov. Palin's morally 'upright' daughter.... Makes you wonder if all that 'education and choice' stuff may have some merit?

Posted by: Whataboutherkid? | September 3, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Will the Repugs halt the convention for Hannah? Oh, no -- wait -- only if it hits New Orleans

Posted by: Orbiter Dictum | September 3, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Vote against sexism and discrimination and vote for Sarah Palin!

Posted by: Liberal Left | September 2, 2008 9:32 PM

Sorry Liberal Left, Ms. Palin does not an advocate for the issues that are important to me and other like minded people!

She is in perfect agreement with the Republican platform, believes abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape or incest or to save the life of the mother.

She is someone who, in defiance of science, doesn't believe global warming is man-made.

She is someone who, in defiance of science, wants creationism taught in schools.

She wants to further increase the health-care burden on the patient.

She wants to ban all stem-cell research.

And last, but not least she believes in teaching only abstinence and WE know just how well that works.

Sorry, but I will not vote for anyone, just because she is a female.

This election is too important to ignore the real issues!

If having a woman in the White House or as Vice President isn't as important as restoring the Constitution!

Vote for the Contitution and against racism!

Vote OBAMA!

Posted by: Natasha | September 3, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

All of the posts miss the point - we all lose because both members on each ticket are career politicians with no business judgment whatsoever. So, Liberals and Right Wingers, have at it! Unfortunately, regardless of who wins, WE lose. You can talk about Obama's lack of experience, or Palin's daughter, but the fact is, all of them lack the fundamentals in macroeconomics, and we are headed toward a global recession. Higher taxes or more troops in harm's way isn't going to fix that.

Posted by: Sad Voter | September 3, 2008 12:44 PM

__________

But no matter who is elected, they will have savvy advisors on all the issues.

Posted by: Melanoma | September 3, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Liberal Left is a fake. or a biggot. or both. but ceratinly NOT liberal. i don't know any liberal women stupid enough to vote for someone based on their plumbing!

Posted by: Todd1 | September 3, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line to this entire episode of selecting a VP is: McCain's lack of judgement on this vitally important decision...due to his advancing age...is a glaring spotlight on his ability(?) to lead our large nation. I shudder when I think about someone with so little experience.. in so many of the issues and problems of today.. possibly becoming the President of our great nation. And we think that we have had trouble over the past 8 years......


Posted by: John | September 3, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I think Palin is the very best republican that McCain could find.

Posted by: K Ackermann | September 2, 2008 11:00 PM

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Better than Rice, Fiorina, Dole, Snowe and Chao?

Better than Pawlenty and Romney?


Posted by: DFC102 | September 3, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

"who only vaguely knows about how the Federal government works and has no clue at all about anything outside US borders." no lie, sounds like a certain democratic presidential nom. At least the GOP has her as thier VP pick.

Barr/Root 08!

Posted by: Bradley Monroe | September 3, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Did you notice that in all the speeches so far at the Republican convention there has not been one claim that either McCain or Palin will work to overturn Roe vs Wade?

They "support the right to life." That's a given for Republicans. But they're not going to lift a finger to change the law because right-wing anti-abortionists are the goose that laid the golden egg. If Roe vs Wade is overturned their red-meat issue with wingnuts is gone. Worse, those same wingnuts might actually start looking at other issues, like the economy, war, Social Security, crumbing infrastructure.

Republicans aren't stupid.

Posted by: creeper | September 3, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Why hasn't Mr. Gerson come up with a new article to apply his Evangelical Republican spin to?? I'm waiting!!

I want to ridicule not Mr. Gerson PER SE, but the hypocritical gun-toting, meth using "religious right", you know, the people of this earth that are closest to God and believe in "His judgment" for people who have not followed his word.

The same ones who believe in separatism for the State of Alaska, you know what I mean! The same people who invoke the name of God, over and over, in public speeches and elsewhere, just as Adolph Hitler did in Germany before he began exterminating human beings.

Posted by: sanity | September 3, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I find Palin to be the most most physically attractive person on either ticket.

Posted by: Not so sensitive | September 3, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin's willingness to abandon her newborn to become VP is much more of a failure of family values than her daughter's pregnancy is.

