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Have You Hugged a Republican Today?

When did the Republican Party become the Pity Party?

What has surprised me this week in St. Paul is the sense of grievance that Republicans feel, or pretend to feel, at the cruel forces that are treating them in such a beastly manner. The news media are the principal villains. Having rallied around Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate, Republicans are outraged that anyone would ask whether a first-term Alaska governor, whose only other political experience was as a small-town mayor, is the right person for the job. Having announced that Sarah Palin’s unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, the McCain campaign is irate that anyone would write about this circumstance, much less ask further questions about it.

“Why hound the Palin family over such a private matter?” the campaign protests. Uh, maybe because you put out a press release?

Anyone who questions Palin’s qualifications, or points out that she was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it, is being sexist. Anyone who mentions that McCain is 72, which would make him the oldest man to be elected president, is being ageist. Who knew the Republican Party was so keenly attuned to delicate matters of political correctness? It’s hard to square the image of the party that Fred Thompson tried to project Tuesday night -- tough, muscular to the point of being martial, unafraid and uncompromising, able to skin a moose -- with all the exquisite sensitivity, all the wailing and the lamentation and the gnashing of teeth, on display in St. Paul. This is a party that seems to want reassurance, validation, and maybe a hug.

It all reminds me of those old Saturday morning cartoons in which an elephant would jump up on a stool and tremble in fear at the sight of a mouse.

By Eugene Robinson  | September 3, 2008; 3:43 PM ET
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I`ll hug Palin, you can handle the rest.

Posted by: bender1 | September 3, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

And poor Bristol Palin. Since her Hockey Mommy doesn't believe in sex education, she was totally in the dark about all that fornicatin' business. She could have sworn that her Hockey Hunk said that he wanted a puck....

Posted by: A Break, If You Please | September 3, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Republicans can dish it out but they can't take the heat. Just listening to them whine and cry is glorious.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

It's all especially two faced because Palin recently described H. Clinton as "whiney" for saying that she was getting more scrutiny as a result of being female.

Posted by: Marina | September 3, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Eugene, you've got it all wrong here....

Republican's are voicing concerns about sexism because people in YOUR party are denigrating her ambition to be a working mother. No one has questioned how Obama can be a parent of young children AND be President, have they?

Also, putting out a press release regarding daughter, Bristol, was a necessity given the incessant blogging by YOUR party insinuating that baby Trig was not the Governor's child....it was NOT an invitation to pry further into the Governor's personal family matters.

Democrats are quite obviously VERY threatened by Gov. Palin's presence on this ticket...if she was a "gift" to Obama, as many on the left like to say, then why bother attacking her at all????

Posted by: boosterprez | September 3, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Since when is it not fair game to raise questions about anything? The Republicians have been at it since Obama won the nomination and now since another neophryte is also a veep, it is not kosher to ask questions about qualifications. Give me one example of Palin as Commander in Chief of the Alaska National Guard, having made an executive decision at that level to protect the people of Alaska. Not one can be cited, and that is supposed to qualify her to be commander in Chief of the Forces of The United States of America? Pardon me, where do you Republicians come from.

Posted by: Donovan Unruh | September 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Robinson for making the very points that are obvious to so many of us. While it doesn't surprise me the tactics the McCain campaign employs (we saw it before), it confounds me that they have a sympathetic audience who allow them to create and apply double standards. Yet, they're so soon to cry foul when they don't get what they want.

Posted by: E.Pham | September 3, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

As Eugene well knows the MSM, yes including Robinson the Lying Son Of, pushed the McCain campaign over the slander that Palin was not the mother of her youngest. Feel proud of yourself Eugene?

What is more the Hussein Obama camp played a role in propagating that vile lie.
What could be more despicable?

When Hussein loses in the Fall Eugene you can blame yourself and your lying DemoFrauds.
And Americans will be dancing on the grave of Hussein's political career.
Now quick Eugene, do something useful and go burn down your neighborhood.


Posted by: JamesT | September 3, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Independent journalists are being pepper-sprayed in the streets of Minneapolis-St.Paul.

Anti-war protesters are being surveilled by the FBI, their apparent crime is pacifism, activism, and vegetarianism.

We are seeing disturbing signs of Authoritarianism right now at the RNC.

Why don't you write about that - write about something real?

Posted by: Beezer | September 3, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful, Gene. Keep it up. These people are contemptible.

They're acting as though they're the ones in need of rescuing from the thugs in the White House despite the fact that they voted these guys in -- not once, but twice!

Well, folks, we haven't enjoyed it either. But we didn't ask for the Bush administration. You did. Twice.

Posted by: magpie | September 3, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

When even their fellow travelers like George Will and Charles Kauthammer shake their heads in disbelief at the choice of Palin, this is not a Media problem, it's a McCain problem. This is the kind of "good"' judgement we are expect from him as President? God help us all!!

Posted by: Tony in Idaho | September 3, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

maybe a little whiny, yeah, but check out your brother courtland's column. sums it up nicely. classy, unlike yourself

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

Go back to dry humping Obama on MSNBC. You're the kind of media hacks people are getting sick of.

Posted by: grunk | September 3, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Republican game plan is to keep Palin away from any real newsmedia (except sympathetic media like Foxnews). Anyone who questions Palin's past actions will be said to be "attacking a woman", in the hopes that she will garner sympathy votes. In short, they will be saying Palin is tough enough to stare down Vlad Putin but she's so weak she can't take questions from American reporters.
That may seem pathetic, but what will be more pathetic will be the American people swallowing such swill.

Seems that by this point we can see Palin is not so much an empty suit, but somebody who, if allowed to express her real self, would be so outside the mainstream of America she'd finish sinking team McCain.

Posted by: Marc Edward | September 3, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

i think you make this up as you go along

Posted by: perfect_scrotum@yahoo.com | September 3, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone who questions Palin’s qualifications, or points out that she was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it, is being sexist. Anyone who mentions that McCain is 72, which would make him the oldest man to be elected president, is being ageist."
And anyone who doesn't vote for Barack Obama is "racist." The Republicans are merely hoisting the libs by their own petard.

Posted by: Laurela | September 3, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Because it's only bad when the Democrats do it!

Posted by: Mike | September 3, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it REMARKABLE how the entire Republican Party became femnists in less than a week?

Posted by: tdub | September 3, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Team Rove can dish it out, but they can't take it, can they?

Now they're leading with Bristol and Levi themselves because the only hope is that people will blame the media for their own poor choices.

Posted by: WasillaGorilla | September 3, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Team Rove can dish it out, but they can't take it, can they?

Now they're leading with Bristol and Levi themselves because the only hope is that people will blame the media for their own poor choices.

Posted by: WasillaGorilla | September 3, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Uggghhh, I haven't read a Robinson column in months and now I remember why.

Robinson and his cronies at MSNBC figure the best way to make a buck is to sell themselves out as the liberal equivalent of Fox News. Speaking as someone who has voted for Democratic Presidents for 20 years, I can't stand to watch that garbage. It is the same deceptive trash practiced by the right.

The can't beat 'em, join 'em tactic is only hastening the downfall of traditional media. If you can't trust the Post and your TV for retaining some journalistic integrity, why not go to the Internet instead.

Posted by: Me | September 3, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I see. For a minute there I thought this was news... my bad.

I wish Google News would segregate news from claptrap... would make a life a lot easier.

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

Let's see, what's different here exactly?
1. we can't discuss Barack Hussein Obama's name.
2. we can't discuss his race
3. we can't discuss his religion
4. we can discuss his affiliations w/ terrorists
5. we can't discuss his half-brother in Africa

... but when Repulicans complain about Palin being attacked, they're whining?

Geez.

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

"Isn't it REMARKABLE how the entire Republican Party became femnists in less than a week? "

Slightly less than the democrats acting like outraged bigots all of a sudden (special mention for the: "what, she has kid and she want responsibilities?" line.)

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

I thought this comment was interesting and really puts this all in perspective:

"I don't know what all the fuss is about regarding McCain's and Palin's credentials. They are first rate.
McCain being the son of an Admiral and the Grandson of an Admiral went to the Naval Academy. Due to the fact that his father and grandfather were both active Admirals I'm sure he was under extreme pressure to do well and that's the reason he finished 894th out of a class of 899.
He only wrecked 4 airplanes while in Navy Flight School. Isn't that about average?
And Palin. C'mon people, she's definitely ready to be president. I don't know how she managed it but she was able to get into the University of Idaho Journalism School. It's a known fact you can't get into the Univ of Idaho unless your dad is a Congressman or donates enough money to build a new dormitory.
I can tell you one thing for sure it's a heck of a lot harder for a White Girl with Connections to get into the University of Idaho than it would be for some Poor Black Kid to get into Columbia and Harvard Law School. That's a no brainer....
And then she was the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. How could that not prepare you to be Vice President and one heart beat away from President? Why Wasilla is bigger than most high schools in this country! So what if she ran a budget deficit every year she was mayor. Its the American way.......heck, between 1980 and 2008 there have only been 5 years that this country has had a budget surplus....1996 thru 2001. So, no big deal there.
But if you want experience lets talk about her heading the Alaska Oil Conservation Commission. There she headed up the entire department of 22 people. WOW!!!!! I wasn't sure how she managed such a powerful and stressful position so I went to their website and found the 22 people listed and 10 of them had the title of administrative assistant. See, she knows how to spread around authority. That's very presidential.
And can you believe those crazy democrats? Trotting out Obama's Law Degrees from Columbia and Harvard. And bragging how he was the President of the Harvard Law Review, his 10 years teaching constitutional law at the Univ of Chicago Law School, his 8 years in the Illinois State Senate and his 4 years and a United States Senator. Bah! Just because this nation was built on a constitution of laws doesn't mean squat.
And Biden. C'mon! His resume is a joke. A degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware, a Doctorate of Law from Syracuse University, 36 years as a United States Senator of which 12 years were as Chairman of the United States House Judiciary Committee. He then took over as Chairman of the United States Foreign Affairs Committee for the past 11 years.
Isn't it obvious that OBAMA AND BIDEN no credentials to be president or vice-president. You'd have to be an idiot to think otherwise........
I mean the only thing worse would be if they had a pregnant un-wed underage teenage little girl or a spouse that belonged to a party that wants Alaska to succeed from the United States. If that were the case you would have to be a complete idiot to vote for them."


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

Man, this message board is everything that is wrong with American politics. Yes, JamesT, we realize his middle name is Hussein, but thank you for your incessant repetition. The whole thing makes me want to move to Europe.

Posted by: Zach in WI | September 3, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

You are obviously a democrat.

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

Keep up the school-yard bullying all you want . . . but when the dust settles you'll look up from the ground and realize that a girl just beat your a$$.

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

I'm totally pro Obama, but I have to say I love her. She loves hockey. She's northern and rugged. She wants Alaska to split from the US and maybe join Canada. She snowmobiles.

Then again I'm Canadian. We could always use more oil.

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

Anyone who was even moderately alert during the Democratic primary had to see the extraordinary sexism that tainted the process. Did they think Palin would escape this because she was not Hillary? Guess what, folks -- all that nastiness was never about Hillary. It was plain old misogyny and it will be thrown at any woman stepping on to that stage.

That said: the only way barriers are broken is to challenge them. And that takes women who have three times the credentials and have worked twice as hard as the men they face. Throwing a novice like Palin into this lion's den was simply naive. It's not fair, but it is the way it is. (Not convinced? Count the number of women in the senate.)

As for the argument that she has more experience than Obama... we all saw how that line of attack worked out for Hillary! The people who cared about experience were the ones backing Hillary... McCain was stronger with those voters BEFORE nominating this unseasoned woman who (at best and with lots of benefit of doubt) matches Obama's experience.

Unless, of course, this choice was really designed to feed the Republican whining machine. The mean media, the mean bloggers, the mean world that is so tough on rich white men... it's worked before, so who knows? Maybe all is going according to plan.

Posted by: What did they expect? | September 3, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

your an idiot

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

I think the point is: Why dont you also question the Obama's inexperience? He's taken no stands and only published an auto biography.. in the Senate for 5 years and campaigning for President for two of those years. OBAMA IS UNQUALIFIED!

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

Why are family issues within conservative Republican families 'personal', but when they happen in other families, they are acceptable targets for public debate and even vilification? Why were the Evangelicals silent on Vice President Cheney's daughter's lesbian relationship - that included the addition of a child - yet rail againt the 'unholy' unions of other gay and lesbian families? Why was Jamie Lynn Spears' teen pregnancy any less of a 'personal' matter than Palin's daughter's? Who knew hypocrisy was a 'family value'?

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

Now let's see ..... little confused here! Barack is entitled to a pass on his lack of experience for what reason? Of Barack's years as a Senator he has spent how many days (hint - it's about 140 days) serving in that capacity. I can understand that serving as a community organizer in south Chicago, may have provided Barack some international interaction between different ethnic groups. I cannot, however, say that is a resume builder for the job of CEO of even a medium sized corporation much less the CEO of the USA! HELLO, any body at home out there? CEO's, and I am one, must make decisions based on the facts at hand, but there is a sense of judgement, of how to make sure the decision supports the goals of the company. Barack simply does not meet the threshold of judgement, based on his resume and his real life performance.

IF elected, Barack IS the heartbeat of the Presidency. So, if elected, we get an individual who sat in a church for 20 years (that about 1,040 Sundays) and did not understand what The Reverend Wright was professing? So was he just not paying attention? Maybe Barack just did not understand the words coming out of the Rev. W's mouth, can we say scary? Maybe Barack said " you know good old Rev "W", must be loosen it! His collar must be cutting off circulation to his brain!" The concern here is if Barack is the agent for change, and feels that diplomacy works why did he NOT approach The Rev "W" and get him to CHANGE his message. After all I am sure there were children in attendence. Minds the too easily take the word of an authoritative person and believe it. There are as I see it, two possible answers here, 1) Barack was willing play the game in South Chicago and to participate because of a hidden agenda (suggest - political ambition) or 2) he is in concert with the The Rev."W" anti-American rhetoric. What we know as fact is that until his run for the presidency took the Rev. "W" hit - he was unwilling to do anything. If it is the case that The Rev. "W" went on his rant more than a couple of times, it would seem reasonable that somewhere at sometime in the 1,040 Sundays that the topic of The Rev. "W's wild ravings would have come up. Unless of course, the anti-American theme, was one of standard fare for those in attendance. For those of you on the left side of the group, this put into play Barack's JUDGEMENT! How, pray tell, does one misinterpret "it's not God Bless America, but God D#%& America" as not anti-American? (see answers above 1 & 2)

Now let me see if I understand this part. Barack says he is the man that will talk with other leaders, in other countries and persuade them to CHANGE? So, we are expected to believe that Barack will NOW understand and confront those whose comments that are not in this country's best interest? Mr Obama's history would not support his proposed behavior.

Most of us understand the hidden agenda of the main stream media at work today in the United States, is that of covert political operatives for the DNC/God, er George Soros and company (you can substitute Liberal Left). We promise not to let The NY Times know your names so that you will be exposed by them.

We understand you felt cheated in the Gore & Kerry elections. We also understand that during the time you have had to pout, you have had the time put a game plan together for this election. Any good socialist knows the end justifies the means. Furthermore, any good game plan disguises the true intent of what is really happening or going to happen (ref: New England Pats game plans). We also know that you understand that if you throw enough of it against the wall some of it sticks.

Governor Palin IS the CEO of Alaska. It's the big state on the other side of the country, the one that has all that black stuff under the ground (OIL). You should know about Alaska because it's on the left, side of the country, that is. It appears that Governor Palin has been effective in that position (Chief Operating Officer). Managing Alaska's government Her approval ratings have been in the 90% range. For the first time in American history, the public's approval of Congress has fallen to single digits. (ref. Rasmussen 07/2008) Wow, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Let's see 90% vs 9%, amazing when there are so many zeros available who work in that very part of the government.

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

"And anyone who doesn't vote for Barack Obama is "racist."

Nonsense. What people ARE saying is there ARE people who would never vote for a black person. Correct?

Don't let the facts get in the way of your "truth".

Posted by: tub | September 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

The GOP should be called by what it has become:
The Christian Party. Most Republicans would
probably enjoy that.

Christians have been noted by some (Friedrich Nietzsche,
for example) as needing to see themselves as victims,
as the oppressed, the misunderstood. For the rest of us,
this had been particularly offensive while they have
been in power.

Therefore, the GOP = the Pity Party. QED

Posted by: euclid | September 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton said it best, "If you can't handle the heat stay out of the kitchen." On the other hand I was rather looking forward to my freshly cooked mooseburger.

Posted by: teferet | September 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for this article..so true! Republicans need to chill....and I am a registered Republican saying this (though I do feel the rest of the party has gone insane as of late)

Posted by: Matt S | September 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are right to be mad that reporters like you Gene ask no questions about a candidate for President with strong links to a terrorist and a convicted government influence peddler, but go all out on the family life of a Vice Presidential candidate.

It's balance that is the issue...you are an attack dog on Palin and a lap dog for Obama.

Posted by: john | September 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin Special: O.k. all teenagers regardless of what your parents tell you and you learn in sex education classes go ahead and have sex. We, the Republican Party and the Dobson's Family Values crowd have made 160 degree turn and abstinence is out. The Republican Party Christian Zealots are now solidly behind "Have Sex Morning, Noon and Night" as our new morality. Which actually is better than our old morality "Kill, Kill, Kill, Torture, Torture, Torture". With our Republican crowd in office we will facilitate the activation of Armageddon as outlined in "Revelations". Forget the Bible, We, the Republicans, have thrown that out along with the United Sates of America's, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and Rule of Law. You see Evolution never happened so we Republicans are all still little amoebas who don't know any better. How True, How True, How True.

Posted by: russell | September 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"whether a first-term Alaska governor"

Exactly.

"whether a freshman Junior Senator from Illinois..."

Get off your highhorse you hack.

Posted by: Falshrmjgr | September 3, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the article should read "did you hug a democrat yesterday." A little reassurance might have given those democrats the courage to point out the blatant news coverage bias their highest profile female candidate was subjected to (instead of leaving it to Saturday Night Live).

The republicans already seem to have the courage to stand behind their candidates and can probably pass on the hugs.

Posted by: newton31 | September 3, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

And that would make anyone who questions the ability and the qualification of a man who is half black a racist? Hmmmm I sense a double standard here Mr Robinson.

Posted by: rich | September 3, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

boosterprez: "No one has questioned how Obama can be a parent of young children AND be President, have they?"

Obama doesn't have a five month old with autism, or a seventeen year old knocked up.

Posted by: obamamama | September 3, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

As an independent who has voted both sides during presidential elections, with JFK as my first vote, the Republicans know that the American media is very, very bias for the Democrats. I as an independent can no longer read the newspaper because I sincerely believe that a foreign object or being which (who) is a radical liberal has taken over the American media. What is wrong with you, the newspapers and TV reporting? I used to love reading the paper front to back and watching the news, but now I just almost get sick of the bias reporting. What has happened to the hard news, the TV anchors who were fair? I'm 69 yrs. old and I know we used to have fair reporting, whereby an individual could make up his/her own mind about an issue or candidate. Now you are attempting to brainwash all of us, just like the communist.

Posted by: Intelligent Lady | September 3, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

And wouldn't you agree that anyone who doesn't want to see this country in the hands of an inexperienced black man, is being called a racist? All of it is lazy and contemptible.

Posted by: Matt | September 3, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is running the most immature, angry and mendacious campaign I can ever recall in my long life. I expect it will only get worse. I'm having nightmares at the thought of these people being elected.

Posted by: Mary | September 3, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The outrage they feel is real. Many, many woman are tired of your obtuse lack of understanding of womens issues. The liberal sexist mindset is so ingrained in your Kennedy / hip-hop culture you can't even see it. You discust us.

The attacks on a 17 year old and Palin's mothering abilities were sexist trash. CNN, the NYTimes, US Weekly and yes even MSNBC were guilty of sexist double standards.

You, mister Robinson, made a number of distastful comments on television that you did not even recognise as being sexist trash. Go back and look at yourself in the mirror with honesty. You are sexist to the core.


LIBERAL = SEXIST

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

Obama is not only the biggest whiner of all time, the man has no talent, no character, no backbone, has not done a thing in the Senate and has no discernable plan for the future.

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

my bad, Down Syndrome.

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

Anyone who doesn't vote for Barack Obama is racist. I can buy my daughter a abortion like you buy your daughter a handbag. When you are progressive like us Obama supporters are, you do not get caught up in logical discussions. Why that would just get the the way of emotion and hope. We don't need your republican reality all we want it change and we hope that even though Obama has less executive experience than a night janitor in the Wasilla city hall, he can do not wrong. He is the best leader money can buy.

Posted by: Salmo Point | September 3, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone who questions Palin’s qualifications, or points out that she was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it, is being sexist. "

Now you know what its like being white when questioning a black person.

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

you democraps keep it up. I love it. Never has the gop base been so energized. Dont't think that the independent voter can't see through this vile spew. That's why they are independent...because they prefer to think for themselves; not force fed in the garbage dump of politics.

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

I'd happily let the Republicans take their red states (all the cheap real estate) and form their own backward country and the rest of us will take our blue states and finally move forward.

Posted by: spoon | September 3, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I think they would rather talk about insubstantial matters in the hope that no one notices that, on a per capita basis, Alaska's state budget is almost twice the Federal budget. Gov. Palin is from the spend and spend wing of the Republican party, with the only difference being that the money is extracted from the rest of the US in oil taxes rather than by borrowing it from China.

Posted by: Southern Democrat | September 3, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Good sir, this is one of the most amusing posts you have written. I am about to become a fan.

Posted by: Akshay | September 3, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

To all you die-hard Republicans, ever heard of the First Amendment?

And, a piece of advice to anyone who thrusts himself or herself into the public spotlight: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

Posted by: tiredofrepublicans | September 3, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

IT SEEMS THAT THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE WAS BOTH COMPASSIONATE AND WISE TO LEAVE THE ISSUE OF STUMBLED PARENTHOOD TO THAT PARTY HOLDING, BY ITS OWN ADMISSION, A HAMMERLOCK UPON "FAMILY VALUES". I CONCUR.

Posted by: OUPASAN | September 3, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

julie, if liberals are sexist then why do all the feminists vote democratic

Posted by: shesalady | September 3, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

IT SEEMS THAT THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE WAS BOTH COMPASSIONATE AND WISE TO LEAVE THE ISSUE OF STUMBLED PARENTHOOD TO THAT PARTY HOLDING, BY ITS OWN ADMISSION, A HAMMERLOCK UPON "FAMILY VALUES". I CONCUR.

Posted by: OUPASAN | September 3, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The GOP isn't even trying this year. And why should they?

Posted by: Andrew O | September 3, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is allergic to following their own rules. The vitriol tap is on full blast because there is not one issue on which anyone in that party can stomach rational comparison between what they preach and what they practice.

Bristol's pregnancy is fair game BECAUSE her mother would condemn anyone else's child in the same situation. If Palin were pro-choice, Bristol's "choice" would not be news. If she were qualified, her lack of qualifications would not be news. If she were honest,


pigs would fly.

Posted by: hypocrisynow | September 3, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

“Why hound the Palin family over such a private matter?” the campaign protests. Uh, maybe because you put out a press release?

Robinson,

Google Trends displays the top search terms at any given moment, and on August 28th, the day her nomination was announced your muck-raking minions were already hard at work digging up the filth as indicated by the highly searched term "Palin daughter pregnancy" At them moment these same muck-rakers are busy researching their next batch of filth.

Posted by: PumaPower | September 3, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, you can poor dirt on just about any one those days. The real question can you ask something constructive about your candidate? May be about experience or luck of it? Until then don’t call yourself a journalist just because you think you can write well. Report the news in un-bias way, let me be a judge and keep your opinion to your self.

Posted by: Boris | September 3, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Who knew the GOP would become the party of Kumbayah.

Posted by: willandjansdad | September 3, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Guess you forgot Palin's also a governor with an 80% approval rating and has taken on special interests and her own party. And when was the last time Obama didn't tow the party line? Where in his experience has he been an executive officer of anything? Oh right. He manages a multi-million dollar campaign. Oh. Wait. No. His campaign MANAGER manages his multi-million campaign. Obama found it difficult to commit to a yes or no vote in the state senate and has spent 2 of his 4 years in the US senate campaigning.

But you're right, she's really inexperienced in comparison to a community organizer and a part-time senator.

Get your facts straight! And stick to the issues. Can't wait until this small-town mayor takes it to the 35-year Senator.

Posted by: redblooded | September 3, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has come out of nowhere to be the VP nominee. How arrogant that the RNC/McCain campaign feel that questions about her background are, in some way, out of order. Are we supposed to accept the Republican Party's word without question? After all the Iraq war hasn't been a problem after being allowed to slide by!

Congratulations to the media for doing the job that is expected of them. This whole issue would be close to dead by now if holes had not been found in Palin's bio under initial probing. That and the fact that McCain is launching an offensive against the media and despatching forces to Alaska to control the search process suggests that they too suspect a small fire may exist to support the smoke we are seeing.

Oh, and by the way, I would be writing the same comment if the Democrats had nominated an unknown VP.

Posted by: Cataplasm | September 3, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

At what point did you figure out you were part of the liberal media trying to elect Obama (who hasn't even been in charge of a two car parade). Pity party? Didn't you listen to how bad things were during the DNC and how the Dems are going to fix everything - let's see, they controlled both houses of Congress and have the lowest approval rating of all time? HMMM - keep writing your garbage, maybe the idiots will believe it.

Posted by: Rick B | September 3, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The BS meter went off the chart on this one: "I can tell you one thing for sure it's a heck of a lot harder for a White Girl with Connections to get into the University of Idaho than it would be for some Poor Black Kid to get into Columbia and Harvard Law School. That's a no brainer...." I wonder how many qualified non-minorities Michelle and Barack beat back for their Ivy league education. Why it is every day in America when a poor white girl without a father can send her poor white boy to an IVY league school for free.

Posted by: Clusterez Kook | September 3, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I am so pi$$ed off that Bin Laden is still out there.

Palin is no reformer what with her directorship of Ted Stevens 527 soft money fund and her soliciting earmarks.


