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On the Palin-McCain Ticket, Palin Is Still Under Wraps

No, that was not a typo. These big crowds really seem to be going to Sarah Palin’s head. As Jonathan noted, she actually referred to “a Palin and McCain administration" in a speech last week.

But Palin’s high opinion of herself is clearly not shared by the people running John McCain’s campaign. Funny that the McCain folks agreed to a wide-open format for the presidential debates but insisted on strict rules for the vice presidential encounter. That way, Palin won't have to offer long answers. Little sound-bites will do. As Bob Kaiser put it in The Post this morning, “In the negotiations, Republicans wanted to limit the amount of time available for their neophyte candidate, Palin, to be questioned on a single topic.” No kidding. Once again, the McCain campaign is admitting that Palin’s knowledge is as thin as a single-sheet press release.

Then there is the fact that Palin has been kept away from any serious or challenging questioning since her interview with Charlie Gibson. In Grand Rapids, Mich., where I visited this week, Palin did participate in a “town hall” meeting with McCain, but she did so before a carefully controlled crowd of Republican loyalists that was not about to ask her a question that might stump or stretch her. The Post editorial board put matters gently but firmly today: “Mr. McCain's selection of an inexperienced and relatively unknown figure was unsettling, and the campaign's decision to keep her sequestered from serious interchanges with reporters and voters serves only to deepen the unease.”

Finally, there is the stonewalling of the Alaska investigation into what has become known as “trooperagte.” Here is how an Associated Press story filed on Saturday described where matters stand:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Until three weeks ago, only Alaskans and a few hard-core political junkies in the rest of the country cared about the obscure scandal known here as Troopergate.

A legislative committee had ordered an investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power to settle a vendetta against her sister's ex-husband. She didn't seem too worried. Broadly popular, she adopted a bring-it-on attitude, saying: "Hold me accountable. ... I don't have anything to hide."

But the bravado regarding allegations that she dismissed the state's top law enforcement official when he wouldn't fire Palin's former brother-in-law from his state trooper's job disappeared on Aug. 29.

Suddenly, Palin was the Republican vice-presidential nominee.

Suddenly, aided by McCain campaign operatives, she began stonewalling.

Over the next several weeks, Palin and her team withheld the investigation's most important witnesses _ herself, her husband Todd, and a host of key administration aides. Palin also continued to withhold potentially key evidence _ the contents of a plethora of e-mails among the governor, her husband and key state government officials.

If Palin thinks she’s on firm ground, why all this stonewalling? If this is not a cover-up, what is it?

McCain figured he could prop Palin up – and keep her locked away -- until Election Day. But that is looking more and more like an iffy proposition. Of course, given Palin’s unguarded take on the actual order of this ticket, maybe Palin will dump McCain before this is done.

By E.J. Dionne  | September 21, 2008; 10:46 AM ET
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Head of State

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sarah Palin Meets with Afghan President Karzai (Transcript)

"Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will meet next week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in New York, on the sidelines of the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, according to Afghan officials in Washington."--Washington Post


Palin: Oh, Mr. President, it is such a pleasure to meet you, you're the first head of state that I have had the opportunity to meet--which is more than many Vice Presidents--and I'm so glad that my first one is an Afghani.

You know, in Trig's class there was a little Afghani? He was the child of one of the oil executives, and he was so cute, with his little turban runnin' around, everyone just loved him, and felt for him...

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And everyone knew that we just had to defend him and keep him free and that's why I think that with a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (looking up from clipboard) McCain/Palin.

Palin: ...McCain/Palin ticket, we can make sure of that, if we have to attack Russia, even, I mean, to keep people free at home, just like we want to keep our people free. We have so much in common! I know you have the problem with the poppies, and I understand because we have the same problem with the crystal meth in Wasilla? And I said "Look, we've got to shake this up!" and then that's exactly what I said: 'Look, let's just see what we have in common with these guys!" And that's just what you could do with the Taliban, Mr. Karzai. They've already so moral, and they want people to live by the straight and narrow, and they've got the newspapers sayin' and the schools doin' lots of the right things. They just need to get some of the right ideas, and pray to the right Lord. And, if they don't understand, we still have the weapons left over from Iraq, and then we can't blink, we can't blink, can we, Mr. Karzai?

Karzai: (Looks at Palin silently without moving his head. Pauses.). Blink?

Palin: Right. The thing is, we just have to hit the ground runnin', Mr. Karzai. That's what I do. A few weeks ago I didn't even know what a Vice President does! That's why I put a clock on my wall--do you have the same clocks as we do in Afghanistan? With the twelve numbers? (points in air to numbers on air clock)--Anyway, I said "I'm gonna measure just how much time I have left here" and that's what you could do, I think, with the war, Mr. Karzai, is to put up a clock so you know just how much time you have left until you finish it. I tell you, Mr. Karzai, it's such a motivating influence on my staff, the good ones, anyway, they know what they're supposed to finish and when, they hear me sayin' "Look at the clock, people, look at the clock, and know what you have left to finish..."

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And so I said to my husband, Todd--I call him the "First Dude"--Do you have that word 'Dude' here in Afghanistan?--maybe it's like "Khan" or "Emir" or somethin'?--I said to him, 'Todd, we have to take a look at what's happenin' in Afghanistan--before McCain called or any other thing happened--' cause I saw that Russia was right across from us and then right next to that you have all the Stans (counts cross fingers) Kyrgyzstan, oh, what's the others?--well, you are aware of them, of course, Mr. Karzai (laughs)...

Karzai: (Nods)

Palin: And if we don't let other people know of what I'm aware of, then the world won't change, Mr. Karzai. I know we have the same goals even if we don't have the same God yet...(aide touches Palin on shoulder, whispers). 'Even', not 'yet', I meant 'same God even', Mr. Karzai. And my point is, we can't let others stop our choice, which is freedom for those who deserve it, and that's why I know a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (reaching over to touch shoulder)

Palin: Stop! (brushing aide's hand off)...McCain/Palin ticket will do just what you want, Mr. Karzai...