It only proves the point that Christian conservative morality is something that is spoken but not practiced.

Choose life, but you're on your own afte that.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin's willingness to abandon her newborn to become VP is much more of a failure of family values than her daughter's pregnancy is.

It only proves the point that Christian conservative morality is something that is spoken but not practiced.

Choose life, but you're on your own afte that.

Posted by: stratzrus | September 3, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

What I would like to know is whether Bristol Palin is marrying a man she loves or whether she is being forced to marry to aid her mother's political career?

Posted by: Swimmernan | September 3, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't keep up on politics the way many on this board seem to. Why hasn't Colin Powell been mentioned as a VP candidate? Is he so sickened by his experience as Secy of State that he's done with politics? I would still vote for that guy, even if W and Cheney played him like a dime store flute. I generally have to take the military veteran over cowardly civilians: Kerry over Bush (I know, but he didn't really serve); McCain over Obama. You gotta love Cheney, though: Five deferments! Five! And not one bit embarrassed about it.

Posted by: Not so sensitive | September 3, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

America's strong Middle Class has had enough of the radical Red Bushies trying to push their "Do As I Say, Not As I Do" morals down our throats.

ENOUGH!

It's been eight years of constant failure and incompetence.

ENOUGH!

Posted by: Will in Seattle | September 3, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

You know Mr. Capehart, in case you haven't been following the news in recent years, the Democrats have had their fair share of sex/morality related scandals...those of Gary Hart, John Edwards, and BILL CLINTON, just to name a few. It's rather ridiculous to say that they are laughing about those of the Republicans when they still haven't recovered from the credibility crisis prompted by Clinton and his cigar antics in the Oval Office. And these 22-year-olds you mention were in grade school when that happened. These are the people who represent Democrats' braintrust and moral compass???

Posted by: ttj | September 3, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

If McCain's clearly incompetent campaign had sent out a press release about the daughters pregnancy immediately after announcing Palin as his VP pick, they would have been in front of the story instead of behind it. That might have actually made them look almost competent and like they'd actually vetted her. Waiting until Monday to issue a statement gave the vultures too much time to circle -- and ultimately pounce.

Posted by: DC Fem | September 3, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Eddie wrote: "How come Obama said they got food stamps ect yet his grandma was a vice president of a bank at the time many waitresses earned only 50 cents to to 75 cents per hour. Was the system used???? Alot of unanswered questions. Lets have equal treatment for all."

The "question" you posed has been answered. I believe it was Obama's mother who had to resort to food stamps, not his grandmother. Also, Obama's grandmother worked her way up from the secretarial pool to eventually be a bank vice president. She wasn't always making that kind of money.

Sounds like a family that believes in hard work to me.

Posted by: RCDC | September 3, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Its almost like Palin is the person running for office. Let's not lose focus.

This is another distraction. I could care less that her daughter had a bareback moment with someone that had no intentions of marrage... "I wonder what it took to convince that guy to marry her daughter"... but again, a distraction.

1st it was the race card, now its the sex card. Can we please empty the deck?

I wouldn't vote for Obama just because he's black, blacks didn't show up in numbers for a black person running in the past. So squash the idea that all blacks vote for Obama just cause he's black. It's a great boost to black moral in general, but its not a primary reason that black (including whites, asians, hispanics, indians, etc.) support him... that's just stupid to say.

I believe he's supported because he represents the face of America which is made up of numerous minorities. His ability to speak and move people is the primary thing that people attack, but why? Are we scared of someone that can relate to us, someone who moves us to a feeling of self respect and pride for our country?

"McCain is running for president so I'll address him, not his life-line backup" I didn't know he couldn't raise his arm above above his head until last night (RNC), but I am aware of his age and poor health. Which, by the way, makes me very uneasy about his far weaker VP choice (Palin); who would replace him should he not survive... if he were president.

I believe Palin was chosen to ride off the excitement of Hillary Clinton's epic run for the democrate presidential nomination, pick up Hillary supporters who are still sour from the fact that Obama won the nomination. Since Obama is on his own epic run into the history books, McCain is obviously trying to steal attention away with by chosing Palin. Trying to hit 2 birds with 1 stone, I think that move was pure genius if you want create the best chance to win... but at what cost? If McCain became president and Palin as his VP pick, used as a strategy to win... is it worth putting Palin a heartbeat away from the Presidency?