The real issues go unspoken.
Disregard for the constitution, Torture, loss of jobs, ruination of the automakers, mortgage crisis, bank failures, health care, equal pay for equal work, weak doaar, soaring energycost, global warming.

Instead we have this stupid culture war all over again.
It is going to be about abortion, Viet Nam, and gay marriage again and we are all falling into this same asinine argument.

Bring it back to the economy stupid.

Posted by: Osama Angry | September 3, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Hillary lost because of the sexist attacks on her by the DNC and Obama's camp.

Obama himself calls women "sweetie".

So shesalady, I have no idea why women vote for liberals consdering the treatment they get.

Posted by: julie | September 3, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, some people here can't take it, can they? As a registered Republican myself, questioning Palin's qualifications is to be expected... I personally have extreme doubts about her qualifications.

Posted by: Matt S | September 3, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I love this game Guys. The criminal crying to have his/her victim arrested. Poor republicans...You guys disgust me!

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

I can't wait for November 5th.

America's political system is now officially a joke. (the only saving grace is at least I have the Daily Show to make me laugh about it...otherwise I'd cry)

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

The reason Palin's private life is part of the discourse is that the Republican Party has insisted on pushing it's way into the private lives of Americans. They pontificate and preach on subjects like abortion, birth control, religion in school. They cynically used Family values to gain the White House for George W. Bush and then when they find themselves caught out, they whine and moan.

As a long time Republican who has watched his party hijacked by the bigoted Religious Right, I am happy to see them hoisted on their own petard.

Religion has no place in the public square. Good ideas and courageous leadership are what's needed now. Not the witch hunts and book banning that Palin has tried to effect as Mayor and Governor.

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

They were 'decieved' into griping about a lack of promised box lunches of braised salmon and pesto, chicken in bordalaise, and whining about running out of white wine. They should have had their American hats on like those stalwart "Republican governors" in the storm states, doing their jobs 'helping people'.

Jon Stewart made them look pathetic.

Posted by: Pops | September 3, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

If Obama has no executive experience and that is so important, then McCain should be VP and Palin should be the Presidential candidate. Sarah Palin, I know Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton is a friend of mine. Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: Adam Habib, dallas,TX | September 3, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

They were 'deceived' into griping about a lack of promised box lunches of braised salmon and pesto, chicken in bordalaise, and whining about running out of white wine. They should have had their American hats on like those stalwart "Republican governors" in the storm states, doing their jobs 'helping people'.

Jon Stewart made them look pathetic.

Posted by: Pops | September 3, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

the hypocrisy of the GOP never fails to astound me. They have promulgated huge egregious lies about Democrats for years (the whole Vince Foster thing, right up thru Obama's "madrassa" education). Yet when legitimate questions are raised about Palin's woeful lack of experience, they moan about sexism.
Listen folks, it's sexist to give Palin a pass because she's a woman. To treat her equal to a man is to ask her honest questions about her experience. How exactly does 18 months as a Governor and a few years as mayor of a town of 3000 qualify you as Vice-presidential material? And questions to her judgment are relevant as well. Why did she try to get books banned in Alaska schools? Why did she fire the head of the state police? What is her involvement with the Independence Party of Alaska, whose leader openly detests the US, and insists on being buried in Canada until Alaska is an independent nation?
Her family matters are indeed completely private. But it essential that her executive decisions as Governor be scrutinized. Anyone running for Vice-President must be capable of serving as President. Palin is completely unqualified for either position. And if this is the kind of executive decision we can expect from a President McCain, then woe betide us all.

Posted by: JP | September 3, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

What an idiot! Republicans are still strong and dems are still fighting to make everyone wussies! Are you going to call McCain, (a P.O.W.) a wus. You are crying right now you big baby!

Posted by: John P. | September 3, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Republican woman, stay away from me. Republican woman, mama let me be. Don’t come hangin’ around my door. I don’t wanna see your face no more. I got more important things to do. Than spend my time growin’ old with you. I don’t need your war machines. I don’t need your beauty queens. Northern lights can hypnotize. Sparkle someone else’s eyes. Goodbye, Republican woman. Goodbye, Republican chick. Goodbye, Republican broad ... (Adapted from The Guess Who's American Woman)

Posted by: hamishdad | September 3, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

To JamesT - careful you may pop. Sounds like you need to check your own facts. You make accusations - based on what - that you disagree with those in the media who don't share your opinion. It's people like you that got us into this mess with Shrub and Cheney in the first place.

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

No Mr. Robinson, I think not. The Republicans have it right on this one. The Washington Post has gone way out of bounds on the Palin matter. The clear impression is that the Post and some other media recognize the McCain-Palin ticket as a threat to win the general election and are determined to damage the ticket by any means, including some pretty sorry journalism.

Posted by: C.Nelson | September 3, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Listen Robinson, you and your elitist logic better back off!

Keep it up and we won't take ANY questions until after the election.

In fact, I want you to do a little two-step for me.

Posted by: K Ackermann | September 3, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I understand that John McCain has had an ad created citing his vp selection as being more prepared for office than those on the Dems ticket. One issue that is always missing in these comparisons is one
that points to educational preparedness. I offer that an undergraduate degree in Journalism and graduating 5th from the bottom of your class does not inspire a serious comparison with one who graduated with undergraduate and law school honors...
not to mention editing the "Harvard Law Review". Should we also cite the near flawlessly run presidential campaign that was conducted with more dignity than the GOP's could possibly imagine? While we are hear there's one more question I shall pose; Given the remaining vestiges of racial hatred in America, how many points are the Dems spotting the GOP in the polls in this election? Please ponder?

Posted by: zacharygrant | September 3, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

What irks me most is that Obama, like it or not, was chosen by a national majority of the voters (in those states he was on the ballot, anyway) and a national majority of delegates.

Palin was handpicked by McCain without any formal electorate vetting process (and apparently, not much of a GOP vetting process, either). In other words, McCain chose Palin, not us.

So, it's perfectly reasonable for the electorate and (yes) the Biased Liberal Media to vet Palin for McCain, since he didn't bother to do so himself. What a mistake. It's awesome. Congrats, Obama.

Posted by: FML | September 3, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed by the denial of sex and age discrimination so evident in this campaign. The media tiptoes with Obama, careful to sidestep the slightest hint of racism - thankfully, so. The right thing to do is to acknowledge that discrimination of any kind is harmful and counter to the democratic process.

About halfway through this election process, I left the Democratic Party for it is no longer a party by, for and of the people. As for the media, journalism is a thing of the past. We can't even set good examples for the young in our society. Hey, it's okay to say that former President Clinton is pouting - thank you New York Times. Hey, it's okay to put a 17 year old girl's life on an international platform for others to ridicule and degrade. Hey, it's okay to deny that Hillary Clinton was discriminated against due to her age. And the list goes on -

I'm voting for the planet, peace, an end to poverty, and a hope future generations to be possible - We do have choices outside of the Democratic and Republican Parties. We also have information and fact sources outside of the mainstream media - outside of the Washington Post.

Posted by: Danielle A. Engle | September 3, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin will be fine. This is a smoke screen to cover that Obama believes in infanticide, socialism, and is soft on Islamofascism.

Has Obama definitively answered the question whether he signed up with the Selective Service for the draft in 79-80 or for that matter at any time?

We all want a Commander in Chief who at least signed up for the draft. Did Obama does this? This is more news worthy than attacking Palin and requesting DNA samples. Where is this news story Eugene?

Posted by: Marvin Hulupka | September 3, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Hi Mr. Robinson,
Yeah, the Republican leadership can't stand it when anyone asks any questions about ANYTHING. Remember how Bush and Cheney started labeling people un-American if they had questions about the whole Iraq debacle. For heavens sake, she's an unknown from way out in left field who stands for who knows what. The press had BETTER be asking questions about who she is and what she's done in the past. And I'm sorry, but yet, McCain IS an old man.

Posted by: Jay in Nashville | September 3, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

surely, the mccain campaign's "righteous indignation" is nothing more than a tactic to get the legitimately inquiring media off its backs. i hope that neither the old nor the new media will fall for this obvious trick. gov. palin, an unknown quantitity to most of us, is being nominated for a place a heartbeat away from the presidency by a 72-year-old would-be president who is a cancer survivor. the media would become irrelevant if it did not do the maximum possible digging required to present voters with a full profile of the gov. as opposed to a sanitized version crafted by the mccaign campaign's flacks.

Posted by: ernest | September 3, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are running scared,

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I think the left is (understandably) getting caught up in the poetic irony of an outspoken proponent of conservative ideals such as "abstinence-only" sex education announcing, a few days after being added to the ticket, that her underage, unmarried daughter is pregnant.

I couldn't care less if Bristol is pregnant, and don't think it reflects badly on her or her mother in any way, but that's because I've always had very leftist ideals. If the Palins were on the democratic ticket, I can't even imagine the lengths that conservatives would go in degrading their family over this.

Posted by: Justin | September 3, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

C. Nelson..

For the love of God, take a little pride in yourself!

Demand better for once!

You were waiting for McCain to deliver someone who is good for the country and he coughed up Peg Bundy.

Don't just settle, man, hold your guy accountable!

The lady know a little journalism. Do you trust her with constitutional issues?

Oh, yeah; you probably still think abortions can be banned by the federal government. HAHAHA - they sure have strung you along on that one.

Posted by: K Ackermann | September 3, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Pahlin is not running for mother of the year so her mothering skills are irrelevant. As long as her children are being cared for, this is no one's business. But, she professed, a month ago, that she doesn't know what a VP does and has no interest in national/international news (how can someone with a son headed for Iraq not know much about the surge?). We already have been struck by a president who had no curiosity about the outside world and we've seen how that turns out. Let's not vote for another Katrina. Our country is in a war with no end, gas prices have skyrocketed, Americans are losing their homes by the droves, inflation is taking off, people are losing their jobs, stock market is tanking, etc., etc. Bristol is as much the issue as Jamie Lynn--not at all.

Posted by: Enough please... | September 3, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The problem, as I see it, is that she is being critisized for her personal life and many media analysts are condeming her ability to lead based on her daughters actions, her lack of 'experience', and that a woman with children should not take on such a role.
What is disturbing, the Elephant in the kitchen, so to speak, is that if her politics were left of center, the media would be celebrating her. This is not 'sexism' on the part of the media, just the standard bias. From what I've seen on the news and the internet: Yes, it is over the top.
Obama has negatives that are much more important: Ayers, Wright, very little experience, machine political connections, etc. all of which were pretty much dismissed out of hand by the media.
I have been an independant voter, but I don't really want a media that acts as a propaganda arm of the government. It appears clearly that's what we'll get with Obama. Gotta go with McCain and yes, Palin, to avoid that from happening.

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

Well! We certainly know who Google News and this commentator are voting for. Anymore questions about liberal bias in the media my liberal dolts? You got Fox News to complain about and thats it. We have the entire rest of the field with articles like this out everyday. Can you point to bias in Fox news every day? No. Most libs cant even find bias in Fox News in the last month, but they hope you count the O'reily factor as "news" when its obviously a commentary show, not to be confused with the top of the hour news.

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

TO BOOSTERPREZ, who said...
"Democrats are quite obviously VERY threatened by Gov. Palin's presence on this ticket..."

Actually, with Palin's total inexperience everybody in the free world is threatened. You like her and think she's qualified after knowing her for a week? Then you vote for her. The rest of us still have questions.

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

Bring it back to the economy stupid - yes the one that the Democrats have controled for the past four years. The same do-nothing Congress that has a 9% approval rating and make W look smart. You go Dems, you are so smart and hateful.

Posted by: Stupid Dem | September 3, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The one thing that John McCain has achieved with Sarah Palin is that he has changed the subject away from Bush's failures. But getting this kind of attention is kinda like the advertising executive who thinks he can get the public's attention by dropping his pants. People are getting a bad feeling about McCain and the Republicans -- just when they should be polishing their message about why they deserve another four years.

Posted by: gpbrown | September 3, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Just so I can understand liberal "logic"; explain to me 1) How the beloved Teddy Kennedy can murder a young woman and be re-elected 25 times as a Democratic senator, 2) How Robert Byrd can serve as a kleagle in the KKK and be the Democrats longest sitting senator 3) Why if a teenage kid of a Republican gets caught doing what virtually all teenagers have done - somehow her mother’s character, values, and ability to govern are called into question.
It has long been obvious that the liberals today live by a double standard. After what they did to Hillary, I am just trying to figure out if it is sexism or just tiresome loathing of Republicans.
Maybe some further questioning will help clarify the matter.
Is this the same "logic” that calls GWB a war monger equal to Hitler when it seemed perfectly fine that, after 55 million had already been killed under FDR, Truman incinerated 300,000 civilians in an instant (Remember that liberal credo "the end does not justify the means") while Kennedy and Johnson killed millions more in Vietnam?
Is this the same "logic" that says “we must keep people from developing or farming our wilderness so only a select few of us can use that land when we camp and hike”?
Is this the same “logic” that has liberals screaming about the price of oil and the environment in the same breath?
Is this the same “logic” that allows a pseudo-intellectual, coffee shop elitist liberal to walk into Starbucks and pay over $50 a gallon for a cup of coffee and sit around and piss and moan for hours about the social inequities of $3.00 a gallon gas?
Is this the same “logic” that made hippies the icons of the 1960's left as they drove VW beetles with pro-environment decals pasted all over the knowing that car was undeniably the worst polluting automobile ever manufactured?
Is this the same “logic” that says Democrats are for civil rights when Lincoln was a Republican and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 almost failed because of fierce opposition and filibustering from Democrats?
Is this the same "logic" that says we must do everything we can to save the life of some obscure snail that nobody has ever or will ever see but it's perfectly fine to suck the brains out of unborn children in an effort to kill them and call it an a abortion?
Is this the same “logic” that says abstinence only sex education doesn’t work when virtually every girl who has become pregnant in the last 30 years had been taught endlessly about birth control?
Is this the same “logic” that says liberalism is about individual freedom and the uncensored expression of one’s beliefs in an effort to make the country a better place but it is complete fine to openly encourage that conservatives be ridiculed for practicing their own form of religion, expressing their opinions towards public education, the war, welfare, the death penalty, abortion, etc, etc, etc?
Is this the same “logic” that makes the National Organization of Women say women get inferior care because the health care industry is biased towards men yet men live on average 7 years less than woman?
Is this the same “logic” that espouses redistribution of wealth but never seems to get around to addressing investment of time, commitment of money, risk of losing everything, or endless liability?
Is this the same “logic” that caused Obama to pick Biden to be his VP receiving less than 900 votes and was the first candidate to drop out the Democratic primaries yet walk away from Hillary who had 18,000,000 votes?
Is this the same “logic” that required the networks to run stories and air the photos for 2+ years of the underwear laden prisoners at Abu grab but somehow seem to take a pass regarding the decapitated civilian prisoners of Al Qaeda?
Is this the same “logic” that demanded we not quarantine AIDS victims when the virus was first exposed in the early 80”s because it would be a violation of human rights, so instead 10’s of millions of additional people have been killed by the virus?
Is this the same “logic” that dictates a woman has a right to control her body and decide on abortion, but if she becomes pregnant and decides to keep the baby then a man has to pay her for that decision for the next 18+ years?
If it is, now I see why the Democrats would nominate someone with literally no experience to lead the country and who has a verified history of participation in racist’s organizations and has chronicled a life which has been led by mentors who are communist’s sympathizers, convicted felons, and anti American zealots.
Now it’s all perfectly clear.

Posted by: Robert Campbell | September 3, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't get republicans.

I don't get why they bring token "ethnic" people along for the cameras, then have the audacity to call themselves "Tolerant".

I don't get that they feel like it's not their problem to support all Americans as an integral part of governance and responsibility.

I don't get that republicans believe in talking about small government, but don't really know what that means.

I don't get that they say they are going to lower taxes for everyone, but instead take certain benefits away so that in the end we pay more out of pocket than we saved.

I don't get that republicans don't know what history has taught us about governments that shun socialist constructs only to foster fascist ones.

I don't get that republicans have always fought for power thru "Common Enemey" tactis that create "with us or against us" fear and mob rule mentality.

I don’t get that they define “Conservative” like no other human on earth.

I don't get that they shine the light of prosperity on themselves at every opportunity, but neglect to shine it on others - unless they get a tax break for doing so.

I don't get that they consider themselves "God's party" and that if you're not with them, your damned.

I don't get that they yell at you if you try for one minute to ask them what they think about social concerns.

I don't get that they fight hard for the right to bear arms - and lots of 'em, yet the right for a woman to choose the fate of her undeveloped fetus, should be illegal in 50 states and punishable by the federal government.

I don't get that republicans would rather build more prisons than schools.

I don't get that republicans refuse to hold themselves accountable for their mistakes. Oh, scratch that, REsigned President Dick Nixon copped up to one of their small mistakes back in the 70's.

I don't get that republicans put Reagan on a grand pedastal - the same man who put this country on it's downward trajectory to economic and environmental irresponsibility.

I don't get that republicans treat their fellow women executives to 75% of their pay potential.

It must be great to be a republican...Bliss and all.

I guess I'll have to vote for what I do get.

Posted by: Diegoriveras | September 3, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

We could just dive into the fact that Obama is an iligitimate child born in Kenya and not legally eligible to run for President.....but we'll a little longer to bring that FACT out. It would be intersting to see the Media cover that instead of burying it. No?

Posted by: Its All about love | September 3, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The Repuublicans lost a great VP pool here in North Carolina.

I'm talking Wake County, home of the state capital, Raleigh. Wake County has way more people than the entire state of Alaska and several of the County Commissioners are Republican and a few are women (although not both, oddly).

And you know what?

Nobody in Wake County wants to secede from The Union.

Tried it once back in 1860.

Didn't work out so great.

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | September 3, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you apparently tapped into something here. The extremes on both sides, perhaps? The lack of civil discourse on nearly all blogs says it all.

Sad that people on the Left don't want to give her a fair shake. Look at the covers of US Weekly...one covering the Obama couple...and one covering Palin. Pretty blatantly anti-Palin. That is the kind of garbage Republicans are griping about. I'm not Republican, but I think they have a legitimate gripe. People judge too much by party affiliation, and not on the people and their viewpoints.

I think any politician/leader operating out of moral/ethical clarity will make the right decision. Experience plays precious little these days in politics, because it seems to be much more about pandering versus real leadership.

I would like to see what Palin can do. I don't think legislators (Senators or members of the House) make good executives. I think it is a different skill set. I'm happy she is not a senator.

Both partie whine incessantly, and then do it themselves. Get over it.

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

B-B-But OBAMA...!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mkk | September 3, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

You miss the point, but I think you know that. Few would criticise questioning or reporting fairly, but venom and intensity of this reporting has obvious roots. You purposely try to denigrate everything Republican and praise everything Deomocrat. How else could one explain the high praise in the press for every speaker and plan last week, and then taking out the claws on Friday? The Democrats don't need to say anything critical with all the help they have from the press. Where did our honest press go?

Posted by: Bill | September 3, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why everyone is getting so worked up over Palin's family situation. So many things will have happened between now and election day that this will be the last thing on the average persons mind when they walk into the voting booth. This is going to be a history making election so lets debate the actual issues and may the best man...or woman win.

Posted by: Tom Harvey | September 3, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I see your point Mr. Robinson! Yet another celebrity in the race. I wonder if Palin has a "message of hope" for we voters that upstages her thin record.
Oh, how I yearn for a world where candidates are chosen for their accomplishments and service.

Posted by: Charlie in Florida | September 3, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"Anti-war protesters are being surveilled by the FBI, their apparent crime is pacifism, activism, and vegetarianism.We are seeing disturbing signs of Authoritarianism right now at the RNC. Why don't you write about that - write about something real?" Because people like you are mentally challenged. Try reading something then the Huffington Post and the UKGuardian, you might find out this happened at the DNC. I was standing in the middle of it. So put that in your pipe and smoke it. 90 people were arrested the first night at the DNC (pepper spray was used), and the next day police surround a group and would let them leave for 2 hours. Perfect example of a liberal these days. So bent on beign anti-Republican they dont even see when their party is guilty of "Authoritarianism". What a uneducated punk.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

It didnt work for Hillary Clinton and it wont work for Sarah-John McPalin! They are crusing on that bridge to nowhere!!!

Posted by: Kristen | September 3, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Independent journalists are being pepper sprayed in Minneapolis? What? Are you on crack? Any journalist being pepper sprayed is too dumb to stand further away from a group of masked morons calling themselves Anarchists and smashing windows, fighting with police and asking like college kids on steroids. The McCain camp is not angered by legitimate questions about Palin and her family etc but in the manner in which it is being presented. Don't for one minute claim Mr. Robinson that the media coverage, attitude or opinion is equal to both parties. Just the amount of WaPo whiners on this blog confirms it. Clinton smoked pot - who cares? Most people tried it at some point. She has a pregnant daughter, that does not make her a poor parent or some kind of failure at home, it makes her like alot of other parents in the world. We stopped talking to our kids about these issues and expect it to be handled at school. Let's stop talking personal issue and start talking about how either party is going to come up with real solutions - not just Obama bites or McCainisms.

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

"Republicans are outraged that anyone would ask whether a first-term Alaska governor, whose only other political experience was as a small-town mayor, is the right person for the job"

No, please, keep asking and asking that question. It is such an idiotic thing for an Obama supporter to do, it's a beautiful thing.

Kind liberal folk: Prepare yourselves emotionally for Obama's loss TODAY. You might just avoid suicide come November!

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

There's a lot of mention of "ageism" lately... Sure, I'm all for respecting our elders (assuming they're worthy of respect), but that doesn't change the fact that those at a drastically higher age are, scientifically, much more likely to die soon. This fact, much as the republicans might not want to admit it, is RELEVANT, particularly when choosing someone who might be much better suited as a vice president than a president as your running mate. Add to that the fact that John McCain blatantly displays many of the negative stereotypes that hound seniors (admitting to not even using e-mail?! How in touch with modern society can this man be?), and you get some very good reasons to consider his age as part of the overall equation.

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

Diego Riveras...your post is about as ill-informed as it gets, and really doesn't warrant a detailed response because nearly every point you made is wrong. Do us a favor and educate yourself.

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

You can always tell when a politician thinks his campaign is going badly -- it's when he starts yelling at the media about their coverage. The Clintons did it during the primary campaign against Obama and now McCain is doing it. It's something they never do if they think the campaign is going well.

For me, the issue with Palin is not her parenting or lack thereof. The fact is that conservatives like her have been making people's personal lives into a political issue to get votes for decades. Same-sex marriage, gays in the military, abstinence education, abortion, the list goes on and on. But when a scandal breaks involving someone on their side, they suddenly insist their privacy is being violated. What hypocrites! Sarah, if you want the rest of us to leave your personal life alone then set a good example by keeping your mouth shut about the personal lives of others!

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

Thank you for your post. Keep up the good work.

Anyone who runs for president or vice-president should expect to have to answer any and every pertinent question, which is to say just about every question out there. It just goes with the territory. It is necessary. And it goes for members of any party.

If members of the media didn't ask the questions, they wouldn't be doing their jobs.

By the way, most of the people posting in response to this column should be ashamed of themselves. For the sake of your health, ask your doctors for prescriptions of Valium. I'm begging you.

Posted by: georgiademocratguy | September 3, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Gawd I am glad I live in Canada!

Posted by: TRAPPERJOHN | September 3, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

> Anti-war protesters are being surveilled by the
> FBI, their apparent crime is pacifism, activism,
> and vegetarianism.

Chicago called - they want their Convention back ...

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

I did NOT have sex with that woman!

And I did NOT humiliate my wife by lying to her repeatedly, every time I took on a new chick!

I did NOT smoke that cigar!

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

I did NOT have sex with that woman!

I did NOT father that child!

I did NOT humiliate my wife by lying to her about all my misdeeds with the ladies.

BUT, at least the chick I chose was a bit better looking than Bill's. hehe

Posted by: John Edwards | September 3, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The big deal about Governor Palin's 17 year old pregnant daughter is not so much that the Republican Party wants to show how pro-life their nominee is, but more to take the spotlight away from the fact (dare I say it) that Palin's own infant needs her mother's care.

If that makes me sexist, well, so be it. When a woman gives birth and chooses to keep that child and not give it up to adoption, I believe that she has made the choice to raise that child. How on earth will Palin and her husband care for and raise their newborn with special needs, if Sarah is in Washington? Does she even know that she'll have to work in Washington? D.C.?

What are and where are family values, if those values don't include being in the same state as your newborn child? Granted I would not be saying this about any of the male candidates but none of them have given birth a few months ago! It's important that they are good fathers, but it's not important that they are good mothers.

If Palin is so qualified, won't she still be qualified in 18 years?

Posted by: Cynthia | September 3, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Simon...how has Sarah Palin attacked the personal lives of others?

Posted by: Paul | September 3, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"mad that reporters like you Gene ask no questions about a candidate for President with strong links to a terrorist and a convicted government influence peddler, but go all out on the family life of a Vice Presidential candidate".

Is this guy talking about W in 2004?

Palin 80% approval rating from a state that doesn't want to be part of the US. That's a positive in this GOP convention?

Gov. Palen won in a landslide winning 115000 votes. Thats 1/4 the population of Brooklyn NY. Way to go Gov.!

Posted by: slush | September 3, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

correcting a typo

Bin Laden is still out there making videos while Bush pretends to fight for us in Iraq.

Palin is no reformer: what with her directorship of Ted Stevens 527 soft money fund.

The real issues go unspoken.
Disregard for the constitution, Torture, loss of jobs, mortgage crisis, bank failures, health care, equal pay for equal work, dollar has lost half its value under the red regime, ignoring global warming.

Instead we have this stupid culture war all over again.
It is going to be about abortion, and gay marriage again because the Amish farmers eat this stuff up.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

oh, all you cool-aid followers of obummer,

Shooting stars are nice to look at, but they last a short time then they burn out and disappear. Looks like another 16 years of hell for you!

Please move to Canada before 1/20/09 so we do not have to listen to your whining!