Second Palin Aide Approaches: It's time for your next appointment, Gov. Palin.

Palin: It was so good meeting you, President Karzai, and all of your other people, it was so good meeting you too! Shalom! (waves, exits)

Karzai: (to his aide, in Pashto): She makes the last one look like the Grand Mufti.

Head of State

Posted by: Emily | September 21, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

they have no shame.

Posted by: Janelle | September 21, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

To: Head of State - that was hysterical and scary!

To the Post editorial board - please keep up the work of asking the questions, demanding the answers and reminding the public that it is the very least we should expect of a Vice Presidential candidate.

Posted by: Diana | September 21, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

The interview of Palin by Sean Hannity was pathetic. Hannity seemed like he was waiting for a 'free feel.'

Posted by: Marcaurelius | September 21, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh, EJ, did you think we wouldn't read Kaiser's piece? You know, the one you quoted about the Republicans wanting to protect little Sarah? Um, isn't that the same article that says BOTH sides wanted specific things, and got them? That Ifill is satisfied with the results? That both Palin and Biden will have segments in which they can freely challenge each other, a new approach that Palin thought was just fine?

You've been an Obama boi for a year now; it's time to go back to your former fair and witty and perceptive columns and drop the propaganda for your side, Okay, EJ?

Posted by: donald169 | September 21, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Dan Quayle was the pioneer Vice-Bimbo. Now we get a femme Vice-Bimbo. So what. We're all down the tubes this week. By the election will be eating dirt and shooting each other for the last gallon of gas at the empty Costco.

Neither McCain nor Obama nor Biden nor Palin have a clue on how to manage the impending Depression. Her resume can stay very thin. She is now one of the Republican wise guys and is "made". Like it or not we got Palin for the rest of our miserable days.

Posted by: roboturkey | September 21, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope they will question Biden on the wide range of topics he is an expert on, and just ask Palin short questions about moose and abortions - the American people will be able to draw their own conclusions.

Posted by: Deb | September 21, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

This an extension of Sunday's editorial where the WaPo pi$$ed and moaned about Palin not saying "How high?" when the MSM says "Jump."

We've been telling you for WEEKS, WaPo, that your nasty, snarky smears of Palin were going to come back and bite you in the arse. Now she won't jump through your "we demand you talk to us" hoop, and you're having a conniption fit.

I LOVE it!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | September 21, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Is Sarah Palin the ultimate person anyone would want to step into the office of President? Probably not. For that matter, neither would the other 3 Amigos from the Senate (Biden, McCain and Obama, listed in seniority order). Funny, but Palin is the only one in this crowd with real actual executive experience.

Of course, Palin (or McCain) is constantly asked if she is qualified to be President all the time, I guess under the guise that she lacks foreign policy experience. Just wondering, but has any of our recent governors who successfully won the Presidency (Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, etc.) - presumedly with little or no foreign policy experience - ever been asked that same question in the same condescending way? Could it be that they were all men, and Palin is a woman? Nah, that couldn't be it!

Keep in mind that one of the most experienced Vice Presidents this country has ever seen has been Dick Cheney. Be careful what you wish for.

Posted by: coffeetime | September 22, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Breaking news: Palin sells McCain on E-Bay, makes a handsome profit! She says, "Thanks, but no, thanks" to a geriatric running mate. The rationale was that since McCain does not live near Wall Street, he knows nothing about finance, and would just be a hindrance to a campaign that plans to hit the ground runnin'.

Posted by: Mark | September 22, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin may indeed have some fine qualities.

But anyone who continues to defend McCain's cynical choice to place her in a position she's so incredibly unqualified to occupy is as vapid as Palin and as cynical as McCain.

Posted by: sweetwtrbay | September 22, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

You're quite right that crazy Dick Cheney woiuld be just about the biggest nightmare as president that one could imagine. However, you're oversimplifying when you hint that Palin is getting a grilling on foreign policy just because she's a woman. Nonsense. She's getting grilled at the level at which she's expected to perform, based on Republican chest-thumping about her foreign policy experience. Suggesting she knows a lot about Russia because she lives near it, knows more than anybody in America about energy because she grew up in a state that exports it and has executive chops because she ran a little pissant town in Alaska that's mostly big-box stores is ridiculous, yes - but it wasn't the Democrats or the media who suggested any of those things; it was the Republicans and their enablers. If they sowed the wind of foolishness, they should hardly be surprised to find themselves reaping the whirlwind of fidicule.

Posted by: Mark | September 22, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse Sarah is simply too stupid for the big time. She is that lovely Repukeliscum combination of fascist, corrupt tinpot dictator and incompetent who doesn't know

That is, she's a normal Repukeliscum.

Posted by: POed Lib | September 22, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

It is pretty scary that they are trying to hard to keep Sarah Palin away from any real scrutiny these days. This just shows how extremely different she is from a person like Hillary Clinton. I was not a Hillary supporter in the primaries, but like her husband, she is a serious, smart, dedicated person. She was always very impressive in each of he 20 debates with other Democrats, as well as all the town halls, press conferences, & one-on-one interviews during the campaign. Palin on the other hand, not only doesn't have a lot of serious, detailed solutions for major problems that she's like to roll out once in the White House, it appears that she's not too knowledgeable about the problems America faces in general. Do we want someone, who, like Bush needs to hit the Cliff's Notes on major issues prior to public appearances, just so they don't completely embarrass themselves? This woman is absolutely not qualified to be President of Vice President. And I think it says a whole lot about the Right-wing base of the Republican party that they are all thrilled with her, and are hoping that she'll get to take over for McCain someday because she happens to pass their various litmus tests. I think if they get their wish, they'll find that President Palin is about as helpful to this country as President Bush. And I can safely speak for 70% of the people in this country when I say, he has spent the last seven years hurting this country a lot more than he ever helped.

Posted by: BigDanT | September 22, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Poor E.J. Dionne.

Being in the tank for Nobama really forces his brain to stop working.