Much better arguement than "I wonder who Palin's kid is sleeping with now?" I guess its best she got that off her chest now because it would probably be worse if it popped up later. Though, I'm sure this isn't the last thing that will pop up leading up to November.

Lastly...

Obama is too cool for the Replicans to dap, and McCain wows the Democrates every minute he manages not to break another bone.

Time will tell, that's what I always say. I wish both candidates the best and pray that things don't get any worse.

Posted by: maxfreza | September 3, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I've got news for you, Mr. Capehart --

Though you in the media like to divide us, left and right (because it makes your job easier -- no actual thinking required), we are a much broader mix than that.

I am no lefty. I know very few lefties. But I do know hypocrisy when I see it, so do all the people I know, and so does a very wide swath of the American public.

We are sick of being preached to by condescending religious fanatics who are, by their very definition of themselves, "elitists." (Just listen to Sarah Palin speak of God's Will and the coming "End Time" in her June 2008 speech floating on the web these days.)

We are sick of being told to admire their "family values," but if we look too hard we are told that we are hateful.

We have a lot of leeway for various viewpoints, but mostly what we want are people who practice what they preach. "Consistency in word and action" is not a left or right position.

When "liberal" politicians get caught with their pants down, we abhor the personal recklessness. When Bible thumpers do it, we abhor their hypocrisy.

Posted by: TerryOakland | September 3, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse


Capehart for Governor of Alaska!

Sweet, but short, piece.

Thanks. Made my day.

Hey did you guys know John McCain was a POW? President Eisenhower won a war and became President. So now I guess we lower the bar?

Cruel? Try this: it's about judgement.

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | September 3, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't give a damn what her daughter and crazy boyfriend do.

Palin is a fake selling snake oil with John McCain. Just wait and see if they manage to get elected!

Posted by: sanity | September 3, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

My guess on Sarah Palin is that she will last no longer than Harriet Meiers, that great supreme something nominee. Once, Sarah Palin, supreme commander of the Alaska National Guard and her months of service as governor, is questioned without handlers, down goes Sarah. But, McCain will say, I tried, and in comes Lieberman to the rescue. Still a failure at all levels.

Posted by: Mahan | September 3, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Unless you've spent most of your life in the tundra of Alaska, and are at least in your 40's, there is one name that most active citizens of our Country will recognize, Thomas Eagleton.

I'm not saying he wouldn't have been a competent Vice President, but it gave the electorate an informed opportunity to vote responsibly.

An argument for the DNC is that it was John McCain who allowed the discussion of Sarah Palin's children. His campaign team disclosed the information of her newborn son with Down Syndrome showing evidence of her Christian ethics and compassion.

Such hypocrisy!


Posted by: Hello | September 3, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

... the land of the free and the home of the hypocrites. The hugest failing of Mrs Palin is her irresponsibility as a mother by not protecting her child because she obviously worships at the church of unfettered political aspiration.

Posted by: nclwtk | September 3, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Palin should resign so she can stay home with the kids. What gives her the right to be an independent [Republican] woman? Shouldn't she be bare-foot, pregnant, and in the kitchen? How could she allow her daughter to have a baby? She should force an abortion upon her! Palin has no experience! She hasn't even campaigned in Berlin, like Barack! Oh, Barack, I love you!

Posted by: Keith S. | September 3, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

WaPo has disgraced itself.

Posted by: pgr88 | September 3, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Clarence Thomas was a black man who wandered off the left-wing plantation. So the lackey MSM had to destroy him.

Political women also belong on the left-wing plantation, but this woman from Alaska seems not to have an over-seer. So the MSM must destroy her too

Posted by: pgr88 | September 3, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

No. The GOP has the media to blame, or so they say. They never have moral failings. The fault lies with the media, the liberals, the terrorists, etc. The only true thing we can say about the GOP delegates and their candidate is that they're spinning this story as best they can.