Yaaa Babbbbbyyyyy

Posted by: azkmb | September 3, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Diegoriveras...its clear you just dont get it.
- Maybe you do get that you like to keep people dependant on government as a means to keep them dependant on your party.
- Maybe you do get that registering
illigals, prisoners to vote while simultaneously depriving our soldiers overseas their right to vote.
- Maybe you do get that promoting anti-Americanism during a war that you really dont want to win.... because that would keep you out of power.
- Maybe you do get forcing employees to pay into corrupt unions in order to defend workers....kinda like they defended steal workers, automobile workers....did you ever think that maybe its because of the unions that these jobs have left? Did you ever think that the fact that our corp taxes are the 2nd highest in the world that this might be the cause?

Yeah your right ... you dont get it ... but we do. AND we see right through your desire to "do good" for people instead of allowing them to do good for themselves.

Keep your "do good" to yourself....we dont need it AND KEEP THE CHANGE!!!!!

Posted by: More Love | September 3, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm a democrat, and I'll vote for Obama, cuz the republicans are really bad people. And they are CRAZY.....

Democrasts are cool, and not CRAZY.

Vote democrats. Vote Obama!
(the party where we arent's so dumb as to put a chick on our ticket. you idiots. Chicks are for kitchens, you silly rabbit).

Posted by: Democrat in Kansas | September 3, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

If, in politics, private family matters aren't supposed to be discussed, especially concerning children, why is Palin bringing her daughter's boyfriend to the convention where they will get a standing ovation. Doesn't that put them into the public limelight and thus subject to praise and/or criticism?

Posted by: RB | September 3, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are experts at "double standard" in that it's all right to bash a Democratic candidate...as long as their GOP picks don't get bashed back.

What's the matter, Gippers, don't like the taste of your own medicine?

Posted by: tiredofrepublicans | September 3, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Don't let the GOP fool you - they're disgusted with the choice of Sarah Palin. Here's the proof: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/03/
peggy-noonan-mike-murphy_n_123647.html

Posted by: Sheildmaiden of Rohan | September 3, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

All I see is smear and fear from the far right. The bluster, the threats, the outrageous lies are now symptomatic of the neocon agenda.

What happened to the Republican Party that existed before Reagan? They were the true party of small government, lower taxes and conservative values. The neocons have substituted large and invasive government, lower taxes (for the very rich) combined with soaring deficits (that our kids will be taxed to pay) and an extreme right wing religeous dogma that precludes science and insists that the right to life starts at the moment of cenception but largely disappears as the baby departs the womb.

It is profoundly sad that what we are offered today differs so markedly from true Republicanism. I had some hope that McCain might buck the neocon trend but he is right there alongside Bush and Cheney. Maverick he may be but his basic principles sit fair and square with the far right. It is sad that America has no-one offering to take us down the true Republican path. I, for one, would take a serious look at such a candidate

Posted by: cataplasm | September 3, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

It is a shame we do not have robots as candidates. Because then we could discuss issues instead of this personal narrative crap. I want fair governance and effective policy. Go read about their plans at the canidates' web sites. Which plans are more complete, more logical, and most different from Bush? Obama. If you are in the top 1-2% of the richest citizens please logically vote for McCain so you can save that extra 4-5% on your capital gains. Else obviously vote for Obama. People get over your party blinders. Obama is the best hope to actually improve things. He deserves a chance much more than McCain. Vote with your minds, and save your mindless cheerleading loyalty for your local sports team. If you are Republican it is 100% completely fine to vote for Obama in the privacy of that voting booth.

Posted by: JohnK | September 3, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

(by the way, I'm gay, I'm here, get used to it.)

Posted by: tiredofrepublicans | September 3, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

What's great is hearing the panicked liberals crying that Palin's child won't be adequately cared for if she stays on the ticket. Awesome stuff.

Posted by: Dave | September 3, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I find it humorous that Republicans want us to be gentle on a future leader that could be next in line for the U.S. presidency and have to face down Russia, Iran, N. Korea, and Pakistan. It does not matter if she is female because we all know Hillary has the courage to fight the good fight as well as Obama and Biden. If McCain had not picked Sarah and instead picked any of his first choices I might have seen myself voting for him instead of Obama, but the sad fact is he blew it. It is also very telling that a recent mother and soon to be grandmother, as well as a recent father and soon to be grandfather might need to focus on their own family first before taking on an entire nation. I certainly have passed up heavy travel jobs and public engagements to support my family of three, and I am male. Family values is just that - you value your family before your career. Sarah Palin threw her daughter under a bus this week for her own gain and I am sure in between snowmobiling that Todd is going to be pillar of the family taking care of their newborn son while Sarah is meeting with heads of state out of the country. Juggling a blackberry and breast pump my foot - she is an out a complete fraud and an insult to anyone who thinks our nation's security is more important than a short term tactic to gain votes. Isn't foreign policy an important plank to the Republicans - I know it is to me and that is why I am voting Democrat. Those bleeding heart Republicans do need a hug and maybe some chamomile tea.

Posted by: BillV | September 3, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

When McCain was given the chance to denounce the latest discredited Corsi smear book, he said you need to keep your sense of humor.

No one hear is smearing anyone. This is a totally unvetted, unknown candidate given a free pass to the halls of power, by a party known for years of lying and deceit - Weapons of Mass Destruction, Iraq War, all the way to Watergate.

If they were not in such denial, perhaps we could follow John McCain's lead and find the humor in it all.

Posted by: somerseten | September 3, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase the great John McCain, republicans need to have a sense of humor about this. You have to admit, if the shoe was on the other foot, you'd be having a field day and taking the same shots. We've been playing this game since at least 1973.

Posted by: DemoDevil | September 3, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Nice one Geno! 'Seems you were singin' the same tune for Obama, when the media threw the whole Clinton Campaign Organization under a fleet of buses. What MSNBC did to Hillary, and your ascension there shortly after, should leave no doubt to rational participants here.

Posted by: libmole | September 3, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm sad for the Republicans team. We've lost control of the issues. Now we're bickering and name calling just about everyone who says anything at all.

We're not all happy and supportive with Sarah Palin as McCain's choice for VP but we can't afford to break the party line regardless of how bad a decision we're really facing.

Tough choice. Young and pretty with a difficult family situation that deserves more time and attention at home that she apparently is willing to give. Very little political, foreign, and economic experience in the trenches in lots of critical areas. Call a spade a spade.

Colin Powell once said, don't let a few bad facts get in the way of a good decision.

Voting for a Republican ticket is going to be very difficult thing to do this year.

Posted by: a soccer dad | September 3, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse


Quote -julie, if liberals are sexist then why do all the feminists vote democratic

Posted by: shesalady | September 3, 2008 5:10 PM -Quote

That has baffled me for years. I used to be a Democrat until I saw that they never really wanted to help. They just wanted the reigns of power on the "idea" that they would help while never actually doing anything.

Now I would MUCH rather have a party in office that is FOR companies and FOR the rich because with out both of those we all don't have jobs!

And to the guy who wants us "red states" to form our own little country and leave you "progressives" alone? Inside five years we would be able to buy your bankrupted progressive over taxed A$$.

The people who support the Democrats today are the real idiots yet again buying into the lies they tell while they do nothing to really help.

Posted by: Chris | September 3, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

boosterprez said:

"Democrats are quite obviously VERY threatened by Gov. Palin's presence on this ticket...if she was a "gift" to Obama, as many on the left like to say, then why bother attacking her at all????"

Dear boosterprez, showing how unqualified Palin is for *any* high office, let alone the Presidency, *is* the gift! And I find it hilarious that you take the moral high ground with Palin when your party has made a cottage industry demonizing HRC and her supporters.

Posted by: tojojo | September 3, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm?

Why is it that the only posters here are democrats?

Maybe because they are the party of the unemployed living off the state welfare bums. (with internet access).

Posted by: Where are all the republicans | September 3, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Waydaminit.

Palin is not "commander in chief" of the Guard. Check Wikipedia:

The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 Pub.L. 109-364

Federal law was changed in section 1076 so that the Governor of a state is no longer the sole commander in chief of their state's National Guard (even) during emergencies within the state. The President of the United States will now be able to take total control of a state's National Guard units without the governor's consent.

Posted by: Griff Anderson | September 3, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. If anybody gets to decide what is "sexist" and what isn't - it's a woman like me who has spent the last 35 years of my life fighting the good fight to break down those walls and ceilings of "sexism". Not in politics. Out here in the real world of middle-class, midwestern America. And I am really tired of all these suddenly feminist female Republicans whining "sexism" just because their VP candidate is being subjected to the same piercing scrutiny that every man who has run for the office has had to survive. It is NOT a historical moment when you nominate a woman for VP as a cheap tactic to attract the female vote and the fanatical fundamentalists, but then turn right around, and at the first sign of a tough or embarrassing question, at the inevitable revelations of half-truths and not-as-perfect-as-advertised life, you start whining "sexism" to deflect every serious inquiry into the actual ABILITY of your female VP to actually do the job. And when a male candidate trots out an unwed pregnant daughter to use as proof of his pro-life fundamentalist right wing conservative beliefs - you can bet he will be hit with the same criticisms and questions that Palin is being hit with by mothers who could never, ever imagine exposing such a vulnerable child to the glare of national media attention just to pursue his own selfish political ambitions. It's not "sexist" to question Palin's ability to manage her ever-growing dysfunctional famiily at the same time she is trying to manage the country. It is PRACTICAL. It is COMMON SENSE. I am not surprised that an open mike finally revealed what we all know is going on behind closed doors in the Republican party, what is going on in those talking heads with the forced smiles dutifully parroting the Palin talking points to defend her. They desperately want this embarrassment off the ticket. And now McCain throwing another one of his famous temper tantrums with the press. Why isn't Jerry Springer covering this convention? He's the only guy on television that really understands people like this ticket.

Posted by: AnitaRN1 | September 3, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The more I hear the left attack her, the better I feel. She is a real threat to them and they are running scared. She's a strong woman that will beat them down and be a part of this winning ticket. Hmmmm, just why did Obama, Biden, and even your god MR. Moore back off? Because it is backfiring, that's why. I still can't figure out why the left rejected Hillary, she was the only one that could win for you this November. Also, why do they keep comparing Palin to Obama? McCain is the one running against him.

Did I read Palin is a Nazi? Wow, an Alaskan Nazi. This is foolish, circus-like.

Also, Jimmy Carter sure impressed me when he said McCain is milking the POW thing. The senator had his shoulders slowly dislocated, his jaw broken along with repeated broken bones and teeth knocked out. Don't you dare disrespect his service. You should be ashamed.

McCain/Palin will win Wisconsin if we can get a fair election here. Can't believe the corruption. Good thing arrests are in process on election fraud in this state.

Posted by: Dean (Wisconsin) | September 3, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Julie says Liberal=Sexist...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

Oh goodness, I think I just peed myself that was so stupidly funny!

Liberals may be a lot of things I do not like, but I can't say with a straight face that they are sexist. In fact, I can more honestly say that the freakin liberals are the biggest reason why I can't make off-color comments about women at the office (were I so inclined...I really don't want to run afoul of the political correctness police...).

Posted by: scott032 | September 3, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Excuse us please, I know, I know, Republicans are suppossed to be above reproach, we can't question their actions, destroy the country, blame the democrats, gut the country and give all the riches to your cronies, blame the democrats,firing people because they take an oath not for you but their country, blame it on Obama oh and by the way be sure to mention his middle name. Get a movie star or an ex beauty queen jackpot!! Republicans have their base... What morans some of you are... Lack of simple common sense is a dangerous thing not to have...

Posted by: laj82 | September 3, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Its about money and I WANT MINE.
Obama will give me a bigger tax refund than McCain will.
McCain's tax plan rewards great wealth with more wealth.
McCains health plan is designed to give greater profits than even now to the companies. It will rip off anyone with an existing health issue.

Palin is a sham. Her claim to fame is the willingness to follow the BIble with blind faith. I consider that a mark of insanity, but of course in Amish country they will vote in droves for the woman.

Maybe this time, the young will register and get out and vote.
Otherwise the red state's dupes will carry the day again.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 3, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Move to Europe? The only reason there is Democratic Europe is because of the US.

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

This is a great piece Mr. Robinson, hit the nail on the head here.

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

I would much rather have a President that balanced the budget, respected other world powers, and didn't lie about anything except his sex life than the wholesale liars that are in the Whitehouse now.

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

don't be fooled, the Sheildmaiden of Rohan is an idiot. here's the proof:

"I am the Sheildmaiden of Rohan, and I'm an idiot.

Sincerely, -Sheildmaiden of Rohan"

Posted by: Bob | September 3, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Questioning the choice of Palin, especially give McCain's age, is not sexist. Questioning her qualifications which are slim is not sexist. Questioning the lack of vetting, one phone call?, is not sexist.

There are so many questions raised by this choice that it has to be examined by the MSM. In this one they clearly have a role.

Palin is a weak choice. Go after this hard Eugene. Good job and please serve our country by doing what the MSM should be doing.

Posted by: Mike in Sac | September 3, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Since Saint Sarah was obviously (to the evangelicals) sent by God to save the Republican Party, questioning her qualifications for VP is like questoning the bible - it doesn't need a rationale basis, it simply is.

So, the choice is clear - do we want leaders who support the constitution and depend on reason to solve problems, or do we want the Evangelical Christian Party ... uh the "Republicans" ...to lead us by means of the unquestionable authority of God's own messengers (like pat Robertosn, et.)?

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

Hey Robinson...go back and join the Obama circle jerk. You might get lucky and be the one chosen to to give Obama a reach around.

BTW, Obama is the one that went whining to the feds crying foul when someone had the audacity to report on his connections with Ayres.


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

The hate speech I've seen spewing forth from Liberals and Democrats in these last fews days is simply astounding. I cannot understand how such people can speak out of one side of their mouth about wanting to make hate speech crimnal if it's targeted at blacks or gays, while at the same time hurling insult after horrible insult at a seventeen year old girl who got herself into trouble with a boy. Shame on you wicked evil leftists for being so small minded as to want to butcher this sorry child. Read these posts from 'good liberals' and discover what is truly hate speech.

Posted by: KRK in MA | September 3, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is BIASED!

Posted by: Democrat Propaganda | September 3, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palen won in a landslide winning 115000 votes. Thats 1/4 the population of Brooklyn NY. Way to go Gov.!

Posted by: slush | September 3, 2008 5:38 PM

NYC has fives times the population of Alaska.
But NYC also has twice the population of Arkansas.

Country girl carries the day and wins two terms of her own after Alzheimer's candidate passes to his just reward.
Good bye contraceptives.
Good bye sane judges.
Good bye global warming as a real issue, since creationism preaches that the world only began 7000 years ago.


Posted by: bruce Becker | September 3, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I do not and will not evaluate Sarah Palin's readiness to be President of the United States on her choice to enter politics, the chasteness of her daughter, or on other things of a personal nature. I have questions regarding her positions and qualifications. Is Sarah Palin qualified and do I trust her to make appointments to the Supreme Court, and the answer is No, given her opposition to a woman's right to choose abortion even in cases of rape or incest. Is she able to get beyond personal religious and moral views to be a President for all of America? My answer is No. She believes that Creationism should be taught in the public schools. The study of such a concept belongs in the religious sphere. I am a Christian, but I do not wish to foist my views on everyone. Would a President Palin discriminate against homosexual persons in hiring, in housing, or in other ways. I think she might, so I cannot support her. Is her government experience sufficient for a possible future President. I think not. Therefore, my opinion is that Senator McCain has selected her to meet the demands of the extreme right-wing religious faction of his party and in the hopes of gleaning the votes of women. I refer to her qualifications for the Presidency because every vice presidential candidate must be viewed as a possible President of the United States.

Posted by: Jeanne Armstrong | September 3, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Reading the Republican comments on this page has given me a huge belly ache from laughing so hard. The media is being gentile compared to what has been called media coverage the last eight years. Get over yourselves Republicans. Your mudslinging methods have worked in getting the U.S.A and the world into a hell of a mess. Sit back and take it with a smile. Thanks God the media has come around...finally!!!

Posted by: PG | September 3, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I am very much impressed with Sen. Joe Lieberman, thank you sir.

You are a victim of the DNC and survived. Keep saying and doing what you belive.

I hope President McCain has a spot for you in his administration.

Posted by: Dean (Wisconsin) | September 3, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain is milking the POW thing. RETORT: The senator had his shoulders slowly dislocated, his jaw broken along with repeated broken bones and teeth knocked out. Don't you dare disrespect his service. You should be ashamed.

What does having the crap beat out of you have to do with engineering a society? NOTHING. His qualifications for engineering the infrastructure and economics of the country are zero. He doesnt even understand economics and his advisor has lead the way to the mortgage crisis and his advisors associates are under investigation for mortgage fraud.

Posted by: bruce Becker | September 3, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Gene,

Keep up the good work! The longer you and the rest of the liberal press attack Palin like a bunch of rabid animals, more independent voters are able to see the true nature of the Democratic party and will vote for the McCain/Palin ticket. I thank you Mr Robinson, for helping the Republican Party.

Posted by: JmanSRQ | September 3, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Paul: Sarah Palin is pro-life and advocates abstinence-only sex education. She wants to make these things the law of the land. Therefore she's attacking my personal life if I believe that I should be allowed to choose an abortion if my fetus has Down syndrome or if I think I should tell my teenagers how condoms work. It's very simple.

You know what - I gave up a big promotion and a bigger bonus opportunity and went to part-time status on my job when my daughter had emotional difficulties that required me to be out of the office a LOT. Maybe because I did that when she needed me, she's still a virgin at 18 and seeks my advice when she has life problems. And I would NEVER shove her into the limelight to further my career. NEVER NEVER NEVER.

Posted by: Martimr1 | September 3, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

In all of these comments, the point I think is missing is that NO ONE Human Being is "qualified" to be president of the United States. Not McCain. Not Obama. But not anyone else, either. If you think about what the job entails - it is impossible for any one person to have all of the skills and experience necessary to be ready to handle anything that may happen (or need deciding). Sooooooo, the most important qualification in a person running for president is that the candidate have truly sound judgement in picking his/her advisors and staff. Surround him/herself with a large cadre of really really sharp people representing a variety of viewpoints and with broad experience and knowledge, and make full use of them. That, and have a fundamental, solid value base underlying his/her decision-making. (Although which values you think that person should have will be a reflection of your personal beliefs.)

Think about it. I don't want a loner who is prone to inadequately researched impulsive decisions sitting in the White House when the next Cuban Missle Crisis happens. Do you?

Posted by: Thinker | September 3, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

JamesT: Perhaps you're aware that bags of hammers possess no detectable intelligence. There is evidence that the implication of this fact is unimportant – actually lost, sadly – in cases such as yours. I'm told, however, this condition does not actually hurt. How nice for you.

Yet I can't help wonder if the bags of hammers feel any pain.

Posted by: JTB | September 3, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

At's odd how both sided are blasting the media?

But all I have to say is "Dan Rather".

Posted by: Dean (Wisconsin) | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree with earlier posters- why is there so much venom? Judge on issues not on political affiliation.
As a person who votes according to issues, not party, I feel there should be a litmus test of the questions: If you would ask the same question to both sides- it is legitimate. Therefore, questions about the experience of the candidates- yes, this is an legitimate and necessary question. Questions about children and parenting- no. Unless and until you are willing to discuss Obama's young children and his ambitions- stay away from Palin. By default you are insinuating that her husband is not the proper or competent parent to deal with the family issues- and that is sexist.

Posted by: Independent | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree with earlier posters- why is there so much venom? Judge on issues not on political affiliation.
As a person who votes according to issues, not party, I feel there should be a litmus test of the questions: If you would ask the same question to both sides- it is legitimate. Therefore, questions about the experience of the candidates- yes, this is an legitimate and necessary question. Questions about children and parenting- no. Unless and until you are willing to discuss Obama's young children and his ambitions- stay away from Palin. By default you are insinuating that her husband is not the proper or competent parent to deal with the family issues- and that is sexist.

Posted by: Independent | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

The messiah has come in the form of a half black man. He will save us from those who have intended to harm us since 2000. We shall praise him at the holy church. He who walks on water, He who speaks smoothly, He who cares for all. He is here to save us, hold him up high and praise his feet. Those that follow him will be prosperous until half their paycheck is going to the slum lord down the street to pay for his baby-daddy's first born illegitimate crackhead of a daughter

Posted by: The Messiah | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

wow... go AnitaRN1. that is seriously the best post i've read in ages...

most of the time i don't read these b/c they are filled with people who tend to freak me out, both parties included.

yours was really refreshing.

Posted by: teddy | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

what about the husband being a member of a sucessionist movement? Is that appropriate for a candidate for high office.
No.
As we point out with Rev Wright, putting up with nonsense is inappropriate. So attending the meetings, by Palin, with her husband means she accepted that stance TO DISSOLVE THE UNION, to some degree, enough to participate in meetings at least.

That's way more than the tiny connection with Ayers.
Ayers was on a board of a non-profit.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree with earlier posters- why is there so much venom? Judge on issues not on political affiliation.
As a person who votes according to issues, not party, I feel there should be a litmus test of the questions: If you would ask the same question to both sides- it is legitimate. Therefore, questions about the experience of the candidates- yes, this is an legitimate and necessary question. Questions about children and parenting- no. Unless and until you are willing to discuss Obama's young children and his ambitions- stay away from Palin. By default you are insinuating that her husband is not the proper or competent parent to deal with the family issues- and that is sexist.

Posted by: Independent | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

what about the Palin husband being a member of a separatist movement? Is that appropriate for a candidate for high office.
No.
As we point out with Rev Wright, putting up with nonsense is inappropriate. So attending the meetings, by Palin, with her husband means she accepted that stance TO DISSOLVE THE UNION, to some degree, enough to participate in meetings at least.

That's way more than the tiny connection with Ayers.
Ayers was on a board of a non-profit.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 3, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mr. Robinson, if you get this far down in the comments-- I agree with you. Love your work, both here and at MSNBC.

Posted by: Marina Stern | September 3, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Poor Palin. People keep interfering in her family's private life.

Palin would deny teenagers accurate contraceptive information. She would require abstinence-only sex education. When teen pregnancies increase, she would deny teenagers the choice of abortion. She would dictate sexual morality. She believes the government should be in your bedroom. She supports the GOP and its policies of warrantless searches. She would have the government decide who you could marry.

Don't ask about Palin's family. Her daughter is entitled to privacy and choices. Your daughter isn't.

Posted by: Citizen | September 3, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The first of what appears to be a genuine nude photo of her has already surfaced on the net (along with some obvious fakes.) I'm sure more are on the way. The tabloids are on the loose in Alaska and Idaho with checkbooks in hand.

Posted by: mcs | September 3, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

After her Mom rushed home to 'claim' Trig as her own, Bristol probably thought she couldn't get pregnant so soon after giving birth. After all, Abstinence Only sex education means only having to say you're sorry.

What kind of message does this send to the youth of America?

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 3, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

It's a fundamental difference of opinion on how to get a long and how to run a country. Republicans have proven themselves over the past 40 years to be experts at Oppression, muzzling free speech, free speech zones, pepper spraying innocent bystanders, acts of aggression on our own citizens, pilaging social security reserves, reducing benefits to elderly, regressive taxation, hoarding, cronyism, oligarchy, hypocricy...and yet I stop here.

Our current administration should be on trial for war crimes - and yet still, there are those republicans who would sit in their chairs and tell us that we don't know our facts, or that we're getting history wrong. It's laughable - and sad.

I retract my last sentiment in my previous post. It must be horrible being trapped in a reblican way of thinking.

I see plenty of examples in the world that prove that my ideas are good for business and society. Heck, if Republicans were good for society and business, why did annheuser busch just get sold to a European country? Huh? What's up with that? Who owns the Chrysler Building. Helloooo? Are you seriously voting for more of that?

Posted by: I just don't get republicans - part deux | September 3, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Explain why Levi Johnston shouldn't be arrested as a pedophile, that's what she needs to do. Does she support pedophilia when it envolves her children?

This is his second child; the first was with a 13 year old girl. Even by Alaskan standards (which are very loose) that is a bit young.

Sick.... really sick... yea, we want her in the White House. Her and her husband are good evangelicals, and typical of the breed. But lets move on to other issues.

Will she support states that wish to secede from the United States, since her and her husband were both in a party pushing to have Alaska secede from the Union?

Will she legalize pot since she smokes it herself?

Will she start supporting unwed mothers, particularly teens so they can finish an education through college?

Posted by: basementfrog | September 3, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

The hate speech I've seen spewing forth from Liberals and Democrats in these last fews days is simply astounding. I cannot understand how such people can speak out of one side of their mouth about wanting to make hate speech crimnal if it's targeted at blacks or gays, while at the same time hurling insult after horrible insult at a seventeen year old girl who got herself into trouble with a boy. Shame on you wicked evil leftists for being so small minded as to want to butcher this sorry child. Read these posts from 'good liberals' and discover what is truly hate speech.

Posted by: KRK in MA | September 3, 2008 5:52 PM
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What freakin' planet are you from? The number of Republican flames on this board is amazing. Are you blind or delusional or both?

And how can you accuse the Democrats of trying to butcher Bristol's child. Their position is pro-choice which means Bristol has the ability to terminate her pregnancy only if she wishes. I hope she doesn't and that she has a safe and fulfilling pregnancy. You have gone beyond smear and into slime. You should be ashamed of yourself. Please, God, forgive this man his wicked statements.

Posted by: cataplasm | September 3, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm reminded of Dan Quayle and Murphy Brown. Most people don't have the Palin resources, and the Palins should not be promoting unwed teen pregnancy to promote the pro-life agenda.

Posted by: Gnostic | September 3, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

...and to add to Richard's list: We can't talk about how many lines disappeared into The Annointed One's sinuses;

But of course it's fair game to point out 22 year-old DWI's incurred by Palin's HUSBAND!

Posted by: markkens | September 3, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

boosterprez, Palin is a gift to Obama BECAUSE she's so easy to criticize.

Posted by: scott | September 3, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are like toads. They like water but not when it is boiling.

Posted by: Darryl | September 3, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

If, in politics, private family matters aren't supposed to be discussed, especially concerning children, why is Palin bringing her daughter's boyfriend to the convention where they will get a standing ovation. Doesn't that put them into the public limelight and thus subject to praise and/or criticism?