Posted by: Scooby | September 22, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I am so tired of people rushing to the defense of Sarah Palin as if she's some kind of victim. Yes, going on and on about Bristol Palin was over the top, but examaining the governor's record is necessary. For the media to not examine her record as a governor and a mayor would be a travesty and recklessly irresponsible.

I am also tired of women who can't seperate the aweshucks mentality of a female VP candidate vs. the actual issues that our country has to deal with. To jump to the defense of every little criticism of Palin and deem it sexist is the exact opposite of what the women's movement was about.

And for the McCain campaign to expect deference from the media is beyond reprehensible. She could possibly be a heartbeat away from the presidency, and no one is supposed to ask her any hard-hitting questions?

Posted by: Jennifer | September 22, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

A number of posters on Youtube point out that Pailin's circular, vapid responses ("I am ready because I don't blink," etc.) to requests for even short lists of specific skills she has would put her in the bottom 50% in many job searches. Picture her making such repsonses in a job interview to be provost of a University, or to be a high school teacher, or the manager of a major Department store, or ambassador to Chile . . . almost any job.

. . . a near verbatim exchange between a questioner on the road and Palin, reduced to real-world terms:

Hiring Manager: "Can you tell me what specific skills you have that would qualify you for this position?"

Job candidate: "Well, since I'm an outsider, I know that others will try to tear me down- but I am prepared! And as for specifics: I am ready!"

Hiring Manager: "Okay, um... that's fine... but don't call us - we'll call you."

Posted by: pb | September 22, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Jennifer, I agree with you when you say:

"For the media to not examine her record as a governor and a mayor would be a travesty and recklessly irresponsible."

Now, please tell us:

Do you think this lame piece by E.J. Dionne is "objective reporting" or just an echo chamber for Dem's talking points?

Posted by: Scooby | September 22, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Why is this not on the front page of every paper every day that Palin's handlers refuse to let her even meet, much less be interviewed by, the media?

Where is the outrage?

Posted by: zuzu | September 22, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Why is this not on the front page of every paper every day that Obama's handlers refuse to disclose his birth certificate?

Is there any evidence that Obama is an American citizen? Is there any evidence that he is not a foreign-born person?

Americans are being fooled big time. Where is the outrage?

Posted by: berrymonster | September 22, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

So "the Mc Cain's capain is admitting that Palin's knowledge is as thin as a single-sheet prees."

As they are devout Chritian and family first,they erased the end of the statement; which read so earlier" as thin as a single-sheet press release in the remotest hicksville youcould imagine."

This is how it was initially released according to a source wishing to stay anonymous for the time being, and begging for special FBI witness protection program.

I'm just trying to make things straight here. Doctoring previous declarations won't help, and God-fearing GOPers know quite well that it's a sin.

Hopefully Dodd Palin, aka as the Dude, alas "Four-Time Iron-Dog snowmobile Winner" in Alaska (can you dig it! ALASKA, man! Just next to Russia!) will lead the show. '

Not McPain! Not Moose-Skinner!...

He'll be the White House Don. His next homely nickname.

Posted by: bekabo | September 22, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Comeon folks!

sarah is not the kind of freak the hateful noGod scum libs try to paint.

Like George, she's just the kinda simple gal you'd like to share a pint of fresh hot moose blood with.

Posted by: bekabo | September 22, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

to berrymonster:

There exists, on the World Wide Web, a site called

Visit it. And maybe (if you decide to, sorry, if you are able to process the information available) you'll understand why you just made a fool of yourself.

Just a friendly tip!

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

what a petty acticle

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 3:56 AM | Report abuse

We need a Palin clock, like the one McCain had on Obama, regarding never going to Iraq. All those complaining about the MSM need to see who owns them. Everyday the press does not bring this up as a major issue is another day similar to the piss poor job they did with the run up to the war. Please, don't let history repeat itself. Look what a lack of "reporting" did for us, a major war, thousands of lives lost, and billions of dollars stolen. Demand that Palin have a conversation with America, not a monologue.

Posted by: mike from the d | September 22, 2008 4:25 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin and her extremely creepy husband Todd are a Trojan Horse that the right-wing fundamentalists and their enablers in the Rethuglican Party are trying to sneak into the White House. People who care about the future of this country and of democracy MUST NOT LET THIS HAPPEN.

Posted by: TruthTeller41 | September 22, 2008 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives always complain about MSM being liberal. If they all behave like Fox news, then US will become Christian Madrasa state!

Posted by: anony | September 22, 2008 6:29 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: waterfrontproperty

after 8 years of the Bush/Cheney Presidencyif you are unfortunate to get the Plain/McLiar ticket you want, you won't be waterfront property any more you will be cut adrift and floating on your own, because they will finish off bankrupting America, John McCain was at the heart of the S&L disaster 20 years ago, and he and his friend Phil Gramm deregulated Wall Street in 1999 and 2000 now we have a socialistic Wall streetonly they have privatized the profits and socialized the losses, when can you sedn them the check for 7,000 dollars for each of your family members the loan needs to be paid back in 2 years.......the CEOs on Wall street really need your donations don't you really truly want McLiar and Barracuda in your wallet and your great grand kids maybe they can even reach into our great great grand kids wallets it's amazing Bush has been worried about his legacy he got it now the First President to actually bankrupt the United Statea Hoover didn't even do that, he is worse than US Grant, Nixon etc he will be remembered as the worst President and Cheney as the wrost Vice President this nation has ever had you republicans and neocons must be extremely proud to live in this era me I am ashamed Gitmo, torture and I am a disabled Army Veteran I served from Vietnam to Desert Storm so don't even go there....

Posted by: mikey30919 | September 22, 2008 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Could it be, Mr. Dionne, that a more structured VP debate is preferable to the McCain camp because they don't want Joe-plugs-Biden delivering 10-minute-long windbag answers, leaving Palin unable to get a word in edgewise?

Give it up already.

Posted by: arlingtonresident | September 22, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Marcaurelius wrote:

"The interview of Palin by Sean Hannity was pathetic. Hannity seemed like he was waiting for a 'free feel.'"

Oh, and I suppose you think that Keith Olbermann's interview of Obama was hard-hitting, right?