Posted by: Tom | September 3, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's selection was 100% political in nature (IMHO). McCain hoped she would solidify the wingnut base with her creationism and book banning, and disaffected Hillary voters with her gender (a real twofer). The quality of governance she would bring to the table does not appear to have entered into the calculation.

Posted by: joebewildered | September 3, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

isn't the real question who is the QUEEN?

Posted by: kr | September 3, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

All of the posts miss the point - we all lose because both members on each ticket are career politicians with no business judgment whatsoever. So, Liberals and Right Wingers, have at it! Unfortunately, regardless of who wins, WE lose. You can talk about Obama's lack of experience, or Palin's daughter, but the fact is, all of them lack the fundamentals in macroeconomics, and we are headed toward a global recession. Higher taxes or more troops in harm's way isn't going to fix that.

Posted by: Sad Voter | September 3, 2008 12:44 PM

__________

But no matter who is elected, they will have savvy advisors on all the issues.

Posted by: Melanoma | September 3, 2008 1:01 PM

Savvy advisors or savvy lobbyists? Even those so-called advisors have to live within the rules of the agendas set out by the parties' platforms. We need choice in this country - a third party that brings us together - in the middle, where most of us stand.

Posted by: Sad Voter | September 3, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Family values, like human nature, is a phrase used by those who want to sound like they have something to say, but don't. Usage is usually part of a larger charade the user is engaging in.

When one's good or bad behavior is attributed to human nature the attribute is meaningless. It is like saying something is cold because it is not hot. The answer is true but we learn nothing from it.

Human nature is the totality of behaviors, attitudes and ideas of human existence, i.e.- anything and everything.

Likewise, those who talk of family values do so to imply they understand and have them thus establishing they are qualified to judge those who do not. It also is part of a charade.

Republicans and conservatives claim to be the party of human values. It makes for a good sound bite, but their family's are subjected to the same pressures and make the same mistakes as the rest of us.

It is said you judge a person or group by what they do and not what they say. By that measure the republican/conservative claim of defenders of family values is indeed not only a false but a cynical.

No other party or group has done more to weaken the family structure in the US. The massive redirection of money and resourses away from the poor and needy to the already obscenely wealthy and to corporate coffers has devastated millions of families.

The republican/conservative jihad against the Clinton family for purely political reasons also exposed the rep/con charade. It is the reason they so rabidly despise Hilliary Clinton. As they spent millions of tax monies and tied up government functions to get Clinton and destroy his family, Hilliary fought to keep her family together.

Hilliary suceeded in protecting her family, thereby upholding one of the aspects of family values, while the very people who claimed, then and now, to be the champions of the family, were doing anything and everything to destroy one.

They have never forgiven her for exposing their hypocrisy.

Posted by: apspa1 | September 3, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Aweee...the big bad media is picking on the poor wittle Republican vice presidential candidate.

Turn on Fox news, watch the 24 hour a day Obama bashathon, the try explain to me how the GOP is a media victim.

Just because McCain didnt vet his own candidate, doesnt mean the press shouldnt do the job.

Posted by: Cal | September 3, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

A Liberal Definition by John F. Kennedy

September 14, 1960

What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?" If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
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Posted by alance:
I would not dignify them as liberal sharks - they are liberal hyenas - pack hunters and predators. These gleeful, laughing hyenas chase their prey and kill it by disembowelment.

These noisy animals have several types of cries, grunts and bloodcurdling howls - especially when they smell Republican blood.

Posted by: alance | September 2, 2008 9:35 PM

Posted by: Pea Soup | September 3, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Somwhere behind the librarian glasses and the the half dozen kids is the kind of political ambition that makes a person run for VP.

The idea that Palin is some kind of soccer mom victim instead of a member of a powerful political machine is the kool-aid that the GOP wants America to drink. The last thing this country needs is another administration that starts wars because "they prayed about it and God said we should."

Posted by: Rick W | September 3, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

This is a classic example of the ages old situation described as "being caught between a rock and a hard place". There is simply no way to explain away the reckless and irresponsible decision by McSame to have Mrs. Palin as his running mate. On the one hand, if McSame thoroughly investigated Mrs. Palin's background, then how can one explain the decision to place a 17-yr old pregnant teenager in the glare of a Presidential campaign. On the other hand, if McSame did not thoroughly investigate Palin before choosing her as his running mate, then how can that snap judgment be characterized as wise and prudent. No, the G.O.P. spin machine will never dig McSame out of this one. He's screwed either way he turns for no matter what he did, he proved himself to be a very poor and dangerous candidate for President of the United States. Obama/Biden 08!!!