Good point. The entire matter of taboos and of sexuality and the problem with basing your point of view on discredited religious teaching, (since 1927, Snopes) like the myth of 7-day creation, is on the table now and asking questions is what the election is about. Appointing her to the VP position two days before the party convention, does not get her a free pass from the rest of us or from the media. The right wing like to make the media the enemy,except the FOX news which they own. They thought they owned CNN too, but they actually got a couple of questions this week, so now McCain is punishing CNN.
PS. This was just sprung on us, so yes, we do have a sense of urgency, and the slim hope that wiser heads would prevail and end this candidacy. But no, they will take the Bush example and bull on, like a moose, no matter what, and blame the media for any facts that are discussed.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse


Has anyone stopped to think about what would happen if this woman became pregnant while she was VP or possibly president. She obviously doesn't use or believe in birth control. At her age she would be a high risk pregnancy and bed rest could even be recommended.
Don't say a man would never be asked this question because of course he wouldn't because he can't get pregnant. I know women who have had to quit their job because of the bed rest thing.
This is a job where a person, man or woman, has to be available 24/7. It is not sexist to point that out, it's just realistic.
No reporter will have the guts to ask that because they'll be assailed by every working woman.
I don't think people have thought this choice through. No one can carry her baby for nine months for her and travel would be very difficult. I would rather see a woman who either practices birth control or whose children are grown and she's post menopause!!

Posted by: quad fan | September 3, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a stupid idiot with no experience or brains that believe Global Warning isn't real, the polar bears are no big deal and no endangered, that Medicare and social security checks should be stopped immediately and that George Bush is a hero. Screw her, her unwed pregnant teenager and the moose she rode in on.

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 3, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Could people please stop bringing up the 80% approval rating? I am an Alaskan, and while I will say that Sarah Palin is fine as a governor, she is in no way qualified for the office of Vice President. I challenge anyone to ask an Alaskan who is part of that 80% approval rating whether or not they approve of Palin as a Vice President. I imagine that rating would be quite different.

Posted by: Calendae | September 3, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

The only reason I would hug a Republican is: it would bug the crap out of them!

FACTS vs. LIES

HOPE vs. FEAR

900% behind Barack. Let's do this thing!

Posted by: Bud | September 3, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I like the Toad Story. Best one yet.

Posted by: Diegoriveras | September 3, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

What is indeed incredible is that the RNC systematically isolates their eminent Senator from Texas, Mr. Paul, they make special efforts to laud their POW "songbird" and sidekick nobody "Baby wolf killer" from Alaska. Pathetic indeed...!

Posted by: ed | September 3, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

This comment is towards that Republican Elitist Turd who keeps referring to Obama as "hussain obama" grow the f_ck up and graduate high school you redneck SOB.

The GOP has done a great job of turning the United States on a fast track towards 3rd world status. Don't believe me? During President Clinton's years American's had an excess of $7500 of income per household. Now they are making on average of $2500 less than what they were making in 2000.

We don't rescue this country, people will start to immigrate to China for a "better life" and a "fresh start".

Obama-Biden in 2008

Posted by: anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Don't ask about Palin's family. Her daughter is entitled to privacy and choices. Your daughter isn't.
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That just about sums it up!

Posted by: Mama Rose | September 3, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse


Liberal = Sexist

Just ask the Kennedy's
Just ask Hillary
Just ask Bill's trooper friends
Just ask Obama why he calls women "sweetie"
Just ask the liberal hip hop culture
Just ask CNN
Just ask NYTimes
Just ask US Weekly

All of these liberals are guilty of blatant sexism. The liberal culture is saturated so much in sexist bias they can't even see how hypocritical they are.

That's ok. The liberal elites never get it anyway and that is why they lose every presidential election.

Posted by: julie | September 3, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking all over this list, indeed all over the press, for a Republican who can stand up and say that they're proud of the last eight years and that they want four more of the same.

Instead all I see is Republicans carping about "Hussein" and taking umbrage at "smears" with smears of their own and treating all of this as though it's a soap opera with no practical effects on their lives.

Tell us all, would you, are you better off after eight years of George Bush?

Posted by: DFC102 | September 3, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Since I despise politicians as a class, it always amuses me to hear them crying about being mistreated by the media. (And for the benefit of those whose memory is short, they all do it.)

As they all whine, whine, whine, I hear the voice of an old Senior Chief Petty Officer I served under in the Navy, telling me, "Quit yer b------g, ya volunteered."

Posted by: EnjoyEverySandwich | September 3, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

He (she) without sin cast the first stone. If you are going to accuse someone (or in this case a group) of a wrong doing make sure you are not doing the same or similar action yourself. This goes for both sides. As for the article, I find it not well written and very unprofessional. Either the author isn't very well educated or the article was written in a spout of emotional rage. I would hope the later.

Posted by: ap | September 3, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Those are really bad characterizations of what McCain actually said. Thanks for staying objective.

Posted by: griz | September 3, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

The stench of Republican hate, disinformstion, and outright lies are hitting America in the face once more. Business as usual. I am an independent because I don't feel either party has been honest and fair to the middle class. But the elitist, hateful, misleading crap dished out by the Republicans really gets OLD. Apparently all they can do well is attack and try to destroy anyone who gets in their way. Remember the Shaviano escapade and using 50 million of our dollars to chase Clinton around like a pack of rabid dogs.

This party is a disgrace to America and the Republicans of old. They need to grow up and try to win on merit, ideas, and answers to our real problems. We don't discount that Senator Mccain suffered dearly after being shot down. We also recognize that he turned on his first family and disabled wife to marry a much younger, wealthy and politically connected 24 year old woman. But of course he had to betray his wife and have an affair until he had someone else to support him and make his dreams come true. Married the young girl one month after the divorce, good going Big John.
Now I voted for Young Bush the first time, but had to change for his second run because he got us into a war and reconstruction of Iraq by misleading the country. Bin Ladin is still out there. "Mission accomplished"? I guess we really did not know just what his real mission was.

Mc Cain did an honorable thing as a POW. He did a dishonorable thing to his family.

"Country first" Why not Family first? What the Republican party has forgotten is that America is built for and by families. The families do not exist just to be used for some President's ambitions.

Amd please stop the intense attacks on all who do not agree with you. This is our country and our flag too. Our children, fathers, wives, have served in the military or government, or schools too.

YOU are no better than us. You are not more deserving than the rest of us. Honor and sacrifice are not only Republican traits. They are American traits. Just be an AMERICAN and stop all the attacks and lies.


Posted by: the watcher 2 | September 3, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

".if she was a "gift" to Obama, as many on the left like to say, then why bother attacking her at all????"

Because it's fun and ever so easy???????

Posted by: tom | September 3, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Bill, if you are so concerned about the left-leaning press, you are welcome to start your own publication, hire some reporters who think like you do, and blather away, dear! That is what Freedom of the Press is all about!

If you don't like it, DO something about it besides whining! (You do have FOX, of course.) The press is in the business of selling advertising, or maybe you didn't know that? There is a REASON the left-leaning press is THRIVING, dear.

And as far as the sexism question... my first gut reaction, as a female, to McCain's choice of Palin was this: "EWWW, that dirty slimy old man... he has picked himself another beauty queen!!" She's young, pretty and female and we all KNOW that the ONLY reason he picked her was because of her gender.

Folks, that is about as SEXIST as it gets. She's a token babe, surrounded by a bunch of sexist, grizzled old farts. BLEAHHHH! I want to throw up. I feel sorry for Sarah that she has to actually HUG McCain, but some women will do ANYTHING to get ahead.

Yes, this bizarre entity that the Republican Party has morphed into the past 8 years is certainly a sight to behold. Almost amusing if it wasn't so nauseating.

Posted by: mavis beacon | September 3, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Gene. If a similar conversation was held over Obama -- four years ago a junior Illinois State Senator -- you'd be the first to cry racism. Matter of fact, you're the first to cry racism over just about anything.

And for the record, I'm black and an Obama supporter. Doesn't change the fact that you are in the tank for blacks (at least, Dem blacks).

Posted by: gbooksdc | September 3, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

When referring to her experience why leave out her current position as Governor? Oh, I see, because your intention is to belittle. How much did they pay you for this un-intelligent article? Your full of hypocrisy considering your candidate for the first ticket has zero experience. Obama was a community organizer and that makes him qualified? What legislative accomplishments can you list? Give me one? Where’s your experience in writing? Oh, that’s right….you don’t any. Affirmative action.

Posted by: Jon | September 3, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

"Why are family issues within conservative Republican families 'personal', but when they happen in other families, they are acceptable targets for public debate and even vilification? Why were the Evangelicals silent on Vice President Cheney's daughter's lesbian relationship - that included the addition of a child - yet rail againt the 'unholy' unions of other gay and lesbian families? Why was Jamie Lynn Spears' teen pregnancy any less of a 'personal' matter than Palin's daughter's? Who knew hypocrisy was a 'family value'?"

Well said-Saromat (September 3, 2008 5:05 PM).

NEW RULE: Republican supporters must now defend themselves against these issues before further posting.

Posted by: B_Maher | September 3, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I remember when we were all so hopeful that, given the fundamental differences in the approaches of McCain and Obama, and their apparent commitment to win or lose on the merits of their policies, we could have an election in which we had a genuine chance to choose which direction we wanted the country to go on important issues having to do with war and peace and economic justice. Instead, we now have ad hominum attacks, a revival of those tired culture wars themes from the 1980s, and, most bizzarely of all, an argument over which relatively inexperienced politician is more qualified (by virtue of their superior experience) to lead the country. I'm reminded of that scene in "Saving Private Ryan" when Tom Sizemore turns to Tom Hanks and says, "Things have taken a turn for the surreal."

Posted by: Eric Hansmeier | September 3, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

...and now this
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/03/mccain_aide_rips_tabloid_repor.html

Palin is the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: lpdrjk | September 3, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

God how wonderful it is to hear the Republicans cry and gnash their teeth. What they have dealt to others now comes flying home to roost in thier own filthy pen. How fitting, how just, how hilariously funny.
There will be dancing in the streets come Nov. 4th!!

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | September 3, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I agree 100% with "anonymous." Please don't expect much from the poster who kept referring to Obama as "Hussein." If you were an inbred, lowlife, trailer trash, you'd post the same thing.

Posted by: tiredofrepublicans | September 3, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Before 2004, b. Hussein Yobama was fixing parking tickets in the city of chicago. Sice then and until 2006, he voted "present" on 90% of the bills that made the senate. And since 2006, he has been campaigning for president.

If that's not experience, I don't know what is.

Posted by: Libertarian | September 3, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

* Senator Obama’s fight for universal children’s health care in Illinois.
* His success bringing Republicans and Democrats together (a huge selling point for me in general) on bills such as the one in Illinois requiring police interrogations and confessions to be videotaped.
* His leadership on ethics reform in Washington (the bill that lobbyists and special interests are complaining about right now has his name on it).
* His bill to make the federal budget far more transparent and accessible to Americans via the Internet.
* And his vital work with Republicans to lock down nuclear weapons around the world.

Posted by: Bud | September 3, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Poor Steve Schmidt, who is orchestrating all this whining and crying. Protege' of Karl Rove. I feel sorry for him, my foot.
Where was he when all the innuendoes and downright smears were being made on Obama?
Oh, he was the one orchestrating that, too, huh? Get real, people.

Thank you, Mr. Robinson.

Posted by: Jackie | September 3, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

The problem here is that the "left" ie; the libral media wants to demonize any Republican woman as only going to apeal to uneduacated women. If she were Black she would not be Black enough,if she were a D.C. insider she would be "more of the same old thing".
The left can't stand that Mrs Palin is a self made woman who sticks to her guns.

Posted by: William Heath | September 3, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

On Iran: S.J.RES.23 : A joint resolution clarifying that the use of force against Iran is not authorized by the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq, any resolution previously adopted, or any other provision of law.

On votingPassed out of Committee and now on the Senate Calendar for Feb. 22, 2008
S.453 : A bill to prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections Please check this out! This is a great bill. We need this. I can't believe that this time voter intimidation is not already illegal.

On veterans and military personnel: S.1084 : A bill to provide housing assistance for very low-income veterans;

On global warmingS.1324 : A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuel sold in the United States;S.1389 : A bill to authorize the National Science Foundation to establish a Climate Change Education Program; S.AMDT.599 to S.CON.RES.21 To add $200 million for Function 270 (Energy) for the demonstration and monitoring of carbon capture and sequestration technology by the Department of Energy. (This last one passed both the House and the Senate as part of the budget bill.)

On campaign finance and lobbyists S.2030 : A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require reporting relating to bundled contributions made by persons other than registered lobbyists; and S.AMDT.41 to S.1 To require lobbyists to disclose the candidates, leadership PACs, or political parties for whom they collect or arrange contributions, and the aggregate amount of the contributions collected or arranged.

On Blackwater S.2044 : A bill to provide procedures for the proper classification of employees and independent contractors, and for other purposes, and S.2147 : A bill to require accountability for contractors and contract personnel under Federal contracts, and for other purposes.

On global poverty S.2433 : A bill to require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.

On global nuclear proliferation S.1977 : A bill to provide for sustained United States leadership in a cooperative global effort to prevent nuclear terrorism, reduce global nuclear arsenals, stop the spread of nuclear weapons and related material and technology, and support the responsible and peaceful use of nuclear technology.

I counted nine education bills, but it's getting late...

Posted by: Bud | September 3, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, Eugene, Eugene ... OBAMA WENT WHINING to Rupert Murdoch in a private meeting and got Fox to dial it back, which sounds an awful lot like censurship in China that so many in the media seem to abhor. All the while, you and your Left Wing Wacko friends have become the laughing stock of journalism schools everywhere with your relentless diatribes of sophomoric propaganda on the new comedy channel commonly referred to as MSNBC. Geez.

Posted by: Americano | September 3, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Of the 15 bills Senator Obama sponsored or co-sponsored in 2005-7 that became law:

Two addressed foreign policy:
Promote relief, security and democracy in the Congo (2125)
Develop democratic institutions in areas under Palestinian control (2370).

Three addressed public health:
Improve mine safety (2803)
Increased breast cancer funding (597)
Reduce preterm delivery and complications, reduce infant mortality (707).

Two addressed openness and accountability in government:
Strengthening the Freedom of Information Act (2488)
Full disclosure of all entities receiving federal funds (2590)

Two addressed national security
Extend Terrorist Risk Insurance (467)
Amend the Patriot Act (2167)

One addressed the needs of the Armed Forces
Wave passport fees to visit graves, attend memorials/funerals of veterans abroad (1184).

Of the 570 bills Senator Obama introduced into the Senate during the 109th and 110th Congress (Senate Bill numbers are in parentheses), they can be summarized as follows:

25 addressed Energy Efficiency and Climate Change
Suspend royalty relief for oil and gas (115)
Reduce dependence on oil; use of alternative energy sources (133)
Increase fuel economy standards for cars (767, 768)
Auto industry incentives for fuel efficient vehicles (1151)
Reduce green house gas emissions (1324)
Establish at NSF a climate change education program (1389)
Increase renewable content of gasoline (2202)
Energy emergency relief for small businesses and farms (269)
Strategic gasoline and fuel reserves (1794)
Alternative diesel standards (3554)
Coal to liquid fuel promotion (3623)
Renewable diesel standards (1920)
Reducing global warming pollution from vehicles (2555)
Fuel security and consumer choice (1994, 2025)
Alternative energy refueling system (2614)
Climate change education (1389)
Low income energy assistance (2405)
Oil savings targets (339)
Fuel economy reform (3694)
Plug-in electric drive vehicles (1617)
Nuclear release notice (2348)
Passenger rail investment (294)
Energy relief for low income families (2405)

21 addressed Health Care
Drug re-importation (334)
Health information technology (1262, 1418)
Discount drug prices (2347)
Health care associated infections (2278)
Hospital quality report cards (692, 1824)
Medical error disclosure and compensation (1784)
Emergency medical care and response (1873)
Stem cell research (5)
Medical Malpractice insurance (1525)
Health centers renewal (901, 3771)
Children’s health insurance (401)
Home health care (2061)
Medicare independent living (2103)
Microbicides for HIV/AIDS (823)
Ovarian cancer biomarker research (2569)
Gynological cancers (1172)
Access to personalized medicine through use of human genome (976)
Paralysis research and care (1183)

20 addressed Public Health:
Violence against women (1197)
Biodefense and pandemic preparedness and response (1821, 1880)
Viral influenza control (969)
End homelessness (1518)
Reduce STDs/unintended pregnancy (1790)
Smoking prevention and tobacco control (625)
Minority health improvement and disparity elimination (4024)
Nutrition and physical education in schools (2066)
Health impact assessments (1067, 2506)
Healthy communities (1068)
Combat methamphetamines (2071)
Paid sick leave (910)
Prohibit mercury sales (833, 1818)
Prohibit sale of lead products (1306, 2132)
Lead exposure in children (1811, 2132)

14 address Consumer Protection/Labor
Stop unfair labor practices (842)
Fair minimum wage (2, 1062, 2725, 3829)
Internet freedom (2917)
Credit card safety (2411)
Media ownership (2332)
Protecting taxpayer privacy (2484)
Working family child assistance (218)
Habeus Corpus Restoration (185)
Bankruptcy protection for employees and retirees (2092)
FAA fair labor management dispute resolution (2201)
Working families flexibility (2419).

13 addressed the Needs of Veterans and the Armed Forces:
Improve Benefits (117)
Suicide prevention (479)
Needs of homeless veterans (1180)
Homes for veterans (1084)
GI Bill enhancement (43)
Military job protection
Dignity in care for wounded vets (713)
Housing assistance for low income veterans (1084)
Military children in public schools (2151)
Military eye injury research and care (1999)
Research physical/mental health needs from Iraq War (1271)
Proper administration of discharge for personality disorder (1817, 1885)
Security of personal data of veterans (3592)

12 addressed Congressional Ethics and Accountability
Lobbying and ethics reform (230)
Stop fraud (2280)
Legislative transparency and accountability (525)
Open government (2180, 2488)
Restoring fiscal discipline (10)
Transparency and integrity in earmarks (2261)
Accountability of conference committee deliberations and reports (2179)
Federal funding accountability and transparency (2590)
Accountability and oversight for private security functions under Federal
contract (674)
Accountability for contractors and personnel under federal contracts
(2147) Resctrictions awarding government contracts (2519)

10 addressed Foreign Policy:
Iraq war de-escalation (313)
US policy for Iraq (433),
Divestiture from Iran (1430)
Sudan divestment authorization (831)
Millennium Development Goals (2433)
Multilateral debt relief (1320)
Development bank reform (1129)
Nuclear nonproliferation (3131,977,2224).

9 address Voting/Elections
Prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections (453)
Voter access to polls and services in Federal elections (737)
Voter intimidation and deceptive practices (1975)
Senate campaign disclosure parity (185)
Require reporting for bundled campaign contributions (2030)
Election jamming prevention (4102)
Campaign disclosure parity (223)
Presidential funding (2412)
Integrity of electronic voting systems (1487)

11 addressed Education
Increase access of low income African Americans to higher education (1513)
Establish teaching residency programs (1574)
Increase early intervention services (2111)
Middle school curriculum improvements (2227)
Public database of scholarships, fellowships and financial aid (2428)
Summer learning programs (116)
TANF financial education promotion (924)
Higher education (1642)
Build capacity at community colleges (379)
Campus law enforcement in emergencies (1228)
Support for teachers (2060).

6 addressed Hurrican Katrina
Hurricane Katrina recovery (2319)
Emergency relief (1637)
Bankruptcy relief and community protection (1647)
Working family tax relief (2257)
Fair wages for recovery workers (1749)
Gulf coast infrastructure redevelopment (1836)

5 addressed the Environment
Drinking water security (218, 1426)
Water resources development (728)
Waste water treatment (1995)
Combat illegal logging (1930)
Spent nuclear fuel tracking and Acountability (1194)
Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act (Introduced in Senate)[S.726.IS ]

4 addressed Discrimination
Claims for civil class action based on discrimination (1989)
Domestic partnership benefits (2521)
Unresolved civil rights crimes (535)
Equality or two parent families (2286)

4 addressed Homeland Security
Judicial review of FISA orders (2369)
National emergency family locator (1630)
Amend US Patriot Act (2167)
Chemical security and safety (2486)

Posted by: Bud | September 3, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to tear up.

Posted by: Hootathought | September 3, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Just a thought about that family.
If not "trailer trash", how about
"Governor's Mansion trash?

Posted by: ken | September 3, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Now YOU tell us about Palin's legislative experience -

She may not realize it ("What is the VP's job?") but she has to preside over the Senate if she gets elected.

Posted by: Bud | September 3, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

When a party has basically told 60% of the American people they don't care what they think it's hard to feel sorry for them. This is the party that gave us Iraq, Afghanistan, Torture, threw out the Geneva Accords, was responsible to no one, still hasn't cleaned up after Katrina and run the economy into the ground. For this we're supposed to be supportive? Oh, I forgot to say hasn't caught Bin Laden. Nope, I still don't feel sorry for them. Bush/Cheney ran around calling everyone who didn't agree with their position traitors. Yup, good American loving people labeled traitorous by the people we're supposed to feel sorry for? I think not.

As far as the media being biased, they are. They love a good story and could care less about which party it comes from. If the "liberal media" was that liberal they would have boycotted the RNC and saved a bunch of money. It's not the medias fault Bush has lied over and over again. It's not the medias fault McCain selected a relatively unknow for VP and we want to know who and what she is.

I'm sorry, hugging a republican will probably lead to bankrupticy right before you are deployed to Iraq where you'll catch VD. I think I'll pass.

Posted by: BobL-VA | September 3, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Quickly, here are 4 reasons why the Palin is so ridiculously bad for the GOP:

1) The leadership/experience question is now an open issue on both sides of the aisle. The GOP had this qualification in the bag. Not anymore.

2) "Country First" goes out the window. This was blatantly political. If the pick was truly "country first" we would see someone -- nearly anyone -- vastly different.

3) It goes beyond "maverick" straight into "reckless". This isn't the kind of measured judgement most people want to see in their presidents.

4) It might've fired up the GOP base, but it also turned off a good number of independents, too.

I look forward to the polling after the convention's done.

Posted by: FML | September 3, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Diegoriveras | September 3, 2008 5:28 PM

Too many people sit in front of a computer and use denigrations rather than intelligence. I noticed that you neglected to specify examples indicating your wrath's validity. Was that by choice, and if not, what examples would you care to verbalize (specifically)? For instance, Obama chants, "Change we can believe in". To many Americans there is no substance to that phrase, it's meaningless verbiage. So sir, please explain what you are alluding to so that all of us who are interested may reply in an intelligent manner. Thank You.

Posted by: San Diego | September 3, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

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your an idiot

Posted by: kevin | September 3, 2008 5:05 PM
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Actually, you're the idiot. LOL.

Posted by: SJ | September 3, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

BobL

You forgot that they announced the identity of a CIA agent for political vengeance.

There's a word for that ... "treason?"

Posted by: Bud | September 3, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Dear Clusterez Kook

"I wonder how many qualified non-minorities Michelle and Barack beat back for their Ivy league education. Why it is every day in America when a poor white girl without a father can send her poor white boy to an IVY league school for free. "

In case you want the truth-not something Republicans like at all-Obama did not list his race on his application to Harvard-He just got in for being brilliant-again something that is looked down on in your neck of the woods.

Gene-great article-the "blame the press" thing won't work for these idiots-it didn't work for Junior's father-Pathetic!

I wish we could get away from the backwards "red states" Really-Think what our country would be like if we didn't have these Southern States to drag us down and embaress us like a drunken uncle at a wedding.Go to Chicago, New York, Boston or even Philly to see what sophisticated city is like-yikes then go to Atlanta, or Dallas-yuck-We set you free red states-go! Please!We will send you no more tax money taken from the North-you may pollute and exploit your people at will. More than likely they would bring back slavery-and would never invest in any heathen thing like Education, Health care, infrastructure. Soon they would become a third world country and bring back the Feudal System.

Posted by: jeannine | September 3, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Sure I hugged Rush Limbaugh in his brown uniform because he had this unifying solgan on his website: "Jindal dashes Democrat dreams of destruction." Oh what a Republican role model that them suits so well with McCain's unifying GOP slogan: Country First!
as if we democrats are less patriotic. Shame on you!

Posted by: martin | September 3, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

re: specifics of "change you can believe in"

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/

Posted by: Bud | September 3, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

“Why hound the Palin family over such a private matter?” the campaign protests. Uh, maybe because you put out a press release?

Why? Because Sarah Palin and the Republican Party want to pass legislation that would ensure that reproductive decisions of others are public/government matters, not private ones.

Posted by: oc | September 3, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Buzzsaw: Still a little too soon for dancing in the streets, but there is ever hope for a return to the postulates of a TRUE Republic as set forth by our founding fathers. After a century of theft of our Constitutional rights and progressive ruination in general, we must Restore the Republic. The Republican Party is far from being representative of these values. For starter, we could eliminate the Federal Reserve(nothing "Federal" about a secret society of international bankers)and its IRS leeches. Neither is constitutionally justifiable.

Posted by: ed | September 3, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

John McCain says there will be no more questions about Palin and her background or daughter.

Let's see.........hhhhmmmmmm.....who does that remind me of................mmmmmmm.....who never answers questions and says his subordinates don't have to answer them either............

Oh yeah, George W. Bush. Just more of the same.


VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 08 VOTE FOR CHANGE

Posted by: COMMON SENSE | September 3, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...exactly! always someone to blame! When you are in the public eye, everything is out there...you can't ask for "off limits"

Posted by: Tom | September 3, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

If all people did was question her stance on the issues then fine, but it's not that. It's suddenly become how she should be barefoot and close-mouthed in the kitchen rather then - gasp! - run for office.

Republicans have been the ones who appoint women to powerful positions, and appoint African Americans to powerful positions, and those people all get tarred and feathered on a personal and very sneaky level by twits like you.

It's OK, you will find out soon enough how wrong you are ... and you won't pay attention because you have your fingers in your ears screaming lalalalalala.

Posted by: McAllister | September 3, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson would feel that way. If there's one thing the Democratic Primary taught us, and there isn't, it's that black men are responsible for all the problems white women have or imagine.

Posted by: Aleks | September 3, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

One thing's certain, The Washington Post hasn't hugged a Republican today.