Posted by: arlingtonresident | September 22, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a disgrace and an embarrassment. To THINK that McCain would allow someone this shallow to be his running mate is a travesty. He should not be allowed to get away with it. Of course, his campaign is responsible for keeping her under wraps, controlling her EVERY word! Their strategy is to keep her alongside the boring McCain, keeping HIM alive, hoping that this election IS about RACE, and Barack Obama will lose! It is pathetic to realize that there are those bible thumper wingnuts out there who will vote for four more years of destruction under a McCain-Palin administration because of PALIN!

How they trashed Hillary Clinton, who makes Palin look like the dummy in the class! Americans should be smarter than to choose looks over brains when it comes to the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES.

Palin's whole life is sordid and deceptive! She is not a fit Mother, her children are neglected. Todd Palin is as neglectful as Sarah Palin, both are addicted to politics!

Take away those big oil revenue checks that Alaskans receive and Sarah Palin's popularity would be ZERO! For an 18 month Governor to now think of herself as PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES is absolutely astonishing!

Posted by: Amanda | September 22, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

When people go on and on about Palin's executive experience, I wonder if they are making any sort of linkage to the executive decisions that brought Wall Street to its' knees? Or perhaps the executive experience that brought about the mortgage debacle? Or perhaps the executive experience and decisions that wrought the FEMA disaster after Hurricane Katrina? Are you folks really sure that executive experience is all that it's cracked up to be? Executives watch the bottom line - THEIR bottom line. Is that what we really want in the White House? An executive whose only concern is THEIR bottom line?

Posted by: Tess | September 22, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

If E.J. Dionne had asked one tough question or issued one criticism of Obama, his calls for more vetting of Palin might have some credibility. Instead Dionne has been an unqestioning sycophantic cheerleader for Obama, a man equally as inexperienced as Palin, and with more ethical baggage than the trumped up "troopergate" (Rezko ring a bell?).

Posted by: doublestandard | September 22, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

If Gov. Palin and/or her husband refuse(s) to comply with a subpoena to investigate that stink in Alaska, I suppose she could get Justice Scalia to excuse her on the grounds that doing so might “threaten irreparable harm to [her], and to the country, by casting a cloud upon what [she] claims to be the legitimacy of [her] election.” (Bush v. Gore)

Posted by: sirach | September 22, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

So Obama Shill EJ Dionne of the Obama/WAPO
Propaganda Machine and Marxist/Socialist
Democrat Daily BS Party Organ is still off
on his total obession with attacking and
smearing Gov Sarah Palin on Commissar Comrade David Axelrod's Direct Orders.
Nope I Don't Your Phony Crap EJ So I am
Still Voting For President John McCain and
Vice President Sarah Palin and not Sleazy
Chicago Culture of Corruption Fake Messiah
Comrade Barack Hussein Obama and Comrade
Loud Mouth Joe Biden. You Rock Sarah!

Posted by: Sherry Kay 2004 | September 22, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Palin is an insult to women. But McCain is betting his voters are stupid enough not to realize that she is patently unqualified. Sad thing is, he probably is right.

Posted by: poli | September 22, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I see several issues here: McCain's poor choice, which reflects on him and his campaign, Palin's inexperience that requires that she be managed, and the fact that she is Cheney-in-Training: secretive, inaccessible, rigid, and convinced of her rectitude.

And if McPalin loses the election, we will not have seen the last of her. She will retreat to Alaska but will still be revered by the neocons who will groom her for 2012. If you think she's a scary prospect now, just wait...

Posted by: Nikonicus | September 22, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Could someone help me to understand this fact about "Troopergate?" Gov. Palin said that she saw her nephew tasered. She now says she believed that was a crime. Yet she did not report it for one month.

Is she not the head of law enforcement for the state? By not reporting what she thought was a crime, is that not dereliction of duty?

This is what to me shows that she likely abused power. She only reported it AFTER her sister's divorce case did not go the way that her family wanted it to go. I would believe her story a LOT more if she had reported the tasering the day that it happened, at least the day after.

Posted by: kate | September 22, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Here's a realistic scenario: If Palin-McCain win, and McCain tries to compromise with Congress, the Republican base is going to dump McCain. They'll direct severe hatred and verbal abuse towards him with the hope of giving him a heart attack or stroke. Shouldn't be all that hard for them to achieve.

Posted by: newageblues | September 22, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

It is one lie after another.

McCain should have been given a choice: Let Palin answer the questions that arise in the debate that or keep her away from the cameras.

Her non-appearance would have spoken volumes.

Posted by: Robert James | September 22, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse


Obviously you have not been to They have posted several pictures of Obama's birth certificate, they have sent people to Hawaii to view the state's official copy of the certificate. Obama has been vetted by the FBI. Do you really think he would get this far in the election if the government was aware of an issue with his citizenship? Be for real.

Also, why is it so hard to believe that he is an American born citizen? Where is there proof that his mother travelled to another country prior to his birth? As long as a child is born to at least one American citizen, that child is a citizen of the US.

Stop making up excuses to justify why you don't want to vote for him. If you don't like him or his politics then just don't vote for him, but stop with the nonsense.

Posted by: swat68 | September 22, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

A vote for McCain is a vote for a Palin presidency which, under any reasonable means of assessment, she is not prepared to hold. Why take such a risk with the life of the country? Why even consider it?

Posted by: WmConelly | September 22, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Poor E.J. Dionne.

Being in the tank for Nobama really forces his brain to stop working.

Posted by: Scooby
Maybe you can offer him advice on how to function without a working brain, poopy-doo. You sound like you have had years of practice

Looks like the Palindrone 2008's wiring is falling short-circuiting - could explain why she repeats her convention speech over and over again.

Posted by: poor repukes... | September 22, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Could someone help me to understand this fact about "Troopergate?" Gov. Palin said that she saw her nephew tasered. She now says she believed that was a crime. Yet she did not report it for one month.

Is she not the head of law enforcement for the state? By not reporting what she thought was a crime, is that not dereliction of duty?