Posted by: caliguy55 | September 3, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Poor Governor (or is is President of the republic of Alaska) Palin.

Palin called Hillary a "whiner" when she accused the media of sexism.
FACTS
She never spoke up to condemn:
1)Rev. Wright feeding frenzy (the reverend volunteered for the Marines when America was still segregated)
2) John Edwards Haircut (Romney spent $700 on makeup) or Edwards affair.
3) Need I say Ken Starr?

1)Mrs. Palin campaigns on her family and her infant.
2)Mrs. Palin announced that her daughter was carrying an illegitimate child.
3) the McCain campaign is the only ones talking about paternity tests.
QUESTIONS
1) do you really care about the life of your unborn child by talking a 4000 mile plane trip while in the early stages of labor?
2) The GOP idolizes stay at home mother hood, and attacked Hillary for her work in the 90's, remember how Hillary "didnt bake cookies".

3) Will John McCain repeat his "joke" that "Chelsea Clinton is so ugly b/c Janet Reno is her father"?

POLICY
If Alaska can tax the oil companies and give the money to its citizens, why can't the rest of us?

Does she see the impact of young motherhood on people who don't have 6 figure salaries provided by the state?

Did an administrator really run Wasilla while she was figure head mayor?

Posted by: feckless | September 3, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans complain when the press reports on"

Change "Republicans" to "Democrats" and that line could summarize the entire eight years Bill Clinton was in office.

Posted by: dave | September 3, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Please explain why commenting on an 17 year old un-wed mother, daughter of an "abstinence only" promoter, not to mention commenting on the peccadilloes of the family values crowd is "liberal hypocrisy".

Can you honestly tell me that conservative bloggers and pundits WOULDN'T be commenting if Joe Biden's 17 year old unmarried daughter was pregnant, particularly if he advocated abstinence and refused to teach sex eduction?

No, didn't think you could. Well, "think" is really the operative term isn't it?

Posted by: lenewis | September 3, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I feel like I awoke in Alice in Wonderland, especially when I hear Republicans tout Palin "has more executive experience than Obama" because she is over the Alaska National Guard & her 1 1/2 yrs as governor or a state that has fewer people than many large cities. As a woman who was in a non-traditional career - electrician and then General Contractor - I am very cognizent of equal opportunity and that women can be very successful. That being said, it is absurd to look at this woman's ACTUAL resume,look into the camera & claim she is qualified to be Vice President. Top that insanity off with some of the "theater" that is her policy beliefs & "family values" and you definitely have a disturbing picture. I keep asking myself, "what was McCain thinking?" "Was he thinking?"
But is this any more ridiculous than the person who won't vote for Obama "because he doesn't have an American sounding name!" That from my, previously Democratic voting, brother in law. But, he's a red neck, so ...
I would not be so upset with the Republican party or John McCain if they had chosen a dozen or so other "QUALIFIED" Republicans. This choice is a slap in the face, a ridicule of our precious system, an insult. Given all the serious problems, this choice of Palin takes every good thing about John McCain and drives it into the ground. I have a very low opinion of that man now -- and at one time I actually might have voted for him (2000).
My Marine veteran husband and I will be casting our vote for Obama and Biden.

Posted by: Carole in Ohio | September 3, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm having trouble coming up with an equivalent concept of hypocrisy on the left -- someone who preaches sex education and non-religious teaching, but who raises a child to be a nun? or a Savonarola? Our problem is that we practice what we preach (John Edwards, Teddy Kennedy, Bill Clinton, free love/Woodstock...it's consistent, anyway), or maybe it's that everyone turns out to be a liberal in bed...

Posted by: GrumpyOldLiberal | September 3, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart,
Two thoughts: A real challenge would be to fill a deck of cards with members of our elected class who ARE NOT suffering huge moral failings. Our fed public servants are at their lowest approval rating ever with good reason.
My second point is that a person who is gay is not always a liberal on other issues, which creates a dilema. This leaves the option of voting for a Dem who`s only common position is gay marriage, and a Repub who is wrong on gay issues, but in agreement about more of the other planks.