Posted by: Bob | September 3, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't like McCain's choice because the rest of the world's leaders are going to chew her up and spit her out if something should happen and she becomes prez. Can you see the Russians, the French, the Koreans, the Columbians, et al taking her seriously? Nope, not a chance. John, what in the world were you thinking?

And has anyone noticed how much she looks and acts like the Gina Davis character in the female president TV show a few years ago?

AND, if Chelsea Clinton had gotten pregnant during Bill's term in office, the Dems would never have heard the end of it from the self-righteous hacks in the far right wing. The Palins (wrongly) made their daughter's life a subject of scrutiny by putting out a press release about it. What did they THINK was going to happen? Sheesh is right.

Posted by: Lane | September 3, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

With the problems in Russia, Iran and around the world, a faltering economy, why does the big campaign issue become a knocked-up teenager? It's never happened before? Leave family alone and deal with the issues. And how does being a "community organizer" equal being mayor of any community when it comes to executive experience?

Posted by: Bill | September 3, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Don't patronize me, @$$hole.

Posted by: Sentinel | September 3, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Hell, I need a hug! Better yet, a pinch and a statement: "Wake up, you're dreaming" because in the real world; no serious candidate or party would try to sell us a vice-presidential candidate whose husband was a member of a party founded on hatred of and secession from this country. No serious candidate or party would try to sell us a vice-presidential candidate who sends friendly video greetings to the secessionist/hate america party's annual conventions.

Now, her willingness to go up against the Alaskan Republican Party makes more sense. She is probably a member of the Republican Party in name only and her true loyalty probably lies with the Alaskan Independance Party.

This from the Country First ex-POW milking candidate and the party of "true" patriotism? This can't be real!

Posted by: young47 | September 3, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

OMG...Republicans whinning and in record time. Let's see, they Swift Boated Kerry with lies, they complained about Obama's preacher (have you checked out what Palin's preacher has said...it's quite startling), McCain who joked that Chelsea Clinton's father was Janet Reno, associating him with Ayers when Obama was 8 years old and in Hawaii when Ayers was in the Weatherman, Obama, the Muslim, Obama not being a patriot... The Palins were members of the Alaska Independence Party which advocates for a vote to secede from the US and of course, the party that has voiced about accountability of teenage pregnancies..especially when the teens are from the South Side of Chicago or Watts or Patterson....Give me a break at the double standards. When you accept a high political nomination, expect media scrunity. Get over it. Sarah Palin also called Hlllary a "whiner."

Posted by: cillann | September 3, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad McSame chose Palin...i want to watch this train wreck all the way to the finish line!

Posted by: Tommy | September 3, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Why trot the girl and her impregnator onto the tarmac if you didn't want the press to cover the damned thing?

Posted by: War Eagle | September 3, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Scared or what? the ball of flames when the train wreck happens??

Posted by: MikeB | September 3, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

It's a bunch of rich trailer trash having a party and broadcasting their excuses and lies. As usual.

Posted by: Donald | September 3, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Heck, I need a hug! Better yet, a pinch and a statement: "Wake up, you're dreaming" because in the real world; no serious candidate or party would try to sell us a vice-presidential candidate whose husband was a member of a party founded on hatred of and secession from this country. No serious candidate or party would try to sell us a vice-presidential candidate who sends friendly video greetings to the secessionist/hate america party's annual conventions.

Now, her willingness to go up against the Alaskan Republican Party makes more sense. She is probably a member of the Republican Party in name only and her true loyalty probably lies with the Alaskan Independance Party.

This from the Country First ex-POW milking candidate and the party of "true" patriotism? This can't be real!

Posted by: young47 | September 3, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Hug a republican? Let's see, I get a thousand dollar a year tax break and for that privilige republican monetary policy steals the value of my life savings by having the governmnent print money like toilet paper. And you want four more years of this debt policy that amounts to indirect taxation? I call it theft. Who in their right mind votes for a policy that steals their life savings? Wake up America!!!

Posted by: Mike | September 3, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, this has been going on since the 90's, at least. Republicans always like to think they're the underdogs, being attacked and driven out of society by the liberal media or liberal professors or liberal whoever's-offended-them-this-time. It made slightly more sense in the 90's, under Clinton. It made less sense after the Republicans took back Congress. With a Republican president, it's just flat-out ridiculous. But they're still claiming to be marginalized and powerless, even after all these years of being in power.

Posted by: Julie | September 3, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

To: Women of America, and Women all over the world who seek to be Free from the oppression that defines the way certain men in media and in power continue to treat women.

Ladies, if you take a look at the situation in today's media you will find a commonality.

Something just under the surface will tug at your conscience as if to say "this is strikingly familiar", and the pale and gruesome reality is that IT IS!

Remember when Hillary, a stellar candidate for the Presidential nomination, was at the height of her contest for the primary? Well do you remember what the media and bloggers did to her? It wasn't pretty, and more painfully, it WASN'T RIGHT!!!

IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN!!

Certain bloggers/reporters/so-called-media constituents are at it again. They are making up stories about another woman candidate, solely for the purpose of SMEARING THAT CANDIDATE BECAUSE SHE'S A WOMAN!!

LADIES, YOU MUST NOT STAND FOR THIS DISRESPECTFUL AND UNEQUIVOCATED TREATMENT OF THE WOMEN CANDIDATES!! THIS MUST STOP!! THE TIME IS NOW!!


Whether you think Governor Palin should be the VP or not, YOU MUST DEMAND EQUAL TREATMENT FOR HER!! STAND UP FOR WOMEN!!

Barack Obama and the media DESTROYED Hillary.

Don't let the media and B.O. do the same thing to another woman candidate!! STAND UP AND FIGHT!! SARAH PALIN WOULD!!

Posted by: Lilian | September 3, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

To Bruce Becker:
You do realize that Obama's tax plan has been tried before and failed miserably. Why? Because you can't raise taxes on the wealthy. You can raise the rates, but, it turns out, you don't collect. Instead, investment capital is driven away (overseas, etc.). Fewer opportunities for all of us regular Joes. Check your history: Presidents Carter and Hoover.
McCain admits that economy is not his strong suit. OK. He is aware he will need (and get) help. Its arrogant for Obama to thing he can repeat the same Robin Hood tactics and expect different results.
I love many of the things the Democratic politicains claim to stand for: environment, personal rights, etc. But, gee, I have to work. I'm raising kids. If I voted for Obama, it would be like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.

Posted by: Charlie from Florida | September 3, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh my goodness - Republicans really do need a hug - It is unbelievably sad to see them in this state. When they lose they should consider what brought them so low and understand that when they start to be concerned about real American issues instead of radical evangelical issues - we will be here and maybe even vote for them again. This kind of reminds me when the Democrats lost to Regan in the eighties and could not find their voice until Clinton - hence where the term bleeding heart liberal came from. Democrats used to be the war hawks and the Republicans were state focused. I think I will vote against any Republican state/local incumbent and make this a blue November - just for their willingness to insult our national intelligence. Maybe they could rename the Republican party to the Evangel-outs. I think they've played this dog as far as they can and the real Republicans have to write in Ron Paul - at least he has some integrity and I am a Democrat and pro choice. Ron Paul at least is in touch with his base and actually fits the proper definition of Republican and a man with strong pro life beliefs. It's Obama/Biden all the way for me - sorry Ron.

Posted by: BillV | September 3, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

When all else fails, blame the media.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

....and all the cheering for Bill and Hillary Clinton!! Now, don't ask about McCain's outreach to women, July or so was the last time their website got an update and don't ask how many women work in the McCain campaign, less than 10!?

Posted by: mikeVA | September 3, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Perfect! Thank you! Apparently, pointing out the obvious -- if it's unflattering of a GOP candidate -- is unconscionable.

And I'm astounded at how completely so many conservatives are missing the point: I'm not appalled by Palin's family problems. I'm wondering how THEY, the "moral" minority, are squaring it with the beliefs they so adamantly and loudly espouse.

Many Republicans have said in the media that her problems only make it easier for them to relate to her. Maybe it's the jaw-dropping hypocrisy that feels so familiar and comforting to them.

Given that the GOP has actually managed to find a candidate more frightening than Bush, a feat I thought impossible, the rest of the planet desperately needs the American media to stay hard on the heels of this absurd campaign. So again, thank you!

Posted by: MHer | September 3, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

whah-whah-whah....

Posted by: Davec | September 3, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I'll hug Palin and Cindy McCain. I wouldn't touch Hillary or any of the other mean faced ladies from the Marxist, I mean Democratic Party. Also Megan Kelly from Fox News

Posted by: TomD NYC | September 3, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse


this is great!!! dee-de-dee

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Actually, you're the idiot. LOL.

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama's a joke!

Posted by: Marvin | September 3, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,

I've spent the last 120 hours reading nothing but internet and blogosphere material about Mrs. Palin. And it paints a picture that's completely made of hear-say from different people (many of whom may not share her politics). Although much of it is true there are also many inaccuracies, half- truths and sometimes just outright slanderous material from places like DailyKoS.

Seeing how quickly things change, I don't dare trust the internet for information because the "vetting" from blogosphere circles is about as useful as listening to the rantings of the insane.

For example:

Mrs. Palin was reported to have been SECRETARY of the Alaska First party, then it was changed to just a member, then changed to just someone who attended, then it was just her Husband who is a member.

And in your words above, the Youtube video where Palin is supposed to have said Hillary was "whining". She never actually used the word "whining" in her disagreement with Mrs. Clinton's playing of the victim card. Palin's carefully worded response, was framed "with due respect" to Mrs. Clinton in her disagreement with the victim approach.

I don't know what's happened to Journalism in America since the internet. But "truth" and "objectivity" don't appear to get as many hits as "spin".

I noted that it was just as bad with Obama by the Neocon blogosphere a few months ago. And I can't help but think the idea of Journalism in the internet age will come to play the politics more than report it.

Posted by: Jay | September 3, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Obama primary campaign was a pile of BS.

But the Repubs are piling up a mountain of BS.

As much as I don't care for Obama, I'm going to have to vote for him, if only to keep the Republican sleazebags out of power.

Posted by: AndyfromVA | September 3, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson: The problem is media bias, pure and simple. Perfect example: CBS radio at 6:00 described Palin's speech as "a speech written for her by a former White House wordmeister." Now unless the media can PROVE -- and I mean prove the old-fashioned way, like two on-the-record sources -- that Biden wrote his own speech, the intent here was nothing other than to demean Palin and make her seem weak and incompetent even to write her own speech.

Posted by: John | September 3, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Some of these posts are quite funny. Really whatever happened to "compassionate conservatism"?

Oh and Bob? Republicans don't hug.

So I'll give her the pass on the daughter and a pass on inexperience (even though they still won't let that one go on Obama or trying to tie him to various people and religions and whatever else they choose to spew).

What I don't give a pass on is the fact that she has been quoted openly saying that her party is corrupt.

Her party is corrupt? So we are supposed to say, 'hookay there hotshot! Admitting there is a problem is the first step and we'll give you a pass'.

I don't think so! They need to clean up their mess first before we give them a shot to screw things up any worse. The GOP needs to go into political rehab for a while and then we'll see how they are looking upon release.

Posted by: Sparky | September 3, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, Eugene,

Shilling is not professional --- even though I must confess you do it very, very well.

Posted by: LOL at Eugene | September 3, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Lets face it, Obama is associated with domestic terrorists, white hating clergy and he is a Marxist. To the intellectual elite Obama is qualified because he is black. Period, end of story.

Posted by: mackman | September 3, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

James T asks "What could be more despicable?" I can tell you one of the things that could be: using Barack Obama's middle name over and over again in an attempt to link him to Saddam Hussein. Those of you who do that are childish, and anyone with half an ounce of respectability ignores everything else that you say.

Republicans are so quick to cry foul over everything that doesn't go their way, and often they blame the "liberal media" for it. Does it not occur to them, or anyone else, that their cries wouldn't be heard at all if the "liberal media" wasn't printing those cries? Ironic, no?

If a Republican cries foul, and no liberal media is there to hear it, does the Republican still make a sound? LOL!

Posted by: Michael | September 3, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

This guy would like to give her a hug.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/images/bullwinkle_magic-hat.jpg

Posted by: CDW | September 3, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey Republicans... if you voted for George Bush twice can you really trust yourselves even one more time. I mean seriously. WTF are you people thinking? Are you among the top 1% of wealth in America? If you're not then maybe you ought to consider voting with people instead of against people. Voting republican is just voting for corporate greed and special interests. It's not voting for yourself its voting against yourself. Stupid

Posted by: essohkay | September 3, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

No, I haven't hugged a Republican today. But I'd like to boink a certain Republican governor....and her pregnant daughter, too!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Republicans are some of the most irate & pissed off people i have ever seen...just pure hatred for anything but themselves and their small minded beliefs. No wonder this country is so in need of anti-depressants.

Posted by: Calm down Republicans | September 3, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, My guess is that the Repubs simply borrowed the Dems tactics of accusing anyone of questioning Obama's lack of credentials as racism. Oops, since I just said he lacks, I guess I'm a racist.

Posted by: Kevin Brink | September 3, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha...I love it. The republicans can dish out all the hate and fearmongering (especially the McCain camp) but when it's turned on them, they can't handle it! They lash out! I can't wait for the debates! Obama and Biden are going to crush both McCain and Palin.

Posted by: Mia | September 3, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Eugune, what planet are you reporting on?
Republicans are ecstatic, money and enthusiasm is pouring into the campaign more than ever! Reps are loving it...Palin is the perfect suprise for the cynical, elitist Dems.
I love watching the Left, including you in this article, squirm and moan now that Sarah is on the ticket...its has been great fun!
Keep picking on her daughter, that's fine-
you frantically Left spinners are a crack up...

Posted by: GiddyOleParty-time! | September 3, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Lillian--
Stop defining yourself by your gender . . . that was Hillary's campaign to lose, and she lost it, pure and simple (due in large part to the Bill baggage).

I agree that a great deal more attention needs to focus on Palin and the issues, not the fact she is a mother of 5 or soon to be a grandmother--

She needs to be prepared to handle/speak about the issues, which she is yet to do--this has nothing to do with her gender.

Stop the "hell hath not fury" female thing--you are rising up to stereotypes!

A middle aged woman

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Republicans only hug guns & oil execs...oh, and each other

Posted by: Hugs | September 3, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Its sort of comical how the Republicans are wailing about the Democrats and the (allegedly liberal biased) media are simply doing their jobs by asking detailed, probing, and pointed questions.

Its not as though McCaine or Palin are being "swiftboated" or any of the other slime-ball treatment engineered by Rove and the rest of the border-line criminal operatives in the current administration.

Lets face it. Palin is a bad choice and we should all be thankful the media is doing its job by exposing all of her shortcomings (both personal and professional) to the light of day.

Posted by: Jackson | September 3, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Yes, well said!!!

Hahaha...I love it. The republicans can dish out all the hate and fear mongering (especially the McCain camp) but when it's turned on them, they can't handle it! They lash out! I can't wait for the debates! Obama and Biden are going to crush both McCain and Palin.

Posted by: Mia | September 3, 2008 7:06 PM

Posted by: Obama 08 | September 3, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

It is the standard conservative MO, expressed very well by Thomas Frank in "What's the Matter with Kansas." Conservative leaders feel the need to create a culture of victimization at the hands of "liberal elites" (like the MSM!?) in order to rally working class folks to vote against their own self interest in the name of "values". It works remarkably often, and is easier than running a campaign based on substantive issues, especially when you got nuthin'.

Posted by: jim | September 3, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post...babble...liberal...racist (yes) Robinson you are a racist....confused...ignorant...elitest...smug...panicked .....Now who's scared?............You media better get together with NObama and get your innuendos and cheap shots straight or that train might run over all of you....but I guess you already know that.....Keep trying..Mabey 2012!!!!

Posted by: Mike in Dallas | September 3, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

You can't seriously be denying that the media has a liberal bias? Give me a break.

Posted by: David | September 3, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Asking questions about a person is one thing Rob. what people are getting pissed about is you pathetic "journalists" releasing so-called "breaking news", which consists of little to no verifiable fact and only partial truths and often results in a small page 3.... oops we screwed the pooch on the previous front page article and got it all wrong, we blame our source...

Tell the whole story, not just the side that you know your small minded party followers will preach as gospel, find some verifiable facts or shut up.

This article and the media response to them being called out for being a$$es is particularly pathetic, trying to play the oh poor me innocent card when there is verifiable relavent dirt from the other side.

For the person above who said they wanted to move to Europe (which is essentially what the dems want to turn this country into), please do..... it won't take long for you to appreciate how spoiled you are in this country. I've lived there and had to deal with their oppressive taxes to pay for their "free" health care....got sick once too, 2 week wait to see a doctor. The gap between poor and rich is wider, only difference is that there are a lot more poor as far as I could tell. Clearly they have it all figured out

Posted by: Mike | September 3, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,

Yes, your column is for your opinion.

But, shouldn't it be mature political reasoning?

I'm just sayin'.

Hang loose, bro.

Posted by: Last time reader | September 3, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I guess according to the republiCONS if you want enough executive and commander-in-chief experience all you need to do is move to alaska, join a PTA in Wasilly oh, no, I mean Wasilla...lol, then shoot a moose, slaugther it and make a bunch of moose-burges and there you are....qualified to be MacSame's VP.

Posted by: Alain | September 3, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Whats really funny about this article, and pretty much all others, is its all about Palin.She has more baggage than any other candidate for the spot, and it has totally consumed the RNC convention, and even upstaged Mr. McCains bid to be President.
Absolutely wonderful, im dancing in my seat at the folly he brought upon himself.And his dogs( sorry, campaign people's) are trying to pin this on the Democrats.Saying we are a bunch of bitter liberals, angry and mean???
We didnt pick Palin, John did, so such up and take it like a man.We didnt neglect her children or coax her daughter into the spotlight, John did.
As for the NON-issues the convention speakers allmost brought up, trying to blame the Democratic Party, saying the "Liberals in Washington are ruining this country" please.
We all know who had control of this country for the past 12 years(the Republicans) so dont even try to spin your short comings onto us.
The only reason the Democratic party has'nt been able to make major changes in the actions of our Government is simple math, the Republican party still has enough power in the senate, and ewith bush as Veto master, no one cvan get anything changed.
So stop calling the Liberal Left Angry, bitter, all that junk the GOP is trying to dispell from themselves.
I wake up in the morning with a smile on my face, some spring in my step, and simple glee at the fact you GOP has finally benn brought int o the spotlight for what it is, a bunch of angry old men and women who dont care about real Americans, only those Americans who can Afford the High life like they have.
All you GOP voters should be ashamed of the proceedings of last night, with all the service men and former POW's in the audience.You all do know John McCain VOTED AGAINST new veterans rights, VOTED AGAINST new education bills for service men and women saying "its not our responsibility to educate them" he even OFFERED GRATITUDE to Bush and Cheney for working on the VA budget, by slashing it ,and Also by DISCHARGING DISHONORABLY any and all soldiers returning from Iraq unless they were bleeding, without limbs or detramentally injured.Even then , The GOP still figured out how to Discharg several thousand wounded soldiers, claiming they were never fit for duty.
How that for standidng up for AMERICA, having EVERY AMERICAN ON YOUR MIND AND IN YOUR HEART.

If you vote for this Bum, You all get what you deserve

Posted by: Mullett | September 3, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

You hit it on the head - they sound so outraged that the media targets republicans the same as democrats.

I see they are offended that people are questioning sermons given at Palin's church that might offend Jewish voters who happen to Like Their Faith.

I'm so amazed it doesn't dawn on people how little governing Alaska is like the rest of the 49 states. Other states have billion dollar budget shortfalls due to the high price of gas and its boomerang on the economy. Alaska's budget is so cash rich that Palin's problem was how to decide how much money to send each citizen.

AWWWW! poor things! They don't want the rest of us to know how things really are run up in Alaska after the slick ad trumpeting she is a PTA member and hockey mom.

And I thought McCain was disappointed he didn't have the celebrity of the democrats. Well now he's got it and HE"S NOT HAPPY -- LOL, the caterwauling about how unfair it all is, how shocked they are at the attention, I am chortling at my computer.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

It's the economy, the war and the lies of the Bush administration that are the issues...none of this baby mama drama matters. It's taking everyone's attention away from the true issues and causing divisions rather than uniting us against the enemy who has shredded the Constitution and implemented a police state.

Posted by: Henninger | September 3, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

On the behalf of the Barack Obama/Joe Biden campaign I would like to extend our sincere thanks, and make the "Extreme Right" aware, that your donation was very much appreciated!
Through all your belligerence and contempt against your fellow Americans you have in fact helped the Obama/Joe Biden platform immensely.
From now on everytime I hear a conservative whining I am going to donate again!

P.S. great article

Posted by: The middle | September 3, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

The press release was important because without it the media says "how come you didn't release this info?" and the timing is because it's not appropriate to release with the announcement of her choice as VP nominee. The big TO-DO about it, however, was created by the media.

This is not rocket science.

Posted by: Teej | September 3, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Liberal men love to hug other men. The lunatic fringe in Berkeley, San Fransicko and Portland understand . Half of the posts here are obviously from those areas. Next time we are attacked by terrorists call an ACLU Attorney and sue.

Posted by: mackman | September 3, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who doesn't vote the same way i do is an idiot

Posted by: John Ryan | September 3, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

and anything you say about Obama has and will make you a racist....

Posted by: jb1 | September 3, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, you would know this ...

Does Matthews' leg shiver EVERY TIME Obama speaks? Is it like a divining rod? Can he tell if Obama is within 20 feet of him ... without even seeing him.

P. S. Betcha BOTH your legs shiver when Obama speaks. LMAO.

Posted by: Matthews is a shill | September 3, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Give it to them, Eugene. You are spot on. The Republicans symbol standing on a stool wringing his hands and crying shall be the lasting picture of this election in my mind. Thank you for that image.

Posted by: 173rd | September 3, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh please. Democrats no longer have the morale superiority to point at republicans and scold them. Ever since the democrats and democratic party used sexist attacks on Hillary to get Obama nominated, women have started to turn on the democratic party. It's time the democrats realize that women's votes can't be taken for granted. If the democrats truly want to be the progressive party, it's time they realize that women, in addition to blacks, deserve some friggin respect too.

Posted by: mh | September 3, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Eugune, what planet are you reporting on?
Republicans are ecstatic, money and enthusiasm is pouring into the campaign more than ever! Reps are loving it...Palin is the perfect suprise for the cynical, elitist Dems.
I love watching the Left, including you in this article, squirm and moan now that Sarah is on the ticket...its has been great fun!
Keep picking on her daughter, that's fine-
you frantically Left spinners are a crack up...

Posted by: giddy! | September 3, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The top of the page says "opinion" people!! This is not a news column, it's an Op-Ed piece. Hopefully the American public shares Mr. Robinson's opinion as Palin is a joke (she's aPalin!, get it - for all you Obamination tards out there). If you thought Brown, Gonzalez, Myers, Chaney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, ect., ect. were a disaster for this country, look out for this McCain aPalin ticket. They're going to bury this country 12 feet under!!

Posted by: Chris | September 3, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Republicans always whine when they don't get everything their way. As far as media the McCain campaign has had FOX and Sean, Rush, Laura, Ann and every other Republican media outlet beating the anti Obama drum 24 hours a day. Sarah Palin has given ZERO interviews since her selection and yet the GOP wants everyone to stop asking questions. The real issue is when are people going to be allowed to START asking her questions? All this talk of stopping is a little premature considering their refusal to take ONE SINGLE QUESTION.

Posted by: Cal | September 3, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Principles, people....PRINCIPLES..!

This is a another CIVIL WAR we are talking about...! We have been systematically robbed and defrauded of those brilliant fundamentals that set our great nation apart from the rest of the world. We have reached a historic low point of international esteem. We can regain that -and MORE- if we can just purge those evil elements that have been eating our flesh and sucking our blood for the past near-century. Our Nation is capable of much more if we can only return to basic values. RESTORE THE REPUBLIC NOW...!

Posted by: ed | September 3, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

This is just the usual GOP tactic, to intimidate the Media.
How many years has this stuff been going on?
Have the Media even begun to question, the McCain Myth? Nope... they just accept it as gospel, despite the fact everyone knows the McCain of 2008, is not the McCain of 2000.

Even though the McCain Campaign agrees that Palin isn't ready to be VP (why else would they be shielding her from the Media), by attacking the Media now, he's assured that the Media Sheepdom, will fawn over her tonight, after she reads her pre-programmed lines. Her speech will only answer one question - - can she give a speech.
We still have no idea, whether or not, she has any understanding of the complex domestic & foreign policy issues, facing the country.
I'm not even going to watch her tonight, since nothing will be learned, and the Media is going to go ga-ga on her, because she can actually speak.
I'll wait until McCain stops hiding her, and she's actually interviewed, before passing judgment.

Posted by: baz | September 3, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

How come no one mentions that Hussein is a basturd. His mother was not married when she had him. Oh wait, I know, Thats normal in the Black community. Part of the Black culture like Ebonics, Gangster rapp, Drugs, pimps and of course Quanza or whatever they call they're Half-baked made up holiday.

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Once again the GOP booshwah has tricked the American people. the GOP has gotten rich through trickery and deceit and down right lying. The church has been tricked into believing that the money grubbing devils have an answer to put away poverty and disease. How unenlightened is this do nothing government. McCain thinks that by putting up some babe from the frontier, all the white male voters are going to go gagga over her and the GOP. How arrogant and shallow for this many generation war monger to do.


POOP IN MY PANTS

Posted by: MannyMo | September 3, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Eugene, I heard that you are going to get the honor of sewing the Scarlet "A" on Bristol Palin's dress. Bet your parents are proud you made it this far.

P. S. Shilling is unprofessional. Get some class, clown.

Posted by: LOL | September 3, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Some on the right are failing to realize that when you read an opinion column, you are going to get someone's opinion. (for this reason I don't watch Faux News) If you don't like Eugene's opinion, you can always not read it and find something better to do.

Posted by: B | September 3, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Never support Obama

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

KERRY in 08...

He has nice hair.