This is what to me shows that she likely abused power. She only reported it AFTER her sister's divorce case did not go the way that her family wanted it to go. I would believe her story a LOT more if she had reported the tasering the day that it happened, at least the day after
Kate, first of all, Palin's claims come from her sister-in-law, in the midst of an ugly divorce. Secondly, there appears to be a different story as to what happened - the nephew might have wanted to see how it felt and it was not done at a high level.

I completely agree with you. It smells bad and more importantly it is something that should have gone through appropriate channels, if it happened. More troubling, is Palin's alleged use of her public office for private gain - which is imputed to family members. Her legal foot dragging over something that she claimed was transparent and was above board is equally troubling. It is as if she has something to hide. A majority Republican bi-partisan panel agreed to look into these ethical allegations - before she accepted the VP slot - what gives?

Posted by: poor repukes... | September 22, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Lets see now. Berrymonster,
Your belief is (ignor the constitution here) that Obama is not a citizen because he was not born in the US.

If that were the case then Mr. McCain who was born in Panama would also not be a citizen.

Now paying attention to the constitution
which states that any child born of at least one US citizen is a US citizen.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

For the life of me, I can't understand why reporters think they represent the public in any way. I don't remember voting for them. The only people media workers represent are their own self interests.

The McCain campaign is having open public forums where people can ask questions they want answered without the filter of leftwing media bias.

Posted by: rh | September 22, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Questions about Obama's birth certificate are probably irrelevant, although there are questions about the authenticity of the copy Obama released.

However, Obama has refused to release any records from his State Senate office, college records, and even his medical records. What's Obama hiding? Drug use? Mental issues (given his wacky book and uncontrolled narcissism, this wouldn't be surprising). Obama covered this up with a lot of other baggage by issuing a "summary" of his medical records from his doc.

In terms of being "under wraps", it's Obama who has been and remains under wraps and it's his press minions who carefully conceal him from any tough questions.

Posted by: doublestandard | September 22, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Mediocrecy that is what Palin offers the Republican Party. As a woman I feel terrible for Palin she said yes to McCain and it will destroy her political career. She is seen as a lier and extremist. The Republican candidates are an embarrassment to the Party. This election they have gone so low, they are out of touch with the average American. There is no way I could vote for them.

Posted by: Betsy | September 22, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Some of you people need to sit down and rest - or crawl back und your rocks!
Sarah and Hammity was what I expected - a neocon love fest
Obama and Oberman was what I expected - a liberal love fest
Obama sat down with O'Reiley
When's Sarah going to sit down with Oberman, or Matthews, or any of the media besides "good old Charlie"?

Posted by: TWM | September 22, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

The press blackout on Sarah "Stonewall" Palin can't last forever. Her negatives are already higher than her positives, in the latest polling, and there is more than a suggestion that while the Republican base loves her, moderate independent women are not joining her; staying silent and stonewalling on Troopergate will not improve those numbers.
Which the campaign must realize.
So how much worse do they think it would get if she was out in the real world, answering real questions?

Posted by: DB | September 22, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

How in the world can anyone in their right mind not see through this bubble-headed farce?

I know that my former party (the GOP) began setting the bar awfully low with the current administration, but this current business is absolutely ridiculous. If "group-think" is now the order of the day for McCain and his lackeys, let me off the train. Here is one independent vote that will go to Obama!

Posted by: CG | September 22, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: usapdx | September 22, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

This is typical of how little the McCain people really think of their own base. Palin was put on to energize the republican base, and apparently the McCain operatives think the base can't bear to hear Sarah being Sarah.

Of course I still think that putting a working mother with a pregnant daughter on the republican ticket was a wonderful joke to play on the republican social conservatives. They were completely wrong-footed and they still are. Listen to them all falling all over themselves rationalizing their support for circumstances that would otherwise generate disdain from these people.

Maybe the McCain campaign thinks Palin is too fragile. If Palin shows too clearly that she isn't ready for prime time, maybe they think the self-hypnosis that the fundamentalists are so good at will break down.

Posted by: Tim H | September 22, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

What I can't understand is why the first black woman running for president gets NO press at all!!! We have other parties to choose from, but nobody wants to give them a listen to. Cynthia McKinney for the Green Party - read their platform at She's even got a woman of color as a running mate. Hasn't SHE shattered the glass ceiling? Isn't running for president a bigger deal than vice-president? Oh I forgot, she's not representing one of those two parties that are really the same party, continuing to cater to corporations and special interests. I would offer that voting your heart and not from fear is a vote never wasted.

AND why don't we hear more about these other parties from the PRESS!!!!!!!?????

Posted by: just another debbie | September 22, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Palin is an idiot who fits nicely into the Republican galaxy. I really do not care what she thinks, what she knows, or that she speaks in tongues. This country is having a fiscal train wreck and she is not the solution. Elect her and the Maverick regulator and the only thing accomplished will be a larger wreck.

Posted by: Outraged | September 22, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Head of State

Monday, September 22, 2008
Palin: The Soft Preparedness of Lowered Expectations

In all seriousness, expect the following from Palin's "meetings" with leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday:

-A series of serious-sounding quotes, direct from her days of preparation, that cannot possibly indicate her actual knowledge on the issues, data and risks facing each and with regard to each nation. Quotes, not knowledge, happen in days.

-A bevy of positive statements from each leader--after all, that's why they were chosen--all being nations seeking U.S. favor, and having nothing to lose and potentially much to gain by doing so.

-A rush of "surprised" reactions from media at "how seriously she was taken", ready, as so often, to grasp the superfically new.

-An attempt by the McCain camp to drive through her supposed preparedness as a result, as quickly as possible, before the debates.

-Still no in-depth, free-form, extensive challenging interviews from this prospective President.

Don't buy it.

A few days ago, she was ready to invade Russia (which she could see from her border).

Remember, for your security and future: A series of rehearsed quotes does not a President make.

Head of State

Posted by: Susan D'Addario | September 22, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I can't understand why more people can't see what Palin is. To hear that people are falling for her because she is a "Evangelical Christian" makes a mockery of Christians throughout our country. She was put in as a VP not because she will do our country a good job, but because she will bring in female Christians votes. That should insult Christian females!