Posted by: bender1 | September 3, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Sanctimonious Democrats are always going around telling everyone that stealing is wrong. Then, on occasion, when one of their own is caught stealing (for example, Rep. Jefferson), then it all become obvious:

Democrats are hypocrites! And stealing is OK!

Follow the logic?

Posted by: John | September 3, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Carole in Ohio,

"That being said, it is absurd to look at this woman's ACTUAL resume,look into the camera & claim she is qualified to be Vice President."

With respect-what do you personally think should be on the resume?

Posted by: bender1 | September 3, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

" The real question is what kind of country we'll have if President McCain keels over and we have President Palin, a mental lightweight and opportunist who only vaguely knows about how the Federal government works and has no clue at all about anything outside US borders."

And you know she's a "mental lightweight" how exactly? Tell me, have YOU ever been Governor of a State?

Posted by: Mike | September 3, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

One question your piece raises has nothing to do with McCain or Palin, but with the wallflowers in this VP selection.

Why was Palin so completely un-vetted? If she was really an intentional "maverick" choice for McCain, why wasn't she examined just a little bit better? Jeez, even a couple of days would have made a real difference. I know McCain is getting absent minded, but you think he could have given someone in the vetting group a heads-up on his intentions.

Does it make more sense that the reason she's a last-second desperate pick is because of what the vetting turned up on the other VP candidates? A lot of republicans don't do very well when you scratch below the surface, maybe the entire crop of usual suspects turned up rotten in this election.

I bet this seasons vetting research would be a real treasure trove if the democrats ever got their paws on it.

Posted by: Brix | September 3, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

GrumpyOldLiberal: "everyone turns out to be a liberal in bed..."

Haha ... that is priceless.

As far as finding a liberal hypocrisy equal to what others are saying is conservative hypocrisy, I think you are right. But that is only because Palin is not being hypocritical because her DAUGHTER is pregnant out of wedlock. If Palin (the candidate) was pregnant with another man's baby, THAT would be hypocrisy. This situation is just people looking for fodder to bash the Republican VP choice. Nothing more.

Posted by: Left Wing Republican | September 3, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Republicans, conservatives and Karl Rove enjoy defining liberals.

What they don't enjoy, and avoid at all costs, is talking about what liberals, and their natural allies progressives and unionists, have done.

We have struggled for and won the eight-hour work day, the five-day work week, higher wages, paid vacations, paid holidays, over-time pay, health insurance, work-place safety rules, anti-child labor laws, the Civil Rights law that ended school segregation and brought the right to vote in the South, ended hiring discrimination, and on and on.

The Republicans, the conservatives and Karl Rove also don't talk about is what they have done.

What, you ask is that? Well, everything that is wrong with America today!

Posted by: apspa1 | September 3, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

2008 REPUBLICAN PLATFORM

page 45

"We renew our call for replacing "family planning" programs for teens with increased funding for abstinence education..."

That says it all.

Posted by: Shiloh | September 3, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Do you get paid by BOTH the Post and the Obama campaign?

I mean you should. You should not carry Obama's water for free.

Have more dignity.

Posted by: LOL at Capehart | September 3, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Mahan, how I wish you were correct. But Palin ain't Harriet Myers by any any any stretch of the imagination. She is much more substantial, real, charming, pretty, young, and on and on....It's a done deal. The Republicans have won. I'm a Democrat and it makes me sick. It's not really the DEMOCRATS' fault. Obama was an EXCELLENT candidate. Excellent. It's up to the voters.

Posted by: Terry | September 3, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Let me see, you don't want your family to be a target but then you put them all up on stage....

I really hope America is not shallow enough to put Palin in as VP, but my expectations for this country get lower and lower all the time.

Posted by: Michael | September 4, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a dominionist, pure and simple.
http://www.theocracywatch.org/
Pay attention if you want to keep your country.
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My crystal ball is the latest model and it didn't pick anything like that up.

Posted by: Joel Wischkaemper | September 6, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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