Posted by: ericf | September 3, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

It never ceases to amaze me that The Washington Post finds it within the realm of decent Opinions and Editorials to write about the lunacy of offended Republicans, when this publication is precisely that which is the first to cry foul when anybody questions Barack Obama's legitimacy, readiness, and credentials for the Presidency. If anything, Mr. Robinson, your piece has done nothing more than to substantiate all the "grievances" the Republicans of the United States have with the insidiously biased media. Bravo!

Posted by: Michael Brown in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan | September 3, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Eugune, what planet are you on?
We, Republicans are ecstatic! money and enthusiasm is pouring into the campaign more than ever! Reps are loving it...Palin is the perfect suprise for the cynical, elitist Dems. You guys and your drive by media are scared...I love it.

I love watching the Left, including you in this article, squirm and moan now that Sarah is on the ticket...its has been great fun!
Keep picking on her daughter, that's fine-
you frantically Left spinners are a crack up...

Posted by: giddy still.... | September 3, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Ya think the term (lack of) exit strategy is coming into play, yet again? Vetting appears to be another poor example of planning on the part of those who would lead in this party. After 8-years, you think the right folks would learn, and stop making the same mistakes over and over and over.......

Posted by: thomasthetankengine | September 3, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget all of Obama's annoying celebrity endorsers like Ludacris who insulted Hillary in his "song" and bernie mac who insulted ALL women with his misogynistic jokes at an Obama fundraiser.

Posted by: mh | September 3, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh geeze Both sides are playing the Political Correctness game!
Oh no, the republicans learned our trick!!!

Posted by: Chris | September 3, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse


Thanks Eugene,
It would seem we have seen you on MSNBC along with Michael Moore, What most of us forget you are just entertainment and don’t really contribute any value to the American Dream except a lot of hot air “sure wish I could use that in my gas tank” on the way to work . So what is the big surprise Olbermann drags out every vile incorehearant insignificant Idiot he can find. You would think GE and the upper echelon in this “organization msnbc” would start to get a clue or are they so far gone they cannot see that they are part of the problem with the trashing of America. He wouldn’t have a platform without the collusion of attack dog Olbermann now would he?

Vote with your pocket book let the sponsors know, as I do just don’t buy their products,
and write and call them. They are trashing Brokaw and the memory of people like Tim Russert. They even started squabbling among them selves at the love fest in Denver.
MSNBC, and print media just swapping chairs on the Titanic it won’t be long now.

Posted by: Gary D | September 3, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I have no horse in this race as both candidates favor open borders which will inflate our population and put more demand on oil, water, infrastructure and housing resources. All more pressing than figuring out which nit wit has the best expertise to screw up our non existent foreign policy.

Political parties exist only to win elections. If it won elections the Republicans would support roasting babies on pitch forks and the Democrats would still be in favor of slavery.

People who object most to Palin seem to have accomplished much less in their lives or owe their position to a rich husband or a rich father or both. Palin and Obama had neither. The argument consists of calling a spade a kettle and crying over spilled sour grapes, the facts and logic are so jumbled as to be ridiculous.

The Democratic party is a coalition of interest groups unfortunately the extreme left of those interest groups is wagging the dog to advance their socialist agenda and using the words of well meaning folk to do it. The extreme left is a minority in the Democratic party like the religious right is in the Republican party but as the Bolsheviks showed in Russia the majority doesn't always rule in the face of an amoral, unprincipled, violent minority that believes the end justifies the means.

Posted by: Sejanus | September 3, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Don: Watch some news--Obama already noted this himself . . .

From the WSJ (among hundreds of other sources)

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/09/01/obama-says-palins-family-is-off-limits/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"You can't seriously be denying that the media has a liberal bias? Give me a break."


www.foxnews.com

Posted by: Bud | September 3, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Nothing against mccain or palin but it is funny how everyone over there is soooo sensitive. If it was a Dem.. you know they would be first in line with the salt and lemon juice to make the wound feel a bit more fresh. Lol!

The funny thing is.. Obama doesnt even have to utter a word..he can stay above the fray..

This train wreck was all Mccains own doing.

Posted by: Vince | September 3, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Funny how this guy does not mention that Palin has not only been a Mayor, but also Governor for two years. She also was in charge of the Alaska National Guard, and is a expert on energy issues. She has stood up to corruption in her own party, and has brought down the incumbent Governor. She has kept Big Oil accountable by taxing them and making sure that most of it goes back to the people. She also has the highest approval rating as governor in all 50 States!

Please can someone tell me what Obama, or Biden has done?

Posted by: Brian | September 3, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin is about as qualified for VP as Hussein Obama is for the presidency.. What has American politics come to? Send BOTH back to state politics and get them out of the big show. One word for both: UNQUALIFIED.

Posted by: FUBAR | September 3, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

"Bring it back to the economy stupid - yes the one that the Democrats have controled for the past four years. The same do-nothing Congress that has a 9% approval rating and make W look smart. You go Dems, you are so smart and hateful."

Sorry Stupid Dem, nothing can make your friend W look smart. Nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Women want to be equal, yet cry sexism any time their character and/or persona is questioned?

Sounds like women want "special" treatment. Get used to this media crap people, it happens every 4 years. Remember what the Republicans did to John Kerry? Oh, it was okay, he is a man.

What a joke, America is full of whiners!

Posted by: Jack B | September 3, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

While I think all of it is true I think McCain is loving all of the attention about Palin's family. It keeps the press off of his crappy record which is to side with dumb dumb "W" 90% of the time. First they sent in George Sr. and then the worst came when they brought in George Jr, the idiot child who can do what he wants without any consequences. Now who do they bring in??? Their granddaddy!! This is getting older than McCain himself!! Enough with the Bush's and their crappy way of running the country.

Posted by: Tom | September 3, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Neither Obama or Biden have qualifications to be the commander in chief anymore than Palin. At least Palin has been an executive at some level.

Posted by: PAUL | September 3, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I can't see what all the fuss is about. I'm going to vote for Obama, but I think McCain or Palin would be a much better President than Bush.

A heartening fact though is now conservatives now have decided that it is ok for a 17 year old to have a baby out of wedlock. Well as long as she is not liberal, poor or black.

Time for conservatives to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk.

Posted by: DavidH | September 3, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Heck, i'll say what's on many peoples' minds:

If Palin can't control her own household and her own daughter, then how can she control the USA?

Politically correct or not, it's a question many people are already asking.

Posted by: thompst | September 3, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama: The Manchurian Candidate

P.S. Eugene, I didn't hug a republican today. But I hugged your mom last night.

Posted by: NH GUY | September 3, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Can't take the competition of an 80% approval rating? Hey! Let's attack the family! Nice. Real classy. Instead of being an ill-mannered lout, why don't you wait for the acceptance speech?

Posted by: AASteve | September 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Dear anonymous, other states have shortfalls due to the fact the liberals pour money down give away program ratholes. All you whining liberals should take a midol and go pick up your assistance checks, student loans and don't forget to apply for your low interest mortgages that I helped subsidize. Darwin was right only the strong survive. BYE BYE libs. God forbid you ever have to earn anything. Eat my shorts. I am now punching out of this BS. I won't read anything else, that should -iss off you libs. GO JOHNNY M!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mackman | September 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

It's true this is a faux scandal so they can play victim. But they are deploying a deadly weapon with Palin. She is an idiotic and brilliant pick at the same time. Idiotic in a rational sense as she is a clueless inexperienced politician. Briliant in that the republicans realized they do not have to make sense but only reel in those Reagan Democrats, undecided suburban soccer moms on the fence, disappointed Republicans....and Ms. Palin will pick off quite a few of those. Also remember, McCain was damned no matter what he did - pick Romney and excite the fiscal base and turn off the voters int he middle, same with many otehrs, pick Lieberman or Ridge and turn off the base - so the old maverick did what he is good at - baffle and pull a snowjob. Yes, she is far right but she will have nothing to say. and still nobody knows where he stands ideologically now - which is what he needed to get out of the ideological heat he was facing from party base vs. independents he needed to attract. The Dems screwed themselves by dumping Hillary. I am NO Hillary fan. But I am pragmatic. With Hillary as VP and his and hers combined voters, Obama would have won for sure. Without her, there is a significant working class block, Reagan Dems block and all sorts of voters Hillary had which are lost now and Biden will not reel in - not to the degree Palin will. Dems have their Prince Charming this time and far more people were impressed with him than bothered by his lack of experience to the point that DNC allowed Obama to toss Hillary aside and risk losing some of her voters. Now the Republicans responded to the flashy Obama with their very own candidate to match and excite - Palin is pure sugary Republican girl candy sure to warm every redneck's heart - while Obama griped at them about guns and religion - here comes Sarah with guns, religion AND babies.... But she will reach MANY Reagan Dems and undecided soccer moms and others too. No, not the Hillary feminists, they have no use for a right-wing Republican Mommy. But let's not forget that politically savvy voters long made up their mind in this election and the longer this wears on the dumber it gets and it's down to catching those last votes of uninformed people who respond to superficialties - and Palin will reach many of them with thsi frontier americana, reformist mock talk, guns, babies, tradition, a son in Iraq, proud of her country and all that jazz. Do not underestimate the power of this pick.

Posted by: silvia | September 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is a joke. They all remind me of some crazy lady sitting around petting their dead cat saying, "It's ok Fluffy, you're just sleeping, that's it, you're just sleeping."

I can't believe all the stupidest people in America got together and formed a political party, and they have the gaul to think that history won't show George Bush as "America's Hitler" or that they won't go down in history as being viewed just like the Germans of Hitler's era. Some people just can't see into the future one f'ing minute, can they??

Disband the Republican Party before the whole world comes after us like Germany in WWII!!

Posted by: J.Onsfrex | September 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Eugune, opinion or not, it's unbelievable how odd it sounds to me as a Rebublican.
We're ecstatic, all this attention on Palin is perfect-we finally figured out how to make the bias media spin accidentally for our own good!
Reps are loving it...Palin is the perfect suprise for the cynical, elitist Dems...some of who ARE the richest 1% of Americans...like Feinstein...it's a party of hypocrisy. Raising taxes doesn't affect the rich, if you know your tax code, btw.
It's all hypocritcal posturing.

I love watching the Left, including you in this article, squirm and moan now that Sarah is on the ticket...its has been great fun!
Keep picking on her daughter, that's fine-
you frantically Left spinners are a crack up...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Republicans know how to dish it out. They'll play dirty. They'll Karl Rove you and Swift Boat you. But if you so much as lift a finger to turn the tables and fight back, they turn crybaby and cry foul. I've seen it happen every time.

With his choice of Sarah Palin John McCain has unwittingly put his foot in his mouth on a scale unlike anything ever seen in all American History. If Republicans think we're dumb enough to fall for this super-size April Fool's Joke they are in for one big pie in the face come Election Day!

Vote for McCain?
You must be insane.

GENTLEMEN AND LADIES OF THE PRESS, PLEASE KEEP DOING JUST WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

Posted by: Morton Redner | September 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

oh poor (soon-to-be) gramma palin...doesn't know how to teach her kid bristol about sex and now has this to deal with. possibly she should really go all 'family values' on us all and take care of her own family and leave us all wondering "what was grandpa mcShame smoking?". the republicans know she is an albatross.

Posted by: toonces | September 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

The article is biased and is written by an Obama supporter.

Posted by: FD | September 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: PAUL | September 3, 2008 7:22 PM
"Neither Obama or Biden have qualifications to be the commander in chief anymore than Palin. At least Palin has been an executive at some level."

Yeah and she, like G.W. Bush, turned a surplus into a deficit, she, like Bush, is a big barrow and huge spender. Just what America needs...more dept.

Vote McCain/Palin 2008 if you want the USA to fall.

Posted by: IIell | September 3, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin got into the Governor's Mansion because Alaskan's were tired of Frank Murkowski's corruption and because she looked "hot". In Alaska, you don't need qualifications to run and win any elected office. Get real people. She's the Vagina Presence. The GOP was stunned by how close Hilary got to the White House and they are once again letting Madison Avenue spin this election. They will tell any story to keep their power and it seems rather shameful of Sarah Palin to throw her children to the wolves for the sake of the Christian Right Party that the GOP has become. What happened to the old guard that wanted to keep government out of our private lives? What happened to "Defending the Constitution Of the United States Of America?

McCain/Palin will continue to decimate our rights as Citizens of this great Nation. Get a grip folks, it's not about qualifications anymore. It's about whose more sellable to the American Public. Whose more consumable and palatable to look at and listen to, not who will "defend us from enemies both foreign and domestic"...

Remember that Madison Avenue and Karl Rove sold the American people the "special needs" president that we've been stuck with for the last 7+ years, and I mean no disrespect to "special needs" people, they should all have a place in our society, but not the place by the "button".

If the election was about having a Vagina in power in the White House, then Sarah Palin is your girl and apparently, her Vagina has been very busy so she is capable of multi-tasking.

Posted by: headscratcher | September 3, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I find your article to be very one sided. I do not care about the child and her mistakes. I want to know what Mom brings to the table. The news media outlets have made Obama president last week.I find myself a light weight Dem leaning towards republican ticket out of pitty. I thought Fred Thompson speach last night was excellent. I wondered how the republicans were going to hide Bush. You need to report both sides of the news not just your agenda.

Posted by: BeMack | September 3, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson, you just don't understand double standards. If a Republican questioned Senator Obama's qualifications to be president because he grew up in a single-parent home, that Republican would be crucified. If a Republican male suggested that professional women should stay home after bearing children, his testicles would be crushed between two rocks by "pro-woman" liberals. Liberals bloggers and pundits attack Gov. Palin because she is a smart, tough, independent woman who is also a political conservative. I am ashamed that I was a liberal Democrat for so many years. Another former Democrat for McCain and Palin.

Posted by: Graniteman | September 3, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

From:
http://tinyurl.com/5ng7cv

Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Unsurprised

"No Surprises From Palin, McCain Team Says"-Washington Post


Senior McCain officials described themselves as "unsurprised" today as huge storms of locusts flew from Wasilla, Alaska and descended upon McCain campaign headquarters. "Locusts were vetted. Locusts were vetted in the vet" said one campaign official, who spoke without attribution out of concern that he would be devoured by a verminous flying cloud. The campaign also said that they were nonplussed by reports that the rivers were running black with ashes, that family pets were begin to speak in human voices, declaiming "Release Sarah!", and that a huge spreading stain was beginning to blot out the Northern sun. "Vetted", said the campaign.

"There are exciting new studies that show that locusts can be used as a source of biodegradable fuel" said Newt Gingrich, as he hunkered down to avoid the black marble obelisks falling from the sky around him. "Palin, if she can be said to have played a role in bringing about these new biofuel resources, should be praised for her innovative role in the solution to our future energy demands".

"These events firmly demonstrate Palin's deep connection to traditional modes of traditional expression, in traditional forms, traditionally." said William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard. "Experience, in the face of these more traditional events, is overrated..." continued Kristol, before ending the interview to wrap himself head-to-toe in mosquito netting and swallowing a bitter tasting anti-malarial drug, the taste of which, as his lips contorted, he noted to be "surprisingly refreshing."

Palin's schedule in the upcoming days of the Republican National Convention has been cut short due to, as one McCain communications aide reported, a desire not to "let the magic out of the bottle too quickly." "Sarah is a precious resource, who each moment brings a new vitality and energy to every worker on the campaign" said the aide, while fighting to remove the nest of serpents which had suddenly materialized on the floor beneath him, and were now slowly ascending his legs. "Do these bite, or just slink?" asked the aide, who spoke on conditions of anonymity so as not to provoke or otherwise alienate the reptiles.

Meanwhile, as the heavens darkened, the seas began to boil, and a deep voice tore through the clouds shouting, in stentorian tones to one and all: "It was a Mistake!", campaign offices described themselves as "unperturbed". "Serpents materializing, house pets suddenly called to vocal advocacy, Celestial callings to revise and repent...Vetted" said the spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was turning into a pillar of salt. "Everything that was vetted was vetted in the vet."

Cite:
http://tinyurl.com/5ng7cv

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 3, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Cant we all just get along ???

Posted by: FlyBuy | September 3, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

have some cheese with that whine, why don't you? That's all I'm hearing! BAWWWW! From left AND right. I just may vote with my ass this year, and skip it. Just seems like picking the better of 2 evils. This illusion of choice has worn away for me. Enjoy the show.

Posted by: catch22 | September 3, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson,

You are indeed a feeble-minded fool. I will forgive your excessive personal attacks because I realize that it is the only ammunition that you--and other Democrats, for that matter--can use against Republicans. Do you realize that the Democrat-led Congress currently has an 18% approval rating, not to mention ran by an incompetent fool named Nancy Pelosi? Aren't you belittling Palin's experience when you deridingly refer to her as a "first-term Alaska governor"? Let us not forget that she has accomplished much in that first term, undeniably making more executive decisions than Barack Obama has in his entire life; his job in the Sentate can be considered passive, at best. Also, in regard to the claim that Republicans criticize but are not receptive to criticism is simply untrue. Democrats are, and have always been, a pity party. There's no need to remind you who ran with and reproduced the story of Bristol Palin's pregnancy like wildfire. After so much failure, shouldn't you have titled this article "Have You Hugged A Democrat Today?" Eh, Eugene? Give yourself a hug, chum. You deserve it.

Posted by: Michael | September 3, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Please get the "JERRY SPRINGER SHOW" PRODUCERS AWAY FROM THE MCCAIN CAMP!!

Posted by: taihunter | September 3, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight, it's ok to criticize Obama's wife, his ethnicity, accusing him of being Muslim, and any association he had in the past. But if we look at Palin's background, then were being sexist?

If Joe Biden had a 17 year old daughter who was pregnant out of wedlock, the Republicans would have no issue going after Biden?

Posted by: Ruben | September 3, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Factual Error - You said:
"McCain is 72, which would make him the oldest man to be elected president."
The fact is, Ronald Regan was 73 when he was elected president (for the second time) in 1984.
Clearly math is not emphasized in Liberal studies.

Posted by: John | September 3, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

stop and read what you have written. I'll give you a hug when you and the "village" gets built. And I suppose we need to engage the "village" to be the nanny for the Palin family. All you liberals need to hug hillary R. as she throws the vases and ashtrys arund the mansion at Bill for screwing her campaign!

Posted by: ccTX | September 3, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Brian: "tell me what Obama, or Biden has done?"...or McCain, or even less(what's her name again..?) He is 26-yr fence-sitter and she is ????? What...! a 2yr incumbent Gov and hip-shooter of a beautiful, albeit infra-populated state...! She brings little useful baggage to a loser candidate.
From one who has seen the light..!

Posted by: ed | September 3, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

whiney? no, just calling it as it is:
SMEAR.

Posted by: Doug | September 3, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I not only hugged them all day but helped them pass around bibles, too.

God, the Libral Media is treating them so bad, I wonder why they should allow any so-called news outlet at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, other than FOX news, that is.

The only news reporter/analyst should be Anne Coulter.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

A lot of comments to this Op-Ed are exactly what is wrong with this country. We can't talk about anything serious (oh, I don't know, like, deciding who might actually have the keys to our military and has veto power over legislation?) without some juvenile jab like "Hussein Obama" or "RepubliCONs" entering our mockery of a discussion.

The truth cannot be more blatant that the Palin pick was a political ploy to offset the Obama bounce (polling for the past week confirms this, as well as the last-minute selection of Palin). Based on the fact that more dirt (not personal, political) is coming out each day via investigative reporting about the shady VP pick, it is clear that Palin was not vetted properly, and this unfortunately speaks poorly for both Palin and McCain, in terms of judgment and responsibility. Think of this as a very important job interview - is it proper to pick someone without doing a thorough background check? And if the person who was to do the background check didn't actually do it, only approved on a whim, and later on discovered that the approved person for the job had shady dealings, wouldn't that person actually be liable of being fired?

If we ignore all the personal National Enquirer crap and get past the knee-jerk football team cheerleading reaction that seems to have paralyzed the nation in the past two decades and start critically thinking about who just might end up in the top position of our nation, we may have hope yet in steering America back on the right track.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Agreed Eugene, but you failed to acknowledge that McCain is borrowing heavily from Hillary's playbook. After witnessing months of Hillary's whine as an effective shield from any criticism whatsoever, all the Republican party needed was solidarity and spin--two Republican specialties. A little honesty here... Pallen could be a high school drop out whose international experience was summed up as a trip through US Customs while on a family vacation at the age of 12, and whose entire claim to "executive experience" was as a day manager for a house of ill repute. As long as she sings "right to life" and "right to bear arms" under the Republican banner, the GOP would spin her as the promise of America. You don't have to be a feminist to be disgusted by both Hillary and Pallen. How about a woman candidate who doesn't need the Republican base to come to her rescue, who can stand the heat in and out of the kitchen, who can go the distance and not get weary. The Republican patronization just makes Pallen appear to be more inexperienced, more ill-prepared to lead, more pathetic, more wrong for this place and this time in American history, more of much less. If as a woman Pallen can do no better than to hide under the Republican kilt, how does she negotiate with Putin? This election has taken an comic, tragic turn.

Posted by: CharacterCounts | September 3, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Amen!!!!

Posted by: Rob | September 3, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

PostPartisan My foot. I will tell WP to delete this useless blog.

Posted by: Abram | September 3, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama = top of his class, President Harvard Law Review, paid for his own education.
McCain = bottom 5% of his class, poor student, had government pay for his education. McCain didn't even bother to learn where the ejection level was located in his aircraft (CNN report). This shows a LOT about character and intelligence.

Republicans are good at electing intellectually subpar candidates (Regan, Bushes, McCain) Our country cannot take another 4 years of these people!

Posted by: RepublicansRNazis | September 3, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Charlie, go look at some real facts. Clinton raised taxes on the wealthy. The economy prospered. Then Bush cut them. The economy faltered. Turns out deficits are worse than taxes.

That is, there are no tax "cuts" unless you balance the budget. Bush just put the taxes on the credit card - the one paying interest to all those foreign investors. That saps the whole economy.

Which all gets us down to what exactly is the McCain/Palin economic plan, anyway, and how exactly does it work? So far, we have no idea that Palin has even thought about such things, much less figured out a plan. The Bush plan doesn't work. What's next? What does the "Maverick" intend to do differently? He has yet to say.

Which all gets us down to what the Repubs are really doing. They actually want all this nonsense, all this high drama and mudslinging. It draws attention away from their empty policy chest. Circuses apparently work even without bread - or so they clearly believe.

Posted by: Nomo Stew | September 3, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

The responses to this post and even the post in general make me sad to be an American. There is something to be said for freedom of speech, but when everything that comes out of your mouth (on either side) is spiteful and driven from anger and hate then you truly have to wonder... where are we headed?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

More critical thinking, please!

Funny how this guy does not mention that Palin has not only been a Mayor, but also Governor for two years.

She also was in charge of the Alaska National Guard

Every Gov is in charge of the Natl. Guard. Give me an instance of when she had to make a decision about the Guard?

and is a expert on energy issues.

Provide examples, please. And because she knows there's oil in Alaska does not count!

She has stood up to corruption in her own party,

Examples. . . she is under her own corr. investigation . .

and has brought down the incumbent Governor.

Ok, yeah, sometimes that happens.

She has kept Big Oil accountable by taxing them and making sure that most of it goes back to the people.

She and Obama have the same view here--not McCain.

She also has the highest approval rating as governor in all 50 States!

Too much variation here--from low teens to sixties, to 80? Too much spin--

She has the lowest approval rating of any VP pick since Quale:
http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/08/30/polls-voters-doubt-palins-qualifications-while-obama-expands-lead/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Michael,
wake up before you finish drinking the kool aid. It is understandable the Republicans are defending Palin- I mean what else can you do publicly? I can't wait for the other shoe to drop and it will. Wonder who the real VP candidate will be?

Posted by: Andrea | September 3, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

er, Marie Stewart, what are you smoking???
Oh-that's right you want that funny weed to be legal.
Liberal media-keep it up-we love all the attention on Palin-you pathetic whiners!
I love it!
PS-both parties are corrupt and dont know how to fix our enormous economic/monetary crisis we are heading into...Mr. Robinson is just another idiot spewing the liberal handbook thru the ubiqitious media. Most people are on to the noise and get it-
that's why FOX news succeeded-it filled the gap.

Posted by: couging on smoke... | September 3, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

So, let me get this straight: EVERYONE knows that McCain picked Palin in large part because she was a woman, and he wants to try to win the votes of those disenfranchised Clinton supporters. Plus she's young and attractive, which hopefully will win over some of the voters who like Obama's youth and attractiveness. What's wrong with him doing that? Nothing. It was a smart move.

Unfortunately, it backfired on him quickly.

But anyone who speaks the truth about this is sexist and at least a little bit un-American? I don't think so. These are just the facts.

We have a right - A DUTY - as patriotic
Americans to question the qualifications of ALL the candidates. We have a right to question whether they make good decisions. We have a right to analyze their experience and their records. The fact that Barack Obama is black, or that Palin is a woman, or that McCain is well past retirement age, does not give any of them a pass on these questions.

Many of you had already made up your minds about Palin before you knew a thing about her. That's your choice. But stop insulting those of us who did not. We are not sexists. We are not pawns of the media, or of the Democrats. We are Americans. The REAL Americans. You can squawk and complain and parrot everything you hear from the talk radio hosts, but WE are the ones who make this country great.

Posted by: MDL | September 3, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

What a load of garbage, really when was the last time a VP did anything? HHmmmm, Cheney(most involved VP in a long time, not a good thing either) Gore (bore), Bush Sr (sleepy), who was Carters? But presto-oopso, in 8 yrs they are ready to be CINC?
Biden a Wahington beurachrat - ad nauseum, Palin, novice... But for PRES a novice? Don't sound smart to me. Obama Bin Biden go away.

Posted by: JTLavery | September 3, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Republicans seemed organized and strong, but things sure have flipped. That was many years ago. Now, I see all the competence on the Democratic side, or at least they exude competence when compared with the most prominent Republican leaders. If this was a matter of hiring someone to manage my business, I'd at least consider Obama and Biden. McCain...maybe the McCain of 20 years ago. This guy is now a hollow shell of that man. And Palin wouldn't even be considered, not for a moment.