So another words, ANYONE that is running for office can say they are this wonderful Christian, and we Christians are supposed to vote for them, have an unhesitating faith in them? That not only doesn't make any sense, but is also incredibly dangerous for our country. Where is our common sense?

You as a citizen of our country, have a civic duty, to pay attention, research, and vote for the candidates that will do right by our country.

Posted by: kdoklahoma | September 22, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The main thing here is Palin comes off as unqualified when she is cut off from any questioning or cooperation from anyone not in the "circle of trust". Obama did go on O'Reilly afterall. O'Reilly is the biggest right-wing nutjob out there.

I want to see what else Sarah has to say. We know how well she knows the Bush Doctrine, I want to see what else this amazing candidate knows.

Posted by: Independant | September 22, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

@ berrymonster: McCain was born in Central America. Obama was born in the United States.

Why do the partisan comments on these articles never deal with the article on hand. The question is why does the McCain campaign keep Palin from having to answer questions about policy and knowledge base? If any Republican supporter can give a reasonable and logical explaination to this, please do.

And please no "the MSM is soooo disrespectful and whenever they pay some deference, blah blah blah". FOX is part of the MSM. If you don't want to answer to the MSM how are people going to get to know her? You could put her in front of a non-hand picked bipartisan crowd and let her answer questions. I think that the average citizen would be much harder than Tom Brokaw or any other MSM reporter(but probably not harder than Keith Olbermann).

Posted by: Jake | September 22, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The Palin fiasco brings up one key question:

Where are McCain's medical records? Why haven't they been released? Allowing three reporters to look at them briefly is inadequate. What is McCain hiding?

Posted by: scientist1 | September 22, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like "affirmative action" for the GOP - their female needs the "special help and consideration" that the party always demonizes.

Posted by: Chicago 11 | September 22, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like "affirmative action" for the GOP - their female needs the "special help and consideration" that the party always demonizes.

Posted by: Chicago 11 | September 22, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Put her on Rachel Maddow's show.

Posted by: Jguth3 | September 22, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

berrymonster, the Obama campaign made a copy of his certification of Live Birth from the State of Hawaii available on the internet in June of this year. It validated none of your rumors. Get a life, will you?

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

berrymonster, the Obama campaign made a copy of his certification of Live Birth from the State of Hawaii available on the internet in June of this year. It validated none of your rumors. Get a life, will you?

Posted by: Sharon | September 22, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse


Yes we can say all three unless none of the above is important to conservatives/racist/hypocrites.

Posted by: Lewania | September 22, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Is it too late to replace VP ticket now?

I will sign the petition...

Stop this country from going further down the tube of embarrassment, abuse of power and... cover ups...

Posted by: CAL | September 22, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just a new incarnation of the Bushbros. Obfuscation is their thing and they do it well.

What a disappointment. McCain has lost it. I'm curious to see how he looks and sounds during Friday's debate.

Posted by: jfp | September 22, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

is it any surprise this is going to her head she's a beauty queen dressed for halloween as a politician!

Posted by: karenk | September 22, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever seen VP-Candidate expressing her point of view over the Presidential Candidate?

You have it right, Palin - suggest to Palin to resign and McCain to make the right choice.

Posted by: CAL | September 22, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I am so Happy about Palin's candidacy- BECAUSE I AM AN Obama supporter!!!!!!!

What better illustration of why you shouldn't trust or support another Republican administration of imcompetence (OOOH, neo-cons, feel like denying the last 8 years of incompetence?)

Posted by: John in Brazil | September 22, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Regarding doublestandards remark: "In terms of being "under wraps", it's Obama who has been and remains under wraps and it's his press minions who carefully conceal him from any tough questions."

Which of the 26 Democratic debates did Obama duck? Which news program did he demand "deference" from? Which invitation from a newspaper editorial board did he say "thanks, but no thanks" to?

Obama's been on the campaign trail for well over a year. We've had plenty of opportunities to evaluate his character, his judgement, and his vision. It would be nice if we could have the same opportunity with Governor Palin.

I might be more open to giving the McCain/Palin ticket my vote if it didn't appear that they were trying to hide something from me.

Posted by: todd | September 22, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Every time I see Palin on TV, I am compelled to change the channel. I am distraught by the prospect that this woman may actually become our Vice President. While Dick Chaney has operated under a black mask for 8 years, at least I have felt that he had a deep understanding of how the world works. With Palin, I think what you see is what you get--a vapid person as shallow as a shot glass, with no credentials to justify her ascendency. Her candidacy speaks volumes about McCain and the coterie controlling his decision making. God help America if they win.

Posted by: ADS-Seattle | September 22, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow Dionne, you have the EMPTY SUIT.

"Obama is not ready to lead"Dem VP Biden.
Yes Biden we know, you need to break the news to poor Dionne.

Posted by: MIke | September 22, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Could it be, Mr. Dionne, that a more structured VP debate is preferable to the McCain camp because they don't want Joe-plugs-Biden delivering 10-minute-long windbag answers, leaving Palin unable to get a word in edgewise?

Give it up already.

Posted by: arlingtonresident | September 22, 2008 7:13 AM


Arlington, it's those "10-minute-long windbag answers" that we need from these folks right now.

With all the muck flying back and forth between the parties, how are we to know what we're in for?

It's necessary. If she can't handle those "10-minute-long windbag answers," and the people supporting the McSame campaign can't, wow. There's the answer right there. LOL!

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

I cannot imagine why anyone with an ounce of intelligence would vote for McCain/Palin. Hey, I love Hillary and actually considered voting for McCain when Hillary lost the primary. But the more I watched him, the weirder he seemed. Then came the shock of all shocks, the most irresponsible blunder that clearly showed his desire to win this campaign was stronger than his loyalty to the protection of the country: Sarah Palin. That's when McCain's character came through loud and clear.