Posted by: Independent | September 3, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

What news, the "Obama can do no wrong" mean stream network news. Hillery was a much better and formidable canidate than Hussein. Unfortunetly for her, she'll never be elected prsident now cause by the time it gets around to her again by the democrat definition she'll be too old. HA Ha and if Obama wins I'll be pulling for economic disaster, Natural disasters, unemployment, poverty and old people unale to buy their medication, Just so a Conservative can de elected. Gee, I sound just like a democraP.

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I gotta thank my fellow Republican women for the hearty laugh. Honestly! I thought I'd fall off my chair, I was so amused by the cries of "sexist! sexist!" ... and this concerning remarks about a woman who did what? Oh, yeah She objectified herself and the rest of us by entering a beauty contest. Sheeesh!

We're supposed to take these people seriously? I don't think so.

Posted by: traumatizedtexan | September 3, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Furthermore, you dunce, Bristol Palin is irrelevant. Sarah's success as a mother is separate from her success as a politician, but Democrats like to muddle the two together. An example similar to this is Bill Clinton's declaration of "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." Frankly, I couldn't care less if he was having an affair. What matters, though, is if he's still an effective president. The problem with that is that he lied while under oath, therefore committing perjury. I believe one Mr. Barack Obama was once a drug-abusing gang member. But, oh, he is reformed now, so all that does not matter. Sometimes I love the logic of a Democrat.

Posted by: Michael | September 3, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Real Reason why McCain chose Palin : Sexist and condescending

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apdFC-vh6Ng

Also his poor record of voting against equal pay for women and opposing Equal Roles for Women in the Military
should be the business of American women voters.

Posted by: Sara M | September 3, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

For me it's a question of judgment for Sarah Palin -- as the mother of two daughters and grandmother of two girls as well I have to ask myself what mother or father tosses their child into the media spotlight during such a situation. Where was her head?? -- say home in Alaska and be Governor. There are men and women who would have made a different choice and it's call love and respect of family. Would Joe Biden have done differently?? The GOP just doesn't get it!!

Posted by: Paulet | September 3, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

It seems the ONLY demography Palin wholeheartedly appeals to is the religious right nut job. Shouldn't that be a serious alarm bell to those of us in the middle?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and anyone claiming that any agent of the Democratic party or the Obama campaign spread any of that Daily Kos filth (which I will not dignify with describing), please be ready to provide sources or be ready to be called a liar. Unlike McCain, Obama has promised to get rid of anyone who does that stuff. Hold him to it. And please do the same to your own slime merchants while you're at it. They've had several months' head start.

Posted by: Nomo Stew | September 3, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Gene, you are absolutely correct. It is absolutely pitiful that the Republicans should act as if they were being put upon in an improper way - that is typically part of confined to some Democratic crying towel and the absolute last thing any Republican would want to do is emulate that. Does Hillary in New Hampshire ring any bells for you - probably not.

Posted by: Kevie | September 3, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans are outraged that anyone would ask whether a first-term Alaska governor, whose only other political experience was as a small-town mayor, is the right person for the job."

You ARE kidding, right?

Try a little intellectual honesty. I think anyone (other than Obama bots) are fine when their candidate is asked tough questions.

I think those question are EXCELLENT and APPROPRIATE. Obama has been asked NO difficult questions, and asking the simple question "when does a baby get human rights?" yields the completely ridiculous gaffe "above my paygrade" yet you think after being completely invetted and shielded from difficulties that he will do well in a DEBATE? How about when Putin gets him behind closed doors at a summit and slaps him around? How exactly, does NOT doing your job as a JOURNALIST help vet your candidate?

What is INAPPROPRIATE in attacking the 17 year old or in some way acting like Palin needs to stay at home. You would be outraged if someone were to contend that "Joe Biden should have done the responsible thing and not taken the Senate seat after his wife was killed... he was a single father." Wouldn't you? You'd certainly be correct in saying this line of attack would be idiotic and outrageous.

If you really are a reporter try this:

ASK

1) McCain about the Keating 5.

2) Obama about William Ayers and Tony Rezko.

3) Palin about the Trooper firing.

and

4) Biden about his idiotic remarks about Obama "being clean" and "needing to order fast food with an indian accent".

Have some journalistic integrity and grow the F^%K up. If the press were actually doing their jobs, they wouldn't HAVE TO WORRY about newspaper subscriptions being in the toilet.

I think it's stupid and vapid for anyone to insinuate sexism or racism, that is merely a tactic to shut people up. I'd rather you talk more and show the world what a complete fool you are, Mr. Robinson.

Posted by: Jon | September 3, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Bring it back to the economy stupid - yes the one that the Democrats have controled for the past four years. The same do-nothing Congress that has a 9% approval rating and make W look smart. You go Dems, you are so smart and hateful.

Posted by: Stupid Dem | September 3, 2008 5:27 PM

Hey Stupid Dem- you're really living up to your name: We've only controlled the economy since '06. thats TWO YEARS. so ignorant. LOL!

Posted by: Todd 1 | September 3, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Abram: Now THAT'S a typical GOP tactic. Just make the opposition disappear in the press. They do a pretty good job of that by supressing as much of the critical press and comment as possible that comes their way.....(a sad comment on our supposedly "free press" society..!) Hopefully the WP will not heed your pathetic whining. Why don't YOU just go and stick your head in the sand and hope for the best...?!

Posted by: ed | September 3, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama was a drug-abusing gang member? Please link the evidence of this. And you claim the Democrats are the liars? You are a liar, AND a hypocrite.

Posted by: Bubba | September 3, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Tony in Idaho - stick to potatos

Posted by: flyguy | September 3, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

DanJ said:

Move to Europe? The only reason there is Democratic Europe is because of the US.

Posted by: DanJ | September 3, 2008 5:49 PM

There is some truth to that. I guess Democrats win the big wars and speak softly about it, while Republicans mismanage the small wars (even ones that they start) and proclaim themselves heroes and defenders of democracy.

I will not be tuning in to the Republican convention. If the GOP hasn't had anything truthful or compelling to say for the last 8 years, it's not going to change this week.

Posted by: ArmyBrat68 | September 3, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Recovering Republican - Clinton is the only Democrat that actually managed to balance a budget ( with some help from his enemies ) - don't think for one split second Obama ( or his party) is going to repeat that. Elephants will dance on the head of a pin before it ever happens again

Posted by: ralph in CT | September 3, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Questions for the press:

In the internet age, does the press report politics or make it? (Both liberal and conservative press)

Should we be trusting scoops on the internet that are less than 10 minutes old?

If we surrender that it's impossible to completely remove bias (spin) from all reporting, should we institutionalize a system so we know which sources are leftist and which are rightist? (People already get that MSN and CNN are lefties and Fox is a righty, so the bias transparent.)

Posted by: Jay | September 3, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Jon, are you kidding me? So Reverend Wright, Resco, Aires, Michelle Obama's comments, his "lack of experience", whether he may be a Muslim, bitter-gate, those haven't been covered by the media?

Posted by: Ruben | September 3, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

No way am I voting for a woman, and I know lots of guys like me that wont either. Its been done before where the VP was replaces. It has to happen fast, or McCain looses. Palin needs to say she changed her mind.Were loosing time

Posted by: salbo33 | September 3, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't possibly be more pleased than with the choice of Mrs. Palin. This colossal idiocy certainly proves McCain's ineptness, and unmasks his desperation. Pandering to the knuckle-dragging neocons will get him the votes he already had anyway, but will, at the same time, alienate him from most prudent Republicans. I can almost see them grimacing while they obediently defend the embarrassing position into which poor old John dumped them.

Posted by: thorninurside | September 3, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

"don't think for one split second Obama ( or his party) is going to repeat that."

Hopefully they will balance the budget, but NO it will take GENERATIONS to pay down the debt that Bush has run up.

Posted by: Bud | September 3, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Democrats and ALL left wacks, please, PLEASE give it a rest! Answer this one question: How did B. Hussien Obama get so wealthy?

Posted by: ccTX | September 3, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

If the MSM were as vicious to Obama as they've been to Sarah Palin or Hillary, I don't think anyone would be complaining.

For that matter, if they had been as vicious to Edwards as they've been to Sarah Palin and Hillary.

Posted by: Pierce Wetter | September 3, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Don--wake up: this is current America (except I don't credit George W with creating natural disasters!)

Obama wins I'll be pulling for economic disaster, Natural disasters, unemployment, poverty and old people unale to buy their medication,

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC and CNN are liberal? So does that make Lou Dobbs and Joe Scarborough liberal talking heads?

Posted by: Ruben | September 3, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Another liberal hack upset that the repubs are using your own victim mentality against you. How come a democrat can cry about sexism, racism, agism, or any ism they choose and every major media outlet and liberal believes every word they say, but a republican doing the same thing needs a "pity party". Can you say Duke Lacross Players. Never did get an acceptable appology from the media outlets for the patently unfair coverage and unfair commentary related to that case.

Posted by: rj | September 3, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Andrea,

You obviously didn't get what I was referencing; it went right over your head, funnily enough. What I meant was that the liberal media has used newspaper, the Internet, etc. to attack Palin on personal--irrelevant--issues rather than political ones. I no where mentioned anything about the Republicans defending her, though it is obvious and common-sense that they would. How about you stop smoking opium before you dare to debate me.

Posted by: Michael | September 3, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Paul--McCain does not have executive experienc, either . . .!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, here we go again! With nothing else going for them the Rovian Repubs are turning to devisive social issues to try to win another election. While we neglect the rise of China and Russia and other challengers to our prosperity the rightwing obsesses over flag pins and other absurd non-issues. If we let them win and continue their reign I'm afraid we would be so far behind our global competion in eight years that our country could never recover.

Posted by: jay | September 3, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

the minute I can say hey, Obama is a black guy, like everyone else says white male...and not have an idiot kneejerk react to it...and see that it's just a descriptor not a judgement or derogatory attempt, then ONLY then will I think the media and Eugene Robinson are not biased in the stance with journalism.
Ps-the libs are just upset that Bristol isn't killing, oh "aborting" her baby, in the Democrap way! Call a spade a spade! ah, fun.
Dems have no humour-they're mean spirited elitists.

Posted by: Balancing Robinson | September 3, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Hug a Republican like McCain? No how, no way!
Hug a person like Palin who is so extremist in her views on abortion, creationism, abstinence only (we all know how well that worked in her family!)?

I would rather hug a rock -- it's smarter.

Posted by: abby0802 | September 3, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"No way am I voting for a woman, and I know lots of guys like me that wont either. Its been done before where the VP was replaces. It has to happen fast, or McCain looses. Palin needs to say she changed her mind.Were loosing time"

Posted by: salbo33 | September 3, 2008 7:52 PM

Hey salbo33 - your time is up....I hope your wife put your supper on the table in time tonight. Please don't beat her if it is not the way you like it. shut up and listen to the speech tonight! You're an idiot!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Republican whiners, who'd a thunk. Spend all day attacking people for complaining about how they have been handling things, calling them whiners.

Spend all day attacking and smearing people, then attack them for being whiners when they complain about it.

You republicans had better practice your agony of defeat whine. It looks like you have the poor poor me whine down already.

Posted by: toid | September 3, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

"Recovering Republican - Clinton is the only Democrat that actually managed to balance a budget ( with some help from his enemies ) - don't think for one split second Obama ( or his party) is going to repeat that. Elephants will dance on the head of a pin before it ever happens again"

All I can say is HA HA HA!

You're an idiot. Clinton inherited the largest deficit (at the time) which was the after math of the Reagan/H.W. Bush years and turned it into 7 years of surplus. Clinton is smart, Obama is smart, G.W. Bush is not, McCain is not and apparently, you are not smart either.

Posted by: Jack B | September 3, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I second the Democrat that is pleased with Palin as a choice. I'm in a state with a lot of those middle 20% independents, the ones that make and break each election since Reagan. The first impression to many of my moderate thinkers that have yet to decide seems to be that she is simple a far right nut, placed in there to please the far right nuts, and that McCain is no longer running his own campaign. McCain has turned the reins over to those that have run things for the last 8 years, and these same moderates aren't so happy about the last 8 years. Well McCain, so much for distancing yourself from Bush.

Posted by: Casey | September 3, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Brian: "tell me what Obama, or Biden has done?",or McCain, or even less(what's her name again..?) He is 26-yr fence-sitter and she is ? What! a 2yr incumbent Gov and hip-shooter of a beautiful, albeit infra-populated state! She brings little useful baggage to a loser candidate.
From one who has seen the light!

Posted by: ed | September 3, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Balancing Robinson, you're right, we're sooo upset that Bristol isn't getting an abortion. That was sarcasm by the way.

We're not upset about her choice, where choice is the operative word. We are just amazed at the level of hypocrisy, is all.

Posted by: Ruben | September 3, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Look at this! You republicans don't have to worry about the democrats, they're going to vote for their own. Same with the religious fanatics and the bubbas, they're yours and they're going to vote for you no matter what.

You have to worry about the independents, and we're seeing you behave like a bunch of punk children who've had their balloon taken away.

Where's that strength, that intestinal fortitude, that rock solid walk against chaos that always claim is yours and not the democrats?

You've turned into a bunch of pansies. You're losing the independent vote faster than you know.

I still won't vote for obama, but now it's sure as hell I will not vote for you.

Posted by: indep | September 3, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Brian: "tell me what Obama, or Biden has done?",or McCain, or even less(what's her name again..?) He is 26-yr fence-sitter and she is ? What! a 2yr incumbent Gov and hip-shooter of a beautiful, albeit infra-populated state! She brings little useful baggage to a loser candidate.
From one who has seen the light!

Posted by: ed | September 3, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone should celebrate the life of the new unplanned child. And pray that a shot gun marriage will both make sense for these two and indeed work out well.

Having said that, I think the pregnancy of Palin's daughter could have been prevented. And, before you get too excited and say its one of those family things, it is clear what Palin's views are about sex education. Just tell them "abstain" until you are married. Some others I have seen posting give an analogy that its like eating too much food or drinking too much, you know, you just don't do it because it is not good. And the right wing idea that goes along with that it to not explicitly explain what sex is. Just tell them not to do it.

Well, I don't know about you, but to me, its very different than say food or water. I mean, any teen can have sex - the drive and the equipment is there. They are all like loaded guns. They are also in teen years particularly volatile, prone to being counter to authority (look at Bush and McCain, they are still like this) and typically not fully aware of consequences of actions like this. To use an analogy, when you compound this with not telling them how it works, you are basically leaving a high degree of probability to unplanned pulling of the trigger.

Believe me, the urge to eat too much or drink too much is not the same as the urge to have sex. The latter is much more powerful, particularly in teen years. You might compare it to eat and drink if you have not had any food or drink for say two days. I think it is important to be both explicit and to start with abstinence and open discussion with full details if that is what seems needed for the particular child.

You then move to others tools besides abstinence if it seems a good idea. Unless of course, you preferred an unplanned future and prefer to leave matters to fate rather than good sense. It is clear that pulling the trigger early has huge risk and typically inferior futures for all concerned. Why gamble with life?

Posted by: Paul | September 3, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

The right is giddy, we don't need a hug from a sour face-this is great attention it's got both sides talking-look at the polls-you
DemocraPs are toast-at least we'll be able to stop the massive spending.
BTW-the surplus that Clinton enjoyed was based on the long tax cut schedule and trickle down that Reagan enacted...this has been proven by the numbers of jobs/businesses, which will always be better at fixing an economy than a socialistic dictator.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The comment posted by ed of "Brian: "tell me what Obama, or Biden has done?",or McCain, or even less(what's her name again..?) He is 26-yr fence-sitter and she is ? What! a 2yr incumbent Gov and hip-shooter of a beautiful, albeit infra-populated state! She brings little useful baggage to a loser candidate.
From one who has seen the light!" is a cop out. You are starting from the premise they have done nothing and expecting someone to justify their lives to you.

It is you who need to inform yourself. And the information is all over the internet. Of course, that is only if you want to really know.

Posted by: Paul | September 3, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm on both sides. I love what you have written about the Republicans pretending to be offended and hurt after Rove and the Swift Boat morons. And, I see a bit of fear in you and other Democrats because the Republicans have been able to use the dumbest lies and most childish issues to win recent elections.

The Republicans are nasty liars, they are stupid beyond belief and incompetent when they get to govern, they run clowns (see: Bush) and thugs (see: Cheney) and yet they are able to pull out the voters. They could do it again in the middle of stalled wars and a difficult economy. Their use of the culture war and racism can't be downplayed.

So: yes, they are laughable, and, yes when they govern they hurt 95% of the people. And, yes, they could win and continue to shred the Constitution and the economy, and lead us toward some bizarre Christian Sparta.

Posted by: rusty 3 | September 3, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

you republicans actually think you're going to win, without us independents?

Do you think we're going to forget how you've behaved the last 8 years, and how you are behaving now?

You're as despicable a bunch of cowards as I've ever seen. Crap, I may have to vote for the socialists just to keep you out .. what a depressing though. Almost as depressing as seeing your kind continue it's malefaction.

Posted by: indep | September 3, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Sooooooooooo small town mayor = community activist. Let me hug the libs.

Posted by: ccTX | September 3, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Of course they can dish it out but can't take it. They're bullies.

They can smear and Swift-Boat and call people Muslims, presumptuous or whatever, but if any legitimate questions are asked, they whine and cry. Not at all surprising, is it?

Imagine if Obama had chosen someone as lame as Palin s a running mate. Or one of their teenage kids got pregnant. Then, it would be fair game, right?
Hypocrites!

Posted by: Rockin' Rich | September 3, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

so you think you're elitist enough to decide to end someone's life or not, because you have a choice?? Same old dem handbook answer.
Remove responsibility and suppress the morality of human life. btw, I'm anti-capitalp. too.

Posted by: Ruben's boobin' | September 3, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

wow, exactly what the media wants, us bickering on who said what and who is more wrong. while i believe politician are a good portion of our problems, i think we need to realize that the media plays us, and tries to brainwash us. no politician is good, be there a D or an R next to there name. we are americans, we are strong, charitable, passionate, freewilled, and intelligent. i think it is time we start acting like it and quit letting the media tell what is right and wrong, especially since it seems to have no clue.

Posted by: jackie | September 3, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Lack of judgment is major part McCain's. Finishing near the bottom of the barrel at the Naval Academy was a family stain. Partied a little to hard John. Wrecked a few planes because he was cocky, not a skilled pilot. After injuring himself when he crashed a jet on a carrier he recovered then got himself shot down in Viet Nam. According to official Naval Flight Orders, McCain disobeyed direct orders not to fly into the area where he was shot down- a no fly zone heavy with SAM's & anti-aircraft battery's. He was not in hot pursuit he was just being at hot dog. Bad judgment resulting in years of painful imprisonment & costing taxpayers many millions dollars. Having this as guy as President with his fine tuned bad judgment on display with Ms. Palin, herself an example of bad judgment. Bristol seems to be following in Mom's footsteps, getting knocked-up & getting the guy to marry her eventually.

Posted by: Timo | September 3, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

"...The Republicans are nasty liars, they are stupid beyond belief and incompetent when they get to govern, they run clowns (see: Bush) and thugs (see: Cheney) and yet they are able to pull out the voters. They could do it again in the middle of stalled wars and a difficult economy. Their use of the culture war and racism can't be downplayed..."

Oh-Clinton and every other politician lies less and a Rep? Were you just born yesterday or partially aborted by a lib?

Posted by: Dems don't lie...really! | September 3, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm a f**kin' redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some sh*t and just f**kin' chillin' I guess. Ya f**k with me I'll kick ass. I'm f**kin' the govner's daughter, and I don't want kids! GO FAMILY VALUES!!

Posted by: Levi Johnston-Palin | September 3, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Ok Levi, ok

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

And anti using capital letters at the start of a sentence.

Posted by: Ruben | September 3, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

It is one thing for the mainstream media to vet Palin on any actions she was involved in as an elected or appointed official. What her family members did is pretty irrelevant, unless it was illegal or highly unethical.

The question is why is the mainstream media repeating, without confirming the accuracy, the dirt on the left wing blog sites?

The issue of Palin's daughter's pregnancy began because a left wing blogger wrongfully alleged that Palin's down syndrome son was in fact her daughter's child. That forced Palin and McCain to prove that was not true and disclsoe her 17 year old daughter's pregnancy before the mainstream media reported it. No the mainstream media is reporting that she may have had an affair, when in fact it never happened.

Unfortunately the mainstream media attempt to elect the Democratic candidates is getting increasingly obvious. Facts should be reported to the public, not unfounded dirt just to destroy Palin's credibility and integrity. At best this is just a double standard towards a female candidate. At worst it is meanspirited and unethical behavior that should not be done by supposed well educated and professional reporters in the mainstream media.

How would members of the mainstream media look under the same microscope and bias? How would Biden and Obama look? People in glass houses should not throw stones. Let he who has not sinned throw the first stone (dirt).

Posted by: rljmsilver | September 3, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeh, I learned how to do chicks like my buddy Bill in the Oval room, but I don't spew on their dresses-and I don't lie about it...I don't think she swallowed or inhaled like I did....!
Did you know that Arafat was waiting in the Rose Garden when Bill was getting the helmet polished? Nice DemocraP values!

Posted by: Levi Johnston-Clinton | September 3, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

is it true Palin has only been out of the country once? Only received her first passport recently?

Is that possible?

Posted by: john | September 3, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

How dare anyone question McCain's Veep pick. McCain was a P.O.W. We should accept everything he does without question. I mean, Gov Palin is his soul mate, he tells us. I don't doubt it for a second. McCain's a pow.

Posted by: edzo | September 3, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

"CEO's, and I am one, must make decisions based on the facts at hand..."

I doubt this by your inability to string together a logical and coherent message. I digress.

This concept of "experience" is so vague that the word has been dumbed down in the context of this election. McCain has the experience of running straight to his captors the day after he was "rescued" to tell them 100% true information in exchange for favorable treatment, which led to the death of many more Americans in Vietnam. (Check it out.) This was after his experience of finishing near dead last in his class and crashing a few planes PRIOR to the one he happened to crash in Vietnam. I believe the grand total is 5. He also has the experience of cancer, the type which has come back several times and very well could again. Those who have experienced his tirades in the Senate know that he is "a bit of a" hothead, often allowing his emotions to run his actions. His experience of dumping a "chubby" wife in favor of a beautiful, rich one is also noteworthy.

In sum, this idea of "experience" is moot unless specific examples are given. Obama is too liberal for me, but he gets my vote just because:
1. I believe he is intelligent and level-headed enough to not do anything without very careful consideration from all sides and
2. I believe McCain has neither the temperament nor moral compass necessary for this job.

Posted by: Eric Kane | September 3, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

"Did you know that Arafat was waiting in the Rose Garden when Bill was getting the helmet polished? Nice DemocraP values!"

Hey, if it kept him relaxed, COOL. I would love to start my meetings that way.

Posted by: Ruben | September 3, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

"so you think you're elitist enough to decide to end someone's life or not, because you have a choice?? Same old dem handbook answer.
Remove responsibility and suppress the morality of human life. btw, I'm anti-capitalp. too.

Posted by: Ruben's boobin' | September 3, 2008 8:10 PM"

Glad to read that you are anti-death penalty too. Rare from a Red. I'm a Democrat that is anti-abortion as well as anti-death penalty. There actually are a lot of us. Still, choice isn't the evil...it's that we don't address the causes that make abortion seem like the best option. Trust me, many Democrats feel exactly this way. We just don't get our message over very well.

Posted by: PreferReasonToGuts | September 3, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

right on Ruben-at least one Dem has a sense of humor. Yeh, that would be a great job perk, ay?
Do you think Sarah?......na!!!! Nevermind!

Posted by: Ruben's Boobin' | September 3, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

"is it true Palin has only been out of the country once? Only received her first passport recently?

Is that possible?

Posted by: john | September 3, 2008 8:16 PM"


Yup. Story is, she went to Canada once in college to get drunk.


Posted by: PreferReasonToGuts | September 3, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Come on American Women - are you going to vote for a candidate that has slammed any woman trying to have the same opportunity that was handed to him on a silver plate by the Good Ole Boys in the Democratic Party and a sexist media like this reporter?

Big Bad Barack has his "protect your choice to have abortions" ad out on the radio. Be scared all you women the stay in the bedroom and in the kitchen and if you do want to work be prepared for prejudice and discrimination (as well as 33% less pay!)

Come on you Democrat Women - wake up an smell the coffee. The Democrats slam any woman regardless of what party they belong to and where they stand on any issue.

Democrat Working Mothers for EQUAL OPPORTUNITY - vote Sarah Palin 08!

Posted by: Working Mother | September 3, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Here is Sarah FOR the Bridge to Nowhere, before she was AGAINST it,

http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=11217

Me thinks, the Rethugs protest too much!

She is a liar, just like McSame

Posted by: David | September 3, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Paul: After a 40+ year career of work for the as a DOD Contract engineer in overseas theatres, I have seen a lot. Reagan came closest to being a successful but expensive GOP president. However, I cannot support a party that has ruined our nation, provoked mass transfer of industries to developing nations and exposed us to justifiable criticism by our traditional allies. Like many of our international friends, I feel deceived. With any more madness we can no longer control our destiny. Respectfully, ed

Posted by: ed | September 3, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe we have to listen to this whining about the "evil" liberal bloggers who dug up the preganancy story and the biased "msm" who reported on it. THANK YOU. was palin planning on telling us this at all? or waiting til after the election?

real family values.

Posted by: Todd1 | September 3, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

OMFG, Palin has only been out of the country once in her life. She's a god damned redneck. To bad there is no god, otherwise I would suggest he help us all.

Posted by: john | September 3, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh and BTW JamesT- you're another conservative bigot.

"Now quick Eugene, do something useful and go burn down your neighborhood."

Posted by: Todd1 | September 3, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to have some of that Palin-style unprotected sex, myself. I have my eye on the second-oldest Palin girl. How about you?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Working Mother:
Pls provide info related to how McCain and Palin will provide equal opp for women?

Good old boys exist in both parties, as do ambitious women who talk the talk, but don't walk the walk--

Why should female anatomy be sufficient for my vote--give me a better arugment!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Robinson - you have made it all clear about Obama:

BLACK MAN = WOMAN HATER

DEMOCRAT = SEXIST

Posted by: Now I See | September 3, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama in his own words: "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though," he says. Citation - Washington Post, 03 Jan 2007.

Posted by: Dave | September 3, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Now I See, I think you're blind.

Posted by: Ruben | September 3, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Rove singled out Virginia governor Tim Kaine, also a Face the Nation guest, as an example a politically expedient pick who would not really be ready to be VP.

"With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years, he's been able but undistinguished," Rove said. "I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America."

Rove continued: "So if he were to pick Governor Kaine, it would be an intensely political choice where he said, `You know what? I'm really not, first and foremost, concerned with, is this person capable of being president of the United States."

Yes, the real problem with Tim Kaine is that he's only been governor of a state with several millions of people for three years, and before that, he was only the mayor of a mid-size city. This, of course, made him "undistinguished," unprepared for national office, and the very idea of putting him on a national ticket was practically ridiculous.
Now we hear that Palin is ok because she was mayor of a town of less than 10,000 and governor for less than 2 years of a state with far fewer people than the CA counties of Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, San Diego, Los Angeles, or NY county of Nassau, all of which have twice the population of Alaska and real issues of transportation and communication than Alaska.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats will slap down any woman who wants to be in a leadership position - either Democrat or Republican.

The Republicans are actually willing to live the promise of equal opportunity.

What have the Democrats done to help women? We still make 33% less than men and that has not moved for over a decade.

Women need to unite for one issue and only one issue - equal opportunity! Vote for change and vote against disrespect and sexism - vote Sarah Palin in 08!

Posted by: Working Mother | September 3, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

So my questions are 1) How much cocaine did Obama snort? 2) How much money did he pay for the cocaine? 3) Did he snort all the cocaine himself, or did he sell the rest? 4) Who did he buy the cocaine from?

Posted by: Dave | September 3, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin OPPOSE equal pay for equal work.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 3, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

The gop is a party based soley on image - there's not much else there. It's been proven that they're pretty gullible too - if you feed 'em hooey long enough they'll believe anything. You know, like the claims that Palin has more experience than Obama - look at all the parrots spewing that nonsense. What a gullible lot.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

boosterprez, Democrats are denigrating her ambition to be one heartbeat away from the nuclear launch codes--not her ambition to be a working mother.

Posted by: Sportin' Life | September 3, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Of course they can dish it out but can't take it. They're bullies.

They can smear and Swift-Boat and call people Muslims, presumptuous, French or whatever, but if any legitimate questions are asked, they whine and cry. Not at all surprising, is it?

Imagine if Obama had chosen someone as lame as Palin as a running mate. Or one of their teenage kids got pregnant. Then, it would be fair game, right?

Hypocrites!

Posted by: Rockin' Rich | September 3, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, ever noticed how these die-hard, double standard Gippers are so blindly loyal to the party that even if a monkey were to be nominated as president, they'd passionately defend the candidate and vote for it?

Am I exaggerating? I don't think so.

They did it in 2000 and -- not having learned their lesson -- did it again in 2004. Dense and slow bunch, these Gippers.

Posted by: independent | September 3, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Working Mom--I am and independent female voter--you have not made your case, other than I should vote for Palin because we share the same anatomy . . .

Cite how Repubs will push for equal pay for equal work--surely you can find this on the web? What is it that Sarah Palin has said about equal opp.?? You are pushing correlation between her gender and this issue, but provide no evidence of her views--

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Palin is giving a speech written for her.
After that she will be seen with McCain a couple of times and then she goes back to Alaska to memorize talking points to use in the VP debate, using the memorized material regardless of the actual question. She will be unavailable for real give and take, at all.
She is a face shot, Vogue, a model, with no expectation to be on the spot. STOP BEING MEAN TO HER. Her husband was a member of the secessionist group. She just attended meetings. It didnt mean she was for ending the union of states. She just went to keep him company, meet a few people. WHAT? Why was he there?
To work to dissolve the union?

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 3, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

the pregnancy is relevant in the context of a candidate who opposes the availability of contraceptives, sex education and abortion rights.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 3, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

She got tested for Downs Syndrome and didnt abort the baby. If her convictions are so strong, why did she get tested? Its not a requirement, and its painful, they stick a big needle into your pregnant belly to get fluid.

Posted by: MIke | September 3, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

It's disturbing to read comments about your piece, which I appreciate and agree with, just so you know where I stand. These comments show how culturally divided this country still is, with some real hatred towards Obama and the liberal opposition in there.

After all kinds of character assassination from the right. and a fair amount of anti Obama-biased criticism during the primaries from Hillary and her supporters including quite a few otherwise left-leaning pundits, the right and those swept up with fascination and admiration of Ms. Palin want the left to shut up and take it. Well, this is the process folks, and we all have to live with it.

They talk about liberally-biased media, but the right has plenty of voices, even on MSNBC. Just watch Morning Joe. After all, the right has Fox News and Rush "we've got a babe on our ticket" Limbaugh among many others. So stop whining.

This election is again about U.S leadership of a more sectarian (though certainly not godless) foundation vs. Christian fundamentalism, combined with a multi-lateral worldview vs. a unilateral, militarily-dictated foreign policy that has basically bankrupted this country and cost us many good men and women. McC wants to continue with trickle-down economics and feeding the addiction of our oil-thirsty, global warming-denying brethren. BO wants to redistribute some of that wealth to the those of us who are not super-rich and want a more environmentally-friendly policy, while cutting down on the sword-rattling approach that mistakenly put us in Iraq and doesn't really want to stop there no matter whether we can back it up or not. McC has said not to ANWAR, but Palin has made a terrific lobbyist for Alaskan oil and those who are perfectly, perhaps desperately willing to put industrial before environmental responsibility, Hell, that's why they elected her, right? And it's not about her anyway, it's God's will, and McC will now go along, even though that kind of thinking was behind Bush's taking him down in '00. All is forgiven, because they really want to win.

With McCain/Palin you get more of the same business-as-usual that may go even further right if she has any influence on decisions made should they prevail, while with Obama/Biden you get the chance to pull our grounded ship of state off the rocks and head back out into the world, which desperately wants to re-embrace both American leadership and the American Way we all, I'd like to believe, imagine.

But I still have to add my dig. After all, it"s such a heartwarming story to hear how the Palin family and so many Americans want to embrace this apparently wonderful, caring, and willing (willing-to-kick ass if you cross him, that is) hockey playing kid and the sweet but promiscuous yet just-like-us teen-aged daughter, who will of course and should keep her baby, get married and maybe even move into the VP's mansion. Classy, storybook really. I'm sure if the shoe was on the other foot the right would be just as understanding.

Maybe we're getting just what we deserve. I say, don't give in to this lowering of our standards. They're all good people in this contest, but enough is enough.

Posted by: Brian R | September 3, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

What is it that Sarah Palin has said about equal opp.?? You are pushing correlation between her gender and this issue, but provide no evidence of her views--

There is evidence that she opposes equal pay for equal work.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Carly Fiorina is speaking right now at the RNC. I wish McCain had picked her instead of Palin. Palin is an airhead compared to this woman.

Posted by: Bubba | September 3, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

No Christian names of her children?
Track, Bristol, Piper, Trig. These are funny sounding names. I dont feel comfortable with funny names, so I'm going to start circulating email rumors about their religion and why they have funny names.Sarah Palin must be funded by terrorists to have such funny names.

Posted by: MatthewMarkLukeTrig | September 3, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

We cannot talk about Mc Cain's POW record and he will not allow the files to be released- yet he brings this up all the time.

What about the propaganda statement he made for the Viet Cong within days of his capture? (against all military rules) What kind of guy is this?

Spends two months and millions of dollars attacking Obama's lack of experience and then puts someone in the hot seat with 20 months gubernatorial experience of a state with the population of a medium size city.

This is hypocrisy at the stratospheric level.

Posted by: Tom | September 3, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Folks: this is evidence (albeit from the scary NYT) on McCain's VOTING RECORD on equal pay for equal work:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/26/opinion/26collins.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Hot news: Palin is fighting to take the investigation into her abuse of power away from the Alaska state legislators and give it to a three person personnel board, "for expeditous handling".

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

We cannot talk about Mc Cain's POW record and he will not allow the files to be released- yet he brings this up all the time.

What about the propaganda statement he made for the Viet Cong within days of his capture? (against all military rules) What kind of guy is this?
A TRAITOR.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for folks who cannot bear to call themselves ex-Republicans. You can spin anything you want, but when you "vet" Mr. Obama, he is the only choice. You all know the rest is just "talk". Why do you want to keep twisting in the wind.

Posted by: FormerChiTownRepub | September 3, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Spends two months and millions of dollars attacking Obama's lack of experience and then puts someone in the hot seat with 20 months gubernatorial experience of a state with the population of a medium size city.

This is hypocrisy at the stratospheric level.

Not to worry. No one is allowed to speak with her. She is going to be in a cocoon of protection from our mean inquiries. No questions now. She is going to be a manufactured product, only seen in ads and in controlled circumstances where she can spout a memorized game plan.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

We still make 33% less than men and that has not moved for over a decade.

Women need to unite for one issue and only one issue - equal opportunity! Vote for change and vote against disrespect and sexism - vote Sarah Palin in 08!

Posted by: Working Mother | September 3, 2008 8:37 PM

Poor thing, you are insane. BUSH and his majority have run Congress for 6 of the past 8 years. They are totally responsible for your wages and the destruction of the value of the dollar.
AS SOON AS THE DEMS GOT THE MAJORITY, the MINIMUM WAGE WAS INCREASED.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Regarding troopergate--

Yes, Palin wants to cite herself with an ethics charge, so the abuse of power charges can be viewed by a 3 person panel, not the legislature--

This is reform??

From the article:
"Her lawyer sent an “ethics disclosure” Monday night to Attorney General Talis Colberg. The governor asked that it go to the three-person Personnel Board as a complaint. While ethics complaints are usually confidential, Palin wants the matter open.

The lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, also asked the state legislature to drop its own investigation into the Monegan matter. He says the Personnel Board has jurisdiction over ethics."

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/stories/2008/09/03/palin_ethics_complaint.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Intelligent Lady -
Ronald Regan happened to the news. He allowed media consolidation and ownership of the media by corporations. Media is being further consolidated from 8 years of the Bushies.
Liberal News? Only if it benefits GE, News Corp, Turner...Maybe you can explaine why all of the atrocious actions of the Bushies went un-investigated by the media! Liberal News? What you're seeing now is just the reverse of what happened to Bill Clinton, Howard Dean, Hillary, John Kerry, and any of the gay Republican leaders/congressmen posing as anti-gay hippocrates(only to be fair) and on an on.
Sarah Palin needs to be brought to light. The only reason there is this firestorm now is because McCain didn't check her background like he should have, so now the media and public have to ask her the questions. It's now our business because he and his team didn't make it theirs.

Posted by: KEM | September 3, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

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DON'T FORGET: 'WE NEED CHANGE'
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Posted by: gogirl | September 3, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Women can be divided so easily by so many issue with abortion leading the way. Civil Rights succeeded because individuals with diverse belief (Islam to Christian, Radical to Canservative) came together for one purpose - equal opportunity. They voted for their anatomy and made great progress.

Equal Rights failed as women allowed themselves to be divided and dominated so they are still making less than their male peers and are subjected to the mean treatment that both Hillary and Sarah have recieved.

I am a Democrat and Pro-Choice - but this electoral process needs to be a wake up call for all women. Yes - you need to vote with anatomy the same as with the civil rights movement. You need to put your anatomy ahead of all the other issues you feel so passionate about. Because if you do not have equal opportunity you will have continued discrimination and you will be denied opportunities and paid 33% less and be penalized for having children.

Democrat and Republican Women need to say ENOUGH and vote for real CHANGE - vote for Sarah Palin in 08 - and open the door to your own future as well as the future of all American women.

Posted by: Working Mother | September 3, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

this is funny, i was talking to a liberal the other day, and said, i dont think bush has done the greatest job, but that he has not done the worst, job either. and i almost lost my head. the libs always say how peaceful they are, then they march, spit on soldiers, throw street signs through windows, and cuss out journalist. you know, martin luther king jr never did this when he marched. and lets be honest, sarah palin if fresh and new, and we dig up her life and put a spotlight on it and she was just announced on the 29th of aug. so let me ask libs, are you just upset that hilliary is not the woman on the ticket, or are you complaining cuz sarah may have revived the gop? gop is whining, we only her the libs talking. GO SARAH!!

Posted by: jay | September 3, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse


Plain is a goner. Too many distractions for a campaign desperate to find traction. Preggo teens, affairs, and malfeasance is not traction. As we speak GOP honchos are devising an exit for Palin.

Posted by: TimBowe | September 3, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse


I don't know about you people but I just love a goofy spectacle among the bumptious bloviators. This Palin biz sure fills the bill.

Posted by: Cynical Sam | September 3, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone mention the money Palin took from Veco?

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/09/03/america/NA-POL-US-Elections-Palin.php

Or that McCain sold his sole for Bush's 2008 endorsement. He'll say and do anything to get elected.

For those who actually pay attention to history, McCain hates George Bush.

During the 2000 campaign, Bush, Rove and Stampley searched for dirt on McCain. That's how the Manchurian Candidate moniker hit McCain. McCain now employs Rove.

Read Admiral Stockley's account.

November 26, 1999

John McCain in the Crucible

By JAMES B. STOCKDALE

CORONADO, Calif. -- I am not surprised by reports that Senator John McCain's political enemies have been spreading rumors that his famous temper is a sign of a broader "instability" caused by his imprisonment in Vietnam.

In fact, a few weeks ago I received a call from an old friend who is also close to the George W. Bush campaign soliciting comments on Mr. McCain's "weaknesses."

One US Senator, when he learned of the origin of the attacks on McCain, observed: "While McCain was getting tortured, Bush was flying jets defending Texas against Oklahoma.

http://www.miafacts.org/mccain_2.htm

I would have had more respect for McShame had he denounced Bush's endorsement.

Now Bush, Cheney. Rove et al are briefing the broad?


Posted by: SueM | September 3, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Working Mom-you are still doing it--providing no evidence that Palin will be in your court on equal pay for equal work, other than her gender! Provide the evidence, please, beyond her gender! Here's the problem: you can't, because there's no record on this from Palin.

Regarding your quote below:

Mean treatment? Mean treatment--I think Hillary held her own, and I think Palin will do the same--I wouldn't want any women in office who couldn't handle it--you are suggesting because they are women, that people shouldn't be "mean" to them . . . this is sexist . . .

"Equal Rights failed as women allowed themselves to be divided and dominated so they are still making less than their male peers and are subjected to the mean treatment that both Hillary and Sarah have recieved."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Their "base" denies science and rational thought. They hate radical Islam but they have more in common with fundamentalists of all colors and stripes then the rest of us who feel that thinking rather than believing is just a little bit important. They have the "decider" ( A LEARNING DISABLED, addiction "recovered" PRESIDENT WHO ONLY SEES THE WORLD IN BLACK AND WHITE AND HAS SQUANDERED THE OPPORTUNITY TO UNITE THE WORLD IN FIGHTING THE REAL TERRORISTS HOLED UP IN PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN) THIS "DECIDER" HAS BEEN running this great country for the past 7 years WITH NO REAL CRITICISM FROM THE LIBERAL MEDIA yet the speakers at the RNC all day blame the liberals, the "elite" and media for the mess we are in. Its Gods will I guess...when it snows they can have snowmobile races on the white house lawn. I hope they cover it on ESPN.

Posted by: eblair | September 3, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

If you have a realistic understanding of history and current world issues, then you know Barak Obama is qualified to meet today's world problems with fresh and effective solutions instead of the same old alienating bellicose rhetoric, even though his national resume is relatively short.
The republicans had their chance at running things and they have failed miserably. They are one again clinging to the final refuge of the scoundrel, patriotism,in an attempt to obfuscate their shameful performance record.
Throwing Palin into the race is just one more misleading tactic from a ruling elite who want the people to continue to sabotage themselves by enabling their self serving economic agenda.
Palin will most likely perform so badly as VP, or, God forbid, president, that traditional sexists will say her failure confirms their prejudices. Don't be fooled. The best female candidates are the last people republicans want in positions of power. With all their flag hugging hypocrisy notwithstanding, republicans have proven they can't be trusted to run this country.

Posted by: Charles | September 3, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure if people understand that Palin actually thinks that Alaska, especially her home town there, is the chosen land and that God is sending her out to transform the world. She believes that the war in Iraq (eye-rack, as she pronounces it), is a holy war and part of God's plan. It is looney-tunes time, folks.
In her own words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG1vPYbRB7k
Or watch this from her church:http: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VtF7Ypr1hY&feature=related

Posted by: MickyD | September 3, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

reality bites, bush 1 didnt finish the job in iraq, and lied about "no new taxes"; clinton signed nato, which as good as sent all our jobs overseas, not only that, he laid the foundation for our dependence on foreign oil, our import to export ratio w/ china sky rocketed in china's favor when he was in office, he help us look like fools w/ the monica blunder; bush 2 inherits a recession, bad import to export ratios, 911, his gdp has stayed around the 3% growth mark the last 8 years, he took down saddam, keep unemployment 2% lower on average than Clinton, send millions of $ in aid to africa for aids, has cut billions of $ in taxes, walks and talks like a proud american, and is faithful to his wife, is honest about his alcohol problem. why are we concerned about what terrorists think about us, they kill innocent people which is something any lib should hate. we bash bush. what is wrong w/ you people?

Posted by: jay | September 3, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Please read this article from the Fort Worth Star Telegram from April 2008:

http://startelegram.typepad.com/politex/2008/04/governors-water.html

IN APRIL 2008, AT THE AGE OF 44, GOVERNOR PALIN BOARDED AN AIRPLANE AND FLEW FOR 8 HOURS WHILE IN PREMATURE LABOR WITH HER DOWN SYNDROME INFANT.

The governor's membranes ruptured earlier in the morning, before she gave a speech to a Republican support group. She phoned a GP and "felt comfortable" boarding a plane rather than seeking any emergency medical care for Trig, her Down syndrome infant whose amniotic sac had ruptured a full month prematurely.

I believe refusing to seek medical attention for Trig for over 8 hours should at least be cause for a serious inquiry from the standpoint of child welfare.

The plane could have been stranded hundreds of miles from a hospital. At any time during the flight, Trig could have strangled on the umbilical cord, caught an infection, or been born needing immediate corrective surgery on his vital organs, or the lifesaving options of a NICU maternity unit. Trig Palin made it through that flight and the subsequent drive to Wasilla by the Grace of God alone.

This is not a personal story. This is not a pregnancy story. This is a crime story. You can't just decide not to get care for your infant because it doesn't fit your travel schedule to stop in Texas.

Posted by: RachelB | September 3, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, ever noticed how these die-hard, double standard Gippers are so blindly loyal to the party that even if a chimpanzee were to be nominated as president, they'd passionately defend the candidate and vote for it?

Am I exaggerating? I don't think so.

They did it in 2000 and -- not having learned their lesson -- did it again in 2004. Dense and slow bunch, these Gippers. Must be from all that inbreeding.

Posted by: independent | September 3, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Working Mom is a fat republican guy sitting on a pile of porno magazines in his mother's garage.

This is his "remote job"

Posted by: stooge | September 3, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Can't hug Palin, she's McCain's new girlfriend!

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

Uhh...all you posters ranting about Robinson's (and others') "liberal bias"? Please do us all and yourselves a favor and take a peek just above the byline. We'll wait... See what that says? 'Quick Takes by the Post Opinion Writers.' Opinion writers, get it? Go somewhere else for the 'hard news' you claim to miss. If you do wish to lolligag around here in the Opinion blogosphere, perhaps you'd be much happier over on Will's or Kraut's page. Actually, given their views on Gov. Palin, probably not. Go visit Novak--his piece on Palin is an absolute riot.

Posted by: Russ H. | September 3, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey Working Mom, stuffed any ballot boxes lately?

How much does that pay? do you have to, like, know somebody, or maybe it's an ad on craigslist?

How did you feel when they told you that you had to pretend you were a woman? Did that cause you any anxiety ... I mean, confused as you are and everything.

I'll bet they gave you a good file full of cut-n-paste source for blogging, is this the only newspaper they're paying you to post in, is it regional?

Posted by: stoogier | September 3, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

How old was Bristol when she got knocked by this guy Levi? How old was he ? Any previous knocked up under age in Levi's past? The abstinence only B.S. sure worked for her. It certainly worked for her worked for her mom... no wait a minute she got knocked up too and "eloped" while pregnant. A concerned parent might ask "what is the age for statutory rape of minor in Alaska?" Ms. Palin does not care as long as it's somebody else little girl.

She performed a great speech tonight written by a well known longtime Bush/McCain Washington insider. Also fantastic is using her Downs syndrome baby as visual prop. How many ways can they use this baby... 24/7 if think it sells Sarah.

Posted by: Timo | September 4, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

After watching Gov. Palin give a speech that was filled with inaccuracies, sarcasm and hits at Obama's family after he asked that families be off limit was troubling.

Ms. Palin touts that she is a devout Christian. What happened to "Not bearing false witness against your neighbor." Lies do count.

But most importantly, if I can say something positive it would be a "thank you" to Gov. Palin. I thank her for the pitbull and lipstick reference. Now Biden can take off the "kiddies" gloves and go to work.

I need the Republicans to tell me how my family can continue paying more than $1,000.00 a month for Thalomid to help my husband's cancer. How are they going to rein in the drug manufacturers. I need policy answers. I don't need to hear a speech filled with "the dozens."

Posted by: Pat | September 4, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

How nice and white? Almost spotlessly so.
I thought about bleach all the way through.

Now I definately know who I want as President and Vice President:

a man who is disoriented on stage,

and a woman who pees in the words, then puts on lipstick and goes out to dinner.

I'm so impressed by the United States!

God bless America!

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Eugene, the words in your article:

"the cruel forces that are treating them in such a beastly manner."

is so very indicative of how Republicans have been feeling since I was 8 years old.
Back in the 50's, they felt just as ill as they do now. They live with fear. It permeates every cee in their miserably sick bodies. They are good, everyone else is evil and out to do them in.
That is why preemptive force is so important now.

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

typo: cee is a typo.
the word is cell

Posted by: sanity | September 4, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

All that Palin did last night was merely to give the dwindling Extreme-Right Bush Base a FALSE sense of hope while ADDING to the DETERMINATION of the Democrats and Independents to get Obama elected.

Thanks for the BOOST, Palin!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

To all you Clinton bashers, when Clinton lied, nobody died.

You do realize that your own candidate, Mr. McCain cheated of is previous wife and left her for a "rich" chick, right?

Oh, it's okay. You are a bunch of hypocrites, I forget.

Posted by: Jack B | September 4, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I think this whole Palin situation just shows how much both parties don't like it when candidates say they're not taking sides, but fighting corruption regardless of political alignment. I wish SHE was the one running for pres instead of McCain. I think she could do a better job.

Posted by: Dude | September 4, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Palin's speech oozed, these are not my words, I'm great at teleprompting. It was sorely obvious, Palin has no previous opinion of her own on Obama. Nor does she have her own knowledge of Senator Obama's job,or the work and effort it takes to build a presidental campaign from the ground up. Her words were hollow and just happened to play it off very well. Someone should ask her what a JUNIOR senator does.

Posted by: Vikki | September 4, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

If America misses an opportunity to elect an Intelligent Visionary with a Heart for People over a Cynical and Robotic Hockey Mom, America deserves the Broken Presidency it will get. The GOP is trying to dupe us again with marginal candidates who appeal to an outdated idealogy. Like Obama says, "we have big elections over small things". No, the terrorists haven't attacked us again, they didn't have to. We sent our young men and women over there to die on their soil instead. America, please don't get duped again. Obama's acceptance speech laid out perfectly how the GOP is framing this election. Let's be smarter this time. Palin's experience as a Mayor of fewer than 8,000 and Gov of Alaska with an unsophisticated budget is comparable to the experience of a Principal and a Superintendent of Schools respectively. Are you kidding?

Posted by: America Deserves What it Gets | September 4, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone who questions Palin’s qualifications, or points out that she was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it, is being sexist. "

What a load of crap. Asking if she can be a mother and have a career is sexist. Calling out her hairstyle is sexist. Having Chris Matthews say that she is really running against Michelle Obama and as McCain's wife is sexist.

Robinson's intellectual dishonesty is digusting, but he and the rest of the liberal hacks are doing McCain a great favor.

Keep it up Gene. We love it.

Posted by: rmorrow | September 5, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Hypocrites propose change from within. the GOP deserves a very long rest from reigning Washington and ruining America....Nothing more, certainly nothing less.

Posted by: ed | September 5, 2008 5:21 AM | Report abuse

FOR THOSE OF YOU UNINFORMED HATERS WHO THINK OBAMA HAS NO QUALIFICATIONS:

1.Obama is a graduate of Columbia University

2.Obama is a Harvard Law Graduate

3. Obama was the President of the Harvard Law Review.

4. Obama was a Harvard Law Professor

5. Obama spent several years as a community organizer, which shows his ability to work with people and make things better for the common ordinary folks.

6. Obama was an Illinois State Senator for 8 years.

7. Obama co-sponsored 820 bills in the Il. State Senate.

8. Obama has been a US Senator for 4 years.

9. Obama co-sponsored 420 bills in the US Senate.

10. Obama AUTHORED 152 bills in the US Senate

11. Obama passed the 2007 Ethics Reform, described by many as the most sweeping package of it's kind since Watergate.

12. Obama has extremely good judgement on Foreign affairs, as in his right on the money judgement of Iraq....in which Malaki and Bush now have aligned themselves with Obama's call for a withdrawel/timetable.

13. Obama worked ACROSS THE ISLE with Sen. Lugar in keeping nuclear material out of the hands of terriosts.

There maybe some slight inaccuracies, but the bottom line is: Your arguements can be squashed with facts. The Facts are what we democrats have on our side. These facts and many others will make the rethugs lives living hell.

Posted by: Melanie | September 6, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Well done, "America deserves...." and "Melanie"..!

The silence is deafenening.

Anyway, I just can't imagine a former state senator and Jr. governer with a red phone in one hand and her finger on the war button at he same time. Nobody with her very limited curriculum should be in the White House.

Posted by: ed | September 6, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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