Then, the more I listened to Obama, the more impressed I became. What makes me the most ashamed as a women are these ticked off Hillary supporters who feel they are making some kind of statement to punish the Democrat party for taking Hillary away from them. Those women, and men, need to know that by voting for McCain/Palin, they are bringing dishonor upon every bit of work Hillary did for us. They need to keep in mind that this election is not about them, it's about our children and grandchildren and what kind of world we are leaving to them. Hillary is no longer an option, so vote for the person who can carry on her platform.

Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: Lori | September 22, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

It still boils down to Sarah having more experience thn Nobama. And he is being pushed for the presidency? What a bad joke.and what a danger.

Posted by: Jack Kinch (1uncle) | September 22, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

What I can't understand is why the first black woman running for president gets NO press at all!!! We have other parties to choose from, but nobody wants to give them a listen to. Cynthia McKinney for the Green Party - read their platform at She's even got a woman of color as a running mate. Hasn't SHE shattered the glass ceiling? Isn't running for president a bigger deal than vice-president? Oh I forgot, she's not representing one of those two parties that are really the same party, continuing to cater to corporations and special interests. I would offer that voting your heart and not from fear is a vote never wasted.

AND why don't we hear more about these other parties from the PRESS!!!!!!!?????

Posted by: just another debbie | September 22, 2008 10:20 AM

Debbie, it's because the press is owned by these same 2 parties and their interests.

Thanks for mentioning McKinney. I'm going to go look her up!

*looking for alternatives-we really need them*

Posted by: Bittercat | September 22, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Did it every occur to you that they want it limited b/c BIDEN never shuts up...he goes on and on and on and on and on and on.

If it was not limited - he would never stop!

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

A perspective on Palins Executive Experience: Alaska has a population of 683,478; Los Angeles Unified School Dist has a student body population of 694,288; Alaska's state budget is $3-4 billion; Los Angeles Unified School dist's budget is $20 billion. I think this makes LAUSD's Superintendent the most qualified person in the country to be V.P.

Posted by: Independent | September 22, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

hey todd, Obama got softballs from his fans in the msm. He faced no tough questions except once - on ABC. After that he and his supporters squealed like stuck pigs and cried and whined about how the Obama shouldn't have to answer tough questions. Obama, true to form, made fun of the ABC interviewers. He can dish it out but he can't take it.

Posted by: doublestandard | September 22, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

With the stunning meltdown of Wall Street last week - and the yet to come consequences for Main Street - perhaps Palin's giddy "Hockey Moms" will finally see the error of their ways and realize they should be making their children do more economics class homework - instead of spending their time propping up mom and dad's egos by playing hockey.

Posted by: Anita Appelhans | September 22, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"I admit it. The liberal media were never that powerful, and the whole thing was often used as an excuse by conservatives for conservative failures." -- Bill Kristol

Read that carefully, you ceaselessly ignorant Rushbots. Even Bill Kristol, the hero of neoconservative miscreants who has to be corrected every Tuesday morning for his Monday column's factual errors, can tell the truth - if only for a sentence.

You repugnant filth controlled our government for 6 solid years, demolished our treasury and trashed our military, and as the country suffers in your wake you go right back to lying through your teeth and blaming everyone else around you. Personal responsibility, the mantra of the blame-the-victim party, never seems to be able to penetrate the GOP itself. Rest assured that if Democrats weren't such an impotent alternative the Republican party would have its ass handed to it for the second election in a row this November.

Posted by: Tim | September 22, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Angelina Jolie has more foreign policy credentials to be VP than Palin...and just as many kids!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

A candidate is like a used automobile. It could be a winner, with 200,000 miles left in it. Or it could be a lemon. The only sure way you are going to know is by buying it.
But here is where the Neocons differ from the Democrats. The Neocons take one look at the automobile, its coat shined to a nice luster and say: "I'll buy it. Looks like a beauty."
The Democrats want to know more. They've been looking under the hood. Asking questions to the salesman. And every time they do, the Neocons say: "Shut up! We want to buy it! Don't ruin this sale. It's obvious that it's a beautiful car. Let's just buy it."
The salesman doesn't answer any questions. And says he won't be answering any questions.
The Democrats believe that's a sign of trouble.
The Neocons say its because of the way the Democrats were asking the questions. It's the tone.
When those who have actually ridden in the car and driven the car and built the car pass by and notice that the Democrats and Neocons are about to purchase it, they offer some information—most of which is damning. The head gasket is blown. The transmission is iffy. The brakes need replacing. The head is warped.
And in response to this information, the Neocons call those who have ridden in it, driven it and built it liars. They also claim that they have a bias against this particular model of automobile and so that's why they're saying this stuff.
Maybe, Neocons, you're right about the paint job. But everything else in the automobile is a mess.
Maybe Sarah Palin is a lemon.

Posted by: silasporter | September 22, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Doublestandard: Are these the softball questions that Obama fielded from his fans in the mainstream media that you are referring to?

From Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press, July 27, 2008, regarding his opposition to the surge:
"Do you believe that President Maliki would be in a position to more or less endorse your timetable of getting troops out within 16 months if it had not been for the surge?"

Or this question from Tim Russert on Meet the Press in November of 2007 on his controversial fundraising:

"You’ve been talking a lot about lobbyists and money in politics. This is The Boston Globe in August: in eight—“Obama’s eight years in the Illinois Senate, from 1996 to 2004, almost two-thirds of the money he raised for his campaigns came from” political action committees, “corporate contributions,” “unions, according to Illinois Board of Elections records. He tapped financial service firms, real estate developers, healthcare providers, oil companies, and many other corporate interests, the records show.” You now talk about, “Well, I’m not taking any money from lobbyists.” You do take money from state lobbyists. You took $1.5 million from federal lobbying—employees who work for federal lobbying firms. There seems to be a real inconsistency between the amount of money you raise and where it’s coming from, and your rhetoric."

The point is, it took five minutes and a google search to find journalists grilling Obama on issues where he seemed to be speaking out of both sides of his mouth. The idea of Obama getting a free ride from the press is a myth.

Even if your premise is true, even if Obama has been receiving preferential treatment from the "liberal media," how does that explain the fact that McCain's handlers won't let Gov. Palin out in public without a script? What are they afraid of? And, if they are afraid of something, shouldn't we be too?

Posted by: todd | September 22, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Tell me that was not really what Palin said to Karzai! from "head of state"

Please, you are scaring the hell out of me!

Posted by: Chicago Mike | September 22, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

todd: there was no follow up or follow through to any of those questions. Russert et al let Obama answer with some obfuscating baloney or out and out deception and they never questioned whether the answers made sense or were relevant or true. The tried and true Russert technique for favored guests: bring up the issue and pretend to seriously question and then let the subject say whatever they want without any serious foll up. In contrast they badgered and berated the other candidates with questions on haircuts and spaceships and whatever other 'gotcha' they could come up with. We now have a nominee who has never effected a single positive change, demonstrated the character or know-how to accomplish much of anything besides self-promotion. And once again, just as they did with Gore, the press has destroyed the really good, serious, hard working, dedicated candidate because they are superficial and jaded.

Posted by: doublestandard | September 22, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Doublestandard: Here's the address for the transcript of the entire Russert interview with Obama so you can see the follow up and the follow through.

I'm not asking you to vote for Obama - or even to pretend to like him, - I'm just asking you to admit that he faced tough questions that we would expect responsible journalists to ask anyone running for high office in this country.

So far, the Republicans have been very reluctant to allow journalists the opportunity to ask tough questions - or any questions for the matter - of their vice-presidential nominee. I think that's fair cause for alarm.

Posted by: todd | September 22, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I just love the fact that the only reason Palin's support has remained as high as it is, is due to peoples perception that the left is attacking her unfairly. Right or wrong, perception is what people belive. The more she's attacked the stronger the support grows. Think about Clinton's sitution. Without the all-out Republican attacks Bill's support would have been much weaker. America loves the underdog, pardon the lipstick, and if they feel someone is being picked on they come to their rescue, especally when the person is a women. Obama had already been percieved as unfairly attacking Hillery, so the perception of him attacking women was alreadt established. Right or wrong, Democrats will deserve most of the credit if McCain gets elected. Thank You for your help and support.

Posted by: Lodie | September 22, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

To begin with, what judgement was given by McStupid when he picked Sarah Palin for the Vice Presidency position? What judgement should I give a person like Sarah Palin who got "D's" in her college courses, attended six (6) City Colleges before graduating at University of Idaho? What judgement will I give a person who has an average I.Q. (not too bright) in her elementary and high school education? What judgement should I give Sarah Palin knowing that my two (2) kids are consistent scholars who are straight "A" students from kindergarten up to college.
I just want for Sarah Palin to know that they are both girls and thank God they were never pregnant at anytime at all. School was first and foremost priority to my daughters. SEX WAS NEVER ON THEIR AGENDA. But to Sarah Palin's daughter, SEX is first and foremost priority.
Both graduated Summa Cum Laude in their respective Double Major Undergraduate Degree Program. The oldest one pursued two (2)Masters Degree, graduated with honors, went for her Ph.D., graduated with honors and a law degree, JD. She is an Attorney by profession. She worked as a Community Organizer after graduating from Law School. And I hated Sarah Palin for her condescending remark about community organizer. If this woman does not have a clue about THE MANY RESPONSIBILITIES OF A community organizer, she will have no clue whatsoever about anything at all. My younger one has only her double major undergraduate degree, graduated from MIT and at the young age of 22 is earning seven (7) figures. By the way, my oldest daughter was an Ivy League graduate also just like Barack Obama.
If Sarah was my kid, and she has "D's" to show for, I will be the first to loose confidence on my kid's ability to know anything else. I view Sarah Palin as an insult to the intelligence of my kids and mine and/or to the intelligence of the educated intellectuals out there.
All what's got going for Sarah Palin is her lipstick, hockey, barracuda, pit bull, bear false witness against Obama, and a 17 year old teen age unmarried daughter who is very much pregnant.

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 23, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

It is an insult to the American public to have Sarah Palin so silent with the press. It's a joke that she went on Hannity's show ( he may have a crush on the MLF). She is so horrible that McCain will not let her talk with the press. The McCain/Palin ticket is looking a bit chavanisitic, where only the man has an opnion. Let her talk and tank the whole campain. How can voters vote for someone without really hearing them speak. This Palin person is a joke to politics and a bad replacement for Hillary.

Posted by: Toilet | September 23, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Guess you don't watch Good Morning America or Sean Hanitty. I watched Sarah being interviewed. She was brillant !!! Go Sarah.

Posted by: God | September 23, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

The reality is that we and the press need access to Palin. It is entirely possible that she could inherit the presidency. Without access to Palin, we have no way to evaluate her competency. Some have suggested that the media boycott Palin/McCain until the candidates allow Palin to speak to the media. I concur with this idea. Palin/McCain would do an about face if media coverage ceased. The media needs to develop a spine!

Posted by: J.D. | September 23, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Message to God posted Sept. 23 @ 8:17AM
Oh my gad! Do you need to drag the name of the Almighty Father in this confusion which the Devil is so good at? The Devil- Master of Confusion. You are confuse. The interview of Sarah (no brain) Palin with Sean Hannity was ORCHESTRATED for her, to make her look good to the viewing public. The McStupid campaign is trying so hard to cover up for her. Oh and beside please check out Sean Hannity. HE IS A TOP MEMBER OF THE NEO-NAZIS. You can find his autobiography on line. I will not even waste my time to listen to what Hannity has to say, do, or act upon. Anyone or anything that has something to do against the good intention of the Almighty Father. I run away as fast as I can.
Good Morning America...ask yourself how much were they paid for that scripted interview? Brilliant? Sarah Palin? How can a "D" student have brains to chew the most intellectual questions? If she can not pass her courses in school, how do you expect her to pass anything else?
And for the record...please use your own name or anybody's name...but please don't use the name of God. It is blasphemy to do so.

Posted by: Prudence Russell | September 23, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Check out his rise to glory below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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